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Every Knee Shall Bow

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"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

"But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

"And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:5-11).



HERE may be many people who say they will never bow their knee to  Jesus nor ever confess Him. But they will! You may say that you have seen many people who never bowed their knee and never confessed Christ, and they died without doing it. That makes no difference. They will do it yet. Yes, they will do it yet! We have the Word for it. This is God's Book; and when this Book speaks, it is God speaking. We know that, because God inspired this Book. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God — all of it.


God said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35). This is something we cannot trifle with; this is the two-edged Sword. This is the infallible Word of God that can­not be changed by man nor devils. It will stand when every atheist and unbeliever is in hell. It will still stand, and will still be the truth of God.


Thank God, some of us believe that; and because we believe it, we have received something that comes down from Heaven and gives us the courage to take our stand for the truth and, if need be, to die for it. All the old atheists who went on before — Voltaire, Tom Paine, Ingersoll, and all the rest of them; and Nero who martyred thousands of Christians who stood for the truth — they will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ and bow the knee and confess that He is the Christ. Believe it or not, God's Word is true.


John the Beloved, the brother of James, the man who leaned on Jesus' breast, was persecuted because he stood for the truth. It is reported that they tried to boil him in oil to destroy him, to kill him, but God kept him alive even in that trial. They did not know how to get rid of him so they banished him to the lonely isle of Patmos. But he said, "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice." He turned to see who it was, and he saw the Lord, girded with a golden girdle; and His eyes were as a flame of fire. And John said, "I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" (Revelation 1:10, 17, 18).


Who was that? That was Jesus to whom you will all bow; and you will confess that He is the Christ, whether you want to or not. Thank God, we want to!


John did not say, "I dreamed this thing." He said, "I saw." What did he see?


"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

"And I saw the dead, . . "


He saw all those who had persecuted the Christians of old, those who had slain them by the millions because of their testimony.


"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God."


They are not in the grave. He said he saw them "stand." There is going to be a resurrection, not only for the saints of God, but a thousand years afterward there is going to be another resurrection, and that is the resurrection of the rest of the dead. That is the Word.


"And the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things, which were written in the books, according to their works" (Revelation 20:11, 12).


The Lord keeps books; He keeps every man's record. As soon as a man or woman is born into the world He starts the record; and He keeps a true record of everything they have done from the cradle to the grave -- every deed they have done, and every thought they have thought. His Word is "quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, pierc­ing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. . . . all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do" (Hebrews 4:12, 13). Every thought! You can't think anything but that God knows it. He has a recording machine that never misses — it is never out of gear. It is running night and day.


He judged them out of the Books according to their works, whether they were good or evil.


"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it."


You may ask, "How can that be?" I don't know how it can be, but I know it will be. You may say that the men who went down into the sea were eaten by fish and there was nothing left of them. God has their record and knows all about them.


You might say that about people who were cremated — nothing left of them. But God says they will stand before Him; they will be judged according to their works. Our finite minds cannot grasp that. But the al­mighty God, who made us out of nothing in the first place, understands. He made this whole world out of nothing. There is nothing you can see with your natural eyes that God used to make it with. Therefore, He is an almighty God, and we had better take heed to what He says. We have to face it.


It is better to face it now than in eternity. That is the reason God said, "Now is the day of salvation." In the day when God sends out the truth, that is the time for action. That is the time to bow the knee, to confess Christ, and to get sins forgiven. Then men will escape damnation and get out of this world alive.


"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:

"And they were judged every man according to their works. "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."


We had better make our calling and election sure. There is a way we can do it. That sure way is to bow our knee to Jesus Christ and confess Him and get rid of our sins. There is no other name given under Heaven whereby man can be saved. You can pray to the Virgin Mary until dooms­day, and you will still have your sins with you. You can pray to all the saints who have gone on before — Peter, James and John; you can call upon Moses, or any other righteous man, and pray all day and all night, for months, and you will get nowhere with your sins. But pray one prayer from your heart, with repentance for your sins, crying to God for mercy in the name of Jesus Christ, and you will feel the thrill of your life. You will feel the power of God surge through you, and you will thank God that a change has taken place. You will pass from death unto life, and you will rejoice in the fact that you are a new creature in Christ Jesus. Old things will have passed away, and you will be a new man. And you will do new things, too. You will not go into any more taverns; you will empty the cigarettes out of your pocket; you will put the old pipe in the stove; and you will get rid of your worldly friends and say "Good-by," without shaking hands. And you will start on God's way, and keep your eyes on Jesus. You will make the goal if you do.


Thank God, this is a wonderful way! The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. The weakest person, physically, can be the strongest giant in the Gospel. Many times that is so. I have seen big stal­wart men who were jellyfish when it came to standing for the truth. They folded up with the first temptation that came along. They got into the Slough of Despond, and floundered around in there for days. Then some poor, little, weak man, who has poor health, will stand like a rock against every temptation, with the light of God on his countenance, and faith in his soul. When you come in to pray for him you feel that God is meeting you there. You don't feel as if you are praying for a wooden man. With some people you do feel that way. They have no faith.


I am persuaded they were not all stalwart men and women who went to the stake in the olden days. There were men and women who were probably weak physically, but they were giants spiritually. They would not compromise. They would not pull down. God's standard to save their lives. God says that if you save your life you will lose it, but if you lose your life for His sake you will save it. Let us get that spirit of the martyrs in us that will not only live for the Gospel but will be willing to die for it if necessary.


Some people can stand and watch from afar, like those prophets who watched Elisha follow Elijah (II Kings 2:7). They will be way off when this thing goes up — and it won't go up in smoke, either. It will go up in a cloud, praise God! Thank God, we are going up some day. There is where our treasure is. God says He has some eagle saints. He said, "Wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together" (Matthew 24:28). Jesus is going to leave His mediatorial throne; and when He does, the saints of God will be rejoicing as they lose gravitation and leave this world, and the poor old world will be in distress. For when He leaves the throne, your Intercessor has gone; the Mercy Seat is no more. Men can cry and plead all they want to, but there will be no Mercy Seat; there will be no Intercessor. They will find themselves in the tribulation.


If you want to take your chances in the tribulation, you can; but I tell you, there will not be many who will escape taking the mark of the beast. The world is looking for the superman — the sinners are looking for him. He is the Antichrist. But before his revelation in all its fury, there is going to be a translation of the people who are walking in the light, who believe the truth of God, and are keeping their vessels clean in sanctifi­cation and honor. They are not going around finding fault and criticizing everything, but they have love. They are behind the Gospel one hundred per cent.


We have the greatest thing on earth today — this salvation. Maybe that sounds dogmatic. John was dogmatic when he said: "Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God." He knew where he got his salvation. He knew when he had made his choice and received the victory in his soul. He knew he was of God, for he held the standard. He preached God's truth. He had God's witness in his soul. He said he knew because he had passed from death unto life.


Jesus is going to reign on the earth a thousand years. He is going to revamp it. In Isaiah 9:5, we read:


"For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood."


We saw plenty of that during this past war. There was plenty of blood they were rolling in, too. And there was plenty of noise. But there is another kind of noise:


"But this shall be with burning and fuel of fire."


Our God is a consuming fire. Once He destroyed the world by water, but He hung a rainbow in the heavens and gave that as a token, not only to Noah and his posterity but to all men down through the ages, that He would never again destroy the world with water — but He did say He would destroy it by fire. And because He said it, He will do it. All you may say against it will not change God's Word one iota.


You may say, "If that is the kind of God He is, I don't want to have anything to do with Him." I have heard that many times. People want Him to be a God of love. He is. That is why He sends such messages that give the truth and unsheathe the sword. Because the watchmen see the sword coming, God has put it upon their hearts to warn the people to flee from the wrath to come. We would be very poor representatives of Christ if we just preached "smooth things," and did not warn the people.


Sin is diabolical. God hates it. He hated sin so much that in the very first case of sin He not only drove the people out of the Garden of Eden but He cursed the whole earth — just for that one sin. That is the reason we have all kinds of pests, and bugs, and wars, and race prejudice, and a million other plagues that are on the earth. The curse of God is on the earth! All because one man sinned. That is how terrible sin is.


How are you going to get by if you are a sinner today? The wrath of God is on you. You stop breathing and you will find out. You want to escape. You want to run for your life as Christian did, in Pilgrim's Progress.


Perhaps you don't think you are a sinner. Begin to read the Bible. Anything God condemns is sin. If God puts His finger on anything in your life that is wrong, according to His Word, you had better line up and stop that thing. I have heard people say, "Every time I read that Book it condemns me, so I put it away and don't look at it." As though that would help! If you do that, you are a poor, deluded child of the devil. You have enough condemnation on your life to curse you now. The fact that you put the Bible away and will not read it is enough to damn your soul.


But there is "a fountain filled with Blood, drawn from Immanuel's veins"; and sinners who plunge beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains. "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18). That is the kind of people who are going to live in Heaven.


There is power in the Blood of Jesus. Just one touch of His Blood and your poor, dead, sinful soul will come to life. When you get this thing you will show signs of life. I know I did. I will never forget that night when Jesus saved my soul. I walked down the street, and I was thankful to get rid of that load that had hung on to me for years. I had prayed a long while. You don't get this thing so easily.


I was thinking the other day of a little four-year-old girl who was talking to her uncle and asked if he were saved. He hardly knew what she meant. She said, "Uncle, it is hard to get; but it is easy to lose." You don't get this thing by shaking a preacher's hand; you don't get it by going in the anteroom of the church. You get it by coming clean with God. There can be no holding back. Everything must go. God wants you to make a clean sweep. And if it isn't worth that, keep your sins — and they will take you to hell! That is where you will go. God demands a clean life, or no pro­fession. He will be Lord of all, or He will not consider you at all.


I'm glad for the night I made my choice. I prayed three weeks. I wrestled with God, off and on, night and day. I was sick in body: I knew I was going to die sooner or later — and go to hell, too. I had plenty of sin on my life. I had stolen a lot of things. I had sworn a lot, and lied. I was lying in that old shack, stuck in the mud in the north end of Portland, Oregon. The old crowd was gone who used to call me a "live one" and a "prince" when I would get up to the mahogany bar and say, "Come on, Boys, she comes easy and she goes easy." You know, man makes a fool out of himself — the devil does it. He says it comes easy, but those old calloused hands tell a different story. Get sick and down-and-out and then look for those friends who have been calling you a "live one." You can't find them with a field glass. About that time you begin to wake up. You have gone the wrong route. The whole system is wrong — especially your own. Then you begin to grope around for a way out.


We sing a song sometimes, "Lord, take me back to the faith of my childhood." That is what the Lord did for me. He took me back to the early days in a little mining town in Idaho. There were my mother and five children, all young together — there was not much more than a year between us children. She used to gather us around her knee every night and tell us about God and pray for us.


In my despair I got to thinking about that. Maybe God would hear me! I made up my mind to pray until God did hear me or I died on my knees. I prayed on. Thank God, one night something happened! There was a rift in the clouds, and down into my dead soul came the living power of Christ which transformed my soul and broke every chain and every fet­ter, and took out the old desires, the old bitterness, and put love in there. There was a whole symphony orchestra playing in my heart.


That was 45 years ago. That was long enough to find out whether you have something worth while. I found out, that first night, that it was worth while. It was an anchor to my soul, both steadfast and sure, which holds within the veil, where Christ, the Forerunner of my faith, has al­ready gone.


I don't care who you are, you are no hard case for God. If you have something inside you that is willing to pay the price — not money or lands, nor silver or gold — you will get what God has for you. You may say, "I can't leave my old friends." If you ever find Christ you will find the best Friend the world ever knew — the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. When your so-called friends are all gone and you are alone at night, He is right there to stand back of you. You can commune with Him; you can get in touch with Him; and you can even hear Him say, "I am the Lord God that healeth thee"; "Be still, and know that I am God." That is the kind of God we are serving.


After God saved me that night, I knew I had to go back and straight­en up my life. Restitution goes with this thing. We have the old landmarks down here. They have been restored. That is what the Latter Rain Gospel is doing — putting back the landmarks the devil had removed. People are getting their bearings and know where they stand and what they have to do.


How about it, my friends? This is a wonderful Gospel.

By Rev J. Robbins

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