THIS MESSAGE WAS DELIVERED IN APRIL 2004.
AT THE END OF THE AUGUST ISSUE, WE WERE IN THE PART WHERE BRO. JACKSON WAS EXPLAINING THE REDEMPTION PROCESS THAT INCLUDED OUR REDEMPTION, SO WE ARE GOING TO START THIS ISSUE WITH THE LAST SENTENCES OF THE AUGUST ISSUE, JUST TO CONNECT IT UP. “When you are dealing with one sovereign God, you are dealing with one sovereign mind that did all the designing Himself, all the planning, and everything. But when He brought the Son into existence, it is by the Son and through the Son, He has been redeeming and reconciling something back to Himself. It is all being done by this process that He sovereignly designed. That is redemption. I am thankful to God for that.”
I realize there are a lot of things in the Bible that has been overlooked. People will say, Well that is irrelevant, we don’t have to understand this. On and on they just keep going, but I ask you, Why did God inspire the various ones to write what they wrote, if it was to be of no understanding to anyone? Coming on down to the end time, it is still the same way. The Godhead is the most misunderstood of all. That is why I am on the subject, There is only one God. I have always said this, The end picture will tell you what God has been drawing before you all through the centuries. God has never given the revelation of any one particular thing in the beginning of time. There always seems to be a little something He will add ever few generations, that makes the picture a little more clear and understandable. Yet with all that, you turn around and you can see exactly what people do with it. Therefore if you have your Bible, turn with me to the book of Revelation. This verse of scripture tells us a lot if we allow it to. I had preached on this last Sunday night. I had read the verse along with my subject, but it was after I had dismissed my sermon and sat down, it was like the Lord flashed something before my mind, what did you read? Well I had remembered reading the 14th verse of the 3rd chapter of Revelation. “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; (I want to ask you the question, How many of you know what age we are living in? That is the point. Recognizing the age are we living in? It is the Age of Laodicea:. Don’t let anybody tell you we are not. That is a spirit in the Gentile, religious world, but these words are not for them, not for the people who just have religion, people of the world who go to church, but for people that are going to be in the Bride of Christ out of this hour of time. Unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans. Notice, it said the Laodiceans. I grant you, two thousand years ago, there was a natural city by the name of Laodicea and a natural church there, but all those places are in ruins today. Those natural churches set a type. That is exactly why the Lord used them, to set a type for the dispensations of Grace. We are living in the last age of Gentile time. Why was this not spoken of in some other period? Unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write….) These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, (That is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.) the beginning of the creation of God.” Now every last one of you sitting here have a thought, and I know the natural thought is, that this goes way back before there was a sun, moon, star, or anything. You have it all wrong. I am going to prove by God’s grace to all of you that have a spiritual ear this morning, that none of this is talking about the prehistoric world. It is talking about the hour of time you live in. Jesus Christ, He who is the faithful and true witness, did not even exist thirty million years ago, except in the mind of the Creator. Yet the entire world creation is here, and it throws the theologist completely off course. Let us go back to Genesis and see where this word creation comes in and how it can be used. Back in Genesis chapter 2, As I read these first four verses, I want you to realize the planet that you now live on was not just created and come into existence six thousand years ago. Get that out of your head. These religionists we have all around us today, are coming by the busloads for excitement, but you cannot tell them anything of revelation that they will accept. I believe in true biblical holiness which is ordained of God, but you try to live a certain type of holy image, and have nothing else to go with it, you are going to come up short. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. (That is talking about the galaxy of stars and everything.) And on the seventh day God ended His work He had made; and He rested on the seventh day (Your religionists will say today, the earth was made in six twenty four hour days. It was not. ) from all His work which He had made. (Now here is the verse that should be an eye opener to a lot of people.) And God blessed the seventh day, (He had a reason, it set a precise type and that type is going to carry right straight on through the Millennium into the Eternal Age. Revelation 21 and 22.) and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made. These are the generations (Regardless of what language you speak, or what dictionary you use, generations is not a word that you can use when you are referring to hours and weeks. I will give our teachers an A for the way they have written history in that respect. But why did it say here, These are the generations? Why did it not say, These are the days? It does say, These are the generations…) of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.” You have two words to consider, generations and day. He created generations in a day. Cram all of that into your twenty four days if you can. He is not talking about just getting through making the planet and the stars. Well what is He talking about? He is talking about re-creating or renewing. Why? Because in Genesis 1:1, it says, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, period. That takes you way back. Then in verse 2, it says, And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. There, you have another period. That meant, that at that time there was no life, no habitation or anything going on because it was in a void state, this entire planet. It is from that setting that we get our six successive creative days.
THE FIRST SIX DAYS, THEN THE SEVENTH
The six creative days were not days in which God was creating the planet or anything: He is simply re-creating, or reviving something that had been created long before that. That is exactly why, in Revelation, chapter 3, verse 14, we find these words concerning Jesus, that He is the beginning of the creation of God. He is not talking about sixty billion years ago, He is not even talking about six thousand years ago. He is talking about something in which He Himself is going to be the main instrument, player and the ONE that stands out above all. If you can get in your mind once and for all that these creative days covered an approximate period of a thousand years each, which even a lot of scientists today are saying, as they find certain geological artifacts that go way back, we will say fossils and bones, they will go back to twelve thousand years or something. That goes to prove, or at least to show you, that as we go back that far, that is about the time that God began to bring this planet earth out of that void state. I will say this, Jesus the Christ, the Saviour of mankind today, had nothing to do with that whatsoever. The sooner we can get that settled in our mind, the better we will understand the end picture. All through the Bible, God is known to have done things in a series of threes, prophets, priests, and kings, and such like. But now if you can see this and settle it in your mind once and for all, that when God looked upon the deep and He began to move and there was the first day, then the second and the third, the fourth, fifth, and sixth you will know that this is not referring to days of twenty four hours. Then, after the six creative days were completed, God rested on the seventh day. I ask the antagonists, Where was man at that time, the man He created on the sixth day, because it plainly tells you in verse 5, what all took place? “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.” Well man was created on the sixth day, was he not? If God is talking about days of twenty four hours, where was the man? “But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” I am going to say to you, Those first days were God’s stages, and now I am going to bring the angels in, the righteous angels. They have already been tested back in the prehistoric era. Those angels that fell back then, are already judged: they are out of the picture. The righteous angels are assisting the Creator in these creative days, bringing the earth back into a proper balance and relationship where the Ice Age of judgment is beginning to thaw and allow for re-habitation of the planet. There has got to be enough climate created in this gradual stage for the eventual plant life that will be growing, which will then make the planet habitable for certain types of animal life, fowl life and such. So if we can accept the fact that this is God’s renewing stages, and that the angels are working with Him, we have the picture straight. It is no wonder, that in the 1st chapter, 26th and 27th verses, when God said, Let us make man in our own image, He was talking about the spirit being, and not the physical body. He had already created everything else, and now He says, Let us make man in our own image and after our likeness. God was speaking concerning Himself and His angelic servants that were going to help Him in everything ahead. That is just as simple as the nose on your face, if people will look at it with a right attitude. Now, I want you to notice what it says here. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” When did that take place? Not at the end of the sixth day. Adam was a spirit being already, in the presence of God, but he had no body of flesh and bones. Every law that is going to govern the propagation of him, once he is on earth in bodily form, has already been established in the laws of God. The man was the last thing created, on the sixth day of creation, the way it sounds. Is that right? But we find here, there is not a man to till the ground. “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed.” So now, here is the beginning of life coming to pass on this planet. Let me say this to every minister, every congregation, to every home listening today, Man himself, Adam, who consisted both of male and female spirit, had already been in the presence of God (in spirit form), before he was given a body of flesh and bones on the eighth day. But when God made that one vessel of clay, there was not another animal walking around anywhere. The animals were created first and man was created last on the sixth day that He speaks the spirit part into being, but now as He brings man down, He creates the garden and this is where God puts a little bit of heaven, which is a part of the spirit world. What is referred to as a garden, was not a fenced area like we might think of, it was just that God gave Adam that privilege, to be surrounded by that which is the spirit world. When it says He put the man there, it means Adam had access to all of that. Then is when God says, It is not good that man should dwell alone. What does He start doing? Now He starts bringing the animals into existence. Here is where they are no longer a spirit being, but He creates the physical part of them. That should begin to tell people something. People just look at the Bible, well I don’t need to know all those things. You will know them here in the end time, if you wind up believing that which is right. It is the devil’s purpose to degrade the Bible and make it appear like it was written by a bunch of crazy men that didn’t know what they were talking about. Well I have to ask, What particular day was this then, that He created man? Those first six days consisted, no doubt, no less than six thousand years. And the Sabbath that God rested was a thousand years added on to that. All that time God was waiting for this planet to get closer and closer and closer, and closer to the sun. Then as it does, it begins to form a perfect climate for God’s purpose. Not all the ice is melted, but as it does, God began to see that the environment is getting right for Him to continue His purpose. Then as He puts man here, we know that the planet has become habitable down here. I have to say, Look at the type. This was on the beginning of the eighth day. Anybody want to argue about that? That is the cycle, the order of time. You have already had seven thousand years, the six, then the seventh, and that is the Sabbath. Now we have to come to another one, Right? That is the beginning of Adam, the animal kingdom and life as it starts out on the earth. Now let me tell you, God knew that man was going to fall. God had already seen this and this was all in the plan for Jesus the Christ before any of this even started.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE EIGHTH DAY
Let us now take a look at this eighth day, and then we are going to go on through the scriptures. The eighth day has started, but then He puts man in the garden and tells him about the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He warned Adam, while the feminine spirit was still in his body, “The day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.” The “day” thou eatest thereof, we have to consider. What was He talking about? A day of twenty four hours? No. He was taking about a day of one thousand years. Naturally we do not know what particular day in the twenty four hour cycle of days that his disobedience came about, but when it did, Adam did receive the death penalty. But I ask you, Did He die immediately? No. He lived to be nine hundred and thirty years of age, almost a thousand years, we can call it a dispensational time. He died before that day of one thousand years ended. That shows how accurate the word of God is: everything that was spoken, comes to pass exactly according to the Word. With all of that in mind, do not forget that the day Adam was put there in physical flesh and bones was the eighth day in the cycle. Keep that in mind as we go to St. John’s gospel.
THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH
When we come to the gospel of St. John, we have to realize that when those Trinitarian translators read that first two verses, they saw Jesus as the Word, but they put it way back there millions and millions of years in the past. That is where they put it, because they have no revelation. John knew what he was talking about when he wrote the gospel account, but the people that came along later to carry a revelation, did not have a true revelation. I am not the smartest man that stands in your midst, but I look up and say, Thank you God, for letting me see something in your word that overshadows education. It is how God by His divine grace, gives you a revelation, which is an understanding that education alone cannot give you. Those first three verses, doctors of divinity have played with, the Trinitarians especially, but they miss the mark. They have argued and fussed for centuries, but still did not get it right, so go with me to the 1st chapter, the 18th verse of St. John, and we will take a look at what is there. Here is a verse that should not shock us, unless we look at it the way the Trinitarians do. It is John doing the writing. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, (Notice, where did John say He was? ) which is in the bosom of the Father, He (The One that was in the bosom of the Father) hath declared Him.” Or revealed Him. That is what this means. Well if John is going to say He that is in the bosom, what is He talking about? He is not talking about somebody standing there by the side of God the Creator. I wanted to read this verse before we read the first verses, so you can be thinking about the wording, and at the same time realize that no man has ever seen God at any time. Let us read verses 1-3 now. (1) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God (3) All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.
” You may not know it, but the doctors of divinity, especially the Trinitarian side, have interpreted this so that the word “word” refers to the man Christ, that He was the word and the Father says to the Son, You do this, and then they will turn right around and say, by His word , that He has created all things. So the Son (according to them) was the little servant that the Father said to, Now you go do this and you go do that. All down through two thousand years of Gentile Christian learning, it has been like walking through a big woods and none of them knew exactly where they were going. But now the same man who wrote over here, says this, no man has seen God at any time, so what is he saying? He is saying that God is an invisible being, a sovereign Spirit; and that the Son was in HIS bosom. John, a man who had a revelation of all this, said He was in the bosom of the Father, so if He was in the bosom of the Father, He sure was not standing by His side somewhere. Was He? That is an expression of John, because he knew how the Father had waited until the right time to bring forth the Son He had been waiting and longing for; and when he did, that Son was to fulfill a purpose the Father had foreordained from before the foundation of the world. Now I want to say this to you, Though the translators say the WORD became flesh, the right translation would have said the WORD made flesh. Why do I say that? Simply because He which is that WORD, spoke and said, Let there be a cell of life planted in the virgin womb of the young lady named Mary. You will not find these exact words written in the Bible, but when the Angel appeared to Joseph, what did he tell him? We will read it, and I want every one of you to realize that the Holy Ghost mentioned in this verse in none other than the Sovereign Spirit which is God Himself. Let us now read Matthew 1:20, “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” God, the WORD, will now start unfolding things down through time. And God will depend upon you and me to have a spiritual mind that will say, Father, teach me, help me to understand. So we have to say here, The Son up there was not standing by His side, already a human being that has been standing there for millions of years: He was in the bosom of the Father until such time as the Father spoke that cell of life into the womb of Mary. It is a thought. It has been laying there through the centuries of time. The Father has longed for the time to come that He could bring that thought forth into manifestation, because that, whatever it was, we will say, was going to express Him to something on earth. That is exactly what this heart throb was going to do. Go with me now, John the Baptist gives testimony of Him because he was the one that baptized Him. This is John the writer that is saying what John the Baptist had said. We are in the 3rd chapter, starting with the 31st verse. John the Baptist is saying, “He that cometh from above (Who is he talking about? He is talking about the one that he had baptized a few days earlier.) is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, (Now he is relating the two, what is heavenly and what is earthly. He that is of the earth is earthly. In other words, no matter how smart we might be, we are earthly minded. We can only think like that.) and speaketh of the earth: He that cometh from heaven is above all. And what He (He that came from above) hath seen and heard, that He testifieth; (That is exactly why He was sent.) and no man receiveth His testimony. (We will see that later on.) He that hath received His testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. (Now I love this next part.) Now He whom God hath sent (If He sent Him, it lets me know, once He was in the bosom, but now He is here, manifested.) speaketh the words of God: (No wonder the Pharisees and the doctors of divinity of that day would ask, How come He knows so much never having learned letters? He never went to the priests’ school, but He confounded them with His wisdom.) for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him. (No, it was in the fullness of all His divine attributes to be expressed in and through the person of the Son.) The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” This is from the 3rd chapter of St. John, where John the Baptist is really laying it on the line. That is what John the Baptist is saying about the Son. In Him was embodied all the divine attributes of the invisible God. No man had ever seen God, but the Son was on earth manifesting the plan of the Father; and He could do that, because the Spirit which IS the Father was now dwelling in His only begotten Son and directing Him in all that He did and said. Now all the divine attributes of the Father are manifested in and through the person of His Son. It took this means for God to be able to express all that He had foreordained. Now from this point, let us see what else the writer says about it. Go with me now, and we will see what Jesus says in the 5th chapter. He has already started His ministry. We are in the 37th verse. “And the Father Himself, which hath sent me, (See? He is saying He sent me. Let me say this, There has been an old oneness phrase through the decades here in the twentieth century, Jehovah of the Old was Jesus of the New. That is wrong. There is no such thing. We are going to wind up with this, but let me say right now, Jehovah of the Old was in Jesus of the New. How does that sound? That puts together a different picture, doesn’t it?) hath borne witness of me. (He has done that.) Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape. (Praise God! That is because He is invisible.) And ye have not His word abiding in you: for whom He hath sent, Him ye believe not.” Here was the heart throb of God. That which had been held for the centuries in His heart, or His bosom, now manifested in flesh for all to see. God wanted to start something new. Here it is before the human race and they are looking at it like they have seen a devil, a demon. That is exactly the way the people of the religious world today treat anyone who presents them with a true revelation. If you come out with something that they were not born and raised up to believe, the first thing they do, they look at you and think, Well I don’t know if I want to be around this or not. The whole religious world is like that. Go with me again now, over to the 16th chapter. Think of all the months that Jesus has been preaching now since His baptism, the miracles He has done, the sermons He has preached, revealing the Father as to what He really is, in the spiritual sense of the word, and those Jews would absolutely call Him a devil. Now at this time I want to take you back, because that is exactly why the prophet Isaiah in the 6th chapter said, His name shall be called Emmanuel. John has baptized Him. Did anybody ever call Him that? Hey, Good Morning Emmanuel? Not one, but from that time on, those that began to see something working in the person of Jesus who is the Messiah, they are going to have to see there is something here in Him that is different than just a normal man. So it is that which was expressed, that which was made manifest, that is the part that made Him the Emmanuel. The rest of them did not see it at all. Jesus now has said many things down through the short time since His baptism, and still His disciples would look at Him and scratch their heads, What is He talking about? I want to say this though, We have been the same way: I have been the same way. I am not standing here talking like I have known what I know now for all my life. I did not. I thank God for what He has taught me through the years, and for what He has enabled me to teach. Go back two thousand years ago, to the time when Jesus was talking to His disciples. We are in the 16th chapter. How simple He is talking to His disciples. He is breaking it down to their level. In the 25th verse, “These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: (Well you know what proverbs is. It is putting it in a little small illustrative way.) but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” Not from His side, but by the way we have already described to you. Does that not make sense? If He came out from God, that was His heart throb. That was God’s predetermined, predestined thought, held from before all time, finally spoken and put into words like, Let it be Thus and So. He waited through the centuries of time, until the time would come, the exact, or the precise time. Then He brings it forth. Now it is on earth. I like this. “For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” Notice, He is telling that then, and I have to say, When we get this picture right in ourselves, we are all going to see the same picture. It is going to be just as much a joy in our hearts as it was to them. “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: (That is plain speech, isn’t it?) again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” He didn’t say He was going back there and get back in His bosom. Watch what His disciples say. “His disciples said unto Him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.” In other words, we know what you are talking about now. “Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, (Well He ought to know all things because John the Baptist said God gave the spirit without measure to Him. In Him, was the fullness of the godhead. He was the very instrument that wisdom and knowledge was to be manifested in and through.) and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.” Now I hope that what we have been saying up until now begins to become clear and plain to all of you. Let us go further. He has been crucified. He has been raised from the dead. Go with me now into the book of Romans, written by the apostle Paul. He says in the 8th chapter, because Paul had a revelation, he could express it like it is, so go to verse 28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, (That is for each one of us that really have a desire to love God, and live for Him, and let Him have our lives to do with according to His will and purpose.) to them who are the called according to His purpose.” So this is not something that God just threw out here by chance and sat back to see what all it would come to. No. God had a plan. That plan was in His sovereign mind way back before time. God never sat down and did something by chance to see what would come from it. So God had a purpose in everything He did and allowed. “For whom He did foreknow, (Now this is you and me, brothers and sisters.) He also did predestinate (He is giving a promise to you and me.) to be conformed to the image of His Son, (Which has already been born, He has preached, He has brought the word of God, He has revealed the name of God and He has done the works of God. That is in the 17th chapter of St. John. He finished it. Now He has died, He rose from the dead, He is seen in the heavens sitting on the right hand, not back in the bosom of the Father, but on the right hand of the Father, or on the right hand of all authority. The apostle Paul is saying that we were chosen, already in the mind of God, before the foundation of the world. That we, should what? Be conformed to the image of His Son. Now I like this next part, because right here is the beginning of our picture.) that He (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Jesus never created a star. He never created an angel, but He was made to become a Redeemer and He was brought into this earth, sent by God. God was in Him in the fulness of all His attributes. He was put here for a specific purpose, and for three and one half years He lived a true testimony. The Bible says He is the faithful and true witness. He lived it. He chose not to do it His way. That is exactly why you hear Him say, these are not my words, they are His that sent me. Nothing He said was His own thoughts and ideas. That does not mean He did not have certain conversations, in which He could speak with His disciples as anyone else would. However when He brought forth the word of God, He brought forth the revelation that consisted of a plan and a way God wanted to reveal how He redeemed you and me. The end objective of it is that we might be saved from our wretched way, be reconciled back to God and our nature changed, so that we would choose to live our lives in the likeness of His Son. That is what it is all adding up to. So we can say this, Jesus was the beginning of, not the old creation, but a new creation. That is what it all sums up to. As we go through the scriptures this morning, I have to say, All these writers through the years that have put Christ up there already by the side of God, and God saying to Him, Do this, and God said do that, it makes you wonder what they think He really did do. Why would God bring Him down from such a beautiful, majestic place as they have Him, to come into this world to suffer and die for every one of us, just for Him to become an elder brother to all of us? If He was brought from that position down to this, why in the end of time is He not taken back to that same position? How many get my point? He is not doing that. It goes to show, He is the beginning of a new creation. It does not touch planets, stars, mountains, or anything. It touches redemption. If He could redeem this earth back from that prehistoric age, to use it again, that is exactly what He has been in the process of doing, redeeming you and me, renewing us, and we are going to prove it by the scriptures. The beauty of it is, we see it right here, how Paul could talk about it, that we were predestined. As the apostles began to preach the gospel, we could say, God’s plan of redemption was already in motion. It has already covered two thousand years of time, approximately, so go with me now, and let us see how Paul and Peter preached this. If Jesus is the beginning of the creation of God, we are not putting Him way back before the ages, we are putting Him back two thousand years, back when God was starting to build a new creation, but it is how He redeemed something, to renew something. Let us go to Acts, the 10th chapter. This is where Peter had the experience concerning Cornelius. Peter was not an educated doctor of divinity: he was a fisherman. As this little revelation really begins to bloom and get hold of us and we begin to see what God is doing with us, and in us, that we can be a part of the finished picture of God, we are going to be able to see God is not looking to theologians to explain His Word. They have had their day. He is looking for honest, sincere, simple minded people that are willing to let God takes their minds and lives and instruct them. Every one of the apostles spake consistently one with the other. What any one would say, the others were always going to back it up.
A PLAIN VIEW OF SCRIPTURAL REALITY
Let us turn to the 34th verse of chapter 10 of Acts. I love this. From here on, the picture gets clearer and clearer all the time. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: He is Lord of all: That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; (Now I like this, because this takes away that idea that Jehovah of the Old is Jesus of the New. I wonder where they got that anyhow? Peter never said anything like that. Look at this 38th verse.) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost (That is not the second person of a trinity. Why is it referred to like that? Let me say this, When the Spirit of God, which is the Creator which brought all things of creation into existence, that spirit of God which is the creating Spirit is looked upon as a regenerating spirit, a renewing spirit, He is referred to as the Holy Ghost. That is why it was the Holy Spirit that overshadowed the virgin womb of Mary and she conceived. Do not ever think, that God, which Trinitarians call the first person, or that what they refer to as the third person, came to Mary and caused her to give birth to Jesus, the second person. What a perverted picture! God, the One and only, is not a person in the first place: He is a Spirit being. Let us establish that once and for all time. He is a being, yes, but He is invisible, and He is not a person. He has never been seen by anybody and cannot be seen, because He has no viewable body. You do not see a spirit with your natural eyes. However when God brought forth His only begotten Son, then He (God) chose to demonstrate, activate His being in this Son. God (the Holy Spirit) came into His only begotten Son and the two spirits became one, the same way He comes into every other son or daughter. The difference is, He did not place the fullness of all His attributes in any other than His only begotten Son. That Son was foreordained to demonstrate, put on display, the God with whom nothing is impossible. That is exactly what we are talking about.) and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” Not only was God with Him, God was in Him. He was starting His new creation act. Now let us go to 2nd Corinthians. This is how the apostle Paul spoke of the same thing. In the 14th verse of the 5th chapter, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; (compels us) because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, (according to the flesh) but unto Him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself (watch the word by) by Jesus Christ, (I like the word by, how it is used. Listen carefully, Jesus is not the one doing the choosing, He furnished the elements of Himself and His life to be the means that the sin debt might be paid, but it is God by His divine sovereignty that exercises His will, because He seeks to reconcile you and me through the fact His Son died in our place. He cleanses us through the shed blood. Then as we accept that, the same spirit of God that was in Christ, God sends that to give us a new birth.) and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, (to witness, to preach) that God was in Christ, (It is just as simple as two and two is four. That God was in Christ, doing what?) reconciling the world unto Himself.” It is not Jesus doing the reconciling, but Jesus was willing to take your place and my place and die for us. As He was willing to die for us, because He was innocent, then God by the innocence of His own Son, heaps upon Him the blame, the responsibility, the reproach and all of everything that was on us. As Jesus has done His part, God now reconciles us back to Himself, by and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul stated, how that God has committed unto us the word of reconciliation, I have to say, Not only is it a word of reconciliation, as we understand and put it together, we begin to see how God is putting together a new creation. A new creation which has been accumulating for two thousand years of time. Because it is a creation that consists of redemption. As we get closer and closer, it is going to become more plain because we will see all this unfold. With this in mind, I have to say, A lot of people have a lot of strained ideas, how this thing is going to wind up. I really like these verses from here on. I hope I can read them and express some things to make it sound to you exactly what God is going to do. Turn with me to 1st Corinthians 15. When the apostle Paul said these words, he had a picture in his mind and soul. Back then, he was doing his very best to let the true believers see how the plan of God was being brought to pass. Therefore I say, If Peter and Paul could both say that God was in Christ seeking to reconcile the world back to Himself, by what process and means is He doing it? It simply says that God is making new creatures out of us. He is not going out here and making a new bunch of people. No. He could have just killed us and done that, but no, He wants to prove by this process that He can redeem us and change our whole makeup and nature. So let us see here, how the apostle Paul gives us another glimpse of it. In the Corinthian church, there had been pagans, and to think about a resurrection, caused many of them to become confused, like, What it is, how is it going to work and so forth? It is impossible once that body is dead and decayed. I can just see how those carnal minds would argue and fuss about it. But now the apostle Paul picks up the subject in the 20th verse. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and became the first fruits (Notice, the first fruits …) of them that slept.” Right here, is the beginning of Him who is the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. Verse 21, “For since by man came death, (that was Adam) by man (that is Christ) came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, (It is appointed unto man once to die, after that the judgment, but Paul had a revelation, I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep. But one of these days there is going to be a change.) even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: (What is Paul talking about here? He is talking about the beginning of the new creation.) Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet.” I want to take you now and show you how all these epistles that Paul and those others wrote, were written by men who were all looking at the same picture, that we are absolutely the product of a new creation. Go with me to Colossians the 1st chapter and 12th verse. The apostle Paul is saying to the believers, We must always give thanks to God the Father for it all. I have been asked many times, Bro. Jackson, when a Christian prays, how do we pray? Do we pray to Jesus, or what? I have always tried to let people know this, that you should not just pray to Jesus. It is true He is the High Priest, but you pray to God the Father, He that is the life giver, through the Lord Jesus Christ. Because it is by and through the Lord Jesus, we have access to what the Father’s promises are. “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made (or ordained) us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. (That is the end of it all.) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, (That is the world we lived in when we served the devil.) and hath translated us (changed us and delivered us) into the kingdom of His dear Son.” All of this has been going on while we are still down here in this old wicked world. “In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: ( Paul now touches the person of Christ.) Who is the image of the invisible God, (meaning He is the reflection of the invisible God that is in Him) the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, (Naturally I am reading from the King James version of the Bible, and that is not the way the Hebrew speaks this. Those Trinitarian translators looked upon Jesus as a live person helping the Father create all things. I have said many times, that the Hebrew version of the Bible, instead of saying, For by Him were all things created, it says, “And through Him were all things created.” If He had been standing there already as a being, people would say, well see, He did it. When we look at it in Ephesians, the Hebrew Bible will plainly tell you that it is God, the Creator, that created all things. In Colossians 1:19, the Hebrew says, “For it pleased God to complete all things in Him, and in the King James version, that same verse says, (verse 19) “For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell” God, the Creator and life giver, He who created all things, was please to have all the fullness of the godhead dwelling in His only begotten Son. When it comes to reconciliation, salvation, translation, it is by and through the Lord Jesus that God has done this to bring us back to Himself. Through Him all things were created. Now I like this part, if we can get the word, by, in its rightful relationship. Through Him were all things created…) that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created.” For Him, not by Him. How many realize that? We must allow the scriptures to put things together to form a proper revelation.
I want to take you back and show you that Jesus could not have existed in the prehistoric world, because there is no geological trace that you had thrones, dominions, kingdoms, or anything. There have been no archaeological findings of anything like that. How many understand me? But when we finish this message, I can see that when Jesus comes and He will get His Bride out of this earth, then you will have that resurrection, and immortality begins to take hold. Do you know what the next step is going to be? He is going to be the King of kings and Lord of lords. That is why all those thrones and principalities and powers were already foreordained by God before He was even brought into the world, that there would come a day when He who is to be the beginning of the new creation, would fulfill that role. How many can see that? The religious world is in a sick mess. That is why a lot of this, they will not even try to explain, mainly because they do not understand any of it: it is not a revelation to them, so they pick a few pet scriptures somewhere and make their program and entertainment all from that. Their message is usually that you might prosper in all things and you are going to have money filling up your pockets and your piggy bank. I want to read this again, “for through Him were all things created.” That is God actually before He starts putting man here on this earth, He has got this next era of time already planned. That is why we were predestined in Him before the foundation of this world. Then He has foreseen what is in us and what He wants us to be. He had foreseen the time that He wants His Son to set as King of kings and Lord of lords. That is the up and coming thing, the thing we are all looking for. Go with me now with that in mind, and we can see the sovereignty of God. For through Him were all things created, that are in heaven. See, that is not talking about planets, satellites or anything. And that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, because none of that existed in the prehistoric world. Or powers. All things were created by, but we want to say this, It is for Him. It says here in the King James, which is the Trinitarian translation, all things were created by Him and for Him. In other words, that throws you off course, if that is all you ever hear. “And He is before all things, (In other words, He is preferred before all things.) and by Him (or through Him) all things consist.” They are held together, because this is His part of the purpose of God. He is the beginning of the new creation. So everything has to function and work, with Him in the preeminence. It has got to work in that harmony. “And He is the head of the body.” Now saints, here comes the important part to you and I. Whether you are talking about Holiness, whether you are talking about a spiritual walk, whatever you are talking about, the true Bride of Christ has got to begin to have a picture of herself. I have to say, As you sit here this morning, I want to use this for a natural setting. I know that some of you will say, Well, I am going to such and such a place and eat dinner, I like to eat there. That is alright, but let me say this to you, If you did not come here this morning expecting to sit around a spiritual table and eat something spiritual, then I have to say, Why are you sitting here? I did not say that to hurt anybody. I said that as a reality measure, and I mean exactly what I say. I personally came here this morning, hoping that I could not only eat of something myself, but that I could also share it with others. So I can see right here in the end time, as we see the world in such a turmoil, when I listened to the News this morning, I just though, Oh Lord, I am not saying we should not have gone into Iraq, but I will have to say that we ought to have gone in there with some block busters and split some of those cities wide open. We should have done them like they did the major cities of Europe in WW2, and scared the daylights out of those people. They have not yet been scared. They have fought and cut each others’ throats for years. They have lived like devil, and it has all been in the name of Mohammed. It is all getting closer to us all the time. I hate to think of our military going over there to fight a blind cause, when our politicians keep saying, Oh we want to rid the world of terrorism and plant democracy. You do not want to do any such thing. This thing we call democracy today is nothing but a kingdom of demons, because of that, they do not want Jesus Christ to come again. Well I do! When Jesus Christ comes, He is the only means that is going to rid this world of sin, evil, Muslimism and all this terrorism. God is going to take that little nation of Israel one of these days and with the help of Michael, which we see in the 12th chapter of Daniel, we are going to see how things come together. Notice, In that day Michael will stand up, the prince of thy people. For what? War, that is what. You talk about a war in the Middle East, It will be a war. You say, Bro. Jackson, I don’t understand. Well I say, Stick around until then and you will. I received an e-mail a few weeks back, saying, Bro. Jackson, do you mean to tell me that all these things are going to take place before the rapture. I never answered it, because I have explained it so much, everyone should know it. I did think, There is one thing sure, there is going to be some people alive here that are true Christians waiting to be raptured, that are going to see this all come about. It plainly tells me in Daniel 11, The wise shall understand, but the wicked shall not, so where are you? The wicked will become more wicked, and more wicked. They do not want you to tell them anything. It would have been nice if we could have spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in that part of the world like we did Japan after Japan surrendered. The first thing General MacArthur wanted was Bibles, Send me a million Bibles. But these people threw the Bibles in the ditch. Do you know what our democracy has become, it is a nest for every devil out of hell. When women can walk the streets looking like prostitutes and when our educators have forgotten all about principals, this nation is in for trouble. I grew up in a time when we learned to say Yes Sir, Yes Ma’am. That is right Sir, I agree with you Sir, thank you. Today, instead of being polite it is, Get out of my way. There are no principals left among us in this hour of time. Well Brothers and Sisters, let me finish this scripture here in this Colossian letter, He is before all things, He is preferred before all things because God chose Him to be the head. “And He is the head of the body, (He is talking about the Church. In this Laodicean Age, this closing hour, the living saints that are the part of that living element of the Laodicean people, they are going to measure up exactly to what this is talking about.) the Church: who is the beginning, (He is) the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell.” Brothers and Sisters, this new, redeemed kingdom is built around Him. One of these days Jesus is coming from glory. He is going to translate these living saints into immortal bodies and take them out of here. All hell is going to turn loose on this planet earth after that. When He does come back, what does it say? All the nations of the earth are going to be gathered together to make war against Him. Every nation on the earth, right now, has that philosophy. If something does not happen in America to bring about a change in the next few months, America will be right in that category. But I have to believe, for the sake of other things in the Bible, that something is just ahead. I look for something to hit America one of these days, to bust it wide open, so to speak. We will wonder what is going on here in America. I heard a war report on the News this morning: we went over there to make the Iraqi’s all new people. We were going to teach them how to love one another and how to get along. Yes, but they did not know a lot of this trouble was a religious conflict in the first place. Now they have trained a group of Iraqi’s, they had them in a convoy going somewhere, but when they found out they were going to have to shoot at some Iraqi’s, that is where they began to rebel. Isn’t that something? May the Lord have mercy on our troops over there. I thank God for what He is able to do among people, but our troops need His help. Take this congregation for example: We are more than just a bunch of people gathered here: we are a family. That is a fact. We are more of a family than we are a part of another type of flesh and blood family genetically. What we are, is what Jesus is the head of. In the past, we have only looked at what they call the Church, as just a bunch of people that have been called out of sin, but we have never really seen the picture of what He is in the process of doing. We were reading out of the book of Colossians, so I want to continue there. I am in the 20th verse of the 1st chapter. It is really talking about how Christ, through His death, His crucifixion, and through the shedding of His blood, you and I have been purchased back to God. God has already done this, designed it all. This is why, in the 19th verse it says, And it pleased the Father that in Him, which is Jesus, should all fulness dwell. Fulness of what? All of God’s majestic attributes, everything that God is, in a manifestation of His deity and His being, God has placed all of that in Christ Jesus. Him being a man, that makes Him the Son of God. But with God in Him, we can see it now, God in Him is God’s way of, through His Son, starting another creation. We have never looked at it in that way before. Actually it is here at the end time, that the end time part of the bride are to see this as it really is. I hope I can express it in a way as to make it a beautiful picture before all of you as we close this message out. I said earlier, that certain types have been set forth in the word of God through the years of time that will enable us to put the end time picture together. If we look back there in Genesis, those creative days were not days of twenty four hours. We just need to get that out of our mind’s. Those were dispensational days of a thousand years each. It is just now beginning to dawn on us, that the religious world has been held in darkness because so called Christianity has not moved with God through the years. They have just accepted the little formality and want to ride along with that to paradise. That is not what God sent His Son to enable us to become.
WHAT A DAY REALLY IS
A brother just told me tonight that he was reading the other day where the last Ice Age was so and so, (I want you to know I am sure that there was an Ice Age, so I agree with the scientists on that much. It fits right into the scriptures.) The scientists are saying it was about twelve thousand years ago. Well our era of time has been going on about six thousand years. When we look back to those creative days when God started bringing the planet out of that void state, there were the six days, then the seventh when He rested. Those seven, along with these six, that makes a span of about thirteen thousand years, right? Who wants to argue with that? The thing is, we can say the way God brought it out, and the way it is recorded, man never looked at that and saw a type. Well I will show you tonight what He has been doing in us, and through mankind in the last two thousand years. He is recreating that all over again. So now, follow me as we look here in the 1st chapter of Colossians. Verse 19, For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; (20) And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him (it is God by Him) to reconcile all things unto Himself; (Notice, to reconcile all things unto Himself.) I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” We have got to realize this, That was not all done in one period of time. Verse 21, “And you, that were sometime alienated (Paul was talking about those heathen back then, but now we look at ourselves and then have to say, Educated heathen do not know anything about the plan of God.) and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled. (I just have to say, He hath reconciled us.) In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight. (That is the end results, That is what it all adds up to be.) If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.” He saw it, but I have to say, The apostle Paul did not know this was going to be a process that would cover this span of two thousand years. We look back through time and see what the devil has done to it, what it has produced in the realm of organized religions, that is just the opposite of what we would want to look like, knowing that God is working with a new creation. Now let us take this and cross on over into the 2nd chapter. We will keep our minds on the thought that Paul has. “For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, (Yes, in the Old Testament era it was hid. It was the mystery of God, but He had hid it.) and of the Father, and of Christ; (This was all His plan. But just two thousand years ago God brought out of His bosom that thought that had been preconceived, planned, and predestined to begin to set it in motion.) In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” I have to say we are living in the ending of time, everything that takes place in this world now, just looks like it is another mark on the chart, the end is here. Somebody gave me a printout this morning: there has been a demonstration in Israel, Palestinians demonstrating. They are condemning America for fighting the Iraqis. They are condemning us for that, and putting us in the same boat we do the Iraqis, and Israel has them. The more I look at this, the way it is becoming so twisted and distorted, I feel sorry for our military. I believe they are the best there are, in our military capacity. I ask you though, How can they carry out something when the political leaders behind them are trying to perpetrate a plan that God isn’t even in? That is the sad part. We would have been better off, wanting to do something about the 9/11 attack, if we would have just sent word to that whole Islamic world over there, You are the characters that cooked this thing up. We don’t know right now which ones are to blame, but there is one thing sure, one of these days we are going to hit you in a soft spot and you will know you have been hit. If we would have gone into Iraq, like we did in certain situations in WW2, half of Baghdad would be in ruins right now. But no. we have tried to save human lives, women and children, and that causes the Muslims to look at us as a bunch of softies. We had every bit of the military capacity to blow half of Iraq off this globe. They could have been begging us for mercy by now, but we went in there to save human lives, hoping to be able to perpetrate our political ideas. They are Muslims, they have fought like this for centuries, and will continue to do so. That is why I ask this question, Do they want this back sliding country, this society of America, to be put in over there? No sir. They do not believe in homosexuality and perversion. How many know what I mean? How can we perpetrate a democracy in a country that do not believe in the rotten, evil things we perpetrate? When we were a Christian nation, we would have had something to show them, but we now have not one thing to show them, in the sense of principals and morality.
CLARIFYING THE GODHEAD
Let me now get back to my point in all of what I have been saying. If I can just say it the right way brothers and sisters, (You are my brothers and sisters.) it will help you face what is ahead. We are going to see this book unfold before our very eyes because of the shortness of time. He is going to let us really begin to see ourselves as a part of that family that He has bought and redeemed. This was in His plan before Adam was even placed in the garden. That is why we were already foreknown, predestined, planned, chosen in Christ, before the foundation or the beginning of our world system. With that in mind, I can take you back to Ephesians 1. This is written to the model Church of that hour. Here is where we begin to see how God, before He has even put a man on this earth, had a finished plan in mind. What you and all of us are beginning to see, this was already going through God’s mind. He saw every last one of us. He saw the hour we live in and the trials we would face. Look at this 3rd verse. Paul said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Now that don’t sound like Jehovah of the Old is Jesus of the New, does it? Look what denominational Christendom has done with the gospel. They have perpetrated thoughts and ideas that nowhere fit into the Bible.) When they refer to Jesus as God, you know they do not have a revelation of the godhead. When we speak of God, we should not be thinking of a man, because God is a Spirit. Let us read 1st Corinthians 5:18-19, and I want you to pay attention to the wording. This is the apostle Paul speaking. “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself BY Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. We just have to let the scriptures speak. If God were a person (a man) how could He have been in His Son? Paul said, God was in Christ, for what? Reconciling the world unto HIMSELF. As we look back to Ephesians 1:3, he said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Then what else? According as He (GOD) hath chosen us in Him (CHRIST) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” That is how a sovereign God has designed the ages in His great mind, and waited for the right time to manifest each phase. It all goes to show, this was the way God looked at the whole thing. Then once He did begin to bring forth something in the earth, we can say that God waited time wise for the opportune moment for Him to bring forth that which was His heart throb, His only begotten Son. Paul says, “Having predestinated us (foreknown) unto the adoption of children by.” The word by, goes to show it was God doing all of this, but by Jesus Christ, Him being our Saviour, but it is God doing it for Himself. So that is why the apostle says for God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. Let us go on down to the 9th verse. “Having made known unto us the mystery (that hidden something that was laying there but man could not understand it) of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself.” All of that goes to show what we have read up until this time, God has been in the process, through having sent His Son into the world, who gave Himself at Calvary, who died on the cross, shed His blood as a ransom, a means to reconcile a family of sinful people, (by changing them) back to the heavenly Father. God did not have to do it this way, but it is the way He determined to do it, because there was no one to persuade Him to do differently. He wanted to show that He Himself has the redeeming quality. With that in mind, go with me to 1st Corinthians the 15th chapter. When we read this straight through, I want to break it down before we read it because we understand in this hour as God, around this globe, gets His people all in harmony, in unity, seeing the same beautiful picture, they are going to know in themselves what God is doing. He is getting us prepared, getting us ready to leave this present world for just a short period. God is doing it through His only begotten Son. Then this can get other things in motion because He is going to come again and destroy all the traces of this sinful wicked world we have lived in. Keep that in mind. Paul starts out by saying here in the 21st verse, “For since by man came death, (That is through the fall of Adam.) by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” He (Jesus) is the beginning of the new creation. It starts with redemption, and it is not God creating new people, it is God redeeming sinful people. “For as in Adam all die, (That is the penalty of sin.) so in Christ shall all be made alive. (Those that accept Him as their Lord and Savior.) But every man in his own order: (Now here is the beginning of this new creation.) Christ is the firstfruits; (He is the only begotten Son of God, He was brought forth from the Father, no sin in Him. He was perfect, but yet God was pleased to heap upon Him the sin of the whole world. He takes an innocent man who is not responsible and places a responsibility on Him and the Son willingly took that position. That is why He said, no man takes my life, I lay it down. He did that much for you and me. That is why, not only is He the firstborn, He is going to become the first fruits from them that slept (in death). So in those two capacities, He becomes the Head, the beginning of this new creation that God was starting. Every man in his own order, Christ the first fruits…) afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. Then cometh the end.” Now what is Paul talking about? He is talking about the Millennium, because the next thing is, there is going to be a thousand year reign. Isn’t there? I want to show you something here. Just as there were six dispensational days, then God’s Sabbath, that was seven. That is seven thousand years, isn’t it? But when we look as God did put a man down here, it is on the beginning of the next thousand years, we can say that is the beginning of the eighth day. How many can see that? It is the starting of another process. Now it is in that first day that the man sins, he falls. So it is out of that fall that this One, the second Adam, comes to pay the debt to redeem out of this lost, fallen race, a new family. So that He becomes the beginning of that. Then watch, we can say this, man has been living under the present penalty of sin and death for six thousand years. According to the scriptures, Christ is coming then to receive His Bride to Himself. Then after a little while, He is coming back again, with His Bride. To do what? To take over and do what Paul continues to say here. So in that, how long does He rule and reign? A thousand years. How long is that? That thousand years with the six thousand years, again you have seven thousand years. Is that right? But we notice when that thousand years is over, here is where we come to the final judgment. When that final judgment is done, Christ has ruled, subdued, He has purchased, He has redeemed, He has reconciled a new family of children back to God, plus, He has ruled and put down all authority, righteousness, laws of knowledge, He has destroyed all traces of sin, death, hell, all is destroyed, there is no more wicked left in the grave. When the last enemy, death itself, is gone, He has made a new earth. Not by creating it again, but by renewing it. How many can see that? Now let us go on. “Then cometh the end, (That is when the Millennium is over and the judgments are done.) when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, (That happens at the end of Revelation 20.) even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. (He does that in the Millennium.) For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under his feet.” (Now Paul explains the relationship of the Father to the Son in accomplishing this.) The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (That is when death and hell give up the dead, the ending of Revelation 20.) For He (meaning God) hath put all things under his feet. (That is why, when we read back here in the 1st chapter of Colossians, how that God, by Christ, has planned these thrones, dominions, principalities and powers. He is not pointing you back to the prehistoric world when there was no such thing. He is pointing you to the time when Jesus is going to rule in the Millennium. He is not ruling over those things yet, is He? He has to have a family to rule and reign with Him. That is why the Bible says, for He has made us unto our God, kings and priests, and we shall rule and reign on the earth. Yes! Praise the Lord! Some will take the gospel of Peter and say the heaven and earth are going to burn and we are going to heaven forever. That is as far as you see, that is as much as you know. You don’t want to see any further. Organized religion is a shame, it is a sham, making promises the scriptures will not support. This 27th verse, tells us….) For He hath put all things under His feet. (Under whose feet? The feet of Jesus. When will that be? In the Millennium, when He is sitting on the throne of David in Jerusalem, for the law shall go forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. What is He doing? He is going to re-establish divine knowledge. (Isaiah 11:9), “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Now to finish this 27th verse, in chapter 15, But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him. (We know that refers to God that delegated it to be that way. That is why, when you read Colossians 1, that by Him He has planned these kingdoms and thrones and principalities and everything, that is the way Paul wrote about it then. But here it is, you are getting closer to the Millennium when those things will actually become a reality.) And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, (When the Millennium is over, and the judgment is concluded, death and hell has given up the dead, so what does that do? It goes to show there is no more hell where the wicked are kept after that, which is now in the heart of the earth. Is that right? There is no more graves, because even the sea gives up the dead, so there will be no more graveyards. What has that done to the earth? Through the redemption process when God has ruled and reigned through His Son Jesus, He has reconciled a new family of sons and daughters, and Jesus is the first fruits of all. He is the elder brother. He will always be your elder brother. Therefore once that last thing is done, then there is no more traces of sin and disobedience on this planet. I want everybody to listen to this.) then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” Now you characters that wrote about this, how you pictured Him up there with the Eternal Father before all time, He was doing majestic outlandish things, yet they never tell what He did. Look what an exalted position they have brought Him down from, but here Paul puts Him in the Millennium and then in the eternal age, which is again the eighth day, because the the Millennium, is over. Then you have the eternal age, worlds without end. Hallelujah! A new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness, no more death. Christ is your elder brother. That is why I have to say, Do not ever let them tell you He was up there doing this and the Father said, now go do this, and then go do this. Oh how they have messed this thing up through the centuries. It has been hard for human minds to wade their way through this trash, this rubbish. But when the time comes that God wants us to really see the picture, you can really see how it does come into focus. He is the beginning of the creation of God, it is a new creation. When we finish this we are going to prove to you, God, through the centuries of time, does all things in threes. If I took you back to the prehistoric world, when it is over and those angels are all judged by God, and He has thrown this planet into a chaotic judgment that has lasted for thousands of years, hundreds of those angels are already judged and doomed. Then when we begin to see God bring in the other righteous angels into our era because they are going to assist Him, that is why in Genesis, God said, Let us do so and so. Some say, Why would God do that? Because God likes to share Himself with something. He does not like to do it alone. He likes to share Himself with that which He has created because that is His end picture. So then we can say this, We can see how the eighth day was our era of the human man starting, but from that down to this, we are getting ready to go into that seventh age, which is the Millennium. When that is over, when Jesus has judged and condemned and erased everything evil, then shall the kingdom be delivered back up to God the Father that God may be all in all. Time passes into eternity. The eighth day starts, never to end again. Now God has created, He has brought forth angels, He has brought forth man, but now He has got a redeemed, celestial universe, in which there is no sin or evil present. Now we enter into worlds without end. Where are the scientists then? They have had their day. It is all typed in the Bible. But you have got to be a child of God, one that He has predestined, one that He has his finger on, one that He is looking at, one that He can talk to, one that can look back to Him and say, Thank you Father for letting me see what you have caused me to be an heir of. I thank God, He can take you out of the hills of Indiana, or out of the slums of everything and change your life completely. If you are willing to submit your mind, your spirit and your life to Him and let Him start on the inside, working outward, He can make a complete new creature out of you. When He is finished with you, you see things you never visualized before. You love things you never thought you could. You can see the future from an altogether different standpoint. I thank God, that here in the closing days of time, He lets us look back, and we can see where time started, and what God has done. Now that He has righteous angels, we are going to prove to you, He has those angelic beings, and they are all in three categories. How many realize that? They are spoken of, some of them as winged creatures, there are others that are not winged creatures. Some are seraphims, and so on and so forth, but it all sums up into three categories. They all function within a certain capacity, all in the plan of God. Now if God thought enough about the angelic beings, that they were to be tried, I have to say when God is through with this new creation, which Christ is the head of, He is going to have His redeemed family back in three categories. Some might say, well I thought we were all going to be equal. You are in one sense of the word, but the Bride of Christ is the highest calling of God in Christ that anyone can ever be brought to, but then there are others just like the Old Testament saints, sure they are going to be right there in that glorious kingdom to rule and reign. But they are not portrayed as the Bride. The Bride comes out of every nation. How many realize that? But these others, they are basically made up of Old Testament saints. That is the second category. But let’s look at all these, the Millennium itself, a thousand years, when again life is propagated from the natural on this earth, how many realize that? Years ago I had said something to Perry Green at one time. I said Perry, there will be little babies born in the Millennium. He said, well I would be mighty sure and be careful how I preached that. Well his dad called me one time and said, I understand there are going to be babies born in the Millennium. I said, I sure do believe that. He said, well I don’t believe that. He said, I believe they will be just like when Bro. William Branham saw his little daughter. I said, and how did he see his little daughter? She was no longer a little baby. That shocked him. God is not going to leave some who have died now, like little babies just to be in that picture some are holding on to. That is why right out of this present mortal realm of the human flesh we see out here, the era of the miraculous in front of us, plus the everlasting gospel that is to be preached by the 144,000 Jews is to be preached to this unbelieving godless element of mankind to wake up some of them and seal their spiritual attitude away so that when Jesus does come back to set up His kingdom, He is going to rule and reign, over who? Those nations that are saved mortally. How many realize that? There are going to be little babies born of that mortal realm. Now since death is not going to be an inherited thing, death will only be a disciplinary means. So then we can say that through that Millennium age, of a thousand years, longevity of life is going to be restored. God would be an unjust God to let all these human beings that have been born and raised in that Millennium era, enter into that eternal age having never been tested or tried as the ones that are ruling and reigning over them. How many realize that? Because the devil is going to be bound throughout the Millennium. To test those mortals born during that time, is exactly why at the end of that Millennium, Satan is loosed for a little season: it does not tell you how long that little season will be: it just says for a little season. He will go out upon the breadth of the earth from Gog to Magog and many of them that have been born and grew up under that righteous rule, will absolutely be tempted to follow that satanic spirit. Remember, you can read that in Revelation 20: this is not just my idea. Then, all those that Satan persuades, that plan to go with him, they encircle the beloved city Jerusalem, which is the camp of the saints, the Bride’s headquarters. That is where the King of kings and Lord of lords rules and reigns from. They are going to attempt to take over His kingdom. That is when fire comes down out of heaven and devours all of them. There is not going to be one shot fired down here from any natural thing. It is divine intervention from heaven, and it slays that bunch that are following Satan. Then is when Christ takes His last position, the great white throne for a final judgment. Now here is the judgment of the universe. Here is where death and hell give up the dead, the sea gives up the dead, all the graves give up what they have been holding, wicked and all. Whosoever does not have his name found written in the book of life, will be cast into the lake of fire. I want you to know, there is no such thing as a lake of fire right now. How many realize that? Hell has a beginning, but as it has a beginning, it will last for a certain period of time and when it accomplishes its purpose, it will no longer be needed. That goes to show, hell has an ending, because it ends in the lake of fire. Then we can see all those that are saved, they make up the nations. You read that in Revelation 21 and 22, Just as God has His righteous angels in three categories, so will God have His family of human beings in three categories, and now He has His earth renewed, redeemed, cleansed and ready to last forever. Now the eternal age, (as we refer to it) what a day that will be, when my Savior I shall see, when I look upon His face the One who saved me by His grace. When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through that promised land, what a day that will be! That eighth day, don’t forget, it is the next era beyond the Millennium. It has already been typed. That is the eternal age, the perfect age. Sin will be no more. God is all in all. Then Jesus is seen as your elder brother. You see Him in Revelation 21 and 22. Is He still on the throne. No, He is no longer the King in that sense. How many realize this? But through Him we have all been lifted back up to become sons and daughters of the living God, that God may be all in all. It is a beautiful day to look forward to. I hope you take this tonight right, on into the 20th chapter, what the Millennium is for, then you see how the Millennium closes with Satan loose for a little season. Then you see how the great white throne is set and how the last judgment is set. Paul said also in the Corinthian letter that we will judge angels. The last judgment will absolutely cleanse the whole universe of every diabolical spirit. He said the saints shall judge the world, even angels. They have not judged them yet. We have got to be a lot different than the Methodists or Baptists. How many understand me? You have got to have a revelation of something in you that God enables you and I to be changed from mortal to immortality and we rule with King Jesus through the Millennium. Then when we are in that position, what a day it is going to be.
EXPLAINING THE VIRGIN BIRTH
Now here is something that has been on my mind for quite awhile. I have mentioned many times about the birth of Christ. I have had people ask me, Bro. Jackson, how can Christ be born of woman, yet not have any part of the human traits about Him? I am not a doctor, but I want you to know I am not ignorant. I studied under the G.I. bill, three years of agriculture and animal husbandry. I know all the ins and outs, ups and downs about the biological process of what conception, birth, and inherited traits are, and how it all goes about in offspring. Sisters, please allow me to say these things with respect for each and every one of you. I look back through the centuries of time, how the human race has been maneuvered by the devil and caused man to look upon woman, and how woman has been used by him. Over in Iraq and those other places, the woman has a very low esteemed position. I want you to realize that bunch of Muslims that claim to be the descendants of Abraham are messed up in their thinking. They have no Abraham traits in them at all. When Abraham left the land of the Chaldeans right out of the area where they are doing all the fussing today, he had a little wife, Sarah. I believe God had seen something in Abraham and Sarah, and knew that they would become models, images of something that He purposed to instill in some people down through the centuries of time. He designed every woman’s body to be a mother. I realize what the devil and sin and everything has painted a picture of, men using the female for their own pleasure. They are having their day, let them have it, but their day is coming to an end: it is just about over. I am going to say these words very carefully. It is very sensible when we can look at how God said in Isaiah, how He shall overshadow a virgin and so forth. In that virgin womb of Mary, there had never been the presence of man’s sinful seed deposited. I am going to break this down the way we studied animal husbandry in the process. God, which is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, in a creative act, created in that virgin womb the very nucleus of what the natural world would call the embryo. As this embryo is formed, in a short order of time it bonds itself, by the laws that God has set up in the female womb, so that binds this nucleus to the wall of that womb. I am going to prove to you tonight, not one ounce of female blood, nor the father’s blood, even in the natural conception is in the child today. You have to realize how this comes about. Once that little embryo is bonded to the wall of that womb, something sets up in this mother’s body. This is the law of reproduction. In this embryo, which is just a little nucleus of stuff, is potentiallife. But on the inside of that, things begin to take place and separate. The one major thing is, that around this on the outside, there is that part which we will call in the natural the birth sac. That is the part that becomes attached to the wall of the womb. There is no blood veins from the woman flowing through that. How many understand what I am getting to? It is bonded there by a certain process. Nature sets it up. Then as this birth sac takes place, it also grows. Within that, is where the fetus begins to form. Then from the little fetus is what is called the umbilical chord. You have heard what it is. I have helped horses give birth, and also cows give birth, sheep give birth and so forth. I have had to help pull them from the womb of the mother. Then when maturity has arrived, this umbilical cord is fastened to the wall inside the sac. Do you follow me? There is nowhere it is connected through. The bonding process between this, is a substance, I just want to say it is like a tissue of substance. But from the mother’s side, every bit of the food she eats, her digestive system breaks it down into the protein, carbohydrates, and the other food nutrients. Her bloodstream absorbs this. Immediately her body begins to project this to that certain spot. That spot is growing, because this nucleus that has formed on the walls, has no bloodline going through it no blood is passed on. How many understand that? Even in the natural conception, a child can be conceived and it will not have its mother’s blood type nor its father’s blood type. All those types and everything lay within the embryo to start with. In the natural conception process the egg has a certain number of chromosomes. The gene of man has a certain number of chromosomes. They are equal. When nature provides that the two come together in the process, there is an equal number of chromosomes which carries the laws of heredity. In those chromosomes lay the different qualities of blue eyes, brown eyes, red hair, brown hair. The chromosomes are what rule the laws of heredity. But the blood type is not in there at all. How many realize that? So getting back to this divine act, that was God’s own blood, so to speak, because the entire process was by an act of creation. That was an embryo that God created Himself, right there in the womb of that virgin young lady. That which I have been describing is bonded to the wall of that womb. Yes the natural process of the mother does feed the nutrients and the umbilical cord draws from this, not through the blood vessels, but it is a substance that all works to produce an offspring. That umbilical cord draws that in which feeds and nourishes. Once it comes into this umbilical cord, then again the food nutrients are transferred back into blood. It is the blood of the infant, not the mother. That is why the little fetus grows. Now they are able to take a young, pregnant mother to be, and with an x-ray machine they can see the little fellow in there, he or she is inside this birth sac. But through the years of time as I have helped cows and horses give birth, I have helped pull the young out, I have seen the umbilical cord come out. But just a few hours later, nature has its way of causing the body of the mother to cleanse the womb by the expelling of all the afterbirth. That is as simple as I can say it. So when God created that embryo, I hope you understand there was no way the blood of any human was going to be in there. You just have to understand, that when Mary ate her food, the protein, the carbohydrates were all broken down into the blood stream, which goes to that certain spot. Then on the inside of that spot is the umbilical cord, which is fastened through this substance. That is God’s creative way. It draws life nutrients. As it puts it into the bloodstream of this fetus, it is becoming blood of this little infant. So I have to say, that is the way God brought His only begotten Son into the world, with Him being sinless. He did not have any hereditary laws of the human side at all. That body He lived in was perfect, a human fleshly body, but it had no sin in it. How many realize that? With that in mind, I hope I have explained it in a way that people can get an understanding of it. I am actually ashamed sometimes of young farmers that have seen mother cows give birth and everything, yet they still haven’t studied it enough to really understand the whole process. I took my education under the G.I. bill of rights for three years. I studied animal husbandry. You study the natural gestation process. That is why I say tonight, I thank God that I have been able to look at this and understand it. I waited a long time before I got courage enough to try and explain it before a mixed audience. I realize, that in this crazy world of perversion we live in, all people hear everything else, so they may as well hear this. My feeling is, they just as well hear something that is right, because this is how God brought His only begotten Son into the world. He became my Savior and your Savior. He became the first fruits of them that are going to be part of God’s family. I am thankful to be part of that new creation He is in the process of producing, and I know all of you are too. Amen