Bro. Allen ended the last edition of The Contender in the book of Joshua. Joshua challenged the children of Israel to serve God and to enter a covenant with him. Joshua then raised up a stone pillar as a witness of their promise to continue to serve God. Bro. Allen is finishing up looking at the time of Joshua before moving on to look at something the Lord revealed to him concerning Armageddon and the 144,000.
I know I started out this series of messages to preach Hell Is Not Eternal, but I have added so many other things into it as I have gone along, that it is really two messages in one. I feel this is the direction God has led me to take.
The Generation That Overlived Joshua
We have lived through a time, where God has put it in our hearts to follow truth. Others that have turned away, they have turned their back on what has been preached. Some have lost their congregations. Some have had their churches fade away and go down to a just a small fraction of what they have had, and their young people have left them. Because there is nothing there to hold them. What do I mean? They are held by truth, that is a holds a group of believers together. Just like it is in the Tabernacle after Bro. Branham was gone, what happened? They began to organize. That is what Voice of God is, it is an organization instead of an organism. We believe in an organism, but we do not believe in an organization. Because the church works in the manner of an organism, but whenever you put it into an organization, then you put a stamp on it: this is what we believe, we will go no further. I know today that a lot of these men only quote what Bro. Branham said, they have no revelation of what is being preached. Because the light has gone out to them. That is the reason why many people have left, and some churches have lost their young people, and others have lost their entire congregation. Without saying any more about that, as I go back into this, I want to go back to Joshua 24:29. “And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old.” He lived a hundred and ten years. You see God is shortening the lives of people even compared to Moses and Aaron. He has cut off ten years. When you get down to David, then it is down to seventy years. God is cutting the time of man here, why? Because of pollution, because the earth is getting dirty. We see today how the wealthy and the scientists are seeking ways to live forever. Some have an idea they will make artificial organs and get them to replace their natural organs. They feel that they can live forever if they keep transplanting, and transplanting, and transplanting. Because they are looking for any way to live except with eternal life. That is funny, it really is, these educated people have become so ignorant. They are learned, but then they are unlearned, because they would not take the word of God. The secret to living forever is right in the word of God. Others are thinking about living on Mars. They are trying to say there is water on Mars. The government is fixing up that maybe within five or ten years from now, somebody can go to Mars. This is ignorant plans of ignorant people that are rich. They do not care about anyone else, just as long as they can live. It sounds funny, but they really are making plans like that. “It came to pass after these things that Joshua the son of Nun died being an hundred and ten years old. And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timmathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash. And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, (There had to be a connection from one generation to another, to enable the following generation to be able to fulfill the scripture, to be able to do what they had promised to do. The generation after Joshua had said we will serve the Lord, so those people did. But then another generation followed them. Today, the young people in their twenties do not want capitalism anymore. They are wanting the free things, because they are in debt from college and they have not learned anything. Many of them have moved back to their parents’ houses, whenever there are jobs out there for them, if they had studied for the right thing. But because they did not, then they have no place to go because they have not learned anything about life. They have just learned about all the freebies they can get. What they want really ends up to almost be communism. If what they want hold outs, things will be very different in another generation. This is like the ones who outlived Joshua, they went a different way. We are really are living in two generations of time after Bro. Branham. His generation was from the early 1900s, then the next generation came along while he was still living, and now after he is gone a third generation has came up. This scripture fits the time we are living in. The third generation is on the scene now. Bro. Jackson said there will not be thousands in America that will go in the rapture, there will be hundreds. But that number in America has shrunk. Some of you have lived through part of the generation of Bro. Branham, and some of you have lived through all the generation of Bro. Jackson when the fivefold ministry began. Now we are in the generation where the fivefold ministry is carrying on. Bro. Jackson was a part of that, because God called him and placed the ministry upon him, that he got his orders from God in 1965. He did not really understand what God had done until a couple years later when he had the dream where the letter was sent to him. It said, “I have called you to be an apostle, August 6, 1965.” This was on the heading of the letter that was given to Bro. Jackson in the dream. So people began to settle in on that and statements were made, there will never be another ministry beyond Bro. Jackson. Bro. Jackson did not say that. It was people that began to say that. It was ministers that began to say it. We see that God has raised up men to go beyond that. God has corrected that and we are going on tonight with fewer people, but with more dedicated people. Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua….) and which had known all the works of the Lord, that he had done for Israel.” That goes all the way back to what God had did as he led them out of Egypt. You have a generation that came out of Egypt, that saw the works of God in the days of Moses. They saw the works of God in the days of Joshua too. Then came a generation that had born after they left Egypt. They overlived those who came out of Egypt. They served the Lord too. We can use this as the type of us here today. I am not saying Bro. Branham was Moses and Bro. Jackson was Joshua, that has already happened, people have said that. But I am saying this is a type we can look at. We are living now in the time of those who have overlived the two ministries that were before us, which God had raised up. In Joshua’s time, the generation that over lived him continued to serve God. But the generation after that fell away.
Now I want to go on into the book of Judges here for a few verses. We will see what happens. We will see a marriage of an unkind nature as we look at these scriptures. “Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Cananites first, to fight against them? (God has made a choice.) And the Lord said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, (See? Moses and Joshua are both dead, but it is their kinfolks here that are speaking, that God had raised up. This third generation is still serving God. Judah said unto Simeon his brother….) Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him.” These are the two that inhabited everything below Jerusalem, including Jerusalem during the bible days. This position in the land will change in the Millennium. We see that if we look at the book of Ezekiel. “And Judah went up; and the Lord delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men. And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites. But Adonibezek fled; and they pursed after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.” Why did they do that? Why did they not just go ahead and slay him? He answered it himself. “And Adonibezek, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died. Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire. And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley. And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron:(now the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Tamai. And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher: And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?” This is what happened in this third generation. Let us go down to the 21st verse. “And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.” See? You see the bad marriages. There was compromise that happened in the third generation. They did not drive them out as they were commanded, but they were willing to take them in. So in our lives, this is an example, it happens in every tribe from here after this. They all begin to intermarry. “And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the Lord was with them. And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name of the city before was Luz.) And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will shew the mercy. (We find that he did.) And when he shewed them the entrance into the city, they smote the city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the man and all his family. And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built a city a city, and called the name thereof Luz: which is the name thereof unto this day. Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean (We were there on the trip.) and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.” You see here the failure of this third generation, the generation that had lived overlived Joshua. It is just like it is now in the time that we are living in. The people that have overlived the time of Bro. Jackson have now turned into different ways of thinking and different ways of doing things. I do not have to read it, but every tribe from here on down did the same thing. They were willing to take in the inhabitants of the land and they become part of their family, of their people. So this is what happens whenever Jesus said, when the spirit is driven out of a man, then what does he do? He is left with a clean house. That clean house has got to be inhabited. It will be inhabited by some spirit. It had to be inhabited. Jesus said it was a clean house, but then here comes seven other spirits more wicked than the first one that inhabited it. So you can see the last fate of that man is worse than the first.
I want to go to the New Testament, to Matthew 12:43-45. “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.” In other words, whenever God deals with a person and delivers him, there has got to be something to fill that empty space. Because He is talking here about something being made clean. We have seen that through time. Men have a good start, and their life is cleaned up, but then they drift back to the world. Back in the 13th chapter of John, Jesus said, after Judas was gone, “I am your Lord and Master, but you are my friends.” There must be a time and a place that He speaks to you and lets you know that you are His. That has to be understandable. “Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.” All clean, garnished up: in other words a little bleach has been put in it. The cobwebs are gone. There is no longer that stain, it is swept and garnished. After that he comes and finds it swept and garnished, but he is not ready to enter in. Why? “Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, (See? It is just a mild thing, just like Satan came to Eve. You know that is not true, just follow me a little bit, do you want to be elevated to another position? She was looking for something that was going to give her that lofty position, but she did not know the other side of it. More wicked than himself,) and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of than man is worse than the first. (See? He is talking about it like it is a house.) Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.” He is talking of our generation too, because this is the last generation. This is the last hope that Satan has to destroy the church. He is willing to dismiss that crowd because he wants to enter in here, into the peoples lives, not only here, but other places. He is not satisfied to let one person live for God. He is going to pour everything he has into that one thing.
Let us go to the Luke, 12:35-37. “Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, (He goes back to the ministry, he goes back to our responsibility, blessed are those servants….) whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching: (How many are really watching. It tells you how many servants there are. God has imparted enough understanding to us that we are able to watch. Blessed are those servants whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching…) verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.” That is at the wedding supper. My, what an experience is waiting for the children of God. You may have had things that excited you, the first car you got, then you got older, the first house you got, or the first good job you got. You told everybody about it. You showed people your house. You showed people your new car, especially young men. You listened to that thing run, it sounds wonderful. But here in this, whenever He comes, your race is over, you have done crossed the finish line. Now we are sitting down to the meal of our life. I am not just talking about eating, I am talking about an expression, something that we can sit down to and enjoy because the Saviour himself is before us. You feel His presence now in the songs that are sung and the messages that are brought, but what then? What is He going to do? He is going to say, well done my good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many. That is going to happen, yes. This is on God’s agenda, God does not lie. Let us go now to Luke 17:22. “And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightening, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Even thus: I remember Bro. Branham going over that. As it was in the day, even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. This is when He is revealed. Bro. Jackson said that the last thing there would be revelation to, would be the revelation of the Godhead. As we have come through time, God has presented more and more and more on that, than what we ever knew. It is God’s purpose to do so, it is not my purpose. I would have been satisfied like it was, but it was not to be that way. Because there was to be more understanding on it than we had. But as you come to St. John 13:13-17, “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” He is talking here about His position and our position in the ministry as we walk with the Lord. We never elevate our own self to some kind of lofty position, which the Lord has not elevated us to. We only have a plateau to where God will accept us as servants of God, or as people of God. God will never over-do His spirit. That is why I was going back into Judges there. The people there were willing to live with the people God had cursed. As we live in this hour, we are commanded by the word of God, as Paul said to Timothy, I charge you. A charge is upon the ministry, preach the word, be instant in season, out of season. All that goes down in time. He said, “I am now ready to be offered up, Titus, Demas, and Crescans have left me because they loved this present world.” Look at it tonight. Look at what is left. As I went over that scripture awhile ago, the lives that once presented themselves as a holy people, now today they are on the golf course with their shorts on. Knobby kneed old men, looks like they would be ashamed. I would be ashamed of you if I saw you. Women with their short dresses, what are they trying to do? A garbage can lures flies. That is hard, I realize that. But in this time we are living in, as it says in Ephesians 5, God is looking for a clean life, not one that has trashed themselves in the world, but someone that can live above that. Young people, I feel for you. You are going to school with a bunch of degenerate young people that have no respect for themselves. They tell their parents what they are going to do, because there is a law that you cannot strike them. Who made up that law? Who made the law to put the ACLU in office? They can determine what you can say and what you cannot say. They are ready to pounce on something that they have no business with. Nobody elected them. You have all these people out here marching, wanting this free, wanting that free. Somebody is paying for all their free stuff. Free college, free everything. Free sports. They have a soccer team in Louisville. They started building them a stadium for $26 million dollars. Do you know what? The cost already increased to $50 million. A lot of it will be paid by the taxpayers’ money. I will not get any enjoyment out of it. Here we see how the nation is prospering and they want to do something to get the president in trouble so they can impeach him. It does not matter what happens to the nation. They do not care what happens, and they said so. We live in a troublesome time, but the answer is not going to be pretty. There will be an answer to it. I believe George Washington’s vision. That is why we are preaching be ready, be watching. If you watch you can find out a lot of things. Through watching we know what hour we are living in. I know Israel is going to get her land back. I do not care how many maps they put up in Europe that show Israel is Palestine. We are going to find out who is Israel very shortly. There are going to be no Palestinian flags there. That star of David flag is going to fly over Jerusalem and over the temple. Some of them are after Trump to give them money to build the temple now. I do not care if he has to slip it under the table to do so. I will give my part. Here we are right down here at the end, down here at the end of Potters Lane. We are in the Potter’s house and He is working on us. He is still working on us. Thank the Lord for that.
Stone Cut Out Without Hands
Let us read Daniel 2, starting in the 31st verse. “Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.” He sees the form of something that is so mixed, so out of joint. But he is speaking of the golden head here. “This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, (The material is becoming less precious as you go down.) his belly and his thighs of brass; (He comes all the way down to the legs. This is what carries the whole body, the legs. The hands are important, the chest part is important. Then to the leg part is important. He is telling about kingdoms that are going to rise up after Nebuchadnezzar.) His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.” These kingdoms go all the way from the time Daniel is living in, on into the Dark Ages and beyond. These four kingdoms that are going to cover that period. “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet (Not upon his head, not upon his chest, not upon his thighs, but his feet. It goes all the way from the legs to the feet, because the feet is important for the endtime, as he is talking about it here. He is looking at the endtime when it will be smote, but it will be smote in the feet because they are iron and miry clay. The feet….) that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, (Which is when the Millennium rule of Jesus Christ begins.) and filled the whole earth.” The most important thing in all of this comes is the end where the stone smites the whole feet of the thing, which will be in the time of Matthew 24, Revelation 16, and Joel 3. This is part of the end time. Each part represents a nation that rose to power through time. The legs would be of iron, which goes into the Roman kingdom that rose up. As you come to the legs, that is when Constantine divided the kingdom between Rome and Constantinople. It was divided in two for many years. The thighs, which came before the legs, represent the Greek kingdom, which ruled up until the time of the Maccabees. The Roman Empire entered Israel during the time of the Maccabees, at first as a peaceful friend to Israel, but it was all to gain strength. As they did, they took over the everything all the way from Europe into the parts of the body that are spoken of in Revelation 13. But as all that came – the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, the gold – it was broken to pieces and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloor. You know what the chaff is, that is what is stripped away from the wheat grains. This is what it is going to be after Jesus Christ and the Bride get through with doing what they are going to do according to Revelation 19, what they are going to do to the beast at that time. The wind carried them away where no place was found for them. In other words, the whole thing is eliminated. That Roman spirit is completely gone. That no place was found for them, and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. “This is the dream; and we (We: what does he mean? He had three other young men praying with him concerning this, because Daniel went to talk to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, to tell them to pray about this situation. But it was revealed unto Daniel. So when Daniel says we, he is recognizing the other three Hebrew children. This is the dream….) and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.” Of course, he is talking about God, that He will tell the interpretation through them. “Thou, O king, art a king of kings: (The most important of all because it is the head of gold. We see that as we look at this.) for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.” See how he speaks of that. God’s judgment of Israel has been given into Nebuchadnezzar’s hand. Because God, in Deuteronomy 28, has told Israel what will happen to them, that they will be scattered, they will be carried around into all the nations of the earth if they did not listen. They did not listen, and this is the beginning of it. You are going to see the ending of it in Revelation 10 when we get there. “And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, (silver is inferior to gold) and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.” In other words, it is expanding from one part unto another part, to another one. It is not just taking in Israel and the Middle East, but it is expanding beyond that. Babylon became a great place that attracted many people, as a place for entertainment. Horses and chariots ran races upon the wall of city, I think it was thirty some miles around it. It was wide enough for horses to race upon the top of it.
“And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: (In other words it is going to break all these others up and become over them.) and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; (That is into the ten toes, which is ten nations that came when Rome broke up, which they will become the ten kingdoms who are part of the beast when it returns to power in the last seven years of time. So we see here the spreading of the Roman kingdom all the way from the middle east to the Atlantic Ocean.) but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.” See? It could never stand like that. “And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, (It was a mixture of strong kingdoms and weak kingdoms. Clay and iron does not mix, and you see how those ten nations of Europe could not get along, and could not work together. Then there was also the mixture of imperial rule and religious rule as the Catholic system became stronger and stronger.) so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the weed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” Even today as we see it in these kingdoms how they are somewhat working together. You go over lines kind of like going over states. But then they still have their differences. They are not the same. Poland is not the same as Germany. Poland is a poorer nation. Germany is one of the richer nations. You can see there the mix of it. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Look at what the Bride of Christ can look forward to. Whenever we think about ruling and reigning with Christ, it is not going to be a little thing, it is going to be something big and something great. “Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, (Man did not have anything to do with it. It is all in God’s hands. When Jesus comes back, He is going to come back with a piercing sword out of His mouth, riding upon a horse with the Bride of Christ riding with Him. Brothers and sisters, this is amazing, what He is going to do to that family of God. It makes us all want to do better and live better in this time we are living in, because of the great promises God has for His children. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands….) and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” Daniel re-saw what Nebuchadnezzar had seen. Nebuchadnezzar wanted an answer. He said, if I tell you the dream, then you will just gain the time. He knew they would just delay until it did not matter anymore. That is what they are doing in Washington today. They keep putting off, putting off, putting off. “Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, (He did not gain much from this.) and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret. Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel requested of the king, (See? This goes back to where he said “we”, because he knew these men were praying. Daniel requested of the king….) and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.” Daniel had a lofty position at that time, in the kingdom.
The Day of the Lord
Now I want to go to a few verses starting in Joel 3:9. “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.” These little nations in the east, like North Korea. It looks like they are backing out on the deal that they had made with Trump. China is standing behind them. They have not quit making their nuclear material. They are still working on that. We have three of our soldiers back that were killed in the Korean War. We got three of them back and we got some other things accomplished, but it looks like it is all fizzling out, that it is not going any further. What does the scripture say: “Let the weak say I am strong.” See? They are saying that right now, which it does not mean that they are actually strong. But it says, let the weak say I am strong. “Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: (Which is the Megiddo valley.) for there will I sit to judge all the heaven round about.” These nations are coming into the valley of Jehoshaphat which is the Megiddo valley, in Israel, which is the breadbasket of the nation of Israel. “Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: (according to Revelation 14) come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: (This speaks of another thing, they have made their stand there, and this has become a decision point. Because the west is not going to let them come any further than right there in Israel. They are going to meet them there and stop them. That is why it is called the valley of decision. It is a decision that this is where the final war is going to happen. Here they come, but it is already foretold in the Bible, this is the place where their decision is going to be to go to war. This is where the final outset of the war shall take place, after the west has defeated the east, then the God of heaven sends His Son with the Bride of Jesus Christ to take over the earth. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision….) for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. (The day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.) The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.” (That is mentioned in Matthew 24:29-31.) “The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, (In other words, His voice is coming out of Zion. The Lord shall roar. Whenever He roars, something happens. It is not a still small voice, it is a roar like a great thunder. The Lord shall roar out of Zion. Zion is in Jerusalem.) and utter his voice from Jerusalem; (See? This is as far as you go. You will go no farther.) and the heavens and the earth shall shake: (This is where it talks about it in Isaiah, when the earth shall reel and rock as a drunkard. The heavens and the earth shall shake….) but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” That was the final war, just before the return of Christ. This battle of Armageddon is what God had those angels holding back. Why was it being held back? Because there was something that needed to be accomplished in that time, something that had to be accomplished before the end could come. Let us find out what that is.
The Sheep Are From All Nations
Now I want to go to Revelation 10:8 and pick up one verse there. “And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.” I have gone over this. This is a twofold meaning. The first part of this is for the Bride of Christ as the seal is opened. You have the thunder messengers, which closes out that part of the Bride of Christ and then the book is still open, because it becomes not only a book of people that are Bride people, it is not only that, but it comes down to the Jewish people here and to the world as far as that is concerned. The little book is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth, going right back to the first part of the chapter. “And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.” This goes into the two prophets, then from the two prophets into the 144,000. How do we know it does? We will see. I want to read that 9th verse again. And I went unto the angel and said unto him, Give me the little book. He said unto me, Take it and eat it up, it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. “And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in mouth sweet as honey; and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.” In other words, it gave him heartburn. Why? You go back to Ezekiel and see why. Because it is bitterness, it is things that God is going to do in the earth whenever he sees this his belly becomes bitter. This 11th verse is where I want to go to. This is the final part of the two prophets message, before you go into the 11th chapter. But this is beyond the 11th chapter. This happens in the last part of the week, but this is the two prophets message to the 144,000. How do we know? Listen. “And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, (Thou must prophesy again before many peoples…) and nations, and tongues, and kings.” The 144,000 are going to continue to carry the message on after the two prophets leave the scene, and they will have a role in fulfilling this verse and carrying the message around the world. Listen to the beast, which we see in Revelation 13. He said thou must prophesy again before many peoples, that is nations. And nations, and tongues, and kings. I saw some people trying to explain this, from Matthew 25. Let us go back there and start with verse 31. “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: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 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.” See? It is already determined who will be there. Because the kingdom is prepared for them from the foundation of the earth, these sheep people. God has already made up His mind from the foundation of the earth. He made up His mind who would be there and who would not be there. He already knew who would be sheep and He knew who would be goats. The reason I read this, some say there are goat nations and sheep nations, which is not so. Because no one nation is going to be a sheep nation. Whenever it says there in Revelation 10, before many people and kings. This has many connections. Because God is speaking His word unto a people that are going to inherit a kingdom. That is what has been in His mind all along, even from the very beginning. He is going to have a kingdom. We see in Revelation 10, nations, kings, and tongues, which includes everybody. These 144,000 have originated from other countries. We know that. All the middle east, even into India, even into China, even in Africa. So you have these Jews, 144,000 with representatives from each tribe. Young men that have gathered in Israel to hear the two prophets. Just as it was in the beginning when the Holy Ghost fell, you had sixteen different nations there, which were all Jews. There were Medes, Persians, all of this, this was Jewish people. You have Jews in Iraq, you have Jews in Iran, all these different countries in the middle east, Africa, and Europe. They are giving the Jews a hard time in Europe. Many of them are fleeing from Europe today. France and Germany hate the Jews. They are doing all they can to disrupt their lives. We have people in the United States that hate Jews, but it is more friendly with the Jewish people than other nations. Some nations will not let them escape, like Russia. The reason for all this is to bring a people back to Israel to gather in Jerusalem to hear those two prophets. Whenever they do, they are going to be able to go back before kings, before people, before nations, before tongues. Why does he say tongues? He is talking about languages. Many of them have learned many different languages. Here they are, they are not just sheep nations, they are sheep people in nations. They will go back to warn them, saying “Stay away, do not take the mark of the beast.” We read that in Revelation 14 sometimes and overlook the message of the 144,000. But this is what the 14th chapter is all about, it is all about the message of the 144,000 and where they take their message.
The Gospel is Preached to All Nations
Revelation 14:9. “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast (This is them, preaching. The angel is not preaching the gospel. It is men, these 144,000. No doubt they will go two by two as they travel the earth. The third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, 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, (See? This is a warning. This is a warning to the goat people. If you do this, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God….) which is poured out without mixture (God is not going to hold back. Hollywood will be gone. All these great men will be on the receiving end of God’s wrath, politicians, singers, country music stars, all these different people that are sticking their necks out, crying out against decency and godliness. When a nation could be a bright city on the hill, like the United States started out to be, instead this is what will come upon mankind. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture….) into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.” You go all the way into the judgment after the Millennium. “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 patience of the gentile foolish virgins and the Jewish remnant.) 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: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” This is the last message unto the foolish virgins and to that Jewish remnant that shall give their lives for the gospel of Jesus Christ. The 144,000 will be raptured right after their message is over. They are not going to go through to the end of that great tribulation when God is going to destroy mankind. No, they are going to be able to go to heaven, and they already spread their message to prepare a people who will go into the Millennium. They have done their part, they have kept a people away from the mark of the beast. They have warned the people about the beast.
Armageddon Held Back
Let us go to Revelation 7:1-3 next. “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, (I remember Bro. Jackson making a statement on that. To the world it seemed like these angels are all over, but that is not the case here. They were standing there between the east and the west, there at the Euphrates River. That is where they were standing, because you see that later on in the 16th chapter, as it says to loose them that were bound in the Euphrates River. Now these angels were standing in that place whenever the two prophets began to prophesy at the start of the Week of Daniel. They were standing in place because something was getting ready to happen in the middle east. The east and west are being held back from Armageddon by these angels. But we find the four angels standing there are holding this back at the start of the Week of Daniel, holding it back until the 144,000 had fulfilled their ministry. Their ministry carries on a message they received from the two prophets. So the 144,000 have in part the same message as the two prophets. They leave those two prophets and then go out to tell the people of the world to stay away from the beast and its image and its mark. So all the time these two prophets are preparing the 144,000, those angels are holding back Armageddon. There is something that would happen if they those angels did not hold it back, because this is the way it reads here. After these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth. As I said, that is at the Euphrates River.) holding the four winds of the earth, (In other words they are holding back the armies of the west and of the east. They are standing there at the Euphrates River because this is the separation between the east and west. As the beasts started out under Nebuchadnezzar, it started out there at the Euphrates River. Then it crawled over into Iran and so on as time goes on. But anyway, those spirits that would cause Armegeddon are already working in that part of the world whenever the two prophets are on the scene. That is why these four angels are standing there, it is to hold something back from happening too soon. Let us read the first verse and we will see. After these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth…..) that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, (See? Another angel ascending from the east) having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not (hurt not) the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” Where do you see the servants of God that he is talking about? Where do you see them? It is in the 14th chapter. There they stand, sealed in their foreheads. Because this thing has been held back for that length of time, so they could be sealed during the ministry of the two prophets. That is the 144,000. The woman of Revelation 12 is not in the picture in Revelation 14. She is hiding in another place, according to Revelation 12. But she hears the two prophets message. She does not hear the 144,000 because that is not to her, because she goes into her place, there to abide in her place until the end of the week. This all came to me the other night, within a few seconds of time. If God speaks to you, then He does not have to say too many words. I am not saying spoken to me, it was in my mind, that is where it was planted. I had not looked at it in this way before. I had not even thought of it in this way before until this come about.
Ministry of the Two Prophets
So I want to go from there to Revelation 11. This angel here is speaking to the two prophets. You will see it there, but you see something else in that also. That 11th verse of the 10th chapter, “Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” We will find where that is again, and who it applies to. Because these two prophets are going to prophesy to the world, through television and the internet. But they are planted there in Jerusalem, they are not going to leave Israel. Now this is the two prophets. “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” When is he going to do that? It has got to be at the beginning of the week whenever he is measuring it. There was given me a reed like unto a rod, and the angel stood saying, Rise, measure the temple of God. How is he going to measure something that is not there? So Israel has their temple and the revival has begun, we find what revival is in the 12th, 13th, and 14th chapters of Zechariah. Of course the altar is where the sacrifices are made. They are measuring that because it has to be a certain measurement, as in Ezekiel 40 through 46, there has to be a certain diameter it is going to be and the angel here is saying measure it. But if it was not there, there would be no way he could measure it. It said the altar and them that worship therein. He is not measuring them to see how tall they are, he is counting them. Because there is just a certain amount of people that are going to be there to receive. There will be other people there, just like there are in America, there will be more people there, but he is not measuring them all. He is only measuring them that are going to amount to something in the kingdom of God. The rest of it is just God’s way of getting rid of it. “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; (The court, the outside, which is not finished, he is leaving that out, that is not finished. So he is saying measure it not. Leave out and measure it not….) for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” Now we see here this will go back to the 11th chapter of Daniel. “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” Three and a half years, clothed in sackcloth. They are kind of funny looking, two men out there in sackcloth. Here they are standing there, dressed in sackcloth. Sackcloth is a state of mourning. What did it say in the 10th chapter of Revelation? What did it talk about there? He talked about when they eat this it is going to be sweet as honey, but whenever it is over then it makes their stomach bitter. It is not because they have dread of what they are preaching, but is because they have dread of what they are seeing, the thing which they will have to face. Because they know they are right. Whenever a person knows they are right, it only comes by the revelation of God that you know whether you are right or wrong. “These are the two olive trees, (which goes back to the 3rd or 4th chapter of Zechariah) and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.” The candlesticks represent the prophets. “And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” This is given to them from God. He has already prophesied it to them. They do not have to stand out there and pray like Elijah did, because it is already given to them, because there are going to be circumstances where they are not going to have time to pray. But at the time, at that instant, they will do what they have to do in order to preserve their own lives. Their lives are the most important thing here in this prophecy because they have something to fulfill. They have a message to preach, we see that as we look at this. If any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth. In other words, judgement, that is what he is talking about, fire. It is just a fiery judgment, whatever they speak. If they speak to lightning, it comes. If they speak to the hail, it comes. Whatever is the necessary thing. They are not standing there with armed with guns. They are not standing there with a weapon in their hands. They are standing there with the power of God. That is what they are doing. If any man will hurt them fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devoureth their enemies. If any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. That is the same thing that happened with Elijah whenever Ahab sent his men out, fifty at a time, to go against Elijah. Elijah just called for fire from heaven. It struck them down. It struck the next bunch down. But there was a righteous man in the third bunch. He pleaded for his life because he recognized God was in this. They have power to shut the heavens that it rain not in the days of their prophecy. They have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all manner of plagues, as often as they will. “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit (That is the spirit of that beast system. You remember in the 16th chapter of Revelation, how there are three frogs come out of the mouth of the beast and the false prophet. When the two prophets have finished their prophecy, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit….) shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies (Here is something I want to look at, going back to the 11th chapter of Daniel. Their dead bodies….) shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” You see shadows of that happening now. The gay marchers and stuff like that. The pope at that time is going to be a part of that. That is exactly what it is talking about, you see that in the book of Daniel. We will go there in a minute. “And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up into heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.” It did not change them, they looked at it. Now Let us go back to the book of Daniel, the 11th chapter, starting with the 36th verse. “And the king shall do according to his will; (He is doing as he pleases, God gave him that the last half of the week.) and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: (Of course to the end, when it is accomplished.) for that that is determined shall be done.” It is already determined that it shall be done. “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, (That fits exactly the 11th chapter of Revelation. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women….) nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: (war, forces) and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.” It goes on down through there to tell what he is going to do. He takes the land of Israel, divides the land of Israel, what does he do with it? He gives it to the sons of Lot and Esau. Why? To stick his finger in the eyes of the Jews, that is exactly why he does it. Because he hates the Jews. Yet he comes in through flattery. He is two-faced.
Ministry of the 144,000
I want to go back to Revelation 14:1. “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.” This is looking and the end of the 144,000. But where did they come from? What did I read in the 7th chapter? Let us go to the 3rd verse. “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” This is speaking of the 144,000. The two prophets already have the spirit of God, and through their message the 144,000 will be saved. What has happened? They have received the spirit of God, they are sealed. Back to Revelation 14. “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, (These 144,000 who were saved and sealed in chapter 7, here they are now are singing before the throne.) and before the four beasts, and the elders: (Which are already there at that time. This shows you something has happened to take them from the earth and into heaven before the throne of God. The Old Testament patriarchs, they are already in heaven, because they raised after Christ’s resurrection. That is why the elders are there already. Let me read that again. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, which represents the Bride people. Because the Bride is already there. The Bride is already in heaven. She is already there at the marriage supper. This was planned before the world was ever recognized, before the foundation of the world. So, brothers and sisters, we have a longevity. We might have been born 81 years ago like I was. That is a long time. But I had a longevity that reached back until before the earth was ever formed. Because the spirit of God had already recognized us, because you were called before the foundation of the earth. What a wonderful thing, predestination. They sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders….) and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.” Nobody could sing that song, why? Because they can sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. We cannot sing that song, we can only sing the song of the Lamb. But they can sing both songs because they came through the Law as the two prophets preached their message. What are they doing? They are giving animal sacrifice. The animal sacrifice they are giving brings them to Christ. This is what the two prophets message will be. Their message is not to kill people. Their message is to bring people out. But people will be killed because they are trying to interrupt the plan of God. But the spirit of God will not allow that until their message is over, in the 11th chapter of Revelation. Their message is over at the middle of the week. Then the three woes start. As we are looking at this, we are looking at the 144,000 that have been called out. That is why the four angels were standing there at the river Euphrates, holding back Armageddon. They sang as it were a new song before the throne: I want you to get it. That is the reason I keep going over it. And before the four beasts and the elders. How are they singing it before them if they are not there? Why is it so hard for people to understand? They must be taken to heaven for this to be fulfilled. They are singing it in heaven. And no man could learn that song but the 144,000, which were redeemed from the earth.
Let me say something here.Whenever I go over some of these things, I know I am for responsible for what I say, but I am not responsible for the revelation. Because it is God’s revelation. But as we look at this, I am not taking anything away from Bro. Branham, he did his part. The message, the voice, came from him right on through Bro. Jackson’s voice. Then into our voice. Because it cannot be mixed up, it has got to be right in order for seven thunders to utter. What are they uttering? They are finishing up the message that was started, especially in 1963. 1963 opened all this up for us to begin to have an understanding. Because God did something. Bro. Branham said, if you will receive it, this is the third pull. But many people are still looking for Bro. Branham to come back and do miracles. Bro. Branham is not coming back. He is coming up. His spirit is already in heaven, but his body is not.
“These are they which were not defiled with women; (Which are the harlot and her daughter in Revelation 17.) for they are virgins. (This Messianic message that is going on in the earth, will never affect them. They are virgins. They will not ever be baptized in a trinity baptism, never. Because they are virgins. They did not have their name on a church book some place. They are virgins. They are not defiled by denominational systems. For they are virgins….) These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” In other words they separated themselves, two by two, going back to the lands where they came from. Jews have been scattered everywhere in the world. As you have the revival, then the Jews get stirred and they come back, because what is happening? You take the two prophets, they have received the message of what they are going to preach. Then the ones who hear have come from other parts of the world. Most of the Jews in Israel were not born there. Then when they hear that message, they go back there where they came from in the middle of the week. They will go back to where they came from, because they know the people, they speak the language. Just like Paul. Paul was born in Tarsus. So he was able to relate to Gentile people. Here is the message. “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, (Now listen. What did I read awhile ago in Revelation 10:11? This sounds familiar. 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. Saying with a loud voice, (It is a gospel telling them, “Stay away! Stay away from this religious system! Stay away from the mark of the beast!” They are warning people. God is keeping them alive like He did those two prophets until their message is fulfilled. Saying with a loud voice….) Fear God, and give glory to him; for the house of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” They are not preaching a message that will add souls to the church. The church is gone when this happens. It is a prophecy warning them to stay away from those things that are happening at that time. For the hour of judgment is come and worship Him that made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of waters. These 144,000 have the seal of God. They have the Holy Ghost. But there are no Gentiles that can receive the Holy Ghost at the time of their prophecy. The Jews are called out, the woman of Revelation 12, but the they do not have the Holy Ghost. They have an experience with God, but they are not filled with the Holy Ghost. God’s imprint is upon that woman of Revelation 12, to lead them. The gentile foolish virgins have the spirit of God. We see what happens to them in the 15th chapter, as they are upon the sea of glass, that burns, which means they have gone through the tribulation and died. That is what he is talking about. “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, (It goes to the 17th chapter.) is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
Armageddon Let Loose
I want to go to Revelation 16:12 now. Let us look at the sixth vial. “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” See? This is where the four angels are standing, at the river Euphrates, separating that east and west to hold back Armageddon. The angels stopped holding Armageddon back when the sixth trumpet, which is the second woe, sounds at the middle of the Week of Daniel, and then things start gradually building up to it until you come to the sixth vial. It is a miracle that Jerusalem survives Armageddon. Because it is within forty miles from the Megiddo valley. It is a miracle of God that it stands. God is preserving it. He is preserving His temple. This is the only temple that will be built, that third one. It will not be torn down and another one built. No. “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, (which is the devil) and out of the mouth of the beast, (which is Europe) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Three spirits, they are all in relationship with the devil . That is what they are, devils. Spirits like frogs. “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles.” What did I read in the 11th chapter of Daniel? The Antichrist worships the god of forces. These unclean spirits are working to cause Armageddon.
Let us go next to Revelation 9:16. “And the sixth angel sounded, (Sixth angel, sixth trumpet) and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.” See what I was talking about? “And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, (See? They had to stay there until that time come. God is precise. The four angels were loosed which were prepared for an hour. God has it defined down even to the hour. It is all setting there ready to happen. But within an hour’s time, they have made up their mind. The year he is talking about is already prepared before God. For an hour….) and a day, and a month, and a year, (I do not know when that is. I know it is right at the end and I do not want to be here. A day, a month and a year….) for to slay the third part of men.” Of course it is the men in the middle east. These two warring people coming together. “And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.” Which is two hundred million people, that is a big army. And they are all destroyed. “And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.” Which will be their warfare. Bro. Jackson said it will not be a nuclear war because that would destroy the earth. It would destroy Jerusalem and all of that. It is going to be a regular warfare where they fight and blow up things. That is what is going to happen. “By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.” Of course, that is planes and tanks and helicopters. But the men are driven by evil spirits. “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, (Why? Because they have already sold themselves to the beast. That is the eastern nations have all got to come together to make up that big body of warfare. The rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold….) and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk. Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” They cannot repent, even though they see their wickedness. But it is embedded, ground into their minds, that they are going to do this against the will of God.
Let us go back to Revelation 16:14. “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles.” The miracles they are working is bringing together weapons and soldiers and building armies. They showed a robot that Russia has created, to fight their wars instead of men. They have one that is five thousand pounds. I saw it standing there, five thousand pounds. But they said it cannot move. It will not be much use to them, will it? Too much weight there if they cannot get something to move it. Russia will already be out of the picture when Armegeddon happens. “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. and he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Which is the Megiddo valley. “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 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.” This is since men have been upon the earth. I do not know about before men were upon the earth. There could have been some great big earthquakes before man was on the earth. “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, and the mountains were not found. 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.”
Continued in the next edition…