by Tony Alamo
The revelation of the meaning of the illumination or inspiration of God became evident to me in a lawyer's office when the Lord overtook me by illuminating me with the knowledge of His all-encompassing invisible power and presence.1 This very frightening and overwhelming experience inspired me to find out everything I could about Him and what it was that He wanted me to do.
Since this revelation, I've had many more. Some of them were verbal, some were dreams, and others were visions. All of them may be defined as part of the operation of God wherein He communicates the truth, His truth, to man, a truth that man would otherwise never know. Since man was created in God's image2 and given the capacity to know God, it is natural and very rational to expect that God would communicate Himself, His Word, and His mind to man. Unfallen man, being a finite (whole) creature, needed divine revelation or illumination, instruction. "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die...And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden." (Gen. 2:16-17, 3:8). How much more fallen is the man completely incapacitated by sin?
God, through a fearful experience, inspired me to seek Him and find Him until I became mature enough, fully ripe enough, to be able to effectively do what I do. It has taken over forty-four years for this to happen. The doctrine of "inspiration" of the Holy Spirit and Scriptures is of incredibly great importance and most necessary. This becomes vividly apparent when you realize that all true evangelical Christians' messages and doctrine are gotten from the Bible. They rely solely upon it for God's authority. A warped or unsound view of inspiration or illumination of scripture will certainly produce warped or unsound views, distorted teachings, and dangerous gaps in knowledge, which may seem plausible but are unsound, because they are not divine, just (so-called) scientific or (philosophical) theorizing.
Again, inspiration is the supernatural influence exerted on the sacred writers of yesterday and today who were and are led by the Holy Spirit of God, by virtue of which their writings are given divine trustworthiness. In defining spiritual inspiration, three truths must be observed: the primary efficient cause must be The Holy Spirit, who moves upon man; the subject of inspiration is the person upon whom the Holy Spirit moves directly; finally, the result of the inspiration, the written or spoken revelation given once for everyone in the Bible must be thoroughly accredited and tested both by miracle and by fulfilled prophecy through the Spirit or the Word. Illumination also is a ministry of the Holy Spirit in that all who are chosen, like Moses, Paul, and many others, including myself, are suddenly illuminated enough to know at least something of what the Lord initially wants a person to do, which is usually simple to understand, such as to go tell Pharaoh, "Let My people go," (Ex. 5:1), "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks," (Acts 26:14), or "Tell the people about Jesus Christ and that He is coming back to Earth for the second time, or you shall surely die." None of us were in the right position with God before the illumination. We were given the gift of reception. In other words, we received what God told us to do, but many have been illuminated and never received what they were illuminated with to do it. True revelation many times is comprehended but never acted upon. In these cases, the individual never comes under God's divine control. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But He that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet He Himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ" (I Cor. 2:14-16). The Holy Spirit, of course, is today still working both in and through those who respond to Him.
The truth of inspiration enforces the knowledge that the holy authors were prophets and apostles of God's Word in the highest regard. The Word of God is loaded with the words and phrases such as the following: "Then the word of the LORD came to ..., saying,"3 (I Kings 16:1), "Thus saith the LORD unto me..." (Jer. 13:1) "The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel…" (Ezek. 1:3). The apostle Paul and others spoke by direct revelation (Eph. 3:1-10). The prophets and apostles spoke of future events.4 Moses told of Christ.5 The great Prophets have had their prophecies verified in the centuries following their deaths. David in Psalms 22, and Isaiah, in Isaiah 53 spoke in minute detail about the sufferings, death, and resurrection of Christ. Daniel foretold the rise of Persia, Greece, and Rome (Dan. 2:37-40, 7:4-7).
Prophets like Moses, Elijah, and Elisha had their messages authenticated by miracles6. Others had a heavy anointing to speak and write, such as Jeremiah. "Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay" (Jer. 20:9).
"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (II Pet. 1:20-21). This scripture tells how scripture was inspired. First, it tells us how it didn't originate–it's not a matter of one's own (private) interpretation. It is not the result of secular or human research, or the writer's own thoughts. Man did not surmise to write it or to decide on its subject matter. This scripture tells how it came about: "men," selected by God, "Spoke from God," who is the source. Holy men were borne or carried along by the Holy Spirit, the message being His, not theirs. God spoke through the Old Testament prophets. "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds" (Heb. 1:1-2).
The Old Testament scriptures are extremely valuable. "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If He called them gods, unto whom the Word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of Him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?" (John 10:34-36). There are no defects in Bible scriptures, and certain promises and prophecies are clear for us to see in often-expressed scriptures such as "That what was spoken... that it might be fulfilled" (Matt. 1:22, 2:15, 23, 8:17, 12:17, etc.), as well as in such scriptures as Matthew 24:35, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away." Jesus repeatedly quoted the Old Testament as the authority for what He was speaking and doing (Matt. 4:4, 7, 10). The Holy Spirit in the prophet equipped the prophets for their ministry (I Pet. 1:10-11). The Spirit of God spoke through David (II Sam. 23:1-2) and all the other prophets.
I pray that you will be inspired to receive the Lord Jesus Christ now for the sake of your soul. If you will receive Him, then say 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 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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The Anointing footnotes:
1. I Chron. 29:11-12, II Chron. 20:6, Psa. 147:7-9, Matt. 28:18, Luke 9:43, Eph. 1:17-23, Col. 1:15-19, 2:10, Rev. 4:11, 5:13 return
2. Gen. 1:27, 5:1, Col. 3:10 return
3. Ex. 4:22, 5:1, 7:17, 8:1, 11:4, Josh. 7:13, 24:2, Judg. 6:8, I Sam. 2:27, II Sam. 24:12, I Kings 12:24, 20:13, 22:11, I Chron. 22:8, Jer. 1:4, 11, 13, 32:6, Ezek. 6:1, 12:21, 16:1, 24:1, 36:16, Amos 1:3, 3:12, Obad. 1:1, Jonah 3:1, Micah 3:5, Nah. 1:12, Hagg. 1:5, Mal. 1:4, Zech. 6:9, 8:18 return
4. Gen. Ch. 49, 50:24, II Kings 20:14-18, Jer. 13:19, 32:28, Ezek. 11:4-10, Dan. Ch. 12, Joel 2:28, Jonah 3:4-10, Matt. 3:11-13, Acts 2:1-4, 16-21, 19:6, 27:30-34, 27:9-11, 21-26, Jude 1:14, Rev. 1:1, 22:18 return
5. Deut. 18:15, Acts 3:22, 7:37 return
6. I Kings 17:1, 21:18-29, II Kings 2:14, 19-22, 23-24, 3:13-27, 4:1-7, 32:36, 38-44, 5:8-14, 20-27, 6:1-7, 9-23 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