by Tony Alamo
It was nine months before the day of the first Christmas, the birth of CHRIST. GOD was, as usual, sitting on HIS throne in HEAVEN.1 “And HE, [the angel of the LORD] showed me [John, the Apostle] a pure river of water of LIFE, clear as crystal.” [Genesis 1:7 states, ‘And GOD made a firmament (which is the division between the waters of heaven and waters of earth) and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. (These waters above the firmament are the HOLY SPIRIT, the water of LIFE, which GOD sends to every believer in CHRIST2): and it was (and it still is) so.’ Again, this water is not at all polluted, but is pure and clear as crystal], proceeding out of the throne of GOD and of the LAMB. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of LIFE, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2).
This river, which begat JESUS in Mary’s womb, is the same river that will eventually beget CHRIST with the FATHER by the SPIRIT into every future believer in CHRIST.3 This same SPIRIT is the river that shall resurrect everyone from the dead on the last day, some to everlasting LIFE, and some to everlasting shame and damnation (Daniel 12:2, Revelation 20:6).4 Revelation 14:10-11 speaks of the ones that shall suffer everlasting damnation: “the same shall drink of the wrath of GOD, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of HIS indignation, and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the LAMB: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast [the beast is the Vatican’s U.N., one world government, called the new world order, concocted by Cecil Rhodes] and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. [Anyone engaging themselves with this diabolical evil government, which GOD hates, should immediately repent of this sin, then be born again of the SPIRIT, the river of LIFE, and begin working for the LORD.]”
Again, GOD was preparing to send HIS only begotten SON from the throne of GOD into Mary’s womb, by the HOLY SPIRIT, the river of LIFE, to become the first GOD MAN (the last Adam). “And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening [LIFE-GIVING] SPIRIT” (1 Corinthians 15:45). This was to give all of humanity a second chance to recover from lives of sin, from the grip of Satan, and from an everlasting eternity in Hell, in the lake of fire and brimstone.5
CHRIST, who is the WORD of GOD, had to be born in the flesh in a different way than anyone else. HE would be a man, yet HE would be sinless because HE was begotten by the HOLY SPIRIT, the river of LIFE, from the throne of the living GOD.6 GOD’S MESSIAH had to flow down from Heaven to become the SON of GOD in a young virgin’s womb.7 Mary was historically known to be around 9 or 10 years old at the time of the immaculate conception of JESUS in her womb. There was a pouring out of GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT at that time on the whole world which has lasted until this very day. This pouring out of the HOLY SPIRIT was prophesied of by the prophet Joel, in Joel 2:28-31: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out of MY SPIRIT upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out MY SPIRIT. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.” Everyone was expecting GOD’S MESSIAH to appear upon the scene at that time.
JESUS was the first human to be born of the RIVER of LIFE (the HOLY SPIRIT). For anyone to stay saved or to continue being saved and of the HOLY SPIRIT, one must drink of the RIVER of LIFE and eat from the TREE of LIFE throughout every day. You must also eat the leaves of the TREE of LIFE every day for the healing of the nations, or you shall surely die.8
In Genesis 2:17, GOD said that the day that you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (the world), “thou shalt surely die.” When you’re not eating from the tree of LIFE and drinking from the river of LIFE throughout every day, you are certainly eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which means you shall surely die.9 This is from GOD, and GOD cannot lie.10 Hebrews 6:18 confirms this fact, stating “that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for GOD to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us [these two immutable things are that we must eat from the tree of LIFE throughout every day and drink from the river of LIFE (which is the HOLY SPIRIT) throughout every day]”.
Isaiah 7:14 states, “Therefore the LORD HIMSELF shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a SON, and shall call his name IMMANUEL.” And again, Isaiah 9:6 states, “For unto us a CHILD is born, unto us a SON is given; and the government shall be upon HIS shoulder; and HIS name shall be called WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR, the MIGHTY GOD, the EVERLASTING FATHER, the PRINCE OF PEACE.”
“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from GOD unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused [engaged] to [an older, mature man named] Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with GOD. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a SON, and shalt call HIS name JESUS. HE shall be great, and shall be called the SON of the HIGHEST: and the LORD GOD shall give unto HIM the throne of HIS father David: And HE shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of HIS kingdom there shall be no end.
“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The HOLY SPIRIT shall come upon thee, and the power of the HIGHEST shall overshadow thee: therefore also that HOLY THING which shall be born of thee shall be called the SON of GOD” (Luke 1:26-35).
There were another 333 prophecies regarding the first coming of CHRIST that were fulfilled on Christmas day and throughout HIS LIFE.11 Many of the people of the world were aware of a few of these prophecies. Even the wicked King Herod became aware of some of them, such as CHRIST being born in Bethlehem of Judea. When wicked King Herod “had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where CHRIST should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule MY people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the YOUNG CHILD, and when ye have found HIM, bring me word again, that I may come and worship HIM also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the YOUNG CHILD was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the YOUNG CHILD with Mary, HIS mother, and fell down, and worshipped HIM: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto HIM gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned of GOD in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the LORD appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the YOUNG CHILD and HIS mother, and flee into Egypt; and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the YOUNG CHILD to destroy HIM. When he arose, he took the YOUNG CHILD and HIS mother by night, and departed into Egypt: and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the LORD by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called MY SON.
“Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not” (Matthew 2:4-18.)
Many people don’t receive CHRIST nor continue in HIM for fear of persecution and tribulation.12 Matthew 13:20-21 states, “But he that received the SEED into stony places [a stony heart], the same is he that heareth the WORD, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the WORD, by and by he is offended”—and I might add, “frightened.” People may say, “Oh! Oh! I didn’t want this! I wanted to have the benefits and glory and rewards of salvation, but not this [persecution and tribulations].” So they fall away from the LORD, then spend eternity in the Lake of Fire, which is far worse than a little tribulation and persecution. We should all thank GOD that JESUS, Mary and Joseph never fell away from their persecution and tribulation.
On Christmas day, the SAVIOR was born. Even more than the SAVIOR, the CREATOR of Heaven and earth was born in the flesh.13 HE also created the sun, the moon, all of the galaxies, planets, and stars, oxygen, gravity, every atom, and every molecule. John 1:3-5 states, “All things were made by HIM; and without HIM was not anything made that was made. In HIM was LIFE, and the LIFE was the LIGHT of men. And the LIGHT shineth in darkness [this dark world]; and the darkness comprehended it not [the darkened, carnal people of this world cannot understand things of the spiritual realm].”
When people visualize CHRIST sitting on HIS throne in Heaven (and we must visualize, otherwise we perish14), we see this river of the water of LIFE “proceeding out of the throne of GOD and of the LAMB [HIS throne] in the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river was there the tree of LIFE [which is also symbolic of JESUS, the WORD of GOD] which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2).
The human mind cannot at all comprehend all of the things that the almighty power of GOD is doing, especially all that HE is doing all at the same time. I will begin first at HIS dealing with the trials and tribulations of every human, their sicknesses, diseases, and infirmities, their happinesses and sorrows, their births and their deaths, their healings, their prayers, their ministering and receiving of HIS WORD, their wars and their rumors of wars. Then there are HIS dealings with people who are contemplating murder, abortions, suicides, and all other sins, such as homosexuality, adultery, fornication, lesbianism, and bestiality. GOD is very much aware of every blade of grass, as well as the digestive organism of every bird, every fish, every animal, and every human. HE’S very much aware of every human’s emotions and every person’s desires. HE knows when everyone sets HIM aside as being nothing.15
There’s a parable regarding this in the Bible. It is the parable of the mustard seed, which JESUS put forth before the people, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven [the WORD of GOD] is like to a grain of mustard seed [the people of this world consider the WORD of GOD, the Kingdom of Heaven, to be nothing, the smallest of all things, the smallest of all seeds (WORDS)], which a man took, and sowed in his field [his heart]: which indeed the mustard seed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof” (Matthew 13:31-32). When the WORD of GOD by faith takes hold in a person’s heart, it becomes a huge tree, because a person who has faith begins to proclaim the WORD of GOD far and wide, and a church eventuates from him. However, when a church eventuates it becomes inhabited with many people. Some demon-possessed people infiltrate into the church, attempting to destroy it by their sowing of false doctrine and making false accusations of the elders in their submission to Satan.16 The demons in this parable are symbolized as the fowls of the air that come and lodge in the branches thereof. They are in every true church. Satan’s work is to hinder the work of GOD in every way he knows, and he knows a lot of different ways. He’s had 7,000 years of experience.17 This is why we must put on the mind of CHRIST (1 Corinthians 2:16) and the full armor of GOD (Ephesians 6:11) so we can stand against the wiles of the devil.18 1 Peter 5:8 states, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Therefore, “Submit yourselves therefore to GOD. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
It seems to be a chore for the people in the world to keep themselves from the distractions of this present world. They find it hard to keep their minds stayed upon the throne of GOD, CHRIST with HIS FATHER that sits upon it, and the seven SPIRITS of GOD, which are the eyes of GOD mentioned in the book of Zechariah, chapter 4, verse 10: “Those seven [SPIRITS of GOD]; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” Also, Isaiah 11:2 tells the names of the seven SPIRITS of GOD, which are 1) the SPIRIT of GOD, 2) the SPIRIT of wisdom, 3) the SPIRIT of understanding, 4) the SPIRIT of counsel, 5) the SPIRIT of might, 6) the SPIRIT of knowledge, and 7) the SPIRIT of the fear of the LORD. Revelation 1:4 states, “John to the seven churches which are in Asia [Turkey]: Grace be unto you, and peace, from HIM which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven SPIRITS which are before HIS throne.” And Revelation 3:1 states, “These things sayeth HE [JESUS] that hath the seven SPIRITS of GOD, and the seven stars.”
With all the world’s distractions, you may not be conscious of the fact that GOD knows everything that’s going on in the entire universe, or that HIS SPIRIT knows exactly what you are thinking and where you are. HE knows everything about you.19 The problem is that you don’t know that GOD is pouring out HIS river of LIFE, HIS SPIRIT of LIFE, down upon you to receive as your eternal LIFE. You have temporal life, which will end soon, maybe sooner than you think. However, GOD wants you to receive HIS eternal LIFE into your temporal human spirit so that you can spend eternity with HIM in Heaven. You have a body, a soul, and a spirit. These are all human, and are all temporal. The BIBLE says that the flesh profits nothing (John 6:63), and the sinful soul is to be shunned, but your spirit, if you want eternal LIFE, must receive the eternal LIFE SPIRIT of CHRIST into it. The river of eternal LIFE is waiting for you to receive LIFE, which is CHRIST JESUS your LORD. So say this prayer, be baptized, fully submerged in water in the name of the FATHER, and the SON, and the HOLY SPIRIT, study the WORD of the King James Version Bible, and do what it says. If you’d like to serve the LORD, you can do so at our church if you keep the rules.
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, make sure you are baptized, fully submerged in water, in the name of the FATHER, in the name of the SON, and in the name of the HOLY SPIRIT (Matthew 28:18-20). 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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Christmas is Salvation footnotes:
1. Kings 22:19, 2 Chron. 18:18, Psa. 2:4, 9:4, 7, 11:4, 45:6, 47:8, 93:2, 97:2, 103:19, Isa. 6:1, Lam. 5:19, Ezek. 1:26, 10:1, Dan. 7 :9, Rev. 1 :4, 3 :21, 4:2-6, 9-10, 5 :1, 6-7, 11, 13, 6:16, 7:9-11, 15, 17, 8:3, 12:5, 14:3, 5, 16:17, 19:4-5, 20:11, 21:5, 22:1, 3 return
2. John 3:5-6, 4:7-14, 7:37-39, Eph. 5:25-27, Heb. 10:21-23, 1 John 5:5-8, Rev. 21:6, 22:1-2 return
3. Ezek. 36:27, John 14:15-26, 15:1-11, 26, 16:7-14, 17:20-23, 26,1 Cor. 3:9, 16-17, 6:19-20, 2 Cor. 6:16-18, 2 Tim. 1:14, Gal. 2:20, Eph. 2:18-22, Phlp. 2:12-13, Col. 1:27-29 return
4. Job 19:25-27, Psa. 9:17, 17:15, 49:15, Eccl. 12:1, 5-7, Dan. 12:1-3, Hos. 13:14, Matt. 3:11-12, 8:11-12, 13:24-43, 25:30-46, John 5:21-29, 6:39-54, 11:23-27, Acts 24:14-15, Rom.8:10-28, 1 Cor. 6:14, 15:12-57, 2 Cor. 4:14, Rev. 20:11-15, 21:8 return
5. Luke 24:46-47, John 12:23-24, 14:15-20, 23, 26-29, 16:7-14, Acts 1:1-9, Rom. 5:6-21, 8:1-11, 1 Cor. 15:45-48, Gal. 4:4-5, Eph. Ch. 2, Col. 2:11-13, Titus 2:11-15, 1 Pet. 1:13-19 return
6. Isa. 7:14-15, Rom. 8:3, Philp. 2:6-8, Heb. 2:16-18, 4:14-15, 5:8-9, 7:26-28, 9:14, I Pet. 1:18-19, 2:22, I John 2:29, 3:5-6, Rev. 5:1-10 return
7. Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:18-25 return
8. Deut. 8:3, Josh. 1:8, Prov. 9:1-2, 5, Isa. 55:1, Matt. 4:4, 5:6, 26:26-28, John 4:10, 14, 24, 6:31-35, 48-58, 63, 7:37-39, Acts 17:11-12, Rom. 10:17, Gal. 3:11, Col. 3:1-2, 16, Heb. 11:6, Rev. 3:20 return
9. Psa. 4:2-5, 24:3-6, Matt. 6:22-24, 12:30, Luke 8:18, Rom. 1:28-32, 7:22-25, 8:1-14, 1 John 2:15-17 return
10. Num. 23:19, Deut. 7:9-10, 32:4, Josh. 23:14-16, 1 Sam. 15:29, Psa. 36:5, 89:34, 100:5, 105:7-10, John 17:17, Rom. 3:4, 11:29, 2 Cor. 1:20, 1 Thes. 5:24, 2 Tim. 2:13, Titus 1:1-2, Heb. 6:10-19 return
11. The Messiah According to Bible Prophecy by Pastor Tony Alamo return
12. Matt. 10:16-22, 13:3-9, 18-23, 24:8-13, Luke 9:23-26, Heb. 10:32-39, 12:1-4 return
13. Isa. 7:14-15, 96-7, Matt. 1:1-18, Luke 1:31-35, 2:6-7, 11-12 return
14. Prov. 29:18, Matt. 13:10-16, Acts 28:27, 1 Cor. 2:9-10, 16 return
15. 1 Kings 8:39, 1 Chron. 28:9, Job 31:4, 34:21-22, 25, Psa. 44:21, Prov. 15:3, 11, Isa. 42:9, Ezek. 11:5, Matt. 6:8, 26-30, 10:29-31, Luke 16:15, 21:17-18, Acts 15:18, Heb. 4:14 return
16. Matt. 7:13-23, 26-27, 10:16-18, 21-28, 13:24-32, 36-43, 47-50, 24:9-10, Jude, 2 Pet. Ch. 2 return
17. Gen. 3:3-5, Matt. 24:11-12, 24, John 8:44, 10:10, 2 Cor. 11:13-15, 2 Thes. 2:3-12, 2 Cor. 4:3-4, 11:14-15, 1 Pet. 5:8, 1 John 4:1, Rev. 2:9, 12:9, 13:1-8, 11-14, 16:13-14, 20:8-15 return
18. 1 Cor. 2:11-16, 16:13, 15:57-58, 2 Cor. 6:1, 4-7, 10:3-6, Eph. 6:10-18, Phlp 2:5, 1 Tim. 6:12, 2 Tim. 2:3-4, 1 Thes. 5:3-9, 21, Heb. 4:12, Heb. 12:1-4, Jas. 4:7, 1 Pet. 5:8-10, 1 John 5:4 return
19. Deut. 31:21, 1 Sam. 16:7, 2 Kings 19:27, 2 Chron. 16:9, Psa. 7:9, 66:7, 139:1-6, 12-16, Isa. 29:15-16, 46:9-10, 48:5, Jer. 1:5, Rom. 8:27-29, 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