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Before The Beginning

Before The Beginning

The Word of God. Across the world you’ll hear this as you journey. The Word of God. The Word of God. Folks, I tell you, when you say the word of Brother Pike, the word of Brother Taylor, the word of someone you know, or even the word of a president or the word of a king, well, it could have great significance. It could have a meaning, just depending on the individual, but when you say the Word of God, the Word of God. What are we saying when we say the Word of God? And the Bible said in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and the same come forth, put on flesh, dwelt among us, and we beheld it as of the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. And the Bible said He hath created the worlds by His Word, not world, but as to worlds plural. He has actually created the world and the worlds by the Word of God. He has sent His Word and healed them, and the Bible said with His Word He cast out the unclean spirits, and His Word is the same to a thousand generations. It’s unchanged and it’s unaltered, this wonderful Word of God. This is what brings faith and by faith comes salvation, in that faith comes by the hearing of the Word of God. And on and on it goes. This wonderful Word of God, this wonderful Word of God.

It’s no wonder that we want to know more about this wonderful Word of God. We want to know something about this Word of God, because this Word of God is Spirit. He said, My Words are Spirit, and they are life. He said, My Word, as to My promises, are life to them that find them, and it is health to all their flesh. This Word is a Word of Spirit and a Word of life. I speak this Word, because the Bible said he that God sendeth will speak God’s Word. So then, I speak this Word, and when I speak this Word, as to the ministry, the Bible said it’s not me speaking but the heavenly Father speaking from within me. And they shall all be taught of the Word, or taught of God. So then, this Word is Spirit and life. This Word is healing. This Word is salvation, and the Bible said the gospel, as to the Word of God, is the power of God. It is the power of God. It is a powerful Word. In the days of the Jews, the Bible said, it did not profit them that heard it because it was not mixed with faith. But this wonderful Word that you just let lay around on the shelf, if there was just a little bit of faith mixed with it, it would become powerful. So great and mighty would it become in your behalf, to supply all of your needs, all of your needs whether physically, financially, spiritually, whatever it might be, this wonderful Word of God. That’s why I love the Word of God. That’s why I think on the Word of God. That’s why I talk about the Word of God. The Lord tells us to meditate in His laws day and night. He said to Israel, “Make them frontlets upon your eyes, and put them up; hang them by your door post, and teach your children these Words, to meditate in this law day and night.” And the Bible said casting down imagination and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of the Word of God, or to Christ.

So then, we are trying to grow up into this wonderful Word. We are trying to eradicate, as it would be, our own mind, our own thoughts, to where we don’t lean to our own understanding, but that it is a continual stream, as to the mind of Christ, to have every thought into subjection to where it will be the Word of God. The Word of God. The mind of God. After all, if you are dead, you don’t need your mind anymore, do you? But we’re the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, resurrected from the dead, and it seems fitting that we should have His mind. Somebody say hallelujah! All right. So then, we understand each other. Wonderful, wonderful Word of God, the mind of God. These things were given to us in Christ before the world ever was, and brought to light at Calvary, or that is to say, this great mind is the Spirit of Christ Himself, and this mind is living within you if you’ve been born again. If you have not His Spirit you are none of His, but if you have the Spirit then life is in the Son, and if you have the Son then you have life. If you have not the Son then you don’t have life. So then, if we have the Son, we have life, we have the Spirit of God. And that is, the mind of God is within us, and this mind contains all of the wonderful wealth of God, for God, in His fullness, and in His entireness, lives within the mind of Christ. To wit that God was in Christ reconciling the world back to Himself, not imputing our trespasses unto us, but giving us grace, saving us by faith. And so then, the fullness of God within Jesus Christ, whose body ye are, members in particular, even the temple of God, and God lives in you, dwells in you, walks in you, and that means that we must, of necessity, have this mind to have His perfection. Let us go on to be perfect. Let us just keep on with this mind. This is our diplomacy as to graduate from the school of God with the fullness of the mind of God, everything in the earth being symbolic.

So then, we’re going on to the great diplomacy of God, as to have the full measure of the full stature of the perfect man Christ Jesus, or on to the full reward to be bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh so that we can testify with Paul, It’s not us living, but Christ that’s living within us. So, this wonderful mind of Christ is revealing to us, from glory to glory, from measure to measure, from thought to thought, from revelation to revelation; it is revealing to us all of the glories and the wonderful things that were given to us in God in Christ before the world ever was. So then, given to us in Christ before the world ever was, they are brought to light at the rent veil of Calvary, and now we are preaching these things down through the church ages, and you have to comprehend the heights, the depth, the width, and the length of this great wonderful light which is the Word of God. So then, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus. What kind of mind was this? He thought it not robbery to make Himself equal with God. Seeing that we are the offsprings of Christ, or the offsprings of God, then Paul ask them at Mars Hill, he said, Why then do you want to liken the godhead to stone and to gold and silver, seeing that we are the children of the godhead? We are the offsprings of the godhead. So then, we are the expression of God in the earth. We are God made manifest in human form according to our measure, and Jesus being the express image of the heavenly Father, then ye are members of His body in particular. How beautiful, how wonderful it is to be the children of God. If we’re children, then are we heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, which means whatever He is that’s what we are. As He is, so are we in Him. And whatever He owns, that’s what we own, for we are one hundred per cent what He is. We are His very breath and life in the earth. He breathed into us and man became a living soul. We’re His life in human form. So, it’s wonderful to be a child of God. I love to praise the Lord, don’t you? The Bible said clap your hands all ye people. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. I love to do that. All right. It’s a joyful noise unto the Lord for us to clap our hands unto Christ Jesus.

I guess we’ll talk with you just a little bit tonight. My heart is enlarged to you, and I am enthused over the things of God. I want to do something for Jesus. I would love to be able to explain what little I understand, or I’d love to be able to get over to you the thoughts that’s in my heart, as to the wonderfulness of this wonderful Word of God.

So many things in this wonderful book called the Word of God. In the first of the Bible they use the terms Genesis, which means beginning, and I try to explain that this is something of Moses, that we didn’t have any book like this, and we didn’t know anything about a garden, or anything else, until God caught Moses away on the mountain and took him into the Spirit, and let him write about these things. So we speak about Genesis, the beginning. And then sometimes we go over to the New Testament, to the book of Revelation, and we speak about the revelation of Jesus Christ, which it sounds strange, but whereas Genesis is the beginning, Revelation is the end, because when Christ is revealed there is no more world. That’s the end of it. And I’d like to dwell on that thought just a little bit tonight, as to talk with you and see just how far down the trail you are. What I say depends on what you want. What I express to you depends altogether how you receive it, or how spiritual you are. Paul said, I would that you were spiritual. I’d like to speak unto you as unto spirituals. And he said, Pray that God will grant unto you the Spirit of revelation. And I say this so often, Paul wasn’t talking to sinners. He wasn’t talking to sinners when he said pray that God will grant unto you the Spirit of revelation. Sometimes people take that, you know, to mean that if someone’s not born again, and they should pray for the Spirit of revelation, that if they are born again then they already have the Spirit of revelation. But that wasn’t it. Because how could Paul have said to a sinner, Pray for the Spirit of revelation when the Bible says God heareth not a sinner’s prayer? So he couldn’t have been talking to him. And if he’s talking to a Christian, then that means that there is something outside of just being a Christian. There are some benefits. There is something the Lord has for us. There is something He is wanting to give us. Even as a Christian, the Bible speaks of the gifts of the Spirit that’s in the church. And then He speaks of the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. And then, of course, it speaks of the wonderful, wonderful blessings of God as to the Spirit of revelation.

Now, there is a difference between having revelation and having the revelation of Jesus Christ. There is a difference between that. There is a difference between just preaching the gospel and having the revelation of the gospel. See? The Bible speaks of the gospel of the kingdom, and the Bible says when this gospel of the kingdom has been preached in all the world for a witness, then shall the end come, but it also says in the book of Revelation that an angel flew through the heavens having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that are on the earth. Now, there is a difference. Not that there is another gospel, but there is a difference to this wonderful dimensional thing. You know, it’s a difference as when you walk down to the river and you look, and there is the river. And you go away and say, “I have seen the river,” and then a little boy he comes along and he dives into the water and he paddles around and he just, you know, rolls around in it, and has a big time, and then he leaves, and he says, “I have seen the river.” And then somebody else comes back that’s a fisherman, and they go down and they begin to explore it clear down to the bottom to find out what’s swimming around and what’s down there, like divers in the ocean. I don’t know whether you’ve ever done that or not. I’ve done that. I’ve dived down in the ocean, you know, and they’ll go way, way, way down in the ocean. And they’ll see such strange creatures. Come back up a ways and see different creatures. And then come up a little further and see different creatures. And it’s the same way if you’re sent up into the heavens. You go so high and you see different things, and you go through different spheres, and then after a while you get on up there to where the moon is, and on up there where Mars is, on up to where Pluto is, and on and on and on into the galaxy of millions and billions of things.

So then, we see how great and mighty God is, how big God is, and how that we can just go on and on transformating into the wonderful mind of God, into the wonderful heavens, into the eternities, and enjoy this wonderful adventure in Christ, wonderful adventure. Such an adventure to me to venture out into the things of Christ. To me there is not a whole lot of adventure in the world. I’ve been all around the world, I’ve been all across the world, and I’ve seen about everything there is to see in the world. And I’ve been in the water, and I’ve been up in the air, you know, and all around and it’s wonderful. It’s a wonderful exciting thing. I’ve eat and I’ve drank and I’ve bought and I’ve sold, you know, all kind of things. But really there is not much to it. It’s just kind of a rut. You just do the same things over and over and over, but with Jesus it isn’t that way. When you get into the Spirit, you transformate and you go into great wonderful worlds and into great wonderful places, into great things that are so exhilarating, so activating, until it’s just a new world. God said, I’ll do a new thing, and you’re always enjoying something new. And that’s why it’s so exciting to me. That’s why boys and girls, they take trips. They get dope, and they take trips, because the world is a rut and they get in that rut and after a while they’re tired of it. When they first come along in it, you know, being new and young, it’s exciting to them and they want to do a lot of things, and after a while it’s just nothing. And then they get choked off of it, and some of them, I’ve heard them say this a number of times. They say, “I’d like to do my seventy and get out of here. And I didn’t ask to come into this world anyway.” So, with the misery, with the heartaches, with the sorrows, with the woe, with the poverty, with the pain, and all kind of threats, as to your life and your loved ones, you know, it really gets to be a problem.

But, folks, the blessings of the Lord maketh rich, the Bible tells us, and adds no sorrow. So then, this is a wonderful exciting life, and a wonderful exciting world. These boys get on dope, these girls get on dope, because they get tired of the world. It’s just so drab that some of them just blow their brains out. They hang themselves. They kill themselves, you know. They do away with themselves, because the world is just such a wearisome place, such a wearisome place. Rick was telling me, just before they came from Alaska, that a young boy there just up and killed himself. He couldn’t figure out why. I remember when I was a boy, there was one or two young fellows that lived right close to me. Fine fellows, they had everything. One of them was just getting ready, maybe, to finish his college up, but he just up and killed himself. The one across the way, his daddy was the big boss of the great plant there that most people were employed at, and he just up and he killed himself.

You know, but these boys and girls, as I’m trying to express here, they take these trips because it’s new to them. It puts them out into space like. They get spaced out, as they say. They really don’t know that they are just having strong delusions, and that they are injuring their brain. They don’t understand that, and that in doing this, after awhile they’ll be a vegetable, or even if they come off of it, they’ll have flash backs, or their little children may be freaks, or anything else, because it’s really an injury to the brain. They’ve even proven that drinking, every time you drink a little bit of whiskey, it kills some of the cells. They say that you cannot drink any without killing cells of the brain. But nevertheless, that’s exciting to them, and they feel like they are finding a release, or a way out from the things of the world.

Let’s read from the book of Genesis.

Genesis 1:1-31 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

Genesis 2:1-4 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,”

Now, it goes on here to point out that God made a garden in the east of Eden. Not just Eden as to the garden, but Eden was a place, and God picked the east part of it, and He made the garden and put it in the east of Eden. And the Lord planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And of course, He made every thing grow out of the ground. That was beautiful, as to the trees, the beautiful trees, and it goes on to speak of the trees, and it goes on to speak of the rivers that come out of this garden. The Hiddekel, and Gihon, and Pison, and Euphrates. How that they came out of this garden. As a matter-of-fact, the river Euphrates still goes by the name of Euphrates. You can find it over in the eastern part of the world. It’s still there. And the other rivers that flow out of this garden, you can find them there, and the Bible speaks of gold being found by these rivers, great outstanding gold, and the onyx stone, and whatever. They are there, but the garden is hid. They can’t find the garden.

So, we know that man was made out of the dust, and that dust was of Eden, and that his home was in the garden of Eden, which was eastward in Eden. But they have not been able to find it. See? They can find the rivers, but they can’t find the garden. They can’t find the head of the rivers. So it goes on to say, And God made man. He made man and He made man in His own image. Now, we could say a lot of things right there, of the deep sleep that fell upon Adam and of the serpent, and of the beguiling, and the many things here, as to the expulsion, but I just want to dwell on a thought here if I can. It says, “The evening and the morning were the sixth day.” So, we find here as to an evening time, as to when night and day begins to meet each other, as we say concerning the waters of the evening tide when the tide begins to level off and get even, or we say in our day, you know, the evening time, as to when time becomes even, as to night and to day. But nevertheless, here it speaks of in the beginning.

Now, I’ve said this a number of times, when we speak of being in the beginning, that’s one thing, but then we never talk very much about before the beginning. We talk about the beginning and then that is an outstanding thing, because we know in the beginning, which is Genesis, God done thus and thus. But then when we speak about before the beginning, then we kind of get lost because we think, “What is meant, before the beginning, Brother Pike?” Well, it’s very obvious that according to the Scriptures, God did not have a beginning. So when He says the beginning, He’s talking about the beginning of all things as to tangible substance. Or He’s talking about the beginning of you and I, as to create something out of the elements, or out of the dust. Remember, this world is a world of elements. There is a world of elements and there is a world of Spirit. You belong to one or the other. You belong either to the world of elements, or you belong to the world of Spirit. If you belong to the world of elements then your life is terminal, and somewhere your life is going to end, because your life had a beginning, because all things that are of the elements have a beginning. So then, that means that if you are of the beginning, then, of course, you have an end. Now, Jesus did not say that He was of the beginning. He said, I am the beginning. Or that is, there is nothing before Me. I am the beginning of all things, and I am the end of all things. I am alpha and omega. I am the beginning and I am the end, and the alpha and the omega, of course, are those words that are used in the Greek alphabet. I am the beginning and the end. The alpha, as to the beginning, and omega, as to the end.

So then, we find that there is something that is beyond the beginning. What is beyond the beginning? The thing that is beyond the beginning is God. The Bible said in the beginning was God. So then, if in the beginning was God, then that means that God had to be before the beginning or He could not be there at the beginning. The beginning is that it all emanated from God, came out from God, so every thing that is before the beginning is God. God is there and then God creates the angels, and then God creates the earth and the heavens. And then God creates the creatures, and then God creates mankind. God is the great wonderful God. And a lot of times I say this, not as to baffle you, but to make you stop and think, because man he thinks he’s so great and mighty, you know, with his little old intellectual PhD, or something, you know, like some kid playing with a little ribbon. He thinks he is really something. He has excelled because he’s figured out how to get to the moon. And he really lifts himself up. He’s full of pride. He’s full of arrogancy, and he is full of self esteem, but you know, when you think about God, man is hardly a speck in the universe. God has created the earth, which is one tiny little speck of all the many galaxies in the universe, and that within a galaxy, billions of things in one galaxy. And the moon and the stars and all of these other things, Mars, and Pluto, Uranus, and all of these things that are so great and outstanding, God made all of these. God made the heavens, and God made the earth, and made every blade of grass, and God made every little creature, and every little tiny bug, and whatever there is, God made it all. And God numbered the hairs of your head, and the stars, which are innumerable, God made those.

So then, we say, “Where did God get His beginning?” God didn’t have a beginning. God is the beginning of all things. And then we say, “Well, Brother Pike, how old is God?” We’ve said this numbers of times. How old is God? Where did God come from? The writer said, He came from Tema. But nevertheless, where did God come from? Did God come from anywhere? Is there anywhere for God to come from? The Bible said He’s above us, He’s in us and He’s through us. He fills all in all. And the Bible speaks of the clouds like the wings of a chariot for God, and that the earth is His footstool, and heaven is His throne, and when we think of God and how great and mighty God is we just kind of get lost. I say to you, “How old are you?” And so then, we, with our little numerical order, we begin to enumerate, you know, that we were born on such and such a date, as to somebody that got together and divided things secularly to give us a season, and to give us a month, and to give us a day, and to give us an hour, and divided the shadows up, and these many things as we go into it as to explain where time came from, how that time got its origin, and what time is, and when time began, and that time has an end, and where time will stop, in that you are not time creatures.

So to keep the balance, God had to suffer man to do this. Satan did that. See? Because Satan is ignorant. Satan does not understand anything. He is ignorant. Altogether ignorant. The Bible teaches that he doesn’t understand this great light, this great God. He is cut off from it. He is the ruler of the darkness. He is in ignorance. So, God is the great wonderful light. The great wonderful understanding. And Jesus Christ, which means you as the membership of His body, dwells in this great wonderful knowledge or wisdom or light. And we understand all things. We have an unction from the Holy One that nothing should be hid from us. So then, from the beginning we say, And God created heaven and earth. But before the beginning, we look and we find God. Where is God? What does God look like? Where did He come from? So we start wondering about God. We try to figure out God.

Do you know that man, with his little finite mind, with all of his education, as to college and school, did you ever notice he won’t mess with trying to figure out God, or where God come from? He won’t do that. You know why he won’t do that? He’s afraid he’ll wind up in the insane asylum. See? He has to have a 1 2 3 and an A B C. He’s like a dog. You know, you take a dog, that’s an animal, and you say, “Bobo, roll over. Sit up. Give me your paw.” Well, that’s all he can do, you know. He can roll over, he can sit up, and give you his paw. The Bible said they are dogs, and they are swine, and they are beasts, some brute beasts made to be taken and burned. But folks, we are not beast; we are gods. We are the children of God. We are made in the image of God. We are the very image of God itself. Though the image was lost in the garden, we realize that, that the image was lost, as to the sonship image, that Adam was the Son of God, and that great wonderful illumination, as to the shekinah, was lost, but we also know that Calvary brought back that great wonderful shekinah image. And today, we that are born of God, we are the recipients of this great wonderful thing, and thus we are the image of God in the earth. We are the very expression of God in the earth. We are the image of God. This great shekinah image has been restored to us, and we are made in the image of God. Now, it does not yet appear what we shall be like, as to the sight of someone seeing us, but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

So then, the world doesn’t see us yet. The world doesn’t understand us yet. The world doesn’t know us yet, but the illumination of our glory will outshine the brightness of the noon day. So, that means that we are now, beloved, the sons of God. Though it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone that hath this hope within him purifies himself even as He is pure. So then, we know that we are the children of God. We are the body of the Lord, members in particular. We are the very bone and flesh of God. We are the image of God. We’re the tabernacle of God in the earth, as the natural body, and that in the wilderness of our intellectual wanderings. But Peter said this tabernacle one day being dissolved, we have anther house eternal in the heavens not made with hands, which is the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not of the first man Adam, but of the second. And so then, our life then will be within that temple. And today, we are already that body through the foreknowledge of God, though we have not made the change as of yet, as to human sight. But in His sight we already are, as in Christ we are complete. So then, we realize that we are the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. We’re that great masterful image in the earth. We are gods. And we are going to change back into the originality of that image that was lost at the expulsion there from the garden.

But getting back to our thought here: before the beginning. We say again, how old was God when He created the world? How long had He been here when He created the world? Where did He come from? Where has He been living? If the world is approximately six thousand years old, then what about a thousand years before then? And what about ten thousand years before then? And what about ten million years before then? And what about ten billion years before then? Where was God? What was He doing back there ten billion years before that? And a hundred billion years before that? And ten hundred billion, billion, billion, trillion years before that? Where was He? What did He do all this time? See? I said that in a way that appeared to be a great exaggeration, but you’ve got to admit if we’re going to go by a numerical order, and if there’s going to be a 1 2 3 and an A B C, roll over Bobo and give me your paw, then that means that we’re never going to understand God. So they can’t understand God. They confess themselves to be wise, and the Bible said they are nothing but fools. And so, through the foolishness of God, it pleased God that men should be saved. What is our great colleges but a bunch of foolishness? What is our great schools but a bunch of foolishness? God took them out of Egypt; they had none of these. They did not have industries, they did not have medical centers, they did not have any of these things, but not one of them was sick. About three million of them came out of Egypt to Canaan. God watched over them. God fed them. God took care of them. Is anything too hard for God? It seems reasonable that God could take care of three million people if He takes care of what we would perceive to be billions of species that’s in the ocean, as the big blue whale that weighs about ninety to a hundred tons, and of all of the lions and the elephants in the jungle, and all of the fowls of the air, and whatever it might be. See? God can handle the situation; no problem for God.

So we don’t need the geniusy of mankind, as Satan, magnifying himself through the old tree of knowledge by trying to project himself to be something to a magnitude of making it look like something as to self esteem. We want to glorify God. God is the Spirit. God is the invisible God. What then is the answer to this million years, or billion years, or what is the answer to this? The answer is that there is no beginning with God. The answer is, there is no end with God. And to you and I, as little finite, you know, that is just too much. That blows our mind, we say. That’s too much. “But, Brother Pike, we have got to get this thing together. We can’t understand it.” We can by faith. Jesus declared God. God is a declaration. Jesus declared God. The only begotten Son of God has declared God. See? But when we say, “Something without a beginning, something without an end?” we say that’s the way it is with you and I. See? The world don’t understand us. They say. “Well, I know him,” as it was with Jesus, He’s the carpenter’s son. “He’s the painter’s son. I know him.” You know, but that isn’t the way it is. Did Jesus have a beginning? Of course not. Did He have an end? Of course not. If He did, why did He say, Father, restore unto Me the joys I had with Thee before the world ever was? Before the world ever started? And how is it that all things were created by Jesus if Jesus just came to be, as in the days of Mary? We spoke of the great high priest, even Melchizedek, which we’re not going to speak about tonight, but we have spoken about this great high priest. Jesus being made a high priest after the order of Melchizedek, the priest of the most great and high God.

So then, we see that when we think about time, and time elements, and time barriers, such as a clock, such as calendars, such as A B C and 1 2 3, we find out it’s just a lot of foolishness. And yet man has to keep it. He has to have it to have his stability, because he’s born into this world. He’s trained into this from the old tree of knowledge. This is what he thrives off of. This is what he is. He’s born as a blasphemer. He’s born into the world as one cursing. He’s born into the world in a spirit of foolishness, already bound within his heart, even though God does not impute it unto him because where there is no knowledge of sin, sin is not imputed; that is, until he comes to the age of accountability, God does not impute his trespasses unto him. But nevertheless, we see that God came in the form of Jesus, coming into the world to wit that God, the great Spirit, was in Christ reconciling the world back to Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; that is, redeeming His creature to keep from having to destroy it. So, we see that with God there is no time. With you, there is time. And I said this because there are shadows, because there is time, then there is death. There is death. Wherever there is time, there is shadows, because you can’t have time without shadows. And wherever the shadow is, there is death, because David said, Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for Thou art with me. So then, death. The shadow is death. Darkness is death. Light is life, and to be carnally minded is to be full of the shadows. I wish we had time to bring that out. And to be spiritually minded is to be full of life.

You look up into the heavens and you see a nice bright shining cloud with a silver lining, you look over here and you see a dark cloud, and it’s full of the fury of wrath and storm. So then, one of them is cold and one of them is hot. And you see them coming together as thunder heads, and when they begin to bump together, we get a real allegoric picture of Revelation 12 and war in heaven, because clouds represent angels, both good and bad, both light and darkness. So then, we see that these, if we say, as to the heavens, which is the head of the body, we see then that there are all kind of thoughts coming. As a man thinketh in his heart so he is. And then there are clouds that’s coming. There are thoughts of darkness, of intellectual darkness. There are thoughts of debauchery, thoughts of lust, thoughts of evil, thoughts of gossip, thoughts of backbiting, all of these thoughts are up here floating around, as we say, in the heavens of our head. And then there are other thoughts, thoughts of our Lord Jesus Christ, of life and hope and radiance and happiness and strength and confidence, and that is not fear, but faith. See? And these things are at constant war one with another. They are warring all the time. There is a continual warfare between the body and the spirit. And darkness, which is the powers of time, is trying to swallow you up. And if time swallows you up, then you are terminal. It proves that you are of the world of elements, but if time can’t swallow you up, and if life takes hold of you, then it proves that you are of the Spirit world, and that you are eternal, and that you master that body and you receive that body as a gift from God, transfigured into the wonderful glory of God that the glory of God might be manifested in that body. The Bible said God has called us to glory and virtue.

So then, we see the continual warfare. It’s always there, and Satan, as to the storm clouds of this life, sweeps over us with such great fear, and Jesus gave the parable by saying the wise man built his house upon the rock. Or that is, he took the mind of Christ, he took the Word of God. He found it as life. Upon that, he done away with fear, to not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. And he founded this little house, this little tabernacle, upon the rock of God’s Word. And the Bible said the storms came, the wind blew, the lightning flashed about, the floods arose, but the little house withstood the storm. And when the storm was over, the little house was still solid, founded upon the rock. And then the Bible speaks of the man that built his house upon the shifting sands of worry and fear, theology and human reasoning. And when the storms came and the winds blew, it said, and this house fell and great was the fall of it. So then, we know that with Christ we are eternal. Without Christ, then we don’t have anything.

So then, we see that before the beginning, we go back before the beginning. What are we saying? I say once again, if there is a beginning, it is a beginning of shadows, because there was the evening and then the morning. So then, the beginning of shadows. And I say again, as to the sun coming down, you know, as the sun moves from the morning over to the night, then we have the little dial clock that was some of our earliest time pieces, and as the little fin that sits there as the light moves over, then the shadow of this little dial, it moves. The shadow moves with the light, and if you make a little circle, as to a circumference, then you break it down into about twelve points, as we say, numerical order, then of 1 2 3, or twelve characters, then that means that you’ve got something that you can severally divide time with, and you can absorb that in your mind and thus you become a time creature, and man can determine how long it will be from point A to point B, as to work, and how many hours that he has in the day, or he can tell something about from morning until night, because he is a time creature. So, it becomes a 1 2 3 and an A B C, until finally it gets into the printed page of the calendars, as to thirty days in this, and twelve hours in one day, and thirty days, and on and on and on. We have brought this out as to the sun and the moon and the stars, and how that they determine the months, and how that they determine the years, and we have this on tape somewhere. With this, man becomes enslaved to time. He gives his believing to this world. He gives his believing to time. He gives his believing to his own ability, his own strength, and his survival consists majorly of just believing in his own ability. And this is Satan that does that.

But the Bible says in Revelation, the book of Revelation, in Revelation 10 and 7, it said, And the angel stood with one foot on the land and one foot on the sea, lifted his hands to heaven, and sware by Him that liveth forever and ever that time should be no more. Which indicates, as I’ve used the little illustration, that if I have an accordion and I opened the accordion up like this, then I’d have point A and I’d have point B, and in between I’d have the riffles, but if I come together and I shut it all up and lay the accordion down, that would be the end of it, as from my left to my right. See? And when God folds it up and He lays it away then it’s no more, and at Calvary He did that for you and I. And time shall be no more, no more, no more, and time shall be no more. The angel shall stand, and time shall be no more. So then, time is folded up and laid away. What happened to time? Jesus did away with the shadows. He did away with the shadow of death. He conquered death. And through Christ, we’re more than conquerors through Christ who gave Himself for us. And now it is eternity again, and shadows are gone. And as I say so often, from that four eighty-three, as to Daniel’s last bit of time, as to what is given concerning the Jews; four hundred and eighty-three years to Calvary, the church ages, or heaven, comes in, and then after that it’s that little time element coming in again, and beyond that there is no more time. After the thousand years, as to a thousand years regime here in this world, there will be no more such as that.

But, nevertheless, as to time itself, in Revelation 10 and 7 time is no more, indicating that when Jesus lifted His hands to heaven He said, It is finished. We say what is finished? Time is finished. Time shall be no more, no more. And the Bible said in the fullness of time God sent forth His Son, made under the law, made of a woman, and there it was: the fullness of time. And gathered all things in heaven and earth into the body of Jesus saying that this is as the waters of Noah to me. Or that is, in the days of Noah, the two thousand years and then the world ended. Then at Calvary Peter said, Ye are the people upon whom the ends of the world have come, and then the world ended. And now we’re moving on over to the end of the world, as to the next two thousand years, and now I declare unto you, even as Peter did that you are the people upon whom the ends of the world have come.

So, we’re born into the world and this is our day. This is our Calvary. We’re looking back now at Calvary and we’re seeing these wonderful things take place. So then, in the beginning, in the beginning, but before the beginning, there was no such thing as time. After the end, as to that little era of time, there is no more time, no more calendars, no more almanacs, no more clocks, no more counting of time, or marking time, or any of these things, because that is the end. All right. So then, we are creatures of eternity. We had no beginning. So, if we had no beginning, then we have no end. Someone would say, “But, Brother Pike, you know we had a beginning.” No, you had a beginning. I did not have a beginning. If I’d had a beginning, I would have to have an end. See? If a thing has a beginning, it must have an end; must of necessity have an end. But if I have no beginning, I have no end. Jesus said, I come from heaven, I go back to heaven. Ye are of the dust. From the dust thou art, Adam. Ye had a beginning, and to the dust thou shalt go. But the illumination, as to that image called the Son of God in which Adam was made, it was not a beginning. It was there before the world ever was, and God said to that image, even the Christ, Come and let us make man in our own image. Seeing that we’re the offsprings of God, made in the image of God, why then, Paul said, should we liken God to gold and silver, or to stones, or these kind of things?

So, before the beginning. There was no such thing as time. Now, this is what blows our mind, as the world says. When we say, “But, Brother Pike, how do you explain that? What do you mean, there was no time?” See? In your little mind you’ve been programmed like this. You’ve been programmed like that. And it’s so minute. It’s so small. It’s so little. That’s why I say so many times, I say you just don’t understand. You know, we’re creatures of these circumstantial environments, and we never get beyond that because we never get in the mind of Christ, to allow Him to take us into these wonderful things. He said, Ask of Me and I’ll show you great and mighty things that you know not. So then, when we think about these things, we don’t get into those things, so we just say, “Well, you know, there are some things that God don’t want us to know.” But that isn’t right. The Bible said we have an unction from the Holy One that we should know all things. What things is there, then, that God does not want us to know? If I am one with God, how can it be that there is something that I should not know? We have an unction from the Holy One that we should know all things. Jesus said, All that My Father has made known unto Me I’ve made known unto you. He did great and mighty works in the earth, and then He went away, and He said, Because I go to the Father, these works that I do shall ye do, and greater works than these shall ye do, because I go to the Father. Can you deny that that’s the Word of God? Don’t you have faith in the Word of God?

So then, we say there was no time. I don’t have to harass my mind as to say, “What was He doing ten billion years before the creation of the world?” I don’t have to harass my mind to say, “What was He doing ten million years before the creation?” I don’t have to harass my mind, and say, “Well, how old is He that is called the Ancient of Days?” I don’t have to do that, because there never was no time with God. With you there is time. With you, you’ve got to figure out as to point A and to point B, to your 1 2 3 and your A B C. But with God there is no such thing as that. It’s just a matter of fact that we accept that time is just some foolishness of man that he’s got to keep his stability, because Satan don’t have enough sense to go around a tree, as we would say, by himself. So he has to do everything he can in his ignorance, and in his foolishness, to captivate man’s attention and to get man’s attention when he is the spirit of ignorance. Paul said, I would not have you ignorant. Darkness is ignorance, which means no knowledge of God, no knowledge of life. See? But we are children of light. We comprehend the height, the depth, the width, and the length of this great wonderful godliness. Thus we become one with God.

So then, there was no beginning with God. There is no end with God. There is no days with God. There is no time with God. God is, He was, forever shall be. And when you and I think about that we say, “That blows our mind, because, Brother Pike, we know that there has been six thousand years.” So then, we know there’s been six thousand years. All right. So, somebody stand up and explain to me what six thousand years is. Somebody explain to me what a day is. Somebody explain to me what a week is. I say this so often, the sun comes up over here and it goes down over here, and we say, from the morning until the evening, or until night. But then when you get on the plane, and you follow the sun, and the sun don’t go down, and you just keep on, and the sun don’t go down, and you do like Joshua, and the sun is always up, and there it is, the moon, and you wonder what happened to night. See? So then, is it night with God? Or is it night with you? Is it a day with God, or is it as that with you? The Bible says concerning Eve, In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die, which if it was God speaking, then it was a God expression. It was a God day, and never has man lived beyond one day of God, never fulfilled a day of God. Peter said, And God’s day is as a thousand years. So then, God is going to bring the millennium in, give us one great sabbath day of rest, which is the millennium, and let man live through the whole thing to show that man has entered into the rest of God, and that by that, death is now conquered; no more shadows.

And so then, the great bright light that’s ever and eternal will come forth and man shall abide within that light, because there will be no darkness there. The Lamb is the light of that city, and there is no night in that city. And the Lamb is the Word, as to the understanding, as to the revelation of the light most precious, the great understanding. Have you come into the light? Do you walk in the light? If you walk in the light as He is in the light, you’ll have fellowship one with another. Are ye the children of light? Are ye the children of darkness? When this great light comes, can you comprehend it, or are you cut off in the darkness as to the intellectual wilderness wandering of the world of elements? The Bible said and this world being on fire, as to the world of elements, and that the elements themselves shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth and all therein shall utterly be burned up. Are you of the Spirit or are you of the world? And the Bible said when the Ancient of Days comes, God, even a consuming fire, the Bible said the heavens, that is the heavens above you, pass away, and the earth passes away, and the ocean is found no more. And the Bible says everything shall pass away and there shall be a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. So then, we know that the Word of God is for sure, for the Word never passes away. And if we are of the Word of God, then that means that we endure forever. Thy Word endureth forever, O God. So then, we are just one with the great Word. With God, there is no beginning. So it is today.

We say seven thousand years, six thousand years. I look back I say, “Well, God, it’s almost six thousand long years.” And we say a thousand years, Brother Pike? My, we can’t even hardly make it to a hundred. If we make it to a hundred, we are just absolutely phenomenal, you know, and then we’re so weary we can’t hardly go. Thousands of years. To rule and reign with Him a thousand years. But old brother Methuselah didn’t think that was such a long time. He lived almost a thousand years. And Noah came right down close to it. See? And those men in their great age, as we say. What happened to life? I say this so often. Why is it that with all of our jogging, and all of our eating, as I was talking to my wife today about this, why is it that you die? Why do you die? Scientist can’t figure it out. They give them all kind of pills, and pep pills, and everything else, and they aid life a little bit as to the reflection of the church, and with the understanding that God gives, and these brilliant men, as would be, want you to think that they’ve got life in their hands. And folks, when you have a problem, you run to them, or you feel that you are going to die. And as I say often, I, having been an undertaker at one time in my life, or helping that is, in the undertaker parlor, we would go to the hospital and we’d take them out the back. Take them in the front, and take them out the back. Dead when they went out. Why do you lean on the arm of flesh? Why do you go down to Egypt for your help? I know that having aid is fine. Having medical aid is fine, a medicine doeth good. God gives that understanding, or whatever, but why corrupt yourself over these things? And why lean upon the arm of flesh? And cursed is he that goeth down to Egypt for his help. What can they do for you? The people that they waited on years ago died. All of them died. Someone would say, “Some of them died.” All of them died, and not only did they die, but the doctor died too. What are you going to do? You run to the doctor, you know, and the doctor has got to take care of you, but what if he dies before you get there? What are you going to do then?

So then, what are we saying? One generation comes, and God lets them play with the toys and see what they will do, as to their stewardship, to see whether He’s going to give them these things as an everlasting gift. Then that generation goes off of the scene and then another one comes, but God lets it be so interwoven until there is no alarm and you never know about it. And the earth just seems to go on and everybody just seems to live on and on. But, I’m only saying this, that there is no such thing as elements with God. God is not the God of elements. God is the God of Spirit, and all elements emanated from God, and you are a composition of elements. All of your problems consist of complication by means of elements. If it’s iron that rusts, if it’s wood that rots, if it’s your body that decays, whatever it might be, the little atomic particles, it is some kind of complication of that little bodily element, and then you’ve got deterioration, and it turns back to acids and the stench, as to the fact that acids have such a stench to it. And so then, you are nothing but a little composition of elements. Why then do we place the greater emphasis upon the things of less value? Why is it our evaluation is so improper, and why is it that we do not understand, as to giving priority to the right things? Why is it that we do that? See? It’s because man is in a confine of his world. Satan has taken his spirit, his life, his mind, and he’s become interwoven with it, and is dwelling within the body, and all he can think of, and all he can see, is the vanities around him. But when Jesus got into the mind of God, He just walked right through the wall of vanity. The grave could not hold Him, because He was not subject to the bondage of the beggarly element world. But you are subject, for the Bible said God making the creature, as to the body, subject to bondage by, as to the element world, or by means of the human senses, you are dependent upon it. All of your labor is for your belly and for your mouth, because your belly craves it of you. So then, you are subject, or subjected, as the creature part, to the bondage of the beggarly elements of the world.

But see now, folks, by the body of Jesus, that body is now dead. And we are no longer the bondschild, as to subjection to the world. But now our body is yonder at the right hand of the Father sitting on the throne. And our life, our life has become interwoven with Christ, and Christ, our life, went away. And when He, our life, shall appear we shall appear in glory with Him, as on the Mount of Transfiguration with Moses and Elijah. Before the beginning there is no such thing as time. So then, what day is it with God? Is it yesterday, tomorrow, or is it the day after with God? Folks, God was, is, forever shall be I AM. Not I was or shall be. I AM. That is, today, as we say with you and I, as today with its few hours within it. God is here. Yesterday God was here. Tomorrow God is here. That is to say, with God the blood is still fresh. It’s still dripping from the hands of Jesus as He hangs at Calvary. There is no two thousand years, there is no yesterday, there is no many weeks and days and hours that have gone by. He’s standing there, and the blood is dripping from His veins, because with God all that foolishness of time elements, as 1 2 3 and A B C, it’s not that way with God. So why does God have to be ten million years old, five million years old, four hundred years old? Why? Why did man live nine hundred years and now he can’t hardly make a hundred? What is this? It’s because of man’s believing. It’s because of sin. Sin is killing man, and unbelief is the root of that sin. The day that thou disbelieve that’s the day ye shall die, for the just shall live by believing, or by faith.

So then, we know that God is present. God has always been present. God will ever be present. He’s above us, He’s in us, He’s through us. When we say we’re going to go five hundred years and then the translation, three hundred years and God’s going to catch us away, two hundred years and a great phenomenal thing is going to happen, why do we wait? What do we have to wait for? What is all of that about? That has nothing to do with me. I was before the world ever was, I still am, and I’ll be after the world has gone away. I had no beginning. I have no end. I have no days, as to beginning or end, neither am I a time creature. I am, I was, and forever shall be, because my Father and I are one. Let’s give Him a hand. All right. So then, we know that it’s just one great, beautiful, great big eternity. There’s no need of me worrying about 1 2 3 and A B C, as to go to school and learn this as the old tree of knowledge. I’m here. I’m here. Like the fresh daisies of the morning. God is here. Somebody said, “But what about all of those days?” What days? “Well, you know, Brother Pike, all of those years, like yesterdays and tomorrows.” What yesterdays and tomorrows? What days? Where are they? What are they? Have you got them? Can you put them in a bag? Can you show them to me? Can you point them out? Folks, let’s don’t be childish. Paul said, When I was a child I spake as a child. When I became a man I put away as to the beggarly elements of the world, as to the children of this world, as to childish things. See? Let’s realize there is no such thing as time. There is no such thing as time. And time shall be no more, no more, and time shall be no more. For in the fullness of time, the end of time, the finishing of time, God sent forth His Son. He doesn’t make it manifest as to the revelation, as to end of the world, as to the Jews, but to you and I that was the opening of Calvary. It was just a few short years after Calvary that John was on the Isle of Patmos, saw the rent veil, saw this wonderful revealing of God and the revelation of Christ, and the great world of God, and realized that time was nothing, that time has been swallowed up in eternity. There was no such thing. God only allowed that because of the shadows until this little period would be over that you call time.

So then, from Calvary, John saw this and he wrote the book saying, Time is no more, Revelation 10 and 7, as he looked back at Calvary and saw the fullness of time. Now as for the Jews, as to the last week of Daniel, which is a time period that sets in after the church ages; the church ages being an eternal period that will never end. Somebody said, “But, Brother Pike, what about the end of these church ages?” The church ages will end as to the way you look at it and your comprehension. It will end as to an A B C and a 1 2 3. But folks, heaven doesn’t end, and the church ages is heaven, and the church will go right on through the church ages and all of a sudden, shoosh, like a nova, the sun, it will be gone away, because it can never leave heaven. It can never come back into this world. It is the great light that doth not appear until after the tribulation period, as we appear there as God the great light, and everything as to the vanity, the shadow, the time elements, will vanish away because we can never come back into the world. Ye are the light, and wherever this great light is, there is no darkness, and the world is a composition of darkness. God had to recede for this to come forth, and when God comes in the brightness of His shining, it’s eradicated. As I say, the light causes the image to dissipate, if you bring the light brighter and brighter.

I refer to this in closing: when Brother Taylor and I were baptizing down at the river, Sister Lambert was taking pictures, and she took two or three pictures. And in the pictures, it shows the image as I stood there, and the image was dissipating in every picture until the last picture, and the image had completely dissipated. The sun, or the light, as to whatever the phenomenal thing that God used, as to bring it about, using as a natural art to bring a spiritual meaning, or whatever it might be, as a natural body of Jesus to convey a great spiritual God. See? Whatever He used in the phenomenal way that He did it, the image dissipated because the light was so great and there was no more image. So then, that’s the way that it is. You are the light of the world. So let your light shine that men may see your good works, glorify your Father in heaven. You cannot sin, because darkness has no fellowship with light. See that light: darkness has no fellowship with that light. Wherever that light is there is no darkness. And the strength of that light will expel darkness, as to wherever it can reach as to the strength. Like the angel, such great light. His light lightened the whole earth. The angel that came upon the shepherds, and the Bible said the light shined round about them. So then, as to you, whatever your angelic being is as to the knowledge of the great light of your understanding, so are ye in that spiritual world. Jesus resurrected from the dead and gave gifts unto men. As Brother Gerald said one time, seeing two great lights, he said he fell down on his face. And Paul, seeing that great light from heaven, he fell upon his face. So, beloved friend, remember we are the light and there’s no shadows. Therefore, with God we just are, we’ve always been, and here we are. And how wonderful it is to be. Isn’t that wonderful?

There’s a lot of things I’d like to say about that. I’d like to keep on talking about this wonderful thing as before the beginning. As I’ve said so many times, was God God before the beginning? We again say that the word God means object of worship, so God is something that is given to the great eternal light as a title meaning object of worship, or that is the Lord Jesus, which is the object of worship in the earth. So, you being the body, they will come and kneel at your feet, and know that I have loved you. So, we realize that the title God is not only applicable to our God, but also to Muhammad, as to their god Allah, and also to Confucius. And the Bible said there be gods many, but unto you and I, when we apply the title God there is to us but one God, even the great light that was here before the title God, as to human expression, and human categorizing ever came forth. So, we just use that term again as an A B C and a 1 2 3, for God is the great light unto which no man can approach, who no man has seen, or can see. And Jesus Christ, even you as the body, dwelling in that great light, having an unction from the Holy One that ye should know all things, dwelling in that light, you alone can see God, and know God and comprehend God, who is the great light.

By GLP

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The Time is Fulfilled

The Time Is Fulfilled

Introduction

We greet you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We would like to take this great opportunity to express to you our feelings toward our Savior and to His people. We are very grateful for the people of God who are showing such a great concern towards His work. Having found ourselves in a frontier work of God, we seek to make a full proof of our ministry as the Apostle Paul exhorted us to do in his epistle that was written to the church.

Our goal is to preach the gospel to every creature as much as lies within us. This, of course, should be every Christian’s vision: to go into all the world in some manner or way with the gospel. The Bible tells us that God is not forgetful of our labor in the Lord. Inasmuch as we have ministered and do minister to the saints or the needy, the writer exhorted us that true and undefiled religion before the Father was this: to visit the widows and orphans in their afflictions, and to keep ourselves unspotted from the world.

Remember, that the early church did not say that anything that God had given them was their own, but they all came together in the unity of the faith, as one body of Christ in strength and spirit. They honored the Lord with their substance and the firstfruits of their increase; yet, their barns were filled with plenty, and at Pentecost, their presses burst out with the new wine. Jesus said that you cannot put new wine into old bottles. To have this great revelation of Christ, you must be born again of the water and the Spirit. The Bible tells us that we have become a new creature in Christ.

If the love of the world is in you, the love of the Father is not there. Remember, they turned back into Egypt in their hearts and were lost. They murmured and complained, and were destroyed. Let us seek all things common, and He will commit unto our trust the true riches and the crown of life.

May the Lord bless you is our prayer, and we are praying for you.

The Time Is Fulfilled

I want to take a thought right here from St. Mark 1:15: “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand.” I’d like to say this first of all, that people who don’t understand, a lot of times don’t mean any wrong, but they try to make a difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven, but according to the Scriptures, the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are identically the same thing.

I want to dwell on a thought here for a few minutes. I read where it said, “The kingdom of God is at hand.” I want you to see the difference tonight in the way that Jesus ministered and the way that the Pharisees and Scribes ministered, and the difference in the way that the ministry of today goes about it. I want to try to drop in a thought that will let you know, and if you can really fathom or understand it, to let you see how far off the chiefest of the ministry of today really is when it comes to the real, genuine truth of Christ.

Now, Jesus preached that the kingdom of God is at hand. The Bible says that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. There is no way. When we think of going to heaven, the first thing we think of is being raptured away, caught away, and taken up into some realm that is way up above the earth. We’ve been taught those kind of things; that the Lord will suddenly appear in heaven and the clouds shall suddenly break forth.

It is like a vision that I had one time where I was riding down the road, and all of a sudden, I looked up, and a great, billowy cloud, like hot pokers, was coming through everywhere, like you take a hot poker and touch it to a great, white, snowy thing and it would penetrate through just like that. I watched, and it looked like hundreds of thousands of them at one time, penetrating this great snowy bank of cloud, and as I looked, they turned into angelic beings. All of a sudden, right in the middle of them (during all of this, I threw on my brakes and jumped out of my car and threw up my hands, because I knew it was the coming of the Lord), I looked up, and the Lord, high and lifted up on His throne, broke through in the midst of all of those angels.

The way that we look for the coming of the Lord is by some great natural turn of event. We always look for God in some natural way, in some great calamity or some outstanding thing that is going to take place, and that is why we miss the things of God.

The Bible says that God has hidden these things from the eyes of the wise and the prudent, because man looks on the outward appearance. If He has hidden these things, then tell me how it is that God is going to come back in a way that man will be able to tell what is going on?

The Bible says that every eye shall see Him. I realize that. John also said that they that pierced Him shall narrowly look upon Him, and in the book of Revelation, it says that those that nailed Him to Calvary shall see Him; but you have got to understand what He is saying. I know the Lord is coming back to the Jewish nation and the Jewish people, along with the people of the world, in a natural way, to where God can be seen of them in a natural sense; but that will never be to the bride of Christ. It can never be to the church. That is not God’s way of coming to the church. The Bible says that He will come like a thief in the night. If He comes and breaks forth in the heavens, where everybody can see Him, you couldn’t say that it was like a thief in the night.

The Bible says that they that crucified Him shall look upon Him. How can they look upon Him when He comes, when they are already dead? They are gone! You’ve got to understand what He is saying.

When Jesus came preaching, the Jews could have asked, “Will You, at this time, restore the kingdom to Israel? Lord, will You come in and set up a kingdom, and will You become a great king and let us become Your subjects; will You do this?” Jesus told them, in essence, “The kingdom of God doesn’t come that way! You have the wrong understanding. You haven’t received the doctrine of Christ.”

All they had was an intellectual concept through a typical means, but we have been taught in types and shadows. Paul called them allegories.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God doesn’t come like that,” and He told them so expressively, so precisely, “The kingdom of God is on the inside of a human being,” but we don’t express it by vocal utterance when we think of it, because our state of being expresses it.

Now, that just takes all the spark out of everything, because here we are, looking for some natural thing to come along and we don’t get to see it. It doesn’t take the spark out at all! As a matter of fact, it puts more spark in. I don’t understand why we can’t tell that the coming of the Lord is in that manner.

Paul said that all the invisible things of God, from the creation of the world, are clearly understood by the things that are around us, the things that we see. Look at the light bulb! Doesn’t the light come from the inside and go outside through the light bulb? Let us look at the gasoline in the automobile. It doesn’t come from the outside. It works through the engine and gives the power from within. Look at the motor on the inside of a car. It is under the hood. It is concealed. Everything that God does shows that God is the invisible Spirit, coming as a little grain of mustard seed; as a tiny little thing within the heart; like a babe, being born in the womb; like a little grain of wheat, dropping in the ground and springing forth like a little acorn. From little acorns, big trees grow. Everything springs from within.

Life is always springing from within: the kingdom of God, the kingdom of life, the kingdom of understanding. That is why a lot of people don’t know about God and they don’t understand Him. They are looking for God out here in a natural realm somewhere, but God is springing up from within. The Bible says that out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. You draw water out of the wells of salvation with joy. We are wells of salvation and the water is drawn out of the kingdom of God within us.

The kingdom of God is on the inside of a human being. Jesus said that the kingdom of God doesn’t come by observation. You don’t observe it like scientists do. With their great towers of observation, they observe the stars and whole galaxies. They break them down, but Jesus said that the kingdom of God does not come like that. He said, “What shall I liken the kingdom of God unto? A grain of mustard seed? A pearl that was found in a field?” What can I preach a sermon from? What kind of natural thing, that you are acquainted with, can I reach back and get that will open your understanding and let you know that God is a Spirit, and that He springs forth from within? The Lord shall suddenly come into His temple to be glorified in His saints, and I will make them to come and kneel at your feet and know that I have loved you. What does it mean to us to recognize that the kingdom of God lives on the inside of a human being? It’s like Ezekiel said, “The wheel in the middle of the wheel.” Something is living and walking inside of us; something that is with us. What is it? It is the love of God. It is God’s Spirit. It is the invisible Jehovah Himself, tabernacling in a human body. That’s why they were so confounded in the days of Jesus. They kept looking for the kingdom of God, and everywhere that Jesus went, something would happen and they would run over there, and they thought the kingdom of God was over there, but as soon as Jesus left, it was dry and desolate, and then something would happen over here, and they couldn’t figure it out.

Jacob said, “Here is a stone! It must be the gateway to heaven. I’ll anoint this pillar right here.” They would run to and fro, everywhere, to the kingdom of God; but when Jesus would go over to another place, there the kingdom of God would start again. They were confounded and couldn’t understand what was going on. The prophets of old did great miracles. What was it? They couldn’t find it because it was inside of Jesus.

Tell me one thing. The Bible says that He is the fullness of God, and that the Spirit of God was given to Him without measure, and that when He prayed, His own prayers returned into His own bosom. It had to return into His own bosom. It couldn’t go anywhere else, because God was in His bosom. He was the only God there was! He still is the only God there is. He said, in essence, “I am the light of the world. I am the kingdom of God. I’ve come to you, folks!”

The Bible says that in the fullness of time, here came John the Baptist saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!” Old Brother John began to preach and said, “Folks, it’s time to get your crooked paths straightened out, because there is one coming behind me whose shoe latchets I’m not worthy to stoop down and unloose. He has the kingdom of God within Him.” He is the old lamplighter from the far away hills, that has lighted life’s picture to give your heart a thrill. He is going about lighting little lights, and after He gets through, He is going to take a trip and go away, but He is going to light up all the candles before He does, so that He can leave a church that is called the light of the world.

This Jesus preached that the kingdom of God is here! A man came to Him and talked to Him, and because he answered Him discreetly, Jesus looked at him and said, “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.” Old Brother Peter said, “I know who You are! You’re the Christ!” Jesus said in so many words, “That’s the key, Peter! Now you’ve discovered Me! I am the door! You’ve got the key, Peter, so just unlock the door.” So, they took Him to Calvary, rent the veil and unlocked the door, and this was the door that John saw opened in heaven as never before, but the kingdom of God was at hand. Why? Because the time was fulfilled. How beautiful!

Great Bible scholars in that day, and still up to this day, don’t know what John was saying when he said, “The time is fulfilled.” Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled.” At last it has happened! All that the prophets wrote about, at last, it’s taking place. Everything that they ever said would happen, Jesus said, “I have come to fulfill it.” He said, “I have come that you might have life in great abundance; filled up, and overflowing.” At last the time is fulfilled. Jesus said that the kingdom of God is not far away anymore; it is right here at hand. Handle it, reach out and touch it!

The kingdom of God today is still at hand, but some of you don’t have it. Do you know why? It’s because the Bible says, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” You are too fleshly minded. You’ve got too much reasoning and too many plans of your own. You’ve got too much of yourself in the way, but the kingdom of God is still right here at you. The Bible says to repent and hear the gospel! Believe the gospel! It also declares that God began to translate men into the kingdom. How did He do it? He translated them into the kingdom by faith in God. Today, He still is translating them into the kingdom of God. The Bible says that Enoch was translated by faith, that he might not see death. Today, I stand here in the kingdom of God, because I have been translated into it. I stand here as a subject of the kingdom, to witness to you as one that has been translated into the marvelous kingdom of the eternal God. Somebody said, “You could be mistaken!” Faith doesn’t mistake things. If I stand here and testify of it, and believe it in my intellectual mind, then that doesn’t mean a thing; but if there is a conviction in my heart that I’ve passed from death unto life, and that I’m in the kingdom of God, my brother, I want you to know that I am in the kingdom. His Spirit beareth witness with my spirit that I am a son of God.

Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled.” It is fulfilled because the kingdom of God is at hand. Where is the kingdom of God? He said, “Flesh and blood can’t inherit it.” It takes spirit to inherit spirit. Paul said, “I would that you be spiritual,” that you may inherit the Spirit. You have got to be spiritual! To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. A lot of people say, “Some day, I’m going to sweep through the pearly gates.” I want you to know that the kingdom of God is an inheritance that you receive by faith from God in a human body. It is something that comes from God. It came down in a human body called Christ Jesus. You receive it into your human body, and from within your human form it steadily progresses until, at last, by faith, you are translated into the marvelous kingdom of the living God.

Someone would say, “Well, how do I know that I’m in there?” It is because you are full of love and peace. Serving God is joy, peace, righteousness, meekness, kindness, gentleness, patience, longsuffering; all of these things. You’ve got the Spirit of God in you. You’ve got the nature of Christ in you, something that is running over from within. Your tree is bearing fruit, you are planted by the river of waters, your leaves never wither, and your leaves are for the healing of the nations. You bring forth your fruit. You’ve got the fruits of the Spirit, not as the tree of knowledge, not as the tree of evil, but as the tree of life. When people eat from you, they don’t get the warped, twisted-up concept of some college degree. They don’t get their understanding from some intellectual thing that you’ve figured out or brought down from grandmother or grandfather, but from the Word of God. You are a tree of life that is springing up, something that is overflowing and coming out. Hallelujah! David said, “My cup runs over,” and everybody gets a drink of it! A tree of life gives forth the fruits of the Spirit: joy, peace, meekness, longsuffering, the understanding of God; all of the virtues of Christ Jesus. Do you know why it does that? It is because a tree produces according to whatever the roots are in. These trees are planted by the river of life. They feed from the water of the river of life, and that water comes up into the branches, and from those branches comes the water or Spirit of life.

Trees of life are in the earth. Isn’t that wonderful? Someone said, “I wonder what the tree of life was in the garden of Eden.” It was Jesus. How many of you believe that you are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh? The only tree of life in the earth tonight is you. If you eat of this tree you will never die. Jesus said to drink of this water and you will live forever. This is the well of salvation. Come here and get you some water! The lady said that she wanted some water. Jesus said, in essence, “That’s good, but if you drink that water, you are going to get thirsty again, but if you drink out of this well,” talking about Himself, “you will never get thirsty anymore!” Hallelujah! He said, “If you drink out of this well; if you eat from this tree of life; if you build on this rock, Peter!” Is that right? Hallelujah! I took one swallow of that water, and I’ve never thirsted again since that day. It satisfied me completely. Some of you wander from pillar to post, from one worldly thing to another, from one gossiping tongue to another, from one evil deed to another, from one covetous thing of the world to another, all because you have never gotten a drink of that water. Your spirit is wandering through the dry places, where the waters are not, and you can’t find satisfaction; but I found the well of living water. We sing the song, “The Well of Living Water.” I found that well of living water. I drank from it, and I have never been thirsty again. It has been a well of eternal life, springing up within me and quenching the thirst, and I’ve never been thirsty again. Hallelujah! That makes me feel good!

Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled.” What does it mean, that the time is fulfilled? From the time of the fulfillment, that meant Calvary had come. BC was behind us and AD was ahead of us. That meant that we had crossed over the bridge of strife, that death was completely swallowed up in victory, and that we are free from every evil and all condemnation, folks! I’m sure that you don’t understand what Calvary means, and that you don’t know what it means when you say, “The time is fulfilled.” The Jews never understood what it meant. God blinded them in part, and they didn’t understand. They never knew what God meant when He said, “The time is fulfilled.” Repent ye and believe the gospel! What did it mean? Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Isn’t it wonderful to be partakers of the kingdom of the living God? Father, Thy kingdom come on this earth. Your will be done on this earth, as it is in heaven. Those that are carnally minded are flesh and blood. They can’t inherit the spiritual things of God; the peace and happiness, the prosperity of the saints, nor the faith that comes from Jesus Christ by which you are sanctified.

He said, “The time is fulfilled.” The kingdom of God, at last, has come into the world. Who are You, Jesus? I’m God’s real ark of the covenant that Moses carried, the ark of Noah that survived the raging waters of the wrath of God as they poured down out of heaven. I rose to the top of Mount Calvary, where a door was opened to a new world. The waters beat fiercely down upon it, but it survived. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. I am the door that Peter opened in heaven!” The time is at hand!

Jesus said that you can inherit the kingdom of God if you want to, but it takes spirit to inherit Spirit. Flesh and blood can’t inherit what I’m talking about. You’re looking for it by observation. There won’t ever be one like that! He said that the kingdom of God will never be seen by the eye. It will never come by observation, for the Bible says that they endured as seeing Him who is invisible. He was the invisible God that walked the earth, and the prophets walked with Him.

Today, God still is the invisible God. Paul said, “He is God, whom no man has ever seen.” Moses never saw Him! Abraham didn’t see Him! Nobody ever saw Him! No man has seen God at any time! That is true in Moses’ time, Abraham’s time, and every other time. Somebody said, “Adam saw Him!” The Bible says that the Lord walked in the garden in the cool of the evening; the Lord talked with Moses; the Lord appeared to Abraham. There is only one way to see God, and that is through the Lord (membership of His body). That’s why He is coming back into His flesh and bones, so that He might reveal the kingdom of God from within humanity to the world; a light, a city that all the nations will have to walk in; lively stones, built up into a holy priesthood with Him upon the throne of their heart. You say, “What do you mean, Brother Pike?” I mean that there is a difference between His bones and flesh and humanity’s bones and flesh. He is called the quickening Spirit. His body is the quickening Spirit that inherits Spirit, but your blood or flesh won’t inherit the things of God. Created life is sown in fleshly weakness, and raised in spiritual honor.

The Bible says that it’s the terrestrial that must be changed to a celestial, and that it’s the image of the earthy that must be changed to the image of the heavenly. There has to be a change. There has to be a new birth. You have to come into, a new world. Old things have to pass away, and behold, all things have to become new. Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled.” What is it? He said, “Now, children of God, the kingdom is here!” Don’t be afraid, it is thy Father’s good pleasure to give unto you the kingdom. Did you know that ever since that day, even until this present day, preachers are still preaching to the church, saying, “Don’t fear, little flock. It is God’s pleasure to give you the kingdom. Just be faithful, and one day it’s coming.” That isn’t what Jesus meant. Jesus said that it is thy Father’s good pleasure right now for you to be translated into the kingdom of God and for you to inherit it. It is God’s pleasure right now, children of God, for you to have the kingdom of God this very night. They shall rise and take the kingdom and possess it forever and ever. It is a possession! You have to inherit it! You ask, “How can I inherit it, Brother Pike? How can I take it?” By submitting yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God; by constant submission; constant surrender; constantly breaking down your will power, your outside man, your human desires, your fleshly passions, and submitting, until finally, the faith of Jesus Christ, which is the kingdom of God, will develop in your heart, and you will have power to do what you want to do.

The Bible says, “Contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints of God.” It was the faith of Enoch that translated him into the marvelous liberties of the sons of God. The creature itself (your body) shall also be delivered, transformated or changed into the glorious liberties of the sons of God, for the creature groaneth, not that we should be unclothed; that is, lose this body, but rather be clothed upon with the body from heaven.

What does it mean, “The time is fulfilled”? It means that the benefits of God to the Christian were then at hand, and that from the time that Jesus spilled His blood at Calvary, everything that your heart ever wished for has become yours. It means that there is no more poverty, death, nor sorrow to you, and there is nothing that Satan can do to you any more. The old world is passed away. The new world is here!

Somebody would say, “Now wait a minute, Brother Pike! You must be crazy!” No, I’m not crazy. The man thought that Paul was crazy. Paul said that this was not crazy talk! This is the kingdom of God. You inherit it by faith. You change into it by faith. You do everything by faith. Christ did the works; we do the believing by faith. The husband purchases and the woman moves in and possesses. Ever since that day of Calvary there was no need for another man to be planted in the sod. There was never a need for any little child to ever scream in death as it passes out of this world. There has never been another reason why a mother had to surrender up her darling baby since Calvary. Jesus told those preachers, “I’ve finished the works!” Everything is done. The devil is conquered and destroyed. Death and hell are conquered. Now, we’re to go preach deliverance to the people! Is that right? Preach to the people and cast out devils. Those people that are dead, get them up out of the graves! Death is past. It is gone! Jesus said, “Raise the dead!” Why would He say that? Because it was all over. It was gone! No more death; no more sickness, poverty, or insanity; no more perplexity or troubling spirits; no more sin! There was no more anything for the devil! He is gone! Finished! All of his works are balled up and taken away. At an end! Did you know that every time the devil jumps on a Christian, it means that the Christian has allowed him to do so through unbelief? Do you realize that you are believing Satan into strength with these fears, perplexities, and bondages by unbelief? Did you know that fear is faith in reverse; believing those things into effect in your body? Somebody said, “I’m just afraid I am going to think it!” That little fear is all it takes. That is faith in reverse, believing Satan into his strength and power. You say, “I can’t help but think it! I’m trying!” And there you go. It’s that fear, that expectation that has developed in your heart through fear, that caused you to do it. But, take it the other way. Start believing! Christ said it and I believe it. I’m not going to believe anything the devil says to trouble me. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” Don’t let your heart be afraid. You’ve got power over the devil. You heal the sick! You cleanse the leper! You raise the dead! Keep your heart from being troubled! Go and preach deliverance! Go and help other folks, and lay hands on the sick! Am I telling the truth? Is that Bible? The time is fulfilled. The time is at hand. It is done. Jesus said, “It is finished.”

When Brother Branham came, did that finish it? Somebody said, “When Brother Pike came, it finished it!” No! Jesus finished it at Calvary! I’m just telling you about it.

Do you realize tonight, and this is the truth, that the church could have been translated immediately after Calvary? Somebody would say, “I don’t believe it!” Well, how was Enoch translated before Calvary? Somebody would say, “Now wait a minute. I don’t understand that. Do you mean to tell me that Enoch was translated before Calvary?” No. I said that for your human understanding’s sake. There has never been a human being that was ever translated before Calvary. Calvary was in the foreknowledge of God before the world ever was. He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Anybody that is translated is translated as a result of Calvary, but Enoch caught a vision and saw that there wasn’t any need of waiting for the Lamb to come to be crucified. God had already slain Him in His mind. All he had to do was believe. Old Brother Abraham did the same thing. He believed God, and the Bible says that it was imputed unto Him as righteousness 430 years before the law ever came. I want to get over a thought to you tonight for the sake of them that want the benefits. David said, “Forget not all of His benefits.” Some people have fits, but they know nothing about the benefits. The time is fulfilled!

Somebody said, “Now Brother Pike, I thought that in this day and age you are supposed to have a brand new subject, a brand new message. You are supposed to bring us something here that is brand spanking new.” What could I ever tell you outside of what He has already done? There is nothing brand new about the gospel. It is the same age-old story that has always been. Ever since Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is here,” men have, from that time, been translated into the marvelous kingdom of God through faith. I am one of those men, and I am in the kingdom of God. I am not waiting to be translated into it, for I am already in the kingdom of God.

Somebody might say, “Now isn’t that cute! That sounds real good, doesn’t it? Brother Pike is in the kingdom of God!” They have a coloring book; but what I am saying is a living reality. I am already in the kingdom of God. Somebody said, “That’s good faith. If you keep believing like that, Brother Pike, then when the Lord and the kingdom of God comes, He will take you right in!” He is not going to take me in when He comes, because I’m already in it. As a matter of fact, when He comes back, I’ll be coming with Him. It’s in Revelation 19. If you don’t believe it, read it!

The Bible says that God hath translated me into His kingdom. Since that time, men have pressed their way into the kingdom of God. When you are in the kingdom of God, my brother, you can’t be in the kingdom of the world. If you are in God, you can’t be in the world, for you are in Christ. You can’t be down there in a human mind. I’m in another mind. I’m in another world. I’m in another body. I’m in the body of Christ. I’ve got another mind, another world, another body! Everything is different. That’s why I sing, “Everything is going to be all right.” Everything works together for good to them that love the Lord. It doesn’t make any difference what it is.

I want you to know tonight that the time is fulfilled. The kingdom of God is already at hand. Men are already being translated into it. God’s will is already being done on earth as in heaven, because ever since the day of Calvary there is no more devil, no more heartache, no more sickness, and no more death. There is no more poverty, no more trouble and no more evil. Since Calvary, there is no more.

Somebody said, “Well, I sure do see a lot of it for it not to be anymore.” Well, why don’t you get out of the hog pen and come on home? You don’t have to live out there in that stink. Get up! The prodigal son got up. Shake the mud off of you and come on home!

We sing, “I’m coming home.” Get out of it! Come on home! You can be up here, too, and be in the kingdom of God. It’s like the vision that I had. You can see these things that we are looking at in heaven. You can see them, if you want to.

There is no such thing as the devil any more to a Christian. I hope you can get this. I know this doesn’t register to some of you. Some of you think, “Well, Brother Pike has flipped his lid!” What I am telling you is absolutely the truth. It isn’t something that I sat down and figured out and put together to make it sound good, hoping that it would work. It is absolutely “Thus saith the Lord!” It is God! Every bit of it that I’m preaching to you tonight is Christ.

We have passed from the world of death into the world of life. We should never die again. This generation doesn’t have to die. Somebody would say, “Brother Pike, I believe they do.” No, they don’t have to die. Jesus said, “I’ve made you gods but you die like men because of unbelief.” You are gods! Gods don’t have to die! How can Christ die again? He is resurrected to die no more. You say that you are the body of Jesus Christ. If you are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh, do you think that He is going to die again? Do you think your body is going to die again? Why did Christ die? The whole purpose of Calvary was so that humanity wouldn’t have to die, but nobody could believe it.

Enoch took hold of it. He saw it by foreknowledge and God revealed it to him. Old Brother Elijah took hold of it! Moses took hold of it, and others down through the ages have taken hold of it, but what about us? Have faith in Christ! We don’t have to die! The days of funerals are over! Somebody said, “Now wait a minute! You re crazy! They’ll put you in a padded cell!” I’m sure that they would, if they could get their hands on me. I hope I’ll be like Elijah and outrun the wheels of Jezebel. It is a true fact, that they are putting them in caskets, but they don’t have to put them in caskets anymore. The days of caskets are over. It is because of unbelief that men die. Christ did away with sin at Calvary. If a man will believe in Calvary, he doesn’t have to die. Jesus said, “He that heareth My words and believeth on My words is passed from death unto life.” Paul said, “Behold, I show you a mystery!” Somebody is going to discover that the days of caskets are over. Somebody said, “Well, I believe that, Brother Pike, but those things are so far out of my reach. I know they’ll just have to put me in a casket.” Well, bless your heart! You need to shake yourself a little bit and get up out of the dust, and start believing in a different direction. Just sit there in unbelief! Go right on! Die right on and go to hell! They won’t just put you in a casket, but they’ll put you in hell, too. What makes you think that you’ve got enough faith to keep you out of hell, if you don’t have enough faith to keep you out of a casket? Come on folks! It is time that God’s people began to believe in eternal life. Jesus gave us eternal life. Somebody said, “Well, that has nothing to do with the body.” It does have something to do with the body. The same faith that I’m preaching tonight is what is going to bring Him right here on the scene, and I believe that it is bringing Him on the scene!

Somebody said, “Well, I’m just waiting for that time!” I preached to you tonight that the time is already here, for the time is fulfilled. Everything the prophet said came to pass. That was the fulfillment of it. Today, we don’t have to die. It is already fulfilled. In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, made under the law, and because it was the fullness of time, Jesus began to preach, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is, at last, come. Repent ye!” Believe the gospel and let God translate you into the kingdom of God, to where you’ll never have to die anymore.

You may never enjoy the inheritance of the saints. You may never enjoy healing, satisfaction, freedom from worry, trouble, sickness, death, poverty, freedom from all these other things; but it still belongs to you now. When Jesus Christ comes and literally sets His foot on the earth in a human body, you’ll have no more benefits, not one more, than you have already. If the literal human encasement that walked the earth in the days of Christ stood here tonight, it could do no more for you than it’s already done. Not one thing could it do. By your faith tonight, you can have exactly the same thing. There is not one bit of difference. We keep waiting for some great thing to take place, but it doesn’t come by observation. You can keep on looking, but you’ll never see it. The Jews kept looking, but they never saw it, and finally God cast them out of His presence. The Gentiles have done the same thing. Why? Because God is a Spirit. Everything He does is invisible. The invisible God is working through man to manifest Himself in a visible way in the outer body of your humanity. That’s why we go to church.

We can be church members; we can pay our tithes; we can be good neighbors; but brother, that isn’t going to do anything for your heart. There has got to be the Spirit of God springing up from within you, coming up in your heart, that is going to clean your mind up and clean your soul up; clean the filthy thoughts away and wash them down the drain, to mellow you and convert you; cause you to think right, talk right, act right, be right, and desire right. If that hasn’t come to pass on the inside of you, then you’ve never been born again. A babe can be born dead in the womb. It’s called a still birth, but if it’s got life there is something on the inside of it that makes it kick its feet and say “Go!” It causes him to move. There is something on the inside of a spiritual babe that is springing up into everlasting life. Do you understand what I am saying? The time is fulfilled! The kingdom of God is at hand. This is the fullness of time. What are we doing about it, folks? Contend for the faith! Get in there and mean business, and get the benefits of it. Get in there with God and lay everything else aside. Put everything secondary and say, “God, I thought all of these years that I had to fast thirty days and pray about two months without getting up off my knees, and Lord, I thought I had to go to church every time without missing a service. Lord, I thought I had to live forty years without ever making one mistake before I could ever have these things and do these things!” No! That’s why Jesus died! It’s yours for the believing. It doesn’t make any difference what it is; the believers lay hands on the sick and they’ll recover. The believers can raise the dead. The believers can open the blind eyes and unstop the deaf ears.

God has allowed the thing that was done at Calvary to be in darkness until the coming in of the Jews. When He blinded the Jews and cut them off in darkness, it meant that the human encasement (the body) in which Christ dwelt was blinded, until the end time, of what He had done at the fullness of time, but now the veil is coming off, the Jew is coming back in, and it means the redemption of the body.

He blinded the Jews so that the outer encasement of your inner man might be blinded, so that the body might not receive the knowledge into it and be changed or redeemed until He had time to finish His work with the Gentiles and build His kingdom as big as He wanted it by a new birth; but now that we are at the end of the way, we recognize what was done at Calvary. We recognize that the book of Revelation was written about Calvary, and that the human encasement is the Jew, coming in as the outer man, accepting the fact that the days of caskets are over. With the coming in of the Jews it is the redemption of the body, which means that we shall not all sleep.

I am going to accept mine. You can do whatever you want to with yours, but I’m accepting it. Just the way He said it, that’s the way that I believe it. Hallelujah! Don’t worry anymore! Don’t fret anymore! Don’t be sad anymore! Rejoice forevermore! Don’t worry about your loved ones dying anymore. Don’t worry about poverty anymore, any kind of sickness or disillusion. Don’t worry about storms, earthquakes, and famines anymore. Don’t worry about anything anymore! Just go on your way rejoicing. Thank God that because He said it, it’s true. At last you made it, and at last, it is over. At last, everything is behind you and you have got to where you wanted to go. At last you are what you always wanted to be. Somebody said, “You are crazy!” No, I’m not! I’ve never been more sane in my life. I know exactly what I am saying. It is absolutely the truth all the way. The Bible says, “He that can receive it, let him receive it. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” I found the pearl of great price! I’ve sold all that I had to purchase this field, and I am well pleased.

Until you come to this state of mind that I just described to you, you are not pleasing the Lord, because without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that cometh to the invisible Spirit must believe there is an invisible Spirit. You must believe that God is, and that He does exist. You must really believe that, not in your head, but in your heart, for he that cometh to God must believe that God is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Every promise in the book is mine, every chapter, every verse, and every line. I am trusting in His love divine, for every promise in the book is mine.

By Rev. George Leon Pike Sr.

The Fruit of Their Thoughts

The Fruit Of Their Thoughts

Introduction

Over the past four decades, Brother George L. Pike has preached thousands of messages concerning the Revelation of Jesus Christ. By means of audio, video and publication facilities, he has also blessed the lives of people all around the world, not to mention the innumerable times when he ministered the deep things of God to little groups of brethren, here and there, that were not recorded on audio or video tape, but recorded only in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of that other world.

For us, it is difficult to choose which sermon we most would like to be transcribed and put into book form. It’s like going through a beautiful art gallery of masterpieces, and deciding, at that moment, which one you would want to share with those outside who may have never seen such things.

“The Fruit Of Their Thoughts”, was preached by Brother Pike in March of 1968, and is a dynamic sermon that points us to that place of perfection, which can be obtained if an individual is willing to conform to God’s Word.

“Commit your works unto the Lord, and your thoughts shall be established!” This verse of Scripture from Proverbs 16:3 is the keynote to this message, as Brother Pike unveils the written Word and shows us the necessity of bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that would dare to exalt itself against the knowledge of God.

Did you know that without knowing evil, we could never have comprehended good? Did you know that unless a person is first ignorant, they will never receive true wisdom and understanding? Don’t fail to read, “Out From Under The Curse,” as the author, Brother George Pike, unfolds the answers to some of life’s most perplexing questions.

With this, it is our great and utmost pleasure, to bring forth and share with you these divinely inspired messages from the man of God, who has been, along with his wife, Betty, the greatest examples of walking charity in our day. Read this sermon book with an honest and sincere heart, and discover the true results of serving God in every thought, which is the faith of Jesus Christ.

The Fruit Of Their Thoughts

I want you to turn with me over to the book of Proverbs, and I want to read just a little bit. Now the Bible says to give the more earnest heed to the things that you’ve heard, lest at any time you should let them slip. Seeing that the angels received a just recompense of reward for every transgression, the Bible says, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?” If God did not spare the angels that sinned, but the Bible says He cast them down to hell and bound them in chains of darkness reserved unto that great day of judgment and fire, then we know that He’s not going to spare us. So, we want to give the more earnest heed to these things that we hear, lest when we want to remember them, God can’t bring them back to our remembrance. The Bible says that the Holy Ghost will bring to your remembrance whatsoever I have taught you. Now, if God doesn’t teach you anything, then the Holy Ghost can’t bring it to your remembrance, because His job is to bring it to your remembrance. So if you want God to bless you, then give the more earnest heed to the things you’ve heard, lest you let them slip.

We want to read from the book of Proverbs, and I want you to remember this one thing, that the virtue is in the temple. Many people pressed in around Jesus, but there wasn’t any of them that caused Him to feel the anointing except the little woman that touched the hem of His garment. When the little woman got close to Him, she was not looking at Jesus, but she was looking for that heavenly Father, that Spirit of power that He kept talking about, and she lifted up her faith in the words that He spoke, which words, Jesus said, were Spirit. When her faith went up to God, there came a virtue and an anointing out of that inner part of Christ and it went through His blood genes and through the cells of His body. That was when He declared He felt the anointing. If you feel the anointing of God, or if I feel the anointing of God, there is only one way to do it, and that is to get in the mind of Jesus Christ, which is the Bible, the Word, and to get interested in it, to hunger and thirst after it, and desire it with all of our heart, and He’ll never fail to come down. I’ve never seen it fail. So pay close attention to the Word, listen to it, give the earnest heed to it.

The Lord prepares our heart, and the Lord is the one that directs our steps, and the Bible says, “He created the good and He created the evil,” and He even created the wicked for the day of judgment. It would take a long time to explain to you just what Christ was saying, but here in the book of Proverbs, the great man Solomon gives us some idea of what the blessings of Christ are, and what the wisdom of God is, and he tells us, in the book of Proverbs, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” He also says, “If thy ways please the Lord, He maketh even thine enemies to be at peace with you.”

I want to discuss with you just a little bit on this verse of Scripture: “Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established.” Now then, do you know that the reason people of today have so much trouble with their thoughts is that they don’t have any Christian works? The reason their joy is gone is because their Christian works have gone off and left them. When we fail to do the works of God, then the Bible tells us that our thoughts get scattered, and we can’t control our thoughts. When people’s thoughts begin to get scattered, then their tongue gets loose because their thoughts are not established. When you see a person with wandering thoughts, they’ve also got a loose tongue. It’s like I heard a preacher say one time: You can always tell the trail of a serpent because he leaves a crooked trail, and you can always tell when you meet the serpent because his tongue is always going. Have you ever seen a snake? His tongue just rattles all the time; it never stops, it goes all the time.

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. Now, if we could learn the secret of established thoughts, then we would be men and women of faith. Did you know that? If we could learn the secret of established thoughts, then we’d be great people of faith, because the Bible says to ask God for anything that we desire, and to ask in faith without wavering, for he that wavereth is like a ship on a sea that’s just tossed to and fro by the waves and by the wind. Solomon says here that the secret of it all is to be able to control our thoughts. Did you know that when David of old was out on the hillside watching after the sheep, that he would be singing and praying and making melody unto God within his heart, and while he was out there, he was learning to establish his thoughts, that he might eliminate fear and become a man after God’s own heart? When we take time to meditate, when we take time to get away with God, and take time to pray and fast and study the Word of God, then we find ourselves becoming richer in God, because we find our thoughts becoming established, and we find that we’re no longer tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, but we find peace and happiness and joy and long suffering and kindness, which God said would arise within our hearts. Solomon said, “If ye shall commit your works unto the Lord.”

David was out there on the hillside watching after the sheep, and he was meditating and talking to God, and David was establishing his thoughts. The nation Israel was over in another place, wandering around, desiring houses and lands and chariots and things of the world, and when the great testing time came, they were not able to win the battle because they had a wandering mind.

You know, man’s mind is a wandering mind, but Christ’s mind is an established mind. Do you know that the Old Testament says, “I will give them the fruit of their thoughts?” They shall eat the fruits of their thoughts. Did you know that people today are eating the fruits of their thoughts? Did you know that the people that’s been in the years gone by, that they ate the fruits of their thoughts? Did you know, if there’s a generation to come, that they’re going to eat the fruits of their thoughts? If that is true, then we see why it is necessary to have established thoughts. If God is going to feed us the fruits of our thoughts, or if my life is going to consist of what I think, then I need to get my thinking right.

Everything that I have in this life is going to be just what I think, and I don’t mean what I think up here in my head; but the Bible says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.” He’s just what he is according to his thinking down here in his heart. Now, I might try to tell you that I’m some great fellow with my head, and I might try to convince you I’m many things with my head, but down deep in my heart, whatever I really truly believe that I am, that’s what I am. Somebody will say, “Well, that means if I believe I’m a millionaire, I’m a millionaire.” Now, if you can really believe in your heart the same way a millionaire believes, you’ll be a millionaire. Did you know that? You say, “Well, if I think I’m a millionaire, that makes me a millionaire.” No, it doesn’t. You say, “Well, I think I’m a doctor, I’m a doctor.” No, it didn’t say that. It said, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.” If you think in medical terms, that makes you a doctor. If you think the same thoughts the doctor thinks, that makes you a doctor. If you think the same thoughts the millionaire thinks, that will make you a millionaire. If you don’t believe it, try it. Just stay around the rich man all the time and learn all his gimmicks, and it won’t be long before it’ll rub off on you, and you’ll be making money, too.

If you think the thoughts of a preacher, then that makes you a preacher. If you think the thoughts of a pauper, that makes you a pauper. If you think the thoughts of a defeated person, that’s full of sickness and fears and frustrations, that makes you a defeated individual that’s full of fears and frustrations, and you’ll never triumph in God. Why is that? Because He said, “I will feed them the fruits of their thoughts.” They shall feed upon the fruits of their thoughts. Did you know that if you think about being sick all the time, you’re going to be sick all the time? Did you know that? If you think about sickness, you’re going to be sick.

The first thing the devil does to you is prog at you. He can’t get in you, if you’re a child of God, until he progs at you, and breaks down your resistance on the outside. He comes around and he oppresses you, and he progs at you, and keeps on progging at you, until after awhile he finds a weak spot. They’ve got a little old saying: Everybody’s got a weakness, according to human beings; but there’s no such thing in the Bible as that. We don’t have to have any kind of weakness. The Bible says, “Till we come to the fullness of the stature of the perfect man, Christ Jesus,” and Christ never had a weakness. Amen! You don’t have to have a weakness. Why? Because we’re in the fullness of His stature. We have the mind of Christ. That’s our goal in life, and we’re ordained to be gods in this world, and we don’t have to have a weakness. When the devil tells you that everybody’s got a weakness, all he’s trying to do is set something in your heart to where he can cause a weakness. But I tell you, we don’t have to have a weakness.

He said, “Commit thy works unto the Lord.” If we want to think right, then we’ve got to work right. If we want to think right, we’ve got to do the right things. If I go down here and I sell whiskey to everybody that comes along, there’s a good possibility that I’m going to think that I’m going to die and go to hell. You say, “A lot of people don’t think that.” Well, if they’ve ever heard the gospel, and if they’ve got any good common sense, they think that. If I go out there and shoot a man, if I’ve got any kind of understanding, I’m going to think that they’re going to take me to the electric chair, because that’s what they said they’d do with me. So then, if I think on sickness, if the devil can come around and cause me to think about sickness, then that means that I’m going to be sick. If he can ever get my thoughts into a channel to where he can spiritually bind them, then that’s what I will become.

When I come up to the sacred desk, and I call you to pray for you, the thing that I try to do is get the anointing of God to come down. And it will come down if you use your faith. People have got the cart before the horse. They come waiting for the anointing so they can believe. Paul said, “We believe to see the anointing.” We don’t wait to see to believe, but we believe to see. That’s the way the gospel is. If you don’t believe first, you’ll never see anything. It takes faith first to get it. Somebody said, “I’m just waiting around to see what’s going to happen.” It’s a wicked, sinful, adulterous generation that’s seeking after a sign. We come to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. You need to get right with God. I have people to sit in my congregation when their faces are as hard as an adamant stone: No spiritual reflexes, no faith, no nothing. The Lord said, “Son of man, prophesy, and don’t fear their countenance and don’t fear their flesh, for they’ve made it as hard as an adamant stone.” He said, “I’ll make your face harder.”

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. If my thoughts ever become thoughts of faith, I’ve got to do some kind of works. Somebody said, “All you have to do is believe.” I’ve said before that you can believe a lie and be damned. You can believe a lie and go to hell. There’s more to it than that. I’ve got to establish my thoughts by my doings. If my world is going to consist of what I think; if everything that I have while I’m walking in this life is according to my thinking, I’ve got to get my thoughts right. It’s imperative that I get my thoughts right. A lot of people say, “Well, Brother Pike, it doesn’t matter about our thoughts.” The Bible says to cast down imagination and every high thing that exalteth itself against God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ Jesus. The trouble with the church world today is that they’ve never learned to control their thoughts. They need to get in and learn to control their thoughts. If they ever plan to have faith, it’s going to take more than saying, “Lord, Lord.” It’s going to take more than coming to church. It’s going to take more than reading the Word. It’s going to take some action for God! Praise God!

He said, “I’ll give them the fruits of their thoughts.” But, He said, “If they’ll commit their works unto me, I’ll establish their thoughts.” When Peter stepped overboard, and started walking on the water, the Word of God spoke to his thoughts, and the Word said to Peter’s thoughts, “Peter, come to Me,” and the Bible says Peter, having his thoughts fastened upon the Word of God, stepped overboard, and while his thoughts were established in the Word, he walked on the water. But, the very minute that his thoughts began to waver, and his thoughts began to look down at the waves, the very minute that he took his thoughts off of the Word, he began to sink. I promise that if you ever learn the secret of establishing your thoughts, you’ll be successful in God. This is one Scripture that God spoke to me many years ago. I was having a hard time, and I couldn’t seem to do anything and God said, “It’s your thoughts.” He said, “If you will just think right, things will be right.”

Somebody said, “Now, Brother Pike, I’ve tried to think right.” I didn’t say with your head. I told you awhile ago, you can think anything up here in your head, but I’m talking about in your heart. I can convince my head of anything if I offer enough truth and enough reasoning, but the thing is, I’m speaking of your heart. As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is. He needs to get right in his heart. He needs to think right in his heart. He has to do something to persuade his heart that he might be able to have established thoughts. You’ve got to get something down in here, folks. It takes an establishing down here. It takes a moving of God down in here. Just trying to tell yourself something is not good enough. You’ve got to have your thoughts right in your heart. With the heart man believeth unto righteousness. It’s with the heart that man learns to believe. It’s with the heart that faith comes up. It’s with the heart that we believe unto righteousness.

We’ve got to do something about our subconscious thinking. But you know, the average church member of today lives in a dread. They live under expectation. You say, “How do you know, Brother Pike?” Because I go around them; thousands of people, and day after day, in discernment I see the condition of their spirit. And their spirits are full of lust, it’s full of envy, it’s full of hatred, it’s full of malice, and full of covetousness, and I’ve seen their spirits, and their spirits are weak and weary, because they have a continual dread. They’re expecting the worst. They say, “God, I love You, and God I want to serve You,” but, deep down in their subconscious mind, they’re expecting the worst. Is that right? They’re expecting Satan to rob them of their sanity; to rob them of their loved ones; to take that which God has given to them, that inner peace of God. It’s just expectation. You say, “What is that?” That’s their believing. That’s their thinking. That’s what they are, and that’s what they’ll continue to be. As long as they have that dread, and as long as they have that fear; as long as they have that continual expectation of the worst, it’s going to happen to them because He said, “I’ll feed them the fruits of their thoughts.” Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Now you say, “Well Brother Pike, I already know that.” Well, I’m not talking to you that already know that. You know, you always have somebody in the congregation that already knows all this, so that when I preach the gospel, I’m not preaching to them that already know this, but I’m talking to them that don’t know it. Amen! Jesus sent me to preach to them that don’t know it. Peter said, “Even though you know these things, I feel a need to stir up your pure minds while you’re in this tabernacle.” But the thing is, if you know them, that’s your business. If you don’t want to listen, that’s your business. But, I’m here to preach the gospel to them that don’t know it, to tell them of Jesus Christ, to tell them of the love of God, that they might be able to have established thoughts and believe and have the things that God has in store for them!

Somebody said, “Well, what good are established thoughts?” Have you ever been fearful? Have you ever been tormented? Have you ever been depressed and down in the valley to where you couldn’t get out; where you would give your right arm if you could just get your thoughts to believe and be satisfied in God that everything was going to work out right for you? If you never have been along there, then you don’t know what I’m talking about, but if you’ve ever experienced the things I’m speaking of, then you know what I’m talking about. I believe that we’re going to have to cast down imagination. That’s one thing that God said to cast down. If we ever get anywhere with God, we’re going to have to get rid of our wild imagination. Somebody came to me not long ago and they said, “Brother Pike, do you think it’s wrong for the children to sit around and watch television?” I said, “Well, what are you talking about?” They said, “Well, just the little old comics, and little old things, you know, that they have on television that’s harmless, and those kind of things.” I said, “Well, according to my understanding, the Bible says to cast down imagination, and that’s wild imagination. It came from some sinner’s carnal mind out in Hollywood or somewhere else, and it’s wild imagination.” I said, “The Bible says it’s enmity with God, and you don’t want it.” So, it’s not as innocent as you think it is. It’s wild imagination, and it’s the devil’s work, and I’ve said this, and I still say it, a man that will let his children watch any such thing needs to be born again. Now, that might hurt, but I want to say it again. The truth is worth repeating. If you let your children do it, you need to be born again! It’s proof that you’ve never been born again! Somebody said, “Now, you wait a minute, preacher.” I said, “That’s proof that you’ve never been born again!” Amen! The nature of Jesus Christ wouldn’t let His children do such things. The same yesterday, and today, and forever. Somebody says, “What are you talking about?” I’m talking about thoughts being established.

He said, “I will feed them the fruits of their thoughts, for as a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.” Jesus thought deep down in His heart that He was a Son of God, and He was the Son of God. Somebody said, “Well then, if I could just think I’m God on the inside, then I’ll be God.” I’ll tell you how strong it is. The Bible says Satan set his mind as God, and do you know what God said about it? He said, “Because thou hast set thy mind as God, nothing shall be hid from thee.” He said, “Thou art wiser than Daniel, because you’ve set your mind as God.” Did He say that? He said, “But though thou climbest up to heaven, and make thy nest among the stars, from thence I shall cast thee down to hell.” How powerful is it? Because Satan set his mind as God, what can he do? He’s troubling an entire world. Because he set his mind as God, it caused him to believe that he was God. He believed that he was God, and he became the god of this world. That’s right. The Bible says he’s the prince of this world. Jesus acknowledged it. Faith caused him to believe that he was, and so he was. Hallelujah!

We see then how powerful it really is. Satan himself set his mind as God, and because he set his mind as God, he’s able to work miracles and signs and wonders. It’s no wonder to me that the half backslid preachers of this age are able to work signs and wonders and miracles. It’s no wonder to me. They said some would be able to call fire down from heaven. Why? Because they’ve set their minds as God. You talk to them and they’ll tell you that they’re a son of God. They can set their mind to believe they’re all right. How did they do it? The Bible says that His Spirit beareth witness with our spirit that we are the sons and daughters of God. In this day of grace, God is pouring out of His Spirit upon all flesh, whether it’s a drunkard, whether it’s a harlot, whatever it may be, and because they feel that Spirit, they’ve convinced themselves by faith in the Word that everything is right between them and God, their faith works and they work miracles. Is that right? You say, “I don’t believe that, Brother Pike.” All right, then tell me this. Did God say or did He not say that Balaam loved the wages of unrighteousness? Did He say that? Did not the king say, “Balaam, whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed?” Did he do it? Was Balaam able to work miracles? Was he able to do it? Why, he almost did more than the whole church world put together. The Bible says he could fall into a trance with his eyes open and just see the heavens. Did he do it? But the Bible says that he loved the wages of unrighteousness.

I’ll tell you something, folks. It’s a good thing for the heart to be established, the Bible says. We’re not to be carried about by every wind of doctrine. We’re not to be carried about with signs and wonders. You’re not to put your faith in signs and wonders and miracles, but place it in the Word of God. Hallelujah! Signs, wonders, and miracles will deceive you, but God’s Word will not deceive you. Hallelujah!

He said in the third verse, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” If you’ve got worries today, your thoughts are not established. If you’ve got a deep embedded expectation in your subconscious mind that something is going wrong, your thoughts are not established. That’s where the trouble is. David said, “I sought the Lord, and He delivered me.” Isn’t that what he said? “I sought the Lord and He delivered me from all my fears.” Peter said, “God has given us all things that pertain unto life,” and Paul said, “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord, and those that are the called according to His purpose.”

The reason the joy of the Lord is not in our hearts is because our thoughts are not established. We haven’t done any works. Why? It says here, “Commit thy works unto the Lord.” Somebody said, “Well, I gave Him my ways.” He said, “Thy works unto the Lord.” They said, “What must we do to work the works of God?” He said, “There are some works. Commit thy works unto the Lord.” What kind of works? He said, “Put away from you all jesting.” Did he say that? That’s part of the works. Don’t be joking. Don’t be cracking jokes, you know, little things that are supposed to be cute. He said to put that away from you.

A lot of us wouldn’t do anything that we feel was wrong, but we’ll get in a crowd and crack a little filthy joke, or hear somebody else crack a little filthy joke, and we’ll just laugh and laugh and laugh. Why? It is because our thoughts are not established, that’s why. You say, “What do you mean, Brother Pike, established?” Established in the Word. Where else could you establish it? I’ve said before, I was preaching over in California and I was telling a sister in the Lord, “Sister, obey your husband. You can’t get to heaven any other way.” I said, “The wife can’t be saved except through the husband, because the Bible says he’s the savior of the body. He’s the head, and you’re the members.” The essence of it was that, just as we’re translated into oneness with Christ, you’ve got to be translated into oneness with him. That’s the only way you can get into heaven. So then, she didn’t like it, and she rose up against it, but it wasn’t long before her boy fell right on his face and went crazy. He was a great big boy, about thirteen or fourteen years old. He fell down and went crazy. He lost his mind right there in the living room. She began to cry, and the boy was going wild, and they didn’t know what to do. So they went over and got the boy. I saw what God was doing. God was confirming His Word. He wanted His Word to be received and He confirmed it right there. I went over and laid my hands on the boy, and I prayed and the boy shook himself and he was still talking crazy, and he went over and sat down in the chair and they couldn’t figure out what happened to him. He just went completely crazy, and I said, “Let us have faith; don’t doubt, just have faith. God’s done something.” So, it was a little while, and after that, everything just went away, and the boy said, “Where am I at, Mama, Daddy, where am I at? What happened?” And God confirmed His Word.

I was saying to them that they had to live right and had to have established thoughts in the Word of God, and I said the wife has to be saved through the husband. You know what kind of an answer I got out of the man? He looked over at my wife, and he said, “Sister Betty, don’t you know that he’s just using that to keep control?” I looked back at him, and I said, “Why sure, that’s what I’m using it for.” I said, “Did you ever try to keep a woman under control without the Word of God?” If you never have, you try it some time. That’s why we do it, to get her under control. I’d love to see you keep her under control without it. You try it on your own sometime and see where you wind up. Well, he didn’t know what to say when he looked at me, you know, and I answered him like that. But, it wasn’t long before this man got his thoughts established. He went all the way from California down to the Rio Grande River, just this side of Mexico, to wash away his sins in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to get his thoughts established in the Word! And today, he comes almost with a regularity to see us. Why? Because he got his thoughts established. He’s happy. He’s found something. He’s got his wife under control. Something he never could do. But, he learned to establish his thoughts in the Word of God.

I say again, that as Peter walked on the water, and as long as Peter’s thoughts were established in the Word that said, “Come to Me, Peter,” he was all right. But brother, when he got his mind off of that, he had troubles. When David came out from on that hillside and faced that giant, he had established thoughts. You believe he did? Why, Israel was so fearful and Saul was so fearful; their thoughts were jumping up and down like Mexican jumping beans. Saul was so afraid that he couldn’t do anything. He looked at the giant, and he said, “Well, we’re just defeated, that’s all there is to it.” David went over there and talked with Israel, and they said, “We just can’t do it.” And David didn’t understand why they couldn’t do it.

Did you know that a man that’s got faith, he doesn’t understand why you can’t get rid of cancer? Why, you take a man of God. You go up to Elijah, if Elijah was here today, or go up to Peter, James and John and tell them, “Well, we just don’t see how we can get rid of this cancer.” Do you know what they’d say? They’d say, “Why, your thoughts need to be established. Haven’t you heard about the Word of God?” Faith is in the Word of God. Established thoughts are in the Word of God. Solomon said, “Establish your thoughts.” Well, what did it do for him? It made him a rich man. It made him the wisest man that ever walked the earth, because he had established thoughts. What are established thoughts? Established thoughts are not wandering thoughts.

You know, the Bible speaks of wandering spirits. They wander through dry places, seeking rest and can’t find it. Did you know the church world today, as a whole, is wandering through dry places, seeking rest and can’t find it? But did you know, the Bible says there is water, wells of water, rivers of water, that’s present that God will give you to drink of if you’ll get your thoughts established? Do you believe that He’ll do it? There is water. There are wells of water. There are rivers of water. Hallelujah! And we can have them! So then, He said, “I will feed them the fruits of their thoughts. I will let them eat the fruits of their thoughts.”

I want you to ask yourself this question. I want you to say, “Lord, what am I subconsciously thinking right now? What am I subconsciously expecting right now? Where are my thoughts today?” You know, the Bible says he that hath no control over his spirit is like a city with a broken down wall. The Bible says Satan takes the children of this world into captivity at his will. Where are your thoughts today? Are they wandering? Why? I can look at some of the little children and tell that their thoughts are on bubble gum. Well, you say, “It’s a good thing you’re talking about little children.” Well, there are grown-ups in worse condition with what they’ve got their minds on. Where are your thoughts today? Is it on God’s Word? Is it concerned about the things of God? If it’s not, friend, there’s something wrong. You say, “Well, I’ve got my mind on my job.” Well, that’s why you’re failing God. “I’ve got my mind on my house.” Did you know, there are people that will be building a house out here, and they’ll come to church, and the whole time the church service is going on and the preacher is preaching, they’re over there figuring out how they’re going to put the frame work together. That’s the truth. Some of them will have a fuss with their wife, and the whole time the service is going on, they’re sitting back there with bitterness in their heart trying to figure out whether he’s right or she’s right, or whether he ought to have done it or ought not to have done it. The whole service passes them by, and other folks have similar things. Some people sit around and begin to think of how smart they are, and how smart the preacher isn’t, you know, how much they know, and how much he doesn’t know, and they out reason themselves, and lose the blessing of the service and go away without anything. They were not so smart after all. All they did was out smart themselves.

Yes, that’s why the Bible says that God chose the foolish and abase things of the world to confound the wise. A lot of times, I’ve noticed when we give the altar call, that somebody will sit back on the bench, and they’re so smart, and so wise, and so full of understanding, that they’ve figured out how to get around all of it, because there wasn’t much to it anyway. The Bible says, “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God,” so He looks down and says, “There is a fool.” You see some little foolish person over here that said, “Well, I don’t know what it’s all about, but, glory to God, I want it, I want somebody to do something for me.” God says, “There’s somebody with wisdom over there.” So you see, God doesn’t look at things the way we look at it, does He?

He said for our thoughts to be established, folks. Our thoughts need to be established. Hallelujah! When we get to the place where we can have established thoughts, God will do something for us. I want to remind you again, that you will eat the fruits of your thoughts. As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is. You’re going to eat the fruits of your thoughts. It doesn’t make any difference what it is, you’re going to eat the fruits of it. If you go around expecting something to happen to you subconsciously, you might as well get prepared, because it’s going to happen to you.

Did you know the one thing that happened to Job? The Bible says that he looked all the time for God to do something bad to him. The whole time of Job’s life, he expected something to go wrong. That’s right. He had a fear. He even confessed it. He said, “I just had a fear that something bad was going to come by here one day, because God was looking down on me, and because of the sinful flesh, and because of the surroundings, I just had a fear some day He’d turn His wrath on me.” Did He do it? He turned His wrath on him. He said, “The thing that I greatly feared has come upon me.” Did he say that? Why? It was his subconscious expectation. Job was a righteous man, but being a righteous man doesn’t keep you from eating the fruits of your thoughts. Folks, he was a righteous man, but subconsciously, Job had a fear. You say, “Brother Pike, why did Job have a fear in the first place?” Do you want me to tell you why? Because he had some wicked wretched children, and every day of his life, he went to offer sacrifice and atonement for those children. He just had a feeling that someday God wasn’t going to put up with that mess anymore. Someday, He was going to pour His wrath on those children over there. And when you touch a man’s children, you might as well take everything he’s got. You’ve already touched the apple of his eye anyway. That’s exactly the reason that God let Satan come down against Job like He did. He said, “I’ve got to do something about those children.” And as long as they were young, God could take care of them through the prayers of Job, but when they got old enough, they had to answer for their own sins. God had to deal with them. God knew that if He touched the children, if He did anything to the children, He knew there wasn’t anything else that He could touch of Job’s that would be any worse. So, He figured if He was going to touch the apple of his eye to begin with, that He’d just go ahead and do away with all that Job had, and really put him through the mill, and then drive the devil away from Job once and for all. Do you believe that’s right? That’s right! He knew that if He touched those children, that was the apple of Job’s eye. If He had to come and do that, it was going to break Job’s heart.

It doesn’t make any difference how perfect you are, if your children are wretched, God’s going to get a hold of them. He’s going to get a hold of mine, He’s going to get a hold of yours. I went to pray for a woman one time, and she was over in the bed. She was sick, she was pining, moping, and just dying. She was in bad condition. I went to talk with her, and God spoke to my heart, and when I went to pray for the woman, I said, “Sister, you want me to tell you what’s wrong with you?” She was there in bed dying. I said, “You are upset with God because He won’t save your wretched children and your wretched relatives, and you’re finding fault with God, and grieving yourself to death.” You say, “Did you tell a woman something like that?” I told her. I said, “Of all the absurd things for a person to do. You’ll lay there in the bed dying, because of your wanting God to save somebody that’s not worth saving. They’re trampling the blood of Jesus Christ under their feet, doing everything contrary to the Word of God, going on in sin, and you still demand that God save them, or you’re going to grieve yourself to death.” You know what? We prayed for the woman and she got up out of the bed, and she was all right. You know why? She got her thoughts established. She needed somebody to establish her thoughts. She reasoned with me, and she admitted that she didn’t realize what she was doing. Did you know that some people pine and mope, and go around blaming God and finding fault with God and literally kill themselves, spiritually and physically, because God won’t save somebody out there that’s just trampling over the blood of Jesus Christ, and doesn’t care anything about God?

Now, I’m going to tell you something, folks. I love my children. God knows I love my children, but I’ve told God this one thing, and I still stand by it. I may have to look at one of them in a casket. I may have to do it, I hope I don’t have to do it. If I do, Job had to do it! He was a perfect man, but he had to do it. I’ve told God one thing: “Lord, save my children at any cost, but Lord, I don’t ask his soul above anybody else’s soul. I know You’ve got to deal with this man as a sinner out here, and if my children won’t hear the Word of God when I’ve preached it to them, You’ve got to deal with them the same way.” I went to another woman. She was sitting in the chair. I went into the house, and she was bawling, she was broken up. They had called the doctor and the doctor couldn’t do anything with her. She was in a fix! Her family didn’t know what to do. The man, that had been watching her life for years, was completely bewildered. He was a son-in-law. He said, “Brother Pike, this is the thing that I don’t understand, this is the thing that hinders me in trying to live a Christian life. This lady has been living a Christian life for many years. Now look at her!” You can imagine how he felt. He said, “Now, will you give me an answer?” Well, how could I answer him? I didn’t know how to answer him unless God spoke to me. Why, I couldn’t figure it out. The doctors had been out there, and the family had done everything they could; the woman was still sitting there crying and just staring off into space.

I walked in, and I took a look at her, and I didn’t know what to say, and I didn’t know what to do. They had done everything they knew to do. As I started over toward her, God spoke to my heart, and then I walked over to her, and I took a look at her, and I said, “Sister, you want me to tell you what’s wrong with you?” “Oh yes, Brother Pike!”, she said. I said, “You’ve lost your faith.” I said, “I’m going to pray for you, and I want you to get up from there.” I prayed the prayer of faith, and God be witness to it, it was, I believe, the very next night that the woman came to church and sat and played the piano for us, then went off to Atlanta, Georgia to visit with her sister. She had not done anything but lost her faith. What was the matter with her? She needed her thoughts established, folks. She had let the devil uproot her thoughts, and cause her thoughts to get bewildered, and start wandering. That’s where fear comes from. That’s where trouble comes from.

He said, I will give you the fruits of your thoughts. Ye shall eat the fruits of your thoughts. You say, “Well, if I believe I’m a millionaire, that will make me a millionaire. If I believe I’m a doctor, that will make me a doctor. If I believe I’m an Oral Roberts, that will make me an Oral Roberts. If I believe I’m a William Branham, that will make me a William Branham.” No, it won’t. It’ll just make you a fool. That’s what it’ll make you. The Bible says, “You can believe a lie and be damned.” It’ll just make you a fool, that’s all. But the Bible says as a man thinketh in his heart, so he is. If you can get to the place to where you think the same thoughts that a doctor thinks, the same medical terminology, then folks, you’ll be a doctor. If you can think the same identical thoughts that Oral Roberts thinks, you’ll be Oral Roberts. If you can think the same thoughts that Elijah thought, then you can be the Elijah of our day. If you think the same thoughts that Jesus Christ thought, you can become one with God. Do you believe it? A woman’s place is to learn to think the same thoughts that her husband thinks, until she becomes translated into oneness with him. That’s right. We are ordained to learn to think the same thoughts that God thinks until we become translated into Him. If we can get our thoughts established in His Word, the Bible says, we’ll have the mind of Christ.

How many of you would love to think the thoughts of God, the mind of Christ? This is the thoughts of the mind of Christ. If I can think the thoughts of the mind of Christ, I can do the same things that Christ did. Do you believe it? If Christ cast out devils by thinking these thoughts, I can cast out devils by thinking these thoughts. If Christ gave sight to the blind, and gave strength to the cripple, and unstopped deaf ears by thinking these thoughts, I can do it if I think these thoughts. Amen! Whatever you think, that’s what you are.

Every great man of God ought to stay with a great Bible scholar. Oral Roberts said that he had read the New Testament through alone over a hundred times. There is no telling how many hours of study that he had. There is a man that I know of, that the last time I had contact with him was many years ago, and at that time he had a hundred thousand hours in Bible study at that time. I’ve made mention how Brother Gayle Jackson, they say, that when he comes to town, it’s just like a return to Pentecost, so many people get the Holy Ghost. I heard him many years ago make the statement, “I use my Bible. I’ve laid on my face and wore out many a Bible on the floor.” Why? He learned to think these thoughts, folks. He learned to think these thoughts.

Satan learned to think the thoughts of God. Did you know that? You say, “I don’t believe that, Brother Pike.” Satan got his power by thinking the thoughts of God. You want me to prove it to you? He took Jesus up on a mountain. He took Him up on a pinnacle in the city, and he used the mind of Christ against Him. Did he do it? He said, “Cast Yourself down from here, for it is written.” Is that what he said? “He shall give His angels charge concerning thee, and they shall bear thee up in all of thy ways, lest that at any time thou should dash thy foot against a stone.” He took it out of its original setting. He took it away from the anointing of life, and it became the words of death. The letter killeth without the Spirit. But you know what, Jesus did not deny it, did He? Did He deny it? No! He looked back and said, “Satan, it is also written; thou shall not tempt the Lord Thy God.” Oh, Hallelujah! That’s why the Lord said to Satan, “Because thou hast set thy mind as God, thou art wiser than Daniel.” He was able to do great things.

This is going to be shocking to some of you, but I want you to hear it. When the sons of God came to present themselves before God, Satan came also. Isn’t that right? Today, under your big tents, in your big cathedrals around the world, in your great campaigns and revivals and crusades, Satan is presenting himself. Do you know what Satan is doing with his ministers? Paul said, “Be ye therefore transformed by the renewing of your mind.” They are renewing their minds with the Word; and by transformation, they are transforming their minds into the Word mind without the garment of righteousness, which is the wedding garment of the saints. Transforming themselves into the ministers of the Word of light. Is that right? They can minister light to you. And they are working miracles and signs and wonders. Can they do it? They are doing it! What is it? He said, “Thou hast set thy mind as God, Satan. You’re wiser than Daniel.” Did He say it? And they’re doing things in the day in which you’re living, that’s right! But, what did He say? He said, “A wicked, a sinful and adulterous generation, seeking after a sign.” But, He said, “The children of God seek after the Word.” He said the signs would follow them that believe, not for them to be following after the signs.

So then, I want to conclude by saying this. These men are the body of the beast, and they’re the body of Satan, working these great miracles and signs. Not real miracles. Not real signs. But lying signs and wonders. All around the world, they transform themselves into ministers of light. They came to present themselves also. They made their minds as the mind of Christ, in this day of grace, when nothing is required except grace. You say, “Brother Pike, you just preached to us that we are to commit our works unto the Lord.” You are to commit your works unto the Lord, and He’ll establish your thoughts in heaven, folks, but these other people are not doing any works of God. They’re not committing any works of righteousness unto God. You say, “Well, Brother Pike, how can they get into these great revivals?” How many of you know this great revival is the supper of the Lord? How many of you know that? This is the spiritual supper. All the church world that was invited didn’t come, did they? So, He rejected the denominations, and sent out into the highways and hedges and got the nondenominationals. Didn’t He? He got the drunkard, the harlot, and the sick, brought Him the lame, and He’s healing them. They’re coming into the supper, because it’s the evening time of life. Is that right? Sure, they were at the supper. That’s the reason we’re preaching Jesus name for the wedding. You say, “Can people actually get into this supper, can they actually climb up into heaven another way? Brother Pike, is there actually another way that you can get into heaven?” The Bible says they did. The Bible says that you can climb up another way. There must be another way.

Jesus said, “I am the way,” which is the Word, and by translation of your thoughts, you get into His Spirit and get into the translation of light. But He said, “There is another way.” He said, “If you climb up the other way, you’re the same as a thief and a robber.” Did He say that? Did they really get in? The Bible says they came into the supper, and He looked at them and said, “Friend, how is it that you came in here? How did you get in here without the wedding garment?” That’s why I said, “Commit thy works unto the Lord.” See, they got in; but they drank, they smoked, they rebelled, they watched filthy things in the movies and television and magazines and everything else. He said, “How is it you got in here without a wedding garment?” What is the wedding garment? He said that it was the righteousness of the saints. Did He say that? It’s their works. He said, “I will reward every man according as his works shall be.” He said their garment is their works of righteousness. They got in. What did He say to them? He said, “Bind them hand and foot and cast them into the outer darkness, and there shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Did He say it?

Oh, friend, there’s people that are getting bound with such things that have never got bound in their lives before. They’re getting bound with cancer, and bound with TB, and bound with paralysis, and bound with spiritual powers, and bound with fears, and bound with insanity, and bound with hatred, and bound with bitterness, and bound with prejudices and desire of worldly things. They’re getting bound hand and foot, and they’re cast out of this mind and world of light, out of the mind of God, into the outer darkness of the carnal mind of lust and greed. That’s right? They’re wandering through dry places, seeking rest and they can’t find it.

It is all because of this religious age and because the blood is on the mercy seat. In this dispensation of grace, mercy allows for their misdemeanors of life, so they can still hear the Word of the Lord, go to church, and profess Christianity, or go through their religious rites of ritualistics of whatever religious activity that they choose; but God is pouring out His Spirit on the handmaids in the latter times, upon the sons and daughters, and the tares are getting the water and rain just like the wheat, feeding off the Lamb of God’s supper in this dispensation of grace.

We have to remember one thing, folks: the thoughts of foolishness is sin. That is why I am opposed to your TV comics and all of your fanaticism and make-believe that this life offers. The Bible says that foolish thinking is sin, and I am opposed to anything that does not put their complete trust in God. Jesus said, “Take no thought for what you shall eat, drink or wear. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be added unto you.” Cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, remembering that the Word is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Let us acknowledge the Lord in all of our ways, leaning not to our own understanding, but trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, and He will direct our paths. He has given unto us all things that pertain unto life through Christ.

So let us follow after righteousness, commit our works unto God that our light may so shine, men may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven, where all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, and all His paths are peace. They that keep their minds on Christ Jesus shall have perfect peace.

By Rev. George Leon Pike Sr.

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The Seed of Life

The Seed Of Life

 


I want to read from the book of Ezekiel in the thirty-second chapter. The prophecies of Ezekiel along with all the other prophets, as a rule, always have to do with Israel and their enemies. Israel is a type of the spiritual Jew and the church, and the enemies of Israel are a type of the demon opposition that we face today as people war against us, and these evil powers work through the weakness of the flesh to cause us problems. Let’s start reading in the thirty-first chapter.

And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art thou like in thy greatness? Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs. The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field. Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth. All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations. Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters. The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty. I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast lifted up thyself in height, and he hath shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height; I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness. And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him. Upon his ruin shall all the fowls of the heaven remain, and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his branches: To the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, neither shoot up their top among the thick boughs, neither their trees stand up in their height, all that drink water: for they are all delivered unto death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with them that go down to the pit. Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when he went down to the grave I caused a mourning: I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the floods thereof, and the great waters were stayed: and I caused Lebanon to mourn for him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him. I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth. They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen. To whom art thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shalt thou be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.

Now, if you’ll notice the way this speaks, He uses the terms, “Son of man.” That is to say, God speaks to the prophet saying, “Son of Man, cast her down,” but when we think of the Son of Man, we know that the prophets were typical of the Son of Man, Jesus. The prophets had power, and they, being God among the people, he was fore-saying by a prophetical type, “Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, Thou who art all power, cast her down in Thy day.” If you will also notice, the Lord speaks just like He has already done this. He tells us about how He cast her down. He talks about all of the mourning and what took place at that moment and in that hour. So then, He speaks as though it was already done, which is true. That is, what God is showing us is not what He is doing, for He hath already done it; therefore, He is just revealing to us what He has already done in His foreknowledge.

Let’s look at it like this. When you go see a movie, you see what they are doing in that movie, but long before you saw that movie, they had already completed it. That is, the people were doing all these things and then the film recorded it and came over to show it to us. They bring the film to us to show what’s already been done, and all we’re looking at is what is recorded. It’s a playback of that which has already been done.

That’s the way that God works. This is so beautiful if a person can come to understand what God has done. God has already filmed the thing as we say, and all of these things took place in the foreknowledge of God. Jesus was with God in the foreknowledge. I was with God in the foreknowledge. Everything took place in the foreknowledge of God, and He recorded it in the mind of Lucifer, and then when He did that, the mind of Lucifer became the film which is a type of that which happened. God used that mind from the fall in the garden and the tree of knowledge to transfer what He had done over to His creature; therefore, in using this, He has something that mediates between man and God. The Bible says that there is one mediator, even Christ Jesus, but notice that God used Jesus according to the image of sin. Jesus came forth and was made in the image of sin because there was no way that God could transfer that life which was in the foreknowledge to the spiritual creature that He had made, that is, this man as we would say, there was no way God could get it to me except that He comes by way of the veil. I hope you understand what I’m saying.

When we examine this and look at it, we are made to realize that God has done a marvelous thing. Life comes from within. It comes from the blood genetics. It goes through the proper passages when God multiplies and replenishes the earth. God has to take the inner most seed of the blood cell of life, and He has to find a fertile field. If we go to sow a field, we take a grain of corn and drop it into the ground. Now, we’re not interested in the field or the ground. That’s just life passing through the veil. What we’re interested in is the grain of corn that we put in there. We want the corn. We dropped the corn in there so the corn would multiply, and when the corn comes forth, we’d have more corn. That’s all we’re wanting. So then, God is not interested in the veil. He’s not interested in the things of this world. That’s why He said if you are carnal minded, then are you of Lucifer and of the veil. If you are carnally minded and you belong to these things, then are you partakers of that which is of Lucifer, for he is the prince of this world. You’re not eternal. You’re not a god. You are not the seed of life. You’re only a veil that the seed of life is passing through.

When we see this, we understand what God means when He says to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life. The mind of Christ is that seed of life that passes through that veil. It was with God before the world ever was, then it fell into the veil and passed through it, and then came up on the other side as the beginning of the creation of God, Jesus Christ. It came forth from the womb of Mary or out of the veil of humanity as a natural man, to show what God spiritually did as the seed of life went through. That is, the spiritual seed of life went through the transitional changes from glory to glory as it passed through the womb of the veil. That is to say, Paul made the statement, “I travail until Christ be formed within you.” When we see this, it’s such a wonderful thing. If we can understand this, it is to our benefit and it is so thrilling. Let’s just examine it for a few minutes as we talk about it, and just see if this is right and if this is what God has done.

Life passes through the veil, but it has to come from the inner most being. It has to come from the blood because life is in the blood, and the blood cell has to pass through the body into the field. Life comes from God and then it goes through Lucifer. It goes through the serpent. It goes through the veil, and then as it comes through the veil, it falls into the fertile field that God has prepared for the seed of life, and then when it does, we understand that we have become the carrier of life, travailing until Christ be formed within you. Now, He uses this in types and shadows, but if you can understand and enlarge upon it in God, then you can see that this life had to pass through the veil, and there was only one way that it could get to that fertile field; it had to pass through those two stones that God gave on Mount Sinai. If you plant a seed out here in the field, it’s going to fall and come forth from among the stones. It does that in the natural, it does that in the physical and it that does in the spiritual. That’s why Jesus is referred to as the little stone that was hewn out of the mountain; the one that came rolling down through Babylon, tearing down the kingdoms of this world.

Have you ever noticed at Calvary when the veil was rent, referring back to the fertile field and to that where the Bible said that every first born that openeth the matrix shall be called holy unto God, what’s the first thing you see? The rocks were rent in twain. When you look at Mount Sinai, you see the stones broken. In the Old Testament, it speaks of that individual whose stones are broken, and that he could not come into the congregation of God. In other words, God spoke against it because it has to be life. It has to be that which produces life; whereas, the Bible uses the terms, “This heart of stone.” I will take out of you the heart of stone and place within you the fleshly heart of life. I will write My laws upon the table of your heart. Paul said that the love of God constrains me and causes me to walk in the ways of God. Look at the tomb; the first thing they had to do was roll the stone away. Take the time when Jacob went down there and met Rachel at the well, the first thing he had to do before he could water the animals, the stone had to be rolled away from the mouth of the well.

So then, we see a great thing in what God is trying to tell us. As life comes down from God in the foreknowledge, which is the angelic realm (the third heaven), then it has to come down to us who are in the first heaven, but it first has to pass through the veil which is in the second heaven. That’s why Jesus was lifted up. He said, “If I be lifted up, I’ll draw all men unto Me.” As He was lifted up, it was to signify the head that is upon the shoulders, and that He was in a higher place than that which was in the first level. The body and the shoulders being down here as we say, in this world, but He was lifted up to the second level. Now, being lifted up to the second level, that’s where the conflict was. That’s where the cross was. The cross represented something. Why did God use a tree to begin with? He used it for this reason; where did the trouble start from? It started from the tree of knowledge. Why did God say, “Cursed is every man that hangeth upon a tree?” Because the tree was what caused the problem. In the Old Testament, if the ass was stubborn, God would have his neck broken because he was not a burden bearer, and He makes us to be the burden bearer. We’re suppose to be like the ass, in being a burden bearer. We’re suppose to carry the burden of the Lord until God breaks the yoke off of us. When the yoke is gone, then we are no longer a burden bearer.

God said, “Cursed is everyone that hangeth upon a tree.” Using Calvary as a cross, He hung Jesus upon a tree. He lifted the curse that came from eating of the tree of knowledge. So then, there is the tree of life and there is the tree of knowledge. One of those trees goes up and reaches up into heaven. That is part of the cross. That was Jesus going from the earth to the Heavenly Father. The other one is the tree of knowledge which is in the second heaven, and it crosses this tree of life. Everything that Lucifer does in his intellectual reasoning, the trees of Lucifer or the sons of Satan (in that Jesus referred to people as trees), they cross every thing that’s upright. That’s why God lets people build houses out of stone and out of trees and out of all kind of things, to show us a type or shadow of this house that we’re building for God. Even Solomon’s house was a type of it. For the Bible says, “As it is written, I will return in the last days, saith God, and build up the fallen down house of David.” Solomon, being the son of David, was called the house of David and there was to be a light in the house of David. So then, in this day, we’re building a house. The Apostle Paul, as a wise master builder, used the revelation as a blueprint, even as Moses, who received those things on the mountain and did it all according to the pattern. Paul spoke of taking lively stones, and gathering them from the ends of the earth and cutting and shaping them and putting them together and laying them upon the twelve foundations of the Apostolic Church. For Jesus laid these foundations and then went away, and said that other foundations can no man lay. Take heed how you build on these foundations. We’re laying stones upon these foundations, and sure enough, when we see the city of New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation, which city you are, the building of God as Paul said, we see that all of those stones are laid upon the twelve foundations, and within the twelve foundations, we find the names of the twelve Apostles.

I said all of that to say this: that life must pass through the veil. Now, we are not trying to get saved, and we’re not trying to get eternal life. We’re not trying to hold on until we find favor with God and then He is going to give us eternal life. We’re not trying to do that. If we’re trying to do that, then are we carnal and that is positive proof that we don’t believe that we’re what He says we are. If we’re trying to do that, then that means that we have been intellectually indoctrinated to some religious doctrine where people believe you have to do that to get to heaven. It means that we are not programmed in the Word of God and our faith and mind is not given to the conviction of God’s Word. So then, we will be lost and turned into hell.

In the chapter that we just read, God shows the overthrowing of Lucifer. He tells how that things turned dark in the heavens. He says the stars went out. The light went out and there was no sunlight. Everything turned dark. That is to say, once Lucifer went out of heaven, there was no more need for the sun to shine on the earth. Because as long as the sun shines on the earth, it is the first heaven, but when Lucifer goes out of the second heaven and into the first heaven, then God from up in the third heaven does away with the gospel light. It doesn’t shine anymore. That is to say, when the natural light shining on the natural earth goes out, it indicates that God’s natural people have been raptured out of the earth, and God’s image is gone. The reason for letting that light shine in the earth was so that God could give light to His people because Jesus went away saying that He was the light of the world, lighting the little candles that you might be the light of the world. When the light withdraws, that means that the world is in total darkness. Do you understand what I’m saying? There is no need for the stars and the moon and the sun to shine anymore, because this world will no longer be heaven. It will be the bottomless pit of infinity. It will be gross darkness. Lucifer will be cast out with his people and God’s people will be taken out. Lucifer will come down to his people to dwell with them, and God’s people will go up to dwell with Him. Therefore, there will be no more light in this world and everything will turn dark. For God to do that spiritually, then that means there has to be a natural thing take place also. There has to be a natural type of it because what it has to do with spiritually is that Lucifer can no longer reflect the light into the earth. The sunlight will not give its light into the earth anymore.

Look at Jesus as He hung at Calvary. God hung Him there and made Him Lucifer in His sight. He made Him sin. The great light had been shining down from heaven, and when God smote that body of Jesus, everything turned dark because the reflector of God was gone. Jesus said that he beheld Lucifer cast out. With God rejecting the Son of God, then it was the casting out of Lucifer. It was the casting out of blood life, the red dragon and the generation of vipers. He that knew no sin was made sin to show the fall of Lucifer, in that He was God. As He went out, then everything turned dark. We say, God turned His back on Him, so there was no more light. That is, when the reflector went out, that was all of it. Lucifer went out. When the moon turns to blood, which was Jesus at Calvary, that means its the end of it. It falls from its lofty state. It will not reflect light into the earth anymore, and all of the earth will go into total darkness.

In seeing the beauty of what God is doing, we see that as long as you are in this earth, you are a reflector. You relate to the people. You are a natural person. Jesus came to be a near kinsman. That is, He must be related to God in His Spirit, the great light. As that great light shines from within that made Moses’ face, Jesus face’, and Stephen’s face to shine, as that light comes from heaven, it is reflected by the soul on the inside to this physical man. That’s what happens to us in a one, two, three in our body, soul and spirit, if you just take the physical realm. But if you take the whole thing as an oversight all together, it is coming down from God to your inner man, and it is given to the natural man around you, which is a sinner, by means of your physical being. So then, as long as you are in that middle realm, then you are reflecting from God to the world, so are ye the light of the earth. The light that is inside of the lamp is shining through the little outer globe, and demons do not like that light so they smut the globe up and try to put it out. The reason for this is that people will smut your life up and make it look bad or they will try to pull your mind into what they are doing. They want to smut that globe up because that light blinds them. They are creatures of darkness. They can’t see in the light, so they want darkness for the simple reason that their deeds are evil. This is the condemnation that has come into the world upon mankind, that the light has come and men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. So then, they always want to put out the light.

They will do anything to get ball games in the church, parties in the church, education in the church, and get the carnal mind into the church because Lucifer is the prince of this world. He’s got this world and the Bible says that this world is in gross darkness. That is to say, knowledge is increasing in the last days and it makes it even the more dark. Lucifer is the ruler of the darkness, therefore he is the prince of this world because this world is in darkness. God cast him out of light. He’s not in the world of light anymore and he rules in darkness. So, every person that is educated by the tree of knowledge is in darkness. To be carnally minded is darkness. That is, to be car minded, land minded, clothes minded, fleshly minded, food minded, and pleasure minded, then you are in darkness. All that is darkness, for Satan is the prince of that. Somebody would say, “Well, Brother Pike, do you mean that I’ve got to just give up the entire world to belong to God?” You’ve got to do it! You say, “But how can I do that?” Just accept the fact that you died to it over there when Jesus hung at Calvary. Paul said, “I am dead to the world and the world is dead to me by the body of Jesus Christ.” I left it, and at death they buried my body in a watery grave and my spirit went back to God who gave it. Now, I am they that dwell in heaven. I don’t walk in the outer man. I am the inner man that dwells in heaven. This is what Nicodemus didn’t understand when Jesus was talking to him.

When we rend this veil and go beyond the veil of our intellectual darkness, then we see the beauty of the revelation of Jesus Christ, which is the unveiled, the revealed and the innermost. We must rend this veil that fell over Calvary. When Jesus died, why did the veil fall over Calvary? Why did the darkness come when Jesus died? Because He was the light of the world, and when the reflector was killed, that outer part of Him, then the inner Christ could not penetrate anymore and give them light, so it went out. He resurrected again for our justification to show that we were children of light. He was delivered for my offenses and God smote Him. I esteemed Him smitten of God for my sake, bruised for my iniquities and the chastisement of my peace was laid upon His back. That’s why I have this great peace.

So then, we see this cross between heaven and earth and we see the thing that God is doing. He is showing us by a symbol, that while one people is going up this way, another power that inhabits that second heaven is going in a horizontal direction and is fighting against them. The answer came down from God to Daniel, and the angels intercepted it because Lucifer is in that second heaven up there. God won’t let him into the third heaven, so he’s in the second heaven, but that puts him in power because man is in the first heaven. That is, man who is not born again, he’s in the first heaven. Lucifer is in the second heaven, so he controls man and rules over him and keeps the church in bondage because he has taken the children of God into captivity, and he is blackmailing God, as we say. So, God can’t do for us the things He wants to do because everything He goes to do for us, Satan blackmails in the sense that he says, “I’ll hurt these children if you don’t bless my evil workers out here. If you don’t let me go on with my pot and all this kind of stuff and give me grace, I’ll kill them and you can’t get to them.” So, because of our immaturity and misunderstanding, and because we are born in the shape of sin and iniquity, God would have to do us the same way he did Jesus, except for the fact that He accepted Jesus in our behalf, and then gave us time to get programmed and get understanding and faith by the tutoring of the Word, to where we could come to the place to believe that Jesus came in our behalf. Then, if we come to that place and believe that Jesus was in our behalf, then He doesn’t have to do us like Jesus anymore, and He can fellowship us through Jesus because we’re dead. That iniquity part is dead and it’s not living anymore, and the spirit went back to God who gave it; therefore, God being a Spirit, He can fellowship our spirit and the outer man is dead. While we are alive in this world, in the sense that there are people looking on the outward appearance, then that means that we are the moon realm which is in-between, and the light is coming down to the people through us. But the very day our outer man changes, that is, when this God light on the inside consumes our outer man, the perverted image of the bastard child that God has rejected and killed through Jesus Christ, then that old man will fade away into nothing and we will find ourselves standing there as the glorious resurrected Christ that came out of the grave. When we do that, then that means that everybody else is in darkness because that innermost light comes out of that veil and it can’t shine to them anymore. It’s with God, and heaven sets in and that means that light can’t go to them anymore because the children of God are the light of this world. They are the salt of the earth. If they go out, then like Sodom and Gomorra, the meat spoils. So the fire, the consuming, and the consummation all happens when the children of God go out.

So then, when we look at these things, we see that life is passing through the veil. I say again, we’re not interested in the veil, for what do you want with the shuck? What good is it? Somebody said, “Well, the farmer kept the shuck.” Why did they keep it when they shucked the corn down? They kept it for one reason, and that was to feed it to the beasts because it belongs to them. Should I fill my belly with the husk that He made for the beast? Isn’t ball games the husk? Aren’t the things of this world the husk? If they are the types and shadows, and if the revelational life of that which is the grain is wrapped up tightly within the shuck, then what do I want with the shuck? Now, I understand that I must have the shuck to produce the grain, but what do I want with this old perverted image, even these old grave clothes that they wrap us up in? What do I want with that? I don’t need that. I want to do like the butterfly. God said, “Thy worm Jacob, I will help thee,” and we are in a worm condition. We are in the stages of the worm. Why are we a worm? Because Lucifer is the serpent. He’s called the big worm, and we’re in the worm condition because that’s what Lucifer was. God let life fall into the worm, and when it did, it started a transitional change. Life is in that shuck and in that stalk. Life went into the fertile field, and it’s coming up through the stalk. That life, which was the Son of God, fell from the Garden and went into the worm, and who was the worm? Adam was the worm. God made him out of the dust and he was a dust worm, an earthworm. In the sense of my first birth, I am an earthy dust worm, but I’m really not a dust worm, and if you are a child of God, then you’re not an earthworm either. Do you understand what I’m saying?

Now, what was that life that came to Adam? It was Jesus Christ the Son of God. What happened to that life? That life fell into the veil. That is, when God moved the Shekinah glory or the covering from Adam, then that great overshadowing of God was gone. The Spirit of God overshadowed Mary and life came forth. It was divine conception! Have you ever heard the sermon that we preached on the covering of His glory? You cover with a covering but not of Me. If it’s not God’s covering, where is His covering? It pulled away in the Garden. It was the Shekinah that covered Adam’s being. So, the Shekinah at that time covered a natural being, for Adam was made out of the dust, but when it withdrew, there came forth another covering. What kind of covering was it? It wasn’t a covering of light. It was a covering of Satan’s spirit. It was a covering of darkness. It became life within the veil. Life is caught within the mind of Lucifer, who is an angelic being that was in heaven and that got into the Garden; whereas, life at one time was in the radius of the mind of Christ. After that life fell into the veil, what was it? It was a worm, because it came from the dust. It was an earth worm. When the Shekinah lifted from Adam, then that part which related to God was gone, so there was nothing left but that part which related to the earth; therefore, he was the worm and life could only be produced by the worm after that. There was no way that life could come except that it passed through the worm. Now, if that be true, then Lucifer is that worm and that serpent that the Bible speaks of, even Lucifer the evil one. God let life fall into that, and it had to pass through the serpent to get to the church. There was no other way.

That’s why God uses man as a type of God, and yet He also uses him as a type of Lucifer in his perverted stage of the worm. If life comes down through Satan who is the worm, and it comes down through the generation of vipers as John called it, how could it produce life? There is no way to produce life except through inspiration, whether it be a physical human inspiration or a natural inspiration of the sun and the rain on the seed in the fertile field, or whether it be spiritual inspiration in the relation to God. It has to be inspiration. We’re changed from glory to glory by the inspiration. The inspiration is what drains the life out of the physical being. It’s that which causes the little blood pulp, that blood cell to be filled with life and the quickening. That’s what energizes and quickens the blood cell. It is the inspiration of the human senses that is gendered by the passions.

So then, God did this as a holy, godly, pure thing, but it has become degraded and it’s only degraded when a person thinks of it as being degraded. It’s no more than me going out here and plowing a field. It’s not degraded because I produce a stalk of corn in the field. God makes things holy, virtuous and clean. When Mary produced Jesus, that was holy and clean. The Bible uses the terms like this, that Jesus was not born of the will of man. That is, He wasn’t born of the inspiration of the passions of the body, but He was born of the inspiration of God. Mary was overshadowed, and the spiritual quickening that you feel in your blood genetics and your body is what brought forth the blood seed unto life. The same Spirit that brought forth inspiration, to the extent that a cell came forth and produced life and royal blood through Jesus Christ, was the same spiritual inspiration that was back there in the garden when He picked up a handful of dust and made it into life.

I say again, I am not a worm, though I am in the image of the worm. The Bible said that as you’ve born the image of the earthy, the earthworm, so shall you bear the image of the heavenly, the butterfly. That is, the resurrected Christ and I bear the image of the first man Adam, Jesus, who was made sin and went to Calvary. I died from that by the mercies of God through Jesus Christ, and I am now alive as the resurrected Christ, and my innermost is married to another. My life, my soul, they’re not married to the image of the outer. That is, I am not married to Lucifer anymore who was my master through the weakness of my flesh. He is cast out and gone, and Paul said that we’re married to another, even the Christ that lives in the new body. He is my husband. I’m resurrected from the dead. That is why the Bible uses the terms that a woman is married to her husband so long as he lives. How else could it be? If Lucifer lives in your body and you are alive in the body, isn’t he your master as long as you are alive in the flesh? “How then can I be free from my husband,” a woman would say? He’s got to die! For if this outer man perish, yet the inner man is renewed day by day. If this outer man dies, then Lucifer has no control over my soul anymore. Isn’t that right?

So then, if my soul is transferred to that new body and if I am changing generations by the washing of the water of the Word as I pass through the Spirit over to a new body, then I’ve got a new life. For when you are born again you get a new body, and I got a new life that brings forth a new body. In this new body there lives a new master. I have a new husband even Jesus Christ. So, I’m dead to the old and alive to the new.

When we think about this, we realize that we’re not trying to get saved. We’ve always been the sons of God. When was there a day when I wasn’t the son of God? There never has been such a day. Somebody would say, “But God said in the Bible that this day have I begotten Myself a Son.” Yes, that’s what the Scripture says, so you can say it. They would say, “Brother Pike, that’s when Jesus came into the world.” It is true that is when He came into the world. When I was born, that’s when I came into the world, but that was not my beginning. Neither was that the beginning of Jesus, for the Bible said that Jesus was back there before the foundation of the world. Jesus even prayed, “Father, restore unto Me the joys I had with Thee before the foundation of the world.” Then the question is asked, “Where were you when the sons of God leaped for joy, before God ever formed the earth?” Where were you? The foreknowledge of God made me a son of God. I was a son of God from the beginning. I’ve never been anything else but a son of God. Now, beloved, are ye the sons of God, not the day after tomorrow, or if I hold on. Somebody says, “Well, Brother Pike, it’s like this. I know that I’m a son of God, but if I don’t hold on, then I won’t be a son of God anymore. So, if I hold on and make it to the end, I’ll be a son of God.” Now, you know that doesn’t make any sense. How could you be like that? You know, you’re holding a little baby in your arms and you say, “I’m holding my little baby, but if this little baby gets out of my arms, it isn’t my little baby anymore unless I can pick it up again.” That doesn’t make any sense either. That little baby is your child even if you drop him and he dies and is put in the grave. So then, we are sons of God! I have always been a son of God. Before the world ever was, I was a son of God.

When we say, “In the beginning” we’re not saying in the beginning of God or in the beginning God was or is. We’re not saying that. We’re saying in the beginning of the creation of God. In the beginning means the starting place of the origin of the creation, not in the beginning of God because God doesn’t have any beginning and He doesn’t have any end. God was there at the very moment that we call the beginning. He was there to begin you and me. You and I had a beginning in the natural, for God began us. We are begotten in the sense of the beginning, but when we are born of Christ we don’t have a beginning because God didn’t have a beginning. If I am a part of Adam, I have a beginning because Adam had a beginning; therefore, Adam must have an ending and he found his ending at Calvary. But if I’m born of Jesus Christ and if God doesn’t have a beginning, then I don’t have a beginning. My outer man has a beginning; therefore, he must have an end and that end was at Calvary. Everyone that does not have their end at Calvary, they have it in the Lake of Fire. But Jesus passed through the Lake of Fire and came back up to show that it had no power over me as a son of God. He was delivered for my offenses and raised again for my justification, but those that do not belong to Calvary and did not have their end at Calvary, they will not be buried because they are not dead to the flesh. But we’re buried in the water, and that ended at Calvary in Jesus name. Those that won’t come that route are still alive in the flesh, even though they’re dead while they live because Calvary ended the flesh. They’re back there before Calvary, and yet, they’re alive in the flesh in the sense that God’s grace is allowing that to continue on, and they’re having these strong delusions, seeing lying vanities and things that they think that are when they are not at all.

That is why the Lord spoke through Paul concerning calling those things that are not as though they are, and calling those things that are as they are not. Jonah said that the belly of the whale is a lying vanity. Why did he say that? Because God’s foreknowledge saw him over there in Nineveh. God said to go to Nineveh and that settled it. The Word of God said in essence, “You’re in Nineveh, Jonah.” So, when Jonah got straightened out over that situation when he found himself in the belly of the whale, he decided to use that other part of him. One part of him took him into trouble and caused him to go down into the deep. That’s death to the old man, the sign of Jesus in the heart of the earth, doing it for you and me, but that other part of Jonah said that I’m not going to stay down here. I’m in Nineveh. All this is lying vanities. All of a sudden, there he was standing in Nineveh preaching.

Now, I shouldn’t believe what I see. If I believe what I see, then I’m full of lies because I’m full of darkness. I know scientists say there is twenty-two conductive nerves from my eye to my brain, but these things are always telling me a bunch of lies. They continually tell me lies. All my eyes ever do is lie to me. The lies that come to me through my eyes, that’s human senses and they are nerves. Just like my nerve passion in the rest of my body, my five human senses, all they do is lie to me. I go over here and I put my hand on the wall, and immediately a lie comes and says I can’t pass through here. Jesus walks right through it because He doesn’t believe in lies, but because I believe the lie, I stand there and can’t get through the wall. Solomon said that all is vanity and vexation of my spirit because my spirit wants to get free from this prison. All is vanity! What kind of vanity? The writer said it was lying vanities. That’s all it is. It’s only a type and a shadow, and it’s lying to me. It’s just that film that you stick a match to and woosh! It’s gone! There is nothing to that film.

Now, I’m looking at the film and I see all these things displayed. It’s shown to me, but there is nothing to it. What is the film all about? The film is this, when Jesus and I were over there in the beginning with God, they took a movie of us and brought it down here to show to these people on earth. That’s all it is. I’m down here looking after the movie, and I’m the one it belongs to. When we get through showing it, we’re going to burn the thing up and do away with it, and we’re going to move the squatters off of the land because we don’t need the movies. The Hollywood that was over there, we’ll have it over here. The reality is here. If you’ve got John Wayne standing around, you don’t need a movie of John Wayne. Who wants to see a movie when you’ve got John Wayne? That’s the way I understand it. All of it is lying vanities. I can call anything I want to a lying vanity. If sickness comes on me, it’s a lying vanity because in Christ there is no sickness. Sickness is back before Calvary. If heartaches and sorrows come, I can go ahead and go through with the grief and I will feel it because my body reflects it, but my inner man who is the real me, it doesn’t feel it. It isn’t there. There is no sickness to my inner me because he never gets sick. That old fellow who’s a trouble maker on the outside groans and moans, but so does an old tree when it dries up and the wind blows through it. So then, my inner me never gets sick or wearied. I’m never troubled. That fellow who’s always troubled is the old trouble maker. That’s the outer man who’s always down there in the place he has no business being. You know, he goes to the barrooms and he goes to this and to that. He’s drunk off of the cares of life, such as the football games. He’s just an old trouble maker. If you’ll let him stay dead over there, he’ll be all right, but if you dig him up, he’ll stink. You’ve become a grave robber.

Now, I’m not a worm. That man’s dead, buried and gone. When I say the outer me, I’m speaking of that person that I used to be, because that me isn’t around anymore, in that he isn’t anymore in the sight of God. He put him out into the darkness at Calvary. That’s what the Jews had to do with. When the Jews went out of God’s presence, that was the worm dying. The head was gone! With life coming through the serpent, that’s where circumcision comes in. That’s why the Bible speaks of the removing of the veil. That is to say, Jesus was the head of the serpent. Jesus really wasn’t the head of the serpent, for He was God, but being made in our outer image, the form of the worm so that He could relate to the earthy, then He was the serpent in the sight of God. So, God bruised his head, and circumcision took place. He took the veil of the flesh off of the inner Christ, put it behind us at Calvary and the head was revealed to produce life. Then came forth the wonderful life of God. The law which is the shadows is folded up and laid away.

David said, speaking of looking down from heaven, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of this death.” That is, everything is lying vanities. Everything is types and shadows. God’s looking down at me from the hilltops of heaven, and I’m walking through this valley. The shadows of the evil one are over me, even Lucifer, the floating clouds of darkness between me and the light. “I walk through this valley,” David says, “but I’m not worried about it, for Thou art with me.” I’m walking through this valley and I’ve got Christ on the inside of me. David said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow, I don’t fear any evil.” Though evil is all around me, and I feel it oppressing my human senses as it tries to draw the life and the virtue out of me, but I don’t fear any evil because He is with me. David said, “Thou art with me, and Thou preparest a table before me.” That is, a feast of charity, and He does that in the presence of my enemies, even those that hate me and find fault with me. Yea, though I walk through the valley of these shadows of death, for I know that’s what caused death. I know that fell on me after the garden experience, and I know it continues until I come over to the millennium and come out of it in the great light of God. I know that.

It’s like when we were over in the Carolinas. We went through the valley of the shadows, and then went out to the mountain top and the sun shined down on us. “I know this,” David said, “but the Holy Ghost, the Spirit, Thy rod and staff, they comfort me.” That is, the rod of Your Word and the staff of Your Holy Spirit. So, He’s my comforter. The staff that the shepherd uses in case that little lamb falls and lands on a ledge, He just reaches down there and curls it around his neck and picks him up and brings him back up with the flock. He starts running off somewhere, and the shepherd just reaches out there and gets a hold of him and turns him around. See? Thy rod and Thy staff comforts me and they won’t let me go in the wrong direction and fall into the ravines.

Now, I walk through the valley of the shadow and a table is prepared before me, but I’m not afraid of the evil, Although I was under bondage all of my life to the fear of death as Paul said. But when Christ came and made me to know that I have passed from death unto life, I don’t fear death anymore. Jesus said, “Fear not, for I am with you even until the end of the world. Lo, I am with you always, and I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.” So, David said, “I walk through this valley of the shadow of death, and I won’t fear any evil, for Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff comforts me, and Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” He said, “Goodness and mercy is with me.” The blessing of the Lord is always upon the house of the righteous. David said that goodness and mercy shall follow him all the days of his life, even here and in the world to come. He said, “Surely I’ll dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

What is the house of the Lord? In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it had not been so I would have told you. Peter said that if you have born the image of the earthly, there’s another tabernacle, a house eternal in the heavens not made with hands, even the body of the Lord Jesus Christ whose image you are. I’m in His temple, the tabernacle in heaven. Somebody said, “Your body is His temple!” That’s true, but not this wretched thing, and yet it is, in that we were made by God but without the infiltration. The Bible said not to let evil thoughts dwell in our minds. Charity thinks no evil. Don’t give way to the passions of the body, but mortify the deeds of the flesh.

So then, I say again, life is in the worm. I will help thee, thou worm Jacob. I’m going through the transitional changes. My body relates to the serpent, and so did Jesus’ body. I relate to Jesus in the sins, and I relate to Jesus in life and resurrection. My inner is Christ in the resurrection, and my outer is Jesus in death. So then, I am delivered all the day long, counted as sheep for the slaughter. In this, my inner man through the resurrection, is more than a conqueror over the body of sin and Lucifer, who lives in my flesh. My inner Christ is delivering my outer man to the cross to kill him. Everyday I do this. There is a cross affair. My spirit crosses my body, and I’m killing out my body. Life on the inside is breaking forth from the shell. The veil is being rent and the grain that went into the ground, which was the life of knowledge, has at last passed through the veil. It’s coming out of the rent veil as the shuck opens up and here we are on this side of Calvary, and what is it? It’s not the shuck. Let the pigs have that, for it was made for the pigs. I’m not a pig, I’m a son of God. Why should I then, as the prodigal said, fill my belly with the husk that the pigs eat? Let the pigs eat it. We are that life, the grain that comes forth. Jesus is bread of life to us. We have meat to eat that they know not of.

Now, I know that I have to do what I can to keep this man alive on the outside, you know, to remain in this world as a human being, but it’s like this; if you have a bunch of pigs, you have to feed them. You have to keep them alive, but I’ve got a better way. I buried that fellow and got rid of him so that he wouldn’t be on me all the time in the sense that I have to feed him and have him on my meal ticket. I got rid of him. He wasn’t anything but a parasite. He didn’t want to do anything anyway. He doesn’t want to work. He’s a dope addict. He’s drunk off of the cares of the world. He wants to wander up and down the streets. You know, he’s in prison one day and out the next. He causes me to have to pay a big fine for him all the time, so I got rid of him. I put him in the grave and buried him. Do you understand what I’m saying?

The outer person is the trouble maker, and Lucifer is in that outer person. That is the one that causes the problems. The people of this world are the ones that are in the prison and they just don’t realize it. So, the outer person must be killed and done away with. He’s a trouble maker and he creates problems. He’ll cause you to get in a spiritual prison and get chastised, and you won’t be delivered from the tormentors until you pay the uttermost farthing. You have to put him behind you and walk over him. Put Lucifer under your feet! Calvary is behind you now and the shadows are gone. They are not in front of you anymore.

The law of the shadow that was shining behind you, giving strength to that shadow in front of you is gone. It was keeping you in darkness to where you couldn’t see the light, but it’s gone now. High noon has come and the shadows have passed over. Satan is behind you now, so keep him behind you. That’s why the Bible said, “Get thee behind me, Satan.” He’s in the darkness, but I’m looking at the light. I’m walking in the light as He is in the light. That’s why we have fellowship one with another. I know that I’ve passed from the body unto the spirit (death unto life), because I love the brethren. I want to be with the brethren. I don’t want to be with the world. I don’t get any good out of going up and down the road riding, and in the little ten cents stores with their tinkle, jingle and music. That’s a bunch of junk to me. If I did that, then I wouldn’t be passed from death unto life. If just eating, drinking, getting money, marrying, frolicking and passions is life to me, then I wouldn’t be alive in God. Loving the brethren pulls me away from that. I want to talk to them and be with them. How many of you understand what I’m saying? So then, it is a true fact that we have passed from death unto life.

Now, Peter walked on the water. Why did God choose Peter to begin with? Because of the potentiality! Somebody says, “It was to give him that great faith that could raise the dead.” No, that wasn’t the reason. He chose Peter because he had that great faith. Courage shows faith in the natural. Peter had that courage to stand on the bow of that boat and face the waves and say, “Come on, fellows, we’ve got to make a living. We’ve got to go fishing.

I’ve been out there on the Sea of Galilee and preached on it. They say it’s the most treacherous sea in the world. In that cove of mountains, the hot and cold air sweeps down through there and mixes, and it causes a great turbulence in just a few minutes. God looked at Peter and saw that faith. He saw Peter’s bravery and strength. He looked at David and saw that courage when he faced the lion and the bear. It was faith! So, God just pulled David over there and developed that potentiality.

Look at it like this. We make a car out of metal. Now, if we have our metal, we’ve already got our car. People just can’t see it, but you that know how to make a car, you know what the mold is going to do. Your plans and all of this that’s already programmed in your minds, that is the blueprints. The car is already there and you see it, but it’s got to go through the stages of developing and conforming before those around can see it. The Wright Brothers had an airplane long before they ever invented it, but the skeptics didn’t believe it. So, they said, “We’ll show you that we’ve got one,” and so there it was and they looked at it. It’s the same way with us. As I’ve said before, you are potentially a millionaire, a doctor or whatever, but you’ve got to prove it. Whatever you want to prove to the people, you prove it.

Let’s examine it like this. That worm is potentially a butterfly. He’s already a butterfly. He’s not straining every muscle to be a butterfly. He’s content to be a worm but the thing is, that inner part is not content to be a worm. It’s moving! It’s alive on the inside. My natural man is content to be down here and eat, drink and be merry, but my inner man is saying, No! That’s a bunch of foolishness. Leave that to the children of the world. I’m a man and I’m putting away childish things. I want to set down in the council. I want to go up with the Ancient of Days. I want to set up there with those folks that know something. I’m tired of all of this kid’s stuff. I’m tired of playing. You know the old saying that the difference between the men and the boys is the size of their toys. I’m just saying this; the worm is potentially a butterfly. So, all that he is doing is passing through his transitional stages to reveal his potentiality, and as quick as he does the old cocoon is broken. It goes through the stages of the metamorphosis, the old cocoon is broken and out comes the beautiful butterfly. Somebody said, “Well, he’s no longer a worm.” But if you’ll pull his wings off and look at him, what have you got? It’s just the raptured church. That’s all. It’s a beautiful thing! Jesus came out of the grave, and they said It is a spirit. Jesus said, “A spirit hath not flesh and bones as you see Me have.” If it hadn’t been the same Jesus, it wouldn’t have been a true resurrection. Isn’t that right?

So then, we see this wonderful thing that God has done. Life is passing through the veil. Why is God letting us know all of these things? Because we are the generation that is supposed to know it. If we know it and then believe it, then what does that mean? It means it’s all over. You say, “What do you mean, Brother Pike, it’s all over?” It means we made it! Somebody said, “Do you mean we held on?” No, I mean we were already “on” to start with. In the foreknowledge of God, we were the butterfly. We just passed through the stages of the cocoon and the veil, and now we’re over here so that everybody can see our beauty. The manifestation of the sons of God! Somebody said, “But the thing is, Brother Pike, I’m trying to get to heaven.” No, you’ll never get up there. God said, “Though thou makest thy nest among the stars, Lucifer, from here I’ll cast you out. Though you climb up to heaven, I’ll cast you down to hell. Somebody said, “Now, what do you mean, Brother Pike?” I’m just telling you what God said. Somebody said, “Do you mean that I’m not supposed to try to get to heaven?” If you’re already in heaven, why are you supposed to try to get to heaven? If you sit down in a man’s car and say, “Open the door and let me in,” that man will think you’re crazy. He’ll think you’ve lost your mind. So, if I’m already in heaven, then what am I doing saying, “I’ve got to get there. I almost missed it. I’ve got to hold on. I don’t know whether I’ll ever make it or not. Woe is me.” Why do I want to do that? I’m already in heaven. The writer said, “Rejoice, ye that dwell in heaven!”

Now, if we dwell in heaven, then what is all the fuss about? What’s all the turmoil about? What’s all the worry about? What’s all the frustration about? Why the confusion? How could I be anywhere else but in heaven? If I was with God before the foundation of the world, where was that? That was heaven! Just because I am passing through a tunnel, does that mean I’ve left the world? There is light on this side of the tunnel and light on the other side, and I’m just passing through. I’m still in the same world. Now, if there’s nothing but eternity to eternity, where does this little old tunnel of time come from? That’s where the confusion is, because there never was anything like that until the worm had to pass through the mountain. So, he bored through the mountain so he could get through. You don’t find a bird flying through the tunnel. He lives up here above the mountain. The worm did that. That is the fall from the garden. That’s where the trouble started. Life went into the tunnel. That little old thing we call a span of time started over there with those shadows, and that’s what caused the divisional thing. But there is no division in God. It was one eternal day from everlasting to everlasting. Before the tunnel was, “I Am,” He said. The angel in Revelation 10 set one foot on the land and one foot on the sea and threw the clock into the ocean. Somebody says, “Why?” He did that to get us away from that foolishness and those kind of things. Children of God don’t need to be mixed up with foolishness. Sons of God don’t need to be in a hog pen. That prodigal said, “I am out here in the hog pen, and I am squandering my goods away. This is foolishness,” he said. So, he got up and went to his father’s house. Then the father put on him a beautiful robe and a ring on his finger, and he left the hogs behind.

Now, let’s look at it like this: if that is true, then am I struggling to get to heaven? In all these years, have sons of God been struggling to get to heaven? No! All it has been is a development. Can you understand what I’m saying? Am I waiting on God or is God waiting on me? I’m not waiting on God, but God is waiting on me. Can Jesus do any more than what He has done? He said it was finished. If He comes down here, what more can He do? The only thing that He can do if He came down here is to tell me what He’s already done. He can’t come down here and tell me what He’s going to do, because He said, “I’ve finished it.” Now, if it’s finished in my behalf and to my benefit, why should I look for something that God’s going to do? Why not accept the fact in what He has done to my benefit and pleasure and rejoice in it? Why not get rid of this foolishness of the lying vanities and get it out of my system? I need to get the old filthy infiltration of hallucinations out of me. I don’t want to see hallucinations. I want reality! Do you understand what I’m saying?

So then, I am passing through the dark tunnel of the veil. I’m going over here with God as we say, but Calvary did away with the veil. Look at it like this; I am under tutors until the time appointed of the Father. When is the time appointed of the Father? Whenever I learn my lesson and can believe what He says, and whenever I grow up to maturity and develop into what He gave me. He isn’t waiting to give me something, because He gave all things to me in Calvary. I am complete in Him by Calvary. God’s just waiting on me to develop and enjoy it so He can say, “Now, this is My son, and from now on He will be telling you what to do. I am resting now and My son will take care of it.” That’s what the millennium is for. Jesus will reign for a thousand years for the Father rested from His work. If that were true, then God is just waiting for the day of the Bar Mitzvah. That is to say He is waiting for me to mature and age and to understand. It has been that way from the foundation of the world. Ever since God brought this thing called salvation from Calvary, He has been waiting on you and me to mature. All of those people that died trying to get to heaven, they didn’t understand. That’s all it was, but we are over here and we understand. Why do we understand? Because in not understanding, it made them unable to enjoy heaven. That is what kept them out of the joys of heaven. God let that immaturity be there to finish multiplying and replenishing the earth. It took that transitional change of the church ages and the messengers to indoctrinate us to these wonderful turn of events and to tell us all about God, that we might see God proportionally speaking from glory to glory and change us into gods. In this, we become God. Did we actually change into God or were we always God? We were always God. I really hope you can understand what I’m saying.

When a man brings forth a little child, his wife (flesh) became one with him. So what did they do? They produced themselves. The man reproduced himself. When you throw a seed into the ground out there, what are you reproducing? You are reproducing your own thoughts because your thoughts wanted to put a grain of corn into the ground, so you’re reproducing your own desire and satisfaction. If man reproduces his own image, then it is a man. So then, if I’m born of God, then God reproduced His Own image. The woman and the man are one. They are just reproducing their own image. God said, “Come and let us.” Who was He talking to? He was talking to His wife! Come and let us produce ourselves a son. Let us make him in our own image. How could He say our own image? He wasn’t talking, you know, about three Gods. He was simply talking about His companion. I can’t do it without my companion. He said it to you and I, “You are My bride. Come and let us produce ourselves a son, and He will be in our own image.” Won’t that be wonderful? That’s what marriage is all about. It’s just a type of what God has done.

Somebody said, “God never married. Jesus never married.” Well, that’s what it’s all about. You married just to show a type of Him and His great wife in marriage. So then, what I’m saying is this; the potentiality of the worm is the butterfly. It’s always been a butterfly. It’s just passing through the tunnel. This little old nothing of transition of time had to be that way. The shadows must be cast upon us, that God might through the weakness of the shadow reveal the potentialities of God. That is to say, it was for the purpose of putting us in a state of need as a child, so He could be a Father to us and reveal His great potentiality, His great power and benefits. It was for the purpose that God might be made known unto us that we might be recipients of His attributes. In doing this, what are we doing? We are recognizing our Father. Somebody said, “Every time I get a vision, a revelation, I change.” That is true. Somebody said, “It’s changing me into God.” No, every time I see a little peak of God, there’s something in me that wants to be like that. What is it in me that wants to be like that? It’s Him! The child has his dad’s life, and every time he sees his dad, he wants to be just like him. Somebody said, “That little child is changing right into his dad.” You don’t believe that do you? That little child is his dad. Potentially speaking, He is his daddy. Give him a few more years and you can see that he’s daddy. After awhile, he will be the same image and have his own family.

So then, we’ve always been sons of God. We have always been God. He is just revealing it a little bit at a time to us to show us as a child, being His creation and His little one, just how strong and how great He is. If God would have just taken us and put us out there and said, “There you are, you’re multimillionaires. All of you are just what I am.” Then we might could have looked around and said, “Now, wait a minute! I don’t know whether I’m junior or you’re junior.” Isn’t that right? If you’re just exactly what God is or you were just exactly what God was, you could easily look at God and say, “Well, I don’t know about this thing.”

It’s like a man one time, God sent me to him and told me what to tell him. He was a very religious businessman. I said, “Thus saith the Lord,” and I told him what the Lord told me to say. It shook him for a minute and then he looked at me and said, “Well, I don’t know about that. Maybe God sent me to tell you.” He said, “How do you know?” I said, “When it comes to pass you’ll know.” It came to pass! Later, I met him and he said, “I know now, Brother Pike.”

Now, here is the thing, we have always been alive. We’ve always been Christians. We’ve always been a god. We’ve always been eternal. Jesus said, “Ye are gods.” John said, “Beloved, you’re already the sons of God.” All we’re doing is coming out of the tunnel now. The light is beginning to break through and we’re beginning to realize who we are and what we are. We are sons of God! We are heirs and joint heirs with our big brother Jesus, who is the first born among the brethren. Everything is ours and everybody in this world is a squatter. We’ve always been sons of God, and as this great light begins to withdraw, the pigs begin to grunt and suddenly realize that they never were sons of God. They’ve always been pigs. That’s why they wallowed in the trough. Somebody say hallelujah! They are going to recognize who they are too. When this overshadowing of mercy and grace that was over Adam and made Eden look like a beautiful paradise, when this wonderful mind begins to lift, they’re going to look around just like Adam did and say, “My! This is a pigpen full of briars. I’ve been having some hallucinations. What is this?” Then the reality is going to strike that they are children of darkness. They are going to realize that they are pigs, that you washed them from their wallowing in the mire and now they go back to it. You cleaned them up and made them pretty. You put a collar around their neck but they go back to licking their vomit because they are dogs. They are beasts, but folks, you and I are not beasts. Do you understand what I’m saying? We are children of God.

What are we doing over here with this kind of understanding? It is because we made it into heaven. At last, we heard the tutoring down through the years and the Bar Mitzvah has come. We have recognized it! It’s time to take over our Father’s business. It is the saints rising and taking the world. The Kingdom of God has been here all the time. It started over here with Calvary and it’s come down through the transitional changes of time. We’ve been changed and translated into the marvelous Kingdom of God. I’m not waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. I’m not waiting to be translated into the Kingdom of God because it has already come. The law and the prophets were until John, and we are preaching this Kingdom message throughout the world so that the end (the shadows) can flee away. I’m not waiting to get into it, for God has already translated me into the Kingdom of God. I’m not waiting to go to heaven, for I’m not of this world. God has chosen me out of this world, and I am hid with Jesus Christ in God, Whom the heavens have received until the restoring of these things. That is, when the original image comes back with the garden.

It’s like a film, but here I am in the reality. I’m not waiting for heaven. If I’m already a son of God, and I was in heaven to begin with, then why is it that I’m not in heaven right now? Where is heaven? Is heaven up there somewhere beyond the galaxies? Are they going to find heaven and the origin of mankind out there? You know it’s not out there. Then, where is heaven? It’s where all the concern and attraction is. It’s where all of the activity is. Where is that? It’s on earth! God made the earth to be inhabited. Where is heaven? It’s this earth! Somebody said, “You’re crazy, Brother Pike. Are you talking about heaven being over here at Bethlehem?” I’m talking about heaven being everywhere. Heaven is His throne and earth is His footstool. Would I sit down at my house and my footstool be out there in my barn? My footstool would be where I was sitting. Where would that be? That would be heaven. So then, earth is heaven. What is the difference then? The difference is, there are three dimensional steps of heaven. The footstool is where my feet are, where the souls are. The souls of my feet, the preparation of the gospel. That’s why He uses the type like that. That’s where the washing of the feet is. The walking across the dessert. You know, you come across the hot desert. Abraham said to get the water and wash the feet. So then, what are the second stages? If the footstool is the first stages (first heaven), then these people of the world are God’s footstool. It’s a religious thing. Where is the second heaven? It’s the chair He’s sitting in. That’s His comforts and convenience. That’s His throne part. He sits there. That’s why Lucifer is in the second heaven; because he got past the footstool. Then we say, “Where is the third heaven? That’s the man sitting in the chair. That’s the life in the heart. That’s the whole thing. That’s the one that enjoys the chair and the footstool. That’s the one that enjoys the eating and the drinking. That’s why the Bible said that the Kingdom of God is within you. This is life and life is God. Life is the Kingdom of God. Wherever life is, it’s heaven because life is everything. Life is heaven. Without life there is nothing. So then, people are in the first heaven, and the earth is heaven. It’s just the footstool.

Now, are we trying to get to heaven? Somebody said, “I’m waiting for that rapture.” Why are you waiting for the rapture? I’ve been changing all the time from the condition of the worm to the butterfly. I’ve been getting rid of the cocoon, going through the stages of metamorphosis. I’ve just been trying to get out of the tunnel of the darkness, out from under the shadows so the light can hit me. Here is what I’m saying: I’m already eternal. I’ve already passed from death unto life. I’m already in heaven. I’m already translated into the Kingdom of God. What am I doing then? I’m just praying, “Father, Thy will be done down here as it is up there.” Let’s get the footstool in harmony with the rest of it; that’s all. Somebody is trying to steal your footstool. Thy will be done on earth as in heaven. I’m just massaging His feet; that’s all. So then, here we are in heaven. Somebody said, “Is this heaven, the way I feel?” No, I’m not talking about the way you feel. I’m talking about the way I feel, because you’re not in heaven. You’ve got to be in heaven to have this feeling. Now, you say, “Brother Pike, do you mean to tell me this is heaven?” Wasn’t that the garden before the briars came in? Somebody would say, “But Brother Pike, now wait a minute. Do you mean the briars came into the garden?” No, Adam dwelt in the garden and the briars were outside the garden. Didn’t Jesus destroy the garden? My innermost me lives in the garden. All those briars were outside. If I stay out of the field, I don’t get into problems. Jesus came down into the field. That’s why they stuck the thorns in His head. He did that looking for me and you. He was looking for His wife down through the brambles. It’s like one time my son got lost when he was a little boy. We went all through the darkness and all down through the woods looking for him. We ran into the holes, the ditches and into brambles that cut us, because we were looking for our son in the dark.

Look at it like this; am I in heaven? Most assuredly I am. Jesus said, “The Son of Man who was in heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven.” In the body He was in the earth, and in the spirit He was in heaven. Now, where is heaven? It’s right here. It’s not back there. It’s not over yonder. It’s not yesterday nor is it tomorrow. If you’ll try to understand, you’ll know what I’m saying. If heaven is tomorrow, where is tomorrow? Now, if you can find tomorrow and show it to me, and if you’ll prove to me there is a tomorrow, then I’ll accept the fact that heaven isn’t here. I challenge anybody in the world to find tomorrow. There is no tomorrow! I challenge anybody in the world to find yesterday. If you can show me yesterday, then I’ll admit that I’m all mixed up. Somebody says, “Heaven is up.” If you can prove that to me, I’ll change my preaching. If you can prove to me that’s up or you can prove to me that’s down, I’ll change my preaching. How do you know what up is? How do you know what down is? If this is up, why is it when we get up so high, that up has suddenly become down? And if this is down, why is it when we get so far down that we find ourselves looking up? Do you understand what I’m saying? Where is the bottom? Where are the ends to this thing? Who is it that can set the standards of sanity? Somebody would say, “Well, he’s insane and she’s not insane.” They said, “Paul, you’re insane.” So, they set the standards. How did they set the standards? By their own polluted way of thinking.

It’s just like the psychiatrist of today. They say, “He doesn’t believe in baseball and he doesn’t believe in this and I do believe in it, so he’s insane.” Yet, on the other hand I can say,” You don’t believe in it and I do, so you’re insane. I mean, who sets the standards? Somebody sees one man with a long slender nose and another woman with long hair and says, “She’s beautiful and he’s handsome.” Who set that standard? Why, an elephant with his snout could be just as handsome as they are. That’s just his opinion of it. An elephant wouldn’t look at you twice, as far as being handsome, but that male elephant will get over there near that female elephant and just rub his trunk all over her. She’s beautiful to him. Your wife doesn’t look like anything to him.

So then, what I am saying is this; who has the right, in their little old finite way of thinking, to set standards in this world? God is the one who made a black man and a white man and a yellow man and a red man. God made an eagle and a cormorant and a snake and a bird and an elephant and a giraffe. It is God who sets the standards of beauty. God says, “That beautiful long-neck giraffe, He pleases me well. That big old fat gaudy whale just flopping in the water; he’s so beautiful.” Now, that’s the way I see it. Humanity is beautiful to me. Whales are beautiful to me. Birds are beautiful to me. Even the old hippopotamus is beautiful to me. There’s something fascinating about him. That’s the God part on the inside of me that relates to it.

I’m saying this, brethren; where is heaven? There’s no tomorrow, no yesterday, no up, no down, and there’s no over here and over there. Then what is this thing all about? God said, “I am” and that settles it. There’s but one thing, and that’s the I am. I am what I am by the grace of God. There’s but one day and just because the sun slips over the hill and makes a circle around the earth and comes back up, it’s still the same day. It hasn’t anything to do with it. If you want to talk about day and night, you don’t have to talk about that, just talk about the sun. Somebody said, “Well, Brother Pike, it’s a day. Don’t you understand? It’s a yesterday and a today.” All right, so I get on a plane and I follow the sun all around the earth. What happened to yesterday and tomorrow? See it never was there to start with. That was all in your mind, even lying vanities. That’s what I’m talking about. So then, where is heaven? It’s one seven years of bad government away. When the tribulation period sets in, it’s going to reveal the old shadow of the evil government that you’ve got today. It’s going to make the thing manifest when it heads up in that old horny looking thing called the Antichrist, and when seven years passes over, as it says, the tree of life will grow again. When it passes over, the Jews are coming back into power. That Adam is going to come back in.

Now, let me ask you a question. Is the millennium heaven? You know the millennium is heaven. What heaven is it? The second heaven! It is that which is clean and restored that goes back to the garden. You say, “Well then, we’re part of the millennium.” No, before the tribulation period, we change into a celestial body. We ride over the millennium and go into the celestial, in that great eternal city. The only thing is, we have access to the millennium just like we’re heavenly right now. We’re celestial right now, and we’re just waiting on the change so everybody can see that we got rid of the cocoon. We’re already in heaven right now and we’re still enjoying this earth. Jesus was in heaven, but He enjoyed this earth. That means that heaven is right here on this earth. It’s the millennium. It’s just getting the briars away. When the briars or shadows are gone, it’s heaven. The people in first heaven are out there because they don’t see the briars. They’ve got the dentist to pop a shot in there to stop the pain. They’ve got somebody to curl the hair and perfume their body. They’ve got all the conveniences and money. They don’t have too many interruptions; only a few to keep it from being the third heaven.

Now, heaven is just like it’s always been when God created the garden. This is heaven! So then, why are we waiting for the rapture? Where is the rapture going to take us to? You say, “Well, it’s going to take us to heaven”. I say again, if you’re in the car, why do you keep saying, “Open the door?” Jesus said, “I am the door, and you go in and out through Me.” We have access to heaven and earth. So then, it is heaven. That means, brethren, that the millennium is heaven, and this earth is heaven. It’s always been heaven. This little old interruption of foolishness and confusion called “time,” God’s going to get that thing out of the way and wind it up, and then He’s going to take this dark veil of intellectual reasoning away, which is time, and you’re going to find yourself where you’ve always been, as sons of God in heaven, and you’re going to be right there in the middle of the millennium. When God gets through with the millennium, He’s going to go through the second stages of moving that away, in that the bright light will transformate that whole thing. When the great light of the Ancient of Days comes, it will just go into nothing. That is to say, He won’t just destroy it, He’ll swallow it up and it will translate. First, He has to restore and get the briars away to show us that it is the garden and that it is heaven, and then He transfigures the thing. He translates it just like He did your innermost man, and then here comes New Jerusalem to set down on the new earth. So where is heaven? It’s the earth! Why am I trying to get up there to New Jerusalem? I’m not trying to get up there to New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem is suppose to come down here. Somebody said, “Come down here to us?” It’s coming down here to us in the sense of our outer being relating to earth, but it isn’t coming to me because I’m already up there with it. I am part of the New Jerusalem. I’ll be one of those that’s coming down here to them. Do you understand what I’m saying? So then, that settles it. We made it! Somebody say hallelujah! We made it! Welcome to heaven. Then what was the whole thing for? It was God putting us through school and college so we could take care of what He had. It was to reveal His greatness and wealth to us. It’s like a millionaire sending his son out so that he won’t be a spend thrift. So that we won’t be like James and John, wanting to call fire down on somebody. Learning the infirmities of the weak, so that we can take care of the dogs, cats and pigs and not be kicking them around and killing them all the time.

So then, brethren, we made it. That’s why God has let us know these things, because that was the rapture. Although there are no such terms as rapture in the Bible, it was a change from glory to glory until we came into the fullness of Jesus Christ. Enoch was translated by faith. That is, believing in what he heard, and believing in the knowledge that God spoke through human instrumentality and revealed to him. It was faith by the hearing of the Word. That’s how Paul went up to the third heaven. He knew that and that’s why he said, “Brethren, I’ve got a mystery. You’re not going to all sleep. This thing is different from what you think.” He said, “I can’t tell you about it now because it’s out of season, but it will come.” So then, that’s the way it is. We made it, and since we made it, then we need to enjoy it and start telling everybody else that we can about it. Let’s say it like this; while they still have time to listen in that the change of the body hasn’t happened yet, lets tell them about it.

This isn’t meant to be comical, but let’s say we are here waiting for the rapture. [Brother Pike snaps his finger – Ed.] Too late! It’s over. When I snapped my finger it happened. Somebody said, “You’re foolish.” The foolish and abase things of the world to confound you smart folks. So, it happened. You say, “Brother Pike, what do you mean?” I mean it happened in a moment in the twinkling of an eye. Now, what could you do? What chance did you have? Who was it that was waiting to go? How did you know when to get ready? What happened to you when it snapped? Nothing! It just revealed what you’ve already been, what you’ve always been.

So then, they’re waiting for the dead to get up out of the ground, but blessed and holy is he that’s not dead, because he had part in the first resurrection. We passed from death unto life. Let’s rejoice forevermore. Ye that dwell in heaven rejoice! Let’s start rejoicing. Doesn’t that make you feel good? It’s real. The Lord let us know this because the end of the days of the Gentiles is here and the thing is all over. Time has passed away at Calvary and it is no more for you and I. That was the end of it. Peter said that was the end of the world. We went into heaven. So then, that ended it. Now, let’s just enjoy life. Let’s love the Lord and go on cleaning this mess up and get the streets clean for the King. The King is coming on His white horse, so let’s clean up the streets and get the garbage out and let’s get the perfume of the Holy Ghost all over this place. Let His will be done down here in this first heaven as it is in the third one because Satan has got everything smelling. Let’s get it out. Get the infiltration out and put on your Sunday go-to-meeting garments as we say. Put on your beautiful garment because the King is coming. You’ve heard that song, “The King Is Coming.” Let’s be out there so we can meet Him at His coming. Praise God! That’s what we want to do. Let’s wash the smut off of the globes, light the lamp, and make sure the oil is in there because all of these creatures of darkness are around here. This world is full of darkness. Let’s get the darkness out so that the light can shine down here in our world and we can enjoy our heaven.

You know, folks, if this isn’t heaven, then what is God doing down here? He dwells in heaven, and yet the Bible says that if two or three of us come together in His name, there He is in the midst of us. It doesn’t say that He will come and be in the midst of us, but there I am in the midst of you. When they talked about Him on the way to Emmaus, He appeared in their midst. If this isn’t heaven, what are angels doing coming down here? Why did they come and talk to Abraham? Why did they come down to Sodom and Gomorra and those different places? Why did they come down there? Angels don’t live in the earth, they dwell in heaven. Somebody said, “Well, they just run down here to look things over.” If that were true, what does the Bible mean when it says that angels encamp around them that love the Lord? They don’t run down here, they camp down here. Do you know why they are down here? It is because you’re up there. There’s no difference in being up there and down here because where is up there and where is down here? It is heaven, that’s all. It’s just God. It’s what He has done. Why not enjoy it and forget about the lying vanities and this intellectual program that the devil has given us through the indoctrination of the tree of knowledge. Stop leaning to your own thinking. When you stop leaning to that up and down mind, you won’t be up and down. You’re up and down because you think up and down. As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is. You’re over here and over there because you think over here and there. Isn’t that right? You’re in and out because you think in and out. Where is in and where is out? It’s just one thing, and that is a state of mind. That’s all it is. There isn’t any more difference between you and the man that’s in the padded cell; he’s in one state of mind and you’re in another. He damaged his brain somehow through a physical injury or a disease, and it caused his thinking to be different. That’s all the devil did. He threw a shadow over the brain. Sometimes a little baby is born and they say that it’s born with a veil over it. “It’s got a meaning,” somebody says. That’s just a natural veil to show the type. That’s why Isaac took that veil off of Rebecca. So then, God took the veil off of me. Why did He take the veil off of me? It was because I married Him. I went into the mother’s chambers and it’s sweet to Him. I’m away from that old burning desert and I’m home at last.

So then, it’s a state of mind. It’s mind over matter. It’s God’s mind. When you get God’s mind and let it take control of your form of matter, that will be the end of it. It will be the end, but as long as you have Lucifer, his mind will be over the matter in this world. That means it’s going to be subjected to vanities, problems, raging waves, and storms, but when God puts him down to the bottom of the pit where he belongs, then the Bible says that all things will be at peace. That inner peace will be outer. Everything will be at peace.

By spiritual translation in our inner being, we have been translated into the Kingdom of God. If we can come through this gradual progressive change of transitional changes from glory to glory or from faith to faith, by the renewing of our mind from the tree of knowledge (Lucifer), to the tree of life, Christ, (all of this being during the time of our tutoring) then at our Bar Mitzvah, we can expect that instantaneous transfiguration of our body. This translation of spirit into the Kingdom of God has brought about, through transformation, a changing of my thinking from earthly thinking to heavenly thinking, and with this, I can expect the transfiguration of my body. As Jesus stood on the mountain, the same thing happened to Him. He appeared in glory.

I can expect that same transfiguration to happen to me. Then where will I be? I will be where I’ve always been. Jesus said, “Nicodemus, I am in heaven.” What is heaven? Glory! When He transfigured before Peter and the others, where were they? They were on the earth. Where was Jesus? He was in glory. Where was glory? It was on the earth. Jesus was standing on the mountain. So, they had changed just like that. Isn’t that right? The change of the atomic particles, mind over matter and the inner life revealed itself into these outer vessels. Heavenly treasure right now in these earthen vessels. The potentials of life all a sudden revealed, and we become that beautiful butterfly.

So then, it is a state of mind. If you don’t have the mind of Christ in you, then let this mind be in you. If you don’t have that mind, you can’t make the change. What is that mind? It is a world, it’s a sovereignty, it’s a kingdom, and it’s a treasure. What is it? It’s Christ in you, the hope of that glory. That’s why He appeared in glory. Your inner man is already in glory, and it’s to be revealed through these earthen vessels that the world might see what you’ve always been. So then, where is glory? It was right there before Peter, James and John.

I tell you these things because I love you. Jesus said, “Many things I have to say unto you,” but He said at that time they were hard of hearing. What we call the rapture, the translation, or the quickening, it is taking place. It has taken place and we’re just waiting for a one, two, three dimensional change, and the last stages is that of putting off the cocoon so that you won’t be sleeping. You have to go into your cocoon stages of sleeping to go through the metamorphosis, but behold, I show you a mystery; you don’t need to go through the stages of metamorphosis so far as sleep. The night is far spent and it’s over, past and gone. Joshua said let that sun stand still. This is the day that the Lord has made. We’re going to rejoice and be glad in it. It’s been ever since Calvary. We’ve ceased from our own works of ambitions, of getting worldly gain and education, and of having a career — that’s over. We’ve entered into His rest. His works were finished in our behalf from the foundation of the world by foreknowledge, and it was manifested at Calvary. It’s all finished and I’m His Son. I came out of that womb through the blood that was spilled at Calvary, and through the water that comes at the birth when I was buried in it, I came out of the whorish womb of the world, and by the quickening of the spirit, in that you received the Holy Ghost after you were baptized – water, blood and spirit. So then, who am I today? I’m bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. I’m a son of God. It’s not me living but Him. When did it happen? When the veil was rent and the matrix opened at Calvary, I came forth. It’s just through the swaddling and the tutoring of the church age messenger over here, to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which is my wonderful world of the mind of God, so that the scales can drop off of my eyes. They have already dropped off and it’s over.

So, you are they that dwell in heaven. You’re not waiting to be raptured and translated into heaven. You’re not waiting to get into the kingdom. You’ve just been going through your tutoring to let you know who you are and that you already live in that great mansion, that it was already yours. Everything has always been yours, but your little child doesn’t know whether he lives in a barn or a mansion. His little mind is immature. You just keep telling him the difference between a barn and a mansion as he matures. After awhile, he realizes that he’s a millionaire’s son. He’s not a pauper’s son. He doesn’t live in a barn. It’s from the manger to the cross, the cross being the door. Jesus said, “I’m the door.” The cross is that realm of Satan, that second heaven. Now, we go right through into the third heaven. It is just like Jacob’s ladder, with angels descending on the Son of Man, even on you and I. His body, His bone and His flesh. We’re His sons. God has raptured us up into His arms. He’s going to reveal His masterpiece to the world in a little while. He’s going to slip the grave clothes off and let them see.

Enoch believed God and translated. As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is. He thinks himself into trouble or out of trouble. He thinks himself to be whatever. So, say what you will. Think it in your heart and don’t doubt, but decree it in your heart and it’ll come to pass. Ask what you will. It’s yours anyway. Do what you will with it. Say it, so shall it be. Why can I say it and it’ll be that way? Because it all belongs to me anyway. It’s lawful for me to do what I will with that which belongs to me, the Bible said. “All things are yours,” He said. Say what you will, just don’t doubt it. God says that’s the way you command Me concerning the works of My hands. You’re My son. Just say it! You’re a prince, even the Prince of Life, bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. Say it, it’ll happen. If there is any interruption in your kingdom, any deformities, any problems, correct it. Don’t let it be there.

By Rev. George Leon Pike Sr.

The Sign of His Coming

The Sign Of His Coming

Introduction

In this age of great expectation, we all knowing that some great thing is about to transpire, it is with great reverence and respect toward God’s Word that we try, with all of our heart, to preach the gospel to every creature. As great sorrows and calamities befall mankind, our desire is to say something that will encourage and lift up the heavy-hearted. Because of so much bereavement, it seems that the world has become void of joy and happiness.

Sin is on the rampage, taking its toll with its devastating blows of cruelty and brutality. It is for certain that all of these things are pointing to “The Sign Of His Coming,” whereas so many people are unaware of the spiritual Christ that, at this time, is appearing in the hearts of mankind.

We would do well to stop and consider, and likewise ponder, the path of our feet, as we altogether seek a sober direction of life, for, being natural people, we are told by the Scriptures that we are carnal, which means natural minded. Therefore, since life exists in the spirit, we find ourselves in a wilderness of frustration and anxiety. Most assuredly, if God is a Spirit, then we who think in natural terms cannot comprehend spiritual things, for there are two different worlds that one must cope with, and the world of natural things belongs to Esau, so long as it is under the curse. The spiritual Jacob only has access to the tangible things of matter, so long as every thing is filtered through the process of godliness and faith. We can easily see by this, what the Scriptures mean when they speak of the wicked being cut off or blinded at the coming of the Son of God.

May the Lord, through His goodness, give us the Spirit of revelation, so that we, as the Apostle Paul has stated in his writings, may have our eyes enlightened, so as to comprehend the height, depth, width and the length of the understanding of Christ. When the Jews said to Jesus, “Will you, at this time, restore the kingdom to Israel?” Jesus answered by saying that the kingdom of God was not of this world, and neither could they find the kingdom of God by human observation. He pointed out to them that the law and the prophets were until John and that, since that time, the kingdom of God had been preached. He made them to understand that the kingdom of God was a spiritual inheritance, and that it was within them as individuals, and that, from their innermost beings, by the act of faith, the transformating power of God would change them from glory to glory, as it sprang forth from within as a great light of understanding. By this, we can see why the change of our outer being shall be in such a manner that human intelligence will not understand, in that God likened human reasoning to darkness because of satanic infiltration, which is a derivative from the tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden.

The mind of Christ is referred to as light; therefore, if human understanding is referred to as darkness, then we know why Christ shall be as a thief in the night to the unprepared, whereas we, being children of the day, know that “The Sign Of His Coming” is now at hand.

May the Lord bless you as you enter into these writings. We trust that they will be an enlightenment and encouragement to your heart.

The Sign Of His Coming

“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

I feel like the coming of the Lord is so near, until we need to be stirred and to know something about the Scriptures and what God is going to require of us.

It is evident here, in the 24th chapter of the book of Matthew, that Christ is speaking of the end time. It is also evident to me, whereas it might not be to you, that this has to do with the sixth seal of the book of Revelation, whereas the Bible speaks of the heavens rolling back like a scroll and the Lord appearing in the heavens, and all the tribes of the earth mourning before the Lord.

Now, there is one thing that we need to thoroughly understand, and that is that the coming of the Lord is not going to be a secret. A lot of people are trying to leave the impression that the coming of the Lord is a great secret, but it is no secret. As Jesus expressed it, it is not going to be in some secret chamber. It is not going to be hidden away somewhere in the desert. It’s not going to be secretly coming in some human being’s life. It is going to come as an open thing in the heavens where Jesus, Himself shall appear in a literal body, in that He has a natural body just like you and I have. He is going to appear in the natural heavens, in the natural clouds, and all the natural people of this natural world are going to look upon His natural person. People who have a doctrine that Christ is now coming in the Spirit, and there is no such thing as a natural coming of the Lord Jesus, are preaching false, because that is not true. Jesus Christ; that is, God the eternal Spirit, has a human person, a body, just as much as Brother Pike has one, and someday that human body that was laid in the grave, that was taken up out of the grave, that’s sitting at the right hand of the Father with a vesture dipped in blood, will come back (Revelation 19) riding on a white horse, and all the armies of heaven shall follow Him in their own personage, and they’ll return into this earth to execute judgment upon them that do wickedly, and the blood will run up to the horses’ bridle.

Now, there is no secret in the coming of the Lord. The only thing is that the coming of Jesus will be so sudden that we who are not ready and watching will not be able to make the translation. I know that there is a secret coming of Christ. There is a secret appearing of the Christ, whereas He comes like a thief in the night to gather His spiritual people into one unit and into one body. That spiritual coming is in the personage of human beings. It is not the body of Jesus Christ, who is the Lord and Savior of all. It is in the hearts of mankind, a spiritual coming to the Gentile world, whereas the Gentile people will not be able to see Him, neither will the Jews be able to see. Nobody will know that this is happening except the elect, until God has gathered together His people and caught them all away and hid them all away as it was with the ten virgins: caught away and shut in. Then, the others will awaken to the fact that something has taken place that they had not counted on; but the coming of Jesus Christ, the Lord Himself, shall not be secretly. It will be an open thing where Jesus, a literal body, will appear in the heavens. I’ve tried to express to my people and those that I’ve preached to that there is a difference in the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ as Christ in the Spirit and the appearing of Jesus as a human being, or the coming of Jesus. The coming of the Lord is when He comes to gather His elect, which is the Jews. The Bible says that they are elect for the father’s sake. The natural Jews are the natural elect that are looking for a natural Jesus, but we are spiritual Jews, that are the spiritual elect, who are looking for a spiritual Christ.

When the body of Jesus returns in the heavens, by this time, it will be too late for anybody to make preparations to meet Him except for the Jewish people. The Jews, having been blinded, God will allow them at that time to go through the tribulation period. Those people will be able to go through that because they are predestinated. They are elect, for God, Himself hath blinded them until the fullness of the Gentile people comes in, but at the coming of Jesus, it will be too late for anybody to make a change or any kind of preparation to go with Christ.

So then, there is a difference. In Matthew 24, He wants us to understand that if somebody says, “Over here is Jesus!” then that is wrong. If somebody says, “Jesus is in the secret chambers!”, then that is wrong, because Jesus was in the grave, He’s resurrected from the dead and is gone to sit at the right hand of the Father. That same Jesus will so come in like manner as they saw Him at Mount Olivet ascend and go! So shall He return again to Mount Olivet, and Mount Olivet shall cleave in half. That is to say, that same Jesus that went up from the apostolic church and the apostolic leaders will come back to the Jews on the same Mount Olivet that He left from. He’s not going to come back over here in America. He’s not going to come back over there in Russia, neither in Germany, but He will return to Mount Olivet, and His feet will set down upon it.

Now, the coming of Jesus is to the Jews, but today, the Christ that we are looking for is already appearing to you and me. The Christ is already coming into our heart, already standing at the heart’s door, knocking and asking if you will give to Him an entrance into your life. If any man denies that, then he is antichrist. I believe in the literal coming of Jesus, but I also believe in the rending of the veil at Calvary, where the Jesus and the Christ were separated. I believe that the body of Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father, and that Christ, which was in that body, has returned into this earth to do a priestly work in our bodies.

Now, He’s called prophet, He’s called priest, and He’s called redeemer. We know that He’s referred to as the Son of David, the Son of God, and the Son of Man, which are the three offices that refer to Him, in that He had a specific work to do. I believe, with all my heart, that this same Jesus will come back as a natural man, to the people of the world, and that they shall see Him, and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn because of Him. We know that He has been here as the Son of Man. We know that He has been here as the Son of God. We know that He has been here as the Son of David, because He said He was the Son of David when He was here, but there are three places, three depths of distinctions, and He will take up His abode in these three offices. As the Son of David, He will rule on the throne in the millenium. He came as the Son of Man and was crucified. He was led to Calvary and died as a human being, and He is a high priest and an intercessor, as the Son of God, sitting up there, making intercession for you and me. I want you to know that this same Jesus, this same Son of God is sitting at the right hand of the Father right now, and that the Spirit of Christ has left that body, to this extent, to come down and make intercession between you and me and the Father.

When He ascended up on high, He started His priesthood work. It was an intercessory work, and the work of intercession is still going on. He is mediating between man and God. That body is the mediator between my spirit and God’s Spirit. That vesture that is dipped in blood (the blood that was spilled at Calvary) is the only means of communication or mediation that I, you, or any other person in God has with the Lord or with God, the eternal Spirit. It takes the spilled blood. It takes communication with God, through His name.

The other night, somebody was telling one of our people here, that if they prayed to Brother Branham, they’d get an answer a lot quicker, but I want you to know that you can pray to God through Brother Branham’s name until you turn blue in the face, and God will never answer you one time! Not one time! You can pray to God through Brother Pike’s name until you fall flat on your face, but God will never give you one answer! Not one! You’ll never get an answer. There is no other name given under heaven save the name Jesus.

Somebody might say, “Well, just wait until we get this new name. This new name is going to do it!” There is no such thing with God as a new name, except the name of Jesus Christ, for there is none other name given under heaven whereby man must be saved, except the name Jesus. The devil certainly would like to do away with the name Jesus Christ. Now, you say, “Brother Pike don’t you believe there’s a new name?” There certainly is a new name, and the Bible says in the book of Revelation, that God will give it to us, but there is no new name that will bring salvation. There is no other name. There is no other name under heaven that you can turn to. You can’t baptize in Brother Pike’s name or in Brother Branham’s name, or in anybody else’s name except the name Jesus, because that is the only name for the remission of sins. I believe that Christ lives in the heart of mankind by measure. I believe that He has dealt every man a measure of Christ if he is a believer. I believe that, but there is a difference of measures in the human body. Some people have a greater measure than others. Your measure might be greater than my measure, but everyone has a measure of Christ in his heart, and because of that, he has a responsibility to God that he himself must take care of. Nobody else can take care of it. Now, it might be the responsibility of going and telling somebody about Jesus, or of sending somebody to tell about Jesus. Now, I know we’ve got a lot of people that want to go, and they’re going to go. It doesn’t make any difference what they say. You can tell them whatever you want to tell them, and they want to know the will of God, but the only will of God they want to know is to “go ye”, and they’re going to “go ye” if it’s to grandma’s or grandpa’s, Texas, or wherever it is, to say what they want to say. It’s not a matter of preaching the gospel or telling somebody about Jesus. They’ve got a zeal that they are going to do it, and you’re not going to get it out of them. That doesn’t mean that you are preaching, or that God told you to go. It doesn’t mean that you’ve got a thing. Not a thing! A lot of them are going to die and go to hell just for doing that very thing. No man taketh the priesthood to himself. It is a calling in Christ, but if you do have the calling, if you do have that measure (and God does have evangelists, pastors, teachers, etc.), then you need to be out there doing it.

I’m going to tell you something, folks: a lot of these people that are running to and fro have not been chosen to do the work of God. Somebody said, “Well, don’t you believe they’ve been called?” I’m satisfied that many of them have been called, in that the Bible says “Let whosoever will, come.” The call is to whosoever, but the Bible says, “Few are chosen.” Few are chosen, and a lot of them are not chosen. You say, “How do you know that, Brother Pike?” The Bible says, If these men had stood in My counsel and in My presence, they would have caused My people to turn from their sins.” If God had sent them, they would have caused the people to turn from sin. The churches wouldn’t be full of miniskirts and bathing suits, and the men running around with long hair and tight britches. If these men would have been called of God, the house of God wouldn’t be filled with professional men that are interested in the things of the world. If these men would have been called of God, they would have set the doctors, lawyers, dentists and a lot of others down and said, “Now, you see here. You can come to this church if you want to, but being a doctor doesn’t mean anything to me; being a dentist doesn’t mean anything to me; and being a leader in the world doesn’t mean anything to me. You’re going to wear decent clothing and you’re going to live right, for that’s the way the Bible teaches.”

Now, we know that God’s Word says that the wicked lived not again until the thousand years was finished. I realize that the wicked will not be able to understand the coming of the Lord until the great white throne judgment after the thousand years, but they will see the great white throne of judgment in its appearing, for the sea shall give up its dead, and everybody, both small and great, shall stand before the great white throne, as God appears in the heavens in the great white throne as the New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven as a bride, adorned for her husband, setting down on this earth. I realize also that the Lord Jesus, in His first coming as a natural man, is not going to be a benefit to the unprepared people of the world. It’s only the saints of God who will benefit. The Jews will reap a benefit from it by going through the tribulation period, but I know that His coming is going to be to our benefit. He’s only going to come to those that have already reaped the benefits of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He’s not coming to anybody who is expecting to reap a benefit at the coming of the Lord, like these miniskirted churches, these basketball teams, these evangelists, preachers and pastors that are allowing their people to do all of these things, telling them that it’s just a little while and the rapture is going to take place, and God is going to come, and the Lord is going to take them away with Him. That’s wrong! God isn’t going to take them anywhere. They are going to go through the tribulation period, but those that love His appearing will be taken. Somebody would say, “Well, Brother Pike, don’t you believe that all of these people love His appearing?” No! There are some of them that can’t hardly stand the thought of Him coming back. It tears them up to think that He’s going to come back, but they know that they’ve got to meet Him, so they say they’re ready and that they are a Christian. They say, “Even so, come Lord Jesus,” but they don’t love His appearing.

His appearing is as a revelation; as a Christ that comes on the inside of us, that causes the outer man to conform to the ways and life of the inner man. This is the appearing that you must love. You must love His appearing! Love His way of life! Love that which makes you to conform to the things of God. Love the standards of holiness and His appearing from within you, coming into this outer man to change your life into the life of Jesus Christ. If you don’t love that way and love that life and love those things, then you haven’t been born again.

The coming of Jesus Christ will bring salvation only to the Jews. Those that already have salvation now, by the new birth and regeneration, are the only ones of the Gentile people that are going to be able to meet Him at the coming of what we call the rapture.

Now, the reason I am trying to explain this so thoroughly is because I have had so many people to come to me, asking me how that the thing was going to take place and what I thought about it. The book of Revelation says that every eye shall see Him. Those that crucified Him shall narrowly look upon Him. Whether in the grave or out of the grave, even those that crucified Him, shall see Him. In the book of Revelation John said, “I heard everything in heaven, I heard everything in the earth, I heard everything under the earth saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty’.” Everywhere, in heaven, in the earth and under the earth, they all gave honor and praise and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ; but that does not bring them out of the grave, for the wicked dead will not live again until after the thousand years are finished.

A lot of people ask, “Well, if they’re dead, how are they going to give praise to God?” How many of you know that when the rich man died, in hell he lifted up his eyes and began to talk to Abraham? He was officially pronounced dead. The physician, or whatever they had in that day, officially pronounced him dead, but he was carrying on a conversation with Abraham. Now, Abraham was officially dead. He had already departed from this world, but he was carrying on a conversation somewhere. Isn’t that right? That’s what I tell you a lot of times, that death is not when you lay down in the grave, which is sleep, but death is when your soul or spirit is eternally separated from God, to never have contact with Him again. This is called the second death, whereas you are cast into the lake of fire when this takes place. Otherwise, it is only a sleep. That’s why we know that we have passed from death unto life. As far as ever dying or going into the lake of fire, you and I can never do that, being born again, because we’ve passed from death unto life, through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 24 gives us an account of the things that are going to take place. It says that the sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven. Then, the sign of the Son of Man shall appear in the heavens. Now, what is it? It is the sign of His coming, for then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn.

The sixth seal of Revelation expresses that they will take their money and their riches and will throw it to the bats. It doesn’t matter how much money the rich man has. At that time, it won’t hold any value. The Bible teaches that he will literally throw it to the bats. Everything that he’s got, he will forsake, and the Bible says that he will cry to the rocks and the mountains to fall upon him, to hide him from the face of Him that sitteth upon the throne, for the Bible says that He shall come and sit upon His throne, to be seen in all of His glory, and that all of the nations of the earth shall gather themselves unto Him.

The coming of the Lord Jesus will literally catch you and me up into the air. People have asked me again and again, “Brother Pike, what is going to happen to us? Are we going to be preserved and hid away, or are we just going to be here? Are we going to go up into the air, or what’s going to happen to us?” The Bible tells us that the Lord, Himself shall descend with the voice, the trump of God and the voice of the archangel. In a shout, He’ll come forth, and when He does, we which are alive and remain shall not prevent them that are asleep, for the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then, we who are alive and remain shall suddenly be changed. Now, you say, “What kind of change is that?” This outer crust shall take on the new man. Somebody would say, “But, Brother Pike, I thought that is what we are doing now, changing from glory to glory.” That’s true, we are changing, but the Bible says that it doth not yet appear what we shall be like.

We are already the sons of God, already going through the change, and are already moving into the wholesomeness of God, according to the revelation. We are changed from glory to glory, but the instantaneous change that Paul speaks of is where he said, “It doth not yet appear what we shall be like, but we know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” Now, I know that the appearing of the Lord is that inward coming of Christ, and I know that we are seeing Him as He is, which is a spiritual revelation, a spiritual glory, that is transformating us and changing us. We use the song, “The light of the glory of His unveiled face, it’s the glory that is changing me,” but that which must be manifested outwardly, when God completely removes the veil off of humanity, and there we stand, in all of the brilliance and splendor of that which we really already are. We are not going to become any special thing that we are not already. Do you understand? We will only recognize or wit the redemption of our body, or the great appearing of the Lord will cause our faith to come to such a climax that, at that moment, we will be changed immediately into the glorious image of the Son of God.

A lot of people have asked me, “Well, what is the manifestation of the sons of God?” That is the manifestation, when we are changed into His glorious image and likeness. Now, a lot of people who are wild about fame and popularity have spent thirty years trying to manifest themselves, so that everybody could see that they were manifested sons of God, so that people would drool after them. You know, they have some silly child-like notion in their heart. They can’t understand, because they say, “Well, Brother Pike, if that’s true, then everything will be over. What can I do? Woe is me.” So, you see how silly they really are. In other words, “I didn’t get to show myself off. I didn’t get to run around and let everybody see that I was a son of God, you know, and be a super human. Woe is me. I just don’t have any interest in it any more.” I’ve talked to people, and as you say, the feathers go down when they find out that they just can’t be a super human. They say, “Well, what does the Bible mean when it says that the earth is groaning and travailing, waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God? What is the Lord talking about?” He is talking about the time of the sons of God setting the government in order in the coming age of the millennium. You will be a super-duper, but it won’t be here. It will be out yonder in the millennium.

Now, I know that you can manifest God here. I’m not cutting that short by any means. I don’t mean that, but I mean as far as the manifestation of the sons of God is concerned. It is when God is manifest in the coming millennium. Somebody would say, “Well, the world will be over then.” No, the world won’t be over, it will be going through its third stage. God puts it through three stages: One, up until the flood, another, up until the coming of the Lord Jesus, and then another, out in the millennium. Is that right?

There are four thousand years from Adam to Calvary and two thousand years to the coming of the Lord and one thousand years to the coming of the great white throne of judgment, so it’s going through another stage. There was a government to the people in the present age, and there will be a government to the people in the coming age, but the coming age will be the kingdom age. A lot of people say, “That will be the age of the Jew.” No, that won’t be the age of the Jew, it will be the age of the saints.

Now, I know that the millennium will have the Jews as the head of the nations. I know that is true, as far as the world seeing them, but the celestial powers will be in control of that government, and it will be our kingdom age out there.

The Jews had a kingdom back in the days of David, and the Gentiles have had a kingdom now, but the church has never had a kingdom. There is going to be a natural kingdom in this world of the church and the manifestation of the sons of God, when we’re going to rule with a rod of iron, and all nations are going to come, bow down at our feet and know that God has loved us.

Will we be caught up? We will! Will we be hidden away? We will! Now, you say, “How can we be hidden away and be caught up?” It’s like right now, I’m hidden away. You say, “I see you,” but the Bible says I’m hid with God in Christ. I am hidden away. The world doesn’t see me! Somebody would say, “Well, Brother Pike, don’t you know that the world is looking at you, and in your ignorance you say that the world doesn’t see you?” The world does not see me! The world hasn’t seen me since the day that they had my funeral and buried me somewhere in the water. Ever since then, they’ve seen Jesus and they’ve never seen me any more. I’ve been hid with Christ in God, whom the heavens have received, and it’s not I that liveth but Christ that liveth within me, and the life I now live, I live by the Son of God. The Bible says that as many as have been baptized into Christ, they have put on Christ. I put Him on, and today, I’ve got Him on. This is His body today, bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. I’ve put on the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the wedding garment. Now, you can’t tell it except through spiritual eyes, but at His appearing, if you’re standing close to me, you’ll recognize then what’s been with you all the time. It is a true fact that we already have Christ; that we’re already hidden with the Lord; that the world doesn’t see us, and that we are passing through a great tribulation stage.

The saints of God are going through great perils, great trials, great sorrows. Not in the natural, but in the spiritual, because the Jews always go through the natural part of it, for they are the natural people that receive a natural inheritance, but the saints of God are going through something spiritual that there is no match for in the natural tribulation. There will be nothing in the natural tribulation that can even touch what they are going through in their spirit: fighting devils and demons, having heartaches, tribulations, troubles, woes, perplexities, bewilderments and fears. There is no match in the natural for these things. We’ve been continually hidden with the Lord, and we’ve been going through a conflict ever since we’ve been born again: killed all the day long, accounted as sheep for the slaughter, but the Bible says that in this, we are more than conquerors.

Now, it is a true fact that the Jews are going to go through the tribulation, but we’re going to be caught up into the air. We are going to be changed when the Lord comes, and He is coming before the tribulation. Somebody said, “I don’t believe He’ll come until after the tribulation.” I know a number of leading evangelists are teaching that message, and I believe they’re honest in it. I believe they believe it or they wouldn’t teach it, but it’s not right. A lot of the teachers are wrong. Some of them really need help. It’s like one minister, who’s supposed to be a great man, but one brother came through Corpus Christi and said that some of the girls were running around down there in shorts, some of them with their pants cut off, with those little old overalls and that kind of thing. That ought not to be. He might be a great man, but that’s wrong.

So then, they say that the church, that is, Christ’s body, will go through the tribulation period, but it will not. The body of the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the book of Thessalonians, will be changed before the tribulation period and caught up, and in the middle of the week, when the man child goes up, then the three and one-half years of tribulation and sorrow begins to fall. We positively will be changed, caught up into the air, and we will fade away into nothing, and as the world would say, they cannot see us. We will not appear again until the 19th chapter of the book of Revelation, where we come back on the white horses with the Lord Jesus Christ, His vesture dipped in blood.

We will be caught up. Your type and shadow is in Genesis, where it shows the saints going into the ark (the body of Jesus), and that body being caught up over the harsh tribulation that destroyed the people, and that ark being caught up to the top of Mount Calvary, riding over until it could visualize, beyond the great wrath of God, the new earth, landing on that side. We will go up as the body of the Lord Jesus, over the tribulation period, to come down in the millennium on the other side (Revelation 19) at the finishing of the tribulation period, that we might get out on the new earth.

The first thing that they did was have a sacrifice. Remember, they never got their meat covenant until after they left the ark. We are not going to go into that, but I’d like to get into it sometime, where they put their hands under the thigh, and why they did it; why the sinew shrank on Jacob like it did; but anyway, riding over the tribulation period, coming down in the new world; that’s where they got their meat covenant, and until then, they did not have one.

Now, I know that you don’t understand what I’m saying there, but, just briefly, to give you a thought, over on the other side of the flood, it was a water covenant, made with Adam in the garden. It was nothing but a vaporized thing. You ask, “Is that right?” Just like Christians: they are Christ, it’s a spiritual thing, but over on the back side of the tribulation period (Revelation 19). Coming back, it’s then that we take our swords and literally dip them in the blood of living human beings. It’s a different type of covenant altogether, and over there, we will literally slay people until their blood is spilled, because the first thing they did in the new earth was they had a sacrifice, and that’s the first thing that we’ll do when we come back. We’ll sacrifice the people by the slaying of the sword before God, to bring in the new earth.

Now, a lot could be said about that, if we were to get into it, but I tried to take my time, just to explain a few things concerning the coming of the Lord, to try to make it clear in your mind that there is not going to be some kind of secret coming that somebody might overthrow you with. So, even when they taught about Brother Branham being the Lord Jesus and that kind of thing, it wasn’t true. He was William Branham, not the Lord Jesus. Now, I know he was the Lord Jesus as far as bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh, and as far as the Spirit according to his measure is concerned. He was the Lord manifested in the earth according to his measure, but he was not the Lord, in the full measure of Jesus Christ in the earth. All of us are the Lord Jesus in the earth according to our measures, and some of us are of greater measure than others. Now, you might take it like you want to, and some of you are going to do it anyway, but I tell you this: there has never been but one that was Jesus. Just one, and that’s all. Jesus. The Bible says that the Father gave not the Spirit by measure unto Him, but the fullness of the eternal Spirit dwelt and executed authority through the body of Jesus Christ, not through Brother Branham.

All right now, he had a great measure and he did a great work, and so did Elijah, Moses, and others, but that doesn’t take away from the deity of the Lord Jesus. We are looking for a human personage that is going to be the natural capstone of all living bodies; but don’t be foolish enough to wait for the coming of a Christ that is going to capstone everything in the Spirit, because He’s already here. There is a great thing taking place, my brother and sister, and you’re a part of it. That Christ is appearing within your human temple, for the Lord shall suddenly appear within His saints to be glorified within them. You are His great cloud of witnesses, and Christ is in you, the hope of glory. If any man denies that, he is antichrist. You have Christ inside of you, but don’t forget that there is a human personage. There is a body coming, and that body will not be Brother George Pike, Brother William Branham, Elijah (as some Jews believe), nor will it be anybody else that will be raised up. It will be Him, the human personage of Jesus Himself. He will be the preeminent one, He and He alone. You shall see Him and not another.

One thing is worthy of our consideration, as we ponder over what the angel said to Daniel concerning the tribulation period. He said that seventy weeks were determined to his people, and that this would make a full end to the transgression, which had begun with the garden experience in the fall of Adam and Eve, lasting until the coming of the Messiah, which was at Calvary, but would not be recognized until the end of Daniel’s last week and at the consummation of the world.

The angel appeared to Daniel while he was in Babylon, giving him this information concerning the end time. He had learned by reading the scrolls of the old prophets that, prophetically speaking, a day equals a year in prophecy. Seven times seventy, being four hundred ninety, would be years, and from the going forth of the commandment to restore the city until the coming of the Messiah would begin with King Artaxerxes, when he told Nehemiah, his cupbearer, to take timber from the king’s forest to rebuild Jerusalem. At about 536 BC, Israel came out of the Babylonian captivity to begin the great task of restoration. Building in troublesome times, as the angel had said, they encountered great difficulty with half-breeds, led by Sanballat.

The spiritual significance of this angelic visitation is seen by the opposing group of religious, or charismatic, order, who do not believe in a real life of holiness. Being half-breeds and wanting only the plush side of life and the blessings of God, they have no desire for true Christian conformity, that part which reveals the travail and sufferings of Christ, in that we subdue the outer man, thus eradicating the infiltration of intellectual dogmas and sensuality from the human person (body), which, of course, is the redemption or change of our body. We see in this Christ appearing from within, into our body for glorification: justification for the spirit, sanctification for the soul, and glorification for the body: these, of course, being the doctrines of baptisms that Paul spoke of.

Looking back now at the historical or prophetical side of our teachings, we can see that there was only about five hundred years left until Jesus came to die for our sins. Sometimes this period is referred to as the silent centuries because of the lack of prophetical utterance.

Just prior to the great exodus of Israel from Babylon, the great Babylonian leader had sent forth and destroyed the temple that was in Israel. Nehemiah built it back up on a moderate scale, as the four hundred ninety years took up practically all of the time that was left between the exodus and the coming of Jesus.

Herod later enlarged on Nehemiah’s efforts, being more elaborate in his outlook; yet, it did not prevent the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy, inasmuch as the angel stated that the prince that was to come would destroy the city and plow it like a field, thus referring to Titus, who did exactly that in 70 AD, exclaiming that it was the hand of God because of the great calamity which befell Jerusalem at that time inasmuch as it far exceeded his goals and intentions.

Notice this again, as we relate it to you (Daniel 9:24-27):

“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

To explain the words of this angelic visitor, let us say again that he spoke of seventy weeks. One week has seven days, while seven times seventy equals four hundred ninety. A day, being as a year prophetically, would mean four hundred ninety years. It was 536 BC when the commandment from Artaxerxes was given to rebuild the wall and streets back to the Messiah. The four hundred ninety years would be the fulfillment of that period from then until Calvary, if you figure your time according to the Jewish calendar.

It was stated that He would make an end of sin, which was the crucifixion of Christ, and that He would make reconciliation for iniquity, which means that we would have a way of being reconciled back to God from our iniquities. This would do away with temporal atonement for temporal righteousness, for it would bring in everlasting righteousness. The Bible tells us that after He had offered Himself, once and for all, for sin, that He sat down at the right hand of the Father, expecting until His enemies should be subdued to be His footstool.

It was also said that it would seal up the vision and prophecy (the vision Daniel was seeing and the prophecy that the angel was giving) and it would anoint the Most Holy. This was fulfilled when Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me.” He is the Most Holy, and being the physical tabernacle of God, the eternal Spirit, it pointed to the anointing of the temple and the king at the consummation of the world.

He tells us here that there will be seven weeks, and three score and two weeks, and that after three score and two weeks, the Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself, thus meaning that He should die for the people’s sins and not His own.

This first seven weeks (forty nine years) was the provided time for the rebuilding of the walls. Now, we can see that there were four hundred eighty three years until the Messiah was cut off (crucified). It said that the prince that would come would destroy the city and the sanctuary, which Titus did, and that the end would be with a flood (people are likened unto waters) and unto the end of the war, desolations are determined, which means loss of human lives.

Notice that the twenty-seventh verse separates itself from the coming of Titus in 70 AD, with the church ages being caught in between that great destruction of Jerusalem and the antichrist, who is referred to as he that would confirm the covenant with many for one week. It tells us that in the midst of the week, he will cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, until the consummation, and that determined to be poured upon the desolate. The confirming of the covenant means that he shall convince them that he is one of them, and with flattery, he shall overthrow their reasoning and judgment for a time.

When it says with many for one week, this is because the angel of God was informed that there would be only one week left to the consummation or consuming of antichrist and his evil. This one week refers to Daniel’s last seven years, or the tribulation period. The term “week” is used because it is referred to as seventy weeks, so it means that at the rapture of the church, the Gentiles, along with their antichrist leader, knowing that there is no hope for Christ’s favor nor the church’s favor in that at this time the church will be gone, they will feel that the only hope for eternal preservation is their friendship with the Jews, who will be occupying the Holy Land during the tribulation. Out of fear, they will submit to the Jewish people, seeking a covert from God’s wrath, but when the Jew is accepted of God in the middle of the week, Lucifer will be cast out of heaven and personify himself in a human body, and this one, who is referred to as “he”, shall seize upon the Jewish inheritance, thus seeking to enslave and rule over the Jews. Satan, within him, will seek to take over Jerusalem, showing himself as God in the temple of God. Thus, the covenant of the week is broken; the sacrifice and worship of God is at an end. He makes the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, that he might spread out with his abominable and evil practices (overspreading of abominations). Thus, it becomes desolate of the Spirit of God for a period of three and a half years, until the consummation. That which is determined is God’s determined thing of judgments, concerning the vials and such-like things that Revelation speaks of, being poured out upon the desolate. Antichrist and his people are desolate of the Spirit of God.

Four hundred and eighty-three years brings us to Calvary. So, we only have one week left, the seven years, or Daniel’s last week (the tribulation). Remember one thing, and that is that the church ages are referred to in the Scriptures as the times of the Gentiles, whereas the tribulation period (Daniel’s last week), the last week of the seventy weeks, is referred to as the time of Jacob’s trouble, referring back to his bereavement of Joseph, and the famine of Canaan and Egypt.

Remember, Benjamin received a double portion at the time that Joseph received his brethren, the twelve patriarchs. They all were made rulers, which denotes the millennium government, with Jesus (Joseph) at the head of it.

By bringing in Ephraim and Manasseh, it makes allowance for twelve rulers. Joseph (Jesus), as the supreme ruler, and Benjamin, the son of Jacob’s old age, denotes the latter part of Israel, which also shows the people, in general, under the rule of this leadership.

Israel, being made the head of the nations during the millennium, will show this double portion. The twelve patriarchs, ruling on thrones beside Jesus, are referring back to the time of the brethren being in rule down in Egypt, under Joseph’s administration. In the millennium, those that refuse to come up to Jerusalem to worship will have no rain on their crops. This, of course, shows the famine during Joseph’s great rule (Jesus), inasmuch as all other nations have no source of substance, save in Jesus or Jerusalem.

The last seven years will be tied to the four hundred eighty-three years to complete Daniel’s seventy weeks (four hundred ninety years). This last week will not be until after the seven church ages, because the times of the Gentiles must first be fulfilled. Remember, it was over four hundred years, and then the cup of iniquity of the Egyptians was full. God then delivered Israel. Let us then remember the prophet liken unto Moses: Jesus, our great deliverer.

The reason that the last week of the seventy is prolonged to the end is because, when Jesus was crucified, Israel killed their head or king by rejecting Him, and the life then left their body. It moved into a new body, the body of Christ, the church, and is now perfecting that body. The law, folded up and laid away; the rejected body of Jesus (Isaac), in that the Father turned on Him; the broken covenant of Moses, the transgression of the law, for by the law, no flesh shall be justified. Jesus Himself could not be justified by the law, though He kept every jot and tittle, for by the law no flesh shall be justified. He was delivered for our offenses in His body (as Jesus), raised again for our justification (as Christ), and we have peace with God through the second covenant, which is Spirit, having favor with God through grace by Jesus Christ.

So, we see that until the Spirit of God finishes with the Gentile people, the life cannot enter back into the Jewish people. When it does, it will be the end of the world, for it will show the resurrection of the dead. Paul saw this by revelation, and said that if the casting away of the Jews (rejecting them at Calvary) is the reconciling of the world (salvation to the Gentiles), then what will the receiving of the Jews be but life from the dead (resurrection)?

So then, the last week of Daniel’s prophecy will begin at the rapture of the church. God will again return to Israel, for it speaks of the 144,000 being sealed, which shows Elijah’s mantle going back to Elisha, who had twelve yoke of oxen which he offered as a sacrifice. Elijah, crossing the Jordan, shows the conquering of death at the rapture of the church. The whirlwind and the fiery chariot shows the rapture, while the mantle denotes the Spirit (seal) going to the Jewish people at the time of the church’s departure.

This leaves no room for question as to when Daniel’s last week begins, nor for speculation concerning the end of the world. It is very clear and precise, from the time that the church is raptured out or caught away, that the seven years of tribulation or bad government will set in immediately.

Revelation 19 records the return of Christ and the church, the end of antichrist, and the binding of Satan for a thousand years in the bottomless pit. At this time, it is the battle of Armageddon. It is also where Jesus shows the nail prints, a nation born in one day and the millennium sets in for one thousand years. Then, Satan is loosed from his prison for a short season to go upon the breadth of the earth, to gather together the seed of Gog and Magog, and to try to overthrow the kingdom of Christ. Then, fire will come down out of heaven and devour them. The Ancient of Days shall appear, and this natural earth, which has been a garden for a thousand years in its restoration, will then be translated into a celestial world. The New Jerusalem will settle down upon the new earth, and of the increase of Christ’s kingdom there shall be no end.

The two trumpets that shall gather Israel and send them forth in battle just before Armageddon will be the two prophets of Revelation, Moses and Elijah. The great whore will be overthrown as the fabulous cities of the world crumble. The sickle will be thrust in, as the great reaper of Revelation appears in the clouds. The vintage will be cut down, cast into the winepress of Almighty God, and trampled without the city.

We have heard it said, “This went through the grapevine.” The human vine of the earth is what God has reference to. The winepress is the Jewish armies, slaughtering the armies and people of the world, and in the valley of Jehoshaphat is the battle of Armageddon, where the blood flows up to the horse’s bridle.

Knowing all of these things, what can we say? Just as John, Even so, come. Lord Jesus!

By Rev. George Leon Pike Sr.

Predestination

Once again, let us elaborate. We can see that mass matter, or atomic energies, is only a constitution or the embodiment of the pre-existent; and yet, when you say pre-existent, you may still miss the meaning; that is to say, that the invisible does not exist. It is pre-existent. Existence itself, is the embodiment of the pre-existence.

1 So then, what shall we say? The infinite has verily clothed and adorned itself in a majestic array of outward beauty, or materialistic splendours. You see, that the infinite, in taking on the fashions of the finite, hath become a great majesty of existence.

2 Now then, typically speaking, if the majesty of the existent is only a mould for the non-existent, and the beauty of that which is seen, is only the result of a seepage, which is streaming from the interior, then, we are made to understand Paul’s glass darkly. Isn’t it a true fact, that the radiance of a beautiful flower, along with its glorious fragrance, is only the result of the constituted elements which have, in part, over a period of time, been furnished by the unselfish activity of the water or the saps, the inner life? So then, picking up the elements of the inward earth, it hath gloriously brought forth a beautiful presentation of its lovely apparel and hath, without oral expression, given in detail, a full declaration of its state of being, showing forth the entirely of its operation, purpose and magnificence in the earth. So then, if this be the case of tangible matter, then, the verbal inspiration of human composition is only an intuition of a godly expression. A careful analysis of any created form of matter will reveal the purpose and plan of God in mankind. A more simple term of expression would be that the beauty and radiance of the act of creation was only an outward expression of the already existing or concealed compositories; that is to say, the hidden elements of life.

3 Again, what shall we say to these things? God is trying to tell us that if we open the mould, after that the image has thoroughly been constituted and replenished, we will find the inward nuggets of great value. Though it be an invisible substance, yet, it is comprehensible, a world of hidden beauty. Dissolve the outer crust, and the reality of the inner is made manifest. We can see by this, that intellectual defining, is for the sole purpose of inner development.

4 Notice that a child is in paradise, until the age of accountability. What is the age of accountability? When it discovers the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When it partakes of this understanding, the garden of youth,  of beauty and innocence, fades into obscurity. Misery and death begins its course to take their toll.

5 Alright now, can you grasp what I mean by translation? If we use the terms, “evolving” or “evolution,” this would be a vague expression of transformation. Look at this for just a minute! Consider just one perspective of the statements of Jesus. Let us use Einstein’s formula, typically speaking. Look, at how astounding it is, as forms of matter diminish into nothing. What is meant by the statement of Jesus, “My Words are Spirit, and they are Life?” One thing is that the Word is like a penetrating oil; a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart. It revelates your innermost being, and brings to surface, our hidden or innermost thoughts, making your conscience manifest to the naked eye. It divides and categorizes your spiritual, intestinal and organic parts, and their functionings; even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, to the separation of the marrow from the bone. Theses words can transform, translate or transfigure you. They can, through the act of demolition and reconstruction, regenerate and reconstitute the entirety of your framework, not only from

the humanitarian side of it, but, by the spoken Word of the sons of God, they can rejuvenate and re-arrange the whole earth, thus making your life the exhibited Christ.    When Jesus said Words of life, what He was saying was, that oral expression is the formulated constitutional projection of God, Himself. Foreknowledge, which is the pre-determined thoughts of God, is, in reality, Words of life to them who are deserving of the benefits or the message which is sent forth to the hearer or the believer. What is meant by this? It simply means that, if the foreknowledge, as Peter has stated, “Hath, before our birth, made us elect of God,” by predetermined means or measures, thus establishing our boundaries in life; then we, as recipients of this God-news or glad tidings of great joy, become partakers of our life-given benefits which were given to us in Christ before the world ever was. So then, what is it? A revelation! See? It is our pre-determined destiny, or predestination into eternal life, eternal existence, eternal joy, with all the brilliance and radiance that God-life can offer, with all sufficience, our cup running over, it is eternal abundant life. 2 We say again, that “Words of Life” means the revealed contents of the predetermined life belongs to them. The word, thus has become creative, in that, by faith, they believe in this vocal or word expression of the predetermined, and the pre-arranging of their lives. This causes the powers of God to become activated in a re-creational act, by means of their inner man; and through opportunity of humanitarian submission; this, in result, glorifies the outer man; so, give Him your spirit and your thoughts, and He will pull you right into the infinite, burning the chaff out as you go. Give Satan your spirit, and your transformation will result in death and eternal separation from God, for He said, concerning the resurrection, “In the morning, I will hate or despise your image.” (beast image, body of Satan)

3 Folks, very truthfully, everything is non-existent except truth itself. The Spirit of Truth is the only self-supporting, self sustaining and self-existent one. So then, everything that is born of Truth, hath its eternal qualities, and cannot perish. This is why Jesus said that if we speak one word against the Spirit of Truth, that our spirit, by this inspirational utterance, is forever and eternally cut off from life, because, it is the only source of life. So then, you see, the secret to the whole thing is faith in God, the Spiritual Word-mind of foreknowledge. Faith in the Eternal Spirit, by medium of Christ, the atoning Word of revelation, can translate our outer beings into His glorious image.

4 Look at Enoch. He pleased God. How did he please God? By faith, of course, for, we are told in the Holy Scriptures, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” What is meant by this word, “pleasing?” Alright, let’s illustrate. Let me see, if, by descriptive means, I can depict to your mind what I am saying. In your human relation with your companion, are there words of expression for your pleasure or state of ecstasy? In its likeness of the new birth and the translation, it so excels, that even Solomon, in all his wisdom, stated, “One thing, I cannot understand, the way of a man with a maid.” So, you see, the word, “pleasing,” means God’s

inner pleasure, the intermingling or integrating of your spirit and His; divine integration, pinpointed in such a way, that it goes beyond a hair’s breadth. The intermingling is so precision, it is as though a misty cloud would submerge into another, and then, the sunlight would melt them both into nothingness via vapourizing, to a greater point of vapourization than what they are. They have become so, that now they are just part of the rays of light, so that they are extinct, as far as sight is concerned. So, it was with Enoch. He so purified his spirit by the Spirit of God, through the medium of faith, that he was not, for God took him. In part, he just kept sipping in a little of the Eternal Spirit at a time.

1 His confidence, which was his faith, because of a clear conscience, kept growing in relationship with God, that is according to the needed measure, burst forth in his being, and, like the illumination of Moses, his blood genetics became so illuminated, in that man is already a composition of electrical sparks, that the entirety of his being was swallowed up in godly radiance, and every satanic imperfection was eradicated.

2 What really caused this to take place? I can tell you, but can you fathom what I am saying? It was faith! No just a faith, which means from part to part, or from faith to faith; not a revelation, but it was the faith, the constituted parts to a oneness, so that faith was made perfect. Contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saint Enoch! From measure to measure and glory to glory, from faith to faith, we are changed into His glorious image, the image that was lost when Adam took on imperfection.

Predestination Part 2

3 The further man traveled, coming down through the genealogies of his pilgrimage, chronologically speaking, his imperfection grew to a greater measure as his lifeline continued to shorten, so that his children of posterity in the earth, have come to a total consummation, which is shown by the death of Jesus at Calvary, and there is no escape, except by Calvary.

4 Now, look at it in reverse! By faith of Calvary, we take on perfection and put off imperfection. Now, as imperfection has reigned unto death, so shall perfection reign unto life; but, you say, “How can this be, or with what body can the dead come forth?” Paul said, “Oh, thou fool!” Does it stand to reason that if the great God of heaven could place within His human machine, a depraved mind of frustration and debauchery, to develop or humble, and to bring it to a place of godly recognition, so that it might see its need for the Spirit of Life. If God has so schooled and tutored His creature by this mind or by law of sin and shame, unto death, can He not, in return, place within His creature, a mind of purity, of joy and hope, to rearrange and to refrain from the act of demolition, and mete out to the apple of his eye, a constructive rehabilitation to life?

5 If the subjection is for the purpose, by use of time elements and seasons, to subdue and abuse the bodily framework to its original and elementary composition, this being for the purpose of letting it know that its existence and dependability hinges altogether on the Spirit of Life; so then, the creature has been subjected to vanity, by reason of God, giving it the hope of glory, through Christ, of a more blissful and superb state of existence, thus, faith is born. Having been separated from its godly position and securities, the need for life is now recognized within the creature. In search

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of a remedy, faith suddenly comes to light or birth. So, we see, by this, that from faith to faith, beginning with the instigation of Calvary, we are being changed into the predetermined image of God’s foreknowledge; that is to say, Christ.

1 Now, let us formulate our thoughts, so we can get the fullness of the expression. Let’s capture the intents of God’s heart. Paul speaks of the measures of faith, every man and his measure. He also speaks of the measures of the mind of Christ, which he refers to as the Gospel. He calls it knowledge in part. Again, he speaks of a pre-ordination of a full measure unto a full stature of Christ, yet, Jesus said, “Thirty-fold, sixty-fold, and an hundred-fold,” while we say, “body, soul and spirit.”

2 Let us consider it after this fashion, from the aspect of relativity. Let us say that a measure of faith is relative to a measure of the mind of Christ, or Gospel knowledge in part; and also, that a measure of a mind of the Word knowledge in relative to the measure of the Spirit; for, Paul speaks of the Spirit, by measure. This of course, is God, as the Holy Ghost. We are taught to be filled with the Spirit. We are also taught that Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit, which, of course, is virtue, by which our body is charged or illuminated, as the inner man continues his relation or fellowship with the Holy Spirit. This virtue is what healed the little woman. So, you see, that virtue is power.

3 By this, we can see that, whereas imperfection reigned unto death, that perfection is reigning unto life. The mind of Satan, being the tutor, from measure to measure, brought man to death, by means of an eternal separation from God, for each measure of growth in iniquity brought a greater generation, until the full cup had to be drank by Christ as He prayed, “Father, let this cup pass from Me, nevertheless, not My will, but Thy will be done.” God, knowing that this was the only way that He could make an eternal creature, processed him, and then, came to suffer the penalty of his fate, Oh, what love!

4 Now, look at this, as we go uphill from Calvary. The grade is steep, but not too strenuous for the inner God-strength. At the birth of the church, it is but an infant, but, remember, the measure of knowledge, according to its age and season; this, of course, being cell upon cell, is comprehended by the individual, a divine transformating glory, being released from his inner being; that is to say, a spiritual relativity.

5 A brief explanation of what I mean is that God is an existing mind. So then, all that exists, whether visible or invisible, tangible or non-tangible, the entirety of consistency is termed as one thing; an eternal composition of living and creative thoughts that are relative one to another, and are spiritually diagnosed as a creational act of constitution, according to the desire of godliness, whether by divine providence or through faith in one’s heart.

6 A thirty-fold, toward the increase of the fullness of the stature, may result in death; and even with a sixty-fold, you may go by way of the grave, but, should we obtain an hundred-fold, this results in translation. Now, I am not perverting the Word. Those that are in the grave, shall also be resurrected, but, my brother and sister in Christ, I would have you to under-

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stand, that a natural comprehension of godliness, as to the accepting or acknowledging that God is the creator of the worlds of mankind, is good for the first dimensional step; and it is a good foundation for a second dimensional acknowledgement of an intellectual concept of godliness, as pertaining to the understanding of God, but, neither of these are to be compared to the last dimensional or revelated spiritual acknowledging of God, which is received by the triple composing of the natural, physical and spiritual, into a oneness with God. Did Jesus do the same thing that Enoch did? Most assuredly, He did! What did He do? First, he perfected holiness in the fear of God. This resulted in a fixed heart, which produced the perfected faith. The writer said, “We wish even this, the perfecting of your faith,” which faith worketh by God, the Spirit of Love, charity, the bond of perfectness. The results of a perfect faith was a pure heart. The Spirit of God, flowing through His life, without hindrance, transfigured His body, as He appeared in the fullness of God’s glory on the mount of transfiguration; not a glory in part, but, the constituted measures, because the constituted measures of faith had become “The Faith.” See, the constituted measures of the God-knowledge had unveiled a constituted measure of glory, by means of a constituted measure of faith; perfect knowledge brought perfect faith. Perfect faith brought perfect glory, for, when that which is perfect is come, part is done away with, in that charity is that which is perfect. Once that it emerges in our heart, it bonds together the stones that were in part, just as it does the membership in the church, charity, being the bond that holds together, or that which constitutes perfection by constructive means. If then, having finished its work by the act of patience, for the Bible tells us to let patience have its perfect work; it then results or transpires into the glorious, the bright and brilliant daystar, which is Christ within you, the hope of glory. Paul said, “I travail, until Christ be formed within you.”

1 Now then, it is no more you that liveth, but Christ that liveth within you, and the life that you now live, in the outer man, you live, by the Son of God; therefore, your fruit remaineth. Ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Say, what you will, for the perfect faith will not let you doubt in your heart, and you shall have whatsoever you say; for now, ye are the heir, even Christ, the sole heir, to all the glories of God. GLP/DS/SC

The Prince of Life

THE PRINCE OF LIFE

I want to pray that the Lord will bless us in all that we go to do. The Bible tells us that whatsoever a righteous man doeth shall prosper. It’s like I have said so many times, that if you don’t do anything, you can’t prosper, because He said that whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. If we’ll do something, then we can be sure that it will prosper. So, lets do something for God!

I think we will read a little something from the book of Revelation. If you’ve got your Bibles, you can turn over to the book of Revelation. I want you, first of all, to turn over to the very first chapter. We’re always talking about the revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul said, “I’ve begotten you in the gospel,” and just as God had a begotten Son, so have we, for I have begotten you in the gospel. Paul spoke of the revelation of Jesus Christ. Not very many men in the Bible refer to it because they did not understand it. They did not know about it, but John refers to it as the revelation of Jesus Christ. This is why we have it on the video. When the film first comes on, the only thing you see on the screen is, in big letters, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Here, in the first chapter, the first verse, the first five words, it says, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” That’s why we talk about it like we do. John calls it the revelation of Jesus Christ. So then, that’s what it is. Why should I call it something else if it is the revelation of Jesus Christ? A lot of people say, “Brother Pike, why do you refer to it as the revelation of Jesus Christ?” Why should I refer to it any other way? If that’s what John called it when he saw it, then the only title or name that I know to give it is the biblical name, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.”

In the first chapter of the book of Revelation, notice the first five words: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” Now, this is why we refer to it as we do, because we believe that there is a revelation of Jesus Christ, because the Bible says so. Now, if the Bible did not refer to it in those terms, then I would not declare it unto you in that way; but in that the Bible states it in such biblical terms, and it is outlined here as the last part of the New Testament, then I believe the teachings of the Scriptures concerning it. I also believe that there is such a thing as the Spirit of revelation, because I don’t just have to read about it, I am personally acquainted with it. It has been made known unto me, showing He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He made it known to Paul; He made it known to John; and He made it known to me. Because of that, it makes my heart happy. My heart was happy even when I served God many years ago, but my heart was not as happy then as it is now, because He has made known to me His will and the revelation of Jesus Christ, and it thrills me on the inside. My cup runs over! It’s ever enlarging itself, and like the new wine that’s put in the new bottles, it is ever stretching out. I really, from the bottom of my heart, thrill at the thoughts of the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Paul spoke to some of them that had been converted to Christ Jesus. He told them how magnificent and wonderful it was to be a Christian, but he said that what they needed to do was pray that God would grant unto them the Spirit of revelation. That’s what you need to do, folks. If you don’t have the Spirit of revelation, then you need to ask God to give it to you. Then the Spirit of revelation will talk with you and reveal to you the desire of God, the mind of God, and the ways of God. In receiving these things from God, you become greater and stronger and more powerful than ever.

I want to remind you that in the world to come, there are going to be people who are kings that will reign upon beautiful thrones. Somebody would say, “Well, I feel like that is wrong. There is one throne and Jesus is going to reign on it, and that’s the only throne there is.” That’s wrong, because that isn’t what He said. The disciples said, “Lord, we’ve forsaken all to follow Thee. What then shall we receive for this?” He said, “Because ye have forsaken all, when I sit upon My throne, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones beside Me.” Isn’t that right? There are twelve more that the Bible speaks of. Then the Bible speaks in the book of Revelation of the twenty-four elders. Not only did they sit upon thrones, but it is obvious that they were also kings, because the Bible says that they would fall down at the feet of Him that sitteth upon the throne and cast their crowns down at His feet.

I want to read just a little bit right here. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophesy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

Now, the signs of the times that we see all around us make it quite evident that these statements are true, so please, just listen to what I am saying. Listen real carefully and give the more earnest heed to things that you have heard, lest, at any time, you should let them slip. Pay close attention and put it down into your heart. The Bible says, concerning those things that were said to Mary and the others, that they put these things within there heart and held close to those things. They did not let them slip because they knew that every word of God had a positive meaning, and that God did not just say things to be saying it.

What God has said is very important. It’s not like you or me, that might say something just talking and not having any meaning or specifics about it; but when God speaks, there is a specific meaning to it and a reason why He said it. When He said, “Let there be stars!” then there were stars; “Let there be a moon!” there was a moon; “Let there be sunshine!” and there was sunshine. God said, “Let there be a man!” and there was a man. When He said, “Let there be a child!” then there is a child in the world today. So then, when He speaks, there is a specific reason for saying the things that He says and for doing the things that He does, because He is God, and He does everything just right. Hallelujah!

As they walked on the way to Emmaus, the Bible says that they said one to another, “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with us by the way?” Somebody would say, “Well now, if God talked with me, my heart would also burn within me!” But, did you know, that when the minister is speaking, the Bible tells us that it is not the man speaking, but it is the voice of God? It is God speaking within us, and if He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, should not our hearts burn within us? His words are so great and mighty. That’s why the songwriter said, “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.” Jesus said that His words are not just words; not just as in a book that someone has written. But, He said that His words are words of life. I like that! That does something to me every time I think about it. Words of life! When He speaks, I take His word and it’s a word of life. It burns like a coal of fire on the inside of my heart. Don’t you want life? Your body longs for life. Your mind, your spirit, your body — everything about you longs for life. It hungers and thirsts for the abundance of life. Peter said that He is the prince of life. There is no other prince of life but Jesus. There is no other person that has ever lived or ever shall be that can stand up before multitudes and say, “I am the prince of life.” Isn’t that wonderful? “I am the prince of life. My words are life. I am the prince.” Hallelujah!

It’s like the story about Cinderella and Prince Charming. He said, “I am the prince of life.” It’s one thing to be a Prince Charming and charm somebody, but He is the prince of life! The words that come forth from His lips are life. He said, in essence, “I am come that you might have life. That is My mission into the world. I am the prince of life. There is no other prince of life. All of them that came before Me were hirelings, but I am the good shepherd and I give My life for the sheep. The words that I speak unto you, children of men, are words of life. He that heareth My words and believeth on Him that sent Me, in the Spirit, he hath passed from death unto life by means of his conviction of faith in these words that I speak unto you. I am the prince of life, and I have a mission in this world to do the will of God. I have come that you might have life, and that more abundantly.” What does the word “abundant” mean? It means filled up and overflowing. I am the prince of life. That’s why John called this “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” because the revelation of Jesus is the coming of Jesus. It is the coming forth of the prince of life. That’s why it thrills me so when I think about it.

John saw it here as God revealed it to him in types and shadows and allegoric means. He saw it! The Revelation of Jesus Christ! He saw what God was about to do. He saw the desire of God, and what God wanted to project to the minds of the people. Every bit of this comes from one thing, and that is where He hung at Calvary.

As He hung there at Calvary, the veil was opened. The book was opened. The Bible says that the veil was rent in twain. Up until that time, it had always been a concealed thing. God had been shut off from the world and from the people, in that He was a Spirit. There was no way that you could get to God. God is the great abundance of living; the great Spirit of life; the eternal fountain that everyone must drink from to stay alive. Though God is everything and was everything, there was no way to get to Him. There was no way to that fountain, but the prophet looked down through the telescope of time and saw Calvary. He saw the veil rent in twain, and the great door of heaven opened. John saw it in the revelation of Jesus Christ, when he said, “The heavens rolled back like a scroll.” As the prophet looked back there toward it, he saw this thing and shouted, “Hallelujah!” He began to praise God and say, “There shall be a fountain opened to the house of David.” From henceforth and forever, let him come and get water that hath no money. Let him come and drink freely from the fountain of life. Let whosoever will, come and partake of the waters of life freely. Just think about that! The blood oozing out of the body of Jesus, and Jesus said, “Drink My blood.” It’s a fountain of life.

The Bible says that the life is in the blood. He said, “Drink of My blood, for if you do not drink of My blood, you have no life in you.” A lot of times when we take the wine, when we are at the Lord’s Supper, this is the meaning of it. This is what we are trying to do. If we are conscientious and come together to love one another, to pray for one another, to ask God to forgive our sins, and to drink that wine, we are drinking it as unto the Lord. Then we are drinking the blood of Jesus Christ, and then the life, the royal life that is in that royal blood, goes into my body. I then have royal blood flowing through my body, flowing through my veins, and I then have the royal personality of God. I then am bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. I then become as He is. I am the prince of life to them that are out in the world. God is good!

Wouldn’t you like to be a member of the body of the prince of life? Wouldn’t you like to be such a person, when you go out there in the world and see people dying and perishing, that all you’ve got to do is just open your mouth, and out of your innermost being will flow rivers of living water, the Spirit of God?

Wouldn’t you like to be a person that would be a light like a city that is set on a hill that can’t be hid? A light like we have on the church here, always going around and around, leading people to the fountain of living waters? How many of you would like to be like that? All you have to do is have the revelation of Jesus Christ. That’s all it takes for you to become a well of living water.

John saw the radiance of it, and when he saw the heavens roll back, he didn’t understand, because he was a man like I’m a man.

He was fascinated as he looked, and a voice shouted out at him and said, “John, come up hither, and I will show you things yet to come.” The Bible says that the Holy Ghost will show you things to come. All of a sudden, John said, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,” and he heard this voice behind him like many waters. He turned and saw one girt about the paps with a golden girdle. He was girt about, with His robe down to His feet. You know that’s a good example for the ladies right there; with His robe all the way down to His feet. There He stood, in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, having the seven stars in His hand. There was Jesus, standing in the midst of the church ages, someone that we could see, saying, “I was dead, yet I am resurrected from the dead, and I am alive forevermore.” Here stands Jesus in the midst of the candlesticks, right in the midst of the church ages.

We know that the church ages are spiritual, and that the church never started until Pentecost, and that from Pentecost comes the church ages. There were no church ages until Pentecost. It is from Pentecost that we get our first church, where the Bible says that the first church is set up and 3,000 people enter into it. At Pentecost the church ages begin, because it is from Pentecost that the period begins which shows the priesthood (Catholic). It is from here that the candlesticks are seen, because they are found upon entering into the second court. The first court (outer court) comes up to Calvary, but when we enter the second court, then we come to the place of the candlesticks, for the showbread is found in the second court. What was the showbread? Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. The bread that I will give is My flesh.” In the second dimension, as you come past Calvary, Jesus said, “I am the door.” You come right into the doorway, into the second part of it, into the New Testament teachings. You leave the Old Testament teachings of the outer courts, where the beast was slain, back on the outside where the body was to be burned, which was rejected of God. All through the Old Testament, they offered up beasts. They’re always offering up beasts, which are slain from day to day as a sacrifice unto God; but then, when you enter the second courts, you don’t slay beasts, you take the blood of the slain in. Do you understand what I am saying?

When we come to Calvary, we find that we have entered into the second heaven. When we go into that dimension, we take the blood of the lamb that was slain in the evening time. We take the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, who is without spot, wrinkle, or blemish, and we enter boldly into the second courts. Even the sons of Aaron could go in there.

With the blood of Jesus Christ, we enter the second dimension, the Dark Age that the people went into, starting in 325 AD and extending on over to about 1520. During that period of time, that second part, which represents the church ages, it brings us to Pentecost, because Pentecost means that all of the sins are forgiven. Here we are with the blood, going past Calvary, into the second courts. When we enter into the second courts, there we stand where the showbread is; the table with the little stack of showbread, six here and six there, twelve of them. Over on the other side, there are the candlesticks, whose oil never gives out, which cast their light upon the showbread. As we come into this second dimension, there is one thing that we must realize: the light from these candlesticks represents the church ages.

God is the Spirit of oil; God is the one that keeps these candlesticks burning. “Repent,” He said, “or else I will remove your candlestick.” He speaks to you individually. He tells us that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching out the inward part. It’s life! You’ve got a little candle of life.

These little candles are not like little wax candles, but they are candles where the oil goes up through them, and they burn by oil. We have to have the oil of the Spirit on the inside. The Bible speaks of the virgins that did not have the oil. They let the oil give out. The oil is the Spirit of life. It’s God! When we come down to the midnight cry, if we have not done the things that God tells us to do, then the oil is going to be gone, and when we come down to die at the midnight cry, in the darkness, He will not be waiting there to receive us.

When we come into the second dimension, we have to recognize that it is a different dispensation from that of the Old Testament, and through that testimony, He sealed it with His own blood, because a testament is of none effect lest the testator be dead. It has to have blood atonement. It was sealed, not with the blood of animals, but with His own blood. There, He entered boldly into the second dimension and made way for the sons of Aaron.

Going into the second dimension, here are the church ages. The candlesticks are casting the light (your eyes being enlightened, the understanding) through that second dimension, all through the Dark Age, lit up at night, carrying humanity through it all; focusing their light upon the showbread. What is the showbread? There were twelve little cakes, which represent the twelve apostles. The light is shining upon the teachings of the apostolic church, and the showbread is the thing which sustains us through the Dark Age.

Look at David. Do you remember when David was being pursued, when he was running from Saul? He became very hungry. The one thing that David did during this pursuit was to realize that there was food in God’s house. Like the prodigal when he would have filled his belly with the husks, all of a sudden, the Bible says that he rose up and said, in essence, “I’m about to fill my belly with the husks that the swine eat, whereas in my father’s house, there is bread to spare.” Then he rose up from the hog pens and went to his father. The father placed the ring upon his finger and the robe upon him and killed the fatted calf.

That’s what we need to do. Don’t go out and ally with the world. Don’t go out with the swine! Jesus said that people are swine out there in the world who don’t serve and obey God. Don’t go out as the prodigal and fill your belly with the husks that the swine eat, but come over here, because Jesus said that His body is bread. Take His broken body and eat of it, because it is the bread of life. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. That’s the bread of life. The bread is for the children. When manna rained down from heaven over there in the wilderness, that was bread from heaven. It was tiny, like a little tiny pearl, like the hoary frost. It was everywhere, just glistening, laying all over the ground. They just scooped it up.

Jesus said, “Moses gave you not that bread!” I don’t think some of the fellows I was talking to the other day from the Jewish faith would appreciate that, but the Bible says, “Moses gave you not that bread.” Now, the first thing they would do is dispute with me and say that that is the New Testament. They don’t believe in that. They just know the Old Testament. That is the way it happened, they say. But Moses of the Old Testament stood up and spoke of Him and said that it shall come to pass that God shall raise up a prophet like unto Himself, and it shall come to pass that everyone that faileth to hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people. There He came and there He stood. He faced the Scribes and Pharisees and said unto them, “Moses gave you not that bread, but My Father, which is in heaven, gave you that bread from heaven. Unless you eat of My flesh and drink of My blood, you don’t have any life in you.” Hallelujah! They went away and left Him because they could not understand His spiritual mannerism.

He tried to get them into the revelation. He was trying to say, “I am the revelation. I am the Christ. Can you hear Me? Can you understand Me?”

Paul said, “I would speak unto you as spirituals.” Pray that God would grant unto you the Spirit of revelation. Why the Spirit of revelation? It is because the things of God, the revelation, only know the Spirit of God, and do not know any man.

So then, in the second dimension, where do we find ourselves? In the church ages! That really tells us something, because when we come into the church ages, we’re in the second courts. We’re moving folks! We’re being raptured; on our way to heaven, having moved up into the second part. There we are, in the second dimension, having now moved into the holy place; not the holy of holies, but the holy place in the second dimension (Pentecost). The blood has been spilt. Sins have been forgiven. Pentecost! Now, here in the second realm of the church ages, what do we see? The seven angelic messengers of God, and the seven candlesticks. The stars that He had in His hand represents the angels of the churches, and the seven candlesticks are those seven spiritual powers and messages that stand before the throne of Almighty God, who is personified in a human being.

What are the seven church ages? It is humanity. Humanity is the church, and starting from Pentecost are the church ages. God is dealing with humanity, this woman part of us, that we might, through the divinity of God, bring about a holy conception unto the reproduction of the image of the Almighty God, for He said that in the morning He would despise thine image, unless it be in the image of God. If it be a bastard child, then He will despise it, but if it be the image that is called by His name, then He will love it.

So then, in the second age, in the second dimension, where are we? Here we are, entering into the second courts, walking right on into that place that God spoke about. When we come in, there is the church. The church is in great travail and is about to be delivered. We get a picture here of the woman, standing on the moon. Toward the latter part, John saw this in the travail of Calvary. There is Calvary; there is the travail; there the headship is being born. There are the church ages, where the seven physicians work through the seven dispensations of the church ages for the delivery, so that in the days of the ten toes, at the very end of the church ages, the child can ride over the tribulation period to set down in the throne of David in the millennium to rule with a rod of iron. As the great mysteries of God come forth, then we see the child’s appearance, for we see every part of the child through the rent veil and the expose or the exhibit of Christ Himself, revealed proportionately in each church dimension as it is presented to us by the messenger of that age.

Now, the star or angel that Jesus spoke of in that age was John, being a man sent from God. These are those that are sent from God to enlighten us, whereas John said that he looked, and another great angel came down from heaven, having the glory of God. The Bible says that his glory enlightened the earth. Paul said, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened.” You say, “How could an angel’s message enlighten the earth? The world doesn’t have anything to do with an angel’s message.” That’s where you are wrong! Every bit of understanding that Satan ever had was a reflection from God. Did you know that? Every wandering star represents the people that are out in the darkness, and it is a reflector of you who are a true star. Every bit of government, every bit of power, every bit of functioning of the world has to be a reflector of you, my brothers and sisters.

Let’s look at it just a little bit further. In this second dimension, or realm, which is so beautiful, the Bible speaks of that angel coming down from heaven, and how the glory of God enlightened the earth; first coming through the saints of God, because they are the light of the world; and after that, in the days of Paul, God delivered him up before the rulers, let him spend time in jail, took him before the great men; and then, after awhile, men like Constantine and others that had come from this great light which had come from Paul continued on, and soon the government became a religious government. Always you can see the Lord, working in such a way that this great angel’s light enlightened those that dwelt out in the earth. So then, they began to understand better, they began to know more, they began to move in a greater way of life, because of the little precipitation of that light that comes through the “great bulb”, as we would say, the great light, the light of the world, which is the church. In this body, as the feminine part or woman, Paul said, “I travail in birth again until Christ be formed within you.” The child being formed from the garden of Eden all the way down through the church ages, then the child comes forth at the end of the church ages and is caught up to the throne to rule with a rod of iron.

The woman, being the church, where is she during this period? She is in heaven. What heaven is she in? She is in the second heaven. You say, “You can’t prove that! That’s just your idea and theory about it!” It’s not my idea, nor is it my theory, it’s the revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul said, “Neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” The woman was in the second heaven, and if you get it today, it is going to be revealed to you. Did you know that? Only the heavenly Father can do it. I trust that you have the Spirit of revelation. Look at the woman. She is in heaven. Where is heaven? She is standing in the second heaven, like the Bible speaks of it in the book of Revelation, with her feet upon the moon, in great travail, waiting to be delivered. Now, that’s pictorial of Calvary. There’s Jesus, the feminine part. Israel shows the feminine part, the woman, the weaker part. Now, she’s masculine as the male part. In the natural perspective of the world, she’s the head, but to the spiritual Jew, she is the body, the feminine part, and we which live upon the throne of the heart as quickening spirits are the head of the nations. In this spiritual dimension of the second heaven, there she is, waiting to be delivered, but in that second realm Satan is there, waiting to strike the child. What is the red dragon? We say in the natural, “America,” the natural woman, with her natural feet upon the moon, speaking of it typically, pictorially and allegorically. Then, we say “The Red Dragon,” Communistic China. We see the powers of Communism laying in there to devour the man child, the ruler of the world. But, you see, really and truly, the red dragon is a spiritual power of Satan that cannot be seen with the eye that personifies himself in a human in what is called the bloodstream. What is the red dragon, as far as the physical part of it, and that which we are concerned with? It is the blood life that is waiting to devour the man child. Did you know that? Just as quick as Christ is born in your heart, then the other person, who has blood life from the blood birth, from the fall, the mankind of Satan; that person or life is trying its best, through educational powers, money, frolic, or prestige, to outwit, outsmart, and outtalk that man that’s born of the Spirit. Jesus said, “A crooked and perverse generation.” That red dragon, that old man, is trying to devour that little man child. Just as soon as he finds Him, he tries to discourage Him. Paul said, “We are illuminated with the flight of afflictions because of this.” So then, where did Jesus defeat the red dragon? It was when He hung at Calvary. Why was the Old Testament a continual spilling of blood? It is because the life is in the blood. Now, you say, “The life is in the blood. The life of all humanity is in the blood,” but Jesus said, “My words are Spirit and they are life.” We are born of the Spirit, born of the seed, born of the Word of God. What was all of the spilling of the blood in the Old Testament for? It meant the end of the red dragon, the beast. The beast! That means that in this world, there are some people that are brute beasts, made to be taken and burned. The spilling of the blood of a beast was because the life of God went into a beastly form when Adam fell from the image of God. We’ve got a tape called “The Covering of His Glory” that expresses it.

The light of God went into a veil, because it was too bright for humanity, until it could grow and spread out and overtake the body; during that period that it was in the womb or within the veil of the beastly part that is referred to as the woman, the beast of the garden; during that time the formation of the child came.

God veils Himself in darkness, intellectual darkness. He dwells within the heart of mankind. That life, that spiritual life on the inside of the bloodstream, had to be released, and the only way to release it was to kill the beast. So God had them to kill the beast and spill the blood. When the blood was spilt, it was the red dragon, because Satan, the dragon, the old serpent, was in it. It was the natural birth that God was trying to get them away from because it brought death.

He that is born in this world is born to die, but he that is born of Christ is born to live. As the blood was spilt by the beast of the Old Testament, it signified that the life went back to God who gave it. It showed the coming of Jesus, that there would be a day when we would be as lambs led to the slaughter, killed all the day long for His sake; that this beastly part of the outer man that is in the image of the fall of the first man Adam must be killed and the blood must be spilt. We reckon this to have happened to us as we hung at Calvary through Jesus Christ, and that the spilling of the blood is the dying out of the old man, the natural blood life, denying ourselves, turning away from our own natural desires, spilling the blood. Dying!

Paul said, “I die daily,” releasing the life to go back to God; for, at death, the spirit goeth back to God who gave it. I’ve been slain upon the altars of God; therefore, as a lamb without spot or blemish, in that I’m bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh, and the life within me went back to God, I’m am hid with Christ in God, whom the heavens have received until the time of the restitution of all things.

Now, in the second court, the blood must be spilt. The red dragon must be defeated. Where did Jesus see Satan fall from heaven? When He hung at Calvary, it was as a lamb. He overcame, with not one spot or blemish upon the bloodstream. Why couldn’t that blood be atoning? Why did God use blood? It is because life is in the blood, and the life of Adam had become polluted with a spiritual power; therefore, God had to have another bloodstream that would carry the life, the royal life, the seed life of Christ. Therefore, He gave the blood that would carry another life, so that when it was spilt, it would release the life back to God; a holy, clean, upright life, a life that could be preserved, a life that could be kept, a life that could be hallowed, a life that God could take and put back into a human being and start another generation with.

So then, as the first fruits of them that slept, He came up out of the ground. The blood was spilt from His hands and from His brow. He said that He’s graven you in the palms of His hands that He might not forget you.

You see there, that when the blood was spilt down through the church ages, that it was Satan on the rampage. He was ruthless, because he had been cast out of heaven by the body of Jesus Christ, for Jesus knew, when He spilt His blood at Calvary, that it was the end of Satan. He was made sin when He knew no sin, and He spilt His blood, which represented the blood of the beast, the red dragon, and out of the temple of God, the innermost parts of the heart, out of that which we call the kingdom of God within, went the blood; and when the blood went out, Satan went out. The red dragon went out. The life of God, the man child, the spiritual quickening of Christ was what rooted it out.

Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world.” The oil and the light are within you. He was the light of the world; now, you are the light of the world. You are the virgins! Trim your lamp that the world might see your light!

Here, in the second dimension, we find the priesthood, the candlesticks, and the showbread. Why? Because it is the spilling of the blood, where the blood is taken in. He ended the blood line at Calvary, and Lucifer was cast out of heaven. He could stay no longer. Where is the problem, children of God? If it has come that far, why don’t we have the benefits of it? He has shortened the days for the elects sake. We are not supposed to wait until the end of the ages for the coming of the celestial. We are already bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh, with royal blood, and already the Spirit of life within us is the Spirit of God, which makes my blood royal and my body royal. I’m already in His image. I’ve already passed from death unto life. I’ve already come into this, because it is a revelation; a quickening Spirit, the coming of Christ in our life, Jesus Christ within you, the Spirit of revelation, the hope of glory. It is Christ, suddenly coming into His temple, by faith from your heart toward the things of God, that He might come in and take His place upon the throne of this heart. Here, we see Christ coming in, and the blood, or Satan, being cast out. The blood life, that old lustful passion of burning, is gone, and here on the inside is Christ.

Have you noticed in this age, that the hippies have a little saying? They say, “Keep cool! He’s cool!” Do you know what this is? The spirit of burning has gone out. That dope that they are taking signifies the Spirit of Christ in its perverted form coming in. That does away with the spirit of burning, the aggravation, and the oppression. It’s gone! They call it angel dust, you know like the bread from heaven. When it goes into their body, they are caught up into the spiritual realms, as we would say. Actually, it is just a hallucination to them, and they have gone on into the realms of the devil. Nevertheless, that’s what happened to the spiritual children of God. They are caught up in that. We eat angel bread. Isn’t that something? The Bible says that the serpent ate the dust. They eat angel dust, but we eat angel bread. Hallelujah! So, the bread is for the children, coming down from heaven.

We are the children of God. We’re in the second realm or dimension, the church ages, and here is Jesus, the Word, right in the midst. Here, the red dragon is through. He didn’t get the child! He was cast out at Calvary. John saw it and wrote it right after Calvary, but look how long it has taken us to comprehend the height, depth, width, and length.

Paul was right after Calvary. He said that it’s out of season right now, but he saw it and knew it. Even before John wrote it, Paul said, “Such a one caught up into the third heaven.” He said that he saw it, but he couldn’t tell about it. It was out of season. He saw what happened at Calvary, and that it was a revelation. He saw those great things of God. He was so learned in the Old Testament that his mind just knew it letter by letter, and when the Spirit began to quicken those things to him, it just unveiled, and the heavens opened, and there he saw Christ in the midst of the candlesticks. Paul said, “I can’t reveal it to you!” Then, God brought St. John the Divine, or love, because the revelation is in love. He wrote it in allegoric means and laid it there, saying, supposedly, “Someday, Brother Pike will discover it. Someday, the brethren will discover it, and my! What a day that shall be, when the Spirit of God begins to move upon the face of the waters and the earth begins to be wooed by the Holy Spirit, and the growth of the new world begins to come forth.”

So then, as beholding our face, as in a glass, we are changed from glory to glory, into His image, from faith to faith.

In this second dimensional period of time from Pentecost to the Reformation in about 1500 AD, it was a harsh time of spilling of the blood, because the head of the serpent had been wounded at Calvary. All of his members must die. The Jews represented it. It must die, because that is what was represented by Adam, the head of it over there. The first man Adam, the Jew, represented it. Really, it was the bond child or the child of the world, but there had to be somebody that typed it in this life, that we might have an allegoric meaning, so it moved up a dimension from the first dimension, which really was of the Gentiles and those who had forsaken God, moving up to the Jews, coming, in a way, to show us the bond child of Sarah, earthly Jerusalem; the heavenly child moving up another dimension; whereas the Jews, the natural to the first dimension, show the heavenly child; but when they move up to the second dimension, the Jews show the bond child; and the church, the true child, is also there, which is the spiritual Jew. How many of you understand what I’m saying? We, the woman, standing on the moon (the child, the church, the natural part), then, the child is born.

You ask, “Why do you say that it is the revelation of Jesus Christ?” It’s because that is what John called it. How do you know that it is another heaven, and that she was in heaven? Can you prove it? The Bible states that just as quick as the child was born, He was caught up unto God and to His throne (third heaven). Where is the throne? Look back there in the Old Testament. It is the holy of holies, because the throne was between the covering cherubs. So, it was in the second heaven.

What was the difference? The blood was spilled in the Old Testament, but when he got into the second dimension, then the blood was carried; but brethren, when he went into the third part, he would stop at the golden altar, get the hot coals, taking the blood. One time a year, he would go in there and mix those hot coals with that beautiful perfume that nobody else could mix, and it would vaporize.

That was the spiritual realm (the rapture). When he walked through there and touched that perfume with those hot coals, then shhh — that beautiful aroma, that beautiful, white misty cloud that led Israel by day came forth. The second court was the pillar of fire (the blood), but this was the third realm, and here was the cloud. What was it? It was Aaron, the high priest, standing in the midst of the cloud; Christ coming back in the heavens. As he walked out of that place, with the little bells jingling and the cloud about him and the smell of heaven on him, Christ (projected in His body as high priest) came back saying, “Peace on earth and good will toward man. Everything’s all right! The heavenly Father has received the atonement!”

In the priesthood, we see the beauty of it: the water witness of the outer courts, the fire or blood witness of the second courts, and the spirit or vapor witness of the angelic third, holy of holies. The child was caught up there. Now, he that is born of the Spirit is spirit. Aaron’s sons could come into the second court. See, the woman, the church, the preacher could come into the second, as long as they didn’t mess with any strange fire. The people in the world out there can come into the first and offer their sacrifices. They can give their offerings and come to church. They can have all kinds of helps out there for the needy and for those that are having problems. They help with crippled children and all kinds of things, but the church (woman) comes into the second realm. Then, when the child is born (he that is born of the Spirit is spirit), he is born of the Spirit of revelation. Paul said to pray that God will give unto you the Spirit of revelation, that it might vaporize you into that angelic realm, transformate your mind and change this body, as a quickening spirit, that you might be received up into heaven in that cloud as Jesus was, or caught away as was the high priest. So then, we see a high calling.

The third realm is represented by America, which shows the land of Canaan; but actually, in reality, America and the Dark Age are but one age of 2,000 years, while from Calvary back to the garden there is one age of 4,000 years. One is allotted to the Jew for 4,000 years, one to the Gentiles for 2,000 years; but now we are on the verge of coming into the millennium, which is the 1,000 years allotted to the saints of God, which brings us into that third heaven in its natural type, one showing the kingdom of God. And though we will enjoy it in the greatest kind of way, it is for the Jewish people, because beyond that, the whole three dimensions will be turned into one by a glorification of God, personified within us as a revelation; as a spiritual understanding; a world that you would call a myth, and yet not a myth, but a great spiritual celestial reality to us, where we will enjoy that realm of the real third heaven.

By Rev. George Leon Pike Sr.

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