Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
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13 ¶ But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
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143 O Father, if death shall come to us before that time and… I mean the natural death of this earth, separation here, may we enter the chambers with a gallant faith, wrapping the robe of Christ around us, the Holy Ghost. Someday we got to come down there, Father. And I realize I got to walk that line too. It’s right out there before me somewhere, that hour that I enter that death chamber. When I hear my sentence read, I don’t want to go like a coward. I want to go like You went, Lord. Not try to wrap the old robe around, but wrap the robe of Christ, the Holy Ghost, around me, as Paul did, and say, “Death, where is your sting? Grave, where is your victory?” enter that dark chamber among those who are dead, listening then for His voice of the Archangel that shall sound, and we’ll be called out from among the dead, to meet our loved ones again.
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E-52 What’s the matter today, we got… Our churches has got away from It. It’s exactly right. Reminds me of what we try to do is build a big fine church, put fine pews, get the very best of this, and somebody to sing like angelic choir. See them stand up on a platform, sing with painted-up faces and everything else, and sleeves up around their–their arms like this, and their naked knees almost showing; go out on the street and light up cigarettes. And call the angelic choir? What’s the matter with you women and men? Call yourself Christian. Act like it then. By their fruits you shall know them. But we compromise.
Remember, beauty from the eye is what Satan does. In the beginning, he… Way back in the beginning, he tried to make a better place than what Michael had. Down, he come down into Cain, tried to use the same thing, yet he offered God a sacrifice. He done the same thing that Abel did, but without the blood. True.
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E-22 And remember, in glory the first thing that ever caused the first sin, that Satan wanted a little better things than what Michael had, went over and set himself up a–a better, beau–more beautiful kingdom. See? That’s beauty. Here it falls right down into his son, Cain, coming right on down. And he decorated his altar, beautiful.
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E-5 When I was a little boy, I–I was Irish. Of course, my conversion didn’t change that too much. And I…
Someone said, “Do you think there’s any chance for an Irishman?”
I said, “Yes. There’s one of them in heaven, Michael.” And so I–I said, “It’s…” So I know there’s a chance then for me.
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E-34 Oh my, I can see our Master when He come with that blackness behind Him and saying: that He was an illegitimate child. But God sent a warning always before the coming. He sent a man by the name of–of John the Baptist. He was a great forerunner of Jesus. God always sends a forerunning before some great event. Whenever you see angels will come to the earth… For instance, maybe the Angel that deals with God’s humble servant here. That’s a minor, no doubt, Angel of healing, or something. Or the Spirit of some great something that’s–that’s here, one of God’s attributes. I do not know Who He is.
But when you hear of Gabriel coming to the earth, something’s going to happen then. Gabriel announced the first coming of Jesus, and He will announce the second coming of Jesus. Gabriel, the great Archangel Who stands in the Presence of His Majesty
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E-41 Notice. Then they had it all figured out just how it was to be. But God has never had Hisself, left Hisself without a testimony. Now, before the coming of Jesus… Let’s take God sent Gabriel down from glory.
Now, you can hear of minor Angels coming. But when Gabriel comes, something major’s on the road. When Gabriel comes… He’s the Archangel. And there’s something great fixing to happen.
Listen. Gabriel announced the first coming of Christ, and Gabriel will announce the second coming of Christ. There you are. For He will sound the trumpet of God. All right.
The first coming… Let’s take–go back a little bit in some drama. I can see an old priest by the name of Zacharias, wonderful old character. Him and his wife Elisabeth, good people, served the Lord with all their heart. And he–mission at the temple was to burn incense over the altar while the people were praying. And they were keeping all the laws and the statutes of God, walking before God, blameless.
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E-54 This is the way heaven will be, there’ll be Germans, Finns, Italians, and even the Irish will be there. Amen. I said, “I know there’s one there; they call him Michael.” All right.
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E-19 Now, notice this, that this Angel was Gabriel. Now, these minor Angels come; but when you see or hear of Gabriel coming, you get ready for something major fixing to happen. Gabriel was the One Who announced the first coming of Jesus Christ. Is that right? And we’re taught in the Bible that Gabriel will announce the second coming. He’ll sound the trumpet of God (Is that right?), the coming of the Lord, the Angel of God, Gabriel, Who stands at the, God’s right hand.
Now, this great Gabriel come down in here, with the priest swinging his incense here, burning it, while the people was out praying. He was standing at the altar. And he looked over on the al–the side of the altar, and there stood the great Archangel.
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E-32 Satan got the same idea and wanted a more beautiful kingdom than Michael, when he went over and set up his kingdom in the north. That’s the nature of him. Here’s his own boy down here with his same nature.
Cain, there he was. He goes up there and builds this altar. He goes out, probably, and gets the great big calla lilies off of that ground that had just recently been cursed, placed them all over the altar.
Puts you in a mind of a good–of one of these modern churches today. On Easter, everybody comes to church. They buy a little Easter flower and lay them on the altar, all along. God don’t want the Easter flower on the altar; He wants you on the altar. The altar was made for man, not for flowers.
E-33 But what’s the matter today, you’ve took the altar out of the church, and put it down in the basement. And the only fire you got on the–left, is in the basement. Hallelujah. What we need’s an old upper room experience, where God pours out His Holy Ghost power and fire, like He did in the beginning.
But all we got today is what we’ve got in the furnace, the iron. Pentecost is getting as bad. Now, that’s the truth.
Now, I notice. Here is what God did. Cain comes up. He offers in his offering. Now, if God only requires a church membership, Cain had it. If God requires sincerity, Cain had it. And then if God requires a sacrifice, Cain did it.
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E-60 Yeah, Cain was a justified if God only required that, but God rejected him, because his spirit only looked to a thing temporal. He was the nature of his daddy. His daddy wanted a great, big, beautiful church in heaven better than Michael. He got kicked out of heaven, for here’s his nature down here beautifying the altar. And here it is yet today. Why, they make a big fine churches.
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E-54 Oh, my. You get away from all this here dignity. I can prove to you that dignity, the devil is the pappy of every bit of it. In the beginning he wanted something more–more glamorous, and everything than what Michael had. He went over and set him up a kingdom, and that’s what polluted heavens, if he’d have stayed there, and God kicked him out. He’s been dignifying the church ever since. It’s the truth. God doesn’t dwell in dignities; He dwells in simple sincere hearts. Hallelujah.
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115 And now in Josephus, his writings, he said… Now, here was his interpretation of these “sons of God” that take daughters of men. He said that the fallen spirits that were on the earth…
Now, you know the–in the Revelations the 11 chapter–or–or the 7th… No, beg your… 12th chapter of Revelations, the woman standing in the sun… “The red dragon put his tail around two thirds of the stars and pulled them to the earth.” We realize that Satan in the beginning set up a kingdom in the northlands to be more beautiful than what the–than what the Michael was, and there was a day he declared war in heaven. And he pulled two thirds of the angelic beings with him. Is that right?
That’s the reason we’re only a minority. I mean the–the–the side–the small side of the people this morning, in the Christian realm, the Holy Ghost born people, because they are in the–the–the little part. That’s right.
118 And if you watch the spirits that come up out of Genesis and begin to raise up, watch that real classical, high classical church worship. Look at it back yonder in Cain; look at it today. Comes right down in, moves on down through into the Pharisees. And there’s two sects of them: Pharisee and Sadducee. See, moves right on out, and look at it today in Catholicism and great moves like that, great beautiful places.
But look at Abel with the little lamb (See?), just a common… Look at it in the days of Jesus. Look at it all the way down through the Scripture as you move it up, see how it is. We’re living right then in that day that when God has called His church all the way down through, that little streak, little red streak that’s come right down through the Bible all the way of the Blood-washed people.
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And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought against the… his angels,…
E-68 The dragon… Who was the dragon? [Congregation says, “Satan.”–Ed.] Satan. And what nation did it represent? [Congregation says, “Rome.” –Ed.] And he had angels. Didn’t the Bible say that in the last days that the ministering spirits of the Devil would be like flaming angels? But if they speak not according to This, let them alone. The Devil will transform his messengers into angels of light and organize right back just exactly like Rome did. Brother, sister, I don’t see where you could find a loophole in that. God has just got it all walled up there, right here in His Word. There it is. And He said He did. Now, watch.
E-69 And Michael, the archangel, the great one that stands in the Presence of God, and His angels, fought against Satan and his angels, the red dragon. And that was the Church that’s led by the Holy Spirit and the angels of God, fought against the organization and it’s angels and ministers of light. See how it’s just perfect? If they’re speaking, not of something up into glory; it’s speaking of spiritual beings in Rome: the red dragon that stood before the woman to devour her child.
E-74 Now, you see where he’s roaring about so deceitful, acting like a–a–a… organized hisself up, and bringing people, and polish it up. Did you know where polish, and all that, first come from? It originated by the Devil, in the heavens, where the Devil, the first thing he wanted, was to make a kingdom that outshined Michael, big. Watch Cain, his son: When Cain come into existence, he fixed his altar, as it was on Easter morning, with beautiful flowers. He fixed it all pretty and put the very polished fruit and laid that upon the altar, and made everything so pretty. He said, “Surely, God will receive that. Isn’t it beautiful?”
Look at that same nature in church today. See? “Won’t God receive us if I… if our pastor has a–a degree, if he knows how to speak very fluently, good English and a–a eloquent speaking man? Won’t the best class of the city come to us? Look at our great shrine, look at our great crosses, look at our fine pew, look at our thousands of dollars’ organ, and look at all these things here that we got, and a nice polished… and our deacons are the businessmen of the city. Surely, they’ll come to us.” The same old Devil. When God looked down, he said, “There’s nothing in it.” That’s right.
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E-26 Notice this now, as we go along. Now, Cain came and made his sacrifice. And by the way, God don’t want lilies on the altar. He wants sinners on the altar. God don’t want your lily; He wants you. You’re the person needs to be on the altar. And anyhow, and all this today…
And we’ve noticed that Satan in the beginning, in the origin, back in the initial condition, he was full of pomp. He wanted something, a better kingdom than Michael, so he goes over to the north and sets him up a kingdom, greater, more beautiful.
Don’t you see how beauty is deceitful? And how our churches today are seeing who can build the biggest church, who can make the best pews, who can make–get the best-dressed crowd, the more honorable people among the city to come… That’s all of the devil. You may be angry with me after this, but when I meet you at judgment, you’ll know that I’ve spoke to you in the Name of the Lord. That’s right.
E-27 We can’t humble ourselves any more. We got to have the big, the refined, and the best, and everything like, and knowing that those things comes from Satan, always have been. It was in heaven. That’s the reason he was kicked out. That’s what he’s doing here on earth, taking the churches and deceiving them. God doesn’t dwell in big buildings; He doesn’t dwell among fine dressed peoples;, He doesn’t have to have that. God wants a humble heart to dwell in. Amen.
And it’s too bad that we, the holiness people, Pentecostal people, is getting so starchy, till we’ve forgot about that. Amen. I’m not amening myself, but “amen” means “so be it.” I believe it.
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E-32 Notice, Christ, the Hope of Glory.
Now, when this man, Cain, come up and worshipped the Lord, he worshipped him in beauty. If you’ll notice, the very beauty begin in the Devil. He went to the north, and set him up a kingdom to outshine Michael. The Devil has always dealt in beauty.
And today, in some of these great big, fine churches (and some of these little, old preachers standing down on the corner here, in a little mission in the corner), they call them a bunch of nit-wits and holy-rollers; and don’t know that that’s the Church of the living God, standing down there, and in those little missions and things.
And we set in great, fine, plush seats, and pipe organs, in all of our dignities and put-on, and not realize that the very beginning of that is the Devil. That’s right.
That might make you a little bit sick, but it’ll do you good. If you, don’t make you sick, it don’t do you any good.
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127 You notice, they paint the pictures of a–of an angel woman. There’s not such a thing. Show me one place in the Scripture. Every Angel is men, not women. Angel women, mother Marys, and all these things like that, there’s no such a thing. Find one place in the Scripture where it ever said there was a woman Angel. It’s always, “He,” Michael, Gabriel. “He drawed His sword.” It’s always, “He, He, He, He.” That’s right.
Woman was made for man, not men for women. Sure. But they’d, how they…
That’s just what the devil took the woman in the garden of Eden for his instrument. He’s still using her. That’s right. Not the converted, not the converted, the woman that’s a Christian, and a good woman is the best thing that a man could find outside of salvation. But one that ain’t no good is the worst thing he could find outside… That’s right.
Solomon said that a good woman was a jewel in a man’s crown, but an unrighteous one was water in his blood. His blood’s his life. And how much more could he have than water in his blood? It would kill him.
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E-31 Now, “At this time…” He said. “And at that time,” the 12th chapter…
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince that standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such was never since there was a nation even to that time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Oh, my. Aren’t you glad your name is on His Book? When He’s… Daniel over here saw Him come to the Ancient of Days, Whose hair was as white as wool. And He opened up the Books, and they were judged, every man out of the Books: the great white throne judgment.
E-32 Now, Daniel is given this assurance, that at the end of the Gentile dispensation… Read the–when you go home, tomorrow read the 11th chapter. You can see how the king of the north is coming down (which is nothing else but Russia), coming down to press against it like a whirlwind. And the great battle of Armageddon will be fought right there near the gates of Jerusalem.
Notice, oh, I love this.
… and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that’s been found written in that book… (the Lamb’s Book of Life.)
Michael, the great prince, shall stand up. For what? For thy people. All right.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake… (When? When these times take place.)… and some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contemptment.
E-33 Just as sure as there’s an Everlasting Life, there’s an everlasting departure. It determines on how you treat Jesus Christ in your life. If you love Him, and borned again and got His Spirit, you’ve got Everlasting Life. If you don’t, you have not Everlasting Life. If your name is written on the Lamb’s Book of Life, you have immortal Life. If it’s not written there, you’ll not be recognized. What is it? All those prophesies are fulfilled, everything right down to this time.
E-34 The head of gold has passed away as Daniel said it would, the Babylonian kingdom. Succeeding that He said would be the Medes and Persian. They succeeded the Babylonian kingdom, and they fell away to who? The Grecians, Alexander the Great. And they fell away, to what? The Romans. And the Romans broke up to all the world, the eastern and western Rome, the two legs. And he said iron and clay was on the toes, the ten toes, the ten kingdoms. And he said they wouldn’t mix, and they’d intermarry among one another, Romanism and Protestantism. And in that day when this thing exists, then the Stone was hewed out of the mountain without hands and rolled in and broke the thing to pieces. And it took the place of the image.
E-35 So, my brethren, we’re having troubles tonight: wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes in divers places, perplexed of time, distress between nations. I’ve just come back from overseas, and I haven’t seen a nation but what’s trembling in their shoes. They don’t know what’s going to take place next. But aren’t we thankful tonight that we do know what’s going take place next? The Lord Jesus Christ shall come the second time in glory and majesty, and every man or woman that’s found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall rise with their loved ones to meet the Lord in the air. Oh, what a marvelous thing. That’s the reason we say our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ Blood with righteousness. All around my soul gives way, He’s all our hope and stay.
E-36 “And at that time Michael shall stand, the great prince.” Michael was Christ, of course, Who fought the angelic wars in heaven with the devil. Satan and Michael fought together, or fought against each other, rather. And now… “And at that time,” He said, “as many was found written in the book was delivered, and those who had done righteous
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E-17 If you’ll notice, just about the time that Jesus came on the scene, Judas came on the scene, the antichrist, the one was against Christ. I want you to notice the natures of these spirits now. Judas, was a religious man. He was not an infidel. And all of us know that he was the antichrist. He worked the very closest hand to Christ, His right hand man.
Did you know that in heaven, that the devil was God’s right hand man in the beginning, that Lucifer, the son of the morning, was given power? And the reason that he brought sin into the world, he was able to take something that God had created, and pervert it back into an evil thing, which started all this trouble in the beginning. Then God, back before the foundation of the world was ever laid, when He seen what Satan done… In his pride went over in the north, and set up a kingdom, and fought against Michael and his Angels… Do you see it?
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E-18 The Bible said, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof is the ways of death.” So just worship and confession doesn’t make you a Christian. No. If he was, God would’ve never condemned Cain.
Now notice, Cain liked beauty. He made his altar pretty, brought the fruits of the field on it. Beauty is deceitful. That’s what started the trouble in heaven. The devil wanted more beautiful kingdom than Michael. But he was kicked out. Now, you see the spirit of the devil was in Cain, a religious man, confessing his faith in God, but worshipping God, and was condemned of the devil.
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E-22.You know, there’s a wonderful thing. God don’t tell His prophets everything. He just tells them what He wants them to know, not everything. They can’t do nothing in themselves. Just what God shows them, that’s what they do.
Could you imagine Isaac setting blind and blessing Jacob in the stead of Esau? Could you imagine Jacob holding Joseph’s coat for forty years, bloody, thinking that an animal killed it, and being a prophet?
Proves God just reveals to His prophets that what He wants them to know, nothing else. Prophets are not infallible people. Prophets are not Angels. They are men.
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114 God must have first place in your heart, first place in your life, first place in everything that you do or what you are. God must be first. He doesn’t want the second place. He doesn’t deserve the second place. He deserves the best, and the first, and all that we’ve got. He deserves it. Blessed be His holy Name!
For God also bearing… witness, he gave testimony, both with signs and wonders,… divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
115 Not what men say, what the church said, but what God’s will was. Oh, we need to seek the will of God, not the favor of your neighbor, not the favor of your children, not the favor of your husband or your wife. But, seek the will of God, and do that first. Then everything else, the will of the wife and the will of the children, will fall right in with it. But, place God first.
116 Watch, now.
For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
117 Otherwise, the great Angels that ministers in the Heavens, Gabriel, Michael, Woodworm, and the tens of thousands times tens of thousands of Angels of Heaven; or the tens of hundreds of prophets that’s been on the earth, every one of them; He’s never put any of them to have control over the world to come, that we speak of. Not a one! He never said, “Isaiah, you’ll control the world.” He never put the world in subjection to Elijah. Neither did He put it to Gabriel, or any angel, any ministering spirit.
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190 Now, let’s take back to Cain. Could you tell me where that spirit and that meanness come from? If Cain… Look, if Cain was the son of Adam, which was a son of God, where did that evil come from? The first thing when he was born, he hated; he was a murderer; he was jealous. And now, take the nature of his daddy, the very start in the beginning, Lucifer, and he was… In the beginning he was jealous of Michael, what started the whole trouble. How many knows that? And Cain was the nature of his father, which he was jealous of his brother and slew him. That pure… That nature could not come out of that pure seed. It come, had to come out of this perverted stream. And notice, Cain, as soon as he was borned…
And then Abel was born after him, then she conceived by Adam, and he knew–knew her and she brought forth the son Abel. And Abel was a type of Christ; and when–when Abel was killed, Seth took his place: death, burial, and resurrection of Christ in type.
192 But now, Cain worshipped, all of his carnal works, just like the carnal church today, they go to church; they worship. Cain worshipped; he wasn’t an infidel; he wasn’t a communist. Cain was a believer; he went to God; he built an altar. He done every religious thing that Abel done, but he didn’t have the spiritual revelation of the will of God. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. There you are. Do you see it? He didn’t have the spiritual revelation, and that’s what’s the matter with the church today. And Jesus said He’d build His church on that spiritual revelation. You get it? Oh, my, your eyes come open now. See? The spiritual revelation…
Cain come; he built an altar; he worshipped; he brought sacrifice; he knelt down; he praised God; he worshipped God; he done everything religious that Abel done. And God flatly refused him, because he didn’t have the spiritual revelation.
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633 “All powers in heaven and earth is given into My hand. Go, and I’ll go with you. Whatever you bind on earth, I’ll bind in heaven. What you loose on earth, I’ll loose in heaven.”
Oh, if the great holy Church only realized its power to do these things. But there’s so much doubt and fear and trembling, wondering if it will, “Could it happen?” As long as that exists, the Church can never stand upright. And when every talk of fear is vanished and the Holy Spirit is completely in control of the Church, then all fears are gone, and that Church has the power. See? Why, they have everything that heaven owns behind them. They’re ambassadors of the throne. Absolutely. An ambassador of Christ has the authority, and everything that Christ owns belongs to that ambassador. And He said, “Go ye into all the world; you are My witnesses after the Holy Ghost is come on you.” And what is a witness? Is an ambassador, is to come and witness something. The whole powers of heavens is right in your hands. Oh, why do we set, and the church is barren, and we set dormant? Is because that we don’t recognize these things.
635 Now, the souls that were in prison that repented not, were not Angelic beings that had–had been brought down in the form of Angels, but it was the spirits of those angelic beings that fell before the foundation of the world, back there when the war went on in heaven. And Satan and–and the dragon fought, and then… Or Michael and–and the–the dragon fought and Lucifer. And Lucifer was cast out with all of his children, all of the angels that he had deceived, and those angels come to the earth and was subject then to become human. And when they did, that’s when the sons of God saw the daughters of men was fair, and took unto them wives.
They are sons of God. Every man that’s born in this earth is a son of God. Regardless of whether he’s sinner or what he is, he’s a son of God, created in the image of God for the praises of God; he’s created that way. But God in the beginning knew who would receive Him and who would not receive Him. Therefore He could predestinate, or not predestinate, but by foreknowledge He could tell who would be saved and who wouldn’t be saved, for He knew which person would take up which spirit. And Christ becomes… God dwells in that perfect…?… marred body completely forever and through eternity. When the Lamb and the Bride is married in heaven, she walks out in full possession. Absolutely. Isaac and Rebekah came forth in full possession.
And while this ceremony is going on in heaven of the Bride, the Gentile Bride being married to the Prince, God’s Son, in glory… While they’re being married, there’s three and a half years that takes place while the–Moses and Elijah…
Which, Moses was never abso… No, his body was packed away. The Angels took him; he did not mortify; he did not corrupt. He was a perfect type of Christ. He died, and the Angels packed him away, and even the devil don’t even know where he’s buried, and tried to dispute with Michael the Archangel about his burial. That’s what the Bible said.
637 And those spirits that come from the throne of God, and stands before the throne of God, and lived–and billions and billions and aeons of time before the world ever begin in the Presence of God, you think they don’t know something about worship? And they come down and get right into men, and they worship God. Absolutely, they worship God; and they have a knowledge of God, and they’re smart, and shrewd, and educated, always. But God rejected them from the beginning.
So therefore, friends, membership of a church, or–or knowledge of some theology or something, doesn’t have one thing to do with it. It’s got to be the Blood of Jesus Christ and a new birth that joins you to Him as one person. There you are.
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E-33 Sometime ago, a story, just before closing, that struck me as I heard it many, many years ago… This secret coming of the Lord, sudden secret going of the church… “Watch, there’ll be two in the field; I’ll take one and leave one. There’ll be two in the bed; I’ll take one and leave one,” showing that the coming of the Lord will not be just at any certain corner, but it’ll be universal. One will be in the field working: daytime, the other one in the bed sleeping on the other side of the world. It’ll be a universal rapture. And it’ll come with the shout, with the voice of the Archangel. And the trump of God shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise. And she will be caught away secretly. Oh, I love that. The great Bridegroom coming, and the bride that got Herself ready, waiting for that secret moment that she doesn’t even know herself, but she’s ready and dressed, and waiting for it.
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E-25 So all this here pretty and beauty stuff, that comes from the devil. That’s exactly right. Satan wanted more a glamorous kingdom than Michael. And that’s the reason he set up his kingdom in the North, and so forth. See, you’ve got to get away from that. America’s wrapped up in that kind of a stuff. See, don’t look to that.
But Abel come with a little rope, maybe a grape vine (I don’t guess they had any hemp in them days.) wrapped around the neck of a little li–lamb, and laid him up on a altar, and pulled his little head back, and took a rock (I don’t guess they had any lances.) and chopped his little neck like that, and the blood flying, and him bleating and crying, and the blood all over him like that. But God said, “That’s it. That’s it.”
What did it speak of? The Lamb of God hanging there, and His bloody locks hanging around His shoulder, speaking in other tongues while He was dying, “My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me?” That’s what it spoke of. In righteousness, his… that Spirit of revelation.
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75 Now, as I just got to basing up to this, that Lucifer in heaven tried to exalt himself and even be just a little higher than his Boss. And he betrayed Michael, and made hisself a great kingdom in the north, and come down. Now, and he and his angels was cast out. The person that asked of ju–of the Revelation… That’s on Revelations 12, on the Isle of Patmos.
But now notice this here at the 12th verse, and watch how he sets in the kingdom of men.
How many people here understand that the devil controls every nation under heaven? The devil controls the United States. The devil is government of the United States. The devil is the government of Germany. He’s the government of every nation under heavens. The devil controls every nation. The Bible says he does. Read Matthew the 4th chapter, when Satan took Jesus up to the top of the mountain, and showed Him the kingdoms of the world, and claimed them to be his, and said, “I’ll give them to you if you’ll worship me.”
Jesus never said, “You lied, Satan.” He knowed they belonged to him. But over in the Book of Revelation, said, “Rejoice, you heavens and you earth, for the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. And He shall reign on earth.”
Jesus knowed that in the Millennium that all the governments and kingdoms will be broke down, and He’ll be God and Ruler over all of them. He knowed He fell heir to all of it; so therefore, He told Satan, “Get thee behind Me, Satan,” for He knew what He had to do.
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99 Satan was literally cast out of heaven by Michael the Archangel and God. And he was cast to the earth, come to the earth, got into the serpent, deceived Eve, and then has got into men, women, all down through the age on the same thing he started at the beginning: a great big kingdom, prettier than the other fellow’s, be governor over all, know-it-all. “Our denomination is the biggest; it’s–predo–it’s–a–it’s predominant over the others.”
You’ve heard them say, “Why, we have so many hundred preachers in our organization. We got the biggest churches there is in the city.” The only one thing that spells is S-a-t-o-n to me. That’s right. That means the devil to me. When you get men that’ll break up and organize, and break up brotherhood, and say they’ll have nothing to do with the little church…
101 I’ve never seen a person too low yet, or I’ve never seen a person too far in sin yet; I’ve never seen one–a woman too stooped or a man too stooped, but what I would go to him, and put my arms around him, and bring him out of that if I can. I’ve never seen a bunch of holy-rollers, or whatever you want to call them, rooting, and jumping, and hollering, or whatever they might do, but what I’d get right in there and root, and jump, and holler with them to glorify God (That’s exactly right.) whether he’s black, yellow, brown, white, or whatever he might be. Yes, sir.
The Holy Ghost comes on one level; that’s you meet God’s requirement. If you ever get It, you’ll come on God’s level and not your own thoughts about It. Satan tries to make it classical, some great something, some big something, intellectual. You have to cast down that reasoning and believe what the Word says about it. Amen.
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E-38 Now, my Catholic brother, and also many of my Protestants, I’m not hurting you. But when you try to make Jesus a little lesser god than God, make Him a lesser god, you cut His feet off, bring Him down just a little bit under the head of God, and make Him a lesser god, you are so wrong. Jesus was man. He called Himself the Son of man.
That was a death blow to the devil. The devil’s high, built himself a kingdom more beautiful than Michael’s. Cain, his son, wanted to make a pretty altar, all out of fruits and things.
God doesn’t dwell in that kind of beauty. But God to strike the death blow to sin… Look how He come. How did He choose to come? There’s a conference in heaven. “How You going down? How You going to do it, Father?” said the Angels.
“I’m going to become one of them. My law of redemption is a near kinsman. And I’ll have to be man, Myself.”
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E-20 In this 3rd verse:
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
When I first read that, I thought it was an unusual text to take. And God is unusual, and God does things unusual, unusual things. And when I read it, I wondered what David must have been speaking about when he said, “Thy love-kindness is better to me than life.” I weighed that out, wondering just what could be better than life.
If we should take a trip tonight, and go up into the heaven, and I’d meet with father Abraham, and I’d say, “Abraham, what is the most glorious thing that you have ever known? What is the most essential thing that you have ever known?”
Abraham would say to me, “Life Eternal.”
Then I’ll take a little trip, and we’ll go again, and we’ll go up to the great Archangel, Gabriel, Who is the messenger of the covenant to the Jewish people, Who stands at the right hand of God, one of the highest order of Angels in the heaven. And I would say to Him, “Gabriel, Thou art a mighty Angel. You are loved of God, and You’ve been here for aeons of time, and You, perhaps, know everything in the heavens, and where everything is placed, because You’re one of God’s right hand Angels. And You know the great secrets of the heavens. You sounded the trumpet at the coming of the Lord Jesus. You announced His first coming, and You shall announce His second coming, so You must be a mighty man or a mighty Angel. I want to ask You in all of God’s treasures, what is the greatest thing that You have found among His treasures?”
I can see Gabriel bring himself to attention, and say, “The greatest thing that I have found in God’s treasures since He created Me is Life. God made Me to live for eternal, for eternity. And Life is the greatest thing that there is.”
E-21 No matter how rich you might be, no matter how popular you might be, no matter who you might be, the greatest thing there is that any man can achieve in this earth, is to achieve Eternal Life.
Though you be king and potentate, though you rule the world for a million years as king and young men, and you fail to find Eternal Life, you’ve lost the greatest thing that anyone could lose.
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221 Like God, when He made the world, the seventh day, He rested after that. He rested; He went on resting. When we enter into God, we rest all the time; not from one Sunday to another. We rest eternal; we got Eternal Life. The Holy Spirit gives you Rest.
Now, they had a Pentecostal experience, a reality of God. They found something.
Let me say one more thing. Creeds does not satisfy a hungry heart. Creeds won’t satisfy. If a man’s hungering for God, you tell him, say, “Say the Apostles’ Creed; join the church; put your name on here; be sprinkled or immersed,” or whatever you want to, that’ll never satisfy a hungry soul. ‘Cause they were predestinated of God to search for Life. They was once the angels; they was once an angel who did not fall. Two-thirds of the angels of heaven fell; that’s these evil spirits working amongst people, very religious. You know the Bible says that. You was just not all always right here. You were once somewhere else.
225 Remember, sin didn’t begin on earth. Sin begin in heaven, when Lucifer taken and made him… He said, “I want a denomination, make a great big thing,” went on the north country and set up a bigger thing than Michael had. And he was kicked out of heaven.
And those angels back there, them spirits… When that’s the reason, “When this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting.” See? And that’s the reason our name was put on the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world. “All the Father has given Me, will come to Me.”
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E-39 You know, great bright things is what blinds the eyes of the people. Eve was looking for a new light; she got it. The Bible said in the last days that “The devils would be… turn themselves into ministers of light.” Look at the very first sin was ever performed, was Satan wanted a greater, a brighter kingdom–a great thing–and went over in the north and set his own kingdom up to outshine Michael. It’s always those bright things.
We’re not monkeys; monkeys reach after bright things. Let’s be men and women, sensible; set down, look at the Gospel, see what it says, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. You’ll never be able to know God, until the Holy Spirit comes into you. That’s exactly.
E-40 The Bible said that “No man can call Jesus the Christ only by the Holy Ghost.” If you’ve never received the Holy Ghost, you don’t know that He’s the Christ yet. Remember that. You’re only walking towards that light.
You can say, “My pastor said so.” That’s true. “My Bible said so.” That’s true. “My mother said so.” That’s truth. “My church believes it’s the Holy Ghost.” That’s true, but what about you? As an individual, you don’t know until you’ve received It. And when you receive the Holy Ghost, then you are a witness that He’s alive forever more. Now, the Holy Ghost is within you; now, and then you watch Him as He works. If the Life of Christ is in you, it will produce His Life in you.
“The works that I do shall you do also.” The same works, because it’s the same life.
If the life in a watermelon vine produces a watermelon, well, it’ll… The next branch that comes out, it’ll produce another watermelon; every time it’ll be a watermelon. And if the church is really anchored in Christ, every church will write a book of Acts behind it. That’s exactly right, because the first one wrote a book of Acts behind it. So, there we are.
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141 I’d like to bring to you another thing; after Jesus had died, buried, in Saint John 21:20. Some critic started this in the early day. Right while we’re in the lesson, let’s clean it up. In Saint John 20:21, Jesus had met with His disciples, fed them fish and bread upon the fire. And as they went up the bank, John leaned upon His bosom; and Peter asked the question, said, “What will happen to this man?” Jesus loved John, John was a man of love. And he said, “What will happen to this man? What’s going to be his estate? What’s going to be his future?”
And Jesus said to them, “What is it to you if he tarries until I come, till I return? What is it?”
And the disciples made a mistake, they said that “Jesus said that–that–that ‘he was going to live till the Coming.'”
But Jesus didn’t make no mistake. Right here in Revelation, the 4th chapter, Christ kept His Word! He brought John up into Heaven and rehearsed the whole thing to him. Glory! He–he saw the preview. He saw it just as though he lived on earth and saw the whole church ages come to pass, to the coming of the Lord, the whole Book of Revelation. Oh, my!
145 See how infallible His promises is? Now, you’re chosen… James didn’t do that; John, any of the rest of them; wouldn’t even let Paul see it, tell it, nothing.
He said, “What is it to you if he tarries until I come?”
And being that they said that, He just chose John and took him up and showed him the whole thing before he even died, just like he lived the whole thing through. Showed him what it would be! (Brother Pat, ain’t that wonderful?) Oh, see, picked him right up. Right here, the 4th chapter and the 2nd verse, proves it. “He showed him things which was, which is, and what shall come.” He showed him the church age, the coming of the Jews, the pouring out of the plagues, the Rapture, the Coming again, and the Millennium, and the Eternal Home of His Saved; just as though he lived right down through the whole thing, and he saw it all happen. See? See? He just took him up and showed him the–the–the film that He’s turning, let him see the whole thing rehearsed. Oh, my!
147 He’s caught up. Fulfilled His promise in–in Revelation 4:2. Before his death he was caught up in the Spirit and seen things just as though he had lived. He–he seen it all rehearsed. Thus he saw, in a vision, exactly what would have took place and what did take place on the earth from that time until the coming of the Lord Jesus. Show it to him in the vision.
So then the disciples… or no one that ever said that He said He’d come in that age. He said, “What is it to you if, (otherwise), if he tarries till I come?” Then He took him up and just rehearsed the thing to him and showed him what was going to happen. Oh, I just love that. Hmm. Oh, my!
149 Notice now, let’s see what was this:
And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat upon it, upon the throne.
There was a “Voice” that called him. Oh, that Voice! Oh, I can’t get away from that, that Voice of that One behind him. Then he looked around there, and He showed him all the church ages, ’cause he was standing in the church ages, the seven golden candlesticks. Then he heard that Voice after the church ages ceased; that Voice left the earth, went up. When He got into Glory, he heard Him say, “Come up here! I’m going to show you what’s going to happen from hereafter.” Oh, my!
150 That Voice! Let’s speak on that Voice a minute; I got some Scriptures wrote down here. Let’s go to First Thessalonians 4, and just listen over here what this Voice is going to say. Oh, we all know what It’s going to say, without… before we read it, don’t we? We know what’s going to happen. “The trumpet of God shall sound and the dead in Christ shall rise.” Is that right? You who are putting it down, in First Thessalonians 4:16 and 17, “the Voice,” that Voice was the Voice of Christ. Is that right? The Voice of Christ!
For the… trumpet of God shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
… we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them… to meet the Lord in the air: and forever be with the Lord.
151 The same voice that summoned John, “Come up,” the same voice that said to John, “Come up,” is the same voice that’ll summons the church someday (Amen.), summons the church.
Also, the same voice that summoned John to come up, is the same voice that summoned dead Lazarus out of the grave, that same voice of the archangel. Christ is the voice of the archangel, “voice of the archangel.” See? Oh, that trumpet voice of Christ summoned John to come up, the same voice summoned Lazarus.
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
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154 That same Voice said to John, “Come up here, I’ll show you some things that’s fixing to happen.” That same Voice that shall sound when the dead in Christ shall rise, “For the trumpet… ” The trumpet! What is a trumpet? The Voice of Christ, the same One sounded and summoned him up. He heard the Voice like a trumpet sound and said, “Come up hither!” See how the resurrection will be? It’ll be in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. That clear sounding Voice, and He’ll summons the Church, calling, “Come out of it.” That great summonsing Voice. God, help me to hear It that day.
156 As I’ve often said… I know, as a mortal, Rodney, I know that there’s a big dark door set before me, it’s called death. Every time my heart beats, I’m one beat closer to that door. Some of these days I got to go into it. But I don’t want to go in like a coward, screaming and hollering. I want to go in this, wrapping myself in the robes of His righteousness, knowing this, that I know Him in the power of His resurrection; that someday when He calls, I’ll come out from among the dead. When He summonses me to appear on High, when the trumpet of God shall sound and the dead in Christ shall rise. If I’m alive, I’ll be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, and shall go with the rest of them, up to meet the Lord in the air. That trumpet Voice, sound clear, loud. Hmm. Oh, it will be the same, the same at His Coming.
157 There’s no uncertain sound about It. There was nothing uncertain to John when he heard that Voice say, “Come up!” and he come. Amen.
When Lazarus, in the dead, in the grave; and his soul, four days journey somewhere, I don’t know where it was at, I don’t think any of us does. Wherever it was, it didn’t make a bit of difference. He just made one summons to a man that the skin worms was eating his body up; stinking, in the grave. That clear sounding Trumpet said, “Lazarus, come forth!” There a man, dead and rotten, shook hisself and come out of the grave, walking. Nothing uncertain about that, is there, brethren? No uncertainty to there!
159 It’s the same thing tonight, when a clear sounding Voice says, “Sinner, repent, I’ll give you Eternal Life.” Repent, every one of you, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. That’s the summons. Nothing uncertain about It.
I’m a witness that It’s true. There’s other witnesses, millions of them throughout the world today, that’s a witness that it’s the Truth. When the Bible comes, the Words of God, every Word of God is a trumpet. Every sound of the Word is a trumpet, the Gospel trumpet. And when It sounds, it’s the Truth. When It said, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever,” nothing uncertain about That. He’s the same! Yes, sir.
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105 But you notice in here, it was not mercy seat, for there was “lightnings and thunder and voices.” There’s no lightning and thunders at mercy. That’s judgment.
Let’s turn to Exodus, 19 chapter of Exodus and the 16th verse. Exodus, 19 chapter of Exodus, and let’s begin with the 16th verse: And it came to pass…Listen what… when God ascended upon Mount Sinai:
And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders… lightning, and a thick cloud upon the mountain, and the voice of a trumpet exceedingly loud; (What is the voice of the trumpet? Is the archangel.) so that all the people… (Listen!)… all the people… was in the camp trembled.”
Judgment!” Whew! They had marched out there and God had given them grace to travel by, but they had demanded a law. They… God wanted them to be interdenomination; they wanted to make a denomination out of it, something they could argue about, instead of just following God and living under His jurisdiction, under His power. Grace had provided a prophet, grace had provided an atonement (a lamb), grace had provided all these things, and yet they wanted judgment. They wanted something they could do. God said, “Assemble them together, I’ll let them know what it is. I’ll show them what it is.” Read! Listen! And the voice of the trumpet got louder and louder until it shook the earth. You see what judgment is. I don’t want that. Give me mercy!
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133 And as soon as he made… When this Angel, this mighty Angel, cried out “Who is worthy?” he was advertising right then, he was advertising for a Kinsman Redeemer. And immediately after, he said, “Who is worthy to take the Book?” Then something… Then John started weep. Then what happened? He seen, there stood the Book. There It was, but who was worthy?
Well, there stood Gabriel, course, he was worthy; but, see, he wasn’t a man, and he was an Angel. And there stood Michael, he was worthy; but he wasn’t a man, he was an Angel. So it had to be somebody that became a earthly person like we did. And then when he seen this Lamb that had been slain from the foundation of the world, come up, and he seen that He had been slain all the way to the foundation of the world, then John wept. Amen! ‘Cause there it was, he saw the whole thing. See?
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345 Satan’s army brings diseases, and God’s army is commissioned to cast them out. Amen. There you are. Every time Satan throws any on, onto you, God’s army is to cast him out. Amen. Cast out!
346 That’s the very technique that God used. Satan used the army of destruction, to disbelieve God’s Word, and set him up a better kingdom than Michael had, and God cast him out.
347 God’s method, is, cast out the evil. Cast down reasoning. Cast down superstition. Cast down worry. Cast down diseases. Cast down sin. Amen. You’re above it, resurrected in Christ Jesus, setting in Heavenly places, with every devil under your foot.
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E-5 See, honestly, I know I’m called everything from an archangel to a devil. I’m your brother. I’m your brother. And those things might be said about me. I can’t help what’s said. I must be honest. I want to say as Paul, “I was not disobedient to the Heavenly vision” that came to me as a boy. And since then the Lord has worked–having confidence in God, faith in Christ.
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E-84 “Sirs, We Would See Jesus.” What more would it be, if a man come in here with blood over him, and nail scars, and things… Jesus, when He comes, every eye shall see Him, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess when the Body of Jesus returns. I believe in His literal coming, corporal body, descending from the heavens with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, the trump of God. The dead in Christ shall rise. But His Spirit is here with us.
And as the church, like the pyramid, comes into a–a point, so has the church in the days of Luther, days of Wesley, days of Pentecostal. And now just before the Headstone comes into it, that church has to be honed so perfect, till the same ministry that He did here, His same Spirit, so predominant, will bring that same Body right into it, and resurrect the whole thing. That’s exactly. Amen. Glory to God.
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121 Noah’s great generation there, when they were so smart, God sent them a message. And when He did, He never sent an archangel. He sent a farmer, with a simple, little message, but it was showing them. Now, do you think they receive it? No. Because, it was too simple. If–if it wasn’t been so simple, they would have received it. If it been some great something, you could told them how to build a pyramid that was greater than the ones that they already had built, and so forth, they might have received it. But He sent a simple man with a message, that, “It’s going to rain.” That didn’t meet their scientific education. Why, they could shoot to the skies, with radar or something, and prove there’s no water up there.
122 But Noah said, “God said there’d be water there. And if God said there’d be water there, though there’s none there, He can put it there, because He’s the Creator.” That’s it. No matter what anybody else says, God said so, and God is able to keep His Word. That simple, little message condemned the world in his days, and saved his own household. That’s right. Of a simple, nothing radical, just, simply, “Walk in the ark.” That’s all there was necessary. “Believe and walk in.” God saved the world by simplicity, showing Hisself so humble. That was… What was it? God hiding again from the real smart, educated.
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262 We’ve all got a victory. We’ve fought through many victories. And a great victory is coming just soon, right around the corner. Our complete V-day will be soon, when the Son of God shall break the skies, and scream with the Voice of the Archangel, and He shall come again. And the graves shall open, and the dead shall walk out.
263 I think you play my tapes down here, of the vision I just had, or a translation, whatever it was, in a room; and went up there and seen those people, just the same as I see you, this Bible laying open here before me. And God knows that’s the truth. See? There they was, young, just the same, and the same.
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180 How bold they are! “Now, don’t pay any attention to that nonsense. There is nothing to It. Don’t go up there. It’s just a bunch of noise. There is nothing to That. That’s just all fiction. That’s in your mind.” See, see what I mean? Stand right in the Presence of the Word and say it.
181 Satan walked right in. As the Bible said over here in Jude, “Even the Archangel, when disputing with Satan, said, ‘The Lord rebuke you.'” Against the Word Itself!
And here is the antichrist, the anointed, standing right here against the genuine Word of the day, Jesus Christ, and said, “It’s written.”
182 Look at the last days. “It’d be so close it’d deceive the very Elected if it was possible.” Oh, my! The reason the Elected won’t be deceived, you know why? Is because they are the Word. See? Just like the Life that’s in the root, I said a while ago, It can’t deny Itself. See, It is the Word and in the season of the Word. That’s right.
183 Just like Jeremiah, he knew. No matter what Hananiah said, he knowed where he was at. And that’s exactly like Moses did, and–and the rest of them. That’s, he knowed, no matter what the false prophet said, there was the Word of God. It was written.
That’s the reason Micaiah could say, “All right, you just wait and see.”
Ahab said, “I believe my prophets. My organization is right. When I come back in peace… Put that fellow back yonder in the prison. I’ll take care of him! Give him bread of sorrow. Turn him out, don’t have no fellowship with him at all. When I return in peace, we’ll take care of that guy.”
184 Micaiah said, “If you return at all, the Lord hasn’t spoke to me.” He knowed he had THUS SAITH THE LORD, and his vision was exactly with THUS SAITH THE LORD; not for some other season, but for that season. Amen! Hallelujah! The season!
185 Bold, stand up and dispute with a Archangel! It’s been said, that, “Fools will trod with hobnail shoes where Angels
186 The reason the Elected, Jesus said, won’t be deceived, because they are that Word. They can’t be nothing else. They can’t hear nothing else. They don’t know nothing else. That’s right.
Remember, Moses wasn’t carried away with all their impersonations. Was he? Moses said, “Now, wait a minute, Pharaoh. You know what? The Lord told me to do this, but, glory to God, I see that your boys can do the same thing. So, tell you what I’ll do, I’ll join up with you”? Huh! That don’t sound like a prophet of God. No, indeed! He stood just as firm as he could stand. He knowed, exactly, God would take care of it somehow, ’cause He promised to. “I’ll be with you. I’ll not leave you.”
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543 Notice Lucifer, in the last days, is doing as he did at first. What did Lucifer do? The first thing that Lucifer done to separate the fellowship of God and man, he wanted to build him a united kingdom, a greater splendor and seemingly more cultured, a greater kingdom than Michael, Christ had.
544 You got it? [Congregation says, “Amen.”–Ed.] Now, now if you miss it, just hold up your hand, I’ll say it again, you see. See?
545 Lucifer, at the beginning, his purpose in heart was to achieve a brighter and greater thing in Heaven than Christ had, is that right, by seemingly a more cultured, more beautiful, more splendor, than the Kingdom of Christ. Do you think we’ll have automobiles in the Millennium, and airplanes? See? See what Lucifer is doing?
546 Now, the big fancy intellectual denominations are doing the very same thing, gathering themselves together to do the same thing. See? They are gathering and a denominating themselves, each one trying to beat the other one. And now they got so much splendor, they don’t know what to do but to unite it with the Catholic church. See? Lucifer again building a bigger kingdom, to push out people that don’t believe in denominations; and even take their church buildings and make storerooms, and the pastors of such has no rights at all.
547 And a man that is a God-sent man would never stay in a denomination after hearing This or seeing It, if he–if he’s got enough to go out and look at It. Certainly. See? I don’t say that critically; I say that truthfully, see, to see that revealed.
548 Notice, in this last days, Lucifer is doing the same thing. Can you see it? [Congregation says, “Amen.”–Ed.] The devil doing the same thing, building up a hybrid church, a hybrid by hybrid members, hybrid by knowledge instead of the Word, by intellectual men instead of born-again men, building an intellectual kingdom that will outshine Christ’s little bitty flock. See? What is it that did that? Fallen angels.
549 The Bible said it was fallen angels who listened to Lucifer instead of Christ, Who they once belonged to. Is that right? [Congregation says, “Amen.”–Ed.]
550 Now listen close, “fallen angels.” What kind of angels? Luther, Wesley, Catholic, Pentecostals, who kept not their first estate like the Angels did, and has fell into organization, like Lucifer’s main hold at Nicaea. And what have they done? Organized a great ecumenical association of ministers, to make “an image unto the beast,” as the Bible said. And building a Christian economy that’ll close the doors of this church and others like it. See Lucifer at his work?
551 I’m trying to bring you the threefold revelation, or mystery of God.
552 What did they do? Sold out to reasonings of wisdom and education, like Eve did, fallen angels did. Wesley was a man of God; but what followed him? Fallen angels got into it. What was the angels, first? Creative beings of God, but fell for Lucifer’s wisdom, fell for Lucifer–Lucifer’s wisdom. And you see what they become? Fallen angels. And organizations, from men of God who has went forth to establish Truths in the earth; before that Truth could go on and proclamate and get on to the real revelation of Christ, fallen angels come in and took it over and made denominations out of it.
553 That’s the reason the revelation of the Seven-Seal mystery had to be unfolded.
554 Now you see it? What they left off! If Luther would have went on, it’d have been here. If Wesley would have went on, if Pentecost would have went on, what would they’d done?
555 Now there is only one thing can happen. There has to be a Message at the end time, when there is nothing else can follow It. And now the ecumenical world has set up such a regime that there can be no denomination and no not nothing else follow it; you’re either in it or you’re not in it. The fruit is in the top of the tree, and the Light is shining on that predestinated fruit. And she is ripening into Christ-like fruit, bringing forth the same mellowness and sweetness, and the same Spirit that He had in Him. Hope you see it! See?
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64 385. Brother Branham, what is the difference, if–if any, between the Angel of the Lord and the Lord, Himself.
The angel of the Lord is a messenger from the Lord, and the Lord Himself is that Person, not the person of the angel, the angel from the Lord. Let me show you. Earthly speaking here’s an angel from the Lord. Earthly speaking here’s an angel from the Lord. Earthly speaking here’s the angel from the Lord. How do we know then that they are angels from the Lord? When they bring the Word of the Lord. But when they try to pervert It, it’s not from the Lord then (See, see?)–try to make It say something It doesn’t say. Just say whatever…
Then there is a supernatural Angel comes down from the Lord, a Messenger like Gabriel, and–and Michael, Woodworm, and so forth, their names.
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128 The word Rapture, in the Bible, is not even used at all. We just put that word there. The Bible says, “caught up; being caught up.” We read here in Second Thessalonians… Or, First Thessalonians, it is the order of this great Rapture that will take place in the last days. Listen to this here. We’re going to begin here with 13th verse…. I would not have you… ignorant, brethren, concerning those which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others that have no hope.
For if we believe… Christ died and rose again, even so them… which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For we say this unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent… (That word prevent means to “hinder.”)… those that are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend…Now listen close…. the Lord himself shall descend from the heavens with a shout, and with the voice of the archangel, and… the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:…
129 Now, I want you to notice a great thing taking place here now. Don’t miss this. See? Now notice. The Word says here, in Second Thessalonians, that there is three things. Notice. From the 13th to the 16th verse, there is three things that has to happen before the Lord Himself appears. Quickly now, so we can close. See? The first thing happens… Notice: a shout, a voice, a trumpet. Let’s read It now and see if that’s right. See?
For the Lord himself (16th verse) shall descend from heaven with a shout, and with the voice of the archangel, and… the trump of God:…
130 Three things happens. A voice… A shout, a voice, a trumpet, has to happen before Jesus appears. Now, a shout… Jesus does all three of them when He’s–He’s–He’s–He’s descending.
A shout, what is the shout? It’s the Message going forth, first, the living Bread of Life bringing forth the Bride.
131 Now, God has a way of doing things. And He never changes His policy. He never changes His po-… He’s the unchanging God. In Amos 3:7, He said, “He would do nothing on the earth until first He revealed it to His servants the prophets.” And just as certain as He promised it, He’ll do it.
132 Now, we’ve come through the church ages. But we’re promised in the last days, according to Malachi 4, that there would be a return again, a prophet in the land. That’s right. Notice his nature, what he would be like. He’s alway…
God uses that spirit five times: once in Elijah; in Elisha; in John the Baptist; call out the Church; and the remnant of the Jews. Five times, “grace,” J-e-s-u-s, f-a-i-t-h, and it’s the number of grace. See? All right.
133 Now, remember, the Message is promised. And when all these mysteries has been all so bundled up by a bunch of ecclesiasties, it will take a–a direct prophet from God to reveal It. And that’s exactly what He promised to do. See?
134 Now, remember, “The Word of the Lord comes to the prophet,” not the theologian. The prophet, he is a reflector of God’s Word. He can’t say nothing; he can’t say his own thoughts. He can only speak what God reveals. Even to the prophet Balaam when he was tried to be sold, sell his right, he said, “How can any prophet say anything but what God puts in his mouth?” It’s a thing that God does, that you can’t say nothing else. And you’re born that way. No more than you could…
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The question now arises, why are these righteous ones in the judgment? There is no other place that they can come up, for there are but two resurrections and since they could not qualify for the first resurrection they must come up in the second which is a resurrection unto judgment. The ones who qualify for the first resurrection (the bride) are not in the judgment. John 5:24, “Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life (that is, the believer is already the recipient of eternal life which he has in his possession now) and shall not come into condemnation (shall not come into the judgment, is what it really says) but is passed (permanently) from death unto life.” But notice carefully, Jesus must have yet another group in mind who at a certain resurrection will receive eternal life. They will receive it at the resurrection, NOT HAVING PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED IT AS A MEMBER OF THE BRIDE.
“Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming, in the which ALL that are in the graves shall hear His voice,
And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
Now we all know that John 5:28-29 is NOT THE RAPTURE for only the dead in Christ will arise from the graves at that time along with the living bride who still is on the earth.
I Thessalonians 4:16-17,
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
But it says in John 5:28-29 that ALL are going to come forth from the grave. This is the very same resurrection that is spoken of in Revelation 20:11-15 wherein THE DEAD were brought before the Lord and judged according to their works, and all whose names were not in the Book of Life were then cast into the lake of fire.
We now face the question as to why they should be given eternal life at the judgment since the Epistles seem to conclusively point out that one must possess the Spirit of Christ or perish. Though it seems thus, we must not discredit the words of Jesus Who most pointedly sets forth that there are some found in the Book of Life who will either receive eternal life before the general resurrection or after it.
Paul does not evade this truth for he most clearly says in Philippians 3:11,
“If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.”
Now this statement is most peculiar. We all know that we are ALL going to be in a resurrection whether we want to be or not. All will be resurrected. So Paul could hardly be saying, “If by ANY MEANS I might attain to a resurrection of the dead.” The truth of the matter is, he is not saying that. The literal reading is, “If by any means I might attain to the ‘out-resurrection’ from among the dead.” This is not the attaining to the general or second resurrection, but attaining to the first resurrection, of which is said, “Blessed and Holy is he who hath part in the first resurrection, on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” The first resurrection has nothing to do with the second death. That is at the end of the thousand years when ALL THE REST of the dead live again. And in that day there will be those who come forth to eternal life and those others who are caught in the second death. Now we do not need to guess about those who in the second resurrection are given life. We are told it is given to them on the grounds that they have been kind and good to the “Brethren”. Those who are raised and cast into the lake of fire will be so treated because of their mistreatment of the “Brethren”. Since this is the Word of God we simply accept it. There is no argument here, just a simple statement of fact.
To further clarify, notice specifically the words of Matthew 25:31-46. It does not say that a shepherd is literally separating sheep from goats, but it is AS a shepherd dividing sheep from goats. These are not sheep in this particular area of time (White Throne Judgment). The sheep are in His fold, they heard His voice (Word) and they followed Him. THEY ALREADY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE AND CANNOT COME INTO THE JUDGMENT. But these do NOT have eternal life, and they are in the judgment. They are allowed to GO INTO eternal life. But upon what grounds do they enter into life eternal? Certainly not upon the fact that they already have His life as does the bride, but they receive it because they were kind to His brethren. They are not His brethren: that would make them joint-heirs with Jesus. They are NOT heirs to anything but life. They share no throne, etc. with Him. THEIR NAMES MUST HAVE BEEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE AND NOT REMOVED. Now because of their love of the people of God they are recognized and saved. No doubt these served and helped the children of God. Perhaps like Nicodemus and Gamaliel they stood for the children in a time of trouble.
If this seems to smack of “restoration,” watch carefully now, for the wicked are NOT restored, but turned into the lake of fire. The names of many of those destroyed were in the Book of Life also; but they were blotted out because they failed to honor the people of God who were the living manifested Word (living epistles) for their day.
Now let us be very clear here. These are not nations being judged and going into the millennium because they have harbored and helped the Jews. That is very clear because of the conclusion of these verses. “And these (the wicked) shall go away into everlasting punishment (lake of fire), but the righteous into everlasting life.” There is no record of TWO judgments set where the wicked are cast into the lake of fire. Only the beast and false prophet are judged at the end of the great tribulation. No, this is the White Throne judgment, and they are judged according to what is written in the books.
It is the second resurrection that the “souls under the altar” as set forth in the fifth seal (Revelation 6:9-11) are given white robes, and of course eternal life, or there would be no point of white robes.
“And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”
Now note particularly that none of these under the altar were killed for the testimony to Jesus. They were not like Antipas who was slain for holding fast His Name. These are not born again ones, with eternal life as their possession. They come up in the resurrection and receive life because of their stand on the Word. And notice how these are crying out for vengeance. They cannot be bride material. The bride turns the cheek and cries, “Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.” These are Jews. They have to be because they are in the fifth seal, and it is in the fourth seal that the Gentile bride is gone in the rapture. So these Jews aren’t born of His Spirit. They don’t even believe that Jesus is the Messiah. But as they were blinded by God for the Gentile’s sake, God gave them eternal life on the grounds that though they could not come to Him, yet they were truly faithful to all the Word they knew, and died for it as multitudes died under Hitler, Stalin, etc., and will yet die.
It is the second resurrection wherein the five foolish virgins come up. Notice that they were virgins. They did not have the Holy Spirit so they missed being in the bride, while the five wise who had oil became a part of that bride. But these people, being a separated, God-loving people, and trying to abide in the Word, according to what they knew of it, and being a help in the work of the Lord will come up at the end of time. They will miss the millennium, which you can begin to see by these truths is much more important and wonderful than we have ever thought or believed.
All these people had their names in the Book of Life and their names remained. But whose names did not remain? Those of the world system churches who fought the bride will be those whose names are removed. That is who will lose out. They will be cast into the lake of fire.
Now let us go another step, but before we do let us review our case thus far. First of all we know most assuredly that the purpose of God stands in election. It was purposed in Himself. It was God’s purpose to bring forth a people like unto Himself that would be a Word Bride. She was chosen before the foundation of the world IN HIM. She was fore-known and beloved before she was ever brought forth during the ages upon the earth. She was redeemed by His blood and can NEVER come into condemnation. She can never be in the judgment because sin cannot be imputed unto her.
“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
But indeed she shall be with Him in His throne of judgment, judging the world and even angels. Her name (each of her members) was written in a section of the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world. Secondly, there is another class. Their names are also in the Book of Life and they will come up in the second resurrection. Such are the foolish virgins and the righteous as are spoken of in Matthew 25. In this class also are those who do not worship the beast or become involved in the antichrist system but die for their faith even though they are not in the bride, not having been born again. But they will come up in the second resurrection and go into eternal life. Thirdly, there are the borderline Christians such as we saw in Israel coming out of Egypt. These had their names in the Book of Life and their works written in the books. These having failed to obey God and being void of the Spirit, though even the signs and wonders were amongst them, will have their names removed from the Book of Life. Amongst this group will be the ones like Judas who though entirely void of the Spirit, but are religious, will have manifestation in their lives, and though on the books were not the elected IN HIM. Such also as Balaam will be in that group. Fourth and finally are the ones whose names have never been or will ever be written on the books.
Such are found in Revelation 13:8 and Revelation 17:8,
“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.
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not: and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”
Jesus said that a certain group would accept one who came in his own name. That one is the antichrist. And that is exactly what it says of them in Revelation 13:8, and 17:8. These were ordained of God but not unto election. And with this group is such that are as Pharaoh.
It says of him,
“Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up. Vessels of wrath fitted for destruction.”
Romans 9:17 and 22.
None of these would be placed on the records of life. I am not saying that there is no record of them. No doubt there is some kind of a record of them, but NOT IN THE RECORDS OF LIFE. Their purpose of existence has been dealt with slightly in the rest of this book but we can add two more Scriptures.
“The Lord hath made the wicked for the day of evil.”
“The wicked is reserved to the day of destruction, they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.”
Since this portion of the Word is hard for the human mind to grasp, it must be accepted and believed by faith. Some will be offended by what I have set forth because they fail to understand the sovereignty of God which sets forth that GOD IS GOD, and because He is God one cannot defeat His counsels or thwart His will and purpose; but He, being omnipotent, is ruling in ALL affairs and is doing whatever He will with all His creation because all were created for His good pleasure. Therefore, as Paul says, “If God should take of one lump of clay and make of that same lump one vessel unto honor and another vessel unto dishonor, who can be offended and cry against Him?” That He has the right to do this on the grounds of creation alone, we cannot deny. Yet He went even further, for according to Romans 14:7-9, we have the irrefutable proof that Jesus paid the purchase price of the whole world, and therefore He can do as He wills with His own.
“For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
For to this end Christ both died and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord BOTH OF THE DEAD AND LIVING.”
(Ownership; NOT relationship is meant here.)
This is also set forth in John 17:2,
“As Thou hast given Him power OVER ALL FLESH, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.”
Now, if we impute omniscience to God, we must also accept that He is perfect in wisdom and righteousness. This plan of election and reprobation is the wisdom of God revealed in all ages even, as it says in Ephesians 1:3-11,
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all Spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ,
According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him. In love
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.
In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;
Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all WISDOM and prudence,
Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself,
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in Him;
In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.”
Thus if God has so designed that there be those whose names are placed in a section of the Lamb’s Book of Life and cannot be erased for they are the names of His bride, then we must accept that. If it also states that there are those whose names were placed in the record of the Book of Life but in the foreknowledge of God they were to fall and have their names removed we must accept that. And if there are those whose names were NEVER placed upon a record of life, we must accept that, also. And if there are those who will enter into life eternal after the White Throne judgment solely on the grounds of being good and kind and just to the elect of God who are His brethren, then we cannot but accept that. FOR WHO KNOWETH THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE SHOULD INSTRUCT HIM? Rather let us be subject in faith to Him Who is our Father and live.