Preached May 13 – May 20, 2018
In the last edition Bro. Allen examined the conditions that will be present on the earth at the end of the tribulation period when Christ returns to earth. In this edition he starts by looking at the events leading up to the return of Christ, and the judgement of the wicked on earth at the time of his return.
As believers in this hour we have great knowledge of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. I just praise the Lord for that knowledge. As I see the great things that are going on. Tomorrow the United States embassy in Tel Aviv will move to Jerusalem. This marks seventy years of Israel’s being a nation. This has been a Jubilee year. We have seen the budding and blooming of the fig tree and it proves we are coming down to the end. In Matthew 24, Jesus said, “When you see the budding of the fig tree, it is drawing nigh.” We must look back to the 1940’s to see the whole picture. Israel had came out of a great conflict. They had been terribly persecuted by Hitler during the Holocaust. Many of them had started to go back to their homeland. In their homeland in the Middle East they were alone, as far as neighbors are concerned. The nations around them hated them. But they were alone, but God was with them. There was an unseen hand there. We see the scripture in the word of God that foretold it would happen, and it gives us an understanding of what is really happening and causing the turmoil of the world today. We see all this happening as Jesus said it would. As it is explained in the word of God, both Old Testament and New Testament, we see the happenings. So we have much to be thankful for and to praise the Lord for, for His wonderful care and benefits that He has shown to us.
I want to go to the book of Daniel 12 for my starting scripture. I have the whole chapter, I want to deal with. There are three different parts in this chapter that we will see. There is something I said in the last message that I want to make sure we have an understanding of, because I kind of cut the thing short. I was talking about the end and I mentioned Matthew 24, but I left out the last part of Daniel. Matthew 24 goes up the end of the tribulation. But it does not cover the last seventy-five days. I want to go over that. I have much scripture dealing with this time of trouble and then the time beyond the trouble. I have things in Matthew that I want to go back to, and in Revelation 7 to see where all this fits, and where the Bride fits. Because there is something about the Bride that I had not seen until this last week. I will get to that. Let us read Daniel 12 first. “And at that time shall Michael (When is that time? Michael is not mentioned in Revelation until the middle of the week. It is mentioned in connection with Israel whenever Satan is cast out of heaven. Then Michael appears on the scene. That relates to the same thing we are reading here. It says, at that time. There is a certain time. Not just a period of days, but there is a certain time: at that time. At that time shall Michael…) stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: (Daniel’s people are the Jews. That is what he is talking about. This will be in the middle of the week of Daniel when Michael stands up against Satan. The 144,000 are already ready for their mission. The woman of Revelation 12 is already in the land that they are supposed to be in. This is just as the last half of the week of Daniel begins. This is part of the three woes. There are many scriptures to allow us to know the time this happens.) and there shall be a time of trouble, (which is talking about the tribulation) such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: (So this is going to be the time in Israel’s history when this happens. You see this in Ezekiel and other scriptures as we have gone into in time past. There is going to be a great oppression and persecution of Israel, and the entire world will be afflicted with terrible turmoil. Such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.) and at that time (See? He keeps speaking, at that time. At that time…) thy people shall be delivered, (But it is going to take the end of that. There are some that will be delivered, but they are going to have to go through the tribulation time.) every one that shall be found written in the book.” In the book of life. This connects with Revelation 20. There are two periods of time here in Daniel 12. There is the period after the tribulation when the righteous will be resurrected. The second period is when the millennium ends. So he is speaking of two different times here. “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, (Which is at the end of the tribulation period.) and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Which will be at the end of the Millennium when the great white throne judgment occurs. “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” Then he goes on to the verses I want to deal with. “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: (He is giving Daniel instructions. He is telling him to close the book, or close the scroll, because it is not for his time. But it will be for the end of time. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end…) many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” There has never been a time like today. People travel. They travel from nation to nation, from country to country, overseas, and to different places. There has never been a time like this. I remember when people could not go to Israel. It kind of opened up in 1968 after Israel had taken the land, and Jerusalem, then it was opened up to where people could go. But before that. Arab people were calling the shots. But in the Six Day War in 1967, then Israel took Jerusalem and a large portion of their land, which they have given back through negotiations. They gave back the Sinai Peninsula and different places that they had captured. The Sinai is where Kadesh-barnea was at. But then it became the Sinai Peninsula because of the Egyptians having rule over that part of the world. The Jews gave it back to them through negotiations. Negotiations are no good unless there is a resolution, and the only resolution that will be recognized is God’s resolution. The bible already records it. If the bible was not important, then you just throw it all away. The bible is the most important book there is concerning us and concerning the Middle East. Because it is already written, it was already copied down in scrolls, what will happen. You see it in Isaiah, as you see in Daniel, you see in Ezekiel, Jeremiah. Jeremiah is mostly speaking of the Jews at that time, as they are getting ready to go into captivity in Chaldea.
Man’s Growing Knowledge
But I want to look at something here that is recorded in Daniel. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. In the scientific world they are testing cars that are driverless, but they still have a steering wheel and still have somewhat of a control over the car, but the future of the car industry is that they have neither steering wheel, gas pedal, or foot brakes. This is the future of it. Ford Motor Company is trying to get ahead of all the rest of them. The aim of Ford is by 2020, or 2021, to have driverless vehicles. I do not know what they are going to look like. I do not know if they will be able to meet their goal. But this is Ford’s aim, to have driverless cars, which will be electric cars. Of course others are working on this, but Ford is a little ahead of the game on this, because of the technology they are putting into it. This was on the news this week. Tesla has been big in this, but I see their driverless car had another wreck. It ran into the back of a bus. So they do not have it where they want it, so Tesla is getting into big trouble over this. But the thing about it is, others are copying the technology, and they are going to copy more. One disturbing thing I heard is that they are planning to to microchips in clothing, to where the clothes you buy, your shirts, your suits, your shoes, are going to have a thing in it to where they can detect you wherever you are. I think I am about through buying clothes, because I do not want any of that. When you walk on the sidewalk, it will pick it up. They are going to put things in the sidewalk to pick up your walk and they will know who you are as you walk down the sidewalk. These things are in the news. Even now they have robot lawnmowers and all. It is all going to be electric. I wonder how that is going to be fired up? What are they going to do? Just make the earth something that can pick up electricity, because it is going to take very much for them to do these things they are planning on doing. But this is the plans for the future, where whatever action you take, if you have those chips, if you have it in your shirt, if you have it in your shoes, your pants, your dress, whatever it is, it will have that in there, but you won’t be able to detect it. You will not know it, because it is implanted in there and they are going to use that to pick up what you are doing, what you are watching, where you are seen. They are doing all this to track people, to see what their movements are, to see what they are talking about. This is all in that. They have robots now that are getting smarter than man. Different ones are putting their training into it, it will not be one person. Different ones are putting their training into this, to where they can tell the robot to jump. It showed it jumping up on a box. Right now they have robots that talk, and you cannot even tell it is a robot. It sounds just like a real person. It showed them calling a restaurant for reservations, and the caller thought they were talking to a person. They would ask, “I want to go to a certain restaurant, what is the waiting time?” It will tell you the waiting time. It is designed to tell you what restaurant you want. You think you are talking to a person, but you are talking to a computer, and that computer is talking about to you. I think I might be getting a lot of those calls right now the way it sounds, because whenever you question them, they ignore you. I had a call this week, some of you got the same kind of call, where the Internal Revenue Service called me, telling me something, but I did not let them get that far. I do not know what they were going to tell me, I did not let them get that far because I hung up. The IRS does not call you. If they have something to say to you, it will come to you in a letter. Do not ever worry about things like that, just hang up on them. Or ask them what their phone number is, so you can call the Better Business Bureau. They will hang up real quick. They do not want to be known, they just want information from you. If you give them your information, then they use it to rob your bank account. There are factories now that are run mostly by robots. I know when I was at Ford, they began to put them in the body shop. Robots did the welding, somebody just had to watch and make sure things were done right. Otherwise it was robots doing the work. They had big arms. They do not have to look like people, but they can act like people and they can sound like people. So the reason I am saying all this is to give you some examples to show you how much man’s knowledge has increased. One hundred years ago, people had not even imagined some of these things. Daniel 12:4 is an explanation of what we see today, what it says will happen at the endtime. Man is getting wiser and wickeder as the Bible said.
As I was thinking about this, I was glad to be able to get more information on this to share with you. This is also happening in other countries, it is not just here in the United States. It is everywhere that these things are happening. Some of these things are a benefit to man, but many of them are tools that will be used by Satan. These type of things will lead into the mark of the beast. Somewhere the United States is going to be pulled out of some of this stuff, because if this is the place that Israel is coming to, the woman of Revelation 12, our society has to be cleaned up. We have seen a lot of change since President Trump was elected. Past Presidents made promises but they did not keep their word. Bill Clinton had a conference with North Korea, and nothing they agreed on ever happened. He said that they were dismantling nuclear reactors, but it never happened. It kept growing and kept growing. It come on down to Bush, it come on down to Obama. It was all the same. The embassy in Jerusalem was the same way. Ever since 1992, they have been promising that they were going to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Now the embassy will be in Jerusalem. Trump said, “I don’t make promises I don’t keep.” So the promise is going to be kept. You can look for some trouble out of that because the Arabs do not like it. It signifies that Israel is on their way to keeping Jerusalem because of the embassy. The Arabs expect Israel to give up Jerusalem. I saw this morning on the news they were putting up the embassy sign. They had holes in the wall and big iron bars that went into the hole, they were matched perfect. They were shoving that thing into the wall there where the embassy will be. I have to say Praise the Lord for God’s wonderful doings in this hour. It is not Trump, it is something behind Trump causing him to do these things. They have held back moving the embassy for twenty five years or more. They have done that and it has not accomplished anything. Remember that. A promise made is going to be kept, otherwise it is not a promise. We thank the Lord.
75 Days of Wrath and Judgement
I will leave that and go a little further. “Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, (I was thinking about this: there stood other two. There had to be one standing there already besides these two. Then I Daniel looked and behold, there stood other two…) the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.” Which would be the Jordan River. These two angels are standing there with somebody else that is already there. We can tell this by the way it is said. I saw other two, so there had to be another standing there already. “And one said to the man clothed in linen, (which is standing on the river. We must compare this to Revelation 10 to help us understand where to place this in time. Remember in Revelation 10, he is standing upon the earth and the sea. What does that represent? A worldwide thing. He is there for the Bride of Jesus Christ, which is a people taken from all nations and peoples. But here in Daniel 12 is not universal, it is to the Jewish nation. I want to read that 5th verse again.) “Then I Daniel looked and behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen…” (That is Christ in angelic form. Because Christ is in heaven with His Bride when this event happens.) which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” See? There stood two, one on each side of the river. There must be two important angels for this to be accomplished. Daniel hears this, and they he asks the one on the river a question: How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? “And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, (Now in the setting in Revelation 10, he is holding up only one hand because he has a scroll in the other hand. But here, both hands are raised.) and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; (which is three and a half years: time (one), times (two), and an half.) and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” He is the antichrist. “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” So it was not for him to understand, neither did the apostles understand. Understanding was to come at the time of the end. This is connected to Matthew 19, which I will go to after this, Lord willing. “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Who are the wise? It can’t be the foolish virgins. Only the wise will understand, so this puts us in a position today, which I am not bragging about. It puts us in a position above the rest. It does. This will be rewarded, it will be. Many shall be purified and made white, and tried. That will be to the foolish virgins and the righteous that pass through the tribulation. But the wicked shall do wickedly, that is the last three and half years. That starts when Michael stands up. None of the wicked shall understand but the wise shall understand. “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, (that is the middle of the week when the antichrist rises to take over Jerusalem and the temple. From the time the daily sacrifice shall be taken away…) and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” There is an extra thirty days here, which I have gone over before. Three and half years is 1260 days, but here it is 1290. Whenever the earth begins to shake and rock and reel, as was gone over in the last message, it is going to take a thirty day period of time for God’s wrath to be completed. That is the sixth seal, the seventh trumpet, and the seventh vial. You see the volcano erupting in Hawaii lately. We have a picture here.
Look at this. This is a little example of what will happen then. They said that there are rocks as big as refrigerators blown five mile into the air. Think about that. Think of how far into the air big stones can go, think what they will do when the land back on earth. So I wanted a picture of this for us to see, because it crawls very slowly, like a slug, but it just keeps going. It consumes everything in its path. Everything in front of it, it takes. It takes and takes and takes. It said mountains shall fall, you have volcanic mountains in every nation of the earth. These mountains, the tops of them are going to fly off. It talks about it in the book of Revelation, and in Peter. Peter explains how the earth and the heavens will be dissolved with mighty heat. That is the atmospheric heavens that will be dissolved. So That is what it will be like on earth the first thirty days after the tribulation ends. That is the cooling off time after God’s judgment has hit. How do we know that? Can you give me a better explanation? I ask you that, can you give me a better explanation? I am not asking that to you. Matthew 24 tells us clearly that these things will begin immediately after the tribulation, not before it ends. This thirty days is when the wrath of God will hit this world. Now we are going to see there are some more days to account for. “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” That is another forty five days there. 1260 days ended the three and half years, 1290 took us through the wrath of God. Now there is another forty-five days to take us 1335 days. This last forty-five days concerns the sheep people.
It is important to notice how this verse is worded: “Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh…” At the beginning of this time, not everyone is blessed. There are still wicked people on this earth when this 45 days begins. But by the time it is over, only the righteous are left. Blessed are those people who make it to the other side. In the last message I mentioned how the wrath of God would destroy wicked mankind, but it will not destroy it completely. Because there are goat people that will survive that wrath of God. They are still going to be alive. But what happens? The foolish virgins lived through this period of time, and they seen all this. They were killed during the tribulation. But God is going to raise them from the dead to bear witness against the wicked. That is why in Matthew 25 it speaks of them being raising from the dead first. It is to judge the living wicked. So we will look at that. “Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” Whenever the resurrection takes place, as in Matthew 24, the foolish virgins and the Jewish martyrs from the tribulation will be raised up. They are the ones that will witness concerning what has gone on in the last period of time, because they were there. They experienced it. The great multitude and the foolish virgins are raised at the same time. There are not two resurrections. They are all raised at the same time, but they are placed first in the resurrection, where it says the last shall be first and the first shall be last. It is because they have lived in that time. They are not given special privilege to be able to judge, because they are not the ones to judge. The Bride is judge: judge and jury. But they will have a lesser part in the kingdom of God. It calls them servants. A servant is not a king and is not a judge. “Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” See? After that length of time, there are not more goat people. In the extra forty five days, it ends the goat people. But the sheep people go on into the millennium, they live. I want to make sure you understand that. “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.”
White Robed Saints: The Last Shall Be First
Let me go to Matthew now. We will go to chapter 20 first. We have gone over it, and Bro. Jackson went over it. “For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.” What is this agreement signifying? This agreement is that each one shall receive a penny, which is just an illustration. It is a parable, an illustration of the payment. “And he went out about the third hour, (This is in time. This would be maybe 300 or 400 A.D. See? He is going out at different times because there are different changes. There are changes, because it said he went out at the third hour, about the third hour…) and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.” These are idle too, so he makes an agreement with them, the same agreement with each one of them, even though according to this, they have not spent as much time in the field as the others have. But it is not talking of it in that way. You are skipping periods of time. Do you understand that? You have another period of time which would be the third hour, or the third period of time he is taking about here. “And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.” See? You are coming on down closer to the end. But you see in the agreement, everyone is receiving the penny. That does not mean he is cheating the others. He is not cheating the others, it is just a different period of time. He is making the same agreement with them that he did in the first. “And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?” Which is getting down near to the end of the age. “They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.” He is not telling them what they are going to get now. But here they are in the last day. This is speaking of the last day period of time. So there has been people in every age that have not quite measured up to what the Lord expects of Bride people. This is who he is talking about. “So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.” It is what they have gone through. Jesus is making it look like these did not labor but one hour. But we will find out where they did labor. “But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.” See? Every man. He did not tell each group what they would receive, he only told the first group what they would receive. Then with the last group that whatever is right, I will give you, right on down to the end of time. This is talking of church ages. “And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, (He is speaking to righteous people, even in the first age he is calling them friend. That is who he is speaking to here, friend.) I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.” See? It is all the same thing, the reward is the same throughout the ages, whether it be great multitude or foolish virgins, they receive the same thing. Every one receives a penny. These are the white robed saints. “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” This is foolish virgins and people through the ages that have not quite met up to what the Bride people did. He says, “so the last shall be first.” He is talking about the ones that go through the tribulation time and give their lives. That is what he is speaking of here. At the end they will be, not raised first, but they will be first in line for their reward. That is what he is talking about. These will be first in line, why? Because they are needed to bear witness concerning the natural people who are still that upon the earth, so they can be divided between sheep and goats. Because they know how they were treated during that tribulation time. That is what he is speaking of here. As I have gone over this before in messages titled “75 Days After Armageddon.”
The Bride: The Last Shall Be First
I want to go to Matthew 27:19 now. You are going to see a similar situation. “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?” What shall we have? Peter is questioning the Lord, asking Him, what are we going to have for what we have done? “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration (In the regeneration, which is the millennium period, they are to rule and reign.) when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Do you see where they are going to be placed? They are going to be placed in Israel, they are not going to judge America. Bro. Jackson had a right to say what he did when he said, you will go back to the place where you have lived. So they are going to be judges and rulers in the great kingdom of God. Whenever Jesus sits on the throne of David, they are going to be right there judging. Not natural judges, they are not going to be sitting on literal chairs, because they are eternal beings. It says when He shall appear, we shall be like Him. They won’t necessarily have to be in one spot, but they are going to be overseers, to make sure things are carried out right. Judging, as it says, the twelve tribes of Israel. In other words, they will be as twelve kings. Where do we get that? It said we would be kings and priests. So they are going to be sitting there as kings, priests, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, (I wonder why he would say that? He knew what was going to. He knows what will happen. Many of us have experienced this in our time. Children, or lands…) for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, an shall inherit everlasting life.” Now he makes the same statement again. Why would he do that? These are Bride people, why would he say this? “But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” See? He is giving an illustration here of the potential of what the Bride will be in this time. We are not going to receive a greater reward, but we are going to receive our rewards first, before the earlier people. Many that are first shall be last. I had read that before and never paid any attention to it, many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first, to receive their reward. Why would He do that? It is because of the privilege that God has given us in this hour to know all that we know. If we can get our lives straightened up, and get the spots, the wrinkles, the blemishes from our lives, then it is going to be even greater than what we can imagine or think. Because we have stood. Somebody asked Bro. Jackson one time, “Why is it that all those early apostles and saints, they were all martyred, and here we are enjoying the blessings of God here in this endtime. We are not being killed. Why is that?” He said, “To stand with the Word and for the Word is a great thing.” They were making the Word, now we are standing with the Word that has been explained to us and the reward is according to our stand. So it is important that we do not come up with negative feelings in our heart toward what God is doing, what God is blessing, what God is revealing. He has been so good to us. There has never been a generation like this one. He said to Daniel, “Go into your lot, these things will not be understood until the end.” So we have a privilege. We have a privilege to be able to understand what they wrote, which many of them did not understand. Even the apostle Paul and Peter did not always understand what they were writing because it was not given to them, but there was understanding because what they wrote was an unction of the Holy Ghost. Take Paul, he talked about the endtime and what would come, but the thing about it is, it is even greater than what he saw. He gave the illustration of what it would be, but it is even greater than what he anticipated. I know people will say we are bragging, but we are the most revelated people that have ever walked the earth. Not because of us, but because of the grace of God that He has given to us. We thank Him for that. I saw this verse this week. I Thought “Why would He do that?” Why would He put that like that? It was for our benefit. We are not going to be raised before the others, no. But He is going to, kind of, put us ahead of the class because of what we know, because of what we have learned, what we have understood, what we have lived by. If we can live this word, then somewhere in time it is going to pay off. Do you understand that? I hope you do.
Sheep and Goats
Let me go to Matthew 25. This is the Mount of Olives discourse. Jesus is answering questions asked by the disciples. They had asked him three questions that He answered. He is still on the Mt. Of Olives when He is talking about this also. Verse 31, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, (What is His glory? Is He coming back with a halo on His head like they want to place around His head and Mary’s head? No. His glory is going to be His kingdom. When will his kingdom come? What time is He talking about? That last forty five days, because that is the time when the goats and sheep being separated, at the beginning of his kingdom. When the Son of man shall come in his glory,) and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. And before him shall be gathered all nations: (That is all natural people living on earth who have survived the tribulation. Sheep and goats. This is the end of all of it.) and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.” Why is He separating them? Why does He not just judge the thing and be done with it? He is separating them so that those foolish virgins and that Jewish people will be able to bear witness of what has been done to them. He wants to make sure those sheep understand why they are going into His kingdom. He wants to give the tribulation martyrs justice. You will see it as we go on down through here. “And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.” He is going to separate them to as they are judged. “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, (He deals with them first.) Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” So it was determined from the foundation of the earth that there would be people that would go through that great tribulation time. God knew there would be people that would go through all these things and come out the other side, after all the judgment of God. You have both sheep and goats that will come through the wrath of God, but they have to be judged if they are worthy to be part of the millennial kingdom. And it is going to be the foolish virgins and Jews to bear witness. They know who treated them good and who mistreated them during the tribulation. Christ will give the sentence then based on their witness. “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” What is He saying there? This is what these foolish virgins and Jewish people were going through during the tribulation. He is telling the sheep that it is because of how they treated these martyrs that they are permitted to enter the kingdom. Because they did what they did out of the goodness of their heart. They saw a bad situation, they made the best they could out of it. They do not realize they are sheep. But there was something in them that wanted to good for people they saw were suffering. Their works are following them. “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink?” They do not even know the significance of what they did. “When saw we thee a stranger, (They are asking Christ, when saw we thee a stranger?) and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (See? They think He is talking about himself, He is not.) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I saw unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the lease of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Foolish Virgins and the Great Multitude
Mankind fell in the Garden of Eden, and the serpent was cursed. When God clothed them, the serpent was no longer someone that could deceive anymore. He was a snake. Of course, his seed was coming along. The serpent’s seed will be judged in the last day, before the great throne of God. They will be resurrected at that time to stand in judgement. They will be the last people who are resurrected. They will be resurrected so they can die again, the second death. The righteous people of the Old Testament, such as Daniel, have already raised from the dead. They rose with Jesus. You see that in Revelation, because of the elders there in the book of Revelation. The next group to raise from the dead will be the Bride. The resurrection of the Bride will include everyone from the time of Jesus’s disciples to the bride saints still living when the seventh seal is opened. That will end that part of the resurrection. Then, as Christ returns to earth after the tribulation, he will gather to him and resurrect the other saints, including the ones killed during the Week of Daniel. As I read already, that will happen immediately after the tribulation of those days, which will be the time when the foolish virgins and the Jews are raised. Because you have five wise, you have five foolish. The wise makes up the Bride. The foolish make up the foolish virgins. Then you have the great multitude that have lived throughout the ages of time. I have already looked at Matthew chapter 20. The explanation of those verses are that it includes not just the foolish virgins, but also the great multitude. That is the great multitude, then the foolish virgins, which he is talking about there, because he went out each hour to gather. You see the Bride people have a different attitude than what the great multitude had, because in the parable they are questioning. So, this would be something that would be in their hearts, they are questioning about their position, especially the earlier ones, why are you giving everyone a penny? As I explained before, this did not happen all in one day. Those groups are made of people from each age from Christ, on down to the foolish virgins at the end. They are the people who did live the life and bear the fruit of a Bride saint. Especially in the time of Martin Luther and in those dark ages of time. Because it says in Revelation there are very few in Luther’s time that make up the Bride of Jesus Christ. It is very few, because in reading history, some of them still cursed, some still hated the Jews, everything of that nature. They had justification, but not many of them lived holy lives, because they did not know to. So they are part of the great multitude, but they are not Bride saints. Very few. That age had the fewest Bride people of any age, was the time of Luther. It was because they had spent one thousand years in darkness. For one thousand years God had winked at their ignorance, and in the time of Martin Luther, God starts raising the bar. If you ever read the story about Luther, then you know what I am talking about. Some writers say they did not know how Luther could stand like he did, with the church people of that time that he had to stand with. There was a pull on him and his ministry in that time and there were very few that stood with him to the full extent. Then as you come in further into Wesley’s time, you have the same problem but not to the extent that it was in Luther’s time. Because you have an open door there. With Wesley, it was rough when it started, but by the time his ministry had finished having its impact, a great part of society received the message of sanctification. In that open door time you had many different people that did accept Christ, but after a couple generations had passed, they slowed down. Then you come on into the Laodicean Age, which is now dead, because it speaks of that in the 3rd chapter of Revelation. The Laodicean Age died along about 1963. The church world is still there, but they are corpses. It says it in the scripture, “I would that ye be either cold or hot.” See? That lukewarm condition overtook them, not in the beginning, but as you go on, we find this is where also the foolish virgins begin to pick up in that time. Because they had truth, they did not walk on in it, but they were still righteous people. But whenever it came to water baptism they began to ignore truth. As is spoken in the parable of Matthew, Jesus’ parable on the mount, where He is talking about strait is the gate and wide is the way. Strait is the gate and there will be few that will enter therein. Strait is the waterway. A strait is a waterway, which is a narrow strip of water. It said there will be very few that will find it. So, it is talking about water baptism there, talking about water, strait is the gate. That gate that leads you into life eternal. Broad is the way that leads to destruction. You come to the end of the Laodicean Age, you may not understand that, but when you come to the end of the Laodicean Age, which ends more or less in 1963 whenever God showed His prophet the seals, because God gave those people a chance. You take men that were in the Voice of Healing ministry, where they featured Bro. Branham. It was really under Bro. Branham’s ministry that this all started out. It ended up with Kenneth Hagen, Oral Roberts, T. L. Osborne, and all that bunch that was in there. Whenever they began to hear Bro. Branham’s teachings, they did not like it, they turned away. I know Kenneth Hagen preached and said that serpent seed was of the devil. If they have any chance it will not be Bride people, if they have any chance. I wanted to kind of fill that in as we go back into Matthew 20.
You see there as it comes down to the last group, in Matthew 20:9. “And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.” See? This is an illustration here. These people are not going to be grumbling over their time that they have spent, some of them spent a lot of years in that, but then the foolish virgins, they come down in the last, which it talks about in the eleventh hour. The eleventh hour is when you come to Matthew 25, then you are at the midnight cry. The midnight cry ended an era and started a new one. Darkness was setting in, as the illustration was given, whenever Bro. Branham had preached the church ages. He showed how the light was decreasing with each age. Then after he got through it was drawn by an angelic light on the back wall of the church. I have had witnesses that told me they saw it drawn out on the back of the church, what he had preached and the ages that he had put in there. Then in 1964 the moon showed the same shadow, the same light as pictures were taken in Missouri. Because the moon had different angles in the photos taken, and the seventh angle the moon blacked out. So, you have that, then as we look at this it says, “But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, (Which would be the Lord if you take it in that way, but He is illustrating it as a boss over the workers.) Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, (That would be in the last age, which is not a complaint, but an illustration. Many of them have gone on, along with the great multitude. We cannot differentiate in this parable between the great multitude and the foolish virgins, in a way. They blend together. But the foolish virgins, whenever they heard the message, they turned from it, because this is what makes them to be foolish. Not everyone who hears the truth and receives salvation goes on to be part of the Bride. That does not send them to hell. They had the opportunity to be part of the Bride, but they walked away from it, because it was all the same light to them as it is unto the Bride people. So, they had that opportunity, but they walked away from it. That makes them virgins, but foolish virgins. These last have wrought but one hour, which will climax in the last half of the week.) and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?” He is showing here the agreement that was made. In other words, the price that they paid, they were the ones paying the price, but the penny he is talking about is their salvation. They have agreed for their salvation, every one of them. It is all equal unto both the great multitude and the foolish virgins. It says, Friend, I do thee no wrong, didst thou not agree with me for a penny? “Take that thine is, (See? It belongs to them. It is theirs. They have earned that position in life because they have recognized Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Take that thine is…) and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.” He is saying here that he will give even unto them as it was unto the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh ages. “Is it now lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, (That is what I was going with in the 25th chapter of Matthew, the last will be first because of the things that they are going through in order to secure their salvation. That is what it is. They have accepted Christ, but in order to secure their salvation, they have to go through the tribulation time because you find that they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. So, the last shall be first…) and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen
The Bride of Christ
I want to go to Matthew 19:26. The Lord’s disciples have asked him a question. You see they at one point were talking about wanting to sit close to Him in His kingdom. James’ and John’s mother has desired something of Jesus. He asked her, what do you desire? See the relationship of mothers and sons, in that time? She wanted the best for them so she is asking that they might sit, one on the left and one on the right in His kingdom. Let us read it. “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?” What shall we have, therefore? He is talking to them in the regeneration, when they will rule in the millennium. “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration (when the earth is regenerated) when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, (Which will be in the Millennium. That will be the time of His glory, in the throne of His glory.) ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” He is telling them of their inheritance. They will inherit everlasting life. The saints in Matthew 20 also had everlasting life. But it is not the same people, because these get everlasting life plus more. He is talking to the disciples here, which are Bride people. These others are either foolish virgins or great multitude. But many that are first shall be last. Many, it does not mean everyone, but many that are first shall be last and the last shall be first. This is something special to the saints of the end time. His wife hath made herself ready. This is not spoken of at any other time except here at the end time. His wife hath made herself ready. What has she done? She has cleaned up her life. She is getting the wrinkles, the blemishes out. God is giving us, and there are going to be not many, but some that will do right here at the end time, because there is not another age that God has inspired, that He has spoken as He has in this age, to a Bride ministry. The ones that have not heeded to that, they are going to be left in the cold. The thing about it is, there is an opportunity, that great opportunity for us. What are we doing? What are we doing when we are being clothed? We are putting on Christ and taking off the old man, which is a man that has caused us so much trouble. Sin is in the old man. We all come into this world as sinners. Many of us have lived loose lives. But we have that opportunity to straighten everything up, to get all the wrinkles out, the blemishes, everything. I and my brothers are not trying to make it hard on you. We are not doing that, we are trying really to make an easy life, because when we get rid of all the guilt that would plague us, we will feel better. Many times it has been testified, you did not know it, you did not feel that guilt about it, because it was not there until it is explained, until it is gone over. So, it applies to me as well as it does to you, as well as it does to the ministry, because the ministry is more responsible than anyone else in this hour to clean up his own act, and then to present it. I need to live a life that I can present myself as that example, for us as a ministry to be able to be looked at, not as some kind of object of worship, but men that have given their lives completely unto the word of God. We are still living in this life; we are still living in this hour which is a darkened hour. But we find that we have a hope, our hope is in Jesus Christ. What He is saying here in this last verse is that the last will be first, on the account of the opportunity that we have had to present ourselves as servants and people of God, both men and women that God has called into His work in this hour, to live that life that is presented before us. As I said a while ago, He is not trying to make it hard on us. The hard thing about it is for us to shape up. That is our hard point, it is not His hard point. He is not putting anything on us that we cannot bear, He is putting something out there for us to strive for, even to the end. Do you see that now?
Inheritance For The Sheep – Fire For The Goats
Let me go on now. I went so far in this already, talking about the foolish virgins and the sheep and the goats. Now I want to go on down and pick up where I left off. “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” He is talking of natural people. This was planned from the foundation of the earth. God had planned for us to be Bride saints. God planned that from the very beginning, because He saw our attitude towards Him. He sees the attitude in all of this. The Bride will be raptured in the beginning of the last seven years. The white robed saints will be die during the last seven years. But there are going to be many people that live out that seven-year period of time and come out alive on the other side. And an element of those that live, will be the sheep people. There will be young people from teenagers to childbearing age, as you go into that. There will be some older people in that too, because it talks about it in Zechariah, the older people leaning upon their staff for age. So, you still have aging people, but they are going to live out their thousand years until the Millennium is over. Then when the Millennium is over they will have some kind of change in the body because there are not going to be any decrepit older people in the Eternal Age. There will be older people, but they are not going to have worn out bodies whenever they enter into that Eternal Age. I am getting a little ahead of myself there, let me go back to verse 35. “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in.” He is talking to the natural people, about how they cared for the foolish virgins and Jews. They are intertwined in this, because when He said, I was hungered, this is foolish virgins and Jews, but He is talking to a natural people. A natural people that will live out the thousand years as natural people. “Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” This is what these sheep people did. They are probably younger people on up to middle aged people. Some will do this, not realizing what they are doing it for, because they are not doing it for gain, they are doing it for their own feelings inside them to do so, that they may help somebody that is in trouble. “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungered, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink?” See? They do not even realize what they have done. They did not realize what they were doing because they were not doing it for reward. They were doing it out of the goodness of their heart. They were not looking at scripture, they were looking at things they felt they should do, because of the goodness of their heart. “When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Why is He saying this? “Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren.” Because they are ministering to somebody that is acquainted with God, that is why He is calling them His brethren. Because it is foolish virgins and Jews. “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Listen to what He says to these, these are the goat people. “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.” See? These have a different attitude. This bunch of goats said, “Forget it. Look the other way. They got what they deserved.” Like a bunch of Germans during the Holocaust. They looked the other way and had nothing to say. They had the opportunity, but they have no goodness in their heart. They just live their own lives to themselves. “I was a stranger and ye took me not in, naked, and ye clothed me not, sick and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” See? He is placing himself in their same category. He is standing there, judging between the left and the right. He is standing there judging that and placing himself among them. “Then shall He answer them saying, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” See the difference there? There are two different categories. One gets part of God, because God is eternal. He gives you His spirit, and you become a part of Him. Then if you do not, if you refuse it, then you would fit the other category. Eternal life for those who are saved. Everlasting punishment for the wicked. Paul tells us what that everlasting punishment is in 1st Thessalonians 1:9. It is everlasting destruction. They eventually will cease to exist.
The Ashes Beneath Your Feet
I want to go next to Daniel 12:4. “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” I spoke about this with Bro. David and he showed me something. (pictured) I thought especially the children would get a kick out of something like this. They have create robots that jump and do back flips, and in most every way move around like a human being. This is what there are developing for the days that are ahead. I am not talking about a long time off; I am talking about shortly. Here is what is going to happen to it all. I will go to Malachi 4. “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; (This is found in Peter.) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” In other words, it is wiped away. All their accomplishments, all their ambitions, it is melted and wasted away whenever that time comes, whenever Jesus comes back. When that time comes, then it is going to burn as an oven. “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes (That is the second time he mentions that.) under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before (Before, there are two times here he is mentioning, I will send you Elijah the prophet before…) the coming of the great (Great day, which was when Christ appeared the first time, which was the great day.) and dreadful day (Dreadful day, which is in this hour leading up to the second coming, which started with the ministry of William Branham.) of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, (John the Baptist turned the hearts of the Old Testament fathers, unto the apostles of that time. The hearts of the fathers to the children.) and the heart of the children (which would be us) to their fathers, (which would be the apostles) lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” So, you see here two comings of the Elijah anointing. We know there is another time that the spirit of Elijah, which will be the fifth time.
The Beasts, The Elders, and The Great Multitude
Now I want to go back into Revelation 7. In the first eight verses you have the calling out of the 144,000, which is a three-and-a-half-year period of time for them to be called and get their instructions. This is the first half of the week. We see here this is where the 144,000 is called out. Then we go down to verse 9. “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” All nations represents where people have given their lives, all the way from India to other places, that have given their lives through time. This makes up the great multitude. There is something down here that I want to refer to, but I will read on. “And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” This great multitude are people that did not know truth, but they had been acquainted with the Lord. That is different than the foolish virgins, because they had an opportunity to know truth. “And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, (If this is the Bride saints, why would it word it like it is here? And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders, and the four beasts, which are Bride saints. This is Bride saints.) and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, (Which is an Old Testament saint, talking to John. One of the elders answered, saying unto me…) What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they?” At that time, John does not know. “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, Not the last day tribulation. What is tribulation? It is suffering and trouble. This multitude has been coming out of suffering and troubles all the way back to the beginning of the church. These people are from many different ages of time. There are some that thought Bro. Jackson made a big mistake on this. But, if you look around the world, this is not a Christian world. There is one thing that Obama said that was right, he said this is not a Christian nation anymore. It grew up on Christian belief, but any more it is not a Christian nation. There are people that go to church, but there are very few foolish virgins that will be in that time. He said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation…) and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” See? They did have an experience. They are covered by the blood. There is no revelation there to it. There is nothing about the water of the Word. But they know God, and they have lived for God to the extent to be able to make up that great multitude. “Therefore are they before the throne of God, (He is explaining why they are before the throne. But you see the elders and the beasts are already there. The elders and the beasts are looking at the great multitude. These are different groups. Therefore, are they before the throne of God…) and serve him day and night in his temple: (serve Him, remember that. They serve Him in His temple. They are servants. These are not people to rule and reign. These are people that are servants of the living God which will be associated with Bride people, but the Bride people are going to have the higher calling, because they will be the judges and the kings and priests at that time. We see that there. Therefore, are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple…) and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.” He that sits on the throne, which is God, He will dwell among them, which means His presence. That does not mean that God is going to come down here and make a platform and sit there. No, He will still be ruling from on high, even during the Millennium. The Bible says heaven is His throne, earth is His footstool. It shows His throne as being above His footstool. Who would put their footstool up higher than their chair? Would you do that? It might be a crude illustration, but I am trying to say something here. Earth is God’s footstool, His presence dwells here among His people. “They shall hunger no more, (See the difference?) neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.” In other words, they are changed. Their body has been changed in the resurrection at the end of the tribulation. That is when they are raised, according to Matthew 24:31. “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: (What are the waters he is talking about? The tree of life, the water of life, that is what it is. It is the water that Jesus said He would place in us: living water that would spring up into eternal life. That is what the woman did not understand there in the book of John.) and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” See? They go into this still in somewhat sadness of what they have had to endure in order to be a part of the white robed saints. Some were punished, they were beaten. They gave their lives for the cause of Christ. But then for them to come out here at the end, we find it says God “shall.” I remember Bro. Branham explaining that. Of course, he was under the spirit when he was saying that, “He would say, come on child, let me wipe the tears from your eyes.” Bro. Branham said that is what God will say. It is because of what they have gone through, great tribulation.
Tormented with Fire and Brimstone
Now I want to go into some other parts of Revelation. Chapter 14, starting with verse 6, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” This is the message to be proclaimed by the 144,000. They will be scattered around the world. Israel is being gathered back into her homeland; the twelve tribes are gathered back into Israel from around the world. As it is explained in Isaiah 60, Isaiah 49, they are being gathered back into their land. When they are gathered back into the land, then the two prophets, will call our and seal with the holy spirit these 144,000 men. It says they are virgin Jews. They have never belonged to some denominational system. That is why they are called virgins, because they are really orthodox Jews. Then this 144,000 Jews that have come from all these lands, will in that hour go back out into the lands they came from with this message. “Saying with a loud voice, (This is their ministry, this is the ministry of that 144,000. Saying with a loud voice…) Fear God, (This is their message: fear God. In other words, they are saying do not give in. They are saying that to the foolish virgins, to the Jews, to people around the world that will hear their message. Because it says all nations. Fear God…) and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” They are saying, turn away from this idiotic idea that “there is no God”. This angel is explaining to them what to preach. “Give glory to Him for the hour of His judgment is come, worship Him that made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of waters.” See? This will go into Russia, into the European Union, and all nations. They will escape death, but they will get their message out. “And there followed another angel, saying, (It is the same message. It is just adding on to what the first has come to say. Saying..) Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” What they are speaking of is Rome. Rome falling, that would be Revelation, chapters 17 and 18. “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast (See what their message is? See who they are speaking to? If any man worship the beast….) and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; (Which happens in the 16th chapter.) and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.” In other words, it will be watched over. Hell will be watched over. The punishment, or the lake of fire which hell is turned into the lake of fire.) “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: (which is a period of time) and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: (Here is the reward for the patience of the foolish virgins and the Jews in the time of trouble. These are the saints he is talking about. They are among the ones he is telling, stay away from that system, stay away from that, that you do not receive her mark and her name and so on, in your forehead. Here is the patience of the saints. See? It takes patience to go through that rigorous time of tribulation. It shows here that in all of that, in all the tribulation, here is the patience of the saints…) here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: (Which die in the Lord, so it becomes a blessing because they weathered the storm. The storm of the beast, of his image, of all that goes along with that. They have weathered that storm. It cost them their lives, as you see in Matthew 25. Here is the illustration of what you see when we are looking at the sheep and goats and so on. Because these are the witnesses. The sheep are the witnesses of what these have gone through: prison, hunger, thirst, and finally losing their lives because of what they believe. They are unwilling to turn from God to worship the beast and His image as it is all in Daniel 11.) I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, write, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; (from their persecution, their labours) and their works do follow them.” What they have went through, it will follow behind them until the time of judgment. And the ones that saw them go through this and they witnessed it and did something about it, all that they could. They did all they could for these people out of the goodness of their heart. They did all they could for the foolish virgins and the Jewish people. But concerning the wicked who did nothing to help them, and who were behind their persecution, it said in the 11th verse, “The smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever, and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
Kings of the East
I have something else to look at now. This is only partially related to my message. From what I discern from the word of the Lord, we are getting mighty close to something. I believe with all my heart that we are getting close to something happening in this world and there are indications that it would be that way. I have scriptures about that I want to look at. As I was thinking about how close we really are, I do not think we really realize how close we are for something to happen because it has already begun. Whenever I look at the Middle East, whenever I look at Jerusalem, the thing is already underway. It is going to have its frustration. You cannot just have a boiling pot with something on it and keep on letting it boil because it will burn. God has the time when it will all be fulfilled in His hands, but then He indicates certain things to let us know what time we are in. I believe we have that today, the indication of what time we are really in concerning the word of God. I praise the Lord for His wonderful grace and love He has shown us in the hour of time we are living, to be able to decipher those things that God would have to work in His kingdom at this time, and to know that His coming is drawing nigh. As I look at it, as I look at the scripture, I am seeing indications that this thing is not going to go on very much longer. It could be four or five more years, but that would be stretching time. Seeing what is happening in Hawaii, with that inferno that is coming out of the earth, it is sending up a plume of toxic smoke. That is a small example of whenever time comes for the wrath of God. That is when that ring of fire will let loose at the coming of the Lord. Immediately after Armageddon the Lord will let out His fury upon this earth. Armageddon kills two hundred million soldiers. We see the armed forces for that battle shaping up by the meeting of Trump and the delegation to North Korea. I know they have to get together: North and South Korea has got to get together before the coming of the Lord. Our soldiers, which Trump has spoken of, need to be coming home. Because we have our borders to guard. If they will not build a wall, then let them put U.S. soldiers on the border to guard the border, because everything is coming through it. The MS13 criminal gang, the drug cartels, they need to be got rid of. As Trump said, they are animals. He did not say all that come across the border was animals, but the media tries to portray it that way. They are going to stretch everything they can, the Democratic Party, they are going to stretch everything they can, and some Republicans along with them. They are going to try and stretch everything because they hate Trump. But God raises up who He will and puts down who He will. It looks like God has put down some people because He did not want them in there. If this be the country that Israel is to flee to during the second half of the Week of Daniel, then things have to change. They are beginning to change. Just like last Friday, Trump has put a limit on abortion now. I was glad to hear that. But he is hated for it. They say he is taking away women’s rights. What about that little baby’s rights? That is life too. We see expectant mothers here at different times in our congregation. They are not trying to end that life; they are trying to protect that life. Some have waited a long time for that little baby. The Lord be praised for His wonderful love for us.
I want to go in the scripture to the book of Isaiah. This may sound strange that I read this, because it is something that has been spoken of. Isaiah 44 and 45, which is an introduction to what I want to talk about this morning. I want to read Isaiah 44:21-28. There are preachers talking about this in the church world, and I agree to a certain point with some of them, what they are saying. I have to decipher out what it right and what is not right. In the 21st verse, “Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. Sing, o ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, (That is a verse I want to look at, because it said, that frustrateth the tokens of the liars…) and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: (The next is another verse I want to look at.) That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.” This is speaking of a prophecy in Israel that is going to happen nearly two hundred years after it was recorded by Isaiah. Some have likened this unto Obama and Trump. That is why I read that the verse where it says “frustrateth the token of the liars and maketh diviners mad, that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish.” They say that is speaking of Obama’s administration. Then you have Cyrus down here in the 28th verse, and then you go to chapter 45 to get the rest of the story. That saith of Cyrus, he is my shepherd. He is a pagan king, but he is the one that let Israel go back to build their temple. His name is mentioned here, but it is nearly two hundred years before it will take place. Because Cyrus is not yet born whenever this prophecy is given. The 45th chapter has been likened to the 45th president of the United States by some men. I want to read some here. “Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, (Cyrus who was a pagan king.) whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut.” If I am looking at this right, then we are getting very close, because it even talks about Cyrus here as starting the foundation. If this be the case, then we have to be within two to three years of this all happening.
There is a coin that is going out, it has Hebrew, it has Trump and Cyrus together. This coin is issued by the Sanhedrin in Israel. We have a picture here of this. In Israel they are likening Trump unto Cyrus the king that let Israel go back and build the house of the Lord. He gave them the money and everything for them to build it. Some are asking for donations from the United States to build the temple. If this be the case then we will see under the rule of Trump, that something is going to happen in the Middle East, that at least the foundation of the temple, as it says in the says in the Isaiah 44:28. He is a man that does not care what they say, he is going to do what he says anyway. He was warned by some of the Republicans not to move the embassy to Jerusalem. He was warned by the whole Democratic Party, except just a few that are Jews. He ignored them all. Israel this morning is likening Trump to Cyrus. That is what they are doing. This is not just some bunch of Pentecostal preachers, but it is Israel. They have even named streets after him, and a whole block after Trump, because of what he has done. I will read on here, “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of the secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” This explains Trump up and down. As he was getting ready to enter office, there were things in his life that we know about, and also things that they are claiming about him that are not true. So, you have the true and you have the error both there about him. We see that there is something going on in Israel, something is really happening.
Though All The People of The Earth…
I will come back to this, but I will go to Zechariah 12. This has been gone over many times, but I have seen something there that I want to say something about concerning Israel in the first three verses. “The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about.” That is the ones that surround Israel. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and the others. Of course, Saudi Arabia is more or less turned toward Israel, because they feel Israel can defend them in case of attack from Iran. They have more or less turned to them, but Jordan is wishy-washy. Because they are round about. During the riots in Gaza you had sixty-two people killed and fifty of them were Hamas people. They were Hamas and three were Islamic Jihad members, so all the people that were killed were not innocent people as the news media tries to make you think. They are people that have aim against Israel, all the smoke and all the tires that were burnt at that time, it adds up to something that they were trying to defeat. Israel has a fence along Jordan, they have a fence there that is electrified to let them know where trouble is going on. They have sightseeing places which are monitored by electronics to know where and what is going on around that fenced area. All of Israel is not walled, but it talks about it there in the 38th and 39th chapters of the book of Ezekiel about the fences will be torn down. That is going to be whenever Israel has their land back, not now. Not now because they still have that threat. But there is coming a time before the temple is built. Are we only two to three years off from the time that Israel gets her land back? It cannot keep going like this. They just celebrated their 70th birthday as a nation. It cannot keep going as it is in the land of Israel. “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about when they shall be in siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. (Now this is the verse I want you to see.) And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: (This is the world, I will make it a burdensome stone for all people.) all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” There is a word there, “though.” Though all the world: which whenever you put it like that, you are not saying that everywhere and everything is going to be against what Israel does. It said though all nations, that can leave the United States out of it, which I believe it to be. Because the man in there right now, I am not making him a righteous man, but somebody that keeps his word. He said he would change the embassy. So did Bush, so did Obama, so did Clinton. They all said they would change that to Jerusalem. Every six months they had a chance to do so, but they never did do it. Because it scared them, there were afraid they would not get their two-state solution. I am saying this morning there is not going to be a two-state solution. It is already determined in the word of the Lord that there will not be, because Israel is going to get all her land back from the Euphrates River, right on down to the river Egypt, when you come to the Red Sea there, that area, because that was Kadesh Barnea at the time Israel come through there, also there is the Sinai. So, you have that, though all nations. That can leave the United States out. I know it was quoted to me that all nations would be involved. No, it does not say that, it said though. Though all nations. If that word had not been in there, then there would have been no excuse. But here we have an excuse this morning. I am not preaching Trump as being a righteous man, but I am saying that he has more sense than the three previous presidents had all together. He has more sense than they did because he keeps his word, and what he says. There had to be somebody. There always must be somebody that will stand against evil or against what is going on concerning the word of God. The word of God will prevail through man tries to change it. Dismissing the word of God by saying that does not mean anything, is wrong. It does mean something. When God speaks it is fulfilled. I see the fulfilling of it from Moses unto Christ, from Isaiah unto Christ. It was all fulfilled. It was there before these happenings ever come about. It was there that Israel would get her land back, that she would own all that, as God promised unto Abraham. All these promises are true, especially for this day and time in which we live. We see Israel back in the land as God promised. We seen them go through a holocaust as promised in Jeremiah 16, the hunters would come in, they would be hunted in every mountain and hill. You see that happened in Germany and Poland whenever this took place. God sent His hunters because they would not listen to the fishers. Hitler killed one third of all the Jews. They did not recognize the word under those righteous men that tried to tell them back in the 1880’s and 1890’s, to move back to Israel. They did not listen. They had a good life, so they did not listen to the fishers. So, God sent the hunters. For seven years, or eight years, from 1937 all the way into 1944 and part of 1945, the war went on. We see the word of God more, more of it being fulfilled, than at any other time since the coming of Jesus Christ in the first advent. There is much that was wrote about Him, the whole New Testament is written about the coming of the Lord. We are fools if we do not listen, if we do not take heed to what the word of God says is coming. God has a ministry on hand that is telling us the truth, we need to live by what is being spoken. Let me read that verse again. “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” If this includes everyone, everywhere, then where is Israel going to go in that last half of the week? Where are they going if this is the case? There is one word here that changes the whole thing as far as I am concerned. If I say something to you and I put a “though” in it, then it is subject to change. God’s word does not change, but it does give a loophole there for America. The reason for that is that God has raised up somebody this morning to fulfill His will, just like He did Cyrus to fulfill His will. He raised up a man by the name of Trump to fulfill His will, even though he may never turn to Him. But he has a better chance than most of them before him, of seeing something, because there are many things that are happening in America in the last year and half, many things.
I want to go back to Isaiah 45:5, where I was at before and read some more. “I am the Lord, and there is none else, (There is no changing of His mind. If He says I am the Lord, and none else, where is the trinity? There must be two more up there with some say-so. Of course, the Son is there in God’s thoughts. It is going to be seven hundred years before this is fulfilled. I am the Lord, and there is none else…) there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me.” See? Here it is still speaking of the same thing. These big skyscrapers had the prints for years. There was no thought of God in that. That is why so many people were against him being president, because he did not look presidential, he did not act presidential. He acted like a television star. But there was that old bulldog in him. If he said something, he was not going to change his mind. You get in a position like that, you do not have to change your mind. We are in that position this morning as a ministry and you as people. We do not have to change our mind. If you have truth, why change it? If you have God on your side, why change it? Some might say, you are making too big a deal of this. We will see. Bro. Jackson used to say, wait and see. You do not have long to wait. I believe it is short enough that Bro. Turner will go in the rapture. This thing is right on us, we see it happening. It is all around us. Everybody in America is not going to be ready. There are two things going on, it is the Bride’s time and Israel’s time. “That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.” He keeps saying that. It is just plain dumb to believe that Jesus is God. There had to be an intercessor, someone interceding between you and God. “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” God is not evil, but He lets evil happen. The devil is evil. “Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it. Woe to him that striveth with his Maker! (Woe to him that striveth with his Maker.) Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? Or thy work, He hath no hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What beggest thou? Or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?” Young people are being coaxed and coaxed by professors and people that should know better, that there is no God, there is no profit in serving God. They say the Bible is just a myth.
Brought Down To Hell
Let us go to Matthew 11. I am going to change things I have been saying a little bit, going back to the message I have been on. Start with verse 20. “Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not.” The mighty works that He had done along the shores of Galilee, which is Capernaum, Peter’s home place. It was where his mother-in-law lived, who was healed. “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” He is talking about two cities, which at that time were outside the borders of Judea, along the coast between Israel and Lebanon there, which is close to Tel Aviv. Jesus more or less stayed away from that area because there were Gentile people living there. He said that He was only sent to the household of Israel. He is speaking, woe unto these two peoples, two cities. “Woe unto thee Chorazin! Woe unto thee Bethsaida! If the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” Kind of like it was in Nineveh when Jonah went there. That city was up for destruction. It had forty days before it was supposed to be destroyed. Jonah went and preached. There about two hundred thousand people in that city that did not know their left hand from the right, which would have been babies. He preached to the city and they listened. From the king on down, even to the animals, they did not eat for three days. The king put on sackcloth and ashes to show his repentance before God and before the prophet God had sent. Because the city was up for destruction in forty days. Jonah went there, preaching, after God had convinced him this was the thing to do. He did not like it. He did not like to preach to that bunch of Gentile people. ISIS just destroyed the tomb of Jonah a couple years ago. Jonah went there and preached. They repented in sackcloth and ashes. The city lasted another hundred and fifty years, because there was one man by the name of Jonah who went there. He was a stranger, preaching “Repent! Repent!” Walking up and down the streets, telling them to repent because they knew the evil they were doing. The United States does not know the evil they are doing, they just do it without any care. They are not going to listen to preachers, they are not going to listen to anybody. Whenever Trump met with a thousand preachers at one time, he told them, “You are too weak, you do not preach it like it should be because you are too weak.” Why do preachers get in the pulpit and refuse to preach truth? One preacher said, “If I did, I would lose eighty five percent of my congregation.” That has happened in this move today. Preachers were afraid to preach what they should preach, so they let it go on. What did they do? They lost their congregation anyway. Let us read further. “But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.” There are different degrees of punishment. It will be more tolerable for them in the day of judgment. Their sentence is not going to be the same. Why? Because truth was among them and they rejected it. They saw the miracles; they saw the signs. They saw the one that should come but they did not recognize it. Very few said, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. That meant they recognized that He was the Christ. The next verse, “And thou, Capernaum, (which was Peter’s mother-in-law’s place, where Jesus prayed for her and she was healed of a fever. She got up and ministered unto them. In other words, she got up and cooked. She did not get up and preach. Her life was a testimony. She got up and ministered unto them. There are a lot of ways that you can minister. Our life is a ministry, the days we live, the time we are living in, how we keep from evil and the things that are going on. Thou Capernaum…) which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which had been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” Even Sodom is not going to have the punishment as strongly as these, because truth was there and they did not listen to truth. They went on with their lifestyle. There is no city of Capernaum today. What happened? An earthquake took it down to hell. What is spewing out of Hawaii is hell. That is where the lost are going, into the heart of the earth. That is where it is prepared. Bro. Branham prophesied, “Oh Los Angeles, city of the angels, you have been exalted to heaven, you will be brought down to hell.” When do you think that is going to happen? I believe it will be when the greatest earthquake that has ever been known occurs, at the end of the tribulation. Because it will take a whole chunk of the earth completely under, into hell. Bro. Branham was standing in Los Angeles at the time and he told Billy Paul, the street we are standing on now, there will be sharks swimming in it one day. I know some people are worried, thinking this could happen at any time. But there has not been an earthquake that bad before. Think about Hawaii now: what would do in the wrath of God when these big tidal waves hit it California? Much of it will go under. San Francisco looks like a garbage dump. The homeless defecate in the streets. It is worse than a third world country. They get between cars and relieve themselves. There is no reason for me to ever go to San Francisco. I have never been there, so I have never lost anything. I do not care to see the Golden Gate Bridge. Things have become so bad that people are leaving the city, because they have taken everything they have for taxes. Forty five percent of their income is going for taxes. Think about that. Forty five percent and that does not include federal taxes. Who would want to live in a place like that? The government says, “I want this and then they want more.” Gas is over $4 per gallon in California. We went through Death Valley once; it was that price there. No wonder they call it Death Valley. Jesus said, “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which had been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” He called us babes. That is alright. I would rather be a babe in Christ than to be a part of this world. “Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he (and he) to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” It did not leave us out. No man knows the Father but the Son. Then He says of us, that we know Him because of the Son.
Seventh Vial: Wrath of God
Revelation 16:17. “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; (Into the air, that goes along with what Peter said.) and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.” God’s conclusion has come, it is over. “And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” It has not been since men. I do not know what happened before our creation, which has been six thousand years. So mighty an earthquake, since men… Which means it has happened before, before our creation. God’s judgment fell upon the earth in a mighty way, then He froze it up. He just turned the sun a little bit in its direction. That is what happens in the wintertime, the earth tilts away from the sun. That is why the nights get shorter here in America. “And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, (Look out, Hawaii. Look out, little islands, you are going to run. The Canary Islands are already split in half, ready to fall off on the east coast, which will destroy New York, Washington, Boston, all those places with a mighty wave of wrath. Great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. The fierceness of His wrath, that goes along with Matthew 24, verse 31. Ever island fled away…) and the mountains were not found.” The mountains were removed. What are they going to do? Who is going to be the newscasters that tell the story here? It will not be told. “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” They claim that when a tornado passes, the hail is created by bouncing that hail stone back up in the air, catching water. It catches water and freezes, then it catches again and freezes. That is what makes it so big. The more times it bounces up in the air, the bigger it gets. These are going to be so big. It is going to happen, and God is going to freeze it up. He is going to take it up and let it come down, about seventy-five pounds in weight. No wonder men will be running and crying to the rocks of the mountains.
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