THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST US!
Written in 2009
by Tony Alamo
aka Bernie Hoffman
Do you believe that JESUS is the CHRIST, the SON of the living GOD? If you believe that HE is, then you are blessed, because flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you, but GOD the FATHER, who is in Heaven (Matthew 16:15-17). JESUS also says that your faith in this fact: that HE is the CHRIST, the SON of the living GOD, is the Solid Rock you will be able to stand on at judgment.
JESUS told HIS disciples that faith is the rock on which HE will build HIS church (not Peter’s church); “And the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). If you believe this fact, JESUS will give to you “the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven [the right to enter Heaven]” as HE did Peter and every other believer (Matthew 16:19).
By faith in CHRIST, we are saved (Ephesians 2:8).1 GOD through CHRIST has “made us kings and priests” (Revelation 1:6), “a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9); and “Whatsoever [we] shall bind on earth [by teaching and preaching the WORD of GOD and prayer] shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever [we] shall loose on earth [what heresy we let run loose without check on earth] shall be loosed in Heaven [Heaven will not aid you in putting a stop to it]” (Matthew 18:18).
Peter had the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven by his faith that JESUS is the CHRIST (the WORD of GOD, the Rock2); so do you and I. It is heresy for Rome to say that Peter and the apostles are, or were, the Rock. JESUS is the Rock of Ages, and by our faith in JESUS as the Rock, the CHRIST, the SON of the living GOD, we are given the keys to Heaven—we are saved. There is no historical foundation to the rumor that Peter is—or ever was—the bishop of Rome. Rome, the Bible says, is Satan’s seat (Revelation, chapter 17). And the pretense of a succession of, or from, Peter by the Roman bishop is just a Catholic Vatican fable. Peter and all others were given the keys to Heaven for their Christian profession and obedience alone.
In Matthew, chapter 13, JESUS tells the parable of the sower of the seed. (The seed, JESUS said, is the WORD, Luke 8:11). If hearts fail, it is because their faith is not strong. We see this in verses 4, 5, 6, and 7: “And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up [JESUS tells us the fowls are the devil3]: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.” The gates of Hell did prevail against those who did not provide a fertile ground for GOD’S WORD.
The powers of Hell are always going to do their best to prevail over people’s faith.4 It is such a great victory for the devil, Satan, to prevail over people’s faith in JESUS.
What does the word “prevail” mean? Prevail means “to overcome; to gain the victory or superiority; to gain the advantage.” When Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed (Exodus 17:11). If you believe that JESUS is the CHRIST, the SON of GOD, there is no power that the devil, Satan, the great red dragon, the snake, has over you.5 There is no way that the gates of Hell can prevail over the faith of a Christian (1 John 5:4).
What does Hell use to try to cause a Christian to be overcome or be prevailed upon? The answer is: trials, persecutions, disobedience, tribulations, separations, aggravations, irritations, temptations, famines, sickness, torture, slanders, and crucifixions, among many other things. This is why we ourselves are to deny ourselves, mortify our flesh, take up our own cross, and follow CHRIST.6 We are going through nothing so bad as spending eternity in Hell and the Lake of Fire.7 For faithfulness, we go to Heaven, away from all that we are going through here.8 Look at what CHRIST went through so we are able to escape Hell and gain Heaven!!
How could it be possible for anyone, any government, all the forces in the world, and all the forces of Hell, to destroy the church of GOD when our GOD, JESUS, created everything and orders the very elements, telling the wind and the waves what to do, and they do it?9 “And they [HIS disciples] being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! For HE commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey HIM” (Luke 8:25). HE raises the dead (Matthew 11:5);10 all those sleeping in the dust shall rise (Daniel 12:2).11 The entire universe was created by GOD (CHRIST): “For by HIM were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by HIM, and for HIM” (Colossians 1:16).12
Has the government an arm like GOD? Can they speak out of a whirlwind? They give counsel, but they give words without knowledge. Where were they when HE laid the foundations of the earth? Ask them; see if they have an understanding of it. Who has laid the measure of it, and who has stretched the line upon it? Where are the foundations thereof fastened? “Or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of GOD shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I [GOD] made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it, And brake up for it MY decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?” (Job 38:4-13). These questions and many others are asked in the book of Job.13
You supposed-to-be leaders (secular leaders) don’t seem to know your own U.S. law, for what you are doing is unlawful, not only according to the law of GOD, but to the law of the land! You are unconstitutional, anti-American. I am a person that believes that JESUS is the CHRIST, the SON of the living GOD, and I’m telling you that you’re not going to get by with what you are doing. If you murder me, you cannot murder my soul.14 But if GOD takes unsaved, wicked people like yourselves, you will be in Hell and the Lake of Fire forever, and in a split second! (Revelation 21:8).
You have tried to put an end to my church for more than forty-four years and the church of CHRIST for over two thousand years, but you cannot because the gates of Hell shall not prevail over us.15 The Christians have stayed as strong today as they were two thousand years ago, and you sons of Satan are the same as you were then.
Repent of your sins and foolishness now by saying this prayer to GOD, to JESUS:
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
After salvation, JESUS said to be baptized, fully submerged in water, in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY SPIRIT.12 Then study the King James Version Bible, and, for your benefit and the benefit of others, do what it says.13
CHRIST and GOD the FATHER now live in you through the HOLY SPIRIT. There is a way you can receive a fuller portion of the divine nature of GOD in you. The more the divine nature of GOD lives in you, the more you will be able to stand against the temptations that have so easily moved so many millions of Christians away from salvation. Pray for the baptism in the HOLY SPIRIT.14 For instructions on how to receive the baptism in the HOLY SPIRIT and to receive more of GOD’S holy nature, ask for our literature or call. For without holiness, no man shall see GOD (Hebrews 12:14).
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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 a man 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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7. Isa. 5:11-15, 30:10-14, 33:14, 66:24, Dan. 12:1-3, Matt. 5:29-30, 7:13, 8:12, 10:28, 13:36-42, 47-50, 22:8-13, 24:44-51, 25:1-46, Luke 3:17, 13:24-28, 16:19-31, 2 Thes. 1:6-9, Heb. 10:26-27, 2 Pet. 2:1-9, Jude 5-7, Rev. 14:9-11, 19:20, 20:10-15, 21:8 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
12. Matt. 28:18-20, John 3:5, Acts 2:38, 19:3-5 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
14. Isa. 28:11-12, Joel 2:28-29, Luke 3:16, 11:9-13, John 1:29-34, 7:37-39, 14:15-29, 15:26, 16:7-14, Acts 1:1-8, 2:1-18, 32-39, 5:29-32, 19:1-7, Rom. 5:3-5, 15:13 return