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Follow the Anointing

From the earliest days when I first came to Jesus Christ at age 14, I found myself drawn to a certain house meeting in Bronxville, New York. I was drawn to the worship, I was drawn to the people, I was drawn to the things that were spoken, but I was not conscious in any way of the reason why, nor could I have told anyone for years to come why exactly that was.

I was a Lutheran going through confirmation class and attending Church on Sunday. Yet, when I sat in those classes and in those church services, and their Sunday morning adult Bible study, all of these felt empty and hollow. I did not feel any inner drawing to these.

It was the presence of God, the anointing of God that I was sensitive to even without the baptism of the Holy Spirit and, even after having come in a weak and beggarly way to Jesus Christ. (What I mean by that is: looking back at my coming to Christ, it was quite tepid, I had repeated a bunch of words with a woman that came over to the house and prayed for me one day when I was home sick from school. I did so to be polite, not that I had at that time any real interest in one teaching of Christ over another [It was all just words to me, while at the same time I found myself unwillingly being dragged to some meetings in Rye and Bronxville. What happened in my life should never be used as any kind of measuring stick or standard for one’s success in witnessing, or that one is a believer.) Looking back, I am amazing that I sensed the presence of God in that kind of condition - that I felt His presence and anointing, and most importantly, that I was drawn to it, – while at the same time not being privy to what was going on. Just as the child Samuel did not know yet the Word of the Lord.  – The voice of the Lord – The voice of the Holy Spirit, The Witness of the Spirit, -  the anointing of the Lord had not yet been revealed unto me as a child.

Nevertheless, shortly after I completed confirmation and was accepted now as an adult and a full fledged Lutheran (And handed a paper certificate to prove it), I announced that I was going to leave the Lutheran Church. The Pastor hearing of this demanded that I appear before him in his office on a weekday and explain to him my intentions.

I walked alone to his office, which was miles from my school and house, feeling nervous about the coming confrontation. When I arrived and was admitted to his office, he had me sit down, lit his pipe and we talked for some time. Then he came to the point that put me on the spot, wanting to know why I wanted to leave, and telling me that he would not let me leave.  By that time, I was trembling and my voice was trembling as I spoke of the meetings I was now attending, and how they were so different and how I was drawn to them. (At that time, I still did not know the voice of the Lord, the voice of the Holy Spirit, the witness of the Spirit, or the anointing of the Lord, as I believe that I had not yet received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.) I was not, by any tangible means, able to explain myself. At that time, I had a very poor knowledge of Scripture, so I may have read a few passages as part of my reasoning for leaving, but as I spoke, all that I said appeared to me as if I were holding up wet tissue before this man as my defense of my intentions, which he, with a few swift strokes, tore to shreds before my eyes. He pressed me, and perhaps even made light of what I thought I saw and felt. He was able to bring me to silence in his office. The Pastor recounted all the reasons that I should continue with the Lutheran Church and with all my peers that I was friends with and had gone through confirmation class with. So after giving me a compelling, well-trained argument, in which he had committed me step by step along the way, getting me to agree with many statements he made; the Pastor demanded of me my decision, and my commitment to Him and the Lutheran church. By this point I felt bound by his words, bound by his commitments and I squirmed in the chair – And in trembling words said to him, “All that you say may be true, but I can no longer go to church here. I must go where I believe God wants me and that is in these house meetings. (In particular the one in Bronxville) I felt drawn to those meetings, to their worship, to the love of the brethren that was so evident in these meetings, and to the teaching that was given there. To say that the Pastor was angry would be an understatement; he concluded the meeting and demanded that we speak more, to which I would not agree.

I then left never more to return to what had been a big part of my life, since my father had died when I was 10 years old.  I just knew in my heart that I could no longer be there. As I walked home alone for some 5 -7 miles, I wondered if I had done the right thing, still hearing in my ears my pastor’s words. I sought to comfort myself with limited success; so as to stop second guessing myself, and go back and continue as a Lutheran.

Looking back, this was an extraordinary event in my life. I was put to a complete test as to my coming to Jesus Christ - my unknowing desire to follow His voice, the leading of the Spirit, and to partake of the presence of God and the anointing of the Lord in the meetings I attended in Bronxville. When all that I said was squashed, I did not surrender and submit to this Pastor, but instead, stood my ground and chose to separate myself from my church home and church family to follow Christ into the wilderness and uncertainty.  Looking back, I can see the Lord having his hand heavily upon my life. This was a very important pivotal moment - I was confessing Jesus Christ, and would not deny Him. I was going to follow Christ no matter what the most “Spiritually” powerful man in my life said. The Lord took great delight and honor in that day and hour – even though I did not know it or sense it at the time.

I suspect that the Lord is having me speak of this for the first time for the benefit of some that are reading these words to confirm and strengthen them in their obedience to follow the Lord from wherever they may find themselves hitched to that is not meeting their spiritual hunger or needs.  

What I was drawn to in those meetings was the anointing and presence of God that was manifest in their free and open worship, as it was manifest in the lives of many of those that attended that meeting. I was receiving spiritual impartation from fellowshipping with them, as well as from the teaching in this meeting. Everyone was allowed to share what God was speaking to them, what He was doing in their lives, or what He had given them to teach in the meeting. (What was going on there in 1972 was phenomenal and far above in quality of Spirit, and its affect on an individual level from meeting to meeting, was even more than any place that I have ever attended since then, including sitting under brother and sister Gamble at Lake Street Full Gospel, [1975-76 While the church was in revival] and at Pinecrest Bible Training Center. [1976- 81])

I so wish I could share those things that I heard, saw, and that my hands handled in those early days that so clearly marked me, and spoiled me spiritually. Thereafter I was unconsciously drawn by the anointing, by the presence of God, and the witness of the Spirit - from place to place like the wind, having been taught of man none of these things - seeking out and fellowshipping with those with a quality of spirit, sniffing out those that had this invisible, unseen anointing and the presence of God in their life. I was partaking and eating of this wherever I could find it in meetings, in worship, in teachings, in fellowships, and in reading testimonial type books.

In those days I was truly not drawn to a certain set of doctrine or teaching. I was drawn to something Much Higher, The Anointing, The Presence of God, and The Witness of The Spirit. It was much later that I came to know that I had been in fact seeking out Spiritual substance; receiving and partaking of the very life of God, as well as asking this anointing and presence of God to lead me and guide me.

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child –

And yet contrary to all the Pentecostal and Charismatic negative superstitious stories about the dangers and deception in so walking; the Lord greatly blessed me, honored me, carried me, and guided me as well as performing signs and wonders and bringing a good many souls to Christ in those days. Now that I have become a man, the Lord desires to add to this mix, Another Witness to which the Holy Spirit and all gifts and manifestations of the Spirit must conform to -- that is The Witness of the Written Word of God.

For most of us, we really are not acquainted with the Manifest Presence of God, neither do we know the Word that Proceedeth out of the Mouth of the Father, and neither do we know The Written Word of God. Our life and walk in the Spirit are hazy and murky at best, as are our spiritual experiences. One of our goals in writing and teaching about the things of the Spirit is to show where these things can be found in The Word of God so that we can know we are founded solidly upon the rock, and not based solely upon just feelings, emotions, and personal experience.

John 14:15-17 If ye love me, keep my commandments. (Here Jesus Christ makes a conditional promise that entails our individually and personally reading of and saturating ourselves with the written word of God. [How else can we truly know His Words and Commandments to obey them?])  And I will pray the Father, (This is a result of our Love and Devotion to Jesus Christ and our obedience to Him – Why are so many people’s baptism of the Holy Ghost weak and beggarly? It is directly attributable to their lack of Love for Jesus Christ and their lack of submission and obedience to His Words and Commandments because these have never even read the word of God cover to cover even once. So how, pray tell, can the Holy Spirit bring all things to these people’s remembrance when there is little or nothing for them to remember?) and He shall give you another Comforter, (See that the reception of this Another Comforter is based upon us fully embracing Jesus Christ as our First and Primary Comforter.) that He may abide (Meno) with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, (He is invisible and hidden,) neither knoweth him: but ye know Him; (Intimately know Him. How so?) for He dwelleth (Meno) with you, (Here, the Greek is very specific in that this dwelling with you is without, Jesus is Citing Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears [This is the Holy Spirit dwelling without] shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. This is our acquaintance, and coming to intimately know the Spirit of Truth, even before our receiving the indwelling of the Spirit or what is elsewhere call The Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Psalm 24:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good; [This outward dwelling is supposed to be our time of tasting and seeing the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father] blessed is the man [That from having so tasted – and that has so seen the goodness of the Lord] that trusteth in Him.) and shall be in you. (This blessed goodness that you have seen and tasted of shall then move from without, and being occasional in nature between the times the Spirit so speaks to the Holy Spirit taking up permanent residence in you even as He so did with Jesus Christ at the baptism of John [Meno-ing] within you.)

Some may wonder at our use of the word Meno.   Meno in the Greek Lexicon is defined as: To Dwell, To Lodge, To Sojourn.  

Meno is used some 55 times in the Greek Septuagint.

In Genesis 24:55 we find the first use of this word:
Genesis 24:55 
And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel (Rekekah) abide (Meno) with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.

Here we see that the word Meno does not carry the meaning in the Greek Lexicon alone (Which is not uncommon) Here Rebekah already clearly dwells with her family, and yet her family asks that she might "Abide" or "Stay" with them. What they are seeking is that Rebekah would stay: Under their rule”, or stay Under the influence of” Laban and her Mother. (This same thing also occurred with Abraham when his father and Lot “Abided” with him and were seeking to influence and have decision making power over what God was speaking to Abraham.)

So that in correctly dividing the word of truth the true biblical meaning of the word Meno is not just To Dwell, To Lodge, To Abide, or To Sojourn. But Meno carries with it the meaning of “That Dweller, Lodger, Abider, and Sojourner -- coming under the rule and under the influence of the one who owns or has the rule over that house.

So that when we come unto Jesus Christ and take His yoke upon us, in so doing we are Meno-ing Christ.

When the Holy Spirit comes to take up His abode in us – our body, being the temple of the Holy Ghost, in so doing we Meno The Holy Spirit.

So also, when Christ’s words abide (Meno) in us – The meaning is that we have come, not to the place of knowing scripture intellectually, or having memorized the words of Jesus Christ – but that we have come under the influence and rulership of Christ’s words in our life.

So that the meaning of the Holy Ghost abiding with us is – our coming under the influence and rulership of the Holy Spirit in our lives day by day, hour by hour and minute by minute.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is not some passing fancy – this indwelling Christ said would be forever. It is a complete reordering of one’s life in that they have given up their own rulership, their will, their wants, and their personal desires and have taken the will, the wants, and desires of Jesus Christ as their own.

1 Peter 2:2-3 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word (The written word of God, as well as the Word that Proceedeth out of the Mouth of the Father, as well as the Word, the speaking, teaching, and guidance of the Word of Truth, even the Holy Ghost.), that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted (And from which you will now know intimately and personally) that the Lord is gracious.

The real problem among most believers is there is a fear to trust Jesus Christ with your life, and to absolutely surrender yourself to Him, much less to disciple yourself to Him alone and follow after Him.

Likewise, there is also a fear to trust in The Anointing of God, The Presence of God, The Witness of the Holy Spirit, and especially for the Holy Ghost to lead you and guide you into all truth.

How different would this be if one had a teacher like Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Jesus Christ, Peter, Paul, or John; all of which taught and spoke from that which our eyes have seen which our ears have heard, which our hands have handled concerning the word of life that speak we unto you?

How different would this be if you had a teacher that was truly concerned with your Meno-ing Jesus Christ, and seeing to it as much as possible that in your Meno-ing of Jesus Christ that you would taste and see that the Lord is good. 

This will come. – This shall indeed come to pass. – But we must look at where we are, and what we have been handed and entrusted with in this day of small things.

If you are at all humble before the Lord, and the Lord has been speaking to your heart, you can see yourself to some degree in those two statements above.

These two statements are the battlegrounds in your heart, your mind, your soul, and your spirit, which Jesus Christ seeks to, in truth, rule over, to purge and cleanse, and to conform to His Image and His Likeness, and to even rule over our every thought.

These things would be impossible, except for the fact that we are able to partake of the anointing of the Lord, of the Presence of God, and the Witness of the Spirit, so that these can flow through us, to cleanse us, to change us, and to gradually permeate our entire being so as to swallow up the death that is in us with the very life of Jesus Christ.

The application of the blood of Jesus Christ both to cleanse us and protect us from the enemy – is not a physical application by a spiritual application. Our being made partakers of the cleansing power of Jesus’ Blood, and the protection the Blood of Jesus Christ offers is an operation of the Holy Spirit.

The peace, the cleansing that one feels when they first come to Jesus Christ is not a physical operation based on the power of one’s soul, but it is a spiritual operation of The Holy Spirit. 

For an Evangelical or Fundamentalist to except the operation of the Holy Ghost applying the blood of Christ to them, and then reject the Holy Ghost that applies the cleansing and peace that one can physically feel, and say that these feelings of peace, joy, and happiness, when they receive The Baptism of the Holy Ghost are completely illegitimate, is completely illogical, as well as wholly unscriptural.

Mark 1:8 (John the Baptist speaking) I indeed have baptized you with water: but He (Jesus Christ) shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, (Jesus Christ) the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

According to John the Baptist, Jesus Christ’s stated purpose in coming was to baptize every individual believer with the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

Protestant theology which is from the writings of John Calvin and Martin Luther takes no account of this.

In other words, God’s plan of redemption for mankind in sending His only beloved Son Jesus Christ into the world ,entailed not just Jesus Christ dying on the Cross, and shedding His oh so precious blood for you and for me, not just Jesus being raised from the dead and ascending to be seated at the right hand to the Father – But John the Baptist declares that the Divine purpose in Jesus being the Lamb of God that came to take away the sins of the world – was to baptize each individual that comes unto Him for salvation, and to also, in a separate experience, just as in the lives of the Apostles – have the Holy Spirit take up His Abode, to Meno them.     

Numbers 11:29 And Moses said unto him, (Joshua) Enviest thou for my sake? Would God (God wants -- God’s hearts desire is) that all the LORD'S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them! (All of His children individually and personally)

John the Baptist is declaring that the coming of Christ was for the fulfillment of His children, individually and personally, each and everyone having the Holy Spirit indwelling them, so that his children, individually and personally would all become prophets – that is, to know individually and personally the voice of the Lord, to know individually and personally the Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Father, and to know individually and personally the voice of the Holy Spirit, even the Spirit of Truth so that He might individually and personally lead, and guide all His children to all truth.

In The Book of Numbers, God further elaborates on prophecy and prophets.

Numbers 12:7-9 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful (Filled with faithfulness unto the Lord – even as he was filled with the Holy Spirit) in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, (My mouth speaking through his mouth) even apparently,(And with my manifesting Myself to him) and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: (I will also visibly show Myself to Moses) wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

This is the kind of personal friendship and personal relationship that the Lord desires with not only Moses, or Abraham, or Isaiah, or Jesus Christ, but with all of His children. 

Would God (God wants -- God’s hearts desire is) that all the LORD'S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them! (All of His children individually and personally) 

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, (After the days of Jesus Christ having died on the Cross and shedding His blood to make this New Covenant with God’s children) I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; (How did God accomplish this? – With the indwelling of the Holy Ghost – Jeremiah is prophesying of all God’s people becoming prophets) and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (In a first person deep abiding personal relationship via this infilling and indwelling of the Holy Ghost)

Joel 2:28-29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit.

Joel prophesies of the same event. In this passage, the Prophet Joel declares that those that partake of this outpouring of the Spirit, this immersion in the Spirit, this Baptism of the Holy Ghost – that those that have received it shall what? They shall prophesy the word that proceedeth from the Mouth of the Father, they shall dream dreams with God speaking to them, and they shall have visions in which God speaks to them. 

Demonstrating the intimate and personal relationship that God had with Moses, and of God manifesting Himself through various means to those that have been so baptized, these men and women individually are being taught of God through the Holy Spirit and guided into all truth – so that “They shall no longer teach every man his neighbor saying know the Lord but they shall all know me (Intimately, individually and personally, just as Abraham and Moses did) from the least of them unto the greatest.

John 7:38-40 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) Here, John the Apostle declares that the meaning of Jesus saying “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” – is speaking of the infilling of the Holy Spirit, and this Baptism of the Holy Ghost – he is describing this communication and relationship with God shall be as the torrents of a river flowing mightily out of anyone who is so in-filled, so imbued, so Baptized with the Holy Spirit. 

Both to Nicodemus and the woman at the well, Jesus was indeed speaking about the coming of the Holy Ghost and this in-filling, imbuing, and baptism being a mighty river to quench our every spiritual hunger and thirst, and to be such a river and torrent that it will also so quench the spiritual hunger and thirst of all those around us.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Acts 1:5-8  (Jesus Speaking) For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Here, we see that Jesus Christ, at the conclusion of His ministry after having died on the cross and having shed His precious blood, after the Father raising Jesus Christ from the dead and after appearing to the Apostles and disciples for 40 days – Call them back to the divine purpose of God as to Jesus Christ’s mission – to baptize all that believe in Him with the Holy Ghost – Repeating the Words of John the Baptist - that their being so anointed so imbued that these shall individually and personally become prophets so that they might become witnesses of Jesus Christ prophesying and proclaiming, speaking forth the words and mighty acts of Jesus Christ as a mighty river. 

Acts 2:1-21 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. (There appeared visible fire, reminiscent of Moses on the Mount that burned with fire, and the flaming furnace that appeared to Abraham) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (The meaning, usage and explanation of the gift of tongues – here and as its use continued in the Church is given by Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians, chapters 13 – 14 [We need to understand that the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts were commission by Paul the Apostle and written by Luke his faithful physician. – The meaning of this is that Paul in 1 Corinthians is answering questions, and teaching concerning questions posed about if the gift of tongues could be found in scripture? What was the nature of the gift of tongues in Acts 2:4? Does the gift of tongues still have any place in the church?  And what value does the gift of tongues have in the life of the individual believer?]) And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: (Despite all that has been written and taught by Evangelicals and Fundamentalist [Beginning in 1910 in direct response to the Azusa Street revival] to deflect significance of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and the gift of tongues. To declare this was only a one time event. [This Claim is refuted in the Book of Acts] To declare that all of this ended with the death of the last apostle John in 90 AD [This Claim is refuted by the Apostolic Fathers –  which are listed in] From the words of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, the purpose of Jesus Christ’s coming was to bring to those that would believe on Him a separate life-changing Spiritual experience, The in-filling, The imbuing, The Baptism of the Holy Ghost – with the gift of tongues playing a central roll in it. – Which testified of in the Book of Acts, and upheld by Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians chapters 13-14.) And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 2:32-33 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

Acts 2:32-33 (A better rendering) This Jesus hath God raised up, and then being by the right hand of God and exalted whereof we all are witnesses and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost (Given by the Father and testified of by Jesus Christ), He (Jesus) hath shed forth this, (Taken of the same Spirit that rested upon Him, and placed that same Spirit now on us), which ye now see and hear.

Acts 2:37-39 Now when they heard this, (Those that had seen and heard The cloven tongues of fire, the fire of God, and had heard the Apostles glorifying and testifying of the mighty works and deeds of Jesus Christ and the Father in both the tongues of men and of angels [1 Corinthians 13:1 ] ) they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (What shall we do with all that you have seen and heard – The Holy Ghost not speaking of Himself, but testifying of Jesus Christ and the Father.) Then Peter said unto them, (First) Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and (Separate from believing and coming unto Jesus Christ as your Lord, Master and Savior, and Separate from then going and being baptized in water, just as what occurred in the lives of the Apostles and Disciples of Jesus Christ.) ye shall (In a separate, individual personal experience) receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise (Of the in-filling, imbuing, of the Holy Ghost – that was promised by Jesus Christ Himself to as many as would believe on Him [John 7:38-40 ]) is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, (All over the world) even (To) as many as the LORD our God shall call.

What we have laid out here by the Lord is incontrovertible. Once one looks at this biblical record, no amount of explaining away, no amount of beguiling God’s children from partaking of these things by any pastor, teacher, church or denomination can be understood in any other light than these men and women are acting as surrogates of the serpent so as to beguile their hearers of their spiritual inheritance – even the promise of the Spirit and the manifestation of the gift of tongues.  

Make no mistake here that the battle lines drawn against the baptism of the Holy Ghost operating individually and personally in the lives of believers is no accident. And make no mistake that the most reviled and hated of all things about the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the gift of tongues is no accident.

The Lord is indicating that this is to be the end of part one here and that I am to pick up from this point in part two.