Hebrews Chapter 12
by Tony Alamo
Chapter eleven of the book of Hebrews, a host of all the witnesses, the whole list of patriarchs are our examples. In order for you to know what righteousness is, you’d have to read chapter eleven because these people by God’s standards would still be righteous, but in the eyes of the satanic one-world, anti-Christ doctrine today, they would be put in jail just like myself because they would preach the Bible as it is and they would do what the Bible says just as they did then.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses [Here are all these witnesses that pleased God by showing such great faith in Chapter eleven], let us lay aside every weight [the things that we are going through now are seemingly like heavy weights], and the sin which doth so easily beset [to attack from all sides, to trouble persistently, harass] us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us [as they did]. [Patience is a virtue because it shows the world that we’re able to go through persecution in order to be a testimony of the Lord to them that we really believe God. So we have to continue on serving the Lord in patience. You don’t ever quit!], Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith [We’re saved by faith, and we stand by faith.]; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross.” So if we care about human souls, people see us standing, enduring the cross, and not wavering (patiently), it’s a joy, because we know that we’ll be in Heaven. Heaven itself is the greatest reward because we have everything there and it’s forever.
Jesus despised the shame of the cross, but now He sits “down on the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself [Look at all the sinners which have come against Jesus, the prophets, Apostles, our church, and others like us.] lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds (Heb. 12:1-3).
“Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin [Jesus, the prophets, the apostles have and others have]. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him [or when you are being tested]: For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. [The Lord also was tested by being driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness and tempted by the devil (Matt. 4:1).] If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons [we’re sons. He’s testing us, checking us out. He states in His Word that if we were not tested we would be bastards because a true father does chasten his sons]; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons [Don’t you want to be a son? If you say, well, I’m going to prefer my children or another close relative before Christ, that isn’t being a son. You’re throwing sonship away] (Heb. 12:4-8).
“Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure [We’re going through a few days of persecution and suffering here on earth. What is that in comparison to an eternity in glory forever in total ecstasy?]; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness [and the kingdom of Heaven] (12:9-10).
“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees [The Lord promises that those of us that live in the Holy Spirit will never die. We’ll live forever1]; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way [Stay in the Word. That way, you will not go out of the way. Stay in the Holy Spirit; be drenched and swim in the Holy Spirit, the water, from above the firmament.2]; but let it rather be healed (Heb. 12:11-13).
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace [power] of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright [In other words, everyone is going through some kind of trials.] (Heb. 12:14-16).
“For ye know how that afterward, when he [Esau] would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the Word should not be spoken to them any more [They didn’t want to hear the Word any longer. They wanted the Lord to talk to Moses and then Moses tell them, because they were so frightened by hearing God’s mighty voice. When people have an experience with the Lord, like that, then it puts so much fear in them like it did myself also, the fear of the Lord, that they could never fall away.]: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) [That’s why Moses did everything that the Lord told him to do and that’s why I am bound to not be shaken by being in prison or even at gunpoint or death of any kind, because I fear God] (Heb. 12:17-21).
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all [God is going to judge all these people. He is the judge of all. He is going to judge the judges. He is going to judge these people in the Department of Human Services and everybody3. So don’t worry about it. They’re going to go to judgment and they are going to be needing a diaper change when it happens, because I’m telling you, when you face the Lord, it’s the most frightful thing in the world if you’re not right with Him.] and to the spirits of just men made perfect [They weren’t perfect, but they were made perfect. They grow in power by reading the Word and staying in the Heavenly Spiritual Water, and praying without ceasing and praying always.4], to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel (Heb. 12:22-24).
“See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth [which was Moses], much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from Heaven [There isn’t anything that should prevent us from patiently continuing on with the Lord. There is no profit in it whatsoever]: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also Heaven (Heb. 12:25-26).
“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 [power], whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:27-29).
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). Repentance must be done now while we’re alive; when we die it’s too late! It is appointed for a man to die once, and after death the judgment (Heb. 9:27). Get God by prayer for salvation by 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 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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Hebrews Chapter 12 footnotes:
1. John 11:25-26 return
2. Ezek. 47:1-12 return
3. Eccl. 12:14, Matt. 12:36-37 return
4. Eph. 6:18, I Thes. 5:17 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