Preached Oct. 30 – Nov. 11, 2016
In our last edition, Bro. Allen covered Ezekiel chapters 40-44 looking at the layout of the holy temple during the millennium. We are picking up where he left off.
We live in a special time, and I feel we are in a special place. We are looking at a picture of the sanctuary of the temple and the Holy of Holies. We are inching toward something I believe is getting ready to take place. I feel we need this knowledge. Two prophets are going to come on the scene. Revelation 11:1 talks about measuring the temple and altar and them that worship therein: there is a time just ahead of us when that will be fulfilled. They will measure the part of the temple that is built. God is working progressively toward that very time, that we may be able to look at scriptures and see the time of the two prophets and what they will face, and how much they are going to be able to see in that time. This temple is only going to be used for a period of time. Because Revelation 21, the first part is about the Bride, but they rest is the starting of the Eternal Age. When the Eternal Age comes, this temple that was used in the Millennium will not be needed anymore. You may think that is a strange statement for me to make. What the Jews were seeing in the Old Testament was pointing forward to Christ. This temple will be pointing back to Christ until the Millennium is over. When the eternal age begins, everything will be in perfection from there on. The Millennium is for moving the entire world into that perfection. But after the entire world reaches that perfect state, we find that the Bible says the knowledge of theLord will cover the earth like the waters cover the sea. That is speaking of the Eternal Age. Nobody will really need to know what we need to know now, or what they will need to know in the Millennium, because it will all be revealed to them. The purpose of the Millennium is to get things back to where they would have been had sin never entered the picture. These things may sound strange to you. You may have to think upon these things. Everything points to the Millennium era where everything is done in Jerusalem, which is two cities. Natural Jerusalem and then the New Jerusalem, which is coming down, which is not a physical place with buildings. When it speaks about a mansion, it is speaking of a dwelling place. A rightful dwelling place as we dwell in the presence of God. I do not want to get into that too much right now, but there is enough that leads you into the Eternal Age, that we know something about it. When the Eternal Age comes, Jesus is no longer Savior. They will be looking to Him for saving grace, because the first temple represented him, and this next temple will too. All the blood offerings, the meal offerings, everything that was done there and will be done there, it is all done to point to Christ. During the time of the first two temples they failed to live up to what God wanted from them. They failed. God does not fail. He is going to bring it all back to the Jewish people during the Millennium, and then they will live it. The rest of the natural people of the earth have it differently. They will go to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles. That is once a year. These things will only be for natural people who are upon the earth and not for the saints who will be in glorified bodies. Bride people are not going to be a group of ornery, contrary people. Bride people are getting rid of that now. We better. That is what is going on now, the working of the ministry according to Ephesians 4, to bring about a complete picture for us to be able to fathom and walk in in this endtime. We will go into that more later, the Lord willing.
I want to look at Ezekiel 37:1-14 next, to see just what he is talking about here. Let us go there now. “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones.” That is the Israeli nation. That is where they had been for hundreds and thousands of years of time. Over the centuries, it looked like they had lost hope. They were out of their land and persecuted. I seemed like they would never be restored what they lost. They are the only nation that was ever taken out of their land and then later restored back to their land. They are the only nation. That was all in the hand of God to bring them back and fulfill His will, because God does not fail. He never does. “And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.” It took time for them to be dried out in that way. “And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.” This is the last part of that because they have to have the body before they have breath. “And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” Now this goes all the way into the Millennium. This is not just them becoming a nation. Israel becoming a nation is just the start of the bones coming together. There is more to it than just to become a nation, there also has to be something happen in their spirit. The breath is the spirit of life. There is a natural life which they already have, but then there has to be something spiritual added, the spirit of life. “So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.” This has not fully happened yet. All the twelve tribes are not there yet as they will be. Because there has to be enough people there, enough young Jewish men to make up the 144,000. They do not even know who they are now. Many do not even know what tribe they are of. God does. He is the only one that knows what tribe each one is of. “And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: (This is a gradual process. This has not happened in one day, and it is not done yet. They become a nation in one day, but there was not breath in them, that was just the bones starting to come together. By the time this is done though, it will be an army as it speaks here.) but there was no breath in them.” See? That is a period of time where the bones come together and they have flesh, but no spirit of life in them. God is gradually working. It is 2018 and they do not have the city of Jerusalem back yet. They have part of it. There are different elements there, the Catholic, the Protestant, the Armenian, the Jews, and the Arabs. They are in the way. “Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, (See? He has done spoken in the first part of this, that there might be life in the bones, which was the beginning, a natural life. Now here comes a second part. Prophesy unto the wind. You know what the wind is. Bro. Jonathan Cahn explained that one time. He took up a shofar. He said “If you have one end closed, then it makes no noise. If you have both ends closed, it makes no noise. But if both ends are open, then the breath can flow through it and there is life. Of course, he was relating that to our lives and to the people he was preaching to. We have to be open to receive from God on one end, and open on the other end to allow what he is doing to come out in our life. I thought that was a great illustration. But the wind: what is it? On the day of Pentecost there came a mighty rushing wind. What was it? It was the Holy Ghost blowing into the room. Prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind…) Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.” God is going to bring this to pass very soon. “Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.” Or for our sins, or for our parts, which is a nation, which is the twelve parts that make up the nation, we are cut off from our parts, or for our parts. “Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.” That is what He is doing now. “And ye shall know that I am the Lord, (They do not know that yet.) when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, (My Spirit, that should be a capital letter. You see here he is talking about more than just the breath of life. He is speaking of their revival. And shall put my Spirit in you…) and ye shall live, (This goes all the way into the Millennium.) and I shall place you in your own land: (They are not placed there yet. They still have a way to go to get all of it. They only have a portion of their land today. Do you get it?) then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, (They do not know that now.) and performed it, saith the Lord.” He is going to perform it. It is not just a word that He is going to say, He is going to perform it.
Let us go back to Ezekial 44 where I was in the last edition. Let me start with the 1st verse again. “Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary (this is the outside) which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.” As he goes there, the gate is shut. There is a purpose for the gate being shut. “Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.” Not forever, because the Lord has a plan for that. “It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the Lord; (He is the only one that can sit in that gate. He enters into that gate and goes out that gate. He is the only one that can do that. Why is that? He is a representative of Jesus Christ. He went into the grave and came out of the grave.) he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.” What is it? This is representative of Jesus Christ. “Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord: and I fell upon my face.” He could not stand it any longer. You can just take so much. Maybe I should not say this, but last Sunday morning when I got through, I was beat, because it just took all the energy out of me. I went home and went to sleep. Bro. Charles preached Sunday night. I am glad he did. Sometimes the Spirit of the Lord works in you and it just takes all you have got. You are alright as long as you are preaching, but when you sit down, then it is another thing. Because it is the Spirit of the Lord that is keeping you up and going. I am not trying to make some big show out of this. But I can see here, Ezekiel, he lost it. Because the human body responds just like it was with Daniel. He just fell to the ground numb. Bro. Branham in his younger years in the 1940’s, he prayed for the sick. He had nobody to tell him when to stop. He got lost in it. There were times, I know this from eyewitnesses, that he just passed out because it took all the strength out of him and nobody watched him. That is why Billy Paul began to watch him, and in that way he was a help to his father. Whenever he got to that point, then he interrupted. A lot of people did not like it, but that is what happened. I will not go into any more than that, but I know other things that happened during that time. “Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord: and I fell upon my face. And the Lord said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the Lord, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.” Mark it well, he is saying, every going forth. He is wanting Ezekiel to observe and record this down, because this is a holy thing. These priests cannot make mistakes. Is that saying something to us? A mistake and they are gone. Some of them do die. I can prove that to you. I will prove it to you, the Lord willing. “And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations.” Then he is going back now to them again, just like he did in the 43rd chapter. “In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, (This is not speaking of the Millennium. This has already happened, and he is reminding them, this has gone on but it will go on no further.) and the uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.” See? He said they have, which it is putting it back before Ezekiel’s time. Ezekiel is seeing what Israel did in his days and what caused them to be out of the land during their captivity, and he is bringing this in to show them what future will be. “And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.” Or guards, which there will be an element of guards of the priests, to make sure of the sons of Zadok and the other Levites do it right. They are saying, we are going to get it right this time. I am saying that tonight, we are going to get it right before we leave here. We are going to be glad, because we are going to see the accomplishments of the God of Abraham. I am not trying to bring fear. I am saying this to bring purity. Purity to our lives. We should every so often during the day, raise our hands and say, “Father, make me pure, let me think pure, let my life be pure.” Is that right? If you have a Scofield Bible it says The Priests of the Future Temple as a heading for this section. “Thus saith the Lord God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.” He is talking about the Millennium sanctuary. They will not be there. God is going to clean house. How many want perfection? How many want to be perfected yourself? How many are willing to work and let yourself be perfected? So that we may glorify Him and say “Thank You Lord,” every day, for bringing me a little closer to that time. Young people, I will go further than that, children, this is for you. How old was Samuel when the Lord spoke to him? In times past, there were young ones here who have seen the glory of God while the service was going on. Brothers and sisters, it is time we see something. We have got a great message. We have the best. I am not going to sit around and worry what this nation is going to become, because it is God’s plan. It may not be God’s will, but it is God’s plan. Remember me using the black board? We have a chance to scrub it now, to make it clean. To clean our lives that they may shine forth. So that when you go to work or go anywhere that there is a spirit following you, there is a life following you because it is inside you. I do not want Jesus Christ to be my partner, I want Him to be my life. Christ in you, the hope of glory. I do not want Him just to walk beside me. I do not want Him just to carry me either. I want to be able to stand on my own two feet, in Him, not on my own. I want to see the glory of God working in Faith Assembly. I want us to come in here with a shout inside us. We do not have to put it out, but it is going to explode to where you will see the glows of it. We sing the song, How great is our God, how great is His word. It is great.
“And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, (See? They are outside. Not outside the gate, but they are outside of the worship. They get a lesser role because of what happened in the past.) …and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.” That is talking about the people that are outside: that is who they will minister to. The other priests are inside. What is going on inside? It is where the glory of God is. See, what they have done, they have put His presence off. God is going to take His presence and put on the sons of Zadok. Then these other priests will get the spillover. They get to slay the sacrifice. They slay it, while the sons of Zadok are in there taking the sacrifice and doing with it as they are, and then they have eat the sacrifice. You have to eat it. Jesus said, my flesh is bread indeed and my blood is drink indeed. All this is going on to represent what has already happened. “Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord God, and they shall bear their iniquity.” That is in the Millennium. The iniquity of their fathers that is passed down, down, down, many centuries of time until you get down here to the endtime. Sure, they are saved. Sure the great multitude is saved. Sure the foolish virgins are saved, but their inheritance is not what yours is. It is a different level. These natural priests are in a different level. “And they shall not come near unto me, (Their ministry is out to the people, but their ministry is not inside the inner working of God. I am trying to say this to say that God is working inside His saints in this hour. We need to watch our lives.) to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.” See? Right here in the middle of this, in the most holy place.
Go to Daniel 9:24. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people (Jews, we are talking about Jews, seventy weeks are determined upon thy people.) and upon thy holy city, (God is looking at it now as a holy city) to finish the transgression, (It is finished, just like it tells you in the last part of the 27th verse.) and to make an end of sins, (To make an end of sins: that goes all the way into the Millennium.) and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” The most Holy, which is that inner part of the temple. The place that only the high priest or the prince, as it says, can enter. (It fits both ways. Lamsa says high priest.) Only he can go in there, nobody else, no other son of Zadok. I do not know how he is appointed. I do not know if he is appointed of the Jews, but I know he is appointed by the spirit of God. He will be the only one that can go in there and place blood inside that, then upon the doorpost. Nobody else can do it. Nobody else could die for sin. All this, that ram, that bullock, that he goat, is all coming about to represent He who died, that we might have life. I did not die for that, He did. I am just a little tool, maybe a screw driver, maybe it gouges you. Like an agitator. Whatever we are, we will take it. We are not interested in what we become, we are interested in what He becomes in us.
Go back to Ezekiel 44, verse 13. “And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.” This is going to take a Millennium. “But, it was not my fault,” they might say. You cannot say “I did not do it.” No. That great grandfather did it. “But I will make them keepers (or guards) of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein. But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me.” “Oh, it does not make any difference if I do some little things God is not pleased with,” some may say. You read in Malachi 3, will a man rob God? I do not want to be a robber of God. See what happened to the ones that did. See what the Jews done that caused the trouble, there in Malachi, they were bringing the worst of their flock. They were not seeking out the best sheep. They were not looking for the best lamb. They were not giving God their best, they were giving him the scraps. God does not want that. “But that will grow up to be a great sheep, I can use that. It will bring me much money,” they were looking at that. But God is not forgetful. God sees today if we are giving our best. That is why now we can make things right through the blood of Jesus Christ. This applied to them because they were to be a perfect people, as Abraham. You might say, well Abraham had his faults. But he did not have anything to go by but the word of God, he did not have a Bible. He was making it. What Abraham was, has been fulfilled all the way down to the Bride of Jesus Christ. We are the seed of Abraham through Jesus Christ. Why? Abraham believed God. God looked upon that and counted it for righteousness. I admire people of God. Faith Assembly has done well. I am not just speaking on tithing, this goes beyond that. “But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God.” Where is the blessing in that? It is the anointing of God that comes on them for obedience. It said the others cannot come near to Him. They have to stand off and watch while the sons of Zadok can get close. That great anointing, that Shekinah glory that fills the house is going to fill their lives. They are going to feel something. They are going to put on the best robes. These are going to minister unto Him. “They shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood.” They shall stand where? They shall stand before me. He is right there to accept their offering. “They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.” Nothing gets by them. They are a higher level of priest. The anointing breaks the yoke. What we are, or what we come up in, many times we have to let it go because God has something better for us if we can listen to Him and not just say, “well that is the way I am.” No, that is the way we want to be, like Him. “And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, (See? They are all the way inside.) they shall be clothed with linen garments; (What do you think that represents? That is what we are being clothed with now. I have on a blue shirt and a blue suit, but you and I are being clothed with linen. There is nothing whiter than linen, because it has a shine to it. It is not man made. He made us for this purpose. You are not here by chance. You are not here because one day you decided, well I am going to go to that church. If you did, you would not stay. The same thing that caused you to decide to come would cause you to leave. There are people here tonight that desired to be here years ago, but circumstances just would not let them. Now they are here, and they are happy. God has to call you into truth. They shall be clothed with linen garments…) and no wool shall come upon them, while they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within. They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.” Maybe I should not say it, I do not mean this the way the world does: This it is going to be a cool bunch. “And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.” This is very strict. This is only the priests that are the sons of Zadok. See what they are wearing? Why? They are representing the purity of God in that holy place that God has hallowed, and the glory of the God of Israel will cover that place while they minister. It is going to be something. There will be a hallowing to it where people that come there, that want to be there. That is why that ground is so large. “Neither shall they shave their heads, (If you go to Israel you will see those with the long locks, that is wrong. I would have to say if I was looking at the Jewish priests at that time, they would look more like Jonathan Cahn does right now. This is representing something, it is a representation.) nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.” Or cut their hair. They will be neither bald nor long haired. I am not talking about Bride people. I am talking about those people in that hour. “Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.” The Jewish people have always been people that have known how to drink a little wine, but that does not go to the Gentile people. It tells you, do not drink wine, which is excess. God is not going to have a bunch of drunks in there. God is going to keep them sober minded. That is talking about sober mindedness. “Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before.” That is where I say some of these priests are going to die. I said that earlier in the message. Some of them, I am not talking about the sons of Zadok, but some of those priests are going to disobey God. Why would it say that? Let me read that again. Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away, but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before. She was a widow. Somebody died for her to be a widow. “And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, (What is he saying there? He is not saying renegades, he said they shall teach my people. He is very direct in what he says.) and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” See? This is a teaching time for the Jewish people, because they are a natural people. He is teaching them how they will live when it comes to the Eternal Age. The Bride of Jesus Christ is learning how to live now. There used to be a little song about excuses. The preacher preached too hard, or maybe he preaches too soft, or he preaches too long, or maybe the sermons are too short. I saw preach it brother, preach it. Help us learn what is right and what is wrong. “And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assembles; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.” I will stop there with that verse because it goes into something else there.
I am wrapping up looking at the layout of the temple, and I want to bring in some other verses that are related to the timeframe of the temple’s construction. These verses also go into the Millennium and the Eternal age. I want to go to Isaiah 60 now. First I want to go over the verses that can connect to Revelation 10, that have effect during the first half of the week of Daniel. I will read most of that. I will start with verse 4. “Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.” That is is connected to the end part of this chapter. “Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, (Now he is talking about an element of people. The abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee: riches is really what he is talking about. The riches are coming to them for one purpose, we will find that out.) the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. The multitude of camels shall cover thee, (That doesn’t necessarily have to be all camels, because that was transportation at that time. But it will be some kind of caravan of different big trucks and things of that nature.) the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah, all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the Lord.” Now this happens because of a war that has not happened yet in the Middle East. That war is going to cause Saudi Arabia and those countries, which had children of Abraham, to come to the knowledge of the God of Israel and develop a friendly relationship with Israel. “All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: (He is talking about the temple worship here. These are the animals that will be used for sacrifice.) they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.” He is talking about the temple. “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?” He is talking about the shipment by air, because of what it says here. “Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, (That is talking about all the way over there in Spain. They will bring their abundance because there are many Jews there.) to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He hath glorified thee. Verse 11, “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; (Now he enters into the Millennium there.) they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom (That goes to Zechariah 14) that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” In other words, if they refuse to come at that time, then they are going to be wasted. Their economy is going to be gone. “The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.” In other words, God is dwelling there. That is what it is talking about, the place of His feet. Heaven is His throne, earth is His footstool. So God’s presence will be in there. “The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; (That is the Arab people.) and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.” Now he goes back to tell what he will do when he restores that land to Israel. “Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.” I know that Mark Twain went to Israel in 1869 and we wrote about his time there. He said it was a forsaken place that could never be revived again. He went for miles and miles and there was not even anyone living in most of the land. He said there was not even any roads there. The land was in the hands of the Arabs. But God promised to change the picture. “Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: (In other words, they are drawing out from their riches, from their substance.) and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. For brass I will bring gold, (That is God speaking. What did He say earlier? That He was going to beautify the house of His glory. It is going to be the most magnificent place in the whole world. It will be more than Trump Towers, because whenever God gets through with it, it will be beautiful because His presence is there. His presence doesn’t just enter into any old place. That is why He is looking at a Bride without wrinkle, without spot, or blemish, or any such thing. That covers it all. He mentions three things, but then He covers it all, any such thing, as it speaks in Ephesians. For brass I will bring gold. See? Everything is upgraded from Solomon’s temple.) and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.” This connects directly to what we see Ezekiel 44-45. “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, (He goes on into the millennium here.) wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.” Whenever we look at Jerusalem today, we see the faction fighting for control. There is no peace there. The little streets where the Arabs are today, they are maybe ten feet wide. All along both sides, some people see treasures, but I see junk because it is just something to distract you. See? That all has to go. It does, it has to go. For the temple, they are going to dig down to where they can get some footing where the Jews were. It is there. There is a whole city underneath that. To me, that is the reason why it is going to take awhile to build that whole temple area, because they have to go down. The preachers cry out because of the excavation by the Arabs. God will protect what is his from the Arabs. We do not need to be worried about that. When we were in Israel, we were able to see those great big stones that had been placed there from before Christ. Stones that were forty tons. How did they get them there? They were placed together to where you could not even get a knife between them. So it will be right whenever God gets ready. In a way, it is a good thing what the Arabs have done because they have not been able to build in that city, because it is going to be leveled. That old city will be leveled. That is going to be the temple area. We have gone over that in the last edition of The Contender. Forty five hundred feet each way. That is going to be a big area. You can’t dispute the word of God. It is right there for us to look at, that we haven’t been able to see.
This is talking about the Eternal Age now, but I will go ahead and read it. “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.” Now what is he talking about? Is he talking about that natural Jew? Absolutely not. He is talking about that resurrected person, or that changed person. You are not going to need the sun. The sun will still be shining. The moon will be shining. There will be day and night as long as time is. But for the Bride and that resurrected group of people, there will be no more darkness. At one time an old time preacher preached and said Elijah went to heaven for a day and stayed, because there is no night there. You spend a day with God, you will never sleep, you won’t have to. This old body now gets tired. But there is a resurrection coming that is going to take this away. It is going to bring back your youth again. He is going to fill your mouth with good teeth. He is going to take away the glasses. He is going to take away the ear plugs. “Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, (That is the natural one that goes into the Millennium, a little one shall become a thousand.) and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.” That is where patience comes in, it is His time. I am getting older, but it is His time. When we are in our youth, we don’t think about age.
Now let me go to Isaiah 26, verse 19. “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, (That is what brings life. You take the daytime sun shining on your plants, they wilt. Get up the next morning after the dew has come, here they are. They spring up. The flowers, everything is rejoicing.) and the earth shall cast out the dead.” When people begin to say that the Bride goes through the tribulation, that is a lie. Not because I say so, but because the scripture says so. Let us read it. “Come, my people, (He is talking to you this morning. He is talking to Bride people.) enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” Until the tribulation be overpast. You are away, you are hid in His closet. “For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: (That is Armageddon.) the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Brothers and sisters, we are the most blessed people on the earth this morning. You have an inheritance. Something just beyond our clouded vision, it is there, you can reach and touch it if you were in that spirit body. It is here. God’s spirit is here. His angelic beings are here. We don’t worship them, but we worship Him today.
Let us go to Isaiah 49. I will start in verse 12. We have a picture here, this is looking from the Mount of Olives. See? We are not looking at an Arab mosque, we are looking beyond that. I do not know just how much the Jews have prepared for the temple, but they do have a lot prepared. If you get all this junk out of the way then they can begin to build. “Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.” Which is China. Why? China can build a thirty story building in ninety days. Our people cannot even make a study of it in ninety days. The devil is in the work somewhere. Regulate this, regulate that. I heard a preacher say they had a hundred and twenty five acres of land. I do not know why they needed it. But he said they can only use twenty five of that because the rest of it is regulated because of some kind of bird that lives there. I tell you, there is some kind of bird that lives up there in Washington. “Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her suckling child, (I thank God for good mothers and good fathers here. You won’t find such good parents outside of the body of Christ. I see young boys sitting with their parents until they are teenagers. I sat with my mom when I was twelve years old. Why? Because I was sitting in the back of the church cutting up and she came back. I was afraid of that bony hand she had, she never was very big. I went back up with her like a sheep-killing dog and sat right down by my mother. That will take the starch out of you. Can a woman forget her suckling child…) that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” They may even forget. We live in a day that they have forgotten. I know somebody close to me that works in a hospital over here in Louisville. I believe it is a women’s pavilion. Little children are being born that are high on dope. You don’t hear about that in the news. One woman took a hit in the parking lot and she passed out in the parking lot while she was having a child. Those little babies cried. They have a reason to cry, because they are full of dope. The woman has seven children, but she don’t take care of them. Yes, a woman may forget her suckling child, but God doesn’t forget Israel. “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” God is seeing the future. He hasn’t forgot. He didn’t forget those Levites that went astray. It is still there in His mind. They might say, well I had nothing to do with it, but it is the spirit that comes with it. That spirit never did change. Brothers and sisters, if we have something in our heart, let us get rid of it. Well that is just the way my mom and dad was. Forget it. We are individuals that God has called to live a better life, to live a holy life. To live sanctified, purified by the blood of Jesus Christ. “Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.” Those that have claim, the Catholic Church that has claim there in Jerusalem, one day they will get out. There will be no mercy left whenever the Jews do what they are supposed to do. Then it will not matter what the United Nations says. “Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, (God is going to clothe Israel with Jews.) as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, (It is getting that way now. Eight and a half million Jews are there.) and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, (Talking about in time, talking about the land, you have lost the other.) shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: (Too strait, too narrow.) give place to me that I may dwell.” Widen it out. “Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?” An influx of Jews coming. These, where have they been? It is going to be some people, some Jews that care about the land. A bunch of those northern Jews don’t care, it is the southern Jews. Judaea, the Judaean Jews really care. They build. The army comes in a tears it down. Before they leave, they are building again. They come and tear that down, they go ahead and build again. It is that determination. That determined spirit within us is what God is looking at. He is not looking for something wishy-washy. Or some has-been. He is looking for something real, real in our lives, real in our midst to where we are not ashamed of Him. Help us Lord. “Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: (God is going to get into it. He is going to lift up His standard to the Gentiles.) and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, (Like a little baby, God is going to nestle the Jewish believers in that hour. He is going to bring them home. Do you understand that? He is going to bring them in their arms, not necessarily carrying them, but they are going to care for them as a child.) and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.” Did you ever see anybody when they were out among a bunch of people and that little child, two or three years old, wanted to see. What does the father do? He puts that child up on his shoulders. That is care. That is not necessarily how they are going to carry them, but it is with care, compassion. Because they know the God of Israel is back again. He is back among His people again. “And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; (The world hates the Jews. They say “That Jew, I hate that Jew, look what trouble they caused in the Middle East.” But we can see in this scripture God is going to completely change that. Then what are the Jews going to do? Where are they going to put their trust then? They are going to begin to cry, I want to go home. Young men that died in World War Two on the battlefield, the last thing they were doing, they were crying for mama. Grown men, taking their last breath, wanted the comfort of mama. They shall bow down to thee with the face toward the earth and lick up the dust of thy feet. They would not do it now. Today the world says “Jew him down. Get that price down a little more, Jew him down.” God said they would become a byword. You should never speak that way. That is wrong. That is a byword of the world, but a true Christian would never speak that way. Do not even let it be in your vocabulary because it is a degrading word to the Jewish people.) and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.” You will not be ashamed because you have waited, as it is speaking there to the Jewish people, so it is speaking to us this morning. You don’t have to be ashamed. You don’t have to be ashamed of truth, of the way of God. “But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.” God is going to contend. He is going to contend with this Gentile world. The United Nations is a failing foe. Here in the United States we pay for that ungodly thing through taxes. I do not like it. But right now there is nothing I can do about it, but God will do something about it. The United Nations is nothing but a rat hole that you pour sewage into. “And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” All flesh will know it. Soon they will see it, that the God of Jacob is the Redeemer.
Let’s go to Zechariah 14, starting with verse 1. “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.” He is talking about the middle of the week now. This is the ending of that 10th chapter of Revelation, because you come to the middle of the week. “For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, (He is talking about the middle of the week, half of the city shall go into captivity. That is what the Arabs want. But that Arab spirit is akin to a Catholic spirit. There is no difference. Arabs are killers now. The Catholic Church is just an extension of that, they were killers and they will be killers again. Whole cities were taken. Every once in awhile you see something to glorify the Jesuits. The Jesuits were put in there to take the blame off the pope whenever the killing took place. He had them to do his dirty work. Whole cities of people were killed by the Jesuits, the gates were shut and they burned them, not letting one inhabitant leave. Half of the city shall go forth into captivity….) and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.” What will be Armageddon. “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, (That is when the mount of Olives splits, then the water comes out beneath the altar. You will see, we will go into that, Lord willing.) which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” The Mount of Olives is going to split, waters come out. Half of the mountain shall remove toward the north and half toward the south. “And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.” That is when He comes back. When will He come back? After the tribulation is over, His saints with Him, as He stand upon the Mount of Olives, His saints will be with Him. That is exciting.
So far all my scriptures have had a connection to Revelation. I am going to begin to go beyond Revelation 10 now. I have scriptures I want to read that will go into the Millennium. I did not feel like Revelation 10 was part of that, because Revelation 10 really stops off in the middle of the week. We are going beyond that now, into the Millennium and things that will happen there. Further on it will be into the Eternal Age. So, I wanted to include all that in there as connection. We know that Jesus in Matthew 24 is asked certain things and his answer had a relation to what we have been looking at. I want to look at that, and then I will go back to Ezekiel. “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? (He is asking a question there. That is not an answer, it is a question, see ye not all these things? That is not a statement, it is a question. He wants them to get something in their mind of what He is talking about. We are going to the Mount of Olives where He is looking at. We have a picture of that, which you are looking at now, the Mount of Olives, going into Jerusalem. This is the cemetery down here, close to what they call the golden gate, or the eastern gate. The Mount of Olives sets over from that. There are certain things I want to talk about concerning the Mount of Olives, in this message, at another date. We are going to find out some things from the scripture, what is really going to happen when Jesus and His Bride come back. That is going to be the starting point, which will bring in the Millennium, whenever this happens. The war takes place, then Jesus sits His feet upon the Mount of Olives. I have always read that and thought of it, but there is somebody else with Him when He does. We will find that in Zechariah. See ye not all these things?) verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” They are talking about the temple of Herod’s time. Herod had beautified the temple in order to appease the Jews, because he was a politician. Just like the politicians today, they promise much but do little. If Trump does half of what he has said he will do, he will be a good president. But if he does not, then four years and that will be it, or less. I am more concerned with the nation than I am the politicians. We find that Israel has politicians. Netanyahu is a politician. Right now they are talking about giving up a little city which has twenty five hundred people or so. They are talking about tearing it down, letting it go into the hands of the Arabs, in order to appease the United Nations and all those. Netanyahu has been prophesied to, if you do that, then your kingdom is up, your rule is up. I will be glad it is, if he is going to do that. I think God is just about through fooling around with the political system. Whenever He begins His campaign, it will not last long because He is going to show who is boss. Whenever He does, it is not going to be a fun place. As I look around America and see all that has happened since this election took place, all these people demonstrating, tearing up stuff, you can almost see George Washington’s vision in focus as you look at that. It is going to take strong leadership for this nation to ever come back to where it should be. America will be a minor nation really, in the eyes of the world, because Europe has to come forth. Europe and the east countries. I do not want to get into that right now, but I was thinking about where it talks about the strangers that will be given land in the land of Israel, which is in Ezekiel 47 and 48. I am not going into that, but I was thinking about it and about the strangers building up the walls. That is going to be them. It could be Chinese, it could be Japanese, it could be Indians. But they are going to have an inheritance. Why? Because they have helped Israel build up the walls. Whenever you get into scripture, it is amazing. As you read it, you almost have a smile on your face because you know what God is going to do, and what He is doing. So begin to think about the things of God if you have problems and troubles, which most of us do. Sickness, many of us do. Begin to put that in another compartment and begin to think upon the goodness of the Lord. It is His goodness that brought us to repentance. As we see all the walls that were torn down in 70 A.D., which Jesus had prophesied, He said do not look upon this. It really started in 68, through 70, to the time that Jerusalem is taken over. Then in 73 Masada was finally defeated. That was the last of Israel’s strongholds.
I am going to be reading from the Lamsa translation in this part of the message. We will see how this is worded. Much of it is worded the same as the King James Version, but where it talks about the prince, then in the Llamsa translation it brings in the High Priest. I have had much criticism about this, but I intend to show you what is scriptural. There are certain things that no prince is able to do. Let me start in Ezekiel 44:23. This is what I wanted to get to before I got to the rest. “And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” This is what the priests, plural, will be teaching the Jews in the Millennium. This is part of the Millennial reign. In reading this, there are certain things that apply in the Millennium that should apply to us now, because of the scripture I read. They shall teach my people the difference between holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. That is talking about the Millennium, talking about teaching the people, because they are going to have to be taught. The priesthood is going to have to teach them that. I feel that the ministry, as my brothers preach, sometimes it may seem hard, but it is really not. It is for our protection. If I can protect you, if I see a wolf coming, or a lion coming, I must warn you. When I visited South Africa to minister to the saints there, they took me to see a nature reserve. We stopped where there were bushes. Some of them got out of the car, I stayed close to the door. I did not know what is lurking behind that bush. We stopped where there was a wallowing place for rhinos. There were two or three big rhinos down there. They were a hundred yards away. But whenever one of them began to get up and look at us, they said, get in the car. I do not want a thirty five mile an hour rhino running into the car I am in. That warning was for our protection. That is using understanding. I am glad for scripture, because it gives us an understanding of what we are to do, and what we are not to do. “And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: (They are not going to get this off the top of their head because it is scriptural, scriptural understanding teaching them how to apply the Law. Really it is the Law in that time. The Millennium, the Law comes back into effect. Like is says, honor thy father and mother. I am going to let you in on a secret. I like to watch the Lone Ranger. In that there are two Indians, a son and his father. One of them was as mean as the devil and one was good. The one that was mean wanted to get rid of the good one because he was going to be heir to the throne of the Indian camp. When it finally came close to the end, that one was a little stronger than the other one, he had the other by his head with a knife at his throat. The dad, which was sick, all at once he got up and came to the edge of the teepee and sees what is happening, so he shoots the mean son. That sounds terrible, but as I was watching that I thought, that is exactly what is going to happen in the Millennium. Because it said, children shall die at a hundred years old. And it said that a father and mother shall take the life of their own son. You might think that is terrible. No, that is God. You shall do judgement of my judgment. His knowledge, His understanding. I am getting a little bit ahead of myself, but I thought I would throw that in. In controversy. See? Controversy, what is controversy? That means that there is something not being settled. You are going to have judges, but it is not the Supreme Court like today. It will be Supreme, but it will not be a bunch of politicians making the decisions. These judges will be some of the sons of Zadok, which are the ones that will really be over the rest of the priesthood. In controversy they shall stand in judgment and judge according to my judgments…) and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.” See? This is exactly what the Law was intended to do. But this time it is going to work. The devil is cast into his prison, but natural man still has a fallen nature. Young people will still have controversies, but it is not going to last. There will be older people with controversies after a certain time. I am not talking about the sheep people. I am talking about their children, and grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and so forth. The sheep people are there because they are sheep people. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice.
“And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.” If the sister had a husband, then they cannot go to the funeral. This is what God thinks about this whole thing in the Millennium. The priesthood is the ministry of that hour. I am not talking about coming into contact with a dead person in the ministry now, because we are Gentiles. But in the Millenium God is taking natural man and presenting something that is going to last into the Eternal Age. Natural man in natural bodies are going into the Eternal Age, which the Methodists do not believe. You are going to have natural man going into that Eternal age, but everything will be back like it should have been in the Garden of Eden. In the Eternal Age the people are going to have the Holy Ghost. But it is going to be natural people. What they have done, they have learned to discern between good and evil. There is nobody going into the Eternal Age without having some kind of experience with God. It is going to be perfect. Adam and Eve, before they sinned, were perfect. They were naked and did not even know it. Why? Sin was not in the picture. God is not going to be defeated. He is going to bring it back the way it should have been had sin not been there. Here we are looking at a thousand year period of time in which the Bride is going to rule with her husband. He is the head, the man is the head of the woman. He is our head. When we get into the Millennium, He is our head. Whatever thought He thinks, is our thought. All the thinking of the head reaches into the body. We have our movement because something is going on in our brain sending out the instructions to the legs and arms. It is going to be automatic. This goes on into the Eternal Age. Habbakuk 2:14 says the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters do the sea. That is in the Eternal Age.
Verse 26. “And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days.” After they go around a dead body and are defiled, they cannot go back and serve at the temple the next day. They wait seven days. There are certain things that have happened in Faith Assembly, in times past where there had to be judgment given. Then there is a certain time that has to elapse before that person is allowed to come back into the congregation. You may think we are mean, but no, we are following the scripture. That is all I will say about that. God is seeking perfection in the Bride now. When we pass from this time to that time, we are not going to have problems lingering in us. What does Revelation 19:7 say? It did not say He. He is already ready. But His wife hath made herself ready, past tense, which is now. We are getting ready for a rapture. Whenever that time comes, Isaiah 52:8 will be fulfilled. I believe we are seeing that, that we are seeing eye to eye, that we are singing the same song. The ministry first, and I see that closer than anything else. Why? For the perfection. I say again, perfection. Say it with me, perfection of the church. “And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord God.” See? He does not just walk in, even after seven days, he does not just walk in. He has to offer a sin offering because he went to a funeral of a family member. That is how strict the Law will be in that time, because God is seeking perfection for another age. Because why would someone die in the Millennium? They will die because of sin. The Millennium is a thousand year period of time before the Eternal Age for God to clean up this world. That is the reason it is there. What does the 1 Corinthians 6 say? It said we shall judge angels. Know ye not how to judge the smallest matters?
“And in that day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court.” See? He is going into the holiest of all places. We have pictures of that. What does it say in the book of Daniel? To anoint the Most Holy, the 24th verse of the 9th chapter. The Most Holy, that is the Most Holy place. Only once a year can the high priest go into that. It is not a place you go in and out, in and out, and in and out. It is a place of reminder, this is what I have sent my Son for. That is the reason when He came, and when He died, then the veil of the temple was split from top to bottom. God sent a great lightning bolt and split it right down through the middle. Why? Because the way into the Holiest was made. So, we entered into the Most Holy through the Holy Ghost. You enter into that Most Holy place, to which the Jews could never go, except the high priest once a year. Not without blood. If he went in without blood he would never make it out alive. Not his own blood, but the blood of an animal sacrifice. Jesus, as you go into Hebrews, Jesus went into the Most Holy place once and for all. We are getting down to the nitty-gritty. It is good. It is good to know there was a way made for us, that we are not just denominations. If we were not going to learn anything we should have stayed there. What did He say? Learn of me. Our learning is not coming from ourselves. In that day that he goeth into the sanctuary, into the inner court, that is the inner working of the temple. That is in there where God is. That is where the singers are positioned. But the outer court is out there where everybody that is looking on can see that Shekinah glory coming from that inner court, so the blessings spread out there too. The inner working of the ministry that God has raised up for this hour is not just ours. It is supposed to be something that shines out among the people. We are sharers. When I was a boy, my dad had my uncle living on his place. A certain part of it he farmed. That made him a share-cropper because he got half of whatever he produced, my dad got the other half. If you are working in a factory today, just say Ford Motor Company, you are sharing whatever the profits are. It could be any other company, I just happened to pick that one because that is where I have worked. I am at Faith Assembly now and we are sharing the things of God with one another. I can see that the blessings come in the song service when people are worshiping. We do not have to put on a show. We do not have to put on anything except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We put Him on, then the glory is ours. “And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.” The only possession the sons of Aaron have is that city. They have no inheritance outside that. It is all in the ministry. They eat and they drink whatever the other people have. It talks about if they have sheep, somebody had two hundred sheep, then they are to bring that one of the two hundred in for the priests. It said to bring it out of the fat pastures of Israel. Do not bring no poor lamb, do not bring no scrub goat, something that you do not want. When you come here, bring your best because we are sharers. Let everybody see what you have got. We do not have to put on anything of our own. Except putting on Christ. If God has made you to sit there and you are doing what He wants you to, you do that. I am not trying to elevate anybody to any position, saying that you need to shout just because you want to shout, but shout because of Him. You are part of something God is presenting to the world as a witness. Jesus, when He taught the disciples, He said, ye are not of this world. I do not want to look like the world. I do not want to be a part of the world. “They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, (See? Everybody has to take part of that. Because really the Millennium is looking back at what happened at Calvary. That is why all these offerings are made. It is to recognize Calvary because these people that are born in the Millenium, they do not realize what really happened for them. They have to be pointed back. They shall eat the meat offering and the sin offering…) and the trespass offerings: and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs.” Eat it, eat the sin offering, eat the trespass offering. What God is doing, He is showing them that the ones outside the inner circle, they are still part of this. I am saying the same thing this morning: You out there that cannot get to be at Faith Assembly, you are still a part of what God is doing. That goes for Bro. Holmes and the brothers and sisters in South Africa, Bro. Ram and Sis Angie, God bless you. Those in north and south Norway, and Bro. Jimmy and his wife in the Philippines, as well as the people. There are good people in the Philippines. All the saints around the world, wherever you are, I greet you as you receive this message. You are part of us. We are one body. “And the first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest’s: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, (That is not talking about money. That is talking about what you have grown. God is making an example. He is making an example in Israel. That is the same example it is when we get a paycheck. The first of every month I pay my tithes for the whole month. Everybody cannot do that. It is not mine after it leaves my hands. It is not mine, I do not worry about it. That is my gift to God because of what He gave to me. There is a song that says “I am a millionaire.” That is mighty cheap. I am not a millionaire here on this earth, and I will not be a millionaire as it pertains to money in the next, it is really the kingdom of God coming to earth. The Bride will be complete. Every part of her, when she comes back, she going to be complete. Why? Because she was complete when she left. You are not going to get there with one foot hanging out. No. It may seem hard here, but it is because of the flesh. We just do not want that thing to die for some reason. We keep hanging on to it, dragging it along. It is just a weight, a load to carry and weigh us down, to keep us from that perfection.) that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house. The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.” God is setting forth the ministry in that hour as purity. It will not be like Mikey, who will eat everything. That was just an advertisement that used to be on television. They will not eat just anything in that hour, and we cannot just have any idea or revelation in this time. It has to be perfect.
In chapter 45 you are going to see some things mentioned in this that there is a different working to, as you look at the Llamsa translation. “Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, (This is all in the Millennium. Israel is going to get her land back, but she is not going to get all that belongs to her. Because she is only going to get the temple and the altar.) ye shall offer an oblation unto the Lord, (You do not just go in there empty. Everything that is an inheritance is costing them. Brothers and sisters, we should be the happiest people in the world, it did not cost us anything. There was a joke I heard years ago. This old preacher was preaching. He said salvation is free, free as the water that runs. He kept on going like that until he come to the end of the service. He took up a collection. There was a fellow in the audience that said, I thought you said it was free, that it did not cost you anything. The preacher said, you have to pay to get it piped into your house though.) an holy portion of the land.” That is talking about the land of Israel. They are offering an oblation. Let us do this right, that is what they are saying. That is according to God. I am glad that God has made a way, a perfect way that we as Gentiles may accept the Lord Jesus Christ through faith, not of ourselves. It is a gift of God. In the Millennium the Jews are having to go back and redo it, because it was not done right in the first place. God gave them a Law, an inheritance. God gave them a priesthood. It was not carried out right. Now they are going to have to get it right. We have had denominational systems. God sent a prophet. He said, “If the United States does not get it by 1956, she is gone.” There were many preachers out preaching healing. They would get a little tent and go around with a healing ministry, come and watch miracles, signs, and wonders. Then in 1956 that all began to die out and fade. Why? Because it was not following truth. It lasted ten years. Then they began to seek gimmicks. Blood flowed out of somebody’s hand. Oil out of another’s hand. Bro. Branham made fun of that stuff. Holy water, holy oil. Then they began to sell it and people had to buy their miracles. A.A. Allen had a great ministry at one time. There were great miracles. I had a preacher who wanted me to go see him at one time in 1966, over at Memorial Coliseum in Louisville. I went. They took up three offerings. In the middle of the service he came out, I never will forget it, he came out with a green jacket on. He pulled it back and said, “This came from Fifth Avenue.” I do not know what Fifth Avenue is, I guess New York. He said, “This was gave to me.” He preached about five minutes, then he began to pray for the sick. He said, “If you want prayer for sickness, then I want a hundred dollars. Everybody that wants healing, you can pay me now or pay me later, but if you pay me later, that will delay your healing.” There were about seventeen people that went up for healing, but they would not be healed unless they paid a hundred dollars. That was a lot of money back in 1966. It is still a lot of money now. He was bargaining with God. Some will not like this statement but it is the truth: he was drunk when he died. I read the book written about those things, he was in there, and Bro. Branham was in there too. They told what a great healer Bro. Branham was, which he was not a healer, it was God working through him. It told what a great healer and what great miracles he had, but then they said he got off track, because he said Eve had a relationship with the devil. That is a lie. He never said it. I was there when he preached that sermon, he said she had a relationship with the serpent, which did happen. You see that seed everywhere today. He has many descendants today. It may be in family members. We cannot hold back because of somebody in the family. Sin is sin. Homosexuality is sin. I would rather see these doors padlocked than to have to put up with that stuff. If you want to live that kind of life, keep it out of here. If you want to live with somebody and you are not married, stay home. Do not bring it in here. We believe in marriage between man and woman as it was in the beginning. Jesus even referred to the beginning in marriage. I know I am getting away from my subject. “Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, ye shall offer an oblation unto the Lord, an holy portion of the land: the length shall be the length of five and twenty thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand. This shall be holy in all the borders thereof round about.” Now this land that is being given to the Levites is inside the portion of land God has given to Judah. It is right in the middle of Israel. “Of this there shall be for the sanctuary five hundred in length, with five hundred in breadth, square round about; and fifty cubits round about for the suburbs thereof.” In other words, there are fifty cubits that go all the way around the inside of that wall that will be there. This is helping us understand where the Levitical priesthood will live within the land of Israel.
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