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that is sanctified, has Christ ruling within. People that are living under the
Blood live free from demons and satanic powers. They live pure and holy
before the Lord. A man might be a Christian and oppressed by a demon, but
that is altogether diVerent from being possessed. Wicked spirits are driven
out and repentance and faith wrought in the heart, when a man is justified.
Then Christ comes in and keeps them out. A demon might be in the flesh as
in the case of a cancer. The devil may oppress the body with sickness but that
is very diVerent from possessing the soul.
22. CHRIST’S MESSAGES TO THE CHURCH
(AF, October–January 1908, 3)
The last message given to the church was by the Holy Ghost, from our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through Brother John on the Isle of Patmos.
Dear beloved, we read in Revelations 1:5–7, these words, “Unto Him that
loved us and washed us from our sins in His own Blood.” Hallelujah to His
name. “And hath made us kings and priest unto God and the Father: to Him
be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold He cometh with
clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him; and
all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.”
This is the beginning of this wonderful and blessed message given to our
beloved Apostle John while he was suVering for the word of God and for
the testimony of Jesus Christ. Jesus knew all about His servant, though He
had been living in Heaven more than half a century after His ascension. And
He came and visited that beloved apostle, the disciple who loved Jesus and
leaned on His bosom. He now was old but had been faithful to the trust that
Jesus had given him. He had passed through awful trials and tribulations
for this precious Gospel, even being boiled in a caldron of oil, tradition tells
us; but, blessed be God, they were not able to kill him. And when they got
tired of this precious Holy Ghost Gospel messenger, preaching to them the
faith of Jesus, they banished him to the Isle of Patmos. And while he was in
the Spirit on the Lord’s day, our blessed Jesus Christ, the Son of the living
God, our great Redeemer, came and gave him this wonderful revelation, and
introduced Himself to John as, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and
the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come,
the Almighty.” Hallelujah.
O beloved, the Lord Jesus knows all about our trials and tribulations,
because He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. His whole life
was a life of suVering. We read in Heb. 5:7, 8, “Though He were a son, yet
learned He obedience by the things which He suVered. And being made
perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey.”
O bless our God. Just to think that Jesus was God’s Son, and all things were
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