[Notes from the Sermon “Recognizing the Voice” preached by Brother Paul Brake on Wednesday June 28th at Restored Word Fellowship in Edmonton.]
Revelation 10: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Notice that it does not say the day of the prophet. It does not say the day of the ministry. It does not say the day of the man. It says specifically the “days of the VOICE”.
Why a Voice? What is the significance of the Voice? Which Voice?
Remember a word is a thought express. So the root of every word is a thought. Thoughts do not come from the mind, they have a root in your heart.
Psalm 33: 11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Even God’s Word originates in God’s heart. The voice you hear with your ear from the speaker in the room is a manifestation of the Voice Spoken. You do not hear my voice right now, you hear the Voice of the speakers. They are a dumb box, lifeless, with no will of their own. The only voice they can muster is squealing, feedback and static. It is all mindless noise. They have another voice, but that is not their own voice. It is the manifestation of My Voice.
So too, when you hear my voice from my mouth, you are hearing a manifestation of the voice spoken first in my heart. Then in my mind. Finally, in my mouth. But where did the voice in my heart come from? It came from the Spirit that is within me. If I am filled with the Holy Spirit, then it came from him. If I am possessed of a devil, then it came from him. We are all possessed, by the Spirit of God, or the spirit of the world, satan.
There is a Voice within the Voice, within every Voice.
Matthew 4: 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
I want you to notice something here. There are two distinct voices, the voice of Satan, and the Voice of Jesus. Notice too that they are both speaking the Word of God. Satan was quoting Psalm 91 perfectly.
Psalm 91: 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
What a strange thing. Here the devil himself is quoting the Prophet, speaking the Revealed Word of God for the hour. He is quoting exactly as it was written. Here there is an audible voice, and that voice is speaking the Word of God, yet that voice is the devil, and had Jesus listened to it, he would have been finished.
Do you see it? There is a preacher, quoting the Word of God, and to listen to that preacher preach the Word of God would bring DEATH, a death so terrible it would have killed every human being.
We need to go deeper to understand how the Word of God, the Word of life, can kill. It can’t really, it is life. It all depends on the Voice!
1 Chronicles 13: 7 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart. 8 And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets. 9 And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled. 10 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.
Uzza was a righteous man. He was an Israelite. He was circumcised. But he was not called to handle the Word of God. The Ark was to be carried by the Levites. Uzza, a righteous man, was not qualified and even thought he was handling the pure Word of God, doing so brought death.
Now what can we say of the denominations of our day? The modern Ox Carts. The Modern Uzzas. The pulpits are full of Uzzas today. The Message Pulpits! Uzza was an Israelite, a Christian. He was Righteous, Justified. He was circumcised, Sanctified. To the people of Israel he was qualified, the most qualified or they would never have chosen him.
We have that today. We have men, just men, baptized in full immersion in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, sanctified, living consecrated lives for Christ, but not called to the pulpit. The Five Fold Ministry is a calling. And these men, eloquent speakers, humble brothers, knowledgeable in doctrine, loved of all, get voted into the pulpits. They preach because they are good speakers. But God did not call them to it. They are outside of his Perfect Will, swimming in the pools of his permissive will. They have the wrong voice.
But not to the Lord God! He was rejected! He was not called for it. He was disqualified by his birth. Had the Lord intended for him to handle the Word, he would have been born a Levite. That is predestination at its finest. The pulpits today are full of Uzzas, men chosen by men, righteous men, good men, but not chosen by God. They have the wrong Voice!
How many women preachers are today in the denominations? Smart women, highly educated. Bible schools, Theology Seminary training, PhD in theology etc. Yet they are not the Voice chosen by God. Had the Lord God intended for them to handle the Word of God, by predestination, they would have been born men. God cannot fail. Those women are not fulfilling all righteousness. The Word of God strictly forbids them, yet there they are anyway, standing in the Pulpit preaching. They can preach the word perfectly as Satan did, and their Voice will bring DEATH!
DEATH! Preaching the Word of God and preaching DEATH to the people, and they don’t even know it. That is the picture of today.
And why did they carry the Ark that way in the first place?
1 Chronicles 13: 1 And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. 2 And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us: 3 And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul. 4 And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
David listened to every voice in the country except the Voice that the Lord God had chosen, the Voice of the Prophet. Do we listen to the Voice of the Prophet today? Do we listen to the Voice behind the Voice of the Prophet today? That, as mister Shakespeare so eloquently phrased it, is the rub.
How can a Voice matter? Two Voices can speak the very same words, one brings life, the other brings death. Jesus and Satan both quoting the Word; to listen to Jesus was life, to Satan was death. Same thing today!
Here is another example.
Genesis 3: 1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Notice here that he came quoting the Word. He was not denying the Word. He was not dismissing the Word. He was preaching it! He was preaching the Word of God to Eve just as Adam preached it. But it was death!
When Adam brought that Word to Eve, it brought life. Now here is another voice preaching the self same Word, quoting the prophet Adam, and it was death. The Voice behind the voice was different.
Acts 19: 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
This is my general criticism of Quote Preachers. Nothing wrong with a quote. The problem arises when we don’t get the revelation and simply hide behind a quote and a fake Kentucky accent. The Vagabonds preached Jesus whom Paul Preaches. How many today are preaching Jesus whom Branham preached in the exact same way?
Quoting the Scriptures as Satan did. Quoting the Prophet as the Vagabonds did. But the Wrong VOICE! And it brings death. Yet when Aquila and Priscilla quoted Paul, it brought life to Apollos.
We have men in the pulpits today reading from the Bible, quoting from the Prophet, and bringing death because they are speaking with the wrong Voice!
It is not the physical Voice you hear that is so important. If it was then God would only choose great orators to be preachers. It is the Voice behind the Voice! The words we hear, the voice of the man is the manifestation of the Voice of the Spirit IN the Man.
The physical words you hear are no different than physical words you read. That is why the Bible says the letter killeth but the Spirit brings life. Except that Holy Spirit of God quickens the Word to your heart, it will only condemn you.
If we don’t have the right inner Voice, then our outer Voice will simply be speaking the letter; the letter of the Word of God, the letter of the Message of the Hour, and the letter killeth. It kills because the Voice is wrong!
The physical voice we hear is an Outer Court Experience. Satan moves around freely in the Outer Court. And when it causes our emotions to stir, as you see among the Evangelicals and Pentecostals, and now in the Message, it is simply an Inner Court Experience. God is NOT in them.
God is in his Holy Temple. He is not in the letter, God is in his Word, Logos!
And then when we stand at the judgment seat of Christ, we will say we did this and that in your name. He will say I never knew you, and I don’t know you now. Get away from me you workers of iniquity. You stood there and quoted from my word to someone, then turned around and lived the opposite. You demanded that another follow me and refused to follow yourself. I never knew you. I was never in you. You never came through the outer court, through the inner court, to meet Me in the Holiest of Holies.
WE NEVER MET!
I do not know you!
May the Lord God in Heaven have mercy and grace upon us tonight that it would never be mentioned once among us. Let us follow the Lord and his prescription for Receiving his Holy Spirit.
A woman preacher, for example, can stand at the pulpit, orate a beautiful, intelligent, logical lecture from the letter, that will make you cry, shout, sing, jump up and down, run around. It will make perfect sense to the carnal mind. She can be 100% accurate in every word she speaks, but still be the wrong Voice and bring death to the listener. She can give you a great outer court experience that will lead to a great inner court experience. To the carnal man, they will think they had an experience with God. They got sensations! They got emotions! But they received death!
God cannot be in that, and he is not. For the Lord to bless it he would become a liar and a hypocrite because he clearly stated in his word. If the woman was filled with the Holy Spirit, then that Holy Spirit inside her would never allow her to act totally contrary to the Revealed Word of God for the hour.
1 Timothy 2: 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
He said NO. Period. End of Story. Full stop. Yet they do it. Having a form of godliness and denying the very power thereof. See, she could quote the letter of the Bible perfectly. She could even quote from a message book perfectly, getting all the “ums” and “ahs” in the right place, getting the Kentucky accent perfect. But in the end, it is the wrong Voice. It is a Voice of Death and to listen to it is DEATH!
We have had “message preachers”, who have sat in the pulpits for years, preaching to the people, only to turn and call the Prophet a devil and say the message that the Lord God vindicated is a lie. Did they bring life to anyone in their preaching? What experience do those people have? Think about it. Those people thought they were being saved. They thought that a godly, Holy Ghost filled man, called of God, was speaking to them. They did not have the discernment to know better. They could not discern the inner voice.
Some of these guys preached for decades without being noticed. They didn’t turn bad, they were always bad. They were wolves in sheep clothing making merchandise of you the whole time, fleecing the people and feeding on them. And the people did not know. What experience do those people have? Where do they stand? How and why did they miss it?
How did these guys hide for so long? Did you ever wonder that? They hid behind quotes. They quoted so perfectly that people only listened to the voice that was speaking, not to the voice behind the voice. They did not realize that the human voice was empty and devoid of holiness.
Uzza was a righteous man, but when he tried to handle the Word of God, being the wrong voice for the day, it brought DEATH. Today it will bring Spiritual Death. Your heart won’t stop beating, it will just get closed off so that the Word of God, the Spirit of God, Logos, will not be able to enter it. It will defile your Temple. All who defile the Temple of God, the Lord God will destroy.
Hebrews 3: 7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
Today if you will hear His Voice. As the Holy Ghost saith. Not as a man says, but as the Holy Ghost says. The Holy Spirit has to be the Voice behind the Voice. We don’t hear the Voice of a man, we must hear the Voice behind the Voice. When the Holy Spirit moves a man to speak, it is not his voice speaking. Just as the speaker is only an audible manifestation of my voice, so too is the man sent by God only an audible manifestation of the Voice of God speaking inside of him.
That is why it is not heresy for them to use the name Voice of God recordings. It is not the Voice of the Prophet that the Bride hears, it is the Voice of God IN the prophet! That is why the people are so confused, why the world cannot understand it. They are just listening to the man, and missing the VOICE behind the voice.
Do you hear HIS VOICE tonight?
Or are you just hearing mine?
John 10: 27 My sheep hear MY VOICE, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
You are not my sheep, you are not Brother Branham’s sheep, you are not Peter’s sheep or Paul’s sheep, or Luther’s sheep. You are HIS SHEEP. You are the sheep of the Great Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why the Bride hears HIS VOICE. The Bride are the only ones who can hear the Voice behind the Voice!
Let me say that again so it is perfectly clear.
The Bride are the only ones who can hear the Voice behind the Voice!
Mark 4: 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Unto you it is given to hear the Voice behind the Voice. If you name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world then you are called to hear His Voice, and you will hear it. To the rest of the world, it is a riddle. The Bride does not hear the speaker tonight. The Bride does not hear me tonight.
THE BRIDE HEARS ONLY HIM!
The world hears only me.
The Bride hears Jesus Christ speak through every word that comes out of my mouth, by REVELATION. The world only hears the inane ramblings of an old Newfie.
The Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ, by revelation, hears the voice of Holy Spirit speaking through the Revealed Word of God. The world hears an uneducated, stammering, Kentucky hillbilly. That is why they can’t receive the message, why they could not receive Jesus Christ. That is why they can never receive the truth, the Voice of the truth is always hidden behind the voice of an ordinary man.
The Lord hid his Voice in the stammering, stuttering voice of Moses. The Lord God hid his Voice in the voice of a homeless, penniless, uneducated bum named John the Baptist. The Lord God hid his Voice in a farmer name Amos. The Lord hid his Voice in an ignorant and unlearned fisherman name Peter. The list goes on but does not change in nature.
1 Corinthians 1: 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
And without revelation we will never discern the difference.
Luke 10: 22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
We cannot even know who the Lord God is without revelation. How can we say we worship the Lord God if we don’t even know who and what he is? How can we listen to His Voice, if we cannot recognize His Voice? We will be fooled! We will hear a good lecture, a logical argument, earthly wisdom brought with eloquence of speech, and be fooled. We will hear the voice of a man, but completely miss the Voice of God.
John 8: 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
And we have pulpits today full of them. The cannot hear the Voice, yet invade the pulpits all over the world with their own voice.
Romans 16: 17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Good words and fair speeches from the wrong voice will lead us straight to hell. They don’t serve the Lord. They cannot. They don’t even know who he is. They have no relationship with him. He is not their Lord.
How can we worship God if we don’t even know who and what he is, if we do not understand and have the revelation of the Godhead?
John 5: 43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
The Prophet came in the name of the Lord giving all glory and honour to him, and the people rejected both him and his message. Yet those that come in their own names, in blasphemous names, they are celebrated. They get Maga-Churches.
But they don’t realize, those mega-churches and the denominations and the World Council of Churches are binding the tares for the fires of hell. But the Lord is collecting his wheat into the garner.
It’s Harvest Time!
1 Corinthians 12: 3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
The term “Lord” implies relationship. A Lord is a ruler. If you have a Lord, then you are the servant of that Lord. This scripture means more than what is on the surface. There is a Voice behind the Voice. To see it we have to go back to Genesis.
Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
This goes on for some time. And God said, and God said. But then we see something interesting happen.
Genesis 2: 4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
The whole of creation has him being referred to simply as God. But once the Bible starts speaking of man in the garden, in the flesh, he suddenly is called the LORD God. A relationship has been established.
Now watch! First time I was shown this I just about jumped out of my skin.
Genesis 3: 1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
The serpent had NO relationship. To him Elohim was not LORD, he was simply God. “God said”. But watch. Eve also refered to him simply as “God”. In the 3 verse, quoting the Prophet, she stepped out of fellowship and called him simply “God”, not the “Lord God”. At that point the serpent had her and she fell.
Romans 8: 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
NONE OF HIS! No relationship! Without the filling of the Holy Spirit, we simply cannot call him our Lord without his Holy Spirit. We can say he is God, but NOT the LORD GOD! We can say “Lord, Lord” but he will say “I never knew you”. Without the New Birth in its fulness, we cannot call Jesus Christ Lord, because he is NOT our Lord. And if he is not our Lord, we will not hear his Voice.
We might hear the voice of the preacher, the voice of the prophet, but not the Voice of the Spirit. It could lead us to Christ, but it won’t be Christ until we receive the Spirit of Christ. The preacher can lead you into the outer court, and into the inner court, but the Holiest of Holies is a place that you must enter alone. Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it. It is so narrow only one can enter at a time. Then when we hear the voice of the preacher, the voice of the prophet, the Voice of the Holy Spirit inside us will quicken that word which we hear in our ears.
I want an old fashioned prayer meeting. What was that like you ask?
Acts 4: 24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. 29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
When they prayed the whole earth shook! That ain’t going to happen from mumbling. That won’t come with whispering. That will never happen if we quench the Spirit. We have to be free.
They Lifted Up Their Voice Towards God! It was ONE VOICE! They all prayed. They all shouted. They all cried out at the top of their lungs. But it was ONE VOICE that got lifted up to the Lord God.
It was the VOICE WITHIN THE VOICE!
Romans 8: 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
When we lift our Voices towards Heaven, the Holy Spirit in us will Lift HIS VOICE! The Voice in the Voice will pray for us. The Voice in the Voice that searches our hearts and knows the mind of the Spirit, for the Voice is of the Spirit! If we are not filled with the Holy Spirit, then that VOICE cannot be lifted up to Heaven. All we have is our own Voice, and the Bible says, All Men are Liars. Without the Holy Spirit, our prayers are lying to God.
Let us lift our VOICE to him! Cry out to him! Receive of Him!
Let his VOICE cry out in you!
Then the pillars of the building will shake.
The Pillar of Fire will be there.
The rushing mighty wind will blow through.
EVERY HEART WILL BE FILLED!
The Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified!
Cry out! Surrender to HIM.
LIFT YOUR VOICE!