by Tony Alamo
The twelfth chapter of Revelation works hand in hand with chapter five of Revelation and chapter seven of Daniel. It also has to do with a revelation that GOD gave unto me several years ago. One of those revelations I’ve mentioned in a piece of literature titled “The Tree.”
It was one of the most beautiful nights, around 8 p.m., just before the service at the LORD’S church in Los Angeles. I was outside in front of the church looking at the sky and admiring this gigantic oak tree which stood about forty or fifty feet from the church building, which at one time had been the old Wilson’s Restaurant. This gigantic tree was a wonder to me, but I now know that GOD used it to show me how huge and dead the world government and its followers are. At that time, however, I didn’t realize it was a symbol of such a thing.
From my heart, I prayed to GOD, saying, “LORD, please make me as strong as that oak tree.” HE immediately told me, “You’ll have to be a hundred million times stronger than that tree.” To be as strong as that tree in my short lifetime would have been sufficient, more than enough for me, so I laughed a little inside, thinking, “How could anyone be as strong as that gigantic oak tree, let alone be one hundred million times stronger than that oak tree?”
I went into the church, got on the platform behind the pulpit, and told the packed congregation my conversation with the LORD with a smile on my face and a little laugh. The entire congregation laughed. And then, all at once, the building shook, and we heard a loud crash. Several of the men in the congregation rushed to the windows and looked outside while I was saying, “Wouldn’t that be something if that was the tree?” And they turned to me with shocked faces and said, “That is the tree!” This huge tree fell over by itself without there being any wind or any earthquake. It was the biggest tree I had ever seen in my life, and we had been looking at it for about twenty years at that time. It was awesome-looking, lying on the ground with its roots pointing upward, especially after the LORD told me that I had to be a hundred million times stronger than that tree. When I had told the congregation about what the LORD had said, they all laughed. It seemed like a joke to them and to me. In reality, the tree was dead. I didn’t know that the roots of the tree were very close to the surface of the ground, and I didn’t find this out until later.
This oak tree is symbolic of the deceived people of the world. “Satan…deceiveth the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). If you have been deceived by Satan, you are spiritually dead, and it is time to wake up!1 For years, I never realized the fullness of the message about that tree. However, I am now older and wiser, and this is because of my relationship with the LORD.
Another vision that I had from the LORD was this silhouette of bleachers with a lot of people’s silhouettes sitting on them. There was a beam of light coming down from Heaven, like a spotlight, and in the spotlight were the silhouettes of Sue and me busily reaching out into the pitch-black darkness for lost souls to pull into the spotlight. The spotlight was moving from one place to another very quickly. Sometimes we would have somebody’s arm come into the spotlight, then they would pull back into the pitch-black darkness. Sometimes half of their body would come into the spotlight, and then they would violently pull back into the pitch-black darkness. The bleachers were filled with supposed-to-be Christians who were only looking at what Sue and I were doing. They were not doing anything to help us bring souls into the spotlight. Again, this spotlight was coming down from Heaven, from GOD, and this vision showed me that only Sue and I were involved in the soul-winning project from GOD.
GOD’S Holy WORD tells us that we are not to be the only two people doing the work of GOD. Just as every human has more than one or two body parts, so also the Body of CHRIST has more than two body parts.2 This is proven in many ways in Old and New Testament Scriptures, and even in the Old Testament on Judgment Day. Daniel 7:9-10 states, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the ANCIENT of DAYS [GOD] did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of HIS head like the [color of] pure wool: HIS throne was like the fiery flame, and HIS wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before HIM: thousand thousands ministered unto HIM, and ten thousand times ten thousand [one hundred million] stood before HIM: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” Again, ten thousand times ten thousand equals one hundred million souls. This is the number of the composition of the Body of CHRIST ministering on Judgment Day, one hundred million, which is the number that is one hundred million times stronger than only Sue and me and that dead oak tree.
I have to be a member of that body of Christians. You too will have to be a member of that body of a hundred million and millions more. You will be a member of that body here on earth, or you will not be a member of that strong body of Christians on Judgment Day. And if you are a member of CHRIST’S Body, you are very strong—one hundred million times stronger than you ordinarily were.
Peter stated, “THOU art the CHRIST, the SON of the living GOD. And JESUS answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it [that I, JESUS, am the ROCK of AGES, the MESSIAH, the SON of the living GOD] unto thee, but MY FATHER which is in Heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock [this truthful fact that I am the Rock] I will build MY Church; [in other words, the Church is to be built with one hundred million members and other millions, not one or two members like Peter or Sue and me. When the Church has more than one hundred million and millions of other members in CHRIST’S Body, which in reality, again, is the actual Body of CHRIST doing HIS work here on earth, then] the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it [no one can do anything against it]” (Matthew 16:16-18).
Now there is a church called The Church of Christ. They believe that because they call themselves The Church of Christ, that they are the only church of GOD. They don’t believe in musical instruments, and they believe that it is Scriptural. They should read the 150th Psalm and many other Scriptures. They also believe that all of their singing should be done a cappella (without music). Worse than this, they believe that water baptism saves your soul, rather than faith in the blood of JESUS, which takes away the sins from a person’s sinful soul.3 They don’t believe that a church is a church if you don’t call it by the name “CHRIST.” Should all the books of the Bible be called CHRIST? Should Ezekiel or Isaiah or Jeremiah be called the book of CHRIST? Should Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John be called CHRIST? How would we identify the different servants of GOD, and how would we be able to find different Scriptures quickly if we didn’t identify each prophet or each Church that CHRIST bought with HIS own blood? We couldn’t!
The name of the true Church of GOD is simply called the Church, the Body of CHRIST, the Bride of CHRIST, the New Jerusalem.4 I am a member of that Church, the Body of CHRIST; and the LORD’S Church which I pastor is called Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. This is done so that you can know that I am not a member of a cult.
Revelation 5:11 states, “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand [which is one hundred million, and the gates of Hell cannot prevail against that many SPIRIT-filled Christians], and thousands of thousands.” This Scripture shows that we need the angels and the elders. The elders are found in the Old Testament, so we need the Old Testament as well as the New Testament if we don’t want the gates of Hell to prevail against us; and if we don’t want the gates of Hell to prevail against us, we will be a member of CHRIST’S Body.
Revelation 12:1 states, “And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” This is symbolic of the Bride of CHRIST, which is built of lively stones, including Moses, the prophets, and those who believed in the coming of the MESSIAH, not only in the Old Testament but throughout the New Testament. The twelve stars in her crown are symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament, which believed that the MESSIAH would come, along with those of us who acknowledge that the MESSIAH has come into the world, lived a sinless life, was crucified, was buried, resurrected on the third day, and after forty days ascended into Heaven, where HE now makes intercession for all of those who want to repent of their sins and serve GOD, those who wish to be a member of the Church that the gates of Hell cannot prevail against.5
Then this Scripture talks of the persecution, of the pain of the Church, the Body of CHRIST: verse 3 states, “And there appeared another wonder in Heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Verse 5 states, “And she brought forth a man child [CHRIST], who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron [which is the WORD of GOD]: and her child was caught up unto GOD, and to HIS throne [this was the ascension into Heaven of CHRIST].” Verse 7 states, “And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him… And they overcame him by the blood of the LAMB, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death [until the day they died]... And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child” (Revelation 12:7-9, 11, 13). This is why the Christians cannot be divided, but must be one body,6 because Satan’s world government is against us.7 If we are not divided, he shall not prevail against us, so we need to immediately unite. Forget about denominations and become a part of the Church.
“And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. [This is persecution and prosecution by ambush. The judicial system, which denies the WORD of GOD, has stacked the deck against us. They hate the WORD of GOD and will not allow it, instead receiving lies and denying the truth]… And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of GOD, and have the testimony of JESUS CHRIST. [This fourth and last world kingdom was fierce and dreadful, but in CHRIST we smile. I, as well as Daniel, had a vision of this kingdom.]” (Revelation 12:15, 17).
Daniel 7:7 states, “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, 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 [different] from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.”
My vision of this was of a huge, dreadful-looking robot. Its head reached up to heaven. It had big, triangular iron teeth, and the head was like a furnace—you could see the red of fire in its eyes and mouth. It was very gruesome. This monster was moving towards me rapidly from side to side with a hatred that can’t be explained, and it was like it was ambushing me. It was so frightening that I couldn’t look at it any longer, so I came against it with the blood of JESUS. This creature is made of the very devils that were cast down from Heaven with Satan’s government, which is making war against those of us who are of CHRIST.
It is almost Judgment Day, and those of you who are deceived don’t realize how late it is because you are not being persecuted. You think you are just fine, but GOD has sent me to warn you to immediately prepare to meet your GOD. You better stick up for one another, and you better get your eyes off of this world because it’s all over. “Love not the world,” but shun it (1 John 2:15).8 You may think you are saved, but maybe you’re not. Ask the LORD to save your soul. Then be baptized (fully submerged in water) in the name of the FATHER, in the name of the SON, and of the HOLY SPIRIT (Matthew 28:18-20). Study HIS WORD and get busy for GOD. Do something for HIM; keep HIS commandments. Start out now by saying this prayer:
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
Now that you are saved, serve GOD with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). Study the Scriptures, and do what they say until the day you die (2 Timothy 2:15, 3:14-17).
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One Hundred Million footnotes:
1. Prov. 6:9-11, Matt. 13:10-15, 15:13-14, 23:13-15, 24:11-12, 24, chap. 25, Luke 13:23-28, John 8:42-47, 1 Cor. 11:29-32, 2 Cor. 11:13-15, Eph. 5:13-18, 2 Thes. 2:3-12, 1 Pet. 5:8, 2 Pet. 2:1-3, 10-22, 1 John 3:8-12, Rev. 12:9 return
2. Rom. 12:5-8, 1 Cor. 10:16-17, 12:4-30, Gal. 3:26-29, Eph. 2:18-22, 3:5-7, 4:1-7, 11-16 return
3. Lev. 17:11, Isa. 53:4-12, Matt. 26:28, Acts 20:28, Rom. 3:24-26, 5:8-9, Eph. 1:7, 2:8-9, 13-20, Heb. 9:6-28, 12:24, 13:11-12, 20-21, 1 Pet. 1:18-20, 1 John 1:7-10, Rev. 1:4-6, 5:9, 7:14 return
4. Rom. 7:4, 1 Cor. 10:16-17, 12:27, Eph. 1:22-23, 4:12, Col. 1:18, 24, Heb. 12:22-23, Rev. 3:12, 19:7, 21:9-27, 22:17 return
5. Luke chap. 24, Acts 1:1-9, Rom. 8:34, Heb. 4:13-16, 7:19-28 return
6. Eccl. 4:12, 19-27, Matt. 18:18-20, John 17:20-23, Rom. 12:4-8, 15:5-6, 1 Cor. 1:9-10, 10:16-17, 12:4-31, Eph. 2:11-22, 4:1-16, Phlp. 1:27-30, Col. 2:18-19, 3:9-17 return
7. Dan. 7:1-3, 7, 2 Thes. 2:3-4, Rev. 11:3-12, 12:12-17, 13:1-7, 17:1-6, 12-15, 19:11-19, 20:4 return
8. John 17:14-19, 2 Cor. 6:14-18, 1 Tim. 6:10-12, 2 Tim. 2:22, James 4:4, 1 Pet. 2:9-12, 2 Pet. 2:19-22 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