I want to talk about the Doctrine of the Bible. I want you to know the disposition of time and what it means because this is surely the Bible Doctrine God gave to the House of God.
GENESIS 49:10—The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
It all begins with the Saviour, ALWAYS! Everything starts at His feet; even the creation of the world. He was there when it was created with the Father and the Gods of Heaven. They were all there. Notice the way the Writer wrote these Words. “The Scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come.” The Scepter is the Power of the Lord’s Church! We have that Scepter on the Lord’s Flag, which He gave to His Body, or Church!
“The Scepter shall not depart from Judah,” that’s the birthplace of the Saviour! The Power will not depart from Judah until Christ or Shiloh comes! Now Shiloh has come. The Power of the Lord is not just to protect, bless, or deliver Judah, Jerusalem or Israel but He has taken Power to build the House of God, the Body of Christ, the Church of the Living God. He has all power. The Scepter is His.
The Scepter and the Power was given to the Bride of Christ, The Church of God of Prophecy. Shiloh is the Saviour; meaning that all Power is His and this is His Work upon the earth. This is Him gathering His people. He shall gather them. Many; many years ago A. J. Tomlinson said, “We shall girdle the globe with Salvation.” That is a job that has yet come to pass but it will. It will not tarry; it will come. Before you see the King of Glory coming in the cloud you will see a Perfect Church! A Holy Ghost filled people all waiting for the King of Peace, of Glory, of Honor, and Majesty come for His Bride.
AMOS 7:7-8—Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand. And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more.
“And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou?” I would like to ask this same question to every individual, what do you see? Do you have a Vision of the Church? What do you see? Do you see everything as lost? Do you see everybody leaving? I don’t see that! I see that the Scepter and the Power of God is still in the hand of the Redeemer. He has given you the Holy Ghost to make sure The Church of God of the Bible will not perish. It will increase in number, in valor and in prosperity!
You cannot take more from God than God will let you have. You have a limitation. God does not! God does what He wants to do! He made this world and prepared it. His Son came and paid the price for your Salvation. I know He made it back to the Father because He said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” That Comforter has come! The Holy Ghost is here! He’s not going to come: He is here!
“Amos, what seest thou?” Your name is not Amos but what do you see? Do you see the Lord standing in the Church? The Wall is the Church. Do you see Him standing in The Church of God of the Bible? Not some church of god but “THE” Church of God of the Bible! There’s only one Wall here, there is only one Christ and there is only one Plumbline.
Thus He showed me this; when people get a Vision of the Church and walk in it the Devil will not deceive them. You have to walk in the Word and in the Truth of the Word! The Lord asked Amos, “What seest thou?” I’m sure that the Lord has asked this question of the many thousands that have come through the doors of the Church. Many has seen the plumbline and left it never to return! That Plumbline is the Doctrine! That’s right, I want this to soak in! He stood on the Church with a Plumbline. That Plumbline was not only laid before the feet of Israel but it is laid before the feet of every individual that has ever made a Covenant to come into The Church of God of the Bible!
“Amos, what seest thou?” I see a Plumbline. The Plumbline Jesus said, “I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more.” He laid it at the feet of Israel. He came and told them personally what Salvation was and how to achieve Eternal Life. He gives every man equal opportunity to walk the Line of Salvation. Israel failed. They crucify the King of Glory! They laid Him in a borrowed grave! They laid a great stone at the mouth of the grave and even secured it with a watchman.
No doubt they said to one another, “We got rid of that imposter!” How many times has The Church of God of Prophecy been called an imposter? Remember She is the only Wife of the Redeemer! In Power and in Glory the stone was rolled away and there were witness. Notice there’s always a witness to the Truth. Everybody has not rolled over and played dead. God still has witnesses: True witnesses that will never leave this Word!
No doubt the chief priest and elders said, “That deceiver said He would rise the third day so go and secure the grave.” Make sure; but they could not make sure. Nobody can make sure that The Church of God of Prophecy will not rise from this old world to meet the King of Glory in the air. They will rise at the sound of the trumpet: they will rise just as the Master rose from the grave. The Saints of God that are dead and gone will rise first from their graves. They will come and then along with the living will rise together to meet the Lord in the air and evermore be with the Lord.
Amos, “How do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?” The Church of God of Prophecy is still the Body of Christ, the Bride of the Lord! He will, has, and will forever take care of His Body. He loved Her. He has nourished Her and He has made Her to bloom. She has signs, She has to work and wait for Her Husband to return and He will return!
Your name isn’t Amos but how do you see it now? Is it in your eyes as comparison as nothing? Does it mean the Bride of Christ to you? Has your Vision been tampered with? When Jesus appointed, anointed, and ordained the Apostles they called their Body of Christ The Church of God. Her name was important. They didn’t go out and find some other bird. Her name was important.
ACTS 20:28—Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
“And to all the Flock, over the which the Holy Ghost,” the Church does not belong to the officers; it is in the hands of the Holy Ghost! When you leave Him, He leaves you! The Holy Ghost didn’t make everybody overseers; some did it by string pulling and back scratching. They were no more saved than a yard dog. The Holy Ghost has made you overseers; not for you to come in and filtrate the Doctrine with heresies, with doubts and failings and cast downers.
I believe the Holy Ghost still has this Gospel to preach to every Nation, kindred, tongue, and people, and He will carry it there! The Holy Ghost, you need to remember His name. You need to remember His identity. When He speaks, He does what He says. There is no evil in His mouth. I hear a lot of things that is not the Holy Ghost.
“Take heed therefore,” TAKE HEED. Do you know how to take heed? I think the Words mean something more than just Words. “Take heed therefore unto yourselves”. Remember the Flock, remember who made you overseers. When you cut Him out He cuts you out. If you don’t need Him, He doesn’t need you! The Holy Ghost made you overseers to feed The Church of God of Prophecy. I will remind you here the Doctrine of the church of God is not Church of God but THE CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY!
This is the ole Landmark, walk it. The Plumbline is still with you. We’re not Church of God we are The ONLY “The” Church of God of the Bible! The Church of God of Prophecy is going to reach Her goal, which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers. If you’re not Anointed by the Holy Ghost, listen, He didn’t make you anything! When you cannot preach this Word, THIS Doctrine you’re on your own.
To feed The Church of God of Prophecy which He, Christ purchased. He purchased this Church with His own blood! He didn’t send Michael or Gabriel. He came and purchased The Church of God: so say the Apostles! They made it clear that Jesus purchased the Church, no “S” on it, one Church! You did not buy this House of God and you cannot stop it from it’s fulfillment.
No matter how big or bright you think you are if He made you an Overseer, Pastor, Evangelist, Teacher, or Member you’d better go back and remember who made you, remember who purchased you! Remember, the same God, which came down from Heaven and purchased the Church will easily fulfill the plan given to Him from God. If you do not take heed He will move on to another and leave you standing without.
ISAIAH 64:6-7—But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
“But we are all as an unclean thing,” that’s right. There was a day when we were all as an unclean thing and we all do fade as a leaf and we all go down to the grave. We’re up and going today and tomorrow we die. And all of our Righteousness, this is the Dark Ages. There came a time that the Early Church had to fade and it did. There were 1,578 years of the dark ages when there was no Light. People tried to find God; they tried to find the Light but there was none.
And we all do fade meaning we all died during these 1578 years. We all do fade as a leaf in our iniquities like the wind has taken us away. Now do you want to know why there was a dark ages? Read the seventh verse. “And there is none,” do you understand what none is? During this time there was not Light! They didn’t know how to get Save, Sanctified, or be Baptized with the Holy Ghost! And there is none to stirreth up himself to take hold of the Lord. They didn’t know how! They did not know the Words. As far as Spirituality was concerned they had no Light, no Understanding, they had the Book but the Spirit did not Shine! They could read the scroll but there was no Spirit. It is like a candle standing there with no match or fire. If there were life to light the candle there would have been Light!
For 1,578 years: the Emperor wrote a constitution and took over The Church of God. This constitution was done with the intent to rule the Church. They thought they didn’t need the Holy Ghost! They thought they didn’t need the Lord! They thought they didn’t need the Saviour! They thought they didn’t need God! Man wanted to rule the Church and be controlled by the constitution. When this happened God withdrew, He hide His face from the Church. “For thou hast hid thy face from us.” God let the Church die! When man takes over the whole Body then the gates of Hell would again prevail! It will never prevail again!
No constitution; since the Emperor’s didn’t work no other one will. When the Emperor wrote his man made decree the Light died out! Thou hast consumed us, the Lord consumed us Isaiah said! Because of our iniquities the Lord consumed us, which means He ended it. He would not allow man to rule the Church! He sent the Holy Ghost for that! These people had no Spiritual Light. Many of them smoked and preached. They lived in whoredom, they lived in adultery, and they lived in fornication. No one could stir up himself to find the Light.
“Our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” They died without Eternal Life. From the year 325 until 1903, 1903 ended the Dark Ages, ended the Middle Ages or whatever you want to call them. From the year 325 darkness fell over the Congregation until 1903. That’s a long time for the world to have no Spiritual Light. Can you imagine living in a world with no Salvation or Light? All of our Righteousness are as filthy rags; they went on sinning. They tried to preach but all of their Righteousness was filthy rags!
They lived in a world of iniquity; that means sins. All of our righteousness and all of our iniquity like the wind came and took us away. 13 June 1903 was the day that The Church of God of the Bible rose and ended the Dark Ages! When Constantine’s monumental plan failed then the Catholic Whore was born. The Catholic, such as you know her today thus the Babylonia Whore that was what came up after. These people were called Monks. Somebody said they have a place in the Church, where? Where do they? I heard somebody say Tomlinson was not alone when he found the Church, him and “others.” What others? Where were they?
He was on that Mountain alone with the Lord. God meet him there. Not Tomlinson and company! No such others! Now that he had found The Church of God and I said, “FOUND” The Church of God according to the Scripture. He found it, he did, and when he found it, it was the day of preparation of the Lord. The preparation, which meant the preparing. June 13, 1903 began the day of the preparation of the Rising Church of God. Nahum noted it in his writings.
NAHUM 2:3—The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.
“The Shield of his mighty men is made red.” What do you stand behind? Do you stand behind the Doctrine of the Bible? The Doctrine or the ole Landmark is your Shield. These Mighty Men used this Doctrine for a Shield! That was their Shield! That’s what they Preached! That’s what the Church was with the Holy Ghost in it to make known. In 1906 the Lord brought around the first Assembly to search the Bible. That’s what the Assembly was for; to search the Bible and to walk in the Truth!
Now the Church is up, the Light is come and the Shield is its Teachings! Weak at the beginning for the Light was feeble, everything was not yet known. There were many people searching the Scriptures because they had received a glimmer of the Light and the Dark Ages was ending. Still God fed them as a mother would her babe on the Milk of the Word because She was small but She was awake and She would wakeup!
The Shield of the Mighty Men is made red which means the Doctrine. The Teachings was anti to everybody else! That’s right, the Rising of the Church came and people tried to stop it or destroy it. They tried everything to stamp out the Rising of the Brightness of His Light! The more they tried the more it spread! The faces of these men were red.
“The valiant men are in scarlet,” that means red. How did they get red? People tried to stop it! They fought it; even law officials fought it. People did everything to stop or to destroy the Revivals. They did not want it and they did not like it. Many people wouldn’t have it. They were anti to every other bird. There were other birds with many different denominations. But when the Church rose it was like the rising of the Master out of a three-day-old grave. They couldn’t believe it and it was anti to everybody.
Anti is scarlet or red! They thought, “All right, we’ll stop that mess.” Their faces were made scarlet. One day some of these people who had been there from the very beginning, who the General Overseer really believed was for the Church turned out to be against it! They took everything they could take and left; the ten Elders left the Church The Church of God!
Tomlinson was alone when he took a Flag and went back to the field and began to rebuild The Church of God. The Holy Ghost was and is still in Her! This is no stranger to the Church Doctrine. He rebuilt The Church of God quicker, faster and stronger. After awhile there was a big congregation. In one day they raised enough money to buy a field and The Church of God built a Tabernacle and rebuilt all over. The enemy thought they had destroyed it but if you could have had the look at his face you would have seen it was not a happy face. It was the day of the Preparation or the Preparing of The Church of God of the last days. You are still in the days of Preparing!
The Rapture is not made and we have seen much heartbreak. Many times the face of The Church of God people has seen problems. The face of His Mighty Men might even yet turn red from time to time but this is the day of the Preparation. Did you not know that during the Rising of the Church came also the automobile? “They shall seem like torches,” that’s the automobile in the day of His Preparation! And the fir trees this is other Nations that the Doctrine is going to, the Fir Tree, that’s a Nation!
NAHUM 2:4—The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.
“The chariots shall rage in the streets,” you have that right now: it is called road rage. “They shall justle one against another.” They will run into a great big old freight train and get kill, seeing it and run into it. “They shall seem like torches; they shall run like the lightnings,” and they do! Ole man Ford didn’t know it was the day of the Preparation of the coming Christ! The Church of God of Prophecy is still in that day of preparing. We still are preparing. He has not returned yet. The enemy is back full force determined in their heart to destroy the Body of Christ. If it had not been for the Holy Ghost, the Redeemer, the Father and the Gods of Heaven they would surely win. But they were just as much a failure as Constantine was.
In the years 1921-1923 the Elders wrote another man made constitution. They wanted to take over again but they failed! They had to leave the Church; all ten of them and have been known as the Elders ever since! But The Church of God of Prophecy of which Prophecy was added to separate because it held and still holds the Prophecy of the Bible setting itself. God set it aside for Himself! The Power and the Authority is still in the hands of the Redeemer.
Psalm 132:6-9—Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood. We will go into his tabernacles; we will worship at his footstool. Arise, O Lord, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
Psalm 132-6 was the birthplace of the rising latter day Saints. “We heard of it in Ephratah,” Ephratah is Bethlehem where the Scepter was. Jesus was a Jew where the Power, where the Scepter was. Now in the day of His Preparation the Light came on June 13, 1903, on top of the Mountain. A. J. Tomlinson was alone; he was thirty-eight years old when he found the Church. The Church rose the dawning of that morning June 13th. It wasn’t a big bright Light but it was enough for the preparing of the coming Christ, a Bribe and a Wife.
“We heard of it at Ephratah,” We found it, we the Body of Christ are the we, we found it, it was hid from the world but he found The Church of God! Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah, “WE FOUND IT.” No body could find it until the time came for His Preparation, preparing for His coming Wife! “We found it in the fields of the wood.”
Arise, O Lord, they cannot keep the Church down! The Lord is in it! It is His rest! “Thy, and the Ark of your strength,” the Church is in the hand of the Redeemer. He sent the Holy Ghost to make sure the enemy will never win. They are losers! Let thy Priests be clothed with Righteousness. This and the Church Doctrine, which they have tried so hard to destroy and throw away is what we need! Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy!
I want to teach this so you can follow it, whoever you may be, wherever you may be. “Let thy priests,” isn’t that who the Holy Ghost made Overseers? “Let your Priests be clothed with Righteousness.” Let them not tell everybody they can go out and get another wife! Don’t let your women jump up in conferences. We still have the ole Landmarks! We still preach the whole Bible but there are many that do not!
You need to recognize, no matter what office or what position they hold you need to know whom you’re supporting! Let your Priests be clothed with Righteousness. That’s what The Church of God of Prophecy needs now! The Church of God of the Bible! There are a lot of people that want to call themselves Church of God that are not THE Church of God! If you have any questions, if there is anything that you do not understand I encourage you to call or write. Psalm 132:6 brought the brightness of the Light according to Isaiah 60:1.
Isaiah 60:1-3—Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy light.
Arise and Shine, when Tomlinson found The Church of God the Light rose! It’s time now to come out of darkness! It’s time now for this Light to go across the face of the earth! God has girdled the world. He sent His Son because He loved the world. This Light will go to the ends of the earth! He sent the Holy Ghost to make sure of that. The Holy Ghost is going to preach this Light and not some man made constitution designed to destroy the Teachings and Doctrines! You need to be aware of your own Soul and what you’re doing.
Arise and Shine for thy Light has come! When he found the Church in Fields of the Wood the Light came and its gotten Bigger and Brighter! Its like the noonday sun, nobody can put out the sun! It was hung up there by the hand of our God and it will stay there until He moves it! Arise and Shine for thy Light has come. Not only did the Light come but also His Glory came! That’s what the other birds don’t like about The Bible Church of God of which you are! They don’t have the Glory! They don’t have the Brightness! All who follow them will die without the Light!
For darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people but thy Light shall be Bright! The Church light is going to get Brighter and Brighter until the end comes for the work of the Church! Arise and Shine and if you’re not Shining why not? And the Glory of the Lord is risen upon thee, The Body of Christ, the Whole Church! For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth. Darkness will cover this whole earth, this old world, Spiritual Darkness. But thy Light is not going to be darkened! Other people in other birds go back into darkness blinded because they cannot stand the Light! Gross darkness will cover the people but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His Glory shall be seen upon thee.
His Glory shall be seen upon the Church. It’s not going to be seen upon the enemy, it’s not going to be seen upon any other who call themselves the Church of God. It shall be seen but in THE Bible Church of God! When they couldn’t shake A. J. Tomlinson they had to leave and they’re still gone! “And the Gentiles,” now aren’t you glad that the door is open to the Gentile world? “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy light.” Even other Nations are going to enjoy the Brightness of the Light of The Church of God of Prophecy. They’re going to come because God made an airplane! That’s right! God made an airplane! This question was asked in the eighth verse.
ISAIAH 60:8-9—Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
Surely, surely the Isles shall wait for the voice of the Lord to speak in Sermon form! So the airplane had to go over there and talk to these Nations. “And the ships of Tarshish,” is going to come: that’s Airplanes. The ship in the water is too slow; they want to get over there in a hurry. That’s why the airplane is in the day of His Preparation. They shall “bring their sons from far.” They want to get over there and be in the Assembly. They want to see the healing line. They will come to the Brightness of His Rising, to the Brightness of His Light! Leave out darkness and stand in the Light! They’re coming and they will have their pockets full of silver and gold.
“Unto the name of the Lord thy God,” do you think the name of The Church of God of Prophecy is not important? A lot of other Churches want to be called the Church of God of the Bible. A lot of people want to be called Jesus but they don’t want to be nailed to the cross, they don’t want the thirty-nine stripes on their back and they don’t want that crown of thorns either! I can tell you a lot of things these other Jesuses don’t want. But the real one took them on and gave you Life and washed your sins away! Don’t let somebody else rob you of the Brightness of your Light! Don’t let some wild dog come by and sweep you off your feet and cause you to lose your own Soul! A lot of these airplane fellows went over there, way, way back seventy-five years ago in a small plane but they never had a crash. The Isles did wait for the Redeemer and His Glory and His Honor is still among those Nations.