WE ARE GIVING THIS MESSAGE A TITLE THAT SHOULD CAUSE EVERYONE TO SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE TO WHAT IS CONTAINED WITHIN. WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT WHAT THE BIBLE MAKES ABSOLUTELY CLEAR, AND SHOW YOU WHY THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THESE SCRIPTURES. THEY DO NOT HAVE MULTIPLE MEANINGS, BUT I ASSURE YOU OF ONE THING, WHAT GOD HAS SAID HE WILL DO IN THESE LAST DAYS, HE WILL DO. FURTHERMORE, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. WE ARE TRULY LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS, SO LET US SEE WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE MATTER.
I pray that God will help me put this picture together in a way that will be easily understood. He has been dealing with me for the past few weeks about this thing. It seems like little pieces of this and that would come together ever so often. Therefore I am first going to ask yo to turn with me to the 12th chapter of Daniel. There are many things mentioned in this 12th chapter and there have been many opinions formed from reading it, so we want to establish in our spiritual minds exactly what we are looking at, as we read it. This 12th chapter of Daniel goes right along with the 12th chapter of Revelation. The 12th chapter of Revelation is dealing with one specific picture, but the 12th chapter of Daniel has a greater scope than just what the 12th chapter of Revelation does, due to the fact that what is contained in the 12th chapter of Daniel covers a vast area. When you look at a funnel, you see the lips up here. That is the bowl. Whenever you aim any kind of fluid, you know the lips keep getting smaller in circumference. After a while it comes to a very small pipe, that puts everything you have poured into the lips into one container. I would like you to keep that picture in your mind as we continue. Politicians, for fifty years, have been trying their best to achieve a fixed image as to what they want the world to be like but according to their plans. When the United Nations was formed more than 50 years ago, I will never forget how on an October morning in 1945, after the war was over, the second lieutenant of our outfit ordered us all out, gathered us on a little knoll, and got up before us with some sheets of paper in his hand. He said, well I have information here about what they call the United Nations, what it is composed of. At that time, they stated that this was more or less a group of nations of the world that was willing to combine their governments in cooperation with each other, to work together, to establish peace. Hoping that WW2 that had just ended, was the war that would have ended all wars. He made a statement. The purpose of the U.N., is to get nations to start working together, to cooperate, to function and negotiate to plan the future. He said, we are hoping and praying we will never see another war like the war we just came through. Well, I had heard the Bible read enough, and preached enough to know when man tries his best to fix a period of time that he can say, We will never have any more wars, you are going contrary to the word of God. You just as well yell real loud and say, GOD, I DON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAID, I DON’T BELIEVE YOU ARE ABLE TO OVER RIDE OUR AGENDAS. Fifty years has come and gone since then. We had not gone five years until we were caught up in another war, in Korea. Yes, there were certain small factions of the United Nations represented in the beginning of the conflict that started, but by the time a few months of this war had went on, these little factions of different nations began to pull out. They began to see that they were being brought into something too big for them, and they did not want to be a part of it any longer. It left us, the U.S. to be the scape goat, to fight a war in the name of the United Nations. Several thousand men lost their lives. General MacArthur led an invasion to cut off the supply lines to the Koreans, south of that line, and he had asked President Truman for the right to use nuclear weapons just on the Chinese military installations that lay close to the Yellow River. Our troops were successful in making the beach head and making the inland thrust, but after the inland looked like it was going to be a complete victory, all of a sudden thousands of Chinese came pouring over the Yellow River and over ran many of our troops as they tried to flee south. President Truman denied MacArthur’s request. This caused the Korean War to move into an altogether different direction and we began to be on the losing side. It was not long until many of the men were captured, or simply cut off into little pockets. I have read articles since then, how, many of them had been taken by the Chinese, and they were never heard of after that. There was a committee in our nation, that began to form and look for the missing persons. As this war dragged on for several months, finally they began to realize it could not be won the way it was going at that time, because they wanted to fight it as a containment. They wanted to confine communism into one area. Well the north Koreans were not going to fight it that way. They were going to fight it to win, or else. All that goes to show, that if a nation is ever involved in warfare, they had better fight with everything they have, with the purpose of winning, simply because, if they think they can just fight to contain something, that is very foolish. The same thing happened in Vietnam. The French were in Vietnam. They were there all through WW2. All of a sudden, after the Korean conflict was over, hundreds of our boys were never heard of anymore. They do not know whether they were killed in action, or missing in action. It has become known since that time, that some of those men had been seen in other parts of Russia, other parts of the communist world. It was believed, that they were sent there by the Chinese that had captured them, to be used in certain experiments. I have read articles where business men from different parts of the world would be passing through a certain country, and there would be crews working on roads, when all of a sudden someone would yell out something in English, like, Do you speak my language? Can you understand what I am saying? As they would look at them, that person would say, I am from America, I am a captive here. Tell my people I am here. When you read things like that, it begins to let you know there were a lot of political shenanigans that went with our government when they began to negotiate with the North Koreans about surrender terms. There are those alive in our political spectrum today, that know very well what took place, but they will say nothing about it, because they fought a war for containment and we all know it did not wind up that way. It was the same way with Viet Nam. They did not fight that war to win it. They fought it to contain it. I have traveled from here to Canada as well as to other places. One time, when we were traveling from Louisville to Norway, on the plane we got on in Louisville to take us to Boston, thee were some soldiers from Viet Nam on it. I sat in the same row of seats with them. We started talking. They said, the war could have been won in six months, if they would have let us fight it the way it should have been fought. The truth is, they would not let us fire at certain things, and they would not let us take certain grounds, nor certain hills. It is absolutely a war fought from Washington. Well you have seen where we would end up. We wound up in Viet Nam, just exactly like we did in North Korea. I just have to say, America’s image was plastered on international Newspapers all because we had politicians in Washington that thought they knew what they were doing, trying to fight a system or ideology of communism like they did, and victory was not going to be won that way. We have seen this thing that happened in the Gulf War. Well, I remember when the war began to look like it was an impossibility to evade it, how those hippie type characters paraded in front of the Capitol beating their drums and chanting, No blood for gas. They made all kinds of racket, but when General Schwarzkopf who was in command, said, Give me a free hand to fight this war, I just have to say, God saw to it that he was given that free hand, and I believe He did it to give our fighting forces a chance to regain their image. That is probably going to be remembered as the last time our military forces will ever be allowed to fight a war in a way to maintain their image of old. I have been asked, What about Bosnia? Can this lead to Ezekiel 38? I said absolutely not! Just because there are Muslims and so called Christians involved in the two sides, there is nothing about Ezekiel 38 that follows this thing. You can rely on that. I am going to read Daniel 12, and show you that you cannot read it and then apply it just anywhere you might like to. There is a precise time in the mind of God, that this goes into effect, and as we have said many times, Ezekiel 38, can only go into effect at a time when the people of Israel are dwelling safely, without all the walls and fences they use for their security now. When the time comes for this to go into effect, there is not one thing Bill Clinton or any other world leader can do to stop it. That is the part I want to emphasize. They will not stop it, nor hinder it. We are just using the last part of one of the charts we have used before, just to have something for you to look at as we go along. We are using 1999 because that is where we are right now. We know, from this chart, that Hosea 6:2, as it starts back here with the advent of Christ, the year calendar time 2000 brings us to here. Then we have to realize that the two days of prophetic time, as we calculate the difference, brings us right on over to 2004 ½. We should be approaching the week of Daniel by then. Therefore, we know, if these figures are right, and I am going to say, I believe they are right as far as we are able to depend upon the calendar we are using to be right. That is all we have to go by, as far as comparing prophetic years with calendar years, but we do know the calendar we are using has been updated and corrected from time to time, so that is where that part stands. I want to clarify something right here. Let us just suppose the calendar we use, and refer to as the Julian, or Roman calendar, is still a year, or even a year and a half off, after all of their efforts to correct it. That does not change what the word of God is going to show us, because I believe that as we pass this point and start looking at things like this, we are going to see things begin to develop that are going to shock society out here in the world. Now, having said that, let us read here in Daniel 12. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, (which means it is time for God to begin to deal exclusively with Israel) the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Now in that first verse it speaks that the focal point is the deliverance of the children of Israel, which we know takes place in the first part of the week of Daniel. That is when the two prophets come on the scene. You can read it in the 11th chapter of Revelation. That is where they will be delivered, every one whose names are found written in the book. That includes the 144,000. That includes all the woman element of Revelation 12, because we know, in the finished picture, the woman of Revelation 12 flees out of the land and is scattered somewhere into the world to a place of hiding. The 144,000 will be scattered also, scattered back to the nations to preach the everlasting gospel among the Gentile nations. We do not want to say that this standing up of Michael, means that immediately, at the beginning of the week, he stands up. No. He stands up a long time before that. I do not mean fifteen years prior to that, but from three to five years in advance. Why? Because the time of trouble is a way and means for God to tear up this monster of political conglomeration we have in the U.N. Let me ask you. What is the agenda of the U.N.? Why are preachers today saying, The New World Order is the beast? What is wrong with them? You and I know Daniel 7 spoke of four beasts to rule the world unto the Messiah. Right? What was the last one? It was the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire is not seated in New York City. You every one know that. Why does the Bible have to take such a beating from these theologians who are supposed to be so smart? They twist it. They distort it and abuse it, but they have no revelation whatsoever, of what is really coming up. The blind led the blind. To hear those educated doctors of divinity talk, sure, they can sound very convincing, but if you have a revelation on what they are talking about, they sound more like children playing guessing games. We can safely say this, The United Nations is a strong, political conglomerate, made up of politicians from many parts of the world, who have a last day agenda to work out. They do not call it a last day agenda. They call it realigning the world and building a bridge to the 21st century. That is the way they look at it. We are the people who know it is a last days agenda. They look at Christianity as it has come through the centuries, and they know the teachings of the gospel of Christ, as it has gone from country to country, around the world, but they want to look upon Christianity as though it has failed, in shaping and redesigning the world to bring about an era of peace. They read the Bible wrong of course, and put their own interpretation on what they read. Jesus did not say, Go into all the world and preach the gospel of peace. No. He plainly said Himself, that He did not come to bring peace, but to bring a sword, to set a man against his neighbor, even one against another in his own household. It was to deal with mankind from the standpoint of salvation. It is only at the end, that God Himself plans to do something about the conditions of the world, as the gospel has come through, screened out, weeded out, and got the elect of God set apart. With this in mind, we know it is hard for world theologians and world political leaders, and doctors of divinity that are in these colleges, to even think people like us could know anything worth listening to, but right here, in the back of this book, it gives you doctors, philosophers of religion, in all the major colleges that it mentioned. I am not harping against a decent education. That is the least of my thoughts and aim. I do have to say though. The colleges of our day have done more damage to the mental philosophy of human thinking than in any other era of time man has ever lived in. They have turned much of modern day mankind into demons. By the time I am finished with this message you will understand why, in Revelation 19, in the later verses, it speaks of the beast and the false prophet and the kings of the earth being gathered together. For what? To make war against Him that sits on the white horse. It goes to show, No matter what God does right now, in the end time, He is doing it specifically to get Israel lined out the way they are supposed to be, for the fulfillment of prophecy, and to line out the true Christian people and get them ready for the translation. That does not mean everyone in the world is going to be converted and their minds changed. Some will be, but most will not be. It is all in the scriptures. That is why it plainly tells you in Revelation 19, that out of His mouth goes a sharp two edged sword, that with it He might smite the wicked and slay them. The dead bodies shall lie from one end of the earth to the other. What a slaughter. That lets you know, that even though smart men today think they can fight against the supernatural, the end results will tell the story. Modern mankind in this hour of time does not really want to read about the supernatural; simply because, to them there is no such thing. Well that is why I am so glad for the chance to preach this message that declares for certain just what is ahead, a time of trouble. You are going to see for yourselves, once and for all, that there is a God that is watching over His word. He does not care what theologians, philosophers of science and biology may say. He is going to see that His word is fulfilled right to the letter. This time of trouble, what does it spell out? The end results are going to be that the people who believe will be delivered. Big Dr. So and So does not have to believe any of the word of God, but he will be judged by it in his time and he will have no excuse for his denial of God’s precious word. As we look at the 2nd and 3rd verses we see this, “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, (Here comes the resurrection of the Bride saints that are sleeping in Jesus, and the translation of the living saints) some to everlasting life, (we know any that are in the Bride, that is what it consists of, but we have to realize that the rest of this verse is fulfilled after the Millennium reign of Christ, at the great white throne judgment, when all the wicked dead are raised to have judgment pronounced upon them) and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” This goes to show, even at the time this prophecy was written, this is a picture that was not totally revealed about the resurrection. It looks like it all happens at the same time, but no, this just covers the whole scope of the resurrection. It took the teaching of the apostle Paul to set it all in order. This is why you have to go to Corinthians where the apostle Paul is teaching and listen as he begins to break it down. In this, it sounds like there is a time when there is going to be a general resurrection of righteous people and evil people all at the same time. If you take only Old Testament prophecies, that is the way you would have to look at it. Even Jesus, in St. John 5, speaks of it almost like that. However, when we come to the teachings of the apostle Paul, we find that God gave to him the broad scope of the completed picture. That is why it is broken down into three parts. One at the time Jesus was raised, the next at the time the bride saints are raised, right about the time of the beginning of the seventieth week of Daniel, and the third at the end of the great tribulation, right at the beginning point of the Millennial reign of Christ on earth. After that, Revelation 20:5, says, “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” Why? Because they have no life in them, so they will not come forth until the end of the Millennium, when God raises them up for the results of their judgment. Well with that in mind, let us just look on down the road a way. “And they that be wise shall shine.” Naturally that points to the bride of Christ.
HOW GOD’S GRACE WORKS FOR BELIEVERS
I just want to say to all you young people, even to all Christians. If for some reason God sees fit to let us live for the next few months, you are going to see many things with your own eyes, because you are going to be faced with situations that are going to speak to you and let you know, God is going to require of you and me to really dedicate ourselves, our minds, our spirits, our lives, to His plan and purpose. If we will do it, we will experience the leading of God in our lives, among us, that will make the rest of the world look at us and say, Those people have something we don’t have. Why do I say that? All because back in 1963, there was a little man that stood in this area preaching something, and you have all heard us talk about him. God dealt with him to preach the opening of the first six seals. If you will read that sixth seal, as it was broke open and revealed, there came the voice from that eagle, come and see. It all starts out with the lion. God gave the saints back then grace for many of them to die. Then when it went from that and came to the ox beast, that is an animal of sacrifice. It started in the second Church Age. It was how God gave the multitudes of Christians grace to die, rather than say something in their defense. They died for their faith. History has been written that covers the multitudes, how that other unbelievers were sitting in the bleachers of the auditoriums, watching these Christian people being slaughtered, hearing their testimonies as they would scream out tot he Creator to receive their spirits. The point is, there has never been a body of believers in any era of time when Christians were being persecuted, but what God was right there with His power projecting it to the people, and that is what is symbolized in this particular animal. That is the way you have to look at this picture. He gave them grace to die, by the thousands. When you read some of the histories that have been written, how the multitudes watched, waiting to hear the saints scream out and recant as animals tore them to pieces, but to their amazement, the saints did not recant. They just prayed, Lord receive my spirit, while the spectators and critics were watching and waiting, not really having any confidence in this thing called Christianity. Those saints accepted death gladly, because God gave them grace to die for what they believed. It has been said by a lot of people in the last days, that the Christian Church will have to go through another wave of that kind of persecution and martyrdom. Well I have no doubt that in some parts of the world that there may be a few that will be treated that way, but that is not going to be the picture for the overall body of Christ. The picture, as we have to understand it is this. The Church has already passed through that, when thousands were slaughtered, but then we come to the face, or the head of a man. Following it, we come into that era of the Reformation period. I have the histories, and it shows the letters those men wrote to magistrates, kings and rulers of various parts of the world. Some of those letters you would wonder, How could any man write a letter like that? Well we just have to realize, God wanted those men to write letters like that. Letter after letter, confounded the magistrates and kings. That is what the Reformation finally brought victory for the Church and separated the Church from the political state of Europe. That is why we have been able to look back to what was accomplished in the Reformation. The Reformation brought Christianity to this point in time, and that is why God founded this country and based it upon the faith of our apostolic fathers. It is a shame, that we have to put up with what we have to put up with now. God has the last word on what happens to this nation, and that brings us to the ending of time. When we see that sixth seal opened and hear this voice, Come and see, I want you to understand, there is the power of God still on the job today, looking down upon the body of Christ to meet their needs. If we can have faith to believe that we are the nucleus of people that is going to make up this true body of believers, the body that is to be perfected, washed and clothed in fine linen clean and white, and made ready for the translation to glory, then let us not forget that the last beast that speaks in the book of Revelation is the eagle. He sits higher than anything else. We are living in the days of intellectualism, but I am glad there is an eagle that sits higher than that. When we see this time of trouble upon the earth, this is God’s way of allowing something to begin to take place on earth, among nations, because the nations have been working hard for the last fifty years planning for their version of what will be best for the world in the years ahead. It is a known fact now, that the year 2000, is the year that the world leaders with Bill Clinton in the forefront, want to begin to initiate the takeover of the New World Order, and bring everything in the natural realm of mankind under subjection to the New World Government. I have different articles that have been written about it. This si why I say, God has allowed this thing to be put together like this. It is a decoy, to deceive people that pay no attention to God’s word, people who simply do not want to hear a thing about it. They want to hear something like this instead, so He has given ti to them to play with for a while. They all know the planet earth is getting to the breaking point, so that it cannot afford to house and feed too many more people on into the future millennium. Therefore the point is this, there will definitely be planned birth control. No. 2 You that own a farm or ranch will no longer be allowed to do as you have done in times gone by, when you want to deed your daughter or son an acre or two of land to build a house on, simply because you were born on the farm that your ancestors homesteaded. You may have had it in your possession for four generations, but when this takes over, you will not be allowed to do that any more. All this comes under the supervision of a new world order government. It comes under environmental concerns. They are going to conserve water, and they are going to conserve land. Instead of having little houses scattered throughout the countryside as it has been for decades, it is going to be changed to where they can accommodate more people. They will allocate certain lands that can be subdivided and build new housing, but the new housing will definitely be supervised by modern government and it will be mainly condominiums. To some people that will not matter. A lot in Europe have been living that way for a hundred years, because their agricultural land is very sparse. You that have served time in the military in Europe, know that. You just do not build a house anywhere you want to, like Americans have done all along. If they really establish this plan the way they want to, it means the farmer will farm the land the way they tell him to. You will raise corn where they say you are to raise corn. You will raise wheat where they say to raise wheat. If you have been farming certain types of land, growing wheat and corn and they say no, it will not be that way any more, then they will restrict you. You cannot do this, or that any more. Think of it: in America, the land where you have been born and raised, you will not be able, if you have two or three hundred acres of land, to farm it your way any more: You will farm it the way the government of that hour will tell you to. Now let me say something else. You hear these environmentalists say, We have to conserve water, do this or that. It has been fifty years since WW2. When we left the Hawaiian Islands and would start out in a task force to any other group of islands, we would not be three twenty four hour days out until there would be an ordinance outfit brought in. Then before long you would hear those motors running, pumping water out of the ocean, desalting it for human consumption. All the time I was overseas, I drank more desalted water than natural water pumped out of a well. All through the Gilbert Islands, and the Philippines, the military followed up. If Saudi Arabia and Kuwait can pump water today out of that gulf and desalt it, I have to say, Along our coastlines these large cities could have desalting plants running, doing the same thing. Do not tell me that cannot be done. If they can do it for the military that way, why can they not do it for big cities the same way? They have every modern means to do it. All the ships that go to sea may start out with some fresh water, but once she is at sea, every bit of the water you drink will sooner or later be pumped right out of the ocean, run through the desalting system and made ready for drinking. If they can do that, then why can they not get the politics out of this thing and do it for whoever needs it done? You would think they would want to do some things in a practical, sensible way. I did not mean to indicate that you could do it inland, but you can sure do it along the coastal areas. We could have been using desalting plants for years, but no, we have politics that come first. That is all I will say on that. As for what we were dealing with in Daniel, the end results will be, the Jews will be delivered. That puts time in the first half of Daniel’s seventieth week. Let us think now. Many that sleep in the dust, or that are in graves shall awake, basically bride saints, along about the time the week starts, so that is still future. It says the wise shall understand. That understanding starts with the wise as this time of trouble starts, and shall continue right on through until the bride is taken out of here. “And they that be wise shall shine; And they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.” Do not forget, it is in that first half of the week of Daniel that the 144,000 are sealed away, with the revelation of who their Savior is. What does it say? In the last part of that week, they flee into the nations of the earth preaching the everlasting gospel. Don’t you think that is going to cause many to be turned to righteousness? How many understand my point. Once this thing starts, you are going to have a continuation of an unfolding, and an application of what God is planning to do in the affairs of the world as Michael stands up. The end result is that He fulfills all He has purposed to do with and for Israel. In order to introduce that period of time though, you first have to have God bringing the affairs of this political world to a screeching halt. I have to say, this time of trouble will definitely affect the world in general in one way or another.
THE EUPHRATES RIVER DRIES UP
Let us now look at the 16th chapter of Revelation. We find that it says the River Euphrates was dried up, that the way of the kings of the East might be prepared. He gathered them together in a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. Did it ever occur to you, China is one of the largest masses of people in the entire eastern world. There is no doubt she has stood staunchly for communism. She is not going to stand for the application of a U.N. setup in China, like our President and his brand of politicians are planning for. You everyone know that. It just goes to show, China, along with some other things, will no doubt be the cause of the whole Oriental world being affected, that as the week of Daniel begins to come to a close, China will no doubt be the bulwark, the front line forces of those who come to the battle or Armageddon. With what she has learned then, she will be equipped with all the military know how to lead the Orient and all the kings of the East to the battle of Armageddon. That is when the Bible says the blood shall flow to the bridle of the horse. I was a little boy back in the 1930’s. I heard things like this said by the older ones. That if you could line the Chinese up 3 abreast and start shooting them down, continuous firing, you could not stop the Chinese march. That was just one of the ways they described the vast number of those people. When WW2 ended, China had the highest population count of any nation in the world. Since that time, fifty years later, she has exceeded all the numbers. My point is. What a mass of humanity! What a mass of men, human flesh, to be brought to the battle of Armageddon, for their flesh to be slaughtered in God’s great slaughter house. He will cry to the beasts and fowls of heaven. Come and east flesh until ye be filled, drink blood till ye be drunk, for this is the supper of the great God. What did it say in Daniel 12:10? “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” This still passes right on into the last part of Daniel’s week, as the 144,000 have gone preaching. That is the way God preserves an element of mortal people, to be able to select them as the means by how Jesus, when He sits to judge, judges them based on the things of morality and principle, ethics and so forth. It is not how much revelation they have, but what they have learned about how to live and treat their fellow man. Now if you would judge that on the basis of what is requ8red of us today, I grant you, yes, you would be looking at a different kind of picture. On the other hand, take the Church out of here, then look at that period and see what would be going on. That is why the Lord would gather them before Him and refer to the righteous ones as sheep. They are granted the right to live on earth during the Millennial reign of Christ and repopulate. Naturally those that are born during that righteous rule while Satan is chained up, will have to be tested when Satan is loosed for a little season, or length of time. That is because genetically, they will still have those fallen attributes in them that all mankind has had down through time. All of that is covered in other messages, so I now want to show you where we are living, in this hour of time. We could be right at the threshold of this time of trouble starting, and when it does, it will continue on until the end, when the coming of the Lord puts an end to all of it. I have a lot of literature that I could read, but listen to this. (This message was preached 3/29/99, EDITOR.)
“The European union leaders have issued their strongest support yet for a Palestinian statehood, giving Israel a one year deadline to fulfill the unqualified Palestinians’ rights to independence. (They are taking that from the U.N. agenda. You just as well stand in the face of God and poke your finger at him and say God, your word is not true. That is all you can say, because it will not change anything that God has determined to do.) The declaration part of the 35 page communique, concentrating mostly on budgetary and financial issues, was the biggest step the group has taken toward Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. It enraged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said it was regretful that Europe, where a third of the Jewish people perished, would see fit to impose a solution that endangers the state of Israel and its interests. Palestinian officials hailed the statement, which they viewed as a major diplomatic victory. However, Europe has played a secondary role to the United States in recent Middle East negotiations. Palestinians were keenly disappointed when Arafat, who met with President Clinton at the White House on Tuesday, failed to secure a similar American statement on statehood. For more than a year Arafat has said he will declare an independent state on May 4th, the date by which the Palestinians a Israelis were supposed to have worked out their differences in final status. Talks under the 1993 Oslo Peace Agreement, European countries and the United States have urged Arafat to drop the threat, fearing it will throw the Middle East peace process out of balance, and prompt retaliation from Netanyahu. The May 4th deadline is only two weeks before Israeli national elections, set for May 17. In Israel, the European statement was seen as a sweetener for Arafat, holding out eventual recognition of a Palestinian state in return for his dropping his threat to declare statehood in less than six weeks.
Last weeks a letter was faxed to me from Bro. Govender in South Africa. This is what it consists of. At that time there were several of the European Common Market nations’ ambassadors and representatives in Israel, to feel out and discuss the possibility of them being helpful in showing Israel the need that they be ready to turn the city of Jerusalem over to an international controlled type of government. We do know the pope has harped for many years now, that Jerusalem ought to be turned over to be controlled and governed by an international committee, that it not be given to either the Palestinians or Israelis, but an international that will recognize Christians, Muslims, Jews and any others. As long as you and I sit here and think that this is what is going to take place and this is going to grind on and on like this for the next ten years, then a lot of us are going to go into a casket and into the ground. I say it in that manner because Jesus is not coming, like some are preaching, and I say that because He plainly gave us signs to recognize the time by. When anyone takes that attitude, they are telling God He cannot fulfill His word. God’s word does not give us dates, but He has given you signs that tell you how to identify the hour for all prophesied events, and how to recognize it is Him, when He does certain things. Let us see what Sharon, the minister of defense in Israel, says to these men.
“Israel’s military tribes have rendered Jerusalem’s status as a separate entity in U.N. resolutions null and void, Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday in a briefing for members of the diplomatic corp. The briefing had been called to once again clarify Israel’s position on Jerusalem. Sharon got right to the point. He opened his remarks by welcoming the ambassadors to Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish people for the last three thousand years (This is part of his statement) and the capital of Israel for the last fifty years. The European diplomats who were sitting together around one of the breakfast tables at the King David glanced at one another and took copious notes. Last week German ambassador Theodoro Wallew, writing in his country’s capacity as current chairman of the European Union, told the foreign ministry that E.U. diplomats would continue to uphold Palestinians in east Jerusalem and that the E.U. regards Jerusalem as a corpus separate as declined in U.N. General Assembly resolution 181 of 1947. Sharon recalled his own role as a platoon commander in the battle for Jerusalem in the war of independence, and said, it is very hard to imagine that after all those years, we again have to struggle for Jerusalem. Sharon also told the diplomats that settlements are not an obstacle to peace, spoken from his office after the briefing. Sharon explained this by saying that the settlements create a sense of security among Israelis which allows them to be more accepting of the Palestinians. He then invited the diplomats to join him in a tour of the settlements in the near future.” (It goes on to state that one by one they all began to get up and walk away.)
SOME THINGS TO MEDITATE UPON
Remember now, those men speaking on behalf of the Palestinians were speaking on behalf of the U.N., so just look at it in that way. If they succeed in what they are projecting, prophecy will be come null and void. That is what world leaders want. That is why they look at Israel today and say, Well how do we know when Jesus is coming? And how do we know that is what God meant? You do not know the day and hour of the coming of Jesus. None of us do, but prophetic events are lining up according to the scriptures, and they are what alerts us to the time we are living in. I want to say to the Politicians of this world, You don’t know when He is coming, and you never will know. God never did delegate you to be the one He would speak to at any time. Look back at the first advent of Christ. Did He speak to any Roman leader? No. Did He speak to any Judaistic church leaders? No sir. Who did He speak to? The little man named Zechariah. He was a priest, but he was not a high priest. Zechariah was a ministering priest in the temple. How many realize that? His job was just to burn incense and function only in that capacity. Then, when we see the next one the angle of the Lord spoke to, she was a little girl from Nazareth. Who knew Mary, at the time, to be different from any of the other young girls around there? The thing to be aware of, is that God knew her. She was not a princess. She was not a king’s daughter, but she was going to be the mother of a King. Of course they did not know that, at that time. Then the time came that an old Roman Emperor made a decree that would cause the word of God to be fulfilled. He did not know that was what his decree would lead to, and neither will the politicians of this hour know when they do something, that they are doing it that the word of God may be fulfilled, but that is exactly the way some things are going to come about in our day and hour. Politicians are going to make a move to do something they feel ought to be done, and when they do, they are going to step their foot in a rat trap that God has set for those who have no respect for His word. They are going to do just exactly what God wants them to do, but they will not know that is why they are doing it. Therefore when the Roman emperor made a resolution that all the world should be taxed. (One translation says a decree was made, that a census should be taken. We are not going to argue whether it was a census or tax collection. All we know for sure, is that it sure brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem to fulfill the word fo God. That is the part I want us to realize, as we look at what is just ahead for us. God has a precise schedule and it will come about just exactly the way God wants it to. I will ask this question. If we are approaching the very hour that this time of trouble is going to start, what does this time of trouble initiate? It is going to initiate certain things within the economic and political spectrum of the world that is going to cause worldly people to say, What is going on? I never thought it was going to be that way! I listened to So and So on TV and he never said anything about it! That is the sad part of the whole episode. We have preachers out here that have tried to teach some of these things, but they are just decoys. The true revelation throws them completely off course. I have read where they say that it is the antichrist that will give Israel the right to rebuild their temple. That is far from a true revelation. You do not find anything like that in the Bible. When we preached this message we made up this time chart for, it lets you see exactly what causes Israel to build her temple. It is when Michael stands up, and God takes them into the battlefield to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. That is why there has to be a little era, when Israel will do valiantly upon the field of battle. Why? All because the rest of the world is against her. When Michael does stand up, that is when God is going to start speaking and dealing with the political leadership of Israel. When He does, it would behoove you and me to begin to look up to the Lord and say, Lord, help me that I will not be found just sitting, twiddling my thumbs, thinking I have another twenty years to plant corn and grow soybeans. That does not mean you should stop planting corn or soybeans, nor anything else that pertains to daily life, just as long as you place God first in your life. It just means this. If you have succeeded in getting it into the ground, you can say, well, He might come before I get it harvest, but that is fine with me. Just don’t sit down and wait for Him to come, doing nothing worthwhile. If He does come before harvest, you will not need that crop, but if His coming is still a few years off, you will need it, so if you just continue on doing the right things you cannot lose. You are ahead either way it goes. I encourage you not to be like one fellow I heard talking in the barber shop after Bro. William Branham had finished preaching the seals. He said, the way I look at it, Jesus could come any time. The way I see it, I don’t need to work any more. I think I have enough to take care of me until then. Well, they moved to Arizona later on, and I know this much, he did not have enough money to take care of him the rest of the years he was alive. So I say to every one of you, we need to be very careful of how we look at any certain fixed period of time like that. That is why I say, continue to plant and harvest, plant and harvest and keep your spirit in close fellowship with the ONE that is able to reveal to every one of us, those things we need to know. If you work in the factory, go there and tighten bolts, tighten screws, install parts or whatever your job may be, do it as unto the Lord, just like the scriptures says. When you stand there doing those things say, Lord if you come tonight, I want to be ready to go. It is when you sit down, and just let your mind get lazy, that you are really just playing into the tricks of the devil. Then the devil pumps a lot of ideas that are not in the Bible into your mind and you fail to detect where the thoughts are coming from, and the first thing you know, your mind is really warped. That is the way we have to look at it. I can say, when this time of trouble starts, Number one, and foremost, is that it will initiate, and bring about an era of instability, politically and economically. I have been reading articles written by men that are now stating this very thing, because they can see, now that Clinton has done what he has, sold out a lot of our industries and moved them to Mexico and South America, so they are saying. Let’s put a halt to this. Let’s pull these things back home, rather than let it go on the way it has been any longer. This business of moving industries out of our country and placing them in another, is all part of a U.N. General Assembly plan. The men are saying the end results of that will be to divert you, and make a third rate nation out of you. I do not think, (Please listen carefully to what I say) that we should have to take the wealth of the nation of America and ship it all over the world, to try to lift other nations up to our standards. You are absolutely going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg when you do that. America is a nation that God has blessed, and she is a rich nation compared to many, but I ask you, What made this nation rich? It was not Professor Fosdick and his likes, all of them thinking they are so smart. It was a bunch of leaders that had confidence in the fact that God would help them, when the longest street in town was a quarter of a mile. We did not have paved highways back then. We had nothing but wagon trails. But across this fair land, a nation of people was put together. It did not matter whether you were from Ireland, or the Orient, or wherever, they needed people to help build the railroads first of all. It did not matter whether you were black or yellow or what, we were all Americans. I know the blacks suffered a lot by some slave drivers, but that is not the whole picture. I have stories that tell me how the black and white cried over each other at times. Some of this stuff taught in our colleges came right out of hell. I am preaching this message, “A Time of Trouble,” knowing that God is going to give you an allotment of it, if you do not wake up and look at things the right way. I thank God for the black people we have in this country, if they conduct themselves properly, but we all know there are some coming here with a twisted mind. There are also a lot of white ones coming here that really have no thought about becoming Americans. They come here, you could say, just to eat the icing off of the cake that has already been baked by those who are Americans, and proud to be Americans. If there is trouble up ahead, that hits this nation, you will have to face that type of people, because there true aim is to kill the nation, and lower your standards by saying, Well if I cannot have it, why let anyone else have it? That is the way a lot of people commit mutiny on the high seas. They want to sink the boat that can take them all to safety. This time of trouble, once it sets in, will never end until the end. I will say also, when it starts, it will start in a broad perspective. That is the top of the funnel I described to you earlier. The whole world is going to feel the effects of this thing eventually. This is why I have to say to the wise. Keep your eyes open and watch. You will hear the media say a lot of thing, but if you are wise and watch the scriptures, God is going to bring the scriptures alive right before your very eyes. You will wake up and choose, Do I want to be a Christian or do I want to follow the crowd? What is the end results of such a thing? The end results is, time will bring everything into focus and it will be right on Israel. Now let us go into the book of Jeremiah. We have heard many times in years gone by, about the time of Jacob’s trouble. Well this time of trouble sets in motion a process that involves all kinds of troubles, but the main objective in the ending of it is, As it focuses everything into the funnel, it is God looking at Israel. Jeremiah chapter 30. “The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying. Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, (He mentions both parts. He mentions the ten tribes and the last two tribes. He speaks of them in a collective, finished picture) saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land (For fifty years He has been doing this, that is the part we look at) that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.” What does that tell you? I am going to bring you back to the land of your fathers and ye shall possess it. That overrules the U.N. Assembly resolutions. Now you are looking at it the way God looks at it. “And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. (Both are in the fixed, complete picture.) For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. (Watch that time of trouble) Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?” Oh America, Europe, the world, for fifty years you have put your agenda together, you have brought your professors, your scientists and said, Look what we have achieved, but all of a sudden, those same men are like a woman in travail. She can conceive a child and nine months later, if everything is working normal, she goes into labor. Right? She can get up that morning feeling just fine, and by the middle of the day she can be in terrible pain, crying. She may even be screaming. Everybody else says, Let’s get her to the doctor. In this day and hour it is, Let’s get her to the hospital! In the process, you are dealing with a person that is going through all kinds of emotional torment and physical pain and suffering, and you are only hoping you can do something to help. That is exactly what God is saying here. The world is going to be ushered into a time of trouble. Why? Because you educated, modern men and women have believed and taught that God’s word is not true. Those that have not outrightly denied God’s word might say. Well it can be, but who knows. How do we know that Jesus is coming? Then you are blind and ignorant because you refuse to let this book talk to your heart. I have to act this way Brothers and Sisters. I grew up in this nation, in a time when presidents used to pray, and senators and congressmen would pray, and even advised their constituents to pray, and it was not a little rehearsed prayer just for a show; they truly sought the wisdom and help of a sovereign God. On down the ladder, church men, statesmen, governors of states, they all prayed. We had a nation back then, that God could speak to men in high offices. I think you are all aware of the fact that George Washington had a vision of something that would overtake this nation. How come he had such a vision? Because he cared about his country and talked to God about his concerns. That is why God gives visions and dreams many times. I have read histories telling that Alexander the Great, on his way to Jerusalem, had a dream one night, not knowing what would befall him as he approached the city. Little did he know, that the God of the Jews would give a high priest by the name of Janis a dream likewise, seeing him coming, how the two would greet each other and so forth. If God could do that, then, where is He today? We have so much knowledge crammed in our brain, it leaves no place for the supernatural power of God to work. That is why God has withdrawn Himself from a lot of America in this hour of time. We had a President by the name of Abraham Lincoln that God could speak to. Six weeks before he was assassinated, he saw himself walking into the capital building. He saw a soldier standing at the head of a casket. In the dream, the President walked up to the soldier and asked, Is someone dead? Your honor, the President is dead. Six weeks later President Lincoln lay there in a casket. I think it is about time somebody warned some of these characters of what is ahead. We have a nation that is sold out to a political hierarchy. Every week I get four or five letters from different departments of individual men who are beginning to wake up and see the fallacy. They want money to help introduce a bill into Congress, or into the Senate, to try to get this nation restored. I want to say this to every one of you. All of you are guilty of getting us into such a shape as a nation. You have turned America into nothing but a camp of lobbyists. You have to buy your way into office, and if you want something of freedom, you have to pay somebody for it. That is what has been going on in our government for the last fifty years. The lobbyists come from the ends of the earth, so to speak. Pass this, and pass this and so on and so forth. They take stacks of money from the lobbyists, so they have to play along. That is why we have so many problems in our government today, and it will not change until Jesus comes. It has all gone too far to return to what it once was.
GOD SPEAKS VERY CLEARLY
Let me finish reading this 6th verse of Jeremiah 30. “Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?” You have to realize, this is a type. Men do not travail and give birth. When Jeremiah saw this, he saw something that should let every wise child of God know, this type of travailing is pointing to something altogether different than the natural sense of birth. They are in travail, but it is because the world being shut in, and dealt with by a sovereign God, and the end result is, it is going to bring the coming of Jesus Christ. God is going to make it to be that way. That is why He says. The wise shall understand, but the wicked will not. God is not going to deal with the wicked. The wicked will go right on down the road, laughing, scoffing, having their fun at somebody else’s expense. There will be some people that are going to wake up and begin to walk with God, because they are going to know by the signs taking place, that we are living just before the coming of Christ. I want to be found doing the right thing myself. The 7th verse speaks so loudly, Listen. “Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.” That is the end result, and that takes you right into the week of Daniel. It all starts back here somewhere, but there is where the deliverance is finally realized. There, is where the birth finally takes place. “For it shall come to pas in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I (Listen, here is the climax) will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him.” I have it copied down here, how many times in prophecy God says, that in the end time, when He is dealing with Israel, I will break the yoke. When Bro. Strommen preached on the anointing, Isaiah 10:27, and it is the anointing that breaks the yoke, read the verses that precede that verse. He is talking about the same thing, how He is going to deal with Israel. That lets me know, right in front of us, as this time of trouble begins to unfold, there is an anointing going to rise up that will be working in the behalf of Israel and her leadership, and the preservation of the nation, as God sets it all straight, to complete the final picture. I have to say, God have mercy on the nation and the leader who wants to stick their neck out and say, God, you can’t do that. It plainly tells you in Isaiah, that the nation that will not assist, that nation that will not minister unto the growth of Israel, God said, I will waste them. He will bankrupt them, destroy their equilibrium and their right to be a nation. When you read this, and chapter 10 of Isaiah, then there is another verse in Isaiah 14, I believe it is verse 45, that speaks of how that anointing will be so great, and Israel, but not every Jew, is going to be saved. That pertains to those that do truly know their God, those that are predestined, will be saved. I sat to every one of you, Keep in mind, that right before us, we are going to begin to see things turned loose all around, and there is going to be a time of trouble that a lot of people have never even thought of. Clinton will not be able to talk his way out of it, and neither can the U.N. do anything to change it. The end result of it, will be that the U.N. is torn all to pieces, to set the picture right, the way God’s word portrays it.
WHAT ABOUT THESE WARS IN THE BALKANS?
We want to cover some things in this message that a lot of people are wondering about. They want to know for one thing, what this Bosnia war is going to amount to. I am not a military journalist, but as we read in the text in the beginning, there shall be a time of trouble. I have been asked many times, What is this Bosnia situation leading to? I said, One thing is sure, Jesus Christ is not coming to earth just because the Bosnia war is going on. Do not look at it that way. It can be, and will be one of many things that are starting to develop in the world at large, in order to confuse, disrupt, tear up, and show the inability of mortal man to be able to put together a kingdom of his own origin and make it hold. Politicians, ever since WW2, have worked hard to try to establish a time of lasting peace; and just look how many wars have been fought in different places of the world in the last fifty years. Look how many lives have been lost in order to carry on these insurrection types of warfare, these guerilla types of warfare, all eventually reaping havoc. I would say that in the past fifty years, the toll would run into the millions of people that either suffered someway or other, or have been killed, just because a bunch of power crazed politicians want to do something on their own. There is nowhere in the Bible, that gives man any reason to believe that natural man will ever be able to put together a kingdom of his own origin and design and it hold very long. The Bible gives us a picture of what will be, in the last days. It will be a reviving of the old Roman Empire, under its last form of leadership and rulership before it lost its power, and for a long time now, Rome has not been looked to as the seat of authority. Fifty years have come and gone since Israel was made a state. She has fought a lot of wars in that time. She fought the 1967 war. She took the old city of Jerusalem back away from the hands of foreign rule. The Bible says Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled. When the Babylonians came there in 600 B.C. and started the great siege that incorporated three episodes, Jerusalem fell to the powers of outside empires. Through the centuries of time, one right after another, has come along and trampled over the land and Jerusalem has been under the lordship of some foreign dictatorial power. Even Jordan was given jurisdiction over this land by the British, as the British relinquished their hold. Keep in mind though, that there was no such country as Jordan, in ancient times. Therefore Jordan, as a sovereign country, is destined to have a short duration. With this in mind one might ask, Why has Israel had to suffer so much? Why has she had to fight when the world looked down upon her? The Palestinians could kill all the Israelis they wanted to, create all the havoc, and suffering, and little was ever said about it. There would be articles written, but just as sure as Israel retaliated against their action, then the world would cry out, You can’t do that! Well, Israel has a right to defend what is theirs, and she has had to do something to show those that need to know, that she is not always going to be walked over and treated like dirt to be swept away. I would like to go back to the 30th chapter of Jeremiah, for a little while. We need to talk a little about his thing called a yoke. As along as this yoke has been designed by God, to be a means of chastening the house of Israel, we must accept the fact that Israel will not be victorious in everything they do. Not until the time comes that God Himself lifts the thing, will they ever be totally victorious in their endeavors. We stopped in the 8th verse earlier, but I want to go back and read the 7th verse again, because this verse gives us a picture of this time of trouble that leads to the final terrible hour of travail. “Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off his neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him.” Now just think for a moment, of the past two thousand years of history that has been written. History books are full of what the holy land has suffered while the Jews were out of there. Well we know we are living in the last days, and sue to the fact that at the close of WW2, something moved upon the heads of states as they formed the United Nations, to do something for the displaced Jews in Europe and central Asia. This started the coming back of the state of Israel, the nation of Israel, to reclaim the land. It has been a slow process, but rest assured, they will reclaim every last acre of what God gave to their father Abraham. That is why some prophecies in the Bible are not to be looked upon as instantaneous. It takes a period of time for them to fulfill their intended scope. Others are almost instantaneous, just in a short period, they are fulfilled. There are some however, that it takes hundreds of years for the entire scope of what they cover, to fulfill completely. All of these work together and come to a point in time, when there is no way we can expect Israel to go into the last week of Daniel without there first being a time of trouble that introduces the whole world to that time. The reason I express it like that, is because the whole world is going to be affected by what takes place in the last days. The world today, all the nations, have developed themselves into some kind of political trade agreement. I do not say that all of these trade agreements are going to hold out to the very end, but for now, they are serving a purpose as each one maneuvers for a certain position. That is why you are able to buy merchandise made in some other country, in almost every country you can travel to today. When in China, Korea, go to their department stores, K Mart, Wal Mart, and see where certain items were made. Go to Mexico, and you will find things made in South America. You can go to Europe, and vice versa, and it is the same story. The world is being held together by some kind of bond, especially for these last number of years. Israel is a member of the United Nations, yet she has no voting power. That is a shame. Now she has submitted herself to their government and lordship, but when we read these prophecies, this yoke, which is spoken of in different places, shall be removed. You can mark it down as something sure to come about. We will read the various scriptures, as we go through the message. Isaiah 10:27, Isaiah 14:25, and Deuteronomy 28:48, all speak of this yoke, so we are going to turn to the third one of these right now, because this is where God set it in motion.
ISRAEL’S TWO CHOICES-BLESSINGS OR CURSES
In the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy, the children of Israel were still in the land of the wilderness journey. As you start in the 1st verse, God promises the people of Israel what He will do for them if they will keep His commandments and statutes and walk in the light of His word. You read from verse 1 down through 14, and see that God promises Israel, As long as you do this, I will do this. For obedience on one hand, comes blessings on the other. However when we come to verse 15, we find this, “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.” Now you can start reading them, and on and on and on. Let us go to verse 47. “Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies (Here, is how you have to look at this thing called a yoke) which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things; and He shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until He have destroyed thee.” When you look back and think, that in 600 B.C. this thing started, the nation had already become divided; the ten tribes separated from the other two. We find out that about 600 B.C., He set the enemy against the two southern tribes. This began the taking out of the land the rest of the people of Israel. The ten tribes had already been taken out a hundred and some years prior to this. It was promised in Hosea, that never would they return to the land until the last days, at the ending of time. God promised the two southern tribes, He would reclaim them and bring them back from Babylon, for a short period of time, then again, He would scatter them. The main thing, is the yoke they have had to endure all these years. This yoke can be described in many way. It is not a yoke that has been designed by one nation. It is how God allowed many nations, as they would come into their particular time factor, to deal with the Jewish people in a way that amounted to that, because of how they made the Jewish people suffer. That is the way we have to look at it, as we think about a yoke. Only God Himself knows how they have suffered, even since WW2. I have a book that was written by Jews. In central Asia, in Russia, and in those regions around the Baltic area, the Jews suffered for many decades. One place tells how, when they really wanted to make the Jews suffer, they took the little boys away from the families saying that they wanted to school them, but what they really did, they isolated them from their parents and they put them in cold buildings. The little fellows took bad colds, pneumonia, and many died because of such treatment. These things preceded the great migration that came out of Europe in the beginning of the settlement of the new world. It tells in this book, written by Jews, that as the Jews heard of the new world, they could hardly wait for the day to come, when they would have an opportunity to come this way. I say all of that to describe to you just how we must look at this thing called a yoke. First, God prophesied that her enemies would put a yoke on their neck’s. The Jews would have to serve that people. It has been that way in Russia. I has been that way in the Balkans. It was that way under Hitler. All down through time, wherever they have been scattered to, the Jews have had a yoke put on their neck’s. They were a people not liked by very many other people. They were looked upon as fanatical people, very strange people. They were thought to be people that could not get along with anyone else, simply because they served a God that the rest of the nations thought was very foolish. They put a yoke upon them. We can say this, when God began to bring the Jews back to their land, at the close of WW2, and they began to come back and establish the land, many of those Jews came back longing for the day of their Messiah, wanting to see the day when this land could all be released, and be their possession forever. Do not forget, God allowed the Jewish people, in a general way, to meet opposition, because of the yoke. Look what they have met since going back to the land of their forefathers. Everywhere they stick their head, the Palestinians are there, fighting against them. You can say this, So has the U.N. been against them. The United States has said, We will protect you, we are right there to furnish you guns and everything you need, but at the same time, they just simply do not want the Jews to do what the Bible says they will do. That is the sad part of it all. No, Israel, stay away from that part. Don’t enlarge your borders; just live in the land that was granted to you. That is why I keep saying, (This is a statement of my own.) What are you trying to do? Are you trying to stuff the Jews into a quart jar? You know good and well that is an impossibility, but it seems like they keep trying. We can certainly see how the Palestinian Arabs of every nature, with their Islamic religion, have oppressed the Jews on every hand. They are hostile toward them. They do not want the Jews to succeed in anything. They want the land, and especially Jerusalem, all for themselves. Let us go on down through here and read some of this. Let us see if these scriptures we are going to read are really showing us what the last days are going to be like. We will go back to the 30th chapter of Jeremiah. We will go to verse 17. “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they call thee an Outcast, (That is what nations, through the hundreds of years where the Jews have been in dispersion have looked upon them as being. I know many of you down through the years, have heard the saying, Oh that is a Jew for you. And you have heard of someone going out to transact some business and would say, do you supposed we can get the Jew on this? The Jew becomes a byword, in infamy, something used in a slurry way, never to mean good) saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. This saith the Lord; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwelling places; (Now notice what it says) and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, (That means her own ruins. The old city of Jerusalem today, is built upon their own ruins of the centuries of time. Therefore according to the fulfillment of prophecy, that takes you and I to Isaiah 60. You would have to see the old city of Jerusalem to know what we are talking about. Let us continue on) and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof. And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.” Now that is not in the Millennium, which is over here, beyond the 70th week of Daniel. That literally means somewhere right in here, God is going to do some things that is going to make nations of the world bow and recognize Him to be God, and that vengeance belongs to Him. “And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them.” That literally means that for fifty years now Israel has had nothing but compromising political leaders who were not Messianic oriented at all. I have read what they have said. It is even said by Benjamin Netanyahu that he is not a man that is given to the supernatural. I will just say, As long as you have political leaders, that want to right for the preservation of the land, saying, It belongs to us Jews, yet they do not want to admit they have been brought back there by the grace of God to get things ready for the fulfillment of prophecy in the Bible, and they do not want to see any of that, I will have to say, God would have been as well off to have given it to the Apache Indians, as to give it to you dollar hungry Jews that do not even recognize Him. I say that with no animosity whatsoever. I am just giving voice to a fact. Why should the seed of Abraham just be a bunch of people that are hungry for a dollar? Do you understand my point in saying that? As we continue to read, the end result is, God is not going to let them settle there and jut be like, Well we are Jews, it belongs to us. No. It belongs to Abraham’s people, those that have grace enough and faith enough to believe in God, that He will be their guide. “And their nobles (their leaders, their Knesset) shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me; (meaning he is going to be a man that is going to know how to approach God) for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? Saith the Lord. And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until He have done it, and until He have performed the intents of His heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.” That lets us know, once God starts this time of trouble and it leads to the birth of the advent of the coming of the Jewish Messiah, which is Jesus Christ, there will be no let up in it until the world has given birth, and the things have been moved aside, and everything that is written concerning this great and glorious event will then fall right in line. We can say, in part, that for the last fifty years, God has allowed the Jews to be held back because of the yoke they had placed upon them. It has not yet run its full course. That is why we have to look at Jeremiah 30 and Isaiah 10. When that time comes, it means God is going to lift that yoke; and no, Israel is not going to be persecuted any more, neither is she going to be used as in the past. Let us take this to Isaiah 10, at this time. We are going to read a few verses here, just to show you, as it climaxes here in the 27th verse, about the yoke that is broken because of the anointing. Just keep in mind, that once God applied Deuteronomy 28, and it began for the ten tribes in 700 and something B.C., and then in the sixth century B.C., with the two southern tribes, it was to remain upon them until the end time. That yoke has remained upon them wherever they have gone, wherever their enemy is, they put them under some kind of a task master situation. I will start reading with the 20th verse. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. (Meaning this, when the Babylonians came and carried the Jews away for the seventy years, those Jews were compelled to serve the Babylonians. All they could do was cry to God, but they could not be loyal to Him, being in Babylon, which was a strange land. God had promised here, that the day would come when they would no longer have to be servants and fear their oppressors. It was to be just the opposite. They will stay the thing by putting their trust in the Lord.) The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the might God. For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord God of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: (I think of how many times I have read in history, how the Assyrians were constantly oppressing the children of Israel; and you can read it in your own Bible, in the Kings) He shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction. And the Lord of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the Rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall He lift it up after the manner of Egypt. And it shall come to pass in that day, (and it is right before us) that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” Now let us see where this anointing leads us to. How is it going to express itself? I am going to let you read these in your own setting. Isaiah 14:25, picks it up again, but first, let us go to Micah. Here is where this anointing starts. Here is a prophecy that ha been laying in our Bible for centuries. It has been read over and over. I am sure, that many times Christian people have not understood what it was really talking about. When we take this book of Micah, it clarifies this. I am going to ask you to turn to verse 7, of the 7th chapter. I am not intending to read everything, but I have to get enough of this to form a base for what we are going to say. “Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait fo the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” This is a plea of the Jewish people in the time of the end. Something causes them to begin to cry out like this. “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” Think of the hundreds of years the Jews have been scattered among the nations. If they could remember anything at all, they could whisper something like this, Go ahead and make fun of me: Go ahead and oppress me, and call me anything you want to for now, but there is coming a day when the God of my salvation will change all of this: There will be a light spring forth upon my pathway, and the same God I serve is going to do something for me. “I will bear this indignation of the Lord, (He admits his own wrongdoing) because I have sinned against Him, until He plead my cause, (I have to say, God is just about ready to plead Israel’s cause and start pointing His finger at the people that have oppressed them) and execute judgment for me: He will bring me forth to the light, (That light will start to shine upon them in the first half of Daniel’s seventieth week: That is when the two prophets come on the scene, to seal a 144,000 away to set the events for the woman element in Revelation 12 in motion) and I shall behold His righteousness. Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, (Every time I read this I think of Germany: I am not talking about all German people. I am talking about the bunch that are descendants of the old families of Germany that had no use for a Jew. It is the same way with Russia) and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the Lord thy God? (Make more fun, talk a little louder, your day is coming) mine eyes shall behold her: Now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.” Now God gives the ultimatum, and He is looking at a time factor. Let us look at the yoke. When it is time for God to break the yoke, it is going to start moving in the Middle East. “In the day that thy walls are to be built, (What did it say in Jeremiah 30? And the city would be built upon her own heaps. The word heaps, does not necessarily mean a pile of old stone, but it literally means Jerusalem, the old city of Jerusalem, is going to be renovated and rebuilt to be the beautiful city it must be, for the Messiah, going into the Millennium. If you have ever been to the old city of Jerusalem, it looks like anything else other than a capital city where you might expect the world’s representatives to go to, to worship the great King, for a thousand years. He will not rule and reign from such a pile of old stones, from a place that has an odor like a hog pen. We have to say, God has a remedy for all of that. Notice as we continue on, in the days that thy walls are to be built, speaks collectively, that not only the old city and its walls will be rebuilt, but it is also referring to the temple as well) in that day shall the decree be far removed.” What is the decree? It is in Deuteronomy 28, the yoke. Once God said that, and Israel moved into that, then she fell under the penalty that she has lived for hundreds and hundreds of years under, suffering the curse, the rejection, the neglect and oppression she has been faced with. People of all races have opposed her, but God has also provided a remedy for it. He said the day would be, when the yoke would be broken off of them. We can say this, If God is looking at this time factor now, I have to say, There is not one thing that any man in the U.N. can say or do to change anything about it. When God’s time is right, He fulfills all of everything He has purposed for that particular time.
ABOUT CERTAIN WARS
I want to pick up here, on the Bosnia situation. When we were involved in the Gulf War, actually when you look back at the outcome, as far as the United States and her allies that assisted her are concerned, I cannot help but believe it did put Saddam Hussein back in his corner. Also, God did use it to allow our military men a chance to regain some honor; because notice, we furnished the biggest percentage of the whole military representation. Had we not served and furnished the biggest part of the military forces there, none of those people would have gone with us. I have to say, I have read different articles on this, and if Clinton had not agreed to NATO and the leaders of the European alliance, that we would become involved, NATO never would have sent one plane, because she did not have that vision. Clinton is the pusher of the New World Order. If he can get NATO to follow him into this Bosnian situation, and is successful, and eventually they get it settled, do you know where that puts Bill Clinton? Right on top of the flag pole. In his heart he can say, Come on little Jewish boy, you are next, because you see what we did here. Now you just go ahead and act stubborn, we might have to spank you. I am talking on behalf of Bill Clinton, not myself. He loves to do things he can be made known by. He never cares whether it is according to the book or not. He never has went according to a book, that I know of. He comes up with his own designs. Behind the backs of the Senate and Congress, Democrats and Republicans, he is a man who thinks like he wants to think, knowing that he wants to become the leaders of something that he can say, Look what I have done. That is why he is in Bosnia. I do not know what the end results will be. I just pray that it will not last for very long. It could be a move by a carnal man, that could get us in worse shape than we were in back in the days of the Korean War, or the Viet Nam War. I have to believe, to a point, God is not even looking at the Bosnian situation a bit more than He is the sand of the Ohio River. First off, the situation involves hundreds and hundreds of years of a background of religious conflicts. I am not going to go into the Crusades of old right now, but later on I will try to bring in enough to give you something to think about. Mohammed, in 600 and something A.D., that came under the Islamic spirit, spread that religion like wildfire. He got that great revelation, because Christianity in Saudi Arabia and that part of the Middle East was already drifting toward apostasy. After Mohammad’s teachings began to be accepted, it was not long until the Jews that had been Christians, and the other Christians that had been converted to Christianity, began to drift into apostasy just like they are today. By the time this man rose up and began to teach the things he said the God of heaven had showed him, (a lot of it was a counterfeit form of Judaism.) Many Arabs and Jewish Christians were accepting it. That is why I have to say, Saudi Arabia became the very incubator for the birth of the Moslem religion. The next century, another man came on the scene; a very different kind of man. The first Mohammed was a peaceful man. He did not believe in violence, but the next leader of this same religion became very hostile. That is when they began to use swords to gain converts. From then on, they began to oppress people, and force those people to become Moslems, all through the seventh and eighth centuries. By the time they are in the eighth century they have moved northward into the Holy Land, into the land of Palestine. They took over Jerusalem. They put it all under Moslem rule, and forced their Moslem religion upon people. When the Christians in Europe began to hear how the Holy Land was under the Moslems, you that have ever studied anything about the Crusaders, you know the story. In Europe, it came right out of the headquarters of the Catholic Church, they wanted to go and deliver the holy places and Holy Land from the power of the Moslem people. It was not all accomplished in one day’s time either. As they got their message out, in a few short years there were hundreds and hundreds of people volunteered to become soldiers for the Christian cause. As we come to the close of the ninth century, starting into the tenth century, out of Europe went long convoys, caravans, armies of people heading for the Holy Land. Little did they know what they would fall int on their journey. All you have to do is read the histories. Families, little children, babies, were overtaken with adversity and pregnant women gave birth to babies on the way and all kinds of situations arose; and as they went through the various nations, there was sickness and disease. In some places they died like flies. They were buried in the countries where they died. They left graveyards all along the way. Finally, they reached this land, a bedraggled, tattered army of Christians from Europe. As they engaged the Moslem fighters, they suffered much. I will not say any more along that line because that is not my purpose in bringing this message. However, once those Crusader periods started, they covered the tenth, eleventh, and on into the twelfth century. The last time the Moslem religion rose up in the Holy Land and expelled the Crusaders. Those that could get out of there, came home licked. The sad part is, that for two hundred years they had left graveyards as marking stones for what the Crusaders’ aim was. As the Crusaders became defeated, that brings you right to the threshold of the twelfth century, and out of that same land the Moslems then took pride in their achievements, so the whole Middle East ended up under the control of that Moslem spirit. Through that twelfth century their armies began to go north, invading. By the time we come to the thirteenth century, look at your maps, look and see where Bosnia is. There is a little territory there today, called Macedonia. You read about it in the book of Acts. That is where Paul preached the gospel. If you know anything about history, there, is where some of the strongest churches were, after his era became established. They became people that were educated, and that brings us into the third century A.D. Out of there, went missionaries into illiterate Russia. This is a known fact; that hundreds of the Russian people could not read or write their name, but those missionaries went out of Macedonia into southern Russia and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is why Macedonia, which was the heartthrob of that whole piece of land, is a very historical spot today. When you come to the threshold of the thirteenth century, the Moslem army had over run this entire area, because by then it was basically Greek Orthodox Christianity, a half sister to Romanism. They entered into some of those cities and rounded the citizens up. Then the Moslem army rode around them on horseback, taunting them, teasing them, belittling them and beheading them. The Serbs, the Albanians, and all the rest of them are the modern day descendants of what was way back there. Therefore the conflict is as old as time itself. Look what has been going on in Ireland since WW2. The Protestants and the Catholics kill and bomb, and tear each other to pieces. They have that old grudge that will not let them forget the past. What does the Bible say? What did Jesus say? In the latter period of time there shall be wars, rumors of wars, distress of nations and so forth. That means nations will have social unrest and instability. In places, there will be nothing but complete economic, social and political upheaval. It is going on in Africa. I am not saying that Jesus is coming soon, just because we are in Bosnia. All of that no doubt, is because of an old scar; an old wound that will never be healed. Our president could be trying to use it, on the chance that if he can bring it to a clam, and stabilize some measure of coexistence, it would look to the world like, Oh look what that man has done. That gives him the leverage, the psychological input to begin to say to Israel, It is time to back off. I believe by that time, Israel will have become bolder, because the God of heaven is going to start talking to the leadership of Israel. Somewhere along there, that anointing is going to start working.
WHAT SAITH THE WORD OF GOD?
We have said much about what is sure to come upon this old world in the very near future; and everything we have taught about that time is taken right from the pages of God’s holy word. The time for, “In the days that thy walls are to be built,” is getting close. I want to ask a question. How many of you in here right now, really believe God is going to fulfill all of this which we have been talking about? Or do some of you think that is just so much printing for the sake of taking up space? I believe He means what He says. I believe there is an objective to be obtained. I do not believe they are going to do it over here in the middle of Daniel’s week either. When you see that seventieth week of Daniel set in, you do not see Israel doing anything. You have got to see Israel, whatever she does do, and however she is to do it, she will do it between now and the beginning of that seventieth week. That is the way we have to look at it. Let us read on. “In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree (the yoke) be far removed. In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, (This is talking about Jews that are still in dispersion, that will come from Assyria) and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.” Think of it, this was prophesied seven hundred years before Christ. The prophet speaks of how there will be a general immigration from these vast regions to be brought back to the land. The 13th verse spoke in advance of telling you how the land is going to look in that day, when this is brought about. “Not withstanding (meaning however) the land shall be desolate (run down, grown up, nothing but ruins) because of them that dwell therein, (which of course is the Palestinian Arabs) for the fruit of their doings.” The first time I was in Israel was 1968. This was the next year after their war. As the guide took us around different places, driving from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, they used to say the mileage was nine miles. All you could see was barren wilderness of the landscape, looked much like parts of Arizona. Later on, in the 1970’s, eery time we would take a trip back there, you could see that from Bethlehem coming toward Jerusalem, there were subdivisions taking up all of that land. Now it is 1999, and 1979 was the last time we were there. I said when that hostage deal in Iran went like it did, that I would not take a group of people back there, to put them through the ordeal of having everything torn to pieces, until this thing gets on a peaceful side again, so we have not been back, but in the twenty years since we last saw that land, I would have to say, if we went there now, traveling from place to place, we would probably see the whole landscape covered by subdivisions. We would probably see that also in other areas of the land. Before Israel took back parts of their land, much of it had been under Palestinian control for centuries of time and they had no farmers. The farmers that the Palestinians had were just a few that raised grapes. They did not have a lot of acreage. They did not have big farms there, back then, that raised giant crops of wheat and other stuff. The land was basically a wilderness. With this though, we can see what God is planning to do. Let us go to verse 15. The anointing that God spoke of in Isaiah 10:27, where the yoke would be lifted or broken because of the anointing, lets us know that when God wants to show Himself to these people, on their behalf, to accomplish, to finish, to fulfill everything He said He would do for them in the last days, that is when the anointing is going to hit; and there is not a man on the face of this earth that can stop it. LISTEN TO THIS, HE WILL SHOW THEM MARVELOUS THINGS. “According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvelous things.” What went on when God led Israel out of Egypt? Was this a long struggle? Was not God’s mighty hand very evident in the entire affair? Look what happened at the Red Sea. I suppose if Israel could have got hold of some of our modern construction tools, power saws, amphibious rafts, they would have tried to put together a bridge, but God made a way without any of that. When they looked behind them and saw that bunch of Egyptians coming at them with all those chariots and soldiers with spears, the people began to cry and scream. Moses took one look and looked up to God, Oh Lord, why have you brought us out here to face something like this? All God said to Moses was, Why cry to me? Speak to the children to cross over. Moses spoke, and then held the rod over the water and a strong east wind began to blow. God is still the author of strong winds. Hurricanes, hail storms, anything and everything that serves His purpose, it is all at God’s disposal. All night long Moses stood there and that wind never let up. As daylight began to dawn the next morning, that water was standing on edge. There was a chasm in the Red Sea. Moses said something like, Now take the children across. Of course we have atheists today, that try to discredit that by saying, We have examined the Red Sea where that was supposed to have taken place; and we know, that at that time, the Red Sea was only a few inches deep. One fellow one time heard something like that and said, Praise God! The critics asked, Why are you shouting like this? Hallelujah! God drowned a whole army in 18 inches of water. That is an even greater miracle than what the unbelievers are trying to disprove. God still rules this thing; and He is going to show this bunch of book learned characters in our governments today, that He is still God, He sits high in the heavens; and He puts up whom He will and puts down whomsoever He will; and He still rules in the affairs of men wheresoever He chooses to. When I read this part, this is the part that makes me feel good. We live in 1999; and we have all these modern, jet airplanes, and all kinds of electronic equipment to play with, to make work easy. We have everything at our disposal, and let us not forget God. Just because you have not seen Him work in the affairs of man the way He has been seen here in these scriptures, is that any reason for us to think He is not still the same God He was back then? It just means He has certain things written here, and He has got to let man get himself in a certain position before He shows Himself. He know exactly who is going to be an unbeliever, an atheist planning against Him, and who will believe all of His word. Therefore when the time is right, and everything is in place, then He will show Himself just like the rest of this verse says, “According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvelous things. The nations (The U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Chili, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and all the nations) shall see and be confounded (How are they going to see? Are you ignorant of the fact this is the day of giant TV. I want you to know, that the prophets that made these statements knew exactly what God was going to do. My point is this, when these prophecies have certain wording, that nations will see and will react accordingly, you have to understand one thing, God knew there would a day come when we would have these electronic devices and there would not be one thing take place anywhere on this planet, but what God would not magnify it and let everybody see it. I have to say, We have some of them today, people scattered around the earth reporting the News. I do not want to go to hell, with a TV reporting everything that is happening and me ignoring it. You can be so hard headed you will go to hell for some other reason, but if you are one that cannot control that thing, then you would be better off to forget it. If it cannot be a blessing to you, at least keep it from being a curse. If someone else comes along and knows what the day’s News was, do not be jealous, if you have used your TV for something else and missed the News. Nevertheless, “The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might.” Bro. Allen spoke about one of the planes we now have, that flies like a shadow. We lost one in Bosnia, they say. It cost a pile of money; that is for sure. We did not lose one of them in the Gulf War, but this thing that is going on over there now, God can let a lot of terrible things happen, just to show the world it is really something they should have kept their hands off of. When every time I read this 15th verse, I think of how God brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea. That was the biggest geological, geographical obstacle there was, in the pathway of those children of Israel. It was a great obstacle, because, at that time, there was no scientific invention of any nature that they could be rescued by. God was the rescuer, so that is why He caused a strong east wind to blow all night and dry up a roadway across that thing. God separated the waters and they walked over on dry ground. He does not say here, that He will repeat the exact same thing for them at the end time, He lets us know that He will do for them whatever it takes to make them victorious over their enemies. Therefore I have to say, Let’s get our eyes open, watch and learn; and be ready to meet our Lord when He returns for His chosen bride. When we do learn, let us realize this, God will let us see some things He can do to encourage our hearts, to stimulate our souls. The nations will be confounded at all their might, and I am going to say, Also at all their technology. All kinds of satellites for broadcasting things out over the land, will be available. “They shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.” I do not believe the true Christians are going to have any reason to act like that. That is a picture of the politicians and the educated man of the world. “They shall lick the dust like a serpent, (Think of it, scared half to death) they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee.” When you take a look at that, it tells you that the anointing is going to be expressed that way. How many can see that? Because of the anointing, the yoke will be lifted. Until the anointing is present, the yoke will stay there. Why? Because it is according to God’s word in Deuteronomy. It says right here, He will lift it, in other places, He breaks, or takes it away from them. And they that you serve, I will compel them to serve you. (What about that?) That takes us to Isaiah 60. When we see in our modern, political world, their way of looking at things, like what I read earlier, and right here it is, the European leaders of the European Common Market, have asked Israel to please give the Palestinians a state. Do you realize what they are asking? How can Israel give the Palestinians something that the Bible is against? That is why I have said, If certain people heard me they would say, But you are preaching hate. I do not call it that. I cannot help it though, if people do not want to believe the Bible. What I really hate, is some of the things that are being propagated, that are not of the Bible. I hope all of you understand what I mean. I do not want to sound like a fanatic, or a fool, but when the Bible says something as plainly as it says in Jeremiah, and in these other scriptures we have been calling your attention to, what else can I say? When I read these three verses in Micah, What else can I say? Let me read them again. 15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvelous things. 16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. 17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.” I believe every word of it. When God says to Israel, I will establish you according to your old estates, I believe He means exactly that. When yo go to the 36th chapter of Ezekiel, you find this, 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will also save you from all your uncleanness: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. 30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.” If God has promised that, who is the politician, who is the educator that wants to change the picture. Of course the modern man of the world, the politicians, if you get to talking like this they say, But how do you know that Jesus is coming? I am going to say, How do you know that He is not coming? Come on, How do you know that? Did you write the Bible? Can you show me anywhere in history that God ever used one of your type of men to dictate the terms when, if, and how He would do anything? No. It is always the simple minded people that God can deal with. That is why it is so beautiful, to see the truth of God’s word. I have scripture for what I believe: What do you have, other than unbelief? I am not saying these things to be smart of foolish. I just happen to believe there was a reason it says in Daniel 12, “And the wise shall understand.” We have people today that like to take you to their house, and ask, Do you see this plaque, I graduated from this university. I would rather look at a bushel of corn in the barn than a lot of things some people are so proud of. I really would. That is just what I think about it. I respect education where it is applicable, but we are living in a day when some people think education is all there is. They do not know what to do with divine revelation from the word of God.
ZECHARIAH CHAPTER 12
I will ask you now to go with me to one more scripture, and we will get everything set for the next phase of this message. Turn to Zechariah 12. I love this book. Just as I read earlier, from this article, how the European Common Market nations leaders are asking Israel, Please give the Palestinians a state. We know the Palestinians want more than just a state. They want Jerusalem to be the capital of it, while at the same time, the European leaders are wanting Jerusalem to be an internationally controlled city, when he breaks the covenant with Israel in the middle of the seventieth week of Daniel’s seventy weeks. Until that hour comes though, it is not the antichrist that is going to give Israel the right to rebuild anything. Israel is going to do it themselves. It is through the anointing, that she will do it. Alright, so here they beg, here they have said what they want Israel to do, but here we see what the Bible, the very word of God says, how it is going to be. Verse 2, of Zechariah 12, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, (When it says round about, you are looking at all of what they call Palestinians, or Arabs today, of the Islamic world) when they shall be in the siege (This is not a military siege: it is a diplomatic, negotiating siege, where they want to put the pressure on the little Jewish nation) both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day (the same period of time) will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: (This is looking at the United Nations) all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Now that is why I say, If God was to allow the U.N. and her agenda to go into affect in the year 2000, like they have planned to do, and it was to last for a period of time, it will throw prophecy into reverse, to such an extent that I have my doubts a lot of people would have the courage to continue on believing God’s word in any meaningful way. I have a reason for saying it that way. We have seen God do too much up to this point. Why did God use Israel in 1967, to fight such a victorious war? It only lasted six days. I heard a Jewish general, who was also the president of a bank, say, on an airplane, in 1968, as we were flying toward Israel, that when this thing started Israel was building caskets, preparing for ten thousand casualties, and we were planning to make Tel Aviv our Dunkirk, just like England did in WW2. However, when the war started, in just six days it was all over. Not one civilian casualty was reported, and only a small number of military casualties were sustained. Think of that. When you look at the military power that Egypt, Jordan and Syria had at that time, Israel was out tanked, out planed, and out gunned, but God’s anointing was right there for them. The percentage of everything that came against them far outweighed the entire Israeli army and what they had to fight with, but that is when God showed Himself. He was right there with them. From one point to the next, that Israeli army was used to scatter the Assyrians and Jordanians and run them out of Jerusalem, and the Egyptians likewise, and send them fleeing back home. At the end of six days, the Israeli army had crossed the Red Sea and was heading for Cairo . I have to say, There had to be a sovereign God fighting on their side; to obtain such a victory. It is a shame today, that even the present day Israeli leaders no longer look back and pick up the testimonies of those soldiers that came through that period. When we were there in 1968, the two guides we had were soldiers in that war. They told us of testimonies of soldiers from different areas of the military, how they captured certain Egyptian troops that were in a long convoy coming from Egypt, through the Sinai Desert. As they captured those Egyptian soldiers, they said something strange went on: All those trucks were brand new Russian built trucks, but as we were moving toward the front with troops and supplies, all of a sudden the ignition system went out on every one of those trucks. Hallelujah! Don’t try to tell me there is not a God on the scene when something like that happens. When they went dead, here came the Israeli fighters, and all the Egyptian soldiers could do, was leave them and run out into the brush. Let me say this, You might have the key, but He still has the mechanism that makes the spark. When He shuts that off, you just as well pack up and go home. He is going to show the world He is God, and that He rules everything at His will. Another testimony, was how a few Egyptians had some Israelis pinned down on a knoll. The Israelis knew there was no way for them to hold out because they were targets for the Egyptians that had encircled them. The testimony of these Israeli soldiers was this, They had prayed, God help us. All of a sudden an angel was seen to come down an stand right in their midst. As this angel looked in one direction, he threw his hand out; and streaks of fire went out and Egyptians would die. He would look in another direction and the same thing would happen. It went on like that until finally the remaining Egyptians said to the Israeli army, We surrender. After they had surrendered they asked the Israelis, where did you get your reinforcements? The Israelis saw something, but the Egyptians only saw reinforcements. I have to say, Lord, let the world see it again. When you read this 12th chapter, this whole thing is going to start when they put the pressure on Jerusalem. There cannot be any Palestinian state. There has to be nothing but a restored Jerusalem, an Israeli state that fits the picture of the Bible. The anointing of God is going to do it. That is what is going to shock this Gentile world that is so proud of all our high technology, when they see that little handful of people over there, and that little nation the world would like to destroy, all of a sudden come out of the midst of that, and that begins to change the whole picture of the end time. I thank the Lord, there is a God that has everything in His hands.