44. Message is fulfillment of the “Shout” in 1 Thessalonians 4:16. [Elijah’s spirit used five times.]
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129 Now, I want you to notice a great thing taken place here now. Don't miss this. See? Now, notice, the Word says here in II Thessalonians that there's three things... Notice, from the 13th to the 16th verse there's three things that has to happen before the Lord Himself appears. (Quickly now so we can close. See?) The first thing happened, notice: a shout, a voice, a trumpet. Let's read it now and see if that's right. See?
For the Lord himself... (16th verse)... shall descend from heaven with a shout, and with a voice of the archangel, and... the trump of God:...
Three things happen, a voice--a shout, a voice, a trumpet, has to happen before Jesus appears. Now, a shout. Jesus does all three of them when He's--He's--He's descending. A "shout," what is a "shout"? It's the Message going forth first, the living Bread of Life bringing forth the Bride.
Now, God has a way of doing things, and He never changes His policy. He never changes His... He's the unchanging God. In Amos 3:7 He said He would do nothing on the earth until first He revealed it to His servants the prophets. And just as certain as He promised it, He'll do it.
Now, we've come through the church ages, but we're promised in the last days according to Malachi 4 that there would be a return again, a prophet in the land. That's right. Notice his nature and what he would be like. He's... Oh, he... God uses that spirit five times: once in Elijah, in Elisha, and John the Baptist, call out the church, and the remnant of the Jews; five times, grace, J-e-s-u-s, f-a-i-t-h, and it's the number of grace. See? All right.
133 Now, remember, the Message is promised. And when all these mysteries has been all so bundled up by the bunch of ecclesiastics, it will take a--a direct prophet from God to reveal it. And that's exactly what He promised to do. See?
Now, remember, the Word of the Lord comes to the prophet, not the theologian, the prophet. He is a reflector of God's Word. He can't say nothing; he can't say his own thoughts; he can only speak what God reveals. Even to the prophet Balaam when he was tried to be sold--sell his right; he said, "How can any prophet say anything but what God puts in his mouth?" It's a thing that God does that you can't say nothing else. And you're born that way.
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141 He ordained these things to be, and He must send this. The first thing come when He starts descending from the heaven, there's a shout. What is it? It's a Message to get the people together. A Message comes forth first. Now, "Lamp trimming time. Rise and trim your lamps." What watch was that? The seventh, not the sixth, the seventh. "Behold the Bridegroom cometh. Rise and trim your lamps." And they did. Some of them found they didn't even have any oil in their lamp. See? But it's lamp trimming time. It's Malachi 4 time when you come... It's Luke 17. It's--it's Isaiah... All those prophecies that it can--perfectly set in order for this day in the Scriptures, we see it living right there. There's no...?...