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December, 1969 NO B - GP
The Children of God
P.O. Box 31, London WC2E 7LX, England or Box 3141, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936
- PSALM 34 - Relating to an incident where some of the Children of God were arrested by police for merely
witnessing to groups of kids who gathered around them during a Frontier celebration in the Rio Grande valley of
Texas across the border from Mexico.
- MATTHEW 5 - GREAT DIFFERENCE IN MOUNTAIN AND MULTITUDE. MOUNTAIN IS OPPOSITE OF MULTITUDE. Jesus
left the multitude behind. The mountain peaks are never crowded. I climbed many mountains and I was almost
always alone. Why? 1) It's hard work. 2) Not very many people desire to climb mountains. 3) It's lonesome. 4) You
have to forsake your life. [see commentary 1] 5) Lots of scratches and bumps.
- LONG AFTER THE VALLEY WAS IN DARKNESS I COULD STILL SEE THE SUN. THERE IS MORE LIGHT ON THE
MOUNTAIN. The valley is almost always dark- full of people and things, but usually in darkness. The mountain is
windy and cold but thrilling. You really have to have the feeling that it's really worth dying for! - Any mountain - the
mountain of this life, the mountain of accomplishment, the mountain of obstacles, of difficulty - if you're going to
climb them, they have to be worth dying for, to brave wind and cold and storm, symbolic of adversities. But on the
mount alone you feel so close to the Lord! The voice of His Spirit there is so loud it's almost like it's thundering! The
voice of the multitude is so loud in the valley, you can't hear the voice of God. The silence on the mountain peak is
deafening! You get a real "high" on top of a mountain! It's a thrill! It's almost terrifying!
- OF COURSE, IT'S EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. YOU'RE NEVER SO NEAR THE ABYSS AS YOU ARE WHEN YOU'RE ON
THE BRINK! One little misstep will end you right down at the bottom again. You'll hit bottom so hard. Strange thing
about mountain climbing - one reason that it's so dangerous is it's much easier to climb up than back down again.
Once you're up you may never get back - one of the prices you pay for climbing mountains. Most mountain climbers
who were lost were lost in the descent because when you are going up you can see where you're going but when
you're going down you can't see. How many people who go back really see what they are getting into? They think
they're going back to the easy way but they never realise what they're getting into by going back. A terrible
let-down! You have a peculiar feeling like you don't want to leave the mountain. No inspiration in it. There is a
certain drive - almost a spiritual thing going up. You'll risk anything. But going down? - No inspiration, no goal, no
accomplishment. You're just sliding back down into the slough - back into the morass of humanity and mire of the
- ONLY PIONEERS CLIMB MOUNTAINS - people who want to do something that no one ever did before - people who
want to get above the multitude - beyond what has already been done and accomplished. Pioneers must have
Vision - vision to see what no one else can see; Faith - faith to believe things no one else believes: Initiative -
initiative to be the first one to try it; Courage - the guts to see it thru! But on the mountain you are the first to see the
sun rise and the last to see it set! You see the full circle of God's glorious creation! You see the world in its' proper
perspective with range after range to be conquered and a world beyond the horizon to normal men! A world
beyond their vision and beyond their horizon! You see distant peaks yet to be climbed! You see distant valleys yet to
be crossed. You see things that the men in the valleys can never see. - Can't even comprehend because they can't
see it. And you can see the 360 degree circumference of the total horizon - the entire scope! It's like seeing all of life
from its' beginning to its' end and understanding. You feel like you're living in eternity; whereas, down below
they're living in time.
- YOU GET OVER HERE IN THIS LITTLE MULTITUDE AND THIS LITTLE MAKE BELIEVE OF MAMMON AND YOU CAN'T
SEE ANYTHING BUT TIME AND CREATURES OF TIME AND THINGS OF TIME, which are soon to pass away, but you
thrust your head above that of those around you in that multitude and you yourself become a mountain in their
midst and they resent you and they resist you and they fight you because they can't understand you and because
they don't want you. They don't even want to know there are mountains! They don't want their children to hear
there are mountains! They don't want their children to have a breath of fresh air from that crystal peak. That clear
water you drink up there is delicious! But when you appear to be on a mountain while they are in the valley, they
hate you because it's obvious you are above them and they don't want anyone to be above them. They want to
keep you stuck in the mud like the rest of them. They don't want it to be known that there is any place else to go.
They don't even want their children to know there is anything else or any other place to go or a way to get there!
They want to keep them shut in down in the valley and in the mud and in the mire!
- DO YOU REALISE THAT SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL WARS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FOUGHT BETWEEN THE PEOPLE
WHO LIVED IN THE VALLEYS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED ON THE MOUNTAINS? That's history, believe it or not.
There have always been wars between the mountain people and the valley people. The mountain people are
always tougher, huskier, hardier, but fewer. But they always survived, because they always had their mountains to
flee to and the valley people could never follow because the valley people weren't tough and husky enough to
climb, so they would chase them up a little way and let them go. They just wanted to get rid of them. They didn't
want to conquer mountains. They just wanted to get rid of the mountain people. The mountain people were just
thorns in their flesh and pricks in their side. They proved someone could live somewhere other than in the valley.
Something they said was impossible.
- DID YOU KNOW THE ISRAELITES WERE A MOUNTAIN PEOPLE and that ancient secular history viewed the
Israelites as barbaric tribes living in their mountain fortresses making frequent guerilla raids on the valleys? That
was how ancient civilisations looked at ancient Israelites. History is full of examples of mountain people conquering
valley people, but seldom of the valley people conquering the mountain people. But the danger has always been
that when the mountain people had conquered the valley people, they themselves settled down in the valley. So
therefore it is better for mountain people to be at war with the valley people - unending continuous, inflexible war
with the valley, lest the valley get them too. The danger is when you make peace with the valley, when it becomes
safe for you to go down into the valley, the greatest danger is safety and security, because then you lose that
freedom and liberty of the mountain - wild freedom of the wildness of the mountain!
- THE VALLEY LAND IS MAN'S COUNTRY - THE HIGH LANDS ARE GOD'S COUNTRY. Man dominates the valley - only
God dominates the mountain, and the men living on the mountains know this. But men living in the valleys - they
think they are God, because they dominate themselves. Can you see it? But those on the mountains live so close to
God and the things which are so frightening and terrible and dangerous they have to live close to God. The men in
the valleys have become so secure they don't need God because they have forgotten there is any God for they can't
see the sky any longer.
- IT'S A ROUGH AND A RUGGED ROAD, A HARD AND A HEAVY LOAD AND THE PEOPLE YOU MEET AREN'T
ALWAYS KIND - on the way up. But they're even worse down in the valley and in the valley they will do everything
they can to discourage you from climbing the mountain. There aren't many places to live on the mountain - little
rugged shelters, lean-tos. Not much to eat, cold and windy, but it's a thrill even to die there. Better to die on the
mountain than to live in the valley. Because whoever read in the newspaper about the man who slipped and fell on
the mountain even in far off Switzerland - you'll read in the newspapers here! Because at least he dared to try.
- PIONEERS LIKE CALEB, one of the two spies, the only two older men who survived in the wilderness were
Joshua and Caleb. They must have been close to the same age. Joshua conquered a nation, and at 80 years of age
Caleb as good as said, "Let the rest of the weaklings take the valleys" - he was still a fighter and a pioneer. He said,
"I'll take the mountain, I'll take the mountain..." Beaten paths are for beaten men, but mountain peaks are for the
mighty. Mountain peaks are for the mighty pioneers.
- YOU TAKE THE MOUNTAIN AND YOU'LL LEAVE THE MULTITUDES BEHIND AND THEN YOU'LL KNOW WHO THE
DISCIPLES ARE! Only His disciples came unto Him. When He went up into the mountain the only ones who had the
priceless privilege of hearing the world's most famous sermon - the only ones who really heard from heaven that
day were the ones who left the multitudes and too the mountain - the ones who followed Jesus all the way.
- I WONDER HOW MANY TRIED TO GO ALONG WITH THEM FOR A WHILE AND GOT LEFT BY THE WAYSIDE
HUFFING AND PUFFING. I'm quite sure it weeded out all the people who were looking for the loaves and fishes and
"What's in it for me?" because the price was too great: "What's the use of climbing this big mountain with those
crazy nuts: They're fanatics anyway or they wouldn't be climbing this mountain. They're fools. Don't they know it's
never been climbed before? Don't they know you can't do it? Why should we go up there and risk our necks even to
see a miracle or get another fish sandwich? No use wearying ourselves with this mountain! Sit down here and see
if they ever make it back down again. We'll sit down here and twiddle our thumbs and enjoy a nice rest while they
climb the mountain. Wait and see if it can be done first."
- YOU NEVER HEAR ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO WAIT TO SEE IF IT CAN BE DONE. You only hear about the people
who made it. You only hear about the people who either made it or died trying. You never hear about those fancy
tourists down on the fancy ski slope somewhere. You just hear about people who either made it or tried. But when
you make it, the mouth of God will be opened unto you. He'll speak to you face to face. He Himself will teach you
and reveal to you the greatest of His secrets!
- THE GREATEST LAWS EVER GIVEN TO MAN WHEREBY STILL MOST OF THE CIVILISED WORLD IS RULED WERE
GIVEN ALONE TO ONE MAN ON A MOUNTAIN! The basic law that rules the world was given along to one man on a
mountain, and the greatest so -called sermon ever preached was given to a handful of mountain men by the
greatest mountaineer of all, who finally climbed His last mountain - mount Calvary - Golgotha and died alone for the
sins of the world, and that was a mountain that only He could climb for you and me - but He made it!
- SO WHAT DO YOU HEAR ON THE MOUNTAIN? You hear things that are going to echo around the world. What do
you hear in the stillness? Whispers that are going to change the course of history! Eight people came down from
one mountain - Noah and his family from the ark on Mt. Ararat - and they were never the same and the world was
never the same! One man, Moses, came down from a mountain and a whole nation was never the same and they
changed the world! And Jesus and His disciples came down from this mountain and changed the world! They were
never the same.
- WHAT CHANGED THEM THAT CHANGED THE WORLD? - When they heard the voice of God teaching them things
that were completely contrary to what was being said in the valley! In the valley they were saying, "Blessed are the
Romans - the proud, and haughty and powerful. Look what they've done. They've conquered the whole world. It
pays to be a Roman." But Jesus was saying on the Mount, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, (the humble) for theirs is
the kingdom!" Simple little illiterate fishermen were listening to a Carpenter tell them something that would make
them greater rulers than Caesars of Rome! - Rulers of a greater empire than Rome! "Blessed are the poor in spirit."
Poor little old ignorant and unlearned disciples - for theirs is the Kingdom that is going to rule the Universe!
- HOW DARE YOU INTRUDE UPON OUR VALLEY and tell us things said upon the mountain? We have no king but
Caesar! How dare you tell us that there is any other king! Away with you! We have no king but Caesar!" - And when
they crucified them they merely promoted them to the Kingdom of Heaven which will obliterate the valley kingdom.
- "BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED." Blessed to mourn? More blessed to
have problems and sorrows? More blessed to have problems and sorrows? Yes, because you will be comforted. In
the valley they are saying, "More blessed to rejoice and be happy and have a parade. This is our rejoicing. How
dare you come among us with warning! - But you will be comforted and they will be cursed! "Blessed are the meek
for they shall inherit the earth." Those that don't fight back are going to win the greatest battle of all - that for the
whole world! Those who have to go to jail, take it on the chin and be persecuted are the rulers of the next world,
the world to come!
- THE POOR IN SPIRIT ARE A MOUNTAIN PEOPLE. They that mourn dwell on the mountain. The meek are from
the mountains. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled." The people
on the mountain hunger and thirst and only God can satisfy them. The people down in the stinking valley can't see
any further than the end of their nose and are satisfied with themselves and are full - and He sends them empty
away! The merciful are from the mountain. "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy." You never heard
of any St. Bernard dogs in the valley. The most famous dogs in the world are mountain dogs, they rescue and have
mercy on the mountain people. They are the ones that obtain mercy and glory and fame!
- "BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD." There is no condemnation on the mountain.
Melted snow is the purest water in the world, distilled water, completely pure straight from God! "Though your sins
be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool!" Pure in
heart. King David wasn't always pure, but because he loved the Lord and knew what he was and obtained mercy,
God counted it unto righteousness and he was pure in heart. There is no smog on the mountain. The air is pure.
The water is pure. The people are pure in heart. They see God!
- "BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD." Peacemakers with
whom? Make peace with the enemy? Peace with the valley people? Peace with the Devil? Peace with the liars?
Peace with the deceivers? How can you be at peace with them? How can you be at peace with the valley when the
valley refuses to be at peace with you? You come to make peace and preach peace but what happens? They are
for war! You cannot make peace with those who want war! Who then can you make peace with? - Peace with God
and peace with the peacemakers. Peace with those who want peace: and the angels sang, "Peace on earth toward
men of good will." Not good will toward men, but as the Catholic Bible says, "toward men of good will!" How can
you have peace toward evil men and men of evil will? With them it is impossible. No peace to the valley people. -
Just war. Only thing you can do is conquer them. The easiest way to conquer them is to let them rot in their own
iniquity - become weak and lazy, corpulent and fat and sick with their own sin. Then they're no match for the
mountain people! This is history for thousands of years. Mountain people always conquer valley people. Always!
There is never peace between them because they don't even begin to understand each other. But the peacemakers
shall be called the Children of God!
- "BLESSED ARE THEY WHICH ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS SAKE." - They shall come down from the
mountain and offer the peace of the mountain and offer the peace of the mountain to those in the valley and they
are mobbed and jailed and crucified! - But they are blessed! It is more blessed to be mobbed and jailed and
crucified, when you know you're from the mountain, and you have the truth, and you know you're right, than it is to
live a lie in the valley in leisure and security. More blessed? Doesn't seem like it, does it, but you are more blessed
tonight sitting here studying the World of God than is that evil chief of police trying to sleep with his evil conscience
in that town where he arrested you falsely. "Blessed is he that is persecuted for righteousness sake." You are
persecuted because you are right and they cannot stand the right! The valley people have been in darkness so long
the light blinds them and they cannot stand to find out your are right and they have been wrong. They don't want to
- "FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN." We end where we started. The poor are the persecuted, and both
wind up with the Kingdom of Heaven! "Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and shall say all manner of evil
against you falsely." "You are disturbing our false sense of security, disturbing our peace." What you were really
trying to do is give them peace! - Really disturbing their confusion. You were bringing in a peaceable atmosphere in
the midst of confusion. They don't even see things like you do. To them confusion is peace. That's the kind of peace
they understand. It disturbs their peace. They hate for you to come along with real peace because it reveals to them
that they don't have real peace. So they'll lie and deceive and say all manner of evil against you falsely. But
"rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in Heaven!! Not here always. Of course, if you live in the
continual Heaven of His peace and joy you get a lot of that reward right now, don't you? You're already in Heaven
in Spirit. The kingdom of Heaven is within you, so great is that reward of Heaven in your heart, and great is your
reward in the Heaven hereafter.
- "PERSECUTED THEY THE PROPHETS WHICH WERE BEFORE YOU." All my life I read that and it meant, "so
persecuted they the prophets which were before you." What it really means is: "so persecuted they the prophets
which were before you." - Those other prophets like you. A whole lot of difference how you accent things. Other
prophets like yourselves. You, too are prophets. This proves you are prophets. This is a part of your reward because
they persecuted them too. You have attained the ranks of prophets when you receive persecution for your
prophesying and "great is your reward in heaven!"
- "YE ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH, but if the salt have lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for
nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men!" These churchy folks that think they are the salt of the
earth! There was a time in the early days of the early church when they were hunted and hunted and persecuted
and crucified! They were the salt of the earth! But now those mountain men have come down to live in the valley
and they have lost their savour, and now they are going to be trodden underfoot of the men of the mountain!
- THE RUGGED ONES ARE LIVING UP HERE IN THE MOUNTAINS of Mexico - and when the time comes - when they
have a chance - they are going to invade that Rio Grande Valley and all its' rich! All they need is the opportunity and
weapons and guns and signal and leaders. And the mountain men will again conquer the valley, because these
poor persecuted poor up here know more about the real prospect of living through poverty and hunger than the rich
and fat who are drowned in their own luxury and can't see anything but the little road around them! Those rich
down there in the valley are sneering at these up here on the mountain, right now. The valley people are sneering
at the mountain people now but one of these days soon the mountain people will be sneering at them with their
blood and guts under their feet! Trodden under foot. What is going to be your vow? - Like Caleb, "I'll take the
mountain" or would you rather live in lush luxury of the Rio Grande valley with the dead valley people who got as
far as the river and didn't want to go any further?
- MEXICO CITY, 7000 FOOT ELEVATION! - Only the strongest, independent and most powerful of all the tribes of the
Indians of Mexico lived in the mountains! - The Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans - and Mexico City which is in a sense the
conquering state of Mexico, which rules all the rest of the country, is on the mountaintop! The plain people live on
the plain, but the mountain people are mountin' the mountain!
- DID YOU KNOW WHAT NATIONS HAVE STAYED FREE LONGER THAN ANY NATIONS IN THE WORLD - Switzerland
in the top of the Alps, and Afghanistan and Nepal in the top of the Himalayas! Other civilisations have come and
gone and they are still here! They may not be very numerous or powerful or very famous, but they are here! One
reason they are still free is that they don't have much anybody else wants. Nobody wants their mountains but them.
"I'll take the mountain." Ezk. 17.
- POWER AND GREATNESS WERE SYMBOLISED BY MOUNTAINS, never valleys in the Scriptures. "Mountain of the
Lord's house." God's house is a mountain. You are a mountain. He speaks of the Kingdom of God as a mountain that
becomes so great it fills the whole earth! It speaks of Zion as a mountain. "Our of Zion shall go forth the Word of the
Lord." Word of the Lord shall go out from the mountain of the Lord's house. The whole earth shall come and
worship at the mountain of the Lord's house - Zion. Jerusalem is in the top of the mountains, believe it or not. It was
one of the rare mountain cities of the world and the Hebrews were a mountain people. Where are the Phoenicians
today? They were rich and powerful but they lived in the valleys. All those who lived in the valleys are gone, but
those who lived in the mountains live to this day! Are you a mountain man or a valley villain?
- "THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD. I SHALL NOT WANT." (Ps 23:2) Where have you pictured those pastures? I've
always pictured them as mountain meadows with beautiful little crystal mountain pools. "Restoreth my
soul...Leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake." What is His path like? - A narrow and rugged
mountain path! "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death!" - There's death in the valley! Life is
on the mountain! Get out of the valley! - "Flee as a bird to the mountain, ye who are weary of sin!"