UPON THIS ROCK
by Tony Alamo
One sunny day in Israel, JESUS asked HIS disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am? And they said, Some say that THOU art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” JESUS said unto them, “But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, THOU art the CHRIST, the SON of the living GOD” (Matthew 16:13-16).
“And JESUS answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but MY FATHER [It was GOD who is in Heaven, the HOLY SPIRIT—‘and they that worship HIM must worship HIM in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:24).] And upon this ROCK [this fact, that I am the only begotten SON of GOD] I will build MY Church [which is the one and only true Church in the universe]; and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:17-18).
JESUS never meant that Peter was the Rock of Ages. GOD said that JESUS is the Rock of Ages, the chief cornerstone of the building of GOD, the Church.1 The Scriptures identify JESUS as THE ROCK throughout the entire Bible.2 First Corinthians 10:4 states they all did drink from that spiritual ROCK, and that ROCK was JESUS.
Why are almost all Christian churches—if they are truly the churches of CHRIST—on their way to Hell, if the gates of Hell are not supposed to be able to prevail against them? The simple answer to this is that they are not CHRIST’S churches; they are not built upon CHRIST, THE ROCK.
Second Thessalonians, chapter 2, verse 3 states that CHRIST shall not return to the earth until there comes a falling away first (a falling away of all the churches that used to be CHRIST’S churches). Churches that once were built upon CHRIST, the WORD of GOD, which stop exercising the WORD of GOD, have fallen away. There is no doctrine in the entire Bible of “once saved, always saved.”3 That sort of doctrine is the doctrine of devils (1 John 4:1-3). These churches have already fallen away like swarms of flies being sprayed by very lethal pesticides. They are no longer of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
JESUS commands us to, “Enter ye in at the strait gate [the only right gate]: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13).4
The universe is presently being shaken by GOD. Hebrews, chapter 12, verses 25-26 states, “See that ye refuse not HIM that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from HIM that speaketh from Heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now HE hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also Heaven.”
However, the Church of CHRIST is not shaken by the gates of Hell, nor can it be shaken by the power of GOD, because GOD does not oppose HIMSELF. “And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace [GOD’S life in us], whereby we [CHRIST’S Church] may serve GOD acceptably with reverence and Godly fear: For our GOD is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:27-29).
CHRIST’S Church can never be shaken. In Matthew, chapter 24, verses 13-15, JESUS says, “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.5 And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place.” This is when you see the New World Order, the one-world government, the U.N., and the Vatican, working together as the fourth world power, different from all the former three world powers (mentioned by Daniel the prophet), in that it is truly worldwide.6 It is anti-GOD, anti-CHRIST, anti-Christian, exceedingly blasphemous, and exceedingly cruel, without regard to GOD or man. It is Satan’s government—today’s government.
In Daniel’s vision, found in Daniel, chapter 7, verse 7, Daniel speaks of the fourth and last kingdom which GOD calls “the beast,” the Antichrist, the government which is totally Satan, again, today’s government. In his vision, Daniel saw this beast, or last world kingdom in which we currently are living, to be “dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly [as it currently is]; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was different from all the beasts [nations] that were before it [because it is Satan’s one-world nation, and is anti-CHRIST].”
After this last, worldly, satanic kingdom does all the evil it will do, “I [Daniel] beheld till [all] the [worldy] 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 pure wool: HIS throne was like the fiery flame, and HIS wheels [UFOs7] as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before HIM [GOD]: thousand thousands ministered unto HIM [GOD], and ten thousand times ten thousand [this is 100 million] stood before HIM: the judgment was set, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:9-10).
This victorious assembly is CHRIST’S Church, built on CHRIST, the solid Rock of Ages.8 These are the saints that have overcome sin, Satan, the flesh, and the world.9 All those who have been pretending to be Christians, or those who have fallen away from CHRIST, will not be in this assembly.10 They will be screaming their heads off in the Lake of Fire throughout eternity, which never ends.11
Grace is CHRIST with the FATHER by the SPIRIT living in us, who is the Rock which CHRIST’S Church is built on.12 This is the church that the gates of Hell cannot prevail against (Matthew 16:18). We gain the victory by the blood of the LAMB, which keeps us sinless, and the word of our testimony, which is CHRIST, the Living WORD (Revelation 12:11).
In Second Corinthians, chapter 12, verses 5-9, CHRIST told the Apostle Paul how he could conquer the thorn in his flesh mentioned in Second Corinthians 12:7. Paul stated he will glory in his infirmities: “For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool [‘The fool has said in his heart, There is no GOD’ (Psalm 14:1).]; for I will say the truth: but I now forebear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. [It would be a sin to worship the Apostle Paul.] And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh [this obviously was poor eyesight], the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the LORD thrice [in prayer], that it might depart from me. And HE said unto me, MY grace is sufficient for thee.” In other words, JESUS is telling Paul that HE, JESUS, living with the FATHER by the SPIRIT in him, is sufficient. There is power in HIM, in CHRIST—actually more than enough power—to prevail against the very gates of Hell, as JESUS told HIS disciples.13 HIS grace is also sufficient for you, in these troublesome last days of time, to help you endure all hardness and stand as a good soldier of JESUS CHRIST (2 Timothy 2:3). For only those who shall endure to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:13).
Begin your salvation 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
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 Diligently study the King James Version Bible, and do what it says until the day you die13
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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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Upon This Rock footnotes:
3. 1 Chron. 28:9, Ezek. 33:12-13, Matt. 5:13, 12:43-45, 24:45-51, Luke 9:62, John 15:6, Rom. 11:22, Gal. 2:17-18, Col. 1:21-23, 1 Tim. 1:19, 2 Tim. 2:12, Heb. 3:6-19, 4:1-11, 6:4-8, 10:25-31, 38-39, 1 Pet. 4:17-18, 2 Pet. 2:20-22, 1 John 3:6-10, 2 John 9, Jude 5-6, Rev. 2:4-5, 3:2-3 return
12. Ezek. 36:27, John 14:15-20, 23, 26, 15:3-7, 17:21-23, 26, Rom. 8:9-17, 1 Cor. 3:9, 16-17, 2 Cor. 5:17-21, 6:16-18, Gal. 2:20, Eph. 3:16-21, Phlp. 2:13, Col. 1:27-29, 2 Tim. 1:14, 1 John 3:24, 4:4, Rev. 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