Kenneth Copeland - The Witness of Miracles, Signs and Wonders
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— Hello, everybody. Welcome once again to the Believer's Voice of Victory Broadcast. I'm Kenneth Copeland. My, hasn't this been a time? What a week.
— And last week, oh.
— But then it just... I love it, don't you?
— I do love it. Amen.
— I love the Word, I love people, I love God, and I love daily television. What a privilege.
— It's an honor. Thank You, Father.
— Thank You, Father. We're just so grateful to You. We receive utterance today by the spirit of the Living God that dwells in us in strength and power. And of course, Lord Jesus, we give You and we ascribe to You and to Your name all the glory, all the glory, all the glory, all the glory. And we praise our Living God. For He always gives us the victory. He always causes us to triumph. He's destroyed death for us that we might live and live through Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of the Living God. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
— Now, we have been talking about all last week and of course the first half of this week that when sin is full, the judgment must come. And we talked about this nation. We experienced judgment on this nation on 9/11, because that's the first time the devil was able to get through to this country since Pearl Harbor. And it was almost identical in casualties. Would have and could have been a lot worse than that had it not been for the intervention of God's grace and tell tailing certain moves and so we won't go into it, and preachers that were preaching on the Word and the blood right up until the day it happened. Anyway.
— Now, let's go to the book of Matthew. What happens on the positive side of this? We found out what happens when sin is full. Now, Jesus, He's actually referring to these things. Now, you can go to the 12th verse. No, I'll tell you what doing. Let's go back up to the sixth verse. "You shall hear of wars," and I'm going to kind of play around with this a little bit, okay? "You shall hear of wars and rumors of wars and bad elections and interference of other countries with your elections. See that you be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet".
— "For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom". That's happening right now in this world. We have nations rising up. They'd give anything in the world to destroy this nation. We're the thorn in their flesh all over the world. And in those nations there are Christian people that hope to God the United States doesn't fall. "Nation shall rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom. There shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in different places". Oh, then there shall be COVID-19 and da, da, da, da, da. "All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they shall deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then many shall be offended". Whoa, no kidding. Many shall be, oh.
— That offended me, brother. I'm not going to let you be on the Twitter anymore.
— Don't offend me. After all. Well, after all, what? I don't know, but just after all. "Many false prophets shall rise and deceive many". We could have a heyday with that. The world's full of them right now. I bet I could name one of them. Anyway.
— We don't have time for that because... You read verse 12.
— "And because iniquity, the twisting of God's way, the truth, from your spirit man shall abound. The love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved".
— So what he's said is sin's going to become full. Yeah, it's coming.
— Paul says it in Timothy. "The last days, perilous times will come". All of it's right there.
— And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached. Are we involved in that?
— Yes, sir.
— What do we do? We seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
— His right way of doing things.
— That's right.
— We go to Him first. No, we don't play around with stuff. First things first. We'd go to Him first. Amen.
— Now, it's not a bunch of rules and regulations.
— No, no.
— It's His right way of doing things.
— It's right way of doing things.
— Well, we talked about it yesterday. It is right for people to rest. God tried to... I command you to do this thing. Rest, rest. Don't work seven days a week. I wish I'd have paid attention to that a long time ago.
— I know, I know.
— That was a bad decision on my part, to just push and drive myself and push and drive myself.
— And let the land rest.
— I mean, be still for at least a day. A good friend of mine, he put it on his schedule. Nothing. Nothing. Today I do nothing.
— That's good.
— And his God buddy called and said, "What do you have scheduled for today"? "Nothing". "Good, let's go play golf". "No, I can't". "Why"?
— Doing nothing.
— "I can't. I've scheduled nothing". Took the guy a little while to wrap around that. He said, "No, I am doing nothing today. I'm going to rest, enjoy my family, and I'm not going to think about anything. I'm just going to rest". Now, listen. "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then the end shall come". So what is a witness to all nations? Miracles, signs and wonders.
— All that stuff.
— Healings and on a network. It took me a while to realize this was a network even after it was a network. I was still a broadcaster. And Jesse Duplantis finally got that over to me at a board meeting. I'd been a broadcaster for so long, starting on the radio.
— Hadn't renewed your mind to it.
— No, I hadn't. And it took a little while. I thought, "Really"?
— But that was the purpose of heaven when He called you to do television, was not just to broadcast but a network that they can't shut down.
— That's right.
— That they can't stop.
— That's right.
— That you can do meetings on. Praise God.
— Praise God.
— See, that's always been God's purpose, gospel kingdom preached into all the world. He did that with Jonah. He said, "Jonah"? Jonah's not saved. I mean, he's righteous, but he's not born again. Jesus hadn't come. Not filled with the spirit. He's a prophet, but He sends him to Nineveh. Jonah doesn't want to go. "I don't want to go there. We don't want them saved. We don't like those guys". And he goes anyway. You know the whole story of what happens. He goes anyway and guess what happens. They get saved. They repent of what they're doing and they change. A little bit later, they slip right back into that trap, that wickedness, that iniquity happens in Nineveh again. So he sends Nahum this time. Nahum goes. He learned from Jonah, "I'm going to go". And he goes, and guess what happens. They won't listen to him and Nineveh is no more. And so that's what we're commanded to do. Go with the full authority and power of the name and the blood of Jesus. Heal the sick, cast out devils. I didn't say pray for the sick. Jesus told us to heal the sick. Go do that all in His name in this time period. That's what we do and that's what you have to know to do. Now, they were all the time fighting against that. I read a little bit of the... Last time I was in Israel, I was looking at the Qumran scrolls and what they found. Magnificent. What they found was the complete book of Isaiah. Of all the books for you to find complete, for Isaiah to be the one.
— A great book.
— 66 chapters. It's a mini Bible. It talks about the Messiah in there, all these different things. But in the writings, there's some of the writings that aren't sacred writings. But it gives you some insight of what it was like in Jesus' day because it's around the same time period. The Qumran writings, the Essenes, they're Jewish. They write about the Pharisees in Jerusalem. And here's what they say concerning the righteousness of the Pharisee. "They are seekers of smooth things". In other words, they don't want any strife, they don't want any trouble, they don't want any... They want everything to go well, they want to look nice. Here's what they said. "They've loosed the Word. They have relaxed the Word with tradition". And so this is the setting that Jesus is in and this is why His disciples... Can I show you Luke chapter 9?
— Oh, man.
— Luke. Matthew, Mark, Luke chapter 9, and then maybe tomorrow we'll show you how Jesus operated in this calling in a corrupt environment. Luke chapter 9, go to verse 49 if you would. "And John answered and said, 'Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name and we forbade him because he followeth not us.'" He's not in our camp, but he's doing what he's been called to do. "Jesus said unto him, 'Forbid him not. For he that is not against us is for us.' And it came to pass when the time had come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem". Jesus is determined now to go to Jerusalem to die. "And sent messengers before his face, and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. They did not receive him because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, 'Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, just like Elias did?'" They're ready to call fire down on these people that wouldn't receive Jesus. "But he turned, and rebuked them, and said," and if you've never had a Jesus rebuke, because I have.
— You don't soon forget it.
— You won't forget it. It's loving, but you get it. There's no ambiguity. "He turned, and rebuked them, and said, 'You know not what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village".
— Well, the problem here was in verse 52. They planned this, He didn't.
— Oh, I never saw that.
— That was their planning.
— I never saw that.
— He didn't plan that. He wasn't going there in the first place.
— That's right.
— He's just passing through the country. He's headed to one spot.
— To Jerusalem.
— They planned it, He didn't. Then they got upset because their plans didn't work.
— And they want to call fire down on people that wouldn't receive Him. In all of this iniquity that's going on in the world, we don't deny that it exists. We deny its right to mess with us because we're covenant. I don't deny that COVID is real, but I deny its right to be in my house or in my body.
— I respect it as a disease.
— Oh, sure.
— But I resist it with the blood, the Word, the name.
— And I curse it.
— And the covenant.
— Absolutely. And we curse it.
— In which I live.
— Now, my fight is not with other people that aren't there. I can't call down fire on Dr. Fauci or anybody else because here's what Jesus would say to you, members of the church. "You know not what spirit you're of, because this is not my plan. I didn't want to do that with Nineveh. I didn't want to do that with Noah. I didn't want to do any of this. But this is what's required because of that cup of iniquity is filling". And so you need to know the time and the season that we live in. We live in a time and a season where Jesus Christ went about doing good and healing all, that were oppressed of the devil. Here's a guy that's casting out devils in His name. He's doing it right. It's somebody that knows about him. And they said, "You can't do that. You're not part of our group. You're not part of our church. You're not one of the ones that travels with us". Well, Jesus didn't care about that. The ministry was being done. And we cannot do this any longer. Brother Copeland, you said it in a word, in a prophecy about camps. It's time for the different streams to come together. Now, you know the assignment God gave this ministry. Faith, which has to be. But it has to be combined with the other streams for the full body of Christ. It's time that the Earth groans to see the sons of God.
— What if the Lord said to you, "Go teach my people praise". That's what He said to Phil Driscoll. Now, Phil Driscoll knows and teaches the Word of Faith. I mean, just as good as I do or anybody else. But God told him, "You go teach my people praise and its power". Well, the same thing, then, is true of Michael Koulianos and Benny Hinn and Todd White, and they mighty. I mean, powerful men and women of God, and they hunger for the Word of Faith. Well, I hunger to know the glory like they know the glory. So, we have to get together and spend time together. Amen.
— Yeah, we can't be divided any longer with iniquity becoming full. With iniquity becoming full is now more than ever. Jesus will say this, "As you see the day approach, forsake not the assembling of yourselves together as the manner of some". Now, the government's tried to keep you from forsaking but you've got the Internet and the television. They can be part of faith, right?
— That's true.
— We'll have victory right now.
— And you'll remember last year when Bill Johnson came to Southwest.
— Oh, yea.
— That's the first time Bill Johnson had... Now, when I spent a long time one afternoon visiting with Bill Johnson. The man knows the Word of Faith, but God called him over to pastor, and his field is in the glory and honor of God. And Greg, he did one small thing, and that's what he did.
— That's it right there.
— They affected my life. He pulled his pocket square out of his jacket and he said, talking about when the Holy Spirit came on Jesus. He said, "The dove is a finicky little bird". And he put that handkerchief right there. And he said, "I must," I'm putting words in his mouth. I'm saying it the way it affected me. I put it in my own vernacular. "I must walk softly. I must stay in love. I can't speak out against. The bird will leave. Oh, no. Oh, the precious spirit of the Living God is dwelling on the inside of me and I refuse to grieve Him with anger and strife and ugliness. No, the precious". That creates tears. That affected my whole life in one message from a man that had never preached before in this ministry. Now, had I been, "Well, he doesn't preach the Word of Faith. No, I don't want him over here. No, no, no, no". That one message affected my whole life.
— Let me take that analogy right there back to Genesis 15 we talked about last week and this week, when he had him get all of the parts of the animals together, divided them in the midst.
— Let me get over there. Oh, let me get over there.
— The first tip.
— Wait, wait, hush.
— Okay, continue, sir.
— When they're making covenant, he says, "God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it"? Lord, how? Show me how. How can this be? "He said unto him, 'Take me a heifer.'" Look at that. "Take me a heifer of three years old, a she goat of three years old".
— Not a heifer. Take for me.
— For me. Bring it to me. "And a she goat of three years and a ram of three years old, and a turtle dove and a young pigeon". The dove. "And he took them, all these, and divided them in the midst and laid each piece one against the other. But the birds he divided not". You cannot divide the Holy Spirit.
— No, you can't.
— And say, "He's not in that group, but he's in this group". And it goes back to this not knowing what spirit you're of. It is not our assignment. The timing is not right, church of God, for us to be calling down fire on the Democrats or Nancy Pelosi.
— Or anybody else.
— Or anybody else. That's not us. Jesus closed the book, remember that? He said, "The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me," to do what?
— Heal. Recover sight to the blind, acceptable year of the Lord. He closed the book. Paraphrasing all these things here together. And He stopped at judgment.
— Yes, He did. He cut it off right there. This goes back to the 61st chapter of Isaiah and that's where it stops.
— That's what's next. Next is the day of vengeance of our Lord, judgment. But He stopped. You don't do that in the synagogue, Brother Copeland. You don't read one verse and keep going. He went... You don't stop because you broke the Word of God. You omitted something. When you read the 23rd Psalm, you put a psalm of David, and then you begin, the Lord is my shepherd. You don't leave anything out. And this is why all the eyes in the place were fastened on Him. They're like, "Why did He stop"? Because He's talking about himself. He will judge the nations, but you and I aren't part of that, and the timing's wrong. And we've got to stay in the timing. You know this, about the timing of a service, that the anointing is there but I can't waste the anointing on this. I need to get the timing of God, when He's moving and what He's doing, because it's His heifer. It's His pieces. Once he brought them out and killed them, they belonged to God at that point. The blood had been spilled. The offering is done.
— It was His the moment he brought them out.
— That's exactly right.
— They were His.
— It's the offering, and you can't divide that. And he said, "This guy, he's this"...
— Now Greg, look, think about this. I've seen this. Now, this goes back years ago. But I had seen incidences of this. "Did you see, do you have any idea what that pastor is spending my tithe for"?
— Oh, my.
— That's blasphemous.
— It's not yours now.
— No, that's God's, not yours. "I saw that kid of his downtown with a great big ice cream cone in his mouth. And that pastor had a brand new suit he'd bought with my tithe". And I wish you'd get out of my church, too.
— Yeah, you're not rightly dividing the body.
— You're not.
— And that's communion.
— Listen, it'll bring a curse on that person, and if the pastor doesn't do something about it, it'll curse that congregation.
— So we've got to stop trying to call down fire on people that are in iniquity.
— Because, and you would hear it like this. "Now, Brother Greg, you know I love pastor". I don't want to hear the rest of it.
— No, you started it off wrong.
— I don't want to hear the rest of it.
— That's the evil tongue.
— It is.
— The evil tongue is saying what's true in a way that would harm. That's what the Word talks about. I heard this before we started this week of taping. I heard this for the Lord say to me, "I never called a sinner bad".
— Oh, that's good. And we're out of time.
— We're out of time.
— That's a good place to end it. We never call a sinner bad. It's just a person like you that needs Jesus.
— That's it.