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We will just start this by saying, wheresoever the fresh Word of God is being presented, there is where the eagles (God’s true children) will be gathered together. These people that think they are going to get by without any further revelation, they are sunk. I cannot say it any plainer than that. They are sunk, because God is not just going to come down one day with seven thunders, without doing anything worthwhile before that. This plan of God is a building up process, just like climbing a ladder. It is a building process until you get to the top. Then when you get to the top, the rest takes place. The carcase is God’s Word. It is the fresh killed meat. Wheresoever the eagles are, eagles only eat fresh meat: the rest goes to the vultures.Eagles cannot even stand the smell of a rotten carcase. I am not saying that about true revelation that has been taught through the years: I am referring to garbage that some have held on to, that was not true revelation. You critics get that in your head now, because truth in the past has been a part of the end time message. I have feasted upon it and I still do, because it was fresh kill. Some may think the fresh meat of former days is just leftovers now, but I like the right kind of leftovers; and that is true revelation of God’s Word, delivered to us by faithful servants. Some criticize me so badly about the third day message and even some of the other things I preach about, that they even made a list of them, actually they made a chart of them, and said this is all falsehood. That they will put on the internet, things that are completely foreign to the Word of God. Some have said, Even if I don’t have a revelation, I will preach something. As for me, I cannot live on something that people like that put out, I only feed my spirit on things that are true revelation of the Word of God. This other was for the Bride, but then it says concerning the end, Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. That is dealing with a time immediately after the tribulation. That is the judgment of God on wicked mankind that will be left alive until then. The tribulation is the judgment of men. Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear (then shall appear. I was shaving and brushing my teeth this morning. The Spirit of the Lord was there. It was a two type thing. It was a joyous thing, but then it was a burden too. Can you understand that? Because I was thinking of the time that we are in, and the time that is coming, and of those who are not ready spiritually.) the sign of the Son of man in heaven: (Young people, brothers and sisters, get ready now, for that time that is soon to come. This is not something to put off until another day. If the Spirit of God is dealing with you, you are among the most precious people in the world, if you will just accept what He is offering you. The nearness of that drawing that I felt many years ago, was so close I knew all I had to do was reach out and take it: it was there. I was a lost sinner then, but I felt that Spirit come into my room. I was not at a church service, which proves that God can deal with you anywhere you are. After my wife and I were married, my first gift from my mother-in-law was a Bible. I started reading my Bible and the presence of the Lord came into the room where I was. You do not have to be in a church service, even though He works in church services, or anywhere else He chooses. It worked in here this morning. I know I am going a long way around, but there is somebody that needs this. There is somebody that needs help today. Young people, I give you a free offering, I offer you Jesus Christ.) and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. In the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory, riding on that white horse and His Bride along with Him. He has a great sword, but you are not riding alone. To see Him, is going to take all the misery, all the trials and tests we have ever been through, and there are times that there are many trials and tests that come our way, but God has made provision. Paul said we are more than conquerors. That is exciting, we are more, not less, but more than conquerors through Him who loved us, who gave Himself for us. It is real, this is not a lost cause. It is not something you get over after thirty, forty, or fifty years. Fifty four years ago I was in a little bathroom upstairs, we had a two room apartment. I worked at Fisher Bodies for the first six months of our marriage. I did not have a car, I had to walk. It is not an easy road always, but it is a blessed road. The bathroom was not even on the floor we lived on. I was in there praying, and God spoke to me. I felt His presence so close when I prayed, I would open my eyes to see if He was there. That is when He spoke to me, He said, I did not only call you to preach, but I have called you to pray for the sick. I did not know what that meant. I was a Methodist, but I really was not. That was my play time, but I did not play. I was hated in the Methodist Church, because I did not fit in their groove. You just do not fit in until you get in the right place. Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels. (You are going to be in the midst of that.) It is too marvelous for me to think of, but it works. He does not save us because of our looks: we are not Hollywood stars, but one day we are going to be stars that are going to be seen coming with Him when He comes back. Your name was not written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life in the last revival. That song that some sing: my name was written down in gold letters the day the Lord saved me, is totally wrong. Not just wrong, but absolutely foolish. The Bible tells me they were written from the foundation of the earth. When God created this entire thing, He had already thought it all the way through. By His foreknowledge, He knew everyone who would ever believe unto true salvation. That is when He said, there is my son, there is my daughter, until He had seen every human that would ever believe His Word unto salvation of their soul. They are not necessarily educated. They are not high and sophisticated, but they are believers. You cannot knock it out of them. Obama: you do not have preeminence there. Henry Kissinger said you did, you were going to be number one in the world. There is coming a world leader, but it is not going to be Obama. Neither is it going to be Henry Kissinger. The pope will have his place for a time, but after awhile that spirit that drives him will be cast into the lake of fire which is already burning as I speak this morning. It is not coming from another planet: it is already on fire in the heart of this earth. This is Matthew 24. The signs are here, the sun and the moon and all of the signs are here, and after the tribulation the sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light. See, the sun shall be darkened: it does not say that it will be completely hid, it will just be darkened, immediately after the tribulation. Luke 21:25 says, And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring. It does not say anything about after the tribulation there. Let us learn to read the scripture right. Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: (Mens hearts are not only going to be failing then, when the tribulation is over, they are going to have a heart attack, the whole world is going to have a heart attack. There will be very few men left. There will not be distress of nations then: nations will be wiped out. That is the difference. Let us read on here. Mens hearts failing them for fear, looking after those things which are coming on the earth. That is close by, but that is not the end.) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then (Then, this is immediately after the tribulation, this one verse. Then…) shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Right here, is the answer to it all. And when these things begin to come to pass, (He goes back to the beginning of the verses I read, when these things begin to come to pass, look up. Who is He talking to now? He is talking to Bride people: they are ready. This is before all that other happens. Do you get it?) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. I believe it is getting about time for us to start looking up, instead of down. I want to say this, Do not look down on anybody else. I am not getting very far on my subject yet, but I want to go to a scripture I do not even have written down back here, it is Isaiah 63. This is a verse of scripture Bro. Jackson preached from when he was preaching the message Showdown at Sundown.” Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? (We have a map back here, that we can look at. Bozrah, is up here in Iraq. If you check the map in your Bible, you will see it. As Bro. Jackson explained it, you see him coming through here, (chart) you see him coming through here. He is on the move.) this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. God is speaking here in angelic form. He will use His angel Michael as the head of His army. This will come when Israel is getting ready to get her land back. Come from this direction, see, Iraq is not going to be Iraq anymore after that. Israel will go all the way over here to the Euphrates River. That is going to anger Iran, but Iran is going to be afraid to tackle her. That is why she is just a part of those satellite nations that join up with Russia to full fill Ezekiel 38 and 39. When Bro. Jackson preached this, he talked like it was a vision to him, seeing all of this take place. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, (that means blood) and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winevat? He sees the angel of the Lord here, with war material on, speaking the Word, slaughtering as he goes. I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: (He was talking about no nation. Only Israel is alone here.) for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. (Speaking of Israel) And I looked, and there was none to help. What does it say in the 12th chapter of Zechariah? Though all nations of the earth be gathered together against Jerusalem. Obama is saying, give it back. When we traveled in Israel, when we left Jerusalem, from Jerusalem on down, give it to the Muslims. You know what it looks like, the land there, garbage heaps out in the field burning, They don’t even care about the land. When you go into Bethlehem, it is a pig sty, because the Muslims are there. Anywhere they are, it is a pig sty. They marched against our bus, Bro. David Nichols has pictures of it. They took their sticks and rubbed them down the bus, the first bus. The Israeli army had to come and break the thing up. God is going to break it up for good one day soon. He is going to have enough of their Jew destroying ideas, and their polluting of that land. This is what He is talking about, I have had enough. We are not going to sit still and keep our mouths shut. God has a ministry and people had better understand that. There is not going to be anybody allowed to come on this platform and turn cartwheels. The ministry, is God’s chosen ones for the job at hand; and we are not going to sit down and allow a lot of foolishness where there must be Godliness and righteousness. This is more than natural family and friends. The ministry is number one in God’s order now, because they have a job to do, which is to perfect something. When something is perfected, it does not matter what some may think about it, because we have a job to do. You brothers have a job to do, I have a job to do. The decisions we make are not always easy. If you let anybody come in here and stand against this ministry, you will have your back flogged before you think about it. I thank God for Faith Assembly. I thank God for my brothers and sisters. I did not know it that Sunday morning when I came in, and it has been five years ago now. When I came in, and brothers and sisters met me, they were angry. I did not put anybody up to anything, but there were some brothers that came purposely and sat here, because they were not going to let things get out of hand, knowing there were a bunch of preachers coming in here, thinking they were going to take over; but I had some brothers backing me, that did not listen to them. At that time, Bro. Spencer had planned for some services later, with one of the preachers of that group; and when he got up, he was talking and called me Saul. He later went to Bro. Spencer and asked, is the meeting still on at your place? Bro. Spencer just plainly said, No. I love God’s people, they are my friends. I love God’s ministry, because, one of these days we will have a message for this world. I will not be surprised if it is televised. Revelation 10:11 has got to get out to the world. I don’t care what the world thinks, the saints of God are going to shine. We still have trials we have to go through. We still have tests to go through. I remember when Rolf Strommen was told right here, standing right here, he came to me and said, I have something I want to say tonight. I said, well you will have to ask Bro. Jackson. That is all that was said. Then he came to church that night and said, I told Bro. Allen I wanted to say something about a message he had preached. He did not say that. It was the Jehu ministry. He told me he wanted to explain it. He came up here, he came up this aisle intending to go to the platform, but I had told him, unless you talk to Bro. Jackson first, you are not going to get in that pulpit. He lied. I had already said to Bro. Bud, if he gets up here, let’s stop him. I did not ask Bro. Jackson, I just said, let’s stop him, let’s not let him talk. He got here, Bro. Svein, Bro. Frank and Bro. Jackson stood right here and talked to him, told him to straighten things out in Norway. I say it again this morning, straighten things out in Norway! There are people here that may not like what I have to say about this, but I am telling you the truth. He never gave you a straight answer about anything. His son did cartwheels while Bro. Frank was preaching on the platform. That will not go on in Faith Assembly. I am talking plain this morning. A lot of people want to associate with those preachers and some that have left and talked about us. When you get to a funeral home, instead of hanging around them, Get away from them! The Bible tells me not to even wish them God speed. I don’t shake their hand and say God bless you brother. Some of them will take in anything to increase their numbers, no matter what they have rejected. Bro. Steve mentioned something Rolf Strommen said to him, Well, you know how it is with young people, you never know what is in their heart. That is garbage. Not an answer. You may say, well I will never be back at that church again, they mention names. Our names have been mentioned in many places. As I said awhile ago, every subject I have preached on has been blasted; and also Bro. Bud, even saying these things we have preached are from the pit of hell. I have to say, that is blasphemy. This is a serious hour. We have never lived in an hour like this. That is why I say, let us get things straightened out in our lives. Not only in our personal lives, but other things that would affect the saints of God. The pastor is the head of an Assembly, and has responsibilities. I want to keep things straight. I am not going to go to bed at night and feel bad because I have not corrected something that needed to be corrected. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help. (That is Israel: that is where they are. Do you think anybody is going to help us? Homosexual ministers are dreamers: there is no such thing. There are no homosexual Christians. I did not plan to say all these things, but I have said nothing but the truth. When I started on the blood moons, I had all these scriptures showing dates for the blood moons, so let us look at our chart on the blood moons. Before the next convention, if God permits, this one will have happened. I do not know what will come of it, but I do not want to wait until this one, to try to straighten things out. Some may ask Aren’t you sorry for the things you said here this morning? I am sorry certain conditions made it necessary, but I had to say what I said. This is an unusual thing, because, when this had happened three other times, this was not in there. This is to the world. This is March 20, 2015. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth. That is talking about the people that are against what is right. Regardless of how many are against Israel getting their land back, they will still get it back; and they will build a temple that will not be like these denominational supposed-to be prophets talk, that they will build it beside the mosque of Omar: That thing is going to blow up. They are blind as bats. Blind leading the blind to fall in the ditch together. That is what is happening in this move today. You did not walk away from me, you walked away from truth. I looked at this for months before I said anything about it, because I was not going to say anything about it while I was on another message. I know some of these messages last a long time, but I endeavor to complete each thought. Psalms 83, is something that inspired me, to know that David, the chief singer of all his singers, the one hundred and twenty, all dressed in white, come out. He led their singing. I began to look and see what he had written. There are eleven in a row in Psalms, that he wrote. David did not just choose anyone to be his song leader. I think we have made the best choice, choosing Bro. David Jackson, because he works with you like a glove. He never cuts you off and says my daddy preached it this way, or my daddy preached it that way.
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
I have added Daniel 9:27 to my scriptures. I have been on this subject quite awhile, but I want to do justice to every message, and be able to say things in a way that is understandable, and trust that every one of you will catch what I am saying and understand. I know, Joel, chapter 2, and Acts chapter 2, are both speaking of what will take place before Israel gets her land back. I was sent an e-mail about Netanyahu, what he said at the U.N. There were five different scriptures he mentioned while he was talking to the General Assembly. I am sure our president did not like what he said. He talked about the land being given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob many, many years ago. This was the Jewish land. Then he was talking about Iran’s leader, just a wolf in sheeps clothing and trying to pull the wool over our president’s eyes. The thing about it is, the world is going to go against Israel eventually. Though all nations, according to the 12th chapter of Zechariah, stand against Jerusalem, yet God will seek to destroy them. You can see that going on already today, because of the economy of the different nations, which is going down hill. They talk like, if this thing goes on here in this nation a few weeks, our economy is going to fall, talking about what is going on in Washington. There are many Republicans up there, that just as well move over to the other side of the aisle, because that is the way they act. The Democratic party has all together become a liberal party. There are a few in the Republican party, newcomers, that want to change it. They want to get the debt under control. All the Middle East and everywhere, are guided by the dollar. We should not say the dollar anymore, but by the trillion dollars. They spend like it will never run out, but it is going to run out. The people in this nation are going to suffer from it; and the book of James, in the 5th chapter, tells what is going to happen, because they have hoarded this money to themselves and let the poor people keep supporting this. Things are not looking good for China or Russia either. Evil and greedy people are everywhere. I was talking to Bro. Land, in Norway, how five years ago they did not have to worry about locking their doors, but now they are killing people on the streets. They do not have guns, they have knives or clubs that they are using to kill people. The most they can do to them is give them twenty five years in prison: they have no death penalty. They say the prisoners in Norway are treated better than the elderly that are in rest homes. That is about what is going on here in America. We are not hardly that far along yet, but we are going that way. As I said about Norway, it has changed in five years. Our brothers from over there are noticing the change. And we are noticing the change here in our country. How can we claim to be children of God and go against His Word. Our thinking is what is going to put us somewhere. Well I thought you said we have to be born again. I know for certain, that a person must be born again to be accepted by a righteous God. That is what Jesus said. A lot of people have had great experiences, but where are they today? Was that not what Ezekiel talked about in the 33rd chapter? A righteous man, if he does something to lose his righteousness, then it is not good. That is why we stand here to warn people: it is not just to jump on people. It is not to beat people down, but we are living in a late hour of time. We have never lived in a time like this. It will only get worse though, because Genesis 6 says the thought of man was only evil continually. (before the flood). Jesus said it will be like that when He comes back. The lifestyle in America has really changed. When I see a woman that is dressed right, it is almost a blessing anymore. What I have said was not part of the message I am on, but it is part of what was prophesied for the end time. As Christians, we ought to always be dressed in a respectable way. Let me get back to my message now and go to Ezekiel 38, which is getting us close to the opening of the seventieth week of Daniel. When that is fulfilled, it is not the end of the age. This is the time when Daniel, 9:27 takes place. This is what defeats Muslimism. Do not let anyone tell you that, the mosque of Omar is going to sit there on the hill with the new Jewish temple that will be built. That thing is going to be blown up and gone forever. There was nothing like that sitting there at the beginning. That was the place that David, after he had done wrong about numbering Israel and all, rather than to say I will take it as a man offered it, no he paid money for that place. He was not allowed to build the temple, because he had shed too much blood. But he was the one who got everything ready. David had it all figured out, portioned out. He had gone to the extreme to get the place ready. He had bought the material. He had something in mind, and we must have something in our minds in this hour, in order to prepare ourselves for the hour that is to come. We are the temples of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost that dwells in us, is a free gift. As the temple was a shining holy place unto the Jews that set up there, because they could see for miles around, we must shine also, because we are temples where God dwells. That temple was built out of Jerusalem rock, which had a red glow to it, and people could see it from miles away when the sun was setting. It was the shining place in the world, at that time. People from everywhere came to see it and to view it in Solomon’s time. That is what God said about us, that in the end time we are going to shine. When that time comes, when Zion is brought back, and when men can set a scope on a certain thing, and each one can look down that scope and see the same thing, then that is when we see eye to eye. We have to look at it in that way. Whatever adjustments I need to make, I must make them in order to be able to see and comprehend what is before me. It is not up to Bro. Bud or Bro. Spencer or any other minister to get me to adjust my life the right way, it is up to me to get myself in line with the Word of God, that I may be able to be of help in this five fold ministry. No one man is all of it. Each of us have a ministry to fulfill and a time to do it, that this end time bride may be able to shine as it should, which requires that everyone see the same thing the right way. I cannot picture a bunch of people going down the road in Pauls time, telling him how he should walk: he knew how to walk, because he himself said, the Lord corrected me. Instead of exalting myself, the Lord put a thorn in my flesh. That is a danger in a ministry where one thinks of himself too highly. I remember Bro. Jackson standing here and saying, you that would exalt me, your exaltation goes no higher than my toes. That is as high as it should be allowed to go, if that person is led by the Spirit of God. Each man must know where he stands and what his outlook is. A ministry is a gift, just like a gift of tongues or something like that. That is a gift. The ministry is a gift that is higher than the gifts distributed among the body of believers. It is a calling that is put upon a man. If God has put something in someone’s heart, you cannot get away from that. You cannot make an adjustment on that yourself. Jesus knew why He came here. He never did deviate from that which He was destined to do. When He was in Jericho, and left Jericho, it says His mind was on Jerusalem, because there was where He was going to be tried and punished for us. He still has His job to do, because He must reign until every enemy is put under His feet, and the last one put under will be death. Then His life and purpose is perfected. That finishes what He came here for. It goes to show, that our lives do not end with death. Our ministry does not end with the resurrection. You and I still have something to do after resurrection. It is not just sitting up there on a cloud, eating cotton candy. It says that He must reign until the last enemy is put under His feet, which is death. We must reign with Him until that is under His feet. Always remember, that in the world to come, He is going to be the Bridegroom and, and we will be the Bride. We do not have a choice to get out of that, because it is either that or something bad. I cannot see how Ezekiel 38 is placed at the end of the age by some and expected to come here (chart) in this some place, and still be at the end of the age. That is what is being preached out here in other places. I am glad God has given us some insight in how His Word is going to be applied. In the end time, there are three different settings for Israel. Israel gets her land back, then there is a period of time when she is building her temple, then she signs a peace treaty with the beast, and then at the end of the age she rules with Christ. You cannot put Ezekiel 38, in here with her getting her land back, it will not work there. Neither can you put it in at the end of the week when Christ comes back, because it will not work there either. Jesus Christ is not coming back tonight. The rapture is not going to happen tonight. I know it is preached like that out here, that it could happen just any moment, but they cannot see what else is going to happen before the rapture. We have not even seen Isaiah 52:8 yet. But we see it coming together, each man of God doing his part to make this come together to where we can sing the same tune. Here we have a steel guitar, a piano, a lead guitar, then the base, the drums. It takes them all to make the sound good. It is up to each one to come in on their part. I remember one man, who is not here now, and maybe I should not say this, but he beat that guitar so hard you could not hear anything else. Sometimes there is correction that comes. Sometimes correction comes to me. I feel very bad within myself when it does, and nobody has said you are corrected. Ezekiel 38 is very precise on what he says here. And the Word of the Lord came unto me, saying. Is it the Word of the Lord that we are listening to? Could I say that is the Word of the Lord that came to me when I preached the third day? A lot of people say no. It says after two days, then in the third day. That is what came to me, and That is where I got the revelation from. You just simply do not count one, two, then stammer and stutter about what comes next. It does not give any fourth day. Of course when 2004 passed, they said Bro. Jackson was wrong, not only me, but we believe what the apostle said. You who do not believe it, do not even know what he said. Here, God speaks to Ezekiel, Son of man, set thy face against Gog; (Gog is the leader of Russia.) the land of Magog, (which is Russia, one portion of it) the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. Like it could be Putin, big brazen thing, wants everybody to see him with his shirt off. And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, (God is going to force somebody’s hand one of these days. What I am preaching in this message was to lead up to this time. It was not a message to the very end of time.) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. God knew what He was saying. He knew they would not be using horses in this time. He knew it would be horsepower: the armament they will have in that time, so the armament will not be horses and shields, swords, bucklers and all those things. Persia, (old Iran setting over there. No, Israel is not going to take out Iran when she takes out those round about. That is for another time. That is when God will take her out.) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, (which is Turkey. See? These are all surrounding what Israel is going to do in her next onslaught, which will take place against those round about her, including Egypt.) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. I will mention a name now: John Haggee preached this and said this will include Germany. It will not! Germany is one of the ten horns, so it will not include Germany, which I am not getting into, but that will be among the last enemies that God Himself brings war against, after Armageddon. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. See? Russia is going to be over the whole thing and be a guard unto the rest of them. Of course the United States, Obama is wanting to negotiate with Iran’s leader. Netanyahu, said, if everybody else forsakes us, we will not permit Iran to have nuclear weapons. The time is drawing near for something to happen in the Middle East. It cannot be long off. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, (That is telling you the time this will take place, in the latter years, the last days. He emphasizes that more a little later on.) and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. That is when this war takes place with Israel. Israel has nothing to do in this war of Ezekiel 38. She does have something to do with this, when the land is brought back. It says, and they shall dwell safely, all of them. Thou shalt ascend, and come like a storm, (A storm does not come on the ground, and that is not horses, nor men with swords. See? God knew what would happen, but He is speaking of the swords and all that, to tell you they will come with all their armor, but nobody would have understood tanks at that time.) thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, (A cloud is not on the ground. That is speaking of people being dropped out of planes with parachutes. They have parachutes that they can drop tanks with.) thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought. That evil thought is not talking about something immoral, it is talking about an evil thought they are thinking against Israel. Listen to what it says now. And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; (That is not happening in Israel now, but it will come to pass when she gets her land back. There is a lot to happen in the very short future. These things are going to, more or less, be stacked one right on another. You think that Russia is going to stand by when Egypt and Syria, Saudi Arabia, when Iraq and all those nations are in line with Israel, do you think she is going to stay back then? Israel has several hundred mile wall now that they have put up to keep the Palestinians separated from the Jews, in the land they were going to give to the Palestinians. Listen to this. I will go up to the land of unwalled villages…) I will go up to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, (That wall will come down.) and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. (That is the land of Israel.) Sheba, and Dedan, (Which is Saudi Arabia, and south of Israel, Dedan. They make peace with them, Sheba and Dedan. These are sons of Abraham by Keturah.) and the merchants of Tarshish, (Which is Spain. There are a lot of people that lived in Spain that are Jews, in Madrid.) with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? To carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? That is what the children of Abraham, Sheba and Dedan, are saying, are you coming to take a great spoil, or to take our land? Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, (Now he goes back to the leader.) Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, (which is Russia) thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land, (like a cloud to cover the land) it shall be in the latter days, (It talked about years awhile ago, but it says in the latter days. That is not Armageddon, it would not be saying in the latter days.) and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. (It will be televised.) Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. God gets angry. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. That is the people that come against Israel, they are going to be so frightened, they will not know who they are fighting against. They will be fighting each other, brother against brother. See? Israel is not in this war, it is God. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. That is God’s fury! Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord. That puts fear in many nations, because they are going to see it. They are going to see what God does to Russia and all those that come with them in that time. Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel. (There, is where they have their burying place, upon the mountains of Israel.) And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that are with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord. So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. I remember Bro. Jackson going over that, it says He will leave only the sixth part of those that have come against Israel. These young men would go back to their places and say to their moms and dads, I know now that there is a God. Before that they had been against God, atheists. But after this, they go back to say, I know there is a God in Israel. Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken. And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years. Brothers and sisters, this will happen before the time of the end, because they will not be burning this in the Millennium. To me, this is where Daniel, which I will go to now and quit for now. Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. See? He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week. To me, this is where the war, or the onslaught of Russia and them comes in, this is one of the causes for the beast to sign the covenant of peace, which will actually be for one week, seven years. To me, this is the same thing, the same seven year period of time. What do you think that is going to do to the world when they see what happens there in the land of Israel? When God takes vengeance on all of that great force that has come to destroy and conquer, that is going to give the beast an opportunity to make a covenant with Israel, which will be something very bad for Israel, for the leadership. But this brings the two prophets on the scene, that will prophesy for three and a half years in the streets of Israel. That is when the 144,000 will be brought in and the woman of Revelation 12 will be prepared to flee into a place prepared for her.
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
We represent a precious people that know God, as Paul said, that are known of God. This is a wonderful time we are living in, a wonderful day and hour that God has given us. You are my brothers and sisters. I want to respect you in that way, as being a brother and sister, and little ones as being what they are to a family. The Lord has kept you out of problems and things that looked bad. For every day He has given us, we give thanks for it. Since I have been on this subject, I did not know how people felt about it, but there have been those that have taken it very serious because they see something in it, and recognize the timing of it. It has already proved itself over and over, three other times. (Talking about the moons). I do not know what is going to happen, nor when it is going to happen, I don’t know if it will be during this time or after this time. It does let me know we are close to the end. The Bible says, when you begin to see these things come to pass, look up, your redemption draweth nigh. We are not struggling to serve the Lord, we serve Him because we love Him. The struggle is with our flesh. When we get that conquered, we have everything in God’s hands. Some may say, well I have been born again. That is the best thing that could ever happen to you, but after we are born again, what are we going to do with it? Are we going to let the Lord lead us on into deeper depths and higher heights? We can be satisfied with having salvation, with the fact that God has saved us, but the Bible says strive to enter in, into the will of God in a daily walk with Him. Speak to Him daily, praise Him, let Him know we are thankful to be His child. You might say, oh, He already knows that. The thing about it is, do we know it? Do I know that He is here right now? Do I know that He is listening when I pray? That is why I am touched this morning, I was touched before I got up here. I know they say it is not by feelings, but I like that feeling. You have something inside you that begins to bubble. Our heavenly Father is always ready to bless us. Sometimes it may seem like He is far off, but the thing about it is, God is just priming you, getting you ready for the overflow. Did He not say that out of your bellies shall flow rivers of living water? Out of your inner being, something will come forth. Do not tell me there is no feeling to what we have. When it comes from your inner being, you know better than that. The new birth is something that people do not see. It is between you and the Creator, but the Spirit of God in you will cause you to conduct yourself in a way that others will notice. You cannot keep it hid, when you walk with God in truth and righteousness. When I first came to the Lord, I would stop along the highway and give people a ride, just so I could talk to them about the Lord. I would feel impressed to. I know you cannot do that anymore, but it was different back then. Most of them would not stay in the car very long with me talking to them about the Lord. They would quickly find a place to get out, but I went on my way happy. It made me feel good. That was back in 1959, when it was not so risky to pick up someone walking. I thank God for those experiences. He has told us, I am a present help in time of need, or trouble. I now want to go back to a scripture I cannot seem to get away from, Luke 21:8. This keeps reminding me of the time we are living in. The preachers we used to see on television, were neatly dressed, with their hair cut to look decent. Now they are beginning to look shaggy. One preacher said, I don’t care how many tattoos you have, if you have nineteen, I don’t care, and I don’t care how many rings you have, nor the body piercing and stuff like that. Brothers and Sisters, I do not want to see things like that. If somebody, years ago, had a tattoo when you were in service or something, and you cover it up, then that is another thing, but here was a preacher on television, wearing a coat that looked like a rag, a shirt tail hanging down below the coat, and a tie on. He looked like trash. We are not trash: we are king’s children. When a person is born again, that changes him or her. A preacher that appears in public like that, has something wrong with him. Something is missing. Jesus wore a seamless robe that went down to His feet. When He comes back with His bride, as seen in Revelation 19, His bride is dressed in fine linen clean and white. When you see how He is dressed there, you are looking at a King. You are not looking at a pauper. When I see in Revelation 19, what the people are dressed like, I see King’s children, because I see a Bride, the Lamb’s wife. Some of these preachers think you cannot reach young people unless you look like them. I say you cannot reach them when you do look like them. What do you have to do? Are you going to take the drugs like they do, so you can be like them? I am not mad this morning, I am encouraged by the grace of God. The 8th verse of Luke, chapter 21 says, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name. They do not come and say I am Jesus Christ: they come saying, Oh I believe in Jesus. Their life does not show that they do. And the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. God has given us the best in this hour we are living in. You have not been promised cars and houses and big bank accounts by the ministry of this hour. Jesus said, in this life you will have the things you need, plus persecution. He could have left that one off, but that is what makes us genuine, when we go through with what makes us to be what He wants us to be. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. When you hear of these things, He said these are going to happen all along, but don’t be terrified, these things have to happen. Then said He unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, (Right now in parts of Africa, people are starving to death. Little children with their bellies swelled, little babies trying to nurse from their mothers, when they have no milk. The men have been killed off by some peaceful religion called Muslimism. If you claim to be a Christian in Egypt today, they call it the Coptic religion, which I do not agree with, but the Muslim religion has torched one hundred of their churches. The ones that the president backed two years ago, to get Mubarak out of office, but he still says that was a duly elected government. It just lets me know where he stands.) and pestilences; and fearful sights (We have these things, volcanoes, Mexico City is lying on one. Volcanoes in Yellowstone Park has raised the ground level two feet. They say, if that should ever blow, the United States is gone. Old Faithful, do you know why it does what it does. That is a beautiful thing to look at, but if it did not do that, the whole thing would go. Parts of that is close to hell, I hate to say that word, but it is bubbling up the lava from beneath. God gave beautiful sights for man to look at, but the government has shut it out. It is strange, how one man can say stop, and everything stops. This is the day that they do not stop the Sodom lifestyle: but rather promote it. It is pushed in the armed forces. Just a few days ago, a sergeant was demanded to recognize gays. He said, my religion will not let me. They gave him a dishonorable discharge. Fearful sights, look at the mud slides. Look at the rain storms. People are being covered by mud, never to be found. Only the resurrection will bring them up. I was given a paper last week, a little town like Austin Indiana, an article about bestiality. If you do not know what that is, ask somebody that does know. Man has lost his way. Look at all these things. It says fearful sights. Brown University just got through with a week of nudity, a study of the human body. The devil has taken over America.) and great signs shall there be from heaven. That is what we have been talking about, great signs from heaven. That is God’s billboard. What is it saying? It is saying, we are at the end. It is saying to the Bride of Jesus Christ, get ready, your departure is at hand. The worse this thing gets, the closer that gets. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, (Now that is talking about another time, before these things happen. He is talking about from His age on down through the Dark Ages of time.) and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. That has happened. Every kind of atrocity has happened to the saints of God through time, just because they were Christians, no other reason. The Jews are persecuted because they are Jews. Hitler had his onslaught against the Jews for no other reason, but because they were Jews. I know it happened, we were there where it happened, we were there where they took their clothes. They even took their toothbrushes, shoe polish, their shoes, little infant shoes, prosthetic legs and arms. They shaved their heads, took their hair, took their skin and made lampshades. They took their bodies and made soap, all because they were Jews. But Jesus said that would happen. He looked over Jerusalem and wept, He said, Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and the righteous, and all that come before you, how oft would I have taken you like a hen gathers her brood together, but you would not, now your house is left unto you desolate. You will be scattered into all nations. Verse 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer. (That is talking of that time.) For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. They stopped their ears so they could not hear Him, just like they did Stephen, because they had a testimony to give. That was their price then. Our price now is standing for truth wherever we are. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. That has happened. What does this truth mean to you today. They did not have the truth that we have, because it was not yet given. They went through the Dark Ages of time when the Bible was taken away from them. Either that or they could not read it because they put it in another language that the people could not understand. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not a hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls. I like the testimony Bro. Steve left on television by saying, only will I say anything if you allow me to glorify the Lord. They said, O.K. Would you like to be on television this morning, just to say something and brag about how you were spared, or would you want to give glory to God? After that, he goes into what Daniel talks about in Daniel 9, how Jerusalem will be trodden down until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Before I go any further, it said there will be pestilence. This is about the mildest picture Bro. David could find for this, flesh eating diseases. Fearful sights, pestilence, you go to the hospital many times, you come out with something worse than what you went in with. Contagious diseases, staff infection. I saw the other day, hornets stinging people. They cannot survive their stings. Pestilence, honeybees invading houses down in Texas, getting in the siding, in the eve of the houses. They are mean, not the regular honeybee. Birds falling to the ground for no reason. Fish gathering, just to die. Dolphins coming ashore. Sea lions, so many being born that their mothers cannot take care of them. Whales beaching themselves, fearful sights. Why is all this happening here at one time? It is because we are at the end of the age. The heavens are speaking, God said they would. When the heavens speak, then the earth speaks back. The earth is angry with what has been brought about on it. It says in the 24th verse, And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: (That is the Jewish people, because they rejected their Savior. What about America? They have rejected Jesus Christ, don’t mention His name. The only thing you ever hear about God is when something bad happens, then it is Oh God, Oh God. That does not impress me.) and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. They are not trodding it down now, soon it is going to be liberated. Do not wait and see. This is not a wait and see situation. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon. Back to earth, blood moons. I got an e-mail from Bro. Jimmy the other day. He said, I am going to preach the blood moons to my people. I did not tell him to do that. It has stirred Norway also. God’s Word is beginning to have results around this world. You are going to hear more about it. Do you think the ones that are here are the only ones hearing this message? You will hear different tonight. Sometimes you do not realize how far this is going. There is a church being made up in places we do not even know about, in lands we do not know about, simply because people are listening. People that are not here would give almost anything if they had a seat here this morning, just to be gathered with the saints of God around the table of God. Not to hear me, but to hear God’s Word. It speaks in Zechariah, there will be a day come when it will not be light or dark, but in the evening time it shall be light. We are in the evening time this morning, in the world we are living in, and I want to express God’s desire to you and to me. Do not ever count yourself out because you are thirty fold. I don’t know what fold you are, but the thing about it is, the thirty fold are part of the bride. You may be sitting there, without seemingly anything to do, but that is not it. You are that little key that turns the lock. Just because you never got up and testified or anything, is not the determining factor. I see you, God sees you, and you are a part, not only of this assembly, but a part of the family of God. If you were not here, I would miss you. We are not down here at Faith Assembly, trying to rob other churches. If God speaks to you, and you have a heart to come, then come. Jesus did not force anyone, He said come, come take of the water of life freely, come unto me, all that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light. Have you found that to be so? I have. He can speak to a little boy and he will say, mommy, turn on song number seven. Somebody is interested. These little ones know more about what is going on than we think: they are not shut off in some room to keep them from disturbing people. They are sitting in the congregation learning how to live, learning how to be quiet. If you keep them all shut up, when you do turn them loose, they are like a deer. Remember when Jesus took the little children, when the disciples said to keep them quiet? He said, suffer the little children to come unto me. They came, no doubt some of them sat on His knee. What a close relationship! And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon earth distress of nations, (Look at the distress that is going on in this country right now. A bunch of old men sitting up there in Washington, claiming to run the country. Somebody said, I could take the first two thousand names in the Boston phone book, and with them, run it better than they do. Some were talking to the governor of Kentucky about this insurance thing, he said that is the way it is, get over it. You ignorant man! They are so high and mighty, they think nothing will touch them. They are going to find out different.) with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring. I saw some of that tsunami the other day that I had not seen before. It made buildings, cars and things, look like little toys that children would throw out in the street. The Bible says this is the beginning of sorrows. Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. When the powers of heaven shall be shaken, then you are standing on shaky ground, but God can steady an airplane for four hours, on a tree limb that was broken off, because that was the only tree that was safe in that whole area where Brother Steve landed. The rest of them were bug eaten. That was an ash tree. Bro. Steve, God had a tree waiting for you. Let me say to you others today, God has something waiting for you when the enemy is after you. When my sister testified this morning, I did not hear discouraging words. This encourages my heart. God said, I will be with you, even in you until the end. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. That is at the end of the age, but this other is before the end of the age. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up. That is talking to Bride people. When they begin to come to pass, look up, lift up your head, your redemption draweth nigh. When Jesus spoke to His disciples, He did not say you big crowd, He said, you little flock. It has never been the big crowds: it has been that one, or two, and three in certain places, even after somebody has tried to get them to go where there is a lot of people. When you get there, you see a little bit of everything. You see the world in most of these churches, and very little of God. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Young people, don’t just sit there when service is going on, listen, you can get something out of it. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. (That sounds like a lot of people.) Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. That will be the high light of the Christian life, to be able to stand before Him, and hear Him say, well done, good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, come and inherit the kingdom prepared for you before the foundation of the world.
SIGNS OF THE TIME
I am near the end of this message, and I still have a lot of scriptures I did not get to, but when it is over, then you must move on to something else. It is hard sometimes to leave a subject, not knowing what you will go to next. I do not know yet what will be next, but the Lord has been good to me since Bro. Jackson has been gone, to give me things to speak on that have been a blessing to some people, and a separation to others. We know that we are living in the time when that separation was to take place. Our brothers and sisters, especially some, have had a very hard experience with what the separation has brought, but the Lord Jesus said that it would be this way in this hour. Paul talked to Timothy and others in the same manner, that it would be this way in the day we are living in. It surprises us, but the separation itself should not, because we have had it taught to us from the Bible for many years. Still it does, because we are human beings and we never want to see things turn out the way it sometimes does. It is just the Word of God being fulfilled. I have never said anything for the purpose of trying to separate people, or even trying to be different. What I have said, was for enlightenment on the Word of God. It will soon be nine years since Bro. Jackson left the scene. I feel no different about him now than I did when he was living. I always cared very much for our brother. He was not only my pastor, he was my friend. I remember all the good times working in the area near Bro. Jackson, and how he made it a habit to come out and see Bro. Bud and me at the end of our day. He would sit down with us for a few minutes. A lot of times he would bring us Breyers ice cream and a Pepsi. He did not have to do that, but he did it because of his respect for us. How could I disrespect anybody that was so gracious and good to me. I have not said things to disrespect, but things of truth, for the time we are living in. I was laying in bed the other morning, I began to think about some of the dreams I had the year Bro. William Branham died, concerning his ministry and concerning what was coming up. As I did, I had an unusual experience, which I will tell about in a few minutes, but first of all, one of the dreams which I have told you here before, one of the dreams I had, I was in a meeting in Chicago with Bro. William Branham preaching. In the dream I was sitting on the platform, listening to what he had to say. Back at that time, which was the time when people were claiming the spirit was falling upon the Catholics, all the way into Canada to Notre Dame, to the college there, nuns and all were speaking in tongues. That started along about 1962-1964 in that area. Then there was actually priests that began to visit Bro. William Branhams ministry. They began to go there when the Full Gospel Businessmen would have him come. He seemed to be somewhat excited about it, because God just gives you so much light at any one time, not all at once, but in this dream, I was in Chicago, I don’t know why Chicago because I had never been there before. We were in a coliseum or building of some sort. I remember quite a little ways into the dream, there was a Catholic hierarchy there, more than just a priest, from some other country. There was also his leader, the leader of the country was there. Bro. William Branham stopped and asked this priest, do you believe that? He looked to the one that run the country sitting beside him, he whispered in his ear, and he told Bro. William Branham, I don’t believe it, after he had talked to his hierarchy. Bro. William Branham said, I don’t care whether you believe it or not, it is right. Then the meeting was over. I remember standing on the platform, not expecting anything in any way, and Bro. William Branham walked by with something in his hand, he dropped it in my hand. I was amazed that he would do something like that. I began to look, there was one that was in pretty big folds, which was easy to open. But when I looked, I saw how much it was, it was a gift. I began to try to get to where he was, to give it back to him. I thought, if that is that, and I had two more, and one was folded up real close, just a quarter of an inch or something. I did not even try to open it, I just went to try and find him. Then the last one was like you would do it this way, in a little roll. I thought, if this one is that much, the easy one, then how much is the others, I don’t want this, I am going to give it back to him. So I headed to the door where he had gone out. When I got to the door, I looked down and there was a long bunch of steps, kind of like it would be at the White House, those long steps there. At the bottom of the steps, I was looking for Bro. William Branham, but I could not see him, because there were so many people gathered around I could not see. I thought, well there is no use of me trying that. Then I looked, and the car he got in was black. This was just weeks before his death. I did not tell the dream around, but I did tell it to his best friend, Banks Woods, who lived right beside him. He said, you need to tell that to Bro. William Branham. I never did get the chance, because he died just weeks after that. I was thinking about that, and I know what the dream was, it was concerning a ministry. Since Bro. Jackson has died, things have come pretty easy, God would give me a scripture and all the rest of them would fall right in line. It has worked out that way each time. But it has been harder, I feel now that two of them are gone, and one is coming up, and it is not going to be as easy as it has been before, to be able to unfold that last one. That is the way I was feeling when I woke up the other morning, I am at that last fold of my ministry. If God permits, then there is something coming down the road. I am not responsible, the thing about it is, God puts up who He will and puts down who He will. That is His business, He is the overseer of all His work. Jesus made Him to be that way, because when He spoke of John 15, I am the vine, ye are the branches, but my Father is the husbandman. So he made it to be that way in his life, he never built himself up to be something. I am not trying to build myself up to be something, because I feel that we are in an hour of need. When these things come, I am not just speaking of my own ministry, but I am speaking of the ministry of the other ministers of God, when that time comes, then it is going to be a time of perfection. It is up to each one of us to choose which way we will go and who we will serve, just as it was when Joshua said, choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. That is a choice that each of us must make. As I look over this congregation this morning, I look on the congregation with love and respect. I know today, that our fooling around days are over, that we must take this serious. I am sure there are many that are doing that, because some have lost too much to turn back now. If we feel that way within ourselves, that there is really nowhere to go, the only way we can go now is onward, or backward. There is no slipping off to the side for those that really believe. The way I feel, we have a clear cut path to live by. As I was thinking about that, I dozed off to sleep and saw myself in one of those old dirt roads, where it had ditches for tracks. I saw myself there, and when I did, then I saw Moses and Elijah, because it was said to me, here is Moses and Elijah. I saw a glimpse of them for just a few seconds and it was over with, the dream was over, the dream I had just in a minute of time. I do not say that because somebody else dreamed it, I said it because I dreamed it. As I have presented this message, we know what is on the agenda next is going to be Israel is going to get her land back. After Israel gets her land back, then the rapture is not going to immediately happen because they have to build their temple, which will not take very long. It will not take seven years, as it did in Solomon’s time, because they now have equipment they did not have in Solomon’s time. Strangers will build up the walls, the strangers that come there will know what they are doing. It will be people that want to do something for God. Matthew, chapter 3. Bro. Jackson said, that God would break the economy of the nations. That works into Zechariah 12, where all nations that come against Jerusalem, God will break them to pieces. We are getting ready to see that, because we are getting ready to see Israel get back the land which God promised to Abraham. The United States, the Secretary of State, and all, are putting pressure on Israel to give up land. They have given up land, and given up land, with nothing in return. If Netanyahu does not aim to do anything about it, then there is another man raising up in the Likud party that will. His name is Moshe Fagin. Moshe means Moses. Let us read Matthew 3, starting with verse 8. This is John the Baptist preaching just before he baptized Jesus. Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. (Evidence of repentance.) And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. (God is a Creator.) And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. In this 12th verse he said, whose fan is in His hand and He will throughly purge His floor, the purging part is what I want to deal with today. He said He would throughly, do you know why He throughly purges His floor? This is where the grain goes, that is you and I. We are going on a clean floor. God is cleansing it of the chaff and all that goes with it before it gets to the floor. There will be nothing on that floor when the grain is put there, because it is already blown away. Our experience with God, that is what it was, an experience with God, what Jesus was talking about when He talked to Nicodemus. He said, you must, that is not a statement of maybe, You must be born again! The things that have hindered us, that have been standing in our way, are moved out and gotten rid of, so that we may be able to go into a place with God, on a clean floor. It says, He will throughly purge it. When it is throughly purged, it is like when we use a pressure washer on something. I know things can accumulate, even in our own lives, if we do not strive every day to keep God’s temple (which is what we are) clean. If we drop our guard, even the least bit, our attitude, our motives, or compassion for others, our sanctified life that God approves could hit a snag, because there will be things that will accumulate, things that we allow to come about, that are contrary to what God approves. Take a natural house for instance, we can put beautiful siding on it, and a beautiful floor, all of which shows the newness of it. But if we are not careful, and fail to take proper care of it, the siding will get green stuff on it, on the side that never gets any sun. Then you have to use something like a bleach agent, and let that soak so that we can take that power washer and get it off. All of that takes time, because the cleaning agent has to soak and get down to the bottom of it, which compares with where we are today, getting to the bottom of our every day life and checking to see if there is anything there that would hinder us from being put on a clean floor. I am not trying to make things impossible, but the daily cleansing, being washed in the water of God’s Word, which is the scripture we have here, Ephesians 5:26-27. That is an injection in what Paul is saying here, you will see that if we go to it. It is talking about husbands loving their wives, and he is actually talking about the Church. This is something that we use in weddings, but he is talking about the Church as a comparison, comparing the Church to a woman and man that is her husband. Then he says in verse 25, Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it; (Now this is an injection in that.) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word. It almost seems like this does not belong in there, but it is something injected in there for the Church only. That He might present it to Himself, a glorious Church, (or a glorious Bride people) not having spot. We can think of this as something oily that might drip on a garment. You may not notice it too much at first, but if it stays there very long, it becomes a stain that is hard to get rid of. Likewise, it is impossible, as long as we are in this flesh, to avoid something dripping on our lives at times, but the thing about it is this, we need to go immediately to the Father and make it right, whether it is a word we say, or whatever it would be that we catch ourselves in, even though no one else knows about it, if we let it go, then that not only become a spot, it becomes a stain. That is why I never try to get feelings about people that are unsubstantiated, like things that someone would come to me with something that has not been right, and you are honest about it, that is as far as it will go. Then we will see where it goes from there. I am not out to try to destroy people, but to try to build them up in their effort to walk honestly with God. We are all in this together. Some of you I only see here on Sunday morning, because you have so far to travel. Whether you live in Campbellsville, Burkesville, or whether you live north or wherever, I have confidence in you. I believe you from different places are going to live the right life wherever you go when you leave here. It is a life worth living. You know the outcome of it, where it is going to take you. There are so many churches that are churches in name only. They claim to be a church assembly of Christian people, but Bro. William Branham called them lodges, a Methodist lodge, a Baptist lodge, or whatever. He put them all in the same category that he did some of these lodges, knowing they were not preaching a true revelation of the scriptures, but were a church in name only. If you are a Mason, you have a lot of secrets. If you are in the hierarchy of the Methodist Church, you have a lot of secrets. I read about them here in Revelation 13, the image of the beast. When it comes down to judgment, the image is no better than the mama. Did you know these churches, one day, I am not saying here in America, but other places in the world, are going to be just like their mama? It will be in America just how much it is allowed to be, but the way it is going now, it is pitiful. According to George Washington’s vision, America is going to be changed. I feel the way it is going now, for people like the woman of Revelation 12:6 to come here, to be fed and cared for, for three and a half years, there has to be a big change somewhere. We have leadership in this country that hate Israel. They just care for it in word only. As we look back at Ephesians 5 and read this, That He might sanctify and cleanse it, talking about the Church, Do we want Him in our lives? Or do we want to work Him out of our lives? Think about that! That He might sanctify and cleanse it by the washing of the water by the Word. We must be Word people in this hour, people that have been schooled in the Word of God and filled with the Holy Ghost, that we might be able to rightly divide the truth from untruth. He will throughly purge His floor. You don’t see the spots on it because it has been kept clean. We don’t have to have spots in our lives. If we do, it is because we let the devil hoodwink us. If you ever do or say anything wrong, repent and ask forgiveness, to keep it under the blood, don’t let the devil convince you that it is alright just to let it go. I am not going to check on you. I am not going to follow after you to see what you are doing. Just like Bro. Jackson said, when I go to somebody’s house, I don’t check to see what kind of magazines they have, nor what they watch on TV. True Christians should know right from wrong, without anyone having to check up on them. This is all for the bride saints. That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, I am talking about not only us here, but also to you listening on the internet, whether in Norway, South Africa, or wherever you may be. Every day we live, let it be an example, so our heavenly Father can look upon our good deeds and approve. When you preach something, you are sure about it, but as you look at it, and look at it, it becomes more plain to you. 1st Corinthians 15, we are still on the same subject, but I have wanted this subtitle to be, (He Will Throughly Purge His Floor). Paul is dealing with the resurrection here. Verse 19, If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. In other words, living for Him, and no resurrection, if there is no resurrection, then what is the point? But there is a resurrection. The scripture says we live in hope of a better resurrection, with Jesus Christ, with God Himself, there is no higher calling than to be Bride people. Everything else falls into other categories, but the Bride is the highest calling. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. Remember that word, the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. See? He is using Adam as an example of death. But he is using Christ as an example of resurrection. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; 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. That is what redemption is. Redemption goes beyond what man’s redemption is, the earth has to be brought back. There is a thousand year period for this to be done. There will be no major earthquakes. There will be no major floods, mud slides, large sink holes in the earth. The last enemy that is destroyed is death, and that enemy shall be at the end of the Millennium. That is the last enemy. For He hath put all things under his feet. But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, (That is the Father.) which did put all things under Him. And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. That is why I say the Millennium is where Revelation 21 comes in. I know what is preached, they preach that the Bride reigns during the Eternal Age, which is not right. I know some preach it. This proves it right here, when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. Romans 8, starting with verse 12, I like this. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; (That is where the Millennium takes place. We are joint heirs with Him because we have settled it in ourselves that we will follow Him while here. Joint heirs is not Bride people. That is where Bro. Jackson said, if you had got it, Bro. Jackson said that is where Jesus Christ will be our elder brother in the eternal age, after the Millennium. Evidently somebody did not get it. In the Eternal Age, He will be our elder brother. In the Millennium, He will be our Bridegroom. Why? In Revelation 19, does it not say that His Bride hath made herself ready? That takes place in this life. If so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. I hope get something out of these verses. I hope all of you get something out of these scriptures, I do!
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
I read some scripture this morning that I want to go over again. I have a couple points I mentioned this morning, but I did not feel like I had time to go into it, so tonight I want to look at these scriptures and tie it in with other scriptures that speak the same thing. 1st Corinthians, the 15th chapter, again. We live in an hour where the devil is turned loose. I have seen some advertisements lately, concerning Halloween. I am not much of a person to get on stuff like that, because I feel people know what they are doing with their families, their children. But things in America have gotten out of hand. Six billion dollars and more will be spent on Halloween. This is the first time I have noticed it being so bad. I cannot watch anything like that, it goes beyond my comprehension. This is the number one movie now at this time, number one on television that people are watching. I want to go over 1st Corinthians 15,verse 19 again. “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” I emphasized that this morning and I want to emphasize it again tonight. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” He is talking of Adam and Jesus there, because Jesus is the resurrection. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; (See? He mentions this again.) afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming.” Now I want to leave that, and go to Revelation 14. I have gotten much criticism over this, what I have taught on it, but I hold to what I have said about it. “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.” In other words, they have accepted the name of Jesus Christ and it is a revelation to them. The name written in the forehead is a revelation. I don’t know that this be true, but it has been said on television, that if Obama-care goes in, then people will have to have a chip put in their head, in order for them to be able to keep a record on you. All your information, especially your medical records, will be kept on that, and your bank account, everything of any nature of what you do, where you go. We live in an age, we never thought anything like this would ever happen, but when I see things like they are doing, roaches with cameras on them, I saw that. They have microphones attached to them, just a normal sized roach with all that information on it. When I saw that surveillance plane they have now, that was no bigger than a crow, I thought that capped it all, but when I saw this other, roaches with all of that, I had to change my mind. With all that this government is putting over on us, we do not really have a mind of our own. “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.” Where is this being sung and who is singing it? It is being sung before the throne and the 144,000 that have been sealed are the only ones that can learn it. Let me read that again. They sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts. The four beasts are in heaven at this time. And the elders, the elders are in heaven. No man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed, they were redeemed from the earth. I read in 1st Corinthians because here is a verse that says the same thing. “These are they which were not defiled with women; (The denominational world.) “for they are virgins. (They have virgin minds. I ask the question, how are they going to be virgins as some say, and repopulate the earth?) These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” There is that word again, that word only appears in resurrection form. “And in their mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault before the throne of God.” Go back to Revelation 6, 9th verse. “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.” These are Jews, that were slain for the Word of God. That is speaking of Jews. And for the testimony which they held, their testimony was that they would not surrender when Hitler had tried to force them to deny God. This is where that comes in. This is the fifth seal, which is those that were under the altar, which were slain under Hitler’s purge, as Bro. Jackson said, from there and on back, that were slain for the same thing. Why were the Jews slain? Because they were Jews, that is the reason they were killed. It was not because they were crooks, it was not because they had caused some kind of insurrection, or they had tried to overthrow the government, it was because they were Jews. This goes back to the 16th chapter of Jeremiah, where God first sent out fishers, which was in the 1800’s, 1885 and along there, where God sent people, rabbis to try to get the Jews to go back home, prophesied to them and told them to go back home. That was the fishers. Then he said I will send hunters, which shall hunt them out of every hole, everywhere they are. This was the time of Hitler’s purge. We have been taught that, we know that. “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? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants (which would be the two prophets) and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” In this, it is mentioned brethren only, which to me is the 144,000. There can be others included in that, but it is their fellow servants and their brethren. This next comes from Matthew 3rd chapter, it is also in Luke, the 3rd chapter. I will start with the 8th verse. “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” Or good for repentance, something worthy of repentance. “And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand.” This is the way it used to be done, the grain, the stalks were tramped down, then when the winnow time came the grain was thrown into the air, so that the chaff would be blown away. Whose fan is in His hand, this is hand picked servants of God. The ministry in the last hour will be those that are able to carry the fan, because it will be in God’s hands. I don’t say that to take away from the story of this, but it takes something to put this into motion. They have combines now with fans on them, which they can gather in wheat, probably a hundred bushel an hour, or more. It would take a whole crop at one time to do that, for days on end, but it works the same way. The fan in that combine is a constant blowing. The fan in this hour is a constant blowing because God expects us to keep preaching His Word and let it do its work in blowing away that which was not foreknown of Him. Well I say, if you don’t have a shelf, you don’t have a revelation. There are things that all of us have had to put on a shelf and think about. There have been times that I almost shelved more than I got at one time. Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor. There are different avenues in this one verse. The fan, the purging of the floor, and the gathering of the wheat into the garner, but then He will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. That is at the great white throne judgement. You know the pit is already burning. The lake of fire is already burning, because you see when Revelation 16 comes into focus and especially Revelation 19 and 20 when this comes into focus. 19 tells us this is at the end of the week, the false prophet and the beast will be cast into the lake of fire. Some of you cannot work that out because this is coming down at the end of the thousand years at the great white throne judgment. It is already here, and it will be here at the end of the week. I am talking about the spirits of the false prophet and the beast, never to rise again, you never see them again, all the way into the eternal age, they are gone. You see in the last part of Revelation 19, that the devil is cast into the lake of fire where the beast and the false prophet are. We will read that and find out. Chapter 20, verse 10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” You might say, well I thought there would be no night there. Well they will be in torment because, as far as the Bride and the people of God are concerned, eternity ends daylight saving time, because there will be no night there for the Bride, but for the natural man that is left upon the earth into the eternal age, there will be day and night. The Bible tells you this will last for ever and ever. I have gone over Revelation 21. He comes out of chapter 20 where he has talked about here, the end of the Millennium, and has gone into eternity. This is what he is expressing in this 1st verse. It goes along with the 15th verse of chapter 20. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” It takes a thousand years for this earth to be redeemed and brought back. Because you still have boys and girls being born that have never known redemption. Therefore at the end of the Millennium, the devil comes back on the scene for a short time. Then you look into 21, as I just read there, the 2nd verse speaks of the Bride. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” I went over that this morning. When does the Bride come in? Is it that you have a wedding supper during that almost seven year period of time, then the Bride waits a thousand years till she receives her husband? That is what you are saying, but No, it is the Bride that rules and reigns during the Millennium with Christ. As I read this morning, in that eternal age, then the kingdom goes back to God and Jesus Christ becomes our elder brother, which the elder brother inherits all things, but then He distributes it, because we are Heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ. Just think of what the Bride people are going to receive. He goes back to the Eternal Age now, in the 3rd verse. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” That is talking of the same thing, heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; (You read there, where you see the crying that is going on of the foolish virgins and them that go through that bad tribulation time, many tears. But the Bride will be caught away, they will not have to see that tribulation. They are going to be at the marriage supper.) and there shall be no more death, (See? That is taken care of in chapter 20.) neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” Brothers and sisters, there is going to be plenty to inherit. God is not stingy with His people, the One who created the heavens and the earth. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” As it is recorded in chapter 20. Now you can take the 2nd verse out of this and link it up with verse 9. “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, (Why would he place it back there? The vial angels had their part in the last half of the week. You had all seven vials in the last half of the week. Trumpets last throughout the week. The seventh trumpet and the seventh vial go together, as the sixth seal does.) and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the Bride, the Lamb’s wife.” That does not take place in the Eternal Age. Why would it be a vial angel? Because the vial angels are the last happening of the tribulation period. That one vial angel comes and talks to him, and tells him. “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” This is the Bride. “Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” He goes ahead to describe that city, which is the Bride people, because it is a complete city. It is four square, the height, the depth, the width, and length are all the same. It is a cube. The Bride is complete. You can read that. I will go on down to verse 22. “And I saw no temple therein: (There will be a temple in Jerusalem, but this is a heavenly scene.) for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” You go back to what I have been saying there, when the Eternal Age comes in, it is going to be different. “And the city had no need of the sun.” You will not need glasses, you will not be stumbling in the dark, because you are going to have a new body, a body that will know no pain, never know sorrow, never any crying. You might think, well my mom and dad is looking down on what I am going through right now. How would they be without pain? How would they be without sorrow. People just cannot get away from that idea of communicating with the dead. Forget that: what I am concerned about is Jesus Christ looking upon the scene. God Himself, seeing better than the Hubble telescope, because He is the Great Creator. Before there was fish in the sea, before there was a bug to crawl, before there was life on earth, there was God. Before all this ever came about, God meditated. He thought it through. When He thought it through, He had already seen what would be happening unto us here in the end time. What did He do? He sent His Son because He knew we needed a Savior. Not a trinity. Well I know the Bible says His name shall be called Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us. That is referring to after Jesus Christ had received the Holy Ghost at thirty years of age. Then God was with us, and that Spirit that came inside Him, caused His ministry to start, Jesus never preached a sermon, He never did a miracle before that time. When John the Baptist met Him, he said Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world, whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose, or to carry. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but when He comes, He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. That is not two different baptisms. That is one baptism. That fire and all will last. “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (Here is where the Bride comes in.) And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.” Day and night will still be happening, but with the Bride there is no night. There will be no yawning there. One preacher got happy preaching one time and said Elijah got in that fiery chariot and went to heaven, stayed all day and there was no night there, so he never came back. “And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever that worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Only Bride people are in the Lamb’s book of life. We are on our way, we are headed in that direction. The tares are out of the way before the end comes, according to Matthew 13:37 “He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one.” The wicked one is the devil. I am not going to comment about that, because it tells it’s own story. “The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity.” verse 40. “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. (Which happens after the Millennium.) The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom ( The kingdom of heaven is within you.) all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” let them hear God’s Word. There will be no tares hanging on when time gets to that point. Amen