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"WAIT"

by

Tony Alamo

Many ministers have never preached a word of error in their entire ministries. Still, they have never told the truth concerning both the necessity and the importance of the baptism with the Holy Spirit, which is complete salvation. The most important message today, not only for the churches but also for the world, is the message from Christ Himself to wait until we receive the promise of the Father, the "power from on high," which is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, before ever entering the ministry of the Most High God (Luke 24:49).1

Some of the most prominent ministries in the world continue to preach against the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is the power of God unto salvation2 They say it is no longer available, that it was only available for the apostles and for those who ministered in the days of the apostles. Who in their right mind would pay attention to what a church teaches if it is contrary to the Word of God? We must both receive and preach the scriptures that tell us for whom the baptism of the Holy Spirit is intended. Who does the Bible say the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for? God, in His Word, said the baptism of the Holy Spirit was for the apostles, who were all Jewish, for their children, who were all Jewish, for "...all that are afar off [the Gentiles,3 and], even as many as the Lord our God shall call [this means every child of God throughout every age]" (Acts 2:39).

My question to you churches that preach such heresy is, "Have you been called? Are you children of God?" If you say, "Yes, we certainly have been called, and we are children of the Lord," then tell me, why are you preaching that which is contrary to what was taught by Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and all the apostles? Again, the Apostle Peter teaches that the Holy Spirit is to "as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:39). And why have you not received the promise of the Father, the power from on high, which is obviously the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

The scripture revealing those "that are afar off" are the Gentiles is Ephesians 2:13-14: "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us." Here the Apostle Paul is speaking to one of the many Gentile nations, the Greeks of Ephesus.

Today’s most prominent ministries do not have the promise of the Father nor the power of God living in them to minister. They are not God’s ministry.4 They are the ministries of flesh. If they had been baptized with the Holy Spirit, they would have become instruments of the Holy Spirit, soul winners. Hundreds of millions of souls would not have just joined these churches but would have become saved, born again of water and of the Spirit.5 But they are operating in the flesh. They don’t have the promise of the Father, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. If we are not first baptized with the Holy Spirit, then continuously renewed in the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that our flesh might be mortified each day, we are not willing to pay the price for this baptism of salvation and power. If we are not baptized with the Holy Spirit, we will be responsible before God for every soul that might have been saved through us but wasn’t because we had not first obtained salvation for ourselves. You may be a preacher who has not preached an erroneous word in your life, but if you have never preached the truth regarding the baptism of the Holy Spirit regarding complete salvation, you will be held responsible for every soul that might have been saved and become an instrument of God but wasn’t because you held back the truth regarding the power of God, which is the Lord’s salvation.6

The war we wage against Satan must be waged by God’s Spirit, His power, and His life living in and through us, not by our flesh.7 Jesus said, "Without Me [with the Father by the Spirit living in you] ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). The ministries that have not waited for the promise of the Father, the power from on high, which again is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, "profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate" (Titus 1:16). They are reprobate, or rejected by God, because it is not Him doing the work in them. They have "a form of godliness [with their ceremonies, affected voices, music, songs, and other carnal noise], but [deny] the power thereof" (II Tim.3:5). Again, the war between God and Satan for the souls of human beings is a war being waged by the Spirit of the Triune God living in us against the spirit of Satan.8 It cannot be fought or won by those jaded, puffed-up, unregenerated ministers that are still filled with sin.9

First, we "must be born again" of Water, which is symbolic of our believing the Word of God and obeying it.10 After this, we must go a step further, just as Christ and the apostles did. We must be born again of the Spirit. This means we must be baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire before we can enter Christ’s ministry and be used by the Lord.11 The command to us all is not only to be born again of Water, but to be born again of the Spirit.12 We cannot be saved by merely learning the Word of God, which is the Water.13 We must believe the Word, which tells us we must be baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire before we can even be saved, let alone enter the ministry of God.

We must first learn and believe the Word of God until we thoroughly know it. We must then be baptized in water, H20, the water we drink and bathe in, then receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, just as Christ did before He entered His public ministry at the age of thirty and just as the apostles did on the day of Pentecost.14

Even though Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, He also had to become a human babe and gradually grow into a child.15 The third chapter of Luke tells of His human genealogy. "The Heir [Christ Himself], as long as He is a child [as long as He is still not ready for His public ministry], differeth nothing from a servant [we who have to wait as He had to wait], though He be Lord of all; But is under tutors and governors [as we must be] until the TIME APPOINTED OF THE FATHER [until the time of His maturity, after His water baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist, when He was baptized with the Holy Spirit]" (Gal. 4:1-2). "And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Phlp. 2:8).

Throughout this process He had to learn the Word of God and obey it, just as we must learn the Word of God and obey it, so we might receive the Spirit of the Word incorporated within it, which is God.16 After we have become the sons of God, we, like Jesus, must humble ourselves as He did and study the Word thoroughly until Christ the Word is fully formed in us.17 This prepares us for the work we were called to do.18 We must have Christ with the Father by the Spirit live and work in our human bodies to witness that the incarnation of the Word is in our bodies, which are the temples of God.19 Millions have understood this process and have subjected themselves to it. Disobeying this process, which Christ commands us to go through, will cost a person their salvation.20 It is a sin to disobey God’s process because this is the process we must pass through in order to be saved.21 Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). To disobey or rebel against any of God’s Word is sin, and no one with sin on their souls shall enter the kingdom of Heaven22 We must be without spot or blemish to enter the kingdom of Heaven.23 And no one can cease from sin without believing and obeying the Word, being baptized with the Holy Spirit, and being renewed by the Spirit daily.24

Romans 8:2 speaks of the law of the Spirit. It states that we must walk in the Spirit in order to not be condemned.25 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit" (KJV). "Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit" (John 3:6, Orig. Gk.).26 It is impossible to cease from sin without subjecting ourselves to the process of God’s plan of salvation for us, which most certainly depends upon our being baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.27 To have peace on earth is to have peace with God.28 "The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked" (Isa. 57:20-21). The wicked are those who do not believe God, those who do not keep His commandments, and those who reject the baptism of the Holy Spirit and teach against it.

If Christ needed to be anointed with the baptism of the Holy Spirit before entering His public ministry, and if the apostles needed the baptism of the Holy Spirit before they entered their public ministry, then how much more do we in these last days need to be baptized with the Holy Spirit before entering our public ministries? Jesus received the baptism with the Holy Spirit in this way: After being baptized by John and rising from the water, "the Spirit of God [descended] like a dove, and [lighted] upon Him: And lo a voice from Heaven [said], This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased" (Matt. 3:16-17).

Another scripture which proves not only that Christ had to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, but was baptized with the Holy Spirit, is Acts 2:33. Here Peter by the Holy Spirit said, Jesus "therefore being by the right hand of God exalted...RECEIVED OF THE FATHER THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT." Peter goes on to show us that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was the promise of the Father to the thousands of souls who witnessed the baptism of the Holy Spirit poured out from Heaven upon the apostles and disciples on the day of Pentecost in these words: "He [Jesus after His ascension into Heaven] has poured out what you now see and hear" (Acts 2:33, Orig. Gk.). Peter is saying here that the promise is the promise of the Holy Spirit, or the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is the promise mentioned in Acts 1:4-5, Acts 2:33, and Acts 2:39. Peter, who was anointed by the Holy Spirit, said unto them, "Repent, and be baptized [by water] every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and [then] YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. For the promise is unto you" (Acts 2:38-39). It is plain in this passage that the promise is the promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

After Jesus received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit led Him in His public ministry by first leading Him "into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil" (Matt. 4:1).29 Acts 10:38 states, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power [the baptism of the Holy Spirit]: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him."

In the synagogue, Christ confessed the fulfillment of His receiving the promise of the Father, the power from on high, which again was the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He did this as He was reading the scripture from the book of Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord’’ (Luke 4:18-19, Isa. 61:1-3). Again, Hebrews 1:9 says, "You [Jesus] have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has set You above Your companions by anointing You with the oil of joy" (Orig. Gk.).30

The phrase "set above His companions by anointing Him with the oil of joy," means the Lord was baptized with the Holy Spirit, the power of God from on high, at the very beginning of His public ministry while His companions, the disciples, were not baptized with the Holy Spirit "the oil of joy" until the day of Pentecost, approximately three and a half years later.31 When Christ ascended into Heaven, He became the Holy Spirit, the Father, as well as the Comforter.32

While Christ physically walked with His disciples on earth, it was impossible for Him to enter and live in them spiritually with the Father by the Spirit. This is because Christ was still in His physical or human body. He had to leave His body, re-enter it three days later, resurrect, be transformed ecclesiastically, ascend into Heaven, become the Holy Spirit with the Father, the Comforter, in order to pour Himself with the Father by the Spirit into all of His apostles and disciples, as well as every child of God in every age. Only after His ascension into Heaven, and only after He became the Holy Spirit, the Father, and the Comforter, was He able to send Himself, with all of the power He possessed for witnessing and miracles, into His disciples, as well as into anyone who would be obedient to God’s process of salvation for them as outlined in the Word.33 God’s process for salvation is exactly the same today as it was then.34 Nothing has changed. Everyone must be "born [again] of Water and of the Spirit" in order to first become a son of God, then enter the Kingdom of Heaven.35

Even though Christ’s disciples believed the Word, which is God, they still needed to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, which means they needed to be baptized with the power from on high before Christ with the Father by the Spirit could be poured into them, could witness in them, and could witness through them, as well as do other miracles through them.36 If they had not waited in Jerusalem until they were clothed with power, they would not have been saved. Christ commanded His disciples not to depart from Jerusalem but to "WAIT for the promise of the Father [before they could enter His ministry]...For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence" (Acts1:4-5). If they had not waited, they would have been sinners, disobedient, rebellious. They could not have been saved and could never have kept God’s commandments without the power from on high, the same power with which Jesus was anointed.

His disciples were obedient. They did wait and were anointed with that same power given them by their having received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.37 They were now not just born again of water, but also of the Spirit. They were then saved, "born [again] of Water and of the Spirit," and fully prepared for their public ministry (John 3:5).

Jesus said, "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you" (Acts 1:8). He did not say before the Holy Spirit comes upon you. He said, "after" the Holy Spirit comes upon you. If you do not have the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you do not have Christ with the Father by the Spirit living in you. In other words, you do not have His power the Comforter. Jesus makes it plain and simple. If you are not going to believe Jesus, the Word of God, then you are not saved.38 If you don’t believe you shall have power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you, then you don’t believe God’s Word, the Water, and you don’t have His power, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, you are not saved.39 Again, we are only saved by believing the Word of God, which is Christ Himself.40 Then we must be filled with God’s Spirit, His power from on high, the Triune God.

If Christ, the apostles, their children, those that are far off, and all those who are called by God to be in Christ’s ministry must be baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire before entering the ministry of God, then who are those that preach against these true Words of God and His power but the devil himself?41 We don’t see the manifestation of the great power of God today because those who suppose themselves to be in the ministry of God, like Eve, have believed another damnable doctrine of Satan rather than the Words of Truth, the Word of God and His power.42 John the Baptist told the entire nation of Israel, "I indeed baptize you [all believers] with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire" (Matt. 3:11).

The Word of God is God.43 The Word of God incarnate is Christ.44 The Word of God is the seed of God.45 It must be sown by the Spirit into human souls through men who are filled with the baptism of the Holy Spirit.46 The Word of God is also the spiritual water in the Bible that makes the Spirit of God, or the life of God, grow after the spiritual Word, the seed, has been sown into people47 not only by spiritual men, but nowadays by spiritual women as well.48 Jesus said, "The words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). Jesus also said, "Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you" (John 15:3).

Being born again of water does not mean being baptized in H20, the water we drink and bathe in. What it does mean is believing with all our hearts in the whole Word of God. To say we believe in the Word of God but don’t believe His power can live in us is to deny God’s method for our being born again both of water and of Spirit. The first question the Apostles asked the small clusters of Christians they found here and there was, "Have ye received the Holy Spirit since ye believed?"49 In Acts 19:2 the believers told them, "We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Spirit." Though they believed the Word, these new Christians’ salvation was not yet complete because they were only born again of water. They were born again of the Water, the Word, but not yet of the Spirit. When the Apostle Paul heard them, he baptized them in H20, the water we drink and bathe in. Then "when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them" (Acts 19:6). They were immediately filled with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The evidence was their speaking in tongues.50 The Apostle Paul would not have been an apostle if he had left the company of these newly born Christians without being positively sure that the most important and necessary completion of their salvation had taken place.

It is evident that some of them did not continue on in the Lord but instead became hardened.51 Those who have committed such an evil act as this can never be restored to repentance.52 Acts 19:9 shows that even though all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, several of them became hardened and fell away, proving the fallacy of "once saved, always saved." These Christians were fully saved, yet they fell away for one reason or another. All those who teach the false doctrine "once saved, always saved" are laden with sin because they don’t have the power from on high, the baptism of the Holy Spirit.53 They have sin-loving hearts. They have chosen to believe a lie. They preach that sin and corruption can and will enter the kingdom of Heaven, when God’s Word plainly states, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?" (I Cor. 6:9). We must be without spot and blemish, totally without sin on our souls, in order to enter the kingdom of Heaven.54 We must be totally clean, totally pure, and as white as snow.55 The Apostle John stated, "He that committeth sin is of the devil" (I John 3:8). There are hundreds of scriptures which tell the same truths, such as the truth that one-third of the angels in Heaven fell away.56 God will not allow anyone to enter Heaven who does not believe and obey every portion of His Word, which is truth.57

Jesus said, "Many [powerless, incomplete ministers who did it their way rather than Christ’s] will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity" (Matt. 7:22-23). Here Jesus is forewarning those that don’t believe the Word and therefore have not received the promise of the Father, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that He "never knew [them]," meaning they were never saved. How can you be a child of God and not know Him? (Matt. 7:23).58 If they believed in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they would not preach against it. Therefore, they don’t even believe the Word of God. This means that they are not born again of Water or of the Spirit.

Again, the Word of God plainly states to "WAIT" before entering the ministry until we have the baptism of the Holy Spirit, "the promise of the Father," the "power from on high" (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4). "If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you" (Rom. 8:11). "Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates [rejects of God]?" (II Cor. 13:5). If you are not resurrected into the life of Christ by the Spirit of God, how can the Spirit of God, which isn’t in you, do anything for God in the world? Again, how can we be saved, be born again, without having the Water, which is total belief in the Word, and the Spirit of power, the Spirit of Christ with the Father, the Comforter, which is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?59

The disciples of Christ were with Him approximately three and a half years. They saw every miracle that He performed and heard all the Words that He spoke.60 These eleven men were the only ones in this whole perishing world that possessed the knowledge of the saving truth.61 They had been commanded and commissioned by Christ to be His witnesses throughout the entire world, "both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8).62 But before Christ allowed them to fulfill this commission, He commanded them to "WAIT" until they received the promise of the Father, the power from on high, which obviously was the baptism of the Holy Spirit..63 God’s Word tells us the ministry of God is not accomplished by man’s power or might, "but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts" (Zech. 4:6).

Some may argue, saying the disciples in Matthew chapter ten, verse eight had the power to "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, [and] cast out devils" before the day of Pentecost. They indeed were given the temporary power or gift to do all these things, just as a donkey in Numbers 22:28-30 was given the temporary power or gift to speak in human language. However, this did not mean that either they or the donkey had the gift of God’s immortal life, or that Christ with the Father by the Spirit was living in them. Samson and many others in the Old Testament received conditional, temporary gifts of power when the Holy Spirit fell upon them from time to time. However, the spiritual baptism, which would let the Spirit, the entire Triune Godhead, live permanently in them on the condition of obedience had not yet been given. They had not yet been thoroughly converted, born again of the Spirit. Jesus told Peter, "When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren" (Luke 22:32). Christ was speaking of the conversion that later took place on the day of Pentecost, when Peter and the others were baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire, thus completing the condition of salvation, being "born [again] of Water and of the Spirit" (John 3:5).

The full conversion of all those in the Old Testament who believed in the coming of Christ and all He would do will occur "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye" on resurrection and Judgment Day (I Cor. 15:52).

If everyone who will enter the kingdom of Heaven must have the promise of the Father and be clothed with the power from on high, which is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, then how could any of the Old Testament patriarchs or the millions of others from those days who believed enter into the kingdom of Heaven without the baptism of the Holy Spirit? It’s obvious that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was not given until the day of Pentecost, after Christ’s public ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension into Heaven. Those in the Old Testament who believed in Christ were born again of water, but when did they become born again of the Spirit so they could enter Heaven? They obviously did. But where in the Bible do we find the answer? God has shown me. I will show you the answers from the Bible in my next publication, August 1999.

Jesus is the commander over the entire universe, as well as over the very elements.64 When He, the Word, spoke, the worlds were framed.65 He upholds the world and the universe by Himself, the Word.66 Can we not have faith in a Word so powerful as this Word? A Spirit so powerful as His powerful Holy Spirit? His Word shall soon beckon from the dead every human that ever died on the soon approaching Judgment Day, and they shall rise to judgment.67 He, the Word, said He knows everything we have ever done and are currently doing.68 Shouldn’t our conduct be governed by His power living in us so that we can have the confidence to know we are going to Heaven and not to Hell?69 We can only have confidence, which brings us joy, happiness, and peace, when we fully believe the Word of God and are obedient to it.70 The disobedient do not have true confidence.71 How can anyone have the peace of God if they are not confident that they are going to Heaven? And how can you go to Heaven if you are not "born of Water and of the Spirit"? You cannot. Again, Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5).

Many years ago, my deceased wife, Susan, was filled with the baptism of the Holy Spirit in one of the large denominational churches. She was asked to leave the church after she received the promise of God, the power from on high. The minister who asked her to leave became a drunk and an elevator operator in an old, run-down building. He later died a lost human soul. The world has seen many powerless, imaginary ministers from every denomination follow suit. These so-called ministers didn’t believe the Word of God. They didn’t receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They weren’t really saved, born of water and of the Spirit. These imaginary ministers make God look weak to the world. The world should read the Bible rather than listen to these ministers of darkness.72 Then they might see how their lives can become powerful after they first become united with the Triune God by their belief in the Word, then are baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire so the Triune God might live and work both in them and through them.73 The Bible is filled with the powerful testimonies of those who have been fully saved.74

The entire world is burdened, discouraged, defeated, and without hope because people have believed the imaginary ministers’ words of discouragement.75 These so-called ministers preach a message of hopelessness, stating that we are but flesh and cannot be baptized with the Holy Spirit.76 They say this baptism was only for the apostles. No wonder people believe they are no more than animals. If we could not be united to Christ with the Father by the Spirit, we would be worse than animals. Most ministries today are not united to Christ with the Father by the Spirit because they have not been "born of water and of the Spirit" (John 3:5). In other words, Christ will not baptize them with the Holy Spirit and with fire because they don’t believe the Word of God. The Comforter, which is the entire life of the Godhead, cannot live in them to give them God’s immortality. They do not have the power to become the sons of God. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name [the Word of God77]" (John 1:12). This scripture says that persons who first believe will be given the power to become the sons of God, or the baptism of the Holy Spirit. These so-called ministers are attempting to fight a spiritual war without the Godhead or Christ’s power living in them.78 That is why the world has seen so many powerless ministers fold up and fall away from God before their very eyes. Many ministers, no doubt, have been ignorant of the contents of this literature taken from the Bible. Therefore, they can have both repentance and power if they receive the Lord and His fullness.

Christ encourages the entire world: "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you [permanent] rest...unto your souls" (Matt. 11:28-29).79 After the Triune God, the Comforter, enters us when we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, He wants to also lead us into every good work of His.80 The road to our adulthood in Christ must first begin at our believing the whole Word of God. Let Christ begin His life in you now by your receiving the Spirit, the life of Him contained within His Word. Assure Him that your faith in His Word will grow more and more every day.81 Then receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father, the power from on high, by seeking it.82

We don’t have to wait to pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit was given on the day of Pentecost and has continuously been given to all those who believe the Word and receive it.83 We must only wait until we receive it before entering Christ’s ministry. You can receive your salvation right now if you believe the Word.84 Anyone can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which will provide them with complete salvation this very moment.

First, you must believe all of the Word of God so that you may be born of water. Then, in thanksgiving, you must ask for and receive the promise of the Father, the power from on high, so that you may be born again not only of water but also of the Spirit. "That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith" (Gal. 3:14).85 We "are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus [the Word]" (Gal. 3:26). Everyone must receive salvation by faith. "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God [the baptism of the Holy Spirit]" (I Cor. 2:5). "The just shall live by faith" (Gal. 3:11).86 All things from God are received by faith.87 Why don't you receive the beginning of your eternal life now by saying this prayer?

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 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.

Pastor Tony Alamo


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Tony Alamo Christian Ministries provides a place to live with all the things necessary for life to all those who truly want serve the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Services held every evening at 8 P.M. and Sunday at 3 P.M. and 8 P.M. at the following locations: 13136 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country, California 91390, 4401 Windsor Dr., Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904. Services are also held in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and fifteen minutes south of Texarkana, Arkansas. Call for locations.

MEALS SERVED AFTER EACH SERVICE

Free transportation to and from services provided at the following locations: 5th and Broadway, Los Angeles, California daily at 5:30 P.M. Sundays at 12:30 P.M. and 5:30 P.M.
Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., Hollywood, California, daily at 6:30 P.M., Sundays at 1:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.

Ask for Pastor Alamo’s book, The Messiah, showing Christ from the Old Testament revealed in over three hundred thirty-three prophecies.
Taped messages are available as well.

CHRIST, THE WORD OF GOD, IS THE ONLY WAY, TRUTH, AND ETERNAL LIFE. 12 PASTOR ALAMO IS INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED FOR USING THE WORD OF GOD ONLY TO PRESENT IT. THIS LITERATURE CARRIES THAT TRUE PLAN OF SALVATION. 13 DO NOT THROW IT AWAY, PASS IT ON TO ANOTHER.

Those of you who are in other countries, we encourage you to translate this literature into your native language.
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© July, 1999 All rights reserved
World Pastor Tony Alamo ® July, 1999

The Tony Alamo Christian Ministries Worldwide is a division of Music Square Church, Inc.


"Wait" footnotes:

1 Psa. 27:14, Isa. 40:31, John 14:16-20, 26, 15:26, 16:7, Acts 1:4-5, 8, Gal. 5:5 return

2 II Tim.3:5, 4:3-4 return

3 Gal. 3:14 return

4 Acts 13:2, 6:3, Rom. 15:16, II Cor. 3:5-6, 6:1, 3-7 return

5 John 3:3, 5 return

6 Ezek. 3:17-21 return

7 II Chron. 32:8, II Cor.10:3-5, Eph.6:11-18, I Pet.5:8-9 return

8 Eph. 6:11-18, Rev. ch. 12, 13:7, 17:14, 19:11-21 return

9 John 6:63, 15:5-6, II Cor. 3:5 return

10 John 3:5, 7, Gal. 3:22, II Tim. 3:15, Heb. 10:22, 11:6, Jas. 2:22, I Pet. 1:9 return

11 Luke 24:47-49, Acts 1:8 return

12 John 3:5 return

13 Isa. 55:10-11, Matt. 13:19-23, John 15:3-5, Eph. 5:26-27, Heb. 10:22, I Pet. 1:23 return

14 Luke 3:21-23, 24:49, Acts 2:1-4 return

15 Luke 2:7, 11-12, 40-47, 52, 3:21-23, Heb. 2:16 return

16 Luke 2:49-52, Acts 5:32, Phlp. 2:8, Heb. 11:6, Jude 20 return

17 Prov. 6:20-23, Matt. 7:24-25, 13:23, Luke 11:28, John 8:31-32, Acts 17:11, Rom. 10:17, 15:4, Eph. 4:13-15, II Tim. 2:15, Jas. 1:21-22, 25, I Pet. 2:2, II Pet. 3:18 return

18 Mark 16:15-16, Luke 3:16-17, 14:23, II Tim. 2:15, 21, I Pet. 3:15 return

19 John 14:16-20, 23, 15:4-8, 17:18, 21-23, I Cor. 6:19-20, 15:10, Gal. 2:20 return

20 Rom. 1:18-19, Eph. 5:6-11, Col. 3:6, Titus 1:16, I Pet. 2:7-8 return

21 Matt. 24:13, Rom. 5:19, Col. 2:12, I Pet. 1:9 return

22 I Cor. 6:9-10, Gal. 5:19-21, Eph. 5:5, Heb. 12:14 return

23 Eph. 5:27, II Pet. 3:14 return

24 Matt. 26:41, Luke 22:40, Eph. 4:13-15 return

25 Rom. 8:1-14 return

26 John 3:6-8 return

27 Zech. 4:6, Matt. 3:11, John 10:1, 9, 11:25-26, 14:6, 15:5, Rom. 8:6-11, 37 return

28 John 14:27, Rom.5:1-11, 15:13, Phlp. 4:7 return

29 Matt. 26:39, Luke 4:1, John 3:34, 4:34, 5:19-23, 27, 30, 6:38-40, 8:28-29, 9:4, 12:49-50, 14:10-12, 17:1-6, 12, Heb. 5:8-9 return

30 Psa. 45:7 return

31 Luke 3:21-22, Acts 2:1-4return

32 John 7:38-39, 10:30, 12:23-24, 14:16-21, 16:7-8, 17:21-23, I John 5:7 return

33 John 12:24,16:7-8, Acts 2:33, Eph. 1:17-23 return

34 Psa. 33:11, Eccl. 3:14, Mal. 3:6, Heb. 13:8 return

35 John 3:5, 7 return

36 Acts 2:37-43, 3:2-8, 4:4, 31, 33, 5:12, 14-16, 6:7-8, 9:17-22, I Thes. 1:5 return

37 Acts 1:8, 2:1-4 return

38 Prov. 13:13, Isa. 5:24, Mark 16:16, Luke 8:12, John 3:18, 36, 8:47, 12:48, I Cor. 1:18, II Thes. 2:12, II Tim. 4:3-4, Heb. 2:1-3, 3:12, 18-19, 4:6, 11-12, II Pet. 3:15-16, Rev. 21:8 return

39 Jas. 2:26 return

40 John 1:1, 14, Acts 15:11, 16:31, II Tim. 3:15-17, I John 5:11-13, Rev. 19:13 return

41 Matt. 13:19, 38-39, John 8:44, Acts 2:38-39, I Tim. 5:15 return

42 Gen. 3:1-6, 11-19, I Tim. 2:14, 4:1-2, II Tim. 4:3-4 return

43 John 1:1, Rev. 19:13 return

44 Matt. 21:9, Luke 2:11, John 1:14, Gal. 4:4-5, Phlp. 2:5-11, I Tim. 2:5-6, I John 1:1-3 return

45 Matt. 13:19-24, I Pet. 1:23, I John 3:9 return

46 Zech. 4:6, Luke 8:5-15, John 15:26, I Pet. 1:23 return

47 Isa. 55:10-11, Matt. 13:19-23, John 15:3-5, Eph. 5:26-27, Heb.10:22, I Pet.1:23 return

48 Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:18 return

49 Acts 19:2, 6, 8:14-17 return

50 Isa. 28:11, Mark 16:17, Acts 2:1-4, 19:2-6, I Cor. 14:21 return

51 Matt. 13:3-7, John 6:65-66, I Tim. 4:1, II Tim. 4:10, Heb. 3:12-13 return

52 Matt. 5:13, Luke 9:62, 11:23-26, 15:6, John 15:6, I Cor. 10:1-12, Gal. 4:9, 5:7, I Tim. 1:19-20, II Tim. 2:12, Heb. 3:12-14, 4:1, 11, 6:4-8, 10:26-29, 38, II Pet. 2:20-22, II John 9, Rev. 2:4, 3:2-3 return

53 Ezra 8:22, Ezek. 3:20, 18:26, 33:12-13 return

54 Matt. 5:20, 6:19-20, I Cor. 6:9-10, Gal. 5:19-21, Eph. 5:5, 27, I Pet. 1:4, II Pet. 3:13, Rev. 21:27 return

55 Eccl. 9:8, Dan. 12:3, Matt. 5:8, 12, Eph. 5:27, II Pet. 3:14, Rev. 7:13-14, 19:7-8 return

56 II Pet. 2:4, Jude 6, Rev. 12:3-4 return

57 Psa. 9:17, I Cor. 6:9-10, Heb. 2:1-4, Rev. 19:20, 20:15, 21:7-8 return

58 Psa. 23, Isa. 9:16, 56:10-11, Jer. 8:8-9, 23:21, 31-32, Matt. 15:7-9, 13-14, 23:13, John 10:27-29, Rom. 8:9, I Tim. 1:7, II Tim. 3:7, Titus 1:10-11, II Pet.. 2:1-3, I John 2:3-4, II John 9 return

59 John 3:3-5 return

60 Luke 1:2-3, John 15:27, Acts 1:21-22, I John 1:1-2 return

61 Matt. 10:27, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:46-48, John 3:13-18, 15:16-27 return

62 Matt. 28:19 return

63 Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4 return

64 Psa. 148:3-5, Matt. 8:24-27, 28:18, Col. 1:16-17, Rev. 4:11 return

65 Gen. 1:2-19, Psa. 33:4, 6-9, John 1:3, I Cor. 8:6, Eph. 3:9, Col. 1:16-17, Heb. 1:2, 10, 11:3, Rev. 3:14 return

66 John 1:1-3, Heb. 11:3 return

67 John 5:28-29, II Cor. 5:10, Rev. 20:11-13 return

68 I Chron. 28:9, Psa. 33:13-15, 44:21, 139:1-4, Job 28:10, 24, 42:2, Heb. 4:13 return

69 I Pet. 1:15-23, II Pet. 3:10-14 return

70 Deut. 1:26-28, 12:28, 28:1-13, Josh. 1:8, Prov. 3:26, 14:26, Luke 11:28, Eph. 3:12, Phlp. 1:25, I John 2:28 return

71 Gen. 3:16-19, Josh. 7:15-26, I Sam. 13:9-14, I Kin.13:1-26, Job 4:19-21, 20:5, 8, 18:14, 21:13, 27:8, 20-21, Psa. 37:1-2, 9-10, 49:6-7, 14, 73:3, 17-20, Prov. 28:1, Isa. 57:20-21, Jonah ch. 1 return

72 Prov. 19:27, Matt. 24:4, Acts 20:29-31, II Cor 11:4, 13-15, Heb. 13:9, Gal. 1:6-9, I Tim. 6:3-4 return

73 John 6:56-58, 14:19-21, 23, 15:5, 7-8, 17:11, 20-23, 26, Rom. 8:10, Gal. 2:20, I John 4:12-13 return

74 Mark 16:19-20, Acts 2:32-36, 5:30-32, Heb. 1:1-4 return

75 Amos 8:11-12, II Pet. ch. 2 return

76 Isa. 8:20, Jer. 10:21, 12:10, Matt. 7:15, 15:9, 14, II Cor. 11:3-4, 13-15, Gal. 1:6-8, I Tim. 4:1-2 return

77 John 1:1, Rev. 19:13 return

78 II Cor. 10:3-5, Eph. 6:11-13 retun

79 I Pet. 1:3-5 return

80 Rom. 8:28, II Cor. 9:8, Titus 2:13-14, Heb. 13:20-21 return

81 Rom. 10:17, Eph. 4:13-15, Col. 2:5-7, Heb. 6:1 return

82 Matt. 21:22, Luke 11:9-13 return

83 Acts 2:1-4, 4:31, 8:15-17, 9:17-18, 10:44-47, 11:15-18, 18:5-6, 19:4-6 return

84 II Tim. 3:15 return

85 Gal. 3:22, Heb. 6:1, Jas. 2:22, Jude 20 return

86 Hab. 2:4, Rom. 1:17, Heb. 10:38 return

87 Gal. 3:14, Heb. 11:1, 6, Jas. 1:6-7 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, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-6 return

5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return

6. Rom. 8:11, 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. Rom. 10:13, Jas. 4:2-3 return

10. Heb. 11:6 return

11. John 8:11, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return

12. John 14:6 return

13. Acts 4:12 return

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