Much of what I am going to say will seem strange, if you've never read, and tried to understand, the meaning of God's Word; especially if you've only attended a formal church, that pays lip service, but teaches traditions which actually deny Bible faith.
We must learn to take God at His Word. And ask Him to show us what it MEANS. Multitudes BELIEVE the Bible but very few understand it. To them, the Bible is like the Italian language or mathematics are to me. I believe Italian, and I believe mathematics but I don't understand either. So no matter how sincerely I believe in Italian or mathematics, and I would die before I could deny either; unless I understand them, I can't apply them in my life, and they're of no effect to me.
Jesus said, "'By your traditions, you make the Word of God of no EFFECT".
And God's Word is of no effect to us, unless we understand it, or have FAITH. No matter how sincerely we believe it, until we have faith or understanding of God's Word, we can't apply its benefits and eternal Life. The Bible is full of precious promises but most people only know of them second-hand, and until they can see those promises in the Word, and apply a clear understanding of that Word to their lives, it's like the elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
But God has made it SO easy. Faith is COMMON. In the Old Testament the blood of the Passover lamb was applied to the doorposts with hyssop. Now hyssop is a COMMON garden weed. And it represents or types FAITH. We are to apply the Word of God by COMMON faith. Take Him at His Word, and apply the PROMISES of His Word by the hyssop of your Faith.
Faith is nothing more than revelation, or a clear understanding of the Word. When we turn on the tap for a glass of water, we turn it on by FAITH. We place the empty glass beneath the tap by FAITH. Because by faith or understanding, we know the water must flow. We catch a train, knowing by FAITH the rails will guide it to its announced destination. By faith we turn the steering wheel to the right when we want the car to turn to the right. All we've done in each of these situations is to obey a principle we understand will deliver a predetermined result. It may be a glass of water, or a train ride. But it could just as easily be healing from cancer, some other need, or the new birth and eternal Life.
Only a tiny group is going to be taken in the days of His Coming. Jesus said, "STRAIT is the gate, and NARROW the Way, and FEW there be that find it".She saw it by FAITH. She ALREADY believed. "I know when Messiah comes, He'll have this Sign." Jesus said, "I am He." Wow! She was redeemed RIGHT there! "My sheep receive My Word." She ran into town and started a revival, "Come see a Man who discerned the thoughts and intents of my heart. Isn't this the very Messiah?"
And the Bible says, "As it was in the days of Noah, wherein EIGHT souls were saved by water, SO shall it be in the Coming". Remember there were only eight souls in the ark. And Noah types the remnant that's carried overnot the translated Bride.
Enoch, ONE man, went in the Rapture BEFORE the flood, showing that the elect Church does not go into the tribulation. Oh, the nominal church may be a great number, but compare eight with one. Enoch was translated, ONE man! The Bride will be eight times less than the church. The Bride is going to be a very small group.
"And if the RIGHTEOUS be scarcely saved, where will the sinner and the ungodly appear?" Those who know better than to do it, yet go ahead and DO it anyhow, who follow denominational rules instead of God's Word, yet take the Name of Christ, and are called Christians. Where will they appear?
Noah was a type of those who go into the TRIBULATION. When Noah came out, Ham was with him. SIN was still in there. Unbelief went right on over through the ark. But Enoch went HIGHER than the ark! He went on into the PRESENCE of God. This PROVES that the millennium is not the end of it. There will still be TIME, after the millennium, judgment and a disposition of sin. The millennium is a space of TIME. The renewed heavens and earth will be ETERNITY.
The redeemed earth goes back to its original Owner again. He takes the earth away from Satan, just like He takes YOU away from Satan; like He took the little woman at the well AWAY from Satan (John 4:1-30).
He ONLY came to redeem that which had fallen. And through the fall this girl became messed up with sin. But she was IN God's thinking BEFORE the foundation of the world, FOREKNOWN as a Believer, and He came to pay HER debt, and cleanse her of her sins.
What did the priest call Him? He had no faith, only intellectual learning. When he saw Jesus discern the thoughts and intents of the heart, he called it "Beelzebub," a devil, because that's what his DENOMINATION called it. That sent him to his destination. He was not foreknown as having faith. Jesus could not redeem him. He was lost.
Listen, if the only thing you have is intellectual learning like that denominational man you'd better get faith. And the only way you'll ever have it, is if you were foreknown IN Christ from the foundation of the world.
From the beginning, God made His Way of salvation plain by His prophets. He's never changed it! He justifies a man, sanctifies him, sends the Holy Fire to burn sin out of him, then comes and dwells IN him Himself.
He uses the same plan of redemption for the earth. It repented and was baptized in water by Noah. Jesus came and sanctified it by dripping His Blood upon it and claiming it. And the renewed earth to come is to have a Holy Fire baptism to clean it of every devil, every germ, and every sickness and make it anew. "I saw a NEW heaven and a NEW earth." You become a NEW person! Amen! Not just the old one patched up by joining church or trying to turn a new page. You are a brand new unit. God takes the old man and burns him completely out with the Holy Ghost and Fire and moves in Himself. "No man can come to Me except My Father has drawn him. And all the Father has given Me WILL come to Me." You see it? The same plan.
Satan will be taken from the earth, just exactly as he was taken from you. Satan can tempt, but cannot deceive a born again Christian. God foresaw him from the foundation of the world, and sent Jesus to redeem him. The Blood speaks for him. How can he sin when he can't even be seen? God just sees your representation, Christ! And He hears your voice. Amen!
The world is an attribute of God's thinking, just as the believer is one of His attributes. From the foundation of the world it was in God's mind to have an earth, to be on a throne, to be King, to be a Redeemer, to be a Healer; that's His attributes just like you are one of His attributes.
We had to be in the mind of God before there was a world. Before there was an atom or molecule, His elect were IN Him as a thought. His thoughts are eternal, they are real. If we're God's children, we were always in the Logos or Word of God, because His Word is His thoughts expressed. That's how Isaiah could say a virgin was going to conceive, that Word of prophecy was God's thoughts expressed in Isaiah's faith.
"Let the mind that was in Christ be in you." Then what you say is not your idea; it's His thought, and you're expressing His Words. His Words can't fail. Isaiah said, "A virgin shall conceive." That settles it: she's going to conceive. What God says, He does.
By His prophets He makes all of His manifestations known, because they're the attributes of His thoughts expressed (Amos 3:6-8). The little woman at the well was one of His attributes.
And there was a priest representing the Light. He'd learned from the Bible that God was God; he'd learned that holiness was right; and he'd learned the Law by intellectual conception. And he was born of the right lineage: he was a Levite, but he only knew it by intellectual conception! And when he met the Light of the hour his denomination knew nothing about it. But here was the Redeemer, on earth, at that time, to redeem His attributes.
She received it. She never questioned it. She said, "I know, when Messiah comes, He'll do this." She saw it done. That settled it, so He said, "I AM the Messiah!" There were no more questions; she went on telling everybody else, "Come, and see who I've found".
These three processes make us cleana temple for His dwelling place: justification, sanctification and baptism of the Holy Ghost with Fire that does the cleansing of this temple.
The frame of the old world was not destroyed by the waters when it was baptized in the days of Noah, only sin and the sinners that were on it. The framework remained. In II Peter 3, the word "world" is the Greek 'Kosmos' which means 'world order': the politics, sinners, systems, sin, disease, germs, and everything that's wrong. So justification, (as you Baptists and Methodists like to think of it), believing and being baptized, is not enough! You'll wander right back into the things of the world; cut your hair, wear shorts, and everything else. Nothing has happened yet. You just looked back and saw you'd done wrong.
What did justification do to the world? Never did a thing except wash away past sin. After the Flood it started off again, with as much sin as ever there was. That's the way of a man who only goes as far as justification. Billy Graham ought to see that. He said, "I make thirty thousand converts, and one year later, I can't find thirty." That's because he only took them as far as justification. See? They surely repent, some of them at least. But that's not what it takes. We proved it here in the type.
So the old framework was not destroyed by the water. The world was only washed. It was baptized. And the framework will remain though it is burnt with fire. The baptism doesn't destroy the earth; it just destroys the SIN that's on it.
God once shook the earth, but this time He'll shake the heavens also. For we receive a kingdom that cannot be moved, the eternal Kingdom (Hebrews 12:25-29). Peter said, "The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." Not the planet, the WORKS therein: the works of man.
"The heavens shall pass away with a great noise." The whole earth will be on fire. Such an explosion has got to kill every disease, every thistle, every thorn; everything there is will be burnt up! And it's not altogether a LITERAL fire; it's also a Holy Fire that will take away Satan and all of his demons. Both heaven and earth will pass away, killing ALL germs, ALL natural life, on and around it, even the H2O, the water, will explode. Talk about a noise!
You know, when a man receives the baptism of Fire there's a lot of noise around. They think it's a shame when people scream and shout like that. Just wait till this EARTH gets her baptism. The Bible said here in Revelation 21, "and there was NO more sea." The water which is made of two gasses will explode.
This will change the surface of the entire earth! She'll burst and blow to pieces. The crust and hundreds of feet below it will be demolished. Earth's ATMOSPHERE will ignite, and great flames will shoot lava thousands of miles into space, when it has its baptism of Fire.
"How's this world going to pass away, if we're to live on it?" The Greek word, 'pass away' does not mean, annihilation. It means to change from one condition to another. When a man's regenerated, he's been changed from a sinner to a saint, not completely annihilated. He's been changed from what he WAS to what he IS.
We read in Revelation 6:14 "the heaven departed as a scroll." Jesus said, "Heavens and earth shall pass away," or be CHANGED. They were not annihilated, for later in Revelation 21:2-24 John saw the New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven and sit upon this earth. And "the kings of the EARTH will bring their glory and honor into it." The New Jerusalem sits upon this earth, which Jesus said, "the meek shall inherit." It's just CHANGED.
Daniel saw the same thing. When the Rock hewn without hands struck the world, the IMAGE of its SYSTEMS, the ten confederated states ruling the NWO, was broken, and became like chaff on the summer threshing floor, and the wind blew it away. Then the rock grew into a great mountain that covered the earth.
You're the same person in STATURE that you were when God called you, it was a regeneration: the old life, and old DESIRES, passed away. You used to like to smoke, and drink, and curse, run around, and be immoral. That thing just died. You were Satan's instrument, now you're redeemed. And the world will be redeemed the same way. A NEW Heavens and NEW Earth just like you're a NEW creature. A NEW creation in the SAME old temple!
It isn't going to be ANOTHER earth; it will be the SAME earth. He gave US the baptism of Fire before He could come and live in US. And the baptism of Fire is only to CLEANSE the earth and make it a fit place for His meek to live in. that baptism of Fire burns out everything CONTRARY to the Word.
That's what we were discussing last week, the evidence of the Holy Ghost. The EVIDENCE of the Holy Ghost is when YOU can receive the Word, not some system, but a clear understanding. How do you know your understanding is correct? The Word will vindicate itself from Genesis to Revelation. It's got to match the ENTIRE Word! To be the Bride, you have to be PART of Him. See? He IS the Word. And what part of Him must YOU be? The Word that's promised for this day, when He's calling His Bride, you're that Part. Do you get it?
He makes this earth a fit place to live through Eternity. Notice, the millennium reign, these thousand years; that is NOT the New Earth. The millennium is a DIFFERENT reign. It's just a REST period. For in the millennium, we have things that can't go into eternity. It's a TYPE of the old seventh day in Eden, AFTER He made the world, He RESTED.
Man has been on earth for almost SIX thousand years, and every TWO thousand years it's had a destruction. The FIRST two thousand: the flood came, and He baptized it with water. The NEXT two thousand: Jesus came to sanctify and claim it, drip His Blood upon it, and call it His.
Jesus said, "I go away to prepare a place for you, and I will come again" as King WITH My Queen. After the THIRD two thousand years, we'll step out on the ashes of the wicked for the millennium. The Royal Honeymoon; then comes the White Throne judgment. We're still in TIME in the millennium. One day of a thousand years, a TIME element. Don't confuse this with the new earth. Then He burns it off and regenerates it for His Own perfect world, and puts His Own back upon it.
Two, plus two, plus two equals SIX days, six thousand years; we're right at the millennium now, the SEVENTH day. We are only waiting for the earthquake marking the END of the Gentile dispensation, calling a RESURRECTION and the MANIFESTATION of the Sons of God.
I trust the Lord has answered some of your questions. He's the Dissolver of all doubt. Faith is a clear understanding of the Word of God.
Although we are children of the day, it's night-time in the world. Isaiah spoke of our day saying, "darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon you" (Isaiah 60:2).Well this sounds mighty sweet, but it's not Scriptural. You're trying to make Christ the object of your love. We have to receive His Love. If He's speaking to us, He'll CONFIRM His Voice, from cover to cover. Remember, he won't add one Word or take one Word from what's ALREADY been said. God's Voice is CONTINUING faith or understanding in His Word. If there's no communication, there's no RELATIONSHIP.
Isaiah was speaking of the Light of REVELATION to come upon the 144,000 elect Israelites, after the Gentile Dispensation. But it's the same Light God's been shining upon His Bride these past fifty years, calling Her out from denominationalism. We live in a time of TRANSITION wherein the Gentile churches are apostate the Light is about to return to Israel through Gentile apostasy, just as it came to us when their denominations became apostate.
Listen to what Zechariah prophesied concerning us today, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Light shall be neither clear, nor dark; [that's this hypocritical day in which we live], But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass that in the evening time it shall be Light" (Zechariah 14:6-7).
Oh Glory! That's this day of the restoration of the Word spoken by all of God's holy prophets since the world began. Peter spoke of it (Acts 3:21-23). So did our Lord Jesus. He said, "As Lightning, cometh out of the EAST, and shines even unto the WEST; so shall also the Coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:27).
And so it is. The SAME Light of the Word that shone in Jerusalem in the East HAS been RESTORED in the West!
Oh, it shall be Light in the evening time, the path to glory you will surely find; in the water way is the Light today buried in the precious Name of Jesus! (NOT Father, Son and Holy Ghostthey're three Titles PERTAINING to a Name. that Name, IS Lord Jesus Christ)!
Young and old, repent of all your sins The Holy Ghost will surely enter in. The evening Light has come. It is a fact, that God and Christ are one. (NOT three, they're ONE)!
And the people are BLIND! They're looking for a MAN to step out of the clouds of heaven. Jesus said DON'T look for a man. "If they say, Behold, He's in the desert. Or see, He's in the secret place. BELIEVE IT NOT!" We're NOT to look for a MAN. His precious feet won't touch this earth until ALL life is DESTROYED by the atomic warfare of Armageddon, leaving NEITHER root NOR branch (Malachi 4:1-3). When Jesus returns, the saints of ALL ages will be WITH Him to step out on the atomic ASHES of the wicked.
Oh, receive the Word with all readiness of mind, then search the Scriptures and take what God's Word says. Your faith must rest in God the Word, not me, or your kind old priest!
Here's a sample of some recent computer dialogue on Bible Believers:
One user asked, "Do you mean to say that you have never heard the voice of the Lord?"
God's 'Voice', my Brother, is His Word. His mouthpiece is His prophets. The Word comes ONLY to His servants the prophets. This is the Voice of God that most people REJECT, because His thoughts are not their thoughts. God's Voice exposes their sins.
Brother Anthony, I gave my life to the Lord and asked Him to come into my life. That's how I became a Christian. The moment that I did that, the Lord started to speak to me and instruct me.
Like any man, Christ is calling His Bride. She is NOT calling Him (John 15:16). You're trying to be a Christian YOUR way. You'll have to DIE to self and come GOD'S way or you'll NOT come at all. God's ONLY way from the Garden of Eden is MANIFESTED faith in the PRESENT Truth. radio005.html