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The Greatest Untold Story!

Part 14

God’s people have been shown two great, awesome truths: the unifying of the Church to do the great, marvelous Work and that Christ will grow up out of His Church. Listed 33 passages to study if doubt arises.

  • The wicked will be removed when Christ reigns from Jerusalem.

I now want to go to the book of Zechariah and start into it. Zechariah chapter 11—Grace and Bands…They were inextricably woven.

So is Bands part of Mount Everest, later, after Christ comes to Zion? Or is it part of Pike’s Peak, the first big prophecy, if you’re continuing with my analogy. The answer is, where do you find it?…It’s woven in to the time He is going to bring His Church back together……

Chapter 11 is exactly as we have always understood it. Zechariah 11 and verse 1…Open your doors, Lebanon and let the fire devour your cedars. So, there, again, is a verse—fire is going to devour, not trees, people, ministers. This whole chapter is about God unifying His Church. I could just say we don’t need to review, because I still feel exactly as I always have; but maybe it’s helpful in this overall context, and that’s why I thought we should spend a little bit of time.

There are all these trees, verse 2, that are eventually going to be brought down. Christ, in Matthew 7, explains it is ministers. The whole chapter is about God dealing with bad ministers, much like Malachi 3 is—and I Corinthians 3 is—and James 5 talks about bad ministers…and so on and so forth.

But let me just say—nothing has changed. Verse 4, “Feed the flock of the slaughter.” At some point, we are going to feed them. It’s that simple…

And then the two staves, Beauty and Bands, names them both, He takes them up together. It looks like He is going to deal with them together…

Cut off three shepherds in one month…My soul loathed them; they loathed Me [verse 8]…And, then I said to all the rest of them, I’m done with you [verse 9]. Well, of course, they are—they’re bound into bundles to be burned. That’s what it says. Matthew 13:30, they’re ultimately bound into bundles to be burned…in a furnace of fire. It says that three different times in Matthew 13 alone, and this whole thing opens with a fire…

You can no more have the wicked on Earth working openly against Christ when He reigns at Zion…than you can have the devil and his angels on the earth. You can’t get anything done. You can’t get anything done in the Church, if people can divide and disagree, and just blow things off and do it with impunity—and they are viewed like everybody else. It tears everything up. You won’t get anywhere in the world—and you won’t get anywhere in the Church—if you don’t remove people……

When it says they are “ashes under our feet,” I have come to realize they are going to be ashes under our feet—or God is a liar—because He says it over and over and over again, and then expects us to believe He didn’t mean it. What’s coming on the Church is serious. I have come, clearly, to understand…I could take you to four places…the tares are taken out of the Church, they’re bundled, put under the foolish shepherd and they wait awhile, and then they are burnt—but not until later at the harvest, mentioned in Matthew 13:30……

So, here you have everyone coming back together. Verse 10…“I took my staff…Beauty…[Verse 9, all these people He is done with.]…even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people. And it was broken in that day…” (Zech. 11:10-11). Which day? The day He comes to His Temple. How is He going to come to His Temple? Remember what it said in Malachi 3:1? Wham!…Suddenly…

That’s why, if Revelation 22 is talking about “Behold, I come quickly to my temple”…I could walk you through about 6 or 8 proofs that that is what it is…it makes much more sense—much more sense—that He says, “If you’re filthy, you’re filthy; if you’re holy, you’re holy” at that point, because He is about to deal with the wicked—all of the people that buried their talent in a napkin; didn’t do anything with it, lost the Holy Spirit, turned wicked, slothful.

I hope you can appreciate there are two great, awesome truths that have been shown to us over the last three and a half years. They are different, but connected; or you could say, they’re connected, yes, but they’re different. One is the unifying of the Church to do this awesome, great, marvelous work. A resurrection of the dead is involved—a mass healing is involved…Absolute unity…400 groups go away…The whole world is going to see this…and they come to two groups. People in some cases have to choose. Hopefully, they will choose the right one during this fire. Then a foolish shepherd is destroyed and there is a cursing……

Let’s turn over to Zechariah 6 for a moment. Turn one page. I want to ask you a question. Because there is another thing that we have never understood…Zechariah 6 and verse 12

“And speak [to] him…[Joshua; Zechariah is told to do this.]…saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH…[This is three chapters later. Now we are going to get the description of what happens when Christ comes forward as The BRANCH. Look at the description.]…He shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD…” (Zech. 6:12-13). Now that’s talking about on Zion, so we are looking ahead.

Question – What do you think is the “place” Jesus Christ is described—the LORD is described—as growing up out of to become The BRANCH in light of what you have heard earlier today? And the answer is…the Church. His Spirit stood among the Church; He is the stone in front of us. He is not yet back on Zion; He is not King of Kings; He is reigning over the First Dominion, and He has come to His Temple. That is the “place” He’s been. Yes, in a split second, He can go to heaven, or as far up as He would want to go, and descend on Zion. I understand that. He’s God. That’s why He can judge everybody in one day and hear everybody’s prayers at the same time, by the way—because He is God.

But, He “grows up out of His place”…It is a very curious verse. No one ever understood it!…and the only place He could “grow up out of” to build the temple in Jerusalem, described in chapter 1—We’re not in Malachi anymore—is the temple He came to, which is the Church where His Spirit has been residing, Haggai 2, verse 5, which we all understand.

I’m trying to answer as many questions as I can. There is this period where Joshua functions, going with places to walk, beside two men and these men have tremendous power, and Christ will come…and here, He is described as coming from a place, which is God’s Church, the Temple of the Lord. The spiritual temple. So I hope all of that is clear……

So, now let’s go over to Matthew 3, and we will pick it up in verse 7

“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matt. 3:7). The Jewish leaders came to John the Baptist beginning to plague him and work against him, and of course, we know, later, they wanted to murder him. What was his attitude? Right out of the blue—“You bunch of absolutely deadly snakes…That’s what he called them, and of course, eventually, he died…who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” What wrath was just ahead? I don’t know of any wrath that was just ahead, but in an end-time setting, it makes a lot of sense. Whether it’s Christ burning the tares or the wrath of God…there was no major wrath to come back then. It’s speaking to our time.

“Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: [Wicked leaders can change.] And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham” (3:8-9). You know, raise up children to Abraham, both. So, it does not mean anything if you are a Jew. To Jews, it’s a big deal to say you are a Jew, because that means you control Jerusalem—you control Zion—you are God’s chosen people. They’re just chosen first. But they believe they are descended from Abraham, and that’s why they viewed Gentiles, essentially, as dogs. They will unlearn that…All the first Christians were Jews—all the apostles were Jews. Jews can be absolutely wonderful people!…

“And now also the axe is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire…I indeed baptize you with water to repentance: but He that comes after me is mightier than I, [Christ] whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire” (vs. 10-11). You’re going to be burned. It depends, one or the other—Holy Spirit or fire. You take your choice.

“Whose fan is in his hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor…[What floor? Well, the floor of His Temple, which is, by the way, the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, which is, basically, where the temple was built. So it’s interesting. It’s a kind of a dual picture there. Christ has a temple and He is going to thresh it.]…and gather His wheat into the garner…[Exact same word translated “barn” ten chapters later. I don’t know why, but it is. It’s the same word.]…but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (vs. 12).

When things are particularly important, God will list them more than once. You can go to Luke 3, and let’s read a shorter version of this. I just want us to see—clearly—there is a separation coming. Luke 3, verse 16

“John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you [3:16] with water; but one mightier than I comes, the [latch] of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner…[You purge the floor, there went the chaff.]…and gather His wheat into His garner [same word, “barn”]; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable” (Luke 3:16-17). It is going to burn, until it burns out.

As Mr. Armstrong always explained, the fires can go out, they were never quenched. How is that? They run out of fuel. They run out of fuel—they just burn out……

Now let’s go back to Isaiah 24. I want to pick up some more…I want to give you more of a picture, brethren, of two things here. The tremendous event that Christ coming to Zion is, and we are going to learn a little more about kings going to prison. Isaiah 24 is obviously not far in front of 28 and 9, which we looked at a little earlier. But let’s pick it up Isaiah 24:19

“The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved…[It’s just like, Wow! What has happened? ]…the earth is moved exceedingly. [Now the earth is still there. The next verse will tell you the earth is there. It’s “like” it is dissolved. It might be interesting to see what the Hebrew says. The whole system, certainly everything on it, is being dissolved, and there is a tremendous destruction. Why? Why would a lot of homes sort of dissolve? Well…]…The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage…[Jerking around. I’m going show you, this is a picture of when Christ comes to Zion, and we’re not going to move from Isaiah. “A little while and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea, the dry land and all nations” sounds a lot like this.]…and the transgression thereof [the sin on Earth] shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. [The earth will never be the same.]

“And it shall come to pass in that day, [What day?] that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

“And they shall be gathered together…[Probably by you, or angels under your charge ministering for you]…as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison…” We might say, “Well, of course they will,” because Psalm 149 told us that……So that tells you the time. When else would this be? When has God ever put, or planned to put, the kings in prison, of this earth? The kings of the earth? Not execute them, and not leave them to walk free. I could name a lot of names of various kings and presidents and prime ministers of this world, who cannot be allowed to walk free, or we won’t get anywhere……

“Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before His ancients gloriously” (Isa. 24:19-23).

So, what do you think it means…“The moon shall be confounded and the sun ashamed”? “The sun ashamed” is kind of went dark. When somebody is ashamed, they kind of hide. Sounds a lot like darkness. The moon, the same—confounded. What happened? Where did the moon go? God turns out all the lights and He comes in darkness to Zion. So the timing is, verse 23, “then.” When? Verse 21, “in that day.” When? The day that the earth reels to and fro like a drunkard. Now we will come, in a moment…and that will be stunningly clear.

But let me just tell you, on your own, you may want to read some more of Isaiah. We are going to come back to Isaiah in several weeks. Turn over to Isaiah chapter 28. Let’s just pick up 28, and let’s just do some reading…

“Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim…[What crown of pride do you think is there in Britain today? Well, it’s…We would call it David’s throne. David’s crown is there. They would call it the kings of England, the British Empire—Charles, and William and Elizabeth, and go back for hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years…whose glorious beauty is a fading flower…which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

“Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand…[It’s an interesting verse. I will just leave it as it is. We will just read on, see what that means.]…The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet: And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looks upon it sees, while it is yet in his hand he eats it up.

“In that day shall the Lord of hosts…[This is interesting.]…In that day, shall the Lord of hosts…[Suddenly, out of the blue, BANG! in that day]…be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people……It would perfectly fit—all of a sudden, BANG! That crown is faded, and a bunch of drunks have it and Christ is back and He has the diadem on His own head. You see? And He has a crown.]

“And for a spirit of judgment to Him that sits in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate…But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. [Well it’s true of Ephraim, but remember, we’re going to come to verse 14, and it’s talking about rulers in Jerusalem.]

“For all tables [Ephraim, Manasseh, Israel, Judah—ALL tables]…are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean. Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts [Babes—us, brethren—the weak of the world. And here you get into, again, this verse…]…For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people…To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith you may cause the weary to rest…[Now “rest” is interesting. This is the “repose,” the coming of God’s kingdom, wherewith you may cause the weary to “settle down”…and this is the refreshing [the rest] yet they would not hear…

“But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept…line upon line…here a little…and…they might go…fall backward…be broken…[taken and snared.]

[Who? The…] “scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because you have said…We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement…[Well, they killed all the prophets and apostles. Yes, they have!]…when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come to us…[These men say, “We are above all that! When the plagues hit the world and all the bad things described in the Bible happen—not us—because we are God’s leaders in Jerusalem, and we want to build the Temple. We are Messianic Zionists.” And they are utterly deceived, and they are not going to listen to God’s Church, I promise you, but the masses will.]…for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

“Therefore thus says the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believes shall not make haste. [That’s the verse Christ quoted, by the way, and others like it, in Matthew 21, when He said the Jews are going to trip over it and He’s going to powder them. So let’s understand the big picture here.]

“Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and…hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place…[“You cannot hide from me!” I showed you in Jeremiah 23, God is going to pursue them with whirlwinds of fire, no matter wherever they are in the world, when He comes to Zion. But first, we are going to warn, and we are going to talk—we are going to try to reason together and get them to understand, “I don’t care how scarlet your sins are. They can be white as snow. Wake up! You don’t have to die.” God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. But the leaders…Remember, in Matthew, Christ said, “You bind burdens grievous to be born on people, and you make your followers two fold more the child of hell than yourselves. You shut up the kingdom of God, Matthew 23, from others, and you don’t go in yourself.”

They block people, exactly like the splinter leaders do. Brethren want to be back together, but there is a certain group of scorners who hate government and truth, and don’t want to subordinate themselves to God’s government. So they go do their own works and never achieve anything, and they are where they were 20 years ago, unless they are smaller, and scattered, and shattered into more pieces; constantly fracturing. But it is the same in both places.]

“And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it. [You are not going to get away.]…From the time that it goes forth it shall take you: for morning by morning…[God is going to do this in a big way. These are the people that murdered Him. Only one group in all of history has murdered Christ. He is going to pursue and punish them day after day.…shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report. For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it…[I have been in such short beds.] and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. [Ever have a blanket that is too small? No. You normal human beings have no idea what that is like (joke), but I do!]

“For the Lord shall rise up…in mount Perazim, He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do His work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, his strange act. [What is that?…It’s going to be strange to the world! He is going to build His government, in Zion? In Jerusalem?…And then He is going to save Judah first? That just does not add up to them. It will look strange.]

“Now therefore be you not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: [which means your “chastisement” be made strong, because]…I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined [ultimately] upon the whole earth. Give you ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech [and so forth]” (Isa. 28:1-23).

All right. Now I am going to jump ahead to Isaiah 29:1

“Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add you year to year; let them kill sacrifices…[Of course that means, “keep the feasts.” We have read that before.]…Yet I will distress Ariel…[It’s obviously Jerusalem, where David dwelled.]…and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel. And I will camp against you round about…[We read this earlier. I wanted to come back.]…and will lay siege against you…[“I am using all the nations of the world to do it.”]…with a mount, and I will raise forts against you” (Isa. 29:1-3).

Now, the word “forts” can mean “fortifications,” or “hemmed in, a siege…” So then, I don’t need to read 4 and 5. They are speaking low out of the earth. All of a sudden…Look at verse 6, right before it’s about…just before you read…we’ll read it together…All of a sudden, right before they’re about to be wiped out and look like Sodom and Gomorrah—they’re literally speaking with their nose in the dirt, trying to grind out words…All of a sudden…

“You shall be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire” (vs. 6). That is part, a big part—many parts—of the picture of Christ coming to Zion……

Well, then you read on down, Verse 7: “And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her…” Let’s stop for a moment.

We just read, in chapter 28, the Bible is written here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept. Now, we read, earlier today, verse 3 is the siege; Verse 6, Christ comes to Zion. Then He jumps backwards again, and there is this multitude of nations coming against it. You come on down, Verse 14, now there is the Work, you went backwards in time; then all of a sudden, verse 17, WHAM, He comes to Lebanon…Yet a very little while, and He sets up His kingdom……

He is building a picture. Like a movie where you bring several different plotlines to where they intersect in one perfect final picture. So, in 29, twice in a single chapter, it is “I built a fort against you;” then “I come to Zion” with six major miracles, darkness isn’t even included; then back to all the nations are against you; but, we are going to do this marvelous work, Verse 14. “Teach people to really fear Me,” and then Lebanon will be a fruitful field and everybody is going to be healed. And then “the terrible one [verse 20] is brought to nought, and the scorner…consumed and all that watch for iniquity…” We read all of that.

“They make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproves in the gate.” Do you think Jesus Christ would have any idea what it’s like for people to lay a snare for Him? He experienced, centuries later, exactly what He wrote about—that they were doing long before He ever came. They would lay a snare to catch Him in words. The Sadducees would come and try to say, “Now, there’s a woman who had a husband and her husband died, and then married another, and then seven brothers…and you know. What do you say? And He said, “You do err not knowing God’s power or the scriptures,” and then He explained to them. But they would bait Him, bait Him…Moses said this…What do you say? They want to catch Him, and they lay a snare, but these cunning super lawyers…couldn’t beat Christ. They won’t be able to beat us, either. Don’t miss next week’s sermon……

“Therefore [Isaiah 29:22], thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale…[Why? Because God is back.]…But when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured [“What’s going on here?”]…shall learn doctrine” (Isa. 29:23-24). And then the chapter changes.

Now, there is more to study and that can come at another time, but I will just say, we have read Matthew 23…and really, Matthew 21, 22 and 23, go read. These chapters all show what Christ thinks about the Jews. He said the toughest things He ever said to the leaders of the Jews, then went out to the Mount of Olives…in effect, said goodbye to the disciples for a couple of days. And after He told the Jews…He called them everything you could possibly imagine. Murderers; He called them thieves, earlier—that made my Father’s house a den of thieves—fools, blind guides, vipers, hypocrites…on and on and on…and indicted what they did—“You bind burdens on people.” Three days later they killed Him—72 hours. They didn’t learn anything. They didn’t accept anything. They didn’t care about His miracles. They didn’t care about anything……

Let’s move to another subject as we near the close of the message. I mentioned last week, if doubt arises about this new understanding, revisit these verses and try to explain them even one other way. Then try half or a third. And there are many more than the ones I’m listing. This is a wonderful exercise to help yourself.

Isaiah 2:1-4
Micah 4:1-8, go all the way to 8.
II Thessalonians 2:3 and 4
Revelation 5:10
Revelation 6:2 and 6:4
Acts 1:6
Acts 2:14-21
Zechariah 12:2 to 13:6
Matthew 19:28-30 and then through chapter 20, verse 16, the penny, and the last first, and so forth.
Zechariah 1:16 to the end; and really into chapter 2 and verse 4.
Zechariah 6:1-8
Psalm 149
Hebrews 1:4 to 2:9 and Psalm 8:5 in conjunction.
Revelation 22:6-21
Joel 2:3
Hebrews 8:8-10 and a companion verse, Jeremiah 31:31-34. You’ll remember the issues with all of these.
Jeremiah 23:5 and 6
Romans 1:16, 2:9 and 10
Joel 2:12-32 and 3:10
Acts 3:19-26
I Peter 4:6, 12 and 17
Matthew 13:24-52 all those parables.
Zechariah 6:9-15 I separated that from the other group in Zechariah 6.
Luke 19:12-27 parable of the pounds.
Isaiah 60 proof after proof there.
Isaiah 11:1-10
Haggai through 2:9
Daniel 12:3 and 4

There are some more that I’ll give you next week. But you can also add your own to this. Plain, clear, impossible to misunderstand verses. I’m sure a lot popped into your mind as I read through them. Think them through…Time is short. You’re in the right church. Let’s pray that Christ, very soon, puts a lot more in here with us.


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