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Last verses of October issue below.
We both saw our parents on both sides give their hearts to the Lord in the light of the revelation we stand for. Well Bro. Jackson, are they in the Bride? No, I am not telling you they are going to be in the Bride, because they did not live long enough to receive the Holy Spirit and get a complete and clear revelation of the truth we have, but they do have eternal life. I pray that you everyone understand what I have said; and that you will understand what will yet be said in this message? I do know this, All of those such as our parents are going to be in that great multitude of Revelation 7:9, and be partakers of eternal life. Let me say this to clear up some things we are covering. My wife had an aunt, that had cancer; and right after we were married she was in the Corydon hospital. On a particular day she literally stopped breathing, her heart stopped beating: The doctors gave her up for dead, but before they could call the undertaker, a nurse went in and there she was, coming to herself. After she came to consciousness, she later said to me, Junior, I saw my mother. Her mother had died when she was a young girl. She saw her mother and talked to her. She said, What a beautiful place heaven is. She said, as she talked with her mother she said to her, I don’t want to go back, I want to go with you. But her mother said to her, No daughter, you have to go back, because your husband needs you. Therefore I have to say, whether you want to put her in the foolish virgins type or what, she knew exactly where she was going when the day came that she did die. That was before she ever knew about a shout or anything. How many understand that? Alright, my point is, when the shout did come, it did eventually wake up an element of wise and foolish Christians that were living back then. I thank God for what He has shown us, but think of the people that have been born since then. There are young people sitting in here today; and I hope you understand what I am talking about when I say to you, Young people, I say to all of you, Do not just take for granted, that because you were brought here by your parents or you followed your uncle here, or this or that, that you have it made as far as your personal salvation. Please do not allow the devil to cause you to look at it that way , because much is going to be required of you, in how you dedicate your personal self to the things of God here in these last days. We are living in an hour of time when there are many professed-to-be Christians that are following the flesh of someone they love or respect. If they get angry at me because of something I teach, they just leave here and go somewhere else. Some have already done that, simply because they are following flesh, instead of being led by the Spirit of God. For that reason, I want to remind you of something the apostle Paul wrote to the Roman assembly, (Rom 8:14) “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” I am not preaching like this just to hurt people, I am preaching like this to let people know, that there is truth in this Bible that I understand; and it will guide the course of all who will let it. As for myself, I am not going to sell out to the devil, even if they all leave here and go some place else. I love my brothers and sisters, and especially the young people I am privileged to know and fellowship with, but I do know this, If the young people do not realize the importance of them having a personal relationship with God and being led by Him; and unless they know how to pray and talk to God, when dad and mom leave here, most of them will leave with dad and mom. What is the reason for that? There is not a revelation in them, to cause them to follow God’s word instead of human flesh. I have to say to all young people, For goodness sakes, know what you have in the Lord, know what you see, and know why you believe what you believe; and know for sure, that you are being led by the Spirit of God because you believe truth. You should not just sit down somewhere and keep asking everyone else, How do you see this and how do you see that? You have got to understand something that becomes a revelation to you, or you will be subject to those who would lead you astray for their own gain. That is why I have to say, When I woke up Monday morning, it was like my mind had been programmed with a thought and a picture. I do not want to hurt anyone, but I see an hour of time in front of us, when some will get their feelings hurt and say, He is preaching at me. Let me assure you, I am not preaching at any individual among you. I am trying to present to you a picture of something that has been made very clear to me; and I pray that you will absorb and draw from the picture, something you can apply to your individual life; and that it will cause you to want to draw closer to God and to the revealed truth of this hour of time. That is the only thing that will keep us stable in this hour of time just ahead.
EXAMINING WHAT WE HEAR BY THE WORD OF GOD
If we are always looking for something to get hurt about, the devil will be there to tell you, He is preaching at you; and you do not have to listen to anything like that: you ought to just get up and leave. I will say also, We are living in a day when women like to take over. I am not talking about all women everywhere, because I have a wonderful wife and four daughters that are not like that, but wherever you go today, you are likely to find women running the show. If you go into a bank, they are running it. Regardless of where you go, at least in this nation, that is what you find. We just had an election in this country; and just look how many woman are in the Senate and Congress now. The IRS is about fifty percent women. America is telling the world, This is democracy. Well I say, It is more like demon-ocracy. Churches are being run by women, which is against Bible teaching, but who is going to put a stop to that? It becomes a spirit that drives them. I believe that women can be spiritual, but I have to say also, Women are not in a position in a church to have dictatorial powers to dominate and influence others as to what they should or should not do. I do not want to see any woman come in here telling other women, Now if you don’t like what your husband believes, you know what you can do: you can leave him. That is nonsense. That is a spirit of the devil talking like that. No woman is going to have a revelation from the Spirit of God to influence another woman to leave her husband and go here or go there doing the work of God. The scriptures are not written that way. The Bible makes these things very clear, so only a demon spirit would cause a person to preach otherwise. How many know what I have said? Do I have to spell it out step by step for you? We are living in a day and hour of liberation, according to the laws of our society, but if God is going to direct a man to have a truth from His word to declare to others, He is going to expect that little woman to have an ear to hear what is being said, and also to understand. God does not call men just to have them operate in confusion and discord. I am thankful to God, that my wife never said, I am not going with you: I am going to stay here. She was the first one to say, You know we are going to have to get out of that Methodist Church. We both realized it and did exactly that; and we did not allow what our parents might think, to influence us. I am saying this for a purpose. We cannot allow our relatives to keep us from following God in truth. Therefore I say, Young sister, young son, if God has laid on your heart a truth that is to separate you from something, from your in-laws, your brother-in-laws, or mother-in-laws, or anything, then you must be willing to pay the price of separation. If it is truth you want, and it is truth you are going to live; and if you have determined to stand for that truth, you must determine also, not to let anything or anyone keep you from it. Your brother-in-law may say you are crazy, so when he takes that attitude toward you, it is time for you to say goodbye to him. I want to assure you, that this is a day and hour that what you believe, if it is revealed truth, is sooner or later going manifest openly and cause you to shine. I will feed this next question in, along with what we are saying. (The question) I believe what you have taught on this, but still I have heard some people say that the non-Bride saints of the great multitude (That is the ones right here- chart.) and the foolish virgins (and that is the ones that will give their life in the tribulation period, here they are standing on the sea of glass- chart) don’t have the Holy Ghost. Please explain. That is why I said awhile ago, I am going to drop a basket in your lap. The gospel, when it started here, nobody received the Holy Ghost other than those who would live to the potential they were enabled to. I said, Nobody received the Holy Ghost that did not live up to the potential the experience brought to them. God just did not give it to every little old pig and cat that came passing by. Are you listening to me? He allowed the gospel to pass through many conditions and man-made changes through the ages of time, but when we come through all this and we are in the era of restoration, the time when He is restoring back the true revelation of His word, do not forget, that over here, is where the harvest of it all takes place. The living people of this era right in here (chart-in this present hour of time) are the ones with whom it is all to be finished, and this element will see the fulfillment of what Jesus said in Matthew 13:41-43. “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; (How are they going to work? They will work through preachers that are called of God.) (42) And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (43) Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” This Bible reveals everything that is going to take place and admonishes us to follow truth, yet according to the words of Jesus, there will be those who will come along with an excuse. Did not Jesus say that some will come to Him in that day and say, Have we not cast out devils in thy name? Isn’t that the truth? Have we not prophesied in thy name? Isn’t that the truth? Have we not done many wonderful works in thy name? I have to say brothers and sisters, This is the day when all of that is taking place. You have preachers out here that have cast devils out of people, they have prophesied; and yes, done many wonderful things according to the natural way of looking at things. Is that not true? You everyone know it is. Well I want all of you to listen carefully to me, and do not look at me and say, Oh but they have a devil enabling them to do those things. If you think like that, you have the Bible going backward, because they will absolutely do those things by the anointing of the Spirit of God. Did not some say of Jesus one day, He casts out devils by the power of Beelzebub? How did Jesus reply to that remark? He said, If Satan cast out Satan, his kingdom is divided. Therefore I want to assure you that these things are not being done by the power of the devil. It is how God has anointed certain individuals to enable them to do these things, knowing they are not going to walk in the light of truth, so He uses them to bring about separation at harvest time. Do you understand what I have said? That is why you have men like Benny Hinn and so many more of them like him out there. I saw one of them the other morning, on TV. Why do you say that, Bro. Jackson? Look at the crowd that follows those ministries and judge for yourselves. I saw one woman sitting there crying and looking so holy, but she was wearing a sleeveless blouse; and you could see that she had a big tattoo on her shoulder. She had her hands in the air, worshiping God. The reason I am saying this, is because those preachers preach no standard of righteousness or anything that would lay a dividing line between right and wrong. They preach no revelation of truth, so those who follow them make their own judgment about what is right and wrong; and it is all done from a carnal mind. Those preachers preach a mediocre message to get folks interested in God and give them a religious thought or feeling. That is why Jesus said He would send forth his angels and gather out of His kingdom all things that offend; and them which do iniquity and burn them. That will be the tares of course. That is why I do not hesitate to say, There are hundreds, even thousands sitting in congregations this morning, that have no consciousness or knowledge of what a holy life is. They do not know how to present their bodies to the Lord as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him. Nothing like that is even preached to them. Well Bro. Jackson, you are mighty bold, to say that they are all tares. The kind I have described I say again without hesitation, They are tares, I said, they are tares, because they are not the drunks from the beer joint. It is people that can be touched by a religious spirit, but are never led to truth. That is why that gray horse rider is riding: to lead those who have no love for the truth right on in the road to destruction. He is rounding them up: that is his job. He is giving people false sensations. He puts a thought in their mind, You don’t have to be concerned about that, you just love your neighbor, just love everybody, love the Lord and everything will be alright. There are hundreds and thousands sitting in congregations today going along with this kind of gospel. He did not say He would send forth His angels and separate the beer drinkers, the John Dillinger types and the Al Capone types, did He? He separates the tares from the true seed. Brothers and sisters, you are living in a religious world, the cockleburs are growing head high today. How many know what I mean by cockleburs? If you get close to a horse that has been through a cocklebur field, and let him swat you in the face with his tail, you will soon know what they are: you will feel sure pain. That is our religious world today and I do not say that to belittle any individual.
WHOLESALE DECEPTION IN HIGH PLACES
We are living in a day when education has given everyone a mental opportunity to learn something, but if they do not have a hunger and thirst for the things that are important, they are not going to learn anything worthwhile. The devil can just pick them up and throw them into any kind of congregation and they will be satisfied, because it gives them the satisfaction of saying, I have religion, I love Jesus, so everything is alright. The sad fact is, That kind of attitude does not gain you anything beyond carnal recognition. That is exactly how and why many of those congregations today are being subjected to situations where some supposed-to-be preachers might say, The Holy Spirit tells me there is a person out there that has a terrible pain in your back and someone jumps up and says, Praise God! I am the one. In a congregation the size of many of those denominational churches, you could do that every service and it would get that response from someone. There are people in every service throughout the land, that have a pain in their back. I do not say that to make fun, but I say that to let you see that when we say the foolish do not have the Holy Ghost, we are only saying that they have not been filled with the Holy Ghost, as we find in the book of Acts: They have only an anointing of the Spirit, which in reality enables them to do many mighty works, but they do not have the full measure of that Spirit dwelling within them, or He would be teaching them all things, just like Jesus said He would; and they would not be foolish virgins or tares. (John 14:26) “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” When you are comparing wise virgins with foolish virgins, you have to be aware of the fact that the foolish have not been FILLED with the Holy Ghost like the wise have. When you are filled with the Holy Ghost, you are taught by Him, so that you do not have to depend upon what you can memorize. Anyone can sit under someone that is teaching according to revelation, and memorize what they hear, but if what you hear, does not become a personal revelation to you, the devil can take it away from you. On the other hand, when someone has a true revelation given by the Spirit of God, regardless of who it might have come through, the devil cannot touch it. He cannot take from you, a revelation that has become a part of you. That is our assurance. Therefore I want to stress the fact that all wise virgins have been FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST; and not just anointed as the multitudes are. Notice, as we read a few verses, that those first age, original Christians were all FILLED with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:4) “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (The reason I have always maintained that speaking in tongues is not evidence that those speaking are filled with the Holy Ghost, is because an anointing of the Spirit of God also enables one to speak in tongues and prophesy. Even the devil can enable his instruments to do likewise. Look how he was able to duplicate the signs God gave Moses and Aaron when they were sent to deliver the Hebrew people from the bondage of Pharoah. You must be FILLED with the Holy Ghost.) Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. (Acts 9:17) And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”I am trying to clarify this thing to help those who are truly concerned about understanding what is taught. One man wrote me and said, What do you mean by saying the foolish virgins only have a measure of the Spirit of God? I will use an illustration; and you must remember that God can do whatever suits His purpose; and we have no control over it. He knows who to fill; and He knows who to anoint without filling. Let us just say for illustration, that I go into a restaurant and say to the waitress, Don’t fill the cup up full, just give me a half cup of coffee. What did I actually say? I just asked for a measure of a full cup of coffee. That is how to describe a measure. How many believe what I have said? When God gives an anointing to those people who run here, there and everywhere, it is to produce the necessary separation, because we are in God’s harvest time. He just gives them a touch and that is all they need. Away they go. It is not that they have received His Spirit in the way wise virgins receive it: He has just placed an anointing upon them, and away they go, thinking that is all they need. When I look back to the years 1994 through 1996, which was when we had the moving of the Spirit here; and in some of the other churches we are in fellowship with; and then I think of the various ones that lay on the floor under the power of God; and how they would get up speaking in tongues, dancing and enjoying themselves, it gives me great concern now. Every time they came back to service, they were in the same shape, but saints I ask you, Where are many of them now? I know where some of them are: they are out in the world, living like the world. I just have to say, They did not receive the Holy Ghost like those did in the book of Acts, but there was an anointing that fell upon them at the same time the wise ones were being filled. Therefore both groups manifested the same way; and it was all by the Spirit of God. At a time like that, even tares get the chance to put on a show. How many know what I mean? That is exactly what has gone on in this world of religion for years now: God has allowed an anointing to fall upon a lot of people and they are looked upon as brothers and sisters of the faith of Jesus Christ, especially by the multitude they enjoy fellowship with, because it looks like they have the Holy Spirit. All their outward manifestations look that way, simply because God has just touched them here and there and allowed them to go on down the road of life believing they have all they need. God has used this means as a way to separate. He has been bundling tares for many years now, but we are at the end of the age, so there has to be a total separation taking place before the seven thunders begin to sound for the true bride Church. I do not mean to present false pictures, but we are living in a day when there is going to be a true separation, whether we like it or not. The true separation has got to be complete, because the wise virgins not only have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them, but they have a revelation and understanding of Bible truth, because they have allowed the Bible to speak to them. You cannot preach revelation out there in those big congregations, because they do not want it. They will not have it. To the people in the world that are hearing this today, I am not angry: I am just glad for the truth itself; and I am preaching it for all who will receive it. If I had to repeat it over again today, I would still say Goodbye dad, Goodby mom, I have to follow the Lord. Young people, you are living in an hour when others of the younger generation has risen up, some to be wise and some to be foolish. It is not because you heard the shout yourself, but you are now responding under the affects of what the shout was for. You have to make the choice yourselves, because no one is going to get a free ride on the faith of mom and dad. That is why I say, Young people, please, make sure you know what you believe and why you believe it. You do not have to yell and scream it, nor yell and scream because of the truth you stand for, but for goodness sakes, know what you believe and conduct yourselves accordingly. Do not let anybody talk you out of it. Be willing to say goodbye to dad, to mom, brother, sister, and all the rest that might try to hold you back from following truth. Now wait a minute Bro. Jackson, you can’t do that. Why can I not do that? Surely you would not say that I cannot repeat the words of Jesus at a time like this. What did Jesus say? I will read it to you. Turn to (Matthew 10:34) “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (35) For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (36) And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. (37) He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (38) And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” That is about as clear as it could be made: God must have first place in our life. He did not come to bring peace in His first advent, but to bring a sword. A man’s foes, or enemies shall be those of his own household. Dad and mom, watch how you speak to your children. If you dictate too much to them, those kids have a right to say, Mom, dad, I don’t want to listen to you anymore, because every time I get around you, you are preaching to me. That is the last thing on earth you should do. You are the last people your children are going to listen to concerning the things of God, if you have made a habit of preaching to them all the time. Teaching them right from wrong as they grow up is our responsibility as God loving parents, but when they grow up, if they are straying from those principles, do not just nag and preach to them every chance you get. Pray for them and trust God to work with them in conviction. That is the only way anyone is ever going to genuinely surrender to God, because it takes that conviction to cause them to acknowledge their need for God in their life. You may think that just because you raised your children up like, Don’t eat that green tomato, or cover your mouth when you cough, that when you are saying something to them out of the gospel it is the same. It is not the same. One concerns something going into their stomach, but when you preach the gospel, that is something that is going to affect their soul. That is why I say, When it comes to spiritual things, be careful how you talk to your children; you may only upset the apple cart. Young people I say to you, When you sit in a congregation, know why you are sitting there. Is it just an element of flesh that has drawn you there? If it is an element of flesh that has drawn you there, sooner or later God will take that person out of the picture and you may wind up following wherever he or she goes. I hope you understand what I mean. I do not want anyone to get hurt because of what I am saying, because I am not preaching it for that purpose: I am preaching it to let you know we are living in a day when we are all going to be touched by something. I had to look at this thing more than one way before speaking: Would I preach it or will I just shake it off and say, No Lord? If I don’t preach it, I will pay for it, but if I do, then I am not going to have tears flowing and someone else’s soul upon my shoulders. I hope you understand what I am saying. We are living in a day when separation is in the picture. I love my brothers and sisters, including all you young people. I would not do anything in this world to deliberately hurt any of you. I want to do everything I know to do, to explain these scriptures to you in a way that you can be sure you see them the right way. I will say though, that the most important thing is how God looks at you. He is the only one that already knows your destiny.
As I get back to another point of concern, some people will say, Well could there be some in that great multitude that have the Holy Spirit? We know this, the Bride seen in Revelation 19, not only have the Holy Ghost, they have a revelation also. That revelation is what separates them from everyone else; and that is why they are called wise. Where does wisdom spring from? This wisdom does not just come from your physical mind: there is a spiritual mind incorporated also. The fine linen apparel worn by the bride speaks of the revelation that is woven within the structure of the Holy Spirit they each received. That is why there are wise Christians, but as for all these others, no, you do not call them foolish virgins. This is where the foolish are, after the shout has come. This is a great multitude that has come out of every nation, kindred, tongue, not all at the same time, but as the gospel moves through time to get the Bride, so did it affect others that fall within this category. I will say this, Some of them received an anointing, which was God’s way of beginning to deal in their lives. But if that person never lived long enough to really get a revelation of what was going on in his or her life, they can have eternal life, but without any manifestation of spiritual gifts in a life, there can be no rewards beyond that. What I mean by that, you would have to read some of the anti-Nicene fathers’ writing to see how many times all Christians in certain towns were arrested and brought before the magistrates, some being new converts, while others had been living for the Lord quite awhile. They were all put in the arenas at the same time. The animals were turned loose and they were all killed, or in some cases burned at the stake. Therefore I say to all of you, Do not try to figure out whether this one or that one had the Holy Ghost. When we start doing that, we are wanting to know too much. It is God that looks on the scene, because it is God that put them in that group, not me. I pray you everyone realize that. That is why I say, If in this life, as we move toward this week of time, God can anoint certain individuals just with an anointing; and they can go out here and sway untold multitudes of people by praying for the sick, casting out demons, prophesying and all such, so that it touches the heart of multitudes, I have to say, He is like a man that goes into a restaurant and just gets half a cup of coffee. How many know what I have said? How many know what I meant by that? He thinks he has it all and convinces others that he does, but in reality he is just being used for this end time separation that had to come. He does not have a revelation: He just got an anointing that he ran the road with. That is why I said, There could be those that have a measure, but that measure does not bring a full revelation. The full revelation is something that only comes as God is allowed to teach and instruct His called out ministry. That is why I say this morning, To the living Bride people right now, this book is going to come alive, and it is going to talk to you for your individual edification and enlightenment. As it does, you are going to become more and more convinced that God is showing you something for your spiritual uplifting and growth. The more you feel uplifted, the more hungry you are going to become for it. It is just the opposite of that with the foolish virgins. They are just as content with a little something that can pacify the mind. I never realized I would be dealing with this at this time, but when I pulled this out of my library and saw that newspaper, I said, I remember, that in 1963 Bro. Branham began to talk about this spirit, what that gray horse rider would do. Now forty two years later, look what it has done. I have to say, Thank God for truth that the Holy Spirit can take off the pages and put in your spiritual mind and heart. It gives you a feeling inside, of knowing God has done something inside you that man cannot change or take from you . It is to make you and me more and more into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.
DO NOT BECOME LAZY
I want to say something to all of you in a true, godly, Christian way. I am thankful that God made it possible that Faith Assembly could be represented to the world in different places by the internet, through the means of a computer. I know there are many sitting in their homes tonight because they live in isolated areas where they do not have a place where they can go to church. I have received e-mails from them, telling how much they appreciate what they hear. I just pray that God will always help us present something out there that is true and uplifting. Allow me now, to say to the Faith Assembly people, I pray that we here in Faith Assembly do not go to sleep and find ourselves sitting at home, watching the service on the internet rather than assembling with your brothers and sisters. If you are sick, may God bless you in being able to watch it that way. I have a reason for saying this, because there is a scripture hanging before us, I believe it is found in Hebrews. Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is, seeing that day approaching. God called us as His children, into a fellowship. You and I know, if you are sitting miles and miles away in an isolated area and you cannot be in the fellowship of a body of people anywhere in this faith, but you have an opportunity to listen to it on the internet, may God bless you every one, wherever you live. However I have to say to those in the immediate area, Please, let us not go to sleep. When I look back twenty years ago, to a time when we had not even thought of an internet, and remember some of the old saints that started out with us, they had to be awful sick to stay at home instead of assembling with us. Usually, when they were not here, you knew they were most likely at home sick. I know it is mighty easy many times just to say, Well, I have to work tomorrow, so I think I will sit at home tonight and watch the service on the internet. I have to say to you, When I first started the church fifty years ago, I worked a lot harder in the field than any of you do in your office work today, or in a hospital or wherever you work. What I was doing, I was either out there combining soybeans or wheat, baling hay or picking corn. Many times I worked real late, came home right quick to get ready for church, and my wife would already have the cows milked, so I would clean up as fast as I could, jump in the car and come to church. I wanted to be in the assembly with my brothers and sisters, even if it was only a dozen. That meant more to me than anything else I could be doing. For me to stand here and look you in the face means a lot more to me, than being able to preach to you while you are sitting at home with your shoes off and your feet propped up on a footrest. You may relax and think, This is wonderful, to be able to listen to a church service like this. Well physically that might be the way you feel, but spiritually I will ask you, Were you able to shake anybody’s hand and say, Hello brother? It is easy to take for granted the opportunities we have through the internet, but let us not become lazy and neglectful. I thank God for it as I think of what it does for people who cannot attend meetings. If you become sick, may God bless you as you are able to sit at home and listen to the service. But please saints, we also need to understand that we have an admonition, Forsake not the assembling of ourselves together. I have to say, That is our first and foremost duty and privilege. We, as children of God ought to show interest, love and affection toward our brothers and sisters. The Bible is going to look right at us one day if we fail to. You would not like it if I said to Bro. Allen and Bro. Bud, From now on we are going to put a camera in our home and just preach from home and transmit it and let everyone get it however they want to. It is a two way street we live on you know, so let us treat church attendance in a way that shows we appreciate that privilege.
DO WE STILL HAVE FOOLISH VIRGINS IN OUR CONGREGATION ?
I will now get back into the line of the message we are dealing with. A sister told me tonight about an article in the paper, that made mention of these things we have mentioned, the dates and everything, and how that the pope was saying they were going to do everything in their power to extend the hand of fellowship to the denominational daughters, so they can come and fellowship. That is what it says right here in this article. This article was printed in 1962, but that council did not actually materialize itself, until about 1963 or 1964. Just think, that gray horse rider has been riding every day since then. In the line of some of the questions we were dealing with this morning, I have a question here and want to answer it as wisely as I know how. The question is, Can you be sitting here today in the Bride’s message, and be a foolish virgin, or are they all out in the denominations now? I am going to explain that by going to the chart. I myself represent that living generation that was alive and heard the man that brought a message, that became the message that drew the line for the fulfillment of Matthew 25, concerning the wise and foolish virgins. What we have to understand, is that many of those people that were back there at that time, would fall under the foolish and the wise categories, and they brought children into the world since then. How many know what I mean? That is why I said this morning, The foolish virgins were not all living on one side of the railroad track, and the wise on the other side. We were individual families, individual people, scattered throughout the world of religion. When that man came with that message, something began to deal with our inner being. Some that heard it, after a while soon forgot all about it. I met some of them later on. When my wife and I heard it, it was different with us. I look back at the condition we were in, going to an old sleepy denominational system of Methodism. Where we were going to church, there at Rogers Campground, according to the Methodist records of the state of Indiana, that is one of the oldest churches in the southern part of the state. It was named Rogers Campground for a reason. When that land was homesteaded way back there in the early days, a man that came there to homestead, owned many acres of land. There was no church then, so over a period of time, he being a Methodist, let it become known through the countryside that at a certain time in the summer season, he would make a way that people could come and make camp there. They would have a camp meeting; and some said it used to last two and three weeks. There is a creek nearby, where they were all baptized. In the years that followed, this man donated the land to be used for church grounds. The original building was a log building. It was not long until the log building was not big enough to accommodate those who went there, so they built a frame building in its place. Over a period of time, that building burned; and it was replaced by the building that is there on that site yet today. It still had a congregation when my wife and I were going there. When God touched our hearts and we saw the light of this truth and left the system, I remember saying to my wife, Honey, watch, we have left, but there will never be another Methodist pastor take this church over. It was not long until the young student pastor that ministered to the total charge of five churches, left. Finally they made a rule that the people that did still go there should go to the Elizabeth church. There have been other individuals that have opened it for services like a mission work, but not the Methodist Church. Today, the building sits there as a memorial to what Methodism used to be. I am thankful to God for bringing us out of the Methodist system. He awakened us spiritually and we saw the light of truth. Because of that, I am thankful to God He allowed us to begin to meet people from all different walks of life, as they came to gather around the ministry of Bro. Branham. What we must remember, is that the original shout came to only one generation of people, but it has echoed down through time allowing other people that have been born into those same families to come face to face with the same choice the original generation had to face when they heard the shout. That is why I have to say, Yes, it is alright to believe that there can yet be a young person sitting among us that is not in the bride’s message, and I do not say this to be picking on anyone. However we are everyone responsible to God for what we have heard, and for what we have done with it. You are responsible for how it has affected your inner being. This is a personal thing with each believer. No one else can decide for you. Remember, the objective of the gospel is to call out a people that will bear the name of Jesus the Christ, and be prepared and made acceptable as a part of the body and Bride of Christ. We are literally to exemplify Christ in our everyday Christian walk. As we look back to the old systems of religion we came out of, it is obvious that those systems are dead. Yes, I said they are dead. They are sitting full of people that are going through the rituals of some kind of worship service, but many of them sit there just enduring the rituals of it, not having any hunger and desire whatsoever to know truth. The biggest percentage are content with what little program they are entertained by. I want to say this again, There are not as many foolish virgins at large today, as you think there are. You see all that in that denominational structure and think that is all foolish virgins. They are not all foolish virgins. There can be a few individuals out there still yet, scattered in that, but the biggest percentage of that structure out there is nothing but tares. You say, Bro. Jackson, I know good people out there. Well I knew good people forty years ago too, but you could not tell them anything they would accept, and I dare say, You cannot find any out there today that will accept the truth. Try it. They will let you know real quick, I don’t want anything to do with that. They think you are a fanatic. That is why it behooves us to be very wise as to who we are talking to and what kind of religious conversation we are having with them. Some people have the idea, Well the Bible admonishes us to be a witness. Some people wind up being blabbermouths instead of a true witness of the mercy and grace of God. They think they know so much and that everybody has to listen to them. That is not being a witness. Being a witness many times is going down the road keeping your mouth shut and waiting for God to give you an opportunity to say something worthwhile. If God is in it, He will give you the exact opportunity to say something. If you say it wisely, God might use it to affect somebody for good. Too many times we take it upon ourselves to do something for God and we are out trying to preach to everybody we meet; and far too many times, telling them things we ought not be telling.
SOME PREACHING JUST STIRS EMOTIONS
Back in the 1950’s and into the 1960’s, there was a fellow that had been converted from the street gangs, the Switchblade Knife and such. His name was Nicky Cruz. Those people like that were caught up in a kind of religion that has everyone out somewhere beating their gums together, preaching to everyone who will listen to them. I remember back then, the testimonies that were written about this fellow and how the denominational churches would pay the way to fly him from place to place, so he could preach to them about how God had delivered him from the dope gangs and such. Well over a period of time, that served its purpose and then the man dropped out of sight. On the other hand, when God brought Bro. Branham upon the scene, he brought us a shout, something that truly served a prophesied purpose of God. His message has lived on through the years and awakened a people who are being made ready to meet their Lord. I am thankful that God woke me up, and I am thankful for every person that was awakened by his message to this age. Young people, be thankful for what you know you have, and be thankful for what you have learned in being faithful to God. You will soon realize what is taking place, as this spirit of separation continues to work among all who profess to be believers. That separation is going on right now and has been for quite a while. You do not just suddenly look up and see it, but it is affecting people everywhere. There are some people that are going to follow the flesh of some loved one, or someone else whom they have confidence in, regardless of what they hear. Wherever their leader goes, they follow right along. When my wife and I heard Bro. Branham, we had sat under Oral Roberts, Gordon Lindsey, W. V. Grant, Velmar Gardner, and many others. We were hungry for something from God that we did not have. When they were in Louisville at different times, after we had listened to them and watched the affect of their ministry, we came to a conclusion, that there was just one little man ordained of God to bring a message that we needed to hear. He delivered that message and we received it. He left a message in my heart, that eventually caused me to check off all those we had ran everywhere to hear. I said in my heart, This man brought a message that pointed me back to the Bible. Those others would just preach about Jesus, and they had a little program that to some people was very exciting, but when that was over, what you had heard was not sufficient to direct your spiritual life in a way that would lead you into real growth in the stature of Jesus Christ. I am thankful tonight, that since the death of Bro. Branham and many of the older element of believers that heard the shout, there is left a younger generation that has grown up and came into the knowledge of what the shout was all about. I am also thankful to God, that I have been privileged to meet many of them. I pray that God will keep on blessing them, helping them to see where the path of faithfulness to the revelation of His word is taking them. That is why I said this morning, Young people, be sure you know what you believe; and above all, be sure you know why you are sitting here instead of just following excitement. If you are just sitting in here because of an uncle, aunt, dad, or mother, you followed here at some time, you are very likely to follow them out if they decide to leave. If that is why you are here, I have my doubt that you have much to go on. I do not say that to belittle you, but you must be born again and follow the Spirit of God. The new birth does not always let you follow dad or mother. How many realize that? The new birth is an individual relationship you have between yourself and God. You are thankful for what He has given you, and you are thankful for the knowledge He has given you concerning true discipleship. If you are one of those that He has called to be a wise virgin, you are not going to be content with a little sermonette and a lot of man-made excitement. As you pray and study God’s word you find that what Jesus said in John 14, is really working in your life. (John 14:26) “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” No. It will not all happen in one day’s time, but it is the Holy Spirit’s business to let you come each day into the knowledge and accessibility of some truth in the word of God. That is why it is written in (Rom 8:14) “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. These are they that are going to be the wise virgins. That does not rule out the foolish one, so that we say they are not God’s children. They are God’s children, but there had to be a reason why they have been referred to as foolish virgins. It goes to show that their attitude is not the same as the wise virgins. They are not hungry for revealed truth. They go by sight, by feelings, by fleshly attachments, emotions and urges. You cannot follow somebody’s flesh and wind up a victor over the devil. The Bible goes against that altogether; and you everyone know it. We are to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in the light of what He reveals to each of us. I am saying these things tonight as humbly as I know how, trying to show people we are living in the season when God’s harvest is taking place. I can look back over these forty two years and I have to say, That gray horse rider has really been riding hard. It has galloped into every denominational realm on the face of this earth. Some of those congregations are very large, but notice when you watch them on TV, how the sermons they have on Sunday morning are very mediocre, just enough to pacify religious people who have no real hunger for the things of God. What those preachers preach, has no depth whatsoever. The people that sit there are actually sitting there being entertained mentally, with a very mild form of the gospel. If in those congregations, there happens to be a wise virgin that came in there as a young person, over a period of time such a one will begin to hunger and begin to seek something that is spiritually fulfilling. The same old diet, the same old menu, nothing new week after week, really whets a hunger eventually. Every time a wise virgin reads the Bible, they see that there is something going on scripturally, that they are not partaking of out there in those places. That is why I have to say tonight, We are in the final stages of separation, time is running out, so it behooves us to have our eyes open, our ears unstopped and ready to recognize what God is doing. I do not say these things to make anyone feel ashamed or little. I want you to feel lifted up and edified, because, when it is all said and done, the wise are going to shine like the stars of heaven. That is what the scriptures say. How many agree with that? Some people might say, He is telling me I have to go off and leave my dad and my mother in order to be in the bride of Christ. I did not say that at all, but I did say you have to have a personal relationship with God yourself; and it may eventually require you to go another way than what your relatives are going: You cannot get a free ride to glory, just by hanging on to someone else. It might have been through your dad or mother’s influence that you were led here, but there is no such thing as you falling heir to salvation and the plan of God, just because you are the son or daughter of Bro. and Sister So and So. It has got to be an individual thing, or you are not in the bride at all. If your attachment to your parents, or to anyone else would keep you from following the leading of the Spirit of truth, it may require you to separate from them. That is why many have had to break away from various attachments, because God requires first place in your life. I will go so far as to say, If there would be a foolish virgin sitting among us, I am not going to walk down the aisle and point my finger at you and say, What in the world are you doing in here? Why don’t you get up and get out of here? I am going to view you from the very best, the most positive side of everything until the Lord Himself puts you where you belong. I know that over a period of time as God allows truth to be preached by me, Bro. Allen or Bro. Bud, that truth sooner or later, is going to have a meaning to you, if you are a wise virgin, regardless of your age. However, if for some reason you begin to feel in your heart, Well there is just a lot I do not understand, brother, sister, I do not want to hear that, because I have heard many others say, God led me here; and the first thing you know, they have gone somewhere else. Are we supposed to go around pumping them and asking, What are you doing here? I have to say, If you are called of God as a wise virgin, somewhere down the line as you travel the pathway of life, something happens and God puts a hunger in your heart and there begins to be a question in your life, Lord, where do I belong? Lead me to where truth is. You do not come down the road yelling, Somebody take me to where the truth is. You just keep on praying and seeking God, and sooner or later God will lead you right in the door where you will find what your soul is hungering for.
TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE
When God leads you to a place of worship, you will not go there very long before you are saying, God led me here and I am enjoying what I am hearing. You might hear a few little things that are hard on the flesh, but please do not take offense at it. Wherever the word of the Lord is preached, there will always be times when what you hear is a little hard on our traditional ideas, but the truth will set you free from Satan’s bondage. I can take you back to when Bro. Branham lived and preached for an example. Many times, in the deep messages he brought, he would not say a half dozen words until he was talking about women’s hair. Some people took offense at that and said, Every time he opens his mouth, he is talking about women with short hair. Your attitude is important to spiritual growth. If you will sit and listen with an open mind, what is said will lead to a lot deeper things than that. However if something to get sore about was all you were listening for, it is always there. That is why I say today, I want to say everything I know to say, to give every person a chance to say we are here because God has separated us from the religious world out there, to be wise virgins. It is true, that we do not all learn at the same pace, but if we will be patient and wait on the Lord, sooner or later we will learn. When we first started going to the Tabernacle we heard many things that were strange to us, especially the serpent seed thing. When I began to hear Bro. Branham say those things, I thought, My! What is this? That was in the 1950’s, before they were teaching sex education in schools like they are doing today. I thought, Wow, this is really something. On the other hand I thought, Well it makes more sense than anything else I have ever heard along that line. It sure makes more sense than the serpent throwing Eve an apple to eat. Over a period of time we settled right in. If I had got sore at that, I would probably never have stayed for what I needed in my soul. I just put that in the back of my mind like a filing cabinet and said, Lord, there are things I do not understand, but one of these days, Lord, I ask you to help me understand this in the light of the scriptures. I thank God there came that day. It was just like the Lord said to me, Go get that which you have filed away. When I began to look at that in the light of the scriptures, there it was, the vindication I needed. That is the same way it is today, if you hear something you think is a little bit harsh or hard for you to swallow, don’t gag and spit it up. Put it in a filing cabinet in your mind and go on down the road of life. If it is truth you have heard, I guarantee you, one of these days when you think you have forgotten all about it, the Lord will say, Remember that? Now go get it. That is a promise of Jesus, that the Holy Spirit will teach every true believer whatever they should know of the things of God’s word. He will come into your life because Jesus said, Howbeit after the Spirit of truth is come He will teach you all things, and He will bring to your remembrance all things whatsoever I have told you, and He will show you things to come, past, present and future. That is the truth and we can depend on it. There are a lot of people sitting in congregations today, that are not hungry for past, present and future things in the Bible. There are some, when they have heard it once, they do not ever want to hear it any more, whether they understand it or not. I will say this, Don’t take an attitude like that, lest you wind up wanting to know something and it will not come the way you want it. People like that, could never explain the entire picture to somebody else who is a stranger to it no matter how hard they try. I am very thankful to be living in the hour of time I know we are living in, and to know we do not have fifteen years left, not even ten years. Have you been listening to the News? The devil is turning every kind of spirit loose in this world. Over here in Louisville, is the Presbyterian Church headquarters of America. They have been publishing articles and talking about how the Palestinians have been mistreated by the Jews. All of a sudden they receive some threatening words because of it. Evidently it is some Jews somewhere retaliating with some sort of remarks of criticism. It is coming in a way the Presbyterians do not like. I would just have to say to those Presbyterians, What in the world were you thinking and talking about in the first place? You do not even know the Bible, or you would not make such remarks concerning what is going on over there. The fact that you don’t even know the Bible, and therefore talk negative about the Jews, lets me know you are nothing but a bunch of tares. You are talking about something you do not know anything about; and you are inviting trouble for yourselves. I am thinking of another example of Satan’s maneuvering: How many have heard on the News, of the man in Holland who made this certain film on how the Muslims had been mistreating the Jews. When he developed this film, they then captured him and cut his throat. I am saying this to let you know we are living in a day when God is dealing with His people in different ways, to get them separated and grouped right where they need to be. That is because He is going to cause those who truly are wise virgins to shine like the scriptures say they will. When He gets all the tares out of our midst, we are going to know that it was God that did it, and not Raymond Jackson. Do you understand what I mean? I am not here to separate you: I am only standing here to give you truth as it comes out of this book. I was asked the question this morning, if the foolish virgins of this period of time did not have the oil, which is the Holy Spirit, then none in here would have the Holy Spirit. (Chart) But remember this, I have lived to see a lot of people out here in the denominational realm, so that is why I said this morning, I am not standing here to tell you they have the genuine baptism of the Spirit as John referred to it, but they have received an anointing, and God can do with His Spirit whatever serves His purpose. It did not start that way, but over here where He says He is going to separate the tares from the wheat, He has every right to use any means that is pleasing to Him, to do what must be done. That is why He said He would send first His angels (Angels always work through earthly vessels.) and gather out of His kingdom all things that offend. (Mat 13:40) “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. (41) The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; (42) And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” In another place it says, and gather the tares and bind them in bundles. ( Mat 13:30) “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” I believe it is very clear that separation is a work of God in the time of the end. I know it is hurtful to see it taking place, but that is out of our hands: It is not our decision to make. Yes, He uses men whom He anoints to preach truth; and it is the unadulterated truth of His word that make-believers cannot stand to sit in the midst of. Tares are found in more places than we can imagine. We are not commissioned to go out searching for tares: God knows where they are; and He knows how to get them bundled together.
THE DEVIL’S CHILDREN IDENTIFIED
Brothers and Sisters: I want to remind you that there is a vast difference between Christianity and religion. The devil has religious people scattered over the face of this earth. When you look at all those denominations out there in the world today, that have thousands of people sitting there in their services, do you think they are hungering for the truth of God’s word? Do not try to paint a picture to me, that a whole lot of them are foolish virgins. I know better than that. In most of those places, You are looking at great big bundles of tares that have already been gathered together. I know it is hard for some people to see that, because they look at the flesh and say, But Bro. Jackson, I know certain people out there, and they are good people. Shame on you. You do not even know what good people are. I should not have to remind you, that back in the days of the ministry of Jesus on earth, there were some good Jews in every crowd, but when that same crowd was exposed to the things Jesus taught, and they reacted as they did, what was His remark to them? You can read it in John 8:44. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. In the next verses He went right to the source of their problem: They could not stand to hear truth (45) “And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (47) .”He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Jesus did not hesitate to say to those who opposed Him, Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. That is why we are witnessing some of those same manifestations in our day, tares cannot stand to sit and listen to the true revelation of God’s word. That bunch did not want to hear or believe one word Jesus was saying, let alone witness the things He was doing. That is why they accused him, Oh He casteth out devils by the name or power of Beelzebub. That is why I say, In this religious world out there today, all that some of those preachers can preach is a little touch of divine healing and Jesus loves you, and He wants you to prosper, so you bring me a thousand dollars and I promise you, God will keep His promise to you and He will bless you with a big pay check next week. Does that sound like anything you have heard out there? I have heard plenty of it, when I was going everywhere searching for what my soul hungered for. How many know what I have said? That is about the extent of their revelation. It is not even in the scriptures like that. Therefore I say to you, We just as well accept the fact, we are not only in a harvest season, but it behooves us to search our own hearts. When I get on my knees to pray I say, Lord, help me above everything, not to have a selfish, greedy motive in my heart, that I would want to exalt myself above any other brother. Actually I am no better than the least of you, but when I look at the things God has allowed me see, even after the time when I used to say, The Bible ought to be in everybody’s home, but don’t get too close to it, He caused my eyes to be opened when His word was preached to me. I have had to get close to it, because something drew me to it. It was not me running after it just to see what I could find out: it was the Spirit of God that drew me to it. He has let me see things in here, that I want to use to help people see the right picture, as we all journey down this road toward the end.
ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT WHITE ROBES
I have another question here, and I think most of it was answered this morning, but I will read it and see. From the time of the shout to the beginning of the week, will there be foolish virgins as well as white robed saints come out of this period, or will it just be foolish virgins? I have to say this, If there are foolish virgins coming out of this period that has reached into another generation, it has to be the younger generation of the older ones that lived back here when the shout was made. Do you understand that? If you lived in the days when the shout came, and the days of the man that brought it, you would be an old man or woman now. Look at Bro. Glenn. Look at me: I am now 80 years old. I did not ask God to let me live until I was 90 years old. I never had any idea how old I would live to be. However as I look at how God has led me during these years since I began to hunger after His word, I have to believe God did it for a specific reason. I will say with all humbleness, God allowed me to be a witness of the man that was the vehicle He used to bring a shout to this age of Christianity. By His grace, He let me hear it in a way that kept me from getting my mind all tangled up about the shout, about the quotes, and about saying it exactly like the prophet said it. There are men out here today that can only say, The prophet said this and the prophet said that, but they know nothing beyond that. I am very thankful for the fact that God let me get beyond that satanic trap. I can say this also, If there are foolish virgins to come out of this period of time, it has got to be in the younger generation that has followed in the foot steps of the generation that actually heard the shout. How many understand what I mean? They that are foolish will be left here when the bride leaves. Once that week of time opens, there will be no more foolish virgins or any type of believing Gentile people produced. The people that are in this category were all produced before this week of time opens. Everything that is in this group as time runs out for Gentiles, will be foolish virgins and wise virgins: The wise virgins are going to be in the Bride and will be raptured. Right? Have you got that? When that week opens, all those in the category of the foolish are going to be in that group that goes through this period of tribulation and they are going to be martyred unless they die from something else first. Those that are martyred are going to be seen standing on the sea of glass when they are raised up. That is the difference between the foolish in the multitude and these on the sea of glass: Those on the sea of glass are martyred in the last half of the week of Daniel. They will all come out having the same kind of white robes. Why does God separate these from the others? There is a simple explanation. In one scripture, (Mat 19:30) we find these words, “But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” I used to read it like that and thought, That is confusing: what does that mean? It makes it sound like He is saying He loves the last ones better than He did the first ones back there. Well I now know that is not it at all. It is because these that are seen standing on the sea of glass, are those that are killed in the last half of that week and that is their spirits seen on the sea of glass. Some of them are Jews and the rest are foolish virgins that have come out of this era and come into here where they are killed. I want to say, There is not going to be as many foolish virgins as you think there are. Please, do not make the Bride a few hundred and the foolish virgins a few thousand. You confuse the picture if you do. I am going to say something later on, but to help you see this religious world out here, I will say this much, An awful lot of what you see out there in the religious world, may not be tares or foolish virgins: they may just be mortal people that by circumstances have been influenced and brought into this realm. They would rather be in there, than out there in the world. God will create a miracle war right here, (just before the week is introduced, and before Ezekiek 38 and 39 are fulfilled) and many will be awakened to reality. In the first half of the week when it does open, God seals 144,000 servants of the 12 tribes of Israel, that will fan out into all nations preaching the everlasting gospel when the antichrist breaks the peace covenant in the middle of that week. Therefore as that is preached, in all probability, some of those people that were not tares, nor foolish virgins, can hear the everlasting gospel preached, and that is God’s way of separating them and reserving them to become part of the mortal realm of the human race to be carried over and through all that is going on, and they become the individuals that Christ will come and rule and reign over. Also these martyred ones that are seen on the sea of glass, are resurrected first because God will use them to testify for or against the mortals that are separated as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats, as we see in Matthew 25:32, when Christ is upon His throne of glory preparing for His Millennial rule on earth. All those who were martyred in that period of tribulation, were witnesses and able to give testimony concerning how they were treated by those mortals that are being judged and separated.
SHEEP AND GOAT SEPARATION TIME
As Jesus gathers the mortals of the nations before Him, (Matthew 25) He will separate them as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats. Then He will say to the sheep, Come, enter thou into the kingdom that was prepared for thee from the foundation of the world. Oh what basis did they find they were chosen? Because here stands these that were martyred in the tribulation hour, and Jesus will say to the sheep people, I was hungry and you fed me, I was in prison and you visited me, I was naked and you clothed me and so forth. The mortal ones that fall on the sheep side will say, When did we see you this way? Then Jesus points to those spirits seen on the sea of glass and says, “Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Are you getting the picture? He judges the living element of mortals of the nations to select those who will pass over into His Millennial reign for the purpose of repopulating the earth; and He judges them by their works and their social behavior, as is testified to of the martyred saints of the time just before that time when these mortals had to make a choice as to whether they would minister to those the antichrist had condemned to death, or whether they would refuse to help them. These sheep-like people had made their best effort to help those who were eventually martyred; and those of the goat-like nature had refused to minister to their need in the time of distress. That is why I say, Let us not try to get this entire picture all explained and settled to our own understanding, when after all, I am not God; and only He, knows for sure how all of this will turn out. God is the final judge and I am thankful He knew from before the foundation of the world who to include in this group; and I am also thankful that He saw fit to give us a profile of how the end time wrap up will be. How many believe He has done that? He knew who to include in this group from there through this period of time. He had every right to put each one in the group they are placed in. He knew exactly the ones that would go through here and be on the sea of glass, but He also knew who these Jews were, that were under the altar. Therefore I can say to you, All of them has their names written in that little scroll. Furthermore do not give attention to these who would argue that the mighty angel of Revelation 10:2 is holding a little book in His hand: It is a little scroll in His hand. That is why we show a scroll on our chart. I know the King James version of the Bible expresses it as a little book, but in the original manuscripts it was a scroll.When that angel came down, as it shows in Revelation 10:1, and cried with a loud voice, it was a scroll open in His hand, because that last seal had been broken, revealing all the names written therein. I trust that you everyone understand that by now. It has only been changed from a scroll to a book, after books came into accessibility, and that was after the introduction of the printing press. It was only after that, when this verse began to be read as a book instead of a scroll. I will say this, All that are truly foolish virgins, by the time we reach the hour where the rapture does take place, from here to here, that ends the producing of foolish virgins. How many realize that? Now from here on, we have to realize it is what they face, it is what they see, it is what they hear, and how they are dealt with through this first part of that week, that really has a meaning over here. (Matthew 25) Let me say this tonight, Some people have it all confused, but how are the foolish virgins going to die if they live here in America? This is all in response to a question that has been asked. In this fourth seal we read, And when He had opened the fourth seal I heard the voice. This is the only beast that John actually mentioned hearing the voice of, when the seal was opened. All the others, he just heard the beast say, Come and see, but attention was drawn to the voice, of that fourth beast, which let me know that with the introduction of this beast, which was represented by the head of an eagle, there was the voice of a messenger on earth; and he was that voice that was expressed through that prophetic office he held. John then said, And I looked and behold, a pale horse and his name that set on him was Death, and hell followed with him. Keep in mind, that Death and Hell is what follows as this horse comes upon the scene. At first, this is just a deceiving, a misleading spirit, working in the religious realm to bring everybody together. Nothing is being said about Death and Hell following at first, but the end results, as he successfully unites and binds them all in the bundles in those religious systems, then over here in this period of time is where He is going to carry out the rest, because that is when the antichrist is going to rise up to slay, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth, anyone that claims to have faith in God. The uninformed, people without true revelation of the word of God used to say years ago, that the antichrist will rule the world over. No, he will not rule the world over. You are not going to get all those millions of Chinese to come under the authority of the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church. How many know what I have said? The name of the pale (grey) horse rider is Death, and Hell followed with him; and power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, so that tells you geographically, where this horse, in that final dark hour of tribulation, really executes and accomplishes the end purpose. That will be in Europe, and the Middle East where Israel is. How many heard me? It does not include America in any way at all. I know there are many, sitting somewhere thinking there are about ten thousand foolish virgins here in America to be killed. Well that is not right. First of all we must be aware that there will not be any more foolish virgins than there are bride saints by the time the rapture is taking place; and the ones that are foolish, will go through this part here, (the tribulation) ,but I will say this. Some of them are going to die by natural causes. Do you think everybody has to die by a sword or a bullet? I do not believe all of these back here, (chart- those in the great multitude) were burned to death. I do not believe everybody in the Bride was killed with a sword. However as I study the history, I find that many of them were. Many died a natural death. Let me also take you to Europe, in the fourteenth century, when the black plague hit like it did. One third of the European population died by that epidemic. Think of it. You may not like to hear this, but I am not so sure that America will not be doomed to suffer with some plagues between now and then. How many understand what I am saying? America, the greatest nation on earth, has sold out to this European system, this beastly system, the world system. America has now sold out to the devil and the world system. You who were wondering how everyone is going to be killed during the tribulation period, if you are in the Bride, you are going to be in heaven during that time, so do you mean to tell me you will be up there on the balcony of heaven, walking around and looking to see how many are killed down here, and how they meet their death? If you are thinking, Now I just don’t think that is right: here I am up here enjoying myself, but why are they all being shot down there? That kind of attitude is what causes me to say, Let’s stop trying to find out every little detail of what will happen to this group and that group. We must learn to let the God of our destiny do as He alone has determined to do.
THINGS WE KNOW FOR SURE
I am going to say something that may sound a little strange to some. All who are of the bride, are going to understand everything about these seals, from the time way back here when the white horse rider rode, (him being a spirit sent out to deceive many and cause them change the meaning of that which is written in God’s word) all the way through the last one. That white horse rider sure succeeded in his mission. By the time we come to 90 A.D., when the apostle John was writing his little epistles, the Christians were already faced with a trinity, which was a perversion of the revelation of the godhead, that was understood by every first age Christian. Having come through our period of spiritual blindness, we are thankful to God, because He has restored to us the knowledge of truth, and allowed us to have a pure revelation of His word as time closes out for Gentiles. I am so thankful to God tonight, that I know what that treasured truth is. I also know there is something getting ready to take place in this world; and when it does, there are going to be thousands of people crying and begging for mercy. When I watch the News and see what is going on in the world right now, I just have to say, The Jews were a nation established by God in the Old Testament, to carry the revelation of the existence of the truth of God. Look what they did, and look what happened. Here in the Christian era, coming out of the Dark Ages, in 1520 the Reformation started, and back in 1492, the new world was discovered. By the time we came to 1700, God had established the birth of a nation here in this wilderness country, founded on the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, right here just before the end, look what is going on in the Middle East. The Jews are struggling, trying to hold on to every little square foot of land, and they are fighting an enemy, the Palestinians, that believe that land belongs to them. Here we are, a nation founded under the leadership of the Spirit of God, according to the principles found in the gospel of Jesus Christ, a nation that became the greatest nation on the face of God’s green earth: Yet we have witnessed in the last fifty years, our nation doing exactly what Israel did hundreds and hundreds of years ago. We have sold out to the devil; and now we are both (Israel and the U.S.) involved in the Middle East conflict where the pot is boiling hot. Is this a coincidence? I have to say, No, absolutely not! Where our leadership is saying, Oh, we are going to get rid of world terrorism, I say, No, you are not going to get rid of terrorism. God is going to get rid of it, but it will be in His time; and to fulfill His purpose. He has a way to do it. His formula is a sure thing, and when the time comes that God is going to strike this thing, there will be people out there in the world society, even in the religious realm, that are going to cry and wail, because they did not see or understand how God could do this thing. When that Mideast situation is turned around, it will be God that turns it around; and no body of politicians will be able to take credit for it. I say to believers around this world, Do not loose faith in God’s ability to take control: Remember what He has been revealing to us in these last number of years. We know what events to look for next; and we already know how the entire situation is going to turn out. May God be praised! Hallelujah!
WATCHING HOW CONDITIONS CHANGE
I know we have been on these seals a long time, but there is so much related to each one of them, that I feel it is necessary for us to have a picture of what has been going on through the ages of time. Remember also, that it is when we get here to the end of the age, that John was told to take the little scroll that was open in the angel’s hand and eat it. Ezekiel was told the same thing one time; and he said the same thing John said, that in his mouth it was sweet like honey. Then it was said to him, that he would prophesy to the house of Israel. I have to say to you, this world is getting in a very wicked shape. I saw a News report this morning, of a lot of people in the streets burning flags, an anti-American demonstrations going on. It was also said last night, China, in the light of America the way it is today, would gradually begin to turn to the South American nations for trade and forget about America. The American dollar is going down. It is losing its value. I have always felt, at least since WW2 when the American dollar came up, that the time would come when it would be devalued. It has been the world’s stabilizing monetary means for sixty years, but if America is to go down and out as a big leading power, her dollar will go too. Let us not take too much for granted, because things can change. We have had it good for a long time, but we may not always have it this way. Now turn back with me to the seals, found in the 6th chapter of Revelation. I want to read the fifth seal again. There is something in here, I want us to look at very closely. “And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, (Here is the part that stood out to me this week, They have cried, How long, O Lord, before you judge those that slew us? (That is my words.) Before anything else was said, angels came and put white robes on every one of them. Then there was a reply to their question. It was said unto them that they should rest for a little season.) until their fellow-servants (notice the word fellow-servants) also and their brethren, (there is a distinction between the two words) that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” When I looked at that, keep in mind, it is true that in 1963, we were given the revelation of this, as God, through His faithful servant, brought it out for our understanding, that this was the Jews crying out to the Lord, that had perished in the holocaust. Well that group actually represents all the Jews back through time that have perished under similar conditions. It was said to those that perished in WW2, that they should rest a little season until their fellow servants also, and their brethren that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Let us understand that these fellow servants are not just any Jews: That is pointing to the two prophets (Revelation 11: 7) that will be killed in the middle of the seventieth week of Daniel. The revelation did come to us in 1963, which was roughly nineteen years after WW2 had closed. Nevertheless keep in mind though, that these souls under the altar that are crying out, were martyred during the years from 1939 to 1945. That is when the WW2 period ran its course. From that period until the end, is the little season, because that matches up exactly with Matthew 24:34, where Jesus had told all the signs that will lead up to the end time; and then, What did He say? He said, This generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled. When you take Matthew 24:34, and this right in here, it all pertains to the same span of time. Why do I say that? Because the conditions that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24, all started in the WW2 period and have really accumulated since that time. So here are two prophecies that are pointing precisely to that little season, and the one ties it to a generation, which lets me know the world is moving rapidly toward the climax of all these things. There is no need of us thinking it is going to be another fifty years. That would go against the word and the word will not fail, if you understand what I mean. It has all got to come about in continuity with what is written. With this in mind, let us come back to this gray horse rider and the end result of his ride.
COMING BACK AGAIN TO THE GRAY HORSE
Last Sunday, I brought this book on Catholicism to read from. I just made reference to the newspaper I had, that was printed in 1962, when the pope was going to put out his plea for a great ecumenical council. I have to say this morning, Forty one years have come and gone since that thing was set in motion. Now we have newspaper clippings confirming the fact that it was the Catholic Church that was putting out the plea for the Protestant daughters to come home. I have been asked the question concerning this gray horse, Does that mean it has a little of the black horse in it? It sure does. What we must keep in mind though, is that Catholicism in 1962, began to change some of their formula in order to win the daughters over and get them coming home. That has been going on for the last forty one years. I want to read this now, showing this gray horse. After forty one years, that gray horse has galloped over the face of this earth, and it has fulfilled precisely what Catholicism intended it to do. Notice, “And when He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.” This fourth seal, I ask you, When was it opened and put in motion? It was not opened until we come into the 1960’s. How many realize that? The fourth seal had nothing to do with anything that took place back here: All of that was done in the time of the white, the red, and, or the black. It comes right in here, in this present generation. When Bro. Branham brought the revelation of that out, that gray horse rider had already begun to make its appearance upon the horizon of time. In the forty one years since then, it has gone into the denominational churches of the world and it has succeeded in fulfilling what its aim was. Let me finish reading here now. Verse 8, “And I looked, and behold a pale (gray) horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, (I have been asked in a question, about the scope of its influence.) to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” That is pointing to what that horse rider, along with all the other unification, will do in the tribulation hour upon this earth which is just ahead. It will line up with the European system and it will have power to execute, create martyrdom over one fourth part of the earth. We have to realize that this pertains to Europe and the Middle East, right where the old Roman beast rose up in the first place. Then following that, Catholicism takes over. A lot of people will say, Bro. Jackson, how are the foolish virgins in some of these other areas of the earth going to perish? If you listen carefully to what I am saying, I think there is an answer we can look at in the right way. I want people to forget the idea that there will be thousands of foolish virgins here and there. Get that idea out of your system. You better pray that you are not here during that tribulation hour. When that tribulation hour sets in, we need to keep in mind there are three and a half years that precede the tribulation part of that week of years. There is going to be a lot of things enacted politically that are going to make a lot of weak minded people compromise; and they will join up and look for the easiest way out. Having said that, then I pray that I can give you a little thought to go by. Let us look at this gray horse again: Its rider is riding all over the earth today. You and I are inexcusable, if we fail to recognize that. We are without excuse. There is just no reason why we cannot see it like it is. I have to say as humbly as I know how, It is out to deceive as many as possible; not like the white horse rider did, which was sent out to challenge the revelation of the word of God. This gray horse rider has but one purpose; and that is to convince supposed-to-be Christians that they already have everything they need. If you are a good Methodist, that is all you need. A good Baptist, that is all you need. A good Catholic, that is all you need. These systems that started out as Protestant Reformation, as well as some that have sprang off those groups, are all referred to in Revelation 17, as harlots. Why are they called that in the word of God? Because they are all basically just like the old mother they sprang out from, which is Roman Catholicism, which is contrary to the purpose of the true Christian Church of the living God. They are all selling out, to go back and be with mommy in the great unification. We everyone need to become alerted to the fact that we do not have to look for another ten years of this thing that is going on before we recognize it and know what it is designed for. It is out there to deceive everyone that is not grounded upon the true revelation of God’s word, so this is a time to get real with what we profess to believe. Every one of these ecumenical groups and gatherings are designed by the devil, to draw as many as possible back into the fold of the old mother of harlots. That spirit is in all these religious, ecumenical things that are going on. They can talk about healing and speaking in tongues and things like that, because all of that will go right along with their overall purpose. That is why Jesus said, that in the last days He would send forth His angels and gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and then, (only then) shall the righteous shine. We want to remember also, that the gathering of the tares is for one purpose: They are to be bound in bundles and burned; and this ecumenical spirit of Satan is what is gathering great multitudes of them together to be bundled. Jesus Himself, said He would send forth His angels to bundle the tares and burn them. He was comparing the tare type of people to the tares that grow along side the wheat in a field and He said, (Matthew 13:40-42) “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. (41) The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; (42) And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” He is giving anointing that enables those upon whom it falls, to be able to influence unsuspecting souls to follow after what they are promoting; and the ultimate result, is that all those who love excitement more than they love the truth of God’s word are bundled together to wait for the end. They think they are the ones that are right; and that all of us are nothing more than fanatics, people who have gone off the deep end. Well as I have always said, Just stick around and you will see who is on the right side. Those who are on the wrong side are being bound into bundles to be burned. I take no pleasure in knowing or saying that, but I stand steadfast on what God has shown me from His blessed Word; and therefore I am not going to be responsible in failing to preach what He gives me to preach. I just have to say again, This gray horse rider has been responsible for uniting these systems of religion and getting them back into fellowship one with another. In fact, they look at you and me as if we are some crazy person, if we do not run and join ranks with them. I am thankful to God this morning, that He has let us see something in His Word that warns us to stay away from those things. They may look at us and say, You are just a bunch of fanatical people, but we know we are not. We everyone ought to be thankful to God this morning; that He loved us and made a way for us to be found faithful to Him in this crucial hour of time.
KEEPING OUR GUARD UP
I want to take you back and show you that white horse again. There are a lot of things that has come to me in the past few days, and each one causes me to have something to say. We can think of the godhead that white horse rider attacked. That was the major and most damaging attack on Christianity. During that short period of time still in the first age of Christendom, I want to show you from the scriptures, which was sixty some years, what the devil had already done to pervert the true revelation the first Christians had. If he can do that in sixty some years of Christendom back then, what do you think he has done in forty some years of Christendom in this late hour just before the Lord returns for His bride. The devil’s attack is no different, except in the methods used. Turn with me into 1st John. This was written in 90 A.D., six years before the book of Revelation was written. John, at that time, saw this spirit of antichrist, that white horse rider, how it was affecting the then living generation. I have to say as I look at our day, That gray horse rider is riding just as close to our ranks today as the white horse rider did back then, when John wrote this. (1st John 2:18-19) “Little children, it is the last time: (Now if he could say that after only sixty three years of the history of the church, think what could be said today, after almost two thousand years of Christianity.) and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; (not just one, but many, because it takes the many, to lead up to the one that will be in the last days) whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us.” Now let us go to the 4th chapter, verse 1, where John says this, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” Here, he is confirming the fact he recognized something had already been running the religious world in circles. Let us now go to 2nd John, verse 7. “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. (This is the way they attacked the godhead revelation.) This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” All of that was said by John in 90 A.D., so let us go back and see how Paul dealt with the same situation in his epistles. He was constantly dealing with somebody that was out trying to take a lot of the Law and mix it with Grace. We still have them doing that today. I do not point my finger at any certain person, but at the spirit of the system, that makes it act like that. In the book of Galatians, chapter 1, verse 6, Paul said to the Galatians, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel.” Do you know, when I look out over the world today after God has sent a prophet forty some years ago, we still have that same kind of spirit running rampant. They go around saying, The prophet said this and that. Then another one will come right behind that one and say, The prophet said this, but when you begin to look at them all, and at what each one has said, it is nothing but confusion. That is because each carnal mind takes what he sees and gets a revelation of his own, not even attempting to line it up with the scriptures. (verse 7) “Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (Now notice what Paul said) But though we, or an angel from heaven, (Paul was so confident that the things he had taught in the different places up until that hour, were absolutely according to divine revelation, and therefore one hundred percent truth, he did not shun to denounce those who spake otherwise, saying, I will read the first part again.) But though we, or an angel from heaven , preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” That is what Paul thought about that kind of perversion of the word of God in his hour. When we take that and go to the epistle of Jude we find this, and as I was reading it, I could not help but realize we have a lot of the same things taking place in this very hour of time. Jude wrote here in (verse 3), “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” It was from this verse that we got the title for our paper, The Contender. “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Now if you read on through there, you see him explaining something, but let us go on a little further here. “Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, (It got so bad that there was an element of people that had crept in, having nothing but carnal dreams and revelations that were upsetting the entire church.) despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.” Now go on down to the (11th verse). “Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, (He is bringing this in for a comparison.) and perished in the gainsaying of Core. (Now he comes to the present hour.) These are spots in your feasts of charity, (They had already crept into the ranks of the Church. And because they believed like that, Jude compares them like this, These are spots in your feasts.) when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: (They sit there believing their rotten ideas, thinking they are justified, everything is going to be alright, and that God is going to overlook it, so they are feeding themselves with the saints without fear. They sit there and smile, Praise the Lord.) clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea.” He uses many illustrations of what that kind of person is like, sitting there in the ranks of the true believers, actually eating and drinking damnation to their souls. They were already in there, in only sixty some years of the existence of Christianity. Do not tell me there cannot be the same kind of spirit get on individuals among us in these last days. How many understand what I mean. Let us go to the (17th verse). “But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers (imitators, professed believers) in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. (He is pointing to our day.) These be they who separate themselves, sensual, (or carnally) having not the Spirit. (Now that is the truth.) But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” I have to say, If all these scriptures I have read to show you how that white horse rider had gotten in among believers back there, and then by the time we come to 96 A.D., when John had been given the revelation written in what we call The Book of Revelation, Christendom had already become infiltrated with that category of pretenders. Just think of it, what happened in sixty some years. Well we have had forty one years since Bro. Branham brought the message of the seals. Over this world today, there is every kind of person, with every kind of supposed-to-be revelation you could imagine, and just look what that kind of idea about handling the word of God has produced. It is a pitiful shame. That is why I say this morning, As God puts His end time Church together, we are going to see how Satan will attack the flesh, and see how confusion and false pretending will drive some to great extremes. As I stand here today and make remarks like this, please, I want you to know I am not going to walk back and say, Hey you, get out of here, you are not this and you are not that. God never called me to do that. He called me to preach and stand for the truth of His Word.
Last verses of August issue below.
GOD IS VERY GRACIOUS; HE GAVE MANY PEOPLE A CHANCE TO RECEIVE HIS WORD, THAT ARE SITTING SOMEWHERE TODAY, WITH NO MORE REVELATION THAN A JACK RABBIT HAS. NOTICE, “BUT WHEN THE COMFORTER IS COME, WHOM I WILL SEND UNTO YOU FROM THE FATHER, EVEN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, (THAT IS THE ONLY THING HE WILL BRING TO YOU, TRUTH, NOT ERROR, NOT A CREED, NOT A DOGMA, NOR A SUPPOSITION.) WHICH PROCEEDETH FROM THE FATHER, HE SHALL TESTIFY OF ME: AND YE ALSO SHALL BEAR WITNESS, BECAUSE YE HAVE BEEN WITH ME FROM THE BEGINNING.” I HAVE TO SAY, IF THEY HAVE SO MUCH OUT THERE, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU OUGHT TO HEAR SOME BIBLE, SOMETHING PROPHETIC-WISE THAT THE SPIRIT IS GIVING THEM. CONTINUED NEXT ISSUE
WHAT SPIRIT ARE YOU FOLLOWING?
Instead of God giving them revelation of His word, He is blinding those who have no love for the truth. They are too set on the practice of keeping up on worldly styles and being like everyone else they see on the streets and on TV. Please brothers and sisters, I am going to walk down this aisle and plainly tell you why some who profess to be believers do not dress any different than the world. They cut their hair, they fix their hair certain ways, they tattoo themselves and go to these so-called churches, looking just like those on the streets they came off of. Why? Because the Holy Spirit cannot teach them anything. What they have received from God has mislead them, simply because of their attitude. They are deceived, they are blinded; and it is all because of the gray horse rider promoting this idea of ecumenicalism. You may say, What is that gray horse rider trying to accomplish? His purpose is to mislead professing people who have no love for the truth of God’s word. The aim of the white horse rider (antichrist spirit)of the first seal, was to attack and pervert the pure revelation the early Church started out with. The aim of the gray horse rider, (antichrist spirit) is to mislead all those who try to love everyone and have no regard for the true purpose of God concerning the gospel of Jesus Christ that they all profess to believe. That spirit is not interested in making them bums, drunkards and bank robbers: It rides hard, to deceive them, to mislead them in an hour when God is separating out a few that is going to be His Bride. The Holy Spirit was given to teach you all things. That is what the scripture says. Let us go to the 16th chapter of John, starting in the 12th verse. “I have yet many things to say unto you, (The scripture that was for believers of that hour, is the same scripture given to us for this hour. I have yet many things to say, but then what?) but you cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: (There is no such thing as, He takes you to a certain place and leaves you sit there the rest of your life, wondering and worrying about everything imaginable. He is obligated to teach you all things that are reasonable and essential for the hour you live in, if you will allow Him to do so. He shall guide you into all truth .) for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” Praise God, that pertains also to prophetic writings, if you have a ministry before you that will listen to Him, and you will allow God to speak to you. Let us go to St. John 17:19, for our next reading. This was uttered by Jesus just before He was going to Calvary. “And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. (Not their church creeds, but through the truth.) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: (That points down through the centuries of time right on to our day.) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” Brothers and sisters, let me take you back to 1963, which was after the ministry of Brother Branham had been on earth for a number of years. God used that man through the manifestation of a gift of healing, which drew the attention of people in every denomination during those years. All over the country of America, people in the back woods, in the deserts, eventually heard about this unusual man with this unusual ministry. If they were hungry for the things of God, and if God was dealing with them, sooner or later they would wake up and make an effort to see for themselves. On the other hand, if those who heard about him were not truly seeking after God, to them it was just another one of those things, here today and gone tomorrow. I can personally testify to this though, Out of the denominations in the later 1940’s and on into the 1950’s, they came by the carloads to hear him. They came to see and hear a little man God was using. Some got their eyes open and said, Yes, this truly is of God, but others went back home saying, There is no need of me going any more: I am just wasting my time. I have to say, Everyone whose names were in that scroll in the hand of Jesus, sooner or later came to hear that little man if it was possible for them to do so. Of course, when I say that, we all realize there are a lot of young people following truth that were not even born yet in the days of Bro. Branham’s ministry. That is completely understandable, but we must keep in mind, that those people that did receive the message God sent him with, which was the revelation for that hour, became the potential body of people that corporately were the energized portion of the body of Christ. That was the starting point. From that time on, which is more than forty years, I thank God that there has been young people born that He has dealt with and led into truth, just like the girl from London that I spoke of. Look where she was raised up, and what all she had gone through, and look at what all she had heard. Do not tell me God is going to let her just sit there and starve to death. She had a hunger, she had a thirst and wanted to know something. Why does not everyone else have the same idea and desire? How many understand me? Why is there not hundreds and thousands more in England with the same desire? It is because the Spirit of God cannot touch them; and the reason for that, is because they have no hunger. In large families, there are times when only one or two of them are interested in the things of God. Regardless of that, God knows where every predestined seed of His is abiding and He knows how to get in touch with each one.
VAIN WORDS SPOKEN
I will never forget how that doctor of divinity that edited the Church Ages Book back in 1966, stood in the Branham Tabernacle pulpit and said, God will no longer speak by dreams and visions, and there is no more revelation, and there is no more to be saved. Those remarks came from the mouth of a doctor of divinity. That is what comes from a theological mind. At the same time, down on the streets and in many other places, there were young people that had not yet been dealt with by the Spirit of God. They were not going to listen to that kind of talk. As they got a little older, it was not long until God began to knock on their heart’s door. I am thankful for every young person sitting in here; and for all wherever truth is taught. You are not here by chance: It was ordained of God. Do not tell me they are only here because their dad and mother are here. If that is what your attitude is, you yourself will not sit here always, because you are not inheriting the kingdom of God on the basis that your parents are true children of God. Every individual must have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, and must have a revelation of God’s word because of God Himself dealing with him or her. The hunger in your heart brings questions; and God sees that you sooner or later get those questions answered. He has to teach you something as you seek Him. He teaches you, because He, Himself actually puts a hunger in your heart that creates questions, and questions sooner or later demand answers. The answer brings you an understanding. It is enlightenment and edification. I have to say this morning, that for more than forty years, this gray horse rider has been riding. Its purpose was not to make more drunks, more prostitutes or anything like that: the purpose has been to deceive all who profess to be Christians. Where has he been riding? Not in the beer joints, but in church houses of the denominational realm. He comes in with a false revelation, a false impression and it gets into the minds and hearts of the people and closes down any true testimony they ever had. He does not tell you not to worship the Lord, but rather, Go ahead and worship the Lord, He wants you to worship Him. That is his deceiving tactic, because everything else in the scripture that pertains to a true revelation, He shuts it out of your mind by the things that are promoted in ecumenicalism; and you no longer have a revelation of how to present your body a living sacrifice, holy, clean and acceptable unto the Lord, which is your reasonable service. ( I am speaking this concerning those that it applies to; and not to truth loving saints of God.)You soon get so you do not dress right anymore: you just dress any old way the rest of the world society dresses; and that is why you can go into their crowds and see women sitting there with blue jeans, a tight sweater, tattoos on their ankles, rings in their nose, their tongue, their ears, and it is like that in the church houses just about anywhere truth is not honored and adhered to.
WORLDLY THOUGHTS AND LEADINGS
Friday, I went to a Wal Mart store: I was in an aisle picking up certain things to put into my cart. I turned around and started down the aisle and out of a side aisle came a young mother about 19 or 20 years of age, pushing a baby cart. That young woman had a little thin dress like a night shirt, no straps on the shoulders, it fit around the breasts so tight that her breasts were what held it up. It came down to about here: (which was extremely short). You could see her flesh reflected through that thin little thing. In the outline you could see her little panties underneath. Here she was, pushing the baby cart down the aisle just like anyone else. Young women, listen to me, and listen carefully, This is not a time to be taking clothes off. I also saw a big fat man almost naked the other day, when it was terribly cold outside. I just thought, You ought to freeze: I had a coat on and needed it. He came out of Wal Mart wearing a pair of short shorts, just as though it was warm outside. This is the day and hour people want to go naked regardless of everything else and will say, I’m hot. You’re not hot: the devil has you deceived. The devil is going to strip you down, he is going to take everything off of your body, and also everything of a decent nature out of your mind, so that your mind is bare also. There is only one element of people in this world, that is decent enough to leave this world with Jesus when He comes for His bride; and they are those who love the truth of God’s word and do their very best to live according to His Spirit of holiness. Those of the religious world you see out there, are deaf to anything pertaining to the perfecting process the bride of Christ is partaking of. If you do not believe me, Just go out there and try to tell them something of a revelatory nature; and what God expects the bride of Christ to measure up to. Go on, let us see how much they care about what you testify of. They do not want your revelation, because the Holy Spirit has not been allowed to teach them anything before this hour of time. There is a spirit out there leading them, but it is not the Spirit of righteousness and holiness. How many can see that? That gray horse rider is riding full speed ahead; and he has just about completed his message, because the religious world is fast being shut off from God’s true ways. Where do you get that, Bro. Jackson? I have Bible for every bit of it. Turn with me to Matthew 13. The first parable in Matthew 13, Jesus spoke of a sower that went forth to sow seed. When we come on over to the 24th verse, He illustrates and explains what this parable He has told was all about. “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: (Now He breaks it down.) But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? (Now we are looking at the second age, after the first age has already been sown and bore fruit. In the second age of Christianity, is where this condition first began to appear. The question has been asked, Why are there tares in your field?) He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. (Who was this enemy? It was the devil. I want you to know, the devil, down through centuries of time, has not been following Christendom trying to make bank robbers and beer drinkers out of believers in Jesus Christ. What is he doing? He is sowing tares in among the true believers. What is a tare? A tare is a make-believer: someone that is able to sit in the congregation of the true saints and do as they do until separation time comes; and the separation is the Lord’s doing: No man can do it. God uses His anointed ministry to preach the truth and deal with circumstances that arise, but He (God Himself) is the only ONE that knows what is in the heart of every individual. He anoints His true ministry to speak things that will shake off, and bundle up everything that is not pure in heart. That is what we are seeing take place, because this is God’s harvest time. How many understand that? What the gray horse rider does and says, is only to get you off course if possible, but in the parable the question was asked the master, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up.) But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.” In other words, all down through time the tares and the true seed, the tares and the true seed, the tares and the true seed were all to grow together, but somewhere as time advances to this age, (chart, in our very day and hour) there is to begin a process of elimination concerning the tares, a separation of them from among the true seed, and saints, that is not done in one day’s time. It says, “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest (Now remember this, a harvest in the natural does not happen in one day’s time: it is done in a season.) I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
WHO ARE THE TARES
I know most of you that are still here, understand what God’s scriptures refer to as tares, but for those who would say, Who are these tares you speak of? I say to you, They are pretending Christians that are void of the indwelling Spirit of God. They go to the same church assemblies the true saints of God go to: they go through the same operation, sing the same songs, and many times crying and everything else true saints do. However when it comes down to the last straw, (so to speak)they do not have everything the true Christians have. That is why it says bind them in bundles. I have to ask you this, concerning a lot of this that you see on TV, these big cathedrals and places that are built to be so elaborate, and the huge crowds you see in them, Do you really believe they are true children of God? Most of that multitude you see sitting there, are just bundled tares. Now wait a minute, Bro. Jackson, are you telling us they are really just tares? Well if I am wrong, then you show me where I am wrong. They are bundles, because that is the logical place the person with no true revelation would enjoy being, so that is where they go. The devil is not trying to keep anyone in the beer joints: he wants everyone to have religion, so if you want to find religion he will help you find religion, Come on, go here; but once you get there you will not hear enough truth to open your mind to an understanding of anything. You are just going to see and be a part of a mass of people that come together to have a good time. You may say, Oh but God just has to be in this: look how sincere they are. People who are wrong, can be just as sincere as those who are right, but God knows the difference between them; and He is actually the ONE that is directing the bundling, because He uses His anointed ministry to preach the truth that separates make-believers from the true believers. I say to you who cannot believe what I am telling you, If those who are sitting in such places as I have described were really recipients of the truth of God’s word, they would not still be there. We are living in an hour of time, that the Holy Spirit would have already told them, Get out of here! I am going to bring judgement on this thing! Why are they referred to as bundles? Because the Bible says the tares are gathered together into bundles to be burned. That is where He separates the tares, (the impersonators) from the real children of God. Tares are pretenders, false believers that are impersonators of true believers. They will plainly tell you, I believe in Jesus Christ. I have to say this, We just had an election here in the United states of America; and now, even the Democrats are talking about, We have got to come up with a faith of some kind. Yes, of some kind describes it just fine. Bill Clinton said that the other morning. Of some kind, what a statement. I have to say, What woke America up to the fact that they now say it was because the evangelicals woke up, that caused things to go as they did? I grant you this much, Somebody did wake up, but it is not because they had a revelation. Remember, from now on, the road is going to get narrower and straighter. That Holy Spirit is going to speak to every heart that has an openness and willingness to hear Him. However that man or woman that just wants to compromise, please the flesh and be comfortable arguing with you, No. They have not heard the Spirit of God speaking at all. You know saints, back in the 1950’s I had not been saved very long, but every time I read the Bible something just stuck out there and hit me right in the face. I began to say, Why is it not like this in our day? Little did I realize, it was already going on, but it took a man to come and tell me about it. The words that fell from Bro. Glenn Funk’s lips, is what began to stimulate something in my soul. When he told me what happened down here at the Ohio River in 1933, when Bro. Branham was baptizing some converts, I said, If those words be true, then this is the Elijah that is to come. These people who are so willing to compromise, have no concept of what this Elijah anointing was to accomplish in this Laodicean age. If they did, they would have been looking for Elijah. Are they looking for him? No, they are not. If you preach the second coming of Christ, they ask, Well how do we know that? Yes, they are religious, you cannot deny that. They have religion, but if you try to talk to them on a scriptural, prophetic basis, they ask, How do you know that? They have been saying that for years. Brothers and sisters, as we think of the the foolish virgins, there are not as many as you may think there are. Can you understand that? An awful lot of what you think are foolish virgins are nothing but tare bundles being bound, getting them ready to be burned. How many realize that? I have to say also, The bundles will outweigh the foolish virgins many times over. That is an absolute fact: I will repeat, Those bundles will outweigh the foolish virgins many times over. If anyone has any more questions on this subject, that I have not answered fully, you feel free to write down your question and give it to me before tonight’s service. I want to get these things straightened out and lined up so they can be understood. I realize there may be certain ones who have never heard these things; and that they may have a question, but I want to say also, God does not intend for us to go through life, always having a question and never having an answer. The answer has to be here somewhere; and I am trusting God to reveal it. I have to say again, These are not foolish virgins; (pointing to the great multitude of Revelation, chapter 7 on chart).You come back tonight and I will tell you exactly how they came to be in that particular group. I have Bible for what I am saying. We will see who those are, in that group. Those on the sea of glass, are the ones that go through the tribulation period of the 70th week of Daniel, and they are all martyred. They are Jews, and Gentile foolish virgins, that are martyred because of their faith in God. We see also, the Jews that have been slaughtered back under Hitler’s purge, plus all those back through time, all under the altar, crying out to the Lord. These (the great multitude) are before the throne of God, the Bride is in heaven in her place, and these are standing on the sea of glass; and their names are all in that scroll Jesus is holding.
IGNORANCE AND SUPPOSITION DOES NOT GIVE ANSWERS
Brothers and sisters, I am asking God to help me say some things tonight, that will help make the scriptures have a more clear picture for our growth and understanding. I have the questions that have been sent to me, so some of them will be answered in my message tonight. I am not finished with this subject; and I do not know exactly when I will be. I will be adding more to all of this next Sunday. The question was asked about the gray horse rider, Was there something about the black horse rider that was incorporated within it. Let me say this, If you heard what I said this morning, that question is answered. I said, When this gray horse rider began to ride and these manifestations in different places began to pop up, did you not hear me say that Catholics were involved? How many know, that in the south there were some meetings going on; and it was Catholic sisters that conducted them? I have some of the copies of some of the things they preached, but the point is this, That gray horse affects everything from the Catholics of this generation right on through the Protestants of every sort of this generation. That is why it deceives people, misleads people, because it makes no difference between any that profess to be believers of the word of God. That is the part we have to look at. Truth makes a difference, and without it no matter what you preach, it is just a supposition that cannot open anybody’s eyes. You might think, Well it looks this way or that way, but that kind of talk will not get you anywhere with God. What I want to show you tonight, is that there is nowhere in any of the gospels, that mentions anything about this multitude right here, (chart, Rev 7:9). All the gospels were written to produce a Bride. That is one thing we have to get straight in our thinking. There is no such thing, as one scripture produces this, and another one that. That is foolishness, to think like that. The one thing we have to understand, is that it is God that is watching over this entire period of time from the beginning of Christianity all the way to the end of the age. He has worked in every generation through time, not simultaneously, because this has been a gradual process that moves from the middle east, westward, and shines back eastward. This multitude, what does it tell you about it in Revelation 7:9? It is a great multitude that no man could number. Now those that are critical of the rapture and the translation of the saints, as Paul taught in the Thessalonian letter, have a lot of ideas and comments. I received an e-mail from one just the other day. He makes it sound like, You guys don’t know anything: Don’t you realize that the Bible does not speak of a rapture? Well it is true the word rapture does not occur in the Bible, but when the apostle Paul said the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout, Let us just read it, for the sake of those who may not know exactly what the apostle wrote concerning this event. (1 Th 4:16) “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” The voice of the archangel, is none other than when the thunders are sounded. It is to the living people of the Bride, not to the world. Then the trump of God, is sounded to the dead in Christ, not to the living. So with that in mind, I hope I can say some things to help you understand where these various groups came from, and how they came to be where they are. In that critical type e-mail, this man said the great multitude of chapter 7, is the Bride that will come out of great tribulation. He is using the wording of that, to say the Bride has to go through the tribulation of the last half of the 70th week of Daniel. Well saints, this group and this group are not the same thing. That is what we have to understand. Every person in the Bride, from here to the very hour they are taken up, is a person that has absolutely walked in the light of truth that they had access to through the period of time each one lived in. We know this, that the living element of the last day people of the generation that is to be the Bride, are going to be restored to the same truth those apostles that walked with Jesus taught. We have to accept the fact also, that the devil was able to destroy, or prevent access to a lot of the truth down through the ages of time, leaving believers with a lot of man-made traditions instead of the unadulterated gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. God chooses and accepts the people into the Bride, as well as the people into this great multitude back here, on the basis of how they had opportunity to live what they had access to, or on the fact that they gave their life for the faith they had. If they lived long enough to manifest fruit of the Spirit, they are in the bride, if they did not, those believers are in the great multitude. That is because they believed what they had opportunity to understand; and I assure you, there was no such thing as any of those being foolish virgins. Get that thought out of your head. The foolish virgins only came into the picture when there was a shout made that awakened them. From the time God’s prophet to this age sounded the shout, God began to look at this generation and require that the end time people begin to measure up. We have Bible to show you how these people came to be where they are, knowing full well that they come out of every generation, and out of every nation. You may say, Well the Bride did too: What makes the difference? For too long we have said, Now, brother So and So was a drunk; and just look what all he did that was ornery, but tonight he went down to the altar and confessed his sins and God accepted him and gave him the Holy Spirit. Six weeks later the man was dead, but traditional thinking is, that he is in the Bride of Christ. That is your own carnal idea. Well Bro. Jackson, how do you get that? I get it from the Bible, because such a person had no time to manifest the fruit of the Spirit in his or her life. All bride saints bring forth fruit. Look at Matthew 13:23, because that is where you see the bride saints.
TAKING A CLOSER LOOK
Let us look at this picture of Christians as true believers should. How many know, that when the Bride Church started out she was equipped with the divine revelation, with the power of the Spirit, with the leadership of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit; and it took all of that to exemplify Christ within His mystical body? That is what Paul was writing about in Ephesians and Colossians. The living Church was the mystical body to exemplify Christ in His body. You cannot just say whatever comes to your mind: it all has to be grounded in the holy scriptures. We will take an old pagan sinner that got saved, to illustrate our point. God did give him the Spirit, but for an example, let us just say that three weeks later he was dead for whatever reason. Where in the world did the fruit of the Spirit come into the picture? Where did the gifts of the Spirit come into his life? That is what God’s determination is based upon. Let me read you something from the book of Matthew. You are familiar with the first parable of Matthew 13, A sower went forth to sow seed. It gives you a description, how some fell by the wayside, some fell among stony ground, and thorny ground, but of that which fell in good soil, some brought forth thirty fold, some sixty fold, and some a hundred fold. What was that? That is not the gifts of the Spirit: it is the fruit of the Spirit, manifested by God’s leadership as He dwells inside the vessel. When He saved you, He did not intend to leave you in your old nature which you had six months ago. You are a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new. However that does not come in one night’s time. As you recognize your flesh to be crucified in Christ, slowly you begin to die to the old nature that used to dominate you, and the Holy Spirit in you begins to cultivate these divine attributes of Christ, which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and you do not make that entire change in six weeks. Then when we come to the gifts of the Spirit, Jesus brought that in, so let us turn to Matthew 25, the last part. He has explained all about the foolish virgins, but now He comes down here starting in verse 14, and it is a different picture altogether. “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. (That is exactly what Christ said, that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will take the things of mine and show them unto you. Well what was the things of His? The manifestations of the power of God expressed through gifts in the believer. Paul taught it in 1st Corinthians 12, and those manifestations of the Spirit of God are for all true believers. Some have one, some another and so forth, but they do not come to maturity instantly. You do not receive all of that the next day after your baptism, nor the next week or even in six weeks. How many realize that?) And unto one He gave five talents, (He never gives you more than the ability you have to live up to. That is why to one, He gave one. He gave unto one five talents, He gave according to the potential ability each person has, to live and invest that measure allotted to him or her, to allow their lives to be cultivated so they know how to respect the leadership and anointing of the Spirit of God in them.) to another two, (He gives no more than you have the ability to allow the Spirit of God to cultivate in your life.) and to another one; to every man according to his several (meaning individual) ability; and straightway took his journey.” Saints, that is how it started out, in the apostolic hour, after the birth of the Church. But we know that spirit of antichrist soon went to work to mislead, to deceive and to give the wrong revelation to as many as he could. Therefore as the people, the body of believers as a whole, slowly lost the revelation, because, by the time we get on over to this second century and the original generation of believers are all dead, the manifestation of those gifts became rare. That first generation of Christians were the guards of the apostolic revelation. What I am telling you, is what the history says. However do not ever think that takes the parable completely out of continuity. I say this because it goes to show you, in each generation, as that individual has received of the Spirit of God and been allowed to live long enough to cultivate and express and demonstrate what was allotted to him or her, God looks at that. He is the ONE that places each individual believer in the proper place. The Bible says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons (or children) of God.” You are first led to repentance. Then if you have been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that is only a beginning, a starting point. Therefore I do not want anyone to tell me, that from then on everything you do is led by the Spirit of God. That is not right. You learn through trials and tests, to recognize the leading of the Spirit. The devil will throw many things at you, trying to confuse you and make you turn around, and many times say, I am done: I am quitting: I cannot live this life. Well brothers and sisters, if you are truly a child of God, you will not give up completely, because God is going to chasten you and get you straightened out. All these scriptures have to be applied in their proper place, how God deals with each generation according to the light and revelation he or she had. How many understand my illustration? I have to say, There were many of those in the Bride, that were stoned to death in the first days of Christendom. What did they do to Stephen? How many know what I am talking about? He had been a follower long enough, that he had a certain measure of spiritual understanding in his life. When they stoned him there in the street, was he saying, Ouch! that hurts me? No saints, a vision appeared before him. He saw His Savior standing on the right hand of God, making intercession for him. Turn to (Acts 7:54) and notice what is written about him, after he had given testimony to those who were ready to kill him. It says, “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. (That was an angry, vicious crowd.) (55) But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, (56) And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. (57) Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, (58) And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. (Right there, is the man God later dealt with on the road to Damascus where he was going to arrest Christians and condemn them to death; and God later commissioned him to be the apostle to the Gentiles. He had been a witness to the stoning of Stephen. God knows how to deal with His chosen servants, to get them to where they are led by His Spirit. You can read all about it in the book of Acts, starting in chapter 8. God referred to him as a chosen vessel.) (59) And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. (60) And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” A smile came upon his face, he had died in the faith, and that was because he was a living testimony of the grace of God in his life. He lived according to his faith and his revelation. I do want to say, that from that hour on, there were many believers put through the same kind of test or ordeal as Stephen was. Many had not been allowed to live long enough to have a chance to cultivate the divine attributes, (the fruit of the Spirit) in their lives. They were on their way and God knew the heart of every last one of them. When they gave their hearts to the Lord, even if they were Martyred or died a natural death the next day, they had eternal life: they were just not in the bride of Christ. The reason I talk this way, is because I have read enough history to let me know there was martyrdom all through here, (chart, the first age) but when we come into this second age, this is when the devil really turned loose, because the Roman Empire was bound and determined to liquidate all that held the Christian faith. They really feared the Christians, knowing that they would upset the whole picture for Roman continuity. Rome had already accepted all the other pagan beliefs, but there was something about this new faith that they feared. That is why, as that red horse rider (the spirit of antichrist) came on the scene, Christians were killed by the thousands. If you do not believe that, read the books of the anti-Nicene fathers, concerning what took place in that second century.
LIVING UP TO OUR REVELATION
It would not do a bit of good for me to stand here and try to explain to you, that there were some people went to the arenas, that had been a believer long enough and that God had showed them, that they had exemplified Christ in their life. They were the ones that carried an influence that helped others. While others that were younger, when they were finally arrested and carried into the arenas, here you have some that absolutely have lived long enough, and had measured up to the specifications that are required, in order to be in the Bride of Christ. Therefore in that first age, there were some that were bride saints and others that were not, but we can be sure of this one thing, God Himself was the ONE that did the choosing: not the One sitting on the throne making intercession. The reason I say that, Is because God Himself knew the potential that every person had. Therefore those who were in the bride, were the ones that had been allowed to live long enough to cultivate certain attributes and manifestations of the Spirit of God and partake of His leadership. This is what glorifies Christ and keeps Him presented to the world. We accept that as fact, but just think of the many others that accepted Christ as their Savior and did not live long enough to grow into that potential. We cannot put them in the bride, but neither can we deny them eternal life, so there has to be a place of recognition for all of them; and we have it in this great multitude John saw, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, all glorifying God. Sure it says they came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, but there have been many periods of great tribulation in the past two thousand years, so they are not those who will be killed in the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel. Those who are martyred at the end of this age, are those seen on the sea of glass in chapter 15, verse 2. As for those martyred saints, when they arrested them, did the critics separate the true bride people from the others? No, they did not know one from the other. All they knew was, here is a bunch of so-called Christians and we are going to get rid of all of them lest they trouble us. There, stood the younger ones that had not been in the faith long enough to manifest any attributes of their Savior; and there were also the little children, being led into the arenas while holding to mommy and crying, Mommy, what is going on? Why are they doing this to us? Think of the little children screaming like that, not knowing what to expect. You have never seen a movie like that: You have to read about it in the very few places it is recorded. You are not going to get the picture by just reading a verse or two of scripture. Those who try that, are those who come up with a thousand excuses; I don’t understand that. Well we are giving you a chance to understand; and if you do not accept what you are hearing, it is your own fault. I do not say that arrogantly, but what I am presenting to you is the truth, so if you do not accept what I say, it is your fault if you do not understand. I am not just giving you my ideas: I am giving you what God has shown me as I study His word and seek the truth. I have to say, In that generation, when there were many of those that would die being in the Bride, God allowed them to live long enough that the Holy Spirit, which is the beginning of their putting on a proper garment, had time to speak to them, because it takes a revelation to put the quality within that garment the bride is arrayed in. Do you understand what I am saying?
BEING SURE WE UNDERSTAND
I do not want to bore you by repeating these things over and over again, but there are always some that do not catch things the first time around and this is important. At the same time an old saint died in the arenas, being chewed to pieces by a wild animal, there was also a young person facing the same thing, one that had just accepted the Lord a short time prior to that; and had not been allowed to live long enough to develop in his life these things we are talking about, therefore since God did the choosing, not me, He knew exactly where that young person would stand, in the picture of those with eternal life. He also knows how to give us understanding of those things that are recorded in His holy scriptures. In other words, when some who were in the Bride died, of that first generation, there were others that died of that first generation, that are in this group referred to as a great multitude. They were all of the same crowd. Some had just not lived long enough to invest their talents. Whether you want to believe me or not, I will back every bit of it up by the writing of the anti-Nicene fathers. From here, and here, (pointing to chart) that represents a people of every century, of every nation, coming right on down through time. As the truth began to be diluted, changed from its original meaning, then the ones in this group (chart) that was of that hour, and the ones in the Bride of that hour, neither one had any more truth than the other one had. It is not a matter of what they had heard, nor of what they knew: It was a matter of how long they lived after receiving it. You have to look at this strictly on the basis of how long they were allowed to live. Do not tell me that there were not great numbers that accepted Christ, who never lived for more than just a few days or weeks before their life was snuffed out. We can know for a fact, that the Roman Empire had purposed to liquidate Christendom. That is why that second horse was red: It represented the blood bath brought about by the antichrist spirit that was riding it. That century saw blood flowing in every arena. It was the blood of the Christians. At the same time, as the Christians were rounded up, so were the Jewish people also. That goes right back down the line. For some reason or other, even though after Jerusalem was destroyed in 69 A.D. and the Jewish nation was scattered abroad, it seemed as though for the first two or three hundred years, every time those Christians were rounded up and herded into the arenas of the Roman Empire, for some reason or other they took pleasure in gathering up the Jewish people also. Therefore the Jews were fed to the burning fires, to the lions, to the wild animals, just as the Christians were. That is why history kept still about the Jews: They were under the altar. Let me say this though, The first people that were represented in the Bride when it started, were Jews. A few of them were also the starters in this, (the great multitude). Once God cut the Jewish nation off, He never dealt with them any more as a race of people. It was always on an individual basis. I have to say because of what we read here in this 25th chapter of Matthew, that after so long a time the master returns. Well when does he return? Did he return the next generation? You know he did not. The generations that started this, once that was handed out, or distribution made, He took His absence, so you have to follow the history of time, to see how the Holy Spirit will work in each generation to restore, to cultivate, and to bring into manifestation these gifts that were given. That is why, after a long period of absence, the Lord makes His reappearance. Where will He make his appearance? Over here? No. Where does He make this appearance? Where the gray horse rider has been riding; after there has been a messenger that brought forth a message to this Laodicean Age. What was that message for? To return the end time children of God back to what? The faith of their fathers, the apostles of Jesus Christ in the first age of Christendom. Not only the doctrines, water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, the experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit, but also return the people that are going to make up the end time Bride of Christ, back to receiving and investing every gift that the early Church had. This is why the apostle Paul could write in 1st Corinthians 12:7, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” He did not say, Maybe it will be given, did he? Is that what it says? No. He said it has been given to every man, or to every true believer to profit withal. That is why I can say tonight, Every person that is going to be an individual within the living Bride here in the end time, will manifest something of what the Holy Spirit has given. Do not say, well I’ve never felt anything. You will, but you will get your thinking straight first. That is the important thing, to get your thinking straight, so you can see things the way they are, instead of the way tradition has always presented them. Let us start looking at the positive side of this which is before us. If we start letting this Bible come off of the paper and begin to present a picture of time, conditions and things that you and I are faced with, we will begin to see in reality, just what the Lord is doing with us. He is not just trying to mold us: He is definitely going to mold all who are His true seed into vessels made worthy of His love, grace and mercy. This is why I have to say, Keep in mind, that this is a representation of every race, of every nation, of every kindred on the face of the earth. So also is this, (Chart-The bride in white linen and all the others in white robes ). That is because this and this combined, make up the entire picture of those who have eternal life. Not all of that was fulfilled in the first age. It started in the first age with a perfect one hundred percent picture of what the Lord wanted the Bride to be. However it was this spirit that raised up and began to attack the true believer, attacking his or her understanding, attacking the overall revelation; and after awhile some weak minded ones began to give way to this evil thing. That is why, as we come closer to the close of that first age, especially when we are coming into 90 and 96 when John wrote his little epistles, the Godhead was already in question, because pagans that had been converted to the faith were easier to sell a trinity to. That white horse rider had impressed them and eventually deceived them. They are the ones that came up with a trinity concept of the Godhead. That controversy carried on over here into 300 A.D., until a Roman Emperor took it upon himself to get it settled. As we come into the second century in our study, many of those saints did not get to live long enough for the potential we read about here in the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit, for them to even be cultivated in their lives. That is why I have to say, Who is the judge of who has what? Me? No. You? No. God Himself is the judge, because He is the ONE that put the names in the little book (scroll). There is not a name in it, that is not represented in here, and here, and here, and here. (Chart) He knew the conditions that would prevail when each one of these would fall into a state of physical death. It is true, that these that stand upon the sea of glass are martyred in the last half of the week of Daniel that is just ahead; and this is their spirits in heaven. Remember though, that those of this group are not only Gentile foolish virgins, but also Jewish believers in God, that go into this period of tribulation and fall to martyrdom.Their standing is different from those white robed saints seen in this group of every nation, kindred and so forth, so they are not seen among these or these; They are the ones that live on into this period of time; and are able to give testimony of how their brethren were treated during that time. That is why I preached the subject several months ago, “The last shall be first.” That is exactly why, when the Lord does come with His Bride to set up the judgment of the nations, they (those seen on the sea of glass) are the first ones resurrected. Why? Because they are the ones that had to suffer and die for their faith in God and their testimony in Jesus Christ, thereby washing their robes and making them white in the blood of the Lamb. They are the ones that have been persecuted and they are the ones that the Lord will judge that element of mortal people of the nations by, as they stand over here, (recorded in Matthew 25:31-46) before the Lord and His Bride. Does that mean the rest will not be resurrected? No, it does not. Is He resurrecting them because He loves them more? No. It is because they have suffered and died during the last terrible hour of time of human history. They are the ones, when you read Matthew 25, As Jesus takes His throne and sets up judgment, that will testify for or against those being judged.
Did Jesus not say He would gather before Him all nations and separate them as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats? Those who He will be separating are not Christians: they are mortal people of the world. He will judge the sheep-like people on the basis of their works, their morality and everything pertaining to their character. This judgment will be according to how they had treated these (those on the sea of glass) during that three and a half years. As the Lord looks at this living element, to the wicked He will say, I was in prison and you did not visit me, because some of those that were martyred had also been in prison. I was sick and you did not minister to me. Some of them had been sick and died by their sickness. That separation and judgment is what starts the Millennium, so that is when those we refer to as tribulation saints are resurrected; and that is because they are the ones that will testify against that living element of people from the nations. After that judgment, He will resurrect these, (the great multitude arrayed in white robes) because the Bride has already been resurrected. He will resurrect these, and they will have their place to go off out into the Millennium, to live under the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now I want to say this, Please, I did not know this six months ago. I learned this since then, traditionists, (the students of Bible doctrine) all have this great multitude of saints shown in Revelation 7: 9, as those that come out of tribulation at the end of this age; and that is because of their lack of revelation of what you read in the 14th verse. (Rev 7:13) “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? (14) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And 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.” These did not come out of this end time tribulation at all. How many understand me? These of this great multitude came out of tribulation all through time, because they represent every nation, every kindred, every tongue, and the gospel had not been accessible to all of them at the same time over this globe. We know better than that. It started in Jerusalem, but a few years later it was in Asia. A little later, it had gone into the Roman area. As it does this through about three hundred years, that area of Asia begins to cool off. Christianity went into Saudi Arabia and was flourishing and growing in the second century. I have the history on it. If I had a map up here, I could show you. It had penetrated into Egypt. It went all the way across North Africa, and in the second century, over here into Morocco, Christian churches had been established along, and all in the second century. By the time of the sixth and seventh century, Mohammad had come upon the scene. Christendom in Saudi Arabia was cooling off. Mohammad arose and began to shut them up. It was not long until there were no more Christians known of in Saudi Arabia. In the eighth century, Mohammad the Great came out of Saudi Arabia. When he came into Egypt, he threatened to destroy all the Christians, their churches and everything. For some reason or other, God permitted him to leave a small segment of Christians, but all across North Africa that army went. That is why from Algiers, Tunesia, and all through there, there are no Christians today. They butchered the Christians, slaughtering them by the thousands. That is why some of them are right there, (in that great multitude). When all that was going on, the new world had not yet been discovered. That is why you have to understand, that all these souls represented right here, did not come out of the world all at the same time: That multitude only came as time progressed and moved westward. When Europe had the gospel, what did they do with it? They traditionalized it. That put time in the Dark Ages.
GOD OPENS UP A NEW WORLD
Saints, look, what happened in 1492: the new world had been discovered. Then in 1520, by the Spirit of God that works through the head of man, the Reformation started, and Luther, Calvin, Knox, Wesley and all of those had their hour of time to proclaim what the Spirit had revealed unto them. That was distributed in Europe first; and by the time the new world began to grow in population and everything was getting settled, the Christians that really were Christians of the Reformation in Europe, seeing what the nations of Europe were going to do, began to leave there and come into the new world. That is why America was discovered, to become the beginning of Christendom in a nation that had been founded by God. The United States is the only nation outside of Israel that was ever founded and established under divine inspiration. Israel and the United States were the only ones. It is a shame that our nation has sold out to the devil like it has. I have to say, I have respect for our president because he is the president of America, but when the media tries to exalt and say what a great man of faith he is, I would have to say to the media, You do not know what true faith in God is, because many of you have none. I have to ask, How can a man make it appear he is a great man of faith, and no one asks, Faith in who and what? If it is faith in Jesus Christ, then we need to look at what Jesus Christ spoke while on earth almost two thousand years ago. Just look about you and remember, that same Christ said these words while here in the flesh, As it was so shall it be. At the same time people were rising to defend this man and re-elect him in America, there were scores of people wanting to change the law and allow same sex marriage. What is that? That is the Bible talking to you, As it was so shall it be. As it was in the days of Noah and Lot, so shall it be again toward the end of this era of time. I will just say, Mr. President, if you are a great man of faith, then why do you not read what your Savior said? We have a lot of people around today, that want religion, but they do not want a God that will talk to them. You hear instead, No, I don’t believe in that. Well you had better believe what is written in this Bible and take heed, because, if you do not, God is going to let you sit in a dark hole one of these days, wishing you could hear from Him. When you avoid or deny His word, He is going to side track you and leave you where you will never hear the voice of God again, except in judgment. You will not even know what hour of time you are living in until it is too late. Therefore I say to all who will hear this, Let us get this picture straight in our mind and settled: Those that are described in Revelation 19, are already raptured, translated, or however you wish to express it. Each one in that group, are represented from here right on through this very hour of time, (chart-pointing to bride saints from beginning to end). They have the revelation of the hour that the living element was taken up, along with the dead in Christ, because the truth has been restored to them. As we have been saying, At the same time the bride saints lived and served God, there has always been this other element of believers; and in Revelation 7: 9-10, they are seen standing before the throne of God worshiping, (Verse 10) “And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” There is a definite difference between the two groups. The bride group is made up of those who had lived long enough to bear fruit of the Spirit in their lives; and the great multitude is made up of those who received the same gospel as the bride saints in the hour of time they lived, but never lived long enough to bear fruit. They all have eternal life, but the great multitude which is of every nation and people, did not have an opportunity to manifest and invest what they had received of the Spirit of God. I have expressed it like this, They are absolutely people of the same generations and from the nations the bride came out of, but never lived long enough to cultivate the attributes and things we read about, concerning the Bride of Christ. Well Bro. Jackson, you confuse me. No brothers and sisters, I do not intend to leave you in confusion, so if you will pay attention, you will not stay confused. Turn with me into 1st Corinthians.
WHAT ARE YOU BUILDING UPON?
For so long, I used to wonder about this scripture in the 3rd chapter of 1st Corinthians. Paul is talking here, about building something; if any man build upon this foundation, such and such, every man’s work is going to be tried by fire. Now it is the apostle Paul that is using this terminology, so we must know what he is pointing to, when he said, the day shall declare it. (Verse 12) “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, (What day? Not in here, (chart) but somewhere in here, every man’s work shall be made manifest.) because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.” Now listen to me, let me take that verse, which is pointing to every person in this, and also to every person that is in this category. This other group is a secondary category of believers. How many realize that? They are not clothed in fine linen, so they are not bride people: they have white robes. Do you understand that? White robes point to eternal life. That is why different groups have white robes, but the fact that others have white robes does not make them foolish virgins. That white robe has nothing to do with whether you are a foolish virgin or what you are, because it was these Jews under the altar that were given white robes also. Were they not? Well let us get that settled. Now we need to get this also, because it says those whose works are found faithful, receives a reward. He, is going to be given a place within the Bride of Christ to rule and reign with Him; and those that are in this group are going to live, but it does not say they are going to reign, does it? They will have a secondary position in the kingdom of God because they have eternal life, but they are not in the bride, so I ask, Do you see that? Let us watch this; if any man’s work, abide, what is that? That is what you have done through your flesh as you have allowed the Lord to cultivate the things of the Spirit in you. We do realize also, that in this verse, Paul is talking about another kind of work. “If any man’s work shall be burned, (Why would it be burned? For some reason he has not lived and learned, and become faithful enough to the things God had given him. You and I would probably say he is going to hell, but notice what the apostle Paul says, If any man’s work shall be burned…) he (the man) shall suffer loss: (Loss of what? Of his reward) but he himself shall be saved; (This means his soul.) yet so as by fire.” Where does that put him? There is no other place to put him, but right there in that great multitude. When the Bride is raised, all of those in that multitude are still in the ground. Are you listening to me? But then when the Bride comes back under the sixth seal with Christ on a white horse, He smites this earth with the sword that goes out of His mouth and slays the wicked. Then when things calm down, He sits up his throne. Then is when He is going to call up the first ones of the rest of those who have eternal life, (those seen on the sea of glass). (Rev 15:2) “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” These are going to be witnesses for or against this living generation of mortal people that will be judged and some allowed to pass on into the Millennial Reign of Christ on earth, and that will be for the purpose of repopulating the earth. After the separating of sheep people from the goat people described in Matthew 25, (25:31-32 “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: (32) And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.”) the entire remainder of the “dead in Christ” are going to rise after that. Even though they are not in the bride of Christ, we must realize they all have eternal life. Do you understand that? The difference is, these others are not all in a position of authority like the bride. He hath made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall rule and reign. Reign, what does that mean? To have authority. Did not Jesus say, he that hath been faithful over a few things, will I make ruler over many things? Yes saints, there is a reward to be given to the Bride of Christ. You do not have to speculate, and you do not have to cheat anyone here, to get there, because it is all dependant upon how you lived back here. It is how you let the Lord live in you and through you, and lead you. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, are what? Does it say maybe they will be sons of God? No. They are the sons of God. It is not a question: They are already sons of God. But we have to realize, that in every generation somewhere, there is always that soul, for some reason or other the devil rides his shoulders from the time he gives his life to the Lord. The more he tries to do right, it looked like the weaker he gets. This is why the apostle would say, “If any man’s work shall be burned, because he is never able to do what he has tried to do. No matter what he wanted to do, it seemed like it was always a failure. In his heart the desire was there, but it is the weakness of his flesh. Does that mean there are going to be millions of them? Get that out of your mind, but at the same time, you cannot say there will not be any like that. There will be one here and another here through the generations of time. It has got to be so to fulfill the scriptures. If any man’s work is burned, he loses his reward. What could his reward be? It is to have a place of authority to rule and reign. Only in the Bride of Christ can you do that. That is why the Bride of Christ is the highest calling of God in Christ that you can be called to: there is no other higher. That is why intercession for those in this scroll did not start until Jesus went into heaven. When He ascended into heaven the scroll was given to Him, and He has interceded for every name in it ever since then. He did not know there would be some that would be this, or some that would be this, some would be this, and some would be that, (chart, pointing to the four different groups with eternal life). He mediated, and every last one of those souls are there because of the redemptive work and the shed blood of Christ. As time passed and certain conditions were brought upon mankind, what has God prevailed to give us? I have to say, If God has laid a responsibility upon your soul for you to live and exemplify something before other people, He is going to let you live here long enough that the devil can haunt you, stalk you, and throw stones at you, but the more he tries to destroy you, you are always going to be one step ahead of him. That is because, potentially you are to be an influence, a reflection of the grace of God to someone out there. Then, when the day comes that what God has allotted for you me to do has been done, you and I are going to lay our head down and He is going to take us home. He is going to say, Your work is finished. When God is finished with us, there is no need for us to be left here.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE HEARING FROM GOD
Until the time God takes us out of here, all kinds of people can calculate and say, Well God has shown me thus and so; and it will not change the plan of God one bit. The truth is, when people are always saying that, God has not shown them anything. When you start walking down this pathway of life saying, God showed me this and God showed me that, watch out: You will soon become known as a first class hypocrite like that. You do not read that in the Bible. Do you read anywhere, that the apostle Paul went about writing, God showed me this, Apollos is going to do this, and he is going to kick the bucket? Can you produce Bible for that kind of conduct? Then why in the name of common sense do you think someone in this generation has the right to talk like that? It is because most of the people they talk to do not have enough spiritual perception to realize they are lying. We have to use some common sense, when people come to us with such claims: examine it by the scriptures, to see if it lines up with God’s way of doing things. That is why a few months ago I said, Eighteen years ago, when someone said, God has showed me that Bro. Jackson is going to die, Why do such people go to so much trouble trying to be recognized in a way that is contrary to God’s way of doing things. Where can you find scripture for such conduct? Listen to me carefully. Because I am coming right down your aisle. Then a woman gets on the internet and sends it to the whole world, saying we are accusing the lady of being a liar; and that the lady only said, Well I just predict or calculate. Do you want to lie about that now? You did not say it like that eighteen years ago. We know what was said. Sisters, listen to me, I believe in godly sisters being used by God, but I do not believe in carloads of them running all over God’s creation, singing, prophesying, making others sit there and tremble, oh this is a wonderful godly bunch. You miserable, blind creatures make a mockery of the gifts of God. God will make you have a wreck one of these days, because it is not in the Bible that a bunch of women influence a generation of people like you are trying to do. You can get mad at me if you want to. I have never said a thing from the pulpit, that I am not willing to back up scripturally before the generation of people listening. When that was said eighteen years ago, it was not an assumption, nor was it a calculation. When you have said, God has showed me, Why come back and change it eighteen years later? What is the purpose? It can only be to deceive and mislead people. That kind of conduct sounds to me like the gray horse rider is having his affect. It did not take this situation to convince me of his deceiving tactics: there are signs of it everywhere. Yes saints, the gray horse rider is riding hard; and you need not be too surprised at what you hear from here on out to the end. There are a lot of people going to get on its back just to carry its message. We are seeing that already. Almost three years ago, I was forced to deal with a situation I did not feel that I could ignore. I saw a situation developing that would eventually affect some people, especially young people who were innocently going to wind up following that spirit from here to yon. Please, if God ever gives you something to say in the Spirit, stand up and say it: then sit down and let God take it from there. Do not run all over God’s creation with it, with the idea that you are going to make an impression that you are something above and beyond all the preachers. God has not ordained it, that any woman tell Raymond Jackson what to do, when, where and how to do it. When you try it I will say, Sit down. I love and respect every child of God, but I am not called of God to be subject to anything like that. Whenever you see a bunch of women get on the phone and begin to influence others, I just have to say, You who are doing that are heading for a fall. I mean that: you are heading for a fall. You can tell the world I said it, because I know you are heading for a fall. Why did I say what I did? I said it because I have already seen what it is heading toward. That is why I said, Sisters, get to your seat and sit down, because I will not allow a car load of women from Faith Assembly to run all over God’s creation and then come back here and tell me what to do and what not to do. I will say right now, If any of you cannot conduct yourselves properly in a house of worship, then go on and get out of here! God’s Church is not run by that kind of influence. You may ask why I waited until tonight to say what I am saying, so I will tell you why. I knew I was going to say it, but I waited for a certain time to say what I am saying, because I am now ready to back up every word I am speaking. Furthermore, what I have said in various meetings is all on tape, so we have a record of what has been said, not only by me, but also of others. I have checked up on what I have been hearing; and now I know where the truth or error lies. I will say to you sisters, Do not ever think you can leave here for this reason or that reason, then come back here and have me pat you on the back. I will feel more like taking this stick to you and saying, Get out of here! Everything I have said is on a tape, so do not accuse me of saying something I have not said. Young men, young women, the tape I spoke of, is in storage. Therefore if any of you try to counteract what I am saying, I will bring it out of storage and play it publicly. I will play it to the world, then the world will know what was said and will know you tried to make a fool out of us, by saying we said things we did not say. That is why I have to say, I will never say anything about anybody until I know what has been going on long enough to make a scriptural judgment of it. Then I will say, Come on, let’s sit down and reason this out scripturally. Let us conduct ourselves as children of God, if we truly are. I am not going to pastor a group of people when, here goes a dozen, there goes six, there goes twenty, seeking something excitable. I am working for a total unity among true believers, and a time that we can all think alike, speak the same thing; and all move toward a common goal. Sooner or later, the family of God are all going to see the same thing.
LETTING THE BIBLE SPEAK
I know I have not answered all the questions that have been submitted, but I am not through with this subject. A lot of them are going to fall under what this gray horse rider is doing. I was asked one question, Can there be foolish virgins sitting among us still today? Up to a point, yes. Listen carefully to what I am going to say. There is not a great number, but a small percentage. At the same time, (and here is the part I hate to say) I just told my wife, I see something coming down the road; and it makes me want to cry when I think about it. We all know there are tares in the field; and some of them can be sitting right here in Faith Assembly. Bro. Jackson, do you mean that? I am sorry, but as I said, There can be tares sitting in Faith Assembly even still. Well how could that be, Bro. Jackson? Well let me ask you a question, How did the tares get into the latter part of the first age? The answer is, the devil sowed them where there were people with gifts, and where there were people which had a true revelation. What kind of people do you think those tares were? Drunks? Absolutely not. They pretended to believe the same thing the true believers believed. In fact I will even say this, Many times a tare will out-dance you. Yes, he will, because it his business to out-smart you if he or she can, and out-show you in everything else. He is bold, he is a bragger; and therefore a pretender. On the other hand, a true Christian is a person that will look at every situation long enough to know what is going on; and then he will humble himself and say within himself, I want to listen to what God has to say to my heart. How many understand what I am saying? If tares got in with the true seed in the first age, so that when we come to the second age, the servants of God said, Lord, shall we go pluck them up? You can be sure they have been among the Christians of every age since. Why? Because He answered that question like this, (Mat 13:30) “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” That lets me know there have been tares in every century of Christianity. When the Reformation started, here came the Calvinists, and tares came right along with that message; and likewise with all the rest. Now you have the Baptists, and tares kept right along with what they teach. Here came the Methodists, and tares kept right along with them. The Pentecostals came with their teaching, and tares kept right along with that. They are raised up by the enemy of God, to bring reproach and try to out-smart God’s true children and create confusion wherever possible. Knowing that about them I will have to say, If you hear a voice in the background somewhere, that raises up saying, That Jackson thinks he knows everything; put an X on his back: He has revealed his true nature. Yes, I said, Put an X on his back. The apostle Paul was called of God to hold a line on the truth of God’s word in the first age and he wrote the words I am going to read. (Rom 16:17-18) “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (18) For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” He also wrote the same thing to the Philippian Assembly, so If that was the judgment of such in the first age, it is still good in this last age of Christendom. (Phil 3:17-19) “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (18) (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (19) Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” Mark them that walk disorderly, not obeying the principals of true Christian living. God did not call me to be a tare; and neither did He call me to out-run anybody, but He did call me to be still long enough and study this thing to see it through; and then to preach the truth of His word to His true people, to give them the opportunity to know the truth. Now if the question you sent to me has not been answered in this service, you come back next Sunday. I promise you, there will not be a question left unanswered when I am finished with this message. I do trust that so far, I have been able to help you everyone see the reality of what we have all around us. The foolish virgins are not going to be numbered in the billions, not even thousands, but in relation to the bride, Jesus had it 5 and 5, or 50% of each. It was no accident, that He had it five wise and five foolish. All the rest of what we see in various places are nothing but tares. I say that by the authority of God’s word. If we are going to allow the Bible to speak to us at all, then let us allow it to speak about all things. Why do I say that? Because when Jesus interpreted the second parable, and said, Let them grow together until the harvest, I want you everyone to know this, We are at the harvest of the Lord’s true seed. What will He do? He will send forth His angels and bind the tares in bundles. Who are those that will bundle up the tares? Some of them are found in beautiful cathedrals you see built in various places, with thousands of people standing there with their hands raised and tears flowing, but if you go there and start testifying of what God has shown you out of His word, according to a true revelation, they will say, Get that out of here! We have no time for that: we are here to worship the Lord. Well I ask you, Is that what they are doing? Can you really worship God while rejecting the true revelation given to His true seed? There are a lot of things in this book that can open up a lot of other things to us, if we will just permit it. What I have said tonight, is all on a tape; and I am prepared to stand solid behind every word of it. We as children of God, can no longer allow ourselves to be led about by personalities. If we are true children of God, our fellowship must be around the truth of His word.
ALLOWING GOD’S WORD TO DIRECT OUR PATHWAY
There are some things upon my heart today that I am not going to enjoy speaking, because when I was awakened Monday morning, it was just like my mind had been programmed to say what I am going to say. I got up and wrote it down; and every time I think about it, I want to cry. I do not mean to sound like I am a cry baby, but we are living in a serious day and hour of time; and there are many who profess to be believers, that are so careless with God’s word. Please brothers and sisters, let us not just take this thing of God’s mercy and grace for granted. I am thankful to God for everything He has done for me in life; and I want to be true to Him and help all of you to be able to walk with Him as true children of God. I never realized what preaching on these seals was going to open up until I was already well into them. We are going to know some things when this message is finished, if we will just allow the Holy Spirit to have our attention. I am going to ask you to open up to the 6th chapter of Revelation. I want to read this fourth seal again at this time. Verse 7, “And when He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice (We explained that last Sunday, that this is the only seal that speaks specifically of the beast that is speaking.) of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale (gray) horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” Brothers and sisters; I do not want any person to take personally, anything I would say about Catholicism. I am not talking about any person in particular: I am talking about that system of religion and the spirit that makes it what it is. I have here, their own writings. In this book also, is a picture of many of the priests and doctors of divinity of the Catholic Church that has compiled the things that are in it. The title of the book is, “The Glories of the Catholic Church.” It has signed signatures, the words, defenders of our faith, and the rulers of the world. That is not talking about the president, that is talking about what they claim to be, by his holiness Pope Leo XIII, copyrighted 1894. All of their doctrines are explained in here. Back in 1963 when Bro. Branham brought the revelation of the six seals, he spoke about this gray horse and what it would do. I have here, an article out of the Courier Journal. It was written in 1962, of Pope John Paul 23rd. He had ordered a council. In here, he tells what that council will accomplish. It has been forty years since that time. Catholic priests have preached in Protestant churches and Protestant preachers have preached in Catholic churches. Nuns have given their testimonies in Pentecostal churches all over the country and the gray horse rider rides on . If you do not believe that gray horse rider has been riding for these past forty years, then I do not know what in the world you have been listening to. The religious world out there today, is all wrapped up in just exactly what the pope said right here, because the theme of it was, That we all may be one. When that council was set, a man that lived here in America, a big Pentecostal theologian, David Duplessis, went to the council meeting; and it was there that he introduced to many of the Catholic people over there, the idea of speaking in tongues. What I am going to say today, is not just words I have cooked up. I can back up every bit of it by what this pope has said right here, forty some years ago. Here we are, living in the time when all of it has just about been fulfilled already. That lets me know this is not a time to go to sleep. Rather, let us be alert and sensitive to God for what He has done. The articles in this, are very clear and easy to read and understand. The paper is old, printed in 1962, so that makes it forty two years old. Concerning the questions I have been handed, I will answer some of them independently, while some of the others will be answered right along in the message today. I have to say, You are living in an hour of separation; and some of it will be hard to understand at first, but we must be willing to allow the Bible to speak to us. Believe me saints, you and I will be greatly disturbed by some of it. The separation that is going on is going to separate wise virgins from foolish virgins; and tares will be bundled, and everything God does in this separation will be according to His ultimate purpose. I do not take pleasure in saying this, but it is a fact we must accept.
The first question I have been asked is as follows, What is the difference between the foolish virgins and the harlot? The harlot is the denominational spirit. How many realize that? The people that are caught up in it are blind and do not realize what is going on, because somewhere along the line they stopped listening to God themselves and just continued following a man-made program. All that are such, just have a religious thought as they sit there, but do not know one thing by revelation, about the true plan of God. Out across the land today there are thousands of people sitting in congregations, all having religion, but do not have salvation for their soul. You might say, Well that sounds harsh Bro. Jackson, but I will just have to say, There is not going to be another forty years for people to play church, like they have for the past forty years. Time has advanced to God’s final harvest of the crop He has been cultivating through these centuries of grace. Our lives can never again be like they have been in the past. We are living in a short interval of time right now, just as God is shaking this entire religious realm of church-going people. No, it will not be in a way you may think, like dynamite, but instead, He is absolutely going to get every person separated and grouped exactly as the Bible speaks that it is to be. Every denomination out there today, is a product brought about by the Reformation; and they still have the spirit of that harlot system motivating them. Do you know why? Because the system itself, that which broke away from the old mother of harlots would not take all of the word of God: They have continued on, only with what God revealed to their founder and rejected any further revelation of the word of God. If each one of these systems of religion had taken all the word, they would not be a harlot system: they would all be wise virgins. That is exactly why so many questions have come in, asking about when the shout was made. I have been asked, Have we had foolish virgins all the way from back here? (Chart-the beginning of Christianity) Absolutely not! Please saints, try to understand what produced foolish virgins in the first place. Coming out of the Dark Ages, when the Reformation hit, you had faith here, another truth here, another here, crossing on over until we come into this era of time we are now living in. In those prior years after the Reformation, you had all various denominational people sitting in their separate systems. It is true, God’s Spirit had dealt with those of every system, to save some here and there. Were there tares among them? Yes. Tares have sat in church groups right on through time. Then when we do come to the hour of the shout, (delivered by God’s prophet messenger to this age) it has been from the time of the shout, that virgins (believers) awakened. Naturally that is only applicable to the living element, from the time of the shout and onward. Those that were already dead were not affected by the shout: the shout awakened the living element; and from then on, time would begin to produce and separate by the revealed word of God, the wise and the foolish. From that time on, God has used that standard to place each believer in their rightful place. Why were the foolish virgins called foolish virgins? Simply because, even though they had believed unto eternal life, they failed to receive the message delivered to this age. When that shout came, which was a message delivered by the messenger to this age, I ask you, At the time it was delivered, what was it for? It was a message that was prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6, how He (God) would send that spirit of Elijah again for a certain purpose. To do what? To turn the end-time children’s faith and hearts back to the faith of their fathers, (the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ) back to what the Church started out with. You ask, Did everybody wake up to believe it? No. It is very strange how some people begin to react. There were some people out of the denominational realm that had the privilege to go and sit in a few services under Bro. Branham’s ministry. Oh yes, to see how the Spirit of God discerned things was fantastic: It was so marvelous. That was like sitting in a spiritual theater. After a period of time though, did it really open up the heart and mind of all who heard him? It did not. Some did see what God was doing, but the rest just sat there enjoying what they saw; and then determined in their heart that they were not going to change from what they already believed. While some were awakened, others just enjoyed the loaves and fishes and went their way. It was the way they awaken and went about things from then on, that God looked at. I will leave that thought right there for now. The foolish virgins in many respects, are all caught up in the harlot systems of today, if you understand what I mean. I will take another question now.
ANSWERING ANOTHER A QUESTION
We have this question which asks, When you speak of the Christian faith, Constantine and Charlemagne brought the Christian faith to the Roman Empire, is that Catholicism or the gospel of Christ? Here is how you have to look at that. The gospel started out in its original truth, but the first thing the devil attacked was the revelation of the Godhead, which you can verify in the little epistles of John written in the year 90 A.D. As we come over here towards the third century though, here is where we have Constantine coming into the picture. Already, the major issue of dispute was the Godhead. Constantine called the meeting known as the Niacea Council in 325 A.D., and as a result the trinity concept of the Godhead was set in motion. They tell about that right here in this little book. That was toward the beginning of the gradual diluting of the original Christian gospel. From his own experience which he interpreted as the favor of God, Constantine introduced the Christian faith to the Roman Empire for fellowship. That of course, was on the basis of what the gospel was at that time. What we must keep in mind, is that no individual had any purpose to turn it into Catholicism. Their aim was only to believe it as they saw or heard it to be. By the time we come through the many generations to Charlemagne’s hour, which was in 800A.D., many generations had left the scene in death; and younger ones had came and taken their place, and each generation kept getting weaker and weaker in the knowledge and revelation that the first Christians had. There was no such thing as one teaching this and another teaching something else and another something else. They everyone, by that time, all heard it the same. Whatever it was by then, they all heard it the same. When we do come to Charlemagne’s hour, he was the leader that had embraced the Christian faith as it existed in his hour. Once he did that, that is when from the history standpoint we can say Christianity became embedded in the world society, the Roman social structure. That is when the church became married to the state. It was still not called Roman Catholicism at that time. It was only after Charlemagne’s hour, that the individual pope began to arise, seeing his opportunity. As he did, he began to maneuver himself into a position of authority. By the time we come to the 11th century, the pope had more power in the social realm of the Roman era, than the emperors did. From that time on, it was the pope guided by the spirit of Satan which was on him, that began to establish that which is now called Roman Catholicism. That is why it was not the individual people or anything, but the pope that was enjoying this thing, because when it started out, the first men that were big in Christendom were the bishops. As the Roman emperors got weaker and weaker in their authority as rulers, the bishops in succession seemed to come closer to the position where eventually the pope realized he had more sway over the general society of the Roman Empire than the emperors did. That is exactly why, about the last three or four hundred years of that long period was the darkest period of European history that has been recorded. It was called the Dark Ages, because the Church ruled, dominated, dictated what would be learned, what would not be learned, what will be allowed and what will not be allowed. That is why you can rightly say, The gospel has been gradually changed and changed and changed until it reached an hour when all you have left is the Roman Catholic dogma. I hope you can all understand, that the gospel of Christ was not changed all of a sudden. It was a gradual decaying, decaying, decaying until finally it was only what the pope, which has slowly come into a position of authority over the entire territory, and over society, wanted. It is called Roman Catholicism, simply because it is broadly accepted as the Universal Christian Church. (They claim authority that is totally against the scriptures.) From then on, the individual popes began to lift themselves up as the ruler of the world. That is why it is written that way right in there. That is why, when the antichrist is finally positioned and introduced to the world in his hour, it is none other than the Roman Catholic Pope of that hour of time, taking the position to fulfill what Revelation 13, shows us. said, He had a head that was wounded by the sword and yet did live. What was wounded? What did the Reformation do? It wounded the power of the pope over society, and therefore freed society to bring about the Reformation. The sad truth is, that is why all of these Reformation systems are called harlots, because Catholicism is their mother.
Here, is the next question that has been asked. Is the only thing that separates some people in the great multitude from the foolish virgins, the point in time of the shout? Yes, I would have to say that is true. Keep in mind, that the great multitude John saw in the 7th chapter and 9th verse of Revelation, was after he saw the two prophets go forth in the first part of the week, to preach the gospel to Israel. Over here, is the Bride saints, all already in heaven, because they have been translated. They have on white linen robes. Let me say, These white robes have got to be so, because they received the Holy Ghost in its fullness with the revelation of truth; and they lived accordingly. It takes the revelation of the word to put the quality in the material she is robed in. The others have white robes, but that can be cotton. Look at it the way women look at material. Fine linen in ancient times, was the choice material that brides wore. You may say, Well cotton can be white also, but remember, it is a lot different than the quality of fine linen. White is white, but the difference is in the quality of the material. The Bride of Christ will absolutely be arrayed in the finest of all. You will still have your 30, 60 and hundred fold of fruit bearing Christians, but their garments will all be of fine linen. To you who are always asking, Who has the Holy Ghost, and who does not have the Holy Ghost? I want you to listen carefully to how I am saying this, Up to a point there has to be an answer for every question, but if you esteem yourself to be a wise virgin, then stop worrying about everything in every other place. You do not have to know that. You need to become so concerned about yourself and your position, and what God has done for you, that you can say, It is only by the grace of God that I am anything at all, but I thank God for what He has allowed me to see. That will do you more good than knowing everything about everyone else. I am not going to loose sleep over all these other things out here. I do not have to understand everything that is going on. God will show us what we need to know. We can say this though, Up until the shout came, the Bride saints were still back here in denominational systems of religion, except the ones that were already dead. When we do cross this point of time, (where the shout came) this is where God draws the line, because it is from that point in time, that He started a separation, putting people and classes in their different places. Yes, after the shout, is when there slowly began the rising of the wise, and also the appearing of the foolish. We can say this, Up to a certain period of time, they were all mingled together. There is no such thing, as the wise all being camped on one side of the railroad, and the foolish were camped on the other side. Some would like for it to be that way, but now I am going to use myself for an example.
HOW GOD DEALT WITH ME
I was raised with a Methodist background. I am saying these words this morning as truthful as I know how. I never wanted to be very religious. I thought everybody ought to have a Bible in their home, but I did not want to get too close to it. I had read about how it made people crazy. If thy eye offend thee, pluck it out, and I had read about some people plucking their eyes out. If thy hand offend thee, cut it off, and I heard that this had happened. I used all of that as my excuse for avoiding it. I am part of a generation that was among the wise when the shout came; and I did not know it. When God did deal with me and that accident almost took my life, I had already married my wonderful little wife; and she also was brought up with a Methodist background. As far as the religious side, all we knew was Methodism and was content to be that way. However, for a year and half after that terrible wreck, God dealt with me concerning my soul. It finally got to the place I realized I could not go any further: I had to get that burden off my heart. When I went to a little Methodist meeting that night, there I was, the proud little fellow that didn’t want to be too religious, but I had to find something to give me some peace of mind, so I went to the alter as the Methodists always said you had to do. As I knelt there, I said Lord, I don’t know what to say, but Lord if you can take this burden, this guilt away from me and give me an assurance that I can know that I am saved, and deliver me from this cigarette habit, then Lord, I will do my best to live for you. Then, according to the old Methodist saying, which is “heaped up, pressed down and running over,” I said, Lord, if you will do this for me, I will do my best to teach your word; not even thinking what I was actually saying. You may not fully realize what I am going to say, but the very next morning when I woke up, I felt a complete different feeling about my whole outlook for life and for the day ahead. The book I never wanted to get too close to, only to read it once in awhile and respect it, or honor it, I sat there in my living room chair the next day, (because it was rainy that day) and read and read and read, out of the book I never had wanted to get too close to. From then on, I made it a habit of reading the Bible every day I could. I certainly cannot say I understood everything I read, but here a little bit, and there a little bit, something would speak to my heart. As I sat in my living room that one morning, the Bible fell open to the 1st chapter of Luke. When I read how the angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias in the temple and told him his wife Elizabeth would conceive and bare a son, and the angel quoted from Malachi 4, in its first advent fulfillment. When he quoted that first part he stopped quoting. As I sat there reading that, I said to myself, The angel stopped without quoting the rest of that Elijah prophecy in Malachi, so if those words be true, then the last part of Malachi is for our day; and at that time I had never even heard of William Branham. As I continued to read my Bible, it became a very important part of my daily activities. At that time, we had a student pastor in Elizabeth, that had a charge of five churches he preached in. When he and his wife went on vacation, he asked me to take over the charge for him; and I did. That is why I say, God has been merciful to me. He took me and changed that stubborn mind and attitude of mine, to where I began to have a hunger to read something from His word; and I wanted God to speak to me. You know brothers and sisters, before very long I was seeing things in the scriptures that the Methodist church would not even touch. After I had my first opportunity to hear Bro. Branham preach, then I had the opportunity to preach in the Methodist church in Elizabeth one Sunday morning. I peached on predestination, a doctrine they do not believe in. Nevertheless I went ahead and preached it because I could see it in the scriptures. The reason I say these things, is to try to give you a knowledge as we look back in time, that when it came time, there was a shout sounded forth; and there was an element of people that fell into the categories we have been talking about. When I finally woke up to the fact that the man I was privileged to go see and hear in the month of August, 1952, was the very man I was destined to hear, I said, That is none other than the spirit of Elijah on this man. From then on, we began to go to hear different evangelists in different places. When we went to Evansville in the year 1953, we were still in the Methodist church, but we were going to the Branham Tabernacle also. On the last night of this meeting in Evansville, we were coming home in our car, the kids all asleep in the back seat; and my wife was sitting next to me. (We didn’t have seat belts back then, so she could do that. She didn’t have to sit over there with a seat belt and me over here with a seat belt.) As we drove along she sitting right beside me, said, You know what, we are going to have to get out of that Methodist Church. I said, I agree with you. I am saying this because I am a living part of that original generation that heard the shout that woke up sleeping virgins. When I look back to what God took us out of, I realize He took us out of a bunch of sleeping virgins. How many understand my illustration? When I began to hear this man preach about the fact that you have to have the baptism of the Holy Ghost, we began to search for it. Over a period of time God gave it to us. I want to say this now though, Our parents were still in that Methodist Church. I am using this to illustrate something to you, because some people will say, Well my children will not speak to me any more. Well what have you been talking about to them? Have you been preaching to them? You are the last person on earth that should preach to your children what they ought to do and ought not to do when it comes to salvation, unless they come to you and say, Dad or Mother, can I ask a question? Then you ask God to give you wisdom to answer it. When we did leave that Methodist Church, it left our parents still in the system. We both agreed we would never preach to them. We never even ask them if we could leave the Methodist Church, because we knew it was a choice God had presented unto us. As time went on and it came about that God laid it upon my heart to start the church, then sickness fell to my father, then to my father-in-law. The two things were running parallel, side by side. I will cut this part short by saying, Before my father and my father-in-law left this world, they both in their individual way, confessed themselves to be believers and said, I want to believe like William Branham. I will never forget the morning I went down to give my father-in-law his shot. I was going into the kitchen to get the syringe, when he stopped me and said, Junior, I want you and Opal and the kids to come down tonight, I have something I want to tell you. He said, I am not going to be with you much longer. I am going to be where your daddy and Bro. Branham are. At that time I had already baptized my father and my mother, so for the sake of cutting this short I will say, We both saw our parents on both sides give their hearts to the Lord in the light of the revelation we stand for. Well Bro. Jackson, are they in the Bride? No, I am not telling you they are going to be in the Bride, because they did not live long enough to receive the Holy Spirit and get a complete and clear revelation of the truth we have, but they do have eternal life.