by Tony Alamo
The evidence of God’s good judgments can be seen throughout all of history. The Bible is the truth and is world history. When David wrote, “I remembered Thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself” (Psa. 119:52), he had not much more in his possession than the Books of Moses. However, at this time God had already established Himself as the God of Judgment by His throwing Satan and the evil angels from Heaven down to earth, then soon into the Lake of Fire forever, then the judgment of Adam, God punishing him and his posterity for his sin of disobedience.1 We see this also by his punishment of Cain, by His saving Noah, a righteous man, while drowning millions of souls in the world-wide flood, by his sparing just Lot and destroying the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire, which fell from Heaven, then, by the ten plagues in Egypt, and by the destruction of Pharaoh and his entire army in the Red sea, by His leaving the unbelieving Israelites who refused to enter Canaan to die in the wilderness, and by His giving the land and the wealth of these wicked nations to Joshua and his army when they went in to possess the land of Canaan. God’s judgments are His warnings for careless, Godless men to wake up, to fear God, and take His Word seriously, lest the same judgments befall them for their sin of ignoring Him.
God makes no idle threats, unlike persons who are given more to talk than to action, but God’s warnings are His promises. God’s intention to keep His fearful judgments to be remembered as preventatives to evil was established when Jesus declared, “Remember Lot’s wife,” who perished for looking back (at evil Sodom) (Luke 17:32). Then Paul, Peter, and Jude all refer to God’s judgment of old when warning end time Bible believers against the judgments of apostasy (sinning), falling away from Christ (I Cor. 10:1-12, II Pet. 2:4-8, Jude 4-7).
How can a Christian, who is to lovingly demonstrate the meekness and gentleness of Christ towards all men, even to the loving of his enemies, comfort himself by the judgments that overtake the wicked? One of many answers is found in Romans 15:4: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” God’s Word in the scriptures as well as His works in providence reveal His unchanging character so that His people in their present persecutions and tribulations need not despair of hope. It is the judge of all the earth who shall do right (Gen. 18:25), not the unbridled passions of wicked men. God sets the bounds of sufferings of His children, and says to the proud oppressors, “Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed” (Job 38:11).
It is the Lord who comforts afflicted Zion, His church, by avenging her of her adversaries and saying, “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come” (Psa. 102:13, Luke 18:7-8). What the Lord does need be no cause of sorrow to those who are His own. When God revives His church, all the popes, persecutors, and wicked people of the world will not stop Him, as church history reveals in the 1960’s, when God poured out His Spirit on Susie’s and my church in Hollywood, California, and as He reveals, of course, in the book of Acts. We need to remind ourselves of the Apostle Peter’s words: “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished,” for it shall surely be done by Him (II Pet. 2:9).
God’s children don’t comfort themselves, except in their own deliverances, but rejoice that “When Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness” (Isa. 26:9). God’s judgments are always mixed with His mercies, and He stands ready to forgive all who sincerely repent of their sins and fully turn to Him through faith in His only begotten son, Christ Jesus. The last piece of sand of His gospel has not yet dropped through the hourglass of eternity. Therefore, it is up to the church to “account that the longsuffering of our Lord is SALVATION,” and continue to compel sinners to flee in time to the ONLY ONE who can save their souls, which is the LORD JESUS CHRIST (II Pet. 3:15).
Repent now, with this prayer to God.
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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Be Comforted 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