MATTHEW 24!--Part 3!--The Finish! DFO 1506 14/3/81
1. PTL! TYJ! HALLELUJAH! WE'RE CONTINUING THE STUDY OF MATTHEW 24, THE SIGNS OF THE TIME! The signs of the days in which you are living in these Last Days, in the Endtime, & the signs you should look for & expect to know that you are near the End & how near the End & what is going to happen at the End. Throughout Daniel & in our other studies, Matthew & so on, we have been following the course of history, in fact the course of empires, beginning with Daniel, in which we find a whole plan of history outlined from the very beginning of the first great World powers down to the last great World power, the World government & dictatorship of the Antichrist.
2. WE HAVE BEEN STUDYING IN PARTICULAR NOW THE LAST DAYS, THE VERY ENDTIME PERIOD OF THE SEVEN-YEAR REIGN OF THE ANTICHRIST, just before Jesus comes, the last three-&-a-half years of which will be the Great Tribulation, immediately following which Jesus will return to gather His Saints & to catch us up to be with Him in the air, & so shall we ever be with the Lord! PTL! TYJ! And we're hoping you'll be there too. And if you love Jesus, you know He loves you, & you will be there. No matter how bad you've been or how good you've been, you'll be there if you have Jesus in your heart & you're trusting Him for your Salvation.
3. WE'VE BEEN TALKING IN THE LAST LESSON ABOUT THE MARVELLOUS EXPERIENCE OF THE RAPTURE! It's called a rapture because it's rapturous, it's ecstatic! It's the joining of the Bride to her Bridegroom. It's almost like sex, in fact, that's what Jesus compares it to. He compares His relationship to you & me, His Bride, to Himself as a Bridegroom. He compares our relationship with Him as man to woman: He's the man, we are the woman, the Bride of Christ.
4. AND HE COMPARES OUR COMPLETE UNION WITH HIM & OUR IN-FILLING OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO OUR COMPLETE SEXUAL UNION, IN A SENSE, & this final union with Him in Heaven as a Marriage, a Wedding, a Marriage Feast of the Lamb, a Wedding Supper of the Lamb! So it's a very sexy thing & might give you sexy feelings! But that's nothing to be ashamed of, there's nothing wrong with sex, no shame about sex, it's a creation of God & intended for you to have & enjoy. He made you & every part of you & expected you to enjoy your life & love in Him.
5. YOUR UNION WITH HIM AS WE ARE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THOSE WHO ARE RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD--"we which are alive & remain are caught up together with them in the air, to meet the Lord in the air" (1Th.4:17)--this is likened in His Word to the union of the Bride, us, the Church, with our Bridegroom, Him, Jesus! And the event which follows is described as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the Marriage Feast of Jesus in which His Bride is joined to Him in a great wedding & a final union forever!--Never separated again, never to be apart again! TTL! Always with Him forever, & He always with us, living with us forever! TYJ!
6. RIGHT NOW HE'S HAD TO GO AWAY TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR US, THAT WHERE HE IS, WE MAY BE ALSO! (Jn.14:2,3.) It's like many of the pioneers of the early days when they used to have to leave their wives & children & families behind to go out into the wilderness & hew down the forest to build a cabin, clear the fields & prepare a home for the family. And then he would come back & get his bride & his children & would return to their new home.
7. THIS IS WHAT JESUS IS DOING, ONLY HE'S NOT HAVING TO HEW DOWN A FOREST, TTL! He might have to hew down a few stars & a few planets for all the pieces He's going to need for Space City, that glorious Heavenly City called the Holy City, the Heavenly City, to make a most beautiful Home, the most beautiful Home anyone has ever known! And probably the biggest too! The largest City that's ever been heard of--1500 miles wide, 1500 miles long & 1500 miles high! Well, that's something juicy we'll read about later! That's what's going to come!
8. BUT TONIGHT WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE CURRENT EVENTS THAT WE'VE BEEN STUDYING, & we have just been studying the Rapture, the second coming of Jesus Christ to get His Saints, to rescue them off this horrible Earth from the Tribulation & the Antichrist forces, & to catch them up in the air to meet Him!--To take them back into Heaven with Him for that wonderful feast, the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, the great Marriage Feast, a real party in which we'll have a good time with the Lord!
9. WE'VE EVEN ESTIMATED THE NUMBER OF DAYS THAT IT MAY LAST from Daniel Chapter 12, perhaps 30 days. We think this is what the 30 days is for while the Wrath of God is being poured out upon the wicked Antichrist & his bestial kingdom & all of those who have accepted his Mark. We'll be in Heaven having a wild party with the Lord while the Devil will be on Earth with all of his people having one Hell of a time with Satan! It'll be Hell on Earth as the judgements of God are poured out upon our enemies while we're celebrating our victory in Heaven! PTL! Hallelujah!
10. SO JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT THIS GREAT EVENT OF THE RAPTURE. He's talking about this marvellous catching up of His Bride in the air to meet Him, & He's been giving us a lot of signs of the times, signs of the End, signs of when this is going to happen. And He has begun with the very beginning sign that the Gospel would be preached in all the Earth for a witness unto all nations--that was in the 14th verse of the same chapter--"& then shall the end come." And then to give a more specific sign of the End He said that, "When ye shall therefore see the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet."
11. ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE A LITTLE BIT OF REVIEW FOR YOU, & if you want to turn in your Bible to the 24th Chapter of Matthew, the 14th & 15th verses where Jesus said these things, it's very clear! PTL! TYJ! Have you got it? 14th verse, He says, "This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the World for a witness unto all nations"--that's one of the first signs that He gave--"& then shall the end come!"
12. 15TH VERSE: "WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place," 21st verse: "Then shall be Great Tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the World to this time, no, nor ever shall be." Then would be the Great Tribulation. And then in the 29th verse He said: "Immediately after the Tribulation of those days" you'll see Jesus coming!
13. WE KNOW BY DANIEL & OTHER PLACES IN THE BIBLE, INCLUDING REVELATION, THAT THAT TRIBULATION PERIOD WILL LAST EXACTLY THREE-&-A-HALF YEARS, 42 months, or to be exactly accurate, 1260 days. It begins with the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, the Image of the Beast set up in the Holy Land, in Jerusalem in the holiest place of the World's three greatest religions, Mount Moriah, where there's already a Temple of Islam, where there will be again a Temple of Israel, & perhaps even a great Christian Temple as well. There are many Christian Temples there now in & about the city, but not directly upon Mount Moriah.
14. BUT WHEN THE ANTICHRIST INTERNATIONALISES THE CITY & promises religious freedom to all the World's faiths, no doubt the Jews will rebuild their Temple there, & perhaps the Christians will want to have a Temple of their own there. So in that most sacred of all places in the whole Earth to the World's three greatest religions, there the Antichrist, this anti-God, anti-religion Devil-man will set up a statue, an idol of himself to be worshipped by the whole World, shall try to abolish all other religions & proclaim that they must worship him now as God! We're going to read some more about that shortly in another passage.
15. SO IN THIS PASSAGE JESUS SAYS THAT THE TRIBULATION WILL BEGIN WHEN THAT IDOL IS SET UP IN JERUSALEM, when this Antichrist World ruler sets up an Image of himself to be worshipped as God, & commands all who will not worship him to be killed, & that every one must receive a Mark in their hand or their forehead or they cannot buy or sell, cannot live if they do not worship him & take his Mark.
16. UNLESS, OF COURSE, THEY'VE BEEN VERY WISE & HAVE HEEDED OUR WARNINGS FOR YEARS NOW & prepared themselves a refuge in the hills & the mountains, to which Jesus said to flee when that time comes.--A place where you have food stored & prepared so you don't have to buy or sell, you don't have to have the Mark of the Beast & you don't have to worship the Image, you're going to be hiding out away from all of that.
17. THEN HE SAYS, "IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS"--exactly three-&-a-half years later, 42 months later, 1260 days later--He's going to come back again! And we've read all about that in our last lesson. I'm just giving you a little review to remind you, to see if you remember! There're going to be great signs in the heavens & in the Earth.
18. "AND THEN SHALL APPEAR THE SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN IN HEAVEN!" We're going to see that He's coming! And all the tribes of the Earth are going to see Him too, & they'll mourn because they know that they rejected Him & they have not worshipped Him & they refused to love & receive Him, & they're going to be sorry. He's going to come with great power & glory in the clouds of Heaven, 30th verse, & He's going to send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet to gather together His elect, you & me, from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other. So, that's going to be a great event! That's the final Rapture at the end of the Tribulation.
19. HOW DOES THE TRIBULATION BEGIN?--With the Image of the Beast in the holy place in Jerusalem. When does it end? Exactly three-&-a-half years, 42 months or 1260 days later when Jesus comes for His Own, to rescue His children out of this horrible Hell on Earth which has been engineered by the Devil himself! But Jesus comes & takes us out of it all, those of us who remain. Many will have already been martyred & have been slain & will have died for Jesus & for their testimony. "For they loved not their lives unto the death" & they shed their blood for Jesus & for others. So now He has come & caught His Own out of this Earth.
20. WHAT OTHER SIGNS WILL THERE BE TO KNOW THAT THIS ENDTIME IS NEAR?--That the time of the Antichrist is near, the false Messiah who appears just a few years before Jesus to set up the false Millennium.--The false God with his false religion & his False Prophet, all imitating God & Jesus & the Holy Spirit & the Millennium.--All of these things are simply an imitation. He is the imitation Christ, the imitation Messiah. He is the imitation Son of God, son of the imitation god, Satan, & he attempts to set up an imitation Millennium with the help of his imitation Holy Spirit, the False Prophet.
21. SO IT'S ALL AN IMITATION OF GOD & HIS TRINITY & HIS OWN PLANS, & IT WILL DECEIVE MANY!--Particularly the Jews, who are going to think that he's their very own Messiah! They rejected Jesus. [DELETED]
25. WE ARE THE TRUE JEWS OF TODAY! We who have accepted the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua Ha Messiah! "Ich bin ein Yiddisher mann mit ein Yiddisher herz und ein glaiber an der Yiddisher Messiah, Yeshua Ha Messiah!" I'm a Jewish man with a Jewish heart, because I'm a believer in the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ! We have become Jews by faith, children of Abraham by faith! (Ga.3:7.)
27. WELL, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO KNOW SOME OTHER SIGNS OF THE TIMES in which you are living, that these things are going to happen very soon? Very simple! Jesus said in the 32nd verse: "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, & putteth forth leaves, ye know that Summer is nigh." We have a tree, an almond tree in our yard, & it's putting forth beautiful little blossoms right now, isn't it? God compared us to an almond tree, remember? You read it sometime, a beautiful prophecy God gave us called "The Almond Tree"! (No.158.) How do you know Summer is nigh? How do you know Summer is coming soon? Because the trees begin to blossom! The flowers begin to bloom! The grass turns green & the balmy breezes blow & the sunshine glows, praise God!
28. "SO LIKEWISE YE"--33RD VERSE--"WHEN YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS." He said just like you see the blossoms of the trees & the flowers & you know Summer is nigh, then you'll know that His coming is very near. You say, "Well, that doesn't sound like blossoms & flowers to me! It sounds more like thorns & thistles & briars & horrors!" Not for us who love Jesus!
29. EVERY SIGN THAT APPEARS, NO MATTER HOW BAD IT MAY LOOK TO THE WORLD & HOW HORRIBLE IT MAY SEEM TO BE, IS ANOTHER BLOSSOM! Every sign of the soon-coming of Jesus is another flower! Every bit of news we read in the newspaper to show that the End is near, to us it's good news! No matter how bad it is, it's good news because we know it's got to get very bad first before it can get good. And the worse it gets, the sooner it's going to get better! So every bit of bad news to us is good news, because we know the worse it gets, the sooner it's going to get better & the sooner He's going to come!
30. SO TO US ALL THESE SIGNS ARE FLOWERS & BLOSSOMS & BEAUTIFUL FULFILMENTS OF HIS PROPHECIES & SIGNS OF HIS SOON-COMING.--The Summer that is near, the beautiful Summer, the Springtime of the coming of Jesus & the springing up of His flowers from the Earth, the dead in Christ that shall rise first!--The Resurrection! What is Spring like? It's like a resurrection! Throughout the horrible Winter it seems like everything is dead, the grass is brown, the trees are leafless & it looks as though the ground is lifeless. But as that great sun begins to appear & it grows warmer day by day, then things begin to spring from the Earth!
31. THAT WHICH SEEMED TO BE DEAD ARISES & THERE'S A RESURRECTION OF THE EARTH IN THE SPRINGTIME! The flowers seem to just jump out of the soil, the trees begin to blossom & that which seems to be dead comes to life again! Because the Sun is coming, Jesus is coming! Jesus is likened unto the sun, that great ball of fire which God causes to shine upon us & gives us life & health & food & warmth & the Earth's place in space. (Mal.4:2.)
32. JESUS IS LIKE THE SUN TO US! We don't worship the sun--s-u-n--but we worship the Son, S-o-n, Jesus! Of whom the sun, s-u-n, is a type, of what He is like: A Bridegroom, like the sun, coming out of His chamber, God's Word says. (Ps.19:4,5.) God's Word likens Jesus to the sun. And as He draws nearer it gets warmer--in fact, it gets hotter--but we begin to blossom! The almond tree begins to really blossom!
33. YOU THINK WE HAVE BLOSSOMED NOW & WE'RE IN FULL-BLOOM? WE HAVE BARELY BEGUN TO BLOSSOM NOW! Wait till the Tribulation comes! Wait till these Last Day events begin to transpire, then watch us bloom, watch us blossom! We're going to cover the Earth in those days. We're going to witness everywhere & they're not going to be able to stop us. If they try to, we can call down the fire of God from Heaven to devour them! And we're going to keep right on witnessing till the very End till Jesus comes! God's Word says so! We're going to be witnesses until He comes. If not, there wouldn't be anybody left to rapture!
34. SO WHEN JESUS COMES IT'S GOING TO BE LIKE SPRING, & you're going to see the signs of that coming even ahead of His coming. Just as you know when you see the signs of Spring that Summer is nigh. Summer? What's the Summer going to be? That's our life with Jesus on the Earth in His Kingdom during the Millennium.--The Kingdom of God on Earth, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ ruling this World with righteousness. It'll be a one-thousand-year Summer, preceded by, well, I'll tell you, it's been a long Winter!
35. IT SEEMS LIKE ALMOST 6000 YEARS OF WINTER, DOESN'T IT? BUT AT LAST WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A THOUSAND-YEAR SUMMER! PTL! Well, Summertime is only two or three months out of twelve! That's almost the same proportion of a thousand to 6000. So, praise God! One thousand to six is the same as two months out of 12. So in a way, compared to the 6000 years we've had to endure of sin & sorrow & suffering & man's inhumanity to man & wars & horrors of man's rule upon the Earth, that'll be like Summer!
36. GOD'S GIVEN MAN 6000 YEARS TO SEE WHAT HE CAN DO & TO SHOW HIM HE CANNOT SUCCEED WITHOUT GOD! God has given man 6000 years to try to solve his problems & run the World & bring peace & happiness, & he has brought nothing but war & misery! God has given man his chance, 6000 years, & he has done nothing but make a mess of the World!--Finally, to almost destroy it! And if God did not step in & intervene in this last hour of history, man would completely destroy it & totally annihilate himself, led by the Devil, the Destroyer, who is trying to destroy the Creation of God!
37. SO GOD'S GOING TO STEP IN! He's not going to allow man nor the Devil to completely destroy His Creation. He has only allowed man & the Devil to run things for 6000 years to show you what a mess they are & what a mess they make of things without Him, without God, without Jesus. And that ought to be a lesson to us all! We should look at history, as Toynbee said, to see that we learn nothing from history except that we learn nothing from history! That's all we learn from history! "Ever learning & never coming to a knowledge." (2Ti.3:7.) The World's getting worse & worse.
38. "OH," BUT YOU SAY, "HOW WONDERFUL & MODERN THINGS ARE TODAY & all these modern inventions, nearly all of them invented just within the last 100 years or so!--And all the various forms of transportation & science & comfort & luxury & all of these marvels & miracles of man & science! Isn't this a marvellous age?" Yes! It's a wonderful age!--Just about to blow itself completely off the Earth! Wonderful! Isn't that marvellous? Man has finally figured out how to blow up himself & the Earth completely if God would allow him. But the Lord's not going to allow him to do it.
39. DON'T WORRY, THE WORLD'S NOT GOING TO BE TOTALLY DESTROYED BY THE ATOM WAR--ONLY PARTLY DESTROYED! Isn't that nice? Be sure you're somewhere in the other parts! God's not going to allow mankind to totally destroy himself--only part of man is going to be destroyed. I hope you're amongst the other parts. If you flee South of the Equator to the Southern Hemisphere with us, you can be! But the Northern Hemisphere is going to be Hell on Earth!
40. IF IT'S NOT A DIRECT HIT BY AN ATOMIC BOMB THERE WILL BE SECONDARY EFFECTS EVEN IF YOU'RE THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY! If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, atmospheric drift of the atomic fallout dust laden with fatal, lethal nuclear radioactive dust, then it will just be a nice slow agonising sickening death that may take a few days, weeks or months for you to die sick as a dog!
41. BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO! Two-thirds of the Earth's population lives North of the Equator, one-third of it may be destroyed, maybe the other third is going to move South so two-thirds will be South of the Equator! The Southern Hemisphere will be fairly safe, thank God! But if you don't go there, it's not going to help you any, will it?
42. WELL, WE'VE BEEN STUDYING ALL OF THESE THINGS, & talking about these things in our Letters & our books & you can read all about it if you have time, & in our Magazine as well. If you'd like to get a copy, it won't cost you a thing, it's free! All you have to do is tithe to the Lord & His Work. And that only costs you 10% of your income. That's not much! You get to keep the 90% instead of forsaking-all.
43. BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT THE BLESSINGS OF GOD & TO KNOW IT ALL & to have all of His blessing & to become a missionary to all the World & preach the Gospel to every creature & receive a tremendous blessing from the Lord & a great crown & reward when you rise in the air to meet Him at His Judgement Seat, then you have to forsake everything & follow Jesus, go into all the World & preach the Gospel to every creature! And then He says, "Lo, I will be with you always, even unto the end of the World"--which isn't very far off! (Mk.16:15; Mt.28:20.)
44. HE SAYS, "WHEN YE SEE ALL THESE THINGS HAPPENING, KNOW YE THAT THE END THEREOF IS NIGH! Verily I say unto you"--34th verse--"this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." What generation? You say, "How could that be this generation? He says, 'Verily I say unto you' & He's talking to the 12 or the 11 that were left, or whoever was there 2000 years ago in Israel, 'this generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled.' What do you mean? They died nearly 2000 years ago & it wasn't all fulfilled!" Well, what generation was He talking about then?
45. IT'S PLAIN AS DAY, JUST WHAT HE SAID IN THE 33RD VERSE, THE PRECEDING VERSE: "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things"--He's not talking to His disciples, He's talking to us! He's not talking to them then, because they didn't see all these things fulfilled! But He says, "Ye, when ye shall see all these things fulfilled!" You! Right now! You who are living in the Endtime in these Last Days! He says, "When you see these things fulfilled! This generation! Your generation will not pass away till all these things are fulfilled!"
46. AND TODAY YOU & I ARE WATCHING THESE SIGNS OF THE END HAPPEN! We are seeing these things fulfilled! And our generation will not pass away until it's all fulfilled! Jesus said so! Praise God? This is the last generation! These that are alive today, particularly our young ones, are the last generation that shall see all of these things fulfilled & the End come! Praise God! TYJ! And He's going to take care of us. And He's going to take care of our children.
47. DON'T YOU THINK HE'S GOING TO TAKE CARE OF HIS OWN? We're His children. Our little ones are His little ones, & He's certainly going to take care of us. No matter what happens or how the Antichrist tries to pursue us & tries to kill us & torture us & make us worship him & make us take his Mark & make us bow down to his Image, nothing is going to stop us! "They Can't Stop Our Rain!" (No.128) They won't be able to stop our witness. TTL!
48. IF GOD HAS TO RAIN DOWN MANNA FROM HEAVEN TO FEED US, if He's gotta call down fire from Heaven to defend us, we are going to continue to witness until Jesus comes, & I dare you to try to stop us! If you get in our way, you're going to be just like getting on the track in front of an express train that's just going to mow you down! If you get in our way you're going to be like something that's out there in the middle of a field when lightning strikes! God's going to mow you down sooner or later!
49. OH, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO KILL A FEW OF US, SO WHAT? WHY WORRY? SUDDEN DEATH FOR US IS SUDDEN GLORY! All you've done is kill this body which is such a burden & a trial & a trouble & we have to worry about taking care of it & feeding it & clothing it & finding it a place to sleep & shelter to sleep under. By killing us, you just rid us of this body & any worry about it any more! You free us! When you kill us you set us free to haunt you & hound you till the day of your death! That's what we'll do! You just set us free to have more power than we have now, so we can haunt you worse than we do now, & hound you worse than we do now!
50. SOME OF YOUR PARENTS THINK THAT WE ARE THE WORST THINGS ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH because we "robbed them of their children & robbed you of your old faith that you used to have, blah blah! We've brainwashed your minds & transformed your personalities!" We've done no such thing! Jesus did it! Praise God! Sure, He [DELETED] washed you, your filthy minds, He cleaned you up inside & out!--Changed your minds!--Changed your personalities from the mean, insolent, rebellious little rebels you once were to sweet, loving, kind, docile, obedient servants of God trying to help others. Sure God's changed you!
51. THEY'D RATHER HAVE YOU BACK THE LITTLE CRIMINALS YOU USED TO BE, WOULDN'T THEY? They'd rather have you back on drugs again, wouldn't they? Some parents have actually said so! They would rather have their old child back again the way he was, bad & a dope-addict & a criminal & involved in vice & crime & a slut & a bum in the gutter, they'd rather have him like that & still have him in their greedy, fiendish, devilish, Satanic, Worldly clutches!--Selfishly to have him as theirs! Because they're full of the Devil! They're Satanic & they're the very tool of Satan himself trying to keep you out of the hands of God! That's why they want you back, & they'd rather have you dead than to belong to God! They'd rather have you dead than to belong to Jesus!
52. THIS IS WHAT AN OLD ELDER OF MY FATHER'S CHURCH SAID TO MY MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS MARVELLOUSLY RESURRECTED ALMOST FROM THE DEAD & healed & saved from atheism & came to the church & told the people what had happened to her. He walked down the aisle & shook his finger in her face & said, "Nina Virginia, I would rather see you dead & in your coffin here today & heard your husband preach your funeral, than have you get up preaching something that our church doesn't believe in! Healing is not according to our faith!"
53. THAT'S THE WAY YOU PARENTS ARE WHO DON'T WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD! You'd rather have them stay children of the Devil because you're of the Devil! You're of your father Satan & the synagogue of Satan! That's why. That's why you're furious that the Devil has been robbed of his whelps & Satan has been robbed of his prey by the hand of God come down from Heaven in the Person of Jesus Christ to save them from Satan & all his Satanic influences & all those evil habits & thoughts & even the evil flesh! God did it! Jesus did it!
54. YES, HE [DELETED] WASHED THEM! YES, HE CHANGED THEIR PERSONALITY! THANK GOD HE DID!--Cleansed their filthy minds & washed them clean!--Changed their evil personalities & made them new creatures in Christ Jesus!--Old things passed away, all things become new! (2Co.5:17.) Thank God He did, that they're not the old wrecks & reprobates & Satanic evil beings that they once were, like their father & their mother, like you are! Thank God He made them different from you, you hell-cat, you devil-in-the-flesh, you child of Satan!
55. GOD REBUKE YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST & GOD JUDGE YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR EVIL WORKS & the way you've persecuted your child & your children & the Children of God, the Family of Love! May God judge you accordingly, & He will, if you don't repent of your evil works & your evil sins & your Godless iniquitous wicked anti-Christ enmity toward us & His Children, His Family!
56. THERE'S STILL TIME. GOD EVEN LOVES YOU! JESUS EVEN LOVES YOU! He even died saying, "Father forgive them, they know not what they do." Of course, He was saying that to the poor ignorant Romans who didn't know what was going on, to whom He was just another criminal being crucified. But I don't know whether He's going to be able to say that to you who are like [DELETED] the Scribes, the hypocrites, the self-righteous church leaders who were standing around mocking & sneering & jeering & spitting on Him!
57. I DON'T KNOW THAT HE'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHAT YOU WERE DOING, because I think some of you know what you're doing, & you hate God & you hate Jesus & you hate Christ & you hate Christians & you hate us for helping to turn your child into a Child of God & a Christian instead of the demonic devil that he was before, that you made him!
58. YOU SAY, "YOU'RE PRETTY HARSH, YOU'RE PRETTY HARD!" It's the truth! It's the Word of God! Jesus said it, I didn't say it! Jesus said of those unbelieving Jews around Him, "You're of your father the Devil! You're not of God. [DELETED]" [EDITED: "John 8:44; Rev.2:9; 3:9"] Jesus Himself said it, don't blame me for it. It's in the Bible. [DELETED]
60. WHEW! I DIDN'T EXPECT TO GET INTO ALL THAT, BUT THAT'S A PART OF IT!--The horrible persecution that we're suffering in these Last Days! Jesus said, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, therefore be ye wise as serpents & harmless as doves. And they'll take you before judges & princes & kings & so on, & they'll persecute you & cast you into prison & beat you & kill you!" And He says even the fathers & the mothers will turn over their children to the authorities, just like you have, & betray us! (Mt.10:16-21.)
61. SISTERS & BROTHERS WILL BETRAY US & DENY US JUST LIKE SOME OF YOU BACKSLIDERS HAVE! You've denied us & betrayed us & gone back on the Lord & back on us, on the Family. But worst of all, you've gone back on Jesus & you might as well go out & hang yourself like Judas did, because you are nothing but a bunch of stinking dead garbage anyhow like his body was after he was dead! Because you're worthless to God & useless to Jesus & worse than useless to us! You're dangerous! You're enemies of God!
62. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT OF GOD BUT HIS JUDGEMENTS FOR TURNING ON JESUS & HIS FAMILY & LYING ABOUT US & BETRAYING US, DENYING US! My God, how could you be saved? How could you even be a Christian? How could you pretend to belong to Jesus when you betray His Own Children? May God have mercy on your soul, if possible! "For this generation shall not pass till all these things shall be fulfilled."--These terrible things that are happening. Our generation, your generation, our children will not pass away until it's all happened. You say, "But wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, what about that next verse, 36th verse?"
63. WELL, FIRST OF ALL HE SAID IN THE 35th VERSE, A WONDERFUL PROMISE: "HEAVEN & EARTH SHALL PASS AWAY, BUT MY WORDS SHALL NOT PASS AWAY!" Is what He has been saying true? Is it going to happen? He said so! He doesn't say Heaven & Earth may pass away, He says it shall pass away! Because the heavens & Earth as we now know it will pass away & be burned with fire one of these days. There'll be a New Heaven & New Earth, but we'll tell you about that later!
64. "BUT OF THAT DAY & HOUR KNOWETH NO MAN, NO NOT THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN, BUT MY FATHER ONLY."--Of the day & the hour! He said, "knoweth no man." Right then when He was speaking nobody knew, not even the angels knew then! But that doesn't say we're not going to know when it happens. That doesn't say that we in this generation now, in the End Days, the Last Times, are not going to know at least the day, perhaps not the hour.
65. BUT HAVING TOLD US EXACTLY HOW LONG THE TRIBULATION'S GOING TO BE from the setting up of the Image of the Antichrist, exactly 1260 days till the End when Jesus comes, I don't see how we can help but know the day! We'll be counting the days through that horrible Tribulation looking for the day of Jesus' coming! Of course, then when He made this statement He said, "Of that day & hour knoweth no man," no man knew then. Nobody knew then, they weren't supposed to know! They didn't have to know, they weren't living in the Last Days! The angels didn't have to know either, only the Father in Heaven.
66. BUT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO KNOW WHEN THE END COMES, & He's made it very clear exactly how long it's going to be & when it's going to be!--Exactly 1260 days from the day that the Antichrist's Image is set up is going to be the end of the Tribulation, & that's when Jesus comes! So what's it going to be like in these Last Days before Jesus comes? Just like it is right now. Read it, 37th verse:
67. "BUT AS THE DAYS OF NOAH WERE, SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating & drinking, marrying & giving in marriage"--in another place it says they planted & they builded & so on--"until the day that Noah entered into the Ark." They didn't pay a bit of attention to Noah's message. They just went right on, business as usual, living as usual until the day that he entered into the Ark, a type of our resurrection & rapture by Jesus.
68. "AND KNEW NOT UNTIL THE FLOOD CAME & SWEPT THEM ALL AWAY; SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE." What's it going to be like? Just like it is now! People are eating & drinking & marrying & giving in marriage & planting & building & going on, business as usual. "Oh, they've been saying this business about Jesus coming for centuries & He hasn't come yet!" Well, He is coming & He's coming very soon, & you'd better have Him in your heart & believe on Him, or you're going to be swept away with the rest of the wicked in the horrible flood of the judgements of God that are coming after He comes!
69. WHAT IS THE RAPTURE GOING TO BE LIKE? Well, we told you a little bit about it in the last lesson. He says here very plainly, not only is the time going to be as wicked as in the days of Noah when God was so angry with the whole World He wiped them all out with a flood of water, He's going to just about wipe them out with a flood of judgements this time, a part of them, & eventually after the Millennium He's going to wipe them all out with a flood of fire! But, 40th verse:
70. "THEN SHALL TWO BE IN THE FIELD; THE ONE SHALL BE TAKEN, & THE OTHER LEFT." If one is a believer, the Lord will take her up & leave the other one. "Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, & the other left." Two women working together, one is going to be taken by the Lord because she loves Jesus, & the other will be left behind because she rejected her witness & her message.
71. 42ND VERSE: "WATCH THEREFORE, FOR YE KNOW NOT WHAT HOUR YOUR LORD DOTH COME." You may know the day, but you're not necessarily going to know the hour. You'd better be ready. You'd better be doing something that you know is pleasing to Him & be thankful that you're serving Him, feeding His sheep. You'd hate to be caught napping, wouldn't you? You'd hate to be caught doing something you shouldn't & you know you shouldn't. You'd hate to be caught disobeying & hate to be caught doing other things, living selfishly instead of doing His work. You'd be ashamed to face Him then wouldn't you? Well then, you'd better keep busy for Jesus, keep busy for the Lord.
72. "BUT KNOW THIS, THAT IF THE GOODMAN OF THE HOUSE HAD KNOWN IN WHAT WATCH THE THIEF WOULD COME, HE WOULD HAVE WATCHED, & would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready." Jesus is going to come like a thief in the night! (1Th.5:2.) What? God's Word is comparing Jesus to a thief? Yes! Not only God's Word, but Jesus Himself. He's saying, "I'm going to come like a thief in the night!"--Not that you're not going to know when it happens, but it'll be so suddenly that some are going to be caught by surprise! Some are not expecting it, some are not prepared & ready.
73. BUT HE SAYS TO YOU, "THEREFORE BE YE ALSO READY: FOR IN SUCH AN HOUR AS YE THINK NOT THE SON OF MAN COMETH. Who then is a faithful & wise servant whom his lord hath made ruler over his household to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods"! Who is the Lord going to bless when the time comes? Who is the Lord going to make ruler over all His goods & one of the rulers of the World?--That servant which the Lord finds feeding His sheep, His household, when He comes, taking care of His sheep.
74. IF YOU'D SEE HOW MARIA WORKS NIGHT & DAY, READING TILL HER EYES ARE SORE, trying to find you all the good food she can possibly find to put in that Magazine to feed your souls, to feed your mind & heart & your spirit, good spiritual food & even practical food.--The things that we try to teach you, how to even live literally & physically & materially, as well as spiritually. She's busy day & night trying to feed you.
75. SHE'S BUSY COOKING FOR YOU EVERY DAY & EVERY NIGHT, busy preparing the food & cooking it, & I am too. Busy baking that bread that we put in the Magazine so that you can eat it & be strengthened thereby & be able to serve the Lord better. He says you'll be blessed when the Lord comes if He finds you feeding His sheep, feeding His servants, serving them. He says blessed! Blessed! He's going to make you then a ruler in His Kingdom because you were faithful!
76. 48th VERSE: "BUT & IF THAT EVIL SERVANT SHALL SAY IN HIS HEART"--OH HERE'S A HORRIBLE PICTURE--"MY LORD DELAYETH HIS COMING, & shall begin to smite his fellowservants, & to eat & drink with the drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, & in an hour that he is not aware of, & shall cut him asunder, & appoint him his portion with the hypocrites; there shall be weeping & gnashing of teeth." "What do you mean, Dad? What are you talking about? You've been telling us all this time that salvation was eternal, that we had eternal security, once saved, always saved, we'd never be lost!"
77. AND YET HERE JESUS HIMSELF IS TALKING ABOUT AN EVIL SERVANT THAT SAYS "MY LORD"--even calls God his Lord, Jesus his Lord--but is disobedient & mean to his fellowservants & eating & drinking with the drunken! He says, "The Lord of that servant shall come when he looks not for him"--when he's not expecting Him--"and shall cut him asunder, & appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: & there shall be weeping & gnashing of teeth."
78. IS THIS GUY SAVED OR NOT? WAS HE A SERVANT OR NOT? WAS CHRIST HIS LORD OR NOT? Jesus Himself calls him a servant, but an evil servant. Jesus Himself says the man says "Lord" to Him. Well, it doesn't say He sent him to Hell. It doesn't say He sent him to damnation. But it just says He's going to punish him for his unfaithfulness & his meanness & his disobedience. He's going to be cut asunder, probably going to have to suffer like some of the wicked are suffering at that time. "And appoint his portion with the hypocrites."
79. DID YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD ASHAMED, TO SUFFER EVERLASTING SHAME & CONTEMPT? It's right there plain as day in the first few verses of the 12th Chapter of Daniel! They're going to be raised, yes! Saved, yes! But in everlasting shame & contempt because they failed God & disobeyed God & did things which were evil in His sight.
80. SO HE APPOINTS THEM THEIR PORTION WITH THE HYPOCRITES, THE PRETENDERS, those who claimed to be more than they really were.--Even those who claimed to be members of our Family but were not members at heart; those who claimed to be Christians, but certainly didn't act like it; those who even claimed to be His servants, serving God, working for the Lord, doing His work, but not doing His will, not obeying, not doing it as He has told them to do it.
81. SOME WANT TO DO IT THEIR OWN WAY IN THEIR OWN PLACE! Going back to the States & saying "Oh, I can serve God just as well in the States!"--When God's told you to get out! "Oh I want to build a refuge way back in the hills, they'll never find me back here in the States!" Let me tell you, in the United States those hills may not even be left when the Atomic War is over, not even the hills!
82. GOD HAS WARNED YOU & YOU HAVE NOT OBEYED! He's told you to forsake-all & serve Him, give your full time to Him in witnessing & litnessing, feeding His sheep, but instead you've gone back & spent all your time or most of your time feeding yourself & your own family & not witnessing nor litnessing.--Not even supporting the Work of God as you should.
83. YOU THINK GOD'S GOING TO REWARD YOU FOR THAT?--Yes, according to your works. He's going to give you just what you deserve! And if you don't deserve a good reward then He's going to give you a bad one & appoint you your portion, not at the table, but off somewhere on the side, shut out of the Wedding Feast! In fact, to some He's going to say like He does to these five Foolish Virgins in the next chapter:
84. "WHAT DO YOU MEAN CALLING ME LORD, LORD? I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE! I don't know you! You never got to really know Me. You never really loved Me! You didn't have the Oil of My Spirit in your lamps. Whatever you had, it ran out somehow & I don't even know you. I no longer know you. I don't know you at all because you never really knew Me. You're like a bride who never slept with her husband. You're like a bride who never made it to the wedding. You never made it because you really didn't love Me & you weren't ready & you didn't obey Me & you didn't have My Spirit & you didn't come in time. You were too late!" Sad, isn't it?
85. THERE ARE LOTS OF CHURCH PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY WHO THINK THEY'RE SAVED BECAUSE THEY GO TO CHURCH.--Who think that little bit of oil they seem to have in their lamps is going to last until Jesus comes.--Who think they're going to be in on His great Wedding Supper just because they've got their names on the church roll, just because they go to church on Sunday, attend mass maybe every day. But someday when they come knocking at His door He's going to say, "Who are you? I never even knew you! You never got to really know Me. You never slept with Me in the bed of My love!
86. "YOU NEVER GOT MARRIED TO ME WITH REAL SALVATION! You never received Me into your heart personally & proclaimed Me as your Saviour. Oh yes, you claimed to be a Christian, you claimed to be a Catholic, you claimed to be a Jew, you claimed to be a Muslim, you claimed to be this or that, you claimed to be all kinds of things to all kinds of people, but I never knew you because you never knew Me. You never got to know Me. You never read My Word. You never received Me in your heart." (This "knew" means actual intercourse!)
87. A BRIDE HAS TO RECEIVE HER HUSBAND SYMBOLICALLY INTO HER HEART. She has to let him come in to be joined together as one body, one flesh. Have you been joined to Jesus that way spiritually?--Just like you're one person, one spirit, as the bridegroom is joined to the bride as one flesh? Have you let Him come in? Have you let Him sow the seed of His Spirit in your heart by the power of God that brings forth fruit unto Him? By your witnessing? By your testimony? By your winning of souls to Jesus?
88. GOING TO CHURCH ISN'T GOING TO SAVE YOU! Going to synagogue every Sabbath will never save you! Going to the Mosque every Friday is not going to save you. Praying five times a day or ten times or 50 times isn't going to save you! All your fasting & prayer like the hypocritical self-righteous scribes & [EDITED: "Pharisees"] of Jesus' day isn't going to save you! In fact, it damned them! They crucified Him, they killed Him, they tortured Him, they rejected Him because they were so religious! They were too religious in their own way, doing their own religion, going their own way instead of just receiving Jesus.
89. THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE TO DO, IS JUST RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS THE SON OF GOD! That's all you have to do is simply believe that He is the Son of God & died for you on the cross, there taking the punishment for your sins & trusting Him to forgive you & save you. That's all you have to do!--Let Jesus into your heart. Then He knows you & you know Him, & you know you're saved. And when you come to His door He'll open it wide & say, "Welcome, come in, My Bride! I love you! You're just in time for the Wedding Feast!"
90. OTHERWISE THE DOOR WILL BE SLAMMED IN YOUR FACE & HE'LL SAY, "WHO ARE YOU? I NEVER KNEW YOU! Never saw you! You never received Me as your Husband, or as your Bridegroom! You never let Me into yourself. How can you expect Me to let you now into My House? You're not My Bride! You didn't marry Me. We didn't lie together in the bed of love. You didn't let Me in. You didn't join Me as one flesh, one spirit. Why should I now give you My House to live in or let you come to My wedding of my true Bride? No. Sorry. I don't know you. Good-bye!"
91. WELL, IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT, THOUGH, WITH THOSE OF US WHO LOVE HIM & THOSE OF US WHOM HE KNOWS! He's going to say, "Well done thou good & faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!" You're going to knock at the door & say, "Here I am, Lord!" And He'll say, "Well, hallelujah! Thank God you've come! Here you are just in time for the Wedding!" PTL! In fact, the door won't even be shut. It'll be wide open for you because we'll all be streaming in for that great Wedding Feast, Marriage Supper of the Lamb in the Heavenlies, while God is pouring out His judgements upon the horrors below, the Hell on Earth of the Antichrist & his followers & his False Prophet & his kingdom & his idol & all the wicked upon the Earth who rejected us & our message & persecuted & killed us!
92. BUT WE'LL BE SAFE AT HOME WITH JESUS! PTL? HOME AT LAST! Hallelujah! TYJ! PYL! (Weeps.) For we seek a City whose Builder & Maker is God! We are strangers in a strange country!
"This World is not our home,
We're just a-passing through,
Our treasures are laid up
Somewhere beyond the blue!"
We're just pilgrims & strangers here. The World has exiled us. The World has thrust us out & banished us, banned us. We're strangers in every nation on the face of the Earth!
93. I'M A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY! I have no home on this Earth. I only have that Home with Jesus! That's my Home! That's my Jesus! That's where I'm going. That's where I'm headed. I'm just passing through this wicked World. Are you? In Jesus' name. TYL! Hallelujah! TYJ! I hope so. I hope so. I hope you know Him & He knows you, so the door will be open wide when you enter in to be with Him in His Home, your Home, forever! Hallelujah! TYJ!
94. DO YOU HAVE JESUS? DO YOU LOVE HIM? Are you ready for these things that are coming? No matter what happens, do you know you'll be safe in Jesus? PTL! Hallelujah! TYJ! (Sings:)
"When Jesus comes, the Earth will shake & hearts will quake, be ready!
When Jesus comes, His face we'll see eternally, be ready!
Has your soul been filled with the fire of the Holy Ghost?
Are you saved & ready to meet the Lord of Hosts?
When Jesus comes, the Earth will shake & hearts will quake, be ready!"
Are you ready? PTL! TYJ! I hope you are.
95. JUST TAKE JESUS INTO YOUR HEART RIGHT NOW! You could sing with me this little song:
"Into my heart, into my heart,
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus!
Come in today, come in to stay,
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus!"
That's all you have to do! Just ask Jesus to come in & forgive you for your sins. Tell Him you believe on Him & receive Him & you want to serve Him & tell others about Him & support His work. GBY! Thank you who have! Thank you who do! May the Lord bless you & keep you & continue to make you a blessing, in Jesus' name! Amen! TYJ! PTL! X! Bye-bye! ILY!
Copyright (c) 1998 by The Family
Copyright (c) 1998 by The Family