The God of the Living
Discerning the Lord’s Body.
Luke 20: 38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.
The Lord Jesus Christ is not the god of the dead, they have their own god. Jesus is the God of the Living. As such he has no part with the dead, and the dead have no part in him. He is the God of the Living and only the Living for death is separation from God.
Ephesians 2: 1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
You were dead. You walked, you talked, you ate. You sang, you worshiped, you prayed, and you were D•E•A•D, Dead. You were completely, totally and utterly separated from God, with no hope in this world. There was literally nothing that you could do, no place you could go, nobody you could ask to save you. Your soul was full of sin, your body full of sickness and death had been pronounced on you.
The whole world is currently in that state today. THEY’RE ALL DEAD!
They are fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind. Logical, philosophical, smart, intelligent, well read, educated, and dead. Incredibly wise and yet completely foolish. DEAD!
1 Corinthians 1: 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 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.
That to which the world seeks after for life, is what brings death. The thing they scoff at and ridicule, is the very life they are seeking. They think they will find salvation through wisdom, through knowledge, through education, through science, but those things are literally killing them.
And it began right in the beginning.
Genesis 2: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The day we eat of that tree we shall surely die. In fact we were born dead in this world. Every human being born of a woman is still born. We are born dead, separated from God. We are conceived in iniquity, formed in sin, coming into the world speaking lies. We are full of life and completely dead. And the worst part is that we are seeking life in death.
51-0728 – Three Witnesses – William Branham
In the garden of Eden there were two trees, one of them was the knowledge. And the other one the Tree of Life. And when man left the Tree of Life and took the first bite off the tree of knowledge, he separated himself from God.
And now he bit off gunpowder, destroys himself. He bit off an electricity, pulling the coal from the earth, where un—beneath it, is eight thousand miles of burning volcano, and these… Now, he’s bit hisself off automobile, kills more people than all the wars.
He’s got hisself a hydrogen bomb now; I wonder what he’s going to do with that. He’s still biting from that tree of knowledge. And every time he bites, he just separates himself away, destroys himself.
And God is not known by knowledge, God’s known by faith; by faith, you believe. Not try to figure it out, you just believe. And that’s the way God is known. God bless you.
There are nearly eight billion dead bodies walking around on the face of the earth today. And they don’t know it! Every day they get smarter, and deader.
They are religious, pious, some of them are so kind, so sweet. They will invite you in, they build schools and hospitals, they donate to missions. They even pass out Bibles and fund orphanages and leper colonies. They feed the homeless in the streets. To the natural eye they are holy.
But the natural eye is Dead and Blind!
Lord, Lord we have done so many wonderful works in your name! And he will say, “Depart from me, I never knew you, you workers of iniquity”.
2 Corinthians 4: 1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
The gospel is hidden to them. Why? Because Jesus Christ is the God of the Living, and the world has a completely different god. How can the god of the world ever give Revelation to anyone when he has absolutely no revelation to give.
Even though satan has more knowledge than all humanity combined, he has NO Revelation. If he had any Revelation, then he would have known that the only way the Lord Jesus Christ could complete the work of salvation and redemption, and claim his position as the Kinsman Redeemer, King of Heaven with his Bride, was to die. If the devil had any Revelation whatsoever, he would have posted ten legions of demons around Christ to protect him. In killing Jesus the devil fulfilled the work of salvation, and he didn’t even know it. When he killed Jesus, he thought he had won.
54-1204 – God Perfecting His Church – William Branham
The Roman said, “That’s the Son of God.” The earth belched out it’s rocks, said, “It’s the Son of God.” And now, He is here to the lost souls and He knocks on the door. [Brother Branham knocks on the pulpit several times—Ed.] I can hear Him when His Majesty—when He knocks on the door and they looked up at Him. He said, “I am the Son of God. I’ve just died at Calvary for sinners. Why didn’t you believe Enoch and the rest of the prophets before the day of the destruction?” He had to witness to the lost that He was the Son of God. And them screaming for mercy, He had to shut the door. ’Cause they had spurned mercy and they had to receive judgment.
And He goes on down a past the demons. I can see Him go down to hell where the devil was. [Brother Branham knocks on the pulpit—Ed.] Knocked at the door. The devil said, “Who is there?” Said, “Open up.” And I can see the devil open up the door. “Oh,” he said, “You finally arrived, did You? Uh-huh.” Said, “I finally got my hands on You.” He said, “I thought I had You when I killed Abel. I thought I had You when I took the life of the prophets. I was sure I had You when I beheaded John. But now, I’ve got You.”
66 I can hear him as he rattles that scary key there of hell and death on his side, the keys that he kept people shut up in. For all those years, he rattled it. Jesus said, “I am the Son of God. I am the virgin born Son of the Living God. You can’t bluff people any longer. My Blood’s still wet at the cross. I paid the full price of every one of them sinners. And now, they’re free.
Give Me that key of death and hell.” Remember when He raised up, He had it. Yes, sir. “Give Me that key. You’ll not scare them any more. My people will not be scared, that believes on Me, any more.” And I can see Him smite the devil in the face, and pull the keys off, and hang it on His side, and start to glory—start for the heavens.
The Prophet saw it. This was not his idea, he SAW it. Every word is the absolute truth for the Lord God showed it to him. The devil foolishly, without a shred of Revelation on the Word of God, thought that he had defeated Jesus.
The devil is an unbeliever!
He is the god of the unbelievers!
SATAN IS THE GOD OF THE UNBELIEVERS!
They have his spirit inside, the Antichrist spirit. Anyone who disbelieves this Revealed Word of God for the Hour is possessed with the Spirit of Antichrist and serves Satan as their god. That is a hard word, but it is God’s Word.
1 John 4: 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
How does a spirit confess that Jesus is come in the flesh? By putting up a X-mas tree? By going to church? By putting your name on a book? By telling people that you are a Christian? By saying that Jesus was an actual person? The devil does all that.
We confess Christ by living the Word of God! He is the God of the Living, not of the dead.
Titus 1: 15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
They “profess that they know God”. So it is not your profession, for even the pope professes to know God, and he is literally the Antichrist.
But in WORKS they deny him!
Your life tells the whole world whether or not you believe. If we cannot say AMEN to every word written in the Bible with our lives, if every fiber of our being does not confess Jesus Christ, if we are not Logos manifested in the flesh, then we are denying the Lord Jesus Christ.
They speak of the world. They speak worldly things. They speak worldly wisdom. And the world hears them. But the world does not hear the Message of the Hour for they cannot hear it.
The whole world is defiled and reprobate. They are all dead.
The Message was only sent to the Bride of Christ! To the Living!
John 8: 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
The world cannot hear the Word of God because there is no seed in them. The deep calls to the deep. In order for the Word to take root in a heart, there has to be something in that heart for it to take root in.
When we the Bride first heard the Word of God brought by the Spirit of God, something inside of us testified that it was the truth.
I remember the first time I heard the message. It was a tape “Life is the Healer” from 1956. I had no idea who the prophet was, or that there was even a prophet. All I knew is that when I listened to the tape, I couldn’t sit still and I wanted to run through the city shouting. I knew that for the first time in my life I was hearing the truth. I could not get enough of it. I played it over and over and over, not even knowing there were more tapes. Now you can image how excited I was when I found out that there were almost 1200 sermons available on tape.
Yet when I brought that same tape, that wonderful, magical treasure to my family to listen too, they mocked it and insulted it. There was nothing in them to receive it. I brought them LIFE and life eternal, and they wanted no part of it.
Jesus Christ is the God of the living!
So if we were dead, and we surely were. How did we come to life? Through the New Birth. Verily except you be born again, you shall never see the Kingdom of God.
See: from the Greek Eido: to recognize, to realize, to understand.
He is not talking about going to heaven. That is not even on the table at this point. Without the new birth we won’t even know what the Kingdom of God is. We will not understand any Scriptures, not understand a single word in the Bible and the Message of the Hour will be mindless ramblings by a poorly educated hillbilly.
Without the New Birth we are not alive. Without the New Birth, Jesus Christ is not our God. Without the New Birth, we simply are NOT Christians.
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.
In order to belong to him, we must have his spirit, the Holy Spirit. Everyone who does not have the Holy Spirit, who does not have the New Birth, does not belong to him. Without the Holy Spirit, we have no claim on the Lord God, nor on his Word. Without the Holy Spirit was are NOT in the Message.
It does not matter how much we go to church. It does not matter how many songs we sing. It does not matter how many tapes we listen to. It does not matter how well we can quote the Prophet. Bible school means nothing. PhD means nothing. Seminaries mean nothing. The number of people in our church is irrelevant.
We are Christians solely through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. When he comes in, we come to life.
HE IS THE GOD OF THE LIVING!
If we are not born again, we are DEAD.
This is going to scorch a bit, but I must say it. I will be held accountable on the day of judgement for having told you the truth, so here it is.
When you read a book, a blog, and article written by a denominational preacher, you are reading dead words, written by the dead, who worship the devil. When you sit in a “church” and a preacher comes up who is not born again, you are listening to a dead, devil worshiper preach dead words, through the dead spirit of antichrist.
The first step to life is:
Acts 2: 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Without proper baptism there is NO remission of sins.
Without proper baptism there is NO Holy Spirit.
Without proper baptism there is NO life.
Acts 19: 1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve.
If the Lord God refused to give the Holy Spirit to Apollos, a man who was baptized by John the Baptist, a man who was preaching the gospel and leading souls to Christ, without first receiving the proper Biblical Baptism, the he MUST hold everyone else on earth to that very same standard, else he is a liar and a hypocrite.
65-0418E – Does God Ever Change His Mind About His Word? – William Branham
Just look at the Balaamites today. “Oh, I know, in the Bible they baptized in Jesus’ Name, but, look, all the people…” I don’t care what the people has done. “There is not another Name under Heaven given among men whereby you can be saved.” “No remission of sin, only through the Name of Jesus Christ.” What, how good you are, what you do, that don’t have one thing to do with it. It’s God’s original Word; you got to stay with That. Whew! All right.
Anyone and Everyone who is not Baptized in accordance with Acts 2:38 has NO remission of sins. If you have not repented and been baptized in full immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, then you quite simply do not have remission of sins. And if you died today, you die in sins and will stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ and answer for every sin according to the LAW.
Without Christ, without the New Birth, we are still under the LAW!
Anyone and Everyone who has not been baptized properly is NOT born again. It don’t matter what they say. It don’t matter one bit how many books they publish, how big their church is, how rich they are. If we have not obeyed that word we are NOT born again, we do NOT have the Holy Spirit; we are DEAD.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE GOD OF THE LIVING, NOT OF THE DEAD!
Those denominational preachers, the televangelists, authors, bloggers, preachers, priests, prophets so called, apostles so called we have today, without the new birth, without the Holy Spirit, are dead men, preaching a dead letter.
Preaching souls straight into HELL!
And you sit an listen to it? You tolerate that? And you think you are getting something from it? You are getting death from it!
55-0501A – Fellowship – William Branham
And did you ever think, the old proverb that man has once said (my mother used to use this much): “Birds of a feather flock together.” That’s right. You watch them. You won’t see doves and scavengers together, because they can’t eat the same diet. A scavenger, buzzard, he can just eat anything. A crow can sit out there on a dead carcase and eat. The dove couldn’t do it. If she’d eat it, it would kill her. She just can’t eat it. She’s gets over in a wheat field and begins to eat in the wheat. She associates with her own kind. But here is the startling part: Did you know the crow can eat on the dead carcase and also eat wheat? He can eat both, but… See? 44 See, you have to watch them fellows, that type, that can set in the meeting and pretending to enjoy the meeting, and go back out and take the things of the world. That’s the way social believers are today. But we like to congregate ourselves together with those who separated themselves from the things of the world: called out and been made new creatures in Christ Jesus, and fellowshipping around the blessings of the Holy Spirit. What a marvelous thing.
Saints of God wake up!
They could be quoting the Bible, quoting the Message verbatim, word upon word, and they are simply preaching a dead letter to you. They are dead soldiers of the dead, priests of satan!
The Message was sent to the Bride! The Message is only for the Bride. We are not to look elsewhere. We are not to eat that chicken food, that rotten meat. It is not for you, it will kill you. The world can eat it because they are already dead. It suits them just fine. They are already dead, they can’t be killed again in this life. But there is a second death waiting for them. Eat their food and you will be a part of it with them.
Doves cannot stomach it. The Elect won’t be deceived. She cannot be!
The Lord did not sent authors to the Bride, he sent A Prophet. One Voice! Don’t wait for another voice. Don’t look for another man. It is finished!
In the days of the VOICE of the Seventh Angel the Mystery would be finished.
Jesus Christ is the God of the Living! He is the God of the Bride!
Jesus Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed in the Message!
Depart from the world and all the things of the world. Depart from religions. Depart from dogmas and creeds. If it is not in the Bible, if it is not the same revelation as God gave the Prophet, flee from it. God don’t change his mind! The Revelation that he gave to the Prophet is the same Revelation today.
People take the idea of Progressive Revelation the wrong way. Sure the Lord God will Reveal a bit at a time for that is all we can take. He even said to the Apostle, “I have so much to say to you, but you could not receive it yet”. But the Revelation does not change, it just goes deeper.
A progressive revelation will be the same revelation, opened up to a better understanding, not a new understanding. The whole written word of God has been revealed and there is nothing left to reveal.
Jesus Christ is the God of the Living, not of the Dead!
He is the God of the New Born Church! Get Born Again! Come back to Life!
Receive Ye the Holy Ghost!