by Tony Alamo
One of my favorite qualities of God is that it is impossible for Him to change. This attribute of super steadfastness belongs only to deity. For people to think that God could ever change, they would have to think of God as not being perfect.1 Again, God cannot change.2 It is impossible for Him. The Bible makes this fact very clear.
Numbers 23:19 states, “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent [or change His ways—with God, this is impossible!]: hath He [God] said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” In Numbers 32:11, God said, “Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac and unto Jacob: because they have not wholly [entirely] followed me.”
God says, “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Mal. 3:6). James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights [illuminations], with whom is NO VARIABLENESS, neither shadow of turning.”
In these scriptures and hundreds of others, God wants us to understand that God is forever, eternally the same today as He was in the beginning, both in essence and in the same mode of His very existence, in His perfectness and in the principles of His never ending administration.
Immutability in no way is to be thought of as God not being on the move and full of action, rebuking, reproving, setting up special environments for those who He deems proper to chastise, granting blessings, placing punishments on evil workers, etc. His actions vary according to His immutable Word. His affections toward people change according to the spiritual changes or feelings these same people have towards Him. God represents Himself in His unchangeable Word, which He esteems higher than His name:3 “He is not a man, that He should repent [i.e., change]” (I Sam. 15:29).
Some people think that God immediately repented of killing all the men of Israel who were twenty years old and above, that God repented at the prayer of Moses, but don’t forget, God did kill them all.4 Those who were twenty and older never entered the Promised Land!
God threatened the great prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 33:8 and especially Ezekiel 33:7-19. “Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.
“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at My mouth, and warn them from Me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
“Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turns from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live. Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal. When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby” (Ezekiel 33:1-19).
God has not changed one bit. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, immutable (Heb. 13:8). It is impossible for Him to change.5 God repents to let us be saved only when we repent!!6 “Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said that He would do unto them; and He did it not” (Jonah 3:9-10).
“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Heb. 6:17-18).7
Webster’s dictionary states that immutability means “unchangeable, the quality that renders change or alternation impossible; invariableness.” Immutability is an attribute of God. He doesn’t change!8 If you surrender your life to Him, He will give you His eternal Life!9 He is not a respecter of people.10 If you believe and repent, you will be saved this very minute. Do it by saying this prayer. This is just the beginning:
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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It's Impossible footnotes:
1. Deut. 32:4, I Sam. 2:2, II Sam. 22:31, Job 34:10, 36:22-23, Psa. 12:6, 18:30, 33:4-5, 92:15, 119:140, 142, 145:17, Isa. 51:6-8, Matt. 5:48, 19:17, Rom. 3:4, Titus 1:2, Heb. 6:13, Jas. 1:17, II Pet. 3:9 return
2. Num. 23:19, I Sam. 15:29, Psa. 33:11, 89:34, 119:89-91, Prov. 19:21, Eccl. 3:14, Mal. 3:6, Rom. 11:29, Heb. 6:17-19, Jas. 1:17 return
3. Ex. 20:5, 7, Deut. 10:17, Ch. 28, 29:20, 29, 31:11-13, Josh. 24:19-20, II Sam. 22:25-27, I Kings 8:32, Neh. Ch. 9, Psa. 33:4, 6-9, 36:5-7, 138:2, John 1:1-3, 10-14, Rom. 10:17, Eph. 3:9-11, 19, II Tim. 2;15, 3:16-17, I John 1:1-5, 5:7, 20, Rev. 1:1-2, 11, 19, 2:7, 19:13, 22:6-8 return
4.Num. 14:11-35, 32:10-13, Deut. 1:34-46 return
5. Num. 23:19, I Sam. 15:29, Psa. 33:11, 119:89-91, Eccl. 3:14, Isa. 40:8, Matt. 5:17-18, Mark 13:31, II Cor. 1:20, II Tim. 2:11-13, Heb. 13:8 return
6. II Chron. 7:14, Pro. 1:22-23, 28:13, Isa. 55:6-7, Jer. 18:7-10, 26:3, 13, Ezek. 18:21-23, 30-32, 24:13-14, Joel 2:12-21, Jonah 3:4-10, Acts 2:38, 3:19, Rom. 8:8-11, 13, 10:9, I John 1:5-10, Rev. 2:4-5, 16, 20-23, 3:2-3, 15-21 return
7. Gen. 9:16, 18:10-15, 21:1-2, Ex. 6:4-5, 12:41, Lev. 26:44-45, Deut. 7:7-12, Josh. 23:14, I Kings 8:23-24, 56, II Kings 8:19, II Chron. 36:22-23, Neh. 9:7-15, Psa. 105:7-45, Jer. 29:10, Acts 13:32-33, Heb. 6:13-20 return
8. Psa. 105:8, 111:5-8, 117:2, 138:2, 146:6, Jer. 33:20-21, Matt. 24:34, Rom. 3:31, Heb. 1:8, Jas. 1:17, I Pet. 1:23-25, Rev. 22:18-19 return
9. Matt. 10:37-39, 13:44-46, 16:24-26, 19:21, Luke 5:11, 27-28, 9:23-25, 14:26-27, 33, 18:28-30, John 12:24-26, Rom. 12:1-2, Phlp. 3:7-9, I John 2:15-17, Rev. 7:9, 13-17, 12:11 return
10. Deut. 10:17, II Sam. 14:14, II Chron. 19:7, Acts 10:34-35, Rom. 2:6-7, Eph. 6:9, Col. 3:25, I Pet. 1:17 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