The Seals, Part 6

Rev. Raymond M. Jackson


In many of those places called churches, you will not find anyone who has a revelation of God’s word, nor anyone who even desires to have. That is what the antichrist has succeeded in doing through two thousand years of Christianity. That is why, when we look at the truth we have been led into in the closing of Gentile time, I just have to thank God for that truth. Truth is light. The Psalmist recognized the unalterable truth of God’s word. (Psa. 119:42) “So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. (Psa 119:105) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psa 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” I also recognize the truth of God’s word, how precious it is to all who truly believe it. I often say it like this, Thy Word Oh Lord is a lamp unto my feet, it is a light to my pathway. If it had not been for the grace of God, I would not know this, nor would I be standing here right now, because the devil tried to kill me, or at least leave me physically handicapped, but God intervened for me and I love and praise Him for it. That is why, as I stand here this morning, I thank God for the light of truth and for His grace and mercy. As I began to study for this message and began to see what this gray horse rider in the last forty years has been doing, I could not help but see what has really happened. It has given those denominations just another surge of something to make them become that much more determined to stay where they are and make them believe they have all they need. I have to ask, Do any of them have a revelation of God’s word? The gray horse rider did not bring a revelation to anyone: He is an instrument sent forth to close their eyes, to close their ears, shut the door of revelation and seal their destiny. That is what he came on the scene for. I do thank God this morning, for what that fourth beast (the eagle of Revelation 4:7) said, because he said, Come and see. I thank the Lord today for the voice that came forth under the watchful eye of that fourth beast which woke me up to reality one day, as he spoke through a called and yielded servant of God. I am thankful to God today, that he brought forth something that made me begin to realize, We are living in a crucial hour of time. When you look out here in the world today; and see what is taking place in the name of Christianity, it is an alarming sight. I want to ask you a simple question, How many of you in here this morning, if you doubt what I am saying, believe you could go from here to a Methodist Church and stand up and testify of what you believe, and they would accept it? Do you really think they would listen to you? I will answer that: Absolutely not. We are what we are by the grace of God, but it is by a revelation and understanding of something that God put in our hearts, that lets me know we are not foolish virgins: we are the wise virgins. A lot of people are wondering, Bro. Jackson, when the rapture comes, what is going to happen to all these foolish virgins, and you look at all the thousands of people in America and other countries that profess to be Christians, but are not in the bride’s revelation. How do you know they are all foolish virgins? See, that is only a supposition on your part, if you think that. Suppose, if I was to tell you that some of them are no better off than the man on the street that never thinks about God? Just suppose I was to tell you, that if any of them have any chance at all, they will listen to those servants of God when the everlasting gospel is preached, or when God sends a miracle war in the Middle East and opens their eyes to see what God does? It will take a miracle war in the Middle East to shake this world. I have to say, They do not want what you and I have, but it may be, that they will see something that will cause them to say, Now I know God is on the scene. I have to say this morning, Hundreds and hundreds of these church going people today, if there is any chance for them at all, it will be because they will see the miracle event or the miraculous, or take heed to the everlasting gospel and God will absolutely include them in the number of the people that will be among the nations, seen in Chapter 7 0f the book of Revelation clothed in white robes. However please do not think there are going to be thousands of foolish virgins more than the wise. There is not. Jesus never made a mistake when He said five wise and five foolish. How many realize that? He did not use the small percentage just to show you how small in number it is going to be. He could have used fifty percent. Or He could have said, Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like fifty wise and fifty foolish. He has just enlarged the number, but not the percentage of each, He kept both equal; and that was no mistake. Therefore I say to you, Do not let the devil get into your mind and tell you that there is just going to be a few wise virgins, but hundreds and thousands of foolish, because if you do, your mind is all twisted. What you see out there, is what the Lord was looking at when He said, that in the last days He will first send forth His angels and gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity. That will be the tares. Well saints, He only has one kingdom and that is where the wise are. He will gather first out of His kingdom all things that offend, all pretenders, all make believers and He is going to separate them for a reason. Why? He is going to bind them in bundles. Why? They are eventually going to be burned. What are these bundles? Look at the denominations out here that put on such a huge program every week, but have no time for the Lord. There are hundreds and thousands gathered together today in big auditoriums that have no time for the Lord. They are there just for a program. I do not take any pleasure in pointing the finger at them, because that is not my job, but when I compare how the scriptures are written, I have to realize, there has got to be a reality in all of this. You cannot take what we have out there among them and multiply it, because it just simply does not work that way. The religious world today, is lost, and there are multiplied thousands of them. That is why they have no insight, and no revelation whatsoever. As I do my best to try to say these things in a right way, please understand, I believe with all my heart, that when the Bride of Jesus Christ, the living element, get their heart’s settled and become genuinely thankful for what God has allowed them to see, we are going to see a new thing. When we begin to see ourselves pulled more together in unity and understanding, and in total agreement, we, as wise believers, are going to understand what the angel meant when he spoke to Daniel. As we see the evil forces of the world closing in around us, then is when the words of the angel will become reality to us, for he said to Daniel, the wicked will do wickedly. Let us read it again. (Dan 12:10) “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” When He said the wicked shall do wickedly, I want to ask you a simple question. Is He talking about the street walker, the beer drinker or who? Is that the category of the wicked? I do not believe that is necessarily what He was talking about. I believe that refers to the mind of any person who is rebellious, unwilling to accept something that you and I see as being a scriptural fact. They shut their heart against it and do not want it, they will not agree with it, so as I see it, they are the primary ones He referred to as the wicked. Their conduct in the eyes of God gives Him the right to call them wicked. I would hate to say He is just talking about the drunk and the street walker, and besides them, we are the wise. What is all the other great multitude in between? What are you going to call them, knowing they are not the wise, which are the true bride of Christ? I use that illustration to show you that when Jesus said the wicked shall do wickedly, we must look at the world today. Tuesday, a nation will wake up, (Election Day in America) and I tell you today, This nation is divided like never before. We have hundreds and thousands of people in this nation, that are no more an American than a rabbit is a half brother to a porcupine. Do you understand what I mean? When you observe how they talk, how they conduct themselves, and what they want to vote for, then you hear some politicians say the church is no place for politics to be discussed, its no wonder we have problems. Well brothers and sisters, When I am finished with this message, I am going to start on another one that should open the eyes of a lot of people. I have readings from different books, information to show you how the devil has got into this nation and blindfolded many of its citizens. This is exactly why we have educators today, that are to blame for un-Christian-izing this nation, (if you understand my terminology) and leading thousands of our young people down the road to spiritual death. Those people do not want the Church to speak up, but when you go back sixty or seventy years ago, we had political men in office that did not fail to speak out against political corruption. You could hear them say, It is time for us to look to God. We used to have political men that would say, We must put God first, or let us ask God for His guidance in this affair. Now we have another element that constantly affirm, We do not want ecclesiastical influence to enter the picture: We have to keep church and state separate. Because of that attitude I have to say, America is dying. She has been dying by slow degrees. Only the Lord knows what is in store for America after next week. (presidential election) Hundreds and thousands of people have come to this nation only to enjoy the abundance of life, but they are no more interested in becoming an American citizen than anything in the world. A hundred years ago this nation still upheld the principals of Christianity. I am thankful I was born and raised in a time when it was not a shame to hear the name of Jesus Christ mentioned in schools and public buildings. I remember when we lived up close to Borden: Once every year a veteran of WW1 would come and make a speech to the school. At that time he was a minister. He would always tell the experiences on the battlefields of Europe, how God had miraculously brought him through the war, and many uplifting things like that. He left his testimony every year around a certain time. He would speak to the whole school, but today we do not allow that, because anything about the true and living God has been completely shut out. However, regardless of what else I have said, I want you to understand that we do not have a lot of foolish virgins in the picture. There will be no more foolish virgins than there is wise. I want all of you to understand that; and I will also say this, God knows exactly how to take care of all these things.


Let us go back to Matthew 25. I want to try to illustrate and explain some things to help each one better understand the cloudy picture about where the foolish virgins fit into this end time picture. Jesus, in Matthew 24, has given us a broken down description of the spiritual things that will go on around the living element of the Bride people, as the Spirit of God moves to prepare it for that great event of the coming of the Lord. Then we come to where He follows up by saying, Then, and everybody should know the word then is a future tense word. You cannot apply it just anywhere you might like to. Then, a certain condition will be like something. What has He been talking about? He has been talking about the spiritual conditions leading up to the end, what will go on in those last days just before the event of His return, and how a certain element of people will be prepared for that event. Verse 1, “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins.” I have looked at this and tried to make myself realize that Jesus definitely had a reason for using this illustration in this manner. If the kingdom of heaven in the ending was going to wind up with more foolish virgins than wise, He would have said so. Therefore when He said “then,” He knew exactly what conditions were going to be like, then. He is not cutting it short. He is not just throwing a wild guess out here for people to play with: He knew exactly what the kingdom of heaven was going to be like in these last days. Now having said that, I am going to go back and better clarify some of this, because, through this whole subject of the seals, the breaking of the seals from the little scroll, the first four absolutely deal with how Satan, in four distinct periods of time, has affected Christendom leading right on up to and through that seventieth week of Daniel. We have to understand, that all the gospels that were written, and all the epistles, whether by Paul, Peter, John or whoever, they each one wrote their epistles strictly for the purpose of bringing out a Bride for Jesus Christ. Every scripture is written to bring out and magnify that element that is to be the Bride of Christ. Nowhere do you find that the epistles describe two or three different groups of people. We have to understand, where and how all this has come about? As we look at Christendom, Jesus is on the throne making intercession for the names in that little scroll. (I realize these scriptures refer to it as a book, but in reality it is a scroll; and I call it a little scroll, because in the 10th chapter of Revelation, the word little is before book.) The Holy Ghost came just as He (Jesus) had promised; and the Church was born with a 120 of His disciples which were gathered in that certain upper room. We can see in the book of Acts, what began to follow, after those disciples in the upper room received the Holy Ghost. Here is what we have to understand though, Every scripture that has ever been printed was for the purpose of producing the Bride that Jesus Christ is coming for. When you read Revelation 19, you find that the Bride saints are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, not just in white robes: There is a difference between the two. The white robes some are seen in, seem to throw some people of track. Let me say this, It is only the Bride that reaches that high calling of God in Christ Jesus, that will be arrayed in fine linen robes. All the others that are granted eternal life will just be wearing robes that are white, but they will not be of fine linen clean and white. Trough this entire dispensation of time, there have been saints granted eternal life, but only the chosen bride of Christ will be seen in fine linen robes. I hope all of you understand the difference.


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Right here, (pointing to chart, just inside the seventieth week of Daniel) is where the Bride is raptured. However it is true, that in the 7th chapter of the book of Revelation, we read about this great multitude that John saw. They had absolutely been brought out of great tribulation and they have washed and made their robes white in the blood of the Lamb. These came out of every nation all down through time, because there have been many instances of great tribulation since the birth of the Church. I want you to really pay attention to the wording of these scriptures. (Rev 7:9) “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” People are so prone to say, “The Great Tribulation,” when referring to the last half of the last week of Daniel’s prophecy, so I want to say to you, The word THE, does not belong at the front of referring to the time of tribulation at the end of this age. I want to emphasize that, because it is just another time of great tribulation. (Rev 7:13) And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, (just great tribulation from many different times during the past two thousand years.) and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Starting all the way back here from the birth of the Church, the purpose of the gospel was to produce a Bride for the Lord Jesus Christ. Keep in mind, that it is God that does the calling, not man. It is God that foreknew each of us, not man. Is that not right? That is what we must understand about the entire plan of God. No matter how sympathetically we might look at an individual and say, Oh but he just has to be in the bride, that does not make it so. You are free to look at things like that all you want to, but none of your thoughts will ever change the mind of God in any way. The Bride of Christ, seen over there clothed in fine linen, is made up of a people that started back here; (chart, two thousand years ago) and have been added to in every Church Age. How many see that? That great multitude that is seen standing before the throne, that had washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, also includes people from all ages of Christendom. None of those of that white robed multitude are foolish virgins. What constitutes a foolish virgin, you may ask? If you will follow me we will clear that up. Keep in mind first of all, that the gospel is preached for the purpose of calling out a Bride for Christ. The secondary effect produces another element of people, the great multitude of Revelation 7. Why is that? Here is how we have to look at that. Do not ever think that everybody that is in that great multitude lived long enough to cultivate fruit of the Spirit in their life. Remember also, that in the parables of Jesus, each parable brings out a detail. Right there, is where people fall short, trying to figure out what they point to, rather than having the Spirit of God reveal to them what they pertain to. Did He not talk about the talents? I want to illustrate to you like this, Here, is the gospel that is to call out a Bride. That is the first and foremost purpose in preaching the gospel. However I see the Spirit of God dealing with another young person right along beside that person that in the plan of God is destined to be in the Bride of Christ. Every one that is in that Bride of Christ group, somewhere in time they have got to live long enough not only to be filled with the Spirit, but also to catch a revelation of what God has done for them through the fact that they have been purchased by the blood of Christ, and that He has a purpose for them. Those people will faithfully invest what God puts in their lives and bring forth fruit as a result. On the other hand, let us consider another person, one that was sitting right there at the same time this first person surrendered their heart to God. This second person, for some reason, does not live long enough to manifest the fruit of the Spirit in his or her life, if you can understand what I mean: they just do not live long enough that the Spirit of God can deal with them and cultivate in them a revelation, so the talents can be cultivated and invested according to the parables in the gospels. We have such a tendency to think that every person that has been called to this great salvation just has to be in the bride, but it is wrong to think like that. If such a person only lives three weeks, they do not have to be in the Bride of Christ. How can God place a talent in somebody’s life and expect that talent to be developed and cultivated and bring forth fruit in a three week or three month period of time of Christian living. How many understand my point? I hope I am not getting over your head with this; and I do not believe I am with those who are truly called to be in the bride. None of the others are supposed to understand. In the end of this generation, the foolish virgins will want to understand, but the door of revelation will be closed to them, just like the parable says. See ( Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: (the bride) and the door was shut. (The door of revelation, which is only for the true bride) Mat 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. Mat 25:12 But He answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” He knew about them of course, but in reality this means He never had that intimate relationship with them, like He has had with the bride. Saints of God, this is for you to understand, but do not be alarmed if your closest relatives and your closest friends are not able to receive it, because there is little more that you can do, if you present the true revelation to them and they are just not able to receive it. This is all a work of God; and by His foreknowledge, He knows who can and will receive it; therefore it is out of our hands. Jesus said, (John 6:44) “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:65) And He said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (66) From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.” This is hard for some to accept, but God knows the heart of every individual that has ever professed to be a Christian; and He knows how to reveal their true beliefs and feelings when the time comes for the tares to be separated and bundled. When this takes place, it is a work of God.


Jesus spoke very specifically concerning the talents, saying, To one He gave five, to another two, and another one. He gives to every person what they have the potential or ability to invest in service to God and bear fruit, or get gain. Those talents are nothing but the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is not the investment of money. I have to say, When God calls a person and gives them the Holy Spirit, they have the potential before them, but then if He does not allow that person to live long enough that they come into an understanding of the gift or gifts, and then they do not live long enough that the gift is activated, cultivated, and becomes fruit bearing in service for the Lord, you just have to realize, If such a person was to have a wreck and get killed, then we are the ones at fault, if we allow ourselves to say, Oh but they have just got to be in the Bride of Christ, because of their sweet personality and attitude. That is just you and me expressing our feelings and we have not looked at it from all the parables of the gospels. Jesus made it very plain. I pray that you everyone understand what I am saying? That is why I have to say, This is where people, when you begin to explain it to them will say, Well I just do not understand. Brothers and sisters, you have got to see all of these things. This is part of the revelation the bride has. That is why I say, Everybody that is in that Bride, every individual, in due time, in their respective generation, they are allowed to live long enough that they not only have the Spirit in them, but the Spirit is allowed to cultivate a revelation of what they are in their relationship to Christ, but in the hour of the generation they live in, every attribute that God wanted that person to manifest was not only there, but is fully operable. It glorified the Lord. There is no such thing as a twenty year old giving his heart to the Lord tonight, and he is killed somehow next week, and he is in the Bride of Christ. Stop allowing your mind to cultivate ideas like that. You should instead, cultivate it like this, Well he surrendered his heart to the Lord, and somehow God is going take care of him. Can you realize that? I realize that in the denominational realm of what is called Christendom, if a person subscribes to their formula of a salvation experience, they automatically pronounce them to be in the bride of Christ. That is the way they present it, but we who are saved by the grace and mercy of God are not the ones who are to say whether he is, or he is not in the Bride. We can only accurately say what has been revealed from the scriptures, because there is a qualifying process for everything God has promised to believers. When you see that God has done something to show grace and mercy to that person, then you just pray that God will allow the person to live long enough that the potential of everything he has been called to become, is there and that God will allow time to last long enough, that the life will produce fruit. We know what the bride will do; and we also know that those who do not measure up according to the word of God, are not going to be in the bride, but God has a place for everyone who surrenders his or her life to Him. That is where we get comfort, only from His word. As we have said, when you come to that great multitude that are clothed in white robes, they are not the foolish virgins of Matthew 25, that are seen only at the end of the age: but they do everyone have life imputed to them according to their standing with God. It just means that through time, in the generations they lived, tribulations and trials, epidemics of every kind has hit them, and they were never allowed to live long enough to grow and become in Christ a part of the full fledged element of the Bride of Christ. I hope I am making sense to you. Let me take a little child for example. If you do not think that back through the ages, they did not experience that which is referred to as great tribulation, let me take you back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when the black plague hit Europe. How many know what that was? It was an epidemic of flu that the medical people knew nothing about, and did not know how to treat it. Some historians calculate that Europe lost about two thirds of its population during that time. Now do not tell me that in those dark hours of sickness, there were not young people, which when they began to hear what was taking place, and they began to realize they could become victims the next day or next week, that many of them did not call upon God to save them. Again I say, Do not tell me that did not cause a lot of young people to think, God, if I am next, save my wretched soul. If they were not saved and had a true relationship with God for more than three, four, five or six weeks, and through that time there were hundreds and thousands that left this world under those conditions, do not think they have to be in the Bride of Christ. When you are in the Bride of Christ, it means you were allowed to live long enough, and you became such by the potential of every opportunity that God has designated for you to take advantage of. I hope you understand me. Now we start out here with the Bride element and that great multitude. It is all the same gospel that has called each of them. What we need to be aware of, is that this spirit of antichrist began to work on the pure revelation those first age Christians had. The Godhead revelation was the first thing that came under attack. You can read that in John’s writings in 90 A.D., if you will look in your Bible, (1 John 2:18) “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (19) They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. (We have already explained what happened at the Nicaea Council in 325 A.D., how the Roman Emperor Constantine called all the bishops together to deal with the Godhead dispute, and how they decided that God is three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. As I said already, The Godhead was the first thing Satan attacked as his demon helpers troubled the saints of God. These scriptures show that the apostle John was conscious of their activity as early as 90 A.D.; and he warned believers about them.) (1 John 2:22) Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. (23) Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. (Satan is always able to find someone in every congregation that will think he has more revelation than those whom God has called to leadership positions, so they present their great revelations and there is always a few that will follow them. That is how the apostolic faith began to be attacked; and the same spirit of antichrist has been active all down through the era of Christendom. That is why we have these issues of controversy among us yet today, so we everyone who love truth have to be vigilant in holding on to the true revelation we have been restored back to.) (1John 4:3) And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (2 John 1:7) For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (8) Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.” Notice how John said, Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought. He warned them of what was coming, but by the time 325 A.D. came, that warning had fallen by the wayside, and the spirit of antichrist was really riding hard. We have already explained all of that. The devil, all through this period of time, while both the Bride and the great multitude out of the generations fulfilled their lot, each one is brought into the plan of God by the same gospel message. There is only one gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ: There is no such thing as a gospel for the foolish virgin and one for the wise; and one for those of the great multitude. They all fell into their particular categories, based on their walk with God in life, and those of the great multitude on how long they were permitted to live and bear fruit of the Spirit. Therefore as we come through time, Satan is out to deceive the whole element of people that are subject to the gospel call. He has already seen that little by little, he gets this changed, and he gets this changed, and he gets something else changed until the entire gospel is changed into something different than what it was with those of the first Church of the book of Acts. Yet God has been able to commune with those who loved truth, and keep their believing based upon whatever access they had to the truth of His word. That is what separates the bride Church from all the confusion around them. In our study, when we come to the hour of those Dark Ages, everyone that truly gave their heart to God, they gave their heart to God on their faith and belief in the same thing, because what one heard, the other one heard also. None of this produced foolish virgins though: I will show you what produced foolish virgins as we go along. First though I want to get these two elements lined out just right. There, is the Bride in heaven, and there, is the great multitude before the throne of God. They are two separate elements, but they all got where they are by believing the same gospel. Sure Satan worked hard trying to stamp out Christianity, but God has always been able to glean His foreknown from every generation, no matter how perverted His word was at times. He has always had some that could see Him and His provision through all the muck and mire of Satan’s workings. Mortal men change their interpretation of God’s word, but the word of God itself has never changed. Therefore He has always had some who stood for truth, regardless of circumstances. That is why we see this great multitude before the throne of God in Revelation, chapter 7, verses 9-10. “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; (10) And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” Do you understand that? Let me say again, There was not one gospel for one group, and another one for the other group. I want to be sure you everyone understand, that even though they are two separate elements of believers, they all got where they are by believing the same gospel, regardless of what period of time they lived in. What made the difference, was the time they were allowed to live, and whether in that time, they were able to invest their talents and bear fruit in the purpose of God. The further we come through time, the lesser became the knowledge and understanding of the gospel, because Satan sought every opportunity to change it, ritualize it, substitute it with ceremonies and creeds and dogmas, until, in the dark hours from 500 A.D., on into the 1500’s, the great understanding believers had back here, (pointing to chart in first age) was almost all lost during that time. Still, God was saving people here, and here, and all the way through, based on the truth they were able to believe and live up to during the time God allowed them to live and grow in His grace. That is the absolute truth!


When time did advance into the 1500’s, just as the true gospel was lost little by little, God began to restore it little by little, and only after God sent His prophet messenger upon the scene in this last age, was the truths of His word all gathered together and presented to true believers in one package, so to speak. Just as the pure revelation back here was lost, (from the first age onward) the following generations all responded to the truth they had access to, believing the same thing when it affected their lives. On the other had, when we come over here and God begins to restore what had been lost, faith in God being the first, did every professing believer jump up and down and shout Hallelujah, now we have faith? No they did not: Only a small percentage responded like that. Do you understand that? Then we come to the time of Calvin, the man God used to restore the truth of the eternal security of the believer, did everyone accept that? No, they did not. Only a small percentage of believers did. That is a true doctrine, but only a few accepted it when God’s servant presented it. Those who did accept that truth went to seed on it, and did not necessarily accept other truths of God’s word that were restored one at a time. We then come to Knox, with the doctrine of predestination. It was another scriptural doctrine that had been lost, that God was restoring little by little. But watch, instead of the whole element of people that had faith restored over here, moving on into the next restored truth, they just stood still on what they had, not moving on with the Spirit of God. That posed a problem: When God adds another revelation that has been lost, all believers should have just moved right into it, adding it to what they had already. Those who had predestination, just simply could not see those other truths that were being restored, so they just clung to what they had and served God in what they knew, not responding as those did back here. They all believed, potentially, what they had access to, but there they stood. It was like this, This one element saw the revelation, (Heb. 10:38) “That the just shall live by faith,” and when they did, they just sat down, I’ve got it: This is all I need, so when God restored eternal security to the believer, did all of them leave out of that and go to eternal security? No. Each restored revelation had its own element. If all of the believers would have followed the workings of the Spirit of God, from faith to eternal security; and then right on into predestination, it would have been a different picture altogether, in what the world refers to as Christendom. They did not, so all through the Reformation, a little here, a little there, a little here and a little there God restored what the first apostles preached in that first Church Age. Each move produced an element of people that upheld that revelation of truth and looked upon themselves as Bible believing Christians. The potential of the working of the Spirit of God, was to put an element of believers in the Bride of Christ. Remember though, there were still those that did not live long enough that their lives became fruitful in the potential that was before them, like those of the Bride of Christ. I hope my way of explaining this can make some sense to you, because you have to realize that through two thousand years of time, there has been many people who went to meetings and surrendered their hearts to God. Then three weeks later they were dead by whatever means. Common sense tells me they did not lived long enough to really take the revelation of truth of that hour and make a fruit bearing life for the Lord. The scriptures are plain enough, if they are read right, to tell us that if they die by certain circumstances, before they have lived long enough to bear fruit of the Spirit, they are saved for sure, because the white robes represent the fact that they are saved, they have life eternal, but that does not mean they are in the Bride of Christ. Can you understand that? That is why, Christ sitting on the throne of intercession, does not know the names of the people He is interceding for. Only the Eternal Spirit knows that. When that scroll was put in His hand as He sat there, our Lord Jesus Christ started interceding on behalf of those whose names were written in it. He did not know the names of the different elements of people represented therein. This is one thing we have got to get straightened out and understood. From his lips were spoken the parables of the different elements and situations, but He Himself confessed that He did not speak except what the Father showed Him to speak. We will read a few verses where He made that part clear. In (John 8:38) we find these words. “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.” Then again He said in (John 12:49-50) “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. (50) “And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” You can read many places in the gospels, where He made it clear that He, the man, spoke nothing of Himself, but that the Father (that sovereign, creating and life-giving Spirit dwelling within Him) gave Him the words to speak. Therefore we will read one more verse at this time to establish that and then move on. In (John 14:10) He said, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works. Therefore He is in heaven interceding for the contents of what is written in the little scroll He is holding in His hand, but He does not yet know, that in the end, it is going to produce this, it is going to produce this, and it is going to produce this, (showing on the chart, the different elements that will have eternal life) and also the souls under the altar, and then it is going to produce this, (Chart.) those standing on the sea of glass. Now they all have white robes, and the bride of Christ has fine linen robes, but you have to see them in their particular, or respective time factor; and how they came to be in the element they are shown in. Saints of other ages have not been shown all of this; Therefore they just served God the way they knew to serve Him, believing only that each person on earth was either a Christian or they were not. They had no revelation of the different glories of those who will be in the kingdom of God having immortal bodies after this present era of redemption comes to an end. Paul spoke of it briefly in (1 Cor 15:41-42) as he wrote, “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. (42) So also is the resurrection of the dead.” That is as all other hidden mysteries are, written in God’s word, but only understood as the Spirit reveals them.Therefore as we come through all of this, we start with the Reformation. I can see those precious souls that went out of this dark hour, having lived through many difficult circumstances; and all of a sudden the Holy Spirit gives them a revelation, The just shall live by faith, Oh it is by faith, thank God it is by faith that I am saved, and not because of the decision of the church rulers. That gave them a joy that they had not previously had, just to suddenly understand that they were really a part of the potential Bride of Christ. They lived in that and walked in that. But then, after awhile God restored a doctrine that had been lost from the original gospel message. Some of them did see that truth, but a lot of them did not. That is why the system became an organization; and today it is one of the harlots of Revelation, chapter 17, because it has played with the world, instead of following the Spirit of God as He moved on to another doctrine of the apostolic Church we read of in the book of acts; and that is how it went as the different men during those years of the Reformation were given a revelation of a Bible doctrine. Therefore when we get over here in our study, and come into this twentieth century we see something else. In the early years of the twentieth century, there was a moving of the Holy Spirit at Azuza St. for a different purpose. What was God doing then? He was not restoring back a doctrine to the Church: He was restoring an experience, the experience of receiving the Holy Spirit. Now I ask you, As you read the records of history, do you find that the various movements that had been established, recognized it as a true move of God? No, they did not. Yet within the same structure, there were people out of those systems as well as out of the Catholic Church, that moved right into it. They became that new element of people that are walking in the light of truth. This truth they received, puts them in the Bride of Christ potentially, with a greater revelation than those back here had. However we must still keep in mind, that not everyone that accepts what God makes available to believers gets to live as long as some of the others. That is why I say, Do not tell me you can be saved today and filled with the Holy Spirit, and three weeks later you are dead, and have not been allowed to live long enough to know what the talents or any of those things are; and you are in the bride of Christ. Common sense, spiritually speaking, ought to let you know it is not going to be like that. How many understand? You have life, yes, but keep in mind, that the robe you are clothed in, pertains to a quality; and even though there is a revelation in that, the bride of Christ wears only fine linen robes. This is why, back under the Law where all these things were typed, the type in that temple where the ark of the covenant was to be placed, which was that little part that was separated from the main body of the tent by a certain type of fabric, represented the bride of Christ that has the true word of God within. They just did not take any old kind of rag to partition that little place off in the tent. That room was curtained with fine linen, because the ark of the covenant, which contained the word of God, was going to be placed in there behind this fine linen. If that does not type the Bride of Christ in the New Testament age, I do not know what does. When the Holy Spirit fell at the beginning of the century, that was God’s way of restoring doctrine, right up to an experience with the Holy Spirit to His word Church. He has restored the full potential, what it takes to constitute a complete new birth, a spiritual birth.


Now I want to show you something that many have overlooked. About 1908 to 1912, among that same Holy Ghost, tongue speaking element of people that God had so mightily blessed, He began to come and talk to them in different ways, like, Will you take my name? Now by doing this, God began to restore back to this same element of people the knowledge of the Godhead and scriptural water baptism. I have read articles in those early days, that told of one preacher that came out with a revelation of God and His oneness; and the name of Jesus Christ in baptism. It was a sovereign act of God, as He came right among those same tongue speaking people and began to speak to them. The testimonies I have read, told of one man that was sitting at his breakfast table getting ready for breakfast, when God began to deal with him. That man had a habit of reading a few verses from the Bible before he ate breakfast. He did not choose any certain place to read: he just opened the Bible and read what it opened to. That morning the Bible fell open to Acts 2:38. As he read that, it struck him in the face. The Lord said, Will you bear my name? All over the countryside people began to be visited like this. It was not long until people began to congregate together and discuss what was taking place and asking, Has God revealed anything to you of late? What do you mean, brother? Well, is there anything out of His Word that He has been revealing to you? Yes. What is that? I’m afraid to say. Well, what was it? Well, the Lord has asked me if I am willing to be identified in His name in baptism. Praise God, He told me the same thing. One case of this was up here close to Madison Indiana. Somewhere around 1914, (I am not sure of the exact year.) there was a Pentecostal preacher asked to come and hold a meeting in this certain church. I have read the article and remember what happened. This revival meeting lasted about three weeks. All through this period of revival, many hearts were touched and many came to the Lord. At that time the whole element believed in a trinity of gods, the three person God that many battles have been fought about, so at the end of this meeting, they were having a water baptism down at the river. As this evangelist has been used by God to spearhead this movement, he and the pastor of the congregation were going to both do the baptizing. They all met down at the river; and as they waded out in the water to baptize the first person, the pastor on one side and the evangelist on the other side, just about the time they are getting ready to take the person and bury him or her in the titles of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, an audible voice spoke to the evangelist, Bury them in my name. The pastor of the church looked at him and said, What was that? The evangelist said, Oh nothing. Again as they were ready to bury the next person, a voice said to the evangelist, I said, Bury them in my name. The pastor looked again and said, God spoke to you, didn’t He? The evangelist said, yes. What was it? I will tell you when it is all over. As they got ready to bury next person the Lord again said, Bury them in my name, but the evangelist did not do it. They went ahead and buried every one in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit like all Trinitarians do; and they all went their way. When the pastor and the evangelist got back to the pastor’s house, the first thing the pastor did as they went into the house, was ask the evangelist, What did the Lord tell you down at the river? The evangelist said, The Lord said to bury every one of them in His name. At that, the pastor said, Then let us search this out in the Bible. Every scripture that mentioned baptism, they saw how it was done in the early Church: all baptisms were done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. When that pastor realized that the evangelist had disobeyed the Lord, he said to him, We are going back out there and re-baptize every one, and you will baptize me, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ also. So the pastor baptized the evangelist first, then the evangelist baptized the pastor. Then together they baptized every one of those candidates they had previously baptized the wrong way. Why do I bring this out? It is because God is restoring now the last thing that is absolutely important in the plan of salvation, the Godhead and proper water baptism. That is the thing the devil started working on all the way back in the first age of Christendom. He attacked the Godhead revelation first, knowing that would throw everything out of that beautiful unity enjoyed by those first Christians, if he could just get some of them to start doubting whether what they believed was right or not. Well we know he could not get anywhere with those of the book of Acts, but he sure did get a foot in the door of the oncoming generations. We all know what happened in 325 A.D. at the Nicene Council, and that change has lasted ever since, except for those who have heard God’s call to “Come out from among them (2 Cor 6:17) and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” So the thing that he attacked first was really the last to be restored over here, That movement God first started working on concerning the Godhead, which became known later on in the Pentecostal realm as the oneness, were the first this side of the Reformation to accept water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. They had differing interpretations of the Godhead and so forth, but the point of it was, water baptism became an important issue in the plan of salvation. When we come on over in time, to the hour of Bro. William Branham, when he came on the scene with a message that was to turn the hearts of the end time children back to the faith of their apostolic fathers, it was because the gospel has been restored in every doctrinal issue. How many understand me? Over here it had all been lost, little by little by little. Over here it has been restored, but not to be believed and followed by everybody moving forward with it as a group. When we come over here where God sent a messenger to the age, when that shout came forth, we must keep in mind that God was looking on the entire element of professing Christianity, based on the fact of what had been restored throughout the Reformation and what each element did with what they had. He can judge them for what they are. If that man you would call a foolish virgin has not believed everything that God has restored, then he is truly a foolish virgin, simply because he has not believed and followed the truth. You do not put him in the same category as those who have not been exposed to the restored truth of God’s word. That element of foolish virgins all had the potential access to know what God required of those who would be in the bride of Christ, but they did not accept it. That is why, when Bro. William Branham came on the scene and God dropped that message of the oneness of the Godhead, it split the Pentecostal element apart and caused the trinity side of Pentecost to form themselves as the Assemblies of God. When they went that way and formed themselves into the Assemblies of God, then this caused the oneness element to go on into the oneness, which was the Jesus only, this and that. They know God is not three persons, but they do not have a true revelation of the Godhead: They made Jesus God and became totally blind to all the scriptures where Jesus confessed that He does only what the Father tells Him to do. They leave the Father out of the picture.


It is only the bride of Christ that has a true revelation of the Godhead. The others cannot see that Father, Son and Holy Ghost, only portray the three office works of the One true and living God, the Creator of all things. This sovereign Spirit, in Spirit form only, Created all things. That is why it is recorded in Ephesians 1:5, and 1:9, that what God did and does is according to His own will and purpose. He does not have to talk it over with anyone or anything. All things are according to His own will and purpose; and all of this creation was in His omnipotent mind before anything was ever created. In creation, He was Father. In revealing His plan of redemption, He was in the body of His only begotten Son reconciling the world to Himself. While incarnated in the body of His only begotten Son, God spoke the word of reconciliation concerning that of the whole world, putting everything and everyone in their place according to His will and purpose. As pertaining to the salvation of lost sinners, His provision was made, and was revealed through His only begotten Son, but it was God (the sovereign Spirit of creation) in His Son, that was doing the reconciling of the world. That is in 2 Corinthians 5:19. The Holy Ghost that some speak of so freely, but fail to understand, is none other than that same sovereign Spirit that created all things, but in an office work where He imparts a measure of Himself into every true believer, to enable them to overcome all of Satan’s traps out here in the world. He does not force us to overcome, but He, dwelling within us, is there to enable us to fulfill His will and purpose for our lives; and that includes the ability to overcome in every aspect of life. In other words, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not three separate identities, but rather three separate office works of One and Selfsame Spirit. When you understand that properly, you can know that you have a true revelation of the Godhead. The point is, God has restored the knowledge of a truth. There are people here in the end time, in this very hour of time, that have had the opportunity to hear it; and all the potential to believe it, but they do not want to believe it. Therefore God looks upon them and deals with them strictly as foolish virgins. I hope you understand my illustration. This was in no other period of time other than after 1963. Therefore because they would not accept all the doctrinal truth that has been restored, then I have to say, No matter what condition they die under, they are a foolish virgin. Therefore they fall into that category we have partitioned off on our chart for the foolish virgins, right over here (pointing to chart) at the end of gentile time. I have to say again, The foolish virgins do not start way back here. How many understand that? The category of foolish virgins, only came to be looked upon as that after the messenger to the hour had brought forth the shout, or the midnight cry: both are the same, and the voice and so forth. In Matthew 25:6, it is referred to as the midnight cry. But in Paul’s revelation, it is the shout, because it is to wake up somebody and get their attention. Not every one was willing to wake up; and of those who were awakened, not everyone continued on to receive and walk in what they were awakened to. As you look at the world of religious people today, pretentiousness has gotten worse. More people are professing to be Christians than ever before, but very few are really living as Bible believing Christians. This week I saw a man who used to be a very staunch Baptist preacher. Now he has left the Baptist system and has joined the Episcopal Church, or the Anglican Church. He made this statement, I find it hard for me to want to believe that a person has the right to say to somebody, you are not this or that because you don’t believe thus and so. Nor do I want to judge somebody else because they do not believe this or that. This is where the modern world of religion is today: they want to accept you as this, no matter what you believe. Well it counted a whole lot back here, what you believed; and if it was important back here (pointing to chart in the first age of Christendom) do you think God has changed His mind, and is willing to accept everyone on their own terms? If you do, you have missed the whole concept of Christianity. When we come on over here, and God has sent a messenger with a message in this hour, to awaken an end time element of people from their spiritual ignorance, do you for one moment think God is going to accept anyone in the bride of Christ that rejects the message of truth He so graciously gave to us? Why would anyone still think it is not important that an end time people believe the same thing that was restored, when God’s prophet Malachi proclaimed it to be so? I am referring to Malachi 4, verses 5-6, that tell us so plainly that we are to be restored back to the faith and beliefs of our apostolic fathers, the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ that laid out the mind of God so specifically, as they preached the gospel message in that first age. The end time bride’s message started here, but we find that there is another category of saved people that are not of the bride: they are foolish virgins. Why? Because they will not accept any more truth. Brothers and sisters, in the last forty years since the death of the messenger to this age, people of the denominational realm that refused to go on any further in the revelation of God’s word, as I observe, they have gotten more careless with what they potentially are to believe. They do not want anything different, they want to be able to say, I love Jesus and He loves me, and I believe that is all that is necessary. Well I have to say this, It is wonderful to be able to say in your heart, I love Jesus, but it is another thing to know why. He has given us an understanding of something; and that something, is a knowledge and understanding of truth. It is not a denominational theory we are clinging to: It is a scriptural truth. I will also say to you, When you look at all these systems of religion we have out there today, we need to keep in mind, that it was the message of the messenger to the age, that called out from among all of that, a small element of people that today make up the living element of the end time Bride of Christ. That same message that called us out, also gave every other person in those systems an opportunity to come out from among them and hear the word of the Lord, but the others would not listen or take heed. They did not want to be identified with this bunch. Well as the parable shows, the message of the hour did wake up another element of people, but they awakened too late; therefore they are foolish virgins. I must also say again, There cannot be any more foolish virgins in the final analysis, than there are wise virgins. I know what it looks like, as we see all those who are professing to love God in this hour of time, but Jesus did not speak those parables just to have something interesting to say to those who clung to Him: they everyone expressed a reality of something either present tense, or that lay on out in the future.


As this gray horse of Revelation 6:8, gallops over the earth today, its rider is bringing about these false impressions of revivals and the workings of the Spirit of God, but that is exactly what they are, false impressions. Those who sit there shouting, Hallelujah, Oh glory, Hallelujah! all have a good feeling, but that good feeling means nothing to God, because they have been lulled to sleep by the workings of that antichrist spirit that has ridden right on through time. He has changed horses a few times, but his ultimate goal is to defeat the plan of God. What a shame, to see such great numbers sitting there in those huge places like that, the women with bare shoulders and tattoos, wearing blue jeans and shouting hallelujah. They have no more revelation of the word of God than a jay bird: yet something has stirred them to want to worship the Lord. While the Eagle Spirit is feeding the bride of Christ, that antichrist spirit of ecumenicalism that is represented by the gray, or pale horse of the fourth seal, is busy feeding another element of professing people. They profess to be Christians, but in reality they are under the effects of the strong delusion God sends upon those who have no love for the truth of His word. You can read that in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12. When God began to deal with me, my eyes were awakened to something that meant a lot more to me than what those out there in those huge gatherings see. I want to say something to you brothers and sisters, and I hope you take it the right way. An awful lot of people might say, Oh but they are Christians Brother Jackson. How do you know they are? What do you use to determine that? Oh, but they are so sincere. Yes sincere, but sincere in what? Take your Bible and go among them and ask, Brother, have you ever heard of the seven seals in the Bible? No. Would you like to know about them? Well, is it in the Bible? You start explaining something about a seal to them and you will hear, Wait now, you are over my head with that. I don’t know if I want to hear that or not. Isn’t it strange, forty years ago there was a little element of people that God had called out of those systems of religion, (denominations) because somehow they had heard that God had a messenger and a voice on earth. Then when God used that little man to go into this book of revelation and begin to open up the meaning of these seals, some were thrilled in their breaking, but others were not thrilled, so they did not stay for very long. Keep in mind saints, those of the system you came out of, have the same Bible you have. In other words, Their Bible has the book of Revelation in it also. Why do they not read it? What is wrong, that they have no interest in that part of their Bible? The book of Revelation is like a love letter to the bride of Christ; therefore no others can really understand it. Some are able to remember what they have heard and repeat it, but tares do not get a revelation of God’s word; and the foolish virgins do not get a genuine interest in the deeper revelatory things of the scriptures until it is too late for them to receive them. That is the door that is closed in Matthew 25:10. How many understand me? I am thankful to God, that the Holy Spirit is able to deal with your heart, and that He can talk to your soul and open up your eyes if you will allow Him. He can cause you to understand things that your intellect cannot receive otherwise. I have to say also, God is able to chasten His true children when they need it, because the Bible says in (Heb 12:6) “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.” He knows how to slap you on the head, He knows how to twist your ear. He gets your attention, because He wants you to look at something important. Why don’t the same thing happen to the hundreds and thousands of others out there? They do not hear the voice of God: they just have religion. If you talk to them about revelatory things they will say, Well I know I am saved. I have to say, The book of Revelation was written for just one group of people only, because it is written as a love letter to the Bride of Christ. As that living element of the people that make up the end time Bride of Christ, come into their hour, the book of Revelation becomes very interesting to them, because it allows us to look ahead with understanding and confidence others do not have. What is interesting to you, just goes over their heads. They are content with the little man-made programs their systems of religion produce, and that is mainly because their programs are more or less just social in nature. They build it to be a social entertainment to make their members feel good, but it does not open their spiritual eyes to enlightenment in any way whatsoever. Tares were never in the plan of God for His children, because they are not His children in any way other than the fact that He is the only ONE that imparts the breath of life into anything, human or otherwise, but even though the breath of life comes from God, He did not put them in the earth. He created a law, that everything bring forth of its own kind, and Jesus made it clear in His parable of the seed sower, that Satan planted the tares among the children of God. Look in (Mat 13:24) “Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: (25) But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” His disciples came to Him and said, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. (Mat 13:37) “ He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; (38) The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; (39) The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. (40) As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. (41) The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; (42) And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” So I have to say, the foolish virgins are an element of people that right here at this part of this century, had a potential to learn but they did not choose to. When they had the potential, they waited too late. Brothers and sisters, I am thankful that the little scroll in the hand of Jesus had our names written therein before the world was created. It was all in the mind of the great Creator. He counseled with Himself and then brought into being, all that He had determined to manifest. For two thousand years Jesus has been sitting on that throne interceding for the names that are related to the Bride, to the great multitude, to the souls under the altar and to those that are seen standing on the sea of glass way over here. Yes, they were everyone in there: There have been no names added to the book of life since the Creation of all that God has created. Jesus has interceded for all of them, as God has dealt with them. He has preserved them and interceded for them, but their destiny is based on the fact of the decision God saw each of them make; and that is according to His foreknowledge. Each individual has been responsible to deal with the knowledge and opportunity God gave them in the hour of time they lived in. How they responded, is what determines where they will be placed at the end of the age. That is why you see these different categories on our chart behind me. I hope you understand. I do not know how I can explain it to make it any plainer. However you receive what I am presenting to you, I pray that you are able to see that there were no foolish virgins standing with the believers in the apostolic hour. That is only a product of what God has potentially given everyone back here, right here, as time came to this hour when He spoke through His servant and gave us the potential to learn of Him and His purpose; and they failed to receive what was so faithfully presented, because their interest was in other things. They wanted to stay with the excitement and good times they were experiencing out there in the charismatic meetings.


As I look back through the years of time, I think of how God could have dealt with me in the same way He did others. However He knew what was in each of us, and how we would react to His word: we just did not know. I was saved when I was in the Methodist Church. When I was involved in that terrible wreck and during the weeks that followed, as I recovered, I knew without a shadow of a doubt, the whole thing had happened to make me realize I needed God in my life. That is what brought me to God. After I finally surrendered my heart to God and really began to read and study the Bible, I would read things and say to myself, Why is that not taught in our churches today? Then I would think, but that was for the beginning, back there in the book of Acts: we have to accept it just as it is here in the end time. I just more or less settled it in my mind like that, but when Bro. Glenn came down to our house in 1952, and stood out there in the yard testifying about Bro. William Branham going to Africa, what happened at the Ohio River when he was baptizing, and other things that had happened, a lot of things went through my mind, because I had been reading in the Bible; and because of what I read, I could not help but say, Before Jesus Christ comes the second time, He will send that spirit of Elijah. That was because I had read that in the writings of Luke. Little did I know that the instrument God was going to use to fulfill that, was already on the scene. When I was privileged, in the month of August 1952, to go and hear that little man preach, something inside of me said, That is the man that is to come; and I am not going to let the devil nor anything he offers, stand between me and this man. I am going to listen to what he has to say, because he is going to show me the light of truth that is in this Bible. That is why I am so thankful: I could have been like many others. I could have said to myself, Well I don’t see any of this: I know there are a lot of good Methodists, and I know they can’t be lost. We could have used these things to argue with ourselves and just stayed where we were, but something inside of me was thinking differently. When we begin to look at truth itself and have to come back to honor God, He is the author of everything written in here, so there is where we have to honor Him and say, God’s word is right; and I want to be able to always see what is right. I could have been a foolish virgin, but thanks be to God, He didn’t let me sit there in Methodism, because He knew that inside my soul there were certain things that I would absolutely have to speak. I am thankful to God for truth. Like I have said, There were no foolish virgins back in the Dark Ages, but here at the end time we know they are out there. God has sent a messenger to this age to awaken all the virgins that were sound asleep. We all woke up, but some have gone right back to their former systems of religion and forgotten most of what they heard. It took his message to wake up the element, and many people stood on the marginal line saying, yes or no. That is why they are still sitting where they are, because the truth of God’s word was not important enough to them.


I realize I have mentioned it, but let us go back to the 6th chapter of Revelation for a minute. I want to read that fourth seal again. It is important that we look at it very closely. There are only two verses. Verse 7 says, “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.” It is important that we notice that verse, because there is one word that stands out, making it different than the others. In the 1st verse when the first seal was opened, he heard it as a thunder, and he heard the first beast say, Come and see. When you come to the second seal, you have the same thing, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. When you come to the third seal, he heard the same words. The third beast said, Come and see. But when we come to the fourth seal, there is something that stands out different than the first three. I heard the voice of the fourth beast say. Now was John making a mistake in writing, or is this something that the Lord has personally related to John for it to be written this way. I have to say, It is under this fourth seal that the Bride of Christ is going to learn everything that is contained in this letter of Revelation, because God would have a voice on earth that would be a prophetic voice. That is why it is worded that way. God intended that in the days of this eagle beast, the Bride that would be called out, would be completely, spiritually informed of everything that is contained in the prophecy. This morning, as we are sitting here, I am going to ask a simple question. How many churches across the land today, do you think are preaching out of the book of Revelation? I imagine I could count them on my fingers. I am going to ask another simple question, Can you tell me why they do not preach out of it? Do any of you know the reason? Would you not agree that there has to be a reason? Well let us look a little further. Verse 8, “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: (The translation calling this a pale horse actually refers to a gray horse. A gray horse, when you see it in the sunlight at a distance, it can reflect white. So you could say, I see a white horse off at a distance, but actually, when you get close to it, there are enough black hairs mixed in with it, that it is not a white horse after all: It is a gray horse.) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” Now I want to draw your attention to this chart for a moment, for the sake of my illustration. This line is the time line that begins from the birth of the church in 33 A.D., and comes on through two thousand years of time. We come here to the seventieth week of the seventy weeks of Daniel’s prophecy, and as we do we see this green line: which represents the time when seven thunders are to speak that which is just for the bride. It was back here in 1963, that we found out what the fifth seal pertained to. It speaks of the Jews that were killed during the holocaust, plus those on back through time, through all the different things that Satan has done in trying to rid the earth of the Jewish race, that has resulted in Jewish martyrs. Then notice, right in here is this rapture line. This is where in time, the bride is taken up; and she is seen in the 19th chapter of Revelation, in heaven, clothed in fine linen.


In Rev. 7:9, after he sees the two prophets go forth and seal twelve thousand servants of God from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, John saw “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. Notice that they were clothed in white robes and standing before the throne in heaven worshiping and giving praise to God. They were not under the altar like those of the fifth seal, they were standing before the throne. When John was asked the question by one of the elders, Who are these and where did they come from? of course he did not know, so he said, Sir, thou knowest. The elder then replied back, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” I want to say once again, When you read that verse, that is not the Bride of Christ nor is it the foolish virgins. Get that out of your head. A lot of tradition today, will say that it is the foolish virgins, but I assure you, it is not. We have got to read the Bible right, if we are ever to have a revelation worth two cents. Where does it say they came from? “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” They came out of every nation, every kindred, every tongue. Right? If you study church history, you do not get all of this at once. You have to study many different histories. What started with the Jews, later came into Asia, then it came among the Gentiles. In 69 A.D. God cut that nation off, He scattered the rest of the Jews among the nations. From then on God dealt with Gentiles. He was not dealing with Gentiles worldwide back then. As the gospel spread, it was spread according as the sun rises and sets. It kept going westward, westward, westward. As the sun goes westward, then we find that darkness begins to close in, in the areas where it had shown earlier. Now I want to say this, to clear up all your thoughts about the great multitude being foolish virgins. I am going to trust the Spirit of God to clear that up for you. It is true they have white robes, but coming down toward the end of that chapter, it says they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. The fact that they got white robes, does not make them foolish virgins. They came out of the same generations of time the Bride saints did. You say, Well I don’t understand, Bro. Jackson. Stop reading the Bible just one verse at a time and you will have a better chance of understanding. I do not say that to be harsh, but to get your attention. I am asking God to help me to say something in a way that will put some answers in your mind, so that you will know how to read your Bible from now on. When we come to the thing of foolish virgins, there is only one scripture in the Bible that speaks of them, and that is in Matthew 25. In Matthew 24, Jesus is describing the conditions and things that will develop in the world leading up to His coming. That is why I emphatically state, that the last one hundred years has brought a change: it is how God has worked with humanity coming on toward the end. Please saints, let us look at it in that way. I say that because that is exactly when Jesus said in Matthew 24, and then nation shall rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, earthquakes in divers places. Then He said, These are the beginning of sorrows. In the back of that He said there will be wars, rumors of wars, but the end is not yet. In 1914 when WW1 broke out, the king of England plainly said, This is Matthew 24. Think of it brothers and sisters, a political leader had that much knowledge about the Bible, that he could say, This is Matthew 24. Wouldn’t it be nice if some of our politicians today would lift up their hands and say, Oh I love Jesus. Can He talk to you? Does He ever tell you anything? Are you willing to listen to Him? It is one thing to stand before a multitude of people and say, I believe in Jesus. Well I do too, but if He cannot tell you something about his belief and experience, what good is his or her belief? You might think, Bro. Jackson, you have no right to say things like that. I have every right. I am going to give you Bible for what I am saying, so do not sit here this morning, as though you are just in another service: You are not: you are sitting here to hear something; and that is not because I am so smart. It is because God has made me search this book and take every verse of scripture and look at it clearly. It draws a picture for me. Jesus spoke those things in Matthew 24, describing all these conditions leading up to a certain time; then in the 25th chapter He said, Then. The word then, does not mean any old time some might choose: It pertains to a time fixed by the great Creator, for the fulfillment of something His foreknowledge reveals. I went to school long enough to learn what the word t-h-e-n means. It is a future tense word and you cannot just throw it out there anywhere you like, because there is a foreknown and fixed time for it to apply. Jesus was saying, After all these other things develop, which are the signs leading to the end, T-H-E-N shall the kingdom of heaven, not anywhere else in time, but T-H-E-N (Mat 25:1) “shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.” That is why I say, These people right here, (the great multitude)look at them: they have come out of all generations from here, to here (Chart-through all the years of Christianity). These Bride saints, which are clothed in fine linen, are the ones that are raptured right about here, (pointing to chart just inside the seventieth week of Daniel). They too have come out of all generation, and all nations, as God dealt with them through the preaching of the gospel. Everyone one of them knew what Jesus the Christ had done for them. They are certainly not foolish virgins. Then we see these right here, which are Jews seen in the opening of the 5th seal, (Rev 6:9) “And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.” You can read on and see that all of those under the altar had white robes given to them. Those white robes speak of eternal life which shows how God looks upon them. He knows how each of them died and why. Then, as we have already shown, we have right here another element whose sins the blood of Christ has covered. These are the foolish virgins. These are the souls on the sea of glass, Revelation 15:2-3. They are going to be killed in this last half of the week. So now, these, these, these, and these are all represented in this scroll. That would be the bride, the foolish virgins, the Jews under the fifth seal and the great multitude of Revelation 7. When Jesus went up two thousand years ago, that scroll was placed in His hand. He was not told the names of those written within, but He has sat there as a mediator and an intercessor for every name written inside. Only God Himself knows the names on that scroll, that great eternal Spirit that has the whole world in His hands With all that in mind, we can say this, These people in these other groups are not in the bride; and I am going to explain to you and use Bible for it, why they are not the Bride, yet they are representative people coming out of all the ages the Bride comes out of. I want to say first, This fourth seal does not bring salvation to anyone. Salvation is all obtained through the intercessory work of Jesus the Christ, who sits on the throne in heaven. How many realize that? This fourth seal does specifically, when it is broken, bring forth a revelation. It is exactly how Satan, that antichrist spirit, is turned loose in the ending of time to carry out its diabolical work. We know what the white horse rider was back here. It was a spirit that was busy trying to convince early believers that what they believed was not exactly right; and it always attacked the scriptures, giving a strange meaning, a false meaning; and especially concerning the Godhead. That is why they wound up going out of that first age into the second age, believing in a trinity of Gods, because the Godhead had been attacked so tirelessly. That was the first thing the spirit of antichrist attacked and diverted many believers from, was the true revelation of the Godhead. My brothers and sisters, listen to me: The Godhead is the last thing to be restored to the Bride of Christ in its entirety. When we look at Ephesians 4, we see a ministry that is commissioned to minister to true believers until the body becomes perfect, until we all come in the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of the Son of God. That revealed knowledge of the Son of God is the last thing restored to the bride. The trinity concept of the Godhead was accepted at the Nicene Council and carried right on through time. With this in mind, I want to explain to you why these people on the sea of glass, including some Jews, are foolish virgins.


I will ask you first to get your attention, What made some of the virgins, foolish virgins? I want to take you through history, using every scripture written by Peter, James, John or Paul, because no scripture was written just to produce any one group of people other than the bride of Christ. All was written with the potential of giving a select element of people the understanding of how to be called out of sin and brought into the family of God, to be filled with the Holy Ghost and the revelation and knowledge of God, enabling that body of people to take on the image and the likeness of Jesus Christ. That is the first and foremost purpose of preaching the gospel. It is not you and me that chooses or groups the people. God Himself, He that gave the little scroll into the hand of His Son when He seated Him on the throne, is the only One that did the choosing, God did the selecting, and God knows the name of every individual. When time started out back here, every scripture was given with the full potential to produce a Bride for Christ Jesus. Paul had that understanding, because if you pay attention to his writings, he was always writing to the body to eventually be the Bride of Christ. Right? Nowhere did he ever say there was another group in his mind. Well how did these other groups come into the picture, you may say? That is only in the mind of God, and that is why we have to understand the scroll, because we have to understand what has been taking place through time. Let me say this, The Church started out with every scripture in a true revelation to the body of Christ. The same scriptures that put the Bride of the first century in this group is the scripture that put some of that same group in this group over here. You might say, I don’t understand that, Bro. Jackson. It is all in the scriptures. When they lost the Godhead revelation back here, going into the second age, the ones that were in the Bride of Christ that were selected here, went right on with the same revelation. The revelation the early Church started with, as time passed, became perverted and everything from then on became perverted even more. All of these people, both in the Bride and those that fall under another heading came on through time like that. But how did the foolish virgins come into the picture, you ask? That is why I said Sunday night, when we came through this part, that you must keep in mind, that the restored revelation of all these things did not start in the gray horse era. Much of the revelation of the various doctrines are what the Reformation brought out, but that did not start under the gray horse: It was restored back here under the black horse period, when men such as Huss, Swingley, Knox, Calvin and others came into their hour of being dealt with by the Spirit of God. God was restoring a little bit of truth here, a little bit of truth here, a little bit of truth over here, but none of the groups as a whole accepted what God restored to the others. As they lost it in time, God starts it back in the same pattern through a process of time, and it was all under the headship of this, (pointing to the head of man on the chart). This is when He used the wisdom of men, when He was in the process of restoring certain revelations. However when we cross into this twentieth century, every doctrine had been restored, the just shall live by faith, predestination, eternal security and sanctification, but coming into the turn of the century, God sent the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon certain groups. He was restoring back to believers the accessibility to the Spirit of God, which we now understand we must have to make all of this other a complete revelation. How many understand that? At the turn of the twentieth century, here comes what was commonly referred to as the baptism of the Holy Ghost; and the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit, including divine healing. All of this was a regular part of serving God for those believers in the early Church, as recorded in the book of Acts. What we now have to understand, as we move into the twentieth century, are those people that were recipients of what the Reformation restored to believers. Are they all moving right along with each revelation that was given back to the Church? No. The Lutherans continued to be Lutheran. The Calvinists continued right on as Calvinists. The Presbyterian, the Church of Christ, the Methodists, and on and on, Almost all of them stayed with what they started with until the midnight cry came forth. That was just forty one years ago. That is why, if you can see here, all these people that are in the Bride and in the great multitude, they all moved on with God according to the revelation they had access to. However when it was all lost, the world went through a long period of time known as the Dark Ages, until the Reformation started and restoration came a little here and a little there, but never did each group move completely into the next thing that was restored. No. Here is the Lutheran bunch, and there, that sat. Here is the Calvinist bunch, and here they sat. The Presbyterian, the Methodists, the Nazarene, they all sat in their individual groups, each group believing they were right and the others were missing the mark. They each think they have the word of God, but each group only got hold of a little portion of what the first Church started out with. No one among them were to be called foolish virgins in the early part of the century. Get that idea out of your mind. Something dynamic had to take place in this period of time to set that foolish virgin element apart as such. That is exactly when God had a voice on earth; and the eagle was going to do the talking, and when the eagle started talking, it made a noticeable noise. That is why, when you read Matthew 25, you realize, that in the midnight hour of that era of time, there was a cry made. What was the cry? It was the voice of the seventh church age prophet messenger, as he cried out, Come out of her my people, or Come and see; and then preached the unadulterated word of God to those who came to hear him.


The cry of Brother Branham, was the same as Paul referred to in 1st Thessalonians 4:16, when he wrote, The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. The midnight cry and the shout are one and the selfsame thing. If you make it anything else, you are going to get into confusion. When the cry was made, Behold the bridegroom cometh, we must keep in mind, that when Jesus spoke of it, it was only a parable. A parable does not give you every detail: it only gives you a profile, or a picture of what it points to. When that messenger came and began to proclaim his message, his message was, Get back to the word! It was his message that was to take all these restored truths and put them into one biblical message that would show the end time people what the truth of God’s word really is. When that was laid before this generation, from then on God looked at this whole mass of people that were professing to be Christians, and the line had been drawn. Do not tell me that was not the separating point, because it marked those who absolutely did not have any interest is hearing the revealed truth of God’s word preached. Some did not have any means or way to go to his meetings, but those who hungered and thirsted after the things of God, were provided a way of hearing. I am sick of this modern age, how they claim they don’t know anything. You know everything else but the right thing. You have learned everything else but the right thing. You have gone everywhere to this and that, but avoided the right places; and I want to say to all who hear me, When the messenger to the age came, that was the voice that said, COME AND SEE. That was the voice that drew a line. God began to look through that message right back to all these denominational people in the twentieth century. Now don’t ask me about those people that believe this and this, and died back here. They died under the revelation they had, and they had no opportunity to hear any more. How many realize that? A lot of them are right there (in the great multitude shown on chart). How many can see that? You do not call anyone a foolish virgin until you get up here where a line was drawn, and from then on, the foolish will be on one side and the true bride on the other, but God Himself, is the One that does the dividing. When I look back into the 1950’s and see how God began to deal with that man, and how his message went out to the public, do not tell me there was a denominational preacher anywhere, that did not hear about a man by the name of William Branham; and what he preached. Somewhere here and there, the name and what he brought and what he preached floated into all these circles. Those that were foolish among them just awakened too late. When you read the parable, it looks like they all woke up at the same time and the foolish began to say to the wise, Give us of your oil. Brothers and sisters, that is an illustration, but in reality those words are never spoken. You have never seen an element of people from those ranks coming to this element that follows the truth and saying, Give us of your oil; nor do they say, Help us understand what you know. The parable is an illustration of the fact that a change in the spiritual atmosphere begins to dominate society. So when there was an element of people that began to hear about Bro. William Branham, they began to come out of their systems and began to say, That is right, that is the Word of God, that is what my heart has been searching for. But at the same time, there were a lot of people within the same realm that realized something was going on, we are living close to the coming of the Lord. They began to pray this and that. Yes, there seemed to be a moving of the Spirit to give those people the Holy Spirit. Now listen carefully, because the parable says the foolish said, Give us of your oil, and the wise said, Not so, lest we have not enough for us and you: Go ye to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. What does that actually mean? You go out there in those meetings where they still preach the baptism of the Holy Spirit and believe in those things. Along about 1962 and 1963, out of little basements, came word of prayer meetings here and there, and there was another element of people that began to rise up and say, Do you know what, we have been having a prayer meeting down in our basement. We had two the other night that spoke in tongues. Listen carefully to what I am saying saints. I remember when that was going on, and a question was asked of Bro. William Branham, What is this we are hearing about? He answered, That is the foolish virgins going out to buy oil. It was the beginning of something coming on the surface to set in motion the fulfillment of this parable. It was not long until there was a commotion, when out of the basements, and out of the prayer rooms, these little elements begin to rise and hit the public scene. Then, by the time we get to 1964 and 1965, when Bro. William Branham has already brought the revelation of the seals, you began to see the big meetings that were going on in various places. What was the name of that big Pentecostal man that went to Rome back in 1964? David Duplessis, or something like that. About that time, from that same spirit, there began to be a message, God wants us to be united, God wants us to be one. The head of that Pentecostal movement went to Rome and introduced speaking in tongues right there in the Vatican. At the same time there were Catholic nuns in the south, having meetings. They were leading people to speak in tongues during that same time. A short time after that, in Notre Dame, they had the same thing happening, and also in Toronto Canada. There was a big breakout of this. The main ones behind it, pushing it, was Catholic priests and nuns. Saints: I hope you are listening to me. That move started small, but it grew into a big thing. As it did, within that realm, yes, there were foolish virgins, but not all were foolish virgins. Like I said before, when Jesus gave the parable, I believe He had exactly in His mind, a picture of the end, the way we look at it and must look at it. He said, Then shall the kingdom of heaven be thus and so. Well of the overall atmosphere and realm of the people that have been affected by the gospel, there was to be a percentage equivalent of five wise and five foolish. What does that tell me? Regardless of whatever you want to make that fifty percentage to be on either side, you are not going to wind up with more thousands of foolish virgins than you are wise virgins. Now some of you are looking at me and thinking, Bro. Jackson, I know some good people out there. I know all about what is going on out there, and I have a message for you too. I hope you young people, especially you young people, do not get caught up in any of it. Those foolish virgins out there, are really caught up in that spiritual atmosphere that some people have come out of, but the minute God’s messenger brought, in 1963, the revelation of the first six seals, there was a mark that went in place. Time was going to last long enough beyond that, so that all that were foolish virgins would sooner or later get into their category. At the same time though, all that are wise virgins will come into their category, and they will be placed within the body of believers, the Bride of Christ. That church world is filled with thousands, even millions of professed believers, so you might say, Well it looks to me like there have got to be more than just a few foolish virgins. There will be no more foolish virgins than there are true (wise virgins)Bride Christians. Now I am going to read this fourth seal again. “And when He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse.” Now what is this pale horse rider going to do? He is going to ride, fulfill, and do the very thing he was turned loose to do, deceive professing people. If that white horse rider, back here, (chart) was turned loose to do what he did, and if the red horse rider fulfilled what he was supposed to, and the black horse rider did his work, then that gray horse rider is going to do exactly what he is turned loose to do. What is that? It is a spirit that looks real to uninformed, professing believers. That is why I have said, At a distance the horse looks white, but it is actually a gray horse, because mixed within the white hairs you will find enough black hairs to make it appear gray when close up. It is a spirit of pretending, sent forth to deceive, mislead, and make thousands of people believe they have the Holy Spirit, and make them think they have the revelation of the hour, and they are sitting in congregations this morning, and not a one of them know anything whatsoever about the book of Revelation, except that they cannot understand it. Why is that? Because of the deceiving affects of that gray horse rider, that has denied them access to the truth. He will not let them have it. How many realize that? That is why I have to say this morning, Ever since the revelation of the seals was brought, which was brought by Bro. William Branham, that gray horse rider has been riding hard. Here and there he has influenced untold numbers of people, making them believe they have this or they have that, when all they have is a lot of excitement. Yes, they pretend to have this and that, but I have to ask a simple question, Has God been allowed to teach them anything? Not one thing. What do they know? I believe in Jesus, I believe He is my Savior. Sure, the white horse rider caused many to believe that too. What divides, is how you understand the word of God, because that places you in a category. That is what put each of us where we are. I want to say this morning, as humbly as I know how, Ever since 1963, which is forty one years, that gray horse rider has ridden all over this religious world, and it has carried a false message, making people believe they have this and they have that, when in reality they do not have a revelation of anything except some of the gifts of the Spirit. They understand that God fills true believers with the Holy Ghost; and that God is a healer. They also understand that there is the manifestation of speaking in tongues and interpreting of tongues, but when someone approaches them with a true revelation such as God has restored to the bride of Christ, they want no part of it, afraid it might cause a division among them. Many have said, We avoid preaching doctrines, because doctrines bring confusion and division. Well saints, true Bible doctrines are supposed to separate. They separate genuine believers who love and appreciate truth, from those who are only looking for a good time when they assemble. As this began to open up to me, I just thought, Lord, I do not want to make this sound crazy to anyone, so brothers and sisters, I am going to ask you something. We know the Bible was written with the full potential of calling out a Bride for Christ: Is that not right? Did you not know, that when you turn to St. John, (Turn with me to St. John 14), you find that Jesus made a very plain statement? The word of God never changes. Men change, but the word of God never changes. Starting with the 16th verse. Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.” Now I want to ask you something, When we come on down through here, we are going to see what that Comforter is supposed to do, so I ask you, Where is the Comforter out there? Is He teaching them anything? No. They are being mislead. “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” Let us go on to the 15th chapter, the 26th verse. My reason for this is, in the first ages down through time, the Holy Spirit was always to teach every believer something. God does not leave true bride believers sitting somewhere saying, I spoke in tongues, I got it! I am saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. God is very gracious; He gave many people a chance to receive His word, that are sitting somewhere today, with no more revelation than a jack rabbit has. Notice, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, (That is the only thing He will bring to you, truth, not error, not a creed, not a dogma, nor a supposition.) which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.” I have to say, If they have so much out there, it looks like you ought to hear some Bible, something prophetic-wise that the Spirit is giving them.