WHO DO YOU SAY THIS IS?

So 27.12.1964, vormittags, Jesu Name Church
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Was sagt ihr, wer dieser ist?

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Good morning, friends. I certainly deem this a privilege to be here in this church. And I kinda like the name of it to begin with. It’s called “Jesus Name.” I like that. And I... I think that’s... that’s... That’s the Name that I was redeemed by, that lovely Name of the Lord Jesus. And then to be in here with my good friends, assembled here on this lovely Sunday morning, right here in Phoenix. I don’t know of any place I’d rather be, ’less it’d be in Glory with all of you. And that’s the great event we’re looking forward to some day.

And I had a sick call, to come up here on, today. And I was speaking to Brother Outlaw, my precious friend, and he... he invited me so graciously to... to come up. And all the ministers here at Phoenix has been really good to me.

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I wonder sometimes why I moved down to Tucson. I’ve been down there three years, and ain’t never been invited to any pulpit. So I suppose I’ve... just have to do my... my visiting up here at Tucson... or here at Phoenix, where I feel welcome. Well, maybe they’ll get used to me some... You know, I preached down there the other night, and I preached three hours; no wonder they didn’t ask me back.

But I have such a... a feeling in my heart for God and His people. And I’m so slow, and I... I’m afraid I’m going to leave out something and not get enough in, and I put about three or four messages in one. So I certainly... to you people that were down there, I apologize for keeping you that long. I shouldn’t have done that.

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And also glad this morning to be here with Brother Carl Williams, and young Jimmy here, and the choir, and my friend the Mosley brothers; see Brad, Brother John Sharrit, and so many of my friends; Brother Pat Tyler, here, from way up in Kentucky, and... and... and so many friends just to be gathered in this... this assembly this morning. See, saw a lot of my friends from Tucson and so forth, setting here.

I’m thinking of one day when all of this is over, then we’ll gather where we’ll... we won’t... we... we won’t never have to stop listening to this fine music, you see. I just happened to notice that Brother William’s son, setting back there, he made a testimony the other night down to Ramada Inn. And I think he’s just about close to six foot tall. But I tell you, after that testimony, I believe he was ten foot tall. He just... Really appreciated what the boy said, such a wonderful testimony.

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When I hear these fine young fellows testifying of their faith that’s centered in Christ... And I... I’m getting old, and I... one day I’ve got to... to... to quit and go Home. And see these young fellows coming on who’s ready, and preparing themselves to pick up where I leave off... And that’s the way we do. That’s the way life is laid out. That we... one generation will move up... and father and mother. And they raise their little ones, and see them marry; and the grandchildren come along. And after a while, down goes Daddy and Mother to the dust. And then, by that time, the children then is ready again for grandchildren; and then, down they go. But there’ll be a great, general resurrection one of these days. We’ll all be called into the Presence of God to give an account for what we have done with what God gave to us: Jesus Christ. And so, I’m so glad to know that I’ve lived in this generation with such a fine bunch of people, that’s around the world, that I’ve met. I... I just... just thankful to God. And someday when my summons comes, well, I’ll... I’ll have to go meet the deeds that I’ve done. I want them to be all to the glory and honor of God.

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There’s many of the things as I... we’re approaching the New Year that I... I wish I could... could forget about, but I know that I’ve confessed them as wrong to Him and... and He put them in the Sea of Forgetfulness, and He won’t never remember them no more. Now see, we’re not made that way, we’ll always remember. We can forgive one another, but we... we can’t forget about it because we are... we are... we are made different. But God can forgive it and forget it. He can just wipe it out as though it never was. See? Because He has access to that Sea of Forgetfulness, but we don’t. Just think of it, that God cannot even remember that we ever sinned. Think of that! Choir, you young folks, what if... what about that? God don’t even remember that we ever sinned. See, He can forget the whole thing, and never will be brought into memory anymore. Wouldn’t that be something?

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This is not just no place for joking. I don’t believe in that joshing or joking at... It reminds me of a... a friend of mine. He’s gone on to Glory now. But he... he told a little story one time, about a... a couple that had moved into the city and... from the country. And they had a... This young couple had a old father, and he was really on fire for God. So the young lady (that was her father) the... so she had got into some classical people. You know, where you have this all kind of classical entertainments. And so, she was going to have some sort of an entertainment that day in her home.

And... and her... her daddy, after he’d have his lunch, why he... he’d get the Bible and go out in the room and he’d read awhile. And he’d lay It down, and he would cry, and shout, and scream, and carry on, and get up and put his glasses on and read again. Then find something, and lay down his glasses and start crying and shouting. She said, “That would interrupt my party so I... I... I got to... I got to do something with Dad, and I don’t know what to do.” So she decided that she’d let him go upstairs, and get up... up over the... the place.

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And... and she got to thinking, “Well now, I can’t give him his Bible, ’cause he’d do the same thing up there.” So she just give him an old Geography, and sent him up there. Said, “Dad, look at the pictures around the world and things while we’re having the party.” And said, “We won’t be too long. We’ll... we’ll be down... You come down after a while.” Said, “I know you don’t want to get around where all them women are.”

He said, “No, that’s all right, honey. I’ll... I’ll go up there.”

So he... She fixed him a light and a little place. And she thought, “Well, that... that settles it. Now, he’ll just look at the pictures and read a little bit of... of geography, and then... and after a while he’ll come down. And it’ll be all right.”

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So about time they got in the middle of their drinking their pink lemonade, you know, and having their party... Was after awhile, the house begin to shake, and the old man begin to run up and down the floor a-screaming and a-jumping. And... and she thought, “What happened to him? He didn’t have the Bible up there. That... He must’ve got a hold of a Bible.”

So she run up the steps, and said, “Daddy!” Said, “That’s not the Bible you’re reading. That’s a Geography.”

He said, “I know it, honey. I know it! But” said, “you know, the other day I was reading in the Bible where Jesus said that He put our sins in the Sea of Forgetfulness, see, and wouldn’t remember them anymore. And I was reading here to where they say they can’t even find the bottom of the sea some places, in the Geography.” Said, “Just think, they’re still going.”

That was making him happy. So you can find God wherever you look. See, if you’ll just look around, everything will talk for Him.

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Now really, honestly, I... I told Brother Outlaw, “What shall I speak about this morning? Have you spoke your Christmas message?”

Said, “Yes.”

I said, “Your New Year’s message?”

“No.”

So, I had some outlines here whether if I get an invitation somewhere, I’m going to speak my New Year’s Message. I thought I’d leave that to Brother Outlaw for his, next week.

So I thought maybe I’d drop back on a little text here that might keep us for a few minutes, the Lord willing. And we trust that He’ll bless us. I want to thank Brother Outlaw and the church here, for inviting me up to speak here. And I... As Brother Outlaw said, that “our friendship has never been seared,” but the grace of God has kept us through all these years. This is the first church that invited me, and I come to, was at Phoenix.

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I know... I believe I’m looking at Brother Trow, here. I’m not sure... setting in front. Is that right, Brother Trow? I believe he was along at that time. I’ve got some little things that he gave me during that time; little... they mold it out or something. You know, little copper things from up here where you live. And you look around... And I just wonder what it’ll be that morning when we cross over, you know, and get to see people... they say, “Well, there...“ You know, we’ll look so much different then, than what we do now. We’ll... That’s right. We won’t be any marks of sin or old age. We’ll be perfect. Oh, I long for that time (don’t you?) where all the troubles will be over.

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And now, I have a Message from God that I... I feel. And I’m... I don’t want to be different, but I must be honest. And if I don’t speak my convictions, then you can’t have no confidence in me. Because I... I... I’d be more like a traitor or a hypocrite. And I... I want to be anything else besides that, you see. I might lose a few friends on earth, but I... I want to stay true to my convictions, to what I think is right.

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Now, years ago, it was very easy when I first started out; and the signs, and message, and preaching. Everywhere was a arm open, “Come! Come! Come! Come!” But then, you see, every genuine sign from God has a... a Message, a Voice. See, It follows it. If it isn’t... God don’t give anything like that just for the fun of giving it. He... He sends something forth to attract attention to what He’s fixing to say. Like we have this wonderful singing this choir done; what was it to do? To quieten the people for an oncoming message.

That’s what... that’s what a sign does. Moses had the signs that we spoke of the other night, and that signs had Voices. And the... when the Voice spoke... Jesus went forth also healing the sick. He was a great Man. But when it come time that that... that Prophet, that was on earth... That they hadn’t had one for four hundred years, and here He was on the earth and doing signs. Then He was “fine fellow,” everybody wanted Him. But when the Message that followed that sign (the Voice) ...when He set down one day, and said, “I and My Father are One.” Oh, my! That... that... that was something different. They... they didn’t want that. See?

And that... the world is just like that though, friends. See? They... anything that they can get, if they can... they can help themselves with, you see... That they... they feel that as long as it don’t bother them, why, they’ll... they’ll do it. But when it comes time that they’ve got to change their ideas about things, that’s when the trouble comes.

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Now, see, we are building a building, not a wall. The builders want to take a line of blocks and just go straight down. Now any builder can build that. But it takes a real master mechanic to turn a corner. See? When you got to cut the corner, that’s the time it takes... it shows whether you’re... you’re really a stone mason or not; when you can turn the corner with it, and keep the continuity of the rest of the building, but turn the corner. Now it’s on these corners is when trouble comes. The builders want to keep building on down. But we’re not building a wall; but, a building.

Now as we approach this, this morning, you pray for me, and I’ll... I always pray for you. And now, let us bow our heads just a moment in the Presence of the Great Jehovah, God. And we realize our insufficiency; all of us does. And we’re not one in here but what’s in need. And I wonder, while we’re praying, that if there be any of you with a special need?

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You know, the infinite God, as I said here at Phoenix the other day in... in the meeting down here... Just like television, it’s coming, Christ is right here in the building now. See, every move you make, every time you bat your eye, it’ll never die. It’s in the ether waves of the air. Television doesn’t manufacture that. It just picks up that wave of you, and produces it on a screen. It’s there anyhow. It always was. Every move you ever made is still alive, in the air. Now, you see what we’re going to be at the judgment?

So, God is here in the same manner. We don’t see Him, just like we don’t see those television pictures. It takes a certain tube or crystal of something to pick up the voice, and reproduce the picture and so forth. That was here when Adam was on earth, but we just located it. God is here this morning. And one of these days, in the Millennium, we’re going to realize. It’s going to be just more realer than television or things, that He was right here in the meeting this morning.

Now while we... upon that thought, keep in your heart what you have need of, and just raise up your hand to Him. Will you do that? Say, “Lord...“ And in your heart, think of the thought.

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Now, Heavenly Father, we only have this one approach, and that’s by the way of prayer. And we’re... we’re coming in the Name of the Lord Jesus. We’re... we’re not worthy to breathe the Name, to use It. We’re not... in no means we think that we’re worthy, but because we’ve been invited to do it. And knowing this, that He said, “If you ask the Father anything in My Name, I’ll... I’ll... I’ll grant it.” And we are... if our faith can only stand behind that, being His Word and Who He is, then we’re sure to get what we ask for. You seen every request. You seen my hand. You know my request.

And Father, I pray for each one of them. That everything that they have need of... Lord, I don’t believe that a group like this would ask for anything wrong. It would be for something for the advance of their kingdom, it might be for their own healing, and in doing that, they’d want, or their own understanding, they’d want that so they could further the Kingdom of God.

And I pray, God, that each and every one’s request will be granted.

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Bless this church, its pastor, its associates, and the deacons, trustees, all of its members, the visitors, strangers. They’re not strangers, Lord. We’re all Your children by grace and by Christ. And we pray that You’ll give to us this morning the Bread of Life now, that we might go from here with the understanding that these requests that we asked has been granted to us.

Bless the Word, Lord, as I read It. There’s no man that... that’s able or sufficient to interpret that Word. John saw the Book in the hand of Him that sat upon the Throne, and there was no one in Heaven, or on earth, or beneath the earth that was worthy to even look at the Book. But one of the elders said, “Behold, the... the Lion of the Tribe of Judah has prevailed.” John, looking to see a... a lion, he saw a Lamb that had been slain, a... a bloody Lamb come forth and took the Book, climbed upon a Throne and set down. And all the celebrity of Heaven took their crowns from their heads and bowed and knowed He was worthy.

Lord, we pray that He’ll come to the Throne of our hearts this morning. Climb up and take possession of every thought that we have, and take the Word and speak to us that we might know more about Him and His plan in our lives. We ask this in Jesus Name. Amen.

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Now, if you wish to turn in the Bible to the... The Scripture is found in Saint Matthew the 21st chapter, and beginning with the... I think we read the... the 10th and the 11th verse of the 21st chapter of Matthew. Be good, when you go home, if you haven’t already done it through this holidays, if you would read this chapter through. It’s very good. It’s all good. This especially, for this season, and with the Message I hoping that the Holy Spirit let me bring you this morning.

Notice the 10th verse as we read, and the 11th:

And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Now let’s... God add to His Word the... the context of this Scripture reading.

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Now we know the time that it is, and many of you are familiar with the Scripture of this certain chapter. It’s on... really on the day that Christ came into Jerusalem, riding on this little donkey. And we... There’s a legend says that “it was a white donkey.” I’d imagine, in prefigure of His second coming on a charger. That time, the prophet said, that “He would ride... Your King comes to you upon the foal of an ass, and is lowly and meek.” That’s how He come and... and... upon a... a little donkey, a little burden-bearer. But the next time He comes from Glory (in the 19th chapter of Revelation), He comes as a Mighty Conqueror. His vesture dipped in blood, setting upon a white horse, and all the host of Heaven’s following Him upon white horses. And the legend (not scripturally or historically) ...But the legend believes that He was riding a little white donkey as He come into Jerusalem.

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Now that... I have chosen this... is still... because that we’re in the shadows of the... or in the time of the yule season of Christmas, and... and New Year’s; the ending of an old year, and the bringing in of a new one. A few days from now, many people will be turning new pages and... and doing new things and making new vows; and it’s beginning of a New Year. And it never seems to me too much like Christmas. I don’t know why, I always like to call it “Santa Claus Day.” See? Because there’s not much really...

It couldn’t have been Christ’s birthday. It just absolutely could not have been. He’d have had to been born in March or April, ’cause He was the Lamb. And He was a male sheep and borned in under the ram, Aries. It had to be, you see. And sheep are not born in December anyhow. Sheep are born in the Spring. And then another thing, the hills of Judaea now, there’s twenty feet of snow on it. How could the shepherds have been out there?

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So it really comes from Roman mythology, which was the sun-god’s birthday. The solar sun as it passes, the days lengthen and lengthen, and the nights grow shorter. And between the 20th and the 25th of December is the sun-god’s birthday, under the Roman... Roman mythology. And then their gods... And then they celebrated the sun-god’s birthday. And Constantine, and... and drawing up the constitution of the church and state and so forth, he said, “We will change it” (not knowing what the day was) “and put it over on the sun-god’s birthday, and make it: Son of God’s birthday.” See? Which... But we don’t know what day it was.

But now, theirs, taken so much of Christ out, till it’s everything... some again brought back the mythology of some creature that lived, supposingly, by the name of Saint Nicholas or... or Kriss Kringle, some German mythology. And it’s all just a myth, and Christ is not in it at all.

And the people has turned into buying whiskey, and... and gambling, and fashions. And a... a man that... a merchant that can sell his goods through Christmas time can live the rest of the year, almost. See? It’s such a great holiday, commercial. And poor little kids on the street; their parents are not able to... to visit them with a... a present, like from Santa Claus, and they walk down the street, and their little dirty hands and their little red eyes. I... I just hate to see it come along. It ought to be a solemn day of worship to God, instead of a heartache and a headache and the things that’s done. There’s nothing to Christ about that. But we’re right in the midst of all this now.

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We find ourselves, something like they were then. See, it’s just entering in now to a great feast. Jesus was coming to a Feast of the Passover. And He had entered Jerusalem... or entering Jerusalem. And the prophesies of everything He did must be fulfilled. Everything in the Bible has a meaning. Every name has a meaning. There’s nothing written in the Scripture but has a... a profound meaning.

I spoke the other night at Tucson, on Why Did It Have To Be Shepherds Instead Of Theologian? He was born right in the side of the church. And the Holy Spirit going way out into the wilderness and picking up, not theologians, but shepherds. It had to be that way. Theologians wouldn’t have believed such a Message. So they... it had to be shepherds.

I preached up here, a few years ago, two years ago, Why Was It, It To Be Little Bethlehem? The Lord willing, next Christmas, I want us preach on, Why Did It Have To Be The Wise Men? These Whys?: they got answers to them, and they’re right here in the Bible. And we’re living in a marvelous time, the greatest time of all ages. We’re living to when, anytime that it... time can cease and Eternity can blend right in with it and go on. The ages of all the prophets and sages, looked forward to. We ought to be every hour on our guard, watching for His coming.

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We find ourselves, at this Christmas, just about like they did the first Christmas though. The world’s just about to fall apart. As I preached on once, somewhere, about a Christmas message, The World Falling Apart. And the world again is just about to come to pieces. Look at the earthquakes over here in California. I predict, before the coming of the Lord Jesus, that God will sink that place. I believe that Hollywood and Los Angeles, and them filthy places over there, that God Almighty will sink them. They’ll go beneath the bottom of the sea. And it’s so much sin, you see, it’s the barrier.

Civilization has traveled with the sun, from... and it started in the East, going west. And now it’s at the West Coast. If it goes any further, it’ll be back East again. So that’s the barrier. And sin has traveled with civilization, and it becomes the cesspool of all ages. Things they do that... that human beings in any other age wouldn’t have thought of such a thing. Woman has throwed theirself to such a filth, till no woman in any age would’ve ever thought of such a thing as we do today. And then still call ourselves Christians. What a disgrace!

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No wonder the great prophet raised up, and he said, “I’m not a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but...“ Said:

The lion has roared, and who cannot fear? And... God has spoke, and who can keep from prophesy?

See? There’s something that’s got to call out.

We’re in a critical hour; the world is. But the Church, the real Church (not the denomination); but the Church, Itself, is ready for the greatest triumph It ever made: the coming of the Groom to the Bride.

We are coming apart, looking for a messiah (something) to come and save us, get us out of all of it. We look down... the troubles down in the East. We look over in Africa to the uprises, and the racial problems, and the integration, and... and segregations. And we all fussed and hollered here not long ago (our colored friends) about, “We must have, we must have integration. That’s what we need. We must have integration; every man, equal, every man.” Well, that’s perfectly all right. That’s perfectly all right. I don’t believe in slavery. Them people wasn’t slaves to begin with. They’re not slaves.

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God is a segregationalist. I am too. Any Christian’s a segregation. God segregates His people from all the rest of them. They’re... They’ve always been a segregation. He chose a nation. He chooses a people. He is a segregationalist. He made all nations. But still, a real genuine Christian has to be a segregationalist. Separating himself from the things of the world and everything, and come into one purpose, Jesus Christ.

But they holler that. I’ve tried to tell them, “That’s not the thing that’s going to save our nation. That’s only a political scheme. It’s a... it’s a thing of communistic background.” I think Martin Luther King’s going to lead his people to a biggest slaughter, and massacre, that they’ve ever been into. And they... You see, that ain’t going to pull the world together. That ain’t going to save us. We give them integration. Now it’s worse than it ever was. See, that isn’t the... that isn’t the question. There’s only one thing that can: that is God. And they certainly don’t want It.

They didn’t want Him then. They were falling apart, and their politics was coming apart, their nations was breaking, their church was breaking up, and they crying for a Messiah. They wanted Him. “Oh, send us a Messiah.” But when He come...

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God gave... gives the answer to your prayer. You’ve asked, and you shall receive. And that’s... I could stop here for hours, on man and women, Christians even, praying for something; and God gives the answer and they don’t even recognize it.

And now, God gave them the answer. They wanting a Messiah. They knowed that they’d had Caesars, and they’d had... they’d had Davids, they’d had Solomons (the wise man), they’d had Davids (the mighty warriors), they... they’d had all kinds, but they knowed they had to have help from Heaven and they... God had promised them a Messiah. And He sent them that Messiah, in answer to their prayer, but they didn’t want Him.

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I wonder, today, if our prayers... You hear them say, “Pray for a great revival. Pray for this. Pray for a breaking forth. Pray for unity.” I wonder, if God would send such a program, if we would accept it. I just wonder if we would accept what He sends to us. You see, He... The reason that we pray for these things, because we know it’s needy. But when God sends it in the way that He wants it, then it’s not according to our taste, and therefore we won’t receive it. And that’s the way it was in that day. If He was not in the taste of their belief and their... They... they would not receive Him again, today. That’s the reason they asked this question, “Who is this? Who is this fellow that’s coming?” See, it was a... a tremendous time. Oh, everybody was... a tension. Something was fixing to happen.

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And look at the world today, what a tension the whole world lives in. You go down the street... It’s... it’s not even safe to drive. It’s not safe to be on a four lane highway. Everybody’s at a tension, snapping and... What’s the matter? Quieten down. Where you going? That’s what’s making the insane institutions fill up. That’s what’s got the church in such a turmoil. They’re... they’re so head-bound on certain thing. They won’t stop and consider God’s Word, and the hour that we’re living; all under a strain, tension.

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And now, we know, we are aware. The earth has just went through some great birth pains. And the church is going through some birth pains. It had to go through birth pains before it could give... Each one of the prophets, when they came into the world, it was a birth pain to the church. The world has went through a First World War, Second World War, and now it’s ready for a Third World War. And it’s in birth pains again. But there’s only one thing that can bring peace, and that’s Christ.

All of our schemes, and our ideas, and our ecclesiastical builds ups, and all of our politics, and all of our science and everything, it’s been proved that it’s nonsense. And then we pray for God to... to help us, to intervene, “Come in and do something for us.” And then when He does, I just wonder if we would be able to understand It; if we would be able to receive It; or even would we consider It?

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Now that’s what was done back in them days. They’d been praying, they’d had all kinds of great leaders, they’d been under governments, they’d been under kingship, they’d been under everything, judges. But they knowed that there’s only one thing that could save them, that was the coming Messiah. And the Messiah means “the anointed one.” A human being that was anointed. Then the human being, anointed with the Word. The Word made flesh among us. And when He come, He... He wasn’t just exactly in the taste that they wanted Him; not the taste they had... that He should come in. So therefore they... they... they cry, “Who’s this fellow? What’s all this racket about?” A bunch of peasants down there at the gate, breaking off palms and...

And he said, “Why, make them hold their peace. They make us nervous, the way they scream, and holler, and carry on.”

He said, “If they hold their peace, these rocks will immediately cry out.”

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Oh, time was unfolding! Prophecy was being fulfilled. No wonder! “The Lion roareth, and who will not fear? And God has spoken. Who cannot keep from prophesying?”

“No, if He wasn’t just in our own taste... If He wasn’t just the way we wanted Him, the way that we thought He should come, we wouldn’t receive Him.” Then, it was their creeds that gotten them so off of the written Word. They were so far off, they failed to recognize Him Who they had prayed for to come. Their churches had got them so far away, till the very thing that they had prayed for, was right with them, and it wasn’t in their taste, and so they... they... they couldn’t believe It. They had to get away from It. They ousted It. They... There’s only one thing you can do when you meet Christ. That’s either accept Him or reject Him. You can never walk away mutual. You cannot do that. It... it’s not for you to do it. It’s just that way.

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Just notice, how few recognized Him to be the Anointed Word, of that day. See, God in the beginning, being infinite, and knowed all things from the beginning... And the only thing that these things are is the display of His attributes. An attribute... You have an attribute. It’s your thought. You think of something, then you speak it, then you take it. That’s God. He, in the beginning... If you’re... If you ever was or ever will be in Heaven, you was in Heaven to start with. You’re part of God. You were His thought. He knew your name. He knew who you were before there ever was a... a... a molecule, before there was a light. Before there was anything, He knew you and your name. And put it on the Lamb’s Book of Life, before the world was ever formed. See, you were His thought. And then a... Then you become a Word. And a word is a... a thought expressed. Then you are manifested.

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That’s the way He was. He was in the beginning by Himself. God dwelt alone with His thoughts. He’ll never do that again ’cause His thoughts are being made manifest. And that’s why we are right here, this day... is God fellowshipping with His thoughts, being made manifest. See? There we are. So, you, by taking thought, cannot add one cubit to your statue. You cannot do this, that, or other. It’s God that showeth mercy. It’s God. “All the Father has given Me will come to Me, and no man can come except My Father draws him.” That settles it.

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Now, just notice, how few of them in His day, of the millions upon the earth, that never even knew of Him being here. Just think, there were tens... millions of people that never knew nothing about it. And to think, in Israel at that time, there was two and a-half million people in Palestine, of Israelites, and not one-hundredth of them ever knew it. No wonder He said, “Strait is the gate and narrow is the way, but few there’ll be that’ll find it.” Just think of how many didn’t recognize Him! Didn’t know that He was That. And them right around where He was at; that’s the pitiful part.

Those who walked with Him, and saw Him on the street, and so forth... they... they didn’t recognize Who He was, because Satan seen that He had the... the most smutty name that could be given to a person. He was called by the world (the natural world) ...He... He was called a illegitimate (because he said that “the mother, was to be mother with Him, by Joseph, before she was married to him”). So he give Him a illegitimate name.

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And again, the... the church seen Him in His great power of manifesting. Manifesting what? Not manifesting a creed! He was manifesting the Word! He was the Anointed Word, Himself. And when they seen that taking place (the manifestation, the Anointed Messiah), they turned It down. They didn’t want It. It wasn’t in their taste. That’s the pitiful part. How many... ? Just think of it! Just as in other days.

See, each had their own interpretation of the Word. That’s what... the reason Israel didn’t recognize Moses. That’s the reason the world didn’t recognize Noah. That’s the reason all the prophets wasn’t recognized. They have their own interpretation of the Word. But God, in every age, has had His Messiah. See? To reject Noah’s Message, was to rejecting God. To reject Noah, was to perish. To reject Moses, was to perish. It was... They were the Anointed Messiah’s for that age, the Word that was promised for that age. And when Jesus came, He was the fullness of the Word.

God, Himself, made into a man’s structure, with bones and flesh; the Anointed One. And they should’ve seen that. But you see, their... their church world had so added here and taken away here and... and so forth, until it was so messed up till they... they trusted in their church in the stead of... of the Word. And when they seen their church anointed, then they thought something great was taking place. But when they seen the... the Word anointed, then they said, “That’s fanaticism. This man is a devil, a Beelzebub.” Cause it was so contrary to their church until... their church creeds and what they had done. And it was that way in every coming of a prophet, the church would be so messed up.

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God sent down His laws and gave them a covenant. And the priest would come in and cut away, and add to, and take over here, and make a creed out of it. And then, God would raise out of no where, some anointed man that was raised up in the power of the Spirit. And he was always hated by the priests, by the kings. And... and where the false prophets wore their soft clothes, and walked humbly, and softly among the kings and the priests, to deserve big names and... and things. Then the real, true prophet, came from nowhere, none of their organizations.

Where... where was there any in the Bible, where God ever took a priest and made a prophet out of him? Where did God ever take an ecclesiastical theologian (trained man, theological trained man) and make a prophet out of him? Never in the histories of anywhere, did He ever do it, in any age... did He ever do it. He has to get away from that system, and bring it up. And that’s what He had done here.

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Jesus, when He was born in Bethlehem of Judaea, out of a poor family, and He had no backgrounds as they knowed of, just one of the tribe of... of Judah, and His mother and father was from the lineage of David; and they had to come up and be taxed. And here He was, just a young fellow, around... doing nothing but tearing up the churches. And they hated Him. And they couldn’t say but what that man done miracles. Peter expressed that on the Day of Pentecost, said, “Jesus, of Nazareth, a Man approved of God among us, that God was with Him.” And not to add to His Word or anything; to make it a little plainer: “He was God made flesh with us. God with us.”

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And saying the other night, that Moses, standing there with his hand in his bosom, he... that was God in Moses. He... (holding the secrets in his heart), and extended it white with leprosy. Then pulled it back into his bosom and healed it, and then extended it again to us when He sent down the Holy Spirit; which was God, again, in just another form on the Day of Pentecost. And we turn It down. We don’t want That. That’s the way they did then. That’s the way that we’d probably do it today.

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We see, every man has his own interpretation. That’s why it’s so confusing. But you know, the Bible said, that, “This Word is of no private interpretation.” It don’t need a Presbyterian interpretation of It. It don’t need a Baptist interpretation. Neither does It need a Pentecostal interpretation. God is His own interpreter. He said He would do it, so He just does it, and that settles it. So that’s why they see the Word of promise anointed and then they... they can’t receive It, you see, because It’s contrary to their... their creeds.

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What the Messiah (Anointed One) would look like, and what He would do; it was far from their understanding. And then when it was read to them out of the Scriptures, what He’d do, still they didn’t understand It. For when these wise man came down, from up at Babylon, they were kinda northeast from Jerusalem, and looked down and seen that Star leading westward. They followed It for two years, coming down across the Tigris River, and through the valleys and Shinar, and come on down, come to the head city of all the religions. The greatest religion in the world, in the temple, in Jerusalem. And up and down the streets saying, “Where is He? Where is He that’s borned the King of the Jews?” Why, nobody knowed nothing about it. It was strange.

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It even stirred to the Sanhedrin... called out the scholars and said, “Read in the Scriptures where a Messiah...“

And they went and got the... the Scriptures and read out that Micah said that, “Out... Judaea... Bethlehem of Judaea, art thou not the least among all the princes? But out of thee shall come this governor.”

See, instead of investigating, they just throwed it off, “Well, it’s a bunch of fanaticism.” See? That’s why the shepherds took the Message. See, they don’t... They have their own interpretation, therefore, they... they miss the real true thing.

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But as ever, when He come, He come just exactly the way the Word said He would come. He come into the city just exactly, in our text this morning, the way the Word said He would come. And they said, “Who is it?” Do you see what I mean? They ought to have known Who it was. And here... not the outside world, but the church world said, “Who is it? Who is this?” When, there, the Scriptures had plainly said that that’s exactly the way He would come. And they say, “Who is it? Who is this fellow? What’s all this emotion about? Stop from making all that noise, it makes us nervous.” Uh-huh. See? The... See? The very thing they had prayed for was right there at their hand, and they didn’t recognize it. And He come just exactly the way the Scripture said He would come. And if He does today, He’ll come just the way the Scripture says He’ll come. He ever comes in the taste of God’s Word, and not in the taste of some theologian’s idea about it.

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By the way, did you know the Word of God never did come to a theologian? Find the Scriptures where It ever did. The Word don’t come to theologians; not at all. But you see, if the Word was made manifest today, the Word for our day, It would be in the taste of God’s Word. Not in the taste of somebody’s idea. God would take His Word that He promised for this day, and anoint It, and It would happen. That’s all. There’s no way to keep It from happening. It’ll do it anyhow, no matter what the church says and what the rest of them believes. It... God will do it anyhow. There’ll be just a very few that’ll ever know about it. That’s right, just a very few. It’s always was that way.

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See, with their own interpretation, they couldn’t do nothing else ’cause they leaned to what the church had told them. But He would come... He always come then... He did then, rather, and He would every time He comes, and everything He does, it’ll be in the taste of the Word. So therefore, we can’t put confidence in what other people say. There’s only one thing that you can put confidence in, and that’s the Word. And the Word is God. And the Word anointed makes the Messiah; the anointed Word of the hour. How beautiful! They missed it, the Word; the right... They had... The Word is always right, but their interpretation of It was wrong.

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I wonder if this great thing, this Ecumenical Council that we got in the world today, and the World Council of Churches forming together make us all one... I wonder if they realize if... That is exactly what the Scriptures said they would do. But they think it’s the most wonderful thing in the world, that all of us can join hands and be one. Said, “Jesus prayed that we might be one.” That is true. But not that kind of one.

He said, “Be one as I and the Father are one.” Yeah, be that kind of one. Then how will that be? The Word in us would be the anointed Word. That is the oneness of God. See, the oneness of God is the Word anointed in you. See? And then you become a son (a messiah) of the age.

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Now we find the people much the same. The people doesn’t change. These people were divided in three groups. And we’ll look at that for a few minutes now. I know I’m going to run just a little bit late, if it’s all right with you. I’m just so slow, I... I... I just... I don’t know; I... I get in and write Scriptures down, and little notes. And then I... I get there and the... the Holy Spirit grabs a hold of one, and I... I... I... I... just look like it just no end to it. It just keeps on going. But, now, to our text.

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They were divided, there, in three different groups, with three different opinions. Some of them believed Him. Some of them hated Him. And some of them didn’t know what to do.

See? That’s... that’s just the way we got it. I preached, I believe in this church, once: Believers, Make-believers, and Unbelievers. Them three in the group, you... you have that everywhere. This is three in the group, too; seeing this state of the people has always been. We can go way back and prove, that’s the state of the people always. They’ve always been in that kind of a condition.

Then seeing that it’s always been that way, then it makes us prone to believe that God designed people to be that way. Why, He’ll make His enemy to praise Him. Everything... Paul, writing, in Romans, 8th chapter, said, “Oh, foolish man. Can the... can the clay say to the potter, why makest my... me thus? Doesn’t He have power to make one vessel to honour and another to dishonour?” What if He hadn’t made no night? You’d never appreciate the sunshine. If it’d been all sunshine, you wouldn’t know how to appreciate it. What if there’d been no sickness? You’d never know how to appreciate good health. What if there’d been no evil people? No evil women? A good woman wouldn’t be honored. See? They wouldn’t... Honor wouldn’t belong to her, ’cause it’s just all that way, it’s just one flat thing. But it’s a law of contrast.

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God makes it thus: one to be so dishonorable, to show up the honorable one; one to be so far wrong, it shows up... If it wasn’t, that would be the right thing. If there wasn’t... There cannot be a bogus dollar until there is a real dollar. And then the bogus is... If it was just made a bogus to begin with, then it would be the real one. But it’s... it’s a copy. There cannot be... There cannot be sin until there’s righteousness. Because righteousness is the... the right thing, and sin is the perversion of righteousness. In other words, a truth is a truth. A lie can’t be a lie until there’s a truth first; to pervert that truth into a lie. So all sin is nothing but righteousness perverted.

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Therefore, there is a system in the world, two systems: and one of them is the right system, and the other is a perverted system. And one of them is God’s Word, which is right; and every man’s word is a lie. And this denominational system we got today, forming a World Council of Churches to make a mark of the beast to emerge them together, is the wrong thing. And man are blindly walking into it.

God’s done put the thing on earth for them to be delivered by. But they think it’s a bunch of fanaticism. They don’t want it. They turn it out. They think they’ve got to do something about it. They got to make their own system. God’s got the system already here, His Word. But we don’t want That. So we find ourselves today, just like they was then.

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And now, seeing that people are designed to be that way... Notice, you say... I... I know I take a lot of time, but I don’t want to keep watching that ’cause it makes me nervous. See?

Politics; now we take like... Let’s just take for instance... to see if people’s designed to be in three... three classes. Let’s take politics. There’s some that’s red-hot for a man. And another group hates him. And another group don’t know what to do about him; they don’t know which, and it throws them into confusion.

This man said, “Oh, he’s a great man. He... he’ll make us the best President.”

The other one said, “He’s nothing but a renegade.”

Then the in-between said, “Now I don’t know what to do.” See? See, we’re designed that way. We’re made up that way. That’s the way human beings are. It had to be that way to fulfill God’s great economy. And to make His achievement that He’s going to achieve upon the earth, man had to be designed thus. One is right. The other one’s wrong. And the other one’s in between the two. It’s always been that way.

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Notice, they do that every time that they don’t know... The man in between, it’s a bad place because: one can show the matter, why he thinks he’s right; the other one can show how he thinks he’s wrong; and the one in between don’t know nothing about the matter, he don’t know which way to turn. And that’s just the way it is in religion. People do the same thing today about their Eternal destination.

Now we’re going to hurt, just a minute. They do it about their Eternal destination. A man will go down here at this... at this... to eat. And if you’d find a spider in your bowl of soup, you’d want to sue that company or that restaurant. Why, you wouldn’t eat that soup, it’d be poisoned. You... you... you... you wouldn’t take it at all, a big roach or something boiled up in a bowl of soup. Why, you wouldn’t have it at all. It would make you sick to think about it. But yet, you’ll let some bunch of theologians push something down your throat that’ll send you a million miles from God, and gulp over it. When, “Man shall live by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” It’s a chain that your soul is hanging over hell with. And as I’ve said before, “A chain is its best at its weakest point.” One link to break... that’s all you have to do is break one of them; that’s all. The rest of them lets loose with it. It’s only as strong as its weakest link.

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Now... And a person that knows if you eat that soup with a poison spider in it, it would probably make you sick. You’d have to go to the hospital, and... and have your stomach pumped and a lot of trouble to go through. And it could actually kill you. But, my! You’d... Why, you’d never go around a place like that. You’d never want to darken the door again, because you... you... you afraid you’d get poisoned and die. And then you’ll absolutely join up, put your names on books, and fight for the very cause of the thing that the Bible said, “It’s not damning your body, but sending your soul to hell.” See? How strange that people do. They... they’ve... They take their Eternal destination, base it upon some theological term. And you can bring them the Scripture, said, “This is what the Bible said. Here it is right here.”

And the theologian look at It, “Well, that was for another day.” See? And you listen to him. You see what God says. A real, true Christian only listens to that Word, and that’s all. Man of God live by that Bread.

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Notice, some... some believe in the Word. While there’s others believe in their denominational interpretation. And there’s others, by this confusion, that don’t know what to believe.

Now some of them said, “Oh, this World Council of Churches, that’s going to be the thing. It’s going to make us all one. Oh, that’s just it.”

And others say, “Why, it’s of the devil! Here it is in the Scripture.”

Then the man that don’t take time to set down and pray and seek it out, he said, “Oh, forget it.” Uh-huh. Forget it? It’s your... by your statement, brother, by your position, by what term you take, is going to send you to your Eternal destination where you’ll be forever. Don’t do that.

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It behooves us to set down when anything like this rises up. And a question, like in the days of Jesus; when they come, the church said, “Oh, He’s just a renegade. There’s nothing to Him.”

But One said, “Search the Scriptures.” He said, “In Them you think you have Eternal Life, and They tell you Who I am.”

Then men, women, with any Christian status at all, or interest in their Eternal destination, ought to search the Scriptures and see Who He was. Then the question wouldn’t been, “Who is this?” They’d say, “Here He is!” That’s the difference. See, it’s man, they... they... they just prone to be that way. Some are ordained to it. Hard to say that, but it’s true. It shows it. See?

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Now, today, some says, “I believe the Word. The Word is Truth; every Word of It.”

Others say, “Ah, our pastors go and learn that kind of... They know what to say about That.”

Another said, “Well, I don’t know. I joined this one. I didn’t like it. I went over here and joined this one. I... I don’t know which one to belong to.” See? That’s just the way it was then, same kind of a crowd. Well it’s always been that way, from the beginning, and it always will be.

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Now let us consider the Bible Truth on this matter, and see if It’s right; just for a few minutes now... Adam... In the beginning it started off like this, the way we got it right today, hasn’t changed a bit. Adam was a “believer.” Satan was an “unbeliever”; he did not believe the Word. So he got Eve, who was “not sure” whether It was right or not. See? Satan, the unbeliever... God said, “The day you eat there, that day you die.”

Satan said, “That’s not right.” See, and he didn’t believe It. Adam did believe It. So he worked on the one that was in between. They just couldn’t tell... she just couldn’t tell.

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Now, notice, the woman here represents the future denominational church called bride. It all come up in Genesis. It’s a seed. You start in Genesis; you’ll get your picture straight. See? Now, here, she represented the church of this day because some says (now we take Presbyterians, and Lutherans, and all of them coming around, these business man and so forth), “We’d like to have... We want the baptism of the Holy Ghost. We... we’d like to get It.”

Do you realize the day that we could be in? See? It could be that they never get It. Do you know Jesus said, “When they, the sleeping virgin...“?

Now, remember, the sleeping virgin come to call for oil. It was all sealed out. She didn’t get It. She never got It. Do you realize that after the Bride is done gone, raptured to Heaven, churches will still go on, people think they’re getting saved and everything just like they always did. Continue just like it was in the days of Noah. They went right ahead eating, drinking, and everything just like they always did. They didn’t know it, but the door was closed. And it could be, friends, that the door could close at anytime. Maybe already, for all I know. We don’t know.

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