Hell Is Not Eternal, Part 1 – 2019, April

Hell Is Not Eternal, Part 1 - 2019, April

Preached April 22–27, 2018

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Rev. James Allen
Rev. James C. Allen

The subject I am going to approach in this message is an unusual subject. I have felt to go over this subject for the last few weeks. I remember the first time I ever heard anything like this was in 1961 when Bro. Branham had just preached a sermon where he explained there is no eternal life in hell. I remember Bro. Jackson preaching on this. After the passing of Bro. Jackson, I preached one message on this one Sunday morning. This was within a year or two after Bro. Jackson had passed away. Bro. Bud and I were working near Bro. Jackson’s house, and he went to see Sis. Jackson. She spoke about how much she appreciated that message. That was kind of a wakeup call for what I had to do from there on in order to fulfill the plan of God. This is a subject that will not bring you salvation, but it might cause you to look at things a little different in life, because it has not been used too much. But I remember when I first heard it in 1961. At that time there was another preacher who was a retired Methodist preacher, he was riding in the car with me. It was when we first heard about Bro. Branham, that is when he preached it. This was one of his messages that he preached to bring in the last day message. Of course, we had always heard that hell was eternal punishment. Whenever this preacher heard it said that it was not eternal, then he said, “Well if you say it is not eternal, people are not going to be worried about going there.” But Bro. Branham said the punishment could last as long as it would take for a sparrow to move the ocean from one place to another. That makes it sound a little disturbing.  Because a little sparrow would take a long time to drain the ocean. But there is a limit on the time, and he made the statement on that to express just how long that time may be. He said, if a person in hell was there for eternity, then there would be some type of eternal life in hell. But we know there is no eternal life outside of God. One thing that can help us understand hell is not eternal is that we find it was created and after the creation of the world, and it was created for a purpose. It was not always there. We are going to get to that, to see when it was created and the purpose it was created for as we go through this message. It may seem a little strange for me to go into this message at this time, but there are many people that have never heard it. There are people even here, that have been Christians for a short length of time, and you have never heard this message preached. It has always been thought of as something eternal. There is a punishment for every one that goes there. Some will get greater punishment than others. We want to look at some of these things as we go into this because everybody is not going to be there the same length of time.

A Higher Power

Everyone has a spirit, and the spirit of life is from God. Every one that breathes today has had a taste of the spirit of life. In the 1st chapter of Romans, it explains that because of that spirit of life that God gave there is a realization in everyone that there is a higher power. That power is God. This is why man has always sought something to worship.  They worshipped animals and every little thing in the world that they can make a god out of. The scripture speaks plainly against worshiping things that are made by hand. Men love to make some kind of object and then they worship it. As it is explained in the book of Psalms, it has eyes but cannot see. It has a nose but cannot smell, a mouth but it cannot speak. It is just a figment of man’s imagination. But it goes to show, there is something in them that recognizes there is a God. In America today, we have many spirits that worship different religious forms that came out of different countries, especially these eastern countries. They believe in reincarnation, where in their next life they may be a bug, or maybe a drop of water. Man that believes stuff like that think they are smart. That is dumb. There is no smartness about that, to think you are going to come back as an ant or something. That is the reason in India that they sweep them off the streets with a broom. It is not funny to see that people have been duped. It is sad. It is not something that just started yesterday. It is something that is steeped in ignorance that caused people to worship strange things, and call them gods. But we worship one God, the living God that brought life to us, and also gave us eternal life. Eternal life: there is no end to it. Whenever you are talking about something eternal, you are talking about God, because there is no beginning. You cannot look back in time and find the point at which God began. We look at everything as though it had a beginning, but with the infinite and eternal God that we serve, there is no beginning and no end. He is eternal. But we find it is not so with Hell. It is something that had a beginning when he created it.

Creation of God

Frozen Earth

So I have given you a little preview of my message. I will first look at some related things before I get into the main part of the message. I want to go back to Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Period. This is the beginning of time. Time never started until God, in the beginning, created the heaven and the earth. There was a beginning. Before that, it was eternity. God has always been in existence. There is no beginning to Him, there is no end. The Bible here speaks expressly, that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, period. Bro. Branham was told by a scientist, “We believe the earth is a billion years old.” Bro. Branham said, “What about that? That does not mean anything.” He said that because this one verse talks about whenever the heaven and earth were created. It does not say how long ago. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Why did not it mention Mars, and all these other planets and stars? Because God had a plan for the earth. He had a place that man would inhabit: the earth. I know there are thoughts about other planets and outer space. God has it in control. The thing about it is, I will not preach on what is up there, because I do not know. The only thing I want to preach is what God has put upon this earth. That is what God is concerned with here: it’s beginning and what is fulfilled thereafter. In the 2nd verse it says, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. (Deep, that would be space. Darkness was upon the face of the deep, outer space.) And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Whenever the heaven and the earth were created, God put a canopy of water circling the earth. That is where the flood came from. Whenever it talks about it in Genesis 6, it says that the deep was broken up. It was broken up, because before that there was no ocean. There were lakes, but there were no oceans before the flood came. Then whenever the flood came, God just covered the earth with water. It had to go someplace, so that is the reason seventy five percent of the earth is covered with water, because God gathered the water. It said He gathered the waters together. As we look at that, we want to think about some of the things that went on in the beginning. God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was one big ball of rock, just stone. Bro. Jackson taught on these things, and there are Contenders and sermons where this was brought out to the people. I will not go into all of it, just enough to bring it to your remembrance. He said there were little particles of life, like little bugs and things, they began to eat on the minerals of the earth and the secretion from their bodies began to break down the fiber of the earth to make it to where, after millions of years, the earth became more and more habitable. God is patient. God is not looking at time like we are. This earth in verse two is not like the earth when it was originally created. You see the earth in verse two is after God cursed it. He made it void. There was a creation here before man, ruled over by the angelic family. But God brought judgment upon this earth somewhere in time, after the animal kingdom had been upon the earth for a certain length of time. It talks about Satan, in his beginning, that he was perfect. Then iniquity was found in him. Iniquity: something that he began to gather within himself, to make himself as God. That is in the scripture. So as we look at that, I was thinking about the different things that maybe could have went on, but things that did go on, to break this earth up. Of course there was water upon the earth, but there was not floods of water, there was not rain. Those things came about whenever the second judgement came. The first was a freeze, the second was water, and the third will be fire, which will be in a short time as we believe it, according to the word of God.

I want to go on into the same chapter to Genesis 1:28. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” This was their spirits before they ever had a body. In God’s mind the body was there, but it was not yet manifest, because He had to make the body out of something. “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, (This was before they ever appeared on earth, be fruitful and multiply…) and replenish the earth, (See? He said replenish the earth. I remember when I was going to school in the Methodist Church, I read that verse and I closed it up really quick because it did not sound like Methodist doctrine. Because the word replenish means that it had already been filled before. It was filled with something before, and God said replenish the earth…) and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. (For food) And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (God is looking at the sixth day. The sixth day after He had began to restore the earth, whenever God began to bring life back. I do not know how long it was frozen and how long it laid in a judged state. I do not know. But we know that the scientists have proved that it happened. You have the proof in time and history. Science has proven there were was a great ice age that hit this earth. There were great wooly mammoth’s back then. They have been unearthed. But we do not have any creatures like that anymore. That was not in Adam’s creation, that was before.. Whenever I say frozen up, that is God’s judgment he brought. I want to go back into that and see that, but I wanted to read this first. God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was good…) And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” 

Now you go into the second chapter, verses 1 through 6, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, (That is talking about the six-thousand-year period of time. This is getting to where the earth was going to be inhabited again, because the earth was frozen stiff, let’s put it that way. Thus the heavens and earth were finished…) and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” The creationists say that God created the heaven and earth in six 24-hour days. It is actually six periods of time. I remember Bro. Jackson asking, “How could it a normal 24-hour day when the sun and moon, which are what we measure a day by, were not seen until the fourth day?” It is expressed in the scripture that day to the Lord is as a thousand years. This restoration of the earth took awhile. “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Now here is the proof. This verse is proof that it was not just six 24-hour day. “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, (The generations. He measures the time in generations.) in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, (Before it was in the earth.  Nothing had actually started to grow yet. Every plant of the field before it was in the earth…) and every herb of the field before it grew; for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.” See? There was not a man to till the earth yet either. You go through seven days and you still have nobody to till the earth and no plants growing yet. But it was generations of time that passed. God was getting things ready. “But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” Like a dew. This is where the water came from at that time, because it had not rained. This is how the plants were watered. The great waters that would form the oceans was still in the deep at that time. So this is the condition of the earth as God is restoring it.

Prepared For the Devil and His Angels

We see God restoring this earth in Genesis, but what caused this earth become cursed?  I go back now to where I began, to the creation that came before man, where Satan fell and where he had his dilemma. Because something else is also being prepared and made ready. Let us go to Matthew 25:40. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” He is talking about the righteous saints there. “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Hell had a beginning. It was not prepared for man, because there was no man upon the earth. God had not yet created man. As we look at this earth, there is no way they can truly measure the age of this earth. There is no way they can truly measure the heavens. They say the earth may be five billion years old. They have a way they arrive at their estimates. I do not dispute them. We do not know with certainty if they are right, but God does. We will understand, as the song goes, better by and by. But that is not important to this message. The bible gives you a time period that lasted for generations. As we go back to Genesis, you will find in that second chapter, that God had only created the spirits of man on sixth day, then He rested that seventh day, the seventh thousand years. God rested. Then He began the time of man, which has lasted about six thousand years, and we are getting ready to go into the Millennium, which will end the time for man, as far as time is concerned. After that everything is going to be eternal. Because everything will take of the tree of life. Everything. “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” You will find as you read on in Isaiah 5:14 that it says “Hell hath enlarged her mouth.” So not only did it have a beginning, there was a time when it was made larger. “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink.” This is a scripture they try to say applies to the day we live in, but it has nothing to do with this time. They try to use it our time to get us to donate to feed the little cats and little dogs, and little children. They have mixed it all up until the animal kingdom looks just as important as a little baby. It is not. Animals do not have eternal life. This verse is not a feeding program for this time. This verse is speaking in reference to the time of tribulation. “I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, no naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Insomuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” See? That is based on the tribulation time. These are natural people still alive on the earth after the Lord returns. Insomuch as ye did not visit or do something for that poor soul that was in prison, or that was sick, or whatever the cause would be that they could help, they turned their backs. Because He said, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of these least of mine, you did it not unto me. Now listen to what He said. “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: (Everlasting, remember that word. These shall go away into everlasting punishment. Listen to the words.) but the righteous into life eternal.” Look at the difference there. Everlasting, and eternal. Eternal life is for the righteous. But what is this everlasting punishment? Go to 1st Thessalonians 1:8-9. In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. It is a period of time. The wicked will end with destruction. Everlasting destruction. Destruction is when nothing is left. We will go over this more, and prove by the scripture that wicked do not have eternal life. They will finally be destroyed. It may take as long as it takes a sparrow to move the ocean, but it will happen. So as we look at that, I am reluctant to put too many pictures of Hell, but I do have one.

Angels Cast To Hell

Let’s go to 2nd Peter, chapter 2. “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, (Notice what he is saying there. There were false prophets among the people in the old times, and there will be again in the end.) who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” God paid a price for them, because it said they will be among you. They will deny the Lord that bought them salvation, but it will bring swift destruction upon them. “And many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: (If we let them, they will treat us like we are just a piece of meat, just some garment to them that is worth throwing away. They will make merchandise of you.) whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, (Here we go back to the beginning, to something that happened before our creation.) but cast them down to hell, (There they still abide today. There are some angels that were so violent that God shut them up until the day of judgment. There are certain places in this earth that is uninhabitable because there was such a curse upon that part of the world, where man cannot exist, like Death Valley and places like that, where angels have been so rugged and rough. I think about the old world (Europe). I have seen pictures of the old world, like England and different places like that. I thought whenever people talked about the old world, then they were looking at something where it is barren and nothing will grow, but then whenever I saw Ireland, I found that it is a beautiful place. I flew over it by plane. It looked like the land is blocked off in places to where it is so beautiful. That world is no older than America, which we call the new world. It is just that men have lived there longer, but it did not affect the ground on which they lived, because why? Because things had not gone on there as they have in other places. Every region in the world has their deserts.) For if God spared not the angels that sinned but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, (chains of darkness, which they never see the light. They are waiting for their time of judgment. Some are waiting their time for when God will loose them again according to Revelation 9:1-2.) to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha (God does not accept the homosexual lifestyle the world has embraced. God does not like it. That is what was going on in Sodom. Therefore He sent two angels there. They led three people out of the city to safety, the rest of it was destroyed. It is under a pile of ash today, destroyed by fire spewed out of hell itself. It rained down in sulfuric acid and stones, which are found today over there around the Dead Sea. Turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah…) into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.” An example to those that should live after their lifestyle. My!

Turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes.

When you go back in scripture, you see what a bad bunch of characters they were in Sodom. Two angels that looked like men, came in among them. They said, bring them to us, let us know them. They desired to abuse them. That is how society was in Sodom. It is that way in America today. Anything that is done right they condemn. Take these marchers in the news recently, the high school kids walked out of school the other day and they get on the microphone. A young girl begins to curse, right on the microphone. Why did not her did parents not take her home and wash her mouth out with soap? I would not have done my mom that way. She had a bony hand, and I would have felt it. And she should have let me have it if I did that. Five of them were on television were speaking to the news. They were talking about swearing. Two women and three men, they were discussing if it was possible to go one day without swearing. “I do not think I can, everybody swears,” they said. Everybody does not swear. My mom told me something when I was young. She said, all the sins that a person does, they get something out of it, but to curse, you get nothing out of it. I practiced that, even when I was a boy growing up. I remembered what my mom said. It was something that stuck inside me. What good do you get out of cursing? Oh, well just let it slip. We do not have to think like that, we do not have to get angry like that. Let it pass, let it go.

Angels That Kept Not Their First Estate

I want to go to Jude now, starting with verse 5. “I will therefore put you in remembrance though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” You might say, well what you are saying is hard. It is scripture. If it is hard, it is scripturally hard. It is something to wake ourselves up to reality. We are real people. God has given us something in this hour to look to as a standard. “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation.” What is their own habitation? That is the shelter of God. When you are under His shelter, you do not to worry. But they left their shelter. They left their habitation. “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation.” It was theirs. Think what they traded! Just like Eve, whenever the devil came to her, think what she traded away. Just a little bit of power, that is the ministry of religious world, they just think that if they can have a little bit of power over people, then they can get whatever they want. So many of them live so much above the people. No wonder that Catholic church has the priests upon a pedestal so high, that he can look down over all the people. He does not have to fool with them, just come and confess to me on Friday night, everything will be alright. Many have chosen that life to gain things in their own life, even sex and everything else. “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, (That homosexual lifestyle.) are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” 

Never Shalt Thou Be Anymore

Let’s go to Ezekiel 28, verse 12. God is speaking of Satan here. “Thou hast been in Eden (Which was the Eden of God, before this creation ever came. Thou hast been in Eden…) the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, (Showing when God created this earth, it was so intense with heat. That is why you have the beautiful stones, because of the intense heat and pressure. You see it in this verse. Thou has been in Eden, the garden of God, every precious stone was thy covering. Look what he had. Look what these preachers have today. I saw on television, this man built his church and spent a million dollars on the entrance where everyone came in. They had this thing where fish, big fish, were swimming around the door. Why would somebody want something like that? They say, “Oh, look what I have done.” You have done nothing, you made a fool out of yourself. Every precious stone was thy covering…) the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” In the day that thou wast created. He was a created being. Listen to Ezekiel’s prophecy as he goes on. “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” See the creation where he was? Listen. “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” God does all things well. Satan was not a devil at the time he was created. Satan became the devil whenever he left his habitation. It said in that 14th verse, “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine hart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.  All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.” The end. Thou shalt never be any more. See what I was talking about? There is no eternal life for those who go to hell. Let me read that last verse again. “All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.” It is over, you are gone, you are dust. That is why I said what I did before. Whenever God finishes His judgment the wicked will cease to exist. This great Satan that is above all the wicked angels, who is the most wicked and evil of all, it shows that even he has an end. He does not have eternal life. In hell, his life will eventually be extinguished. The length of the judgement and punishment will be based on the deeds of the wicked. I want to say this: the ones that reject truth will receive a greater damnation than the drunk or the homosexual. We find that in Matthew 11:21-22. That is not pleasant, but that is the truth. That is one of the worst things that a person could do. It said the dog has returned to its vomit, and the sow to her wallowing in the mire, which was once washed. So today as we look at these scriptures, I know it is nothing to shout about, but it is in the bible. If it was not in there, it would not need to be heard. But there are a lot of people that may be wondering or have never heard these things concerning hell.

Truth Reaches Believers

When you go into a subject like this, you have scriptures that relate to a time even before mankind was on the earth. Even a time before time began. That is why in Genesis 1:1 it says  “in the beginning”. When you mention the beginning, then you are starting time. As I look at that and look at scriptures that transpired in God’s creation before man was here, I can see He left us enough in the scripture to serve as a reference. It is enough to where we can see a scene. I do not want to say a story, because I am not a story teller. But I believe there is a truth in the word of God that can inspire a picture in the hearts of those who hear and believe. I know when I preached the sermons on the third day, there were preachers that laughed in the pulpit about what I said. But it has proven to be a fact throughout the years and through time, because it has been ten years ago when I first preached it. I preached it at first, then it began to blossom and get bigger and bigger in people’s minds, to where by the time of the fall meetings in 2008, then it had all come about. I was thinking about that I listened to Sis. Noleen sing here in our service. She and her family were left with nothing to go on by Deva Govender. I am not a person to mention names too often, but he left them nothing to go on because he did not want anybody to know about our website or online services. I learned that when we first went to South Africa as related by our brothers and sisters there, that they were not really given any knowledge of these things and they had to search it out themselves, to find out that there was still a ministry that was carrying truth. Truth cannot be hid. Whoever it is going to reach, it is going to find its way there through all the crooks and crannies of time. It is going to find its way to the hearer, because the Bible said, “Let him that hath an ear to hear, hear.” This is what we have presented in this hour of time. We have presented a truth to a people that were able to hear. It is not for the world because the world is going to turn it down. It is not for those that would not listen. Jesus spoke in parables in Matthew 13. The disciples asked Jesus, why do you speak in parables? He said, “That hearing they man not hear.” He spoke in a way that they could not understand on purpose. He preached to many thousands of people, but yet there was a hundred and twenty in the upper room. Through all Israel he preached. Elements of all the tribes where there to hear, they were there in the time that Jesus was there. They heard John the Baptist, then they heard Jesus speak the truth as He did. They did not want anything to do with it. If it was that way with Him, then what about us? We are just mere creatures of a truth that He has brought unto us in this hour. Whenever we look at the word, it says there would be a falling away. And there has been. People have turned away their ears from the truth. As we have preached, and as it was preached before us, there has always been an avenue where people might be able to hear truth, those that had ears. Especially in this last day. The book of Luke says the gospel would be published. At this time and back in Bro. Jackson’s time, it was not only published in paper form and tapes, but it was published through the internet. So we have that today to look at. We see the progression of the word of God. Everything progresses. It must. There will be those that will know the truth, and the truth shall make them free. So we are made free by the truth of the living God today, by His word that He has revealed unto us.

Time Before Man’s Creation

I want to go to some scriptures now to show you what it was like before our creation, before mankind was on the earth. You say, well how are you going to do that? We are going to look at the progression of things before man come upon this earth. There is something that happened. You can see it in what we have already read from Ezekiel. There was something which happened that God did not like. Satan exalted himself to make himself above the stars of heaven. There are only three angels’ names mentioned in the Bible: Gabriel, Michael, and then Lucifer. Lucifer was one of the first angels that was created because it called him the son of the morning. So he was in the early part of the creation, because he came to exist in the morning of the creation, which would have made him one of the first in line to be one of the archangels. Whenever we look at the scriptures, if we look at time past, these men that God raised up were very intelligent in the things of God. I am sure they knew the scripture very well, what scripture was available in their time. I am speaking about the first books of the Bible and so on, Joshua and so on, until you come to the time of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and those others. Because Moses even spoke and said there would be someone who would be raised up like unto Him. He was talking about another law giver, a law of grace. In Isaiah 14, we will start with verse 9. “Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, (See? How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer…) son of the morning! (That is what I was talking about: son of the morning. The early created angel is what he was, because it said here, son of the morning.) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! (This is speaking of his coming judgement.) For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars (or the angels. He is not talking about the Milky Way galaxy. I will exalt myself above the stars…) of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Listen to him. These are Satan’s words. He is exalting himself. “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, (Now we seeing something: that made the world a wilderness. That would be speaking of the time before man was put on the earth.) and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.” This is the explanation of who Satan is, and what happened in his past. I want to go back to Genesis chapter 1:1. “In the beginning (This is when time began. This is the very beginning of time. Before this, there was nothing to be seen. There was no earth, there was no heaven. There was no stars. In the beginning…) God created the heaven and the earth.” He created the heaven and the earth. This was the very beginning. I keep repeating this: this is the very beginning of time as we count time. Before this, it was eternity. People have wondered, where did God come from? That is a foolish thing, because it said from eternity to eternity, thou art God. So there is no beginning of God, there is no ending of God. So why would this world just be six thousand years of age, if God had no beginning?  A billion years is nothing to God. I know they have this attraction down in Kentucky with a so-called replica of Noah’s ark and all, they have all the animals in there. They were all created in six days they say. They even have dinosaurs in the ark. I want to get to that later. But that did not happen in six days. There earth is very old, and there was a whole creation here before man. “And the earth was without form, and void; (In other words, there was nothing on it. The earth was without form: it was just a big ball of stone without form and it was void. It had nothing on it. That could have lasted millions of years until the thing began to cool. Because the inner core of the earth is a ball of fire. You see this in volcanoes around the world. There are volcanic mountains around the earth. I feel that whenever God blows this thing during his wrath, when it says the mountains will disappear, I feel that this is what He is talking about, because of the great explosion that Peter saw, God has it all under control. People are wondering, what is going to happen here if this big volcano out west at Yellowstone, goes off. It cannot be, because God has a control button that He is using to where everything is going to fit exactly like He says. Let me say this, it is kind of like these old farmers used to be when they had sage grass fields. God has a control fire. If you are a farmer you will understand what I mean, but there are a few that will remember the control fires. That control fire was to get rid of the sage grass and stuff that was a hindrance to a crop. That was burned off. As I said, God has control of all this. He is saving it for a purpose.

Look at Genesis 6, “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” They would just see them and choose them. They were there for the picking, kind of like it is now. Because it said, as it was in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” Now this next verse I want to use to go back in time to the early creation. “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” What happened? How did there get to be giants? They began to mix. Satan likes something big, because he thinks big. Did you ever see pictures of Samson that make it look like he was a big giant of a man? Samson was not that way. That would not show God. Samson was a little ruddy man, red. The thing about it, it was the spirit of God that came upon him. It said that about Samson, that whenever the spirit of God came upon him, there was nothing that could stand before him. He could beat an army. He took an old jaw bone of a donkey and killed a thousand people with it. You might think, that must have been very sharp. No, God was sharp. Whenever I look at Israel in this time, I do not fear for them. I pray for them, but I do not fear for them, because it said though all the nations of the earth come against them, yet He would stand for them. One man would be as a thousand. I want to establish this: “There were giants in the earth in those days.” What caused this? It was the intermingling of the sons of God and the daughters of men. They became attracted unto those degenerate half-animals that came through Cain’s line. Because of that, whenever they did come together, what happened? There came forth giants. Look at it in this day. So something happened. Whenever God created dinosaurs, they were not ninety feet long, they were not thirty or forty feet tall. No. It was that intermingling caused by Satan. You have their skeletons now, big, giant carcasses.

I remember when Bro. Jackson preached the message about the prehistoric time. Walt Disney made a movie of the dinosaurs. They had to make pictures of lizards like we have today and enlarge that picture to take it these little creatures look huge. You can find these little creatures fighting each other in the desert. You can find them fighting now, but in time past, what happened? They began to grow. They began to get bigger, and bigger, and bigger. What was going on? Satan entered the picture and caused them to be beasts instead of animals that could be controlled. Just like it was before the flood. There was violence just like it is now, men with corrupt minds. But here you have an animal kingdom that Satan has entered into. God had to rectify that. He had to take care of it because Satan saw it and he wanted power. He thought the bigger they were, the larger they are, the more he would get out of it. These animals began to grow, they began to get bigger, and bigger, and bigger, because Satan likes bigger. He likes big churches, because God is not there, but man feels religious. Cain felt religious, so what did he do? He took a bunch of vegetables and was going to worship God with vegetables. God did not want vegetables, it had to be blood. Abel had a different father. Brothers and sisters, when you are born again, you have a different father. You have somebody you can call Lord. So Satan put violence in there. Cain murdered Abel. Satan likes violence. I just read where it said, until iniquity was found in him. In the beginning, in his beginning, he was a peaceful angel. But God gave angels a choice. He did not give them redemption. What is redemption? It is to bring back something which fell. The angels started out perfect. We started out sinners. God had to give us an outlet where we could come back to Him. But we find that when the angels fall, they have no outlet. They just fall because they were perfect in their beginning, as Satan was. Satan, in his beginning, was perfect. He had all the angels that were under him. God always has an order how He wants things run. It is not because you are smart or that you are intelligent. You can tell that by me. But it is because God deals with you in a way that lets something go down inside you, to pull out the things that He would have done in this hour of time, that He is doing with His ministry. Why? God does not just show a ministry something for nothing. He shows it for edification to the saints of God.

I would like to say to my brothers and sisters from South Africa, from Canada, and other places: God has brought you this way because one day He spoke through all the voices, which were many, all the voices you heard, but there was still something in there that was not satisfied. It is like they talk about the little eagle that grew up with the chickens. He never could cluck. He would see the others walking around, eating grain, eating gravel, a chicken has to have gravel. That is what the craw is for. Did you know that? That is what the craw is for, the food goes in there and it grinds it up. It is a grinder, that is what it is. The thing about it is, that little eagle, it could never sound like a chicken. But one day it heard it’s sound coming from on high, and it related to that sound because it was the mother eagle. It related to that. All at once, as its wings had been growing, all at once it begins to fly. Here we are in this endtime, learning our wings are to fly, not just to drag around. There are islands where birds have wings, stubby wings, but no feathers. They have wings but they cannot fly because they have no predators. We have predators. If it need be, bring it on. The devil is a defeated soul. Oh, he pops up, he wants us to think we have no authority. I am not out here cursing devils. They have their purpose. It is very dangerous, as Bro. Branham said, to rebuke spirits if you are not anointed to. Every preacher is not anointed to. I have heard one older preacher say “I rebuked that devil until sweat came out of my shoes. I rebuked it until sweat came out of my shoes, and it was two o’clock in the morning.” Jesus, when He went into the mountain there to pray and fast for forty days, He always had a scriptural answer. Finally at the end, He said, get behind me Satan. What happened? It said it left Him for a season. It did not leave Him always, no, it came back in another form. It came back as a spirit upon the people who tempted him and criticized him. They said “This man is Beelzebub,” but they were living a devilish life and calling Him something of that nature. What did I read in Matthew 25:40? It said that hell was made for the devil and his angels. It was not made for man. Whenever God created the heavens and the earth, what did He say? After the sixth day, what did He say? It is good. God made everything good. As the song goes, God does everything well. He did not ask anybody how to do it. He did not ask anybody how to make mountains. He did not ask anybody how to make the rain. God is sovereign. In the beginning God, with no help, said let there be firmament above earth, let there be a heaven, let there be an earth. I wonder why He said it that way? It was because He had a plan. He had a plan for this earth. When we leave here, are we going to live in our little mansion? No. That is not going to be enough room. What does it say? We will be kings and priests, to guide a people, a natural people that is born upon this earth, with the Bride of Jesus Christ, Him giving the orders from His lofty position.

Earth is Judged

God, whenever He saw what Satan was doing to pervert creation, He put a stop to it. It went on a long time, just as this generation has gone on a long time. God sees the fallacy of man, his falsehood and what he is doing unto a generation in time. That is why I have said there will not be another generation of preachers. What you see is what you get. As ministers of God, we are doing our best, as in Ephesians 4, to present a Bride to Jesus Christ that is acceptable. Brothers and sisters in South Africa, the devil could not keep it hid. I am not calling anyone a devil, but the devil works through people. He worked through an animal kingdom to make them big and strong and to eat one another. That was not God’s plan for the beginning, to kill. Satan was getting a thrill out of it, but his thrill is about to come to an end now. God is going to shut him up, just as I read about angels that left their first estate, they are shut up, in prison. Some until the day of judgment. The Bible says, know ye not that ye shall judge angels. He goes ahead to correct that, seeing that we do so, we must in this hour, have a perfect mind and a perfect avenue unto the spirit of God, to let God’s leadership be in a ministry to direct the message from a ministry to His saints for perfection. It cannot come about until there is unity. Things are getting more united at all times. Please brothers and sisters, let God work in your homes. Let Him work in your children. Do not let the devil get a hold of the lines because he will wreck your home. He is very much alive in this hour, but he sees his day coming. He is going to be cast down to the earth and then he knows he does not have much more time. He will cause there to be hell on earth for three and half years. Then, for a thousand years, he will be penned up in the bottomless pit, just like many of his cohorts are now. There are devils that bother you from time to time, because the devil has his cohorts working, that is what brings temptations. That is what causes intents of a person’s heart to be the way it is in this hour of time. If Satan can do that, what did God do when it got so bad? Animals got so rough, when they got so big and they became bullies to the other animals, then everything, everything became corrupted. God had to judge the animal kingdom according to what is inside them. What did He tell the children of Israel when they went in certain places in Canaan; He told them to kill every animal. If something like this happened today, they would say, oh my. Because what they want to do, they want to go back to the Old Testament and say the God of that time was not the same God of this time. It is, it just has a time period, then it is going to close, God is going to close the door. Slowly it is shutting in this hour. You see the violence today just like it was in the beginning. Every week there is a shooting. Every week somebody is stabbed. Every week somebody is beaten. Because the devil is back at his old tactics he used before our creation ever started. Whenever God shut off the lights, He shut off the light to the sky, the sun, the moon. He angled them in another direction. Whatever He did, things suddenly, within a short period of time, began to die. Darkness covered the face of the deep. It was all shut off. Here the ice comes and begins to cover the earth. You read in the Bible that God, in the fifth day, He begins to bring life to the whales and different things. He did not have to re-create them. They are already there, all He needs to do is thaw them out and resurrect them. It said the water brought forth certain life, because they were already there, there just had to be the sun to come in and the moon to come in to give light. I love this word. I love the word of God because it is a light to my pathway, a lamp to my feet that I do not have to walk in darkness. Some do, thinking that their education has put them on a higher plane. God help us, awake our children, awake the little ones, but God, in this time period has shown forth a light just like He did whenever this thing began to thaw out. He began to let His light come down. Whenever it did, it began to show. What happened after that? It took six thousand years for this thing to be resurrected to where life could live on it again. Then the seven thousandth year, God rested, to let the earth begin to come out of its hibernation. Light always brings life. Light brings spiritual life. We do not have to walk in darkness as others. As the scripture says, we do not have to walk in that darkness because God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. So you see where darkness came from. When the Millennium comes, we will not need the sun for our light, we will not need the moon for our light. Because Jesus Christ will be our light, that God shines through Him upon us, to make the picture come to life. Whenever I say that, then whenever this began to happen, whenever it came that darkness began to leave, then light sprung up and God gradually, after many hundreds of years, after thousands of years, God begins to shine again upon this earth, before mankind. The earth went through seven thousand years, Peter said a day with God is a thousand years. That is where we get it. Through seven thousand years, God is bringing this earth back because it was such a frozen tundra. The darkness had been so deep that the earth, no doubt, was barren as Mars and these other planets, or as the moon, which is three hundred and some degrees below Fahrenheit. But then, what did the first astronaut say when they went up? One of them spoke and said there has to be a God. I look at all these other planets and they do not have life on them, but whenever I see the earth, he said it was a blue marvel. All the water and everything that is upon it, God, whenever He finally let it rain, then all this water came down. Then in the Millennium it will go right back up as a canopy. There will not be all this ice and cold. There will be winter and summer. There has to be. You have the pole system, the north and south pole, which will still be what will cause there to be cold, not like it is now, but there will be cold and there will be heat. But it will not be extremes. There are still places, glaciers now that existed during God’s bringing the light back, because the light did not hit them as it did other places of the earth which were to be inhabited. You have got to have that, because it is God’s air conditioner, to bring coolness. Otherwise we would be hot like other places. But God, through His mercy, put ice there that would be able to flow a certain amount of coolness upon this earth. It will be a perfect climate. God is going to take these deserts that the devil has worked in, and He is going to change them. A few years ago they had a big amount of rain out in the desert out west. They had a big amount of rain, what happened? All these beautiful flowers covered the earth out there. They were beautiful flowers. The seed is there. That is the way it was in the beginning. God planted the seed and let the sun rise to bring it to the surface. My, what a great God. I am trying to explain to you what a great God we serve. He took us from a cold, hardened condition to bring us into light that we might shed forth a light. It makes me happy. Praise the Lord.

Earth Brought Back From Judgement

I have to look at. I do not like to say something without something to back it up. I know it could be said, well you are speculating on certain things, but I see things as they are in the earth, that have had a beginning and a creation, and a Creator who has created them for His own purpose. We are not the first ones that have been upon this earth, we are the first souls that God has put redemption in. You might say, “Well we are looking at something that has not been put in the Bible.” But it is something that is recognized in time, not in history but in time, because we are going back beyond history to look at the different things that were created. God is the Creator. God does all things well. He did not make some kind of mistake, but He had a purpose in everything because this earth was inhabited before our time. Then whenever our time came, it started with seven thousand years of time in God’s re-creation, when He began to make things to where it would be compatible for man to be able to live upon this earth, because there had been a judgment before that. A judgment that brought everything to a standstill, nothing was moving, nothing was living as far as breathing is concerned. But God is never defeated. We know the dinosaurs were upon this earth, because their footprints are still here, and their bones are still here. I am talking about the footprints of the different beings that were here before man’s time. They were here in the time of the beginning, before man. When you put it the beginning, God created the heavens and earth, then you start time. Because that is a beginning, a beginning of time. So we are looking at it in that way. As God is the Creator, there are still new planets and stars that are coming into existence, even to this day. God did not just make it all at once. He made it to where His plan would work, because things are still happening. Even today, it is still in progress. There are stars being born and there are stars that are dying. I looked through the telescope Bro. Steve had at one time, you can see the light beginning to go from these places. It does not happen in a day, it does not happen in a year, it happens in time. As we look at it that way, whenever God did create the heavens and the earth in the beginning, He saw a purpose for the earth that He did not see for the rest of the planets that we can see. Everything that is out there that we know about, is not habitable for man to live on. The thing that happened is that whenever God first created this thing, as the scientists say, through a big bang, then God’s laboratory began to work. So if we look at it six thousand years ago, as being the creation of the whole thing, then you cannot see how things would really happen in that length of time. What was God doing before that? He was there. He was there in eons of time. We really cannot relate it to time. Whenever He talks about that, then we relate ourselves as people that have had a revelation of truth, and been born again by the Spirit of God, then we are eternal beings. God saw us from the very beginning. He knew your name, who you would be, even before He had flung all of space out here. So that shows the vastness of His Creation, which cannot even be fathomed. He gave us a vast universe so we could realize just how vast he is. As we look at things of that nature, when God made the earth to where it could be inhabited, as Bro. Jackson said, there were little micro-organisms that began to make secretions and make it to where it was not just a big stone. This earth was not going to be just a big stone, but it was something to be inhabited because this is the only place known to man, that there was life. Genesis 1:1 says in the beginning God created the heavens and earth, then He skips far ahead in time, and many millions of years have passed by the time you come to Genesis 1:2. He skips down to where the Ice Age was coming to an end. God was getting rid of something that had infested this earth. But the earth was not removed, it was still here. Just like the earth, whenever it went through its first birth was whenever it began. Then Genesis chapter one begins to count off the days, which really, He was letting the earth begin to come back to a place that could be inhabited again. Whenever God saw that, He saw that it was good. It took six thousand years for it to happen, then the seven thousandth year, God rested, the seventh day. But religious man does not take that into focus. He thinks God made the earth in six 24-hour days. No it was not that way. These days were period of times, because the Bible calls that period generations of time. It was before man had anything to gauge time. He may say a billion years, but then that does not mean anything, because it could be billions of years. God has a great laboratory which He planned. God had nobody to counsel with, so He counseled with himself. He did not need inputs of man or angels, because they were not there. God was there alone. Why do we call Him Father, if He was not the Father of all creation? He was the Father of Jesus Christ, but He is your and my Father. Jesus told His disciples when they asked Him, how do we pray? He began, our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, not the atmospheric heavenlies, which we are a part of, which Satan was given this part of the earth. What did he do? He infected it with thinking. Whenever we begin to think without realizing that there was a plan, God had a plan in order to fulfill His purpose. It did not just start in one day. God did not just think one day, then He put all this out here together. No. It took millions of years for it all to be planned out before anything was ever inhabited. It took time. As Bro. Jackson said, which I believe he told the truth, these little microscopic beings which had life, but not human life, not animal life. They were the beginning of the dirt, of what we call different things, as you look at the earth, you can look at the ruggedness of it. If it had been whenever the great mountains and great things that happened, then there would have been nothing for man to inhabit, because he could not have lived through it. It took time for things to begin to happen, as we look at it in time. Every continent has a volcano on it. I know they have one in the Philippines that you can see, which is a little mountain like area. A round volcano just a few hundred feet high. These places were times when God began a curse upon the earth, because of the way that man had done. I am sure many of these things happened even before the Ice Age, which I said God just put His great air conditioner to work. Whenever He did, He turned the lights out. When He turned the lights out from the earth, everything froze over. What was the purpose of that? It was for judgment. He was judging the earth because of what Satan had done. As I read before, he began to meditate, he began to think that he was going to be as God, that he was going to be equal to God. Just like man wants to elevate something in his mind now, to show that he has authority over the plan of God.

Man’s creation began about six thousand years ago, as we have counted time, because the thing about it is, this is where man’s history begins. There is no history from before that, but that is where history begins, where God begins to create His human family. Before that, there was an animal kingdom and there was an angelic family. As I said before, its footprints are in civilizations of all types. I remember Russia, there in Siberia, they unearthed this wooly mammoth. It was intact. They did this in Norway too, as I understand. It was intact and frozen. We do not have creatures like that now. But through them it shows God did not  put on his ice maker all at once. Because animals began to grow longer hair. An animals environment can bring about changes. There are islands that have birds that do not fly, they cannot fly. They are just walking around with partial wings, because the thing about it is, they have no predators. If they would have had predators, then they would have been able to fly. But there are no snakes, no lizards, scorpions, or anything like that there, there is nothing to bother them to make them fly. You see that happens whenever things are let alone. Animal life is peaceful. When Satan took over in the beginning there were no predators. So I will have to say the animal kingdom were not giants in the first creation. I look at Genesis 6 in the time of man, whenever the sons of God began to look upon the daughters of men, that they were fair, then what happened? There became giants and intellectual people just like they are today. They do not recognize God. To them, there is no God. The animals of the first creation were small creatures before Satan started to pervert creation. It was just like Genesis 6 whenever it began to happen. What happened when man’s creation became perverted? They began to cross, the sons of God to the daughters of men, looking at them that they were fair. Then giants began to appear. The scripture gives us enough insight to form this picture.

Satan’s Pending Punishment

Let me go back to Ezekiel. It is amazing how these men, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Peter, and Paul, men from the Old Testament to the New Testament, how they could look at these things. It had to be God inspired. As I look at this next scripture it is pointing to a fall, but it was not the fall of man, it was the fall of Satan in the creation before man was here. Let us look at it, Ezekiel, chapter 28, starting with verse 11. “Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying.” What is he saying there? He is saying the word of the Lord, so it was not some kind of fancy idea or some kind of thought. This is what is happening today in this hour, the message is not just man’s thought. It has to reach down deeper to pull out the things that are relevant for the day and time in which we live. He said here, moreover the word of the Lord came to me. In other words, God spoke to him. Whenever you read over that, think about it, God speaks, because God knows. He knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts. He knows what we are going to do with what we have and what He has given us. He knows that. “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, (He is using a king here, a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus. He wants you to think of an individual first. He is comparing a man to what happened before our creation when Satan fell. Take a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus…) and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.” He is already skipping the man, into the revelation that God has given him, because he is looking at somebody that has become famous. He is looking at a king that has had a lot of success in the world, not success in God. Satan’s success was not in God. His success that he was looking at was the success in changing things. He wanted to change everything, just like today, they are changing the word. They will write all different kinds of Bible types and everything, in order to get you away from the real meaning. But it does not work, not with the saints of God. Let them go, let them have their way about it. All different translations, let them have it. “Thou hast been in Eden (See? He is going back, another Eden, not our Eden. He is going back before our time, before the Ice Age. These people that built the replica of Noah’s ark in Kentucky, it is a beautiful place to look at. I have not been there, but they have dinosaurs in there and everything else. Why? They built a building, but they had no revelation. If they had, then they would have put it the way it is in the word. But they did the best they could with what they got. That is what man does. He does the best he can, that is why they build these great big churches. Here people come in and fill them and spend a few minutes listening to a bunch of stuff that is going to make them feel good. This is a feel-good day, if we feel good, then it is alright. You can feel good about the word of God, but you can see the fallacy in man. Thou hast been in Eden, See? Thou hast been, it was prior.) the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” Oh, he loved this famous music. God does not like racket, God likes music. There is a difference. Men are glorifying the people that will get out there and express themselves in some indecent way, they think that is beauty. A woman can get out there (I would not say half clad, they are not even half clad) and they sit and swoon over some indecent thing on television. Once it was locked behind doors in the bad part of town. Now it is in stadiums and all these places, just to glorify the flesh. They care nothing for God. The church world is the same way. Men with long hair hanging down their back, they are filthy. You are not worshiping God, you are worshiping the flesh. “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: (God gave him his opportunity. God did not take away the opportunity from him of choice. What a fall. What a fall! He was not satisfied with killing the animal kingdom. This is where it all happened right here, in these verses of scripture. Ezekiel describes it right here. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so…) thou wast upon the holy mountain of God.” God lifted him up. He was upon the holy mountain of God. He was in high places. He had influence. He was gaining influence. As it said in Revelation 12, a third of the stars fell with him. What for? For destruction, because they had a choice. God put this heaven and this earth in its place, and He gave the angels a choice. He did not make a bunch of robots. He made angels to worship Him. But then they got other things in their minds. This did not happen overnight, it took time. God has all the time in the world because He is eternal. We came to this, 2004 ½, what happened? What happened to many of them that left? They began to say “Oh, Bro. Jackson made a mistake. It is just like Bro. Branham saying that it should all be over in 1977.” Mockery, that is what it is whenever man begins to think. That is what happened with Satan, he began to think. God gave him that ability. All the time this was going on, God was looking right down at you this morning. When He created the heavens and the earth, He had you in mind because He was looking for somebody, not fallen, but He was looking for somebody to raise up. He put us in a level with His own Son. The ministry stands in Christ’s stead. He is not here, but we are, with His spirit. He gave us His spirit in order to fulfill His purpose. “Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” Was it a thousand years? Was it five years, five hundred years? God has a Millennium coming up, which He binds Satan for a thousand years. He gave him that much long or longer. He gave him time to make a choice. Here he is integrating his thought, the thought of his mind, he is putting that within the mind of other angels. He is an anointed cherub. He is one of the top angels, along with Michael and Gabriel. He was right up there in the plan of God, in the working of God. It said until iniquity was found in him. “Thou wast perfect (perfect, perfection is everything. Whenever the church reaches her perfection, there is nowhere else to go but up. God will recognize that. Talk about unity, there is going to be unity or there will be nothing. I do not want to do it my way, because God’s way is better. Thou wast perfect…) in thy ways (more than one) from the day that thou wast created, till (until, it could have been a thousand years. It could have been ten thousand years. There was enough time for influence to take over. Because inside of him, he is gaining strength. He is gaining popularity. Oh, he mentions God, because he wants to be equal. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till…) iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise (What is it talking about? All the gold, the stones, things that were mentioned here, he had these in his possession. They were his. God put them there. He put him in an Eden. You know what our Eden was, it was perfect. By the multitude of thy merchandise…) they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: (What is it? The New Jerusalem is a mountain. What Satan forsook, you see all the different rubies and diamonds and all these things, back into the Bride of Jesus Christ. We have got it all. I am not bragging, I am saying what the word says in Revelation 21, read it. I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God…) and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.” You see the diamonds, you see the pearls, what caused them?  It was because of the heat of the earth. It formed all these beautiful things that we see. Many of them are still in the earth to be found at some time. God is sending His Son to come back, to get a beautiful bride. Revelation 19, verse 7, without spot. Without spot. He is coming back for a glorious church as recorded in the scripture. We are a part of that. What a great family God has. From here, to Norway, to South Africa, to the Philippines, all of these are rubies. When He comes, it says, to gather what? What does it say in the 3rd chapter of Malachi? He is coming to claim His jewels. You are jewels in His crown. Some are different things. What do you think it is there in Revelation 21? What is He talking about? He is talking about Bride people, making up that great mountain that is foursquare. “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: (Oh, he was famous.) I will cast thee to the ground, (Revelation 17, I will cast thee to the ground.) I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be (What?) any more.” Never shalt thou be any more. Thou shalt never be any more, that means there is an end. There is an end to Satan. God will take that spirit right back to himself, that spirit that He gave.

… continued in the next edition.

Revelation 10, Part 11: The Millennium and Beyond – 2019, February

Revelation 10, Part 11: The Millennium and Beyond - 2019, February
Rev. James Allen
Rev. James C. Allen

Preached January 29, 2017

In the last edition Bro. Allen began to leave his topic of Revelation 10. In this edition he closes out the topic by looking at events that began to transpire in the United States following the election of Donald Trump.

Society in Rebellion

Listening to the news this morning, you know, it is hard for some people to believe a president is going to do what he said. They just do not understand that. He has done started vetting these people from foreign countries and they are up in the air. We have never had such a divided nation. It is not Trump’s fault, it was divided before Trump become president. But they are going to blame it all on him and he is going to have a hard time, however long he is in there, unless something drastic should happen to him. I appreciate Mike Pence, a man from Indiana who is vice president, that has morals about him, that will stand for something of what the nation should be. Now next Thursday there is to be a submission of a man to be supreme court justice, the one most talked about, he said I am an originalist, that means going back to the Constitution the way it was written. Instead of reinterpreting it with a modern twist as Ginsberg has done and reading it according to the way society is now, that is the way she believes it. Of course, you could expect that from some of the appointments that Clinton put in there, because he wanted somebody to think more like him. I praise the Lord this morning for His wonderful grace, I thought about changing my title, but I am not going to yet.

I was thinking about something of the four gospels, Mark is the least I have ever studied, but I thought this past week that I would read through the book of Mark, which I did, I finished that up in my last message, the last chapter. You have sixteen chapters, but they are either condensed or the chapters are longer. He does not speak of the birth of Christ. He does not speak a whole lot of the resurrection, but whenever you look at it all, as I said he has condensed it in places, which was Mark, Matthew, or Peter, they say that Peter was more or less behind his writing of the book of Mark, but you see the similarities of all the four gospels. Of course, John did not deal with the birth of Christ, but he dealt with the beginning. In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. Then he goes ahead in the 14th verse of the 1st chapter, the word became flesh, which the word there is memory, God’s memory. His word, because in that, His word, it does not change. Jesus was in the foreknowledge of God, but He was not with God, just in thought. God thought of this out through time, which we have put it into decades and centuries and so on, and then in thousands of years. But God did not count it that way, He counted it as an eternity, from eternity to eternity He is God. God has no beginning, because beginning is not eternity. So somewhere in the span which we would call time, God was always there, and He always will be there. Because we are getting more understanding as we go along. He was there, whenever He thought, God thought, and whenever He thought, He thought of mankind. He saw your life and my life and took a little interjection of His own life, which He put there in predestination to bring it out here at the endtime, and through time, that we are a part of His eternity. So, in God there is no beginning and you, there is no beginning because you come, your creation come from God. Jesus of course said, I am from above. That was the life that was interjected into the womb of Mary. He did not pre-exist as a being, only in eternal thought of God. Whenever God thought, He saw us as somebody to worship Him. But in order to worship Him in the right way, we had to have a time of acceptance. A time of acceptance was the time that we began our new life, which we accepted in Jesus Christ, then went into a watery grave to be identified. That was our identification. So, it is what we do from there on. If we enter into this right, we are going to be more accessible people to the spirit of God and to each other. What was the greatest commandment that Jesus is asked by the scribe, what is the greatest commandment? He said, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind, with all thy strength. Then He said, and love thy neighbor as thyself. He said, on this hangs all the Law and prophets. So, as we look at that, then whenever we begin to look at it, that makes us treat our neighbor, which may be father, mother, sister or brother, in the aspect that we respect each other. No matter how old you are, you are to respect that if we are going to walk in the presence of God, we have to respect one another as Christian beings because that is part of the Law that Jesus talked about, to love thy neighbor as thyself. We have always thought of neighbors as those that lived next to us, which is not neighbors at all. They may be scoundrels. But that means you are living beside somebody, but you are not living beside your neighbor. A lot of times it is right in our own house, who are our neighbors. To think the way, we want to be treated is the way we treat others. I just wanted to say that because we are talking about, in this message, we are talking about eternity.

These Signs Shall Follow Them That Believe

I am going to say something else at this time, let me read to you from Mark 16. This was not a part of my message, but it was a part of my thinking. Starting with verse 15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Every creature has had their opportunity. You read that from the first chapter of Romans, that God has not withheld people from knowing. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” That is simple, it is as simple as you can make it, believers and unbelievers. Bro. Branham put them in three categories, believers, unbelievers, and make believers, that is the way he put it. “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name (Jesus is putting something forth there that is to be reckoned with and remembered. In my name…) shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.” You can only do this in His name. It has to come from a watery grave, otherwise you cannot do it in His name. What does it say in Romans 8? It talks about the Lord and without that, we are not His. He makes it simple, we are His or we are not His. “They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Last Sunday night at the beginning of the prayer service, our sister came up and wanted prayer for her son. I went back with my brothers and prayed for the little one. As far as I am concerned, I believed, I believed. But whenever sickness came Jesus’ way, or the apostle’s way, then usually something happened. I have great expectancy from here on out. I was really a little bit down for a day or two because I did not see the little one healed. Because I believed, but maybe there is a little unbelief there in my part. I am not blaming anybody else, but somewhere these things have got to work. They have got to. I believe that my brothers believed with me. I believe that my sister and her husband, and grandmother believed. But one of these days it is going to be different. It is, and I believe it is getting very close. Because that little fellow has had this trouble for too long. There is a time for everything. The Bible gives a time for everything. Whatever dedication there is on my part, I want to do it. Whatever is right I want to do it. But I have seen too many brothers and sisters that have had no improvement. I have to partly blame myself, that these things are not being done, because He is putting a pattern here. They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. Sister, there is hope, there is hope in the little one. This is just not God, because Jesus Christ wants us to be healed.

Every part of this assembly, when it was dedicated, was dedicated for the service of God. That was in 1955 I believe. So, from that time on there has been truth preached here, whenever it was not, it was taken out. I do not apologize for it. I do not apologize for the things that I have had to correct since Bro. Jackson passed away. But somewhere our belief system has got to increase. We have got to dedicate ourselves a little more. Every day when we get up is a day the Lord has given us. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice in it. Do you every just meditate while you are still in bed and just raise your hands. I thought I would tease Bro. Kevin a little bit about something he said the week before last. He said this is not a holiness message, I thought I would tease him a little bit and I said, Bro. Kevin, every message is holiness. I know what he was talking about, he was talking about just dwelling on dress and such like that. But what I said then, I am not accusing Bro. Kevin. I said, I thought I would joke with him a little about this, because it is, every message is holiness. The Bible says without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. So, we are not preaching on dress all the time, we should not have to. I know when I had the deacons to talk three or four months ago, Bro. David Jackson talked about people wearing blue jeans in here. This stopped, and I am glad it stopped. I can see different things that have been preached and I can see improvement. But what I am preaching, we need to improve our dedication to the grace of God. Because we talk about the message we have, which is the greatest message in this earth today, because it is truth. There may be preachers that are preaching holiness, in one sense of the word. There may be preachers that are preaching healing, which is a part of the scripture, but it just does not get it. It has got to be a complete being just as the apostle Paul talked about it. He talked about it in the 12th chapter, Bro. Kevin has gone over it, that he uses the whole body, then he knits them all together. They are more or less seared together, or some of you people who are welders, they are welded together, some of you carpenters who put things together and dovetail it, see? This is all things that have come to people’s minds that God has given them. Paul used it in the gospel to try to tell us, this is what works. We want something that works. If healing is for the Bride, we want it to work. If holiness is for the Bride, we have got to make it work. We cannot make God heal, but we can bring our self under subjection. That is another thing that we can do. It said submit yourselves unto God. Submit yourself one to another. I believe we are doing that, but I believe we can do more. I believe I can do more, let me put it that way. I believe I can do more to better the church, to better my own self, my own life. I put myself in that category, you can think whatever you want to about me by doing that, but I believe today that our dedication is above anything else that we can do. It is above our family life, I will put it that way. In dedicating ourselves to God, it is going to bring our family life into subjection to one another, to the home.

Are We Living Dedicated Lives?

How is the home life? That is a question this morning. I am not questioning anyone, any particular person, but how is our home life? We can be so pious coming in here, fellowshipping, smiling and all, but how is it when we get out and head home, get into our home? Are we different? I know I talk a lot up here, but whenever I get out, I do not talk a whole lot. I guess I am just not gifted that way. But if I get into scripture I can talk. What it is, it is what our likelihood is in a Christian way. I could say, how are you brother, how are you sister today, but what are we are shaping ourselves to be? I do not know why I am saying this stuff. Is our face showing forth what our life is? Is there bitterness? Is there jealousy? Are we people that cannot control ourselves? We cannot be that way. We have got to be just exactly what you look at us to be. Is this right? Do you agree, or do you disagree? These signs shall follow them that believe. How many believe today? Are we willing to go the extra mile in our belief system to be able to see the word of God’s effect? It has got to affect us. I believe the word. I am not trying to put force on God, I am just saying this scripture is right and somewhere in time it has got to work. People came to Bro. Branham’s services, expecting. A lot of them did not live right, I knew some of them. But they went expecting, and what they expected they got. Because their faith was built to that plateau. There were ten lepers that came to Jesus. Of course, they could not come into the congregation, they had to wait without. He told ten lepers to go show themselves to the priests. They obeyed. This was a trial. They obeyed, but one of them, as they traveled, they find their leprosy is gone and one of them came back. Why did he come back? He came back to glorify the Lord for his healing. The others went on, you never hear of them anymore, even though to some extent they obeyed Him, but they did not recognize Him. They were still healed. I doubt if you ever see any of them in heaven except the one. Because why? When he found out he was healed, he did like Bro. Dwayne Loggins did this morning. He came back praising God for his healing. It meant something to him.

I looked at my email Thursday and saw my name on there. Bro. Turner was advertising my birthday. I think everybody that had ever contacted here was on the list. It is our care for one another. We are not just numbers. With God, everybody has a name. Everybody has a house number, not just because Bro. Branham mentioned some. Everybody has a house number, God knows where you live. Maybe I have lived longer than I ever expected to, but I really was not thinking about it. To me, 80 is just another number. 79 is just one behind it, 81 is just one after it. But I have much to be thankful about. I may not even make it to my eightieth birthday, that will be midnight tonight. The thing about it is, I am just a piece of driftwood that came in the 1937 flood, I happened to land on the shore here. That is a long time. When I was a little boy, that was ancient times. But when I look back and the way I feel this morning, it does not feel like very long. The body gets older, the mind does not. I have seen a lot of people with old minds. I remember being with my dad at the cemetery one time on the 30th of May. I looked across the cemetery, there was a man sitting there in a lawn chair, just sitting there. He was the only one in the cemetery besides us. I asked my dad who is was, because I had not seen him in a long time. He said, that is Homer Sanders. He was probably ten years older than me at the time. I came back with my dad a year later and what was it, he was in the grave at 69 years of age. Some people are just waiting on dying instead of waiting on living. Living for Christ is living. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. Then He goes ahead to say, in my name. That is not boasting Him up. He is not boasting himself up. He is just saying what works. I am saying this morning, what works is getting myself to that place, to that plateau where it does work, where I can see it instead of looking at it.

There is a difference in seeing the scripture and living the scripture. I can see the scripture and I can read the scripture, I can believe the scripture, but until I apply it, it is words that I believe but I have not accepted it, in one sense of the word. To accept it is to go all the way. Have we gone all the way this morning? I am talking to myself as much as to you. Have we gone all the way? I remember in 2008 when the meetings were closed, a certain couple took another couple to the airport, a preacher and his wife. Whenever they did, they felt this was the last time they would ever see them. The sister believed it and my brother believed it too. What did my sister do after she got home? All the things they had collected through the years from that certain individual, she began to take them off the wall. That is putting action to what you believe. I really felt bad myself, but the man told me, I would like to talk to you Monday morning, or Tuesday morning, I do not remember which. I said O.K. I will be here at ten o’clock. I told Bro. Bud, he was wanting to meet with me, and I want you with me. When I got to the fellowship hall, he said, oh my wife is going to be with me. I said, well Bro. Bud is going to be with me. So, we came into the church, sat down and began to talk. I asked a few questions, the man lied to me. He was a preacher, he lied to me. I did not say anything to his wife, but Bro. Bud did. He asked her a certain thing and she lied to him. He knew it, we already knew what we were talking about before. To think this morning, I do not regret that, I do not regret 2008 because I see results from people that believe. You have got to get rid of unbelief before you can get belief. You have to get rid of unrighteousness before you can get righteousness. We have to deal with these things in our lives.

What did Isaiah say? He confessed his sin, he said I am a man of unclean lips, I dwell among people with unclean lips, and God turned around and said, who will I send? He said, here am I, send me, because the coals of fire were put to his lips. He was sanctified. I do not want you to pour out things to me this morning, I do not want to hear it all. But I see people suffering, whenever I see children suffering, whenever I see grown people suffering, then I begin to look at myself, why is this? I guess I am allowed to say these things because I will be 80 tomorrow. I’m not too smart, but I have a lot of experience. Jesus trusted twelve disciples, but he knew one of them had a devil in him. He sent them all out, two by two. They all came back with good report, because this is what He sent them out for. It has always been that way. One of them betrayed the whole bunch. He did not just betray Jesus, he betrayed the whole fellowship. Then Judas was reckoned with. We are being reckoned with this morning. God is checking our pulse, our temperament, our being. I have not preached against people’s style of dress, maybe I said a little something about it. But I believe this is holiness. I believe every message that my brothers preach is holiness, because it is getting us closer and closer to that time.

Me Too Movement

Whenever I see today the way America is, it makes me think George Washington’s vision could happen any time. You have that vulgar actress from Kentucky, Ashley Judd. She said, I am a nasty woman. I said Amen. She is dirty, she is nasty, and she is nothing. God, one of these days, is just going to scoop them up and throw them in the air. Women marching with signs, with their little girls with signs, with vulgar writings all over them. You dirty bunch of hypocrites. Every breath you breathe, whatever spills out of your mouth, every breath you breathe is coming from God. Whenever judgment comes, it will probably hit Hollywood first. If somebody tries to express themselves as somebody decent, then they are taken off the air, or taken off the screen. This is not right. It is getting more filthy, and more filthy, and more filthy. It is like it was in the Old Testament, people are doing what seemed good in their own eyes. The Supreme Court justice that Trump is going to put in there, Harry Reid did not know what he was doing. The big dummy did not know what he was doing, he put this nuclear option in, because the Democrats had more in the Senate than the Republicans, so he put a nuclear option in that if they had fifty-one votes, they could pass anything, now it is working the other way. He was supposed to do that. Whenever they said this was going to be an originalist, they are talking about abortion. They cry, oh they are going to do away with Roe vs Wade. Good! Hear me, Washington, Good! Sixty million babies have been aborted. Why? They wanted to live their lifestyle and a little baby was going to hinder them. Dirt just pushes up dirt. Go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature. It has been preached. They just cannot get over it, that a president is doing what he said he was going to do. They cannot understand it. He said there was going to be extreme vetting and now this morning on the news, they were talking against it, because some of them were hung up at the airport on the side. Let them stay there. They do not need to be here. Oh, they are some of them that are so important, they are scientists, they are this and that and the other. Who cares? Maybe it will help some of these American young people that are going to college get off their behind and do something. They are going to college, just like Bloomington up here, the nation’s most drunken society, Bloomington. They are binge drinkers. They go to beaches and put a funnel in their mouth until they pass out. You are fools. It is time all this vulgar mess to go their way and it is time that the church of the living God has a little shine before she leaves here. That is what it is all about this morning. That is what Bro. Kevin is all about, that is what Bro. Charles is all about, and that is what our brothers in other countries is all about. And down in Kentucky, I dare you to go down there and see if that man will compromise. He may not say all his words exactly like the professors would like, but why do they understand? They do understand. What you hate, we love. We love truth.

They Shall Take Up Serpents

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; (The word of God this morning will cast him out.) they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” I went to a place down near London Kentucky one time. The person came to church here from time to time. He had a neighbor, there were some boxes sitting out there that had rattlesnakes in them. I did not go over there and look. I have seen them on television and that is close enough for me. They cannot bite there. He said, every time I get around close to those things, they start rattling, because they did not like him. Because he was a believer he thought he should pick up a rattlesnake and hold it. That is not what it is talking about, they tested one time what these people were drinking down in Georgia. It was strictly arsenic. God was merciful to them. Then a snake bit one of them and he died. They said that was because he did not have faith. I do not either. Not for that kind of foolishness. They take them in their hands and stick them up close to their nose and preach to them. God was merciful to them. But the door of His mercy is beginning to close. The door of the coming of the Lord is beginning to close. Opportunities are beginning to close. The Bible said in the book of James, draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners and ungodly, Christ will accept you. I have to look at this in this way, that there is an acceptance in the Lord. Whenever I have a problem, whether it be flesh as I am talking this morning, if you have a flesh problem, if you are looking at something you should not look at, there is cleansing this morning, but do not go too far with it. They all want to talk about, everything is a disease. Being a dope addict is a disease. They give you up to a hundred and twenty needles a week. They are starting this stuff in Jeffersonville now. If you want a high this morning, climb higher. A needle cannot give it to you. A spoon cannot give it to you. A weed cannot give it to you. Jesus Christ can lift you up from something and you will not come down. You might begin to fade a little bit because the spirit is not going to stay there like that all the time. It would be easy to live if it was. Those ten lepers I was talking about, all of them had their chance, all of them had their healing. I knew people under Bro. Branham’s ministry, I knew individuals that were healed. I was sitting right there one morning, Bro. Branham called out a preacher that I knew really well. He said he was bleeding inside. Bro. Branham called him out and said, so and so, your bleeding is stopped. It did stop.

Bro. Branham preached on marriage and divorce and this preacher got the idea while Bro. Branham was preaching, that a man could have more than one wife. He started practicing it, he even had children. Whenever he got through preaching about marriage and divorce, this man got the idea a man could have more than one wife, but a woman could not have more than one husband. He came to our house and began to talk about that stuff, Mary Lou stopped him. She said, I do not care who said that, it is not right. He was saying Bro. Branham said it, but he did not. He got the idea. I do not care who said it, it is not right. He did not care for Mary Lou saying that because he did not want any woman to correct him. There are godly women in here today that can correct a situation of some ungodly person. When Simeon, when he came into that temple, the Lord had done showed him, you will not die until you see the glory of God. I do not know how often he came, but the day Jesus was to be circumcised, Mary came in with that little baby in her arms, not a halo around his head. There could have been, but there was not. Something inspired that old man. He came and began to prophesy over him, and when he prophesied over him, he said, now I can depart in peace because I have seen the glory of God. But he was not the only one. There was a woman named Anna. She came right after him. See? God is dealing with both man and woman in this, we are individuals. We do not come in pairs. We come in pairs as far as husband and wife, but we do not come in pairs in belief. What did it say on the day of Pentecost? I wonder why it was pointed out that Mary was there? You Catholics, how come it would say that Mary was there? Mary was a believer and she had to receive the Holy Ghost. We are all one, but we are individuals coming to God. We must come to Him individually. I cannot make up your mind. You cannot make up my mind. God does not have any grandchildren, God has children. “Now” you are the sons of God, “Now,” today. We are not just dragging a bunch along with us. No, we are walking together, we do not have to drag people. The blood of Jesus Christ is as much for each individual as it is for anybody else. It was as much for Bro. Branham. I remember him talking about his experience when he was telling his life’s story. He got under conviction and prayed. He did not know how to find God. Eighteen years of age, he goes out to the old woodshed and said, Heavenly Father, I do not know how to pray. The only thing I know to do is just talk to you. How many times did I hear that statement, let us talk to Him while we pray. There are people in here that were living during the time of Bro. Branham’s ministry that were there. Whenever he did, then the presence of God came upon him. He received the Lord, he goes into the house and tells his mom and dad, his dad said, “you cannot live like that in this house.” He said he took his stuff and put it in a brown paper bag and left and went to New Albany. That is where his vision was when he was a little three-year-old boy, “some day you will live in a place near New Albany,” I believe it was. “You cannot live like that while you are here” his dad had told him. His dad went ahead, and he drinks, and drinks and drinks. At fifty-three years of age he was sitting on a bar stool like he always did. He got up from that bar stool and said to the people there, I have a son that is preaching the gospel, here I am here. He accepted the Lord there, three days later he was dead. There is more to a Christian life than just saying we are.

This was not in my plan at all in this message. There is more to it than just what we say we are, because there is a life to live, there is another life living in us that is taking place of the old life that we were, that old man which came from Adam. Because we were born with that nature. We were not trying to find another way. No, He found us. All that the Father hath, what is He saying there? When did that happen? All that the Father hath given me, all the way back before there was ever a world, in God’s thinking, He saw this service this morning. He saw every heart, every mind. He saw how we would react. There is an action, and there is a reaction. He saw our reaction to the gospel message. This morning, I have as much made the thing to be on my part as I have to you, whenever I began talking about the little boy back in the nursery last Sunday night. Sister, I have thought about that all week. I wanted to see the little boy walk out of there healed. That was my desire and I know it was my brothers’ desire. I know it was my sister’s desire, her husband and her mom, that was their desire. God is the same God He was in Bro. Branham’s time. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, when He was here, today, right now, the same as He was then, right now. He has not changed. I am not blaming anybody. I am not. I am not blaming anybody, I am just saying let our faith rise up and walk. There used to be a song, Rise Up and Be Healed in the Name of Jesus. It so happened that in one Bro. Branham’s meetings, a sister was playing the piano. She got happy and walked away, the piano kept playing that song. It just kept going, so there was another hand on it. Rise Up and Be Healed, in the Name of Jesus. Bro. Branham was not a great singer, he did not carry a tune always, but when he sang it was anointed. Only believe, all things are possible to them that believe. Let me ask you something this. Do not forget what I have said. Do not forget what these brothers are saying. We are talking in unison. The thing about it is, we are a part of you, and you are a part of us. It is just that we have a different calling.

God is good all the time and He watches over us and watches over me. Jesus told His disciples, I will not be here with you always, but to His brothers, to those of His family members, He said your time is always ready. But He knew when His time was coming. When He was in Jerusalem at the feast in the fall of the year, that is when He said those words. Then whenever He had another six months to live, because He said, I know when my time comes. He knew when it would be, at Passover time. Because whenever He was in Jericho, I was thinking about it this week, the scriptures talk about two men, maybe Matthew and Luke both talk about two men being there at the edge when Jesus went through the city of Jericho at that time, this would be His last trip there. As He goes through, He tells, there is a man on the outside of Jericho, two men out there, both of them are crying out for healing. It expresses, it does not give any name of anyone, but it expresses that they were healed. He asked them what they wanted. He could see they were blind, but He asked them what they wanted, and they said, that we may receive our sight. He healed them both there, but then in Mark, there was one man, I remember Bro. Jackson going over that years ago, there is one man that stands out among the two. His name is Bartimaeus. That blind man, as Jesus goes through there, this is His last trip. He has been to Jericho before, but this is the last time He will ever go there. He said, blind Bartimaeus, it does not mention the other one this time, but it is the same story, same instance, but there is one that stands out. Whenever Jesus heals him, what does he do? He follows Him in the way, not in Jesus’ way, but as they travel. I do not know how far he goes, if he goes to Jerusalem all the way, but anyway when Jesus tells His disciples, after two days then the Son of Man, they will kill Him in Jerusalem. He will be killed. Of course, this was very disturbing to them. But two of them, James and John’s mother, they said, Lord, when you come into your kingdom, grant that my two sons would sit, one on one side of you and one on the other side, in your kingdom. He said, that is not mine to give, but it will be given to those who have been appointed of the Father to give. Each one of us has an appointment, an appointment we must keep. It is either an appointment for life or for death. I was thinking about a certain sister this morning that come up for prayer, she is having double knee replacement this week. I hope she does not care if I mention her, Sis. Katie North, she is having double knee replacement this week. Do not forget to remember her in prayer, we need to remember our brothers and sisters who stand in need, who desire help from the Lord. You may have to go through some things. You may not have the same feeling that Sis. Michelle had, but if you do, then that is some kind of sign to you that God wants to do something for you. Do not ever let a nurse or doctor tell you that God cannot take care of gallstones. He can dissolve them like He can anything else. Is anything too hard for God? That is what the Bible says, there is nothing too hard for Him. I do not believe in going strictly by feelings, but there is something inside sometimes that gives us a feeling, this is what needs to be done. If we go with that, we will be following the Lord. If we go by our spiritual instinct, we may be able to find grace in the time of need, as the Bible says. To find grace in the time of need is not always the same thing. It can be different things in our life that we need grace for, to be able to go through something or to find favor in the eyes of the Lord. Many times, in our life things happen to us for trials, because it says the trial of your faith is more precious than that of gold. Sometimes a trial is going to bring results. If it is a trial that is put on us by the devil and the Lord wants to intervene, then He will do it. Remember Job, God gave him permission, but God did not put what he had on him. He opened it up to the devil to do what he would, because God knew from way back before Job, when it says the sons of God were before the Lord, which would have been the angels, part of God’s first creation, but they were created beings, the angels were. One of these days the Bible tells us, we will be as the angels. So that was Jesus talking to the Sadducees. So tonight, it is very important that we express our desires, our feelings to Him, to let Him know what we should do in times of need. Every one of us is going to have a time of need in our life, that we are going to need divine intervention. The Bible says no man lives to himself and no man dies to himself. Just as Job went through his trial, he was tested down to the very skin of his body. Nothing was easy. It is spoken by James there, the trial of Job. We have trials, but God is looking for perfection now. He is not looking for feelings in that, that we feel this, or we feel that, to the extent that we are going on feelings. But there will be instances in our lives that we need to, it will put something in our mind, in our body, that we need to do something. That is the spirit of the Lord. But if we just go on feelings, we feel sorry for this, feel sorry for that. I was talking to someone the other day about this thing at Christmas time, they were showing these poor little dogs and cats. I feel sorry for them, but they were playing the song, Away in a Manger. That does not belong with that. They try to give you a pitiful circumstance to get feelings involved. The only one in that manger that did any good was Jesus Christ. No doubt there were a lot of little babies that were born and put in a manger, but He is the only one who was born and put in a manger that was going to be for our salvation, for our deliverance, the Lord Jesus Christ. He knows the feelings of our infirmities, of what we are being agonized, or tested by. Because there are times people go through tests. Abraham went through tests to where he even began to doubt. It says Abraham believed God, but then when he gets to be eighty-five years of age, after God has promised him at seventy-five, he would have a son, then by the time he is eighty-five, Sarah begins to try to fix something up for him. He thought this was the right thing. Look what is causing the trouble over there now. Ishmael’s children. Ishmael was Abraham’s son, but Ishmael was not the promised son. To the church of the living God, Isaac was the promised son, but whenever God spoke to Abraham, he was looking down into the future when the son that Abraham was looking for would be Jesus Christ. Paul expresses it in this way, seeds, nor many, one seed, which is Christ. Not many seeds, but one, He is our hope and claim on life.  

Saints in the Philippines

Bro. Jimmy Bongtiwon preaching at his church in Bagio City, Phillipines

I am going back to my message. I just thought I would say that. I believe the ministry that God has raised up. I believe the ones God has raised up for the endtime, I believe we know, I would not say we know every one of them, but we do know a portion of the ministry that God has raised up. I know in the  Philippines there are different ministers. Bro. Jimmy is one we recognize and know, but whenever we were there that first time, especially the first time we were there, there were several ministers. Two or three of them could not even speak English. They were very small, probably five feet would have been tall for them. Here they had walked eight hours to catch a ride to be there in the meeting. They could not even speak English and they could not understand it. I did not know that while I was preaching. But here they sat as though they did understand. Whenever I found out that they did not understand, that made me feel smaller than what they were. But they sat there because it was a service they felt was ordained of God. A little ten-year-old boy, there is no ten-year-old boy here that small, this little boy had walked that distance with them to catch a ride, which was another seven hours or so. To be able to see that, what they were there for was to be able to carry something back even though they did not understand, there is a spirit that goes along with the truth that will help someone that does not know, if someone speaks in tongues, you do not understand it until it is interpreted. There were three tongues this morning, but the last one was interpreted. I would not have known one thing about any of it unless there had been an interpretation. But when the interpretation came, that brought understanding. But they had no interpreter, they were just there because they wanted to be in the presence of somebody that knew God.

Whenever you think about it, the American people, if you come from America and you go to a place like that and try to help them, you do not deceive them. They are going to make you feel small. Those women were not very big, but they came and would bow down to you as they came through and shake your hand. They were not bowing down to worship you, but they were bowing in reverence to what God was doing. It was difficult for me, it was really difficult for me because people there, and then to find out at the end of the day, service would start at nine o’clock and would last until eight o’clock that night. Start at nine o’clock in the morning and lasted all that time. Of course, we would break for a meal, but then we come to find out there was some people from an island, maybe fifteen or twenty people from an island that had stood outside. They could not get in. They stood outside the building and asked, I wonder if they would let us come in and shake their hand. I tell you, that makes you feel really small. It does. And I know it would either one of these brothers. You would cry if you went to a place like that and see what they have, and what they do not have. Some of them came from Manilla to Baggio City. A week’s wages was thirty-six dollars. They spent most of that just to come to be in the meeting there with us. You could see what Jesus was talking about when the widow came up with those little mites she had, but it was all she had. After it was over with, then we find how He talks to His disciples and said, see the poor widow? There were a lot of people who threw in a lot of money, but she threw in, I believe it was two mites. But He said, she threw in all her living. She gave more than everybody else. That is what I am trying to say tonight, I am not asking for anything. God has more than supplied our needs here at Faith Assembly. Why? Because people love God. Because of that, I am not asking for anything, I am just asking that we together, as families, as individuals, that we press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I do not want any of you to be left out. I do not want any to be left out on the blessings of God that He is going to give in this endtime.

The Bride Of Christ

Word Bride

As I have said about Bro. Kevin, the 12th chapter of 1st Corinthians, it is putting a body together, that is what He is doing. He is putting a body together with the spirit of God. Whenever it says the spirit, the spirit, the spirit, every gift is given by the spirit, every one of them are given by the spirit. He wants you to recognize where they come from. It is not something that you can claim on your own, it is something God gives you. Every one of us has something that God can recognize if we put it in His hands. He is not leaving any of us out in this hour. I said I would get to my subject, I will Lord willing. Here I have a picture of a Bride here. That is what we are going for, the Bride of Jesus Christ. That is what we are building this up for, because one of these days it is going to be completed. Every joint as it is supplied, is going to be there. We are in need of it. Our hand it not just hanging there on a loop. Whatever little muscle there is left, it is there to help us to be able to raise that and there are kinds of little things in there. I have seen an x-ray, I did not know it looked like that until I saw the x-rays. It is a good thing God put skin on that because it would have looked away otherwise. A skull does not look too good, but God put skin on it. As the old saying is, beauty is only skin deep. God has made us that way. He has made us to be a part of something. That is the scripture I read this morning about what He was talking about when the lawyer asked Jesus, what is the greatest commandment? As I said this morning, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy mind and all thy being, and thy neighbor as thyself. God put it to where we could not just love Him. We have got to love His family. This is as much of it, showing the grace of God to love one another, as it is to say that we love God. This is a picture but this is what Jesus Christ is coming after. Do you see the beauty in this setting? This is you. Can you put yourself in that picture? That is what we are expected to be, that is our expectation. One day it is going to happen, not too far off, whenever I see the world, whenever I see the nation and these people out here marching. They have to march for everything, but usually when an army marches, they have a headship. These have no headship, they are just out there marching. Whatever comes their way, they are going to march for it. But we are marching too because we are in an army, according to the 4th chapter of Ephesians, we have that armament on, or we are getting it on.

I hope that we are not leaving something off. What does it start with, it goes from the head down, that is where it all has to start from, the head, the thinking? You are converted, you are born again from the inside because there has to be a change of the heart. I have told you before, whenever I got under conviction, even at ten and twelve years old, my heart would just jump. I could hear it in my ears. But the only thing that will stop that, the only satisfaction you will get from that is to surrender. We are in an army that has surrendered. Then when Jesus talks about it, He said, take up your cross and follow me. So, we become followers of His great army. Whenever the Bride of Jesus Christ leaves this earth, this earth can look for seven years of tests, of trials. Three and a half years of great tribulation. Paul said we are troubled on every side, but we are not despondent. Nobody wants to go through what Paul went through. He would not get far with a church board today, because he had been in jail too many times. He had too many troubles, he had been beat up, bruised up, beat up, left for dead. This is not our portion tonight. But as Paul said, everybody that listened to Paul did not go through with what he did, many people could not take it. What does the scripture say? He would not let us be tempted above what we are able to bear. Everybody cannot bear the same thing. There are brothers that cannot bear what some sisters go through. There are some sisters that cannot go through with what some brothers have to go through. What does the scripture say? That man looks on the outward, but God looks on the heart.

Judgement Given to the Bride

I want to go to Revelation 20, 4th verse. “And I saw thrones, (He did not say he saw one throne, I saw thrones.) and they sat upon them, (Who are they? Who is it talking about? These are not mystery people. This is talking about people that God has appointed. The “they” is including Faith Assembly. That is why we are learning. Jesus said, come and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly.) and judgment was given unto them: (There is the Supreme Court. They are already appointed. They have their appointment. They had their appointment when they were born, they just had to work their way, not work in the sense of work, they had to be diverted into that, or converted into it. That is why some would not like it, that is why we have been thinned out as we have. Because God knew who He could trust. He knew who was going to go with Him. I do not say this to condemn anybody, because whenever I preached the third day, everybody did not understand it. Everybody here did not understand it. But what happened? Bro. Jackson used to say, stick around, we will see who is right. You stuck around, because there had to be another shoe to drop. I know what I am talking about, I am not guessing. Whenever He is talking about thrones here, He is talking about judgments. Judgment was given unto them…) and I saw the souls of them that were (See? He is talking about two different people here. These people are not sitting on the thrones like the first group. He has already talked about judgment was given to them on the throngs, then what does he see after that? Them that were…) beheaded for the witness of Jesus, (See? This is the people killed by the beats system during the tribulation. They were beheaded for the witness of Jesus. Things like this are going on today. There are little children and people today over in the Middle East that ISIS is killing and carrying little children’s heads around, putting them on fence posts. I do not know what their reward is, but God sees it. God knows if they were Christians and had given their life to him. They do not have what we have. They have the witness of Jesus, but they do not have what we have because it is not given to them. You cannot help it, if it is not given to you. But this is not even the tribulation yet, but it is for some people. Whenever they are led down to the Mediterranean, men, grown men go down there and have to get down on their knees and their heads are chopped off and the blood goes into the water. Why did they murder them? Because they would not deny Christ. A lot of it is young people. Remember Columbine? Two young boys just last week in a certain state, they were planning on a Columbine killing, one like that, one of them was thirteen and one was fourteen. They told some of their friends to stay home and told the others to wear white shirts so that we can identify you, not to be killed. But really why they were wanting them to wear white shirts is so that the blood would show up. This is an evil generation, in leadership in Washington and these states, that have caused it. It is your fault, because you are just a bunch of reprobates. You do not care. They say “No, we are not going to let you investigate the people trying to come into the country.” Why not? You just have a bunch of people up there in Washington wanting everybody to come in, just for the votes. They will take any devil hell if they will vote for them. You are evil, you are ungodly.) and for the word of God, (which would be Jews. This is talking about tribulation people, the three and one half years of the 70th Week of Daniel. Plus, as Bro. Jackson said, those that you can go back through the Holocaust and all through there, those that are underneath the altar or out in front of the altar today, that have been given white robes, they are not resurrected yet, but they are given white robes. They got there because of the word of God, but they did not have enough in order for them to be pure and white, but God gave them that in Revelation 6 under the fifth seal. Their lives were taken from them, but they cried, “how long, O Lord, Holy and true, doest thou judge those that have done this?” For the word of God…) and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands” (This is after the rapture takes place. These are not enthroned people, they are not sitting upon thrones, but they have life, a different level of reward other than what you have.) “And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” I am talking to Faith Assembly tonight, as though you are Bride, as though this is what you are working up to be or living up to be. This is what we want to be. It takes dedication for us to do so. That is why Bro. Jackson would say what he did about our lives, about getting ready. The Bride will sit on throne, and will reign with Christ. These ones where were not on thrones also reigned with Christ a thousand years, but in a lower capacity. You can see that, they are not on thrones. They are not going to be angry because they have a different position than the ones on the thrones. “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” The first resurrection began at Christ, whenever He was raised, and them that were raised right afterward. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” See? They have their portion, but it is not the same. Now I want to go to the 21st chapter. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” This takes a thousand years for the oceans to go back up into the heavens as a vapor, because this is what he is seeing. He is seeing after the thousand years is over, a new heaven and a new earth, and no more sea. I am so glad for what I have heard. I feel that by the Lord’s help, we are filling in the gap. Bro. Charles, we are filling in the gap. It has taken a fivefold ministry to finish this out, it is not a one-man job.

Now John goes into the holy city. I want to read one verse of that. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” He sees that holy city. It goes from this to a city, but it is the same one. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God (This is after the Millennium is over. Behold the tabernacle of God…) is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” That is after what John has said there in the 8th chapter of Romans, when Jesus is our elder brother, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. I hope to go into this that maybe some of you younger Christians, I am not talking about children, but younger Christians, will get a chance to understand. Let me read that verse again. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; (That is not talking about Bride people. That is talking about those that have gone through the Millennium and have seen an army come up against them there in Jerusalem. Many of it was their own loved ones.) and there shall be no more death, (See? This is after the second death. He says it later on.) neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” The new Jerusalem and what it is all about, and what it is for, will then be in the past. Because we go from being Bride to being kin. Our kin then is Jesus Christ. He is our big brother, our elder brother. “And he that sat upon the throne (which is God) said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” It is going to happen friends. The Millennium will be over, there will be another age. To the saints of God, there will be no more night because it will all be day.

I remember a few years ago, someone disagreed with us and said after we have lived here so long and we got used to everything, and more or less got tired of what was going on here, God will let us go from planet to planet, to planet, to see all the different animal life and everything like that. Who can get tired of being under the presence of God? He has got to change us, we have to change in order to be able to stand it. What you felt today will be an all-day feeling, there is no night so you will feel it all the time. “And he said unto me, It is done.” In God’s mind. I preached a message one time, when Jesus said it is finished, then your mansion was completed. They have had Jesus up there for two thousand years, laying out streets of pure gold, which it says are clear as glass. Pure gold, pure as glass, no, that is your life. Because what it is, as we become more and more and more like Jesus, we become less and less and less of what we are. That is why Paul could say, I die daily, nevertheless I live, but not I, but Christ lives in me. Is this what you want? Is this your desire tonight? It is in our hands, it is in our grasp. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” That is talking of now. It is no wonder, from the dream of Bro. David North, the water, that is water of life. To our sister’s dream, as it come rushing in. We close the door to the world, but God opens it for His presence. We must let the doors open for His presence to come in. Our lives, as it said there, as John said, come now Lord Jesus. He had seen so much, he had experienced so much here in the book of Revelation, that he is ready. Even come now, Lord Jesus. That is what we will be when that time has come, we will be crying with joy. With tears of joy, we will be crying, come Lord Jesus! Bro. Kevin can smile and cry at the same time, that is a happy smile, a happy time. We sing the song, Won’t it be Wonderful There having no burdens to bear. No more hip replacements, no more knee replacements, no more disease. I believe we are going to get a little bit of it before we leave here. “He that overcometh (This is us, he that overcometh. It did not just stop there. God does not leave you hanging out on a limb somewhere. We are overcomers tonight, we are. Are you glad? Sure, we are going through things, most every one of us are. We are going through some kind of trial. It may be a family member, it may be a loved one, it may be our self, going through some kind of trial. But we are not left out, God knows it.

I went over to Bro. Jerry’s shop; his hands looked the color of this piano on the bottom. We would get to talking, he would say ohhh, and pull up his sleeves, there would be goose bumps all over. God can take dirty hands and make them clean. He does not wash our hands for us, but He can make them clean, even when we are in the worst of situations, or worse of jobs. There is nothing too hard for God. He that overcometh..) shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” That goes for daughters too. God does not use the masculine gender just to point out that there will be no sisters there. That is why I brought out like I did this morning about Simeon and Anna. Both of them were looking for something. They knew it had to be close. The Bible says you will not know the day or the hour. But then it gives you reference, whenever you see that time coming, it turns back around and says, whenever you see that time coming, lift up your head, lift up your eyes for your redemption is drawing nigh. We do not have to know the day nor the hour, to know it is getting close. But we look around, the news is telling the picture and they do not know it. Wickedness, how men would get wiser and wickeder, He spoke that. There is no distance in time with God, just like it was with Abraham, there is no distance in time with God because whenever He said that, man would get wiser, scientifically wiser, wiser, but they would be wickeder. Everybody has to march. They are just opening themselves up to the devil. But there is a move, the move is on, as the song goes, the move is on, my Lord, the move is on. Move on brother, move on sister, this is the moving day. Amen! “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, (That is not you, that is not us. You may be afraid of the dark, it is not talking about that. You may be afraid of a snake, I am. I remember going to Canada. Several of the young people from Canada were coming down here. I was going to take them to the zoo, then to McDonald’s to get something to eat afterward. We went to the zoo, and here were these snakes. I said, if you all touch those snakes, I am not taking you to McDonald’s. They are a part of God’s creation, but they are the part that I could do without.) and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” That second death happens immediately after the thousand years is over. The fearful, the unbelieving, those that have died that are in the ground, every one of them is dead in the ground at that time. Whenever the second death comes, then you have hell that gives up the dead, the grave, the sea, everything gives up the dead in it, because they are judged out of the books. The reason it mentions books is because every one of them is not going to be judged the same. Each one of them has their own book, but there is only one book of life. One book of life. At the end of the tribulation, there is only one book of life.  But we are in the Lamb’s book of life. Do you get it tonight, do you understand what we are looking for, what we have to look ahead for? We are just about over the mountain, whenever we get to the top of that, then we are going to look over into the promised land.

This concludes this series.

The Bread of Life – 2019, January

The Bread of Life - 2019, January

Introduction

Rev. James Allen

Rev. James C. Allen

We praise the Lord for His wonderful grace and mercy. He has given us this opportunity. It is better than anything the world has to offer. We thank the Lord for His blessings.  

Looking to the Future

 

Today, I believe that the two prophets are on the scene, they are well and are being acquainted with the conditions of the world without really realizing the call that is upon their lives. I doubt that they really know that now, but they will know it when the time comes. I do not want to crowd things in to mess up the picture. We know there is an order to these events. There will be a miracle war. The temple will be built and then there will be another conflict. Not a war, but an invasion by Russia and her Islamic allies in the Middle East. They be defeated. We see the way things are going in Israel. I do not know how much longer it is going to go on. Just any little spark there could set off a war. They have neighbors that are friendly with them, like Jordan, but if any little thing that goes wrong, and they are going to jump to the other side. Israel will inherit the country of Jordan. If you see where David and Solomon ruled, they went much beyond the Jordan River. As Bro. Jackson preached Showdown at Sundown many years ago, he explained these things. We believe that we are in that time. We know it is going to happen, but the Bible says when Jesus comes back you will not know the day nor the hour, but it said to be ready. That does not mean that He is not coming at just any time. There are specific conditions that will be present. I believe we will know the season, we just will not know the day or the hour. Whenever that time gets ready, whenever it is nearing that time, we are going to know that we are in that time. It is not going to happen just haphazardly. The coming of the Lord will not just randomly happen any day or any hour as they preach today, because God has a set time, just like He has a set time for the Armageddon war. He said in a day and hour, a month, and a year. The scripture foretold the season of time when Christ would come the first time. We know when He was born, and we will know when we are in the season of time when he will return. So, brothers and sisters, all I can say is let us get our lamps trimmed and burning. Because we do know that everything is planned out. The wedding supper is planned out. In the type of the wedding supper that Jesus is talking about in Matthew 25, we find out that He is talking about a certain time. He is talking about a time whenever the Bridegroom comes for the Bride in the natural, then He is gone seven days according to Jewish tradition. That works exactly along with the scripture. The Bride is gone seven years, thereabout, and then she will come back. As no explanation can explain her splendor, because she is coming back to rule and reign with Christ. Whenever you see Him in Revelation 1, you see splendor. You do not see somebody being whipped and somebody being beat, you see majesty. That is what it is going to be, it is going to be majesty.

 

I have some new scriptures here that really do not have a whole lot to do with Revelation 10, so I am putting a different subtitle on this message. I felt led to look at this subject after I saw Jonathan Cahn deal with. I know that people are not going to like it because I mention him, but I do not care, I am not preaching to you. I am preaching to the Bride. I am not preaching to people that have left truth and I am not preaching to people that are in disagreement with us. I am preaching to Bride people. I believe that they are in agreement. Across this world the Bride is in agreement, in Norway, in the Philippines, in Canada, in South Africa, in England, around this world. We are in agreement. We thank the Lord for that. We have not tried to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes. All we have done is to preach truth and I believe we have. I believe we have preached truth and that we are preaching truth and that it is going to have its results. We have a lot to look forward to. There is a lot to look forward to. 

Birth of Christ 

I have a picture here I want to show you which will go with the scriptures I have. I want to go in the word now. In the book of John, John starts out saying, in the beginning was the Word. He does not deal with the birth of Christ, but he does deal with baptism, as all the rest of them do. But Luke goes into particulars about the birth of Christ. Matthew talks about the birth of Christ, but he does not go into the particulars about it like Luke does. Luke really goes into it in a way that is detailed. He explains the birth of John, and Zacharias, how he was dumb for a certain length of time, which meant he could not speak. He could hear but he could not speak. Things went on like that until Gabriel came to Mary. When Gabriel came to Mary, then he told her she was going to have a child. We understand this was a hard thing for Joseph, who she was espoused to be married to. But he was not going to put her away publicly, so everybody would know about it. He was going to put her away privately, which was a manly thing. That shows the nature of the man that was going to be the step father, let me put it that way. He was going to be the step father of her son. I want to start in Luke chapter 2, which will be concerning the manger.

Megiddo Valley viewed from Tel Megiddo

My picture is of the Megiddo valley. Here is what you see if you go to Megiddo. Megiddo was a city of refuge. This was where Solomon built a great fortress to protect Israel and Jerusalem. From there he could protect this whole valley, because you can see for miles around because you have a flat valley there. There is a manger up there on that hill, where the fortress was. I have a picture of that here to see. A manger was a feeding  trough, which animals could eat out of.  I want to put it into my message to try to help us to understand why certain things were done in the way they were. If you look, you see these Christmas scenes that world puts together. Some of them were just pure wicked that some people made out this year. Those people have their reward, who make a mockery of the Lord. They got somebody to agree with them. You can always find people will agree with you, whatever you do. There are those that will agree with you if you are wrong. They will agree, and they will not change because they know they are wrong. But that is them. Everybody has their own idea about how things should be, without a revelation. A revelation settles things, how they really are. As I read this, I want you to be able to understand what I am talking about. “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.” He was not talking about the United States. He was not talking  about South America or North America. He was not talking about that. He was talking about the world which Rome ruled, which would have covered much of Europe, a lot of Africa, the Middle East, all the way into Iran. This is where he ruled. The decree went out to all of them which included Israel. Israel, at this time, was under Roman rule. Caesar loved taxes. He loved to tax the people. 

Manger at Tel Megiddo in Israel

“And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.” They had a certain city they had to go to, that is where they were born. This was really a census too, because each head of each family had to go and be taxed. All the family was known by the head of the house at that time. “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David.” That is the reason he was in Bethlehem. “To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.” I remember Bro. Jackson going over this. He said that Mary did not know exactly when her conception took place, so they were not for sure just what day to expect the child to be born. But she was great with child. “And so, it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” There is a reason for this. That is the reason I have this picture of a manger. Now I want to go John 6:48. “I am that bread of life.” This is the chapter in which he begins to deal with himself, the bread of life. He is speaking of it His body, because He explains that as we go on down. “Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.” In other words, they ate the manna in the wilderness, but they got nothing for their soul. That manna did not give eternal life. “As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is the bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.” Let me read that again. He repeats this three times. The last verse that I read, and this verse, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Alright, he said this is the bread which came down from heaven. His life is from above. Where was He born? In Luke it said He was born in Bethlehem. What does the word Bethlehem mean? The house of bread. And where did he lay? A manger. My picture here is the representative. He had to be born and placed in a manger for this to be fulfilled. Why? Because He is the bread of life and this is the feeding trough. Do you get it? His life came down from heaven. I did not understand this years ago. I asked Bro. Jackson about it one time, because it looked like Jesus had lived in heaven before his birth. But that is not true. His life was from the Father, which came down from heaven. An angel spoke it. Then the Holy Ghost, which is from heaven, overshadowed Mary and she conceived. That seed had come down from heaven. Then he was born in Bethlehem, “The house of bread,” and they placed him in a manger, which is a feeding trough. 

Life Is From God 

Let us know go to Micah 5:1-2. “Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. 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; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” God had planned that he would go forth in eternity past. That that is the life of God which is a life that sprang forth from eternity. You have eternal life because you accepted the shed blood of Jesus Christ for your sins and received the gift of the holy spirit, therefore you are eternal. You and I also come from eternity. Before the foundation of the world ever was, you and I were in God’s being. That is the reason why you have accepted Him today. It is because of His eternal purpose before the world began. You were in His thoughts. That is why you will go right into the Millennium as sons and daughters of God to rule and reign. Then after that, into eternity because you are eternal beings. See what we were doing now? We were muddling around, acting like the world, but there was a seed in us. There was already an eternal seed in us that had to be accepted. It is something that builds and grows until we become expressions. We are an expression of God. We are an expression of His life. That is why Paul said, we are not our own. 

Sin was Placed on the Sacrifice 

Matthew 26:67, “Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands.” I wonder how come it said with the palms of their hands? We will go from this picture to our next picture. Jesus was the sacrifice for sin. The High Priest, or the priest, before the sacrifice is killed, had to place their hands on its head. What is that all about? They had to place their hands on its head because they are placing their sins on it. That transferred the sins to the sacrifice. The High Priest, once a year, places the sins of all Israel on that sacrifice’s head before it is slain. So why did they smite Him with the palms of their hands? They are placing their hands, their sins, on His head. They did not realize what they were doing, but they were fulfilling the scripture. When Jesus was crucified, they placed their hands on him, they smote Him with a reed. In the Bible, it is all fulfilling of the scripture. They smote Him. They placed their hands on His head. What happened?

Let us go to 2nd Corinthians 5:2 for the answer. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, (What did they do? They placed hands on Him, they put a crown on His head. They placed our sins on Him. We had no alternative. There was no other way to be saved. Shaking hands with the preacher will not do it. We have to accept what He said and what He did, because our sins were placed upon His head. He knew no sin. That fit the type, because they had to take a lamb without blemish and they had to place their hands upon that lamb before they killed it. God accepted it, because it was representing what would come. So, mine and your sins were placed on His head. Then whenever He gave up the ghost, whenever He died, then He took our sins away. 

Let me go to the next picture, I will come back to this. See? What the Jews do, they place the blood upon the door post. One spot at the top, and one spot on each side. They had to look up when put the blood on the top. This is an animal sacrifice, it is not a human sacrifice. But it is a representation of the sacrifice that would come, because they are looking up. Let me read this again, For he hath made him to be sin, to take our sins upon himself, that is why we should be more reverent unto the obedience of Christ, because He took our guilt upon himself. When we are baptized in His name, we become dead. The pool of water symbolizes the grave and the death of the old man. We come up dead to sin; therefore, sin shall not rule over you. He became sin for us…) who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God (the Father) in him.”  God spoke to Moses, he was the first to tell them to do this. This became law. It was not law before that. Abraham sacrificed, but he did not know this part. He did not put blood on the doorposts. We can see how God progressively reveals more and more of the picture over time. 

Matthew 27:30. “And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.” It is all adding up in scripture. Jesus took a beating. What time was He crucified? The third hour of the day. What time did He die? The ninth hour. That was the time of the morning sacrifice and the evening sacrifice. Here they are fulfilling the scripture without knowing it. While they are offering the morning sacrifice in the temple he was being offered up on the cross. On what day? Passover. It had to be on Passover. It was Passover Friday. Then in the 9th hour as they offered the evening sacrifice at the temple, Jesus died on the cross. Here they are, offering up a sacrifice of the evening, whenever their Lamb is on the cross. They are still taking a lamb and killing that little lamb because they cannot recognize this one that is hanging on the cross. Let us go to Galatians 3:13-14, where it makes it a little plainer here. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”  

Now when they put the blood on the doorpost, what were they doing? They took the blood of the lamb and brushed it on the top and the sides of the door. They put three bloodstains on the door. If we look at the cross we see three bloodstains there too, where they nailed him to the cross. It is just the opposite. Why is it? What is the difference? Because God is coming down to man. God came down through Him to us. He hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. It types the Old Testament. The nation of Israel was God’s wife. You read that in the book of Hosea. What is did Hosea do? He married a prostitute. God told him to marry a prostitute. He has a son by her, and he has a daughter by her, but he names what is going on in Israel. He was showing how Israel strayed away from God and become unfaithful unto the living God, which was His wife. Israel was the Bride of God. Now we are the Bride of Christ. The life came down from above, the life came down from above to a manger. At one time I did not understand that because it looked like Jesus came from some other some place. He did not. But the seed of life that was placed in Mary was from above. He took their sins by them placing their hands upon His head. They were placing our sins on Him and He became sin for us. Is this hard to understand? In other words, He took our sins upon Himself. He became guilty that we might be made free. Jesus said, I am the water of life, the rain comes down from above. 

When Bro. Kevin ministered, he said he knew some that said they did not feel like they had been to church unless they could jump, dance, and shout. Now, where are they? Wearing little skinny britches. Sodomites. I do not know what they are anymore. Man or woman? I do not know which one they have accepted. A bunch of feminine men or masculine women. It is a disgrace. It is a disgrace to this nation. Now I hear they are going to make trouble for the governor of Kentucky because he is not going to accept it, men and women who do not know which restroom they should use. God will clean this nation up. He has to do something here if this is the nation that the Jews will flee to, they are not going to come to a reprobate nation. We could be on the verge some great happening in this nation in the next few months or years. Because God is tired of it. He is tired of a government that is pushing these things. They do not care because there are no morals in them. The morals are gone. I heard something Friday morning. There were a hundred bikers that got together to stand with Trump. They were interviewing the head biker, he said, “We are two hundred thousand and we are going to Washington to make sure he becomes president without trouble.” You have another side there. I am not saying this is right, but I am saying that we could be looking at something begin to take place. That is why I say, be careful. Be careful where you are at. It does not have to happen, but it could. The Bible said to be wise as serpents, but harmless as doves.

Let me go back to John. I will read this here in Galatians again before we go there. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse (because cursed is every one that hangs on a tree. He hung there with two transgressors. It had been prophesied that one would accept Him, the other would turn away. That is what happened. God knew that. He knew everything. He knew where we would be today. He knows what we are doing. He knows what we are thinking. He knows what you need. He knows that you are not satisfied. He knows if you need an experience with Him. Christ hath redeemed us, past tense. He is looking at the other side of the cross. He is looking at the other side of the cross, coming to the cross. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse.) for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” Now I will go back to John 6:48. Maybe you will understand this a little better now. “I am that bread of life.” See? His body is bread, that is why we take communion. We are taking a representation of His body. We take this first, then we take the wine which is a representation of His blood. Jesus said in John 13, this do in remembrance of me. In remembrance of what He did. “Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.” He means they are spiritually dead, they are laying there in the desert, but they are spiritually dead because they were troublemakers. They did not get to go across the Jordan. If they did, they would have gone into their rest. We go into the rest as recorded in the 4th chapter of Hebrews, when we enter into the Holy Ghost, we have gone into His rest. “This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.” We have our brothers and sisters who have passed on. Are they dead? No, they are asleep, they are not dead. The life has gone out of the body, but the life went to heaven. They are in paradise. Paradise was all rooted out when Jesus came out of the grave, He took paradise with Him. He took it and took it on high. There they are today, those that have gone on before us. There they are today, resting and waiting. Waiting for what? Waiting for us, that they may be made perfect because of the resurrection of their body. We can be perfect in spirit in this life, but we will never be fully perfect until our body is made perfect. Because there is something holding us here. Gravity is keeping us here. But one day gravity will no longer hold. “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” They did not understand. The disciples probably did not understand, but they were waiting. They were waiting on Him to see the explanation. “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” They thought he was talking about cannibalism. “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Whoso eateth, or partaketh of the body that was laid in the ground, and they partake of the blood offering for the sacrifice, has life. And because He lives, we shall live also. 

Gabriel Speaks to Mary 

I want to go to the book of Luke 1:26. “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth.” This was all a type. Nazareth was not a very good place. That is where the troublemakers went. We find it was not all that way. There is a high ledge there, then there is a valley maybe three or four hundred feet from there. When Jesus goes back there to preach, that ledge was where they were going to shove Him over. So, you see the conflict there. He had trouble performing miracles that God had placed Him there to do. We find even though this was a rough place, Joseph was there, and Mary was in that area too. They were there because of one purpose, so Jesus could be called a Nazarene. The  Bible verifies that in Matthew 2:23. I want look at the picture of manger again. We have a separate picture that is after Jesus was born. You can see the animals. This was all planned by God. He started out as a lamb and suffered as a lamb because we read in Isaiah 52 that He grew up like a plant out of dry ground, which would have been Israel. Here in the next verse, “To a virgin (which would have been Mary, she was a virgin. That is what the Bible says. Being a virgin, God is picking everything. Everything in this is ordained of God. There is no mishap, because He knew who to pick and this was His pick from the foundation of the world. 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, (He was getting her attention. That is what it is talking about. He is saying wait a minute, listen, I have something to say. Here he was. It looked as though he were a man, but he was more than that. He was an angel of the Lord that God had already spoken about in the Old Testament. The angel came in unto her and said, Hail…) thou art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” He had contact with Mary. She had not received the Holy Ghost, but He had contact with her because it said, you are highly favored. So, she had to have contact with Him. She knew no doubt that she had a purpose in life and that she was keeping herself clean to be that virgin she was to be. “And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, (See? She saw him.) and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.” Would you not question it? If you were a young lady and an angelic being started speaking to you. He was not somebody with a halo over his head, but there was a presence to him. She could feel the presence. She was highly troubled. She was bothered in spirit by his salutation or by his saying, thou art highly favored among women. “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: (Now this is troubling. How did he know her name? How did he know her from anybody else, from any other young woman? See? God had all this planned. But she did not know it. She just had a strange feeling that she could not explain. The angel said unto her, Fear not Mary…) for thou hast found favour with God.” Now this is getting more personal. What I am saying this for is that God knows who you are, and He wants to get personal with us. Not just to give you a sensation, but to get acquainted with you. This is what the angel is doing. He is getting acquainted with Mary. It really does that when he called her by name. “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.” Here he is going further. Now she is wondering, “What is this? What is going on?” He has already said, “You are highly favored,” but what is this conversation going to lead to? It is not a long conversation. He is not asking her, “Did you make biscuits this morning?” or asking what she had to eat. There is no way the word of God, if it went into specifics of everything, that you could ever carry a Bible that would contain it. But God gives us enough to where we have a hint of what He is talking about. Because there is a thought in each message that He gives. Mary is putting many things in her mind now. What is this all about? Especially when he goes further, and sometimes in our own life, whenever God would call you to preach, He does not tell you the whole message. He does not tell you how far you are going to go with this or what it is going to lead to, how you are going to be rejected. “Thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” What is this? What is going on? Then he goes ahead to say, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: (Now he is speaking something to her, He shall be called the Son of the Highest, which there is no higher than God because it goes on down and said, He shall be called the Son of God. Does that make Jesus God? I do not have to stand here and prove that because it is already proven. It is already proven in our minds.) and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.” All this is puzzling. It would be puzzling to you because here it is, an angel speaking. It is not an ordinary man. It is not somebody trying to get something going with a woman. It is not somebody bragging about it. God is facts. “And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; (This goes into the Millennium, forever, which is a period of time.) and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”  There will not be somebody else to take His place through that Millennial reign. We know that in the Eternal Age, that kingdom goes back to the Father. Jesus then becomes our elder brother. His kingship ends, but the kingdom goes on. We have preached that, we know that. “Then said Mary unto the angel, (Now she is speaking. She had been silent, now she is going to speak.) How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” She did not yet understand. Neither would we. We did not know at first, I did not, that God sent a prophet. All I knew was I was called to preach, but I did not know any more than that. “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost (What is the Holy Ghost? You know what the Holy Ghost is, right? I am asking you a question? It is the Spirit of God. The Holy Ghost…) shall come upon thee, (That is all it could ever do at that time.) 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.” In this world, in type, He is the son of David, which we know He was only that because of the lineage of David. But here it really deals with who He really is, and she has not received this yet. Gabriel is telling it is yet to happen. He shall be called the Son of God, so with that, that is her introduction. He goes ahead to tell about Elizabeth to give her more understanding of what he is saying. That is the only reason he is speaking those things. He has proof. She does not know when this is going to happen. It said that the Holy Ghost shall overshadow you, it does not say when. It does say when the angel came in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. 

Bread of Life 

I want to go back to Luke 2. “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.” God is so precise. There they are, living in Nazareth. It said she is great with child. But she does not know just when. She could have known within a month, but she would not know when exactly. This decree that all the world should be taxed, was a purpose of God. God can take taxation and make a purpose out of it. He did, because He could not be born in Nazareth, this was not the place of bread. He had to be born in Bethlehem. “And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.” Or into his own nationality purpose, because this Nazareth is not a city of David. Nazareth is north, which would be in the opposite direction. It would not be near Jerusalem. A woman in her right mind would not get on a donkey to ride that far in her condition. But God does not use our right mind, He gives us the mind of Christ. We go completely out of this skull we are living in to serve the living God. All went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, (Galilee is some eighty miles from Jerusalem. This is north of Jerusalem. He went from Galilee…) out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, (See? It is two different areas of Israel.) unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (Remember, Bethlehem means “the house of bread”. We have been to that little place where these shepherds were at, which is controlled by Arabs now. This is not their land. The U.N. had another conference today. Think about it, a little nation over there that had the promised Messiah that was to come, now it is the hottest place on earth for man to deal with. God made it like a hot potato. They do not know what to do with it. Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judaea unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem…) because he was of the house and lineage of David.” This was where he had to go to pay his taxes. These Muslims have said he was a Muslim, and he was homeless.[1] Jesus was not a homeless Muslim. He went to be taxed, and the place was too crowded to find a room to board in. “And so, it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Everything is working together for the good of God’s kingdom. A manger is a feeding trough. This is where Jesus came to lay. They traveled all the way from Nazareth down to Bethlehem to be laid in a manger right after He was born, because He was the bread of life.  Go back to John 6:48. “I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.” Someone said to me, this is the plainest I have heard it about Jesus being the bread of life. Whenever I looked at it, it was the plainest that I knew about it. That little wafer that the Catholic Church takes, they said that Jesus comes back and dies every time they have communion. I never saw Him, I did not see Him come back every Sunday morning, because that is not supper anyway. They did not see Him either, because it said that He died once for all. That is not dying over and over again. “I am the living bread (He said it again) which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread.” He is talking of His body. You cannot eat of His body without accepting Him as your sacrifice. As they placed their hands on that little lamb before it was slain, it had to be pure. For God’s acceptance of Jesus, what did He come by? He come by virgin birth and He would have been a tiny micro-milligram seed placed in the body of a virgin. Why did she have to be a virgin? Because it had to be something that man had nothing to do with. She had nothing to do with it except accepting it. You have nothing to do with your new birth, it is only acceptance. These preachers on television, they will say to pray. They will start praying and they say if you accept this you are born again. You are not born again until you are baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. Acceptance is one thing, you can accept His death, you can accept His resurrection, but if you go no further than that, you have not accepted Him. Because whenever you take on the name of Jesus Christ, you have taken on His death, His burial, His resurrection when you come up out of the water, to walk with a newness of life. This is the bread which came down from heaven that a man may eat thereof and not die. When we partake of Him, we will never die. Our bodies may expire. What did Jesus in the 25th chapter of Matthew? He said they all slumbered and slept. What did Jesus say about Lazarus? His disciples came to Him and Jesus said, “We better go to Jerusalem because Lazarus sleepeth.” They said, “Well if he sleeps, he is doing good.” He said, “You do not understand, Lazarus is dead.” He had to put it in that way because whenever He stood at that tomb, He was talking to a body, not a man. The man’s life had to come back into that body. His spirit was still living, but his body was asleep. “I am the living bread, which came down from heaven, if any man eat of this bread…” That is His body, because you have to do that first. You have got to partake of the body before you partake of the blood. Because His body is what He gave as a sacrifice as that lamb, that lamb stands there, not knowing what is going to happen. Jesus knew, but it said He went as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before the ones that take the wool off of them. He went as though He did not know what was going on, but He did. What did it say when they questioned Him? He opened not His mouth. That puzzled them. They smacked Him in the face. They put their hands on Him. As a little lamb at first, before that lamb is slain, they have to place their hands on it. What does that mean? It means they are placing their sins on that lamb’s head. That is what they were doing. They were placing my sins, your sins upon the head of the Lamb, before He was slain. Your hands had to go there, because you had to take part of that sacrifice. Mary had a pure womb, but she was an imperfect woman. That serpent seed that runs through every one of us, and that could not be taken away. Why did it say on the day of Pentecost that a hundred and twenty were there? The apostles and Mary, about a hundred and twenty. Mary was not perfect, but the fruit of her womb was perfect. The life that came into her was perfect, so she had to be someone that had not known man. She could not be otherwise, she had to be pure in body. But that did not take away her sins. Mary, if she had died before Pentecost, you see then imperfection in her. You see it as well as His brothers. You see it in Matthew 12:47-50. They were opposed to Jesus ministry. They did not believe him, according to John 7:5. Family ties can be very dangerous if we do not watch it. Because we are a part of a bigger family. Your family, your mom and dad, if you are forty years, they knew you for forty years. But the family of God, the heavenly Father, knew you from eternity. He takes a part of His life to create us. That is what Gabriel told Mary. He shall be called the Son of God. That is what the angel was telling her, that He will be called the Son of God. Why? Because he was born of God and He was a part of God. Matthew 1:23 says “He shall be called Emmanuel because it is God with us”, that is the life in Him. After He was baptized, the life in Him, this is what you receive. The life was already there. Your life was already in God before there was ever a world. If you are eternal, you are a part of God. That is where eternal life comes from. Paul explains in Hebrews 10:7 how this works. Levi, who was not yet born, was in Abraham. Just as we, before we were born, were in God. Is this too deep?  

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: (You have to eat it first, you have to take part of it, of the life that came from this little baby, that come down into a manger, a feeding trough. He became our feeding trough by death, burial, and resurrection. Eat my flesh, drink my blood, He said. What was it? That flesh and that blood was a part of God. God could not die. God never did die. If Jesus is God, then God died. But Jesus is not God. He was placed here as the Son of God to taste of death for every one of us, as Paul went into it, as I went into it.) and the bread that I will give is my flesh, (That is the bread.) which I will give for the life of the world.” There Jesus begins to explain it. Jesus explains it more in John 17. He said “I and my Father are one,” and speaking of us, he said “that they may be one as I and my Father are one.” So it is, He is the head, we are the arms, we are the legs, we are the ones that carry Him. It makes us want to live a little better. We carry the life of God. Sure, we have made our mistakes and sins, but God came in. When Jesus took our place, then our sins were placed on the head of the Lord Jesus Christ. We become His body, and His body cannot die. We are the body of Christ. Do you understand it? “The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” They did not understand anything. Here He is pouring His heart out to them to try to show them life, to show what it is to be alive, but the Holy Ghost was not yet given, and they were not going to receive it. Anybody with that attitude cannot receive the Holy Ghost. “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” You accept His body as your sacrifice. You accept His blood as something that you drink in, that gives you life. You cannot separate them, both of them together will give you life. What Jesus is saying, the Father will raise you up at the last day. We have got to wait. We have got to wait until that change comes, we cannot hurry it.

God is so gracious unto us, as the church of the living God, as we get closerlisten to meas we get closer, we are going to know more and more and more about His coming. We will not know the day or hour, but we will know that it is within weeks, I will put it that way. I did not say months, I said within weeks. What we are doing? We are watching. The Bible said to watch. We are watching scripture, to see each step as it is being taken. We have just witnessed great changes in the politics of our nation. What is this week going to hold? I do not know, but it does not hurt to talk about it. The thing about it is, whatever comes, God will take care of us. You do not have to take months and years in planning, you do not have to get food for seven years. If you do that it shows you are not ready. That shows you are expecting to go through the tribulation period. 

The Multitude Rejects The Word 

Jesus was a little baby that looked like an ordinary little baby. He could not talk, He only cried when He needed nursing, or when He needed a diaper changed. They have a song which is so wrong: “Mary, do you know that when you touched that little baby you were touching the face of God.” That is wrong. I do not even like to think about it because it is wrong. He is exactly what the scripture says He is. He is exactly who He says He is. He is the Son of God. Do not make Him more, but do not make Him less. We are sons and daughters of God because of Him. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whosoever eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” What is He saying? It is that spirit inside you, the connection, whenever that time comes, the connection of the spirit in you will raise up the body, because the spirit that is within you is God’s spirit. You are a part of God. The Bible says “Now we are sons and daughters of God.” Why? Because we had a new birth. We went to the feeding trough, where He had to come down. His life came down, not His body, His life. See? He had to grow up as a lamb without blemish, without guile. But on the other hand, He could still rebuke the Pharisees. “You whited sepulchers! You serpent seed!” He was dealing with unbelievers. This multitude walked away. They began to say, “Who can hear this?” That was people had looked like they were believers before this, to some extent, because they came to His meeting. Some came to Bro. Branham’s meetings, but they rejected the message. They came to Bro. Jackson’s meetings, but then they rejected the message. Because the message was not William Branham, the message was not Raymond Jackson. The message is Jesus Christ. We are not the message, we are its carriers. You are the sons and daughters of God, why? The spirit of God has come to live inside you. “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.” Nobody understood it. The twelve did not understand it, but they had to hear the message.

The world had to hear the message. I am talking about the denominational people who heard William Branham. They had to hear the message. If they did not hear the message, they would have nothing to be judged by. Then the message people had to hear Bro. Jackson’s message, or they would not have anything to be judged by. See the falling away and how it happened? In swirls and droves, it came. Then it comes to us. As I said, we are not the message, but we are the carriers. We are, what does the Bible say? We are stewards of the mysteries of Christ. Why cannot people believe it? It takes life to believe it. That is why I have said two or three times and I say again, you are the sons and daughters of God because why? Because you have accepted, not just the message, but you have accepted the one that brought the message, which is Jesus Christ. Baptism is more than just getting wet. It is more than Father, Son and Holy Ghost. It is more than Jesus only. It is taking on the name of Jesus who is the Christ, the Son of God. We take on the Son of God, then we become sons of God and daughters of God. “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” They could not understand it because they did not have it. The twelve could not understand that. Every once in a while, they would speak up. This happened before Peter ever said it. This happened when Nathaniel met Jesus in John 2. Whenever he met Him, he said “Thou art the Christ.” He knew He had to be, it was explained to him by the Holy Ghost. He did not have the Holy Ghost, but he had a revelation. This is what carried him through. The revelation is what is carrying us tonight. We are on the wings of eagles. We are being carried. I was driving near Salem the other day. I looked out in a field and here was a big eagle, about a hundred feet from the road, sitting there, eating. It makes me think of us. We are eagles. We have to eat. We have got to eat. We have got to take on His death before we can take on His life. We have got to be buried in baptism.  

“For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so, he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” No explanation. He left it unexplained to them. He is not saying, “You are going to receive the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is coming back, maybe a year from that time, and you all are going to get a sensation, you are going to sit in an upper room and you are going to be baptized with the Holy Ghost, and you are going to come out of that room.” He did not tell them that. You have to accept the message before you can accept Him. I had to. Then that is when the ridicule comes. “This is the bread which came down from heaven.” See? Again, He is going back to His birth. This is the bread which came down from heaven. His life which came down from heaven and brought about conception in Mary. That baby grew and became a man. That man was baptized. Every sacrifice has to be washed. It said we must be washed in pure water. It was We go into a watery grave laden with sins. But whenever we are raised, we are raised in newness of life. The blood of Jesus Christ covers your sinful nature. Your original sin. The blood of Jesus Christ, by accepting that sacrifice, you have accepted that to take away your original sin. Then you are baptized, and this takes away the sins you have done in the flesh. You raise to newness of life, to live a life of Christ. I know that we make mistakes because we are still in this flesh. He made no mistakes. We have got to fight against that fleshly nature. We have to fight that, but God has given us weapons. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. You can put on helmets, you can put on this and that and the other, that is not going to protect you from the devil because he will penetrate them all day long. People have put on carnal armor, thinking this was going to be alright. The preacher says “Pray with me.” He offers a prayer. He says, “Now you are a Christian…” I do not think so. That is not how it works. There had to be conviction to bring about repentance. There had to be water to be baptized in Jesus name. I was convicted. I went to the end of my rope. I have said before, you go to the end of the rope and you hang on, but the rope I am talking about, you have nowhere else to go when you reach the end. You either sink or swim. I hope this is getting plain. It took a manger. It took a virgin. It took a little seed, as I said, micro-milligram, but it was a seed of God. The Holy Ghost, which is the spirit of God, placed that in there. She did not understand it, but we do understand it now. It is understandable. It took that, the life of God, to go in and place an element of Himself there. What did it say? God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself. 

I am going to go back to Galatians 3:10. “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” It was your faith that brought you to the cross. It was not just one day you said, “Well I think I am going to change my life.” No, it is not that way. As many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. So, you must first be led to the cross. “And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: (Being made a curse. I like what Jonathan Cahn had to say about that. He said when you take the cross and the blood over the doorpost and connect it, you have the six-point star of David. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us… for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. That the blessing of Abraham (He goes all the way back to Abraham. The blessing of Abraham is upon us. Abraham believed God and because he believed God, it was counted to him for righteousness. We, by faith, are the seed of Abraham. That the blessing of Abraham…) might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, (Do you get it? Not seeds, plural. It is seed, singular. ) as of many, but as of one, (Unto thy seed, one, which was Christ. He explains it here. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made, He saith not, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one,) And to thy seed, which is Christ.” The covenant God made with Abraham finished in Him. It was finished in Him, and what God did through Him, is finishing up in us. 

Inauguration of Donald Trump

I was proud the other day when I watched the inauguration, the words that were said and the family that knew how to dress that day, the women that had decent clothes on and men, even the ten-year-old boy, that had decent clothes on, nobody had blue jeans on. For that I am very happy. I know this morning, I am not looking at Donald Trump as a holy or righteous man, but I believe he can do something if he is given a chance, if he follows up on what he has agreed to do. You might say, well I could never agree with him, I could never vote for him. Let me ask you the same thing, would you have voted for David, king of Israel, think about it, would you have voted for him, the one that ordered a man killed, that took his wife, would you have voted for him? God said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. I am not comparing Donald Trump to David. But if there is a follow-through on what he said, I can see a nation this morning that is ready to go to war. All these women, what a vile bunch of street walkers, that is what they are. Seven different continents, even in Africa and Iran, they are on the streets today with their marching orders. Somewhere, somebody had to start this. They have their pink hats on, with the people that are speaking for them. This woman in Kentucky, I cannot think of her name right now, gets on a microphone and they have to bleep out her words. Madonna speaks for them and they have to bleep out her words. But they are not bleeped out to those little girls that are there in the crowd. Some of them are even up on their parents’ shoulders, they are so little. But they have them out there marching. I see something coming against America that is not going to be pretty. It could very well be a part of that flood, but the flood that become a flood to the world of destruction, the same flood became a blessing to Faith Assembly and those that would listen. That is why I wanted the song that was sung by Sis. Beth, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, because we are in a battle this morning. This nation is in a battle between right and wrong. Of course, they have more people marching today than what was at the inauguration. They have more in Washington, more in New York, more in Los Angeles. I believe they said there were seven hundred thousand in Los Angeles. One of these days they will get out to march and they will not be any more, because that vision Bro. Branham had has not happened yet. One of these days they will drop into the sea and as Bro. Branham was talking about it, he talked about the different things in the Bible, about Capernaum, thou that are exalted up to heaven shall be cast into the depths of the sea, he quoted that and then he said in the vision he had, Los Angeles, the city of angels, you will be thrust down to hell. That day is coming. This morning we are in safety as long as we are in the Lord. It does not mean nothing is coming our way, but somewhere the truth that the ministry stands for will prevail. We are waiting on whatever is next for us. It looked like there was a storm coming, then the blessing came from that, I was thinking about Bro. Mike sitting back there, the water getting up to his neck, but he was standing there with a glow on his face. Then it transfers to other people, in the dream our sister had. I praise the Lord for His wonderful grace. Young people, live for God and God will use you. It may not be often, but it will be something whenever it is, that will happen to you and will help somebody. What does the Bible say? Old men shall dream dreams, young men will see visions, upon my sons and daughters I will pour out my spirit saith the Lord, in the last days. The last days started in Acts, but they are ending up here because this is a part of the same thing. The ministry that is now, is more or less like they were in the days of the apostles whenever they were, they called them ignorant and unlearned, I will not say that. But that was what they said about them. We are not an educated ministry, we have not studied to be ministers. We did not go to college to be ministers. I remember in the Methodist Church, one of the main leaders in it said to the preacher, find some of your high school seniors, the best boys in high school, and teach them to preach. Well, I would not have made it out of school. I had all these books, sermon starters and everything when I was young, but I never did even look at them. People wanted you to be able to preach something that somebody else was after. There is no leadership of God in stuff like that. But here we are today, January 22, 2017. I saw some of it on the news this morning and a little last night, of this women’s march and everything, there is such a disgrace is all this, disgrace to a nation. Do you know what they are marching for? They are marching for abortion, they are marching for gay rights, that is what they are marching for. One of these days they will have their last march. One of these days they will give their last opinion. From then on there will be some heads that will be bowed. They are going to be ashamed of what they have taught their little girls. There are grandmothers out there marching with their daughters and granddaughters. What a sick, idiotic people, just because they want to live their lifestyle. As far as the gays and all that are getting married, they do not have to worry about having children because they will not have any. But on the other hand, it is a mixed society that we live in, a mixed group of people. Be glad you are not associated with something like that. 

I want to go to something else this, which is dealing with something near unto us all, which is telling you your future kingdom. Because there is a future in this. Go to Romans 8, which is one of my scriptures here. You go to Revelation, you go to Matthew 26, these scriptures I want to use this morning in this message to help us understand more of what our position is and what is really going to happen. Some of it is in the marriage supper of the lamb. I have some other things before I get to that. In the dream our sister had, there was twenty feet of water out here on the expressway and ten feet of snow on top of that, you see the floods, you see the cold, but when it came in here it was just the right temperature. Everything is going to be alright. Do not worry, do not fret, everything is going to be alright. Just hold to truth and your better days are on the way, your best days. because there is something good coming down the road. We are going to see it. Maybe every one of us will not be alive, but there are people here that are going to be alive. You are going to see it. It is going to be glorious when this really comes. You will not stay away from church because you will want to be here to be able to receive the blessings of God, because there is power in numbers. Where two or three are gathered together in my name, that goes for you brothers and sisters out there where there are not many. Like Bro. Phil James, Sis. Sandy and others. Bro. Jennings, I have not forgotten you, you and your family. I remember you most every day. There are saints scattered here and there. Bro. Jennings, I know you watch and would like to be here but circumstances, sickness and all, will not allow it to happen. May the Lord bless you where you are at. 

Take Eat; This Is My Body 

I want to go to Matthew 26:26-29. “And as they were eating, (The feast of Passover is a feast. It is not just wine and bread. It was a feast. Jesus teaches them something as this feast comes to an end. He is going to tell them about the wine and the bread then, which is His blood and His body. You find that in John 6, which I went over before. He said “except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” This is talking about His crucifixion and accepting His crucifixion as your anchor to salvation. Salvation is deliverance. As they were eating…) Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.” This is the same thing that He talked about in John 6. “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it.” “Drink ye all of it” means let is sink in. He passed it around, the same cup. As He passed it around, He is saying to them, “Do not hold back, and drink all of it because this represents my blood.” He goes ahead to say… “And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, 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.” See? His blood here is for the remission of sins. His body, moreover, represents the word. “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” What is He saying there? They have eaten their meal. It was a meal of bitter herbs. They did not know why they were eating them. The bitter herbs, the bread and wine, the lamb. Here they are, they have partaken of a decent meal, something that had been done ever since the days of Moses. For fifteen hundred years they have eaten this not knowing what it represented. But right here, He is telling them, this is what it really represents. It represents his blood and it represents his body. He says one thing, talking about the wine, because this is separate, this is after the meal is over, this is separate, what does He say that He does not say about the bread? He says something different here. “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” This connects to the marriage supper, but I am not ready to go there yet. He is saying something here that He will not do until He comes into the Father’s kingdom. He did not say that about the bread. He said it about the wine. That lets me know something. He is talking about the fruit of the vine, He is talking about wine. At the marriage supper there will be real wine there. With the bread though, we find He ate bread after he was resurrected. Where do they eat? They ate at the Sea of Galilee. He takes fish and eats it there before all of them there after He is resurrected. He does eat after his ressurection, but the wine that He is talking about, He will not drink of it any more until He drinks it in the Father’s kingdom with them. So, as we look at that, He is explaining that one day there is going to be a marriage supper. 

The Wedding Garment 

We will go to Revelation 19, verse 7. “Let us be glad (That is now. Let us be glad…) and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” See? Here He is saying to them, His wife hath made herself ready, which is now. You do not make yourself ready whenever the rapture comes. You make yourself ready now. That is the message of truth that you are hearing and that you have heard. “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen.” This is not until the rapture takes place that she has her final fine linen, she is arrayed in that, which now is the word of God. She is arrayed in the word. She is dressed in the word. At the marriage supper, that is when the culmination of all things happens. She has been acquainted with Him here. You see in John 13 the vine and branches are connected. On this side, before the rapture, His Bride hath (hath is past tense) made herself ready. Ready for what? That is why Bro. Jackson could say that a person just cannot be saved today and be a part of the Bride tomorrow. Because the Bible said to grow in grace. As you grow in grace, you are producing fruit. The fruit does not all come at one time. Longsuffering is not something you accomplish in one day. That is a part of the fruit. That is why Jesus would say that some, in Matthew 13, some are planted in rocky soil. In rocky soil, He said they endure for a while, but whenever trouble begins to come, when all this begins to come, then they fall away because they have no root. They have not listened. Jesus in that same place said, “He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear.” We all have ears, but do we have hearing ears? You may wear a hearing-aid, but that is not what He is talking about. He is talking about discernment. Everyone must have some sort of discernment to be able to choose the right. Some did not have that. They were just riding along until they hit a bump. The bump is in the word. God is going to derail whatever is not Bride material. He will take it away because it is not His. Maybe you as a brother or sister could have choose another route, another mate. But it was in your heart, that mate you choose was something about them that meets your criteria. That is the same way with Jesus Christ in choosing a Bride. They had to meet a certain criteria. It was not how tall they were, it was not how much hair they had or how little they had. Thank God for that, it may be that we are wrinkled up and dried up, but one of these days it is going to be different. The wrinkles will be gone. But going back to this, to her was granted, unto her was given. It was not something we merited, it was something that was granted. Forgiveness is granted unto us. The rapture will be something granted unto us, by election. That she should be arrayed in fine linen. What was it? It was granted unto her. It was given unto her. It was the acceptance. Jesus is teaching a lesson here. He will not drink wine again until we  are in his Father’s kingdom. So, we can connect Matthew 26 to Revelation 19. He said if you will open the door, I will come in and sup with you. That is the readying process and it could not happen until this endtime. You cannot take that statement that Jesus made in Revelation 3 and apply it to the days of the apostles, because you have done seen the failure of the churches of Asia Minor. You see their failures. All of them but Smyrna and Philadelphia, there was something against them. Revelation was wrote thirty years past the last apostle that is mentioned that died, which was Peter and Paul. Some of them might have lived longer, but these are the ones that we have chosen to look at because Peter was an apostle to the Jews and Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles. He was the one chosen in the Old Testament, in Isaiah, a light unto the Gentiles. “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: (Which is being placed on her now. We are clothing our self by the word of God. That is our clothing. What is it? It is changing us from what we were to what He wants us to be. Some of you people that are here from just three or four years back, I could ask you this question, would you like to go back ten years? I do not have to ask you to hold up your hands. Some of them said to me this morning, I appreciate you so much. Why? It is not because of me, it is because of truth. We do not aim to change. Let the water and snow pile up. In a dream our sister had, the ministry did not change. They were not shook. I believe we have a platform this morning, a platform of truth to stand on. This is not something I am talking about, this is something that truth has come from and we are upholding that truth along with what God is dealing with us right now. It is not what the ministry said immediately after Bro. Jackson died. Some said they believed that all the mysteries have been finished. They were just going to go on what they had, teaching just what they already had, right down to the end, and then we will have seven thunders. No, it does not work that way. There have been new children added. I am not talking about little ones necessarily. I am glad for those young ones that have come in since Bro. Jackson has passed away, but then there are some grown people come to truth. They are counting on it to take them through. Are you counting on truth to take you through? We have got to. To her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, there is no other garment like linen. Linen has a shine to it that you cannot get out of cotton, you cannot get out of any other garment. Linen is the only one that has that white glow to it.) for the fine linen is (What? What is it? Let’s make it personal. Let’s make it something that we can wear. The fine linen is…) the righteousness of (you) saints.” That is not Catholics. That is not priestly robes. That is not holy water. That is not all these little candles. It had nothing to do with the smoke that they make. The only smoke that God is looking for is the prayers of His saints. That what Revelation 8 says. What is it saying there? It is saying, we will look at it in a minute to get it right. “And he saith unto me, Write, (He is wanting us to know about it because He is telling John to write it. This is something important because He points it out to John, telling him to write it down. This is what He is telling him to write.) Blessed are they which are called (I cannot stop there, called. Many are called, but few are chosen. Blessed are they which are called, called now. Not which were called, but which are called…) unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” You go from this setting, as Jesus is blessing the bread and wine, you go from this setting to the marriage supper. There were twelve there at the last supper, but when this wedding supper comes there will be millions there. It is not going to bother me if there are twelve apostles sitting up here at the head with Jesus. Wherever you are at, you are going to receive the same thing, all the way down the line, as far as you are away, you are not going to be left out. Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb, and he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 

Go now to John 6:48-58. “I am that bread of life.” You do not get there unless you eat that bread, because that is life. He said, I am the bread of life. The bread that you eat is not life. But whenever you eat Him, you are eating the bread of life. What He is saying here is going to turn some people’s stomachs. “Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.” They will never be there in that kingdom. That whole generation from twenty years old and upward, they have no resurrection. They are still there in the ground. Their bodies, their spirits are in torment. Why? Because they did not believe the word. Every way they turned, there was a hang-up. Every step that Moses took there was a rejection. It was not until Joshua that they entered into the Promised Land because God raised up another generation that would hear. Now there is a generation that God has raised up here in the endtime that did not take the message of William Branham in the right way. Look at them today. Look where they have taken it. The only thing you see in the lives of these people is the way they dress. They got that part, but as Jesus said, the weightier matters, they rejected. There was enough there to tell them to go on. Billy Paul, he heard the dream of Bro. Jackson. Bro. Jackson drove all the way to Arizona and told him. Billy Paul heard it, but he did not listen. He heard it here in his ears, but he did not hear it in his heart. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness and are dead. “This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us of his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, (He did not explain what he meant.) Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” You have no life unless you accept it.  Unless you be clothed with it, you have no life. Otherwise you are speaking to twice dead people. Do you know what I mean? That is what is happening today across this nation, they are speaking to dead people. Dead preachers with dead messages, talking to dead people. “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Here the disciples are sitting there, they do not understand it either because it is not time. Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day. He is talking about the Bride, the last day. There is not a bunch of last days, there is one last day for the Bride. “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” That goes along with John 17 where it says “I and my Father are one.” Then He goes ahead to say that you and He are one. “As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”  

Let us go to Matthew 19:27. “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration (Part of that regenerations is when your body has been changed. You are regenerated; your body is changed from what it is to what it will be in eternity.) when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” Many that are last shall be first, and the first shall be last. In other words what He is saying, the saints from the Book of Acts are not going to get up out of the ground before you do, except you be transformed from what you are, which comes five seconds after the resurrection. We have a lot to look forward to. Let us go to Romans, 8th chapter, starting in verse 14. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” This is a distinction. As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. You could say daughters also. If you are not a child of God, you are not going to be led by the Spirit of God. You will be led by something else. In the dream that was told by our sister, people were shook up. In the dream you could see that, but there had to be a steadiness in the ministry. There has to be. The ministry cannot be shaken. I do not know what it is, but I believe the dream. “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; (What am I going to do? You may think you are not ready. Get ready. Get straightened out. Get your life under control. Listen to what my ministering brothers say. “Oh, it is just too hard,” you may say. Do not even think that way. I can take a hand, and I cannot hold water in it. But I can cup them together and then I can get a drink. I have done it at springs when I was a boy. If they are locked together, if we get locked together, we can get ahold of something. “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” There is something in feeling, because that Spirit will link up with your spirit. “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;  if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” If we suffer with Him, with His word. I was glad when they had the inauguration of Donald Trump, the people mentioned the name of Jesus Christ. Whenever George W. Bush was inaugurated, Franklin Graham, the same one that prayed there Friday, was indicted because He used the name of Jesus Christ. That shows how much of a Christian George W. Bush was. He claimed to be born again. Trump did not put his hand on a Muslim Koran to swear his oath. No. Neither did Pence. If it had not been for the other side, there would have been something to look at, but now here you have all these street walkers. It is not a good word, but it matches them. Paul must have been a southern boy, because he said, I reckon. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in (who?) us.” The sufferings of this present time, whatever you are going through, cannot compare to what will be. “Well you do not know what I am going through.” I can tell you there is something better coming. I remember Bro. Jackson had a shoulder operation. He could not play his fiddle or anything. When the song was sung, “There is a Brighter Day Coming”, he got so happy, he was moving that shoulder. It will make it move. The move is on. “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature (which is our body) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, (It just happened that way.) but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” What is holding us here now is the flesh. One of these days this flesh will give way and glory will set in, then the rapture will take place and you will be going home. This world is not my home, I’m just passing through. “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves, groan within ourselves,  waiting for the adoption, (Waiting for the adoption that we might cry, Abba, Father.) to wit, (or to witness) the redemption of our body.”  Not the redemption of your soul, that has done happened. Half of it is already done. The main part is already done, your soul, your mind, your heart has already been changed and you are just waiting for this flesh to be changed. That is the only thing that is holding us, that is the only thing that gravity has to do with it. Your thoughts are in heavenly places. “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience (With patience. That is where it is at.) wait for it.” Wait for it, wait for the change, wait for the time because we know it is coming. Usually when you get a little bit older, you know when it is going to rain. Older people used to say, “I feel it in my bones.” Can you feel change coming in your bones? There will be a lot of things changed about us. We must have our attitude changed now. The time is short. I believe we are right on the verge of something happening. Do you have a little feeling in your bones that the rapture is getting about ready to take place? We are not talking about this year, we are talking about when it comes. It said, wait for it, wait for it. Well, I wish it would hurry up and come on. Wait! It is coming! That is where hope sets in. 

… continued in the next edition.

50th Anniversary Edition

In 1969, Bro. Raymond Jackson felt led to put some subjects into print in an effort to help deal questions different people were having at that time. The first edition published in March was titled “The Ancient of Days”. Inspired by the book of Jude, Bro. Jackson named the paper The Contender. Since then we have published hundreds of editions of The Contender on all the major subjects taught by Bro. Jackson. Bro. Jackson faithfully stood for the Word of God and carried a message of truth around the world on his many missionary journeys laboring to bring unity and understanding to the body of Christ. After the passing of Bro. Jackson in 2004, our readers desired for The Contender to shed light on the truths God is continuing to reveal to us by his spirit, and to continue to contend for the revealed truth. This has seemed good to us and to the Spirit, and God has blessed the work. We have labored to publish the sermons delivered by Bro. James Allen as we continue to stand for truth in this late hour. The Contender continues to be sent around the world and each edition is anxiously waited for by the many word-hungry souls who rely on it as a voice of truth. As we enter into the fiftieth year of The Contender we want to recognize the many saints who participate in creating and shipping the paper, and to Faith Assembly Church who so generously sends it around the world freely to the thousands of subscribers who have requested to receive the paper. Most importantly, we want to thank God for the truth he has given us and allowed us to share with you for these past fifty years. As we enter into this new year, let us all be prayerful and ready to receive what God may have for us. Wherever you are around the world, reading this paper and fellowshipping with us around truth, may God richly bless you and give you strength in these last days of time, as we all contend for this blessed truth delivered to us by the Holy Spirit.

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Revelation 10, Part 10: Rewards – November, 2018

Wicked and slothful servant

Introduction

Preached January 1–8, 2017

Rev. James C. Allen

Rev. James C. Allen

The rapture is very close to us. You may say, “Well Paul thought it was close in his day.” Paul did not know the end of it. Then he began to look at the rapture in a different way when he was getting ready to depart from this world. He began to see that it was in the future. In Thessalonians 4:1, he spoke believing he would still be alive. But then when you get to 2nd Timothy, you see he realizes he will not be living when the rapture comes. But whenever we see today the things that are happening, which are a sign of the time we are living in, it lets you know that we are very near now. The things that were foretold in the scripture are coming to pass, so we can know we are not a thousand years off. No, it is much closer. I remember men preaching about the coming of the Lord when I was Methodist pastor. There was an older preacher who had retired, and had a doctor’s degree from college. I asked him to preach when he had come to visit his family. He said “The coming of the Lord is a thousand years away.” Some in the congregation knew that I had preached the coming of the Lord was nigh. They turned around and looked at me. I did not stop preaching the coming was near though. I just went ahead and let him blow off his steam, then I kept saying what I had to say about the coming of the Lord. Most of the church world does not believe the Lord is returning soon. But we see the truth. The message did not start out with educated minds. We are going to live in the book of Acts. We know that learned men like Paul and Luke came along later, but the men that Jesus called to be apostles to get things started were uneducated and unlearned in man’s knowledge. They were fishermen. Here we are at the endtime and these educated preachers out here will get you into trouble because God has not revealed anything to them. But they think that He has. If somebody does say something that is right, then they are shouted down because men have poisoned people’s minds. They do not know what is going to happen first, or what is going to happen last. They cannot see the picture. But thank God for the knowledge and understanding that we have, that He has given to us to be able to understand truth and to know what is really going on. We praise the Lord for that, and for revelation that He has given to us, the truth of God’s word. May God help us in this hour to uphold truth and give ourselves unto it. Just wait upon the Lord and He will show us more as time goes on, because God is not fooled. God is not mocked. God is not off somewhere where He does not know what is going on. God is aware of everything.

Of all the people that were in Times Square last night in New York, I wonder how many were really Christians, or if any were? There were over a million people there. I wonder if any of them were real believers in the word of God? They probably would not have been there if they were. I was asked where I was at midnight on New Years Eve. I was asleep. I knew it would pass without me watching the ball drop. A six-ton ball. It dropped, and I did not feel a thing. If you look at ISIS and those things that are going on, we see a terrorist shot a bunch of people in Turkey overnight. These terrorists are just a sore that people have not learned how to get rid of. But when the righteous rule, they will know how to take care of it. They would not last if we were in there now because we would do something about it. But we are Christians, we are believers in the word of God and I just hope that in some way somebody gets it into their mind to begin to take care of some of these things. Because God will clean it up whenever He turns Israel loose. It is getting close to that time now. He will destroy them. One of these days, whenever the tribulation is over, God’s Son is going to come back and clean the rest of it to where there will be a Millennium. Things will be clean again. You may say, well according to the word of God, there will still be sinful people. There will be, but not at the beginning. Only sheep people will cross over from this side into the Millennium. They are people who have dedicated themselves through the tribulation. There will be people who will dedicate themselves to God in a way that they will not be a part of what is going on. We know that the mark of the beast will come. The mark of the beast will not cover the earth. The church world does not understand this. Take the ten horns, they say now that it is ten places in the world and they do not know where to place it. It was always Europe. It was always that Roman system. That is the way it will be again. It will be those European nations that were there back in the time whenever the pope took over and all, it will be those European nations that were there, those ten. It has nothing to do with America. It will have nothing to do with Canada, or South America, or Mexico, those nations were not born at that time. They were wilderness. They had the Aztecs and so on that had been here for hundreds of years, but they were all unbelievers. They did not even believe in God. I am part American Indian, as are different ones in our congregation. The Indians as a whole believed in the stars, the moon and sun, and things of that nature. Whatever they believed in, it did not add one bit to anything. As Israel went into the promised land and got rid of the false beliefs that were already there, whenever America was discovered the same thing occurred, it just took time. Then we find that the nation began to take over the whole land of the United States. I do not feel bad about it even though I am part Indian. I do not feel bad about it because as I said, they believed in the sun and moon, stars and everything, but it did not profit them anything. God had a purpose in discovering this land and bringing people here to settle it. That is why it has been fought against so long, because it was Jews and Christians that discovered America and brought the United States through its first two hundred years, before things began to get out of hand.

So, we are here giving thanks to God for His wonderful grace to us and for his kindness. Bro. Ram and the saints in South Africa, God bless you. Bro. Landmark and the saints in Minnesota, may God bless you. Bro Jimmy and the saints in the Philippines, Bro Lands, Bro Kurt, and all the saints in Norway: May God bless you. May He bless all the readers and everyone tuned into truth. We praise the Lord for all our brothers and sisters across our nation, and across the world. Nevada, England, Scotland, California, Canada, wherever you are at, may God bless you. This has been just a little introduction, but now we will look to the word of God.

The Wise Servant and the Evil Servant

I have a few new scriptures I want to include in this message. God is very good. He gives us warning, but He gives us grace. The grace He gives outlasts the warning if we are one of His. Because grace overrides the warnings whenever we place ourselves in His hands. He teaches us in His word. Before He went away, Jesus said, “I will give you power.” Then in Mark 16:15 He said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” That is good news, preach the good news to every creature. So, this leaves a responsibility upon us because He said every creature. He is talking about people. He is not talking about horses and cows, and dogs. He is talking about people. He said here, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” In other words, only believers that are baptized are going to be saved. It does not mention baptism in the ones that are damned because if you do not believe you are not going to be baptized correctly. “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” This is all positive. There is no negativity to that. It is all positive. It is laid out before us. As Paul said, we press into it. It is there for us. These things are for us. That is not necessarily talking about picking up snakes and scorpions; that is spirits, spirits that would seek to take those things away from us. Jesus said we shall cast out devils, so we look at it in that way. Everything in our vocabulary, in our belief, is positive. There is no negative to it. Jesus said, let your yea’s be yea and your nay’s be nay. Paul said, let your yea’s be yea and Amen. Amen closes it. That is the elimination of everything that would be against us. It is expelled and eliminated. In Matthew 24:44 He said, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” The thing about being ready is that if you are ready, you do not know the day or hour, but you are going to inherit it anyway. Because you are ready. It is not saying I am going to get up that morning and get ready. No, it has to start before that. There is a beginning to our Christian life. A little baby had a beginning, and that little baby had to grow. Then it begins to have reflexes. Knowledge begins to grow in it. A lot of it sometimes is just motion maybe. I see a little baby here in our congregation that is growing. If the singing is going on, if it is a regular song, he is motionless, but whenever it gets started, something gets on him and he begins to get happy. That is the way we are as Christians. Whenever we first become Christians, we think we know it all. But then we begin to grow, because Peter said to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What is that knowledge? It is concerning His word. Not just saying, well I have been saved, that is the end of it. I heard a man get up and testify, he was a Nazarene. He said, “I have been saved and sanctified and satisfied.” He was in bad shape because he never did go to the next step. A lot of people back at that time, they thought if they did not grow tobacco that sanctified them. They could wear a watch as long as it was not gold. They could not wear a gold ring because they looked at the scripture in the wrong way. That did not add one thing to them. It did not add one inch to their growth in a Christian life. We must start with something stable in our lives to start out with. If we do not, then we can get on some kind of tangent that will lead us completely off. Let me go on in the scripture here. “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, (He is talking to the ministry here.) whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?” See? He is talking to the ministry there. That is the same thing as it is back in the 27th or 28th verse, wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. There is a big responsibility. Of course we have preached much about the 4th chapter of Ephesians. There lays a great responsibility upon the ministry. We have got to search the scriptures, live the scriptures, and be guided by the word. He is talking about giving meat in due season. Giving meat does not mean we are butchers. No, we are not butchers, we are just handing out meat. In the Bible, meat meant food, not just something you kill. Jesus talks about it in different places, about the meat. Let me read that again. “Who then is a faithful and wise servant whom his lord hath made ruler over his house, to give them meat in due season.” Due season, due time, that is what He is talking about now. We are learning. He said, come and learn of me. We are learning. We are learning more and more about how to live and how to adjust ourselves according to time. What we were five years ago, we are expected to be more today. What we lived five years ago is not completely satisfactory with what we are to be now. God has a ministry to help us grow. The Bible said grow in grace. Grow in grace. “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” As a ministry, there is something to live up to. We are to be examples of truth, of His word, of the day and hour which we live, and to keep up with the time we are living in. Because the devil is out as a roaring lion.

I liked what Jonathan Cahn had to say about that when we were up there. He was talking about a roaring lion: if he is roaring he is not hunting. He is very quiet when he goes to make a kill, but whenever he is roaring, he is trying to scare something. The devil, when he is roaring, he does not have a hold of you, he is just trying to scare you. He is a bluff. That is what he is today, a bluff. Why did Jesus spend forty days and forty nights in the wilderness? He was starting a ministry. He had to go through something before his ministry started. He had to be baptized because every sacrifice is washed before it is accepted. So He went into the wilderness to be tempted to show us the way, to show that we could go through temptations too. That was not easy. He did not go out there and have a good time playing with the snakes and things of that nature. It said He was with the wild beasts. I am afraid of wild beasts. But there He was, making ready for a ministry that was just before Him. What did He do when He came back? His first sermon was the Sermon on the Mount, where He began, “Blessed be…”, and then He gave warning after the blessing.

“Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.” This is talking about the Millennium. Whenever it is all over, the ones that have bore the responsibility, that have taken it to heart, it was not just a paycheck or getting applause, but it was showing something, doing something that is going to help that poor soul. Why? Jesus had gone through something, He had cast himself unto the devil before He went through His ministry. Just like it was with the Old Testament prophets, God would tell them to prophesy something and when they did, they were shut up in jail. Jeremiah thought he was going to die. They dropped him down in a pit of nothing but mud. He thought that was it. Sometimes for ourselves, we do not have the answer until we get there, but it is important that we warn the people. Why? Because we have gone through it. You are not always understood, but you will be understood by the believers. The others will walk away saying, “Oh, I do not believe that! Who does he think he is?” “But and if that evil servant (See? He is a servant, he has been called. Jesus said many are called – many, many, many – but few are chosen. If that evil servant…) shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming.” Why would he say that? After 2004 ½ came and went, why would he say that? God will wear us out, or He will straighten us up. In both ways, you are feeling the tear, the tear between things you know are right and things that other people see is wrong, they say is wrong. That evil servant shall say in his heart: he does not have to speak it out loud. God knows the heart. (I am still speaking about the Millennium, but it does not sound like it.) My lord delayeth his coming: that matches the same thing said in 2nd Peter 3. “The rapture did not come in 2004, so Bro. Jackson was wrong,” some said. That is not my saying. If you want to listen to that, it is not my saying, you know better than that. When they began to say, “We are not in the third day,” they began to put some of Bro. Jackson’s sayings up. If you go to our Contender website, the first thing you will see is “We are living in the third day,” so before they can go into the archives, they have to look at that. If that evil servant shall say in his heart, my lord delayeth his coming. He has not come. We will make another date. Bro. Jackson never said the end would come in 2004, which goes to show some people never understood to begin with. “That date came and went, so we will make another date,” they said. Now it is 2035, I think they have it. Because they moved the start of the two days up to 70 A.D. The Lord has all this in His hands, and I am not worried about it. The two days are over. We are living in the third day. God will return to the Jewish nation and they will have their revival in this third day. I am not worried about what I said about it. But we see how people who have left us are fulfilling the scripture. Those men are trying to fix something they thought was wrong, but really they missed the picture. “And shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant (The lord of that servant, at one time he was probably in good standing, everything was going smooth. They would sit and say Amen, Praise the Lord, lift their hands. We are not building a wall, we are building a building. If you are building a wall, you just keep on going straight, straight, straight. But when you are building a building you have to make a turn. Because it has four walls. Most anybody can build a wall. But you have to have a blueprint to build a building. Inside that you have rooms, you have a bathroom, fixtures. You have to know where everything goes. You cannot just say here is a bathroom, you may have it in the middle of the floor, you may have it in the hall. We cannot do that. We have to go by the blueprint, and God’s ministry must build according to the blueprint. My lord delayeth his coming? No, that saying is not part of the blueprint. He never did delay it because we did not know the day or hour. The lord of that servant…) shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, (What happened is, he got his mind off of it. He had other plans, worldly plans. If you are grooming young people to go out to sing for the world, then have you got your mind on the coming of the Lord? No, you are looking at the future in a different way, in a different perspective. I have seen it over and over. It never works out right. A little bit of the world becomes a whole lot of the world. There are always signs. The closer you get to the city, the more signs. Then when you get inside the city, you have stop lights. A city that is laid out right has got the red lights and green lights, if you are driving at a certain speed, you will hit the light right every time. They are synchronized. That is the way it is with the saints of God, with the ministry. God has us synchronized if we are going right. There are no detours. Some thought there were. But it turned out there was not because they were not synchronized. The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him,) and in an hour that he is not aware of.” See? It comes down to the very hour. You are going to know when it is time to go. I have not changed my mind about Ezekiel 38 and 39. I have not changed my mind about a war with Israel because there is going to be a war in the Middle East. The Jewish people are going to get their land back. Then they are going to build their temple. After they build their temple, then there is going to be another war where God steps in. That is when that Muslim group, Ezekiel 38 and 39, when they come in there. The Jewish nation could not handle all that, so what happens? God takes care of it. They handle those that are around about them. But here comes Russia, Iran, Turkey, here comes different nations of Ezekiel 38 and 39. Saudi Arabia is already changed because it talks about Sheba, have you come to take a spoil. But God’s got them in place for that whole Muslim mess, which they are arguing and trying to take care of, God is going to take care of Russia. He will take care of Iran, He will take care of Libya, Ethiopia, Turkey, all those places that are mentioned there. God will take care of them on the mountains of Israel, there in Mount Herman. Some who have left us have stopped believing these things. They have rejected the truth. What will happen to them? “And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: (I am sorry to have to say it, it does not give me great delight. There are some we have shaken hands with. Some we have called brother or sister in times past. Because many are called but few are chosen. Oh they have their messages this morning on television. Then whenever they have that super bowl game, these churches get together and have a little service, then watch the football game together instead of have a church service. What craziness! Somebody is responsible. We are responsible. We are responsible. You and I, we will be held responsible. We want no blood upon our hands. We do not just warn you to say I told you so. We are in this together and we are going to finish it together. I was thinking about the love you showed recently to me. I appreciate it. I want you to know that. You are my brothers and sisters. We are walking together, we are in this together, but the responsibility lays upon us as ministers.

Good and Faithful Servants

Wicked and slothful servantIn Matthew 22:14 it said, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Now I want to go to Matthew 25, verse 14, “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, (His ministry) and delivered unto them his goods.” The Bible says we are stewards of the mystery of Christ. We are ambassadors for Christ as though God called you, you are in God’s place. “The kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants and delivered unto them his goods.” His goods, not mine. Here is His goods right here. He said, here Kevin, take it, here Charles, take it. Remember we are not working for ourselves, we are not appointed by ourselves. We are stewards of the mysteries of God. God has given us great riches, but He did not give them to us to keep. He gave them to us to give to you. So that makes it, every joint. Joints connect things together. Joints are what enable movement. Unless your knuckles can move, your fingers would not be able to grip anything. There are many joints in our hands. “And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; (Here is the mystery of it:) to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.” It looked like that one with one would have been able to do something with it. He is given the lesser responsibility, less load to carry. Unto one he gave five, to another two and another one, to every man according to his ability, and straightway took his journey. There is no angel going to preach the gospel to you. God could have caused the wind, as Bro. William Branham said, to preach the gospel, but He did not. He laid this upon our shoulders. Why? To give out meat in due season. Our diet as we get closer to the end keeps elevating. It keeps getting stronger. Would you take one of these babies and give them a steak? They would starve to death. But in five or six years, if they like steak, they are going to want part of yours. “Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.” See? It is according to a man’s ability. This is talking about servants. According to his ability, according to what God has put in his heart and according to what God was in here. Why? Because the Bible said to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. “And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.” He is taking what God gave him and is mastering it. Because of what he gave us in the beginning, he is adding more all the time, until it is getting more and more and more into a likeness of His character. We sing the song, To Be Like Jesus. On earth I want to be like Him. Well we have to grow. The ministry has to grow. We have nearly reached maturity, we do not have much longer to grow, so we are going to keep truth as long as we have that responsibility. “But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.” What did he do? He wasted it. He did not put it to use, he put it in the earth. He put it into the world because he had no concern. He had no concern for truth and for what it could do, not even one talent. Jesus is saying here, “After a long time (That brings it down to our hour, this is a long time after the Lord left.) the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.” He is doing that in this hour. One had one talent and has done put it in the ground. He has done planted it in the earth. He got rid of it. What did the other two do? They got more because of their obedience. They heard what He told them. They knew there would be a pay day. “And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.” He took what the Lord gave him and put it to use so he could add to it. It was his willingness to take what God had given him and add to that. You have a desire for more and more of that heavenly gift. See what he did with the five talents? He went and gained other five. He loved it, and he wanted more. That was on his own. “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many, that is in the Millennium. “He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; (See? He did not say to him, because he had two and gained other two, he did not say well, this one gained five talents and you only gained two. No. He is saying well done to both of them. Well done good and faithful servant…) thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” It is the same thing, same answer, according to his ability, the same answer. “Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, (He is listening to the wrong voice. “I knew thee that thou was an hard man.” He is not hard. When you get acquainted with Him, He is good. He wants to be good to us. He wants to do you good. But He is not going to judge you on a ministry unless that is your calling. He is going to judge you on the calling that you have. Do not sit back and think that somebody is going to feel bad for something God has called you to do. God gives gifts. His gifts and callings are without repentance. He does not take it back. Then he which had received one talent came and said Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man…) reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed.” See? He is really answering for those other two there, reaping where you have not sown. Somewhere there was a crop. Paul said, I planted and Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. They did not have the same ministry. It was not up to Apollos to try and do what Paul did. If I had just went along, if these brother had just went along, like an old cookie cutter, or like a hot dog maker, and just went along in the same way, you would not be here this morning. You would have lost interest like the rest of them. Who wants to hear nonsense. You cannot even keep a congregation like that. Does somebody get up and testify all the time, have some singing, same old thing. Just quotes, nothing else. It was said by some that left that Bro. Allen and Bro. Bud would just be showing Bro. Jackson’s slides. It turned out that they did that, but we did not. I said on the day of Bro. Jackson’s funeral, I read from Solomon where he prayed and said, “I am but a child,” I left that part out. How could I have been in this for forty years and still been a child. I would have been a stupid child if I had not learned anything in 40 years. But what did I do? On my way to work and back home, I had Bro. Jackson’s messages that he had, sixteen of his last sermons, I played them. I got the meaning of them. When you are sitting here, listening, you lose a lot. You do. By the time you get home, what did the preacher preach about today? Love. It is about love. “And I was afraid, (Oh my, I was afraid. You work through fear. You work through hardness. You work through these things because you know you have something that somebody needs to hear. I was afraid…) and went and hid thy talent in the earth: (See? He says thy talent. It was his talent, but he was to gain at least one.) lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed. Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers; and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Outer darkness, I do not want to go there. That is not a pleasant place.

God Led Bro. Allen to Truth and to Faith Assembly

I have given this part of my message a new subtitle: Rewards. It is the same message, but we will talk about rewards. When I was thinking about this, I recalled it has been fifty-eight years this weekend since I surrendered to the Lord. Fifty-eight years ago, in 1959, January 8th or 9th, I do not remember exactly. That is how long it has been. I never knew it would lead me in this direction at that time. It was in April of that year that the Lord told me he had not only called me to preach, but to pray for the sick. This has not been a mission of mine, but it has been a thing that has never left me. If the Lord ever speaks to you, you will not ever forget it. It was just like when I received the understanding of water baptism. I grew up and was baptized right after I was converted. I was baptized after I was converted in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. That was fifty-eight years ago. Then two years later I heard the truth. In July of the year 1961 I heard a message, a message that I knew nothing about, but it was leading me to something. Then whenever I understood Matthew 28:19. I accepted water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. The first message from Bro. William Branham I heard was on the church ages. That was in 1961 when I heard them, after Bro. William Branham already preached them in December 1960. I heard them and was fully convinced that there was only one God. I do not like to point to myself that much, but I did not know where that was going to lead me. I knew it was going to lead me out of the Methodist Church because I was ready to leave then. A man that preached at the Tabernacle many times, he begged me to stay in the Methodist church though. So, I stayed two more years.  Then finally I made up my mind, I am going to get out of here. The Lord spoke to me that I should. The last place I was pastoring was Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Methodist leadership moved me away from Burkesville to get me away from the message, thinking that would do it. They thought other people were having an influence on me, especially a brother named Taylor Capps. He received baptism right after I did. He was superintendent of a church in that area. But we had a baptism and there were five people baptized. Whenever the fifth one was baptized, he gave me his wallet. I was not the one doing the baptism. He gave me his wallet and told me to hold it. He waded out in the water with his Sunday clothes on and was baptized. He was a big help to me because I was a young Christian and he had been to Bro. William Branham’s meetings near Campbellsville. Bro. William Branham had meetings down there and he had heard about them and had went to them. So God blessed some people there in that time and brought them to truth. I remember Bro. and Sis. Capps and Sis. Marie Bean. They all accepted the Lord in water baptism and stood for truth in that area whenever nobody else there would. From that time on, then they began to search out and walk with the Lord. They were able to make a few trips up here to Bro. William Branham’s meetings, Bro. and Sis. Capps did. Then Bro. Capps died not too long after that, but his wife and Sis. Bean continued to stand for a truth. I was thinking about that: it was fifty years ago this year that I came to Faith Assembly to stay. Fifty years ago. I had already come here some, but that is when I settled it: this is where I am going. Ten years later I was leading singing here and preaching pretty often. I never knew where this was going to lead. I never knew what was ever going to happen, especially a little over twelve years ago when Bro. Jackson passed away. It was a great shock to me. People said that Bro. Bud and I could not wait until we would have the opportunity to take over this church: that was a lie. There is no truth about it. But the Lord has helped us. He has kept us from spirits that would have entered in here to use this place to promote themselves. The ministry that is preaching now never preached in Faith Assembly when Bro. Jackson was living. Not a one of them. But here is Bro. Jimmy, Bro. Svein, Bro. Kurt, Bro. Kevin, Bro. Charles, and I, that have taken a stand. We have had to go in directions that people did not like. But if you follow truth, you are going to have to take a direction that everybody is not going to like. The multitude was not always favorable to Jesus. He had multitudes of people that followed Him. Paul mentions that there were better than five hundred living that were believers, which saw the crucifixion and his resurrection. But there were only a hundred and twenty of them – this is not to speak against the rest – but there were only a hundred and twenty of them that received the Holy Ghost in the upper room. But there were others that believed, some no doubt had other things they had to do and just could not be there. I want to be true to that because Paul said there were better than five hundred still living. Now as we look at truth, we see really almost a different congregation than we did when Bro. Jackson was living, nearly half of it is a different congregation. For all that have left us, God has replaced them. The church is just as full as ever. It is because there was a truth that had to be stood for and there had to be a willingness to stand for that truth, above what other people thought. No doubt there are some who will hear or read this message that did not really know that when I preached the third day, there were some that did not really know if this was right or not. But whenever they  began to listen and began to understand, then it changed. It changed the whole outlook on things. Today we are standing here believing the word of God.

Different Categories of Reward

As I said, I want to speak about rewards. We are going to go into this in a way that may help somebody to be able to see that your reward is not based only in what you do, but it includes what you hear and what you believe. Everybody was not called to be preachers, everybody was not called to be deacons. It is a calling. It is a blessing to be a part of that, but there is responsibility in that to stand for truth. There are some unusual scriptures in the Bible I am going to go over next. I was in Matthew 24 and 25 up until this point. Those verses really speak about the ministry, his servants. There is a greater responsibility in this hour than there ever has been before in our stand for truth, because we have so much more revealed to us. Of course, the devil has sidetracks just as it has been preached, as Bro. Jackson preached it. He has sidetracks to carry people off course. It is the responsibility of everybody that they stay on the right track instead of getting sidetracked by something. I remember several years ago, there was a brother who is here this morning, he came to me and told me that he dreamed about the platform up here. He said when he saw it, it was solid white. It was more or less marble or concrete. That shows the hardness of what is being preached and what is acceptable to the Lord. The only thing he saw that he did not understand was a loose wire up here on the platform. God took away the loose wire in 2008. So, God has everything under control. He has our lives in control and He has the truth in control. It is not hard to stand for truth. Sometimes you have to stand here, like when I preached the third day, not knowing just what was going to happen. But whenever the four preachers preached their messages, when they got through, I said I gave you the opportunity to say what you wanted to say, but I said, it will not happen anymore. I did give them that opportunity because there was a purpose. God has a purpose in that, because He knew that people were going to make up their minds that Sunday morning. He knew they would make up their minds which way they were going to go. Because there were a lot of loose wires. But God had something He had to correct. You can see today, because of what has happened and what has gone on, it was every bit the truth, because Faith Assembly has not changed. We have just grown. The Bible said to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. That knowledge is understanding. Understanding is what builds stature. I believe this message is going to help somebody. I believe it will help you to understand what your calling is, if it is just to sit in your seat and praise the Lord, you are going to be satisfied with that. There is satisfaction in serving the Lord and listening to the word of God.

There is a scripture that came to me while I was sitting here, it is Matthew 10. I will read that first, which is not a part of my message, but I will read that first before I go into the rest of it, because I want to go back to Matthew 24:36. “And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: (That is very plain. Jesus was plain spoken. He did not always mince his words. That would be kind of comparable to what you are hearing today. Because it was as much for our day as it was for their day. Jesus does not mince words here. He said it and He does not apologize for it. He did not say, “Well I am sorry, I was a little too hard, I should not have done that.” He never apologizes. He calls the religious people of that day scorpions, foxes, vipers, that is a snake. But He is not speaking to His disciples. He is speaking to the religious people of that day. This is something that we must accept. The religion of today, or they that walk away, are not a part of truth. He is saying here that he that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.) and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me is not worthy of me.” That is very profound. “He that findeth his life (Or in other words, in this life, he is settled in this life after he has heard truth. He that findeth his life…) shall lose it: (That is a social life. That is not talking about the life of Christ, because we know that whenever we find the life of Christ, we are alright. Everything is going to be alright.) and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” He is talking about the Father. If you deny Christ, then you have denied God. Jesus said in the 17th chapter of John, I and my Father are one. So here it says, “He that receiveth you receiveth me, (See? He is bringing this all the way down from the Father to the ministry. That is what He is talking about here.) and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” It goes the other way, to the Father again. He is saying, if you do not receive the true ministry, you do not receive Christ. And if you do not receive the true ministry, you do not receive God. That is the truth. Sometimes people hear something, and it is against their feeling. I know it touches people, but it is the truth. Can we receive Christ and then not receive all these other things? We cannot be sympathetic with error. We have to go all the way in what we believe. What did He say at the beginning? He that loveth father or mother more than me, more than the word, is not worthy of me. He that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. We are getting down to the nitty gritty of the whole thing of getting ready. I could ask you, how many want to be ready when the Lord comes, if you do raise your hand. Are you willing to follow beyond your feelings? We like to feel good, we like the music. Bro. William Branham said the Pentecostals would dance and shout while the music and singing was going on, but then after it is over with, they just stops, just blah. They do not care once the Word starts to come forth. In Matthew 13, they were gathered in of every kind. But what happened? The ministry, or the angels it said, they began to sit down and to sever the wicked from among the just. What do you think that means? They began to sever the good from the bad, the just from the unjust. We have one head. I am not your head, I am your servant. What is a servant? It is somebody that gives out something. Here is a place, as I have said, will probably make you feel good if you have a right attitude.

“He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; (There are different gifts and callings. All of it is not the ministry. Jesus, of course He is talking in Old Testament terms, but you can apply this verse to the ministry. Everybody is not going to receive the same reward. He keeps going through this.) and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” Because you cannot receive a righteous man without giving yourself unto something. That is the proof of what you really are. See? There is a proof of what you receive. He is setting forth categories of rewards. “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, (A disciple is someone who follows the Lord. He is talking about our Christian neighbors. If you know what somebody believes, if you are not a believer, you are apt not to give them a cup of water, cold water anyway.) verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” He is categorizing these different believers and their different rewards. He starts at the top because people do not realize just what it is to be a disciple. I am talking about unbelievers, they will never believe it. He is talking about hearing truth and still doing what He said. You could come from the top and come down with these three categories. You could say a hundred, sixty, or thirty fold. Everybody is not going to get the same reward, but it is according to what God has purposed in them. It all boils down to truth, how we feel about what is being spoken unto us.  It is in how we receive it. The Bible says for us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. That is to take a survey of what this message of truth really means to us. This is not my message. The third day was not my message, it was just something that was going to be poked at me by a bunch of preachers, because this was a test of time.

Different Categories of Punishment

I am going to go to Matthew 11:20. Jesus is speaking.  “Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For the mighty works, which were done is you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.” Just as there are different rewards according to our life, so there are also different punishments for the wicked according to their lives. Jesus was not preaching at Tyre and Sidon. Those cities were on the outskirts of Israel at that time. But He is comparing those two cities unto the cities he was visiting. He said “Woe unto thee Chorazin, woe unto thee Bethsaida, for if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgement, than for you.” See? Those cities were going to get a worse judgement. Then He goes into something else. “And thou, Capernaum, (This is where Peter lived, beside the Sea of Galilee. We have been there to see some of the ruins. This was a thriving city at the time Jesus was here.) which art exalted unto heaven; (The mighty works exalted the place.) shalt be brought down to hell: (Years after Jesus said this, an earthquake took it under. You can see a few of the ruins there now. You do not see a city. There is no thriving city there because it was brought down to hell.) for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” Remember, it is even here today: people that live that wicked lifestyle are called Sodomites. Jesus said, “I say unto you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.” See? There are different categories, even in hell, of punishment. He said it would be more tolerable in the day of judgment. They are going to be judged. Why would He say something like that? Because He was there with the ministry to try to teach the people truth. They did not want it. They did not want what He had to say. I do not like to go too far with this, but brothers and sisters, to resist truth brings on a judgement worse than what the Sodomites will receive. That is what He is saying. Why do people not understand? Because the scripture says many are called but few are chosen. There are a lot of things in our lives that we have to let go of as we go on. We are going to have to get rid of the things that would hinder our Christian being, things that we thought were little things, but they control our minds. I realize in being pastor of the biggest assembly I know of, along with my brothers, that puts a great responsibility on us. There have been other preachers that said me “We are running our assembly like Faith Assembly,” because they believe in the direction it is going. They believe in the stand we have taken. So that puts responsibility on me, on my shoulders, to stand for something. Otherwise if it was not stood for, what would Faith Assembly be this morning? We would be exactly like the other churches that broke fellowship with us in 2008. Chaos. A mess. Thank God we are not. God put an understanding in us. He put something in our minds that matters, because it has to come from his spirit.

Truth Revealed

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, (He is thanking the Father because He has hid these things, because it puts a urgency in you, a desire to get something over to the saints of God that they will understand that your life is not vain. Even if it is just a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, you will receive your reward. You do not have to have the office of somebody else, your life speaks volumes. What it is talking about is how you treat your brother and sister. It goes on up to how you treat the ministry, the message of the ministry. I thank thee, listen to Him. Why would He say something like this? At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent…) and hast revealed them unto babes.” I am no doctor. All these preachers like to be called doctor, bishop, D.D.D., dead dogs. They just say their words so right, they never get excited because they have nothing to be excited about. “Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” He thanks the father that He hid this, because He could see the crowd. He could see those scribes standing over there, and they were there when He said it. As I said already, He did not mince His words. But then He goes ahead, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He makes it more personal. Two oxen yoked together“Take my yoke upon you, (His yoke, being tied together. I saw a yoke of oxen one time. If you go to the Philippines, you will see them there. They still use them. They are a very slow animal, about a mile an hour. Take my yoke upon you…) and learn of me; (Because it is going to be a slow process. What you are doing, you are gaining. You are on a upward grade. We are not on level ground this morning. We cannot be on level ground and climb higher. We like to sing about climbing higher, but the higher you go, the harder the steps. People that exercise, they do not just get one weight and stay there. They must increase the weight. What you are doing, if it is your body, you are getting your body where it will be stronger as you go. Paul even talked about running a race, all run but one wins the prize. Faith is exercise. It is exercied daily. Your spiritual being, Paul said bodily exercise profiteth little. They were walking all the time. That was a form of exercise, but they were not doing it for that purpose. They were doing it for the glory of God. Take my yoke upon you: what He means by that is to get this leveled out to where we are carrying equal weight to Him. Can you do that? Absolutely, because the Bible says you are steward. Stewards means carrying the riches. Because whenever you leave here, you are going to have a knowledge of what is expected. We are expected of something. Take my yoke upon you. Then what does it say? Learn of me. Unless we are yoked up with Him, we cannot learn of Him.) for I am meek and lowly in heart: (See? He is telling there, I am meek and lowly in heart…) and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Get in that category, to where as you travel, as you are yoked with Him, that it gets comfortable. It gets comfortable to stand for truth, because you know this is where your comfort is. It is walking in truth, walking in the light as He is in the light. “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He is talking about you being yoked with Him because His burden is light. That is what He carried. He took criticism. His life was in danger. Sometimes He refused to go certain places because they had threatened to kill Him. He said, my hour is not yet come. He knew when it would come. He went to Jerusalem. The Bible talked about it, His face was set toward Jerusalem. For three years He had preached the gospel. For three years He had preached truth. He had all kinds of opposition. He was getting ready for that climax. We are getting ready today for a climax, because this thing is going to be over. Do not ever get it in your mind that it is going to keep going and going as it is. There has to be a stop to it.

This morning I heard there was a truck that ran over a bunch of soldiers in Jerusalem, so far there are four dead, fifteen injured.[1] How long is this going to keep on going? How long are the Jews going to put up with this crazy stuff? They are walking on eggshells because of Obama. But he turned them down. He stepped aside and let the United Nations pass their resolution against Israel.[2] I am hoping the next administration does what they said they would for Israel. Look at what is happening now. The west coast, they have rain like they have not seen in years. The east coast has snow, cold weather. My yoke is easy and my burden light. He is wanting us to get a feel of that yoke, to make sure we have the padding to go on that yoke to where it will make it easy.

Our Dedication To Christ Affects Our Reward

Let us go to Matthew 10:38. There are some things we can pull out of that, then we will go to another scripture in Matthew 13. “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me is not worthy of me.”God's Funnel He has done talked about family. He did not even mention friends. Instead he went straight to our closest relationships. That is the inner working of our lives whenever we begin to look at family. There are people in this truth that this has affected. We cannot include everyone in the kingdom of God, even in our own families. Not every one is going to make it. That is hard to consider, and hard to say, but the ones that are going to make it are the ones that are living for truth. So we can see here the pattern of what Jesus is talking about. This is the way He lived His life. In Matthew 12 we see Mary came to him with His brothers and sisters, and tried to pull Him away from the work God has showed him to do. No doubt He was healing the sick and was praying for different ones. They had something more important for him to do, they thought. They had family matters. So Jesus said, “Who is my family? It is he who does the will of my father.” He let them know, unless they were part of the truth, he was not counting them among his family. Family matters are important if they really are true family matters. I am not saying they are not important. However, there are certain things we cannot overlook when it comes to a family. We cannot overlook it. It is a problem. We have to realize there is a root to that problem. It is kind of like a big funnel. You have a whole lot that goes in at the top, but you only have a little stream that comes out. This is what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 13. He was talking about us here at the end time. That seventh parable is talking about us. Sometimes in praying for people, we want to pray for every little puppy, every little pet, which to some people puppies are important. If it is something you love, you can pray for it. Because it is part of God’s creation. But I am talking about somebody out in the world who has had some kind of catastrophe: this is not something for the Bride of Christ to concern themselves about in prayer.

They were talking on the news about the Golden Globes. They said “people can be so high that they will not even know what is going on, because marijuana is legal now.”[3] What a devilish thing that has come into this nation, through it’s borders, and through people here that have legalized sin. Now they have decided that marijuana is not that good for you, it causes a lot of problems in the body. I saw it at Ford. I saw different young men who had been hired. When the line was broke down about eight or ten of them gathered around, smoking that stuff, blowing it into each other’s mouths. All I could do was stand by and see a bunch of dummies. These things have spirits behind them. Legal or illegal. We do not have to bring somebody under bondage concerning these things. I will not. Because it is very dangerous. Spirits have lives and they want to pass them on, pass them down, and pass them down, even to the third and fourth generations. We cannot pet spirits. That is what it is. That is more than a loved one. It is, it is more than a loved one, it is what motivates them. I am not mad, but I am letting you know I agree with what my Brother Kevin Crase has ministered on this topic. I am letting you know that we must stand together as a ministry. We have got to. One cannot pull this way and one that way, and expect everything to be gathered together into one. I can close my hands here, like this, and it will hold water, because it is joined together. But you take them apart, and everything falls through. If you begin to take this word apart, you do not have anything left. That is what the denominational world has done. They are just denominations, they are nothing with God. There are no good denominations. In Revelation 17 He went further. He called them harlots and abominations. They have been unfaithful to the Lord. So we see these things go down deep into the fiber. But God goes deeper. He goes down into the marrow, into the bone. He do not want anything in us lacking. We talk about living in the book of Acts. That is what it was. Whenever they took their beatings as a ministry, then when they were beaten they were told, do not go preach this thing any more about Jesus. But they would go back and begin to preach anyway. What happened? The place begins to shake. That was the Holy Ghost shaking. That is what I want, I want the Holy Ghost to shake us all the way down to the soles of our feet.

He that taketh not his cross and followeth after me is not worthy of me.” What is He talking about? Arthur Blesset carrying something on his back?[4] That is not the cross the Lord is speaking about, that is a manmade cross. It is a wonder the man has not been killed. The cross is something inside us that we have to bear. Whenever serving God goes against our carnal nature. What did He say here? He that taketh not his cross and follows me, is not worthy of me. Your cross is different than mine. My cross is different than yours. You do not know the cross I have to bear. I do not know the cross you have to bear, but I know if we are Christians we are bearing a cross. I know that. We cannot be followers of Christ and not carry a cross. Paul said, I die daily, nevertheless I live, but not I, but Christ in me. We are coming down to that time that everything must be let go, that He may have His way. “And he that findeth his life shall lose it: (As I said this morning, that is not finding Christ, that is finding a life for ourselves. If what I do on my own is more important than serving Christ, then I am going to pay a heavy price in the judgement. That is what He is saying.) and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” He is not necessarily talking about death. It is he that is willing to set aside his own feelings and desires to submit to Christ. This is not easy. It is a cross. “He that receiveth you receiveth me, (Can we put ourselves in that place, to where the Lord would say, if you receive Him, you receive me. If you receive her, you receive me. That is putting ourselves in line with what Paul said in Ephesians 4: every joint supplies. Every joint, not one joint out of place. When I was a boy playing basketball with my cousin, he blocked the ball on me and hit this thumb and knocked it out of place. I grabbed it and pulled it back, but my, did that hurt. The swelling started then whenever I put that joint back in place. That is when the swelling and hurt started. Some people have had their shoulders out of place. Some people have had this or that out of place. Whenever it does, it hurts. That is the same way it is in the Bride of Christ. Our lives are touching somebody else. When we are out of place, it hurts. He that receiveth you receiveth me…) and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” He is talking about the Father. I did not know when I began to preach on the Godhead that there were people with ideas that they had. It took that message to bring it out, because I had another motive in mind when I brought that message. After two or three messages on the Godhead, things began to flare up. Some that were with us at the time began to show that they were not really with us. They had been secretly holding a wrong belief in their heart for many years.

God’s Funnel

I am still talking about rewards but it does not sound like it. I want us to understand where we are in Christ, and what we go through, and what is in our hearts which brings us to these rewards. Our motive, the spirit within us matters if we want these rewards. We cannot be pulling this way or that way, we have to get a mindset if we are going to follow the Lord. You see what happens when people walk away. They begin to associate with people who will agree with them. It is kind of like a kitten. Rub it the right way and it purrs, but if you rub it the wrong way it will bite you. “He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; (This is about our attitude. That prophet is preaching the truth and you are going to believe the message because it has to come.) and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a right man’s reward.” See how we are connected? Right on down the line we are connected. I am connected with you. I pray you are connected with me. We are going through this thing together. We are going to look like one unit because we are united. “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of

cold water only in the name of a disciple, (If you help another brother or sister out, or you are praying for them.) verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” I am talking about unity. You are not going to give that cup of cold water to an unbeliever. That is talking about more than water, this is just an illustration. Every one of us have to go through that same funnel.

Let us go to Matthew 13:44. This is the fifth church age. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” He is talking of Martin Luther. His message would not even come close to our message in revelation and understanding, but he found grace. Holiness - the pearl of great priceIt said of Noah that he was faithful in his generation. But that would not match what it was with Enoch. Enoch was translated, ahead of time. Before the flood came, Enoch was gone. Before the tribulation, the church is going to be gone. I do not care who says otherwise, she is going to be gone. But we remember Noah was just in his generation. He did not meet the standard of Enoch. What did Enoch do? He walked with God. That meant a daily travel, a daily walk. He was looking at something the rest of them were not looking at. He saw something coming that he did not want a part of. God got him out of there in time. We are not worried about the tribulation, we are getting ourselves ready now. We are not trying to hide something in the dark, it will not work. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls.” That is the sixth church age. He has gone on beyond what Luther had. He could see Luther. It just makes you wonder if anybody in Luther’s time will really be in the rapture. I guess some will, but I do not know, because it said they shall walk with me in white. White robes do not get to be part of the rapture.  They do not. It has to be fine linen, something beyond white robe that you can look and see the difference. It has a shine to it. Cotton or wool does not have a shine, but linen does. It is woven by nature. “Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” Everything he had in the past, he sold and bought it. Wesley was a step up towards complete perfection. Now I want to go to the seventh church age, “Again, (He said this three times now, again. He is gradually getting to where we are at in time. God sent a prophet to take us forward, as he was able. He fulfilled Malachi 4. He was able to carry a ministry as Elijah. Elijah was acquainted with what was right, but Elijah was not the finisher. There had to be something more. But what a great difference that Elijah ministry made it setting things in motion. Again..) the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind.” Every kind, what happens then? Let me read a little further. “Which, when it was full, (I would say there were old boots in there, old dead fish, turtles, scorpions, sea snakes. Everything was in there. But then what happened?) they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.” It is hard. It is hard to say, but there has been a casting away process. The ministry sat down because they were at ease. After you preach a message of truth, you do not go back and muse over it. Jesus did not do that. He did not sit down the next day and say, I wonder why did I say that, that was just foolish. No. He only brought life. Everything He taught was life. They sat down and gathered the good into vessels and cast the bad away. It did not say he sat down. It said they. This puts it on further on in time: they sat down. I hate to see people hurt, but I would rather see people hurt for truth than I would to let them go into error. Because we are in the funnel, we are coming down to where there are just a few compared to the great many it began with, it just took a long time. Kind of like an hour glass. Because it was not meant to be for a few minutes or a few days, or a few weeks, or few months, or a few years, to get to the point where we are now. You might say, well you are putting a lot on yourself. I am putting a lot on the ministry in order to receive that reward that is due unto us, we have got to. What is a prize? Many are running. Many have run. The Bible says there will only be a few make it in this hour. There are many saints in ages gone by, but there are few to see the truth in this hour. “So shall it be at the end of the world: (Where are we at? We are at the end of the world. The end of this world system, not the end of the earth, but it is the end of man’s civilization. There is going to be a cut off period very soon, there is not going to be a whole lot of flesh left. We should not put off accepting that truth.) the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just.” See? The ministry has done their work. In the prior verse they sat down and made a choice, they had to make a choice because spirits have to be dealt with. It is not somebody coming up here and saying thus saith the Lord and casting out spirits. It can happen, but this is something more than that. It is something that affects the body of Christ, the whole body. After the ministry has done their work, what does it say? So shall it be at the end of the world, the angels shall come forth and sever. It goes further than the men who are preaching. It has God’s ministry of angels getting into it. It will sever the wicked from among the just. What will happen to those who are severed? Woe unto thee Choizan, Woe unto thee Bethsaida, Woe unto thee Capernaum. It will be more tolerable for Sodom in the day of judgment than for you. Otherwise there are different levels of punishment. To me, the worst sin that men can do in their body is to live a Sodomite life, because you sin against your own body. But there is something worse than that. That is what He is said. It will be more tolerable for them than for the ones who rejected him. Why did He say that? Because they rejected truth. It will be more tolerable for this evil age than it will be for those that have walked off from truth. My! I am not saying anything different. They were better off never to have known it than to have known it and walked away from it. Really, I hate to read the next verse, because you do feel for people. But I will read it.Drew near to shore and gathered the good into vessels but cast the bad away “And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” It is better to have never known truth, and just be an old worldly person, than it is to know truth and walk away. Someone may ask: “Do you not have feelings?” Yes we do, but He said take up your cross, if you do not take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of me. “Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.” They did not understand. No, they did not understand because it was not given to them to understand. They had to have something to relate to, which they had not related to yet. Because there is a relation, there is a relationship with the spirit in you and with Jesus Christ. They did not have that. In their minds they thought they understood. They were not lying. But they did not, they could not relate to it. “Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder.” (Bro. Jackson went over that and explained that man was William Branham. Every scribe that is instructed: he is taking instruction. We have had instruction. When I was at the Branham Tabernacle everything was hush-hush. If you had a child, which we did, that turned around in the seat looking back to the nursery: look out. I had already gone to the nursery with my younger son Mark, because he was disturbing people. He had moved, he might have wiggled his ear. My older son Steve turned around in his seat, he was on his knees in the seat, not saying anything, looking back to the nursery where we were at. Then one of the deacons came and said, he is disturbing, you have to take him out. They would turn the water fountain off during church service, threaten to close the bathroom doors to punish people. That was evil. I remember Mark crying for water. Here you are, standing with sweat running down you. It was summer, there was no air conditioner. They will have to pay for those things. Bro. William Branham never supported that kind of thing. Those deacons did it. There is a pay day coming. That is a song, there is a pay day coming.

My purpose is in this message is to say, let us get ready to receive a reward. Everybody’s reward is not going to be the same. It is what you are capable of. Matthew 24, He tells you there, he that received five talents, what did it say? He gained five, be thou over ten cities. He that had two talents and gained another two, what did it say? Be thou over four cities. He is doubling it every time. Every thing we do is going to be doubled to us. I am saying this, as I read this morning, he that receiveth a prophet, receives a prophet’s reward. Let me say, the ministry that God has placed among us tonight, whatever they receive, the ones who are following after them, is going to receive an amount. It is according to what God has given us to share. As in Matthew 24, as He has given us a talent to share, it is according to how it is received, what the reward is going to be. I said this morning, and I say tonight, your reward will not depend on what you say as far as even testifying. I remember an older sister who died several years ago, Sis. Erb. She had nothing in this life, but she was not a beggar. She sat back there and listened. She received it. She is not going to lose her reward. I know Sis. Eleanor in her last few times she was able to come here, she was afraid somebody would think something about her because she could not come to every service. She said, “But I watch you on the internet.” She will not lose her reward. I was thinking today about Bro. Oscar and Sis. Beulah Landmark, how they have held a gathering together, it has taken them both. Sis. Beulah, will not lose her reward. We never know what God’s will is for us. “Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heave is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.” This is our problem tonight with a lot of people.  It is because we have gone beyond what came before. We have gone beyond the ministry of ten and twelve years ago. If Bro. Jackson was here tonight, he would say, “Go on.” I believe that. Because he believed in a five-fold ministry.

Let us go to Matthew 5. Jesus had just come back out of the wilderness. In the 4th chapter He was in the wilderness. He came back and here is gathered a multitude. He did not necessarily know all the future, because He said He did as the Father showed him. He knew He was going to die. He said, for this purpose I came into the world. But He said, I only do those things the Father shows me. He did not crowd His mind, it was a daily thing with Him taking His cross, just as it is with you. He knew what the Father showed Him. “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” He is not saying poor people, He means lowly in spirit. That poor person, He is not talking about that. He is saying, poor in spirit. In other words, they are submitted unto Him. “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: (He is talking about the Millennium, blessed are the meek…) for they shall inherit the earth.” This is our inheritance. It does not look like much now, but wait. Give it a hundred or two hundred years, and the whole thing behind will be forgotten about. I am going to read something in a minute, if I have time, from Malachi. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (See God in Christ) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” See what is He getting at? There is another kingdom, a kingdom of heaven that is coming down. It is our inheritance, Revelation 21. I will never get through with this message. “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: (Maybe you did not know that in the 5th chapter of Matthew that He was talking about the Millennium. We will receive our reward before the Millennium comes. The Bride of Jesus Christ will receive her reward. Do you believe we are being instructed now? Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven…) for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth: (What does salt do? It is a preservative, and it gives flavor. God is waiting on His little Bride, getting us ready for the world to come, and this is what is holding the whole thing together because we are salt, preservers.) but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”

 

I will go to Malachi now, chapter 4. “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; (This is the beginning of the Millennium.) and all the proud, (Pride is not just because somebody has something, pride is because they do not receive the word of God. They are too proud to see they need God.) yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: (My!) and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” It will get rid of spirits. They will not replenish the earth. They have neither root nor branch. I have locusts trees, you cannot tell where they are going to come from. You can cut a locust tree down and out so far, because it has a root that reaches out there, it comes up again. Every time you mow, there it is. If you have locust trees, you know what I am talking about. It said that there shall be left neither root nor branch. Why? God is not going to allow that kind of thing when the Millennium comes. “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; (Did you ever think about that word, the Sun of righteousness, S-U-N. What is he talking about? He is talking about a new day. He is going to rise with healing in His wings…) and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” He is talking about the Jewish nation. That little calf has a lot of life in it. What is left here is going to have a lot of life in it. God is going to correct the Gentiles, you see that in the last chapter of Zechariah. Some may say, that is too hard. Let me go to Malachi 3:16. “Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another, and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. (See what was in their hearts?) And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, (When?) in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” Now I want to read that Malachi 4:2 again. “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.” I have gone through Matthew 13, the verses there where it is talking about severing the wicked from among the just. Here he is talking about the day that will come, that is in the future, that is when the tribulation is over. When the tribulation is over, God is going to set this thing on fire. He said all the wicked shall be the ashes under the sole of your feet. It is not something to rejoice about, but it is something to prepare us. God is saying to us, get ready, give your life, give all you have because there is a reward waiting, the reward of a crown of righteousness, that every one that serves Him will receive. Do not buck against the word of God. I believe it is being made very plain in this hour that we are living in, what He is expecting of us to follow him as dear children of God.

… continued in the next edition.

[1] https://www.timesofisrael.com/3-dead-as-truck-plows-into-troops-in-jerusalem/

[2] https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-abstains-in-key-israel-vote-clearing-way-for-condemnation-of-settlements

[3] https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/awards/golden-globes/which-celeb-will-be-highest-at-the-golden-globes/news-story/2de6d50eabdd4fd2582212b9fcf49f93

[4]https://www.tbn.org/people/arthur-blessitt

2018-11-REVELATION-10-No.10

Revelation 10, Part 9: The Rapture – 2018, October


Introduction

Rev. James C. Allen

Preached December 11–25, 2016

In the last edition, Bro. Allen was going over the scriptures which let us see the rapture of the Bride of Christ will come before the tribulation begins. We are picking up now where he left off.

 

Changed in the Twinkling of an Eye

 

In my last message I touched on something that may not seem to be a part of the message, but really it is. I am looking at the rapture. I have some more scriptures I will go over on this topic. I was thinking about something I heard this week on the television. There was a certain program that came on and Jonathan Cahn was on it. He was talking about a Jewish wedding which is typed in Jesus’ illustration about the marriage supper. As we look at that, I thought I would deal with that a little bit, from the scriptures, to see what is promised for the saints of God in this hour. I am going to start my reading in Matthew 25. I was in Matthew 24:27-21 before, talking about one being taken and one left, and showing you that there are two different comings. Remember that. That is not a single coming of the Lord. There are two comings. It said, “for as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” That is the first coming, when he comes to take his Bride home. It will happen in a flash. The next coming is when he returns with his Bride to rule and reign. That is not going to be in a flash, because that coming is a twenty four hour event when it encircles the whole earth. Every eye shall see. But for the Bride it will be quick. As the lightning shines from the east to the west: lightning is quick. That is your exit from this earth, the quickness of this resurrection. Paul explains it in the same way as Jesus explained it in the Matthew 24:39 verse. “And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” They knew not: that talking about the final coming because he is talking about the flood there, how it takes them all away. That is going to be an earth shattering event whenever this happens. But it goes on to say in the 40th verse, “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” This shows farming. There is going to be a farmer that goes. “Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Look at what he is looking at. He is looking at this endtime when there are women factory workers. That is the job they have in this endtime in order to survive. It is not grinding like they used to but it is factory work. He said two, so there is more than one grinding. One is a believer and another is an unbeliever that is working with them. When Bro. William Branham spoke on this, some people had done give up their jobs. They said that they were not going to work anymore because they had enough to last until the Lord came. Then Bro. William Branham said, “if you are digging tatters, keep digging tatters.” He meant potatoes, of course. Busying ourselves with things that is going to keep our mind off of things of the world, it shows that there is a people that are going to be busy, they are not just going to be sitting around, waiting. They are going to be busying themselves about something. He is making it definite how it will happen. You can see how it will be: one taken and the other left. It is as the lightning. What does Paul say? “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed.” Whenever he said it that way, he is saying it is like the lightning. Somebody said, “I want to know how I am being changed.” I just want to be changed. It is only going to take an instant. You are not going to know it even what is going on. It just happens and you are changed. This body will not even realize what has happened, it will be so quick. We will not be thinking about it. We are just going to be living right, according to the word of God, that we may receive that change.

 

Wise and Foolish Virgins

 

Matthew 25:1. “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.” That is showing that those who go to the wedding supper is going to be a group of people. He expresses it as ten, five will be foolish and five will be wise. So it is a group. It is going to happen the world over wherever believers are. I mean those that believe this word that we have heard for a number of years now. It started out with a prophet. But it did not end there. If you were living in that time and the Lord took you home, you are just required for what you had then. You were only responsible to the degree of revelation and understanding God had brought to light at that time. Our revelation has grown. When Bro. Jackson went to explain the Godhead, we were more able to understand it. Then we became responsible for that. The explanation was that Jesus is not God. Jesus said I and my Father are one. That takes it to Matthew 1:23. “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.” Now God was with us in Jesus. God is with us today in His word. The word is Christ, the hope of glory. So people have interpreted that as Jesus was God. He was not God, He was the Son of God. He said, I and my father are one. In John 17 he goes ahead to say, “that they may be one as we are one.” What is He saying there? He is saying that the church may be in one accord, one body, one spirit, one Lord, and one God. That is what it says in the 1st Corinthians 12 and in Ephesians 4. One Lord, one Spirit, one God and Father of us all. So if it says one Lord and one God, it is still the same thing. “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.” Then. I remember Bro. Jackson going over this and he went over the thens that are in here. Then talks about a certain time. We are in Then. We are in the end of Then. “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.” See? This would have happened years ago in the early 1960’s. This began to happen in 1963 when the seals were preached. This is when the foolish virgins separated. They did not receive the message, “come out of her my people.” They heard it but they did not get it.

There are people today who think you can associate with anything. That is not so according to the truth we have heard. Do not fool with the worldly things. Do not connect yourself with it. People sometimes are so family oriented to where they just cannot let go. It has been hard on some here. But God is the chooser. It is not our choice. We cannot take one person out and cannot put one person in. When I was thinking about this, I was thinking about Saul, whenever he brought forth Agag, what was he going to do with him? He was commanded to even kill the cattle. But Samuel, when he hears it, Saul said, I have obeyed the Lord. What is this lowing of the cattle I hear in my ears? This thing is getting close, getting close to the flesh. Saul thought he would pull one over. He was not expecting Samuel to say what he did. Saul had to come up with an excuse. “Oh, I will make a sacrifice for the Lord out of cattle.” Unclean cattle. This goes a lot further than what we think it does. What did Paul say? Touch not the unclean thing. We could go deeper in this, but I think you understand. In this endtime, our lives are more than just living in the flesh. There is that spirit life that does not connect with the world. It do not connect. Saul, the last thing he does is to say, “Pray for me.” Samuel prayed and left. What does it say? He never sees him anymore. He is never connected to him anymore. He is dismissed. This is past. He goes off and cries. He cries all night. But he never sees him again.

Five of them were wise and five were foolish. He did not stop there. “They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them.” No oil, just lamps. They had oil in them at one time because it said they had gone out. They had to have had some. “But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” A supply. They took that revelation with them. That oil, revelation, that spirit filled revelation, they took it with them, they did not lay it down. They did not turn it aside. They did not spill it. “While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.” Some slumbered, some slept, some died, that is what he is talking about. Because they were waiting, the slumber was a time of” waiting. They had the oil, but they were waiting for something. They were waiting for a voice. They were waiting for a cry. They were waiting for that prophetic message, that eagle of the endtime. “And at midnight there was a cry made, (What did the cry do? It said, “Come out of her my people, that ye be not partaker of her sins.” Come out of that Baptist church, that Methodist church, that Catholic system, that old pope. The pope said that Jesus and His parents were homeless people. But he went further. He said they were like Muslim Jihadists. What I will say about the pope is this: you are a slow belly. That is a scriptural name for what? Serpent seed. You are a devil, dressed up in something that you will wish you had never worn. Do you know what a slow belly is? It is the same thing that happened to the serpent whenever his arms and legs left him, he crawled away. They are making him to look like something. The Catholic Church has built a great observatory out in Graham Mountain in Arizona. They are looking for aliens. It is not aliens they will find, but devils. They named the observatory Lucifer. Come out of her my people, he said.) Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” Did he say, come in to meet him? No, go out to meet him. He is not in these churches. You have to go out. Whenever you go out, you come to Revelation 3:19.  “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” We go through things, terrible things sometimes. Sometimes it is things to shape us. We have a lot of plans. I have plans. You have plans. But sometimes our plans are halted for a reason. Why? We are not our own boss. We have to give way because there is a boss higher than us. He is the one that runs the ship. He is the chief engineer. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: (See? He is standing there. He was standing at that Methodist door. He was standing at that Baptist door, that Catholic door, that Pentecostal door, that UPC door, every one of these church doors, because they shut him out. Whenever it all comes to a climax, they will be with that Catholic system that will kill people. There are countries today where the Catholics work with the Communists to kill people. What the Muslim’s are doing today, the Catholic church once did the same. What did it say, “Behold I cast her children in a bed, and they that commit fornication with this Jezebel. I gave her space to repent.” He is talking about that Catholic system. “I gave her space.” He did. Then the Methodists and the Lutherans and others, they heard a message that pulled them away from that system, Luther’s message pulled them away. Wesley did too. But what did they do? They did not follow on. If they had, they would have got rid of that trinity doctrine. It was not Luther’s fault. It was not Wesley’s fault. They were just responsible for their time that they were in. People came out of those systems then and became a part of the Bride of Christ, as you will see one day. God, if we can look at it in the right way, God has got the cream of the crop here at the endtime, the icing on the cake. That is what we are. Why? We have a full truth to stand on because we are learning. What did He say? Come and learn of me, I am meek and lowly. Behold, I stand at the door and knock…) if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” It is an individual walk in this hour, but we are joined together. “To him that overcometh (Overcome what? When they hear the knock, when they hear the voice. He wants fellowship. This is what it tells me. He wants fellowship. He wants fellowship when we are at home. He wants us to feel Him. They say, well it is not all in feeling. Feeling goes a long way sometimes whenever you are down, and you need lifting up. It is good to feel him. As a sister came in the door of the church, she said, “I am just so happy to be here.” She said it to me two or three times. “I am just so glad, I feel so good this morning, so glad to be here.” Here is your promise, to him that overcometh…) will I grant to sit with me in my throne, (He is talking about His throne which is worldwide. If His throne would be in Jerusalem, His Spirit goes to the rest of the world, to where we feel the same thing and we are anointed by the same Spirit that He is, and we have the same knowledge. He has said, “Open the door, let us sup together.”) even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” What does the Father do? He delegates his authority to his son. What does his son do? He delegates the authority unto the body of Christ. That is why it says, “Christ in you.” It is the anointing in you. Christ in you, the hope of glory. What God was, He has put in Christ, and what Christ was, He has put in the church. We are all one in the name of Jesus Christ. That is why we are baptized in His name, so that we may have fellowship with Him, because we have become a part of Him. As Paul said, “We are bone of His bone, and flesh of His flesh,” when he talked about the wedding supper in Ephesians 5. Let me read this again, “To him that overcometh will I grant sit with me in my throne, (See? The throne is His in the Millennium, the Father has entrusted Him with that. You find that in 1st Corinthians, 15th chapter.) even as I also overcame, (He is telling us here “As I overcame, you can overcome, that we may be able to sit together in the throne of God with Christ.” That is what He is saying. Sit with me in my throne, as I overcame…) and am set down with my Father in his throne.” It is all one big happy family, the family of God. I love this family of God. Then He said, “He that hath an ear, (Do you have ears? Can you hear God speak to you. He says, come up a little higher. Move up a little more.) let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” That is why we come to church, to hear from him. He said, learn of me. That is why we gather, that is why saints listen online, that is why The Contender is read: to learn of Him. If you can understand these things, it will give you joy.

Jewish Wedding

 

John 14:1. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” That is Jesus speaking. “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” The preparation was done on the cross. He has not been up there laying down golden streets, we are the ones doing that. What is Revelation 21 talking about? It is talking about the Bride of Christ. Do you believe that? Do you believe we are making up that street, that golden street that is transparent like glass. Gold there is a different color. “In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you.” In the 3rd chapter of Revelation, what did he say? “Sup with me.” That is the building process, it is a good process when we sup with him. What are you doing? You are enjoying your salvation. Whenever you are supping with Him, it takes all the sarcasm away, all the ill feelings, all the mully-grubs. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” What He is talking about is a wedding. Jonathan Cahn was talking about a Jewish wedding. I had heard this years ago, but not all the details as he gave them. A young Jewish man, he does not even make the choice who he is marrying. His father does. That is just like God. Then that young Jewish man makes a choice. He sends out an invitation for the girl to be betrothed to him. She has to accept it. She has to accept the invitation. He sends out the wedding invitation. Many are called, but few are chosen. He sends out this invitation and if she accepts, they drink a glass of wine. Then he does not see her any more for a year. He contacts her and communicates with her, but he does not see her. What is he doing? He is building a place for them to live in. Did you know a young Jewish man, if he gets married and is in the army, there is a whole year that he is let out of that army? One whole year. You see, this is still honored in Israel today. What happens while he is building their home? She is getting herself ready. He sends her gifts. I am describing a Jewish wedding and courtship. That is what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 25. She takes these gifts, this is a part of her acceptance. Then she waits. She knows it is going to be a year because he has gone to prepare a place. He said, I will come and get you in a year. This is a Jewish custom. At the end of that year, she sees the lights coming, she hears the wedding procession. She puts her lamp in the window. She trims her lamp and puts it in the window because she is saying, “I have accepted.” She hears him coming down the street. As she does, what does she do? She arises, makes sure her garments are ready. This is the greatest day she has ever had on earth. She has changed her clothing. Finally, he arrives. She does not know what day or what hour he would arrive, but she just kept listening for the coming. When that year is up, she does not know exactly which day, it may be a day or two different, but she is ready. She is ready!!! When he arrives, she goes out to meet him. She gets in the carriage with him. They go on a honeymoon for seven days. Seven days. This is a Jewish wedding. Then they come back. That is the wedding vow of a Jewish wedding, which Jesus is talking about here. “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”

Go back to Matthew 25:6. “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” This was the message. This was 1963. What happened then? The door of the churches are closed to Christ. He stands at the door and knocks then for that individual. It is an individual now. He that sups with me, I will sup with him. “Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.” That is when those foolish virgins realized that something was wrong, something was missing, we must do something about this. This happened in 1963 into 1964. The Catholic church in South Bend, in Canada, in their schools, and in their colleges, they began to speak in tongues. Nuns began to speak in tongues. Then foolish virgins went out to those denominations and began to hunt for oil there, because it appeared the spirit was moving in those places. I wonder why it did not last? Because there was no repentance, there was no getting away from that thing. They held on and you cannot hold on to the past and expect anything for the future. These things have already happened and what is next? The door is going to be closed. Get in little children, come on. The pool can be filled. Come on little children, get on board. “But the wise answered, saying, Not so; (Back in 2008 those that left did not walk away from me, they walked away from truth. Why? The answer may make some mad. The truth was not in you. You had your eyes on a man just like in the 1960’s. They had their eyes on a man. I remember being in a place eating with Bro. Jackson. This was in 1983, and some of the people from the Tabernacle came up and met us. They began to say, “Bro. Branham is coming back, he is coming back.” Bro. Jackson said, “1977 is already past.” They replied, “according to us it is not passed.” It was 1983 and they were still looking for 1977 and most of them are dead now. I may be judging, but the rest of them are spiritually dead. You have no life in you, you are just walking skeletons because you are empty. You entrails are gone, the inside that would cry out for help is already missing. The wise answered, saying, not so. The Bible says not to have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Do you understand what I mean?) lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.” Before the Bride leaves here, the door will be shut. It will be. Could it be that it is closing now? Someone had a dream and gave it to me, that it was ready to close. After it closed, it opened again and all that came out of it was caskets. Because that was all that was left. We are in the endtime this morning. They that were ready went in with him to the marriage and the door was shut. Jesus is saying something here, it is not a pleasant thing. It is not a pleasant thing to see family members and people that used to be your friends walk away from truth. One day the door will be shut and no more will be able to enter. 

I had already gone over Zephaniah 2:1-2, Isaiah 24, Isaiah 4, and many more places in Isaiah, but I want to go continue looking at those scriptures. Much of Isaiah’s writing is on the endtime and the Millennium. So, for the rest of this series of message we are going to go continue to look at the rapture, and then beyond that. I know I have already ready preached many messages under this title, but we can just keep going in this because there is so much in it. Where do you stop in the word of God? There is enough there to keep us until the end, and then beyond. I went into Revelation 4 in the last message. The 4th chapter is really pertaining to the Bride of Christ as John is taken away and he is carried up.  First he is shown the church ages, then he is caught up. When he sees the four beasts, then those twenty-four elders, he was one of them. Maybe he did not recognize himself, being an old man like that, because he would have seen a younger man. Because he started out very young with Christ and was ninety years old or more at the time he wrote the Book of Revelation. So, he had a good long life. He had a lot of persecutions. He was boiled in hot oil, yet he survived that. Because God had another message for him, which was the book of Revelation. You had different ones that followed John: Polycarp and others. But the message began to wane. It began to go into a political sphere. That did not come from John. I would have to say in this hour, woe be unto the people that would not follow the teachings of what we have heard, coming from a prophet, and an apostle. But you begin to see that they will go astray as you go on into Matthew 24. The Lord does not speak well of those who go astray at the end.

The Evil Servant Shall Say: My Lord Delayeth His Coming

Matthew 24:40, “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Then he tells you to watch. “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” That is a warning there. If he had known, but he did not know. We do know, we are children of light. We are not the children of darkness. Then He goes ahead to say, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?” Which connects back to the 28th verse. That is what it is, meat in due season. “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.” In other words, in the Millennium, he is going to be ruler over all His goods. It is going to be delegated authority by Jesus Christ. The Bride of Jesus Christ is going to know what to do in that Millennium time. They are going to know exactly what to do because they have their instructions already. Part of it we are learning now. And then the marriage supper is going to give further insight into what is expected. It is not that Jesus Christ is going to be some kind of overbearing ruler, but He is going to be an instructor. When He instructs, when he delegates responsibilities to his Bride, He will not have to be an overseer of it. That is why He said this, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if (IF) that evil servant shall say in his heart, (He does not have to speak it openly.) My lord delayeth his coming. (That is the same thing it says in 2nd Peter 3:1-8. That is all he has to do. Then what does it say.) And shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, (Is he just going down the aisle, smiting people? No. He is going to smite them with words. They are going to talk against truth. We have more than you have. We have more preachers than you have. They did at one time, now they cannot get along.) and to eat and drink with the drunken; (They begin to mingle with the world. That is what it is whenever they begin to pull away. They dress wrong. They look like everything but a Christian. Some of them that have left us have even joined up with the Amish. These verses are being fulfilled by those who have left truth.) The lord of that servant (See? At one time he was serving the Lord, to a certain extent. There was always something in the back of his mind. I am talking about a servant. There was always something in the back of his mind that he wanted more. “They do not give me the attention that they should. I am not as popular as I should be, they do not brag on me enough.” The lord of that servant…) shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, (See? He has already said he has delayed his coming, so he is not looking for him. Shall come in a day when he is not looking for him,) and in an hour that he is not aware of.” What is it that the Bible says? We are children of light, we are children of the day, and that coming will not catch us unaware. We are not in the same category as these wicked servants. “And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” That is not funny. That will not be a fun day. That is not a fun hour.

The Millennium Begins during the Third Day

Read more in the August 2010 edition of The Contender: The Third Day

I will go back to Hosea. Who is God talking to here? He is not talking to the Bride. He is talking to Israel. 5th chapter, 14th verse. “For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.” There has been about two thousand years of time that passed. Up until 1948. That was the beginning of Israel becoming a nation. Since that time, everything that goes wrong in the Middle East has been blamed on them. They are blamed today because they are not seeking peace with the Arabs, but they have. You cannot have peace with that Muslim religion. There is no way you can have peace with them unless you are one of them; it does not work. It is like water and oil, they just do not mix. “I will go and return to my place”, in other words, he is withdrawing His spirit away from them and back unto His domain. But in that time that he has been withdrawn from them, He has been dealing with a Bride people for two thousand years. Why did that happen? What does it say in Matthew 22? He makes a wedding for His Son, but none of the guests would come. Go into the highways and hedges, and compel guests to come in. In other words, the Holy Spirit has grabbed people’s hearts. He brought in a Gentile people to fill the seats. “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.” It has not really happened yet. They are there in the land, but their revival has not come because it was not time. Everything is timed out by God. In their affliction they will seek me early. “Come and let us return unto the Lord: (This is Israel talking.) for he hath torn, (That is what He said He would do. To Ephraim, He was a lion. To Judah he was a young lion. Even I will tear and go away. Come and let us return unto the Lord, for he hath torn: it is looking now to the revival. Because it is them saying, “he hath torn.” He said, “I will tear and go away.” But there they are looking at their circumstance, for he hath torn…) and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.” That is all their revival. As you look into the 14th chapter of Zechariah, you will see how Israel goes and they begin to mourn for Him. “After two days will he revive us; (Right there, two days, count it out, two days. We are living in the after. What are you going to do? Keep stretching it? To a lot of people, it is just like a rubber band. If you stretch this out until the time come for seventieth week of Daniel, you have gone too far. After two days, he will revive us. They will have their revival. Those two prophets, some of them call them teachers. They are not teachers, they are prophets. They are going to go back to this part of scripture, just like they will to the last part of Ezekiel. They will be men that will know what the temple is to look like. As I have said before, that place is going to be leveled off. After two days he will revive us…) in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.” Then it will be Millennium, when they live in his sight. They are in that third day now, but they do not know it. The third day began about twelve years ago. I hope you understand that.

Let’s go to Isaiah 24:22-23. “And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days (This thing that happened to the Jewish people was like a prison house. They were made to live under other gods, other nations. The other day I seen in Denmark they are going to stop anybody under eighteen years from being circumcised.[1] They are closing in a little all the time on the Jewish people. This is one of the things that Jews do from Abraham. This is one of the things they feel they have to do as children of Abraham. After many days…) shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, (It is the same thing you read in Matthew 24. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light. Whenever those four different times of the blood moons come, the critics said, “See there, nothing happened.” That was not this scripture, but another. What does this scripture say? What does Matthew 24 say? It says they refuse to shine. If they refuse to shine, you will not see a blood moon. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed…) when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, (when He comes back) and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously. Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” 

God Overshadows Israel in the Millennium 

Isaiah 4:1. Those that left us say I was all wrong about this. “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.” See? Polygamy happens one more time, but it is not just somebody living together. There is a marriage that takes place. There has to be marriage to take on somebody’s name. This will not last all through the Millennium, but it will be in the start, and mostly in the Middle East is where it will be necessary. They are saying, “We will do our own job, we will  earn our own living, only let us be married to take away our reproach. Why? Because of repopulation. What does the second verse say? In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, (What day is that? The Millennium. The Bride of Jesus Christ will be ruling and reigning in this part. In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious. It says the same thing: in that day.) and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem.” In that day. He is talking about the same day as he goes on. “When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.” When He shall have gotten rid of wickedness of the tribulation period through burning and judgement. “And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle (there shall be a temple, as we have gone over) for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, (That is God’s overshadowing. What did He just say? I have something I will show you later on. There shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat. What is He talking about in the 5th verse? The Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night, for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat…) and for a place of refuge, and for a cover from storm and from rain.” In other words, God will be Israel’s protector. That is what He is saying. From the storm and from the rain. Can you see the 4th chapter a little better and a little plainer? It is all in that day. It is not now. Where is that woman out there in the world today that wants to do this? In that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying we will eat our own bread and wear our own apparel, only let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach. This cannot be today. They feel no reproach today. There is only one people that do not want to be a reproach today, and that is the true believer. Even the church world does not care. Women preachers out there in their tight pants and low cut dresses, men who are so evil, preaching. I saw one the other day, preaching, he had on tight pants, he did not have any socks on. They were short pants. I think women used to call them pedal pushers. It just irks you. Their short sleeves are short and arms with tattoos, muscular. If that is all that God has got, which it is not, I would not want it. If that is the church of the living God, I do not want it.

Isaiah 35:1, “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” That is because of God’s canopy. All they need is water. What do you think is going to help that desert bloom? Ezekiel 47 has the answer: whenever that earthquake comes and opens up the Mount of Olives, then the river will flow both ways from sea to sea, with pure water. Clean water to water the desert. Somewhere under Jerusalem today there is a well of water waiting for God to remove its cork. “It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.” In other words, they are going to respond to the blessings of God. “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.” That is talking to Israel there. Paul is talking to the church the same words, the same words to the church because the blessings on Israel are natural. The blessings on the church are spiritual. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. It comes from within, the blessing. “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.” When they go into the Millennium, the people that have problems will be healed. This is mainly talking of Israel here, but it is going to reach out into the other nations as well, because the blessings of God cannot be harbored in one little place. Israel is not big enough. But from Israel it will spring forth, from Zion. “Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, (There is going to be some healings take place among the ones that are left, especially among the Jews.) and the tongue of the dumb sing: (They have their voice back.) for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.” What did Abraham do when he ran out of water? He dug a well. The water is already there. It will spring forth out of the ground and they will know how to harbor it. They already know. Seventy percent of Israel’s water that is used is regathered and put into big pools. They irrigate with it. “And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, (This is a spiritual walk, a highway shall be there.) and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” That is talking about that day when the Lord is bringing everything back. The foolish man, the one who has not known too much, will be healed. The tongues that have never talked shall speak. The eyes that have never seen shall be healed. The ears shall be unstopped. It just makes us glad to think about it. What about the Bride? She is going to be over it all. She is going to see it all. She is going to see those miracles because she is going to be a part of it. She is not going to need the miracles for herself, but she is going to a part of it because she is going to be over this world, over this land. Delegated out by Jesus Christ.  “No lion shall be there, (That is talking about in the highway.) nor any ravenous beast shall go thereof, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there.” The redeemed of Israel. It has been preached for years and years that this is something that is happening now, but it will not happen now. It will happen in the Millennium. “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs (That Jewish nation shall return to Zion with songs.) and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” This will last right on through the Millennium into the Eternal Age, nonstop. In the Eternal Age, everyone will have eternal life. There will be no more growing old.

Isaiah

Cloud of dust and rain ‘act of G-d’ to save Israel from ISIS

Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/12/16 09:07

According to the Mirror, A huge storm which stopped on the border between Syria and Israel was “unable” to enter Israel’s Golan Heights region. The storm was allegedly “sent by G-d” to protect Israel from ISIS.

It is believed that the storm occurred last Thursday, December 1, at around 8am.

Israel News Online wrote on Facebook, “A weather phenomenon occurred at 8am Thursday on the other side of the Syrian border, in the same place where ISIS attacked Israel.

“This strange storm of what appears to be dust, cloud and rain did NOT cross the border fence into Israel. It sat like a barrier between ISIS and Israel.”

One Facebook user replied: Absolutely the divine intervention of God protecting Israel. Amen!”

Other more cynical viewers disagreed, adding: “Actually, sorry to be boring, but it’s simply a weather phenomenon.”

But Israel News Online hit back almost immediately, writing: “Yes it is of course. Now do we ask who controls the weather? Whatever the cause it sat between ISIS and Israel and did not enter Israel.”

Bro. Allen shared this news story and video with the church after preaching this message.

Let us go to Isaiah 40. “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” God has put upon Israel double their sins. It would be like getting down to pray and never getting an answer, never have a problem solved. It is like going through a holocaust without an answer. You see in Revelation 6, the fifth seal, they begin to cry, how long O Lord dost thou not avenge our blood upon those that have afflicted us. They do not yet have white robes when this is spoken, but they do now. White robes were given to every one of them. God eased their burden. All that they had gone through, through the ages of time, God answered. “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, (which is John) Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 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: 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. The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people are grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” All the kingdoms of the earth pass away. The only kingdom that has been snuffed out and has been revived has been Israel.

Go to Isaiah 66. “O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!” Obama, and other men, have tried to force a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. It is not going to work. The village of Amona, they are talking of uprooting them, even Netanyahu is, because it is in the west bank.[2] The U.N. says they cannot build there anymore. “Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” This goes with Isaiah 49 where it said that kings and queens will carry them in their arms. “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?” Who has? Who has taught him? “With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.”

New Heavens & New Earth

I want to go to Isaiah 65:17. “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: (That will be a process. It will not take place in one day, it will be a process. The Millennium is a process. It will be a progressive thing. We know at the start of the Millennium, this will not instantly be fulfilled, because the Bible speaks in Isaiah chapters 13 and 24 about what the start of the Millennium will be like. After Armageddon there will be few men left. The world is going to be sparsely populated whenever the Millennium begins. But God is beginning the process of bringing the world back at that time. Behold I create a new heaven and a new earth. Whenever I was in the Methodist church, back in that time, they thought God was just going to get rid of this earth and the heavens, and he would start all over with something else. No. He is going to renew it. At one time it was destroyed by flood, but even before that there was an Ice Age that destroyed it. But God brought it back in time, and after He rested on the seventh day, He looked at everything and said, “It is good.” At that time it was good. Then God created man and woman and put them upon the earth. They were unaware that they were even naked. In that knowledge, they were like the animals of the field, because they did not look at each other in a lustful way, like it is today. But they looked at each other as just human beings, with no guilt. There was no guilt in Adam and Eve until sin came. Then when sin came, that brought the guilt. Because God created in man a knowledge. Then He put in him a knowledge of good and evil after they sinned. That is the reason why Adam and Eve recognized they were naked and they hid before God. Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth…) and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” See? That goes all the way into the Eternal Age. There is still a remembrance of things during the Millennium. There is animal sacrifice, and it is all in remembrance that man was fallen. But when you come to the Eternal Age, man’s mind is changed. The Bride of Christ will be changed. You will not look at things like you do now. You will still recognize one another, but you have done passed from death unto life. This body is alive with the spirit that is in you. The Bride is all changed whenever the rapture happens. But then you have a world full of natural people going into the Millennium, who were not changed into glorified bodies. Then as you go along in the Millennium, then things begin to happen, and begin to happen. When you get closer to the end of the Millennium, then you have that last rebellion against God, Gog and Magog rise up and come up against Jerusalem, but God puts a quick stop to it and destroys them all. After that, it is time for the final judgement. He raises everybody from the dead that has ever lived. Then it is time for second death, which the wicked will go into. When they go into that second death, then you come to Revelation 21. In the first part of it, it talks about all the wicked being taken out of the world, that man once was in, then you at last have a perfect world, a new heaven and a new earth. The former things are passed away, behold I make all things new. He said “Behold I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” That is talking of everybody. They will not even come into mind, they are erased. It is God’s ability to be able to erase it. Even the Bride, when she is taken away from here, the former things are passed away. It is erased. You do not go to heaven with a bunch of sad things on your mind. Jesus said, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, I will give you rest.” But this is a different rest. “But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for; behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” That takes you all the way into the Eternal Age, because there will be weeping in the Millennium. A man and woman that has an unruly child, God gives the child a hundred years to grow up and be a righteous person. After that hundred years, if they have not learned their lesson, it says the child shall die at a hundred years. If they have not learned their lesson, then the mother and father are brought before a Supreme Court and the mom and dad has to take the child and thrust him through. We see that in Zechariah 13:3.  Do you think they will be crying when they do that? Do you think they have no feeling? But when you come to the Eternal Age, there will be no more death. I will read that 19th verse again. “And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.” This is the same thing, both of them a hundred years, the same thing. “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat; for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord; and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” See? It is not going to be a prayer line. Before they even speak it, I will hear. “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together; and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat.” That is going into the Eternal Age. God did not lose the serpent. The serpent in the garden was changed. But God does not lose anything. The devil cannot defeat God. The mind of God is greater than the devil. It talks about that in the Bible, that the devil meant to do evil, but God turned it into good. All things work together for good to them that love the Lord, to them that are called according to His purpose. If we look at it right, it will all work to our good, our benefit. Dust shall be the serpent’s meat. He will still be there. He will still be there when the Eternal Age comes, but he will still be eating bugs. “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.” His holy mountain, to the Jews, is Jerusalem, but “in all His holy mountain,” what is that? The Bride of Jesus Christ. That is what John sees coming down. He sees things that look like beautiful mansions. Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you.” The mansions are people. What does the Bible say? You are the temple of the Holy Ghost. God lives in many mansions, and we are the mansions he lives in.

Missionaries of God

Let’s go on into Isaiah 66:19. “And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.” This is talking about people that have not seen His glory, that have not heard of His glory. He is going to send them as missionaries. This will happen during the Millennium, not now. It will done be done by Jim Baker’s program, or John Hagee. Those people are so blind, there are no glasses that will help them see. They just do not have it. They have lost it. What they had, they have lost. What they once saw, they have lost. Television ministry has just become programs for money, for gathering in whatever they can to build a great name for themselves. “And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the Lord. For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: (This is the Millennium. The dead bodies of the wicked will lay out there and they will stink. Their skin worms will eat them, along with the ravenous beasts and birds. So, as we look here, you know the Bible, from one place to the other, does not lose its connection. Most of the scriptures I will use in the remainder of this message are from what man calls “the minor prophets”. But whenever I look at it, they are not minor. They have major understanding. They just did not prophesy very long. But most of them that I have here would be in the time of Kingdom of Judah.  They shall go forth and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me…) for their worm shall not die, (In other words, they are dead as far as the body is concerned, but in hell, the rich man lifted up his eyes, being in torment. That worm is remorse. Just to think about it, laying there in darkness, with the flesh rotting off their bodies. Then that remorse, that worm, as it says here: their worm shall not die. That is sorrow in their conscience. See? They have two deaths to die. The wicked are still alive hell in right now.) neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.” That makes us want to live right, because no one wants to go there. We want to see what is on the other side.

Now we will go to Genesis 8:20. “And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.” This is after the flood is over with. He did not wait a long time after getting off the ark to offer this sacrifice because he knew that God had preserved that seventh clean animal for some reason. God loves numbers, if they are the right numbers. “And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; (See? He takes the curse off the ground. It is coming back today from north to south, from east to west.) for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. (This is a promise of God.) But while the earth remaineth, (That goes on into the Eternal Age because the earth is going to still be here.) seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” That goes all the way into the Eternal Age. You may say “Well, I read over there in 21st chapter of Revelation where there will be no night.” That verse is talking about Bride people. That is what the whole story is about, it is about the Bride. You will not need a flashlight. You will not need sleep. The things of this natural world will no longer affect you in that way.

The Millennial Kingdom

Let’s go to Micah 4:1 now. “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.” It will be established, it will be built. You see the temple in Revelation 11. It is going to be built. “And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go unto the mountain of the Lord, (This is in time of Christ’s kingdom, which is the Millennium. Remember, we have two kingdoms, Christ’s kingdom and God’s kingdom after that. God’s kingdom will be the Eternal Age.) and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” This is the Millennium. This is to the natural people of the earth who live in the Millennium. “And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; (This is to the natural people, not to the glorified people. This is something personal God offers to each one.) and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.” This is all going to be cut out as far as gods are concerned, they will be cut out. “In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; (talking of the Jews) And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.” See? He is talking about the kingdom.  It Is a future kingdom, in the Millennium.

I want to go to Matthew 6:8 next. “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. (Now listen to this prayer.) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (They have sung that song, they have prayed that prayer without even knowing what they were talking about. It has become a standby, something easy, without knowing what they are talking about.) Thy kingdom come. (He is talking about the Eternal Age there. Jesus is praying to the Father, listen to what He says.) Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (This will never be until the Eternal Age. I have not spoken to much on the Eternal Age yet, but we will see some scriptures on that now. Then He goes ahead and tells them how to give thanks.) Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (He is talking forgiving people when they do us wrong.) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Jesus did not just pitch out words there. The disciples did not understand what He was saying, neither did I until I got into looking at this because the key is, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. It cannot be that way until after the rebellion of wicked mankind. Gog and Magog will come against Jerusalem one more time, that old atheistic spirit, at the end of the Millennium. God will defeat it without firing a shot. Man will have done beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. There will be no atomic weapons, they were destroyed. God knows what to do with them. He will bury those things because they will not be needed. God will just send fire down from heaven, like a bolt of lightning, and destroy those who come up against Jerusalem.

A New Creature

I have another scripture now, 2nd Corinthians 5:17. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” See? He is talking about the inward man. We still have the body, the body that has committed sin. We still have that, but the spirit is renewed, day by day. “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, (See? It is all reconciling us to God by Jesus Christ.) and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, (or witness) that God was in Christ, (He did not just stop there. This should say something to somebody, but it looks like it did not to a lot of people. God was in Christ…) reconciling the world unto himself, (which will be completed when the Eternal Age begins. It is to bring back. It reconciles it. It bring it back into a perfect state like it would have been in the Garden of Eden if sin had never entered. God is going to do away with sin. The very thought of sin will be removed. There will be no more sinful thoughts because the devil is gone. He is not just tied down in the Eternal Age: he is gone.) not imputing their trespasses unto them; (not remembering them. He will not remember what you did when you were a sinner. But God in Christ has reconciled us unto God. Here to witness that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself. Not imputing their trespasses unto them…) and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: (God worked through Christ, through His death, burial, and resurrection, to bring us back in our minds, in our hearts, in our spirits, unto himself. Man has a spirit, but then God’s spirit comes in and the spirit of man is subject unto God by Jesus Christ. Now we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: it is the same thing. It is the same word. The anointed word is the same as if God were here speaking. You go all the way to the top, you do not bypass Jesus Christ, but you go through Him unto the Father, because He hears your petition. Jesus is our Mediator, He mediates. He is our lawyer. He is our doctor.) we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, (Who made him to be sin for us? God did. Jesus left himself out of the matter. He just followed and obeyed. He followed Him into death. Then on the cross He cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” But in another place, He said, “For this cause was I brought into the world.” The only cause was to reconcile man back to God. It took a perfect sacrifice, not a wimpy little man. No, He took the cross like a man, went before the judges and all them at that time as though He were a lamb, headed for slaughter. They put a lamb upon the altar and that priest has to slay that lamb. There he waits until he bleeds out. I remember an article a few years ago. Someone claimed they found Jesus’ blood in a crevice where it ran down from the cross, and the blood was still liquefied. People look for that kind of thing. There were some that were still with us at that time: you were fooled. You thought it was real. That is idiotic. Jesus rose, what did He do? He took the blood to the Father. He became sin, who knew no sin. He became sin for us.) that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” In Christ. In Him.

Micah Speaks of the Millennium

Let’s go back to Micah 5:7. “And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds: And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: (Talking of the Millennium.) Thy graven images also will I cutoff, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” He is getting ready to do just that. It is later than what we think.

One more place I will go to. Micah 7:18-20. “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our father from the days of old.” Then you are in the Millennium. He is going to put all that behind him. They have the temple to build. Could that happen in the next year? We have to be ready. Are you ready? We have to be waiting because He said, “When you see all these things begin to come to pass, then lift up your heads, your redemption is drawing near.” What we are seeing in this time could very well be the beginning of it all. There is great turmoil in the Middle East. There are many preachers who preach about the endtime, but they do not know where to place it. They do not know what is coming. They are looking for a revival, a great revival such as never has been. The revival is over, and the door is closing. They missed it. They rejected it. Somebody is going to be left outside and they will not even know it. The Bride will leave, and they will go on. They will go on as before. We are not just speaking words. This is God’s word. We thank Him for it.

… continued in the next edition.

[1] https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Denmark-considering-ban-on-circumcision-Will-the-Jews-stay-560088

[2] Amona was razed in early 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/31/israel-west-bank-settlement-homes

2018-10-REVELATION-10-No.9

Revelation 10, Part 8: The Millennium and Beyond – 2018, August


Introduction

Rev. James C. Allen

In the last edition, Bro. Allen was reading from Ezekiel chapter 47 and speaking about the living water which will flow from beneath the temple during the Millennium. We are picking up where he left off.

 

Living Water From the Temple

 

I want to show you this picture of the temple again. Now the water will come out of the temple area, by the side of the eastern door. Then it goes out and will flow down into the Kidron Valley. After you leave the temple area, there will be a cavern in there. The water will flow into that cavern, which it is very shallow at first, but it is a big stream. It will be very swift. Then it will go down into the valley, it mentions a thousand cubits, which will be fifteen hundred feet. Then it is getting deeper the further you get from the temple, because it is going through a valley. There is no valley there now. The Mount of Olives is in the way, but there is going to be an earthquake as I showed you before. As we read from Zechariah 14:5, it say the Lord himself will stand upon the Mount of Olives. That is the same place He left from. When he comes back His saints will be standing with Him. So, the Bride of Jesus Christ is going to be there to see what is taking place at that time. It is in that time when the mountain will have split in two, making the valley. That will take place to allow the water through. The water will get deeper and deeper until it gets to the Dead Sea. Then a second stream is going to the great sea, which is the Mediterranean. It is going to be a gusher. That is what it is going to be. Somewhere underneath Jerusalem today, the water is already there. There just has to be an outlet for it to come out. That outlet will let it come out and go through the valley that earthquake will make, which will be in a small way like the Grand Canyon. This is what it is going to be like. It looks impossible now, but with God all things are possible. As I said before, there will be trees on each side of the river all the way up to Jerusalem. It goes back to the brink of it, which would be the beginning. I wanted to say these things before I went on any further.

I have a picture here of the temple area that I want to use. The area around the temple is kind of small compared to what it will be like in the Millennium. Because they have made this model according to their understanding of the temple in Herod’s time. They cannot imagine what it is going to be in the Millennium. They cannot imagine the circumference of it. So as we look at it, back here you have the Holy of Holies. Then you come on through here into the eastern gate. Then whenever the earthquake comes, it is not going to bother this. The earthquake will affect underneath this to bring the water out. Because it is under God’s control. How can He do that? How can he make a great earthquake, but leave this building standing? It is Him. The One that created the heavens and the earth. He knows what He is doing to be able to bring that out. He is going to bring the water out from here (pointing beneath the temple), it is going to come out flowing towards the east, and then it is going to change direction. The Mediterranean and the Dead Sea are fifty-three miles (85 kilometers) apart. From Jerusalem to the Dead Sea is twenty miles (33 kilometers). That is quite a long space. It calls it a river. They say in America in order to have a river, it has to be a hundred miles long. But God can make it anything He wants, because it is really going to be longer than that. Inside that river, as it comes out of the temple there will be a split. As it splits, half will go to the Dead Sea and the other half to the Mediterranean. God has it all figured out. He knows what He is doing.

Model of the second temple in the time of Herod. Click to enlarge

I have seen other people make pictures of the Holy of Holies, and in their picture they still have the ark of the covenant in there. The ark is not mentioned in Ezekiel anywhere. Because it is not needed. The sacrifice was already made and what will be done in this temple in the Millennium is to serve as a reminder to the living natural people. These that have gone through the tribulation and have accepted the Messiah: the 144,000 and the woman of Revelation 12, they have already accepted that He is the Messiah whenever Armageddon comes. They have already accepted that. But when you go into the Millennium, then you have the woman of Revelation 12, plus the other Jews that will still be living. As I have said, whenever you go to the 14th chapter of Revelation, then you see the 144,000 around the throne. In that, you have Jesus Christ sitting upon the cloud. He is sitting on the cloud with a sharp sickle in His hand. Why? To reap the harvest of the earth, which will be the 144,000. I cannot help if I get criticized about it. That is the way it is, because they are the only ones that can sing that song around the throne, the 144,000. It is a special song for them. It is not something that somebody wrote up or made up, but it will be something that will come out of their hearts.

 

 

The Sons of Strangers

 

I want to talk now about the sons of strangers, as we see it in Isaiah 60:10. And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Let us look also at Ezekiel 47:22-23. And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord God. There we see the sons of strangers, which will be people who are living now. I remember Bro. Jackson going over that. They are a smart bunch of people. What they have done, they have put their minds to understanding instead of walking the streets, demonstrating like they have here. America has lost its equilibrium because young people do not even believe in God now. But it is going to be the sons of strangers as Bro. Jackson explained. They will be from India, which has very smart young people. And from China, from those eastern peoples. These are people who had no relations with Israel in ancient times. They were strangers. Bro. Jackson said they will break away from their parents and from their parent’s religion. I saw something showing Buddhist temples in China and in India. They were showing some of them, they were built to be something at one time. But these young people say, I do not believe that anymore. It has not brought us anything. It has not brought us life. It has not brought us happiness. It has all been sadness. So, they will break away from their parents. They will say, “The God of Israel is the only God. That is where God is working, Israel.” They will say that as they see the hand of God work in the last days. So that will be the sons of the strangers. These will be the ones that will be accepted into Israel as citizens. They will have their citizenship there, they will have their children there. No doubt, they are going to live among themselves. Because it calls them strangers, they remain somewhat distinct from the rest. The thing about it is, they are the ones that build up Israel’s walls. They are the ones that have been a blessing to Israel because of their ingenuity. There are no smarter people on earth tonight than the people of Israel, but they are not builders so much. They are scientists, people of knowledge, medicine and things of that nature. But in Israel, there will be farmers, some of them. Israel has never been that great at farming, because they had so much trouble in their land that a lot of it was war, continual warfare. Of course, that is because they made a mistake. They made a big mistake because they took those people that were in the land, which they were to get rid of, and made them pay tribute and work for them. That is when Israel first began, whenever they were in the land, they made these people to be the farmers, or shepherds, or whatever. Right now, in Israel, who has the sheep? Who has the goats? It is Arabs. This is the way it is. But Israeli farms now are producing, and I am not saying there will not be farmers, but there will be people there that God has put in their heart to fulfill His will to do the right thing, which are not all Jews. Israel is going to have the leadership in the Millennium that will recognize people that have done something for the Jews. Most Jews today over there are melancholy. I am not saying they will be then, but now they are because they are willing to give up land. The northern people especially are willing to give up what they have in order to have peace. You cannot have peace with those Arabs. I am not saying every Arab, but that aggressive Muslim type Arab is not peaceful. They will never have peace as long as they are there. That is why they will be far removed. God will get rid of them in the time to come.

 

Dividing the Land of Israel in the Millennium

David’s Kingdom of United Israel. Click to enlarge.

I want to go back to Ezekiel to finish up Ezekiel now. I am not finishing the message, but I do want to finish up with the Book of Ezekiel. The temple, the city, and all the surroundings are finished in chapter 46. But now whenever we are looking at this, we are going backward. Whenever you look at chapter 47, you are going back to a beginning when the Bride will come back with Christ. Looking at chapters 40 through 46, you see a picture of a city and temple, which the city and entire temple area will not be finished at the time Christ returns. The city will not be finished in five or ten years. Why? The population is gone. It is going to take time to get things to where there are enough people to fulfill what you see in chapter 46. Can you understand that? Can you understand that it is going to take time to rebuild? As we look at chapter 48, then you have more. The city is spread out even more than it was in chapters 45 and 46. We will see that because it is here and there is a reason for it. Right in the heart of Judah is where the city starts. Then it extends over to Benjamin. That will be the edge of the city suburbs and all, whenever we get to it, it is really twenty-five thousand rods by twenty-five thousand rods, we will see in a minute. So, it is a square that is designated for the city and for its suburbs. Why? Because as I have gone over it, the high priest, which will be the leader, he will be both prince and priest. That is the way it was when Jesus was here. The high priest had the say over what was to be done. He had to consent whenever Jesus was crucified. Chapter 48. “Now these are the names of the tribes. (I want to go to the map of David’s kingdom. We start at the north. See? The tribes now no longer have disagreements with each other. All the difference that has been there will be resolved. If measured from one end of David’s Kingdom to the other, it is over six hundred miles. (965 kilometers)  That is the distance from Indiana to Florida.) From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth to Hamath, Hazarenan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west; a portion for Dan.” You can see these places on the map. These people that live here will have to come to worship the Lord every Sabbath in Jerusalem. There is going to be a fast way of travel. In China and places like that, they have trains that go three hundred miles an hour. So, they must have a fast way of travel to get there. “And by the border of Dan, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Asher. And by the border of Asher, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Naphtali.” See? We are coming down here. This is different than it was in the days of David. From Jerusalem down, you only had two tribes, which would have been Simon and Judah. But this is going to be different because you actually have five below Judah. What is the reason for that? One thing is because they have water now. They did not have water there in the days of David. Why not?  That was at one time a well-watered place, as you see if you go back to the time of Lot. Why did Lot choose Sodom? Because it was well watered. When God destroyed Sodom, He just hollowed out the ground and covered Sodom and Gomorrah with ashes, with rocks, burnt rocks. They spewed up out of the ground as Sulphur. That is why the place is dead. It takes the water, living water, not a cesspool, living water, to restore life there. “And by the border of Naphtali, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Manasseh.” What did I read in that 47th chapter? Two portions for Joseph. Here you are. There are twelve tribes listed here. Then you have also the tribe of Levi, which is not mentioned as a place of inheritance because his inheritance is the city. He is not a farmer. Here are the two tribes that make up two portions of Joseph. “And by the border of Manasseh, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for

Division of Israel in the Millennium. Click to enlarge

Ephraim.” That is the two tribes for Joseph. Instead of Joseph here, it has the names of his two sons, because of his obedience unto God in Genesis. “And by the border of Ephraim, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Reuben. And by the border of Reuben, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Judah.” Now we come to something here where the city is. He is giving out the portions, but when it comes here, this is different. “And by the border of Judah, from the east side unto the west side, shall be the offering which ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds in breadth, and in the length as one of the other parts, from the east side unto the west side: and the sanctuary shall be in the midst of it.” In the midst of what? In the midst of Judah. “The oblation that ye shall offer unto the Lord shall be of five and twenty thousand in length, and of ten thousand in breadth.” That is the holy part. That is the part where the city is and its suburbs and everything that is given to the Levite tribe. Is this making sense to you? Or am I just talking out of my head? “And for them, even for the priests, shall be this holy oblation; toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south five and twenty thousand in length: and the sanctuary of the Lord shall be in the midst thereof.” Now he is mentioning north and south, which is all the same whenever he mentions it. East and west is the same thing because he is mentioning it twice here. We have done gone over this in chapters 45 and 46. But God seems to want to repeat it. He is saying, do you get it? “It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.” You see the difference here of what the sons of Zadok really get. This is their portion. God looks upon a life. Zadok, what was he? He was a man that kept the word of God when everybody else went astray. When all the Levites went astray and began to worship other gods, Zadok’s family kept it straight. That is the reason it is so important here. Do not look on your neighbor and what they do. Young people, if somebody else is doing wrong that you know, even if they go here, do not do it. God has feelings. “And this oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites. And over against the border of the priests the Levites shall have five and twenty thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth: all the length shall be five and twenty thousand, and the breadth ten thousand. And they shall not sell of it, neither exchange, nor alienate the firstfruits of the land: for it is holy unto the Lord.” The fruits are what is gathered in: grain, fruit that grows on trees, nuts, and grapes. This is what is gathered in. It is gathered in, the firstfruits. You see what happened in Malachi when the people offered the worst of their animals. He said, “Will a man rob God? You brought your sick animals. You did not bring the firstfruits.” This is not just for the ministry of that hour. That is for the blessing of Israel, to be upon their houses, upon their land. It said it will flow with milk and honey. “And the five thousand, that are left in the breadth over against the five and twenty thousand, shall be a profane place (which is a city. This is Judah’s.) for the city, for dwelling, and for suburbs: and the city shall be in the midst thereof.” Why would he say that? The city shall be in the midst thereof because there is something else to be added. “And these shall be the measures thereof; the north side four thousand and five hundred, (This is another measure. This is talking about the heart of the city. The rest of it is suburbs. This is where the children of Israel are represented. You will see that later on. These are the measures thereof, the north side four thousand and five hundred: that is something around six-to-seven mile (about 10 kilometers) wide. But the entire area is twenty-five thousand reeds (about 42 miles, or 67 kilometers) long. But this smaller part is in the heart of that larger area.) and the south side four thousand and five hundred, and on the east side four thousand and five hundred, and the west side four thousand and five hundred.” See? He squared out a place for the main part of the city. The rest of it is suburbs. God never makes anything oblong. He squares it up. Remember what I said, that this area outside the main part of the city is for the twelve tribes of Israel. “And the suburbs of the city shall be toward the north two hundred and fifty, and toward the south two hundred and fifty, and toward the east two hundred and fifty, and toward the west two hundred and fifty.” See? It is another measurement. “And the residue in length over against the oblation of the holy portion shall be ten thousand (See? You have another ten thousand, you have ten, five, and ten again. It shall be over against the oblation of the holy portion…) shall be ten thousand eastward, and ten thousand westward: and it shall be over against the oblation of the holy portion; and the increase thereof shall be for food unto them that serve the city. And they that serve the city shall serve it out of all the tribes of Israel.” Everybody has a part. God is being good to them. He is blessing them because every tribe has a part in this, you will see that. “All the oblation shall be five and twenty thousand by five and twenty thousand: (See? It is square.) ye shall offer the holy oblation foursquare, with the possession of the city.” This is all an offering right out of the tribe of Judah. We are going to see that the prince, or the high priest has his portion in this. “And the residue shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy oblation, and of the possession of the city, over against the five and twenty thousand of the oblation toward the east border, and westward over against the five and twenty thousand toward the west border, over against the portions for the prince: and it shall be the holy oblation; and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof.” How many times does God repeat that? He is saying, do you get it? How many times does He mention the measurement? He is wanting somebody to get it. Of course, Israel will, but He is drilling this into their heads because He knows He is still dealing with a natural people. “Moreover from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, being in the midst of that which is the prince’s, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, shall be for the prince.”

Israel in the time of Joshua. Click to enlarge.

See? Everything to the sides of the city will be for the prince. You can see here Benjamin has changed places from the Old Testament times. Before he was on the north side of Judah, but in the Millennium he will be on the south side. So God is going to give this land to Israel and it is going to be prosperous just like it was before the Dead Sea became dead. He will heal that land with the water that flows from beneath the temple. He is going to send healing water. Now it goes into the other tribes. “And by the border of Benjamin, from the east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have a portion.” See? Simeon is next to Benjamin now. Instead of next to Judah he is next to Benjamin. “And by the border of Simeon, from the east side unto the west side, Issachar a portion. And by the border of Issachar, from the east side unto the west side, Zebulun a portion. And by the border of Zebulun, from the east side unto the west side, Gad a portion. And by the border of Gad, at the south side southward, the border shall be even from Tamar unto the waters of strife in Kadesh, and to the river toward the great sea. This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith the Lord God.” See? It is Him speaking. After it is all finished, He is speaking to Ezekiel. He says this is Thus saith the Lord. From chapter 40 through 48, this is God speaking about the land, about the holy portion, about the temple,  and about the dividing of the Mount of Olives. This is all thus saith the Lord. Here it goes a little further. “And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures.” See? It goes back to talking about the city again. This is the portion of the city that belongs to the children of Israel. How can we tell that? “And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.” See? Levi is mentioned again because of the twelve tribes of Israel. He is not mentioned when the land is divided, but he has a gate there, one of the gates. His portion is in the city. I have done gone over that four thousand, five hundred, which is right in the middle of the portion that is for the city, which is the profane place as it says. “And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, (Now he is not mentioning Manasseh or Ephriam anymore because he is bringing it back in line of how it started. In Joseph there are two tribes, but it goes back to the singular. Why? Because Levi has his portion inside the city, and a gate is named after him. Does it make sense? One gate of Joseph…) one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan. And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, and one gate of Zebulun.” The south side. “And at the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali. It was round about eighteen thousand measures: (That is going all the way around the circumference of it now, which is eighteen thousand. Four thousand five hundred times four. God knows His measurements. He is a Scientist. He has a laboratory that you would not believe. He made the world out of His laboratory. If they say it was caused by an explosion, there had to be something there to explode. It was not a mistake. God did not get burned. He was before everything. And you were before everything. You were in His thoughts before He ever made anything, before there was ever a big bang, before He ever did what He did, you were already there. Why? It was like a man sitting down with a blueprint. Only God is using His blueprint for stars, for the moon, the sun, and for everything out there. He was thinking this, but you were before that. Why? This all has a beginning, but you were in eternity. You were in God when He created this thing. It was round about eighteen thousand measures…) and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.” The Lord is there. That city will still be there whenever the Millennium is over. You see in Revelation when Gog and Magog approach the holy city, it is Jerusalem. It is still there. I love the word of God. I appreciate His word.

 

Layout of Jerusalem in the Millennium

 

Layout of Jerusalem in the Millennium. Click to enlarge.

I am going to go back over some of this again, because I know some had questions which I want to answer, concerning the latter part of chapter 48 where the land is portioned out. I have this map here which can help you understand. It gives you an idea of how the land is portioned out. You have got a rather large plot of ground there that has been designated for the temple area. Here is the holy portion, which belongs to the sons of Zadok all together. Then you have a portion here, as you read, this belongs to the Levites, which Zadok is part of that tribe, but these went astray. Then you have got the city here that is left, which we have gone over. They have the land between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. There will also be a long river of water, from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean, but that is not on our map. This all comes from underneath the altar. Let me read this portion here which explains that. Start with verse 21. “And the residue shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy oblation, (On the other side of the holy oblation (pointing to both sides of the city) would be for the prince, or as I have gone over, the high priest. This is the land that is designated to him and his sons. In the Bible, the inheritance goes to the sons. In Israel today, they are making women priests and rabbis and everything else, because of the pressure that is being put on them. But whenever the Millennium comes, there will not be that kind of pressure. Because God is going to be Father and Jesus Christ will be Lord. He is our Lord because He is our Saviour. We baptize in the name of Jesus Christ. When we pray the prayer, we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ because He is our Lord. He is our overseer. God is also Lord, but He is Lord of the whole universe, or the whole creation. Jesus Christ will not be Lord over the whole universe, He will be Lord over the earth during the Millennium time. Then it goes back to the Father after that. So, we see here, the residue shall be for the prince, on the one side, and on the other of the holy oblation…) And of the possession of the city, over against the five and twenty thousand of the oblation toward the east border, and westward over against the five and twenty thousand toward the west border, over against the portions fore the prince: and it shall be the holy oblation; and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof.” The sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst of this. It does not tell you what kind of a measure this is here, but it is reeds. “Moreover from the possession of the Levites.” God has a great remembrance. He remembers, why? Why does He do this? He sees that the hearts of these Levites are not the same as in the hearts of the sons of Zadok, when it comes down to the last time in the Millennium, because there is a spirit that goes with this.

 

Everything is guided by a spirit. The spirit, the makeup of the spirit in these Levites, is different than the makeup of the spirit in these sons of Zadok, because of their love for the things of God. That is just like it is with the Bride of Jesus Christ, and then the foolish virgins, and the great multitude. There is a difference between these groups. There will continue to be a difference. Let me say this: when you look at Revelation 21 on into 22, you see the same thing, there is still a difference. The Bride of Jesus Christ will no longer be Bride in the Eternal Age, but there is still going to be a difference. There will always be a difference in the Bride people. She will not be called the Bride in the Eternal Age, but there will always be a difference in her compared to the great multitude or the foolish virgins, because of the obedience in the time that we are living in. You can see why the scripture says that there were ten wise and ten foolish. The wise, as Bro. Jackson went over it, are not going to be a very large group. If you listen to Jim Baker and all those preachers, they have millions or even billions of people that are going to be a part of the Bride. They do not know how to separate it out. The Bride of Jesus Christ is going to be few. So, will the foolish virgins be few whenever that time comes. I know Bro. Jackson explained it and said there will not be thousands in America, but only hundreds. Outside of America, we do not know then just how many there will be there, but it will be few in number also. We do not know them all. You might say, well you are making it pretty straight who Bride is going to be. Let me say those that are getting the word, those that are getting the Contender, those that are getting truth over the internet, those that are part of the churches in fellowship with us, and outside that, there is no great deal of Bride people out there anywhere in the world. Jesus said there will be few that will find it. Few that will find it. What about the rest of them? They did not find it. They did not find it convenient. It was just a little more than they could stand, so they raised up against it. Whenever I say this, there is not a bunch of different truths. There is only one truth, only one word. You might say, well you are narrowing it down. I am narrowing it down to a group of people that will listen to truth. Whether this bothers you or whether it does not bother you, I cannot help that. There is way that seems right unto man, but the end of it is separation from the true Bride of Christ.

 

“Moreover from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, being in the midst of that which is the prince’s, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, shall be for the prince. As for the rest of the tribes, (We go back to the map now, this is the city that is the profane place. This other area is for the Levites, this middle area is the sons of Zadok. See? This is square, twenty-five thousand reeds each way. If you want to dispute what I am saying about reeds and cubits, what are you going to do about Revelation 11? He told him to get a reed like unto a rod and to measure the temple. Measure the temple and the altar and them that worship therein, which would be the sons of Zadok. They are not measuring to see how long they are. They are counting them. That is really what will happen: they will count a certain number that will be there. We look at it that way. As for the rest of the tribes…) from the east side unto the west side, Benjamin shall have a portion.” In our picture, you can get an idea of how this land will be divided between the tribes. The Levites, the sons of Zadok. Here is the city. This is the city here. Judah has this much. Really this city is in the Judah part. Jerusalem is always in Judah. Immediately after you get out of the city. It is north from the city; the city part. From the east side unto the west side, Benjamin shall have a portion. This is different than in Old Testament times? Simon and Judah, all the way down from Jerusalem. I went over this before. It was this way because during Old Testament times, and still today, this whole bottom part of Israel is a desert. The mountains in Israel are getting very little water in the desert portion. In ancient times you had only Simon and Judah in this southern area. Then you had all the other tribes north of Jerusalem. But in the Millennium it will be different. Instead of two tribes south of Jerusalem, there will be five tribes south of Jerusalem. How will this be possible? This is just a desert today. It will not be a desert anymore in the Millennium. God is going to change the situation. Because God is going to breathe on this area. You start out here with Dan, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim. This is where the two portions of Joseph are, the two sons of Joseph. That is the two portions. You do not see Joseph mentioned in here, because Manasseh and Ephriam are Joseph. You come on down to Reuben, then Judah, then go below that and you have Benjamin, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun, and Gad, all the way down close to Egypt. “And by the border of Benjamin, from the east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have a portion. And by the border of Simeon, from the east side unto the west side, Issachar a portion. And by the border of Issachar, from the east side unto the west side, Zebulun a portion. And by the border of Zebulun, from the east side unto the west side, Gad a portion. And by the border of Gad, at the south side southward, the border shall be even from Tamar unto the waters of strife in Kadesh, and to the river toward the great sea.” Right now, as you look at it, there is no real river that runs through there because it is desert. But God is not speaking of now, He is speaking of the time when this is all going to be restored. As I said before, I will say again, the only time that Israel ever had her land was in David’s time which reached on into here. “This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith the Lord God. And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures.” That is why I said, the city is next to Judah. These are the goings out of the city on the north side. It goes north. “And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi. And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.” You see here there is a portion of land for Dan in there. If you go to Revelation 7, Dan is not mentioned as part of the 144,000. So, we can see Dan is still there, but he was excluded from being part of that number. You see also here there is a gate of Joseph, which would be for the two tribes: Manasseh and Ephriam. Joseph is brought back into the picture here, as the father of Manasseh and Ephraim. One gate for Joseph, one for Benjamin, and one for Dan. “And at the south side four thousand and five measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, and one gate of Zebulun.” Why would it mention Judah for the north side? Because he is north of the city. It covers this whole thing, but it is north of the city. At the south side four thousand and five measures, and three gates, one for Simeon, one for Issachar and one for Zebulun. See? These are all gates to the city where you come in from the holy portion, then from the rest of it. “At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali. It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.” So, that will be the name of the city because from that time on the Lord is there. As you look at this, you have three gates on each side of the city. Do you understand that? Or is it still as clear as mud? In order to show this picture, God spent much time from verse 10 through 22 just talking about what is going on in Judah and this city. The entire thing is actually forty-two miles square. I mean the whole of it all. But this main part of the city is smaller and has a circumference of eighteen thousand reeds. See what he has done, he has taken the whole thing, four thousand five hundred, four thousand five hundred, four thousand five hundred, and four thousand and five hundred. Add that up, you have gone all the way around this portion (pointing to the city portion next to Judah) of the city and it is eighteen thousand reeds.

 

 

Seasons in the Millennium and Eternal Age

I want to go back to Zechariah for a few minutes. Zechariah 14. When I was last there, I stopped at the 8th verse. I was dealing with the river that issued out. It is a river, it is not a little stream. It is not a little branch because it said by the time it gets to that mile and sixteenth, what is it? It is a river that you can swim in. Let us look at that again. “And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.” I was asked a question one time, will there be summer and winter in the millennium and eternal age? I had to think. That has been a few years ago. I had to think, then I thought of this verse. Summer and winter. Then later I found in Genesis chapter 8, verse 22, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, (That goes into the Eternal Age.) and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” As long as this earth stands. Why? Why does it take winter? Why are the ice caps there? We had cold weather here recently. It did not come from Canada, it came from further north than that. It is God’s ice box to keep coolness upon this earth. You have the north pole, you have the south pole, summer and winter.

 

The Kingdom Returns to God

 

Now I want to go to verse Zechariah 14:9 which I did not include last time I read over that chapter, because I had a purpose in it. See? God will take a verse and make it stick out. God does it that way, because it is eternal. This goes beyond what he is talking about in verse 8. “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: (That is not the Millennium, because Jesus Christ is going to rule and reign throughout the Millennium. Then when you come into the Eternal Age, it is going to be God, as it is recorded in the 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians. He must rule until every enemy is under His feet. The last enemy is death. That is the last enemy and death will be done away with. See? We are in the Eternal Age now. Let me finish reading this. The Lord shall be king over all the earth…) in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.” It all goes back to God. Let me go to 1st Corinthians. What did I say when I began to talk about this? What is my subject? The Millennium and Beyond. The beyond is what we are talking about right now. 1st Corinthians 15:20. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” He was the first one to ever raise from the dead to a glorified body. Not the first one to be raptured, because you have Elijah and Enoch. They are in heaven. But Christ had to be the first one to raise from the dead. These did not raise from the dead. They did not die. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” He is talking about Adam and he is talking about Christ. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” That is Bride people. “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, (That is after the Millennium.) even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. (That is Jehovah. God himself is not put under Jesus Christ)  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” This be at the start of the eternal age. What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see, when I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace. When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the Promised Land, what a day, glorious day, that shall be.

 

Someone Who Wavers in the Faith

 

I have one question given to me on 2nd Thessalonians, 3rd chapter, verse 14 and 15. In the 13th verse Paul said, “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.” The question comes from the 14th and 15th verses. “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.” Then the 15th verse, in other words, if somebody disagrees, then let them sit, do not bother them, let them go ahead and do their thing. “Yet count him not as an enemy.” That is someone that stays around but is not accepting what Paul said in his epistle. It is not someone that leaves. It is somebody that stays around and has not walked off, but they are thinking about it. Maybe their mind will change. He said admonish, or speak to him as a brother, that he may change his thinking. But if not, then you have to go to the 6th chapter of Hebrews. Then if he disobeys, then you turn him over to the devil. These things are sometimes hard. But if you leave because of truth, you plan another strategy and plan another way, then you have left truth. But he is talking about the scripture here just as much as it was when the scriptures went over the third day. There were people that did not agree, but they stayed around until they did come around. You do not always know who that person is, but in Paul’s example, this person has made it known that they have disagreed with what was said. But there are people who have disagreed, but they stayed around until they got understanding. I appreciate that, that it was not just something that they walked off from and said, well this is wrong, and I am not going to have anything to do with it, and I am not going to have anything to do with Faith Assembly. That is what Paul is speaking about. He is not speaking of someone who has rejected truth and left the fellowship.

 

Young People Can Please God

Three Hebrew children refuse to disobey God and eat unclean food

Let us go to Daniel now. When you look at Daniel, how old do you think these people were? The three Hebrew children. They are the seed of Abraham, they could be ninety years old, but this is not the case. Do you know how many years the book of Daniel covers? The period of time when he was prophesying and seeing visions? It was more than seventy years. It does not tell of him dying, but it does tell how long he sat in counsel, all the way to King Cyrus. If we add up the years, we see it was over 70 years. He went through three kingdoms, and by the end he is an old man. He never goes back to Jerusalem. Where is he at whenever he begins to prophesy in the 8th chapter? He is in Shushan (or Susa), which is Elam, and that is in what we call Iran today, which is Persia. He was way up in Persia, all the way across the Euphrates River. That is where he is giving the prophecy. How did he end up there? He has moved from the Babylonian region unto the Persian region, Medo-Persia. Not everybody was living a pleasing life before God at that time. The three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they were living for God in a way God was pleased, but nobody equaled that of Daniel. Even the angel Gabriel comes to him in the 9th chapter and said, “a man well beloved”. It takes something for an angel to say that. It means that he had a lot of dedication and had gone through many trials. There are two occasions where this is mentioned, and probably more than that. Two occasions mentioned that his life was in jeopardy. Outside of those things the bible tells us, we do not know what other struggles he faced. But we know he was a victorious man. I remember when Bro. Jackson was at the Tabernacle and preached about the image that Nebuchadnezzar set up, and explained it was an image of Daniel. He was not permitted to preach there very many times, but I was there to hear him on a couple occasions when he did. Matthew 13, concerning the seven church ages, is another message he preached at the Tabernacle. It was just amazing what God showed him. How he came through trials as he did. Many of his friends turned on him. I remember him talking about it. I remember the Martin brothers at the Tabernacle. You did not hear of them much after Bro. William Branham passed away. In just a few months they were gone. Why? Why were they gone? Because they would not recognize truth. I do not care to talk a little about this, because I learned much from my brother as he taught us here for years. He brought out those deep things of God. I always said Bro. William Branham brought an outline and Bro. Jackson filled in the outline.

 

I was thinking about it. Young people: do you know how old Daniel was when the book of Daniel begins? He was a teenager. It is time you begin to think who you are, who you are in the company of. You are in the company of saints. That little old device you fool with is not worth it. Anything can be found on those devices. God help you if you are watching that. It is dirt, it is filth. It is the trap of Satan. Your phone is not a trap, but if you begin to look into these things wicked things that you can find with it, it is trash. It is worse than trash because it has a spirit behind it. I do not care where you are at. I do not care who you are. Young man, if you are seeing a sister and you have anything else on your mind other than to treat a young lady, a young sister, any other way than what is right, then God help you. The devil has traps. They are already set. Sometimes I have mice that get into my house. I was using traps and put peanut butter on them. Mice like peanut butter. They get the peanut butter and eat it, but they managed to not spring the trap. A few weeks ago my son Mark told me, “I have one that will catch that mouse, I will let you use it.” It was something with a little hole in it and it had catches all around it. I put peanut butter in it and then put a peanut in the middle of that peanut butter. I caught two mice and the peanut is still there. It is easy to set, there is a little lever to pull up and it is set. What am I saying? I am not talking about mice. I am not talking about mouse traps: but the devil has that kind of trap. You will never get what you want in the flesh. You may get something, but that will not satisfy you. Why are you talking like this? I have a reason.

 

The Saints Shall Take the Kingdom

 

Daniel 2:44-45. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, (That is the Millennium.) which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Which is a period of time.) Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” There is coming a day when there is going to be a kingdom. Wicked mankind will not rule over it. The God of heaven is setting up a kingdom. Let us go to the 7th chapter. Who will be rulers in that kingdom? Verse 15. “I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.” See? He just had a vision of four that were to come. He is in the middle of the first kingdom because it is Belshazzar that is king at that time. “I came near unto one of them that stood by, (an angel) and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, (The saints of the most High shall take the kingdom: that is not angels. That is sanctified ones, sanctified in mind and spirit. Sanctified in their life in this time we are living in. Sometimes it is hard to get there. What do I mean? Because too many things get in our mind and weigh us down. We let interruptions and things that do not really matter, things that are not important, begin to crowd out the vision that is before us. But here, what is he talking about? The saints of the most High shall take the kingdom. When will they do that? According to Revelation 19, it is when they come back with Jesus Christ. When they come back they are sitting upon white horses. It is going to be something, an army of white horses against missiles. What does it say? He that sits on the white horse, in the 19th chapter, has a sword with two edges coming from his mouth. That is his word. His word will be the only things he needs next time he comes. His word will destroy. That is a sword that comes out of his mouth with two edges. He comes back on a charger. It is not an ordinary horse. It is already determined, just as you are predestinated, it is determined already. We know, according to the book, what is going to take place. Here it identifies it. Here it identifies you. You do not have to take a lesson to learn how to ride. It is just a life that we live now. Every person and every saddle will fit, so to speak. The saints of the most High shall take the kingdom. It is not given to them. They take it.) and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.” Which is a period of time. This is not for eternity, this is forever. This period of time is the Millennium. Verse 27, “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, (Under the whole heaven, not the heaven, but we are under the whole heaven.) shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, (God did not mean for us to boast about this. But we are saints of the most High. Children of God. How is that? By a new birth. Because we have been born of the spirit. He calls us that. We are not calling ourselves anything except saints of the most High. You have that right. You have the right as a child of God to ask. It says, “Ask and ye shall receive. Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.” It shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High…) whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

 

Go to Revelation 22:1. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, (I have heard a song that says, “I will put my feet in the water of that river.” No: it is water of life. It what Jesus said to the woman at the well. He showed me a pure river of water of life…) clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” See? This is the spiritual fulfillment of the pattern of things in natural Jerusalem. The only thing, this is the real thing unto the Bride of Jesus Christ. Just like that river that flows out from under the altar, that is the replica, and this which is for the Bride is the real. We have the opportunity to be a part of the real thing, not of the replica. Sure we will see it. Sure we will be able to visit it, but we will not live there. We will be in the water of life. Wherever God puts you, you will be satisfied. What did Dotty Rambo write? She wrote some wonderful songs, but some of them did not make sense. One was titled, “Build my mansion next door to Jesus.” No, that is the wrong picture. “In the midst of the street of it, (The street runs through the river. It is a walkway right through the river, which is something that the Bride of Jesus Christ inherits. It is already there, we just have to pass over it. Like the children of Israel did in the natural. They had to pass over Jordan before they got into the promised land. Some of our brothers and sisters have done passed over. They know more about it than what we do. In the midst of the street of it…) and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” This is what you will receive. Notice the difference here between heavenly Jerusalem and natural Jerusalem: here the leaves are not for the healing of disease, as the trees in the natural Jerusalem are for. That is not the kingdom you are going to. These leaves are for the healing of the nations’ divisions, their difficulties and differences. You see those division going on today. The leader of Taiwan called Trump on the phone recently. That made the Democrats angry. “She is going to disturb our relationship with China,” they say. Who cares about China? I care about Chinese people that believe this truth, but I care nothing for that wicked communistic system. There is one woman, I do not know if she does anymore or not, but she used to write and send donations from Taiwan every month. She was a believer who had found truth, and that is how she expressed her love of it. I care about people like that, because they are part of the body of Christ. But I am not interested in the Chinese kingdom. Why? This world is not my home, I am just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere in God’s great kingdom. We will go there for awhile to get our instructions after the rapture, and then to come back and rule on this earth. We will rule. Why? What did Daniel 7:27 say: the kingdom will be taken by the saints, the people of the most High. “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him.”

 

The Church World Is Confused

 

Things in the world are getting worse and worse. We are able to see and understand the word of the Lord to know why these things are happening, but there are so many today that do not even know what is going on. The church world is looking for a great revival. They have been looking for a revival for forty years now. They keep putting it off down the road somewhere. The Lord is fulfilling His word. He is letting them enjoy what they are thinking about, but it will never come. There will be a revival alright, but it will be a revival for the Bride and a revival for the Jews. As far as the world’s revival, they have already had what they are going to get. I do not care how much they boast about it or how much they say it is coming, many of them are going to be in the tribulation looking for a revival. They will still be looking for it in the tribulation because they think the coming of the Lord is going to be at the end of the tribulation. It will be, but that is not when he is coming for the Bride. We have words that prove that. We thank God for His stabilization in this time of great perplexity throughout the nation and throughout the world. The scripture says men will get more wise and more wicked. You see man’s wisdom in the world today. If you have a new iPhone, next year it is obsolete. Of course, you can still use it, but they have moved beyond it so much. What it is speaking of is scientific wisdom. Silicon Valley and all that stuff promotes change, the change is such that whatever device you have got is not going to be working very well within another year. It is advancing that fast. Today, the computer power you have in your phone would be the same as a computer that would fill this room had forty years ago. These things have been made smaller, faster, better. This part of my message will be a little different. I am not leaving my main subject, but there are some things I want to bring in here because of what is going on in the world today. I am looking at the coming of the Lord and the catching away of His Bride. There is much being said today on television on this topic lately. They say the tribulation will come and go before the Bride leaves. They are looking at Matthew 24:27-31. I am going to look at the scripture and others, to show you the truth in case something they are saying has disturbed you.  Some people may be persuaded by these television preachers to think we have been mistaken on when the coming of the Lord will happen. But we are not mistaken. We have truth. Those that once believed it was pre-tribulation, now believe it is post-tribulation. They are trying to take the scriptures and prove it. Really, the scriptures they use to “prove” they are right concerns the Jews, the foolish virgins, and those that are killed during the tribulation. Those people do not go in the rapture. We have scriptures that prove what is true. They think they can take 1st Thessalonians 5, and just annul that, and pretend it does not exist. They say this is the only scripture that people have in this hour to prove there is a rapture before the tribulation. What a mistake they make! How in the world is the Bride going to be here during the tribulation and then come back with the Lord?! How in the world are they going make that work? It makes no sense. How can we return with Him, if we never left? I will ask them that question, but they will not believe it because they do not believe in the catching away. But we know better. Both Matthew and Luke tell you: there will be two in the field, one will be taken and the other left. I wonder why one gets left? Two will be grinding at the mill, one will be taken and the other left. Two will be in the bed, one will be taken and the other left. This shows it is a worldwide thing because the grinding at the mill comes in the daytime and the bed at night. It shows there will be Bride people all around the world that will go. I will go further into that later. I want go to one of their famous scriptures first in Matthew 24, the one they rely on the most to try and say there is no rapture before the tribulation.

 

We are the most fortunate people in the world. God has dealt with us in a way. Not in the great way that they are looking for: healing and all that they talk about, giving people eyes that they have never had, and giving people legs that have been chopped off. They say they have all these things, but they really show nothing to prove it. It is a thing to catch people. One evangelist was asked about these things because they proved his healings were a hoax. He tried to explain it away. He said, “you take somebody who has nothing wrong with them and put them in a wheel chair and you roll them up front and talk about them being able to walk, then they pray for them and they get up and walk.” He said letting people see the fake miracle will help increase their faith. There are many kinds of gimmicks in the church world today. Some do not pretend miracles because they just have a social gospel they feed to the people. They come in and pay for their seats, to have their entertainment. They get about forty-five minutes of singing, jumping, and men shaking their long hair. You cannot even see their face. I saw a man once, you could not see his face, his hair was right down covering his face. You could not tell whether it was a man or a mop. I would rather think it was a mop. There are just so many gimmicks. They have taken Hollywood ideas, then ideas from the Barnum and Bailey Circus into the church, or what they call the church. I saw one church that had a big fish tank in front of the church. It cost a million dollars. Around the door, it went all the way around, and a big fish was swimming in that. This is to draw crowds. We are not interested in crowds. We are interested in saints of God, somebody that is going to believe the word and grow by it. We are not going to pay any attention to this foolishness out there in the church world. Such foolishness like thinking the Bride is going through the tribulation. The Bride is not going through the tribulation. They are going to leave here before that happens. I have scriptures to prove what I am saying. I am going to go over this because there is so much teaching otherwise today. But it really is foolish what they say. They say they are going to build a temple, and it is going to be a shared arrangement with the Muslims. They are going to have their mosque and everything right there on the temple ground. They say that north of the mosque there is enough room to build a temple. They do not even know what they are talking about! That ground is going to be leveled off. Where do they get such a foolish idea? Today they are still looking for the ark of the covenant. What they have done, they have made another ark. God does not need an ark. He will not need an ark in the Millennium. That is why it is not pictured through the scriptures from chapters 40 through 48 in Ezekiel. Jesus Christ has already died. Jesus Christ has done fulfilled all that. They can build all they want to and put things wherever they want to, but it is not going to be there during that time because it is not necessary. It is not needed. If it was, then it would be in Ezekiel, but it is not. It is just another foolish idea that the church world has. That is what man does. He keeps looking for something that is not there. He gets lost in the maze of it all.

 

As the Lightning Cometh

Let us go now to Matthew 24. This is one of their favorite scriptures to prove that the church will go through the tribulation. Verse 27, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” Now this is Bride people. As He comes in the flash, it is a flash of His coming for His Bride: as the lightning. What does it say? As the lightning cometh out of the east, see? This is going to be the way the Lord comes back. It started out in the east and it has gradually gone to the west. So, the flash of lightning is here and gone. It does not stay.. As the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Not north to south, but east to west. Because that is where the gospel started. Bro. William Branham said it went from the east all the way to California, then you back to east again. Wheresoever the carcase is, the carcase, what is the carcase? Does anybody know what the carcase is? It is the word of God. That is where the saints of God are going to be gathered, eating. That is their meal ticket. That is what is going to take them up. Listen to what He says after this. “Immediately after the tribulation (See? The Bride was already raptured before you even get to this verse. That had nothing to do with the tribulation, but this next part does. Immediately after the tribulation…) of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: (He has done come once. Think about it. Get it in your head. What did He say in verse 27? For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. That is for His Bride. But then you have the tribulation. Then, immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven and the powers of heaven shall be shaken. That is Revelation 6:16-19. Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven. Who is with Him? His Bride is with Him, according to Revelation 19:11-14.) and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, (Who is going to do that? Who is going to gather together His elect? Not Jesus, the angels. He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and “they” shall gather together His elect from the four winds…) from one end of heaven to the other.” The Bride of Jesus Christ is getting ready to rule and reign. They come back with Him, just as it said in the Daniel 7. Let us go to Matt 24:38. “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the dark. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Why is one left? It is not speaking about a saint being left. But you must work with somebody. You have to work with the world. They may even like you. They know who to go to for prayer when they need it. They do not even go to their preacher because he is just a soothsayer. They do not go to him for answers. “Two women shall be grinding at the mill; (Some of you sisters that have to work. Bro. Jackson made a statement on this one time. He said, “Maybe Bro. Allen will be working at Ford, he will go on break and he will not come back.” Somebody may just turn around and still be talking to you. Then they turn around again, and you are gone. There is a real coming of the Lord for His Bride. He is not worried about what the world thinks about it. What do you think that person is going to do? They are going to go looking for you. They looked for Elijah, against Elisha’s word. They looked for Enoch because it said he was not found. This world is going to be missing something when the Bride leaves because that is what is holding the glue together. Until that Bride gets ready, and God is doing it. Until the Bride gets ready. He is readying her at His pace. It is up to us to walk in truth and to live that truth because He knows at the point of Ephesians 4:12-13-14, whenever it is fulfilled. Whether you think it is too hard, it is for perfection. He perfects it through His ministry, a fivefold ministry, through His word. Through the ages of time people have picked their ministry. I like this one, but I do not like that one. You better love the fivefold ministry that stands before you and tells you the truth. Two women shall be grinding at the mill…) the one shall be taken, and the other left.”  Do you think people will be grinding at the mill and in the field during Armageddon at the end of the tribulation? Then He gives a warning. “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” He is not speaking of days there. He did not say what day or what year or what month. Here he brings it down into the hour. In Luke it tells the same story except it adds one thing, two shall be in the bed, one shall be taken and the other left. That one that has been taken has not joined into the world like the other one has. There is a difference. They have peace of mind, peace in their heart.

 

God Hath Not Appointed Us To Wrath

 

Thessalonians 5:1 now. “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, (Brethren, sisters. He is not talking to the world.) ye have no need that I write unto you.” He had already talked to them before. “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” In Matthew 24:27, He comes as a thief. What is He doing there? He is going to catch something away, just as we read: one will be taken and the other left. But Matthew 24:29-30 was not as a thief, there was a great sign that appeared in the heavens first.  “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” He is talking of the tribulation there. “But ye, brethren, (He goes back to the 1st verse, brethren.) are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”  What he is saying, to some people, it is going to be like a thief in the night. Because people just disappeared. But ye brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, (Us. That is you and I.) who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” Covered with God’s armor, protection. Armor protects the head and chest, because He knows these are your vital parts. “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, (They say this is the only scripture we have to go by to say we will be raptured before the tribulation. Dumb! They sure have missed the picture. God hath not appointed us to tribulation.) but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, (Whether we are in the ground or whether we are awake.) we should live together with him.” Together, that words comes back again, together. Why can we not get together now in faith? We are going to be together then.

 

Protected Until the Indignation Be Overpast

Now we have covered what they think. Let us go now to some scriptures they leave out. Isaiah 26:19. “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, (What is it talking about: come my people? Who are you? You are his people. Come my people.) enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, (seven years. Hide thyself as it were for a little moment.) until the indignation be overpast.” Have I got your attention? Has His word got your attention this morning? Why did it say that? “For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” What is he saying? Come my people, hide yourself for a little moment until the indignation be overpast. Let me read verse 20 again. “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” What is the indignation? Verse 21 tell us. “For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth.” You are not going to be punished with them. Go ahead, you foolish church world: believe you are going to be here until the tribulation is over. We are not going to believe it. We are not going to take one verse of scripture and misuse it, and ignore all the other scriptures related to the rapture, as you have. We are going to be hid away. It is our chamber. He said, in thy chambers. It is God’s place prepared for you, until the tribulation be overpast. You people that believe such a thing, the mark of the beast will get you. You are headed for the mark of the beast. If at one time you believed the rapture was pre-tribulation, and now you have changed your mind: you do not believe the word. You can get all your prophets together. You can get all your teachers together. One believes one thing, one another thing, yet they are prophets. They are not prophets. They are spreading bad news. “The earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”

 

Ye Shall Be Hid in the Day of the Lord’s Anger

 

Let us go to Zephaniah 2:1. “Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; (That is what we are doing now.) seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” What are you going to do about that? You study one part of a scripture and hinge everything on that without looking at anything else. You are wrong. Matthew 24:27-31 speaks of two comings. The first coming is as the lightning. A flash. In a flash you will be gone. Just like the lightning hits and it is gone. It does its damage, it can split a tree open, but then it is gone. Where did it come from? It came from heaven. Where did it go to? It went to the earth. As the lightning shineth from the east to the west. It is not just shining from east to west, it has a purpose. It struck something. It does something. God’s purpose is to do something. His purpose now is to do something in our lives to make us worthy of what is coming. The second coming in Matthew 24 is when the sign appears in the heaven. The first coming is to rapture his bride away, the second coming is when he comes back to rule and reign. Zephaniah 1:7. “Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.” Think about it today. We have been made guests. We are guests. If you bid somebody as a guest, you put them in a position. It is not just a drop-in. You did not just drop-in to this, you were called as guests. Called to be a part of something that is greater than what we are.

Go to Revelation 4. In chapter 2 and 3 of Revelation we were shown the church ages, each one of the ages has people in it that are saved. Why is it that He says His coming will be as the lightning from the east to the west? It is to gather up all the saints. Just because China is what it is today does not mean it was always like that. I believe Mao Se Tung killed sixty-eight million Christians. Whenever that Communist government took over, there were believers in that number, there were unbelievers in that number too. But he killed sixty-eight million. India has had saints, that is where the apostle Thomas went and was killed preaching. He was killed on a hillside, a place where it was forbidden for Christians to go. There are many saints that have been part of the bride all over the world. Revelation 4:4, “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: (This is Old Testament saints, represented by the twelve tribes and the apostles. John is looking at himself when he is looking at that.) and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: (It is always that way round about the throne, there is always thunderings and lightnings and voices.) and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” What is not mentioned yet? The four beasts. We have gone over that. What are the four beasts? The four beasts each come forth whenever those horses begin to ride. Each horse is introduced by a beast, by one of the four beasts. Then the horse rider does his dirty work. The beasts are a representation of the church for each age of time. “And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: (That is your life. This is not foolish virgins, because they come out of great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. When John sees them at this time, he is seeing them before the throne. There you are, under that fourth beast, the eagle. The eagle represents the endtime church. Listen to it. Before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal…) and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.” That is the ministry that God has called, that God has chosen to lead his church in the dark days. “And the first beast was like a lion, (Like a lion because it could not be defeated. Put Peter in jail, he comes out. Put John in a barrel of hot oil, he survives. No matter what you are going through, you are greater than your trial. Why? Because you have the Lord Jesus Christ on your side.) and the second beast like a calf, (That was that bunch that were killing Christians. It was a beast of sacrifice. Right after the apostles had gone, they began gave their lives as sacrifices. They were persecuted, hunted, and killed. Even history says the seed of the church is the blood of the saints. The more they killed, the more they had to contend with.) and the third beast had a face as a man, (Which was under the time when Martin Luther, John Wesley and those came on the scene. The face of a man, because they were smart people. They could stand up to the theologians and wise men of the church world. They put John Wesley out of the Church of England. He stood on his mother’s grave and said, “The world will be my parish.”) and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.” These four are the Bride of Christ, each one of them represent Bride. This last one stands out in the endtime. That is why we have been given so much. God sent a prophet. The world hated him. See what happened? Let me read verse 6 again, “And before the throne there was a sea of glass (which is the trials and tests and all they went through, the sea of glass means it was persecuted and tried. You are hated this morning because of the truth you stand for. Some walked away because it did not come like they wanted it to. If it had been some other man that had preached the third day, they would have accepted it. I will say something: if Deva Govender had preached it, the ones that left would have accepted it. But it was not Govender, and they could not stand it. This is something we have faced in this hour. These bride saints have gone through something, every one of them in our age, starting with Bro. William Branham. They went through their trials. It came on through Bro. Jackson. He went through his trials. He almost had a nervous breakdown. It put so much weight on him. He was in Missouri at a church where the Martin brothers were. They were friends of Bro. Jackson at one time, before church order came along. Whenever he did not go along with church order, he said “It is not in the Bible.” He said, “I will not even stand in the pulpit when I say that. But it is not in the book. Faith Assembly will not go along with it. But when we are at the Tabernacle, we will observe it.” Because he believed that God had sent a prophet. He believed the prophet’s message. If you did not go along with church order, it got so bad that if you were seen chewing gum, you were wrong. Some of you people know that. You were told by deacons, “Get rid of the chewing gum.” You could not even put a piece of candy in your mouth. I would have failed every service. Not necessarily candy, but something to help my throat. No, these saints are not going to go along with just anything because they have had a taste. They have had a taste of Matthew 24, verse 28. It tasted so good. This does not connect to Revelation 10, but it tastes so good, sometimes it kind of bothers your stomach. But the taste, you are going to keep eating. You are going to keep eating and forget about the belly. Some have had to walk in hard places, but we will overcome by the blood of the Lamb. Are you ready to go further? Are you ready for what God has in the future? We are taking it one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time, one year at a time, until we run out of days, until we run out of months, until we run out of years. Then we will run out of here! Are you ready?

 

… continued in the next edition.

REVELATION-10-No.8

Revelation 10, Part 7: The Millennium and Beyond – 2018, July


Introduction

Rev. James C. Allen

In the last edition, Bro Allen began to look beyond Revelation 10 as he went into Ezekiel 45 to look at the working of the priesthood of the temple during the Millennium. He is still reading from the Lamsa translation of the bible. We are picking up where he left off.

I have really gone beyond Revelation 10 now, and I have added a subtitle. Really, I am looking at the Millennium and the Eternal Age now. We are going to look back into the 45th chapter Ezekiel again. I touched on it a little bit, but we are going to look at the measurements again. Ezekiel 45, 1st verse. “Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance.” He is talking about the land of Israel. It will be equal to what David had. It is going to be larger than Israel is today. The building of the temple and the building of Jerusalem and preparing the land is not going to be done immediately. It is going to take time to build the city Ezekiel is talking about. The city is for the priests, the Levites. It will take time to build their places of dwelling and all. In what we are about to read, we will see there is a slice of the country given to each of the tribes of Israel. Each part will work to supply the other parts. You are not going to have farmers among the Levites. They will not be farmers. The Levites are going to take care of the worship of God. This is all a future setting of what it will be like in the Millennium for the natural people. This city cannot be built in a day. They will not have the supply of men and equipment as we do now to do the work. A lot of machinery we have today will be saved, but not the extent of what we have today because a lot of that stuff is going to be destroyed. It does leave some because it said they will turn swords into plowshares, and so on. So that lets us know some of the equipment survived. It will really be machinery that is going to be turned into plow shares and so on like that. There will be a lot that will take place as the Millennium begins and it will take time for God to bring the world into the condition he desires. That is why a thousand years is given. That is time for it to be built back to what God wants it before the Eternal Age begins.

David’s Kingdom. Click to enlarge.

Ezekiel 45. “Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, ye shall offer an oblation unto the Lord, (the oblation it speaks of is part of the land set aside for a holy purpose. I know oblations are given for sacrifice, that is one thing, but this is an oblation which is to be given for that city.) an holy portion of the land: the length shall be the length of five and twenty thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand. This shall be holy in all the borders thereof round about.” This is going to be more or less the central part of Israel where this is at. Whenever Israel had their land in ancient times, it was really a hard thing for people of that time to go to Jerusalem. It was a several days journey for many people. That is why, as you read in the Old Testament, they thought it was more convenient to worship somewhere else because it was closer to their home. When we went to Beirut Lebanon in 1974, we went to a place called Baalbek, where some of the Jews worshipped because they thought it was too far to go to Jerusalem three times a year. So they stopped off at Baalbek. But it was really an ill-famed woman that they worshiped. Some of the columns are still there, just as slick and smooth as they can be. They are still standing there. That is where they worshiped a woman god. It has always been that way. It was that way at Babel. Abraham and those with him were told to come out of Ur of the Chaldees. It was a woman that was worshiped there. We see that happening again in the United States and around the world. Womanhood is put up before everything. The way these babies are being pulled from the womb, some by pieces, is just the same as the child sacrifice that was going on in those ancient times. Think about it: an arm, a leg, whatever. It is just like the ancient sacrifice of children. Women love that today. People march in the streets to demand the right to kill their unborn babies. In Russia, women may have seven or eight abortions. It is getting almost that bad here by some women, because they do not want fool with children. “Of this there shall be for the sanctuary five hundred in length, with five hundred in breadth, square round about; and fifty cubits round about for the suburbs thereof.” This is the suburbs of the temple area. This is inside the temple wall because God has a purpose in that. He has a purpose in everything God wants unity. That is why unity has been preached about here so much. We must have a conviction that we need to come together, to be together, to worship God in a holy and righteous way, to where our brothers and sisters mean as much to us as we do to them. It is not just a one-way thing. You see that in Ephesians, everything is joined together. We see how that works. “And of this measure shalt thou measure the length of five and twenty thousand, (He goes over it again. He wants us to get it.) and the breadth of ten thousand: (Which is seventeen miles.) and in it shall be the sanctuary and the most holy place.” That is the whole compound, the whole area, the city. “The holy portion of the land shall be for the priests the ministers of the sanctuary, which shall come near to minister unto the Lord.” Only the sons of Zadok will be able to have that and there is going to be a noticeable difference in the way they are clothed. These are the only ones that will ever be able to wear that robe that is placed inside the sanctuary. I do not mean to keep beating on this: but God does not forget. Whenever He made this earth, when it came out, it was by memory. Whenever it came to be it was by memory, and you were in that memory. Jesus Christ was in that memory. That is what it mentions in the book of John. In the beginning was the word, or memory, which is God’s eternal security and eternal predestination. God had this all worked out before man was ever here, before the animal kingdom was here, before the prehistoric age ever came, before the Ice Age ever came.

Ezekiel 45:4, “The holy portion of the land shall be for the priests the ministers of the sanctuary, which shall come near to minister unto the Lord.” What is this? They are in that holy portion of the city, not in the Holy of Holies. This is where the priests who work at the temple will have their homes. 5th verse, “And the five and twenty thousand of length, and the ten thousand of breadth, shall also the Levites, the ministers of the house, have for themselves, for a possession for twenty chambers.” God has laid out how it will be built and how the service will work. They do not just walk in one morning off the street, so to speak, saying I am going to minister. They would die right there. “And ye shall appoint the possession of the city five thousand broad, and five and twenty thousand long, over against the oblation of the holy portion: (See? There will be a separate area there from the holy portion where the priests live. You have a section for the rest of Israel where they bring their livestock, where they buy and sell, where they provide for these inside the holy oblation. It is really eight and a half miles wide, by forty-two and a half miles long. That is pretty good-sized city.) it shall be for the whole house of Israel.” God has this other part separated out. The other tribes do not go in holy portion of the city at any time. Just certain times of the year is this allowed. The other tribes of Israel will not just walk in and out of there. They will only enter on certain days: sabbath days, new moons, and the holy days. Verse 7, “And a portion on the sides of the holy portion shall be for the ruler of the people and as a portion for the city, from the east side eastward and from the west side westward; and the length shall be like that of one of the portions from the east border to the west border. The land shall be an inheritance to the children of Israel; and the rulers of my people shall no more oppress them; and the rest of the land they shall give to the children of Israel according to their tribes.” There is a designated portion for each tribe. They will deal out the land in lots, they will not just go in there and live anywhere. God knows where every tribe belongs. He wants order. What does it say, when they asked Jesus: “we who followed you, what shall we have?” He said, “in the regeneration you shall sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” They are not going to be in another country judging another people. They are going to be judges, but they are going to be over these tribes of Israel. What I am trying to express is this: all the beauty and splendor that God gives His holy city is nothing in comparison with what you and I are going to have. “In the land shall be his possession in Israel and my princes…” Notice: the ones that he had called priests are now called princes. He called them priests before this in the King James. “They shall no more oppress my people. The rest of the land shall they give to the house of Israel according to their tribes. Thus saith the Lord God; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence.” See their obligation? They are not just going to sit on pretty thrones and eat popcorn and peanuts. “My princes shall no more oppress my people and the rest of the land shall they give to the house of Israel according to their tribes.” Whenever God first brought Israel into the land, what did He do? He divided the land. Each tribe lived in a certain place, but they were all together three times a year. They claim there were possibly a hundred thousand people who lived in Jerusalem, which was a mile square. But at these holy occasions there

could be a million in there. It was built to be inhabited by those who came and worshiped. They are not going to have the same level of refined beauty in this city as they do at the temple area, because the city will be much bigger. But they are going to have transportation. That may sound silly to some, but they are going to have transportation in and out of that city. At these holy times of the year, the whole nation of Israel will be there to worship the Lord. Then once a year, every year, at the time of the seventh month, which will be late October or early November, will be the time for representatives of the whole world to come. There will be representatives because the entire world cannot go there. So we can see there has to be a great transportation system to facilitate all this coming and going.

Measurements and Currency in Israel in the Millennium

Biblical Gallons Liters
Homer 86 325
Ephah 43 162
Bath 9 36
Hin 4 15

*Approximate measurements

Let me go back to the 9th verse again. “Thus saith the Lord God; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, (Remember when Jesus went into the temple and drove out the moneychangers? He did that twice. The first time He was at Passover. He cleared the temple of the merchants and moneychangers. The next time was the fall of the year. He went in and cleared it again. They hated Him. But they were doing wrong, it was not Him. “How is it that you make my house a den of thieves and not a house of prayer?” I do not believe in keeping the Law, it is not going to give you salvation. What did Paul say, “We are a law unto ourselves.” We have to control our own selves, our own thinking. Let every thought be subject unto Him. These things are all possible. I am not talking about an impossibility. These things are all possible to bring our thought into subjection unto Him. When we do that, we are a lot better off. Our life is a lot happier, a lot better. “Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.” That is not talking about a shower. That is weights and measures. In the margin of the bible, it says an ephah is one bushel and three pints. A bath is eight gallons, a Hin is four. That is not talking about chickens. He is talking about measures and weights. He is telling the priests, you must have fair weights. The measurements have to be accurate. “The ephah and the bath shall be of one measure, (This is two different things with the same measure, but one is for measuring grain and the other is for measuring oil.) that the bath may contain the tenth part of an homer, (A homer is eighty-six gallons.) and the ephah the tenth part of an homer; the measure thereof shall be after the homer.” Because this is the biggest thing. This is the biggest weight, the biggest barrel. “And the shekel (which is money) shall be twenty gerahs: twenty shekels, five and twenty shekels, fifteen shekels, shall be your maneh.” Maneh is another weight of money. This will all be important unto the Jewish people in that time. “This is the oblation that ye shall offer; the sixth part of an ephah of an homer of wheat, (He is telling there what it is weighing.) and ye shall give the sixth part of an ephah of an homer of barley: Concerning the ordinance of oil, the bath of oil, ye shall offer the tenth part of a bath out of the cor, (another weight) which is an homer of ten baths; for ten baths are an homer.” As I said a while ago, the homer is the biggest measurement. He is not telling him this for no reason; he is measuring out what it is going to take to be right. Can you see how specific it is? This is God speaking these measurements to Ezekiel. He has already said He wanted just weights. I do not mean to bore you with this, but we can learn a type from this: God expects things to be exact. Concerning the ordinance of oil, the bath of oil, he shall offer the tenth part of a bath out of the cor, which is an homer of ten baths, ten baths make one homer. See? Now he is talking about the oil. In the other, he was talking about grain. “And one lamb out of the flock, out of two hundred, out of the fat pastures of Israel; for a meat offering, and for a burnt offering, and for peace offerings, to make reconciliation for them, saith the Lord God.” We do this now, because you are saved by grace through faith. God has done measured our portion out to us. What did He say: we get Holy Ghost by measure. Jesus had it in full, but we get it in a measure. We get it through Him. That is why we are baptized in His name. The importance to me in all this is that it points back to Him. In the Old Testament, the law pointed forward to Christ. Then we see here in the Millennium they are repeating things of the law to point back to Him. Why? Because they missed Him. This is for reconciliation. Reconciliation is to bring them back unto a true worship of God. This is not just a feeling. Whenever they do this, the presence of God comes into that temple. What did it say? The twelve apostles will rule over the twelve tribes of Israel. I remember when Bro. Jackson spoke on the Millennium; he said that each race would rule over their own race. As he went through that, talking about how you are not going to go just anywhere. Every people will have their own land set apart for themselves. There will not be striving and contention for land. I want to say this while I am thinking about it. You are not going to be sitting on a man-made throne. It is going to be a holy place that God has designated. The Bride of Christ will be there to correct and guide the natural people.

High Priest

Garments of a priest and the High Priest


“All the people of the land shall give this oblation for the High Priest of Israel.” The prince, or the high priest. It is the same thing here. The prince is the high priest. Whenever I first explained that years ago, I got telephone calls telling me how wrong I was. I did not do it to cause trouble. You can read it for yourself, but I am going to read it from the Lamsa translation, verse 17. “And it shall be the high priest’s part to provide burnt offerings.” We are going to see something a little later. “And meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths.” See? They will have a weekly worship. It lasts from Friday at six o’clock to Saturday at six o’clock. That is a long service. This will point them back to what they missed. It is going to take a thousand years to correct this. There will be children that will be born. Some of them will be renegades. That is why you have Gog and Magog rise up at the end of the Millennium, it is that old atheistic spirit. That is what motivates Russia: atheism. There is nothing good about it. “And it shall be the High Priest’s part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel. Thus saith the Lord God; In the first month, in the first day of the month, (that is the new moon) thou shalt take a young bullock without blemish, and cleanse the sanctuary.” The ones who reject what I am saying missed the key word. What does it say? “And the priest (Notice in the King James Version, it has said prince all long, but here both the King James Version and the Lamsa say priest.) shall take of the blood of the sin offering, and put it upon the posts of the house, and upon the four corners of the settle of the altar, and upon the posts of the gate of the inner court.” Only this man can do that. What is he doing? He is taking the sin offering, putting it on the post, and putting it on the four corners of the altar. “And so thou shalt do the seventh day of the month for every one that erreth, and for him that is simple: so shall ye reconcile the house.” Did you see that? There are going to be simple-minded people in the Millennium because that is not the perfected age. It is not until the next age, the Eternal Age, that these things are completely gone. Then comes the perfect time where everything is perfect. No more sin. No more rebellion. This was gotten rid of. A few days before that Eternal Age begins, the white throne judgment will get rid of that. The slate wiped clean. I have said that children will be born in the Eternal Age, but it will not be through lust. You will have natural people going into that age, then there will be children born just like it would have been with Adam and Eve. It will not be through lust. Lust is gone. Bro. William Branham said this was put in man and woman for the bearing of children, not for lust. I believe that. Adam and Eve were naked, but they did not know it. Not until sin came did they know it. I do not mean that people will be naked in the Eternal Age. They have learned better. But there will be no more lust. What does it say? “Nothing defiles in all my holy mountain.” We are headed for something beautiful. Something that is out of this world. “And so thou shalt do the seventh day of the month for every one that erreth, (See? It says for every one that erreth. That is not the perfect age. These weights and balances that I showed you, was to make sure things were done right. This is the result of it. For every one that erreth.) and for him that is simple: so shall ye reconcile the house.” I said this is not the perfect age, but it is leading into it. You still have serpent seed here. When you get out of the Millennium, there will be no more serpent seed. There will not even be any hint of that because it was not so in the beginning. “In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, (That is in April. The first day of the month, when the children of Israel were getting ready to leave Egypt, they had to take a lamb, put it up for fourteen days, before it could be offered. Why? To make sure it was pure. To make sure there were no blemishes. Whenever you come to Malachi, we find that God is very angry at Israel because of that. Because of that, they never had another prophet for four hundred years. They asked, “Where have we erred? Where have we done wrong?” He said “in tithes and offerings,” then he goes ahead to say that it was because they brought their sick animals for sacrifice instead of the best. That is what they were offering. If we offer a sick sacrifice to God, we are going to be a sick Christian. I am not talking physically sick, but spiritually. We cannot cut corners. We cannot come down to the end and say, “Oh, I am sorry.” We have to make it right now. Ye shall have the passover…) a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.” By the time that ends, that is the twenty first day of the first month. The first month would be the last of March or first of April, it varies from year to year because a year is 365 days. The earth, whenever you take the water off it, it is going to gradually shift to three hundred and sixty days, which is a complete circle, just like God. It is going to be beautiful. That is what it is going to be, a place of beauty. In the millennium, it talks about the lion and lamb laying down together. Meat will still be ate though; it will be ate in the Eternal Age. How do I know that? Because it would be overpopulated. Why did God put seven clean animals on the ark instead of two like the unclean? That seventh one was for sacrifice. That is what Noah did after it was over. What did God do? He killed sacrificed animals. What happened whenever he made that sacrifice? What happened? The glory of the Lord came down. A lot of this stuff is logic. Be logical because the spirit of God will work in your logic if you let Him.

“And on that day shall the High Priest prepare for himself and for all the people of the land a bullock for a sin offering.” I wonder how you can get mixed up there and say that is not a priest? “And seven days of the feast he shall prepare a burnt offering to the Lord, seven bullocks and seven rams without blemish daily the seven days; and a kid of the goats daily for a sin offering.” Why one goat? Under the law, there were two goats, but here there is only one. Because the scapegoat is already gone. One hanged and one escaped. He became that scapegoat. Here you do not have a scapegoat anymore. Because Christ became our scapegoat. We escaped, and He died. Think about it. How many animal sacrifices will happen in that time? Right here, over seven days, ninety-nine animals are killed. Let me read that 23rd verse again. Seven days of the feast he shall prepare a burnt offering to the Lord, seven bullocks and seven rams without blemish daily the seven days, and a kid of the goats daily for a sin offering. The goat is always described as a sin offering. It you add that up you see ninety-nine animals that are killed in these sacrifices. “And he shall prepare a meat offering of an ephah (here is the weight again) for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and an hin of oil for an ephah.” Which is six quarts. That will be olive oil. “In the seventh month, (We read that in Zechariah 14:16, it will be the fall of the year. That is when Jesus went and cleared the temple the second time. That is the time of the feast of trumpets. It said, “it shall come to pass that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of trumpets.” As I said some time back the other two feasts, the feast of Pentecost, which is the feast of liberty. That is when the Holy Ghost came. Passover is the other feast. Passover has been fulfilled and Pentecost has been fulfilled, but the feast of tabernacles has not yet been fulfilled. That is the reason everybody has to go, because that is when God hovers over Israel at that time. When God encamps with Israel. That is what tabernacles is all about. In the seventh month…) in the fifteenth day of the month, shall he do the like in the feast of the seven days, according to the sin offering, according to the burnt offering, and according to the meat offering, and according to the oil.” This is planned out. To the world this would be a silly thing. But it is a requirement of God for the Jews to be able to inherit the blessings of God upon them. There will be Jews then that will be willing to do whatever it takes for that blessing, because they know that God has done something for them.

Sis. Elinor Creech

Sis. Elinor Creech

I want to spend a few minutes talking about Sis. Elinor Creech and say a little on what her life meant to me. I guess this would be a little bit of a funeral service if I had the opportunity. But as I did not have the opportunity or either one of my brothers, I will do it now. Most of us know she wanted to have her funeral here at church. She had already made it known, but it did not turn out that way. I am sorry about that for her sake and for family members that knew the same thing. Bro. Oscar and Sis. Beulah, I would like for you to be able to see the flowers that you presented as well as our church flowers. Brother and sister, we love you all, your family, and the family of God that have stood for truth through the years and are still standing for it. May God bless you. May He bless the family members that are really in concern. I have a scripture that I will read which does not pertain to my message. The 18th verse of John, 21st chapter. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.” That kind of says what I would like to say here. I remember in 1977 while Sis. Elinor was the piano player. Whenever Bro. Creech was having to miss several services because of his first wife’s sickness, finally he told me he would turn the song service over to me, which I was not a song leader. Anyway, he turned it over to me. Sis. Elinor was the piano player at that time. She always knew the right key to play when I would go to a song. When I would change from one song to another, she always knew where to pick me up. During that time, I had a dream and I told it to Bro. Jackson when it happened. I dreamed I was singing a song that I could never get right in the natural, but I sung it alright in the dream. The song was “Until Then”. I had a hard time with the verses. I was singing that song and Bro. Creech’s first wife, she had died by the time I had this dream, she came over to the piano and got a songbook and brought it to me and put it on the platform. I could see everything was plush, just beautiful. The songbook she brought was velvet. By that time Bro. Creech was fixing to marry Sis. Elinor. I told the dream to Bro. Jackson. In the dream, after I had dreamed that, I dreamed about Bro. Whitler. My dream was that Bro. Whitler said to me, those are beautiful flowers, those were beautiful flowers that someone had at their funeral. I told the dream to Bro. Jackson. When I told it to him, he said, “you know that would never happen in the natural, that a woman that had a husband, would never bring that in the natural, to some other woman, which goes to show you what it is in the spiritual.” In the spirit life things change completely. Bro. Whitler was having a hard time at that time with his heart. Bro. Jackson said, “It looks like they could do something for somebody’s heart,” because he knew the dream was pointing to Bro. Whitler’s death. After that, Bro. Bill and Sis. Rosie and my wife went to East Chicago. That is the first time I had been there. When I came to the service, they were playing the song, Until Then. It was all something that was a beautiful nature. It let me know that Sis. Elinor was the one who was to be the piano player because she always knew where I was at. I did not know, but she knew when I would change from one song to another. This morning, Sis. Elinor, the words on her casket said, Going Home. Sis. Elinor has gone home. I am going to miss my sister. The last time I saw her here at church a month ago, I stopped and talked to her a little while. As I did, she was always thinking she was missing too many services and people would be thinking something about it. She explained it to me. I said “Sis. Elinor, do not worry, everybody knows your circumstances, what you are going through.” Today I read that scripture because she wanted a funeral here among the saints, she wanted the ministers here to preach her funeral. I know some of her family would not like what I have to say, but I cannot help it. She was more to me than she was to some family members because she was my sister in Christ. So today we have beautiful flowers, but as the song goes, give me my flowers while I am living. Today Sis. Elinor’s body is in the grave, but somewhere her spirit is living in the spirit world. She would never have wanted some homosexual bobbed hair woman to conduct her funeral. But that is what her family chose to do. What a shame, what a disgrace. A funeral is not a comedy. I think a funeral is something you have respect and honor in, instead of something to make somebody laugh. I know this will not be liked, but that is alright. I can take it. Today we are living in a cruel world. There is so much hatred out there, so much evil. Marching in the streets. Obama or Hillary will not say anything about it. Really, Obama glorified it the other day while he was over in another country with Merkel. This is supposed to be his last trip and I hope it is the last trip he takes to other countries. Our country is a country that does not need to be laughed at and mocked. It needs to be respected. I hope in time that it will be respected, that we can look at it as a place where it is going to take something. George Washington’s vision may be at hand. If it takes that to bring the nation to its knees, then that will be. Because this is to be the country that the Jews will come to, fleeing that diabolical Roman system. Something has to happen. So today I have read the one scripture. When a person is young, they go about doing the things they could. When they are older, then others will cause them do things against their will. I hope you can understand what I am talking about.

Natural People Worshipping At The Temple

I am going to go to the 46th chapter of Ezekiel now. This is going to finish up looking at the temple. As I said, the temple will be built and worship service restored before the Millennium, as it is spoken of back in Revelation 11. It said there, “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” That would be include a restoration of the worship service, which would include the killing of the animals and also the singing that will be going on, which will be of the Levites. “But the court which is without (This is the outer court.) the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” So we see the parts of the temple that are already completed when the Week of Daniel begins. But here, as we go back to the 46th chapter, we see the fully completed temple area. This completion has to take place after Armageddon is over and the Millennium begins. It is not going to be finished in one day, the temple area and all, and the city. By the time they get through building, it may take fifty to a hundred years. I am not talking about the temple itself. I am talking about the whole, the city. The temple and its grounds are going to more or less cover the old city area. All these shrines the Gentiles have made, the churches they have built will be torn down. These are eyesores to the Jewish faith. They will be torn down. This temple and the sacrifices they will offer is not for the Bride. The Bride has nothing to do with this because it is for natural people, not for Bride people. As we look at this, we will understand where it says the prince in King James Version, in the Lamsa it says high priest. That is what it calls him in the 45th and 46th chapters. Now I am reading both translations, so you will understand. I have gotten so much criticism about this. I want you to be able to see this. “Thus saith the Lord God; The gate of the inner court (The inner court which is the temple area. The inner court is the temple area.) that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.” Now we have here a picture of the temple. What he is talking about is not the outer gate. The eastern gate is the temple gate. It is not that wall standing over there now. That wall which is standing there today has been closed shut for all these years, but then it will be gone. “And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, (See? The eastern part of it will no doubt be here (pointing at the gate to the inner court). This gate will be closed, not the wall gate. This gate will be closed. So, I know the teaching on that. I know what has been said on that, but it does not match scripture. Let me go over that again. Thus saith the Lord God the gate of the inner court, do you get that? Gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days. But on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened. The prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, see? There is a porch there. It is going to be something that will be covered because you will have rain during that time. (I was asked a question one time, “Will it rain in the Millennium?” If you go to Zechariah, and it says there will be rain.) The porch of that gate, which is where he will stand in the doorway, as the people of the land stand outside. Nobody enters into the temple but priests and the singers. Those are all that may enter into that area, because the worship has to come from inside to the outside where the people come by. I will move on here. And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without…) and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; (He is going to go outside now where the people are.) but the gate shall not be shut until the evening. Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the Lord in the sabbaths and in the new moons.” That is the people of the land, they are going to have representatives there. The twelve apostles are going to be over the twelve tribes. Because they are going to need somebody to direct them. The Bride has her work cut out for her during the Millennium. Wherever she is at, she has a lot to do, because they are going to rule over this natural population. There are going to be people born during the Millennium that will be brought up under the rulership of Christ and His Bride, plus the sheep people that go into that time. That is where it says a young one shall live a thousand years, because they enter into the Millennium as a young person. The sheep people will never die. They will be more than a thousand years old whenever the Millennial reign is over.

Diagram of the Second Temple

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“And the burnt offering that the prince shall offer unto the Lord in the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish.” These are all male animals. Because God is male. Because He is Father. He is not Mother, He is Father. I am not trying to make anything less out of people who are mothers, but Jesus said pray, “Our Father…” “And the meat offering (He is talking here about grain here. If you look at this you will see. The meat offering…) shall be an ephah for a ram, (See, there is your meat, the ram is the meat. The ephah is a bushel and three quarts for the meal offering.) and the meat offering for the lambs as he shall be able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.” Which is six quarts of oil. That is a hin. That is not talking about the chickens running around. It is a measurement. Ephah is a measurement. A hin is a measurement, as we already went over. “And in the day of the new moon it shall be a young bullock without blemish, (See? It is always male…) and six lambs, and a ram: they shall be without blemish.” The Bride of Jesus Christ is going to be without spot or blemish, just like these offerings. Bro. Kevin has been talking about family because we cannot let family lead us. There is a distinction in family when it comes to truth. We are the family of God. What does it say in 1st Corinthians chapter 12? We are knit together. We are one body. The body of Christ in the earth today is the most important thing God is looking at. He is looking as the body because it is the body of Christ. He is the head. These sacrifices are looking back at what He has already done. That is what the law always was, something to point to Christ. They could not ever live it under the Law Age. They could not keep it. Thou shalt not, thou shalt not. But in the Millennium they will keep it. 7th verse, “And he shall prepare a meat offering, an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and for the lambs according as his hand shall attain unto, and an hin or oil to an ephah.” This is for people that cannot afford an animal, and it is going to be that way. Jesus said you will always have the poor among you. There will be simple minded people even into the Millennium that need cared for. So, everybody will not be able to give the whole lamb or bullock. If you go through the Old Testament, then you see that two families can get together. That was the first Passover. Two families can get together, if one family cannot afford that lamb. They will get together, but they all have to be under the same roof in order for the Passover to happen. Because outside, if somebody was outside, they were dead. Outside of the wall of protection of Jesus Christ, we are dead. “And when the prince shall enter, he shall go in by the way of the porch of that gate, and he shall go forth by the way thereof.” See? He is the only one that is allowed to do that. The high priest is the only one that can go in and out of the same gate. Because he is a representative of Jesus Christ. “But when the people of the land shall come before the Lord in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship (That is talking about the north gate to the temple area. Let that sink in a little bit.) shall go out by the way of the south gate; (I wonder why he would do that? The prince or the high priest, goes in and out the same gate. But the people of the land, they enter into the temple area by the north gate, they have to go out by the south gate. It is very simple. Because they left their offering and must go out another way. Because if he does not, his sin remains. This is a death sentence. This is God’s word. He comes in by the way of the north gate and leaves by way of the south gate. He comes in by the south gate, he has to leave by the way of the north gate. He cannot go out the same way he came in. Brothers and sisters, that is a lesson to us. When we leave our sins at the altar, we cannot pick them up again. Leave them there. Our thinking, our desires have to be changed. Maybe these people will not understand that, maybe some young ones are not able to understand that, but they have to follow the motion of it because it is death if they do not. If you come into this truth and go back out the same way, to some denominational system, it is death. God said to me in 1963 when I heard this message, Revelation 18, “come out of her my people, that ye be not partaker of her sins.” If I go back to that, then I have lost my identity. My identity is to be a part of the Bride of Christ. When the people of the land shall come before the Lord in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate. See? What has happened? He has left his load there, and somewhere inside him, he feels relieved. Whenever you came to the Lord, did you not feel relieved? Did you not feel a burden lifted? When our sisters sing their songs, sometimes I cannot contain myself. The tears that come to my eyes, I cannot help it. I do not want to help it. I am glad for the tears. I can still feel conviction whenever something is wrong.) and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.” See? What it does, he is not looking back, he is looking forward because he cannot go back. He cannot turn around. Just like Lot’s wife, she turned around. Who wants to turn around? “And the prince in the midst of them, when they go in, shall go in; and when they go forth, shall go forth.” See? He is not going to stay in there forever. That sets an allotted time that he is in there. “And in the solemnities the meat offerings shall be an ephah to a bullock, and an ephah to a ram, and to the lambs as he is able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.” See? He repeats this. God wants them to get it. “Now when the prince shall prepare a voluntary burnt offering or peace offerings voluntarily unto the Lord, one shall then open him the gate that looketh toward the east, and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, as he did on the sabbath day: then he shall go forth; and after his going forth one shall shut the gate.” His job is to keep things right. If he does not, he is going to die. There is nothing else to it. He shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings as he did on the sabbath day, then he shall go forth and after his going forth one shall shut the gate. See? It is closed now. It is not open all the time. It is closed. You have to be on time. There are people out there in Las Vegas, California, overseas, who are our brothers and sisters who sit and watch our services. The only change you are going to see is if God reveals it. We are not going back. Every service we are closing a gate because we are not looking back. That chapter of life that we once lived, we cut it off. I believe you are interested in this message. I hope all of you are. This is important. We are going to rule and reign with Christ. His presence, just as we feel it in the worship service, is lingering here as I preach. It is the same presence that is overseas in Norway, or the Philippines. We have new brothers and sisters in Australia. Bro. Jimmy’s children are living there, three of them that I know are living in Australia now. Remember Bro. Jimmy and the saints in the Philippines in your prayers. “Thou shalt daily prepare a burnt offering unto the Lord of a lamb of the first year without blemish: (This is a daily thing. This is not a time for all the people to be there, but it is a time for the ministry to be there, daily. There is a song, how did you leave your room this morning? Did you forget to pray?) thou shalt prepare it every morning.” Why not in the evening? It has to be in the morning so that it will last through the day. These priests have to eat that every day. Not a weekly reminder, not a new moon reminder, but every day.

Sin in the Millennium – Perfection in the Eternal Age

“And thou shalt prepare a meat offering for it every morning, the sixth part of an ephah, (That is because you have a lamb there. You do not have a full meal like you do at other times. Because there are not going to be as many eating it.) and the third part of an hin of oil, (which would be two quarts) to temper with the fine flour; (See? You mix that with the flour to temper it.) a meat offering (or a meal offering) continually by a perpetual ordinance unto the Lord. Thus shall they prepare the lamb, and the meat offering, (meal offering) and the oil, every morning for a continual burnt offering.” It is a continual thing, they do not stop. They start on the first day of the week. The sabbath is the seventh day to them in this. They start on the first day of the week, and they go that way until the sabbath again. So, it is not forgotten, because there is a continual remembrance of sin. They are not necessarily free from sin because there are people being born all along, all through the Millennial. So, they are still born under sin, sin is not gone. That is why there is this remembrance of sin. When you go from the Millennium into the Eternal Age, then all sin is gone. Then it will be back like it should have been with Adam. If Adam had never sinned, it would be an eternal day. Why? Because they would have ate off the tree of life, which is the Holy Ghost. To me this makes sense. This makes sense of what is really truth. Because they will enter into that age and there will be no more sin. Why? Because the serpent is only alive as a snake. His seed is all gone. It is still manifest in the Millennium, but what happens? This is what makes me happy. What happens when you go to the white throne judgment? Death and hell are then cast into the lake of fire. It is gone. There is no more sin. Perfection is all that is left. Some hate me to say this: every child that is born from then on will be a child of God. Everyone will eat from that tree of life freely in the eternal age, which the Bride is living on already. In the Millennium, the Earth and natural mankind is gradually perfected. You cannot get any more perfected. The Bride of Christ is already sinless in the Millennium. But sin still lingers in the children of the sheep people. Little children will be born, because it will be appointed of God when they are to be born. Until a length of time. Earth was made for man. That is what the Bible said. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, he said “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” I did not know these things always, God had to show them to me. He is my Teacher. He is your Teacher. We are all being taught together. “Thus saith the Lord God; If the prince give a gift unto any of his sons, the inheritance thereof shall be his son’s; it shall be their possession by inheritance.” He cannot take it back. If he gives it, he cannot take it back. But it has to be out of his own inheritance, which he has inherited in that city. When we go into chapters 47 and 48, we will learn a little more about the city. “But if he give a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his to the year of liberty; (or the year of Jubilee, then it goes back.) after it shall return to the prince: but his inheritance shall be his sons’ for them. Moreover the prince shall not take of the people’s inheritance by oppression, (or by force. It is his final gift, which we will find out as we go along.) to thrust them out of their possession; but he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession.” That is why God has a church. I cannot take somebody else’s ministry. That is why there is a fivefold ministry, one cannot take it all. One cannot do it all. The only One who ever done it all was Jesus Christ. He was God’s complete gift. That is why He became our example. Because He was perfect, with no guile. Whenever we get to that place, we are going to be perfect. We are. We are looking for perfection, getting rid of all the little things that make us where we are not complete. Get them out of our life, throw them away and put them behind us. Why? We are the family of God. How I love this family of God.

I want to get into Ezekiel chapter 47. I have finished looking at the temple. I have more to show you concerning the Eternal Age. I have added a subtitle to my message because I have gone beyond Revelation 10. My subtitle is “The Millennium and Beyond.” So, some of this will be beyond. I know we could think there is not much that we know about what will be happening after the Millennium is over, but there is more than I thought there was. I want to get into that. I probably will mix it together, but I will tell you when I am mixing it together. There is just a lot to happen, especially in the Millennium, that God is going to help us understand and to look into. It may be things that have not been looked into before. We praise Him that He is so gracious to us to let us have understanding in this hour of time. History gives you the past, but the Bible gives you the future. That is what we are looking at here. I want to go back to where the boundaries are now, and where they will be. Israel is a little speck of a nation today, but it is going to spread out. It is going to be several hundred miles long, and some two hundred miles wide. At its narrow point today, it is just a few miles, and the world wants to make it smaller. They are talking of tearing down Amona, a town in Israel. They want to give it to the Arabs. That is not right. The Jews are refusing to leave it. Maybe this is the time for Judah to spread forth into parts that belong to them. It is going to happen, just not on our schedule. God is well aware of what is going on. He is well aware of the leadership He needs in that country, to fulfill His will and purpose. In His time, these things will come to pass.

Things Old & Things New

So, in the scripture, we have looked at the temple, but now Ezekiel goes on to look beyond that. He stopped looking at the temple in chapter 46 of Ezekiel. Now he goes into another topic. The area around the temple will not be completed until during the Millennium. That is going to take some time to finish. People do not realize that. They think it is just an instant thing, but it is going to take years for that city and the area around the temple to be rebuilt because it is such a vast thing. We will see that as we go along. They say “Rome was not built in a day.” Well, that city is not going to be finished in a day. Only the immediate temple area, the sanctuary and the altar, will be completed before the Millennium. That is it. Whenever the Millennium comes, that is all there is. But then it as the Millennium unfolds, the rest will all be finished. God has to bring the Israeli people back there, and He has to get strangers in there to help build. We will read that. It is in here, it is in this 47th chapter, which connects to the 60th chapter of Isaiah where it talks about the sons of strangers. One prophet does not contradict the other one, but the one prophet completes what another prophet starts. What does it say in Isaiah 28? “Line upon line, line upon line, here a little and there a little.” That is speaking of how the picture comes together as you begin to look at the pieces. It is kind of like a puzzle. I never was very good at puzzles. They will have five hundred-piece puzzles, and the picture is an ocean and one little bird. Every piece looks about the same. Whenever I did a puzzle, I would force some pieces into places where they did not belong. I would have the bird someplace else. I have seen people work these Rubik cubes, and get them done in a minute. That would be an all-day job for me. Those things are not as important as this though. This is what God has worked out. It is His word. If He had never spoke it, it would not be there. What does it say? The scripture is for our learning. It is a teacher, but it has to be learned. In Matthew 13, let us go there for a minute. Here we have these verses and seven parables. The seventh parable, verse 47 says, “Again, the kingdom of heaven (the kingdom of heaven) is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.” This has already happened. We are living in the end of this. Then it goes on. “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever (that hurts sometimes, sever, what do you do when you sever something? You pull it apart. It can be that way with family. God has a family, but it is not always the family we think it is. We have to trust God. I know He has done His part, we must do our part. Sever…) the wicked from among the just.” Among them. Is that hard? It is hard when it comes. But it is not hard to understand. “And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (My!) Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? (Parables) They say unto him, Yea, Lord.” They did not understand, though they thought they did. They were not lying. But here, this is the verse, “Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe (That is the ministry. A scribe in the Old Testament was someone that wrote the Bible, but he was also someone that interpreted the Bible. So, they were both a scribe to write it and a scribe to understand it. Therefore, every scribe…) which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, (That is the ministry of Bro. William Branham. It said the scribe is like unto that householder. He brought truths out that the people hated. It was the truth. One minister in that hour, his son has a television show now, said serpent seed was from hell. They began to say Bro. William Branham said Eve had a relationship with the devil. He never said that. He said the serpent. I remember him explaining that. It was easy to understand. But it was not for them.) which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”

 

Waters From Beneath Temple

 

The Mount of Olives. Click to enlarge.

I will go now to chapter 47 of Ezekiel. This part is after he has talked about the rebuilding of the temple, of the land, and of the city. Afterward, after all that now he is going into something else. “Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; (the door of the house. We have a picture of the Mount of Olives here. The picture is looking over at the Mount of Olives from the temple mount. It is a great mountain. You can see it here. We have walked down it. The bus takes you to the top, but then you have to walk down.  It is very steep.) behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, (He is talking about the temple.) and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.” Now for us to understand this, we must go to Zechariah, chapter 14:3 “Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, (His feet stood upon the Mount of Olives, that is where He left from.) and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” What am I saying? Half of it toward the north and half toward the south. It will split right down the middle. Why? You will see who is with Him. This mountain is going to be split in half. When is that? When the Lord comes back and stands on the Mount of Olives. Now the 5th verse, “And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.” See? There you are. You are right there with him as he returns. That is before the resurrection of the rest of the white robed saints, but it is after the resurrection of the Bride, which has happened some seven years before this. This mountain is going to cleave down the middle, and there is a reason for it. To divert attention off of it, he goes into something else here. He just completely leaves that topic alone until later. He says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.” See? He completely dismisses the cleaving of the Mount of Olives and goes to this. What is this verse? What is this evening light? When is it? 1963. I know Bro. William Branham talked a lot about this. But let us just leave those two verses out for now which are for a different topic, and let us continue the thought he was expressing back in the 5th verse and we will see what happens here. Verse 8 “And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; (Where? From the temple area. What are the waters going to do? Go right through that pass that was opened in the Mount of Olives. That is why it is opened up. I think from the temple through to the other side of the pass that will be made in the Mount of Olives is a little over a mile. It says living waters, that is not spiritual, that is physical.) half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.”

Zechariah 14:8 Living Waters flowing from the temple. Click to Enlarge

There is another part of this. Let us go to the book of Joel, 3rd chapter, starting with the 17th verse. “So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim.” We know where that is. That is the entrance into the Dead Sea. You can see on the map how far it is Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. You can picture what this will look like. Living waters, a fountain shall flow from the house of the Lord. Let us go back to Ezekiel. I brought in these other scripture in order to make the picture clear. This valley is not just a valley to be a valley, it will be an entrance for living waters to flow through towards the Dead Sea. What does it say in Zechariah? It says it will flow to the former sea and the hinder sea. The hinder sea is the Dead Sea and former sea is the Mediterranean. Ezekiel 47:1 again.

Map of the Valley of Shittim

“Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward.” See? He did not see the complete picture. That is why I said, you must go from one to another to get the complete picture. Ezekiel just saw it flowing eastward into the Dead Sea. But Zechariah saw it flowing into both seas, and there is a reason for that. We will see the reason. Somewhere under Jerusalem today there is a great fountain of water. It has got to be there, just waiting for God to remove the cork. “Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. (Or the right side of the altar.) And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, (which would be fifteen hundred feet) and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.” Why is the water shallow here? Because it is so steep from up there down into the valley. The first time we went to Israel we went to Jericho. I remember the water that came out there. That was Elisha’s stream there that was healed. It is still healed today. That valley has trees and is beautiful, because of one spring of water. This will be similar, but much greater. “Again, he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. (See? It is getting deeper as it moves on out.) Again, he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. (It is leveling out now and the water is running more slowly and pooling deeper. You are going through the Mount of Olives at this point.) Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river (I know preachers have preached that this is a spiritual thing. It is not spiritual. This is physical. Do not listen to them. This has nothing to do with a spiritual thing. It was a river…) that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.” See where he is now? He has gone a thousand cubits, he did that that four times, so that is six thousand feet. Where does that put him? It takes you through the new valley in the Mount of Olives out to the other side. Now you are down in the valley toward the Dead Sea. The temple mount is only about twenty miles from the Dead Sea. As the waters slow down a spread out, it gets deeper. But in Zechariah it goes both ways, both east and west. So, one stream goes to the Dead Sea and another to the Mediterranean. God has a purpose in everything He does. “And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.” Back at the beginning at Jerusalem. I am interested because God is doing something. “Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.” God is healing the land. The weather is changing. What is happening in these verses could not happen if the weather was like it is now, but here we can see in that time the weather has changed. “Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.” The Dead Sea will not be dead any longer. God is doing something. He is healing the Dead Sea. People like to go down there and get in that mud. Then they go and wash it off, and it is supposed to have a healing effect on their body. No. That is not healing. What we are reading is real healing. God’s word is healing. “And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and everything shall live whither the river cometh.” Why? Because it comes out of the throne. The throne at Jerusalem. That is not the throne of the Bride of Christ. Natural Jerusalem is God’s gift to Israel. “Oh, I thought I was going to live in Jerusalem.” You are not. You are going to live and rule and reign in your homeland. We will rule and reign in this land. Others will rule and reign in their lands. Natural Jerusalem is for the Jews. “And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; (This is from the Jordan close to the Dead Sea, on into the Dead Sea, where these waters run.) they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.” What is he saying? The fish from the great sea are going to come across to the Dead Sea. How are they going to do it? You have fresh water and salt water. God is God. It said the same kind. It said the waters will be healed. “But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.” The marshland around the edges of the Dead Sea will still be salty, but the interior will be healed and full of fish for them to eat. Someone may say, “Well, I thought when we go into the Millennium we do not eat meat.” Natural people are going to eat something. They are going to eat animals. “Oh, I did not know that.” What are the animals going to do, overspread the earth? No. If something does not happen, the fish will multiply where all you have is fish and no water, just fish. God does not have any problem with eating animals. Only foolish men do. But God does not. Did it not say they will have nets? Why would they have nets unless they were going to catch fish? “And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, (or for food. They are not going to be growing squirrels. They are going to be growing fruit. That is why I said that the weather is going to change because they get snow in Jerusalem at times. Last winter Israel had  snow six inch deep. Shall grow all trees for meat…) whose leaf shall not fade, (See? There will be no cold winter season anymore. In South Africa where we visited, the way they know the spring season has come I by the blooming of the flowers. The leaf never falls off. It stays the same year-round. This is what is going to happen at Jerusalem.) neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, (every month of the year, it said they will not be consumed, see, because of the fresh water running, according to his months…) because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: (That is wonderful. There is nothing coming out of the sanctuary that is going to be polluted.) and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, (or food) and the leaf thereof for medicine.” Not only will the fruit be great, the leaves are going to be for medicine. Can you understand that? It is going to put a lot of doctors out of business. That is for the natural person. Think about it, they will live a thousand years. There is something. You are talking fantastic. The word of God is fantastic.

Division of the Land of Israel in the Millennium

Now it goes to dividing the land in the 48th chapter. I have a reason to go down this part. “Thus saith the Lord God; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.” Whenever it divides the land out in chapter 48, Joseph is not mentioned, but his sons are. That is his two portions, Manasseh and Ephraim. Because really there will be thirteen portions. Joseph will get two, one for each son.  The thirteenth part goes unto Levi, which will be Jerusalem. There will be twelve parts beside that, so Joseph, his sons, Ephraim and Manaseh, shall have those two parts of Joseph. That is why Joseph is mentioned here in two parts. “And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: (He lifted his hand to give it to their fathers. David and Solomon are the only ones that had the whole of Israel.) and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance. And this shall be the border of the land toward the north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad; Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazar-hatticon, which is by the coast of Hauran.” These places are on our map. “And the border from the sea shall be Hazarenan, the border of Damascus, and the north northward, and the border of Hamath. And this is the north side.” It goes from the Euphrates river all the way south down to the river Egypt. This is what David and Solomon ruled over. I have a map in my Bible that shows the whole thing. This was David’s kingdom. Really, the kingdom is even a little larger than what this map shows, “And the east side ye shall measure from Hauran, and from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land of Israel by Jordan, from the border unto the east sea. And this is the east side.” This is the east border of Israel. So, it is not going to be little. Israel is a small thing today compared to this. But all this is going to be their inheritance. “And the south side southward, from Tamar even to the waters of strife in Kadesh, the river to the great sea. And this is the south side southward. The west side also shall be the great sea from the border till a man come over against Hamath. This is the west side. So, shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers (Strangers, see? I read a while ago where there will be no strangers, but there is a difference. To the strangers…) that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.” Now why would he say that? Let us go to Isaiah 60. Let us start with verse 8. “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.” Now listen to this next verse. You will see why he mentions it here as I read this. “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, (This is a special group of strangers. It is not just strange people walking through the land. It will not be the strangers that come from abroad once a year. They are not are going to inherit it, but it is the sons of the strangers that build up thy walls.) and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.” That is why I said you have to go to different scriptures to get the answer. Let me go back and read verse 22 again, from Ezekiel. “And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers (Strangers, the ones that build up thy walls. They are going to be as important to Israel as the home-grown Jews. God did not forget them because they helped to build up the walls. They were volunteers. Do you get it? To the strangers…) that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.” It goes on further and says they will not only have inheritance in the land, but it is wherever they go. Whatever tribe they choose to live in. “And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord God.” God does not forget their favor.

Heavenly Jerusalem: The Bride of Christ

God does not forget His Bride, either. In Revelation 21 and 22, which is talking about the Bride, what does it say there? Natural Jerusalem is a replica of the Bride. Let’s look at that a minute. So, we do not forget. Chapter 22, “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” See? He is talking about another river, which is the river of life. That is where the tree of life is. Are you glad for what God is doing among us? Why is he? Because you are saints of God. Why do you doubt your experience? Why do you doubt your inheritance? Is it because the devil says you are not His? Because somebody has been standing on your shoulder, talking in your ear? I say, get some ear plugs, spiritual ear plugs. Whenever you do, then say, “In the name of the Lord, get away from me Satan.” He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. This is not the same as Ezekiel saw, because Ezekiel saw a natural river running out from underneath the side of the throne. But this which John saw, this is the Bride experience. There is nothing to compare to it. Natural Jerusalem is a replica of how God views the Bride. You have the natural, and then you have the supernatural. We are humans with a supernatural experience that only God can give. It sounds much the same. “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, (spiritual fruits, three more than what we have now: love, peace, longsuffering, joy,  gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. We have these now, but there are going to be three more added. Bro. Jackson said we will not know what they are until that time.) and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree (were not for your healing) were for the healing of the nations.” They are there to take away that old spirit and give healing to the nations, which will all be accomplished after the Millennium is over. It will all be healed because at the end of the Millennium, after Gog and Magog and those who come with them are devoured by fire. God will get rid of all that. Then you go into the Eternal Age. That is for the healing the nations of the bitterness, the strife, the envy that now is upon the earth. “And there shall be no more curse: (See? You are going into the Eternal Age then. You are out of the age of the Millennium. There will be no more curse. The curse will be taken away. This connects to Isaiah 66. The serpent will still have dust for its meat, still be eating bugs because of what he did. But he will still be there. God does not lose anything. He will never talk again, he will never deceive again.) but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.”

continued in the next edition.

REVELATION-10-No.7

Revelation 10, Part 6 – 2018, May


Introduction

Preached Oct. 30 – Nov. 11, 2016

Rev. James C. Allen


In our
last edition, Bro. Allen covered Ezekiel chapters 40-44 looking at the layout of the holy temple during the millennium. We are picking up where he left off.

We live in a special time, and I feel we are in a special place. We are looking at a picture of the sanctuary of the temple and the Holy of Holies. We are inching toward something I believe is getting ready to take place. I feel we need this knowledge. Two prophets are going to come on the scene. Revelation 11:1 talks about measuring the temple and altar and them that worship therein: there is a time just ahead of us when that will be fulfilled. They will measure the part of the temple that is built. God is working progressively toward that very time, that we may be able to look at scriptures and see the time of the two prophets and what they will face, and how much they are going to be able to see in that time. This temple is only going to be used for a period of time. Because Revelation 21, the first part is about the Bride, but they rest is the starting of the Eternal Age. When the Eternal Age comes, this temple that was used in the Millennium will not be needed anymore. You may think that is a strange statement for me to make. What the Jews were seeing in the Old Testament was pointing forward to Christ. This temple will be pointing back to Christ until the Millennium is over. When the eternal age begins, everything will be in perfection from there on. The Millennium is for moving the entire world into that perfection. But after the entire world reaches that perfect state, we find that the Bible says the knowledge of theLord will cover the earth like the waters cover the sea. That is speaking of the Eternal Age. Nobody will really need to know what we need to know now, or what they will need to know in the Millennium, because it will all be revealed to them. The purpose of the Millennium is to get things back to where they would have been had sin never entered the picture. These things may sound strange to you. You may have to think upon these things. Everything points to the Millennium era where everything is done in Jerusalem, which is two cities. Natural Jerusalem and then the New Jerusalem, which is coming down, which is not a physical place with buildings. When it speaks about a mansion, it is speaking of a dwelling place. A rightful dwelling place as we dwell in the presence of God. I do not want to get into that too much right now, but there is enough that leads you into the Eternal Age, that we know something about it. When the Eternal Age comes, Jesus is no longer Savior. They will be looking to Him for saving grace, because the first temple represented him, and this next temple will too. All the blood offerings, the meal offerings, everything that was done there and will be done there, it is all done to point to Christ. During the time of the first two temples they failed to live up to what God wanted from them. They failed. God does not fail. He is going to bring it all back to the Jewish people during the Millennium, and then they will live it. The rest of the natural people of the earth have it differently. They will go to Jerusalem  for the feast of Tabernacles. That is once a year. These things will only be for natural people who are upon the earth and not for the saints who will be in glorified bodies. Bride people are not going to be a group of ornery, contrary people. Bride people are getting rid of that now. We better. That is what is going on now, the working of the ministry according to Ephesians 4, to bring about a complete picture for us to be able to fathom and walk in in this endtime. We will go into that more later, the Lord willing.

 

The Valley of Dry Bones

Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones

I want to look at Ezekiel 37:1-14 next, to see just what he is talking about here. Let us go there now.  “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones.” That is the Israeli nation. That is where they had been for hundreds and thousands of years of time. Over the centuries, it looked like they had lost hope. They were out of their land and persecuted. I seemed like they would never be restored what they lost. They are the only nation that was ever taken out of their land and then later restored back to their land. They are the only nation. That was all in the hand of God to bring them back and fulfill His will, because God does not fail. He never does. “And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.” It took time for them to be dried out in that way. “And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.” This is the last part of that because they have to have the body before they have breath. “And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” Now this goes all the way into the Millennium. This is not just them becoming a nation. Israel becoming a nation is just the start of the bones coming together. There is more to it than just to become a nation, there also has to be something happen in their spirit. The breath is the spirit of life. There is a natural life which they already have, but then there has to be something spiritual added, the spirit of life. “So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.” This has not fully happened yet. All the twelve tribes are not there yet as they will be. Because there has to be enough people there, enough young Jewish men to make up the 144,000. They do not even know who they are now. Many do not even know what tribe they are of. God does. He is the only one that knows what tribe each one is of. “And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: (This is a gradual process. This has not happened in one day, and it is not done yet. They become a nation in one day, but there was not breath in them, that was just the bones starting to come together. By the time this is done though, it will be an army as it speaks here.) but there was no breath in them.” See? That is a period of time where the bones come together and they have flesh, but no spirit of life in them. God is gradually working. It is 2018 and they do not have the city of Jerusalem back yet. They have part of it. There are different elements there, the Catholic, the Protestant, the Armenian, the Jews, and the Arabs. They are in the way. “Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, (See? He has done spoken in the first part of this, that there might be life in the bones, which was the beginning, a natural life. Now here comes a second part. Prophesy unto the wind. You know what the wind is. Bro. Jonathan Cahn explained that one time. He took up a shofar. He said “If you have one end closed, then it makes no noise. If you have both ends closed, it makes no noise. But if both ends are open, then the breath can flow through it and there is life.  Of course, he was relating that to our lives and to the people he was preaching to. We have to be open to receive from God on one end, and open on the other end to allow what he is doing to come out in our life. I thought that was a great illustration. But the wind: what is it? On the day of Pentecost there came a mighty rushing wind. What was it? It was the Holy Ghost blowing into the room. Prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind…) Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.” God is going to bring this to pass very soon. “Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.” Or for our sins, or for our parts, which is a nation, which is the twelve parts that make up the nation, we are cut off from our parts, or for our parts. “Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.” That is what He is doing now. “And ye shall know that I am the Lord, (They do not know that yet.) when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, (My Spirit, that should be a capital letter. You see here he is talking about more than just the breath of life. He is speaking of their revival. And shall put my Spirit in you…) and ye shall live, (This goes all the way into the Millennium.) and I shall place you in your own land: (They are not placed there yet. They still have a way to go to get all of it. They only have a portion of their land today. Do you get it?) then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, (They do not know that now.) and performed it, saith the Lord.” He is going to perform it. It is not just a word that He is going to say, He is going to perform it.

 

 

The Priests of the Future Temple

 

Let us go back to Ezekial 44 where I was in the last edition. Let me start with the 1st verse again. “Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary (this is the outside) which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.” As he goes there, the gate is shut. There is a purpose for the gate being shut. “Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.” Not forever, because the Lord has a plan for that. “It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the Lord; (He is the only one that can sit in that gate. He enters into that gate and goes out that gate. He is the only one that can do that. Why is that? He is a representative of Jesus Christ. He went into the grave and came out of the grave.) he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.” What is it? This is representative of Jesus Christ. “Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord: and I fell upon my face.” He could not stand it any longer. You can just take so much. Maybe I should not say this, but last Sunday morning when I got through, I was beat, because it just took all the energy out of me. I went home and went to sleep. Bro. Charles preached Sunday night. I am glad he did. Sometimes the Spirit of the Lord works in you and it just takes all you have got. You are alright as long as you are preaching, but when you sit down, then it is another thing. Because it is the Spirit of the Lord that is keeping you up and going. I am not trying to make some big show out of this. But I can see here, Ezekiel, he lost it. Because the human body responds just like it was with Daniel. He just fell to the ground numb. Bro. William Branham in his younger years in the 1940’s, he prayed for the sick. He had nobody to tell him when to stop. He got lost in it. There were times, I know this from eyewitnesses, that he just passed out because it took all the strength out of him and nobody watched him. That is why Billy Paul began to watch him, and in that way he was a help to his father. Whenever he got to that point, then he interrupted. A lot of people did not like it, but that is what happened. I will not go into any more than that, but I know other things that happened during that time. “Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord: and I fell upon my face. And the Lord said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the Lord, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.” Mark it well, he is saying, every going forth. He is wanting Ezekiel to observe and record this down, because this is a holy thing. These priests cannot make mistakes. Is that saying something to us? A mistake and they are gone. Some of them do die. I can prove that to you. I will prove it to you, the Lord willing. “And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations.” Then he is going back now to them again, just like he did in the 43rd chapter. “In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, (This is not speaking of the  Millennium. This has already happened, and he is reminding them, this has gone on but it will go on no further.) and the uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.” See? He said they have, which it is putting it back before Ezekiel’s time. Ezekiel is seeing what Israel did in his days and what caused them to be out of the land during their captivity, and he is bringing this in to show them what future will be. “And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.” Or guards, which there will be an element of guards of the priests, to make sure of the sons of Zadok and the other Levites do it right. They are saying, we are going to get it right this time. I am saying that tonight, we are going to get it right before we leave here. We are going to be glad, because we are going to see the accomplishments of the God of Abraham. I am not trying to bring fear. I am saying this to bring purity. Purity to our lives. We should every so often during the day, raise our hands and say, “Father, make me pure, let me think pure, let my life be pure.” Is that right? If you have a Scofield Bible it says The Priests of the Future Temple as a heading for this section. “Thus saith the Lord God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.” He is talking about the Millennium sanctuary. They will not be there. God is going to clean house. How many want perfection? How many want to be perfected yourself? How many are willing to work and let yourself be perfected? So that we may glorify Him and say “Thank You Lord,” every day, for bringing me a little closer to that time. Young people, I will go further than that, children, this is for you. How old was Samuel when the Lord spoke to him? In times past, there were young ones here who have seen the glory of God while the service was going on. Brothers and sisters, it is time we see something. We have got a great message. We have the best. I am not going to sit around and worry what this nation is going to become, because it is God’s plan. It may not be God’s will, but it is God’s plan. Remember me using the black board? We have a chance to scrub it now, to make it clean. To clean our lives that they may shine forth. So that when you go to work or go anywhere that there is a spirit following you, there is a life following you because it is inside you. I do not want Jesus Christ to be my partner, I want Him to be my life. Christ in you, the hope of glory. I do not want Him just to walk beside me. I do not want Him just to carry me either. I want to be able to stand on my own two feet, in Him, not on my own. I want to see the glory of God working in Faith Assembly. I want us to come in here with a shout inside us. We do not have to put it out, but it is going to explode to where you will see the glows of it. We sing the song, How great is our God, how great is His word. It is great.

 

“And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, (See? They are outside. Not outside the gate, but they are outside of the worship. They get a lesser role because of what happened in the past.) …and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.”  That is talking about the people that are outside: that is who they will minister to. The other priests are inside. What is going on inside? It is where the glory of God is. See, what they have done, they have put His presence off. God is going to take His presence and put on the sons of Zadok. Then these other priests will get the spillover. They get to slay the sacrifice. They slay it, while the sons of Zadok are in there taking the sacrifice and doing with it as they are, and then they have eat the sacrifice. You have to eat it. Jesus said, my flesh is bread indeed and my blood is drink indeed. All this is going on to represent what has already happened. “Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord God, and they shall bear their iniquity.” That is in the Millennium. The iniquity of their fathers that is passed down, down, down, many centuries of time until you get down here to the endtime. Sure, they are saved. Sure the great multitude is saved. Sure the foolish virgins are saved, but their inheritance is not what yours is. It is a different level. These natural priests are in a different level. “And they shall not come near unto me, (Their ministry is out to the people, but their ministry is not inside the inner working of God. I am trying to say this to say that God is working inside His saints in this hour. We need to watch our lives.) to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.” See? Right here in the middle of this, in the most holy place.

Worship Service at the Holy Temple. Click to enlarge.

Go to Daniel 9:24. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people (Jews, we are talking about Jews, seventy weeks are determined upon thy people.) and upon thy holy city, (God is looking at it now as a holy city) to finish the transgression, (It is finished, just like it tells you in the last part of the 27th verse.) and to make an end of sins, (To make an end of sins: that goes all the way into the Millennium.) and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” The most Holy, which is that inner part of the temple. The place that only the high priest or the prince, as it says, can enter. (It fits both ways. Lamsa says high priest.) Only he can go in there, nobody else, no other son of Zadok. I do not know how he is appointed. I do not know if he is appointed of the Jews, but I know he is appointed by the spirit of God. He will be the only one that can go in there and place blood inside that, then upon the doorpost. Nobody else can do it. Nobody else could die for sin. All this, that ram, that bullock, that he goat, is all coming about to represent He who died, that we might have life. I did not die for that, He did. I am just a little tool, maybe a screw driver, maybe it gouges you. Like an agitator. Whatever we are, we will take it. We are not interested in what we become, we are interested in what He becomes in us.

 

Go back to Ezekiel 44, verse 13. “And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.” This is going to take a Millennium. “But, it was not my fault,” they might say. You cannot say “I did not do it.” No. That great grandfather did it. “But I will make them keepers (or guards) of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein. But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me.” “Oh, it does not make any difference if I do some little things God is not pleased with,” some may say. You read in Malachi 3, will a man rob God? I do not want to be a robber of God. See what happened to the ones that did. See what the Jews done that caused the trouble, there in Malachi, they were bringing the worst of their flock. They were not seeking out the best sheep. They were not looking for the best lamb. They were not giving God their best, they were giving him the scraps. God does not want that. “But that will grow up to be a great sheep, I can use that. It will bring me much money,” they were looking at that. But God is not forgetful. God sees today if we are giving our best. That is why now we can make things right through the blood of Jesus Christ. This applied to them because they were to be a perfect people, as Abraham. You might say, well Abraham had his faults. But he did not have anything to go by but the word of God, he did not have a Bible. He was making it. What Abraham was, has been fulfilled all the way down to the Bride of Jesus Christ. We are the seed of Abraham through Jesus Christ. Why? Abraham believed God. God looked upon that and counted it for righteousness. I admire people of God. Faith Assembly has done well. I am not just speaking on tithing, this goes beyond that. “But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God.” Where is the blessing in that? It is the anointing of God that comes on them for obedience. It said the others cannot come near to Him. They have to stand off and watch while the sons of Zadok can get close. That great anointing, that Shekinah glory that fills the house is going to fill their lives. They are going to feel something. They are going to put on the best robes. These are going to minister unto Him. “They shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood.” They shall stand where? They shall stand before me. He is right there to accept their offering. “They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.” Nothing gets by them. They are a higher level of priest. The anointing breaks the yoke. What we are, or what we come up in, many times we have to let it go because God has something better for us if we can listen to Him and not just say, “well that is the way I am.” No, that is the way we want to be, like Him. “And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, (See? They are all the way inside.) they shall be clothed with linen garments; (What do you think that represents? That is what we are being clothed with now. I have on a blue shirt and a blue suit, but you and I are being clothed with linen. There is nothing whiter than linen, because it has a shine to it. It is not man made. He made us for this purpose. You are not here by chance. You are not here because one day you decided, well I am going to go to that church. If you did, you would not stay. The same thing that caused you to decide to come would cause you to leave. There are people here tonight that desired to be here years ago, but circumstances just would not let them. Now they are here, and they are happy. God has to call you into truth. They shall be clothed with linen garments…) and no wool shall come upon them, while they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within. They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.” Maybe I should not say it, I do not mean this the way the world does: This it is going to be a cool bunch. “And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.” This is very strict. This is only the priests that are the sons of Zadok. See what they are wearing? Why? They are representing the purity of God in that holy place that God has hallowed, and the glory of the God of Israel will cover that place while they minister. It is going to be something. There will be a hallowing to it where people that come there, that want to be there. That is why that ground is so large. “Neither shall they shave their heads, (If you go to Israel you will see those with the long locks, that is wrong. I would have to say if I was looking at the Jewish priests at that time, they would look more like Jonathan Cahn does right now. This is representing something, it is a representation.) nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.” Or cut their hair. They will be neither bald nor long haired. I am not talking about Bride people. I am talking about those people in that hour. “Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.” The Jewish people have always been people that have known how to drink a little wine, but that does not go to the Gentile people. It tells you, do not drink wine, which is excess. God is not going to have a bunch of drunks in there. God is going to keep them sober minded. That is talking about sober mindedness. “Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before.” That is where I say some of these priests are going to die. I said that earlier in the message. Some of them, I am not talking about the sons of Zadok, but some of those priests are going to disobey God. Why would it say that? Let me read that again. Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away, but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before. She was a widow. Somebody died for her to be a widow. “And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, (What is he saying there? He is not saying renegades, he said they shall teach my people. He is very direct in what he says.) and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” See? This is a teaching time for the Jewish people, because they are a natural people. He is teaching them how they will live when it comes to the Eternal Age. The Bride of Jesus Christ is learning how to live now. There used to be a little song about excuses. The preacher preached too hard, or maybe he preaches too soft, or he preaches too long, or maybe the sermons are too short. I saw preach it brother, preach it. Help us learn what is right and what is wrong. “And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assembles; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.” I will stop there with that verse because it goes into something else there.

 

Isaiah 60

 

I am wrapping up looking at the layout of the temple, and I want to bring in some other verses that are related to the timeframe of the temple’s construction. These verses also go into the Millennium and the Eternal age. I want to go to Isaiah 60 now. First I want to go over the verses that can connect to Revelation 10, that have effect during the first half of the week of Daniel. I will read most of that. I will start with verse 4. “Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.” That is is connected to the end part of this chapter. “Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, (Now he is talking about an element of people. The abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee: riches is really what he is talking about. The riches are coming to them for one purpose, we will find that out.) the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. The multitude of camels shall cover thee, (That doesn’t necessarily have to be all camels, because that was transportation at that time. But it will be some kind of caravan of different big trucks and things of that nature.) the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah, all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the Lord.” Now this happens because of a war that has not happened yet in the Middle East. That war is going to cause Saudi Arabia and those countries, which had children of Abraham, to come to the knowledge of the God of Israel and develop a friendly relationship with Israel. “All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: (He is talking about the temple worship here. These are the animals that will be used for sacrifice.) they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.” He is talking about the temple. “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?” He is talking about the shipment by air, because of what it says here. “Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, (That is talking about all the way over there in Spain. They will bring their abundance because there are many Jews there.) to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He hath glorified thee. Verse 11, “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; (Now he enters into the Millennium there.) they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom (That goes to Zechariah 14) that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” In other words, if they refuse to come at that time, then they are going to be wasted. Their economy is going to be gone. “The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.” In other words, God is dwelling there. That is what it is talking about, the place of His feet. Heaven is His throne, earth is His footstool. So God’s presence will be in there. “The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; (That is the Arab people.) and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.” Now he goes back to tell what he will do when he restores that land to Israel. “Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.” I know that Mark Twain went to Israel in 1869 and we wrote about his time there. He said it was a forsaken place that could never be revived again. He went for miles and miles and there was not even anyone living in most of the land. He said there was not even any roads there. The land was in the hands of the Arabs. But God promised to change the picture. “Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: (In other words, they are drawing out from their riches, from their substance.) and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. For brass I will bring gold, (That is God speaking. What did He say earlier? That He was going to beautify the house of His glory. It is going to be the most magnificent place in the whole world. It will be more than Trump Towers, because whenever God gets through with it, it will be beautiful because His presence is there. His presence doesn’t just enter into any old place. That is why He is looking at a Bride without wrinkle, without spot, or blemish, or any such thing. That covers it all. He mentions three things, but then He covers it all, any such thing, as it speaks in Ephesians. For brass I will bring gold. See? Everything is upgraded from Solomon’s temple.) and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.” This connects directly to what we see Ezekiel 44-45. “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, (He goes on into the millennium here.) wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.” Whenever we look at Jerusalem today, we see the faction fighting for control. There is no peace there. The little streets where the Arabs are today, they are maybe ten feet wide. All along both sides, some people see treasures, but I see junk because it is just something to distract you. See? That all has to go. It does, it has to go. For the temple, they are going to dig down to where they can get some footing where the Jews were. It is there. There is a whole city underneath that. To me, that is the reason why it is going to take awhile to build that whole temple area, because they have to go down. The preachers cry out because of the excavation by the Arabs. God will protect what is his from the Arabs. We do not need to be worried about that. When we were in Israel, we were able to see those great big stones that had been placed there from before Christ. Stones that were forty tons. How did they get them there? They were placed together to where you could not even get a knife between them. So it will be right whenever God gets ready. In a way, it is a good thing what the Arabs have done because they have not been able to build in that city, because it is going to be leveled. That old city will be leveled. That is going to be the temple area. We have gone over that in the last edition of The Contender. Forty five hundred feet each way. That is going to be a big area. You can’t dispute the word of God. It is right there for us to look at, that we haven’t been able to see.

This is talking about the Eternal Age now, but I will go ahead and read it. “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.” Now what is he talking about? Is he talking about that natural Jew? Absolutely not. He is talking about that resurrected person, or that changed person. You are not going to need the sun. The sun will still be shining. The moon will be shining. There will be day and night as long as time is. But for the Bride and that resurrected group of people, there will be no more darkness. At one time an old time preacher preached and said Elijah went to heaven for a day and stayed, because there is no night there. You spend a day with God, you will never sleep, you won’t have to. This old body now gets tired. But there is a resurrection coming that is going to take this away. It is going to bring back your youth again. He is going to fill your mouth with good teeth. He is going to take away the glasses. He is going to take away the ear plugs. “Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, (That is the natural one that goes into the Millennium, a little one shall become a thousand.) and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.” That is where patience comes in, it is His time. I am getting older, but it is His time. When we are in our youth, we don’t think about age.

 

Isaiah 26

Construction of the Third Temple, as depicted by the Temple Institute. Click to enlarge.

Now let me go to Isaiah 26, verse 19. “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, (That is what brings life. You take the daytime sun shining on your plants, they wilt. Get up the next morning after the dew has come, here they are. They spring up. The flowers, everything is rejoicing.) and the earth shall cast out the dead.” When people begin to say that the Bride goes through the tribulation, that is a lie. Not because I say so, but because the scripture says so. Let us read it. “Come, my people, (He is talking to you this morning. He is talking to Bride people.) enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” Until the tribulation be overpast. You are away, you are hid in His closet. “For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: (That is Armageddon.) the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Brothers and sisters, we are the most blessed people on the earth this morning. You have an inheritance. Something just beyond our clouded vision, it is there, you can reach and touch it if you were in that spirit body. It is here. God’s spirit is here. His angelic beings are here. We don’t worship them, but we worship Him today.

 

Isaiah 49

 

Let us go to Isaiah 49. I will start in verse 12. We have a picture here, this is looking from the Mount of Olives. See? We are not looking at an Arab mosque, we are looking beyond that. I do not know just how much the Jews have prepared for the temple, but they do have a lot prepared. If you get all this junk out of the way then they can begin to build. “Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.” Which is China. Why? China can build a thirty story building in ninety days. Our people cannot even make a study of it in ninety days. The devil is in the work somewhere. Regulate this, regulate that. I heard a preacher say they had a hundred and twenty five acres of land. I do not know why they needed it. But he said they can only use twenty five of that because the rest of it is regulated because of some kind of bird that lives there. I tell you, there is some kind of bird that lives up there in Washington. “Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her suckling child, (I thank God for good mothers and good fathers here. You won’t find such good parents outside of the body of Christ. I see young boys sitting with their parents until they are teenagers. I sat with my mom when I was twelve years old. Why? Because I was sitting in the back of the church cutting up and she came back. I was afraid of that bony hand she had, she never was very big. I went back up with her like a sheep-killing dog and sat right down by my mother. That will take the starch out of you. Can a woman forget her suckling child…) that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” They may even forget. We live in a day that they have forgotten. I know somebody close to me that works in a hospital over here in Louisville. I believe it is a women’s pavilion. Little children are being born that are high on dope. You don’t hear about that in the news. One woman took a hit in the parking lot and she passed out in the parking lot while she was having a child. Those little babies cried. They have a reason to cry, because they are full of dope. The woman has seven children, but she don’t take care of them. Yes, a woman may forget her suckling child, but God doesn’t forget Israel. “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” God is seeing the future. He hasn’t forgot. He didn’t forget those Levites that went astray. It is still there in His mind. They might say, well I had nothing to do with it, but it is the spirit that comes with it. That spirit never did change. Brothers and sisters, if we have something in our heart, let us get rid of it. Well that is just the way my mom and dad was. Forget it. We are individuals that God has called to live a better life, to live a holy life. To live sanctified, purified by the blood of Jesus Christ. “Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.” Those that have claim, the Catholic Church that has claim there in Jerusalem, one day they will get out. There will be no mercy left whenever the Jews do what they are supposed to do. Then it will not matter what the United Nations says. “Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, (God is going to clothe Israel with Jews.) as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, (It is getting that way now. Eight and a half million Jews are there.) and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, (Talking about in time, talking about the land, you have lost the other.) shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: (Too strait, too narrow.) give place to me that I may dwell.” Widen it out. “Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?” An influx of Jews coming. These, where have they been? It is going to be some people, some Jews that care about the land. A bunch of those northern Jews don’t care, it is the southern Jews. Judaea, the Judaean Jews really care. They build. The army comes in a tears it down. Before they leave, they are building again. They come and tear that down, they go ahead and build again. It is that determination. That determined spirit within us is what God is looking at. He is not looking for something wishy-washy. Or some has-been. He is looking for something real, real in our lives, real in our midst to where we are not ashamed of Him. Help us Lord. “Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: (God is going to get into it. He is going to lift up His standard to the Gentiles.) and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, (Like a little baby, God is going to nestle the Jewish believers in that hour. He is going to bring them home. Do you understand that? He is going to bring them in their arms, not necessarily carrying them, but they are going to care for them as a child.) and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.” Did you ever see anybody when they were out among a bunch of people and that little child, two or three years old, wanted to see. What does the father do? He puts that child up on his shoulders. That is care. That is not necessarily how they are going to carry them, but it is with care, compassion. Because they know the God of Israel is back again. He is back among His people again. “And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; (The world hates the Jews. They say “That Jew, I hate that Jew, look what trouble they caused in the Middle East.” But we can see in this scripture God is going to completely change that. Then what are the Jews going to do? Where are they going to put their trust then? They are going to begin to cry, I want to go home. Young men that died in World War Two on the battlefield, the last thing they were doing, they were crying for mama. Grown men, taking their last breath, wanted the comfort of mama. They shall bow down to thee with the face toward the earth and lick up the dust of thy feet. They would not do it now. Today the world says “Jew him down. Get that price down a little more, Jew him down.” God said they would become a byword. You should never speak that way. That is wrong. That is a byword of the world, but a true Christian would never speak that way. Do not even let it be in your vocabulary because it is a degrading word to the Jewish people.) and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.” You will not be ashamed because you have waited, as it is speaking there to the Jewish people, so it is speaking to us this morning. You don’t have to be ashamed. You don’t have to be ashamed of truth, of the way of God. “But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.” God is going to contend. He is going to contend with this Gentile world. The United Nations is a failing foe. Here in the United States we pay for that ungodly thing through taxes. I do not like it. But right now there is nothing I can do about it, but God will do something about it. The United Nations is nothing but a rat hole that you pour sewage into. “And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” All flesh will know it. Soon they will see it, that the God of Jacob is the Redeemer.

 

Zechariah 14

Zechariah 14:8 Living Waters flowing from the temple. Click to Enlarge

Let’s go to Zechariah 14, starting with verse 1. “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.” He is talking about the middle of the week now. This is the ending of that 10th chapter of Revelation, because you come to the middle of the week. “For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, (He is talking about the middle of the week, half of the city shall go into captivity. That is what the Arabs want. But that Arab spirit is akin to a Catholic spirit. There is no difference. Arabs are killers now. The Catholic Church is just an extension of that, they were killers and they will be killers again. Whole cities were taken. Every once in awhile you see something to glorify the Jesuits. The Jesuits were put in there to take the blame off the pope whenever the killing took place. He had them to do his dirty work. Whole cities of people were killed by the Jesuits, the gates were shut and they burned them, not letting one inhabitant leave. Half of the city shall go forth into captivity….) and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.” What will be Armageddon. “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, (That is when the mount of Olives splits, then the water comes out beneath the altar. You will see, we will go into that, Lord willing.) which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” The Mount of Olives is going to split, waters come out. Half of the mountain shall remove toward the north and half toward the south. “And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.” That is when He comes back. When will He come back? After the tribulation is over, His saints with Him, as He stand upon the Mount of Olives, His saints will be with Him. That is exciting.

 

Beyond Revelation 10

The Mount of Olives. Click to enlarge.

So far all my scriptures have had a connection to Revelation. I am going to begin to go beyond Revelation 10 now. I have scriptures I want to read that will go into the Millennium. I did not feel like Revelation 10 was part of that, because Revelation 10 really stops off in the middle of the week. We are going beyond that now, into the Millennium and things that will happen there. Further on it will be into the Eternal Age. So, I wanted to include all that in there as connection. We know that Jesus in Matthew 24 is asked certain things and his answer had a relation to what we have been looking at. I want to look at that, and then I will go back to Ezekiel. “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things?  (He is asking a question there. That is not an answer, it is a question, see ye not all these things? That is not a statement, it is a question. He wants them to get something in their mind of what He is talking about. We are going to the Mount of Olives where He is looking at. We have a picture of that, which you are looking at now, the Mount of Olives, going into Jerusalem. This is the cemetery down here, close to what they call the golden gate, or the eastern gate. The Mount of Olives sets over from that. There are certain things I want to talk about concerning the Mount of Olives, in this message, at another date. We are going to find out some things from the scripture, what is really going to happen when Jesus and His Bride come back. That is going to be the starting point, which will bring in the Millennium, whenever this happens. The war takes place, then Jesus sits His feet upon the Mount of Olives. I have always read that and thought of it, but there is somebody else with Him when He does. We will find that in Zechariah. See ye not all these things?) verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” They are talking about the temple of Herod’s time. Herod had beautified the temple in order to appease the Jews, because he was a politician. Just like the politicians today, they promise much but do little. If Trump does half of what he has said he will do, he will be a good president. But if he does not, then four years and that will be it, or less. I am more concerned with the nation than I am the politicians. We find that Israel has politicians. Netanyahu is a politician. Right now they are talking about giving up a little city which has twenty five hundred people or so. They are talking about tearing it down, letting it go into the hands of the Arabs, in order to appease the United Nations and all those. Netanyahu has been prophesied to, if you do that, then your kingdom is up, your rule is up. I will be glad it is, if he is going to do that. I think God is just about through fooling around with the political system. Whenever He begins His campaign, it will not last long because He is going to show who is boss. Whenever He does, it is not going to be a fun place. As I look around America and see all that has happened since this election took place, all these people demonstrating, tearing up stuff, you can almost see George Washington’s vision in focus as you look at that. It is going to take strong leadership for this nation to ever come back to where it should be. America will be a minor nation really, in the eyes of the world, because Europe has to come forth. Europe and the east countries. I do not want to get into that right now, but I was thinking about where it talks about the strangers that will be given land in the land of Israel, which is in Ezekiel 47 and 48. I am not going into that, but I was thinking about it and about the strangers building up the walls. That is going to be them. It could be Chinese, it could be Japanese, it could be Indians. But they are going to have an inheritance. Why? Because they have helped Israel build up the walls. Whenever you get into scripture, it is amazing. As you read it, you almost have a smile on your face because you know what God is going to do, and what He is doing. So begin to think about the things of God if you have problems and troubles, which most of us do. Sickness, many of us do. Begin to put that in another compartment and begin to think upon the goodness of the Lord. It is His goodness that brought us to repentance. As we see all the walls that were torn down in 70 A.D., which Jesus had prophesied, He said do not look upon this. It really started in 68, through 70, to the time that Jerusalem is taken over. Then in 73 Masada was finally defeated. That was the last of Israel’s strongholds.

 

Another Look At The Priesthood

 

I am going to be reading from the Lamsa translation in this part of the message. We will see how this is worded. Much of it is worded the same as the King James Version, but where it talks about the prince, then in the Llamsa translation it brings in the High Priest. I have had much criticism about this, but I intend to show you what is scriptural. There are certain things that no prince is able to do. Let me start in Ezekiel 44:23. This is what I wanted to get to before I got to the rest. “And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” This is what the priests, plural, will be teaching the Jews in the Millennium. This is part of the Millennial reign. In reading this, there are certain things that apply in the Millennium that should apply to us now, because of the scripture I read. They shall teach my people the difference between holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. That is talking about the Millennium, talking about teaching the people, because they are going to have to be taught. The priesthood is going to have to teach them that. I feel that the ministry, as my brothers preach, sometimes it may seem hard, but it is really not. It is for our protection. If I can protect you, if I see a wolf coming, or a lion coming, I must warn you. When I visited South Africa to minister to the saints there, they took me to see a nature reserve. We stopped where there were bushes. Some of them got out of the car, I stayed close to the door. I did not know what is lurking behind that bush. We stopped where there was a wallowing place for rhinos. There were two or three big rhinos down there. They were a hundred yards away. But whenever one of them began to get up and look at us, they said, get in the car. I do not want a thirty five mile an hour rhino running into the car I am in. That warning was for our protection. That is using understanding. I am glad for scripture, because it gives us an understanding of what we are to do, and what we are not to do. “And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: (They are not going to get this off the top of their head because it is scriptural, scriptural understanding teaching them how to apply the Law. Really it is the Law in that time. The Millennium, the Law comes back into effect. Like is says, honor thy father and mother. I am going to let you in on a secret. I like to watch the Lone Ranger. In that there are two Indians, a son and his father. One of them was as mean as the devil and one was good. The one that was mean wanted to get rid of the good one because he was going to be heir to the throne of the Indian camp. When it finally came close to the end, that one was a little stronger than the other one, he had the other by his head with a knife at his throat. The dad, which was sick, all at once he got up and came to the edge of the teepee and sees what is happening, so he shoots the mean son. That sounds terrible, but as I was watching that I thought, that is exactly what is going to happen in the Millennium. Because it said, children shall die at a hundred years old. And it said that a father and mother shall take the life of their own son. You might think that is terrible. No, that is God. You shall do judgement of my judgment. His knowledge, His understanding. I am getting a little bit ahead of myself, but I thought I would throw that in. In controversy. See? Controversy, what is controversy? That means that there is something not being settled. You are going to have judges, but it is not the Supreme Court like today. It will be Supreme, but it will not be a bunch of politicians making the decisions. These judges will be some of the sons of Zadok, which are the ones that will really be over the rest of the priesthood. In controversy they shall stand in judgment and judge according to my judgments…) and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.” See? This is exactly what the Law was intended to do. But this time it is going to work. The devil is cast into his prison, but natural man still has a fallen nature. Young people will still have controversies, but it is not going to last. There will be older people with controversies after a certain time. I am not talking about the sheep people. I am talking about their children, and grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and so forth. The sheep people are there because they are sheep people. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice.

 

“And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.” If the sister had a husband, then they cannot go to the funeral. This is what God thinks about this whole thing in the Millennium. The priesthood is the ministry of that hour. I am not talking about coming into contact with a dead person in the ministry now, because we are Gentiles. But in the Millenium God is taking natural man and presenting something that is going to last into the Eternal Age. Natural man in natural bodies are going into the Eternal Age, which the Methodists do not believe. You are going to have natural man going into that Eternal age, but everything will be back like it should have been in the Garden of Eden. In the Eternal Age the people are going to have the Holy Ghost. But it is going to be natural people. What they have done, they have learned to discern between good and evil. There is nobody going into the Eternal Age without having some kind of experience with God. It is going to be perfect. Adam and Eve, before they sinned, were perfect. They were naked and did not even know it. Why? Sin was not in the picture. God is not going to be defeated. He is going to bring it back the way it should have been had sin not been there. Here we are looking at a thousand year period of time in which the Bride is going to rule with her husband. He is the head, the man is the head of the woman. He is our head. When we get into the Millennium, He is our head. Whatever thought He thinks, is our thought.  All the thinking of the head reaches into the body. We have our movement because something is going on in our brain sending out the instructions to the legs and arms. It is going to be automatic. This goes on into the Eternal Age. Habbakuk 2:14 says the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters do the sea. That is in the Eternal Age.

 

Verse 26. “And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days.” After they go around a dead body and are defiled, they cannot go back and serve at the temple the next day. They wait seven days. There are certain things that have happened in Faith Assembly, in times past where there had to be judgment given. Then there is a certain time that has to elapse before that person is allowed to come back into the congregation. You may think we are mean, but no, we are following the scripture. That is all I will say about that. God is seeking perfection in the Bride now. When we pass from this time to that time, we are not going to have problems lingering in us. What does Revelation 19:7 say? It did not say He. He is already ready. But His wife hath made herself ready, past tense, which is now. We are getting ready for a rapture. Whenever that time comes, Isaiah 52:8 will be fulfilled. I believe we are seeing that, that we are seeing eye to eye, that we are singing the same song. The ministry first, and I see that closer than anything else. Why? For the perfection. I say again, perfection. Say it with me, perfection of the church. “And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord God.” See? He does not just walk in, even after seven days, he does not just walk in. He has to offer a sin offering because he went to a funeral of a family member. That is how strict the Law will be in that time, because God is seeking perfection for another age. Because why would someone die in the Millennium? They will die because of sin. The Millennium is a thousand year period of time before the Eternal Age for God to clean up this world. That is the reason it is there. What does the 1 Corinthians 6 say? It said we shall judge angels. Know ye not how to judge the smallest matters?

 

“And in that day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court.” See? He is going into the holiest of all places. We have pictures of that. What does it say in the book of Daniel? To anoint the Most Holy, the 24th verse of the 9th chapter. The Most Holy, that is the Most Holy place. Only once a year can the high priest go into that. It is not a place you go in and out, in and out, and in and out. It is a place of reminder, this is what I have sent my Son for. That is the reason when He came, and when He died, then the veil of the temple was split from top to bottom. God sent a great lightning bolt and split it right down through the middle. Why? Because the way into the Holiest was made. So, we entered into the Most Holy through the Holy Ghost. You enter into that Most Holy place, to which the Jews could never go, except the high priest once a year. Not without blood. If he went in without blood he would never make it out alive. Not his own blood, but the blood of an animal sacrifice. Jesus, as you go into Hebrews, Jesus went into the Most Holy place once and for all. We are getting down to the nitty-gritty. It is good. It is good to know there was a way made for us, that we are not just denominations. If we were not going to learn anything we should have stayed there. What did He say? Learn of me. Our learning is not coming from ourselves. In that day that he goeth into the sanctuary, into the inner court, that is the inner working of the temple. That is in there where God is. That is where the singers are positioned. But the outer court is out there where everybody that is looking on can see that Shekinah glory coming from that inner court, so the blessings spread out there too. The inner working of the ministry that God has raised up for this hour is not just ours. It is supposed to be something that shines out among the people. We are sharers. When I was a boy, my dad had my uncle living on his place. A certain part of it he farmed. That made him a share-cropper because he got half of whatever he produced, my dad got the other half. If you are working in a factory today, just say Ford Motor Company, you are sharing whatever the profits are. It could be any other company, I just happened to pick that one because that is where I have worked. I am at Faith Assembly now and we are sharing the things of God with one another. I can see that the blessings come in the song service when people are worshiping. We do not have to put on a show. We do not have to put on anything except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We put Him on, then the glory is ours. “And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.” The only possession the sons of Aaron have is that city. They have no inheritance outside that. It is all in the ministry. They eat and they drink whatever the other people have. It talks about if they have sheep, somebody had two hundred sheep, then they are to bring that one of the two hundred in for the priests. It said to bring it out of the fat pastures of Israel. Do not bring no poor lamb, do not bring no scrub goat, something that you do not want. When you come here, bring your best because we are sharers. Let everybody see what you have got. We do not have to put on anything of our own. Except putting on Christ. If God has made you to sit there and you are doing what He wants you to, you do that. I am not trying to elevate anybody to any position, saying that you need to shout just because you want to shout, but shout because of Him. You are part of something God is presenting to the world as a witness. Jesus, when He taught the disciples, He said, ye are not of this world. I do not want to look like the world. I do not want to be a part of the world. “They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, (See? Everybody has to take part of that. Because really the Millennium is looking back at what happened at Calvary. That is why all these offerings are made. It is to recognize Calvary because these people that are born in the Millenium, they do not realize what really happened for them. They have to be pointed back. They shall eat the meat offering and the sin offering…) and the trespass offerings: and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs.” Eat it, eat the sin offering, eat the trespass offering. What God is doing, He is showing them that the ones outside the inner circle, they are still part of this. I am saying the same thing this morning: You out there that cannot get to be at Faith Assembly, you are still a part of what God is doing. That goes for Bro. Holmes and the brothers and sisters in South Africa, Bro. Ram and Sis Angie, God bless you. Those in north and south Norway, and Bro. Jimmy and his wife in the Philippines, as well as the people. There are good people in the Philippines. All the saints around the world, wherever you are, I greet you as you receive this message. You are part of us. We are one body. “And the first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest’s: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, (That is not talking about money. That is talking about what you have grown. God is making an example. He is making an example in Israel. That is the same example it is when we get a paycheck. The first of every month I pay my tithes for the whole month. Everybody cannot do that. It is not mine after it leaves my hands. It is not mine, I do not worry about it. That is my gift to God because of what He gave to me. There is a song that says “I am a millionaire.” That is mighty cheap. I am not a millionaire here on this earth, and I will not be a millionaire as it pertains to money in the next, it is really the kingdom of God coming to earth. The Bride will be complete. Every part of her, when she comes back, she going to be complete. Why? Because she was complete when she left. You are not going to get there with one foot hanging out. No. It may seem hard here, but it is because of the flesh. We just do not want that thing to die for some reason. We keep hanging on to it, dragging it along. It is just a weight, a load to carry and weigh us down, to keep us from that perfection.) that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house. The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.” God is setting forth the ministry in that hour as purity. It will not be like Mikey, who will eat everything. That was just an advertisement that used to be on television. They will not eat just anything in that hour, and we cannot just have any idea or revelation in this time. It has to be perfect.

 

In chapter 45 you are going to see some things mentioned in this that there is a different working to, as you look at the Llamsa translation. “Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, (This is all in the Millennium. Israel is going to get her land back, but she is not going to get all that belongs to her. Because she is only going to get the temple and the altar.) ye shall offer an oblation unto the Lord, (You do not just go in there empty. Everything that is an inheritance is costing them. Brothers and sisters, we should be the happiest people in the world, it did not cost us anything. There was a joke I heard years ago. This old preacher was preaching. He said salvation is free, free as the water that runs. He kept on going like that until he come to the end of the service. He took up a collection. There was a fellow in the audience that said, I thought you said it was free, that it did not cost you anything. The preacher said, you have to pay to get it piped into your house though.) an holy portion of the land.” That is talking about the land of Israel. They are offering an oblation. Let us do this right, that is what they are saying. That is according to God. I am glad that God has made a way, a perfect way that we as Gentiles may accept the Lord Jesus Christ through faith, not of ourselves. It is a gift of God. In the Millennium the Jews are having to go back and redo it, because it was not done right in the first place. God gave them a Law, an inheritance. God gave them a priesthood. It was not carried out right. Now they are going to have to get it right. We have had denominational systems. God sent a prophet. He said, “If the United States does not get it by 1956, she is gone.” There were many preachers out preaching healing. They would get a little tent and go around with a healing ministry, come and watch miracles, signs, and wonders. Then in 1956 that all began to die out and fade. Why? Because it was not following truth. It lasted ten years. Then they began to seek gimmicks. Blood flowed out of somebody’s hand. Oil out of another’s hand. Bro. William Branham made fun of that stuff. Holy water, holy oil. Then they began to sell it and people had to buy their miracles. A.A. Allen had a great ministry at one time. There were great miracles. I had a preacher who wanted me to go see him at one time in 1966, over at Memorial Coliseum in Louisville. I went. They took up three offerings. In the middle of the service he came out, I never will forget it, he came out with a green jacket on. He pulled it back and said, “This came from Fifth Avenue.” I do not know what Fifth Avenue is, I guess New York. He said, “This was gave to me.” He preached about five minutes, then he began to pray for the sick. He said, “If you want prayer for sickness, then I want a hundred dollars. Everybody that wants healing, you can pay me now or pay me later, but if you pay me later, that will delay your healing.” There were about seventeen people that went up for healing, but they would not be healed unless they paid a hundred dollars. That was a lot of money back in 1966. It is still a lot of money now. He was bargaining with God. Some will not like this statement but it is the truth: he was drunk when he died. I read the book written about those things, he was in there, and Bro. William Branham was in there too. They told what a great healer Bro. William Branham was, which he was not a healer, it was God working through him. It told what a great healer and what great miracles he had, but then they said he got off track, because he said Eve had a relationship with the devil. That is a lie. He never said it. I was there when he preached that sermon, he said she had a relationship with the serpent, which did happen. You see that seed everywhere today. He has many descendants today. It may be in family members. We cannot hold back because of somebody in the family. Sin is sin. Homosexuality is sin. I would rather see these doors padlocked than to have to put up with that stuff. If you want to live that kind of life, keep it out of here. If you want to live with somebody and you are not married, stay home. Do not bring it in here. We believe in marriage between man and woman as it was in the beginning. Jesus even referred to the beginning in marriage. I know I am getting away from my subject. “Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, ye shall offer an oblation unto the Lord, an holy portion of the land: the length shall be the length of five and twenty thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand. This shall be holy in all the borders thereof round about.” Now this land that is being given to the Levites is inside the portion of land God has given to Judah. It is right in the middle of Israel. “Of this there shall be for the sanctuary five hundred in length, with five hundred in breadth, square round about; and fifty cubits round about for the suburbs thereof.” In other words, there are fifty cubits that go all the way around the inside of that wall that will be there. This is helping us understand where the Levitical priesthood will live within the land of Israel.

 

…continued in next edition.

REVELATION-10-No.6

Revelation 10, Part 5 – 2018, April


Introduction

Preached October 16th & 23rd, 2016

Rev. James C. Allen


In our
last edition, Bro. Allen began reviewing the dimensions of the Temple Mount as it will be in the millennium. We are picking up where he left off as he continues looking at the dimension and design of the Holy Temple and the city of Jerusalem during the millennium.

 

According to some of the measurements we read in the book of Ezekiel, we can see that the temple is going to be a tremendous place. The blessings of God are going to be upon Israel in that day, which is going to help finance the construction and beautify the place. Then we see in the 43rd chapter, how the Spirit of God fills the house after it is built. How it comes from the east, through that eastern gate and will enter into the holy place. His presence will meet there with the people of Israel’s natural leadership. Their leadership will be the leadership of the house of God: the Levitical order under the sons of Zadok. As I said this before, God never forgets his Word. He remembers what He said. He knows everyone. He is going to be able to pick out the sons of Zadok from the rest of the Levitical order. Of course, the rest of the Levitical priesthood is going to be blessed, they are going to have a part to play too, but God is going to give leadership to the sons of Zadok. They will do the slaughtering of the lambs and the bulk of the work of the temple. There is going to be a difference though between them and sons of Zadok, because God never forgets, He remembers.

The Inner Court & The Outer Court

Diagram of the Second Temple

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I know in this message I am going to be reading quite a bit, but I would like for you to bear with me as I do read because this is something important for the Millennial reign. Ezekiel 40:19, “Then he measured the breadth from the forefront of the lower gate unto the forefront of the inner court without, an hundred cubits eastward and northward. And the gate of the outward court (As we look at the outer court, it is not in this area enclosed by walls. The outer court is the area outside these walls. (Pointing to picture of the temple complex, see next page) What we see in this picture is spoken of in the Bible. We will see that as we look at these different things. It has many chambers to it as you see here, around the temple area, doors and things, which all have something to do with the worship of God.) that looked toward the north, he measured the length thereof, and the breadth thereof. And the little chambers thereof were three on this side and three on that side; and the posts thereof and the arches thereof were after the measure of the first gate: the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits. And their windows, and their arches, and their palm trees, were after the measure of the gate that looketh toward the east; and they went up unto it by seven steps.” See? There are only seven steps that go there. There is a reason that there only seven steps. How high would seven steps be? Maybe four feet would be the height. God is speaking something to us here. The priests are going to have to go up those steps. It is not going to be a mountain of steps. As you go back through the Old Testament you will find why they do that: it is so that nothing is shown as they walk up because they do have robes on. Of course, that is speaking of the perfection God is looking for. The Millennium is not the perfect age, but the Millennium is the age when God will perfect human beings in the natural sense, in order that they might go into eternity which is eternal life. Through this time God is teaching the natural people to walk with him. We see that in the scripture also. “After that he brought me toward the south, and behold a gate toward the south; and he measured the posts thereof and the arches thereof according to these measures. And there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about, like those windows; the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits. And there were seven steps to go up to it, and the arches thereof were before them: and it had palm trees, one on this side, and another on that side, upon the posts thereof. And there was a gate in the inner court (There was a gate to enter into the inner court. The inner court is what is going to be explained here because this is where the worship really is, the worship of God happens in that area.) toward the south: and he measured from gate to gate toward the south an hundred cubits. And he brought me to the inner court by the south gate: and he measured the south gate according to these measures, (The same measures as the other.) And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, according to these measures: and there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about: and it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad. And the arches thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof: and the going up to it had eight steps.” I want to skip some here and go on down to the 39th verse. “And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering.” These tables are not big, they are small tables where they slay the animals. There are eight tables. There will be a lot of animals that are sacrificed here. Because it is the worship of God. This is all representing Christ.

 

Biblical Measurements

Bible Metric Standard
Span 0.25 meters 10 inches
Cubit 0.45 meters 1.5 feet
Reed 2.7 meters 9 feet
Furlong 201 meters 660 feet

*approximate numbers

 

Animal Sacrifice

 

It is the people that are born and grow up during the Millennium that will come to make these offerings. They will come not knowing salvation. The ones that go into the Millennium as sheep people are different from those born during the Millennium, because as natural beings, they have been acquainted with what happened on this side of the Millennium. They will know that there has been something that has happened, and they have escaped. There has got to be people escape death in order to fill the Millennium with people. Everybody is not going to die in the tribulation.

 

It says there in Isaiah that there will be few men left. That is why I have talked about polygamy. Polygamy will not go on for the entire millennium, but at the beginning it will be for a time until the earth is replenished with mankind, so that the devil does win. You are not going to have millions of women in child bearing age with no hope. I know I get criticism for these things, but that is the way it is. That what it says in Isaiah 4. We are looking at scripture, we are not looking at man’s ideas. If you listen to these prophecy preachers and you are depending on them to tell you the truth, you are going to be led far from it. One will tell you one thing, and another will tell you another thing. It is all wrong. You have prophecy preachers that do not understand the seven-year period. They do not know if the rapture is going to happen before the seven-year period begins, or after it is over, or in the middle of it. God is more precise than that. God is not a guess work. That is not what His word is for. It is for a precise reason, to let us know the time we are living in. He pulled the curtain off things in 1963, something happened. There was a separation between church members and God’s people. It grew slowly. At times it was almost as though it was only Bro. Jackson’s ministry. After Bro. William Branham died it looked like people were drawn to that. It was the way God was moving. It was promised that way by the prophet of God. Because he brought everything back in line. That is what he was to do because he was an apostle called of God, appointed of God. Even in 1965, August 1965 when he went before Bro. William Branham in an interview, Bro. Branham told him, “You have a work to do, I do not know what it is but when it comes,” he held his Bible up and said, “stick with the word.” Then a couple years later Bro. Jackson had a dream. I remember him telling about it. It was one afternoon here at church. He had people to come together. He told us his experience. He told us about going before Bro. William Branham and that he had the dream. God had told him, “I have called you to be an apostle,” he was given a dated letter in a dream. It said August 1, 1965, the same day he met with Bro. William Branham. So, God has worked in this work. He is a very present help in the time of need. When Bro. Branham left the scene, people went every which way. He said they would. He told Bro. Jackson that. He said something is getting ready to happen, when it does, they will go every way. It happened. I watched it happen. I knew it happened.

 

Verse 39 again, “And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering.” Why does he say that there will be offering made for sin and trespasses? We are in the Millennium. This lets us know there will still be sin in the Millennium That is not talking about saints of God. That is not talking about Bride people. That is not talking about foolish virgins. That is not talking about the great multitude. That is talking about the natural people born in the millennium that have not been redeemed yet. But it will happen. They will be redeemed, those who accept God. There is a lot in this, and it will come to pass because it is God’s word. Verse 42, “And the four tables were of hewn stone for the burnt offering, of a cubit and an half long, and a cubit and an half broad, and one cubit high: (See? That is not very big. See how precise God is? It has got to be uniform. That is what He expects out of us, a uniform life. We are getting there. We are not going to let this pass us. I do not care where you are from. If you are from Norway, the Philippines, we are going to get this thing right. South Africa, you are all my brothers and sisters. I love you very much. Across the United States and into Canada. What do we say? What do we preach? It is like Jesus did, a little flock. As I said, this was not very big.) whereupon also they laid the instruments wherewith they slew the burnt offering and the sacrifice. and within were hooks, (Why would they have hooks? To hold the animal as they slew them. This is going to be a bloody thing. Remember, you had a bloody cross. I remember Bro. Bud explaining how the blood is drained. When you sink down on the cross, as you die, the blood drains out. When that soldier took that spear and pierced the Lord’s side, the blood that had not come out of Him through his hands and through his feet drained out. They put a spear in His side. My Dad used slaughter animals. You had a certain way you had to do it to drain all the blood out because you did not want blood left in it. That is the same way with these animals. They had to suffer a death, but they were put here for that purpose: to be eaten. They will still be eaten in the Millennium. They will. You animal rights activists: you are crazy. The main diet of these Jewish priests will be meat. The sacrificed animals are eaten. Within were hooks…) an hand broad, fastened round about: and upon the tables was the flesh of the offering.” See? There are a lot of animals that will pass through here to be slaughtered. This area will need to be cleaned every day. It must be clean when morning comes so that they can do it over again. In some cases, seven days straight and in some cases twenty-one days straight. It is all in here. It is in the book. Now here we are, “And without the inner gate were the chambers of the singers (What are they singing? Psalms. They are singing psalms to God. They will not have to write a bunch of new songs, they are already there. Many of the psalms are about the Millennium. The Jews are skipping twenty-five hundred years without sacrifice, without censer. Here they are fulfilling scripture. This is scripture. This is not something man thought up. Singers…) in the inner court, which was at the side of the north gate: and their prospect was toward the south: one at the side of the east gate having the prospect toward the north. And he said unto me, This chamber, whose prospect is toward the south, is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the house. (These are the main priests, the sons of Zadok.) And the chamber whose prospect is toward the north is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the altar: (They are guards to make sure everything is kept in order.) these are the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, which come near to the Lord to minister unto him. So he measured the court, an hundred cubits long, and an hundred cubits broad, foursquare; (That is how big the court is to where they are at and where the temple is at.) and the altar that was before the house.” 

 

The Ark of the Covenant

 

We are going to see something done away with in the new temple, something that is not there. I know people are looking for it, but it is not there. It will never be there. When you see the Holy of Holies, there is something missing in there. But there is something else to fill its place. We will see that as we go on.  Let us read Exodus 25:10-22. “And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. (Look how small that is, two cubits and a half in length and a cubit and half in breadth.) And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, (It is overlaid with gold, but the inside is wood. There is a reason for that. You know the reason, Christ was both flesh and deity. That is all represented there in Him.) and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. (Listen to what he puts in there.) And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandments unto the children of Israel.” This is all a representation of Jesus Christ. These cherubims are guard angels that are to protect what is inside the ark. The mercy seat represents what Christ is to us. As they put these staves in there, that is what they carry it with. When they are carrying it, they are not even supposed to stumble. Remember during David’s time, instead of carrying it, they put it upon a cart and the cart at one place hit a bump. The man standing beside it thought it was going to fall off and he reached out to steady it and died immediately. God’s protection was upon it. You see how God protected it. Now they are looking for the ark. They are looking for it because they think they need it to put back in this new temple, but it is not in chapter 40 through 46, the mercy seat is gone, the ark is gone. It bears out: it will not be in this new temple. It held Aaron’s rod that budded, it had the manna, the two tablets of stone. These tablets of stone were not big. Aaron’s rod, they would have had to cut that in two in order to get it in there. The manna they put in the ark never decayed. It stayed right there in the pot that it was in. It never decayed until Israel went astray. Then the ark went missing. They will never find it.  They are looking for it, but they will never find it. They think they have found it in the walls of Jerusalem, but this is just speculation. There will be no ark placed in the Holy of Holies because what that represented has already came: Christ. He is our mercy seat to plead forgiveness for us before the throne of God. We look to that. This temple worship was never for Gentiles. This is for teaching the Jews all through the Millennium of what came before, because there are little children that will be born all the way through there. It will teach the little children why they were given life.  It was because of Christ’s life, and they will be looking back to commemorate that. That is why there is no ark in there. You have the place that is built for where the ark used to be, but the ark will not be there because it is not necessary. Because Jesus Christ took the place of the ark.  What was in there? It had bread which was manna. Jesus Christ was the bread of life. They had a miracle, they had that, but then they had the Law. This was all in there, but it all came back to Christ.  When He rose from the dead it took this thing away. It was no longer necessary.

 

The Holy Temple

Chapter 41 of Ezekiel. “Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which was the breadth of the tabernacle. And the breadth of the door was ten cubits; and the sides of the door were five cubits on the one side, and five cubits on the other side: and he measured the length thereof, forty cubits: (That is not a large room. That is not talking about the whole temple area. That is talking about the Holy place.) and the breadth, twenty cubits.” Forty by twenty. That is about thirty by sixty feet. That is how big the room is. That is right in this area. (Pointing to the back portion of the temple building) See? There is not much going on in there, only once a year there is a priest going in there, the High Priest. The King James Version says prince, but it in the Lamas translation it is says High Priest. I do not say this to be different, I say it to be true. Look in the scripture: a prince does not offer a sacrifice. You have priests of the sons of Zadok, and then you have other priests of the sons of Levi who have a lesser role. From the sons of Zadok one will be brought out to be High Priest. Write your letters, whatever you want. I do not say it to be different. I say it to be true. Because there is no ark in the Holy of Holies. The only thing that is in there is the beautiful work that is in there. In there is the face of a man, and the face of a lion on one personage.  They look opposite directions because there was a time span between. A time span between when Christ suffered and when He becomes King. When you look at Revelation 5, what do you see when it said that the Lion of the tribe of Judah had prevailed and opened the book or opened the seals? When he comes out there, he is that Lion. But that Lion is not going to reign until the Millennium. The Lion of the tribe of Judah. Then on the other side is the face of a man. That figure is throughout this small place, because of its beauty, the beauty of holiness. “Then went he inward, and measured the post of the door, two cubits; and the door, six cubits; and the breadth of the door, seven cubits. So, he measured the length thereof; twenty cubits; and the breadth, twenty cubits, before the temple: and he said unto me, This is the most holy place.” What did they have in there in the first temple?  They had the mercy seat. They had the ark of the covenant. They had two angels standing over the ark. These things were the Holy of Holies, but nobody could go in that place but a certain man, and only once a year. Israel had those things from the time of David until it was lost, which was more or less five hundred years. Five hundred times was all that priests ever went in there. The job passed from one to another down the line until it was those things were taken away.  This ark was never put back in the second temple, after Israel had lost the first temple. That second temple was not as beautiful as the first. In the day they rebuilt the second temple, Zerubbabel and other men wanted to beautify it, but they had nothing to beautify it with. They did not have the means. But they looked at the mercy of God in it. “This is the most holy place. After he measured the wall of the house, six cubits.” Which would probably be about nine or ten feet. The height of the room is pretty high, but the room’s width and breadth is small. This is all God’s measurements. It will be done right. This part will all be completed before the millennium. When the week starts, they have this part completed (pointing to the sanctuary and the inner court), but they need to still build the rest of it here (pointing to the area outside the walls of inner court), which is a lot larger.  How long will it take in the Millennium to finish it?  There is more to read about the sanctuary. Verse 7. “And there was an enlarging, and a winding about still upward to the side chambers: for the winding about of the house went still upward round about the house: therefore the breadth of the house was still upward, and so increased from the lowest chamber to the highest by the midst.” 

 

Let’s go down to verse 12. “Now the building that was before the separate place at the end toward the west was seventy cubits broad; and the wall of the building was five cubits thick (that is a thick wall, it is going to last) round about, and the length thereof ninety cubits.” What would that be? A hundred and thirty-five feet by seventy, which would be like a hundred and five or a hundred and ten. So, we are looking at this, what it is going to be. Look at the thickness of it’s wall. “So he measured the house an hundred cubits long; (That is with the wall.) And the separate place, and the building, with the walls thereof, an hundred cubits long; Also the breadth of the face of the house, and of the separate place toward the east, an hundred cubits.” Now you are coming up with the wall, with the house, a hundred by one hundred. That is the size of the building. Outside of the building in here (pointing to the inner court) is the place where the priests are doing the work, all round about here. “And he measured the length of the building over against the separate place which was behind it, and the galleries thereof on the one side and on the other side, an hundred cubits, with the inner temple, and the porches of the court. The door posts, and the narrow windows, and the galleries round about on their three stories, (It is three stories high.) over against the door, ceiled with wood round about, and from the ground up to the windows, and the windows were covered; (He is looking at a finished work here.) To that above the door, even unto the inner house, and without, and by all the wall round about within and without, by measure. And it was made with cherubims and palm trees, (What a beautiful work inside.) so that a palm tree was between a cherub and a cherub; and every cherub had two faces; So that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, (A cherub with two faces is what it is.) and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about. From the ground unto above the door were cherubims and palm trees made, and on the wall of the temple.” See? It is going to take time, you cannot just throw this together. “The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other. The altar of wood was three cubits high, (That is the altar where sacrifices will be offered. This is outside and in front of the temple.) and the length thereof two cubits; and the corners thereof, and the length thereof, and the walls thereof, were of wood: and he said unto me, This is the table that is before the Lord. And the temple and the sanctuary had two doors. And the doors had two leaves apiece, two turning leaves; (You did not just walk up to the door because it turned. God was looking at a modern time because it is going to be a modern building. Two turning leaves.) two leaves for the one door, and two leaves for the other door. And there were made on them, on the doors of the temple, cherubims and palm trees, like as were made upon the walls; and there were thick planks upon the face of the porch without. And there were narrow windows and palm trees on the one side and on the other side, on the sides of the porch, and upon the side chambers of the house, and thick planks.” 

 

When we look at how these things will really be, it may not match up with what our natural mind had imagined. We read the setting of the altar and the way it will be.  I never would have thought it was that way. It is different than what I thought it would be, until I began looking at the scriptures. In times past we have looked at scripture in the denominational light, even though we are not of the denominations. But God has brought us to a point where we can really see beyond denominational thinking. That denominational thinking is kind of impossible to get away from until we hear a revelation to open our understanding beyond what the denominational world has. They used to have a rail across the front of churches and they called that the altar.  That is not an altar at all! Some called it a mourner’s bench. That is not an altar. That is not what an altar looks like and that is not what it is. We are going to read now what this altar really looks like. I thank the Lord for the truth of His word.

 

Another Look at the
Inner Court

 

We have been in Ezekiel chapters 40 to 46, which starts by explaining the measurements of the temple in the first two chapters. Then it goes into the building of it and the layout of it when it is finished in the Millennium. If we go to Revelation 11, we will see how much is going to be done before the Millennium. What we see in Revelation 11 is all that will be done before the Millennium comes. I was asked a question about the inner court, so I want to go to chapter 11 again, the first two verses. “And there was given me a reed (Remember, a reed is a measurement that is nine cubits long. That will measure out the wall, it will measure out the altar and all.) like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. (So what is therein is what is being measured. This is the first part of that verse, the measuring of the temple and the altar, which is the inner court. That is all that will be built before the Millennium. There is nothing else there to measure. The rest will be built after this. Because it goes on to say,) But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; (There are two courts, the inner court and the outer court. The outer court is a different place. That is where the people can begin to get in closer. There is no congregation inside the inner court. This is all priesthood and singers. That is all that is in there. That is why he said measure (or count) them that worship therein. That is the sons of Zadok and they are the only ones that are in there. The other Levites are not permitted to enter, and they have to be pushed out into the outer court to do their jobs. But that will happen in the Millennium. The inner court is where the priests, the sons of Zadok, will minister. That is where the prince, which is the word used in the King James Version, will be at. The prince is the High Priest, really. As I already said, if you read the same verses in the Lamsa translation, we see that instead of prince, it says high priest. We also see, and we will read it, that the prince (or High Priest) is offering sacrifices. We are going to prove that. I am not doing that in any way to cause controversy, but it has caused controversy. Because people do not really realize that no prince offers up sacrifice. It is only the High Priest. And he is from the sons of Zadok. I will explain more about this later.) The court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” So, the holy city, which is Jerusalem, they will tread under foot forty and two months, that starts when the two prophets are killed and continues through the second half of the week of Daniel. You see the two prophets’ message if we continue reading these verses, and by the time it is over, what is it called? Sodom and Egypt. That Sodomite spirit will entered into it because they take it over. Because the Jewish leadership will have sold out the nation.

 

As I read those verses, it tells about the inner court. What happens in the inner court? We know what the inner court is. The inner court is where the worship takes place. It is the place of worship. So, what will happen in the Millennium? The worship of the inner court spills over into the outer court in the Millennium. Only Levites are allowed into this inner court. Those, and the singers, that is all. People do not just walk through there. It is an orderly place.

 

Feast of Tabernacles

Let us read St. John chapter 7 now. I want to look at something that will be happening in the Millennium at the temple. “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand. (When does the feast of tabernacles take place? In the fall of the year. This is when the Jews build their little booths. In some places it is called the feast of booths, which is the same things as feast of tabernacles. The Jews call it Sukkot. These are words that bring you into that season of time. This is the end of the year, the end of the harvest when everything is brought together.) His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, (See? These are His family members. This is not talking about his disciples; it is speaking of is His family members. If thou do these things…) show thyself to the world.” This is their human thinking. They came around later, but at this time they were very much opposed to some of the things Jesus has taught, because it is strange to them. Just like the things we are looking at in this hour are strange to the world. They will never receive it because it is not given to them. As Matthew 13 said, I speak to them in parables. This is like parables to the world. It is in the book, but it is like parables. Many things that Jesus spoke was in the book, it was in the Old Testament, but it became parables to them. He had to rebuke them. He told them where they were wrong. “Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready.” That does not speak well of his brothers. I am talking about Mary and Joseph’s sons. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” What is He saying? He is saying that He has testified against the world. If you say something in this hour about homosexuality there are many people that sympathize with them who will condemn and attack you. We live in a do-not-care generation. They do not care about morals. They just live any way, like animals in the forest. Why? Why would they act that way? Because that animalistic spirit is in them.  It goes back to their father which was Cain. Jesus said, I speak against the world. “Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; (He did not say He was not going up, He said I go not up yet, because He did go to this feast.) for my time is not yet full come.” He is looking at the fall of the year against the spring of the year when He will be offered up. I go over these things because I want you to understand. “When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.” Verse 14, “Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. (He goes up and talks.) And the Jews marveled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?” He did not go to the university. He did not need to. “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, (That is us. They talk about a thumb print. Let us put our thumb print on something here. If any man will do His will, (the Father) he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: (Joel Olsteen) but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?” He already knew in His heart, they had done talked it over. They talked it over when Lazarus was brought forth from the grave, they were going to kill Him and Lazarus. Go on down to verse 37. “In that last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, (He is speaking loudly.) If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly (Out of his inwards. He never did talk of walking beside you. He talked about it more or less being a bubbling stream. What did he offer the woman at the well? He said “I give you living water.” He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly…) shall flow rivers of living water.” What do you think that river of life is in Revelation 22? It is the same thing. It is something that springs up into eternal life. “But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”

 

Let’s go to Zechariah, 14th chapter, starting with the 16th verse, which connects with this feast. This is looking at the Millennium. “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations (See? There are going to be some people left in all nations because God is not defeated. That includes China, India, Russia, all nations.) which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.” This feast that will be kept in the Millennium. There are three great feasts God commanded the Jews to observe: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. These were types of things to come. Two of them, Pentecost and Passover, have already been fulfilled, but Tabernacles is the one that goes into the Millennium. “And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.” He is going to bring a drought on those who refuse to send representatives to Jerusalem for the feast. You see here the spirit that is in the offspring of some of the sheep people. That is stubbornness. It is bred into human beings. The Bible speaks of it as being like witchcraft. “And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.” The last scriptural feast of the year is the feast of tabernacles, because that is ingathering of everything that is grown through the year. At that time, the Jews build their little booths. I saw some on television the other day. They had it covered over with branches laid on top of it. The Jews go and stay in there for a week. They eat in there, they sleep in there. It may even be just on a balcony. But they go there for a week. They do not know what it means. It is just something commanded to them in the wilderness. Because of that, the orthodox Jews go through the motions, not realizing that it really has a deeper meaning. God had them to do that in the wilderness. In the Millennium it does not speak about booths, but it is a time of the ingathering of the world leadership. Not everybody comes to Jerusalem for the feast. It will be representatives of all nations. They come to the feast of Tabernacles and worship the Lord. “This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.” See? It is all climaxing. “Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.” It is going to be a magnificent place. Much stuff will be overlaid with gold. It is going to be an amazing place for all those people to see when they come to worship God at the Feast of Tabernacles.

 

A Memorial to Jesus Christ

 

All the scriptures I have been looking at concerning the new temple and the surroundings, are all pointing to Jesus Christ. It is not pointing to His second coming, but it is pointing to His reign and to honor what he has done for mankind on the cross. The Jews could never keep the Law in the days of the Old Testament, but then they will keep the Law. They could never live above sin, but then they will live above sin because they are in the presence of God during that time.

I want to go back to Ezekiel now. To look at this part again. Chapter 41, verse 12, “Now the building that was before the separate place at the end toward the west was seventy cubits broad; and the wall of the building was five cubits thick round about, (The wall is five cubits thick which would be close to eight feet. But there are little buildings in that wall. This is really the anchor of the building but there are little sections in that.) and the length thereof ninety cubits.” Seventy cubits by ninety cubits will be the temple itself, where the inner court is. As I said before, this is where all the worship takes place. Think about the music and the horns that are being blown. It is spilling out into a larger area. The people outside are being blessed because of what is taking place inside. The only difference between that and us, is we are sitting inside. I am not saying inside Faith Assembly, but we are sitting inside with God because He has brought His presence among us to teach us. “So, he measured the house, an hundred cubits long; and the separate place, and the building, with the walls thereof, an hundred cubits long.” It is talking about the walls that hold up the building. “And he measured the length of the building over against the separate place which was behind it, and the galleries thereof on the one side and on the other side, an hundred cubits, with the inner temple, and the porches of the court.” This is what is going to be there when the middle of the week happens. This inner part with the altar will be there. All the directions for building it are here in the word. “The door posts, and the narrow windows, and the galleries round about on their three stories, (There are three stories to the building. Each story is a little less than the other one.) over against the door, ceiled with wood round about, and from the ground up to the windows, and the windows were covered; To that above the door, even unto the inner house, and without, and by all the wall round about within and without, by measure. And it was made with cherubims and palm trees, (Pay attention here, I want you to get this part.) so that a palm tree was between a cherub and a cherub; and every cherub had two faces; (Here is what I want you to see. A cherub is an angel, but they have two faces.) So that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about.” Why would he have a cherub there with two faces? The face of a man is the face of young life, because it represents Christ. The man was when he was here, the Lion is when He reigns in the Millennium. “The face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about.” This is what you would see if you could go into the temple sanctuary. Gentiles will not be allowed. Bride saints will see these things because then we will not be tied to the fleshly bodies we are in now. The Bride is above all this. “From the ground unto above the door were cherubims and palm trees made, and on the wall of the temple. The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other. The altar of wood was three cubits high, (This is a separate altar.) and the length thereof two cubits; and the corners thereof, and the length thereof, and the walls thereof, were of wood: and he said unto me, This is the table that is before the Lord.” See? It is made of wood. This is not gold. It represents Christ’s life on earth. As I said before, you have no ark of the covenant in the temple. It is not there. The ark is gone. Some Jews and Gentiles have been looking for the ark. They have not found it. They think they have spotted the place where it is. If they have, why is not it brought out? It is not there. It is missing. It will never be in that temple because what it typed has already been fulfilled. The wood that made up the ark, and the gold that covered it represented Christ’s flesh and then His kingship. I will stop at that and go on down to chapter 42.

 

“Then he brought me forth into the utter court, (which is outside the inner court, which is still a part of the Jewish worship) the way toward the north: and he brought me into the chamber that was over against the separate place, and which was before the building toward the north.” See? He has everything lined out, north, south, east and west. When the presence of the Lord comes into the temple, it will enter from the east. East to west. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. It never changes. It never goes north and south, it is always east to west. That is where the presence of the Lord comes from: the east. It will settle right there in the temple area. That is where the high priest will sit, at that magnificent gate. It has a porch to it. What he does, he comes in from the east, and when he leaves he goes back out through the eastern gate, but he is going west when he leaves. The gospel started in the east and settled in the west. God is (I do not know what word to put for this), but God knows what He is doing. If we understand these things a little bit, it will make us understand our position. When the other people come to the temple, they come from the north gate and leave to the south gate. Or they come from the south and leave through the north. They cannot leave the same way they came in. If you come to Christ, you leave your sins behind because He is the one that bore our sins, and he causes you to change your ways. You leave your sins at the altar of God. The Jews have to go out a different direction than what they came in, because that is represents that something has changed. It shows God’s expectation: do not leave the way you come. Let him change you. Do you get it? This is thrilling to me. I am thankful He has let me see it. So, the Holy of Holies itself is thirty by sixty. That is what the inner house is: it is the Holy of Holies; only the High Priest is able to enter there. I said I will prove that to you. I will explain that later.

 

Priest’s Chambers

 

Let me go down to verse 13. “Then said he unto me, The north chambers and the south chambers, which are before the separate place, they be holy chambers, where the priests that approach unto the Lord shall eat the most holy things: (Jesus said, “except you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no part of me.” The priests kill the sacrificial animals. They are the only ones that are permitted to eat from the sacrifices that are offered, because it has to go to the ministry first. You cannot have it any other way. They be holy chambers, where the priests that approach unto the Lord shall eat the most holy things. These are the things that have been sacrificed unto God. They must be the first to partake of what they kill. Because if they are going serve it as food, they are going to make sure it is safe. It is the same way with the gospel, if we deal it out, we have to be first partakers of it to see what it does in our own selves. If it does not help us, it will not help you.) there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place is holy.”  That is what we are doing in this hour. This is not dished out to the world. This is to God’s inner circle of saints, of believers.

 

We will see next that the sons of Zadok must put on different clothes before they go into the most holy place to perform their jobs at the temple. Not wool, not cotton, but it has to be sacred. It has to be something that does not cause sweat. When you go into the chamber of the Holy God, it could make you sweat because you are partaking of the most holy things. “When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people.” First, they have to put on holy garments before they enter. Then they have to take them off before they go back into the outer court. The inner court is where God is dwelling. That is where you see His glory as He comes from the east and goes into the temple.

 

The City of Jerusalem

“Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it round about. He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about. He measured the north side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about. He measured the south side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed. He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed. He measured it by the four sides: it had a wall round about, five hundred reeds long, and five hundred reeds broad, to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place.” The profane place is outside the walls of the temple mount. Like I said before, there has got to be a separation between the temple area and the rest of the city of Jerusalem. When we were last in Israel we went to the teaching steps where you walk into the temple area. That was the border between the two areas during those times. That is where the Jews approached the temple, walking, the singers led the way, singing psalms 73 through 83. That is where the worship service begins. It goes right into the temple area as they march in. The temple mount is going to be a much larger area in the Millenium. It will be between forty-five hundred and five thousand feet long and wide. All the symbols of the Catholics and denominational world are going to be torn down. Those things will be torn down to make room for the expanded temple mount. Denominational preachers are worried about the Arabs getting in and digging around the temple mount, but really, they are not reaching to where that temple will go. That is going to have to be tore out. There is an old city buried under Jerusalem. There is a holy place in that temple mount, but those Arabs will never destroy it. The Jews will find that holy place and build the temple on it, and in the Millennium they are going to broaden the temple mount. It will make the whole temple area almost a mile square. The profane place will be the area outside of that square mile area. That temple area will mostly be for the Jews during the Millennium, except the Feast of Tabernacles when the Gentiles will also come.

 

The Glory of God

 

“Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:” The 43rd chapter. He is taking Ezekiel there after he has seen the building of the temple, and it is mostly built when he sees it here. “And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like the noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.” He takes him to the temple, but he does not take him into that Holy of Holies. He is on the outside of the Holy of Holies, God speaks to him from inside the Holy of Holies. “And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house and the man stood by me.” The man stood by him. “And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, (Jesus Christ’s throne in the Millennium, the place of my throne, and what?) and the place of the soles of my feet, (See? The worship goes from the Father, the spirit of the Father, into the man, because he has a man speaking to him. What does he go to to say to him?) where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, (Forever is a period of time. That is not eternity. This is speaking of the thousand-year period of time.) and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredome, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their high places.”

 

I hope you are getting something out of this. Because it is showing a unity. It is showing the working of God. It shows how He is going about the things He is doing in this endtime. He is talking about the church of the living God, the unity. How blessed it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the oil that flowed off Aaron’s head onto his beard, and onto his garment. See? It covered him. We have to be covered with that oil. It said in Revelation 6, the third horse, three measures of barley for a penny, but see that ye hurt not the oil and wine. The oil is the Holy Ghost, and the wine is the stimulation. That is not talking about natural oil and natural wine. We need unity. We need unity among one another. We need our lives to be able to shine forth unto one another as we walk in the endtime. May the Lord bless you.

 

 

Continued in the next edition…

REVELATION-10-No.5

Revelation 10, Part 4 – 2018, February


Introduction

Preached October 2nd & 9th, 2016

Rev. James C. Allen

I am continuing my message looking at Revelation chapter 10. It has been the hub of this message as we look at the many different scriptures that relate to Revelation 10. I want to continue on with that, but first I wanted to share with you about the trip we took last week.

Trip To See Bro. Jonathan Cahn

Several of us took a trip to New Jersey to see Bro. Jonathan Cahn and hear his message.  His message left an impression on me. Especially at the end, when he blew the shofar. He used three different shofars. He went from one small one to another medium sized one, then finally to the big one, which was about thirty inches longs. That makes a kind of a chilling sound. It lets you know what it would have been like in the day when Israel crossed the Red Sea. It was a sound that was loud but did not penetrate your ears, as far as being hurtful. It was just a sound that reached out. The reason they blew the shofars was for of their celebration of Rosh Hashanah and the feast of the trumpets. Bro. Cahn talked a lot about the trumpets and about Baal worship. In September there was a memorial to Baal unveiled in New York City. We showed you the video where he went to that unveiling to condemn it. Shortly after he had done that, his son fell and broke his chin. Then Bro. Cahn got sick so that he could not minister. He felt that was an attack of the devil, which I believe it was. But he has recovered and was able to preach when we went to visit him last week. He preached on the Elijah spirit and how that it went even into this day. As hedid, I thought he brought out some great illustrations about the ministry of Elijah. You really do not see much preaching by

Jonathan Cahn visits a ceremony to celebrate the unveiling of the Arch of Baal where he condemned the act as a sign of America’s rejection of God and Christianity.

Elijah in the bible because he just appears. Ahab was king, but when Elijah came along, he really took over the nation. When he prophesied, that changed the whole scene, and the whole setting. I like that because it is showing that God has rule over man and he can take over the picture whenever he likes. I like that, I believe that. I believe that when the time comes for those two prophets, Moses and Elijah, their ministry will overpower the Jewish Knesset because they are going to have rule. They really are. I remember Bro. William Branham said that God liked that Elijah spirit so much that He was going to send it five times. We know that four have already come. Bro. Cahn read from the 17th chapter of 1st Kings. It is unusual. A man that you have never heard of just appears. That has been the way it has been each time that Elijah anointing came. It just suddenly takes over. I remember Bro. William Branham talking about his calling. He warned everybody up and down the Ohio River, all the businesses and everything. He said there is a flood coming, prepare yourself. He told them how deep it would be on Spring Street near the Wilcox Motor Company that sold Chevrolets. He said it would be 22 feet deep on the electric pole. I remember that marker, it is probably gone by now. There was a little silver marker there to measure where the water came to, it was 22 feet. But they did not listen to his warning, they did not take heed. Let us look here at the verses Bro. Cahn read. Because we too are expecting another Elijah to come on the scene.

Elijah Appears

There is no introduction to Elijah, he is just there. Elijah has no background. He just appears on the scene. “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, (That is his introduction. There is no background given. He is just there. But he has the word of the Lord, but no one believed him. When Elijah had first spoken that there would be no rain, nobody believed it. Just like the people up and down the Ohio River, they did not believe the warning of the flood because that was just a little man that grew up in the woods. If you ever heard his life story, you know that. The little cabin in Burkesville Kentucky where he was born was just a little one room shack with a dirt floor. He was born in poverty. His dad had to leave the state because of something he had done, so the family moved to Indiana. He had a vision when he was three years old that he would be in Indiana in a place near New Albany. That is all he knew. It was actually Jeffersonville, but I guess it was too much for a little boy to remember and say that. But when it did happen, he moved to Jeffersonville. A lot of his early ministry was in New Albany. Elijah the Tishbite: that was not a familiar name to people either. In the Methodist Church, more preachers of the early ministry came out of Cumberland County than most any county in Kentucky. I remember a story of a man. They had not had any rain down there for some time. So, they were praying for rain. They would all gather and pray for rain. One day this man went out with his water bucket and a rain coat. They made fun of him. He said, well if we are going to pray for rain, let us believe it is going to rain. Before they got home, they got wet. But he did not get wet because he was prepared. See? God is a God of miracles. When we shut Him out, we shut out the miracles. All these big preachers: God is not in what they are doing. It is just a farce. Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead. That is not much of an introduction, but that is all we learn about his background, where he came from.) said unto Ahab.” That is his first message. God had probably dealt with him from childhood on up. As he lived his life he could see the fallacy of what Israel was going through. The rulership of the kingdom was not supposed to be in Samaria. The nation was not supposed to be worshiping Baal. Rulership was supposed to be in Jerusalem and they should have been worshipping God, but the northern tribes broke away because of Judah. Judah was God’s warring tribe, but it ended up that population of Judah was almost as much as all the other tribes together. But Solomon raised taxes very high, because he had a big government, just like it is now. He surrounded himself with women who he had to keep up. He had many marriages. He began to bring other women in from other countries. He had a woman from Egypt that became his queen, and he built a great mansion for her right there in Jerusalem. God looks at that, he sees when unbelievers are mixed in. I was asked the question, when God gets this temple going and working in Israel, will it just be for Jews? I said yes, because God is not going to have a mixed congregation. Just like it is here at Faith Assembly, we cannot accept the foolishness and religious feelings of the world. With God’s people there is no compromise. It is all shut out, there is nothing we can compromise with because we have something we cannot let go of. It is the best that God has in this hour that we are growing into. We may seem strange sometimes in our preaching, but it is just to get people ready. When I see Faith Assembly among another group, it makes me proud. It makes me feel good. You can make a circle around them and separate them.

Bro. Cahn’s message was great. He was comparing Elijah’s ministry to our day. I want to go further a little further with this. “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, (A man that could strike off Elijah’s head, if it were not for God protecting him. As Bro. William Branham always said, God and one is a majority. Elijah did not stick around after delivering his message. He preached his message and left.) As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.” It was an answer from God. As the Bible says in Amos, God will do nothing until He shows His servants the prophets. That was the Old Testament prophets. Today God has a five-fold ministry. The people are not going to get ahead of them. The only ones who did that in ancient times were the false prophets. They had them in Elijah’s day. False prophets told Ahab to go to battle at Ramoth-Gilead. But Jehoshaphat did not trust the false prophets. “Are there any prophets of the Lord here,” he asked. Ahab said “There is one, but I hate him, he does not speak good about me.” But he spoke truth. When Micaiah came he said, “Go ahead, go on to battle, the Lord is giving you the battle, go right ahead.” Ahab knew he was not telling him the truth. He said “I want to hear the word of the Lord.” Micaiah told him, “I see your army scattered by the enemy.” “Put him in jail, put him in prison until I return,” said Ahab. “If you return, God has not spoken it to me,” said Micaiah. My, that is scary. “And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, (God is going to take care of Elijah during the famine. I have said before, in case of some kind of catastrophe, have should a little food on hand. But we do not need to make preparation to store up years’ worth of supplies: that shows a lack of faith. God has a way. He has ravens. There was not just one raven. Every morning and every night, here comes a raven. God will provide.) Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So, he went, and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the book Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.” God is not just going to keep you on a special diet, but He will provide. He is Jehovah-Jireh, He will provide.

The Menorah and Two Olive Trees

This menorah is located near the Temple Mount and has been prepared for the third temple by the Temple Institute. Two Olive trees have been planted next to it.

Now I want to go to the 4th chapter of Zechariah. We have a picture here of the candlestick, which is a menorah. This is what Zechariah is looking at in these verses. This represents the church and its seven ages, according to Revelation 1:20. And these two Olive trees, they represent the two prophets, according to Revelation 11:4. See how they are connected? See how close they are together? The two olive trees, which is the two prophets, and the church and its seven ages represented by the Menorah. “And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof.” Seven pipes, with the lights on top of them. It is a Menorah. In the next verse we see what feeds them their oil. “And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. So, I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who are thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” So, what does he see here? He sees the church ages, but he does not understand what he is seeing. He sees the two olive trees. The angel is not giving much of an answer to his question. Instead of an answer, the angel’s words are for Zerubbabel, which is really a different subject. Why would Zechariah see this? These two trees, and this menorah? Because it all works into something at the endtime. These two trees do not appear until the endtime, because their ministry is at the end. Let us go to Revelation 11 now to see that. “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” He is not going to measure people, he is going to count them. “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” (I will examine this verse later and bring in Ezekiel’s vision of the temple. We are going to look at it in that fashion. Let us read on to the next verse.) “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.” Zechariah saw the olive trees and the menorah. Now, I wonder why John does not see the menorah, but he does see the two trees? This is the answer: he does not see the menorah because it leaves in the beginning of the week. This verse in Revelation is after the rapture has already happened. John just sees the olive trees. Do you see that? The church is gone, but the two prophets are still there. So, we see a connection here between the trees and the menorah. We see a connection in Zechariah, but then the connection is gone when John sees it. John is not seeing the seven pipes and so on. John does see the two candlesticks. The two candlesticks and the two olive trees are the same thing: the two prophets. This should make us happy. We see how God is working in the endtime to bring about a complete picture. He is opening up things that are way beyond me. There is no way I could study and get these things because I have been over it for years. If I could get it by study, I would have already seen it. It takes God to reveal his word to us. God is wanting to teach His people something in this endtime.

Two Prophets vs The World

These two prophets will be in Israel during the time of their prophecy. The first four trumpets are part of their ministry, and the fifth trumpet begins to happen at the time of their death and resurrection. If their ministry is represented by trumpets then it is going to be a sound. These trumpets are going to sound. God ordained that we are not going to be here when the trumpets begin to sound. I do not know how far into the week of Daniel we will be here. In Daniel 9:27 there is an agreement that is signed between Israel and the beast. Remember, the beast is not the Catholic Church. The papacy rides the beast. That Catholic system is the Great Whore. The papacy is not the one that signs the covenant, it is the beast. Then the Pope takes over. He is not an elected official, no, he has more power than that. They talk about the most powerful person in the world being the President of the United States, but I tell you, there is one that trumps that, and I am not talking about Donald Trump: it is the pope. The world is looking at him. He is the most popular person in the world. It is looking to him. Daniel 9:27, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (many nations. They will intend for it to last longer than one week, but that is what is determined by God. He will not let it last longer than that. Earlier in Daniel we find that one day equals one year. So one week would be seven days, which will be seven years.) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” The midst of the week, that is halfway into this seven year period. This tells the story, but not the whole story. Chapter 11 of Revelation gives you the full picture of what the middle of the week is like. That is when the three woes begin. That is when the two prophets are killed, that brings on the woes. All of this occurs in a very short period of time. As I said before, I will say again, the woman of Revelation 12 is already where she is supposed to be when that time comes because it said she will be fed for one thousand two hundred and three score days. Let’s get the story straight. Get it in our mind and in our heart. The Bride of Jesus Christ are the only ones who will ever understand these scriptures until these two prophets come on the scene. Then they will know what they have missed here. I would advise anybody, if you are ever around Jonathan Cahn, do not try to preach to him. If he is to be one of these two prophets, God will open his understanding. I believe as Bro. Charles dream was, we are going to be able to sit down and talk together before the end comes. But do not hurry anything. God is not in a hurry.

When these two prophets come on the scene. It will start out minor. We see that with Elijah, it started minor. They paid him no attention at first. But then the drought started to take its toll, then they went looking for him, to kill him. These two prophets will bring plagues on the world and Israel. Gradually the world will be forced to take notice. The opposition will build against them. The more the opposition builds, you will see, they will call fire down from heaven. They are untouchable for three and a half years. They are over the government. They are telling the government, shut up Prime Minister, shut up Knesset. John the Baptist did it. Herod was just like Ahab, one of the most evil kings that Israel had. John said to him, “You have a wife that does not belong to you. You have your brother Philip’s wife. That is wrong.” They might have just been living together. This is not right. The only thing we can do today is to say, our nation is not living right. Our government is not doing right, you have brought in abortion and you have brought in gay marriage. It is a filthy adulterous generation of people that has no morals. You have authority in this world, but you do not have authority over the word of God. God will defend His word, and God will defend his two prophets until they accomplish their purpose. “In the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, (The anti-Christ will say “Get rid of that religious bunch.” But every day he will be getting closer to his doom. For three and a half years he rapes and pillages the country of Israel, all because the nation was sold out by a bunch of politicians. Those two prophets will stand up and condemn the leadership for what they had done. Think about John the Baptist when he stood in the face of Herod saying, “You are wrong!”

You might say I do not have any authority, but I am using it anyway, because our government is wrong. You have opened up gay marriage. There is no such thing. No gay couple has ever had children. You may adopt them, but you are filthy. As it was in the days of Sodom, it is here today. It is in America. They just could not wait to pass something like that. America: You are wrong! One Supreme Court Justice tried to do things right: Justice Scalia. Do you know what? The coroner did not even go out to see him, he pronounced him dead over the phone. Is there some reason he died suddenly after trying to do the right thing? Did they not want an examiner? You might think I am putting something in the hearts of the people. People need to know what goes on. If they can find dirt to bring against a person, that is what they will dwell on. They punch and probe and do whatever they can. People will vote. Twenty percent of the people in America right now do not know yet how they are going to vote. It is so fickle. They hear something, they change their mind. They hear something else and go the other way. Why can we not make up our mind as saints of God and stick to it? Stay the course. There will be no straddlers on the fence. If you sit on the fence you are going to fall off. Sitting on the fence can get tiresome sometimes.

For the overspreading of abominations, he shall make it desolate…) even until the consummation, (That is the pope, who is the anti-Christ. He is the one doing this. When the middle of the week of Daniel comes, he comes out and says, “I am boss, I am God.” Read Daniel 11. Then it is up to God to show him who is boss.) and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Upon the desolater. It is already determined. His fate is already in the book. What is determined will happen. Let us get our house in order. Let us get our lives in order. Let us make up our mind once and for all. As Joshua said when he talked to the children of Israel, “You cannot serve the Lord, He is a holy God.” Joshua was trying to get them to make up their mind. Elijah was doing the same thing with the contest and Mt. Carmel. “Bring all those unbelievers in, I will stand against them all,” he said. “Bring all the worshippers of Baal in.” That was not good enough for Jezebel, she had to have her own social party. Her four hundred prophets had to come, too. There are eight hundred and fifty false prophets standing there against one little man. He knew what would happen. We know what is going to happen. We are just waiting for the time. We are just biding our time until it happens, but we are using the time, we are not wasting the time. Come on Elijah! At the sixth hour he gets up. He goes over and taunts them a little bit. “Where is Baal at? Maybe he has gone on a journey? Maybe he is on a holiday? Maybe he is asleep?” Then he goes back to wait until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, which is three o’clock in the day. “Go ahead,” he said. By this time, they are cutting themselves and their blood is gushing out. “Oh Baal, hear us,” they cried.

There was a fellow in Burkesville named Danny Wells, a preacher down there who was on fire for the Lord. He was on the road all the time traveling. He went to a place in New York. As the custom was, he came up on the front row and sat down. Ushers came and got him and took him to the back row because he was not dressed like the rest of the people. He offered them ten dollars to let him preach. That was a lot of money back then. They would not do it. His wife and two sons shut him out of the house because he was living right and they did not want to. He told some of those churches down there, this place is not big enough for me, then he would go outside and preach. He would walk up and down and preach. Throughout time there have had righteous ones that stood out, and when the saints go marching in, they will be in that number. It has not always been easy for people, but it has been good. These two prophets are going to be outnumbers and standing against the world. They will be hated by many. But they will stand until their job is completed.

Temple Construction Interrupted

Let’s go to Ezekiel 38. These verses fit into a time just before the week of Daniel begins. “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog; the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.” Which is a man. This could be Vladimir Putin. Time will tell. Putin gets out there and struts on the back of a horse without a shirt. That made Obama shakes in his boots with fear. If Putin is Gog, and he looks like it, God is going to show him who is boss. “And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: (Which is Russia. Meshech is Moscow.) And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, (When he says that, I will turn thee back and put hooks in his jaws, what is he saying? It is going to be a forced thing. Russia is going to be drug into this against their own will. Netanyahu and Putin are getting to be chummy fellows. But Putin is deceitful. What he is doing is trying to keep Israel from going across the border and attacking Lebanon and Syria. When God gets ready, when Zechariah 12 happens, there is nothing going to stand in Israel’s way. What I am reading are the events that happen right before the week of Daniel begins. None of this goes into the week, except the part where Israel is burying the dead bodies and cleaning up all the wreckage. When this happens, then Israel’s commerce comes back for a short time because you have passengers, people who are passing through will see a dead bone and put a marker up.) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet.” I will not go into all of this at this time, but there is one thing I want to look at beginning verse 9. “Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: (Now it will tell us what his evil thought is.) And thou shalt say, (See? He is speaking to himself. God knows what his thought is.) I will go up (Everything is up. When it is talking about Jerusalem, everything is up. You do not read in the scripture where it says, I will go down to Jerusalem. It is the mountain of the Lord. I will go up…) to the land of unwalled villages; (Now we are getting into what has just happened before this attack by Russia and her allies.) I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.” See? Israel has already reached a time peace when this happens. They have torn down their walls and torn down their fences. As you go near the Dead Sea there is a fence, all electric. It is a different type of electric fence than what we have here. It tells where somebody is getting ready to cross. They have an outpost that monitor for it. When someone comes close to the fence, it tells them. But things are different when this attack by Gog comes against them. They are dwelling without walls, without bars or gates. Why? Because Samaria is theirs, Judaea is theirs. Those Arabs that have caused them trouble are far removed. “To take a spoil, and to take a prey; (That is what he came for.) to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, (occupied) and upon the people that  are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. (Now this is what I want to look at.) Sheba, and Dedan, (which are sons of Abraham. Saudi Arabia) and the merchants of Tarshish… We have a map here. Here is Iran (which is Persia), Turkey (which is Gomer), Ethiopia, and Libya. Then Sheba and Dedan (which is Saudi Arabia). The very bottom part of Russia (which is Magog) is on here. These are nations mentioned here in Ezekiel 38. Tarshish is all the way over in Spain, which is not on this map. This is where many Jews went to live after Jerusalem was destroyed.


Bro. Jackson was there years ago because he wanted to see Toledo Spain since that is where many of the Jews went to. Because it looked so much like Israel. Look at the map. Gog has come to take a spoil from these countries like Saudi Arabia. At this time, Israel is at peace with her neighbors. Saudi Arabia is no longer an enemy of Israel, they are now friends. This is where Gog attacks first. Saudi Arabia and Iran do not get along. Iran is wanting to take over Saudi Arabia now at this time. If it was not for Israel they would do it. Right now, Israel is protecting Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Iran knows Saudi Arabia is a rich country and they want it for themselves because of the richness. The only export Russia has is oil and natural gas. That is why they would like the oil fields of different countries.) with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? To carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” So, we can see they hit this first because Saudi Arabia asks the question, “What have you come here for?” Saudi Arabia does not have an army to fight against it. There was a miracle war that happened before this according to Zechariah 12, and it brought Israel peace. That is why they are living in unwalled villages. Since the time of that miracle war and up until the time Russia and these other nations attack, Israel has been building the temple. This attack comes before the temple is fully completed. Because of this attack Israel does not have time to finish it before the week of Daniel begins. It could possibly be a year of time between the miracle war, and the start of the week of Daniel. It will not take many years of work to build the temple. It took seven years for Israel to build their temple in ancient times, and they did not have cranes and advanced machinery. In this modern age, it could be built much faster. Maybe a year to a year and half. All the time God is getting two men ready. Why? Isaiah 52:8, they shall see eye to eye when He brings again Zion. The ministry has got to get ready. We are looking at scripture right. We know we have a short time. We have to get ready, and quickly. Israel could fool, fumble, and plan all they want to, but until that time comes, until Israel gets her land back there will be no temple. In 1968 Bro. Jackson went to Israel with some other men. He got to talk to a rabbi. He asked the rabbi, “I do not quite understand when reading Ezekiel 46. I do not quite understand the dimensions and all of this, which is complicated.” That rabbi told Bro. Jackson, “When that time comes we will know.” They will. There are just some things we understand, we know there is going to be a temple. But there are some things that God has reserved. “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?” God is hitting Gog on the head now, can you not understand? “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, (come up) as a cloud to cover the land; (the cloud is talking about a great armada of planes. You can just see them as they come in flying formations: it is a sneak attack on Israel. You can imagine that coming, their helicopters and planes dropping all kinds of things along with men. They come as a cloud to cover the land.) it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their (television) eyes.” I guess it would be the cell phone and internet now. They claim television is losing a lot of viewership. I could go on with that this, but I hope you have an understanding of something that is going to take place before that temple is completely finished, and understand why it is not completely finished before the week of Daniel begins. This lets you better understand Revelation 11, and the state of the temple when the two prophets are there prophesying.

The Temple and the Two Prophets

I am looking at Revelation 11, verses 1 and 2 now. Jerusalem and the temple is going to be the place where these two prophets do their prophesying. Here it gives the introduction to them in these two verses. It gives the introduction and the ending. These two verses have a lot in them. “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod… (Do you know what a rod is? Is it a stick? No, it’s not. A reed like unto a rod. A rod is a measurement tool. When we look into the book of Ezekiel, it says a rod is nine feet. I do not know if they do it that way now, but that is the way they used to measure land when a surveyor came along, by rods. Because that was easier than measuring in feet. It talks about the temple ground in Ezekiel. When the temple is built, then the temple ground is going to be square. It is rectangular now, but it is going to be square then because it is going to be five hundred rods one way, five hundred another, north, south, east, and west. It is going to be five hundred rods, each one. Five hundred rods is it between forty-five hundred and five thousand feet. That is a big area for the temple ground. Why would He make it so big? Because of worship. There are going to be people there that will worship at the temple. Many Jews will be there. The Gentiles will not be overrunning it when the millennium comes. The city of Jerusalem is going to be a big city. All the measurements are in the book of Ezekial. So when it says reed, it is not talking about some reed you get along a river bank.  It is talking about a measuring rod, like a big yard stick. A reed like unto a rod…) and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God… (That reed is what he is going to measure it with. It is measured by cubits. Then when you get the big measurement, it is measured in rods. A rod is six cubits according to the scripture. Measure the temple of God: this is all something future. None of this has come to pass yet. The second temple had already been destroyed when John had this vision. The third temple has not been built yet. No one has yet fulfilled this vision. But this will be fulfilled in the time of the two prophets. Here are instructions being given. First measure the temple of God, and then what?) and the altar… (The altar is in front of the temple door. You can find all these measurements and the layout in the Book of Ezekiel, beginning in the 40th chapter. The altar is in front of the temple and the front of the temple is toward the eastern gate. That is where the prince will sit. I am going to say prince for right now because that is the word used in the King James Version. That is where he will sit and will eat. God has unusual places to do things. He will eat his bread right in that gate. He will sit in the eastern gate, which overlooks the Mt of Olives. It is going to be a magnificent thing. It is not going to lack anything. The directions and blueprint of how to build it are already there in Ezekiel. The materials that are to be used are in Isaiah 60. I looked in Haggai and it said the silver is mine and the gold is mine. So, it does not belong to China. It does not belong to Ft. Knox. It belongs to God and whatever and how much is needed, God knows where it is, and He is going to put it in some willing hearts to do something concerning the temple ground. Some of the Jews here in the United States are wealthy, especially some working around Wall Street, because God has blessed them. They have a lot of money. Some of them are going to contribute from their fortunes to help build that temple. Measure the temple of God and the altar…) and them that worship therein.” The measurement is for the temple and the altar and the counting of those therein. God is not going to measure each one, oh, you are six foot two inches, and the next one is five foot. No. He has a check list. There is a certain number he needs to count up to. God has a check list. He is precise. When He said the temple area would be square, it is going to be square because God is not rectangle. God is not oblong. When I say that, God speaks as a cube, complete. That is what He is looking for: perfection. “But the court which is without… (That is talking about the outer court. There is an inner court and an outer court. They are different. When you come to the inner court, who is there? It is not the regular run of the mill people. This is the worshippers and the priests. I will go more into that later. But for now, just understand that is who is on the inside being counted. The court which is without…) the temple, leave out… (He is not ready to have it measured, because it is not time. It is going to take a little time to build the temple. We will see that in Isaiah 60.) The inner court is where the priests offer the sacrifices. God looks back in time, and He sees and remembers. He remembers the sons of Zadok, when the Levites walked away from God and began to offer strange offerings to strange gods. One man’s family resisted that:  Zadok. He had some sons and they did not stray from the will of God. God remembers. When the temple is restored, the priests who are descended from those who strayed will not be allowed to come to near the temple. They will have jobs out away from the main building. Their jobs are on the outer fringes of the inner court because they transgressed against God. God still lets them be priests, but they have lesser jobs to do. When He goes to choose 144,000, He chooses out of every tribe. He knows which ones are which. God is not some old man sitting on a throne some place. God is kind of like your mind. When we get to be seventy or eighty years old, your mind is still thinking. When you get that age you still feel like you can do things like you did when you were young. But it does not work that way. But your mind is still working that way. You remember when you were a boy. You remember when you were a teenager and it seemed like just a little while ago. But in years it could be a long while. Your body shows your age, but your mind does not. The body lets the mind see its limitations. Let me read on here, but the court which is without the temple, leave out…) and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles… (That happens at the middle of the week of Daniel. Not the first half of the week. The Gentiles dare not enter into there as long as those two prophets are there. God may strike them dead by the two prophets. Those prophets will stand up to everyone, no matter who they are. Remember King David. There is no telling how many people he slew because he was trying to bring Israel out of its stupor, which he did. When he did wrong with Bathsheba and killed her husband, the prophet Nathan came and told him a story about a visitor who had a little lamb he thought so much of. A great man had flocks, he had everything a man could want. Then the visitor came, and the great man coveted the visitor’s lamb. So he killed the visitor and took his lamb. David was angry, he said “Let me get that man, I will kill him.” Nathan looked at him and said, “You are the man.” David knew he was, he knew what he was talking about. It shows. As the old saying goes, a little bird told me. The Bible said, be sure, your sins will find you out. What did David do? Read the 51st Psalm. He cried out, God, restore to me thy salvation. So we can see how God’s prophets will stand up against even the mightiest kings. The court which is without the temple leave out, measure it not for it is given unto the Gentiles… that is the middle of the week. We know that because it goes on here.) and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. Which is the second half of the week of Daniel. God uses different ways to express the same thing, he will say “time, times and half a time.” Then when He was talking about the two prophets He would say “twelve hundred and sixty days.” Here it says “forty and two months.” God is not complicated. We just need to understand Him. Those are all three the exact same length of time: three and a half years. And when you add three and a half with three and a half, you get seven. Seven years.

The Completion of the Two Prophets Message

Let’s look at Daniel 9:27. It is the middle of the week of Daniel when the pope will take over the temple and force the sacrifice to stop. Let us read it. “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week.” Many what? Many nations. Revelation 11:1-2 fits into this space of time. Those two prophets fit in that space of time. Israel’s hope, and Israel’s demise is in two men. Because God said in the book of Amos He would do nothing except He would show His servants the prophets. That is how God speaks to Israel. For speaking to his church, God has a fivefold ministry in this hour. Do not start picking them, saying I like this one, I do not like that one. No, it is all for your benefit. He would not have chosen a fivefold ministry if it was not for the benefit of the church because He chose it to bring perfection. It says, till we all come to that perfection. How many is all? Everyone. If you stick around you are going to be perfected. If I stick around I am going to be perfected. God has the last word. Some things may be contrary some people’s emotions. Emotions are a dangerous thing. It can be a good thing, but emotions, if in the wrong place, can cause dire circumstances. He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week. God already has that week in mind, he knows exactly when it will start. As He talks in Revelation 9, a certain year, a certain month, a certain day and a certain hour. He is precise. “And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice (That is the middle of the week. This happens at the temple. The temple is where they are offering sacrifices. They are not working on building the temple in the first half of the week. It was already built before the week started. Nothing is going on in the first half of the week except those two prophets and their message. Some might say, well I thought they would still be building it. No, that outer court is not built. The court which is without leave out. It is not manicured, it is not finished, because there are two men dressed in sackcloth who have taken over the scene. Oh, they are going to look odd. Elijah looked odd, dressed in camel hair. John the Baptist was the same way. I would say it had some hair on his leather girdle. It was an odd sight out there. But it was not showing off his naked body, he knew how to dress. He was covered up. So was Elijah. What did Elijah tell Ahab? “I hear the sound of abundance of rain.” Then Elijah took off and gathered up his garment, so he could run. That lets you know it was a long garment he was wearing. It went down below his knees. Cause the sacrifice…) and oblation to cease, (The old pope has done took all he is going to take from those two prophets. They have been embarrassing and angering him for three and half years by this point. He is angry. He has in his mind that he is god now. That is what it says in Daniel 11. He outgrew his dress, or his bathrobe, whatever it is, and now he thinks he is god. He is going to take over that temple and force them to stop offering sacrifices, and kill those two prophets.) and for the overspreading of abominations (The abominations will be going on in the temple area. Once the pope takes it over, he begins committing abominations there. God moves out of the way and lets the pope have his way because this is the last stab the devil is going to have toward mankind before the Millennium. It will get so bad that, in the 16th chapter of Revelation, people from the Middle East will want a little piece of the action.) he shall make it desolate, (In other words, he pushes the Jewish worshippers out of there.) even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” The pope is the desolate, the one who desolated it. He is the desolator. The judgement will be poured out on him. God has his number. I have went over these things to let you see where Revelation 10:11 finally stops. It stops at the middle of the week of Daniel. The message of the two prophets finally ends at that point as the pope takes over.

God is Protecting and Blessing Israel

Shimon Perez died on the 28th of September 2016. That marks something. In 1992 Shimon Perez made a peace accord with the Palestinians, it was called the Oslo Accords, because it was negotiated in Oslo. There were two of them. He agreed to give away land. That was on the 13th of September and on the 28th of September, he made the second Oslo Accord. I heard Jews talking about this. He had his stroke on the 13th of September and he died on the 28th of September. So, God remembers, and he shows he remembers. He remembers what has been done. There has been a lot of praise for Perez these past few days. Barack Obama went to his funeral. What did he do when he went to the funeral? He pushed for a new peace initiative when he was talking. His peace initiative is to take place before the 20th of January, 2017, which will be his last day in office. So, he is really pushing the peace initiative among world leadership and at the U.N., to force a settlement on Israel. His plan is to take the land, half of Jerusalem, Judaea, and Samaria. That is his plan to make a Palestinian state. There was someone in the church world that had a vision, whether it is right or not is up to God. The vision was that if they succeed in dividing Israel, then God will divide this land right down the Mississippi River. East and west would be cut off from one another, if this vision be right. So today Israel is prospering more than she has ever prospered. 97 percent of tomato seed the world over, comes from Israel. That is 97 percent. There are many statistics like that which we could cite. We have a Silicon Valley in California. They are working together on projects with Israel that the world is seeking after. Different parts of the world have a boycott against Israel, saying they do not want to receive Jewish goods. That is outwardly, but inwardly they secretly want their goods, and they are receiving them. So, the economic growth of Israel from 2015 to 2016 has increased a hundred percent because God’s blessings are upon Israel. I heard this in the news listening to Jay Sekulow and a Jewish leader. This is not just coming from some religious idea. These are facts. We are dealing in facts. I believe the saints of God are able to know what is going on in Israel and recognizing God’s blessings upon it. But Obama wants to split Jerusalem. He will not recognize Jerusalem as the capital. He wants to force the Jews out of Samaria and Judaea, he wants to force them out. Do you remember what happened when this was tried before? How Prime Minster Ariel Sharon had a stroke thirty days later after he gave away Gush Katif, which was would be on the Gaza Strip. He never did recover. There was a certain length of time, which was a biblical length of time, and then he died. So, God has everything marked. He has time marked. God is precise. He knows what He is doing. We just need to follow Him and His word, because His word trumps everything.

Obama went to Israel the 30th of September, which was on a Saturday, for the funeral ceremony of Perez. This is when he made the statement defying Israel. He never had anything good to say about Netanyahu because he would not yield to him, but God keeps blessing Israel. The U.S. economy keeps going lower and lower, sinking deeper and deeper. What happened? Hurricane Matthew comes in. Look what it has done. Look at the devastation. The last count was forty some dead, twenty-six in North Carolina, and the water still covers three towns. Be sure your sins will find you out. Obama gets up there and brags about what he is doing, but he does not have any legacy. This insurance thing, this Obamacare thing is getting ready to tank. The premiums after 2017 will skyrocket. He said you could keep your doctors and keep your insurance. It is headed for a one payer system and the government is going to be over it. That is what they are headed for. Why is it that people come from Canada to healthcare here in the United States? Obama wants to copy Canada’s system of healthcare. But in Canada if you need to see a doctor, you are put on a waiting list. If you are Canadian, you know that. You cannot get waited on there in a timely manner. You cannot see your doctor when you want to. If you get an operation, you are lucky or you had to wait months or years. I do not like to use the word lucky, but that is the way it is.

The Bride is Making Herself Ready

Everything that man is seeking to do, God’s word has already told about it. It is just a matter of getting in there and studying. The Bible said to study and make yourself approved, to show yourself approved. That is what we are doing in this time, we are studying the time which He gives us. As it was in the days of Noah, we see it. Violence fills the earth. And then in the days of Lot, Jesus said in the 17th chapter of Luke, as it was in the days of Lot. Look at it. Look what the decision was from the Supreme Court. This nation now has the arch of Baal in New York City, which is close to the center where the two towers were. Everything that man is doing is a mockery of the law of God. They are taking the power away from the police. This is all planned. Everything you see going on is planned, something in the making where they can have a police state if necessary. I am not saying there will be a police state, but if certain things happen it is in the making so that it could be ruled, and you will be told what you can do. Some have plans to tell you what you can preach and what you cannot preach. I pray those people never rule this nation. It happened in Israel when the Jews began to preach Christ. That same thing that happened then is going on again today because if you preach Christ, this world condemns you. Many of the churches are taking their crosses down. They have just become social halls. You do not have to go far to see that, and to see people that do not even care about God. It is in people’s minds to do whatever they want to. They just go to church and feel it is all right to live any old way. The preachers do not preach anything about sin, they do not preach anything about righteousness. It is just a social gospel. But God said that Jesus Christ would have a Bride. This was all in the making. This was planned out. As we live here in the endtime, the plan is working. We are seeing the Bride being brought out, not of their denominations, but out of their stupor, out of things that have gone on for years that many times we overlooked. Many times, we knew, but we overlooked it because it was something we did not really feel like was that important. But the way my brothers are preaching here, Bro. Kevin and Bro. Charles, you better listen. We are in that time, you just cannot pass it up. It is so important that we get our lives in order and straighten ourselves up for the last day because He is coming back after someone that has been made ready. According to Revelation 19, it said the Bride hath, that is past tense. I am not talking about in the 1950’s, or the 1960’s, but in the time we are living in now, the Bride is making herself ready.

The last two messages Bro. Jackson preached was “Darkness is setting in.” He walked back the aisle to a certain pew and stood right beside some of the people, he had even talked about calling out certain names. He did not call their names, but he had planned on it because he had told Bro. Bud and me that he might. He walked right back there and said, “Could it be that there be tares in our midst?” He stood right next to the people he was talking about, he put his hand on the bench they were sitting in. You see what happened to the very ones he had mentioned, they left shortly after that. These were the last two messages he preached. It was on Sunday night that he did that. Of course, people want to look at it now and say it is a new thing to preach hard against sin and wickedness. Bro. Jackson preached it just as strong, and he went right down to the people he was talking about. You may think it is not really that important because it is not Bro. Jackson preaching. But it does not make any difference, the message is still the same, just the one preaching has changed. That is the only difference because the Holy Ghost does not change. The Holy Ghost is not a smart aleck. I have seen Bro. Kevin preach pretty hard, but he will tell you, it is because he loves you. I believe that. I believe I know his heart, I know I do. I praise the Lord for that.

The Third Temple

This next part of my message may seem a little unusual, but it is something I have been asked questions about and it goes along with the message we have been on. This is something that takes quite a bit of understanding, and it takes time to go over it. I have spent more time looking at this during the past week than anything else in a long time. I want to give praise to the Lord because there is a lot here to know and understand and be able to grasp. I have already looked into Ezekiel 38 and Isaiah 60 to talk about the conditions in the world at the time of building of the temple. Now I want to look at the building itself. We read in Revelation 11 what was spoken there concerning the measurement of the temple, but the measurements are not spoken of there. Really the dimensions are in Ezekiel 40, 41 and 42, and into 43. All these visions, as I have been over, are connected and related. These prophets were all looking at the same picture, some were just shown more in some areas than others. After Ezekiel records the dimensions, he then explains in the later chapters how the worship will be done in the temple, the way it is and will be in the Millennium. The sanctuary building of the temple, let me put it that way, will be built before the week of Daniel starts, because after the week starts there will not be any building on it. We see in Revelation 11, that sanctuary is already there when the week begins. The construction works stops when those two prophets begin to prophesy, then judgment of God begins to come to Israel and parts of the Middle East, and even affects Europe. It shows you how far the impact of their prophecy really goes. This is going to anger the European system because it is the European system that is so much against Israel in this time.

Let us go to Revelation chapter 11. He gives John a reed to measure the temple, but we get no dimensions. “And there was given me a reed.” As I said before, a reed is a measurement. It is six cubits and a span. A cubit is about eighteen inches. A span is the width of a hand. So that would made a reed to be about nine feet plus a few inches. In Ezekiel we find the temple mount is five hundred reeds on the width and the length: it is square. So that would be between forty-five hundred and five thousand feet. So, you are looking at almost a mile square, and that is the temple ground. I wondered why they did not rebuild in Jerusalem, I wondered that ever since the first time I went over there because it is just old buildings, churches, and all this stuff. It is all going to be torn down. It will eventually. It will be torn down and leveled. Much of that will happen during the Millennium. That is the reason why it talks here like it does here in Revelation 11. That has to come later because there is not going to be time for it before the week of Daniel begins. But the temple area will be almost a mile square, which the old city of Jerusalem covered a mile. That is going to be the temple ground. There are thirty-five acres there now, but that is a small place compared to what we see in Ezekiel. Why is it going to be so big? Because during the Millennium people will be coming there from everywhere. Gentiles will not be allowed into the inner temple area, but they will be on the outskirts. Really the only ones that are around the temple building are the Levites, which are the sons of Zadok. You see there what God does. The sons of Zadok were priests that did not turn to idol worship when Israel went astray. They kept things straight. Most of Levites compromised themselves and went astray to worship false gods. But the sons of Zadok stayed true to God. The descendants of the Levites who went astray are still going to be priests, but they are going to be on the outside. There is going to be a noticeable difference between the sons of Zadok and the other priests. One noticeable difference will be in their dress. God remembers what happened in the book of Kings, all the way back to what happened in the book of Judges. He remembers what they did, how they led the children of Israel astray to worship Baal. Baal is the god of Molech, which is the same thing. The Israelites began to flirt with him very early on. It begins in the book of Judges and it gradually gets worse. Maybe that does not make any difference to you, but it does to me. It shows that God remembers. He said, be sure, your sins will find you out. We do not want that. We do not want to come up in the last day and here all this stuff comes upon us. It is better to confess it to Him and get it out of the way, then to go on to live a life that will be pleasing unto Him. I believe in dressing holy and modestly. The thing about it is, you may dress right, but how is your heart? The inside needs a dressing. That is what is going to be important in Revelation 19. The Bride hath made herself ready, what is it? She has on a white linen robe, something that cannot be whiter. Fine linen it is not a man-made material. It is silk like material. You can put cotton, wool, or whatever you want to beside it, but it is just not the same. It has a shine to it. If you take that shine away, then you have something else. This is what is important in this hour, to get out the worldliness, all thoughts of some kind of ambition we might have that is not really of God, and our plans, whether we plan to build a house or whatever we plan to do, we should put that in the hands of God. We should say, “Not my will, but your will.” Let Him help you plan. Let Him help you plan the future. Let Him help you plan your bank account. I have a charge card, I am not speaking against that. But it is unwise to let the balance linger. It is a lot easier for me to go to a gas station and get gas with a card. It is a lot easier for me to do that, just put the gas in and go. But then pay it off at the end of the month. That way you do not get in trouble with a big debt. There is a great penalty if you let it go over a month. I am not talking about charge cards, but I am talking about getting ready, getting ready for this last day.

11th chapter of Revelation. “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: (As I said before, this is like a yard stick.) and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” That is all there is to measure at this point of time, which is the start of the week of Daniel.  He does not have the grounds and the out building to measure. He just has the sanctuary area and altar to measure. None of the outer parts are there yet, so there is nothing there to measure, because all that will not be built until the Millennium. But the inner part, which is the main part, is there. Of course, God recognizes the whole area because He is going to keep that holy. That is why I say this temple will be built before the week starts. And the altar, why the altar? Because they are going to be offering sacrifices. They will be offering sacrifices because there are Jews that are going to catch on to this all the way up until the middle of the week. Because Daniel 9:27 said in the midst of the week he will cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease. Just like Antiochus Epiphanes, that is the same thing he did. He is recognized as being the type of the antichrist. People preach him as being the antichrist, which if they would read history they would know he was not. Some of the prophecy preachers preach that Antiochus is that antichrist, because he fulfilled parts of Daniel chapter 10. But it already happened twenty-five hundred years ago. They got it all messed up. History does not mess it up, it is right in the margin of the Scofield Bible. It will give you a list of these things and tell you who Antiochus was. Because he is the one that took over the temple and offered a sow on the altar. He was a forerunner of the antichrist. But the antichrist is going to take over this third temple in the middle of the week of Daniel. He is going to proclaim himself as god. As you look at the scripture in Ezekiel, you will see how they spend so much time cleansing that altar and cleansing the Holy of Holies when the Millennium begins. Why do they do that? Because the antichrist will have desecrated it. Here I have a picture of the temple area. This comes from a replica of what Herod’s temple looked like. The temple faces the eastern gate, it looks toward the Mount of Olives. I did not know where the entrance was at first because I had not studied enough. But the main entrance is from the eastern gate because the eastern gate is the gate God’s presence entered by, in the 3rd chapter of Ezekiel. There are three levels in this temple, each one a little higher than the other. The most holy place is one of the first things to be built, and it is on the highest level. That is the sanctuary, this main large building.  When Bro. Jackson went to Israel in 1968 he talked to a rabbi and told him, I have looked over Ezekiel and I do not understand the layout of the temple. Ezekiel goes back and forth. When you go back and forth looking at it you can find many of the answers because it repeats itself. Some things are repeated three or four times as you look at it in Ezekiel. Really the Holy of Holies is the first thing to be built. Because that is the most important thing in the whole building. When I preached on this before is where I got criticism, because in looking at this I called that prince the high priest. That is on the list of what I preached wrong, according to those who have left us. I apologized for it at the time because inside of me, I apologized for something I was not sure of. Because I did not want to cause problems. But if you go look in the Lamsa translation it does not say prince. It says high priest. If you go to King James, one place will call him a prince, and another places calls him a priest. If the bible calls him a priest, that is good enough for me. I am not apologizing today. I might as well get myself in trouble, not to be disagreeable, but to be true. Because there has never been a prince to offer sacrifice in the Holy of Holies. Princes do not offer sacrifices in the Holy of Holies: high priests do. You can take that and do whatever you want to with it because I have scripture.

“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” Who is “them that worship there?” It is the sons of Zadok. That is not the Gentiles. Only Jews are allowed in this part. Because God is honoring what He promised to Abraham. “But the court which is without.” See? That is the outer court which is not a part of this. It is outside the inner court. You have an inner court and an outer court. The worshippers are in the inner court. We will see that as it goes on into Ezekiel. That is where all the sacrifices take place and that is where all the singers are at. What are they singing? I know what they are singing. I know where they are singing from, from the book of Psalms. This is what they begin to sing. Remember those steps we went up when we were in Jerusalem? They were called the studying steps. When you get to those steps you are supposed to be obedient. Because this is where the singers began to worship and go into the temple area. They walked slowly. They take their time because Psalms 73 is where they start. I am not going to read them all. This was a song they sang as they marched up to the temple. “Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.” This is the beginning of their worship service. They sing this while they are walking into the temple. What is it? A psalm of Asaph. Psalms 74, Psalms 75, Psalms 76, 77, 78, that is a long one. Psalms 79, 80, 81, 82, and 83. There are 11 psalms there that are sang. That is a long song service. It would probably take a couple of hours to sing it all. Imagine the music, no wonder when David came back he was so happy he started dancing before the Lord. So the singers march up the steps, then they enter into the inner court and they keep up singing. That is their part of the service. What is going on inside while they sing? The sons of Zadok are worshiping God by killing animals. You animal rights people, this is going to go on in the Millennium, but you are not going to be there to see it. The best of the lambs brought out of the fat pastures of Israel, the best of the beef, the best of the rams, of the goats. What is a goat? It is a sin offering. You have others that are listed as sin offerings, but they are also listed as offerings to God, but the goat is always a sin offering. During the Millennium it is just one goat offered at a time. In the Old Testament times when they were offering sin offerings in Israel, they would take one goat and slay it, then put the blood on the other goat, take it out and turn it loose. One was going to bear the sin of the other with the blood upon it. It represented Jesus. Jesus became our sin. He took upon Him the sins of the world because He was the Lamb of God. Then his blood went upon us, and we went free. When Jesus died, He became our sin offering. But what He did, He went all the way to hell and preached to those imprisoned spirits. Then He rose again on the third day to do what? To take his sacrifice to heaven. “Do not touch me, I am not yet ascended,” he said to Mary when he first arose. He could not let her touch him and defile the sacrifice. After he sees Mary, He goes to heaven and there He presents his blood, God’s sacrifice. That is why you see it in Revelation 5, when the seals are opened. Jesus come forth, not as a lion, but as a bloodied lamb. The Jews will pay honor to that in the millennium. You have that in the temple. The face of a man and the face of a lion on one being, they are looking different directions. Why? Jesus lived that first role of man when he was on earth. In the Millennium He becomes a lion and he rules as king. You have both faces there. The children of Israel will recognize Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But they will also have to see the man part, where He died. Let us begin reading, this will show the things I have already been speaking of.

Ezekiel’s Vision of the Third Temple

Ezekiel 40, verse 1. “In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, (In the beginning of the year, that would be either March or April.) in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the Lord was upon me, and brought me thither. In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.” He is seeing Jerusalem. In the Millennium, Jerusalem is going to be a very big city. Twenty-five thousand reeds long. Ten thousand reeds wide. This is the holy place of the city. This is for the priests, for their dwellings during the Millennium reign. There are going to be many people there. Then outside that there are another five thousand reeds, plus twenty-five thousand long, which is the city for the rest of Jerusalem’s people who are not priests. It calls their part of the city the profane place because it was not the most holy place, the holy city. That is why you can look at it and see what a big enormous place it is where the walls will be built for the temple ground. “And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.” This is the same one that was measuring there in Revelation 11. Ezekiel sees the same scene. You can see how these things fit together into a unified picture. “And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall show thee; for the intent that I might show them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel. And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man’s hand a measuring reed of six cubits

The Eastern Gate as it appears today. This gate was built in 520 AD by the Roman government.

long by the cubit and a hand breadth: so, he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed. Then came he unto the gate which looketh toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad; and the other threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad.” He is talking about the eastern gate there. “He measured also the porch of the gate within, one reed. Then measured he the porch of the gate, eight cubits, and the posts thereof, two cubits; and the porch of the gate was inward.” See? The eastern gate has a porch on it. Ezekiel is starting outside the temple area, and he is going towards to the temple sanctuary starting at the eastern gate. I tell you, reading this, even the gate of the place is going to be beautiful. Everything is beauty. In Isaiah 60 you see the beauty of the temple, everything is upgraded from what it was in Solomon’s time, which at that time was the most beautiful city there was. They talk about the price of the materials that went into the building of the temple, if it were in our days, it would be billions of dollars. The beauty of it is going to be amazing. God is not cheap. He said all the silver is mine, all the gold is mind. China, you do not have it. The sons of strangers will build up thy walls. What we see in Revelation 11 is all you got before the Millennium starts. You have the temple and the altar, and that is all. But as the Millennium gets underway, all the rest of this will be built. “And the little chambers of the gate eastward were three on this side, and three on that side; they three were of one measure: and the posts had one measure on this side and on that side. And he measured the breadth of the entry of the gate, ten cubits; and the length of the gate, thirteen cubits.” This is all coming together. Ezekiel is giving a perfect measure of what it is going to be. I do not know if this is interesting to you or not, but we are going to go through it. “The space also before the little chambers was one  cubit on this side, and the space was one cubit on that side: and the little chambers were six cubits on this side, and six cubits on that side.” Let me go on down to the 17th verse. “Then brought he me into the outward court, (When the temple is built, the outer court is not finished before the week of Daniel begins. It is just the temple area and inner court. Why? The inner court is where God’s worshippers are at. I am talking about the singers. I am talking about the priests. I am talking about the high priest. I do not say these things to be different. I say them to be true.) and, lo, there were chambers, and a pavement made for the court round about: thirty chambers were upon the pavement.” See? The building is different than all these chambers here. It says there are three stories. This is the art, the beauty of the whole thing. But everything else is built to last. God has a way of making things last. The children of Israel when they crossed the Red Sea, their shoes, and clothes lasted forty years. If you have shoes forty years old, it is because you have set them in a closet and have not worn them. But we see God can keep things from ever aging. “And the pavement by the side of the gates over against the length of the gates was the lower pavement. Then he measured the breadth from the forefront of the lower gate unto the forefront of the inner court without, a hundred cubits eastward and northward.” I will stop here and we will continue this in the next time.

Continued in the next edition…

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