The Patmos Vision
This Message by Brother William Marrion Branham
called The Patmos Vision
was delivered on Sunday evening, 4th December 1960 at the Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.A.
1 As Brother Neville was making those announcements, that... Brother Moore was saying the other day, talking of the Spirit of the Lord, came--coming into the building. He said, "It got so great in there till I thought the rapture had come." And said, "I looked around and I seen others setting here," said, "No, it hasn't come yet, 'cause if--if they're still here then I--I know I'm still here." So sometimes the Spirit of the Lord gets that good to us.
2 We're so glad to have many friends that we see in the building: too many to try to mention. I just happen to notice, come in the door, Brother Carpenter, the man that married wife and I together. Brother Carpenter has been a great blessing to us here at the church, and has been a blessing to us in the way of the ministry, and preaches any--most anywhere. And we're glad to have him in with, oh, so many others. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
3 Now, there's another question here that was given me last evening:
6 And we use the word sometime as predestination, but it's a sure hanger in this church age that we live in. It was certainly a great thing used in the days of the martyrs, 'cause they certainly believed it. But it's got away from it now to the legalist ideas, the legalist teaching in the church which come... Which was a good thing, because all of it had gone Calvinistic in England till they didn't even have revivals anymore, and John Wesley come along preaching the Arminian doctrine which balanced it up. God will always balance it up.
8 Now, remember, I've said, the first word when you hear the tapes, "These things is just according to the way I believe them to be right." See? Now, if they are wrong, I don't--I don't know they are. I... And I can only say what I believe. And I don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings. We must just lay them aside when we come in, and then take the thing that's been said, and search it, and see if it's really the Scriptures or not. That's the best way to do it then, because in a day like we're living in now, in a nation where it's been gleaned over and over and over and over by all kinds of everything, well, it's hard to get people to really just grasp It. Like it is in a virgin territory, you tell them; they believe it; that's the way it goes on.
9 But now, one will come along with this idea, and one will come along with this idea, and we got about nine hundred and something different denominational churches, and each one contrary (his teaching) to the other; and there's got to be somebody wrong and somebody right. So now, the only proof of it is, is bring it back to the Bible (See?), let the Bible... Now, many times, people put their own interpretation. But we try the very best that we can, not to put any human interpretation on It: just read It like It is, and say, "That's the way It is."
11 And if we just let the Holy Spirit... Who wrote the Bible? The Holy Spirit moved on men and wrote the Bible. Then without the Holy Spirit, no matter how well you're educated, you'll never understand It. Because even Jesus thanked God that He'd hid It from the eyes of the wise and prudent, and would reveal It to babes such as would learn. And every one of the disciples were more or less illiterate and unlearned people, but one, and that was Paul. And Paul said he had to forget all he ever knowed in order to find Christ. So he told the Corinthian church, that he didn't come with the wisdom of men and great speech, because then their--their faith would be in the wisdom of men, but he came to them in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit, that their faith would rest upon the works of the Holy Spirit according to the Word of God. And there's where we're trying to hang so close to right now, because before the week's over, or time the week's over, you'll see it; that's exactly what's been that little thread coming down through the age all along.
12 Thank you for putting the board up a little higher. That looks better.
15 Now, back to this remnant, before we leave the question. I hope I get it clear, this... I truly believe that the remnant is chosen by God. I--I believe it, that God chose the remnant before the foundation of the world, and has by His foreknowledge... Not the word... Now, watch the predestinate (See?), 'cause it's a stingy little word amongst the people. See? But God, before the foundation of the world, in His great infinite mind, chose the church, chose Jesus, chose the church, and could predict at the beginning what it would be at the end. He...
16 So if you notice, the Bible said that in the last days that the antichrist that would come upon the earth...
19 Just think, the very... The earth that we're setting on tonight is the Word of God made manifest. The world was framed together by things which does not even appear. He just said, "Let there be," and it was. How easy it is for that God to heal a sick body then, if He can build a creation by just speaking it. See, His Word, if we could only get faith to see what His Word is. We are so earthbound and so conglomerated in our minds that we... Oh, I don't know. We've had so many indocumations, a shot from this one, a shot from that one, and--and it's just got us to a place he all twisted up. But if you could ever shake the whole thing loose, come back to know that He is God, and His Words can no more fail than He can fail... And if that Word fails, then God fails; and if God fails, or... He isn't God. See? So... And remember, He can't say one thing here and something else over here; He's got to stay with His first decision in order to be God. So we just...
20 And He's only asked us one thing: to believe that what He said is the Truth, and He'll bring it to pass. Oh, how beautiful. You expected a spontaneous thing to happen; sometimes it just takes a little bit of faith. It won't make a miracle, but if you'll hold on to it, it'll bring you out; just stay right with it. Like He said, "The seed of a mustard, the smallest among all seeds..." But did you ever notice, mustard won't mix with nothing. You can't cross mustard up with anything; it won't cross. And if you got faith, just a little bit of faith that won't cross up with any unbelief or any churchanity or dogmas, just stay right with God, just stay right with it, it'll bring you right on through the fog, take you right out. Yeah. Just stay with that faith.
21 Now, the beginning, when God... The Bible said in Revelations that the antichrist, in the last days... Now, look at these churches all getting together. The antichrist in the last days would deceive all that was on the earth who's names were not written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world. When was your name put on the Book of Life? The... Before we ever had a world you were chosen to receive the Holy Ghost in this age.
23 There's nothing can separate us. God cannot--don't go back on His Word. And if He's infinite, and gives you the Holy Spirit here, knowing that He's going to lose you down here, what kind of a business does He run? If you're not deceived in your experience, if you got the Holy Spirit... But watch what the Bible said, Ephesians 4:30, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed until..." The next revival? Does that sound right? "You're sealed until the day of your redemption." How long? Until your redemption.
25 Great theologian came to me the other day, or not the other day, it's been three or four years ago, and he said, "I want to ask you something." Said, "Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteousness."
33 Now, if He's never sealed you with the Holy Ghost yet, He's never received your faith in Him yet; you got some loose places. See? You might believe, yeah, but there's a lot of loose places. But when you get all the loose places packed right, then He seals you with the Holy Ghost until the day of your redemption. That's God's confirmation that He has received the faith that you professed in Him.
36 This here boxcar, if it's loose... After it's all packed up together and they close that door and put a seal on it, and it's--it's sealed till its destination. The railroad company would penitentiary you for lifetime if you'd break that seal. They cannot be broke. It's sealed to its destination, not for everybody along track to pull it open, and look in it, and examine it, and look it over, and throw a few things out, and put some more things in. No, no.
38 Now, these virgins that did not get the Holy Spirit, you remember, the only thing they lacked was oil in their lamps. Is that right? The Bible said the oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit; that's the reason we anoint the sick with oil and so forth, because it's a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Now, and then if--if the Holy Spirit did not come upon them, they did not have It... And when He come, they said... Now, to the virgins that did have the oil, said...
40 Now, notice that this virgin though, she went into where there was weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.
44 Now, then when it come to Pentecost for Judas to receive the Holy Ghost and so forth, he showed his colors. He--he denied Jesus and become a traitor to Him. And that's just exactly where that spirit come: right up through Luther, Wesley, brought that church up to sanctification with the virgin life (pure, clean, holy, nice, finest people you ever met), but when it comes to, when they go to speaking in tongues and receiving the Holy Ghost, the Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness, Free Methodist then said, "That's the Devil." And right then is when you blasphemed the Holy Ghost and shut yourself off forever; "For whosoever speak a word against the Son of man shall be forgiven him, but whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost shall never be forgiven." See, see?
45 Remember, all the disciples spoke in tongues. Jesus Christ died on the cross, speaking in tongues. See? So if you can't deal with them here, be friendly with them here, what about over there? Then if these are devils, so was them. So you see there where it showed his color? There comes that virgin, clean as the rest of them, pure life. I'll take the old fashion Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness churches, who really believed in sanctification, you can't lay a finger on their lives, clean as they can be. It's a good thing that we'd all live like that. That's right, you have to.
46 Now, we know we got a lot over in Pentecostals as impersonators. That's true. But just as long as you see a bogus dollar, you know that was made off of a good one, a real one. That's right. And there's--there's a real Holy Ghost, a real One that speaks in tongues and shows signs and wonders, and it's been since Pentecost down. So we have to have the impersonators. We have to have an evil woman that's no good to make a real woman shine out. We have to have a nighttime, black darkness, to show that sunlight is glorious. That's right. You have to be sick to enjoy good health. And it's a law of pro and con; and it's--a--and it's a--always been, and always will be, as long as time is...
48 Now, didn't Jesus say that in the last day (Matthew 24) that the two spirits would be so close alike until it would deceive the very elected if it was possible? See? But he who was chosen from the foundation of the earth has Eternal Life. And Eternal Life, you cannot get rid of It. It's eternal as God is; you can no more cease to exist than God can cease to exist. That's right. Because you're a part of God; you're a son and daughter of God; your life has been changed and you are a part of God; you have Eternal Life. Oh, I love Him. Don't you?
49 Now, someone had give me a note here, just a little question. We won't take too much time now to answer it. And remember, each time you lay a little question up, I'll try my best to get to it if I can. But this was an important question.
51 You see, each message waits for its time. If there be one who speaks with tongues, there be no interpreter, let him hold his peace until there be an interpreter. See? And these messages are given usually just before the meeting. Then the prophet, or the preacher, which is a New Testament prophet, a preacher, when he comes forth, God begins to move through him. See? Then when he's finished, then messages begin, another; then, just before... It's always in order, always. But a woman does have the right.
52 The next, I'd just like to take a little time on answering this; I'm going to read the headline:
54 And if there's anybody that could come back each night, we'll try to start early, let out early. And if--if I do not finish the subject, then I will announce the next morning. If we don't get through the setting of 19, the 9th verse to the 20th tonight, we'll start it in the morning at ten o'clock. We'll let you know at the close of the service, how we get along.
56 And knowing these great jewels laying down the road, it's so hard to keep my hands off of them till the time. Just seeing them down there, and feeling the Spirit feeding amongst the people, it makes me just want to jump in real quick and--and say something about them; but just have to hold back and place them in their age and at their time. So if you miss coming at night, be sure to get the tape or some way that you can catch it, because I want it to go everywhere. And I have did this because that I feel led of the Holy Spirit to do so; that's the only reason that I'm doing it. And I--if I didn't think it would help the church...
57 And so there'll be a unionize amongst the churches, and they'll unite themselves together, form up the head of the confederation of churches, which they've already got a big U.N. building and every denomination is in it. And you'll either have to belong to some of those denominations or be ousted. And that's the time where we have to show our colors and be sure that we know, not a guess work, but know THUS SAITH THE LORD where you're standing. The little church has always been in the minority; it's a little bitty group that--a little thread, like a--a red string that wipes through the Bible, but it's the church always. And we want to remember it.
58 Now, just a little comment before we read again. This morning we taken the Supreme Deity of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Who God revealed Him to us this morning as the supreme Deity: the great I AM (not I was or will be), I AM, always. And we notice in this 1st chapter of Revelation, of the Revelation... What is the revelation of? Jesus Christ. What's the first thing He reveals Himself here as? The God of heaven, not a triune god, but a one God: one God; and He reveals Himself that way in the first of the Revelations, and speaks it four times in the 1st chapter so that there will not be a mistake. The first thing you've got to know that He is not a prophet; He is not a junior god; He is not a secondary god; He is God. He is God. And so therefore, the revelation came forth, and we still continue with It tonight on down as we get His sevenfold Personage of His Being.
59 And, oh, may God help us as we teach these Words. I--I--I've studied it as from the historical standpoint, but wait till I get in the pulpit here for the inspiration. Because I feel that we are setting together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, and that your Spirit, your part, the lick of Fire (the Holy Spirit) that's on you comes to another, and another to another; It kindles the great Body of God and sets It aflame, and there's where revelations...
60 Now, the thing that we're talking of, this question was asked me, "Should women... and so forth?" That's exactly what started the church in its chaos at the beginning, they taken all the solemnity from the audience and placed it in the pulpit. But God is the God of the audience. He works in every human being; He lives in every heart that He can get into. He finds those gifted people and works through them.
61 Now, just before we open up the--this great canon of Scripture, I wonder if it'd be too much if we could just stand up and change our posture just for a few minutes as we pray.
64 Now, to you that's got your Bibles, turn to chapter 1 of Revelations and start from the 9th verse. Your pencils and papers, and I'll try to give you little dates and so forth as I go along.
66 The revelation showed that He is not three gods, neither is He chopped up in three pieces. But He's one God that was God in the days of the Fatherhood; He was God in the days of the Sonship; He's God in the days of the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, the same God, not three different ones, not three persons, not three personalities. He's one Person, one Personality. You cannot be a personality without being a person. Some people said, "He's not three persons, but He's three personalities." You cannot divide that; 'cause if He's a personality, He's a person; has to be a person to make a personality. So He is one Person, one Personality: the same yesterday, today, and forever; Alpha, Omega; He that was, which is, and shall come. Oh, He's just all. I love that.
67 Watch His nature, His Life, His works. It should be manifested right here in this tabernacle, just like it was in His day (not saying this prejudice, God knows that), not only here, but across the world. I'm glad that it is. Then we know where we are standing, because we have that same Spirit in us, moving with us and showing that He's here. It's not us; it's Him; we can't do those things; it's God. Besides that, in the scientific world He permitted His picture to be taken. With us, in us, around us, over us, through us, working in and out of us, oh, how wonderful.
69 Oh, how marvelous, the revelation. Now, remember, you cannot get it through theologians; it doesn't come that way. It'll only come as a revelation. Water baptizing using the Name of Jesus Christ, can only be given as revelation. Jesus and God being the same Person can only come as revelation. The whole Bible is built on revelation. The whole church is built upon revelation. Matthew 17 says--I said, "Upon this rock (the spiritual revelation) I'll build My church, and the gates of hell can't prevail against it." We challenge anyone to show us anywhere, history or Scripture, where there was any persons ever baptized in the name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost outside of the Catholic church until Martin Luther's day. Then the Protestant church, it was...
70 And every evil... Listen, as we go into the church ages. Every evil that was in that first church, lapped over into the next one, just kept going on down until finally it ends up in complete apostasy in the last day. Every evil just keeps lapping over in each church, every little ism that started out. Like in Genesis, the vine started growing; it weaved its way through the church and comes out in the last days. No wonder the Bible said, "Blessed are they that escape in that day," (Yes, sir.), that escape all these things.
71 Now, ask God to... While we're talking on Revelations, ask Him to give you a revelation of this. For it can only be known by revelation, and you can only be saved by revelation. You have a knowledge of it intellectually, but you can't be saved until it's revealed to you. "No man can call Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost." That's what the Bible says. No man can say Jesus is the Christ until he has received the Holy Ghost. He might say, "The pastor said so; the Bible said so." Them are true. "The church says so." That is true. But you don't know yourself until the Holy Ghost has revealed it to you, and He's become in you. "No man can call Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost." Not by knowledge, not by intellectual.
72 How they going to make a Bible that, try to squeeze it, make it fit Jews, Catholics, and Protestants, when they as different as day is from night. Thought the Jews knowed better than that; but I guess maybe it's just the hour for it to come, where it all has to go in this great apostasy. So in all things it's... Remember, we cannot stop it, but the only thing we can do is throw the Light out there, maybe give ourself as a martyr and walk away, so that's the only way we can do it. But many will have to do that. And so that's the way the Bible is set up and the things that we get into. If I don't watch, I'll get into it.
73 Now, first thing on the Book of Revelations, it starts out that it is the revelation of Jesus Christ, Who He is. Now, Jesus Christ is God Almighty. We know that. How many believes it? Say "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] He's God Almighty, and He has one Name. That Name is the only Name given under heaven whereby you must be saved: Jesus Christ. Why they afraid of It at the pool, is what I can't wonder. See? It's because that that spirit creeped in way back there in the Smyrna age, and weaved itself right on down through into that great dark age, and made it a doctrine, and come right out with it in this last days. Now, just watch the history and the Bible as we go through this week, how it does--how it brings them things out.
74 Now, the next thing. It was given by Christ to John, through an angel, to be given to His (What?) churches, to reveal it to His churches. And the seven stars in His hand was the seven messengers of the seven churches. And every man that'll ever have the message, will have it, the same true message that started at the beginning.
76 Now, whoever reads it is blessed. Is that right? And we said this morning, if you can't read, ever who hears it read is blessed. Now, It starts off with a blessing to those that'll even set and listen at it being read, and's a curse upon anyone who'll try to add anything to It or take anything away from It. Then if the Bible plainly reveals that Jesus was the Almighty God, then woe unto him that will take it away from there. Yeah. It's a revelation. Whosoever shall add anything... It's the complete canon of revelation; it's God's last Book, His last Word, His last... And any revelation that comes contrary to that, is of a false prophecy; it isn't God, 'cause This is Truth.
78 Now. Now, we get to the Isle of Patmos now to get started, the 9th verse. First place we want to say it's... The title of this is "The Patmos Vision." It took place in A.D., between A.D. 95 and 96. The place was at the Isle of Patmos. Its location is thirty miles off of the coast of Asia Minor, west, opposite of the Ephesian church, in the Aegean Sea bordered by the Mediterranean. That's the position where it's at.
80 What condition then was this hour? Where was it and what condition? All right. It's knowed in history as a rocky island full of serpents, scorpions, lizards, and so forth. It's thirty miles around it and full of rocks. And it was used in the days of John, as a Alcatraz, a place where the Roman emperor's empire exiled criminals, real bad criminals, that they couldn't keep them in jail and so forth, they put them out there on that island to die: let them stay there until they were dead.
82 Now, we got the setting: The Isle of Patmos in the Aegean Sea, thirty miles off the coast, approximately thirty miles around it, rocky, full of lizards and scorpions and so forth, and used for a prison house like Alcatraz is. They get a prisoner they can't keep in prison here, they... So such a horrible criminal, they put him out on Alcatraz.
83 Now, you see, when they call us mind readers, and fortunetellers, and Beelzebub, do you see where that old spirit come from? But you see where the real Spirit come from? It's the church age. See? Twenty-four hours, boiled him in hot, bubbling grease and never even touched him. Oh, how God garrisoned him in Him with His Holy Spirit. His work wasn't finished.
85 Oh, what a setting now. All right, the church then under John, or under great persecution, John writes the 9th verse:
87 He could not use him, and all the persecutions and things, 'cause the saints was coming, "Oh, Brother John, what will we do about this? And what will we do?"
90 Now, the 10th verse:
92 Now, like, other words, if I say, Jesus Christ promised in His Word that if I would repent, be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, I shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The first thing for me to do is to repent. It's revealed to me that that's true. Then be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ; then the results is I receive the Holy Ghost.
94 Oh, you say, you don't feel any different though. Jesus wasn't born... When God slayed Him before the foundation of the world, when He was the--He was the Lamb of God, slain before the foundation of the world. But in God's own mind, He was already done. I wasn't here then neither; neither was you. But in God's book, if our names was ever on there, it was put on before the foundation of the world.
97 Now, the Devil say, "See, He delays." That don't make any difference. Daniel prayed one time, and it was twenty-one days before the Angel ever got to him; but he wasn't discouraged; he knowed He'd come anyhow, so he just waited till He got there. That's right. Oh, that's when you're getting faith.
98 Now, he got in the Spirit before anything took place. The first thing he did, he was in the isle called Patmos (all these things that he did), and he said, "I heard a voice," and all these other things. But before anything took place, he was in the Spirit. And if you notice that in your Bible, big capital Spirit: Holy Spirit. Amen. He got in the Spirit. Oh, I just think that's wonderful.
101 So we find out that all these isms and things, it just crept up. See? But and people today are... Everywhere you go, they... Some great church has got a certain nail that was in His hand. You know how many nails they got, authentic nails, today that was in? Nineteen. They got bones; they got--they got pieces of robes, and touch and handle. And we don't--we don't have those things; we don't need that. Christ is alive. He's in us, not some nail, or piece of cloth, or piece of bone, or something. He's the living God, living in us now, manifesting Himself. We only have one article of a memorial; that's the Lord's Supper, commemoration of His death. But as far as Christ Himself, He is with us and in us. And that's the thing that we want to wave (the glory of the Holy Spirit) to the world, wave It until the Light goes out. All right.
102 Now, the... So, you see, we took that other side of the road. You know I've always tried to be this, and our Lord has always revealed it to me; there's one extreme and another extreme; but right in the middle of the road lays the truth. Did you notice Isaiah, where He said that there shall be a highway: Isaiah 35? And you remember how our precious Nazarene brethren used to sing that song, you know, "The Highway of Holiness. Highway of Holiness." Now, if you'll read your Bible right, it doesn't say, "the highway of holiness." It said, "There shall be a highway and a way, and it shall be called," not the highway of holiness, but "the way of holiness." "And" is a conjunction that finishes your sentence. See? "It shall be a highway and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness," not a highway of holiness.
104 The Catholic church said, "The revelation was Peter."
109 Now, we come to another place here where you get two different ideas. Now, I may be wrong; if I am, God forgive me. But I'm going to disagree with the Seventh Day Adventists that say that it was the seventh day he was in, the Lord's day. The Seventh Day Adventist brethren, and many of them claim that it was the sabbath day that he called the Lord's day. The Christian church calls it, the Lord's day, "The Sunday, the first day." And we notice a lot of times that--that the Christian church yet today, the Protestant people refer to it as the Lord's day, Sunday. That is not Scriptural. Sunday was the first day of the week in the Bible, not the Lord's day. And neither was it the seventh day, sabbath. It would be impossible for it to be either one of those days, 'cause it taken John two years to write the Revelation. Which day was it? There'd be many of those seventh days and first days pass over.
110 The Bible, the Revelation was wrote from A.D. 95 to 96, two years. It was the Lord's day. The Lord's day is exactly what it said, and that's what it was. John was carried in the Spirit over into the Lord's day. This is the day of man, but the day of the Lord shall come. On down through the Scriptures we'll find that he was in the Lord's day, caught up in the Spirit, and taken over to the Lord's day. Amen. That's right. See, he was in the Lord's day. The Bible speaks of the Lord's day. We'll get to it in a little bit, the many Scriptures.
111 The first thing, the sabbath day, as we talk about it, the sabbath day is not keeping a certain day. We have no commandment to keep Saturday for a sabbath. We have no commandment to keep the first day for a sabbath in the New Testament. The Bible said in Hebrews the 4th chapter, "If Jesus would've given them rest, would He not afterwards spoke of another day." That's right. "But there remains a rest, or a sabbath-keeping, to the people of God. For we who believed too, have entered into His rest, we cease from our works like God did from His."
113 Notice, in the sabbath day... God made the earth in six days, and the seventh day He entered into a rest and never returned no more to build anymore world. Then He gave it to the people as a memorial. Because you couldn't keep it now, 'cause when you're keeping the sabbath here, the other side of the world is Sunday then again. See? So it showed it for a people, a space and time for Israel. But then there remains a sabbath-keeping for the people of God.
114 The word "rest"... "Sabbath" is a strange word to us, which means "rest." It's a Hebrew word which means a "rest day," a sabbath day; don't work; rest
116 So all these things were memorials, just signs, wonders, waiting for the real time to come. Now, when Jesus finished that, Matthew 11 (the beatitudes), He said,
117 Now, what is that rest? Let--let's just settle this just a little bit, see what it is. Some of them said, "Why, you go join church." No. "You put your name on the book." No. "Well, a certain kind of water baptism." No. Let's just settle it and see what it is. Would you like to do that right here while we're waiting? We'll see where John went, over into what kind of a day did he go to?
119 Now, let's go back to Isaiah the 28th chapter and the 8th verse, I believe it is now, Isaiah 28:8. And let's read: Isaiah 28, the prophet speaking seven hundred and twelve years before it happened. Now, how many would like to know what the true sabbath is, the true rest is? Here it is. Now, here's where the prophet spoke it, and I'll show you where it come to pass. Watch, Isaiah 28:8.
120 How many heard Billy Graham today? It was a wonderful sermon he preached on, how that a people could believe a lie and just keep on in that lie and--and even justify themself and think that they were doing what was right. The American public taking, he said, and--and saying, "A wise man's filter, and the smoking man's cigarette," taking a one of the Devil's lies, and instead of making him a fool, whatever he is, to smoke such a thing and try to make him a wise man. He's a fool to even smoke it, when the--when it's full of death and cancer and everything else, and still he puts it down his lungs. He's a fool, not a--not a wise man's filter; there is no such a thing. A wise man don't use the stuff.
122 ... all tables are full of vomit...
124 So Paul was picked up and got into that Spirit of Sabbath, and was transmitted by the Holy Ghost all the way over into the day of the Lord.
127 And by the way, Christ wasn't born on the twenty-fifth day of December either. He couldn't have been. If you'd ever been in Judaea, the hills are full of snow, worse than it is here: He born in April when all nature comes forth.
130 God transmitted him. Oh, I don't believe he was took like Paul, now, up into the third heavens and seen things. All right, the precious Holy Spirit did a few weeks ago here, let me see... In other words, I was afraid of death, and the Holy Spirit taken me over and showed me what it was. You've heard the testimony. Then when I come back, "Then, death, where is your stinger?" Transmitted to see what was just beyond the curtain... He let me come back to tell you that beyond there we're not spooks and spirits; we're men and women, young, never die, never get sick, just beyond the veil. Death can do no more to you than pull you right into that place.
131 Now, John was transmitted from the Isle of Patmos, in the Spirit, over into the Lord's day. This is the day of man, men are fighting, but the day of the Lord will come when these kingdoms will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, then there'll be the great millennium. The Lord's day, the day of His coming, His judgment, that'll be the Lord's day.
133 Now, he was in the Spirit on the Lord's day. All right, and the first thing he heard when he was in the Spirit on the Lord's day... Now, we got the 10th verse.
138 Go to the ball game, somebody knock a home run, or something another, set and look, and say, "Well, guess that's pretty good." No, you wouldn't be a baseball fiend; you wouldn't be a real... You wouldn't be in the spirit of baseball. When somebody knocks a home run, you raise up and holler, "Whew. My. Win." Knock somebody's hat off his head like that, nobody says a word about it.
141 Now, he was in the Spirit. He got in the Spirit, then things begin to take place. And then when he got in there, he heard a trumpet. Now, a trumpet always announces the approaching of something. Like when you come... A--a king is approaching, they'll sound a trumpet. When Jesus approaches, He'll sound a trumpet. Is that right? When Joseph went forth, they sounded a trumpet. And now, something's coming forward; John got in the Spirit and he heard a trumpet. He heard a trumpet, and he turned to look what was behind him when he heard the trumpet, after he got into the Spirit.
142 Maybe he was dancing, jumping, running all around on the island. He was having a good time; he was in the Spirit. So and he... That may sound sacrilegious, but I don't mean it that way. See? He could. That's... He might've been doing that. I believe he was having a good time in the Spirit, just praising God; because that's exactly what happened when the Spirit fell on them at the first place. When the Holy Ghost fell on them, they staggered like drunk men and women, and acted like they were drunk, and jabbering, and call--carrying on like that till the people said, "These people are full of new wine." That's the way they acted the first time. So the Spirit come on again, he probably acted the same way. See? There's nothing new about this--this thing; this is an old-time religion. Yes.
143 "In the Spirit on the Lord's day..." Now, we hear it. Now, what? And what was he done? He was transferred from the isle now, in the Spirit, over into the Lord's day. And as soon as he got over into the Lord's day, he heard a trumpet. What is it? It's Somebody approaching. A great One's approaching. Trumpet sounds, Somebody's coming. He looked. Hallelujah.
145 Be careful John. You've entered into the Spirit. Something's going to be revealed to you. What is it? A trumpet sound, the first thing, "I'm Alpha and Omega." The first of all revelations. (Oh, sinner, bow, repent now before the time's too late.) "I'm Alpha and Omega." That's the first thing that He let him know Who He was. (Who's this approaching? Is this King Jesus? King God? King Holy Ghost?) He said, "I'm all of It. I'm from A to Z. I'm the Beginning and the Ending. I'm the immortal, eternal One."
147 All right, the first of all revelations is the Supreme Deity of Jesus Christ. You must know Who He is when you hear the voice (All right.), the same voice that sounded on Mount Sinai, the same voice that sounded on Mount Transfiguration, the same One, One like the Son of man.
153 Now, now, look. The candle would soon burn up; it would go out; there would be no more to it; in a few hours it would be burnt down. But a lampstand, a lampstand's like this...
156 Now, what is a candlestick? It is a lampstand. And notice how beautiful here, when he turned, he saw this One like the Son of man here standing in the midst of the seven golden lampstands, which means seven church ages to come. And each pipe, or--or lampstand, hooked into the main big oil censer... And in this oil come forth up to a little odd-shaped lamp that set with a wick in it, and the wick hung down into the oil. And as long... They poured oil into the top of the stand, which filled up the main big stem, and the big branch as it run out into the stems, like this. And the lamp with the wick hanging down, this--this pipe into the--kept burning day and night. You never had to light it; it never went out; they just kept pouring oil in the main pipe. And these lampstands would come out like this, had the lamps setting on top of them. The wick from the lamp run down into here, got it's life out of here. Oh, what different it is from a candle. How different. It's a lampstand, and it's pulling oil.
157 Now, these lampstands, the fire that was on these lampstands in the Old Testament... When they lit one lamp, they could not light the next lamp with the same fire they had in their hand. They lit one lamp, then picked it up and lit the other lamp; then set it down, and lit this lamp; and then took and lit this lamp with the same fire that they started at the beginning. Oh, I hope it don't go over your head, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever," the same Fire, Holy Ghost, lit every one of those churches right down through the ages.
158 Didn't Jesus say in Saint John 15, "I am the Vine; ye are the branches"? Now, He is the main Vine; we are the branches. Now, the vine does not bear fruit...
160 That's the way the church is. They have split the Vine and grafted in Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, and so forth like that. It's bearing Baptist fruit, Presbyterian fruit, Methodist fruit, but if it ever--that tree ever brings forth another vine, it'll be the same kind of a vine it brought on the day of Pentecost: the original Vine. It'll speak in tongues and have power and the signs of the resurrected Christ in it. Why? 'Cause it's thriving of the natural resource that it's planted in. Actually, it's not planted in it; it's borned in it. Glory. Oh, my. Didn't think of that one right then.
162 These lamp stems all fit into one great big bowl, one great big holder, and nine different--or seven different lampholders come out of it. And when they did, each one of those lights was drawing from the main resource of its life. And its light was because it had its candle dipped down into this main barrel. Oh, what a beautiful picture of one of those seven stars that represented that, with his life on fire with the Holy Ghost here. And he... By faith he's burning with the Holy Ghost, and his life is a candle--or not a candle, but a wick that's dipped into the Holy Spirit (into Christ), and through that wick he's drawing the Life of God out to give Light to his church. Oh, what a picture of the true believer. What kind of a Light's he giving? The same kind of Light that was when the first candle was lit.
164 Notice, now they're drawing from this main barrel of Oil, the Light. The life is dipped into Christ. You are dead, and your life is hid in Christ through--or hid in God through Christ, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. There's no way at all to ever get you away from there. How can you do it? Nobody can tamper with you. The end of your life is burning with the Holy Ghost, oh, a-burning, giving Light. Where's the other end of your life dipped? Into Christ. You are dead and hid in Christ. The Holy Ghost is blocking it off there that you can... The Devil can't touch you. Amen. He can whiz and make a noise. Even death itself can't touch you: "O death, where is Thy sting? Where is Thy victory? Thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
165 The end of this verse, let's read it.
167 Now, let's watch Him just a little further, as we take the rest of this 13th verse.
169 You believe He's a Judge? Let's read Saint John 5:22, right quick, we'll see whether He's a Judge or not. Saint John 5:22:
171 Let's read a little farther.
176 Oh, my, I thought that was nine; it's only eight. I haven't got started yet. All right. That is good. Now, sorry these brethren standing. I... Makes me nervous to see them stand (See?), 'cause I know their legs are hurting. If I just had anyway, brethren, or anything I could do, I'd sure do it. And I want you to get this so bad. And stand a little while, and God reward you richly, is my prayer.
177 Now, now, notice. The first thing now we notice His head and His hair was white like wool. His head and His hair was white like wool. Now, it does not mean that He was aged that did this. That wasn't the reason of it. He wasn't aged to do this. He was... It was because of His experience and qualification and His wisdom. Because He's eternal, and eternal cannot age. You understand?
180 All right, now Daniel 7:9:
182 ... and the judgment was set, and the books were open.
183 Come to the Ancient of days Whose hair was white as wool. And John turned and he saw One like the Son of man standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, with a snow white hair: the Judge, not girded around the waist, but girded around the paps, up here, a judge. With the sash of the judge over His shoulder, He stood with a golden, pure, holy, refined girdle that held His righteousness, His cover. He was covered all the way to the feet. Watch the sevenfold manifestation of His Person and glory.
184 Now, I believe, the 14th verse:
186 His hair, and His eyes once dimmed with human tears, yet I want you to notice something about those eyes. When He was on earth, yet they were dimmed with tears like a man, for He cried at the grave of Lazarus. Right. Full of sympathy, His humanity, He was clothed, He was God clothed in humanity in order to take away sin. But yet behind that humanity, He had something behind that could look right down into the heart of a man and know all about him. Why? There was something behind Him, yet He was clothed in mortal flesh.
188 O glory to God. "I'll pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy; your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams." Hallelujah. Sometimes He has to put you to sleep so He can look through you, but He'll sure show you many times. "Your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams; upon My handsmaids and maidservant will I pour out of My Spirit. Not upon My deacons and pastors, and upon My... Upon whosoever will, upon all flesh, I'll pour out My Spirit." You wonder why I scream that out, but it's coming in these church ages.
189 There He was, those eyes. And remember, one day those eyes that were dimmed with tears, those eyes will stand at the judgment. Now, they're like fiery flames running to and fro through the whole earth, and there's nothing happens but what He knows it. Oh, my, it's recorded. Running to and fro through the earth watching every move, perceiving every thought, knowing everything you're doing, the intents of the heart, what you intend to do. He knows all about it. He knows whether you love Him. He knows whether your intentions are right to serve Him. He knows all about it. And what will it be when you stand that day when every sin's naked before Him, and He stands there at the white throne judgment?
190 God, deliver me from that place. I don't want to see that. When a angered God walks out there with fire flashing from His eyes, with the righteousness, the white wig over His head like that, and His eyes flashing with fire that knows every thoughts of your heart, and everything you ever intended to do. Hide me over in the Rock of Ages cleft for me. The old fellow used to sing, "When this world's on fire, stand by me. Stand by me, and let Thy bosom be my pillow. Hide me over in the Rock of Ages." God, I don't want Your judgment. I don't want Your... What I want is Your mercy, Lord. That... Give me Your mercy, not Your justice. Just give me Your mercy, not Your laws, not any of the... Just give me mercy, Lord; that's all I can plead for. Nothing in my arms I bring (I'm no good, no account.), only simply to Thy cross I cling. Lord, that's all I know: One come to take my place.
191 Watch His sevenfold Personage now of His Person, and you'll see that what He did.
194 Judgment. Brass speaks of Divine judgment passed. Look at the brass serpent in the wilderness. What did that brass serpent represent? The serpent represented sin; but being brass, judgment already passed on sins.
196 Brass also represents Divine judgment at the altar where the sacrifice was killed, brazen altar. Killed... The very foundations was brass, the judgment. He tread the winepress of the fierceness of God and took our judgment upon Him.
197 What did He do? The wrath of God was upon us for being sinners. Is that right? No one could save hisself. There's nothing we could do; we're all borned in sin, shaped in iniquity, come to the world speaking lies. And what did He do? He came to the earth (Hallelujah.) and tread the winepress. All the wrath of Almighty God was poured out upon Him. "Thou art worthy, O Lamb of God, for You were slain." Taking the sins of the world upon Him, and He bore our sin, and God poured out the fierceness of His wrath upon Him. "And He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquity; the chastisement of our peace upon Him, and with His stripes we were healed." Never a man died like that man. He suffered until the Blood and water separated in His body. And drops of Blood dropped out of His brow before His death.
198 Someday those brass feet of justice (Glory.), when He comes as Judge, He'll tread the antichrist, and all of His enemies. Hallelujah. He'll walk through the earth with a rod of iron in His hand. Amen. Oh, repent, sinner friend, while you got a chance to repent. Try to put it off and think it's just a little story that won't happen; it will happen. "It just couldn't happen to me." It will happen to you.
200 "Head, white as wool," righteousness, experience, eloquency, sufficient, wisdom. Aged, white, speaks of wisdom, old. Knows what He's doing, He's the--He's the fountain of wisdom. He's the fountain of experience. He's the fountain of every good thing; therefore, He's represented in this One like the Son of man, was clothed with this white hair hanging down. Daniel saw Him many hundred years, seven hundred years, and said, "He was the Ancient of days. And One like the Son of man come in power and united with this Ancient of days, and the judgment was set."
201 Now, I want to just ask you something. I'm speaking to you lukewarm church. Ten virgins went out to meet the Lord, five of them was wise, five foolish, as we took this morning, that grafted tree. Now, remember, as they went out to meet God... Now, watch, the Bible said, "The books were open." Daniel 7:9, "The books were open." That's the book of the sinner. "And another book was open." Who came with Him? The church from the rapture. Oh. "Tens of thousands times thousands times thousands of thousands came with Him and ministered to Him," His wife, the Bride. Oh, glory. His wife came with Him, the Church.
203 Now, let's see, we'll soon... down to the end of the page now.:
205 What it'll be to know that you set in meetings and heard that you should get right with God and receive the Holy Ghost, and a drifting soul to hear that voice speak out in that meeting that you set in, and heard the judgments of God preached, and refused it, the great falls just below you, the great cataracts that'll take you to your eternal doom.
209 Now, I want to ask you something else. Let me say something to you people that's saved, let me say this to you.
211 Now, I want to ask you something else. What is any sweeter to a man that's anchored, laying back under the evergreen tree, to hear the rippling brook? Oh. That's the church setting in heavenly places with the voice of God rippling sweetly and talking to them in... See what it is? It's a condemnation to the sinner and a blessing to the saved. A man who's safely anchored his boat upon the Rock Christ Jesus, and just lays and listens, how he can rest. Enter into that rest.
213 Isn't it beautiful when you can really anchor your soul into Christ, in such a place till you can get quiet before Him, and hear His Voice speaking to you, "I'm the Lord that healeth thee. I'm the Lord that giveth thee Eternal Life. I love thee. I knowed thee before the foundation of the world. I put thy name upon the Book; thou art Mine. Fear not, it's Me. Don't be afraid; I'm with you." Then I sing.
215 Watch now, hair like wool, and eyes like flames of fire, feet like brass, and a voice of many waters.
218 Sometime ago, someone said, "You know, the Catholic church, there's a good saying that it's the real church because it stood all down through the ages."
220 Now, "The seven stars that was in My right hand." He had seven stars in His right hand, which means the seven ministers of seven ages. Oh, it's--it's beautiful. How we go back and get the--the minister that brought the message to the Ephesian church, and the minister who brought the message and held with It until death, right down to the Smyrna church, and to the Pergamos church, the Thyatira, and on down through the age, even into this age now. The ministers that kept and brought the Light, and held It back like the original at the beginning, and brought the Light through, He held them in His right hand.
222 And, remember, the seven stars was in His right hand. Just think, they were drawing their current, their Light from Him. They were completely under His control in His right hand. Oh. Every true servant of God is the same way. Held in... Who can harm them? Who can harm them? As one of the angels cried back there at the beginning. Remember a "angel" means "messenger." We get into those deeper things later in the week. "A angel" means "messenger." And he said, "What can separate us from the love of God that's in Christ? Can sickness? Can peril? Can nakedness? Can sword? Can death? I am persuaded," said Paul, "that there's nothing can separate us from the love of God that's in Christ," for we are completely yielded to His right hand.
224 Now, let's hurry, 'cause we don't want to wear you out. "In His right hand, seven stars." Now, the seventh and last representation of His Person...
229 Say, I just happened to think of something else of there. I don't know whether I wrote a Script... Get Revelations 19, just a minute. Let's get this again; I think that's right. I'm maybe... Revelations 19 about 11:
230 And a sword went out of His mouth. What was He? The white horse rider of Revelations. Notice the sword. "Out of His mouth goes a sharp two-edged sword," the Word. And finally, by His Word, when It's made manifest to all the sons of God, He'll tramp every nation down with His Word, by this sharp sword. Look here what happened, as we get it.
232 "And the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us." And now the Word's made flesh in His church, dwelling among us: His angels in His hand, minister. God is depending upon His church. God is relying on us of this age to bring this Gospel Light to a dying, heathen-bound, traditional world. God's laying the burden on me and you. Woe unto us if the heathen dies without knowing it. Oh, they carried reading, writing, arithmetic, and a few religious pamphlets, and they've made no more than a bunch of proselytes. I mean the Gospel. The Gospel is not the Word only. Paul said so. Paul said the Gospel didn't come to us through Word only, but that Word made manifest.
233 Goes from His mouth, a sharp two-edged sword, wake up the heathens... Something's got to happen one of these days. Yes. The Word of God, His Name was the Word of God, the Word made manifest. Look, Jesus said, "Go into all the world," Mark 16, His last salute to the church before He returns to reveal Himself in the church age. He commissioned the church, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." What? Preach the Gospel. Mark 16, "Preach the Gospel to every creature." What is that? In other words, demonstrate the power of the Holy Ghost: had to be.
234 Now, watch, to every... Not just teach the Word. He never said go teach the Word; He said, "Go preach the Gospel," not teach the Word, preach the Gospel. "And these signs shall follow them that believe this Gospel; in My Name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; if they would take up a serpent or drink a deadly thing it wouldn't harm them; if they lay hands on the sick, they shall recover."
237 All right, now one more quotation. And we took the 20th, so now let's see here on this verse here. Now, the 16th...
240 Now, watch, just a few hours before this, Jesus had made this quotation back here in the next chapter, "Verily I say unto you, that some stand here..." How many knows what I'm going to say? "Some stands here shall not pass away, not die, until they see the Son of man coming in glory." Is that right? And He taken Peter, James, and John, the three witnesses, 'cause in the Old Testament everything, every word was established by three witnesses, and taken them up on the mountain.
242 Now, notice, before Jesus returns to the earth... Now, this is a little ahead of time, but the Spirit of Elijah will return back to the earth and turn the hearts of the children back to the fathers. The Bible said so. Jesus saw him here; the apostles saw him here, the order of the coming of the Son of man glorified. He's to be glorified and coming back. The first thing, before they saw Him, was what? Elijah. Then what? Moses; Israel returning yonder, the law-keepers, and then the glorified Son of man. Hallelujah. Do you see the order of His coming? The Spirit of Elijah, or the witness of the last church age (See?), coming in power to manifest Him.
243 Then a hundred and forty-four thousand Jews to gather on Mount Sinai... Where Israel has become a nation itself, the oldest nation in the world, the oldest flag in the world: has their own nation, their own flag, their own army, their own money, and everything else. They are one of the members of the leagues of the nations, because they are a nation. Jesus said they should never be cast away until all things is fulfilled.
246 All right. "Sun shining in its strength," His countenances, transformed, transfigured. Now, another thing, in Revelations 21:23, if you want to put it down, in the New Jerusalem (21:23), He is the Lamb that's in the city that's the Light thereof shining; for they needed no light in the city; the sun shall not rise in it, because the Lamb which is in the midst of the city shall be the Light thereof. And the nations that's saved shall walk in the Light of the Lamb. Amen. He is the Lamb's Light. Oh, aren't you happy about that?
248 Got a little story to say about my precious wife setting back there. I gave her a rough time before we was married; I've tried to make up for it after we was married. And I didn't know whether I wanted to be married again or not, and so she got all broke up. And I thought she was too good a girl just to leave go, let some good man marry her that'd take care of her. I thought I even wasn't worthy of it; and I am not, of her kindness, anyhow. So she was all tore up and didn't know what to do. This has been years ago, about twenty years ago. She got so tore up, she started crying day and night. And I was trying to break away from her, not because I didn't love her, because I didn't want to take her time; 'cause, let her find somebody, some good person, 'cause she's too good a girl just to let go like that, and me take--and just go with her and things like that. And I--I thought she loved me, and I knowed I loved her. So then I thought, "Well, I'll just try to... I'll get a date with some other girl, and go out, and make her feel bad about me." I liked to killed her; I hated it awful bad afterwards; she got all broke up. I told her. I said, "You're too good a girl. I--I don't want to take your time like that."
251 And she was so set on it, you know, poor little fellow. And she went out to the shed. And she got out there, and she got down on her knees, and she said, "Lord, I don't know what to do. I--I don't want to disobey You, and yet I love Bill. And I don't know what to do. Lord, will You just give me a little bit of consolation? Will You just help me a little bit? I never did ask You this before in my life, Lord, and I hope I never have to ask You again," she said, "but if You'll just help me, and let me open up this Bible, and You give me a Scripture. I've heard people say You did that." And when she opened it up, it was Malachi 4.
253 "The sun shining in its strength..." Oh. The strength of the Son of God shining in our midst tonight, standing in the middle of the seven golden candlesticks in His sevenfold Personage here as a Judge: as One Who has suffered and died for us, and taken the Divine judgment upon Himself, and has tread the winepress, the fierceness of God. To the sinner He's a horrible cataract, and a loose soul upon the sea of life. And to the church, a sweet Saviour, anchored in rest, and hearing the bubbling brook as you lay and rest perfectly satisfied in Christ. What a time. Shining upon us with His warm rays, "Fear not, I am He that was, which is, and shall come. I'm the Almighty; besides Me there's none. I'm both Alpha and Omega. And I'll give unto him that is athirst of the fountains of the water of Life freely." Oh, what a promise and what a love affair it is. And the Lamb in the middle of the city that don't need no light, and He's the Sun of righteousness with healing in His wings.
254 Yes, sir. Oh, that great Morning Star as it comes out to shine, hailing the day coming on, heralding it, saying, "The day is fixing to break; the Sun is coming close," and He pulls Hisself out of behind all the other stars (oh, my) with healing in His wings.
256 All right, "the Sun of righteousness with healing in His wings..." Now, His countenances. He was a Judge, or another thing to show that he was over into the Lord's day. You believe that? He went over into the Lord's day and saw the Lord as a Judge; not as priest, not as king, but as a Judge. He is the Judge. Don't you believe that? The Bible says He's the Judge. And here He was all dressed as the Judge, showing what He had done, what He was, what He was to the sinner, what He was to the Christian. And here He stands now with the voice of many waters, and His countenances was like the sun shining in its strength.
257 Now, the results, the 16th verse. "And..." No, I beg your pardon, it's 17th verse.
260 Don't get scared. Why would we fear? Why would the church fail to keep His--to think of His Word? Let's stop here just for a minute, 'cause we're closing. Why would this church ever fear? What has He ever promised that He hasn't manifested before us? Why would you fear a punishment or a hereafter, "Fear not. I am He that was, He that is, and will come. I'm the First and the Last. I have the keys of hell and death right here." Why? "I've overcome and conquered both hell and death (That's both grave and hades; death itself, hades itself.) for you. I've overcome it all. I overcome hell, death, grave." When He was on earth, He was the only gra...
261 Many men has set out to conquer. Did you know that? Napoleon set out to conquer the world, and he did at the age of thirty-three. At the age of seventeen to twenty-five, Napoleon was a prohibitionist, he didn't believe in drinking or anything. He went to France (He was not a Frenchman; he come from an island; he went over there to get even with France, 'cause he didn't like it, didn't like France.). But he was conquered. And he went forth and he conquered France, and he took them Frenchmen and conquered the world. And at the age of thirty-three he set down and cried because there's nobody else to conquer, and died an alcoholic, defeated. He couldn't even conquer himself. See? And then met his waterloo at Waterloo; he met his end at Waterloo. I've been out there and seen the old ancient signs, the relics and things out there, when we was in the land. Now, we take that conqueror; he started as a young man and he took the wrong side to conquer, and he died a disgrace.
262 But there was another young Man come into the world one time; He died at thirty-three and He conquered everything that could be conquered. When He was on earth He conquered passions, pride; He conquered sickness; He conquered devils. When He died, He conquered death. When He rose, He conquered hell. He went up in and conquered everything that was against mankind and...?... the vine--winepress of God and crushed it down and conquered death, hell, grave, sickness, formalities, everything else, and overcome it all, and rose on the third day, and conquered all the atmospheres above, and cut that mist between God and man, and connected heaven and earth together. Glory. Oh, my. Whew.
264 Amen. Cut every obstacle from human beings, that they might be connected like in the garden of Eden. Now, man... I was going to choke it, but I'm going to say it. Man is omnipotent. You don't believe that, but he is. A man that's fully surrendered to God is omnipotent. Did not He say in Mark 11:22, "Whatsoever things you say and don't doubt in your heart, it'll come to pass. You can have what you've said"?
266 Let's see if we got some more good things. The 18th verse, now the 19th verse. John... What happened? When he seen His countenance, the result, he fell at His feet; he just couldn't stand no more; his human life was sapped away; he just couldn't do it. He was a Conqueror; He'd already conquered.
269 Oh, it's breathtaking, friend. See Him standing there in the supreme--the supremity of His Deity. He's the Judge, the Priest, the King, the Eagle, the Lamb, the Lion, the Alpha, the Omega, the Father, Son, Holy Ghost; He that was, which is, and shall come. Tread out the winepress of the fierceness of God, and pleased everything, until God said at the cross... When He raised up, He said, "It's finished." Pleased God so, till the Spirit that left Him come back on Easter morning and picked Him up and rose Him again for our justification.
272 Let us bow our heads just a moment. Just quietly and softly, as we're going to sing quietly, "I've Anchored My Soul In The Haven Of Rest." "I'll never hear them rippling cataracts to send my soul away, but It'll speak sweet peace to my soul." Quietly now, reverently, everyone...
274 Would you like to have His Life living in you, reflecting His Presence? If you would, and you haven't had it yet, would you stand for prayer, the ones that would like to be remembered in prayer? God bless you.
275 Now, heavenly Father, standing on their feet is many who wants to receive You. They're tired of this drifting around, not knowing where they're going, out on the life's tide; and know maybe before daylight the heart will stop beating, then the great cataract falls ahead of them, a drifting soul. They've been like themselves; they've been like the world; but they want to be like You now, Lord. Receive them into Thy Kingdom; they are Yours, Father, because You know their hearts and the intents of their hearts.
276 Just to be like Jesus, to be like...
277 You feel real good? Don't you feel good? Aren't you happy you're a Christian? Shake hands with somebody that's setting near you now, while we're going to sing a hymn, "We'll Walk In The Light," this beautiful Light, the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ being manifested in flesh.
280 Back at the beginning at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell upon the church... The Message come on down into Smyrna; there stood Irenaeus, the great saint of God, speaking in tongues, power of God, raising the dead, healing the sick; He was walking in the Light. After him come Columba, the great powerful saint of God. Many of the other great saints packing the message on down, walking in the Light, the Gospel Light, the same Light that shined on the day of Pentecost; Christ standing in the midst of His people, in the seven golden candlesticks reflecting His radiance like the sun in the middle of its heat. Here we are in 1961.
284 Never again to turn to the things of the world, I am dead to the world and the world is dead to me. I only walk in Christ, led by the Holy Spirit. I love Him because He loves me, and shined His blessings upon me, giving me the right hand of fellowship into His Kingdom. Now, we are sons and daughters of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be at the end; but we know that we shall have a body like His own glorious body, for we shall see Him as He is.
285 You love Him? You know, after the message is a-cutting and everything, I like to hear the people get into the hymns and go to worshipping and singing in the Spirit. There's nothing more prettier than good old singing. That's right. I love good old fashion Pentecostal singing; not them overtrained voices that holds till they're squeaking and turn blue in the face, and don't know what they're singing. I like somebody that maybe couldn't carry a tune in a basket, but yet he's got a Pentecostal blessing, now he's singing about it. Oh, how--how glorious those melodious songs of the cross. Oh, my.
286 Our dismissing song now:
289 Now, we finished it up tonight the... Just asked me now if there'd be service in the morning? No, not tomorrow, get a good rest tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow night I won't be able to take that message over, so I'll take it the next day. Anytime I fail on the--the complete message, I carry it the next day. But we got this set. I believe you're all ready for the church ages. Don't you? All right.