Take up the Cross

Let us start with the reading of the Word of God. This is a scripture that for years I could not understand, but the Word of God reveals the Word of God.

Mark 10: 17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Take up the Cross!

Now if we also consider the Bible says not to yield our members as instruments of unrighteousness, and also that we are not to make provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof, the scripture now makes sense. Now we can understand the Lord is not suggesting to remove limbs, but to destroy the lusts of the flesh that lead to sin and destruction.

Take up the Cross. If you notice, Jesus had not been crucified yet. But he tells us to take up the Cross. How very prophetic, yet everyone glosses over it. Many times through his ministry he mentions those words “take up the Cross”. We often quote this saying as well, yet we put the wrong emphasis on it, the wrong revelation of it.

We are going to the doctor tonight for a checkup. We are going to sit in the office of Dr. Jesus and have him x-ray us a bit, diagnose some things, and give us some medicine. Don’t let the diagnosis scare you, the medicine never fails.

To take up a Cross is not just to take up a burden. You hear people say that “we all have a cross to bear”. It is not some bothersome thing, some little inconvenience that we have to live around. It is not to take upon yourself a minor duty, or a sacrifice in life. We say that we “have a cross to bear” as though it is some small burden, some trivial inconvenience through life. It is far deeper.

To take up a Cross is to DIE!

It means to crucify the flesh. It is not a burden through our lives, it is the END of our lives. Not only do we die, we must kill ourselves. Now this is not suicide. No. Quite the opposite. This is the crucifixion of the Old Man and the Lusts of that life, so that we can live eternally with Christ Jesus living through us.

Romans 6: 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. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Those of us who are baptized in the proper Biblical Baptism, in full immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ, are BURIED with him in baptism. Our old man is crucified with him. He that is DEAD is free from sin. We are baptized into his death, buried with him, dead unto ourselves, that we might rise with him.

He cannot resurrect a living man. That just don’t even make sense.

It would have looked pretty dumb for Jesus to show up at Lazarus’ house while he was sitting back sipping some tea and pronounce him resurrected. Jesus had to wait, not only until he was dead, but until the flesh was totally corrupted and rotten. Our flesh is corrupt.

He that is dead is free from sin. If we ain’t dead, then we are NOT FREE FROM SIN!

Notice the order that Jesus spoke to the rich ruler. He said 1) take up the cross, then 2) follow me. If we have not taken up the cross, if we have not died, if we have not crucified the old man, our old characters, our old lusts and desires, our old way of thinking, then we are NOT following him. I don’t care how you were baptized or who baptized you! If you did not die first, your baptism was of none effect.

Let that sink in!

I told you we were going under the x-ray tonight.

65-1128E – On The Wings Of A Snow-White Dove – William Branham

Like I could go up here take each one of you and baptize you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that won’t remit your sins. No, no! No, I don’t believe in water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ unto regeneration; I believe the Blood is regeneration, see, not—not the water.

But, see, I could baptize and baptize, but you only go down a dry sinner, come up a wet one; see, until you have thoroughly repented. Repent, and then be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. See? And that’s where I different with the Oneness movement. Not baptizing to regeneration, no; I believe it’s the Blood that cleanses, not the water. See? Repentance, and then be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Repent, then be baptized. Repent! Take up the Cross, then follow me. If we have not crucified our flesh, as long as we are still alive to ourselves, we are NOT following Christ, we are still sinners. We are going into the water as dry sinners, and coming out of it as wet sinners. And we remain sinners until, as the Prophet told us frankly “we thoroughly repent”.

Put it ALL under the blood. Confess EVERYTHING.

And that is why the Church is in such a mess today! That is why there are so many foolish virgins. That is why there is no power in the Church. That is why there are no gifts manifesting.

We have too many wet sinners today!

Kill that Old Man! He is unbelieving and sinful!

Mark 9: 43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. 50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

We kill some of the old man, repent a bit, confess a bit, but not all. We let a little of that old character live here and there. But God’s x-ray sees it all.

  • Maybe an eye, for some dirty pictures.
  • Maybe an ear, for dirty jokes, or worldly music.
  • Maybe a hand, for a little stealing, or a little gambling, lottery.
  • Maybe a foot, to go where no Christian should ever go.
  • Maybe our tongues for a little gossip, lies or backbiting.
  • Maybe a little piece of our brains, for thinking things we should not think, and desiring things God does not desire.
  • Maybe a piece of our hearts for some bitterness, or doubt.
  • Maybe our fingernails for a little clear polish, or our lips for some lip gloss.
  • Maybe our holidays away from Christians for a bikini at the beach.

If we allow any of that old man, that old carnal, beast character to live in us, we are not following Christ. Repent! That character cannot follow him and will always lead us in the exact opposite direction. It will lead us away from the Word of God. That is the character that ran from the Lord in Eden. That character is why God had to come and find us. We were not looking for him, he was looking for us. The world is not looking for him, does not want him, rejects him, and curses his Holy Name. It is carnal, brutish, evil.

That character doesn’t want to come to Church. That character does not want to pray and worship when he gets here. That character does not want to receive the Word of God. That character does not want to repent and refuses to receive correction. That character is proud. That character causes divisions in the body of Christ. That character disbelieves the Word of God. That character worships the man instead of the God in the man.

Any time you see any of those things rising up inside you, that is the old man trying to come back to life.

Kill him!

Romans 8: For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

The carnal mind, the old man, cannot please God. No matter what we do, as long as we are doing it carnally, it is displeasing unto the Lord. If we get up and sing a song, it could be the most beautiful song ever, hitting every note perfectly with the most heart felt emotions ever, making the whole room cry, but if we are carnal in our approach to it, we are displeasing the Lord. He rejects it!

If we pray from our own carnal thoughts, our prayers are displeasing to him. We could be quoting the Bible, quoting the message, perfectly, but carnally, and displeasing unto the Lord. He rejects it!

If we preach, no matter if we are perfectly quoting the Bible and the Prophet, for that is what the devil did when he came to Jesus, and what the Serpent did when he came to Eve, if we are carnal, we are displeasing and a hateful abomination unto the Lord. And anything and everything that is contrary to the Message of the Hour, the Revealed Word of God, is CARNAL.

  • Now talk to me about women preachers!

Carnality! Abominations unto the Lord God!

The spirit by which we live, is the spirit by which we worship, and the same spirit by which we pray, and sing, and testify. We don’t change spirits like coats. One for work, one for home, one for church. No Sir! Don’t ever think that for a minute.

If we are living by a lying spirit out in the world doing shady business deals all week, then we are praying by a lying spirit here in the Church. If we are living by an adulterous spirit at home, then we are singing by that self same adulterous spirit in Church.

Do you see it? Do you see it?

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?

We are servants, Slaves, of that which we yield ourselves to obey. If we yield to God, then we are servants of God. If we yield to sin, we are servants of Satan. And that word “servant” is “Slave” in the Greek. A slave is a possession. If we yield to sin, we are possessed by the devil.

59-0612 – All The Days Of Our Life – William Branham

27 The Holy Spirit speaking in the Scriptures tonight, said that we might serve Him all the days of our life in holiness before Him; that’s cleanliness, holiness. But today, you can mention the word, “holy,” and people laugh at it. See how Satan’s got it all wrapped up? But you are a slave. And if you are a Christian, you’re a slave. You’re a bondslave of the Lord Jesus. If there’s two people of you, both spirit and body… And if you cater to the flesh, you’re a slave of the devil, and you’ll crucify the soul that’s in you. For the Bible said, “The soul that sinneth, that soul shall die.” And you have to crucify the flesh in order to be a bondslave in your flesh to be a servant of Jesus Christ. So, you’re a slave any way you take it. And you’ll… You can’t get away from it.

 28 So you’re a slave; you’re marked. And the Bible said in the last days, there would be two marks. And every person on the earth would have one or the other. You just can’t get out of it. One’s the mark of the beast, the other one was a Seal of God. And the Seal of God is the Holy Spirit, God’s provided way for His Church.

Ephesians 4:30 said, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you’re sealed unto the day of your redemption.” And to reject that Holy Spirit is to take on the mark of the beast. All that didn’t have the Mark of God had the mark of the devil. So, you’re marked. You’re either marked a bondslave in the love of God, or you’re marked a slave to the things of the world of the devil. That’s hard. But we are slaves, and we want to serve Him all the days of our life. A slave is a servant. In order to be a servant of Jesus Christ, you have to be a slave to yourself, to crucify… Oh, God, let it sink in. Crucify yourself, and your flesh, and your desires, that God might take hold in your heart to move you and motivate you. That’s the slave of Christ, the bondslave called—Paul called it. He said he was a slave to the Lord Jesus, a bondslave in service for the Lord Jesus, going about daily, crucifying the flesh to be a slave for Jesus Christ, rejoicing because he was a slave. That’s it.

That old man is not of God. His character is not of God. He must be put to death first, then we follow Christ. Repent, THEN be baptized. Take up the Cross, THEN follow me. Break free from the bondage of sin and the shackles of the enemy. He surely makes sin look tasty to the flesh. The more evil it is in God’s eyes, the more it makes your mouth water.

63-0607 – Be Not Afraid – William Branham

106 Christianity is self-denial. “Take up your cross daily. Follow Him.” Die out, to the things of the world. When all condemnation is gone, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” How do you get into Him? By joining? No. Shaking hands? No. By a union? By education? “By one Spirit we are all baptized into one Body.” By Holy Spirit baptism we’re in Christ. “And there’s no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, that walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Amen. Oh, that, that would make anybody shout. Amen. To be in there, anyhow, that’s the good part. All right.

We all need the Holy Spirit!

There is no other way. Baptism is good, but not good enough. The new birth is by water, blood and spirit. A baby that is born of water and of blood, with no spirit, is still born. It is dead! Spirit is life and the Holy Spirit is eternal life. Too often we get half way and think we have arrived.

Ezekiel 36: 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.

He will sprinkle clean water upon you, the water of the Word of God, the living water. He will cleanse you from all your idols. Anybody still got a couple of idols hidden in a closet somewhere? He will cleanse you of it, just surrender to him. He will take away your heart of stone, and give you a heart of flesh. A heart of flesh is tender and can receive and absorb the water. He will give you a new spirit. And that is where we stop.

We get a new spirit. We get justified. We get sanctified. And we stop. We feel good. We are clean. But we have not gone on to receive HIS SPIRIT.

We are still born foolish virgins! The Old Man keeps creeping back in to our lives, or worse, we have not gotten rid of him in the first place.

Here is the great warning. Listen Close.

Matthew 12: 43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

We get a new heart. We get baptized. We get cleansed of our old sins. We feel great. But we have not crucified the old man, and we have not received the Holy Spirit. We are not sealed unto the day of redemption. Then that old devil that possessed us comes sneaking back. Now he is a little scared so he has brought a few friends along. He brought a Proud Spirit, and a Religious Spirit, and a Gossip Spirit and four or five others. That whole group now enters in where just the one dwelt before. Now try and get free.

Now try and get free!

You will be too proud and religious to repent.

Crucify the Old Man! Today! And receive the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 15: 29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

We must crucify our flesh daily. When we take up the cross, there is no mention of us putting it back down. We carry the cross to the grave, or the rapture, which ever comes first.

Did you pick up the cross? Is it on your back this moment? Is it with you every day, all day? Is it with you when you are talking with friends and coworkers? Is it with you in the restaurant when you get your meal and ask the Lord’s blessing in a loud voice, or are you ashamed of him and simply bow just a little so nobody notices and quickly mumble to yourself so nobody hears? Sin, unbelief, is easy. The road is paved and everyone is there to give you directions.

If we pick up the cross, we will not be ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ. But we will suffer every day for it. We will be hated. We will be persecuted. We will be disowned. We will be fired from jobs. We will be unfriended on Facebook. We will be insulted, falsely accused, attacked, stabbed in the back, sometimes by people in our own churches or our families. And our flesh will hate it.

If we are ashamed of him, then we have not yet taken up the cross, the old man is still ruling in our temple. We still worship those old idols.

We are stillborn!

Get born again! I don’t care what it takes, get to it. Today. Tonight. Wrestle with God until. If you are not absolutely sure of where you stand with the Lord, get a conference going on with him right now and find out. Make it sure.

Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Check that old man. Does he still have a pulse? Is he breathing? Smother him to death. Do not let him rise up.

Now some might feel a bit spanked. That is not the intention. The intention is to lift you up, to show you how we can all be wrong, and the simple solution to it.

You got to identify the disease before you can prescribe the medication.

We were just under the X-ray of the Word of God through the Message of the Hour.

We may have gotten ourselves a bad diagnosis, but we also have a very positive prognosis.

53-1201 – God’s Provided Way – William Branham

25 Now, that doesn’t make us say we can sin. Brother, if you sin, you’re just—you’re just away from God. That’s all. There’s only one thing to do, is confess it and get right with God. And as long as you desire to sin, the desire of sin’s still in your heart, then it’s time to stay down at the altar till that thing’s taken out.

26 Now you will sin. You’re bound to sin ’cause you just can’t help it, but you… but not wilfully sin. “He that sins wilfully after he receive the knowledge of the truth,” see, “there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin.” But every day you’re bound to sin.

27 And you’re bound to be backsliding constantly, so it takes a constant prayer to God. Paul said, “I die daily.” And if Paul had to die daily, how much more am I going… I’m going to have to stay dead all the time, if—if Paul had to die daily to stay right with God. And so, we’ll all have to do that, just die out to ourself. And that’s getting God’s way.

28 Now, there’s only two ways of anything: That’s the right way and the wrong way. And them ways are your ways and God’s way. And you can’t be in your way and God’s way at the same time. You’ve got to forget your own way to get in God’s way. And you got to get out of your own way to get in God’s way. For as long as you’re in your own way, you’re out of His way. So forsake your ways, forsake your thoughts, forsake everything, and just rely one thing, on THUS SAITH THE LORD. That’s all. Then you know you’re right.

Repent!

Now every Christian has Taken up the Cross. We all crucify the flesh daily. BUT, are we crucifying our WHOLE FLESH? Is there some part of that Old Man that we are allowing to live? It is like a cancer; once it gets going it spreads and devours you. Search your hearts by the Word.

Is there something maybe, not that you are yielding to Satan, but that you are not yielding to the Lord God. Failing to testify, to sing, to worship, to ask the blessing on your food in a loud voice? Maybe just to pray for a brother or sister that the Lord has put on your heart?

Search it out.

Take up the Cross!

Then Follow Jesus!

 

 

Now are the Sons of God Made Manifest

Now are the Sons of God Made Manifest

As Preached at Restored Word Fellowship in Edmonton on January 10th, 2018.

1 Peter 4: 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Judgment begins at the House of God. Judgement begins right here, right now. It begins with us. We are judged by this Word of God. We can deny it all we want, but we cannot hide from it. There is nothing that we can hide from the Lord God. You can hide from me, or from your Pastor, or even from a Prophet, but you ain’t going to hide nothing from the Lord God. In fact, the thing that you are going to try to hide tomorrow, he already knows about it today.

Hebrews 4: 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

The Word of God reveals. It cuts through the lies, cuts through deception, cuts through unbelief, and cuts through hypocrisy. The Word of God cuts through your religion, your creeds, your dogmas, your traditions, your cultures. It cuts through philosophy, psychology and sociology. The Word of God cuts right to the depths of our heart and soul.

Many times, I find, and I am sure you do too, that when you bring the Revealed Word of God to a sinner, they say that you are hateful and are condemning them. But I am not, and neither are you. So why would they feel that way?

When we hear the Word of God, we either accept it, or we reject it. If we accept it, then that Word will set us free and justify us in whatever it speaks. If we were liars and we heard the Word of God about lying, and we accept it and repent, then that Word justifies us. But if we reject the Word, then our own hearts are condemning us.

1 John 3: 20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

If we feel condemned when we hear the Word of God, the Message of the Hour, then it is not the preacher, it is not even the Word, it is our very own hearts that are condemning us. Just as Cain, who was condemned by the very existence of Abel, and hated him for it, we will hate the person speaking. We will think they hate us, and that they are attacking us, unfairly of course, because we are right and they are hateful condemners. We will them immediately tell them to “not judge lest they be judged”.

I don’t know your sins, nor do I want to. So, if you think I am condemning you, or your Pastor up here every Sunday is condemning you, then you are sadly mistaken. But if the Word I bring sounds hateful and condemning to your ears, then Brother, Sister, search yourselves for the Word I am bringing is not my words, but the Message of the Hour, the Revealed Word of God, and that condemnation you feel is coming from your very own heart.

That is why the people rejected Jesus and had him murdered. That is why the denominations hated the Prophet in our day. That is why the world will hate you. Absolutely it will, if you are living this Word of God, if you are born again. If you are born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, your very presence, without speaking a word, will make the hearts of the people condemn themselves. You will walk into a room, and they will feel it, and they will hate it.

They will hate the presence of God!

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.

The world will hate you for your testimony, for your life, for your words, for the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ that dwells inside you.

58-0521 – Behold, I Stand At The Door And Knock – William Branham

Then there is another little door just—just, it’s right around the corner, is another little door, and that’s the door of selfishness: “I’ll let you in, Lord. I’ll join Your church,” and then, “just to see what I can get out of it.”

And sometimes that gets into preachers. And you know, they say, “Sure, I’ll be a minister, if everybody pat me on the back, and say, ‘You’re a good fellow.’” If everybody patted me on the back, and said I was a good fellow, I’d get to the altar just, quick as I could.

Hmm. I know there’d be something wrong, ’cause the Bible said, “Woe unto you, when all men speak well of you!” See. The world knows its own; the world will hate you. But God will love you.

The world will hate you, and love their own. How many message preachers have congregations of 10,000 people here in North American? How many even a thousand? The world hates it, hates the message, hates Jesus, hates his word, hates the truth, and hates them.

Look up any worldly preacher online and you will see thousands of pages promoting them and praising them. Look up William Branham and page after page after page of character assassinations. They write the most despicably evil lies about him. They attack him for every little thing, every off word, every slight of grammar, ever verbal stumble. They attack him for his lineage. They attack him for his education. They attack him for everything. Why? Because his very existence makes their own hearts condemn them.

The Manifested Sons and Daughters of God will be hated, rejected, persecuted, insulted, attacked, gossiped about, slandered and libeled by the world. And that same world will lift up and worship the devils.

Verily they are calling now for Oprah Winfrey to run for President!

Give Us Barabbas!

That cry never ceased. Let this rest in your hearts, and don’t be offended by the world, by their insults, accusations, attacks, hatred. It must be. It will be.

2 Timothy 3: 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Let not your hearts be troubled. This will happen. It is ordained to be. Just as Esau persecuted Jacob, Ishmael persecuted Isaac, Cain persecuted Abel, Judas persecuted Jesus, Alexander persecuted Paul. They will be against you, and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Don’t fight it. Don’t attack back. That is not the manifestation of the Sons of God.

Romans 12: 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

We are the Sons and Daughters of God! It is not enough to be children of God. The Lord Jesus Christ is not taking a child bride. He is marrying a mature woman, and elect Lady.

We must Grow Up!

We are ridiculously immature for the day and hour that we are living. We are children and need to grow up to be Sons and Daughters of God. We are weak and soft in this hour.

Get Weened Bride! Sink your teeth into a nice juicy steak in the Message!

We will never grow up if the only food we get is in Church. We will Fail to Thrive! We have to eat every day, and several times a day. You take a child and you feed him two meals on Sunday and one on Wednesday night and see how he grows. Now image the child who only comes for one meal a week and then sleeps through half of it.

Starvation! You will never grow like that. You will wither and die. You will be powerless to live a Godly life, and they when you do show up to a service, your own heart will condemn you when hearing the Word of God.

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 famine is not one of not preaching the Word of God, but of not HEARING the Word of God. Nobody comes to hear, and when they come, they still don’t hear. Jesus said to the people:

John 8: 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

That is the case today. People do not understand this Message of the Hour because they cannot hear it. There is a famine of HEARING the Word of God, even in the Message Ranks. It is preached, and preached by the Spirit of God, but it is not HEARD! The hearts of the people are not prepared to receive it.

We do not feed at home. We do not listen to the tapes. We do not read the Bible. We don’t have a family altar. We don’t testify. We don’t live what we hear. We spend less time praying every day than we spend brushing our teeth!

We come in to this building that the Lord God gave us through his grace and mercy, and we hear amazing sermons by the Pastor and Brother Steve, then go out and forget it. We hear it, but we do not HEAR it! We do not apply that Word to our lives. We do not let that Word change us. Like looking in a mirror, the Bible says, then straightway forget what we just saw.

Then we wonder why we have no victory. We wonder why God does not answer our prayers. And we turn around and blame the Ministry.

Foolish Virgins!

Then we show up, and the Word of God is brought, and we fight it. We say “why is he picking on me?”. He ain’t picking on you Brother, your own heart is doing that. AMEN?

We Need to Grow Up! We need to be the Manifested Sons and Daughters of God!

Hebrews 5: 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

You cannot send a baby to war. You need trained soldiers without fear. They need to be armed. They need experience on the battlefield. Gideon started out with thirty thousand men. But most were of no value to him. They were not warriors, they were not fighters. They were full of fear. Thus he weeded them down until he had only 300 men left. But every one of those men was a soldier! They were equipped. They were ready for battle. They had a clear eye, and clean heart, full of strength and character.

Ephesians 6: 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Soldiers are in uniform. We are at war! It is time to act like it. Your brother, your sister, they are fellow soldiers in the trenches with you. If you are fighting against them, you are doing the devil’s work for him. Satan wants us fussing and fighting. He wants to separate us.

Don’t work for Satan, his wages are not that good.

Your Ministry is supplying you with ammunition and food for the battle. If we are rejecting what they are ministering to us, sent to us from the Lord God, our mighty general the Lord Jesus Christ, how will we ever win? But you need more than three meals a week! You are fighting a war. How can soldiers will a war on three meals a week?

Make sure you are armed. Eat, eat, and eat, the Word of God, the Message of the Hour. Grow up! Get the whole armour of God!

Pray unceasingly for each other!

I cannot stress that enough. As Brother Jona Emke in Kelowna often says, if you are praying for someone, you won’t be talking about them. Pray, one for another.

   57-0308 – The Good Shepherd Of The Sheep – William Branham

And I think when the Church gets real cold and indifferent, God’s sheep ought to kinda huddle up together and pray for each other. And the warmth of real good Christian fellowship, oh, it means so much. David spoke of it in the first Psalm, said, “Blessed is the man that setteth not in the seat of the scornful, standeth in the way of sinners. But his delight is in the law of the Lord: and in the law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree that’s planted by the river of water, and his leaves shall not wither; whatsoever he doeth it shall prosper.”

You see, this is the Manifestation of the Sons of God. Do you see it yet? The Rapture is being held back, not necessarily for the last sheep, that person may well be in the fold, but for the Manifestation of the Sons of God.

Romans 8: 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

All nature is sitting back, watching, waiting, moaning and groaning, waiting for the Manifestation of the Sons and Daughters of God. The sleeping Saints are waiting for the Manifestation of the Sons of God. They cannot rise until that first happens.

   59-0712 – A Total Deliverance – William Branham

And when a one member would talk against the other member, you know that’s wrong. You are commanded to pray for one another, not to talk against one another, but to love one another. And if someone is down, let’s pick him up, help him. Now, that makes us a—a—a unified group of believers. Now, when we don’t obey that, then we don’t obey God and we displease God. And therefore, our church, our people cannot prosper, the church cannot go on, is because we are disunified, together. As Jesus said, “A little leaven leavens the lump.”   

1 John 3: 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER!

THAT IS THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD!

John 13: 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

By this, by your love one to another, by the Manifestation of the Sons of God, will the world know that you are the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. The world will hate you. The denominations will hate you. The foolish virgins may hate you. But the Bride will LOVE the Bride. The Sons and Daughters of God will love the Sons and Daughters of God.

We will pray one for another. When we show up here, we will be prayed up at home, we will not come here and pray for ourselves, we will pray for those that are here, and for those that are not.

At the Lord’s supper, the Bible tells us to tarry there for one another. We should be prayed up before we get there, then pray for each other.

The Manifestation of the Sons of God is LOVE!

Let us be the Manifested Sons of God. That also means this:

Matthew 5: 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

This is something that you can only do with the Holy Spirit. This love is Agape. We MUST love our enemies. We must truly, deeply, with all of our heart, love our enemies. Only the Spirit filled Bride can do that. Only Sons and Daughters of God can do that; children cannot. This only comes with true maturity in the Word of God, in the Message of the Hour, in the Holy Spirit.

Love Your Enemies!

   57-0421E – And Their Eyes Were Opened And They Knew Him – William Branham

Let me tell you, just don’t join church now. That won’t work. You’ve got to be borned again. Not an emotional work-up; not some little something you said, “Well, I shouted. I spoke with tongues. I done this, that, or the other.” When really down in your heart, Something comes to change you, and you become a new creature in Christ Jesus; you received the Person, Christ Jesus; when old things die out, and new things are borned again; you make things right, that you did wrong; you love your enemies, you pray for those who despitefully use you; that’s when you’re a Christian. The tree is known by the fruit it bears.

Let us, this hour, right here, right now, be judged by the Word of God.

Let us all just grow up. Let us all become Sons and Daughters of God. Let us from this moment on, consecrate ourselves to the Lord God. Commit to reading the Bible. Commit to listening to tapes. Commit to prayer. Put on the whole armour of God. Take up our swords and our shields and go to war. Commit to Love.

Let every heart hear reconsecrate, rededicate to the Lord God. Let us renew our vows to the Heavenly Bridegroom.

Let us from THIS HOUR become the Manifested Sons and Daughters of God!

Pray one for another. The Bible says if you see someone taken in a fault, pray for them lest you be the next to fall. Pray for each other. Pray for the ministry. Pray for the musicians. Pray for the Deacons. Pray for the Trustees. Pray for the children.

Receive the Word the Lord brings. Let us not be critical of one another anymore. Pray one for another. Cry out to God and stand in the gap for your brother, for your sister. Let Jesus Christ manifest in you as it did in Moses. We are soldiers in the same trench. There is an old saying in war, that you are only as good as the man beside you. So, pray with all your heart for the man, the woman beside you.

Tonight, when we pray, let us not pray a single word for ourselves. Instead, pray for every other soul here, and for those who could not make it here. That man beside you, the woman behind you, that is the Bride of Christ, that is God’s wife, treat them as such.

Pray for them! Pour out your whole heart for them! Cry out to God for them!

Then, pray for your enemies! Pray for those who hate you. Pray for those who despitefully use you, who gossip about you, who insult you. Maybe they stole from you. Maybe they hurt you physically. Perhaps you were, or are, being bullied by somebody.  Pray for their salvation, their healing, their deliverance.

Pray, with all your heart for them! We heard earlier that hatred is of the world, of the devil. The devil hates, Christians Love. Let Jesus Christ Manifest in you tonight!
Be the Manifested the Sons and Daughters of God in His Holy Presence!

 

Ask What You Will

Ask What You Will

John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

In other words, “If you do what I ask, then I will do what you ask”

Romans 8: 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

We see three steps here in the new birth. Water, blood and spirit. The New Birth, the Spiritual Birth, is typed by the natural birth.

Are you called? YES! Or you would not be reading this. He called you. The Lord God Jehovah has called you to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the fellowship of the Saints. But many are called, and few are chosen; it all rests on our decisions. God does the calling, but we do the choosing! We choose whether or not to accept him. We choose whether or not to believe his word. You are making the choice right now. You have been called, now choose. Choose wisely!

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.

That is the first step in Christianity. Without that step, it don’t matter who you are, or what you have done, or what family or country you come from, or who you marry, you are not even on the path. There is a way that seems right unto man, the end thereof is death. There is exactly one path to God, and that is through Christ Jesus; he is the Word, the Bible, Logos, made flesh.

Hebrews 10: For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Get sanctified! Once justified through repentance and water baptism, we need Sanctification. We need the world washed out of us, completely. Our habits must go. Our bitterness must go. Our dogmas must go. Our traditions must go. Our cultures must go. Our religion must go. Our ambitions must go. All the works of the flesh must be put to death. Crucify your flesh DAILY.

John 14: 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 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. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

The world cannot receive him. The world does not know him. The world cannot see him. Jesus said “except ye be born again you cannot see the Kingdom of God”. The Godhead is hidden to the world, hidden to the denominations. Jesus Christ, like any true groom, will only reveal himself to his Bride. He will NEVER reveal himself to a strange woman, especially to a harlot. (Rev 17).

If anything of the world remains in us, we cannot receive the Holy Spirit. All those things we just discussed will prevent the Holy Spirit. Beware the little foxes! The little foxes spoil the vine.

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.

Light and darkness cannot coexist. Good water and bad cannot come from the same fountain. If we love the world, cosmos, society, fashions, cultures, traditions, nationality, styles, politics, all of the devil, we simply do not love God. Jesus went so far to say that if we don’t hate our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters even our own lives, we are not worthy of him.

Ezekiel 36: 23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 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.

You and I profaned the name of God in our lives. But he called us. He justified us. Now when he sanctifies us, he is sanctified IN US before the world. Isaiah the prophet, upon seeing the throne of God in heaven cried “I am an unclean man, with unclean lips, living among an unclean people!”. And the Lord sanctified him before the people and sent him forth as a Prophet to the people.

   57-0127A – The Impersonation Of Christianity

William Branham

“Yes, watch the order of the Scripture. “I will take away the old stony heart, and I’ll give you a new heart.” That’s the first order. Some of them stop on that first order. Now, that’s… You are—you’re just getting started. Then He said, “I’ll give you a new spirit.” There’s where a lot of you Pentecostals fail. You had to have a new spirit. Oh, you felt good and you felt like that, “Oh, well, I just, oh, I feel fine. I—I—I couldn’t have it.” Well, you just got started. You’re just getting fixed up now to just… You’re just coming in line. He had to give you a new spirit. Why you couldn’t get along with yourself with the old spirit. So how could you get along with God’s Spirit? So He had to give you a new spirit. 36 Now, watch the Bible. “I’ll give you—take the old stony heart away, and give you a heart of flesh, tender-hearted. And then I’ll give you a new spirit. And then, I’ll put My Spirit in you. Now, watch. His Spirit was different from your new spirit. And many people gets the new spirit and think they get the Holy Spirit. They get feeling happy, and jump around, and maybe do a few things religiously. And they think that they got the Holy Spirit. Oh, no, the Holy Spirit makes you act different. The Holy Spirit makes you think different. The Holy Spirit was put right in the middle of your new spirit. And your new spirit was put right in the middle of your new heart. The new heart, the new spirit, in the middle of the new heart, and God said, “I will put My Spirit in you.” Now then, God’s Spirit sets right in the middle of your spirit, your new spirit. And then you don’t have to go out and act like Mrs. Jones does and like Mr. Jones does. There’s just something in you; you just got the love of God so down in you, till you just live it. It isn’t you; it’s something in you. 37 So many people try to put on a Christian face or a Christian front on Sunday. And on Monday you should see the kind of face they got on. But now, that’s impersonation with… They’re nothing in the world in my book, but hypocrites. Exactly. As congressman Upshaw, you all know, was healed in my meetings after he’d been crippled for sixty-six years. He said, “You can’t be nothing that you hain’t.” And that’s right. Be what you are. God grant the day that when the Christian church will be what it’s supposed to be. If you’re for Christ, live for Christ; give your all for Christ. Open up your heart. Don’t think of what the things are around you. Think of what Christ is to you and in you. 38  That new spirit in you, and God’s Holy Spirit setting in the center of your new spirit, is just like the mainspring in a famous watch. As the—the spring in the famous watch, just begins to tick, it makes every organism of the watch work just exactly right; it’s the new spring, the main spring. And the main spring of Christianity is the baptism of the Holy Ghost, not some man-made theology, not some denomination; but it’s the baptism of the Holy Spirit that sets every organ in that church working in order. Something wrong, brethren. That’s right. Just as the Holy Spirit moves and governs His church, every little tick goes just exactly the same, and it fits just exactly in time with the Bible. Everything fits right around the Bible; no matter what the theologian says; the Bible says. It ticks right with that, ’cause if the Holy Spirit that wrote the Bible, come in to tick the Bible off and lay it out, just exactly the way it’s written. Oh, I hope you see that. You see it?”

The Holy Spirit makes you act different. IN every way. We become new creations in Christ Jesus, Literally. We get sick to die, instead of going to man, to the doctors, we go to the Lord in Prayer. We don’t take medicine, we use oil. Nothing against the doctors and medicine, we as Christians just don’t need them; We trust in the Lord. And make no mistake, when the squeeze comes, you will either have to accept the Mark of the Beast, or you will not have access to the doctors.

And if you seriously think you are going to somehow miraculously receive faith then, think again FOOLISH VIRGINS.

That FAITH comes by hearing, by hearing the Word of God, TODAY!

  63-0901M – Token
William Branham

“If our hearts condemn us not, then we have our petition, see, we know.” But if sin is in our heart, then it condemns us, we—we just might as well not even start. See? You’ve got to get free from sin. And the only way you can get free from sin is get in Him. That’s the only covering there is for sin, is Christ. 336  Remember, the covenant Blood, the covenant Blood is not recognized without the Token. You cannot. You will not. You say, “Well, I—I been sanctified from things.” That’s not the Token. It’s the Spirit, is the Token, the Spirit of Christ upon you. Believe it! 337  Now, look, the Word assures us of the promise. All these are texts I’ve set down here. Just keep on preaching all day, look like, see, on it. See? The Word assures us of the promise, because It is the promise. The Word is the Promise, and the Word is the God, and the Word is—is ours. And we become the Word, and the Word becomes us. “And if ye abide in Me, and My Word in you,” then, see, it just becomes one great big family. See? It assures us. Because why? Well, it’s part of us. See? See? See, It becomes part of us. What a text! All right. Assures us, the promise. 338  The Token is the sign that the purchase has been made and been accepted. Now, you can’t get the token from the railroad fare until you pay the price; and the only way you’re going to pay the price is pay it. That’s right. What? Believe It. Accept It. Full obedience to the whole Word of God will entitle you to the Token. Full obedience! Not the part of It as far as your denomination goes, but all of It. Full obedience to the Word, which is Christ, brings you into Christ. 339 Now what if you was just all in, but your feet hanging out? What if you was all in, with hands hanging out? Most all of us in, but the heart hanging out? See? See? The heart’s in the world yet? See? But we don’t do that. 340 Full, complete obedience puts you and the Word One. You believe It, every bit. And all of It’s in you, and you watch It working through you.”

Look at Israel at Kadesh Barnea. We will all come to Kadesh Barnea. We will all come to a place with the Word, with the Message, where it is too hard for us. We will eventually come to a place where we either have to crucify our flesh to accept the Word of God, or we will reject the Word of God and die in the spirit. And we won’t even know it! Spiritual death is a silent death. Darkness slips in to our hearts, and the light goes away, and we become spiritually blind, and don’t know it.

For some it might be hair, that the Bible forbids women to cut it and forbids men not to. Or it might be that the Bible forbids cross dressing – saying that it is an abomination unto the Lord God for a woman to wear pants for example. Or it might be the godhead. Or proper baptism. Any number of things, and different for each. But we will ALL come to Kadesh in our walks before receiving the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 3: 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.

They don’t even know it! Blind! Wretched! Naked! Miserable! And don’t know it. That is the church today! Can you imagine if you were physically naked, blind, miserable, wretched sitting in your chair and had lost your mind to the point where you did not even know it? That is the spiritual state of the churches today. The god of this world had blinded their eyes to it.

2 Timothy 2: 1 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. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

This is not the world he is addressing. This is the church! They have preachers! But they have rejected sound doctrine, rejected the Revealed Word of God for the hour, rejected the Elijah Ministry of Malachi 4:5-6, Rejected the Seventh Angel, rejected Christ. They have rejected the Holy Spirit and taken on a form of godliness.

Naaman came to Elisha. He was told to dunk himself seven times in the Jordan. Not the Nile, not a pond, not an ocean. not a swimming pool, the Jordan. E was told to dunk Seven times, not six and not eight. After the 6th dunk he had leprosy. After the Seventh, he was perfectly healed and restored. Had he gone for eight, that leprosy would have returned and he would have died of it.

He did exactly what the Word of God told him to do, and the Word of God did exactly as he asked!

FULL OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD ENTITLES YOU TO THE TOKEN!

Peter, filled with the holy spirit gave us the exact prescription for Christian baptism, repentance with full immersion in the name of Jesus Christ. Apollos, a man that the Bible called a mighty preacher, a believer turning souls to Christ, convincing the world that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, had to be rebaptized in Peter’s prescription to the letter to receive the Holy Spirit.

God refused to fill him until he was in FULL OBEDIENCE.

The Lord God has to either hold us to that exact same standard, or he is a hypocrite and a liar.

FULL OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD ENTITLES YOU TO THE TOKEN!

Jesus gave us the prescription for the Lord’s supper. Unleaven bread, Kosher wine, foot washing. Paul went on to give us a more complete picture. In that he said if we take it unworthily, we eat and drink DAMNATION unto ourselves. If full obedience is required for the Token, and anything less than FULL OBEDIENCE disqualifies us, then how about rejecting the Word?

DAMNATION!

Full Obedience means complete, unfailing obedience to the FULL REVEALED WORD OF GOD!

James 2: 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

FULL OBEDIENCE TO THE FULL WORD OF GOD ENTITLES YOU TO THE TOKEN!

Galatians 1: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

The written Word of God, the Spoken Message of the Hour, is NOT to be messed with, not to be changed, not to be interpreted.

2 Peter 1: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

The moment we interpret the Word or the Message, we are bending it to the desires of our flesh. That is exactly what the devil did in the Garden of Eden. That is the very sin that caused every sickness, every disease, every pain, every worry, every tear, every death of all mankind. It brought the flood upon the world. It is about to bring FIRE upon this world!

FULL OBEDIENCE TO THE FULL WORD OF GOD ENTITLES YOU TO THE TOKEN!

Look at Gideon! When the angel appeared to him his question was, “if God is with us, where are the signs and wonders?”

Where are the Signs and Wonders Today? Where are the Gifts? Where are the healings? Where are the miracles? Where are the visions? Where are the tongues and interpretations? Where are the Prophecies?

God’s Church today is the same as God’s Church 2000 years ago. Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever. He is the same.

The Church today, the Bride of Christ, will exactly resemble the Church in the Book of Acts, or they are NOT the Church of the Living God!

They are impersonations of Christianity. Make believers. Wolves in sheep clothing. Cold, dead, formalized twofold children of hell.

Revelation 18: And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

FULL OBEDIENCE TO THE FULL REVEALED WORD OF GOD ENTITLES YOU TO THE TOKEN!

THEN, ask what you will in my name believing and I will do it.

If our hearts condemn us, then we are not in full obedience. If we feel condemned when hearing the Word of God, if we feel uncomfortable around the Bride, around those filled with the Holy Spirit, If your heart condemns you, if you find yourself skipping the Lord’s Supper,

GO FIX IT!

Are you Justified through repentance and baptism in full immersion in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ? That is the first step because without that, none of it matters. Period.

FIX THAT FIRST! Get the Heart of Flesh! TODAY!

Then, are you sanctified.

Matthew 7: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

If we try to bring anything besides the Word of God we will not fit. The gate is strait, and nothing crooked will enter in.

Are you clean from the world, from traditions, from cultures, from society, from fashions, from sports, from nationalism, from religion and denominationalism? Get sanctified because if there is even one thing of the world left in you, the Holy God will never enter.

FIX IT! TODAY!

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.

Then press forward to be filled. Get filled. Get refilled. A double portion. Without the filling of the Spirit, no matter what we have done, who we are, we do not belong to Christ. Without the Holy Spirit, we are not yet Christians. We are still born! That is the problem in the Message, too many foolish virgins, had an emotional time, went to a revival and stole a lick of fire from somebody else’s flame but have no oil to sustain it.

Get Justified!

Get Sanctified!

GET FILLED!

FIX IT! TODAY!

 

Are you filled? Great! Wonderful! Congratulations!

Are you grieving the Holy Spirit? Are you backslidden? Are you prayed up? Have you read the Bible today, this week, this month? Do you know where your Bible is? If you have to check the index of your Bible to find the where the various books are in it when we read them here, you simply ain’t familiar enough with it. Are you listening to tapes? Or are you getting lukewarm?

FIX IT! TODAY!

Hebrews 10: 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Yes this applies to attending Church, but not only Church. Who is your best friend? Is he/she in the Message? Are they living the Word? When you are out with your friends and you see someone from church, do you get uncomfortable? Afraid of what they might say? Afraid of what they may see or hear?

If we are in full obedience to the word then we are living Christ everywhere. Worldy friends won’t hang around for long. They will be embarrassed to be seen with you. They won’t like the things you have to say. You sit down at a restaurant, at Tim Horton’s, you bow your head and ask the blessing on your donuts in a loud voice. They won’t hang for long. But Christians will.

Fellowship with Christians. Don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves together. If you are with the world, testify to them until they either leave or receive. But don’t let them bring you into their world; that is death. Make your fellowship among the Bride of Christ.

Be in full obedience to the Word of God. To EVERY Word of God!

Then ask whatsoever you will, and he will do it.

Seek the Lord While He May be Found

Seek the Lord, While He may be Found

Sermon notes from the message preached on August 6th, 2017 at Restored Word Fellowship in Edmonton Alberta. 

Isaiah 55: 6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

The Lord gave me a spank with this message. Now it’s your turn. It is amazing how short we fall of the mark, and how the Word reveals our shortcomings. It is also amazing how quickly the Lord will receive us when we repent and turn to him. I pray that everyone gets an double blessing from His Word today.

The Lord is giving us a direction here as to what we should be doing. There is also a stern warning here for it says to do it “while he may be found”. There will be a time when he will not be found. He is here now. He is near now.

I can’t make any promises about tomorrow.

Seek Ye the Lord! Today!

While he may be found! Today!

Hebrews 12: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

There was a time for Esau. The blessing was his. It was his to lose. Nobody stole it from him; he sold it willingly. There was a time of grace for him. But he sinned away that day of grace. Then, once it was over, he opened his eyes to discover that it was too late. He was still upon this earth, but the Lord was not to be found of him. There was no more grace available, even though he sought carefully with tears.

He was crying. He accepted the Altar Call. He came to the prophet Isaac, begging. But he had rejected the message of the hour for too long. He did not reject it as to not believe it, he rejected it as to not live it.

Esau failed to apply the token to his life. We are so bad in Christianity; we love to apply the token to the front yard of our lives. We have the perfect picket fence, every blade of grass cut to the same height, paint the front wall. But what about inside. Have you applied the Token, the Holy Spirit, to your kitchen, to what you eat spiritually every day. How about your bedroom, your living room. How about your backyard where nobody can see over the fence. Is it Holy?

Make it HOLY! Apply the Token to every part of your being!

Esau believed! His daddy was the prophet, the promised son! He had the right to the token. He rejected it with his life. He refused to apply it. Then when he finally came to his senses, it was too late. The door to salvation was closed. FOREVER!

It will be too late for every one of us one day if we do not Seek the Lord NOW.

Genesis 7: And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

The Ark was complete. The wood was gathered and cut. The boards were nailed together. The Ark was pitched inside and out. Food was gathered. Noah packed his suitcase and got on board. The animals were inside. Yet there was not a drop of rain for seven days. The people laughed and made fun as they do today. They had a big party. The whole world saw the Ark on their TV’s and computer screens. YES!
Jesus said the end times, our times, would be exactly like Noah’s times. World full of people. World full of science. World full of religion. World full of sin!

The Prophet of our day went away 50+ years ago now. Noah preached for 120 years before the flood. Brother Branham started preaching this message in 1933, over 85 years ago.

The Laodicea Church Age began in 1906, One Hundred and Eleven years ago. As it was in the days of Noah…

We are almost at 120 yeas now, and the Lord promised to cut it short!

When will the door of the Ark of Jesus Christ be closed? How many days will we preach to the lost? The door may close before this meeting is done!

Will you seek the Lord while he may be found, or are you planning on waiting until the door closed?

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. 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. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

They were not worldly people. They were not denominational beast worshipers. They were virgins! They were together with the Bride. The were “Christians”, they “went forth to meet the groom”. They had lamps lit! But no oil.

And you Full Gospel Business Men do the same. You don’t—don’t have to wait and be a minister; just testify what He has already done to you. That’s what you come together here for, is testify what He has done for you. That’ll shine Light to others to be lit off of that. That’s how the lamps in the tabernacle was lit, one from the other; not a strange light, new lighting; but the same light. Means, it’s the same God all the way through, that shines the Light.
64-0620B – Who Is Jesus?

That is how the lamps are lit. The wise virgins have oil, and the fire from their lamps is what keeps the lamps of the foolish virgins lit. The foolish virgins have no oil of their own. Once they are separated, once the shuck pulls away from the seed during the squeeze, their lamps will go out.

Now, the light of the court was the firmament. The light at the first veil was a bunch of lamps. They got smoky and went out sometime. And that’s the way with a man from one revival to another one, if he’s just living in the church, and having a little spurt up once in a while. And he gets all fired up when the revival, but a few weeks if they don’t start another one somewhere, he goes down, smokes out. See? “Oh, my church ain’t having this one, and my church…”

Brother, go on to the inner veil; God is the Light in there. It’s always light. The Shekinah Glory lit up that place and never did go out, year after year. And the manna never did get old; it was the same all the time, didn’t get no wiggle-worms in that. But that you had to get every day got wiggle-worms in it outside. Them who has to stay and all this… Just get in with Christ one time, and close the curtains down, and live till He comes after you. Amen.
55-1007 – The Power Of Decision

We just had a revival over at Brother Hildebrandt’s with the Spencers. Everyone was shining bright. Singing, shouting, praising, worshiping, emotions, quotes, scriptures, huge Altar Call.

It’s been a week. How’s your lamp doing?

How is your Lamp Burning? Are you burning with oil, or stealing a spark?

Seek Ye the Lord! How you ask? Do not seek religion. Do not seek a man, any man. Do not seek dogmas, creeds or traditions. Do not seek doctrines.

Genesis 32: 24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Jacob wrestled there alone with God, UNTIL. He wrestled until he prevailed! We give up too soon. We start and stop our church services based on a clock. If God don’t show by the time we are ready to go, we pack up and go anyhow. We set aside a half hour for prayer, but at the half hour point we stop, regardless of the results. Maybe the Lord planned to answer at minute 31, and when he got there, you were gone.

Where would Jacob be if he ended his prayer meeting at 9:30? He prayed UNTIL! He got desperate. It was life or death to him, literally. He knew if he did not get something direct from the Lord, if he did not meet the Lord then and there, he was a dead man. So, he fought, and wrestled with the Lord God until he prevailed.

And when he prevailed, he was blessed.

When he prevailed, he got a new name.

When he prevailed, his “life was preserved”.

He passed from death unto life!

Seek Ye the Lord while he may be found!

Revelation 22: 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.

That day is fast approaching. That is the day the foolish virgins begin to seek for the Oil. That could happen tonight. The door to the Ark is closing. When that day comes, the condition you are in, you are in FOREVER.

If you have not repented and been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, you will take those sins, as a heathen, to the white throne judgement and be called to answer for every word in the Law, with NO blood to cover you.

If you have not pressed forward to receive the Holy Spirit, then you will simply be left behind at the rapture and have to face the tribulation, a time when there will be absolutely no presence of the Lord God upon this gentile world. A time when Satan will rule with all authority. A time of madness, a time of disease, a time of destruction, a time of judgement.

That day will come and go and you won’t even know it happened. Enoch was raptured. Nobody noticed. Noah was in the Ark seven days, no rain fell. Will you know that the door is closed? Will you know when it is too late?

Once the door is closed, the devil will know that the Message of the Hour can no longer save people. At that point he will not need to blind anyone to it anymore. Nobody is blinded to Luther’s message; the Lutheran Church is Huge. Nobody is blinded to Wesley’s message; the Methodist church is huge.

Nobody is blinded to the Pentecostal message today. AMEN? Look how big the Pentecostal Assemblies are. Not long ago, that was the move of God. The Lord restored the gifts at the Azusa Street Mission. Signs and wonders and miracles flowed from that place. God moved in a supernatural way in the early Pentecostal Movement, but now they have turned completely from him.

Listen Close: When the door closes to the gentile world, there will be a big move of people “accepting the message”, getting baptized properly, growing out their hair, wearing dresses, quitting smoking etc. For a time before the Rapture, the Bride will be preaching to them. Then after the Rapture, it will be the foolish virgins.

They will all be eternally lost, and they will think it is the Bride’s Revival.

The Bride of Christ will preach to the lost before she goes home. They will preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the gospel of salvation to a a cold, dead, demonic world that cannot be saved. They will preach with power and demonstration in the spirit of the Lord to the eternally lost.

And when they will accept it, and it will be too late!

Seek Ye the Lord while He may be Found!

Ezekiel 9: 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. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

That is happening today, here, in this building. The angel of the Lord is marking us. He is marking the Bride! He is going through the midst of the church, and he is marking people with the Holy Spirit, with the seal of God who cry out for the abominations in the city, in the church, in the message.

Are you crying out, or are you part of it? Are you speaking against sin, or supporting it? What is in your heart? What is in your mind? How are you reacting to the Revealed Word of God? Are we living for it like Jacob, or living against it like Esau did. One day it will be too late to repent! Do we have oil of our own, or do we simply catch a spark from those who do?

Do we shout and praise the Lord God, or do we need a ‘revival’ going on with everyone else shouting and praising first?

Do you start or just follow? Do you have oil to fuel your lamp, or do you need to borrow a spark every time?

Am I scaring you? I pray to God that I am. We need a wake up call!

Philippians 2: 12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Fear and trembling. Work out your salvation. Fight like Jacob fought. Fight until. Don’t let a clock rule your worship, for that very clock will call the end to salvation for the gentiles. That clock will ring the hour when the door is shut. Don’t look at the Clock, look to Jesus! He is salvation. He is redemption. He is healing. He is resurrection. He is the one true God and eternal life.

Work out your salvation!    TODAY!    Seek ye the Lord while He may be found!

1 Corinthians 9: 24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

Run the race. Notice, many are running. We have hundreds of millions of people today that go to church, that call themselves “Christians”. We have hundreds of thousands that call themselves “message believers”. We are all in the race, but not all will win. Many are not striving to win. They are satisfied with a participation badge.

Run for the Title. The Title of Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Luke 4: 25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

There are many in message churches today. There are many who call themselves Christians today. There are many with the picture of the pillar of fire in their houses today. There are many with a tape playing in their house day and night today. There are many in this service today. There are some missing too.

Has the Lord come to you? Have you been seeking him? Have you been wrestling with him until?

Do we worship God or the clock?

Hebrews 3: 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, To day 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! If you will hear his voice. Not my voice. Hear his voice, the voice behind the voice! If you will hear his voice today. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, TODAY. Seek ye him while he is near, TODAY!

We are not going to be those who fall in the wilderness.  We are called to be the Bride! Hold fast your faith. Hold fast your testimony. Seek the Lord. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Seek ye the Lord!

2 Peter 3: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

The Lord is not slack, nor is he tarrying. He picked the day of the rapture before the foundation of the world. Do not count his longsuffering as slackness. Do not think it will go on forever. A day is FAST approaching where that door will close and it will be too late. We have not been called to burn. We have been called out of the world. The Bride will walk out on the ashes of the unjust. But we have to seek the Lord and work out our salvation.

We must become perfect! We must grow to the image of the perfect man in Christ Jesus!

And that takes work. That takes prayer. That takes consecration.

That takes a total separation from sin!

Ezekiel 12: 21 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? 23 Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. 24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. 25 For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord God. 26 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying. 27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. 28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord God.

It will not be prolonged! The Day of the Lord is at Hand! The Great and Terrible day of the Lord is at Hand. The Prophet has been gone for a half century. This age has almost gone as long as Noah’s. The world is a darkness and a gross darkness the people. The great falling away has already happened.

Saint of God hear what the Lord says to you!

The shall be no more vain visions or flattering divinations for the Bride!

The Lord has spoken his Word and now he will perform it!

None of God’s words will be prolonged any more!

The Word which I have spoken SHALL BE DONE!

This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears!

Heavenly Father, be it unto us according to they word!

The Lord shall come as a thief in the night. He will not be seen. He will come. He will go. The world, the churches, will not know it has happened. One shall be left, one taken. They are together! Do you see it? They are together. One has oil, the other steals his spark. Then he will do as Esau and cry out, but it will be too late.

Luke 16: 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

“Father Abraham”! He was not a heathen. He was a church member. He was a believer. He was an Esau. He had his time of grace and he sinned it away. He though, “Oh the Lord is tarrying, I can wait until tomorrow to get my soul right”.

He woke up in hell! Seek Ye the Lord while He may be Found!

Matthew 7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Seek. And you SHALL find. Knock. And it SHALL be opened. Ask. And it SHALL be given.

We have no excuse. If we don’t have, it is because we have not asked. (James 4:2) If the Word is not opened, then we have not knocked. If we are lost, then we are not seeking.

That’s not my words, that’s God’s Word!

Seek Ye the Lord While He May Be Found!         TODAY!

Don’t seek religion. Don’t seek dogma. Don’t seek psychology. Don’t seek denominationalism. Don’t seek the world. Don’t seek the things of the flesh. Don’t seek money. Don’t seek popularity. Don’t seek traditions. Don’t seek culture.

Seek the Lord, and all his righteousness. Don’t touch the other stuff. Have nothing to do with it. Run from it!

Haggai 2: 13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. 14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the Lord; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.

The moment we touch those things, we become unclean. The moment we bring those things into the church, the moment we include a tradition, a dogma, a creed, the whole church become unclean. God cannot work with us in that condition. That is the problem in the churches. That is the problem in the message today. A little leaven will leaven the whole lump.

Where are the signs and wonders? Where is the supernatural moving of the Lord God?

Cast out the Babylonian garments and wedges of silver from among you.

Bride, Get Back in Line!

Oh it’s just a little this and a little that. It don’t mean no harm.

James 2: 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Touch NOT. Taste NOT. Handle NOT. For all will perish with using.

Come out of her my People and touch not the unclean thing!

Bride of Christ, hear ye the word of the Lord! Make it all good, or make it all bad. Be ice cold, or be on fire. But if we remain lukewarm the Lord will spew us out of his mouth!

Seek Him while he may be found!

Get of Fire for God!

2 Kings 13: 15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. 16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands. 17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord‘s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. 18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. 19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

It is all about attitude! This king was not a heathen, he was a friend to the Prophet. He was at his death bed. The Lord spoke to him personally through the Prophet and had the Prophet make him a personal promise. But he was LUKEWARM!

He was lazy. He didn’t want to put any effort into it. He started to smack the ground, then looked at the clock and it was 12:00 pm, time to end service. He didn’t so as Jacob did. He should have banged those arrows until there were no arrows left. He should have wrestled with God until he got the blessing, until he received a new name, until his life was preserved.

WRESTLE WITH GOD!

Seek Him, while he may be found!

Brothers! Sisters! The Lord has put such a weight on my heart for you today! I am desperate! How can I make this real to you? How can I set you on fire?

James 1: But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Why do we waiver? Why don’t we wait until? Do you want me to tell you? Why do we not wait until?

Because we do not believe that He will answer.

If you believe that he will answer, and you don’t wait for him, for that answer, then what kind of a soul are we? We don’t wait because we don’t believe. Double minded! It should not be that way.

It is shameful!

And we have made it a tradition. We hold God to our schedule, to our time. We make him our servant. We tell him to come. We tell him to go. We tell him what to do and when. And we have made a tradition of it. And we don’t understand what is wrong with it.

There is a way that seems right unto man, the end thereof is death. This is not God’s way. This is not the Bride’s way. We must get back to the Word, back to the Message. Not just in doctrine, but in LIFE. We must do it before it is too late.

Remember the vision of the Bride, she took her eye off the Message and fell out of line.

BRIDE, GET BACK IN LINE!

Genesis 4: And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

The Bride will be in line. You and I will be in line! She will bring the more perfect sacrifice. She is operating by revelation. She will seek the Lord while he may be found.

Cain did not seek the Lord. In fact, he rejected him and the Lord set out to find him. The Lord God spoke to Cain, lip to ear, and Cain rejected God’s word.

The Lord God is speaking to you right now, lip to ear. Do you hear him, or just me? Listen to the Voice behind my voice. Listen to the Word of the Lord.

Seek the Lord while he may be found.

Time is running out!      The door of the Ark is closing!           Seek the Lord, Today!

Wait upon him. Wrestle with him. Fight until you overcome!

Revelation 3: 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.

Does that scripture have a whole new meaning to you now? “To Him the Overcometh”. This is not a participation trophy. This is for the victor, for the overcomer, for the one who wrestles until. This is the preservation of life.

2 Timothy 4: But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

What is your testimony? If you knew you were about to die tonight, if you knew that rapture was happening in five minutes from now, what would be your testimony of your life?

Could you say “I have fought the good fight”?

Or did you only bang the ground three times?

Is there a Crown waiting for you, or a participation trophy?

Are you seeking him while he may be found? Are you calling upon him while he is near?

His Holy Temple

Habakkuk 2: 20 But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

  • The Lord: That is who, Him and no other.
  • Is In: That is where he dwells. That is the only place He will dwell.
  • His: Ownership. It belongs to Him alone.
  • Holy: God is holy and cannot dwell in an unholy place.
  • Temple: So what is God’s Temple?

Is it this church? Is it the Vatican? Is it the Temple Mount? Is it Heaven?

Acts 7: 48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet 49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

What is his temple?

Logos was God’s first temple.

Jesus was Logos.

John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…..14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The prophet on 80 different occasions said “God is in his Word”. Logos is the full expression of the Lord God towards us. All his thoughts and desires concerning humanity, all his creation, all his mercy, all his healing, all his deliverance, all his resurrection, all his righteousness, was expressed in his Word, Logos.

The Lord is in Logos. In Logos dwelt the fullness of the godhead, Spiritual. Logos was not some mist, some vapour; Logos is the Theophany of God. That is the Body that walked with Adam and Eve in Eden in the cool of the day. That was the body that Moses saw when he said that he looked like the back of a man. The fullness of the Lord God Elohim, Jehovah, manifested in the Theophany of Logos, the Revealed Word of God.

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

Did you ever wonder when this scripture, this prophesy, was truly fulfilled?

Matthew 3: 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

Jesus Christ is the Word of God, Logos, made flesh. In him then dwelt the fullness of the godhead bodily. This is where the Holy Spirit became one with the flesh of the man Jesus Christ. This is where Jesus as the only begotten child of God received the adoption to be the only begotten Son of God. He became the complete and total representation and manifestation of God in the form of human flesh.

Matthew 17: 5 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.

Jesus Christ is the Temple of God, and in him dwells the fullness of God. God is in his Holy Temple. God is in his Word. God is in Logos. God is in the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 2: 19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

Jesus Christ is the Holy Temple of God! It is not the building. It is not the organization. It is not in a creed or dogma. It is not a doctrine. God is in his Holy Temple. God is in his Word!

Who are we? Where do we fit in?

Ephesians 2: 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

This is not figurative or symbolic. We were raised up. We are made to sit together, all of us, as one, IN heavenly places IN Christ Jesus. We are in Logos. Adam’s Bride was taken out from his side, but the Bride of Christ isn’t take out, she is called IN to Jesus, through his side. When his side was pierced, out came water blood and spirit. As we enter IN to Christ, we do so in that order, through water, then blood, then spirit. We will look closer in a few minutes.

God, knowing the end from the beginning, when he spoke his fullness into the Word, he spoke your name and my name. The full manifestation of the Lord God and his complete plan of salvation, including the identity of every single one of his predestinated seed, the Born Again Christians, the Bride of Christ, was spoken at that time. You were in Logos before the very first sub-atomic particle was created.

You and I were IN Christ Jesus, Logos, the Word of God, from before the beginning of all time!

Deuteronomy 16: But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.

WHERE IS GOD’S CHOSEN PLACE OF WORSHIP? William Branham 1965

QUOTE: “But there’s one PLACE I can take you to, where you’re safe and protected from death, that’s in JESUS CHRIST, God’s PLACE of worship. That’s the PLACE I’m introducing to you, tonight, where God put His NAME. Where He promised He would MEET every person that come in there, He would worship with Him and feast with Him, that’s in Christ; not in NO church, no tabernacle. 

But He said, “I’ll choose the PLACE to put My Name.” And the NAME was JESUS. And Jesus is the Word, Saint John 1. Is that right? That’s the PLACE of worship, in Christ the Word. God chose the place; not in NO church denomination, but in Jesus Christ. Yes, sir.

Now, that’s why, we, “All we DO in word or in deed, we do it in the NAME of Jesus Christ.” “There is NOT another NAME given under Heaven for salvation, but the Name of Jesus Christ.” There’s not another name given under Heaven whereby a man must be saved, only in the Name of Jesus Christ.” Amen. I hope you get it. The Name of Jesus Christ. Highest Heaven is named Him, “All the family in Heaven is named Jesus,” the Bible said, “and all the family on earth is named Jesus.” So that’s God’s chosen Name and where He has put It. That’s His place of worship, is in Jesus Christ. Now, we know that to be so, no other place to worship but in Him.”

Every denomination will quote that “all we do in word and deed we must do in His Name”, and then in the same breath refuse to baptize in His Name. God cannot recognize you if you do not come according to his word.

John 4: 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth.

God is Spirit. God’s Word is Truth. God’s Spirit is in God’s Word! There are not three gods, or three persons. There is ONE God, ONE person, the Lord Jesus Christ, in three offices. God the Father above us. God the Son with us. God the Holy Spirit in us. Three manifestations of the self same God. The Lord is in his Holy Temple, and that temple is the Word of God. To worship God we “MUST” do so in the Temple, IN Spirit and IN Truth. Without that Temple, our prayers cannot be heard.

No denomination. No organization. No creeds. No religions. In Spirit and IN Truth. God is in his holy temple!

We have to meet him there or we will not meet him at all!

If you were not in the Ark, you were lost. If you were not under the Passover lamb blood, you were lost. If you are not IN Christ Jesus, the Holy Temple of God, YOU ARE LOST.

James 2: Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?

Oh it goes deeper!

What name are you called by? Your old name is GONE. You have a new name. Just as Jacob became Israel, as Abram became Abraham, when you meet God, he changes your name. You are now called by the name of Jesus Christ! As we just read the Prophet said “Christ Jesus is God’s Place of Worship”. He is in his Holy Temple! He has placed his Name on you.

1 John 5: 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

There is no other God before him. He is all in all. The True God and Eternal Life. Here is where we fit in.

1 Corinthians 6: 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

YOU are God’s temple. When the Spirit of God quickens His Word IN you, then you become the Temple of God and he indwells you. God is in His Holy Temple.

His Temple. Ownership! He purchased you with his own blood. He dwells in his temple, in the Born Again Christian. He does not dwell in organizations, or churches, or religions. We read in Revelation that he is outside knocking at the door of the heart. He wants to make us his temple. He wants to dwell in us.

1 Corinthians 3: 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

You and I are God’s temple. If we defile that temple, we will be destroyed. Take that as a stern warning. As we heard on Sunday it would be better for us never to be born or have a stone tied around our necks and be cast into the sea than to offend God’s Temple.

You are God’s Temple and he is in his holy temple.

Hebrews 9: 1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

There are three Courts in the Temple. Outer, Inner, Holiest of Holies. As God’s Temples, we too are trinary. We have three distinct parts, three separate states.

Body, Spirit, Soul.

Justification, Sanctification, Glorification.

Glorify?

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

  1. Justification: physical, outer court, baptism. Heart of stone to heart of flesh in Ezekiel.
  2. Sanctification: mental, inner court. New spirit in Ezekiel.
  3. Glorification: filling of the Holy Spirit. Holiest of Holies!

There are five out court experiences. 1)Sight, 2)Hearing, 3)Taste, 4)Touch, 5)Smell. These are outer court experiences. They will fool you. Anyone can receive them. You get a sensation. Could be a pinched nerve. You raise your hands. You shout. Physical. Outer Court. Shake hands with the preacher. Take a vow. Make a confession. Outer. Physical. CARNAL!

There are five inner court experiences. 1)Imagination, 2)Memory, 3)Affection, 4)Consciousness, 5)Reasoning. These are Inner Court Experiences. The devil can trick you with these so easily because most people cannot recognize that these things are NOT in the Holiest of Holies. This is how Eve got tricked in Eden Satan came to her with an Outer Court Experience that led her to an Inner Court Experience. Reasoning. Emotions. Emotions are strong and most people think the emotion is God. You get that at ball games. You get excited. You cry. You laugh. Emotions. We need them, but they can fool us. We can cry at a sad movie, the movie is a lie, the story never happened, the people are just actors. It is an Inner Court Experience, it FEELS real, but it is a lie. CARNAL!

FAITH: Holiest of Holies! That is where the Lord God is. That is where the altar is. That is where the shew bread is. That is where the Word is! That is where the Holy Spirit is. Until we enter there we will never have an experience with the Living God. To get in there, we must be HOLY. We must be sanctified. We must be justified. We must be HOLY.

The physical won’t get you into the inner court. We can get justified and stop, not go forward. Foolish virgins. Bride material. Sinless. Burning lamp, but no oil.

The emotional, the mental, the sanctification, will not get you into the Holiest of Holies. We can be sanctified and stop there. Foolish virgins again. Bright lamp again, but no oil. They will be left behind at the rapture. They are very good people, Church folks. They will give you the shirt off their backs and feed you their last meal. They are kind, they are justified, they are sanctified, but not Holy.

The only thing that can enter the Holiest of Holies, the Altar of the Heart, is FAITH. That is why we can have the baptism of the Holy Ghost without sensation. It is not an outer court experience. It is not an inner court experience. It is a Holiest of Holies experience. It is a FAITH experience.

I can preach you into the Outer Court. I can even preach you into the Inner Court. But to enter the Holiest of Holies, I can only show you the way, you will have to go in there alone. Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that will find it. It is so narrow only one can enter at a time and we cannot bring anything along. Our creeds, our denominations, our dogmas, our traditions, our cultures will all prevent entry. There is no room in there for them. We have to go by and with Faith alone.

God has provided a way, and there is NO other way to come to him. We must come through the outer court, then come through the inner court, then enter the Holiest of Holies. There is no other way. Jesus said that he is the door and anyone who attempts a different way is a thief and a liar. A robber, robbing God!

Jesus is the Word of God, Logos made flesh. The Bible is Logos, Jesus Christ, in print form. The Bible in Acts 2: 38-39 gives us God’s provided way. That is the one and only method that the Lord God recognizes for baptism. There is NO other way. Get baptized in titles, you will get an outer court experience, and an inner court experience, emotion. But that way will lead you around in circles and NEVER bring you to the door. Never bring you to Christ because it is not God’s provided way. It is the same if we are baptized with sprinkling. It is only through God’s provided way, through strict obedience to the Bible, through the proper Christian baptism, that we can come to the door.

Too many people are walking in circles in the Inner Court, and in the Outer Court, and never coming to the knowledge of Christ. They are like Israel in the wilderness. They rejected God’s provided way at Kadesh Barnea and wandered around. They had the Word. They had signs and wonders. They did not have Christ! So to today. Come God’s provided way!

Faith, the sixth sense. This is literally the one and only channel to reach God. It is God’s provided way. That is why we can only worship God in his Temple, in the Holiest of Holies. That is the place where FAITH resides. God is IN his HOLY temple.

It does not matter how well we sing, our songs will not reach heaven if we do not have the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Neither will our prayers. In fact the Bible goes so far as to say that none of us even know how to pray and that the Holy Spirit speaks for us when we pray, the Voice behind the Voice, to make intercession for us.

If we do not have the Holy Spirit, it says in Romans, we are not even Christians.

Do you see it?

He is not in his JUSTIFIED Temple!

He is not in his SANCTIFIED Temple!

They are both empty.

THE LORD GOD IS ONLY IN HIS HOLY TEMPLE!

We have to go through the outer court to get to the inner court. The three courts are concentric. There is no shortcut. How can we be sanctified as sinners? We need remission of sins first! We need to be washed. Justification comes before Sanctification. Repent and be baptized, that was the order of the day. Peter did not tell them to get sanctified. He told them to get justified first. Get under the blood.

We have to go through the inner court to get to the Holiest of Holies. God cannot dwell in an unclean vessel. We need to be sinless. We need to be Sanctified, set apart for service. Delivered and proven.

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.

There are NO shortcuts. We need to be justified before we can ever get sanctified. We need to be Sanctified before we can ever be filled. That is one of the reasons we have so many foolish virgins. They try to skip a step.

It will never work. God’s temple is complete!

The Holiest of Holies. This is where the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy seat. We just read that.

Do NOT Defile the temple of God.

Matthew 15: 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

We worship God with our mouths and bless the Lord Jesus Christ, then turn around and curse man that is made in the likeness and image of God. When we deny God’s word, we defile our temple. God’s word says we are healed, yet we will confess that we are sick. LIES! Contrary to his Word. Defiling us.

Get hold of your tongue!

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.

No yoke. This is not only marriage. It is especially marriage, but not only. Here are a couple of more common yokes that the Word of God forbids.

  • Don’t get yoked in business.
  • Don’t get yoked in activities.
  • Don’t get yoked in a church.
  • Don’t yoke yourself in politics.
  • Don’t yoke yourself in traditions.
  • Don’t yoke yourselves in cultures.

Colossians 2: 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

All those things are carnal, worldly, fleshly. Get rid of it. They will keep you out of the Holiest of Holies. They will stand between you and God’s HOLY Temple. We need to enter the HOLY Temple.

We need to become the Lord’s Holy Temple!

1 Thessalonians 5: 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Not only do we need to abstain from that which is evil, but the very appearance of it. It will destroy your testimony. It will defile your temple. It will keep you a foolish virgin. Lot had no testimony in Sodom because his testimony had been defiled.

2 Timothy 2: 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Iniquity will bring death. Doing stuff that you know better is iniquity. Also not doing things that you know you must is iniquity. All who name the name of Jesus Christ. That name is God’s name. That is where he placed his name, in his HOLY Temple. Depart from everything remotely evil. If you are unsure, get rid of it.

Now it gets really good. Here is the desert.

Revelation 22: And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

The Bride is the Holy City! You and I are the Holy City! We descend. And people say there is no rapture. How did we get up there to descend if there is no rapture? The Bride! YOU!

Oh it gets even better.

Revelation 22: 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

There is no need of a temple because God is in his Holy Temple. The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple. God is still in his Word. He is still in LOGOS. He never left it! That was his first and ONLY Temple. We become his Temple because Logos dwells in us. He was in Logos in the beginning. He is in Logos now. He will be in Logos for all eternity! He is in His Holy Temple!

And to bring that home:

Daniel 9: 18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

Thy city. Thy people. Called by Thy NAME.

We are His Holy Temple!

The Lord God is IN His Holy Temple!

Let ALL the earth keep silent before him.

Let ALL the earth keep silent before you, the Bride, His Holy Temple!

 

 

 

Recognizing the Voice behind the Voice

[Notes from the Sermon “Recognizing the Voice” preached by Brother Paul Brake on Wednesday June 28th at Restored Word Fellowship in Edmonton.]

Revelation 10: 7 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.

Notice that it does not say the day of the prophet. It does not say the day of the ministry. It does not say the day of the man. It says specifically the “days of the VOICE”.

Why a Voice? What is the significance of the Voice? Which Voice?

Remember a word is a thought express. So the root of every word is a thought. Thoughts do not come from the mind, they have a root in your heart.

Psalm 33: 11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Even God’s Word originates in God’s heart. The voice you hear with your ear from the speaker in the room is a manifestation of the Voice Spoken. You do not hear my voice right now, you hear the Voice of the speakers. They are a dumb box, lifeless, with no will of their own. The only voice they can muster is squealing, feedback and static. It is all mindless noise. They have another voice, but that is not their own voice. It is the manifestation of My Voice.

So too, when you hear my voice from my mouth, you are hearing a manifestation of the voice spoken first in my heart. Then in my mind. Finally, in my mouth. But where did the voice in my heart come from? It came from the Spirit that is within me. If I am filled with the Holy Spirit, then it came from him. If I am possessed of a devil, then it came from him. We are all possessed, by the Spirit of God, or the spirit of the world, satan.

There is a Voice within the Voice, within every Voice.

Matthew 4: Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

I want you to notice something here. There are two distinct voices, the voice of Satan, and the Voice of Jesus. Notice too that they are both speaking the Word of God. Satan was quoting Psalm 91 perfectly.

Psalm 91: 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

What a strange thing. Here the devil himself is quoting the Prophet, speaking the Revealed Word of God for the hour. He is quoting exactly as it was written. Here there is an audible voice, and that voice is speaking the Word of God, yet that voice is the devil, and had Jesus listened to it, he would have been finished.

Do you see it? There is a preacher, quoting the Word of God, and to listen to that preacher preach the Word of God would bring DEATH, a death so terrible it would have killed every human being.

We need to go deeper to understand how the Word of God, the Word of life, can kill. It can’t really, it is life. It all depends on the Voice!

1 Chronicles 13: And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart. And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets. And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled. 10 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.

Uzza was a righteous man. He was an Israelite. He was circumcised. But he was not called to handle the Word of God. The Ark was to be carried by the Levites. Uzza, a righteous man, was not qualified and even thought he was handling the pure Word of God, doing so brought death.

Now what can we say of the denominations of our day? The modern Ox Carts. The Modern Uzzas. The pulpits are full of Uzzas today. The Message Pulpits! Uzza was an Israelite, a Christian. He was Righteous, Justified. He was circumcised, Sanctified. To the people of Israel he was qualified, the most qualified or they would never have chosen him.

We have that today. We have men, just men, baptized in full immersion in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, sanctified, living consecrated lives for Christ, but not called to the pulpit. The Five Fold Ministry is a calling. And these men, eloquent speakers, humble brothers, knowledgeable in doctrine, loved of all, get voted into the pulpits. They preach because they are good speakers. But God did not call them to it. They are outside of his Perfect Will, swimming in the pools of his permissive will. They have the wrong voice.

But not to the Lord God! He was rejected! He was not called for it. He was disqualified by his birth. Had the Lord intended for him to handle the Word, he would have been born a Levite. That is predestination at its finest. The pulpits today are full of Uzzas, men chosen by men, righteous men, good men, but not chosen by God. They have the wrong Voice!

How many women preachers are today in the denominations? Smart women, highly educated. Bible schools, Theology Seminary training, PhD in theology etc. Yet they are not the Voice chosen by God. Had the Lord God intended for them to handle the Word of God, by predestination, they would have been born men. God cannot fail. Those women are not fulfilling all righteousness. The Word of God strictly forbids them, yet there they are anyway, standing in the Pulpit preaching. They can preach the word perfectly as Satan did, and their Voice will bring DEATH!

DEATH! Preaching the Word of God and preaching DEATH to the people, and they don’t even know it. That is the picture of today.

And why did they carry the Ark that way in the first place?

1 Chronicles 13: 1 And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us: And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul. And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

David listened to every voice in the country except the Voice that the Lord God had chosen, the Voice of the Prophet. Do we listen to the Voice of the Prophet today? Do we listen to the Voice behind the Voice of the Prophet today? That, as mister Shakespeare so eloquently phrased it, is the rub.

How can a Voice matter? Two Voices can speak the very same words, one brings life, the other brings death. Jesus and Satan both quoting the Word; to listen to Jesus was life, to Satan was death. Same thing today!

Here is another example.

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?

Notice here that he came quoting the Word. He was not denying the Word. He was not dismissing the Word. He was preaching it! He was preaching the Word of God to Eve just as Adam preached it. But it was death!

When Adam brought that Word to Eve, it brought life. Now here is another voice preaching the self same Word, quoting the prophet Adam, and it was death. The Voice behind the voice was different.

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.

This is my general criticism of Quote Preachers. Nothing wrong with a quote. The problem arises when we don’t get the revelation and simply hide behind a quote and a fake Kentucky accent. The Vagabonds preached Jesus whom Paul Preaches. How many today are preaching Jesus whom Branham preached in the exact same way?

Quoting the Scriptures as Satan did. Quoting the Prophet as the Vagabonds did. But the Wrong VOICE! And it brings death. Yet when Aquila and Priscilla quoted Paul, it brought life to Apollos.

We have men in the pulpits today reading from the Bible, quoting from the Prophet, and bringing death because they are speaking with the wrong Voice!

It is not the physical Voice you hear that is so important. If it was then God would only choose great orators to be preachers. It is the Voice behind the Voice! The words we hear, the voice of the man is the manifestation of the Voice of the Spirit IN the Man.

The physical words you hear are no different than physical words you read. That is why the Bible says the letter killeth but the Spirit brings life. Except that Holy Spirit of God quickens the Word to your heart, it will only condemn you.

If we don’t have the right inner Voice, then our outer Voice will simply be speaking the letter; the letter of the Word of God, the letter of the Message of the Hour, and the letter killeth. It kills because the Voice is wrong!

The physical voice we hear is an Outer Court Experience. Satan moves around freely in the Outer Court. And when it causes our emotions to stir, as you see among the Evangelicals and Pentecostals, and now in the Message, it is simply an Inner Court Experience. God is NOT in them.

God is in his Holy Temple. He is not in the letter, God is in his Word, Logos!

And then when we stand at the judgment seat of Christ, we will say we did this and that in your name. He will say I never knew you, and I don’t know you now. Get away from me you workers of iniquity. You stood there and quoted from my word to someone, then turned around and lived the opposite. You demanded that another follow me and refused to follow yourself. I never knew you. I was never in you. You never came through the outer court, through the inner court, to meet Me in the Holiest of Holies.

WE NEVER MET!

I do not know you!

May the Lord God in Heaven have mercy and grace upon us tonight that it would never be mentioned once among us. Let us follow the Lord and his prescription for Receiving his Holy Spirit.

A woman preacher, for example, can stand at the pulpit, orate a beautiful, intelligent, logical lecture from the letter, that will make you cry, shout, sing, jump up and down, run around. It will make perfect sense to the carnal mind. She can be 100% accurate in every word she speaks, but still be the wrong Voice and bring death to the listener. She can give you a great outer court experience that will lead to a great inner court experience. To the carnal man, they will think they had an experience with God. They got sensations! They got emotions! But they received death!

God cannot be in that, and he is not. For the Lord to bless it he would become a liar and a hypocrite because he clearly stated in his word. If the woman was filled with the Holy Spirit, then that Holy Spirit inside her would never allow her to act totally contrary to the Revealed Word of God for the hour.

1 Timothy 2: 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

He said NO. Period. End of Story. Full stop. Yet they do it. Having a form of godliness and denying the very power thereof. See, she could quote the letter of the Bible perfectly. She could even quote from a message book perfectly, getting all the “ums” and “ahs” in the right place, getting the Kentucky accent perfect. But in the end, it is the wrong Voice. It is a Voice of Death and to listen to it is DEATH!

We have had “message preachers”, who have sat in the pulpits for years, preaching to the people, only to turn and call the Prophet a devil and say the message that the Lord God vindicated is a lie. Did they bring life to anyone in their preaching? What experience do those people have? Think about it. Those people thought they were being saved. They thought that a godly, Holy Ghost filled man, called of God, was speaking to them. They did not have the discernment to know better. They could not discern the inner voice.

Some of these guys preached for decades without being noticed. They didn’t turn bad, they were always bad. They were wolves in sheep clothing making merchandise of you the whole time, fleecing the people and feeding on them. And the people did not know. What experience do those people have? Where do they stand? How and why did they miss it?

How did these guys hide for so long? Did you ever wonder that? They hid behind quotes. They quoted so perfectly that people only listened to the voice that was speaking, not to the voice behind the voice. They did not realize that the human voice was empty and devoid of holiness.

Uzza was a righteous man, but when he tried to handle the Word of God, being the wrong voice for the day, it brought DEATH. Today it will bring Spiritual Death. Your heart won’t stop beating, it will just get closed off so that the Word of God, the Spirit of God, Logos, will not be able to enter it. It will defile your Temple. All who defile the Temple of God, the Lord God will destroy.

Hebrews 3: Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

Today if you will hear His Voice. As the Holy Ghost saith. Not as a man says, but as the Holy Ghost says. The Holy Spirit has to be the Voice behind the Voice. We don’t hear the Voice of a man, we must hear the Voice behind the Voice. When the Holy Spirit moves a man to speak, it is not his voice speaking. Just as the speaker is only an audible manifestation of my voice, so too is the man sent by God only an audible manifestation of the Voice of God speaking inside of him.

That is why it is not heresy for them to use the name Voice of God recordings. It is not the Voice of the Prophet that the Bride hears, it is the Voice of God IN the prophet! That is why the people are so confused, why the world cannot understand it. They are just listening to the man, and missing the VOICE behind the voice.

Do you hear HIS VOICE tonight?

Or are you just hearing mine?

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.

You are not my sheep, you are not Brother Branham’s sheep, you are not Peter’s sheep or Paul’s sheep, or Luther’s sheep. You are HIS SHEEP. You are the sheep of the Great Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why the Bride hears HIS VOICE. The Bride are the only ones who can hear the Voice behind the Voice!

Let me say that again so it is perfectly clear.

The Bride are the only ones who can hear the Voice behind the Voice!

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 it is given to hear the Voice behind the Voice. If you name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world then you are called to hear His Voice, and you will hear it. To the rest of the world, it is a riddle. The Bride does not hear the speaker tonight. The Bride does not hear me tonight.

THE BRIDE HEARS ONLY HIM!

The world hears only me.

The Bride hears Jesus Christ speak through every word that comes out of my mouth, by REVELATION. The world only hears the inane ramblings of an old Newfie.

The Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ, by revelation, hears the voice of Holy Spirit speaking through the Revealed Word of God. The world hears an uneducated, stammering, Kentucky hillbilly. That is why they can’t receive the message, why they could not receive Jesus Christ. That is why they can never receive the truth, the Voice of the truth is always hidden behind the voice of an ordinary man.

The Lord hid his Voice in the stammering, stuttering voice of Moses. The Lord God hid his Voice in the voice of a homeless, penniless, uneducated bum named John the Baptist. The Lord God hid his Voice in a farmer name Amos. The Lord hid his Voice in an ignorant and unlearned fisherman name Peter. The list goes on but does not change in nature.

1 Corinthians 1: 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

And without revelation we will never discern the difference.

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.

We cannot even know who the Lord God is without revelation. How can we say we worship the Lord God if we don’t even know who and what he is? How can we listen to His Voice, if we cannot recognize His Voice? We will be fooled! We will hear a good lecture, a logical argument, earthly wisdom brought with eloquence of speech, and be fooled. We will hear the voice of a man, but completely miss the Voice of God.

John 8: 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

And we have pulpits today full of them. The cannot hear the Voice, yet invade the pulpits all over the world with their own voice.

Romans 16: 17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Good words and fair speeches from the wrong voice will lead us straight to hell. They don’t serve the Lord. They cannot. They don’t even know who he is. They have no relationship with him. He is not their Lord.

How can we worship God if we don’t even know who and what he is, if we do not understand and have the revelation of the Godhead?

John 5: 43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

The Prophet came in the name of the Lord giving all glory and honour to him, and the people rejected both him and his message. Yet those that come in their own names, in blasphemous names, they are celebrated. They get Maga-Churches.

But they don’t realize, those mega-churches and the denominations and the World Council of Churches are binding the tares for the fires of hell. But the Lord is collecting his wheat into the garner.

It’s Harvest Time!

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.

The term “Lord” implies relationship. A Lord is a ruler. If you have a Lord, then you are the servant of that Lord. This scripture means more than what is on the surface. There is a Voice behind the Voice. To see it we have to go back to Genesis.

Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 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.

This goes on for some time. And God said, and God said. But then we see something interesting happen.

Genesis 2: These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 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. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

The whole of creation has him being referred to simply as God. But once the Bible starts speaking of man in the garden, in the flesh, he suddenly is called the LORD God. A relationship has been established.

Now watch! First time I was shown this I just about jumped out of my skin.

Genesis 3: 1 Now the serpent was more subtil 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.

The serpent had NO relationship. To him Elohim was not LORD, he was simply God. “God said”. But watch. Eve also refered to him simply as “God”. In the 3 verse, quoting the Prophet, she stepped out of fellowship and called him simply “God”, not the “Lord God”. At that point the serpent had her and she fell.

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.

NONE OF HIS! No relationship! Without the filling of the Holy Spirit, we simply cannot call him our Lord without his Holy Spirit. We can say he is God, but NOT the LORD GOD! We can say “Lord, Lord” but he will say “I never knew you”. Without the New Birth in its fulness, we cannot call Jesus Christ Lord, because he is NOT our Lord. And if he is not our Lord, we will not hear his Voice.

We might hear the voice of the preacher, the voice of the prophet, but not the Voice of the Spirit. It could lead us to Christ, but it won’t be Christ until we receive the Spirit of Christ. The preacher can lead you into the outer court, and into the inner court, but the Holiest of Holies is a place that you must enter alone. Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it. It is so narrow only one can enter at a time. Then when we hear the voice of the preacher, the voice of the prophet, the Voice of the Holy Spirit inside us will quicken that word which we hear in our ears.

I want an old fashioned prayer meeting. What was that like you ask?

Acts 4: 24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. 29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

When they prayed the whole earth shook! That ain’t going to happen from mumbling. That won’t come with whispering. That will never happen if we quench the Spirit. We have to be free.

They Lifted Up Their Voice Towards God! It was ONE VOICE! They all prayed. They all shouted. They all cried out at the top of their lungs. But it was ONE VOICE that got lifted up to the Lord God.

It was the VOICE WITHIN THE VOICE!

Romans 8: 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

When we lift our Voices towards Heaven, the Holy Spirit in us will Lift HIS VOICE! The Voice in the Voice will pray for us. The Voice in the Voice that searches our hearts and knows the mind of the Spirit, for the Voice is of the Spirit! If we are not filled with the Holy Spirit, then that VOICE cannot be lifted up to Heaven. All we have is our own Voice, and the Bible says, All Men are Liars. Without the Holy Spirit, our prayers are lying to God.

Let us lift our VOICE to him! Cry out to him! Receive of Him!

Let his VOICE cry out in you!

Then the pillars of the building will shake.

The Pillar of Fire will be there.

The rushing mighty wind will blow through.

EVERY HEART WILL BE FILLED!

The Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified!

Cry out! Surrender to HIM.

LIFT YOUR VOICE!

 

 

Infection Healed

The Lord Jesus Christ never fails. His word is eternal. He is the same divine healer today that he was yesterday.

The Inception of the Infection

I don’t know how it happened. It started as a sore spot. It felt like a mild burn. I first thought that maybe I had scalded it when I was getting the bath ready for the kids. But it wasn’t a burn, it was an infection along the nail bed of my left ring finger.

Original Infection
Original Infection on Side of Finger

At first the infection seemed mild; a small blister. There was slight discomfort but it did not look like a problem. I figured it would go away after a day or two. I had to go out of town for a trade show. At the show I banged the finger a few times while setting up and taking down the equipment. The infection was bruised and grew worse.

Infection on Nailbed
Infection on Nail Bed Exploded

After a few days it encompassed half of the top of the finger and had worked its way into the nail bed. I soaked it as you would think to and applied a bread poultice. The infection exploded out the side.

Then it got worse again so I applied another poultice. And again the infection expoded.

All the while people kept preaching fear to me. They were telling me that I was going to lose my finger. They said I would get blood poison and die. Someone even went so far as to offer me their prescription of antibiotics that a doctor had given them earlier for something else. Instead of listening to the council of man, I took the council of God. I knew that the moment I visited a doctor, that I took the first pill, any healing would automatically be attributed to that and the Lord would be ignored.

The Cure: Divine Healing from Jesus Christ

I turned it over to the Lord. The infection went away. The old dead skin sloughed off and fresh new pink skin was left in place.

Jesus told us that healing is the bread of the children of God. We are the Bride of Christ if we have the Holy Spirit. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, if you are not born again, if the Lord Jesus is not manifesting his holy word in your life in supernatural signs, wonders and miracles, then simply follow the prescription in the Bible in Acts 2:38-39 and you will receive the Holy Spirit and scriptures like James 5: 14-16 will be manifest in your life, as it was in mine.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. His word cannot fail. Just trust in him no matter what the world tells you. Ignore anything contrary to the Word of God. If you trust in him with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, you shall experience the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Infection Gone: New Skin in Place
Infection Gone: New Skin in Place

Knowledge

Knowledge

Isaiah 5: 11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink: that continue until night, till wine inflame them! 12 And the harp, and the viol, the babret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the lord, neither consider the operation of his hands. 13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. 14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

Knowledge at the Center
Knowledge, the Center of Our Walk

What a word this is! I was hoping for a shorter word for this evening but you could preach a decade on this. It is hard to know where to start but I am going to try to keep it short. There are so many ideas here. But I see the central theme for us this evening as being the 13th verse. “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”

My People!

Notice here that God does not say the people, but “MY people” are gone into captivity. MY people! Not the world, not the denominations, not muslims or hindus, MY PEOPLE! The people of God, the church, the called out ones, are gone into captivity. We are supposed to be free. Jesus said the truth shall set us free. We have the word, and we have the message and yet Isaiah says we are being taken captive. How can this be? How can the church of the living God be taken captive in this day when we have the greatest light that has ever been? For the first time in history we not only have the entire Bible, but we have the entire Bible revealed. Even the Apostles didn’t have it. Luther didn’t have it. Wesley didn’t have it but we have it and today we also have captivity.

You might bed tempted to say “wait a minute, Isaiah is taking about his time”. The Bible says by two or three witnesses let all things be established.

Revelation 13: 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 he that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Is this Isaiah’s time? This is here and now. This is our age. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity. Who is leading into captivity? Who is leading the saints into captivity? The preachers! Preaching off the word and preaching a second hand gospel and preaching their own dogmas. They are leading the children of God into captivity. Look at our scripture.

11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink: that continue until night, till wine inflame them!

He is not talking about drunks here. This isn’t alcoholism. He is talking about a religious spirit, a religious fervor. They rise early with a religious fervor, they are full of religious emotion to the point where they become intoxicated and inflamed with it. Inflamed by it. Set on fire. Excited! They dance all over the stage, jump up and down and shout and scream from the pulpit. And the people in the benches are even worse. They put on a big show with lots of emotion. Church has become a Broadway musical these days. They get charged up and charge up the people and everyone is jumping and dancing and shouting “Amen!” to every word and not even paying attention to check what is being said.

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you; whose judgment now of a long time lingerth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

There is your third witness. They with feigned words and fair speeches will lead into captivity. They will preach up a storm. There will be a huge emotional rush through the people. And they are doing it for money. Do you know how much they are making? Brother Branham refused to drive a Cadillac because he felt that he should not be driving a better car than the average man, and the cars they drive today put a Cadillac to shame. A brand new Cady would be a down payment for some of the cars, and jet airplanes, owned by preachers today. They have a religious spirit and the people sitting and listening will catch the same spirit and be taken captive by it. It is a very dangerous thing.

12 And the harp, and the viol, the babret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.

The churches will have the best music programs, the best buildings, the most beautiful architecture, the most professional sound system, the most wonderful organization, but they also will “not regard the word of the Lord not consider the operation of his hands”. Quite a thought that such a big beautiful church who claims to follow the message and believe the word would be so far off from it as to not even consider it nor regard it. How can this be?

Religious Hypocrisy

Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 Teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

There you have it. Religious hypocrisy! We can sing, and we can have the best orchestra filled with university graduated musicians. We can praise, and we can pray, and we can worship, and we can call out in Jesus name. We can read the Bible, and we can quote the prophet and put his picture up all over our churches and homes, but if we disregard the Revealed Word of God in favour of a doctrine of man, no matter how good it sounds, how logical it is, then all of our worship is in vain. It all starts at the pulpit.

We have lots of preachers but very few Word preachers. Jesus said it would be this way. He said the harvest is great and the labourers are few. Pray for labourers! Pray that the Lord God would call more Spirit filled men to the field who will actually consider the operations of God, and regard the works of the Lord, and not care about the money or the popularity. Pray for men who know God and have intimate knowledge of his ways and his Word. How can I introduce you to someone who I do not know myself? We need Holy Spirit filled, God sent, anointed preachers. We have too many religious men and not enough Godly men. It has always been that way. One Elijah to 450 prophets of Baal. One Elisha to a whole host of worldly prophets. One Micah to 400 prophets with lying spirits.

It is the even worse today!

And these false anointed preachers are taking the people captive by the millions. Good people, children of God are being taken captive by these religious spirits in religious preachers. And you might ask why is it that they are able to take the children of God captive? Good question.

Knowledge

13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

Knowledge! The people are gone into captivity “because they have no knowledge”. Surprised? No knowledge. That is God’s own words from the mouth of his holy anointed, spirit filled prophet, not mine. God says the people, the message people, the message preachers, have no knowledge. As I pointed out earlier, we have both the Bible in print and the Message that reveals the Bible, both in print and on tape, and we hear it over and over and can quote from 3,000 hours of preaching by a vindicated prophet of God, and the Lord God says we have no knowledge.

The message believers today have no knowledge!

Knowledge of God does not come with Bible reading. Knowledge of God does not come with church going. Knowledge of God does not come with message listening. You do not get knowledge of God by pressing the play button. That might rub some wrong but just wait a moment, bear with me, and you will see. Knowledge of God does not come with singing or playing an instrument. If any of those would bring you knowledge of God then Saul of Tarsus would have known God personally for he was the most educated theologian in all of Israel. Yet when Saul came face to face with the Lord Jesus in the pillar of fire, he realized that he did not know anything of God whatsoever.

Knowledge of God comes only from a personal experience with God!

Saul learned more of the Lord God in those three or four minutes in front of that pillar of fire than in many years of Bible School and Seminary. Moses learned more of God in a few moments with a burning bush than in 80 years of life and 40 years of the best education that the world had to offer. In order to know God, to have knowledge of who and what the Lord God is, we have to meet God personally. Some will point quite accurately to the fact that the prophet directed us not to preach until we have seen God personally. Amen! But if you look to the message he went even further to say that you are not even a Christian until you have met God personally. And if we have not met him then how can we know him and if we do not know him, and have no knowledge of him, then we will be taken into captivity.

Our scripture goes on to say that the honorable men are famished. Starved! They are not being fed. The preachers are preaching, the singers are singing and the righteous are starving for the Word of God. How can this be brothers and sisters?

Preachers

Fleecing the Sheep
False Anointed at the End Times

Quoting another preacher, even a vindicated prophet, will never feed a true child of God. An eagle needs fresh meat, not left-overs chewed out from another man’s sermons. Brother Branham was a Word Prophet and as a Word Prophet he pointed us back to the Word of God alone. Every Word preacher will point you back to the Word of God alone as well. If the preacher has the same spirit as the prophet did, then he will preach the same way as the prophet did. The prophet preached from the Word.

Not only do the honorable suffer, but it says that the multitude is dried up with thirst. Thirst for the water of the spirit and a parched thirst for the moving of the spirit. There is a famine of hearing the Word of God and a thirst for the spirit that is not being met in the churches today. Remember the foolish virgins have no oil. The Laodicean church has no oil, only the Bride does. The church has no oil because they have no knowledge of God. And they have no knowledge of God because they have not met God. And they have not met God because they are not being told to seek him, and not being led to him. Right back to the pulpit again!

2 Timothy 2: 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; If God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Straight from the pulpit it comes. We must not fight and argue but teach the truth for that will lead men to repentance, and by repenting they will meet God and He shall recover them from the snare of the devil, the religious spirit, that takes them captive at will. If the people are not told, then the people will not know. The watchman is responsible to the people to warn of the enemy.

For months every time I opened the Bible, any Bible, it always turned to the same spot, and every time I read it, it spoke loudly to me.

Ezekiel 13:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord; 3 Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 5 They have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. 6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. 7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord Saith it; albeit I have not spoken? 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you saith the Lord God. 9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God.

Foolish teachers, ministers of any kind really, following their own spirit. They don’t stand in the breach. They are not sent of the Lord. they divine lies by preaching doctrines of men. They are taking the children of God captive by religion. These are not prophets of Baal that the Lord God is addressing here, these are prophets of spiritual Israel. These are not the denominations, these are the message preachers of today. Certainly there are good message preachers but this is not addressing them. This is quite accurately aimed at a select group of men that were not sent by God, but went according to their own ideas preaching for gain. And when these men get hold of a pulpit they will build big groups; huge groups, that have lots of religion, lots of emotion, but are starving for the Word and the Spirit of God.

We are just a little family here today but we desperately need to know this. If we do not come to know the Lord God personally through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, then we will be taken captive by a religious spirit. If we are in the wrong place, then we will be starved for the word, parched for the spirit, and surrounded by religious pomp and celebration. The Bible said that we are to offer up the sacrifice of praise, but if that sacrifice is not washed then it is an abomination to God. Religious pomp and celebration, no matter how skilled or sweet to the ear, if it is not sanctified by the Holy Spirit of God, it is an abomination unto him.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

There is our answer. Jesus! He alone can set us free. He alone can give us liberty. He alone can free us from the spirits that threaten to take us captive. And he does it personally, not by creed, not by dogmas, not by church going, but by meeting him personally and getting to know him personally. We must regard the work of the Lord. We must consider his operations. God is alive and well. He is a miracle God. He is the same yesterday today and forever. Everything that is written in the Bible about him is just as true today as it was the day it was written.

Don’t get caught up in emotion. Don’t get caught up in a big show. Don’t get distracted by large crowds. Do not let a fancy building catch your eye. Get caught up in the spirit of God. The songs and the worship and the celebration are all important and even vital, but without the Spirit of God, it is dead. Where are the gifts? Where are the miracles? God is a miracle God. We point to the signs, wonders and miracles in Brother Branham’s ministry, but where are they in our lives? In Jesus’ day they pointed to Moses. In our day they point to Brother Branham. Let us look instead to Jesus. Let’s be like Gideon, the mighty man of valour, let’s seek out God personally and seek out his moving in our lives personally.

God is here right now to meet us. His spirit, the pillar of fire, is right there in the room with you at this very moment. He is waiting to hear from you, waiting for your invitation. He is waiting for you to regard His works and to consider His operations. Let’s all come together in one accord to consider His operations. Let’s all agree to regard His works. And not the works and operations of yesterday, but God’s works today in our lives, in our midst, right there in that room at the moment you are reading this.

The Bible says that the Lord is closer to you than your own breath. He is right there with you. The pillar of fire is right before you. Can you feel him? He is there filling the room. Seek him! Cry out to him! Reach out to him!

Receive Him!

Meet Him NOW!

 

The god of this world

World and The god thereof

We often talk about “God”. But what is God? The Word god means and object of worship, and as such there are many, many gods. For some people their car is a god, their wife is a god, the president of the United States is a god. Who is our god? Who, or what, is your god?

The Bible talks of the Lord God Jehovah. It talks of the great creator, the life giver, the healer, the redeemer the one true God and eternal life. It also speaks of another god. It speaks of another object of worship. This god, however, is a deceitful, horrible, lying, murdering, evil god. It is the god of this world and his name is Lucifer. The devil is the god of this world? He absolutely is for a god is an object of worship and the devil is worshipped by the entire world. Many will be very angry at me at this point, but if you sit back and search the scriptures with me I believe I can show you that what I say is true.

2 Corinthians 4: 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 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.

May the Lord God add his blessing to the reading of the Word.

As a note here, the word “world” in Scriptures is translated from the Greek word “cosmos” which means society, culture, mores and norms. It does not mean earth.

The Bible is written in incredible simplicity. It is written to be understood by all. God does not require an education, or great intellect to understand his word. He requires only that you desire to know, believe and follow the truth. But at the same time, the Bible is a great mystery that cannot be figured out by the smartest of men. The greatest scholars can look into the original transcripts, with tremendous knowledge of Greek, and Latin and Hebrew, and search the scriptures day and night, and take notes and confer with others and in the end know nothing. The most learned and trained theologians of today all disagree with each other and yet claim to be highly educated and experienced experts with decades of study.

Paul was the most educated man in Israel in his day. He was known as Saul of Tarsus. He was schooled by the greatest Bible teacher in Israel. He knew the law and the prophets by heart. He knew every prophecy of the Messiah and yet he did not recognize him when he came. He knew exactly what the scriptures said about the Messiah, and he knew all the prophecies concerning the Church and yet when he saw the Church in action living out those prophesies he condemned them to die as ungodly heretics.

The holy Apostles, called before the foundation of the world to be the first messengers of the gospel, sat under the teaching of John the Baptist and missed that he was Elijah for their day as prophesied by Malachi chapter 3. These were not just the average guys on the street, they were the twelve Holy Apostles. They had knowledge of the Word. They witnessed John’s ministry. They witnessed Jesus ministry even seeing John baptize Jesus. They heard John say “I am the voice of one calling out in the wilderness”. They heard John say “behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world”. They came to Jesus with the word, confused. Let us take the scripture on it:

Matthew 17: 10 And his disciples asked him, saying, why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

John preached to them as the messenger sent before the Lord to show his coming, and they knew him not. Jesus said that John was more than a prophet and they could not even recognize that he was a prophet. The scribes, the theologians of the day, knowing full well the scriptures and quoting it to the people, pointed to the coming of Elijah and totally missed his appearance. They met him. They spoke to him. He quoted to them the scripture that vindicated his ministry. They were completely blind and oblivious to it. Just think about that and what it means for us.

Does it sound crazy? Not only did they miss the Elijah ministry of their day, but God himself was standing there in front of them in flesh, fulfilling each and every prophecy of the Messiah recorded in the scriptures, fulfilling each and every prophecy that they were pointing to and quoting, and they had no idea who he was. The very God of heaven, Jehovah in flesh, was performing miracle after miracle after miracle right in front of them and they were totally blind to it. Sounds crazy to us doesn’t it? Not only was the world blind to the fact that Jesus was the Messiah, they went so far as to call him the devil and then murder him. The greatest, smartest, most educated theologians and Bible scholars were completely blinded to the vindication of the very scriptures they memorized and quoted daily.

Malachi 4:5-6

Brother William Branham
Brother William Branham

But we also had a prophet in our day who had the manifestation of God in his ministry even to the raising of the dead and speaking into existence. He was a Word Prophet who completely fulfilled the scriptural prophesy of his ministry and the whole world missed it. It wasn’t just the secular world who missed it. The Pentecostal people, those that he was sent to, missed it. Millions of people sat in his ministry all over the planet. The ministries of men like Oral Roberts and Billy Graham came out from this man’s ministry. There are over 1,100 of his sermons on tape and nearly every one has a healing line where signs, wonders and miracles are recorded. Yet they all, all but a select few, missed it completely.

If William Branham was not the Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6, then who was? Answer me that.

The Bible says he must have already come, so if it was not William Marion Branham who fulfilled that prophecy then who was it? The Bible is clear. Malachi 4: 5-6 is clear. Zechariah 14 is clear. Revelation 10:7 is clear. Amos 3:7 that God would do nothing until he reveals it to his servant the prophet is clear. The Bible clearly tells us that we were to be sent a prophet in our age with the same ministry and spirit as Elijah to reveal the hidden mysteries and restore us back to the Word of God. Let’s read it.

Malachi 4: 5 Behold , I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: 6 and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Elijah has to come before the “great and dreadful Day of the Lord”? The day of Jesus on earth was not dreadful. Jesus on earth was mercy. Jesus ministry on earth was salvation, healing and deliverance. It was the atonement, not the judgement. So then what is the “great and dreadful Day of the Lord?”

Zechariah 14: 1 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and they spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the woman ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 and ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. 6 and it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: in it shall come to pas that at evening time it shall be light.

This is the judgment day, the return of Christ “with the saints”. And before that can happen Elijah must come to restore the Bride. Before Israel can be encompassed by all nations, Elijah must have come. Israel is encompassed by all nations today. The whole world is building up against them, blaming them for every evil on the planet. The world is preparing to go to war against God’s people Israel. The Lord is gathering the nations together so that he can judge them at once.

Elijah comes again the fifth time with Moses to Israel right away, and Israel is encompassed about right now, so the fourth manifestation of the ministry of the prophet Elijah must have already come. Somewhere at sometime in our recent past there must have been a man, with a prophetic ministry, with a vindicate message from God. There is no arguing that simple fact. Elijah has come.

The Mystery of God

Revelation 10:7 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 Lord of Glory
The Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ

What is the Mystery of God? There are many mysteries in the Bible. There are many things that God told through his prophets that he kept in symbolic form, but told the prophets it would be sealed up till the end times. For example, there are Daniel’s 70 weeks. There are the Seven Seals. There are the Seven Church Ages. There is the Mark of the Beast, the great whore of Babylon, the identity of the Antichrist etc etc. These are all great Mysteries. God gave us dozens of prophecies that he told his prophets to seal up to the end of the age. They are now all revealed. Every word in this Bible is now revealed for us!

So who was it? Who was Elijah? According to the Bible, and the events happening in the world, Elijah must have already come. Elijah must have fulfilled his ministry here on earth in our midst. Did you miss the Elijah of your day as the holy Apostles did in theirs? Do you know who Elijah was?

The world always misses it. They missed Noah. They missed Moses. They missed Elijah. They missed Jesus. They missed Luther. They missed Wesley, they missed Azuza street. And they are missing Jesus Christ even to this day. They are pointing to Jesus Christ in the scripture, and failing to recognize him fulfilling that same scripture today before them. Man is always pointing to what God did, talking about what God will do, and completely ignoring what God is doing right in front of them. Amen?

When Jesus was on earth in flesh, the religious people kept pointing back to Abraham and Moses. When the very God of Abraham and Moses, the great I AM, the pillar of fire, Elohim, Melchisedec, was standing right before them in the flesh and they could not see who he was. Do you see God this morning? Or do you only see him yesterday? Do you see a current Jesus Christ or a historic one?

The Message of the Hour

If there was a messenger, as the Bible shows us clearly that there was, then that messenger must have had a message. Each messenger throughout time has had a message. And the message that they brought for for their specific hour. Noah’s message of rain and a flood was specifically for the people of his day, and is of no direct use for any other day. Yes we learn from it, but we cannot act directly on it.

When God sends a messenger, he sends them with the Message of the Hour. The Message of the Hour in Noah’s day was rain, flood and judgement. The Message of the Hour in Lot’s day was fire and judgement. The Message of the Hour in John the Baptist’s day was salvation and the coming of the Lord. Martin Luther brought the message of Justification. John Wesley was sent to us with the message of Sanctification.

In each age a messenger is sent. That messenger is sent with the Message of the Hour. All who receive the Message of the Hour are the Bride of Jesus Christ for that day.

We sit back as “message people” in our vanity and think we got it all figured out. We think we got the Message of the Hour, so we think. We believe we had a prophet, and so we did. We look down on the denominations because they miss it. And yet we tend to be just as blind as they are or worse!

Where is God today?

How often do you hear preaching about what God did in the prophet’s ministry as though it were happening today? Yes the lord worked many miracles, signs and wonders through his ministry. There is not denying it. But, that was over 50 years ago! What is God doing today? Yes he raised the dead 50 years ago, yes he healed the sick 50 years ago, but what is God doing today in our lives, in our midst? What did the Lord do in your life today? Are we missing it? Are we pointing back to yesterday and missing today? Is our testimony about the power of God relegated to stories of God’s moving in the prophet’s ministry? Have we any signs wonders and miracles today?

“You cannot warm a man with a picture of a fire”. William Branham told us that. We like to quote him. We even like to quote that quote, then we act totally contrary to it. You got to have the real thing! You cannot save a man with a historical God. If Jesus Christ cannot do the very same signs, wonders and miracles, right here and right now that is written of him in the Bible, then he is useless to us. But he is the same yesterday, today and forever. And every single thing written of him in the Bible is just as true today as the day it was written.

He was the healer then. He is the healer now. He was the saviour then. He is the saviour this morning. He was the truth, the life and the way, the bright morning star, the lily of the valley, the great I AM, the pillar of fire, and he is exactly those things right here, right now. Are we seeing it?

Revelation

I wrote some time ago on “when their eyes were opened”. Our eyes have to be opened to see the truth, else we will miss it.

When Their Eyes Were Opened
When Their Eyes Were Opened

We can only understand the scriptures through revelation of the spirit of God. You will never figure it out. I will never figure it out. We will never study our way into heaven. You will never learn salvation. It comes purely and only by revelation. If we do not seek revelation on the word of God, and we do not wait for that revelation, then we will never understand the word of God. If we do not wait on God for an answer we will never know what the Bible is telling us. It will look like complete contradiction to us.

How can the scripture on one hand tell us that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and in another scripture tell us that it is the Holy Spirit that does the mediation? How can Jesus tell us to be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and Peter and Paul tell us to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ? Without revelation you will never understand it. How can the Bible say that God hated Esau before he was even born and still be fair?

You want to know what really happened in Eden? I can tell you but without revelation you will not believe me. You want to know the Mystery of the Godhead? I can explain it to you but God has to reveal it for you to get it. A while ago we looked at the book of Ruth. To the world it is just a story of a woman and her daughter in law going home to Israel and getting their land back. But with the revelation of the Holy Spirit we see that the book of Ruth depicts God’s entire plan, as the Kinsmen Redeemer, of salvation for both Jews and gentiles.

The reason we have so many churches, lodges really, all preaching differently is that there is no revelation among them. They interpret the word by their own understanding and according to the desires and lusts of their flesh. When we decide ahead of time what the Bible says, then we look for scriptures that we can “interpret” to agree with us and deny and explain away the rest of the Bible that doesn’t.

Today we are preaching the Message of the Hour. We are preaching what the prophet preached, the unadulterated, revealed word of God for the hour. But we do not have the moving of God as the prophet did. If we get sick, a little pain here or there, the first thing we do is run to the doctor. Why is it so? Where are we at?

Matthew 23: 2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that obey and do; but do not ye after their works: for they sway 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: them 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.

Does this sound familiar to you? Have you seen it in churches around you, possibly ones you attend? So why is that? So why is there no revelation among the so called Christians? Why do we not see the simple truth that we ourselves are preaching? We have become like a sounding brass. We make noise but there is no power behind it. Why does the religious world miss the truth, and so many of those who have the  truth preached to them, or even preach the truth themselves, not live it? Why the gross blindness? Why the hypocrisy?

The Greatest Battle Ever Fought

I am actually writing an entire book on this subject at the moment. There are two forces at work in this world. They are fighting a war that started a very long time ago. One is the creator and the other is the destroyer. One gives life and the other takes it. One is the God of heaven, the other it the god of this world. You were wondering when we would get to this. Sometimes we need a bit of buildup before making a point. We will all serve one or the other. The only way to overcome the devil is through Jesus Christ. A church cannot save you. Good works cannot save you. Only the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which comes through the new birth can overcome the devil.

1 John 4: 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore they speak of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

If we are overcomers then it is only through Jesus Christ living in us that we are. The world does not overcome. The world refuses to hear the gospel. They will gladly hear creeds, dogmas, sociology, psychology and anything else you throw at them, but they will refuse the word of God. Notice there is no third position. We either worship and serve Jesus Christ, or we worship and serve Satan. Period. These are hard words but absolutely true. There are only two controlling spirits, good and bad, dark and light, life and death, there is heaven and hell, but there is no third option. Here is another scripture to show you.

Romans 6: 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

It is unmistakable! Take a deep breath. I don’t mean to hurt you, but I am bound to tell you the truth. Here it goes.

Every person who is not born again of the Holy Spirit is serving the devil.

Oh good, you are still reading. Now let us go deeper. Even those who are born of the Spirit of God used to serve the devil prior to the new birth. It says so clearly in the above scripture. We “were” the servants of sin until we received and obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ. Notice here too that Paul uses the personal pronoun “whom”. It is not what you obey, as an inanimate thing or a lifeless doctrine or creed, but rather “whom” as a person. Every word has a life, a spirit behind it. I spoke of this in Every Seed After His Kind. We either serve and obey Jesus Christ through the faith and obedience to the Word of God, or we serve and worship Satan through disbelief and disobedience to the Word of God.

And that is the test. Do we accept, believe and obey the Word of God exactly as it is written or do we add, subtract and mutilate the written word to try to bend it to fit our own desires? When the Bible says to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, do we immediately seek water and get baptized, or do we say the wording is not important as long as we are baptized? When the Bible says that we must have foot washing with the Lord’s Supper do we wash each other’s feet, or do we say “oh, that was because they wore sandals back then”? Do we accept the Word of God or reject Jesus Christ in favour of our church’s dogmas and creeds? Do we worship and serve Jesus Christ or Satan?

God spent 6 days, or 6 – 1000 year periods building Eden. The devil has spent the last 6000 years building his Eden. We are living today in Satan’s Eden. Let that sink in. He is ready to incarnate himself as the antichrist and dwell amongst his children in his paradise. Before he can do that, the Holy Spirit must vacate the gentile world. The only presence of the Lord God Jehovah in this world is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in his born again children. Period.

The only presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth is in the Christians.

While God is still dealing with the gentiles, the devil cannot take his position. Once the last of God’s predestinated sheep is in the fold, and brought to maturity, then God takes his bride home and leaves the world to the devil and his children. Unfortunately the foolish virgins and the Jews will be left as well, and will have to deal with it.

Romans 11: 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of his mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, unto the fullness of the Gentiles come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant to them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the Father’s sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

During that time of three and a half years, God will only be dealing with the 144,000 predestinated seed in Israel. The plagues will be striking the rest of the earth but the only voice of God anywhere on earth will be in the two prophets preaching to Israel. Without God in this world, the foolish virgins will have no protection and will be mercilessly slaughtered by the world. The religious world will gather and kill the foolish virgins and think that they are doing God a service. They will be serving the god of this world, the devil, and thinking they are serving the Living God. Jesus said it would be so. Get in Christ today!

The god of this world

Satan is the god of this world, and the god of this evil age. Today, what is evil is called good, and what is good is called evil. Speak one word against homosexuality or abortion and see for yourself. Speak in favour of Israel one time and see how they react. Tell them that the Bible forbids women preachers or that Jesus said in Luke that all remarriage outside of widowhood is adultery. Tell a religious person that they need to be rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and watch how they react. Apollos who was originally baptized by John the Baptist, in Acts 19, took his entire congregation and got rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Unto what were ye baptized? Will you go find water and get baptized properly? Every predestinated seed of God will.

The devil appeals to the desires of our flesh and our minds. His doctrines feel good to us and are logical and make sense. The doctrine of the devil will never convict us of sin. The doctrine of the devil will tell us that we are saved when we are not saved. The doctrine of the devil will never correct you, it will never point you back to the word of God but instead will interpret it to you in a way that will make your flesh feel good. You will walk into church a sinner, and leave a sinner, with no change to your life or attitude, yet thinking you are saved, simply because you attended or joined that church. The devil will tell you that God loves you just as you are and you do not need to change.

How evil is the world?

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. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 and the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

The things of the world are not of the Father, they are of the god of this world. Worldliness is of the devil. If we love the world’s fashions then we love Satan’s fashions. If we love worldy music then we love Satan’s music. If we love worldly politics, society, religion, philosophy, ideology etc, then we love the devil’s stuff. If we love the things of the world, then we love the things of the devil, and therefore we actually love the devil! I’ll let that sink in. If we love the things of the world, then we love the devil. Amen? Hold on it gets a little sharper yet. Is all the world ruled by him?

Luke 4: 5 And, the devil taking him up into a high mountain, and showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time; 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 if thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

Do you still wonder why politics is so corrupt? The devil chooses who is in charge in the world. The Bible says so. That is why you won’t find a Christian in politics. They may try to sway people, but they will never be elected into office. You will find many who call themselves Christians but a real Christian stays away. They won’t want him around. Look to the Bible. Look at Abraham and Lot. Abraham stayed to his own while Lot went down into Sodom and got himself elected into a government position, the mayor of Sodom, for it says he sat at the gates judging the people. Who do you associate yourself with, Abraham the father of faith, or Lot. Are you of the World?

Who is your father? There are two gods, two fathers, two seeds. Are we of God, or of the wicked one? Do we see the gospel or is it hid to us? Are we of God or of the World?

When we cannot see the gospel, when we do not understand the revealed word of God for the hour, it is because the devil is blinding our minds to it. In Luther’s day the devil blinded people’s minds to Luther’s message and they rejected both him and his message. That message came from God so when they rejected Luther, they rejected God. In Noah’s day they rejected Noah’s message because the god of this world blinded their minds to it. And every one of them is dead, eternally separated from God.

And how did the devil blind their minds to Noah’s message? What trick did he use? He used logic, reasoning, science, philosophy and religion. Those are the tricks he has always used and will always use. It did not make sense that it would rain since at that time no rain fell. It did not rain before the flood. Science tells you right now that what I just told you is impossible but if you look into the scripture you will see that the original year had 360 days and today we have 365 ¼ days, and the 23 degree axis tilt did not exist then either. So the whole planet was in a different orbit than it is today. Whatever caused the flood knocked the whole planet out of alignment. The little earthquake that caused the Indonesian tsunami a few years back actually changed the length of the day, as did the big one in Haiti and the monster in Japan.

When Noah, in an age with all the science we have today and maybe a wee bit more, came preaching that God would destroy the earth with a flood caused by rain from the sky, it was easy for the devil to use reasoning, logic and science to blind the minds of the whole world to the truth. It had never rained, thus it could not rain. Simple logic tells you that. But they did not take everything into consideration. God said it would happen and it happened. Today we are told that the earth is reserved unto fire where the very elements will melt with a fervent heat. Do you believe it?

When Jesus came, how did the devil blind the minds of the people to who Jesus really was?

Mark 6: And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2 And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judah, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 4 But Jesus said unto them, a prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, an din his own house. 5 and he could there do no might work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

The devil used reasoning and logic. They knew Jesus as a man and could not see that he was God. Even though he had amazing wisdom and worked signs and wonders, carnal reasoning told them that he was just a carpenter. Why would God choose him when he has a hundreds of priests and rabbis to use? It is the same today.

Why would God use a little corner church when he can use a big organization? A little church on the corner can only reach a handful of people but a big organized church can reach out to hundreds, thousand and even millions. Why would God choose an uneducated hillbilly when he has thousand of educated, theologians with Phd’s to their names and huge organizations backing them? Surely a logical God would use the big church. If a church has lots of members and lots of money, that must mean that they are right in their teaching and God is blessing them, right?

Who did God choose to forerun the first coming of Jesus Christ? He chose a man who was orphaned into the wilderness at the age of 12 and grew up on a diet of locusts and honey. Who crucified Jesus? The big organizations with lots of members and lots of money did it. What denomination was Jesus a member of? The denominations kicked him out and killed him. And yet today if you don’t have a university degree and a letter and membership card from a big organization nobody will hear you. That is the world in a nutshell.

St. John 15: 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If hey have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep your also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

The world is of the devil for he is their god. Satan is the god of this world. He rules their politics, he rules their religion, he rules their fashion, he rules their entertainment. Logic, reasoning and blindness are the devil’s handiwork and he always plays to the lust of the flesh and the pride of the eye. The Bible warns that in our age, it would be the darkest, blindest age of all.

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.

Not just a darkness but a gross darkness on the people. The devil has been more successful at blinding the hearts and minds of people in this age than in any other age before. In this age alone do we have the entire Bible revealed and in this age we have the most darkness as well. So much so that this is the only age in which we are told we are completely blind as a church. This is the age where we are warned that the devil would be so convincing that he would fool the very elect if it were possible.

Revelation 3: 14 And unto the angel of the church of Laodiceans write; These things sith 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 thour 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 knowest not that thou are 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.

This is Jesus talking here. He is not addressing the world, he is addressing the church. This letter is directed at the Bride of Christ. This is the condition of the spirit filled church today. This is the condition of the “message people”. The world is in far worse condition. The church today is blind! The church today is naked. We think we got it all and we got nothing. He is counseling us. Get treasures in heaven. Get white raiment. Get eyesalve.

The church today is blind and the god of the world has blinded them.

Look at your life. How are you living? Are you living the message or have the things of the world crept in to your life? Are you a walking Bible to every person you meet? Do we really see, understand, believe and obey this message? Are we living this message every day in our lives or is it a story of 50 years ago? Is God in our lives in the same way he was in the book of Acts? Are the signs, wonders and miracles following us? Have we met him personally? Do we have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ?

Or is the gospel hid to us? Is the Bible an open book to us, or is it a book of riddles that must be “interpreted” by our denomination, our theologian, our preacher, our pope etc. There are very many who will never see it no matter how long it is preached. Jesus said that there would only be a few that would see it, the rest would be blinded to it.

But the god of this world is subtle. He does not come with a pitch fork and a horse tail. When he comes to deceive the elect, he comes preaching the message of the hour. I have seen it where a man came and preached perfectly on the word for two straight hours, got the crowd excited, subtly slipped in his own personal heresy, and then went back to preaching perfectly for another hour. And the crowd all said Amen and missed it. They were not paying attention and accepted a false doctrine with no basis in the Word of God.

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

The word “Christ” means anointed. So a False Christ is a False anointed one. They truly are anointed but are not doing the works of God. Balaam was such a one. He was an anointed prophet. He prophesied with “thus saith the Lord”. When he went to curse Israel, he had to bless them because he was a prophet under an anointing and could only say the words God put in his mouth. But when he was not prophesying he brought in his damnable heresy that almost ended the nation of Israel. The high priest in Jesus day prophesied under an anointing because of his position. Jesus said that the high preist was a child of his father the devil and yet he still prophesied under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

I encourage everyone to listen to Brother Branham’s sermon “False anointed at the endtime”; that is your homework. Give it a good listen, it will help you understand that paradox. Also check out the sermons “Satan’s Eden” and “the God of this Evil Age”.

The false annointed come so close as to deceive the elect. So they must be message preachers! A catholic priest with a turned around collar is never going to deceive you, but someone who can quote the message like a machine gun is another story. And they will use the same doctrine of Balaam to blind the hearts and minds of the people. Look who God likens them to.

Jude 1: 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 aobut of winds: trees whose fruit withereth, 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 reseved the blackness of darkness forever. 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

Cain, Balaam, Core; these were all false anointed of their day. These were all claiming to be believers. They were not the heathen. Balaam a prophet, lost because of his greed for money and power and popularity. Cain had the biggest most beautiful church and was murderously jealous of Abel’s little alter because God was with Abel and that condemned Cain. Core, what a scoundrel he was. God opened the very earth to devour him. He was after money and power and blasphemed God’s chosen, anointed prophet and the message of the hour to his day.

They all did the same thing. They all had a big ecclesiastical move to gather people to them, to earn power, and popularity and money. They all pretended to be believers yet did not believe.

Numbers 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: 3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the lord?

Core was after power and accused Moses of doing the very thing that he himself was guilty of. He gathered all the popular men of his day together of a big ecclesiastical convention and rose up against the prophet that God sent. Core took 250 souls with him to his death.

Balaam told the Moabites to get their girls to fellowship with the Israelite boys saying that we are all “Christians” as we would say today. That led Israel off into idolatry. That cost Israel 24,000 lives. And it would have been far worse if a man, a boy actually, named Phinehas, had not stepped in. He came from good stock, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron. He stepped in when he saw the evil that was afoot. He could not take it anymore, it vexed his soul and he acted and God was pleased with him.

We need more Phinehases today!

We need someone to step in and act to correct the wrong. We need men with spines to stand upon the Word of God and call black, black and white, white and to condemn sin from pillar to post! We need men who are willing to be cast out from everyone, to live as hermits if necessary, but to stand strong upon the truth and both live and preach the revealed word of God for the hour. We have too many wishy washy pretenders looking for money, power and glory in the pulpits today.

The devil blinded the eyes of the people to the message of their hour and he did it with religion, with popularity, with money, with reason, with logic, with a private interpretation of the word of God that does not line up with the word of God. He came in Moses day with the prophet’s own message to the believers and peeled off 250 preachers with him. They all burned incense. And the numbers were low because God put a quick stop to it. If God would have let Core go he would have drawn half of Israel along to hell with him.

What about today? How many are being drawn off with the doctrine of Balaam? How many blinded by the gainsaying of Core? How many false prophets and false anointed looking to get rich off the people do we have today? How many having itching ears do we have behind the pulpits? Tell the people what they want to hear, please their flesh and they will fill the seats, and empty your wallet.

The Bible says “there must come a falling away first”. They are falling like rain.

Just ask yourself, if there are so few being raptured, then why are there so many in churches? The god of this world has blinded their minds and they can no longer see the truth! They will believe any lie they are fed.

2 Thessalonians 2: 8 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: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceivable ness 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.

If we do not love the truth, we will get to the point where we cannot believe it, or even see it anymore, and we will believe the devil’s lies as gospel. Once the devil has blinded our minds to the truth, we are under a strong delusion and will believe a total fabrication, a total lie. That is why we have over 1,100 “churches” all preaching out of the same book and all preaching different. We have every form of insanity being preached and the people are gobbling it up. There are “churches” preaching that there is no devil, they baptize in titles instead of the name of Jesus Christ, they don’t believe in the rapture, they don’t believe in the gifts, they put up Xmas tress, they have women preachers, they marry homosexuals and divorced people, and the list goes on and on.

The word of God is sure. There is no room for argument. But our flesh does not like it and if we fail to crucify our flesh then we will turn from the Word of God and accept the dogmas and creeds of men and believe the lies to be the truth.

2 Timothy 4: 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Fables instead of the Word of God. The whole protestant world is wrapped up in the World Counsel of Churches, the image of the beast, and has denied the Word of God. They have pushed out Jesus Christ in favour of man made dogma. Twice dead plucked up by the roots. They cannot endure the preaching of the Word of God because it condemns their worldly, ungodly lives. So instead of repenting and accepting the Word of God they reject the Word of God and heap to themselves preachers who will not scold them, preachers who will not correct them, preachers who will not strike against their ungodliness from the pulpit. They will find preachers who will not cry out for the abominations in the city. And by turning away from the word they will receive a strong delusion so that they will believe the lies that come from the liars they put in the pulpits.

The liars will tell them that they are saved when they are hopelessly lost and the people will rejoice to hear it. They will compromise on the Word of God and the people will say amen to it. They will turn the services into Hollywood extravaganzas award winning performances and the song services into rock concerts and the people will clap their hands and rejoice.

And in the message churches we are seeing the same thing happen, but it must happen for the word said it would happen.

2 Thessalonians 2: 3 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. 4 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, showing himself to be God.

Now that is the antichrist, who we now know is the pope. Through the prophet’s ministry we can now see in the word of God exactly what the Mark of the Beast is. But that is for another sermon. But the scripture says that there must be a falling away first. In order to fall away we have to have something to fall away from. If we are following a lie to begin with then we have nothing to fall away from. So it is not a falling away from religion but a falling away from the vindicated message of the hour. And from the scriptures we can also see that the falling away will be so close as to deceive the elect of God if it were possible.

It is true that some will fall away to denomonationalism and become beast worshippers. That is surely happening. But there is also a falling away to the doctrine of Balaam and the gainsaying of Core while still giving homage to the Revealed Word of God. And that is the most dangerous of all. The god of this world is managing to blind the minds of the foolish virgins just enough to keep them from receiving the Holy Spirit. And he does it through the same means as he has always used. He will us logic, reasoning, religion, popularity, politics, money, power etc. He will use an ecclesiastical move like Core to round up all the believers on his side. He will promote cross fellowship and gather the sheep, or steal sheep, from other churches and play on their lusts to get them away from the word. And they will fleece them for every dime in their pockets while he is at it.

The god of this world has an agenda. He wants you dead, both physically and spiritually. He will tempt you, con you, lie to you, confuse you, torment you, condemn you, praise you, bless you, persecute you and do anything and everything to get you off of the Word of God.

First he will butter you up and tell you how wonderful you are, how holy, how spiritual. He will play straight to your pride. Then he will bring the Word to you and try to interpret it to you. He will make it look so beautiful. He will make it look so glamorous. He will make it look so reasonable and logical. He will appeal to your every carnal sense and to your every fleshly lust. He will bring his lie in such a way that it will sound perfect to your flesh. The devil’s lie will meet every fleshly desire you have. Then he will try to get you to compromise on the Word, to admit there is some merit in what he is saying. Then he will attack you and demoralize you. He is a killer. He is a destroyer. He is a liar and a murderer, and the father of it all.

The only escape is the Word. The Bible promises us that if we resist the devil and he shall flee from us. He is a bluffer. He was defeated at Calvary 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ defeated him, took his authority away, paid the price for our every sin, cleansed our iniquities and healed all of our diseases.

Satan has no power over you except the that you give him.

Resist him. Reject him. Take God’s Word no matter how hard it is for it will cleanse you and give you eternal life. Don’t look at physical evidence, look at the promised Word of God. Abraham did not look at his old age or his withered wife. He looked at God’s promise and believed and received a son at the age of 100 with his 90 year old wife. Noah did not look at science but trusted God’s promise of rain and spent 120 years building and ark and preaching that it would rain when science told him it could not.

Isaiah told us that we would be in a state of gross darkness, but in the evening there would be light. Walk in that light while it is still shining for one day very soon there will be absolutely no light left for the gentiles. A day is fast approaching when it will simply be too late. Are you in Christ Jesus this morning? Have you been closing your eyes to the truth? Have you been led away with religion, politics, reason, logic, glamour, popularity, money? Are you feeding your flesh or your soul? Are you eating the fresh manna?

The devil is defeated. He is exposed. The light that shines from Jesus Christ casts out all darkness. Don’t let the devil blind your minds any longer. Don’t let the gospel be hid to you. Cry out to God for revelation! God is calling the bride to repentance! Repent and live the message. Do what the word tells you to do. If it says repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, then do it, do it today for tomorrow may be too late. Whatever the word says, do it.

Don’t trust in numbers. Don’t trust in man. Don’t trust in organization. Trust only in Jesus Christ. Do not let the god of this world blind your eyes to the truth. Satan is the god of this world and the whole world worships and adores him and does not even know it; they are blind. The world is blind! The denominations are blind! Satan is the god of this world.

Revelation 13: 8 And ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Please, I beg of you, open your eyes!

Law

LAW, GOD’S LAW

Our Schoolmaster unto Salvation

Law and Grace
Law and Grace Woven in the Scriptures

The Lord God Jehovah gave us a law. We find that law written throughout the pages of the Old Testament. That law condemned us all to die because none of us were able to follow it. And we should also remember that the Bible says in James that if we break one word of the law we are guilty of the whole law. The penalty for breaking the law is death. God, however, did not want us all to die, he wanted us to live. To accomplish his goal, the Lord God came veiled in the flesh in the man of Jesus Christ and fulfilled the entire law and took all of our sins upon himself and gave his life in place of ours.

It was you and I that were condemned to die on that cross, for you and I committed the sins that put Jesus there. But Jesus Christ, the great Kinsmen Redeemer, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the bright morning star, the rose of Sharron, the lily of the valley, the prince of peace, took your sins and my sins and all of our iniquities and bled and died there for you and I so that we might live with him forever.

This is a very well known doctrine to church going folks. If the Lord will, I would like to look a little deeper into it, to see exactly what the law was, why it was given and exactly what the Bible is telling us when it says that Jesus “fulfilled” the law. We also like to say that we are no longer under the law. We will by the grace of God look a little deeper into that statement and root out in the scriptures exactly what this means. Some will be very surprised indeed by what we will find.

Galatians 3: 19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

So the Bible says that the law is there to deal with transgressions, and the law exists because of those transgressions. This is an interesting and important point. Most would naturally think that the transgressions must come as a result of the law, but we find it written here in the opposite order. The law was added because of transgressions. First the transgressions existed, then the law was added because of them. The law is God’s answer to transgressions.

And the Word says that the law will continue UNTIL the seed should come to whom the promise was made. Who was that promised seed of Abraham, the promised seed of the woman back in the Garden of Eden? God said unto the serpent in Genesis chapter three that “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and the woman’s seed, and you shall bruise his heal, but he shall bruise your head”. The seed of the woman, the promised seed, was none other than Jesus Christ.

Now notice that the law actually existed before Moses. Moses did not write the law, he merely penned it as God spoke it to him. And in fact the famous Ten Commandments were even penned by the Lord God himself as he wrote them in stone with his own finger as the prophet Moses stood by and watched. The law actually started way back in Eden. I used to think that it started with Moses myself but the word explicitly says otherwise.

The first law was “eat not of the fruit for the day you eat thereof you will die”. That was the law in Eden. That was the only law they had at that time. Don’t eat and if you eat you die. It was short, it was simple and it was the law.

Notice now the two components of a law. Every law must have these two components or it is not a law. The first essential component is the thing that you are not supposed to do, and the second is the consequences for doing it. “Do not eat”: was the thing you aren’t supposed to do. And, “IF you eat you die”: was the unconditional Consequences. And every law has these two components.

Without both components it is not a law. Without a commandment it has no direction, and every law must be enforceable. Therefore if there is no consequence for breaking the law then the law is no longer enforceable and of no effect. Adam and Eve did not know much of the law back then but what they did know they were more than able to transgress.

The Bible said the Law was “added” because of transgressions. It was “added”, not just given in one shot but added, which in the Greek is prostithemi which is a verb meaning to increase or to proceed further in giving. So the law was given, but not at once, not in one place or at one specific time but rather it was given and increased over the passage of time, and proceeded further in its giving because of transgressions. The law unfolded with time. The law was a progressive revelation.

So is that it, or is there a deeper reason? Nothing happens without reason and there is no coincidence in life. Is there something more here, another layer? Why would God give the law out in a piecemeal fashion, a little here and a little there, and not in one big lump right at the beginning?

What is the underlying purpose of the law? We know it was given because of transgressions, but how was the law supposed to deal with those transgressions? What was the law doing with those transgressions and with the people it was given to? What is the relationship between us, the law, and the transgressions, and God the law giver and judge? The Bible gives us those answers.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

The law was our Schoolmaster. It is our teacher. The Bible says that it was brought in and added because of transgressions AND its purpose was to bring us unto Jesus Christ by teaching us as a schoolmaster. Then after the law brings us to Christ we might be justified by faith. That is a mouthful.

It doesn’t say that we can be justified by the law. The law does not and cannot justify anyone for every word of the law that we transgress condemns us to death. Rather, the law brings us to a place where we can be justified. And it brings us there by teaching us something. So if the law brings us to a place where we can be justified by faith through teaching us, then we need to know exactly what the law is supposed to be teaching us?

Romans 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

This ties in nicely with our central theme and opens the door a little more for us. It goes back a couple of scriptures and weaves itself in. So putting it together so far we see that the law was added because of transgressions and without the law there are transgressions, but we do not know of them and are left guiltless of the law. Why is there no guilt of transgressions without the law? The law alone determines what is, and what is not a transgression. So if there is no law, there is no crime. The act still exists, and the act can be against the perfect will of God, but there can be no crime assigned.

Look at the internet today. It is very new so there are almost no laws in place to govern what goes on with it. And when people are using it wrongly or for some evil purpose, nobody can hold them accountable in this world for their actions because there is no law on the books to charge them with. There is no commandment, and there are no consequences. So until someone writes a law, the police and the courts have no justification in arresting the people. They have nothing to charge them with. There might be horrible acts going on but there is no crime.

But once the law is in place you cannot do those same things anymore. You could do them before but the law is written but once the law is written, then the act becomes a crime. This is a very important and interesting point to note. The law is not retroactive. God created time for a purpose and uses time and has given us definite timelines within the plan of salvation.

So if you commit an offense yesterday and they bring in a law against it today you are free. But if you commit that same thing tomorrow, you go to jail, even if you have been doing it for years before without fault.

Here is an earthly example. The road from your house to work is not very busy and the speed limit is 50 mph. You drive it every day at 50 mph for 15 years. Then as the city develops the area and the road gets busier and someone decides that 50 mph is too fast and one Tuesday morning the speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. It does not matter that you have been driving at 50 for all those years. If you drive at 31 mph today you will get a ticket for speeding. You will not be ticketed for driving 50 mph on Monday, but Tuesday driving that very same road, in that very same car, at that very same speed will earn you a fine. On Monday it is an act with impunity, but on Tuesday that very same act becomes a crime with a punishment.

Here is a spiritual example from the scriptures. Abraham married his sister Sarah. She was his half sister and he took her for his wife. God blessed the union such that he gave them a miracle baby and made that baby the promised seed through whom God would bless the entire planet and every living soul on it. Keeping that fact in mind let us look at what the law of Moses clearly says about the act of a man marrying his sister.

Leviticus 18:9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of they father OR the daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

It is needful to note the word “or” in this passage. The word or is in there for a reason. Some will say “but Sarah was his Half sister”. The law doesn’t say the daughter of thy father AND mother, it says the daughter of thy father OR mother. So according to the law of Moses, Abraham committed sin punishable by death. Abraham clearly violated the laws of Moses. How could God bless a union that was in clear violation of his law that he gave us through his prophet?

Abraham married his sister, an act which is condemned by God’s law. That we have established. Did Abraham sin? Absolutely not! Why? The law clearly shows that what Abraham did with Sarah in marrying her was a direct contravention of the law of God as written by his prophet Moses. So if Abraham transgressed the direct commandment of God, then how is there no sin?

The law concerning that transgression had not yet been added. Without law there is no guilt of transgression. And it wasn’t just Abraham that married his sister. Abel. Seth. Enos. The first few men had no choice, they either had to marry a sister or not marry at all for there were no other women on the planet. But it was not sin because there was no law concerning it yet and where there is no law there is no guilt of transgression. But don’t you do it today. If you do it today you will be found guilty and condemned with the world.

Now does that mean that if we don’t know the law we are saved? No don’t go getting that idea. Even in the laws of man, the ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse. The Bible covers that too:

Romans 2: 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.

They did not know any better so they are judged outside of the law. They however still do not have Christ because it is the law that is the schoolmaster that leads us to Christ. So without the law they are not judged in the law, yet they still do not, and cannot, have Christ. So since the law leads us to Christ we cannot find salvation outside of the law, and since the law cannot justify us we cannot find salvation IN the law either. The law leads us to Jesus Christ, who is the salvation, the resurrection and the life. Jesus said:

Luke 12: 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

See, the law teaches us to come to Christ, but if we do not come, the punishment is most severe. Ignorance is no excuse. The one who did not know of the law was still beaten with stripes. But the one who knew it was doubly guilty, first for transgressing the law and then also for disregarding the law which he knew. The Bible goes on to say in Hebrews that if we sin willfully after we come to the knowledge of the truth there is no more sacrifice for sin but a certain fearful looking for judgment.

Matthew 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Jesus tells us here that we must do the will of the Father if we are to have any hope of entering the kingdom of Heaven. Then in order to be saved we need to know exactly what is the will of the Father? How can we know what the will of the Father is?

We need someone to teach us what the Will of the Father is or we could never know it. Without a teacher we are lost. God provided a teacher and not just any old teacher but a schoolmaster. The law is our schoolmaster. The law tells us what sin is, and what is not sin. It is the law that teaches us what the perfect will of God is. The law was added because of transgressions against God’s perfect will. It was added to teach us what those transgressions are and to show us what our reward is if we do them. Without the law how would we know? How would you know what God required of you unless He told you? You could try guessing. Lots of churches do that and look where it got them. We have over a thousand “Christian” churches today all preaching different, all preaching a different “perfect will of God”. God can only have ONE perfect will.

So the Law is our schoolmaster. Unfortunately that leaves us with a peculiar little paradox. We are told conclusively that we need the law, and that it is the law that teaches us the perfect will of God and leads us to Christ that we might be justified. But the Bible also says:

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

How can we resolve this apparent contradiction? Like I said many times in the past, every line has to run true or it isn’t Bible. The Bible is incapable of contradicting itself, so if we find a contradiction then we must be off the scriptures somewhere.

If our doctrine gets stuck somewhere in scripture then that is a sign that our doctrine is wrong and we have to start over. Always remember that. If we have to explain away a single line of scripture, then our Urim Thummim, the Holy Bible, the Word of God, is telling us that we are wrong. Every doctrine of God lines up perfectly with every single word in the Bible. There are no mistakes.

But are we stuck with a contradiction or do we just need a couple of scriptures to bridge the gap in our understanding? There isn’t any gap in the Word, it’s complete and perfect. The gap is in our understanding of the Word, or rather our lack of understanding of the Word of God.

So let’s find the bridge that ties the two thoughts perfectly together.

The law is our schoolmaster, which the Bible says in Galatians, has two purposes. It first brings us to Christ. Second, in bringing us to Christ it brings us to a place where we can be justified by faith.

Lets start with the first thought. The law is our schoolmaster which brings us to Christ. So the law teaches us something, and what we learn from the law somehow brings us to Christ. Is that right? What does the law teach us?

We’ve already seen that it teaches us what is and what is not sin by showing us and defining what transgressions are. It clearly demonstrates to us what the perfect will of God is and thus shows us when we are not in the perfect will of God.

If we know what the crimes are, then we know what God wants us to avoid doing. And if we know what God wants us to NOT do, then by default does it not also tell us what God wants us to do? And if we know what God wants us to do, and we know what God wants us to not do, doesn’t that mean that we know the will of God? It makes sense doesn’t it? This brings us back to what Jesus said about who gets into the kingdom, those who do the will of my Father. And now by the teaching of the schoolmaster, we can know what the will is.

How can you do the will if you don’t know what the will is? We’ve come full circle. So the schoolmaster teaches us the Will of God. Is that all it teaches? Is that all we need, to know what the transgressions are? Will that in and of itself bring us to Christ and to justification by faith? The Bible says no. The Bible says it is not enough to know the law. It is not enough to know the will of the father. Jesus didn’t say those who know the will of the Father get into heaven, but only those who DO the will of the Father. Remember it also says in James chapter two “you believe in one God, you have done well, the devil also believes and trembles”. (Most churches today don’t even believe in one God, they believe in three Gods. They are not even as spiritual as the devil.)

James 1: 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Knowing right from wrong is not enough, we must be doers of the word and not hearers only. And James pointed out that it is the law that teaches us as well.

St. John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Jesus said if you didn’t know better then there was no sin, but since you do know better, and you claim to know better, your sin remains. They knew the will of the Father, they had the schoolmaster of the law, but they did not obey and they did not receive its teaching. They had been under its teaching their whole lives. But still it wasn’t enough. Was it just because they did not obey the law?

Lets take an example:

Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him , Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross and follow me.

So here we have someone who knows the law, and who keeps the law and has kept it his whole life, yet that wasn’t enough because he could see that he did not possess eternal life. He still was not justified. Knowing and keeping the law did not justify him. The law cannot justify us.

The law is our schoolmaster, and it teaches us what the transgressions are. And in teaching us it is supposed to bring us to Christ but the law itself cannot justify us. We can have the whole law and yet be unjustified as the rich ruler was. He had the law and the Bible says he even kept it from his youth, but he did not have eternal life. He was not justified. He was lost.

But it is not the law that justifies us. It was never intended to justify us but to bring us to the One that would justify us. That man is Jesus Christ. And he justified us through the law by fulfilling the law. Remember earlier we said the law has two components. One told us what not to do. And the other told us of the penalty for transgression. The first part was accomplished to John the Baptist time. That is what Jesus said. The law and the prophets were unto John. So the Old Testament is the schoolmaster that shows us what not to do and what to do. Where does Jesus come in?

Jesus Christ fulfilled the entire law. The law was added until John then Jesus, the great capstone, fulfilled the law. He fulfilled the law first by taking the commandment part of the law and changing it from an external law to an internal law. In the old testament it was a physical do or do not. But Jesus tells us that it is not enough to maintain a physical outer law. We must have the law internally.

Matthew 5: 21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. BUT I SAY unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgment. 

Just stop there for a moment. If we are angry at a brother without cause we are guilty of murder? Is that what Jesus is saying. He said in old days you had to actually take the life but today it is sufficient to hate without cause. The External law is transformed to an Internal law today. God said in our day he would write his word upon our hearts and minds. So if it is written on our hearts and minds then it can also be also transgressed in our hearts and minds. This is an essential concept. I hope you are catching that.

Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 BUT I SAY unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Jesus said that the person has “Committed it in his heart”. The law is written on our hearts so it is also transgressed in our hearts. So then what chance do we have? At least at one time it was a matter of subjugating the urges you felt and just not going out and doing them. Now to simply willfully entertain those things in our thoughts makes us guilty of sin. Is there any hope for any of us? Certainly not in the law, it condemns us to death. It condemns us internally.

1 John 3: 20 for if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God. 22 And whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

The law is now an internal law and will condemn us internally if we even desire to commit a transgression of the law.

But Jesus fulfilled the whole law. He fulfilled the first part. He fulfilled the law by completing the second part as well. He took the entire penalty for all transgressions upon himself. He took All the transgressions both external and internal. He paid the price in his flesh for every sin committed, past, present and future.

That is our only hope, our only salvation, our only reason to live, our only way to live. He alone is the truth the life and the way. He is all in all. Oh what miserable creatures we were without him. And when we receive Him we are set free from the law of sin. Here we get to a very crucial point. This is a point that will surprise most who read this. It is perfectly scriptural but little known. It is absolutely the Bible, absolutely the truth but hidden from most. Remember the paradox we just reviewed.

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

And also:

Galatians 3: 25 But AFTER that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

So the schoolmaster, the law, teaches us and bring us to Christ and then WHEN we receive Christ in faith, He justifies us through that faith because he fulfilled the law. At THIS POINT we are set free from the law. It is the very moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior that we are set free from the law. We were not set free 2000 years ago. He fulfilled his part back then, but we are not personally set free from the Law until the moment we accept Jesus Christ.

We are set free from the Law the moment we receive Christ, not before.

So what of those who have not received Christ? So what of those not led by the spirit? The term If always goes with then. If, then. IF, IF ye are led of the spirit THEN, ye are not under the law. We have to slow down here a little. This is going to be a chunk of meat for some I think.

So then are those who are not led by the spirit, those who refuse the spirit, those who refuse Christ still under the law? Absolutely!

Those who refuse Christ are still under the law!

They will have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an answer for every word in the law. We are either under the law or under grace, there is no third position. We are either in or out. We are either saved or lost. With law comes the judgment and if there were no law then there could not be judgment. And the Bible says he who offends the law in one word is guilty of all. Is that Bible? We mentioned it earlier.

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

He is “guilty of all”. If we do not receive Jesus Christ as our saviour, if we are not justified by faith in Him, we will be held accountable for every letter of the law and we will be found Guilty of ALL.

Galatians 3:10 for as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in ALL things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

All the things, not some of them, not most of them, not all but one thing, A-L-L, ALL of them. If we are not in Christ Jesus then we are still under the entire written law. The New Testament is of absolutely none effect to us without the blood of Jesus Christ.

So then what do we do? Receive Christ! Sound good but how? Men and brethren what shall we do?

Acts 2: 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do? 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.

See, at this point Jesus had already died for our sins some 50 days ago and risen and ascended on high, but those men who witnessed the pouring out of the Holy Spirit were pricked in their hearts. They were internally condemned by the internal law of the Spirit of God. They were guilty of the law and condemned by it and they knew it. They realized they needed to be justified.

Peter said to them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Do you see it? By receiving Jesus Christ we are set free from the law. Without law is no sin. We still committed the acts, but we are set free from the guilt of it. When we repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, it is at that moment that we are set free from the law. It is at that moment in time that we are justified. Until that very second we were completely under the law and guilty of the whole law and condemned to death and hell.

And we must follow exactly for there is a way that seems right unto man the end thereof is death. The Bible gives us a very detailed description of how to receive Jesus Christ. First we must repent, get the inward law and acknowledge our transgressions and make right those things we had made wrong. Then we must be baptized in full immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ. No other baptism, no baptism in titles, but specifically in the name of Jesus Christ. Thre is exactly one baptism. That is why in Acts chapter 19 a group of repentant believing Christians needed to be rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ; their original baptism was in error.

Another place where people get lost here is they forget the repent part. Miss that and you go in a dry sinner and come out a wet one. Repent. Make the wrong into a right. Live according to His commandments. Die unto yourselves. Baptism is a burial. And today I think we bury to many live people.

St. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him. If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

What does it mean to “keep” his words? Does it just mean to know them? Does it maybe mean to not change them in any way? The Greek word used here is tereo which means to guard, obey and observe. The Greek word for prison has the same root. So how do we keep His words? It is more than to just know them or to maintain them. To keep the word of God is to imprison them in our hearts and minds. Don’t let them go. Guard them with our lives.

We guard them, we observe them, we obey them, we live them. But what of the law, we are free from the law. So how can we be free from law and yet still have commandments to obey? Are they not the same, commandments and law?

We saw how the law has two facets, a do or do not do, and a punishment for transgression. And we have seen that it is no more an external law but an internal law of the desires of the heart. But here we have commandments. Here we have a way of life laid out in print. And there is not a punishment for not transgressing his commandments.

If we do not keep his commandments then we are still under the law and the law contains the punishment. Do you see it? Jesus said if we keep his commandments, his words, then He will make his abode with us and justify us and free us from the law. So when we keep his words we are free from the law. Then, conversely, when we reject his words, any of his words, we are guilty under the law.

So then we need to receive Him. Have we received him? How do we know we have received him? How do we know we are justified?

Jesus said by their fruits ye shall know them. So what are the fruits? What was the sign of the spirit, the sign that the 120 were told by Jesus to watch for at Pentecost? The sign was Power. How does that power manifest? What is the fruit of that vine?

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions heresies 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they with do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith 23 meekness, temperance: against which there is not law.

See, the law is brought in because of transgressions, because of the work of the flesh, and the law condemns those works and assigns a punishment to them. But the fruit of the spirit aren’t transgressions so there is no law concerning them. So when we receive the spirit of God then we are free from works of the flesh and thus the law concerning those works, being justified by faith in Jesus Christ.

A little note here that I hope doesn’t concern anyone reading here. The word witchcraft doesn’t mean black magic here, it is from the Greek word pharmakeia which means drug user. It means a Drug user of any kind. We are not talking medicines we are talking recreational or addicted drug user. We are talking about cigarette smokers. It refers to marijuana smokers. It is pointing out heroin, MMDA, Cocaine, etc etc users. They are different words but all the same meaning. Paul says if you smoke you will NOT inherit the kingdom of God because you are still under the law as a transgressor of the law and will be judged by the law.

So get free from the works of the flesh today. Jesus Christ bled and died to set you free from those things. Accept him and his sacrifice today. Throw those things out of your life and be saved in Christ. Throw them in the garbage and go to your knees in prayer for strength to overcome, for faith to be delivered and he will give it to you because he promised it. God cannot lie. God cannot fail.

Why can we not live in the works of the flesh and be saved? Because the sprit and the flesh are contrary to each other and the works of the flesh are the very transgressions that the law was added for. We cannot serve God and mammon.

Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and you members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 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.

It says here to whom (personal pronoun) we yield ourselves to obey Him (personal pronoun) we serve. If we obey the spirit of God, THEN we are justified by faith and free from the law. But if we yield to sin and the spirit of the world, to the flesh, then we are not justified and still under the law and will be judged accordingly.

And it is not just a matter of doing the acts anymore. We saw earlier that it is a matter of WANTING to do them, of consciously desiring them. Now we are all tempted, that is for sure, and tempted in our weakness and in our flesh. The difference is in what we DECIDE to do about it. A battle rages in the mind of every Christian, the greatest battle ever fought. And the thoughts in our minds during this battle are not sin, they are temptations TO sin. They arise out of our flesh, and out of our weakness.

So what is the difference? When does our fleshly lusts, which we all have and will have until the rapture changes our bodies, when does it become sin? When is it a transgression? When is it the fruit of the flesh? The thoughts are the seed and a seed must germinate and grow to bear fruit. So then when does the seed of sin that the devil is trying to plant become the fruit of the flesh and sin?

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man way when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be temped with evil, neither tempted he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

So the temptation is not sin but a blessing! That is hard to believe and I think most will reread that line because they will think they read it wrong the first time. The temptations are a blessing. The Bible says so. We are blessed when we endure temptation.

The fight in our minds, the evil thoughts that come up, the war we have with the devil on a daily basis, is a blessing to us IF we are overcomers. For when we are tried we receive a crown of life. But when do these trials become a sin, a transgression? When we let them conceive, when we make the decision that we want consciously to do them. It is not just having the desire in our flesh, that is the battle, but when we decide that yes I want to do that. That is when we become wilfull sinners. When we decide that even though we know the Word says not to do it, even though our schoolmaster says it is a transgression, we decide that we want to do it anyway. Then we let the thoughts enter our hearts.

It is at this point that sin conceives in us and bears the fruit in time. Remember Jesus said if a man looks at a woman to lust after her. A healthy man cannot look at a beautiful naked woman without being affected. But that isn’t sin. It is when he decides that he wants to keep looking and lusting, when the spirit says turn away and he thinks in his mind, NO, I like it and I am going to do it, that is when the sin conceives in his heart.

The devil will tell you that “oh you got tempted by this or that and you sinned and are lost”. That is a lie! The temptations are there to prove us, to try us, so that we may receive a crown. We just read that when we are tempted it is a BLESSING to us. The temptations are a blessing to us. It is when we yield to the temptation that we are doing wrong. And pay close attention here. This is a very important point. The devil will only tell you that you are wrong when you are right. And he will only tell you that you are right when you are wrong.

Did you get that? The devil will only tell you that you are lost when you are saved. If you are saved he will never point out your fault to you, he’ll point it out to everyone else, but never to you because he knows once you see your fault that you will repent and be free from it being justified by Jesus Christ. Do you see it?

He will try to get you to compromise on the word. He will try to get you to believe his interpretation where he explains away scripture. He will play with your pride by praising you to try to get you to be proud and steal God’s glory. And he will use your pride by insulting and attacking you to try to get you to step out from the word and defend yourself. And the big one here, he will try and convince you that you sinned a sin beyond salvation, that you are serpent’s seed, that you have gone too far. He will only tell you that when it is a lie because he is a liar. And he will only tell you that when it is not true because-

SATAN IS ONLY AT WAR WITH THE SAINTS!

Did you get that? The devil is only at war with the saints. His battle is with the predestinated children of God. He will never say those things to the lost. He is trying to convince you of his lie by telling you that you are lost. But the Bible says that “all those who cry out in the name of the Lord shall be saved”. The Bible says that “he will never leave us or forsake us”. Is that Bible? Then what the devil says must be a lie.

He will also tell you that you are saved when you are not. He will tell you that what I have said up here today is bunk and not worth the effort to listen to. He is looking to destroy you. If he can’t destroy you completely he at least wants to make you a foolish virgin. He will tell you that you are fine when you are not. And he will tell you that you are lost and unsavable when you are already saved and justified by Jesus Christ.

That devil is cagey and sly but the Bible shows us his colours. Remember the spirit of God shows you your wrongs AND the way to repentance. The law, the schoolmaster is there to lead us the Christ. Is that what we read? The law shows us what transgressions are, and leads us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Amen? So when your mind and thoughts show you that you are wrong and going into judgment with no hope, then that is not God doing it. God shows you your wrongs and leads you to repentance and takes the guilt away.

God doesn’t tell you that you are hopelessly lost, he tells you that he has saved you and that he wants you to repent and come back to him. The one telling you that you are lost and beyond hope is the devil. And he is a liar. He always was a liar and always will be a liar. Don’t believe a word of it. There certainly will be a time when it will be too late to repent, but don’t think the devil will remind you of that. He wants to convince you to give up, to believe that you are too bad, too evil, too weak, too sinful to be saved. DON”T BELIEVE IT!

The law is our schoolmaster which shows us what transgressions are that we may come repenting to Christ and receive Jesus and be justified by Christ in faith. The law, the Bible, shows us that we are wrong so that we might have cause to repent and come to Christ. The Law shows us our faults so that we might make them right. The law shows us our weakness so that we may seek the strength of Jesus Christ. The law shows us our unrighteousness so that we may seek to be covered in the robes of His righteousness. The law shows us our sin so that we may wash it in the blood of the lamb. The law shows us judgment that we may find grace.

Fight the fight. Put on the whole armour of God. Give NO place to the devil. Make not provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof. Don’t allow your fleshly lusts to conceive sin. Get into Christ. Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and receive the Holy Spirit. It is for you. It is God’s promise to you. Get out from under the law and under the all sufficient umbrella of grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The door is still open, He is still on the mercy seat, the fountain is open deep and wide to wash away all your sin, all your iniquity and make you a new creation in Christ Jesus the Lord. Get everything under the blood Jesus Christ. Let the schoolmaster show you what is wrong that you might make it right. Examine the rule of the schoolmaster that you might be led to Christ and justified by faith in him.

There is no other salvation, nor any other name given where we can find salvation. Jesus Christ alone, in him dwells the fullness of the godhead bodily.

The Bible goes on to say that in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God and the word was made flesh and dwelt amongst men. Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh. The Bible is Jesus Christ, the word of God, in print. Paul says to change a word, even if you were an angel from heaven, you get you cursed. We must accept the whole word of God, the entire Bible, exactly as it is written with no interpretations or changes. Our doctrine must hold true from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. His word will never change.

Look into the perfect law of liberty today and let it lead you to the one salvation, the one true God and eternal life, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the healer of all of our diseases. He forgives all of your transgressions. Accept him as your Lord and savior. Repent and be baptized in his name and come out from under the bondage of the law today.

In Jesus Christ’s blessed and Holy Name. AMEN.