THEY TRIED TO STOP THE WORK OF GOD
BUT IT DIDN’T WORK, DID IT?
by Tony Alamo
What a magnificent verification we have in that there is the GOD of HEAVEN, and that the WORD of GOD is absolutely accurate, exceedingly TRUE, every place in the BIBLE!1
GOD, by the WORD of the prophet Jeremiah, warned all Israel that they must surrender themselves to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, because of their sins (Jeremiah 21:4-10). He said they would be exiled in Babylon for seventy years, and then would be delivered back to Israel to rebuild Jerusalem.2 All of this came to pass!
After the seventy years, Babylon fell into the hand of Cyrus, king of Persia. It was exactly seventy years later, just as the prophet Jeremiah prophesied, “The LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, THE LORD GOD of Heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and HE hath charged me to build HIM a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all HIS people? his GOD be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD GOD of Israel, (HE is the GOD,) which is in Jerusalem” (Ezra 1:1-3). King Cyrus commanded all the more than happy Jews to go free to ISRAEL and build the house of the LORD GOD of Israel. He asked everyone to “help him with silver and with gold, and with goods and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of GOD that is in Jerusalem.” GOD raised up all the Jews that would go up to build the house of GOD which is in Jerusalem (Ezra 1:4-5).
Ezra 4:1 speaks of the Jews being back in Israel. The devil tries to interfere with the Jews here, just as he does throughout the entire BIBLE and up to this very day. Ezra 4:1 states, “Now when the [enemies, devils] adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD GOD of ISRAEL, [they decided in stealth, to undermine their efforts, telling them (the Jews) they wanted to help them build the temple of the LORD GOD.] Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your GOD, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto HIM since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them [all of them, answered the devil who was living by his evil spirit in the bodies of Judah and Benjamin’s adversaries, just as JESUS answered the devil later in Scripture], YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH US TO BUILD AN HOUSE UNTO OUR GOD [in other words, we will not allow the devil to help us build the house of GOD, because we know you weasels will only undermine our work! What has the devil got to do with the LORD?3]; But we ourselves together will build unto the LORD GOD of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us. Then the people of the land [the mob] weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building. And hired counsellors [lawyers] against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even unto the reign of Darius King of Persia” (Ezra 4:1-5).
We know that the SPIRIT of GOD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, king of Persia to have the Jews build the temple of GOD in Jerusalem, just as HE called me and stirred up my spirit to tell you JESUS is coming back to earth again soon. We have had forty-eight years of false accusations from the devil and all manner of attacks, including the government putting me in prison twice on false charges. They have stolen our properties, put myself and many others of my church in jail on false charges many times, stolen our children, destroyed our means of livelihood, and lied about us, saying we have guns when we don’t even allow our children to have toy guns. The media has tried to make me look like Jim Jones, David Koresh, every supposed bad person in the world, and much more, all because I’m showing people who the devil is and telling you that JESUS is coming back to earth again, and soon!4 The devil is the same today as he was when he brought false accusations about GOD to Eve in the Garden of Eden and about the Jews in Jerusalem.
“And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem” (Ezra 4:6). This is the copy of the letter that many nations united sent to Artaxerxes the king of Persia: “Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us [after having been exiled for seventy years in Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar. They think that they can come back after seventy years, possess the land, and build a temple because GOD commanded them to do it. GOD also told them they would be dispersed for two thousand years, then HE would cause them to return to Israel. Who are you Palestinians, United States and U.N. citizens, or anyone else, to say that the land doesn’t belong to the JEWS? You are CRAZY! They say they have] come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls thereof, and joined the foundations…They will not pay toll, tribute [taxes], or custom, and so shall endamage the revenue of the kings” (Ezra 4:12-13). They go on to say everyone received maintenance from the king’s palace. They said they thought it would be good to look out for the king’s honor, and that’s why they sent Artaxerxes the letter. They told the king to search the books, the records, and he would see that what they were saying is the truth. He would see “that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed. We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river” (Ezra 4:15-16).
So Artaxerxes answered the letter that he received from the devils, the false accusers. His letter stated that he had read their letter. He told them the Jews in Jerusalem were doing what King Cyrus had told them to do, what GOD told him to tell them—to build a house for GOD in Jerusalem. Artaxerxes told them to tell the Jews to stop their work until another commandment be given from him (verse 21). So these ANTI-GOD false accusers read Artaxerxes’ letter. “They went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power. Then ceased the work of the house of GOD which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius, King of Persia” (Ezra 4:23-24).
Then the prophets, Haggai and Zecheriah prophesied unto the Jews in the name of the GOD of Israel. Then rose up Zerubbabel and Jeshua, and began to build the house of GOD: “and with them were the prophets of GOD helping them.” At the same time all the Satanic devil’s helpers came, asking who told you to build this house, and to make up this wall? And what are the names of the men working here? “But the eye of their GOD was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease [their work], till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned the answer by letter concerning this matter [another letter from the devils].” We asked who commanded you to build this house and to make up these walls? And we asked their names also…And here is how they answered us, “WE ARE THE SERVANTS OF THE GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, AND BUILD THE HOUSE THAT WAS BUILDED THESE MANY YEARS AGO, WHICH A GREAT KING OF ISRAEL [SOLOMON] BUILDED AND SET UP. But after that our fathers had provoked the GOD of Heaven unto wrath, HE gave them into the hand of Nebuchandezzar, the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon. But in the first year of Cyrus the King of Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of GOD. And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of GOD, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor; And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of GOD be builded in his place.
“Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of GOD which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished. Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of GOD at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter” (Ezra 5:1-17). “The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king” (Ezra 5:6). These people in verse 6 are the demonic ones who were against the GOD of Israel and the Jews. Darius told them to stay far away from the Jews and the house of GOD.
Today’s devil powered one-world government is trying to stop our work, our church, the building of the body of CHRIST, the temple of GOD.5 They did a media smear campaign against my wife Susan, my church, and myself! Everything was and still is lies! The Catholic mayor of Los Angeles is saying we need to have a conditional use permit after we have been using the property for our church and church facilities for over forty-three years! If we are to do this, let all the CATHOLIC CHURCHES do it as well, and all the one-world churches! I’ve been persecuted these forty-seven years because I tell the truth and I don’t play politics. The supposed-to-be United States government fined me sixty-six million dollars because a member of my church spanked two men like GOD in the Bible tells us to do when young men don’t respond to other discipline. They were given the option to leave if they didn’t want the spanking. You devils have stolen our children and all of our living facilities. You illegally sent former members (women) to Wellspring, a U.N. government brainwashing cult, to program those women to lie in the mock trial in court. You (FBI) paid them five thousand dollars each to have them deprogrammed because I printed literature stating that you slaughtered those Christians at Waco, Texas. A former FBI man spilled the beans on you devils, and you can’t take it. Bill Clinton and Janet Reno (Johnny Reno) said that they take full responsibility for the slaughter! Clinton said, “This will teach people to belong to cults.” What cult? Your Catholic church is the cult, Bill, and you know it! You have murdered millions of real CHRISTIANS, JEWS, and others, burned them at the stake, and you’re well known for being homosexuals, turning children on to your perversions in the public school system, which you control, as well as in the media.
“Let the work of this house of GOD alone; Let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of GOD in HIS place. Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of GOD: that of the king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered. And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the GOD of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail: That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the GOD of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons. ALSO I [KING DARIUS] HAVE MADE A DECREE, THAT WHOSOEVER SHALL ALTER THIS WORD, LET TIMBER BE PULLED DOWN FROM HIS HOUSE, AND BEING SET UP, LET HIM BE HANGED THEREON; AND LET HIS HOUSE BE MADE A DUNGHILL FOR THIS. AND THE GOD THAT HATH CAUSED HIS NAME TO DWELL THERE DESTROY ALL KINGS AND PEOPLE THAT SHALL PUT TO THEIR HAND TO ALTER AND TO DESTROY THIS HOUSE OF GOD WHICH IS AT JERUSALEM. I DARIUS HAVE MADE A DECREE; LET IT BE DONE WITH SPEED…And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the GOD of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of GOD with joy, And offered at the dedication of this house of GOD an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel” (Ezra 6:7-17). These sacrifices were all symbolic of JESUS, who would, and did, end all animal sacrifices when HE sacrificed HIMSELF around two thousand years ago.
“And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of GOD, the GOD of Israel” (Ezra 6:22).
I’m warning you people in government and all of the enemies of GOD, you are not going to want to pay what you’re going to have to pay if you don’t give up your foolishness. Give up the life you are living! Repent of your sins right away, or you will not like what GOD has in store for you for eternity. Do so now by saying 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 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). Be baptized, fully submerged in water, in the name of the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY SPIRIT (Mark 12:30).12 Diligently study the King James Version of the Bible, and do what it says until the day you die.13
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They Tried To Stop The Work of God But It Didn't Work, Did It? 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. 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