This was the last sermon that God permitted WMB to preach. The entire sermon was devoted to remind the people that he had seen a "mysterious cloud" on the mountain. Nobody at that time knew that he was in Houston, TX when that cloud appeared, and were taken in by his comparison of this "spiritual event" to the life and times of Jesus Christ.
WMB was always against education, and taught that it was education that would destroy us:
But the nations and the people will grow "weaker and wiser." Just think, the average American now is in middle age, about twenty years old, weaker but wiser. They didn't have jet planes in them days, and--and atomic warheads, but they lived a lot longer. We're getting weaker and wiser, and our own wisdom is what's going to destroy us. We will destroy ourselves. God will not destroy us; our wisdom will destroy us. It's always been that way, and so will it be again.
The Bible teaches us wisdom. The Bible teaches us against sin, not wisdom. The prophets of old always prophesied, "I will destroy saith the Lord." Never was it "You will destroy saith the Lord."
Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow, making you desolate because of your sins. (Micah 6:13)
It is interesting to hear WMB speak of his next sermon, which we know was to be "Trail of the Serpent":
Now, the Lord willing, next Sunday morning, not knowing now what I will speak on, but I trust that the Lord, if He lets us live and nothing happens, and it be His will, we aim to speak another Message next Sunday morning, have prayer for the sick next Sunday night. Then it falls my lot to return back home to Arizona, to take the family back so the children can register in school. Then you'll be... We'll notify you, just as we can, of the meetings as they mature, or the times that we... places that we aim to be. So, God bless you all.
Clarence Larkin wrote a book entitled "Dispensational Truth," which WMB claimed many "revelations" from. There was a chapter entitled "Trail of the Serpent."
For a man who died with over three million dollars (according to a letter by his own daughter that was verified by Bro. Jackson's own words), it is hypocritical to say that he did not do any of this for money.
And now to you who never heard the Message this morning, and you have a tape recorder; we never solicit, selling tapes. We never solicit, selling anything. Sometimes in a big meeting they'll announce they got some books back there; we don't make anything out of them. Brother Vayle is the writer. The tapes, the man that operates the tape business there will tell you, we don't make no tape money. We don't... It ain't "the tapes"; it's the Message. And when a man gets on his mind that it's money, he ain't going to make tapes no more. That's right. I was asking about it, I think our tapes sell about, under five dollars, or something, three to five, or something like that. What say? Three and four, for them big, long tapes.
24 And a certain minister, I asked about one of his tapes, and it was nine dollars, about twenty minutes or thirty, of a message.
The truth of the matter is, WMB created the "Voice of Healing" magazine to sell, and to promote his own campaign. He created a brochure that he sold during his healing campaigns telling people that it was instructions on "how to keep your healing" which is an unscriptural doctrine. Even if he only made fifty cents on the tapes, he knew how many thousands and thousands of them that would sell, multiplied by how many hundreds of tapes he recorded.
WMB made a reference to the "churches of that day" comparing his own ministry to that of Jesus Christ:
The people of that day, the... what they called that day, "a better religious class of people," hated Him. The churches of that day hated Him and denounced Him, and denounced all that listened to Him. And if they went and attended His campaigns, they were immediately excommunicated from the fellowship of the church. No wonder the Scripture said, "He came unto His Own, and His Own received Him not." The ones who ought to have loved Him, the ones who ought to have been for Him, was His bitter, bitterest enemies.
The Full Gospel Businessman's Association, the last group that would put up with WMB's unscriptural teachings, had finally separated themselves from WMB, and he was clearly upset about it.
This may sound scriptural, when compared to Jesus Christ, but WMB was not Jesus Christ (Though he said that he was in the sermons prior). And WMB did not live before Christ died for our sins. Now we are one body in Christ, and Paul warns us not to allow ANYONE to sever that body. In Colossians 2, Paul asked that if you died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world, why do we submit to these regulations of men? Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch? These things have the appearance of wisdom by promoting self-made religion. But these things were dangerous, promoting asceticism and would sever the body of Christ.
WMB Continues to compare his problems with Jesus Christ, but while doing so, he lowers Jesus Christ just a little bit down to his level:
And He had made up His little group out of a bunch of poor people, fishermen, tax gatherers, uneducated. The Bible said some of them was even "ignorant, unlearned." Some could not even sign their name. He never went to the churches to get His people.
34 And He never agreed with any of the church leaders. And, besides that, He followed the very trend of a prophet. He condemned everything that they done, as the ones before Him had; because they were a portion of the Word, and He was the Word in Its fullness.
Jesus Christ did not "follow the very trend of a prophet." A prophet is a man who humbles himself low enough to allow God to speak through him, not a man who compares himself to Jesus Christ. The prophets of old did not condemn the things of the world. Like Jonah, they did not even want to speak the words. It was God that spoke through them. They were God's mouthpieces.
WMB was going through his nervous battle, one that he said that he fought for his entire life. He mentions several paragraphs how "nervous" this time was in the days of Jesus:
Well, we find that drawed a nervous tension. It had to. It must do it. They were waiting, they were wondering what He would do when He got there. They wanted to be there to get anything that He done. They wanted It. They wanted to see It. They believed Him. Others had heard He was coming, and they went up there to make fun of Him. So after all the nervous anticipation, a very unusual day, very unusual time, churches asleep, the people's nerve was on edge, there was so many people there, and then it happened!
He speaks of Zechariah, and uses the word "vindicated":
And here just recently there was a prophet who stood up among them, that was vindicated a prophet, Zechariah, and he said, that, "You daughters of Jerusalem and you daughters of Zion, rejoice, shout, scream out, for your King comes to you, meek and lowly and humble, riding upon the foal of an ass."
And here those people that read that Scripture, day by day, watched Him come riding in, and cried, "Who is this?" See? God fulfilling His Word to the people that should have knowed what It was, but they didn't know It.
When God fulfills His Word, It always causes an attraction, always does. Causes an attraction, for It is the unusual. So unusual, when He fulfills His Word to the modern trend of the day, 'cause the modern trend of the day don't believe in It. They have their own way.
This is unscriptural. Prophets were not vindicated in their own time. Prophets were vindicated by history which proved their prophecy. And it was not because the 'prophet' claimed they had visions twenty to thirty years after the 'prophecy', it was because they were written down and widely available. If they were not an event that would come long afterwards, they were spoken to the people affected and then written down.
Not one of WMB's prophecies can be 'vindicated' by history. Leaders of the organization ask you to believe it anyway, without proof that the prophecy was even a prophecy.
WMB then regurgitates his 'where the carcase is the eagles will gather' doctrine:
The religious people, after crucifying the Prince of Life, and everything, still didn't see the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The attraction, "Who is this? What meaneth this? What's the matter with them people?"
91 Oh, my! It's the same today. We'll bypass a lot of this to bring it to this hour. The same thing is today. The same thing is taking place. The same question is asked. "What's all that racket?" Look up-and-down the street, cars from Michigan to Florida, from Maine to California. This morning when I was riding out, or right after noon, we was going down the street, wife and I was looking at licenses on cars. That's where I thought of this text.
"What meaneth this?"
92 Just as It said, "Where the Carcase is, there the eagles will gather."
This is not scriptural. Luke 24 correctly translated is "where the corpse is, the vultures will gather." Eagles eat carrion, just the same as vultures.
This is also describing an event that happens after the tribulation. All of the corpses left by the false prophets are fed to the vultures.
He continues this with his "evening light" doctrine:
Another earthquake splitting open the earth! If you want to follow out a Scripture here, notice in this 5th verse, it applies that the cleaving of the Mount of Olives is due to an earthquake, and this is confirmed by Isaiah 29:6 and Revelation 16:9. Exactly! What is it? The same prophet told of His first coming, seen His second Coming. Notice, "As in the days of the earthquake." See what the earthquakes are doing? See the predictions of them?
... and the LORD your God shall come, and all of his saints with thee.
And it shall come to pass in that day, (hallelujah) in that day, that the light shall not be clear, or dark:
But it shall be one day with... one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that in the evening time it shall be light. (O God!)
This is one that WMB got confused on several times, and people even sing songs about it. The Light at the Evening Time doctrine even spun off "Evening Light" churches. Zechariah 14 describes the light at the evening time, but it is after the battle of Armegeddon. This is after the coming of the lord.
Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. 7 And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light.
WMB then compares himself to Christ through use of Malachi 4:
Let us turn over to another Scripture in the Old Testament, Malachi the 4th chapter, and read that little 4th chapter.
... behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea,... all that do wickedly, shall be as stubbles:...
101 Now, this is not... That's Malachi 3, was the first coming, now here is the next coming. Even the Doctor Scofield here, I certainly don't agree with him in his footnotes, but he's got it lined out here right. "The commission of John," to Malachi 3; and, "The second Coming of Christ," and Elijah beforehands. All right.
... all the proud shall burn up, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall leave them neither root nor branch. (Where's the "Eternal" hell then?)
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness rise with healing campaigns, healing in his wings;... you shall go forth, and grow up; as calves of the stall.
And you shall tread down the wicked;... they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in that day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
Remember... the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded... him in Horeb for all Israel,... the statutes and judgment.
The last section of Malachi 4 reminds us of the Law. Christ came to fulfill the Law, and Malachi had seen it. The entire scroll of Malachi was entitled, "The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi"
WMB then gets into his "Latter Rain" doctrine, which the organization currently denies him starting:
Oh, there will be a true former and latter rain in the last days upon that little group that come with Him on this little donkey, low and humble, no don-... or denomination, crying, "Hosanna to the King that comes in the Name of the Lord!" What's the matter today? What's the attraction on the mount?
They deny it because the teachers of the Latter Rain movement all fell into sin through sex or money -- this coming from an organization that has a hundred million dollars stored up.
WMB then reminds us that he saw angels in the "spiritual cloud," that we have already proven was fabricated:
I went in and got my book, looked into it, and it said, "It shall come to pass..." Eight years later!
Then when I looked at it, I said, "It's time now, honey, we must turn west."
Two days after that, standing in the room about ten o'clock one morning, I went into the Spirit of God. I saw that little cluster of doves flying, looked at them little birds. You remember it. I seen seven Angels in the form of a pyramid, come rushing in to me. Said, "Turn westward, go to Tucson, be forty miles northeast. And you'll be picking a cocklebur," or a bullheader, they call it there, "off your clothes."
He then reminds us that he held "the king's sword," and it would be vindication of his ministry:
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I went up in the canyon, climbed plumb up where the eagles was flying around. I was watching some deer standing there. I knelt down to pray, and raised up my hands, and a Sword struck my hand. I looked around. I thought, "What's that? I'm not beside myself. Here is that Sword in my hand; bright, shiny, glistening in the sun." I said, "Now, there's not people in miles of me, way up here in this canyon. Where could that come from?"
I heard a Voice, said, "That's the King's Sword."
I said, "A king knights a man with a sword."
He, the Voice, come back, said, "Not a king's sword, but, 'The King's Sword,' the Word of the Lord." Said, "Fear not. It's only the Third Pull. It's the vindication of your ministry."
The "vindication" he claimed was the divine revelation of the seven seals that he plagiarized from Clarence Larkin.
He then continues to tell about these seven "mysteries" that he got by reading Clarence Larkin:
I met Brother Fred and them, a little after. Said, "What was it?"
I said, "That was it."
"What are you going to do?
"Return home. For, THUS SAITH THE LORD, the seven mysteries that's been hid in the Bible all these years, these denominations and everything, God is going to open those seven mysteries to us in the Seven Seals."
There was that circle coming up from the earth, like a mist forming. When It did, It went plumb up into the mountain, begin to circle on westward, from the way It come. Science found It after a while, thirty miles high and twenty-five miles across, just exactly in the circle of the pyramid.
These "mysteries" were not mysteries at all, taken from books by Clarence Larkin. And the great mysterious cloud he saw happened while he was in Houston, TX.
Looking back, it almost sounds like he himself is telling us not to listen to whatever possessed him to say these things:
What's happened upon Mount Sunset? God confirming His Word. That's what all this noise is about. Notice, it's God fulfilling His promised Word again, of Revelations 10:1 to 7,"And in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel's Message, the mystery of God should be finished." The hidden mystery of Revelations 10:1 to 7, the last Message to the last church age. Fulfills exactly, in this age, Saint Luke 17:30, "The day when the Son of man shall be revealed."
149 "And there shall rise false prophets and false Christs, show great signs and wonders, insomuch it'd deceive the Elected if possible." The people still in doubt. And, as usual, the church is just as puzzled.
When you consider the words of Paul, this places the followers in a very scary place:
Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind
He tries to throw everyone off track, saying that science did not understand it:
And the science, all through Tucson yet, they're writing pieces and put in the paper. Way back over there on Mount Lemmon, them big cameras didn't see It rising up from where we was standing; drifting on towards the West, showing the time is over. It can't go but a little piece there; it's at the West Coast. Judgment struck just in the very way it went. Going right up over Phoenix and right on across, on to Prescott and across the mountains to the West Coast, right on up into... Where was they going? Right on up into Alaska, and she is thundering, heading right that way.
This simply is not true. It was investigated to the conclusion that a T.H.O.R missile detonation caused the ring that floated eastward, not westward across Arizona. If this ring meant judgement, it was headed in the wrong direction.
He compared "his cloud" to the star that the Magis followed looking for the Christ Child:
And the observatories and all of them in Tucson are still asking, research of science trying to find out what it is. So high they can't be fog, mist, or nothing up there. "What did it? Where is it at?" They're just as puzzled of that supernatural Halo hanging yonder in the sky as they was when the Magis come in following a Star, saying, "Where is He that's born King of the Jews?" What was it? God fulfilling His Word, "And there shall rise a star out of Jacob."
In doing so, he was directly comparing himself to Jesus Christ.
He then blends the lines between when the Son of Man was revealed in human form and the Spirit of Elijah which he claimed to be himself:
Now, Lord Jesus, from Your Own Words, You said that the world would be in a Sodom condition. We know that, we can look at it. And You said, in that day, "As it was in Sodom." There was three messengers sent to the Gentile and Hebrew world. And one of them, which was God Himself, the Son of man, revealed Himself in a human form and performed a miracle, insomuch that told Abraham what Sarah was doing behind Him in the tent.
You said it would repeat again when the whole Gentile world would be in a Sodom condition. And we're here, Lord. Other prophecies confirming the same thing, of sending Elijah in the last days, the Spirit of Elijah upon the earth, to bring the hearts of the fathers, or, "the children back to the fathers." And I pray, God, that this hour that You will confirm Your Word, that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Grant it, Father. They are all Yours. I pray that You'll grant these blessings and confirm what's been said, for the Glory of God. In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
He then goes back to his nervousness, trying to publicly deny it.
Now don't be nervous. What would it be if I was nervous? Now, I'm making a thing here that it has to depend on the sovereignty of God. But why do I do this? He said it would be. That settles it.
WMB had already admitted that he was suffering from his nervous condition, and was afraid that it would consume him as it did in the early part of his ministry -- taking him back off the field.
Sadly, God took him off the field before his mental condition could be treated.