Watching His Star (59-0411)

November 29, 2006 by  
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59-0411 Watching His Star
Los Angeles, CA
1 hr 2 min
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E-1 Let us remain standing just a moment for prayer. Shall we bow our heads.
Almighty God, Who brought again our Lord from the dead, raised Him up
on the third day according to the Scriptures, and has seated Him at
Your right hand in glory. There He is tonight, to make intercessions
upon our confession, sending back the great Holy Spirit to continue the
work that He began, that it might always be known, that this Holy
Spirit that carries on the work of the Lord Jesus, is to be a sign that
He will return someday.

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And now, Father, we are living to see this end time, when we are seeing
the approaching of the Lord. The sign posts are out. Every hour makes
us think that it's the grace of God that He hasn't already come. Maybe,
Lord, it's for us to preach harder, pray more, and try to get that last
soul into the Kingdom before that final midnight stroke on the clock of
time, when it will strike no more. When it strikes that time, it'll
blend into an endless eternity. Lord, may we think on these things now
as the service continues. For we ask it in Jesus' Name, Who gave the
promise. Amen.
You may be seated.

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I'm beginning to feel just a teeny bit tired. I just kinda hate to
admit that, but it's–it's truth. And having many services, and
tomorrow I have three services, one with the Armenian people down in
Downy. My subject is "What Hearest Thou," to you Armenians that's to be
there tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon at the Temple here, my subject is
the–this: "Be Sure Of God." And after that service tomorrow, we are
going to give out the prayer cards for a regular prayer line tomorrow
night, and the boys will be giving the cards out immediately after the
service tomorrow afternoon. For they're having, on Sunday evening, a
concert here at the Temple. Therefore, it would be hard to give out the
prayer cards then. So all that desires to have a card to be called into
the prayer line tomorrow night, you come till tomorrow afternoon's
service that you might get the card.

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And then, I think Monday is an off night, and then all next week, the
Lord willing, I want to begin to speak Tuesday night on a series of
subjects out of Genesis on faith. And we would in–be highly desirous
that you would come and hear, because I'm expecting the Lord to do
great things.
Then, if it be the will of God, I haven't did this for seven years now.
But if it be the will of God, next Sunday afternoon, I want to tell my
life's story here at the Temple. I haven't told it now or approached
it, it tears me up so. For seven years, I think, since I have told my
life story. If the Lord is willing, I feel strong enough to it, next
Sunday afternoon. That's Sunday a week now.

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We had a wonderful time down at Clifton's this morning in the
breakfast–the Christian Businessmen's breakfast. When I was setting,
eating, there was a–a little woman came up to me. I'm sure I can't say
this name just right; it's a Armenian name, Sheviskin, I think
something like that. And she came to me…
And a few nights ago, they had a–a call from Switzerland to where her
sister was laying seriously ill with sugar diabetes and pneumonia,
which just meant death in a few hours.
And this woman's husband is a very good friend of mine, and his family.
And they were very nice to me when we were in Switzerland some time
ago. And then they visit together with me here in America.
However, I failed to get the word that they had sent to me, because no
one bothers me for quite a time before I come to the service. But while
the service was going on, the Holy Spirit turned me to her in the
audience, and told her that she was praying for her loved one, and not
to fear, because they were going to be all right. And this morning,
early, the phone's connected across the ocean, over the Atlantic Cable
to this country, to tell her that the woman is absolutely perfectly
well and normal. The blessings of the Holy Spirit…

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Can't you see, God is–covers all space, and fills all time, and runs
into eternity. I've seen Him do that so many times for people across
the sea. How that God does those things so wondrously…
So today, it's been a great day for me. And now, I appreciate the
little sister singing that song just a few moments ago, "Watching His
Star." Because I though tonight, being rather a short night, I would
speak on that, "Watching His Star." And I want to refer to it as this
same Light (Or star is a light.) that we see appear here, that they
have the pictures of It, and so forth. For, It is the same One. The
same Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel, the same Angel of
the Covenant. And we are trusting that He will come in our midst again
tonight, and will guide us to the Christ.

E-7 And now for a text, I want you to turn to Saint Matthew's Gospel, the 2nd chapter.
And
now, we do not know what He will do. It's been three nights now, that
we haven't given out any prayer cards. And the Holy Spirit has been
going over the meetings, calling the people, and telling them just like
He did when He was here on earth in the form of the Lord Jesus,
fulfilling a promise that He made to be the last sign before His
appearing, and the ending of the Gentile dispensation. You remember
that. It's the last sign.
Next week, we'll try to get into it deeply, where you can see that all
the things has led right up to this hour. And the church is now in
condition that it should receive these things.
Now I want to read. You have turned, perhaps, to the Scriptures.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of
Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from
the east to Jerusalem,


Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.


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It must have been about dark. They had just got to the top of the hill.
And as they turned around the corner, they were facing Bethlehem, which
the mountain lays west of the city. And he stopped and wiped the
perspiration from his forehead, as he held the halter string from the
little donkey, and he looked down into the little city.
And the lights a burning, because there were many people crowding in
and out. You see, there was a–a decree had went out that all people
must come back to their birthplace to be taxed.
And any heartless brute man that would've caused a woman in her
condition to have to leave her home to make that long journey on the
back of a little donkey…
But long before time ever begin, this was all planned in the wisdom of
God. God always has everything just at the minute. And all things work
together for good of–to them that love Him. And we would think of it
that way.

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And when we think of just the time that that brutal, murderous king was
reigning… And at the time that the taxes had to force Joseph and Mary
up to Bethlehem… And as Joseph was looking down into the valley, no
doubt but he was rather discouraged when he thought of his wife in her
condition, and of every little motel was filled up. There was no room,
and the people were sleeping along the side of the walls.
It must have been discouraging to Him, as he thought of that heartless
king would've forced his lovely little wife to come to her birthplace.
Perhaps he didn't know that it was all moving in God's great cycle.
But when he turned to pick her off the little donkey, and found a
suitable little rock, as they'd a turned the top of the hill so she
could look off down to her birthplace. And walking gently with her over
and setting her down on a–a nice place so she could rest a little, he
noticed her pretty face that it seemed to shine with a–a radiance that
it had never shined like that before. And maybe he said something like
this, "Oh, my dear, I've always knowed that you was a most outstanding
beautiful woman. But I have never seen you so pretty as you are now."

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I wonder what the Church ought to look like, how pretty it ought to be
in order at the coming of the Lord? Its robes should be washed in the
Blood of the Lamb, and all the Divine orders of God set perfectly in
order in it, no friction, just waiting for that moment. God will have
it that way.
And we see him as he noticed her beautiful face. And he said, "Mary,
your face just shines." But it seems that she didn't notice him too
much; her lovely eyes where looking towards the skies. And he followed
her direction of sight. And he noticed hanging over the little city,
one of the most beautiful stars he ever seen in all of his life. And he
perhaps said something like this, "That star, I haven't noticed it till
just now. That's where that reflection is coming from upon your lovely
face."
Oh, if God tonight could just reflect His grace upon the Church and His
beauty, and He wants to do it, when the Church will get Itself ready
for the event.

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And she said something like this, perhaps, "Joseph, just as soon as the
sun begin to go down, when we were yet at the bottom of the mountain, I
noticed that star. And it seems to me that it's followed me all the way
up the mountain. I just couldn't keep my eyes off of it."
And as he caught her by the hand, and as they two, the young couple
standing there, just a few hours before the birth of the greatest One
that ever walked on earth, holding her hands, they faced the east
towards that great star that hung over Bethlehem.

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Let's journey on eastward for a little while, way into the extreme
east, across the valleys, over the mountains. To the extreme east,
there was some Magis which were known in the days of Daniel to be the
Medes-o-Persians. They worship one true God. They waited on Him by a
sacred fire. And they would go up to the top of the mountain, and they
studied all the heavenly bodies. For they had learned in Job and–of
the moving of the stars, and the names of the stars. And they watched
for that one true God to give them a sign by the stars.
And they studied those stars just like we study the Bible. It was
handed down scrolls from ancient fathers as they studied those heavenly
bodies. And they knowed where every one was. And if one moved the least
bit out of its place, they knew it.

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Night after night they held their ceremonies. And now, they believed
that there was one true God. We know them today, mostly as Mohammedans.
Then as they set watching, they would build a fire and watch–worship
God by singing sacred hymns, and watching the fire, and–and they would
discuss Scriptures and so forth. And then they would climb up into this
great tower, like an observatory. And they would watch the bodies of
the skies all night long. And they believed that the moving of them
meant different signs to them from the god of the fire.
And one night while they were setting, perhaps discussing the rising of
kingdoms, and the fall of empires, and the things that had taken place
in the earth, ancient histories, and so forth…
It must have been about the time that they picked up the Scroll of
Daniel, and was reading in Daniel. Because he must've conversed with
them. Daniel 2 said that he was their chief. And so, they must've
conversed with him. And they picked up a Scroll where Daniel had
prophesied that there'd come a time when there'd be a stone cut out of
the mountain without hands, and it would tear down the kingdoms of the
world. They must've been reading that. And then at… They'd had some
of the Hebrew scolls–or Scrolls, of back in Numbers, where that Balaam
said there would be a Star of Jacob rise.

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And it must have been the time that they were thinking on these things,
and were discussing this, that the stranger appeared in the skies. You
know what it would've meant to those people, how that if a strange
star, them knowing every one, and had named them, and their courses,
and all of a sudden, here's one that's brighter than them all… For we
know He is the Bright and Morning Star, the Lily of the valley, the
Rose of Sharon, the Fairest of ten thousands to our soul.
This new visitor in the heavens must have alarmed them.

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Someone might think that those Magis would not have been a privileged
people to have seen this. But if you'll read in the Book of Acts, Peter
said that he perceived that God was no respect of person, and that He
would–He would visit those, or accept those, receive those of any
nation that feared Him and worked righteousness. God is no respect of
person. And they… (Someone see what the brother wants.)
Then someone must have seen that heavenly visitor, and said, "Wonder
what this means." They couldn't understand why that these Magis…
People today don't understand. Did you know those Magis saw that Star,
and it passed over the observatories, and we don't have any history of
anybody else ever seeing it. Why? Because they wasn't looking for it. I
believe they saw the Star. The Bible said they saw it.

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That's the reason today that people don't see the things that they
should see, the mysteries of God being unfolded, because they're not
looking for it. God only reveals Himself to those who will let Him, and
expecting Him.
Oh, have you noticed in the last two or three nights of service, that
the Holy Spirit has brought us to that place each night? The
expectancy, somebody who's being led, and expecting something to
happen…
The thing of it is, we're not expecting enough. If the people here
tonight that's sick and afflicted come with expectations of going home
well, you'll go home well. If you here tonight, has never received the
baptism of the Holy Spirit… Oh, it may be mysterious to you. But as
long as God's Word teaches it, that's enough. God said so, and that
settles it.

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And for myself, I'm expecting something to happen. It is written, "When
the people that are called by My Name shall assemble themselves
together and pray, then I will hear from heaven." And I've been praying
today, and I know that others has been praying, and I'm expecting
something to happen.
There may be things happen will go right over the head of people. Many
who are not ordained to life will never be able to see it.
When Jesus came, there were tens of thousands, yes, millions looking
for Him to come, and He just revealed Hisself to a little handful. See,
it's those who are looking for something, those who have a–a pulsation
in their heart–beating, waiting, longing for something to happen. It's
those who believe it'll happen, and is waiting for the event, that's
who Jesus will come for, for those who love His appearing. If you love
anybody, and you're expecting them to appear, you're making every
preparation for it.
That's the way the Church should be tonight, making every preparation
for the coming of the Lord, watching every sign post. And when you see
God do something, rejoice, because it's pointing to His coming. And
we're down to the–about the last sign post now. He could appear before
morning.

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How those Magis, when this Star appeared, they begin to search the
Scrolls. And they found that it was a prophecy being fulfilled. Oh,
they must've had an exceeding great joy among them when they seen that
God had spoke that that Star would appear, and there it was.
I wonder if those Magis, that we try to say astronomers and so forth,
wonder if we could condemn them looking on a s–just one little set of
Scrolls, when we've had the Bible, and teachers, and God placing before
us His signs and wonders, and we walk away from it. Why, it ought to
set a revival that would burn out the dross of Los Angeles. It's enough
to do it. The signs that He said would be here. Oh, how I love to see
the Scripture unfolding, just like the clock on the wall beating away
the time.

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And when they were noticing that. And perhaps, one of them said, "Look.
I wonder if that doesn't compare with that Scroll that Daniel let us
have, called the book of Numbers, when the prophet Balaam said that
there'd be a Star rise out of Jacob. I wonder if that's the Star."
Another one said, "We have never seen anything like it." And they
must've had a real jubilee then. They left the fire and went up on the
tower to watch that beautiful heavenly gift moving in the sky.
You say, "A gift?" Yes, it was a gift to them to guide them to the
Saviour. They believed their gift that was sent to them. But God has
sent in this last days the Holy Spirit, the Gift of God to guide us to
Jesus, and still we don't believe It. I'm talking about the world.
And you out in radio-land tonight, I want you to think of that. How can
you stay home when there's a revival in the city where the Lord God is
manifesting Himself. A true hungry heart wants to get close to God, and
they'll go to every move that they know that comes from God. They'll
search and seek, and hunger and thirst. They long to see God. Come,
take the Bible, and like the Magis did, and read it, and see if the
Scriptures compares with what's being done. Then if it is, you've got a
right to rejoice with exceeding great joy.

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And as they went up night after night, watching this new visitor…
They had never seen anything like it. They know the Scriptures said it
would be there, but they had never in all their life ever seen such a
gift in the heavens as what this one was. They studied it from every
angle. And the only thing that they could say was, "The Scripture
declares it."
So one night, we'd say, while one was setting up watching, studying, it
begin to move. And it begin to go westward. And maybe while one was
taking his rest, he raised up and said, "Brethren, I just had a dream
about that Star. And that is a sign that the King, God has been born.
And He's a King of the Jews, and He's a King of heaven. He's a King of
all peoples. And we must go worship Him."
I'd imagine with such a confirmation as that, they got the richest
things they could get together. Someone must go and take these gifts.
Perhaps they cast lots, and it fell upon three of those. And they
loaded their camels with gold, myrrh, and frankincense. And they waited
until the Star come out again at night, and they noticed that it had
moved from its place, and was leading on westward. They got on their
camels, and up over the mountains…

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You know, sometimes the way He leads is pretty rugged. It don't make
any difference which a way He leads, just so we get there. That's the
main thing. As the poet has expressed it,

Some through the waters,


Some through the floods,


Some through deep trials,


But all through the Blood.


God leads His children.


And on the camels, they climbed the mountains rugged and steep, down
through the valleys. That's the way we go. Sometimes in the valley, and
sometimes on the mountain. But just keep following on. We'll arrive if
we'll just keep following the leading of God's Spirit.
And as they crossed the mountains, then they must've come down along
southward. And when they crossed the Tigris River at the ford, got out
into the plains, and the Star never failed them.
That's the beautiful part about a gift of God, it cannot fail, because It's God.

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And they watched it. Night after night it led them. Week after week,
month after month as they went through the valleys, and plains, and so
forth. Finally, It led right up to Jerusalem. And the strange thing
was, when It come to Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish religion,
the–the seat of Jewish religion, where all the great patriarchs, and
the–and the great prophets of old had preached the gospel, and
foretold these things. The Star led right straight to that place. But
when they got there, the Star went out. Why? Jerusalem wasn't looking
for it.
That's what's the matter today. When we come to this social gospel
teachings of so forth. Why can't they believe in the supernatural
signs? They're not looking for it. The Light's gone out, and they just
worship God through creeds. But "God is a Spirit," said Jesus. "and
they that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth," not
creeds, not through the fussing about denominations, but in Spirit of
love and in truth. What is truth? Jesus said, "I am the Truth."

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Then when It got to Jerusalem and faded out… Did you notice, a gift
will not stay or brighten itself, or make itself known where it's not
wanted. It'll fade out, get away. And then people'd say, "Why, It
should come to So-and-so, because it's the greatest, it's the biggest."
That doesn't have anything to do with it at all.
And then, perhaps the Magis thought, "If that be the center of the
Jewish religion… The main church was there; the body of the main
believers was there," as they thought to be, the high priest. And all
the great men that had the scrolls, and their great schools was there.
Surely, that's where the King was.
And as the Star left them, they aroused the attention of the city as
they went up and down the streets screaming, "Where is He that's born
King of the Jews?" Could you imagine that? Up through every broad way,
down through the little side streets… They had to take notice to
them; they were rich men. Maybe I would call them today Christian
Businessmen. And they were riding on these camels decked with fine
decorations. They knowed there was something about the men.
But the thing that alarmed them was this: the question they were
asking, "Where is He that's born King of the Jews? for we have seen His
Star in the East, and we're come to worship Him."

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That's the hungry heart of a many a millionaire tonight, wanting to
find that real Holy Spirit that fell on the day of Pentecost and the
real Gift of God. "We had read it in the Bible where Jesus Christ is
the same yesterday, today, and forever. Where is It? We have read that
He is a great Healer. Where is It? We have read that 'the Holy Spirit
is for you and for your children, and for them that's far off, even as
many as the Lord our God shall call.' Where is It in our churches?"
Where is that power that sets the Church afire, that makes them turn
off the television on Wednesday night to go to church? Where is that
power that makes our ladies dress like women? Where is that power that
sets a soul so on fire, that he's out on the field constantly
testifying to the glory of God?
Today, even in Pentecostal realms, they're becoming ashamed of the
testimony. "I'm not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ," said Paul,
"for it is the power of God unto salvation." It's not just a
declaration of creeds, it's the power of God unto salvation to everyone
that believes.
Why? The Scriptures said, "In the last days, they'd be heady,
high-minded, lovers of pleasure (want to be entertained)–lovers of
pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of Godliness, but
denying the Power thereof." "The days of miracles is passed," they say.
"There's no such a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost today like
they had It on the day of Pentecost."
That's just because they come to late to tell me about it. I've already
got It, and I know It's the truth. I know that that same Jesus that God
raised up from the dead is my Saviour, and He lives in my heart, and
ever heart of any believer that will accept Him. He will change your
life, and give you a know-so salvation, and a testimony of His
resurrection.

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But Jerusalem didn't have the answer. The Scripture says that Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Church don't have
the answer for that. They say, "He's partly what He was. He still wants
us to preach the Gospel, but signs and wonders do not appear yet."
Jesus said, "Go into all the world." How far? "All the world." And two
thirds of the earth has never heard the Gospel yet. How long is the
last? "All the world." Who to? "Every creature. Preach the Gospel. What
is the Gospel? Paul said, "The Gospel come not only through the Word,
but through power and demonstrations of the Holy Ghost." "And these
signs shall accompany those that believe."
Oh, that's what we need today. Brother, here tonight, if your church
don't believe in that, you get it in your heart tonight and take it
right back to the church. The world's a asking today, "Where is that
God? Where is that One that used to be? Where is that God of history?"
If the God of history isn't the same God today, what good does a God of
history do you, if He isn't the same today? What happened to the great
Jehovah, the all-powerful One, the El Shaddai, the I AM, not the I was,
the I AM? What happen to Him? There's nothing happened to Him; it's
happened to the people.

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They didn't have the answer, Jerusalem didn't. But they couldn't stop
these fellows. They wanted to find Him. Brother, if God's ever anchored
something in your heart, a thirst to find Him, there's nothing go to
stop you from finding Him.
Up-and-down the streets, rich men testifying like holy-rollers, "Where
is He? Tell me where He is, that's born King of the Jews, for we've
done seen His sign, and we've come to worship Him. We saw His Star in
the East and come to worship Him." They didn't have the answer. They
haven't got it today, same thing.
Now notice. When God sends a sign into the Church, the Church fails to
see it. Same as they did then. So what they made so much fuss about it,
until they had call out the Sanhedrin Court to find out what all this
was about. And when they got the court out and opened up the Scriptures
that perhaps they hadn't read, just their own creeds for years. But as
they read the Scriptures, they got Micah's prophecy, and said, "In
Bethlehem of Judaea…"

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Listen, brother, if the Church hasn't got the answer to these signs and
wonders, the Word of God's got the answer. If your pastor hasn't got
the answer, God's Word's got the answer.
If you're hungering for It, God will show it to you in the Word. God
keeps His Word. And as soon as they found out the place where that this
is to take place, they left the city and the council setting, thinking
what would they do. They'd have to get rid of this. This couldn't get
breezed around amongst the people. They'd have to stop this, because it
would break up their tradition. They'd have to put an end to it.
And as the wise men went out of the city gates, as soon as they got out
of that gloomy place, the Star appeared again. When you come out of the
world and its traditions, the glory of God will appear to you and will
lead you. When you come out of your self, and out of your sins, out of
your unbelief, leave it all behind, and raise your heart to God, God
will appear to you.

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And when they seen that Star again, the Bible said they rejoiced with
exceeding great joy. They must've shouted a little. Exceeding great
joy, for they know they were following the sign that was going to lead
them to the Saviour. And it did just that.
May I say tonight, that God has a sign today. It's a sign of His
Spirit, that where Jesus is, there's Life, for He is Life. Where Jesus
is, there's Gospel Light, for He is Light. Where Jesus is, there is
fire, for He is a consuming Fire that burns up all your unbelief and
your dross.
Night after night we see Him coming on the scene, saving first the lost
souls, giving to them the Holy Spirit that's seeking after It, calling
back the backsliders. That's the sign to follow. And then we see Him
also raise up the sick and the afflicted, making them well. He's been
doing that along now for some time.

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Then at the end time, He promised there would be Light, there would be
the fullness of the power would be coming. The prophet said, "There'll
be a day that will not be neither night or day. But in the evening time
it shall be light." The sun rises in the east and sets in the west,
geographically. And the Gospel first came to the Easterners.
We've had a day of neither dark nor light. Been a dismal day. We've
knowed enough about God to accepting His Son as our Saviour. But all
the great signs and wonders that fell on the Eastern people has not
fallen on the Western people until the last few years.
Now, the evening lights are shining. The power of the resurrected
Christ is pouring forth His blessings, filling the people with the
Spirit, signs and wonders appearing, the signs of Mark 16 following the
believer. You see, it's evening time. And the same light that rose in
the east is setting in the west: Jesus Christ the same yesterday,
today, and will be forever.

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And the Messiahic sign has appeared that He's with us, in us, and will
comfort us, and will help us, and will bless us, and will lead us to
that One Who was scarred in the hands, pierced in the side. I believe
this same Holy Spirit that's here now will take us up someday to the
right hand of God where we'll see Him setting. There we shall live with
Him forever, and be His children;, He will be our God. That's my
heart's desire–is to be with Him.
"We have seen His sign in the east, and we've come to worship Him,"
said the Magis. The Scripture promises, Jesus Himself did, said that,
"the works that I do shall you do also." These things was to appear in
the Gentile Church. One word against It was never to be forgiven. But
it would be the sign that it was back there, the same Son, the same
Light. And I believe that He's here now.

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If this audience who's setting here now that's suffering, Something is
telling me to stop. I don't know why. I don't know no more than just to
follow the leading of the Spirit. I had three or four more things in my
mind, comments that I was going to make, but Something said, "Now.
Stop." There must be somebody praying in this audience. There must be
somebody seriously in trouble. That I don't know.
But if you believe that the Lord Jesus, Who stood and could tell the
Apostle Peter who he was, and what his father's name was, and all the
sign's that He did like that… Which they crucified Him for those
signs, and killed Him–a witch, made Him a Beelzebub, a devil… That
same Spirit that was on Jesus Christ is in His Church.
We'll yield ourself now to His Spirit. God will do the same thing. Do you believe it?

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Let us bow our heads. Almighty God, somehow, someway, I don't
understand it, but Thou does know, Lord. There must be a terrific lot
of suffering, or someone maybe just a few hours from death. That I do
not know. But somehow that, I want to follow like those Magis, watching
every move, for someday I expect this Holy Spirit to take me into Your
Presence to live with You forever. May I be reverent and respect It,
and watch It, and obey It as long as I live.
And may this audience tonight, Lord, have their eyes of understanding
open. May they have the Spirit of God upon them, for we have seen His
Star in the east, His sign. They did not have the answer to
supernatural heavenly gifts and signs in Jerusalem. And Lord God,
ashamed to say it tonight, but the churches today don't have the
answer. Many of them, too many of them don't have the answer to
supernatural signs. They want to call it telepathy, or some evil
spirit, not knowing that they're sealing their eternal destination by
doing so.
And let it be knowing tonight, Lord, that Thou art God. The same Jesus
that came from the grave in a bodily form is here tonight in the form
of the Holy Ghost.
And may we be so able to humble our hearts and submit ourselves, our
spirits to You, that You would pull from this audience those who You're
calling tonight. And all praise will be Yours, Lord. And we'll go out
of here tonight feeling that the same Morning Star, a heavenly Gift is
leading us, deeper depths and higher heights to Jesus Christ. For we
ask it in His Name and for His glory. Amen.

E-33 If thou canst believe. [Someone speaks in tongues; another interprets--Ed.]
Amen. Radio audience, and to this visible audience, if I'm taught right
in the Word of God, I believe that there is gifts in the Church to
speak with tongues and to interpret. There's no Bible student that can
condemn that when it's done orderly after the message was over. It's
orderly. You seen what It said, "The Lord in the midst," and so forth.
Now, how true that is. May the Lord add His blessings.
These things, one time when I was still a young Baptist minister, I
didn't understand this. But after reading the Scriptures, I see that
it's the truth. The Lord be blessed.

E-34 Look this a way. Touch the garment of the High Priest now with your faith. If I be a servant of Christ, let Christ speak.
Now
is the time of the hour of decision. Now's the time where something has
to be right or wrong. What good would it do me to preach to you a
historical God that stood on the banks of Galilee and done those
things, if He isn't the same God today. I've claimed that He was.
I cannot heal people. Every one knows that. But what Spirit was it here
the other night that could see a suffering person all the way across
the seas, and could come here, and speak, and tell that woman perfectly
what was going to happen to her loved ones. And immediately, here come
the message back across the seas, God had did it.
Can't you wake up, friends, to a fact that it's a living God that's in
our midst? I'm afraid, as I said the other night, so many gifts has
been brought before the Church, till they set staring paralyzed. Oh, it
ought to shake the heart of people until they would rejoice and be so
glad.

E-35
Here. Look this a way just a moment. Right over in this direction here,
I see a little woman. I do not know her, but she's praying. She's
wearing a little flat hat. And she's suffering. And over her stands
that Light. She's suffering with her–something wrong with her eyes and
her ears. I'm afraid the woman is not catching who I'm speaking of.
Lord God, say something or do something that she won't miss it. Her
name is Mrs. Allen. All right, do you believe that you will be healed?
Then rise and be made well in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
Now, be thankful. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] That's the way to do it.
Just back over in this other section here, a little woman setting with
her hand up praying. And she is suffering with a… There's something
wrong with her head, and she's got asthma in her throat, and a heart
condition. Setting right here, looking right at me, her name is Mrs.
Henry. She come from San Diego. The Lord has blessed you. Go home and
be well. Your faith has made you whole.

E-36
If thou canst believe. I do not know these people. I've never seen them
in my life. What is It, friends? Now, don't go thinking something
mysterious. It's the promise of God, Jesus Christ.
As I go towards that wall, my shadow from a light–shadow becomes more
positive and positive until it fades into perfect me. And as the coming
of the Lord is coming to the earth, His Presence is drawing closer and
closer, until we'll finally blend into Him, this Spirit will take us
with Him.
"That day you'll know that I am in you, and you in Me, and I in the
Father, and the Father…" so forth. You just have faith and believe.
Here, a little lady setting there nodding her head, right here looking
at me, about second row there, you're suffering with a sinus trouble.
That is right. 'Course you don't have a prayer card, do you? There's no
prayer card. And you're just setting there, praying. And I see you with
headaches and rubbing your head like this. And you were praying, "Lord
Jesus, I believe it." If that's right, raise up your hand? How would I
know what she was praying for? You won't have it no more. Jesus Christ
makes you well. You touched the High Priest.

E-37
Setting right here in front of me, a few rows back, a little thin
looking woman holding her hand to her throat… I'm a stranger to her,
but she's shadowed to death. She has cancer. She's been operated on,
and her throat's closed up. She can't neither eat nor drink. That's
THUS SAITH THE LORD. I don't know you, but you were praying. God's
healed you, my sister. You accept your healing. You've touched the
garment of the High Priest.
Right straight back, the back of this place here, about middle ways of
this isle, there's a little–there's a woman, and she's suffering with
a high blood pressure. She–she's not from here, she a Finn. She's from
Finland. If you believe, sister, you receive your healing. "Jumalan
rauhaa," rise up to your feet and accept your healing and be made well.
God bless you. "Kiitos Jesus." Hallelujah! What was I saying? If thou
canst believe.

E-38 Tell that little lady laying there with arthritis, have faith in God, get up from that cot and go on home.
Away
up in the balcony there, there's a lady praying. There's something
wrong with her–her ear. It's behind her ear, a mastoid trouble. She's
ready for an operation. That you might know who it is, your name is
Mrs. Delaney. Rise up to your feet, Mrs. Delaney, and accept your
healing in the Name of Jesus Christ.
What did she touch? God's great Holy Spirit, the High Priest of our
confession. Do you believe that He's here? Then stand up to your feet
and receive Him, every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ. Stand up
and believe Him with all your heart. Raise up your hands now as we
pray.

E-39
O Lord God, Who sent the Morning Star, Who gave us Jesus Christ in the
resurrection, His power here with us now, I condemn unbelief, and break
the power of the devil through prayer, confessing that an Angel of God
came to me fourteen years ago and confirmed this manifestation. And we
stand in the Name of Jesus Christ. Satan, you are defeated. Jesus
Christ defeated you with His vicarious suffering and death at Calvary.
Come out of this place and away from these people, that they can be
made well through Jesus Christ's Name.
Rise up. Praise Him. Raise your hands to Him. It's over. Jesus died.
Jesus arose. Jesus is here, the same yesterday, today, and forever. I
give you over to Jesus Christ and this Spirit is here. There's no need
for you to be sick any longer, or sinful any longer. God bless you.


 

Watching His Star (59-0411)

November 29, 2006 by  
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59-0411 Watching His Star
Los Angeles, CA
1 hr 2 min
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E-1 Let us remain standing just a moment for prayer. Shall we bow our heads.
Almighty God, Who brought again our Lord from the dead, raised Him up
on the third day according to the Scriptures, and has seated Him at
Your right hand in glory. There He is tonight, to make intercessions
upon our confession, sending back the great Holy Spirit to continue the
work that He began, that it might always be known, that this Holy
Spirit that carries on the work of the Lord Jesus, is to be a sign that
He will return someday.

E-2
And now, Father, we are living to see this end time, when we are seeing
the approaching of the Lord. The sign posts are out. Every hour makes
us think that it's the grace of God that He hasn't already come. Maybe,
Lord, it's for us to preach harder, pray more, and try to get that last
soul into the Kingdom before that final midnight stroke on the clock of
time, when it will strike no more. When it strikes that time, it'll
blend into an endless eternity. Lord, may we think on these things now
as the service continues. For we ask it in Jesus' Name, Who gave the
promise. Amen.
You may be seated.

E-3
I'm beginning to feel just a teeny bit tired. I just kinda hate to
admit that, but it's–it's truth. And having many services, and
tomorrow I have three services, one with the Armenian people down in
Downy. My subject is "What Hearest Thou," to you Armenians that's to be
there tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon at the Temple here, my subject is
the–this: "Be Sure Of God." And after that service tomorrow, we are
going to give out the prayer cards for a regular prayer line tomorrow
night, and the boys will be giving the cards out immediately after the
service tomorrow afternoon. For they're having, on Sunday evening, a
concert here at the Temple. Therefore, it would be hard to give out the
prayer cards then. So all that desires to have a card to be called into
the prayer line tomorrow night, you come till tomorrow afternoon's
service that you might get the card.

E-4
And then, I think Monday is an off night, and then all next week, the
Lord willing, I want to begin to speak Tuesday night on a series of
subjects out of Genesis on faith. And we would in–be highly desirous
that you would come and hear, because I'm expecting the Lord to do
great things.
Then, if it be the will of God, I haven't did this for seven years now.
But if it be the will of God, next Sunday afternoon, I want to tell my
life's story here at the Temple. I haven't told it now or approached
it, it tears me up so. For seven years, I think, since I have told my
life story. If the Lord is willing, I feel strong enough to it, next
Sunday afternoon. That's Sunday a week now.

E-5
We had a wonderful time down at Clifton's this morning in the
breakfast–the Christian Businessmen's breakfast. When I was setting,
eating, there was a–a little woman came up to me. I'm sure I can't say
this name just right; it's a Armenian name, Sheviskin, I think
something like that. And she came to me…
And a few nights ago, they had a–a call from Switzerland to where her
sister was laying seriously ill with sugar diabetes and pneumonia,
which just meant death in a few hours.
And this woman's husband is a very good friend of mine, and his family.
And they were very nice to me when we were in Switzerland some time
ago. And then they visit together with me here in America.
However, I failed to get the word that they had sent to me, because no
one bothers me for quite a time before I come to the service. But while
the service was going on, the Holy Spirit turned me to her in the
audience, and told her that she was praying for her loved one, and not
to fear, because they were going to be all right. And this morning,
early, the phone's connected across the ocean, over the Atlantic Cable
to this country, to tell her that the woman is absolutely perfectly
well and normal. The blessings of the Holy Spirit…

E-6
Can't you see, God is–covers all space, and fills all time, and runs
into eternity. I've seen Him do that so many times for people across
the sea. How that God does those things so wondrously…
So today, it's been a great day for me. And now, I appreciate the
little sister singing that song just a few moments ago, "Watching His
Star." Because I though tonight, being rather a short night, I would
speak on that, "Watching His Star." And I want to refer to it as this
same Light (Or star is a light.) that we see appear here, that they
have the pictures of It, and so forth. For, It is the same One. The
same Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel, the same Angel of
the Covenant. And we are trusting that He will come in our midst again
tonight, and will guide us to the Christ.

E-7 And now for a text, I want you to turn to Saint Matthew's Gospel, the 2nd chapter.
And
now, we do not know what He will do. It's been three nights now, that
we haven't given out any prayer cards. And the Holy Spirit has been
going over the meetings, calling the people, and telling them just like
He did when He was here on earth in the form of the Lord Jesus,
fulfilling a promise that He made to be the last sign before His
appearing, and the ending of the Gentile dispensation. You remember
that. It's the last sign.
Next week, we'll try to get into it deeply, where you can see that all
the things has led right up to this hour. And the church is now in
condition that it should receive these things.
Now I want to read. You have turned, perhaps, to the Scriptures.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of
Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from
the east to Jerusalem,


Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.


E-8
It must have been about dark. They had just got to the top of the hill.
And as they turned around the corner, they were facing Bethlehem, which
the mountain lays west of the city. And he stopped and wiped the
perspiration from his forehead, as he held the halter string from the
little donkey, and he looked down into the little city.
And the lights a burning, because there were many people crowding in
and out. You see, there was a–a decree had went out that all people
must come back to their birthplace to be taxed.
And any heartless brute man that would've caused a woman in her
condition to have to leave her home to make that long journey on the
back of a little donkey…
But long before time ever begin, this was all planned in the wisdom of
God. God always has everything just at the minute. And all things work
together for good of–to them that love Him. And we would think of it
that way.

E-9
And when we think of just the time that that brutal, murderous king was
reigning… And at the time that the taxes had to force Joseph and Mary
up to Bethlehem… And as Joseph was looking down into the valley, no
doubt but he was rather discouraged when he thought of his wife in her
condition, and of every little motel was filled up. There was no room,
and the people were sleeping along the side of the walls.
It must have been discouraging to Him, as he thought of that heartless
king would've forced his lovely little wife to come to her birthplace.
Perhaps he didn't know that it was all moving in God's great cycle.
But when he turned to pick her off the little donkey, and found a
suitable little rock, as they'd a turned the top of the hill so she
could look off down to her birthplace. And walking gently with her over
and setting her down on a–a nice place so she could rest a little, he
noticed her pretty face that it seemed to shine with a–a radiance that
it had never shined like that before. And maybe he said something like
this, "Oh, my dear, I've always knowed that you was a most outstanding
beautiful woman. But I have never seen you so pretty as you are now."

E-10
I wonder what the Church ought to look like, how pretty it ought to be
in order at the coming of the Lord? Its robes should be washed in the
Blood of the Lamb, and all the Divine orders of God set perfectly in
order in it, no friction, just waiting for that moment. God will have
it that way.
And we see him as he noticed her beautiful face. And he said, "Mary,
your face just shines." But it seems that she didn't notice him too
much; her lovely eyes where looking towards the skies. And he followed
her direction of sight. And he noticed hanging over the little city,
one of the most beautiful stars he ever seen in all of his life. And he
perhaps said something like this, "That star, I haven't noticed it till
just now. That's where that reflection is coming from upon your lovely
face."
Oh, if God tonight could just reflect His grace upon the Church and His
beauty, and He wants to do it, when the Church will get Itself ready
for the event.

E-11
And she said something like this, perhaps, "Joseph, just as soon as the
sun begin to go down, when we were yet at the bottom of the mountain, I
noticed that star. And it seems to me that it's followed me all the way
up the mountain. I just couldn't keep my eyes off of it."
And as he caught her by the hand, and as they two, the young couple
standing there, just a few hours before the birth of the greatest One
that ever walked on earth, holding her hands, they faced the east
towards that great star that hung over Bethlehem.

E-12
Let's journey on eastward for a little while, way into the extreme
east, across the valleys, over the mountains. To the extreme east,
there was some Magis which were known in the days of Daniel to be the
Medes-o-Persians. They worship one true God. They waited on Him by a
sacred fire. And they would go up to the top of the mountain, and they
studied all the heavenly bodies. For they had learned in Job and–of
the moving of the stars, and the names of the stars. And they watched
for that one true God to give them a sign by the stars.
And they studied those stars just like we study the Bible. It was
handed down scrolls from ancient fathers as they studied those heavenly
bodies. And they knowed where every one was. And if one moved the least
bit out of its place, they knew it.

E-13
Night after night they held their ceremonies. And now, they believed
that there was one true God. We know them today, mostly as Mohammedans.
Then as they set watching, they would build a fire and watch–worship
God by singing sacred hymns, and watching the fire, and–and they would
discuss Scriptures and so forth. And then they would climb up into this
great tower, like an observatory. And they would watch the bodies of
the skies all night long. And they believed that the moving of them
meant different signs to them from the god of the fire.
And one night while they were setting, perhaps discussing the rising of
kingdoms, and the fall of empires, and the things that had taken place
in the earth, ancient histories, and so forth…
It must have been about the time that they picked up the Scroll of
Daniel, and was reading in Daniel. Because he must've conversed with
them. Daniel 2 said that he was their chief. And so, they must've
conversed with him. And they picked up a Scroll where Daniel had
prophesied that there'd come a time when there'd be a stone cut out of
the mountain without hands, and it would tear down the kingdoms of the
world. They must've been reading that. And then at… They'd had some
of the Hebrew scolls–or Scrolls, of back in Numbers, where that Balaam
said there would be a Star of Jacob rise.

E-14
And it must have been the time that they were thinking on these things,
and were discussing this, that the stranger appeared in the skies. You
know what it would've meant to those people, how that if a strange
star, them knowing every one, and had named them, and their courses,
and all of a sudden, here's one that's brighter than them all… For we
know He is the Bright and Morning Star, the Lily of the valley, the
Rose of Sharon, the Fairest of ten thousands to our soul.
This new visitor in the heavens must have alarmed them.

E-15
Someone might think that those Magis would not have been a privileged
people to have seen this. But if you'll read in the Book of Acts, Peter
said that he perceived that God was no respect of person, and that He
would–He would visit those, or accept those, receive those of any
nation that feared Him and worked righteousness. God is no respect of
person. And they… (Someone see what the brother wants.)
Then someone must have seen that heavenly visitor, and said, "Wonder
what this means." They couldn't understand why that these Magis…
People today don't understand. Did you know those Magis saw that Star,
and it passed over the observatories, and we don't have any history of
anybody else ever seeing it. Why? Because they wasn't looking for it. I
believe they saw the Star. The Bible said they saw it.

E-16
That's the reason today that people don't see the things that they
should see, the mysteries of God being unfolded, because they're not
looking for it. God only reveals Himself to those who will let Him, and
expecting Him.
Oh, have you noticed in the last two or three nights of service, that
the Holy Spirit has brought us to that place each night? The
expectancy, somebody who's being led, and expecting something to
happen…
The thing of it is, we're not expecting enough. If the people here
tonight that's sick and afflicted come with expectations of going home
well, you'll go home well. If you here tonight, has never received the
baptism of the Holy Spirit… Oh, it may be mysterious to you. But as
long as God's Word teaches it, that's enough. God said so, and that
settles it.

E-17
And for myself, I'm expecting something to happen. It is written, "When
the people that are called by My Name shall assemble themselves
together and pray, then I will hear from heaven." And I've been praying
today, and I know that others has been praying, and I'm expecting
something to happen.
There may be things happen will go right over the head of people. Many
who are not ordained to life will never be able to see it.
When Jesus came, there were tens of thousands, yes, millions looking
for Him to come, and He just revealed Hisself to a little handful. See,
it's those who are looking for something, those who have a–a pulsation
in their heart–beating, waiting, longing for something to happen. It's
those who believe it'll happen, and is waiting for the event, that's
who Jesus will come for, for those who love His appearing. If you love
anybody, and you're expecting them to appear, you're making every
preparation for it.
That's the way the Church should be tonight, making every preparation
for the coming of the Lord, watching every sign post. And when you see
God do something, rejoice, because it's pointing to His coming. And
we're down to the–about the last sign post now. He could appear before
morning.

E-18
How those Magis, when this Star appeared, they begin to search the
Scrolls. And they found that it was a prophecy being fulfilled. Oh,
they must've had an exceeding great joy among them when they seen that
God had spoke that that Star would appear, and there it was.
I wonder if those Magis, that we try to say astronomers and so forth,
wonder if we could condemn them looking on a s–just one little set of
Scrolls, when we've had the Bible, and teachers, and God placing before
us His signs and wonders, and we walk away from it. Why, it ought to
set a revival that would burn out the dross of Los Angeles. It's enough
to do it. The signs that He said would be here. Oh, how I love to see
the Scripture unfolding, just like the clock on the wall beating away
the time.

E-19
And when they were noticing that. And perhaps, one of them said, "Look.
I wonder if that doesn't compare with that Scroll that Daniel let us
have, called the book of Numbers, when the prophet Balaam said that
there'd be a Star rise out of Jacob. I wonder if that's the Star."
Another one said, "We have never seen anything like it." And they
must've had a real jubilee then. They left the fire and went up on the
tower to watch that beautiful heavenly gift moving in the sky.
You say, "A gift?" Yes, it was a gift to them to guide them to the
Saviour. They believed their gift that was sent to them. But God has
sent in this last days the Holy Spirit, the Gift of God to guide us to
Jesus, and still we don't believe It. I'm talking about the world.
And you out in radio-land tonight, I want you to think of that. How can
you stay home when there's a revival in the city where the Lord God is
manifesting Himself. A true hungry heart wants to get close to God, and
they'll go to every move that they know that comes from God. They'll
search and seek, and hunger and thirst. They long to see God. Come,
take the Bible, and like the Magis did, and read it, and see if the
Scriptures compares with what's being done. Then if it is, you've got a
right to rejoice with exceeding great joy.

E-20
And as they went up night after night, watching this new visitor…
They had never seen anything like it. They know the Scriptures said it
would be there, but they had never in all their life ever seen such a
gift in the heavens as what this one was. They studied it from every
angle. And the only thing that they could say was, "The Scripture
declares it."
So one night, we'd say, while one was setting up watching, studying, it
begin to move. And it begin to go westward. And maybe while one was
taking his rest, he raised up and said, "Brethren, I just had a dream
about that Star. And that is a sign that the King, God has been born.
And He's a King of the Jews, and He's a King of heaven. He's a King of
all peoples. And we must go worship Him."
I'd imagine with such a confirmation as that, they got the richest
things they could get together. Someone must go and take these gifts.
Perhaps they cast lots, and it fell upon three of those. And they
loaded their camels with gold, myrrh, and frankincense. And they waited
until the Star come out again at night, and they noticed that it had
moved from its place, and was leading on westward. They got on their
camels, and up over the mountains…

E-21
You know, sometimes the way He leads is pretty rugged. It don't make
any difference which a way He leads, just so we get there. That's the
main thing. As the poet has expressed it,

Some through the waters,


Some through the floods,


Some through deep trials,


But all through the Blood.


God leads His children.


And on the camels, they climbed the mountains rugged and steep, down
through the valleys. That's the way we go. Sometimes in the valley, and
sometimes on the mountain. But just keep following on. We'll arrive if
we'll just keep following the leading of God's Spirit.
And as they crossed the mountains, then they must've come down along
southward. And when they crossed the Tigris River at the ford, got out
into the plains, and the Star never failed them.
That's the beautiful part about a gift of God, it cannot fail, because It's God.

E-22
And they watched it. Night after night it led them. Week after week,
month after month as they went through the valleys, and plains, and so
forth. Finally, It led right up to Jerusalem. And the strange thing
was, when It come to Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish religion,
the–the seat of Jewish religion, where all the great patriarchs, and
the–and the great prophets of old had preached the gospel, and
foretold these things. The Star led right straight to that place. But
when they got there, the Star went out. Why? Jerusalem wasn't looking
for it.
That's what's the matter today. When we come to this social gospel
teachings of so forth. Why can't they believe in the supernatural
signs? They're not looking for it. The Light's gone out, and they just
worship God through creeds. But "God is a Spirit," said Jesus. "and
they that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth," not
creeds, not through the fussing about denominations, but in Spirit of
love and in truth. What is truth? Jesus said, "I am the Truth."

E-23
Then when It got to Jerusalem and faded out… Did you notice, a gift
will not stay or brighten itself, or make itself known where it's not
wanted. It'll fade out, get away. And then people'd say, "Why, It
should come to So-and-so, because it's the greatest, it's the biggest."
That doesn't have anything to do with it at all.
And then, perhaps the Magis thought, "If that be the center of the
Jewish religion… The main church was there; the body of the main
believers was there," as they thought to be, the high priest. And all
the great men that had the scrolls, and their great schools was there.
Surely, that's where the King was.
And as the Star left them, they aroused the attention of the city as
they went up and down the streets screaming, "Where is He that's born
King of the Jews?" Could you imagine that? Up through every broad way,
down through the little side streets… They had to take notice to
them; they were rich men. Maybe I would call them today Christian
Businessmen. And they were riding on these camels decked with fine
decorations. They knowed there was something about the men.
But the thing that alarmed them was this: the question they were
asking, "Where is He that's born King of the Jews? for we have seen His
Star in the East, and we're come to worship Him."

E-24
That's the hungry heart of a many a millionaire tonight, wanting to
find that real Holy Spirit that fell on the day of Pentecost and the
real Gift of God. "We had read it in the Bible where Jesus Christ is
the same yesterday, today, and forever. Where is It? We have read that
He is a great Healer. Where is It? We have read that 'the Holy Spirit
is for you and for your children, and for them that's far off, even as
many as the Lord our God shall call.' Where is It in our churches?"
Where is that power that sets the Church afire, that makes them turn
off the television on Wednesday night to go to church? Where is that
power that makes our ladies dress like women? Where is that power that
sets a soul so on fire, that he's out on the field constantly
testifying to the glory of God?
Today, even in Pentecostal realms, they're becoming ashamed of the
testimony. "I'm not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ," said Paul,
"for it is the power of God unto salvation." It's not just a
declaration of creeds, it's the power of God unto salvation to everyone
that believes.
Why? The Scriptures said, "In the last days, they'd be heady,
high-minded, lovers of pleasure (want to be entertained)–lovers of
pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of Godliness, but
denying the Power thereof." "The days of miracles is passed," they say.
"There's no such a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost today like
they had It on the day of Pentecost."
That's just because they come to late to tell me about it. I've already
got It, and I know It's the truth. I know that that same Jesus that God
raised up from the dead is my Saviour, and He lives in my heart, and
ever heart of any believer that will accept Him. He will change your
life, and give you a know-so salvation, and a testimony of His
resurrection.

E-25
But Jerusalem didn't have the answer. The Scripture says that Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Church don't have
the answer for that. They say, "He's partly what He was. He still wants
us to preach the Gospel, but signs and wonders do not appear yet."
Jesus said, "Go into all the world." How far? "All the world." And two
thirds of the earth has never heard the Gospel yet. How long is the
last? "All the world." Who to? "Every creature. Preach the Gospel. What
is the Gospel? Paul said, "The Gospel come not only through the Word,
but through power and demonstrations of the Holy Ghost." "And these
signs shall accompany those that believe."
Oh, that's what we need today. Brother, here tonight, if your church
don't believe in that, you get it in your heart tonight and take it
right back to the church. The world's a asking today, "Where is that
God? Where is that One that used to be? Where is that God of history?"
If the God of history isn't the same God today, what good does a God of
history do you, if He isn't the same today? What happened to the great
Jehovah, the all-powerful One, the El Shaddai, the I AM, not the I was,
the I AM? What happen to Him? There's nothing happened to Him; it's
happened to the people.

E-26
They didn't have the answer, Jerusalem didn't. But they couldn't stop
these fellows. They wanted to find Him. Brother, if God's ever anchored
something in your heart, a thirst to find Him, there's nothing go to
stop you from finding Him.
Up-and-down the streets, rich men testifying like holy-rollers, "Where
is He? Tell me where He is, that's born King of the Jews, for we've
done seen His sign, and we've come to worship Him. We saw His Star in
the East and come to worship Him." They didn't have the answer. They
haven't got it today, same thing.
Now notice. When God sends a sign into the Church, the Church fails to
see it. Same as they did then. So what they made so much fuss about it,
until they had call out the Sanhedrin Court to find out what all this
was about. And when they got the court out and opened up the Scriptures
that perhaps they hadn't read, just their own creeds for years. But as
they read the Scriptures, they got Micah's prophecy, and said, "In
Bethlehem of Judaea…"

E-27
Listen, brother, if the Church hasn't got the answer to these signs and
wonders, the Word of God's got the answer. If your pastor hasn't got
the answer, God's Word's got the answer.
If you're hungering for It, God will show it to you in the Word. God
keeps His Word. And as soon as they found out the place where that this
is to take place, they left the city and the council setting, thinking
what would they do. They'd have to get rid of this. This couldn't get
breezed around amongst the people. They'd have to stop this, because it
would break up their tradition. They'd have to put an end to it.
And as the wise men went out of the city gates, as soon as they got out
of that gloomy place, the Star appeared again. When you come out of the
world and its traditions, the glory of God will appear to you and will
lead you. When you come out of your self, and out of your sins, out of
your unbelief, leave it all behind, and raise your heart to God, God
will appear to you.

E-28
And when they seen that Star again, the Bible said they rejoiced with
exceeding great joy. They must've shouted a little. Exceeding great
joy, for they know they were following the sign that was going to lead
them to the Saviour. And it did just that.
May I say tonight, that God has a sign today. It's a sign of His
Spirit, that where Jesus is, there's Life, for He is Life. Where Jesus
is, there's Gospel Light, for He is Light. Where Jesus is, there is
fire, for He is a consuming Fire that burns up all your unbelief and
your dross.
Night after night we see Him coming on the scene, saving first the lost
souls, giving to them the Holy Spirit that's seeking after It, calling
back the backsliders. That's the sign to follow. And then we see Him
also raise up the sick and the afflicted, making them well. He's been
doing that along now for some time.

E-29
Then at the end time, He promised there would be Light, there would be
the fullness of the power would be coming. The prophet said, "There'll
be a day that will not be neither night or day. But in the evening time
it shall be light." The sun rises in the east and sets in the west,
geographically. And the Gospel first came to the Easterners.
We've had a day of neither dark nor light. Been a dismal day. We've
knowed enough about God to accepting His Son as our Saviour. But all
the great signs and wonders that fell on the Eastern people has not
fallen on the Western people until the last few years.
Now, the evening lights are shining. The power of the resurrected
Christ is pouring forth His blessings, filling the people with the
Spirit, signs and wonders appearing, the signs of Mark 16 following the
believer. You see, it's evening time. And the same light that rose in
the east is setting in the west: Jesus Christ the same yesterday,
today, and will be forever.

E-30
And the Messiahic sign has appeared that He's with us, in us, and will
comfort us, and will help us, and will bless us, and will lead us to
that One Who was scarred in the hands, pierced in the side. I believe
this same Holy Spirit that's here now will take us up someday to the
right hand of God where we'll see Him setting. There we shall live with
Him forever, and be His children;, He will be our God. That's my
heart's desire–is to be with Him.
"We have seen His sign in the east, and we've come to worship Him,"
said the Magis. The Scripture promises, Jesus Himself did, said that,
"the works that I do shall you do also." These things was to appear in
the Gentile Church. One word against It was never to be forgiven. But
it would be the sign that it was back there, the same Son, the same
Light. And I believe that He's here now.

E-31
If this audience who's setting here now that's suffering, Something is
telling me to stop. I don't know why. I don't know no more than just to
follow the leading of the Spirit. I had three or four more things in my
mind, comments that I was going to make, but Something said, "Now.
Stop." There must be somebody praying in this audience. There must be
somebody seriously in trouble. That I don't know.
But if you believe that the Lord Jesus, Who stood and could tell the
Apostle Peter who he was, and what his father's name was, and all the
sign's that He did like that… Which they crucified Him for those
signs, and killed Him–a witch, made Him a Beelzebub, a devil… That
same Spirit that was on Jesus Christ is in His Church.
We'll yield ourself now to His Spirit. God will do the same thing. Do you believe it?

E-32
Let us bow our heads. Almighty God, somehow, someway, I don't
understand it, but Thou does know, Lord. There must be a terrific lot
of suffering, or someone maybe just a few hours from death. That I do
not know. But somehow that, I want to follow like those Magis, watching
every move, for someday I expect this Holy Spirit to take me into Your
Presence to live with You forever. May I be reverent and respect It,
and watch It, and obey It as long as I live.
And may this audience tonight, Lord, have their eyes of understanding
open. May they have the Spirit of God upon them, for we have seen His
Star in the east, His sign. They did not have the answer to
supernatural heavenly gifts and signs in Jerusalem. And Lord God,
ashamed to say it tonight, but the churches today don't have the
answer. Many of them, too many of them don't have the answer to
supernatural signs. They want to call it telepathy, or some evil
spirit, not knowing that they're sealing their eternal destination by
doing so.
And let it be knowing tonight, Lord, that Thou art God. The same Jesus
that came from the grave in a bodily form is here tonight in the form
of the Holy Ghost.
And may we be so able to humble our hearts and submit ourselves, our
spirits to You, that You would pull from this audience those who You're
calling tonight. And all praise will be Yours, Lord. And we'll go out
of here tonight feeling that the same Morning Star, a heavenly Gift is
leading us, deeper depths and higher heights to Jesus Christ. For we
ask it in His Name and for His glory. Amen.

E-33 If thou canst believe. [Someone speaks in tongues; another interprets--Ed.]
Amen. Radio audience, and to this visible audience, if I'm taught right
in the Word of God, I believe that there is gifts in the Church to
speak with tongues and to interpret. There's no Bible student that can
condemn that when it's done orderly after the message was over. It's
orderly. You seen what It said, "The Lord in the midst," and so forth.
Now, how true that is. May the Lord add His blessings.
These things, one time when I was still a young Baptist minister, I
didn't understand this. But after reading the Scriptures, I see that
it's the truth. The Lord be blessed.

E-34 Look this a way. Touch the garment of the High Priest now with your faith. If I be a servant of Christ, let Christ speak.
Now
is the time of the hour of decision. Now's the time where something has
to be right or wrong. What good would it do me to preach to you a
historical God that stood on the banks of Galilee and done those
things, if He isn't the same God today. I've claimed that He was.
I cannot heal people. Every one knows that. But what Spirit was it here
the other night that could see a suffering person all the way across
the seas, and could come here, and speak, and tell that woman perfectly
what was going to happen to her loved ones. And immediately, here come
the message back across the seas, God had did it.
Can't you wake up, friends, to a fact that it's a living God that's in
our midst? I'm afraid, as I said the other night, so many gifts has
been brought before the Church, till they set staring paralyzed. Oh, it
ought to shake the heart of people until they would rejoice and be so
glad.

E-35
Here. Look this a way just a moment. Right over in this direction here,
I see a little woman. I do not know her, but she's praying. She's
wearing a little flat hat. And she's suffering. And over her stands
that Light. She's suffering with her–something wrong with her eyes and
her ears. I'm afraid the woman is not catching who I'm speaking of.
Lord God, say something or do something that she won't miss it. Her
name is Mrs. Allen. All right, do you believe that you will be healed?
Then rise and be made well in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
Now, be thankful. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] That's the way to do it.
Just back over in this other section here, a little woman setting with
her hand up praying. And she is suffering with a… There's something
wrong with her head, and she's got asthma in her throat, and a heart
condition. Setting right here, looking right at me, her name is Mrs.
Henry. She come from San Diego. The Lord has blessed you. Go home and
be well. Your faith has made you whole.

E-36
If thou canst believe. I do not know these people. I've never seen them
in my life. What is It, friends? Now, don't go thinking something
mysterious. It's the promise of God, Jesus Christ.
As I go towards that wall, my shadow from a light–shadow becomes more
positive and positive until it fades into perfect me. And as the coming
of the Lord is coming to the earth, His Presence is drawing closer and
closer, until we'll finally blend into Him, this Spirit will take us
with Him.
"That day you'll know that I am in you, and you in Me, and I in the
Father, and the Father…" so forth. You just have faith and believe.
Here, a little lady setting there nodding her head, right here looking
at me, about second row there, you're suffering with a sinus trouble.
That is right. 'Course you don't have a prayer card, do you? There's no
prayer card. And you're just setting there, praying. And I see you with
headaches and rubbing your head like this. And you were praying, "Lord
Jesus, I believe it." If that's right, raise up your hand? How would I
know what she was praying for? You won't have it no more. Jesus Christ
makes you well. You touched the High Priest.

E-37
Setting right here in front of me, a few rows back, a little thin
looking woman holding her hand to her throat… I'm a stranger to her,
but she's shadowed to death. She has cancer. She's been operated on,
and her throat's closed up. She can't neither eat nor drink. That's
THUS SAITH THE LORD. I don't know you, but you were praying. God's
healed you, my sister. You accept your healing. You've touched the
garment of the High Priest.
Right straight back, the back of this place here, about middle ways of
this isle, there's a little–there's a woman, and she's suffering with
a high blood pressure. She–she's not from here, she a Finn. She's from
Finland. If you believe, sister, you receive your healing. "Jumalan
rauhaa," rise up to your feet and accept your healing and be made well.
God bless you. "Kiitos Jesus." Hallelujah! What was I saying? If thou
canst believe.

E-38 Tell that little lady laying there with arthritis, have faith in God, get up from that cot and go on home.
Away
up in the balcony there, there's a lady praying. There's something
wrong with her–her ear. It's behind her ear, a mastoid trouble. She's
ready for an operation. That you might know who it is, your name is
Mrs. Delaney. Rise up to your feet, Mrs. Delaney, and accept your
healing in the Name of Jesus Christ.
What did she touch? God's great Holy Spirit, the High Priest of our
confession. Do you believe that He's here? Then stand up to your feet
and receive Him, every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ. Stand up
and believe Him with all your heart. Raise up your hands now as we
pray.

E-39
O Lord God, Who sent the Morning Star, Who gave us Jesus Christ in the
resurrection, His power here with us now, I condemn unbelief, and break
the power of the devil through prayer, confessing that an Angel of God
came to me fourteen years ago and confirmed this manifestation. And we
stand in the Name of Jesus Christ. Satan, you are defeated. Jesus
Christ defeated you with His vicarious suffering and death at Calvary.
Come out of this place and away from these people, that they can be
made well through Jesus Christ's Name.
Rise up. Praise Him. Raise your hands to Him. It's over. Jesus died.
Jesus arose. Jesus is here, the same yesterday, today, and forever. I
give you over to Jesus Christ and this Spirit is here. There's no need
for you to be sick any longer, or sinful any longer. God bless you.


 

Watching His Star (59-0411)

November 29, 2006 by  
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59-0411 Watching His Star
Los Angeles, CA
1 hr 2 min
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E-1 Let us remain standing just a moment for prayer. Shall we bow our heads.
Almighty God, Who brought again our Lord from the dead, raised Him up
on the third day according to the Scriptures, and has seated Him at
Your right hand in glory. There He is tonight, to make intercessions
upon our confession, sending back the great Holy Spirit to continue the
work that He began, that it might always be known, that this Holy
Spirit that carries on the work of the Lord Jesus, is to be a sign that
He will return someday.

E-2
And now, Father, we are living to see this end time, when we are seeing
the approaching of the Lord. The sign posts are out. Every hour makes
us think that it's the grace of God that He hasn't already come. Maybe,
Lord, it's for us to preach harder, pray more, and try to get that last
soul into the Kingdom before that final midnight stroke on the clock of
time, when it will strike no more. When it strikes that time, it'll
blend into an endless eternity. Lord, may we think on these things now
as the service continues. For we ask it in Jesus' Name, Who gave the
promise. Amen.
You may be seated.

E-3
I'm beginning to feel just a teeny bit tired. I just kinda hate to
admit that, but it's–it's truth. And having many services, and
tomorrow I have three services, one with the Armenian people down in
Downy. My subject is "What Hearest Thou," to you Armenians that's to be
there tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon at the Temple here, my subject is
the–this: "Be Sure Of God." And after that service tomorrow, we are
going to give out the prayer cards for a regular prayer line tomorrow
night, and the boys will be giving the cards out immediately after the
service tomorrow afternoon. For they're having, on Sunday evening, a
concert here at the Temple. Therefore, it would be hard to give out the
prayer cards then. So all that desires to have a card to be called into
the prayer line tomorrow night, you come till tomorrow afternoon's
service that you might get the card.

E-4
And then, I think Monday is an off night, and then all next week, the
Lord willing, I want to begin to speak Tuesday night on a series of
subjects out of Genesis on faith. And we would in–be highly desirous
that you would come and hear, because I'm expecting the Lord to do
great things.
Then, if it be the will of God, I haven't did this for seven years now.
But if it be the will of God, next Sunday afternoon, I want to tell my
life's story here at the Temple. I haven't told it now or approached
it, it tears me up so. For seven years, I think, since I have told my
life story. If the Lord is willing, I feel strong enough to it, next
Sunday afternoon. That's Sunday a week now.

E-5
We had a wonderful time down at Clifton's this morning in the
breakfast–the Christian Businessmen's breakfast. When I was setting,
eating, there was a–a little woman came up to me. I'm sure I can't say
this name just right; it's a Armenian name, Sheviskin, I think
something like that. And she came to me…
And a few nights ago, they had a–a call from Switzerland to where her
sister was laying seriously ill with sugar diabetes and pneumonia,
which just meant death in a few hours.
And this woman's husband is a very good friend of mine, and his family.
And they were very nice to me when we were in Switzerland some time
ago. And then they visit together with me here in America.
However, I failed to get the word that they had sent to me, because no
one bothers me for quite a time before I come to the service. But while
the service was going on, the Holy Spirit turned me to her in the
audience, and told her that she was praying for her loved one, and not
to fear, because they were going to be all right. And this morning,
early, the phone's connected across the ocean, over the Atlantic Cable
to this country, to tell her that the woman is absolutely perfectly
well and normal. The blessings of the Holy Spirit…

E-6
Can't you see, God is–covers all space, and fills all time, and runs
into eternity. I've seen Him do that so many times for people across
the sea. How that God does those things so wondrously…
So today, it's been a great day for me. And now, I appreciate the
little sister singing that song just a few moments ago, "Watching His
Star." Because I though tonight, being rather a short night, I would
speak on that, "Watching His Star." And I want to refer to it as this
same Light (Or star is a light.) that we see appear here, that they
have the pictures of It, and so forth. For, It is the same One. The
same Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel, the same Angel of
the Covenant. And we are trusting that He will come in our midst again
tonight, and will guide us to the Christ.

E-7 And now for a text, I want you to turn to Saint Matthew's Gospel, the 2nd chapter.
And
now, we do not know what He will do. It's been three nights now, that
we haven't given out any prayer cards. And the Holy Spirit has been
going over the meetings, calling the people, and telling them just like
He did when He was here on earth in the form of the Lord Jesus,
fulfilling a promise that He made to be the last sign before His
appearing, and the ending of the Gentile dispensation. You remember
that. It's the last sign.
Next week, we'll try to get into it deeply, where you can see that all
the things has led right up to this hour. And the church is now in
condition that it should receive these things.
Now I want to read. You have turned, perhaps, to the Scriptures.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of
Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from
the east to Jerusalem,


Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.


E-8
It must have been about dark. They had just got to the top of the hill.
And as they turned around the corner, they were facing Bethlehem, which
the mountain lays west of the city. And he stopped and wiped the
perspiration from his forehead, as he held the halter string from the
little donkey, and he looked down into the little city.
And the lights a burning, because there were many people crowding in
and out. You see, there was a–a decree had went out that all people
must come back to their birthplace to be taxed.
And any heartless brute man that would've caused a woman in her
condition to have to leave her home to make that long journey on the
back of a little donkey…
But long before time ever begin, this was all planned in the wisdom of
God. God always has everything just at the minute. And all things work
together for good of–to them that love Him. And we would think of it
that way.

E-9
And when we think of just the time that that brutal, murderous king was
reigning… And at the time that the taxes had to force Joseph and Mary
up to Bethlehem… And as Joseph was looking down into the valley, no
doubt but he was rather discouraged when he thought of his wife in her
condition, and of every little motel was filled up. There was no room,
and the people were sleeping along the side of the walls.
It must have been discouraging to Him, as he thought of that heartless
king would've forced his lovely little wife to come to her birthplace.
Perhaps he didn't know that it was all moving in God's great cycle.
But when he turned to pick her off the little donkey, and found a
suitable little rock, as they'd a turned the top of the hill so she
could look off down to her birthplace. And walking gently with her over
and setting her down on a–a nice place so she could rest a little, he
noticed her pretty face that it seemed to shine with a–a radiance that
it had never shined like that before. And maybe he said something like
this, "Oh, my dear, I've always knowed that you was a most outstanding
beautiful woman. But I have never seen you so pretty as you are now."

E-10
I wonder what the Church ought to look like, how pretty it ought to be
in order at the coming of the Lord? Its robes should be washed in the
Blood of the Lamb, and all the Divine orders of God set perfectly in
order in it, no friction, just waiting for that moment. God will have
it that way.
And we see him as he noticed her beautiful face. And he said, "Mary,
your face just shines." But it seems that she didn't notice him too
much; her lovely eyes where looking towards the skies. And he followed
her direction of sight. And he noticed hanging over the little city,
one of the most beautiful stars he ever seen in all of his life. And he
perhaps said something like this, "That star, I haven't noticed it till
just now. That's where that reflection is coming from upon your lovely
face."
Oh, if God tonight could just reflect His grace upon the Church and His
beauty, and He wants to do it, when the Church will get Itself ready
for the event.

E-11
And she said something like this, perhaps, "Joseph, just as soon as the
sun begin to go down, when we were yet at the bottom of the mountain, I
noticed that star. And it seems to me that it's followed me all the way
up the mountain. I just couldn't keep my eyes off of it."
And as he caught her by the hand, and as they two, the young couple
standing there, just a few hours before the birth of the greatest One
that ever walked on earth, holding her hands, they faced the east
towards that great star that hung over Bethlehem.

E-12
Let's journey on eastward for a little while, way into the extreme
east, across the valleys, over the mountains. To the extreme east,
there was some Magis which were known in the days of Daniel to be the
Medes-o-Persians. They worship one true God. They waited on Him by a
sacred fire. And they would go up to the top of the mountain, and they
studied all the heavenly bodies. For they had learned in Job and–of
the moving of the stars, and the names of the stars. And they watched
for that one true God to give them a sign by the stars.
And they studied those stars just like we study the Bible. It was
handed down scrolls from ancient fathers as they studied those heavenly
bodies. And they knowed where every one was. And if one moved the least
bit out of its place, they knew it.

E-13
Night after night they held their ceremonies. And now, they believed
that there was one true God. We know them today, mostly as Mohammedans.
Then as they set watching, they would build a fire and watch–worship
God by singing sacred hymns, and watching the fire, and–and they would
discuss Scriptures and so forth. And then they would climb up into this
great tower, like an observatory. And they would watch the bodies of
the skies all night long. And they believed that the moving of them
meant different signs to them from the god of the fire.
And one night while they were setting, perhaps discussing the rising of
kingdoms, and the fall of empires, and the things that had taken place
in the earth, ancient histories, and so forth…
It must have been about the time that they picked up the Scroll of
Daniel, and was reading in Daniel. Because he must've conversed with
them. Daniel 2 said that he was their chief. And so, they must've
conversed with him. And they picked up a Scroll where Daniel had
prophesied that there'd come a time when there'd be a stone cut out of
the mountain without hands, and it would tear down the kingdoms of the
world. They must've been reading that. And then at… They'd had some
of the Hebrew scolls–or Scrolls, of back in Numbers, where that Balaam
said there would be a Star of Jacob rise.

E-14
And it must have been the time that they were thinking on these things,
and were discussing this, that the stranger appeared in the skies. You
know what it would've meant to those people, how that if a strange
star, them knowing every one, and had named them, and their courses,
and all of a sudden, here's one that's brighter than them all… For we
know He is the Bright and Morning Star, the Lily of the valley, the
Rose of Sharon, the Fairest of ten thousands to our soul.
This new visitor in the heavens must have alarmed them.

E-15
Someone might think that those Magis would not have been a privileged
people to have seen this. But if you'll read in the Book of Acts, Peter
said that he perceived that God was no respect of person, and that He
would–He would visit those, or accept those, receive those of any
nation that feared Him and worked righteousness. God is no respect of
person. And they… (Someone see what the brother wants.)
Then someone must have seen that heavenly visitor, and said, "Wonder
what this means." They couldn't understand why that these Magis…
People today don't understand. Did you know those Magis saw that Star,
and it passed over the observatories, and we don't have any history of
anybody else ever seeing it. Why? Because they wasn't looking for it. I
believe they saw the Star. The Bible said they saw it.

E-16
That's the reason today that people don't see the things that they
should see, the mysteries of God being unfolded, because they're not
looking for it. God only reveals Himself to those who will let Him, and
expecting Him.
Oh, have you noticed in the last two or three nights of service, that
the Holy Spirit has brought us to that place each night? The
expectancy, somebody who's being led, and expecting something to
happen…
The thing of it is, we're not expecting enough. If the people here
tonight that's sick and afflicted come with expectations of going home
well, you'll go home well. If you here tonight, has never received the
baptism of the Holy Spirit… Oh, it may be mysterious to you. But as
long as God's Word teaches it, that's enough. God said so, and that
settles it.

E-17
And for myself, I'm expecting something to happen. It is written, "When
the people that are called by My Name shall assemble themselves
together and pray, then I will hear from heaven." And I've been praying
today, and I know that others has been praying, and I'm expecting
something to happen.
There may be things happen will go right over the head of people. Many
who are not ordained to life will never be able to see it.
When Jesus came, there were tens of thousands, yes, millions looking
for Him to come, and He just revealed Hisself to a little handful. See,
it's those who are looking for something, those who have a–a pulsation
in their heart–beating, waiting, longing for something to happen. It's
those who believe it'll happen, and is waiting for the event, that's
who Jesus will come for, for those who love His appearing. If you love
anybody, and you're expecting them to appear, you're making every
preparation for it.
That's the way the Church should be tonight, making every preparation
for the coming of the Lord, watching every sign post. And when you see
God do something, rejoice, because it's pointing to His coming. And
we're down to the–about the last sign post now. He could appear before
morning.

E-18
How those Magis, when this Star appeared, they begin to search the
Scrolls. And they found that it was a prophecy being fulfilled. Oh,
they must've had an exceeding great joy among them when they seen that
God had spoke that that Star would appear, and there it was.
I wonder if those Magis, that we try to say astronomers and so forth,
wonder if we could condemn them looking on a s–just one little set of
Scrolls, when we've had the Bible, and teachers, and God placing before
us His signs and wonders, and we walk away from it. Why, it ought to
set a revival that would burn out the dross of Los Angeles. It's enough
to do it. The signs that He said would be here. Oh, how I love to see
the Scripture unfolding, just like the clock on the wall beating away
the time.

E-19
And when they were noticing that. And perhaps, one of them said, "Look.
I wonder if that doesn't compare with that Scroll that Daniel let us
have, called the book of Numbers, when the prophet Balaam said that
there'd be a Star rise out of Jacob. I wonder if that's the Star."
Another one said, "We have never seen anything like it." And they
must've had a real jubilee then. They left the fire and went up on the
tower to watch that beautiful heavenly gift moving in the sky.
You say, "A gift?" Yes, it was a gift to them to guide them to the
Saviour. They believed their gift that was sent to them. But God has
sent in this last days the Holy Spirit, the Gift of God to guide us to
Jesus, and still we don't believe It. I'm talking about the world.
And you out in radio-land tonight, I want you to think of that. How can
you stay home when there's a revival in the city where the Lord God is
manifesting Himself. A true hungry heart wants to get close to God, and
they'll go to every move that they know that comes from God. They'll
search and seek, and hunger and thirst. They long to see God. Come,
take the Bible, and like the Magis did, and read it, and see if the
Scriptures compares with what's being done. Then if it is, you've got a
right to rejoice with exceeding great joy.

E-20
And as they went up night after night, watching this new visitor…
They had never seen anything like it. They know the Scriptures said it
would be there, but they had never in all their life ever seen such a
gift in the heavens as what this one was. They studied it from every
angle. And the only thing that they could say was, "The Scripture
declares it."
So one night, we'd say, while one was setting up watching, studying, it
begin to move. And it begin to go westward. And maybe while one was
taking his rest, he raised up and said, "Brethren, I just had a dream
about that Star. And that is a sign that the King, God has been born.
And He's a King of the Jews, and He's a King of heaven. He's a King of
all peoples. And we must go worship Him."
I'd imagine with such a confirmation as that, they got the richest
things they could get together. Someone must go and take these gifts.
Perhaps they cast lots, and it fell upon three of those. And they
loaded their camels with gold, myrrh, and frankincense. And they waited
until the Star come out again at night, and they noticed that it had
moved from its place, and was leading on westward. They got on their
camels, and up over the mountains…

E-21
You know, sometimes the way He leads is pretty rugged. It don't make
any difference which a way He leads, just so we get there. That's the
main thing. As the poet has expressed it,

Some through the waters,


Some through the floods,


Some through deep trials,


But all through the Blood.


God leads His children.


And on the camels, they climbed the mountains rugged and steep, down
through the valleys. That's the way we go. Sometimes in the valley, and
sometimes on the mountain. But just keep following on. We'll arrive if
we'll just keep following the leading of God's Spirit.
And as they crossed the mountains, then they must've come down along
southward. And when they crossed the Tigris River at the ford, got out
into the plains, and the Star never failed them.
That's the beautiful part about a gift of God, it cannot fail, because It's God.

E-22
And they watched it. Night after night it led them. Week after week,
month after month as they went through the valleys, and plains, and so
forth. Finally, It led right up to Jerusalem. And the strange thing
was, when It come to Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish religion,
the–the seat of Jewish religion, where all the great patriarchs, and
the–and the great prophets of old had preached the gospel, and
foretold these things. The Star led right straight to that place. But
when they got there, the Star went out. Why? Jerusalem wasn't looking
for it.
That's what's the matter today. When we come to this social gospel
teachings of so forth. Why can't they believe in the supernatural
signs? They're not looking for it. The Light's gone out, and they just
worship God through creeds. But "God is a Spirit," said Jesus. "and
they that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth," not
creeds, not through the fussing about denominations, but in Spirit of
love and in truth. What is truth? Jesus said, "I am the Truth."

E-23
Then when It got to Jerusalem and faded out… Did you notice, a gift
will not stay or brighten itself, or make itself known where it's not
wanted. It'll fade out, get away. And then people'd say, "Why, It
should come to So-and-so, because it's the greatest, it's the biggest."
That doesn't have anything to do with it at all.
And then, perhaps the Magis thought, "If that be the center of the
Jewish religion… The main church was there; the body of the main
believers was there," as they thought to be, the high priest. And all
the great men that had the scrolls, and their great schools was there.
Surely, that's where the King was.
And as the Star left them, they aroused the attention of the city as
they went up and down the streets screaming, "Where is He that's born
King of the Jews?" Could you imagine that? Up through every broad way,
down through the little side streets… They had to take notice to
them; they were rich men. Maybe I would call them today Christian
Businessmen. And they were riding on these camels decked with fine
decorations. They knowed there was something about the men.
But the thing that alarmed them was this: the question they were
asking, "Where is He that's born King of the Jews? for we have seen His
Star in the East, and we're come to worship Him."

E-24
That's the hungry heart of a many a millionaire tonight, wanting to
find that real Holy Spirit that fell on the day of Pentecost and the
real Gift of God. "We had read it in the Bible where Jesus Christ is
the same yesterday, today, and forever. Where is It? We have read that
He is a great Healer. Where is It? We have read that 'the Holy Spirit
is for you and for your children, and for them that's far off, even as
many as the Lord our God shall call.' Where is It in our churches?"
Where is that power that sets the Church afire, that makes them turn
off the television on Wednesday night to go to church? Where is that
power that makes our ladies dress like women? Where is that power that
sets a soul so on fire, that he's out on the field constantly
testifying to the glory of God?
Today, even in Pentecostal realms, they're becoming ashamed of the
testimony. "I'm not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ," said Paul,
"for it is the power of God unto salvation." It's not just a
declaration of creeds, it's the power of God unto salvation to everyone
that believes.
Why? The Scriptures said, "In the last days, they'd be heady,
high-minded, lovers of pleasure (want to be entertained)–lovers of
pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of Godliness, but
denying the Power thereof." "The days of miracles is passed," they say.
"There's no such a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost today like
they had It on the day of Pentecost."
That's just because they come to late to tell me about it. I've already
got It, and I know It's the truth. I know that that same Jesus that God
raised up from the dead is my Saviour, and He lives in my heart, and
ever heart of any believer that will accept Him. He will change your
life, and give you a know-so salvation, and a testimony of His
resurrection.

E-25
But Jerusalem didn't have the answer. The Scripture says that Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Church don't have
the answer for that. They say, "He's partly what He was. He still wants
us to preach the Gospel, but signs and wonders do not appear yet."
Jesus said, "Go into all the world." How far? "All the world." And two
thirds of the earth has never heard the Gospel yet. How long is the
last? "All the world." Who to? "Every creature. Preach the Gospel. What
is the Gospel? Paul said, "The Gospel come not only through the Word,
but through power and demonstrations of the Holy Ghost." "And these
signs shall accompany those that believe."
Oh, that's what we need today. Brother, here tonight, if your church
don't believe in that, you get it in your heart tonight and take it
right back to the church. The world's a asking today, "Where is that
God? Where is that One that used to be? Where is that God of history?"
If the God of history isn't the same God today, what good does a God of
history do you, if He isn't the same today? What happened to the great
Jehovah, the all-powerful One, the El Shaddai, the I AM, not the I was,
the I AM? What happen to Him? There's nothing happened to Him; it's
happened to the people.

E-26
They didn't have the answer, Jerusalem didn't. But they couldn't stop
these fellows. They wanted to find Him. Brother, if God's ever anchored
something in your heart, a thirst to find Him, there's nothing go to
stop you from finding Him.
Up-and-down the streets, rich men testifying like holy-rollers, "Where
is He? Tell me where He is, that's born King of the Jews, for we've
done seen His sign, and we've come to worship Him. We saw His Star in
the East and come to worship Him." They didn't have the answer. They
haven't got it today, same thing.
Now notice. When God sends a sign into the Church, the Church fails to
see it. Same as they did then. So what they made so much fuss about it,
until they had call out the Sanhedrin Court to find out what all this
was about. And when they got the court out and opened up the Scriptures
that perhaps they hadn't read, just their own creeds for years. But as
they read the Scriptures, they got Micah's prophecy, and said, "In
Bethlehem of Judaea…"

E-27
Listen, brother, if the Church hasn't got the answer to these signs and
wonders, the Word of God's got the answer. If your pastor hasn't got
the answer, God's Word's got the answer.
If you're hungering for It, God will show it to you in the Word. God
keeps His Word. And as soon as they found out the place where that this
is to take place, they left the city and the council setting, thinking
what would they do. They'd have to get rid of this. This couldn't get
breezed around amongst the people. They'd have to stop this, because it
would break up their tradition. They'd have to put an end to it.
And as the wise men went out of the city gates, as soon as they got out
of that gloomy place, the Star appeared again. When you come out of the
world and its traditions, the glory of God will appear to you and will
lead you. When you come out of your self, and out of your sins, out of
your unbelief, leave it all behind, and raise your heart to God, God
will appear to you.

E-28
And when they seen that Star again, the Bible said they rejoiced with
exceeding great joy. They must've shouted a little. Exceeding great
joy, for they know they were following the sign that was going to lead
them to the Saviour. And it did just that.
May I say tonight, that God has a sign today. It's a sign of His
Spirit, that where Jesus is, there's Life, for He is Life. Where Jesus
is, there's Gospel Light, for He is Light. Where Jesus is, there is
fire, for He is a consuming Fire that burns up all your unbelief and
your dross.
Night after night we see Him coming on the scene, saving first the lost
souls, giving to them the Holy Spirit that's seeking after It, calling
back the backsliders. That's the sign to follow. And then we see Him
also raise up the sick and the afflicted, making them well. He's been
doing that along now for some time.

E-29
Then at the end time, He promised there would be Light, there would be
the fullness of the power would be coming. The prophet said, "There'll
be a day that will not be neither night or day. But in the evening time
it shall be light." The sun rises in the east and sets in the west,
geographically. And the Gospel first came to the Easterners.
We've had a day of neither dark nor light. Been a dismal day. We've
knowed enough about God to accepting His Son as our Saviour. But all
the great signs and wonders that fell on the Eastern people has not
fallen on the Western people until the last few years.
Now, the evening lights are shining. The power of the resurrected
Christ is pouring forth His blessings, filling the people with the
Spirit, signs and wonders appearing, the signs of Mark 16 following the
believer. You see, it's evening time. And the same light that rose in
the east is setting in the west: Jesus Christ the same yesterday,
today, and will be forever.

E-30
And the Messiahic sign has appeared that He's with us, in us, and will
comfort us, and will help us, and will bless us, and will lead us to
that One Who was scarred in the hands, pierced in the side. I believe
this same Holy Spirit that's here now will take us up someday to the
right hand of God where we'll see Him setting. There we shall live with
Him forever, and be His children;, He will be our God. That's my
heart's desire–is to be with Him.
"We have seen His sign in the east, and we've come to worship Him,"
said the Magis. The Scripture promises, Jesus Himself did, said that,
"the works that I do shall you do also." These things was to appear in
the Gentile Church. One word against It was never to be forgiven. But
it would be the sign that it was back there, the same Son, the same
Light. And I believe that He's here now.

E-31
If this audience who's setting here now that's suffering, Something is
telling me to stop. I don't know why. I don't know no more than just to
follow the leading of the Spirit. I had three or four more things in my
mind, comments that I was going to make, but Something said, "Now.
Stop." There must be somebody praying in this audience. There must be
somebody seriously in trouble. That I don't know.
But if you believe that the Lord Jesus, Who stood and could tell the
Apostle Peter who he was, and what his father's name was, and all the
sign's that He did like that… Which they crucified Him for those
signs, and killed Him–a witch, made Him a Beelzebub, a devil… That
same Spirit that was on Jesus Christ is in His Church.
We'll yield ourself now to His Spirit. God will do the same thing. Do you believe it?

E-32
Let us bow our heads. Almighty God, somehow, someway, I don't
understand it, but Thou does know, Lord. There must be a terrific lot
of suffering, or someone maybe just a few hours from death. That I do
not know. But somehow that, I want to follow like those Magis, watching
every move, for someday I expect this Holy Spirit to take me into Your
Presence to live with You forever. May I be reverent and respect It,
and watch It, and obey It as long as I live.
And may this audience tonight, Lord, have their eyes of understanding
open. May they have the Spirit of God upon them, for we have seen His
Star in the east, His sign. They did not have the answer to
supernatural heavenly gifts and signs in Jerusalem. And Lord God,
ashamed to say it tonight, but the churches today don't have the
answer. Many of them, too many of them don't have the answer to
supernatural signs. They want to call it telepathy, or some evil
spirit, not knowing that they're sealing their eternal destination by
doing so.
And let it be knowing tonight, Lord, that Thou art God. The same Jesus
that came from the grave in a bodily form is here tonight in the form
of the Holy Ghost.
And may we be so able to humble our hearts and submit ourselves, our
spirits to You, that You would pull from this audience those who You're
calling tonight. And all praise will be Yours, Lord. And we'll go out
of here tonight feeling that the same Morning Star, a heavenly Gift is
leading us, deeper depths and higher heights to Jesus Christ. For we
ask it in His Name and for His glory. Amen.

E-33 If thou canst believe. [Someone speaks in tongues; another interprets--Ed.]
Amen. Radio audience, and to this visible audience, if I'm taught right
in the Word of God, I believe that there is gifts in the Church to
speak with tongues and to interpret. There's no Bible student that can
condemn that when it's done orderly after the message was over. It's
orderly. You seen what It said, "The Lord in the midst," and so forth.
Now, how true that is. May the Lord add His blessings.
These things, one time when I was still a young Baptist minister, I
didn't understand this. But after reading the Scriptures, I see that
it's the truth. The Lord be blessed.

E-34 Look this a way. Touch the garment of the High Priest now with your faith. If I be a servant of Christ, let Christ speak.
Now
is the time of the hour of decision. Now's the time where something has
to be right or wrong. What good would it do me to preach to you a
historical God that stood on the banks of Galilee and done those
things, if He isn't the same God today. I've claimed that He was.
I cannot heal people. Every one knows that. But what Spirit was it here
the other night that could see a suffering person all the way across
the seas, and could come here, and speak, and tell that woman perfectly
what was going to happen to her loved ones. And immediately, here come
the message back across the seas, God had did it.
Can't you wake up, friends, to a fact that it's a living God that's in
our midst? I'm afraid, as I said the other night, so many gifts has
been brought before the Church, till they set staring paralyzed. Oh, it
ought to shake the heart of people until they would rejoice and be so
glad.

E-35
Here. Look this a way just a moment. Right over in this direction here,
I see a little woman. I do not know her, but she's praying. She's
wearing a little flat hat. And she's suffering. And over her stands
that Light. She's suffering with her–something wrong with her eyes and
her ears. I'm afraid the woman is not catching who I'm speaking of.
Lord God, say something or do something that she won't miss it. Her
name is Mrs. Allen. All right, do you believe that you will be healed?
Then rise and be made well in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
Now, be thankful. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] That's the way to do it.
Just back over in this other section here, a little woman setting with
her hand up praying. And she is suffering with a… There's something
wrong with her head, and she's got asthma in her throat, and a heart
condition. Setting right here, looking right at me, her name is Mrs.
Henry. She come from San Diego. The Lord has blessed you. Go home and
be well. Your faith has made you whole.

E-36
If thou canst believe. I do not know these people. I've never seen them
in my life. What is It, friends? Now, don't go thinking something
mysterious. It's the promise of God, Jesus Christ.
As I go towards that wall, my shadow from a light–shadow becomes more
positive and positive until it fades into perfect me. And as the coming
of the Lord is coming to the earth, His Presence is drawing closer and
closer, until we'll finally blend into Him, this Spirit will take us
with Him.
"That day you'll know that I am in you, and you in Me, and I in the
Father, and the Father…" so forth. You just have faith and believe.
Here, a little lady setting there nodding her head, right here looking
at me, about second row there, you're suffering with a sinus trouble.
That is right. 'Course you don't have a prayer card, do you? There's no
prayer card. And you're just setting there, praying. And I see you with
headaches and rubbing your head like this. And you were praying, "Lord
Jesus, I believe it." If that's right, raise up your hand? How would I
know what she was praying for? You won't have it no more. Jesus Christ
makes you well. You touched the High Priest.

E-37
Setting right here in front of me, a few rows back, a little thin
looking woman holding her hand to her throat… I'm a stranger to her,
but she's shadowed to death. She has cancer. She's been operated on,
and her throat's closed up. She can't neither eat nor drink. That's
THUS SAITH THE LORD. I don't know you, but you were praying. God's
healed you, my sister. You accept your healing. You've touched the
garment of the High Priest.
Right straight back, the back of this place here, about middle ways of
this isle, there's a little–there's a woman, and she's suffering with
a high blood pressure. She–she's not from here, she a Finn. She's from
Finland. If you believe, sister, you receive your healing. "Jumalan
rauhaa," rise up to your feet and accept your healing and be made well.
God bless you. "Kiitos Jesus." Hallelujah! What was I saying? If thou
canst believe.

E-38 Tell that little lady laying there with arthritis, have faith in God, get up from that cot and go on home.
Away
up in the balcony there, there's a lady praying. There's something
wrong with her–her ear. It's behind her ear, a mastoid trouble. She's
ready for an operation. That you might know who it is, your name is
Mrs. Delaney. Rise up to your feet, Mrs. Delaney, and accept your
healing in the Name of Jesus Christ.
What did she touch? God's great Holy Spirit, the High Priest of our
confession. Do you believe that He's here? Then stand up to your feet
and receive Him, every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ. Stand up
and believe Him with all your heart. Raise up your hands now as we
pray.

E-39
O Lord God, Who sent the Morning Star, Who gave us Jesus Christ in the
resurrection, His power here with us now, I condemn unbelief, and break
the power of the devil through prayer, confessing that an Angel of God
came to me fourteen years ago and confirmed this manifestation. And we
stand in the Name of Jesus Christ. Satan, you are defeated. Jesus
Christ defeated you with His vicarious suffering and death at Calvary.
Come out of this place and away from these people, that they can be
made well through Jesus Christ's Name.
Rise up. Praise Him. Raise your hands to Him. It's over. Jesus died.
Jesus arose. Jesus is here, the same yesterday, today, and forever. I
give you over to Jesus Christ and this Spirit is here. There's no need
for you to be sick any longer, or sinful any longer. God bless you.


 

Watching His Star (59-0411)

November 29, 2006 by  
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59-0411 Watching His Star
Los Angeles, CA
1 hr 2 min
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E-1 Let us remain standing just a moment for prayer. Shall we bow our heads.
Almighty God, Who brought again our Lord from the dead, raised Him up
on the third day according to the Scriptures, and has seated Him at
Your right hand in glory. There He is tonight, to make intercessions
upon our confession, sending back the great Holy Spirit to continue the
work that He began, that it might always be known, that this Holy
Spirit that carries on the work of the Lord Jesus, is to be a sign that
He will return someday.

E-2
And now, Father, we are living to see this end time, when we are seeing
the approaching of the Lord. The sign posts are out. Every hour makes
us think that it's the grace of God that He hasn't already come. Maybe,
Lord, it's for us to preach harder, pray more, and try to get that last
soul into the Kingdom before that final midnight stroke on the clock of
time, when it will strike no more. When it strikes that time, it'll
blend into an endless eternity. Lord, may we think on these things now
as the service continues. For we ask it in Jesus' Name, Who gave the
promise. Amen.
You may be seated.

E-3
I'm beginning to feel just a teeny bit tired. I just kinda hate to
admit that, but it's–it's truth. And having many services, and
tomorrow I have three services, one with the Armenian people down in
Downy. My subject is "What Hearest Thou," to you Armenians that's to be
there tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon at the Temple here, my subject is
the–this: "Be Sure Of God." And after that service tomorrow, we are
going to give out the prayer cards for a regular prayer line tomorrow
night, and the boys will be giving the cards out immediately after the
service tomorrow afternoon. For they're having, on Sunday evening, a
concert here at the Temple. Therefore, it would be hard to give out the
prayer cards then. So all that desires to have a card to be called into
the prayer line tomorrow night, you come till tomorrow afternoon's
service that you might get the card.

E-4
And then, I think Monday is an off night, and then all next week, the
Lord willing, I want to begin to speak Tuesday night on a series of
subjects out of Genesis on faith. And we would in–be highly desirous
that you would come and hear, because I'm expecting the Lord to do
great things.
Then, if it be the will of God, I haven't did this for seven years now.
But if it be the will of God, next Sunday afternoon, I want to tell my
life's story here at the Temple. I haven't told it now or approached
it, it tears me up so. For seven years, I think, since I have told my
life story. If the Lord is willing, I feel strong enough to it, next
Sunday afternoon. That's Sunday a week now.

E-5
We had a wonderful time down at Clifton's this morning in the
breakfast–the Christian Businessmen's breakfast. When I was setting,
eating, there was a–a little woman came up to me. I'm sure I can't say
this name just right; it's a Armenian name, Sheviskin, I think
something like that. And she came to me…
And a few nights ago, they had a–a call from Switzerland to where her
sister was laying seriously ill with sugar diabetes and pneumonia,
which just meant death in a few hours.
And this woman's husband is a very good friend of mine, and his family.
And they were very nice to me when we were in Switzerland some time
ago. And then they visit together with me here in America.
However, I failed to get the word that they had sent to me, because no
one bothers me for quite a time before I come to the service. But while
the service was going on, the Holy Spirit turned me to her in the
audience, and told her that she was praying for her loved one, and not
to fear, because they were going to be all right. And this morning,
early, the phone's connected across the ocean, over the Atlantic Cable
to this country, to tell her that the woman is absolutely perfectly
well and normal. The blessings of the Holy Spirit…

E-6
Can't you see, God is–covers all space, and fills all time, and runs
into eternity. I've seen Him do that so many times for people across
the sea. How that God does those things so wondrously…
So today, it's been a great day for me. And now, I appreciate the
little sister singing that song just a few moments ago, "Watching His
Star." Because I though tonight, being rather a short night, I would
speak on that, "Watching His Star." And I want to refer to it as this
same Light (Or star is a light.) that we see appear here, that they
have the pictures of It, and so forth. For, It is the same One. The
same Pillar of Fire that led the children of Israel, the same Angel of
the Covenant. And we are trusting that He will come in our midst again
tonight, and will guide us to the Christ.

E-7 And now for a text, I want you to turn to Saint Matthew's Gospel, the 2nd chapter.
And
now, we do not know what He will do. It's been three nights now, that
we haven't given out any prayer cards. And the Holy Spirit has been
going over the meetings, calling the people, and telling them just like
He did when He was here on earth in the form of the Lord Jesus,
fulfilling a promise that He made to be the last sign before His
appearing, and the ending of the Gentile dispensation. You remember
that. It's the last sign.
Next week, we'll try to get into it deeply, where you can see that all
the things has led right up to this hour. And the church is now in
condition that it should receive these things.
Now I want to read. You have turned, perhaps, to the Scriptures.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of
Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from
the east to Jerusalem,


Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.


E-8
It must have been about dark. They had just got to the top of the hill.
And as they turned around the corner, they were facing Bethlehem, which
the mountain lays west of the city. And he stopped and wiped the
perspiration from his forehead, as he held the halter string from the
little donkey, and he looked down into the little city.
And the lights a burning, because there were many people crowding in
and out. You see, there was a–a decree had went out that all people
must come back to their birthplace to be taxed.
And any heartless brute man that would've caused a woman in her
condition to have to leave her home to make that long journey on the
back of a little donkey…
But long before time ever begin, this was all planned in the wisdom of
God. God always has everything just at the minute. And all things work
together for good of–to them that love Him. And we would think of it
that way.

E-9
And when we think of just the time that that brutal, murderous king was
reigning… And at the time that the taxes had to force Joseph and Mary
up to Bethlehem… And as Joseph was looking down into the valley, no
doubt but he was rather discouraged when he thought of his wife in her
condition, and of every little motel was filled up. There was no room,
and the people were sleeping along the side of the walls.
It must have been discouraging to Him, as he thought of that heartless
king would've forced his lovely little wife to come to her birthplace.
Perhaps he didn't know that it was all moving in God's great cycle.
But when he turned to pick her off the little donkey, and found a
suitable little rock, as they'd a turned the top of the hill so she
could look off down to her birthplace. And walking gently with her over
and setting her down on a–a nice place so she could rest a little, he
noticed her pretty face that it seemed to shine with a–a radiance that
it had never shined like that before. And maybe he said something like
this, "Oh, my dear, I've always knowed that you was a most outstanding
beautiful woman. But I have never seen you so pretty as you are now."

E-10
I wonder what the Church ought to look like, how pretty it ought to be
in order at the coming of the Lord? Its robes should be washed in the
Blood of the Lamb, and all the Divine orders of God set perfectly in
order in it, no friction, just waiting for that moment. God will have
it that way.
And we see him as he noticed her beautiful face. And he said, "Mary,
your face just shines." But it seems that she didn't notice him too
much; her lovely eyes where looking towards the skies. And he followed
her direction of sight. And he noticed hanging over the little city,
one of the most beautiful stars he ever seen in all of his life. And he
perhaps said something like this, "That star, I haven't noticed it till
just now. That's where that reflection is coming from upon your lovely
face."
Oh, if God tonight could just reflect His grace upon the Church and His
beauty, and He wants to do it, when the Church will get Itself ready
for the event.

E-11
And she said something like this, perhaps, "Joseph, just as soon as the
sun begin to go down, when we were yet at the bottom of the mountain, I
noticed that star. And it seems to me that it's followed me all the way
up the mountain. I just couldn't keep my eyes off of it."
And as he caught her by the hand, and as they two, the young couple
standing there, just a few hours before the birth of the greatest One
that ever walked on earth, holding her hands, they faced the east
towards that great star that hung over Bethlehem.

E-12
Let's journey on eastward for a little while, way into the extreme
east, across the valleys, over the mountains. To the extreme east,
there was some Magis which were known in the days of Daniel to be the
Medes-o-Persians. They worship one true God. They waited on Him by a
sacred fire. And they would go up to the top of the mountain, and they
studied all the heavenly bodies. For they had learned in Job and–of
the moving of the stars, and the names of the stars. And they watched
for that one true God to give them a sign by the stars.
And they studied those stars just like we study the Bible. It was
handed down scrolls from ancient fathers as they studied those heavenly
bodies. And they knowed where every one was. And if one moved the least
bit out of its place, they knew it.

E-13
Night after night they held their ceremonies. And now, they believed
that there was one true God. We know them today, mostly as Mohammedans.
Then as they set watching, they would build a fire and watch–worship
God by singing sacred hymns, and watching the fire, and–and they would
discuss Scriptures and so forth. And then they would climb up into this
great tower, like an observatory. And they would watch the bodies of
the skies all night long. And they believed that the moving of them
meant different signs to them from the god of the fire.
And one night while they were setting, perhaps discussing the rising of
kingdoms, and the fall of empires, and the things that had taken place
in the earth, ancient histories, and so forth…
It must have been about the time that they picked up the Scroll of
Daniel, and was reading in Daniel. Because he must've conversed with
them. Daniel 2 said that he was their chief. And so, they must've
conversed with him. And they picked up a Scroll where Daniel had
prophesied that there'd come a time when there'd be a stone cut out of
the mountain without hands, and it would tear down the kingdoms of the
world. They must've been reading that. And then at… They'd had some
of the Hebrew scolls–or Scrolls, of back in Numbers, where that Balaam
said there would be a Star of Jacob rise.

E-14
And it must have been the time that they were thinking on these things,
and were discussing this, that the stranger appeared in the skies. You
know what it would've meant to those people, how that if a strange
star, them knowing every one, and had named them, and their courses,
and all of a sudden, here's one that's brighter than them all… For we
know He is the Bright and Morning Star, the Lily of the valley, the
Rose of Sharon, the Fairest of ten thousands to our soul.
This new visitor in the heavens must have alarmed them.

E-15
Someone might think that those Magis would not have been a privileged
people to have seen this. But if you'll read in the Book of Acts, Peter
said that he perceived that God was no respect of person, and that He
would–He would visit those, or accept those, receive those of any
nation that feared Him and worked righteousness. God is no respect of
person. And they… (Someone see what the brother wants.)
Then someone must have seen that heavenly visitor, and said, "Wonder
what this means." They couldn't understand why that these Magis…
People today don't understand. Did you know those Magis saw that Star,
and it passed over the observatories, and we don't have any history of
anybody else ever seeing it. Why? Because they wasn't looking for it. I
believe they saw the Star. The Bible said they saw it.

E-16
That's the reason today that people don't see the things that they
should see, the mysteries of God being unfolded, because they're not
looking for it. God only reveals Himself to those who will let Him, and
expecting Him.
Oh, have you noticed in the last two or three nights of service, that
the Holy Spirit has brought us to that place each night? The
expectancy, somebody who's being led, and expecting something to
happen…
The thing of it is, we're not expecting enough. If the people here
tonight that's sick and afflicted come with expectations of going home
well, you'll go home well. If you here tonight, has never received the
baptism of the Holy Spirit… Oh, it may be mysterious to you. But as
long as God's Word teaches it, that's enough. God said so, and that
settles it.

E-17
And for myself, I'm expecting something to happen. It is written, "When
the people that are called by My Name shall assemble themselves
together and pray, then I will hear from heaven." And I've been praying
today, and I know that others has been praying, and I'm expecting
something to happen.
There may be things happen will go right over the head of people. Many
who are not ordained to life will never be able to see it.
When Jesus came, there were tens of thousands, yes, millions looking
for Him to come, and He just revealed Hisself to a little handful. See,
it's those who are looking for something, those who have a–a pulsation
in their heart–beating, waiting, longing for something to happen. It's
those who believe it'll happen, and is waiting for the event, that's
who Jesus will come for, for those who love His appearing. If you love
anybody, and you're expecting them to appear, you're making every
preparation for it.
That's the way the Church should be tonight, making every preparation
for the coming of the Lord, watching every sign post. And when you see
God do something, rejoice, because it's pointing to His coming. And
we're down to the–about the last sign post now. He could appear before
morning.

E-18
How those Magis, when this Star appeared, they begin to search the
Scrolls. And they found that it was a prophecy being fulfilled. Oh,
they must've had an exceeding great joy among them when they seen that
God had spoke that that Star would appear, and there it was.
I wonder if those Magis, that we try to say astronomers and so forth,
wonder if we could condemn them looking on a s–just one little set of
Scrolls, when we've had the Bible, and teachers, and God placing before
us His signs and wonders, and we walk away from it. Why, it ought to
set a revival that would burn out the dross of Los Angeles. It's enough
to do it. The signs that He said would be here. Oh, how I love to see
the Scripture unfolding, just like the clock on the wall beating away
the time.

E-19
And when they were noticing that. And perhaps, one of them said, "Look.
I wonder if that doesn't compare with that Scroll that Daniel let us
have, called the book of Numbers, when the prophet Balaam said that
there'd be a Star rise out of Jacob. I wonder if that's the Star."
Another one said, "We have never seen anything like it." And they
must've had a real jubilee then. They left the fire and went up on the
tower to watch that beautiful heavenly gift moving in the sky.
You say, "A gift?" Yes, it was a gift to them to guide them to the
Saviour. They believed their gift that was sent to them. But God has
sent in this last days the Holy Spirit, the Gift of God to guide us to
Jesus, and still we don't believe It. I'm talking about the world.
And you out in radio-land tonight, I want you to think of that. How can
you stay home when there's a revival in the city where the Lord God is
manifesting Himself. A true hungry heart wants to get close to God, and
they'll go to every move that they know that comes from God. They'll
search and seek, and hunger and thirst. They long to see God. Come,
take the Bible, and like the Magis did, and read it, and see if the
Scriptures compares with what's being done. Then if it is, you've got a
right to rejoice with exceeding great joy.

E-20
And as they went up night after night, watching this new visitor…
They had never seen anything like it. They know the Scriptures said it
would be there, but they had never in all their life ever seen such a
gift in the heavens as what this one was. They studied it from every
angle. And the only thing that they could say was, "The Scripture
declares it."
So one night, we'd say, while one was setting up watching, studying, it
begin to move. And it begin to go westward. And maybe while one was
taking his rest, he raised up and said, "Brethren, I just had a dream
about that Star. And that is a sign that the King, God has been born.
And He's a King of the Jews, and He's a King of heaven. He's a King of
all peoples. And we must go worship Him."
I'd imagine with such a confirmation as that, they got the richest
things they could get together. Someone must go and take these gifts.
Perhaps they cast lots, and it fell upon three of those. And they
loaded their camels with gold, myrrh, and frankincense. And they waited
until the Star come out again at night, and they noticed that it had
moved from its place, and was leading on westward. They got on their
camels, and up over the mountains…

E-21
You know, sometimes the way He leads is pretty rugged. It don't make
any difference which a way He leads, just so we get there. That's the
main thing. As the poet has expressed it,

Some through the waters,


Some through the floods,


Some through deep trials,


But all through the Blood.


God leads His children.


And on the camels, they climbed the mountains rugged and steep, down
through the valleys. That's the way we go. Sometimes in the valley, and
sometimes on the mountain. But just keep following on. We'll arrive if
we'll just keep following the leading of God's Spirit.
And as they crossed the mountains, then they must've come down along
southward. And when they crossed the Tigris River at the ford, got out
into the plains, and the Star never failed them.
That's the beautiful part about a gift of God, it cannot fail, because It's God.

E-22
And they watched it. Night after night it led them. Week after week,
month after month as they went through the valleys, and plains, and so
forth. Finally, It led right up to Jerusalem. And the strange thing
was, when It come to Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish religion,
the–the seat of Jewish religion, where all the great patriarchs, and
the–and the great prophets of old had preached the gospel, and
foretold these things. The Star led right straight to that place. But
when they got there, the Star went out. Why? Jerusalem wasn't looking
for it.
That's what's the matter today. When we come to this social gospel
teachings of so forth. Why can't they believe in the supernatural
signs? They're not looking for it. The Light's gone out, and they just
worship God through creeds. But "God is a Spirit," said Jesus. "and
they that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth," not
creeds, not through the fussing about denominations, but in Spirit of
love and in truth. What is truth? Jesus said, "I am the Truth."

E-23
Then when It got to Jerusalem and faded out… Did you notice, a gift
will not stay or brighten itself, or make itself known where it's not
wanted. It'll fade out, get away. And then people'd say, "Why, It
should come to So-and-so, because it's the greatest, it's the biggest."
That doesn't have anything to do with it at all.
And then, perhaps the Magis thought, "If that be the center of the
Jewish religion… The main church was there; the body of the main
believers was there," as they thought to be, the high priest. And all
the great men that had the scrolls, and their great schools was there.
Surely, that's where the King was.
And as the Star left them, they aroused the attention of the city as
they went up and down the streets screaming, "Where is He that's born
King of the Jews?" Could you imagine that? Up through every broad way,
down through the little side streets… They had to take notice to
them; they were rich men. Maybe I would call them today Christian
Businessmen. And they were riding on these camels decked with fine
decorations. They knowed there was something about the men.
But the thing that alarmed them was this: the question they were
asking, "Where is He that's born King of the Jews? for we have seen His
Star in the East, and we're come to worship Him."

E-24
That's the hungry heart of a many a millionaire tonight, wanting to
find that real Holy Spirit that fell on the day of Pentecost and the
real Gift of God. "We had read it in the Bible where Jesus Christ is
the same yesterday, today, and forever. Where is It? We have read that
He is a great Healer. Where is It? We have read that 'the Holy Spirit
is for you and for your children, and for them that's far off, even as
many as the Lord our God shall call.' Where is It in our churches?"
Where is that power that sets the Church afire, that makes them turn
off the television on Wednesday night to go to church? Where is that
power that makes our ladies dress like women? Where is that power that
sets a soul so on fire, that he's out on the field constantly
testifying to the glory of God?
Today, even in Pentecostal realms, they're becoming ashamed of the
testimony. "I'm not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ," said Paul,
"for it is the power of God unto salvation." It's not just a
declaration of creeds, it's the power of God unto salvation to everyone
that believes.
Why? The Scriptures said, "In the last days, they'd be heady,
high-minded, lovers of pleasure (want to be entertained)–lovers of
pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of Godliness, but
denying the Power thereof." "The days of miracles is passed," they say.
"There's no such a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost today like
they had It on the day of Pentecost."
That's just because they come to late to tell me about it. I've already
got It, and I know It's the truth. I know that that same Jesus that God
raised up from the dead is my Saviour, and He lives in my heart, and
ever heart of any believer that will accept Him. He will change your
life, and give you a know-so salvation, and a testimony of His
resurrection.

E-25
But Jerusalem didn't have the answer. The Scripture says that Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Church don't have
the answer for that. They say, "He's partly what He was. He still wants
us to preach the Gospel, but signs and wonders do not appear yet."
Jesus said, "Go into all the world." How far? "All the world." And two
thirds of the earth has never heard the Gospel yet. How long is the
last? "All the world." Who to? "Every creature. Preach the Gospel. What
is the Gospel? Paul said, "The Gospel come not only through the Word,
but through power and demonstrations of the Holy Ghost." "And these
signs shall accompany those that believe."
Oh, that's what we need today. Brother, here tonight, if your church
don't believe in that, you get it in your heart tonight and take it
right back to the church. The world's a asking today, "Where is that
God? Where is that One that used to be? Where is that God of history?"
If the God of history isn't the same God today, what good does a God of
history do you, if He isn't the same today? What happened to the great
Jehovah, the all-powerful One, the El Shaddai, the I AM, not the I was,
the I AM? What happen to Him? There's nothing happened to Him; it's
happened to the people.

E-26
They didn't have the answer, Jerusalem didn't. But they couldn't stop
these fellows. They wanted to find Him. Brother, if God's ever anchored
something in your heart, a thirst to find Him, there's nothing go to
stop you from finding Him.
Up-and-down the streets, rich men testifying like holy-rollers, "Where
is He? Tell me where He is, that's born King of the Jews, for we've
done seen His sign, and we've come to worship Him. We saw His Star in
the East and come to worship Him." They didn't have the answer. They
haven't got it today, same thing.
Now notice. When God sends a sign into the Church, the Church fails to
see it. Same as they did then. So what they made so much fuss about it,
until they had call out the Sanhedrin Court to find out what all this
was about. And when they got the court out and opened up the Scriptures
that perhaps they hadn't read, just their own creeds for years. But as
they read the Scriptures, they got Micah's prophecy, and said, "In
Bethlehem of Judaea…"

E-27
Listen, brother, if the Church hasn't got the answer to these signs and
wonders, the Word of God's got the answer. If your pastor hasn't got
the answer, God's Word's got the answer.
If you're hungering for It, God will show it to you in the Word. God
keeps His Word. And as soon as they found out the place where that this
is to take place, they left the city and the council setting, thinking
what would they do. They'd have to get rid of this. This couldn't get
breezed around amongst the people. They'd have to stop this, because it
would break up their tradition. They'd have to put an end to it.
And as the wise men went out of the city gates, as soon as they got out
of that gloomy place, the Star appeared again. When you come out of the
world and its traditions, the glory of God will appear to you and will
lead you. When you come out of your self, and out of your sins, out of
your unbelief, leave it all behind, and raise your heart to God, God
will appear to you.

E-28
And when they seen that Star again, the Bible said they rejoiced with
exceeding great joy. They must've shouted a little. Exceeding great
joy, for they know they were following the sign that was going to lead
them to the Saviour. And it did just that.
May I say tonight, that God has a sign today. It's a sign of His
Spirit, that where Jesus is, there's Life, for He is Life. Where Jesus
is, there's Gospel Light, for He is Light. Where Jesus is, there is
fire, for He is a consuming Fire that burns up all your unbelief and
your dross.
Night after night we see Him coming on the scene, saving first the lost
souls, giving to them the Holy Spirit that's seeking after It, calling
back the backsliders. That's the sign to follow. And then we see Him
also raise up the sick and the afflicted, making them well. He's been
doing that along now for some time.

E-29
Then at the end time, He promised there would be Light, there would be
the fullness of the power would be coming. The prophet said, "There'll
be a day that will not be neither night or day. But in the evening time
it shall be light." The sun rises in the east and sets in the west,
geographically. And the Gospel first came to the Easterners.
We've had a day of neither dark nor light. Been a dismal day. We've
knowed enough about God to accepting His Son as our Saviour. But all
the great signs and wonders that fell on the Eastern people has not
fallen on the Western people until the last few years.
Now, the evening lights are shining. The power of the resurrected
Christ is pouring forth His blessings, filling the people with the
Spirit, signs and wonders appearing, the signs of Mark 16 following the
believer. You see, it's evening time. And the same light that rose in
the east is setting in the west: Jesus Christ the same yesterday,
today, and will be forever.

E-30
And the Messiahic sign has appeared that He's with us, in us, and will
comfort us, and will help us, and will bless us, and will lead us to
that One Who was scarred in the hands, pierced in the side. I believe
this same Holy Spirit that's here now will take us up someday to the
right hand of God where we'll see Him setting. There we shall live with
Him forever, and be His children;, He will be our God. That's my
heart's desire–is to be with Him.
"We have seen His sign in the east, and we've come to worship Him,"
said the Magis. The Scripture promises, Jesus Himself did, said that,
"the works that I do shall you do also." These things was to appear in
the Gentile Church. One word against It was never to be forgiven. But
it would be the sign that it was back there, the same Son, the same
Light. And I believe that He's here now.

E-31
If this audience who's setting here now that's suffering, Something is
telling me to stop. I don't know why. I don't know no more than just to
follow the leading of the Spirit. I had three or four more things in my
mind, comments that I was going to make, but Something said, "Now.
Stop." There must be somebody praying in this audience. There must be
somebody seriously in trouble. That I don't know.
But if you believe that the Lord Jesus, Who stood and could tell the
Apostle Peter who he was, and what his father's name was, and all the
sign's that He did like that… Which they crucified Him for those
signs, and killed Him–a witch, made Him a Beelzebub, a devil… That
same Spirit that was on Jesus Christ is in His Church.
We'll yield ourself now to His Spirit. God will do the same thing. Do you believe it?

E-32
Let us bow our heads. Almighty God, somehow, someway, I don't
understand it, but Thou does know, Lord. There must be a terrific lot
of suffering, or someone maybe just a few hours from death. That I do
not know. But somehow that, I want to follow like those Magis, watching
every move, for someday I expect this Holy Spirit to take me into Your
Presence to live with You forever. May I be reverent and respect It,
and watch It, and obey It as long as I live.
And may this audience tonight, Lord, have their eyes of understanding
open. May they have the Spirit of God upon them, for we have seen His
Star in the east, His sign. They did not have the answer to
supernatural heavenly gifts and signs in Jerusalem. And Lord God,
ashamed to say it tonight, but the churches today don't have the
answer. Many of them, too many of them don't have the answer to
supernatural signs. They want to call it telepathy, or some evil
spirit, not knowing that they're sealing their eternal destination by
doing so.
And let it be knowing tonight, Lord, that Thou art God. The same Jesus
that came from the grave in a bodily form is here tonight in the form
of the Holy Ghost.
And may we be so able to humble our hearts and submit ourselves, our
spirits to You, that You would pull from this audience those who You're
calling tonight. And all praise will be Yours, Lord. And we'll go out
of here tonight feeling that the same Morning Star, a heavenly Gift is
leading us, deeper depths and higher heights to Jesus Christ. For we
ask it in His Name and for His glory. Amen.

E-33 If thou canst believe. [Someone speaks in tongues; another interprets--Ed.]
Amen. Radio audience, and to this visible audience, if I'm taught right
in the Word of God, I believe that there is gifts in the Church to
speak with tongues and to interpret. There's no Bible student that can
condemn that when it's done orderly after the message was over. It's
orderly. You seen what It said, "The Lord in the midst," and so forth.
Now, how true that is. May the Lord add His blessings.
These things, one time when I was still a young Baptist minister, I
didn't understand this. But after reading the Scriptures, I see that
it's the truth. The Lord be blessed.

E-34 Look this a way. Touch the garment of the High Priest now with your faith. If I be a servant of Christ, let Christ speak.
Now
is the time of the hour of decision. Now's the time where something has
to be right or wrong. What good would it do me to preach to you a
historical God that stood on the banks of Galilee and done those
things, if He isn't the same God today. I've claimed that He was.
I cannot heal people. Every one knows that. But what Spirit was it here
the other night that could see a suffering person all the way across
the seas, and could come here, and speak, and tell that woman perfectly
what was going to happen to her loved ones. And immediately, here come
the message back across the seas, God had did it.
Can't you wake up, friends, to a fact that it's a living God that's in
our midst? I'm afraid, as I said the other night, so many gifts has
been brought before the Church, till they set staring paralyzed. Oh, it
ought to shake the heart of people until they would rejoice and be so
glad.

E-35
Here. Look this a way just a moment. Right over in this direction here,
I see a little woman. I do not know her, but she's praying. She's
wearing a little flat hat. And she's suffering. And over her stands
that Light. She's suffering with her–something wrong with her eyes and
her ears. I'm afraid the woman is not catching who I'm speaking of.
Lord God, say something or do something that she won't miss it. Her
name is Mrs. Allen. All right, do you believe that you will be healed?
Then rise and be made well in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
Now, be thankful. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] That's the way to do it.
Just back over in this other section here, a little woman setting with
her hand up praying. And she is suffering with a… There's something
wrong with her head, and she's got asthma in her throat, and a heart
condition. Setting right here, looking right at me, her name is Mrs.
Henry. She come from San Diego. The Lord has blessed you. Go home and
be well. Your faith has made you whole.

E-36
If thou canst believe. I do not know these people. I've never seen them
in my life. What is It, friends? Now, don't go thinking something
mysterious. It's the promise of God, Jesus Christ.
As I go towards that wall, my shadow from a light–shadow becomes more
positive and positive until it fades into perfect me. And as the coming
of the Lord is coming to the earth, His Presence is drawing closer and
closer, until we'll finally blend into Him, this Spirit will take us
with Him.
"That day you'll know that I am in you, and you in Me, and I in the
Father, and the Father…" so forth. You just have faith and believe.
Here, a little lady setting there nodding her head, right here looking
at me, about second row there, you're suffering with a sinus trouble.
That is right. 'Course you don't have a prayer card, do you? There's no
prayer card. And you're just setting there, praying. And I see you with
headaches and rubbing your head like this. And you were praying, "Lord
Jesus, I believe it." If that's right, raise up your hand? How would I
know what she was praying for? You won't have it no more. Jesus Christ
makes you well. You touched the High Priest.

E-37
Setting right here in front of me, a few rows back, a little thin
looking woman holding her hand to her throat… I'm a stranger to her,
but she's shadowed to death. She has cancer. She's been operated on,
and her throat's closed up. She can't neither eat nor drink. That's
THUS SAITH THE LORD. I don't know you, but you were praying. God's
healed you, my sister. You accept your healing. You've touched the
garment of the High Priest.
Right straight back, the back of this place here, about middle ways of
this isle, there's a little–there's a woman, and she's suffering with
a high blood pressure. She–she's not from here, she a Finn. She's from
Finland. If you believe, sister, you receive your healing. "Jumalan
rauhaa," rise up to your feet and accept your healing and be made well.
God bless you. "Kiitos Jesus." Hallelujah! What was I saying? If thou
canst believe.

E-38 Tell that little lady laying there with arthritis, have faith in God, get up from that cot and go on home.
Away
up in the balcony there, there's a lady praying. There's something
wrong with her–her ear. It's behind her ear, a mastoid trouble. She's
ready for an operation. That you might know who it is, your name is
Mrs. Delaney. Rise up to your feet, Mrs. Delaney, and accept your
healing in the Name of Jesus Christ.
What did she touch? God's great Holy Spirit, the High Priest of our
confession. Do you believe that He's here? Then stand up to your feet
and receive Him, every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ. Stand up
and believe Him with all your heart. Raise up your hands now as we
pray.

E-39
O Lord God, Who sent the Morning Star, Who gave us Jesus Christ in the
resurrection, His power here with us now, I condemn unbelief, and break
the power of the devil through prayer, confessing that an Angel of God
came to me fourteen years ago and confirmed this manifestation. And we
stand in the Name of Jesus Christ. Satan, you are defeated. Jesus
Christ defeated you with His vicarious suffering and death at Calvary.
Come out of this place and away from these people, that they can be
made well through Jesus Christ's Name.
Rise up. Praise Him. Raise your hands to Him. It's over. Jesus died.
Jesus arose. Jesus is here, the same yesterday, today, and forever. I
give you over to Jesus Christ and this Spirit is here. There's no need
for you to be sick any longer, or sinful any longer. God bless you.


 

  • Winsor Pilates

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