THE BIG PICTURE
Written in 2009
by Tony Alamo
aka Bernie Hoffman
I didn’t know anything about politics in the nineteen sixties, but the Kennedy family, Mayor Yorty of Los Angeles, California, the newscaster, Walter Winchell, Theodore Charach, Bob Emson, and the Democratic Party wanted me to head their presidential campaign. At that time, I didn’t know JESUS as my LORD, SAVIOR, and GOD. I knew that I was very capable of putting anyone in office if I really wanted them there. However, in the back of my mind, I thought if there really was a GOD, and I put the wrong person in the White House, and they caused the world to be destroyed, I would go to Hell for sure—if there really was a Hell (I know now for sure there is a Hell1). I now know about politics. I now know how both parties are very wrong, but GOD’S party is very right! History confirms it!
I could begin at creation. I could begin anywhere in the WORD of GOD, or in the world history mentioned in the WORD of GOD. Let me start with the history of the ten plagues that GOD poured out on Egypt when Pharaoh wouldn’t let GOD’S people go.2 Just think for a moment how GOD killed all of Egypt’s firstborn.3 How incredible is the mind and power of GOD who knows everything! GOD knows everyone in your house, in my house, in everyone’s house in the world. HE knows exactly when they were born, and HE knows exactly when everyone in the whole world will die.4 This is history!
GOD knew after HE killed Pharaoh’s firstborn son that Pharaoh would let GOD’S children go, and HE knew that Pharaoh would send his entire army after them. GOD knew HE would take the wheels off of the chariots.5
The LORD made a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. “But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel” (Exodus 11:7).6
Just before this, the Passover was instituted, symbolizing GOD coming into the world as a man (JESUS) to die on the cross, the LAMB of GOD dying for those who wanted their former sins forgiven.7 All of these things are history. The Jews celebrate this Exodus and this Passover (which is symbolic of the death of the MESSIAH, eating HIS flesh, the bread of life, and HIS resurrection, which delivered us from spiritual bondage) to this very day. It is history!
After the Israelites began their journey from Egypt, six hundred chosen chariots, all the chariots of Egypt and all their captains, their horsemen, and Pharaoh’s army, chased the Jews, and the Hebrews were sore afraid. “And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD” (Exodus 14:10). And the Hebrews said to Moses, “Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which HE will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace... And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea [after the LORD told him to]; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. [This is history.] And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left” (Exodus 14:12-14, 21-22). This is all documented history!
In the meantime, there was another documented miracle. The LORD put a pillar of cloud “between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these, so that the one came not near the other all the night” (Exodus 14:20). All these wonderful miracles are historical and documented.
“And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen” (Exodus 14:23). Then GOD removed the chariot wheels, and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians” (Exodus 14:25). (This again is history and documented!)
I know all the testimonies in the Bible are true because of the many experiences I’ve had that were just as supernatural as those in the Bible.8 If I hadn’t experienced everything I’ve told you about (in previous writings), I never would have been able to continue all these years, as I have. I wouldn’t go through all the things I’ve been through for all the money in the world or teach all the LORD’S commandments for all the money and treasures in the world. But it was very easy to give up my career of being a highly paid promoter, and to give up everything I had to serve the LORD, because HE showed me how easy it would be for HIM to kill me and then send my soul to Hell if I disobeyed HIM. Then I immediately began asking HIM what HE wanted me to do.
Later, supernaturally, GOD married me to Susan. HE gave me another heart and filled me with HIMSELF and more wisdom and understanding than anyone I know.9 I’ve kept steady by the WORD, the SPIRIT of GOD, by the visions, dreams, and experiences that GOD has put me through.
Why should we be concerned about attending the marriage supper of the LAMB? It is because if we’re not there, we will be in Hell, then in the Lake of Fire.10 It is the marriage of JESUS to HIS bride, the church, the members of the body of CHRIST.11 The main thing about not being at the marriage supper of the LAMB is that it’s the same, or even much more so, as if you weren’t able to cross the Red Sea with the rest of the children of Israel or to enter the Promised Land.12 These two were extremely important. The entire Bible is about the marriage of saved souls with the SAVIOR and entering Heaven.13 This is the bottom line, the big picture!
In the twenty-second chapter of Matthew, JESUS tells of this in a parable. HE said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain KING, which made a marriage for HIS SON, And sent forth HIS servants [witnesses, new disciples] to call them [to salvation, to the marriage supper of the LAMB] that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, HE sent forth other servants [witnesses, new disciples], saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared MY dinner: MY oxen and MY fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. [In other words, come and be saved. Receive JESUS as your SAVIOR so you can have eternal life in Heaven for eternity!14 HE died without sin for you and then resurrected from the dead!15 Don’t you care?]
“But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: and the remnant took HIS servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the KING heard thereof, HE was wroth: and HE sent forth HIS armies, and destroyed those murderers [who murdered HIS witnesses], and burned up their city. Then saith HE to HIS servants [HIS other witnesses], The wedding is ready [it’s the end of time], but they [most of the Jews] which were bidden [invited] were not worthy [because they rejected the MESSIAH]. Go ye therefore into the highways [to the Gentiles], and as many as ye shall find, bid [invite] to the marriage [to be saved].
“So those servants [witnesses] went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the KING came in to see the guests, HE saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment [he was an unrepentant sinner, not dressed in white, but was filthy]: And HE saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the KING to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called [the whole world is called], but few [only those who keep GOD’S commandments] are chosen” (Matthew 22:2-14).
GOD knows every hair on your head. HE knows all things, even when a little sparrow dies (Matthew 10:29-30).16 HE has the power to pull the breath out of whomever HE wants.17 HE told the Hebrews that HE would kill all the firstborn of Egypt, and they had to acknowledge the blood of the LAMB by placing the lamb’s blood on their door posts and lintels of their houses so they would not be smitten (Exodus 12:12-13, 21-23). HE knew who the firstborn were, all of their addresses, and HE knew who it was that doubted HIM.18 They all died that night, even the firstborn of Pharaoh.
HE knows where you are. The air you breathe is HIS LIFE, HIS SPIRIT, HIS BREATH, or WIND, that HE gives you. HE can pull it out of you whenever HE pleases, and HE will.19 So, before HE does, why don’t you say this prayer, so you can be saved, and then begin living for HIM? This is what it’s all about. This is the big picture!
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 former 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
After salvation, JESUS said to be baptized, fully submerged in water, in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY SPIRIT.12 Then study the King James Version Bible, and, for your benefit and the benefit of others, do what it says.13
CHRIST and GOD the FATHER now live in you through the HOLY SPIRIT. There is a way you can receive a fuller portion of the divine nature of GOD in you. The more the divine nature of GOD lives in you, the more you will be able to stand against the temptations that have so easily moved so many millions of Christians away from salvation. Pray for the baptism in the HOLY SPIRIT.14 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 (Hebrews 12:14).
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If you want the world saved, as JESUS commands, then don’t rob GOD of HIS tithes and offerings. GOD said, “Will a man rob GOD? Yet ye have robbed ME. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed THEE? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed ME, even this whole nation [and this whole world]. Bring ye all the tithes [a ‘tithe’ is 10% of your gross income] into the storehouse, that there may be meat [Spiritual food] in MINE house [souls saved], and prove ME now herewith, saith the LORD of HOSTS, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of HOSTS. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of HOSTS” (Malachi 3:8-12).
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1. Psa. 9:17, Prov. 9:13-18, Isa. 33:14, 66:24, Mal. 4:1, Matt. 3:12, 5:29, 7:13, 8:11-12, 10:28, 13:30, 38-42, 49-50, 22:1-14, 24:48-51, chap. 25, Luke 16:23-26, John 5:28-29, 2 Thes. 1:7-9, Heb. 10:26-29, 2 Pet. 2:1-9, Rev. 14:9-11, 19:20, 20:10-15, 21:8 return
4. Gen. 2:7, 6:17, 7:22, Deut. 32:39, I Sam. 2:6, 1 Kings 14:1-13, Job 34:14-15, 21-22, 25, Psa. 104:29, Isa. 29:15-16, 38:1-16, 42:5, 9, 46:9-10, 48:5, Jer. 1:5, Ezek. 37:5-10, Luke 12:16-21, Heb. 4:13, James 4:13-15 return
13. Jer. 3:14-18, 31:31-34, Hos. chap. 2, Matt. 6:19-21, John 3:3-8, 27-29, 14:2-4, 2 Cor. 11:2, Eph. 5:23-32, Rev. 7:13-17, 19:7-9, 21:2-4, 7, 9-27, 22:1-5, 12-14 Isa. 1:18-20, Matt. 26:28, Luke 24:46-47, John 6:51, Rom. 5:6-21, Gal. 4:4-5, Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:6-28, 10:4-21 return
16. 2 Chron. 16:9, Job 31:4, 34:21-22, 25, Psa. 44:21, 66:7, 139:1-6, 12-16, Prov. 15:3, 11, Isa. 29:15-16, 42:9, Ezek. 11:5, Dan. 2:28-29, Amos 9:1-4, Matt. 10:28-31, Luke 16:15, Heb. 4:13, 1 John 3:20 return
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. Matt. 28:18-20, John 3:5, Acts 2:38, 19:3-5 return
13. Deut. 4:29, 13:4, 26:16, Josh. 1:8, 22:5, 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:14-17, James 1:22-25, Rev. 3:18 return
14. Isa. 28:11-12, Joel 2:28-29, Luke 3:16, 11:9-13, John 1:29-34, 7:37-39, 14:15-29, 15:26, 16:7-14, Acts 1:1-8, 2:1-18, 32-39, 5:29-32, 19:1-7, Rom. 5:3-5, 15:13 return