Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3.

And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. Revelation 15:1,2.

Part II
by Brother Emerson A. Wilson
 

Holding The Truth In Unrighteousness
People have misused His name: drinkers, smokers, gamblers, fornicators, and adulteresses tell you, "We belong to Christ. We are members of Christ's church." Through the preaching of the vials of wrath, God is avenging His Son and His people. Both of them have been misused. Christ's name has been dishonored, and the great designs of His death have been opposed. More and more, there is a rising up against Holiness. Why DID Christ die? To make you H-O-L-Y. When you fight holiness, you are opposing the very works of Christ's death.

Men have perverted the Gospel. Paul said in Romans 1:16-18, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Where does the wrath of God come from? From Heaven. How does it come? As a revelation. It is revealed.

God will NOT judge you until you are clear yourself. Understand this: many many many try to "fake" ignorance with God. It won't work, folks. God knows what you know, what you understand and what you don't know (understand). Oh yes, He does. You cannot claim ignorance with God. We are instructed in II Timothy 2:15,16 to Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. But we don't want to do that, do we? We'd MUCH RATHER fall for the lies and accept the hyprocrisy coming from the pulpits, our so-called leaders, as we had to study for ourselves, wouldn't we? No matter, it won't wash with God!

Brothers and Sisters, right through the Gospel, the wrath of God is revealed against ALL ungodliness. It is coming from Heaven. However, people will NOT own it. They want to weaken it and take the authority out of it, saying, "That is just his (or her) opinion, or idea."

One of the best ways to cast your soul into hell is to start saying that it is just the preacher's (or teacher's or leader's) opinion, merely because it begins to work on your conscience, convicting you of your wrongdoing! The devil is already working a deception on you, when you get in the rut of thinking that way! Soon he is going to get you to the place where no preacher can help you, because it is "just his opinion", and you think you have a right to your own.

God hates that business of holding the truth in unrighteousness. People who do not have the truth cannot hold the truth, but you've got a choke hold on it, refusing to let it loose to do its work in your life and the lives of those near you. If you would let it loose, it would have an effect on you, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your brothers and sisters in Christ, even the strangers you meet! But no, you hold it through your unrighteous attitude, unrighteous feeling. There is not a thing going on out in the world that can hold the truth or hinder it. The only ones hindering the truth are people who claim to be 'the church", but will not measure the truth and let it loose to work in their lives like God wants it to.

Wrath Preaching
Those vials in the Revelation were just flat bowls, full of the wrath of God. That is a symbolic expression, meaning that God has moved on a preacher and filled him up with "wrath preaching". "Wrath preaching" is not somebody being "angry" while they preach, either! No matter how much he tries to think about the love of God and other things, he is full of wrath preaching. The wrath of God is simply this: the Will of God. God has forever linked sin and suffering together, woe and wickedness. If you are going to live wicked, you are going to have woe put on you.

People want to go on in their sins and wickedness, and they get stirred if a preacher pours woe out. Listen to the Master's teaching: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Hey, I know there will be people who will pat you on the back when you are wrong; but a TRUE minister will not pat you on the back. He will put fire on your sin. It is the Will of God!

Oh man, you tell that to folks nowadays, and they get downright irate! "Why that's judging someone! That's condemnation!" That's RIGHT! God HATES sin! Sin SEPARATES us from God! God does NOT condone sin! To preach against sin is NOT preaching against people; it's preaching against doing wrong! Oh but today, let a preacher get up and start preaching against sinful things and folks get all offended. Well, they NEED to get offended! SOMEBODY'S got to preach THE TRUTH so folks can openly know what is right and what is wrong! Otherwise, it's just like the Bible says in Matthew 15:14, …if the blind lead the blind, BOTH shall fall into the ditch. I don't know how much plainer it needs to be, my friends.

Jesus, Himself, said that His house had become a den of thieves. His house OUGHT TO BE a place where thieves get the heat put on them, but many religious organizations have become a place to hide! I said, His house OUGHT TO BE a place where thieves get the heat put on them, but many religious organizations have become a place to hide! With all the wickedness that is going on, you will hear some woes coming out of the mouth of a TRUE man of God.

The reason the world is in such a condition is because false religion is patting people on the back when they are wrong! When judgment was laid to the line and righteousness was the plummet, people's wrong did not get patted! They were awakened to their true condition every time they got around the Gospel.

In Ecclesiastes 8:11, the wise man said, Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Further to the point, in Hebrews 12:11, we read, Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. In case that's not plain enough for you, the Living Bible puts that verse this way: "Being punished isn't enjoyable while it is happening--it hurts! But afterwards we can see the result, a quiet growth in grace and character." We need more speedy executions of God's eternal Word. Many many many are going out into eternity, lost and undone, because those in the pulpits and positions of leadership in our "churches" today are too afraid to tell the simple truth of God's Gospel. We want it "candy-coated". Jesus Christ never "candy-coated" anything-He spoke the truth and that's all He asks of us today!

Far too many are looking for results without paying the price for good results. Many are sowing briars, thorns, and thistles and hoping for figs and grapes. Did you get that? Let's go over it one more time: Far too many are looking for results without paying the price for good results. Many are sowing briars, thorns, and thistles and hoping for figs and grapes. I can guarantee you this: you cannot sew corn and reap apples. Folks are living like they want to live, and wondering why they cannot see great manifestations of the power of God and why sick people cannot be healed, why those in bondage cannot be set free. To whom is it a mystery? Yet we excuse our laziness and unrighteousness by saying, "Well, those things are not for today."

The manifestation of God is a reaping of the RIGHT KIND of sowing. We all want figs; we do not want briars, thorns and thistles. Yet we get what we sow-we reap what we sow. The Word of God tells us we will! Do not be deceived, my friends: it's as true NOW as it ever was: you cannot sow thorns, briars and thistles and reap grapes and figs.

Progressing In The Wrong Direction
We have better houses to live in today than we have ever had before, but while we have better houses, our homes are getting in worse shape. We need to WAKE UP to what we are doing! We have greater wealth today, and less happiness. We have wonder drugs, but our health is no better as a whole. We are traveling at accelerated speeds, but we are getting nowhere because we have lost our direction. We have increased knowledge today, oh, what knowledge we have, but less wisdom. Even Christians are doing things that are unwise! It is not the fact that we do not know better; we have the knowledge, but we lack wisdom. Friends, we need to see, some of these things only God can give.

We have more churches (buildings) today than at any time in the history of the world, but there are fewer saints than ever before. We have the knowledge to put men into space, but we have not the knowledge to teach people how to live right and how to get along with each other. I want you to see why God is stirred. Our twenty first-century world is a chaotic picture. Civilization is not making nearly the PROgress that we are DIgressing. We are going down the fastest any nation ever went down and we are too blind to see it. Yes, we are making more progress than any other nation, but we are going in the wrong direction!

We are getting farther from God and closer to hell every day God lets the sun come up. Confusion and chaos are the results. Where did it all come from? It all came from ignoring God and His ways. From the very beginning, God has been trying to get mankind to see that he can live higher. God's ways are high above man's ways, and God sent His Son to lift us up from the human level, the ways of man, to God's ways. Brothers and Sisters, God has a way to live on every level of your life, and when you rebel against it, you are only bringing yourself into a chaotic condition.

His Way reaches into the home, the job, and our worship services. God has a way for you to behave yourself in the House of God. I do not believe there is such freedom that you can get up and walk about and talk. No, Sir! That is NOT God's Way to act in church! You may do things the way you want to, but where is your power with God?

I ask you, how long has it been since you prayed through and got a direct miracle? See, you can go on and profess, but your sin will find you out. It shows up in the lack of power in your life. It shows up in your praying. It shows up in your preaching. It shows up in your witnessing. It shows up in your daily living. God alone knows the pattern for this world. He made it to function in His Way, and it will function exactly as He ordained it to function.

Has Humanism Affected You?
Humanism has worked in such a manner that we bring our ways up; God's Ways have become antiquated. We forget that God is eternal and ALL His Ways are infinite. God's Ways can never become antiquated. God set His Ways in order for as long as this world stands. They will work just as well today as they did long ago. When a man excludes God from his plans, it is as disastrous as trying to fly an airplane with only one wing. If you lose one wing, you are going to go in circles and end up in calamity.

Materialism is just one wing. We have to come back to the vital fact of truth that man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. There is a spiritual faith that will balance our world. Materialism must be balanced by the wing of spiritual strength for the soul of man.

We must watch that we do not prosper more materially than we do spiritually. Why? If there is not proper balance, we will soon be ready for a spin and a crash. God wants us to prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospers. Did you get that? Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. III John 1:2. Well, that's exactly how most of us prosper; which explains why so many of us are in the sad shape we're in. Our soul is in trouble because we have taken God out of our equations!

Today, we are going in circles, politically, socially and economically. What a tailspin we have taken, and we are not out of it yet. The Bible has the ONLY answer for our mixed-up world.

When a minister will pour out the judgments of God and make plain God's plan, it will be a great and marvelous sign to you. Why? Because that is the real sign that things are going to look better. Notice the second verse and on through in Revelation 15. It says that they stand on the "sea of glass", the Word of God "mingled with fire", the Holy Ghost. They have harps, and they are singing.

What are they singing? The song of Moses, which is the song of deliverance. It's the song that Israel sang when God miraculously backed up the Red Sea. As soon as their feet touched the ground on the other side, the Bible said they started to sing the song of Moses. What were they singing about? The greatness of God.

Let me tell you, God has been minimized today. Humanism has lifted up man and put God down. He will never be lifted back to His rightful place in people's lives UNTIL (unless) The Church lifts Him, but we (The Church) are never going to lift Him by going around with our harps hung on willows. The world says that things are pretty tough and you answer, "Yes, they sure are. We are really in a mess, and it looks like they are only going to get worse." If you had a harp, it's on the willow! These days in which we are living are precious opportunities to lift up God. Our conversations ought to be: "Are you out of work?" "Yes, I am out of work, but Thank God, I have God. He is taking care of me and will work all things out for my good, Glory to His name!" Let me tell you, that's not "covering up" or failing to admit the truth. Both parts of that are true: I'm out of work, but God is not going to fail me! That doesn't mean that I have sat down on the Seat of Do Nothing and am waiting for something to fall into my lap. It does mean that I know in Whom I have believed and AM PERSUADED that He IS Able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day!

If you are living for God, He will take care of you. If you are losing your house, you ought to be able to say, "Yes, there is a possibility that I will lose my house, but Thank God, I am NOT going to lose my God! He is keeping me!" Oh, we have lost that language.

Do You Have God's Spot?
Let us read a little of the song of Moses, in Deuteronomy 32, verses 3 and 4. Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Then the writer began to talk about people who had corrupted themselves: They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation. Deuteronomy 32:5.

There are two kinds of spots: a real saint has God's spot, not the world's spot. If the world gets its spot on you, you cannot have God's spot. Someone might ask, "Well, what kind of spot does God have?" White all over. Every one of His children has a white garment, made up of righteousness, purity, and holiness. That is God's spot. That lets everybody who looks on you know that you belong to God. The world likes to put black spots on white: God puts white spots where black had once been. God makes you pure, clean and upright.

God has chosen human instrumentality to do His work clear through the Gospel Day. The angels know nothing about the plan of salvation. In the Revelation, symbolic expressions of angels with vials filled with the Wrath of God means nothing more than God has sent ministers to pour out the judgment of God, letting you know how God feels about some things.

Jesus taught in the Gospel, … that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15. The Word of God lets us look at things the way God looks at them. Men today are "doing their own thing". Men wear their hair like the women. It does not make any difference to them what God thinks about it.

God thinks that a man who will wear his hair like a woman has become effeminate, and he is a poor witness because people cannot tell whether he is a man or a woman. He also said that the long hair was given to the woman for a glory, but some women say, "Well, I have my own feelings about it." THE BLESSED OLD BIBLE IS THE ONLY THING THAT SAVED US, AND IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL GET US THROUGH TO HEAVEN.