God Reveals Himself, Part 2 – 1986, May


WE ENDED PART ONE IN JOHN, CHAPTER 6, WHERE JESUS WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW HE CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, NOT TO DO HIS OWN WILL, BUT THE WILL OF THE FATHER WHICH HAD SENT HIM, AND WE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS NOT THE PHYSICAL MAN THAT CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, BUT RATHER IT WAS THE EXPRESSED THOUGHT OF THE FATHER, THAT CAUSED THAT LITTLE GERM OF LIFE TO BE IN THE WOMB OF MARY, THAT ACTUALLY CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN. THEREFORE AS WE PICK UP OUR THOUGHT ON HOW GOD REVEALS HIMSELF, WE WANT TO LOOK AT SOME MORE SCRIPTURE, THAT WILL OPEN IT UP TO US EVEN FURTHER. LET ME SAY THIS THOUGH, UNLESS THE SAME SPIRIT THAT ANOINTED THESE VARIOUS MEN TO WRITE THESE SCRIPTURES, ANOINTS US TO UNDERSTAND THEM, THEY WILL JUST BE SO MANY WORDS. THEREFORE LET US PRAY THAT HE WILL OPEN OUR UNDERSTANDING, AND ALLOW US TO GET A REVELATION THAT WILL LIFT US ABOVE ALL OF THIS RELIGIOUS CONFUSION IN THE WORLD TODAY. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SEE GOD, ALL

THE WAY FROM GENESIS 1:1 TO REVELATION 22:21, WITHOUT HAVING TO WONDER IF HE IS ONE TWO, THREE, OR A HALF A DOZEN. NOW A STATEMENT LIKE THIS MAY SOUND A LITTLE STRANGE, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE HEARD AS MANY OPINIONS ABOUT GOD, AS I HAVE, YOU CANNOT HELP BUT WONDER, WHAT ACTUALLY DO SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE ABOUT GOD? THAT IS WHY HELPING PEOPLE GET A TRUE REVELATION OF THE GODHEAD, HAS BECOME SUCH A SPECIAL CONCERN OF MINE, FOR ALL THE BEAUTIFUL TREASURES OF REVELATION ARE ACTUALLY LOCKED UP IN THAT ONE THING. AS LONG AS ANYONE BELIEVES GOD IS THREE PERSONS, ALL EQUAL IN AUTHORITY, THERE ARE AN AWFUL LOT OF SCRIPTURES THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO IGNORE, FOR THEY CANNOT POSSIBLY EXPLAIN THEM. THEREFORE WE HAVE DETERMINED TO APPROACH THIS MESSAGE FROM THE STAND POINT OF SHOWING THE VARIOUS WAY THIS ONE SOVEREIGN GOD REVEALS HIMSELF THROUGH THE BIBLE, AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE THAT MANIFESTATION WAS TO ACCOMPLISH, SO LET US CONTINUE ON. WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURES

We received a letter from a man, a minister that has been on the Contender mailing list for quite some time now. He was here on Sunday morning when I preached a message, and as I now look back over some of the notes the man sent, I realize that there are actually some things in the Bible , that when you begin to preach them, people start to get nervous. It seems that they get their mind fixed in a certain channel, and they just simply cannot look at certain other scriptures. They look at them, but they have no meaning, no bearing on the subject. I copied it all down, and now as I look back at the things I brought out about the Godhead, the oneness and everything, I can see that the man’s thinking goes back to the extreme oneness side of thinking. As I have already pointed out, they give no recognition to the Son of God at all. They look at Jesus as strictly a manifestation of God in the flesh. Truly we do have a scripture in 1st Timothy 3:16, which says, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory,” but do not forget, that the same man that wrote that God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 2 of 26 verse, also wrote a lot of other scriptures that clarify that verse. These are the things that people ought to look at. In other words, when you hear a man say something, if he has said other things that are relative to the same subject, then it becomes your responsibility to consider the whole scope of the thing. There are three or four scriptures in the gospel of John that most people use when they are on the subject of the Godhead, and all those other scriptures that actually show the Son talking, they just jump right over the, as though they do not even exist in the Bible. A trinitarian will see them, but a oneness will not. A oneness will see Acts 2:38, and a trinity will see Matthew 28:19, and there they go: one in a ditch on this side, and the other in a ditch on that side. It reminds me of two dogs pulling on a rabbit; sooner of later, they will pull it apart, and then neither one of them will have the whole object. That is exactly the way people do the scriptures; they get certain things, and just pull, and pull, and pull, until they get it away from everything else. Of course I do not want people to think I am going to seed on certain things; but at the same time, I realize that there are people out here in the world today, that need help with these scriptures. Not just because Raymond Jackson says so, but because they are unable to put a picture together. There are a lot of people in the world that will follow a man, no matter what he tells them. He can tell them that the moon is made of green cheese, and they will never investigate, to find out if it is true or not. Brother and Sisters: I hope none of you will go through life believing something a certain way, just because I have said it. You need to make sure everything you believe, lines up with the scriptures. That is every believer’s responsibility.

THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

As for the scriptures we are looking at, the same man wrote both the gospel of John, and the book of Revelation, but there was a difference in his writing between the two. When he wrote the gospel of John, he used his own language, as he was inspired by the Holy Spirit, to record things as he saw them. But when he wrote the book of Revelation, he had the Lord Himself, telling him exactly what to write. Therefore we have to look at the wording in a different light, yet endeavor to come out with the same picture. Turn in your Bibles, to the 1st chapter of Revelation, at this time. It is titled, The Revelation of St. John the Divine, yet the very first verse tells us that it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, and that is exactly what it is. What we need to realize though, is that He is no longer the prophet, that John wrote about in his gospel record; He is now the high priest. But let us see if John’s revelation has changed. If what he wrote in his gospel account is true, it cannot be changed here in this prophetic letter. The truth is, this oneness picture is so beautifully entwined in the scriptures, you are just almost awestruck, as the Holy Spirit reveals it to you. One way you look at it, you see the complete human being, Jesus, the Son of God. Then on the other hand, you can see the complete perfectness and divinity of the omnipotent God portrayed. That is why it is proper to say, He is perfect God, and yet He is perfect man. But as I have already pointed out, God Himself, (Jehovah of the Old Testament) will never be your brother. Naturally you will not find anything exactly like that, written in the scriptures; this is just some words I am using here in our day, to clarify some things. God, whom you respect as your Creator will never be your brother, and Jesus the man, that was born into this world by a virgin birth, will never be your Father. Yet in the scriptures, we see where He is reverenced in that manner. The reverence though, is not going to the flesh, it is going to the deity that is portrayed through Him. Therefore if we lose that picture, we will be no different than a lot of other church going people. Therefore with these few words in mind: let us begin reading here in the first chapter of revelation. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass, and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John.” Even in that, we see that there is an angelic being, a ministering spirit involved. From beginning to end, all through the sacred story, wherever God moves on the scene to contact mortal man, there is always an angel, or angels in the picture. You would not necessarily see them; but they are there just the same. Let us go on. “Who bare record of the word of God.” The word of God is the word of Jehovah. Jesus never referred to what He said, as His own God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 3 of 26 word. The audible sound came from the vocal cords of the man Jesus, but the thoughts that were conveyed, were the thoughts of Jehovah. Yes, John was a personal disciple of Jesus Christ. He was one of the two that went to the tomb, so he could truly bare record, not only of the word of God, but also of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, (The book of Revelation is not an epistle, nor a gospel; it is entirely a prophecy.) And keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Sprits which are before His throne; (That reference is giving acknowledgment unto God, Jehovah, so notice how John breaks it down.) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead.” The word, AND, is a conjunction. This proves beyond any shadow of doubt, that Jehovah did not die. Jehovah did not raise from the dead, It was Jesus, the Son of God, that was raised from the dead, as the scriptures say, by the power of God. Anyone who pays attention to the wording in these verses, should be able to see some things. In verse 4, you see these words; “And from the seven Sprits which are before His throne.” You cannot help but wonder how the trinitarians take God, split Him up into three separate distinct persons, and still incorporate these seven Spirits into the three persons. Well, some would say, That is a mathematical problem that would take an Einstein to figure out. Yet when God is truly seen as one God, we realize that He is not seven Spirits; but within the one complete Spirit that He is, there are seven different attributes. Seven is an important number with God, for it speaks of completeness. That is why, in the Old Testament, when God began to unfold His plan of salvation, at various times, He would reveal one of those seven redemptive names. As I have already said, when men began to lose sight of, or true understanding of the one God, they eventually worked it around to where the pagans had a god for every individual thing man had need of. That is why you see so much of what actually amounts to paganism in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a mixture of ancient paganism, and primitive Christianity blended together. They just took a lot of the old Roman deities, and put in saints, to take their place. It all sounds good to carnal flesh, but it is as spiritually unrealistic, as it could possibly be. Yes the ancient pagans had a god for every individual need; but the children of Israel knew that the one true God, was the God of every situation, and that He was the only God they needed. Therefore let me say this; The seven Spirits, are not seven different spirits, separate one from another, but rather, are mentioned like that to designate the quality and virtue, and the attributes of the one true and living God. That is why also, there are seven lamps burning before the throne.

GOD’S SON WAS HUMAN

Once you accept the fact that God is not a person, but a sovereign, omnipresent Spirit, you will realize some other things also. The God that created all things, does not need oxygen to live. He needs no food to eat, nor water to drink. He does not need the sunlight, nor the light of the moon: for He was here before any of that got here. On the other hand though, the Son of God had to eat; He had to drink, breathe oxygen; and all of that, just like all the rest of us, but He was perfect man. So we can see here, John was a Jew, and all these many years later, after he has written his gospel, he still has not changed his approach to the Revelation that he saw manifested in the earlier years of his life. “Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne; AND FROM JESUS CHRIST, who is the faithful and true witness, (Why is He called that? Because He is the only one that ever lived, and died, and rose again from the dead. He is the witness of that.) And the first begotten of the dead. (You can take that right to Romans 8:29) and the prince of the kings of the earth.” He has never been King of the earth yet, but all of that is potentially in Him. “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” He did that by dying for us at Calvary, and having His own blood spilled out there on the ground. That was the perfect atonement for the sins of the whole world, past, present, and future. Verse 6, “And God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 4 of 26 hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.” It is through His intercessory high priest work, that we are made kings and priests unto God, and His Father. Now if we were to take the extreme oneness stand, we would have to jump over those last three words, “And His Father,” for as we have been pointing out, they see the flesh of the Son, only as a shell for God to abide in, leaving no room for any human mind at all. Well if that were the case, why was the Son out there in the garden on His knees, praying, Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me? Jehovah God has never been scared of death. But the Son of God reacted like any human would. In Hebrews, Paul speaking of Him, when He was here in the flesh, how He sought God with tears, that if it be possible, that cup might pass from Him, that cup of suffering and death. Do not ever allow yourselves to think for even a moment, that God was out there sweating great drops of blood, afraid to die, or you will find yourself believing in a God that is too weak to do anything for you. Alright, so He hath made us kings and priests unto God. That was a finished work in the mind of God, before the world was ever created, but it was not activated until Jesus was in His high priest work, interceding for us.

THE BEGINNING AND THE END

As we read verse 7, you will see that it reaches all the way out to the end of the great tribulation. “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.” This, of course, is speaking of the coming again of Jesus Christ, in His second advent. It will take place at the end of the great tribulation, after the Antichrist has fulfilled his 3 ½ year rule, and when Jesus comes to earth this time, He will truly come down from heaven in a bodily form, and His little bride will come with him. That is when the wrath of God will be poured out upon wicked mankind, and truly, men will wail because of him. Alright, verse 8 gives us a picture of something here, but we want to keep in mind, that these are words that John is hearing. He is relating the introduction, but he has not yet described what he sees. He cannot do that, until he turns around. Therefore the words we are reading, are words spoken from behind him, and that is the way he writes his introduction. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” The beginning, and the ending, gives primary recognition to Jehovah. It is stated that the words alpha, and omega, refer to the beginning and the ending of the Hebrew alphabet. I was asked a question concerning that, in a letter I received, so I just made a tape, and sent it to the person. We have to realize that when Jehovah asks human beings, to give to Him that kind of recognition; that He is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the ending, there is a reason why He wants to be recognized in that way. It is because, before there was anything other that God Himself, there was not even a beginning yet. As a matter of fact, He was not even God yet, because the word god, speaks of an object of worship, and there was nothing to worship Him. He was a sovereign Spirit though, and everything had its beginning in Him. A beginning has got to be when something begins to come into scope, or visibility. Until there was something that was tangible or materialistic, there was no beginning, and there could not be anything associated with an ending. So we have to realize that if there is a beginning, it has to be because God is the author of it; you are dealing with creation. Then if there is an ending, we have to realize, that there is going to be certain things within the scope of time, from the beginning to the end, that will pass out of existence, never to be again. Why? Because it never finds a place in the plan of God for an eternal existence. Therefore anything that is created, can in God, have an ending. Knowing in your heart, that God is the Creator of all things, will enable you to avoid the frustrations a lot of people have today. They have missing links in the picture they are trying to put together. There never was a need for any language, until after God created something to speak it. But when god put man here, He also gave him the ability to communicate. As a matter of fact, the whole human race was of one language, all the way over to the tower of Babel. Well, who divided the languages? Jehovah God, because He is the beginning of every dialect, and He will be the ending of them also. The Bible plainly states, that in that day, in the God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 5 of 26 Millennium, He will return unto the people, a pure language. But some people get so technical: they wonder whether it will be English or Hebrew. What difference could that possibly make? God will still be the author of it, just like when He confused the languages, at the tower of Babel. This puts Him in the position of being recognized as the sole means by how anything can come into existence, and also how it can have an ending. If he is the alpha and omega of the Hebrew language, do you not think He is also the alpha and omega of the English language as well? He sure is. But let us finish verse 8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, (now) which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Yes Jesus is coming again. He is coming from heaven, and every eye shall behold Him, but in Him, is Jehovah, the great God of all creation, coming to do what? To fulfill in the earth, something related to His redemption plan for the nations, as well as the earth. We call it the second coming of Jesus Christ, but let us realize that it is the coming of the Almighty too. That redemptive name which means, the Lord is present, will be applicable when He sits in Jerusalem, as King of kings, Jesus will be seen sitting there, but He will be invested with all the kingly authority of Jehovah Himself. The kingly authority comes from Jehovah, but as it was nineteen hundred years ago, it will be Jesus the Son of God that is seen sitting there.

VOICE LIKE A TRUMPET

“I John, (verse 9) who am also your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” That voice as a trumpet, lets us know that this is truly Jehovah speaking. Was not that the same thing they heard on top of Mt. Sinai? He did not say it was a trumpet, but that it was as of a trumpet. In other words, we will have to say, the voice was speaking with such sternness, and with such volume, it did not sound like just a mere human talking. It sounded like a voice that could be heard to the ends of the earth. Therefore what that actually says to us, is that even though the words are coming from the mouth of Jesus, it is Jehovah Himself, the Elohim, invested in the man, that is doing the speaking. So as this voice is speaking, again it goes back, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” Everything up until now, John has heard coming from behind him, but in this next verse we will see him turning around, to see the one that has been talking with him, so notice what he sees. “And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks.” The seven golden candlesticks that John saw, which looked to him like they were right there on that island, were actually a reflection of what was portrayed in heaven: seven lamps burning before the throne of God. But here on earth, they portrayed how the Spirit of God burned in those seven churches. “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man.” John remembered what He looked like, for he had walked with Him for three and a half years. He knew also what He looked like, when He rose from the dead. Therefore from John’s words there, we will have to say, There are certain characteristics about Him, that have not changed. “One like unto the Son of man, clothes with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” This golden girdle around His chest portrays the role of high priest, that He has been elevated to, throughout this dispensation called the dispensation of grace, which is also the Church Ages. Notice now, as John continues the description of the one He is seeing, “His head and His hairs were white like wood, as white as snow.” From certain visible points, John could recognize that the man he was seeing, was Jesus. That is why he said, one like unto the Son of man. But His hair is definitely a different color now, than what it was when He was on earth. Does that mean His hair has turned white, because He got old? That is not the picture that is being portrayed here. The white hair portrays the ancient authority that was invested in Him, when He was taken up into heaven, and seated, or positioned at the God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 6 of 26 Father’s right hand. The Ancient of days has literally invested in Him this priestly authority which can only come from Jehovah. But the investment is not in the garment. The garment portrays the high priest of course; but the white hair, and the appearance it gives Him, is what portrays the ancient authority of Him who has always been. He is older than anything in the world. The ancient of days is never a person, but rather, the quality of what He is. Therefore all of this is meant to show us that God Almighty, the Elohim which always was, has delegated to the person of His son, the ancient authority to be high priest. But we realize that the actual priestly qualities belong only to God. For that matter, all Kingly qualities belong to God, Jehovah, and also all prophetic qualities. All of that is in that one omnipotent Spirit. But He is able to bestow that anointing upon this obedient Son, and cause Him to be invested with all of that ancient authority. As for His appearance, not only was His hair as white as snow, but His eyes were as a flame of fire. That lets us know that His vision was not limited to what His natural eyes were, on earth. Being as flames of fire, they are able to penetrate every unexplained mystery. Why? Because that was an investment in Him, from Jehovah. It is the vision of that omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient Spirit; therefore it is unlimited.

WHAT JOHN SAW

As we come to verse 15, notice His feet. “And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace.” This is significant of the fact that He stood in our place at Calvary, and sin was judged in Him, for every one of us. Therefore as He stood there, being recognized from some qualities as the Son of man; all of these other characteristics speak of that which has been delegated to Him. Let me say this also, The actual immortal man, that was taken up to heaven, whatever the color of His natural hair was, it never changed. Every description we see here is symbolic of something that has been delegated to him to fulfill. It all goes to show, how the object changes from position to position. This is where too many times, people lose sight of what God is. John stood there looking at this image before him, and his description of what he saw, allows us to see a portrayal of what He is, and what He has done, and what has been invested in Him. Those feet of brass, or like unto brass, then, speak of how He stood in our place, and had our sin judged in Him. In other words, just like Isaiah said, (53:6) “The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Alright,”And His voice as the sound of many waters.” This takes on a characteristic likeness of Jehovah Himself, speaking, because the natural man that Jesus was, had a voice not much different than any other human voice. But when Jehovah chooses to use this voice, in that manner, this description does not bring out the human side of Jesus; it brings out the divine side, Jehovah Himself, speaking through Him. “And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” John is now looking at His face, and he is seeing something that Jesus did not have, when He appeared to them after rising from the dead. So here again, we have to realize, that this is portraying something that has been invested from the eternal Spirit into Him, to cause Him to have this likeness. This is how Peter, James and John saw Him, on the Mount of Transfiguration, when they were allowed to see a preview of His Millennial glory. When He was transfigured before them, not only did His face shine as the sun, His raiment was as white as the light also. Therefore we will have to say, All of that is a description of the glory of Jehovah invested in Him. But it is to draw complete attention to the person of Jesus Christ, even though it is God almighty that gives Him that complete description. “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.” Only those that had demons cast out of them, ever fell at His feet like that, when He was on earth. But can you not see why John would react like that? Right there before him, is displayed the majestic countenance that Jehovah has invested in His obedient Son, and it caused John to react like he did. So John fell at His feet as dead. “And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last.” Once again, attention is turned back to the great Creator, and then the voice said, “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore.” This gives recognition to the physical man who suffered and died. But brothers and sisters, God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 7 of 26 this is such a unified picture, it cannot be seen, except by divine revelation. When Jesus was here before, and was truly the prophet of all prophets, He exemplified that great prophetic Spirit of Jehovah, in the fullness of what it can be. In that day, many Jews saw only a man, but there were others, that saw more than a man. Those that saw more than a man, truly saw their Messiah, God invested. He was more than just a human vessel Jehovah created to get inside of; He was a living soul Himself. Yet because of the way He was conceived in Mary’s womb, by a divine act of the Spirit of God, He was without sin. But you must always remember. He was a complete human being. He cold have exercised His will at any time, and the truth of the matter is, He did exercise His will, but His will was to do the will of the Father, always. Of course we will have to say once again, The life in that vessel of clay, did come from Jehovah, but where did your life come from? This is what we want to illustrate and deal with in our next message. All life had to come from Jehovah, but the very fact that we came into the world by a perverted act, makes us fallen creatures, standing in need of a Savior. Sin entered the picture, when Adam and Eve failed their test. They had a commission, to multiply, and fill the earth, but instead of fulfilling that commission through the tree of life, they allowed themselves to be tempted and overcome, and they ended up fulfilling God’s commission through the law of the tree of death, which was the tree of knowledge. Therefore redemption was necessary, but it could not come through Adam’s genetic seed. That is why God had to act again. But this time, He did not go out, and mix clay and water, and fashion another Adam. He simply created in the womb of a young virgin, a cell of life, that would produce a Son without the fallen nature. In other words, the life of Jesus came into being, by an indirect act of creation. That is why it is right to say, Jesus the Christ, was the only begotten Son of God. He was born of woman, like any other little baby, but there was no nature to sin, in Him, because His life came from above, and ours came from beneath. In other words, our lives are the result of God’s law of creation. That law of reproduction gives us all an existence, but our life goes back through that law, to the very author of life, the Creator. When it came time for this great Creator to show His redeeming qualities, then He gives Himself a begotten Son, to carry it out through. He is called by Paul, the second Adam. Adam our progenitor according to the flesh, was a perfect man, before the fall, and had the presence of Jehovah living in that vessel of clay with him. That was where the test lay. Would they obey the voice of their Creator, and continue to enjoy that presence? Or would they disobey His command to them, and lose that presence? I think we all know the answer to that. The devil entered the picture, and Adam forfeited the position he held. As I have said, we are told in the Bible that God drove them out of the garden of Eden, and placed cherubims to guard the way to the tree of life, but that does not mean that God drove them out of a geographical spot of ground somewhere. He merely withdrew His divine presence from them, and made them subject to the five senses. They no longer had the privilege of communicating in the spirit world, as they had before. God stripped Eve of the knowledge of knowing when to partake of His law of reproduction according to the tree of life. From that time on they would have that intimate relation with each other, and it would serve the purpose of repopulating the earth, but it would be apart from the tree of eternal life. Now they could only see the animal kingdom about them, and the ground that had to be tilled by Adam, instead of the serpent that God had given him for a servant. When they lost that abiding presence of Elohim, they lost contact with the spirit world, that had previously been just as accessible to them as the material world, and they lost the privilege of bringing offspring into the world by the tree of life. All their children had death in them. But Jesus the Christ, was not born by that route; His life truly came from above. However, as I have said before, Do not try to make Him Emmanuel from the moment He was born into the world. That terminology did not apply to Him at any time, before He reached age 30.

INCARNATION MADE THE DIFFERENCE

I get letters from people who have read in the Contender where I made that statement that Jesus was not Emmanuel until after He was baptized by John, and the Spirit of the Father came down to indwell God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 8 of 26 Him, and they say, But Bro. Jackson: How about Isaiah 7:14? Well Isaiah 7:14 just simply covered the whole scope of what He was to be, just like Isaiah 9:6 does, but He was not to be known by any of that, until after the Father incarnated Him at age 30. Only a few people even knew that about Him before then. At the time of His birth, God bore witness to a few people, Anna, Simeon, the sheep herders, and so forth, but to everyone else, He was just another little Jewish baby. The wise men from the East, came and inquired. Where is he that is born King of the Jews? But He was not King of the Jews at that time; He only had that future potential lying within Him. Therefore as I have stressed over and over. He was not God with us; He was not the mighty God; He was not the everlasting Father, an neither was the government upon His shoulder at any time during the first thirty years of His life. He was perfect man, but He was not God. He had a perfect human mind, that could think, make choices, and act upon his decisions, but He never at any time during those first thirty years, attempted to work any kind of miracle, or be anything that would catch the attention of the other people. Then when the Father did incarnate Him, and He did enter into His foreordained ministry, no less than 80 times. He referred to Himself as the Son of man, placing particular emphasis upon the fact of His humanity. Brothers and Sisters: It may seem at times, like I am going to seed on certain things, but if you could read my mail, and answer my telephone for awhile, you would realize that there are still a lot of people out there, searching for truth, and no matter how well some of you may know these things already, we still have to be concerned for the ones who do not yet know them, but want to. No, we are not going to change the world, no matter what we say, but those who are still seeking to know the truth, let us be there with that truth. Those trinitarians and extreme oneness, that have already settled in their heart, what they want to believe, are not going to change, but scattered here and there among them, are still a few people who desire to walk with the Lord, and to know what truth is. “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” No wonder Jesus said that, for once you know the truth, you could not care less about what the devil throws at you. His accusations and criticism means nothing to you, once you know the truth. When your conscience is clear before God, let the world scream all they want to, it will not disturb you in the least. Therefore as we put this in print, I want every angle to be covered, so that, the Lord willing, I will never have to deal with this particular message, in this way, again.

ISAIAH’S PROPHECY CONCERNING JESUS

Let us go to Isaiah 7:14, and examine it carefully. “Therefore the Lord Himself (This is none other than Jehovah Himself, speaking through Isaiah the prophet.) Shall give you a sign; (meaning Israel.) Behold, a virgin shall conceive, (It does not say when) and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” The sign was to appear to Israel, and you will notice, it said a virgin shall bear a SON, not just a child, as many people want to believe. It was to be a son, and His name was to be called Immanuel. You cannot get much more specific than that. But still people see things that are not really there. Many of the extreme oneness people, read that verse and say, See there! That proves that He was born God. No, it does not. You cannot put that one verse of scripture above everything else, that gives you a revelation of when that prophecy was fulfilled. I have never yet heard a oneness person say that the name Jesus, is a compound name. If those various deity names, or titles, carry compound meanings, then why would not this redemption name carry a compound meaning also? When Jehovah is manifested in a man, and that man constantly proclaims that He has come in His Father’s name, then how can you help but see a compound name there? We are just looking at the name here, we are not yet dealing with the man Himself, so let us go to Isaiah 9:6. This is the next thing that prophet recorded about that son that was to be born of a virgin. This is actually the Spirit of God, speaking on behalf of the people, that are looking for this great visitation from their God. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government (Now notice these prophecies; they are all given in the fulfilled sense.) Shall be upon His shoulder. (In other words the prophecy carries all the way from birth, to the climax of all that He was to fulfill in the purpose of God, but we have to be able to see an elapse of time God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 9 of 26 in all of that.) And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” I do not find in the scriptures, where anyone ever met Jesus on the street and said, Good morning Wonderful, Good morning Counselor, or anything like that. Actually He was to be all of that, but when? Not at birth. I would have to challenge anyone on that. We have too many other scriptures to look at, not to realize that. Of course, where some will argue the point, others will say, What difference does it make? It makes a lot of difference to a true revelation. Let us read on. “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the lord of hosts will perform this.” Now that prophecy is spoken in the complete fulfilled sense and purpose, but its fulfillment had to await its time.

PROPHECY CONCERNING JOHN THE BAPTIST

Let us to go Isaiah 40, where this same prophet wrote something else, concerning the actual time when those other two prophecies would have another phase of their fulfillment. This pertains to something that took place 30 years after His birth. Verse 3, “The voice of him that cried in the wilderness was John the Baptist, sent to prepare the way, before the coming of the Lord. “Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” What language. That sounds like there should have been someone out there with survey instruments, surveying and driving stakes in those old Judaean hills; does it not? But for the most part, those old Judaean hills are still just like they were two thousand years ago. Listen. “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.” That sounds like quite a highway was being built. But every bit of that is spiritual. Those mountains are figurative; those valleys are figurative, and so are the crooked and rough places. That is the way God hid the true thought, until time for it to be fulfilled. But notice verse 5; this is what we want to see. First there had to be a highway prepared. But to where, and to what is this highway prepared? It was a way into the hearts of the people, and verse 5 tells us why. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah was speaking of a time when the Lord would show forth His glory. But it was not at the birth of Jesus; it was at His baptism. There was no such manifestation of the Spirit of God at the birth of Jesus, like there was at His baptism. Let us just look back at his birth, and see what happened. When the angel of the Lord spoke, he spoke in the sense of the completed prophecy, but there is a long span of time between birth and baptism, with very little written about Him. Surely to goodness, if the glory was as real at His birth as it was at His baptism, there would have been something more written about this Son of God, in between the two accounts. He was the same man all the way through, but we just have to realize, God did not mean for us to learn of His great plan of salvation just from the mere flesh part of the man. He used that flesh to reveal Himself through, but salvation is of the Spirit. Let us go to Matthew 1:18, where the angel spoke to Joseph who had become engaged to this young woman, knowing nothing of the plan of God. Therefore what was about to happen, would be a great surprise to him, and he had to make a decision. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” Now saints, we are not trinitarians, therefore we know the Holy Ghost was not a person, and neither was His father a person. But God (the Father) did possess the person of His Son, for it is written, that Jesus had the Spirit without measure. So notice how this goes. “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make he a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on those things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son. (The angel is going to announce what the name of that son is to be. Isaiah did not give the name; God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 10 of 26 he only told what the name given Him would mean.) And thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.” Like I said, those prophecies were spoken in the complete fulfilled sense, but if we have spiritual eyes to see, we are going to see that it took time for that name given to that little baby, to take on the full significance of its compound meaning, God with us. The angel concludes by saying, “For He shall save His people from their sins.” Which actually means, Jehovah God Himself shall save His people from their sins, and He will do it through the power and authority of that manifested name. Now that name just simply written down on a piece of paper would have no authority in itself, for there have been a lot of people named Jesus, down through time. So what made the difference? It was that anointing He received at His baptism, that made the difference. Those other Jesus’ did not have it. Verse 22, “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” This was Matthew’s account of the angels appearance to Joseph, so let us go to Luke 1:26, where we will find Luke’s account of the angel appearing to Mary. “And in the sixth month (The sixth month of John’s mother’s pregnancy) the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (That is where Joseph and Mary lived) to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (The Catholics really love that verse.) And when she saw him, she was troubled at His saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.” Remember, Brothers and Sisters: This took place before what we just read in Matthew. There could have been a number of months in between the two accounts, for the angel appeared to Mary to announce her conception, but he did not appear to Joseph until he found out that she was with child. Notice now, “And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David.” Well we see here, that this son is to be called the Son of the Highest. This was one of the deity titles we looked at earlier, the Highest. “And He shall rule over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; (The word power, actually means authority. There are many places where the translators have used power, where it actually should have been authority.) therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

PROPHECY FULFILLED

Brothers and Sisters: We are dealing with the child of a virgin woman, but here, the angel speaks specifically, He shall be called the Son of God. At what time will He be known as the Son of God? Actually He was always the Son of God; but to most people, it was only known by a divine revelation, after His baptism by John. I do not mean to say that most people say that, but of those who did, it was because it was revealed to them by the Spirit. So we just have to say, a lot can take place as time moves on. We will go on over into the 2nd chapter of Luke, for there are a few points we want to make. God did not speak to Joseph, and tell him, Now Joseph, when Mary gets close to the time for her delivery, you take a trip to Bethlehem. The prophets of old, spoke of Bethlehem, but how was it all going to fulfill itself? God creates conditions that work together to fulfill His word. He will speak certain things, and they become established by His word, but then He has to work conditions to make sure that word is materialized into a fulfilled reality. Here He lets the old Roman emperor make a decree, requiring that all the world should be taxed, so the taxation went into effect right at the exact time, to force Joseph to God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 11 of 26 go to Bethlehem to pay his part. So to Bethlehem they went, to pay their taxes, and during the days they were there, Mary’s time was up, and she gave birth to her first child. In other words, they could not just walk up and pay their taxes, the first day they got there, for the little town was no doubt running over with people that were there for the same purpose. The fact that they could find no place in the inn, lets us know that the little town of Bethlehem was like a beehive. People were coming from far and near, just to pay their taxes. Therefore when Joseph and Mary got there, Howard Johnson’s was full, the Ramada Inn was full, the Holiday Inn likewise. I do not know what they named those places back then, but at least you get the point. Well the last place they went, they were told, The Inn is full, but we do have a stable out back that you could stay in, and that was exactly as God meant for it to be. But the minute you mention a stable, people will say, Oh that is terrible. But let me tell you saints, there have been children born in worse places than that. The point was, God wanted that humble environment for what was going to take place. The child was born there in that stable, and there were shepherds abiding in the field, in the same country, keeping watch over their flocks by night. It was not snowing, the weather was not bad, and when Jesus was born, the Bible says, (Luke 2, verse 9) “And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” There again, this prophecy was spoken in the fulfilled sense, like most of the prophecies were, so you just have to be spiritual enough to look at all of the scriptures, and see how it transpired. “And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” When that angel told them that, they knew better than to go to the Ramada Inn and inquire, Do you have a little newborn baby here? No. The angel told them they would find him wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, so what they had to do, was go into town and look for a stable. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Well the shepherds came, and saw the little baby, and returned to their flocks rejoicing because of what they had heard and seen. That brings us down to verse 21, where the little baby was legally named JESUS. Of course in their hearts, Joseph and Mary named Him Jesus at birth; but according to their law, when they brought Him to the temple, that is when the name JESUS, became His legal name. It went on record then, and became the name that He would be identified by. It was just like us having our children’s names recorded at the county courthouse. You can name a baby in the hospital room, but until that becomes a recorded fact, the child has no legal identity. The Jews were very particular about those things. In fact, they kept records of their tribal lineage, of whose house this one, and that one was from. They were practically the only people on earth that did so. “And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcision of the child, His name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord.” This is when the name really became authenticated, when the offering was made, and the priest made a record of it. “As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord. And to offer a sacrifice according to the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledove, or two young pigeons. (Notice now) And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ,” (or the Lord’s anointed one, which is what it means.) In other words, when Simeon saw that child, he saw it for what it was destined to be, to Israel, and really to the whole word. Through Him, would be accomplished God’s salvation plan for lost mankind. But we all know good and well that when Jesus came to the river to be baptized by John, and that salvation plan was set in operation, the man called Simeon was no longer around, but the beauty of it all was the way God confirmed through him, what this child was destined to be, to fulfill every scripture. Time itself brought about the fulfillment. But God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 12 of 26 to even think that this little baby born in Bethlehem, in a stable, was already Jehovah in the flesh, is completely contrary to too many scriptures, and it keeps many scriptures from even having any importance. Nevertheless the child’s destiny was confirmed to the shepherds, to Mary and Joseph and to the spiritual people at the temple, but to the nation of Israel as a whole, He was not confirmed. As a matter of fact, He was between one and two years old, before the next confirmation was made, and that was to the wise men that came from the east. Like I have already pointed out, Those wise men did not come and say, Where is He that is born Immanuel? They said, Where is He that is born King of the Jews. He was not king at that time, but He was King to be. His first role was prophet, but like we have said over and over, He was not even that, until after He was baptized by John, and the Spirit of the Father descended, and incarnated Him. He was a prophet for three and a half years, He has been high priest for almost two thousand years, and when His Kingship is fulfilled, He will deliver everything back up to the Father, that God, the same Spirit that caused His conception in the womb of that virgin; may be all in all. Where then, does that put Jesus? Does He disintegrate? Or is His position lowered? No. We do not look at it like that. After the whole redemption plan is completed, He will still be the Son of God that He has been ever since the day He was born. He does not lose one thing, because through the whole thing. God has been lifting you and me up, to be like Him, so we can see him as our elder brother. It was God, our heavenly Creator, that we could not see, so He revealed and manifested Himself through this one that could be seen and touched, and He ordained that we could worship Him through the person of this dear Son. There has never been another human on the face of the earth, through which this could be done. That is why the scriptures say that He has been made both Lord and Christ. He is simply fulfilling the perfect will of God in His great plan of redemption. Therefore when the kingdom is all redeemed, and the purpose of God has been completed, then there will be the whole family of God on earth, and Jesus Himself will be the elder brother of this whole family.

SIMEON AND ANNA RECOGNIZE JESUS

Let us look back a few more minutes, at how the baby Jesus was confirmed to be what He was. Simeon and Anna, were representative of the people that had been looking for this special child, which was the hope of Israel for redemption. Simeon was old, and once he saw Him, he said, Now Lord, let me die in peace, according to thy word. He was not worried about remaining on the scene any longer, to see what God would do, because he knew what God would do. That is the part that makes me feel so happy, just thinking about it. Hallelujah! Then there was the old woman by the name of Anna, just moving in the Spirit, that came right to Him. Brother, when the Holy Ghost does something, it is done right, and you can get a true revelation that will move right on through the scriptures without any conflict. That old woman came by and she too, began speaking of Him, to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. You know she did not live to see the day when He would start to fulfill the things she was speaking of. She no doubt died pretty soon after that, but she had lived to see the hope of Israel, Joseph and Mary pondered those things in their hearts, and just waited to see what God would do. Now Luke, the historian, says that they returned to Nazareth after that, but if you will pay close attention to the record of Matthew, you will notice that they did not immediately return back to Nazareth. They went right back to Bethlehem. Luke did not record their flight into Egypt, nor the wise men coming from the Far East; it was Matthew that included those events in this account. No doubt they felt that because of what had taken place at Bethlehem, there was something special about the child being there. Their personal feelings were probably that they should stay right there in Bethlehem. The months passed, Jesus was no longer a newborn baby, and according to Matthew, they were living in a house, when the camel caravan arrived from the east, coming to visit, and pay their respects to a special person. They went to King Herod’s palace, introduced themselves, and said, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? We have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him. (There are many legendary stories about this event, but the Bible tells us enough to cancel out many of them, if we will pay attention. Time and space will not God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 13 of 26 allow us to go into them; but you can read the 2nd chapter of Matthew and catch the main points.) King Herod sent for the Scribes and Pharisees, chief priests, and so forth, and inquired of them, where such a child was supposed to be born. Naturally they were all familiar with the scrolls, and exactly what he was talking about, so they said, “In Bethlehem of Judaea; for thus it is written by the prophet, and thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” King Herod then told the wise men what he had found out; that according to their authorities, this child was to be born about 9 miles down the road, in Bethlehem. Go and search diligently for the young child, and when you have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also. What a political hypocrite; that was a conniving trick, to try and get rid of Him. The star that had guided them, went before them to Bethlehem, and stood over the house where the young child was. That was how they found Him. Now the scientific world has a lot of theories about that star, and every one of them are no doubt wrong. I cannot help but feel that this was a supernatural star, and here is why, you can go outside on a clear night like tonight, and I challenge you to tell me which one of those stars are actually hanging over your head. There no doubt would be one, that you would feel was right over you, but if it were possible to draw a straight line down from it to the ground, you might find that it is a hundred miles away. Yet those wise men were able to actually follow a precise star, that led them to Jerusalem, then on to Bethlehem, where it went and stood directly over the house where the young child was. I challenge any one of you to step outside, and tell me which one of those stars are actually hanging right over this church house. You simply cannot do it.

A SUPERNATURAL STAR

Those wise men were astronomers from the east, and I know they did not have the huge telescopes like we do today, so there had to be some sort of supernatural manifestations that really got their attentions, and they had to know something of what was written in the scriptures in order to associate it with this event. Well whatever there was in the natural elements, God just put a supernatural something about it, and that was the thing that guided them. It went before them, and stood right over the place where the young child was. First it was over Jerusalem; that was to get Herod into the picture, but then it was nine miles away, standing over Bethlehem. That required some sort of supernatural intervention. I hope you understand my point, for I am persuaded that God is not going to write a book explaining it. The wise men followed that star and what did they find? Not a newborn baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. No, it was a young child under two years old, and they were living in a house. Herod had asked them, How long ago did you see this sign, and based upon their answer, when they failed to return to Him with the information he wanted, he made a decree that all children in Bethlehem, and in the region round about under two years of age, should be killed, and that was based upon what the wise men had told him concerning the time they had first seen the star. That shows that Jesus could have been close to two years old by that time. Well they worshiped and adored Him, all based upon the assumption that He was the one born to be King of Israel. Naturally we all know that He was not a King at that time, but the prophecy declaring that the government would be upon His shoulder was a true prophecy, so He will one day be exactly that. He had to be a prophet first; then high priest, and one day He will take the throne of David, and rule for a thousand years, and after that, He will eventually be looked upon as our elder brother, standing at the head of the redeemed family of God. Alright, Herod had told these wise men to return to him, and let him know where the young child was, but they were warned by an angel of God, to return some other way, and bypass Herod, so they did, and were not heard from again. Herod did not like the idea of them making a fool of him like that, and he certainly did not intend to stand by, and allow that child to grow up, being looked upon as King, so his decree was designed to prevent that. But just about the time that decree became law, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy Him. Joseph did as he was warned to do, God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 14 of 26 and Herod’s troops did as they were instructed to do, and slew all the children under two years of age, but Jesus was spared, because He was in Egypt, and every bit of this was to fulfill scriptures. One was Hosea 11:1, “Out of Egypt have I called my Son.” That is how Matthew expressed the prophecy. The type was set by calling Jacob (Israel) out of Egypt, and the fulfillment of it was when God called His only begotten Son out of Egypt.

JOSEPH GOES BACK TO NAZARETH

When word came that King Herod was dead, the angel said to Joseph. “Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.” I can just see Joseph, as he saddles up, loads up their personal belongings, takes his wife and child and starts up the old trail toward home. But as they come into the borders of Israel, he hears that Herod’s son is reigning in his father’s place, and he knew that this fellow was not much different than his daddy, so he was afraid to go on to Bethlehem. Again, he was warned in a dream, so he just bypassed Bethlehem and Jerusalem, and went right back to Nazareth, where they had originally come from. That is where the child grew up, and that also fulfilled another prophecy which stated, He shall be called a Nazarene Brother, the scriptures are being fulfilled right and left, and still no one has recognized Jesus as Immanuel. There were those that God had vindicated it to; who knew that He had this potential lying in Him, but to the rest, He was just another little Jewish boy. As for conditions themselves, you can almost imagine what the people of Nazareth might have said to Joseph and Mary: What in the world ever caused you to move back here? Well there was a lot to tell, but we do not know how much Joseph and Mary ever told, concerning the circumstance that caused them to move back there. One thing is sure though; they knew they were going to stay away from Herod’s son, that ruled in his place, an Nazareth seemed to be the place to be, so all of that worked together, to fulfill other scriptures. At age twelve, when He was found setting among the doctors in the temple, both hearing them, and asking them questions; they knew He was a smart little boy, but they did not know what He was to be. Naturally they marveled at His wisdom, for He, being the Son of God, had unlimited potential. He possessed a perfect knowledge in that respect, and He knew who He was. Never did He have to ask, as some do today, Who am I? We are living in a generation where many people are going around from place to place, trying all sorts of things, trying to find themselves, but He knew who He was. That is why He answered Mary as He did, when they found Him in the temple that day; Did ye not know that I must be about my Father’s business? That in itself, should be enough to let people know that He was not yet Immanuel. He was not speaking a riddle. Elohim was not talking. That was absolutely the Son of God talking. I keep stressing these points, hoping that some extreme oneness people can be helped with them, to the point where they can realize that the Son of God has always been in the picture, from the very day of His birth. Even the incarnation thirty years later, still did not do away with the Son. Any person that cannot glorify Him as the Son of God, has something wrong with their revelation. No, saints, I am not ashamed to stand here and talk like this, for I am not trying to please anyone except God. It would be vain, to try to please the world, the trinity, or even the oneness, for it is the purpose of God, that we ought to endeavor to accomplish. When you know that there is going to be some people go out of here one day, because the truth has set them free, it makes you even more determined to see that they get the truth. I am not trying to convince the world; the world has what they want. But there is a people that have been called out of the world, and they still do not have the truth. These are the ones who must hear, and receive a revelation, in order to be ready when the Bridegroom cometh. It may seem like the devil has completely taken over, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ has lost its power; but I am here to tell you that it is still accomplishing all that the Father ever meant for it to. It is bringing some to repentance and God likeness, and it is judging all the rest. God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 15 of 26

OUR PERFECT EXAMPLE

Getting back to our subject now, let me say this, Not even Joseph and Mary understood from the very beginning, the full significance of what the angel of the Lord had spoken to them. They had to grow with the unfolding circumstances that brought it all to pass. But the Bible tells us that from the episode at the temple, at age twelve, He (Jesus) went down to Nazareth with Joseph and Mary, and was subject unto them. No more did they have to wonder where He was, and never did they have to worry about what He was getting into, like other parents did, for He had no nature in Him, to want to do wrong. Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” He had to eat natural food just like the rest of us, in order to increase in stature, and the fact that He found favor with God, proves that He was not God already, But, Hallelujah! He was the one through whom God would reveal Himself to this lost and dying world of mankind Jesus, the perfect man who knew no sin, went to the cross and died, to redeem you and me who are so unworthy of redemption. An innocent one took our place and became sin, in order that we who were sinful might be lifted up, and be made like unto Him. Just as sin was imputed to mankind when Adam sinned, righteousness is imputed to all those who truly believe and put their trust in that work of redemption that was wrought at Calvary, through that perfect Son of God. When He was growing up, there in Nazareth, it was not His nature to aggravate people. He found favor with God and man, and in order to do that, you have to be morally, socially, principally, and ethically above reproach. People could always speak well of Him. As a man, He set a perfect example. How was He able to do that? Simply because He was not a sinner. There was no iniquity in Him, His nature was to express the attributes of His Father, who was, and still is the true and living, and all sufficient God of all creation. But because of our fallen nature, we had more of a tendency to express the attributes of the enemy of God, the devil. That is what we have been redeemed from. Because of what Jesus did for us, our own nature has been changed, to be more like him. Well, as I said, we do not have any record of what took place in His life, between the age of twelve, and the time when He was baptized at age thirty, but we do know that He possessed wisdom and knowledge. When He came back to Nazareth, after He was baptized, and went into the synagogue, He knew what was written in those scrolls, and He knew where His life fitted into them, and when and how certain things were to be applied, so let us go back to Matthew, chapter 3, where John is baptizing there in the Jordan River.

THE HOLY GHOST BAPTIZER

John has been asked a lot of questions: who are you, and what have you got to say for yourself, and all such like, and in verse 11, he says this. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” That, brothers and sisters, was a prophecy, because none of that would be applicable when Jesus was here in His earthly ministry. That would be applicable only after He had entered into His role as high priest. Notice now. “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? John knew he was a sinner, and that at his very best, he fell short of what this man was. “And Jesus answering, said unto him, Suffer it to be so now; for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered Him.” We have already spoken of Isaiah 40:5, but right here is where it was actually fulfilled. This is where the Jehovah Elohim from above, comes upon the scene and possesses His only begotten Son, to literally fulfill the scripture, “God with us,” which is what the name Immanuel means. At this time, the name Jesus begins to take on a compound meaning. “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, (What is taking place now? The glory of the Lord is going to be revealed, in a way that was not revealed at His birth. There was God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 16 of 26 no such demonstration at His birth.) And He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him.” This is Jehovah which is a Spirit, and cannot be seen, coming down to incarnate His Son, but in order to fulfill the scripture, “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,” He gave Himself this manifestation, and appeared in the form of a dove. You cannot say that God is a bird, yet that dove expressed the quality of the nature of God, and it sat upon Jesus, that obedient Son, and while the dove was sitting there upon Jesus, the voice still spoke from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” This does not make God a ventriloquist; It simply demonstrates the fact of His omnipresence. Though He will be in His Son in the fullness of all His attributes, He will still fill the whole universe with His great presence. But from that moment on, Jesus could say, if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. There stood the only sinless man that ever walked the face of this earth, and now the great Creator who begat Him, is dwelling in Him, in the fulness of all of His attributes. Adam was made sinless and perfect, but he was placed here on earth with a commission to fulfill, to replenish the earth, and before he could get started fulfilling that commission, he failed his Creator. God imputed a death penalty to him, and that penalty passed upon the whole human race, but God still allowed the law of reproduction to go right ahead and fill the earth with offspring from that law. The difference though, is that every little baby born, already had that sentence of death in it. Every little baby is born with a nature to sin, instead of a nature to be holy. Therefore God gave Himself another Son, for the purpose of redeeming that which is in bondage to Satan, the devil. As we have said already, God sent His angel, and gave the yet unborn baby its name, JESUS. This name would have a singular application for the first thirty years of His life, and then it would become a compound name, by which the Son, as well as the Father, would be known in redemption. Men could see the Son, who was always glorifying the father whom men could not see. But when the Son left the scene, the Holy ghost took His place on earth among men, and He, an invisible Spirit, always glorifies the Son whom men have seen in the flesh. Well that is exactly what Jesus said the Holy Ghost would do, when He came. He said He (the Holy Ghost) would not speak of Himself, but would take the things of His (Jesus’) and show them unto us. That is why we are able to get revelation, because the Holy Ghost is taking those things, and showing them to us.

GOD IN HIS SON

We have gone through the Bible, showing various manifestations of Jehovah God (the Elohim) as He would reveal Himself to men of the Old Testament era, but as we have pointed out, none of those men ever saw God, for He is an invisible Spirit. He has no form that even could be seen but all those people who were privileged to see Jesus, after He was baptized by John, came as close to seeing God as anyone can. That great eternal Spirit dwelt in Him, in the fulness of all of His attributes. Paul said Jesus had the Spirit without measure. Everyone of us who have been baptized by the Holy ghost, have a measure of the Spirit of God in us, but He had the fullness of the Spirit, without measure. Once the Son was manifested, almost two thousand years ago, the Father has never shown Himself in any other kind of manifestation, other than to point us back to Jesus. For as we have already pointed out, all those other manifestations were pointing forward to that one particular Son, in whom would be consummated all types and shadows. “God who at sundry times and divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom (or for whom) also He made the worlds.” We are back in the 1st chapter of Hebrews. It is hard to talk very long in a message like this without coming back to these opening verses of the book of Hebrews. The apostle Paul was not a personal disciple of Jesus Christ, when Jesus walked on earth, but oh, what a revelation that man had in his heart, once the Spirit of God finished dealing with him. Of course there are times when one might think he did not have a revelation, but you just have to remember, that the Bible has been translated by trinitarians, and there are places where that trinity view comes through in the translation. In verse 2, where it says, “By whom also He created, or made the worlds,” it sounds as though God used the person of Jesus to create all things. God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 17 of 26 That is not the thought you should get from that verse. It was God that created all things, and that should say FOR WHOM, instead of BY WHOM. Before there was ever anything created, God’s plan of creation was already a finished thought in His great mind, and He, knowing even then, that man would fall, and stand in need of a Saviour, included that provision for man’s redemption, before He ever created anything, and therefore chose to redeem all things by, and through the person of His Son, back to Himself. “Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person.” before we read on, let me say this, Actually the person of His Son, was a full illumination of the glory and majesty of this invisible Spirit that created all things by His word. It took that perfect Son, who was born without sin, to be so submissive to the sovereign mind of the Father, as to allow Him to direct all His ways. We would have to say that Jesus was possessed by a super mind, that far exceeded the natural mind that the Son Himself possessed. Of course when you talk like this, some people actually get scared, and think you are actually diminishing from the oneness of God. But believe me, you are not. It is just merely teaching it like the apostles of Christ taught it. It is not offensive, to refer to the man called Jesus, as the Son of God, for that is exactly what He is, and neither is it discrediting God, to recognize that the fullness of God was manifested in Him. He was as much God as man, and He was as much man as God. That is why you can say, It is a perfect unity. That is the same picture God has chosen to manifest in each of us. Not that we will become God, but God is moving us toward that perfect unity that we see here. It takes time for all of this to come about, but in the end, in eternity, you become a full fledged, manifested son and daughter of God. That is why it is spoken in Ephesians, “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He (God) might gather together in one all things in Christ.” It is God, the eternal Spirit, showing Himself in all of His glory and majesty, in and through His entire redeemed family, as well as all creation. Redemption will have been accomplished by God, in and through the person of His only begotten Son.

THE IMAGE OF GOD

As we read verse 3 here in Hebrews, chapter 1, we get a misleading thought, if we do not stop to analyze the phrase, “The express image of His person,” forin the English language, the word IMAGE, pertains to something that has some sort of visible form. Therefore what you have to realize, is that the physical form of the man called Jesus, is not what Paul was referring to, as being the express image of God. He was a man, but He was possessed by something that was truly divine. The first miracle He ever did, when He turned the water to wine, that was the image of God being seen there. Mankind was getting a glimpse of what God is, because the Son Himself plainly stated over and over, The Son can do nothing; it is the Father in Him, that doeth these works. Therefore the image we must see here, is not what can be seen with the natural eye, but that which can be seen with the spiritual eye, by a divine revelation. God gave us two natural eyes, to see how to get around from place to place, but inside of us, that inner man has got to have some spiritual eyes that allow him to see where he came from, and where he is going. Otherwise he is lost. Now that verse says, “The express image of His person,” so the word person, is also misleading, for God is not a person. But here again we have to realize that the Bible was translated like this, by people who believed that God is a person, so it is up to you, if you have a revelation of the godhead, to realize that it should read, the express image of His substance. That speaks of what God really is. Jesus was the very expression of the invisible substance that God truly is. Then it says, “And upholding all things by the word of His power.” The word power, as used here, means authority. It is not the person Jesus, doing it, but the Father in Him, directing Him to speak things, is where the authority lay, and that is what this verse is giving reference to. The Son never exercised any authority, apart from what the Father in Him, directed Him to do. “When He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” He purged our sins by laying His own life down. It was not Jehovah dying; it was the Son of God dying, and because of what He did on our behalf, we also have a measure of that same Spirit that was in Him, in us. We can say, we have a measure of God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 18 of 26 God in us. One day, if Jesus tarries His coming, we will die, but the Holy Ghost in us, will not die. He is not in us to keep us breathing the breath of this natural life; He is in us, to give our inner man, which is spirit, eternal life. He will take care of the flesh, a little later on. That is His plan. Yes, Jesus literally took our place, and bore the penalty for our sins. The eternal Spirit heaped upon Him the sins of the whole world; past, present and future. He was guiltless, yet He was despised, and as Isaiah said, “Stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” God let Him be abused, humiliated, ridiculed, and shamed, without doing one thing to stop it. Not knowing who He was: they called Him a blasphemer, an imposter, and they even called Him an illegitimate child, and though He was innocent of every one of their accusations, God still heaped upon Him the sins of the whole world. Jesus the man, took our sins, and let us go free. It was not God crying. It was not God begging to be saved from that terrible fate; it was the Son of God begging, If it be thy will, let this cup pass from me. He knew in His heart that He was going to face what He did, but the human side of Him did what anyone else would do, try to get released from the fate, which supports the fact that He was as human as anyone else. His life was destined to fulfill many prophecies, beginning at His birth, and going all the way to the eternal age, and though He cried, If it be possible, let this cup pass from me, He already knew that it would not pass from Him, for He knew that every prophecy of the scriptures must be fulfilled.

JESUS’ INHERITANCE

As we come to verse 4, remember, Paul is getting this from the Psalms. Paul did not know Jesus after the flesh, as the other disciples had known Him. He became acquainted with Him, completely by the Spirit, but let us pay attention to the revelation he had. Still speaking of Jesus, he says this, “Being made so much better than the angels, (In what way was He made better than the angels which were also offspring of God? Listen) as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?” When David, in the Spirit, was inspired to write those words and express them in song, it was none other than the anointing of the Spirit of God, speaking in the future tense, concerning this Son of God that was destined to come upon the scene. This is the promise pointing to that Son. “And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son.” In other words, Paul is saying, To which of the angels did God ever say a thing like that to? That gives you the whole thing in a nutshell. But let us go on, in verse 6. “And again, when He bringeth in the first begotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him.” God made sure that all those prophecies concerning His only begotten Son would be fulfilled. So let us go to Bethlehem, the night He was born. Not on December 25, but in the fall of the year. Mary went with Joseph to Bethlehem, strictly for the purpose of paying their taxes; not even knowing when she would give birth to the little baby. If she had even suspected that it could happen while they were gone from home, she would have taken her baby clothes with her, on the trip. But the great eternal Spirit always watches over His word, and the prophecy was lying there, waiting to be fulfilled, in Micah 5:2, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel,” so Mary had to be in Bethlehem when He was born. In the 2nd chapter of Luke, it says, “And when the days were accomplished, that she should be delivered, she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.” Just imagine what Mary must have felt like, giving birth to her first little baby, and not having any of those cute little things she had been knitting, to put on it. But no sooner was this Son of God born, and laid in a manger, than the angels appeared to the sheep herders who were bedded down for the night, singing and praising God. The angel of the Lord said to them, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Meaning, The Lord’s anointed one.) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” That is why those sheep herders knew better than to go knocking on the doors of houses, looking for Him. They went right to the barns; God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 19 of 26 for that is where they were told He would be, and that is exactly where they found Him.

THE CAPTAIN OF OUR SALVATION

Let us go back to the 5th chapter of St. John, where we will again look at the name given to the only begotten Son of God. As I have said, If the oneness people would just allow themselves to study the whole gospel of St. John instead of just a few isolated verses, they would see the whole thing portrayed so beautifully, just like those Jewish disciples and apostles did, for God gave them the revelation, and they presented it in its true form. I have said repeatedly, the name JESUS, given to the Son of God, was a compound name; that carried a dual meaning. There were many Jews name Jesus; but none of them were the Christ. Their name only had a singular identity attributed to it. But as God Himself, chose this name, it lets us know that the Elohim of the Old Testament, who had already manifested Himself through the centuries, in many ways, when it came time for Him to bring His only begotten Son into the world, He had to have a name through which He would reveal Himself, so JESUS is the name He chose. But as I have pointed out, When the child was born, He was not yet God with us; He was merely the Son of God. For the first thirty years of His life, His name only carried a singular identity. He grew into manhood, waked as a man, breathed as a man, got dirty like other men, combed His hair, and dressed Himself like other men did. Why? Because He was a man, a perfect man. He never sought to be outstanding, nor to put on a show, even though He was born with that great intelligence. That is why I said, He knew more at age 12, than most of us do in a lifetime. He also knew exactly when to go get baptized, and He knew the scriptures that His life were to fulfill. But none of the rest of them could be fulfilled until after He was incarnated by the Father. When that incarnation took place, the Father descended from heaven to Him; not in the form of a crow, nor a buzzard, but a dove. Something symbolizing peace. When that dove descended, and sat upon Him, Isaiah 40:5 was fulfilled; the glory of the Lord was revealed. The people saw it. They saw a man receiving a baptism of the eternal Sprit in complete fullness. John the Baptist is the one who said Jesus had the Spirit without measure. He knew who He was, and he knew that he would speak the true words of life, and all who refused to hear Him would be doomed for destruction. But even though He was perfect, and had the Spirit without measure, He could not enter into fulfilling His predetermined purpose until after He was put on trial, like Adam and Even. He was not going to be the progenitor of life; He was going to be the Redeemer of life. Adam and Even brought life into the world, but that life had a fallen nature, with death imputed, and sin reigned throughout all mankind. So this perfect Son of God had a mission to accomplish. His mission was to redeem God’s fallen children back from the bondage of Satan. But first He had to be tempted. No, God was not tempting Him, but He allowed Satan the privilege of doing it, and He, the Father, was in Him during every bit of it. Brother I want you to know, When you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, your battles and warfare are just starting. That is what puts you right on the front lines. There are times when God allows the devil to hit you, knock you down, wallow you around, and scare the daylights out of you, just to see if you will get up whimpering and crying, or take your stand, and hold your ground. We have an example set before us. That perfect Son of God did not threaten the devil, saying, Listen devil, I have the Father in me, so you had better flee. No. He defeated the devil on every temptation, with a bold confession of what is written in the scriptures, and that is exactly what you and I have to do. It just goes to show: He who was the Word made flesh, still had to live according to the written word. He had to do that, in order to set a perfect example as a Son of God. The scriptures tell us that He is the captain of our salvation, and that He was made perfect by the things which He suffered. As a man, He was already sinless and perfect, but His purpose was perfected through the things He was forced to suffer. As the captain of our salvation, He established a perfect image of what God wants us to be in the likeness of. If He had never faced temptation, He never would have known what you and I have to face in this life. He was tempted in all three areas of what He was destined to fulfill, and during all that temptation, He never moved one inch from where He was, there in the desert. Satan was allowed to pick Him up, in the Spirit, and God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 20 of 26 illuminate all of that to Him, and talk to Him audibly, showing Him all the kingdoms of the world, and offer them to Him, if He would just bow down and worship him. Brothers and Sisters: When the devil does that to you, I hope you are grounded in the word, so that you will know that it is the devil doing it, and not God. He knew it was the devil talking to Him, and He knew exactly how to overcome, and how to demonstrate the power of God, in His written word. That is why it could be written of Him, that He came forth out of the wilderness, in the power of the Spirit. He came forth in the power of the Spirit, and the very first miracle He performed was turning the water into wine. It was more or less forced upon Him, but the Father was right there to back Him up. That is how we express it; though we know it was not the Son doing the miracles, but the Father in Him. Jesus the man, was just like a light bulb. A light bulb does not give light, it is only a channel through which the invisible energy shows itself.

THE FATHER’S REDEMPTION NAME

Alright now, the time has come that Jesus is before a lot of religious Pharisees and such like, so let us look at John 5:43, and see what He said to them. “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye received me not.” Those Pharisees knew that the name of the man doing the speaking was Jesus, but they did not understand what He meant, by saying that He came in His Father’s name, for to them, His Father’s name was Joseph. Yet we know that He was speaking from the stand point of the fact that the Father was in Him, leading Him, and speaking through His very vocal organs, the wonderful words of eternal life. The Father was being revealed through His Son, and the name Jesus, was the Father’s redemption name. That is what makes it a compound name. As you go through the gospel of John, here is the first time Jesus mentions the fact that He has come in His Father’s name. But from here on, in practically every speech, He lifts up the Father. He turns attention from Himself to the Father. It is not I that doeth the works, but the Father that dwelleth in me. Whatever the Father doeth, that doeth the son likewise. Why? That the Father may be glorified. Where? In the Son. The Son was the means by how the Father was demonstrated to the world. But it took a divine revelation for anyone to see who that man was. That is why we can say, Theology will never get anyone out of this world, in the rapture. It takes the Holy Ghost in us, to guide us, change us, and take us to glory. Notice verse 28 in the 7th chapter now. I am not trying to isolate these scripture verses from their context, but merely calling attention to them because they establish the thought we are dealing with. “Then cried Jesus in the temple as He taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am.” In other words, you know where I came from, Nazareth, and you know who I am. To you, I am the son of Joseph. “ I am not come of myself, but He that sent me is true, whom ye know not, (The eternal Spirit) But I know Him: for I am from Him, and He hath sent me.” Praise God! If you do not get a revelation out of that, something is wrong. Yet I realize that there are multitudes of people in this world, who will read verses like these, and not see a thing in any revelatory way. These verses we are using are just like stepping stones, through the gospel of St. John. That is why I have said, If people would really study this gospel record, and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to them, they would see something precious. John’s gospel, starting right from the very first chapter, is all pointing to the man called Jesus, after His baptism. He does not even touch His birth; he picks up the subject, after the incarnation, and takes it straight on through. So let us go to the 8th chapter, verse 42, where Jesus has just preached a sermon and He is discerning the hearts of those Pharisees. Deep down within their hearts, they were saying. We be Abraham’s children, and they even expressed it. Oh saints, this is just too good to pass up, so let us go back to verse 37, and notice, this is Jesus talking. “I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.(the devil) They answered and said unto Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. (Listen to this.) Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to Him, We be not born of God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 21 of 26 fornication; (That is how they looked upon Him) we have one Father, even God. (Now we come to verse 42) Jesus saith unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but He sent me.” Now to you extreme oneness people, let me ask this, Does that sound like this flesh is only a tabernacle for Jehovah to dwell in, or would you be honest enough to admit, that there is another mind present, other than the mind of the Father? I like to keep stressing the point that if this flesh had only been manifested for the Father to dwell in, and there was no Son in the picture, then there would have been only one mind involved, and many of the things that Jesus said, would have made no sense at all. On the other hand, if you can see it as it really is, this man is talking like the sane sensible man that He is. Not only is He giving honor to the Father, but He is acknowledging before sinners, that He knew where He came from. He knew that His existence did not come from Joseph and Mary, as they supposed. His life originated from God Himself, and He understood every bit of it. That is why He could say, The Father sent me.

ONE SPIRT–BUT TWO MINDS

Let us go to chapter 10 and start with verse 29. “My Father, which gave them me is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” Brother: If you actually catch any revelation at all, of what is going on in the person called Jesus, you should know why He is talking like this. He did not want people hanging on to His flesh. “I and my Father are one.” The Father which is Spirit, always was, and always will be, merged with the Spirit of His Son, in such a way that there was only one Spirit involved, but there were two minds. That is why you can hear both the Father and the Son, speaking from the same mouth. It is a unity of the life of the Son, and the life of the Father, exemplifying what God wants to do in and through you and me. The end result is, one God, manifesting His word in His creation. As I said, God did not become a rock; but every rock is a result of His thought expressed. For by His word, He created all things, but His word was not His Son. His word was His thought expressed. He did not become a tree, but every tree is a result of the thought of God being expressed. By the same process, He gave life and existence to everything you see, yet He became none of that. By the word of God, all things exist, but God is not any of those things; therefore He never became flesh; He was only in that flesh. I hope you are following my train of thought, for John 1:1 can put your head in a spin if you do not allow the spirit of God to put a revelation in your heart, and realize that what is translated Word, is really the expressed thought of God. That is what 1:14 says, was made flesh, and dwelt among us. God created Adam from the dust of the earth, and breathed into him, the breath of life, and indwelled him. But when this son of God was tested, he failed the test; therefore God had to separate Himself from him. He drove Adam and Even from His presence, fulfilling His own word. For when He placed them at the head of his creation, He said, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” They did not die a physical death that day, but when God removed His life giving presence from them, they became spiritually dead, and every child born into the world, had that death imputed to them. In other words, Adam forfeited everything; just turned it over to the devil. That caused every individual born into the world, to be born with a nature not to seek after God, and you see what it finally led to. By the time the devil had worked with those minds through generation after generation, humanity in general became so corrupt, God had to bring a flood to destroy all but eight souls, and take a fresh start at repopulating the earth. Well you would have thought that flood would have left such a profound impression upon Noah and his descendants; that just the thoughts of it should have kept them from straying from the knowledge of God, for I am sure Noah and his sons kept that story alive to oncoming generations. But before too many years had passed, mankind was again doing anything and everything but the right thing. It just goes to show that man without God, is worse than someone lost in a jungle in the darkest of night. He just simply cannot find his way. It seems that about 40 years is as long as a divine revelation can be kept alive, before people start straying from it. That makes me ever so thankful God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 22 of 26 to God that in this end time, He will deal with an element of people to clear up everything, so that when He takes them out of here, they will not be a mixed up, divided in their thinking, self-satisfying bunch of people. They are going to know the truth, and they are going to live by that truth, and not be always seeking attention for themselves. Jesus never sought opportunity to put on a show to exalt Himself. No. That perfect Son of God, our pattern, always kept His thoughts yielded to the father, that the Father, which is Spirit, was always in control. What did Paul say, I believe it was in Philippians? “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” That means, the same attitude, and manner of thinking, which always caused Him to yield to the mind of the Father. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who being the form of God, (or of the same substance) thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” In other words, After God has visited us, and lifted us up out of sin and degradation, then we may say to Him, Oh God, and express ourselves through this life, in the same manner. Not that we would think of ourselves as being equal with God, but we are able to commune with Him, and submit ourselves to His will and purpose, just like Jesus did. God has purposed in this period of time called the grace age, to be in His Church, not in any one particular person, but in the Church as a whole, in the fullness of His attributes that was in His Son Jesus. It is God, in His people, redeeming and reconciling, and expressing the same life that was in His only begotten Son. God has continued, through the church, to bring to completion, all that was set in motion through the life and ministry of Jesus. It is God, in creation, as Father. Then, God in His Son, in redemption, and finally, God, the Holy Ghost, in His people, for the work of regeneration. It is not three God’s. It is not three persons known as one God, but truly, one God, which is Spirit, manifesting Himself in three office works. Oh what a beautiful picture it is, when you see it through your spiritual eyes. Well that is what we are hoping these select verses of scripture will enable each of you to do, see Him through eyes of the Spirit, that is given to all who obey Him.

TRUTH SPOKEN THE RIGHT WAY

Coming back now, to John 10:30, when Jesus said, “I and my Father are one,” notice what verse 31 says. “Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. (Those Pharisees were mad.) Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?” He knew they were mad, and He asked them a question that should have put them to thinking, but notice how they answered Him, in verse 33. “The Jews answered Him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” All they could see, was the man standing before them. They accepted the works, but they were sure not accepting the man through which those works were manifested. Out of everything they saw and heard, their conclusion was that Jesus was making Himself God. Well, for all practical purposes, He was God, but He sure did not make Himself what He was. It was the Father, which said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Whatever He was, it was the Father, that made Him that. Well Jesus answered the, “Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” We know when Bro. William Branham would use this scripture, what a lot of the people sitting there would say, yet it has its true application. Jesus knew from what scripture He was getting it, and notice also, that gods is spelled with a little g. The Holy Ghost in Bro. William Branham, demonstrated the same works that were demonstrated in the life of Christ, and that same Spirit is still working through the Church in the same way, but in no way is the flesh of any individual to be looked upon as God, with a capital G. No manifestation of the Spirit of God could ever do one thing to ascribe any deity to human flesh. Jesus continues saying to them, “If He called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; say ye of Him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?” Brothers and Sisters: There is a right and a wrong way to speak the truth, and there are times when we need to depend upon the Holy Ghost to show us that right way. The truth, spoken with wisdom, can settle an uncomfortable situation many times. Then on the other hand, that God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 23 of 26 same truth, spoken with the wrong motive, many times will just start an argument. But in this particular situation, God is establishing something to those who have ears to hear, and the rest are still going to try to kill this Son of God. Therefore He said, verse 37, “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe me not, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in Him.” That is not what they wanted to hear. They did not want to hear anything that went contrary to their traditions. But let us think about those last words, “The Father is in me, and I in Him.” The Spirit of the son, was the Spirit that came out of God, to give life to this body of flesh, and now the Spirit of the Son was immersed, or merged back into the eternal Spirit through the baptism of that Spirit, never to be separated again. It is an eternal picture, and one that God wants to eventually accomplish in all of His foreknown children. We will never be Jesus, in the sense of the man He is. But we are to be Jesus in likeness, quality of life, character, and spiritual reaction. That is why we say, He was our pattern. Those Jews were not looking for a pattern though; for they were not even looking to the pattern they had. They claimed to be following Moses, but their lives were far from what Moses taught. “Therefore they sought again to take Him: but He escaped out of their hand.” They would eventually be allowed to kill Him, but they could not take Him, before the proper time, for everything was guided by the great eternal spirit, to fulfill the scriptures. Nothing in His life was ever out of season.

SEEING THE FATHER

Now for another very familiar verse, and also a very important verse to our subject, let us go to chapter 14, verse 7. The oneness Pentecostal people, like to use this verse. But like you have hard me say, They are just as afraid to use certain other scriptures, as the trinitarians are Acts 2:38. You will not get a trinitarian to quote Acts 2:38, for it is contrary to what they teach. If you ask one of them what it means, they will cough, and grunt, and get as nervous as can be; for they have no revelation on it. But let us come back to the verse we were about to read. Jesus is not talking to the multitude here, He is saying this to His disciples. Verse 7, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth (meaning, From now on,) ye know Him, and have seen Him.” Jesus knew those words would put a big question mark in the disciples’ minds. But remember, He said many things to stir up their minds and put them to thinking. For He wanted them to catch a revelation, and getting them curious was the first step of it. “Phillip saith unto Him, Lord, Show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.” That was Phillip’s reaction to what he had just heard. In other words, he could have said, Now wait a minute, I don’t know whether I have seen Him, or not; where is He? But he said, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me Phillip?” The oneness like this verse, because it seems to point more to the flesh, than to the Spirit. But I assure you, Jesus was not referring to His flesh; He was talking about the Spirit that was in Him, and the only way they could see that Spirit, was in the works that were done. Had there never been a miracle, they would never have seen the Father, the eternal spirit, that was incarnated in His perfect son. Like I said earlier, a few people knew who Jesus was, at the time of His birth, but from this moment on, only those who received it by divine revelation, would know that He was the son of God, the Messiah that their prophets had talked about. So Jesus goes on, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?” Jesus was speaking very explicitly, of what the Sprit has done through the past 3 ½ years, but people who are pushing a oneness concept, without having a complete revelation themselves, will not tell you that. They just leave it as though Jesus was speaking only of seeing Him with their natural eyes. “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?” That question sure takes it out of the realm of the flesh, would you not say? You cannot speak about the flesh in such terms as that. Furthermore those disciples know that God is a spirit, and that He had never been seen by any man, except those various times when He would manifest Himself in a form of some kind. But standing right there before those disciples, was the thought of that God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 24 of 26 invisible Spirit, in a human form, for it was the expressed thought of God, that became flesh. Jehovah never became flesh, at any time, but this Son of God could say, He that hath seen me hath seen the Father, because the Father was in Him, and they were one Spirit, and He was pointing to the manifestation of that eternal spirit. Therefore Jesus said to Phillip, “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very work’s sake.” In other words, Phillip, If you cannot believe it for any other reason, the very works that you have seen should be enough to convince you. Brothers and Sisters: The important thing when you are dealing with the Godhead, is to keep your balance. The trinity people see three persons, so they say. Then on the other hand, the extreme oneness see only one, and that one is the Father dwelling in human flesh that He created for that purpose, and they leave no room for the Son, which from the standpoint of a true revelation, is the only person of the Godhead. We must be able to see the Son as a complete human; having every quality of humanity, but without sin. He had the nature to think like any other man, but His thinking was pure, and He could be interested in human things; but He would never allow human thoughts to go beyond where they should, for His mind and spirit were perfect. As we have said it over and over, for the first thirty years of His life, there was not deity about Him. He could not have performed a miracle under any circumstances. But He was the son of God, and He was as perfect as perfect can be. Therefore when the Father incarnated Him, the Son did not cease to be, but He became completely subject to the mind of the Father, and did only what the Father in Him, showed Him to do. That is why I say, Anyone who cannot see the human side of Jesus in its complete perfectness, just simply has not read their scriptures right. It seems so hard, for a lot of people to understand how the Father and the Son could be one, and there still be two minds involved, but it is really very easy to understand, if you will just turn loose of your traditional teachings. The Father, who is Spirit, has a mind. To that we would all have to agree. But you must see also, that Jesus the Son of God, had a mind, and it did not cease to exist when the Spirit of the Father, and the spirit of the Son merged into one Spirit. The two intellects were still there, but the Son kept His subject to the will of the Father at all times, and they will forever remain to be one Spirit. There is no reason for them to ever be separated, for the Son has already had His test, and overcame, so they are one Spirit, and shall remain so. Therefore what we see then, is the infinite God dwelling in His only begotten Son, in the fullness of all of His attributes, and He is revealed through Him, to all who have eyes to see. That is why some looked at Jesus, and saw God, and others saw on a man. That is also why Jesus said in verse 12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” He is referring to the time when the Church becomes possessor of the same Spirit that is in Him. They would do greater works, because there would be more human instruments for that sovereign Spirit to work through. God can do those same works, through the most unimportant looking little piece of human that you have ever seen, simply because what that sovereign Spirit does, is not dependent upon the ability of any human flesh. If we would allow Him to take complete control of us, like Jesus did, there is hardly any limit to what He might do through us, and especially so, as we approach the end of the age.

GOD’S SPIRIT IN US

Alright let us go to the 16th chapter, where to me, we find something very beautiful. This is the chapter where Jesus, in His final conversation with His disciples, said to them, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I (meaning the human person) go not away, the Comforter (which is the Holy Ghost) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.” He knew that the disciples were leaning too heavily upon His person; in other words, His flesh. But if He, or rather, when He would go off the scene, there would come something to dwell inside of them, that would so possess their mentality, their physical organs, and their spirits, they would not longer look back to the person of His flesh, to lean on as a crutch. Why? Because the measure of that same Spirit God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 25 of 26 that was in Him, would be in them, enabling them to do whatever there was to do. That is why He said to them, In that day, ye will know that I am in the Father, and ye in me, and I in you. That Spirit would open their understanding, and give them revelation. Well Jesus goes ahead and talks to them concerning His going away, and the sorrow they would feel, and so forth, and in verse 22, He said, “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” Actually He was referring to the joy they would have, on the day of Pentecost, when they would receive the Holy Ghost. He was not necessarily speaking of how glad they would be when He arose from the dead, for you know what the scripture says about that. When He appeared to them where they were assembled together, they were frightened, and thought they had seen a spirit. Therefore the joy He is referring to, is that joy they would have after receiving the Holy Ghost. When the Spirit of God comes into a human vessel, a sudden change takes place. That is why I said, Had the incarnation never have taken place, no one would have ever known that Jesus was the Son of God, (except those to whom it was told at His birth) they would have always looked upon Him as just another Jew. But when He returned from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit, turned the water into wine, fed the five thousand, walked on the water, and the many other things, then some began to say, Never have we seen it like this before. Why? Because He had no power to do any of those things before that. It was after that, when He verified the authority of the name Jesus. So as He says these things to His disciples, He then says, “And in that day (what day? The day when they shall receive the Holy Ghost) ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you.” When He was here in the flesh, He always said, I come in my Father’s name. But when the Spirit came back to indwell the disciples, He came vindicating the name of the Son, but JESUS was the only name involved, so that proves beyond any shadow of doubt, that His name given Him before birth, by the angel of the Lord, was a compound name. It is a beautiful picture we have here in the scriptures, but it takes a proper revelation of the Godhead, in order to see the beauty of it. When the Son was on earth in human flesh, He always pointed to the Father, but when the Father came, in the office work of the Holy Ghost, He would always point back to what the Son is, and what the Son did. It was not the Holy Ghost that died for the sins of lost mankind; it was the Son. The Son glorified the Father, through the works that were done; therefore those Jews that did have eyes to see, knew that it was Jehovah, revealed in that name, saving His people. But the Holy Ghost lifted up the name of the Son, because it was through His shed blood, that we have forgiveness of sins. He is the one that offered Himself a sacrifice to the great eternal Spirit, that the rest of the world might have opportunity to be set free from the bondage of sin and death. Verse 24, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: (Meaning words that conceal certain things) but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father.” He is talking about the Holy Ghost now, for the Holy Ghost, said He in another place, shall take the things of mine and shall show them unto you. The Holy Ghost is that revelatory Spirit; He does not speak in proverbs. Now when we say that the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of the Father, in that particular office work, let us not forget that it is also the Spirit of the Son, for they are merged into one Spirit. As you go through the epistles you will find this terminology used in connection with the Holy Ghost: Spirit of God, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of the Son, and Spirit of Jesus Christ, so no matter which you read, they are all referring to one and the selfsame Spirit; and that Spirit does not speak in proverbs. It speaks of the finished work at Calvary, shows that it was the design of the Father, and it was the Son that carried out the plan to completion. “At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father Himself loveth you, (Meaning, the eternal Spirit loveth you.) Because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” Let the oneness who have no regard for the Son, explain verse 28, if they can. “I came forth from the Father, (How? That little cell of life that was placed in the womb of Mary came out from God, and in process of time, it came forth in a human body.) And am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” You may not see that yet, but those disciples did, for notice how they God Reveals Himself, Part 2, May 1986 Page 26 of 26 responded in verse 29. “His disciples said unto Him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly and speakest no proverb. (It sounds like they really caught a revelation from His last remark.) Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe.” That was as much as He could actually tell them, and have them understand. He was the perfect Son of God from birth, and now He is filled with the fullness of all that the Father is, and He has been demonstrating that to them for 3 ½ years, but now the time has come for Him to leave them, so whatever they learn from this time on, will have to be revealed to them by the Holy Ghost, the promised Comforter that was the come. He would show them all things and they would have a revelation of the whole picture. Brothers and Sisters: That is exactly what the Holy Ghost is doing with the true bride of Jesus Christ in this day and hour. He is giving us back the pure revelation that was lost, in the Dark Ages. The revelation those Jews had, when the gospel came to the Gentiles almost two thousand years ago, is what we are going to have to have, to get out of here in the rapture. The trinitarians have never had it, and the oneness who did have a beautiful picture of the Godhead at one time, died off, and the generation that followed, lost it, and went like all the rest, with a lot of suppositional ideas and traditions. I am going to close the subject now, but as a closing thought, I want to say, The true bride of Jesus Christ, will have a true picture of the Godhead, like our forefathers had almost two thousand years ago. God has revealed Himself in many ways, through time, but His last office work is in you and me, and His purpose is that we may have a pure revelation of His word, and be made like unto His only begotten Son. So let us be thankful in our hearts, for the Spirit He has given us, and look for the day when that Spirit shall quicken this old mortal body, and change it into the glorious likeness of the body of Jesus Christ. What a wonderful day we are living in. Amen.

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God Reveals Himself, Part 1 – 1986, April


WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN A SUBJECT THAT I WANT TO APPROACH IN A DIFFERENT MANNER THAN WHAT WE HAVE OTHER AREAS OF THE SCRIPTURE. I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO BRING OUT SOME THINGS THAT WILL BE INTERESTING TO YOU AS CHRISTIANS, RATHER THAN BORESOME, AND AS MOST OF YOU WELL KNOW, IT WILL BE IN MY OWN TERMINOLOGY. I DO NOT BELIEVE GOD INTENDED FOR HIS TRUE MINISTRY TO USE BIG WORDS THAT THE AVERAGE CHRISTIAN DOES NOT EVEN KNOW THE MEANING OF. THEREFORE I ASK YOU TO FOLLOW ALONG IN THE SCRIPTURES, AS WE HEAD FOR JOHN 1, VERSES 1-3, TO FIND OUT WHAT THE LOGOS WAS. WE ARE LOOKING AT HOW GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO MANKIND, AND HOW DIFFERENT PEOPLE INTERPRET THE SCRIPTURES TO GET DIFFERENT MEANINGS OUT OF IT. WE WOULD NOT HAVE ALL OF THIS MULTITUDE OF DENOMINATIONS IN THE WORLD TODAY, IF PEOPLE WHO READ THE SCRIPTURES ALL GOT THE SAME INTERPRETATION OUT OF THEM. OF COURSE WE REALIZE THAT THE BIBLE WAS

NOT EVEN WRITTEN UNTIL THE 14TH CENTURY BEFORE CHRIST, AND EVEN THEN IT’S AVAILABILITY WAS LIMITED. BUT WE ARE LIVING IN A DAY WHEN EVERY PROFESSING CHRISTIAN HAS THEIR OWN BIBLE, (OR AT LEAST IT IS ALMOST LIKE THAT IN THIS NATION) AND EVERYONE FEELS FREE TO PUT THEIR OWN INTERPRETATION ON WHAT THEY READ, SO IT IS NO WONDER THAT PROFESSING CHRISTIANITYIS TORN ALL TO PIECES, HOWEVER GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD SOMEONE TO WHOM HE COULD REVEAL HIMSELF, AND HE REVEALED HIMSELF THROUGH VARIOUS DEITY NAMES, SO THAT IS PART OF WHAT WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT. THERE WAS NO BIBLE BEFORE THE FLOOD, AND ABRAHAM DID NOT HAVE A BIBLE WHEN HE WALKED WITH GOD AFTER THE FLOOD, AND NEITHER DID HE PASS ONE ON TO HIS DESCENDANTS AFTER HIM, HOWEVER WE DO KNOW THAT PRIOR TO THE FLOOD, AND EVEN AFTER THE FLOOD UP TO A CERTAIN POINT MAN’S LIFESPAN WAS LONG ENOUGH, OVERLAPPING MANY GENERATIONS, SO THAT WHATEVER STORY THE PATRIARCHS HAD TO TELL, THEY WERE ABLE TO PASS IT ON TO OTHER GENERATIONS. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IS HOW THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN, BUT IT IS A FACT ANYHOW. WHEN YOU COME TO MOSES, THE MAN WHO WROTE THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS IN THE BIBLE, THE BIBLE ITSELF TELLS US THAT MOSES WAS SCHOOLED IN ALL THE MANNER OF THE EGYPTIANS. HE HAD EDUCATION, AND HE HAD NATURAL TALENT, BUT IN SPITE OF HIS EDUCATION AND HIS NATURAL TALENT, I BELIEVE THAT FORTY YEAR SPAN IN THE WILDERNESS WAS LONG ENOUGH FOR GOD TO INSPIRE HIM TO SET IN WRITING, A RECORD OF HISTORY AND TIME RELATIVE TO THE HOUR THEY WERE PASSING THROUGH. ACTUALLY EXODUS, LEVITICUS, NUMBERS AND DEUTERONOMY CONTAIN EVENTS THAT TRANSPIRED DURING THAT FORTY YEAR WILDERNESS JOURNEY, WHILE THE BOOK OF GENESIS COVERS EVERYTHING FROM THE BEGINNING OF OUR ORIGIN ALL THE WAY UP UNTIL THE HOUR OF MOSES. SO WE SURELY MUST REALIZE THAT WHAT MOSES WROTE CONTAINED MORE THAN JUST SOME ORAL STORY LEFT ALIVE, FOR CERTAIN WORDS BEGAN TO CHANGE, AND NO NATURAL STORY PASSED FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, ORALLY THROUGH THE CENTURIES IS GOING TO CARRY ALL OF THAT IN ITS TRUE AUTHENTICITY. THEREFORE I AM CONVINCED THAT GOD DEFINITELY DEALT WITH MOSES THROUGH DIVINE REVELATION, ESPECIALLY IN THE EARLY CHAPTERS OF THE BOOK OF GENESIS THAT COVER THE PERIOD FROM EDEN TO THE FLOOD. GOD GAVE HIM INSPIRATION ON WHAT TO WRITE. REVELATION APART FROM EDUCATION As we deal with this subject on how God reveals Himself, I pray that He will enable me to say these things in a way that young people can understand. Because if Jesus tarries His coming, you young people should be among those walking the earth with the same revelation those Jews had, when the Church was first started on the day of Pentecost. You should know who God is, what He is, and you should know what He has purposed to do in the redemption of lost mankind. It is going to be up to you to decide what is right, and what is wrong. You will not be able to turn to this world of religion for spiritual advice. What you have in your heart by divine revelation is what you will have to depend on. This world of religion is in a mess of confusion. They all say they believe the word of God, yet I am thoroughly convinced that God does not commit Himself to these intellectual minds just so they will have something to play with. He only commits Himself to that intelligence that is humble enough to respect Him for His intelligence and His ability to communicate with us earthly creatures. I do not mean to sound like I am putting virtue on being uneducated; I am only pointing to the fact that it takes more than just an intellectual mind to get a revelation from the word of God. He can use your education, but education is not a requirement in order to receive something from God.

GOD–THE STRONG ONE

Now as you go to the first verse in the Bible, where Moses begins to write the creation story, we do not find him dealing with dates, months, years and such like. He is more inspired to relate something that begins to portray God in His identity, or we will say, or the names that He will reveal himself through as time progresses. Naturally we are reading from an English translation, translated from the Hebrew scriptures, so let us see what we are looking at here. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The English word God, comes from the Hebrew word EL, or ELOHIM, which means STRONG ONE. In the beginning the Strong One created the heaven and the earth. We are not going to dwell on these particular words, but just enough to give you the meaning. We have to realize that if we are truly worshiping a God, we have to believe that He is strong enough, and mighty enough, to be the Creator and life giver of everything that exists. We need to explore Him, and understand Him for His greatness, for, not to be settled on that first of all, will cause you to have a wavering mind. That is why religion in general is left with a concept of God, that really never allows them to get settled on whether He had a mind that knew anything, or not. That is why so many preachers fight against the teaching of predestination, because they will not accept the fact that God foreknew anything. I would hate to think that a man like the apostle Paul, the man who wrote most of the New Testament epistles, believed a false doctrine, and taught it. To me, predestination is a beautiful revelation. I rest in the fact, that before God ever created anything, He already knew how everything was going to turn out. Praise His name. I can put my trust in a God like that. How about you ? So, “In the beginning God (Elohim, the Strong One) created the heaven and the earth.” It does not tell us when; it only tells us that He did it. Revealing Himself here, as the Strong One, is only the beginning of the record of how God reveals Himself through a deity name. Our critics who believe the trinity teaching, will reach a certain place in the scriptures, and then jump to conclusions, because there are three primary deity names through which He (God) reveals His majestic existence. They say these three prove that there is a plurality of persons, but that He is still one God. I believe, that as we move along in the scriptures, anyone can plainly see that this is a false concept of God, and only a theological allusion, a play on words. That is why I gave this message the title, “God Reveals Himself.” He truly does reveals Himself to those who are open for such a revelation. SELF EXISTENT ONE Now according to the record here, men are prone to say, God created everything in six days of twenty four hours each, but we need to realize that these six creative days are actually regenerative periods of time, whereby God brought the planet earth out of its prehistoric state of judgment, and got it ready for its next cycle. This is man’s cycle, and it only dates back about six thousand years. That is why your scientists of today, will not accept the so called Christianity version of creation. They have discovered various things that they know dates back millions of years so why should they be expected to believe the earth has only been in existence for six thousand years? It is all in the way Genesis has been interpreted. When I was a little boy, going to Sunday school, everyone had the idea that the earth was made in six 24 hour days, and they were ready to argue about it: That is what the Bible says, Sure the Bible says that, but you and me can be looking at it wrong. It certainly is not the Bible that is wrong, it is just that men look at it wrong. If you can allow yourself to see a judgment between verses 1 and 2 of the first chapter of Genesis, it will clear up your thinking on a lot of things. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, but notice the very next sentence. “And the earth was without form, and void.” That lets us know that when God started this process of regeneration, the earth was already here, but in a void state, not a prehistoric inhabited state, but a void state. Angels had been tested on this old planet, and God’s judgment on the whole thing, had left the planet in a void state of darkness, and without form. Therefore coming on through the six regenerative days, or periods, we come to Genesis 2, verse 4, where we find another deity identity revealed. Notice now, “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD GOD made the earth and the heavens.” In Genesis 1:1, but here, it is Lord God. It is still the same strong one, but the word LORD, goes before it. It literally means He is Master. But the Hebrew meaning is SELF EXISTENT, so now we have two deity titles (we should call them titles, rather than names) through which God reveals himself. He is the Strong One, and He is Self existent. We are not dealing with an object; we are dealing with a Spirit. God the Creator is a Spirit, and John 4:24, says, “And they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.” That is the reason the second commandment says, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth,” because God is a Spirit, and anything such as is mentioned would be an idol. God is a Spirit, and He is one, but let us go back to Genesis 1:26, and read the verse all trinity people point to, trying to prove their three persons God. They try to read between the lines, and when they do, they come up with something that will not fit into the picture other scriptures present to us. Let us just read this verse as a trinity person would. “And God (Elohim) said, Let us (the three persons of the Godhead) make man in our own image, after our likeness.” Now saints, if there was actually a trinity (three persons) in the Godhead, and we were made in that image and likeness, we would be three headed creatures. Now Bro. Jackson: Why do you say that? Simply because you cannot have a plurality of persons, and call that plurality a single one. Three persons definitely have to have three separate minds. They try to get around that by saying, Well, man is body, soul and spirit. That of course is true, but there is only one mind involved, so it cannot possibly be the same thing. The spirit being, that we are, comes from God. That makes us that much in His likeness, but until God incorporates within it the attributes of what we call, the soul of man, it has no mind. It has no ability to even be conscious of its existence. Then, until that spirit man is placed in a body, it has nothing through which to function on earth. Nevertheless it is that spirit and intellect part of us that is in the image and likeness of God. The body is only for the purpose of giving us contact with the earth. The body itself has no mind. But what about the brain, some will say? That is only the physical organ through which the intelligence of the soul operates. When death takes the spirit from the body, that brain is as dead as last years maple leaves. Therefore we will say it like this. The mind is that part of man which is in the spirit, so when the spirit departs, the body including the brain, is dead. It takes body, soul and spirit to make up the complete man that God put on earth, but the body is not in the image of God: it is in the image God of the earth, so you tell me, What is there about man, that is in the image of God? You will have to agree, it is the spirit, the part that has the intellect. When you try to make God three persons in verse 26, you run into trouble in verse 27, and you stay in trouble throughout the rest of the Bible. I have said many times, If God were three persons, then there would have been places in the Old Testament where the other two persons would have been manifested to the patriarchs as God dealt with them. But no, it is always just the Father, the invisible one who is Spirit, and has no physical substance. There were temporary projections from the Father, that typed what the Son was to be in time, but there was never any person that could be identified as the eternal Son of God, seen in the Old Testament. The Son had a beginning, just two thousand years ago, and the Holy Ghost is that same Spirit that the Father is, only working in regeneration, instead of creation. So the point is, What does the word “us” in Genesis 1:26 imply? Is it one of three persons of the Godhead saying, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” or is it the one God who is Spirit, and not a person, speaking to His angelic family that assist Him in creation? We will prove by the scriptures, that He was speaking to His angelic helpers, by proving that angels do assist God.

GOD IS A SPIRIT

When God called Abraham, and said to him, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: and I will make of thee a great nation;” He appeared to him periodically, in various ways. In the 18th chapter of Genesis, He appeared to him in a theophany body along with two other men. Abraham bowed to Him and said, My Lord, if now I have found favor in they sight, pass not away I pray thee, from thy servant. Now that was not the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, that came walking down the road that day: one was a temporary manifestation of Jehovah, but the other two were angels. Verse 22 tells us that the other two men left Abraham, and went toward Sodom, and the first verse of chapter 19, tells us that they were angels. In verse 13, of that chapter they said, The Lord hath sent us to destroy this place, and in verse 24, it says that the Lord rained fire and brimstone out of heaven upon those cities, so I believe we can clearly see that angels do assist God in whatever He does. Over in the New Testament, when the Father which is Spirit, incarnated His Son Jesus, and led Him into the wilderness, where He was tempted of the devil, angels were right there to minister to Him, when it was all over. Then when Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and told him how He had seen him sitting under the fig tree, and Nathanael answered like he did, What did Jesus say to Him? He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” So my question to you is, If that was God incarnate, what do the angels have to do with it? It has to be the fact that angels assist God. Not that a sovereign God needs help, it is just simply the fact that He does delegate to them the responsibility of fulfilling His plan and purpose. In Genesis 1:26, He said, Let us make man in our image, and in verse 27 we read these words, “So God created man in His own image.” It does not say we were created in the image of the angels, it says we were created in the image of God. Well we have two words in verse 26, US and OUR, that cause carnal minds to run wild, but it should not, for God is a Spirit, and the angels are spirits. He is our Father, Because He is the Creator, and that makes Him the Father of the angels also. Therefore what we have here, is one sovereign Spirit, speaking to angels, which are His helpers in creation. It is His plan that is being carried out. Ephesians, chapter 1, tells us that He counseled with Himself, and decided to do certain things. “So God (singular) created man in His (singular) own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” HIS and HE, are both singular pronouns, therefore there is no possible way to apply them to a three persons God. In other words, the revelation is in verse 27, but the trinitarians always want to stop in verse 26. Their spiritual blindness never allows them to even consider the revelation that is contained in verse 27: Then when you look at the word US, there are two more places where that terminology is used, and it is very clear, that it does not apply to a trinity.

GOD’S HELPERS

Let us go to the 3rd chapter. Adam and Eve have sinned, God has come on the scene, and they are being cursed, so let us pick up in verse 22. “And the LORD GOD said, (Notice that second deity title used again there.) Behold, the man is become as one of us.” (The word us, is a plural term, but it certainly does not apply to three persons of the Godhead. I believe, if you will notice what God placed at a certain place, to guard the way to the tree of life, you will understand what the word us, pertained to. “The man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: (Notice verse 23 now) Therefore the Lord God (Jehovah Elohim) sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.” That lets you see whose decision it was, that Adam and Eve be expelled from the garden. “So He (Jehovah Elohim) drove out the man; (Adam and Eve) and He (singular) placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims, (more than one angel) and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep th way of the tree of life.” If God were three persons: that verse would need to say, “They drove the man out of the garden.” No. It is God, a sovereign Spirit, working through His angelic family, as He executes His plan for mankind. But why does it say, The man has become as one of us? You may still say. Because God is a Spirit, and He knows good and evil, or maybe we should say, They know good from evil. They have already been tested, in a prehistoric era of time, and it is the fact that they chose good over evil, that they are privileged to assist God in what He does. All those angels that chose evil rather than good, when they were tested, are now known as evil spirits. They assist the devil in what he does. Therefore the word us, pertains to God and His angelic helpers. They helped Him in creation, and they continue to help Him, as He deals with His creation.

LANGUAGE CONFUSED

Let us go to chapter 11 now, where we will see another usage of the term us. This is after the flood, when the earth has again been repopulated, and all the people spoke the same language and stayed together. They journeyed from the east to a plain in the land of Shinar, and there, they decided to stay. So let us begin in verse 3, and read a few verses. “And they said one to another, Go to, (get ready) let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar, And they said, Go to, (meaning, Get ready) let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven: and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” That lets us see what the people were doing, and now, verse 5 begins to show what God is doing, because of their oneness of purpose. “And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Now we find God saying, Get ready.) Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” There you find God again using the word us, and this is the last time you will find the word used in relationship to His deity identity, but once again, I say, It is the Eternal God, the Strong One, the Master, the Self Existent One, saying to His angelic helpers, “Let us go down, and there confound their language.” Brother I can see one angel going with one dialect, and another angel going with a different dialect, and on and on, no telling how many different ones. Just try to imagine what that must have been like. The sun went down that day, and they could all still talk to each other. As they head for home, it is just like any other day, see you in the morning, George. Alright Ben, get a good night’s sleep. But when the sun rose the next morning, they all headed back to work, what a conglomeration. No. God never caused any confusion within the household; that would have defeated His purpose. The wife awakened and said, Good morning honey, just like always, and he replied, Good morning honey. They understood each other perfectly, and I am convinced that the children of every household could all still communicate with each other, if they could talk at all. But brother, when George stepped out, and started down the trail toward the tower, and met old Ben, down by his place, it was quite a different story. When George said, Good morning Be, it probably sounded to Ben, like he was making fun of him. Instead of going to work, they probably spent the whole morning yelling at each other, and not understanding a word the other one said. Why? Because “us” went down and confused their language. It was the Lord’s authority that ordered it done, but I am thoroughly convinced that it was His angelic helpers that actually went down to do the job. God did not have to do it that way, but that is the way He delegates authority among His faithful angels. Did not the apostle Paul say in Hebrews 1:14, concerning angels, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Do you think Paul just dreamed that up? Or would you be willing to accept the fact that he had a revelation? As I said, When the Son of God was driven into the wilderness, where He fasted for forty days and nights, and was then turned over to the devil, for the most serious trial of His life, it was angels that came and ministered to Him. The angels did not minister to the Elohim that was in Him; they were ministering to the physical, emotional part, which was the man, apart from what the Father was, in him.

 MELCHIZEDEK APPEARS

Let us move along, for we want to look at another deity title, through which God reveals Himself. We are in chapter 14. Abraham is in the land of Canaan, the land God gave to him. He has already been down in Egypt, and returned again. He and his nephew Lot, have separated, and divided their goods, and so forth. Lot chose to dwell in the areas of Sodom and Gomorrah, and Abraham took the hill country. But in the course of time, Abraham hears that his nephew has been kidnapped by some invading kings, so he takes 318 of his trained servants, and goes to rescue him. Then on his way back, with his nephew and the others that he had rescued, along with the spoil they had taken, he is met by the king of Sodom, and we will start reading in verse 17. Abraham is a married man, so when I say single, that has nothing to do with his marital status. But I am using him as a single individual, chosen by God, out of a certain racial structure of people. The Bible tells us he was a Syrian. God called him from the land of the Chaldeans, beyond the Euphrates valley, separated him from his family, and brought him down into this land called Canaan. God never explained everything to him, but He did tell him that He was going to give him all that land, and that He was going to multiply His seed. So what we want to look at, is one of the various times that God appeared to him, and I believe we can see something unfold here. Abraham has already defeated the invading kings, and he is on his way back to Sodom, to turn the spoil over, and he meets the king of Sodom, from whence it was taken. This next verse presents us with a beautiful setting. Up until this time, Abraham had not had an experience like this. “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.” The Hebrew words for MOST HIGH GOD is El Elyon, This is another deity title implying as to what Jehovah is, the Highest. You will also find Him referred to like that, in the first chapter of Luke, when the angel of the Lord came to Mary, and spoke to her concerning her conception. “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest.” That lets us know that the Father of Jesus is the Most High God, El Elyon. But notice Luke 1:35, how the angel answered Mary, when she asked, “How can this be, seeing I know not a man?” That was a natural question for a virgin girl to ask, “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the HIGHEST shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the SON OF GOD.” We have been through this many times, proving that the Holy Spirit, (called by the trinitarians, the third person of the Godhead) and the Father, are one and the selfsame Spirit, so I hope you can all see the reality of one God who is Spirit, manifesting Himself in three offices. But let us get back to this Melchizedek, who the Bible says was the priest of the Most High God. We have got to realize who this man was. Scofield says he was a Gentile king of Salem, but Scofield is wrong, because Paul tells us, over in the epistle to the Hebrews, who he was. He was none other than Jehovah Himself, manifesting Himself in the likeness of king and priest. Where? Near the ancient, pagan city of the Jebusites, called Salem, at that time. Why was God characterizing Himself in this fashion, as He appeared to Abraham? He was giving a preview of something that would transpire in centuries to come. Here we see God Himself, in a theophany body, serving bread and wine to Abraham. He furnished the bread and wine, so what was He doing? He was offering him communion, which set a type. Actually everything that Melchizedek was in type, would literally be set forth in centuries to come, through the seed of Abraham, which was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This Son of God, was the seed of Abraham, through which all the families of the earth should be blessed. In other words, this type was to be set, near the place where God’s sacrifice would literally be offered for the sins of the whole world, and it was from that very city, (after it was renamed Jerusalem) that Jesus ascended to heaven, and was seated on the right hand of His majesty, as the priest of the Most High God. Brothers and Sisters: That is where Jesus is today. We are here, and He is there, and He is fulfilling exactly, what this Melchizedek was in type. God was just simply giving Abraham a preview of that which was to come. Abraham probably did not understand the actual meaning, but the important thing is, that we catch what was being typed. Jesus is not yet King, but the type was to cover the whole scope of what He would be, in time. So we see that Abraham partook of the bread and wind, and then turned right around, and payed tithe of all that he had. This is where Paul got the revelation that he set forth in the 7th chapter of Hebrews, which we will read in a minute. God was beginning to reveal Himself as an actual person, to an earthly person, but let me quickly say, That person was not an eternal object; it was only for that one time of communication, and then it ceased to exist. Abraham never did go back there to that place, trying to see that man again, for he knew good and well who He was, and he knew not to expect to see Him in that form again. I like the way Paul portrays his revelation of this, over in the epistle to the Hebrews, so let us read that now. Your theologians look at this Melchizedek and say, He was none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. But the real revelation is, it was the Most High God characterizing the Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews, chapter 7, is where we want to read. “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of The Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; (Verse 3 lets us know that it was not he Lord Jesus Christ, for notice what it says,) Without father, without mother, (Jesus the Christ had a mother, but this Melchizedek had no father nor mother) without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.” Jesus had a beginning of days; He was born in a little town called Bethlehem, almost two thousand years ago. So Paul says, He was made like unto the Son of God. That is exactly what it was all about; a preview of something that was to come. I said earlier, that we are heading for the first chapter of John, as we explore how God reveals Himself, for we want to show what that terminology really pertains to. I feel like we can deal with this message in a way that will help some grasp a clearer picture of the oneness of God. Once we get it in our mind that God is a Spirit, and that He never existed in an eternal form, much of the Bible will clear up immediately. How many times have we read the book of Genesis, just page after page without ever really seeing what is developing?

GOD SPOKE TO THE FATHERS

When God called Abraham, to go down into a land that He would give him, God, at that time, was setting in motion His plan of redemption. Time would develop many things, and through each stage God would reveal Himself in a greater way. Abraham did not know when God first called him, that he was going to be the father of many nations; he was just obeying the voice of God one step at a time, you might say. God spoke to him both by audible voice as well a through visions, and told him that He would give him Canaan; and that He would make his seed as the dust of the earth for number. So as time passed, and he got word that his nephew had been taken captive by those invading kings, it was only natural that he would do whatever he could, to get him and the others back, and his actions must have pleased God, for as he returned from the slaughter of those kings, that is when God appeared to him in the likeness of that king-priest of Salem. King of Salem, and priest of the Most High God. Actually Melchizedek, as a permanent figure, did not even exist. As I said, He was only a manifestation of that one sovereign Spirit, the Creator, the Elohim. This is one of the things that Paul was looking at, when he started writing the epistle to the Hebrews. Notice the wording here in Hebrews 1. “God, (Elohim) who at sundry times (various times) and in divers manners (different ways) spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, (Abraham was a prophet. God spoke to King Abimelech, and told him that Abraham was a prophet.) Hath in these last days (meaning as the Old Testament dispensation was coming to a close, and a new covenant was to be introduced.) spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things.” We are going to find out, as we go along in the Old Testament, that all of these manifestations where God revealed Himself, were those various times, and different manners, that Paul was writing about, there in Hebrews. Each manifestation, always portrayed something that Jehovah would fulfill in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why Paul could say that this Melchizedek was made like unto the Son of God. Therefore as we look back at those various ways that God revealed Himself to mankind, we can see that this invisible God was foreshadowing what He would do for lost mankind, that was cut off from his creator, and always groping, reaching out, trying to understand something about God. Through the centuries, men have felt the need to worship a god, but they could not understand an invisible God. That is why the pagans would make a stone god, or some tangible object they could hold on to. They wanted a god they could see and touch. That is why God, when He brought the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage and gave them a law, one of those commandments was, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. He was not talking about personal pictures, if there was such a thing. He was talking about them trying to make a graven image like unto God. There is no way anyone could make an image of an invisible Spirit, and that is what God is, so it is no wonder people have such difficulty trying to understand Him. It takes a revelation of the Spirit, to understand anything about God. As I said, I doubt if Abraham understood everything that God prefigured through those manifestations, and Abraham certainly would not be around when any of it would be fulfilled, but God was starting it through him. So as Melchizedek brought forth the bread and wine, and served it to Abraham, what did that prefigure? Was that not the very elements that Jesus took from the Passover supper, and served to His disciples? He blessed the bread, broke it, and said, “Take, eat, this is my body. Then He passed the cup saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” This was prefigured by the Creator, through this from called Melchizedek, priest of the Most High God. Abraham did not even have a child when God began showing him what He would do for lost mankind through his seed, but as we are privileged to look back and see all these things, oh how precious they are. At this point, let me say, That was the expressed thought of God, manifested in that manner, so that helps us to better understand St. John, chapter 1, verses 1-3, when we get there, and then we read verse 14, which says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” John was a Jew. He was a seed of Abraham, and always knew that God is a Spirit, so it was simple for him to say, In the beginning was the word. But we English speaking people, because of the way it is translated, many times we do not catch the actual thought. Now let me say this, Melchizedek was a temporary manifestation of the thought of Jehovah expressed, but please understand this; it is only a temporary figure that you are looking at, and there is only one mind being operated, the mind of Jehovah. You do not have a spirit mind, and then a human mind, because this Melchizedek is not an actual physical living being; he is only a theophany form. So keep in mind, that was the expressed thought of Jehovah, or word of God, and we want to watch it, as it develops further on. Remember, the first thing he characterized was king and priest. This lets us know that in centuries to come, when the seed of Abraham, through whom all the families of the earth would be blessed, would come. He would ascend into heaven, and take His position as priest of the Most High God. Then there will come the day, when He will descend from heaven, back to Jerusalem, the old Jebusite city once called Salem, before it was taken over by the seed of Abraham, and there, He will rule for a thousand years. That was all prefigured through Melchizedek.

ABRAHAM QUESTIONS GOD

Now let us go to the 15th chapter of Genesis, and read the first three verses. “After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram (I have been calling him Abraham, but actually even at this particular time, his name is called Abram. God changed it later. Notice now how the Lord came unto him,) in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. (This is again, the mind of God expressed, but it is in a minor form, compared to the theophany Abram has just seen prior to that.) And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou has give no seen: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.” What we are seeing here, is God, in the process of confirming a covenant with this man, concerning both the land He has promised to give him, and the seed that was to be as the sand on the seashore for number. So Abram says, Lord God, what wilt thou give me? Verse 14, “And behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And He brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord: and He counted it to him for righteousness. And He said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.” It is important that we notice how the Lord is dealing with him, both concerning the land, and also the seed that is to inherit it. “And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?” He has asked God a question, Whereby shall I know? So we come to the first time God has ever instructed any man on how to offer a sacrifice, and what to offer. Up until this time, it seems like men were just left to their own conscience, as to what sacrifice to offer, and how to offer it. But now, God becomes specific, and stipulates certain things. “And He said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, (all of these are animals) and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” From Eden until now, it is not even recorded that any man ever offered this kind of sacrifice, in this numerous way. But God has spoken to him in a very specific way, as he asked the question. How will I know that I am going to inherit it? This was God’s way of starting with Abraham, the very form of sacrifice that would be required to offer under the law, when He would bring Abraham’s seed out of Egypt, and give them a specific set of instructions. Each animal meant a certain thing, and was to be offered as a certain type of sacrifice. This was the beginning, where God put into Abraham the knowledge of everything that He was going to work through, and work by, as his seed would multiply and become as the stars of heaven. Verse 10, “And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against the other, but the birds divided he not.” Actually as he killed those animals, he cut them right down the backbone, and laid each half, one against the other. “And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.” Naturally what Abram was doing, was not something that could be done in 15 minutes. It took a while for him to kill all those animals, but them up, and lay them out there on the ground, and during this time, the buzzards found out what was going on, and here they came, and while Abram was waiting upon god to receive his sacrifice, he had to keep driving them away. It do not know if Abram knew what to expect God to do, or not, but he did know that there would be some sort of manifestation, so he just kept driving the buzzards away, while he waited. “And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and low, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And He (God) said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, (he did not even have any seed) and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.” God has told Abram what to offer as a sacrifice, as they prepare to seal this covenant, and as Abram obeyed, while he was waiting upon the Lord to receive it, even while he was driving away the birds, he fell off into a deep sleep. This of course, is when the Lord came to him. But in this sleep, he falls into a great horror of darkness. This horror of darkness was the fact that God spoke to him about going to his fathers in a peace, an about being buried in a good old age. God was telling him how his seed would be afflicted four hundred years, and at that time, he had no seed. Well the fact that God is telling him all of this in advance, lets us know that it is important that these things be understood, if we want to get a true picture of the Godhead. If there was a Father, as a person, and a Son, as a person, pre-existing with the Father, and equal in authority, and the Holy Ghost is yet another such person, you would have to see the other two persons manifested from time to time. But the point is, God (the singular, sovereign Spirit) is the only one you see working the whole thing out. Every manifestation was always pointing forward to the time when that one seed of Abraham would come upon the scene, reveal the Father to a chosen few, and then give his life on that old rugged, to pay our sin debt once and for all. Jesus the Son of God, was the very Word that lay there in the mind of the Father, as He gave these various glimpses to the patriarchs through the centuries. They were types and shadows of what would be fulfilled in that one seed. No wonder Paul could write of Abraham, That he journeyed in a strange land, looking for a city whose builder and maker is God. He had seen enough to let him know God was working out a great plan. Paul said, “By faith he (Abraham) sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” He had been shown, that he would not live long enough to see the consummation of all that was promised, but that he would live long enough to see certain types set in motion. The beauty of it all, is that Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness. A simple faith and trust is what God is looking for, in all of His children. Paul wrote in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that HE is a rewarder of them that diligently seed Him.”

COVENANT CONFIRMED WITH ABRAHAM

Let us continue on in Genesis 15, verse 16. “But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites, is not yet full. And it came to pass, that , when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.” As Abram saw that, he knew that God had accepted his sacrifice, and that this was God’s way of confirming the covenant. “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites ,and the Hittites, and the Perrizzites, and the Rephaims, and the Amorites and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites and the Jebusites.” The Jebusites were the ones that possessed the city of Salem, where Melchizedek had appeared to Abraham, or Abram. But now, as we move over into the 17th chapter we see God revealing Himself to Abram again, through another deity title, and there is no way this title could be tacked on one person of a three person Godhead. Verse 1, “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God: walk with me, and be thou perfect.” The Hebrew word for ALMIGHTY GOD is El Shaddai, so to this point He has been known as STRONG ONE, THE HIGHEST, THE SELF EXISTENT, and now THE ALMIGHTY GOD. “And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying. As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.” In each of these experiences, God keeps confirming to Abram, you are going to have a son; an heir to the promise I have given you, concerning the land. So when this was all lined out, then God moves on the scene to change Abram’s name. “Neither shall thy name be called any more Abram, but thy name shall be called Abraham; (Why?) For a father of many nations have I made thee.” The name Abraham, means, father of multitude. Just one old man, almost a hundred years old, and his wife almost ninety, and God has just given him a name that speaks of him being the Father of a multitude. I can just hear Abraham telling his wife about all of these experiences Abraham had had. I imagine that after so long a time, she got to thinking. This sounds like just so much repetition. That is what caused her to get the idea to give her maid to her husband, (chapter 16) so that he could have a son by her. She was getting impatient about the whole idea. She wanted to hurry up, and get the whole thing over with. You can read chapter 16 and get the whole story. After Hagar conceived, Sarah (still Sarai, at that time) Abram’s wife, saw that she was despised in Hagar’s eyes. (That is the kind of trouble we get in, when we get ahead of God.) So she complained to Abram, and he said, She is your maid; do whatever pleases you. Well what pleased Sarai, was to run her off, and that is what she did. The next thing you know, the poor soul is visited by the angel of the Lord, out in the wilderness. He said to her, “What aileth thee Hagar? Fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad (Ishmael) where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, an hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.” This son of Abraham was to be the father of a great multitude also, but the covenant the Lord made with him, was to be passed down through Isaac. We also see in the 17th chapter, that God gave Abraham’s wife a different name, saying, “As for SARAI thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. And I bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.” During this same period of time, God also established the covenant of circumcision with Abraham, requiring that every male child of his house, over eight days old, should be circumcised. God said, “My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.” So we have seen God change the names of Abram and Sarai, to Abraham and Sarah and, He has promised to give Sarah a son, with whom He would establish an everlasting covenant, that would be with him and his seed. After God finished speaking to Abraham, he set about the task of circumcising himself and all the men and boys of his household, and that brings us down to chapter 18, as we follow these manifestations of Jehovah.

SARAH’S HEART DISCERNED

We have already touched on this, but let us look a little further, as we begin reading in verse 1. This is where God is coming on the scene to really execute the promise. “And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre; and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; (That would be somewhere around noon time.) And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him: (You have to notice the wording here, because those three men were still off in distance from him.) And when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, (That shows they were not standing right beside him, for he had to run to meet them) and bowed himself toward the ground, and said MY LORD, if now I have found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant.” This where we find out that one of these three figures, is Jehovah Himself, in a theophany form. In this manifestation He is a prophet, so there is your type of another office the Son of God would fulfill in due time. We have already seen Him as king and priest, and now He is a prophet. This characterized the first earthly role Jesus the Christ would fulfill, along with the discerning of the hearts of mankind, as we see him discerning Sarah’s thoughts a little further on. This was the very thing Jesus ministered to the Israelite people, and through it, many of them declared, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Even the Samaritan woman declared, We know that when the Messiah cometh, He will tell us all these things, and Jesus answered, I that speak unto thee, am He. It was that gift of discernment, that caused Nathanael to cry out, “Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” As I said earlier, you can read the book of Genesis, and read right over all of these manifestations of Jehovah, without even considering what they are pointing to, but saints, I get excited when I see how God prefigured everything Jesus, the Christ, would be, and everything He would do. As was the case with Melchizedek, the mind being expressed here in chapter 18, as this man speaks to Abraham, is the supreme mind of Jehovah. There is no human mind involved. When this figure leaves Abraham, he will no longer exist. Every theophany form that Jehovah appeared in, was only a temporary manifestation, for some specific purpose, and then it would be gone. But like we said earlier, Jehovah was accompanied by two angels, when he came to Abraham there. It just lets you see that angels are always present, when God is doing anything. It was the angels, that always executed the mind of Jehovah. That is what caused Paul to write, in the 2nd chapter of Hebrews, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.” I always take every opportunity to point to the fact, that the us, in Genesis 1:26, is God (the Elohim) and His angelic helpers, instead of a three persons God, like the trinitarians teach. Now when this man came walking up the road toward Abraham’s tent. I am convinced, that he did not look in his appearance, like a king, nor like a businessman. I would say his appearance was like the old prophets, but Abraham recognized who it was, and said, MY LORD, not my lords. He was the one that did the talking to Abraham, after Abraham had fed him. Abraham rushed into the tent, and told Sarah to make some bread, and then he ran to the field, and brought a calf to be dressed for their meal. Then when it was all prepared, he set the meal before them, out under a tree, and stood by them while they ate. It was at this time, they asked him, Where is Sarah thy wife? Abraham said, She is in the tent. Then this one figure that Abraham had called, My Lord, said to him, “I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was BEHIND Him.” While He was talking, Sarah was in the door of the tent listening, and laughing to herself. Verse 12, “Therefore Sarah laughed within herself saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord (Abraham) being old also?” God waited until they were so old, in the natural, it seemed impossible for such a thing to happen, a ninety year old woman having a child. God let Abraham walk with Him twenty give years before He gave him a son by Sarah. So while Sarah was behind Him, laughing within herself, God said to Abraham, “Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” Sarah really changed her attitude when she realized that He had discerned her very thoughts. She even denied laughing, but He said, “Nay; but thou didst laugh.” After that, the three men rose up, and headed for Sodom, and Abraham walked with them, as they left his place. That is when the Lord told him what He was going to do, because of the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all the rest of this chapter you find Abraham pleading for the righteous souls that might be in those cities. The Lord Himself, stayed back with Abraham, and the two angels headed for Sodom. They already knew what had to be done. But what we have seen back here, is a gift, and a ministry that was going to be manifested through the seed of Abraham. In other words, Jehovah came to Abraham, to tell him it was time for the promised son to be brought into the picture, (Not that day, but very soon, Sarah would conceive,) a son that would be the beginning of a long line of the seed of Abraham, and one day, the seed that was typed that day, would come on the scene in Israel, doing exactly what Jehovah did, when He prophesied, and discerned Sarah’s thoughts. He is one God, who is Spirit, but He can come on the scene, and manifest Himself in many ways, and at various times. That was how He did it in the Old Testament, but in these last days, He hath spoken unto us through His dear Son, Paul says. His dear Son was the climax of all those various manifestations we have been looking at. I am not trying to make this subject sound technical, but from time to time, people say things that cause me to realize the need to deal with certain subjects the way I do. We went up to Bloomington for a service a while back, and as I was getting ready to leave, after a wonderful service, a young man stepped into the little room where I went to get my coat, and said, Bro. Jackson: I want to apologize to you. Two years ago when I was down at your convention, and you preached the message titled,”The Invisible and Visible God,” I could not accept what you preached about the Godhead. I left there and said some things about you, that I should not have said. I told a lot of people how wrong the things you preached were. Bro. Jackson: he said, I have learned a lot since then: I came from the extreme oneness side of Pentecost, and what you taught just struck me wrong. He said, I still do not understand everything, but I understand a lot of things today, that I did not understand then, so I am asking you to forgive me. I said, Brother, I did not even know that you had said anything about me; sure, I will forgive you. But on the way home, that bore upon my mind and caused me to realize that these messages on the Godhead are really needed. It is impossible to get a true revelation from the Bible, if you do not first get a proper revelation of the Godhead. Oh, there are some basic things like John 3:16 and Romans 3:23, and so forth, but when you get into the doctrines of the scriptures, and the things that really require a revelation, a revelation of the Godhead comes first. Just knowing Greek and Hebrew is not enough. It may help you translate the scriptures, but knowing all that Greek and Hebrew will never give you a revelation. Now some may say, What right has a man with only an eighth grade education, to tell us what certain words in the Bible mean? But to me, that just shows what the Holy Ghost can do; He does not have to have a highly educated mind to work through. Those old fishermen Jesus chose to be His apostles, did not carry diplomas from seminaries and Bible schools, so why should it require that, to understand what they taught? The natural mind is not what receives a spiritual revelation anyway. What you have only in your mind is not really a revelation to you, no matter how well you may know it. But let us get back to our subject.

THE EVERLASTING GOD

God the Father of all creation, sovereignly manifested Himself in these various forms, to set a type of the one man that would come into the world, and take upon Himself the sins of all mankind, and bear them in His own body upon that old cross. He was prophet, priest, and King, but not all at the same time. He walked among mankind for three and a half years as a prophet, He has been in glory for almost two thousand years fulfilling that priestly office on our behalf, and one day in the not too distant future, He will take the throne of His father David, where He will rule as King, for a thousand years. So we just have to see that every manifestation of Jehovah was pointing to some phase of what that seed of Abraham would fulfill on behalf of lost mankind. Those deity titles always portrayed something that God is, in relation to His creation and especially to mankind. When He revealed Himself as Strong One, that shows that He can do all things. When He revealed Himself as Self Existent, that means He always was, and always will be. Never was born, and never will die. The other major deity title is El Olam, meaning, Everlasting God. That gives us five major deity titles, that Jehovah was known by, as we come through the book of Genesis. Then we come to one that is not an important deity title, but it is one that He revealed Himself to the children of Israel by, Jehovah Sabaoth, meaning, Lord of Hosts. Therefore regardless of what the trinitarians may say, you do not see a trinity revealed in these deity titles. You can only see a trinity in the manifestation of the objects they really are. All through the Old Testament, regardless of where you read, you will always see the ONE God, which is Spirit, on the scene, and never any reason to believe that He is three persons. Then after we leave Genesis, we see many other times where He would appear to the patriarchs in an angelic form, or rather, we should say, We see angels conveying the presence of God to those men, speaking as God Himself. That lets us see further that God always works through His angelic family.

DEITY TITLES–REDEMPTIVE TITLES

Saint: I do not mean to make my points a continual repetition, but taking the subject, and going at it from different angles, we are trying to help people get a better picture of the Godhead, that will mean something to them. Not necessarily so they can explain every detail, but so they can have it settled in their own hearts, and be able to understand a truth from God’s word. Therefore, let me say this: As we come on through the Old Testament, at various times when certain patriarchs were brought under severe trials, God would reveal Himself to them through a redemptive name. Now please understand, a deity name, or title, is one thing, and a redemptive title is something else. A deity title speaks of what God is, and a redemptive title speaks of what He is able to do for man. We printed an article on the seven redemptive names, and pointed out that each one was always connected with the word Jehovah, which in English, means, Lord, or Master. In other words, as problems, circumstances, and situations would arise, God would reveal Himself, and reach out to man in that particular need, by expressing an attribute that could deal with the situation. He is an invisible Spirit, capable of meeting every need of mankind. But as the pagans had it, they needed a different god for every set of circumstances. That was a result of mankind multiplying upon the face of the earth, and losing their understanding of the invisible God. They started to build idols, statues of every description, that they could bow down to, and worship. Then they started to build altars, and offer sacrifices of all kinds, with festivities and rituals. They had a god for health, a god for fertility, one for wisdom, and all such like. Whatever their need was, they prayed to the god for that. When in reality, it was one God that held all of those capabilities and attributes. That is why He had revealed Himself to Abraham and his seed, through these various redemptive titles; they revealed His ability to meet all the needs of mankind. Coming out of Egypt, Jehovah came down in a pillar of fire by night, and a pillar of smoke in the daytime, to the children of Israel. Within that pillar of fire and of smoke was an angelic being, which was the agent by how the anointing presence of God was expressed. In other words, As long as the pillar of fire stayed still, the children of Israel stayed camped. But when that presence began to move, they knew it was time to move on. The Lord went before them, in the cloud by day, and the fire by night, and in their journey they came to Sinai, and the mountain where Moses received the Law. Moses was taken up on the mountain under the direction of the Lord. The first time Moses went up, he went with a group of men, and God came down and feasted with them. Then God took Moses a little further, and communed with him, and gave him two tables of stone, with the Ten Commandments written thereon. But they were gone too long to suit the rest of the congregation down below, and they got restless, and demanded Aaron to make them gods that would go before them. They had been used to seeing that God that the Egyptians prayed to, which was a sacred bull. God Himself, being invisible, they could not see Him, so they wanted a god that would stay with them. If they had a god they could carry around with them, they knew it would not leave them. You know how human minds react to the things they cannot see. So when Moses delayed to come down off the mountain, the people came to Aaron and said, “Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. Aaron had them dedicate their golden earrings, and he fashioned them a golden calf. The Lord sent Moses down, saying to him, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said. These be thy gods, Oh Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” Moses went down, with the two tables of stone, but when he saw what they had done, he got so angry, he threw them down on the ground and broke them. Now God Himself had prepared those tables, and wrote the commandments upon them, but later, when Moses goes back up. God tells him to hew out two tables of stone, and be ready, and God once again writes the Ten Commandments upon them. Between the two incidents though, Moses had asked God to let him see His glory, and the Lord granted him his wish. This of course, always causes trinitarians to say, Well Moses saw God, as they try to prove that God is a person. If that be the case, then we would have to say that Abraham saw God too. But the point is, They are not trying to prove that God lived in a form, and He never did, until He incarnated His only begotten Son, so let us not make the word of God a lie; let us make it all line up into a revelation. Moses was a man greatly loved by the Lord, and He did materialize Himself into a form, but it was not a form that He remained in. God told Moses, Go, stand upon a rock, “And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: and I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (Ex. 33:22-23) Now if you are looking at God as a man, what man’s hand is large enough to cover a man? In the manifestation God only allowed Moses to see the back part of Him, so no matter how the reading looks, the Bible says, No man can look upon God and live. This just goes to show, how people let their minds get so technical, when they try to prove that God is a person. One statement becomes so magnified, they are unable to see all the other scriptures, that could shed light upon the matter. It is Gentile minds that do these things; a Jew knows better. The scriptures were written by Jews who had a revelation of the God they were writing about. Those who wrote the New Testament, had a revelation of what all those various manifestations meant, and not one of them ever wrote anything that made the picture contradictory. Therefore those who say, Well Moses saw God, make John the Baptist a liar, for he said, No man hath seen God at any time. If Moses really saw God, how could John the Baptist, (another Jew) come along and say that? That is what causes people who do not want to believe in Christianity, to say, The Bible contradicts itself. What they see as a contradiction, is what the Spirit of God had placed in a certain way, to keep carnal minds from being able to see the truth. In Luke 10:21, Jesus thanked the Father for hiding these spiritual realities from the wise and the prudent, and revealing them unto babes. Not illiterates, but simple people that are willing to see by the Spirit.

MOSES SAW GOD’S BACK PART

Whatever form God manifested Himself in on top of Mt. Sinai, could have taken on the form of a terrible looking being, if you want to go by the reactions of the people down at the foot of the mountain. It was not raining up there. Moses did not need a raincoat, but they saw lightning , and heard thunder, and they heard the trumpet of God, and it was a fearful thing, yet when He passed by for Moses to see His back part, He was in a form that did not scare Moses. So the point is, God could materialize Himself into any form He chose to, and at any time, but He never remained in any of those forms. God did that for Moses, to vindicate something to him, for he was actually a type of Jesus Christ, but when the event was concluded, He diffused Himself back into that omnipotent Spirit. Then when God spoke to Moses at various times, after he came off the mountain, He could speak to him by an audible voice, but within that, there was always that angelic being. Then we find out later, that the angelic being was Michael, the arch angel. He is the one that ministered within that manifestation of Jehovah, and he is the angel of God that guided the children of Israel through the wilderness journey. He brought them through all their conflicts, and brought them across Jordan, to the promised land. Now Michael is not Jehovah. But the point is this, wherever He presents Himself to touch, or be with mankind, there is either an angel, or angels within that presence, always ministering His purpose. To lose sight of that is only to wonder in the realm of mental confusion, not understanding the word of God, and His plan. Following the children of Israel on into the promised land, we find that it was Joshua that brought them into the land. His name is the same as the name the only begotten Son of God would carry. For that is the name Jehovah would reveal Himself through, after He incarnated His Son. I will not dwell on this name, but they say the name Jesus is a Greek word, and that there is not a name equal to it, in the English language. That is why your Yahweh people say we are using a pagan word. They say, Instead of Jesus, we should say Yahweh or Joshua. But I say, there has been too many devils that cast out, and too many people healed, to let our minds run too far in that channel. The name Jesus, has been sufficient this far, so why change now? Jesus is the sweetest name I know; how about you?

WHAT ABOUT IMAGES?

As for what God commanded the children of Israel, concerning making an image in the likeness of what they imagined Him to be like, how could they make an image of a Spirit? He is a God of qualities and attributes, but He is not a God to be known by facial or physical features. I came back to that, to call your attention to another extreme, people can go to. In the New Testament era, because they did not have cameras, many Gentiles Christians will look upon you as a pagan, if you have any kind of picture of Christ on your wall. Naturally we do not know exactly what He looked like, but let me tell you something. I believe they had artists in the days of Christ, and if so, it would have been very easy for those who were privileged to see Him, to sit down and sketch His facial features. Do not think that ours is the only generation of people that have artists capable of sketching facial features. There were men long before Christ who could do that. They would even take a piece of marble rock, and chisel out statues of those Roman Emperors. So do not try to tell me that if God had wanted it so, there were not men around that could have done the same with Jesus the Christ. Let me say this also, people have seen Him in a vision, and I have no doubt that they could have retained a knowledge of His physical features, and could have sat down and drawn a sketch of His likeness. I will say also, There is no reason to expect Him to look like a Gentile, for His natural lineage was Jewish. It is true, that genetically He was nether Jew nor Gentile, but He came into the world through Jewish descent. But to get back to the point, there is a difference between trying to hew out a statue of Jehovah, and artistically drawing a picture, or painting a picture of the man called Jesus. So let us be careful how we let our minds run. Having a painting of Christ on your wall is one thing, and making a graven image to bow down and worship is something else. If you worshiped that portrait, you would be doing wrong, but just having it on your wall is no more than hanging a picture of anyone else. One thing I am convince of though, of all the paintings of Christ that I have ever seen painted by artists of long ago., I have never seen a man on earth look like the one in those pictures. That one on the nursery wall back there, I have had for years, and I will tell you something about it. The night I saw Jesus in a dream, when the Lord was getting ready to move us out of the Methodist Church, He looked just like He does in that painting. Furthermore, no matter what angle you look at it from: the eyes are always looking right at you. Take a picture of someone, hang it on your wall and get it to do that, if you can. It just lets me know that certain artists have been endowed with the gift to paint like that. But we will not put halos over them, and do like the Catholics. I hope you understand what I mean. Jesus had physical features that could be painted, but Jehovah does not. That omnipresent Spirit had no need of a nose, mouth, ears, and so forth. He could communicate with mankind without them. As He began to raise up the writing prophets. He usually worked with them by sending an angel, but that angel always conveyed the mind of Jehovah. Just like when He spoke to Zacharias, standing there in the temple: it was done through the angel Gabriel. He told Zacharias that his wife would bear him a son, and that they should call his name John, and so forth, and Zacharias said to him, “Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings.” In other words, those angels always spoke as the authority of God Himself. So as we come on through the scriptures, those prophets began to speak of the Messiah that was to come. David came on the scene, (He was a prophet, in a minor sense.) And the Spirit of God would anoint him, and he, being a musician, was inspired to write all those beautiful songs with references to that one whom we know as Jesus, the Christ. It was that Spirit of Christ that anointed him to write all those things. Not the Spirit of Christ as a person, but the Spirit of God that was later in Christ Jesus. Let me go back a little, to the wilderness journey, where Moses smote the rock, and water poured out of it for the children of Israel. Paul picked up on that event, when he wrote to the Corinthians. In 1st Corinthians 10:4, speaking of the children of Israel, he says. “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock thatfollowed them: and that Rock was Christ.” Now trinitarians will automatically tell you, That was Jesus. No Jesus the man was born in Bethlehem, hundred of years later, so He was not that rock Moses struck, there in the wilderness. But the Spirit that brought that water forth from the rock, was the same Spirit that indwelled Jesus the Christ. Therefore you must see, that the rock giving drink to those thirsty people there in the wilderness, typed the one who said, He that give, shall never thirst again. It does not make God a rock, and neither does it make the rock, Jesus, for Paul was speaking of that Spirit, which is the Spirit of God.

VISIONS OF THE PROPHETS

When you look at creation, you are looking at the manifestation of the thoughts of God. For He, by His word, created all things. Anything you can see, is an expression of His thought. When His thought went forth, and materialized, there was the planet earth, the sun, trees, water, but none of it is God. He is not a tree. He is not water, and neither is He a rock. But He is that Spirit, that brought all those things into existence. That same Spirit created creatures called men, that were created in His own image, and He knew that they would become lost, and need redemption. Therefore before He ever created anything, He counseled with Himself and determined how He would go about redeeming them. In His own mind, He determined that their redemption would be wrought through His only begotten Son. He would manifest the fullness of all His attributes through that Son, and by doing so, not only would He redeem His lost family, but He would also redeem the earth back from under its curse. But the point I am making is how He expressed His thoughts, and once those thoughts were expressed they became His word, manifested. So at various times, and in different ways, God spoke to the old prophets, and as they began to speak at various times, everything ran in a consistent pattern, but none of them ever spoke of the person of the Messiah in every detail. They only portrayed certain things about Him. In the 6th chapter of Isaiah, in verse 1, Isaiah said. “I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple.” Well they say, Isaiah saw God, yes he saw a manifestation of His substance. If God had remained invisible, and never given man anything he could see, how could any of them ever have described what they were looking at? But if Jehovah chose to manifest Himself in some fashion which man can see with his senses, Jehovah then speaks from that picture, something that will portray what He will do somewhere in time to come, through the person of His Son. Therefore when you take Isaiah, as he sees the Lord sitting on His throne, study it carefully, because in the very next chapter the anointing causes him to say, “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel,” which means, God with us. Well that Son is going to be a manifestation of His thoughts, that were predetermined before He ever even started to create anything. Ezekiel then comes along, years later, and he too saw the Lord sitting on a throne, but he saw Him like He was in these fiery wheels. Then in the 4th chapter of Revelation, John was taken up to see that heavenly scene, He saw exactly the scene Ezekiel saw, none other than the Lord Jesus Christ immortal, sitting on the throne of God invested with all that ancient power of Jehovah. John said, He was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone, and a rainbow around about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. Round about the throne were four and twenty elders seated, clothed in white raiment; and crowns of gold upon their heads. He saw also, four beasts full of eyes, and they were all crying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. Day and night, they ceased not to cry. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was and is, and is to come. We are in verse 9 now. “And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth forever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” What we are reading is the manifestation and collective accumulation of what all those other scenes prefigured. There it is materialized. That is why Jesus is speaking to the Laodicean age, the age you and I live in. “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.” We are the ones that are going to have to overcome all of this mess of foolishness and fanaticism, out here in religion today. “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, (I, is a personal pronoun) even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.” Paul in his epistle to the Hebrews (1:3) said, that “when He (Jesus) had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” His Majesty, is not referring to a person, but that great omnipotent Spirit. In another place, we read that He was seen standing on the right hand of God. It simply means that He received of the Father, all the glory, the honor, and majesty to be taken up, where He is seated as high priest, and standing as our mediator. Anyhow, what Melchizedek prefigured, sits right there in heaven today, fulfilling the priest part, and He is yet to fulfill the King part.

GOD WITH US

As we look once again, at this Son of God, that all these manifestations pointed to, I will again remind you that the scriptures say that He is a high priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek. This Melchizedek, who was a manifestation of Jehovah, to type the one who would literally fulfill those types, was never seen by Abraham again. But this Son of God that was to fulfill all those types, came upon the scene almost two thousand years ago, in the first fulfillment of that type, (a prophet) and He was seen daily for 3 ½ years. He visibly fulfilled the office of a prophet, and now, almost two thousand years later, we look back, and see that He has been fulfilling that office of high priest all that time, since He ascended to heaven, leaving His disciples standing, gazing into the heavens. That is His invisible office work. We cannot see Him with our natural eyes but we do believe that He is doing exactly what the scriptures say He is, interceding for all lost mankind, before the great eternal spirit. Now for the benefit of you who just cannot seem to get the picture straight, let me say once again; The Spirit that created all things by the word of His mouth, is the selfsame Spirit that created that little embryo in the womb of the virgin Mary. For Matthew 1:20, says, That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. Not the third person of a trinity, but the very Spirit that has been known as Jehovah, all through the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit, is the title of what God, who is Spirit, is, in redemption. He is no longer creating worlds, by the very word He speaks; He is now redeeming mankind back to Himself, through the office work known to us as the Holy Ghost. His only begotten Son, who is the only person of the Godhead, came from the river where John baptized Him, for 3 ½ years, He revealed the Father to that generation. Then He went to the cross, paid our sin debt with His very own blood, and is now in heaven interceding for all that are drawn to salvation by the wooing of the Holy Spirit, which is none other that the Spirit of God in that third office work. As for the Son, the oneness people say He is ALL GOD, and in reality deny His humanity, but I want you to know He was as human as any of you. The difference is, He was not born into this world through the fallen route of all other mankind. Genetically He was not the son of Mary, but naturally, He was, for after the Spirit of God created the little embryo in her womb, He received His humanity from the very elements of Mary’s body, just like any other little germ of life in its mother’s womb, would. In the gospel of John it is written, that He came right from the Father’s bosom, or from the bosom of the Lord. But God does not have a chest; that is only an expression. It was the very longing of Jehovah, for the day that He would set forth His thoughts, and cause that little germ of life to produce Him a Son, that would not be hampered by the fallen attributes of all other mankind. He knew, that when the child was born, He would allow Him to grow up among man, and be known as Jesus the carpenter’s son. He would eat like a man, walk down the road like a man, get dirty like a man, and He was a man, but He was a perfect man. There was no sin in Him. Growing up, He was not a child that always had to be told what was right from wrong. Because there was no nature in Him to sin; He was found to be always about His Father’s business. He knew more at twelve years of age, than any other man would in a hundred years. There is not much written in the scriptures of the first thirty years of His life. Only enough to establish the fact of His humanity. After that one incident there at the temple, the scriptures tell us that He went back to Nazareth with Joseph and Mary, and was subject to them, and that He grew in wisdom and knowledge, and found favor with both God and man. Which means, that no one could point a finger at Him, and say, That is a mean little rascal. He did not have to be saved; He was the righteousness of God, manifested so that God could lay upon Him the guilt and sin of all of us. He was not a sinner, but He was made sin, so that we who are the actual sinners, could be transformed into the righteousness of god. He was the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14, but for the first thirty years of His life, no man could call Him Immanuel, meaning God with us. No. The angel told Joseph and Mary both, you will call His name JESUS, or Joshua, which is the Hebrew equivalent. Joshua was the name of the other Hebrew men, that were so named. Therefore let no extreme oneness person tell you that He was Jehovah from the day of His birth. He was not. For all practical purposes, He was just another Jewish man, and the other Jewish men that met Him on the street, did not know what He was destined to be. Joseph and Mary always remembered what the angel had told them, and they pondered those things in their heart, and just watched, and waited. They knew that somewhere, all of what the angel had spoken would be fulfilled, but they just had to wait for God’s time. Therefore for the first thirty years of His life, He never preached a sermon, never did any miracles, and did not even want to, for being the perfect man that He was, He knew it was not His time. He knew exactly what the scrolls of the old prophets said about Him, or pertaining to Him. On the Sabbath day, He would sit in the synagogue, and read the same scrolls those other Jews read. I am sure He discussed what was written in the scrolls with the other men, but I will have to say, He did not act like a know it all, and cause them to look upon Him as an extraordinary person. No. Regardless of what your oneness people say, He was not at that time, Jehovah, God in the flesh. He was only the word of God, that had been manifested in the flesh. God did not become flesh, Himself, but His word caused that flesh to be manifested. There is a great difference between God becoming flesh, and His word becoming flesh. This man Jesus, is the result of the expressed thought of God, Jehovah. There He stood, having a mind of His own, and Jehovah still retained His own mind. Everything that Jesus was in the flesh, before He was conceived in the womb of Mary, was only in the mind of Jehovah as a thought. Yet His destiny was predestined before the foundation of the world. He was the only man God ever intended to incarnate in the way He did Him, placing all of His attributes in Him. That is why Paul wrote to the Colossians, That is pleased the Father, that in Him, should all fullness dwell. No. God did not empty the universe of Himself, when He incarnated His Son: He still remained to be omnipresent. But He did put within Him, a full measure of all of His attributes. That enabled Jesus later, to say, All power is given unto me, in heaven and in earth. But the point is, He never had any of that power and authority before He was thirty years of age. Furthermore when the time came, He did not need a rabbi, nor a priest, to tell Him to go to the river to be baptized; He knew every scripture that prefigured Him, and how HE was to submit Himself to the mind of the Father in fulfilling them. Therefore we can say, John the Baptist who was sent to forerun and announce Him, had been preaching for weeks, and months, expecting at any moment, that He would come on the scene. Then one day, here He came, elbowing His way through the crowd, and working His way down the river bank toward the place where John was baptizing. Then all of a sudden, John screamed out with a loud voice, “Behold, the Lamb of God,” because John had been told by Jehovah, The one upon whom you see the Spirit descend and remain upon, He is the one, John had already said to the people, I baptize you with water, but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. Now there was nothing that gave Him a supernatural look. His manner of dress was not much different than a lot of the other people, so as He walked silently down into the water, and stood there looking at John, John said to Him, “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? Jesus answered him, Suffer it to be so now; for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John baptized Him. The Catholics say he sat Him on a rock, and took a pitcher of water, and over there in the Vatican, they have a little nook in the wall where you see such a scene portrayed, but listen, saints, John took Him and literally immersed Him in the water, for it says in Matthew 3:16, “And Jesus, when He was baptized, sent up straightway out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” He was not born Jehovah; He was born the Son of Jehovah, and when He was baptized, Jehovah manifested Himself in the form of a dove, coming down to sit upon Him. But like all other manifestations of Jehovah, that dove was only temporary. The crowd of people standing there did not see the heavens opened; that was Jesus Himself, that saw that, and the dove was the vindication that this vessel had been accepted by Jehovah. That is when the Spirit of Jehovah, came into His Son, in the fullness of all His attributes, and immediately He led Him into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Was Jehovah in Him when He was tempted by the devil? Absolutely. But He did not activate Himself. He left the Son strictly on that of His own understanding, as to how He would face this test. Therefore after He had fasted for forty days, and was weak in body, the devil tempted Him in the three areas of what His person was to fulfill, a miracle worker first; then He was tempted to cast Himself down from a high place, which would have been like committing suicide. The devil is sly, but Jesus answered him with the word of God; It is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Then he offered him all the kingdoms of the world, but they would have been Satan’s kingdoms, and Jesus knew that one day He would rule over all the kingdoms of the world anyhow, but in the proper time appointed of the Father. Therefore He refused the devil the third time saying, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” Jesus did not want any thing out of season. But the fact that He was left to face the devil with His own mental thinking, proves He was perfect man. He had human attributes, human feelings, just like the rest of us, so do not try to tell me that His psychological and emotional feelings were not strained. But even though He was weak, and His brain filled with all those taunts of Satan. He still used the scriptures to defend His position in every setting. Therefore when the devil became convinced that He would not forfeit His position, as the first Adam had done, he left him, and that is when the angels came and ministered to Him. They were not ministering to Jehovah in Him, they were ministering to the human in which Jehovah then dwelt. His whole nervous system had to be calmed down, and His weak body had to be strengthened. But when it was done, the Bible says, He returned in the power of the Spirit, and that of course, is when His ministry started. From that time on, Jehovah of the Old Testament, was manifested in and through the person of His Son. The oneness Pentecostal people have a saying. Jehovah of the Old Testament, is the Jesus of the New Testament. Well in a collective sense, that can be said, but such a statement, does not give the scriptures true recognition. That is just another of their traditional, theological terms of expression, which so much of the time discredit the Bible. So let me say, I am not saying these things just to be contradictory and technical, but rather to give the scriptures their true recognition.

DANIEL’S PROPHETIC VISION

Now the whole prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 pointed to the fact that this son that would be born of a virgin, would one day be looked upon as Immanuel, (God with us) but at no time before His baptism, could He be looked upon in that way. He was referred to as Jesus the carpenter’s son, to distinguish Him from all the other Jesus’ of that Jewish race. So with that in mind, let us go to the 7th chapter of Daniel for another picture. Trinitarians like to play with this scripture, and I do not feel like the oneness people ever gave it a just explanation, so let us look at it. Daniel was a writing prophet, and Jehovah moved on him at various times by dreams and visions, and this is one complete vision that portrays something which will take place in time, in relationship to the Millennium. At the time Daniel saw this vision, the Son of God, that was born of virgin birth, did not exist as a person. He only lay there in the mind of God as an object of thought; but it was already predetermined that He would be the very means by how God would reconcile the world to Himself. Therefore each time God manifested His substance in a form, it always pointed forward to what the climax and real purpose of God would be, when it was revealed. Let us start reading in verse 9, where Daniel is in a vision, seeing these beasts that are going to rule the world. “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, (all the thrones of those beast powers that ruled the world) and the Ancient of days did sit, (This is pointing to Jehovah, the eternal Spirit, but we are going to see Him characterized in a form, and we need to realize that the form is only visionary) whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool: (You can take that right to the book of Revelation, and see how Jesus is the fulfillment of that) His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” This is the great white throne judgment, where he sees the books opened. But the vision continues on, and the scenes change within the vision, so that is what we want to look at. “I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: (That reverts back to the Antichrist, which you read back here in the earlier verses, concerning the fourth beast.) I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. (The lake of fire) As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion take away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” That goes back to pick up the ancient territories of the previous world beast systems, and shows that the territories of them will all be incorporated into the last day structure of the fourth beast system, when that horn actually projects itself. Their dominion being take away, shows that none of those first three world powers would ever exist again, but their lives being prolonged for a season and a time, lets us know that the territories and people they represented, will be included in all that the fourth beast turns out to be. “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him.” Now saints, when you come to a scripture like this you either have to know already that God is one, or you will see more than one person in the Godhead as sure as the world. Therefore I ask you to listen to how these things are said, because we are looking at a picture where Jehovah takes on a form. This Ancient of days, and the whole description, is to portray and characterize Jehovah who is self existence, always was, and always will be. Only He, could be described as the Ancient of days, because He had no beginning of days. The word ancient, points to something that is very old. Therefore when Jehovah, the great eternal Spirit, who holds all authority, takes on a form in this particular setting, everything about Him portrayed Him to be very old, or ancient. But then we see another form; one like unto the Son of man, and since we know that this Son of man did not exist as a person in Old Testament times back there, we have to realize that this vision is to be interpreted in the future tense. It is a prophetic vision yet to be fulfilled. Prophecies through time spoke of Jesus in the full scope of what He was to fulfill, prophet, priest, and king. But the anointing, or authority for all of those roles was not all given to Him at the same time. It moved from phase to phase. Therefore in this instance, we see Jehovah in a form, and the Son of God, referred to here as the Son of man, coming before Him, and this ancient one actually bestows upon Him, dominion, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve Him. That is the Millennial reign of Christ. Therefore all of this had to be pictured like this, in order to becomes a prophecy foretelling what God would do through the person of His own Son, when the time would come for Him to be literally manifested in the earth. You did not see Jesus characterized as a prophet in the book of Daniel, but we know that others spoke of His prophetic role, which He has already fulfilled over 1900 years ago. Therefore knowing that, He has already passed that prophetic role, and ascended into heaven where He became the high priest after the order of Melchizedek, we know that the day soon will come, when He will descend from heaven in bodily form, to fulfill His role as King of kings for a thousand years. That is what this prophecy pertains to. The Ancient of days is the source from which all dominion and authority comes, and the likeness to the Son of man is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, which at that time was yet to be. But the reason for two here, is to show the source from where the Son of man would derive that kingdom, and authority. In other words, When Jesus was anointed at the river that day, His anointing was not to be king, yet. He received the fulness of the attributes of God, but His anointing at that time, was to characterize in morality and spirituality the attributes of God, to heal the sick, raise the dead, open blind eyes, and cause the dumb to speak. He at no time exercised any kingly likeness at all. He did not even exercise any priestly likeness. In every way He conducted Himself like a perfect man, yet the attributes of Jehovah were demonstrated and expressed through Him. In other words, He was born to be King of Israel, but when the anointing came on Him, none of those prophecies which pointed to His priesthood or Kingship were even expressed. Now there is no reason for anyone to get nervous and tore up, because I say these things, for Jesus Himself knew exactly when that anointing on Him was coming to an end. That is why He knew precisely when to go up to Jerusalem to be crucified. He did not go to Jerusalem by mistake. He told His disciples when they were leaving Galilee, that He was going to Jerusalem, where He would fall into the hands of evil men, be betrayed, and crucified, but that He would rise again the third day, so none of what happened, was a surprise to Him, He expected it.

JESUS GIVEN ALL POWER

After His resurrection, Jesus had something to say to His disciples, (Matt. 28:18) so this is what He said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” What kind of power, or authority, was He talking about? The power and authority to be priest after the order of Melchizedek. That authority was not given, while He was walking on the water, feeding the five thousand, and doing all sorts of miracles. The Father retained that authority within Himself until Jesus’ first role was completed. Therefore we would have to say, As one role passes away, the next one takes over. Therefore the purpose of the two objects in Daniel 7, is just to show the transition of authority delegated to the Son from the Father, for the last role He will fulfill in redemption and restoration. That brings us to Paul’s revelation in 1st Corinthians 15, when after a thousand years of His righteous reign, everything has been restored back to what it was before the fall, and all enemies have been brought under control. What does it say? 1Cor. 15:24 says, “Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He (Jesus) must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet.” Then verse 28 says, “That God may be all in all.” Well where does that put the man called Jesus, some may say? Does He lost out? No. He will not lose anything: He will be our elder brother; the firstborn among the family of God. That is exactly what it is all pointing toward, but it is taking many generations, and many centuries, to bring it all about, where it reaches its fulfillment. Remember, the family of God is not a people that just represents one generation. It comes out of many generations; therefore from every generation, God has been taking those whom He foreknew from before the foundation of the world, to be numbered among His redeemed family, and He is the one that has been molding them into the image of His dear Son. I know the oneness Pentecostal people must think I pick on them a lot, but it is because they had such a great opportunity to receive a true revelation of the Godhead, and they chose to stop short, and build a denominational fence around what they had. Oh they thought they had a complete picture, but they only had a profile of the true picture. When they chose to make the flesh of Jesus, God, then to them, God was born, God died, and God was raised from the dead. That kind of thinking will get you into trouble with the scriptures. They say Jesus was Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and in a collective sense you can say that, but you will find no scripture that talks like that. Truly, in Jesus, was all the fullness of the Godhead, because the Father was in Him, but let me say this to you, God (Jehovah) will never be your brother. You will not find one scripture for a thought like that. Neither will Jesus the Christ, who was born of a virgin birth ever be your Father, or Romans 8:28 & 29 does not mean what it says. “For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” In verse 28 we find that we are the called according to whose purpose? God’s purpose. Not the Son’s purpose. Then verse 29 tells us plainly that the Son is the firstborn among many brethren. He was anointed, and was a prophet for three and a half years, and when He passed from that, He will never be a prophet again. He has been in glory for almost two thousand years, as high priest, but once He passes out of that office, He will never be priest again. Then when He comes to earth, to rule and reign for a thousand years with His bride, He will sit as King of kings, ruling over the nations, and He will still be God incarnate. It is that anointing of Jehovah, in the fullness of those Kingly characteristics that will be executed through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ for a thousand years. Think of this though, When He rules for one thousand years, in what we call His Millennial reign, His wife will be seated with Him in the same realm of authority. The Bible says, For He hath made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall rule and reign on earth. We will not go to Jerusalem; but as He positions Himself on the ancient throne of David, there will be thrones throughout the world, that His bride will rule from. Read Revelation 20:4, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them.” Therefore as Jesus judges the nations for their Millennial setting, His bride is going to sit within that same framework of authority also. That is why we must be made like unto His very image.

THE LOGOS WAS GOD

Let us go to John 1:1 now, for I promised you that we would get there eventually. Remember though, John was not a Gentile looking at a revelation of God; he was a Jew, and the English language we are reading was translated from the Greek text, so I will paraphrase certain things, in an effort to try to clarify them. “In the beginning (before all time) was the Word.” In the English, W-O-R-D is translated from a word which means, thought expressed. It comes from the Greek word, LOGOS, so let me read it like this. In the beginning was the logos, the expressed thought of God. This is not necessarily pointing to the fact that God Himself was in the beginning; it is pointing to the expression of God’s thoughts. And the logos, the thought was with God. Well surely to goodness you would not think my thoughts would come from someone other than me, and neither would God’s thoughts come from someone other than He Himself. As I read here, something has got to become a thought in my mind, and may I say, My thought, and my mind is all a part of me. But once my thought is spoken, I still remain in the same form as before. Therefore as the thought goes out. To become expressed, to communicate and make known, it is no longer an actual part of my thinking. Because when it becomes expressed, it does not return back to become just another thought again. Saints: I realize this is a carnal human expression, but I believe it will help you get the point. The Logos was with God, (His thought was with Him) and the Logos was God. Because as long as it was with Him, it is God holding that thought to Himself. That is why Ephesians 1 will show us how we were already predestinated in Jesus Christ, before the foundation of the world. All of that was a thought in the mind of God. Every one of our names was known in the mind of God, when the Logos in that redemptive realm was just a thought contained in the mind of God. “The same was in the beginning with God.” In other words, this was already a finished work with God. Nothing came into existence until after Jehovah, the self existing one, had counseled with Himself. That means He meditated, and began to set certain thoughts in His mind. Therefore because of His foreknowledge, (His ability to know all things) we can better understand how He predetermines things that are to be. Before there ever was a star, a moon, or anything else which is an expression of His thoughts, He already had you and me in His mind as a finished work of redemption. But as long as that thought was retained in the mind of God, it was with God, and was God. It was not even an object yet; it was only a thought. But it was a thought that had already been predetermined to be materialized in a certain time.

THE LOGOS BECAME FLESH

When we come to verse 14 this is where the oneness people get into trouble with their revelation of the Godhead. They say, But the Bible says that the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. Yes. That is what our English translation says, But when you consider the fact that it was the Logos that was made flesh, you have a completely different picture. For it was the expressed thought of God, that was made flesh. God did not become flesh. When that perfect Son of God was growing up among mankind, God Himself was still that omnipresent Spirit, just like He always had been. He expressed a thought, in order for there to be a perfect man, a man holding all the qualities of any other man, yet without sin. Extreme oneness people will say that this flesh was only a tabernacle for Jehovah, completely eliminating His right to be identified as the Son of God. It also eliminates the fact that He had a mind of his own, that functioned in the human realm. If you are prone to think like that, then ask yourself the question. If the flesh of Jesus was just a tabernacle for Jehovah to dwell in, then why did Jehovah drive Himself into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil? The Bible says God cannot be tempted with evil, so what was that temptation all about, if there were no humanity involved? The oneness know the trinity is wrong, but they just simply cannot stand to hear the trinity say, But Jesus is the Son of God. That causes them to run even faster to the other side of the road, Jesus is God, Jesus is God, never giving the Son of God any recognition. John the Baptist, a Jew, knew who he baptized, and he knew what took place at the river, when He was baptized, but a testimony like that, means nothing to some people; they only see what they are looking for. Let me read verse 14. “And the word (Logos) was made flesh.” That means the expressed thought caused a little baby to be born. “And dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John does not pick up the picture at birth, he picks it up after His baptism, an describes what He is then, as the revelation of the Father, in that respect. Then in verse15 we are back to the witness of John the Baptist. “John bare witness of Him, and cried, saying, This was He of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me.” In other words, He was already in the predetermined plan of god, to be the very means by How God would reconcile His lost family of children back to Himself. “And of His fulness have we all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, (Moses was a type of Christ, because Moses received a law which typified everything that God would do through the person of Jesus in redemption.) But grace and truth (God’s unmerited favor) came by Jesus Christ.” Meaning, it was revealed through Him. God’s unmerited favoris all the hope lost mankind has, for the Bible says, We have all sinned, and come short of the glory of God. There was no righteousness in us. Our righteousness is imputed to us as a result of our faith in what Jesus accomplished at Calvary on our behalf.

TRUE SALVATION REVEALED

Now when John the Baptist said, No man hath seen God at any time, was he denying what the patriarchs and prophets saw? No. He had read those scrolls, and he knew that none of those manifestations were an eternal form that Jehovah dwelt in. He was not just reading over them, as though they do not exist. We are going to read some scriptures that oneness people jump over, as though they do not exist. No, I am not reading them to belittle anyone, but simply to give the physical man Jesus, His true Sonship place, and allow Him to be a man that could get His feet dirty, get tired, and even weep. When He went to raise Lazarus from the grave, He wept. God does not have tear ducts. Only a man has tear ducts. When Jesus saw how the people were weeping and carrying on, over the death of Lazarus, and realized how much they must have loved him, that touched His own heart. He was a man, and was subject to express emotions, therefore at this occasion, we find the shortest verse in the Bible. “Jesus wept.” Think of it. Because He was a man, and had the physical and psychological characteristics of a man. His emotions were set into a feeling of sorrow and compassion, because of the way those people were reacting over the death of Lazarus. Therefore as you can plainly see, it affected Him also. Now turn back with me, to John 4:22-26. Jesus, at the well in Samaria, talking to the Samaritan woman, says to her, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, (He was talking about the dispensation of grace) and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” If you will study the gospel of St. John carefully, you will always see the man called Jesus, (who could be visibly seen) always adoring, exalting, and speaking of the Father. Not only that which was in Him, but that which was above Him, and filled the whole universe. Here He is saying, God is a Spirit, and we have got to see it in that respect. “The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: (They got that from the Old Testament prophets, that wrote of the anointed one, that was to come.) When He is come, He will tell us all things.” This is the only time Jesus ever publicly admitted that He was the anointed one. Every other person had to get it by a revelation of the Spirit that was drawing them to Him. But to her, He said, “I that speak unto thee am He.” Just think of that. To that woman, it did not have to be a revelation, for He spoke it to her by verbal communication. But as we have already pointed out, to Nathaniel, it was a revelation, and so was it to a lot of others, that you read of in the other gospels. Let us move to John 5:17, where Jesus is at Jerusalem, and has just done a miracle on the Sabbath day, which had the affect of throwing the old Jerusalem heirarchy into a dither. They began to cry, He broke the Sabbath, and all such as that, but notice how Jesus answered them; He always gave due recognition to the Father. “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.” Now to actually understand that kind of remark, was to understand that the Father was in Him, in full authority, and that He could motivate the mind of Jesus to actually fulfill the mind of the Father. It was the mind of Jesus to actually fulfill the mind of the Father. It was the mind of the eternal Spirit, that was being fulfilled, for Jesus the man, kept His mind submissive to the Father at all times. Notice now, “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was His Father, (which was the truth) making Himself equal with God.” It just goes to show, that even though that man was healed, those critics had no revelation whatsoever, as to who Jesus was. All they could see was a man that had broken the law, by doing it on the Sabbath day. Verse 19, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself.” Now that was absolutely an honest statement coming from the person of the Son. In His natural makeup, He knew His human ability could not do the kind of things that were getting Him in trouble with the religious leaders of Judaism. Futhermore even if He could, Jesus would not just put on a show for anyone. I believe it is in the Philippian epistle, where Paul said, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” As for being in the form of God, you have to realize that Paul is referring to the spiritual substance, and not the flesh, for God Himself does not have a physical form. That is what we have been proving throughout this message. Therefore just try to think of this Son of God, as being of the same substance as His Father, except for the flesh part, for He, like any other Son, has a right to be looked upon as a chip off the old block. What son of any earthly father does not like to do the same thing daddy is doing? Jesus knew the Father had all these qualities, and capabilities, and power to do such, and He was of the same substance, in the sense of life, but His mind was always subject to the Father. In Philippians, it says, “But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” In other words, to be as a servant, was just about as low as anyone could put themselves in society. Who would want to honor a servant? We just have to realize that when Jesus put Himself in that type of social relationship to mankind, He did not want to be looked upon as some great bishop or Doctor of Divinity. No. He was just Jesus of Nazareth, but oh, look what was done. So the Son can do nothing of Himself, “but what He seeth the Father do: for what things so ever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” What Jesus was actually saying was, whatsoever the Father in Him, that possesses Him, shows Him to do, that is what He is going to do. The invisible God, dwelling in His Son, used all of His physical members to contact the people, and the people only saw the human vessel, but that is the way Jehovah chose to reveal Himself. The Son was the means by how God could manifest His characteristics. Verse 20, “For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth Him all things that Himself doeth: and He will show Him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.” Those who saw Jesus in those days, might have thought He just drifted around from place to place, doing whatever pleased Him at the moment. But the truth is, everything He did, was predetermined by the Father for a specific purpose. Not one act was done out of a spur of the moment urge, on the part of the Son. He came in His Father’s name, and the works that He did, were the Father’s works.

HOW JESUS WAS SENT

Notice verse 24 and see who receives everlasting life. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that SENT me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation , but is passed from death unto life.” He did not say to them, Believe on me. He said, so to speak, if you hear MY WORD, and believe on HIM THAT SENT ME, you will receive everlasting life. It was not as though He had been with the Father in heaven, as a person, and the Father sent Him to earth to give His life as a sacrifice for lost mankind. He knew what He meant by the use of the word, sent, and I believe we should know by now. Once He was born into the world, He had been sent forth from the mind of god, where He had been, as a thought, from the time God counseled with Himself, before the world was even created. In other words, The existence of this Son of God was not brought about by the human manipulation. He was not born of man; therefore genetically, he was not the son of any man. The blood that flowed through His veins was pure. Now there are statements down through here, that to the natural mind, seem to contradict what we have just read, but we must see this from the standpoint that the Father has already committed to Him, all things that pertain to the redemption of lost mankind; therefore regardless of how the wording sounds, it is the mind and will of the Father that is being expressed. In verse 25 He says, “The hour is coming, and now is when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” It was the voice of the Son that those lost souls were hearing, but that voice was expressing the mind of the Father. That same voice shall one day call forth all that are in the graves to stand before the great white throne judgment. No, not the righteous, they will be called before that. Revelation 20, verses 4 & 5, clarify that, for even the tribulation saints are raised from the dead, to live and reign with Christ a thousand years, before the great white throne judgment. But notice verse 30, here in John 5, where He makes the same statement again, “ I can of mine own self do nothing.” Mine own self, are words that describe the complete human person that He is, and that human person without the indwelling presence of the Father, was as helpless to perform miracles as any of the rest of us. “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just; (Why?) Because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” The word WILL, pertains to choice, a predetermined thought, so He did not come to that hour to do His own thinking, and to express His own mentality, but rather, that of the Father. Every human being has the physical and mental capabilities to make choices, and exercise his, or her own will, if they are normal. Those are attributes the Creator put within all of us. But my point is this. Those people who look at John 1:14, and take the stand that god became flesh, and see that flesh as only a tabernacle for Jehovah to dwell in, cancel out a lot of other scriptures. If that flesh man was not totally human with a mind and will of His own, he could never have uttered such statements as these we have been reading. Because He was not speaking as the person of the Father, for the father is not a person; He was speaking as the person, that He Himself was. But it was the Spirit of the Father in Him, that was motivating Him to say and do things He did.

GOD’S MERCY DISPLAYED

Looking at verses 33-37, notice the terminology that was used. Jesus said, “Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. (In 1:15 John said to the people, This was He of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me.) But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He (John) was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath SENT me.” This flesh and blood man Jesus, though He was born into the world from His mother’s womb, like all other little babies, always spoke of Himself as one sent. What He aid and did, was always for the purpose of fulfilling the will of the one that sent Him. “And the Father Himself which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. (How? By doing the works, the miracles, and things that were done.) Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape.” Jesus never did bear witness of Himself; He always let the Father in Him, bear witness of who He was. His hopes and desire was, that by obediently doing what the Spirit in Him was guiding Him to do, Jews would recognize Jehovah portraying Himself, and realize that God’s mercy was being displayed, and offered to them. He came unto His own, and His won received Him not. That generation was so full of theology and tradition, they could not recognize God in the simple way He came to them. All they could think of, was what Moses had said in the law, and they had that so traditionalized, it in no way resembled what God first gave Moses. That is why Jesus said to them, “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: There is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” They claimed to believe and trust in the law, given to their forefathers by Moses, but Jesus knew that their hearts were far from the principles, that law was supposed to mold into those who observed it from the heart. Well we are talking about how God reveals Himself, and we are looking at the way He revealed Himself almost two thousand years ago, through His won Son, and that gets into terminology that people argue and fuss about. In verses 37 and 38, of the 6th chapter of John, we see another of those instances. “All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.” As we have said, it was not that He, as a man, had come down from heaven. The reason His language was like that, was because His physical existence was not brought about by some man and woman having an intimate relationship. On the other hand, all other human beings this side of Adam, are referred to in the Bible, as being from the earth, or from below. Meaning, of course, that our physical existence is all brought about by God’s law of reproduction, that is in the world. We all came into existence having a fallen nature; therefore we take on an identity, and a position that is far below where He came from. He could say, I came down from heaven, because He knew it was the spoken Word, or as we have been saying, the expressed thought of God, that planted that germ of life in the womb of His mother Mary, and caused Him to be born into the world. In other words, It was a divine act of Jehovah Himself, instead of the law of reproduction, that brought His physical existence into being, and caused Him to be a perfect human being, without man’s fallen attributes. Therefore this Son of God could rightly say, “I came down from heaven.” Even at age twelve, long before He was ever anointed of the Father to perform any miracles, He said to Joseph and Mary, Did ye not know that I must be about my Father’s business? That did not mean that He was preaching or teaching, but simply that He was giving His attention to the things of God. He did not run in the dark alleys, with the other boys of His neighborhood, getting into all sorts of meanness. The little bit we have written of Him, in the last verses of the 2nd chapter of Luke, let us know that at age twelve, He knew what was written in those Old Testament scrolls. For it says, that as He sat listening to those religious leaders, and asking them questions, all that heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So as we look at verse 39, here in John 6, notice how much revelation is actually contained in just that one verse alone. “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me. I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” First we see that it is the Father’s will which is being worked out. Then we see that Jesus was sent to accomplish something. We also see predestination; for the Father had committed to His keeping, those that should be raised up again at the last day. Not only do we see predestination, we also see eternal security. Hallelujah! Of all that the Father has given Him, He will not lose any of them. Just knowing that ought to bring great comfort to our hearts, and especially so, when we read in John 17 how Jesus prayed for us. When He prayed for His disciples, He said, I pray not for these alone, but for all that shall ever believe on me through their word. That includes all of us.

GAINING MORE INSIGHT

Our main thought for this message is centered around the various ways that God revealed Himself to mankind down through time, and we do not want to stray too far from that, for we still have some things to show you, but as we go along, some things are just too good to pass up. Brothers and Sisters: I really love this word of God, and I believe you do too. It is the only book that has stood the test century after century, without losing any of its meaning. Whatever was prophesied, whether it was by one of those Old Testament prophets, or from the very mouth of Jesus, will surely come to pass. Former things really take on a new meaning, when you begin to see how Jehovah God reveals Himself through His only begotten Son. Therefore now that we have gotten this far, we do not want to stop until we go right on through to the book of Revelation. No, we are not trying to change the world, but we do want to gain more insight on how to handle the word of God, and how to look at God in His oneness. If therefore, you have paid attention to the various manifestations we have been calling attention to, you should know by now that God is very specific about everything He does. Every detail is covered at some point, but they are not all covered at the same time. Anyhow it was a natural thing for the apostle Paul to write to the Hebrews, God who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoke unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things. Brother, the apostle Paul and those other apostle had a perfect revelation of what had been manifested in their day and hour. They knew how to come to the Gentiles, and deliver that true revelation in such a beautiful way. But once those first age saints were gone, Gentile minds began to take that beautiful revelation, and twist it all up. That is why the world is in the pitiful shape it is in today.

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