SPIRIT OR WATER
by Tony Alamo
The Word of God tells us there are two kinds of water. One kind of water is Spirit, which is water from Heaven for the soul. The other kind of water is the water on earth that we drink to refresh our bodies and sustain our human life. Again, the Spiritual water is from Heaven, which strengthens and waters, refreshes our souls, and the earthly water is what maintains our human bodies, is here on earth.
Jesus was begotten by the Holy Spirit, the Spiritual water, which again is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “The Words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life [water for your souls]” (John 6:63). “And God [Jesus] said, Let there be a firmament [a separation] in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the Waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament heaven” (Genesis 1:6-8).
It is mandatory that we drink of both waters. The one above the firmament builds our spiritual life so that it doesn’t fall away from Jesus our Lord and die, and the one beneath the firmament keeps our human bodies functioning and alive. God has provided both waters for our spirits and for our bodies.
Jesus appeared to me in a vision (I was wide awake). He appeared before my eyes, which were wide open in a very dark room. I thought He had come to take me to Heaven. I didn’t realize that I would be so happy to see my Lord, or so happy at the prospect of leaving this world to be with Him, but I was. With a smile on my face, I exclaimed, “Lord!!” He put His hand out and said, “Not yet.” That was the greatest disappointment I’ve ever had in my whole life. I believe that I was around 34 years old at the time. Jesus began talking to me, but His words were broken. I couldn’t understand what He was saying. It was like a radio being turned off and on over and over. Jesus was letting me know that I wasn’t studying His Word enough. At that time I thought that Susie, my late wife, was to do the preaching and teaching, and I was to make money to support the ministry. I never dreamed God would ever use me the way He is using me now. He looked really concerned about me. I could tell that He really liked me, but He communicated that it was of the utmost importance that I really study His Word continuously so I could know what He was saying for my benefit and the benefit of the people of the world.
I loved and respected my wife Susie more than anything or anybody in the world, but when I thought Jesus was going to take me to Heaven, she didn’t even enter my mind. Jesus and Heaven are so magnificent that you can’t think of anything else when you see Him (that is, if you’re saved).
If I die or am martyred before the Lord comes back, don’t mourn my death. It’s hard for me to wait for that glorious day!!
After God took Susie, I realized that the church was my responsibility, and I really felt bad that I hadn’t studied the Word more. The persecution and tribulations became more intense, like the vision I had of the difficult mountain. The Lord told me that I had to be hundreds of millions of times stronger than the big oak tree which grew next to our Los Angeles church.
Just minutes after the Lord had told me these things, it was almost 8:00 in the evening (service time), and I had to start the service. When I began, I began telling the church what the Lord had just told me regarding myself and the big oak tree, and how I had to be hundreds of millions times stronger than that huge tree, and we all started laughing together. I said, “I don’t see how I could ever even be as strong as that tree.” All of a sudden, we felt what seemed like an earthquake. I said, “Wouldn’t that be something if that was the tree?” They looked out the windows, then looked at me in great amazement and said, “It is the tree, sir.” This was frightening to everybody, and then it actually made my entire spirit, my soul, and my body quake.
I was warned by the Lord that I wasn’t drinking His Spiritual waters enough. At that time I had so many distractions. Now I must drink the Spiritual water both day and night. We are at the time of Jacob’s trouble, the great tribulation. God’s people perish if they don’t understand that wading in the Spiritual waters above the firmament is not enough. Wading only up to the ankles is not enough, to the knees is not enough, or even wading up to the loins is not enough. We (everybody) must swim in the Spiritual waters above the firmament, since these Spiritual waters (the Word of God) are Spirit and life for us (Ezekiel chapter 47).
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that Thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, How can these things be?
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that We do know, and testify that We have seen; and ye receive not Our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to Heaven, but He that came down from Heaven, even the Son of man which is in Heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (John 3:1-21).
Jesus in Talking to the Samaritan Woman at the Well
“Then cometh He to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give Me to drink. (For His disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
“Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, How is it that Thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give Me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw” (John 4:5-15).
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He” (John 4:23-26).
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)” (John 7:37-39).
If we swim in the Living Spiritual Holy Waters we will easily breeze through the tribulations. If we don’t swim in the Holy Spiritual Water which is the Word, the Heavenly Water, the Spirit, we will die and become members of the Antichrist.
We’re in a war, a spiritual war of words. This is God’s war to fight the devil and his slander. We fight because we have no other choice. Remember, Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). He won!! You will win too if you swim in the waters above the firmament. “Keep the faith.”
Get your soul saved now!! Pray this prayer to God in the name of Jesus. Be about Spiritual life now!
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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