ET #20DO 217323/4/85
SMILE, DARN YA, SMILE!
1. THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT & COMPLICATED SUBJECT, THE INTERPRETATION OF BIBLE PROPHECY, & yet on this particular study we're involved in now on the Antichrist & his kingdom‚ it is probably a subject more dealt with & dealt with more specifically in the Scripture than any other except Christ & His Kingdom. As I say, in this one Chapter that we're studying‚ Daniel 7, He goes over this same subject & this particular Beast & these horns three times!—In one Chapter! He goes over it & over it & over it! He knows it's tough! He knows it's hard to understand! Daniel was mystified!
2. DON'T FEEL BAD IF YOU'RE PUZZLED & MYSTIFIED & you can't understand what's going on, smile‚ darn you, smile! I mean‚ look like you understand it even if you don't! You can at least trust the Lord, amen? You know the Lord even if you don't know anything else! PTL? So you've still got good reason to smile & be happy! Don't worry just because you don't understand some of this if it's a little complicated, smile, darn you‚ smile! Come on!—Ha! Even if it's a little difficult.
3. IF THESE LITTLE ONES HERE CAN SIT IN THE FRONT ROW & NEVER TAKE THEIR EYES OFF OF MY FACE & LOOK FASCINATED even if they don't understand a thing they're hearing, you certainly ought to be able to try to pay attention! It's difficult enough for you, just think how complicated it must be for them. (Davida: You make it pretty simple.) Well‚ the Lord made it pretty simple, really. That must be why the Lord did it in pictures, He drew pictures of it.
THE DEVIL'S ATTACK ON THE WORD OF GOD!
4. ONE OF THE THINGS THE DEVIL LIKES TO DO MOST OF ALL IS DEFEAT THE PROPHECIES OF GOD!—Why? The greatest proof to the World that there is a God is first what? (Fam: Creation.) It's evident all around us that there's a God, because all this couldn't have just made itself, contrary to the Devil's big lie of Evolution. That's so ridiculous, it's so silly, it's so foolish, it's worse than childish! I mean‚ a child's not that dumb, they can look around & know that there must be a God & Somebody made it all! There's nothing unless somebody made it, right? We didn't make it, & it certainly didn't make itself, so Somebody must have made it! Right? So there had to be Somebody pretty big & pretty smart to make it, & that Somebody must be God!
5. SO THE GREATEST PROOF OF GOD'S EXISTENCE IS HIS CREATION, BUT SEE HOW THE DEVIL HAS WORKED TO TRY TO NULLIFY THAT PROOF by creating the deceptive, evil, slimy lie of Evolution that is so silly & ridiculous, to the point now that many modern scientists don't even believe it any more because they say it's impossible & there's absolutely no proof of it! If they don't believe in God, they don't know what to believe, but they know it couldn't have happened that way!
6. BUT THAT WAS THE DEVIL'S MAJOR ATTACK AGAINST THE EXISTENCE OF GOD, TO ATTACK THE BIBLE, attack the Word of God. God's Word says, "In the beginning God created the Heaven & the Earth!" (Gen.1:1) So that's right where the Devil had to begin & lie to them. He began with the Garden of Eden with lies to Eve. He started off right there. His major attack was on the Word of God! What did he say? "Hath God said so-&-so? It's not so! God's lying to you, God's deceiving you, He just doesn't want you to know everything like He does. Follow me & do what I tell you to do & you're going to be as smart as God!" (Gen.3:1-5) Well, you can see where it's gotten man, he's getting not as smart as God, but he's getting a hell of a lot smarter & it's all Hell, with all Hell let loose, tampering with everything now & getting to where he could even blow up the World pretty soon if God didn't stop him!
7. SO THE ATTACK WAS MADE RIGHT ON THE WORD OF GOD! Now we know‚ of course, the surest proof that God exists—I asked you this question not long ago & I got a variety of answers until you finally hit the right one—how do you know God exists? (Fam: Answers to prayer.) That's good‚ but there's a better one. (Fam: Jesus is in our heart.) You know Him! (Techi: I was going to say that.) How about that, she was going to say that! We know God exists because we know Him, we know the Lord! At least we know the Lord, His Son, we know Jesus. We know this Book is true because we know the Author! Remember that story I told you? We have fallen in love with the Book because we've already fallen in love with the Author! So we know the Bible is true because we know Him. But that's our personal experience, that's not the rest of the World. What other kind of proof has He offered the rest of the World before they have such a personal experience, besides the Creation? (Fam: Fulfilled Prophecy.)
8. FULFILLED PROPHECY IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PROOFS OF THE BIBLE! Who else but God could have known the Future thousands of years before it happened? Who else but God could have foretold the Future in detail, perfectly‚ long before it happened? A lot of these prophecies haven't happened yet, so they're not proven yet, but there are hundreds & hundreds of prophecies in here already that have already been fulfilled & are already proven! I think they say there are about 300-&-some prophecies about Jesus alone & His first coming that have already been fulfilled in detail!
9. YOU NOTICE HOW THAT DEAR OLD JEW MATTHEW, GOD BLESS HIM, HE WAS A DOCUMENTARIAN, HE INSISTED ON GIVING THE WORD, THE PROOF! Every time he said anything about Jesus he said‚ "As it was written," "So it was said," he keeps quoting Scriptures to prove that Jesus fulfilled prophecy. That's why all those Scriptures & references to the Old Testament are there, to prove that Jesus was the Messiah by the Scripture, fulfilled Scriptures! Isn't that wonderful? Thank the Lord? Hallelujah!
THE DEVIL'S ATTACKS ON FULFILLED PROPHECY!
10. WE SAID THAT THE SUREST PROOF OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD IS THE CREATION! With us it's because we actually know Him‚ & another thing is fulfilled Prophecy that gives you faith to trust this Word & what it has to say.
11. BUT DID YOU KNOW, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, THE VERY FIRST TEMPTATION‚ THE DEVIL TRIED TO DEFEAT FULFILLED PROPHECY! What did he tell Eve? "Hath God said so–&-so? No, that's not true." That's the first thing he told her, that it's not true. "For God doth know so-&-so." And then what did he say? The Devil gave her a prophecy, a false prophecy: "Thou shalt not surely die!" God said in the day that ye eat thereof, thou shalt surely die. He didn't mean that very day, but from that time on they started dying, from the very first bite they started dying! That was God's prophecy, right? Was it fulfilled? Did Adam & Eve die? Yes, they're long gone! But what did the Devil tell them? He gave a false prophecy: "Thou shalt not surely die." Think of that! (Gen.3:1-6)
12. ALMOST THE FIRST THING THE DEVIL TRIED TO DO, BESIDES TEMPTING EVE, WAS NOT TO EAT THE APPLE—it wasn't an apple anyhow, we don't know what kind of fruit it was, it's fruit that we don't know, but it's symbolised by the apple—first of all he lied to her & said‚ "You're not going to die, you're just going to be smarter!" So his biggest temptation was to get her to doubt God's Word. God said, "You're going to die!" The Devil said, "You're not going to die." God's Word was true. That was a prophecy that was eventually fulfilled, they did die. The Devil was a liar, he said, "You will not die." What a lie, an outright lie! So the Devil was trying to defeat the Word, in other words, he was trying to defeat even the fulfilment of the prophecy of God! And I have seen evidences all through history where the Devil has been working overtime trying to defeat the fulfilments of prophecies, time & again.
13. THERE ARE SO MANY INSTANCES, TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION, BUT ONE OF THE GREATEST PROPHECIES OF A MAN OF GOD WAS THE PATRIARCH NOAH WHO SPOKE THE WORD OF GOD AFTER HIS SON COMMITTED [A SEXUAL SIN] AGAINST HIM. That's what happened. The translators of the Bible are very delicate in their language & they use nice words & nice descriptions many times to describe things that they think are a little too raw perhaps for children to read & only grownups will understand, but we like to be frank with our kids & tell'm the facts & the truth. They're going to hear it sometime from somebody, just like I did as a little boy.
15. CORINNE LINGER, OUR BIBLE COLLEGE GRADUATE MUSICIAN WHO TRAVELLED WITH US, SAID SHE'D NEVER FORGET WHEN HER MOTHER FIRST TOLD HER HOW BABIES REALLY ORIGINATE. She was a teenager, can you imagine?—And her mother thought it was time to tell her about sex. She said, "Do you mean to tell me that Pastor So-&-so does that to his wife?" She was horrified! We believe in being frank with our kids. These things are perfectly natural, normal & God-ordained, why shouldn't they know? Praise God?
16. GOD SAID THROUGH THE MOUTH OF NOAH THAT BECAUSE OF THE SIN OF HAM & CANAAN THAT THEIR DESCENDANTS [THE CANAANITES] WERE GOING TO BE "SERVANTS OF SERVANTS." (Gen.9:25)—The lowest class of labourers, servants of servants, & that they would have to enjoy the hospitality & the care & the help & be fed & housed by Shem—Shemites. "They shall dwell in the tents of Shem." Now who were the Hamites? Who were the sons of Ham? Ham was an Egyptian word that literally meant black. That was Ham's son's name, Canaan. That's where the land of Canaan got its name‚ & the Canaanites that dwelt there were Blacks. And they [the sons of Canaan] turned completely wicked in every way as a result.
17. YOU DON'T HEAR VERY OFTEN ABOUT SODOM & GOMORRAH. You see nice movies about all the Sodomites & Gomorrahites & Canaanites & they're all white—but they were all [Canaanites]. And He said they would be servants of servants dwelling in the tents of Shem.
19. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT [THE OTHER DESCENDENTS OF HAM'S OTHER SONS*, OR ESPECIALLY THE] CHRISTIAN BLACKS‚ GOOD CHRISTIAN BROTHERS & SISTERS who are just as good as any white, black, yellow‚ green, whatever you are! We haven't seen any little green men yet, have we? They say they come from Mars‚ but actually nobody lives on Mars unless it's devils! Colour has nothing to do with it. [HomeARC note (9/98): See "The Un–Cursed Sons of Ham!", ML #2928.]
21. THEY [THE CANAANITES] WERE SO WICKED IN THE EARLY DAYS GOD TOLD THE JEWS TO WIPE'M OUT COMPLETELY‚ kill every one of them‚ get rid of them or they were going to cause them nothing but trouble. But they didn't, & so they did cause trouble! The Jews didn't get rid of them & they caused them nothing but trouble from the days of occupying the Promised Land, Canaan. He said‚ "They'll be like thorns in your side & like hornets in the land!" (Num.33:55) What does a hornet do when they sting you? I had one sting me on the end of the finger one time. Talk about the Devil's pests! I was leading the singing in this country church & I used my hand to lead the singing & a hornet stung me right on the end of my finger! You know what they do? They have a tail that injects poison, it's like a hypodermic needle, they stick it in your skin & then they force poison through it into your skin, & that's what makes the sting, bee stings too, in fact just about any stings. Snakes do it with their teeth, but insects usually do it with their tails.
DON'T DOUBT THE PROPHECIES!
22. SO THE DEVIL IMMEDIATELY TRIED TO DEFEAT THE PROPHECIES OF GOD & MAKE SURE THEY WEREN'T FULFILLED. Well, he didn't succeed, did he? It turned out that God's children got away anyhow & eventually they conquered all that territory. Just because the Devil temporarily defeats a prophecy does not mean it's not going to be ultimately fulfilled! The Lord has given us a few prophecies that people figured were false because they haven't happened yet. They said that I said California was going to fall in the sea, there was going to be a mighty earthquake & it would fall in the ocean! I never said it. There were others of our group that got the prophecies in the spirit. And then because I recorded it they said, "See, he's a false prophet, it hasn't fallen in the sea!"
23. LET ME TELL YOU, BROTHER & SISTER, TIME ISN'T UP YET! THERE'S STILL TIME FOR CALIFORNIA TO FALL IN THE OCEAN! The scientists are saying it's due now for another major earthquake & that there's every sign of it being due now. You'd think those Californians would get out of that damn place! But instead, they stay there longer & longer & it's one of the wickedest places in the World, full of Sodomy & every kind of sin you can imagine, filth & where a lot of this horror music—I don't even want to call it music—where a lot of this horror noise is born, California! Do you know where California is? Don't be afraid to ask me a question. It's a state, & California is one of the biggest states in the United States. Texas is the biggest in the continental U.S., California's next. Anyway‚ it's full of wicked people & wickedness & that's where these horrible movies are made & where this horrible so-called "music" is created & all the rest!
24. THEY'VE EVEN ACCUSED ME OF FALSE PROPHECIES. "Well, '40 Days' didn't happen, the Comet didn't happen!" That doesn't mean it isn't going to happen! I thought it was the Comet, I thought that was the 40 days. How do you know that maybe the 40 days & the coming Comet is when it's going to happen? So God could yet fulfil that! But even if He stopped it & didn't do it at that time‚ like He did for Jonah that time when he predicted the same words, 40 days‚ & then Nineveh didn't fall‚ God can change His mind if people pray hard enough & He loves'm enough & He forgives'm, He could stop it. My goodness, if it had happened then‚ look at all the work we wouldn't have gotten done! I'll tell you one thing it did‚ it got a lot of our people out of the U.S. who then went to the field who wouldn't have left! So it accomplished God's purpose, amen? Even if they call me a false prophet‚ I don't care, as long as I do the will of God & God accomplishes His purpose. Praise God?
25. SO WATCH OUT ABOUT DOUBTS! "Well, Dad said the war was going to come first, now he's changed his mind, now he says the Crash is going to come first. See, he's a false prophet!" That doesn't mean I'm a false prophet. The Lord said the war is going to come, & it'll come! Whether it comes now or tomorrow or 7 years from now‚ it'll come. But if I didn't get my signals straight as to exactly which was going to come first, the chicken or the egg, the War or the Crash, thank God He finally woke me up & revealed that it's gotta be the Crash first. We can't have the war come first because that could just about wipe out everything. That would be a crash for sure! But for the Antichrist to get into power, he has to have the economic situation crash, not the whole World crash or be utterly destroyed or there wouldn't be any kingdom of the Antichrist, there wouldn't be hardly anything left to rule over. He wants the World! He wants the nations, rich & poor, he wants everybody, the whole World under his dominion & to play God with them. So thank the Lord, He finally straightened us out on that.
26. "WELL, DAD, MAYBE SOME OF THESE THINGS YOU'RE SAYING ABOUT THIS BEAST & THESE HORNS & ALL THAT STUFF, MAYBE YOU'RE WRONG THERE TOO. Maybe you made a mistake." Well, in the first place, nearly all Bible Prophecy scholars say that! I didn't just get all that from myself or just from the Lord—although I've gotten a lot of the filling & the details filled in—these are things on which most Bible students & scholars of Bible Prophecy agree! It's not our private doctrine, it's not our private interpretation, but things on which most of them agree. So just because I may make a little mistake in a little detail in the order of events—that's a pretty big detail—don't start doubting God's Word & doubting the prophecies!
27. BECAUSE IF THERE IS ANY PROPHECY—& this will have to be your introduction to the rest of this Chapter—if there is any passage of Bible Prophecy on which nearly all Bible scholars & Bible prophecy teachers agree—those who really know the Lord & know the Word, Fundamentalists, Evangelicals, Pentecostals—if there's any part of this Book of Bible Prophecy on which they agree the most, it is these two Visions of Daniel, the Image & the order of events‚ because they're almost all fulfilled! Who wouldn't believe it? Who couldn't agree? And even on this final order of events about the horns & the little horn‚ it is so plain in God's Word‚ how could they disagree?
28. HOW COULD THERE BE ANY DIFFERENCE OF OPINION? Virtually every single writer I've ever read & preacher I've ever heard who preached on this particular passage & this subject—Daniel 2 & Daniel 7—had the same interpretation! Because most of it's already been fulfilled! That's the marvellous thing about these prophecies, most of them have already been fulfilled, the empires have already come & gone! So why shouldn't the last one happen just like it says?
29. SO THAT LAST POINT IS‚ DON'T DOUBT THE PROPHECIES! Just because I make a mistake, don't doubt God's Word‚ whatever it is. If it's a bad mistake‚ God will wake me up sooner or later so I'll get the point! PTL? But let me assure you about these passages we're studying now, virtually all Bible students, all Bible scholars‚ all those who really know the Lord—I'm talking about the Pentecostals and the Evangelicals and the Fundamentalists and those who are really saved and born-again, even Scofield—agree on this interpretation! Because it's right there plain as day and the Lord Himself explains it right there! So how can you misunderstand it? So don't doubt this! This is going to happen, this is going to come, because most of it has already happened. So the rest is going to happen too and it's going to happen very soon! My oh my, we just get so excited about this it's hard for me to stop, really hard to stop!
THY KINGDOM COME!
30. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS GOING TO COME! "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!" Praise God? Every time you pray that prayer you're acknowledging it again that it's going to happen & it's going to happen soon! Praise God? So let's pray His prayer, shall we?—The King's Prayer about His Kingdom, the Lord's Prayer‚ together: (Prays the Lord's Prayer.) That's why it's going to happen, that's why it's going to come, it's His Kingdom, & He's going to have it! Praise God?—And you're going to have it! Hallelujah! That's what Daniel's talking about here all the time! It's not only His, it's yours! He says that time & again. So be encouraged!
31. JUST BECAUSE IT ISN'T HERE YET DOESN'T MEAN IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Just because some of the foolish unsaved church people thought that the Church Age was the Kingdom of God on Earth & the Millennium, that doesn't mean it's not still coming, praise God? And it's going to happen, including the Antichrist Kingdom. But we've gotta not be ignorant of the Devil & his devices, we've gotta know about what he's going to do so we'll know what's happening when it happens‚ right? Then we'll be prepared for it before it happens.
32. BUT DON'T JUST BE THINKING ABOUT THAT SO MUCH YOU'RE GETTING DISCOURAGED & FEARFUL & WORRIED ABOUT THE TRIBULATION & ALL THAT SORT OF THING. That's why I've been trying to get out these Posters about Heaven! Get your mind on the things that are better‚ on the things that are good. What does the Bible say about thinking good thoughts? "Whatsoever things are good, all the good things, think on these things!" (Phil.4:8) So we've been trying to get you to think about Heaven & show you pictures of Heaven, & most of our pictures are wonderful good things about what's coming! We have a few about the Tribulation too, but most of them are about Heaven, praise God? And you're Heaven! You're my little angels straight from Heaven! GBY! ILY! I'm sorry if you're sorry we didn't get around to this lesson, but at least I gave you what I got. I'm just a delivery boy, I'm not responsible for the message. I just deliver it like the newspaper, that's all!