Joseph Prince - Can You See The Angels Protecting You?
Beautiful, beautiful, amen? And what the Lord did for him, he can do for you, amen. We are seeing all kinds of amazing healings. These past few years, it seems like it's accelerating. And if you remember what I shared last two Sundays now, and also in my early this year, my last year sermon, I'm going back and back. My last year sermon early in the year was on the year of the latter rain. And if you look at that sermon, I talked about China, and I said this year, you're gonna hear China. You hear China in the news.
And by the way, this Wuhan thing and all that came actually in towards the end of last year, 2019. So, and China, you will hear mayhem, and the word I used was mayhem in China, and the focus will be on China last year. And that was one of the words that I gave, of course, that's not the theme of the year. When we talk about different things happening in the world, we're not talking about the church. When we're talking about God's people, the theme of the year is for God's people, we're not talking about the world. And the Bible says that darkness will cover the earth and gross darkness the people, but the glory of the Lord will arise upon you. His glory will be seen on you, and that's what the Bible says, the church will get brighter and brighter in the end times, amen.
And we are definitely in the End Times. Think about it, you know, every sign, even Jesus talk about there'll be pestilences on the increase before his return. But he says that, but these are only signs beginning of like a woman about to give birth, amen, those are just the beginning of her travail. The end is not yet, amen. Nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom. There'll be wars and rumors of wars and great earthquakes, not just earthquakes, but great earthquakes in diverse places.
If you look at the year 1500 to 1700, you hardly have earthquakes. You have earthquakes, but not the kind of earthquakes on the scale like now we are having almost every, last ten years, almost every other month, amen? For the last few years, every year, you will have a number of great earthquakes, not just an earthquake, amen? Six and above on the Richter scale. And then this year, we have it back to back. Have you noticed that? This never happened in the past decades, amen? So, the Bible says that great earthquakes will be in diverse places, in different places. And then the word pestilence is used. Pestilences are like plagues, plagues that are released upon the world, and this will increase.
Now, when you see all these things, remember this, God did not send all these things. God has nothing to send but healing. God is all good, amen? And whenever you read in the Bible, that the Lord, for example, hardened Pharaoh's heart, you know, you read the expression, remember this, many a times the phrase is used when the Lord brought judgment, even to a city. Even in the Old Testament, the phrase there is in the permissive tense, which means the Lord lifted up his, lifted his hand of protection, and then the people suffered. He lifted his hand of protection. "You don't want me, you're worshiping other gods that are no gods, and you don't want me. And time and time again, I've reached out to you". And he says finally, "I'll leave you to your own".
The moment God lift his hands, that's it. We think that this virus is new. I mean, here there are all kinds of viruses out there, but for the hand of God, but for the mercy of God, but for the God that we serve who protects his people, and even protects the world, because there's also a good and perfect gift. Perfect give is for his people, and good gifts is for the world. Any discovery in medicine, for example, is a good gift, amen. So, God, when the Bible talks about the Hebrew idiom for the Lord causing... Pharaoh hardened his heart first. And finally God says, "If this is what you want, I'm gonna use your hardened heart to glorify me", amen? "I'm gonna use your hardened heart, and it will be a testimony", amen.
So, in that way, when God lift his hands, I'm reminded of that picture of Jesus as he rode on the donkey, and he came down the slopes of Mount of Olives and he looked at Jerusalem, and they have rejected him. They don't want him. And he looked at them. The Bible says, "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory, we who believe on him, we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father". And the Bible says he came unto his own, and his own received him not. His own people received him not, amen? And that is a tragedy, because had they received him, the millennial rule of Christ will happen there and then. That's what it meant when he says, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand". At hand means it's gonna happen the moment they accept him, but they rejected him. And Jesus, when he was looking at Jerusalem, he wept, he wept.
Now, when he was at Lazarus's tomb, he also wept, but those were silent tears. The Greek word for those tears is silent tears, but here when he look at Jerusalem, he wept with heavy sob, heavy crying. He was sobbing, and he says this, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, if only you knew the things that belong to your peace, how often I would have gathered you and your children like a mother hen would gather her chicks". And these sad words, "And you would not. Now you're left to yourself, and armies will come around you, and they will lay a siege upon you, and they will destroy you and your young ones".
And this has happened. It's a tragedy for 2,000 years that the rejected Messiah is still yearning over his people Israel, amen? And he's still working behind the scenes. But let me tell you this, if you don't want the Lord, the Lord will not extend his protection over you, he cannot. He cannot influence your life if you don't want him, because he gave you the free choice in the beginning, amen? If there was no free choice given to men, there'll be no sin. There'll be no sin, there'll be no death. There'll be no cutting off from God, amen? But God gave man, God did not make robots, God made man with a free choice, and man chose with that free choice. But the Bible says this, "But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become sons of God", amen. That's you and I, amen?
So, do you want his protection? You need to ask him, amen? You need to invite him because we are people with our free choice. Even after we become believers, we still have a free choice. If you say, "Pastor, I don't believe all that". Yup, it will happen as you believe. You don't believe, it's also a reality for you. Your non-belief is a reality. Jesus says, "According to your faith, be it unto you". And all the people said? Amen.
So, the year is a year of time and? Space, and it's gonna be an exciting year. Time because God will put you at the right place at the right time, and the one virus it's meant, it's from the devil. All right, God has no virus to give. You go to heaven, you look for virus, you don't find one, amen. You look for poverty, you cannot find poverty because the streets are gold, man, gold everywhere, amen. And if you look for a prison penitentiary, you won't find it in heaven. So, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven". No sickness in heaven, thy will be done on earth, in my life, in my family's life, amen. Thy will be done. You need to pray that into your life, amen. God will not force it into your life. God will not force against your choice. You want to be blessed, but God won't bless you without your consent. He won't even save you without your consent. If God would intervene with a choice, he would have stopped Adam from eating from that tree, but that tree was placed there so that man will exercise his choice and hopefully to choose God's way, amen? But alas, we know the tragedy. The earth is a fallen earth, amen.
So when God put his Word there, it's always to protect us, amen? And yes, there is a prohibition from eating bats, amen? But even Batman is scared. So, it's God gives us the prohibition, it's for your good. Can I have a good amen? Amen, the things that God tells you to eat and all that, today it's even proven scientifically that it is good. Those things that God says don't eat, it's proven they're not good, amen? So, God knew what he was talking about, right, amen? So, why did God create those animals? Some animals God create because they are like the waste disposal of the animal kingdom. You know, they are the lowest rank where they eat off all the feces of the other animals and then we eat them. Pastor, move on. Okay, praise God, I'll spare you that, hallelujah.
So, the year of time and space, sit back, watch.
The year of time and space, amen. And the first two miracles of Jesus are the miracles of time and space. And the first miracle, in fact, in a sense, you think about it, it was not a miracle of healing. It wasn't a miracle of deliverance. It was a miracle of just plain luxury. There is no need to have the extra wine. When he turned the water into wine, the Bible says it was his first miracle. The wedding ran out of wine, just as sometimes marriages run out of wine and all that's left is something bland, something not exciting like water, just water. But Jesus can turn your marriage into intoxicating wine, amen?
So, when Jesus turned the water into wine in one fell swoop, you think about the miracle that would otherwise take place after a protracted time. It takes three years, four years to have grapes, and then to have good grapes, five to seven years. And then to have an even better grape, you have to store the wine, amen. The longer it is, the better. Jesus gave excellent wine in one fell swoop, demonstrating he's the Lord of time. And the next miracle also in the same city, Cana of Galilee, the Bible says he spoke and a boy that was 40 over kilometers away was healed, demonstrating he's the Lord of time and space, amen, based on the laws of science. Even the very first verse confirmed the law of science, amen?
And you see that in the beginning, that's time, God, force, created motion, and the heavens space, the earth matter, amen. This is what science is based on. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth exactly multiples of seven all over in the very first verse of the Bible. Friend, you need not be afraid of what is happening. What is happening is of the devil, and the devil wants to put fear in your life. He wants you to be, you know, to be suspecting each other. At the moment someone cleared the throat also, you are a bit worried already, amen? God has a better way, right place, right time. God can put you at the right place, right time, and he can create the space for you. Can I have a good amen?
So, this verse in 1 Kings 6, talking about the three chambers, the space. The lowest chamber was five cubits, the middle chamber was... you saw that just now in the video, all right, six cubits. And the third is seven cubits, number of perfection. And you go up by the winding stairs as we'll see in this chapter. The winding stairs lead you through one level after another. And I talk about the winding stairs and the mystery of the winding stairs, we talk about it. It's one step at a time. How do you take the step? You take the step because light comes into the temple, and the temple speaks of all of us today. We are all the living stones that make the temple of God. Can I have a good amen?
So, when you read about the temple, don't think of temple structure. People like to religionize everything. This is not religion. This is reality. It's how God sees the universe, amen. And God sees his people as living stones, that means they make up his temple where he dwells. He wants to dwell in the midst of his people. He wants to dwell amongst his people, amen. So, for the first time, the tabernacle of Moses never had this but for the first time, the Temple of Solomon had, besides the temple itself, look at the picture of the temple outside. Look at the temple, you see the side. That's the entrance and the two pillars, but look at the side. You see the three floors? That's the chambers, the three chambers, and that's where the priest will dwell.
Today, who are the priests? In fact, the Bible calls you king priests, amen. Priests because we praise God, we worship the Lord like you did just now, amen. You honor the Lord with your life, and that's the priesthood ministry, amen. Kingly is you come out of God's presence with the power in your words, amen. You speak and it happens, amen. You say, "Angels are watching over me. No evil will befall me and my family". Now, when a king speaks, there is power, and the Bible says you are a royal priesthood. You're a king priest because Jesus washed you with his blood and made you a king priest unto God his Father, amen. Hallelujah.
So, we have the three chambers and Jesus alluded to this in the upper room, upper room, upper chamber. He was saying to all of them in the night that he was betrayed, he would die and for this purpose, he came to die for our sins. He said this, he said these words, "In my Father's house are many mansions, many chambers, amen. I go to prepare a place for you". He was alluding to Temple of Solomon, the three chambers, because for the first time, priests could live so near to God. They could dwell with God, amen. Just their rooms are attached to the temple, amen.
Now, for a man who's sin is on their conscience, they shudder the thought to be near God. The very thought of God, you know, makes them, causes pain to their conscience, causes a feeling of dis-ease where you get the word disease. They cannot be easy in God's presence. They cannot rest. But for us, we know that our sins are put away by the blood of Jesus, amen? We can rest in God's presence, amen. God cannot. I did not say will not. God cannot punish us for our sins today, amen?
And you know, we don't want to sin also. Amen, we want to live a life that glorifies Christ. But there is no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ, amen, even when we fail, amen, because Christ took our condemnation, and the law of double jeopardy of the courts, which is based on the universal Court, which is based on Judeo-Christian principles of the Bible, states that the same crime cannot be tried twice. So, Jesus was tried for our sins. That he had no sins, but he was bearing our sins. He took our punishment so today all our sins that have been borne by Christ and punished in his body cannot be punished in yours. If God did it, God will be unjust. It's called the law of double jeopardy, and all the people said amen.
So, God is no longer just God far away. He's now our Father, amen. We are his children. God deals with us as a father and a child. Yes, there is correction in the body of Christ. He will correct you if you're following a lifestyle that's destructive, that will hurt you, amen, that will destroy your life, yes, he will come in. But he will not use disease. He will not use sickness. He will not use accidents to teach you. He will use his Word. He will use frustrating circumstances that you think God is trying to stop you and all that or people are trying to stop you, but actually God is hindering you from making that decision.
Maybe your heartbreak is not so much a heartbreak to destroy your life, it's to save you. Don't forget, the one that takes care of you is the one that broke his heart so that he can mend your heart. His heart was broken at the cross, amen. And you know, he always draws close to those who are hurting, those who are going through a tough time. When the two disciples were going back on the day of his resurrection, going back to their homes in Emmaus, or rather a home, I believe it's husband and wife, he appeared to them because they were discouraged, amen?
When they were encouraged, when they were okay, the Lord will send... many a times in our life even, he will send apostles, he will send pastors or leaders, or he will send your friends with a word from the Lord, amen. He will send messengers, but when it comes to your own life, you're going through a bad time, those good times, your friends are around. He send your friends, amen? But when it's your own, when you're way going through a trial, Jesus himself drew near.
I love that, Jesus himself drew near, amen. He wept at Lazarus's tomb. Why did he weep? Oh, Pastor, he wept for Lazarus. No, he knew he's gonna raise Lazarus from the dead. No, he was weeping for the sisters who were crying. He knows how to enter into our sorrows. His power does not exempt him, amen, from being sorrowful when we are sorrowful, and he drew near. Jesus himself drew near. He broke his heart to mend our hearts. He shed tears to dry ours. He loves you. And during this time of Wuhan virus and all that, I have to address it, right? I mean, it's in everybody's face, right? Literally also everybody's face, right? So, I have to address it. I want you to know one thing. The whole purpose of the devil is to put you in fear, amen? We should be praying and trusting God, amen. God is our refuge and our fortress at this time. Can I have a good amen? Amen.
So, I want to share something that is amazing. One of it is a revelation that I received just recently, and it's got to do with space. When the Lord gave me time and space, I didn't even have this revelation, but not too long ago, as I was meditating and preparing my time with the Lord and all that, the Lord said this to me. "You know, son, when I say I will save you", how many times the Bible says the word save? We know in the New Testament, the word save is sozo, the verb sozo. The noun is soteria, amen. In Hebrew, the verb for save is the word yasha. The noun, Yeshua, familiar? Who is Yeshua? Jesus.
So, when Jesus healed someone, you will find very frequently the Bible says he turned around and says, "Your faith has healed you". Right in our English Bible, it is the word sozo. So, sozo is not just save from your condemnation, your judgment, saved from your sins, saved from hell, saved from the powers of darkness. The word sozo is a very inclusive word. It is also the word for heal. It's the word for heal. Jesus healed the woman and says your faith has sozoed you, amen. Your faith has sozoed you. Okay, so it is healing, it is deliverance, it's salvation. That is the Greek, we all know that.
But for the longest time, I've never really bothered to look at the Hebrew because I know the Hebrew word Yeshua is Jesus's name. It means salvation. It comes, that's a noun. It comes from the verb yasha. Yasha is save, verb. For example, Deuteronomy 20, verse 4 tells us, God says, "For the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you", to save you. That's the word yasha, to save, yasha, amen?
Now, yasha, you look at yasha in Hebrew. Reading from right to left like old Chinese, okay? Yud shin ein, yasha, save. This is the verb. The only thing is that if you put a vav, which is a picture of the nail, because every Hebrew letter is also a picture. If you put the vav in yasha in between shin, you have the name Jesus, Yeshua. His name means the Savior, right? His name literally means Savior. He's not exemplar, which means look at him, all right, find what he's doing and copy. He's not exemplar.
He is a great example to all of us, amen, don't misunderstand me, but he didn't come to be an example. He came to save, all right? He didn't look at someone who is drowning and say, "Look, look at me, all right? First of all, breathe, all right, okay, tread water, okay tread, okay tread. All right, slowly move, one stroke". He did not say, "Look at me, I'm the example. You follow me with your strength, with your brains, with your intellect"? No, no, he did not leave you to yourself when you drown. To save means to jump in and save you. The teaching can happen later. So, his primary function is to save, yasha. Can I have a good amen?
When you think of people like Elvis, you say he's the king of what? Huh? Of mathematics. No, rock 'n' roll, right? Then you think of Tiger Woods, he's the king of? Golf, amen? Do you think of him as the thing of culinary, Japanese culinary? No, why? Because he plays it all the time. He's good, so he's the king of what he's good at. Jesus's name is Yeshua, Savior. What's he good at? Saving you, not just save you from your sins in every area of your life. Best of all, he saves us from ourselves. Sometimes, we are our worst enemy, amen?
So, here we go in the temple of God, and I'm gonna show you something. This is a fresh revelation to me. God gave me the time and space and I was spending time with the Lord and the Lord said to me, "Son, look up the Hebrew word 'yasha' in your study of the Hebrew word". I said, I know what it means. I know it for years, amen. Ever tell the Lord that, amen? I know for years, it means to save, to heal, to deliver. I thought I heard... no, the Lord, one thing the fruit, at there's no sarcasm as a fruit of the Spirit.
Okay, anyway. And I said, "I know what it means. I don't have to look it up. I know what it means. Yasha means save, deliver". Like you read in Deuteronomy 20 God says, "I'll fight for you. All right, I'll fight for you, and I will save you", right? Now, he told me look up the word "yasha". So, I said, okay, and you know when you study from your whether you have an app or you have a Bible study, I have a lot of Bible study commentaries and... no not commentaries. You know, I love to study words and all that, which is a study book, study aids, all right? But you can get very, very dry if the Lord is not leading you. But here's a situation where the Lord is leading me.
So, I looked up the word "yasha" and Gesenius, Gesenius is an expert when it comes to Hebrew words. He is the authority that people go to, the go-to guy. Of course, he's passed away. This is very old writings and lexicon of his. So, this one he says of yasha. Now, get ready to be shocked or surprised. The Lord, listen carefully, the Lord actually already gave me the year of time and space. Say, "space". And for me he said, "Look up the word 'yasha'". I said, "I know what it means, it means to save, to heal, to deliver", but I looked it up, amen.
I always know that the Lord has something, when he tells you to look up, he has something for you. And this is what I wrote down word for word from Gesenius, the Hebrew scholar. All right, this is what he says. "Yasha means to be spacious, ample, broad, figuratively to be opulent. The signification of ample space is in Hebrew applied to liberty, deliverance from dangers and distresses, as on the other hand, narrowness of space is frequently used of distresses and dangers". It was like, what? I put down my study and I was like, my goodness.
You know, when the Lord tells you to do something, don't always feel like, you know, I know it all, amen, amen? It's like, for me, it's like I had never seen that before because I know the word "yasha" means to save, to deliver. But the etymology, the idea of it is actually it will create space and ample space means deliverance. Ample space means salvation. It means liberty, freedom, whereas narrow space means what? Distress, dangers.
That brought to my mind because I knew the Hebrew word for Egypt. The Bible says the Lord delivered Israel from Egypt. The Lord wants his people out of Egypt, spiritually speaking, okay, God want to bring them out of Egypt. And what is Egypt in Hebrew? Mitsrayim, Mitsrayim notice im there, plural? All right, Mitsrayim means a place a double straitness, you know, strait, S-T-R-A-I-T, it double straits, dire straits. I'm now in dire straits, you know? He is in dire straits, that means what? Trouble, a place of double stress. Mitsrayim, a place that is narrow, confined. You look carefully at even the topography, the map of Egypt, it is hemmed in by two bodies of water, hemmed in, and it is a place of stress, a place of narrowness, and the Lord wants us out of it. The Lord wants us to, "Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest".
When the Lord leads you, you're always going to a wider space, a bigger area. The Lord brought you to, there's a verse in the Psalms, "He brought me to a wealthy place", amen, "a wide space". Now, don't just think in terms of, you know, in the natural space and houses. It can include all that, but I'm talking about your life. God doesn't want you to be the same, you know, it looks like as your days go, your space gets narrower and narrower, amen. Your movements get narrower and narrower, and your influence gets narrower and narrower. No, he wants to multiply space. It's the year of time and space.
In the third miracle recorded in John, and all the miracles in John all are signs. Jesus looked at a man who has been lame. He can't walk at a pool called Bethesda. Bet house, hesed, Bethesda is bet hesed, which is house of grace. And they were, once a while an angel would come down and stir the water, and the first one in will be healed. But this denotes the the law. The law implies you must have strength to get blessed. You must make your way, you must stand up. What if you can't even walk, you can't even crawl? You can get to the water. The first one in will be healed, right? So, everyone was waiting for the moving of the water time. They're waiting for the season, the time.
Jesus looked at the men and the Bible says Jesus knew he was 38 years old in that state, time. So, some people say, "You know, I've had this sickness for a long time, for 20 years". In this man's case, 38 years. It's impossible to do anything now. The Lord knew he was in that condition and the only question Jesus asked has got to do with his free choice. Jesus asked, "Will you be made well? Will you, will you be made well"? Then he says, "Sir, I have no man when the water is trouble to take me to the"... He didn't hear what Jesus is saying, right? Jesus said, "Will you be made well? Do you want to be made well? I'm the Lord of time and space, amen. I don't need to work with time and I will not work with space".
Because a lot of people were there, space was very narrow. And Jesus looked at him and said, "Rise, take up your bed and walk". Immediately demonstrating both in one now, time and space. He is the Lord of time and space, amen? And he's the same, yesterday, today, and forever. You think the Wuhan virus caught him by surprise? All the angels said, "Wah, man, we forgot the Wuhan". Gabriel, Wuhan, we missed that. And then Gabriel says, "Yeah, man. We know the Han dynasty and all that but Wuhan, oh, man". You know, it's all, you know, like people are surprised.
By the way, you know it's very interesting they call it Coronavirus. And the word "corona", you study carefully, is the word "crown". The word "corona" is crown because apparently the virus looks like it's having crown. Straightaway the Lord said this to me. Romans 5:17, one of my favorite verses in the Bible. If death reigned like a king, if death reigned by one, much more and that one is, of course, first Adam, much more they which received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life through one, Jesus Christ. Can I have a good amen? Hallelujah.
And I'm so grateful, you know, that the Lord is in this church, the Lord is speaking to his people. And when the Lord speaks to his people, I get the benefit. Like when I read this Gesenius. It's not a matter of buying the book Gesenius and reading every page you can. You get nothing. Sometimes you get very tired because it's like study, you know, like back to university days, or back to those days when you are studying for a certain field that you are trying to excel in. It's very dry. It's worthy. When the Lord is in it, whoa, amen? Isn't this exciting?
All right, let's go to Exodus 14. It talks about the Red Sea. Y'all know the story. The children of Israel were stuck as they left Mitsrayim, the place of double stress, double tightness, narrows, doubly narrow, amen. They were brought to the Red Sea, but the Red Sea was very deep. And they looked to Moses and they cried to Moses, and Moses cried to God. God says, "Why you cry to me? Lift up your rod, the rod that I gave you, amen, and tell the people, fear not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord". It's very interesting the word "salvation of the Lord" is see Jesus, Yeshua. Salvation there. He didn't say, all right, see the verb but see the noun.
See the salvation of the Lord and the waters open, amen. And the Bible says they went through and y'all know what happened. The enemies also chased them, went through it, and God closed on the enemies. And this is what it says at the end of the chapter. It says this, "The Lord saved, yasha, Israel that day out of the hands of the Egyptians".
Now, what is that saying? Finally they are clean. It's a clean sweep out of the place of double stress, double straitness, amen. And here they are looking at their enemies. Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. They have the tokens that the enemies are dead. Those enemies that are trying to make you feel fearful and stress, and you will see them dead. When your Lord saves you, amen, and he's saving you now. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Can I have a good amen?
Now, let's go to 1 or 2 Chronicles 3, and back to the Temple of Solomon, okay, so you can get all this real fast or not. There are little secrets then and there. For example, every name has a meaning in the Bible. Every number has a meaning. This year is the number 2020, right? In the Hebrew, the number 20 is the letter kaf, kaf like Barak, it ends with kaf, kaf. You got it? Kaf, and every letter in Hebrew is also a number. For example, if we say one, two, three, and we say, A, B, C. We have a difference, right? For them, there's no numbers. A is number one. B is number two. And then it multiplies even. Like, for example, kaf is the number 20. So, kaf is also a picture.
Remember I told you before that every letter is a number, as well as a picture. You know what's a picture of kaf? Open hand. But today this year is what? 2020, two kafs, two open hands of God to bless you. I think this is serious business. One of the things they saw Jesus when he was lifted up, both hands were blessing the people. It's no more one hand. It's a year of double blessing. Listen carefully, right, when you see things that the devil is doing, I've said it time and time again. I've said it down to the years when you see a new strain of virus. I've said it so much that even say the last few weeks also, and I'm concerned sometimes people think that I'm like a broken record. But I tell you what, a broken record that saves you is better than a complete one that doesn't, okay?
You need to hear some things again. I've said it before, God never plays catch up, the devil does. But what the devil does is more visible, is more tangible. So, the devil goes by senses. God is a God who wants faith from his people, amen? We walk by faith, not by sight. Can I have a good amen? So, here goes this battle. The devil wants you in the realm of sight.
So, we are more aware of the virus because we see it, we read it. We see it on the news. We read it, we hear it. We see it. We hear it. We say it. We hear it. We see the mask. We hear it. We see it. All right, so we always reminded, right? But then if someone come and tell you God has released, beginning of this year, God has released a new anointing, a new strain, if you would, a new anointing of healing, we don't see it, amen? Maybe we should have asked some of our pastors that come up and do Communion to wear a certain mask that says, "It's released", amen? Because it's not what God does, it's not visible. It is not tangible. Sometimes you do feel, amen. And sometimes you do feel the anointing of God on you, but don't depend on feelings. We walk by faith and not by sight, which is representative of all other five senses, feelings as well.
So, we are not aware that God has done something. For example, when God wanted to raise a deliverer to set his people free from Egypt, what happened? Moses was born, but it was so quiet. Nobody knew he was born. God has done something great. And this baby, whose little cry changed history, amen? When the when the daughter of Pharaoh heard the cry, it broke her heart, sort of softened her heart. Her motherly instinct kicked in, and she took the baby, even though the baby was doomed to die because he's part of the Hebrew.
And notice that a cry changed history. She never knew it changed history for her history as well and her nation, one little baby, amen? But it all happened because God is in control. God is in charge. God sent a deliverer, but the world was unaware, oblivious. But when the devil reacted, the devil plays catch up. When the devil realized a champion was born, a deliverer was born, amen, the liberator of the Hebrew people was born, what did he do? He had Pharaoh kill all the babies, all the Hebrew babies.
Of course, God preserved, like I said, with a cry. He preserved. He preserved Moses and even had Pharaoh's house pay for Moses's education and all that, his food, his, you know, his mother. His mother, the Jewish mother actually was hired to take care of him, amen, to nurse him, to take care of him. Isn't it amazing? God can even make his enemies pay for you. So, the same thing happened to Jesus. He was born. It was a silent night. It was a holy night. No one knew except for the wise men and very few. What did the devil do? Herod had all the babies under two years old killed. That one is visible. We hear the cries of the baby. We see all these things happening, but we don't see what God has started.
So, is the devil attacking you, your life in any way? It's because you can reverse it. I always say you do not know what God is doing in your life, look at what the devil is doing and then reverse it. If you're being attacked in your body a lot, it's because new health is coming your way. If you respond with eyes of faith, and look at the Lord, he's gonna turn the whole thing around and all of a sudden you're gonna see all your diseases, all right, floating on the seashore back and forth, back and forth, all right, dead. Can I have a good amen?
There is a man, and we need to walk in faith, people, at this time. There is a man called John G. Lake, many of you heard of him, he's a missionary to Africa in the '20s, '30s, 1920s, '30s around that time. And during that time, if I got my decades right, it's around that time, I think so. There was a bubonic plague that broke out during that time, and the bubonic plague is like Ebola, people are just dropping like all over the place, you know, just it's so infectious and lethal, fatal. People are just dying. And he was a missionary and together with his helper, he was helping to bury the people, amen, not just preaching to some of them, but he was having to bury, and bury some of them.
So, some people from England came over and they said to him, some of these people they came from, I think, England or America, one of them. They came from prestigious medical background, and they looked at him and they say that, "how come you're not", and they're wearing masks and all that. "How come you're not catching any of this"? And they don't even have masks. "How come you're not catching any of this? These things are so infectious". And then John G. Lake smiled and said... by the way, you can get his books, they're still available. And he says that, "Sir, if you look at all those who are dead, you'll see foam at their mouth, all right, look under the microscope, take the germs, the virus, under the microscope and put them on my skin. Go ahead".
So they did it. These people are unbelievers. They put it on his skin and every virus died, every virus died. He smiled, John G. Lake smiled and said, "This is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus". Now, what verse is that? Romans 8:2, it comes right after, "There is no condemnation to them who are in Christ". And I believe that knowing no condemnation in Christ is crucial to knowing the next verse. And it says, "For", Because for means continuation. "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death".
The law of sin and death, we are free from the law of sin and death, not everybody, but those who are in Christ. There is no condemnation not to everybody, but no condemnation for those who are in Christ, amen? They appropriate what Christ did for them at the cross, amen. So, I am believing God for all of you and for me as well, amen. Now, don't be foolish. Don't be foolish. Don't go around there and say, "Hey, put a germ here, put a germ here", amen? They asked him. He was in the center of what's going on. People are dying around and they were asking him, and he demonstrated that then and there, but don't go out. That is tempting the Lord, amen?
I just want to say something here, God protects, many a times, angels are involved but sometimes the angel will tell you like the following the one step at a time, you need to hear the Lord. There are times God protects and there are times God leads you to a place of protection. God leads you out of the danger. For example, when Jesus was a baby, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Take the baby and the mother and go to the land of Egypt, for Herod seek to kill the child". So, in this case, it's not a protection just say, "Stay put, don't worry, angels will be around you", but it's a case of following the Lord like the winding staircase.
You need to hear the Lord. If the Lord tells you not to go to a certain country at this time, you listen to the Lord. Safety is in the Lord. So, don't put your trust in home location. Don't put your trust in time. Don't put your trust. Don't say, "I've been sick for 38 years". Don't put your trust even in, space, amen. Put your trust in the Lord. He is the Lord of time and space. Can I go to amen? Amen, trust the Lord, trust the Lord. Don't be motivated by fear.
If you ask me "Why, why, why? Why are these things happening, Pastor Prince"? I have my reasons. Some things you can share in public, some things you don't want to share until the right time with a few people maybe, amen. But I know one thing, any virus in your life, my life, in the world and all that, it's God's hand of protection. You know, there's more evil that would have happened if God didn't put his hand there. There's a verse that says when he that withholds, that protects, is taken out of the way, then the Antichrist will appear. It seems like the Antichrist cannot appear until the he that holds back. Who is the he that holds back? The Holy Spirit.
God sent the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. When the Holy Spirit is taken away, when we are raptured, the Holy Spirit's taken away. You know, he dwells in us, then evil will prevail on this earth, because you are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world, amen? Are you with me so far? Are you getting blessed?
I have a friend in Israel, and many of you know him. He's a dear friend of mine. And when he was fighting in the Israeli War in 1973, a very well known Yom Kippur War, and he was a paratrooper. He was second in command. And he said this, that he had five people in his platoon. And you know, Israeli army is such that you can speak very freely with your officers. You can even disagree or whatever, but when it comes to obeying commands on the field, you obey. But what I'm saying disagreeing like your opinion when it come to, you know, religion or whatever, they can speak very freely.
Well, these five guys made fun of this friend of mine, and now he's probably in his nearly 70 now. But back then he was a young man, and he was a believer in Jesus, in Yeshua, very few in Israel. His family was one of the first that believed in Yeshua as Messiah, and he was saved at this time. And these five would laugh at him and make a mockery of his faith and all that. He would just smile, and he would always share the gospel with them. He shared with me that one time they were all gathered at the airfield, and then somebody made fun of him. "Hey, why don't you stand up", called his name out, "Why don't you stand up and just preach to all these people"? And he did.
It began as a mockery. He stood up and when he preached, one by one, they sat down. One by one, they put out their cigarette. Another one came in, the crowds start coming in, and these boys, some of them, would die the next day, right? It was the day before they were sent to battle at the airfield. We don't know how many of them heard the gospel and received.
Well, this friend of mine, with these five guys and his platoon and all that, and his commander, they went into the, they were in a forested area during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. And all a sudden, ba-ba-ba-ba, GPMG from all around it's like, and they were all diving for cover, and they were all truly being ambushed, okay, they were ambushed. It was an ambush. And all a sudden, he shouted to his men, "Okay, fire on the left side, fire over the rocky area there". He was shouting, shouting, and he realized no one was listening.
Oh, by the way, his first commander was the first one who got shot in the head and died. So, he was next in command. So, he was yelling out instruction, "Fire over here, fire over there". No one was firing. He turned around, he looked, and they were all in a pit, plus the five guys, and they were all quivering. And they shouted at him, "You fool, come down with us. Come down here, you'll die. You'll die. And all sudden, he realized the GPMG bullets were all around him flying. He told me this, it sounded... remember, Lawrence, you were there as well. It sounded like bees. No, he wasn't there at the Yom Kippur War. He nodded his head like he was there, but I'm referring to the time he was sharing this testimony.
And he said it sounded like bees buzzing around him, like bees buzzing and leaves were falling like autumn, leaves are falling all over him and like bees, and not a single bullet hit him, and all those people saw it. You know what he did? He looked at them and said, "Now your eyes see". And he says, "And you know it's true", amen? Of course, he survived the war, but he said this to me. And he's not one of those that, you know, have gotten hold of the teaching of like what you say is important, the Spirit of faith and all that. He just believes like, you know, like from a we call it evangelical standpoint, but it's not one of those that teaches, you know, you speak it, you know, there's power and all that.
We teach that because there is power. The power of life and death is in the tongue, not in the virus, or else everybody who had the virus would die. It's not in the virus. So, he said this to me, you know, I said, "You know the verse Psalms 91"? He said, "Of course", he told me. I said that, "Talk to me about it". He says that, "You know, very interesting you mentioned that because", he said that, "you know, my church that I grew up in is a small church". His family was running that church. I mean, the father was a pastor, the leaders, brothers were like leaders and all that. And he said the small church always had a plaque in front, a plaque of stone, made of stone.
All right, and it says this from Psalms 91, "A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you". It will not come near you. And he says, as a boy, even he get distracted. You know every time the sermon get boring, right, he just looked at the plaque and he reads, "A thousand shall fall, it will not come near you", it will not come near. Just in him, the power of the Word of God, putting that in your children, putting that in their hearts, amen, putting that in their hearts and putting it in your own heart and quoting it when fear hits your heart, quoting it. "A thousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you", amen.
So, he believed God that this thing will happen to us during this time as well. Now, if you have a runny nose and your fever and all that during this time, wear a mask, all right, because we love people, amen? And you should love your family as well, even wear it at home. But the thing is, it's during this time only, people. We observe all these guidelines, yes, by all means, but don't forget also to put your trust in the Lord, amen?
He said to me this when the Yom Kippur War started, his officer, the one who got shot in the head, for some reason also his personal friend. He said to him this, he said, he didn't know why he kept on saying this, "I think I'm gonna die in this war". I don't know. He has fought in an earlier war, the Six-Day War in '67, but he never say that. But this time he said, "I think I'm gonna die in this war". And he keep on saying. And my friend said to him, "Don't say it. Don't say it". For some reason, even though he had not received the teaching of the power of the words, said, "Don't say it". He just felt instinctively, "Don't say it. Don't say you'll die".
And that's what really happened. He was shot in the head even though my friend was just beside him when he was shot, amen? I believe we are in, and this is serious business. We're not playing around. People, you know, people are realizing that the earth is not just, oh, we can make the earth a better place. There'll be a utopia one day. It will get better and better, and everybody will... no, whatever advancement in technology we have, we use it to, to try to outdo another nation or try to destroy, amen?
And today there are nations, even hateful and all that, don't blame, don't blame it on America, don't blame. It's in the heart. You know, anything wrong, America, Israel, amen. We will blame anybody. It all happened when man sinned. You know what Adam said to God? God says, "What have you done"? Adam says, "The woman that you gave me gave me the fruit". You know, he didn't just blame the woman. He blamed God. The woman... Amen? So, the blame started, the blame started.
If you want to live life in such a way that, you know, sometimes when you are impatient, sometimes you are whatever it is, and your wife tells you something, all right, judge yourself then and there, not judge condemning but judge yourself there. "Yeah, you know, why is this temper rising"? Deal with it. Don't blame her, deal with this. Deal with this or else you'll never learn. Deal with this. Why can't you just say that you're wrong, why? Deal with it.
"Joseph Prince, what's wrong with you"? Deal with it, you'll find you have a better life. There are a lot of people grow up without taking any responsibility, and kids don't take responsibility. When they are wrong, you know, there's no correction, so they think the world owes them a living so they blame everybody. People blame God. It's like, you know, a child is not dead, you know, at a traffic light. You know, you go and find the minister of transport and say, "Why you let the child die"? You know, the laws are there, amen. I believe that in these days, God wants to provide angelic help.
When I started on the Temple of Solomon, I want to show you something amazing, okay? Look at this. Actually started here. But how many will agree the rabbit trail was really good? I mean, I followed the Spirit. We don't have time to finish, it's okay, as long as the Spirit wants whatever said to be said, that's more important, amen? Bible study can just be chapter, verse, chapter, verse, okay, take down notes and all that and then go home. It's not that, it's what the Spirit wants to say. I want to speak as the oracles of God, amen, not just a repeating Bible that you can read at home, amen.
Now, there is Bible teaching still but it's called prophetic preaching preaching, amen, and God's people can prophesy. The Bible says in 2 Chronicles 20:20, 20:20, 2 Chronicles 20:20. You can memorize this verse very easy. It says, "Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established. Believe his prophets and you will prosper". And last time I told you, right, you must listen to the washing of the water, the 12 oxen. Listen to the preached Word, listen to the preached Word. Believe his prophets and you will prosper, amen. Are you listening?
All right, 2020, praise God. And there's another 2020 here. The Holy Place, the Holy of Holies, most holy place, the Holy of Holies, or the Temple of Solomon, is bigger, twice. Everything, all its dimensions are twice of the tabernacle of Moses. The length was according to the width of the house, 20 cubits, and its the width, 20 cubits. How many 20s we have here? 2020, just to let you know that somebody is involved in our teaching on the Temple of Solomon.
Now, you know something? When God gave me time and space in the Temple of Solomon, I did not know this verse was here. It's just a little wink from heaven to tell you we're in the, we're taking the steps, one step at a time and we are all coming to a wider expanse, a greater space, amen, greater deliverance and greater protection in this year. Okay, and he says he overlaid it with 600 talents of fine gold, so the Holy of Holies. Look at the picture first or the cross section, there it is. It's all overlaid with gold. Now, inside, behind the gold is the wood. You know something about the wood and all that, it is really beautiful the wood, beautiful wood, and it's ornamental and all that, and yet it's overlaid with gold. So, it's a picture of humanity, wood, gold, divinity. That's our Lord Jesus, amen. And we are in him.
And look at the holy place, you can see the two angels. Let's go in closer. Can you see the Ark of the Covenant? The Ark of the Covenant, can you see that? That's the original Ark of the Covenant from tabernacle of Moses. It has two cherubim. And look, look, look, the two cherubim is looking at the mercy seat. The two cherubim is looking at the mercy seat.
All right, as long as there's blood, and they are known as executers of God's righteousness, amen, which means anyone that violates God's righteousness, any demon, any whatever is, they'll strike down. No one is allowed, so when they see the blood, they know that death has been executed. Jesus's blood on our behalf will cause the cherubim never, ever to strike us. To strike us would mean, all right, it's a miscarriage of justice. No, the cherubim is now on your side. The angels are now on your side because you are the righteousness of God in Christ. And they are what? Guardians of God's righteousness.
So, this is the Ark of the Covenant, but notice there's two cherubim, large ones. Do you see that? Go back to the reference again. The weight of the nails was 50 shekels of gold. He overlaid the upper area of gold. By the way, the mention of the nails, I just want to stop here and tell you something, because the temple of God is all of us put together, you cannot see the nails in this place, not a single nail is seen. It's all behind the gold, and all the nails are gold. What is that saying?
Sometimes you feel like a nail in the church. You feel like, "My service, you know, it's not like Pastor Lawrence up there, Pastor Joe, it's not conspicuous. I'm not a care leader. I'm just doing things behind the scene. I'm just a nail". Well, none of us who are more conspicuous, so to speak, can put you down because you are made of gold. All right, how precious for God to mention the nails. It's like him, no one is forgotten. Everyone that serves and put things in place, even though they're not seen, God recognizes. Okay, the weight of the nail was 50 shekels. He overlaid the upper area with gold, and the upper area is upper chamber. Okay, that's why the top most, the upper chamber is all gold. In the Most Holy Place he made two cherubim fashioned by carving, overlaid them with gold.
Drop down. The wings of the cherubim and all that, let me explain to you. Okay, there are two angels or cherubim, tall ones, right? Watch this, one wing here span five cubits here, five cubits. The other one stands here five cubits, five cubits. And the room the width is what? Twenty cubits. What do you have? Exactly covers the entire room, am I right? But this time, the Bible says, drop down, drop down all the way. The wings of the cherubim span 20 cubits overall. They stood on their feet.
I love this 20:20 because it reminds me of the year we are in. And their faces, these two cherubim, they are bigger, taller, than the ones in the Ark of the Covenant. Watch this. This time they're not looking at the mercy seat, very interesting. They are looking at the house. Faced inward means the word there panim bayith, which is bayith the house. Their face is looking at the house. The ASV version, look at the last part. Their faces were towards the house, the house. You know what's the house? Look at you, all of you, you are the house. Look around, this is the house. Angels are working in a greater way. The size difference tells us that we are in a time, amen, of the Temple of Solomon, amen?
We are in the time where God is bringing gold, amen? Gold is not just prosperity. Don't think of prosperity all the time, physical. Think about gold, the understanding of righteousness, the understanding of God, amen? And angelic activity is greater and stronger in these days. Ah, do you hear it? And their wings are spread to protect you. Protect what, the world? No not the world, those who are in the house. The house of God is not the star. The house of God is not a building anywhere you see in Singapore, in America, or anywhere else. It's not a concrete building. The house of God are the many-membered body of Christ called out of the world, called out of Mitsrayim into this large place that God has for us. Can I have a good amen?
We are the house of God, and the faces of these strong angels, these tall angels, these big angels, are looking towards the house with their wings extended to protect those in the house. Let me tell you something about angels and plagues. Angels are very active in keeping plagues away from God's people. Have you ever read Psalms 91 where it says, "No evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling". Why? "For he shall give his angels charge over you".
Let me read you the entire thing. "Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling". Your dwelling is not just personal, it's actually, listen, it is your family. Dwelling is the Hebrew word for ohel, which is the tabernacle or the church, amen, or your family, but it's a gathering of people. No plague shall come near your dwelling. Why? For, in Hebrew ki, because this is the reason, because he shall give his angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.
Very interesting. I read this and again every time I read this, I get a new revelation. The word angels is plural, of course. The word you is singular. Now, you can be you all, which is plural view, am I right? Plural view. There's a singular you, there's a plural you. This is not plural you, this is singular you. God give one you, angels. So, every day when you wake up you should say, "Angels accompany me. Angels are with me". Though a thousand shall fall at your side, ten thousand your right hand, it will not come near you. Why? God has given his angels charge over me, amen?
Like "Saving Private Ryan". Remember, the officer and all the men were told, they were given charge over Private Ryan, watch over him, right? Angels are involved. Billy Graham shares about a man called John G. Paton. You can actually google him and find his name. He's a Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides in the South Pacific. New Hebrides, many years ago, were filled with a tribe of cannibals, cannibals. And he went there, and he brought the gospel of Jesus Christ there. Today, it's a place where people are loving and a lot of believers there, amen. When he went down there, they were not even clothed properly. They were cannibals, and they had spear, and they would kill people.
And he was there as a missionary from Scotland, John G. Paton. And he said, he said that one night he was surrounded with all these tribal sounds and songs, and they were all about to kill him. And they were chanting, they were outside his hut. And he looked around, and he saw them with all kinds of weapons, spears and all that. They're about to kill him and all of sudden, they looked at him with fear and they all scattered.
A long time after that, sometime after that rather, the chief of the tribe got saved. And the chief told him this, "Now that we are friends, can you please tell me that night we came to attack you, you still remember that night"? He says, "Yes, of course. How can I forget"? He says that, "Who were all those people that were around your hut? They had such weapons and they looked so like majestic. We dare not come near. We were stricken with fear. But what happened to them? Where are they"? He said, "No, there's only me". Said, "No, you were surrounded".
And time and time again, this is what we hear in the Yom Kippur War. And the Iron Dome, remember the Iron Dome? Knocked down more than, I think, more than 90% of the rockets, but there was one rocket was heading towards a very populated area, and the first dome went off. The commander in this article said, the Israel commander, he say that, boom, nothing happened, the dome operator commander. Then he shot another one, nothing happened. It was heading towards with four seconds left. It was heavily populated area, which means hundreds will die. But then all of a sudden... by the way the dome can predict not only the where the missile is coming from, but also the wind. It can detect, it can measure the wind.
All of a sudden, he say a sudden gust of wind, strong wind blew the missile and pushed it right into the sea, Mediterranean Sea. And this is what the statement. The other side said, their God changed our missile in midair. This was in 2014, and we see time and time again how the Jordanians, they outnumber the small section of Israelis and, you know, they made a little movie out of this and how this guy, they became so close. This group came so close to killing them. All of a sudden, they put down their weapon, they shouted, they left. Many of them just shattered and ran, and the section will be outnumbered. They'll be killed, and they didn't know why.
Many years after the peace was signed between Jordan and Israel and all that, one of the commanders was interviewed and asked. He said that, and he met another one of them and he said that, "We saw strong, strong angels around this section, small section, strong angels with a sword of fire". I'll tell you something, no virus can pass them.
People of God, you know how many angels you have or not? Give them to Hebrews 12. Hebrews 12, "You have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God". Mount Zion is not Mount Sinai. In fact, previously he contrasts before he come to Mount Zion, he contrasts Mount Sinai. Mount Sinai is where God gave the Ten Commandments. God demand righteousness from man. Three thousand people died. Mount Zion is where the Holy Spirit came. God did not give the law by the Spirit, and 3,000 people were saved, amen. Where God gave righteousness as a gift, we are no longer on Mount Sinai. We are not under law, we are under grace, Mount Zion, amen. Can I have a good amen?
And the Temple of Solomon is built on Mount Zion, amen. So, he says here, "We have come to Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable" again, to an innumerable, to an innumerable, cannot be numbered, innumerable. You didn't hear me. Innumerable company of angels, and we are they? To the general assembly and church of the firstborn. Jesus is the firstborn. We're called the church of the firstborn. Angels, this innumerable company of angels are where the church of the firstborn is. Ooph, oh, many of you have met them, you don't even realize. You have met angels, you don't realize.
The Bible says in Hebrews 13, verse 2, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels". Charles Spurgeon shares about a German shoemaker in the 1800s when the cholera outbreak that killed a lot of people, just like the bubonic plague in Africa. And during that time in the 1800s when this cholera outbreak broke out, this man actually put out on this shoemaker, this German shoemaker who was a believer, stuck outside his window Psalms 91, "A thousand shall fall at your side, ten thousand on your right hand who will not come near you".
And Charles Spurgeon shares how during that time so many people died around him even, people that he knew, but he never fell sick, not only that, his business flourished. And he realized that those who came to him and did business, they were protected, amen. You have met angels, you thought they were normal people. I remember this, again, it's Billy Graham who shares a story that he read in "Reader's Digest" of a very prominent neurosurgeon who shared this story in "Reader's Digest". Billy Graham shared about this man. In fact, Billy Graham mentioned him by name, and he says that this man shared about how he's a well-known neurosurgeon.
One day there's a knock on his door during wintertime. The snow was falling heavily. He opened the door, and there's an 11-year-old girl there, and the 11-year-old girl looks so pathetic, like sad. He say that, "Can you please come and take care of", of you know? He assumed it's the mother. Mother was sick and all that, but he doesn't make house calls. You know, moreover, he's is a well-known surgeon and all that. He doesn't mean house call but something about the child make him feel compassionate.
So, he took his jacket and all that, and he went out to the house where the child left, and he went to the house of the place where he's supposed to go. A lady was there, he realized that, you know, the lady needs to go to the hospital, but he was able to give her some help, some previous help, and because he was there on time, any later the lady would be dead. And he told the lady, "You know, it's amazing that your daughter came at the right time". "The daughter"? Say "I don't have a daughter, I had a daughter. She died some time ago". He says, "But the girl that came to the door". "I sent no girl".
They can appear as a, and Billy Graham believes an angel. By the way, he has a book called "Angels: Gods Secret Agents", by Billy Graham. Now, he says it's amazing that people believe more in demons today than angels. They are less with them than with us. You know that? In fact, that reminds me of a story, it's in my book, "The Prayer of Protection", how Elisha, you know, the enemies realized that Elisha was giving information, amen, secret information to the king of Israel. Every time the king of Syria tried a new move, alright, king of Israel would know the move because the prophet would tell him to move.
So, finally he sent armies to arrest the prophet in his house, and then the servant got up and he trembled. He said, "Alas, the enemies are here"! And they're surrounding him, and the man of God was just chill. I mean, he was cool. He looked around and says, "Lord, open his eyes". But before that, he said this, he says, "Master, what shall we do"? The servant asked. He answered, Elisha, and said, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them".
I want to tell you something, okay? The angels that are with you are more than the virus that are attacking out there, okay? You can say also, greater is he that's in me, say it, than he that's in the world. We gotta do all these things, amen, during this time, people. Praise God. It's time for the church to shine and demonstrate, amen, in a world is full of fear. You know people think about God only when these kind of things happen, you know? It's a great time for evangelism, amen.
And it says, verse 17, he prayed, "Elisha prayed, 'Lord, I pray open his eyes that he may see.' Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, 'Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.' And God struck all the enemies with blindness". Look, he prayed for the Lord to open the eyes of his servant, and behold, the man saw the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire. So, around the enemies were God's angels. He's the God of the angel armies, amen? They are more with us than with them. Are you listening, people?
I can't tell you how many times in my life when I was a young boy that the devil tried to kill me, more than one time. I remember when I was back home one time, there was a vehicle that came right in front of me, and all sudden I just felt someone pull me back. There are things in my life I can tell you when I was a young boy, that was definitely, not just supernatural, spectacular. And I believe angels are involved. God was preserving and protecting me, amen.
I was born in Singapore, but I was supposed to be taken away from Singapore. I was even offered, when I was a baby, I was a very beautiful baby, okay? I was a very beautiful baby, that's what a lot of people say, my relatives and my mom, of course, my mom. You know, but so much so that a multimillionaire, back then, wanted to buy me for his, as his child. And my parents were desperate at the time. My mother says, "Even I eat dirt, I will not sell him". My father says, "Maybe we can have others, you know"?
In fact, they have one already, my older brother. But today that family is a well-known family. You will hear the name. If I say the name, you will know it immediately, amen. But there's no way I would do what I'm doing today if the Lord didn't preserve me. Little things like that, I believe God is involved, amen. I don't know why I tell you all that, but anyway.
Now, let me ask you a question, all right? Did the angels all wait around and say, "Hey, guys, guys, Elisha is about the pray. Get ready. Go around, go around quick". Do you think that Michael the commander dispatched his angels only after the prayer? "Hey, guys, guys, he's praying. Y'all better be there. Wait, wait, wait". The eyes open and one is there. No, what the young man can see is what the devil is doing. What people can see is what the devil is doing, what is visible. What he can't see is what is invisible. The angels were there long before. He only had to open his eyes to see that they are there already. Are you with me so far?
Do not forget, some of you, you know, you complain when the there's a jam on the road and all that. I want to read to you in closing one interesting story from this book. It's quite a good book. There's a lot testimonies. By the way, the testimony of the Yom Kippur War, the paratrooper is in here, plus many other testimonies. But this lady was from Georgia, and she says this, "Thank you, Pastor Prince, for letting Jesus Christ lead you in teaching the much-needed message of grace. Today I read your daily grace inspiration titled, 'God's Angels Are Watching Over You', and was really encouraged. I recall an incident when my daughter and I were driving to Florida to embark on a cruise. While driving down the highway, we found ourselves behind a big 18-wheeler truck. All of a sudden a vintage-looking car tried to get between our vehicle and the truck. I thought, 'Why are you trying to get in front of me? You have the whole left side of the highway for yourself'".
By the way, their left side is the fast side, okay? Don't think Singaporean now, America. All right, you have the whole left side to yourself.
"Right then I heard a voice inside me saying be quiet, so I let the car squeeze in front of us because the driver was very adamant about getting in between my car and the 18-wheeler truck. Immediately after I let the car in, one tire of the 18-wheeler truck blew. Surprisingly, the vintage car continued to stay in front of me, taking the full impact of all the flying pieces of the exploded tire and blocking and diverting them all away from us. Once there are no more tire pieces coming from the truck, the vintage car returned to the left side of the road and drove off quickly. It then dawned on me that perhaps the driver of this car was an angel of the Lord. I was so encouraged to know that God protects us in these days and times". Amen.
And some of you, someone cut in front of you. Then worst of all, you start showing signs to the angel. Just know this, and there's another testimony here in this same book where a person was complaining because he was, he was like stuck for a few hours in a jam. It was a massive jam. And all sudden he found out later on that the whole jam happened because there was an accident in front of him five seconds away. So, the whole jam was that to stop him, the whole thing's slow, slow, slow before he reached the place, and then God stopped him and began a massive jam, there was an accident.
So, sometimes things happen like that. We complain about delays, red lights. Our God is sovereign, amen. We are disappointed that the one that we love does not love us back, and then we write beautiful poetry, got thrown in our face, amen. We didn't realize that God has somebody wonderful in front of you, amen, God has Lee Min-Ho in front of you. God has Pastor Mark with glasses in front of you. And all the while you want this rascal, amen. And God knew that one day he will break your heart and keep on breaking your heart, but we do not know the future, but God knows. And I believe sometimes, you know, we get our disappointment. God will love you enough to allow you to be disappointed with him now just for your future good because he loves you, amen.
My time is up, and I got so much more to share from this, and I know that you'll be blessed. But let us be encouraged, amen. Let us know what we are sharing is reality, the fact that it's all confirming the signs of the times in these last days. I want to pray first and right now in the name of Jesus. I want to pray for those of you who are fearful and you're afraid that you might be one of them when these things escalate and all that. Let me just tell you this, remember that God has released a new anointing, amen? And God's angels are already here, and they are innumerable. Revelations 5 says, Ten thousand times ten thousands upon thousands upon thousands upon thousands in expression, Hebrew idiom for innumerable.
Friend, there are more with us than with them. I want you to go out every day and use your mouth, use your words, because faith, I believe, and therefore I speak. So, every way you go out there, before you get up in the morning even, pray and say, "God, you are my refuge and my fortress", amen? "I will not be afraid of the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flies by day, nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness". By the way, this is the pestilence that walks in darkness. No one knows where is it, right? But you will not be afraid. You shall not be afraid. You shall not be afraid of the pestilence that walks in darkness, amen?
Now, listen, because you have made the Lord, we're gonna make the Lord our habitation. I'll tell you something, something amazing, that the Lord our God is a God who has gone ahead of us. He knows the way, amen. And you know something? He will protect you, even though you don't have your act all together, if you will just ask him to. God wants to be asked. When Jesus walked on the water, there were many disciples in the boat. Only one of them got to do what Jesus did because he asked, he asked. I said he asked. "Lord, bid me come", and the Lord says come, amen. And there's enough power in the word come to reverse the laws of gravity, amen.
Ask the Lord. Don't listen to your friends. "You know, nowadays, I tell you, what happened to so-and-so, happened to so-and-so? I know so-and-so and so-and-so". Let's not talk about so-and-so, let's talk about the Word of the living God, amen. For one person you talk about, I can talk about another person. I got another testimony here that we received that we don't have time to share, but it's about a brother in our church who is now in Dallas, Texas. And he has, he holds Psalms 91, the card that we gave to our people some years ago. We're trying to make it available for people, and then he has that card and he always quote it. As often as can, he will quote it. He was taking lessons flying, and he says that all of a sudden, I think it was a bird or something like that, that hit his...
I actually have the testimony here but because of time, I'll tell you real quick. It hit the screen, the windscreen broke in pieces. His instructor yelled. Everyone was afraid, but the Lord took over. He felt the Lord's hand took over and fire started spewing out. The plane was... I think it was a plane. It landed safely. They ran out, and the whole vehicle was engulfed in flames. And that boy, I think he's studying there, but he's from our church, and he's attending Grace Revolution Church. And it's the most recent testimony we received, amen. You go online, go to Joseph Prince, all right, my website, and go to the testimonials section.
It's amazing how he was waiting for the doctor outside there. Just read the testimonials. Just read the testimonials. It's amazing how faith is built, just reading the testimonials. Will you do that, amen? We are living in dangerous times, the Bible says perilous times shall come. We are living in those days. We need not be afraid. The blood is on our doorpost. Our children and us, our families safe, amen, and the blood of Jesus is on your doorpost. But perhaps you are here today and you've never made Jesus your personal Savior and Lord, I'd like to give you this opportunity right now. If that is you, pray this prayer with me right now.
Father God, Heavenly Father, I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He died on the cross for my sins. He bore all my judgment, and you raised him from the dead because I was justified in him. Thank you, Father. Jesus Christ is my Lord. In Jesus's name, amen.
Friend, if you prayed that prayer, you are now saved. Your old man is gone. Old things are passed away, all things have become new. You are now a new creation in Christ, and Bible says, "Are angels not ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who are heirs of salvation", amen. You are now an heir of salvation. Angels accompany you. Can I have a good amen? Praise the Lord. Stand to your feet as I rebuke this fear. All right, if you have fear in your heart, just place your hand, all across this place, upon your heart. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of sound mind, doesn't want you to live in fear.
Father, in Jesus's name, I rebuke every spirit of fear that is trying to take root in the lives of these precious people, Lord, that's listening to this Word right now. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, be thou uprooted in the name of Jesus. Come out of their lives in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and be bound from them in the name of Jesus Christ. Father, thank you that your angels surround us, Lord. And this week as we go forth, Lord, I pray, Father, in Jesus's name, that everyone under the sound of my voice will walk in the protection of Psalms 91, there will a thousand fall at our side and ten thousand at our right hand, it will not come near us. Let no evil happen to them. Let no plague come near them and their family, their dwelling.
And Father, I pray in Jesus's name that with long life you satisfy every one of them. Preserve them, protect them, place them all throughout this week at the right place at the right time. And Father, preserve every one of them and keep every one of them and their loved ones from every disease, from the Wuhan coronavirus, and from every danger, harm, tragedy, and all evil. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, this week, your will, which is health, wholeness, peace, prosperity, come into our lives, Lord. Your will be done in our lives, Lord. In Jesus's name, and all the people said? God bless you.
And Father, I pray in Jesus's name that with long life you satisfy every one of them. Preserve them, protect them, place them all throughout this week at the right place at the right time. And Father, preserve every one of them and keep every one of them and their loved ones from every disease, from the Wuhan coronavirus, and from every danger, harm, tragedy, and all evil. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, this week, your will, which is health, wholeness, peace, prosperity, come into our lives, Lord. Your will be done in our lives, Lord. In Jesus's name, and all the people said? God bless you.