"And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein."1 The rod of Moses represents the LAW of God.2 The rod of Aaron, which brought forth buds, blossoms and almonds, is also symbolic of the spiritual LAW of God.3 The rod and staff of David, that comforted the faithful, also represents the LAW of God,4 and the rod given John to measure the temple of God is God's Word, the LAW. The altar is symbolic of the heart, and them that worship therein must have their hearts measured. The rod of iron, given unto select Christians to rule the nations, again is the Word of God.5 Without question, all of these rods represent the Word of God, which is the LAW, the LAW of the Old and New Testaments.
Knowing this fact, we now have the divine pattern to measure the new, fully grown spiritual creature that we become after devouring the entire Bible. Jesus told Satan and all of us that man eternally lives by "every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,"6 which symbolically has the same spiritual meaning as "eating Christ’s flesh and drinking His blood."7 Jesus, the Word of God, is the only source of life, "the bread of life"8 which, after having been consumed, gives eternal life.
THE TEMPLE OF GOD
"Know ye not that ye [true Christians] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God [by unlawful acts], him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."9 Also, "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"10 "Ye are the temple of the living God,"11 "unless you are reprobates."12
On the day of judgment the Word of God will measure the world, the angels, mankind, and all other things. Webster says the word "measure" means to weigh, to determine, and to judge. "All his [God's] ways are judgment."13 With God's judgments we can measure or judge "the breadth, and length, and depth, and height"14 of all spiritual things.
In the book of Romans 2:1, we are judged, measured "inexcusable" if we measure with our own judgments, but are judged "the Friend of God"15 and given eternal life if we measure God's way, with His measuring Rod.16 It is important to know how we will measure up to Christ before Judgment Day. "For if we would judge ourselves [with God's Word now], we should not be judged [adversely at the Judgment Bar of God]. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord [by His measuring Rod and His staff], that we should not be condemned with the world [on Judgment Day]."17
The seventh angel in chapter 10 of Revelation wears many symbols of deity, representing Christ, and swears "there should be time no longer."18 It is the end.19 The seventh angel holds a little open book20 in His hand (the Gospel) and commands John to "Take it, and eat it up."21 When the entire Bible is consumed, the mystery of God is no longer a mystery.
The false prophets cannot deceive mankind with their heresies any longer. The Lord swears it is the end of time. His command is for us to measure up! Satan, his false prophets, and Beast government and church cannot stop or even delay the wrath of God on the sinful world or the second coming of Christ. Christ came first to the world as a Lamb but now is "the Lion of the tribe of Juda,"22 ready to bound in revenge upon His prey, all those who have rejected God's mercy through Him but have lived wickedly. This is the day of Christ's vengeance, foretold in Scripture the same way as the foretelling of His first incarnation to the world. Seven thunders are the Almighty God's eternal, wrathful vengeance which proceed directly from God's eternal judgment throne.
MEASURING THE ALTAR
The mighty seventh angel commanded John to "measure the altar (symbolic of the heart),"23 and to judge if we are seeking God with the whole heart,24 praising God with all our heart,25 and if, from all our heart, we "Pray without ceasing,"26 and obediently serve God with all of our hearts. This is God’s way of measuring the heart's purity or corruption. There can be no sin (spot or blemish) in the altar. The heart must be cleansed by the blood of Jesus and the Word. The judgment period of time is here, the time to manage our lives according to God’s most excellent administration.
Measure everything!! "For the Word of God [the measuring Rod] is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and IS A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART [your altar]."27
The most excellent and precious reward for keeping God’s commandments is eternal life. His commandment now is put evil (those who refuse to keep God’s commandments) out of the church,28 which is hereby defined as MEASURING THEM THAT WORSHIP THEREIN; "A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject."29 The church is no longer required to let the tares [weeds] grow with the wheat.Jesus said, "Let both grow together UNTIL the harvest: and in the TIME OF HARVEST I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles [put them outside the temple in the outer court where the gentiles belong] to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."30 This is the time for judgment dispensation; this is the end of time, the time of harvest. Pastors are to obey God's commandment and "measure...[their own hearts as well as the hearts of those] that worship therein" in the churches.31 Non-believers and antichrists are not to be allowed in the church of God, but are to be barred from it. God discriminates between the good and the evil. Great faith, trust (confidence), and understanding in the wisdom of God’s judgment is necessary in order to successfully remove the spiritual cancer of ungodly chaff from the godly wheat. This is the work of a skilled spiritual surgeon, one both knowledgeable and bold with spiritual action. Put the rebellious, the unbelievers, outside the temple. "For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding [studying] his natural [outward, carnal] face in a glass [mirror]: For he beholdeth himself [his outward appearance], and goeth his way [not God's measuring way], and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was [that he was to live spiritually]."32 So the Pastors of the Lord are commanded to measure those who are yet alive and not measure the others"the dead." "But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles."33 This means we are not to preach (measure) any longer to those who refuse to obey the Word of God. It is a waste of time and effort. They reject God, and so must be rejected. The Apostle Paul stated, "For what have I to do to judge [measure] them also that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person."34
They will be filled with fury because of their having been expelled and barred from the church. And in retaliation, "the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months."35 These are antichrists who join the Beast government cult in their anger and join in persecution with the Beast. The holy city is within the bodies of the children of the Lord. Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you [within the bodies of true Christians]."36 Christians must separate (consecrate) themselves from the ungodly, or they too will be castaways.
The sinner can only be persuaded to follow Christ and His government if we Christians are doers of the Word. Christ, "the Lord our God,"37 said, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."38 The process of measuring the temple, the altar, and those worshipping in it is not possible other than by the knowledge of God and the strict obedience to the true Word of God.
There is nothing the world needs today more than the administration of God's strict and impartial justice. This will only happen with Christ's soon visible return to earth. The true measuring Rod doesn't stretch, shrink, or bend.39 It is impossible to measure the temple of God, the altar, and those worshipping in it with cultish heresy, which includes any doctrine other than "The Word of God."40 Paul warns us , "If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."41 There is no other possible meaning to the Bible doctrine of measuring the temple, the altar, and those worshipping in it.
WE ARE COMMANDED TO JUDGE ALL THINGS BY GOD’S JUDGMENTS, AND NEVER WITH OUR OWN INFERIOR HUMAN JUDGMENT.
"Judge not, that ye be not judged."42 The correct meaning of this Scripture must be known in order to obey it. The meaning is for us to judge not with our own inferior, human judgment, our own measurement, lest we be judged by God’s judgment and be found eternally swimming in the lake of fire prepared for those who are self-willed.
If you are a man or woman living according to a gospel other than the Lord’s straight and narrow path to eternal life, open the Bible. You can correctly measure yourself if you are interested in the truth of the atonement made for you by the incarnate Son of God, if you wish to be a possessor of the true power of God, at peace with God, knowing without a doubt that you possess eternal life with the lively hope of an inheritance eternally incorruptible, undefiled, that fadeth not away, with a place reserved in Heaven for you. If you wish to know without a doubt that you have salvation, eternal deliverance from all evil, and the enjoyment of all good, which is guaranteed to be "kept [preserved, so as to assuredly obtain this salvation] by the power of God through faith [in God’s Word],"43 you may obtain the same precious faith with the Apostles through "the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ,"44 enjoying "Grace [the power of God] and peace" which may be "multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord."45 You are now being called to the glory and virtue of Christ.46 You have been chosen (selected) as well as called by Christ Himself.47
The seventh and last angel representing Jesus in the tenth chapter of Revelation placed "his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth," showing His power and dominion over all things.48 He "lifted up his hand to heaven , And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer."49 It is high time to awaken out of your sleep for the salvation which Christ offers you.50"Now is the accepted time" to receive this precious, wonderful, everlasting prize of eternal life.51
"Know the Lord."52 Study the Word that you may grow in grace (God’s power) and be a workman of God, rightly dividing the word53 so you may truly be able to measure all spiritual matters and never be deceived.
"Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Who hath measured the waters [living waters of eternal life] in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?"54 You may accept Christ and be spared from an everlasting hell by taking God up on His offer to save your soul, by sincerely praying this prayer to God:
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
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Now that you are saved and forgiven of your sins, raise your hands and praise the Lord. "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth."55
Christ now lives in you through the Holy Spirit. There is a way you can receive a fuller portion of the divine nature of God in you. God the Father lives now in you also. The more of the divine nature of God that lives in you, the more you will be able to stand against the temptations that so easily have moved so many millions of Christians away from salvation. This is caused by more man in us than God in us. Mankind has become so wicked that if Satan and his impish army were abolished, we would be our own devil.
Now that you are saved, pray for the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Prayerfully study the Word and pray always for more of the divine nature. For instructions on how to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and to receive more of God’s holy nature, ask for our literature or call. For without holiness no man shall see God.56
Now that you are saved it is a commandment to be fully submerged, baptized in water in the name of the Father and in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit. Follow all of God’s commands and live.
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.
Pastor Tony Alamo
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"Judge or be Judged" footnotes:
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2 Ex. 17:9 return
3 Num.17:8 return
4 Ps.23:4 return
5 Rev.2:26-27 return
6 Matt.4:4 return
7 John 6:54 return
8 John 6:35 return
9 I Cor. 3:16-17 return
10 I Cor. 6:19 return
11 II Cor. 6:16 return
12 II Cor.13:5 return
13 Deut. 32:4 return
14 Eph. 3:18-19 return
15 James 2:23 return
16 Deut. 25:15 return
17 I Cor.11:31-32 return
18 Rev. 10:6 return
19 I John 2:18 return
20 Rev 10:8 return
21 Rev 10:9 return
22 Rev. 5:5 return
23 Rev. 11:1 return
24 Ps. 119:2, Matt. 22:37,39 return
25 Ps. 86:12 return
26 I Thess. 5:17 return
27 Heb. 4:12 return
28 I Cor 5:4-5 return
29 Titus 3:10 return
30 Matt.13:30 return
31 Rev. 11:1, Rev.2:2, Rev. 3:9, I Cor. 6:2-3 return
32 James 1:23-24 return
33 Rev 11:2 return
34 I Cor.5:12-13 return
35 Rev. 11:2 return
36 Luke 17:20-21 return
37 Rev 19:1 return
38 John 15:14 return
39 Deut. 25:15 return
40 Rev. 19:13 return
41 Gal. 1:9 return
42 Matt. 7:1 return
43 I Pet. 1:5 return
44 II Pet. 1:1 return
45 II Pet. 1:2 return
46 II Pet.1:3 return
47 II Pet. 1:10 return
48 Rev. 10:2 return
49 Rev.10:5-6 return
50 Rom. 13:11 return
51 II Cor. 6:2 return
52 Heb. 8:11 return
53 II Tim. 2:15, II Tim 3:17 return
54 Isa. 40:10-12 return
55 I Chron. 16:31 return
56 Heb.12:14 return
57 Mark 16:15 return
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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
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