by Tony Alamo
When Adam and Eve were first created by God, the power of the Holy Spirit, which is ALL POWER, the power of eternal life, lived in them. It would have continued living in them if they would have continued eating God’s life, which God provided for them on the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life could also be called the tree of the Holy Spirit, or the TREE OF POWER, or the TREE OF MY (God’s) POWER BY MY SPIRIT, saith the Lord!
Adam and Eve were to be the first two witnesses of God, but sin, disobedience, caused the eternal power, the Spirit of God’s power, eternal life, to depart from them. God elaborates on this in chapter four of Zechariah and chapter eleven of Revelation where He speaks regarding the obedient two witnesses. But in the beginning, God’s supposed first two witnesses received the tremendous rebuke from the Lord by His taking the Eternal HOLY SPIRIT of LIFE from them. This caused the entire world population to be cursed with the Adamic sin, and made everyone void of eternal life in the paradise of Eden.1
The faithful two witnesses in the book of Zechariah are the same two witnesses mentioned in the book of Revelation, chapter eleven, the two who did keep all of the commandments of God. They are the two who walk with God as did Enoch (Gen. 5:22, 24)! God lets us know in Zechariah 4:6, which speaks of the end time two witnesses, that they have been made so “Not by might [their might], nor by power [their power, or the weak and beggarly power of the dragon, Satan, the devil], but by MY SPIRIT saith the Lord of hosts,” the SPIRIT of the REAL POWER, the REAL ETERNAL LIFE.
When it comes to God and HIS MIGHTY, ALMIGHTY POWER, “Who art thou, O great mountain [big problem]? before Zerubbabel thou [big problem] shalt become a plain [God shall level you]: and He [God, the Spirit of God] shall bring forth the headstone [the chief cornerstone of the church, Christ (Matt. 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17] thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it” (Zech. 4:7, Dan. 2:34-35).
All of humanity was lost, on their way to Hell and the Lake of Fire, because without the SPIRIT OF GOD, THE POWER OF GOD living in human bodies, it is impossible to be saved and impossible to keep the commandments of God. When Adam and Eve sinned, the Holy Spirit was taken from them and from all humanity. The whole world is now without divine power, divine eternal LIFE. Everyone now is dead in sin (Eph. 2:1-5, Col. 2:13-14). We all experience spiritual death as well as separation from God, which involves separation from His council as well.
At the time before Eve and Adam disobeyed God and sinned, the only knowledge of sin was that they were not to touch or eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Everything else was lawful. The Tree of Life was for them to eat from for their immortality, for their eternal life. All other fruit trees were permitted as well. But if they were to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would surely die (Gen. 2:17). The Lord counseled them that they would die if they did, and when they would spiritually and physically die, their eyes would be opened, so they would be aware of all sin instead of just the one.
They were banned from the Garden of Eden where the Tree of Life was. God set guards to stop them or anyone from eating from the Tree of Life lest they live forever in their depraved condition (Gen. 3:22-24).
All humanity needs Christmas. All humanity needs to be born again of the Spirit (John 3:3-7). God would have to come to earth as a man, to have genuine human flesh, to be a sacrifice as our substitute, to pay the penalty for our sins if we were to ever be redeemed.2 This God would do because of the love He had for His creation of mankind. Man’s mind, with the absence of the Holy Spirit of God, was not able to abstain from sin, or even thinking of sin, and also was not able to fully understand the purpose of God toward His creation and God’s love for us, which passes knowledge. This was because of man’s sinful, depraved nature. (Eph. 3:18).
God set up a system, with Him coming into the world as a human, to show the world that a human with God living in them by the Spirit could keep all the commandments and be perfect. Today, to discourage people from being perfect, the false preachers, teachers, evangelists, and false prophets all say, “No one is perfect,” as if God were a liar like themselves. If God who holds up the entire universe by His Spirit is in you, how could you not be perfect?
It is true that sins of ignorance can be forgiven, but if people sin willingly, there remaineth no more forgiveness (Heb. 10:26-29). We must be perfect to enter Heaven (Gen. 17:1, Deut. 18:13, I Kings 8:61, Matt. 5:48, 19:21, John 17:23, Rom. 12:2, II Cor. 13:11, Eph. 4:11-13, 5:25-27, Col. 1:28, II Tim. 3:16-17, Heb. 12:14, James 1:4, I Pet. 5:10, Rev. 19:7-8).
In the Old Testament, there are over 330 prophecies of the first coming of CHRISTMAS, the birth of Christ. Animal sacrifices symbolizing the sacrificial death of Christ were instituted at the time of Cain and Abel (Heb. 11:4). Also, on the night that Israel made their exodus from Egypt by the Lord guiding them by the hand of Moses, Israel kept the Passover (Ex. 12:1-12).
The tribe of Levi of the twelve tribes of Israel was selected by God to officiate as the priesthood. Many prophets were called for over four thousand years. (The world is six thousand years old.) The first Christmas happened approximately two thousand years ago. Christ, God incarnate, was born in Bethlehem of Judea, exactly as the prophet Micah said, on the exact time the prophets said (Micah 5:2, Dan. 9:25). “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2). “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times” (Dan. 9:25).
For God so loved the world that He became a human, a SON, and gave Himself as the Son of man, the Son of God, on Christmas Day. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For GOD sent not His SON into the world to condemn the world [the world was already condemned]; but that the world through HIM might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
Let Christmas through Christ enter your heart right 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 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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Why Christmas? 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