Preached on May 24, 2020 – pm
We pick up here with the remainder of the May 24th PM Service.
“But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can show me the interpretation thereof.” He wanted the interpretation too. He just was not wanting to know the dream. He wanted somebody who could tell him something. “The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can show the king’s matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other than can show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” This shows how far they had gone. This is the part of the world that Abraham came from. You can see why God brought him out and put him into the land of Canaan, because of their false religious ideas. I know they do not like it, but God made this nation a place to where man could come and worship God according to the dictates of his conscience. But now they are wanting to take that away and put it in the hands of a few that do not know anything about God, and to take away the rights of the Christian people. It is not going to work. Christians have worshipped God even if it had to be in a barn, or in some other place. As it is in Iran now, there are more people turning to Christianity than ever before, especially in Elam. This is where Daniel would up when he was in Persia, it was Elam. In Elam today people are having visions of Christ. It seemed to be the only place in Iran that ever knew anything about God. Because this is where Daniel came from, after he was taken from Ur of the Chaldeans, he is taken to Elam. They are having visions. They are having experiences with God. Brothers and sisters, you can have an experience with God. Humble yourself and pray. He will give you that answer because He is good. “For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows (which were the three Hebrew children) to be slain.” What I like about this, Daniel was not disturbed. Listen to his answer. He is not disturbed by what the king has said. “Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king’s guard, which was gone forty to slay the wise men of Babylon: He answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.” See? Daniel did not even know what it was. “Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, (This is the request, give me a little time. They were ready to kill them right then. He is not shook up. He is not shook up by the authority even though he is in a strange country. This is not his country. What do I point out?
Daniel as being such a person as this? It is because he knew God. He did not know Him in the way of having the Holy Ghost, but he knew Him in a way that he worshipped Him, that he served God. He knew him in that way. God was very good to him. Daniel went in and desired of the king that he would give him time…) and that he would show the king the interpretation. Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons; he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.” He is talking of us if you can get it. “He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” God is light. “I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast give me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.” He is talking to his three brethren there, the three Hebrew children, made known unto us. “Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him, Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will show unto the king the interpretation.” This is where it gets good. There is something here that is being said that no man knows, only God knows, and He revealed it unto a man that he could trust. God revealed His truth unto a prophet that He could trust, that would stick with it. He revealed it unto Bro. Jackson, what was the truth about the things that were going on, such as church order and so on. Whenever this was shown to him about church order, Bro. Jackson did not get behind the pulpit and brag about it, I know what it is. No, he got in front of the pulpit on the floor and said, I will not even stand behind the pulpit, but Faith Assembly cannot go along with church order, but as long as I am in the Tabernacle, we will obey the church order. If that is not fair, I do not know what could be fair. Because of the stands that were made during that time, we still have a Faith Assembly. I am glad it was named Faith Assembly, because that is what it is built on, faith, and we assemble together. “Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation. The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?” Daniel did not say, oh yes king, I can do that. He was going to introduce him to somebody. He is going to introduce him to somebody that knows secrets. The magicians and soothsayers had already said, this is not made known to the flesh of man. God is proving us in this hour. He is putting a check mark across each thing that we are going through. This is accomplished. He will do that as long as this thing goes on, and as long as we are here on this earth, God has a lot of check marks for us. We are not getting a star put on a little board beside our name. Our stars are in heaven. Daniel was not bragging on himself; he is bragging on the God that he knew. “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show unto the king.” No. The soothsayers, the Clinton’s, Bill and Hillary, the soothsayers of this nation that have dragged it down to where it is right now. It did not just come in one day. It took time. They have brought it down to a lower level, a lower level, and another lower level, to where it is. After Reagan left office, then it was a free for all. “But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy heard upon thy bed, are these; as for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.” This is not the answer yet. He is making an introduction to what he has seen upon his bed. “Thou, O king, sawest, and beheld a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.” Now he begins to talk about the last days. “This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.” He sees it all the way down through the Roman kingdom, all the way down through the popes. The reason it is mentioned that way, the head of gold, is because he is the one that really recognizes that God has made him to recognize who he is. He spent seven years in the field before he would recognize God. He spent seven years in the field with the beasts of the earth, a man taken down over night, to spend that length of time to learn who he was. There are going to be some people in America one of these days, recognize who they are, and they are going to come short before God, because of thinking that they are smart. The Democrats are trying to run a man that they have to keep in the basement, because every time he gets out, he makes a mess. He is just a figurehead for them. But he is not a good one, they cannot let him out. If he speaks for five minutes, he has made five mistakes. He is trying to tell how to help out the farmers and it never did make a bit of sense, so they keep him in the basement where he cannot talk. He is chained up there, every once in a while, they let him out to speak. I am not just making fun tonight, that is the truth. They have somebody that is mixed up in their head trying to run for president, because they are not satisfied with the man, but he is a figure head, that they think can beat Trump. I do not know if he will or not, but I know there are people trying to take over this government and run it the way they want to. It is not going to work. This nation was not created for that. This nation is not a Godly nation tonight, even though there are so many big mega churches, it is not a Godly nation, but it started out to be that. According to George Washington’s vision, it will wind up to be that again. He is explaining here exactly what it is. He goes down to the iron, the legs of iron, the feet part of iron and part clay. That is talking about the Caesars, the iron that it starts out to be. Then the two legs are the two kingdoms that Constantine made out of it, which would have been Constantinople and Rome. Whenever you get to the feet which are part iron, but the rest if miry clay because it is run by some ungodly man, which makes the decisions who will be the governor or whatever. You have ten toes which are ten nations. I want to read on here. “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, (That is what I am looking for, the stone that was cut out without hands. It was not human hands that brought Christ into the world, it was God. He became a rock of offence, the stone the builders rejected.) which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.” That is the last part of that fourth kingdom. It goes all the way to the feet, which will happen in Revelation 17. This ends it. “Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; (Just nothing) and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” Which will include the Bride of Christ. We are looking at the future in this, all seen by a man that was not a believer in God at the time. But God is going to make him a believer. God does not bow to anybody. He does not have to bow to the whims of anyone, because He is God, and He stands alone. There is no use of us dreading the future because God has the future in hand. The stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth, that is yet to come. That will be when the Bride of Christ will reign with the Bridegroom. The Law goes forth from Jerusalem, that new Jerusalem. There are two Jerusalem’s, one natural, and one spiritual. The natural Jerusalem will rule over Israel, the spiritual Jerusalem will fill the whole earth, which will be the Bride of Jesus Christ. We will not have to wait for an answer, it will come immediately before we even think it will come, because it will be an instant-gram from headquarters, the order comes, it is transmitted unto us. We are not there now, but we are headed there. We have brothers and sisters that have gone on before, one of these days they will rise to do their part in that kingdom, because the dead in Christ will rise first. The scripture says we that are alive and remain, God knows who is going to be alive and remain. “This is the dream; (That is what Daniel said to the king, this is the dream. He was sure of it.) and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.” He was including his brethren, we will. “Thou, O king, art a king of kings: (He is not buttering him up, he is just telling him his position, because he is the king of the known what at that time. It did not reach to Medo-Persia, it did not reach to Alexander the Great, but it covered the middle east all the way into Israel. His kingdom covered that. That was as far as the kingdom went at that time. That was God’s working during that time. Thou art the king of kings…) for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, (Remember what I said earlier, God gave him that. It was not because he was righteous, it was not because he was somebody that was to be honored more than what God had caused him to be.) power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.” He is not buttering him up. He is telling him the interpretation. “And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.” Which was Alexander the Great. The other was the Medo-Persia Empire, the second one was. “And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.” To break in pieces, all these words mean something, it shall break in pieces and bruise. I wonder why it would say bruise. Because he is not going to be able to do it all. The God of heaven will take over the kingdom. I have a bruise on my arm right now, I do not know how it got there. But it did not take my arm, did it? God does not mince words. No. “And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; (into the two legs) but there shall be in it of the strength of iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.” That is man’s ideas. “And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.” That is where the bruise comes in. “And whereas thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” Take the ten kingdoms, they could never get along. Germany, France, all of them, they could not get along. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” This is where the stone comes in. It breaks the kingdoms up. “Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that is brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, (See? He still does not know God. He knows somebody spoke to him, but he does not know God because he would not have done what he is doing here, worshipped Daniel…) and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.” How much he was wrong yet. “The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.” He finally acknowledges the God of Daniel did this. But he still cannot get it out of himself to worship man. That is like it was when Bro. Branham talked about the bruised serpent. I remember him talking about it, the bruised serpent, he said he saw this serpent and he shot it. He said it looked like it was mortally wounded. That was his words, it looked like it was mortally wounded. But he said, I saw it crawl off into the water. Immediately I knew what he meant. Water meant people. It went right into the people’s hearts. For a while they were baptizing in his name there in Canada. For a while this all stopped, until he died. This was told in 1965 in the summer meetings, just before he died. That thing flared up more and more all the time after he had died. They were saying, he is coming back. They came to the grave site. I passed by and seen them. They went to the grave site on Easter morning for years. They came to wait and see if he would raise from the dead. There they stood with long beards, they looked like the Amish. They would sing, only believe, only believe. They even had a sign put up on Jerry’s Restaurant in Jeffersonville, come and see William Branham. They would come to their conventions, just to play a tape. If they would have put enough faith in God to know what they were doing, their faith would have worked. But what they were doing was not. He said over and over and over, again and again, if you do not believe what I am saying, whenever I am gone, then dig up the cornerstone. The day of the funeral, I went down by the Tabernacle. They had jack hammers out there digging up the cornerstone. I remembered those words, if you do not believe what I say, dig up the cornerstone. Somebody did not believe, did they? Somebody had the same spirit on them that Nebuchadnezzar did. In the last day they will come saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many. This move that started out under the hand of God has got so many people fooled today. They are wandering in darkness because they did not see the light. Sure, they all have long hair, they still dress like Christian people. At the Jeffersonville post office, there was always somebody there passing out tracts or something. I came out of the post office as this woman was going in and she said, Bro. Branham gave us a beautiful day, did not he? That was a few years ago. “Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.” Here he is, still a teenager, still a boy. Yet God gave him a head of a man, a strong man. “Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.” If you sat in the gate of that king at that time, it meant you were a ruler. The same thing happened to him that happened to Joseph. But our Joseph, one of these days, is going to take us to a place where we are going to rule and reign, not because we think we are worthy, but we know who is worthy. We know the God of heaven will make us worthy. I remember Bro. Jackson preaching a sermon, this was before I started coming here, Bro. Branham was still living. He preached about this 3rd chapter and who this statue was of. He said the statue was made of Daniel. Bro. Branham heard of it, and he said, that was the truth. While Bro. Branham was still living, Bro. Branham preached the 13th chapter of Matthew, that this is the seventh church age. Bro. Branham recognized it and said, that is the truth. God has just stacked one part upon another, just keeps on building. He is building his temple. Know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God. We have nothing to hand our head about tonight. We may have heartaches, we may have trials, we may have tests. They are hurtful things. These are hard things that have been put upon some, but God knows about it. God has everything in place. He knows exactly what He is doing. He said, I will never leave you or forsake you. What a great privilege it is to serve God in this hour of time that we are living in. Prayer
Preached on May 31, 2020 – am
The unrest that is going on now in the nation, it is a very troubling time that we are in, but God is good all the time. We thank and praise Him for His wonderful grace and truth that He has given to us, for the time and opportunity that we have. I have been on this subject for some time now. I hope before too long that I will really get into the main part of it, where I want to go to. I am just kind of building up to it. But there are things that have been going on with the virus and such things that are taking part of our time. The riots and things that are going on, during all the talk about the riots, we have just gone through the plague, I will not say we have gone through it, but we are still going through it, they were showing Pakistan and all the grasshoppers eating up everything. Of course they do not have the means we have here in this country to be able to spray them, but they were trying to fight them off with sticks and whatever they had. It always seems that whenever judgment came, that God always sent what they call locusts, but we call them grasshoppers. They hop from one grass to another until it is all destroyed, everything in their way. It showed fields of locusts that were stripping everything those poor people had. But it goes all the way back to the governmental leaders. Because they have not really been leaders, they have just been people that would rather be somebody to have control over somebody than to be a leader. We see the riots and things that are going on here in America today. When one man dies, all this takes place. I am not taking up for that, because the man should never have been killed in that way, nobody should. But if they went into the inner city of some of these places that are now protesting, they would see a whole lot more killing than one man, every weekend, and every day through the week. This is going on even in Louisville, the killings go on there and nobody protests that. I know there are some bad policemen out there, I know there are a few. But you have a lot of good policemen, now they are burning the cars that taxpayers have out money for, to try and keep things in check. I still have to say the main part of the American police force are good people. They are just in a bad situation right now. To burn police cars and all this rioting, one person in Louisville that they talked to while the rioting was going on, this asked this person where they were from. They said, Canada. They are talking about these people being paid to come in from other places to start the riots, to tear up and all such stuff. It showed one Target store, these two men had a 65-inch television, taking it out of the Target store, carrying it right down the street. You can never make anything like that right. You can never make anything right about people breaking windows, tearing up stuff. They even had crow bars, breaking into places you cannot go in. They took crow bars, sticks, anything they could, just tearing up. Because this is a day of violence, just like the Bible said, violence would fill the earth like it was in the days of Noah. We see that this morning. We see the poor people in Africa, many have lost everything. Then the locusts came in there too, to take what little they had. This is a part of the last day that we are living in. It said there would be famines. Whenever you grow a crop, then locusts come in and take it over, that is famine. It does not have to be a drought. It can come in many ways. After all this happens here in the United States, what are they going to expect the taxpayers to do? go on and pay for it? One hundred and seventy buildings were set on fire in Minneapolis the other night. One hundred and seventy buildings. There was a man back in 1999, I believe it was, that prophesied that New York would have a thousand fires at one time. That would be very easy right now to have that many fires. One hundred and seventy buildings were looted, fires set to them, along with police cars. All this stuff that is going on, this nation is at a boiling point this morning. We see the people that have worked to try and build up the nation, then you see the ones being paid by certain men, you would not have to look very far to know who is paying them. Some of these men with billions of dollars are paying for these rioters to come in and tear up, pillage, and cause all the havoc to be going on. There is no way it can be justified. There is no way they can do anything to make it be justified. I know a man died, but most of them are not out there because of that, they are out there to cause trouble. Even the mayor of Atlanta was telling about it, she was telling the police to do whatever they had to do, go ahead and do it. She is a black woman. She told the police to do whatever they had to, to quell this thing. You see people of different colors are not agreeing with that. A lot of this pillage is in some of the places where people have opened up businesses, black and white, Indian, and also others are losing their businesses. All of this is going on just because somebody wants to tear up something, break up something, steal something. One restaurant owner, they had a bar in it, they were just getting ready to open, the owner was a black couple. They broke into their restaurant and tore it up. The woman was standing there, begging, do not do this, this is our livelihood, this is all we have. They tore it up in front of her. They did not care. When people do this, it is just the spirit of Cain, that is what it is. There is nothing else about it. Just as Cain killed Abel, they are killing whatever they can. In Louisville the other night, when it all started, there were seven people shot. It will not take much to bring war in this country. It will not take much to bring George Washington’s vision about, it is building up to it. Today as I talk about these things for a while, I do not aim to keep dwelling on it, but I realize we are vulnerable here because we are close to I65. We are vulnerable. I am not anxious to go out here and protest, agitate people to the point that they would get angry at us, because we have done nothing. We are not for what is going on, we are not for killing either, no matter what. No matter what goes on, we are not for brutality. We are a people that love peace, but we are a people that believe we should take care of ourselves also. You can take that for what I mean. We thank God this morning for His goodness to us. I have scriptures I want to go into. Also I want to go back to one of the older scriptures, which would be Revelation 17, in a little while. But from the time of Isaiah on through the prophets, through Micah, go to Zephaniah, and go to Zechariah and them, they are talking about Jerusalem and about the Judaean Jews, Judah, I should say. But from Isaiah on through Amos, Hosea, right on down the line, but Daniel is a book that talks about Judah when she is carried away. So does Jeremiah. But in Isaiah, you skip to Amos, go to Hosea, to the smaller books of the Bible, all the way until you get past Micah, this is all talking about Israel as a whole, going to be carried away. As I went over last Sunday about Daniel, Daniel was a part of it when they were carried away. He was a Judaean Jew, carried away with the rest of them when they were taken to Babylon. There were two different things, Israel, at the beginning, Samaria, which was their capital, from there back we find that Israel is talking about the ten northern tribes. But then you come to these others I just mentioned, Daniel and Zephaniah, Zechariah, different books there, is all talking about the Judaean Jews. There was a separation in them, like a hundred- and fifty-years difference in the times that they were carried away. But Israel as a whole was carried into Assyria. Judah and Simon and so on were carried away into Babylon. There is a difference in it all. I have Judges 21st chapter listed here, I have not talked about it yet, but I plan on getting to it. I want to go to the book of Joel. Joel is talking about what is going to come. I remember Bro. Jackson going over that, the first verses of that 1st chapter is what he dealt with when he was talking about this. I had no idea of what it all meant until he brought it out. Really, he was talking about the Jews that were carried into Babylon. We find the book of Joel covers a lot of time, from the time of Israel all the way down into the time of the end. As he goes into it, he tells it in detail. Much of it has been recorded in other scriptures, even in the book of Revelation. Joel 1:1, “The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?” He is asking, has this been in your days, or in the days of your fathers. “Tell ye your children of it, (He is giving an introduction here, tell ye your children, because he is prophesying for a time to come. God gave him this in 800 B.C. This was really before Israel, as the ten nations, were carried away. But he is telling the future of Israel and of Judah here. Tell ye your children of it…) and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.” See? He is going a long way into the future here, which is going to happen two hundred years later. That is what he is really talking about. Because it was around 606 or 608 B.C. whenever Judah was carried away. Israel was already gone about one hundred and fifty years before that. “That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hat the caterpillar eaten. Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it is cut off from your mouth. For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.” See? It is going all the way into Judah when it is talking about that. As I said, Bro. Jackson preached that many years ago. He was talking about this really being the same thing that Daniel saw. Daniel saw it in the vision of chapter 7, let us go to that, Daniel 7, for a minute. It is a great thing that God has brought these things to our attention. “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.” Now he goes ahead to tell this, and this is exactly what Bro. Jackson brought out about Joel here, the cankerworm, and all, is represented here in these beasts. “The first was like a lion, (Remember reading, the great lion, the lion’s teeth and so on?) and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, (which was Nebuchadnezzar) and a man’s heart was given to it.” That was under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar, because God took him away for seven years, and he was made to stand like a man after that. Because God showed him who was boss. “And, behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and beheld a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: (which it did do this, it took over. It said under the feet of it, which would have been those iron feet mixed with clay.) and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.” When you go back into the book of Joel there, you will see the cankerworm and all these others, which are representative of the same things. It is not going into them as beasts, it is going into them as insects. Now in the 5th verse, back in Joel chapter 1, “Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it is cut off from your mouth.” In other words, God is taking away their choice wine, which represents the spirit of God in reality. The new wine represents the spirit of God, but it is taken away from their lips, as it says here. “For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.” Here he is talking of the same thing, yet it is in the future. I want to go to the 2nd chapter now. We are looking at this time we are living in, how things have begun to happen. Before God does anything, He always gives us something to remember. He did do something that was unusual for our day, because it had not been done in many hundreds of years, what we saw the last few years in those moons, and all we saw. Because God was trying to show us something that would represent Him to where we would know what time we are living in. We are living in the last days, and God is showing signs of that, to let us know just where we are at in time. As you see the turmoil in the world, it is the world over. This nation today, its climate has changed. You see we are in the end of the summertime. Because fall is setting in, cold weather is coming. I am not talking about right now, I am talking about the nation as a whole this morning, its time has come, the time when everyone that really is a Christian, it will manifest that in our lives to where we are no longer just living for ourselves, but we are living for each other. Anybody that cannot do that, you need to check yourself. If you have faults and things against a brother or sister, you need to get that out of your way, because we are in the time of the end. God knows that. Sometimes we think we know something, when really it is not exactly that way. It can get to most of us if we let it, that we can have imaginations and things that kills the spirit of God in our lives. Because it says submit yourselves one to another. If we cannot do that, then there is something wrong in our lives. I am saying these things to let us realize where we are at in time. Because God is going to take a church away one of these days, but it is not going to take a people away, it will take a church away, but not going to take people that have differences in their lives, things they just cannot get over. It is best that we examine ourselves this morning and know what we are really doing, and how our stand is with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is good to know the Lord, but it is to live for Him after we know Him. That was not in my mind to say that, but I have said it. In the 30th verse of the 2nd chapter, “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, (Remember all of that, but then after you had the blood moons, then you had the sun darkened. I know a lot of you went to the place where it could be seen the best. It did not show up as much around here, it did show up some, but not as much as it did down in Kentucky. Many were able to see a little bit more of it. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood….) before (Before! Remember when that word was spoken before? It was spoken in the book of Malachi, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. That was talking about the Elijah spirit, before the great, the great day was when Jesus was here, when John the Baptist introduced Him. Then before the terrible day would be the day in which we live, when God sent a prophet with the spirit of Elijah upon him. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before…) the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.” Before the great and terrible day. Remember when Jesus was crucified? There was an eclipse of the sun for the space of three hours. Hours does not last that long, but it did there, because God was not going to let His Son hang on a cross naked without closing the window. God pulled down the curtain. But here it says before the great, and then the terrible day of the Lord come. See? It was before that. It was before that when the blood moons came. Then what happened after that? Then things began to loosen up in America. You find that is when they brought the gates of Baal and put them in New York. Then they have taken them to the capital. All of this was under Obama’s watch. Whenever all this happened, what did he do? He took the White House and turned the rainbow colors on it, he turned the lights to where it would be the rainbow colors. I cannot agree with any of that. There is nothing there that I can agree with because it is all of the devil. It is not anything that is good for anyone, it is just as it says in the book of Matthew, and especially in the book of Luke. It talks about how it was in the days of Noah, violence filled the earth, just as it is now. It is all over. It is everywhere. You see what China is doing, how they have rose up and taken over Hong Kong. Now our nation, the Trump team is not going to look at Taiwan like they did before, because China is taking it over. Trump is set very much against China. They always have announced it as China. Trump announces it today as Communist China. That is what it is, Communist China. Under Communism, which the world today, the part of the world that is under that, look at Cuba, look at China. Nothing but oppression, nothing but deception. I heard a thing about five years ago, it said that Putin was probably the richest man in the world. It all goes into the headship of those countries, nothing goes out. Communism was supposed to be a common law to where everybody would be equal. But it is not, it is just a farce. It is something that is glazed over and will not let you really see the real part of it. There are people, even Bernie Sanders, as he has tried to run for president, he had his honeymoon in Russia, him, and his wife. All these men enter into offices without anything. Even in our government, they enter into offices without anything but come out rich people. How can a man that was a poor man from Chicago raise up to be living in multimillion dollar houses in just a few years of time? Somewhere the books are being covered to where these things will not show. People do not realize what is going on. It says before the great and terrible day, the terrible day is coming. It is coming from the time that Bro. Branham was here, it is coming again at this time. “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: (shall be saved, this is giving an opportunity to have salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is our only hope this morning, the Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever will call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered or saved.) for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, (We are going to see a revival. The ones that are living are going to see a revival. I do not know how long I have, but I am not predicting anything. I am not giving up if that is what you are thinking. I was looking at a phone the other day, this young fellow got to talking and somehow church was mentioned. He said that he was going to college to be a preacher. Bro. Yahraus mentioned that I was the pastor here. He finally came around and asked, when are you going to retire? I said, whenever I die. Do not look for my soon retirement unless the Lord retires me. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered, for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance…) as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.” That remnant of the Jewish people. There are many Jews in Jerusalem and in Israel today, there are up to eight million. But they are not all called, but there has to be a certain number there to make up for the ones that will be called. It is like the Gentile world, there are not many Gentiles today, but God has given us grace among all this, because we have been called into something. “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, (What days is he talking about? He is talking about our days. He did not limit it to one day. He said, in those days, and in that time…) when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem.” This is happening now. Up until Trump became president, it was promised all along, Jerusalem is going to be the capital of Israel. All the presidents from the time of Reagan on, promised that Jerusalem would be the capital, but none of them really went through with it. It would come up every six months, and they would defer it another six months, then another six months, and another six months. But then it came time for that to happen. It was time recognized by the word of the Lord, that it should happen. It was almost at the end of the year when it did happen, but it did happen in that year. So we are living in a time of the Bible today, in the time of the last days. It is time for us to sharper up and get our thoughts upon something that is eternal. I know we have to live here in this world. You have to work, you have to have a job, you have to have a place to live. But this is not our final resting place. We get our rest whenever we get into the Millennium, this is our final rest. But one rest comes when we receive the Holy Ghost. That was the rest for the children of Israel, but they never did receive it. Because when their Messiah came, they were looking for something else. Take the religious leaders today, they are looking for something else. The religious leaders in this nation here are looking for something else. Most of them in these mega-churches are looking for the riches to come now. They are not really looking beyond the time we are living in, because they do not preach about it. My dad was Sunday school superintendent for sixty years in the church he went to. But he would always end the service with the statement, there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. Of course the preachers got mad about that and began to mumble. My dad asked him, are you talking about me? My dad was already close to ninety years old. The preacher said, yes. My dad let him have it. The preacher was mumbling to himself and some others, my dad found out about it. He was just that type person, he was a good man, but you did not talk about him behind his back. “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, (That is yet to come. That is the Megiddo valley, the valley of Jehoshaphat.) and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, (Is God going to stand there and get them, please? No. His pleading is all over when that time comes. He is going to judge them there; Revelation 16 will tell you that. He is going to judge them there.) whom they have scattered among the nations, (Listen to how straight that is, they were scattered among the nations.) and parted my land.” How much time have they spent on a petition? Even now they are talking about it. But what they have there is not going to work. The Palestinians are not going to accept it. They give them an opportunity. President Clinton and Arafat came to the table at that time to part it to the Palestinians, and then Arafat backed out. Why did he back out? He was afraid he was going to be killed. That was the reason for it. He was afraid they would kill him if he did that. Abbas is not going to give in. They have parted the land. God, when He talks about Israel, He said my land. It has always been that, God gave it to Abraham by promise. Abraham was a promised seed of God. God will let them talk. But Israel has to have their land back. Those that are standing against them, those that are in their presence now, what is going to happen to them? They are going to be driven far away, as it says. It is not going to stand, there is nothing going to stand there at this time. We are living that day; we are living in the last day. They have been scattered among the nations and parted my land. In the 36th chapter of Ezekiel, he talks about the land first, then he talks about the Jews. Half of it is about the land, about His land. If Israel does not have their land, they are no nation. In 1945 and 1946, when the U.N. came into focus, when it was first born in 1945, I remember Bro. Jackson talking about it. He came home from the army on a train, they were given some pamphlets on that. As he read that, even though he was not a Christian at that time, he thought, this is not going to work. He knew enough about the Bible to know that what they were planning was not going to work. They were saying, this was the last war, there will be no more wars, we have the U.N. The U.N. was going to settle all these differences. The U.N. never settled anything. The only thing they settled was that they took money. That is the way with the World Health Organization. I am glad Trump is getting out of that thing. We are spending over two hundred million dollars on an organization that is run by Communist China. It is run by China, but they only give forty million, we give two hundred and some million, but China is running the thing. Somebody mentioned to me about this man that stands out with Trump all the time, Dr. Fauci. He will just go a certain way and that is all he will do. Do you know why? Because he has a grant from China of seven million dollars. He is not going to go along with Trump. The woman that stands there with them, whenever this happens, she said there are not as many people that have died as they are saying there is. She said, there is twenty percent less than what has been reported as dying and twenty percent less that have it. But they want to inflate the numbers and make it look bad. They want to elect a man from his basement. This is not a campaign speech, but brothers and sisters, somebody that cannot get out and talk without messing up, does not need to be president of the United States. But he may be elected, then what will we have? Here is what has happened to the Jewish people in times past. “And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.” Eat, drink and be merry. That is what is going on today. These people that are marching today, if they were not marching, they would be on a beach some place, barely dressed. We live in an evil time, as it was in the days of Noah, as it was in the days of Sodom. We are here. America’s days of plenty, American’s days of fun, America’s days of rioting is about ready to come to an end, according to George Washington’s vision. It is about over. God is getting angry. Whenever they get to where they will not let you run a business without tearing it up, pillaging, stealing, I say, send in the National Guard and put a stop to this stuff. Let peaceful people live in peace. If they want to riot, tear up and kill, all this stuff they are doing, let them do it to one another. “Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? Will ye render me a recompence? And if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head.” We are getting to the point in the Bible where God said He would laugh at people’s calamities. If you go into the inner part of these big cities, there is danger and harm. God is angry here. “Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, (It is His, He put it in the earth. He put it in the earth to be used. Gold mines and silver mines, it has not all been discovered. It is going to take a lot of gold and silver to build that temple. Bro. Jackson always said, it is going to be more beautiful than Solomon’s temple. He said, every level of it, there is an upgrade on it, which the Bible speaks of in the 60th chapter of Isaiah. Ye have taken my silver and my gold…) and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things.” Preachers do great things now; they want to be noticed. I saw one church a few years ago, they had a place where you walk in, there was a million aquarium over the door, with fish swimming back and forth, through the entrance as you walked in. The preacher said, I do not want to upset anybody, I want to welcome everybody, I do not want to upset anyone. That is the way it is. They do not want to upset the devil. “The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.” They have a border that God set up, and you have squatters on that border, inside it. If you want to know where the border is, look at David’s war, where he went all the way from the river Egypt, all the way up to the Euphrates River. Three tribes were on the other side of Jordan. So Amman Jordan, as it is called today, that really belongs to Israel. “Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head: And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: (In other words, they are going to remove them.) for the Lord hath spoken it.” These people there on the land of Israel are squatters. The U.N. is such a great place and they do not even recognize Israel, they say that is Palestine. There is no such thing as a Palestinian nation in the time of the Bible. Never. There will not be one in the Millennium, and there will not be one before the Millennium. Because there is a revival to take place in Israel. “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, (That is what they are doing now. Read it right here, it is right here before your eyes. Prepare war…) wake up the mighty men, (the mighty nations, wake them up. Europe has to wake up. They have to have an army. Those ten nations, they have to wake up to need an army, because something, somewhere, is going to happen in this nation to bring us home, to bring our troops home. Trump has already talked about it. This was something that Bro. Jackson preached thirty years ago, or longer. Our armies have to come home. Something is going to draw them home. Take what is going on right now, they are talking about bringing the troops out. They showed the blisters on someone who had been hit by a rubber bullet. Before it over with it will be more than rubber bullets. I am not talking about among the saints of God. This thing is coming to a boiling point. Proclaim among the Gentiles, prepare war, wake up the might men…) let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, (These nations that do not have armies are going to have them.) and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak
say, I am strong.” North Korea, China, India, they are all beginning to flex their muscles, we are strong. China is threatening the world, we are going to take over. They are boasting because they have something to do. They are just going to end up in the valley of Jehoshaphat. “Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: (That is the last war.) for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.” That includes around about Israel. “Put ye in the sickle, (That is talking about the end of it, when you put in the sickle, that is the end of the harvest.) for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” He is talking about that war that will take place in the valley of Jehoshaphat, or the Megiddo valley. “The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, (What is he talking about when he says, roar out of Zion? He is talking about an earthquake.) and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: (See” The earthquake.) but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” He goes on to tell that the waters will flow out of Zion, the same thing that Ezekiel talks about, the same thing that Zechariah talks about. Brothers and sisters, we are near the time of harvest. We are in the time of getting ready. It is time to praise the Lord. It is time that we awake for the day of the Lord is near. It is time that we get some place where we can look to the Lord and seek Him without interruption. Ask Him for forgiveness, for help, for this is the day of the Lord. Let righteousness and right feelings and all this come forth out of our inner belly. They talk about what we eat, it goes into your stomach and that is where decisions are made, inside your stomach, of what is going to happen to you in your body. The inner being of our soul is down in here. Then we make our decisions with our head, our head is Christ. Let us pray.
To be continued next issue.…