FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END
TIMES OR SEASONS
Centuries or Decades
THIS MAY SEEM LIKE A STRANGE TITLE FOR A MESSAGE FROM THE BIBLE, BUT I BELIEVE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE THE CONNECTION AS WE GO ALONG, SO JUST BEAR WITH ME. WHAT WE WANT TO SHOW YOU, IS, AFTER CENTURIES AND DECADES, THE TIMES AND SEASONS ARE DEFINITELY POINTING TO THE SOON RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST FOR HIS BRIDE CHURCH. GOD HAS ALLOWED THE GENTILES TO BE GUARDIANS OF THIS BLESSED OLD BOOK WE CALL “THE BIBLE” FOR ALMOST TWO THOUSAND YEARS; BUT HE WILL SOON RETURN AGAIN TO THE JEWS, TO FINISH OUT THE LAST WEEK OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS OF YEARS OF THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL THAT WE HAVE MENTIONED SO MANY TIMES THROUGH THE YEARS. SOME HAVE ARGUED THAT THE SEVENTY WEEKS OF DANIEL IS UNIMPORTANT TO US IN THIS DAY AND HOUR; BUT I SEE IT AS A PRECIOUS THING, THAT GOD WOULD ALLOW US TO HAVE THIS REVELATION WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT, ALONG WITH OTHER PROPHECIES, IN ESTABLISHING WHERE WE ARE IN TIME. GOD KNOWS I APPRECIATE IT. WE ARE USING THIS CHART ON THE WALL BEHIND ME TO HELP YOU GET THE PICTURE TOGETHER IN YOUR MIND; AND I HOPE WE CAN ALSO PRINT IT IN THE CONTENDER TO HELP OUR READERS, SO JUST PRAY THAT WE CAN GET EVERYTHING OUT TO YOU THE WAY IT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME.
I am reasonably sure that all of you have read enough of the Bible to be familiar with most all the scriptures we will be dealing with in this message. I do not intend to try to change you from the way you have looked at certain passages of scriptures. However we do have to realize that we are living in an hour that is 30 years beyond the time when Bro. Branham was taken off the scene; and there are ever so many people running the road with quotes from his sermons and their own interpretation of what each of them pertain to. There have been men taking things he said and putting together abstract pictures to show when Christ is coming. Others have done worse than that and declared that William Branham is coming again, leaving Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified two thousand years ago, out of the picture. Then we have had other characters, and here is one right here, an Oriental prophet, and according to him God was supposed to have shown him how to put certain scriptures together to come up with a certain supposed-to-be revelation. Back in 1992 just before the month of October, these certain pamphlets were passed out freely in the city of Louisville. That is where this one came from. A brother picked this up from the street when he was over there. The title is, “God’s Judgment Day is Near, In October 1992 Jesus Will Come Again.” On and on this type of foolishness has been going for many years now. I have been against it, but I have not yelled and screamed real loud, simply because there is no way to stop it. Nevertheless common sense tells you when you look at these things, that all such is preposterous. We must always keep in mind a statement Jesus made, That no man knoweth the day nor hour. Then we want to find out, Was that just a slang expression? Was that just a figure of speech? We are going to turn to the first chapter of Acts of the apostles right now, and as we go along, we expect to get some answers. We find here another expression in relationship to time. In the first chapter of Acts the writer is rehearsing some things that took place as Jesus was on His way over to the Mt. of Olives where He would soon ascend into heaven from the presence of His disciples. They had heard what He had said a short time before that, so as they are on their way over, in their minds they perceive Him to be the coming King. Of course they did not know He was soon to ascend out of their midst, so they were actually pumping Him for some answers. We come to verse 6 and read this, “When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” Well what did that question actually involve? They were actually asking Him, will you now restore again the sovereignty of the nation of Israel? For almost five hundred years they had not been a sovereign nation. They had been under the rulership of world empires. In fact, ten of those tribes are still out of the land. They are only represented by two tribes. This land was not under their own form of government. They had certain religious freedoms in that respect, but when it came to capital punishment and those things, they were under Roman domination. Therefore the question involves more than it seems to, Wilt thou now restore the sovereignty, meaning will you now kick the Romans out of the picture and give us back our government, our freedom and our identity, the way we knew it hundreds of years ago? That is what the question pointed to, so here comes the answer to that, “And He said unto them, It is not for you (They we4re believers like you and me, and they had a lot of questions going on in their mind at that time) to know the times (plural) or the seasons, (plural) which the Father hath put in His own power.” I will read that out of the Hebrew to English, to give you a more clear understanding of what was said. “And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority.” Meaning only God, the Eternal Spirit, knows the answer to your question. Well we must try to understand whether that was just a figure of speech, or whether it stands exactly like that. Let me try to illustrate what I mean by figure of speech. You have heard the old expression, scarce as hen’s teeth. Well that has to be explained, because when you look in the dictionary, scarce means you are relating to something that has a limited quantity. Scarce, you hardly find one, just now and then, but when we apply that to, (scarce as hen’s teeth) hens do not have teeth. If you did not know that a chicken does not have teeth in it’s mouth, you might not know what that figure of speech meant, but anything that is as scarce as hen’s teeth is non existent. So we come back to this statement of Jesus and ask, Was this just a figure of speech, or did it really mean what He said? We have to understand that this is Jewish language, taking up Jewish terminology. When we go to 1st Thessalonians 5. We find the apostle Paul using the same expression. He has just explained how the coming of the Lord is going to be, but then he takes it further, “But of the times and the seasons, (the same two words) brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.” Here is how we have to look at this: This is not just some thrown together slang. Neither is it just some careless terminology: It is the way Jews were saying, This is far in the future, and no man knows exactly when it will be, only God Himself. We know those two words, times and seasons, are applicable in Jewish language. Over in Genesis 1, God said, Let there be two lights, one to rule the day, one to rule the night, and let them be for times and seasons, and months and so forth. We know this, in the language of Genesis, times and seasons is in relationship to a man’s total life span, how man would relate himself to how many years, how many months and so forth. We know the moon rules the months, and the sun rules the solar year. When we take that beyond a man’s life span, we are going into centuries and decades. That is the way we put it in our histories. When we talk about time that goes beyond a century, or a man’s natural life span, we write it up, that we are in a new century. We have just passed a century. There is going to be a big centennial celebration and so forth. You have heard that. Well what Jesus was actually saying, if we could put it in our terminology or speech phrase, was, It is not for you to know the centuries or the decades which God has kept in His own mind. Other generations did not need to know the things God has revealed to this generation. He would not let anyone know that before the time. Now when we relate that to the coming of the Lord, we have looked at our Bible and read through our Bible and many things we read over and over. I have said this for a long time, if the Jewish people who were there in the first advent of Christ had been studying the writings of the prophet Daniel, in the 9th chapter, how the angel broke that down so vividly, they should have been able to come within at least two or three years of knowing the time when their Messiah would be born. I am talking about the hierarchy, the priesthood, the leadership. Do you think Simeon was a man that never read anything? I believe he was a man old in years, yet he had read much. I believe there was something that he read that caused him to begin to feel, O Lord, I just wish I could live to see your Messiah. He knew something, as a basis for what the scriptures say about him. If you never know by any means when a certain event is likely to come about, you would be very foolish to say, God let me live until I see that, when in the mind of God, that might be five hundred years off. On the other hand, if you see something written and you feel there is a proximity somewhere, a closeness that seems to be realistic, you would have a right to ask God to let you live to see that. Anyhow God had promised Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Christ. This very thing lets us know this, It is not the very wise, nor the intellectual that has the right to figure anything out, it is only the people who are willing to be a part of God’s plan. We have up here behind me a sketch (CLICK FOR CHART) of the first 69 weeks of Daniel. Common sense would tell you, if the Jews knew by the writings of Nehemiah, that the decree that sets that thing in motion starts on the 14th of March, and it was to cover right through to the crucifixion of the Messiah, the Prince that was to be crucified in the culmination of that, they should have been able to realize by counting off the years, that the time was at hand. At least they had a sure point for a beginning. They knew that in that 69 weeks there would be a total of 483 years. On the other hand, theology can put people to sleep and cause them to lose touch with reality. In Luke 24, where Jesus appeared to His disciples after He arose, is a good example of what I want you to see. When He appeared to them, they were startled: They thought they had seen a ghost; but He calmed them, and then ask, Have you got anything to eat? They gave Him a piece of fish, and then some honeycomb. Now that is not just the wax, that is the honey and the wax. He was proving to them that He was not a ghost. But then He said unto them, (We are in verse 44, of chapter 24) “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (45) Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, (46) And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: (47) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” He began with the psalms and the prophets, and the law, and said, These are the things I spoke to you about while I was yet with you. Do you think He left Daniel out of that? That is God’s yardstick. He did not have that written in the scriptures and then put a veil over it. The only veil is man’s own carnality, his own refusal to recognize the reality of it. The Jews had a perfect yardstick, but they did not use it. Therefore they are guilty of crucifying the very one they had been looking for, the One they should have recognized, simply because they should have known approximately when to look for Him to appear on the scene. But no, the did not want a fellow like Him to be their Messiah: He did not come the way they thought he should have. The point here is, What did they expect? Evidently they expected Him to come down from heaven with stars shining, and halo’s poised over His head and all of that, but if that is what they were expecting, it was because they had not studied their scriptures with the right attitude and motive. Nevertheless that is the way a lot of people look at things in our day. In other words, If there is anything God wants us to know, He will sure not send a messenger like that fellow: He is just trying to make himself something. This is a modern, twentieth century excuse; but I am reasonably sure those Scribes and Pharisees felt the same way two thousand years ago: Well I would listen to what he has to say, if it were not for the way he looks: God would not send a fellow like that to tell us anything. I just have to say, Are you sure about that? We are all going to end up in a ditch somewhere, with that type of attitude. That is why denominational religion went the way they did with Bro. Branham. If you dare to mention his name in public, you just as well have stuck a skunk in their nostrils. It stinks to them. My point in talking like that is to say this, We have a yardstick in the Bible and we are ignorant if we refuse to look at it. Some people take the attitude that we are not supposed to know anything about what God is going to do: We should just drift along and wait for it to happen; but that is not the way I read my Bible. When I read it I see God giving the wise believers a foreknowledge of what He is going to do.
TWO THOUSAND YEARS EQUALS TWO DAYS
Did it ever occur to you that Hosea 6:2 was written long before Daniel ever wrote about the seventy weeks? Hosea 6:2 was even written before the ten tribes were taken out of the land. Hosea 6:2 plainly tells you, After two days He will revive us. Here comes that old theological term though: well I can see the point you are talking about, but we really do not know whether that is the correct meaning of it. I will agree with you up to a certain point, give a little and take a little, but I am not ready to preach such a thing. There is that old expression of doubt and excuse, but there is one thing sure, If that last week of Daniel’s seventy weeks is as close to being set in motion as we believe it has to be, you can expect a lot of theologians to be thrown into a state of bewilderment pretty soon now. Right here, is where we are, less that four years away from the year 2000 A.D. and from here to that point, (pointing to the last week of Daniel on the (CHART)) is so vivid and plain in the book of Revelation, it is divided into two parts. The first part speaks of the two prophets: (Rev. 11:3) “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” No, not more or less: It will be exact, because it is God who keeps the time, not me. The antichrist will sit in the temple in Jerusalem, after it is rebuilt, and he will sit himself up and claim to be a god, and he will do his evil work for 3 ½ years. God allows him exactly forty two months, not give a little or take a little. I hope you understand why I stress it that way? God meant for those periods of time to be exactly what the bible says, 3 ½ prophetic years each. As for the two days Hosea spoke of, if the two days have any meaning, then it is dispensational days, not two twenty four hour days. In other words, two days of a thousand years each, prophetic time, which is 360 days to the year. Prophetic time is always with 360 days to each year, because that is the way the weeks of Daniel break down. Using our Julian calendar time, you cannot get 483 years of expired time; but when you break the calendar time down into prophetic time, here is the number you come out with, 173,880 days, which is 483 years. I do that in order to subtract from it when Christ was crucified, April 3 in 33 A.D. That is according to Jewish history. I have it myself. When you take 33 and ½ years calendar time and multiply and get the days, and subtract that off this total of time from here to the death of King Herod, you get the birth of Christ. Here is the death of King Herod. When you take the days here, and subtract it from the total, you get the number of days, and then you can convert it right back to the days that evolve from the decree to the death of King Herod. That establishes the fact that Jesus was born 2 years and 89 days before the death of King Herod, making Him born in the year 3 B.C. That aligns with recorded history, so that should not be a problem for anyone. Then, if two days are what we have before God turns back to the Jews, we have got to know where the beginning point of those two days was. The seventy weeks of Daniel had a beginning point. It was the making of the decree that you read of in Nehemiah. Well the beginning point of this two days has to be the crucifixion of Christ. The minute the nation said crucify Him, crucify Him, God had already judged them and was potentially placing them under a verdict: I will take you out of this land once again. It did not happen immediately, but in 69 A.D., you might say 36 years later, it came upon them. He brought the Roman army to lay siege against the city. That fulfilled the last part of the 26th verse, of the 9th chapter of Daniel. From the destruction of the temple and so forth, the Jews were gone, and they have been dispersed throughout the world through all those years, but the time of the two days starts here. (Pointing to the crucifixion of Christ on the chart) Of course some people will say, Oh Bro. Jackson, I would begin it with 69 A.D., when Titus destroyed the city. Well if you do that, Then you are forgetting what Jesus said about the generation that sees certain things take place. This generation shall not pass away until all these other things be fulfilled. Thirty six years more beyond the crucifixion of Christ will put you beyond that point where one generation could be expect to live. It put you over about 2040 A.D. All of the Holocaust Jews will be dead before then, and you will probably be dead also. I will be dead before then. The generation that has seen all of this within this century will be gone before 2040. What this amounts to, according to the words of Jesus, there has to be a living representation of the generation that has seen all of these major developments with Israel, when the whole thing is climaxed. Therefore if you try to start the two thousand years of Hosea’s prophecy all the way over here when Jerusalem was destroyed, you run the two thousand years out beyond that generation. There is no doubt in my mind that some of those who were very young during the time of the holocaust, will still be alive to see God wrap up this whole picture. Why would Jesus have said such a thing if that were not how it is going to be? They may be a hundred and three years old, but their testimony to God will be here. I do not have to search the earth to find out who that generation is: That is God’s business. It is a testimony to God, and it fulfills the words of Jesus. That is the important thing. When we take the calendar time from the crucifixion of Christ and break it into two thousand prophetic years, we are presently just a little over three years away from the year 2000, as far as we can tell by using what we have, and that is, if the Roman calendar that the western world goes by, is anywhere near right. But when we transfer this from 33 A.D. to 2000 years later, 2000 prophetic years later brings us calendar time to 2004 ½. You do not take it back to the birth of Christ, you have to start with the crucifixion. In other words, This time and this time (using the chart and pointing to the Law Age and the Grace Age) does not overlap. This has to be a continuation of how God deals with the nation of Israel. The 483 years or 69 weeks, covers the time God dealt with Israel from the starting of their coming into the land, to the Messiah, and that sixty nine weeks ended at the crucifixion of Jesus, and the seventieth week will begin at the end of the Grace Age, when God turns once again to the Jews. I want to first go back to Daniel 9, and refresh our memory on the fact that Jesus was cut off at the end of the sixty ninth week of Daniel’s seventy week prophecy, and remember, each week is a year of God’s dealing with the nation of Israel in their land. Notice the words of verses 25 and 26. “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and three score and two weeks: (That makes a total of 69 weeks.) the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. (26) And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, (That shows that He was crucified at the end of the last 62 weeks of that 69 weeks.) but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come (It was Roman soldiers that destroyed the city, so the prince that shall come ‘THE ANTICHRIST’ will have his seat or authority in Rome) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, (a flood of persecution) and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. (Now we come to the antichrist, the prince of the Romans that destroyed the city and the sanctuary.) (27) And he (the antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (That will be the seventieth week, which will start when this covenant is signed.) and in the midst of the week (or actually in the exact middle of the prophetic week) he (the antichrist) shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, (Which will be exactly 3 ½ prophetic years of great tribulation, the last half of that week) and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” By looking at these three verses, we can pinpoint the exact time when Hosea’s two days became effective; and the two days are the two thousand years that God deals with Gentile people in the Grace Age. Israel as a nation, did not recognize the time they were living in; therefore she threw away her chance to accept her Messiah; and that caused God to drive them out of the land once again. In the verse that precedes the one we have been talking about, is a prophecy concerning how the Holy Spirit makes intercession and God speaks on behalf of the people. (Hosea 6:1)”Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.” That is why it says in verse 2, “After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.” Just think, hundreds of years before it ever happened, Hosea gave this prophecy with such a great promise: After two days, (That means, after we have been out of the land, scattered here and there, for two dispensational days or two thousand years of prophetic time), He will revive us. Now we want to see where that points to in the scriptures. Is that not what we read in Revelation 11? What was John given? He was given a reed like unto a rod, a measuring instrument. He was told to go measure the temple, the altar, and them that worship therein, but the outer court and the city leave out, for it is given unto the Gentiles and they shall tread it under foot forty and two months. The temple and the city that John knew was now in desolation, in 96 A.D., but he saw the temple coming back into preeminence. That is what we have got to understand to get this picture right. To John, that was God’s way of telling him, When the time comes that the temple is to be rebuilt and the city is to be rebuilt, there will come two prophets on the scene and they shall do so and so; and we know according to Revelation 7, the revival that Israel has as a result of their ministry, is in the first half of the seventieth week. It will last a thousand two hundred and three score days. That puts time exactly in the middle of that seven year period of time. That is when the antichrist breaks the covenant with Israel and starts his great surge of persecution against them. Yes saints, “THEN SHALL BE GREAT TRIBULATION SUCH AS WAS NOT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO THIS TIME, NO, NOR EVER SHALL BE.” (Matthew 24:21) That is the very words Jesus spoke. Well how does that all fit together as concerning the bride Church? When this peace covenant is signed and those two prophets show up in the streets of Jerusalem, the Gentile bride will have finished her race. She will be ready to take her flight. You just have to realize that there are seven years added on to this; (pointing to the beginning of the week on the chart) and then the bride will be coming back to earth with Jesus, as seen in the 19th chapter of Revelation, closing out the tribulation and pouring out the wrath of God upon all those wicked people that are still alive. Make no mistake about it though, when the Bible says, AFTER TWO DAYS, that is exactly what God meant. Do not try to play around with time, Well maybe that could be 15 or 20 years beyond this point. No saints. That is not why God put it in there like that. It has to have a specific beginning. That is why, if the reviving is to take place fulfilling that second verse, it takes place in the first part of the seventieth week; so you have to bring the beginning of the week to the place where that two days stops, which is right here. (Pointing to chart at 2004 ½ A.D.) It is just that simple. What does the last part of verse 2, say? “In the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.” That moves you, time wise, into the Millennium. Now verse 3, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” The point is, these two thousand years have to have an ending, just as they have a starting point. That is why I said, If you start that in 69 A.D. when they were actually carried out, and you push this thirty six years beyond this point, every one of those of this generation that has seen all this take place, the Holocaust and all that has transpired since will be dead. Only the younger generation will be left alive to say anything; and that would not fulfill the words of Jesus which say, “This generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled.” The point is, this two thousand years will terminate according to the calendar, at 2004 ½ A.D. Seeing that we are now living just about 3 ½ years this side of the year 2000, that means we are dealing with a time span of about eight years between now and the time those two days finish out. Oh that sounds scary, Bro. Jackson! Well let us go to Matthew 24, and take a look at the very words of Jesus.
PROPHECY THAT CANNOT FAIL
As we go into Matthew 24, just try to keep focused on what we are looking at. The things Jesus is saying here, are things He said to the disciples while He was yet alive, They showed Him the temple, how beautiful it was, and He said unto them, (verse 2) “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.” After they were outside the temple they began to ask Him, When will these things be? What is the sign of thy coming, and so forth? He started His answer to them by giving them a graphic background. We are going to read a parable. (Verse 32) “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; (The fig tree is Israel.) When his branch is yet tender, (He was not talking about Israel as it existed then, He is talking about Israel as it would exist in the future, as God would be restoring it back into the land.) and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer (talking about a season) is nigh: (33) So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, (Now we have to go back to the first part of the chapter to see what all He was talking about.) Know that it is near, even at the doors. (34) Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. (He was not talking about the generation that lived two thousand years ago. It is true they lived to see certain things they thought it was, but it was only a type, a prelude to what is going to be in the last days. We are the generation that is seeing the culmination, the fulfillment of all this. This is why we have to begin to realize there are certain things in the word to give you and I a vivid picture of how to look to the end of it all. Let us not walk blindfolded and bump our nose against it. That is not the way God wants us to look at it. That is the way the religious world is walking toward it.) (35) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” What did He mean by that statement? Oh the heavens are going to melt! The earth is going to be dissolved: the Bible says so! Well if heaven is going to melt and the earth is going to be dissolved, where in the world are you going to be? I am talking about the old Methodist’s way of looking at the scripture. When you talk about the Millennium to a Methodist, you are using bad language. Actually they think you are talking about something that is right out of the pit. That is the way the Methodists look at it; but in reality what He meant was, It would be easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one word to fail its intended purpose. We do know the heavens and earth will melt, but not in the sense that they become destroyed or devastated. It is God’s way of renewing, cleansing, putting everything back in proper relationship to Himself. Jesus has given some things we can use as indicators as far as times and seasons, but notice verse 36, because at the time He was speaking to a living generation of disciples, He never said a thing about the times or seasons. That was not in the picture. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heave, but my Father only.” He put it into a day and hour. I am going to show you, by the grace of God, what He really meant. I will ask you this again, I this just a figure of speech? Or some slang expression just to fill in the gap? No. He meant exactly what He said. I am going to show you why He meant exactly what He said. “But of the day and hour.” I remember when Bro. Branham was preaching the seals, he said, Notice, Jesus said no man knoweth the day or hour, but he never said a thing about the year or month. Watch as we read on. “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Now He is going into a discourse of explaining to the believer, the true believer, how to look toward His mystical coming for His Church. He has already told you when He is coming visibly. Both comings, part A and part B, are right here in Matthew 24. Let us go back to verse 27. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” This is the strange thing about prophecy, many times two important objectives are referred to in the same chain of thought. That is why Jesus would refer to Isaiah, where He would read certain portions and stop. (Isaiah 61:1) “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (61:2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.” His day of vengeance, jumps a span of time. Referring to His visible return, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” Here in Matthew 24:29, is where He tells you when He is coming visibly. We should have no mathematical problems in figuring that out. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: (30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” It says He is coming immediately after the tribulation of those days, but some still say, Well that could be three or four weeks later. No. When He said immediately, that is what He meant. Here is the tribulation of those days, right in here to the end of the week. If God only allows the man of sin to project himself in that terrible moment of time for forty two months, does it not also tell us in 2nd Thessalonians that he will be destroyed with the brightness of the coming of Jesus Christ, and he will be destroyed with the sword of His mouth? Where in the world could this lingering of time come in? There is no such thing. His coming visibly is immediately after the great tribulation of the last half of that 70th week of Daniel. God has no reason to drag these things out when it comes like that. That is a visible return. You can take that to Revelation 19, starting in about the 11th verse, what does it say? “And I saw heavens opened, and behold a white horse; and He (That is Jesus) that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.” What did He see? He saw Jesus sitting on a white horse. Let me tell you, When that time comes, those that are alive that are left here, are not going to have to have a magnifying glass to see Him: because they are not going to be looking out there in space fifty million light years away. They are going to be looking right up from where they are. (Matthew 24:30) “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” You need to read that part of Revelation 19, right with this. There was seen the armies of heaven, and the bride was clothed in fine linen, riding white horses. On His thigh is a new name written and His name is called THE WORD OF GOD, because He is coming to judge, to destroy, to hit this planet with judgment and devastation. When that sign becomes visible in the elements of heaven, you do not need to think his descent to earth is a flash like a rocket. When heaven is opened, just remember that it takes the planet twenty four hours to revolve one complete turn. The Bible says every eye shall see Him, every knee shall bend, and every head shall bow. And the mighty and the wicked flee to the rocks and mountains and cry, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” Why? Because He will not still be sitting on that throne when He is seen coming to earth to pour out the wrath of God upon wicked mankind. They will know when He is coming, that is not a secret thing. In my opinion, Electric will go off and clocks are going to stop. Why do you say that Bro. Jackson? Because this old planet earth is going to start reeling and rocking: it is going to go into convulsions. When you do have things like that, you cannot help but have some power lines snap. There will be blackouts. Earthquakes will set in. Gas lines will break. Talk about gas fires. Talk about oil leaks. Yes they will cry, Somebody, get the plumber! There is not going to be any more talk about us destroying the ozone. I am not worried about what God does with the ozone. He destroyed the other ozone during the flood. Then He gave us another. Now, they are saying, Save the ozone! God knows what He is doing. He will have another one back out there when it is needed. The reason I stress that point is because you do not worry about His visible return. It is going to be visible. I have to say, That is going to be a glorious scene, except to those that are to be judged at His coming. The lights will be shut out. The sun will refuse to shine, and so will the moon. The universe is being disturbed. Every living creature on this planet will have to look toward heaven. That is the only source any light will come from. They are going to be forced to see Jesus coming home from heaven with His bride Church. Praise God, you and I will be coming back with Him! Do not tell me His visible return is a mystery. It is not. It speaks very clearly of it. That is part B. Now let us go back to part A. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” No man knows the day or hour that He will return. He tells the sign of Noah. It is in place. Gay rights. The president is in trouble, the Republicans are in trouble. They do not know whether to play up abortion or play it down. When they finally gave the black people civil rights, the devil jumped up and down. Oh watch me now. Here came next the women’s rights; and then gay rights. Now every kind of devilish rights you could ever imagine under the sun, is out there somewhere, all hid behind civil rights. Now civil rights has to be the front flag for the whole kit and kaboodle. The devil knew exactly what he was doing; but all of that has a short duration now. Let us watch this coming of the Lord. Are we left here to wonder, to stagger through the pages of God’s word in total ignorance? I have to say, We should be able to see the century we live in and the decade. If we are looking at this yardstick, or measurement the right way, we are living in the last decade. What is a decade? Ten years, in this case, a unit of ten. Centuries is made up of ten units of ten. That is the way we write history today, first century, second century, or first decade or second decade, and on and on like that. Let us see who Jesus was talking to and what He was talking about, when He said no man knoweth the day or hour. He gives us the sign of Noah, that is the gay front today and violence in general. Verse 42, He mentions it again. He is talking to the Christian that is going to be alive when this comes about. The gays are on the move. “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” That is talking about His mystical coming for His church. It is not talking about His visible coming, when He comes riding a white horse. This is what the apostle Paul was referring to in 1st Thessalonians 5. Notice what Jesus says in the 42nd verse. This is referred to five times in 24 and 25, because the two go together. “Watch therefore: (This is our admonition) for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” I just have to say this, Many of the Branham followers mean well; but it is one thing to mean well and another to do well. There is no excuse for ignorance. Willful ignorance is a sin. He that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, what does the Bible say? It goes much deeper than slipping out behind the barn and smoking a cigarette. It means there are certain things that are right; and true children of God are expected to believe them. I have heard these words so many times: But the prophet said three and one half years are left, or the seventieth week of Daniel. They must think I sat there for a whole week when he preached the seventy weeks of Daniel without hearing him when he said, There are seven years left. Don’t try to tell me there are only three and one half years left. I would have to say to you, no matter who you are, a Hebrew doctor of divinity, or whatever you are, You just simply do not know enough history. A man would have to be insane, to try to make the Bible prove there are only three and one half years left. Those two prophets are not going to be preaching in the streets of Jerusalem while the antichrist is sitting in the temple showing himself as God. The Bible plainly shows us that it is when the two prophets have finished their testimony and prophecy, (because the old antichrist is totally infuriated because of their words) the antichrist comes to Jerusalem for the purpose of executing these prophets, which he believes are obstacles in his way of economic progress. Therefore let us watch as we continue on here. Notice in this statement, Jesus did not refer to the day. He said, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, (He is saying this in such a way, Wise servant, keep your nose in the word and stay on your knees in prayer, so that you will see it right.) he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: (This is His admonition to us.) for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Two times, He said, such an hour. I stress this point, Do we have to know the hour when Jesus is coming? No. However if we can see a decade in which the Bible points to we should not be afraid of that. Watch how I illustrate it, and in this period of time if I see something begin to develop in the Middle East that shows me God’s miraculous power, I know I am living in the latter part of that decade. Do you see all these scriptures? (Pointing to chart, Amos 9:11-12, Micah 7:11-20, Zechariah 12:2-9, Numbers 24:14-23, Zephaniah 2:4-11, Obadiah 1, Isaiah 11:11-16, 19:16-22, 49:13-21, 60:1-22, Zechariah 10:6-10, Ezekiel 38:2-17, Daniel 9:27) We will not have time to read all of them at this time, but all of them fit right in here. Regardless of how many prophet preachers try to tell you something different, they can quote Revelation 13 and they come on with the New World Order and all of that, but we are living just before the fulfillment of every one of these scriptures. All of that other stuff we are hearing is just so much hocus pocus. Oh Bro. Jackson, you ought not talk like that. When WW2 was over and I came home, I heard them say Stalin is the antichrist, then it was Hitler, Mussolini, then Kruschev, then Henry Kissinger and we everyone know from studying the scriptures, it is going to be the pope of Rome, so where did they get their great revelation from? You hear this one and that one, The end is at hand, get my book and read all about it. Well saints, what I am telling you is not costing you anything. The world at large does not realize they are about to have the most terrible headache they have ever had. Actually Amos 9 is a key that begins to unlock this thing. What did James the apostle say in the 15th chapter of Acts? What was his reply to the brethren when Paul and those other brethren came back and told how miracles had been done over in Asia among the Gentiles? They had already heard Peter’s testimony. They were all discussing that, but what does this other add up to? James said, Brethren, to this the words of the prophets agree, and he turned and quoted Amos 9:11-12. When you read it, the bottom part is what James went after. Upon as many as the Lord our God shall call. James said, After this will the Lord return and build again, which is in the top, the tabernacle of David, close up the breeches thereof. That is the way the prophecy starts out. It is on top. When James was sitting there in that conversation the temple was still standing. The destruction of it in 69 A.D. was still ahead of them. He went into Amos because Amos reveals a time factor. As the Gentiles began to get the gospel, James saw that God had taken his bottom part of that prophecy and He is going out there among those that had never called on God, never known God, and He has come among the Gentiles to get out of the Gentiles a people that will bear His name. After this, now he applies the top part, He shall return. The prophecy, as you read it, is upside down. You take one part and put here and the other part over here. We are now living when the bottom part of Amos 9:11-12 has been applied. Time for Gentiles is running out. As it does we can see things setting up in the Middle East, which means that God will soon return to the Jews. Once He starts turning to the Jews to give them back everything that was promised, there is going to be a short interval of miraculous events, and they are going to startle the politicians of the world. It has got to be that way for Isaiah and Micah 7, to fit in. When you go to Micah 7 which now begins to unlock the picture, it plainly says this, In the days that thy walls are to be built, again will I show unto him great and marvelous things, insomuch that the heathen will come crawling out of their holes. Let us just read a few verses of it, starting in Micah 7:11 “In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed. (12) In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain. (7:15) According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvelous things. (16) The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. (17) They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee.” Something is getting ready to happen. These are not just idle words. Modern mankind thinks he is going to establish a beautiful government here, but God is going to rip it all to pieces. The only thing that is going to finish this picture out the way the Bible says is Revelation 13, the putting together the remnants of the old Roman Empire, and the United Nations does not have a thing to do with it. Now Bro. Jackson, I would be careful. I am going to show you in these scriptures right here, it is all in there, God is going to rip that thing and tear it all to pieces. Are you sure? I want to show you something. The old school of thought, when WW2 was over, prophetic students and preachers were talking about it: The ten horns are coming together, the ten horns are coming together. Oh, Rome is being revived, the ten horns are coming together. Praise the Lord, it won’t be long now. Well, now the ten horns are together, and now they want a New World Order. Do you see how those people jump from one thing to another? It has always been that way.
ANOTHER MANMADE VIEWPOINT
A few weeks back, one Thursday night, a sister was coming into the parking lot and saw a car following her. When she got out, the driver of the car asked her, Is this where the Contender is mailed from? She said yes, He said, will you give this to your leader. It was a large envelope that had a video tape in it. On the envelope was written, God’s message to America.