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I am constantly asked to break down scriptures for multitudes of God-seeking people. A young man named Vinnie, residing in the Los Angeles church which I pastor, said the Lord spoke to him. His letter stated: "I was sitting in the doorway to my trailer looking up at the stars and talking to the Lord. I believe I felt the Spirit of the Lord. He said, 'I'm healing you right now.' [This man left the church, went into the world, and came back to the church with AIDS. But Vinnie continues:] I said something like, 'Why, Lord? I've been such a weasel.' Then He said, 'Because I said so. Is that a good enough reason for you, Vinnie?' Then I said, 'Yes.'
"I was still really feeling the Spirit. It dawned on me right after He said, 'Because I said so,' that He said so in His Word. 1 Tony, it's true, the entire Bible is true. 2 Whether I understand what I'm reading or not, I know it's true. I went back into my trailer, started to get my guitar, and I got checked. Something told me to pick up my Bible. For the first time in a long time I sought the Lord on what to read. It was Leviticus, chapter two, verses eleven and thirteen. I read the whole chapter, but those are the two verses I believe the Lord pointed out because He told me to have you break them down to me and tell me what they mean. Then, after I read them, He told me, 'You've been unsalted.'
"Here is the Bible quotation that He demanded I read: 'No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the Lord, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the Lord made by fire' (Lev. 2:11). 'And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt'" (Leviticus 2:13).
Pastor Alamo's Answer to Vinnie
First of all, salt in the Old and New Testaments symbolizes being filled with the fear of the Lord by the anointing Spirit of the fear of the Lord. 3 Second, leaven symbolizes sin. 4 Not one sin, one bit of sin, or leavening may exist in Christ or any of the many members of His body, which is the church. 5 Third, the sacrificing of animals as burnt offerings unto God, which are salted with salt, is symbolic of Christ and all the members of His body being filled with the fear of the Lord by the anointing of the Spirit of the fear of the Lord so that they might be propelled by that fear to serve Him with all boldness. 6 God commanded Abraham to sacrifice His only son as a burnt offering unto God. 7 Abraham, because of the fear He had of God, was about to execute God's command when God stopped him with these words: "Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto Him: for now I know that thou FEAREST GOD, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from Me" (Gen.22:12).
When we give ourselves to Christ, we give ourselves to Him unconditionally to use as He will. 8 We are but clay for Him to mold and use as He will. 9 "We are the clay, and [He] our potter" (Isa. 64:8). A true sacrifice or gift of ourselves unto Christ means we, like a bullock, a ram, or a lamb, are to become (so far as our own will is concerned) a heap of burnt ashes, trusting that God knows just how to use us when Christ enters us with His Father by the Spirit. 10 We are to trust that He will conduct His life in us with salt, the fear of the Lord, so we will do the Father's bidding, just as He always did. 11 We fear Him because we know what His Word says will happen to us if we don't fear Him. His Word tells us we will go to Hell if we don't fear Him. 12 His Word also tells us we cannot escape His final judgment, 13 and that He doesn't lie. 14 His judgments of us are based on whether we keep His Word or don't keep His Word. 15 If we keep His Word we are sheep. 16 If we won't keep His Word, we are goats. 17 If we keep His Word, we go to Heaven. 18 If we don't keep His Word, we go to Hell. 19 Isn't His Word easy to understand? Solomon stated, that His Word was so easy to understand, a simpleton could understand it. 20 Trust Him and obey Him no matter what the cost.
Love is the keeping of God's commandments. 21 The fear of the Lord causes us to keep God's commandments. 22 This can never be love on our own terms. We must keep all of His commandments and surrender unto all of His terms by His life and power living in us. One must be thoroughly salted, filled with the Spirit of the fear of the Lord, in order to completely serve Him, no matter what His terms are. We fear the Lord, become salted, then we sacrifice ourselves unto Him to do with us as He will. Because of salt, the fear of the Lord, we give ourselves to Him as a gift. We praise and thank the Lord for the salt, the Spirit of the fear of the Lord, because it keeps motivating us to serve Him with fear and trembling. 23 This is very important, because if in us the fear, the salt, has lost its savor, that is, if the Spirit of the fear of the Lord has departed from us, we will no longer be motivated by the Spirit of the fear of the Lord, the salt, to serve Him, to keep God's commandments. Ecclesiastes 12:13 tells us that the entire duty of mankind is to "Fear God, and keep His commandments." When we don't fear God and keep His commandments, we have neglected God's whole duty for man. 24 Therefore, we are good for nothing. We spend eternity in Hell. Jesus said if the salt has lost its savor, that is, if the Spirit of the fear of the Lord to motivate us to keep His commandments has departed from us, we are "thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men" (Matt. 5:13).
How many people today calling themselves Christians do you see fearing God rather than man? Not many. This is why you do not see many people keeping the commandments, especially the first commandment, which is to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength" (Mark 12:30). How many people professing Christianity do you see loving others before themselves? The answer is the same. God's Word states, "Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (Jas. 2:10).
There can be no serving the Lord as a sacrifice without being thoroughly salted. Remember, every sacrifice or burnt offering MUST BE SALTED WITH SALT. If people are not salted but they call themselves Christians, they're saying "I will serve You, Lord, on my own terms, not on Your terms." This means they will serve Him without fearing Him, so they will not keep His commandments, which include, of course, His commandment to fear Him. 25 Jesus said, "If ye love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15). "He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (I John 2:4), and of course no liar shall enter the kingdom of Heaven but shall spend eternity in the lake of fire. 26 God told Moses unless they FEAR Me they will not serve Me. 27 If you say you are a Christian and you don't serve the Lord, then you are a liar and the truth is not in you.
Again, leaven is symbolic of sin. 28 Once we are washed in the blood of Jesus, we are not truly offering our lives unto Him as living sacrifices in order to gain His immortal life if we allow leaven, sin, and disobedience, to dominate even one fraction of our lives. He is to be our life, and He is without sin. Therefore, we must be without sin in order to be united with Him as one by the Spirit of holiness. 29 If we are not salted with salt, we will not fear Him and we will not be holy. We shall be sinners. We will have no Spirit of fear of the Lord in us, and we will not fear to sin. It is the same as saying we don't fear God's Word, which states, "There shall in no wise enter into it [the kingdom of God] any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie" (Rev. 21:27). Jesus said, "Salt is good" (Luke 14:34). "He that committeth sin is of the devil" (I John 3:8).
Jesus commanded the impotent man who got saved after having an infirmity for thirty-eight years to "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14). 30 A worse thing would be that if you sin again after salvation, you would not be able to repent any longer, because Christ died only once for sins. 31 He won't die again for you, for me, or for anyone else. 32 This should be a very fearful and important statement for everyone to remember, one never to be forgotten by anyone who wants to go to Heaven and stay out of Hell. If Christ with the Father by the Spirit is living and working in you, I John states you are truly saved and you cannot sin sins unto death. This is because "His [God's] seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God" (I John 3:9). If a man is born of God, then the Spirit of the fear of the Lord, the savory salt, will cause him to flee from the very appearance of evil. 33 He will keep himself holy unto the Lord, for he knows that without holiness "no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14).
Vinnie, the Lord told you that you need to be salted. In other words, you don't possess the fear of the Lord and therefore you are not serving Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. 34 "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom" (Job 28:28). 35 The fear of the Lord is good. 36 God loves those who fear Him and keep His commandments. 37 Again, "Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man" (Eccl. 12:13). There is no other duty necessary for mankind other than to fear God and keep His commandments. This means we are all to be salted with salt and remain sacrifices, piles of ashes before the Lord for Him to do with as He will, trusting His ability and wisdom to guide us into every good thing, knowing that God would never use us in a bad or evil way, and trusting Him at His Word. 38 He has never done any wrong thing to anyone. 39 The judgments He has made and will continue to make on the wicked are not wrong judgments but righteous judgments. 40
If we fear the one-world government and church more than God, we've already taken the one-world government and church's mark in our forehead, and we've already taken the one-world government and church's mark in our right hand. 41 Then we are doing exactly what they tell us to do rather than what Christ commands. If we think what they say is right, we will follow them. It will be no big deal for us to let them put their mark in our forehead or right hand.
Jesus said of His followers, His sheep, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27). "And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers" (John 10:5). When we fear God and keep His commandments, we are salted with salt. You shall spend eternity in Heaven if you continue fearing Him and serving Him to the end. 42
The prophet Daniel saw the symbolic figure of the one-world system and one-world church in a vision. Daniel stated it was "dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it" (Dan. 7:7). I saw the very same thing in a vision from the Lord. It was the most dreadful thing I've ever seen in my life. It was big and powerful and exceedingly dreadful. It looked as though it was made of iron and it filled the whole sky. It had triangular, pointed teeth. Hell-fire was blazing in it, and could be seen through its eye holes and its mouth. It moved from one side to the other side, coming straight at me. It was too terrifying to look upon. An automatic rebuke came from me to it. I said, "The blood of Jesus is against you, Satan," and it immediately went away.
This showed me that God's power was far greater than it, and it showed me that it was nothing but a big bluff, since Christ has already overcome the world. 43 This beast and false prophet are symbolic of the world system. Jesus tells all of His servants, "Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Jesus also truthfully and wisely instructs His servants, "Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into Hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him" (Luke 12:4-5). The Him that Jesus is talking about here is God. "Fear God" (Eccl. 12:13).
Today too many people are fearful of what man and this satanic, man-made beast can do to them. 44 But I caution you, as Christ cautions every one of us: you'd better get yourself salted with the fear of the Lord. 45 Every person that gives themself as a sacrifice to God had better get themselves salted with salt. Be filled with the fear of the Lord and He will protect you, be with you, live in you, work in you, and use you in these last days for His purpose and His purpose alone. 46
When the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that was shed for forgiveness of all former sins cleanses us from all our former sins, our entire life will change for the better, much better than we will ever dream. 47 God can and will only protect you from the beast and his satanic church cult if you are thoroughly salted with salt. 48
In the book of Joel, God promised that a nation of Jobs would rise up in these last days, people who fear God and hate evil. 49 God will deliver all of us who fear and obey Him, just as He delivered Job from his sufferings. 50 Nothing rattled Job, and nothing can rattle anyone who has given themselves unto the Lord as a gift, a salted sacrifice to be used by Him on His own terms. 51 If this is your will, then your will just made the best decision that it could ever make in a jillion lifetimes. Give yourself to God and be salted with salt in the Spirit of the fear of the Lord by saying this prayer right now:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
World Pastor Tony Alamo
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"Salt" Footnotes: return to top
1. Exod. 15:26, Psa. 103:2-5, 107:20, Isa. 53:5, Mal. 4:2, I Pet. 2:24 return
2. Psa. 33:4, 119:160, 138:2, John 1:14, 17:17, Eph. 1:12-13, I Thes. 2:13, Jas. 1:18 return
3. Lev. 2:13, Isa. 11:2, Matt. 5:13, Mark 9:49-50 return
4. Exod. 12:15, 19, 34:25, Lev. 2:11, Luke 12:1, I Cor. 5:6-8 return
5. Rom. 12:1, I Cor. 6:15, 10:21, Eph. 5:25-27, Col. 1:21-22, 28, I Tim. 6:13-14, Jas. 1:27, II Pet. 3:14, I John 3:3-9 return
6. Psa. 2:11, Rom. 12:1, II Cor. 5:11, Heb. 11:7, 12:28-29 return
7. Gen. 22:1-2 return
8. II Chron. 30:8, Matt. 16:24-25, Acts 20:24, Rom. 6:13, 19-23, 12:1, II Tim. 2:19, 21 return
9. Isa. 64:8, Jer. 18:6, Rom. 9:20-24 return
10. John 15:4-5, Rom. 6:13, 12:1, Gal. 5:24-25 return
11. Matt. 26:39, John 4:34, 5:19-23, 30, 9:4, 12:49-50, 14:12, 17:1-6 return
12. Deut. 10:12, 20, I Sam. 12:24-25, Prov. 1:29-32, Eccl. 12:13, Isa. 29:13-14, Jer. 2:19, Mal. 3:5, Rom. 3:12-18, Rev. 21:8 return
13. Psa. 9:17, Luke 3:17, II Cor. 5:10, II Thes. 1:7-9, II Pet. 2:4-10, Rev. 20:12-15, 21:8 return
14. Num. 23:19, Psa. 33:4, 100:5, 117:2, Jer. 10:10, Rom. 3:4, Titus 1:2 return
15. Deut. 7:9-14, 10:12, ch. 28, Mal. 3:16-18, Rev. 20:12-13, 15 return
16. John 10:3-9, 11, 14-16, 27-28 return
17. Matt. 25:32-46 return
18. Matt. 24:13, Mark 13:13, John 8:31-32, Acts 14:22, Rom. 2:7, Rev. 7:13-17, 21:2-7 return
19. Matt. 3:12, 10:28, 13:40-43, 49-50, Rom. 2:8-9, Rev. 21:8 return
20. Prov. 1:1-4, 32-33, Psa. 19:7, 119:130 return
21. John 15:10, I John 5:2-3, II John 1:6 return
22. Exod. 20:20, Deut. 4:10, 5:29, 6:2, II Chron. 19:7, Prov. 14:2, 16, 26-27, 16:6, Jer. 32:39-40, II Cor. 7:1 return
23. II Cor. 5:11, Phlp. 2:12-13, Heb. 11:7 return
24. Eccl. 12:13 return
25. Deut. 10:12, Josh. 24:14, Prov. 3:7, 23:17, Isa. 8:13, Matt. 10:28, Acts 10:35, II Cor. 7:1, Phlp. 2:12, I Pet. 1:17, Rev. 14:7 return
26. Rev. 21:8, 27, 22:14-15 return
27. Exod. 20:20, Deut. 5:22-29 return
28. Exod. 12:15, Lev. 2:11, Luke 12:1, I Cor. 5:6-8 return
29. Rom. 1:3-5, II Cor. 7:1 return
30. John 8:11 return
31. Rom. 6:9-10, Heb. 7:27, 9:26, 28, 10:10, I Pet. 3:18 return
32. Rom. 6:10 return
33. Psa. 97:10, Prov. 8:13, Amos 5:14-15, I Cor. 9:25-27, I Thes. 5:22 return
34. Mark 12:30 return
35. Psa. 111:10, Prov. 1:7, 9:10, 15:33 return
36. Deut. 6:24, 8:6-10, Prov. 3:7-8, 8:13, 10:27, 14:26-27, 15:33, 16:6, 19:23, 22:4, 23:17, Eccl. 8:12 return
37. Deut. 5:29, Psa. 15:4, 25:14, 31:19, 34:7, 103:11-13, 145:19, 147:11, Eccl. 7:18, Mal. 3:16-18, John 14:21, 23, 15:9-10, Acts 10:35 return
38. Nah. 1:7, Rom. 12:1, Phlp. 3:8-11 return
39. Job 34:10, Psa. 33:5, 50:6, 71:19, 145:17, Jer. 9:24 return
40. Deut. 32:4, Psa. 9:7-8, 19:9, 67:4, 76:8-9, 98:2, Jer. 10:10, Zeph. 3:5, Rom. 11:22, Heb. 10:30-31, Rev. 16:5-7 return
41. Rom. 6:16, Rev. 13:16-18, 14:9-11, 16:2, 19:20 return
42. Matt. 24:13, Luke 9:62, John 8:31-32, 15:9-11, Acts 14:22, Rom. 11:22, Col. 1:21-23, Heb. 4:1, 11, I John 2:24-25 return
43. Isa. 25:8, Matt. 12:20, John 16:33, I Cor. 15:57, I John 4:4 return
44. Matt. 10:28, Rev. 21:7-8 return
45. Mark 9:49-50, Col. 4:5-6 return
46. Jer. 7:23, John 14:23, 15:3-5, 7-8, II Cor. 6:16-18 return
47. II Cor. 5:17, Rev. 21:3-5 return
48. II Kin. 17:39, Psa. 91, Mal. 3:16-17, Rev. 7:3-8 return
49. Joel 2:1-11 return
50. Job 42:10-17, Psa. 33:18-19, 34:7-9 return
51. Rom. 12:1-2, I Cor. 15:57-58, II Cor. 1:5-10, Eph. 5:25-27, Col. 1:20-22, Heb. 3:14, 6:18-19 return
"Prayer" Footnotes:return to top
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return
12. John 14:6 return
13. Acts 4:12 return