MORE THAN A PROPHET
by Tony Alamo
In Matthew chapter 10, JESUS gave HIS disciples the power to heal all manner of sickness, to heal the blind, to heal the deaf, to cleanse the lepers, to raise the dead, to preach the Gospel to the poor, and to make common men disciples of CHRIST, HE who was the SON of MAN on the exterior, but inside WAS THE SPIRIT OF GOD.1 HE WAS and STILL IS GOD-MAN. HE was much more than a prophet, because no prophet before HIM or after HIM was ever able to give common men who believed in HIM the power to do all of these miracles.2
In chapter 11 of Matthew, verse 1, when JESUS finished commanding HIS twelve disciples to do all these miracles and giving them the HOLY SPIRIT power to do all these mighty works, HE departed, to teach and to preach in their cities. “Now when John [the Baptist] had heard in the prison the works of CHRIST, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto HIM, Are YOU HE that should come, or do we look for another? JESUS answered and said unto them, Go and show John AGAIN those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them [if they receive it, it not only gives them eternal life, but will give them the powers JESUS gave all of HIS disciples in Matthew chapter 10]. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in ME” (Matthew 11:2-6).
“And as they [John’s disciples] departed, JESUS began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? [A person who is afraid of his own shadow? A weakling, double-minded, and unstable in all his ways?] But what went you out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment [clothing]? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses [with the secular phonies, the hypocrites; this man John lives in the wilderness, wears camel’s hair and leather clothing, eats locusts and wild honey]. But what went you out for to see? A prophet? yes, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. [If John is more than a prophet, then how much more is JESUS, who is GOD inside, man on the outside?] For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send MY messenger before THY face, which shall prepare THY way before Thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he” (Matthew 11:7-11). How is that? It is because John hasn’t made it yet. He must face death. Even the least in the kingdom of HEAVEN have got it made! They are there, and they are there forever! This is why even the least in Heaven are greater!
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of Heaven allows violence [GOD allows the enemy to persecute, prosecute with false accusations, put us in prisons, steal our children and our property, murder, commit sin], and the violent [which are of faith] take it [all the persecution] by force [by the force of GOD through the HOLY SPIRIT power living and working in us as it does with JESUS]. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that has [SPIRITUAL] ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:12-15).
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children [the immature] sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you [we have done carnal, secular things unto you, and you didn’t react the way we wanted you to], and ye have not danced [amused us]; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented [We told you let us first bury our dead, and then we will come and follow YOU, but YOU told us, ‘Let the dead bury their dead.’ (Matthew 8:21-22)]. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they [the unsaved devils] say, HE has a devil. The SON of MAN came eating and drinking, and they [the devilish people] say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But WISDOM [the fear of the LORD (Job 28:28)3] is justified of her children” (Matthew 11:16-19). Those who walk in the WORD of GOD, in HIM, know exactly what to do. They never get drunk because no drunkard shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven.4 The heathen call drunkenness a sickness. GOD would never send a sick person to Hell! This shows that it is all right for people who are able to discipline themselves at weddings or anniversaries to have a little wine. But drunkards shall not go to Heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:21). Not many people are able to control themselves. The fear of the LORD is WISDOM (Job 28:28, Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10).
“Then began HE to upbraid the cities wherein most of HIS mighty works were done, because they repented not [JESUS rebukes them]: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes [which means fasting and fervent prayers]. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And you, Capernaum, which art exalted unto Heaven, shalt be brought down to Hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
“At that time JESUS answered and said, I thank THEE, O FATHER [living in ME], LORD of heaven and earth, because THOU hast hid these things from the wise and prudent [their own foolish worldly wisdom and prudence], and hast revealed them unto babes [the babes JESUS is speaking of are those who have recently been SPIRITUALLY born again; all wisdom, knowledge, and understanding is given to those who become born again of the HOLY SPIRIT,5 born of THE WORD of GOD, which is JESUS]. Even so, FATHER: for so it seemed good in THY sight” (Matthew 11:20-26).
“All things are delivered unto ME of MY FATHER [every soul that is in ME, GOD sent them unto ME. GOD MY FATHER delivered them unto ME. If you’re not with ME, GOD hasn’t bothered to deliver you unto ME.]: and no man knoweth the SON, but the FATHER; neither knoweth any man the FATHER, except the SON, and HE to whomsoever the SON will reveal HIM” (Matthew 11:27). What good would it do you to come to a mere prophet? A prophet can tell you the future, but that is about it. They can warn you, but JESUS is far more than a prophet! HE says, “Come unto ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden.” There are millions of things in this world that the whole human race is laboring over! Heavy burdens too numerous to mention! A lost loved one, a lost job or home, an earthquake, a tsunami, a tornado, a variety of medical problems, no finances, and, as I said, many burdens, much labor. All these things do not exist if you humble yourself, like JESUS.
Again, “Come unto ME (JESUS).” Why JESUS? Because HE is your CREATOR, and HE has excellent true promises for you. You must come to HIM because no one else in the entire universe can or will be able to do something for you, or give you Heaven instead of the Hell you are headed for!6
“Come unto ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. TAKE MY YOKE [HIS business, HIS SPIRITUAL WORK], upon you, and learn of ME [from HIS WORD, the KJV]; for I [am not like the evil politicians and others who are led by devils, but I] am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For MY yoke [HIS SPIRITUAL business] is easy, and MY burden is light” (Matthew 11:27-30). JESUS will make it easy and light for you IF you surrender to HIS FATHER and HIM. Do it now by saying these WORDS to GOD:
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
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 your cross daily and follow JESUS for the purpose of mortifying your flesh, 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 with Christ on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for GOD in CHRIST on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the WORD of GOD, submit yourselves one to another, 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 bless and reward you abundantly.
Yours in the wonderful name of JESUS,
Pastor Tony Alamo
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More Than A Prophet footnotes:
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