This first part was left from May issue.
On the News this afternoon: there is a comet out there somewhere, they do not know where it is, but if it hit New York, there would be no more New York. Think of that! If it would hit the heart of this country, it would kill everything close to it. There is a place in Arizona, where we went a few years back, and where a piece of a comet about forty five feet long; hit the earth and made a mushroom three quarters of a mile wide, and a hundred yards deep. That is what it is now. The last big one that hit in Siberia, where there is hardly any population, it laid trees down like sticks, for miles and miles. One hit a glancing blow to Iceland, and they said, if it had come straight down, it would have wiped it out. That was three or four years ago. What does the Bible say? The stars of heaven shall fall to the earth. God has enough junk out there, pieces of rock, granite and so forth. It will come through the sky about forty thousand miles an hour. There will never be an atomic bomb that has that kind of power. We are in the last days saints! We need not expect everything to get back like t used to be. We are fast entering into the days like Genesis, chapter 6 speaks of, the way it was before the flood of Noah’s day, when every thought of man’s heart was only evil continually.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT
What a wonderful opportunity the Lord has given us to be together again today. We are still on the same subject this morning. There is a lot there I will not be able to get to today. This is something I did not think I would even have three or four messages on, but it has turned out different. I hope each one of you are getting something out of it: for your benefit and my benefit. We are in this together. I know that sometimes when anyone preaches, he is preaching to himself also, not just pointing fingers at other people. I have done something in this, that I have not done before; I have asked people to hold up their hand, or to speak up. I leave it up to the individual most of the time. I have done this a little different today. I have a lot of things I want to say, but maybe the Lord might lead another direction, so I want to leave it open to Him. I have scriptures here. You may look at this last one and all you see is Jonah. There are different things I want to use in the book of Jonah from different chapters. That is the reason I have it that way. Today I want to deal with it that way because I feel that Jonah can be an example of all of us if we miss the will of God in what we determine to do. He had a calling. He prophesied back in 2nd Kings. It was at the time of Hezekiah and some of them that were in that time frame. He lived eight hundred and sixty some years into that time. This is not the only time his name is brought up, because, as I said in Kings, then in the book of Nahum. We find Jonah preached in a time when God had pronounced judgment upon Nineveh. Nineveh was named after a grandson of Noah, from Ham’s line. I know some have thought Ham’s line of people never did have rulership, but they did. Actually Nimrod was from that line of people. You see what the Bible speaks about them at that time, because Nimrod ruled the people along with Nineveh. These people have places named after them. Jonah was buried in Nineveh. That is where the people, ISIS, have destroyed the tomb of Jonah just here of late, because it was some twenty eight hundred years old. They destroyed it just lately. Jesus referred to him when He was referring to His death and resurrection, as Jonah was three days in the belly of the fish, or the whale’s belly, it mentions both, then we find that Jesus said so will the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. We know that is true and that He raised from the dead the third day, in the morning of the third day, early in the morning; it was just several hours into the third day that Jesus rose. There is a lot of controversy about that, because the denominational world of religion want to say that he was crucified on Thursday. But parts of days is counted as days in the Bible, because it was in the part of the day. So Jesus really rose early in the morning before daylight. The sisters went to the tomb when it was yet just getting daylight. They went to put good smelling stuff on Him for His burial, and they wondered who would roll away the stone, but when they got there the stone was already rolled away. Jesus was already resurrected. We have many things in the Bible that people tend to question. They do not know what it is really talking about. I remember the time when Bro. Jackson went over that, talking about the night that Jesus was captured: that was part of the three days, because He was in the hands of the Gentiles. They had already pronounced death on Him. There is no wrong in the scripture, it is just wrong in peoples’ minds because they have looked at it and questioned it. If you start questioning scripture, then you go to doubting the Word of God, or you already doubt it when you start to question it. Those people cannot understand why we are so dogmatic about the Word of God, but we are, because it is the Word of God. We are going to believe that before we believe any man. If man is off of it, then he should not even be listened to. It is just like these churches out there today; they have got so liberal they have even taken the crosses away. They do not want to mention anything concerning the blood of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “ Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission.” They fail to learn that, because they do not really care. They can reject the Word of God if they choose to, but payday is coming. We are in that time of the pay day, when everything is adding up to the coming of the Lord. There are just so many things that we are seeing, that goes along with the way the scripture describes the end time. I will get into some of that this morning, the Lord willing. People are fulfilling scripture, just by their attitude about the Word of God. In the Bible, in Romans chapter 1, it says they knew, they knew better, but they have overridden the Word of God in order to do their own thing. This is an hour when people want to do their own thing; regardless of what is written in God’s Word. You have had different stages in life the last forty or fifty years. You have had the hippies, the yuppies, others that have come along since that, now you have the Millennial age ones, which is thirty on down. These are things that young people need to watch out for. You can walk into a trap of our adversary. Without the Word of God, we are not going to make it. Without believing the Word of God you are just drifting along. We have to have an anchor on something we can depend upon. If our anchor is not in the Word of God, then woe unto us. I want to turn to the book of Jonah at this time. This is something, that when I read the Bible, I usually skip over it, because it really is a book that kind of stands out by itself, telling the life story of a man that has rejected God’s plan. Maybe I should not use that word, but the thing about it is, he is going to do his own will instead of what God wills for him. I think this is fitting for this hour in our own lives, because Jonah was a prophet. He did not fit the picture in his time, but God was not going to let him get by with it. God is not going to let us get by in this hour of time with the foolishness that many are guilty of. He just wanted to go another direction. We have a map here, and right here is where Jonah was, (map) right there in Joppa. God called him, told him he had a work to do. God had a feeling for Nineveh. When God has something for us to do, there is nobody else going to do it. He is not going to let us get by with pushing it off on someone else. He will not let us go our own way in this hour of time either, or somewhere we are going to wind up in the belly of something we will not like. His was a fish, but ours is going to be something else. If we are Bride saints, God is going to get us where we are supposed to be. He is going to do whatever it takes in order to get our attention. I always thought Jonah was out in the middle of the Mediterranean: He was not: he had just gone a few miles and the waters got troubled. Here God had called him to go to Nineveh, which is up here (map), two hundred miles away. I remember Bro. William Branham preaching a message on Jonah. The way I got the picture might not have been the way he meant it, but the way I got the picture, the fish or the whale vomited out Jonah at Nineveh. It did not. That is just the way I got the picture, but he wanted to go the furthest he could from God, which was here (pointing to map) which was in Spain, which was two thousand miles. Let us read from the 1st chapter of Jonah. “Now the Word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, (The Word of the Lord told him to go to Nineveh. It was not anywhere else. He did not say Syria. He did not say, go prophesy to Israel. No He said, Go to Nineveh, which is a different race of people.) that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.” When a nation goes away from God, then there is nothing left for it but judgment. In this nation, some preachers are preaching that there is going to be a great revival. The revival for the nation has already happened. God gave America their chance in WW2. We have never won a war since that time. In 1973 when we left Vietnam, they were shooting at us as we left. It has gone downhill since then. There were a lot of things that happened in 1973. That is when legal abortion became a law. Since that time, there have been between fifty five and sixty million babies that have been slaughtered, thrown in dumpsters, put in garbage bags, as though they are just a glob. When these things happen, then somebody has to pay for it. This nation has to pay. We are on the verge of it. We are on the verge of martial law. I am saying this, this morning, take it however you feel about it. America, two years from now, is not going to be what it is today. That is why we have to preach truth. We cannot hold back on truth, because it is life and death. I am not standing up here just to beat my gums. I want any preacher who preaches from this pulpit to preach truth, to preach his heart. If you are preaching truth, you do not have to look at me and ask, is this alright? It is alright. Go ahead brother. Do the will of God. If it hits me, let it hit. I do not worry about those things. Arise and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before me. I do not know what was going on in Nineveh, but I know it was wrong. I do know what is going on in America. I know it is wrong. They are out to shut our mouth’s, They will not shut your mouth if you say what they want you to say, but if you preach truth, they are going to try and shut your mouth. We will go down fighting, if need be. “But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish (So he gets on a boat here at Joppa. We were there; on the tour. They have a replica of a fish there. Two years ago when we went, we got there earlier than the other buses did and the guide took us to the spot they believed it happened, and they have a big fish there, with Jonah in the mouth of it. It is big. We can flee from the presence of the Lord. This message is too hard, it is going to upset somebody. I remember when church order was introduced at the Tabernacle. One of the deacons told me, we talked to Bro. William Branham. He said he came from a Methodist church. So did I. He said, I bring some of my people to the Tabernacle from the Methodist church, somebody gets up with these “old tongues”, it scares them off. It was not meant for them. It was not to anybody that would reject it. It is not these “old tongues” anyway. That is blasphemy: when people talk like that about something that is of God. It scares those kind off; they do not want to come back. They hated it when Bro. Jackson spoke in tongues.) and went down to Joppa; and found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof; (He was not looking for a free lunch. That one preacher on television, that I told you about, that wanted sixty five million dollars for an airplane, people rejected it. It was on the News the other day. He was standing before his people and said, I will get that airplane, because I have to preach the gospel. What will he have to say when he gets it? They are getting their reward right now, just like Jesus told about the Pharisees and that bunch. They were not half what these are today.) and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” From the presence of the Lord, (Did you get that?)I will get away from this. There are people right now that will not come to Faith Assembly because of the same thing. They have said, when we come in here, they make us feel bad. It is conviction, that makes them feel bad. Conviction will change you or make you feel bad: depending on your attitude toward worshiping God. I am not trying to get people to feel bad today, I am trying to say, let us change our lives. I want to make it in the rapture. If I don’t preach truth, I will not make it. I also want all of you to make it. Truth will set you free. Jesus paid the fare for that. Jonah found a boat and got on board. He thought; now I am going to get away from this message. That is what he was doing: running away. The people of Nineveh had no ties on him, because he knew he was going to preach a message that is not going to be popular. There was a funeral in Washington yesterday. Vice President Biden’s son. They heaped praise upon the man. They heaped praise upon Biden. All the celebrities were there. They sang songs and lighted their candles. They drank their booze and said, my, that wonderful. I wonder how many Christians were there. I really doubt that there were any Jonah’s there, because Jonah had the Word of the Lord. The Bible talks about good works and fair speeches; like Joel Osteen puts out. I am not saying he was there, but he could have been there. Others with big churches could swoon. “But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.” It is expensive, both to flesh and to whatever, if we do not obey the Lord. I am saying these things this morning, to get us to look at ourselves. Let us look deep inside. Do a self examination and operation; let the Word do the cutting, and He will open up unto us His way. He will cut out that old man and put in a new man, which is Christ Jesus. When He gets in there, He will bury that old man: Put the old man in the morgue. The ship Jonah was on was like to be broken. Then they sent out the Marines, the National Guard; they were all on board: we will solve this thing. I don’t know how they did it. “Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.” He was probably thinking, I have this whipped. He did not even miss the presence of God. He just went to sleep on Him. When God is dealing with something in your life, do not go to sleep on it. It will hound you. It will break you. It will take from you a lot of happy days. You might say, well that is just the way I am, I got that from my daddy, or from my mommy. Get rid of it. We need to look at our lives and say, Lord, whatever I am, and whoever I am: I want to be like you. They like to say, people are finding themselves. Where have they been? Where have you been? Maybe in a ship fast asleep when God is dealing with your heart. Rather than get rid of what is not pleasing to God, we just sleep on it. We go to sleep spiritually. We want God to move in our life, but we want to keep some things that He will get rid of. That will not work after the Word cuts out the undesirable parts and we get a healing process. We are going to go around wounded with our head down, feeble knees. Why? Because the old man is dragging us down until we get that operation. I am not talking about health issues this morning. Somebody that is crippled or somebody that has some kind of problem in their body, I am not talking about that. I am talking about our spirit being inside this old flesh. You can go to heaven with bad knees, with a bad hip or whatever; but a bad spirit is going to hold us back until we get rid of it. When we feel that we cannot get over some adverse condition, and say within, I will just sleep on this for a while; you are missing the mark. I think of what Bro. Kevin has been preaching. It would be good for all of us to apply it to our selves. Otherwise we will face one problem, then another, and then another: it just goes on and on like a circle. I am not saying come up here every service. If you have something you need to pray about, come up and pray about it, and leave it. Do not take it back with you. If you take it back with you, it can become unbelief. Jonah did not go very far from shore. That fish was just out there swimming around with a prophet in his belly. It was Jonah’s fault; it was not God’s fault: You could not lay it off on Him. God prepared a fish to help get Jonah in the right place at the right time. God has things prepared for us until we are willing to acknowledge and get over our problem. Otherwise that which is holding us back, is just going to keep hanging around. I am saying these things this morning to help us: not to hurt us. Our feelings have a lot to do with how close we get to God; and besides that, our feelings sometimes can affect our health. Jealousy, attention, having our way: God is not going to put up with us always wanting things our way. We have to place it in His hands. I did not know I was going to say these things. What I have wrote down here, is only four scriptures. I can say anything I want to about Bruce Jenner now, because he does not exist. The president gave him the congressional medal of honor. That is idiotic. ESPN gave him the Arthur Ash award. He has his name on Vanity Fair, as well as other magazines today, but they do not want you to say anything about him, because he says he felt like this from when he was a little boy: that he was really a girl. How come he has children by three different women? He was not feeling like a girl then! This country is gone! You cannot have these things going on! I am not trying to add this into what I am talking about, when I am talking about Jonah, because Jonah was not a woman. He just went to sleep on God. Brothers and sisters: don’t go to sleep on God in this hour. You have a problem if you do. Get away from that stuff in Vanity Fair, and all such! Why would a Christian even want to read such garbage? I just saw the thing walking through the grocery, or maybe I should say, through the “gross.” This is gross. The nation is trying to change everybody to be the same. I have an article today, that actually shows you that. When you tolerate things like that, you are tolerating the devil’s device. They have thrown Jesus Christ out of the schools, out of the White House, out of so called Christian colleges that were started that way, the Ivy League schools. They have Muslims coming there now, Muslims in the White House. That is a fact. They are serving on boards. If they keep it up, you will not be able to talk about anything. You cannot condemn anything. You cannot talk about sin because sin is praised in this hour of time. Did you wonder why you came here this morning? Did you wonder why you are listening on the internet? I hope not. This is a house of correction. We are not here to throw people under the bus. We are here to say, get out of the condition that is holding you back; keeping you from walking with the Lord in truth. As for Jonah; it says, “So the shipmaster (the captain) came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.” I don’t know how they did it, but it worked. The thing I like about Jonah, he did not deny it. “Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?” They asked a lot of questions. “And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, (It did not seem like it right then.) which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hath thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.” He made a full confession. He did not say, take me back, they had not gone that far. He would rather be cast into the sea than to face what the problem was. What does the scripture say? Don’t cast me out of thy sight. David in Psalms 51, when he had done wrong, he began to cry out unto the Lord. Lord, I have sinned, I have done evil against thee and thee only have I done this evil. It affected a lot of people. If we do not get things straightened up in our lives, it can affect our families, it can affect our children. It can be a pull on the church. “Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: (He never said, take me back to land. He did not say, take me back to Joppa: because that is what they were trying to do, to get him back to land. They had not gone very far. They were not six hundred miles out into the sea. They were only a few miles, but God fixed to where it was not going to be easy. ) for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.” See? They called upon their gods, now they are calling upon the Lord because Jonah had explained to them that he feared God. “So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea; and the sea ceased from her raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.” When he told the truth, do you see how many people that affected? He had a boat load that have changed their minds, those rough, cursing marines. Now they are singing, I surrender all. Do you want your family to face things because you have an attitude? “Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” There was a brother that went to the bank the other day. It was a Chase bank, we have a picture here. See the rainbow? Why did they have to do that? The rainbow represents June as LGBT (standing for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders) pride month, join us in celebrating the equality of all people. I have something I want to read. This has to do with the government.
“The Department of Labor and OSHA, understanding gender identity. In many workplaces, separate restrooms and other facilities are provided for men and women. In some cases questions can arise in the workplace about which facility certain employees should use, according to Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles. An estimated seven hundred thousand adults in the United States are transgender, meaning their internal genital identity is different from the sex they are assigned at birth. The sex listed on their birth certificate, for example, a transgender man may have been assigned female at his birth and raised as a girl, but identifies as a man. Many transgender people attempt to live their everyday life as the gender they identify with, thus a transgender man may transition as living as a woman to living as a man. (This Bruce Jenner has caused a lot of things to come out.) A transgender woman may be assigned male at birth but transition to living as a woman. Transgendering is a different process with every one. It may involve social changes such as going by a new first name, medical steps and changing identification documents. (There are four pages of this, but I will only read a portion.) While restroom access is a health and safety matter, gender identity is part of each person’s identity in every day life. Accordingly, authorities on gender issues conceal that it is essential for employees to be able to work in a manner consistent with how they live in the rest of their daily lives. Based on their gender identity, restricting employees to using only restrooms that are not consistent with their gender identity, or segregating them from other workers by requiring them to use a gender neutral or other specific restroom, single those employees out and may make them fear for their physical safety. Bathroom restrictions can result in employees avoiding using restrooms entirely while at work, which can lead to potential serious physical injury or illness.” America the beautiful, America the Christian nation, America is full of idiots trying to tell us how to live, how we must live. Judgment, when Sodom and Gomorrah fell, this peaceful bunch of people were not peaceful. It is going to wind up in wars. I will never agree with that in Faith Assembly as long as I am pastor here, we will never cater to that kind of lifestyle. The devil may take over schools, take over work places of some people, not all, but of some places. It may cater to that. Ford Motor Co, General Motors, Chrysler, Proctor & Gamble, all these work places may fall in line under that, but not Faith Assembly; not believers. I read this because I wanted you to know I was not just whistling dixie when I went over what I have said this morning.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT
I was in the book of Jonah this morning. I am going to go back there. In our lives we make mistakes. It is not an outright rebellion or rebellion against the Word of God, but as long as we are still in the flesh we are subject to errors. Sometimes we say something we should not say, or we may actually do things that we feel would not be pleasing to the Lord. It may be small things. It may be a word that has been said, or maybe some kind of action that we have taken, it do es not put you out of the family of God, but things like that can cause grief. We never want to grieve Him. The Bible tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit. Sometimes our flesh gets in the way of serving the Lord. That is what happened to Jonah, because he had it all figured out. He tells in the last part of it just what I am talking about. When he is through preaching and sits down, it takes him a long time to learn a lesson, because of stubbornness. You cannot make anything else out of it. It was not jealously, it was not that he did not know what the will of the Lord was, but it was stubbornness on his part. The Bible does not even say that, but in looking at the picture portrayed, he did not have anybody over him telling him, I am going to get you, you are going to be sorry. No, it was stubbornness on his part. The Bible will tell you stubbornness is crueler than the grave. I know when I was small, I have said this before, my mon would whip me but I would not cry. I don’t know why. But then she would talk good to me and I would cry. It was that way with me because she said so. We have different natures. I had a brother that my dad would get ready to whip and he would start screaming. My older brother asked him one day, why do you cry before they even whip you? He said, They don’t whip as long if I do that. He had things figured out back then; at eight or ten years old. I guess I got a few more licks because I would not cry. It hurt me the same as it did my brother, but it hurt him first. We are different people. God did not make a mold and make all of us fit into it. We grew up different. Not everybody had to get a whipping. Back when I was probably in the fourth or fifth grade in school, My uncle had an apple orchard. The apples never were any good to eat: They were always wormy. But come the fall of the year, the boys divided up, and it was a school day, but we had a good apple fight. My uncle and aunt had two boys that were in school then. The teacher brought us all in and set us down. My uncle and aunt were there. They wanted to see the show. The teacher said, I am going to give you all a whipping,: I am going to give you each five licks. When that poor woman got through with the whipping, she was totally worn out. That was seventy five licks. I am telling on myself now; but that was back when I did not know any better. I was just in the fourth or fifth grade. Well I had better make an explanation of that before I go any further. In our lives, if we do not get hold of things when we become a Christian, we go on the same way with a lot of things. Some people just pout. Sometimes we just have to face the music when it comes down to this old flesh; it is weak. Jesus even told His disciples when He was getting ready to go to the cross, He went to the garden to pray, and said to His disciples; Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. He had Peter and two others with Him. He prayed and came back out to them and they were all asleep. He said to Peter, Could ye not watch with me one hour? He told them to watch and wait. He went back three times, they were asleep every time He came back where they were waiting.. It said they slept because of grief. He had already told them He was going to have to go, that He was going to lose His life. They did not want to hear it because we don’t want to give up on flesh. He went ahead and told them. He said, the Spirit is strong, but the flesh is weak. The fact is, if we don’t watch closely, we can give way to some weakness. The Bible tells us to watch and wait, so if we don’t watch we can fall into some kind of slumbering condition. If it goes on long enough, then we get to where we don’t even realize it. I will say this, Don’t ever get beyond feelings: feelings for our brothers and sisters, feelings for the ministry. They are not out to destroy, at least not a true minister. He is for help and a benefit, not only to teach you the Word, but to be an example. Paul talked about following me as I follow Christ. He was not trying to make himself an example, and say, just follow me; he said as I follow Christ. This is all for help and benefit, not for condemnation and throwing away. “Romans 8:1 says: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” That applies to all who walk according to the leading of the Spirit, and not to those who are always pleasing their flesh. Sometimes we have to forget about what we were, because this is written about Jonah for an example to us. I certainly do not want to wind up in the belly of a fish. By the time three days was over, Jonah was ready to get out of there. You can read more of the story. It said those sea weeds were wrapped around his head. That fish got hungry. Jonah was not what his appetite craved. It was not the fish’s problem, the fish had no problem. It had something inside him that was the problem. It got tired of him. The thing inside him wasn’t digesting. It kept moving around. It started praying. It started moving. In some way, he turned to be looking toward the temple. When you look toward God’s holy temple, things can happen. It may be that we have done something we should not, but when we begin to look toward Him, there is movement. Let us read in the 2nd chapter. “Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly.” His prayer was going out from inside the fish, but when he began to pray it reached heaven, because he had become a willing vessel, ready to straighten this thing out. We are not going to get out of here with this hanging on us and that hanging on us. We cannot have fellowship with our brothers and sisters like that, with thoughts and opinions and bad thoughts about our brothers and sisters. Why am I saying that? I did not plan to. I do not mean to make somebody feel bad, but if it does, then look at it. I cannot take it back. “And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, (His affliction, he had began to feel. He thought he would be shoved into the sea and that would be the end of it. He would rather die, he thought, than to serve the Lord. That is a bad state to be in. Why am I preaching this? Because I want all of us to make it. I am preaching to a larger audience than just Faith Assembly, but I am preaching to myself also.) and He heard me; (I like that part. Jonah was getting out of the mouth of the fish, but he was not ready to get out of it, as the story goes. He did not feel like he was just coming out of a situation: listen to what he says.) out of the belly of hell cried I, (Obedience is better than sacrifice.) and thou heardest my voice.” He was not just mumbling. He was not just thinking. He had already done that. It ought not be so, but some people feel so condemned about just anything. When you have the victory already and you don’t know it; that is the result. We need to practice what we sing: victory is mine, victory today, is mine. We do not have to live under condemnation. “For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.” We read in the New Testament, in Paul’s writings, that the Old Testament was for our learning. It was written for our learning. “Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.” Something began to stir in that fish. As I am looking at it here in this end time: something needs to stir within us. We are at the end. We cannot have all these ill feelings, jealousy and such. We are in a life and death situation in this hour. If anything I am saying applies to you, don’t put it on someone else. I am not going to ask you. I was not asked to by the Word. Neither am I going to go home with you, to find out what is going on, or listening at your window to see what is being said. There is One that listens to every word speak. We may just think He listens to us when we pray. I remember a statement Bro. William Branham said that the Lord had said to him. That our thoughts were so loud He could not hear our words. “The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.” Those weeds were being digested. They were beginning to be slimy. As Jesus raised from the dead, Jonah was laying there, alive. That old fish had to come up for breath every once in awhile. Bro. Jackson said God will keep soul and body together until it fulfills His will. Young people: I know you have problems. School is more than school today. It is more than apple throwing. Children are let go in school. I do not see how the teachers teach, they just have to let them go. They kick and do everything. What they need, and you may not agree with this, is a good old Kentucky whooping. You may think I did not say the word right, but it is the same thing. “I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: (He felt like he was there forever. God, in order to teach us lessons, sometimes lets us walk in darkness; lets us feel the pinch. It is not a good place to be in. Do you think Jonah enjoyed the ride? He paid the fare to go to Tarshish, which was two thousand miles, but he got a ride back that did not cost him a cent, but it was more than what he paid to go to Tarshish, because God is holy. As I said, obedience is better than sacrifice. ) yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.” He had not become an outright sinner. He was not carousing around. He was not drunk: He had walked away from God. I am talking about a prophet, not these so called ministers of today, which are beggars and thieves. They are absolutely thieves when they take your money and give nothing back. I mean, they are not preaching revealed truth. It is all big “I.” “When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.” He was looking in that direction. He finally woke up thinking,. I am not going to get out of this. except by obedience: Obedience will bring results. Look at your life, as I look at mine. I do not believe you have gone too far. If you have, then Jonah went too far. Sometimes we have to look through the rubble; into the pieces that we have scattered. Maybe sometime we have dumped our responsibility on somebody else. This is not a revival meeting, but it can be. As I said this morning, I do not know how many times I have read these prophecy scriptures thinking I knew the book of Jonah, and just skipped it. It did not speak to me as it has now. It must not have been time for it before now. Everything is in its time. “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” My. We always want somebody to think better of us than what we really are. Let me say that to the world. I do not feel worthy of what God gives me, but He gives it. When He does, I just have to say I am grateful. I remember, back at Ford Motor’s, there was a fellow that came by, a so called preacher. I do not say that carelessly, when I say so called. He came by and would look around to see who was looking at him, and then get real loud. It just shamed me. I remember another man that got out there at lunch time, and would preach and tell all the people that came by, regardless of who; it did not matter who they were: You are going to hell! Do you know what Ford Motor Co did? They made him a chaplain. He did not preach any more. He did not get out there any more. When I went to Ford Motor Co, I did not look for anything like that Every one that had something to deal with me about, in a religious matter, come to me. I did not preach to any of them. There are people that think they are so holy that everybody should respect them. The world does not respect Christians. Church people in general; do not respect Christians: They curse just like the rest of the worldly gang. They tell their dirty jokes just like the rest of them. I did say something one time to a man who came up to me, and starting telling something: My ears are now garbage cans. I meant it. “But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that, that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, (He was not going to condemn the fish. He was not going to kill the fish. ) and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” He was right back where he was; but with a different attitude. “And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, (Here he is, right back at the same place, with the same message to deliver. After he had spent three days and three nights in the belly of the fish: He said, I was there forever.) that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.” He still had two hundred miles to go. I do not know how he went; if he went horseback, by camel or on foot. It does not tell. Whatever God has to do with us, He has time. We cannot hurry up the end time. Like I said this morning: give this thing two more years, and it is not going to look like it does now, neither will America. That was not a prophecy, but I believe it. God told him, preach the preaching that I bid thee. It is not always easy. Do you think this is easy? You are my people, my brothers and sisters. You are my kin, we are bone of His bones. He was good enough, in the 2nd chapter of Hebrews to call us brethren. “So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the Word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.” It took three days to get there. What was his message? Repent, you are fixing to be blown off the map. I say today, America, if you don’t repent, you are getting ready for a great fall. California is tottering, getting ready to rock off its cliff. God has already taken the water away. He has nearly burned the place up. But they keep electing the same old crowd. If they keep on, here comes Hillary. What a disgrace. A proven liar, a deceiver. I don’t want to go into that too much, but America is following in the same footsteps that Nineveh was, and that Sodom and Gomorrah was, and that Germany was, Russia, and China. They are so anxious to become heads of nations. These nations don’t fear America any more, when at one time in WW2, the United States could have taken over Russia, they could have taken over China. If it had not been for America, Japan would have taken China. We took American troops and got between Japan and China and fought them off. Now they spit on us. “And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” That is not much time. They are not a city of Nineveh any more. There are replicas, but it is gone. “So the people of Nineveh believed God, (Thank God, they believed God. Do we believe God? Can we be reckoned with the saints? When the saints go marching in, will we be there? My desire is to be. So I surrender. Do you surrender tonight?) and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.” He decided that he needed to pull off something and put on something. I can see that old king sitting down there in ashes, putting on clothing that was not fit for a king, but it fit then. Do not say, well I will go home and do the same, it will not help you, because that is showing a pattern of what we need to do. A life lived is nothing except it be lived for God. “And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, (He went all the way.) herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: (The only hope for America is that somebody raises up and does different. The way it is going now, within two years we will be under martial law.) yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; (The only works they did was turn from their evil ways. There was not any work going on, the cattle was not being fed, sheep were not being fed. The camels were not being fed. If they were big enough to know their right hand from their left hand, they did not eat, they did not drink. I believe the conviction was so great that the young children felt it. Oh the love of God, how rich, how pure, how measureless and strong. It shall forevermore endure, the saints and angels song. I love Him tonight. Please love Him and lay aside the garments that are stained with sin. I am not calling for people to come up here. I am not saying that you should not come, but I am not calling for that. Let us change our hearts. I know there are some that come up here for salvation at times. You have it if you believe you do. Why would you hold your hand up and cry if you do not have anything. Do not get yourself into a pattern where you say; I have to do this or I have to do that. I have to feel this or feel that. You just feel the Lord and let Him fill you with His Spirit. How can you come and hear a message like this with a humble heart and not have anything? You begin to believe God and there will be a change. There has been a change in me, old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new. On the day of Pentecost, one hundred and twenty were in the upper room. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost. They came out speaking with other tongues. Later on that day, there were three thousand added to them. They did not all speak in tongues. The Bible says they were added, so I am saying they were added. Do not ever think I am saying you will not feel anything. but I am saying we did not all come out of the same mold. When I look at some of you and see you worshiping the Lord, with tears running down your face: you are worshiping, so you have something. Do not let the devil put that unbelief on you.) and God repented of the evil, that He had said that He would do unto them; and He did it not.” One hundred and fifty years, Nahum the prophet speaks unto Nineveh; because they had forgotten about this. He speaks of it in the 1st verse of Nahum. Nineveh lasted as a city one hundred more years: two hundred and fifty years altogether. There is no more mention of Nineveh, except when Jesus said, Nineveh, listened to the preaching of Jonah. I say tonight what He said: a greater than Jonah is here. The greatest of all prophets. They rejected Him. He went to the cross to die, that the Gentiles might be added. Here we are two thousand years later, getting ready for the last roundup. Getting ready for the crossing. I wish Jonah had left it alone, it would have been a lot better for him, but he has to go out and see what is going to happen; to see if God is going to destroy Nineveh. He goes out on a hillside. “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.” Forty days was left, only forty days was left, but God sees the hearts of those people. “Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech, my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live. (He was feeling sorry for himself, because he felt like he had wasted a journey. I knew that you were slow to anger, that you would repent of the evil you had thought of doing to them.) Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry? So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.” He is going to wait forty days. God is going to give him all kinds of trouble though, because unbelief had set in. “And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceedingly glad for the gourd.” Praise God, He gave me a gourd, He covered my head with a gourd. His praise was wrong. “But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.” He needed an attitude change. He did not give up. He sees the working of the Lord. That unbelief was going to cost him. “Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not labored, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?” God is looking on America tonight. You have used the dumpsters, been proud of your places to dump little unborn children. Now payday has come. They cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand, and also much cattle. God is concerned about cattle too. I remember Bro. William Branham telling about Arthur Godfrey and all his little Godfrey’s, when he went to Africa. He and a bunch of his hunting party just mowed down the elephants. Bro. William Branham said that was murder. You might think, I did not know you could murder animals. If it is not for a good cause, it is murder. They are God’s creation. I hate to run over a rabbit on the road. That is my message on this. I praise the Lord; for His people. I thank God for all of you. May the Lord Bless You. I am just praying that we soon get out of here.
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I have something to show during the last fifteen minutes this morning, it goes along with the message and what I have been saying. I am sure you will be blessed by listening to it. What I preached last week about Jonah, I thought there was a lesson to be learned from Jonah and his attitude. The attitude of Jonah was never something that could really be what a Christian would want, because after he had prophesied, then he sat down to wait and see what God would do; instead of believing God, and believing His prophecy, he sat and waited, to listen and see what was going on. The Lord had told Jonah, forty days. So he waited that forty days out and there was nothing but trials for him. Today, our attitude is what is going to bring about God’s blessings. If we have a different attitude than what the rest of the believers do, then we, or I will need to examine ourselves. I am going to talk to myself. I am not a person that talks to myself, but I am going to talk to myself and say, what is wrong with me? Everyone else is being blessed by the song service or whatever is going on: here I sit or stand, and feel nothing. It is kind of like this old fellow that went out west. He was out there under the western skies in Montana. He had visited out there and met up with an old ranch hand. This ranch hand had been out there so long that he knew what was going to happen next in the weather. This young man saw the clouds coming up. There got to be more clouds and more clouds. He said to this ranch hand; we better get in, it is going to rain. The ranch hand looked up and said, it is just a bunch of empties. We do not want to be like that spiritually. If I am empty, I have caused it. You did not cause me to be like that. Our own attitude makes us to be different or indifferent. I took a lesson I did not think about when I began in Jonah last week. He was a prophet of God, he was not an unbeliever. It was a hard thing to make him believe, but his trial came on him. He brought it on. By bringing it on, he suffered from it, but he did not learn much of a lesson. I don’t want to say too much about Jonah, but I am talking about what can happen in our lives. I am not un-Christianizing anyone, but when God starts blessing, it is something for all of us that accept. The trials are not going to knock it out, no matter what the trial is. If I do not get my way, and I act like a little child that will not admit he was wrong, I just make it worse for myself. Sometimes, there can be two of them. You can sit them down because of correction. One of them, you can never really see anything that happens, he just sits there and takes it, and the other one does not. He was wrong, and he knows he was wrong, but he is going to try to make everybody else feel like they are wrong. Why am I saying these things? I am saying it to help. We are in this together, every joint supplies. These are just some of the stains and some of the wrinkles. If you have a deep wrinkle, the only way you are going to get it out is with a hot iron. That is the only way we are going to get the blessings of God upon us, is for God to iron out the wrinkles in our makeup. We have to be willing to let Him put the pressure on us. A hot iron just sitting there is going to scorch. It is that moving motion that is being put into it that gets the results, because you are not letting it set in one place all the time. God is not letting these things set in one place. Every joint, I want to be compacted with my brothers and sisters. I do not have a compacter, but there are people who do. You can put a week’s garbage in it; and it just keeps pressing and pressing and pressing. As God compacts us, we are not going to be a scattered people in our mind’s, we are going to be brought together, compacted. If we are not, then God is going to use extreme measures. It is all for our good. Peter was going to help the Lord out because Jesus began to tell about His suffering, what He was going to go through. Peter said, this is not going to happen to you. Right before the whole bunch, and Jesus said, get behind me Satan. He was speaking to that spirit that caused Peter to say that. Even though Peter meant good, he was wrong. I do not want to be wrong. I don’t want you to be wrong. I want to see a smile. I have told this before: about a fellow over at the Ford plant. They would try to add work for you because they wanted to cut out somebody else. So the boss talked to one young man. He did not take the work. So the boss went on up the line to the general foreman, then they brought the superintendent back there. That superintendent got so mad, he got in the fellow’s face and stood there. It made him mad, but it did not change his attitude. Our attitude reveals what we really are, Don’t you love the Lord this morning? Are you happy to be here, or would you rather be some place else? There are people in the Old Testament that got corrected worse than we ever have. The scripture I have had laying here for the whole time; Numbers chapter 20, starting in verse 7. “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, (It is time to go over Jordan into the promised land. There are too many things happening this morning. We are getting ready to go into the promised land. All the prophets out there are prophesying, but they read the same scripture, and have different answers. Everybody is a doctor now. I think they even call Hillary Clinton a doctor. What did she ever fix? ) Take the rod, (This is the rod that opened up the Red Sea. Take that rod. God was not going to do anything for Moses without that rod. God is not going to do anything for us unless we apply His Word. I am not your boss: I am your brother. But I am your pastor. Whenever I see something, I have a right to say something, and I will.) and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; He had the rod, he had the Word. I have heard it preached, that he was just supposed to smite the rock once, but he smote it twice, which represented Jesus being crucified twice. Let us see what the Word says. Speak unto the rock before their eyes. They were thirsty. They were grumbling and complaining. That got to Moses. I hope I have learned something. I hope I am not a person that lets things get to me to the point of disobedience to the Word of God.) and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.” For forty years, Moses had heard nothing but grumbling and complaining, heartache, heartbreak, and challenges. It got to him. He had heard all he could. “And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; (See? It got to him. You bunch of no goods, that is what he was saying to them. I am not saying that to you this morning. You have proved different already.) must we fetch you water out of this rock? (This is not really what God said.) And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.” It worked, but now there is a requirement. Our attitudes can make us go home early. It don’t mean that we are lost, because if the blood was ever shed for you in your life, if predestination was there from the beginning of time, that cannot be taken away. We may miss out on the good times though. I would rather be in heaven, I would rather fulfill God’s will. Paul said that he would rather be, but nevertheless, for the people’s sake, and for the will of God he would be here. The water came out abundantly. God was not going to fail His prophet because he had been disobedient and beat that rock twice. All he had to do was speak to it. But God told him to take the rod, the rod was the choice, the rod was something that could be used for good or for bad, because it showed this: attitude. Do you still love Him? Am I right? Or am I wrong? “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, (He brought his brother in on it. Moses knew what to do, but he finally let it get to him: you bunch of rebels. This is the second group; the others have all died off. God had said these will go into the promised land, but the others will die off. Here we have gone forty years. Some of us have gone more than forty years in this message. Do you still feel it? Is it still good to you? Is it still real to you? All things are possible to them that believe.) Because ye believe me not, (I feel sorry for Moses. God was going to take care of His prophet, but he was not going to see the promised land. Oh he will see it, but he will not go there. God was going to take him up on top of the mountain and let him look over. I want to see God move, and I want to see the next steps He takes, I want to be in step, I want to be a good soldier, that will keep in step.) to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, (In other words, to prove him. If I could just do this, I would be happy. I am not getting the attention I need. As the song goes, I thought number one would surely be me. I never asked for it, I never desired this position. I was not voted in: You cannot vote me out, because I was not voted in. You can get rid of me, but you cannot vote me out, because there has not been an election. Some would have had it different: They even said back in the 1990’s: two different preachers said, when Bro. Jackson dies, then I will be pastor of Faith Assembly. I never did think he would die. Those preachers cannot even pastor what they have. Their sheep are running everywhere with all kinds of colors of hair, looking exactly like the world. One color here, one color there. If it was red, white and blue, it would look better. I want to look like Jesus. How do we know what He looked like? He looks like His Word. I do love Him. I do not want to say too much about Moses: he stood head and shoulders above me. Some have said, I want to be like Moses. Why? That kind of attitude was more like Dathan and Korah. Because ye believe me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, what God was doing was wanting the glory. When we do it God’s way, He gets glory. When e do it our way, then we are seeking for glory. What do I want out of this? Where do I want it to take me to? I want a reward, not some big something. I said one time in preaching, if I could just be ruler over something like Borden. Bro. Jackson said, with that kind of attitude, it will be more than Borden. I am not looking at the reward as being something big, I am looking at the reward as something that will put me over on the other side. I am not worried about that. We will be placed where we belong and, and receive according to our faithfulness. He that is faithful over a few things, I will make him ruler over much.) therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.” The Bible tells us to lift up holy hands. What is wrong? Even somebody that sings, we drop our heads, or preaches. Anyone that does not want to raise their head when I am preaching, you are not going to affect me, you are affecting yourself. Therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. Uh-oh, I have gone to far. But God did let him see. He took him up on top of the mountain and he was able to see. He looked over. His eyesight was still good. “This is the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and He was sanctified in them.” God is going to get the glory out of our mistakes. One mistake. He had followed that congregation, he had led them, one mistake, it took his life. It did. It did not take his soul. They are not going to build a monument for Moses because God buried him. One of these days that spirit of Moses is going to come back in Israel, then it is going to act just exactly like it did before. I am sure the man is on earth somewhere from the tribe of Levi. One of these days he is going to walk out and say “Thus saith the Lord” to that rebellious Jews. Why do I say rebellious Jews? This week the president of the United States said Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, and if you have Jerusalem on your passport then that don’t count. Such idiotic things. They had a vote in the Supreme Court. I don’t know why they call it Supreme. It has nine people in it, three of them are Jews. They all voted with the president. You half baked crooks, you are not Jews. You are not a Supreme Court. You are just up there wasting American money because right over you, as you make these decisions, is the statue of Moses and the ten commandments. It is time for Israel to go it alone. This was ironic, the president has said if Israel does not start talking with the Palestinians by September, he is going to withdraw the money from Israel. That is what they need. That is what Netanyahu said when he was running, if we have to go it alone, we will go it alone. Make up your mind, Netanyahu. I heard Jonathan Cahn say the other day, I don’t keep up with it and I don’t try to figure it out, but he said the very night Netanyahu spoke to congress was the night the Jews were celebrating Esther meeting the king, and she is from the tribe of Benjamin. Benjamin Netanyahu met the same night. Praise the Lord! I just feel pretty good right now. We are about to see the God of Israel work. No Supreme Court, no president is going to keep it from happening. You are barking up the wrong tree. I used to go with my cousins and brothers, we would go possum hunting. That dog would tree a possum, but you never knew which tree it was in. You would look up the tree it was barking at and it was not there, you had to look around at other trees. They are barking up the wrong tree. Do you still love Him? Are you proud to be a Christian. Don’t be a mully-grub. Lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees, straighten your path. We are soldiers, we are in the army of the Lord. I have something to show you now, I think it will fit in with what I have said. (Video of Bro. William Branham and his predictions for the end time.)
6-14-15 PM The Bible says that man would get more wicked, we see the fulfillment of that as it was in the days of Noah, violence filled the earth. Here we see something going on in different cities all around the country. Police forces are having all kinds of problems with governmental leaders. If it was not for a police force, we would be living in a police state. I know there is always a bad apple somewhere, I know things get out of hands some times, but not as often as they are trying to make it look. We live in an hour like it was in Roman days, how they took things in their own hands and were prosecutor and executor. Now they are changing laws. We have a Supreme Court making decisions that is not right. They are supposed to deal with the gay marriage thing at the end of this month. The government is supposed to deal with Iran by the 30th of this month. You see everything piling together. It can just go so far and it will explode. The man that was shot this weekend in Dallas, he had all kinds of pipe bombs and everything, because he was blaming the police force for his child being taken away from him. I don’t know anything about that, but he went in an armored car to kill. The people standing by, said the police went too far. He had two pipe bombs in his armored vehicle. Where did he get that? It even had port holes in it where he could shoot at people, just like the police do in some places. He had automatic weapons. Then they wind up taking up for somebody like that. We live in a mixed up world. Lawlessness is taking over. The world is in an uproar. I thought maybe a few years ago we had seen the end of the Russian rule as it had been, but here we are flying an airplane this past week, a reconnaissance place, a big plane, and two Russian Migs go within twenty feet of it, underneath it. There is going to be something happen if these things keep happening because I don’t know if we have anybody in government that is willing to take it on. They let six more Gitmo prisoners out, three of them were Osama Bin Laden’s body guards. What are they going to do? Are they going to be peaceful little boys going back? Are they going to go back and mind their own business? Absolutely not. People like that should never have left the battlefield. You say, well you are awful. Look at the Bible days. Look what happened in the Old Testament. Look what is gong to happen in Zechariah 12. It is on us. We are living in that hour. The things Bro. William Branham prophesied, we showed some of it this morning, What is next on the agenda? You have men that have retired, it is not the ones that are still in service, but men that have retired, say these things cannot keep on going. There are retired generals and different ones that are talking about it now. We are at the end, we cannot go another generation like this. We cannot go another ten years like this. The bottom is going to fall out of our economy. We are living on borrowed time right now, because they are printing paper money without anything to back it. They have let China have all our gold. Now the United States of America is in a hole to a communist country that at one time this nation was afraid of communism. Now we have socialism right in our country. President Reagan; thirty years ago, talked about the health care system. He said, when the government takes it over, that is the beginning of socialism. Was he wrong? No, he was not wrong. Here we are; thirty years later, look at it. I have a little bit of information on it. Just take your insurance policy and go to the hospital. These factories are going to turn it over to the government, they cannot afford it. You are going to wind up with a fifteen thousand dollar deductible. That is just a part of it. The cost of medication is always increasing. Anything that is beneficial to people is being taken away. I am not trying to talk despair to you, I am just telling you the way things are, but we have hope. I am not trying to paint a gloomy picture unto the saints of God, I am just letting you know what is happening in this world. I have different things I want to present in the next message ,if the Lord permits. There is an exit for the saints of God. I believe we are going to enter right up to the face of these things, because the Bible says we are not appointed unto wrath. I am glad. Somebody is going to make it, it might as well be you and me. The promise is unto us. We have a lot to live for in a dying world. The world does not know. The Catholic church has an observatory in Arizona, they claim they have already contacted outer space. It is bigger than anything NASA has. They believe they are going to contact extra terrestrial beings. I don’t doubt it, because there are still devils out there. Whatever they contact, I don’t want anything to do with it. Bro. William Branham was asked by a priest one time, what do you think about the Catholic system. He said, I wish you had not ask me that. He said, it is the most out-of-here spiritual thing that there is. That Palmer that was on that video, he and his wife, I want to say something about that. He and his wife, he said they had a dynamic experience. But then he got acquainted with the pope and his wife said she was ready to go back to the Catholic Church because of it getting to be so spiritual. If that experience we have is not leading us into the truth, then I am afraid of it. If we are really born again, then the world is our enemy. The friendship of the world is enmity with God. I have some scriptures, Hebrews 4. That experience we have must draw us closer to God. It must take the world out of us and put some peace and happiness in us. How is it when we are at home, when we are on the highway: oh I would like to get hold of that person; he tried to crowd me off the road. If you made it, then go on. Oh if I was a curser, if that is your thought, examine yourself. See if that is really inside you. I never was a curser and I do not intend to start now. Verse 9, listen to this. “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” Are you resting tonight? Have we ceased from our own ways? Sometimes it takes some a little longer than others. I smoked up until I was almost twenty two, but the Lord took that habit away from me instantly. It has not been that easy for everyone. Something that would bother some, will delivered another. Sometimes there is a struggle with some. There is that armor of Ephesians. It encloses us. Our armor is something to defend us, to fight off our feelings, our hurts. Somebody hurt me. You are still living. I am still living, we still have our life. We are not children. “For he that is entered into his rest, (not my rest, His rest. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we can do this by ourself.) he also hath ceased from his own words, (That old anger, peel it off. Self pity, the same. We are getting ready to leave this world. We are getting ready for the gates of pearl.) as God did from his.” God worked six days getting this thing lined out and on the seventh day He rested. He knew it was going to turn out alright. It will for us also, if we just turn it over to Him and say, Lord, I cannot fight this battle by myself; I give it to you. “Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, (That means to put off the old man. We know what bothers us: what hinders us. We know what is keeping us back. I am saying these things, but you know more than I do about your own personal situation. I know I preached about the Godhead, not because of me, but because of Him: it opened up some avenues to people to where there should be no deception in it. If you are fooled, it is because you have let it happen. It is all there. It is in the book. I did not do it to cause questions, nor to cause people not to fellowship with us. I know what happened in Norway, but I was not preaching it to Norway. Somewhere, someone in the United States asked me the question. It hit some people hard. I say tonight: How can two people walk together except they agree? You might say, well I will just agree a little bit, I don’t want to break fellowship. As far as I am concerned, it is already broken.) lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Unbelief is one word that has a lot of avenues. It can take you down the road of sin, but most of all it can take you away from God. I am not talking about what sometimes Satan will put in your mind. I am talking about being in agreement with it. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, ( we will die within ourselves, or we will die with the world if we allow Satan to fill our mind with unbelief; doubt. The Word of God is powerful. Think of the woman that had suffered twelve years, she was suffering when Jesus was still a young man, a teenager. There is no way she could get help then. Those Pharisees and Sadduccees did not have anything to help her. Oral Roberts, Billy Graham and T. L. Osborne at one time had a ministry, but they had no answers. If all you have, which is a great thing, is just salvation, then you can wind up as a foolish virgin. Without a revelation, you will. He must know us inwardly. He will speak to us and we will say, that is right, thank you Lord. Then we can sing “He touched me, oh He touched me. Oh, the joy that fills my soul.” Praise Him in the morning, Praise Him in the noon time, Praise Him when the sun goes down. There doesn’t have to be a bunch of people around. You do not have to be heard by anyone but God. We sang a song this morning, a happy song. I kept it on my mind and sang within myself most of the afternoon, because it was a happy song. It made me happy.) piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, (What is it saying, it will get inside you. Let God get inside and see what He will do. Let Him do what He wants to do. Can we just say, Yea Lord? Dividing of soul and spirit. We have a spirit in us, that must be submitted to that Spirit of God that dwells in us. Our spirit is what we make decisions with. Our soul is something that will feed us in the right direction and tell us when we are wrong, or tell us when we are right. I would rather He tell me I am right, than tell me I am wrong. As I said this morning, lift up the hands that hang low. You might think, you do not know what I am going through, but He does: turn it over to Him.) and of the joints and marrow, (It gets right down to where we live, all the way down into the bone. We have a physician, a great Physician. I like to know what God is doing. I like to know what He is doing to His people and for His people. I know some of you are going through things, but don’t let it get you down.) and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Our aim and our ambition and our desire is all known of God. Your job may not be there next month, but God will be there. We are not guided by thoughts, by intents, wondering what we are going to do next. Our heavenly Father knows what is best for us: He knows what is best for you. “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” We do not have to go through things alone. He knows about tomorrow. There are brothers and sisters that are in businesses and things, where they have to plan ahead. Just don’t plan too much in the future. We are going to get out of here, and that business is going to be left behind. “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, (There used to be a song, I am glad Jesus came, Glory to His name, Oh what a friend is He. He so freely gave His own life to save, and set us free. that is passed into the heavens, (That means contact. I don’t know much about electricity, but I know when you flip that little switch, there is contact made. It goes all the way back to the box in the house and that box goes back to the line, and that line goes back to the high lines. Those high lines go to some plant somewhere. When we are saved, it goes further than the preacher. It is good for somebody to shake my hand, but that is not going to save you, because He is the power source we look to.) Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” When trials and tests come, keep looking up. The stars are there in the daytime, we just don’t see them for the light of the sun. I crawled down in a dug well one time. They told me, look up and you will see stars. They were right, they were there. Our Father will not fail us. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Every day that Jesus ministered, there was somebody that challenged Him. People would like to do that to us. I am not really challenged by peoples’ ideas, and you don’t have to be either. We have an anchor. We have the Word of God that has been taught to us. I want to be sure I have held onto the things that have been ministered unto me. God has a five fold ministry in this hour, to take His children on. This is what Bro. William Branham and Bro. Jackson both said. It will be a five fold ministry that will finish this out. A lot of people will say Bro. William Branham had it all, he was our perfection. He was not that: He was the prophet to this age, to bring us to the truth. We cannot look to man for salvation: That comes from our heavenly Father, and we have a High Priest to take our petitions to the Father. You cannot do any better than that. You cannot go any further than that. “Let us therefore come boldly (You have a right. You have a right to believe. You have a right to depend on Him. He said come boldly…) unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Brother Allen: you don’t know what I go through. What would trials have been without Him? That is my question. Come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy. Paul taught things that we are now just catching on to. That we might find grace in the time of need. See? In the time of need, in the time of sorrow. When we see nothing but gloom, He will push it back. He will take the the film away. He will take the hurt away. He will take the pain away. There will be peace in the time of trouble. 1st Corinthians 13. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, (love) I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” It is possible to do so. It is a possibility to speak in tongues, not really have a true love of God, because it is a gift. But what have you become? What have I become? Or what have they become? Just sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal, a little chatter. “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; (That is going a long way. I never want to get to where I know it all, Revelation ceases then. We have to be open to the Spirit of God, and let His love fill our hearts.) and though I have all faith, (He is going right down the line naming those gifts. What he is saying, is that these gifts are given for service: not for show off. The Bible says love covers a multitude of sins. It is that love of God He places within our hearts.) so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. (Nothing) And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, (I told you this before, mother Theresa has been so lifted up, and she has now become a saint in the Catholic Church. The church world bought her a mansion to live in. She moved all the nuns that were around her into it. She felt like this was too much. So she tore all the carpet up and threw it out the window. They had furnished it with all the nice things. She took mattresses off the beds and threw them out the windows. She became a millionaire many times over. She would not spend the money, because that made her look worldly. She died without that money being spent. She admitted, I don’t even know if there is a God or not. They lifted her up to heaven, yet she was as a fool. You cannot work your way there. We can’t buy our way.) and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, (What about Paul, look at his ministry. Look at what he went through, the days and hours of opposition. He even got to the place, he said it would be better if I went on, but for the church’s sake it was necessary for him to be here.) and is kind, charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.” Especially to that brother or sister, or that neighbor. “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in truth.” Hallelujah! Thank God for truth! “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” He is getting happy now. He is getting ready to peach. “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” These are gifts will not be needed in the Millennium, because the Bible says we will know even as we are known. “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” We will know as we are known. Nobody will be hiding behind the bush. “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; (Now we see through a glass darkly.) but then face to face: now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” It is greater than hope, greater than faith, because love worketh no ill to his neighbor. We can be a thirty fold Christian and still have love. You don’t have to be a preacher, or a singer. We will have love one for another, because that is the proof that we are children of God. If we cannot love our neighbors which we see, we cannot love God which we cannot see in the physical. Amen