DR. NORRIS: May I invite your attention to two selections of
scripture, first to II Thessalonians,
second chapter. If I needed any proof to convince me that the Bible is true it would fulfilled
prophecy. Well has it been said, and it is true, that prophecy is history written ahead of time.
invite your attention to II Thessalonians, the second chapter:
"Let no man deceive you by any means :"—we are warned again and again not to be deceived.
Three weeks ago the president of the United States said we were going to have peace.
How many of
you read that? (Amen.) That shows how little he knows about it. Dean Acheson said we were going
to have peace.
"For that day shall not come except there come a falling
away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the
son of perdition:" That's two names he's called.
"Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is
called God, or that is worshipped; so that he
as God sitteth in the temple of God. strewing himself that he is God.
"Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told
you these things?
"and now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time." That's the Holy Spirit.
"For the mystery of iniquity
doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
And then shall that Wicked"—that's the third term he
is called "that Wicked be revealed, whom the
Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the
brightness of his coming.
"Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders.
"And with all deceivableness in them that perish; because
they received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved.
"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that because they received not the love of the
truth, that they might be saved.
"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
"That they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
May I read to you the oft referred to chapter and so little understood, Revelation, the 6th chapter.
By the way, we are going to start in and go through the book of Revelation in our Sunday School in
a very short time.
I wish I knew how to read the 6th chapter so that it would impress itself upon your mind. I shall read
the entire chapter —it shall be my message tonight, and I could wish that you would just quietly file
away with these words ringing in your souls. An old preacher nearly a hundred years old wrote this
chapter, the beloved John. He was banished from the main land by the Emperor Dominitian one of
the cruelest persecutors of all time, sent into the little barren island of Patmos— not much earthly
reward to send an old preacher to that island —but God gave him a great reward, for the first day
he was there Jesus came and spent the day with him on the first day of the week, and gave him a
revelation of all times—a strange language, a striking language of judgment—"and I saw." You will find
that expression several tines in this book, "And I saw "
"And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it
were, the noise of thunder,"
wherever you find the words thunder and lightening it means judgement—"one of the four beasts
saying, Come and see. " That expression will occur again.
"And I saw, and behold a white horse:" —we have another white horse in the 19th chapter that is
entirely different— "and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he
forth conquering, and to conquer." He was a warrior.
"And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast says Come and see.
"And there went out another horse that was red:" "And there went out another horse that was red:
and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill
one another and there was given him a great sword.
"And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And behold,
and lo a black
horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand." Weights, measures, regimentation.
"And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny. and three
measures of barley for a penny;" —wheat is $8.00 a bushel— "and see that thou hurt not the oil and
Those are the three natural colors, the white horse, the red horse, the black horse. Now here is an
"And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
"And I looked, and behold a pale horse:" —it s a sickly,
greenish color, unnatural —" and his name that sat on him was Death, and
Hell followed him. And
power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and
with the beasts of the earth." That would be five or six hundred million people.
"And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the
word of God," —great persecutions—" and for the testimony which they held:
"And they cried with a loud voice saying,
How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and
avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
"And white robes were given unto every one of them; and was said unto them, that they should rest
for a little season until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should he
killed as they were,
should be fulfilled.
"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun
became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood:
"And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig
tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is
shaken of a mighty wind.
"And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain, and island were
moved out of their places.
"And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every
bondsman, and every free man," — that includes every human being— "hid themselves in the dens and
in the rocks of the mountains;
"And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide
us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
"For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
I say, I wish we could file out and those words should fasten themselves in our souls. Let
while we pray — let every eye be closed and every heart be subdued:
"O, Lord, our Lord, Thou who art from everlasting to everlasting, who laid the foundations of the
everlasting hills, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Judge of all men, Thou knowest this
hour, Thou knew it in creation's morning as thoroughly as now. We are confused, the wisdom of man
is turned to foolishness, statesmanship is empty, governments have failed. Here we are in the third
world war in this generation—it is prophesied in Thy book, and false prophets have gone around and
cried peace and those in authority have said we will have peace. O. Lord, forgive us for our
iniquities, for our ignorance. May our hearts be stirred tonight that we shall pray, that we shall turn to
the living God and give Him first place in our homes and in our hearts and in our lives. God be
merciful to our boys, millions of them now going to death, they have no choice. The battle will be
around the world. Get for Thyself great glory; hasten Thy coming, O. Lord, how long, how long,
how long, holy and true, and this hour shall end when we shall look on His face?
Help every one
tonight that knows Thee not, to repent, right now, for Christ's sake, Amen. "
I want to talk to you tonight, heart to heart and face to face. I don't want to say I told you so — I
have little use for anybody, preacher or layman, who says, well, I told you so. That's no good.
Thirty-six years ago I preached on this chapter. You don't want to believe it but I'm going to say it
tonight. You are going away from here, I won't say disbelieving, but you won't accept it. We have
many preachers today like Jeremiah who tried and said they will come and say "peace, peace, when
there is no peace."
I verily believe that we are in the last days without any question. I want to read with you tonight. My
theme tonight is "The Four Horsemen Are Riding Fast "—not the four horsemen but "They Are
Riding Fast. "
One of the best men we have in this church came to me this morning and said "If war comes." I said, "Shut up:" Talking about something he wanted to do. I
said, " You won't do it." In sixty days everybody will be thinking about something else—look how
you are thinking about something different than you were two weeks ago.
This isn't a war in Korea—this is a world war. Why, awhile ago a young man asked me if I thought
there was any word of settlement. No. We have been betrayed. We have been betrayed by our
own government. (Amen.) Oh, the Republicans and Democrats are rushing over each other now and
her- are voting for everything MacArthur asks—MacArthur is the only man in the crowd that's got any sense. (Amen.) He tried to warn the people of this
of this hour. Didn't He? (Amen.) They didn't understand and now they are running over each other to
do what he wants done.
We may lose Korea—it's going to be a bitter battle. But
it won't end with Korea, it will involve all
China. One million or more Reds are well prepared in China.
Now, here's something you hadn't thought about. This is a war of the have-nots with the haves. May I
explain that. The have-nots are in the majority overwhelmingly. Ninety- nine and nine-tenths of the people of China
belong to the have-nots, and that proportion holds—maybe not quite that much —around the world.
If it wouldn't be against the law and we wouldn't get caught I could get ten thousand men to hang
every banker in Fort Worth tonight. The only reason they don't do it is the
police. They would hang all
the musicians before daylight — all the lawyers, and doctors, and, of course, preachers would
So, that is the strength of the Communist crowd. Talk
about an organization — they don't have to
have one, it's from the ground up.
You see the other day how South Korea just threw down
arms and quit fighting. You see how China just threw down arms — we sent millions of arms over there and the
Russians are using them.
Now, I'm no prophet, I don't claim to know more than
anybody else, I've observed a few things; I've
traveled a little bit. I have a ticket now to Geneva and Palestine. I don't know whether I'll go or not,
it's a month off, but I want to come back. Of course, it's not any nearer to heaven from this country than it is there but I would rather go from here than to go frown there. (Laughter.) I have more
acquaintances over here. I have a lot out here in Greenwood—I hope not to use that and I may not.
A lawyer friend of mine said, "Norris, don't it bother you to think about
being put under the
ground, six feet down there where it's dark?" "No, I'm not going to be put
under the ground." "Going to be buried above the ground?'' "No." "Going to be cremated?" "No."
"Well, I don't
understand." I said, "I'm not going to be buried below the ground, above the ground, cremated—I don't care what they do with this old house, it's given me enough trouble and the
can have it when I get through with it." He said, "You know, I would give everything I've got if I
could believe that." I said, "Give it and I'll show you how to do it." He's not going to do it.
(Laughter.) Just like the rich young ruler when he came to Jesus, "Go and sell all you have and feed
the poor." He's not going to do it. That is back of this war right now. (Amen.)
It's the strangest situation the world has ever seen. We are
coming now when the government will fix
everything you eat, price, buy, wear. I told my wife—we live out fifteen miles—we better move
into town because we are not going to have any gasoline to make this trip, it's too hard on you to
walk and I don't want to do it. (Laughter.)
You talk about regimentation, dictation by the government, you
have never seen any such dictation as
we are going to have now.
You are planning certain things — you better do it in a hurry.
They are going to draft the boys from 18 to 25 — mark my prediction, it won't be long until it will
be from 26 to 35. They are going to ask for single men — look out, they'll
ask for married men. They ask for fathers.
Now, here's what I look for. Russia has an army that nobody knows — maybe ten millions maybe
more and they are well equipped. Russia will strike for the West or through the Near East. Russia is
going to have that oil in Arabia and of Iran and Iraq. The biggest lot of refineries in the world are
yonder at Haifa — I've seen them. Half a dozen of our big American oil Companies have refineries
there. Russia is going to get them.
We have spent a billion dollars to arm Turkey — Turkey
has gone over to Russia. You didn't know that, did you? There is where delusion has been. There is
where we have been deceived. They had an election in Turkey a few weeks ago and
they elected a
Soviet as Prime Minister of Turkey. You didn't know that, did you? So, the big shipments of arms
that we have sent to Turkey will be turned against us.
They will go through Iran—nothing but a desert and an
They will go through Iraq which is old Mesopotamia.
They will go to Arabia, the greatest oil field in the world.
Now, I'll make an astounding statement, they will make
an alliance with the Jews. The Jews will make
an alliance with them. I'm going to meet all the Jews tonight — I'm going to a meeting or celebration
and they wanted me to come. I'm a friend of the Jews.
The Jews will have no choice. If a man came here with
a machine gun and told all of you to stand up you should stand up — you would have no
choice — you wouldn't argue against it.
It is prophesied that there would be a
power that would make an alliance with the Jews and the Jews make one with them and then they'll break it.
The whole world is rapidly gathering around Palestine.
There's where the final battle will take place.
I have the base ball park out here for the
10th night of September when I return. I'll announce now my
theme and I wont change it, "The Battle of Armageddon." I want to show
you how the whole world is
rapidly gathering toward that battle of the ages.
Who, you say, Mr. Norris, does that mean that all we have,
our skyscrapers and our inventions?
That don't matter no more than paper.
This civilization is weighed in the balance.
I spent a day in the ruins of ancient Babylon, my wife and I sat on the cornerstone of Belshazzar's
banquet hall— it covers about two blocks of our city measure. I read for the
first time in my life the
book of Daniel—I thought I had read it before.
Belshazzar made a feast for a thousand of his lords and
their wives and their concubines. They
worshipped the gods of gold, of silver, of brass and iron and wood and stone. And
suddenly as the king
appeared upon the scene in that three months' celebration, he walked across the ivory floor, walked up and sat down on that throne of
gold, picked up the scepter of the world's greatest empire, lifted the goblet that had been stolen from
the temple by Nebuchadnezzar his father.
Suddenly, without any sound, without any notice, the tips of the fingers of a hand moved on the wall
over the candle sticks so that it could be seen.
He dropped that golden scepter on the ivory floor, that goblet fell from his trembling hand. I think he
was the only one that saw it. He screamed, he cried, bring in the wise men, bring in the soothsayers,
the Chaldeans, the magicians. They came and stood before the king and they were speechless.
He pointed his trembling hand and said look at those words — those fingers were still there.
Not a man of the wise men of Babylon could explain it.
His queen appeared on the scene. She said, "There is a man." Put it down that God always has His
man when that hour comes.
They woke Daniel up, put on the coat of power and came into that presence — the most magnificent
hour in the history of the empire. He was not afraid.
Belshazzar said, tell me what that writing means and I'll put a gold chain around your neck and you will be next to me in power.
Daniel said, Let your gifts be to another. And then he turned and preached a sermon on sin and
repentance to Belshazzar while the guilty king hung his guilty head on his breast and didn't say a
Now, he said, as for that writing, it means that you are finished, your kingdom is weighed, it is
numbered, it is divided, and that chapter closes with these tragic words, "And that night Belshazzar,
king of the Chaldeans, was slain."
Cyrus the Great, with his armies within, yonder at the gates of Babylon, already had ditched the
Euphrates River and they walked through on the sands of the bed and captured the city. That's a
matter of history — you don't have to read the Bible to find that.
As I sat there and read that word "weighed in the balances"—that was the year 1939. War had just
been declared between Germany and England, war was on between China and Japan—was behind
us, war in front of us. My heart was heavy. I saw that the handwriting of God was over the walls
of time, writing over Russia, writing over Germany, writing over France, writing over England and
writing over America.
Some of you heard me when I returned. They sent me a
cablegram — I was on the Pacific — wanting me to speak to all the business men here, and I did. I said,
"It won't be long." That was the first day of October. I said, "All automobiles
will increase a hundred
dollars. If you've got a filling station you won't need it for you won't have enough gas to run it." The
government will take over every oil well—Sid Richardson, the richest oil man in Texas, he won't be worth
any more than I am. You won't have but a few railroad trains running —
we've got four or five fine trains from St. Louis,
three of them will be taken off. You won't have any more strikes — the government will take over everybody. You want
sugar and butter — you'll do without either in just a little bit. You better
half sole those old shoes because
you won't get another pair. You say, "Look here, preacher, you are scaring me." No, I'm
just talking about facts.
I'm like the young doctor who went into the hospital to
operate on a lady and he said, "Lady, I don't want
to alarm you but you are scared and I am too." She said, "Well, this is my
first operation," and he said, "You haven't got anything on me, this is my first one too."
You know, here is the thing friends. We have been so
drunk -- I had a drunk man that came to me this morning and
he poured out, I forget, how many gallons of liquor he had, on the Fourth of July, had his wife
do it — we have been drunk. Bank deposits are higher than they have ever been —
your bank deposits will all be frozen soon. You go down and try to draw them out and you'll find you can't do it. Don't
look at me that way — it won't bother me.
We'll have ten million men in uniform. This air
base out here will be five times as big as it is now. Fort Worth will be
one of the the main objectives of the atomic
bombs. We appropriated money to build a radar to keep them out — haven't got
the radar built yet. Why? We have traitors in Washington to keep these things from being done.
We have appropriated money to arm Korea — didn't have
enough over there for one battalion. Where did it go?
We spent two billion dollars for China — the Communists
got it all. Just like the billion dollars we sent to Turkey — those guns will be turned upon us.
There is nothing that can keep the Russian army from going to Iran and Iraq and Turkey.
They will have that land, the land of Palestine. I may be mistaken. I'll he glad to say I was mistaken a
year from now, two years from now, if we are here. You say, "What do you want to go for?" Well,
I'm going some day—we'll all go who are ready to that land. I pray you to be ready.
You say, hurry up Mr. Norris and tell us
what can we do. I'll tell you before I get through. There is
something we can do.
We are going to have an election in this state — nobody cares anything about it.
I want to emphasize that in sixty days you'll
be thinking about something else. They are gradually
trying to get the people used to what is going to happen. They know we are into it.
You notice how the Republicans and Democrats have got together?
Now, when they get together,
there must be some hope for the rest of the folks. You know who is running this country now?
Douglas MacArthur., United Nations voted twice to give him authority.
You notice the other day where Truman said he was going to do something for MacArthur and
MacArthur had already done it and Truman hadn't found it out. (laughter.) He is the supreme commander
of all the allied forces! air, navy and army, and I think one of the greatest military men of all times.
(Amen.) He did more on less the last war because Roosevelt didn't want to help. Now, some of
good devotees of Roosevelt don't like that and I don't care. Roosevelt is largely to blame for this
condition that we are now facing. (Applause.)
I see where our top authority in Congress will be here tomorrow.
He said we haven't got but two
thousand planes ready for fighting — two thousand! Russia has thirteen.
I'm going to make another statement — this is just purely a venture — I
do not believe that Hitler is dead. I think that at the
proper time he will show up in the Russian armies. He will sound a call and (Germany will unite and
lead Russia. That's just purely a speculative opinion of mine. He had more sense than I've got and if I
had all the airplanes and submarines he had I would have gotten out of there when I saw what was
Now, don't speculate any more. When Russia starts in
the West they will go to the English Channel.
You know what France will do? They will surrender when they send them word — they are not going to
have Paris wiped out with an atomic bomb, they won't do it They didn't do it
when Hitler sent them
word — either surrender or I'll blow you off and they said come on and
We have spent twenty or twenty-five
billion dollars in Western Europe. We have been sending
arms over there — Russia will use them. They have these rocket bombs now that
they can shoot
three hundred and five hundred miles, so they won't have to cross the English Channel.
They will take England and when they do they
will demand that fleet and turn it on us.
America will he standing alone.
We won't have a friend in the world. An old fat man, very wealthy.
Democracies are at an
end. Only dictatorships now can
Russia has a smart set of men there in the
Kremlin and don't you forget it. When they issue on order
and it is not carried out somebody is shot pronto. They have fifteen or twenty million people in slave
camps starving to death. They get what then want.
It's the spirit of hell that is turned loose in the world. Just like in the 12th chapter
where Satan spears
out a flood.
You've got hate against somebody, you ought to get over
When the floods were climbing over the mountains in
Noah's time until they covered the topmost peak,
fifteen cubits, just a few people left—then didn't brain each other. The wild beasts didn't devour
each other. They knew that death was on.
I walked down death row at Huntsville last
year — I didn't want to go down there. I think there
are eleven cells. Nine of those cells had men in them condemned to die. They
walk through the little iron
door to that chair. Nobody is allowed to go in there unless it is an official,
but the superintendent told
me I could go through and I went through.
Those nine men that were in those death cells, they
were not fighting each other—they couldn't in the
first place, and they didn't have any desire to, they knew death was in them.
I think all nine of those men have gone except probably
Back behind yonder is a man who has a lever in his hand who is not seen.
He is given a signal, fellow;
strapped in that oak chair, electrodes around his right leg. shaved on top of his head and one is on
his head — all that fellow has to do is give him the signal and he pulls that switch. He pulled it three
times. Nobody ever comes out of it alive. They are very ceremonious about it, it is done according
So, my friends, your boys will leave home soon. I asked the crowd this morning, "How many of you
have draftees from 18 to 26? and I'll put it now, tonight, from 18 to 35, for that will be the age.
How many of you have a boy, nephew grandson or relation of yours that are in the ages from 18 to
Hold up your hands, please. Hold them up. I wish you would stand to your feet, will you? Remain
standing just a minute. You'll go to church when they leave.
A very dear friend of mine had one boy, he worshiped this boy. This boy had a special horse and
when this boy left home this horse knew that his young master was gone. He was
killed in battle.
Horses have a peculiar intuition. His father said, I would go in the stall and that horse would lay his head
on my shoulder. There hung his saddle and bridle. I said Nobody will ever ride this horse, I'll take
care of him. That horse would follow me, he said, around the lot and ask me, Where is my young
I walked through Normandy graveyards — three of them. Fifty thousand of our boys are buried
there. Because Joe Stalin persuaded Churchill and Roosevelt to circle, not to go through the
underbelly of Europe, but to go through the Western front, he didn't want them to touch Russia.
Anybody that doesn't see that couldn't read a blue-backed spelling book. And our politicians were in
favor of it, they sold us out.
I saw those fifty thousand graves, beautifully kept, if a graveyard can be beautiful — the grass was
green, the flowers were beautiful. The Government has a floral shop there to give mothers and
friends all the flowers they wanted. That couldn't bring back their boys.
I saw two mothers way out yonder, and a sergeant, as they walked down the lines. After while I saw
this sergeant point, I saw one of these mothers, dressed in black, saw her take an armful of flowers
and kneel down by his grave and kiss them and lay them down. Then he walked over and
pointed to another place. I said, Great heavens, those mothers didn't bring those boys into the world
to be buried here.
They are buried in every island of the sea, the country is full of wounded men now, haven't got
Now we are going to have a greater war. These last two wars were just skirmishes compared to
what we are going to have. They now tell us that the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima
and Nagasaki were just firecrackers compared to what they can do now. The head of the
Department of Physics of Pennsylvania University came out last year, you didn't pay any attention to
it—he said now the hydrogen bomb can destroy forty million people in a few seconds time, dropping
yonder in the eastern regions, large population, like in New York and Boston, Baltimore and
Washington, forty million people's lives would be snuffed out. You say, What can we do. I'll tell you
before I get through.
Here these four horses represent
war, famine, pestilence. death. Come and see!
It's wonderful that a great God should inspire the prophet John to put it down, a warning but we
have not paid any attention to the warning.
We've had great men in history, men of power, to head armies to conquer the world. The first one
built the Tower of Babel—half of the tower remains today, a monument to the folly of man who built
Then we had great men of power throughout history. We had for thirteen hundred years the Assyrian
rulers that conquered the world. They had them in Egypt like Thothmes; and then we had the
Mesopotamian rulers, reached its highest under Nebuchadnezzar; and then we had the Media-
Persian Empire which reached its highest under Cyrus the Great. These are world rulers, they have
passed off the scene. We look now at their monuments, and see the remains of their greatness and
skill, whether on the banks of the Nile, the Tigres or Euphrates, they ruled the world.
Then came a power that ruled the world for nearly A thousand years, Rome. You will see the
broken monuments, see the Coliseum where two million people gave their testimony and their blood
in the first two centuries of the Christian era. That's why John was banished to the Isle of Patmos, as
I told you awhile ago.
And man after man has tried to build a world empire. That time will come, and I believe it is right at
us — "And the hour of His judgment is come" as I spoke to you this morning — nothing
can stop it.
There will arise a man, he that will be revealed. He may
be on the scene tonight, all the world will
turn to him, his word will be law. He will he the worlds filial dictator—no man can buy or sell
except by the mark of the beast: Not beastly in his appearance, but beastly in his character and his power;
I don't know where he will come from. some people know, I don't. I do know that he will
reach his highest and final Judgment in Palestine.
Five things. I'll tell you when I preach over here at the
Baseball Park--five things about that battle.
First, When will it be fought?
Second, Where will it be fought?
Third, What will be the
issue or the cause of that battle?
Fourth, Who will be the leaders?
Fifth, What will be the outcome?
"When will it be fought" — that time will be in relation to the
Second Coming of Christ. It will not be fought until after Christ comes.
Tribulation will come — I
don't believe we will go into the tribulation. I believe the people of God will be delivered out of the world before the tribulation comes. (Amen amen,.) I rejoice
know that we won't have to go through it. Then how
you should be a Christian!
"Where it will he fought." The scriptures are abundant —"around
Jerusalem." I will give you one, the
14th chapter, take twelve, thirteenth and fourteenth, of Zechariah — read it
when you go home.
"For there I will gather all armies against
become a cup of trembling," and the fourteenth chapter tells us of the last
moment, how the city will be destroyed, almost, but not all together. Then!
happen. — "they shall look on Him whom they have pierced." Dr. Roth, the head professor of
philosophy of Hebrew University at Jerusalem, a very, very intelligent gentleman — I talked to him most
of the night when I was there a short time ago, sitting around a circular table in the garden of the
hotel. We were discussing conditions, the Jews and the Arabs were then fighting, bombing and
blowing up buildings. They blew up the building next to the hotel where I was talking, just two hours after I left there. I was
glad they waited until after I left.
He said, Tell us what you think is going to be the outcome?
Well, I said, Gentlemen, being a Christian minister it would not be proper for me to impose my
views upon you orthodox Jews.
O, yes, come on, come on.
They insisted. Well, I said, believing as
I do — I don't believe you are going to have any peace in this
land or in any other land until the Prince of Peace comes; whom you call the Messiah, and whom you
say will come; whom I call my Messiah, and who I say will come, and who I say HAS come!
Dr. Roth spoke up, he said in a subdued voice, My associates here know my views, and I believe
the greatest tragedy in Jewish history was when the Jews rejected Jesus of Nazareth as their
Now they will accept Him. There is something happening among the Jews tonight around the world.
The Jew will not give up his faith in the one God—that will bring about the final conflict between the
Jews and the Anti-Christ. That will be the cause of that Battle of Armageddon. The leaders of that
battle will be Christ, and the Anti-Christ. Christ the Lord, from heaven, with the brightness of His
presence will slay that wicked one. The Battle of Armageddon will last just a few seconds. How long
does a stroke of lightning last? The earth will be covered with the millions of dead.
And then we shall have a new heaven, and a new earth! A new heaven and a new earth
wherein dwelleth righteousness!
I'm glad this old world of poverty is going to end.
I'm glad this world of war is going to end.
I'm glad this world of prisoners is going to end.
I'm glad this world of hospitals is going to end.
I'm glad this world of cancer is going to end.
I'm glad this world of tuberculosis is going to end.
I'm glad we'll have a world where there will be no sickness and no pain and no curse and no
no funerals — that will be the Millennium! I'm looking forward to it. I've preached it, I don't have to
change my preaching — I've been
preaching now for half a century —not a line— because I believe that it's the Word of
God, that lives,
and abides forever! (Amen, amen.)
Now may I come back to my scripture for
just a moment?
I want you to see this first horse, a white horse. Different from
the nineteenth chapter where Christ rides a white horse in victory down the path
of the skies with a great army of His redeemed — but here it is a warrior, going
forth conquering and to conquer, he has a great sword — greater than an Alexander
the Great; greater than a Julius Caesar; greater than a Napoleon. None shall be
able to stop him.
Then, second, he said, I see a red horse. A red horse to take
peace from the earth.
Then he said, I see a black horse, and a pair of
balances. A pair of balances weighing everything that grows out of the ground, everything that goes on the back — the government will regulate
everything, you included.
Then, he said, I see another horse — a pale horse. An
unnatural color, sickly, greenish color, his name is Death. And one-fourth of
the population of the world will be destroyed by this horse. One fourth! We have
now around twenty-two billion, a million people — pardon me — two
billion and two hundred million, one fourth would be five or six hundred million people. Only the atomic
bomb or something like that could destroy that many people in a second's time.
Who laughs at the
scriptures and says they are out of date?
And then he says, I see the heavens in great
commotion. The heavenly bodies are greatly interested. If man had not sinned there would
have been no untimely seasons; there would have been no poisonous reptile; there would have
been no accidents.
For it says, "the sun shall turn black as sackcloth, and the moon shall
drip with blood, and the stars shall fall."
"There is a very strange thing happening now in the
heavenly bodies. This is interesting. The astronomers now are telling us the strangest things are
happening They have a telescope now two hundred inches in diameter — had one a hundred
inches out here at California. They are now saying strange things. Now listen, all the world's great
astronomers met no great while ago and they wrote the conclusion, their findings. Listen
to it! That
the whole Universe was expanding, expanding, and said that it would be dissolved and vanish away. Now, no preacher said that, but
the outstanding scientists of the world, astronomers said that. When I read that I turned to Isaiah and
I found the same words:
"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away
like smoke, (like smoke going away from a chimney), and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and
they that dwell therein shall die in like manner." Isaiah 51:6.
Now that's as far as science goes, and that's as far as the wisdom of man can go; that's as far as all
that know goes —one vast graveyard.
But next it says, "But my salvation shall be forever!"
That's where the telescope can't go; that's where the laboratories can't go. (Amen, amen.)
Do you see the word of hope that I am giving you?
We'll know now for the first time, "For what shall a man be profited if he gain the whole world and
lose his soul? What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
The soul! A soul that shall never die, a soul that can't be measured with a yardstick. A soul that can't
be weighed in the balances. A soul that has no price — pile all the gold of the world in one pile, all
the diamonds in one pile, all together they will not weigh what one soul is worth, it cost the blood of
the Son of God. We need a revival on what the value of a soul is.
You say, well, here, what's going to become of our civilization It will go up in smoke. It's weighted in
the balances. Man has turned to destroy himself. You say, That's a very dark picture, Mr. Norris.
It's a true picture, it's a picture of the Word of God.
I know preachers haven't been preaching that! I know we've been talking about our denominational
programs, and building schools, and building buildings. I know that. We've worshipped what we
have made instead of the living God. (Amen, amen.)
I never shall forget what old John Wannamaker told me, personally. Forty-two years ago I decided I
would go to the great churches of America and try to see how they were built. One of the churches I
went to was the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, then the greatest Sunday School and
church. I had a hard time seeing him, the secretary said, I am sorry but . . . Well, I said, It's all right. I've come all the way from Texas, I just want to meet the man
that has built the world's greatest church and Sunday School.
She went back and told him, and the old man came out, very kindly, Well, young man, you're from
Texas? He didn't let me say anything, he put his hand on my shoulder, looked me down in the
eyes. I said, Mr. Wannamaker I want to ask you one question? What is it, my young man? How have
you had time, the world's greatest merchant prince, and a member of the Cabinet of the President,
Postmaster General, to build the world's greatest Sunday School?
He looked me in the eye and he said this: When I gas a
boy making $5.00 a week as a shoe clerk,
I got me some rag-a-muffins and got me a room down here on the street and I started me a Sunday
School class, and I took as my motto, " Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness,
and all these things," (Stores, banks, cabinet officials,) "will be added unto you."
I said, "I thank you, I've got my money's worth!"
"Seek ye first!"
You say, Now, I love the Lord. Do you? What did you give this morning when the
passed by? Have you paid your tithe? You say you love the Lord. Have you won somebody?
You say you love the Lord. You say, Well, I've got somebody that I can't forgive — I can forgive, but
I can't forget. Do you love the Lord?
We should love the Lord with all our soul, and all our strength. Do we
I asked a crowd of men once, I said, "Do you love your neighbor as yourself?" And one fool fellow
stood up and said he did. I said, "Remain standing; I want your address."
I said, "Have you got any family?"
"Got any children?"
"Isn't one of them sick?"
"You're concerned about it?"
Now I said, "I have some children. I'm not going to lie to you about it. I cannot be as concerned
about your child as I am about mine." I said, "Are you?"
He sat down. That turned his damper down. (Laughter.)
God is bringing this world into judgment. He is using one nation to bring another one into humiliation.
We've been rich, we've got churches abundant.
The President of General Motors one day sitting in his office said, "Mr. Norris, why don't more
people go to church?" I looked down those spires there on Woodward Avenue. " Looks like the
Detroit Club Sunday morning, not the haughty headed crowd."
And that's what we are facing. Why, I can go to the average rich city church, they pass around the
plate — I saw a sign on a church when I went to Detroit, a rich church, a million dollar building, it had
on it these words, "The way to heaven" Standing out there in the sunlight, "The wav to heaven." I
said, That's a wonderful motto. I believe I'll copy that, "The wav to heaven." I want to remember
that. I stood there and looked at it in admiration, and then looked down there, about three feet from
the ground, it had one word, "Closed!"
"The way to heaven — closed!"
We have a form of Godliness but deny the power thereof.
That fellow that joined the church this morning, I don't know whether he is here tonight or not, been
drunk for several years, drank ever since he was twelve years old, why if he would go to the
average church he would break up the meeting. Imagine if he would walk in church half drunk, why,
it would make that soloist singing so low, she would drop so low you would never find her.
If a fellow would come into church half drunk the ushers would take him out. In Church is where he
ought to be! "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" — sinners, sinners, drunkards — "I came to
call sinners," "I came to call sinners," not the righteous. (Amen.)
Had a fellow years ago over here at Broadway Baptist Church, a rich church, and a great church.
He got up one Sunday morning and pointed over at the First Church sneering, and said, "Over there
where they receive drunkard and named a lot of other things—where the drunkards go. I'm glad to
say the next night the deacons took him for a cleaning, and they fired him. He had a rich crowd and
he thought he would please that crowd.
Now coming into this chapter. I want you to notice some things further. You look out and you see
the moon dripping blood — not shedding its soft, silvery sheen upon the sleeping
world. Wife and I were talking the other day of the time we had crossing the Mediterranean on the
Hesperian one night. The moon was full orbed, the sea was calm, it was beautiful. We leaned on the
rail and watched it for a long time — how quite, how peaceful. Imagine looking at the moon shedding
blood, shedding blood, shedding blood! Joel says it will be turned to blood before the great and
dreadful day of the Lord shall come. Shedding blood!
You look out some morning, why, look here it's time for the sun to be up. No, it's dark, it's black.
What's the matter? The radio says there is no sun in New York nor in Boston, none in England, none
around the world, no sunshine, what's the matter? In less than an hour's time every church would be
filled — don't care whether it's morning, night, week day or Sunday. The Word of God says that is
coming to pass. Why, you let there be an ordinary eclipse, you take a smoked glass and look out and
see it. Something strange in the heart of man and anything unusual happens in the heavenly bodies —
He says the time is coming.
When the sun shall be as black as sackcloth and the moon shall be turned to blood and the stars shall
be turned to dust.
A story in my family — a very wicked judge lived in the community where my grandfather lived, old
Judge Teter. Lying in his bed one night he looked out and saw the stars, and meteors flash through the
sky — you could read a newspaper by it. He jumped out of his bed, never put on his clothes, in his
nightshirt he ran a half mile down the road to my grandfather's house, who was a deacon in the
church. He rushed in and said, "Frank, Frank, pray for me, the world is coming to an end and I'm
not ready." My grandfather prayed and that old judge was saved and the next Sunday he got up and
told the experience and said, "I know the world didn't come to an end but I don't want to be scared
that bad any more." (Laughter.)
In one of the great battles of the first war Russia and Germany were fighting and there was an
of the sun and the moon — they just quit shooting.
Now, something else. You haven't got time to go to a midweek prayer meeting. Oh, no, that's for
your wife and she's got so she can't go. Just a few people go — sort of a habit. But I'll tell you when
we are going to have a prayer meeting. We'll have a prayer meeting when our boys go to war. We'll
have a prayer meeting when the death list will be so great that the newspapers will quit publishing
them. You know, in the last war they quit publishing the casualty lists because of the morale effect on
the people. When your boys are being shot down in China, Korea and Iran, you'll have a prayer
meeting. We are right at that time.
Listen, get this in your mind — there is no sentiment in this — we are not going to war, we are in it
now. All the navies of the allied countries, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, all
the navies are under the command of one man. They are now blockading all the ports of Korea and
China. What does it mean?
You'll find out that in a short time, all the steed mills will be taken over by the government. We've got
to go to making tanks. See how they have the tanks yonder in Korea and our boys haven't any?
That's the way with democracies
-- we are losing the first part of the war. I don't think anybody is going
to win this war, neither Russia nor America. You say what? That's almost unpatriotic. No, it isn't.
I'm stating to you the facts.
I'm like Jeremiah when, in the days of Zedekiah, he told them, "Nebuchadnezzar will take this
country; you go on and submit to it. The priests hated him. They put him in the pit, let him down, put
his feet in stocks and he used the stocks for a pulpit. Finally, Nebuchadnezzar came. The king
Zedekiah tried to get away and they caught him and brought him before Nebuchadnezzar and slew
the sons right before their father, cut their heads off, and then took hot irons and burned out the eyes
of Zedekiah and put hooks in his jaws and led him as a captive to Babylon where he died.
The hour of His judgment is come. I wouldn't be true to you, my friends, if I didn't tell you this. This
message will be put on the radio tonight: it is being taken down.
I'm going next week to Flint, Mich., where I shall hold a two-day conference. Then I'll go to
Cincinnati. Then I'll go for two days to Tennessee. Then I'll come back here and then go to another
state-wide meeting in Denver, Colorado. Then, I go back to Detroit for a special meeting and then
take ship and go to Geneva where the evangelical ministers of the world will
meet. It is an organization opposed to the Federal Council of Churches, which is
a rank modernistic, nothing but the fifth column of Joe Stalin in this country,
and churches have gone into it and preachers are up to their hats in it. They
deny the inspiration of the Bible, they deny the virgin birth, they deny the miracles of the Bible, they deny
the new birth, they deny the resurrection;. and that's what we are in tonight.
They have fought me, they have done everything on earth
they could to hit at me, but I still stand where I stood fifty years ago. (Amen.) I haven't changed
my colors, nor do I propose to. I have
met with a great deal of difficulties. I have had traitors. Had one not long ago in my work, but
took care of it and took care of it in no uncertain sound. (Amen.) God pity and forgive is
Now, going on with this chapter. I say there is going to be a great prayer meeting. At that
time — notice the list of the kings of the earth, the kings of the earth, the great men of the earth, the
chief men of the earth, the mighty men of the earth, the captains of the earth, the bondsmen of the
earth and the free men — that includes every class. Now what are they going to do? They first
hide themselves — hide themselves. What fear has seized them? Hide themselves in rocks and in the
dens and in the mountains.
Now here's a prayer meeting. They pray to the inanimate rocks, they pray to the silent mountains.
They call upon these rocks and mountain — to do what? Not to deliver them, but to hide them. Their
guilt has come. Hide them from the face of the Lamb, the most innocent, the most defenseless
creature that God ever made.
An old Scotch butcher in
Glascow, Scotland, slaying animals as they came up before him — here
was a sheep and the lamb. He slew one one day, and never slew another. He stuck his knife in the
jugular vein of this little lamb and the blood came out on his hand and this lamb turned and licked the
blood from the hand of its murderer. He dropped his knife; he said, "I'll never slay another lamb."
I come to Calvary, I see His blood. I slew Him, I slew
"See from Ellis head, His hands. His feet
Love and sorrow mingled flow down
Did ere such love and
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were all the realm of nature mine
It were a gift far too small,
Such love; so amazing, so divine
Demands my life, my soul, my all."
That's the remedy.
You say, What shall I do? What shall I do with my time? If
you knew that tomorrow would be the
last day — now let's put it this way: if you knew tomorrow would be the last day; the trump of God
should sound, and the dead in Christ from their tombs should rise and the living saints should be
changed, what would you do for the next twenty-four hours? You would change every plan you had.
You would tell your neighbor, Christ is coming tomorrow night. You wouldn't ask, "I hope it won't
offend you, Christ is coming tomorrow night." He in coming. That's one thing you would do. You've
got some money. Well, what am I going to do with it? I can't take it with me — it wouldn't pave the
streets of the New Jerusalem, my sordid gold. Here it is, Lord, let me invest it in souls, in Bibles, in
missionaries, let me invest it. That's what you would do with it.
What shall I do with this body I'll present it as a living sacrifice.
What shall I do with my past? I'll present it as it is and put it under the blood of Jesus Christ.
(Amen.) I've made my mistakes but I'll come to Him who never made a mistake. There wasn't but
one Man who never sinned, I'll trust Him! I'll trust Him with my soul for ever into that day He will
keep it and I'll stand complete in Him.
Now, let's go on with this same Scripture. "They will call upon the mountains and the rocks to fall on
them and hide them. "Hide us, hide us, we are guilty. Oh, you say I've committed no
We have all sinned against God, we have rejected Jesus Christ, we have robbed Him, we have not
obeyed Him, we have been sinful. Hide us from His face, the face of the Lamb, for great is the day of
His wrath. It s not the wrath of a lion or a leopard or a wild beast, it's the wrath of the
Lamb. For the
great day of His wrath is come. We rejected Him. He never hurt anybody, He helped everybody.
He healed all manner of diseases. And yet we rejected Him. We scoffed at Him, we scourged
plaited a crown of thorns and put on His brow. We nailed Him to the cross, We laughed at Him. We
buried Him. He lay for three days and nights in His tomb. He rose in power, He walked among men,
He is coming again.
What shall I do? What shall I do? You have a little while. Have you ever stopped to think how long is
eternity compared to this short life, which is just a brief, split fraction of a second!
I preached the first funeral out here in
Greenwood cemetery. Look at it now, it's a city. I walk
among those fine tombs, those sarcophagus that cost fifty thousand dollars. Men who have built
buildings here, who ran this city, they are gone. Soon you will be there.
What answer shall I give? What answer shall I give to my time, to my soul, to my family?
Some of you are drinking yourselves to death. You would give the world if you could break from it.
Take Christ, He will break your chains and set you free. (Amen, amen.) He will give you a love to
live a clean life and break the chain, and you will live for Him. You are living a life that you wouldn't
have your wife to know. Live a life that you can look the world in the face and not be ashamed.
"And I saw a great white throne, and heaven and earth melted away from the face of Him that sitteth
on the throne."
And I saw something else. "I saw the dead, small and great stand before
And I saw something else. "The books were opened." Oh, those books! And I saw the dead judged
out of the things written — written — in the book." Every deed, every act, every word is written down
And I am glad for the next word, "And I saw another book which is the book of life."
In 1917 I was holding a meeting in a certain town in Texas. One of the worst murder trials that ever
occurred in this state occurred during that meeting. A man was being tried for the murder of his wife
and the vast majority of the people believed in his innocence. She took sick, the doctor came and left
some medicine to give. He gave the medicine according to the prescription. Later in the night he went
to her bed with a glass of water and the powder dissolved in the water. He put his left hand under
her pillow and lifted her and pressed the glass to her lips and she drank it. Shortly she was in
convulsions and died. The doctor came, but it was too late. They buried her. Nobody thought
anything about it. They had some children. She had her mother and the mother was afterward
accused of intuition that God has given mothers that men do not possess. She dreamed a strange
dream and told a very dear friend of hers what she dreamed. She dreamed it several times.
She dreamed that her daughter came and stood by her bed in white and said, "My husband
murdered me. "Oh, oh, oh, says the dear old mother, that couldn't be true. She dreamed it again.
She couldn't sleep, she was afraid to go to bed. She told one of her friends about it, she was so
Some things began to happen. A woman had just killed her husband that he was in love with, it was
out. The District Attorney had this wife exhumed and there was enough cyanide of
potassium in her
stomach to kill a dozen people.
He was arrested and tried. In the trial not a word was said that could condemn him. The District
Attorney took a chapter out of Shakespeare and took a glass and poured some powder in it and
took a spoon and stirred it, and then showed the jury how he had put his hand under his innocent
wife's head and lifted her and pressed this glass to her lips, this cyanide of potassium.
And when it was described, this man on the witness stand screamed, "Guilty me, I murdered my
wife:" He hung from the end of a rope.
"And I saw the books. I saw the dead small and great stand before God: and the dead were judged
out of the things written in the books."
Everything you do will be judged that day.
Now; then, my friends, you see the necessity for a Saviour. If we didn't have a
Saviour, oh, how
pitiful, how pitiful.
The last word, "The wrath of the
Lamb." This word, a question, here's the test. "And who shall he
able to stand?"
The rich man with his wealth? No.
The man with all the degrees from colleges and universities? No.
Rich men? No.
Poor men? No.
Who will be able to stand? Only one, and that's the man with faith in Jesus Christ for his salvation.
(Amen, amen )
I will preach on this question now for several Sundays. I hope to reach a climax the 10th of
Dr J Frank Norris