PLEASE READ THIS!
this issue has come up once, I need to address it here and now.
Sharing these photographs and testimonies of supernatural signs,
wonders, and experiences is not self-boasting! The Apostle Paul was not
boasting in himself, when he bore witness to his supernatural
experiences! He was merely presenting his credentials in Christ.
Paul, I cannot make them come, and I cannot prevent their appearing. Often,
when they appear, I'm not even aware of it until after the fact. God
alone operates them "...severally
as He wills...."
But if God is gracious enough to allow me to experience so many unusual
signs and wonders, and even direct me to photograph some of them, then why should
I be ashamed to testify of them?
Any time I share
these vignettes of our "walk through the valley of the shadow of
death" it's not to cry over what was done to us; I've already cried my
soul clean over all that. I share it to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ
showing what He brought us through with victory; to encourage others
who are in that valley to trust Him to get them through it with
victory; to show what an evil enemy we face; and to show how readily
some church folks yield their members to our enemy, causing their
hearts to wax cold toward hurting brethren, just as Jesus prophesied
professing Christians would do at the end. Our experience is a
proverbial "street sign" to show where too much of the
church in America is today in this unfolding end time prophecy.
Also, consider that these signs have
been occuring since I was a little four year old boy. As a young
preacher boy I sometimes thunder from the Pentecostal pulpits how I was
But I was just struggling to find my place in the
Christ. But I never used the supernatural signs to promote me or my
ministry, never once! At the time of this writing, these sings have
appeared for over sixty years. Only
recently, have I begun sharing them publicly. I have been very careful
not to exploit the gifts of God. I could have had an easy road
financially had I exploited them. But how could I have lived with
myself, had I done so? Though I have struggled to minister in
Tennessee for over 33-years now, most people who know me well have no
about this part of my life. Until recently, almost no one knew. I have
waited patiently for the Lord to tell me
when to share these things publicly. Throughout scripture, signs and
wonders were given to a man to vindicate him as God's servant, sent on
a special assignment. And so it is to this day. For as it is written, "I am God and I change not!".
When I prepared
this data for publication, I wanted to also present
my credentials. Like anyone I wanted to put my best foot forward.
Logically, it was tempting to follow the Apostle Paul’s format:
First point to my spiritual lineage, William Branham is my spiritual
father in the faith, and then the greatest academic influence is my “didaskalos” the Colonel. And then
go down the list of all the Bible scholars at whose feet I've had the
priviledge to sit and learn. Then present my gifts, talents, and skills:
in music, expository teaching, and all the academic stuff; biblical language, law studies, and so
wonderful as all those are and as grateful as I am for each of
them, they are not my true credentials as a man of God. An unbeliever
could accomplish any of the things I’ve accomplished, do
more of them than I, and do them better.
credentials as a man of God are what He has done through me;
those things I didn't have the power to do. Things like the myriad of
supernatural signs and manifestations He has wrought since I was four
years old. The scores of prophetic utterances given through me over the
decades, often regarding events with international ramifications; and
not one "Thus Saith the
Lord" word has ever failed. How many televangelists can
truthfully make that claim?
credentials include my scars received "...in the house of
my friends....", and how God healed them.
my credentials include my
sufferings, shame, and humiliation, and how God miraculously brought me
eventually with victory. Like Paul, "...I glory in my weakness...when I
am weak (in me)
I am strong (in Him)...."
my credentials include how God has defended my with His terrible
fury. I tremble when I contemplate what He has done to defend me, without my even asking.
cannot replicate those things! God did
them through me, and for me!
worked hard and chased after academic achievement. But I did not
seek the supernatural signs, nor did I earn them, nor do I have
control over them. God chose to give them to me, He operates them
and He can remove them from me at His will. Before the foundation of
the world God knew every sin I would commit and every mistake I would
make; yet knowing all that He still gave me these spiritual gifts,
supernatural signs, and manifestations of His Spirit. I believe He gave
them and has
allowed them to remain all these years in order to vindicate me as
His servant. However, I am the servant, and He is the Master.
said, there can be only one place for one celebrity in any
true believer’s life, and His name is Jesus, and we are to refer to Him as our Lord Jesus Christ.
the manifestations of the Holy Spirit are not for show, or for
merchandise, or to celebritize the one to whom they are given. They
are to vindicate His servant, to strengthen the faith of the weak to receive His promises, and
to bear witness to the resurrection
of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are to confirm that
Jesus Christ truly is “…the
same yesterday, today, and forever….”
enjoy these articles and let them stir your faith. They prove that what
Jesus did in His body in 30 AD, He still does today through His body in
2016. The God of Elijah is still here
today, moving through those in His church who will dare to believe Him
and commit to obey Him, just as He always has.