Hell Is Not Eternal, Part 4 – 2019, August

Rev. James Allen
Rev. James C. Allen

In the last edition of The Contender, Bro. Allen ended reviewing the circumstances present on the earth when the wicked are judged at the return of Christ. In this edition he picks up looking at Christ’s descent to hell after his crucifixion.

We have a message here that Bro. Branham first preached in 1961 that we have been reviewing, to connect it with new scriptures and things into it that were not brought into it at that time. 1961 was my introduction to this teaching. There was much controversy about that sermon. The big-time preachers, mostly radio preachers at that time, were critical of Bro. Branham for the sermon. Many of the sermons he preached in that time, such as serpent seed, they said was from hell. Therefore, to me, they wrote their name off because of their blasphemy. There are people who want to bring up your past. The devil will never let you live your past down, especially if it was a dark past. He always tries to bring that up. He will bring it up through individuals and different things, to remind you what kind of person you once were. But this scripture here, to me, will cover that. Matthew 12:31: “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.” That is the only sin that is mentioned that cannot be forgiven: the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. That is to bring criticism toward the word of God that He has revealed. In this hour of time he is making people feel that they cannot be forgiven. You are already forgiven if you have asked God and met that criteria. “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, (Jesus) it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” This will never enter into the Millennium. It will not be forgiven here, and it will not be forgiven in the Millennium. That is what He is talking about when he says, “the world to come, it will not be forgiven.” We look at scripture this morning and we see a pattern of what would come in this endtime against the saints of God. I praise the Lord for that, because we have to live the word. We cannot continue to just live any old way and think there is no price. If we have truly been forgiven of our sins, then this cannot be held against us. Our past, no matter how wretched it was, our past cannot be held against us if we have truly repented of our sins.

That He Might Bring Us To God

I want to go now to 1st Peter 3. I have some things here I want to bring out that I have not brought out before. We are living in a time of God’s revelation to the saints of God, to let them know what is truth and what is error. I was thinking about this part this week. We have done gone over it in this message, but let us read it again. Starting with verse 18, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” Here he is telling us that He died for our sins. He put himself in our place, to be able to take away the deeds we have done, to place them upon Him. People must realize whenever they come to God, whenever they come to the revelation of God’s word and repent of their sins, and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, their sins are forgiven, for Christ hath once suffered for sins. Not His own sins. He suffered for our sins. That is what it is talking about. He did not suffer for His own sins, but for our sins He suffered. Suffered once for sins, taking them upon the cross. He told the disciples, “You will be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with”, which was the Holy Ghost. He told them that it would happen unto them. For Christ hath once suffered for sins (our sins). By baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, we are covered, our sins, our original sin is purged by the blood of Jesus Christ. The things that we have committed in this body, we take on His name as a married name, as someone that has taken on the Bridegroom, being their Saviour. The just, which is Christ, for the unjust. We were the unjust. “… the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…” Right here it is telling you the revelation of what His aim and purpose was. It was all to bring us to God. Christ’s sufferings were to bring us to God, because we could not get there on our own. We had no way of getting there until the sufferings of Christ happened. We were brought to God by this, by no other way. “…being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit…” By the Spirit that was in Him. By the Spirit which is in you.  It will bring you up out of the grave. His Spirit in you will take you from darkness to light, then it will bring you out of the grave, if you have gone by the way of the grave. To others, it will bring them from this life and translate them unto a new life by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They too will be quickened by that Spirit. By the Spirit of Him that raised up The Spirit of God that raised Christ from the dead, is the same Spirit that was in Christ to bring us up from the grave unto a living place of God. “By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” He went and preached unto those spirits that were in prison, therefore we find in Matthew 27 that many of those Old Testament saints came out of the grave at His resurrection. Their time had already come and gone for them, under the Law, and even Abraham and those that were under grace, Abraham was not under law, Abraham was under grace. Not the grace necessarily that you have, but God spoke to him directly and told him what to do. But He speaks to us now by the Spirit, telling us what to do by the word of God. It is the same Spirit, but Abraham did not have that Spirit, it was the Spirit that spoke to him, to tell him what to do in life at that time. There is a difference, but it is a slim difference because it said Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteousness, because he believed God. We believe God; therefore, we receive the same spirit that spoke to Abraham, but did not live in him. God spoke to him face to face as Melchizedek, which we know God is a Spirit. But It was God in the flesh, in a way. It was Him in the flesh, in a way, but then it did not keep on existing in that form, because God is a Spirit. We must believe on Him that He is Spirit, and He is life.

Disobedient Spirits in Prison

As we look at this, I want to go a little further, “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, (The Spirit of God waited in the days of Noah) while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” You have a whole generation of mankind that did not believe God. How do we know they did not believe it? Because they did not get on the ark. Otherwise they would have made preparations. God did not prepare the ark for more than what He was going to take. If it had been like the religious world today, then they would have wanted the ark to be as big as the state of Indiana, to take everybody in. But the ark was not that big. The ark was like four hundred fifty feet long, but that was mostly for animals that he was going to preserve. God is life. He expresses himself in life. He does not express himself in death. It is in life. God is life and God is light. Why does it say this: “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah.” Why did it just go back to Noah? That is a question I put to you. It is speaking of the ones that lived in the days of Noah, all the way back to Adam. Of the resurrection? Why did He not speak of a resurrection of the prehistoric age? They were animals. Because they were animals die and they lay buried. There is no resurrection for them. None of them will be brought back to life, because they did not have eternal life in them. Only those that have eternal life in them are going to be raised from the dead. “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah.” God waited in the days of Noah, which was a period of time. The days of Noah is a period of time that reaches back into the generations. His life span reached halfway back towards the beginning. He was a preacher of righteousness. He was living righteously. Let us read Genesis 6. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, (the wickedness of man was great in the earth. There is a time right now in the world, that this younger generation that has come up are Communistic. Communist and Socialist. You have a generation right now that is coming along that are atheists. They do not believe in God. They do not believe in the word of God. Young people and young children here at Faith Assembly Church: my advice to you is get a hold of God, if you have not repented of your sins and got rid of them. That is what repentance is. Get away from wickedness, as it has been spoken, get away from internet addictions. People go through the checkout counter moving their thumbs on their little devices. They sit at stop lights. We live in a time where the only exercise they get is thumbs and fingers. The mind is being fed the things that are ungodly and immoral. Get away from that. God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…) and that every imagination (Maybe they had gadgets too. They had advanced some ways because they had all that time to live. Cain’s seed did too. They lived and spread themselves just like it is now. Cain’s seed reaches into this hour, right into the hearts of men, women, and children. Because the family is not teaching anything, the home is not saying anything. Whenever a child is wrong, they are not saying, “You should not do that.” My dad did not say, “You should not do that.” There was a time of correction. Spare the rod, spoil the child. You might think, “Well I do not like that.” Do you not like scripture? Sometimes words do not do everything. Sometimes speaking to them is not enough to get a change. We have to get down to business. We have to get down to business with God in this hour. If I heard of somebody beating their child, I would want to smack you up side the head. That is not right. I have seen it done. There is no reason to fly off the handle. We need a leash on our temper and temperament, and all this stuff. But there is an appropriate way to discipline. Every imagination…) of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” That is America. Trump called the MS13 gang animals. Now they are trying to say that he said all people coming across the border are animals. This is a time of the crooked serpent. “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” That is why there are going to be few people that are going to be saved, and that few number is going to be smaller than what you think. If you do not listen to truth, you have nothing else to stand on. Because you are going to face it, it is going to come to you in the near future. We are here at the end. The United States has their embassy back in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is recognized by the United States government as the capital of Israel. What more do we need? How much longer can this stand? How many more bombs do they have to set off in Israel? God said my Spirit will no longer strive with man. It grieved Him in his heart. “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” Even the animal kingdom. That spirit bleeds off into it. They take dogs and train them to be killers. Others take them and make gods out of them. Maybe I am going a little bit too far, but I do not want one kissing me on the mouth. You see it happening.

God Uses Men

What is wrong with society? I am glad there was an answer. I am glad that somebody had an answer. One person, that is who God dealt with. One person. There is only one ministry this morning, a fivefold ministry. The Bible speaks of it, Bro. Branham spoke of it. They had made their own prophets. Bro. Branham was not self-made. Bro. Branham found the Lord. He went to the woodshed. He got down there, under conviction, and said, “Father, I do not know how to pray. All I know is just to talk to you.” How many times did I hear him say, while going to the Tabernacle, “Let us talk to Him while we pray.” God changed him. He came back to his house and his dad said, “You cannot live like that here.” He said, “Then I will live it someplace else.” He got his belongings, put them in a grocery bag and left. He went to New Albany Indiana. This all happened in this area. Here, in this area, God worked in this area. Right down there at the foot of Spring Street at the Ohio River, there was a baptism taking place. A hundred and fifty people were baptized. When it got to the seventeenth something happened. I knew a woman, back in 1963, that was there. She said that some thought it thundered. Some thought different things. But the voice came to Bro. Branham and said, “As John the Baptist forerun the first coming of Christ, you will bring forth a message that will forerun his second coming.” We are living that message; we are under that eagle message this morning. Just before this thing drops off, God has raised up a people that live the word, that honor the word, that is a part of the word. Whenever you get very interested in something, it becomes a part of you. The Jews had to have it up over their door. When they went out and when they came in, it was there, the commandments, to remind them. But they could not live it. The Law was given because of sin in the camp of Israel, but they could not live it, just a very few. When Jesus came, how many recognized Him? Anna, Simeon, John the Baptist, His mom and dad. That is five. When Mary went to Elizabeth, she said my soul doth rejoice in me to hear the mother of my Lord. It does not make Mary anything to be worshipped. There was never to be an emblem of Mary. Bro. Branham told Banks Woods, and Banks Woods told me, it is alright to play these tapes in your house, but do not make any gathering of it. He talked to me because he said we were doing that. Now that is all some will listen to. What Bro. Branham said is all they care about. What did God say? God spoke before Bro. Branham. God called Bro. Branham for a purpose, to bring a message that would separate. He did not preach water baptism in the beginning, because God had spoken to him to do the work of an evangelist. Remember this: the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. Bro. Branham himself said, “If you do not believe what I say, whenever I am dead, take up the cornerstone.” Me and the family drove down by there, the day of Bro. Branham’s funeral. Do you know what they were doing? They had jack hammers out there, digging up the cornerstone. If you do not believe. They showed they did not believe. What did they find? They found a fruit jar where the lid had rusted, and it was already decayed. When they opened it up, there was nothing in it but crumbs of paper that had rotted. I know what I am talking about, I am not guessing. This is not something somebody else told me about. I was there. Bro. Branham said, “If you do not believe, dig up the cornerstone.” What a shame! What a disgrace to a ministry that God had raised up. Now you have to get a tour at a certain time to get through the Tabernacle, otherwise they will lead you out. He said, “Do not make a denomination out of it.” I and the people here at Faith Assembly believe the message of Bro. Branham. But we believe that we had to go on, go on unto perfection. We had to do that. But it is like Noah. That is why we are here today, old Brother Noah. You are kin to Noah. But Noah found grace in the eyes, or in the sight of God. He found grace in the eyes of the Lord. “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, (in his generations, from before the flood until two hundred and fifty years after the flood. That is nine hundred and fifty years. He lived before the flood and after the flood as a witness. Noah’s life did not change after the flood. They claimed that Noah and Shem lived their lives out in a cave. I do not know if that is true, but that is what they claim. God could not have raised him up to do what he did, then forget about him. His message was over, but God did not forget him. W hat Bro. Branham had to say was over in 1965, but the truth of it lives on. Bro. Branham was gone but the truth lived on. The truth lived on after Noah’s time. It lives today.) “These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations…” (It keeps mentioning generations. It means both before and after the flood. He was perfect in his generations. He lived his life in a way that God was pleased with. Was he the only one? He and his family were the only ones that went through the flood. Methuselah died the year of the flood. Lamech, his dad, died five years before the flood. Being what? Seven hundred and seventy-seven years old. God took them away. God is taking generations of people away. Like Martin Luther, like John Wesley, He has taken these generations away and has left the generation of Laodicea. Look at it, how it lays in darkness. In 1963 God shut the church doors to these denominations. A picture in 1964 came out when the pope was in Israel. It came out in Missouri, showing the different stages of a lunar eclipse. It was exactly patterned the way Bro. Branham had planned out the church ages went from one to another. It was perfect. Even the Holy Ghost put it on the back of the church, drew it there. We have a cloud of witnesses.

This thing is not done in a corner. This message that we have is not done in a corner. It is around the world. Our website has had millions of hits. Not all stay and watch it. But every message is watched online by hundreds around the world, either live or the next day on archive. And through The Contender thousands more read the message. They are interested in what just a little hillbilly from Kentucky has to say. I am just as dumb as a box of rocks, but God has put a revelation in my heart and in your hearts. He took Noah, a preacher of righteousness in a bad world. I am not speaking of myself only, I am speaking of a fivefold ministry. It is going to live this thing out to see the end. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations…) and Noah (What? What did Noah do?) walked with God.”

My Spirit Shall Not Always Strive With Man

In that 3rd verse it said, “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, (He is not going to keep it up. Do you know what you do when you strive with somebody? It is something of force. God is not going to force it; He does for so long. He said I will not always do it. I will not always strive with man. God will not always strive with America. Somewhere judgment is going to hit this country we are living in, to bring it to its knees, that they may recognize George Washington’s vision, that he had while sitting in his tent. He seen an angel come in, telling him three things that would happen to America. The last thing has not happened yet, but it was more severe than the other two. Why? Because at last he seen the standard rise up in America, it said that the Union shall always last. God help me to do my part and help you to do your part. If it is to shovel snow, do the best you can. If it is to shovel gravel, do the best you can. My spirit shall not always strive with man…) for that he also is flesh: (There is a difference between a saint of God and a sinner. There are two natures in a person when they come to God. You come to God as a sinner, you leave as a saint. This is who we are, and this is who we become when we know Christ. It is two lives being brought together, the life of Christ and the life of the individual. We are not a split personality, but we bring our carnal nature in subjection unto his divine nature.) yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” God gave a measuring stick to countdown to the flood. He has given one in this hour. Whenever we see Israel begin to build her temple, whenever we see the armies in Israel defeating those round about, the end is going to happen. Mark it down, but do not wait to see it, believe now and live right. Live for God. “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” What does it mean, he walked with Him? God was instructing him. God gave him a pattern. God gave us a pattern in His word, a word to live by. God gave Noah a pattern, this is what you want to do. You make so many rooms here, first, second and third stories. He did not need to make rooms for dinosaurs, because there were no dinosaurs in our creation. But all the animals living were there. Even that old serpent that God had cursed, took off his arms and legs, he became a serpent, a snake. God somewhere put it on the ark. Because the devil is not going to defeat God. God will just make it in another form, so it never does the same thing again. That is what He did. He made it in another form. It will go right into the Eternal Age as a snake. That is what Isaiah 66 says. He will still be a serpent, but it will eat its bugs and mice and such stuff from the earth. Look what a fall he had. He had everything, everything imaginable. But there was deceit in his heart, because that fallen devil had inspired him. Because of that he became a snake, a serpent. “And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” Now this is before the flood. It goes back before the flood. “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” See? God talked to Noah. He will talk to you. He will speak to you, day or night, it makes no difference with God. He will show you a dream, He will show you a vision. He will speak to you through the word. He will wake you up sometimes just to talk to you. You will not lose sleep; God will give you good sleep. God said to Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence through them, and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, (make rooms, why? For separation of the animals.) and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. (A tar like substance.) And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of.” It goes on to give the length and so on, but only one window is put in it. You see pictures of the ark with many windows, but it really only had one.

Let us go back to 1st Peter, 3rd chapter, 19th verse again. “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” We are going to find out where these spirits were. He did not take them out of prison at His resurrection. He took Noah. He took Shem. He took Abraham. He took Isaac, Jacob, and his sons. Where do you find them then? In the book of Revelation, the elders. Right on down through Moses, David. They have David’s tomb in Jerusalem. They know where it is, but they do not know where David is. David is not there. Go back to Matthew 27:51, I will show you when they were ressurected. “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, (Christ had to be first, because He was the resurrection. He was the resurrection and life.) and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” There you are. The saints of the Old Testament were resurrected. Now go back to Peter. “By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison” (those imprisoned spirits, as it says here) “which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a-preparing.” While Noah was preparing the ark by God’s instructions. See? Just like He instructed Moses. He was instructed to make everything according to what he was shown as a pattern in the mount. That was a pattern of what the heavenly Bride kingdom will be. God waited on Noah to build the ark.

The End Is Coming

The day of the flood was scheduled. The judgement of this world today is scheduled. We are not told the day nor hour, but whenever the time that Israel begins to build her temple, which she is going to do. Now Israel, as they have obtained the recognition of Jerusalem as their capital, at any time things can begin to happen because there has got to be a war in Israel. There has got to be. Then you can begin to count time, because immediately after the next war in Israel, they are going to start on the temple. That little coin I showed you is for building the temple, the one that I showed you of Trump and Cyrus. If you purchase it, the money goes towards the fund to build the temple and the temple institute. Israel is expecting for Trump to send money to build the temple. Did you know that? Cyrus sent everything, whenever they came back, Ezra and them, when they come back to build the temple, Nehemiah, as they came back to build the temple, he told them to go and build it. I am waiting for that day to come, that Trump is going to say, we will help you. Because God has changed his mind on so many things that should delight us.

Trump Cyrus coin. Image credit: The Temple Institute.

The time is here for God to really move. We are on the edge of it. We are on the edge of God really moving. Whatever happens from now on, you can look for a war to start in Israel, for them round about. While the world is getting wickeder, old Noah keeps building. He keeps laying another log on. It does not look like much when he starts. Think about it. A man five hundred years old, out there taking a bunch of logs from the forest, building an ark for water. How dumb that looked. He had to be around the wood. God was not saying, Noah, build it next to a lake. The lake was going to come to him. The ocean was going to come to him. That is the reason why we have oceans out there today. That water settled. Before that there was seas, which there will be again in the Millennium. There will just be seas, not great oceans. The land is going to be uncovered. God is going to put us under that canopy of a perfect climate again. There will be winter and summer. There always has been and there always will be winter and summer. Man wants to get under his religious shelter. They do not believe the word of God any more.  Are you enjoying Christ? Are you enjoying your faith in Christ? It is wonderful. “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is, either souls were saved by water.” You might think, well I thought you said there was only one that heard the word. These others were not born when God spoke to Noah. God brought a woman to Noah when he was five hundred years old. He was middle aged. God brought a woman to him and said, here, take her for your wife, this is the best I can do with what I have. Noah is perfect in his generations. Not perfect like we should be, but perfect in his generations. He did not have the word we have. He had the word to build the ark, but he lived in a bunch of trash, a mess, just like we are today. We live in a mess, but we have a message of truth.

Lazarus and the Rich Man

Lazarus begs at the rich man’s gate. Image credit: Gems for living

I want to go into the book of Luke 16:19-31 for scripture reading. It is a familiar scripture to you. Familiar scriptures sometimes can be a mystery. “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple (In other words, royalty. That is what purple is, royalty. What a great man he was to many people. People that passed by looked at his house from far away when they could see it, until they turned around and could not see it anymore. Because it said he fared sumptuously.) …clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: (He did not have a care in this life. It was all positive for him.) And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, (That does not mean that every poor man has God in their life, but this one did. Somebody, probably more than one person, carried him there, because he laid at the rich man’s gate, full of sores. It was not a pretty sight. He had lived a good life, but then this sickness came upon him, and now he cannot work. He is looking for mercy from someone who could help him. There are two different avenues here, two different lives, two different lifestyles. One of them just did not care.) And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: (In other words, dog food. If he could just get the crumbs, he felt he would be okay., that this would help him have a little strength to live another day. But he was looked over, his life did not matter. He was homeless, but he was not homeless because he was drunk and drug addicted like many homeless are today. Sickness had overtaken him. I saw pictures of San Francisco, where the trash, garbage, and rubbish lays along the sides of the streets. It is such a great city with a great name. So, it is in Los Angeles, the city of the angels. The homeless there choose to be so, they could work and do better, but they refuse. Not all the homeless are that way. Lazarus was not that way. But let’s look at this.) moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. (The dogs cared more for him than the rich man. There is somewhat of a healing in a dog’s saliva. I do not know if you knew that or not, but there is. But I would not kiss one on the mouth as the world does.) And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: (That is a big change.) the rich man also died, and was buried; (there is a difference in their death. One of them died from starvation as he laid at the rich man’s gate. The other died naturally, maybe of a heart attack. God saw the dilemma, just like He did with David and the man that would not feed his soldiers. He died days later with something that hit him, at the time that David sent messengers to go to ask for something. David had already said that he would wipe them off the earth. He did not speak his words in vain. It came to pass the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. There is a big difference there.) And in hell he lift up his eyes, (This is a place where people go when they where they are cut off from God. It is like a place with burning lava, like you see spewing out in Hawaii. That is the same type of fire that is in there, because hell is in the heart of the earth, in the center of the earth. Yet their bodies do not decay. Although they burn, they do not decay. In hell he lifted up his eyes…) being in torments, (torments) and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (Now the story changes. It changes for the beggar and it changes for the rich man. The rich man now desires what the beggar has.) And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. (See? Tormented in this flame. Jesus says it is a worm that will not go. Bro. Jackson referred to it as a worm of remorse: where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched. This is represented just outside the gates of old Jerusalem, where the people burn their garbage and their rubbish. There rose a worm out of that which was resistant to fire. Something is going to live, in all the struggle, there is something that is going to live. In all the trials and tests, and tribulations, something is going to live. Jesus was speaking of something that was real. Because there is an existence, there is life on this earth of some kind. They dumped a bunch of fertilizer off Hawaii and killed the fish, but there was a worm that had never been seen that began to grow out of that. You take one life and put it out, there is another life that comes in. The people that are in torment today, God gives them a life, a life that is in torment, because of the flame that exists.)

Hell: A Place of Torment and Remembrance

But Abraham said, Son, (He even called him Son, because he would have been Abraham’s natural seed. He said to him, Son…) remember (Remember. That is the worm of remorse, remember, Son, remember…) that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” It is not because the rich man was rich that he was in hell, that is not the reason for it. Jesus said there would be not many rich men that will enter into the kingdom of heaven. It is not because of riches, but of his attitude. He chose to take his reward during his natural life. Many times, Bro. Jackson did things for people that maybe were above what he did for his own family. I do not mean anything by that. Do not make anything out of it.  He wanted to do for others. He said this to me one time, “I do not want to look back and see where I have neglected to do something that I could which would help them in their situation.” Bro. Jackson was not a rich man. I know some of the things that are told which is happening in the Branham movement today. Bro. Branham was a man who always wanted to help his neighbor and did not chase riches. Things have changed among them today. Bro. Branham was in need many times. That is why he hunted and fished, in order to provide. People could not go to the grocery store and get their groceries that they needed. That is why sometimes it was little animals that today we would not think about eating, that were eaten in order to keep skin and bone together. Even Bro. Jackson said that Paul ate rats in order to live and preach the gospel. Think about it. Think about it when you eat your next meal. When I grew up, even at that time, most of the meat that people ate was what they caught or what they killed, wild animals, squirrels, rabbits, different things of that nature. They had to do that. Here Lazarus lays there, but now he is no longer laying there. It was not because he was poor. It was not because he did not have anything, but somewhere inside of Lazarus, there laid something more than what the rich man had. I remember when travel was not like it is today. Most people never left the county they were born in. I remember one man: they were taking him to Louisville for an examination to go into the army during World War Two. He left Casey County and said, goodbye Ole Kentucky. He thought that was all there was to Kentucky. Today we go everywhere, there are no bounds where we go sometimes. Lazarus probably never had been very far. No doubt the rich man traveled a lot. He entertained his echelon of people. Big shots came by his house. He always looked out for them. Why? To gain, and to gain more. To gain prestige. But it did not give him any hope. Prestige without hope is nothing. It is just another word that somebody has made up. The word prestige is not in the Bible. If you find it, show it to more. But you will find certain people that were prosperous. Just like the scribes and Pharisees that walked by the robbed man. They went to the other side of the road. Because the man was bruised and beat up. They did not have time for him. They did not want to acknowledge him. Jesus did not think too much of them, he called them whited sepulchers, full of dead men’s bones. That is not going very far. It even spoke of the man, the priests, standing on the street corner, praying so that everybody could see him. It reminds me of a man that worked at Ford. He went to another church. He would come see me occasionally. I worked on a platform. He would look around to see who was watching us, then he would get loud so everyone could hear our conversation. He wanted everyone to know he was a preacher. It shamed me for people to think I was associated with him. One day, out of anger, he ran over somebody with a tow tug. He claimed to be a preacher. At one time he claimed Faith Assembly Church should be his place to preach, that Bro. Jackson had left it to him. He went to Bro. Bill Tuley’s place of work and told him, “I am prophesying to you that your dad is going to get well.” Bro. Bill Tuley told him, “He has been dead for three months.” How would you like somebody like that to prophesy to you? But Abraham said “Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things and likewise Lazarus evil things, but now he is comforted and thou art tormented.” See? Abraham did not get upset over what happened. He just told him like it was. “You see Lazarus now and you see your condition.” He did not make a big deal out of it, he just told him the truth. “And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: (In other words, here we are in two different parts of hell. When I read from 1st Peter 3, we saw that Jesus went and preached unto those imprisoned spirits. They were imprisoned in torment where this rich man was. Jesus message to them did not change them. The Bible does not say what He preached, but He was preaching to a lost cause. Because they had hear what they missed. That will be the last message that man will ever hear, when he finally goes there: look and understand why you are here. That will be the last thing they hear, and they will be cut off from God. That is what is being said to the rich man. He wants him to know the reason he is here and the reason he missed it. The situation is not going to change. Lazarus is not going to come with a drop of water and put on his tongue. Why? There is a divide. You have two parts of hell. You have the place of the torment for the damned and the place of paradise for the righteous. But paradise is not there anymore. When Christ led captivity captive, he took them to paradise in the heavenlies now. It says so in the scriptures. We will find it. Beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed…) so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” There is no way. It would be awful to hear Him say, “You missed it. You had the opportunity. It was placed there before you. You rejected it. Now there is no escape.” Everyone has an opportunity to be saved. God gave all man a choice. There is not going to be one person that will ever go before God and accuse Him, I did not have a chance. Look at the chance God gave to Cain. Look at it. He said, “If you will do what is right, you are the oldest. You are older than your twin brother, if you will do what is right, then he will be subject to you.” It is awful when we get to where our own desires mean more to us than what God means to us. There is no peace in the world, there is no peace in living for the world. As the song goes, the only real peace I have is in you. The only real peace I have is in Him. The only real peace you have is in Him.

How many times does the Bible mention not getting caught up with the world? Over and over and over. How many times does it mention overcoming the flesh? Over and over and over. Flesh is what desires the things of the world. I believe, as long as you come here and you try your best, you do all you know, then somewhere God is going to lighten the load for you, to where you are going to feel that realness of the Holy Ghost when it comes in. I remember visions I had years ago, just seeing a light, it would go down one side, numb that side, and come back up the other side. What a feeling, just that tingling. It is the realness, the realness of the Holy Ghost. It is the best experience you will ever have in this life, because it is life and it will put life in you. What the presence of God does is so real, so perfect. I remember a dream I had around the time when Bro. Branham had died, me and somebody else, we went down an old country dirt road, if you could call it a road. It was in the summertime. Finally, we met Bro. Branham coming with a group of people with him. I saw the tiredness in his face. He looked so tired. When he got to me and that other man, he put both arms around us to hold himself up. People did not realize that Bro. Branham really had became very wore out and exhausted in life like I saw in the dream. He began to prophesy to that other man. He got through and it came to be my turn. I thought, where is mine? He said to me, “Your’s is in the word.” That is what he said, “Your’s is in the word.” That is the only reason, not because he said it, but that is the only reason that God has done anything in my life here in this endtime, it is because it is in the word. This is what Jesus is saying of Lazarus and the rich man.

The Rich Man’s Faults Are Manifested In Hell

The rich man is the only one speaking up. Lazarus is there, but he is content. Maybe for the first time in his life, he is content. I will say it again, it was not because he was rich that he went to hell, it was because of his attitude towards the things of God. It was not because of Lazarus was poor that he was saved, it was because of his attitude towards the things of God. “Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, (The rich man is still being religious, because he is calling Abraham father. He is praying. There will be a lot of religious people in hell. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father…) that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house.” He is already doomed, and he knows it, but he is wanting Lazarus to be raised from the dead, to send him to his father’s house to warn his unrighteous brothers. “For I have five brethren; (See who he is concerned about? He is still not concerned about the rest of the people; it is still his family circle. That is part of what led to his problem to begin with, he cared nothing of the poor beggar at his gate. Sometimes we have got to get out of the family circle in order to see God work in people’s lives. What means more to us? For I have five brethren…) that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.” Now he is concerned, but he is only concerned of his own, not yours. You are my brothers and sisters. “Abraham saith unto him, (See? They are still speaking.) They have Moses (They are still under the Law at this time. Jesus is speaking unto a man that is under the Law, and he dies under the Law, and Lazarus dies under the Law. Theologians say that this is not a parable because Jesus mentions names. I do not know. It could be some rich royalty in Israel’s past, it may be a true story. Or it may just be an example. They have Moses…) and the prophets; let them hear them.” Now he is going to take the wrecking ball to man’s ideas, to their opinions, and to the opinion of the rich man. He told him, let them hear Moses and the prophets. Let them hear the ministry in this hour: do not count it cheap. Do not call what God has brought up in this hour something cheap. Don’t say a preacher is just this small thing or just that small thing. He is your benefit. Both of these brothers, Bro. Kevin and Bro. Charles, have been called to preach under my ministry, not that I called them, but they have been called under my ministry. The thing about it is, they were called of God, they were not called of me. They have been preached for several years now. So do not count it cheap. You might say, well I do not have to listen to either one of you. That is the attitude of the world. It may be the attitude of some of your family members. Some might think they are too young. Bro. Charles is just in his early thirties. Bro. Branham was in his early twenties when he started. He was hardly twenty when he was converted down there in that old woodshed. Sometimes we need to get to the woodshed. I believe that God is in our meeting places with us, but sometimes we need to get by ourselves. Abraham said unto him, they have Moses, they have the word, and the prophets, let them hear them. “And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.” Bypass everything else. Bypass Moses and the prophets. Send a dead man. They would not even know him, because he would no longer had sores on him. He was no longer that dilapidated man that lay at the rich man’s gate. He lifted up his eyes, being in torment. I will say it again, not because he was rich, but because of his attitude toward another seed of Abraham. Nay father Abraham, but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. Here is the end of what he will hear. “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses (If they hear not the word of God brought through Moses. Moses was already dead. If they hear not Moses) and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Miracles like that will not change someone, but the word can. The devil is working on people’s minds, it can get mighty hard sometimes to convince them of anything else, because the majority of the people are lost.  In the days of Noah, the majority of the people were lost. It is no different in this hour because Jesus said as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of man. The day the flood came, they did not know what that first cloud meant. They had never seen a cloud. This world will never know what judgment is until it comes because they have never seen God’s judgment. They did not see it in the word. They will not be persuaded though one rose from the dead.

Paradise Is Now In Heaven

Let us go to 2nd Corinthians 12:1. “It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.” Paul is speaking here of what he is expecting, how he is living his life, how he is presenting his ministry. It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory; I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.” There are different layers, you have the atmospheric heaven, then you go into space, then you go into the realm where God is. But His realm reaches all the way down to earth because He said, heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool. This is where He is working, in His footstool. I will take the footstool as long as I can feel that God is working in it.

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“And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth.)” This is where the saints are today that have died and gone on. They are there waiting for the change that will come about in their body, no longer in the heart of the earth. The saints that resurrected with Christ are there with their bodies, but the saints who have died since are there without bodies. They are spirits, and are waiting to be rejoined with their glorified bodies at the coming of Christ. They are all in paradise together, in this heaven Paul is talking about. The spirits of those saints that have gone on are living tonight, just as much as they lived on this earth. But it will take that return of Christ for their body to be resurrected and glorified. One of these days He is going to say, enough. That is in the future. My point here is to show you Paradise is no longer in the heart of the earth; it is in the heavenlies where saints are waiting for their change to come. “How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.” That is the only way he said he would glory, was in his infirmities. The trials of this life are infirmities that he had in his body. This is the way he lived and the way he presented himself because he felt that if he could glorify God, he would glorify Him in his infirmities. He felt that if he could do that in all the trials and tests, that he had something waiting on the other side. The way we treat our infirmities is going to mean how we are presented in God. We are not doing it for gold stars on Sunday. We have no board to place stars on or count attendance. During the early part of Bro. Jackson’s ministry when I was here, he put a board up. They recorded how many people attended service and so much given in tithes. It did not last very long because everybody was looking at the board, and how much people gave, how many were there. That is where the attention was focused. “For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; (He did not say “My, look what a ministry I have got,” he could have said that. But he said, “I will not do that, no.” Though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool…) for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (In weakness, he can show the strength of God. This is the Lord speaking to him, my grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness…) Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power (I would rather glory in my infirmities, that the power…) of Christ may rest upon me.” That the power of Christ may rest on you. What a glorious gospel we do have in the time we are living.

Christ Ascended To Heaven

Let us go to Hebrews 9:23. I love the book of Hebrews. “It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; (That is what I was talking about earlier. That tabernacle they made in the wilderness. They made it out of badger skins to overlay it, dyed red. The curtains that went around it were blue, representing the heavenlies. Then the golden ark represented the throne of God. The heavens should be purified with these…) but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. (Talking about the heavenlies) For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, (Thank God. Whenever He died there on the cross, what happened? The veil of the temple, which was four inches thick, it covered the holy place, and was very thick and impossible for man to tear. But there was an earthquake and God rent that thing to where you could see through it to the other side. The ones in the  temple could see it was empty behind the veil. He rent that thing from top to bottom, the way it should be. It started out at the top and went to the bottom, the rent did. Because the way of the holies is now open, when Christ died. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands…) which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.”

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He did not go appear in his own presence. He appeared in the presence of God for us, us beings right now. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, right into the Millennium, that same spirit you have is going to be your directive whenever the Millennium comes. There are not two Holy Ghosts. You will not be filled with another Holy Ghost; you already have it. You might ask, well what if I die? It will bring you out of the grave. That is not the last thing it will do; it will take you into the heavenlies immediately. “Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entered into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” You are no longer a sinner if you have received Christ. I beg somebody’s pardon that would say we are just sinners, they even sing, just an old sinner saved by grace. No. God took that away, you are not an old sinner, your body is decaying every day from the time you are born. Your body is decaying every day, but the thing about it is, though this body be dissolved, we have one in the heavens. You will meet it one of these days, you will not say Howdy! No, it will be too quick. You will be saying, goodbye world goodbye. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” This is not talking of saints of God, because you are already judged. That is why the saints of God will never go through the tribulation, we bypass it. That is a detour for the rest of them, but it is a bypass, there is a narrow road that leads around it. As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him (Have you been out looking? Are you looking for Him in spirit, because you know He is coming back after you? That is good to know, that He is coming back after you? Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and unto them that look for Him…) shall he appear the second time (That is not His first appearance. He will appear the second time…) without sin unto salvation.” In other words, there will be no more stripes upon His back. There will be no more crown of thorns upon His head. I saw the Passion movie; I did not want to see it over and over. It was just something too cruel. But that was not half of it, it was just too cruel. It made you almost feel you were there, because it was so real and lined out. He did it once for me and for you, one time was enough. He did not have to go back again year by year. The Catholics whenever they take communion, they say he come back again and gives His life. They are so nutty, nuttier than a fruitcake. But that is the way they like it, they like something they can put in their hands. Because they want the money, give me, give me, give me.

Love Your Enemies

I have something else I want to look at now. This really is not related to my subject of hell. I am looking at this because we have never faced an hour like we are facing right now. People need to know how to live and how to handle situations as they come about, to know the right direction to go. Our lives must fit the scriptures. It must fit the scriptures in order for us to have perfect peace in the things we do and the things that we say. It is always good to look into the word of God and to know what God is sayingbto us in this endtime. I never say “thus saith the Lord” but I do at times say, “thus saith the word.” There is a big difference whenever you are saying “thus saith the Lord”. You have to remember it has got to be God talking. Years ago, there were preachers that said “thus saith the Lord” to everything, it turned out that they became hypocrites. They never did live the things they preached to other people. They just pointed always at somebody else, or  something that they laid the blame on others. They were putting up and putting everybody else down while lifting themselves up. I do not want to do that, and my brothers here do not want to do that either. We are looking at the word and making our statements to everyone and not just to single people out, or to benefit ourselves, but to benefit everyone. I appreciate the word of the Lord. I appreciate our young people who have been faithful to sing and not cause grief or anything. We have young brothers here that keep their notes, read their Bibles as we go along. I believe they are getting something out of it. Otherwise if we do not have our minds on the word, I do not care if we are ten years old or twenty years old, in the teenage years, if we do not have our minds on the word of the Lord, then there is something that is going to shock us. It is going to shock us into a realization. I noticed the other day that the house was getting hot. I went to look; it was four or five degrees above what the thermostat was set for. I had to go to the air conditioner in the breaker box and turned it off and turned it back on, then it started working. Every once in a while, you have to give something a kick start. We do that in our lives. Sometimes we think everything is running alright, but then we have to give ourselves a kick start. We were on a hayride one time at Bro. Jackson’s house. I was sitting beside him as we were going through the field there. He said, sometimes life is like a hayride, you are going along real smooth and all at once you hit a big bump and have to hold on. That is the truth. There are big bumps in the course of our lives. We have to remember that God knows everything, and He knows where we are and what we need at the time those bumps do come.

It is interesting how the bible has the answer for everything. Everything that we face or come up to, there is an answer for it. As there is an  answer to it, then we must realize that God is the God of answers, He is the God of the present time. You cannot limit God. He has an answer.  It is going to spew out. There are a few in this hour that have the word, that God has ordained to be able to have the word. I am talking about the ministry and the congregations of those people, whether they be here or whether they be around the country or overseas. God be praised for it all. He is wonderful. That is what Isaiah 9 says, He is wonderful and Counsellor. I thank the Lord for that, that He is wonderful. Let me go to Matthew 5:41. “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” There is something in that. There is something in what I am reading this morning, that has been there all along. Sometimes we overlook it because of the things that are going on. There is something here I want you to see. “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.” Now this would be in the Law that He is talking about. He said, you have heard this. It did not really mean that, but this is what they were teaching. He told them, you have heard this, how you are to treat your enemy and to love your neighbor and so on, but there is a deeper thought in this that I want to get to. Because of the times we are living in and what we see going on in our own lives and the lives of others, as we would look into the deeper part of this, that He is talking about. Because it is going to free us from a lot of things if we look at this right. It is going to free us of anger when use the mind of Christ rather than rely on our own feelings. Sometimes whenever we build on our own feelings, then we are hurting ourselves by rejecting something that will free us. Because there is a freedom in the word of the Lord. He goes ahead here; “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.” He is pointing out what it was like under the law, where people hated each other, but they just kept it under control. But Jesus here is straightening this out, that we may not come under this same thing. “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, (This has a deeper meaning to it, love your enemies.) bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” This is a hard thing to do, but it will free us from a lot of things that otherwise would be something that the devil could use to hurt us. I am coming to realize some things in this that maybe I had not before. “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: (These things do, that ye may be children of your Father in heaven.) for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good.” See? He is not partial in that. He is wanting us to look at him as an example of what we should do, because He does it. He makes His sunshine on the evil and on the just. He gives them rain. He gives them good crops. We are not under the law. This is how he wants us to be. Because Jesus was planting something in his message that would tell us what we are: children of God.  There is a special favor for us. There is a special favor for us in this. I am not going to tell who, but I had a phone call from a brother that was troubled about something. I talked to him about it, then I referred this scripture to him. Because he was in a situation that he needed an answer. Sometimes there are situations where we need answers, but we can only go to the word of the Lord and find that answer. He thanked me after I quoted that part to him. He thanked me because he felt this was the answer to the problem he was facing. This would apply to people of the world. But this is also talking about people that have left our fellowship and have gone their way. Listen to what He is saying in that verse. “But I say unto you, love your enemies.” This reaches down into a person, it goes down further. This takes away the feeling that we may have toward somebody, including one that has left. It is for our sake that we get any hard feelings towards them out of our minds. Bro. Jackson spoke concerning some that had left our fellowship while he was still living. He said, “If I see them broke down on the highway, I will stop and help. But I will not invite them to supper.” So, there is a difference in it in that way. This type of thing that has happened. I will mention the thing that happened in 2008. It put a big gap between brothers and sisters and many that left. Those type of enemies are included in what Jesus is saying here. He wants us to do exactly what He said for us to do, because He went to the cross. He had already told them what would happen, in Matthew 24. He knew the ones who rejected him would receive judgement. He tells the believers, whenever you see the armies compass Jerusalem, flee to the mountains. They did that. Only those were the ones that were saved from the onslaught of the Roman Empire, because Jesus had said that Jerusalem would be shut up. That is exactly what happened. It was closed, because they thought that they could outlast, but Jesus had already pronounced judgment on them. But what did He do when He was going to the cross? He prayed for them, even though they had messed up, though they had betrayed Him, though they had said all manner of evil against Him, yet He prayed for them as He went to the cross. He said, “Father, they do not know what they do.” So what I am saying this morning, we have to do everything in our being, in order to keep anger from bubbling up in us and spoiling the grace of God, because when some men, especially when some of the men that left, they had children. Those children were not to blame. They are not to blame today. Because somebody else did what they did, that does not condemn the whole family. I remember one little six-year-old girl saying, it was not my idea to leave. It was not their idea; it was somebody that was over them. As I look at it this, I want to keep my feelings right. I do not want anger toward anybody to spoil what is inside me. I want that hope inside me. That hope will keep me steady in the storm and in the trials I am going through. I want that steadiness. Would you want that feeling? I do not want some kind of anger or something that is going to rob me from the grace of God, and the blessings of God that He wants to put in my life, because of somebody else. On their website they had a whole list of things that was against what I had preached. But what I had preached was a revelation of the word of God. I am not afraid to stand on what I preached as a revelation. But whenever this all happened, there were different ones that were on the fence. They did not know which way to go. But when things settled in and they began to see how those that left were turning out, the right way became clear to them. They saw men that have left here and women too, are out jogging in their shorts. Women have stopped dressing in modest clothing. If anybody does that here, then shame on you if you do. That is not the image we want to portray of the Bride of Christ. But the thing about it is, we have got to be different. We have got to be different than the world and not pull the world into our lives to where the light of Christ cannot be seen in us. He goes on to say here, that ye may be the children of God. These things in verse 44 are a prediction of verse 45. It is a counterpart to what Jesus has said just before in verse 43. We will go to verse 45 and finish that up, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: (This is what we have to do to be the children of our Father in heaven. We must rid ourselves of all animosity, all anger, everything. I am not going to cross the line.  There is no way I am going to cross the line and compromise with sin and wickedness, but He is saying to get all bitterness out of us, and all guile and anger, madness, to get it all away from us. Let them do what they will, I will do what the Lord wills. Let them preach whatever they want to, I will preach whatever I feel the Lord would have me to. If they preach against me, I do not care. It does not matter with me because as Bro. Jackson said, they do not butter my bread and they do not tie my shoes. I can still tie my own shoes; I do not have to have somebody else to do it. I do not have to have anybody else butter my bread. It says, “that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.” I have read that three different times, but I want it to close in on us. Because He says, “that ye may be.” So, if loving our enemy was not important, then He would not say that, because this is all connected. So that must be our determination. If we can live above anger, above guilt, does that change anything how we would normally treat them? No. Whether we have anger towards them or not, we should treat them according to the scripture. But this is something to get the anger and feelings we have, to get them out of us in order to be the children of the living God.) for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” You see there is a time of judgment coming. Whenever that judgment does come, then everything is already planned out. God knows who will make it and who will not make it. He already knows that we are His children, as we walk in favor with Him. “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?” They love the ones the ones that love them, that was in the same group they were in. But Jesus is keeping us. He has protected us. That armor of God is a shelter to our being, just like living in a bubble. It is a shelter to us, to keep away anything that the devil would bring against us. Because there is wickedness in high places. “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others: do not even the publicans so?” He is saying we must be different. We are different. We live in a world of many snares and obstacles, things that come our way. But Jesus is warding these off for us, to keep our lives and minds straight in the hour in which we live as we believe Him. I have never looked at these verses in this way until this week, when I began to think about it as I read it. Because I had another thought in mind whenever I read this, but when I read that verse 44, then that put something in my mind. I began to think, am I fulfilling this? I will admit to you that I was not whole heartedly doing it. I was not. But I will say, then God began to speak to me in that verse 44. Be ye therefore perfect. See? He is talking about making the rain to fall on the just and unjust. He made the sun to shine on the just and unjust. What is He saying? “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” We must love our enemies and let go of the hard feelings towards them if we are going to fulfill the word of God. This generation is a generation of evil. I will not take that away from them, because that is the truth. This is an evil generation that we are living in. We do not have to be a part of that. We do not have to think like them or share their wicked desires. It has been preached over and over to us about the world and things of the world, about getting too interested in the life we have here on earth, and the lifestyle we have. We could go anywhere we want; we could do anything we want, but to fulfill the scripture, this is more important than any other thing we can do. We must be able to reconcile our lives with the word of God. What is He saying? He is saying, get the hate out, get the anger out, get yourself in the word, because this is what will save you and me.

Seven Women Shall Lay Hold On One Man

I am going to the second part of this thought now. But Bro. Charles Meadors had said to his wife a week before, I preached on Isaiah 4, “When will Bro. Allen preach on Isaiah 4?” I did not find out about that until after I preached it. God is good to give us confirmations. Because He is concerned about us. We can take this even further than what I have. “And in that day (One particular time, not always.) 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.” Seven women taking hold of one man. I know there was a big uproar about that when I preached it, because Bro. Jackson had mentioned something about the lesbian situation and so on when he preached on this. But this does not fit the lesbians, because they do not want the name of a man. There is a reason Bro. Jackson said that. You take the war of Armageddon that comes from the east in that part of the world. It will be the east fighting against the west, which would be China and her allies coming against the European system.  Somewhere in time the United States is going to cease to be a world power. Our soldiers are going to have to come home.

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We see the great problem North Korea has been these past years. If North and South Korea can come to an agreement, that can move things towards Armageddon. This negotiation that is going to happen between North Korea and Trump, do not look for it to settle everything. Trump said that in the a beginning. North Korea wants to take a few years to do it. Trump said, no, it must be finished under my first administration. They do not have much of a choice but try to get things worked out between them. Because the alternative is devastation. If North Korea should launch a rocket toward the United States, North Korea will be gone. There would be a bomb sent over there that would empty that place. But it is not going to happen, because of these negotiations that are starting to happen. There may be setbacks in it, do not just think it is going to be in a few days. There may be setbacks in it, but something is going on over there that is going to get the ball rolling. It will get the ball rolling until there is an agreement. When the agreement is made, our troops can leave that region of the world. Our troops will not be needed there anymore. Our troops are going to have to come home from the Middle East and from these parts of the world where they are in now. When it is all done, those eastern nations will meet the armies of the West right in the middle east. East meets west right there at the Euphrates River and spread from there on into Israel. Why do I say that? It said that there will be a war that will happen that will leave two hundred million soldiers dead. That is quite a big army. Because that is the last war. That is Armageddon. That is the reason it is mentioned there in Israel, that little land. That is where Armageddon winds up to be. Just outside the city of Jerusalem. Even Jerusalem is going to suffer some during that time, because it is going to have to be rebuilt. The old city is going to be gone. There will be no more old city because that is going to be a Jewish city that will reach beyond anything they have now. It will take the whole Millennium to do it all. But it will be done by the time that is over. Because as I read the scriptures here, let me go a little further than I will go to another chapter. “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.” That does not necessarily mean this will happen everywhere in the world. It is that part of the world where that big war will be fought. “In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, (See? It is still in that day. You are going into the Millennium there, that is when all this happens. Seven women taking hold of one man, that is going to be because there will be few men left. In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious…) and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that escaped of Israel. (For them that 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.” See where it is talking about? That is Millennium people. All that chapter is Millennium. “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 there by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. 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 for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.” See? What He is planning on is for the Millennium people, especially in Jerusalem and in Israel. Let me go to the Isaiah 13, which I used before, and you will see why He says what He does about the seven women taking hold of one man. We have a picture here. This will not be in the millennium. Look at all these women. “I am a snowflake, and together we all become an avalanche.” That is what one of their signs said. Do you know what an avalanche is? It is something that falls. “Nasty as we want to be.” “My heroin addiction is just getting started.” These are their slogans.

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Just look at what goes on in the world today. But this is going to be wiped out. This is going to be history on day. This will never go into the Millennium. It cannot because whenever that time comes their attitude will be different. What did I read there a while ago? Seven women shall take a hold of one man to take away their reproach. Their reproach is that now they have no children. It used to be in Bible times that if a woman did not have children, it was a reproach to them. This will not last, the seven women taking hold of one man, because that will raise up a generation of men and women. But it is going to be in the very beginning because we read here in the 12th verse, “I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.” Because there are so few men that are left. “Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land. Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.”

Few Men Left

 Let us go over to Isaiah 24:1-6. “Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; (He is getting rid of all of it, that Catholic priesthood that is so high and mighty, God is going to get rid of them. He does not need them. Bro. Jackson always said, even the Bride will not be overstaffed with ministry. This is coming about.) as with the servant, so with his master; (It is going to happen to everyone.) as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. (Now this is the verse I wanted to get to.) Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” This is my answer to the ones that would think otherwise. I went over that. I was criticized for it. As I said before, I do not care. It is not a burning thing in my mind to think that somebody has criticized me for what I have preached. You might say, well you sound like it. No, I am not, I just want to straighten things out in your mind that it does not bother me. But it would bother me to leave some saint with a wrong thought in their mind. Remember what I read already: “Pray for your enemies and for them that despitefully use you, that you may be called the children of your Father which is in heaven.” This is for our good. This is for our benefit. That gets the guilt off us. That is why I said what I did.

The Earth Will Be Empty

I want to go to Isaiah 24:16. “From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously. Fear, and the pit, (which is hell) and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.” In other words, God’s judgment is coming from on high, just like it talked about in Peter, the windows of heaven are open. He is talking about judgment coming upon this earth as he is saying that, and what he is speaking of. I want to read verse 18 again. “And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.” He is talking of the final judgment as he is looking at it. This is goes beyond Armageddon. Armageddon is the end of man’s reign. Judgment happens immediately after that. Of course, there are two hundred million soldiers that are killed in Armageddon. The 16th chapter of Revelation says that the blood will come up to the horse’s bridle, for a hundred and sixty miles the blood will run there, from man. “The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.” See? God is putting it back in place. He is putting it back in place where there will be three hundred and sixty days again to a year. Because everything that has happened like that is a curse. Whenever it started out it was three hundred and sixty days a year until the flood came. We do not know what all went on with the flood. The flood came, but there had to be other dynamic things taking place, even where maybe the flood did not reach to. But it destroyed all men but eight people. Some say the Aztec’s in South America survived the flood. That is not right, that is a lie. Nothing lived through the flood. God got rid of it all. “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, (Talk about being dizzy, that would make anybody dizzy.) and shall be removed like a cottage; (In other words, God is going to wipe it clean through earthquakes, through volcanic mountains, as it happens to the islands that flee away. As I said the other day, the Canary Islands have already had an earthquake which split it. It split and they claim that if that one half of it falls off, then it is going to wipe out the east coast of the United States. New York and all those places will be wiped out. What does it say? The cities of the nations will fall. You can see the big towers, high rise buildings, they are going to be gone. Because God does not like high rise buildings. He does not. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard and shall be removed like a cottage…) and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.” What is it saying there? The earth is going to fall and not rise again, He is saying the works of the earth. The earth is going to be completely different than what we see it to be now. When He is saying removed, that is exactly what He is talking about. The works of man is going to be removed, because He does not like it. He does not like these big cities. There is nothing but crime and rats in them, rats as big as cats are in New York City. They have been seen. They have been filmed. When they built the Freedom Tower, they could not even inhabit it for days, for weeks, because the rats had infested it. I wonder why? Because it was a rat trap, a rat trap for man. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 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 shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, (This is the final judgment of the earth. I am not talking about the final judgment at the end of the Millennium, the final judgment of the earth. The moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed…) when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.” We see in these scriptures I have gone over; we are looking at things that are getting ready to happen. As I have read the scripture before, I will read it again, verse 19 of the 26th chapter. “Thy dead men shall live, (talking about the resurrection) together with my dead body shall they arise. (He realized it was not going to be in his day. He said, with my dead body, they shall 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, (I like this, 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.” He is telling us there, where are you going to hide? You are going to hide in the word. Whenever this takes place, then the rapture is going to come. Because there is no other place to hide. I will quote again what Bro. Branham said when he was talking about the tribulation. He said, “No man makes his wife go through tribulation before they are married.” If you do, you are silly to go ahead with the marriage. “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.”  I have gone over these things for a purpose, to let you see how we are entering into a time when we are going to need all of the spirit of God that we can get. We are going to need that because He will take all foolishness away from us, that we may look to Him, to be brought into unity around the word of God. That we may take on the whole armor of God as we are living in an hour when we will need it.  We are going to need every bit of it. Otherwise there will be storms come to sweep us away. Before it is over with, every one of us is going to have something to touch our lives that is not going to be milk and cream. Because God is into perfection. He is looking for a perfect people. We cannot reach that on our own. It is the spirit within us that is going to be perfected. You are going to get older. If it is two years from now you are going to be older. You may lose a tooth or two, every now and then. You may lose some hair between now and then. But that does not matter, you are gaining inside. This is where the gain is, inside. That is why I read the scriptures I did, because I wanted to place myself in there. I want to be in a category that I can live without condemning myself, without feeling some kind of anger or negative emotion. I just want to preach the word, be instant in season and out of season, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering as we live in this hour. You all are a product of the ministry that God has raised up in this hour, a ministry that is called. We see this in things that have happened since 2008, a ministry that is raised up. Laying on of hands does not call you, if you are not called. I do not care how many hands have been laid on you, it is not going to work. It has to be God that does this. He is the one that calls. I thank Him for His wonderful word.

… continued in the next edition.

Hell Is Not Eternal, Part 3 – 2019, July

Rev. James Allen
Rev. James C. Allen

Preached May 13 – May 20, 2018

In the last edition Bro. Allen examined the conditions that will be present on the earth at the end of the tribulation period when Christ returns to earth. In this edition he starts by looking at the events leading up to the return of Christ, and the judgement of the wicked on earth at the time of his return.

World Conditions

As believers in this hour we have great knowledge of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. I just praise the Lord for that knowledge. As I see the great things that are going on. Tomorrow the United States embassy in Tel Aviv will move to Jerusalem. This marks seventy years of Israel’s being a nation. This has been a Jubilee year. We have seen the budding and blooming of the fig tree and it proves we are coming down to the end. In Matthew 24, Jesus said, “When you see the budding of the fig tree, it is drawing nigh.” We must look back to the 1940’s to see the whole picture. Israel had came out of a great conflict. They had been terribly persecuted by Hitler during the Holocaust. Many of them had started to go back to their homeland. In their homeland in the Middle East they were alone, as far as neighbors are concerned. The nations around them hated them. But they were alone, but God was with them. There was an unseen hand there. We see the scripture in the word of God that foretold it would happen, and it gives us an understanding of what is really happening and causing the turmoil of the world today. We see all this happening as Jesus said it would. As it is explained in the word of God, both Old Testament and New Testament, we see the happenings. So we have much to be thankful for and to praise the Lord for, for His wonderful care and benefits that He has shown to us.

I want to go to the book of Daniel 12 for my starting scripture. I have the whole chapter, I want to deal with. There are three different parts in this chapter that we will see. There is something I said in the last message that I want to make sure we have an understanding of, because I kind of cut the thing short. I was talking about the end and I mentioned Matthew 24, but I left out the last part of Daniel. Matthew 24 goes up the end of the tribulation. But it does not cover the last seventy-five days. I want to go over that. I have much scripture dealing with this time of trouble and then the time beyond the trouble. I have things in Matthew that I want to go back to, and in Revelation 7 to see where all this fits, and where the Bride fits. Because there is something about the Bride that I had not seen until this last week. I will get to that. Let us read Daniel 12 first. “And at that time shall Michael (When is that time? Michael is not mentioned in Revelation until the middle of the week. It is mentioned in connection with Israel whenever Satan is cast out of heaven. Then Michael appears on the scene. That relates to the same thing we are reading here. It says, at that time. There is a certain time. Not just a period of days, but there is a certain time: at that time. At that time shall Michael…) stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: (Daniel’s people are the Jews. That is what he is talking about. This will be in the middle of the week of Daniel when Michael stands up against Satan. The 144,000 are already ready for their mission. The woman of Revelation 12 is already in the land that they are supposed to be in. This is just as the last half of the week of Daniel begins. This is part of the three woes. There are many scriptures to allow us to know the time this happens.) and there shall be a time of trouble, (which is talking about the tribulation) such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: (So this is going to be the time in Israel’s history when this happens. You see this in Ezekiel and other scriptures as we have gone into in time past. There is going to be a great oppression and persecution of Israel, and the entire world will be afflicted with terrible turmoil. Such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.) and at that time (See? He keeps speaking, at that time. At that time…) thy people shall be delivered, (But it is going to take the end of that. There are some that will be delivered, but they are going to have to go through the tribulation time.) every one that shall be found written in the book.” In the book of life. This connects with Revelation 20. There are two periods of time here in Daniel 12. There is the period after the tribulation when the righteous will be resurrected. The second period is when the millennium ends. So he is speaking of two different times here. “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, (Which is at the end of the tribulation period.) and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Which will be at the end of the Millennium when the great white throne judgment occurs. “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” Then he goes on to the verses I want to deal with. “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: (He is giving Daniel instructions. He is telling him to close the book, or close the scroll, because it is not for his time. But it will be for the end of time. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end…) many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” There has never been a time like today. People travel. They travel from nation to nation, from country to country, overseas, and to different places. There has never been a time like this. I remember when people could not go to Israel. It kind of opened up in 1968 after Israel had taken the land, and Jerusalem, then it was opened up to where people could go. But before that. Arab people were calling the shots. But in the Six Day War in 1967, then Israel took Jerusalem and a large portion of their land, which they have given back through negotiations. They gave back the Sinai Peninsula and different places that they had captured. The Sinai is where Kadesh-barnea was at. But then it became the Sinai Peninsula because of the Egyptians having rule over that part of the world. The Jews gave it back to them through negotiations. Negotiations are no good unless there is a resolution, and the only resolution that will be recognized is God’s resolution. The bible already records it. If the bible was not important, then you just throw it all away. The bible is the most important book there is concerning us and concerning the Middle East. Because it is already written, it was already copied down in scrolls, what will happen. You see it in Isaiah, as you see in Daniel, you see in Ezekiel, Jeremiah. Jeremiah is mostly speaking of the Jews at that time, as they are getting ready to go into captivity in Chaldea.

Man’s Growing Knowledge

But I want to look at something here that is recorded in Daniel. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. In the scientific world they are testing cars that are driverless, but they still have a steering wheel and still have somewhat of a control over the car, but the future of the car industry is that they have neither steering wheel, gas pedal, or foot brakes. This is the future of it. Ford Motor Company is trying to get ahead of all the rest of them. The aim of Ford is by 2020, or 2021, to have driverless vehicles.[1] I do not know what they are going to look like. I do not know if they will be able to meet their goal. But this is Ford’s aim, to have driverless cars, which will be electric cars. Of course others are working on this, but Ford is a little ahead of the game on this, because of the technology they are putting into it. This was on the news this week. Tesla has been big in this, but I see their driverless car had another wreck.[2] It ran into the back of a bus. So they do not have it where they want it, so Tesla is getting into big trouble over this. But the thing about it is, others are copying the technology, and they are going to copy more. One disturbing thing I heard is that they are planning to to microchips in clothing, to where the clothes you buy, your shirts, your suits, your shoes, are going to have a thing in it to where they can detect you wherever you are.[3] I think I am about through buying clothes, because I do not want any of that. When you walk on the sidewalk, it will pick it up. They are going to put things in the sidewalk to pick up your walk and they will know who you are as you walk down the sidewalk. These things are in the news. Even now they have robot lawnmowers and all. It is all going to be electric. I wonder how that is going to be fired up? What are they going to do? Just make the earth something that can pick up electricity, because it is going to take very much for them to do these things they are planning on doing. But this is the plans for the future, where whatever action you take, if you have those chips, if you have it in your shirt, if you have it in your shoes, your pants, your dress, whatever it is, it will have that in there, but you won’t be able to detect it. You will not know it, because it is implanted in there and they are going to use that to pick up what you are doing, what you are watching, where you are seen. They are doing all this to track people, to see what their movements are, to see what they are talking about. This is all in that. They have robots now that are getting smarter than man. Different ones are putting their training into it, it will not be one person. Different ones are putting their training into this, to where they can tell the robot to jump. It showed it jumping up on a box.[4] Right now they have robots that talk, and you cannot even tell it is a robot. It sounds just like a real person. It showed them calling a restaurant for reservations, and the caller thought they were talking to a person. They would ask, “I want to go to a certain restaurant, what is the waiting time?” It will tell you the waiting time. It is designed to tell you what restaurant you want. You think you are talking to a person, but you are talking to a computer, and that computer is talking about to you. I think I might be getting a lot of those calls right now the way it sounds, because whenever you question them, they ignore you. I had a call this week, some of you got the same kind of call, where the Internal Revenue Service called me, telling me something, but I did not let them get that far. I do not know what they were going to tell me, I did not let them get that far because I hung up. The IRS does not call you. If they have something to say to you, it will come to you in a letter. Do not ever worry about things like that, just hang up on them. Or ask them what their phone number is, so you can call the Better Business Bureau. They will hang up real quick. They do not want to be known, they just want information from you. If you give them your information, then they use it to rob your bank account. There are factories now that are run mostly by robots. I know when I was at Ford, they began to put them in the body shop. Robots did the welding, somebody just had to watch and make sure things were done right. Otherwise it was robots doing the work. They had big arms. They do not have to look like people, but they can act like people and they can sound like people. So the reason I am saying all this is to give you some examples to show you how much man’s knowledge has increased. One hundred years ago, people had not even imagined some of these things. Daniel 12:4 is an explanation of what we see today, what it says will happen at the endtime. Man is getting wiser and wickeder as the Bible said.

As I was thinking about this, I was glad to be able to get more information on this to share with you. This is also happening in other countries, it is not just here in the United States. It is everywhere that these things are happening. Some of these things are a benefit to man, but many of them are tools that will be used by Satan. These type of things will lead into the mark of the beast. Somewhere the United States is going to be pulled out of some of this stuff, because if this is the place that Israel is coming to, the woman of Revelation 12, our society has to be cleaned up. We have seen a lot of change since President Trump was elected. Past Presidents made promises but they did not keep their word. Bill Clinton had a conference with North Korea, and nothing they agreed on ever happened. He said that they were dismantling nuclear reactors, but it never happened. It kept growing and kept growing. It come on down to Bush, it come on down to Obama. It was all the same. The embassy in Jerusalem was the same way. Ever since 1992, they have been promising that they were going to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Now the embassy will be in Jerusalem. Trump said, “I don’t make promises I don’t keep.” So the promise is going to be kept. You can look for some trouble out of that because the Arabs do not like it. It signifies that Israel is on their way to keeping Jerusalem because of the embassy. The Arabs expect Israel to give up Jerusalem. I saw this morning on the news they were putting up the embassy sign. They had holes in the wall and big iron bars that went into the hole, they were matched perfect. They were shoving that thing into the wall there where the embassy will be. I have to say Praise the Lord for God’s wonderful doings in this hour. It is not Trump, it is something behind Trump causing him to do these things. They have held back moving the embassy for twenty five years or more. They have done that and it has not accomplished anything. Remember that. A promise made is going to be kept, otherwise it is not a promise. We thank the Lord.

Dedication ceremony for the United States Embassy in Jerusalem

75 Days of Wrath and Judgement

I will leave that and go a little further.  “Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, (I was thinking about this: there stood other two. There had to be one standing there already besides these two. Then I Daniel looked and behold, there stood other two…) the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.” Which would be the Jordan River. These two angels are standing there with somebody else that is already there. We can tell this by the way it is said. I saw other two, so there had to be another standing there already. “And one said to the man clothed in linen, (which is standing on the river. We must compare this to Revelation 10 to help us understand where to place this in time. Remember in Revelation 10, he is standing upon the earth and the sea. What does that represent? A worldwide thing. He is there for the Bride of Jesus Christ, which is a people taken from all nations and peoples. But here in Daniel 12 is not universal, it is to the Jewish nation. I want to read that 5th verse again.) “Then I Daniel looked and behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen…” (That is Christ in angelic form. Because Christ is in heaven with His Bride when this event happens.) which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” See? There stood two, one on each side of the river. There must be two important angels for this to be accomplished. Daniel hears this, and they he asks the one on the river a question: How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? “And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, (Now in the setting in Revelation 10, he is holding up only one hand because he has a scroll in the other hand. But here, both hands are raised.) and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; (which is three and a half years: time (one), times (two), and an half.) and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” He is the antichrist. “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” So it was not for him to understand, neither did the apostles understand. Understanding was to come at the time of the end. This is connected to Matthew 19, which I will go to after this, Lord willing. “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Who are the wise? It can’t be the foolish virgins. Only the wise will understand, so this puts us in a position today, which I am not bragging about. It puts us in a position above the rest. It does. This will be rewarded, it will be. Many shall be purified and made white, and tried. That will be to the foolish virgins and the righteous that pass through the tribulation. But the wicked shall do wickedly, that is the last three and half years. That starts when Michael stands up. None of the wicked shall understand but the wise shall understand. “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, (that is the middle of the week when the antichrist rises to take over Jerusalem and the temple. From the time the daily sacrifice shall be taken away…) and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” There is an extra thirty days here, which I have gone over before. Three and half years is 1260 days, but here it is 1290. Whenever the earth begins to shake and rock and reel, as was gone over in the last message, it is going to take a thirty day period of time for God’s wrath to be completed. That is the sixth seal, the seventh trumpet, and the seventh vial. You see the volcano erupting in Hawaii lately. We have a picture here.

Lava flow in Hawaii

Look at this. This is a little example of what will happen then. They said that there are rocks as big as refrigerators blown five mile into the air. Think about that. Think of how far into the air big stones can go, think what they will do when the land back on earth. So I wanted a picture of this for us to see, because it crawls very slowly, like a slug, but it just keeps going. It consumes everything in its path. Everything in front of it, it takes. It takes and takes and takes. It said mountains shall fall, you have volcanic mountains in every nation of the earth. These mountains, the tops of them are going to fly off. It talks about it in the book of Revelation, and in Peter. Peter explains how the earth and the heavens will be dissolved with mighty heat. That is the atmospheric heavens that will be dissolved. So That is what it will be like on earth the first thirty days after the tribulation ends. That is the cooling off time after God’s judgment has hit. How do we know that? Can you give me a better explanation? I ask you that, can you give me a better explanation? I am not asking that to you. Matthew 24 tells us clearly that these things will begin immediately after the tribulation, not before it ends. This thirty days is when the wrath of God will hit this world. Now we are going to see there are some more days to account for. “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” That is another forty five days there. 1260 days ended the three and half years, 1290 took us through the wrath of God. Now there is another forty-five days to take us 1335 days. This last forty-five days concerns the sheep people.

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It is important to notice how this verse is worded: “Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh…” At the beginning of this time, not everyone is blessed. There are still wicked people on this earth when this 45 days begins. But by the time it is over, only the righteous are left. Blessed are those people who make it to the other side. In the last message I mentioned how the wrath of God would destroy wicked mankind, but it will not destroy it completely. Because there are goat people that will survive that wrath of God. They are still going to be alive. But what happens? The foolish virgins lived through this period of time, and they seen all this. They were killed during the tribulation. But God is going to raise them from the dead to bear witness against the wicked. That is why in Matthew 25 it speaks of them being raising from the dead first. It is to judge the living wicked. So we will look at that. “Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” Whenever the resurrection takes place, as in Matthew 24, the foolish virgins and the Jewish martyrs from the tribulation will be raised up. They are the ones that will witness concerning what has gone on in the last period of time, because they were there. They experienced it. The great multitude and the foolish virgins are raised at the same time. There are not two resurrections. They are all raised at the same time, but they are placed first in the resurrection, where it says the last shall be first and the first shall be last. It is because they have lived in that time. They are not given special privilege to be able to judge, because they are not the ones to judge. The Bride is judge: judge and jury. But they will have a lesser part in the kingdom of God. It calls them servants. A servant is not a king and is not a judge. “Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” See? After that length of time, there are not more goat people. In the extra forty five days, it ends the goat people. But the sheep people go on into the millennium, they live. I want to make sure you understand that. “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.”

White Robed Saints: The Last Shall Be First

Let me go to Matthew now. We will go to chapter 20 first. We have gone over it, and Bro. Jackson went over it. “For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.” What is this agreement signifying? This agreement is that each one shall receive a penny, which is just an illustration. It is a parable, an illustration of the payment. “And he went out about the third hour, (This is in time. This would be maybe 300 or 400 A.D. See? He is going out at different times because there are different changes. There are changes, because it said he went out at the third hour, about the third hour…) and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.” These are idle too, so he makes an agreement with them, the same agreement with each one of them, even though according to this, they have not spent as much time in the field as the others have. But it is not talking of it in that way. You are skipping periods of time. Do you understand that? You have another period of time which would be the third hour, or the third period of time he is taking about here. “And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.” See? You are coming on down closer to the end. But you see in the agreement, everyone is receiving the penny. That does not mean he is cheating the others. He is not cheating the others, it is just a different period of time. He is making the same agreement with them that he did in the first. “And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?” Which is getting down near to the end of the age. “They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.” He is not telling them what they are going to get now. But here they are in the last day. This is speaking of the last day period of time. So there has been people in every age that have not quite measured up to what the Lord expects of Bride people. This is who he is talking about. “So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.” It is what they have gone through. Jesus is making it look like these did not labor but one hour. But we will find out where they did labor. “But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.” See? Every man. He did not tell each group what they would receive, he only told the first group what they would receive. Then with the last group that whatever is right, I will give you, right on down to the end of time. This is talking of church ages. “And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, (He is speaking to righteous people, even in the first age he is calling them friend. That is who he is speaking to here, friend.) I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.” See? It is all the same thing, the reward is the same throughout the ages, whether it be great multitude or foolish virgins, they receive the same thing. Every one receives a penny. These are the white robed saints. “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” This is foolish virgins and people through the ages that have not quite met up to what the Bride people did. He says, “so the last shall be first.” He is talking about the ones that go through the tribulation time and give their lives. That is what he is speaking of here. At the end they will be, not raised first, but they will be first in line for their reward. That is what he is talking about. These will be first in line, why? Because they are needed to bear witness concerning the natural people who are still that upon the earth, so they can be divided between sheep and goats. Because they know how they were treated during that tribulation time. That is what he is speaking of here. As I have gone over this before in messages titled “75 Days After Armageddon.”

The Bride: The Last Shall Be First

I want to go to Matthew 27:19 now. You are going to see a similar situation. “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?” What shall we have? Peter is questioning the Lord, asking Him, what are we going to have for what we have done? “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration (In the regeneration, which is the millennium period, they are to rule and reign.) when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Do you see where they are going to be placed? They are going to be placed in Israel, they are not going to judge America. Bro. Jackson had a right to say what he did when he said, you will go back to the place where you have lived. So they are going to be judges and rulers in the great kingdom of God. Whenever Jesus sits on the throne of David, they are going to be right there judging. Not natural judges, they are not going to be sitting on literal chairs, because they are eternal beings. It says when He shall appear, we shall be like Him. They won’t necessarily have to be in one spot, but they are going to be overseers, to make sure things are carried out right. Judging, as it says, the twelve tribes of Israel. In other words, they will be as twelve kings. Where do we get that? It said we would be kings and priests. So they are going to be sitting there as kings, priests, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, (I wonder why he would say that? He knew what was going to. He knows what will happen. Many of us have experienced this in our time. Children, or lands…) for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, an shall inherit everlasting life.” Now he makes the same statement again. Why would he do that? These are Bride people, why would he say this? “But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” See? He is giving an illustration here of the potential of what the Bride will be in this time. We are not going to receive a greater reward, but we are going to receive our rewards first, before the earlier people. Many that are first shall be last. I had read that before and never paid any attention to it, many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first, to receive their reward. Why would He do that? It is because of the privilege that God has given us in this hour to know all that we know. If we can get our lives straightened up, and get the spots, the wrinkles, the blemishes from our lives, then it is going to be even greater than what we can imagine or think. Because we have stood. Somebody asked Bro. Jackson one time, “Why is it that all those early apostles and saints, they were all martyred, and here we are enjoying the blessings of God here in this endtime. We are not being killed. Why is that?” He said, “To stand with the Word and for the Word is a great thing.” They were making the Word, now we are standing with the Word that has been explained to us and the reward is according to our stand. So it is important that we do not come up with negative feelings in our heart toward what God is doing, what God is blessing, what God is revealing. He has been so good to us. There has never been a generation like this one. He said to Daniel, “Go into your lot, these things will not be understood until the end.” So we have a privilege. We have a privilege to be able to understand what they wrote, which many of them did not understand. Even the apostle Paul and Peter did not always understand what they were writing because it was not given to them, but there was understanding because what they wrote was an unction of the Holy Ghost. Take Paul, he talked about the endtime and what would come, but the thing about it is, it is even greater than what he saw. He gave the illustration of what it would be, but it is even greater than what he anticipated. I know people will say we are bragging, but we are the most revelated people that have ever walked the earth. Not because of us, but because of the grace of God that He has given to us. We thank Him for that. I saw this verse this week. I Thought “Why would He do that?” Why would He put that like that? It was for our benefit. We are not going to be raised before the others, no. But He is going to, kind of, put us ahead of the class because of what we know, because of what we have learned, what we have understood, what we have lived by. If we can live this word, then somewhere in time it is going to pay off. Do you understand that? I hope you do.

Sheep and Goats

Let me go to Matthew 25. This is the Mount of Olives discourse. Jesus is answering questions asked by the disciples. They had asked him three questions that He answered. He is still on the Mt. Of Olives when He is talking about this also. Verse 31, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, (What is His glory? Is He coming back with a halo on His head like they want to place around His head and Mary’s head? No. His glory is going to be His kingdom. When will his kingdom come? What time is He talking about? That last forty five days, because that is the time when the goats and sheep being separated, at the beginning of his kingdom. When the Son of man shall come in his glory,) and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. And before him shall be gathered all nations: (That is all natural people living on earth who have survived the tribulation. Sheep and goats. This is the end of all of it.) and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.” Why is He separating them? Why does He not just judge the thing and be done with it? He is separating them so that those foolish virgins and that Jewish people will be able to bear witness of what has been done to them. He wants to make sure those sheep understand why they are going into His kingdom. He wants to give the tribulation martyrs justice. You will see it as we go on down through here. “And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.” He is going to separate them to as they are judged. “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, (He deals with them first.) Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” So it was determined from the foundation of the earth that there would be people that would go through that great tribulation time. God knew there would be people that would go through all these things and come out the other side, after all the judgment of God. You have both sheep and goats that will come through the wrath of God, but they have to be judged if they are worthy to be part of the millennial kingdom. And it is going to be the foolish virgins and Jews to bear witness. They know who treated them good and who mistreated them during the tribulation. Christ will give the sentence then based on their witness. “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” What is He saying there? This is what these foolish virgins and Jewish people were going through during the tribulation.  He is telling the sheep that it is because of how they treated these martyrs that they are permitted to enter the kingdom. Because they did what they did out of the goodness of their heart. They saw a bad situation, they made the best they could out of it. They do not realize they are sheep. But there was something in them that wanted to good for people they saw were suffering. Their works are following them. “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink?” They do not even know the significance of what they did. “When saw we thee a stranger, (They are asking Christ, when saw we thee a stranger?) and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (See? They think He is talking about himself, He is not.) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I saw unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the lease of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Foolish Virgins and the Great Multitude

Mankind fell in the Garden of Eden, and the serpent was cursed. When God clothed them, the serpent was no longer someone that could deceive anymore. He was a snake. Of course, his seed was coming along. The serpent’s seed will be judged in the last day, before the great throne of God. They will be resurrected at that time to stand in judgement. They will be the last people who are resurrected. They will be resurrected so they can die again, the second death. The righteous people of the Old Testament, such as Daniel, have already raised from the dead. They rose with Jesus. You see that in Revelation, because of the elders there in the book of Revelation. The next group to raise from the dead will be the Bride. The resurrection of the Bride will include everyone from the time of Jesus’s disciples to the bride saints still living when the seventh seal is opened. That will end that part of the resurrection. Then, as Christ returns to earth after the tribulation, he will gather to him and resurrect the other saints, including the ones killed during the Week of Daniel. As I read already, that will happen immediately after the tribulation of those days, which will be the time when the foolish virgins and the Jews are raised. Because you have five wise, you have five foolish. The wise makes up the Bride. The foolish make up the foolish virgins. Then you have the great multitude that have lived throughout the ages of time. I have already looked at Matthew chapter 20. The explanation of those verses are that it includes not just the foolish virgins, but also the great multitude. That is the great multitude, then the foolish virgins, which he is talking about there, because he went out each hour to gather. You see the Bride people have a different attitude than what the great multitude had, because in the parable they are questioning. So, this would be something that would be in their hearts, they are questioning about their position, especially the earlier ones, why are you giving everyone a penny? As I explained before, this did not happen all in one day. Those groups are made of people from each age from Christ, on down to the foolish virgins at the end. They are the people who did live the life and bear the fruit of a Bride saint. Especially in the time of Martin Luther and in those dark ages of time. Because it says in Revelation there are very few in Luther’s time that make up the Bride of Jesus Christ. It is very few, because in reading history, some of them still cursed, some still hated the Jews, everything of that nature. They had justification, but not many of them lived holy lives, because they did not know to. So they are part of the great multitude, but they are not Bride saints. Very few. That age had the fewest Bride people of any age, was the time of Luther. It was because they had spent one thousand years in darkness. For one thousand years God had winked at their ignorance, and in the time of Martin Luther, God starts raising the bar. If you ever read the story about Luther, then you know what I am talking about. Some writers say they did not know how Luther could stand like he did, with the church people of that time that he had to stand with. There was a pull on him and his ministry in that time and there were very few that stood with him to the full extent. Then as you come in further into Wesley’s time, you have the same problem but not to the extent that it was in Luther’s time. Because you have an open door there. With Wesley, it was rough when it started, but by the time his ministry had finished having its impact, a great part of society received the message of sanctification. In that open door time you had many different people that did accept Christ, but after a couple generations had passed, they slowed down. Then you come on into the Laodicean Age, which is now dead, because it speaks of that in the 3rd chapter of Revelation. The Laodicean Age died along about 1963. The church world is still there, but they are corpses. It says it in the scripture, “I would that ye be either cold or hot.” See? That lukewarm condition overtook them, not in the beginning, but as you go on, we find this is where also the foolish virgins begin to pick up in that time. Because they had truth, they did not walk on in it, but they were still righteous people. But whenever it came to water baptism they began to ignore truth. As is spoken in the parable of Matthew, Jesus’ parable on the mount, where He is talking about strait is the gate and wide is the way. Strait is the gate and there will be few that will enter therein. Strait is the waterway. A strait is a waterway, which is a narrow strip of water. It said there will be very few that will find it. So, it is talking about water baptism there, talking about water, strait is the gate. That gate that leads you into life eternal. Broad is the way that leads to destruction. You come to the end of the Laodicean Age, you may not understand that, but when you come to the end of the Laodicean Age, which ends more or less in 1963 whenever God showed His prophet the seals, because God gave those people a chance. You take men that were in the Voice of Healing ministry, where they featured Bro. Branham. It was really under Bro. Branham’s ministry that this all started out. It ended up with Kenneth Hagen, Oral Roberts, T. L. Osborne, and all that bunch that was in there. Whenever they began to hear Bro. Branham’s teachings, they did not like it, they turned away. I know Kenneth Hagen preached and said that serpent seed was of the devil. If they have any chance it will not be Bride people, if they have any chance. I wanted to kind of fill that in as we go back into Matthew 20.

You see there as it comes down to the last group, in Matthew 20:9. “And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.” See? This is an illustration here. These people are not going to be grumbling over their time that they have spent, some of them spent a lot of years in that, but then the foolish virgins, they come down in the last, which it talks about in the eleventh hour. The eleventh hour is when you come to Matthew 25, then you are at the midnight cry. The midnight cry ended an era and started a new one. Darkness was setting in, as the illustration was given, whenever Bro. Branham had preached the church ages. He showed how the light was decreasing with each age. Then after he got through it was drawn by an angelic light on the back wall of the church. I have had witnesses that told me they saw it drawn out on the back of the church, what he had preached and the ages that he had put in there. Then in 1964 the moon showed the same shadow, the same light as pictures were taken in Missouri. Because the moon had different angles in the photos taken, and the seventh angle the moon blacked out. So, you have that, then as we look at this it says, “But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, (Which would be the Lord if you take it in that way, but He is illustrating it as a boss over the workers.) Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, (That would be in the last age, which is not a complaint, but an illustration. Many of them have gone on, along with the great multitude. We cannot differentiate in this parable between the great multitude and the foolish virgins, in a way. They blend together. But the foolish virgins, whenever they heard the message, they turned from it, because this is what makes them to be foolish. Not everyone who hears the truth and receives salvation goes on to be part of the Bride. That does not send them to hell. They had the opportunity to be part of the Bride, but they walked away from it, because it was all the same light to them as it is unto the Bride people. So, they had that opportunity, but they walked away from it. That makes them virgins, but foolish virgins. These last have wrought but one hour, which will climax in the last half of the week.) and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?” He is showing here the agreement that was made. In other words, the price that they paid, they were the ones paying the price, but the penny he is talking about is their salvation. They have agreed for their salvation, every one of them. It is all equal unto both the great multitude and the foolish virgins. It says, Friend, I do thee no wrong, didst thou not agree with me for a penny? “Take that thine is, (See? It belongs to them. It is theirs. They have earned that position in life because they have recognized Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Take that thine is…) and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.” He is saying here that he will give even unto them as it was unto the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh ages. “Is it now lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, (That is what I was going with in the 25th chapter of Matthew, the last will be first because of the things that they are going through in order to secure their salvation. That is what it is. They have accepted Christ, but in order to secure their salvation, they have to go through the tribulation time because you find that they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. So, the last shall be first…) and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen

The Bride of Christ

I want to go to Matthew 19:26. The Lord’s disciples have asked him a question. You see they at one point were talking about wanting to sit close to Him in His kingdom. James’ and John’s mother has desired something of Jesus. He asked her, what do you desire? See the relationship of mothers and sons, in that time? She wanted the best for them so she is asking that they might sit, one on the left and one on the right in His kingdom. Let us read it. “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?” What shall we have, therefore? He is talking to them in the regeneration, when they will rule in the millennium. “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration (when the earth is regenerated) when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, (Which will be in the Millennium. That will be the time of His glory, in the throne of His glory.) ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” He is telling them of their inheritance. They will inherit everlasting life. The saints in Matthew 20 also had everlasting life. But it is not the same people, because these get everlasting life plus more. He is talking to the disciples here, which are Bride people. These others are either foolish virgins or great multitude. But many that are first shall be last. Many, it does not mean everyone, but many that are first shall be last and the last shall be first. This is something special to the saints of the end time. His wife hath made herself ready. This is not spoken of at any other time except here at the end time. His wife hath made herself ready. What has she done? She has cleaned up her life. She is getting the wrinkles, the blemishes out. God is giving us, and there are going to be not many, but some that will do right here at the end time, because there is not another age that God has inspired, that He has spoken as He has in this age, to a Bride ministry. The ones that have not heeded to that, they are going to be left in the cold. The thing about it is, there is an opportunity, that great opportunity for us. What are we doing? What are we doing when we are being clothed? We are putting on Christ and taking off the old man, which is a man that has caused us so much trouble. Sin is in the old man. We all come into this world as sinners. Many of us have lived loose lives. But we have that opportunity to straighten everything up, to get all the wrinkles out, the blemishes, everything. I and my brothers are not trying to make it hard on you. We are not doing that, we are trying really to make an easy life, because when we get rid of all the guilt that would plague us, we will feel better. Many times it has been testified, you did not know it, you did not feel that guilt about it, because it was not there until it is explained, until it is gone over. So, it applies to me as well as it does to you, as well as it does to the ministry, because the ministry is more responsible than anyone else in this hour to clean up his own act, and then to present it. I need to live a life that I can present myself as that example, for us as a ministry to be able to be looked at, not as some kind of object of worship, but men that have given their lives completely unto the word of God. We are still living in this life; we are still living in this hour which is a darkened hour. But we find that we have a hope, our hope is in Jesus Christ. What He is saying here in this last verse is that the last will be first, on the account of the opportunity that we have had to present ourselves as servants and people of God, both men and women that God has called into His work in this hour, to live that life that is presented before us. As I said a while ago, He is not trying to make it hard on us. The hard thing about it is for us to shape up. That is our hard point, it is not His hard point. He is not putting anything on us that we cannot bear, He is putting something out there for us to strive for, even to the end. Do you see that now?

Inheritance For The Sheep – Fire For The Goats

Let me go on now. I went so far in this already, talking about the foolish virgins and the sheep and the goats. Now I want to go on down and pick up where I left off. “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” He is talking of natural people. This was planned from the foundation of the earth. God had planned for us to be Bride saints. God planned that from the very beginning, because He saw our attitude towards Him. He sees the attitude in all of this. The Bride will be raptured in the beginning of the last seven years. The white robed saints will be die during the last seven years. But there are going to be many people that live out that seven-year period of time and come out alive on the other side. And an element of those that live, will be the sheep people. There will be young people from teenagers to childbearing age, as you go into that. There will be some older people in that too, because it talks about it in Zechariah, the older people leaning upon their staff for age. So, you still have aging people, but they are going to live out their thousand years until the Millennium is over. Then when the Millennium is over they will have some kind of change in the body because there are not going to be any decrepit older people in the Eternal Age. There will be older people, but they are not going to have worn out bodies whenever they enter into that Eternal Age. I am getting a little ahead of myself there, let me go back to verse 35. “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in.” He is talking to the natural people, about how they cared for the foolish virgins and Jews. They are intertwined in this, because when He said, I was hungered, this is foolish virgins and Jews, but He is talking to a natural people. A natural people that will live out the thousand years as natural people. “Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” This is what these sheep people did. They are probably younger people on up to middle aged people. Some will do this, not realizing what they are doing it for, because they are not doing it for gain, they are doing it for their own feelings inside them to do so, that they may help somebody that is in trouble. “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungered, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink?” See? They do not even realize what they have done. They did not realize what they were doing because they were not doing it for reward. They were doing it out of the goodness of their heart. They were not looking at scripture, they were looking at things they felt they should do, because of the goodness of their heart. “When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Why is He saying this? “Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren.” Because they are ministering to somebody that is acquainted with God, that is why He is calling them His brethren. Because it is foolish virgins and Jews. “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Listen to what He says to these, these are the goat people. “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.” See? These have a different attitude. This bunch of goats said, “Forget it. Look the other way. They got what they deserved.” Like a bunch of Germans during the Holocaust. They looked the other way and had nothing to say. They had the opportunity, but they have no goodness in their heart. They just live their own lives to themselves. “I was a stranger and ye took me not in, naked, and ye clothed me not, sick and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” See? He is placing himself in their same category. He is standing there, judging between the left and the right. He is standing there judging that and placing himself among them. “Then shall He answer them saying, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” See the difference there? There are two different categories. One gets part of God, because God is eternal. He gives you His spirit, and you become a part of Him. Then if you do not, if you refuse it, then you would fit the other category. Eternal life for those who are saved. Everlasting punishment for the wicked. Paul tells us what that everlasting punishment is in 1st Thessalonians 1:9. It is everlasting destruction. They eventually will cease to exist.

The Ashes Beneath Your Feet

Boston Dynamics Robot

I want to go next to Daniel 12:4. “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” I spoke about this with Bro. David and he showed me something. (pictured) I thought especially the children would get a kick out of something like this. They have create robots that jump and do back flips, and in most every way move around like a human being. This is what there are developing for the days that are ahead. I am not talking about a long time off; I am talking about shortly. Here is what is going to happen to it all. I will go to Malachi 4. “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; (This is found in Peter.) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” In other words, it is wiped away. All their accomplishments, all their ambitions, it is melted and wasted away whenever that time comes, whenever Jesus comes back. When that time comes, then it is going to burn as an oven. “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes (That is the second time he mentions that.) under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before (Before, there are two times here he is mentioning, I will send you Elijah the prophet before…) the coming of the great (Great day, which was when Christ appeared the first time, which was the great day.) and dreadful day (Dreadful day, which is in this hour leading up to the second coming, which started with the ministry of William Branham.) of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, (John the Baptist turned the hearts of the Old Testament fathers, unto the apostles of that time. The hearts of the fathers to the children.) and the heart of the children (which would be us) to their fathers, (which would be the apostles) lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” So, you see here two comings of the Elijah anointing. We know there is another time that the spirit of Elijah, which will be the fifth time.

The Beasts, The Elders, and The Great Multitude

Now I want to go back into Revelation 7. In the first eight verses you have the calling out of the 144,000, which is a three-and-a-half-year period of time for them to be called and get their instructions. This is the first half of the week. We see here this is where the 144,000 is called out. Then we go down to verse 9. “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” All nations represents where people have given their lives, all the way from India to other places, that have given their lives through time. This makes up the great multitude. There is something down here that I want to refer to, but I will read on. “And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” This great multitude are people that did not know truth, but they had been acquainted with the Lord. That is different than the foolish virgins, because they had an opportunity to know truth. “And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, (If this is the Bride saints, why would it word it like it is here? And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders, and the four beasts, which are Bride saints. This is Bride saints.) and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, (Which is an Old Testament saint, talking to John. One of the elders answered, saying unto me…) What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they?” At that time, John does not know. “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, Not the last day tribulation. What is tribulation? It is suffering and trouble. This multitude has been coming out of suffering and troubles all the way back to the beginning of the church. These people are from many different ages of time. There are some that thought Bro. Jackson made a big mistake on this. But, if you look around the world, this is not a Christian world. There is one thing that Obama said that was right, he said this is not a Christian nation anymore. It grew up on Christian belief, but any more it is not a Christian nation. There are people that go to church, but there are very few foolish virgins that will be in that time. He said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation…) and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” See? They did have an experience. They are covered by the blood. There is no revelation there to it. There is nothing about the water of the Word. But they know God, and they have lived for God to the extent to be able to make up that great multitude. “Therefore are they before the throne of God, (He is explaining why they are before the throne. But you see the elders and the beasts are already there. The elders and the beasts are looking at the great multitude. These are different groups. Therefore, are they before the throne of God…) and serve him day and night in his temple: (serve Him, remember that. They serve Him in His temple. They are servants. These are not people to rule and reign. These are people that are servants of the living God which will be associated with Bride people, but the Bride people are going to have the higher calling, because they will be the judges and the kings and priests at that time. We see that there. Therefore, are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple…) and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.” He that sits on the throne, which is God, He will dwell among them, which means His presence. That does not mean that God is going to come down here and make a platform and sit there. No, He will still be ruling from on high, even during the Millennium. The Bible says heaven is His throne, earth is His footstool. It shows His throne as being above His footstool. Who would put their footstool up higher than their chair? Would you do that? It might be a crude illustration, but I am trying to say something here. Earth is God’s footstool, His presence dwells here among His people. “They shall hunger no more, (See the difference?) neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.” In other words, they are changed. Their body has been changed in the resurrection at the end of the tribulation. That is when they are raised, according to Matthew 24:31. “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: (What are the waters he is talking about? The tree of life, the water of life, that is what it is. It is the water that Jesus said He would place in us: living water that would spring up into eternal life. That is what the woman did not understand there in the book of John.) and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” See? They go into this still in somewhat sadness of what they have had to endure in order to be a part of the white robed saints. Some were punished, they were beaten. They gave their lives for the cause of Christ. But then for them to come out here at the end, we find it says God “shall.” I remember Bro. Branham explaining that. Of course, he was under the spirit when he was saying that, “He would say, come on child, let me wipe the tears from your eyes.” Bro. Branham said that is what God will say. It is because of what they have gone through, great tribulation.

Tormented with Fire and Brimstone

Now I want to go into some other parts of Revelation. Chapter 14, starting with verse 6, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” This is the message to be proclaimed by the 144,000. They will be scattered around the world.  Israel is being gathered back into her homeland; the twelve tribes are gathered back into Israel from around the world. As it is explained in Isaiah 60, Isaiah 49, they are being gathered back into their land. When they are gathered back into the land, then the two prophets, will call our and seal with the holy spirit these 144,000 men. It says they are virgin Jews. They have never belonged to some denominational system. That is why they are called virgins, because they are really orthodox Jews. Then this 144,000 Jews that have come from all these lands, will in that hour go back out into the lands they came from with this message. “Saying with a loud voice, (This is their ministry, this is the ministry of that 144,000. Saying with a loud voice…) Fear God, (This is their message: fear God. In other words, they are saying do not give in. They are saying that to the foolish virgins, to the Jews, to people around the world that will hear their message. Because it says all nations. Fear God…) and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” They are saying, turn away from this idiotic idea that “there is no God”. This angel is explaining to them what to preach. “Give glory to Him for the hour of His judgment is come, worship Him that made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of waters.” See? This will go into Russia, into the European Union, and all nations. They will escape death, but they will get their message out. “And there followed another angel, saying, (It is the same message. It is just adding on to what the first has come to say. Saying..) Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” What they are speaking of is Rome. Rome falling, that would be Revelation, chapters 17 and 18. “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast (See what their message is? See who they are speaking to? If any man worship the beast….) and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; (Which happens in the 16th chapter.) and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.” In other words, it will be watched over. Hell will be watched over. The punishment, or the lake of fire which hell is turned into the lake of fire.) “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: (which is a period of time) and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: (Here is the reward for the patience of the foolish virgins and the Jews in the time of trouble. These are the saints he is talking about. They are among the ones he is telling, stay away from that system, stay away from that, that you do not receive her mark and her name and so on, in your forehead. Here is the patience of the saints. See? It takes patience to go through that rigorous time of tribulation. It shows here that in all of that, in all the tribulation, here is the patience of the saints…) here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: (Which die in the Lord, so it becomes a blessing because they weathered the storm. The storm of the beast, of his image, of all that goes along with that. They have weathered that storm. It cost them their lives, as you see in Matthew 25. Here is the illustration of what you see when we are looking at the sheep and goats and so on. Because these are the witnesses. The sheep are the witnesses of what these have gone through: prison, hunger, thirst, and finally losing their lives because of what they believe. They are unwilling to turn from God to worship the beast and His image as it is all in Daniel 11.)  I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, write, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; (from their persecution, their labours) and their works do follow them.” What they have went through, it will follow behind them until the time of judgment. And the ones that saw them go through this and they witnessed it and did something about it, all that they could. They did all they could for these people out of the goodness of their heart. They did all they could for the foolish virgins and the Jewish people. But concerning the wicked who did nothing to help them, and who were behind their persecution, it said in the 11th verse, “The smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever, and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

Kings of the East

I have something else to look at now. This is only partially related to my message. From what I discern from the word of the Lord, we are getting mighty close to something. I believe with all my heart that we are getting close to something happening in this world and there are indications that it would be that way. I have scriptures about that I want to look at. As I was thinking about how close we really are, I do not think we really realize how close we are for something to happen because it has already begun. Whenever I look at the Middle East, whenever I look at Jerusalem, the thing is already underway. It is going to have its frustration. You cannot just have a boiling pot with something on it and keep on letting it boil because it will burn. God has the time when it will all be fulfilled in His hands, but then He indicates certain things to let us know what time we are in. I believe we have that today, the indication of what time we are really in concerning the word of God. I praise the Lord for His wonderful grace and love He has shown us in the hour of time we are living, to be able to decipher those things that God would have to work in His kingdom at this time, and to know that His coming is drawing nigh. As I look at it, as I look at the scripture, I am seeing indications that this thing is not going to go on very much longer. It could be four or five more years, but that would be stretching time. Seeing what is happening in Hawaii, with that inferno that is coming out of the earth, it is sending up a plume of toxic smoke. That is a small example of whenever time comes for the wrath of God. That is when that ring of fire will let loose at the coming of the Lord. Immediately after Armageddon the Lord will let out His fury upon this earth. Armageddon kills two hundred million soldiers. We see the armed forces for that battle shaping up by the meeting of Trump and the delegation to North Korea. I know they have to get together: North and South Korea has got to get together before the coming of the Lord. Our soldiers, which Trump has spoken of, need to be coming home. Because we have our borders to guard. If they will not build a wall, then let them put U.S. soldiers on the border to guard the border, because everything is coming through it. The MS13 criminal gang, the drug cartels, they need to be got rid of. As Trump said, they are animals. He did not say all that come across the border was animals, but the media tries to portray it that way. They are going to stretch everything they can, the Democratic Party, they are going to stretch everything they can, and some Republicans along with them. They are going to try and stretch everything because they hate Trump. But God raises up who He will and puts down who He will. It looks like God has put down some people because He did not want them in there. If this be the country that Israel is to flee to during the second half of the Week of Daniel, then things have to change. They are beginning to change. Just like last Friday, Trump has put a limit on abortion now.[5] I was glad to hear that. But he is hated for it. They say he is taking away women’s rights. What about that little baby’s rights? That is life too. We see expectant mothers here at different times in our congregation. They are not trying to end that life; they are trying to protect that life. Some have waited a long time for that little baby. The Lord be praised for His wonderful love for us.

King Cyrus

I want to go in the scripture to the book of Isaiah. This may sound strange that I read this, because it is something that has been spoken of. Isaiah 44 and 45, which is an introduction to what I want to talk about this morning. I want to read Isaiah 44:21-28. There are preachers talking about this in the church world, and I agree to a certain point with some of them, what they are saying. I have to decipher out what it right and what is not right. In the 21st verse, “Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. Sing, o ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, (That is a verse I want to look at, because it said, that frustrateth the tokens of the liars…) and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: (The next is another verse I want to look at.) That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.” This is speaking of a prophecy in Israel that is going to happen nearly two hundred years after it was recorded by Isaiah. Some have likened this unto Obama and Trump. That is why I read that the verse where it says “frustrateth the token of the liars and maketh diviners mad, that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish.” They say that is speaking of Obama’s administration. Then you have Cyrus down here in the 28th verse, and then you go to chapter 45 to get the rest of the story. That saith of Cyrus, he is my shepherd. He is a pagan king, but he is the one that let Israel go back to build their temple. His name is mentioned here, but it is nearly two hundred years before it will take place. Because Cyrus is not yet born whenever this prophecy is given. The 45th chapter has been likened to the 45th president of the United States by some men. I want to read some here. “Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, (Cyrus who was a pagan king.) whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut.” If I am looking at this right, then we are getting very close, because it even talks about Cyrus here as starting the foundation. If this be the case, then we have to be within two to three years of this all happening.

Trump-Cyrus coin issued by the Sanhedrien

There is a coin that is going out, it has Hebrew, it has Trump and Cyrus together. This coin is issued by the Sanhedrin in Israel. We have a picture here of this. In Israel they are likening Trump unto Cyrus the king that let Israel go back and build the house of the Lord. He gave them the money and everything for them to build it. Some are asking for donations from the United States to build the temple. If this be the case then we will see under the rule of Trump, that something is going to happen in the Middle East, that at least the foundation of the temple, as it says in the says in the Isaiah 44:28. He is a man that does not care what they say, he is going to do what he says anyway. He was warned by some of the Republicans not to move the embassy to Jerusalem. He was warned by the whole Democratic Party, except just a few that are Jews. He ignored them all. Israel this morning is likening Trump to Cyrus. That is what they are doing. This is not just some bunch of Pentecostal preachers, but it is Israel. They have even named streets after him, and a whole block after Trump, because of what he has done. I will read on here, “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of the secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name:  I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” This explains Trump up and down. As he was getting ready to enter office, there were things in his life that we know about, and also things that they are claiming about him that are not true. So, you have the true and you have the error both there about him. We see that there is something going on in Israel, something is really happening.

Though All The People of The Earth…

I will come back to this, but I will go to Zechariah 12. This has been gone over many times, but I have seen something there that I want to say something about concerning Israel in the first three verses. “The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about.” That is the ones that surround Israel. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and the others. Of course, Saudi Arabia is more or less turned toward Israel, because they feel Israel can defend them in case of attack from Iran. They have more or less turned to them, but Jordan is wishy-washy. Because they are round about. During the riots in Gaza you had sixty-two people killed and fifty of them were Hamas people.[6] They were Hamas and three were Islamic Jihad members, so all the people that were killed were not innocent people as the news media tries to make you think. They are people that have aim against Israel, all the smoke and all the tires that were burnt at that time, it adds up to something that they were trying to defeat. Israel has a fence along Jordan, they have a fence there that is electrified to let them know where trouble is going on. They have sightseeing places which are monitored by electronics to know where and what is going on around that fenced area. All of Israel is not walled, but it talks about it there in the 38th and 39th chapters of the book of Ezekiel about the fences will be torn down. That is going to be whenever Israel has their land back, not now. Not now because they still have that threat. But there is coming a time before the temple is built. Are we only two to three years off from the time that Israel gets her land back? It cannot keep going like this. They just celebrated their 70th birthday as a nation. It cannot keep going as it is in the land of Israel. “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about when they shall be in siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. (Now this is the verse I want you to see.) And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: (This is the world, I will make it a burdensome stone for all people.) all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” There is a word there, “though.” Though all the world: which whenever you put it like that, you are not saying that everywhere and everything is going to be against what Israel does. It said though all nations, that can leave the United States out of it, which I believe it to be. Because the man in there right now, I am not making him a righteous man, but somebody that keeps his word. He said he would change the embassy. So did Bush, so did Obama, so did Clinton. They all said they would change that to Jerusalem. Every six months they had a chance to do so, but they never did do it. Because it scared them, there were afraid they would not get their two-state solution. I am saying this morning there is not going to be a two-state solution. It is already determined in the word of the Lord that there will not be, because Israel is going to get all her land back from the Euphrates River, right on down to the river Egypt, when you come to the Red Sea there, that area, because that was Kadesh Barnea at the time Israel come through there, also there is the Sinai. So, you have that, though all nations. That can leave the United States out. I know it was quoted to me that all nations would be involved. No, it does not say that, it said though. Though all nations. If that word had not been in there, then there would have been no excuse. But here we have an excuse this morning. I am not preaching Trump as being a righteous man, but I am saying that he has more sense than the three previous presidents had all together. He has more sense than they did because he keeps his word, and what he says. There had to be somebody. There always must be somebody that will stand against evil or against what is going on concerning the word of God. The word of God will prevail through man tries to change it. Dismissing the word of God by saying that does not mean anything, is wrong. It does mean something. When God speaks it is fulfilled. I see the fulfilling of it from Moses unto Christ, from Isaiah unto Christ. It was all fulfilled. It was there before these happenings ever come about. It was there that Israel would get her land back, that she would own all that, as God promised unto Abraham. All these promises are true, especially for this day and time in which we live. We see Israel back in the land as God promised. We seen them go through a holocaust as promised in Jeremiah 16, the hunters would come in, they would be hunted in every mountain and hill. You see that happened in Germany and Poland whenever this took place. God sent His hunters because they would not listen to the fishers. Hitler killed one third of all the Jews. They did not recognize the word under those righteous men that tried to tell them back in the 1880’s and 1890’s, to move back to Israel. They did not listen. They had a good life, so they did not listen to the fishers. So, God sent the hunters. For seven years, or eight years, from 1937 all the way into 1944 and part of 1945, the war went on. We see the word of God more, more of it being fulfilled, than at any other time since the coming of Jesus Christ in the first advent. There is much that was wrote about Him, the whole New Testament is written about the coming of the Lord. We are fools if we do not listen, if we do not take heed to what the word of God says is coming. God has a ministry on hand that is telling us the truth, we need to live by what is being spoken. Let me read that verse again. “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” If this includes everyone, everywhere, then where is Israel going to go in that last half of the week? Where are they going if this is the case? There is one word here that changes the whole thing as far as I am concerned. If I say something to you and I put a “though” in it, then it is subject to change. God’s word does not change, but it does give a loophole there for America. The reason for that is that God has raised up somebody this morning to fulfill His will, just like He did Cyrus to fulfill His will. He raised up a man by the name of Trump to fulfill His will, even though he may never turn to Him. But he has a better chance than most of them before him, of seeing something, because there are many things that are happening in America in the last year and half, many things.

I want to go back to Isaiah 45:5, where I was at before and read some more. “I am the Lord, and there is none else, (There is no changing of His mind. If He says I am the Lord, and none else, where is the trinity? There must be two more up there with some say-so. Of course, the Son is there in God’s thoughts. It is going to be seven hundred years before this is fulfilled. I am the Lord, and there is none else…) there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me.” See? Here it is still speaking of the same thing. These big skyscrapers had the prints for years. There was no thought of God in that. That is why so many people were against him being president, because he did not look presidential, he did not act presidential. He acted like a television star. But there was that old bulldog in him. If he said something, he was not going to change his mind. You get in a position like that, you do not have to change your mind. We are in that position this morning as a ministry and you as people. We do not have to change our mind. If you have truth, why change it? If you have God on your side, why change it? Some might say, you are making too big a deal of this. We will see. Bro. Jackson used to say, wait and see. You do not have long to wait. I believe it is short enough that Bro. Turner will go in the rapture. This thing is right on us, we see it happening. It is all around us. Everybody in America is not going to be ready. There are two things going on, it is the Bride’s time and Israel’s time. “That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.” He keeps saying that. It is just plain dumb to believe that Jesus is God. There had to be an intercessor, someone interceding between you and God. “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” God is not evil, but He lets evil happen. The devil is evil. “Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it. Woe to him that striveth with his Maker! (Woe to him that striveth with his Maker.) Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? Or thy work, He hath no hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What beggest thou? Or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?” Young people are being coaxed and coaxed by professors and people that should know better, that there is no God, there is no profit in serving God. They say the Bible is just a myth.

Brought Down To Hell

Let us go to Matthew 11. I am going to change things I have been saying a little bit, going back to the message I have been on. Start with verse 20. “Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not.” The mighty works that He had done along the shores of Galilee, which is Capernaum, Peter’s home place. It was where his mother-in-law lived, who was healed. “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” He is talking about two cities, which at that time were outside the borders of Judea, along the coast between Israel and Lebanon there, which is close to Tel Aviv. Jesus more or less stayed away from that area because there were Gentile people living there. He said that He was only sent to the household of Israel. He is speaking, woe unto these two peoples, two cities. “Woe unto thee Chorazin! Woe unto thee Bethsaida! If the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” Kind of like it was in Nineveh when Jonah went there. That city was up for destruction. It had forty days before it was supposed to be destroyed. Jonah went and preached. There about two hundred thousand people in that city that did not know their left hand from the right, which would have been babies. He preached to the city and they listened. From the king on down, even to the animals, they did not eat for three days. The king put on sackcloth and ashes to show his repentance before God and before the prophet God had sent. Because the city was up for destruction in forty days. Jonah went there, preaching, after God had convinced him this was the thing to do. He did not like it. He did not like to preach to that bunch of Gentile people. ISIS just destroyed the tomb of Jonah a couple years ago. Jonah went there and preached. They repented in sackcloth and ashes. The city lasted another hundred and fifty years, because there was one man by the name of Jonah who went there. He was a stranger, preaching “Repent! Repent!” Walking up and down the streets, telling them to repent because they knew the evil they were doing. The United States does not know the evil they are doing, they just do it without any care. They are not going to listen to preachers, they are not going to listen to anybody. Whenever Trump met with a thousand preachers at one time, he told them, “You are too weak, you do not preach it like it should be because you are too weak.” Why do preachers get in the pulpit and refuse to preach truth? One preacher said, “If I did, I would lose eighty five percent of my congregation.” That has happened in this move today. Preachers were afraid to preach what they should preach, so they let it go on. What did they do? They lost their congregation anyway. Let us read further. “But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.” There are different degrees of punishment. It will be more tolerable for them in the day of judgment. Their sentence is not going to be the same. Why? Because truth was among them and they rejected it. They saw the miracles; they saw the signs. They saw the one that should come but they did not recognize it. Very few said, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. That meant they recognized that He was the Christ. The next verse, “And thou, Capernaum, (which was Peter’s mother-in-law’s place, where Jesus prayed for her and she was healed of a fever. She got up and ministered unto them. In other words, she got up and cooked. She did not get up and preach. Her life was a testimony. She got up and ministered unto them. There are a lot of ways that you can minister. Our life is a ministry, the days we live, the time we are living in, how we keep from evil and the things that are going on. Thou Capernaum…) which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which had been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” Even Sodom is not going to have the punishment as strongly as these, because truth was there and they did not listen to truth. They went on with their lifestyle. There is no city of Capernaum today. What happened? An earthquake took it down to hell. What is spewing out of Hawaii is hell. That is where the lost are going, into the heart of the earth. That is where it is prepared. Bro. Branham prophesied, “Oh Los Angeles, city of the angels, you have been exalted to heaven, you will be brought down to hell.” When do you think that is going to happen? I believe it will be when the greatest earthquake that has ever been known occurs, at the end of the tribulation. Because it will take a whole chunk of the earth completely under, into hell. Bro. Branham was standing in Los Angeles at the time and he told Billy Paul, the street we are standing on now, there will be sharks swimming in it one day. I know some people are worried, thinking this could happen at any time. But there has not been an earthquake that bad before. Think about Hawaii now: what would do in the wrath of God when these big tidal waves hit it California? Much of it will go under. San Francisco looks like a garbage dump. The homeless defecate in the streets. It is worse than a third world country. They get between cars and relieve themselves. There is no reason for me to ever go to San Francisco. I have never been there, so I have never lost anything. I do not care to see the Golden Gate Bridge. Things have become so bad that people are leaving the city, because they have taken everything they have for taxes. Forty five percent of their income is going for taxes. Think about that. Forty five percent and that does not include federal taxes. Who would want to live in a place like that? The government says, “I want this and then they want more.” Gas is over $4 per gallon in California. We went through Death Valley once; it was that price there. No wonder they call it Death Valley. Jesus said, “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which had been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” He called us babes. That is alright. I would rather be a babe in Christ than to be a part of this world. “Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he (and he) to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” It did not leave us out. No man knows the Father but the Son. Then He says of us, that we know Him because of the Son.

Seventh Vial: Wrath of God

Revelation 16:17. “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; (Into the air, that goes along with what Peter said.) and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.” God’s conclusion has come, it is over. “And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” It has not been since men. I do not know what happened before our creation, which has been six thousand years. So mighty an earthquake, since men… Which means it has happened before, before our creation. God’s judgment fell upon the earth in a mighty way, then He froze it up. He just turned the sun a little bit in its direction. That is what happens in the wintertime, the earth tilts away from the sun. That is why the nights get shorter here in America. “And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, (Look out, Hawaii. Look out, little islands, you are going to run. The Canary Islands are already split in half, ready to fall off on the east coast, which will destroy New York, Washington, Boston, all those places with a mighty wave of wrath. Great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. The fierceness of His wrath, that goes along with Matthew 24, verse 31. Ever island fled away…) and the mountains were not found.” The mountains were removed. What are they going to do? Who is going to be the newscasters that tell the story here? It will not be told. “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” They claim that when a tornado passes, the hail is created by bouncing that hail stone back up in the air, catching water. It catches water and freezes, then it catches again and freezes. That is what makes it so big. The more times it bounces up in the air, the bigger it gets. These are going to be so big. It is going to happen, and God is going to freeze it up. He is going to take it up and let it come down, about seventy-five pounds in weight. No wonder men will be running and crying to the rocks of the mountains.

… continued in the next edition.


[2] https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/01/tesla-autopilot-lawsuit-model-x/

[3] https://people.com/style/tommy-hilfiger-launch-smart-clothing/

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSjKoEva5bg


[6] https://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-official-50-of-the-people-killed-in-gaza-riots-were-members/

Hell is Not Eternal, Part 2 – 2019, May

Rev. James Allen
Rev. James C. Allen

Preached April 28 – May 6, 2018

In the last edition, Bro. Allen reviewed scriptures showing that God created hell for the punishment of the fallen angels because they had corrupted the first creation that God had placed on the earth. In this edition, he continues explaining how Satan perverted creation a second time, much the same way that he had perverted the first creation.

I am on a subject that may not be a shouting sermon, but it has been a long time since it has been taught. Many people may not even remember when Bro. Jackson last preached on this subject. I am not trying to preach it word for word as Bro. Jackson or Bro. Branham did, but at times I will reference to what they said. The first time I ever heard of this subject was in 1961. I did not have any doubts about it. It was a light to my pathway. I remember a statement Bro. Branham made. He said that if punishment in hell was eternal, then it means the ones in hell would have a form of eternal life. Scripture tells us that to receive eternal life, we must believe on Jesus, otherwise we will perish. That is John 3:16. The ones who go to hell did not believe on him. They do not have eternal life. These are some of the words Bro. Branham used in that message he preached in 1961.

Church Order

There were revelations that Bro. Branham began to teach in the later years of his life, from 1958 on. In 1956 he said, if America does not receive the message this year, then America is lost. You can see how long it has been. It has been sixty-two years since 1956 when he preached that message. From there on, revelation began to come. The denominational world and people who had been his followers began to fall away. It has always been that way. There has been a falling away. There was more falling away in 1963 whenever church order was preached, and people began to make up their minds. It was preached at the close of 1963 going into 1964. It was a time when people began to look at church order as a means to quench the spirit of God, so that the spirit of God would no longer work. I remember about a week or two before church order was made. Everybody went to the Tabernacle, they talked and visited with one another before and after service. It was kind of like we do here at Faith Assembly. I remember those days. But when church order came in things changed. I remember a little boy running up the aisle to be with his dad, and one of the deacons got hold of him and said, “You cannot do this!” He was harsh. It began to get worse from there. They made me take my son Mark to the nursery, they said he was disturbing people. Whenever I did, then my older son Steve turned around in his seat, not making any noise, just looking at us. Then they came and told me, you have to take him back to the nursery too. Those are the kind of things that happened. That is what they used church order for. I am just relating to you how things progressed. They always had a sign up everyone could read as they entered the Tabernacle: BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. That was there, but it was not obeyed in the manner they forced it to be under church order. People still talked. Whenever Bro. Branham prayed for the sick, he wanted the people to be reverent. When the discernment came upon him, he did not want people talking because it drew away attention from what God was doing. He said the Holy Spirit is very timid. I remember those days and the time when this began to be a sore spot with the deacons. Whenever Bro. Branham was there, he would have people raise their hands and different things of worship, but then as soon as he left, that was all taken away. The deacons did not allow it. Only one person was permitted to say “Amen”, that was a black man that Bro. Branham was acquainted with and really loved. He was an older man. He did not really say “Amen”, he would just raise his hand and say “Aye”. Everybody recognized that. He was allowed to say that after church order came, but he was the only one allowed anything like that. Now whenever church order came and Bro. Branham was not there, a tape was played. They would play the tape and whenever Bro. Branham would say “Amen”, then you could say “Amen”. But if he did not say “Amen”, then you better not either. I remember one time, Bro. Branham had said something on the tape, but nobody said “Amen” on the tape, and this one man listening to the tape back in the crowd said “Amen!” Everybody turned around and looked at him like something was wrong with him. I thought, “It is time for me to get out of here, because I do not belong here. This is ruled by man.” These are things that went on. You could see why God raised up Faith Assembly at that time. It was to be a voice in the hour when the voice of God was being stilled elsewhere. Once church order came into the Tabernacle, nobody was allowed to speak in tongues, or anything of that nature. I remember one of the Tabernacle deacons telling me, “I cannot bring my people here, they are Methodists, when they speak in these old tongues, it would scare them away.” That was the attitude of the Tabernacle deacons. They desired to suppress the spirit of God to please family.

The Serpent Was Used By Satan

So, we are looking into the scripture that I want to deal with. I know I have a lot of scriptures to review. I know some things I have talked about already, maybe you would say it is speculation, but I do not believe it is. I do not believe it is speculation because I see what the scripture says, and then I see the prehistoric age, when there was no history recorded because there was no man to write history. You had the Neanderthal man anf different ones at that time. I used to know the names of all of them. It showed an elevation of how they began to progress, they went from stooped over, walking on their hands and feet like an ape would, then it went from there to a little straighter, then a little straighter. It looked like they had osteoporosis. Then a little straighter and a little straighter until the time came in the prehistoric age of what they call man, was upright. He was upright but still had the animal look and still had the animal nature. But he was able to be a thinker. He had no soul, but he could think. Why do I say that? Because Bro. Jackson, when he taught this, said there was a man-like creature in that first creation. Then he said the serpent in our creation was a replica of it. Science tries to use that to prove that men evolved. Bro. Jackson was studying that. He showed us through the scripture how the animal kingdom, including the serpent, was there in the old creation, and God chose which ones he would restore and carry over into the new creation. God told the earth to bring forth the creatures of his new creation. Why? Because their remains were laying there from the past creation and God resurrected them. There was a man-like animal in the creation that was before the Ice Age. God resurrected some of those man-like creatures too. The serpent was the closest thing to a man that could ever have been. We see that because the relation he had with Eve brought forth a child. He had all the elements of a man, but he had no soul. That is the reason why he challenged God. It was the same thing the devil did back in his own Eden. He moved on the animal kingdom and used them and corrupted them. This is what he was doing with the serpent. The devil wanted to get into the makeup of human beings. He manipulated different things in the animals’ genes. Because he does have that power. At first, he was not a devil, he was Lucifer. But Lucifer at the beginning was not like he was in the later time. Because it said he was perfect in the day that he was created. It took time for life to elevate to where many animals were on the earth. Lucifer could have been here for millions of years before he perverted creation and was judged. He is still alive today, but he is not an eternal being, because he lost that. He was like a man that strays from truth to error. It caused him to lose. If you ever had eternal life, you will always have that. The devil, however, was only eternal as long as he sought the favor of God. In his beginning, he did. But then he began to try to elevate himself to be like unto God and to be equal with God. God does not tolerate that, even in His angelic creation. You see Lucifer got followers. He began to manipulate and manipulate until he got the animals to turn into the creatures we see in the museums and books today. They were beasts. There are bones and leftovers buried in the earth to show you just what was at one time on the earth. You have different sizes of dinosaurs. I know children like the T-rex. But he was an instrument of the devil. The devil took what God had made and put a spirit inside them to want to kill. What does it say about the devil? That he is to kill and to destroy. So, you see where it all came from. It came from one being. Lucifer, who became Satan, the devil. Whenever it was all over, then the animals were eating and killing one another, making havoc of God’s creation. It was God’s creation, but it was transformed by Satan’s corruption. So today as we look into the scriptures, I wanted this to be clear.

Dinosaur bones still in the earth

The devil was a brute, and he was turning the animals to be brutes. He is a brute. Peter even wrote about man becoming a brute beast. That matches what we have today on the streets of America and around the world. People want violence. They like violence. Take the criminal gangs, that is what they do, violence. If they cannot get their drug money, then they start killing. They influence young people to sell the drugs and take the drugs. They take it and put it in the hands of somebody that is naive to what they are doing. They get them addicted. Then if they fail to pay for the drugs they got them addicted to, they kill them. I saw the other day that the authorities collected hundreds of pounds of drugs, which was worth $17 million dollars. You see the spirit that the devil has projected from the fall which he had there in God’s garden, as he walked among the stones of fire. He always wants to beautify something, to make himself look good.

Spirits in Prison

Let us go to 1st Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” There are imprisoned spirits which will never come out, there are millions and millions of them in prison that God will never let loose because they became so vile, and so violent. You may say, what about the devil? The devil is not imprisoned because he is fulfilling God’s purpose in the earth. God spoke of judgment that was to come, which we will see in 2nd Peter. Christ went and preached to spirits in prison, “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a-preparing, (You see what happened. In that time Noah was mocked and ridiculed for the message he had. It was crude. The message he had was crude. Here he is, sitting out somewhere among the trees, he has to. He is not sitting on the banks or a sandbar. He has to be out there where he can get the lumber to build the ark. He is not there building a boat for something that is never seen, and something that has never happened. He is out there with his boys building an ark for the purpose of God, to be able to escape a flood. But who listened to him? It said wherein eight souls were saved by water. Those are the days Peter is speaking of. Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah while the ark was preparing…) wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” Eight souls were saved. Other people were not building boats. There was no need of it. They had all the land mass that we do not even see any more, because rain had never come upon the earth and there were no oceans. A dew rose up and watered the earth. You put a canopy of water around things, and there is dew that comes from that because of the moisture. That is what happened to the earth, the moisture from the dew is what kept everything watered, they did not need rain. It was all provided through the atmosphere of dew that was falling, yet that canopy was over that. You put a canopy over anything, especially water, you are going to have a moisture, humidity that is going to come up. It was so generous. God had made it to where whenever it did come, everything was watered that needed it. It has been preached, and I have preached it too, that by the time the Millennium is over, the water is going to be back up again, that will encircle the earth so that there will be better seasons. You will still have winter and summer as it said in Genesis, but it will not be like it is now. God made the seasons for a purpose. He made them for growing and for other things to be done.

Water Baptism: Remission of Sins & Taking the Name of Jesus

“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” The like figure wherein baptism doth now save us. This is what Peter wrote, then the other in parenthesis was added. That is not in the original, it was added. If you read it and leave out what is in parenthesis it says: the like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This other statement is not in line with what he is talking about here. It said not putting away the filth of the flesh, that is really what it is for. We are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to put away the filth that we have lived in, because what it is, we have been baptized or immersed in order to be brought up to live in newness of life. Barnabas once said that, in his writing, he said we go into baptism like a dead person, and we come up a live person. This is what baptism is all about whenever it is done right: baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. It takes the blood in order to wash away our sins, and water baptism is a point in that direction. To have our sins washed away, it takes water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.

Trial of Martin Luther, 1521

If you look back in time, like the days of Wesley, Luther, and the reformers, they had a part of the spirit of God. They had all the revelation that God was giving out at that time. That is the reason why they would be part of the Bride of Jesus Christ, because they fulfilled all they had. For one thousand years, from 500 until 1500, it was Satan’s millennium. The world was in darkness and the truth which the early church had was buried and hid by wicked men. Since 1500, God gradually has restored what had been hid and lost. It has taken 500 years to get to where we are today. In that dark time of Satan’s millennium, Martin Luther he had an uncle named John Huss that was before him, a hundred years before him. They killed him for trying to preach truth. He said, “Today you kill a stork, but there will be a swan that will raise up in its place,” and it was Martin Luther he spoke of. It was a prophecy. So, you see how the gospel progressed because there were men along around 1300 and 1400 that were really men of God, but they were not able to get victory over that papal system to the point that Martin Luther did, because he had the influence. Martin Luther was rescued by the knights from Prince of Saxony whenever the pope and the emperor were going to try Luther and put him to death. They rode in on horseback, with their heads covered. They grabbed Martin Luther, he did not know what they were going to do with him. They grabbed him and took him to Wartburg Castle, in Germany, where he was able to translate the Bible. This is what happened to Martin Luther. We saw the place where he translated the Bible, there in Germany. But they did not have the revelation that we have today. They were just starting out, God had only begun to restore what was lost. It took a thousand years for it to be hidden away, and it was not going to be restored overnight.

It says, Wherein that baptism doth now save us, in other words, water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, after we have repented, and the blood of Jesus Christ has covered our sins. Baptism is for the remission of sin. It is an important part of it. It is taking on His name, because we are baptized in His name. That is how we become the Bride of Jesus Christ. If it is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, it cannot be Bride. There was a time when God winked at man’s ignorance, but not in this time. Bro. Branham taught better. Nobody knew what Bro. Branham believed at first. He did not preach it. They did not know what he believed. They did not know what he believed concerning water baptism. Why? Because when God appointed him, he quoted Timothy. He told him to do the work of an evangelist. During his time of evangelism he did not teach much doctrine, but God worked through gifts: the gift in his hand, and the gift that he was able to see even what street people lived on and what house they lived in, and what city they came from. Whenever they saw these miracles and signs, they were convinced that this must be of God, because he was not speaking to the congregation, he was speaking to the individual. Before he spoke, he already knew what was in their heart, because God showed him. I remember Bro. Jackson saying something about it, nobody ever had the gift that Bro. Branham had since Jesus Christ. There were different ones that had gifts, but never to that degree. I had an uncle that was not a Christian, but he was able to discern things. He discerned that my grandfather had a wreck. He was in the mountains of North Carolina and had a wreck. He discerned that something had happened, and he walked across the mountains, two miles across the mountains, to where he was at, because he saw him. So, it happened to him there. But the gifts and callings of God are without repentance.  Somewhere in time before you ever repented, God already had placed something upon you, in you, to where whenever you dedicated your life to Christ, then you knew that there was something going on, even inside you, before you ever came to Him. Because God showed you He was real, before you ever came to Him. He has kept us from many things that we would have been involved in, had we not had that gift in us that God had placed there. “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (then it says) (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, (but really that is what it is) but the answer of a good conscience toward God,).” We are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to take on Christ. We take Him on. He clothes us with His righteousness. That is why whenever the Bride is made up, according to Revelation 19:7, when the Bride is made up, what has happened to them? They have been elevated in this life. In this life, to be a part of that bride, we now are putting on a fine linen robe. Before you get out of here, it must be spotless, without wrinkle, without blemish. It must be that to be part of the body of Jesus Christ. We are His body, He is the head, we are the body of Christ. That is why we take Him on, that is why the ministry is so important, that we listen to God in this hour of time, that we adhere to everything that He would offer us, not holding back, but giving in unto Him, unto the Spirit. Not giving in to the devil.

“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him.” Everything that God is and was in the eons of time, before there was any creation, was in Christ, as it said in John chapter 1. God was in Christ. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, bringing redemption to us that we might be redeemed from the creatures that we were, to be creatures of the living God, making up the body, as it said in the 12th chapter of 1st Corinthians. What does it say there? We are the eyes, we are the nose, the smelling, we are all of that. We may be a nose or an ear. What difference does it make as long as we are part of that body? Everybody does not have to be legs. Everybody does not have to be arms and fingers, but this is what it takes to make up the body of Jesus Christ. That is what we are doing in this hour of time as we live, we are making up that body. Who is gone into heaven and is on the right hand of God; It says angels and authorities, everything in the heavenlies, are subject unto him. Why? Because He came here, He had a choice. He was not a robot. He had a choice. We find when He went to gethsemane, He prayed. He showed sometimes we must pray through situations in order to be in the will of God. The trial of our faith takes patience. That is why we are to bear fruit. We are trees planted in the foundation of God. When you look at Revelation 21, we see it is high elevation He is going to give to those saints. I am not saying this to brag. I am saying it according to the word of God, according to Revelation 21. We are that mountain, we are that object. It shows compact, every side the same, same length, same width, everything. Inside of that is the saints of God. I am talking about the Bride of Jesus Christ. That is why things seem so hard sometimes. You wonder how long a trial must last. All I can say is, outlast it. Because the trial of our faith worketh patience. We are to go through these things, we are to live through these things. The Bible says the same thing which come upon the world will also come upon us. But they do not know what to do with it, so they get themselves some pills. I wonder sometimes, what causes young people to turn to drugs. I did not have many close friends growing up. I was not a Christian, but I did not drink alcohol. Some have, but I am not condemning you for that. I just did not want to. When I could have with other boys, for some reason I was someplace else. God always makes that “somewhere else” for us to be. I was not a Christian until I was 21 years old, getting ready to turn to 22. That is a short time when you have gone almost sixty years from that point. It is a short time looking back. It has been a long journey, but I would not trade it for anything. Because Jesus Christ is sitting on the right hand of God. Angels, authorities, are subject to Him. He is not talking about authorities on earth, He is talking about everything in heaven, it is under Him. So, what is He doing with that authority? He is interceding for us. When we feel like we cannot go any further, we can look to Him because He has gone all the way. He is saying, Come on.

Angels That Sinned

Let us go to 2nd Peter, 2nd chapter. Verse 4, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, (See?) but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” What is He saying there? The ones in this group will never get loose. You think there are some bad angels out there now, think about the ones He will never let go. They are chained there until the judgment day when God, who made them, shall come forth to sit and judge this world. Chained. When did He do that? In the prehistoric age. “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.” The day came when God said to Noah, “You have done enough. You have built the ark. You have got in the food. You have got in the animals.” Can you think about that? Here came this animal kingdom two by two. God was leading them. Come on, little ducky. Think about how long it took that tortoise to get in there, but he beat the rabbit. That was in the little story. All these animals, two by two,  coming. I saw a movie of that one time, it showed these animals coming into the ark. Think about it, you had seven sheep, seven goats, seven deer, seven cows, two horses, two mules. There had to be some obedience there for them to all come together like that. They went into their stalls. We had cows when I was growing up, every one of those cows knew which stall they went into. I have a little story about that. We had one, a red cow, that had horns. All the rest of the cows were afraid of her. She would go to the door and turn around, none of the rest would come in because she had beat everybody, but you had to drive her in. That is not the way it was in the ark. Everybody knew their place. They knew what was marked out for them. That is the sovereignty of God. You might say, well that is not important. It was important then, it is important now for us to know our place and to keep it. “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.” God had Noah, build the door of the ark just a little bit bigger than the opening, because God was going to slam it shut. Because it was going to be waterproof. God is going to have a church that is waterproof, that is fireproof. Nothing of the judgment is going to hurt it. I remember Bro. Branham telling about the rapture. He taught the rapture would come before the tribulation. He said the Bride is the Bride of Christ, and no man wants to put his wife through tribulation before they marry. It is a courtship. Do you know what I did? I believed it! I believed it. “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample (an example of our day, of what will happen to this world when God judges it. Paul looked at that lifestyle and said, “it is unseemly.” He could not even reason it out. He could not see any reason for it. Man and woman was not made that way. They have turned themselves into that. You say, well I was just made that way. No, you were not, check your genes and see what shows up. If you were a man it would show up man’s genes. The thing about it is, so many do not even know what they are, so I guess they have no genes. They are just a blob out here, walking around and thinking they know something. Making them an ensample…) unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds; The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” Two different objectives there. God knows how to preserve you, but He knows how to bring judgment on the world of the ungodly.

There Were Giants In Those Days

880 lb (400 kg) Liger in Myrtle Beach, USA.

During the first creation, Satan took the creatures and manipulated their genes to create beasts. That is why you had those giant dinosaurs. Their bones are still here in the earth. Some of them have been dug out and put on display in science museums and such places. But creation did not begin in that way. If life had began in a state where they were devouring one another, then it would not have ever been able to get started. The first creatures would have ate each other, and that would have been the end. It took time for all these different kinds of animals to spread over the earth. The devil was not satisfied with peaceful creatures. He acted just like modern man: they have taken a lion and a tiger and bred them together, which created a liger. The liger was two times the size of its parents, it was a giant. It weighed around nine hundred pounds.[1] They are trying to make something against God’s plan. That is exactly what Satan did in the first creation. It is the same thing he did in our creation, when he beguiled Eve through the serpent. He mixed the seed. It talks about giants in the earth in those days when the sons of God married the daughters of men, but we do not know how long the giants had been around. They did not just appear suddenly. It started gradually, growing until it reached the state it talks about in Genesis. Let us read that. Genesis chapter 6. “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, (The men here are Cain’s descendants.) That the sons of God saw the daughters of men (See? See the difference? The sons of God and the daughters of men. The sons of God are Adam’s descendants. They married wives from Cain’s line. The daughters of men…) that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they choose.” They did not seek God about it. He had no say in the decision. They just chose the ones they wanted. “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. There were giants in the earth in those days; (See? Giants in the earth in those days, that did not mean it just started at that time, it was already going on in those days. It says in those days, not that day. This thing had been going on for some time. Remember as we read the word, that it speaks plural and it speaks singular. 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 (See the difference here, there were giants in the earth in those days, then it says they became mighty men.) mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” The wizards, the people that had so much knowledge. These types of people were the product of mixing the seed. You can see a picture of just how Satan would have been working on the animal kingdom in God’s first creation. He was manipulating the genes.

Reserved Until the Day of Judgement

Let us go back to 2nd Peter 2:6. “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.” It was an example what would happen in the last days. They do not want God, they do not want anything like that. They want Him erased from their minds and He is letting them do that. The churches are taking down their crosses, because they do not want to be reminded that there was a blood sacrifice. They have no excuse for their sins as they do these things, because that is one of the greatest sins that man can commit, to say there is no God. That is worse than a lot of degrading sins. There is no hope for somebody that does that. “And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.” It was filthy conversation then, just like it is in this hour. The scripture talks about jesting and such, which is all linked into the same category of language. It is not that you cannot say something funny. But whenever you make a joke of what God has made man and woman for, and these things become filthy and mockery of God, then that is wrong. That is foolish jesting. “For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.” Itis not even lawful, the deeds they did. They made a big play of it. They made a big play out of gay marriage. They made a big play out of being homosexual. It talks about their unlawful deeds. The government is responsible to bring forth in this land something that is pleasing unto God. Whenever it is not, it is just lawlessness. There are laws against adultery, there are laws against all these different things, but they are not adhered to because man does not want to hear about the things that are right. It said there would be a time when man would call wrong right and right wrong. We are living in that time here in America, as well as the rest of the world. “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, (This is our promise. He knows how to close our ears, because you work around wicked people.

I remember working at Ford. Sometimes I would come upon my boss there at work and there would be something being said, a curse word or something, and the boss would say, “I am sorry Allen, I did not know you were there.” I respected that, even though the words had come out, I respected it. I never did tell him I was a preacher. I never did mention it. I never did tell him I was a Christian, but you do not have to do that. You have a light that shines unto a darkened world. If you use it right, it will put forth a glow unto those that work around you. They will recognize you, even when they laugh at you. I remember these men who did that to us back when Bro. Larry Wells become a Christian. I remember these men, they drank their beer and stuff, they came around where we were working and made fun of us. Some of them have already died. Four or five of them died at a young age. I remember meeting one of them as he was leaving work and we were coming in. He said, “Hello Christians”. Larry said, “Hello Sinner.” We laughed and went on. Do not let the world get to you because that is what they want. That is what the devil wants, for somebody to get to you. Just take it and go on.

It said “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” That is a long time to wait. If the millennium began today, then there would be a thousand years before the wicked people are judged. The wicked are in holding, waiting for judgement. Some of them are in hell already, some are in the grave, some are in the bottom of the ocean where the fish has eaten them up, and where they have become just a particle scattered along the ocean floor. But God knows how to get those particles together. He made man out of the dust of the earth and you cannot see a man in dust. You can go out there and look day and night, you will never see a man lying there that is just dirt. The thing about it is, God just took the dust of the earth. Why? Because he is going back to that. But God placed within him a living soul, that whenever he did die, then his soul would come back in another form. I do not mean in a form that you do not know, but he is coming back with a new body, he has taken away all the old parts, the parts that get old, and the parts that you lose. Just like my hair, it has all been numbered. God is going to bring that stuff back, you may not know me then. “But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, (He is still talking about Sodom, and the sin that was going on there. The uncleanness of the flesh.) and despise government. (We have never had it in America like it is today. Every punch these networks can say against Trump, they say it. It does not make any difference whether it is true or not. They despise governments. That is the way it was in Sodom. Lot, of course he was one of the officials of the city. He sat in the gate. He was an official there that somebody had voted in, if that is the way they did it. Anyway, he was one that sat in the gate. But there came a time, after all he had gone through, after all that he had heard, just like today, after all the jokes, after all the muck and mire he had heard, one day there were two men who came to visit him. They looked different. They looked like men, but they looked different. Here this bunch of reprobate men of the city came along. They were just like the people of San Francisco, Los Angeles and places like that, that have given themselves over to the flesh to do the things they do. The Bible calls it unlawful. I call it awful. But they enjoy that. “Give us more, give me more flesh, let me live the way I want to live,” they say. Get yourselves in line because there is something good coming if you will listen. You do not have to live the life of the world. There is enjoyment in being a Christian and being a child of God, there is an enjoyment in it that you will never find in the movie theater, or that you will never find at a ball game. Or anything else among this world. There is joy in being a child of God. “But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed.” They do not want to be told what to do. Young people, listen to your dad and mom, do not be self-willed. Do not be a knot head. When they speak, recognize it. Do not be ashamed of them. When you were little, they changed your diapers. They fed you. I noticed some of these brothers and sisters, they are very meticulous about what they feed their children. I noticed little Keziah from South Africa eating one piece of cereal, just one piece at a time. They were very patient with her, to give her what she wanted. That is love. That is love that has been shown to you through time. Show that love back. Let mom and dad know that you appreciate them. What I want us to see in these verses is how these are related to the Satan and what was going on before man was upon the earth. One time he was perfect in his day whenever God created him. He created him perfect, and he was so until iniquity entered in. Iniquity is lawlessness. So, he began to think, what can I do. But all his ideas were wrong. He could not look at the love of God that created him. He was not born, Lucifer was not born. No. He was created. He was created a spirit being just like Gabriel, just like Michael, created spirit beings. But one day something happened, it was his fault. If we go wrong, it is our fault.

Serpent’s Seed: The Work Of The Devil

I was thinking about what Bro. Jackson said concerning the Ice Age. He talked about how science found great numbers of animal petrified or frozen in the place they stood, buried in the earth. That is why God said, “Let the earth brought forth the creatures,” because they were already laying there. God did not have to make them again, He just had the restore their life. He did not have to make another great whale, He just thawed them out. He is still the Creator. He is still the one who put life back in them. The Neanderthal man was also and animal that God brought back. Bro. Branham said that Neanderthal man, the missing link, increased in knowledge, they became clever and subtle creatures, but they were still animals. Cain had that same animalistic instinct in him from his father. Cain passed on that animalistic nature to his offspring. They increased in knowledge. When the sons of God looked upon the daughters of men, what was it like? This whole generation was a generation that did not know God. Cain turned away from Him. He would rather live in Nod than he would in the presence of God, because he had turned that down. God reasoned with him. He talked with him. He told him how to be great. He told him how his brother would give reverence unto him. He told him that, but that was not good enough. He thought the blessings of God should come his way because of who he was. Because he was a part of his dad, and his dad had relations with Eve, the serpent. He is the missing link between man then, a missing like between him and what was before the Ice Age. God just resurrected him. He did not change. God did not make him a saint. He made him an animal. At first, he was alright, he was a servant of Adam. He was one of his helpers, along with the other animals. But then Satan began to manipulate him. He wanted to be great. He told Eve how to be great. It sounds like the same story. “Here you are down here, God said no, but I say yes.” So, he began to manipulate Eve’s mind. He began to put thinking in her, thoughts in her heart. It took a while, it was not all in one night. No, it took time. As he would get her away from Adam, because they were workers together, Adam and him and Eve, they were workers together. Adam was a beautiful being. Not any great giant of a person from lifting weights and all that, but he was a man that looked like a man. Eve, whenever she come forth, she looked like a woman. My watch quit running the other day, so I went to the mall to get a battery put in it. I saw two boys, one of them had long hair. It caught my eyes. As they walked by, they walked just like a woman. That is what Satan is after. He is trying to change the genes, it will not work. If you were ever born a man, you will never be a woman no matter how hard you try. Your body makeup, your bone structure is not the same. You cannot make it the same. You may walk like a woman, but inside there is a devil causing you to act like you do. I am talking about the world today. I am talking about the way it was with the serpent, the way it was whenever the daughters of men, the great parties they were having among themselves, out looking for somebody. They crossed the river. They crossed the Euphrates and came to Eden. The place is still there, but the presence of God is not there. Adam and Eve did not go anywhere, except God’s presence went, and then the angel of the Lord was there to keep them from taking part of the tree of life. Life went away, eternal life, which they could have had if they had taken the tree of life. It is taken away now, and it is going to take something to open a way up so they can get back to that tree of life. Let us read it in Genesis 3:15. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, (This is pointing to Christ. They are going to become enemies. Enmity between thee and the woman…) and between thy seed and her seed; (talking to the serpent there) it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Bruise his heel, that was the cross. That evened it all out. If you have the Holy Ghost, you have taken part of the tree of life. You will never die because you are a part of God’s great family, which He purchased with His Son’s blood.

Brute Beasts

Let me go back to 2nd Peter 2:10. “But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” Shame on the news organization. They are not news. “Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, (Listen to what it says: they have lost their identity. They are no longer men. God does not even call them men. Peter does not call them men. But these…) as natural brute beasts, (back to the nature of the  serpent they go, back to their daddy. Because it feels better. I remember when something bad was said in front of a lady and they blushed, their face turned red. I preached a sermon one time titled, They Have Lost Their Blush. They have lost their blush. Why? Because the world has settled in. But these, as natural brute beasts….) made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not.” They speak evil of the things that do not understand. Something ended in 2004 ½ because that ended the two days of Hosea 6:2. What are you going to do when you go past two? What are you going to do? Are going to be hanging out there in limbo? No. I tell you what they did, they moved it up. “The calendar is thirteen or fourteen years wrong,” they say. When Bro. Jackson preached that, he said the calendar may be a year or year and half off. But whenever he settled in, he said the crucifixion happened the 4th of April 33 A.D. Why was it? Because that was the only eclipse that the scientists say fell at that time. Whenever Jesus was crucified, when it became midday, what happened? God shut the lights off.

When I was working at Ford; a fellow was using big guns to staple bolts to hold the springs on the body, on the frame. They were large bolts. Another man and I worked the same spot on the line. It was my job to relieve him and do the job while he was on a break. He always had trouble with his gun. Nothing ever satisfied him. So, he called maintenance to get them to come and fix it. They came to fix it while I was there and they told me, “We are not going to do anything to it, we will wait until he gets here to see if this is where he wants it, where it will go up and down easier.” The gun weighed two hundred pounds. Finally, he came back. The two maintenance men were standing there, waiting on him. He came up and got hold of it, moved it back and forth and said, “Oh that is fine, that is just the way I wanted it.” One man said something to him, and he began to stammer and stutter. You have two eyes and two ears but only one mouth, God meant for you to see with two eyes and hear with two ears, but He just gave you one mouth to be able to speak. See? God has given us ears, He has given us eyes. Eyes for what? For reading His word. Ears for hearing His spirit. He is a living God. “But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.” What is He saying? If you live that lifestyle that they are living, you probably will die young. They perish in their own corruption. “And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you.” Sure, there was an Ice Age, and a creation that came before it. The devil had manipulated their genes to make the animals big. Why did he make them big? Because he likes big fights, more brutal. Not calm beasts, but brute beasts. Those are the kind of beasts Satan wants. The more brutal the better, that is what he wants. “Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; (You can cease from sin, but they cannot.) beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.” God spoke to Balaam. God talked to him, but he had an agenda, it was to get earthly gain. “But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, (Once there was an old man out west. A fellow from the east came to visit him. He looked up and saw the clouds and said “Oh, it is going to rain! It is going to rain!” The man from the west had been around and studied it all the time. He looked up and said “No, that is just a bunch of empties.” Just a bunch of empties. People of this world are listening to empty vessels. Wells without water.) clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.” He is talking of people. This is hard. But I am prone to listen to men that knew God. Peter knew God. He was in the upper room with the other apostles, waiting. I know he received something because he came out of that upper room saying, “These are not drunk as you suppose, but this is that which was spoken of by the prophet.” He preached his message. I do not know how long it lasted, we have part of it recorded in the Book of Acts. But we got the good part of it. Whenever those Jewish people, from the sixteen nations listed there, heard them speak in their own language wherein they lived they were amazed. The ones speaking in their own language were a bunch of dumb Galileans, as far as education is concerned. All they knew how to talk to was fish. They did not know another language, but then they began to speak in other languages. Whenever they did, the Jews from the nations heard them. But the Jews from Jerusalem said, these are just drunk. But they listened to the message, they listened to the full message. Whenever they did, they said, “Men and brethren, what must we do?” Did Peter say go sprinkle yourself with water. No. Repent, and be immersed, baptized. If you baptize something you are not sprinkling water on it. Baptize it. They have different brands of detergents that are supposed to take away all the germs. I do not know if it does or not, but I know one thing, the blood of Jesus Christ takes away all the germs, the germs of sin and all. Men and brethren, what must we do in order to be saved? Peter said, “Repent every one of you and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sin. This is not only for you, but it is for them that are afar off.” He had something to say to us. This is for them that are afar off, from South Africa, Norway, Kentucky, and Georgia. It is for us all, whatever country or nation we come from. God put out a message by an old fisherman, that a few days before that had cursed and swore and denied the Lord. But he began to speak. You could tell he had been cleaned up inside. Something happened to Peter. He is not the same old boy. He is not afraid of anybody, bring them on, come on, all of you. Come on along and walk with me, I am on my way, Praise God, I am on my way to Canaan land. We are just about there, we are just about to that city. One of these days’ gravity is going to lose its hold on us and we are going to get a quick change of clothes in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. Nobody will see the change, it will just happen. Before you could count off one second, it will happen: the twinkling of an eye. Just like a bat of your eye, that is how quick it is going to happen. Praise God! He is doing something in our midst to show himself, to show His love for us and the grace that He has given. I have talked about these things. “For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty; they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world (See? It shows they had that opportunity, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world…) through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them that the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened (He says, but it has happened.) unto them according to the true proverb, the dog has turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”

Thou Shalt Be Brought Down To Hell

Next I want to look at parts of this subject which are related to the end time, and dealing with the coming of the Lord, and our gathering together unto Him. That is the time when the lake of fire comes into the picture. Some people have confused the picture of the coming Christ and the rapture. Some people have changed their mind about what that scripture means, when one time they knew what was right. It is just proving that if man does not get his act together and if he does not go along with the word and the revelation of truth, then somewhere his feet are going to be cut out from under him. He will have nothing to stand on, and that is what is happening now, so many people are so confused and think that they are right. There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end of it is destruction. The destruction I am talking about may be their ministry is destroyed, maybe something more severe than that. If we do and say things that are not scriptural, then we have nothing to stand on. In dealing with this, I have dealt with the Ice Age and have dealt with the prehistoric world, to be able explain some things. I praise the Lord that we can look back and see there is evidence of it. We are looking at the evidence of what went on in the prehistoric age, to be able to come to a conclusion that something happened in a past age because of Satan’s rebellion against God. Let me go to Isaiah 14:7. “The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.” So, we see a time of peace there. That time of peace is coming. When it comes, something is going to happen to Satan. “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? (It is talking about Satan.) 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, son of the morning! (This is telling that he was one of the early angels, a son of the morning, so it would be the very beginning of daylight. We know according to the word of God that a day begins at sunset. But here it says the son of the morning. After things have been created, and time has waited, then we see that Lucifer comes on the scene. Millions of years may have passed before he came on the scene. As we look at this, we see the earth was to a point where there is some sort of life upon it. Whenever that time came, then we find that Lucifer was there. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: (In other words, he has exalted his throne above the angels of God, 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.” See? By this time, now you have clouds in creation. So you see really, he is given space on earth, because God made it to be that way. “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” He jumps all the way down to the end of time, whenever time runs out, whenever he is judged there in the great white throne judgment. This is after the Millennium. “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; (speaking of Satan) That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?” See? It is explaining there just who he is and what he has done to the kingdoms of the world, even in our time.

Return of Christ and His Bride

I wanted to read that, now we will go to Matthew 24:72. I have some things I want to say about this. This is something that the religious world does not understand because they link it all together and they do not know what they are talking about whenever they are speaking here, because the religious world’s thinkers now believe the church will pass through the tribulation. So, they are planning to go through seven years of tribulation. Bro. Branham said a man does not put his wife through tribulation before they get married. No, it is a love affair. That is exactly what it is here. We find that in the book of Revelation. Bro. Branham said the book of Revelation was God’s love letter to the church. No wonder they cannot understand it, because it is not given to them to understand. If you feel funny about what I am saying concerning this, then you just listen, just wait and you will see. “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 going to be for the Bride. “For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” There is not going to be a carcase at the end of the tribulation. I want to go on over here a little further in the 38th verse. “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 ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Now listen to these next verses. These verses hook up to 27 and 28. “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” This other one is left; it does not mean that they are altogether sinners. One taken, which is a Bride person, and the other one left, which can be someone, maybe in the great multitude or in the foolish virgins. They could be, but they do not have to be. They could just be entirely lost. But it shows these two are working together in a field, but only one is a believer. Just as it is with you at work. I remember Bro. Jackson going over this and he mentioned my name. He said, “Maybe Bro. Allen would go on break and then would not reappear, they would wonder what happened to him”. “Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Now if we were going to the end of the tribulation, we would know exactly the hour. We are a wise people. We would know that seven years is up. You can mark the seven years from the time the treaty is signed between the beast and Israel. The beast is not Islam. I do not care what these preachers say. It is going to be a treaty between the Muslims and the Jews. It is not, it never has been, and it never will be, because the Muslims were not on the scene at the time this was mentioned. So do not let somebody put something in your head that is not there. You are better off to listen to a ministry that has got in touch with God and is telling you the truth. You might say, well you are just bragging on yourself. No, I am bragging on the word of God that He has revealed unto us at this hour. I will not give that up, not for anybody will I give that up, because it is the truth. Then we go on down to verse 29: why would we be watching if we already knew what day it would be. In other words He is saying that something is coming, and you have to spiritually watch for, not with your eyes, but as you see the things developing as it was in the days of Noah, then you will know it is close. Then as you go to the 17th chapter of Luke, then you will find as it was in the days of Lot. You see two different settings there. As he speaks of Lot’s day, he does not say that they were marrying and giving in marriage. No, they had a different lifestyle. In Matthew it only mentions Noah, but in Luke he mentions Noah and Lot. So, there is a difference there because they were not marrying, they were living a lifestyle of homosexuality. That condition will also be present. Verse 29, “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.” The powers of the atmospheric heaven are going to be shaken at that time. “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man (I remember Bro. Jackson going over that. He said there will be a twenty-four-hour revolution of the earth, to where all mankind will see that sign in the heavens,  they will all see Christ coming back. Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man…) in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, (Why would they mourn? Because something is missing, something is missing in their lives. Now they will have to give account for what they have missed in their life. They shall mourn…) and they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” When He comes back for His church, He is not seen. It is like lightening. But here is a revolution of the earth going around, and the tribes of the earth shall see Him. “And He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, (The elect that He is talking about would be foolish virgins and the great multitude. These are His elect at this time, because in verse 27 and 28 His Bride has already left. They were taken 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. Where is He going to find his church? For wheresoever the carcase (which is the word) that is where the eagles, (bride people) will be. We live in the eagle age. We see that in Revelation 4, the flying eagle, which is appointed for this age of time, which started out under the ministry of William Branham, and leading on until the day the Lord takes His church away, right on until the time when the seven thunders sound. That will end the message for the church when the thunders sound. Then He returns to the Jews, because that is the last message the Bride will get. So, from the time that the thunders receive the message until the time that every saint of God hears, then that is the time span of the seven thunders. The rapture is not going to happen just immediately when the thunders sound, because it has got to sound to those Bride people. This will be the last message.

Barringer Crater, Arizona

“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.” That is all the people that have died under persecution and other circumstances during the tributlation, that did not make up the Bride, but they were saved people. Let look at what disasters hit the earth at this time. Let us go to Revelation 6:12. It brings a little bit more out. “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, (The sixth seal is known. We know what the sixth seal is. He said I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal…) and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.” Now we know what that is. This happens at the endtime. Let’s read that verse again. And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. See? That is the time of the end. There is not another time that it is like that. “And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, (This is  meteorites.  On a trips I took to Arizona I visited a great crater. It was something like two or three hundred feet deep. It was all in a mound, circular, about a quarter of a mile or more across, where a meteorite is. It is still laying there. It hit that part of the world. The evidence is there. It is a place that you can see. I never saw anything like that before, but I wanted to see it. It was something to see because it was like a pond that had been dug out, but it piled up around the edges to where you had to go over an embankment to get to it. This will be happening over the earth at the time of the end. The stars of heaven fell unto the earth…) even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.” So, there are going to be a lot of them. I know they are worried about Hawaii now. They had an earthquake and a great lava flow is spewing up out of the ground. But that is nothing compared to what it will be like at the end of the tribulation. It says the islands will flee away. “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” It is going to be such a terrible thing. How in the world do animals and people live in something like that? You have the sheep people that are going to live through that. How do they survive that? God. God will protect His own. That is the only way. That is the only way the animals can live. So, the destruction is no going to be completely over everything, but it says the cities of the nation shall fall. They will just crumble. New York City and places like that where there has been so much evil. Chicago they are going to be gone. Those big tall buildings are going to fall to the ground. God has a way of protecting those that are His, that are to make up the sheep people at that time. “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains.” I do not want to get too graphic on this. “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” See? Christ is not that wonderful looking shepherd at this time. It said the wrath. Hide us from the face of Him that sitteth upon the throne. In Matthew he said the tribes of the earth would see the son of man coming in the clouds. This lets us connect these two settings together. I will read that again. “And said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of his wrath (his wrath) is come; and who shall be able to stand?” That is a question there. Who shall be able to stand? Only those sheep people. There will not be anything else survive by the time he is through judging it all. Now I want to go to Revelation 19:17. “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; (I remember Bro. Jackson telling me about a certain preacher that preached here years ago. He said that this angel was Bro. Branham. How foolish can man get!) and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.” In other words, He is inviting the birds, the vultures to come and dine on what is left. Of course, there will be animals that do the same thing. “And I saw the beast, (Now the beast is that European system, the ten nations of Europe. Of course, there are others that make up the body.  I think they have twenty-seven that are joined into that European system today. But only ten of them represent that head, like Germany, France, Spain. There are only ten of them. Because these are the ones that will be making the decisions for the rest of the body. The body spreads far to the east. It goes across the Middle East into those places. So, we look at this in that way. And I saw the beast…) and the kings of the earth, (which would be those ten kings) and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” This army is the Bride of Jesus Christ. I will show you that.

Cast Alive Into A Lake of Fire

Let me go back to Revelation 19:11. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; (Heaven just spread open for John to see that. He sees the heaven opened.) and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, (That is showing His anger. I just read where it said, “Hide us from the wrath of the Lamb.” That is showing the anger in His eyes. You do not want that. You do not want God to be angry at you. Jesus Christ went through a lot of things for us so we could escape this wrath, that we could be pardoned from our own unrighteous ways to serve the living God. He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire…) and on his head were many crowns; (Because He is now the King of the nations.) and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: (It does not mean He had on a bloody garment, but what does it mean? It means He is going to take vengeance.) and his name is called The Word of God. (Which goes back to John 1.) And the armies which were in heaven followed him (Armies which were in heaven, See? How can the armies which are in heaven be here on earth to go through the tribulation, how can they, and be with Him in heaven, but still be on the earth? The Bible makes sense. Man makes no sense. The armies which were in heaven: that is Bride people, just see what they are wearing. Followed him…) upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, (which goes back to verse 7, the Bride is wearing the fine linen.) white and clean. (Exactly as in verse 7.) And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” So, you see here why He had many crowns. “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” His army is the Bride of Jesus Christ. That is His army. Are they going to be fighting with swords? No. This happens just as Armageddon is wrapping up. The beast system has defeated the eastern nations. Then the devil is so stupid at that time, that he turns his attention to fight the armies of heaven. It will not be much of a fight. See what happens here. “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet (That is spirits, that is not individuals. That is the spirits that drove the false prophet and the beast.) that wrought miracles before him, (This connects to Revelation 13 and Daniel 11.) with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” Do you know what they said on the news concerning this volcano in Hawaii? Everything was being polluted around where this volcano has erupted. They said sulphuric ash was coming out of that, which is very dangerous. This is exactly what this verse is talking about. That is brimstone. We see here the beast and false prophet were cast into the lake of fire, that is the demonic spirits on them, and these two are the first ones to be cast into the lake of fire. The first spirits to be placed there. We find in chapter 20 that Satan is also going to be cast in there, but that will not happen to him until the Millennium has ended, which will be one thousand years after these two have been cast into the lake of fire. “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, (We read, “out of His mouth goes a sharp two-edged sword”, here it says the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse. So the sword is His word. All He and his Bride has to do at this time is speak the word and it is as a sword. The Word of God is a sword.) which sword proceed out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

Not Since Men Were Upon The Earth

I want to show you what is going on on the earth at this time, when the wrath of God is being poured out on the earth, because when it is all finished, we will find the lake of fire is there.  Let me go back to Revelation 16:17. “And the seventh angel (The events here with this seventh vial angel are the same as the events of the seventh trumpet, and the sixth seal, and what we read in Matthew 24 when Christ returns.) The seventh angel…) poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.” No more waiting, it is done. According to Daniel 12, this period of wrath being poured out on the earth lasts for thirty days. Thirty days is God’s judgment upon this earth before it begins to calm down. That is where it says the mountains will fall. The seventh angel poured out his vial into the air, and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, it is done. “And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: (See how these verses all fit together, describing the great judgement to strike this earth.) and great Babylon (Babylon is confusion. That is Rome. That is where that Catholic system has its seat of power. Bro. Glen was in the army during World War II. He said they had taken all the places in Rome except for the Vatican. They were demanded of their general, do not touch the Vatican, because it was counted off limits to do anything to the Vatican, because the pope’s authority was rising, it was not yet restored, but it was coming back in 1945. Since then the Pope’s power has came back very strong. It was seen as dead for over a century of time, but then it came back to life, just as the scripture said. “And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings, and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men..” Since men. There were mighty earthquakes back before men were on the earth. Back in the time when Satan rebelled against God. There are still gaps in the earth that show what happened. But it says, since men, since six thousand years. There has been nothing like this earthquake since prehistoric times. “There were voices, and thunders, and lightnings, and there was a great earthquake such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nation’s fell.”

Freedom Tower, New York City

Cities of the nations. That is what I was saying earlier. These great towers and things that man has put so much emphasis on. Whenever the two towers in New York fell, they said let us build mightier, let us build bigger. They built that tower up there and then they could not even go into it because of the rats. Rats had infested that new building to where they had to get rid of the rats before they could move in. Of course, they did not get rid of all of them. And great Babylon…) came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.” That is the false church. He is going to destroy the city which has been off limits. God will not stand for that stuff, that Catholic system. And the other systems that are acquainted with it, in the 17th chapter. “And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.” See? He made this to where the mountains would look like a plain. This is all going to be leveled out, God is going to cause it to blow, and the islands are going to flee away. Every island fled away. The Canary Islands has already split from an earthquake. They say that at any time part of it could fall off. Whenever it does, it will sweep over New York City.[2] Every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: (Which is seventy-five to ninety pounds. Think about it. That would knock a hole in your roof. God has His ice making machine ready. Whenever that time comes, these tornadoes and all, they will swirl up big chunks of ice. Down in Kentucky in 1974 I believe it was, there was hailstones that went through the roofs of people’s houses, they were as big as dinner plates. They just came right through their roof. These in the end time will be must larger. Every stone about the weight of a talent…) and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”

Lake of Fire is Open

Let’s go back to Revelation 14:14. “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, (This one said like unto the Son of man. This is Jesus in angelic form sitting upon this cloud, because Jesus is with the Bride at this time. There is a period of time there, some believe it will be about seven years that Jesus is taking His Bride out. It will be that long or close to t hat.) “I looked and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.” (What is a sickle? It is something that you use to reap a crop. And another angel came out of the temple…) crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.” Now this occurs just before Armageddon happens. This reaping is of the 144,000. Because this whole chapter down to verse 13 is speaking of the ministry of the 144,000 that is called out by the two prophets. Here they are, and He is reaping the harvest of the earth. The harvest here would be the 144,000 because you see them as you go back, you see them in heaven. They had a song to sing before the throne, and only they knew the song. I will go on to the 17th verse. “And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.” Another angel having a sharp sickle. “And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.” This is not the same setting. In the frist, Christ was reaping, sitting on the cloud, reaping that 144,000 just before the end comes. This second setting is of another angel that came out from the altar, which had power over fire, and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe. This second setting is getting ready for God’s judgment. Because you see it here in the last two verses. “And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.” See? This one has wrath, the other one had no wrath. “And the winepress was trodden without the city, (which would be the city of Jerusalem) and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” Which is like a hundred and sixty miles. That is not all going to be that deep, but there will be slews of blood that will go to the horse bridle, where is this deep. Because of all the armies getting together there, as it says in chapter 19.

Lava Lake

As we are looking at these things, we see the time coming just before us. We see in chapter 20, which I will go over at another time, where Satan is given another space of time to fulfill his last purpose. But the spirits that come with the beast and with the false prophet, those spirits are cast into the lake of fire. So, you see the lake of fire is opened at the end of the Millennium. I have went over these scriptures to give you a picture of the great upheaval that is happening during this period of time, and we see when it comes to an end that these two are cast into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is already here at the beginning of the Millennium, which is important. Because we know that somewhere God is going to turn this inferno, which is spewing up in Hawaii and other places, He is going to turn this into a lake of fire. It is not on some other planet. It is not something that is coming. It is already here. The scripture says God will destroy the works of man. I was watching a program the other day on television. They were showing the burning of sagebrush out west, for the new growth to come in. They were setting the fields on fire. It was a controlled burn. God is going to burn this earth with a control burn. It is not going to be everywhere. It is going to be where the cities are, it is going to be where things have happened that God is going to destroy.

… continued in the next edition.