I SUPPOSE ALL OF YOU REALIZE BY NOW, THAT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A SHORT SUBJECT WE ARE ON. IN THE LAST 100 PLUS YEARS, MANY THINGS HAVE COME ABOUT THAT JESUS SPOKE OF IN HIS PARABLES, SO WE JUST WANT TO TAKE OUR TIME WITH THIS AND COVER AS MUCH OF IT AS WE CAN. IT WILL DELIVER MANY PEOPLE FROM SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE, IF THEY WILL JUST PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS PRESENTED IN THE TOTAL MESSAGE AND NOT ALLOW THEIR MIND TO RUN AHEAD OF WHAT IS BEING PRESENTED. WE WERE SPEAKING OF BELIEVERS THAT DID NOT AND DO NOT MEASURE UP TO THE STATURE OF THE BRIDE CHURCH, BUT IN REALITY THEY HAVE SOMETHING THE LORD WILL NOT IGNORE. THEY WILL DEFINITELY STAND AMONG THE OTHER IMMORTAL SAINTS AT THE PROPER TIME.
Right now, I am going to ask you to open your Bible with me again to Matthew 24. Since we are dealing with a subject “The Last 100 Years – Plus,” we must go in many direction as we try to bring in all the main thoughts. We are starting at the beginning of the century, 1901, as we come into the era where the five wise and five foolish are dealt with according to the parable of Matthew 25. When we begin to look at that, we have to realize Jesus said certain things just before He was crucified, that believers in other centuries did not need to deal with. I am going to say this very carefully, so listen to me: Matthew 24 and 25, have specific words, that if you start from the first verse, you will understand better. Take heed that no man deceive you: That was applicable for all times. We have read Matthew 24, many times, but when you look at it very carefully, He was speaking to that generation of disciples who were Jews, because they had just left the temple area. On the outside, the disciples began to look at the beautiful building and comment. He said to them, There is not one stone that shall be left on another: they will all come down. Leaving there and going over to the Mt. of Olives, (Once when I was there, it was pointed out by our guide, that this, is the spot where Jesus used to sit and rest as they would climb the slopes of the Mt. of Olives, looking back at the city.) The disciples began to come to Him privately, asking, When shall these things be, and what is the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Three things were on their mind. Then we see Him begin to explain to the disciples, the things referenced. When you read it carefully, you see that He was speaking the first words to that element of disciples back then. He told them all about the signs of things that would come. He told them about Jerusalem being compassed with armies and so forth. Then when He came on down from that, notice that I am pointing to the 23rd verse: Verses 15 thru 22, were fulfilled in the days of the early disciples. I must remind you, He was talking about two different periods of tribulation in the things He told them. here. We know there was one period of great tribulation when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Roman Army in that very period of time. Then, we are talking about another period of great tribulation, and that is what will take place in the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel. From this line, to this line, (chart) represents a seven year period of time after grace to Gentiles has ended. I realize there are a lot of the followers of Bro. William Branham that will say, But the prophet said there is only three and one half years left. That has been a great dividing point over the years and you are free to go that way if you want to, but there is a day coming when you will wish you had listened to someone who studies the scripture instead of those who only study what the prophet said. Do not forget, there was another time when he preached the seventy weeks of Daniel, and showed by the scriptures that there is exactly seven years left. It does not matter what he said when he preached the Seals, because that was his belief before he ever preached the Seventy Weeks of Daniel message. The Seventh Day Adventists also believe there is only 3 ½ years left, but what does that prove? The Catholics have the same opinion, but that is all it is, an opinion: They cannot back it up with the scriptures. Different writers through the Christian period have written about this, but we are living in the last generation of Christendom and we are to be turned back to the faith of our apostolic fathers. If we do not begin to get our thinking straightened up and ask, What did he say that puts me back in the scriptures? you can run around over all creation, reading from book to book, but if you are not careful, you will be on the outside of the Bible, running everywhere and learning nothing. I am not saying these things to agitate anyone, nor to show disrespect for Bro. William Branham, but if you are going to come here and listen to me, it is time you gain some respect for what you are hearing. I will speak as kindly as I know how, but we are too close to the end for me to try to hold back the truth to spare feelings: We do not have another ten years to play around with anything except that which is vindicated by the word of God, regardless of what anyone else may have taught. When we come to verse 23 of chapter 24, we read these words, “Then if any man shall say unto you, lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” I am not re-preaching what I spoke last Sunday: I am just reminding you as we go on in this message, that it is time to get our thinking straightened up. This covers the era and generation of time that I have lived in, when there was a messenger and prophet to this age, to straighten up some things and turn us back to the Bible. Listen, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders.” I have seen that period myself. From the time Bro. William Branham started his ministry, on into the 1950’s, and even into the 1960’s, the highways across America were filled with semi trucks hauling tents and chairs, going to hold meetings here and there. Those men all began to come on the scene as Bro. William Branham was being used by God to spark this era of believers. When we come to verse 25, notice, “Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” Those two verses of scripture are applicable to our very generation of time. Jesus was saying all of this, with our period of time in mind. The last thirty some years has been overrun with ideas like that, but none of them can be established by the scriptures.
- 1 THE BRIDE WILL KNOW WHEN TO EXPECT THE RAPTURE
- 2 EVERYTHING IN ITS PROPER TIME
- 3 FATE OF THE EVIL SERVANTS
- 4 DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WISE AND FOOLISH
- 5 GOD WORKS, APART FROM CARNAL IDEAS
- 6 SOULS RESTING A LITTLE SEASON
- 7 IN THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL
- 8 EAGLES FEASTING
- 9 AN HONEST LOOK AT REALITY
- 10 ANOTHER TESTIMONY
- 11 JOHN SEES THE BRIDE
- 12 CHECKING OUR UNDERSTANDING
THE BRIDE WILL KNOW WHEN TO EXPECT THE RAPTURE
I know there are some who will wonder why I have 1963 right here on the chart. Well I am looking at 1963, because something happened in 1963 that the church world does not know anything about. They could have known, but they choose to hold to their traditions and live in the past. Notice what was said following verse 27, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” He was not talking about His physical return, over here at the end of tribulation: He was talking about His appearing for His Bride, back here in the beginning of that week. What He said here, in the 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th verses, is to warn an element of people here in the end time, that the coming of Christ will not be a secret thing propagated by a select few of would-be-wise people who think they will be able to run the entire event the way they see it. When He comes for His Church, she will be expecting Him, because they will have already heard the thunders sound their voices. It is not going to take place the way a certain element of unstable men want it to. Let me say this, Through the years, there have been men in this very congregation, (They are not here anymore.) That got the idea we have to go to a certain geographical place to get ready for the rapture. One family left here, planning on going to Jerusalem, because they believed that is where the rapture will take place. The rapture is not going to take place in any one certain place: Not in Jerusalem, nor in Indiana, nor California: It is going to be a universal event, when the bride people around the world are prepared and waiting. Keep in mind though, the rapture is not going to be a visible scene to the world in general. The rapture is for the entire Bride of Christ that has lived and died throughout the ages of time, regardless of where they are. Surely none of you think they all lived in America. Some of them lived in those Arab nations, where right now, they would defy you to come there. I have history to prove it. They lived and died and they shall have their reward. I have to say, The gospel has traveled from Jerusalem to Asia; and by the time of the second century it had also gone into the Arab world, and across North Africa. In the second century there was a Christian element in Morocco, but it is all Muslim there today. Therefore when Jesus said, As the lightning shines from the east to the west, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of man, I say to you, For what? For the catching away of His Bride. That event is a secret thing. Only those that are living and watching, along with those that have gone into the ground ready, are going to see that event. That is the truth. I have the writings of people that want to tell you that Bro. William Branham is going to come back to call the bride Church for the rapture, and there are two brothers that have an old airplane standing by, planning to take him around here and there when he returns. Brothers and sisters, I have the highest respect for who Bro. William Branham was, what his calling was, and for the way he fulfilled that calling, but I have no respect for these carnal ideas that some are promoting. How could any man think he is going to use some mechanical means to transport Bro. William Branham around, while he calls for the Bride saints to collect at a certain place for the rapture? How totally carnal can anyone be? Notice what Jesus said in verse 27, because it is important that we understand these verses. We have played around through time, saying, It means this, or it means that, but I want you to know for sure, that these verses will not fit every man’s ideas. Jesus meant one thing when He said, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” He meant for us to know that it will be a universal event, but the world in general will know nothing about it. As for His visible coming, when the entire world will see it, If you read the sixth seal you can see exactly, that the whole world will see Him coming at that time, but the coming of Jesus Christ for His bride is a secret event to all except the bride. You may say, How can the whole world see Him? The entire event hangs in heaven as a sign, and the sun will be darkened and the moon will withdraw its light and the powers of heaven will be shaken, and the stars will fall. Make no mistake about it: That is His second coming, visibly, with His Bride, to judge the nations and set up His one thousand year reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. This secret coming is compared to a flash of lightening, because He said, “So shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Regardless of what you hear those TV preachers say, That coming is for His Church, His Bride. Now look at Verse 28, “For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” That sounds like a carnal expression; and I know we have covered it already, but I want to say again, That expression refers to saints of this EAGLE AGE, feasting on the freshly revealed word of God. That is fresh food for your soul: Only those whose spirit is in tune with the Spirit of God will be able to eat of this food. You do not know the number of doctors of divinity that have looked at that and would just shake their head and say, I don’t know what He meant by that. Well thank God, We do. It is a figure of speech of course, wherever the little eagles are, and wherever the carcase of the revelation of God’s word is, there is where all the eagle saints are going to come together and feast. That does not mean there will be just one spot: it just says that wherever there is a man of God fulfilling the role of giving out meat in due season, because he has received by divine revelation the truth and the application of it for this hour of time, there is where the little eagles gather. Eagles will not gather on the carcase of something that has been killed in the road yesterday: They will only feed on fresh killed meat. You just have to remember, That is a figure of speech; and it is only to be understood by those of the true bride Church . Since we are living in the days of the fourth seal, and the fourth beast had the face of an eagle, we are living under the effects of that EAGLE SPIRIT. Therefore if we are eagles, little eaglets, our spiritual nostrils are open for the smell of that fresh killed carcase, (fresh revelation of God’s Word) and they have no taste for that which old buzzards will eat on. Buzzards will eat on it no matter how long it has been lying in the road and no matter how it stinks. Notice verse 29, which jumps to the other side of the great tribulation in the last half of that week. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days” (He is talking about a different advent here. He is talking about what will take place after the tribulation of those days right in here, (chart) at the ending of the week of Daniel. That means exactly what it says right there, IMMEDIATELY, not six months later, or two years, but immediately.) after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, (That did not happen in 69 A.D. when that first episode of destruction was fulfilled there in Jerusalem. We must keep in mind, that two separate events of tribulation are covered in these few verses.) and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the power of the heavens shall be shaken.” No wonder the wicked will flee to the rocks and mountains and cry, “Hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” The wicked do not react like that back here in the other event that was spoken of. From verse 28, where the eagles are gathered together down here, we notice now that something has happened, because of His next words. Verse 31, “And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect (That is His eagles.) from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Let me explain something at this time. The rapture is to occur somewhere right in here (chart) around about the time the week of Daniel starts. I have heard ever since I gave my heart to the Lord, that the rapture could take place just any time. That was way back in the late 1940’s. Well that is spiritual ignorance talking: The rapture cannot take place just any time, because there is a precise, scriptural timing for it. When Paul said what he did in 1st Thessalonians 4, the scripture that causes many to talk like that, he then writes another letter to that same assembly, in which he says, (2nd Thessalonians 2:1) “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, (in the rapture) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (the rapture) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, (an open rebellion against God) and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God.” Does that not tell you something very important pertaining to the coming of the Lord? He is not talking about going out here in the desert somewhere, to wait for that time and event to take place. In that scripture, he is talking about the rapture, the coming of the Lord, and our (the Bride) gathering together unto Him, and that it (that day) shall not come except there come a falling away first. The King James version speaks of the falling away like it is some ecclesiastical state of apostasy. Well that condition has been going on for some forty five to fifty years already, but in reality, when you look into the Arabic translation, it says, That day shall not come except there first be open rebellion. We hear that in the News every day now, where someone has said, Don’t mention God in here! America has become a nation, that from the philosophers, from the ecclesiastical big shots, the politicians and the News Journalists, if you were in a public place and asked to speak, if you mention Jesus Christ you hear, Shut that up! We don’t need that in here. Society as a whole, especially in America, is in open rebellion against any mention of Jesus Christ. They allow the term god, because the world is overrun with gods of every description. That is why you cannot mention Jesus: It is now forbidden, to mention Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation and communication with God. No wonder they do not want Him in the schools anymore: Apostate Christendom did not make that order: the devil did it. That is why I have to say, Now that we have seen that trend begin to take preeminence, we know that period of time the apostle Paul wrote about in his 2nd letter to the Thessalonian Assembly is getting very close at hand. When you go to the 19th chapter of Revelation, in the ending of the chapter, where Jesus is seen coming back to earth with His Bride, the kings of the earth, the beasts and so forth, are gathered together to make war against Him. That is the climax of this open rebellion that has been designed by Satan, to try to destroy even the knowledge of God completely.
EVERYTHING IN ITS PROPER TIME
I am going to call your attention back to (Matthew 24:28) which says, “For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” I am doing this because I want to place it right there on our chart. (On chart, just before the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy opens up.) Why would you put it there Bro. Jackson? Because, when God dealt with Bro. William Branham like He did, in the experience he had, and He dealt with him in such a way as to cause him to come back here and preach on the breaking of the seals, I sat there; and I have observed the spirit of this age ever since then and seen how the church world as a whole rejected it. That was the first divine revelation presented to the Church since the days of John on the Isle of Patmos. No man had ever preached on the seals: We everyone know it. They could not, because they had not been broken before then. I read an article the other day, where some man, a follower of Bro. William Branham, said that they were broken to John. No. They were not broken to John, or he would have written something about them. The first three chapters John wrote, concerns the church at that time. Then, coming to chapter 4, John heard that voice from heaven saying, Come up hither and I will show you things that shall be hereafter. Therefore when he was taken up into the spirit world, he was projected completely into the future tense. Sure, he came back and wrote words, but all that he saw was only in symbols. If the seals had been revealed to John, he would have written something about what they pertained to. That is why I said 1963 was the beginning of God, in a divine way, revealing to an element of people on earth, within the Church Age of the wise and the foolish virgins, things the living element of the bride of Christ needed to know. It started right there, when he preached on the seals of Revelation, chapter 6. That became the SHOUT of (1 Th 4:16) “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,” and also the midnight cry of (Matthew 25:6) “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.” This was to awaken the believers of this age. When I look back to that period of time, the time when the revelation of those seals began to be known, that was when God began to say, I have prepared a table and there is fresh meat on it. That began to be noised throughout the world. That sets the stage for me to talk about this time factor. We have been living in a time factor when somewhere very close in front of us, the devil, through the antichrist system, will be permitted to initiate certain events in that final week of Daniel’s seventy weeks prophecy. We do not know exactly how close it is, but according to the signs all around us, it is getting very close. It is important that we begin to look at this time factor, because, if we fail to, then all we will do is sit and read scripture saying, Well maybe one day God will help us to understand it. Listen carefully to what I am saying! I say those seals, after they were preached in 1963, eventually went all over this world in printed form; and I ask you, Have they changed the world of religion in general? Not one bit. I have to say though, This has awakened a lot of people who have it in their heart to be wise. Even now though, for some reason, this has left an element of people standing, looking and not able to comprehend. You and I know the same Bible I am preaching from, is what is in the Baptist pulpit this morning, also in the Methodist, the Catholic, and even in the Pentecostal. That which was written just for the Bride of Christ seems to be such a mystery to them. Well I ask you, If everything out here in the religious sector today is potentially Bride people, then why are they not all reading and understanding it? That reminds me of a testimony after Bro. William Branham’s death: Tommy Osborne, a preacher who is my age, was told by some of his friends, that he ought to read the seals books. It was stated that he went on a long fast and played the tapes. When he had listened to the tapes and the fast was over, he gave them back to the person who had given them to him and said, I want nothing to do with that. A large percentage of the religious element of professing Christians around this world today are like that: They fall into the category of that realm of foolish people. Yet out there in the charismatic realm, they can shout and sing with their hands in the air and tears streaming down their face, and look like the most holy of anyone on earth. Why is that? Because they have no divine revelation whatsoever, that can begin to connect them with the soon coming of Jesus Christ. I ask the question, Why is it that way? It is because they have to fulfill the foolish virgin side of Matthew 25:1-13. They look at the wise side of that picture and see us for all our faults and failures, all our misquotes of Bro. William Branham and such like, and the supposed-to-be revelations that have been concocted out of what he preached and they say, just like Tommy Osborne, We want nothing to do with that. Nevertheless, from the time those seals messages were preached in 1963, God has been feeding the true bride (the wise virgins) from a table upon which He has absolutely presented fresh meat for His eagle saints to feed upon. As I said the other night, Fresh meat to these young eagles, is not like six or seven buzzardslighting on a rabbit that had been killed on the highway days ago. In a setting like that they would all be fussing with one another, each one going for the best, but God’s little eaglets, in this sense, come together in an orderly fashion and each one can take whatever portion they are able to digest, with no reason whatsoever for fussing and arguing. With that, we then collectively begin to understand the time frame we are living in and what God expects from each of us. This time frame will last until the rapture comes and takes the Bride out of here. Bro. Jackson: Why so long? Because, in 1963 a lot of these young people in the bride today were not even born, yet they were foreknown by the Creator from before the foundation of the world. Therefore they have all had opportunity to sit and feed with those who were at the table back then. When I sat there and heard that man explain these things so vividly, and then after he died, a certain man stood in that pulpit and said that God would no longer speak by dreams or visions or gifts of the Spirit and so forth, I just thought, Where has that man been? I will not mention the man’s name, but let me say this, Such a person as that is a first class hypocrite. God did not call you to be a part of something that was supposed to be turned back to the faith of our fathers, as Bro. William Branham labored through the years to do, emphatically stressing the fact that the Church in the end is to be a supernatural people, believing in the supernatural, and then end it all at the death of His servant. Why believe in something spoken by a prophet, then come back to your former state and wind up sitting like a bunch of Methodists, still feeding on tradition? You can mark this down, I, Raymond Jackson, concerning verse 28, say that 1963 marks the time factor for the beginning of what that verse speaks of. That is when God began to set fresh meat before an element of people who love truth. The effects of that verse will have to lay here long enough, until every young person born in this era of time around the world has had opportunity to hear this truth and take their place in the ranks of the Bride of Christ. I am so glad, that since 1965, we have already come through thirty seven years and Jesus is still on the mercy seat. Look at all these young people that would have been shut out according to the words of some of those who claim to know it all. Because of that, I am glad Jesus did not come, back in 1965. How many understand what I mean by that? They are not all in America. Around this world, people have heard this revelation of truth, they have come to it, and they are feasting on it. Yes Saints, God’s program is right on schedule: Jesus will not come one moment too soon, nor will He be late: He will come at the exact time, known only to the Father from the foundation of the world.
FATE OF THE EVIL SERVANTS
As we come to the 50th verse, Jesus has just been talking about how it will be when He does come: one will be ready, and that is the one that goes: another will not be ready and will not go. Then He turns attention to the wise servant that shall be giving out meat in due season: He is living in the time factor (chart-this present era) when the carcase is prepared. He knows the right things to say and so forth. That carries right on through to the rapture. It lets us know, as we read the verses that follow, that there will also be evil servants in the camp. They will begin to say, My lord has delayed his coming; and they turn their attention back to the ways of the unbelievers of the world. Well I just have to say this morning, He has not delayed His coming: He is coming right on time according to the scriptures. There are no possible grounds for us to ever say He has delayed His coming, simply because the time of His coming has not been made known to anyone. It matters not, what anyone has said about Him coming back in 1977, 1988, or any other date they think He should have come: He is coming right on time; and that will be the time known only to the Father. Jesus Himself, said that. We know the season, but not the exact time. It is when we begin to play carnally with something, that we really mess up. God will not let us, in our mortal state, run His program for Him. This evil servant is not out there in the charismatic world like so many think. Listen to me! You do not hear anyone out there fussing, Well Jesus was supposed to come yesterday, or anything like that. They have always thought He could come just any moment, (which is total ignorance, spiritually speaking) but none of them to my knowledge has set any time for it to take place. You only hear that in the ranks of those who are supposed to be walking in the light of this end time revelation of truth. They have made their projections, they have left their negative remarks; and every bit of it has been because they follow flesh instead of a divine revelation of God’s word. This goes to show, by the time we do come to that time when the rapture is taking place, the Lord will have come on the scene in a form of spiritual judgment, and will have kicked all such persons out. Let me say this, The events of the verses I am reminding you of, do not take place in heaven. The only people that are going to leave this earth are those that are going to be changed into immortality. The evil servants will not be thrown out of heaven: they will never get there in the first place. There is nothing coming out of the ground, that did not go into the ground ready to meet the Master. Do not ever think the events of these verses I am going to remind you of this morning, are going to be taking place in heaven, because nobody is going to be thrown out of heaven. These judgments are all down here, before anyone is caught up. It is how the Lord uses His Word, as He moves among us in Spirit, to eliminate, or cast out. He is the one that looks at the heart. When we look at verse 50, (I want to remind you, The evil servant shall say, “My lord delayeth his coming.”) It says, “The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” This is where I ask you, What kind of coming is that referring to? I just want to be sure it is not misunderstood. It is not His mystical coming, when He comes for the Bride Church. Neither is it His visible coming, when He comes with His Bride: Right here, (in this interval of time) He comes in divine revelation, just as He did in 1963. If we cannot see Christ by divine revelation, in His Word, then there is something wrong with us. When I sat on that platform and heard that little man preach those seals, it made my heart feel invigorated. I did not see Jesus in any visible form, but I sure did see Him in His word. It let me know we are living close to the end of time. When He speaks of the evil servant, He has already been talking about the wise servants, how the evil one attacks them, runs their character down, tries to destroy their image, and yet they just keep right on preaching the true revelation of God’s word. After so long, time runs out; and he has no more statements to build on, so the Lord, by His Spirit, comes, through His word, among that same element of people, and that is exactly the kind of judgment you will see take place here. It was Peter who wrote, (1 Pet 4:17) “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? If judgment is to begin with us, what shall it be like to those who live hypocritical lives? This kind of judgment does not take place in heaven though: The only kind of people that are going to leave this world in the rapture, are those that are changed into immortality, both the living and the resurrected saints; and none of them are going to be thrown out for any reason whatsoever. Yes, there is a judgment seat of Christ that the bride Church will stand before, but that is a one time event where rewards will be given; and this is not dealing with that. You just have to settle it: verse 50 is how the Lord eliminates that element of hypocrites. He just simply separates them out from the body of genuine believers.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WISE AND FOOLISH
When we come over to the 25th chapter of Matther, which deals with the Church, the ecclesiastical realm as a whole, the effects of this parable started way back here and comes on down through time. When we came into that era of the shout, that is where the wise begin to go in. To me, it is not strange, that there was no sounding on TV nor on radio, Come and hear my servant and prophet, because he is bringing you a shout. The minute God began to use that man with an unusual gift, it went through the church world like a tingling sensation. It began to wake up the heart of a lot of people, and they just had to go see that man and hear what he had to say. Others went to see and heard him, but nothing they saw or heard meant anything to them. Oh yes. They all enjoyed the miracles, but had no taste for the word of God that was preached from a divine revelation. As you come on down to the 10th verse, the foolish go to buy oil, and that is after the 9th verse, when the wise actually go in. The wise went in because that is when they really began to come for the sole purpose of hearing all about what the prophet to the age had to say. Many, that never did have opportunity to hear Bro. William Branham audibly or see him physically, the minute they heard about those seals, it sparked an undying interest in them. You might think I am wrong, but let me take you back to the 1960’s. Look what went on in the Vatican. That was when Pope John, the pope before this present one, prayed that we all might be one, and put that out to the world. Then the Vatican had a meeting and a big Pentecostal man went to that meeting. In 1963, the wise began to go into a revelation of the word of God, that which was applicable for that hour of time. It started something tingling in those who were truly seeking to walk with the Lord. That is when the gray horse rider began to ride. He has been riding all over this world, carrying a message to the foolish virgins. In the 9th verse the wise told the foolish to go get oil, and in the 10th verse, it says the Bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins. All this goes to show, that once God began to separate the Bride of Christ from the foolish virgins, that tare element was there also. They are not that bunch standing down there somewhere in a saloon. They are that bunch of imitators. They can sing right along with the foolish virgins. They are imitators to the very end. They might have religious ideas, but they do not have a revelation of anything. That is why, one week you see them in the Baptist church, another time they are in the Methodist. They are here and there, looking ever so pious. They gallop all over creation, but none of it ever changes them: they are still tares. Verse 10 though, is the verse that fits right into this time factor. It has been in effect now for a number of years. I look upon a religious world today, the foolish virgin side of the picture. I am not pointing a finger to belittle them, but they give birth to young children, and teach them to grow up to be just like their parents. No one is born from his or her natural birth, to be a Christian. Each individual has to come to a point where he or she has a feeling in the heart, I have a need: I want God to save my wretched soul. When I look back upon my life before the Lord saved me, I know I had religious ideas. It is one thing to have religious ideas and another thing to have salvation for your lost soul. Salvation gets inside of you, deals with you, changes your ideas and gives you a different concept of what genuine Christianity is. It causes you to hunger and thirst for more and more of that which satisfies the hungering and thirsting inside of you. On the other hand, if you are just a person going through life to get by as cheap as you can, you can have religion and talk about it, but you are not enthused: you are not excited and expecting something else, because nothing actually stimulates you. Anyhow, this 10th verse belongs right in that same era of time that the shout is going forth. All through this period of time the tares are being separated. When you come on over to the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, just remember, that the unprofitable servant that the Lord spoke to here in the end, the one that took his talent and buried it, did not make it to heaven. Do not ever think that kind of judgment takes place in heaven. I keep stressing that, because a lot of people are still uncertain about that. All of that takes place down here, before anyone goes anywhere: This is the processes by which God straightens up His true Church, which is the Bride, the only element that will be translated from this evil world that we now live in. When the Church reaches that point, there will not be a tare, nor a foolish virgin, nor unprofitable, or evil servant left among them anywhere. All that takes place approaching the end is a part of her perfection. The sad part is, most people just simply do not know how to read the scriptures. They just listen, then say, Well it could be: it sounds good, or something like that. Saints, I have heard that so much, I feel that it borders on making light of God’s word. When you really begin to think seriously on these things, you understand that this reveals the attitude of three different types of individuals that fulfill a different kind of life, and you see what God rejects. You and I know by now, that the events of those scriptures that portray three different kinds of people, do not take place in heaven. We should all understand that: That is what perfection is all about, when we all come into unity in the same faith the first disciples of Jesus had. With this in mind then, we come to the hour of time when the Church will have come to know and understand all these scriptures that pertain to her earthly existence while she keeps getting closer, closer, and closer. She will have all these scriptures in her mind, as her life is gauged by the Lord, through them. She finds that solid foundation that cannot be shaken. The Church is moving toward the hour of time when there will be that last thing done, that is to be done before she leaves here. That is when that seventh seal is broken. Of course that brings us to the hair pulling controversy as to whether it has already been broken. Many still say, Oh, Bro. Jackson: The seventh seal has already been broken. My reply is, Then please tell me what it revealed, because I sure do not know anything about it. The last I heard Bro. William Branham say about it, was that it is something pertaining to the nearness of the coming of Christ for His Bride. It is outright foolish for anyone to think God is going to let you, or me or anyone know exactly what is under that seal, thirty five or forty years ahead of time: What would carnal minds be doing during that time, if they knew the exact time of His coming? If that had been made known back then, we would be living in a time of total chaos by now. One thing that makes me say that, after the seals were preached I went into a barber shop for a hair cut and one of the men that had the care of the magnetic tapes, was in the barber’s chair. I went in and sat down and from the barber’s chair, that man looked at me and said, Well, it won’t be long now: will it Bro. Jackson? I said, No. it sure don’t look like it will be. Then he said, The way I look at it, I feel that I have enough to take care of me from now until Jesus comes without having to do anything else. Saints: I never did think anything like that, because I heard Bro. William Branham say, No matter if you knew He was coming tomorrow, if you raise potatoes, then go ahead and plant potatoes. If you are a carpenter, and you knew for sure He was coming tonight, you should still go ahead and keep building today. Keep your mind busy, occupied with whatever you have to do. It is when you just sit down and wait, that the devil gets into your mind and plants a lot of foolish ideas that usually cause some kind of trouble. I tell you saints, The man that said that to me, who was a young man back then, is already dead. He did not live to see the coming of Christ, but look at all these young ones sitting here today, that no doubt will.
GOD WORKS, APART FROM CARNAL IDEAS
I am glad God did not close the curtain of Gentile time according to the schedule of a lot of those who sat under Bro. William Branham’s ministry, because, when I think of what God has done since then, it lets me know that He has seen others yet to be brought in, that will need time to hear His faithful servants that are ordained to feed the eagle saints in due season. Jesus is going to come for those eagles at a precise time, known of the Creator from before the foundation of the world. Just look around you! How many do you see, that are still under thirty years of age? They have taken their place; and they are fulfilling their part in this great plan of God. I will say though, One of these days in the near future, when this element of wise virgins have absolutely reached the point where they look back and see how God has dealt with them, what He has done for them, and think of what He has put inside of them, and how it has changed their mind and their attitude, they will see themselves in the word of God and truly know they are just waiting for the revelation of that seventh seal. That seal is kept back just for the Bride of Christ: No one else will partake of that revelation. In the last almost forty years, many have taken the revelation of the first six seals and covered the world with their version of how God’s application of them has been handled, but they have missed the mark with their ideas, because they have run without a calling to do so, and without a revelation themselves of God’s true purpose. The seventh seal is not for the foolish virgins. The fourth seal is the last one that deals with the salvation of lost souls, because we are still living under the effects of the fourth seal until the seventh is opened. That is what closes the Gentile grace period. I would hate to think we have returned back to the lion era. That was the first one, the next was the ox, then the man, which lasted through the long Reformation period. Now we live under the eagle spirit, which is why the Bride of Christ will not leave here in ignorance. All of God’s little eagles have their ears open. They want to hear what that eagle has to say. I know I want to be a part of that. As we have pointed out many times, the sixth seal is absolutely all for the great tribulation period, covering whatever goes on there, and then Christ comes at the consummation of that 3 ½ years. One thing is sure: the seventh seal will bring to the bride an understanding and a revelation of the coming of Christ for His Bride Church. Well Bro. Jackson: Does that mean she will be gone in two days time then? Do not look at it that way. If you are one of those carnal minded people that believe they are all going to have to be gathered together in one spot for the rapture, go ahead and preach it that way, but the Bride of Christ that I am talking about, is not all going to be gathered together in one spot, simply because she will not need a bus, jet airplane, or any kind of rocket to get her off the ground and transport her to where she is going. Over here, (1963) we heard a shout. Then right here, when that seventh seal is broken, that is going to be the revelation and the voice of the archangel. Then the trump of God is what brings Christ Jesus for the rapture, and that will raise the dead in Christ. When the dead in Christ shall rise, (Listen carefully now.) that is going to cover every age, all the way back to the apostolic hour. James was the first one martyred: That is when he will come up. From then on, martyrdom became common. Those were people destined to be Bride saints. Follow my line of thought now, as we come on through that first age, because there were many of those godly, righteous, holy ghost filled saints living in certain areas back then, that were martyred, as well as others that died a natural death. They are all part of the Bride. We must realize also, that there were others that were martyred, maybe three or four days after they had surrendered their heart to God, and therefore had not lived long enough to cultivate their outlook toward talents and things of the walk in the Spirit. They will not be in the Bride, but they are going to be robed in white robes which signify life. I have a reason for saying this. Did you know, when the dead in Christ shall rise, according to Paul’s revelation, He was not just talking about those that died a natural death? He was also talking about some of them that were martyred? Both are included. Keep in mind though, that all through those same periods, there were people that probably heard and believed the gospel, but did not live very long afterward, and therefore did not have time to invest their talents and produce a fruitful life. God is not unjust: I want to take you back to the thief on the cross beside Jesus. Keep in mind, when Jesus died on the cross, there were two thieves, one on the right hand and one on the left hand. One was a big loud mouthed character that said to Jesus, “If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.” The other one said to that one, “Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?” After a few more words he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” I want you to get this: That thief was not martyred, he was executed for being a thief. That very instance shows that even though he had never thought anything about his spiritual condition until he was there on the cross, there was mercy and grace for him when he did respond like that. All he said was, Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom. When Jesus said, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise,” did He mean that? He absolutely did. That does not mean that man is going to be in the Bride, but it does mean he will be in that category that will come up wearing white robes. It is important, that we understand that. The Bible makes a distinction between white robes, and the fine linen clean and white, that the bride will be arrayed in. You can find that in the book of Revelation, where it describes the bride of Christ. (Rev 19:8) “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Only the bride, is described like that. There definitely is a difference. You might say, But I didn’t know that. Well, you do now. John was made to see her in heaven and she was clothed in fine linen. There is a difference between fine linen and white robes. I will take you back to the 16th chapter of Exodus, to the time when Moses told the children of Israel how to build the tabernacle and the outer court and everything. In that tent where the ark of the covenant was set, that little room in there was to be closed off with fine linen. Fine linen in these scriptures, pertains to where the dwelling of God is. That is why, when the true Church started on the day of Pentecost, she was an element of people filled with the Holy Spirit, and that Shekinah glory that had been dwelling in that little room behind curtains of fine linen, was now dwelling in each of those believers. There were no tares nor foolish virgins in that number: they everyone had the genuine thing, and they were to be clothed in the most beautiful revelation a human could have, which is what makes up the fiber, so to speak, of what they were everyone clothed with. We will get back to that later on, as the events of this message develop, because we have many things to feed into the overall picture.
SOULS RESTING A LITTLE SEASON
Let us go to the 6th chapter of the book of Revelation. These first verses cover the four beasts, from the white horse rider right on through to the gray horse rider, and the fourth beast seen in heaven had the face of an eagle, which corresponds to this era of the gray horse rider. This is the eagle age. I will never forget, when Bro. William Branham brought the revelation out of the fifth seal, about those souls under the altar: I know I have told this many times before, but I want to get it in right here. Some people from Chicago, that had come down for this week of meetings, came out to visit us one day. I was asked, Bro. Jackson, do you think it is possible for a Jew to be saved, having not confessed and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ? I said, No, he has got to be saved through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. When we went to the tabernacle that night, that little man came out and began to read this, (Revelation 6:9) “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar (Notice, under the altar, that is a place where you offer sacrifice.) the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (Nothing is said about Jesus Christ at all.) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (Notice what was done: they were not even answered yet.) And white robes were given unto every one of them; (not fine linen, white robes) and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” When Bro. William Branham said, That is those Jews slain there in the Holocaust, it made sense, but he could have said, all back down through the Spanish Inquisition as well. The fact that he did not say that (the Spanish Inquisition) does not mean that they will not have white robes also. God would be unjust, if those Jews slain between the 12th and 13th centuries, when that Catholic system in Spain executed so many of them, did not receive the like treatment. I have a book that describes the terrible picture. They would put them on a table, strap their hands and feet with ropes that go to a wench. Then they had big burly men that would turn the crank. The point in doing so, was to pull every joint out of socket, and keep on pulling until they scream, the end being, you deny or else you die. You may not like what I will tell you, but I have read it and you need the entire picture. Others, they would hook two oxen to their feet, they sharpen a post and bury it partly in the ground, then start the sharpened end of that post up the rectum of the victim, whip the oxen until they pull the body of that person down on that post, and then let it hang there until life went out. I do not particularly like to tell things like this, but sometimes people can get so nonchalant they just need something to shake them back to reality. I have a book at home about those that were ready to die for the sake of Christianity, even in the second century when Christians were being slaughtered and fed to the animals, and Jews were brought into the same arenas, along with their little children and treated likewise. My point is, the effects of the fifth seal were right here in the twentieth century. We stood right over here in 1963, and learned that this was fulfilled in 1939 to 1945, just eighteen years before that. Saints: That is my generation. I am knowledgeable of it. When it was said to them, Rest yet for a little season until your fellow brethren and servants should be killed as you were, should be accomplished, that puts them right over here. (chart) Why do I bring this in about these Jews? Are we going to say that they were all martyred because of their testimony, based upon the commandments of God? Are we not going to allow any of those Jews that might have died of a heart attack to have any part in this? I hope we do not become so narrow minded we think like that. How many of you are listening to me? After all, I am going to read about three different resurrection categories, so are we going to wind up saying they all have to be martyred to qualify? Well what happens to those that die a natural death? Is there no place for them? Sure there is. God is a merciful and gracious God. When we look at those Jews killed, 1939 to 1945, six million of them, does that mean they were all saints? No. Some of them, when Hitler’s machine guns were mowing them down, were so wicked themselves they were cursing and acting like the devil. I have even heard them say it, If there is a God, why does He allow us to suffer so much? My point is, When Bro. William Branham looked at that, and God gave him the divine revelation of that fifth seal, those souls were under the altar. Notice the position, as well as their words: They are crying out, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” John lets us know in the 9th verse, that it was only believers in God that were represented there. “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.” This was just the ones that held to the word of God and had a testimony of their faith. White robes were given to all of them: that is eternal life, but it is not fine linen like the Bride of Christ is arrayed in.
IN THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL
The next thing we will consider in this message, is what we find starting in verse 1 of chapter 7, because the sixth seal, verses 12-17 of chapter 6, cover events at the end of the great tribulation period; and chapter 7, speaks of events in the first half of that week. In the vision, John sees the events of chapter 7 come into the setting. He saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth. Those four corners are actually right where you find the Euphrates River. “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. Then John saw another angel, and this angel is the one that announces what we are going to look at right now. (Rev 7:2) “And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” I have to say, Somewhere, as God brings us in close to this week of time and He finishes His revelation to us, to make us ready, and the 10th chapter of Revelation is hanging right over this, (where Jesus is seen in angelic form with one foot on the land and the other on the sea) the minute He lifts up His voice that time should be no more, that ends it for you and me. He is next seen in Daniel, chapter 12, standing on the river. That is when the angel of Revelation 7, ascends from the east. Listen now, he heard the number of Jews that were to be sealed. When are they to be sealed? In the first half of the week of Daniel. He heard the number 144,000. Notice the word contents, “And I heard the number of them which were sealed.” That puts John right there where it was happening: not on earth, but in the spirit world. We know that, because, when he was taken up, he was projected into the future tense of time, to see the development of things for our day. Listen, (9th verse) “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, (They stood before the throne, not under the altar. Let us notice the position in heaven. They are standing before the throne.) and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” Who are these, Bro. Jackson? The charismatic world will say that is the Bride of Christ. It is not the Bride of Christ. It is all those other people that the grace of God has saved down through time, but they are not of the bride. Some of them were martyred, but many of them died a natural death. In the 13th century in Europe, when the black plague hit and some of the villages were almost wiped out, those believers were not martyred, like in a sense of persecution and execution. They just died because of diseases. I was reading in one history the other day, that in Norway, there were two little villages, and one man was left alive in one village, and one woman was left alive in the other village. Are we going to say those people were martyred? No, they died because of diseases, and if any of them were Christians, they are in that multitude. That is why I say, Sometimes people go skipping through school and just read at history, but never really read it: They get a passing grade but later in life they remember nothing of it. I am thankful to God, that there are some things in history that really are important to you, if you are going to bring it in line with the scriptures of God’s word. Notice this multitude, where they are from, out of every nation, tongue, and kindred. Who are all these? They are not the Bride, but they are people that have been saved in the first age, second age, third age, fourth age, fifth age, sixth age, coming right on down through time. Are you listening to me? Some did die a martyr’s death, but some died, being in the same spiritual category as is attributed to the foolish virgins of Matthew 25. In other words, They just simply never did take on the stature of the bride of Christ. If you will take what you read in Revelation 19, where the Bride is seen in heaven, she was clothed in fine linen: not just white robes. She represents that redeemed element of beings that have been chosen and redeemed of all nations: not all at once, but in the period of time that God has dealt with them in whatever nation and era they lived. At the same time God was dealing with His elected ones, those chosen to be in the bride, there was another category that did not live long after accepting the Lord, to be able to manifest the investment of any talents, some of which were martyred, and others just died a natural death. I have to say, Those are the ones still standing before the throne. Yes Saints: I have heard the Charismatic preachers say, We can prove by the Bible, that there is no such thing as the Church being raptured before the great tribulation begins. That is because they are reading the 7th chapter of Revelation without a personal revelation of what they are reading. When you read the 19th chapter, it puts the Bride in heaven, because she goes to the marriage supper in heaven right in the beginning of that week, and over here she is, on white horses, coming back with Jesus at the end of the week. That is just the bride. All the other saints that were not resurrected when the bride was, are those in white robes; and it says they washed them and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. The 14th verse says, they came out of great tribulation: not just this great tribulation of the last half of the week, but also the Spanish Inquisition and other events that are recorded in history. That brings me to this point: In our institutions of learning today, they are trying to instill in our youth, that we have untold multitudes of Islamic people here, there and everywhere that are nice, peaceful people. Then why do those in this nation, not stand and salute the flag of America? We have let them come in here at will, but when something does happen to our nation as the tragedy of 9-11-01, and people begin to salute the flag or sing about God, those same people start complaining, I don’t like this: it makes me nervous. They have no right to be here in the first place, if my saluting our flag offends them. I know this is going into other nations, but please listen to me: You should not come to America to live, if you cannot salute our flag. I remember how it was back in the time of the Gulf War; when you would not even let our troops carry a Bible with them when they came over there to defend you from an evil dictator. That was according to your law, so I say, Then for the sake of human dignity, stay out of America, unless you can come here to be an American. Do not come here to eat the icing off the cake and then protest our loyalty to our flag. I saw on TV last night, that thirty six million Americans are living below the poverty level, while our government continues giving welfare to immigrants coming in here. Many are coming here to escape the poverty of their homeland; and they are treated better than many of our own people who are struggling along without any help. What a hypocritical spirit here in America! Shame on politicians that foster situations like this! You are not going to change the world, even though you may think you are. My Bible tells me that the only thing that can ever make this world into what some are struggling to bring about, is the returning of Jesus the Christ, when He returns to rule the world. Listen to me! Jesus Christ is coming: Not Mohammad, not Buddha, nor any of the other supposed-to-be deities that are worshiped by many. Jesus Christ is our peace.
Please open your Bible back to Matthew 24 and 25. I know some of you may say, You keep repeating yourself Bro. Jackson. I am not doing it because I do not have anything else to say: I am doing it to make each verse as clear and understood as possible. We are talking about the foolish virgins, but right now I want you to look at verse 28 of the 24th chapter. “For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” That is a symbolic expression. Jesus is not actually saying we are going to become a bunch of cannibals. It is symbolic language, used to make a point: that when the time comes for these last day signs to be in place, there is to be a people that will have their eyes open and their hearts in tune with the coming of Christ. God is going to see to it, that something is brought forth in the earth at large, that will cause those people to begin to seek the true revelation of God’s word. I have a reason for saying that. Going back to 1963, while all the rest of denominationalism was going down their merry-making way, there was a little man in this area that made a difference. Many have tried to impersonate him, claiming to be the spirit of Elijah, but they were not vindicated. When God dealt with him to come back here and preach the revelation of those seals, that was the first time since the advent of the early Church, in 96 A.D., that God dealt with a man in such a manner. When God dealt with John, the angel messenger to that age, (Paul) had been dead for thirty years. He was beheaded in 66 A.D. John, the last living apostle, was an old man when God used him. He was not the star messenger to that age. He could have told you the entire story from beginning to end though, because he witnessed all of it. When they isolated him on the Isle of Patmos, they thought they would shut him up, but you cannot shut God up. Neither can you lock a man up in prison and keep God from speaking to him. God showed him everything we read in the book of Revelation. There are things written here, that Paul never saw in his hour. As I have said, verse 28 belongs to our day and hour. It became effective in 1963. You have to have a hunger in your heart in order to recognize the word of God: Otherwise you will not even be looking for it. I have said many times, There are a lot of people in the world today that have religion, but they do not have salvation. Salvation puts you in tune with God, and you are hungering for something He might feed you in your walk through life. Is it not strange, that we find this statement recorded, “For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” Who are these eagles? They are the wise virgins that you read of in chapter 25. When that shout came forth as the apostle Paul spoke it would, that awakened the age of Laodicea. In the 1950’s, a move of God began to hit America. Billy Graham’s testimony was, that he wanted to be the greatest evangelist the world ever had. He gained that title, but the last twenty some years of his life has been a compromise. He began to compromise the things that he preached to the multitudes. That is why, when he was in Louisville a year ago, there were rock singers singing in his meetings. Young people, let me say to you, There is no place in the kingdom of God for rock singers. During the period of time following that move of God, verse 28 became a reality. That is exactly where the wise servant that you read bout in verse 45 began feeding, who? The little eagles. What is the seventh parable of Matthew 13? The kingdom age Jesus spoke of in the seventh parable, is the age you and I live in. He said first, it is like a great net cast out into the sea. The 1950’s brought that to fruition, as Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, William Branham, A.A. Allen, Gayle Jackson, Velmar Gardner and many others cast out the net. Up and down the highways of America they went. Then they even went to Europe. All of that was a move of the Spirit of God for salvation. He gave this world hope: after WW2 had brought the world to such a dark hour of despair. Europe lay in smoldering ruins, from the tip of Italy, into Norway, Austria, and England. Europe looked like anything but a healthy, prosperous civilization. This little country called the United States of America, was looked to for help. I can read you the history, how great numbers of people came and stood at the White House doors, begging for our treasury department to loan billions of dollars. The citizens of this nation, paid with their tax money, to start helping rebuild Europe, to get it ready for its role in Revelation 13. That move of the spirit started with those that were hungering and thirsting for God to do something to help heal the wounds people had suffered during those dark hours of WW2. When their sons went off to war, never to return, the moms and dads cried and wept many tears as their loved ones left on troops trains at the different places around the nation. Others met them at the seaports where they boarded ships and sailed, many, never to return again. This revival was a move of God to help heal the wounds of the moms and dads that had lost their loved ones fighting a war to rid the world of imperialism. The leadership of the government of our nation today, have sold it down the drain to a bunch of devils. Regardless of that, there has been a little flock of eagles, not very well respected by the world, that continue to hold to the word of God. I have seen the suffering of people in the Orients, in the islands of the sea, when their little homes had been burnt to the ground from bombardment, how they picked up their few belongings and went somewhere to start over. We hate to think of that kind of condition ever hitting America, but we realize it could. For thirty some years there has been a carcase for eagle saints to feast on, but do not look for it on the highways of life: look for it wherever there are eagles gathered. If you will pay close attention, they are picking on something that is fresh revelation right out of the word of God. That is exactly where you will find the wise virgins in this hour. The 9th and 10th verses of Matthew 25, fit right in there, because that is where the wise are enlightened; ant that is also where the evil servant of verse 50 of the 24th chapter, is thrown out. This is the kind of guy who likes to set dates and times. They have set them time and again, but nothing ever happens. When they run out of dates to set, then the real eagles will be listening for the scream of that Great Eagle. When we look further into the talents, in these verses I read, this covers a specific time that the Lord has come on the scene. We know for sure, that this does not take place in heaven. We are right now in the last one hundred years of the grace age and we are moving very close to the week of Daniel. It is true, that this whole age is referred to as the age of the five wise and five foolish virgins, but it is only when the hour came that the shout went forth, that there began to be a division between them. When I look back to the year 1963, I can see exactly how it has divided the world of religion. Tonight they are gathered in their big TV auditoriums and cathedrals, singing and shouting Hallelujah to God, but they have no more understanding about the coming of Christ than my puppy dog does. You can stand up in their assemblies and preach the coming of Christ, but when you begin to deal with something that is specific, pulling things out of the scripture to establish it, that is when you hear, Now wait a minute Bro. Jackson, that sounds like fanaticism: we did not learn anything like that in our seminaries. As we think along this line, let us take one more look at this age of the foolish virgins. There are many that have died, and in other parts of the world along in this early period of the century, they were even martyred. In 1914, in Russia alone, there were close to five million people that claimed to be believers in Jesus Christ, that were put to death. Later on, there were three thousand eight hundred and some ministers of different beliefs, that were executed. Yes. They were martyred. In China alone, during 1949 and 1950, close to nineteen million were executed because of their belief in Christianity. Does that mean all the foolish category of virgins have to be martyred? Not at all. Many of them die of other causes. Listen carefully, In some parts of the world they were martyred, but thank God, in America that has not been a practice. This nation was founded upon the principals of Jesus Christ and a belief in God. I remember when I went to school, there was a Catholic girl that sat in front of me. There were one or two Jehovah’s Witness children in the same classroom. There were Methodists and Baptists and some who did not even go to church, but when our teacher said, Let us bow our heads for the Lord’s prayer, out of respect we all bowed our heads. Never did anyone go home complaining to mom and dad, They made me pray today. You only hear that now, after our institutions have brainwashed most of this present society. Apostasy is all around us.
AN HONEST LOOK AT REALITY
America was much different back in the 1940’s, than what we see in this day and hour. Something has drastically changed in the last fifty five years. Going into the 1950’s, I had not even heard of Bro. William Branham, but God allowed us to witness things He was doing. When my wife and I had just been married about a year and a half, something happened to her aunt, a godly Methodist woman, because that was all she knew. (The denomination is immaterial to my point.) In the spring season of that year she took seriously ill. She was put in the hospital; and in a few days her vital signs began to diminish. Before long, her body functions ceased. The doctor pronounced her dead. They were ready to call the undertaker, (which is normal procedure) when suddenly a change came. (Saints: I am telling you this, to let you know there have been people all through this era that have been wise and foolish virgins, even on down to this very time, that have died without martyrdom. Though they are referred to as foolish, they will still come up with a white robe, which is life. What you must keep in mind, is that the Bride of Christ is not coming up with just a white robe: theirs will be of fine linen, clean and white.) All of a sudden her vital signs began to return, her heart started beating, and she was breathing. Soon she was awake. Some of her family began to say, Mother! The first thing she talked about was what she had seen: the most beautiful place she had ever seen. Her own mother had died when she was a young girl, but as she passed out of this life into heaven, she was met by her mother who was already there in the spirit world. She began to converse with her mother. Well she was sent home from the hospital about two days after that; and here is what she said to me, “It was the most beautiful place I ever saw in my life: you don’t want to miss it: My mother was telling me certain things, and finally, she told me, You must get ready to go back. But I don’t want to go back, was her reply; and her mother then said, You must go back, because your husband still needs you.” The next thing she knew, she was awake in her body. What does that tell me? Do not try to out think God. That was back in 1950: She later died a natural death. She was not martyred, but are you going to tell me she went to hell? I hope none of you are that ignorant of what God is doing among His creation. How many are listening to me? All over this world, wherever people are privileged to live their faith and belief without being confronted with some kind of political obstacle, causing them to be put in jail or executed or something, those that God looked upon as foolish virgins still have life. What makes them foolish? It is because they did not recognize what God did back here at the start of the century, when He dropped the Holy Ghost in such a powerful way. A lot of church going people today, think this thing of the supernatural, the speaking in tongues, miracles and things like that, is all of the devil. They do not even consider what took place in the early Church following the ministry of Jesus Himself, and how the scriptures verify the fact that whatever took place back then, is likewise going to be in this end time Church that has been restored back to the faith and belief of those of that first age of Christianity. God has not changed: Whatever He was two thousand years ago, He is still that today. Whatever the Church was like two thousand years ago, the Church that was established upon the undefiled word of God, this end time Church will be just like it before she is taken out of here in the rapture. Those who find fault, seem to have no concept of God’s law of sowing and reaping. The Church that came forth back then from the gospel seed sown by Jesus and His disciples is the exact pattern of what the end time Church will be like. The crop God reaps in the end, has to be exactly like the first crop the gospel seed produced. No one who sows seed, is expecting to reap a crop of something different than what they sow. Anyone who believes differently about the Church of the living God has been reading the Bible wrong, or not reading it at all. Every scripture concerning it, proves that whatever kind of Church came forth on the day of Pentecost, when the 120 disciples of Jesus was gathered together in that upper room in Jerusalem, is the kind of Church He is going to reap, when He comes for it at the end of the age. You do not sow rice and reap barley from it. You sow, and you reap exactly what you sowed. What you expect to reap, is a multiplication of what was sown. Naturally the blade and stalk does not resemble what you sowed, but what all of that produces should be a multiplied crop of exactly what was sown. That is what Christendom has been, coming through time, like the stalk and blade and so forth. Why? Well, In the apostolic hour it was a supernatural Church, pure and undefiled, but when they began to be killed or die off, the next generations began to lose out on the revelation of truth the first Church was established on. When that happened the supernatural began to die with it. By the time you come to the third century, Christendom began to go into the blade and stalk structure. That is why, coming through the Dark Ages, you had that big stalk of Roman Catholicism. From there, here came the Reformation; and blade number one was Martin Luther. Then Calvin, then Knox, then John Wesley, and right up here is the head. That is when it was anointed with the Holy Spirit. That anointing sent a message down through that stalk. You know what that does: It begins to call all the nutrients from that stalk, to come up into the head, which is then going to produce the same kind of grain that was sown in the ground. That is what those parables point to. That is why I say, We are to be exactly like they were in the apostolic hour, preaching the exact same revelation, right on up to where God begins to add on what the end time body of believers need to finish their preparation to meet Jesus. At that time, this word of God is going to have the same affect in your heart and life as it does mine. Furthermore after what my wife’s aunt told me, I cannot listen to those that want to tell me those foolish virgins which died back there somewhere had nothing. I am fully convinced that they did. I ask you a simple question, Why were they called virgins and compared to the wise in the first place? The point is, they are virgins. What made the wise be called virgins? It was the grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ that cleansed them, and the Spirit that filled them, which is called the Holy Ghost, is the same Spirit that convicted them of sin in the first place. The same blood that saved the wise, saved the foolish. The same Spirit that convicted the wise, also convicted these of sin. The separating difference between the two, is marked by how they treat the word of God from there on. The foolish do not wait long enough to be filled with the Holy Spirit: That is because they believe they get everything at the same moment. That has been the denominational argument down through the decades. Even when the Spirit of God moved in their midst and gave them every opportunity the wise had, those who fall to the foolish virgin side just simply failed to allow the Spirit of God to teach them truth. We are living in the most gospel enlightened era that the world has seen since the days of the early Church. I have all of this in history: the affect John Wesley, George Whitfield, and those men that followed them had on the world, and hardly would one die before God raised up another. When you read the testimonies of the Reformation years, the Holy Ghost power would fall on those congregations and do wonderful things. In the different denominational churches that existed back then, the Holy Ghost would sometimes come upon a sinner that had come to criticize and condemn, only to be smitten by the power of God and fall to the floor begging for someone to pray for him. It takes the power of God to do that. It would be nice to see that happen today, that they beg for someone to come and pray for them. The truth is, they now come so starchy and nice, just like they are ready for a big dance somewhere, all for a show, not even interested in what is preached. The only thing I want to look at in this hour, is whatever it takes for me to be ready to go to the marriage supper of the Lamb and sit around that banquet table in heaven.
I will tell you one more testimony out of this era of time. I met Bro. William Branham for the first time, in 1952. I had been reading in the scriptures, and could see that the spirit of Elijah had to come again in the last days. You will not find any denominational preacher that will tell you that. That is why they are still out there tonight, preaching the same thing day in and day out, that their denominational headquarters has gone to seed on. They think Jesus is coming to get them out of those systems when it is time for the rapture. Why do they think that? Because they believe they are the Bride of Christ. They absolutely are not! My father-in-law was a good man: He always treated me like a son. We lived side by side; and many times when I would go to the field to plow, he would bring his tractor and help me plow my field. In return, I would take mine and go to his field and plow side by side with him. We planted side by side. We cultivated, and did everything like that together. I learned one thing; do not be preaching to your loved ones all the time. If you want to make a mess out of things, just keep preaching to them. My wife and I both agreed; we would never preach to our parents. We will live before them according to what we feel God has done for us; and leave the rest in the hand of God. After we met Bro. William Branham, in 1952, he was having a weekend meeting at the Tabernacle and we took her parents with us one night: That was the first time they got to hear him preach. During that same period of time, Bro. William Branham came down to our farm to rabbit hunt. I called my father-in-law and asked him if he wanted to meet us; and he did. Bro. William Branham was not a man that was all the time preaching to those he was with. He could talk to anyone on a level they were familiar with. When I introduced him to my father-in-law, he asked him about his farm, what he raised, and such. That is the way Bro. William Branham was. He was a man that was liked by everyone. He did not make anyone feel ashamed because they did not go to church. He made everyone feel welcome. That was the beginning of my father-in-law getting acquainted with Bro. William Branham. Later, when he was having another meeting, we asked my father-in-law if he wanted to go to the meeting with us. We took them; and they were able to sit close to the front. They were able to watch and hear this man preach his message; and then and see how God used him in that gift, selecting people out of the audience, telling them what was wrong with them and such. We did not ask them if they liked the service: we just left it in the hands of God. Through the following years until we came into the 1960’s, Bro. William Branham was down home at different times and my father-in-law spent time with him. He liked to hunt with him. Then there came the time when my father-in-law took sick. This was during the later part of 1966: going into 1967. The doctors x-rayed him and could not find anything wrong. Later, they found that he had cancer on the left kidney: inside, where the x-ray could not show it. He went to the hospital for surgery; and we thought that might correct the condition. For a few months, he regained his strength and put out a crop, then got weak again and could not harvest it: I had to harvest it for him. This was the summer months of 1967. He just kept getting weaker all the time and passed away in November 1967. Just a few days before he passed away, (I am telling this for the glory of God, because he was a man that went to a Methodist church, but never made much of a profession. He never aggravated me, and I never aggravated him.) I went down to feed his cattle; and also to give him a shot of his medication. (I tell this because it brings the name William Branham, into the picture.) When I came into the room, he reached up and grabbed me by the arm. I looked down and he was crying. He said, Junior, I am not going to be with you much longer: I am going where your dad and Bro. William Branham are. Why did he say Bro. William Branham? Why did he not mention someone else? It was because he saw something in that man that left a testimony in his heart. He said, I am not going to be with you much longer, I am going where your dad and Bro. William Branham are. On Saturday of that same week, my wife and I stopped by to see how he was doing. We came into the house and he reached out and took my arm and said, Junior, I saw something awhile ago: the most beautiful scene I have ever seen. (My father-in-law liked children. If someone came around with children, I have seen him stop cutting hay, hook up the tractor wagon, put the kids on it, and across the field he would go. That is the way he liked to do things for children.) He said, I looked out that door and saw the most beautiful field full of flowers, and in the distance I saw two children come walking: they were so happy. I kept watching them and said, If they come to me, I am going home with them. That was the last time he talked that way. The next day he got worse and we took him to the hospital. He just kept getting weaker and passed away soon after that. He never knew much about serving the Lord when he did go to the Methodist church, but when he met Bro. William Branham, just the few times he was around him, what he heard and saw, left a profound testimony in his heart. His own words were, I am going where Bro. William Branham is. He was not martyred, and neither was he executed. He died a natural death; but he died knowing the Lord. He did not live long enough for the Lord, to one day be arrayed in fine linen, but he will have life. Do you understand that? He is going to be raised with those represented in the red line on our chart, those that have white robes. It is very important, that we understand what the red line represents. They are not dressed in fine linen like the bride, but they have robes of eternal life. The blue line representing the bride, started there in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost; and comes right down through time to this point and they are raptured, just about the time the week starts. That takes those of the blue line out of here.
JOHN SEES THE BRIDE
Go with me to the 19th chapter of Revelation, for a closer look at the bride Church. I said earlier, that the Bride of Christ is not clothed just in white robes, but that she is clothed in fine linen, clean and white. Well, linen is white: we know that, but so is cotton also white. We also know the priests in Israel wore linen garments. The Holy of Holies place in the Tabernacle was curtained off (Exodus 19) with fine linen curtains. That is looked upon as the most valuable material there is. In the 19th chapter of Revelation, the 7th verse, where did John see the bride? In heaven, and she was arrayed in fine linen, clean and white. “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife (That is His true Bride Church.) hath (a past tense word) made herself ready.” Where did she make herself ready? Not in heaven, but while still here on earth. Up to the time of the rapture, all those that make up the bride will receive everything that is related to them getting ready for the translation. I know, if I preach this in a denominational church, they will run me off. However, regardless of who may disagree, there is a difference between the Bride of Christ and the great host of foolish virgins, and especially tares that have been able to cling to the Church. I take no great pleasure in saying this, but this is the point in this age when all tares are going to be separated from where God’s primary purpose is being fulfilled. “And to her was granted that she (the bride) should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (It does not mention anything about this group washing them and making them white in the blood of the Lamb.) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. (The marriage is not going to take place down here. The marriage supper is in heaven. In the 25th chapter of Matthew, the 9th and 10th verses, say the Bridegroom came and they that were ready went in unto the marriage, but they went first into a revelation. That is how we get clothed properly, because down here, is where we get our understanding made right. We will find out whether we just have religion or true salvation. A lot of us have been wearing old religious rags for years. We leave all of that and put on fine linen. That is the most beautiful material mentioned in God’s category of apparel.) These are the true sayings of God. (This next verse is the one I wanted to get to.) And I fell at his feet to worship him. (This is an angelic being.) And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren (A great number of people, when Bro. William Branham was still alive, thought that was him in that scripture. Notice what it said, I am thy fellow-servant and of thy brethren.) that have the testimony of Jesus.” God took his man, but He did take His angelic being. Do not tell me those angels God made to help Him have only one purpose. When God takes His man, that angel can move over and do something else. Those angelic beings have been used, and used, and used through the centuries of time. That brings me to another point: because, if there are righteous angels sent forth by God to them that shall be heirs of salvation, then there are evil angels, evil spirits, that play around out there in the people of the world. That is why some of them get all kinds of crazy supposed-to-be revelations, such as reincarnation and communion with the dead. There is no such thing as reincarnation, but I will tell you what causes people to think like that. Those fallen angels that are on the loose out there, play around with the worldly crowd, and when they see an idle mind that is not really dedicated to anything, they come along and inspire that mind with crazy ideas. After awhile you will hear them say, Oh yes. I believe in reincarnation. They can tell you where grandma’s pocketbook is. That might sound like a joke, but they can do it, because that fallen angel knows where it is. A movie was made years ago, about General Patton, concerning a time when he was in North Africa. I saw the movie. General Patton believed in reincarnation. What General Patton did not know, was that the same angelic being that no doubt had led an ancient king into a battle in North Africa, to take a certain place, was then dealing with him. Patton got in his jeep and said to the driver, Let us go down this certain road. They came to a grove of trees and he said to the driver, Pull off here. The driver drove off through the trees, and they finally came to a hilly area. There, were the ruins of an old city in North Africa. Patton got out of his jeep and walked around. He began to tell the driver just exactly what king and his army had destroyed that city, told the tactics they employed and everything. When I heard that, I thought, Yes George, you have the same angel with you that guided that fellow back then. How many heard what I said? I do not believe in reincarnation, but I do believe in an anointing by a fallen angel that can make one believe in reincarnation, if they do not know better. Having related that to you, I will now finish this verse. Are we the Bride of Christ? Do we believe we are those people that want to make up that group? If you believe that, this book of Revelation was written for you: every bit of it. It was not written for the religious church goers of the world. If it had been written for the religious world, they would be preaching out of it today, and they would have the truth revealed in it. Listen to this! That angelic being told John: You do not worship angels: “I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Hallelujah! I like that. There is a Christian people on earth today that God has dealt with in a spiritual and prophetic way. They are living in a time when prophecy is being fulfilled before their very eyes. It is our bread. It is our enlightenment. It helps us see our own hour more clearly. It helps us know who we are. It helps us understand, Jesus is coming soon. I am tired of hearing Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterians and such like, talk about being the bride of Christ: They know nothing at all about the makeup of the bride Church. I want to be in fellowship with people who enjoy being fed a true revelation out of this Bible most of them get their ideas from. I want to be fed out of this book, by somebody that knows what they are talking about. You never heard anyone in the denominational church world say, The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy for them. It is not. It is only for those in the end time, who are living and ordering their lives under the leadership of the Spirit of God. That carcase that we come to is a continual revelation and a flowing of the word of God right down to the earthly recipients who are ordained to feast upon it. They feast upon it, and every bit of it puts them in a prophetic time frame. That is why you do not take this back into the epistles for vindication: it is not even there. The book of Revelation was not written for the denominational world. Anything they preach out of it is just a dead letter. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard doctors of divinity say, The antichrist will make a covenant with Israel for one week, so the Jews can build the temple. That is not what the Bible says. You everyone know that. Israel will not need permission from the Pope of Rome to build their temple; That is foreordained of the God of heaven.
CHECKING OUR UNDERSTANDING
We spoke of all those clothed in white linen, in the 19th chapter of Revelation, and that they leave this earth just inside the opening of the seventieth week of Daniel, about where this blue line ends on our chart; and they ascend into heaven: We emphasize the fact that they are only those that are described as being arrayed in fine linen, clean and white. They are the righteous Bride of Christ. They go to the marriage supper in heaven for the duration of that week. As for the virgins described as foolish, Listen to me! They will already be foolish virgins by the time they hit this point right here: (the beginning of that week) There will be no more Gentiles become foolish virgins in this period. Did you hear what I said? That is because, when God stops dealing with the Gentiles right here, the Bride Church goes up with Jesus and God turns His attention exclusively to the Jews. That is why all the foolish virgins will have already been saved, but missed the rapture by not making themselves ready, so they are headed for this hour of time referred to as the great tribulation. Regardless of how they meet death after that, they will still be represented in the red line on our chart until time for their resurrection. With that in mind, let us go to Revelation 12. Let me say, I am not angry when I emphasize a point: I just want to get that point established with you. I do not want to sound angry, mean, or be disagreeable: I know that serves no useful purpose. I have heard so many of these highly educated doctors of divinity preach, using a vocabulary of words to express their human intellectualism, without saying one thing that would express any kind of revelation of the word of God, that I react in various ways, but I realize of course, that they cannot preach a revelation they do not have: Revelation is given to those who love truth. Those who go to hear such speakers just sit with their mouth hanging open in awe, because he is such a wonderful speaker. After thirty to forty minutes of that, they have heard a lot of wonderful sounding words, but they go out from there not knowing a bit more than when they went in: They just heard a nice man that knew how to put his words together. I do not say that to belittle people who have such a vocabulary, but just to call attention to the fact that God did not necessarily call that kind of man to be a minister to the Bride of Christ. That is why, though Paul himself was an intellectual man of his hour, when God got hold of him and changed him, his testimony was, he laid it all aside that he might be found faithful to his calling. After speaking of his former life under the Law, here is how he expressed what he had found in Christ. (Phil 3:7-9) “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (or be faithful to Him) And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” God gave him a revelation and he knew how to preach it. Well when you go to the 12th chapter of Revelation, there, is where you find the details of some of what we have been talking about. We looked at the 7th chapter, where John saw the angel coming from the east with the everlasting gospel. He saw the two prophets that came on the scene, which are the earthly messengers to Israel in the first 3 ½ years of the 70th week of Daniel. They are going to preach for one thousand, two hundred and threescore days, which is exactly three and one half years by the Jewish calendar. During that period of time, there is going to be 144,000 men, (not women) servants of God, sealed with the Holy Ghost. At the same time, there will be another element of that society in Israel, referred to here as the woman, sealed with the Holy Ghost, because they also hear the two prophets that will minister during that time. They are old men, old women, young men, young women, boys and girls, of the general society of Jews in that hour. They also hear exactly what those two prophets speak, and they also hear the two prophets say that there will come a time when the antichrist will come here and kill us. When you see this coming about, flee from here, to the place prepared for you. Revelation 12:6, lets us know they have already instructed the woman element as to where the place is, that has already been prepared for her, Notice, “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” That will cover the last half of that week. We see in another scripture, that the 144,000 which are sealed in the first half of that week, when the prophets are killed, they flee into the nations preaching the everlasting gospel. That is found in chapter 14. In chapter 7, John saw this great multitude, and notice where they were standing, before the throne, not under the altar as those of the fifth seal were. It says they have washed their robes and made them white. They were not in fine linen. Call it whatever you will, but it is just white robes. They had to wash every one of them and make them white. They came out of every generation, every nation, every tongue, and such, from the beginning of the gospel era until we reach this period of time right here. (chart.) Therefore I am saying, The gospel was primarily to get a Bride, but at the same time there was the counter part, those that would fall into this other category represented by the red line, that will end up in white robes. As the Bride fills this blue line, that other element of Jews and Gentiles fill this line. It is not until we get down here in this very era of time, that these in this line are called foolish virgins. All of them, their spirits are up there in paradise, but they are not the Bride. They are wearing white robes, waiting to be resurrected. How many catch the point? Preachers have preached that this group is the Bride, waiting to be resurrected. No. That is not the Bride: She cannot be viewed in one scene with white robes waiting to be resurrected, and in another coming from heaven with Jesus arrayed in fine linen. That is contradictory to the scriptures we have been studying. We can say this, At the same time God was getting a people that would be arrayed in fine linen, there were those saved that would not be seen in fine linen, because they fall into the other category. Some of those people (of both groups) might have been martyred, but which group they fall into is not decided strictly by that criteria. Some lived long enough that they became knowledgeable, grew in Christian stature and developed a fruitful life of deeds and so forth and all of that accompanied them. That kind of people would not be martyred just two or three days after coming to the Lord. I pray that all of you are getting this: It is important. I have read it in history, how that persecution and martyrdom was an on going thing those saints had to face. Many of the Bride saints were fed to the lions, but there were others fed to the lions at the same time, that were not Bride saints: They were the white robe ones. We must keep in mind, that Bride saints as well as this other great multitude, all came out of the same respective generations of time, but fall into two different categories according to what we have been explaining along in these messages. Do you understand? That should not be confusing to anyone, if you will seriously think about it. There will be people in the Bride, that when they come over here and it is the Bride that is going to judge the world, they are going to get to see their counterpart come up in the resurrection. As we go into the 12th chapter, this is where the antichrist comes upon the scene exactly in the middle of the week and kills the two prophets. Once the two prophets are killed, they lay in the streets for three days and a half. That is a sign for the woman to flee from there. It is also the time when the 144,000 which are sealed with the Holy Ghost in chapter 7, flee from there. In the 14th chapter of Revelation, John sees them (the 144,000) standing on Mt. Zion, and the Lamb standing with them. That signifies that they, having been filled with the Lamb’s Spirit, (the Holy Ghost) will know exactly where to go to begin preaching the everlasting gospel. It is not a gospel of salvation, as we have known it: forget that. It is a gospel for those of this remaining period of time, in all the nations of the world, to inform all who receive it, of what God requires of them. You can read it in the entire 14th chapter. First, fear God, worship Him that created the heavens and the earth and so forth. Right at a time when the whole world of politics has been trying to brainwash the youth and get God out of their mind, it comes to this. God sends an earthquake to shake them up. I say it with respect, but every time I hear a professor, a journalist, a politician, or a philosopher give his views about the problem in the Middle East, it is so disgusting. They might be educated, but they are educated on the basis of carnality, forbidding any mention about a God that controls everything according to His own purpose. Well, I have to come along and say, Take this whole world, but give me Jesus! I am looking forward to coming back to this earth with Him one of these days. If you are in the Bride of Christ, you are too, because those that are in the Bride of Christ, have that by revelation. The Bride is going to know exactly where she fits into the total prophetic picture. While the Bride is in glory, the foolish virgins that are left here will have to go through this terrible period of tribulation. As the 144,000 servants of God go into the nations to preach the everlasting gospel, the foolish virgins will hear the same things the Jews still in dispersion will hear. That takes place when time progresses to the middle of this week. When that antichrist breaks the peace covenant and has the two prophets killed, the 144,000 flee to the nations to warn this world against atheism, (Rev 14:7) “Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Then they are going to warn the world about the mark of the beast and so forth. They are going to warn the world about the Roman Catholic system. In the last few months, what have you heard? From Texas to New York, from border to border, the Catholic priests in America are being exposed, because they have used their pulpits to become sex perverts with young boys in their congregations. Little does our modern society realize it, but this did not just happen forty or fifty years ago: This has been going on for hundreds and hundreds of years, from Europe to Latin America and wherever Catholicism has flourished, by the priests who have preached celibacy while engaging in these evil practices. The apostle Paul never taught any such as that, (celibacy). That is a perversion and twisting of the scriptures. That 144,000 servants of God are really going to expose how false that system is, in the hour they are turned loose. I have to say, In America right now, God is already knocking on the door. It is the priesthood being exposed right now, but then, it is going to be the entire system of Catholicism. That 144,000 will preach the last gospel this world will ever hear, and it is good news, Come back to God! Forsake those worldly, compromising systems! Do not accept the mark of the beast. There is hardly anything you will not see and hear on the streets of almost any city anymore; and only the coming of Jesus Christ will change that.