It is Finished

It is Finished!

John 19: 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Salvation is a Finished Work
Salvation is a Finished Work of the Lord Jesus

It may seem like an odd scripture with Christmas approaching; more like an Easter message. But for a Christian every day is Christmas and every day is Easter.

The Carnal man will look upon this scripture, and the context of it, and say that Jesus had fulfilled the final prophecies of his life, and said it was done, and died. While this is true, there is a far deeper spiritual meaning to what he said. What exactly was finished?

What did he come to accomplish? There are lots of ways to take this line of thinking. But this is the direction that the Lord put on my heart for today.

Matthew 5: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

The first thing we see is that the Lord Jesus came to fulfill the law. Now in every law there are two distinct components. First there is a commandment, a do, or do not part. Second there is a penalty for transgression of the first part. Most people don’t realize this. That is why they do not understand how Jesus could fulfill the law. He did not change the do, do not part. He simply took the penalty for it upon himself. For example:

Exodus 21:12 12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

There are two distinct parts. 1) if you hit someone and they die, and 2) you shall be put to death. Jesus fulfilled this law. Does that mean you are now allowed to hit someone and kill them? NO! It means that Jesus took the penalty upon himself. If you had killed someone, and you repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, then Jesus Christ took the penalty of death upon himself at the Cross of Calvary. This does not give us license to sin, it justifies us from our sin. Big difference. They are completely different ideas.

Romans 6: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Jesus Christ took the penalty of the law upon himself. The commandment is still there. The commandment is still in force. The penalty is still in force as well if we are not under the blood covenant of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ laid down his life and took it back up. We do the same thing in baptism. We lay down our lives with him, crucify our old man, our old nature, with him. The difference is that we do not pick our old lives back up. We pick his life up, or more correctly, his life, the Holy Spirit, picks us up. Then we no longer live, but it is Christ Jesus living in us.

Galatians 5: 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

If ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Therefore the corollary of that is If ye are NOT led by the Spirit, ye ARE under the law. Do you realize what that means? Every single soul that is not under the blood of Jesus Christ, that has not entered into the covenant of the New Testament, is still under the law. The Whole Law!

When they come up in the white throne judgement, they will be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ using the entire letter of the law. They will be held accountable for every single law, every single ordinance in the Old Testament of the Bible.

It is finished! It indeed is. But we still must receive it! If we reject the pardon that was signed by the blood of Jesus Christ, we will be called to answer for every single letter of the Law of Moses.

It is finished! For the children of God, it is finished!

1 Peter 2: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

When were you healed? You and I were healed 2,000 years ago. It is finished!

But do we act that way? Do we act as though it is finished? We have a promise of the Lord. Every single disease, every single sickness, every single ailment we will ever get has already been healed! It is finished.

2 Chronicles 16: 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

Now Asa was not an unbeliever. He had a long history with the Lord, and with the supernatural power and might of the Lord God Jehovah. He also had a promise of the Lord spoken to him by a prophet:

2 Chronicles 15: And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord.

King Asa had the Word of the Lord. The prophet was sent and brought him the message of the hour. Do we have a message? Are we going to trust in the Lord, in the message, in the Word of God?

King Asa saw the Lord deliver him from undefendable odds. And the Lord not only defeated his enemies, he was given 35 years of peace. That is supernatural in any era. Yet after all that, after 35 years of supernatural experiences, after hearing the words of a vindicated prophet, when trouble came, he rejected the way of the Lord and sought the arm of flesh. And it cost him his life.

Why? Because with King Asa, it was not finished!

2 Chronicles 15: 16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. 17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. 18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.

He did run well. He cut down the idols and burnt them. He cast out the idolaters. He was a message believer! He was justified in his day. He was sanctified in his day. He sanctified all of Israel!

BUT, “the high places were not taken away out of Israel”. His new birth was not complete!

Ezekiel 36: 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

The new birth is not a single event. It is several events locked together. It is just like the natural birth. The baby is conceived. We often forget that part in discussing the new birth. The baby is conceived first! How? A seed is planted and the seed grows, and the seed bears fruit. That fruit is the baby.

The first thing that happens in a new birth is the planting of the seed, which is the Word of God. The life in that seed is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 6:63 that “my words are spirit and life”. The first step in the new birth is that someone like you or I, someone who carries the seed, plants it in the heart of the heathen. Big word to use in this politically correct day. We are all heathens once too.

The life in the seed is the Holy Spirit. If we do not have the Holy Spirit, then the seed is dead inside of us. If we do not have the Holy Spirit, then the seed that we plant is a dead seed. That is why we have over 1,000 denominations on earth with 3 Billion people calling themselves Christians, all preaching out of the Bible, and planting DEAD SEED!

2 Corinthians 3: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

If we preach the Word of God without the Holy Spirit, we are planting a DEAD SEED, a seed that will rot and kill the host. We will kill people with that dead seed. How can the Word of God bring death?

2 Samuel 6: And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

They were carrying the Word of God, the Ark. They had a good intent. They had no evil or malicious intent in their hearts. David, the King that the Bible says was a man after God’s own heart, led the way. They had musicians out in front. They had a program, a religious program that looked perfect. They had everything lined up but one. The wrong people were handling the Word. The Bible says it must be carried on the left shoulders of the Levites, over their hearts.

And when the Word of God went forth without the Spirit of God, then even the righteous man Uzzah died. Without the Spirit of God, the Seed of God, the Holy Bible, is DEAD.

Without the Holy Spirit, the message of the hour will bring DEATH! It is a dead seed without the life of Christ in it. That is why we have so many churches, preaching the Bible, and yet all they can create is still born babies.

So the new birth starts with the planting of the seed, the live, spirit borne seed. Then the seed germinates. A baby germinates for 40 weeks. Forty is one of God’s special numbers. Moses was on the mountain for 40 days. Jesus fasted for 40 days.

The seed of the Word of God will germinate in the heart, watered by the Holy Spirit. Now the Spirit does not indwell at this point, it anoints. There is a different. Remember Jesus said the Spirit would be with us, AND in us. And is a conjunction. Two separate events.

Then we get to the point where we usually start speaking on the New Birth. First we have Justification, then we have Sanctification, then we receive the Spirit.

1 John 5: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

It is the Spirit that bears witness. Not the letter. The birth is water, blood and spirit. Just like a physical birth, first the water breaks, then the blood, then the baby. So too with the new birth. First the water, the justification in baptism. Then the blood, the sanctification. Then the filling of the Holy Spirit. Three definite steps.

And again the Scripture says here that “the witness of God is greater”. The witness is the Holy Spirit. Our witness without the Holy Spirit, is the witness of men, and it is powerless. It becomes a second had gospel.

Acts 19: 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

These seven men had heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. They had heard the message of the hour from the mouth of the prophet. Not only had they heard the message, they also saw the vindication in signs, wonders and miracles.

But for them it was not finished!

They had the letter, but they did not have the spirit. They came with a second hand gospel. They came quoting the prophet but without the spirit, they simply had the testimony of man. The testimony of God is greater. For the seven men, it was not finished. They had the message, but they did not have the Spirit or the Revelation of the message.

Is it finished for YOU?

We have to make this personal, intensely and completely personal. Do you have the Revelation and the Spirit? Is your new birth complete? Is your faith complete? Only you can answer that.

Are you trusting completely in the Lord today? Asa could not. He had the message. He heard it from the mouth of the prophet. He had 35 years of supernatural experiences with the Lord. Yet it was not finished for him. He did not take away the high places. He did a lot. But he did not do it all.

David, the man after God’s own heart, the anointed King of Israel, did almost everything. He had the musicians. He had all but one thing. He failed to get the Levites to carry the Word. He failed to get the Spirit of God in the picture. He had the letter, but not the word. He was planting a dead seed.

That can happen in our message churches today, and indeed it is happening. It was even happening when Brother Branham was here. He warned of it. He warned of the need for repentance before baptism. He said we are going in dry sinners and coming out wet sinners. He said we were creating still born Christians. It is the same today. Where is the Lord today? We have the message. We have the quotes. We have the music. We have fancy Churches. We have big buildings, great architecture, beautiful interiors, lights and sounds, audio visual systems, professional musicians and singers. We have preachers in $5000 suits.

They are Ox Carts!

The Word of God is not carried in a building, or an organization, or a system, or a program. It is not carried in a denomination. They can only carry the letter, the dead letter.

The Word of the God, the Spirit of God, can only be carried in the hearts of the Christians. The Lord dwells in the hearts of the Bride of Christ, and nowhere else.

Judges 6: And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord because of the Midianites, That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 10 And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. 11 And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

There are a few things to look at here to tie things together. First of they were sent the Prophet. The Prophet told them of all the power of the Lord God vindicating his word and his promises to them over the years. He is telling them that for them it should be finished.

Then we find the angel appearing to Gideon. Gideon responded with a very simply question. If God is with us, where is the supernatural vindication of a living God? Can we say the same today? If the Lord God is in our midst, then we have a healer here. If Jesus Christ is here, then there is deliverance. If there is a living God with us, then there will be supernatural signs, wonders and miracles. If for us it is finished, then we will most certainly have the fruit of it in full blossom.

And the third point, the angel did not say to Gideon that the Lord is with Israel, he said the Lord is with you.

The Lord God is with YOU! Go in thy might. Have I not sent thee?

The Lord God is with YOU Saints of God! 

The only presence of the Lord God Jehovah, the Holy Spirit, is in the hearts of the children of God. He is nowhere else upon the face of the earth, except in you and I. When the rapture comes, it is the Spirit of God leaving this world, and anyone that is filled with that Spirit goes along for the ride. No Holy Spirit equals NO rapture.

Romans 10: 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

How shall they preach except they be sent? They will plant dead seeds! We can preach the gospel, we can quote the message and even perfectly imitate the Prophet’s voice, but without the Spirit, without being SENT, we will plant dead seeds. Our words will simply be the testimony of man and rot in the hearts of the people. It will make them sick and they will spiritually die.

Have I not sent you? Are you sent? Have you all been sent?

Mark 16: 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Go YE into all the world! If you are born again, if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, if for you it is finished, then YOU have been sent. The harvest is ripe, but the labourers are few, and far between.

Is it finished?

Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel unto every creature. Preaching is not reserved for the preachers. There are five ministries from behind the pulpit, but all people are preachers. Even the women! Whoa that shocked someone. There are five pulpit ministries, Evangelist, Prophet, Teacher, Apostle, Pastor. Notice there is no title of “preacher”. We are ALL preachers. We preach the gospel by living it and by testifying of it.

Acts 18: 24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

They expounded to him. We are all supposed to testify. We are all supposed to bring the gospel. We are all supposed to go into all the world and tell every soul we meet of Jesus Christ and what he did for us.

That is not to argue doctrine. NO. We are supposed to introduce people to the Lord Jesus Christ. Tell them what he did for you. Tell them how you got saved. Tell them how you got delivered. Tell them how you got healed. Tell them of the signs, wonders and miracles that you have personally witnessed in your life. Do that. For that is our job as Christians. We are sent to be written epistles read of all men. ALL men. Go into the world by the Spirit of the Lord and let the world read Jesus Christ in you.

Do your neighbors know that you are Christians? Do they know the message of the hour? Have you told them about Jesus Christ? Have you testified to them of the signs, wonders and miracles that the Lord Jesus has worked in your life? Have to testified of salvation, of deliverance, of healing?

How about the people you work with? Does your boss know about Jesus Christ? Your customers? Your vendors? The guy who mops the floors? The receptionist? The forklift driver? You have been sent! Did you think you got that job by accident, or because of your qualifications? The Lord gave you that job, and he gave you that specific job for a specific purpose. You have been sent to them. You are an ambassador of Jesus Christ to them. That is your job.

2 Timothy 4: I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

Preach the Word! Not just in season, but out of season. Preach it where and when it is accepted and welcomed. Preach it where it is hated and rejected. Preach! Reprove. Rebuke. Exhort.

Finish it! If you dare.

Luke 9: 23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

If it is truly finished for us then we will not be ashamed of him. We will have no problem testifying to everyone we meet. We will look for an in, an opportunity to, any opportunity to talk to everyone about the Lord Jesus Christ. We will express God’s opinion in every conversation, on every topic. We will be ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Kingdom of Heaven. We will plant the seed of God, the Word, by the Spirit. And we will do it all day, every day, with every soul.

Is it finished?

If we are ashamed of him, then it certainly is not finished; not for us.

The work is complete. The price has been paid. There is nothing that the Lord God can do for you today because he has already done everything. The atonement is paid. He cannot heal you because he healed you 2000 years ago. He cannot save you because he saved you two millennia ago. You have already been delivered. Your name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world.

It is finished!

The problem is with us. We need to accept it. That is all we have to do. We need to accept it, to believe it and receive it into ourselves. We need to allow it to be finished. That is what the Lord is waiting for. He is waiting for us to attain perfection; for us to allow ourselves to be made perfect. He is waiting for us.

It is finished!

Let it be finished!

Are you sick? Are you waiting for healing? It is Finished!

Are you suffering from oppression? Do you need deliverance? It is Finished!

Do you have financial issues? Do you have work problems? Do you have family problems? Do you have issues that the world says you cannot overcome? Has the doctor written you off? Asa trusted in the doctors. The woman with the blood issue did the same. Then she heard about Jesus. And when she touched the hem of his garment, it was finished!

Blind Bartemaeus begged for his dinner. But when he heard that Jesus was there, it was finished!

It is Finished!

We have the message! We have the gospel. We have the written Bible. We have the fivefold ministry. We have the gifts. We have the fullness.

But is it finished for us, or are we waiting for more? Is there something missing for us? Do we lack? Is there a need that you have, that you know should be finished, but you cannot realize it in your life? Is there a battle that you cannot overcome? Do you feel overwhelmed?

Reach out and touch the hem of his garment. IT IS FINISHED!

Hear Ye Him!

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Hear Ye Him. 

Matthew 17: 1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Hear He Him!
Hear He Him! Listen with your heart in faith.

HEAR YE HIM!

What are we hearing? What are we really hearing? Is it my voice? Is it my words? Was it Matthew’s words? Or was it God’s word? Who are we hearing? Who are we listening to, the messenger, or the one who sent him?

We were given five senses with which to contact the physical world. The flesh profits little, but the spirit gives life. There has been quite a lot of preaching along this line lately, it is for a reason. We have five senses. We see, we feel, we taste, we smell and we hear. We hear with our ears. We hear words with our ears.

But we are also told that we cannot access the Lord God with our five senses. So if we cannot access the Spirit of God with our hearing, how then do we HEAR the word of God? How do we Hear Him? It also begs the question of how do we know what we are hearing? How do we know who we are hearing?

Amos 8: 11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:

The world is covered by churches. There are mega-churches in the US that have tens of thousands of people attending. There are officially 2.2 Billion Christians on earth! That is a full one in three people. Canada boasts 22 Million Christians. If that is correct two out of every three people in Canada is a Christian. The United States claims to have 247 Million Christians. A full 73% of Americans call themselves Christian. The VOG says there are 2 Million Message Believers worldwide.

Well then either the stats are wrong, or the Bible is wrong. The Bible says there would be a famine of hearing the word. Not a slow down, not a little bump, but a FAMINE. A global starvation! The souls of the people are starving to death. The world would no longer HEAR YE HIM. If one third of the world were Christians the world would be a very different place in deed. If two thirds of Canadians and 73% of Americans were Christians we would not have police, fire, ambulances or hospitals. We also would not have any prisons. And we sure wouldn’t have any politics!

So what is happening? What is happening in the world? What is happening in the churches? What is happening in the message? And why is it happening? Why is there a global famine for the Word of God? Why do the churches refuse to HEAR YE HIM?

This did not just happen overnight.

2 Thessalonians 2: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

In Paul’s day it was already working. This started back in the First Church Age. It actually started in Eden and we shall look at that shortly. The “Mystery of Iniquity” was already working in the Ephesus Church Age. And the mystery will continue to work until the end of the world. But we know the mystery for the Lord had revealed it to us through his prophet. Amen! We are not in darkness because we have not failed to HEAR YE HIM.

The famine did not come overnight. But it came in our age. And in came in spite of the things that should have prevented it. This is the promise for us. This is what the Lord had done for us in our day.

Joel 2: 23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. 27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. 28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.

We have both the former rain and the latter rain. What the devil hath devoured the Lord has restored in fullness. Every single word in the Bible is revealed in our day. There are no more secrets. There are no more mysteries. We have everything today. But we are in a starving land. How could this be?

Revelation 10: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

The mysteries are all revealed! Hear Ye Him! So then how can there be a famine in the land when the Lord has restored all that was lost, revealed every mystery and given us the former and the latter rains? Because we are still refusing to Hear Ye Him. There is food everywhere. The Bible is the most printed book in all history. The entire Bible is revealed in our day. We have over 1,100 of the prophet’s messages online. There are a million ways to access the word online in moments. Yet we are starving to death in the greatest spiritual famine the world has ever seen.

We have doctrines. We have dogmas. We have stories. We have traditions. We are too busy listening with our ears, and talking with our mouths. We are not listening with our hearts. We are not listening by Faith. Do you think if the two thirds of Canada that is officially Christian were hearing the Word of God that the country would be in the state that it is in? Do you think there would be homosexual marriage? Do you think that one in four babies conceived would be aborted? Do you think that 50% of marriages would fail in the first six months? Is that the fruit of a Christian Country?

But again, this is not new.

Genesis 3:  1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

The very first sin was failing to Hear Ye Him. They had the word. They had Logos. They had the message of the hour. They had the prophet still with them. Both Eve and the serpent were even quoting him. They had the doctrines perfect. They were quoting the Word of God and their prophet’s message perfectly.

Now let’s take a moment here to look at another facet. How do we know that they failed to Hear Ye Him? We can say when they committed adultery. But that happened after. Remember what we discovered about sin. Sin is unbelief. And because we disbelieve we commit those acts. So we actually sin prior to committing the act.

This one is so subtle that most will miss it completely. Notice in Genesis that the Lord Jehovah is called “God” right up until Genesis 2. At this point he is suddenly referred to as the “Lord God”. The title Lord signifies a relationship. If he is Lord, then he must be Lord over somebody. And he is continued to be called Lord God. Genesis 2 is where the seventh day began and the description of Adam comes in.

Genesis 2: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Man was created in the likeness and image of God. Then the Lord God created a flesh body and man “became” a living soul. He was not created that way. He was created a spirit. And in Genesis 2:7 he “became”, Hebrew word “haya” which means to change state. Spirit Adam Haya, became, changed into flesh man. God was Lord and Adam was servant.

Now we see another change happening.

Genesis 3: 1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

The serpent did not refer to him as the “Lord God” but simply as “God”. The serpent did not have a relationship with him. God was not his Lord. The serpent was outside of any covenant with the Lord God and simply knew him as God. Today if we are not born again of the Spirit of God, we too have no relationship with him.

1 Corinthians 12: Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

Many people get this confused. That is why 73% of Americans think they are Christians. They think that if you can call Jesus the “Lord” then you have the Holy Spirit. No brothers and sisters. The word here is telling us that he is not OUR Lord, we have no relationship with him, unless we have the Holy Spirit. Quite a difference. Someone is not quite sure so let me reassure you with this scripture.

Romans 8: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Without the baptism of the Holy Spirit we do not belong to Christ. Without the new birth we are not Christians! Without the new birth he is NOT our Lord, he is simply God. Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we have no representation in Heaven. And here is where Eve actually sinned. Here is where she stepped out of the relationship with God.

Genesis 3:  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

She was no longer referring to him as the “Lord God” but simply as God. She stepped out of the relationship with the Lord God, and now he was simply God to her, as he was to the serpent. But surely that is enough? Is it?

James 2: 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

The devils believe that there is one God. But they don’t believe in one Lord God.

Eve sinned when she refused to Hear Ye Him. She was still quoting the prophet! She quoted the prophet perfectly. She had the doctrine all lined up without one miss. She probably even spoke it with a Kentucky accent. But she had left the relationship. God was no longer her Lord. She had rejected to Hear Ye Him.

Now let us look at another example of how this happens in a church.

2 Kings 17:  And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the Lord their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the Lord carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger: 12 For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. 14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God. 15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them. 16 And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

They had the Revealed Word of God for the Hour. They had the prophet. They had the scriptures. They had the statutes. Yet they refused to Hear Ye Him. Verse 14 tells us plainly that “they would not hear”. But then it gets insane. They have rejected to hear the Word of God, rejected his ways, yet they have not rejected his name.

2 Kings 17: 32 So they feared the Lord, and made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places.33 They feared the Lord, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.

Now on face value this looks positively insane. They rejected the Word of God, they rejected the Prophet’s message, and yet they “feared the Lord”. But that is no different than today. Those 22 million people in Canada who call themselves Christians have done exactly the same thing. It was in Eden, it was in Israel, it is in Newfoundland. It is in the denominations. It is even in the message! We are refusing to Hear Ye Him.

And it is subtle, so subtle that they do not even realize that they are doing it. That is why they stay religious. That is how they stay religious.

1 Samuel 8: Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

Here we get a little deeper. Samuel was the prophet. He was the man that the Lord God chose to send his word to; the word of the Lord comes to the prophet. He was God’s mouthpiece. He was the messenger. Anything the Lord wanted to say to the people, he said through Samuel. And they rejected him, or so they thought. And Samuel had the same misconception. Have you ever been rejected for the message? I have. Samuel was. But it was not Samuel that was rejected, nor were you rejected, nor was I. They were not rejecting the messenger, they were rejecting the one who sent them. They were not refusing to hear the prophet, or you, or I, they were rejecting the Lord. They were not refusing to hear the man for they were asking the man to give them a King. They were refusing to Hear Ye Him. They were rejecting God to be their Lord.

And what about our day?

Acts 13: 41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

A man declared it. In our day William Branham was that man. A few years ago it was John Wesley. Before him Martin Luther and so on. The voice of the seventh angel has declared it in over 1,100 tapes. The Lord God, not just God, but the LORD God has sent the world a Vindicated Word Prophet and they have rejected both Him and the prophet he sent. And yet they are all religious. They will spend thousands of dollars every year on their religious ceremonies all in the name of the Lord that they rejected. Look how much they spend on Christmas trees and decorations each and every year.

Jeremiah 10: 1 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

And they will spend a fortune each and every year chopping down trees and setting up heathen idols right in the churches. It is an abomination unto the Lord! The Bible forbids even to have a tree near the sanctuary, and they stick a dead one right by the altar. And then call themselves Christians, act religious, pray and worship, and look down on the born again believers as being old fashioned prudes.

2 Timothy 3: 1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Having a form of godliness, ever learning, and never coming to the knowledge of the truth. They will get post doctorate degrees in theology, and believe trinity. They listen to professors, they listen to theologians, they listen to the pope, yet they fail to Hear Ye Him.

Proverbs 16: 25 There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

And it is slipping into the Message Ranks! We are refusing to Hear Ye Him! Look what Jude says. Notice the words. We tend to think he is talking about those on the outside, but look what he actually says.

Jude: 10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

They are “feasting with us”. They are with us! The feast of charity is the Lord’s supper.

1 Corinthians 11: 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

The feast without fear while eating damnation unto themselves. There are three kinds of believers. First there is the true believer filled with the Holy Spirit. Then there is the unbeliever who will simply dismiss the message in favour of dogmas and creeds. Then there is the make-believer, the Judas, that is who is described here. Feasting with you without fear eating and drinking their own damnation. They don’t have a relationship with the Lord; to them he is simply God and they could care less. They are like their father the serpent.

We tend to think we got it all figured out sometimes. We think that the “message people” are all OK. We are not OK. The prophet warned us that the tare will be with the wheat until the rapture. Jesus told the angels to not rip us the tares because the wheat is beside them. We in the message are now guilty of refusing to Hear Ye Him. We are forming clichés. That is nothing new either. Paul warned of it in his day.

1 Corinthians 1: 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

One is of Billy Paul, one is of Perry Green, one is of Joseph Branham, the next is of Ed Byskal. Carnal! Why would we say that of ourselves? We are not hearing HIM. We are not hearing the author of the message. We might be quoting it word for word as Eve did. We are worshipping the creation more than the creator. We are stepping out of the relationship. We are still worshiping God, but we are not worshiping the Lord God. Hear Ye Him!

It is easy to love a person who is charismatic. It is even easier if they are truly fine people, Holy Spirit filled Christians. It is easy to love a man who preaches the gospel by the Spirit, especially when they have a warm, friendly personality, when they are open and inviting. But the danger comes when we allow our Philio love to overshadow our Agape love. We will love the man more than the Lord who sent them. We will listen to the man’s words and not the Word of God, even though they may be the exact same words. We stop listening with our hearts through faith, and begin to listen with our ears through emotion. Then the devil has room to move in and cause trouble. We step out of the relationship with our Lord, and make men our lords. It is painfully easy to do. That is what was happening in Corinth. That is happening in the message ranks today.

Acts 19: 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

What were they preaching? The Message of the Hour! They were quoting the Prophet! But they had no revelation. They knew the word, they knew the doctrine, they knew the message. They quoted it without reservation. They even believed that they had power. They deceived themselves. They thought they were something. They went and challenged the devil in the name of Jesus, not the name of the Lord Jesus. They did not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. They only had a doctrine and a tradition. They did not know the author. They had no revelation of what they were preaching, all they had were quotes. Had they received a revelation, they would not have needed to quote Paul. Do you see Timothy quoting Paul? Or Barnabas? Or Peter? They quote the Word. They had a revelation and a relationship. They had representation in Heaven.

Matthew 15: This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. They don’t have a relationship. Their relationship is with men, not the Lord God. One is of Paul, one is of Silas. One is of Joseph Branham, one is of Billy Paul. They are like the seven sons of Sceva. One preached Jesus whom Paul preached. Today they are preaching Jesus whom Branham preached.

It is a second hand gospel. It is powerless! Hear Ye Him.

We cannot come to the Lord God through Paul, or Brother Branham, or any other man.

John 14: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus Christ is the one and only path to the Lord God. Hear ye Him! But it is only for the elect. Only the elect will Hear Ye Him, because only the predestinated elect seed of the Lord God can Hear Ye Him. In fact we cannot even know who the Lord God is without revelation. That is why trinity has taken over in the world. The people have no relationship with the Lord God. They know there is a God, but don’t even know who he is. In fact they cannot, for it is not for them to know.

Luke 10: 22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

The very knowledge of who and what the Lord God is remains a complete mystery to every soul whose names are not written in the book of life. Think about that. You wonder why it is so hard to testify, to get the simplest ideas to people? They can’t understand the simplest of the ideas. If we cannot know or understand who and what the Lord God is, how can we ever understand any of his attributes? If you have the revelation of the godhead, that in itself is a gift of grace from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mark 4: 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

What does it mean to Hear Ye Him? It means to hear with our hearts. It means to receive the revelation of the Word through the Holy Spirit. No man knows the things of the Lord save he to whom it is revealed. Without revelation we hear with our ears, and see with our eyes. We will be able spit out quotes like a machine gun. But we will not have the spiritual understanding of what we are hearing, seeing or even saying.

John 8:  43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

They cannot understand his speech because they cannot hear his word. That is why the message is so confusing, why that bunch did their “disbelieve the sign.com”. They had no revelation. The Lord God sent a man with a seventh grade education, and they with their doctorate degrees cannot understand his speech. They cannot Hear Ye Him. Do we hear him, or just quote him? Do you understand his speech? That is revelation.

John 10: 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

We shall never perish! We shall never be plucked from his hand! What a promise. What a reassurance. How can we ever be sad again? No matter what comes your way, you will NEVER perish. You are eternal! You cannot die! All we have to do is Hear Ye Him!

Hebrews 3: But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Today, right now, hear ye him. Not tomorrow. Not next Sunday. Not the next camp meeting. They may never come. TODAY! Right here, right now. Today if you will hear his voice. Today. It is not the message of yesterday, or last week, or 1952, it is the message of the hour. This hour. Right now. The prophecy says “in the days of the voice of the seventh angel”. Not the days of the man, the VOICE. Today if you will hear his voice. Hear ye him.

Stick with the Word of God. Stick with the Message of the Hour. If you can’t reconcile something with the Bible, if you can’t find “Thus Saith the Lord” on a tape, put it aside.

Matthew 16: Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

It is a very dangerous thing. Remember the devil will come so close to the truth that it will deceive the very elect if it were possible. A Catholic priest can’t do that. Even a Pentecostal or Evangelical cannot do that. To deceive the elect, you need to come with the message. And it does not take much.

Galatians 5: A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Sometimes it is not something new, but something old. We have all come from somewhere. We all packed baggage. Abraham packed baggage. He brought his father, and he brought Lot. The Lord had to take that baggage from him. Sometimes people come out of denominations, out of cultures, and bring something along and don’t even know it.

Luke 5: 36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. 37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. 38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. 39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

Sometimes we come out from something, and we are so used to aspects of it, that it seems better to us. It could be a doctrine, a dogma, a tradition. For example the Presbyterians call their preachers by title. Pastor such and such. Seems harmless?

Matthew 23: And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Hear Ye him! It seems such a small thing. A little religious title. Lifting a man up with a title, lifting a man above his brethren. But a little leaven will leaven the whole lump. Have nothing to do with it. Taste not, touch not, handle not. Hear Ye Him! Don’t hear me. Hear Him!

Revelation 3: 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou may be rich; and white raiment, that thou may be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.

Who is the Angel to the Church of Laodicea? The Prophet. Who then is the Church? We are! This letter is not to the denominations, not to the secular world, but directly to us. We have become lukewarm as a church. The Lord is now standing outside! That is why we cannot organize. As soon as we do, he is outside. But what was the final word to us? “22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

Hear Ye Him!

Get into that one on one relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Make him your Lord as well as your God.

Hear Ye Him!

 

And the Darkness Comprehended it Not

And the Darkness Comprehended it Not

 These are the notes from a sermon I preached a couple of weeks ago here in St. John’s Newfoundland.

The Light of the World
Jesus, The Light of the World

John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

“and the darkness comprehended it not”.

Every Biblical doctrine has its origin in Genesis. So let’s start in Genesis and piece it all together.

Genesis 1: 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Notice here that the Lord brought the light. Then it said he separate the light from the darkness. He divided it. If he had to divide it then light and darkness must have at one time be together. There is a spiritual side to every physical entity. The Lord created light, and then separated it from the darkness. Keep hold of that thought as we proceed.

Every Bible doctrine also has its harvest in Revelation.

Revelation 22: 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

There is no more darkness in the New Jerusalem. There is no more night. Day and night are used spiritually throughout the Bible in conjunction with light and darkness. In the New Jerusalem there is no darkness whatsoever. God had created light in, and separated light from darkness in Genesis. Then in Revelation we find that darkness was not only separated from the light, it was banished altogether.

While it is true that the Bible speaks of physical light and darkness, we all know that the Bible also speaks in types and shadows, in allegories and metaphors and symbols. The light that the Lord created in the beginning was the light of revelation. Darkness is an absence of revelation, it is unbelief.

1 John 1: 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

The Lord God is light and life and revelation. There is no unbelief, no evil, no darkness in him. He is pure light. Nothing is hidden in light. Satan on the other hand is the prince of darkness. But he was not always that way. He had a much brighter beginning.

Isaiah 14: 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Lucifer was his name. In the Hebrew he was called “helel, the shining one”, the light bearer. Satan was the light bearer. He was God’s right hand man in heaven. God created light, then separated, divided the light from the darkness in Genesis. When the devil decided to make his own kingdom, to usurp the authority of the Lord, then the light was taken from Lucifer, forever. He was darkness, a liar and a murderer from the beginning and the father of it. He was given the most grand opportunity and he rejected it. The darkness in him tried to swallow up the light. The Lord cast him, and his band of demons, into darkness. The light was separated from the darkness. Forever.

Ephesians 5: 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

The light reveals. It exposes. Where the light is shone, the darkness flees. The two can no longer coexist. When there is no light, there will be darkness all around. But when the light shines, the darkness flees. When the light shines, the darkness will try to hide. That is why there are shadows; the darkness cannot face the light and hides. The natural types the spiritual. And the light reveals even that which is in darkness. This is why the devil hates revelation for Holy Ghost revelation does not just manifest the truth, it reveals the lies. The Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus’ day hated him, not because he bore the truth, but because he revealed their lies, their darkness. The very presence of his light exposed their darkness. It is the very same thing today.

When a Christian, born again and filled with the Holy Spirit of God is in the room, their light will expose the darkness of the enemy. Your testimony, your very life, will expose the darkness in the world. Why did Cain kill Abel?

1 John 3: 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

Cain’s works were evil, darkness, but it was not until Abel’s works came that Cain’s were exposed. Cain could not feel comfortable in the presence of Abel. The light that was in Abel through revelation exposed and condemned Cain. Once Cain murdered Abel, he thought the light had been put out. He of course was wrong.

They killed Jesus for the same reason. Why did the denominations hate the prophet? He wasn’t stealing members, he wasn’t taking money from them. He was actually building up their memberships because when he came to town and souls were saved, he sent them to the local churches to fellowship. But the light that was in him, the light of Jesus Christ in the prophet, manifested their darkness. Marvel not my brethren if the world hates you too.

Isaiah 60: 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

In our day there is a darkness that covers the earth. And the people will be a gross darkness. The only presence of the Lord upon the earth is in the Bride. The Bride is small, and the world is growing and getting ever darker. Remember that darkness and light cannot coexist anymore? Note too that the world is darkness.

John 14: 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Why can the world not receive the Holy Spirit? The world cannot receive the Holy Spirit because darkness and light cannot coexist. In order to receive the Holy Spirit our hearts must be free and clean from the things of the world. If there is any of world in our hearts then we have darkness in our hearts. And if we have any darkness in our hearts, the Holy Spirit cannot dwell there.

1 John 2: 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

If we love the world, “Cosmos” in the Greek. The world is not the earth, it is the “Cosmos”, the culture, the society, the fads, the fashions, the creeds, the politics, the trends, the philosophy, the political correctness etcetera. If we love the world or the things of the world then we have darkness in our hearts, and that darkness will prevent the light. If there is any darkness in us, then by default there is no light. Light and darkness cannot coexist. If we love the world or the things of the world, then the light of the Father is not in us. Let’s look at what the Lord Jesus said about it.

Matthew 6: 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

If we have any darkness in us then our entire being will be full of darkness. If there is darkness then there can be no light at all. So if what we think is light is actually darkness, then that darkness is great indeed. And this is why we have a world full of darkness and gross darkness the people. The church today thinks it is the light of the world, but the Bible says here that it is in gross darkness. There is no light in it at all.

Matthew 7: 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Darkness will produce darkness. Light will produce light. The two cannot coexist. Thus Jesus tells us there that we can tell what is in a person by what comes out of a person. We can tell ourselves by what comes out of us too. That makes perfect sense. If I pour from a bottle and catsup comes out, I am not going to say it is a mustard bottle. That would be insane at best. So then how can we look at a person from whom things come out that are completely contrary to the Word of God, and say that they are spiritual? Or do as the world does and call Christians who are believing and living this message as evil. They call Brother Branham a devil. Shows that they are insane. Shows the level of darkness.

Revelation 3: 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

This letter is directed at the church. Now we read earlier that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. Look where Jesus is standing today. Is there any light in the Laodicean Church? Then it is gross darkness. It says plainly that the church is blind. Why is the church blind? There is no light! They are in darkness because they have not cleansed themselves of the world. As long as we allow darkness we prevent the light. But when we accept the light, the message of the hour, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, his glorious light will chase out every shadow of darkness.

Let’s look at the parable of the ten virgins with this idea.

Matthew 25: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Notice here that there are ten virgins. They are all virgins, bride material. They are thus all pure. To be pure our sins must be forgiven. For our sins to be forgiven, according to the Bible, we must repent and be baptized in full immersion in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. So who are these ten virgins? Message people. The denominations cast off the message, along with the proper baptism.

But there are two distinct groups here. One has oil and the other does not. One half of this group of virgins is filled with the Holy Spirit, the other half is not. Five of them are holy, five are justified and sanctified, but not holy.

They all have lamps, which the prophet told us is a testimony. The lamps are lit. Well that means there is light. There is revelation. There is an anointing. But remember where the fire is burning. It is on the outside of the lamp, not on the inside. The light here is external. It is an anointing. The rain falls on the good ground and bad. The sun shines on the wheat and tares. The anointing of the Holy Spirit falls equally on all. The prophet showed us that throughout the Bible as being so. Remember even Judas came back rejoicing that he had cast out devils, and he himself a serpent seed devil. The anointing fell upon him in the same way it fell upon Peter to whom Jesus gave the keys.

So they all had the revelation and an external anointing from the Light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Remember we just read in John 14 that Jesus told us the Holy Spirit would dwell with us (the anointing), and (conjunction) shall be in us (filling). They are two separate manifestations. In one manifestation he dwells with us and anoints us and draws us to the Lord Jesus Christ. In the second part of the manifestation he indwells us after that he has justified and sanctified us. He draws us to the light, casts out our darkness, then he lights us from within.

They all had the message of the hour. But five did not go on to receive the Holy Spirit. They had no oil. And when the revival era ended, they realized that the light was external. They realized that they had an anointing but no filling. They realized that they were in pitch darkness. They didn’t even know where to look for oil for the light had gone out. Revelation had ceased. So they turned to their brothers and sisters in search of the filling, but it was too late.

Five however had light on the outside, and light on the inside. The oil was the source of the light. It was the oil that was burning. The Holy Spirit is what was giving the light of that revival era. Those that are full of oil are the true light of this world for they are Jesus Christ in human flesh. They are the Bride.

But if we don’t rid ourselves of worldliness. If we don’t separate ourselves from the things of the world, then we will have darkness in our hearts, we will be empty of oil, and living off the outward anointing. There are many types of worldliness. There is the music, the fashion, the culture, and even religion. Religion is the worst. Remember in the last days the lie would be so close to the truth as to deceive the very elect if it were possible. You won’t be fooled by rock and roll. You won’t be fooled by mini-skirts. The devil won’t come to you with a horse tail and a pitch fork. He will come to us with a message tract in one hand and the Bible in another. But he won’t live it! AMEN! There is no light in him to live it with.

Now how does this all manifest in life? Let’s look at Abraham for an example.

Abraham had a nephew named Lot. The Lord came to Abraham and told him all that he was doing. Three messengers came to Abraham. One stayed with him, and the other two went down into Sodom to preach to Lot.

Abraham knew of his messenger. He also know of Lot’s messengers. Lot knew nothing of the messenger that was sent to Abraham alone. Did you catch that Bride?

William Branham was sent to the Bride. Oral Roberts and Billy Graham were sent to Sodom. We were told all about that. But the world, the denominational churches were told nothing of William Branham. Notice the prophet spoke of the other two on many occasions, yet you never hear the other two speak of the prophet. The light of the message is only for the Bride. The world is a darkness and the people a gross darkness, but the Bride is a different seed.

1 Thessalonians 5: But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

We are the children of the day. You are the children of the day. We are surrounded by light. Day and night remember were divided by the Lord in Genesis. Thus the children of the day are also divided from the children of the night. It is the light that is in us through the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, through the message of the hour that divides us from them. We don’t leave people, we don’t shun people, they shun us. And the light, the message, is divided from the dogmas and creeds. The Bride is divided from the denominations. The wheat shall not be heir with the shuck. The children of the promise shall not be heir with the children of the bond woman.

2 Corinthians 6: 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

There it is! What communion hath light and darkness? NONE! The Lord divided the light from the darkness way, way back in the beginning. You are the temple of God. Not this building. This building will burn one day with the rest of the world. The temple of God is the people. Each of us is a “lively stone”, the Bible says, fit together to from the temple of the Living God. You are the temple of God and you have no communion with idols. You are the light and not the darkness. You are Mrs. Jesus Christ.

In Israel in the days of the Old Testament, there was a party held every fifty years called the jubilee. At the jubilee the trumpet was blown and when you heard that as a slave you could walk free. If, however, for some reason that totally escapes me, you liked being a slave you could refuse and then your ear was pierced and you would be a slave for eternity.

2 Thessalonians 2: 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

After the crucifixion, fifty days after, our jubilee trumpet was sounded at Pentecost. Today the message of the hour sounds clear in each age. Those who receive that message walk free forever. Those who reject that message are taken to the post and their ear is pierced by the devil and they will never hear that trumpet call again. They will receive a strong delusion that they will believe a lie. They wilfully reject Jesus Christ, they become willful sinners.

And the world is a darkness and gross darkness the people. When we reject the light, darkness overtakes us. When we turn from the light, we turn to darkness. When we close our eyes to the light, we become blind. The Laodicea Church was sent the brightest light in all history. We have the privilege of knowing more than the prophets did, for the things that we were told were hidden mysteries to them, sealed unto the end of the world. We are privileged in this day to have the greatest light in all history, yet today we have the darkest world in all history as well. The light is truly divided from the darkness.

2 Corinthians 4: But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

The light is hidden to the darkness. The light shines and the darkness comprehended it not. When the light shines, the world rejects it, and the “god of this world”, satan, blinds the minds of the people. He shuts them down so they will never receive revelation. He fills their hearts and minds with darkness, and once the light is blocked out, the darkness becomes a gross darkness.

Many people have predestination backwards. The Lord offers salvation to all, but to those who reject it, the devil blinds them to it. It is the devil that condemns us, through our own foolishness. Don’t ever blame the Lord. He even came to Cain personally and spoke lip to ear to him and Cain still rejected the light. Then satan marked him. Satan blinded him. Satan pierced his ear. That my brothers and sisters is the mark of the beast. It ain’t no tattoo as they believed 50 years ago, it ain’t no credit card like they believed 25 years ago, it ain’t no computer chip implant as they believe today. The mark of the beast began in Eden and is already here today. And today there are literally hundreds of millions of people who have received the mark of the beast and don’t even know it.

It is mind boggling that people will think they are Christians, think that they are serving God, and all the while worshiping the devil. Without light though, it is impossible to see. The darkness is a spiritual blindness. It renders the person incapable of telling right from wrong. It makes it impossible for the person to know the truth from a lie. And they will swallow up the lie because it pleases their flesh. It makes logical sense to them. Light is revelation and without revelation, we simply cannot understand the most basic things of the Lord.

The example I like to use is baptism. Why? Because it is one of the first things that the Lord will reveal to you. It is written in black and white and requires no “interpretation” of any kind. You simply read it. Yet when you bring Acts 2:38 to a denominational church goer, they don’t understand it. They simply cannot. If we cannot understand something written so plainly, then what hope do we have to understand the deep things of God? The darkness is gross indeed.

The seal of God is the Holy Spirit. The seal of God is light. The mark of the beast is perpetual darkness.

Ephesians 5: For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Darkness. Doubt. Unbelief. We were all in darkness before the light was shone to us. When we saw the light, we rejoiced and received it. We received it as an anointing that led us to the source of the light, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. We received it as an indwelling after that the light cleansed us from our darkness. The light cast out the darkness, separated us from the darkness. Be careful to avoid the darkness.

Remember how the Bible likens Jesus to the sun and the Bride to the moon. He is the source of the light. We reflect his light onto the earth in the night time. The night is the darkness that covers the earth, in which time we are. The Lord separates, divides the light from the darkness. The darkness reject the light.

Did you ever hear of sun spots? They are large black spots on the surface of the sun. They block the light at the source. The church is suffering from sin spots today. We have let the bars down and let worldliness into our ranks. A little here and a little there. A little clear nail polish. A little professional sports maybe. A Christmas tree. A thing that the Bible clearly forbids and calls a heathen idol and we will have the gall to put one up in church next to the altar! Sin spots! How can the light of Christ shine through that? Clean it out! Get rid of that Babylonian garment and that wedge of silver. Clean the camp Saints. It’s lamp trimming time. Make sure you don’t have any black sin spots between you and the Lord.

Sin spots. The light shines to us. The Word shines and says “by my stripes you are healed”, and a sin spot jumps up and says “oh but this is a rare cancer”. The light says we shall have prophecy, then the sin spot steps in the way and says “that was only for the prophet”. The light shines and says “you are forgiven” and the darkness jumps in and says “but what I did was soooo bad”. Sin spots. Unbelief. Get rid of it. The Bible says “resist the devil and he shall flee from you”. Don’t let those sin spots block out the light.

Matthew 13: 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Jesus Christ the Lord of Glory walking through a town in Israel. The very Lord God of heaven and earth standing there in flesh before them and he could not work any miracles. The brightest light that ever was stood there shining before them and their hearts were so dark that the light could not shine to them. The light was shining and their sin spots blocked it out.

People wonder why there are no miracles in the churches. This is why. Darkness is getting in the way. The darkness is blocking the light. The churches have pushed the light out and wonder why the light is not working. There is darkness in the preachers. Blind leaders of the blind. There is darkness in the benches. So they make excuses for the fact that the Lord is not with them. They have rejected the light. They are heady, high-minded lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the very power thereof. They are extremely religious yet blindly walking in total, absolute, darkness.

They think they are worshiping the Lord God, and yet don’t even know who, or what, he is. Trinity? They don’t even know what the Lord God is, let alone who. Darkness!

We are so privileged that the Lord has opened our eyes to the light, else each and every one of us would be exactly the same. We are as we are because the Lord has revealed the truth to us, and given us open eyes and believing hearts to receive it. We are saved by grace.

Mark 4: 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Unto you, and to you alone, Saints of God, by the grace and mercy of the Almighty Lord God Jehovah, it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. To you and to you alone has the Holy Spirit revealed the nature and identity of the Lord Jesus Christ. You alone have been given the understanding of the godhead through spiritual revelation. No man has revealed it u nto you, but the Father in heaven has revealed it unto you.

Unto you, Mrs. Jesus Christ it is given the message of the hour. It is not for the world. They as Lot, as the men of Sodom, were never even to know about it. Melchesedic never visited Sodom, never visited Lot. Unto you, Saints, is given revelation. It is completely hidden to the world. It is hidden to the denominations. Yet with revelation alone comes salvation. For unto you is given light in the darkness. That light will divide you out of the world. That light will separate you from your church, your religion, your philosophy, your family, your politics, your traditions, your creeds, your cultures, and all your other darkness.

The world will never receive revelation. The serpent seed will never receive revelation. The world will remain wilfully blind to the light and the god of this world, the devil, will seal them with the mark of the beast. A darkness is covering the whole world, and a gross darkness the people.

There was darkness upon the earth in Genesis when the Lord started his work. There was a darkness when light was created. That same darkness has returned as the light is about to go out upon this earth. Brothers and sisters when we leave this world in the rapture there will be absolute darkness on the earth. There will be no presence of the Lord God whatsoever upon this earth outside of Israel. It will be a total, complete blackout. Today we are the light of the world, and the Holy Spirit of God in us is the source of that light. Walk in the light! Be that light to others.

The Bible tells us clearly that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh. The message of the hour is the revelation of the Word of God. The message of the hour is the light of the word. The Holy Spirit is the source of that light, it is the oil in the lamps of our hearts. It is the Spirit and the Life in the Word. Make sure your lamp is full and don’t let any sin spots rise up to block your light.

There was darkness. Then the Lord said let there be light. Then the Lord separated the light from the darkness. In the end, the darkness will be banished and there will only be light.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehends it not.

Amen!

Did Not Our Hearts Burn Within Us?

(Where Your Treasure is There is Your Heart Also)

The Road to Emmaus
The Road to Emmaus with the Lord Jesus

Luke 24: 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

May the Lord add his blessing to the reading of his word. Did not our hearts burn within us? As a quick background for those who are not familiar, and a reminder for those who are, Jesus had bled, suffered and died on the cross to purchase our salvation, and his disciples were scattered. To their knowledge, he had not yet risen. Two of his disciples left Jerusalem and were heading home and discussing amongst themselves the events that just transpired. They were quite forlorn because they believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but were of the belief, as many were in that time, that Jesus was just coming as a great King to destroy Rome and place Israel in command of the world. Jesus was speaking with these two disciples, expounding the scriptures to them to show them that everything that Jesus suffered and every event that happened to him were prophesied throughout the scriptures. While he was speaking the word of God, their hearts were burning within them.

Do you remember the first time you heard the revealed word of God preached? Do you remember the first time you listened to a message tape? Do you remember the first time someone testified to you about Jesus Christ and of the miracles, signs and wonders that they have experienced? Did your heart burn in you? Is it still burning right now? I’m going to be asking a lot of questions like that today. And I want you to be completely honest with yourself.

There is more than one way for our hearts to burn. We can burn with desire, or with condemnation. When we hear the word of God spoken through the Spirit of God, our hears will burn. One way or the other, we will burn.

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Our God is a consuming fire! If our hearts will burn with desire for the word of God then that word will burn out all the sin from within us. The word will burn out our lust, our bitterness, our carnality. But if we reject that word then that same fire will consume us completely. The Word of the Lord God Jehovah will burn up the sin from the face of this earth so if we hold onto our sin then we will be consumed along with it.

Isaiah the prophet was given a vision?

Isaiah 6: 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 6 Then flew one of the Seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Isaiah the prophet realized that there was nothing good in him. He was a man like we are. He was carnal and dwelling in a body of sinful flesh. When he met the Word of the Lord God his heart burned within him. The light of the word revealed to him that he needed cleansing. He cried out to God and the seraphim touched him with a fiery coal from the altar and purged his sin and iniquity.

This revealed word of God for the hour will wash away your sin right now if you will let it. It is up to you, and up to me. If we will cry out to the Lord God for a cleansing he will send his Holy Spirit to burn out every evil thing, every sin, every iniquity from within us. Do you believe it? Act on it! He will purge your heart and soul of every sin and stain. You will be sanctified by the Lord God if you will only allow it to happen. If ywe will receive the word of God it will set us completely free this morning.

Ephesians 5: 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

We are cleansed by washing of water of the word. It is not anything we do, or anything we say. Our righteousness is filthy rags before the Lord. As we sit here reading the word of God, not my words, but God’s word, it washes you. Did you know that? You can listen to a man’s word all day and it will either do nothing or make your worse, but when you listen to the word of God you are listening to a living word, a powerful word, an overcoming word. As you hear and receive the word of the Lord God, it will wash you, cleanse you, set you free, give you faith and take away every spot and wrinkle from you. The Word of God, remember, is Jesus Christ. The word of God cleanses you! Hearing this word makes you clean. Receiving God’s word, is receiving Jesus Christ, and prepares you for the rapture! But it will only make you clean if your heart burns for it!

We have very few people today that burn for the Lord. Nobody is on fire for Christ anymore. We have waxed cold. We have become complacent. We are at the last of the seven church ages, the Laodician age. The Bible tells us that the Laodician church is lukewarm. The Bible tells us in Isaiah that the world is darkness and the people gross darkness. There is a light in the world, and Jesus Christ is that light, but the world has rejected him. We find in the book of Revelation that the church has too. And the Lord God hates it. How many know that scripture?

Revelation 3: 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.

This is not the world he is speaking to. This is not the denominations he is speaking to. They are the ones in gross darkness. He is speaking to the church! He is addressing the called out ones. This warning is for the “message” people! The believers are lukewarm today! We have been sent a message from God with signs wonders and miracles through a vindicated prophet to prepare a bride for the rapture, and we have become lukewarm about it! We are becoming the foolish virgins. We barely have our lamps lit today. When was the last time you testified to a stranger about Jesus Christ? When was the last time you invited someone to come here to church and hear the word of God? When was the last time you praised God with all the volume your voice can muster?

dusty-bible-read-meWe barely have time to come to church ourselves anymore let alone inviting other people. We are too busy with work, or this or that or ten million other reasons to skip church. We come less and less and when we actually do come we sleep more! Is your heart burning inside you? Do you think those two on the road to Emmaus fell asleep while Jesus was talking to them? They walked all day to Emmaus, stopped for dinner and when the recognized who Jesus was, they didn’t even finish dinner. They immediately got up and ran back to Jerusalem. I looked it up, and it was over 19 miles each way. They walked all day nearly 20 miles, stopped for a bite, and then quickly got up and walked another 20 miles all night to get back. Did their hearts burn in them? Do our hearts burn?

Today we don’t have the energy to drive back to church in the evening after we finish our lunch. We don’t have time to come on Wednesdays. We don’t have time to read our Bibles. We don’t have time to pray. We don’t have time to wait on God. We don’t have time to testify. We don’t have time to fellowship with the Saints.

How can we expect to be raptured when we don’t have time to be raptured? If the rapture comes Sunday morning during regular church service and we could not be bothered to come to church that morning, ask yourself where you will be. No time to come to the house of God. No time for Jesus. Will Jesus have time for us? God said he will spew us out of his mouth.

Get of fire for God! We haven’t got enough spark left to say amen in church. Where is our fire? What is going on in our hearts?

It’s lamp trimming time. And if you have not yet accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior, now is the time. Not five minutes from now, not next week, not on Sunday. NOW! Five minutes from now could very well be too late. Verily some will read this after it is too late. Think about that. Have you not been watching the signs of the times? Pressure is building and Los Angeles is getting ready to sink. The economy is in a titter ready to collapse. Russia has made a move for oil. Iran is building an atomic bomb. Every country able is going nuclear. Israel is surrounded. Everything is in place for the end of the end and the church is complacent.

We must see ourselves in the word. It is our spiritual mirror. Looking into the word of God will show us exactly where we stand with the Lord God. Where do you see yourself this morning? Is it where you want to be? The Lord Jesus Christ can change it for you in a moment if you will let him. Do you want fire in your heart? Cry out for it and you will get it.

Matthew 13: 18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and anon with joy receives it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Can you see yourself in this parable? It all depends on the condition of our hearts when we hear the word. Look at the two men heading to Emmaus. Can you see them in this parable? They surely were the good ground for the word sprang up in them and they bore fruit unto it. You and I are in this parable, as is every man, woman and child on earth. Where do you identify in it? Which ground is your heart?

If your heart is cold this morning, your thoughts are not on the word or you just don’t like what you are reading, then you will straightway forget what you read. You will get nothing out of reading this. If someone asks you what I wrote on when you get outside, you probably won’t be able to answer. It can happen that quickly. I’ve seen it. I have sat through a hour and a half of wonderful preaching and when we got outside the church I asked a man what was preached, what the scriptures were, what the topic was and he could not answer a single question. The devil stole the word out of his mind before he made it to the door. Yet let me tell you something brothers and sisters, that man will be called on to answer for every word that he heard. Our God is a consuming fire.

If your heart burns for the riches of the world then those riches will choke out the word from you. You will be afraid to trust in God, to trust in his word, to trust in anything but vain riches. You will not have a testimony for fear that standing upon the word of God and having a public testimony will cost you money or popularity. Your job will be more valuable to you than the Word of God.

If your heart is just smoldering a little, then you will hear the word while you are here among other Christians, but once you get out into the cold world, you will not have the strength to stand on that word. You will be a wandering star, a cloud without water tossed by every wind and wave of doctrine. When you are with the Baptists you will be a Baptist. When you are with the Pentecostals you will be a Pentecostal. When you are with the message people you will be a message believer. When you are with the drunks, you will get drunk. Smoldering and lukewarm and good for nothing but to be a stumbling block to others.

But if we can get our hearts set of fire for God. Oh what a difference that will be! We will bring forth fruit 30 fold, 60 fold, 100 fold. Get the fire of the Lord God burning inside of you! Fire burns on oil, and oil is the Holy Spirit. Remember the 10 virgins. They all had lamps but the fire went out on the foolish virgins. The reason that the foolish virgins have no fire is that they have no oil. They have a lamp and that lamp did once burn. But the oil they were burning was an anointing, not a filling. We can be anointed by the Spirit of God, and not filled for the rain will fall on the weeds as well as the wheat.

Matthew 25: 1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

Our lamps have gone out! I am speaking to the Saints of God. The born again Christians have lamps, testimonies. Too many repented and were baptized but never went on to get filled. Why? They were lied to. They were told it is enough to get baptized, it is enough to believe the message. But what did the prophet tell us? We have to LIVE the message. And now we have no fire! They started to beg of others for the Holy Spirit but it was too late for them. They are saved. They are sinless. They will receive eternal life, but they missed out. They were called but not chosen. By the time they got enough spark in them to seek the oil the rapture had come and gone. Don’t miss it! If you are not burning on fire right now then cry out to God right now for oil so that your heart can be set on fire for Christ. We need a revival. Each and every one of us needs a Holy Ghost revival!

Did you ever wonder how the foolish virgins got lukewarm, how the church got lukewarm? There must be a reason. Something must have made it that way.

Matthew 24: 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Many false prophets arise and iniquity abounds and the love, the fire, goes cold. First the false prophets, the false teachers, the ones the Bible says have itching ears, come and bring damnable heresies and that leads the people away from the word into a life of iniquity. They compromise on the Word, make excuses for human errors, explain away scriptures and squeeze the blood out of the Word. They do wrong according to the Bible, they explain it away, and do not care anymore. We have it in the message too. We have preachers telling everyone that they are just fine and ready for the rapture and it has driven the fire from the hearts of the people. We are not fine! We are in a most miserable state indeed if we think we are fine. Paul said to work out your salvation with fear and trembling! That takes fire!

If you are working out your salvation with fear and trembling this morning then you will be hanging on every word I wrote hoping to hear an anointed message from the Holy Spirit that will bring you one more step closer to Christ. If you have already waxed cold from iniquity then you will be checking your watch hoping I finish soon so you can go somewhere else. Or maybe that person has already shut down their computer long ago or started surfing the net for other things.

But how did we let it happen? It is our fault. We let it happen. We were warned thousands of years ago and here it is happening. The scripture is being fulfilled in your very midst. How did we let the false prophets in? How did we as an anointed, called out people, allow such coldness into our lives? We took our eyes off the Word and put them on idols!

Matthew 6: 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

We stopped looking to the word and started looking to man. We stopped laying up treasures in heaven and started laying up treasures on earth. We stopped looking at the message and started to look to the messenger. We have stopped preaching the message and started quoting it instead. We don’t preach the message, we just print books and quote books. To top it off we are getting rich in the process. Preachers making hundreds of thousands of dollars and driving expensive European luxury cars when the prophet they point to refused to take a Cadillac as a gift.

That spirit has caught the people too. Continually skipping church to go make money. Turning church into money. When they actually go to church it is so that they can do business with the people there and make more money. Defrauding the people and stealing from them and calling themselves Christians. Selling products out of the church. It is all corrupt. Soon they will start selling indulgences too. You cannot serve God and mammon. Where is your treasure? Where is your heart? Where is your eye?

We just read it. Where are you looking? Whatever you are looking for, there is your eye, there is your treasure and there is your heart. If we are looking to Christ then we are looking to the light and our eyes will be full of light and our hearts will be full of fire. If we are looking to riches of this world, whether it be money, status, politics, popularity or a modern ecumenical move in the guise of the message, then we are looking to darkness. The Bible says that the world is a darkness and the people a gross darkness. Where are you looking? Are we laying up treasures in heaven? Is there still light in your eye or are we a gross darkness?

2 Kings 5: 21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? 22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. 23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him. 24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed. 25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither. 26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? 27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

Gehazi had his eye on money, on fancy garments, on oliveyards, on vineyards, on sheep, on oxen, on servants. Gehazi’s was with the prophet. He was not an unbeliever. He was not even a denominational Christian. He was in the message of the hour. Gehazi had his eye on earthly treasures instead of heavenly treasures and he reaped the reward; leprosy. Sin. Leprosy clung to him and to his entire seed forever. He was with the prophet, he heard the message, he saw the miracles, he preached the message, yet he had his eye on earthly treasures and received the reward of his iniquity forever.

Knowing the message won’t save you. Gehazi knew the message. Knowing the prophet won’t help you. Gehazi knew the prophet. He even lived with the prophet. If our heart is on earthly things then as the seed that fell among the thorns we will be choked out and our fire will go out and we will be left in total darkness. Gehazi had the message indeed, and he tried to use that message to build for himself an earthly kingdom, an earthly organization of goods and moneys and servants. He turned the grace of God into lasciviousness.

We have that in the message today too. We have Gehazis in the message today, men who were with the prophet who are now turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, quoting the message, calling on the name of the prophet and getting rich and building earthly kingdoms for themselves. God does not change. What he said then is true today. They shall reap the same reward in their day of judgment as Gehazi did in his. Their sin will cling to them and their seed forever.

So where is our treasure this morning? Search yourselves. Search your lives and you will know. Anything and everything that we put before the word of God is an idol.

Luke 18: 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

This man lived according to the law keeping the commandments. His life was so righteous it would shame most of us today. He had one problem however, his treasure was earthly. There was something that was more important to him than the Lord God. There was something in his life that he valued higher than he valued the Lord Jesus Christ. He had an idol! He could not part with his earthly treasures and he ended up in hell. His treasure was corrupt, his eye was corrupt and thus his heart was corrupt. He heart was not on fire for the Lord or his Word. The word of God to him was a consuming fire. The word of God condemned him, and instead of repenting, he rejected it. We need to be sanctified. God cannot dwell in an unclean vessel.

If we have any idols in our hearts we are not worshipping God. There are many, many idols and it only takes one idol to displace God in our hearts. We went through a few already. Money, power, popularity, dogmas, creeds, denominations, organizations, publications, and even other people can be idols. Anything that we allow to come before the Lord God in our hearts is an idol. No matter how much we pray, how much we sing, how much we go to church, how much we shout, how many tapes we listen to, how high we lift our hands, how pious our lives look, if we have idols in our hearts then we are not worshipping God. Jesus said that a true worshipper must worship God in Spirit and in truth. The word of God is the truth.

A Christmas tree for example is an idol. The Bible is the Word of God and it says do not do it and then we go and do it anyway. We put that tree before God’s word. We make that piece of wood into an idol. Let’s read that scripture to remove all doubt.

Jeremiah 10: 2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Today we have message people with Christmas trees thinking they are just fine because they give homage to a prophet and his message. It is an idol, it is contrary to the word of God and if you do it you are making an idol out of that tree. The very moment we decide that we are going to have a tree, we are in idolatry. Sin is an affair of the heart. And knowing better it is iniquity on their part and we heard earlier that it is because of iniquity that we grow cold. Can you see it? You let one little thing like this get in and displace the Word of God and it will poison your whole life. We let private creeds and dogmas take over in our lives and pretty soon we are in complete darkness. Look at Israel. How often did they let one little thing in and it poisoned the whole nation and led them off into idolatry.

We have things creeping in everywhere now. Christmas trees, makeup, remarriage. Remarriage in the message! The prophet refused to go to his own son’s wedding because it was a remarriage. Let’s put that to rest right now.

Luke 16:18 Whosoever puts away his wife, and marries another, commits adultery: and whosoever marries her that is put away from her husband commits adultery.

Those aren’t my words, those are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ himself. If you divorce your wife and remarry another woman then you are committing adultery. If you marry a divorced woman you are committing adultery. If you are divorced and you get “married”, you are committing adultery. If you marry a divorced man, you are committing adultery. Period! Someone not too long ago said that can’t be right because that would be too cruel and not fair to the people. Read Ezra chapter nine.

Jesus warned us that a little leaven will leaven the whole lump. He warned the Pharisees in Mark 7:13 that they have made the word of God none effect by teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. It is a poison! We often hear that it is better to have the right spirit and a wrong doctrine that the right doctrine and the wrong spirit. We of course hear that most from those with the wrong doctrine as an excuse for rejecting the Word of God.

Let me assure you that if you have the right spirit you won’t have the wrong doctrine for very long. When you hear the revealed word of God the Spirit of God in you will shout AMEN! If your heart is on fire for Christ then when you hear the Word of God that fire will flare up. The two on their way to Emmaus had a wrong doctrine, but when Jesus expounded the true doctrine to them, their hearts burned within them as they heard it. Read “Restoration of the Bride Tree, 1962”.

When the Pharisees heard Jesus they called him a devil. When the little girl at the well heard him she called him a prophet. Her heart was on fire! There was a spark of God put in her heart from the foundation of the world. When that spark caught the light of the gospel is set ablaze. She was looking for a living water that would satisfy her forever. That was her treasure. When she came in contact with the light she saw it immediately. She did not need to be convinced of if. Her eyes were opened and when that light shone, it had access to her heart. The Pharisees had their eyes closed. They were blinded by their own greed, and pride and lust for power.

When you first heard the revealed word of God for the hour, how did your heart react? Your presence here this morning tells me that something was lit aflame in your heart. Where is that flame today? Are you choking it out with false doctrines? Are you choking it out with the cares of the world? Are you choking it out with money lust? Or are you feeding the fire with the word of God? Feed that fire this morning. Set yourself aflame for Christ. Let the word of God burn the dross from you. Do not quench the Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit of the Lord God Jehovah work in you. Allow the fire of the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ burn in you.

The Bible likens us to metal being purified in the fire. When a silver smith wants to purify metal he puts it in the fire to heat it up. Then he hammers the metal and folds it over. Then he repeats the process over and over, hammering the metal and placing it in the fire. He knows the metal is pure when he can see his reflection in it. Jesus tries us in the fire, he folds us and hammers us with life and places us back in the fire to burn out all our dross, all our sin, all our iniquity until he can see his own reflection in our characters.

What are you reflecting right now? What is in your heart? Is your heart burning within you as you hear the Word of God? Is the Word of God burning out your dross? Let this blessed Word of God into your heart this morning and let it burn out all of your sin and iniquity, all your doubts and fears, everything of the world. This word you are reading this morning can prepare you for the rapture if you will let it.

It all depends on where your eye is. If it is on Christ right now, and on his word, that word will be doing a work on you, cleaning you, sanctifying you, washing you, filling you, folding you, until Jesus can see his own reflection in your character. If you are looking to Christ this morning, your treasure is in heaven and it is growing moment by moment as Jesus is transforming you into his very image. He is preparing you to dwell with him forever. He is preparing you to sit in his throne with him to rule forever. He is making you fit to dwell in a perfect body as his heavenly bride. He is the King of Heaven and He wants to make you his queen.

Are you happy? God left his throne in glory to come down to take upon a body just like yours. He lived, ate, slept, worked just like you do. The Lord God, creator of heaven and earth, veiled himself in a human body. He came not only to take our sin and pay the price that we could be free from sin, he also came to be a perfect example to us. He is the example of how to live, how to love, how to worship, how to believe, how to obey, how to overcome, how to speak and even how to think. He is the example for this whole world of how to live every moment of every day of our lives. He is the light of the world and it is our job to reflect that light to others through our lives. If our hearts burn within us for the Lord then his light will shine through that fire.

He has given us his word. He has revealed to us his word. He has opened the fountain deep and wide to wash away our sins with his own blood. He wants us to build treasures in heaven with him. He wants our hearts to be on fire for him. If our treasure is in heaven then we will be on fire for Christ. If our treasure is on earth then we will be lukewarm church goers.

Look at sports. Look at a soccer game. They scream at the top of their voices and jump up and down and raise their hands and dance when someone kicks a little round ball into a very large net. We have been handed eternal life, salvation, healing, and deliverance free of charge and we can barely sit and keep our eyes open for an hour. God came and lived and died for us and rose again and we can barely be heard when we pray and worship him. Where is the fire? Where is your treasure?

We have it all. We truly have it all. We are heirs to the entire planet. We are heirs to eternal life. We are heirs to reign with him in glory forever. What a glorious treasure he has given us by his grace. None of us deserve it but he has granted it to us anyway. Rejoice and again I say rejoice. We have an earnest of our inheritance right here in this life. We have divine healing! We have prophesy! We have deliverance! We have signs and wonders! We have the very God of heaven, the pillar of fire, right here in our midst! Jesus Christ himself is standing here in the pillar of fire waiting for us to ask of him that he may give us all that our hearts desire.

He is more willing to give then we are to receive. Get of fire for Christ!

The fire of the Lord Jesus Christ burning in my soul! Let it burn in yours.

May the Lord God richly bless you.

 

 

 

 

The Mark of the Beast

The Mark of the Beast from a Biblical perspective

There was a time they thought the mark of the beast was a brand, like on cattle. Then they thought it was a tattoo. Some supposed it might be your Social Security Number, others a credit card. Now some think it is a computer chip. But what does the word of God say?

Vicarius Filii Dei
The name and number of the man

Revelation 13: 16 And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

First let me preface with the thought that every true doctrine of scripture can find its root in Genesis and it harvest in Revelation. These are the two most important books in the Bible because they anchor every single idea. If we cannot find the root in Genesis and the fruit in Revelation, then there is something wrong with our idea and we must go back and start over.

As such the “mark of the beast” must also be found in both Genesis and Revelation.

Next we have to understand that only the Lord God can create. The Bible calls him “the” great creator, not “a” great creator. So if only the Lord can create, then everything that the devil has must be a perversion of something that the Lord God had already created. For example a lie is simply a perversion of the truth. Adultery is a perversion of a righteous act between a man and his wife. Theft is a perversion of righteous ownership. Sickness is a perversion of health and death merely a perversion of life.

The “mark of the beast’ must therefore be a perversion of a mark or seal that God first created. To understand the mark of the beast, we must first find the mark of the Lord.

Ezekiel 9: 3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Here we see the angel of the Lord passing through the city of believers and marking them upon their foreheads. Notice the devil’s mark is on the forehead too for he must copy God, but in a perverted manner.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Let us immediately dispense with the idea that “sealed” and “mark” are different. The original Greek word that we translated into sealed is “sphragizo” which means “to put a mark on an object to show possession, authority, identity, or security” (Strong’s Strongest Concordance). The “seal” of God is the “Mark” of the Lord to show possession by the Holy Spirit. This is why the Bible says in

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

The Seal of the Lord is the “Mark of God” which shows the owner ship and possession of the Lord upon us.

The “Mark of the Beast” therefore shows the ownership of Satan upon people as well.

Romans 6: 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Here I have to get into the meat. This will be hard from some to take, but it is the Word of God. We are all owned. We all have a master. We are all servants (Doulos [Greek] slaves) to a spiritual master. That master lives in our hearts. We now can easily identify who our master is; our master is the one we yield ourselves to obey. If we are yielded to the Word of God, then the Lord is our master. If we are yielded to the world, to the flesh, to sin, then Satan is our master, and we are his willing slaves.

The Bible tells us what that seal of God is. We are sealed, marked, with the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the seal, or mark, of the Lord God. Here is a second scripture to cement that idea.

Ephesians 1: 3  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Now that we understand what the “Mark of God” is, let us look at how it is applied.

Acts 2: 1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The pillar of fire came into their presence split apart and rested upon the foreheads of all that were present. The Lord God sealed them by placing his mark, the “Mark of the Lord God” upon the foreheads of the people. Remember in Ezekiel he sent the angel to mark them upon their foreheads as well. And now when we look into Revelation we see the “mark of the beast” upon the forehead, we understand why. Let us take one more scripture to seal this idea for us.

Revelation 7: 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

There should be no doubt now. The “Mark of the Lord” is the sealing of the person with the Holy Spirit, which signifies the ownership of the Lord upon them. It seals the man/woman as the servant of the Lord God. It is the token, the redemption, the pledge of God to redeem his own. It is important here to tell you how to get that seal. Verily I would be remiss in my duties as a human being if I failed.

Acts 2: 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

The one and only prescription given in the Bible for us to receive the “Mark of God”, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Surely you are thinking infant baptism, sprinkling, baptism in titles, all equate. To man they may, but not to the Lord God. He gave us a specific command. If we yield ourselves to obey that command, then we will receive the Holy Spirit. If we yield to another voice, then we do not belong to the Lord.

Acts 19:  And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

In this verse we see Apollos, a man that the Bible called a “mighty preacher”, was not sealed. When the apostle and prophet Paul met him, he determined that Apollos was not properly baptized. Apollos had not come through the provided way. So Paul told Apollos of the only accepted baptism, of the direct command of the Lord, and Apollos obeyed and was then immediately sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Apollos believed. He was living a clean life. He was baptized, just not according to the prescribed method in the Bible. He was baptized by John the Baptist, yet even that did not count. He was preaching the gospel. He was turning souls to Christ. Yet he was not sealed and he did not yet have remission of sins. He had not entered into the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. He did not have the “Mark of God” upon his forehead. Apollos was a good and righteous man, a church going believer, and even a pastor of a church, yet the Lord could not render unto him the baptism of the Holy Spirit until he obeyed the command of God concerning it. Now if the Lord held a man like Apollos to that standard, he must also hold us to it or he is a hypocrite.

If you or I have not repented and been baptized in accordance with scriptures by full immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ, then we must do it in order to obtain the seal of the Lord God. If we reject it, then we are not yielding to the Lord, we are yielding to the other guy. The Lord has given us an example to follow. We will either yield ourselves to obey the Word of the Lord and be his servants, or we will reject the Word of God in favour of our dogmas, traditions and creeds and be servants of the devil. It’s a hard word, but true.

We have determined that the “Mark of God” is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that it is preceded by full repentance and water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. We have also seen that the devil cannot create and that everything he has is a perversion of something that the Lord God created. So now let us look at what the “mark of the beast” must be. It is a perversion of the “Mark of God”, it is on the forehead, or (perversion) on the hand. And it must be found in Genesis.

Genesis 4: 15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. 16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

The first mark of the beast occurred in Eden. Cain received a mark and immediately went out from the presence of the Lord. He was sealed. There was no more mercy, no more grace for him at that point. The “mark of the beast” is the rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the rejection of the Holy Spirit. The “mark of the beast” seals us out from mercy, from grace, from the blood of Jesus Christ. It seals our doom.

Let us look at this taking into account what we read in Romans. There used to be a celebration every 50 years called Jubilee. At Jubilee the trumpet was sounded and any slave who heard the sound could walk free. If, however, the slave decided that the preferred his master, he was taken to the gate of the city and his ear pierced with and awl and he was a slave forever. Now you see why Christians are so against ear piercing? It is a covenant of slavery.

Exodus 21: And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him for ever.

Now put that into the context of the New Testament.

2 Thesalonians 2: 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Those who reject the gospel, who reject the message of the hour, who reject the Holy Spirit, are sent a strong delusion that they would believe a lie. It has been the same in every age. When Ever rejected the message of Adam, she was sent a strong delusion and believed the lie of the Serpent. Every sin, sickness, suffering and death is a result of that. Moses had a message, those who rejected it perished. Jesus said they are dead. Noah had a message and those who rejected it perished. The Bible says they are in hell. When we reject the message for our day, the gospel, then we will perish. We will believe a lie and be damned for it. The devil, our master, will pierce our ear and we will never receive revelation on the Word of God, forever. We pass beyond the realms of grace. And for the most part we will not even know it.

Think you can come back from that?

Revelation 14: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever received the mark of his name.

Once we receive the “mark of the beast” it is unto our damnation. Damnation upon “whosoever” received it. You see once you receive it there is no going back because you will now believe the devil’s lies and thus never believe the truth of the gospel. You will be religions no doubt, but never holy. Think it impossible?

2 Timothy 3: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

These folks are extremely religious having a “form of godliness”. They go to church every Sunday, sing in the choir, run outreach programs, preach, run charities etc etc. Outwardly to the world they seem holy. But to the Lord God they are abominable for they have rejected Jesus Christ and taken for doctrine the commandments of men. They rejected God’s word in favour of dogmas and creeds, psychology and tradition. They have education, doctors of divinity even, “ever learning and NEVER coming to the knowledge of the truth”. They will never be saved for they cannot be saved. They will never know Jesus Christ. They will never receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit for they have already receive the mark of the beast, and don’t even know it.

That is the worst part of it. Because the world, the religious world, the nominal church doesn’t even know what the mark of the beast is, hundreds of millions have already received it and do not even know it. They will never come to the knowledge of the truth for they rejected it long ago.

Don’t be looking for tattoos or computer chips. Look to what the Bible says about it. Receive the love of the truth, receive the revealed word of God, and yield yourself to obey it. Do this and the Lord will put his mark upon you. Reject it and the devil will claim you and you won’t even know it has happened. Verily the Sunday after the rapture the churches will all be full and the preachers will be pointing to a rapture that has already passed for when they were given the truth, they rejected it, and were sent a strong delusion. Their ears were pierced. They were marked.

Now let us take a moment and look at the other end of that first scripture. Here it is again for reference:

Revelation 13: 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Let us look at this in the light of another scripture about this man.

2 Thessalonians 2: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

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The Number of His Name is 666

The name “Vicarius Filii Dei” means “Vicar of Christ” or “In Place of Christ”. The pope calls himself infallible. The name Vicarius Filii Dei is inscribed upon his golden crown. The Catholic Church believes that he cannot make a mistake. Only God is perfect. This is the man of sin, who sits in the temple of God, “vicarius filii dei” showing himself to be God. The number of his name, the Roman Numeral number of his Roman name is none other than 666 as this figure shows clearly.

Literally hundreds of millions of people have received the Mark of the Beast, and don’t even know it. This is sad, so very sad. Don’t be a statistic.

Jesus suffered, bled and died for our sin, for your sin, and rose again to sit on the right hand of power making intercession for the Saints. Fifty days later was the feast of Pentecost. It was our Jubilee. One hundred and twenty souls gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem were the first to be sealed by God. They immediately hit the streets. Then another 3,000 souls were added that same day. The jubilee trumpet sounded, the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is still sounding today. Hear the trumpet sound and receive your freedom. Receive the revealed word of God for the hour. Enter the blood covenant of Jesus Christ, wash away your sins, and live forever with him.

It is not enough to know about Jesus, we have to know Jesus. Christianity is not a religion, it is not an organization, it is a personal relationship between the Lord God and individuals, through the body and blood of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Christians know Jesus Christ personally, because Jesus Christ personally lives inside of them.

Get marked by God! Get the token of God’s grace and mercy. Today!

May the Lord Bless you Richly in all things.

Called Us to Glory

Subject: Church vs. Bride

 

And the Spirit of the Lord descended like a Dove
And the Spirit of the Lord descended like a Dove and remained upon him.

I have talked with many people who are put off by religion in general. I too had the same attitude towards churches and religion. Then I realized that there is a difference between the church and the bride of Christ. There is a difference between them that call themselves Christians and those who God calls Christians. I found out that the book of Acts is being replayed in the lives of real Christians all across the planet every day. When I met Jesus Christ for myself, then the book of Acts started playing out in my life too.

This sermon is for you. God gave me this scripture and opened it up to me by revelation from the Holy Spirit that I might be able to pass that same gift on to you. But as I always caution people, do not believe me, do not take my word, but go back to the scriptures and see if what I tell you is right. And if it lines up with the scriptures then accept it. Take God’s word for it. Our absolute must be the Bible.

Here I have taken my original notes that I used to preach on the subject, and edited them to make them readable. I pray that you might find them useful. As such I would like to take for a text John chapter 17 and verse 22. And for a subject on that text I would like to concentrate on the theme of the Glory of Jesus Christ and how we are called to glory. And for a subtext we will observe how the Church and the Bride are not one and the same.

John 17:22 And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.

Here we see Jesus at the end of his ministry praying openly for his followers. After reading this scripture a number of questions came to mind. I find that learning is often better served by asking the right questions, rather than just trying to find better answers to less perfect questions.

This is a very short scripture indeed but it carries an enormous message for us. It says that God gave Jesus glory. And it then says that Jesus gave out that same glory to a select group of people. Then it says he did it so that they might become one even as Jesus and God are one. This simple scripture brought up ten interrelated questions in my mind.

  1. What is Glory? Is it tangible or figurative?
  2. How did God give glory to Jesus?
  3. When was this glory given?
  4. How did He, in turn, give it away?
  5. When did He give it?
  6. Who, exactly, does He give it to?
  7. How do we qualify to get it?
  8. How do we know we have it?
  9. Can we loose it once we have it?
  10. How does this glory make us one with each other?

The answers to all ten questions are woven so tightly together that in order to properly answer one we have to answer all ten. And we will know if each answer is right because the scripture must run true; line upon line, word upon word, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little. If our doctrine gets to a point where we get stuck in a scripture then that is a sign our doctrine is completely wrong. The Bible always perfectly agrees with itself!

Paul said that if we preach anything different than what is written we are accursed, Peter said if we wrestle against any scripture we do so to our own damnation and John said if we add or take away we are given plagues and our names removed from the book of life. We must stay with the written word of God. If we get to a point where we have to explain away a scripture to make our doctrine work then that is a sign that our doctrine is wrong and we must go back and start over.

So the answers to all ten questions must all agree with each other in the scripture or we have to go back and start over. And each and every answer must run with the message as well for it is the Revealed Word of God for the Hour. The prophet told us to preach what is on the tapes. He didn’t mean to quote him like a parrot, to preach Jesus whom Branham preaches like the seven vagabond sons did in Paul’s day earning for themselves a good beating and demonic possession. He meant that if our doctrine does not line up with what is put down on the tapes and vindicated by the Holy Spirit in signs wonders and miracles, then we had better fix our doctrine because we are wrong.

So let’s, by the grace of God, get some Bible answers for these Bible questions.

Our scripture here says that Jesus got Glory and gives Glory. He gives his glory to a select, special, elect group of people. And it is the same glory that God gave to Him. So let’s start by finding out exactly what is glory?

The original word for Glory found in the Bible is the Greek word Doxa, which means Splendor, Brilliance, Awesome Light that radiates from God’s presence associated with acts of power, honour and praise. That is a pretty big definition. Today we think of glory as popularity or public notoriety but the Bible has a very different definition. There is nothing popular about it.

So what is this Splendor, this Brilliance, this Awesome Light that radiates from the presence of God that is associated with acts of power, honour and praise?

How and when did God give His glory to Jesus. What is the defining moment in scripture when God gives his glory unto the Lord Jesus Christ? He said that God gave it to him, so there must have been a time when he did not have it, a moment at which he received it, and a time in which he carried it. At the time of his speaking in John as we just read, Jesus notes that he has already received it. So we must look back in time to find where and when he got it.

Look at the life of Jesus on earth. Not much is noted about him for the first 30 years of his life. Many have speculated about him in this time and the Bible gives us just enough information to see that they are all wrong. He was not studying with mystics out east etcetera, he was living in Nazareth as a devout Jew working in Joseph`s business as would be the tradition of the time. He lived a normal life.

He had no defined ministry, to the point where the people from Nazareth didn’t think much of him. Sure he was a nice guy, and pretty smart especially about the scripture, never got in trouble as a kid, didn`t run with the bad lot, but he was just a carpenter, one of the boys, one of Joseph’s sons. He grew up down the street and played games with us as kids. There was nothing too great or spectacular about him. He was not a pretty boy either. The Bible says that there was no beauty in Jesus that men should be attracted to him. He lived as one of us, an ordinary average guy.

The people from Nazareth where he grew up and lived could not believe that He was the messiah. When He came back to them they didn’t believe. He couldn’t even work miracles there because there was no faith in the people. They could not wrap their minds around the fact that this fellow from down the street was a prophet, priest and king. He was the great I AM but his neighbors could not see it. He was the saviour of the world but his friends, those who should have known him best, were blind to it. Isaiah chapter six says that he was “Prince of peace, the councillor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father”. Here was God himself, the creator of all things, veiled in human flesh and the ones who were closest to him could not see him. That should be a humbling wake up call for us. Do we truly see Jesus Christ today? Do we see him for who he really is? Do we have the revelation of the godhead? That is a whole separate sermon, or series of semons.

So when did His ministry start? When did he lay down the carpenter’s hammer and start showing himself as the messiah?

St. John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the spirit of God descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him.

John the Baptist was the messenger of God sent to forerun the first coming of the messiah. According to the Old Testament prophet Malachi, John is the third coming, or manifestation, of the spiritual ministry of Elijah. Jesus also confirmed this in the scriptures telling his disciples such. John, God’s prophet messenger, saw a vision of the Holy Spirit of God descending from heaven and resting upon Jesus Christ. The spirit of God, the pillar of fire descended from God and rested upon Jesus Christ like a dove. And it stayed there! The Bible said it “abode” upon him. This was not a one-time transient event, God came and God stayed.

Jesus was always the Word of God manifested in flesh. He was always the only begotten Son of God. For thirty years he walked the earth as a man, but here we see God putting a seal on His son. God was putting an AMEN upon Jesus Christ for the whole world to hear. He sent his prophet ahead and prepared him to make the announcement and then vindicated Jesus Christ as the one anointed Messiah to all mankind. Here God officially says “I approve of you and of your life and of everything that you are, and in thee am I pleased to dwell” and He does it through a vindicated prophet. The glory of God, the pillar of fire, the Holy Spirit comes down from heaven like a dove and rests upon Jesus as a crown of glory for the eyes of the prophet to see.

And it stayed there!

And from that moment and that place in the desert we see the miraculous ministry of Jesus on earth began. He started His ministry AFTER he received the glory from the Father, not before. That is an important note we’ll pick up later. He had the power, wisdom, knowledge, virtue etc. but it was not until AFTER He received glory that he began his ministry. He was the only begotten of the Father. He was the great I Am. He was the Messiah. He was the word of God made flesh the whole time but he did not begin his ministry until after he received glory from God.

So we see God giving His glory, His “Doxa”: His Splendor, His Brilliance, His Awesome Light that radiates from God’s presence associated with acts of power, honour and praise unto Jesus. We see it as the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and abiding on him. All that power, all that splendor, all that brilliance, all that awesome light that radiates from God’s presence with acts of power honour and praise, veiled as a dove and resting solely on Jesus Christ glorifying Him above all that is, was or ever shall be!

The pillar of fire, the spirit of the great creator himself, the fullness of God lightened on the man of Jesus Christ for in him dwelt the fullness of the godhead bodily. Not some, not most, but ALL, the complete fullness of everything that is God was in Jesus Christ. All that God is was poured into the man Jesus. All of God’s glory is given to Jesus. All of God’s splendor is given to Jesus. All of God’ Brilliance is given to Jesus. All of Gods awesome light that radiates from God’s presence associated with acts of power, honour, and praise is given to Jesus. He was all in all. He was the complete fullness of everything that is God. He was the alpha and omega the beginning and the end, the resurrection and the life. Jesus Christ, a man of flesh and blood like you and I, was standing there dripping wet and soggy in the water of the Jordan River beside that prophet with hundreds if not thousands in attendance and the Glory of God resting on him for a testimony to all mankind. THIS IS MY SON AND IN HIM AM I PLEASED TO DWELL!

If you feel blessed now, it is only going to get better. It is so unbelievably wonderful I find myself reading it over and over.

Jesus said the Glory that you gave to me I am giving to them. Oh what a wonderful glory that is. “The glory that you gave to me I give to them”. Now we have to slow a little. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, do you realize what Jesus Christ is saying here? Do you really understand the depths of his statement? We have been splashing in the shallows long enough, let us go out into the deep now.

The glory that God gave to Jesus Christ, he in turn is giving to us.

The Doxa that God gave to Jesus, he is giving to us.

The Splendor that God gave Jesus, Jesus is giving to us.

The Brilliance that God gave Jesus, he in turn is freely giving to us.

The Awesome Light that radiates from God’s presence associated with acts of power, honour and praise that God gave Jesus is now given to us.

Did Jesus take all that Glory that we just talked about, ALL the glory of the complete fullness of all that is God and give it to his elect?  He said he did. He did not say that he gave us a piece of it, or a copy of it, but the very self same glory that Jesus Christ received when the Holy Spirit of God came down in fullness and indwelt him, he in turn has given to his earthly Bride.

Jesus said that he took the glory that God gave to him and gave it to them. Amen? Are you Bride? It is given to you!

So then we must have his splendor. We must have his Brilliance. We must have his awesome light that radiates from God’s presence associated with acts of power…honour…..and praise. We must have it because Jesus Christ said that he gave it to us.

Here is a point of contention that many have brought up through unbelief. I have had many a “scholar” and “theologian” tell me that it was just for the apostles, just for the first church age etcetera but with no scriptural backing. They did not receive the glory so they then have to explain the glory away or humbly repent and receive it. Pride will prevent them from receiving it. So let us look at that argument a moment.

Let us now look to find out who the “them” that Jesus talks about here are? Is he talking about the world in general? Is he referring to the Jews? Does Jesus mean the church? Is he speaking about the apostles only? Or maybe is he talking about the gentiles? Could it be the Catholics, or the Lutherans or the Pentecostals? Who exactly did Jesus give this glory to?

A little confusing isn’t it? If we look to the context of the prayer he was praying we can narrow it down a little.

John 17: 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which you have given me for they are thine….20 neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their words.

That helps a lot. Jesus said he would give the glory to those which shall believe on him, who are given to him of the father. So it is not for the Jews per se, and not for the gentiles per se, and certainly not for the world, for Jesus specifically said he is not praying for the world. It is for the believer. It is for those who God has chosen out of the world and given to Jesus Christ to believe on him. And not just for the apostle or the first church age because Jesus specifically said it is “for them also which shall believe on me through their words”. For the first age and for the ages to follow who believe on the words of those from the first age. It is for every single believer down through all time.

Jesus Christ has promised his glory, the same glory which he received, will be given to every believer, regardless of where or when they live. If we believe on Jesus Christ through the words written in the Bible then the promise of the glory of God is for us.

I Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.

Now we can also see that it is not random but that we are called to it by God himself. He has called us unto his eternal glory. The glory is eternal. The glory is not just for a time, not just until the next revival, not until next Sunday, not until you make your next mistake, but the glory of God that Jesus Christ gives unto those that believe on him is forever and ever, time without end, Amen.

If the glory will never fade, will never die and will last forever does that mean once we got it we can never loose it? We’ll see that a little later too. The Glory is eternal. The Holy Spirit, God is the only eternal. There is no eternal life outside of God and only God has eternal life. For us to have eternal life, God himself must be dwelling inside us. Without that indwelling we do not have eternal life.

This is another example of the Holy Scripture running true again. He has called us. We are called by God. We are called but remember many are called but few are chosen.

Now we see another topic showing up. Many are called but few are chosen. Is that what Jesus said, many are called but few are chosen? This pattern runs all through the Bible. There are two groups of believers. There is the Church, called and the Bride, both called and chosen.

Romans 8: 29 For whom He did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first born among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and who he called, them he also justified: and who he justified, them he also glorified.

The word “predestinated” will get a lot of people’s fur up. But that is the word that God uses. God knew before the first sub-atomic particle was created who would and would not receive his words. He knew how many hairs I would have and how many would be left this morning. And he wrote the names of his children in the Lamb’s book of life before the earth ever existed. Way back beyond eternity God had you in his mind. You are the expressed thought of God. Think about that for a moment. You are the desire of God’s own heart expressed for all to see. Let’s look a little closer now from a different angle.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thinks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are both called and chosen. Is there a difference between those who are called and those who are chosen? Are all who are called also chosen? Jesus said no. So then there are two distinct groups here in these scriptures. Two distinct groups, yet somehow the same group, for the scripture does not differentiate them here. How could that be?

II Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us unto glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.10 Wherefore the rather brethren, give diligence to make you calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.

Make your calling AND election sure. We can be both called AND chosen. Two groups made from one! The called out church AND the called out and chosen bride. This relates back to the parable of the ten virgins. There were ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom. They all had their lamps lit, but the bridegroom tarried, and when he finally came, only half of them were ready and the rest were left behind.

Look very carefully here and note that they were all virgins. They were all called. They were all justified. Peter says that those who don’t get chosen, the foolish virgins, “have forgotten that they were purged from their old sins”. The foolish virgins were purged by the blood of Jesus Christ. They repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins according to Acts 2:38. The foolish virgins were made pure and white just like the wise virgins. But only the wise virgins, only the bride is elected. She is the “elect lady”. Why is this so?

What sets the bride apart from the church? Quite the mystery isn’t it? They are both bride material as we have just seen. They are both called by God for eternal life. They are both pure. Their sins are all washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ, church and bride the same. Their names are ALL written in the Lamb’s book of life from the foundation of the world. Think about it. Both had a testimony with their lamps lit. Both believed and testified the message of the hour. The foolish virgins are message believers.

What is the difference? What sets the Wise virgins apart from the Foolish virgins? The answer is OIL! Amen? OIL! Oil always types the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Things are coming together now. The wise virgins and the foolish virgins all testified of the message and all believed the message but the wise also lived the message and were filled with the Holy Spirit. It is not enough just to be justified. It is not enough even to be sanctified. We must be glorified if we are to be the bride of Christ. Only a glorified bride will be raptured.

Paul said in Thessalonians that we are “called to the obtaining of the glory”. The obtaining or receiving of the glory, the Bride is to be called to the obtaining of the Holy Spirit. All Christians are called to it. That is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ does, it calls us to the obtaining of the glory of God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is called to it but not every Christian is chosen and elected to it. The whole church is called to it but only the bride is chosen and elect to it. And they all tried to get it. Get this point. They ALL tried to get oil. The foolish virgins just started too late and looked to the wrong source. Isn’t that what the Bible says? Look carefully, they tried to get oil. Let’s look at the scripture.

Matthew 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise GIVE US OF YOUR OIL; for our lamps have gone out. 9 But the wise answered saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Do you see it? They all tried to get oil. They knew they needed it but they realized it too late, and they went to the wrong source. They were called for it. They were virgins like the others. But they were lazy. They were lukewarm about it. They did not practice Christianity, they practiced churchianity. They looked to men for salvation for once they realized they needed oil they went to men and not to God. They look to their pastors for their absolute not to God. They were still carnal. Paul preached about it how one said they were of Apollos and another of Paul and another of Cephas. We have the same thing going on today. One of this preacher, and one of that group. It is the spirit of denominationalism. It is not of God.

They were the church. They were justified every one of them. Every one of them was water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ in full emersion. Every one of them believed the message of the hour. Every one of them recognized the Elijah visitation of their day. Every one of them believed the message of the hour. They were even sanctified most of them. But none had gone further. They were still splashing in the shallows and never truly pushed out into the deep. They were satisfied to be good, decent church going citizens.

Ephesians 1:4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

They were most certainly called and they were justified but they were not chosen, not elect, not glorified. God through foreknowledge knew all of us. By this foreknowledge he elected a chosen bride that he knew would keep pushing, keep fighting, keep knocking, keep asking and seeking until the day that he calls them home. This is the group that he elected to be his bride and he elected them out of the called out ones, out of the church.

God called two million Israelites out of Egypt through his prophet Moses. Every one of those people was a believing Israelite. Every one of them followed a vindicated prophet. Every one of them saw signs, wonders and miracles in the desert for forty years. Every one of them was baptized in the Red Sea. Every one of them ate manna in the wilderness and drank from the Rock in the desert. The Bible says so. And of the two million adults that God called through his prophet Moses, he only elected two souls, Joshua and Caleb, to enter into the Promised Land.

What a mystery this is indeed. There is a biblical mystery of glory.

Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is make manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

The mystery of glory is Jesus Christ IN you. Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Glory of God, IN you. That is what happened at Pentecost. It is not just Jesus with you. It is not just memorizing scripture. The mystery of Glory is Jesus Christ dwelling inside you. Look what Jesus said of it in John.

St. John 17: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Jesus said “I in them”. The mystery of glory is Jesus Christ literally dwelling and living inside of you. This is the mystery that was hidden for all time. It was hidden from all ages. It was hidden from all generations. This mystery of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was hidden from everyone, even the prophets. And the Bible says that this ageless mystery is now finally is made manifest to his saints. How is this mystery made manifest? It was hidden from everyone. Even Moses didn’t know it. How does God interpret his word? God interprets his word by making it come to pass, is that right? So then he must have interpreted this mystery by making it come to pass too.

Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up; with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel. 17 AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS in the last days, said God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and you young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

This is so beautiful. Slow down here and read carefully so you don’t miss it. How did Jesus Christ give us His Glory, the Glory which he received of the father? The very same way He received it. God does not change so if we got the exact same glory that Jesus received, then we must have gotten it in the exact same way that Jesus received it. If we were baptized by the Holy Spirit we must have been baptized in the exact same way that Jesus was baptized by the Holy Spirit. So where in the Bible do we see people being anointed the same way that Jesus was anointed?

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

It was the exact same glory and it manifested itself in the exact same way. I hope you see it. It is undeniable in the scriptures. In order for us to receive the Holy Spirit we must receive it in the exact same way that Jesus Christ received it or it is not the same spirit.

The Bible says that there “appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it SAT UPON EACH OF THEM”. And we read that when Jesus received the glory that “God’s spirit descended like a dove and it abode on Him”. Was it the same manifestation? Was it the Same Glory? Or was it different? It had to be the same. AMEN! EXACTLY THE SAME! JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER!

It has to be the same or it wasn’t God. And it has to be the same today or it isn’t God. Jesus was baptized in water and then the Holy Spirit, the Glory came to Him and stayed with him. We are baptized in water in His name and His Glory will then come to us and stay with us.

Do you think you can receive the Holy Spirit by being baptized in any other way than Acts 2:38? NO! It is not possible. God has provided a way, Jesus Christ is that way and Jesus said no man can come but by him and all others who try to come any other way are THIEVES AND ROBBERS. (John 10:1 look it up when you get home). We even find that in Acts chapter 19 a group of honest believing Christians could not receive the Holy Spirit because they were not baptized in Jesus name. And we then find that as soon as they were rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ they received the Holy Spirit.

Now we noted that Jesus didn’t begin his ministry until after he received the glory of the Father. So too did the disciples not minister before they received the glory of Jesus either. In fact they were forbidden from preaching until they were glorified. Jesus said to them to go to Jerusalem and wait. What did he tell them to wait for? Did he say to wait until you get a degree, until some university offers you a PhD? Did he tell them to wait until they were a certain age? Did he tell them to wait until they get voted in by an assembly?

Jesus said to go and wait until you are “endued with POWER from on high”! Go and wait for the Glory of God! The Holy Spirit is the power of God! Not by might, nor by strength, but by my spirit said the Lord. The Holy Spirit is the Splendor of God! It is the Brilliance of God! It is the awesome light that radiates from God associated with acts of power, honour and praise! It is the Holy Spirit that does the works, the signs wonders and miracles in our ministries. It is the Holy Spirit that heals the sick, that raises the dead, that saves and delivers, and prophesies. It is the Holy Spirit that speaks in unknown tongues and interprets tongues.

II Peter 1: 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

The Holy Spirit is power. It is glory. Amen! It is given to us. He gave us “ALL THINGS”. How? Through knowledge of Him who called us to GLORY and virtue. Virtue, that comes up a little later too.

So now we know what the glory is. We know how Jesus got it and when he got it. We know how we are to receive it. We know how he was able to give it to us. We still have only answered half of the questions.

When is it given to us? Good question. That is a very important question. How do we qualify to receive it? That is probably even more important to ask.

We have touched on that a little. We said earlier that we must be both called and chosen, but what does that mean in practical sense. Often we find ourselves quoting a verse and not really understanding how it applies to the here and now. Do we have choices here or is God unfair? Of course we do but God knew what choices we would make before hand so that is how he was able to predestinate us. And then He reveals it to us but not to others.

Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

So God predestinates us, calls us, and reveals his word to us. He also says that this revelation is only given to the called. If we are not called then we will not know any of the secrets of the Kingdom of God. We might be religious, we might attend church every Sunday, we might even be a preacher, or a bishop or a pope even, but we will have no light to know the meaning of the scriptures. Sure we will be smart. We will even memorize the letter of the Word, but we will be in complete darkness. We will never understand the godhead, baptism, the Lord’s supper, or this topic that we are discussing here.

So how do we go about becoming qualified? Peter tells us in two separate places.

Acts 2:38 Repent every one of you and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit for the promise is unto you and to your children and to all who are afar off even as many as the Lord God shall call.

We mentioned this scripture earlier but is that it? Seems too simple doesn’t it? All we have to do is to repent and be baptized in Jesus name and we are qualified to receive the Holy Spirit? Is that all you have to do? YES! Baptism is straight forward. You get someone to completely immerse you in water and bring you back up again in the name of Jesus Christ and you are baptized according to the Word of God. Simple yes, but who is doing that today? Today if they even will immerse you, it is difficult to find a church that will baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ. They all use titles today but that is not according to the Bible and God will not accept it or count it as a baptism.

But what about repent? That is where we tend to fall down. Repent is not a one time thing. It is ongoing. It is making right what was wrong. How do we make right what is wrong in our lives? How do we sanctify ourselves? God cannot dwell in an unclean vessel. So how do we get clean? We are cleaned by the Word of God. The Bible calls it washing with the pure water of the word. Repent, fix what you broke, get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and then get sanctified for your glorification. If you stole something, pay it back. If you lied, go tell the truth.

2 Peter 1: 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge, 6 and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

What is charity? It is not giving to the poor for Paul writes though I give all I have to the poor and have not charity it profits me nothing. The original Greek word is Agapos which means the love of God. It is not human compassion that the Greeks called Phileo. This love is Holy and pure, this love is God. This love is the Holy Spirit.

It is the Glory, the Splendor, brilliance, awesome light radiating from the presence of God associated with acts of power, honour and praise. Peter said “IF ye do these things you will never fall and you will make your calling AND election sure”.

There are three that bear record on earth, water, blood and spirit. Ezekiel says I will give you a new heart, justification, and a new spirit, sanctification, and MY Spirit, Glorification. But not for all, because some are content with sanctification and some are happy with justification. But there are some that feel that extra tug in their hearts, that sense of urgency, a desperate longing to be in the presence of God. They seek out the oil now, they seek it out daily. They aren’t happy just being church, they want, they need, long to be the bride of Jesus Christ. They do not rest until they have been sealed with that Spirit of promise. And once they are sealed, they still cry out for more of God.

But what of those who don’t? What happens to the church? Where are they in and after the rapture? In the rapture, Jesus says, two will be together, one will be left and the other taken. The rapture will come and go and they will not be included. Then the tribulation strikes the earth. How about receiving glory then? Is it too late for oil, to late for glory after the rapture?

1 Thessalonians 4: 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

There are a couple of points we should note from this scripture. Here we see Paul telling us the series of events that make up what we collectively call the “rapture”. First the dead in Christ are risen. Then we which are still alive are caught up with them in the air. Then we all meet Jesus Christ in the air and remain with him forever. The point we need to see here is that if Jesus is meeting us in the air, he is no longer on the mercy seat making intercession for sins. Once Christ rises off of the mercy seat to claim his bride there will be no more mercy for any gentile anywhere on earth. If we look to Romans chapter eleven we can see that this is confirmed. Paul writes that the eyes of Israel are closed until the fulfillment of the gentiles. Once the rapture takes place, there is no more mercy for any gentile, no more salvation available. God then turns to Israel with two prophets, Moses and Elijah who will turn the hearts of 144,000 Israelites to Christ with a message that is vindicated with signs wonders and miracles. And in the book of Revelation we can read this:

Rev 22:10 And he said unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Once Jesus gets off that mercy seat, as you are is how you stay. If you are justified you won’t be able to move forward to sanctification, if you are sanctified you won’t be able to move forward to glory. And if you are lost, there is no salvation to be found at all. The church is saved but she is saved Before the rapture. She goes through the tribulation and comes up in the white throne judgment, but her salvation came before the rapture. Don’t take my word for much, but you can believe me on this, “YOU DO NOT WANT TO GO THROUGH THE TRIBULATION!”

Now we have to examine the idea of the Church versus the Bride a little deeper. Let’s look to Abraham for an example back in the book of Genesis. Three “men” came to Abraham one day and Abraham, speaking only to the central character, called him Lord, and the other two went off to Sodom. Notice that the messenger with the message of promise, the Lord, came to Abraham but not to Lot. Lot got the message of impending judgment.

Abraham, the Bride, got a single messenger, while Lot, the church, got multiple messengers. Enoch, the bride, got the message of promise and was raptured, Noah, the church, got the message of judgment and went through the tribulation.

In each age God sent a Single messenger to the bride, and multiple to the church. One Luther and hundreds of others. One Wesley and hundreds of others. One Branham and hundreds of others. The message of the hour is not for the church. It is for the bride alone, for only the bride will receive it. The church can’t take it, she has to try to change it, to water it down or inject her own ideas into it. But the bride, she takes it as it is written, as it is spoken, and believes it and obeys it. She is justified, sanctified and glorified.

Which brings us to the question, can we lose it? Once we are sealed, once we are filled, once we receive the glory of Jesus Christ, can we loose it? This is an easy one to answer.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Can you loose it once you got it? NEVER! If you weren’t ready for it God would never have given it to you, and once he gives it to you He is making the testimony, this is my beloved son/daughter in whom I am pleased to dwell. God’s glory is eternal. God’s life is eternal. Once God puts his seal upon you, once God fills you with the Holy Spirit, once Jesus Christ gives you his glory which he received from the Father, you have it forever.

Here is the tough one. This one has baffled millions for years. This question stumps all the churches; the one question that seems almost without explanation to most people today. This is the question that is still argued about among the “message people”.

How do we know we got it? How do we know that we have the Glory? And taking it a step further, will we know? Will we know that we have the Glory and what will be the sign that we have it? Jesus said we would.

John 14: 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

So we will know. But how will we know? How do we know for sure if we got it?

Will we have some sensation? Will be speaking in unknown tongues? Will we shout, raise our hand, pass out, scream, run around? Will we believe the message? Maybe we will go hunting with the prophet? Some would almost say that. Is going to church or getting voted in as a deacon or a Sunday School teacher the sign? Is being baptized the sign or maybe taking the Lord’s supper?

What is the defining characteristic of the Holy Spirit in an individual? How did the disciples know they had it? What sign or evidence did Jesus tell them to look for? What were the disciples told to wait for when they were sent to Jerusalem? What ever they were told to wait for must be the sign or else how would they have known whether or not they had it. And since God doesn’t change, whatever was the sign to them in that day MUST be the sign now to us today.

Luke 24: 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

What were they told to wait for? What was the sign that Jesus said would be the evidence of the Holy Spirit? POWER! Wait until you get power from on high. The power was the sign, or evidence of the Holy Spirit. The power Peter spoke of:

II Peter 1: 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

POWER! GLORY! VIRTUE! Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Do you have power? Do you have Power over your flesh. Do you have Power to believe and obey the word of God. Do you have Power to testify about the name of Jesus Christ and all that he has done for you? Do you have power to overcome sin in your life?

It is not the gifts, they are without repentance. Jesus never told them to go and wait until they had spoken in tongues. He never told them to wait for education, or a sensation, or anything else but Power and Power from on High. The power is the Glory of Jesus Christ.

And how does it make us one? Oh my. That one is easy too. We will have One mind. We will all have One spirit. When we are filled with the glory of God, the Holy Spirit, then we will all have the mind and spirit of Jesus Christ. The bride is one with the groom, life of his life, spirit of his spirit. We will be the image of Jesus Christ, the stature of the perfect man. When we have the power we will say AMEN to every word in the Bible. We will believe it, we will obey it. We will think the way God thinks.

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him, but we have the mind of Christ.

If you have the mind of Christ, and I have the mind of Christ, then we both have the same mind, the same thoughts and the same ideas. And if you have the Spirit of God in you, and I have the Spirit of God in me, then we are the same, filled with the same life. We will have the same spirit and the same mind. We will be one. We will be members one of another, members of the body of Jesus Christ. Maybe you are an eyeball and I am a little toe but we belong to the same body. We will have different jobs, and different gifts, but all our gifts will work together to make the body whole.

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

There it is in a nutshell. We are the habitation of God through the spirit. When Jesus gives us the glory that God gave him, we become citizens of the Kingdom of God, we become lively stones fitly framed together with the other saints, and we become the habitation of God himself through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

That is what we need. It is not enough to come to church. That is a good thing but it will never save you. It is not enough to be a member of a church. It is not enough to be justified. It is not enough to be sanctified. We must get glorified. We, every one of us, needs to come to the position where we receive the filling of the Holy Spirit. The only people who will be raptured off of the earth before the great tribulation where Peter tells us the very elements will melt with a fervent heat, are those who have received the glory of God, the glory of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of promise.

The justified are saved, for that is what salvation is. We are saved from sin. Justification through repentance and full emersion water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ grants us remission, or salvation, from sin. The Sanctified are saved, for we must become justified before we can become sanctified. But only the glorified are the Bride of Jesus Christ. Only the Glorified are stolen away in the twinkling of an eye. Only the Glorified dwell with Jesus one thousand years in the new Jerusalem. Only the Glorified sit with him in Judgment.

We are all on a journey. There are two paths, one is narrow and very few people will choose it. That is the path to eternal life in the Kingdom of God. It starts with accepting Jesus Christ as your saviour and getting justified. That path requires rejecting all, rejecting the world, rejecting religion, rejecting men’s ideas, rejecting unbiblical church dogmas, and following the Bible alone. The Bible must be our absolute or we are not on the narrow path. And if we leave that path, we must go back to where we left off and start over.

It is a lonely path. It is a rocky uphill constant battle. It is a call to arms, a call to war against spirits, and powers, and principalities and powers of the air. It requires the whole armour of God. But It is also the path to glory for it is a path of glory. God lights the way with the brilliance of His glory that he promised to fill you with. And he gave us a simple prescription for receiving it which we discussed earlier. It is the only way. There is a way which seems right unto man the end thereof is death. That way is the broad easy way.

It is a wide easygoing path. It is a path of popularity, a path of worldly opportunity, a path of luxury. It is the path that most “Christians” will take. Just look to Bible examples. How many did Noah have with him? Eight souls out of the billions that were alive on earth at the time. How many got raptured before the flood? Only one man, Enoch. How many of the Israelites believed Moses and actually entered the Promised Land? Only two out of two million; Joshua and Caleb. How big was Daniel’s church? He had three men Shadrah, Meshack and Abed-nego. How many followed Jesus? In the end there were only twelve and one of them was a devil.

They do not want the narrow way. They do not want to sacrifice. They do not want to be laughed at and called “holy rollers” or “Jesus Freaks” or any other of the countless names the devil will throw at you. They do not want to crucify the flesh daily. They are too proud to admit they are wrong. They cannot repent, just like Cain of old. They do not want to be put out of their churches for testifying that Jesus Christ is still the healer, or for speaking in tongues, or for simply believing every word that is written in the Bible. They want the path of ease. They want to be popular. They want to be respected and accepted by the world and by organizations of men. They want to be lifted up by men. They want the pleasures of the world but to be called holy. They have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. They call themselves Christians, they go to church, they sing and worship and pray, but inside they are a gross darkness. Cain was the same way. The end of that path is death.

But I trust that is not so of any of you who are reading this or I don’t think you would have gotten anywhere near this far without tossing the paper in the fire. You are called to glory! You are called to be the Bride of Jesus Christ. You are called to be a fellow citizen in the Kingdom of God. You are called to be the habitation of God!

Come to God’s glory today. Do not wait for tomorrow for there may not be a tomorrow. My dear brother, my sister, I am pleading with you to listen to the Word of God. Jesus Christ is pleading with you to receive him. Do not believe me for I am a man such as yourself, but take every word I have written here for you by the inspiration of the Spirit of God, and take the Word of God and search it out and pray over it and see if it isn’t the absolute truth. Wait upon God for revelation. Do not go to another man, do not go to a pastor or priest, go to the high priest that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. Go to Jesus Christ and wait upon him to reveal to you the truth in his Word.

Follow ever after Jesus Christ. Believe and obey only the Word of God. The Bible is the word of God in print. Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and receive forgiveness of sins, sanctification from the filth of the flesh and of the world, and receive the glory of God from Jesus Christ through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That is the new birth. Be born again of water and of blood and of spirit. And as Jesus said, except you be born again you shall never see the kingdom of God. Come and see the Kingdom of God with the fellowship of the saints. Come and walk on the streets of pure gold in the city where the Lamb is the light.

So let’s look back over the questions one last time so we get it right. I have not included every possible scripture here, but rather just enough to get the point across. There are many more. I strongly urge you to study what is here and compare it with your Bible and look for more scriptures on the topic.

I’m going to ask you for the answers now. You all know them, and I think many readers probably knew most if not all of them before today.

  1. What is Glory? Is it tangible or figurative?
  2. How did God give glory to Jesus?
  3. When was this glory given?
  4. How did He, in turn, give it to us?
  5. When did He give it to us?
  6. Who, exactly, does He give it to?
  7. How do we qualify to get it?
  8. How do we know we have it?
  9. Can we loose it once we have it?
  10. How does this glory make us one with each other?

The glory of God is for you.

Salvation is for you.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is for you.

Do not stop short but earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the Saints. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Seek, knock and ask for Jesus promised to give unto you the Spirit. I would like to finish with a brief excerpt from a book written by a precious brother who God anointed with his Holy Spirit to bring a message of salvation and hope to the Bride of Christ in these last days. His name was William Branham. I strongly recommend that you find a copy of the book (there are many, many available in print and online) and read the whole thing.

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Thus the grain of wheat that became a plant for the harvest is the record of the church. And even as not all the wheat plant is wheat seed, and as not all the plant is used in the harvest, so with the church:–all the church is not the bride, and neither is it all given eternal life, but a PART of it is gathered into the garner, and a PART of it is kept that it might enter into eternal life in the second resurrection, and PART of it which is accounted chaff is burned in the lake of fire.

Be that part that is gathered into the garner. Get your oil, get your promised glory today!

May God richly bless you with his spiritual revelation.

Spider Bite Healed

The Culprits

Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider

It happened a few years ago. We were living in Penticton, British Columbia, an area famous for nasty spiders. Both the brown recluse and the black widow are quite common there. We do not know what spider bit her. My daughter Sophia, who was 4 years old at the time, was bitten on the leg by a spider. I found out the next day.

The Bite

I measured the bite marks. The bite had a large red swollen area about 3 inches in diameter. There was a white center about one inch in diameter. And in the middle were two bright red, diamond shaped, fang marks about a quarter inch apart. That is one HUGE spider. At her age it took up the width of her leg. It was a very ugly and scary picture to see such a wound on a small child, especially when you know the damage is caused by a venom.

The Solution

Following the directions in James chapter 5 in the Bible, we prayed for her in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as I anointed her with oil. Twenty minutes later there was no sign of the bite; it was completely gone.

Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, is the same yesterday today and forever. He does not change. He is not a respecter of persons. As such, if you come to  him according to his word as we did, then by his grace he will vindicate that word to you. Only believe, all things are possible, only believe.

Every Seed After His Kind

“Every Seed After His Kind”

Every Fruit Bearing the Original Seed

The Rain Falls on the Wheat and the Tares
The Rain Falls on the Wheat and the Tares

Genesis 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

May the Lord add his blessing to the reading of the word.

A little text this morning if it would be alright with everyone is “every seed after its kind, and every fruit bearing the original seed”. We will see, by the grace of God this morning how everything comes full circle.

When God created the universe he invoked a number of laws by which the natural universe would run. Some of these are spoken of in the Bible while others aren’t. These laws are definite, unbreakable laws. Most of us have heard of some of the basic natural laws: the law of gravity, we have the four laws of thermodynamics, we have Einstein’s law of relativity E=mc2 etc. These laws were ordained of God to run the machine of the Universe. Another one of the natural laws is the law of biological reproduction, which, as we just read, states that every seed comes after his kind. Cows produce cows and ducks produce ducks etc.

How many reading here know that everything natural is a type or metaphor for something spiritual? So we see that God ordained natural laws and spiritual laws. As the natural laws are unbreakable in the natural universe, so too are the spiritual laws unbreakable in any universe. You might say of course the spiritual law can be broken because to break the law is sin. But the law is more than a commandment, the law is a commandment PLUS a punishment. Two separate components, a commandment and a punishment. That is how Jesus fulfilled the law. He said he did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it and he fulfilled it by taking the punishment part upon himself, the commandment part is still upon us. The law remained, only now it is fulfilled.

For instance God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (commandment part) for the day you eat thereof you shall surely die (punishment part). Adam and Eve did not break the law, they transgressed it. The law remained intact for they surely did die, and they did surely die within one spiritual day; a day in heaven being as one thousand years. And not only them but there has not been one single human being in history to live for an entire day of 1000 years. The law of God, while transgressed, remains intact and unbroken to this day.

In our scripture we read how God created a set of laws of reproduction. We see that for each plant, for each herb, for each animal etc we have the law of reproduction stating that every seed is brought after his kind. As a side note notice that it says his kind not its kind signifying that the life in the seed comes from the male, or more exactly its father. We’ll see that show up later. Every seed is after its kind and every fruit bearing the original seed.

We take an apple seed this morning and plant it in some good earth. After a few days it springs up with a sprout that looks nothing like the original seed but the life from that seed is in the sprout and the sprout carries that life. Then after a while a leaf appears, then a bud springs forth, then in a few years it bears fruit. Even the fruit can look nothing like the original seed that we planted but if we look inside of the fruit we will see a seed that looks exactly like the seed you first planted years ago. The life in the new seed is the exact same life that was in the seed we originally planted.

The law of reproduction holds true. We will see that there is a spiritual side to that law that holds equally true. The spiritual law is as perfect and unfailing as the natural law.

Now the world talks of evolution. Evolution states that every seed is after a different kind. Evolution tells us that if we plant an apple seed, we will get an orange tree. Evolution tells us that every seed comes as a mutation, or a perversion of the original seed. Who is the perverter? Satan! The Devil. Evolution is not a theory, it is a lie that deifies Satan and makes him, the perverter, into the creator and father of all life on the planet. Did you realize that? Evolution is a lie, period. Evolution is from the bottomless pit. We will also come to see today how the devil uses the same lie of evolution on a spiritual level.

Matthew 7: 16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Here we see Jesus himself showing us the law of reproduction from Genesis as a spiritual law. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit. An apple tree cannot give you a pomegranate, an orange tree cannot give you a watermelon, thorns don’t give grapes and thistles cannot give figs. Why? Because the life in the tree comes from the life in the seed that was originally planted, and the life in the fruit comes from the life in the tree. Do you see it? When you plant an apple seed, you plant an apple LIFE that will grow into an apple tree, with apple leaves and apples bark and bear apples with the same seed and life you first planted. The life of the apples seed is in every cell and fiber of the apple tree. The bark of the apple tree has life from the apples seed. The leaf on the apple tree has life from the seed. If you have a growing seed in your heart the life from that seed will permeate every cell of your body, every thought of your mind, every desire of your heart.

If a corrupt seed is planted a corrupt tree must grow and a corrupt fruit must be produced. If a good seed is planted then a good tree must grow and a good fruit must be produced. If the Revealed Word of God for the hour is planted into your heart then a Godly life will grow and a Godly fruit will be produced in your life. If a perverted Word is planted in your heart then a perverted life will grow and a perverted fruit will be produced in your life. Don’t miss this part. The fruit carries the original seed. You will never cut open an apple and find an orange seed growing in there. Am I making sense to everyone? We just had a baby a couple of months ago. People ask “what did we have?”. There are only two answers they are expecting: boy or girl, not dog or cat.

This is vital so let me go over it slowly. Every seed carries life in it. If there is no life then the seed cannot grow. The life that is in the seed is special and unique to that particular seed. Remember every seed after his kind. The seed that is planted has a certain, particular, unique life in it. That life is then carried by the tree and deposited into the fruit where the original seed with that same original life is reproduced to be replanted elsewhere. So I plant one apple seed and a few years later I harvest a hundred apples, each of which has ten seeds. So I start by planting one seed and ten years later I have not only the fruit of that seed but I have that selfsame original seed with the same original, particular unique life reproduced exactly 1000 times over.

If I plant a denominational seed into your heart today, and it takes root, then a denominational life will grow, and a denominational fruit will be produced, and a denominational seed will be reproduced through you exactly like the one I planted. If I plant a Baptist seed into your hearts this morning and it takes root then your life will be a Baptist life, with Baptist fruit reproducing Baptist seed. If I plant a Catholic seed this morning, you will have a Catholic life with Catholic fruit and Catholic seed. But if I plant a Word Seed this morning, the life of the Lord God, the Holy Spirit, in that Word of God will produce a Godly life, a Godly fruit and a Godly seed in you.

It is impossible for me to plant a Baptist seed and have you to produce a Catholic life. It is equally impossible for me to plant a denominational seed of any kind and have you produce a godly life, a godly fruit, or a godly seed. The denominational churches say they are trying to produce Christians but they are not planting the right seed. How can I be an apple farmer if all I plant are broccoli seeds? If I plant broccoli seeds I will harvest broccoli. I would look pretty silly showing up at the fruit packers with a hundred bins of broccoli and telling them I got Spartans. How can a church produce born again spirit filled Christians when it is not planting the right born again spirit filled Christian seed? A denominational seed can only produce a denominational person. A Muslim seed can only produce a Muslim person. A Buddhist seed can only produce a Buddhist.  If you want to produce a Christian then you have to plant Christian seed. The only Christian seed is the Word of God!

Matthew 13: 24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

We have many seeds planted today in the world. We have many seeds planted today in the message. God is planting his seed but the devil is also planting tare seeds. A tare seed can only produce a tare. A wheat seed can only produce wheat. Be careful of what seed you are planting in your heart and in the heart of others. Be very, very careful. Do you know what seed is in you? Do you know what is growing inside you? Do you know what life you are carrying inside you right now? That life that is planted in your heart and is growing is bearing fruit that is reproducing the original seed that was planted. The seed is growing and yielding forth fruit and seed right under your nose. Your life reveals it. What do you think is happening to that reproduced seed?

This is so vital. Is everyone up to speed with what I am trying to bring? Is this making sense so far? Let us go a step deeper.

When a seed is planted it grows and carries the original life with it into the fruit where the original seed is reproduced exactly. Then that seed is spread and takes root in others and the process repeats itself. If we plant a doctrine this morning, a spiritual seed into your heart, and it takes root, it will grow and bear the fruit of that doctrine. Then the original doctrine which was the original seed will first bare the fruit of that doctrine and then come forth from you and be planted in others. Here is the critical point. The life in the seed is the spirit from which the doctrine came.

The life in the Word of God is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said “my words are spirit and life”. When you hear the Word of God and it takes root in your heart, then the life in the Word, the Holy Spirit, will lead you to produce godly fruit and that fruit will carry the original seed, which is the Word, and the life of that seed, which is the Holy Spirit to others. Without the Holy Spirit the Word is a dead letter. The life in the Word is the Holy Spirit.

Every doctrine, belief, teaching, dogma idea etc is a seed. Every seed has life. The life in the seed is the spirit from which the seed came. Remember, a word is a though expressed. So every word, every doctrine, originated with a though. That thought originated in a spirit. Any doctrine or teaching or belief that does not line up perfectly with the word of God is not of God. It did not come from the thoughts of God. If it is not of God then it cannot have the life of God in it. If it is not of God then it MUST have another life in it.

God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That commandment was a seed and the Holy Spirit was the life in that seed. The serpent came with a different seed. His seed was of the devil and had the devil’s life in it. His seed was that you will not surely die but be changed to be smart like God. The life in the devil’s seed was the devil. Eve received the seed of God then she received the seed of the serpent. She let the seed of the serpent grow in her and it bore fruit of that seed which was adultery, and then that fruit reproduced the original seed, the doctrine that the fruit was good to eat, which she then planted in Adam.

It all comes full circle. A seed is planted, it grows in the heart, it produces fruit from the life of the seed, and then that very same seed is reproduced in the fruit bearing the original life and is then replanted in another. Weeds grow way faster than wheat. How long does it take for a gossip to travel? How quickly does a denomination move grow? Look at Scientology. Look at Jehovah’s Witnesses. Look at Islam, they have about two billion followers and 99.999999999999% don’t even know they are worshipping the moon.

The devil has two methods of destroying the seed of God. We just heard of the first one, planting tare seeds to choke out the wheat. But he has another sinister plan in the works. He directly attacks the vine of God before the fruit can come. If you hack at the branch and don’t let the fruit come then you will never get the original seed reproduced and carried forth.

Matthew 13: 1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the seaside. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Notice here that the seed is being spread. The Word of God is being preached and it is being heard. Some fell by the way side and the devil rooted it up before it could spring up. The devil will sit beside you here while you are reading, or in church on Sundays, and try to take away the word out of your ears. Some might walk out of a church service and not have a clue what was spoken. Sound strange? I have witnessed it on many occasions. Next Sunday after church ask people what was preached. You will be astonished at how many cannot tell you. Can you imagine coming out of a movie theater and not being able to tell someone what the movie was about? Try it and see. There will be some there who were by the wayside and the word that was preached will be gone from them at the door.

Then if the Word does take root, Satan will try to kill it before it bears fruit. He doesn’t care if you have the letter in your mind because without the fruit you will not have a living word to give to another. Without the life and the fruit all you will have to give to another is a dead letter that will kill them. You will be a hypocrite and a stumbling block to them. How many of them have you met? The devil will use the cares of this life and persecution to keep the planted seed from growing in you to bring fruit.

Here is the thing. Once the fruit is ripe, it does not matter how much you try to destroy it, the seed remains intact. Once an apple is ripe you can smash it with a baseball bat and all you will do is spread the seeds. The devil knows he has to get to the tree before the fruits come. Remember what we read earlier that once the fruits come, then follows the harvest. Remember Stephen? His fruit was ripe and even while they were stoning him to death, that living seed spread to Saul of Tarsus. That seed took root in Saul and eventually grew to bear fruit in him and spread more seed.

Joel 1: 1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. 2 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? 3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. 4 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 hath the caterpillar eaten.

If the devil is successful he will prevent the planted seed from bearing the fruit and reproducing the original word seed. He will send one thing after another against you. He does not want the fruit to bear because he knows once the fruit is ripe that the seed will be spread. The fruit carries and reproduces the original seed with the original life. This too is essential. Without the fruit of the spirit your doctrine will be dead. In order to reproduce a living seed you must FIRST have a living fruit.

We have many who know the Bible almost from cover to cover but they do not know the author and are not filled with the Holy Spirit. They can quote scriptures but that scripture they are quoting to you is a dead letter. Without the Holy Spirit of God, the scripture is a dead letter. Without the spirit of the Lord God in us there will be no fruit of the spirit in our lives and thus no living Word Seed, no matter how much dead letter is in there.

So what are we testifying today? Do we have the fruit to back up our testimony? It is not enough to have the letter of the Bible, we must also have the Spirit to give life that Word. Jesus told the 120 to go to the upper room and wait until they were endued with power from on high. Why did they need to wait? They had sat at the feet of Jesus for 3 ½ years listening to him preach. They had read the scriptures and seen how Jesus fulfilled them all. They witnessed all the miracles. They believed the message of their hour. Why did they need to wait? They did not have the life in them and without that life they carried a dead letter. Once the life, the Holy Spirit, came, then they had a living Word Seed in them bring forth the fruit of the spirit and reproducing a living Word Seed to others.

Romans 7: 5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Paul here speaking of the new birth and the receiving of the Holy Spirit, shows us that without the Spirit we bring forth “fruit unto death” even when following the letter of the law. The letter cannot save us, only Jesus Christ can save us. Without Jesus Christ it does not matter how much Bible we know, what church we go to, what degree or education we have, we are still very much lost. Salvation is not of knowledge, salvation is not of learning, salvation is not of wisdom, salvation is not of belonging to an organization, salvation is not of a church, salvation is not of having your name on a book, salvation is not of taking an Alpha Course, SALVATION IS OF THE LORD. And it is in the “newness of Spirit”, Paul informs us, that we are able to bring forth living fruit and living doctrine.

2 Corinthians 3: 3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit giveth life.

It is the life in the seed that determines the fruit. Without life in the seed there is no living fruit. Without life in a baby it is still born. Without the Holy Spirit a Christian is still born. Without the Holy Spirit your fruit will be barren and lifeless. We may smile a lot, we may have that smarmy falsetto voice that they seem to have, we may know all the catch phrases and be able to quote scripture and the prophet like a parrot, we may even have the fake Kentucky accent, but without the Holy Spirit we are still born and our fruit will be dead and barren and rotten and lifeless. We may even live what others would call a perfect, moral, righteous life. The rich ruler did and he was dead on his feet. Without the living seed growing by the life of the Holy Spirit in that seed we will be walking open graves.

That is what is wrong with the Christian world today. That is what is wrong with the message ranks today. As it was in Jesus’ day, so too is it today. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. Well the devil don’t change either. The church today is the same as the church of yesterday, only a little bit worse. The preachers of today are no different from the preachers of yesterday.

Matthew 23: 1 Then spoke Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. 13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

You cannot plant any other seed than that which is within you. If you have a denominational seed growing in you then you can only produce another denominational person. If you have a worldly seed in you then you can only produce another worldly person. In order to plant the seed of God in another heart you must first have that seed of God in you, living and bearing fruit. The Pharisees had Pharisee seed and thus could only produce more Pharisees. Presbyterians have Presbyterian seed, Pentecostals have Pentecostal seed, Catholics have catholic seed.

They had the letter, they read from it every Sabbath in the synagogue but they did not have the spirit of Christ in them, and Jesus said that all they were able to produce was “twofold more children of hell”. What do we produce? What seed are we planting? What seed is within us? What fruit are we bearing? What life is in us?

There were two men a long time ago. They were closely related and had business dealings with each other. As time went on they separated from one another, one went to the city to try his hand there at politics and the other stayed in a rural environment and maintained an agricultural business. Both were successful in their business endeavors. They were both religious and righteous men and both believed very strongly in God.

But there was a difference between them. One had a different spirit from the other. He had a different seed growing in him by a different life. They had the same word and the same doctrine, but a different seed. While they would both have been called Christians today, one man had fruit that bore witness to his testimony and the other did not. The one man seemed quite pious and in fact was even visited by two angels. These two angels informed this man, that his beloved city was going to be destroyed and that everyone should flee. So he, a righteous man, caring dearly for his friends and family, ran quickly to his relatives to testify of the things of the Lord. He went to plant a seed but all he had was a dead letter.

Genesis 19: 12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. 14 And Lot went out, and spoke unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

He was mocked. He surely had the Word of God. He came speaking the truth of the letter of the word to them. He had what could be in that day be called the Bible and he preached to them out of that word of God. He had no Spirit of God, so there was no life in the seed he was trying to plant. He had no fruit so his testimony was dead. All he could bring to them was the dead letter. That letter killed because those men now were responsible for the truth which they heard and rejected.

The second man’s name was Abraham. Abraham had the fruit of the Spirit and the seed he planted was alive with the life of God.

Everything comes full circle. You start with a seed, you plant that seed and it grows into a tree, the tree although seemingly different from the seed carries the life of the seed to the tips of its branches where it bears fruit that reproduce the original seed with the original life in it.

We plant a word seed, that seed produces a Christian walk and carries the life of the seed, which is the Holy Spirit to bear out in the fruit of the spirit in that person. That fruit reproduces the original Word Seed with the original life of the Holy Spirit and sows that seed to others.

There is a serpent’s seed and there is a seed of God. Both seeds were planted in Eden. Both seeds are alive and well today. Both seeds are producing fruit. Whatever seed is in you will bear its fruit in due season. Whatever seed is in you will be reproduced in the fruit of your life. You can do all sorts of things to a plant but it will not change the fact that the seed that is produced in the fruit is the exact same seed that was planted in the ground in the first place. Beat the apple tree all you want, dress it up, glue orange bark on it, even paint its fruit orange, the fruit will still be apples in the end. The seed in the fruit will be apple seeds and will carry apple life. That is the law of reproduction.

Take a serpent’s seed, educate him, get him all learned up in the scriptures and you will just have another Cain. Take a seed of God, drag him or her through the filth and corruption of the world, lead him into sin and unrighteousness, hook him on drugs or alcohol, and in the end God finds him, God will clean him off and he will bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Remember what we read in Joel about how the devil was attacking the vine. He used, a locust, and a palmerworm etc and chewed the word of God down to a nub. We saw that prophecy coming to pass throughout the dark ages where the Catholic Church beat down the Christians to the point where it was a capital offense for anyone even to read the Bible. But the life in that seed was not killed. The life in that seed was not changed. The life and the seed remained.

God sent Luther, the first of the reformers and the stalk began to grow again, not looking exactly like the original seed but carrying the life of that seed forth. He brought us the simple message of Justification. “The just shall live by faith”. The stalk grew with the life of the seed. Then God sent forth a man named John Wesley. He added onto Luther’s message of justification with the message of sanctification. It still did not look exactly like the original planted seed but it carried the life of the seed a little further along and brought it a little closer to the seed. The stalk now had leaves and the life in those leaves was the very same Holy Spirit that was in the original seed.

Then it came time for the fruit. A bud formed one day at the end of the tallest, leafiest branch. At a little mission on Azusa Street in California about a hundred years ago, God started to restore the gifts of the Holy Spirit in signs, wonders and miracles. There were healings. There were prophesies. There were tongue and interpretation messages. The fruit was bearing and ripening. The church after nearly 2000 years finally began to resemble the book of Acts again. It was looking a lot more like the original seed now than ever before and many people thought it indeed was the original seed.

But it was not the seed, it was the fruit of wheat. They did not look at the season. They forgot to look at the world’s timeclock. They forget to look to at Israel. Israel was not a nation yet so it was too soon for the seed to come. The shuck merely protects the seed that is within it and bears the life of the original seed forward to the reproduced seed.

It looked like the seed, it carried the life of the seed, but it was not and is not the original seed. At ripening the Seed will pull away from the shuck. Don’t miss this! Millions have missed it and are missing it today. Remember the seed comes at the harvest. Jesus told us that once the seed is ripe the harvest comes. The two look very much alike but only one is a living seed. The gifts are not the seed. The Word is the seed and the gifts are the fruit of the Word. The Pentecostal Revival was the fruit carrying the life to the seed, and the message of the hour is the Original Word Seed Reproduced in our day for it is the entire Word of God revealed and vindicated by God.

The only seed that we can plant that will produce a born again spirit filled Christian is this blessed revealed word of God in its entirety. Add anything to it and you poison the life out of it. Take even one word from it and you bleed the life out of it. Any change or alteration of any kind to this word, this Holy Bible, is a perversion. Perversion is of the devil. This Word of God with the life of the revelation of the Holy Spirit is the only Original Word Seed.

The Bible says we are redeemed. To be redeemed is to be brought back to the original state. We come full circle. The Word comes full circle. The Seed comes full circle. The Bible comes full circle. Man comes full circle. Jesus when questioned always pointed back to the beginning. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. The message of the hour is nothing new; it is a very old message indeed for it is the Original message. It is the original Word of God.

What seed is in us this morning? What seed are we planting in our hearts? What do we listen to, what do we watch, what do we read? Every thought is a seed. Every word we hear is a seed. Search through the garden of your heart and see what seeds are there. What is your fruit? Are you a Lot or an Abraham? The fruit of your life will show you what life is in you. The life that is in you comes from the seed that is in you and it will reproduce itself in you.

What seed is in your heart this morning? Plant the seed of God. Plant the Original Word Seed in your heart, water it, fertilize it, bear the fruits of it and reproduce it so that you can sow that seed to others. What is your fruit? What is my fruit? Remember every seed after its kind and every fruit bears the life of the seed. If you have a Baptist seed you will have Baptist fruit and reproduce more Baptist seed. If you have Pentecostal seed you will bear Pentecostal fruit and reproduce and sow Pentecostal seed to others. If you have a religious seed then you will bear religious fruit and reproduce and sow religious seed. But if you have the Original Word Seed, then and only then will you bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit and reproduce and sow Original Word Seed to others. You must be born again!

This is what it boils down to. Some people might not like to hear it but I have to tell you the truth. I am not trying to offend anyone so don’t take this personal. You don’t have to agree with me, just agree with this Bible. You have to be rapture ready and it is my job to help you get to that condition. To be rapture ready we must know, and understand, and apply this to our lives. The Holy Spirit is only in the Original Word Seed. Nowhere and nothing else will do. Jesus said “my words are spirit and life”. Only his unadulterated revealed word of God for the hour has the life of the Holy Spirit in it.

Every other doctrine, every other tradition, every other dogma, every other religion, every other philosophy, every catechism, every apostles creed, no matter how logical, how sweet, how wonderful it sounds or who spoke it, if it is not the Revealed Word of God, if it is not perfectly scriptural, it has a demonic life in it. That’s a hard word for some but it is the absolute truth.

That is why Jesus warned the Pharisees as he did, telling them that because they were not planting the correct seed, they were producing twofold children of hell. If we plant any other seed than this blessed revealed Word of God, then we are planting a perverted, demonic seed and turning people into twofold children of hell. A demonic seed can only produce demonic fruit. A demonic seed can only produce more demonic seed.

Every seed after HIS kind. Do you see it now? The seed of God is God’s word and it is after God’s kind for God is its father. God is the father of Jesus Christ who is the Word of God. A demonic seed is of the devil and is after the devil’s kind. Jesus said that the devil was the father of all lies. That demonic seed he planted in Eden is still bearing fruit and reproducing itself today. Eat of that fruit and you shall surely die. It is beautiful. It is tasty. It is logical. It is sweet. It makes sense. It is demonic and it will kill you body, mind and soul. It is a perversion of the original seed. You can’t mix it and you can’t hybrid it. That is spiritual evolution and it is of the devil. Every seed after his kind. The Catholic Church hybridized it with paganism and produced a corrupt perverse seed that brings death. They murdered 68,000,000 Christians with it. It is a pattern that is in place today. The devil will take the original word seed and corrupt and pervert it with his ideas, his philosophy, his psychology, his logic and produce a perverted tare seed. Have nothing to do with it. Touch not, taste not, handle not.

Let’s get to the Word. Let’s plant the seed of God in our hearts. Let’s water that seed. Let’s fertilize that seed. Let’s bear the fruit of that seed. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit, the life in that seed, to bear its fruit and reproduce that seed in us to sow to others. Let’s allow the Seed of God to be reproduced in us.

So when you meet someone on the street and they talk with you, remember the spirit in that person is trying to plant a seed in your heart with every word they speak. And remember too that your spirit is doing the same to them. When you watch a movie, hear a song, listen to a conversation, read a book or magazine, the spirit in the author of those words is attempting to plant a seed in your heart with every word. Every word. So be careful of what you expose yourself too. You don’t notice the dandelion seed in your lawn until the flower pops up. You may not notice the seed planted in your heart until you start to see the fruit of it in your life. Pay attention to your fruit. If there is a seed growing in there that should not be there, a weed in your heart, your life will reveal it. Watch your life. And you cannot simply cut the head off of a weed, you have to dig it out from the roots. Search your lives and dig out those weeds. And plant God Seed instead, both in yourself, in your family, and in all those around you.

May the Lord richly bless you.