Greetings in the wonderful and holy name of Jesus Christ. May the God of glory Bless and Direct each one of you.
This is My Testimony, by the Grace of God that found, schooled, and led me to the truth we now stand for.
I was born in 1945 in Calhoun, Georgia, USA. I had two wonderful parents who taught me the right way to go, and that GOD was real. I am of a Baptist background. I was always aware of GOD: when I would do something wrong, I could feel the presence of something near me to convict me. In church when they would give an altar call, I'd feel that pull, but I fought it. Once when I was about 14, I had went to stay a week with my uncle in Atlanta. He was a Church of God Preacher. At that time I didn't know the difference between Baptist and Holiness. I thought they were all the same. They were in a revival; the people were shouting and running. I saw this also in the Baptist church, but something seemed different! It got a hold of me, and I went up to the altar that night. Oh I cried my heart out, and I went back home with something in my heart.
I went back to school but began to falter. Because I was so active in sports, I began to grow cold on the LORD. I had seen Patsy in school, but never realized she would someday be my wife. We met at a birthday party for my cousin, and later began dating. At the age of 17, Patsy and I were married. She was of Holiness background, but she had not accepted the Lord at that time. At age 21 God began to knock at my Door. I was working in a laundry where we dyed rugs; I ran a beck. One night I saw a gospel tract. It seems as if it just jumped in my hand. I began to read it, and such conviction came over me. I had never really done a lot of praying, but I got to my knees and asked GOD to forgive me, and give me another chance to be his child. I prayed he would give me truth, and teach me how to pray. As I began to seek GOD, he began to help me pray. Then in a few days, they put a sign on the bulletin board at work that, a tent revival was coming to Calhoun. Patsy went a couple of times. Then she asked me if I would go with her. She knew GOD was dealing with me; she had never said anything about her religion. I told her I would go. She didn't know the HOLY GHOST was burning in me. When we got there, I couldn't wait for the preacher to get through, so I could go up to the altar. You see us Baptist had to go to an altar at Church, to get right.
In those meetings I heard for the first time of One GOD, and baptism in JESUS CHRIST Name. It set me on fire in studying the Word and seeking GOD, as I never had before. I was baptized in his Name during those meetings, and I received the HOLY GHOST. I was sort of like those people Paul met and asked, "Have you received the HOLY GHOST since you believed?" Then I knew it was real. For me I wanted it so bad, I couldn't sleep or eat until I got it. I remember the night I got it. I had stood with my hands in the air, till I thought my arms were going to fall off. I said GOD, I'm not leaving here until you fill me. It seemed like a vision; I didn't know what a vision was then. It seemed like real dark clouds were over me, and all of a sudden, the wind began to blow them apart. It was like a bucket of water came gushing over me. When I came to myself, I was outside the tent, with two metal folding chairs on my feet, one on each foot. I had run into the tent rope, and got knocked flat on the ground; not a scratch on me. Praise GOD! From that day forward, things have never been the same. He has never left me. I have failed him many times, but he has never failed me. I thank him for his GRACE. That was in June of 1967.
We started going to the Church of Jesus Christ, just east of Calhoun. Even at that time, GOD was dealing with my heart about the ministry, but I refused to accept it. That was God’s way of leading me to study and pray. After a while, they asked me to teach the young people, and become a deacon. I didn't want to at first, but finally gave in. GOD was dealing with my heart during this time very strong. In my prayer room, I had three visions: [One evening I came to pray and Satan had been talking in my ear saying: Did you really get it? You all know how he talks, I'm sure! After praying a while, a vision appeared to me. It was so real, I can feel it now. I saw cavalry hill. And as I stood there at the foot of the Cross with JESUS on it, and the Blood flowing down, it got all over me. I felt that same cleansing I did the night I received the HOLY GHOST [PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME]! A while later one evening, in prayer, another vision broke, like a big picture screen on the wall. I pinched myself to see if I was awake. I was walking down an area of beautiful grass, like Kentucky bluegrass. Up ahead I heard cries of people. As I got closer, I saw a great big boulder, a huge stone, and it began to open up like on
hinges. I saw smoke rising out of it. This is where the cries were coming from. I saw people with their hands out stretched, crying, Help me, help me, help me! This was probably in the first part of 1968. Later I realized there was some people needing GOD, and GOD had chosen through the foolishness of preaching, to save them that would believe. And he was calling me to help. I still fought against it.
The third vision was in the same manner. While in prayer, I saw a place. It was like in some of the bigger Churches. There were three chairs: One huge chair in the middle, and one on each side. Over it was the head of a woman with a crown on. I never knew what this was until 1980, when I first went to Canada to minister. The place they had the meetings was an old Masonic building. We went upstairs and into this hall. There was the three chairs and a picture of the Queen of England over them, just as in the vision].
Back to 1968, I began to take the young people services, and GOD began moving in such wonderful ways. The older people began coming to the young people services. Then Satan began to cause jealousy to set in. Some began to fight the truth that GOD was revealing, and refused to walk forward instead of staying with tradition. Two Brothers came to run several nights’ revival, and they were talking about things in Revelations, about the Old Whore that was on many waters. This began to burn in my heart, and we heard of Malachi 4:5,6. GOD began to reveal this to me, and I went to my Pastor to inquire. He said he'd sat on the platform of BRO. Branham, and knew he was a Prophet; but you had to watch his doctrine; and this stumped me. I then left that assembly a few weeks later, to walk on in truth.
We began going to another Church, west of Calhoun. For 11 years, they taught about Bro. Branham's message. This was in early 1969. In this year, we went to Jeffersonville, Indiana, to see the film, "The deep called to the deep", and it was calling. I was still running. If I would have stopped running, it would have saved me and my family many problems. But GOD knew I was still learning, and his Mercy was still prevailing with me. In 1972, Patsy became ill in her body and back. Doctor said she had cancer of the spine. I knew what it was, but still refused to move. She was in such pain. I had wrestled with this all night and all day. I came home; she wasn't able to do much of anything. I had been working and trying to help at home when I came in. The doctors wanted her to go to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to take more test to be sure it was cancer; but he said he was pretty certain of what it was. All this was caving in on me and my family. Here we were with three children, and her in this condition. I began to realize as Bro. Smith sings that song, "He won't make you go against your will, but he'll make you willing to go", that this was the condition I was in. As I walked in, Pasty was in tears. And I know it was mean of me, but I was torn apart inside. I said, why don’t you pray, and I turned and went outside. I had no idea at the time, she was praying. Patsy didn't know where I had went, but GOD did. I went behind an old shed, where hogs had been kept. There I fell on my knees, and began to cry out to GOD, and say, Yes LORD, I'll go, and I'll do anything you want me to do. It wasn't I didn't want to stand for truth, because I stood for all GOD had revealed. I just didn't want to be a Minster. Well Patsy didn't know I was praying, and I didn't know she was praying, BUT GOD DID, AND HE HEARD, PRAISE HIS NAME. When I returned to the house, she was healed with the oldest boy in her arms, running around and around, screaming, I'm healed, I'm healed! And God filled her with a new experience of the HOLY GHOST. God began to bless me with his Word. I went in several meetings, as GOD began to open doors in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee .
In 1975, I went to Old Mexico, and saw such an outcry for the Gospel. It stirred my heart to see how those people loved GOD. There was one Sister, she walked 4 miles one way, and never missed service. I was asked to be assistant Pastor at the church we were going to, I did for about 6 years. Then there arose a confusion over Daniel 70th week. I had heard a few things about it, and was asked to read a paper. I took the paper; it was a Contender, and laid it up on the shelf, and told the brother I would pray about it. I had saw such a spirit of hate and jealousy over this message, Satan was trying to block it. God began to put such a burden on my heart to know the truth of the word, I began to seek GOD, and the word. I read that message of Bro. Branham on Daniel 70th week, until I wore it out. But still it did not come clear. And one night, in my prayer room up in the morning hours, GOD spoke to me and said in my spirit, "Get that Contender". I thought, what do you mean LORD? The Contender on the shelf! I got it and began to read. I couldn’t lay it down, until I had read it all. I came up shouting praising GOD. He had shown
me the Truth on Daniel 70th week. I thank GOD for my Brethren that GOD has used in the WORD, in this last hour. Thank GOD he lead me to see the Spoken Word Message, and through his Prophet, Bro. William M. Branham, a Prophet in this 20th century.
Also he lead me further to see the office of an Apostle, here in this age, to carry us on deeper in the depths of the Word of GOD. Praise his Holy Name for that. I had Heard, "Leave that Jackson alone". And when they would say that, the other one's would say, "You better watch that Branham", and it would start a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I remembered Bro. Branham saying, If you Love me, call me brother. So when they would say Branham or Jackson, my spirit always responded brother. If you have a spirit that don't respect what GOD is doing, it would be better to not say anything, not that I look to the flesh, but I can see GOD in my Brethren. As Jesus said, "As you've done to the least of these, you've done it to me". So I left that Church, because they refused to walk on in truth. There was no one in this area that would stand for the truth. Many would just go with anything to get along and have Church.
We went to another brother's Church for a while, but found it was too much jealousy, everyone wanting to be the head. We left there also, and started having prayer meetings in our house. So in 1977, I went to bed after praying for GOD to move and show me what was in store, and had a dream. I was in a great big church. It seemed at that time, I had never met Bro. Jackson, or had never been to Faith Assembly Church. But in this dream, the service started, and the song service was wonderful; the Spirit was moving so strong. Then the service changed, and Bro. Jackson came to the pulpit and said, "We're happy to have a brother here from Georgia tonight, to minister". Well, I thought My Pastor that we were pulling away from, was there, and I thought he was going to minister. But Bro. Jackson said Bro. Suggs, come on up. I could have fell through the floor. I don't know what I said, but as time came to turn the service back to Bro. Jackson, instead of turning to my right where Bro. Jackson was seated, I turned to my left to go in a complete circle. When my right shoulder was to the audience, Sis. Jackson started to Prophesy. Later in 1978, I met Bro.& Sis. Jackson, in Athens, Georgia. During the time we were building a Church in Calhoun, and a few weeks later, I called Bro. Jackson to see if he would come for meetings. He said he would. In 1979, we went to Faith Assembly, and sure enough, Bro. Jackson called on me to Minister, just as in the dream. And as I finished, without thinking of the dream, I turned, but it was Bro. Funk that Prophesied. I had never met him, but after service, I learned he was Sis. Jackson’s cousin. I had heard a lot of things that were lies of the devil. I felt like I was in heavenly places. There was such peace and Love in those services. That's been 20 years ago , and I still feel that sweet presence of GOD when I get to go to services there.
GOD has guided me a long way since 1967, and I give Him all the Praise and Glory. I Thank GOD He allowed me to hear of a Prophet’s ministry, and revealed to me what he was sent for, by the SPIRIT He Gave me in 1967. And I thank GOD also for allowing me to meet a man that was called to be in the office of an Apostle. That was also revealed to me by the same SPIRIT. So no one can tell me it's not so, because he has revealed it by his SPIRIT. Praise GOD for his Grace to me, for all of his wonders he performs. It is one thing to hear something, but it is another to have the SPIRIT reveal it to you.
This has been the way GOD has dealt with me in my understanding, and I Praise him for that. I'm sure happy GOD led me to Faith Assembly, to meet all the Wonderful people there that I have come in contact with. I believe it's the Cream of the Crop, Amen. All around the World, there are Brothers & Sisters that love GOD, and believe the same thing that GOD has done in these last days, and there is nothing the devil can do about it. He may cause us not to see each other for long periods of time, but he cannot take away that Love in our hearts, for the Truth God has shown us all. Thank GOD for His WORD, and the men he speaks through, to deliver it to [HIS CHILDREN] us. May GOD Bless you all who read this testimony.
Your Brother In CHRIST. [Sis. Patsy sends her Love, and Thanks GOD for His Grace to her also. Her Testimony is to be put on tape in the near future].
I will Now update My Testimony [Thurs., March, 06, 2008], Because of further Truth that GOD has led me to, for this day; Because we are still here, and the Rapture has not taken place yet. And as in all times, GOD will lead us on, and only with Truth for the day. He will not let us just set still, without more Truth. He will always drop a few nuggets in the previous Messenger's message, to lead us on to further Truth, if we will put ourselves aside, and follow the Spirit of the Word. So with this said, I will give testimony, of how the same GOD again led me into the Truth of this day.
In Convention at Faith Assembly, when we arrived for service, I meet a man and his wife, before we went in for service. I greeted them and shook their hands, and introduced my wife and myself to them. I had saw them at a meeting in the audience, the convention earlier. After service, I talked to Bro. Jackson. I told him I had met A Black Brother from Nigeria, before we came into the Church, and he sure had a good spirit about him, and I just felt such a kindred Spirit with him. He said, Yes Bro. Suggs, this is a wonderful brother. And you know, it took GOD to send a little black brother from Africa, to recognize my Ministry. And he gave me the book of He That Is To Come. And in phone conversations later, he told me the same thing, and he made statements that he would not be surprised, if Bro. Amos would write the last Chapter of the book of Acts. And in the Fall convention, Bro. Amos preached a message called, Affinity with Evil. I sat there feeling the Spirit of the Lord all over me, just drinking in every word, and thinking: God is calling us to a closer walk with him in his word. It is checking up time, with our concerns of Truth; seems sometime we get our minds so tangled up with the things around us, that we get cooled of in our walk with him, and he calls our attention to get closer to him, for a purpose we need in our lives. He don't want us lukewarm, because we don't respond to the truth he is showing us, and he is saying, Wakeup, Look at what I am doing.
And sure enough it wasn't long till our beloved brother was taken off the scene, and things began to happen, and such a separation set in in the Church, and those that didn't recognize what was happening, are getting lukewarm on the Word; they are loosing their way, pulling farther from his word of truth. It seems many have closed their minds to further Truth from the Word of God, and are going after heresies.
So this is how God has dealt with me so far, because as long as I stay in my right mind, I pray God let me stay with Truth that I can read in the Word, that will line up and take me to you Lord. I know I am nothing, and don't want to be nothing except a true child of God, and make it to where God wants me. I love all my brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, and I refuse to back up on his Word for anyone or any thing. I’ve been following him too long to stop this close to the end. If you can read it in his Word, I believe it, and I believe God has raised up Bro. Amos to carry the Word of God on as a Lead Apostle, since the taking home of the Chief Apostle of our day, and I believe there are other Apostles also that will come in line as we get closer to the end, as Bro. Branham and Bro. Jackson taught in their ministries while here, and all the ministry will be seeing eye to eye, on every Word of God. No schism will there be in the Body Of Christ. Amen!
I thank God for his guidance in his word, and his leading for 41 years. So may God bless all that would read this testimony.
Bro. Alvin Suggs (Calhoun-Georgia, USA)