THE MOST POWERFUL POSITION
IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE
by Tony Alamo
I have witnessed a testimony that GOD gave to me regarding a night in Saugus (now called Canyon Country), California. I’m rewriting a small part of the message GOD gave to me that night for the purpose of telling the world of how minimal my testimony is, my witness is, in comparison to the testimony of our LORD and SAVIOR, the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Chapter eleven of Hebrews shows us the testimony of former elders of CHRIST’S body, whose testimonies also cannot compare to that of CHRIST’S. I will elaborate on chapters eleven and twelve of Hebrews, but first I will reiterate a little of my admiration for a huge oak tree which stood on the right side of the church the LORD has given me to pastor in the Canyon Country area in Los Angeles County.
The church was packed full of people that night, and the weather was so beautiful that I was standing outside the church on the concrete porch of the church, admiring the tree and enjoying very much the still, cool weather.
I said to the LORD, “LORD, make me as strong as that oak tree.” I was surprised at how quickly the LORD answered me back, and extremely surprised at what HE said. HE said, “You’ll have to be a hundred million times stronger than that oak tree.” I actually was in disbelief for a few minutes because the tree was such a giant tree and very powerful looking. We had actually taken photos of it with dozens of our people sitting in the branches of it, and put the photo of it on the cover of one of our musical and singing albums recorded at Capitol Records, the Capitol Tower on Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
So I became amused, chuckled a little, then went into the church, onto the platform, and behind the pulpit. I then told the people in the church, with a smiling face, what the LORD had just told me, and they began laughing as if it were a joke. Before they had stopped laughing, there was a huge crash outside the building, which shook the entire church and all that were in it. Some of the members ran to the windows to look outside when I was saying, “Wouldn’t that be something if that were the tree?” The brothers that were looking out the windows quickly looked at me and said, “It is the tree, and it’s lying on the ground in the parking lot, and the roots are pointing up into the air.”
At this time, I and all the people of the church didn’t realize that everyone who will enter Heaven will have to be one hundred million times stronger than any carnal or earthly thing, because being in the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, being in CHRIST, is the most powerful position in the whole universe. So the tree GOD made to be symbolic of the whole world, and all its power. There’s nothing in the entire universe that can get us into Heaven, but JESUS by the HOLY SPIRIT.
My wife Sue and I knew that our marriage was absolutely of the LORD because we both had very vivid visions of our being married. These visions were extremely supernatural, and in vivid color. Susie had been saved for 25 years before our visions, and I had been saved only a few months. I was 30 years old, and Sue was 39 years old. On the morning of my vision, and just before my vision, I was sound asleep in the living room while a bunch of Bible students were in the room. In the dream-vision, I saw myself walk into the living room, kneel down on my knees, and kiss Sue on the lips. She was my Bible teacher. I thought I was having a sinful dream, so I began pushing myself up (I was lying on my face) and I cried out, saying, “No, GOD! She’s my Bible teacher!” I saw two golden pipes coming down from Heaven into my chest, and my voice was going up the right pipe, saying, “No, LORD! She’s been saved longer than me, and she knows more than I do; she’s smarter than me.” And the LORD answered me through the other pipe from Heaven, saying, “That’s good for your ego.”
I started asking GOD so many questions that they were coming out of me like a machine gun, then up the pipe, up to GOD, on the right-hand side. Answers started coming down from GOD so fast, it was like answers coming out of a fire hose, filling me up with the future.
Not long after that, Susie contracted cancer of the breast. I would go to the street (Hollywood Boulevard), compelling people to come up to hear the Gospel. Before Susie would preach the Gospel to them, I would tell them how GOD contacted me in an attorney’s office in Beverly Hills in also a very supernatural way.
Before GOD gave us to each other, I had seen visions of Heaven and Hell, and seen many people going to Hell. When Susie was just a little girl, she also had visions from the LORD of Heaven and Hell. She was healed of tuberculosis by the hand of the LORD when she was nine years old. After seventeen years of our being in the ministry, Sue went on to be with the LORD. But before she did, we endured seventeen years of the vilest false accusations that you could ever imagine. We were winning thousands of souls unto the LORD, and we were thrown in jail on several occasions. Many of the people that we had won to the LORD had fallen away from the LORD, as the Bible said they would in many scriptures, one being 2 Thessalonians 2:3.
Immediately after Sue’s death, I was taken into court in Little Rock, Arkansas, by the Department of Labor. I didn’t even have time to mourn for Susie, and I loved her more than anyone on earth, except the LORD. She was my perfect soul mate, very intelligent and very Godly. My heart was broken to pieces, and still is.
Raymond A. Donovan, the head of the Department of Labor at the time, was attempting to compel me to write payroll checks to all the people we had won to the LORD. They were mostly former hippies and drug addicts, people that we had led to salvation from a large variety of crimes. We had built houses for them, built churches, schools, cafeterias, and apartment houses. We had given them furniture, and we were paying for their utilities, as well as paying the medical bills for all their sicknesses and for the birth of their children. We provided food from the best restaurant in a twelve state area, and clothing from the best store in the world. This store furnished clothing for the top movie stars and for entertainers of all varieties. They provided clothing for the TV program, Dallas, and for a multitude of movies such as Urban Cowboy. We dressed Lucille Ball, Mrs. Douglas MacArthur, Larry Hagman, Elvis Presley, Porter Wagoner, Hank Snow, Ronny Milsap, Mr. T, Hulk Hogan, Sonny and Mary Bono, the Beatles, Mel Tillis, George Jones, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Brooke Shields, Bono, Rod Steiger, and thousands of others too numerous to mention. The members of our church, mostly former hippies, were being outfitted from this same fabulous store, which the IRS closed down on false charges.
I was sent to prison for six years for tax evasion; however, we were tax exempt because all the proceeds from both the store and restaurant went for the furtherance of the Gospel throughout the world, and for the people in the church who had been saved from taking drugs and saved from lives of all sorts of crimes. We had a 501(c)(3) tax exemption. We also paid for our Gospel TV and radio programs that we had on the air for years from the proceeds of the clothing store, restaurant, farm, and gas stations.
Herb Ellingwood was the attorney for Ronald Reagan. Mr. Ellingwood was sent to our church by President Reagan to commend us for our cleaning up much of the drug problem in Los Angeles, and for our help in preventing the city of Los Angeles from being burnt down during the Watts Riots. I told Mr. Ellingwood that the Department of Labor wanted us to cut checks for all these former hippies, on top of everything else we were providing for them. He told me he would be having breakfast with the President in the morning, and said he would explain everything to him.
A couple of Arkansas radio stations were mocking my late wife Susan by playing the Everly Brothers record, “Wake Up Little Susie.” They said she wasn’t really dead, that we were just faking it, that it was a scam. They were laughing and jeering. They also had been saying we had guns for years, but we wouldn’t even allow toy guns on our church property.
Herb Ellingwood called me back the next morning and told me the President said his hands were tied; he couldn’t do anything. HE told me, “Ronnie said, ‘You [Tony] can do more than I can. Keep up the good work.’”
The IRS and Federal Judge Morris Arnold marched on our church properties that we’d given to very good Christian people for their twenty years or more of faithful service in the ministry. They were beautiful homes that the brothers and sisters had built for each other (they were built for themselves, not for the government, and certainly not for me). The IRS, the BATF, the FBI, the Department of Labor, and other “law enforcement” agencies forced all of our people out of their houses at gunpoint, herding them out onto the street with their little children and babies in the middle of winter, with snow and ice on the ground. This was their reward for the LORD saving them from lives of drugs, giving up on crime, and carrying Bibles rather than guns, knives, and bombs.
The West Hollywood Sheriffs’ Department raided our church continuously, daily, on Crescent Heights Boulevard in West Hollywood, just off the Sunset Strip. They threw tear gas bombs down into our prayer room and held the door shut so the people praying could not get out. They would beat them and throw them in jail because the deputies were being paid off by the strip clubs on the Sunset Strip, along with the nudie bars, and the owners of the theaters showing skin flicks. This was all because the LORD was converting so many drug addicts and removing them from lives of crime.
Finally, a judge in West Hollywood stated that we were a public nuisance and said we had to leave the area. Sue and I went to Canyon Country and bought a restaurant that had been closed for years. That became our church. We also bought a biker bar next to the church and made it into a brother’s dorm. Our people were getting married and began having children, so we bought two apartment houses down by the junction for them that we paid for with the money that the brothers made in Bakersfield working as farm workers.
The government stole all of their property in Arkansas and Tennessee, and they burned our house down in Nashville, which was on the corner of Leland and Tyne in Oak Hill. They closed our restaurant, three gas stations, and our farm, which the brothers operated in Union Town. They sold our church on Music Row in Nashville, as well as all the brothers’ and sisters’ properties in Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. They sold it for pennies on the dollar. We were also falsely accused of child abuse. Federal Judge Morris Arnold of Fort Smith, Arkansas, now of St. Louis, Missouri (in the Eighth Circuit), stated that all the people’s property was mine, my alter-ego. He even said we were communists, “pinkos.”
I was released from prison on the trumped up IRS case in four years (two off for good behavior).
Judge Morris Arnold stated I wanted to kidnap him and kill him. Thank GOD I won that case on September 12, 1991. This Federal judge united himself with the Miller family (criminals), who had stolen several hundred thousand dollars from our church after we had supported them for years. They used our trucks to deliver loads, and put the church’s money in their own bank accounts. Judge Arnold called them in chambers and told them, “I have a plan. We’ll say all the property that Tony Alamo has is not for the church people, but it’s all his alter-ego, and we’ll give all the money to you and to your attorney, Peter Georgiades in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.”
I started knowing at this point what the LORD meant when HE said I was going to have to be a hundred million times stronger than that big oak tree. The only way that anyone would be able to be a hundred million times stronger than that big oak tree would be to be in the LORD by the HOLY SPIRIT. And if you were in the LORD, then you’re not only a hundred million times stronger than that oak tree, but you’re a hundred million times stronger than the whole one-world government, because GOD is hundreds of millions of times more powerful than the entire universe. But the one-world government doesn’t think so yet, because they keep raiding the LORD’S churches everywhere: Los Angeles, Arkansas, Tennessee, and everywhere else, with a hundred or more members of the FBI, BATF, IRS, Department of Labor, and other “law enforcement” agencies. They made the little children, whose parents were the brothers and sisters in their churches, strip off all their clothing to see if there had been any child abuse, and there never had been.
Five years ago, the powers of Satan said I was having sex with underage girls, which, of course, is a lie. I’ve never had sex with any underage woman. Still, they gave me 175 years in federal prison. They paid these women a lot of money. They just received $100,000.00 each. Now they’re attempting to sell all the Christians’ property to gain many millions for themselves. There are thousands of evils that have been done unto us based on Satan’s lies, so numerous I wouldn’t be able to mention them all in this literature. However, as I said earlier in this literature, the brothers and sisters and I have suffered very little persecution compared to our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
Hebrews chapter 11 tells us how many people, by faith, were able to endure much affliction and persecution. Verses 1-3 state, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORD of GOD, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
In the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, we read, “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: GOD having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect” (Hebrews 11:32-40).
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto JESUS the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before HIM endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of GOD. For consider HIM that endured such contradiction of sinners against HIMSELF, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin [as JESUS did]. 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: For whom the LORD loveth HE chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom HE receiveth. If ye endure chastening, GOD dealeth with you as with 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 [fatherless children], and not sons. 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; but HE for our profit, that we might be partakers of HIS HOLINESS.
“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; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall see the LORD: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the 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. For ye know how that afterward, when he 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;1 which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (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 quake2:) “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, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to JESUS the mediator of the new covenant [JESUS suffered more persecution than all of us put together, and without sin, without murmuring.3 Therefore HE is qualified to be our mediator], and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel [the blood of JESUS washes us clean from all sin, therefore we are never to sin again; go and sin no more,4 never complain, never murmur, because we have been given an eternity in Heaven, forever in Heaven5]. See that ye refuse not HIM that speaketh [Be willing to comply with CHRIST, for HE has given us eternal life for accepting, not refusing what HE says, what HE commands.6 For HE said, ‘HE that saith, I know HIM, and keepeth not HIS commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him’ (1 John 2:4). ‘If we suffer, we shall also reign with HIM: if we deny HIM, HE also will deny us’ (2 Timothy 2:12). JESUS said in Matthew 10:33, ‘But whosoever shall deny ME before men, him will I also deny before MY FATHER which is in Heaven’ (Matthew 10:33)].
“For if they escaped not who refused HIM that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from HIM that speaketh from Heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now HE hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also Heaven. 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 [If because of trials and tribulations, you become shaken away from CHRIST and from keeping HIS commandments, then you will be too weak and corrupt spiritually to enter Heaven, therefore you will spend eternity in Hell, then the Lake of Fire in intense and unspeakable torments. I didn’t say that; GOD did. I just preach it].
“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace [SPIRITUAL power, one hundred million times stronger than any oak tree], whereby we may serve GOD acceptably with reverence and Godly fear [‘The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom’ (Proverbs 9:10). ‘The fear of the LORD, that is wisdom’ (Job 28:28). ‘To depart from evil is understanding’ (Job 28:28). ‘The knowledge of the holy is understanding’ (Proverbs 9:10).]: For our GOD is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:1-29).
If we begin complaining about the trials, tribulations, and persecutions that we must endure to be in the SPIRIT victorious and to be able to enter Heaven one of these days, then the fact is that we are in danger of falling. This is why murmuring and complaining is seriously wrong. It is the beginning of feeling sorry for yourself, and the clay pot or flesh that our spirit lives in begins to think that it has the right to fall away from the LAMB of GOD, our LORD and SAVIOR. This is eternally dangerous for our soul. It is spiritually like our trying to walk on a wire across the Grand Canyon. One puff of one evil wind of doctrine could blow you off the wire, and there is no net to catch you below. It is far worse to be in Hell and the Lake of Fire, but this is what happens when the root of bitterness takes hold in our spirit and defiles us because we feel sorry for ourselves, murmuring and complaining about our trials and tribulations. Nothing that we will go through will be more intense than what CHRIST went through for the purpose of giving us an opportunity to go to Heaven, that is, if we’re not shaken away from this fact.
Has the whole nation leveled their hatred towards you by screaming to the Attorney General, “Crucify him! Crucify him! Crucify him! Crucify her! Crucify her! Crucify her!”?7 And have they, with their foul breath, spit all over your face?8 Have they smacked you in the face with their huge farmer hands and fists?9 And men, has anyone ever ripped the beard out of your face for your preaching the WORD of GOD? Have they punctured the circumference of your head with a crown of thorns two or three inches long,10 or beat you to a pulp to the point where you become unrecognizable, where people can’t tell that you are human?11 Have you ever had nails or spikes pounded through your hands and your feet to a cross,12 or been pierced in your side by some bum?13 Were you ever mocked14 and hung naked on a cross by the scum of the earth? And were all these things and much more evil done unto you for the scum of the earth, all of them sinners? CHRIST did all these things and much more for all of us, and HE had never sinned once in HIS life. No one has received such adversity for doing the work of GOD.
The LORD is omnipresent.15 By HIS HOLY SPIRIT, HE is everywhere at the same time. HE knows every thought and intent of your heart.16 HE was there when you were committing every vile sin that you have ever committed. HE knows every filthy, sordid thought that you have ever thought, and knows the ones that you are thinking of today, all day and all night. You’re only fooling yourself if you think you can fool HIM on the Day of Judgment. Are you sure you want to continue the way you’re living your life? Remember, there is a Day of Judgment, and it’s going to be either Heaven or Hell for you. Is anything in this life so precious for you to sell your soul for it? Are drugs so important--enough for you to spend eternity in Hell for it? Or is watching two people in pornographic movies or on TV giving each other AIDS important enough for you to sell your soul for it? Is money, or sports, or booze, or self-gratification of any kind that important that you should spend forever in Hell, then be cast into the Lake of Fire? I don’t think so! Why don’t you make a final decision to preserve your soul by entering into an agreement with the LORD—not with the devil, but with the LORD. Let HIM enter your soul, and you to enter into HIM. If you could see what the eternal reward is by doing this, you would never murmur or complain about what you’ll have to go through to enter the paradise of Heaven. Don’t wait another minute. Just say this prayer and be blessed eternally:
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, serve GOD with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).12 Be baptized, fully submerged in water, in the name of the FATHER, of the SON, and of the HOLY SPIRIT.13 Diligently study the King James Version Bible and do what it says till the day you die.14
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If you want the world saved, as JESUS commands, then don’t rob GOD of HIS tithes and offerings. GOD said, “Will [you] rob GOD? Yet ye have robbed ME. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed THEE? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed ME, even this whole nation [and this whole world]. Bring ye all the tithes [a ‘tithe’ is 10% of your gross income] into the storehouse, that there may be meat [Spiritual food] in MINE house [souls saved], and prove ME now herewith, saith the LORD of HOSTS, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of HOSTS. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of HOSTS” (Malachi 3:8-12).
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The Most Powerful Position In The Whole Universe 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
12. Deut. 4:29, 6:5, 10:12, 11:13, 13:3-4, 26:16, 30:6, Josh. 22:5, Matt. 22:37-40, Mark 12:29-31, Luke 10:27 return
13. Matt. 28:18-20, John 3:5, Acts 2:38, 19:3-5, Rom. 6:3-5, Col. 2:10-12 return
14. Deut. 4:29, 13:4, 26:16, Josh. 1:8, 22:5, 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:14-17, James 1:22-25, Rev. 3:18 return