—The Plagues of the Locusts & 200 Million Horsemen
—Part 16 of "The Garden of Eden"
—Revelation Chapter 9
1. AMEN, PTL! "SWEET LEILANI," ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SONGS, beautiful song of the South Sea Islands & their wonderful people! Nature, or God, or Jesus, or the angels, whichever way you want to sing it, "fashioned roses filled with dew, & then He placed them in a bower, it was the start of you!" And we're calling this series, as you notice, "Eden's Revelations," & if you saw the introduction to this show tonight‚ you saw quite a revelation!
2. BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE MESSAGES OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN WAS ITS BEAUTY, its paradise‚ its perfection, & a man & a woman & its sex, & that there's nothing to be ashamed of about nudity, the way God made us, & there's nothing wrong with sex—both marvellous creations of God! And being that woman was God's grand finale, His final crowning creation, of course she was the most beautiful of all, & I'm sure Adam thought so too, & I'm sure you thought so too, if you saw tonight's introduction!—One of Eden's beautiful revelations‚ praise God! Hallelujah!
3. THAT WAS A LOT OF WOMAN! Thank God for all kinds of women, all sizes‚ big & small—enough to satisfy everybody! Seeing that one tonight reminded me of what the little boy said about the ocean the first time he saw the sea. He said, "Well‚ Daddy‚ there's something there's enough of it!" PTL! Hallelujah! Amen? TYJ! Don't be afraid to say "amen," Class! (Class: Amen!) Hallelujah! OK!
4. WELL, IN OUR LAST CHAPTER, CHAPTER 8, WE STUDIED THE FIRST FOUR TRUMPETS OF THE TRIBULATION, & tonight if you read our title, as you noticed, we're going to be on Chapter Nine & the final three Trumpets of the Tribulation, including, or up to, that is, the seventh. Actually, we're going to get just two more here, number five & number six, & then there's a grand pause & a mighty announcement before the seventh & last Trumpet blows, & then you're going to hear more about that in another chapter.
5. SO TONIGHT, WE'RE DEALING ACTUALLY WITH JUST THE FIFTH & THE SIXTH TRUMPETS leading into the 7th in chapter nine of the Book of Revelation, the Revelation of the Future given to the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos about 107 A.D. during the days of the Roman Empire, as God predicted to him the future of the world. And when we reached the eighth chapter, he began to zero in on the very Last Days of the world, the very End of the world & its last terrible time of Tribulation! So that's what we've been talking about & what we've been studying here in these two Chapters, Eight & Nine. Tonight we're reading the Ninth Chapter‚ beginning with the first verse:
6. "AND THE FIFTH ANGEL SOUNDED, & I saw a star fall from Heaven unto the Earth: & to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit‚ "You notice it calls this star a "he". In other words, it's an angel. God often uses the words interchangeably. He calls angels stars, & He calls stars angels. And this falling star opened the bottomless pit" & there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; & the sun & the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
7. "AND THERE CAME OUT OF THE SMOKE LOCUSTS UPON THE EARTH: & unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the Earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the Earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: & their torment was as the torment of the scorpion when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, & shall not find it; & shall desire to die, & death shall flee from them."
8. NOTICE THAT THESE MONSTERS RELEASED FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, out of Hell, by this angel are sent by God to torment the ungodly, the wicked, the unsaved, because He gives them a strict commandment not to hurt those which have the seal of God in their forehead. He says, "Hurt not any green thing neither any three, but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads." In other words, they were not to hurt the men who did have the seal of God in their foreheads—salvation in Jesus!
9. YOU & I, IF WE LOVE JESUS, WILL HAVE GOD'S SEAL IN OUR FOREHEADS. The rest of the world, following the Antichrist—this Devil-man, Satan in the flesh‚ the Devil incarnate‚ this horrible Beast—they will have the Mark of the Beast in their foreheads & in their hands as they follow & worship him. But we who love the Lord cannot accept that Mark of the Beast, & we will not. If you love Jesus, you will refuse the Mark of the Beast, because you have God's mark in your forehead & hand, a symbol of salvation.
10. AND ALTHOUGH THE BEAST COMMANDS THAT NO ONE CAN BUY OR SELL WITHOUT HIS MARK & that anyone who refuses to worship his Image would be killed, we will refuse! We will refuse both the Mark & the worship of the Image, & therefore they will try to kill us, & we will not be able to buy or sell food or clothing or shelter or the necessities of life, & we will undoubtedly have to flee into the wilderness for survival to prevent both our being killed for not worshipping the Image of the Beast & to survive without being able to buy or sell. But God is going to take care of us.
11. NOTICE THAT THESE PLAGUES WHICH ARE BEING RELEASED UPON THE EARTH DON'T HURT GOD'S CHILDREN AT ALL! They don't hurt the people of God at all! They are sent to punish man, mankind, & particularly the followers of the Beast, the Antichrist. They are sent to torment them‚ & no doubt even to defend us! Think of that! God is going to send into this World‚ monsters such as the World has never known or seen before, to attack the wicked who are attacking us!
12. DURING THIS TRIBULATION WHEN THE ANTICHRIST & HIS FOLLOWERS ARE ATTACKING THE TRUE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST‚ God is going to let loose pestilences & plagues & monsters to attack the people of the Devil, the Kingdom of Satan & the wicked!—So they'll have so much on their hands defending themselves from these monsters & these plagues they won't have much time to persecute you & me!
13. THIS IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE DAYS OF MOSES, you remember‚ when he went in to rescue the Children of Israel?—And when Pharaoh persecuted the Jewish slaves & wouldn't let them go, Moses called on God & God sent terrible plagues upon the Egyptians—not the Israelites! When the Egyptians were having these horrible plagues, over in the land of Goshen where Israel lived all was well!
14. WHEN GREAT DARKNESS FELL UPON ALL OF THE REST OF EGYPT, IT WAS LIGHT IN THE LAND OF GOSHEN! When the frogs were everywhere & even in their beds in Egypt, no frogs in Goshen! When the cattle were slaughtered by great hail from Heaven, no hail in Goshen! When the horrible sores fell upon men, all the Egyptians, no sores on the Israelites! God was giving the Devil's people, the Kingdom of Satan, lots of trouble, to make them stop causing so much trouble to God's servants.
15. SO THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE'S GOING TO DO DURING THE TRIBULATION—the last great hour of trouble & persecution for the saints of God. God is going to send great plagues upon the Earth to protect you & me, to attack the wicked, to make them take their hands off of us! Isn't that wonderful? Terrible plagues! Listen to this description of the horrible locusts in the seventh verse:
16. "AND THE SHAPES OF THE LOCUSTS WERE LIKE UNTO HORSES PREPARED UNTO BATTLE; & on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, & their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, & their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; & the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, & there were stings in their tails: & their power was to hurt men five months."—Doesn't that sound a bit like war planes with guns?
17. NOW, WHAT DOES THAT SOUND LIKE TO YOU? Does that sound like anything you ever heard or saw before? No! Because the Prophet of God was seeing something in a vision that God was showing him, a revelation of the future of things which he had never seen before, so he had to describe them in a language that the people of his day could understand. He had to describe these monsters he was seeing as well as he could by the things that he was already familiar with, because he had never seen such monsters before!
18. IT'S A LITTLE BIT LIKE THE STORY ABOUT THE FOUR BLIND MEN DESCRIBING THE ELEPHANT‚ YOU RECALL. It sort of all depends on how you see it‚ or how you feel it. One blind man grasped the leg of the elephant & said, "Oh, an elephant is like a tree!" And another one grasped his tail & said, "Oh no! An elephant is like a rope!" And another one grasped his trunk & said, "Oh my! An elephant is like a serpent!" And another one grasped his ear & said, "You're all three wrong! An elephant is like a leaf of a plant." Well, there must have been five blind men, another one ran his hand along the side of the elephant, he said, "No, you're all wrong!—An elephant is like a wall!" So it all depends on who you are & from what angle you're looking, & what you see, or feel.
19. AND THE PROPHET IN THAT DAY, HE HAD NEVER SEEN TANKS OR PLANES OR GUNS, nor ever heard the roar of their explosions & bombs, nor the roar of their engines & motors. So if he was watching a terrible war, an awful warfare in the Earth, of man with man, having never seen a tank, nor an airplane, how could he possibly describe such engines of destruction? Well, he just did the best he could with what he was familiar with.
20. HE SAID THEY LOOK A LITTLE BIT LIKE LOCUSTS‚ THEY FLY, so he must have been seeing an airplane at that time, huh? And yet they were like horses prepared to battle. Well, perhaps he was watching one of these steel chariots like a tank, & it rumbled along across the earth & it reminded him of the rumble of horses' hoofs—war horses running rapidly in wartime.
21. HE SAID, "ON THEIR HEADS WERE AS IT WERE CROWNS LIKE AS GOLD." Did you ever notice that every tank has a turret? And on the old bombers of world War II they had gun turrets which revolved sort of like crowns on the top & so on. He said, "Their faces were as the faces of men."—Perhaps he saw them peering through the windows, or maybe when he looked at the front of the face he saw those windows like eyes staring out.
22. "AND THEY HAD HAIR AS THE HAIR OF WOMEN." Have you ever noticed a jet going by & the air stream following it like a long trail of hair? "Their teeth were as the teeth of lions." Well‚ what could the teeth be, anyway? He must have seen them firing guns, huh? Or perhaps he saw the bombs or the missiles hanging down underneath & they looked like lions' teeth." And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron." They were made of metal, they look like iron shields.
23. "AND THE SOUND OF THEIR WINGS AS THEY FLEW, was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle." Doesn't that sound like a jet roaring overhead? Hmm?—A great big jumbo jet roaring past overhead? Doesn't that sound like many horses running to battle? The prophet just described these things he was seeing, that he'd never seen before, the best he could. Right? I'm personally convinced that he was probably seeing airplanes, bombers flying. "And they had tails like unto scorpions, & stings in their tails, I'll tell you!
24. "AND THEIR POWER WAS TO HURT MEN FIVE MONTHS." Now there's a Scripture I never thought of before which seems to confirm the very thing which I mentioned before! There are seven trumpets of Tribulation, equivalent to the last seven half-year periods of this three-&-a-half–year Tribulation. And right here it says that they were to hurt men for five months, almost the full six-month period in which this trumpet is blown!
25. "AND THEY HAD A KING OVER THEM WHICH IS THE ANGEL OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." Obviously, if he's out of the bottomless pit, you know pretty much whose angel he is! Some say it's the Devil himself; other's say it's one of the Devil's archangels.
26. ANYHOW, THERE'S SUCH A HORRIBLE TIME OF TORMENT GOING ON FOR MEN NOT SEALED WITH GOD'S SEAL, that these horrible monsters, whatever they may be, whether you want to say that they were the Prophet's description of a modern jet bomber, or whether you want to believe that they were actually some kind of a monster that looked just like he's describing here‚ one way or the other—you can take it literally, or as best he could describe a plane—they're not going to hurt you & me! PTL? Isn't that wonderful?
27. GOD IS GOING TO PROTECT US EVEN IN WARFARE from these planes & tanks & guns & bombs & bullets or even monsters, if it's a new kind of monster that's never been seen before! They're not going to hurt us, He said, just the wicked who have the Mark of the Beast on them instead of the Mark of the Lord in their forehead.
28. TWELFTH VERSE: "ONE WOE IS PAST; & behold, there come two woes more thereafter. And the sixth angel sounded, & I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates!"—Here comes another judgement of God upon the wicked!—Four angels‚ obviously four angels of judgement.
29. "AND THE FOUR ANGELS WERE LOOSED, which were prepared for an hour, & a day, & a month‚ & a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: & I heard the number of them." Two hundred thousand thousand! Have you any idea how many that is, Class? Can anybody tell me real quick?—Two hundred million!
30. TWO HUNDRED MILLION HORSEMEN! THINK OF THAT! You say, "Well, I doubt if there are that many horses in the world today!" Well, there will be then! And when those four angels of judgement are loosed from the River Euphrates, in another place we are told that the river is dried up so that the kings of the East might come. (Rev.16:12.)
31. THOSE PEOPLE IN THOSE LANDS OF THE ORIENT USE MORE HORSES THAN ALMOST ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, & somewhere they're going to get together two hundred million horses & they are going to charge across the river Euphrates & they are going to attack the Middle East & particularly Israel & Egypt, as we find out other places. If you've followed the study with us in Daniel & in Ezekiel, you find out exactly which of these countries is on whose side, who's going to side with Russia & who's going to side with the West. And here come these two hundred million horsemen charging across the plains & the River Euphrates to attack!
32. YOU KNOW, THEY SAY ONE REASON THAT THE RUSSIANS ARE PREPARING THOUSANDS OF HORSES FOR THE NEXT WAR & thousands of horsemen to ride them, like the ancient Cossacks of old who were such famous horsemen in the Russian army & who fought so many valiant battles from horseback, is, the reason being that they say Russia has invented a force-field or a negative magnetic field which will paralyse all machinery & all motor-driven cavalry, cars‚ trucks‚ jeeps, tanks, personnel carriers, gun carriers, so that none of them will be able to operate because they all operate by means of electricity & electronics & electronic motors & so on. Your automobile could not operate without electricity.
33. —AND THAT RUSSIA IS GOING TO USE IN THAT BATTLE THIS NEGATIVE MAGNETIC FORCE FIELD to virtually paralyse all of the machinery—the tanks, the guns, even the planes if they get too close will crash, because suddenly all their electronic gear is knocked out completely. You say, "Well, won't that knock out the Russian tanks too?"—Yes! And that's exactly why Russia is getting all these horses ready! Tens of thousands of horses‚ they claim, are being readied & in far–eastern Russia, in places like Siberia & remote places where they are gathering together these horses & getting them prepared for battle.
34. SO THAT WHEN ALL OTHER ARMAMENTS & TANKS & GUNS & VEHICLES ARE TOTALLY PARALYSED, cannot even move for lack of electricity, the Russians & their Cossacks can ride right in along with the Easterners & the Chinese at their side & conquer the field & the battle! Well, you can believe that or not, that's up to you! But horsemen—200 million horsemen! That would be the biggest battle ever fought & the most soldiers ever put in the field!
35. THE LAST TIME WHEN THE GREATEST NUMBER OF SOLDIERS WAS EVER PUT IN THE FIELD was during the Battle of Thermopylae when Alexander the Great was fighting the Medes & the Persians, & the Medes & Persians put five million men into the field! Alexander only had half a million, 500,000—outnumbered ten to one—but he won the victory, because God was on his side. God wanted the Grecian Empire to conquer the world, to spread the beautiful Grecian language & its culture & its beauty.
36. TALK ABOUT NAKED BEAUTY, THEY MADE SOME OF THE MOST GORGEOUS STATUES OF WOMEN EVER CREATED BY MAN! And notice those lovely drapes those women wore, boys & girls! If you want to know how to really gracefully frame the human form & female figure, the Greeks not only had a word for it, the Greeks had a way for it, & they draped them in those beautiful see-through diaphanous gowns, beautiful, sort of like our modern chiffon or silk, & sort of see-through, beautiful! Take a look at some of those statues & some of those great beautiful paintings & figures & so on.
37. AND GOD WANTED THAT BEAUTY & THAT ART & THAT CULTURE & that beautiful language & their interest in philosophy & religion spread throughout the world, their wonderful wisdom & knowledge & science & even medicine & so on, so that the world would be ready for the Gospel. It would have one language, the beautiful Greek language, one of the most beautiful & most expressive in the world‚ in which the New Testament was written‚ Greek!—And a language which everyone would speak‚ because it was spread throughout the entire civilised world at that time.
38. THAT WAS A GREAT DAY, & THAT WAS THE LAST TIME THAT MANY MEN HAD EVER BEEN PUT IN ONE BATTLE AT ONCE, not even in subsequent world wars or otherwise. But this is going to be the war of all wars‚ when this happens, in this Endtime. That is going to be one mighty final war, & you're going to hear more about it as we read on. Because at the end of this Great Tribulation occurs that final—well, almost final, final for them & for now-great Battle of Armageddon, in which undoubtedly these horsemen will take part.
39. "AND I SAW THE HORSES IN THE VISION, & them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, & of jacinth, & brimstone: & the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; & out of their mouths issued fire & smoke & brimstone." You say, "Now wait a minute‚ horses don't do things like that, & they don't issue fire out of their mouths & brimstone." Well, then if they're not real horses, then maybe they're tanks with guns issuing fire & brimstone‚ & maybe that's the best way he could describe them.
40. THEY LOOKED LIKE SOME KIND OF HORSE, it's some kind of vehicle coming. And they had heads like lions—have you ever seen the turret on the top of a tank revolving like a head? It looks like the head on a monster because it revolves & looks different directions & its gun revolves with it, & out of its mouth it belches fire & brimstone & smoke, & even worse, or maybe it's something we've never even seen yet or seen before, & that's the best way he could describe it. Whatever it is, they were either war horses or engines of war!
41. 19TH VERSE: "FOR THEIR POWER IS IN THEIR MOUTH, & in their tails."—That big mouth, that big gun belches smoke & shells! And their tails, did you ever notice out of the little gun slots, the little barrels of machine guns sticking out firing bullets that sting? "For their power is in their mouth, & in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, & had heads, & with them do they hurt." They do hurt! So, maybe he's describing tanks! Or maybe he's just describing an entirely new monster nobody's ever seen before‚ that God's going to let loose on the wicked, who knows?
42. "AND THE REST OF THE MEN WHICH WERE NOT KILLED BY THESE PLAGUES YET REPENTED NOT of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, & idols of gold‚ & silver, & brass, & stone, & of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries‚ nor of their fornication‚ nor of their thefts." Think of that! In spite of all this horrible period of Great Tribulation, particularly upon the WICKED, they would not repent!
43. THIS GREAT TRIBULATION IS GOING TO AFFECT, BELOVED, NOT US, & these horrible plagues & monsters & so on, are not to attack us, but to attack the wicked! It is a time of their great tribulation. As the Lord has said, "I will send them great Tribulation who have troubled you!" (2Thes.1:6.) We've had our trouble, they gave us trouble! The wicked men have given us & are giving us lots of trouble even to this very day, now, & it'll get worse as they continue to persecute the Children of God, God's people & our Family of Love, continue to try to hound us to death & persecute us to death & stop our work!
44. BUT THANK GOD‚ THEY'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO STOP US YET & THEY NEVER WILL, no more than they could stop the rain falling from Heaven by holding up their hands trying to stop the rain. It's just as futile for them to try to stop us as if you'd run out into a rain storm & hold up your hands & say, "Stop, stop!" to try to stop the rain with your hands! God would laugh from Heaven‚ as He laughs at our enemies for trying to stop us it's impossible! (See No.128.)
45. GOD HAS POURED THROUGH US SUCH A FOUNTAIN OF RAIN that the drops are falling around the world in over 80 countries in 40 languages in 40 million pieces of literature every year, & winning nearly one million souls to the Lord each year, think of that! Isn't that marvellous? Wonderful? Praise God! TYJ! Hallelujah! So they can't stop us. They'll never stop our rain, the rain of the water of His wonderful Word! And the Lord is going to protect us even then. They're going to try to stop us even more then, but boy, they're going to have a lot more to stop than us!
46. WE PRAYED DURING THE TERRIBLE PUBLICITY OF JONESTOWN & the beginning of very strong persecution of the small sects & small religions & cults & whatever they want to call them—they call us all kinds of names. We're just a small group of Christians, is all we are, only about 8000-strong. And yet not only us, but many others they were persecuting, & saying, "We've got to stop them, they may do something terrible like Jonestown, blah, blah!" You know what we prayed? We said‚ "Lord, you trouble them which tribulate us! You give them tribulation! You give them so much trouble they'll forget all about us‚ they'll keep their hands off us & stop tormenting & persecuting & chasing us around & giving us trouble!"
47. WELL, IF YOU'VE READ THE HISTORY OF THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, what's been happening in the news, then you know that they've been having all kinds of trouble!—Economic troubles, war troubles, a lot worse troubles than the sects & the cults & the poor little gurus like me! Look at what a monster I am! Don't I look like I could gobble you up? Huh? Devour your children? Hmm? Don't I look like a pervert & some kind of a horrible creature? The way they talk about us in the newspaper, you'd think we were one of these monsters in Revelation!
48. WELL, I'LL TELL YOU, THE SYSTEM HAS CREATED THE WORLD'S GREATEST MONSTERS! The System itself is the greatest danger to this world! The established religions have created more wars & slaughtered more innocent people than any little cult or sect that ever lived, & their great religious leaders have led them into greater massacres & slaughters of war than any little cult leader ever attempted!
49. SO WHO'S THE GREATER DANGER?—The little sects & cults that dare to challenge the System & the established churches?—Which is why they hate us & why they want to crush us & stamp us out‚ because we raise questions they don't like to hear, like Jesus did to the Scribes & the Pharisees & the Chief Priests of the established religion & order of His day & they determined they had to kill Him! He was exposing them with the Truth! He was exposing their hypocrisy & their lies with His sweet loving life of Love & Words of Love!
50. AND LOVE IS THE MOST DANGEROUS, MOST POWERFUL WEAPON IN THE WORLD! I'll never forget that dream I had down in Tenerife. One of our friends in the dream had picked up this little tiny round pill about so big‚ like a little tiny pill, & he said, "Ooh! It's so powerful! It's so dangerous!" I said, "What do you mean? It doesn't look like it's very big or very dangerous to me." He said, "This is such a powerful explosive, it could blow these Islands apart!"—And I woke up & the Lord revealed to me that he was talking about the Love of God & the Truth of God!
51. AND IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE THE HIERARCHY OF THE ISLAND & THE BISHOP GOT SO STIRRED UP, & the judges & the powers-that-be got so frightened of us—little tiny handful of people‚ a dozen or so—& our message of Love, they were scared to death & busy plotting & planning how to stop us!—For we had nearly blown those Islands apart with the Love of God! And then they drove us out. They couldn't stop the seeds of love that we had planted, however‚ they're still growing, still going down there in Tenerife! TYJ!
52. LOVE IS A DANGEROUS MESSAGE! Love can destroy force & hate & the Kingdoms of this Earth, & the Kingdom of Satan & the established orders that are against God, anti-God, anti-Christ! You don't have to wait for the Antichrist to know an anti–Christ government; we have many of them today in the world! Both Russia & the U.S.A. are both officially anti-God & anti-Christ, & I can prove it to you from U.S. law.
53. YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT RUSSIA‚ OF COURSE, IT'S OFFICIALLY DECLARED TO BE ATHEISTIC. But they claim to give religious liberty anyway, supposed to have religious liberty in Russia. I notice they won't let us take in Bibles & literature & things like that, though. But the people already there are supposed to have religions liberty. I did hear that they allowed a printing of the Bible not long ago.
54. WELL, I MUST SAY THAT THAT'S MORE THAN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS DONE FOR ITS CITIZENS! I never heard of the U.S. government printing Bibles for its citizens, have you? And if you go into the trouble they've had in the schools, casting out God & the Bible & prayer officially by law out of the public schools, then you know that the government of the U.S.A. is anti-Bible, anti-prayer, anti-Jesus, anti-God & just as Godless & atheistic as Russia! So you Americans don't brag on being so religious & supposedly so God–fearing & Bible–believing. Ha-ha!
55. YOU KNOW A PERSON'S RELIGION IF THEY PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH, & you can preach all the religion you want to, but when you officially by Supreme Court order the separation of religion from the State, literally the ruling out of all religion out of the government & out of the schools & out of all government agencies & all the rest, when you rule God out of government & God out of the schools by law, Supreme Court Law, then your government is just as anti-God, anti-Christ‚ anti-Bible, anti-prayer & Godless & atheistic as that of Russia!
56. SO DON'T GET SO STUCK ON YOURSELF & YOUR HOLY OF HOLINESS & your self–righteousness & your hypocrisy, because it's a phony trip that you Americans are travelling in, pretending to be so religious, when in practice, in government & in education of your own children you're as Godless as Russia! That wasn't on the schedule tonight, but I'll throw that in for free!
57. SO DID THE WICKED REPENT WHEN THE PLAGUES WERE POURED OUT UPON THEM & these horrors & these wars & all the rest during this horrible Tribulation period?—No. God's Word says, "Let mercy be shown unto the wicked, & yet he will not learn righteousness." (Is.26:10.) God has had years of mercy that He has shown on America‚ a land that had light & more Gospel than any nation that has ever existed, a land that was so religious at one time that it sent out multitudes of missionaries throughout the world!
58. GOD TOLD US ONE TIME‚ HE SAID, "THIS LAND WHICH YE CALL LIGHT I CALL DARK!"—speaking of America—because they have rejected the light, they have rejected the Truth! They've rejected our message, they've rejected our words, the Prophet of God‚ the mouthpiece of the Lord giving them the last warning! They rejected my mother's message of warning, that last great warning of "Look out for Memphis, Egypt, out of it is going to come Great Confusion!" (No.655.)
59. POOR EGYPT'S ALREADY IN CONFUSION; ASK POOR SADAT‚ HE'LL TELL YOU! Maybe by the time you see this, he'll already be gone! Poor fellow, he's having all kinds of confusion already, but apparently the young man who is going to rule the world as the Antichrist comes out of Egypt. It says he goes to the North, & he comes back to the South. (Da.11:28,29.) He probably has already gone to Moscow for his education & will be coming back some day to lead his people, & especially in the great war that is to come against Israel & against the West. Some of it looks like it's already begun over there—in fact it never has stopped, really.
60. BUT DID THEY REPENT OF THEIR IDOLATRY & THEIR WICKEDNESS? Even though they were not killed, even those that were not killed by these monsters & these plagues still refused to repent. Even though later on it says they even gnawed their tongues for pain, yet would they not repent of their wickedness! And that's so true of the genuinely thoroughly wicked who hate God & hate Christ—like [some people] do, for example—and who curse Him & blame all their troubles on God, if they give Him credit for existing at all, until they curse God & curse Him until they die!
61. ONLY HE SAYS HERE THEY'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR DEATH & NOT BE ABLE TO FIND IT!—The horrors of Hell let loose on the Earth—Pandora's box opened at last, & all of these horrible creatures & monsters of God or the Devil or both, to torment the wicked!—Not you & me that love the Lord, don't misunderstand me. Thank God, it's the wicked who are going to be suffering this Hell on Earth, those who have given us so much trouble & tried to give us Hell on Earth! God is going to let loose in this Tribulation period & give them Hell!
62. "GIVE'M HELL, GOD!" THAT'S THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO BE PRAYING & SHOUTING, HALLELUJAH! TYJ! "Give'm Hell! They've tried to give us Hell, now You sock it to'm & give'm Hell!"—And that's what He's going to give'm! He's going to sock it to'm & give'm Hell on Earth & Hell hereafter! You don't want to be one of those people, do you? Wouldn't you rather be one of the Children of God that God's going to protect during those times? You'll be protected from all these monsters & plagues & horrors of that Hell on Earth period of the Tribulation if you're a child of God!
63. BELOVED‚ DON'T FEAR THE TRIBULATION IF YOU LOVE THE LORD! Don't worry about that 3 1/2 years of Tribulation! It's not going to be Hell for you! I've heard some preachers make it sound like it was going to be such Hell that no Christian would ever want to be here! I'll tell you, the Antichrist is going to be after our skin, & his anti–Christ followers are going to be on our tails trying to get us, but let me tell you, there's going to be a lot more on their tails, not just trying, but getting them! And they are really going to get it, let me tell you!
64. SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE FORCES OF THE DEVIL & THE ANTICHRIST & OUR PRESENT & FUTURE ENEMIES. God's a much greater Enemy to them than they are to us! "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!" (1Jn.4:4.) "When the Enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God will raise a standard against him!" (Is.59:19.)—And we will march on! (Sings:)
"Onward Christian Soldiers‚ marching as to war!
With the cross of Jesus, going on before!
We are not divided, all one body we!
One in hope, in doctrine, one in purity!"—Salvation!—
"Onward, Christian soldiers‚ marching as to war!
With the cross of Jesus, marching on before!"
65. WE'RE GOING TO MARCH TRIUMPHANT, PROTECTED BY GOD, RIGHT STRAIGHT THROUGH THE TRIBULATION FROM BEGINNING TO END, in the face of our enemies! While they're being tormented by these monsters & plagues & fighting off all these horrors of Hell‚ we're going to march right through unscathed! They may catch up with a few of us & kill a few of us, as they promised they will if we don't worship their Beast & his Image & take the Mark; a few of us will die & suffer martyrdom even as we do today, but we're still marching!
66. THEY CAN'T STOP OUR RAIN, & THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO STOP IT ANY MORE THEN THAN THEY'RE STOPPING IT NOW! Because God is going to cut loose all the horrors of Hell against them! They're going to have their hands so full of those horrors & those tormenters & those monsters & those beasts & those wars & weapons of wars & whatever they are, they're not going to have very much time to spend on you & me!
67. BESIDES‚ IF YOU'VE GOT YOUR SURVIVAL READY & stashed away someplace where you can flee to the hills or whatever, you can kind of get away perhaps in that way. Although don't neglect the preaching of the Gospel while you're trying to get a survival farm ready! Some people have spent so much time on survival, they've forgotten what they joined the army for & they've forgotten to preach the Gospel!
68. LET ME TELL YOU, THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR YOU IS IN THE CENTER OF GOD'S WILL out on the mission field preaching the Gospel in all the World to every creature! And I promise you by the Word of God, that if you'll do that‚ God will take care of you!—No matter where you are, or how you are, or what you are, or what's against you‚ the Lord will keep you if you're in the center of His will. It's a charmed circle where you live a charmed life, & they won't be able to lay a finger on you. You'll be able to call down fire from God out of Heaven to devour your enemies, as you'll read later on as we go on, in the next chapter.
69. CHAPTER 10 WILL BE NEXT, WHERE WE HEAR A MOST MARVELLOUS ANNOUNCEMENT, a thrilling wonderful announcement before the Last Trump is blown‚ because at the Last Trump, that's when you & I go up! Because as the Apostle Paul said‚ "The trump of God shall sound; the dead in Christ shall rise & we which are alive & remain shall be caught up together with Him in the air." (1Th.4:16,17.) Paul says in another place, "We shall all be changed, in an instant at the Last Trump!" (1Co.15:52.) The Last Trump—that final trumpet's very important—& you're gonna hear more about it right in here!
70. WHEN THAT SEVENTH TRUMPET IS BLOWN YOU'RE GOING TO FIND OUT WE ARE GOING TO BE RAPTURED OUT OF THIS WORLD! "Stop the World, I wanna get off!" Hallelujah! And that's what's going to happen, right in the face of our enemies, just when they're trying to obliterate us & absolutely massacre us & exterminate us, they're not going to be able to do it! Hallelujah! TYJ! PYL!
71. HELP US TO GO MARCHING ON AS THY CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS, never fearing, never worrying & not fretting what the Enemy or man can do unto us‚ for they can only kill the body, & after that have no more that they can do! But we're rather to fear You, Lord‚ Who can cast both soul & body into Hell, if we don't follow You & love You, believe in You & obey You. (Mt.10:28.) They're the ones that have the most to fear! All our enemies can do is kill our bodies, & thereby release our spirits to eternal freedom & Heaven & paradise, a Garden of Eden on Earth! Whereas You can cast both their souls & bodies into Hell, & You will, if they don't repent!
72. HELP, LORD, THESE THAT ARE LISTENING‚ if they are not yet 'saved, to feel repentant & conscience-stricken & convicted of their sins right now, that they might receive You, Jesus, as their Saviour, ask You to come into their hearts right at this moment that they might be saved‚ & that when the Tribulation comes‚ they will be spared, they will be protected from all these horrors of Hell You're going to let loose on the Enemy & on the wicked. When that time comes‚ Lord, You're going to take care of Your Own.
73. HELP, THEM, LORD, TO RECEIVE YOU, JESUS, so that they will be able to tell others of Thy love & Thy protection, Thy mercy, Thy kindness & Thy forgiveness, from now until You come, as wonderful witnesses during that terrible time, but provided for & protected & cared for by You throughout the Tribulation & through all Eternity, in Jesus' name! TYL! PYL! Amen.
74. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK THAT LOVIN' MAN IN! He says, "Behold, I stand at the door of your heart & knock. If any man hear My voice & open the door, I will come in." (Rev.3:20.) So if you have heard His voice tonight & you want Jesus to come in, all you have to do is ask Him to come in! X! Goodnight! GBY! ILY!—in Jesus' name, amen!