Bro. Allen ended the last issue of The Contender reviewing different signs of the last days. We are picking up where he left off.
Events Leading Up To The Week of Daniel
I have some things I want to deal with which the prophetic preachers out there completely overlook. They look at 1st Thessalonians 5 and say it has nothing to do with the rapture, because they do not believe the rapture will come before the tribulation. You have these preachers today that have changed their mind. At one time the Assemblies of God believed that the rapture would take place at the beginning of the Week of Daniel. But they never had any understanding of when or how that week would come about. We do not know the time, because it is kind of going to be a sudden time, that the week will start, but we know how it starts. We do not know when it will start, but we do know how it will start. What we know it will start when Israel has regained her land and gets her temple built. Then Ezekiel 38 and 39, because there are seven years of cleaning the state of Israel up after that. I have based it on that, because of the situation that will take place when these nations come together, as they are associating themselves right now. We see over the past year how Russia, Turkey, Iran, have began to cooperate with each other, when not long ago they were enemies. One day they will come against Israel. You see indications of that today, of what is going on between Saudi Arabia and Iran. In the 38th and 39th chapters of Ezekiel, you find that Saudi Arabia, which is one of the sons of Abraham, they and the Jews are beginning to get along. There is a reason for that because they at that time say, why, what did you come for, to get a spoil? As they come in there at that time, really the spoil is the riches of oil and so on like that, is what they are after. Because Russia is hard pressed for oil. They try to steal it from other nations in order to gain what they need, and then to be able to sell to other countries. Whenever all these nations come against Israel, they are going to Saudi Arabia looking for a spoil. You see the favor that is coming toward Israel from Saudi Arabia and other places, because right now they are depending on Israel to make them safe, to keep them from what is going on and what is happening. Because they fear what Iran is going to do. Trump has put up a challenge to that country. He has put up a challenge to them, go ahead and build your rockets. You do something to Israel, then we are going to come after you. No other president would do that before. They would never face anything like that. Iran is going to be a part of that big gathering of people that will come, along with other countries at that time.
God Hath Not Appointed Us To Wrath
1st Thessalonians 5:4. “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day (It is one day he is talking about. That is the day of the rapture. Because we are not going to be in darkness up till that day. That day…) should overtake you as a thief.” You are not in darkness. That day will not overtake you as a thief. We are not going to be in darkness concerning that time. Because God has opened our eyes and our understanding in this time, to be able to understand what is going on. As far as politicians, we are none of that. We have nothing to do with that. But as we look at the situations of the world, then we see ourselves in scripture. This is the only way we know where we are at, it is in scripture. Looking at yourself in scripture, because the word is God. We are a part of that word, which we are part of God’s husbandry, as it says in the 3rd chapter of 1st Corinthians. We are God’s building, we are God’s husbandry. Let me go there for a minute, then I will come back to this. Verse 9, “For we are labourers together with God: (He is the overseer. But here he goes deeper. He goes all the way to the first person, himself. It says here, we are labourers together with God.) ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” What is he talking about? He is talking about Revelation 21. We are a part of that great building he is talking about in the book of Revelation 21, as it is the church, the Bride of Christ, as we look at it in the word. We are His husbandry, what is that? What is husbandry? It has to do with growth. It has to do with something of nature. We are bearing substance. This is where we are at. You cannot make it any plainer than that, as Paul has said here, that ye are God’s building, ye are God’s husbandry. God’s habitation, His husbandry. We are a part of God’s building. What He is doing today, first, in a ministry He has raised up for this time, it talks here that we are a part of that. He goes ahead to say, “According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise masterbuilder,
(So there must be wisdom in this last day building. We are a part of God, as we are a part of Christ. We are a part of Christ because He is coming back after a Bride. That Bride, as it says, has made herself ready. How did she do it? Word, Word, Word: this is how she did it. It must be all by the word. Not only hearers of the word, but doers of the word. According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise masterbuilder…) I have laid the foundation, (We are laid upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone. That is why we shift from Old Testament to New Testament so much. Because the Old Testament is a pattern of the New Testament. We need to realize our position in that body. We do not have to know exactly if we are a finger or toe, but we have to know that we are a part, whatever the part is. We must realize we are a part of that. I have laid the foundation….) and another buildeth thereon. (That is us in this time. There were very few preachers in the time of Paul that really lined up with him. You see that as he is getting ready to leave. You see who leaves him. There are only three or four that at the end of his ministry were still standing for Him. I am sure there were more than that, but that was the ones he was counting on, as well as the others, because it is just like it was, as I said before, just like it was before 2008. I counted all these preachers better and above myself. I did. I listened to them, I listened to their messages. It did not always add up, but I listened. I was willing to listen. I am willing to listen now to God’s servants, but we have grown. I see the growth in God’s people, that He is bringing about a change in all of our lives, especially in the ministry. I thank God for that.) But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” That is the foundational stone that the builders rejected. They stumble over it. They have stumbled over it again. Today as I look at this part of the scripture that I have called to your attention, the 5th chapter of Thessalonians, really the way the church world is looking at it, they are not looking at a rapture. Because they have already dismissed that. In the 4th verse, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, (That is exactly what he is saying in that 3rd chapter, we are not in darkness. There is no reason for us not to understand. There is no reason for us not to go on. Because he said we are not in darkness. It goes ahead….) that that day should overtake you as a thief.” Jesus talked about the good man whose house was broken up because he was not watching. He was using a natural illustration to speak to us in this hour. Because more is laid upon the church here at the endtime than any other period of time in Bible history. Revelation 10, and Revelation 8, as I went back into the 5th chapter also, because that is when the scroll is given to the Lamb. As the Lamb has held that for a certain period of time, yet it is the same scroll in 5, 8, and 10, they are not different scrolls. It is all the same thing. But there are different settings in it. But you see the perfection as you go on in that 5th chapter. Then that 8th chapter, then the climax of it is in the 10th chapter when those seven thunders utter their voices. It has got to be word voices. It has got to be revelation voices. Voices that have heard from God, not just somebody got up and said, I feel that the Lord is speaking to me. No. It is going to be a direct communication with God. It may be while some would be in the pulpit. The thing about it is, that is the way it happened when the six seals were opened. It was a daily thing. Bro. Branham was counting on the seventh seal being opened on that Sunday when he had finished up. But when he came out he said, it is not revealed to me what it is. He was looking at it in that way because there was only one thunder. When it all began there was one thunder. Then you come down to the 6th and 7th verse, you have the voice, which has not happened before. Because the voice is in that fourth beast, that flying eagle. That is where the voice is carried from. “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, (What is he talking about? He is talking about the endtime. He is not talking about another period of time. That is what I was saying awhile ago, the denominational world, I do not know how they all believe, but I know how some of the preachers believe that have come out of that, or still with it. They have completely lost sight of what they once believed. Why? Because they did not follow truth and it has been taken away from them. So they are putting everything at the end, which we will prove otherwise. God hath not appointed us to wrath…) but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” I remember a statement Bro. William Branham made. He said that a man, when he is courting his future wife, does he put her through tribulation? If he does, she better get away from him. If it is a rocky thing before marriage, then it is going to be a rocky thing after marriage. If you have two opposite minds, all of us are opposite, but we have to learn to be able to get our minds together. There are always the two minds, but there is one aim and one purpose, just as there are in the body of Christ. I will go on here. “Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” He is telling us, until that time comes, to edify one another. Do not you think that you have a position in the body of Christ, no matter if you are the little toe, you have a position of encouragement to someone else. You cannot cut it short because that thirty, sixty, and hundred-fold, it is all good grain. It will all come up if it is sowed. So the difference is that one stalk puts forth a hundred grain, one sixty, and one thirty. It is according to the ability that God has given them. I will go to Matthew 24 at this time, where the big controversy lays. They will take this and go to the sixth seal and place the rapture in the tribulation. Whenever that sixth seals happens, the whole world is going to know it. But the whole world will not know when the seventh one comes. Why did He list them like that? Why did He not make it the sixth? It is because the sixth seal is revealed to us, but the seventh is not revealed. So He put them in that order, that we might be able to understand six seals without knowing the seventh seal until it comes. We are in understanding of much of it, but we still do not know what the uttering of the seven thunders are. As I have studied that 10th chapter from the 8th chapter whenever that seal is opened, all the way through the 10th chapter, that seal is never done away with. It is still in motion because it is going to the Jews. The 7th verse ends it for the Gentile people, the 7th verse, because that is where He has spoken to the prophet of the age.
As The Lightning Cometh
Matthew 24:27 “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Now they have taken that and have added with the rest of the verses on down to 31. They do not even know what they are talking about whenever you come to that 28th verse, where the eagles are gathered. They do not even mention that. Because the eagles are going to be gathered, not necessarily in one setting, but they are going to be gathered together around the word. That is what He is talking about. “For wheresoever the carcase is, (the body, the carcase which is the word. Wheresoever the carcase is…) there will the eagles be gathered together.” What is He talking about? The eagles. Why eagles? Revelation 4, that prophetic message that come through that fourth beast: where the eagles are gathered together, there will the carcase be. The food is for our spiritual life. It is our spiritual being as we look at this word. Then He goes ahead to say this 27th verse is the rapture. It is the rapture. I will go further than that, you will see. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Everybody that is living is going to see that. As Bro. Jackson said, it is going to make a twenty-four-hour revolution for the earth to come back so that everybody is going to be able to see that great sign of His coming. But it will be at the end of the tribulation. Let us go back here to that 27th verse. “For as the lightning (lightning) cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” That is his coming for the Bride. Verse 30, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” What are they seeing? They are seeing the Son of man coming, according to Revelation 19, with His Bride, with His Bride people coming back on that white horse scene. Dipped in blood, which means that it is judgment. He is talking about the end of the age. As the lightning… lightning does not stay. Remember that. Lightning is a flash. He said that is the way the coming of the Son of man will be. “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” When He is talking about His elect, He is talking about the resurrection of those foolish virgins, those Jews that will be killed during the tribulation period. He is talking about that. But that is not lightning. No, this is a period of time. Because whenever they see this, they are going to see it. Then what happens when they see this great sign of Him appearing? The armies of the west, the beast, will go forth to make war with Him that sits upon the cloud, the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to go on to Luke 17. Matthew carries it, but Luke goes a little bit further. We come through the days of Noah and the days of Sodom, then He gives us a reminder, remember Lot’s wife. She looked back, that is all she done. She looked back, why? Because in her heart there was something she was leaving that she did not want to give up. Bro. Branham went over that one time, he said she is leaving the women’s aid society, all these other things, she began to think about that. But the thing about it is, she was also leaving children behind. “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, (Now He starts another subject, I tell you….) in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.” That is night time. “Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; (Daytime. What am I saying? This is a revolutionary Bride being taken at one time. Two men shall be in the field…) the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body (or the carcase) is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.” It is the same thing. What is He saying? In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, that is as the lightning. But here in the 24th chapter, they have taken all that and placed it, instead of putting it in two different categories here, they have taken the 27th verse on down and made it one resurrection, which it is not. This here, in the twinkling of an eye, whenever the Bride people are going to be busy, the Bride people are going to have jobs. You see the women, you see the men, they are all working, some of them on night shift, some on day shift, some in one part of the world, some in another part of the world. It reaches all the way around the earth wherever Bride people are at. So we can see that. We have people that dial in, there are many people watching. It is that way every service. Sometimes you have over a hundred hookups on one service. Some of them are churches, some are individuals, some of them are families. This gospel must be published before the coming of the Lord, as I read to you earlier. I look at these verses I have taken here, and all these other verses that I have compiled. This is not all I am going to work with.
Hid In The Day Of The Lord’s Anger
Let us go into the book of Zephaniah 2:1-3. “Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; Behold the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you.” He is speaking of the endtime. He is telling them to look up. He is talking to Israel, now He is talking to the meek of the earth. “Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, (talking of us. Can you take this word and take yourself over into to it and apply yourself into that? You are that little part of the puzzle that has been laying there all along. I used to work puzzles that had, at the most, seventy parts in them, on down to twenty. But here you have a puzzle that has five hundred parts in it, and you have an ocean and a little bird out there in the middle of the ocean. I can get the outside of all that. That is easy, all the outside is flat on one side. You have to place them in the right place. But you get into the middle, so many of those little parts do not look like they belong. Sometimes you try to force them in, but it just do not work. Because there is a pattern. You have a box setting there. It is like a man said, he went home and his wife was crying. She was just crying like everything. She had this puzzle there and said, I cannot get it to work, it has a tiger on it and I cannot figure out that tiger. He said, you are looking at a cereal box. So we have to put it where it fits in. God knows exactly where each piece goes. One of these days He is going to put the last piece in there. That puzzle is going to be complete. He knows where that little bird is out in the ocean. The little bird is just about the last thing to go in. We are at the endtime brothers and sisters. God has given us understanding. I will go ahead and read this because I want you to see how wrong this bunch of so called prophets are. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth…) which have wrought his judgment; (If you have done the right thing, you have wrought what is right and what should be done with a clear conscience, that you have gone about it in the right way.) seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” It may be ye shall be hid. Where are you going to be? Sitting up on a cloud somewhere, eating cotton candy? They have holes in their clouds, they are going to slip right on through it. They will go right into the tribulation time and not even knowing it. The sad thing about it is, people that have seemingly been a part of truth, have slipped through. They have taken their place with the unbelievers. Shame. Shame on you. It is just like a lighter, you have a lighter, you have fluid, but you have to flick it. Whenever you flick it, then the light comes on. They missed the light. They did not have the flint in there. Shame. Shame on you. You had your opportunity, you failed at that time.
Enter Thou Into Thy Chambers
Isaiah 26, this is one of the most precious scriptures for the Bride there is. We have got to recognize the interest in people. People have taken their vacations in order to be here during this time. God bless you. God be with you. You have taken off a day of work or something in order to be here. You see the importance of this to them. You have flown here from other places to be here. Why? Did you come to seek me? No, you came to seek the Lord. 19th verse, “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” It is just going to flip them out. That is what it says, it is going to cast them out. Why? The earth cannot hold them. Their spirits are up here coming down and the body is coming at the same time. It is just a movement that comes together. Their body meets their spirit in the air, those that are dead. But here are the verses, “Come, my people, (Are we His people? Come my people…) enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” Hide yourself for a little moment, for a seven year period of time. “For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” That goes on into the period of the great tribulation and beyond. But here it says, come my people. Who is he talking about? Somebody over here we do not know? Somebody out in the ocean? No. He is talking about you and I, my people, come my people. The Assemblies of God and all the others, this is lost scripture to them. They do not care, they do not understand, because the understanding is not theirs. It is not for them. As it has been said by Bro. Branham and Bro. Jackson both, the book of Rev elation was written for the Bride. Nobody else understands it. They hit at it. They have all the different parts wrong. They have the four horses riding here at the endtime. They have done rode, all but the last one. He is on his ride, but he will finish up at the end of the age. But he is riding now, that white and black mixture, which makes up the gray horse. He is riding now. He is on the trail of people. He has come right on down through 1963, whenever the seals were opened, he began his ride. As he did, we find that people began to fall away, fall away, and fall away. Do you know what they said at the revelation of those seals? That is of the devil. They just painted themselves in the corner. Most of them are dead and gone now. They have gone to their reward, whatever it is. But we have something waiting for us, whether we live till that time or whether we do not, it is all going to be the same thing, because the dead in Christ will rise first. See? The body will come out of the ground and will rise first, then we which are alive and remain, whoever that would be, we which are alive and remain will be gathered up together to meet the Lord in the air. That is not in the clouds at that time, it is in the air. The cloud will come later. It is going to be an instant thing.
Question About the Rapture
Somebody asked me a question concerning Revelation 4, where we see John is in a heavenly form. He is still in his natural body, but his spirit is taken to heaven as though he had been raptured. People want to take that as being the rapture, but it is not, it is God showing him what is to come in the latter times, in that time and in the latter times. Let us go to the 4th chapter of Revelation. “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: (In other words, there is an opening, it is not just a natural door, but it is an opening for him to experience something here of a supernatural way. John is still on the Isle of Patmos. His body is still there, but he can see his spirit. He can see his spirit being there in the heavens as he is shown this. After this I looked, and behold a door was opened in heaven….) and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, (That is kind of like it was with Paul, whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know. But this is kind of the pattern it was here. Then the door was opened. That is saying that John was in a translated form. But anyway, his spirit was there. Come up hither…) and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.” So, his spirit is lifted out of his body and he is sitting in a heavenly place. He is understanding what he is seeing. Because somewhere his body is laying here, almost lifeless. But here his spirit is in heaven. This question has been asked, he is seeing himself in a future generation of time, which is a heavenly scene. Most of it relates to the time period whenever Christ comes back, on up through the Millennium. Because he is seeing what is going to happen in the book of Revelation. That is what he is looking at. “And immediately I was in the spirit; (See? That did not mean he was in the Holy Ghost; it meant his spirit being was immediately transferred into a heavenly setting to where he is seeing these things. There it remains until the time the revelation is over. Immediately I was in the spirit…) and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” Who is he seeing? The one sitting on the throne, he is seeing a heavenly setting there. “And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” That is the presence of God, enthroning the throne, as he is looking at the one sitting on the throne. We see this is the very beginning of his sight into heaven, because before this, as we look at the 3rd chapter and on back, then he is just being shown things that are to come, which will be earthly settings before he is lifted up. From here he is lifted and is seeing heavenly things from there on. This is the answer for that question.
In Romans 11 you see where the gentiles were grafted in and Israel was cut off. But God will return to the Jewish people. God is going to return to them. He will return to them with a revival. When we look into the word, we want to go to the 3rd chapter of Zechariah to start. There is something there where He stands upon the mount of Olives. This is all at the ending of the age, when He does. Because He is finishing out what He is going to do, He has done finished out what He is going to do for the Gentiles. Whenever the seventh seal is opened that finishes the Gentiles except for those Gentiles which are the foolish virgins. Then you have Matthew 25 which tells you about the people that will be around the world, which the message goes to, concerning that time, getting ready to enter into the Millennium. So Zechariah speaks of the Millennium, he speaks of Israel’s revival in the 14th chapter. But we will start with chapter 3, verse 8. “Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.” Which is talking of Christ there. “For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.” So when we go into the 12th and 13th chapters, we see where he talks about the nails that were in His hands, then the spear that pierced His side, those Jewish people are going to be gathered there at that time to see that. There is going to be a big onslaught against the Jews in the time when the treaty is sealed with the beast. “In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.”
I want to go from there into the 12th chapter, verses 10-14, which is speaking of Israel’s revival. “And I will pour upon the house of David, (This is the Jews of the lineage with David. I know two or three years ago, they said they had already picked out five thousand Jews that were of the lineage of David that were in Jerusalem, at that time. So they can take that back through all the means they have, to get the DNA and all of all that would be of that kinship. I do not know how they do it, but I know they do it. Many persons that have been in prison, especially black people that have been in prison, having been loosed because they got the wrong person. That was years ago whenever they did not have the DNA. Since they do have the DNA, then they can trace this back into the original, back to where it could not be that person and they have to let them out, after twenty some years they are let loose. Because they were unjustly judged. I will pour upon the house of David….) and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, (Jerusalem and David are kinship. Because this is the city that David took from the Jebusites. Israel, at one time, had that in their possession. But then it slipped away. David took it because it was going to be the eternal city, which we know it goes way beyond the Millennium. Israel is going to last way beyond the Millennium. Because that woman of Revelation 12, as well as the 144,000, which they will be resurrected, but the woman of Revelation 12 will not be resurrected. She will go into that time as someone to propagate the Jewish people that will be upon the earth at that time.) the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, (This is where I read from the 3rd chapter, that they will be converted in one day. Just as it says in Isaiah, that the nation will be born in one day. We know that happened. We know it did when David Ben Gurion proclaimed that Israel was a free nation, back in May 14, 1948. So we have that where we know they became a nation then, because the United States recognized it as being a nation. So did Ben Gurion, he recognized it to be a nation at that time. They shall look upon me whom they have pierced…) and they shall mourn for him, (This is their revival. The mourning, if you know the Jewish, whenever you see them rocking back and forth , this is kind of a memory of what happened many years ago, whenever Israel was captured there in 70 A.D. Then the ones that were left, they mourned, they moved up and down in their mourning. This is really a copy of that, probably most of them do not even know why they are doing it.
I remember when we were going there, on the plane there was a girl that sat beside me, she was a Jew. She said her prayers for probably forty-five minutes, to herself, before the plane landed. She was rocking as she was praying, not with a whole lot of emotion, but anyway she was doing this because they feel they are to do this, but I wonder how many of them really realize why they are doing that. But here they are going to realize that something happened. As it says here, they will look upon Him whom they have pierced, and shall mourn for Him….) as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” Israel is a nation that put a lot upon their firstborn son. This kind of types it out from the 8th chapter of Romans, which we have gone over, this kind of types it out, which Jesus, we will be heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus. As Bro. Jackson said, He is the head of the family of believers as you go into the Eternal Age. He will be the head of God’s family of angelic, which we will be as angels. “In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.” This is pointing back to a time when Israel was in great mourning. The mourning part is that they are in bitterness. I remember Bro. Jackson saying it will not last long, because the revival has to start and they are not just going to be there for weeks mourning over this. Because there is a time of acceptance. “And the land shall mourn, (The whole land of Israel will mourn. What happens? Judah and Ephraim are not brothers together, no longer separated as they were in the Old testament. They will be brothers together. The land shall mourn…) every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; (Why? Because every one of them are going to hear the message that God has made for them, but they are going to be mourning. Whenever they have happiness, whenever they have a victory or something, I have seen them on television, there will be a whole group of men gathered in a circle, dancing, because of the victory. It is not something immoral or something of that nature, but they are just a happy bunch of people when something like that happens. It puts them into a dance, just like it was with David. Remember David and how he was whenever he danced before the Lord. That is who he was dancing before. It was before the Lord, it was not to put on a show before the women of Israel. But his wife, Saul’s daughter, she thought he was just putting on a show before the women. But whenever she said that, she said he was just vile. He said, I will be more vile. He was dancing before the ark of the covenant when he was bringing it into Israel. We find this is something they do apart. It is not something they do together. It is not a square dance. It is not some kind of something what they would call a dance today, whenever women and men really get together. Many times it is not wife and husband, but they act like it. So they are going to be parted at that time. Let me go over that verse again. The land shall mourn, the land, that means all the people of the land, both Ephraim and Judah. The land shall mourn. Every apart, the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart….) the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; (I have read that and wondered about it. Why are they parted? Even as you go to the Wailing Wall, they are trying to get it fixed up to where the women will be able to come over into the men’s side. But this is very much opposed by the rabbis, because they are fulfilling this, as they look at it. Because this Wailing Wall, it was called the Wailing Wall because this was the only part of the temple that was left, the temple wall. That is the only part that was left, and that part was built by ordinary people, it was not built by smiths and different things of that nature, stonemasons. It was not built by them. This was the part that was built by the normal people. You can see how different it is to what you would see in a natural picture. That is why they get there at that wall and go both and forth, because it was a time of mourning whenever Jerusalem was finally lost in 70 A.D.) the family of Shimei apart, (which would be Simon) and their wives apart; All the families that remain, and their wives apart.” Now he includes it all. He has included the southern Jerusalem and the southern tribes as he looks at it in this time, because whenever the revival comes to Israel, then Jerusalem and the house of David and them are going to experience it first. Afterward then you have the other tribes, the northern tribes that are going to see what God has done. Because the Israeli war must take place first. That is the reason for this. The war has to take place and they have to get their land back. Whenever all this starts, it will not be a popular thing with the northern parts. Because they do not want war. They are not that interested in getting the land back. But whenever war does come, after awhile as you go into the 10th chapter here, you will see them.
In the 10th chapter you will see what I am talking about here, as we look at it for just a minute. “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd. Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, (See? Judah first.) and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.” In other words, whenever Israel went across the Jordan, they had a vote of who would go first, and it was Judah when they made the vote. It was Judah that would go first into the battle. So this is the way that God used it, all the way down to the time of David and beyond, this was to happen in that way. “And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the Lord is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded. And I will strengthen the house of Judah, (See? It is Judah, the ones the revival with, Judah and Jerusalem, which are inseparable.) and I will save the house of Joseph, (There it is talking about the north and the south. He will save the house of Joseph…) and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them.” Now he speaks of Ephraim. “And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the Lord. I will hiss for them, (He will hiss for them, He will get them together.) and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.”
As we look at the 12th chapter, where it tells about every family apart, then it goes into the 13th chapter. “In that day there shall be a fountain (He is not talking about a natural fountain, he is talking about water, about the spirit of God. In that day there shall be a fountain….) opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.” This is why I said the revival starts with Judah, because Judah has been the one that has led the army into the wars. This covers Judaea and Samaria, which the Arabs claim is theirs. Whenever Obama, whatever it was, that number he had, twenty three something, whenever he had that number, that was to get Israel to give Samaria and Judaea back to the Arabs, or give it to the Arabs, not back to the Arabs. He was going to give that to the Arabs. This was just before Trump was elected. Of course, all of that was just done away with. There was nothing left of that. In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. In other words, this is a revival, living water for a revival, for the Jewish people. Because God knows that a body cannot do without water. You can do without food for a lot longer than you can do without water. Because water is a sustainer. Jesus used this when He was talking to the woman at the well there in the New Testament. “And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, (God is going to get rid of the idols that are in the land.) and they shall no more be remembered: (In other words, there is going to be a revival come to Israel that they forget about their past. They forget about what they have worshipped. Those true Jews will have changed in that time.) and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.” Now it is going on into the Millennium here. “And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; (That goes into the Millennium, because we read in the 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians, prophecies, where they be prophecies, they shall cease. All of that will happen there, they will cease, they will no longer be needed, because the knowledge of the Lord will fill the earth as the water fills the sea. The Bride has a lot to do with that. Why? Because God has entrusted her to be
able to make decisions in that time, as kings and priests, to make the decisions. Therefore these things are going to be forced, because God is not going to allow another spirit to come up in that time to challenge Him, just as they have done in this time, all kinds of spirits, all kinds of prophets. But God is not going to allow that. Thou shalt not live…) for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.” That is going to be hard. Why do you think it says in Revelation 21, in those first verses, God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. In other words, things change, they now understand why, because of the judgment that just happened whenever chapter 20 is opened up, which we will get into later, the Lord willing. His father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through with that prophesieth. That is bad, but this is the way it is going to be carried out. The Bride people cannot show mercy beyond what God shows. It has got to be God’s way and God’s way is going to be in their hearts, because it said we are workers together with God. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, (Of course he is going to be.) when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: But he shall say, I am no prophet, (Do not pin that on me. Because in the Millennium you are going to have men that are going to rise up, that God has dealt with, that have favor in that time, because you have natural people. You have natural people that are born that are not tempted of the devil, but they are wicked people because of serpent seed. Serpent seed is going to last throughout the Millennium, then it will be completely, all curses will be gone. Whenever the Millennium is over, death is the last curse. Then they go into hell, which lasts for a period of time, more for others. I do not know if I ever read that or not, but I had that where it talks about that, that the spirit goes back to God, everything living. Every man living, God has breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. But whenever this is all over, when you enter into the Eternal Age and judgment has happened, those that have lived out their days, when judgment is upon them, then that spirit goes back to God. Then that natural person in that time, whenever that comes, the natural person will be annihilated, no more memory. That is a serious thought to me. Because even those that are in hell have a remembrance of life. But just to be annihilated, because the spirit goes back to God that gave it, that spirit, for the worst person, God had to breathe into their nostrils the breath of life, before they ever become a living soul. But he shall say, I am no prophet…) I am a husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.” See? There are going to be people raised up in that time, I am not talking about sheep people. Sheep people are saved. They are, they will go right on into the Eternal Age. Every one of the sheep people that have made it into the Millennium will go into eternity, right on through. The books will be opened, and another book, that is their book, another book. Because every one that is sealed will not pass into judgment. Take the foolish virgins. Their judgment is that 3 ½ years. They will not be raised to be judged again. Their judgment is over. But then you have the other people here that have lived through that time. They have done things they shouldn’t have, as well as though that are raised from the dead, all the way back through time, through Noah’s time on back unto Adam. Those people will be raised in the body. They will be raised and will have to stand before the judgment of God, the judgment seat of God. They will be raised and have to stand there before that to receive their sentence. God is just. He looks upon things not as man does. He looks upon things as what He sees in the hearts and minds of men. “And one shall say unto him, (Which goes back to the beginning of the revival and all.) What are these wounds in thine hands? (That is where it says they will be saved in one day. Because He is going to show himself. He will be standing there with those two prophets. That is what Peter, John and James saw. They saw Him glorified. Who with? Moses and Elijah. So He was showing the coming kingdom. This gets pretty deep, I know that. One shall say unto him, what are these wounds in thine hands?) Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” He is not speaking condemnation to them. Here He stands with His hands outstretched. How do we know they are outstretched? They could not see them if they were hanging down like that. Where did you get the scars in your hands? Not on your hands, in your hands. Where did you get those scars? Then He will answer, those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. That is something. He is wounded, He did not die. His body was placed in the grave, but He was just wounded in the house of His friends, which was the Jewish nation. He do not come out with a grudge. He knows exactly what He is doing. Because if He had criticized them, what would they have done? They would even mourn more. It would have been a long time trying to get over it. “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, (Which goes back to His beginning when HE was crucified.) and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.”
Now I want to go to the 14th chapter. I will start with the 8th verse. “And it shall be in that day, (What day? The same day we are talking about, the day of Israel’s revival. It shall be in that day….) that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.” Of course, that goes on into the Millennium, you will see here what causes this. Half of them toward the former sea and half of them toward the hinder sea, which would be the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. That is where it talks about it there in Ezekiel, in the 47th chapter. He talks about it, there will be fish that are the same type fish in the great sea. There will be a way to swim across. Do you understand that? It shall be in that day that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem, half of them toward the former sea and half of them toward the hinder sea, in summer and winter shall it be. “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem.” You see that in the 14th chapter, 1st verse. “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.” So this is the conclusion of that. “And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, (The napalm bomb does not destroy buildings. It does not destroy the land, it destroys humans. How does it destroy? It causes their bodies to melt. He is going to use their own medicine to get rid of them.) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. (While they are yet standing.) And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, (See? They are confused now, they are in confusion.) and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, and in great abundance. And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.” He is going to melt away everything of that nature, that has caused Jerusalem trouble, in their troubled times. Then we find that is when Judah goes forth to fight at the end there.
Let me go to Romans 11:13. “For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office.” In other words, he is so proud that God has given him this office to go among the Gentiles. I have often thought about Paul, because he was born in Greece, he was raised up among the Gentiles. Therefore, he was part of the Roman empire as far as his birth, because he was born in Greece. Therefore, whenever he began to preach and whenever God sent him among the Gentiles, it was because he knew the order of Gentiles. He knew how filthy they were, but he learned how to deal with them. This is something the early apostles had a hard time with. Peter had a hard time with it. The others did, we find that James had a hard time with it. Whenever James wrote his letter, he wrote it to the Hebrews. In the 2nd chapter, he had some of the things of the Law in it. But we find a lot of good in the book of James. I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office. “If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.” He knows at this time, this is around 60 A.D. He was turned to the Gentiles in 54 A.D. Here he is, talking to the Romans, he wants them to know that he is a Jew and that he identifies with the Jews even though he is an apostle to the Gentiles. “For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” You can look back into Ezekiel 37, the dry bones, how God gave lift to His mighty army. He brings it back to life. Do not you think that Paul knows all these things? He certainly does. He is educated in the things of the Old Testament. “For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.” He is referring to this as the Jewish people, because he is looking at it in a way which God, because it goes back into Isaiah, and he is sent, as the Bible say, I believe it is in the 49th chapter, sent to be a light among the Gentiles. So we go on from there. For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump also is holy, and if the root be holy, so are the branches. He is coming right on up from the ground, showing that true favor that God has in the Jewish people, even though they strayed. “And if some of the branches be broken off, (Why were they broken off? Some of the branches be broken off….) and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, (Where those branches were broken off. I do not know that much about grafting, but I know you have to do that, to take something away to graft in. You just do not hang it on there and tie it up and it becomes something. No, it has got to go into the heart of that very tree. If some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, that is altogether against nature. You do not take wild things and graft them the tame things. This is unreal in the manner of fruit bearing. But it is real in the plan of God, because we were those wild branches that were grafted in where those others were broken off. Were grafted in among them…) and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree.” So he goes all the way to the ground, because the life comes from the ground. It comes from the root. What he is doing, he is skipping some of it and going right on up the stalk to where we are grafted into that olive tree, which we were the wild olive tree. Remember, God created us all. By Him doing so, He made it possible that we might be grafted in by the same nature of tree, though a wild olive tree, it is the same nature of a tree, bring grafted into the natural tree. “Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.” If you boast ye bare not the root, that is where it begins, but the root thee. “Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.” See? The branches are broken off that I might be grafted into that same olive tree. “Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, (You see that when Jesus was here, by Him speaking in the 13th chapter of Matthew. By hearing ye do not hear, and by seeing ye do not see. So it was spoken by Isaiah the prophet. He goes back to the well. Because of unbelief they were broken off….) and thou standest by faith.” By faith are you saved through grace. They did not have the grace of God upon them. They had the Law. They had to be adherers to the Law for them to even have salvation. Jesus said, I did not come to break the Law, or come to cancel the Law, I came to fulfill it. He said, every jot and tittle of the Law must be fulfilled. It had to be. He was the fulfilling of the Law because He was the one that took our sins. Jesus became that one that died for us. He became our help; He became our sacrifice. So Jesus, it said, became a curse, because cursed is he who hangeth upon a tree. He became a curse for us. They placed this upon His head, our sin was placed upon His head, the thorns that were there will be something that will never be in the Millennium time. Because the thorns become a curse whenever Adam had sinned, as God placed him there in the garden. “For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: (The goodness outweighs the severity. It talks about in the 5th chapter of Hosea, that He was leaving them for a season. This has been a long time, but with God it is not, because eternity has no season. It just lasts, lasts, lasts. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God…) on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.” Which He will do in the revival. They are going to see something different. “For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?” The original, he goes back to the original. Whenever the Law was given to Moses, as he gave them the Law, then this was something if they kept, this was their hope. The Jews can get real angry, but the true Jews cannot kill. Because the Bible says thou shall not kill. But they do not take that in anger, they still feel they can get angry and say a lot of words to each other, then go back in another room and be alright. Why? Because they are Jews. Even the heritage of the Jewish people keeps them from a lot of things because God has put it in them, through Abraham. You have so much of a mixture today that you do not know what is Jew and what is not Jew. Only God knows. God knows where those 144,000 are. It thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature, into the good olive tree, how much more shall these which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree. “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, (Mystery, the mystery that Paul talks about, the mystery that Revelation 10:7 is, the mystery is that God turned to the Gentiles. It is becoming more evident all the time, the Jews are being favorable unto the Gentiles, which they would not before. The Gentiles counted them as dogs. Everything that happened, especially in the Catholic Church, everything that happened was blamed on the Jews. If they had a storm, if they had a tempest of some kind, it was blamed on the Jews. No wonder they were like they were.) lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part (Blindness in part. That true Jew still believes in God, but he is blindness in part, he cannot see very well. Blindness in part…) is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” That is the revival. He has gone through all this grafting to show where we Gentiles come in. Then he is bringing it back home to the tame olive tree, about being grafted in. “For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies (sure) for your sakes: (God does not deal with two different people at the same time.) but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” That can be like unto us as ministers or whatever, whatever gift, but really he is talking of the Jews here. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Who is he talking about? He is talking about Jews. It was a gift. The gift to us is the calling, a calling from God. If we become a Christian, it is because we have been called. God has spoken to our hearts. But to the Jews, this is showing something that God always remembers, because He said, ye are the apple of mine eye. The apple of mine eye, that is a little particle in the eye, as they say, that is more tender than any other part of the eye. “Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” All us Gentiles. “O the depth (He is getting excited here. O the depth….) of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable (I believe he is getting loud, how unsearchable…) are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Thank God we found His ways. We are not walking in darkness, we are walking in light. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor?” Who told Him how to build this earth? Who told Him how to make the heavens? Who told Him how
to deal with man? He just does it. Then He makes it a courtship, that is the time to get acquainted, a courtship. “Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, (See? It just keeps going. For Him, through Him, and to Him…) are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” I believe he finishes that out with a prayer, an excitement that he is showing here at the end of this.
I will go to Zephaniah 3:8 next, “Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one consent.” What a miracle that will be in the Millennium time, whenever God does turn the language into everyone’s understanding. What is that going to do? It is going to bring unity. That will be in the Millennium where everyone will be able to have the same language, speak the same thing. Whenever nations go to Jerusalem during that time, they will all be able to say the same thing to each other and understand it. I do not understand Hebrew now, but if it be the Hebrew language, then we will all understand it. As the Bible talks about it, the former things will be passed away. That was one curse that was there whenever the tower of Babel was built. That was the curse that was put upon man because everybody before that time spoke in the same language. But now you have people around this earth, tribes in different places of Africa, many of the Africans cannot understand their language. But as time goes on into the Millennium, it probably will not all happen in one day, but God is going to return, when He says return, He is meaning, I believe, a period of time. He is going to let everybody recognize each other by their language, no matter what people they come from, they are going to be able to understand. As I said, this is a curse, that curse will be taken away. “From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more by haughty because of my holy mountain.” Jerusalem is what He is talking about, He is talking about His holy mountain. Because every one of all the tribes of the earth, at some time, this is all going to take time, God is going to give them time because a lot of the travel is going to be halted during a period of time whenever the Millennium starts. But then whenever God begins to work upon this earth to bring this earth back into a good state, then the communication will begin to come back, because there are going to be people that know how to drive, there are going to be people that know how to build planes and cars, whatever is needed in that time to be able to travel. We are looking at a real situation. The situation in the Millennium is going to be real because there are going to be real people there that have not had their body changed. They never will have their body changed; except they will be made younger again. But as far as a resurrected body, they will not be a resurrected body because God is going to need somebody to till the earth. Whenever we look at those scriptures, which we have, where God is going to do the different things in the lives of the people, we see that whenever the Bride goes on through the Millennium, she will be kings and priests. But when you go on into the Eternal Age, we will be the younger of the people, of the Bride people, but we will not necessarily be Bride people at that time, because Jesus Christ will no longer be Bridegroom. We will no longer be Bride, but He will be our elder brother. Whenever this time comes, the Bible speaks of us as being the angels. We will never go back to a natural earthly body, as we once were. Because that change takes place to take us out of this normal body that we will be raised in His likeness. Whenever Jesus came back, we find that when He came back from the dead, He was somebody that was recognizable. They did not recognize Him at first, because it was hid from them. They wanted to think that maybe He was the gardener, or someone like that. But no doubt whenever they saw His clothing, because no doubt they answered to Him whenever they hadn’t quite yet seen Him. But whenever He did show himself, then they all began to know who He was because of His garment. As I mentioned yesterday, when Moses appeared with Peter, James, and John, and appeared with Moses and Elijah, what happened there? That is a thing that will be during the beginning of the seven-year period of time, when Moses and Elijah are there with Him, as He introduces himself in angelic form. Of course, they will be in the same state. I remember Bro. Branham saying something about Moses, we know that Elijah did not die, all the people want to say it will be Enoch, the denominational world says it will be Enoch because Moses died. Then they are putting it into a natural body because Enoch and Elijah never died, so they are putting into a natural body to where they have to come back and die. That is completely wrong. John the Baptist was a replica in the sense of God’s dealing, as Elijah was. But John the Baptist was another man, he was not the same man as Elijah of the Old Testament, but he carried the same spirit. So, these two prophets will be natural people that Jesus will come to. Then after the 3 ½ year period has come, then they ascend to heaven where Christ is, there to be right on through the rest of the 3 ½ years. “I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.” This will be the Millennium.
I will go to Micah 7:11. “In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.” Israel is going to get their land back. They are. I know it was been preached against, they say they have all the land they will ever get before the Millennium. Well that is what man says. Man is not very smart to say something like that, whenever the scripture bears out that there will be land that will be given to Israel, because of the influx of people that are coming there during the revival time. God must get His people back in order to choose 12,000 out of each tribe, 12,000 men. In that day that thy walls are to be built, the walls of Jerusalem. In that day shall the decree be far removed. The decree, the agreement, no more talk about a Palestinian state. It is all over because those that are found about will be far removed. “In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain. Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.” He is talking about in time past, how it would be forsaken because of their doings. The Bible talks about the nation that sins, it shall die. But Israel, as it has been quoted over the news, Israel is the only land that has come back to its original inheritance. Because God was in it. He said He would restore their language to them. He has. A man, a hundred or some years ago, began to discover the Jewish language, and it has all been brought back to Hebrew. “Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.” He is talking about when they came across the river Jordan. Bashan and Gilead were the countries where the three tribes settled, before they crossed the river. But they were to go in and help them take the land before they ever got their inheritance back. That is the reason he is speaking of this here, which goes over the river Jordan, no longer in it. “According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvellous things.” Great things, you see what he is talking about as we go on, marvelous things. “The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: (Their military might which God has given them. The planes they have, they modify them when we sell them to them, to make them even more stealth and everything. They know how to do that stuff because they are a scientific people. The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might….) they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, (You have seen people when they become so surprised, here they are, watching it on television. These great people, Russia and all of them, Iran, those people. They are going to be looking at that because this is going to happen before Ezekiel 38 and 39. These countries are going to look, as well as the United States, and they are going to be in awe. It will be such a surprise, they cannot even think about it. They just put their hand over their mouth.) their ears shall be deaf.” It is going to be such a surprise, of what we are going to be looking at. This happens before the Bride leaves, Israel gets her land back. All this surprise happens. “They shall lick the dust like a serpent, (They will just fall upon the ground.) they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, (Now he is getting to Israel’s revival. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity….) and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? (All that they have done in the past, all the foolishness, because of different things, many of the Jews that went into internment camps, all they went through and came out believing there was no God, if He was God, then why did He let this happen. We even met one in Norway at a museum, a Jewish museum. We met a man there who was in his 80’s, he did not believe in God. He had the mark on his arm where they had numbered him. But he did not believe in God. He believed that if there had been a God, then He would not have let this happen. But they did not read Jeremiah 16. They did not read where He sent fishers among them, first, the fishers were somebody to catch them, to pull them out of that stupor they were in. Then after that He sent hunters, which was WW2, when He hunted them in the mountains and in the dens, wherever they were at. The world turned a blind eye against it. I remember when I was a boy, WW2 was going on. You did not hear anything of the Jews. All you heard about was the war with the United States in it, and our boys being killed. I remember one young man in our neighborhood being killed. They were not supposed to shoot people, that was a war rule that they did not shoot people if they were in the parachutes. But he was in his parachute and they shot him and killed him while he was coming down. But here the Jews, they were as the Bible says, a byword. Do you know what that means, byword? If you want to get a good bargain, you have to Jew him down. This is a byword to the Jews, because it is not right to talk like that. We see this. God is passing over their iniquity. He is passing over their transgressions as we look at it here.) He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; (Subdue them, catch them. He is going to catch them, do away with them, the iniquities they have.) and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” In other words, He is going to put them so deep to where they will not be found. That is the way God is. That is how good God is. Whenever we acknowledge our sin and we come before Him, He is such a good God that He just takes it and wipes it away as though it had never been. Whenever we begin to think upon that, about our past and all, that God has forgiven us, He has put it away from you. It is the devil that comes along and says you are guilty, because he wants to put that shadow upon you. But the Bible says to resist the devil and he will flee from you. So, it takes some resistance. “Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.” He told them that He would take it away, but they did not understand, because they thought that God was a mean God. You see these Jews as they pray, they have the little skull cap on, or the rabbis have the hats on. Do you know why they do that? Because they do not think you can approach God, so they wear that on their head because they do not believe you can approach God. But what did Paul say? He said, men, pray with your heads uncovered. What He did, He brought light down on the head of man that he might be able to see and understand scriptures, to where he can walk in the way of the Lord without fear. It says fear God and keep His commandments, but that is not something we walk around afraid of. This is a godly fear that He puts upon us, that we do not want to do things that are wrong, it is taken away from us. Whenever we walk up and down the street, wherever we are, we are not turning aside to go into these side shows. These are side shows that man loves, the world loves. They can get on us if we do not watch. I know Bro. Branham told about a woman that was a dancer. She loved music, she loved dancing. But God delivered her from that. One day she was walking down the street and she heard music. She stopped to listen, then listened a little more, before long she was inside there during that thing. Because it was something that needed to be dealt with more. What did the scripture say about the sin that so easily besets you? That is something that came, maybe from your youth, from that time up until this time. But the thing about it is, God is a deliverer. He will not let His people walk in that always. He will take it away, He will take it out. We do not have to walk in iniquity, we do not have to walk in something the devil would place upon us. Why? Because we are children of the Most High. We are looking for the Lord to come again.
Cast into The Lake of Fire
I am going to look at something else next. It has to do with the end of the age, as well as the judgment that is to come. Let us go to Revelation 19:20-21. “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, (The miracles were military miracles. It was not healing or anything, because you do not see that in there. Go back to the 9th chapter, you see people desire to die and God will not let them die. But here you see, talking about miracles before him….) with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, (See? With these miracles of military might, claiming to be God. Now he is being shown up. Them that had received the mark of the beast…) and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” When does this happen? It happens at the beginning of the Millennium, at the last judgment just before the Millennium starts, that is when this all takes place. As Bro. Jackson went over it, when it says the beast, that is talking about the European beast, which goes all the way. I think there are twenty-seven nations now, but there are ten of them that are the outstanding among all of them. Cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. These spirits of the beast and the false prophet, not their bodies, their bodies are dead. But their spirits are cast into the lake of fire, which the bodies will be brought in later, of them that have done and worshipped this beast during that dark period. “And the remnant was slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, (That is when Christ comes back in the 19th chapter, with His Bride. Him that sat upon the horse, and the Bride, which are upon horses also.) which sword proceeded out of his mouth: (It goes back to the 11th verse and on down, as we look at it here, and I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns. Many diadems not stacked up crowns. One crown with all these nationalities riveted into that crown, that he has upon his head. The armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, which goes back to the 7th verse. Fine linen, white and clean. 7th verse, Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. To her was granted that she would be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white. The fine linen is the righteousness of saints. So, we see this here. Out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations. He shall rule them with a rod of iron. He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. He had upon his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. So He comes back, but He does not come back alone. He has a vesture dipped in blood, which means it is a sword of His spirit. He defeats the armies there, it is with His word. Because out of His mouth went a sharp two edged sword.) and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
Great White Throne Judgement
Now I have Revelation 20, this links up with the first verses of 21. “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” This will be the Millennial reign for one thousand years. But then there is a period of time after the Millennium. Maybe you did not know that. There is a period of time, because Satan is loosed for a little season between the Millennium and the great white throne judgement. “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” That is the Millennial time. Then after that he does what he is going to for a little short period of time. It is enough time to get an army together that goes against Jerusalem, as you read in the Bible. “And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that (after the thousand years) he must be loosed a little season.” The little season, we do not know how long the little season is. But it is not part of into the thousand years, it is after the thousand years. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls (Who is sitting upon these thrones? I saw thrones. Did not the Bible say that we should judge angels. Paul said that in the 7th chapter. I saw thrones and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them. I saw the souls….) of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, (Which is sitting there as judgment also, because they are looking at the ones that did them harm, that beheaded them and all that, they are looking at that. Them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the word of God, which is Jews and Gentiles.) and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” He goes back to the beginning when Satan is bound the thousand years. He goes back to that time and brings the Millennium up till the time that Satan is released. Here they stand also to judge what has happened during that tribulation time. “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” This is part of the first resurrection. Whenever Jesus rose from the dead up until this point, it was all the first resurrection. They were are all brought together here at the end, their lives are all brought into focus there at the end for the Millennium time. Then you have that other group, which is the sheep people. They never died, but they enter that thousand-year period too. As I read in Zechariah, they had children which still had that trace of the serpent in them. Therefore, they are the ones that rise there at the end to fight against Jerusalem. God then brings about judgment. Their army will not fire a shot. The only war that will be at the end of that is when God’s judgment falls upon that group as they have prepared themselves armament to go against Jerusalem. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: (That is from the beginning to the end. All the resurrected saints from Jesus time, then the Old Testament saints, all the way to the end where the foolish virgins and the Jewish people are raised from the dead. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection….) on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, (See the relationship? Their relationship is different than Bride relationship. The Bride of Jesus Christ will be kings and priests. But these are priests because they are going to do judgment right at the end. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection, on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ….) and shall reign with him a thousand years.” They are going to reign too for a thousand years in a lower level of leadership. Because what is the marriage supper of the Lamb? It is the learning process. We are feasting, Jesus said, sup with me, and I with you. It is a learning process of being able to ingest, just like you would food. I do not know if there will be food there or not. I do not know that, but the thing about it is as Bro. Jackson said, you can eat, or you do not have to eat. Jesus ate whenever He was raised from the dead to prove himself to be alive. Because He asked them, do you have any broiled fish here? Then He cooked some on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. We see these things. “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog.” I have gone over that before. Gog is the ruler of Russia. Magog is Russia itself. So why does he bring this in? Because this life is prolonged for a season. It will not be Russia then, but it is going to be that same ungodly belief. Because they will be atheists. That is what Russia is, an atheist country. As far as Russia is concerned, they are going to be destroyed, except for maybe a few righteous people. They are going to be destroyed there in Ezekiel 38 and 39, to where only a sixth part of them will go back to their own country. Let me read the 10th verse. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” See? To us, there will be no night, there will only be day. Because what our vision is now, we see in the daytime, we do not have night vision. We see in the daytime, but God is going to make it to where we will not need the sun or the moon, or anything like that. Because God is our light. We see ourselves in that. When we look at this here, the devil is going to be the first one to be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are already from the beginning. So, the lake of fire is already here, it just has to be changed. Because he receives his doom first. It said day and night for ever and ever, for a long period of time he will be in that. As I said the other day, the life of God gave life to everything. Satan, as he was referred to as Lucifer, was once a righteous angel. God gave him his life. God gave every evil person life. But that life is going to be taken away. It said for ever and ever, which is a period. One day in that Eternal Age, it will all just be dissolved. Every thought of man, everything of man, everything that the devil has put into the hearts of people, as he became a liar in the very beginning, we find he will be annihilated. The spirit, which is God’s life, that every one of us has, that is not eternal life. But you have eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ, which makes you a part of God. His life is in us. “And I saw a great white throne, (This happens after the devil is cast in there. I saw a great white throne…) and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.” In other words, the spirit of man, it is not the heaven and the earth leaving. That devilish deceiving spirit that has covered the earth and the heavens, will be done away with. It does not mean the physical is gone. “And I saw the dead, small and great, (Who is he seeing here? He is not seeing Bride saints, he is not seeing foolish virgins, he is not seeing the sheep people or those that have been born during the Millennium, he is not seeing them as in the judgment. You can’t read it in there. I saw the dead, who does he see? The dead at that time will be unrighteous people. When you come to the end of the Millennium, every dead person will be a part of the judgment. I saw the dead, small and great….) stand before God; (They are resurrected, their bodies come forth out of the ground, out of the sea, wherever they are placed, out of hell, their lives come out of hell to be united with their bodies, natural bodied people because God is going to judge them. He is going to judge those in the middle of the week on from there, for the three and half years, He is going to judge them by what the foolish virgins have seen, and the Jews. The dead, small and great, stand before God….) and the books were opened: (the books opened is for evil mankind, books. We find that in the 7th chapter of Daniel. I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened. This is not the book of life.) and another book (not books, another book…) was opened, which is the book of life: (Now who does this pertain to? The book of life pertains to those live people that have gone through that thousand-year period. We have already been a part of the book. See? We are not standing in judgment. God judges us from day to day. We will be judged according to our works, but it does not mean we are going to hell. It will mean what position we have. Another book was opened which is the book of life…) and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, (not book – not the book of life. He is raising dead people which will go into the lake of fire after their judgement. There are not bodies today in the lake of fire. There are no bodies in there. There are spirits in there. Listen to it. The dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books…) according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; (The sea, those rotten bodies that have been eaten by fish, by all the other things. But God knows where they are at. David said, if I make my bed in hell, Thou art there. If I make my bed in the dead of night, He is still there. The sea gave up the dead which were in it….) and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: (Now what is he saying? The sea gave up the dead which were in it, which is bodies. And death, which is the grave. And hell, which is the spirits. See? What he is doing, he is bringing all this together to unite spirit and body. Death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them….) and they were judged every man according to their works.”
Why does he say that? According to the way he has lived his life. To resist truth today is worse than being a drunkard. All of death is standing there, all of hell was standing there. He does not mention the sea anymore. He just mentions death and hell “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” They have already suffered the first death. Now it goes from there unto where the body and the spirit of that person, not the spirit of God, God gave them life, but that is not the spirit of God, because you receive that. Are you understanding anything I am saying? “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life (the life we are talking about now, the book of life, that is the real thing. Whenever it is judged here, those who lived through the millennium and were in the book of life go on to live in the eternal age. Some of them did not live all the way through the millennium. But whosoever was not found written in the book of life….) was cast into the lake of fire.” No wonder the denominational world does not want to talk about the book of Revelation. No wonder it is a riddle to them, because they have no spiritual leadership. Now we will go on to chapter 21. “And I saw a new heaven (Now this is all a part of this, as he is seeing this, I saw a new heaven, which jumps on beyond the Millennium. I saw a new heaven…) and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” See? That is what puts it in relationship to the Eternal Age. The water that is in the earth, in the oceans of the earth is taken back up where it was into the atmosphere, where it becomes something to regulate the weather from year to year, from time to time. There will always be summer and winter.
The Tabernacle of God is With Men
Now here John goes to another subject. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” The holy city is the Bride people. But then he goes right back to his subject after he has put this one part in there and says, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; (I used to look at that as the Millennium. No, that is the end of the age whenever all these people come against the Lord, then you are going to have the sheep people and those that are born to them, that they have had families ripped apart, all of this that has followed the wrong thing. They are going to see their lives snuffed out. There will be no more tears. See? He wipes away all tears from their eyes….) and there shall be no more death, (See? He goes into that Eternal Age with that. Because this is talking about the final judgment. There will be no more death. It has already happened, it is already gone. That judgment has already happened. There will be no more death….) neither sorrow, nor crying, (These people have been sorrowful and crying because of their loved ones that have followed that beast-like spirit, Satan.) neither shall there be any more pain: (People are still in pain in the Millennium, the natural body. Because the Millennium is getting ready for the Eternal Age. The earth is getting ready, everything, new heaven, new earth.) for the former things are passed away.” All of this is wiped out. Whenever this happens, everything, every thought of what made someone cry, someone with tears, someone with bitterness, someone with pain, will be passed away. That is not for the Bride, she is already with the Lord. “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. (Like it or not. There will be no more crooked senate and congress. We are going to get rid of these crooks. He said, it is done…) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” He does it now, as we read this morning. He does it now, and He will right on through the Millennium. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; (All things, that is worth more than a billion dollars. There will be no more poor. There will be a lot of rich people, riches in the grace of God, the blessings of God. He is going to make sure there is plenty of that.) and I will be his God, (He is talking about the Eternal Age there. I will be his God…) and he shall be my son.” He is speaking good for us. As I read, as Paul said, oh the goodness and the severity of God. For all the saints there is goodness, for the others it is severity. Now this ends the period of time we are talking about because this verse tells you, then you go from that into the 9th chapter, which is the Bride, and you end up back in the Eternal Age when you get down to the bottom. “But the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” See? He goes back to chapter 20, the second death, which he is explaining here on the end. This is God’s word, this is not mine. I did not write it. The only thing I can do is bring out just what he is saying, by the grace of God. I am nothing. Do not think I am any kind of big prophet or something. I am just a little hillbilly from down in Kentucky. Whenever I was a boy, I went barefooted all summer because I did not have shoes to wear. Do not feel sorry for me, because everybody else was that way.I could go further than this, but I will stop there. It has been a pleasure to speak to you. I love you, may God bless you and think about what I have said in this message.
This concludes this series.