Sid Roth - End Times Instructions from Heaven
Sid Roth: Hello. Welcome to my world where it's naturally supernatural. I just so love breathing in the rarified air of Heaven. My guest did it better than most people. You see, he was caught up out of his body unexpectedly to Heaven and he was granted the privilege to see the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob speaking to the Messiah of Israel about the End Times, and you must, I say you must hear what he came back to report. So let me ask you this question. My guest Carlos is a, he was at Benny Hinn's church. You were picked out by him. Tell me real briefly, what happened. You just show up and what happened?
Carlos: First time I attended church there, the ushers, for whatever reason, sit me at the third row, aisle seat, dead center from the platform where he's preaching. And in the middle of his preaching, he stops, points his finger at me, he says, "I don't know who you are, young man, but the call of God is all over your life. The anointing is upon you and from this day forward, usher, when this young man comes into this church building, I want you to make sure he gets a seat up front". That was my introduction to Benny Hinn and to his church.
Sid Roth: And then he starts working on the team, and then he starts his own congregation, and then it's hugely successful, and then everything that's supposed to happen is happening, and he feels that he's arrived. And then he goes to a meeting and a prophet says: "Who here does this city mean anything to"? And he knows it's him. He stands up. And what does this prophet Kim Clement say to you?
Carlos: Well the prophet said that there's somebody here connected to Indiana. And so he goes through a process of elimination. Twelve people raise their hands and he goes, "No, it's not you, not you, not you". When finally I was forced to lift up my hand because he goes, "It's somebody on the right side of the platform". So I raise my hand and the moment I did, he goes, "It's you". And he says, "I want you to take four large steps towards this podium, this platform". And so I did, and as I did he was counting them: 1, 2, 3, 4. Finally when gets to 4 he says, "Stop". And he goes, "Thus saith the Lord. You've taken four major steps in ministry, related to ministry. But the fifth step, the next step will be the biggest step ever you've ever taken. It will take you to places you've dreamed about. It will take you to places of a greater glory, greater manifestation". And so of course, I interpret that in a totally different way to how it turned out. But nonetheless, it was that prophetic word that really almost catapulted me to really seek the Lord in a more sincere way, in a more deeper way, in a more consecrated way.
Sid Roth: So you know what? It says in the Bible that if you draw close to God, He's going to draw close to you. That's what happened to Carlos. Because on May 8, 2005, he's minding his own business, sleeping. What happened?
Carlos: And all of a sudden in the middle of the night, my spirit begins to rise up out of my body. And at first, I was just like hovering, hanging over the bed. I could see my physical body laying there. I could see my wife laying next to me. I thought to myself, what in the world is going on. I thought I passed away. That thought went through my mind.
Sid Roth: I can understand.
Carlos: And then all of a sudden, I feel these two massive arms and I knew it was an angel. And I could see myself. He was cradling me, holding me between his two arms. And the moment I saw that, we began to rise. And I remember looking at the roof and I ducked my head because I thought I was going to hit my head against the roof, and to my surprise, we go right through the roof of the house. And so that's when I thought, oh, Lord, I passed away. And I began to pray for my wife, my kids. So for a brief moment, my mind and my thoughts, my emotions were on earthly matters. And then all of a sudden from one instant to another instant, a moment, my emotions were flooded with this incredible joy, joy I had never felt before because I knew that I was about to go see Jesus, the Son of God. And so I remember just closing my eyes and thinking to myself, I'm ready. And then we shoot through the atmosphere going through the clouds. And then in an instant I find myself in this big open expanse of a place of, for lack of a better word, a large opening, a room. I didn't see any buildings. I didn't see any angels. I didn't see anybody. I just saw, in the natural I'm color blind, so I saw these incredible colors, massive, beautiful colors. And the neat thing about that, Sid, was the colors were actually breathing. There was life, like if it was lungs. It was expanding and inhaling. I could see the colors actually breathe and full of life.
Sid Roth: You know, I had heard reports like this before. Everything is alive in Heaven. I have heard that the grass is even alive. It's like we haven't even experienced life on this dead earth until we have the life of God inside of us. But how would you like to be in a place where everything is alive, no death. I like it.
Carlos: Yes. And so from that room, all of a sudden in an instant I was back into this other room. And in this room, I saw two figures and they were standing at an angle like this, maybe from here to the camera, maybe 10 feet. And then I heard a voice and the voice said: "To you, it's been granted to stand here and listen". Because I immediately recognized it was the Father and the Son. At first, I didn't know who it was, but when I, as I got a little closer, than I heard the voice. I recognized it was Jesus and the Father, and they were having a conversation. And so when I heard the voice it told me, "You've been granted permission to stand here and listen," I remember turning my ear this way to listen to their conversation, and to my surprise, they were talking about the End Times.
Sid Roth: Hold that thought. When we come back, I don't have to tell you to be sure to come back, you will be back. I know that. Don't go away.
Sid Roth: Now how would you like to have been caught up out of your body, go right through the roof of your house as if it wasn't there, escorted by angels into Heaven and be chosen to hear a discussion between God and the Messiah about the End Times. Carlos, tell me one thing you eavesdropped on.
Carlos: I remember hearing clearly that they talked about the difficult hour that lay ahead and how the church would, given the opportunity, to be purged and the opportunity to really experience the greatness of what still lays ahead, the greatest outpouring of the Spirit of God. But clearly, the way the download I was receiving is I heard all that, reminded me very much of the readings that, you know, you do on an annual basis as a regular Christian on the End Times Book of Revelation, the Book of Daniel. So I remember listening to this conversation and I was brought to my memory was all the judgments that are coming based upon the Book of Revelation and also Joel, Book of Daniel. But I received and I felt like this is an hour, an opportunity for the church to be stronger and to understand the importance to be ready and alert. Because my sense is, for the most part, the body of Christ for the most part is not prepared for what is about to take place.
Sid Roth: Okay. Do you think you'll be alive when all this happens?
Carlos: I firmly believe that I will be alive. I believe that my eyes will physically see the coming of the Lord. And when you study church history, those who remain on fire for the Lord, even the Apostle Paul and Peter, they believed in their day, in their hour that they would see the coming of the Messiah, the coming of the Lord. And I feel like the church must understand once again End Time eschatology. We must be students, we must understand the signs, the seasons, the hour that we're living in so that we can live an urgent life. And when we have that understanding of sense of urgency our hearts, our lives, are completely given to the Lord. I feel that there's a greater surrender as a result of understanding the hour that we're living in.
Sid Roth: Okay. But then the most terrifying thing that ever happened to Carlos happened to him in Heaven. What happened?
Carlos: What happened is they went from discussing about the urgency of the hour, they went from discussing about the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the greatest miracles, not all gloom and doom, there's great hope. But then the hope culminates in this incredible manifestation that I believe the Spirit of God is doing right now, and that is this. I heard the Father say to Jesus: "It's time, Son, go get your bride".
Sid Roth: What did that mean to you?
Carlos: At first, I was shocked and stunned. But I had this doubt and this understanding, and revelation that I as part of the Church of Christ, in that moment, I was not prepared and I was not ready to really see him come back. Even though we may have the right confession, we may have the right lingo, we may say the right words, but in reality for the most part, many of us in the church, including myself at that time, I was not ready, was not prepared. And so when those words came out of the Father to the Son, I remember this, it was the most horrible fear. I call it the terror of the Lord, the most horrible fear and terror that I had ever felt. It was like those words rolled out of his mouth like a ball, a ball of fire. And I remember those words just rolling towards me, and I knew it was going to hit my midsection. And when it hit my body, I remember trembling violently and I couldn't contain myself, and I felt that these words, something was going to come out my mouth. I tried to hold myself back and I couldn't. I remember yelling out loud and feeling the condition of my heart when I cried out, "No! We're not ready"! That's what I did. I raised my fists.
Sid Roth: You weren't even thinking this. It came out from your innermost, this man is not ready. What about us? I'll tell you what. He was downloaded from Heaven how to be ready. Now when he says "ready", he doesn't mean repenting of sins. He repented of his sins. He doesn't mean having the Messiah live inside of him. The Messiah lives inside of him. When he said, "I'm not ready," he meant, "I am not prepared to be involved in the next, in the greatest and perhaps the last move of the presence of God, of the mercy of God on Planet Earth". And he was commissioned on what he had to do to be ready and what you have to do to be ready. By the way, I heard something about you. Someone has pain in their neck and their back, and I tell you, in the Messiah of Israel's name, if you have a pain in your neck, move your head. You'll see the pain is gone. Or stand up and bend over, you'll see the pain is gone. And I'm going to be right back and tell you how you will not miss the moment of your visitation.
Sid Roth: The most terrifying words my guest Carlos heard in Heaven is that he was not ready. After thinking about this, pondering and taking time, why were you not ready?
Carlos: So I come out of this encounter and I find myself back in my physical body. I'm on the floor weeping, totally distraught and disturbed by the encounter. And those words haunted me, Sid, for two hours. I lay there weeping, saying, haunted by those words, "No we're not ready, no we're not ready". So I asked the Lord, "Well why am I not ready"? Was I talking about myself, the ministry, my family, the church in general? And after two hours I heard the Holy Spirit say this to me, he said, "Son, if I took you home right now, you are ready to meet me for eternity". And he said this: "But in the condition that your heart is in right now, you are not ready for the next great move of the Holy Spirit".
Sid Roth: But wait a second now. Did you see miracles in your congregation?
Sid Roth: Did you see people coming to know the Messiah?
Sid Roth: Were you growing?
Sid Roth: Did you have financial problems?
Carlos: Not at all.
Sid Roth: And he wasn't ready. And so here's what the Lord began to reveal to my heart. He began to reveal to my heart that I had become a professional minister. In other words, I had become, grown so comfortable in my calling that the ministry was routine. I mean, you can get up behind a platform. And you know, my heart was still for the Lord. Don't get me wrong. I still love the Lord. But in other words, my heart was no longer on the edge, a prophetic edge. And the Holy Spirit began to reveal to me, he said, "Son, you've left your first love". He reminded me of the Church of Ephesus. Remember Revelation 2, where the Spirit of the Lord rebuked the church for leaving her first love. Although they had great ministry, they had great doctrine, great miracles, but they left their first love. And the Spirit of God began to reveal to me, "Son, because you left your first love, therefore, there's a lack of humility". And the lack of humility, which I believe is a major component that we have to have restored in the preachers of America, the preachers of the Western church, the preachers in the Body of Christ, so because the true spirit of humility is a pure dependence upon God where there is no glory for man.
Sid Roth: I like that.
Carlos: There is no glory for the church, a specific local church. There is no glory for the ministry. But He gets all the glory. And the true spirit of humility is that what John the Baptist said: "I must decrease, but he must increase". And so I really believe this is an area that the Spirit of God is honing in on so that the church can understand if we truly are humble, He will exalt this. And there's many that are watching right now by television that the Holy Spirit, I saw earlier the Spirit of God almost like take His hand and turn a spigot and I saw fresh release of affections. I saw a fresh release of love. And those of you that are watching me now, just be sensitive and ask the Lord, say, "Lord, would you please open up the portal of my heart. Open up the portal of my soul," because the Lord wants to download love and affection. He wants you to feel how much He feels about you. And the reason why many of us are stuck, we're not progressive, we don't feel the presence of the Lord or we're not happy, I mean some of the saddest Christians are Christians who are bored, and they're bored because fully realize how God feels about them. And so for those of you that are watching right now, in Jesus' name, receive that fresh turning of the affections of God for your life even right now in Jesus' name. And so I just felt from the Lord that the Spirit of God was asking me to focus on two things: Son, become more dependent on me, seek my face, and the number two, turn to your first love.
Sid Roth: You know what I'm reminded of and I'd like to have your reaction to this, our country is so wonderful. You don't have to believe God to be physically healed. You got to the best doctors in the world. That's what our medical system is. You have money to buy anything you want. You have media, you have Internet, you have TV, you have entertainment, you have sports. You're busy, busy, busy, busy.
Sid Roth: I wrote a book many years ago from a song. The song was, "There Must Be Something More," because I work, eat, sleep, and that's the way it goes.
Sid Roth: Because I work, eat, sleep and that's the way it goes. There must be something more. Carlos, you have started a 7-day a week, 24-hour prayer meeting in Orlando. A lot of people when they hear things like that, they say, I am so glad. You were called to pray. I'm not. I mean, I'll pray my prayers in the morning for a couple of minutes, but that's your thing, not my thing. What would you say to them?
Carlos: I would say to them that the Bible is very, very clear. Every one of us are both kings and priests. And a king minsters to half of the king of all kings. But a priest ministers to the king, to the priests of all priests. So I would say that we must return back to ministering faithfully at the altar.
Sid Roth: Like King David.
Carlos: Like King David. The altar of prayer and the altar of worship. The altar of His presence, to be faithful at that. That's what, you mentioned King David. He was the most successful Jewish king. Why? Because David understood, if I can have the Glory, if I can have the presence, if I can make sure that he's being ministered to, day and night, night and day, I'm assured of the victory my God's presence. And that's the missing link, I believe. We may have great churches, great ministers with the power and the Glory of God. I don't knock that. I'm for that. But we need to see that resort to the individual believer, not just to a service, not just to a conference, not just to a seminar, not just to an outreach. We need to have every believer understand, wait a second, it's not the pastor, it's not just the evangelist. I'm called as an individual to return back to minister to the Lord. And that's what I believe the Lord is saying. Return back to your first love. The greatest commandment is not a suggestion. It's a commandment: Thou shalt the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, soul and strength. And when you look at the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, it's about one thing, Sid. Ready? It's about a wedding.
Sid Roth: A wedding.
Carlos: It's a wedding. In other word...
Sid Roth: To be candid with you, I know what he's saying. But I have never really thought about it. Did you hear what he said, from Genesis to Revelation, it's about a wedding. Explain.
Carlos: History began in Genesis, Chapter 1, 2 and 3 with Adam and Eve. What's that about? Man and woman becoming one. That's a wedding. First miracle of Jesus of his ministry, where? John, Chapter 2 at the wedding of Cana in Galilee. And then one of the greatest apostles, if not the greatest apostle, was Paul, and he has his revelation of the mystery. Do you know about the mystery, the Jew and gentile becoming one. But he takes it further and the Lord reveals to him, this mystery he's talking about is the heart of God, the plan of God having to pass for all of eternity, which is what? God and man becoming one. And he uses the picture of a husband and a wife. He says, "I speak to you a mystery when I'm speaking concerning Christ and the church". And then we Revelation, Chapter 22 in Verse 17, one of the last statements the Spirit of God says about the End Times is this: "And the spirit and the bride, they come". I believe the greatest identity that's about to be released to the Body of Christ, we know what it is to be a child of God, we know what it is to be a son of God and many of us know what it is to be a friend of God. But the greatest revelation and the greatest identity, the most intimate relationship on Earth is that between a man and a woman, a husband and a wife. And the Spirit of God is releasing this revelation that Christ is the bridegroom and the church is the bride.
Sid Roth: You know, I'm reminded of another way. At this particular wedding, the very first miracle the Messiah of Israel demonstrated, he turned water into wine, the wedding at Cana. And this is what his mother Miriam said: "Whatever he says, do it". That's what Carlos is talking about. That's what Carlos heard from Heaven. But you don't what he said if you're not reading His Word. You don't have a revelation of what he said, if you're not praying, you don't know anything if you don't have intimacy with God. If there has ever been a time that you must have your own intimacy with God, someone can't do it for you. You've been lied to. You must have your own intimacy with God. Believe the Messiah of Israel died for your sins. Believe that his blood, the Pasach blood, the Passover blood, washed your sins away. Believe that you are clean and he lives inside of you and is your Lord, and start doing whatever he says. Do it!