So Great Salvation
Buddy Cobb at Lubbock Convention
your Bibles to Matthew, chapter 24. Because the way the Spirit was
moving here in prophecy, you can tell that God is getting serious
with us—that is, it's like the final warning. One of the things
the disciples were interested in knowing was what Jesus alone could
explain to them and we see this in:
24 Verse 1 says, 'And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple:
and the disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the
this was something now that God was orchestrating.
2) 'And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily
I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another,'
is He saying? Know ye not that ye are the temple of God? Know ye
not that ye are just stones? And that God is able, with these stones,
to raise up seed unto Abraham? During this time of this New Testament
age, which is a front-running time—before the Kingdom comes—because
all this time we've been praying, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will
be done". God says there's no building that's going to last.
In the last days, there's going to come a great falling away, not
a great gathering of stones. And the question that Jesus has in
His own mind is, would there be any in the faith when He
comes? So, we're in a time when things are going to be now happening
according to how Jesus described it would be when the Son of man
comes back. If there's a question in His mind, "Will
there be any in the faith?", shouldn't there be a question
in our mind? Will we be found in the faith?
characteristic of the whole of this age, is darkness. Darkness upon
the earth and gross darkness upon the people of God. The
ones that are most deceived are the people of God. What
is it that puts you in gross darkness? The people, who are in darkness,
know they are in darkness—they know they don't know. So, what is
it that puts you in gross darkness? It's when you think you know,
but what you know is not really the truth.
I want you to get a hold of this. If you want to get things right,
you have to get hold of this principle—this understanding—that's
why it says ‘in all thy getting, get understanding’. If you really
know the truth—right now—here's what you know: I don't know
. I don't know anything, as I ought to know it. And I don't
know anybody else that knows any more than me, except Jesus. So,
the ones who are going to get the reward are those who recognize
that they don't know. Do you know you're saved? Well, if you know
you're saved, guess what? You are deceived because salvation hasn't
fully come, yet. It's only going to be revealed in the last
days. Nobody has ever seen it, yet. It hasn't been revealed, yet.
So, who are the most deceived people of the world? Those who think
they're saved. And they think they're saved based on an experience
the Jews see that they were not the children of God, but the children
of the devil when Jesus came into the world? They did not see it
that way. Why not? They were blind; leaders of the blind. Who is
it that gets blind; and who is it that gets their blindness healed?
The one who thinks he can see, or the one who knows he can't? Who?
So, who gets saved? The one who knows he's saved, or the one who
knows he needs to be saved and calls on the name of the Lord?
you been born again? Yes. Have you been saved by that experience?
No. Now you're in greater jeopardy; you are not in greater security.
Is there such a thing as security? Only when you're dead—only when
you've ceased from all of your own works and you no longer live.
As long as you live, you're in jeopardy.
salvation is—is getting you out of your life and getting you into
another life that is not your life. What are you saved by? His life.
Now, in order for you to be in His life, you have to be in His Kingdom—because
in that life, you live by every word that proceeds forth from the
mouth of God. And you can see what man's pursuit is. It is to gain
enough knowledge so he can be independent and have his own life.
But, you can't live in your own life and be saved. What we have
to be saved from, is having a life other than His life, because
what you're saved by is—His life.
in order to live in His life, you have to live under His authority,
because He won't give His life to another. Jesus would never commit
Himself to another man because He knew what was in men. What is
it that He knew was in men? Well, what He knew was in men, was what
was not in men. He knew that it was not in man to
know the way to go—that's what He knew was in man.
is the first thing you have to come to realize, if you're actually
going to be saved? It's that you are not saved. When you
get connected with Jesus, you are not saved, yet. You now
begin the process, if you stay in the program of working out your
own salvation. You're not there, yet. So, the great delusion of
all of Christendom today is—if you ask, "Brother, are you saved?"
What do they say? "Oh, yeah." That's the great delusion.
What do they base that upon? "Well, I've been born again and
my born again experience guarantees that I am saved." No, no.
You're born again experience brought you out of death—that is, you
were not living in God. You were not living in His life, you were
living in your own life, so you were dead while you were living.
And your born again experience put another life in you—it was Christ
that was birthed in you. And you could see that you were just a
the Baptist came along and preached, "Repent, because the Kingdom
of God is at hand", and he sees the scribes and the Pharisees
coming. They were the only people in the world that were in a covenant
relationship with God—who thought they were the legitimate children
of God and they said to Jesus, "We be not born of fornication;
God is our Father." They thought God was their Father. What
gave them that impression? Well, it was based on their history of
God dealing with them and doing things for them. They were
the only people separated unto God—the only people in the world
with a covenant relationship with God, but were they children of
God or children of the devil? What did Jesus tell them? "Ye
are of your father, the devil." Now, how could that be? How
could you be in a covenant relationship with God—the only people
in the world that's in a covenant relationship with God—and still
be of the devil? Well, it's because God wanted you to see that even
though you've come into a covenant relationship with Him, you can't
cease being the children of the devil if you're still trying to
improve your life.
what did they accept the law for? Why did they choose the law rather
than the Spirit? Why did they choose His word, but not Him ?
Because God wanted to use them as an example to us
upon who the ends of the age have come—that we could see the error
that they would make—thinking that if I live according to the word
of God, what the Bible teaches—then I'm saved—I'm God's people—I'm
good—I'm a good man. God wanted us to see, ‘No, you can have my
word—coming through another person; but, here's what it will
do for you. What it will do for you is, it'll give you the
form of godliness, but it won't give you the power.’ You
see, what we're going to see come—that the world has never seen,
yet—is the Kingdom coming with great power. Can you be in the form?
Yes, you have all the stones built up into a nice temple, a beautiful
temple. Look at the temple! Look at these great stones! Jesus said,
"I'll tell you that not one of these stones will be connected
when I get here; because I'm going to shake heaven and earth and
everything that can be moved will be removed.”
what is coming at the end of the age is a great calamity; a great
falling away in the last days. There'll come a great falling away
and the love of many will wax cold. There'll come a great falling
away; so much so that He asks, “Would He find any in the
faith when He returns?” So, you can't fall away, unless you were
there. And, the whole doctrines of the church—or the doctrines of
security—are saying, "Once there; always there." No, no.
No, this has to be proven in a people that have a choice; not a
people that don't have any choice. If you were saved by your born
again experience, you would have never had a choice to choose it;
because you don't first choose God; He first chooses you!
The Jews didn't choose God; God chose the Jews and brought them
to Himself on eagle's wings and then He propositioned them to be
His people and told them the condition—if they would obey His voice.
just had demonstrated what happens if you don't obey His
voice with Pharaoh. He uses Pharaoh to also teach us. All the things
that have happened in the former times, happened for our example
upon whom the end of the age has come. So what did God do with Pharaoh
who said, "Who is God that I should obey His voice?" Because
if you don't submit to God, if you're not coming under the authority
of God—what you're saying to God and what we all are saying to God,
if we're there by our action is, "Who are You, that I should
obey You?" We want to maintain sovereignty over our own life.
And so what you're really trying to do is save your life and make
something of it.
the program that God's got going, is for you to lose your life and
everything you've made of it. You have to suffer the loss of all
things. This is why the way is so narrow and the gate so strait
and so few people will find it right now; up front. More will find
it later. Everybody's coming into the Kingdom of God later; whether
they like it or not. His Kingdom is coming and His will
is going to be done on earth, the same as it is in heaven.
What He's doing, is giving us a chance to volunteer to come
in first, before He brings the iron rod rule and brings you in anyway.
That iron rod rule however, is not going to last forever. That's
just going to be God bringing all of creation into His Kingdom.
the gospel of your salvation is not what was being preached
up front. The front-running gospel was the gospel of the Kingdom.
The reason it's the front-running gospel, is because if you don't
get a hold of that gospel, forget about your salvation. Nobody is
going to be saved eternally outside of the Kingdom of God; you're
going to be eternally damned—you're going to be eternally separated
from God, otherwise.
issue is not what you believe. And the issue is not how you're living
your life—the issue is—are you still living in your life.
God says that no matter what form you're living it in—whether circumcised
or uncircumcised—it profits nothing; because your life has a beginning
and your life has an end. Only His life has no beginning
and no end. So, you can't be in His life, out from under
His government. The reason for that is—He's the head and we're only
the body. If you really have an understanding (it says in all your
getting, get understanding) if you really have an understanding,
His Kingdom is coming.
many of you really believe His Kingdom is coming? The first time
the Kingdom actually showed up was in Adam. But Adam didn't stay
in the Kingdom—he walked right out. This is another key part of
this whole thing. To live in the Kingdom, you have to live in the
Spirit of God. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty;
so you can always go out. God wanted you to see this. He even wanted
you to have the experience of going in and out—and going in and
out. Why? Well, so you could see the difference between living in
the Kingdom and living outside of the Kingdom.
in the Kingdom, who is the King? He is. Out of the Kingdom,
who is the King? I am. In the Kingdom, who is the servant? We are.
Outside the Kingdom, who is the servant? God is. So I tell God what
to do. I tell God who to heal; what to fix; how to fix it. So where
would you rather be? In charge or enslaved? Come on, be honest with
me--which would you rather be—in charge or enslaved?
to make an intelligent decision there, you need to know the alternatives.
So, what happens when I'm in charge and what happens when I'm enslaved?
God gives us a chance to be kings and priests. Now, priests are
servants—but kings rule. Priests serve the king. Which would you
rather be, the king or the servant? Well, if you'd rather be the
king, then there's competition for who's going to be the king.
of the things I've noticed in the house of servants; there's no
competition, except for who's going to be the greatest servant.
You want to be great no matter where you are, you know. In the house
of servants, it's safer than in the house of kings; because, in
the house of servants, you're ambition is to be the greatest servant—but
in the house of kings, you're ambition is to be the greatest in
power. What would people go for? To be the greatest power or to
be the greatest servant? Well, because of our nature (by nature,
you are programmed this way) all do what they do by nature
and all seek their own.
everybody wants to be seen as one up above the rest.
Everybody wants to be number one. It works in the animal kingdom.
You put 10 bulls in a pen and one of them is going to establish
dominance. You put 10 roosters in the chicken pen and one of those
roosters is going to establish dominance. You put 10 people together
in a community and one of them is going to establish dominance.
That's what you do by nature and you can't act contrary to your
nature. Your nature determines your action. We’re, by nature, children
of disobedience. So when you do something contrary to your own nature,
you have somebody else ruling over you.
God is doing, requires it to be done contrary to our nature. Contrary
to nature, we're grafted into a good olive tree and we're wild olive
branches. What do you think happens in a community when you get
a bunch of wild olive branches together? Things run wild--there's
envy, strife, and division.
there's actually going to come peace on earth and good will toward
men, could it ever happen under another king other than the King
of kings—who alone is the Prince of Peace? If it's not peace, what
is it? War. And the warring is not just between one person and another,
but the warring is in your own members .
If you say, "Well, I can't stand these people, I'm going to
get alone." Then you go into some of the type of religious
practices where people isolate themselves. Guess what? They're still
in the warfare. You take it with you wherever you go. God has it
set up this way. There's no discharge in this war and you're in
it whether you like it or not. I didn't go to war because I liked
it. I went to war and the only option was what branch of the service
I was going to serve in. I didn't have the option of whether I was
going to serve.
running a program like that, too. During the millennial reign, nobody
is going to have an option as to who they are going to serve. He’s
going to be God over all, through all, and in all during the Millennial
reign. That's whether you like it or not—that's an iron rod rule.
It'll only last a thousand years and then we'll come into
the everlasting Kingdom.
going to have a coming of the Kingdom temporarily before
He has a coming of the Kingdom forever. The reason for the temporary
Kingdom is to bring every soul out of darkness and into
light because God is not willing that any should perish.
They have already had their exercise in the darkness to know what
that is. But in order to really know what it is, they have to come
into light, because light is that which doth make it manifest. Then
in the light, they can see the difference between light and darkness.
Then God gives them the choice at the end of the Millennial reign.
By releasing Satan, (who is the power of darkness—who is in everlasting
chains of darkness—because he'll always be in the darkness) you
are given an opportunity to join him out in the darkness, if you
an advantage to being with Satan; that's why most people have identified
Satan as god. Did the Jews identify Satan as god? Did they think
they were worshipping God and they were actually worshipping Satan?
Did they think God was their Father, when actually, Satan was their
father? Could Jesus tell them different? He told them, but could
they hear it? No, they couldn't hear it. They said, " You're
the deceiver! We be not born of fornication; we're legitimate."
do you feel today? Do you think you're legitimate? You're not there,
yet. No, you're not there, yet. Did they have a chance to receive
Jesus when He came into the world? Did He come to the Jew first?
Then who would be the first to reject Him?
Lord hasn't come to everybody, yet. He's now come to you. If you've
had a born again experience, He's come to you. Does that mean you've
received Him as your Lord? No. He didn't even ask you about it,
did He? He just did it. You didn’t choose Him; He chose you. Now
the question is, will you choose Him? Choose you this day whom you
will serve. You don't have that choice today? Is it all over? If
you're eternally saved, it's over--you don't have that choice anymore—You've
done exercised it and it's all over. But, could you make the choice
today and then change your mind tomorrow? Sure you can. Can you
go in and out? Yes, you can, right now. Why wouldn't God just bring
you in and lock the door? Because He's never going to lock the door—if
you go look at the Kingdom in it's perfect state, the gates are
no community that's ever had a shut gate, that I know of, in our
midst. You can leave at anytime. People say, "Well, I can't
get away; I don't have any money." You have to have money to
get away? No, you can just walk out. "Well, if I walk out and
don't have any money, how am I going to live?"—because they
think their life consists of their possessions and what money can
buy. Very false concept; you don't live by money alone. How do you
live? Can you actually have life and have no money? Yes.
Can you actually have life and not own anything ? Yes, has
that been proven or not? That's what God wants you to discover--your
life doesn't consist of your possessions! It consists of a relationship
with Him and if you have a relationship with Him, will you die from
a lack of provision? No, He said you'll never see His children begging
for bread. They might complain because they don't get as much as
they want or the kind that they want.
whole purpose of God is to see if you can be content with godliness,
because godliness with contentment is great gain. Can you just be
content with what He provides? Can you not get puffed up and say,
"Look what great things I've done" when He starts blessing
you with provision?—because He's going to test you in poverty and
riches. So, Paul would say, "I know how to be abased and I
know how to abound." He's going to test you both ways. He's
going to suffer you to hunger. Did he suffer the children to hunger
out in the wilderness? Yes. Why? To show them that they don't live
by bread alone.
see, the truth is stranger than fiction. The gospel that is preached
and perpetrated in the world—it's totally fiction—it's vain imagination—it’s
not reality. What is known as the Christian religion is in great
competition with Disney World and so it's all about entertainment,
and all about making you feel good when you ought to be crying
about your condition. And so, blessed are those that laugh
now—no, blessed are those that weep now, over your
condition. Blessed are those that are full now—no, blessed
are those that hunger and thirst now; they shall
way of the wicked is always upside down. The most grossly wicked
people who were in the church crucified all the righteous ones.
All the blood of the martyrs is in the church beginning with Jesus.
The Jews were the church when Jesus came. They were called "The
Church in the Wilderness". A “church” is a people who’ve been
called out by God—they called them "ecclesia". The word
"church" in the original is "ecclesia" and it
means "called out one"—separated out to be a people of
was nobody in greater darkness when Jesus came into the world, than
the church. And the light shined in the darkness and they didn't
get it. The darkness comprehended it not. This is why the whole
thing is a mystery. It's called the mystery of godliness. The mystery
of iniquity. The whole thing is a mystery. There's one thing about
a mystery; it keeps you in suspense until you get to the end, where
the mystery is unveiled. To live godly is a mystery. To live in
iniquity is a mystery. And it has to be unveiled to be revealed—there
is nothing hid but that it is going to be revealed.
me get to this, I don't want to take too long here this morning
because I'm not up here to preach, I'm just up here to focus you
on the prophecies that you were listening to this morning because
that was a pure river of water of life flowing right out of the
bellies of people. You've already had a plural ministry this morning—the
voice of many waters speaking, but it was the truth coming through
them all. And you can see it's the seriousness of the hour that
we're in, by the prophecies that you heard. God is sounding a last
call here, to a people to come out of the deceptions of religion
and get to start worshipping God in the only way He will accept
worship—the only way that is appropriate to worship Him—the way
He desires to be worshipped—in Spirit and in Truth. That's
the focus—the truth.
know what I found is--to get people in the Spirit; they have to
be in the truth—because, if you don't have a love of the
truth, God sends strong delusion that you would believe
a lie. What's the strong delusion? "I'm saved! Praise
God! I've got it made! When Jesus comes to earth, it’s going to
be wonderful?" Oh, yes? Wait and see.
Day of the Lord is called "great" on the one hand and
"terrible" on the other. Why? Because there will be no
more mercy . Every man's going to be cut off right
where he is—he that is holy, let him be holy still; he that's unrighteous,
let him be unrighteous still. It'll be too late to change your status.
Now you're going to receive your judgment without mercy.
the judgment that's coming is not eternal; it's a temporal judgment.
Just like the judgments that have come already; they've all been
temporal judgments. There have not been eternal judgments; nothing
has been settled eternally, yet. The next judgment that comes after
this one will be eternal—the great white throne judgment of God.
God is doing this to give every man a final chance, because right
now when He comes back, how many does He expect to find in the faith?
there's already those that have died in faith, and we know that
there is going to be a company of people that are alive and remain
until He comes because the Bible lays that out in the plan of God--He's
planned that. There's going to be a company that's alive and remain
when He comes. There's going to be those who are asleep already;
who are dead—physically dead, but not spiritually dead. Those who
died in faith; like Enoch was taken without seeing death. Well,
what it means when it says that he was taken without seeing death;
it doesn't mean that he didn't die physically, because in the book
of Hebrews, it said he did die physically, "all these
died in faith". But, what it does mean is this; it means his
soul didn't die. Jesus could say to the Jews, "God is the God
of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” God is not the God of the dead. It
says, ‘He's the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, these men are
not dead as you supposed.’ Well, why did they suppose they were
dead? Because they died physically. But, it's one thing to die physically;
it's another thing to die spiritually. Spiritual death is the death
of the soul. ‘The soul that sinneth it will surely die.’
so, you can die in faith; your soul is still alive, but your body
is gone. This body is temporal; that's why the last act of redemption
is to get another body—aren't you glad God has another one for us?
Have you noticed that this one is wearing out with the using? Yes!
Now, if you became a disembodied soul, you would have all the lusts,
appetites, and desires that you currently carry, but no body by
which to fulfill it. Everyone wants a body. God wants a body, the
demons want a body, the angels want a body, and you want
a body. Why do you want the body? So you can live your life in it
and have a means to satisfy your appetites and desires. Why does
God want a body? The body is the supreme thing to have here. A spirit
without a body, has no rest; there's no way to fulfill itself. We
can see that the primary thing here is the body. What do the demons
want? The body. Since we have the body, they want your body. In
order to get your body, they have to get you. In order to get you,
they have to deceive you into believing that it's you and not them.
God comes along, He doesn't want to deceive you; He says, "If
I'm going to be here, it's going to be Me and not you!" No
longer I that live, but Christ. When the demons come along—they're
deceptive because they're in darkness—they say, "It's all about
you. It's what you want. It's your life. Come on; let's go have
a party together! Just do what comes naturally, there's nothing
wrong with what comes naturally, is there? If it feels good, do
it!" Why would the demons come with that kind of message? You
see, what the devil offered them was to become independent of God,
but did not reveal to them, they could only do that by coming under
his authority. Because if you're not serving righteousness, you
are serving the devil. If you're not the children of God, you are
the children of the devil. Now the fact that you've been born again,
that means you're never going to serve the devil again, right? Well,
you don't ever see it as serving the devil. Satan doesn't come and
say, "You need to serve me, you'd be better off under my government."
No, Satan says, "What you need to do, is get enough intelligence
from another source other than God, because as long as you go to
God for your intelligence, you're going to be subject to God! And,
if you want to be free from being under a God that'll take you in
a way that you don't want to go—that'll cost you more than you want
to pay and keep you longer than you want to stay—because it's eternal.
If you want liberty, pursue liberty. Are you ever going to be happy
if you don't have liberty? If you're in bondage, are you going to
be happy in bondage? Won't you be happier, if you are free?"
the truth is, there is no such thing as freedom—period. With freedom
comes captivity. With freedom comes bond-slavery, because you're
not in the realm of being in control—God is and the angels are.
You are the low man on the totem pole. If you're not under the government
of one, you are under the government of the other. But, under the
government of God—because there is light—you really see what you're
doing and what it is all about. Under the other government of Lucifer,
he's the power of darkness and you don't see it. You don't see what's
really going on. All the evil you've ever got into, you did not
invent—God created it. God created it! What did he create
that was evil? You! You! And, if you being evil know how
to give good gifts to your children....
where I got in a lot of trouble because when Jesus came into the
world and the Bible says He was made in all points as we are; then
how was He here in this world—good or evil? When somebody came up
to Him and said, "Good master" He said, "Hold it!
Hold it right there—got to make a little correction here; there's
none good, but God." Well, if He wasn't good, then what was
He? He said to either make the good tree good and the fruit good—or
make the tree, what? Evil. Well, did Jesus do any evil?
No, because He never did anything of Himself. If He did something
of Himself, what would it have been? Evil! Because to do evil, He
knew; but to do good, He did not know. So, who's teaching did He
stay under? "I only do what My Father teaches Me to
do; I only say what My Father teaches Me to say." But
why did the Father have to teach Him, if He was good? Why would
you have to be taught, if you were good?
many see yourself as totally evil? How many of you see yourself
as somewhat good? Listen, when I first came to God, I said to God,
"You know, God, if You just weighed me in the balance, I'm
sure my good would outweigh my bad. I know I've been bad at certain
times, but Lord, I've been good more than I've been bad; so, if
you just weigh me in the balance I'm sure you'd find there's more
good in me than bad." I've never thrown anything away that
I thought still had some good in it and I thought I was reasoning
with God here, you know! The Lord spoke very clear to me; He said,
"Look, you either make the tree good and its fruit good; or
make it corrupt and its fruit evil." Because how much leaven
does it take? In God there is no evil and in man there is
no good. Paul said, "I know that in me--in my flesh—is no good
thing." Was there anything good in Jesus' flesh? No. So, in
the days of His flesh, did He ever walk after the flesh? No. He
delivered the flesh all the way to the cross; showing that He was
one with God, because they that are of God have crucified the flesh
and no man took His life--He laid it down, willingly. Now folks,
this is what this is all about.
wants a people worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth—not in vain
imagination; that's what happened to man to begin with—he became
vain in his imagination and professing himself to be wise, he departed
from the course and God's going to prove him to be a fool. There's
nobody fooled more about that than the religious people who believe
they're saved. Did Paul believe that he was saved after he was born
again? After his tremendous experience on the road to Damascus,
did he believe he was saved? No, he didn't believe he was saved.
After 40 years in the ministry, did he believe he was saved? No,
he was still pressing toward the mark. When he got to the end, then
the trial of his faith was successfully passed and he could
say, "Hallelujah! I've kept the faith!" Now, what does
it mean if you keep the faith? It doesn't mean that you believe
the truth about Jesus or the truth about God; that's not keeping
the faith. What is keeping the faith? Faith comes by hearing—it's
under the government of God. What he (Paul) was saying was, "I've
succeeded in keeping myself under the government of God."
this time Bill Grier came to the pulpit and said, "There is
so much supposition, until then—and then he's sure" and then
Brother Buddy continued on...) until he (Paul) got there he stood
in jeopardy every hour . Now, what the devil wants
you to believe is that you're not standing in jeopardy, you're standing
in security—you're a born again believer! It's called security of
the believer—there are doctrines of security! What's the truth?
You've never been in greater jeopardy; you'd be better off if you'd
never been born again—if you wanted to stay out of jeopardy. Once
you've been born again, now you’re standing in greater jeopardy
because to whom is given much, there is going to be much required.
Now if you don't succeed in this, you're going to end up being twice
dead, plucked up by the roots and totally eliminated from the
Kingdom of God forever. So, who would want you to believe that you've
already got it made by your born again experience? Who would be
there trying to assure you, that you're OK? Who would want to blind
you to the fact that you're standing in the greatest jeopardy than
you've ever stood in your life? In order to believe that you're
secure, you have to believe in a doctrine. But, if you understand
that you live by every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of
God, you understand then the jeopardy that you stand in, because
a lot of voices are speaking to you at all times and none of them
are without significance.
Grier stepped up and said, "The greatest prophet who ever walked
(referring to Elijah), was troubled after Jezebel had been chasing
him—he (Elijah) said, "I'm no better than my father; kill me."
Talk about suicide—thank God, He doesn’t listen to us at that stage.
God feeds us—Elijah was fed with “angel’s food cake”—he went on
and he spun out—in a chariot of fire—the same one that a little
while ago said, “I’m no better than my father, I’ll never make it.
Kill me.” So, we need to have those things in our heart; knowing
that God can accomplish what He's promised and will —if
we'll stay with Him. Thank God he hasn't listened to my thoughts
or to yours!"
continues...) Well, the problem isn't Him listening to us—the problem
is, are we listening to Him? Because, every man believes
he is right in his own analysis. But, it's not a matter of getting
things properly analyzed; it's a matter of hearing the right voice.
If you hear the right voice, what He will convince you of is, "You
don't know how to analyze anything; you don't know the difference
between good and evil—unless I tell you; because what I could tell
you is good today, I can tell you is evil tomorrow." Because,
there's nothing evil of itself. So, who determines what's evil and
what's good? And, when is it evil and when is it good? Well, it's
according to what He says about it— now. What He said about
things in the law were to be forbidden and when He spoke directly
to them, He said, "Eat it and don't you call evil, what I call
good." God is God because He calls it. This is why people want
to get out from under God so they can be their own god and call
it for themselves; then it can be whatever you say it is;
and you'll base your discernment on how it taste; how it feels;
and how it pleases you. Every man's way is right in his own eyes.
But, there is no man's way that lines up with God's because God
says, "My ways are not your ways." There's no man's thoughts
that are lined up with God's so He says, "My thoughts are not
there are two principle gospels that are referred to in scripture:
one is called the gospel of grace; there's another one called the
gospel of your salvation. The greatest of all these gospels—the
one that's going to be enduring to the end—is the gospel of the
Kingdom. This gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached unto all
nations and then shall the end come. Christianity has become
popular in the world—at least to a lot of people, especially in
the United States.
it says this in Matthew 24:9, 'Then shall they deliver you to be
afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations...'
that what you heard in the gospel? This is what Jesus was telling
them, "If you become my disciples, this is going to be your
to verse 9 '...you'll be hated of all nations for my name's sake.'
would God have us tested under such circumstances? Well, to see
if we're after a relationship with Him or are we trying
to save ourself? Are we after His salvation or our
salvation? What are you after?
9 & 10 cont.) '...you'll be hated of all nations for my name's
sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another,
and shall hate one another.’
see, when people see that kind of testing and proving coming, a
lot of people don't want any part of that. So for the fear of losing
their life, they will draw back; and God says, "My soul has
no pleasure in them that draw back." They'll even hate one
another. We've had people walk away hating us; that were formerly
brothers and they really hate us. We had a girl come on the platform—a
sister who was raised in one of the communities at Shepherd's Inn
a couple of conventions back—and read us the "riot act".
I mean she hated us and if she'd had a sword, she'd probably taken
all our heads off. Do you ever see people walk away bitter? That's
11) 'And many false prophets shall rise,...'
many of you know that the characteristic of the end of this age
is—false prophets everywhere? He didn't say a few false
prophets will arise; He said, what? Many. There's one after another—next
new wave—next new wave—next new wave. While in the Kingdom, all
things become new; in the earth, there's nothing new. What has been,
will be; what is, has been already. There's nothing new under the
sun; and everybody's running around looking for some new thing!
But it's the same old thing—false prophets everywhere.
would you know that you are under a false prophet? You'd believe
them, and you'd believe what they say, and you'd line up and say,
"That's what I believe." How would you know if you're
under a true one (prophet)? The true one says, "I don't want
you to believe a thing I'm saying, unless the Lord makes it real
to you." So, in the one, they're trying to draw the disciples
off to themselves. And the other, they're only trying to get you
to be a disciple of the Lord. They're joining you to the Lord, not
Now the devil likes—right away—to get
in the act here; because, he's not concerned about
the ones who are under his authority. He's only concerned and makes
war with those who are walking with Jesus, who keep the commandments
of God, and have the testimony of Christ. That's the ones he's making
war with. And the ones he's making war with—his war is a war of words—it's
to put the pressure on you; even by martyrdom; even by torture—to
put the pressure on you; to get you to deny the faith; deny the truth.
Why does God allow that? To see if you will. Paul could list 26 things—stonings,
beatings, and prison—the normal Christian life. No, no, this is not
the normal Christian life, this is the normal disciple's
life. Christianity can be respected in the world; by some at
least. But if you get into this (discipleship), nobody respects you;
not the Christian church; not anybody! So all the blood of the martyrs
are not in the nation; it's in the Christian church. And, the One
they are rejecting is not you.
was perfectly accepted in the Christian church that I was a part
of, practically all my life, until Jesus got a hold of me when I
was about 36 years old. I was a fair-haired boy in their midst until
Jesus showed up and then they said, "You can't stay here. You've
departed from our doctrine." You can see they showed me the
door. I didn't feel bad because they rejected me; I said, "Well,
maybe I'm getting somewhere with the Lord now—that's what happened
with Him; He came to His own and His own didn't receive Him. So,
it looks like maybe I'm having fellowship with the right One now—Him!"
I knew what was going on. As a matter of fact, as soon as I walked
out, there was some woman there (she was a fairly rich lady) and
she said, "Look, you really have a ministry that I appreciate
and I'll build you a church." There's the devil trying to set
it up again! Out one door and into the next one! I said, "Thank
you ma-am, but I really don't think that's what God is calling me
to do—to have a church." I really didn't witness to it. I didn't
know what God was calling me to, but I knew it wasn't that.
the Lord really spoke to me when I was praying earnestly about it
and He said, "I didn't bring you out, to take you back in.
I brought you out to walk with me. If you’re going to walk with
Me, you have to go outside of the camps of religion. You can't just
go to another camp of religion. You have to come outside the gates
of religion and you have to walk with Me. Because it isn't a matter
of worshipping Me in some religious form; it's a matter of obeying
Me and worshipping Me in Spirit and in Truth; and following
Me wheresoever I lead; and it won't be uphill ; you're going
to go down before you come up."
humility before honor, so Jesus humbled Himself when He found Himself
in fashion as a man and He took upon Himself the form of a servant—not
a leader—and became obedient unto death. Now, that's going down.
He was sown in dishonor and the world hated Him; His own rejected
Him; they dishonored Him; that's par for the course. What's on trial
here is a trial of our faithfulness to God and is it contingent
on all the great things He's going to do for you? All the good things
He's going to give you? Or is He going to test you, up front, in
suffering the loss of all things? So that you can discover what
your life really consists of—that is this life, which is eternal
life, does not consist of the abundance of your possessions.
How long can you go without food if you're in eternal life? Forever.
How long can you go without water if you're in eternal life? Forever!
So, it's not a matter of meat and drink. It's a matter of getting
a hold of a life that's not supported by meat and drink.
on, Saints! Do you realize what we're on the threshold of here?
Do you realize what a privileged people we are to sit under this
truth that's coming through the voice of many waters? Do you
know why there are so few people here? I was asked, over in Spain,
about how did I feel about the fact that things were decreasing,
as far as numbers were concerned, and I said, "Well, to tell
the truth, every time I come to a meeting, I'm not surprised at
how few come; I'm surprised by how many come!"
I thought, "Hey! There are still some people showing up! How
about this!" How many were standing with Jesus in the end?
How many were standing with Paul in the end? How many were standing
with Apostle John in the end? Well, wouldn't you be surprised if
any people showed up? This is a matter of enduring to the end. So
the closer to the end you get, the fewer the number of people; and
even some that's been disciples in this move have forsaken. How
many will He find when He comes? Will He find anybody in the faith?
Well, the real question for you and for me is—will He find ME
in the faith? Never mind about everybody else; seek YE
first! Never mind about anybody else. You already have one to be
concerned about—yourself! Seek ye first; you do that. Don't
worry about anything else; God's got it all under control. Now the
main thing is to get you under control. Seek YE
is there anything that's happening to you that is not the will of
God for you? No, nothing! Was Jesus crucified according to the determinate
counsel of God? Was He? Did anything happen to Him that should not
have happened? Were the Jews at fault? No; it was God in Him—offering
look what the Christian churches did in labeling the Jews as the
blame, but they (the Jews) did make a mistake; they said, "Let
His blood be on our heads and on our children." So, it has
been. They've gone through the blood bath of the Nazi's and the
blood bath right now—being killed daily.
Christian church, in this strong delusion, says they are the chosen
people of God? No, they're not the chosen. You're chosen in Christ.
They've never been there. They've never proven that they've been
His sheep at all; because He said, "My sheep hear My voice"
and they refused to hear His voice and said, "No man can hear
His voice and live." So they're not His chosen people; they're
His rejected people; because He said, "You rejected Me; I'll
reject you"; and He broke them off. But, that was all part
of the plan of God, so you could be grafted in as wild olive branches
into the good olive tree—and can they not be grafted in again? When
they say, "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord",
they'll see Him again. They haven't been broken off permanently
because we have not come to eternal judgment, yet. They can still
be saved—but so as by fire. They still have to go through the trial
of their faith, which is tried by fire.
is where it is, folks; we're breaking into reality. What a wonderful
thing to break out of a mirage of religion and break into the reality
of Spirit and Truth. Now the sun is shining clearly; the light is
come; the darkness is being dispelled line upon line, precept upon
precept; the shadows are fleeing away; and now, we're looking at
many of you know that there's no place for ambition in the Kingdom
of God? There's only a place for submission in the Kingdom
of God—it eliminates all competition. We see who is going to be
number one. "Hear, oh Israel, the Lord thy God is one!"
Number one. How many more is there beside Him? None. "Beside
Me there is no other." How many is there going to be in the
end? One. If you come into Him, you're going to be part of one
new man . When the world sees a people that are
one , they'll know that they are lined up under the One.
So, God says, "Be fruitful and multiply." He didn't
say, "Add"; because, when you multiply 1 X 1 X 1 X 1,
what does it equal? One! But, if you add 1 + 1 + 1 + 1, what do
you have now? Well, there's many! And, God takes the many and reduces
them to one .
on, Saints! This is the most real thing going on in the world! This
is what it's all about! And, you have something to murmur and complain
about, just because you're suffering a little bit for His name's
sake? No—no. You have something to be gratefully thankful for—that
He's called you out of darkness into His marvelous light and is
making the whole Kingdom of God available unto you, when? When is
it? Now! So, when you say, "Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done";
when is it? Now! Today is the day of salvation! Now, is the time
you can come into the Kingdom before He closes the door; so now
is the acceptable time.
we read this:
9 (Matt. 24)...'Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted,
and shall kill you:'
that what you came to Jesus for? Aren't you just thrilled about
it—this program? Isn't it wonderful? Blessed are you, if you are
faithful unto death and you'll get the crown of life. ...and ye
shall be "admired" of all nations? No, you'll be hated
of all nations. Why? If God wants everybody to love Jesus, why does
He make sure that everybody hates Him to begin with? Well, it's
because they're all in deception; they're all in strong delusion;
the whole world is under the evil one, not God; His Kingdom is coming
9 & 10 cont.) '...for my name's sake. And then shall many be
why guys walk away; because they get offended—“the word's too hard—we're
not winning people anymore—we're losing people—we need a new wave
where we'll get more people in, because we know that when the end
time comes there's going to come a great harvesting of souls".
The Bible says there's going to be a great falling away—so much
so, would there be any left in the faith? The love of many
is going to wax hotter and hotter when we get to the end? No, it's
going to wax colder and colder.
you know Jesus is not going to be expecting anybody to be here when
He shows up? You know He's not going to be expecting anybody, because
He says, "Will He find any?" And if He finds a few; He's
going to be excited, "Wow, there's a few left! Ghee, I didn't
know if I'd find anybody! My, it's real good to see you!" He's
letting us know that nobody knows how many and who—except Him. I
don't even believe Jesus knows; He says it's with the Father. I
really believe He doesn't know; because He said it's a sin to number
and if He knew, He'd have the number.
not in His hand; He knows He does not know—that's what you know
when you know. They said, "Is this the time You're going to
bring the Kingdom in?" Jesus said, "I don't know. That's
in the hands of the Father." They said, "Can I sit on
Your left and on Your right?" Jesus said, "That's not
up to Me to decide; that's up to the Father to decide." How
much does He know? How much will you ever know apart from God? Nothing.
only way that you can know all things is if you're connected to
Him—who knows all things and He tells you. That's just like when
He asked the prophet, "Can these bones live?" Could they?
Well, only if God said, and God doesn't say anything ahead
of time. So, you can’t know anything ahead of time; you have to
be there to know what He's saying today . You'll only know
about the end of the matter, if you follow on to know. I believe
that Jesus knows there's a few going to be ready; there's a few
going to be there; because He knows the plan. I mean, if the apostles
knew that, so did Jesus know that. They knew it by the same way
He knew it—by the Spirit of God; because it's the Spirit of God
that knows all things; it's the Spirit of God that's the Truth;
the Spirit of God is God. God is a Spirit—that's Him. All truth
is with God; He's not deposited it anywhere else. So in order to
get in on the truth, you have to be taught by God ;
otherwise you don't have the light in which to see it—God is light.
And when your eye gets single on God, then your whole body gets
full of light, so that you can see what is the truth in any given
moment of time; because you always have to stay in what is called
the present truth, which doesn't come until the present
time. So therefore, we live by every word that proceeds forth
from the mouth of God.
24:10 'And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another,
and shall hate one another.'
right in our own rank. If you understand the program and what it
calls for, blessed are you when they speaking evil of you. They
came to me about Brother Sam and they were always speaking evil
of him and I always encouraged them. I'd say, "Keep talking
about him like that; come on, keep it up." They'd say, "What?"
I'd say, "Keep it up; keep talking about him like that."
They'd say, "What are you talking about?" I'd say, "Well,
it says, ‘Blessed are you when men revile you and speak all things
evil of you falsely for my name's sake; great is your reward in
Heaven’—so what you're doing is increasing his reward in Heaven;
keep it up! Keep it up!" Then they'd go find somebody else
to talk to.
11 'And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.'
are they going to be deceiving? Those who think they know the truth.
You are never so deceived than when you believe you know; and you
really don't know. The only ones who can be deceived are the ones
who think they know. If you know you don't know, you can't possibly
be deceived. To be deceived, you have to believe something. If you
know the truth, then there's nothing for us to believe; there's
only a voice for us to hear. Faith is not based on believing something.
Faith is based on hearing the right voice. The reason you need to
hear the Voice is because you don't know! It's not in you to know
the way of God because it's not our way.
he goes on to say this, (verse 11) 'And many false prophets shall
rise and deceive many.'
that is going on right here at the end of this age, so wonderfully—Toronto,
Pensacola—all these things the crowds have run after. Anything you
see people traveling across the globe to get to—many will run to
and fro in the earth; knowledge will be increased—but will any be
in the faith when He returns? Anything that you see people run to—anything
that's popular, anything that's not hated—especially by the church—has
got to be false; because, if you're in the truth—you're going to
be hated; you're going to be rejected. You're going to be despised
and the ones who despise you the most—the most evil and the most
violence is committed amongst religious people. The Religious War—the
30 Year War—the Crusade—was the bloodiest war that's ever been fought.
You know if they'd read the book, they'd never got into that? Because
Jesus clearly said, "My Kingdom is not of this world; if it
was, we'd take up swords and fight." They all took up swords
and fought. If they'd just read the book!
to verse 11) 'And many false prophets shall rise and deceive many.'
where you have the crowds going, it's false. Because where the truth
is—who has believed our report? Is there going to be anybody found
in it (the faith) when He comes?
12) 'And because iniquity shall abound,'
what's iniquity? This is what's going to be abounding! What's iniquity?
Man walking in his own way—all we, like sheep, going astray—and
God has laid the iniquity of us all on Him. So where are all the
sheep going to be going when Jesus shows up? Astray! Will He find
any in the sheepfold when He gets here? All we like sheep have gone
astray and iniquity is going to abound. Don't think about it out
there in the realm of the heathen; we're talking about it in the
realm of the church—the people who have been called to be the people
of God—this is where iniquity is going to abound. Because, all seek
their own. When you seek your own, whose way do you walk in? Your
is why if you wake up to the truth, you'll get desperate for God;
because you cannot change your status, you can't change
one hair of your head, you can't do anything about this, whatsoever.
You're going to have to be like the blind man that you heard prophesied
about it. You're going to have to know your moment of opportunity.
He's passing by and you better take advantage of it while you can.
whole thing calls for Him to have mercy on you because there is
none righteous. The whole thing calls for Him to enable you to see
because we've all been born blind. But, Jesus said, "I came
to make the blind see." And, we've all been born deaf to the
voice of God and He came to make the deaf hear. You can see that
those who called on Him and those who cried out for Him
--got the benefit. He's the rewarder of those who diligently
seek Him! You're not going to diligently seek Him if you think you've
got it all made. Unless you get in His light, you really won't see
the jeopardy you are standing in! But, if you get into His light,
you'll see, like Jesus saw. Did Jesus see that He was standing in
jeopardy or security? What's the evidence that He saw He was standing
in jeopardy? He cried to the Father with strong crying and
tears, who was able to save Him . Did He need to be saved?
Yes, He needed to be saved, but not out of sin. He needed
to be saved from sin, that He would never go out in it!
once you're saved out of sin, the next thing that you need to be
saved from is going back into it again. But when you say, "once
saved, always saved", then you can't go back in sin again—or
if you do go back into sin, sin doesn't matter anymore—it's all
by grace now—not works, so whatever you do—doesn't count. That's
false doctrine—that's all doctrinal teaching—that's not what it
says in the Bible. It says 'as you sow, so shall you reap. If you
sow to the flesh, you'll reap corruption'—guaranteed not to inherit
incorruption. And, if you sow to the Spirit you'll reap life everlasting—so
now it's not going to be based on what Adam did to you,
nor what Jesus did for you—it's going to be based on what
going to bear his own burden and has to work out his own salvation
with fear and trembling before God. If you think somebody already
did it for you, and “Hallelujah, we won!”—based on what He
did, then you’re going to sit in the bleachers and never get involved
in the game—and unless you get in the warfare, you don’t win. Unless
you get in the actual battlefield here—you can’t be a grandstander
have to run the race and you have to fight the fight and you have
to win—or you lose. But you wouldn’t even have an opportunity to
get in the battle or the race unless God called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light. You wouldn’t even have an opportunity
to apprehend this so great salvation, if He hadn’t opened the door
of opportunity for you. The fact, that He opened the door, doesn’t
mean it’s done; it means now the test is on. Now it’s better
that you didn’t know, if you’re not going to do, because now you’re
going to be held accountable for what you’ve received.
12) ‘And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax
have to hate iniquity. This is what Jesus showed in His test; this
is what He proved—you can read about it in Hebrews. He loved—what
did Jesus love? He loved righteousness. What did He hate? He hated
iniquity and that’s how He succeeded; because He hated iniquity
and loved righteousness, that’s what was proved in the test. He
hated going His own way; He loved going God’s way. How do you know
He hated it? He never did it! You separate yourself from what you
hate; you hold to what you love. Love is a perfect bond. So, what
do you have to learn to hate? Me living my life—
my way! If I live my life, my way, it alienates me from
His life. Your sin and iniquity separates you from Him. So if you’re
going to be joined to Him, you have to be delivered out of what
separates you from Him. And when you’re separated from Him, you’re
not aware of it, because you have to be with Him in the light before
you see your actual condition; otherwise, you’re in deception. Darkness
covers the earth, but gross darkness the people of God—deception.
13) ‘But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.’
weren’t you saved upfront? Yes, you were saved out of sin—upfront.
This has been mentioned already in this convention and this is why
I wanted to underline this, this morning.
comes in how many dimensions? Three. Why three dimensions? Because,
I have to be saved out of sin to begin with. Now that I’m out of
sin, I have to be saved from going back into sin again. So, when
Jesus cried to the Father with strong crying and tears, was He crying
for Him to save Him out of sin? No; He was crying for Him
to save Him from sin because it wasn’t in Him to know the
way to go. He was totally dependent on the Father to be saved from
sin. If He had done anything of Himself, it would have been
sin. All that is not of faith is sin and faith only comes
by hearing, and hearing by the voice of God.
is it possible for any man to save himself from sin? No; you need
a Savior. Well, how can you work out your own salvation? You have
to get together with the One who can save you. You couldn’t get
together with the One who saves you, as long as you were separated
by your sin and iniquity. What had to be done upfront is to forgive
you and cleanse you from all sin and iniquity so you could re-connect
with Him who could save you—with Him who is the Way, the Truth,
and the Life—that’s what salvation consists of.
if you’re actually going to be saved, you have to take His yoke
upon you and learn of Him and no more like sheep go astray. Fortunately,
in the program, if you do go astray, because Jesus has paid
the price, God has got His blood, so that if you do sin, you have
an advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous and if you’re faithful to
confess your sin and forsake it, He’s just to forgive you, the blood
of Jesus will cleanse you, and now you can re-connect with God again.
So Jesus stands as a mediator between God and man to work out your
reconciliation so you can go on to apprehend your salvation. Only
if you endure to the end shall you be saved, receiving the end of
your faith, which is the salvation of your soul.
you say Hallelujah?! Can you say Thank you, Lord?! Now that you
know it, it’s only a question of—do you want it? Now you’re
going to convince God that you want it. What’s going to really impress
God? Well, if you know these things, happy are you if you do
them . So it’s not the hearers of the word that are saved,
it’s the doers! And it comes at the end of the harvest. If you sow
to the flesh, you’re going to reap corruption; but, if you sow to
the Spirit, you’re going to reap life everlasting. Hallelujah!
folks, this is great stuff, isn’t it? Have you ever had such an
opportunity in all your life? There isn’t any; there’s nothing to
compare with it! This is the greatest thing that could ever come
along—that God would give us the opportunity to live with Him, forever,
godly, and be content with godliness.
I’ve tried ungodliness and I’ve tried godliness. While there was
a lot of self-denial in godliness, I’m really much more at peace;
enjoying good health—not bad for a guy that’s 83 years old and He
only promised me 70 years. Hallelujah! I already got a bonus! And,
I know I’m only here by the grace of God. He had so many opportunities
to take me out along this way that I’ve come. I had double pneumonia
when I was two years old; He could have taken me right out. That
was back in 1927; they didn’t have too much in the way of expertise
to get you out of double pneumonia—but I survived!
I went into a war; watching people getting blown up, right along
beside of me flying missions over in Germany….(recording is undecipherable
here) …before they did, they shot at me quite a few times; I came
back with 200 holes in the airplane, but not a scratch on me. One
of my friends, right along side of me—in a moment, he was gone.
Well, Somebody’s got to be looking after you; Somebody’s got to
be watching over you. But, that wasn’t the greatest jeopardy.
I was also living in sin and that’s the most deadly thing
going. I told the people when they were down there on the Caquetá—they
all got scared of the gorilla forces—I said, “Don’t be afraid of
the gorillas, they can only destroy your body.” They were, also,
living in sin. I said, “You’re not afraid of sin—that’s your problem.
The gorillas are only a shadow; the sin is reality.” Though you
walk through the valley of the shadow of death—that’s not
near as serious—God can lead you through the valley of the shadow
of death. What’s serious is the real death—the soul
that sinneth—that’s the real death. Afraid of the gorillas,
but not afraid of sin! Fearing those who can destroy the body only,
but not Him who can destroy both body and soul in hell!
14) ‘And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in
all the world’
this is not the gospel of grace—this is not the gospel of your salvation—this
is the gospel of the Kingdom. Ever since you’ve been saved, you’ve
been saying a prayer and you’ve been praying, “Thy Kingdom come”.
Why do you keep praying that? Because it’s not here, yet. Thy Kingdom
come, where? In us! Isn’t it already there? Yes, but it’s only there,
if today you will hear His voice. So, everyday has to be a fresh
appropriation of “God, Thy Kingdom come ; Thy
will be done .” So that where I’m living
is in the Kingdom.
would you pray for His Kingdom to come, if it’s already here? Well,
because where you’re praying for the Kingdom to come is not in
you. Because the Kingdom of God, if you have the Spirit of
God, is already in you —know ye not that the Spirit
of God is in you? So where are you praying for it to come
now? Well, we’re praying for it to come to the whole earth—the whole
world. And is His Kingdom coming? Is it going to cover the earth
as the waters cover the sea? Yes it is; that’s what we’re praying
why would you pray for that to happen in the whole earth if you
don’t want it to happen in you? So, seek ye first, what?
The Kingdom. Where? In you. The Kingdom of God, where? In you! Because
if it comes in the earth and you’re not in it, you’re in for trouble.
And you’re not going to be in it unless it’s in you .
When He comes, if He finds you, where do you want to be found? In
Him, who is the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, “If I, by the
finger of God, cast out the devil, then the Kingdom of God has come
unto you.” And the Kingdom of God is not in meat and drink—religious
stuff; it’s in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
where does the Kingdom have to come first? What does a Spirit need?
A body. So what do you become? The body of Christ or the temple
where the Kingdom comes in you. Once He has the people in whom He’s
bringing the Kingdom in, He’ll bring the Kingdom into the whole
world by that people. So the whole world is groaning, waiting for
the manifestation of a people that the Kingdom of God is in—the
sons of God. Why? Because when He brings that people forth—when
He’s finished bringing forth that troop that’s going to do the job—now
the whole creation is going to be delivered from the bondage of
corruption and all brought into the Kingdom during the Millennial
reign of Christ. Then every eye is going to see and every hear is
going to hear.
would you like to be a part of the answer to the whole of
the creation? How many of you know that right now the whole world
is lying in wickedness? How many of you understand that? And there’s
a lot of suffering going on as a result of that, isn’t there? Because
when the wicked rule, there’s great oppression over the people,
but good news—the Kingdom is coming! The King is going to return!
This time He’s not returning to be crucified; He’s returning to
He going to be glorified? He couldn’t be glorified in Himself—that
would be seeking His own—so He’s coming to be glorified in YOU so
that you become the expression of His glory in the earth. Every
eye is going to see the glory of God. Every eye is going to see,
every ear is going to hear, and every knee is going to bow and every
tongue is going to confess. Not because you’re all tuned into television
and see it happen; that’s what came out of men, because they didn’t
see how every eye could see unless everybody’s tuned into their
television set at the same time and saw it on TV! No, I’ll tell
you how it’d happen—it could be on TV and you’d still never
see it! What God has to do, is take the covering veil, that’s spread
over all nations, and the veil that’s spread over all people and
say, “These are My people.” And they’re saying, “He is our God!”
And that has to be done in Spirit and in Truth.
and Gentlemen, the decision is in your hand. Seek ye this day—seek
ye this day and every day—the Kingdom of God and His righteousness
and all else will be added. So this gospel of the Kingdom will be
preached as the final gospel to all nations. Then what will happen?
The end will come. The end will come. What’s the end? The manifestation
of the Kingdom; it’s going to be manifested in a people who love
God more than they love themselves. Can you say, “Amen”?
when you come to convention and these are the kind of people who
are gathering—who have this call and this kind of commitment on
their life—would you expect a big crowd? When the Bible says that
the love of many will wax cold—will I find any in the faith?—would
you expect a big crowd? Would you be surprised if anybody showed
up? That’s where I am, folks. I’m so blessed to see you guys are
still around here. Some of you I’ve known for quite a while. We’ve
been walking this way together for quite a while. Some have gone
astray and come back; some have gone astray and never come back.
Because, until it’s over—it’s not over. As long as the door is still
open—as long as the gospel of the Kingdom is still being preached—you
can still seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached unto all nations—to
give everybody a chance to come on in and be a kind of firstfruits
of His creatures and then shall the end come. And everybody will
be cut off where they are and judgment will
hit the earth. It’ll be a great day for those who are ready and
a terrible day for those who are not. I think we’re right in the
throes of it. I think we’re right in the throes of it.
we know what God’s going to be doing in the end time—this is another
very amusing thing to me—all these preachers out there think there’s
going to be a great harvest. There is----by the demons. Because
God is going to release all of the spirits to feed on all
flesh and He said, “You ought to pray that you’d be found worthy
to escape this great tribulation that’s going to come upon the earth
at this end time. It’s called the “great hour of temptation” that’s
going to come upon all the earth to try it. Boy, if that’s not working
now, I don’t know what is. Everything goes, nothing is wrong with
anything. Anything you want to do is right. Every man’s way is right
in his own eyes. No holds barred. You know, just in my lifetime
I have seen a total deterioration of standard as to what’s respected
and what’s now accepted—that before would not have been accepted.
What is that—but the hour of temptation? I’m going to tell you something,
unless you’re under the government of God, you will be under
the government of these spirits.
if you make God your habitation,
will no evil befall you. That’s the only way there is and nobody
can do that for you. Every man must work out his own deal here,
so, seek ye first ---seek ye first -----seek ye first
! –the Kingdom.
gospel of the Kingdom has been preached already to all nations—it
had already happened before the first church age was off the ground—out
of the picture. It says His word had already gone forth to the ends
of the earth. When God speaks, He’s not dependent upon man
to speak it. What man’s job is—is to hear it! When God speaks, He
doesn’t use man to speak it— He speaks! Then the question
is—do you hear it? And if you hear it, blessed are your ears because
they hear. Once you hear, then the next thing is, do you see it?
And if you can see it, blessed are your eyes because they see. Well,
it’s one thing to get the blessing of hearing and seeing, but now
that you know these things—because you hear it and see it, now that
you know it—the real blessing is, blessed are you if you
do it .
don’t let this slip out of our hand, folks. This is a one-time opportunity
in all of eternity to be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures
and to demonstrate to God and everybody else that we love Him more
than we love ourselves. Can you say, Amen? Hallelujah!
do you stand in great security today or do you stand in great jeopardy
today? Well if you have the greatest prize that’s ever been offered
to anybody—to be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures, still before
you—that you have to apprehend what you’ve been apprehended for—when
you got that great opportunity to gain that so great a prize, then
you of all people have got the most to lose, if you don’t do it.
People are not going to be wailing and gnashing their teeth that
didn’t have an opportunity. The ones who are going to be wailing
and gnashing their teeth are those who knew they had the
opportunity and they let it slip out of their hand. They sold their
birthright for a morsel of meat to satisfy their soul.
don’t let it happen to us; because, we have the promise of God—that
you will reap in due season, if you don’t faint or grow weary in
you say, “Amen”? Is that good, folks? Is this good? Hallelujah!