FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END
TIMES OR SEASONS
Centuries or Decades
WE HAD JUST BARELY GOTTEN PAST A PARAGRAPH READING IN OUR LAST ISSUE WHEN WE RAN OUT OF SPACE AND HAD TO CONTINUE, SO WE WILL JUST GO BACK A LITTLE TO START THIS ISSUE. (CLICK FOR CHART)
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 other 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. Naturally I wondered who sent it: because there was no name on the outside. Neither was there a name on the video, just the writing, God’s message to America. I had no way of finding out anything until I played it. It was the first time in my life I ever received anything from that caliber of preachers. The leading character on it was a man by the name of Henry Groover. He is a Charismatic preacher. He has preached in Russia, in Alaska, in Canada, as well as in the States, on battleships, on aircraft carriers, before politicians, schoolteachers, in colleges, and all such like. I am next to nothing in the sight of a man like that. He was telling about a vision God had showed him about the destruction of America. He was in Ireland walking, when he came to this old palace. The Lord told him to go up on this particular tower. He went up on this tower, and all of a sudden the power of God came on him and he saw the world become flat. He saw Russia, the big bear. He saw a big arrow, like a giant arrow attack from Russia, right over the North Pole toward the States. At the same time he saw submarines suddenly emerge, almost like they were sitting on the beaches, launching rockets. At the same time he saw two more arrows coming right out of Russia, one down through Norway, to take Western Europe, and another one down through Poland to take central Europe, then Armageddon would be fought. That is not the way Armageddon is going to be. He puts Ezekiel 38 as Armageddon; and we everyone know by now, that Armageddon is not Ezekiel 38. Ezekiel 38 is a miracle war designed by God for the eventual preservation of Israel. In Armageddon there is no dead buried, they become as dung over the face of the earth. On the other hand, in this Ezekiel 38 war, Israel, for seven months, seeks to employ people to seek out the dead where they are scattered, that they might be buried, and it says that they burn weapons from that war for the next seven years. I sat there and watched the whole thing; and he told a series of visions he had seen about Russia and the Communists. The thought began to come to me, Why is that man talking like that? I believe his vision was correct, but I remember back in the 1960's, I believe it was in Life Magazine, the United States printed a story about the future and possible attack of Russia, if Russia should choose to do such a thing. The intelligence report was that over the northern pole would come three waves of giant bombers, and how the first wave would have it hard to break through the anti aircraft defenses, but they would get to the northern perimeter. The second wave would touch the central, and the third wave would touch the southern perimeter. Knowing that, but then seeing what has happened to Russia and the breakup of the great perimeter, here is how the picture lines up. When WW2 ended, the time was at hand for Revelation 13 to start coming together. You had to have a uniting of those nations that for hundreds of years had fought, fought, fought. The soil of Europe is stained with the blood of hundreds of years of fighting. However the Bible says in Revelation 17, that these ten horns are ten kings, or ten kingdoms, that have received no kingdom as yet. Meaning in all their fighting, none of them have ever been allowed to control the whole continent of Europe. That is why they fought, fought, fought. Then they receive a kingdom for one hour with the beast, and from within that beast, the antichrist will come forth. It is a gradual arising. When we look back to the last 1940's, they had the Marshal Aid, then here comes NATO, then the Common Market, and all of these are indicators that the uniting of the original ten horns is now in progress. If God had not let the devil raise up an empire that was a deadly threat, and exist that way for forty years, Europe would never have come back together. They would be doing what they were doing hundreds of years ago, fighting each other. It took all of those things I just mentioned, to make them believe, We have go to come together somehow, we have to unite to get ready for what is coming. I will never forget when our Vice President stood at NATO and gave one of the last speeches made by that type of man, and said to Europe, I can almost say greater Europe. Yes, greater Europe. Henry Kissinger wrote an article describing it, Europe is united. There was some political squabbling, but they are now united; and that brings certain scriptures clearly into focus. That is exactly why Russia would never have been touched back in the late 1980's, had Europe not been united. She was raised up as a decoy to make Europe do what it has done. Now the only thing left for Russia is this hour right here: (Ezekiel 38 & 39) That is all she has left. That is all the potential she has left. Well that man did say one thing that surprised me as I listened to that tape: He said you wonder why Russia will stay in alignment with the Islam world, it is because sixty percent of the Russian society is Islam. He said, When you have a society that is sixty percent Islam, the country has to go along with what the society demands. Now having said that, I am going to drop this thought and show you how the rapture will drop right in place. We do not have to know the day or hour, but if we are a people that is going to live until the rapture comes, I promise you there are things developing in the Middle East, when you start seeing this all begin to develop and fall right in here, (pointing to chart just before 2004 ½ A.D.) You are going to see yourself living in the last part of the last decade Gentiles have allotted to them. You can count the years. You do not need to know what day or hour. Just remember though, the parable about the evil servant, the warning to him, But to that evil servant the Lord of that servant shall come in a day he is not aware, and in an hour he is not thinking. There is a definite message in that parable: It pertains to the way we look at time, and toward the coming of the Lord.
CLUES FOR WISE CHRISTIANS TO MEASURE TIME BY
We want to deal some more with these statements Jesus made concerning the end of this Age, when He will come again. The last one’s are in the 25th chapter of Matthew. I am going to read these five statements. We know Jesus said to His disciples, when they asked Him, Wilt thou now deliver the kingdom to Israel? That actually meant, Will you restore sovereignty? His answer was, It is not for you to know the times or seasons. We explained already, that this was not just slang language. That was not just mere terminology to avoid answering. That was His answer. That was no doubt the way Jews would refer to a long period of time, that was yet unknown to them. We find this in the 1st chapter of Thessalonians, Paul had been speaking to the brethren concerning the coming of the Lord to receive the bride Church to Himself; and then he ended it by saying, 1st Thessalonians 4:18, “Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (5:1) But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. (5:2) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” He knew good and well that he had said enough, and whatever he said was for all time, that when we come down to the end of all these things we would begin to come together, because at the end time God is going to deal with the people who love truth, to relate to them and give them an understanding of His imminent return. Therefore when we come to Matthew 24 and 25, we see what I am referring to. I am going to read the five times He uses this very statement. In the 36th verse He says, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Again I ask you, Do you think this was just His way of avoiding the question that was directed to Him? No. It was not mere terminology. IT was the way they would refer to something related to another time. Then we come on down to the 42nd verse. He is admonishing the believer, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Notice He did not say anything about the day: He just said, Ye know not what hour. Then we come to the 44th verse. “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an (notice) hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Now we drop to the 50th because He is speaking in relationship to the evil servant. I have to say, in respects to the following of Bro. Branham through the years of time, If they do not get out of the books, something that will get them back into the Bible, they are destined to wind up as evil servants, because they are very bold in putting “thumbs down” on anything else that does not go along with their rhetoric. They act as though it is almost like the Catholic Church, if you do not abide by their interpretation of what Bro. Branham taught, you are nothing. I have a whole bunch of literature that I have received through the years, some from the Philippines, some from India, and just about everywhere the message of Bro. Branham has been, with their own interpretation of it, they try to cram it down your throat. Some make William Branham the Christ of our day. That is why in India they will baptize in the name of William Branham and teach that the name William Branham is the new name of the Lord. These things just keep on going. Therefore when we look in the 50th verse, Jesus is not speaking to the Bride, He is not speaking to the evil servant: So notice, “The Lord of that servant shall come in a day (Here, He comes back and includes the day.) when he looketh not for Him, (that means he has given up, ‘because of all the projected times they have given heed to.’) and in an hour that he is not aware of.” That puts a man in a bad place. Now we come on over to the 25th chapter. The 25th chapter is an overall picture of the parable of the five wise and five foolish virgins, so this overlaps what we are talking about. It is still going on right in this era of time. We find in the 13th verse Jesus says this, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” We can say that this is a picture of the religious world outside of the realm of revealed truth. They can talk about the coming of Christ, the day of judgment, the end of the world, and they have a little sketchy picture in their head of what it is all about, but they do not have the setting nor the dimensions right. What we want to do, is look at this in the light of what Jesus was actually referring to each time. We have already explained to you that the visible return of Christ is not a mystery. No. He plainly states in the 27th through the 29th verses, that immediately after the tribulation of those days, is the time of His literal return. That is when He returns with His bride saints. Therefore anyone would have to be completely blind, not to be able by the help of a chart diagram like this, to see that at the end of that 70th week, which is the last 3 and ½ years of the week, and is the great tribulation period, the sun is to be darkened, the moon is to withdraw its light, heaven is to be opened, like the 19th chapter of Revelation says, and then shall appear the sign of the coming of the Son of man in power and great glory. He is riding a white horse, (the white horses symbolize Power and authority) and you, the Bride of Christ, are with Him, as well as the saints of all the other decades of the Grace Age, making their descent to earth. The descent to earth is not like a flash. This descent is a slow, progressive, panoramic thing, a heavenly display of the mighty power of God. If every eye is to see Him and every knee is to bend and every head is to bow, and the rich man, and the bond man, and the free man flee to the rocks and mountains and say, Hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, His descent to earth is not going to be quick like a rocket: It will be a slow, but continual descent. God does it that way to actually draw attention, because this is one display that He wants all attention drawn to. That is why He will shut the lights off. Man’s program will end. Well when we pull our attention away from that visible return and come back to His mystical return, it is the secret coming. This is part A: Because He comes for His bride Church before He comes back with His Church. That is why it reads like it does here. First He gives us what we see in Matthew 24, a sign in the world itself. We see the gays and all this display of theirs. We see the gangs, how crime has a hey day. Evil is well reported of, just like the prophecy says. In the book of Isaiah it speaks that in the last days there would be that period of time when evil is called good, and that which is good is called evil. The courts of our land, and the American Bar Association is as crooked as the Al Capone gang from the 1930's. They are a bunch of vultures, seeking to use the judicial system to fill their pocket books. There is no doubt God has the number of every one of them. God will not take care of them one by one, He will just make a clean sweep one day and wind up the whole rotten mess all at once. As we come back along here, we are going to pick up in the 43rd verse of Matthew 24, and notice something. “But know this, that if the Goodman of the house (meaning a wise person) had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” He is saying this in an illustrative way, Believer, do not be a foolish person. It is not that we have to lock up our house or anything like that. It is just that we have to be aware of everything about us. He is not coming like a thief to those who are watching for His return, but to the man and woman that is not looking, not interested, it will be as a thief. The thief will come and you will never know he came until after he is gone. Let us now go back to the 38th verse and fill in the story as we come on down. “For as in the day that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark.” Well we have a lot of people in every nation on this earth that are not necessarily bad people, they are just not interested in anything they hear about the coming of the Lord. They strictly have a materialistic outlook about life. Do not talk to me about this doomsday stuff. I do not even want to hear about it. You could do a lot more good, they will say, if you would talk about peace. That is what is wrong with the Jews today: They sold out to Rabin. They want peace at any cost. It is a compromise, but do not think God has no remedy for this Jewish situation. The very fact that eighty percent of them are totally consumed in materialistic feats day by day, and their mentality towards the Bible is so traditionalized they just read through it without it having any internal affect at all, will not keep God from fulfilling every prophecy that is still pending concerning Israel. In fact, a large percentage of their population are glad when the certain feasts and rituals are over, so they can get back to their money making activities. The money and peace are far more important to them, than anything they can get out of the scriptures, or those feast’s. Little do they realize that God will have to allow something to hit them so hard it will jolt their thinking, in order to get their attention. I received the Jerusalem Post yesterday, and now that Netanyahu has been elected, and he has picked his cabinet, other politicians from the other groups that were not picked, or were in the labor party that was voted out, act like a bunch of buzzards. It showed their picture’s. They are ready to start picking this man to pieces because they feel the peace process they had working was well on the way, and this man is going to wreck it. As I looked at these men’s pictures, I thought, Jews, you cannot help being like you are, but you are the type of men that caused your people to have to suffer so much through the centuries of time; and yet you want to complain about the holocaust. I feel sorry for those people that were lined up and butchered and shot down and buried half alive, that were killed in gas chambers and all like that, but it just goes to show how hard headed some of them are. They want the world to respect that terrible massacre, and it is right to do so, but attitudes like they have are what brought it upon them. They will not look back through the pages of time and try to learn anything about their failures. In Deuteronomy God told them, the day you turn your back on me, I will turn my back on you. I will scatter you among the nations. In Ezekiel, it said, Your name will become an infamy and the time will come that you will pray when the sun rises in the morning, I would to God it was night. Then when it is night, you would to God it was morning. Can they not see why God is leading them back into the land? They still want peace among every kind of physical being there is, but take no heed to the word of God. It is not just Jews that are like that, when we come back to what we are talking about here, the Gentile church world is just as blind and ignorant as the Jews are, for whatever prophecy is on the verge of unfolding for them, they just ignore it, just like the Bible says. “And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (That is talking about the rapture.) Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Let us separate this from His visible return. I want you to know that at His visible return, every predestined saint of God is with Him. That proves that whoever is there, were the ones that were ready, and that fulfilled this category. You cannot take this group and jump over there and bring that over here. You are going to be ready when he comes for His bride, or you will not be seen coming back to earth with Him, sitting on a white horse. Two shall be in the field. This is the agricultural picture. Two women shall be grinding at the mill. This is the industrial side of things. We have three categories here. Two will be sleeping in the bed, two working in the field, two grinding at the mill. This goes to show that on some parts of this earth there are people that are going to be sound asleep. While others are going to be at work in different phases of life’s occupation. This ought to let us know, that this is that secret coming. We are warned, watch ye therefore. “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Let us hold that for just a minute. He is talking in the terms of a day and in the terms of an hour. Common sense would tell me as we come closer to this period, here is the year 2000, and we are just 3 ½ years away from it. Something drastic no doubt is going to develop, because the city of Jerusalem, as it is now in its three thousand year centennial, by the Jews of Judaism, since King David took it from the Jebusites. But in the year 2000, the Christian people celebrate it from the standpoint that it is the anniversary of the advent of Christ two thousand years ago. Jerusalem is the place where Christianity was born in the day of Pentecost. Therefore we can say that from now until the year 2000, there is in motion in the hearts of various people to make this period of time from now until the year 2000, a time to build up the image of Jerusalem, to portray it as a city that people should be rejoicing in. We need to take a look at this thing from the Arab standpoint. The Arabs are trying their best to prove to the world that the old city of Jerusalem is to be their capital, and that it is to be their religious center. How are they going about it? By crying out that they want statehood, not just autonomy. There is a difference between statehood and autonomy. If they were to get it, you can rest assured the city of Jerusalem will never be a place where Christians of the world can ever go again to carry on any kind of religious festivities or ceremony. The Arabs will have it to themselves, if they get it. However that is why we are approaching this subject and looking at it from this standpoint, because time is drawing close, and something is going to happen. This is the year 2000, (pointing to chart) but according to this calculated time, when we break this calendar time down, the two days of prophetic time will not terminate until we reach 2004 ½. If you have a calculator, go ahead and calculate it. You will come up with the same answer. In this respect, we are not dealing with days or hours in that sense, we are dealing with it in terms of prophetic years. As I said yesterday, When Jesus said, It is not for you to know the times, He is actually talking about centuries and decades. Paul used the same language. But ye have no need that I relate to you of the times or seasons, or such like. Jesus is talking to you and I on the terms of days and hours. I bring this out in this light, We would be blind if we fail to look at God’s yardstick. We can look back from the history standpoint. It is scientifically proven, two British Christian Scientists took a computer and calculated the Passover’s back to the birth of Christ . That is when they fixed the date in which Christ was crucified, on April 3, 33 A.D. This 33 A.D. means the Christian Era, or the Jews call it the Common Era. It is calculated back to His birth. It is true, no history gives you the recorded birth of Christ. But when the known written histories coming from this direction down through time, shows the death of King Herod, then knowing from the gospels that Christ was born before the death of King Herod, and because for a long time historians have been in doubt as to the accuracy of the Roman calendar, because it has been updated two or three times, and it was the Catholic Church that did it. It was no independent group of men. This is why in Daniel 7, the little horn that you read about, that came up in the midst of the ten, you notice what it says, “And he shall seek to change times and laws and seasons.” That is the Catholic Church, from 500 through 800, the monks stood with every kind of history there was, seeking to update, correct the Roman calendar, to make to correlate with the birth of Christ. This is why, when we say it is now June 29, 1996, that is quite different than the way they used to do it. They used to sign it like this, In the year of our Lord 1996. Our modern world, wanting to get rid of religion, God, Jesus, it is just called 1996. For many centuries though, every point of history was dated, in the year of our Lord. Even the King James version of the Bible, that has King James’s name applied to it, in the year of our Lord. Now with this in mind, we would be blind not to recognize the year. When we get into this on over here, we will better understand what I mean by year. For now though, if we can begin to see that we are approaching, or actually that we are in the last decade, because you cannot push this week of Daniel another ten years from this point without running out of time, we will know that our time left to be here is very short. He is going to come, whether we are ready or not. Let us take it right quick to what Paul said. We are in the 5th chapter of 1st Thessalonians. He has already told us in the 4th chapter, so we will read that, because some of the saints have died and there is a question in the body of believers. They are wondering about those that have fallen asleep. They cannot see anything beyond that grave. I will pick up in the 12th verse of chapter 4, 1st Thessalonians. “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, (I have to say, God does not want us to be ignorant. If He has given us certain practical thing to work with, to bring ourselves through the years and decades, then once we reach that decade we should begin to watch the world conditions, how it evolves into that. Because as we get closer to the end of this decade, we are going to see things in the Middle East that will definitely let us know God’s word, concerning His coming, is right on time. Let us finish reading.) concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. (Here, He gives us an order.) For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, (You will not find any place written in the Old Testament in exact words like this. This is a complete revelation to Paul.) that we which are alive an remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. (4:16) For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (Now here comes that admonition.) Wherefore comfort one another with these words. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, (and the church world and these evangelists wills ay Oh, the Lord is going to come and cry out with a great shout. Little do they realize the shout has already been sounded around the world. They are behind schedule. He shall descend from heaven with a shout, but they only envision the literal descent of the Lord.) with the voice of the archangel, (Remember, the shout is to the living, as well as the archangel’s voice is to the living, but it is in two different points of time. One does not follow immediately after the other. Then we notice this,) and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (The trump of god is that which raises the dead, to unite them with the others.) Then we which are alive and remain (The trump of God has no effect on us: it is the shout and the voice of the archangel that affects the living, so the trump of God is that which brings forth the dead. Then something will definitely transpire. By the dead being raised and the rest being awakened and brought together in complete unity, and our minds being purified, everything of tradition washed out of our minds, what a day. We will have nothing but a clear revelation and understanding of our to see ourselves in relationship to God’s great time event. I have to believe that when the dead do come forth there is really a purpose of God to be fulfilled just for a short interval, but not going into days or weeks. It will be a short interval of time when suddenly the dead saints will be seen by the one’s still living. All of a sudden, some saintly person that you know was dead, will be standing looking at you. You will lay your hammer down then, you will kick the wheel barrow to the side and say, Something is going on here. Praise the Lord! It is not going to be announced over the TV. No. Paul says,) shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (Together, they are not raised out of the dead, then there they go. That is why I said, there has to be a little interval of time to constitute this. When the living see the dead, and the dead meet the living, Let’s go! So away they go. Nothing then, will hold them back. The reason I said before, It is not necessarily that we have to know exactly what hour, I was reminded that when Bro. Branham had preached the Church Ages, I was in the barber shop the next week after he had closed it. Two fellows that were in charge of the tape ministry, one was in the barber’s chair. I was waiting my turn. He said Bro. Jackson, it won’t be long now. I said, No. He said, The way I look at it, I feel like I have enough money saved to take care of me until the rapture. I don’t intend to do very much more. Well that has been thirty some years. That poor man is dead and we are still waiting for the coming of the Lord. It just does not pay to speculate on the day and hour of His coming. If you knew right now that the minute I close this sermon there was going to be a man out there waiting to give you a million dollars, I just as well close the Bible, because you would not listen to another thing I had to say. In your mind, oh, I’m going to buy a new house, oh, what I can do with a million dollars. You would be fidgety, nervous, and certainly not interested in hearing anything else. Now why do you say that Bro. Jackson? He said that when He comes He will find two in the bed. If I knew what hour He was coming, why sleep? Do you get the point? Why sleep? Why go to bed? Why go to work? Why bother to do anything other than wait for him? As long as we are in this carnal flesh and only relate through it to natural things, we can become so hyper and so excited about certain things. Our main object ought to be that we keep a level head and do not allow ourselves to be carried away beyond measure with a lot of excitement. We could go down through the days, the weeks and such. I have no doubt when we come to that hour when the voice of the archangel will sound, there is going to be things said to us, not to the church world, just to the bride Church, that will not be heard until then. Thirty years has come and gone since the first six seals were broken. That tape I mentioned yesterday, that I got from Henry Groover, as I listened to him, following him were five Charismatic preachers. Hal Lindsey, who wrote the book The Late Great Planet Earth, he was commenting. Two of these fellows are Canadian evangelists of the Charismatic realm. There were five altogether, and they all backed this man up. They all stated that Ezekiel 38 is the battle of Armageddon. Being without a revelation, they push the events of Ezekiel 38, on out beyond the 70th week of Daniel and the great tribulation. Then they are saying this, that the New World Order is the beast, and that the antichrist is going to be some super politician that is going to swamp the world with his rhetoric of peace, and that he can come on the scene any moment now. Brethren, do you know where that leaves us? The rapture can take place at any time. I know they are pushing this New World Order thing, but if you listen to this when it is shown to you, it will have just as quick an end as the great Russian perimeter of Communism. How quick that was: it was just like it was hit with a hammer. If Russia was actually going to be allowed by God to fulfill military maneuvers like I explained, he said, they would have done it back in the 1960's. That was when they were at their peak. Kruschev stood in a corn field in Iowa and said, We will bury you. Well their economy has not been good. A lot of Russian people are wishing something would happen. There is no doubt that before too long, and it does not necessarily have to go back under a Communistic leader, but it is definitely going to be a nation that is going to have to play her part. Remember, God said He will put hooks in her jaws. He said, I will bring you down. Since that man said sixty percent of Russia’s population, all through its southern perimeters are Islam, that gives us a clue: That is what ties Russia to the Islam world in the Middle East. No matter how it has been politically, or militarily devastated, in that respect, God will allow it to linger on until the appointed time, the time when He strikes.
WHY TIMES AND SEASONS?
Let us look again at 1st Thessalonians, chapter 5:1-14. Paul again says, “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.” He is saying this to remind them, I have told you things, how to look toward the coming of the Lord. “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” To whom will it be like that? Not to those who are watching for Him because of a revelation of the scriptures, but to the world at large. “For when they (who? The world.) shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, (the world) as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, (If this was applicable back then, those people are all dead, so we just have to say, These verses really apply to us, because we are a generation of Christians that is definitely concerned about the application of all of this.) and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, bu to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.” I still have a few more things I will state here in the light of the voice of the archangel, so let us turn to Revelation, chapter 10, at this time. The night Bro. Branham started preaching on the seals, the later part of the month of March 1963, I will never forget as he referred to this setting here in the 10th chapter, as well as chapters 4 and 5 where he saw the Lamb come and take the scroll out of the hand of Him that sat on the throne. He said, Could it be that Jesus has left the mercy seat? After Bro. Branham’s death, Dr. Lee Vail stood in the Tabernacle pulpit and plainly said these words, There can be no one else saved. God will no longer speak in prophecy, and there will be no more dreams, and no more visions, because mercy is over. That man is an educated man. That is what educated minds get you into. Education has its place of course, in the world. I hope, when I take a seat in an airplane, that the guy at the controls knows exactly how to read those instruments. He needs an education. I do not want him to be guessing about what buttons to push and which switches he should flip on. Do you understand? There is a right way for an education to be used, but when it comes to getting a true revelation of the word of God, education is not necessary. When it comes to the things of God, education many times, just gets in the way. That is why the scriptures say, in 1st Corinthians, He has chosen the weaker things of this world, base things, and things the educated of this world consider to be foolish, to confound the wise. Let me read here in chapter 10, the way it was brought out at the time, Jesus, this archangel, this is actually Christ in angelic form, here on earth. He was not on earth in angelic form to fulfill that scripture back then. As long as Jesus is still on the throne, this angelic being cannot fulfill that scene in Revelation 10, simply because the scroll was not fully opened back then. It still has the seventh seal holding it. He will not leave that throne position as long as there is one seal still holding the edge. Therefore if He is still on the throne, the earthly scene has to correspond, because it is still closed. However when this is said, it is open. That lets us know we have not yet come to Revelation 8:1. Between the revelation of the sixth seal and the opening of the seventh, we have a period of time when Jesus is still on the throne making intercession for you and me. Look at all the young people that have been born since 1963. That was 33 years ago. Look at all these young people, not yet thirty. There were very few people in this world that even knew William Branham preached anything other than just praying for the sick back then. How merciful do we think God is? We can say this, When those seals dropped down like that, that was to give the living Bride, those who are really Bride people, something to lock on to and hold to. This was to stabilize them now and start them on a course toward the end. It has been thirty three years since then, but I can truly say we are getting close to the end, and somewhere in front of us that 7th seal will be broken. That is when you will have this angelic being standing there with one foot on land and the other foot on the sea. Jesus Christ is not on earth yet: It is the way Christ is projected there, that confuses so many people. When we see Him here in verse 3, it is after He has opened the scroll and is standing with His right foot on the land and His other foot on the sea. That is when He lifts up His hand toward heaven, “And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: (Actually this is the voice of the archangel, and this cry constitutes these two things. He is announcing an end to time for the Gentiles. Not that it closes at the strike of a clock, but it means everything will be set in motion to bring it to an end. He cried, yes, but that does not mean He was weeping. The word cry, means He yelled, YES! NOW IT IS TIME! You and I are not going to hear that, but it is going to have an effect in the spirit realm. I have to say, There is going to be some people dealt with by God when that cry is made. There is going to be some men somewhere whose spiritual mind is sensitive enough to the spirit of God to know just exactly what has happened.) and when He had cried, seven thunders uttered THEIR voices.” Saints, it does not take a college education to recognize that the word their, is a word that is never used symbolically in any scriptural sense. Any time you find it used, it either applies to angels or living beings. I will put it in this terminology; where we might be prone to say, and the trees were casting their shadows, but you do not read things like that in the Bible, simply because the language of the Bible is always so precise. The words that portray the thought, even the Hebrew that was used to write the original thought, or the Greek, somehow or other it is written in such a unique way, that translators cannot use certain things symbolically. The reason I am saying that, is because you cannot use their, which is a plural pronoun, in a symbolic language. You find in the book of Acts as Peter is preaching, and he is reminding the Jews of that day and hour, how that in the synagogues the people of that hour, hear the voice of their prophets. I run that word down to see what it is always implying. It is always implying either angels or men. It is never used in symbolic language. The point is, I have to believe the man that was a prophet to this Age, regardless of what this modern church world wants to think about it, was used of God to deliver a message that was so startling, so earth shaking and disturbing, that it literally awakened people all over the world, (but most of that awakening has taken place since his death.) That is what a shout is for. It is time to wake up. From the polar regions to the jungles of Africa, it has done its job. It is not the articulating sound of his literal voice that has been heard throughout the far regions of the earth, but words that came from him has become his voice, and it, in one way or another has penetrated the deserts, the mountain regions, the jungles, even the asphalt jungles of our cities. It has awakened people of all walks of life. It woke up a lot of people that would have been better off if they had been left asleep, because they were awakened by something that did not take place in their own church circles and they have put together things he has said, and formed their own opinion of what was meant, and if you were to turn it into food, I would not feed it to a dumb animal. If you doubt what I am saying, I will let you look at some of this literature from the Philippines, as well as Africa and other places. We can be sure of one thing though, There is an elect people on the face of this earth that has been awakened, and even though they have been disturbed, worried and frustrated at times, and their minds have been taxed, thinking, I wish I knew who is right, they are still walking with God. God has let some people go through ordeals like this, and it has done something to their inner being. Slowly though, through the years, it has pressed upon their minds until it has brought together a people from all nations who are looking for truth and reality. It is because they are seeking to find that other brother or sister in the faith of Jesus Christ, that they are persuaded must be a part of the body of true believers that make up the true Church. This thing of individuals wanting to sit at home and play a tape, saying, I am not going to let anyone teach me: God will teach me everything I need to know, is total deception. No, God will not teach those who have an attitude like that. He will stick a foot in their mouth. You become your own revelator and your own trouble maker, when you have an attitude like that. I have to believe that these seven thunders of Revelation 10:3, are seven men, but they are not going to be men that come out of the woods with halos and stars shining over them. No, they are human beings like you and me, but they are men that have been dragged through every kind of rotten deal the devil can throw at them. The devil is out there trying to clutter their mind and spiritual understanding with a lot of this junk others are always sending around. Somehow or other though, the grace of God has brought them through every kind of situation they have been faced with, even much adversity, because, allowing them to be treated like this gives them an experience to let them know how to cope with the devil’s devices, and conditions in general that prevail around them. Then, when they stand and say something, it makes sense. Now the question is asked, Why seven men? I have heard some say, Well the Bible does not say seven men, so where do you get that? When Jesus came on the scene and was ready to start his ministry, why did He pick twelve apostles? They were to represent something. Keep in mind, There were only two tribes in the land in His day. The ten tribes were still out of there. Why did He not just pick two? Because His message eventually was for the entire nation. Keep in mind also, that while His own personal ministry did not constitute it, but when Paul and those went into Asia Minor, it was Paul who said the gospel was to the Jew first. So it went to the Jews in dispersion. Then eventually there was a representation of those Jews in the regions of Turkey and such like. They were not in the Judaean bunch back home, but they were of the others that the gospel message had to reach. The point is, twelve disciples constitute the representation of that whole nation of Israel. Here at the end of the age of Grace, we have seven Church Ages, and a messenger for each age. Why would God not close the era to the Bride by using seven men from different parts of the world? Especially because it in reality represents a wrap up, or completion of that which was to be accomplished in this dispensation. It is over. God has a time and season for everything He does. What John heard, was not for his day. John lived in 96 A.D., but in chapter 4 he heard a voice say, Come up hither and I will show you things which shall be hereafter. He was absolutely in the Spirit, and transported into future time. His body lay there on the island, but in the Spirit, he was projected into the future tense of time and the things he saw and wrote are related to the day that you and I live in. When he heard those voices he was about to write, but there was a voice that said, Write them not, seal it up. Did that mean God had made a mistake? He never has a never will make a mistake. I know what Bro. Branham said when Lee Vail talked to him and some of you probably do too. Anyhow I heard Bro. Branham that night when he was commenting on the seventh seal, You see the reason it wasn’t written, He didn’t want the devil to get hold of it, just as sure as something is written and he gets hold of it, he will make a wreck of it. That just lets us know of prophetic revelation that is applicable to the living Bride, that by the hour this is applicable, is in perfect unity and harmony and ready to receive something direct from heaven. The Charismatic world will never hear it, simply because, if they did not hear Bro. Branham, and if they did not hear the first six seals, they do not need to know what the seventh one is. That is why I said, that on that man’s tape, he said a lot of things that sounded logical, but when you sit back and look and listen and begin to see these other prophecies and they make no place for them, then it lets me know, God said He would send them a strong delusion, that they, (Who? The religious world) would believe a lie and be damned, because they have not the love of the truth. Now I want to say this, and I hope you will understand, because the Lord willing, I am going to take these scriptures that are all tied together and deal with them. There is no way a Charismatic preacher can take just one of them and put his picture of the end time together properly. We have a lot of evangelists today, that are saying the coming of Christ is so imminent, the antichrist could come on the scene tomorrow. Well we know He is coming soon, but the main thing is, there are things that God wants you and I to walk through in the pages of His book before that happens. If we will walk through the pages of His book, we will not walk amiss. We will not walk after any of these ridiculous ideas that come to us in the mail or on TV.
POSSESSION OF CERTAIN WORDS
I have to speak certain things to you as I read this literature that was sent to me, because of what you see on the chart up there. I hope you will try to understand this does not make me some big I. I am just an insignificant fellow, but there are some people who would probably like for me to take some disease and die. Nevertheless that is in the hands of God. It was the year 1993, when in a dream I saw myself come into possession of certain words. In the dream I did not know what they were, but I saw myself take a piece of paper and write something down. I immediately said to myself, This is going to lead to something. Suddenly I was in possession of certain numbers also. I saw myself write them down. I did not know whether they were dates or numbers related to some other subject or what. I immediately wrote this all down and began to say to my wife, Honey this is all going to lead to something. The scene changed and I see myself speaking to my people in Faith Assembly, saying, Set these words down and do not forget them. This is all going to come together and form a great picture of understanding something about the coming of our Lord. Then the scene changed again and I saw a large gathering of people. They were coming from all over the world. I see all these people assembling and talking about the great feeling they have inside their hearts about the coming of Jesus. Everyone that I saw coming had such an expression of happiness. At this time I noticed there was one thing about everyone who was coming to this great assembly. Each person had in their hand, not in their pocket, a small bottle of holy anointing oil. This bottle was no larger than a person’s thumb. One thing was noticeable, each person had received their bottle of oil directly from God, not from man. No one was allowed into this great assembly unless they had their bottle of holy anointing oil. However there was no man standing at the door or entrance into this great assembly to check them. Again I see myself saying to people, remember these words, do not forget them, we are about to learn something. Then the scene changed again. At this time Bro. William Branham came into the scene. He stood in front of the assembly and began to speak. I could hear him saying things that were lifting the heart’s of the people into a great feeling of expectancy. My own heart is thrilled with what is being said. I hear myself saying in a low voice to those standing nearby, What did I tell you? Did I not tell you we are going to learn something? Do you remember those words I told you I had received? The atmosphere at this time was thrilling and the aroma coming from all those little bottles of oil was so sweet. Then the scene changed and I saw myself speak out to the people and say, I want to tell you of a dream I had concerning this great event. Then I began to speak to them the same words that I am now telling you of what I saw in this dream and what I had heard. It was while telling of the dream within a dream that I woke up at exactly 5:01 A.M. July 14th 1993. The move of the spirit started in a major sense in 1994. I have to say people are getting a little bottle of anointing oil, just enough to do the job. Just enough to fulfill what we are supposed to. We are not carrying it in buckets. Just a little bottle of oil. It is a personal Holy Ghost experience. Now I believe, and I have said this for years, Since this church world has taken Bro. Branham and made him look like a false prophet, God will take his image and project it to individuals in a way to convey certain things He wants them to see and understand. Just remember, this very thing was done in the days when Jesus walked on earth among mankind. Jesus stood looking at a multitude one day and said, Verily verily I say unto you, there are some of you standing here that shall not taste of death until they have seen the Son of man coming in the power and glory of His kingdom. Several days later He took Peter, James and John with Him and they became personal witnesses of the very thing He spoke of. He took them up to a high mountain with Him. The Bible says He was transfigured there before them. The person of Jesus was transfigured from the apparel He was actually wearing, but He was actually changed into the personality or the person in glorification, the person He will be when He comes back to earth again. You will notice in that vision, that they also saw two Old Testament prophets standing talking to Him. Of course we have those in religion today who say, Oh you believe in talking to the dead. Well in the first place, we are not bringing them back from hell, or anything like that, but if God wants to send their image to stand before us for some reason, that is His decision. He does not send the person back, He just sends their image. The Holy Ghost is that omnipresent, omnipotent spirit, the very Spirit that is God the Creator, but just working in a different office work. He can take the image and expression of any person and project it to anyone He wants to, just like a movie screen. That is what He did that day. Those three disciples saw Moses and Elijah of old appear on the scene and heard them talk to Jesus about His pending death. Jesus, being God incarnate, stood there and listened to those two prophets speak to Him about the things He was about to suffer. It is already written in certain scriptures how He is a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief and on and on. He knew that. But they were going to tell Him things that were not written, how that cross and dying and everything was going to be. Those disciples heard all of that and became witnesses of it. Now if that could take place then, to set a type, that before Jesus will appear visibly to this earth in His glorified form as Revelation 19 portrays it, He will be preceded in Israel, in the first part of that week, by two men moving under the anointing of Moses and Elijah, so what is so strange about that? That is why the whole thing was typed that way. The things they told Him He must suffer, were irrelevant to the next time. It was all for that immediate time, but it did establish the fact that God will use that method to prepare certain things. Well if God could do that back then, and the Bible shows that He is going to do it again in Israel, do you not think He could use a prophet’s image the same way to an element of people in the Gentile world? He has already used it. I get letters from people in other nations, one here and there, how they have been through group after group after group. Their minds have been so subjected to the harassment of the teachings and things that are circulating around, nevertheless, once in awhile God would let the image of that little man break through to them and that is what cleared the clouds of confusion. I cannot help but believe that God will play a trick on this church world some day soon, but something that will be so unique, you would not tell the church world ahead of time: for they would not believe such a thing. God knows, that when that hour of time arrives, you are not going to be telling it to anyone. It is just for the true bride saints.