--A prophetic vision given over 45 years ago of things soon to come!
--Are you ready?
THANK GOD FOR THIS GREAT TRIBULATION which is come upon us that has drawn us closer to Him. As David said, "In my affliction I cried unto Him, for in my prosperity I had departed from Him." Truly, "many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivereth." So here we are, the few of us that remain, thank God! He always has a witness and a testimony, even at such an hour as this!
MANY WERE KILLED IN THAT FIRST AWFUL HOLOCAUST of the atomic attack and revolution and the slaughter which followed. Many more have given their lives as martyrs since that time under the horrible persecution, and so many, many sickened and died from the terrible fallout which inevitably resulted from the terrible atomic explosions.
BUT THERE ARE CERTAINLY GREAT AND MIGHTY MIRACLES of amazing strength that God has given His faithful ones and His true Children, those who've had the faith to survive and to defy the very elements, defy the fallout and the poisonous radioactivity and everything about us! For hasn't He promised that the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits in order that they might understand and instruct the people, even though many of them would fall? Truly those who have the faith and the healing and the miracle power of God are the only ones who have been able to survive!
NOW WE KNOW THAT WE WERE NOT TO ESCAPE, NOT TO BE SAVED OUT OF IT BUT TO BE SAVED IN IT. As Jesus said, not that we should be taken out of this world, but that we should be kept from the world. Ah, how they mistakenly misinterpreted some of those Scriptures, thinking that they were going to be spared out of all of this.
GOD MEANT IT WOULD BE TO HIS GREATER GLORY THAT THEY SHOULD BE SUSTAINED, strengthen and given miraculous power to do many mighty works and to hold forth a great witness in the midst of all of this horrible desolation and tribulation. How much greater for His glory than to make a sneaky back-door secret exit, cowardly from before the face of all this.
HOW MUCH GREATER VICTORY, THAT IN THE FACE OF ALL THIS WE SHOULD STAND FORTH AND DIE FOR OUR FAITH. Be it even as the writer said, we have become "more than conquerors!"--We seem to be the losers, we seem to be vanquished and prevailed against, the overcome, but in all of this we are actually more than conquerors!
EVEN AS HE SPOKE OF THOSE GREAT HEROES in that eleventh chapter of Hebrews which I remember so well, and that my little daughter memorised word for word, I remember this part especially because it was so impressed upon my heart so many times before. Why, I did not understand, but now I know. What more can I say, speaking of all these various ones, "of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
"WHO THROUGH FAITH SUBDUED KINGDOMS, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again, and others..."--What a change and how different from the popular message which was being preached before all of this took place!
THEIR GREAT "DELIVERANCE MESSAGE," was that God would deliver all of His children and that no one had to be sick, no one had to suffer, no one had to endure poverty, no one had to endure lack of popularity.--And, His Children should be should be the greatest and the mightiest and the richest , the strongest and the most powerful and most respected and the most marvellous, all the lie of the Devil! Certainly they are these things in the sight of God, but not in the sight of man. How foolish and how deceived were those false prophets who preached such messages as that that His Children would never suffer!
WHAT DID THEY DO WITH THE REST OF THE SCRIPTURES? He also said, "And whom I love I chasten and I rebuke," and "many are the afflictions of the righteous." What did they do with them? One of their false prophets even said that no Christian should ever have any poverty because poverty was of the Devil, and that it was a "poverty demon" that they had! What foolishness, and how laughable!
NOW ALL THE SCRIPTURE THAT WE HAVE BURNED INTO OUR HEARTS IS OUR ONLY ANSWER, our only protection. It was then too, but they did not know it. Why, it is said of Jesus Himself, that "though He were rich, yet He became poor that we through His poverty--His poverty--might become rich!"
OH WHAT FOOLISHNESS IT WAS FOR US TO BELIEVE THE FALSE PROPHETS that predicted that we would not have to suffer! They said that we would not have to undergo any tribulation, but that we would be lifted up in flowery beds of ease in our prosperity to be with the Lord. My God! May God forgive them, and may God not hold it to their charge if it be possible!
HOW MANY THEY DECEIVED AND HOW MANY WERE LEFT UNPREPARED for what happened! So many suddenly had their faith shaken when this happened. They were not prepared for it and they did not understand it. They thought their faith was wrong. Their faith was shaken in their ministers, their false prophets, their teachers, their churches, their denominations and their abominations. Their faith was shaken in all of this; their new moons, their formalism, their ceremonialism, their church worship, their building worship, their temple worship and all this sort of thing.
THEIR FAITH IN THESE THINGS WAS SHAKEN and this was the only faith they had. They had nothing left, they had no living faith. They had no faith in the Truth, Jesus Christ, or God the living God.
THEY WERE NOT TRUE LIVING STONES of the genuine True Building, that real, one and only Temple of God, His People!--Not those horrible buildings, the curse of His Church, which have surely damned the souls of millions of heathen because they have denied them the gospel through the misuse of funds for mere buildings of brick, mortar and stone instead of the pitiful poor living stones that should have been built out of the heathen!
WE ARE SUFFERING NOW FOR WHAT WE LACKED AND WHAT WE FAILED TO DO!--We failed to evangelise them as we should have, and now they have come upon us as hordes to destroy us and to cause us to suffer! We are suffering and reaping what we sowed because of our failure to recognise the truth of what the true Church was.--Not buildings, not mortar, not ceremonialism, not formalism, not denominationalism, but true and living faith in the Living God by the individual, without anyone for a mediator except Jesus Christ, the Saviour of God.
HOW PITIFUL THAT WE WERE DECEIVED BY THESE FALSE PROPHETS OF PEACE and plenty and deliverance, when right here in Hebrews 11 He's said so plainly, "and others"! What about these others? Were they great victors! Did they quench the violence of fire? Did they stop the mouths of lions? Did they turn back the armies of aliens? No! "Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance"--"not accepting deliverance"--get that!
BELOVED, REMEMBER: YOURS IS A GREATER VICTORY than those even who got the victory which was obvious, victory which was evident, victory over the trial, experiencing the tribulation and affliction and got the victory.
BUT THERE WERE THOSE OF US WHO WOULD NOT ACCEPT DELIVERANCE, who have been tortured that we "might obtain a better resurrection"--better than what?--Better than our dear beloved brethren who had such great conquests and victories and did so many mighty works and miracles!
THEY "QUENCHED THE VIOLENCE OF FIRE, ESCAPED THE EDGE OF THE SWORD, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens," and "received their dead even raised to life again."--Oh how they preached that the greatest thing would be to raise the dead, the greatest thing would be to perform many mighty signs and wonders and miracles!
THEY DID NOT REALISE WHAT A THRILL AND JOY IT WOULD BE TO DIE AS WITNESSES FOR HIM. They forgot the meaning of that Greek word "martyr" meaning witness, and that is why those who died in those early days of the church were called "martyrs."
THEY HAD NOT REALISED THAT GOD SOMETIMES GETS HIS GREATEST VICTORIES OUT OF SEEMING DEFEAT. He does His greatest miracles out of the most impossible situations, and He gets His greatest glory from seeming, utter, absolute failure.
SO WE WERE PREVAILED AGAINST, and we are being prevailed against and yet not accepting deliverance. We are dying for our faith, we are being tortured for our faith that we might obtain a better resurrection! Praise His precious Name forever! Glory to God! Hallelujah! (Tongues and weeping) Praise God! Thank You Jesus! Praise the Lord!
"AND OTHERS HAD TRIALS OF CRUEL MOCKINGS AND SCOURGINGS, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn assunder, they were tempted, they were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins being destitute, afflicted, tormented; of whom the world was not worthy: they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the Earth." O God, why didn't we see it then?
WHY DIDN'T WE REALISE THAT THIS WAS GOD'S WAY OF MAKING US EVEN MORE THAN CONQUERORS? Oh, we thought it was so great to be a conqueror, we thought it would be so wonderful to be a victor! We thought it was so wonderful to be delivered, to have this great deliverance. The message that was being preached was that every Christian should be prosperous and rich, in perfect health and perfect wealth and never suffer, never have persecution, never suffer reproach.
OH HOW THEY IGNORED THE EXAMPLE OF THE SCRIPTURE AND OF HIS PROPHETS that had gone before, how they suffered poverty, affliction, persecution, tribulation, martyrdom and death!--Oh my God, how they suffered!
MAY GOD FORGIVE US FOR OUR IGNORANCE AND OUR BLINDNESS, our deafness to His Word. If we had only read His Word more and seen the truth in His Word, how much more we would recognise how true, how true, how true, how true!--May God forgive us! Praise His precious Name forever!
BUT NOW WE KNOW AND NOW WE SEE and we're enjoying that glorious defeat, seeming defeat, but how much greater victory we have gained! We thought it was wonderful to be a winner.--What could be greater than being a winner and conquerors?--Nothing's greater than that!--Oh yes!
NOW WE KNOW WHAT IT IS TO HAVE THE VICTORY IN SPITE OF LOSS, in spite of seeming defeat, in spite of being prevailed against and worn out and overcome. Oh my, why didn't we see those Scriptures, that one in Revelation, too! Oh that I had memorised more carefully all of these passages and especially where they were found, but I remember it was in Revelation.
IT SAID THAT THIS HORRIBLE ANTICHRIST BEAST WOULD RISE UP OUT OF THE SEA and that this dragon gave him his power and seat of great authority, and I saw that one of his heads was as it were wounded unto death, his deadly wound was healed.
LIKE OUR OWN CHRIST, THIS ANTICHRIST SEEMED TO EVEN LITERALLY BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD, "and all the world wondered after this beast. And they worshipped this dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" And "There was given unto him a mount speaking great things and blasphemies"--and, Oh, how he's doing it this day!
"AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS." Thank God it will be only three and a half years, and thank God He told us how long so we would not be unendurably afflicted and we would have hope that the end is soon to come! "He opened his mouth in blasphemy against God," and how he blasphemes! Oh, its horrible!
HE SETS HIMSELF UP AS GOD, as the only God. What a trinity, he's so anti-Christ!--How different from our own Trinity, from our own God the Father and the Son and His Holy Spirit. And now we have the Devil's own trinity.--They have the Devil instead of God. They have rejected the Prince of Peace so they have no peace.
THE WORLD NOW HAS THE SON OF THE DEVIL, HIS ANTICHRIST in the flesh. Even as Jesus was the son of God in the flesh, now, the God of this world, the Devil, has his son in the flesh, this Antichrist! Also his false prophet, the anti-type of the Holy Spirit is going through the world today persuading the people to worship the beast and his image and his Antichrist.
THEY'RE PROMISING A GREAT UTOPIA, a great millennium, a marvellous time when all will be peace and plenty for everyone, without God. Oh what liars, what fools! But so may have been deceived and they have done their dirty, dastardly, devilish, fiendish work!
BUT IT'S EVEN AS GOD PROMISED, it's even as He prophesied: "He opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His Name, and His Tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints," and how he has made war with us, how we have suffered, "and to overcome them," and how we have been overcome!
HE SAID THAT WE SHOULD BE OVERCOMERS, but not in the way we thought.--Not meaning in peace and in plenty, in prosperity and in superb super-health, but that we should be overcomers even in the midst of seeming defeat: Overcomers more than conquerors, even though seeming losers. He said that though we would be prevailed against, overcome and made war with, that we should not fail. We should keep the faith, stand true and die as witnesses and martyrs for Him. How true!
"AND POWER WAS GIVEN HIM OVER ALL KINDREDS AND TONGUES AND NATIONS."--It has been said and surely it has been! All that dwell upon the earth now worship him, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb, our Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.
IF ONLY WE HAD HEEDED THE WARNING, "If any man have an ear, let him hear!"--what the Spirit said to the churches. But "he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword," herein is "the patience and the faith" of ye saints who remain. Praise God!
HE'S INDEED SENDING FORTH HIS FALSE PROPHET to get the people to worship him. Many of the former so-called Christians are falling prey to it and receiving his mark in their foreheads and hands rather than starving for their faith, unable to buy or sell as we are now.
OUR FOOD IS ALMOST GONE. The little case that we had stored away here in this cellar is almost gone. We are rationing it out to our little ones, little by little that we might continue as long as possible.
WE CAN NO LONGER BUY NOR SELL. We can no longer trade, we can no longer receive food. We have no commission, we are slowly starving to death.
WE WHO ONCE REFUSED TO FAST, we who once refused to deny ourselves, we who once refused to pray, oh how we fast and pray now! Hallelujah! Oh how glorious it is now, how wonderful it is to be even more than a conqueror in the midst of all this seeming defeat and horrible holocaust that has come upon us, this horrible persecution, affliction and tribulation.
WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH OUR WITNESS, and through our death and our martyrdom for Him. We stand out against them in spite of all they can do, in spite of all that they try to do. Oh, why didn't we see it then when it was so plain in His Word?
"WHEN THEY CRY PEACE AND SAFETY, THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH upon them as travail upon a woman with child!" Why didn't we understand that this false preaching of peace throughout the world, this seeking for peace, this talking of peace, was the immediate prelude of the most horrible war and destruction that the world has ever known!
"BUT YE BRETHREN ARE NOT IN DARKNESS that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light and the children of the day." Oh, but how darkened we were in understanding! How it did overtake so many of us as a thief and we did not understand. We were not prepared, we were not ready, and we slept! Oh, if only we had heeded the warning, "Therefore let us not sleep as do others; but let us watch and be sober," pray and be ready.
WHY DID WE NOT SEE THAT IT WAS GOING TO COME UPON US, IT WAS SO PLAIN IN HIS WORD? When the great Apostle Paul had written to the Thessalonians, he'd said, Now we beseech you brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus."--What coming?--His coming! The coming--the only coming! And to make it even more plain and specific, "And by our gathering together unto Him." What coming? The coming in which He gathered us together unto Him. The coming in which He would gather us all and rapture us together unto Him. That's the coming--the rapture, that he was speaking of!
"WE BESEECH YOU BRETHREN BY THE COMING OF OUR LORD Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the Day of Christ,"--that day, "the day of Christ," the only day, no other day, not two days, not a secret rapture and then a revelation afterward.
ONE GREAT, MIGHTY, MARVELLOUS, GLORIOUS COMING OF JESUS CHRIST in which there will be the marvellous gathering together of all His saints, that rapture, and His following descent and great triumph with us to conquer the world from the anti-God, anti-Christ forces. By this coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, by our gathering together unto Him, "Be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the Day of Christ is as hand."
WARN THEM THEN, "LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU by any means"! Oh how they were being deceived by their false prophets!--Good men misled by their own teachers, their denominations, their doctrines and their shibboleths, deceiving them that that day should come before there would come this horrible tribulation and persecution!--When it said plainly, "Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first." What day is the day he was speaking of?--The one of the coming of our Christ and our gathering together unto Him!
"THAT DAY (OF CHRIST) SHALL NOT COME, EXCEPT THERE COME A FALLING AWAY FIRST AND THAT MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, the son of perdition, who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." Oh my, how could we have been so dumb, so blind, so deaf, so weak, not to see the plain truth of God's Word? His coming would not come until this day came first, that we would see that man of sin. Who else could that be but the Antichrist, the "man of sin" revealed, the "son of perdition," who is now with us indeed and trying to rule and reign over us!
BUT WE ARE NOT HIS SUBJECTS!--Thank God, we are not his children, as are the children of this world. We have defied him secretly for some time, and now some openly, dying as martyrs! We believe it will not be long for the rest of us. Oh, how He went on to warn us, "Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you I told you these things? Now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time."
"FOR THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY DOTH ALREADY WORK: only He who now letteth will let, (God's Spirit) until he be taken out of the way."--Not removed completely, no, but removed from hindering that Antichrist from appearing. "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming." Hallelujah! That's what we're waiting for!
"THAT WICKED SHALL BE REVEALED, WHOM THE LORD SHALL CONSUME with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming."--The one and only coming of Jesus Christ! The one coming spoken of by the prophets down through the ages! That marvellous coming when He then rescues His children out of this great tribulation! Oh praise God, Hallelujah!
HE WARNS US OF THE ANTICHRIST, "WHOSE COMING IS AFTER THE WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved." And for this cause God indeed has sent them "strong delusion," that they might "believe a lie," and are being damned right and left "who believed not the Truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
"BUT WE ARE BOUND TO GIVE THANKS ALWAY TO GOD FOR YOU, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto He called you by our gospel to the obtaining of the glory of Lord Jesus Christ!"
"THEREFORE, BRETHREN, STAND FAST, AND HOLD THE TRADITIONS BY WHICH YE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work."
YOU INDEED MIGHT BE ONE OF THAT "GREAT MULTITUDE, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues," who "stood before the throne" in that great vision of John's. "A great multitude, which no man could number, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, cried with a loud voice saying, `Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb!'"--Oh my, what a wonderful prediction that God gave to John!
"AND ALL THE ANGELS STOOD ROUND ABOUT THE THRONE, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be unto our God for ever and ever! Amen." And yet another one asked, "What are these which are arrayed in white robes, and whence came they?"
"THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION!" The original of that in the Greek means, "The Great Tribulation." "Out of great tribulation," it says, "The Great One," to make sure that we understand clearly and carefully that it was this final great and terrible tribulation! These saints that "have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them."
"THEY SHALL HUNGER NO MORE," as we are hungry here in this cellar this night, "neither thirst any more," as we are thirsty, having drunk the very draining of the streets which drip into our cellar! "Neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."
(HOW I WISH YOU COULD SEE THIS WHICH I HAVE SEEN in vision! How I wish you could understand. How I wish you could acknowledge and realise the True Word of God, that He has told us all of these things and He has given us His Truth in these things!
WHY DON'T WE ACCEPT WHAT GOD'S WORD HAS TO SAY? Why don't we believe His Word? Why do we listen to false prophets and false teachers? Even good men of God have been led astray by these false doctrines and false teachings, that the church is going to escape everything and will not have to suffer affliction and tribulation.
MAY GOD HELP US THAT WE BE NOT CAUGHT UNAWARES! For He said, "When ye should see these things come to pass," these very things come to pass, then we should look up, for then our redemption would draw nigh, not before that but then, at that time! The Tribulation is going to make us appreciate the great and mighty, marvellous, majestic, glorious victory of the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ even more!)
HOW MUCH MORE SHALL WE HAVE GREAT VICTORY OVER THIS TERRIBLE ANTICHRIST, the anti-God kingdom which exists here now upon earth at this present horrible tribulation time which we see now, and which then we saw in vision!
O BELOVED BRETHREN, LOOK UP FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH. Look up!--There is no way out except up! There is no way around, no way through, no way back--only up to be with Jesus! Praise His precious Name!
THANK GOD FOR HIS TEACHING US TO WITNESS!--But we refused to do it voluntarily. We refused to do it willingly as we should have. Now we are almost compelled to do it to retain our faith. Now we must be living and dying witnesses, we must be true martyrs for our Saviour Jesus Christ!
TRULY THE LEADERS OF THIS WORLD ARE NOW HOLDING SWAY WITH THE BEAST for one hour. But when they "make war with the Lamb, the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen and faithful." Ah, how they have turned upon that great Whore, the false System, turned upon her and hated her and made her desolate and naked and eaten her flesh and burned her with fire!
NOW THE GREAT FALSE SYSTEM HAS REAPED HER JUST REWARD! God hath put in the kings' hearts to fulfill His will, to agree and give their kingdom unto the beast until the words of God shall be fulfilled. So it is of God, how can we deny it? God has allowed the Antichrist to arise, God has allowed us to suffer this great tribulation, that He might work out His will.
HOW LITTLE THEN DID WE APPRECIATE OUR PEACE, FREEDOM AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY! How little we took advantage of the opportunity to obey His commandment, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Instead, we built our buildings and wasted our money upon brick and stone and organisation and foolish preaching and frivolous services and fancy sermons! We were content and complacent and asleep and lackadaisical and Laodicean in our contentment and in our sense of false security!
HOW LITTLE WE APPRECIATED EVEN THE WORDS OF THE BOOK OF THE ACTS in which He said that we would be witnesses with the Holy Spirit power of God. We didn't seem to appreciate that it was only for one purpose, that we might glorify God and be His witnesses. He said, "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto Me."
THE PURPOSE OF THE POWER IS FOR WITNESSING. The reason for the power was to witness and the greatest thing happened on the day of Pentecost was not that they merely had miraculous manifestations, but that those things resulted in the salvation of 3,000 souls. That was the great harvest, the "Feast of the Ingathering"! The day of Pentecost was truly fulfilled literally in that day!
BUT INSTEAD WE BUILT OUR CHURCHES, and had our pretty little services. We enjoyed our pretty little music and songs. We sat down at ease and contentment, and said, "Ahh, I shall see no evil, I shall see no bad! I shall be delivered!"
HOW WE WERE DECEIVED BY THE CHURCHES AND THEIR LEADERS!
(Beloved, the preceding was a true prophetic vision which God gave us in the Spirit this day! May we be admonished by its warnings and awakened by its witness and reminded that these things are soon to come upon us, and we "must work the works of Him that sent us while it is yet day, ere the night cometh when no man can work!")
The following are the references to the Scriptures quoted in this text:Rev.3:14-22
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