I have been on this message: this makes part 4, getting ready for the rapture. I started at the beginning of the week. It has had a great success. I know at the beginning of it as we began to put things on the internet, it reached South Africa, and the people there were never told that there was an internet service that could be watched. It went on for years that way. Those that knew did not tell the others. The preacher there would get the Contenders and then hide them away for two or three months until he had preached the messages he got from them. And then he would say that he and Bro. Jackson were preaching the same thing. Sure you could say that if you were reading and memorizing everything. You are held responsible for what you do. I have not tried to copy anyone by the things I have said. I have quoted Bro. Branham, I have quoted Bro. Jackson. I have read some from them here in the pulpit, but I have not preached their messages, just to take a message off the internet and then preach it. When you do it that way, then there is controversy because people always say, you did not say it like so and so said it, especially like Isaiah 4 and Hosea 6:2. These were messages that the Lord gave me. Isaiah 4, the first verse, was a subject that was gone over, but it had never been handled to the fact of what it really was. I have got criticism from it: and you have received criticism for listening to it. It has been said, I wonder how many: when they leave church, go down the highway and are sorry they were even there in the service? Well you came back, so you must not have been very sorry. There is a good number here today. Somebody asked me the other day, where did they all come from? I cannot tell you where everyone has come from. It is not just people that have wandered into the service off of the street, but something got hold of them, and they got hungry. If you get hungry: you are going to go looking for food. Like some have said, there are only two churches here in the United States that you can go to and receive true spiritual food. I am talking about churches that have pastors. I know there are other groups, like in Minnesota and East Chicago, Las Vegas, and maybe more: where other people would meet together to have fellowship with one another around the truth. Sometimes truth brings controversy. Everything comes at the right time. The godhead has come at the right time. However not everyone agree with it, but it had to come. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He did not make Himself more than that. Others tried to. Some tried to make Him Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. But He did not fit in the mold. When the time came, which was the fullness of time, like I was told this morning,: that in 1994 when the Spirit moved on a lot of the people, especially the young people, and that was a Shemitah year?. Here we are in another Shemitah year (2015) and it is happening again, twenty one years apart. If you do not believe that, get the archives, and you will see. Young people that are six, seven, eight, ten or eleven years old, you just don’t pump something into them. There has to be something happening. Something was happened when someone had to hold up their young daughter hen she was bent over. I did not do that, I did not lay hands on her as well as others that were touched by the Spirit of God. Say, may God be praised. You do not have to have somebody lay hands on you to receive the Holy Ghost. I wonder who laid their hands on Jesus when He received that precious Spirit ? I wonder who laid hands on the three thousand believers : on the day of Pentecost? Who laid hands on one hundred and twenty? God is Sovereign. He does not have to have help when it is time for His Spirit to fall upon someone. When God is working in man: He is referred to as the Holy Ghost. That is why His Spirit is called the Holy Ghost, because it is in you without the world being able to see it, except they see the works of it. You will be criticized, but greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world. Remember that always! You have something greater inside you than what the world has. You do not have to go to those dirty movies and fix yourself up like the world in order to do so. There was a thing on television: men were talking about it, and said that a woman in the world, that had real high heel shoes on, if she dropped something, men were fifty percent more likely to pick it up for her: than they would if she did not have high heels shoes. When they get them real high, they are going to twist as they walk, and that will put you out of joint. We are not in this thing for popularity. We are in it to please a living God. I am not talking about little heels, I am talking about four, five, or six inch heels, where you are walking on your toes and twisting as you go. That is the world for you: as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of man. This is the days just before closing out time. It was prophesied one time, that the door for salvation would be closed; and we know that will be at the time when Revelation 10 is being fulfilled, the door is going to be closed. There will never be another Gentile dealt with for salvation. I am glad to see some people getting in before the door closes. Young people, you are at the right age to be looking for a mate, not maybe looking for one, but you are beginning to realize there is an opposite sex. Before you get your mind on that, get your mind on the Lord. Get everything that would be a hold back emptied : then God will give you what you need. If you are just looking for someone, maybe anyone: you are looking in the wrong direction. Are you afraid you are going to be left out in the cold? Stop worrying. God has the right answer for you. There is a real marriage coming, not like this thing that is going on right now in America, putting the rainbow colors on the White House. What a slap at the Word of God! The rainbow color was put on the top of that new tower they lit it up last night, in New York. I do not want to be close to that thing. When it was built, it was infested with rats. They must have come from Washington. We live in a wonderful hour: if we are right with God. You may say: How can he say that? I see it in the lives of people, as they give over to God. Do it while the door is still open. Let us go to Genesis 6 now. “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them.” That is talking about natural man, not the sons of God in Adam’s line. When men began to multiply, they had been over in the land of Nod, over in Iran. That old spirit is still there today. You will not find God dealing with those of that sort. Here goes these sons and daughters of Cain’s line to the beach; to be seen of all. That reminds me: The water is getting infested: there have already been six people bitten by sharks in North Carolina, and the people cannot get out of the water. These diseases that are coming on people by having an open wound: when they are in the water of the sea. God is getting fed up with people who, in spite of all caution: they just have to go for a good time for the flesh. God has all the time in the world, but He does not have time for foolishness. He said; The fool has said in his heart that there is no God. That goes from the White House to the lowest house. They sing Amazing Grace at a funeral, but they do not know what grace is. It has passed over them. It is amazing grace, but those who do not know God in a true salvation experience, do not know anything about His Amazing Grace. Well as those Canaanite women began to show themselves where the sons of Adam’s line could see them: what I am going to read next: lets us know what happened that eventually led to the flood of Noah’s hour of time. The time came; “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” It was not God’s choice. These were sons of God: because they were the seed of Adam’s line. It did not just happen right here in Noah’s time: it was back in the ages past, and this mixture of serpent seed and seed of God had filled the earth with evil. “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” That is how long Noah worked on building the ark. God gave them one hundred and twenty years: do you know why? While the ark was preparing. The reason God’s judgment has not come on the world is because God is getting a Bride ready. He holds of judgment until His plan of righteousness has fulfilled His purpose. Are you ready? Are we ready? We used to play a little game when we were children, hide and seek. Whoever was the one looking, they would say, ready or not, here I come. God is not going to fool around like that now. Ready or not: his judgment is coming upon this earth. “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Just like they are today. I forget which country it is, that they have a big thing about seventeen miles long, that goes in a circle. They claim that whenever this thing really goes off, they do not know what is going to happen, because they are trying to find out where creation came from. Genesis 1:1, I can tell them that before they spend all those billions of dollars exploring. Genesis 1:1: says this, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination (Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Wicked minded people cannot think straight. Look at gay marriages and all such like. You came from birth into a man’s body, but you are really a woman. (Dumb and dumber). I will say this, if you have feelings of that nature, get it under the blood of Jesus Christ now. Every imagination! The president said the worst thing in this country is global warming. Now they are going to make trucks run leaner and leaner, and soon they will be running on air. It said the imagination of their hearts was only evil continually. It was not like that twenty years ago, but look how it is now. I got a smart phone a month ago. I am just a dummy (you could say) with a smart phone. I never did even want a phone like that, but you know you have to keep up with the times.) of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” What was wrong five years ago is right today; so many say. Now these conservative republicans, which I used to think conservative meant morally, but it does not. These conservative republicans, some who are running for president, now that the law is passed for gay marriage, (which we are totally against), but we have to go along with it because it is the law. You will certainly not get my vote. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. It does not matter how well groomed they are: nor how many Hillary’s there are, or whatever, they will not get my vote. I can stay home. They might say, well you don’t have any right to say anything like that, but I say, Yes I do: I am a Christian, a child of God. In history, it says that the early church did not join in politics. They were not elected on the boards and in heads of government: because they did not have time. Can you imagine President Peter? They have tried to make him a pope. What did he say? “Repent every one of you and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.” If repentance does not happen, you certainly do not have remission of your sins. (Back to Genesis 6) “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” God is grieved in His heart today. It says He would laugh at man’s calamities. “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah” (Noah, that is why we are here today, because Noah.) found grace (You can find that grace this morning, in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was not Bride, nor a type of the bride, because he had to go through the tribulation, and I am going to show you: that the Bride does not go through tribulation.) in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, (Not Enoch’s generation, but in his generation. All the evil spoken of, that I went through there in those first verses, all that evil, we find Noah rode above it. He was perfect in his generation. All the preaching we are hearing now, all these brothers that are spreading the word here and telling you that it must be every wrinkle and blemish, everything must be gone. We have no excuse.) and Noah walked with God.” The New Testament says that Noah was a preacher of righteousness. He tried to tell them, but his preaching did not turn his generation to God. They will have no excuse when they stand before the Lord. People of today will have no excuse, because there is an internet, and there are some brothers that are preaching truth that all can hear. We get thousands and thousands of hits on our web site, and over the years it runs into more than a million, but they do not listen very long to truth: before they turn to some place else because this is not entertainment for them. Some have said, I will go to one of these other churches, because they don’t make you feel bad with their preaching. I have actually had that spoken to me: we will go to another church because we don’t feel bad when we leave: you can leave, and not feel like a sinner. That is what the gospel is supposed to do to lost sinners: make them feel bad. You have to feel bad, before you feel freedom. Young people: hear me, and hear what these other brothers say. They are telling you the truth, they are telling you the way to be set free. Everybody was blessed yesterday, when our brother stood here in his hillbilly way, but there was more to it than just laughing. There is more to it. What if it had not been for these men that God has called, that God has appointed for this end time. Here they are. Let them see on the screen what we have got. They have said: You people do not even have enough preachers to make up the seven thunders. Well God does. It is not my picking. I don’t know who it is going to be, but I believe it is part of this. I believe it is. I don’t say that as a maybe. Noah was perfect in his generations. Before he ever started the ark, he was perfect in his generations, nine hundred and fifty years of it. He saw a lot of things. I think I have seen a lot of things in my few years. I went from a little old dirty feet, snotty nosed country boy: to be here among saints: true children of God, that have been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. They come from the north and south, they come from the east and west, they come from lands afar, to feast with our King, to dine with Him as guests. “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said to Noah (God talks. He still does. We are not Noah, but God knows us. You are Bro. Spencer, Bro. Kurt, Bro. Land, Bro. Kevin. God speaks to these men. He is not saying to build an ark, because He said there would never be a flood like that anymore. God is not saying build a boat, He is saying build a message, build on that. Don’t stop. Bro. Branham said, if you are digging potatoes, go ahead and dig potatoes. He said, as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man, they eat, they drink, they swapped wives. That is a big thing now, having massive weddings, one man will marry a woman, then another man will marry his wife, that man will marry another man’s wife and there is just a whole group of marriages. I cannot even think of the things they do: I don’t want to. The earth was corrupt. Man’s mind was corrupt. It is corrupt today. They said we want to see how far we can go with our language. They used to say certain words, they were called dirty words. Other words were called curse words. Now it is just a conglomeration of a sickening mess. Women don’t care what they say on television, they are worse than men. It shames me. I grew up respecting women. I grew up in a time when men chewed tobacco : standing on the sidewalk, and spit out into the street. It was a nasty situation, but if a woman approached: one would say to the other person or persons with them: watch what you say, there is a lady coming by. You are ladies and gentlemen, but the world is full of the filth of the devil. I want to go back to the 5th chapter now, the 18th verse. We are going to talk about Enoch now. “And Jarred lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch. And Jarred lived after he began Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Jarred were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died. And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God (He walked with God every day. His walk was with God He saw what was going on. It was about this time when the sons and daughters had got together, less than a thousand years. This world was not his home. He was walking, looking, seeing, worshiping God. The Bible says to lift holy hands to Him, give Him praise. We sing the song, Praise Him in the morning, Praise Him at noontime, Praise Him at night. If we do that, we will not have time to think of a lot of other things. Just praise Him. Enoch was walking with God. His steps were right. He was going some place. All at once he took a step and that foot never did touch the ground again. He did not feel anything under him. He took another step, but he was no longer on the ground. He was going up. He took another step, but all at once he was changed. I was asked the question the other day: about Enoch and about Elijah. They did not see death. Does that answer your question? They did not see death. They were raptured. Enoch walked with God…) after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and began sons and daughters. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years.” Was that all of his days? That was all of his days here on earth. Where he went: time did not last, or it did not count anymore. He went into eternity to be with an eternal God: where days and nights did not count. One of these days, I will take my last step on earth and the next one will be in glory. As the song goes, I looked at my hands, they looked new, I looked at my feet and they did too. We will be changed in a moment: in the twinkling of an eye. Everybody close your eyes and open them real quick. It will be that quick. No one is going to see you change clothes. In my robe of white, I will fly away. We have the rest of the story here in the book of Jude. That brother had a message. There is only one chapter but it has a lot in it, things we need to know. Verse 8. “Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, (Filthy dreamers, you ornery, good for nothing mayor of Louisville! He went to meet the first two men who had lived together for thirty some years: he went to meet them when they got their marriage license. He gave them a bottle of champagne. They stood there, I hate to even say it: they stood there and kissed in front of him. Filthy, ornery bunch of people that have no respect for the Word of God. I will preach it until we go underground and I will still preach it underground. They have a place waiting for them. As our brother said, hell is enlarging it’s mouth. Isaiah said, hell hath enlarged herself and opened her mouth without measure, 5:14 It is getting bigger and bigger. It has no end to the enlargement necessary to take care of all that are heading there. Heaven does not need to grow. It is already made ready for those the Father foreknew would be there. Jesus said when He was on the cross, it is finished. The time is come that we get finished. Get in that tub of cleansing: where we are washed by the washing of the water of the Word. I believe it is already happening. I believe Bro. David North’s vision is already being fulfilled. Wade out and get a little deeper. Get deeper in the eyes of the Lord. Our future is in front of us, and the past is being left behind. The old man is dead.) Of the worldly mass of humanity it says they despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts: in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, (Look what Cain did! He brought forth a seed that is still in the earth today. His offspring are still here.) and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, (What did he preach for? Money. What are these television preachers preaching for? Money, money, money. Give me, give me, give me. Just have faith in God and God will make you rich, but you have to give to me. One man said he needed a sixty five million dollar airplane. The congregation said, we can’t afford it. He said, I will get it anyway. No wonder, his last name is Dollar. I will not tell his first name, but it starts with C.) and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” What is it? You can hear that bunch of preachers at Faith Assembly and say: I don’t feel comfortable going there. Get your heart right and you will. If you are uncomfortable hearing truth: that is conviction. That is a good sign; That leads to genuine salvation. It is time to get something started. Then we can truly sing, On the way home: time to get started on the way home, preacher talk about it, tell it in your song. How many want to go home? How many are tired of this world, and want to go home? Let it go! “These are spots in your feasts of charity, (Those evil ones. God removes spots, wrinkles and blemishes doesn’t He? Just take a scrub brush, which is the Word of God, and scrub! You will come clean.) when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, (Just a bunch of empties.) carried about of winds; trees who fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots.” What happens to twice dead people? Look at Revelation 20, the second death. “Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. And Enoch also, (Enoch, here he is again. Is he your friend? He did not go to the paradise that was back then, in the heart of the earth. He went up. Why did God take him? He was perfect. He saw what was going on. He had a message of perfection. We have a message of perfection. Where did he come, in the number? What number was he? The seventh from Adam. This is the seventh church age. This is the seventh year. I have seen a picture, the day the Shemitah year started, there was a black calf that had a perfect number 7 on its forehead. I saw it on the United Press. It had already been born, but that was when it was put out on the air. Then a man said, I believe I have something like that. He was from Texas. He looked and there was a calf that was born on the 15th, the same day this was put out on television and the internet. A red calf with a perfect number 7 on its forehead. How come that happened? We entered the Shemitah year and two calves presented the same day. (God is saying it is time!) Enoch, the seventh from Adam, we are in the seventh church age, closing out. I have not said there is going to be something great happen after September 28th. I have not said that, but I believe in my heart, between that and the next year. It has happened the last several times. Israel has eight point three million Jews living in the Holy Land. There are better than six hundred thousand that live in Jerusalem and Judaea. Have you heard the saying, don’t mess with Texas. I am saying, don’t’ mess with God concerning the apple of His eye, which is Israel. Enoch…) the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his (Bride) saints.” I added that word, Bride. The Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints. He is coming back again. He is coming back again and I am the only reason. Somebody said to change that to we are the only reason. I said no, it is an individual thing. Sing it, I am the only reason. I will believe it with you. Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, that was a long way back, about five days ago in God’s time. It is not long to God. It is not long to Enoch either. When you get into eternity, time means nothing. Are you ready? Are you waiting? Are you believing? “To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” That is the only reason these preachers mention William Branham and Raymond Jackson, for advantage. It is not for following what they said. You cannot say that I am following these men, and have your little daughter out there singing for the world. Singing: yes for the world, for their entertainment, why? Because of advantage. They said when Bro. Jackson died, which they were already planning it, there were preachers already planning on taking over Faith Assembly. They had already planned it. They also said, that when Bro. Jackson dies, Bro. Bud and Allen will use this monitor to put Bro. Jackson’s messages on. That this was what we would use it for. We did not have to. The same God that anointed William Branham and Raymond Jackson, is the same God that anoints His ministry in this hour of time. God got rid of the unbelieving crowd. Just like it was said, there used to be two rows of preachers up here. Where are they now? I say, where are they today? Where did they go? Seven ways for Sunday. They went together, but they could not get along, so they split up. Some of them believed that we have passed the second day, others don’t believe we are there yet: So they split on that. I had one preacher say, after I had preached in his pulpit on the second day, and he accepted it. Why did you not preach the third day then, which was a year and half later. I simply said: I did not know it then. I say to all: Do not preach something you do not know. If you don’t know it, keep it quiet. “But, beloved, (you are 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 in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, (What are the last words?) having not the Spirit.”
GETTING READY FOR THE RAPTURE
As we were talking about how sometimes curses or whatever you want to call it, is passed down from family to family. I went back into the Old Testament to get that: because I knew that there are things that are bothering people from other generations. I felt I needed to deal with it to loose some people from some spirits that had hounded them. I knew the difference. I knew that it had happened. I did not point out any one, but I knew. Sometimes it means, as the Bible says, in a marriage we must leave our father and mother, and cleave together. Sometimes we must leave old attitudes, old opinions that we have been hanging on to through the years, and get rid of them completely. We must put them in the dump-ster. As long as we hold on to things that are going to hinder us, they are going to hinder our walk with God. Sometimes we can overlook these things, but we must not do that. I can overlook the Methodist Church which I came out of, and which my parents were in. I am not speaking evil of them, but I cannot live on that. It is good-bye forever to the Methodist Church for me. The scripture says, come out of her my people. If we are saints of God, we will come out of all our opinions and ideas: and thoughts that are hindering us in our walk with the Lord in truth. We cannot hang on to anger, no matter how far back it reaches. We cannot hang on yo anything that is going to hinder us as we strive for perfection. We have to let go and let God rule our lives. It has always been that way, but it is absolutely necessary that we do so in this hour of time. I did have some things that I did not get covered this morning, so I want to cover them, and then go into some things I mentioned at the beginning of this message. The world of religious people do not know where they are in time. They certainly do not know where they are when it comes to the tribulation. They do not know whether the rapture comes before the tribulation: in the middle of the tribulation, or at the end of the tribulation. When there are questions concerning these things: there are answers in the scriptures for those who can receive true revelation. I want to go into some of those things. I first want to go to 2nd Kings. I dealt with Enoch this morning. Now, In the 2nd chapter, we are going to look at this, concerning a question I was asked about Enoch and Elijah. The religious people of the world: say they both had to die. Brothers and sisters: There is no record of that. They were translated. When you translate something, you take it from one position into another position. I want to look at that. I want us to see the feelings of people today: because this hits home in the lives of people. This is some fifteen or sixteen years after Elijah has gone to Mt. Carmel. You read about that in the 18th chapter of 1st Kings. The 17th chapter, is when he goes into hiding. You can put another three years on that period of time. He speaks the Word of the Lord, then he goes into hiding, because he had done the will of the Lord. He had done what God told him to do, and God took care of him: just like I believe He will take care of us when we are in the stream of His will and purpose. I have told people, and I do not mean to keep stressing it: that we do need a little necessary stuff stored back: in case of a catastrophe of some kind: for a little period of time, but we do not need to prepare for seven years: unless you are intending to go through the tribulation. We who are walking with God in truth are not intending to do that. We believe: that as God feeds the sparrows, He will take care of us also. I will start in the 1st verse. “And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elisha went with Elijah from Gilgal “And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.” Isn’t that just like a Christian? Isn’t that like a believer? I am going to keep you in sight. I am going to watch you, I am going to see what is going on. He had already had a revelation that God was going to take him. But all the time Elijah was trying to encourage him with thoughts to see what he would do. He is doing us that way tonight, the Holy Ghost is. He wants us to go on, but He is going to challenge us. Does it not say in Hebrews that God whips (chastens)those that He loves? Bro. Phil was telling about his mother, that she would whip him before she went to church, because she said she knew he was going to do something that would cause him to need it. “And the sons of the prophets (See? You have these others. These were good men. They were not too much as believers, but they were good men. I do not want sons of prophets speaking to me, because they can be wrong. I have heard the prophet, (William Branham) speak. I did not ever hear Joseph speak, and neither did I ever hear Billy Paul speak. They did not have anything to say to me. Maybe you think I should not say that. Well I have said it, and that is exactly how it is.) that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head today? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.” Hold your peace, you are not telling me anything new, keep it to yourself. The prophet said this, the prophet said that. What has God said? What is He talking to you about now? Do you have to look it up? It is in the book. It is not that I do not appreciate what I have heard: I do. It has brought me to where I am now. There had to be a start. There had to be a start for each one of us. We did not get here without that starting point somewhere. It took a prophet’s message to open our eyes: At least it did mine. Some of you young people do not know anything about it, but it is because of the older people that have known there was a message to bring something out to where we could see further down the road. As I have said before: according to Revelation 4, the eagle still flies. There is going to come a time in Elisha’s life that he is not going to be able to depend on Elijah. You may think I mean something more than I do, by that: I do not mean anything more than what I said, because Elijah was going to be taken from him. I remember that Sunday morning, that I went to the Tabernacle, like I always did on every Sunday morning. There were people waiting in the parking lot: Service had already started, but they were waiting there. They came to me and said, did you know the prophet has had an accident, and they do not think he is going to live? What a message to receive. It is just like it was with Bro. Jackson: Bro. Bud and I were working down in Corydon. Bro Steve got a phone call about Bro. Jackson, that he has been sent to the hospital. We go there immediately, and Bro. Steve was standing outside and said to us: They have said they don’t think Bro. Jackson is going to live. Everything we heard, caused us to know we really had to control our emotions and gather your thoughts. You have to gather yourself together at a time like that. I really did not what I was going to do. I had no answer: no expectation of anything like that. God began to deal with me: Bro. Jackson had just finished preaching the seals. I began to listen to those seals. I would go to work and come back home. I would have one of the seal tapes in my truck. I would listen to them going and coming. If we do not hear, God cannot deal with us. You just cannot go off on your own all of a sudden. Somewhere we have to listen for the still small voice that speaks to us, as Elijah did. We have to get away from the rumble of things around you. We have to get away from the things of the world. Get in our prayer closet someplace and say, Lord: what am I going to do? Here am I. I was so hurt by those circumstances, I could not talk about it without crying. Here: I had seen two happenings. They were blows to my spirit being. Two of the men that had a message to bring us: so that we know where we are tonight: had been taken from us. We do not have to go back and listen to everything that has been said and say to each other, did you catch it? I believe: in referring back to things when we need to, but we need to catch it when it is spoken, less it slips away from us. Knowest thou, that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head today? Yea, I know it, hold your peace. He was bothered by all of that. Be quiet and let me get my equilibrium together! “And Elijah said unto him: Elisha, tarry here: I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.” It sounds like disobedience, but reality must prevail. I have not left the message, I have not left the truth. God is just adding to what we had already. He is just giving us more light. He is expanding the light we do have. It shall be light in the evening time, the path to glory you will surely find. In the water way is the light today, be baptized in Jesus Christ’s name. “So they came to Jericho.” Here they are: you have another group of them: sons of the prophets. “And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head today? And he answered, Yea, I know it; (In other words, shut up!) hold ye your peace.” It is getting a little closer all the time. We are getting close to the rapture. Getting closer to the taking away. Elijah was putting out feelers. I am not supposed to say good things, to get people to follow the Lord: I am supposed to preach the Word of God. So are these other brothers. Sometimes it is not good, as far as the flesh is concerned. It will eat on the flesh: because it is supposed to. This old flesh has to die, that we may have a chance to live. “And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.” You have to hold on when the boat rocks, because the boat is always going to rock. Too many people have grabbed the anchor. Bro. Dan worked for a television station: he said that is what they call those that are responsible for the News. They call them anchors because they hold everything in the right place. These sons of the prophets kept showing up. “And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.” It is getting close. It is getting closer during these meetings. Have you heard the moving of the Spirit, the moving in the mulberry tree? It is not a dead sound. It is not something that cannot be felt: not when I see little ones moved toward the Lord. That is what I have yearned for. I have yearned for six, seven, eight, nine and ten year olds to get what they are now getting. It is a great joy to me, because it is real with them. They are not putting on a show. Praise the Lord! “And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, (You have to wrap yourself together in the Word of God.) and smote the waters, (Smack that old devil. You have a right to, and all you have to say is, the Lord rebuke you Satan.) and they were divided hither and thither, (here and yon) so that they two went over on dry ground.” This is the first time I noticed that: dry ground. They did not even get their feet muddy. God can dry things up real quick. He can dry up your problems. Smite old Jordan, put your feet in. Those priests, before they ever went over Jordan, before the children of Israel did, they had to put their feet in the water and it dried up. They went over dry shod. “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” It is getting interesting now, isn’t it? It is getting interesting around here about now also, because the Lord is coming soon and we have a hold on the mantle. “And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” He went up. Do all of you want to go up? I am on my way to Canaan’s land, I am on my way to Canaan’s land, I am not my way to Canaan’s land: come on along and go with me. I am on my way to a better land, I am on my way to a better land, I am on my way to a better land, Praise God, I am on my way. Are you on your way brothers and sisters? I see some smiles out there. “And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan.” He stood there with that old mantle and hit the water, just like Elijah did. The Holy Spirit will make you do the same thing, just like it has been done before. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever. What was it our brother talked about, the 16th chapter of Mark. These signs shall follow them that believe. In my name they shall cast out devils. They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. These signs shall, (shall), follow them that believe. Are you a believer? Elijah went on home to that which he looked forward to. Only the spirit of Elijah has come back. I want look at some more scripture now. Go to the 2nd chapter of Habakkuk. “I will stand upon my watch, (Brothers, we will stand upon our watch. The Lord did not say it would be easy. He did not say it would always be a bowl of cherries.) and set me upon the tower, (Those are the first ones to get shot at. Many times they take a bullet for the congregation, because you say things that irk some people. They do not like it, but the things that are not liked by some: does the church of the living God some good, if it be said in the right way, in the right manner, and if it is the Word. It must be Word. Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little. Then it goes ahead again, line upon line. He is wanting to remind us: don’t forget it. In the 28th chapter of the book of Isaiah it says ), and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Now I want to go to Zephaniah 2nd chapter. This is one of the scriptures I have talked about, that the church will not go through the tribulation. It certainly will not! “Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be (It may be. What did it say? It may be…) ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” Do you want to be hid when the anger comes? I do! Let us go to the 26th chapter of Isaiah, verse 20. “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” This is what I want you to see here: Until the indignation be overpast: does that sound like you are going to be in the tribulation? All I can say is, Lord have it your way. We will have it the Word’s way. “For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: (That is Armageddon.) the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Go back and read that again. That is exciting. I wonder if there might be another one like that? I am going to 1st Thessalonians 5, the one I read the other day. Don’t you like to read about where you are going? “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, (and sisters) ye have no need that I write unto you,” The reason he is saying that, he has already told them that before, but I am glad he wrote it because it lets me know for sure. “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” I feel good. Do you feel good? The day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” That is the end for them. “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness that: that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, (This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, I won’t let Satan blow it out.) and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” Now here is my verse. What is it? Let’s read it. “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” He is coming back. We shall be changed. As I said this morning, it will be so quick. Get rid of this old pest house, for a new body. Praise the Lord, a new life. Old things now are passed away. “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” Do you feel good tonight? God be praised. Let us go over to the 2nd chapter of 2nd Thessalonians. “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, (There was a preacher after Bro. Branham died, that said the rapture has already taken place. He was in the army and lost one arm. It did not do him much good, he still had just one arm. I have said this before: some of them have said well, however you leave this life, that is the way your are going to be in the next life. Somebody said, what about John the Baptist, is he not going to have a head? Would he be walking around with no head? Not soon be shaken in mind, the mind is the devil’s playhouse. Don’t be shaken in your mind. Don’t be that type of person that everything troubles you, because the scripture says He gave us a sound mind.)or be troubled, (That is getting down into our inner being.) neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, (He knew he was not going to write it, he would not write any nasty thing like that.) as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” That dirty man that is in there now, neither he nor his twin coming up. I don’t know what it will be, but he is carrying the same idea, that homosexual idea. He will take it right into Jerusalem when that time comes. They are having their gay days; not in Jerusalem, but in Tel Aviv. Shame on them. Shame on any of you that may hear this, if you go for that, you are treading on God’s holy land with a bunch of carnal junk. Somebody needs some glasses, because they cannot see what their partner looks like. This thing is getting dirty, filthy dirty. God is taking us up above all this worldly junk. “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.” Now I want to go to Revelation 10, verse 8. “And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book from the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.” Sweet words to the man of God, but when it hit his belly, when he had to speak it, then it caused indigestion. It was not because he was afraid, it was because of the words that he had to speak. Here are the words he had to speak. “And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues and kings.” Many peoples, nations, tongues and kings. What made it bitter was what he had to say to them. One of these days there will be somebody that is going to go before the Senate and Congress, the President. You might say, but they will not put up with that. They will have to. When God let Moses go before Pharaoh, he stopped Pharaoh in his tracks. It is going to happen. You filthy men have desecrated the Word of God by your actions, by your deeds, and your lustful way of thinking. You have changed God’s Word and damned the nation. Now God will have to judge it. You will have to stand for it. Six years ago, President Obama ran for president, and he was supposed to have been against gay marriage. They are bragging about it now! Last night and tonight, they have that rainbow light, it is not a rainbow, it is a devil’s bow, lighting up the White House. Nothing like that ever happened under Ronald Reagan’s watch. You might talk about what a bad person Nixon was, but this human filth was not approved by him. It did not happen under Nixon or under Truman. It sure did not happen under Eisenhower. Those are men I remember. Truman would have told them where to go with it. Now we have to tell them: you have overstepped your bounds: you of the Supreme Court. You dirty birds, you have overstepped your bounds. Judgment is waiting on this nation. We have had rains, floods, tornadoes. The whole west is drought stricken. They say it is worse than it has been in twelve hundred years. Four years without any significant amount of rain. The curtain is drawn. God has pulled the shade. I do not know where the crops are coming from this year. Tornadoes, earthquakes: this speaks to me, get your life in order. When that time comes, as Isaiah said, come on in with me. Come on in. God is saying, come in, rest yourself a little while, because you are going to be riding horses. You are going to eat first, have a good meal on the Word of God. Somebody asked Bro. Jackson one time, will we eat in heaven? He said, you can, but you will not have to. Jesus just ate to prove that He was alive. He did not need the food. When He went through that door, or wall, where He went, the door was closed when He came in, and the door was closed when left. That just went with Him. In closing tonight, I feel good. I feel bad in a way, but that bad feeling is not taking the good one away. I feel bad for this nation. I have seen it go from what it was to what it is now. I have seen the best, now we are going to see the worst.
GETTING READY FOR THE RAPTURE
There are many disturbing things in this world that we are living in. We are looking at the calendar of time. The calendar shows that we are at the end of the age. Our brothers and sisters have something to look forward to. It is a day and hour that we have the privilege of drawing nigh to God, as He would draw nigh to us. We are grateful to Him for the day and hour He has given us. We are very sorrowful for the way this nation is going, but we cannot stop it. All these revivalists are still speaking of another great revival. The only revival there will be to the world, especially this nation, will be when George Washington’s vision comes about. Then there will be some people on their knees. It is not going to be pretty up until that time. God just moves on, He pays attention to no one that does not pay attention to Him. We are appreciative of the grace He has shown to us in this day and hour. As we look at the darkness that has come about, it is every day, that there is something. There is no strategy, no plan in our government to stop any of it. As it has been said, there is no plan to take care of things in the Middle East. I think it is very cruel of the president to say something like that, that he has no strategy. When you see things crumbling as they are: they are going down hill, and this gay marriage thing is really stirring things up. There were five counties at the first of the week, in Kentucky, that were holding up on giving out licenses. The county I was from was one of them, but I heard that they have already caved in to it now. There is only one, as far as I know: a woman that said she would not do it, and that they would have to force her out of office first. She said: it is against my religious convictions. There are not very many voices like that; of one hundred and twenty counties in Kentucky. It looks like only one is taking that stand. It is shameful, it is a disgrace. Over in Louisville a couple days ago, they shut down the highway, sixteen hundred gays shut down the highway. Ten of them got married there on the highway while they had it shut down. They had all their flags, their colors and so on. This thing is something that has been laid back, without a whole lot of problem, but now that there are some hypocrite judges that have okayed it, all of them did not, but they were over ruled. The Republican candidates for president, three of the top ones said, now that it is a law, we must go along with it. They did not stand for it anyway, it was in name only. Not only that, I have a picture of the ten commandments. In Oklahoma, in their state house, they have taken down the ten commandments, because there were three or four Satanists that said : either take it down, or put up our picture with the goat and horns beside it. This is the direction the nation is going. We read in the Bible that evil men will wax worse and worse in the last days. It is not only going out here drinking, carousing and all of that, that makes one evil: It is when you reject truth. I want to show you something now. Go to Matthew 11:20, It is such a dirty feeling , to have to live in an evil world that has turned away from God and turned over to the devil. We have read about the end time, and we have heard the end preached, but we are living in it now. There is no doubt about it, we are living in the days of the coming of the Son of Man as is stated in Luke 17. “Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not.” Because they repented not: we had the 9-11-2001 attack. We had a national symbol that was blown to the ground. Some twenty nine hundred lives were lost. People still did not repent. Three weeks from that time, they were back to their same old business. Now they have built a tower back in that spot. The top of it is built like a mosque. I will say it this way, the Muslim extremists blew it down. So here we are. Jesus said they repented not. “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” I was told when the nine supreme court justices went to negotiate, there were people sitting on the steps with sack cloth and ashes on. They walked right on by. “But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, (The only thing that is still there is ruins. There was never anything . All you see there, is just ruins of days gone by
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