Ephesians 6: 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
And again let us read:
Joshua 5: 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
When the Captain of the Lord’s Host comes to inspect your Whole Armour of God, what condition will he find it? What armour do you have on? Do you have the Whole armour of God, or some other armour? When the Holy Spirit comes to you to inspect your armour, will he find a place in which he is Please to Dwell? Will he find everything in order? Are your loins girt tight? Is your sword sharp; Do you know the Word of God, or do you fumble around with it?
The Message of the Hour sharpens your sword!
There is an armour of God, and there is an armour of man, an ecclesiastical, denominational, intellectual armour. There is a sword of the spirit. There is a sword of the flesh. There is the Message in Power, and there is the Message in letter only. God’s armour is powerful! It is invincible! But far too often, instead of coming with the Power of God, we come quoting the letter without Faith. And whatsoever is without Faith is SIN!
When we quote the Bible, quote the Message, and do not believe what we are quoting with all our hearts, those very words we are quoting are SIN. Unbelief!
The Seven Sons of Sceva came quoting the Prophet. They faced off against the devil in the name of Jesus who Paul preaches. How many today are coming in the name of Jesus who Branham preaches? If that is how you are coming to battle, then Satan will overcome you like he did them. In fact, he has already overcome you and you don’t know it. We need God’s whole armour.
There is no substitute.
When we compromise with the world, with religion, with traditions, with cultures, we are compromising with Satan for he indeed is the god of this world.
59-1216 – What Is The Holy Ghost? (William Branham) 50 That’s what’s the matter we don’t get sealed so much; we’re too loose about things. When the Inspector goes through, to inspect your life, to see if you’re not just a little loose about things, little loose about your prayer life, little loose about that temper, little loose about that tongue, to talk about others, He’ll never seal the car. Some dirty habits, some vile things, some vulgarity mind, He can’t seal the car. But when He’s found everything in its place, the Inspector, then He seals it. Dare be anybody open that seal until that car has reached its destination to where it’s sealed for! There it is. “Touch not My anointed; do My prophets no harm. For I say unto you, it’d be better for you that a millstone was hanged at your neck, and you were drowned in the depths of the sea, than even to try to offend or shake a little on the least of these that’s been sealed.” You see what it means?
Are we compromising with the world? Do we hold to traditions, or to the Word of God? Do we hold to an intellectual message, or a Message of Power? Are we tied up in denominational cliques within the message? Check yourself! Check your armour!
1 Corinthians 2: 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Which armour are you wearing? Are you wearing the armour of God, or a religious armour? They look alike, but behave very differently. Remember, the devil cannot create, so everything he has is a perversion of something that God created. The devil has a religious armour, that look like the armour of God, because it is a perversion of the Whole Armour of God.
This is serious business. There is a way that seems right unto man, the end thereof is death.
You see, people think they are right. The devil’s armour looks so much like the Whole Armour of God, that without the Holy Spirit, without Revelation and Discernment, we will not be able to tell the difference.
People think that what they are doing, what they are saying, what they are believing is right and holy, but it is neither. They have an armour. It is shiny and beautiful. They have a shield, but not a shield of Faith, it is shield of worldly wisdom and excuses.
“The days of miracles are past.
God’s will is for me to be sick because I have enough faith to be sick and still believe.
Those things in the Bible were written for that day, not for today.
We don’t need divine healing because we have good medicine and doctors today.”
They will tell you that you “cannot judge them”.
They say that one a lot. And they are so blind that they actually believe they are correct.
Check everything with the Word of God, through the lens of the Message of the Hour. If the Lord God did not intend for us to use the Message as our guide to the Word, he never would have sent it, and he never would have vindicated it. If we did not need the Message, then we would not have it.
How may people got on the Ark outside of Noah’s message? The same number will be the Bride outside of the Message of Malachi 4.
They have sword, but it is not a two edged sword.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
A two edged sword cuts in both directions. It cuts the person receiving it, and it cuts the person giving it. It cuts coming and going. The Word of God will circumcise the flesh of the speaker and the listener. The religious sword only cuts in one direction. They will slice you to pieces yet never feel convicted themselves.
We have the helmet of salvation. There is another helmet, the helmet of religion. The helmet that if we believe that William Branham was Elijah then we are the Bride. It is denominationalism! It is idolatry!
New Flash: Satan believes that too, and still has a black eye from the last time he tangled with him.
Are your feet covered with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Not just the gospel of peace, but the preparation of it. Are you prayed up? Are you fed with the Message and the Word? Are you prepared?
1 Peter 3: 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Or do we have the preparation of gossip? Are we prepared with an answer for the reason of hope, or simply a criticism? Where are our feet rushing too, and for what purpose?
Romans 3: 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:17 And the way of peace have they not known:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Do we have the breastplate of righteousness, or the breastplate of Self Righteousness? “Oh, I am in the message so I am somehow better”. “I go to such and such a church”. “I tithe AND pay offerings, and I send money to Jeffersonville”. “I spend my holidays going to camp meetings”.
How about “I was raised in the message, I was never in the world”. If that is your attitude, you are still in the world!
60-0522E – Adoption #4 (William Branham)
129 A little old “ruddy,” drawed over, the Bible said he was “ruddy.” That wasn’t a very fair child, “ruddy” is just a little old drawed-up sort of a fellow. And he went out there, and Saul, why, he put Saul’s armor on him, and I imagine the shield come plumb down over his feet. And he said, “Take this stuff off of me. I—I’ve…” Maybe he give him a doctor’s degree, a Ph.D. or L.L.D., or something, you know. How he said, “I don’t know nothing about that stuff, because I haven’t proved it. Let me have this, what I know what I’m doing with.” Yes, sir. He took the slingshot.
The armour of God must be proven!
We prove the armour through trials. We find the weakness in our armour, or rather in how we use it, when we fail. Ask any boxer; you learn to block by being punched in the nose over and over.
You got no trials in your life, you just ain’t ready to be proven yet. Maybe you don’t even have your armour on yet. Many times we see people with trials in their life and the first thing people do is point fingers and say that they are secret sinners. That is what they accused Job of. Are you Job, or the other three guys?
In every story in the Bible, you will find yourself there. Where do you fit in?
The Prophet said that “the devil has either got you, or he is after you”. I had more than one guy “in the message” brag to me that he never had any of the problems that I have had, that he was never out of work, no serious sicknesses etc. Well, brother, where is your trial? Where is your victory if you have never fought a battle?
Are you in a battle right now? Rejoice! Prove that armour!
David fought Goliath. David had victory. David was a man after God’s own heart. Who are you fighting today? Are you a David, or are you one of the guys cowering in the background? Everyone of us is somewhere there in that story. Which character are you? David? The cowards? Or, God forbid, maybe Goliath?
Search it out.
We will never win a Victory without a Battle.
The greater the victory, the greater the battle. You become the world heavyweight boxing champion by beat the current world heavyweight boxing champion, not be beating up a boyscout. Big victories come at the end of Big Battles.
We cannot fight a battle without the right armour, we will simply be slaughtered. If we have an ecclesiastical, denominational, intellectual armour, we will never survive a fight against the devil. In fact, if that is the armour that you have on you, you may find that you are actually fighting for, and not against the devil.
Job’s three friends had religious armour. They believed that they were right, and that Job was wrong. Job fought hard battles, one after the other. But in the end, Job had the victory, and the Lord told those other three that if Job did not pray for them, they were finished.
Notice, the three “friends” had no battles, and no victories.
So even after all his battles, after the victory, Job still had a final battle. Job had to forgive and pray for his enemies.
Job 42: 10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
The Lord turned the captivity of Job, WHEN he prayed for his friends, not before. When the battle is over, we have to forgive those who fought against us.
Mark 11: 25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
That is the big one. Your armour won’t fit over bitterness and hate. When the Captain of the Host comes to inspect you, there can be nothing evil, no root of bitterness in there.
Let us start with the reading of the Word of God. This is a scripture that for years I could not understand, but the Word of God reveals the Word of God.
Mark 10: 17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Take up the Cross!
Now if we also consider the Bible says not to yield our members as instruments of unrighteousness, and also that we are not to make provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof, the scripture now makes sense. Now we can understand the Lord is not suggesting to remove limbs, but to destroy the lusts of the flesh that lead to sin and destruction.
Take up the Cross. If you notice, Jesus had not been crucified yet. But he tells us to take up the Cross. How very prophetic, yet everyone glosses over it. Many times through his ministry he mentions those words “take up the Cross”. We often quote this saying as well, yet we put the wrong emphasis on it, the wrong revelation of it.
We are going to the doctor tonight for a checkup. We are going to sit in the office of Dr. Jesus and have him x-ray us a bit, diagnose some things, and give us some medicine. Don’t let the diagnosis scare you, the medicine never fails.
To take up a Cross is not just to take up a burden. You hear people say that “we all have a cross to bear”. It is not some bothersome thing, some little inconvenience that we have to live around. It is not to take upon yourself a minor duty, or a sacrifice in life. We say that we “have a cross to bear” as though it is some small burden, some trivial inconvenience through life. It is far deeper.
To take up a Cross is to DIE!
It means to crucify the flesh. It is not a burden through our lives, it is the END of our lives. Not only do we die, we must kill ourselves. Now this is not suicide. No. Quite the opposite. This is the crucifixion of the Old Man and the Lusts of that life, so that we can live eternally with Christ Jesus living through us.
Romans 6: 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Those of us who are baptized in the proper Biblical Baptism, in full immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ, are BURIED with him in baptism. Our old man is crucified with him. He that is DEAD is free from sin. We are baptized into his death, buried with him, dead unto ourselves, that we might rise with him.
He cannot resurrect a living man. That just don’t even make sense.
It would have looked pretty dumb for Jesus to show up at Lazarus’ house while he was sitting back sipping some tea and pronounce him resurrected. Jesus had to wait, not only until he was dead, but until the flesh was totally corrupted and rotten. Our flesh is corrupt.
He that is dead is free from sin. If we ain’t dead, then we are NOT FREE FROM SIN!
Notice the order that Jesus spoke to the rich ruler. He said 1) take up the cross, then 2) follow me. If we have not taken up the cross, if we have not died, if we have not crucified the old man, our old characters, our old lusts and desires, our old way of thinking, then we are NOT following him. I don’t care how you were baptized or who baptized you! If you did not die first, your baptism was of none effect.
Like I could go up here take each one of you and baptize you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that won’t remit your sins. No, no! No, I don’t believe in water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ unto regeneration; I believe the Blood is regeneration, see, not—not the water.
But, see, I could baptize and baptize, but you only go down a dry sinner, come up a wet one; see, until you have thoroughly repented. Repent, and then be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. See? And that’s where I different with the Oneness movement. Not baptizing to regeneration, no; I believe it’s the Blood that cleanses, not the water. See? Repentance, and then be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Repent, then be baptized. Repent! Take up the Cross, then follow me. If we have not crucified our flesh, as long as we are still alive to ourselves, we are NOT following Christ, we are still sinners. We are going into the water as dry sinners, and coming out of it as wet sinners. And we remain sinners until, as the Prophet told us frankly “we thoroughly repent”.
Put it ALL under the blood. Confess EVERYTHING.
And that is why the Church is in such a mess today! That is why there are so many foolish virgins. That is why there is no power in the Church. That is why there are no gifts manifesting.
We have too many wet sinners today!
Kill that Old Man! He is unbelieving and sinful!
Mark 9: 43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. 50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
We kill some of the old man, repent a bit, confess a bit, but not all. We let a little of that old character live here and there. But God’s x-ray sees it all.
Maybe an eye, for some dirty pictures.
Maybe an ear, for dirty jokes, or worldly music.
Maybe a hand, for a little stealing, or a little gambling, lottery.
Maybe a foot, to go where no Christian should ever go.
Maybe our tongues for a little gossip, lies or backbiting.
Maybe a little piece of our brains, for thinking things we should not think, and desiring things God does not desire.
Maybe a piece of our hearts for some bitterness, or doubt.
Maybe our fingernails for a little clear polish, or our lips for some lip gloss.
Maybe our holidays away from Christians for a bikini at the beach.
If we allow any of that old man, that old carnal, beast character to live in us, we are not following Christ. Repent! That character cannot follow him and will always lead us in the exact opposite direction. It will lead us away from the Word of God. That is the character that ran from the Lord in Eden. That character is why God had to come and find us. We were not looking for him, he was looking for us. The world is not looking for him, does not want him, rejects him, and curses his Holy Name. It is carnal, brutish, evil.
That character doesn’t want to come to Church. That character does not want to pray and worship when he gets here. That character does not want to receive the Word of God. That character does not want to repent and refuses to receive correction. That character is proud. That character causes divisions in the body of Christ. That character disbelieves the Word of God. That character worships the man instead of the God in the man.
Any time you see any of those things rising up inside you, that is the old man trying to come back to life.
Romans 8: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
The carnal mind, the old man, cannot please God. No matter what we do, as long as we are doing it carnally, it is displeasing unto the Lord. If we get up and sing a song, it could be the most beautiful song ever, hitting every note perfectly with the most heart felt emotions ever, making the whole room cry, but if we are carnal in our approach to it, we are displeasing the Lord. He rejects it!
If we pray from our own carnal thoughts, our prayers are displeasing to him. We could be quoting the Bible, quoting the message, perfectly, but carnally, and displeasing unto the Lord. He rejects it!
If we preach, no matter if we are perfectly quoting the Bible and the Prophet, for that is what the devil did when he came to Jesus, and what the Serpent did when he came to Eve, if we are carnal, we are displeasing and a hateful abomination unto the Lord. And anything and everything that is contrary to the Message of the Hour, the Revealed Word of God, is CARNAL.
Now talk to me about women preachers!
Carnality! Abominations unto the Lord God!
The spirit by which we live, is the spirit by which we worship, and the same spirit by which we pray, and sing, and testify. We don’t change spirits like coats. One for work, one for home, one for church. No Sir! Don’t ever think that for a minute.
If we are living by a lying spirit out in the world doing shady business deals all week, then we are praying by a lying spirit here in the Church. If we are living by an adulterous spirit at home, then we are singing by that self same adulterous spirit in Church.
Do you see it? Do you see it?
Romans 6: 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
We are servants, Slaves, of that which we yield ourselves to obey. If we yield to God, then we are servants of God. If we yield to sin, we are servants of Satan. And that word “servant” is “Slave” in the Greek. A slave is a possession. If we yield to sin, we are possessed by the devil.
27 The Holy Spirit speaking in the Scriptures tonight, said that we might serve Him all the days of our life in holiness before Him; that’s cleanliness, holiness. But today, you can mention the word, “holy,” and people laugh at it. See how Satan’s got it all wrapped up? But you are a slave. And if you are a Christian, you’re a slave. You’re a bondslave of the Lord Jesus. If there’s two people of you, both spirit and body… And if you cater to the flesh, you’re a slave of the devil, and you’ll crucify the soul that’s in you. For the Bible said, “The soul that sinneth, that soul shall die.” And you have to crucify the flesh in order to be a bondslave in your flesh to be a servant of Jesus Christ. So, you’re a slave any way you take it. And you’ll… You can’t get away from it.
28 So you’re a slave; you’re marked. And the Bible said in the last days, there would be two marks. And every person on the earth would have one or the other. You just can’t get out of it. One’s the mark of the beast, the other one was a Seal of God. And the Seal of God is the Holy Spirit, God’s provided way for His Church.
Ephesians 4:30 said, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you’re sealed unto the day of your redemption.” And to reject that Holy Spirit is to take on the mark of the beast. All that didn’t have the Mark of God had the mark of the devil. So, you’re marked. You’re either marked a bondslave in the love of God, or you’re marked a slave to the things of the world of the devil. That’s hard. But we are slaves, and we want to serve Him all the days of our life. A slave is a servant. In order to be a servant of Jesus Christ, you have to be a slave to yourself, to crucify… Oh, God, let it sink in. Crucify yourself, and your flesh, and your desires, that God might take hold in your heart to move you and motivate you. That’s the slave of Christ, the bondslave called—Paul called it. He said he was a slave to the Lord Jesus, a bondslave in service for the Lord Jesus, going about daily, crucifying the flesh to be a slave for Jesus Christ, rejoicing because he was a slave. That’s it.
That old man is not of God. His character is not of God. He must be put to death first, then we follow Christ. Repent, THEN be baptized. Take up the Cross, THEN follow me. Break free from the bondage of sin and the shackles of the enemy. He surely makes sin look tasty to the flesh. The more evil it is in God’s eyes, the more it makes your mouth water.
106 Christianity is self-denial. “Take up your cross daily. Follow Him.” Die out, to the things of the world. When all condemnation is gone, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” How do you get into Him? By joining? No. Shaking hands? No. By a union? By education? “By one Spirit we are all baptized into one Body.” By Holy Spirit baptism we’re in Christ. “And there’s no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, that walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Amen. Oh, that, that would make anybody shout. Amen. To be in there, anyhow, that’s the good part. All right.
We all need the Holy Spirit!
There is no other way. Baptism is good, but not good enough. The new birth is by water, blood and spirit. A baby that is born of water and of blood, with no spirit, is still born. It is dead! Spirit is life and the Holy Spirit is eternal life. Too often we get half way and think we have arrived.
Ezekiel 36: 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
He will sprinkle clean water upon you, the water of the Word of God, the living water. He will cleanse you from all your idols. Anybody still got a couple of idols hidden in a closet somewhere? He will cleanse you of it, just surrender to him. He will take away your heart of stone, and give you a heart of flesh. A heart of flesh is tender and can receive and absorb the water. He will give you a new spirit. And that is where we stop.
We get a new spirit. We get justified. We get sanctified. And we stop. We feel good. We are clean. But we have not gone on to receive HIS SPIRIT.
We are still born foolish virgins! The Old Man keeps creeping back in to our lives, or worse, we have not gotten rid of him in the first place.
Here is the great warning. Listen Close.
Matthew 12: 43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
We get a new heart. We get baptized. We get cleansed of our old sins. We feel great. But we have not crucified the old man, and we have not received the Holy Spirit. We are not sealed unto the day of redemption. Then that old devil that possessed us comes sneaking back. Now he is a little scared so he has brought a few friends along. He brought a Proud Spirit, and a Religious Spirit, and a Gossip Spirit and four or five others. That whole group now enters in where just the one dwelt before. Now try and get free.
Now try and get free!
You will be too proud and religious to repent.
Crucify the Old Man! Today! And receive the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 15: 29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
We must crucify our flesh daily. When we take up the cross, there is no mention of us putting it back down. We carry the cross to the grave, or the rapture, which ever comes first.
Did you pick up the cross? Is it on your back this moment? Is it with you every day, all day? Is it with you when you are talking with friends and coworkers? Is it with you in the restaurant when you get your meal and ask the Lord’s blessing in a loud voice, or are you ashamed of him and simply bow just a little so nobody notices and quickly mumble to yourself so nobody hears? Sin, unbelief, is easy. The road is paved and everyone is there to give you directions.
If we pick up the cross, we will not be ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ. But we will suffer every day for it. We will be hated. We will be persecuted. We will be disowned. We will be fired from jobs. We will be unfriended on Facebook. We will be insulted, falsely accused, attacked, stabbed in the back, sometimes by people in our own churches or our families. And our flesh will hate it.
If we are ashamed of him, then we have not yet taken up the cross, the old man is still ruling in our temple. We still worship those old idols.
We are stillborn!
Get born again! I don’t care what it takes, get to it. Today. Tonight. Wrestle with God until. If you are not absolutely sure of where you stand with the Lord, get a conference going on with him right now and find out. Make it sure.
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Check that old man. Does he still have a pulse? Is he breathing? Smother him to death. Do not let him rise up.
Now some might feel a bit spanked. That is not the intention. The intention is to lift you up, to show you how we can all be wrong, and the simple solution to it.
You got to identify the disease before you can prescribe the medication.
We were just under the X-ray of the Word of God through the Message of the Hour.
We may have gotten ourselves a bad diagnosis, but we also have a very positive prognosis.
25 Now, that doesn’t make us say we can sin. Brother, if you sin, you’re just—you’re just away from God. That’s all. There’s only one thing to do, is confess it and get right with God. And as long as you desire to sin, the desire of sin’s still in your heart, then it’s time to stay down at the altar till that thing’s taken out.
26 Now you will sin. You’re bound to sin ’cause you just can’t help it, but you… but not wilfully sin. “He that sins wilfully after he receive the knowledge of the truth,” see, “there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin.” But every day you’re bound to sin.
27 And you’re bound to be backsliding constantly, so it takes a constant prayer to God. Paul said, “I die daily.” And if Paul had to die daily, how much more am I going… I’m going to have to stay dead all the time, if—if Paul had to die daily to stay right with God. And so, we’ll all have to do that, just die out to ourself. And that’s getting God’s way.
28 Now, there’s only two ways of anything: That’s the right way and the wrong way. And them ways are your ways and God’s way. And you can’t be in your way and God’s way at the same time. You’ve got to forget your own way to get in God’s way. And you got to get out of your own way to get in God’s way. For as long as you’re in your own way, you’re out of His way. So forsake your ways, forsake your thoughts, forsake everything, and just rely one thing, on THUS SAITH THE LORD. That’s all. Then you know you’re right.
Now every Christian has Taken up the Cross. We all crucify the flesh daily. BUT, are we crucifying our WHOLE FLESH? Is there some part of that Old Man that we are allowing to live? It is like a cancer; once it gets going it spreads and devours you. Search your hearts by the Word.
Is there something maybe, not that you are yielding to Satan, but that you are not yielding to the Lord God. Failing to testify, to sing, to worship, to ask the blessing on your food in a loud voice? Maybe just to pray for a brother or sister that the Lord has put on your heart?
Notes from Message Ministered unto the Youth at Restored Word Fellowship in Edmonton on Friday Evening, March 2nd 2018, by Bro Paul Brake
Luke 17: 11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
May the Lord add his Blessing to the reading of His Holy Word.
Ten lepers came to the Lord Jesus. Now I want you to notice something here about these men. They recognized Jesus as the Prophet, as the Messiah. They recognized his authority and power to heal. They recognized that his message was from God. They had a church to go to with a priest for Jesus sent them to their pastor, to their church to testify of him. They were “In the Message” for Jesus Christ IS both the Message and the Messenger!
They were not out in a Saducee or Pharisee denominations. They were not the Baptists, Catholics, Orthodox, Methodists, Presbyterians, Evangelicals, Pentecostals of their day. Those denominations were all with the High Priest, all rejecting Christ; just as they are today.
The denominations have their High Priest today. They have their Pope. He is their High Priest. This might sting some.
If your denomination is part of the World Council of Churches,
if your church baptizes in titles,
baptized with sprinkling,
if you believe in the trinity,
if you put up a Christmas tree,
If you are handing out candy at Halloween, or worse, dressing up
If Women wearing pants and bobbing their hair,
Wearing earings, make-up, nail polish, pants, short skirts, bikinis,
Going to dances, pool halls, half naked at the beach,
Playing Bingo, going to the Casino, buying lottery tickets,
If you reject the Message of the Hour,
Then the Pope is your High Priest!
You can have him. We Christians have our High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, who entered into the Holiest of Holies once and forever with his own blood as the sacrifice for all sins. We have a High Priest that can be touched by the feelings of our infirmities. We have a High Priest of our profession. When I professed him as my saviour, he saved me. When I professed him as my healer, he healed me. When I professed him as my deliverer, he delivered me. My High Priest as the Alpha and Omega, the Creator, the Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ. And now I will profess that he will Rapture me, and soon I will be gone.
Praise and Glory be to God!
And as they crucified Jesus in the flesh 2000 years ago, calling him a devil, the denominations have crucified him afresh today. They have rejected his headship for the headship of men. They have rejected his Word for traditions, psycholgoy, sociology, creeds and dogmas and politics.
They are not even Christians! What they practice, their traditions, their dogmas, their creeds are not the Word of God. They are pagan! They are steeped in Heathen customs and idolatry that the Bible strictly forbids! And they have today, for the most part, all received the Mark of the Beast, and they don’t even know it. The world is a darkness and the people a gross darkness.
To be a Christian, we must be Born Again. Jesus said in John 3:3 that except we be born again will won’t even see the Kingdom of God, let alone go there. The first step in the New Birth is repentance and proper baptism of full immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38-39). Without that specific baptism we carry our sin, and have absolutely no remission. Without that baptism, we can never receive the Holy Spirit. Without that baptism, and that specific baptism in that specific way, we are LOST!
Could Naaman the Syrian be cleansed from Leprosy by any other way that exactly obeying the Word of God from the Prophet that told him to dunk seven times in the Jordan? (2 Kings 5) There is a way that seems right unto men, the end thereof is death.
In the denominations they have neither remission of sins nor the Holy Spirit. They have no remission of sins. They are not born again. They are heathens. That is a hard word but I am responsible to tell you the truth. They are not the Foolish Virgins for they are not virgins. They have all committed spiritual fornication with the woman on the beast of Revelation 17. They are the wicked and adulterous generation of our day. And each and every one of them will be judged under the Law.
And today we have heathens in the Message!
Acts 20: 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
We have all seen that, and it is nothing new. How many Eighth Messengers have come along? And how many innocent men have been proclaimed as such, against there will? Even the Prophet of Malachi 4:5-6 had to shoot the snake in the head when they were proclaiming him as Christ. Brother Branham was not Christ, nor did he ever say he was, yet people went totally contrary to the Word, to his message, contrary to his will and proclaimed him as such.
The ten lepers were called out! They were not in the denominations. They were the CHURCH! They were there with Jesus while HE was preaching. They were in the Message Church of their day listening to the Message of the Hour from the mouth of the Messiah, and they knew it. Today we have hundreds of Message Churches. Jesus had only one, and it was the field where he happened to be standing at the moment.
They recognized him. They recognized the day of their visitation.
They came to him for healing – believing – and received it!
Every one of those ten lepers personally experienced a supernatural miracle in their flesh with the Lord Jesus Christ! Don’t miss this.
Every single one of those ten lepers, the one who came back AND the nine who did not, personally experienced a supernatural miracle in their flesh, the Spoken Word of God, Logos, being manifested in power and demonstration, with the Lord Jesus Christ!
How many people attended the Prophet’s meetings over the three decades or so and received miracles in their flesh, supernatural signs and wonders, in the Prophet’s Ministry from the Lord Jesus Christ? Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people received a Supernatural Miracle at the direct prayer of the Prophet to the Lord Jesus Christ. We have the records of it on tape.
In some meetings tens of thousands were healed all at once!
How many receive miracles in Message Ministries and Churches today?
How many have received miracles at Restored Word Fellowship in Edmonton?
How may came back to the Lord Jesus to give him the glory?
Where are the Nine?
Matthew 25: 1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
All of the ten virgins were pure. They were sinless. We must get the idea out of our heads that the foolish virgins are the denominations. That is completely wrong. They were still in the denominations when the Prophet was preaching because he was calling out the Church, calling out the Bride. That was 60 years ago. The Church has been called out.
The denominations are the Beast Worshipers today. They have the Mark of the Beast. The Foolish Virgins do not receive the Mark of the Beast, do not worship the Beast or his Image. but neither do they have Oil, the Holy Spirit baptism.
Now the Image of the Beast is the World Council of Churches. Every organization and individual that is part of that are in the Beast System and have received the Mark of the Beast. Strong words, but I have to speak the truth for I will be held accountable one day.
We are all called out of that. Both the Wise and Foolish Virgins are called out from that system. They are BOTH in the Message of the Hour today! The Foolish Virgins fellowship with the Wise Virgins. They were together in the parable! They attend the same fellowships. They take the Lord’s Supper together. They are even married to each other!
There are Wise Virgins Preaching in the Message Pulpits.
There are Foolish Virgins Preaching – In the Message Pulpits!
There are Serpent’s Seed Preaching – In the Message Pulpits!
Don’t be fooled. Don’t be deceived. By their fruits ye shall know them.
Luke 7: 31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
We sit Wednesday after Wednesday, Youth Meeting after Youth Meeting, Sunday after Sunday, morning and evening, as the Holy Ghost filled, God sent Endtime Fivefold Ministry, cries to us, begs of us, pleads with us. We have anointed musicians play, as anointed singers sing. We applaud and say “amen”. We sit, we hear, and we go away.
Where are the Nine?
Now be careful. I am not preaching about the Nine really, I am preaching about the ONE, to the ONE. But to understand your position as that ONE, you first need to understand the position of the Nine. We need to undestand who the Nine are and why they behave as they do, and what that behaviour is so that we don’t become a part of it. We need to know the wrong behaviour so that we can check ourselves against it. So don’t go pointing fingers at someone now, because the one you point at might just well be the innocent one. If you want to point a finger, point it directly at yourself, that you can confirm that you are the ONE.
Sunday morning we had a full house here in Edmonton. Sunday morning the Lord anointed our Pastor Klar and he brought a wonderful message from the Word of God and everyone was blessed by it. Sunday morning, with a standing room only crowd, the Lord broke the Bread of Life to us.
And on Sunday evening, Where Were the Nine?
Some indeed have a reason, but not all. So like I said, don’t be pointing a finger. We ain’t witch hunting, we are looking at the trend. We are looking to identify a behaviour to make sure that WE are not guilty of it.
Why did they not all come back? In the morning you could not find a seat, in the evening, a few short hours later, one half of the building was half full, the other was completely empty.
In the morning we had a wonderful song service. We had a wonderful message. The Deacons were perfectly on cue. The musicians didn’t miss a note. Everyone had done their job perfectly.
We piped to you!
But…… you did not dance.
We mourned to you!
But…… you did not weep.
And in the evening, just a few short hours later….. Where Were the Nine?
There is a Bride. There is a Church. But there is a Difference.
Luke 13: 23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
Every member of the Bride will be in the Church, but not every member of the Church will be in the Bride.
The Nine will come back, but it will be too late. The Master of the House will have risen up from the Mercy Seat, taken the Book of Redemption, and caught his Bride away. But the Nine are too busy today. They have no time for church. They don’t have time to pray. They don’t have time to testify. They have no time for the Lord.
Did you notice the words they spoke? They said “you preached in our streets”. That tells you that they were in the Message, under a Holy Ghost anointed Ministry. “You” preached. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, preached to them, not just a man. They were preached to by Christ through the Holy Ghost filled and anointed Fivefold Ministry.
Then they said “we ate and drank with you”. That is the Lord’s Supper. They are not talking about a restaurant or coffee shop. Don’t be carnal enough to think something that foolish. They are partaking of the Lord’s Supper with the Saints of the Living God, with the Bride of Christ. This is NOT a denominational bunch.
That should scare you half to death. That should make you drop to your knees and cry out to the Lord God until you get confirmation. That should make you fast and pray and search every corner of your life, ever action, every word, every thought, every emotion, every desire, every motive to ensure that you are the ONE, the Bride, filled and sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
Did you also notice one more fact that should make you tremble to your very foundation?
Not one single Foolish Virgin got Oil!
ALL of them were left behind. They ALL went after it, but too late and in the wrong way, and none of them were filled. Not Even One! If we wait until the Midnight Cry, if we wait until the Bride’s Revival, we will wait too long.
DO IT NOW!
While they may be very religious among Christians, that seems to go away when they get into the world. If their lamps dim now, what will happen during the squeeze? Their lamps will go out. You will find that they may sing, pray, jump around, speak with tongues even, they rarely bring guests. They are Sunday Christians. Soon the Squeeze will come and it will be illegal to be a Christian, even a Sunday Christian. You will either be part of the system, or excommunicated from the world.
That means no jobs. That means no bank accounts or money. That means you cannot buy food. You will not be able to pay rent or mortgage. You won’t be able to pay car insurance or by gas. You won’t be able to go to a doctor or dentist. Not unless you bow to the Antichrist Pope and his Image, the Word Council of Churches. You will have to receive the Mark of the Beast, or die. And if you do try to meet for a church fellowship, you will be arrested.
How bright will the lights of the Foolish Virgins be then?
The things of the world, the things of this earthly life, are more important to them. They can’t muster strength now, what will happen when their lives are at stake?
They get ashamed of Christ today. They don’t testify to their neighbors or their coworkers. They are not seeking out the lost sheep. And they actually do not think they are doing anything wrong.
The Nine are in the Church, but they are NOT in the Bride!
They will “strive to enter in”. They are believers, but lukewarm Laodicea believers. They come to church, occasionally. They sing. They pray. They tithe. They pray, sometimes longer and louder than anyone else. They sometimes even have offices in the church, deacons, trustees, preachers even. But it is trivial to them. It is entertainment and tradition. They enjoy the social position of an office in a church body, but don’t have respect unto the responsibility. They have an intellectual understanding, sometimes a great intellectual understanding, but no Spiritual Revelation. It has never become real to them. It is just a tradition and a dead letter.
They do not live every waking moment for Christ. He is not front and center in their thoughts all day long. They have morals and ethics. They live good clean lives. They are after all Spiritual Virgins. But they are just Sunday Christians. They might be very religious, but with no depth. They are not sacrificing anything for the Kingdom of God. We must sell out completely!
Once the Squeeze comes, and it is not far away, once the Squeeze comes, the Foolish Virgins will look to the Bride for Salvation. They will see the Bride of Christ manifest the Third Pull, manifest the Spoken Word, and go to them, as they did to the Prophet. That is their problem all along, they look to men. They look to the Prophet, they look to the evangelist, they look to the pastor, to the popular preacher, they look to Billy Paul or Joseph Branham. They look to the latest and greatest Eight Messenger. But no matter how religious, how will they quote the Prophet, they never, ever, even once, look to Jesus Christ!
They always look to a man. The foolish virgins came to the wise asking for oil. They came to the Bride, not the Groom.
Sting time again.
When the Word of God is preached by the Spirit of God, they get pricked to their hearts. Their own heart condemns them for they know they ain’t living it. They get the Staff as we heard on Wednesday, and they don’t like it. They don’t like the rebuke they feel, and instead of repenting and growing, they reject it and blame the minister for “picking on them”. Then they retaliate by back stabbing the Ministry. That is a fatal mistake for the Lord commanded “Touch NOT mine anointed”.
You wonder why people change Fellowships? That is usually the reason. Look at your Fellowship. It is probably no different from ours. Now we are not perfect, but nobody can legitimately point a finger of blame at the Ministry doing anything intentionally wrong, yet people leave here for other churches. Why? That is why.
Either they are getting nervous and paranoid because people are figuring them out, or they think people are figuring them out, or simply their hearts are still condemning them and they don’t like it. Did you ever notice how empty Churches are on nights when we have the Lord’s Supper? No trouble getting seat that day.
Or worse, they come for entertainment and socializing, and we are too boring for them. Maybe we ain’t big and popular enough for them. Our preachers are not fancy orators. They don’t jump around enough. Maybe they don’t preach enough on politics and current affairs. Maybe our building isn’t fancy enough or our website doesn’t get enough hits.
Now, you got a bunch of Rickys in there that wants to come like the rest of them, like Israel did, wanted a—wanted a king of their own. You want to make your own. See? And now what you got? A bunch of educated Rickys. That’s right. They got this intellectual. They want to be like the rest of them, Dr. So-and-so, and Dr. So-and-so. See? And where has it got you to? You’re more prettier. That’s right. They’re better churches. But where is that Spirit was in there? Where is them all-night prayer meetings, “Them sin of the city”?
228 Remember, the Holy Spirit said, “In the last days, go seal those only who cry and sigh for the abominations did in the city.”
229 I want you ministers to lay your hands upon that member of your church, you Pentecostal ministers. Then, when you find this, then you come and I’ll apologize to you. You find that member of yours that can’t rest day and night, for crying for the abomination of sins done in the city. Ninety percent of them stay home and see We Love Suzy, instead. Oh, you speak with tongues, sure, jump up-and-down and shout. That’s all right, nothing against that; nothing against your organization, either. But I’m trying to talk about Life. Where is It at?
Do you cry for the abominations of the city, of our city, of your Chruch? Not just of the world, of the city, of Spiritual Jerusalem, of the Church in the Message of the Hour. Do you cry for those who fellowship with us? Do you cry for the abominations in Laodicea? We look for the bears and lions, but we let the rats run loose and destroy. The little foxes spoil the vines. Do you cry for the Nine?
Do you Cry “Where are the NINE”?
Hebrews 10: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
The Nine will come back, but it will be too late. And they, true to form, will not come back to Christ, they will come back to men. They are seeking men for the Holy Spirit, not the Lord God. “Give us of your oil!” They cried. But they cry to the Bride, not to the Lord.
My oil isn’t my oil, it’s God’s oil. And he will only give me just enough for me. If you want oil, go to the one who sells it. Go to the Lord Jesus Christ. They are told to go to Christ.
But they don’t any get oil. Why? Brothers and Sisters, listen close, this is scary.
Revelation 22: 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
It will be too late! The door will be closed!
There is coming a time when the Message will be preached to the LOST. There is coming a time when there will be no more mercy. Jesus will rise from the Mercy Seat to Rapture his Bride, and the space in between, the door will be shut. If you are filthy, you will be filthy forever. If you are Just, you will be Just, (Foolish Virgin looking for Oil), Forever.
Oh but if you are Holy, then you will be HOLY FOREVER!
Don’t you dare miss this!
Noah was sealed in the Ark for Seven Full Days before the first drop of rain fell. There will be a space before the Rapture, when it will be impossible to get saved. They will come, but like Esau who “sought carefully with tears”, no grace will be found for them.
279 But His Third Pull was when He preached to the lost that couldn’t be saved no more. They were down there where them big, painted eyes was, “Ooh, ooh!” Preached to the souls in hell, that did not accept mercy, but were Eternally separated from the Presence of God. But yet they had to recognize it, what He was, because God made Him there.
280 Wonder if His ministry climbs out the same way in the last days, as it was? “As the Father sent Me, so send I you. The works that I do shall you also.”
281 Lost, could never be saved. They had rejected mercy. That was His Third Pull.
282 Now is there any question? His First Pull, He healed the sick. Is that right? [Congregation says, “Amen.”—Ed.] His Second Ministry, He was prophesying. His Third Ministry was preaching to the Eternal lost. The three mountains, so forth; the lost, Eternal!
38 So now I am going to say something to you, now, that I haven’t said all along. And, that is, the thing that we have looked forward to for so long (for at least many years, four or five years, or maybe longer), the Third Pull, has now been vindicated, and I’m sure you all know what it is.
39 Now remember, there’ll never be an impersonation of that, ’cause it can’t be. See, it cannot be. Now it’s in existent. And I have…I am warned of this, that soon…Right at this time now it’s just happened, so it could identify its presence among you, see, but it will not be used in a great way until this Council begins to tighten up. And when it does, when that does…The Pentecostals, and so forth, can almost impersonate anything can be done. But when that time comes, when the squeeze comes down, then you’ll see, what you’ve seen temporarily, be manifested in the fullness of its power. See? See? See? See?
Now that is the Squeeze. That is the last call before the Rapture. It will get so bad for the Bride that we will need the Third Pull, the Manifested Spoken Word of God, literally speaking into existence the things we need, just to survive it. Is it any wonder that the Foolish Virgins will turn to man begging? Is it any wonder that the lamps of the Foolish Virgins will go out?
That is the Bride’s Revival. Don’t go looking for some preachers to sweep the land. Don’t go looking for a great Healing Campaign, that was the First Pull. Don’t go looking for Discernment Lines, that was the Second Pull. The Bride’s Revival will not be either of those. We won’t be laying on of hands. We won’t even be praying for the sick.
We will be Speaking the Word and God will Manifest it!
John 11: 41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
Jesus did not pray, except to inform the people that he did not need to pray. He merely spoke the Word, and it Manifested. As he is, so are we in the world. We will Speak the Word of God, and the Spoken Word will be Manifested. That is the Bride’s Revival!
If it will be that bad in the Squeeze, what will the Tribulation be like for the Foolish Virgins when there is not presence of God left in the gentile world and the devil has full control?
Get into Christ Today!
Be the one who came back. Be the one with Oil. Be the Bride of Christ. Turn to teh Lord Jesus Christ with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole body, your whole soul, your whole being. Be the One.
There are the pieces. Here it is compiled.
The Third Pull will manifest during the Squeeze,
the Third Pull is the sign that Mercy has run out.
The Third Pull Manifestation is the true Bride’s Revival.
Once you see the Third Pull Manifestation, it will be too late to get into the Bride.
None of the Foolish Virgins got Oil!
WHERE ARE THE NINE?
BE THE ONE! YOU – BE THE ONE!
Resolve it in your heart this very moment, that if there is only one person on the whole earth who will be raptured, it will be you. This is no time to play games. If as in the days of Enoch, there is only one person on the whole earth that will make the Rapture, made the decision right now that it will be YOU. Then do everything you can to make it happen. Live for Christ alone. And even if a Billion were to be Raptured, YOUR name will be called first. Be the ONE. Hell is on fire, the devils are on fire, and about to break forth upon the earth with unbridled, murderous fury.
Surrender your heart, mind, body, soul and spirit unto the Lord.
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: 1Beloved, 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!
1 Corinthians 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
Anything and everything that comes before the Word of God in our lives is an idol. Whether it be our family, our friends, our job, our pastor, our culture, our traditions, if it stands between us and the Lord God, if it is more important to us than the Word of God, it is an idol.
If we are afraid to bow our heads and pray over our food in a restaurant, at work, around certain friends or family, then we have an idol. If we are afraid to stand on the word because we don’t want to offend somebody, we have an idol. Something there is more important to us than the Lord Jesus Christ, and in our lives we are denying Him.
We can come to church, pray, sing, preach, testify, fellowship. We can say “amen” and pray like a thunder storm, but if there is anything in our lives that take precedent over the Revealed Word of God, over the name of Jesus Christ, then we have an idol.
The Bride of Christ will NEVER have an idol! Here is why.
Luke 14: 16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
Everyone here in this example had an excuse. Each one had been invited. The Lord had sent his servants, the Five Fold Ministry to them to invite them to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. He sent the Prophet Messenger to EVERY DENOMINATION to invite them to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. God’s vindicated Prophet walked the earth for decades screaming to all who would hear. They rejected him! They pushed him out! They insulted him. They attacked him. Even today they are still assassinating his character globally on the internet. They never came to the feast, they never came to the wedding. They never will.
We have all been invited to the wedding, and not just as guests, but as the Bride! You have been invited to marry the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the new birth. When we receive his Holy Spirit, that is the consummation. He is putting his Word Seed in the Womb of your heart.
If you are born again, not only are you already married to Him, you are impregnated with His seed!
So, then Bride of Christ, Children of the Most High God, Sons and Daughters of God, why do we still skip Church? Why do we not testify of the Lord to every person we know? If I look on your Facebook page, will I see the Word of God, the Message of the Hour, testimonies of the Lord, or will I see pictures of puppies and cake recipes? Nothing wrong with those things, but where is God?
How about “Praise and Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ for he blessed me with this cake recipe and blessed my hands to bake it and it came out delicious as we fellowshipped around the Revealed Word of God with the Saints of the Living God”? That is how you announce a cake recipe!
Put him into everything you do, and place him at the center of it all. That is where he belongs! He is your Bride Groom. He is your LORD!
Yet we fail. We do we not put away our traditions or culture? We do not put away the world from us. We hang onto creeds. We have made idols of them.
Luke 14: 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Oh, I cannot do that, my parents will disown me. I cannot say those things, as my family will cast me out. I cannot dress like that as my people will persecute me.
Anyone who will be against you for the Word of God’s sake, for your testimony, for a godly life, you are better off without. Let them go if they want to go. But you are better off alone, poor, cold, miserable, hated, forgotten, cast off, on earth in this life and reigning with the Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven, then popular and loved in a crowd on earth, and miserable and alone in hell.
Your worldly best friend will be in hell with you, but you won’t be sitting around chatting. They will be too busy weeping and wailing and gnashing their teeth, and hating you because you failed to testify to them of the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ that could have saved them from this.
You knew, and you said nothing! You were in a position to warn them as they were on the road to hell, but you clung to that idol that you made and you simply smiled, patted them on the back, and held the door to Hell open for them. And you told yourself that you loved them.
You murdered them with your Apathy, Selfishness and Idolatry!
Lord Jesus, please, let that not even once be named among us here!
1 Corinthians 3: 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
You are the Temple of the Living God.
You, sitting here, you meat bag that you are, You are the Holy Temple of the Living God. The Creator of Heaven and Earth, dwells in that meat bag, or at least wants too if you will let him.
There is nobody in this building, nobody hearing this message that is not called for eternal life, else you would not be here. So the very God of Heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ, has called YOU to be his Temple, and his Bride.
Think of it! Get the Revelation! BRIDE OF CHRIST!
You are called. You are Justified in baptism. You are sanctified by his blood. You are made HOLY with him through his indwelling spirit. YOU!
Of the Seven and a half Billion people on earth, the Lord God chose you, and you had nothing to do with it. You were Elected from all the earth. You are his Bride, the Queen of both Heaven and Earth. The world should bow to you as you pass, and indeed one day they will.
1 John 4: 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
He is she. She is he. The Bride is flesh of His flesh, bone of His bone, life of His life, and as HE IS (I AM) so is She (YOU ARE) in this world. When you walk down the street, the Lord Jesus Christ is walking down the street. When you sit in a chair, Jesus Christ is sitting in that chair. He is she, she is he. I AM = YOU ARE.
He is you! You are He! You are ONE!
Oh! Bride of Christ get the Revelation of who You are!
It’s manifesting time,
the Fruit is on the Vine, (that’s you)
and the Lovely One is coming in plain view (Jesus Christ has been Revealed!)
To cap God’s chosen Bride, (YOU)
Redemption draweth nigh,
He’s that lovely One,
He’s coming in plain view.
Can you see him Bride? Can you see Him? He is you!
Flee from Idolatry!
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
You are the true Queen of Heaven and Earth! What part had an infidel with you? What do you really have to talk about with them? How can you be partnered up with them? Business. Marriage. They are in the chicken coup, which is where they belong, and simply can never leave.
You are God’s Eagles! Spread your wings and fly to the Heavens with the Lord where you belong. You were not created for this world. You were created in spite of this world.
The cultures are chicken cultures. The traditions are chicken traditions. The fashions are chicken feathers. The dogmas, creeds, denominations are chicken food. It’s unclean! The chicken food lies in the dirt with the chicken poop. You’ll choke to death eating that stuff.
Eagles need fresh meat! Wheresoever the body is, there, THERE will the Eagles be gathered together.
How can a bird who can’t fly expect to be Raptured. They get a few inches off the ground and they get scared. A bit of worship and praise, a few gifts, some speaking in tongues, a healing or two and they go to running. They don’t understand it. It is too high for them. The Eagles are Raptured.
Gather with God’s Eagles and soar!
But one buys some oxen, a new car, a new house, a new business, and they are more important. One gets married and he needs to tend to his new wife instead of tending to the Lord. She maybe don’t like all this Holy Roller foolishness. One has a new job and can’t afford to offend his new boss.
Your boss is a chicken!
Your wife is a chicken!
You are an EAGLE!
James 4: 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Friendship with the world is enmity against God!
Does that mean you cannot have friends that are in the world? NO! We are in the world, but not of it. We are to testify to them to seek out the lost sheep. If we are OF the world, if we love the world or the things of the world, then the Love of God is not in us. We are busy with the Ox and the wife and the job. We love the world. We refused the Marriage. We refused his seed!
It is adultery! Why do you suppose James wrote it that way. “Ye adulterers and adulteresses”. Friendship of the world is adultery against your Groom.
We cannot be married to Jesus Christ and flirting with Satan!
We put on those fashions and we are committing adultery. Tight clothes. Nail polish. Cosmetics. All that flash and glitter. Adultery! When you accept those dogmas and creeds, the Doctrines of Balaam, you are accepting an adulterers seed into the womb of your heart. When we cling to our cultures and traditions, we are committing adultery!
Those aren’t our cultures anymore. That man is dead and buried in Christ. We belong to a new culture, to a new nation now. We are Citizens of Heaven! We have a Heavenly Culture, a Heavenly Tradition. But many “in the message”, many so called Christians, have not received the seed of God. They have the adulterous seed.
Ezekiel 8: 5 Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry. 6 He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations. 7 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. 8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. 9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. 10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about. 11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. 12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, the Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth. 13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. 14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. 15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. 16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. 17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. 18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
In the inner courts. Between the Altar and the Porch. They worship BAAL! That Jezebel Religion right in the midst of Israel, right in the middle of the Message!
They have received of the Mark of the Beast!
In the Message today. People are rejecting God’s message, interpreting it, changing it, dismissing it, miss-quoting it, maligning it. And they are receiving a false message, a false doctrine, a false seed, and adulterous antichrist seed.
There must be a great falling away, then the man of sin will be revealed!
It is happening today!
1 Corinthians 1: 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
I’m of Brother Green. I’m of Brother Byskal. I’m of Brother Hidlebrant.
Be of Christ! He is your groom. Who are you married too? Brother Byskal or Jesus Christ? Brother Branham, or Jesus Christ? Whose seed have you received? Who is going to rapture you? Who died for you? Whose blood cleansed you? Whose burial garments are your wedding garments?
We are espoused to Christ! We are wed to him this hour if we are born again.
Flee idolatry. Flee adultery.
Ezekiel 6: 9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
Idolatry is Adultery! They went whoring after idols. Have not all the denominations done that today? Starting with the Catholics, through the Pentecostals and to the Evangelicals of this day; they are the worst of all.
They have rejected the Message of the Hour. They have rejected the Holy Spirit. They have rejected the Groom. They have rejected his Seed. Their “whorish hearts” have gone after the idols of silver and gold: MONEY!
They have all sold out for money, sold out for “filthy Lucre”.
Revelation 17: 1And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
She is a “whore”. The Church is the Bride of Jesus Christ. A false Bride who operates for money is a prostitute, a whore. The Catholic Church is the first and biggest, and richest whore of them all, and is the mother of all of them.
The kings commit fornication with her because they are not Bride material. There is no vow, it is not adultery to them for they have no Groom. They commit fornication and the people of the world, without Christ, go right in with them, all for money. They are drunk on it; drunk on the spirit of antichrist.
60-1207 – The Pergamean Church Age – William Branham
“I’ll show thee the judgment of the great whore.” Now, if she was that, then she was a woman professing to be something that…She was committing adultery! Is that right? Well, then, if it was a church, she was committing adultery against God. Is that right? Then adultery, would be fornications, spiritual fornications: she’s teaching something to the people that’s not God’s Word. Is that right? She’s teaching something that isn’t true. That’s the Nicolaitanes. See it coming here? Going about putting popes, and priests, and taking the Holy Spirit out, “Days of miracles is past”; and the Bible said, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday and forever.” The Bible said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins”; she says, “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,” sprinkle, pour around. Oh, my! See? And it is creeping into the Message, subtly. I have seen Halloween parties in so called Message Churches. Christmas trees even. We’ll get to that.
Jeremiah 3: 8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Israel was put away. She could have been the Bride, but before the Groom, the Lord Jesus Christ could come to her, she had already gone off into idolatry, adultery. She compromised her vows. And God put her away for it. He gave her the bill of divorce.
How about the Gentile Churches today? The Catholic Church was born in adultery.
Then God sent Luther to bring the people out, but before God could perfect them, they went straight back whoring into idolatry, into adultery. The Lutheran Church broke their vows to Christ and he gave them the bill of divorce.
Then God sent Wesley. He brought sanctification, but before they could receive Christ in his fulness, they turned back into spiritual adultery like their momma Rome, organized and God put them away! He divorced them too.
Then he sent the gifts at Azusa Street. Then He sent a Word Prophet, fulfilling Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7 with the spirit of Elijah to bring the Word Seed. He got to the Bride before she could be adulterated. But it is not the Pentecostal Church. She was just the Bride’s Maid! She was already adulterated by the time the Prophet got to the Bride.
But the Bride was a Virgin!
No man, no organization, no devil got to her. She was pure! She is Pure Today! You are the pure Virgin Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ and he sent his Prophet to call you to the Wedding Supper and you came.
He married you and put His Word Seed in the womb of your heart and Sealed it!
When the Lord God filled you with his Holy Spirit, when you were born again, you were sealed and no devil’s lie can ever get to you again.
You are called and chosen, the Elect Lady.
63-0728 – Christ Is The Mystery Of God Revealed – William Branham
When Eve went away from the Word, she went away from her mate. And when the church goes away from the Word, to a denomination, she rejects and commits fornications with the world of man’s wisdom, rejecting the authority of God’s Word. That sound clear? [Congregation says, “Amen.”—Ed.] The Bible said, “Committing spiritual fornications.” Any Word in the Bible, that’s rejected, or if any self-interpretation put to It, it’s absolutely rejecting and committing adultery against the God that is your Husband. An adulteress never enters the Kingdom of Heaven, we know that. See? Now, see, that’s what Eve done at the first place.
The denominations have all done it. They ALL adulterated. They are all gathered back to Momma Rome in the World Council of Churches, the Image of the Beast. The political world, the secular world has done it. They just voted in the United Nations against Jerusalem. That is critical. Zechariah 12 says that the Lord is going to gather all Nations against Jerusalem, not against Israel, against Jerusalem so that he can judge them all at once.
This week in the United Nations, 128 Nations gathered against Jerusalem, and 128 Nations were judged. And it happened on December 21st, the Sun god’s birthday.
They committed fornication with the Woman on the Beast!
They received the Antichrist seed from Rome!
Do not ever let anybody tell you that the Denominations are the Foolish Virgins. They are NOT virgins. They have committed adultery, every single one of them is adulterous. Their very names testify that they are adulterous. If you were to marry me and take another man’s name, are you really my wife? They have “blasphemous names”. They are in adultery, have received the seed of antichrist, and the wombs of their hearts have been sealed off by it! Forever!
The Bride of Christ is Sealed by the Holy Spirit!
The Denominations are Sealed by the Mark of the Beast!
Jeremiah 23: 14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
Notice here who the prophet is speaking of. He says “Prophets of Jerusalem”. What is that today? Message Preachers! They are committing Spiritual Adultery and walking in lies. The are adulteresses. They are like Sodom!
Not only adulterers, but in adultery with one another! Sodomites!
They are inventing their own lies, their own dogmas, and sharing it among each other. That is why there are so many foolish virgins. They come to the Lord, they repent and get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. They get cleaned up and sanctified even. But they are being fed adulterous lies, and are never led into the fullness of Christ. They get the wrong seed, a seed of spiritual Sodom, a man made creed with no life in it.
Flee from Idolatry!
You are the Bride of Jesus Christ! Be the Bride!
54-0515 – Questions And Answers – William Branham
Now what is that type of woman? Is a woman that lives and commits adultery. And the churches are committing spiritual fornications with the—with the people. See? They are—they are…Here’s the Bible that teaches This, and they make up a bunch of creeds and so forth that has nothing to do with the Bible. And, for, this is nearly twenty something years I’ve stood right here and asked any minister, at anytime, to come and take…not your textbook, your creed, but come take the Bible, in the Light of the Bible, and prove It wrong. See? That’s right.
Brothers. Sisters. This is not my ideas here. This is Thus Saith the Lord! This is straight from the mouth of a vindicated Prophet of God, the seventh messenger. This is the Spirit of Elijah speaking to you. Hear Ye Him!
60-1207 – The Pergamean Church Age – William Branham
And God, what did He do? And now when they did this evil thing, and they were in adultery, God killed forty-two thousand of them at one time; forty-two thousand, for committing adultery. And what is it spoke of here in the church? The spiritual adultery, that you profess to be a “Christian” and still living like the world.
Oh, brother, receive ye the Holy Ghost! Get away from these old creeds and things you…they’re dead; recite the Apostles’ Creed, or some kind of a creed, and say a few prayers wrote out of a prayer book, or something like that. Jesus never did tell His people to say a prayer, He said, “Pray!” Pray! All right.
246 Now, Constantine’s feast, just like Balaam. Now watch. Like Balaam’s pagan feast, Constantine had a pagan feast. All right. Pergamos was invited. And notice now this… 247 I’ve got something wrote down here, I’m going to leave it alone right now. All right. All right. I was just trying to catch this note here of the…something I put down. 248 Pergamos was invited. All right, they was invited to a feast after the Nicene Council. They was invited to the feast of Winter Solstice; which means, “the sun, worship of the sun,” which was a pagan god; which fell on December the 21st, the shortest day in the year. And the years…The same time doesn’t change till December the 25th.
All heathens celebrated it, the sun-god’s birthday. The sun-god’s birthday was the shortest day in the year, December the 21st. And then anyone that ever read the history of the churches know that heathens worshipped on that day. It was a celebration.
Here’s your Christmas Message. Ready for it?
FLEE FROM IDOLATRY!
FLEE FROM ADULTERY!
You got some wreaths, a nice pretty Christmas tree maybe, some lights, a blow up Santa, a few plastic reindeer on your roof. Maybe one of those fake, lying nativity scenes that shows the wise men at the birth of Jesus, in the winter, in the snow.
THAT IS ADULTERY TO GOD!
Jeremiah 10: 2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
Learn not the way of the Heathen. It is a false seed! It is contrary to the Word of God. It is antichrist from the bottomless pit of hell. Idolatry! Adultery!
Christians do not do it, will not do it. Thus Saith the Lord! Do not do it.
If you got any of that stuff Brothers, Sisters, rip it down and burn it. It is demonic. It is pagan. It is Constantine’s Nicene Festival in your house! How can a Holy God come into a house that is full of idols? When you accept that seed into your heart, you will be sealed off from the truth, sealed off from the Holy Spirit, forever.
The Bride will not be adulterous! She is pure! She will not be deceived. Be pure! Be true unto your Groom!
You are the Queen of Heaven and Earth.
As He is, You Are!
You are called for it. Everyone here is called to come out of the whore, not to partake of her sins, not to receive of her plagues. We are at the end of the end of the end. Get rapture ready!
Get Justified through repentance and water baptism in Jesus Christ’s name.
Get Sanctified through the Blood of Jesus Christ.
Get filled and Sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise.
Holy Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ, be true unto Him.
Matthew 4: 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 7: 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The Narrow Minded Christian. The world uses that term, “Narrow Minded”, as an insult. Every Born Again Christian is narrow minded. If you are not narrow minded, then how do you supposed to enter into the narrow gate? Broad minded people go in at the broad gate, and the broad gate leads to….DESTRUCTION.
The Lord God has given us his Word. It is holy, true, complete, perfect and unerring. The Bible is Logos in print, the full revelation of the jehovah God, the full revelation of Jesus Christ, to the Bride. It is not to the world, for he will not ever reveal himself to the world. He is an honourable husband. For him to reveal himself to someone other than his Bride is Adultery. God is not an adulterer.
Even at the Judgement when the whole world will stand before him, seeing him, hearing him, beholding him in his glory on the throne, the world will do so without a shred of revelation. Standing in pure light, yet still in pure darkness. The world is darkness and the people a gross darkness.
How humbled we should be that the Lord has by his grace and mercy decided to reveal himself unto us!
Now when we make a drawing Engineering, we always establish a datum, a point from which all dimensions and measurements are taken. If we take one measurement there in life is always a small error. Now for the next measurement, if instead of going back to the datum, we take the measurement from off of the first measurement, the errors add up. The first could be a millimeter out. The second measure could contain an error of a millimeter, but that error is added to the first error and now you could be 2 mm out. Do that a hundred times and you could be out by a foot.
The same is true in the spiritual realm. We need an datum, an absolute from which we measure all things. Every soul has an absolute. For some it is science so called. For some it is a denomination. For some it is a man, a preacher etc. But for the Christian our Absolute MUST be the Revealed Word of God for the Hour, which is the Bible.
As soon as we get off that one true absolute, we start making errors, then make more errors compounding on the first. Pretty soon we are a million miles off but don’t know it because Our Measurement says that we are perfect.
62-1230M – Absolute – William Marion Branham
“But the word absolute is “an ultimate.” And, therefore, I think that everybody should have an ultimate. And every great achievement that’s ever been achieved, there has been an absolute behind it. No matter what it was, it’s had an absolute behind it. And every person, in order to achieve something, has to first have the absolute. And that’s the final wind back, through this, that, back through the other, till you come to that absolute, or the amen, or the ultimate. Of what you’re… You got something you have to tie to, in other words. It’s the final tying post, to every achievement. It’s somewhere. It might wind through many different things till it gets to that tie post, but there is the amen to all of it. There must be such a thing. You cannot go on through life without having one.”
One of the problems in the “Christian” world is revelation, or the lack thereof. Remember the Lord promised to be faithful to his Bride. He won’t commit adultery against her, he won’t reveal himself to anyone but to her. So how does he reveal himself to her?
You would say through the Holy Spirit, and you would be half right. There is a mechanism that the Lord God uses. Remember the Bible also said that it pleased God through the foolishness of preaching to save the sinner. But how does a preacher like me get that revelation, to preach it to you? Well we get it through preachers too, but through a very special preacher. God has to start somewhere with revelation.
Amos 3: 7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
The Lord will not reveal himself to anyone outside of his Bride, and he promised that he only will reveal himself through a Holy Ghost anointed Prophet! That is why I said our Absolute must be the Revealed Word of God for the Hour; without the Prophet’s Message we will NEVER get the revelation of the Bible!
It does not matter how smart you are, how well educated, how much study or prayer you do, who your parents are (Esau’s daddy was Isaac), if we do not come God’s provided way we will wander in darkness forever.
Revelation is not intellectual!
Revelation is not a matter of the mind, but of the heart!
We must come by God’s provided way or we will never get there!
Proverbs 14:12 or Proverbs 16:25, [they are identical, verbatim] There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
This idea is so essential that the wisest man who ever lived, outside of Jesus Christ himself, wrote it twice.
There is a way, not the provided way of the Lord God, but a way, that seems right to man. It is logical. It makes perfect sense. They are not trying to be bad. In their carnal minds the way they are going seems absolutely right. But it leads to death and destruction. It leads to HELL and the Lake of Fire created for the devil and his angels. And the world is running in as fast as it can.
Their Absolute is not Absolutely right. We can be sincere and be sincerely wrong.
When a ship goes down, it sucks everything down with it. There are those “in the message” today, who are not yet converted, who are being dragged down with the sinking ship of the world. The nominal church, the Lot’s of our day, are down in the Sodom of the world, and will go the way of Lot’s wife.
What is a word? A Word is a thought or an idea expressed. Where do our thoughts originate?
Proverbs 23: 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
The thought comes from the heart, where the spirit lives. The brain is just the processor, the the heart is the originator, the source. Jesus said that out of the mouth comes the abundance of the heart.
The Word of God, Logos, is the seed of God. Therefore, every word must be a seed, it is a type. The seed carries the life of the spirit from whence the word came. The Word of God, comes from the Spirit of God, and carries the Zoe Life of God, which is the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit, it is not the Word anymore, it is a dead letter. It takes a spirit to give life. The moment the spirit leaves your body, you fall dead.
People “die” and are brought back to life by medicine. They haven’t really died, the spirit is still attached to the body. But once that spirit leaves, the doctors can electrocute that heart a million billion trillion times and you ain’t coming back to life.
Now a word is a seed that carries the life of the spirit in the seed. You plant the seed and water it and it grows. I planted a Papaya seed a few months back. That seed did not look like a Papaya. It sprouted, and started to grow. A twig shot up that looked nothing like the Papaya. Then after a time, it sprouted leaves. Again, they look nothing like the Papaya, or the seed for that matter. But as it grows, Lord willing, it will develop buds, and those buds will bear fruit. Now it gets interesting. The fruit, each fruit, will bear the original seed a hundred fold.
You plant one apple seed and let it grow. It will form into a tree that cannot be uprooted. That tree will carry the life of the original seed up and bear the fruit of the seed a thousand times over. Each fruit will have a dozen seeds in it.
When the Word of God is planted into your heart, and watered by the Holy Spirit, it will grow, it will not look like the original for quite some time. But one day it will bud and it will bear the fruit of the Spirit from the life of the Spirit.
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT WILL BEAR THE ORIGINAL WORD SEED AN HUNDRED FOLD IN YOUR LIFE!
Now what happens when someone plants another seed in your heart? That seed also carries a life. The life in that seed is the life of the Spirit from whence it came!
1 John 4: 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.
Who is in the world? The “spirit of antichrist”! If we are in the world then the spirit that is in us, is the spirit of Antichrist! We just read it.
So when someone is talking to you from the world, what spirit is in them? The spirit of antichrist!
The words that they are speaking to you are seeds!
Those seeds carry the life of the Spirit from whence they came, the Life of the Spirit of Antichrist. When we let the ideas, the thoughts, the dogmas, the creeds, the traditions, the cultures, the religion, the psychology, the sociology of the world into our hearts, it plants in there. Then it pops up a little sprig. That sprig doesn’t look like the devil, so we ignore it. Then a leaf comes, then another, then another, but again, it looks harmless. Can anyone where while walking through the woods tell the difference between Giant Hogweed, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and every other leaf and plant? To anyone but an expert they all look the same.
Without the discernment of the Holy Ghost we will never recognize the growth of those poison seeds in us!
Then a bud forms. We start having to explain it away. We have to say “signs and wonders were for the prophet but since the perfect one has come we don’t need them”. “I received the Holy Spirit without sensation”, when the Vindicate Prophet of God told us “a birth is a mess”. Or my favourite “I have enough faith so I don’t need God to work signs and wonders in my life”.
Brother, Sister, now you got yourself a problem. You got yourself a big old tree with a trunk 10 feet around and roots going to the bottom of your very soul. If you’ve let it grow this far, it will be a very painful procedure to remove it from you life.
But it gets still worse! Those buds will bear fruit. They will bear the fruit of the spirit, the antichrist spirit from whence they came. That one seed now has a hundred different demonic fruit hanging off of you. Everywhere you look in your life you will see the fruit of the devil.
We use cover-up or foundation, not Make Up. We apply Nail Hardener, it is clear so it is OK. Does the colour change what it is?
It is Jezebel Paint! The only women in the Bible who ever wore that was Jezebel and she ended up in a Doctor Ballards can – Dog Food.
We checked the lyrics of the song, it doesn’t promote sin directly. Who wrote it? What spirit was in that person when they wrote it? It is of the devil.
Yes it is an old folk melody, that we stole, then applied “Christian Lyrics” too. First, you STOLE it. Imagine in the Old Testament days heading down to the temple and stealing your neighbours sheep for sacrifice? He is a heathen so it don’t matter. You STOLE it. When you take someone else’s melody you are stealing it. Now top that off with the fact that the melody was written by a person who is possessed with that spirit of Antichrist. What do you suppose that song will do? Do you think the Lord will accept your worship? Do you think he will bless you?
You will get emotions. You will get intellectual. You will receive a spirit indeed, and you will be anointed by it. But will it, or even can it be the Holy Spirit?
We have to clear out the wedges of silver and Babylonian Garments from the camp!
But it gets Worse yet! That fruit will look delicious. The stolen song will sound so good. The cover-up and nail hardner and clear lip-gloss etc etc etc will look so pretty. The fruit will all be big and ripe and beautiful and sweet, and poisonous. It will be intellectual fruit. You will have logical fruit. You will have pious fruit. You will have reasonable fruit. You will have psychological fruit. You will have religious fruit. You will have a form of godliness.
And without the Discernment of the Holy Spirit through the Revealed Word of God for the Hour, it will look GODLY to you and to the whole world! The Antichrist looks like God to the world!
2 Thessalonians 2: 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 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, shewing himself that he is God.
He is not showing himself to be Satan, the Antichrist, the Beast, the False Prophet. He is showing himself, Vicarious Fillii Dei, in place of the Son of God. He is showing himself to be Christ Incarnate. And the world believes it. Why? They don’t have a narrow enough mind.
Revelation 13: 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
The whole world will wonder after the beast whose names are not written in the book of Life of the Lamb! The whole world. Everyone. The Catholics, the protestants, the Hindus, the Muslims, the Zoroastrians. Even the atheists will wonder after the beast! How can this be?
They don’t have a narrow enough mind. They have no absolute, or a false absolute. They are not founded on the Rock of Revelation, but on the shifting sands of carnal understanding and dogmas. They do not have revelation. They do not have the Holy Spirit or the Message of the Hour. They cannot recognize the fruit or tell the difference between Poison Ivy and Mint.
They cannot discern between the Revealed Word of God and dogmas. They cannot discern between good and bad, light and dark. They cannot discern between Christ and the Antichrist! The Spirit that is in them, the fruit they are bearing, and the seed in that fruit are of the Antichrist spirit that is in the world. And they don’t even know it.
What does the Bible say of this age?
Revelation 3: 14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
In that miserable, wretched, vulnerable, naked condition and have no idea. They think they are the queen of heaven. Their absolute is not absolute. Them missed the Message of the Hour, the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But it gets even worse! The fruit that we will bear will carry the seed of the Spirit from whence it came. Our fruit, that we believe to holy and righteous and true, logical, intellectual, smart, dogmatic, religious, pious, will carry the Antichrist Spirit to whosoever receives the seed from us. They will receive the seed when they eat of the fruit! Our words will be sweet in their mouths and they will swallow those words into their hearts and DIE.
We need a narrow mind, too narrow for those big antichrist seeds to enter.
We need the Mind of Christ!
1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
We have the Mind of Christ, only when we have the Spirit of Christ.
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We have the discernment, comparing Spiritual with Spiritual. How? Through the lens of the Message of the Hour. People talk about Bible Codes. They have no clue what they are talking about. They are spreading Antichrist seeds. The Bible Code is the Prophet’s Message. That is where you will find the truth. And any idea that goes contrary to it, no matter how good, no matter how wise, no matter how ethical, or moral, or logical it may sound, is straight from the bottomless pit of hell.
Philippians 2: 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Let the mind of Christ dwell in you. The greatest battle ever fought is in the human mind. There you will hear the thoughts of God from the Holy Spirit; there you will hear the thoughts of Satan. Win the War for it has already been won for you at Calvary. Destroy the thoughts of the devil. Destroy his seeds. Water the Seed of God in your heart that it may bear fruit and carry that seed to others.
Everywhere you go, every conversation you have, every song you listen to, every video you watch, someone is trying to plant a seed in you.
Every single word spoken or written is a seed.
Every single word carries the life of the spirit from whence that word came.
When we accept a word into our hearts, we are receiving the life of the seed, which is the spirit. When that word grows it will bear fruit. That fruit will carry the seed a thousand fold to others. And without discernment, we will look wise and holy and righteous, while we are slaughtering souls with our tongues.
James 3: 1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
We need an Absolute. That Absolute must be the Bible. We can only understand it through revelation. That revelation was first given to us, preached to us, by the Prophet. Any idea, any dogma, any creed, any doctrine must pass the Word test, the Revealed Word Test. If our ideas do not match line upon line, precept upon precept, word upon word with the Bible, with the Message of the Hour, then we are quite simply wrong.
Every word is a seed. Every seed carries the life of the spirit behind it. When we receive a word, we receive the spirit that comes with it. A word seed will grow in us and without discernment, we will never recognize its character. If it gets too big, it will be extremely painful to remove. That tree will bear the fruit of the spirit in the seed, a religious, logical, reasonable, pious, beautiful fruit that the world will love. That fruit will carry the original seed, and the spirit behind it a hundred fold.
2 Timothy 3: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
They have a form of godliness, but look at the fruit. Look at the spirit of the seed. They go into houses, Churches, and lead silly women, Churches, a Woman types a church, astray with divers lusts. Every learning, intellectual, educated, smart, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth.
Jesus is a faithful husband. He will never reveal it to them.
Get the mind of Christ in you. Get narrow minded. Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way. Nothing worldly can get in. Establish the Revealed Word of God as your Absolute. Stand firm on the world in the face of all adversaries and DO NOT COMPROMISE!
Joshua 5: 4 And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt.5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised.6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord: unto whom the Lord sware that he would not shew them the land, which the Lord sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.7 And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way.8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole.9 And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
Moses led Israel out of Egypt. There were approximately 2,000,000 of them. But in the wilderness as they traveled, we find out that the boys were not circumcised on the eighth day as required.
Now that Moses had passed the torch to Joshua, the Lord was using him to be his mouthpiece to Israel. Now as they were crossing the Jordan we find a couple of things happen.
He had to circumcise them.
The reproach of Egypt is removed.
The ate the Passover.
The manna ceased.
We, today, had a Word Prophet as foretold to us by Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7. He called people out of modern Egypt as well; spiritual Egypt. He had a message from the Lord God just as sure as Moses’ message was from God. He even had a sign in his hand. He spoke into existence as Moses did. But the people rejected also rejected him just as Moses was rejected, just as Jesus was rejected. They rejected the man, they rejected the ministry, they rejected the message, and most importantly, they rejected the Lord God who sent him.
The United States was judged in the 1950’s for rejecting the Message of the Hour. And just as God judged Amelek and they waited 400 years to bring the judgement to pass, so too is he waiting on America. There are born again spirit filled Christians there. The Lord won’t let a spark of fire fall until they are gone. And the Lamb Beast still has some prophesy to fulfill before she becomes smoking holes from one coast to the other. But she shall burn!
So what of the Children of the Wilderness, those who have grown since the Prophet left? What of the Promised Land?
6 Now, many people has regarded that typologist, as myself, has said that was represented after the wilderness journey, then going into glory. Now, there may be someone here that teaches it that way tonight. That wouldn’t make any difference, my brother, or sister, whatever it is. I may be wrong in my theories of it, but I never could liken the promised land to being heaven because they had wars in the promised land. I’m a millenialist. I believe that there’ll be a Millennium, a thousand years on the earth that mankind will go right back to God just as he come out from God. And I believe that the promised land represented the Millennium, the thousand years in the Millennium.
7 If you notice, as soon as they crossed Jordan, which means separation from this earthly journey into the other land, they—the manna, which was a spiritual thing, ceased, and they eat of the old corn. They eat of the fruit of the land again. And in the Millennium… See, we are eating spiritual manna now, but will be back—won’t need spiritual manna in that time, we will eat the fruit of the vine again, and of the field, the corn. And the Bible said we would build houses and inhabit them, plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. When we come into the Millennium, that thousand years of rest, when there’ll be wars and troubles and sickness and death will flee from the world, we will return here on this earth and be with Christ a thousand years, right here before we go into glory. That’s the teaching of the Scripture.
8 Now, see how beautiful it’s typed out. It was a type of Egypt, being settled in Egypt. Many people was left in Egypt. Now, as far as we know, Joseph was brought out, his body. But in Egypt there was to be a resurrection in Egypt, because the patriarchs, as far as we know, are buried in Egypt. Many believers were buried in Egypt.
And in the second phase of the journey in the wilderness, many died, and many righteous men, Miriam, Aaron, and many of them, died here in between, in the journey, and there’ll be a resurrection there. And then also, over into the promised land there will be the resurrection.
But those three things typing, Luther age, justification by faith, Luther bringing out the people from Egypt, the garlic pots, flesh of the world; secondly, John Wesley through sanctification; and third, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, where they are free again.
Now that is a good point. We know that the Jordan types death, and as such it would be easy to think that Israel crossing into the Promised Land was the heaven, the eighth day (moving into eternity after the Millennium), but as the Prophet points out, we must line up everywhere, not just on a couple of points. So we see here that the Promised Land is the Millennium, the Seventh Day, the Sabbath. At the Rapture we enter in peace. We are at the door, ready to enter the Millennium. The Millennium will be peace.
God made the world in six days (six thousand years), and on the seventh day he rested. We have been on earth 6,000 years, six days. The Millennium is the Seventh Day, the Sabbath.
There is also an eighth day. We gather and assemble around the word on Sundays. This is not the First day of the week to us, this represents the Eighth Day, Eternity. For after the Millennium, after the second resurrection, after the white throne judgement, the holy city, 1500 miles east to west, 1500 miles north to south, 1500 miles tall, the holy mountain of God, the Bride’s City will come down and we will move in for eternity. Time shall be not more. The Eighth Day is an eternal day. But we have to get there. And we are not there yet. We are physically still in the sixth day.
We are at War! We are still in the Wilderness.
Every moment of every day is a war! It was a war to get this message. It was a war to arrive here on time. It was a war to come to the pulpit. It is a war to bring this message. It is a war to receive this message.
But we are moving into the Promised Land!
Joshua 1: 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Branham my servant is…. Asleep. But as I was with him, so shall I be with you! Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ! Every place you set your foot, spiritually, is yours. But you must fight for it. Fight! We are in the Joshua day. We are moving into the Promised Land! But we ain’t there yet.
Every promise in the Bible is for you. Put your name there. Make it personal. Consider every name written in the Bible as a placeholder for YOUR name. “By his stripes Paul Brake is healed”. Put your name in every promise. Children of the Wilderness, we have arrived! Make it Personal! It has to be personal!
We keep coming back to this scripture, but there is so much there to cover.
Matthew 25: 1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Notice there are two different, separate calls here. In the beginning they all grabbed their lamps and went forth to meet the groom. But he did not come at that time. He tarried. Then they all fell asleep. At the midnight hour, he came. The second call!
At the beginning of this age the call went out at the mouth of the Prophet. The world came. Hundreds of thousands if not millions came out of Egypt by the Prophet’s message. They had water, blood and spirit just as Moses did. They came out under the Blood of the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Baptism we restored. Manna has been falling for over 100 years now, since 1933. But the Lord tarried in our day. Every sheep must come, every child of God must be positionally adopted as Sons and Daughters of God. Christianity has been wandering in the wilderness of sin of the world. The Bible says that we are pilgrims and strangers!
It has been 50 years since the Prophet Messenger went off the scene. A Jubilee has come and gone. The manna is still falling, but one day soon it will cease. Soon we will be preaching to the lost.
Don’t miss it!
The Groom is tarrying. The Bride is napping in a Laodicea slumber; fat, lazy, half asleep, battle weary. We are at the door, as they were in Joshua’s time, but just like in that day, the Children of the Wilderness were NOT circumcised!
The Second Call is about to come. We are at the midnight hour! Even the scientists tell us we are a minute to midnight. Did you think that was a coincidence?
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:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
The rest of God, the SABBATH, is the Holy Spirit. On the seventh day God rested from his works. He did not start up again on day eight. On the seventh day he rested from his works FOREVER. It is not another day. The day was given as a type to show what was to come, just as a lamb was used to type Christ.
The Israelites had the Sabbath every single week in the wilderness, but failed to enter The Sabbath, through unbelief. When we enter into His Rest, when we enter The Sabbath; WE REST FROM OUR OWN WORKS FOREVER!
The works of the flesh cease. Full stop! Have you entered into His Rest? Are you ready for Promised Land today? Are you circumcised of heart and ears?
The ministers are standing in the Jordan. The waters are pulling back. Have you ceased from the Works of the Flesh!?
The Holy Spirit is standing ready with the two-edged sword to circumcise your hearts and ears right now.
Galatians 5: 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
What are some of those works of the flesh? What do those words mean?
Adultery: moicheia, Adultery
Fornication: porneia, sexual immorality of any kind.
Uncleanness: Akatharsia, State of moral filthiness, sexual sin
Idolatry: eidololatres, worshipping or honoring false gods
Witchcraft: pharmakeia, DRUG USE!
Hatred: echthra, hostility, antagonism, enmity
Variance: eris, dissention, quarrels, discord
Emulations: zelos, jealousy, morally corrupt zealous ill will
Wrath: thymos, intense displeasure based on real or perceived wrong focused on a righteous punishment.
Strife: eritheia, selfish ambition.
Seditions: dichostasia, divisions, dissention
Heresies: hairesis, factions, cults, cliques
Envyings: phthonos, envying
Murders: phonos, killing
Drunkenness: methe, getting drunk
Revellings: komos, carousing, orgies
How many of the 17 did you know? We have to know by revelation what the Bible says, not just to read the letter of it, but to know what it is saying. It is the same for the Message of the Hour. We hear these terms, the token, the seals are open, Daniel’s seventy weeks, standing in the gap etc, but do you really know what is being said?
Did you notice how many are sexual in nature? Five of the seventeen! That’s about 30%. Why? What was the original sin? Ever committed adultery with the serpent, then went to Adam. She had two sons, twins. Adam knew his wife Eve (one sexual act) and she bore Cain, and then again Abel. Twins. Fraternal twins. Two eggs were fertilized, one by Adam, one by the Serpent. The Blood Line was polluted.
1 Corinthians 6: 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Now do you see why it is so important?
If we are still steeping in these things, then we have not entered into His Rest. We are not yet fit for the Promised Land. We cannot yet cross the Jordan. We are NOT Circumcised!
Remember for everything physical, there is a type spiritual.
Spiritual Fornication! Spiritual Adultery!
We can be living clean physically, and be steeped in spiritual fornication. We’ll come back to that in a bit.
Now we find that Joshua had to circumcise them!
We cannot enter into the Promised Land until we are circumcised. But ours is a circumcision of the heart and mind. The works of the flesh are the sign that we are not yet circumcised. We need to have the flesh removed from us! The Lord God circumcises with his word, which the Bible says is sharper than any two edged sword.
And God had Abraham circumcised in confirmation of his faith. And the—what was it? What is the Holy Ghost? Somebody tell me what the Holy Ghost is for. It’s a sign. Is that right? What was circumcision? A sign. Is that right? A sign. God give a sign that He had accepted Abraham, for circumcision. And when you say, “I believe God; I believe Jesus Christ,” then God gives you the baptism of the Holy Ghost as a sign that He’s accepted your faith. Hallelujah. And then you’re sealed in the Kingdom of God, not till the next revival, but until the day of your redemption: Ephesians 4:30, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you’re sealed until the day of your redemption.” There you are.
There were two groups with Moses, those who died in the wilderness, and those who entered the Promised Land. Those who could not enter, the Bible says, failed through unbelief, sin. We just covered that. We can only enter by F•A•I•T•H.
If we are full of sin, full of unbelief, then we simply do not have faith. And our lives will prove it. It is easy to testify, to talk big, but what do we live? Do we forgive or hold grudges? When we get sick, do we call the elders according to James 5:14-16, or do we rely on the arm of flesh and head to the doctors. I have nothing against medicine, it is God’s love gift to the unbeliever. But for the Christian we have Thus Saith the Lord “by his stripes ye were healed”.
If our lives are full of unbelief, full of the flesh, then we are not yet circumcised of the heart and mind. If our minds are constantly thinking on worldly things, if worldly songs are playing in our heads, if we identify with cultures, traditions, creeds, dogmas, associations, organizations, denominations, countries, political parties etc etc etc, then we are yet carnal and uncircumcised. None of those things are of God. Verily the Bible says that if we love the world or the things of the world, the love of God, Agape, is not even in us. Check yourselves!
The Prophet told us that the evidence of the Holy Spirit is being able to say “amen” to every word of Scripture. But that is not just with our mouths, the devil can do that; we have to say AMEN with our lives!
We must APPLY the Token!
We know the parable of the sower, we hear that many times. They all received the exact same word. But they did not all equally apply it. We all sit here and listen to the exact same message. We read the same Bible. But only in a few did the word take, and grow and bear fruit. Only a few entered into the Promised Land. Only the Bride enters the Promised Land!
The Bride’s Revival happens as we cross the Jordan!
If we ain’t crossing over there we won’t even know it is happening. It does not happen in the world, in the realms of the flesh. The Bride’s revival is spiritual. It will happen among the foolish virgins, right in their midst, and they will miss it entirely. Lot knew nothing of Melchizedek!
The Brides Revival will be the Third Pull, the Supernatural Manifestation of the Spoken Word of God in the Bride during the Squeeze when the gospel will be preached to the lost.
And I was pulling the line like this, and I was trying to straighten my line out; and He looked at me; He said, “Now, don’t get your line tangled up in these kind of times.” And I thought, “Maybe He’s going give me another try.” And I was—I said, “I’ll sure be careful,” and was winding my line in, and seen it taken up all right; and then when He said that, just then I felt myself go higher, way up. And when I was set down, there I was beneath and standing up above a great tent; I never seen such a tent. And I’d just made a altar call, seeming like, down at the altar; and when I was down there, I looked, and there were hundreds of people standing around the altar weeping because they had accepted the Lord Jesus. And they were just weeping out loud. And I said, “Oh, that’s more like it,” like that. And we’ll jump ahead a moment:
And just then… Now, here’s something. Notice close. There’s a difference between the Angel of the Lord and that Light, because I heard something a moving, as it does when it comes here at the platform at night, kinda like a—[Brother Branham makes a sound “whew”—Ed.] and like a fire whipping around—licking blaze. And It left me, and it went right down over the top of that audience and went and stood over the top of that little building, and then settled down on top of it. And then when It did, this One that was standing by me, behind me, the same voice, the Angel’s voice, He said, “I’ll meet you in there, and this is the third pull, but nobody will know nothing about it.” And I said, “Well, I don’t understand why in there. Why there?” He said, “It will not be a public show this time.” And I said, “I don’t understand going into that closet, like that.”
And He said, “Is not it written by our Lord, ‘when thou prayest, be not like the hypocrites who like to be heard before men, but enter into the secret closet and pray to the Father Who seeth in secret, and He Who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly?'” It’s perfectly to the Scripture; every time it is.
And I said, “I understand.” Then He took me to this place and set me down in this room where I was at, and then He told me what to do for the third time. Now, Christian friends, that’ll—when I leave this world, that’ll still be in my bosom. When I… But you mark my words what’s going to take place
There was a big show, in a big tent, with a big emotional movement. It was a message based church movement. There was a giant altar call. People appeared to be accepting Jesus, and many even were. They were getting Justified, they were getting Sanctified. But they were in the outer and inner court. They were not in the Holiest of Holies; that was in the little room. That seems to be the standard today. Hundreds of thousands were coming.
But right among them was that little cabin, little room, little building; the Holiest of Holies! And in that building the Angel of the Lord will work and the big show won’t know nothing about it. Signs wonders and miracles, the Third Pull, right under their noses and they will miss it. Don’t think you can miss that?
I saw a doctor miss a miracle happen in the palm of her hand!
When my last son was born it was through a planned cesarean. One of her ovaries as 5cm dilated. The doctor took one ovary in each hand and said that the one was quite obviously in serious condition and considerably dilated. Then with the ovaries in her hands she turned her head to speak to the medical staff and tell them what they would have to do to deal with it.
While she was talking, I cursed the devil in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. When she looked back, the ovaries were both perfectly healthy. She looked, paused, and said, “they are both normal, there is nothing to do here” and proceeded to close everything up. The miracle of God by the Spoken Word happened in the palm of her hand and she missed it.
If the Foolish Virgins will miss it, what of the world? What of the denominations? What of the secular world?
So now be part of the Bride! Don’t get mixed up with anything else.
Psalm 1:1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Stick with the Bible. Stick with the Message of the Hour. Stick with the Prophet. Stick with the Lord Jesus Christ! Stay with the Groom! Do not wander out of line, not even for a moment.
Avoid the ungodly. Avoid the denominations. Avoid cliques. Avoid unrighteousness. Avoid clubs and societies and associations. Stay away from sports teams. Don’t join worldly bands or play that music. Don’t discuss philosophy. Don’t listen to paganism and heathenism. You have been called away from all that. Cut it out of your life!
A Christian walk requires a complete separation from SIN! Period!
1 Corinthians 6: 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Do not get entangled with them. That includes both the worldly people, and the religious folks. If they have not accepted the Revealed Word of God, testify to them, but don’t let yourself get bogged down by them. If they are not called for eternal life, they will pull you down to hell with them. If you lay with the dogs, you will get flees.
You call them out, but do not let them call you in.
It don’t matter how sweet they are. It does not matter how religious they are. It does not matter how moral and ethical they are. Those things don’t save a person, they are just forms of self righteousness. They are the wool, the works. We are not saved by works. Our self righteousness is filthy rags. We need the pure linen, the Wedding Garment of the Bride!
We will not be part of the Bride’s Revival without the Message of the Hour.
Not one soul who has rejected the Message will be Bride!
Galatians 4: 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
The Bride will not be bound! We will not be part of the system. She will not be in the Image of the Beast nor receive the Mark of the Beast. We will not be yoked to them.
The tares are being bound together for the fire. That is what this big worldwide ecclesiastical, interdenominational blah blah blah thing is, the tares being bound together for the fire.
And today many who claim the Message are bound with denominational spirits as well. They form cliques, even among the ministers. They will invite this one, but not that one, will preach here, but not there. Preach where the money is. Preach where the popularity is. Preach for politics.
POLITICS! STRAIGHT FROM THE PIT OF HELL!
Mathew 6: 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Men getting rich preaching the gospel, so called. They won’t preach the gospel, the Message, only the parts that make people feel good. They tell you that you are the Bride, when they themselves don’t even believe there is one.
They will tell you that if you believe that William Branham was a prophet etc, that you are saved. WE MUST BELIEVE ON JESUS CHRIST!
WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!
The Children of the Wilderness must be Circumcised by the Holy Spirit!
A whole denominational world is learning to use the language of the message. And today a whole bunch of people “in the message” are learning to live like denominational people, and accept denominational dogmas. They are letting down the bars. Holiness has gone out of fashion among them.
The Great Falling Away Has Begun. It is in full swing!
Remember, the devil don’t come with a horse tail and a pitch fork, he comes with a Bible in one hand and a message book in the other. Literally, everybody except the Bride will be fooled.
We will be having the Bride’s Revival. And the world will miss it.
The squeeze is starting. It will put so much pressure on the religious world that only the Bride will overcome. The squeeze will fuel the Bride’s Revival. But the squeeze will be subtle, allowing a way of “escape”. We will be made to look as though we are insane, dangerous people for not accepting the “way out”. But the Lord will be moving.
And mixing with it is Spiritual FORNICATION!
Physical fornication sins against your physical, flesh body.
Spiritual fornication sins against your very Theophany!
Stick with the Word, the Bible. Stick with the vindicated Message, Stick with the Groom. No matter how tough it gets, no matter how sweet they try to make it look, stay with the Word.
We will have the Third Pull in Full Manifestation!
Now remember, there’ll never be an impersonation of that, ’cause it can’t be. See, it cannot be. Now it’s in existent. And I have… I am warned of this, that soon… Right at this time now it’s just happened, so it could identify its presence among you, see, but it will not be used in a great way until this Council begins to tighten up. And when it does, when that does… The Pentecostals, and so forth, can almost impersonate anything can be done. But when that time comes, when the squeeze comes down, then you’ll see, what you’ve seen temporarily, be manifested in the fullness of its power. See? See? See? See?
It is only for the Bride. It is only for the Spiritually Circumcised. It is only for those who will go in the Promised Land.
But you gotta get circumcised in the heart and mind FIRST!
The Lord will not fill us until we are completely Sanctified! A Holy God cannot dwell in an unclean vessel.
Balaam was a Prophet. He was not a heathen, he was a prophet. God spoke to him. But he was not following the Lord. He rejected the Message and the Messenger of his day, Moses. We got lots of preachers, teachers, evangelists, apostles and yes even prophets in the world. But are they lined up with the Messenger? Or are they like Balaam? God have Mercy!
Balaam was more interested in money and popularity. He had more respect unto the opinion of the world than the opinion of the Lord God Jehovah. He did not curse Israel, he blessed them. Think about that. Many from the Evangelicals like Donald Trump himself, will stand and bless Israel with their mouths. Trump even attended the Wailing Wall and placed a “prayer” in it. To the blind world this makes him holy.
This Prophet, Balaam, stood for all the world to see and blessed Israel openly and publicly. Yet he was a scoundrel. And through deceit, politics and his sly ecumenical move, he almost completely destroyed them. And had it not been for ONE righteous boy, they would have been wiped off the face of the earth.
Praise God! He always has someone on this earth that He can work with.
Numbers 25: 1And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. 2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.3 And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel.
4 And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel.5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor.
6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.
9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.
We have too many Balaams. The pulpits of full of them today. We need more Phinehas’s. We need someone willing to go after the evils in the camp. We need men willing to cry and sigh for the abominations in the city.
We need preachers who will stand in the pulpits and call out sin and condemn it! We need preachers with sharp, two edged swords, who are willing to sacrifice all, to circumcise the Children of the Wilderness. We need men with spines, men who honor God, men consecrated to serve the Lord. We need Holy Ghost filled, called, anointed preachers to stand in the waters of the Jordan.
We need men who will preach black and white. There is NO grey!
A fountain produces either good water or bitter water. It cannot produce both.
Deuteronomy 22: 9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.10 Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.
We talked on that last week. We cannot mix the two together. The Word of God is PURE. The moment we try to mix ANYTHING with it, we create a hybrid. It is an abomination. Culture, philosophy, tradition, dogma, creed, logic, reasoning, humanities, psychology, politics, science so called. It is all to perish with the using.
To do so is to pollute God’s Sanctuary. Mix it together, even in our own minds and thoughts, is to defile the Temple of God which ye are!
Cast down imaginations!
Deuteronomy 12: 10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the Lord your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;11 Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the Lord:12 And ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:14 But in the place which the Lord shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.
As the Bride of Christ, we cannot just go anywhere. We cannot attend any gathering, any fellowship, any church that suits our fancy. There is a place appointed for each of us to gather, to worship, to tithe to.
But this only applies to the Bride. If we are not Bride, it don’t matter where we go.
If the Lord places you somewhere, go there. Don’t wander. If the Lord gives you a ministry, serve it. Don’t always be looking at the other guy’s job. You can’t do his job and he can’t do yours.
We are members of the Body of Christ. We have a set position. Fingers are on hand, noses on the face, eyes in front, ears on the side. It is all for a purpose. I can scratch my nose with my finger, but I can’t do it with my kidney. Trying to do it would make an awful mess. There was an anointed King once who went into the temple and tried to do a priest’s job. He got leprosy!
When we enter into His Rest, he places us positionally!
It is not enough to simply be born again, we must be adopted! The Bride is NEVER placed in a denomination. We are not heirs with the children of the bondwoman. The wheat will not be heirs with the chaff. The chaff exists to protect the wheat. It looks a lot like the grain, but it is empty and has no life in it. It is propped up by the life of the seed. But the life is in the seed! When the seed ripens, the heat of the sun tightens up the chaff, and it squeezes the seed and pulls back from it. The chaff will pull back from the seed, and verily already has.
Deuteronomy 31: 15 And the Lord appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.
So here we have the Lord speaking to Moses and Joshua as he prepares to lead the people into the Promised Land. These are the Message People of the Day. Yet look at the rebuke from the Lord.
He says, yes, I’ll bring them over, but it won’t take long and they will turn against me, rise up, and break my covenant. Laodicea!
The self same thing happens today! God sent a vindicated prophet messenger to reveal the entire written word to us. We have been given light on all of it. And we rise up against it. The denominations turned against it. Now from our own have risen ravenous wolves devouring the weak and poor, murdering the Prophet’s character. Pure Evil!
Matthew 13: 24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
The tares will be with the wheat until the harvest. The tares are being bound. That is the big interdenominational ecumenical move today. They are even reeling in the Muslims and Buddhists etc into it. It is the doctrine of Balaam! Make sure you don’t get bound with them. A denominational spirit is afoot. The doctrine of Balaam is creeping in. Avoid it. Run from it. Expose it. Rebuke it. We are NOT all the same and no we do NOT all worship the same God.
There will be the three kinds of believers, the un-believer, the make-believer and the True Believer until the very end. Two shall be working together, one left and one take. Two shall be in bed together, one left and one taken.
Be the right one! Be the Bride!
Circumcise your heart and enter the Promised Land!
The Bride’s Revival is at Hand, and Yes may have already begun. Would you know if it had?
When the Bride crosses the Jordan, and the waters return to block the way, they will leave the 12 stones as a memorial. Those 12 stones represent the 12 Tribes of Israel. Moses and Elijah will be preaching to those 12 Tribes after we leave. And if you are looking at that happening from this side of the Jordan, I truly feel sorry for you.
Do Not Miss It!
Get Circumcised of Heart and Ears!
Children of the Wilderness, the waters of the Jordan are parted:
Isaiah 5: 11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink: that continue until night, till wine inflame them! 12 And the harp, and the viol, the babret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the lord, neither consider the operation of his hands. 13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. 14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
What a word this is! I was hoping for a shorter word for this evening but you could preach a decade on this. It is hard to know where to start but I am going to try to keep it short. There are so many ideas here. But I see the central theme for us this evening as being the 13th verse. “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”
Notice here that God does not say the people, but “MY people” are gone into captivity. MY people! Not the world, not the denominations, not muslims or hindus, MY PEOPLE! The people of God, the church, the called out ones, are gone into captivity. We are supposed to be free. Jesus said the truth shall set us free. We have the word, and we have the message and yet Isaiah says we are being taken captive. How can this be? How can the church of the living God be taken captive in this day when we have the greatest light that has ever been? For the first time in history we not only have the entire Bible, but we have the entire Bible revealed. Even the Apostles didn’t have it. Luther didn’t have it. Wesley didn’t have it but we have it and today we also have captivity.
You might bed tempted to say “wait a minute, Isaiah is taking about his time”. The Bible says by two or three witnesses let all things be established.
Revelation 13: 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 he that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Is this Isaiah’s time? This is here and now. This is our age. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity. Who is leading into captivity? Who is leading the saints into captivity? The preachers! Preaching off the word and preaching a second hand gospel and preaching their own dogmas. They are leading the children of God into captivity. Look at our scripture.
11Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink: that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
He is not talking about drunks here. This isn’t alcoholism. He is talking about a religious spirit, a religious fervor. They rise early with a religious fervor, they are full of religious emotion to the point where they become intoxicated and inflamed with it. Inflamed by it. Set on fire. Excited! They dance all over the stage, jump up and down and shout and scream from the pulpit. And the people in the benches are even worse. They put on a big show with lots of emotion. Church has become a Broadway musical these days. They get charged up and charge up the people and everyone is jumping and dancing and shouting “Amen!” to every word and not even paying attention to check what is being said.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you; whose judgment now of a long time lingerth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
There is your third witness. They with feigned words and fair speeches will lead into captivity. They will preach up a storm. There will be a huge emotional rush through the people. And they are doing it for money. Do you know how much they are making? Brother Branham refused to drive a Cadillac because he felt that he should not be driving a better car than the average man, and the cars they drive today put a Cadillac to shame. A brand new Cady would be a down payment for some of the cars, and jet airplanes, owned by preachers today. They have a religious spirit and the people sitting and listening will catch the same spirit and be taken captive by it. It is a very dangerous thing.
12And the harp, and the viol, the babret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.
The churches will have the best music programs, the best buildings, the most beautiful architecture, the most professional sound system, the most wonderful organization, but they also will “not regard the word of the Lord not consider the operation of his hands”. Quite a thought that such a big beautiful church who claims to follow the message and believe the word would be so far off from it as to not even consider it nor regard it. How can this be?
Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 Teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
There you have it. Religious hypocrisy! We can sing, and we can have the best orchestra filled with university graduated musicians. We can praise, and we can pray, and we can worship, and we can call out in Jesus name. We can read the Bible, and we can quote the prophet and put his picture up all over our churches and homes, but if we disregard the Revealed Word of God in favour of a doctrine of man, no matter how good it sounds, how logical it is, then all of our worship is in vain. It all starts at the pulpit.
We have lots of preachers but very few Word preachers. Jesus said it would be this way. He said the harvest is great and the labourers are few. Pray for labourers! Pray that the Lord God would call more Spirit filled men to the field who will actually consider the operations of God, and regard the works of the Lord, and not care about the money or the popularity. Pray for men who know God and have intimate knowledge of his ways and his Word. How can I introduce you to someone who I do not know myself? We need Holy Spirit filled, God sent, anointed preachers. We have too many religious men and not enough Godly men. It has always been that way. One Elijah to 450 prophets of Baal. One Elisha to a whole host of worldly prophets. One Micah to 400 prophets with lying spirits.
It is the even worse today!
And these false anointed preachers are taking the people captive by the millions. Good people, children of God are being taken captive by these religious spirits in religious preachers. And you might ask why is it that they are able to take the children of God captive? Good question.
13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Knowledge! The people are gone into captivity “because they have no knowledge”. Surprised? No knowledge. That is God’s own words from the mouth of his holy anointed, spirit filled prophet, not mine. God says the people, the message people, the message preachers, have no knowledge. As I pointed out earlier, we have both the Bible in print and the Message that reveals the Bible, both in print and on tape, and we hear it over and over and can quote from 3,000 hours of preaching by a vindicated prophet of God, and the Lord God says we have no knowledge.
The message believers today have no knowledge!
Knowledge of God does not come with Bible reading. Knowledge of God does not come with church going. Knowledge of God does not come with message listening. You do not get knowledge of God by pressing the play button. That might rub some wrong but just wait a moment, bear with me, and you will see. Knowledge of God does not come with singing or playing an instrument. If any of those would bring you knowledge of God then Saul of Tarsus would have known God personally for he was the most educated theologian in all of Israel. Yet when Saul came face to face with the Lord Jesus in the pillar of fire, he realized that he did not know anything of God whatsoever.
Knowledge of God comes only from a personal experience with God!
Saul learned more of the Lord God in those three or four minutes in front of that pillar of fire than in many years of Bible School and Seminary. Moses learned more of God in a few moments with a burning bush than in 80 years of life and 40 years of the best education that the world had to offer. In order to know God, to have knowledge of who and what the Lord God is, we have to meet God personally. Some will point quite accurately to the fact that the prophet directed us not to preach until we have seen God personally. Amen! But if you look to the message he went even further to say that you are not even a Christian until you have met God personally. And if we have not met him then how can we know him and if we do not know him, and have no knowledge of him, then we will be taken into captivity.
Our scripture goes on to say that the honorable men are famished. Starved! They are not being fed. The preachers are preaching, the singers are singing and the righteous are starving for the Word of God. How can this be brothers and sisters?
Quoting another preacher, even a vindicated prophet, will never feed a true child of God. An eagle needs fresh meat, not left-overs chewed out from another man’s sermons. Brother Branham was a Word Prophet and as a Word Prophet he pointed us back to the Word of God alone. Every Word preacher will point you back to the Word of God alone as well. If the preacher has the same spirit as the prophet did, then he will preach the same way as the prophet did. The prophet preached from the Word.
Not only do the honorable suffer, but it says that the multitude is dried up with thirst. Thirst for the water of the spirit and a parched thirst for the moving of the spirit. There is a famine of hearing the Word of God and a thirst for the spirit that is not being met in the churches today. Remember the foolish virgins have no oil. The Laodicean church has no oil, only the Bride does. The church has no oil because they have no knowledge of God. And they have no knowledge of God because they have not met God. And they have not met God because they are not being told to seek him, and not being led to him. Right back to the pulpit again!
2 Timothy 2: 24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; If God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Straight from the pulpit it comes. We must not fight and argue but teach the truth for that will lead men to repentance, and by repenting they will meet God and He shall recover them from the snare of the devil, the religious spirit, that takes them captive at will. If the people are not told, then the people will not know. The watchman is responsible to the people to warn of the enemy.
For months every time I opened the Bible, any Bible, it always turned to the same spot, and every time I read it, it spoke loudly to me.
Ezekiel 13:1And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord; 3 Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 5 They have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. 6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. 7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord Saith it; albeit I have not spoken? 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you saith the Lord God. 9And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God.
Foolish teachers, ministers of any kind really, following their own spirit. They don’t stand in the breach. They are not sent of the Lord. they divine lies by preaching doctrines of men. They are taking the children of God captive by religion. These are not prophets of Baal that the Lord God is addressing here, these are prophets of spiritual Israel. These are not the denominations, these are the message preachers of today. Certainly there are good message preachers but this is not addressing them. This is quite accurately aimed at a select group of men that were not sent by God, but went according to their own ideas preaching for gain. And when these men get hold of a pulpit they will build big groups; huge groups, that have lots of religion, lots of emotion, but are starving for the Word and the Spirit of God.
We are just a little family here today but we desperately need to know this. If we do not come to know the Lord God personally through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, then we will be taken captive by a religious spirit. If we are in the wrong place, then we will be starved for the word, parched for the spirit, and surrounded by religious pomp and celebration. The Bible said that we are to offer up the sacrifice of praise, but if that sacrifice is not washed then it is an abomination to God. Religious pomp and celebration, no matter how skilled or sweet to the ear, if it is not sanctified by the Holy Spirit of God, it is an abomination unto him.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
There is our answer. Jesus! He alone can set us free. He alone can give us liberty. He alone can free us from the spirits that threaten to take us captive. And he does it personally, not by creed, not by dogmas, not by church going, but by meeting him personally and getting to know him personally. We must regard the work of the Lord. We must consider his operations. God is alive and well. He is a miracle God. He is the same yesterday today and forever. Everything that is written in the Bible about him is just as true today as it was the day it was written.
Don’t get caught up in emotion. Don’t get caught up in a big show. Don’t get distracted by large crowds. Do not let a fancy building catch your eye. Get caught up in the spirit of God. The songs and the worship and the celebration are all important and even vital, but without the Spirit of God, it is dead. Where are the gifts? Where are the miracles? God is a miracle God. We point to the signs, wonders and miracles in Brother Branham’s ministry, but where are they in our lives? In Jesus’ day they pointed to Moses. In our day they point to Brother Branham. Let us look instead to Jesus. Let’s be like Gideon, the mighty man of valour, let’s seek out God personally and seek out his moving in our lives personally.
God is here right now to meet us. His spirit, the pillar of fire, is right there in the room with you at this very moment. He is waiting to hear from you, waiting for your invitation. He is waiting for you to regard His works and to consider His operations. Let’s all come together in one accord to consider His operations. Let’s all agree to regard His works. And not the works and operations of yesterday, but God’s works today in our lives, in our midst, right there in that room at the moment you are reading this.
The Bible says that the Lord is closer to you than your own breath. He is right there with you. The pillar of fire is right before you. Can you feel him? He is there filling the room. Seek him! Cry out to him! Reach out to him!
We often talk about “God”. But what is God? The Word god means and object of worship, and as such there are many, many gods. For some people their car is a god, their wife is a god, the president of the United States is a god. Who is our god? Who, or what, is your god?
The Bible talks of the Lord God Jehovah. It talks of the great creator, the life giver, the healer, the redeemer the one true God and eternal life. It also speaks of another god. It speaks of another object of worship. This god, however, is a deceitful, horrible, lying, murdering, evil god. It is the god of this world and his name is Lucifer. The devil is the god of this world? He absolutely is for a god is an object of worship and the devil is worshipped by the entire world. Many will be very angry at me at this point, but if you sit back and search the scriptures with me I believe I can show you that what I say is true.
2 Corinthians 4: 3But 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.
May the Lord God add his blessing to the reading of the Word.
As a note here, the word “world” in Scriptures is translated from the Greek word “cosmos” which means society, culture, mores and norms. It does not mean earth.
The Bible is written in incredible simplicity. It is written to be understood by all. God does not require an education, or great intellect to understand his word. He requires only that you desire to know, believe and follow the truth. But at the same time, the Bible is a great mystery that cannot be figured out by the smartest of men. The greatest scholars can look into the original transcripts, with tremendous knowledge of Greek, and Latin and Hebrew, and search the scriptures day and night, and take notes and confer with others and in the end know nothing. The most learned and trained theologians of today all disagree with each other and yet claim to be highly educated and experienced experts with decades of study.
Paul was the most educated man in Israel in his day. He was known as Saul of Tarsus. He was schooled by the greatest Bible teacher in Israel. He knew the law and the prophets by heart. He knew every prophecy of the Messiah and yet he did not recognize him when he came. He knew exactly what the scriptures said about the Messiah, and he knew all the prophecies concerning the Church and yet when he saw the Church in action living out those prophesies he condemned them to die as ungodly heretics.
The holy Apostles, called before the foundation of the world to be the first messengers of the gospel, sat under the teaching of John the Baptist and missed that he was Elijah for their day as prophesied by Malachi chapter 3. These were not just the average guys on the street, they were the twelve Holy Apostles. They had knowledge of the Word. They witnessed John’s ministry. They witnessed Jesus ministry even seeing John baptize Jesus. They heard John say “I am the voice of one calling out in the wilderness”. They heard John say “behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world”. They came to Jesus with the word, confused. Let us take the scripture on it:
Matthew 17: 10 And his disciples asked him, saying, why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12But I say unto you, that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
John preached to them as the messenger sent before the Lord to show his coming, and they knew him not. Jesus said that John was more than a prophet and they could not even recognize that he was a prophet. The scribes, the theologians of the day, knowing full well the scriptures and quoting it to the people, pointed to the coming of Elijah and totally missed his appearance. They met him. They spoke to him. He quoted to them the scripture that vindicated his ministry. They were completely blind and oblivious to it. Just think about that and what it means for us.
Does it sound crazy? Not only did they miss the Elijah ministry of their day, but God himself was standing there in front of them in flesh, fulfilling each and every prophecy of the Messiah recorded in the scriptures, fulfilling each and every prophecy that they were pointing to and quoting, and they had no idea who he was. The very God of heaven, Jehovah in flesh, was performing miracle after miracle after miracle right in front of them and they were totally blind to it. Sounds crazy to us doesn’t it? Not only was the world blind to the fact that Jesus was the Messiah, they went so far as to call him the devil and then murder him. The greatest, smartest, most educated theologians and Bible scholars were completely blinded to the vindication of the very scriptures they memorized and quoted daily.
But we also had a prophet in our day who had the manifestation of God in his ministry even to the raising of the dead and speaking into existence. He was a Word Prophet who completely fulfilled the scriptural prophesy of his ministry and the whole world missed it. It wasn’t just the secular world who missed it. The Pentecostal people, those that he was sent to, missed it. Millions of people sat in his ministry all over the planet. The ministries of men like Oral Roberts and Billy Graham came out from this man’s ministry. There are over 1,100 of his sermons on tape and nearly every one has a healing line where signs, wonders and miracles are recorded. Yet they all, all but a select few, missed it completely.
If William Branham was not the Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6, then who was? Answer me that.
The Bible says he must have already come, so if it was not William Marion Branham who fulfilled that prophecy then who was it? The Bible is clear. Malachi 4: 5-6 is clear. Zechariah 14 is clear. Revelation 10:7 is clear. Amos 3:7 that God would do nothing until he reveals it to his servant the prophet is clear. The Bible clearly tells us that we were to be sent a prophet in our age with the same ministry and spirit as Elijah to reveal the hidden mysteries and restore us back to the Word of God. Let’s read it.
Malachi 4: 5Behold , I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: 6 and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Elijah has to come before the “great and dreadful Day of the Lord”? The day of Jesus on earth was not dreadful. Jesus on earth was mercy. Jesus ministry on earth was salvation, healing and deliverance. It was the atonement, not the judgement. So then what is the “great and dreadful Day of the Lord?”
Zechariah 14: 1 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and they spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the woman ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 and ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. 6 and it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: in it shall come to pas that at evening time it shall be light.
This is the judgment day, the return of Christ “with the saints”. And before that can happen Elijah must come to restore the Bride. Before Israel can be encompassed by all nations, Elijah must have come. Israel is encompassed by all nations today. The whole world is building up against them, blaming them for every evil on the planet. The world is preparing to go to war against God’s people Israel. The Lord is gathering the nations together so that he can judge them at once.
Elijah comes again the fifth time with Moses to Israel right away, and Israel is encompassed about right now, so the fourth manifestation of the ministry of the prophet Elijah must have already come. Somewhere at sometime in our recent past there must have been a man, with a prophetic ministry, with a vindicate message from God. There is no arguing that simple fact. Elijah has come.
The Mystery of God
Revelation 10:7But 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.
What is the Mystery of God? There are many mysteries in the Bible. There are many things that God told through his prophets that he kept in symbolic form, but told the prophets it would be sealed up till the end times. For example, there are Daniel’s 70 weeks. There are the Seven Seals. There are the Seven Church Ages. There is the Mark of the Beast, the great whore of Babylon, the identity of the Antichrist etc etc. These are all great Mysteries. God gave us dozens of prophecies that he told his prophets to seal up to the end of the age. They are now all revealed. Every word in this Bible is now revealed for us!
So who was it? Who was Elijah? According to the Bible, and the events happening in the world, Elijah must have already come. Elijah must have fulfilled his ministry here on earth in our midst. Did you miss the Elijah of your day as the holy Apostles did in theirs? Do you know who Elijah was?
The world always misses it. They missed Noah. They missed Moses. They missed Elijah. They missed Jesus. They missed Luther. They missed Wesley, they missed Azuza street. And they are missing Jesus Christ even to this day. They are pointing to Jesus Christ in the scripture, and failing to recognize him fulfilling that same scripture today before them. Man is always pointing to what God did, talking about what God will do, and completely ignoring what God is doing right in front of them. Amen?
When Jesus was on earth in flesh, the religious people kept pointing back to Abraham and Moses. When the very God of Abraham and Moses, the great I AM, the pillar of fire, Elohim, Melchisedec, was standing right before them in the flesh and they could not see who he was. Do you see God this morning? Or do you only see him yesterday? Do you see a current Jesus Christ or a historic one?
The Message of the Hour
If there was a messenger, as the Bible shows us clearly that there was, then that messenger must have had a message. Each messenger throughout time has had a message. And the message that they brought for for their specific hour. Noah’s message of rain and a flood was specifically for the people of his day, and is of no direct use for any other day. Yes we learn from it, but we cannot act directly on it.
When God sends a messenger, he sends them with the Message of the Hour. The Message of the Hour in Noah’s day was rain, flood and judgement. The Message of the Hour in Lot’s day was fire and judgement. The Message of the Hour in John the Baptist’s day was salvation and the coming of the Lord. Martin Luther brought the message of Justification. John Wesley was sent to us with the message of Sanctification.
In each age a messenger is sent. That messenger is sent with the Message of the Hour. All who receive the Message of the Hour are the Bride of Jesus Christ for that day.
We sit back as “message people” in our vanity and think we got it all figured out. We think we got the Message of the Hour, so we think. We believe we had a prophet, and so we did. We look down on the denominations because they miss it. And yet we tend to be just as blind as they are or worse!
Where is God today?
How often do you hear preaching about what God did in the prophet’s ministry as though it were happening today? Yes the lord worked many miracles, signs and wonders through his ministry. There is not denying it. But, that was over 50 years ago! What is God doing today? Yes he raised the dead 50 years ago, yes he healed the sick 50 years ago, but what is God doing today in our lives, in our midst? What did the Lord do in your life today? Are we missing it? Are we pointing back to yesterday and missing today? Is our testimony about the power of God relegated to stories of God’s moving in the prophet’s ministry? Have we any signs wonders and miracles today?
“You cannot warm a man with a picture of a fire”. William Branham told us that. We like to quote him. We even like to quote that quote, then we act totally contrary to it. You got to have the real thing! You cannot save a man with a historical God. If Jesus Christ cannot do the very same signs, wonders and miracles, right here and right now that is written of him in the Bible, then he is useless to us. But he is the same yesterday, today and forever. And every single thing written of him in the Bible is just as true today as the day it was written.
He was the healer then. He is the healer now. He was the saviour then. He is the saviour this morning. He was the truth, the life and the way, the bright morning star, the lily of the valley, the great I AM, the pillar of fire, and he is exactly those things right here, right now. Are we seeing it?
We can only understand the scriptures through revelation of the spirit of God. You will never figure it out. I will never figure it out. We will never study our way into heaven. You will never learn salvation. It comes purely and only by revelation. If we do not seek revelation on the word of God, and we do not wait for that revelation, then we will never understand the word of God. If we do not wait on God for an answer we will never know what the Bible is telling us. It will look like complete contradiction to us.
How can the scripture on one hand tell us that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and in another scripture tell us that it is the Holy Spirit that does the mediation? How can Jesus tell us to be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and Peter and Paul tell us to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ? Without revelation you will never understand it. How can the Bible say that God hated Esau before he was even born and still be fair?
You want to know what really happened in Eden? I can tell you but without revelation you will not believe me. You want to know the Mystery of the Godhead? I can explain it to you but God has to reveal it for you to get it. A while ago we looked at the book of Ruth. To the world it is just a story of a woman and her daughter in law going home to Israel and getting their land back. But with the revelation of the Holy Spirit we see that the book of Ruth depicts God’s entire plan, as the Kinsmen Redeemer, of salvation for both Jews and gentiles.
The reason we have so many churches, lodges really, all preaching differently is that there is no revelation among them. They interpret the word by their own understanding and according to the desires and lusts of their flesh. When we decide ahead of time what the Bible says, then we look for scriptures that we can “interpret” to agree with us and deny and explain away the rest of the Bible that doesn’t.
Today we are preaching the Message of the Hour. We are preaching what the prophet preached, the unadulterated, revealed word of God for the hour. But we do not have the moving of God as the prophet did. If we get sick, a little pain here or there, the first thing we do is run to the doctor. Why is it so? Where are we at?
Matthew 23: 2Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that obey and do; but do not ye after their works: for they sway and do not. 4For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5But all their works they do for to be seen of men: them make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues.
Does this sound familiar to you? Have you seen it in churches around you, possibly ones you attend? So why is that? So why is there no revelation among the so called Christians? Why do we not see the simple truth that we ourselves are preaching? We have become like a sounding brass. We make noise but there is no power behind it. Why does the religious world miss the truth, and so many of those who have the truth preached to them, or even preach the truth themselves, not live it? Why the gross blindness? Why the hypocrisy?
The Greatest Battle Ever Fought
I am actually writing an entire book on this subject at the moment. There are two forces at work in this world. They are fighting a war that started a very long time ago. One is the creator and the other is the destroyer. One gives life and the other takes it. One is the God of heaven, the other it the god of this world. You were wondering when we would get to this. Sometimes we need a bit of buildup before making a point. We will all serve one or the other. The only way to overcome the devil is through Jesus Christ. A church cannot save you. Good works cannot save you. Only the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which comes through the new birth can overcome the devil.
1 John 4: 4Ye 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 they speak 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.
If we are overcomers then it is only through Jesus Christ living in us that we are. The world does not overcome. The world refuses to hear the gospel. They will gladly hear creeds, dogmas, sociology, psychology and anything else you throw at them, but they will refuse the word of God. Notice there is no third position. We either worship and serve Jesus Christ, or we worship and serve Satan. Period. These are hard words but absolutely true. There are only two controlling spirits, good and bad, dark and light, life and death, there is heaven and hell, but there is no third option. Here is another scripture to show you.
Romans 6: 16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
It is unmistakable! Take a deep breath. I don’t mean to hurt you, but I am bound to tell you the truth. Here it goes.
Every person who is not born again of the Holy Spirit is serving the devil.
Oh good, you are still reading. Now let us go deeper. Even those who are born of the Spirit of God used to serve the devil prior to the new birth. It says so clearly in the above scripture. We “were” the servants of sin until we received and obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ. Notice here too that Paul uses the personal pronoun “whom”. It is not what you obey, as an inanimate thing or a lifeless doctrine or creed, but rather “whom” as a person. Every word has a life, a spirit behind it. I spoke of this in Every Seed After His Kind. We either serve and obey Jesus Christ through the faith and obedience to the Word of God, or we serve and worship Satan through disbelief and disobedience to the Word of God.
And that is the test. Do we accept, believe and obey the Word of God exactly as it is written or do we add, subtract and mutilate the written word to try to bend it to fit our own desires? When the Bible says to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, do we immediately seek water and get baptized, or do we say the wording is not important as long as we are baptized? When the Bible says that we must have foot washing with the Lord’s Supper do we wash each other’s feet, or do we say “oh, that was because they wore sandals back then”? Do we accept the Word of God or reject Jesus Christ in favour of our church’s dogmas and creeds? Do we worship and serve Jesus Christ or Satan?
God spent 6 days, or 6 – 1000 year periods building Eden. The devil has spent the last 6000 years building his Eden. We are living today in Satan’s Eden. Let that sink in. He is ready to incarnate himself as the antichrist and dwell amongst his children in his paradise. Before he can do that, the Holy Spirit must vacate the gentile world. The only presence of the Lord God Jehovah in this world is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in his born again children. Period.
The only presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth is in the Christians.
While God is still dealing with the gentiles, the devil cannot take his position. Once the last of God’s predestinated sheep is in the fold, and brought to maturity, then God takes his bride home and leaves the world to the devil and his children. Unfortunately the foolish virgins and the Jews will be left as well, and will have to deal with it.
Romans 11: 25For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of his mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, unto the fullness of the Gentiles come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant to them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the Father’s sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
During that time of three and a half years, God will only be dealing with the 144,000 predestinated seed in Israel. The plagues will be striking the rest of the earth but the only voice of God anywhere on earth will be in the two prophets preaching to Israel. Without God in this world, the foolish virgins will have no protection and will be mercilessly slaughtered by the world. The religious world will gather and kill the foolish virgins and think that they are doing God a service. They will be serving the god of this world, the devil, and thinking they are serving the Living God. Jesus said it would be so. Get in Christ today!
The god of this world
Satan is the god of this world, and the god of this evil age. Today, what is evil is called good, and what is good is called evil. Speak one word against homosexuality or abortion and see for yourself. Speak in favour of Israel one time and see how they react. Tell them that the Bible forbids women preachers or that Jesus said in Luke that all remarriage outside of widowhood is adultery. Tell a religious person that they need to be rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and watch how they react. Apollos who was originally baptized by John the Baptist, in Acts 19, took his entire congregation and got rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Unto what were ye baptized? Will you go find water and get baptized properly? Every predestinated seed of God will.
The devil appeals to the desires of our flesh and our minds. His doctrines feel good to us and are logical and make sense. The doctrine of the devil will never convict us of sin. The doctrine of the devil will tell us that we are saved when we are not saved. The doctrine of the devil will never correct you, it will never point you back to the word of God but instead will interpret it to you in a way that will make your flesh feel good. You will walk into church a sinner, and leave a sinner, with no change to your life or attitude, yet thinking you are saved, simply because you attended or joined that church. The devil will tell you that God loves you just as you are and you do not need to change.
How evil is the world?
1 John 2: 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 and the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.
The things of the world are not of the Father, they are of the god of this world. Worldliness is of the devil. If we love the world’s fashions then we love Satan’s fashions. If we love worldy music then we love Satan’s music. If we love worldly politics, society, religion, philosophy, ideology etc, then we love the devil’s stuff. If we love the things of the world, then we love the things of the devil, and therefore we actually love the devil! I’ll let that sink in. If we love the things of the world, then we love the devil. Amen? Hold on it gets a little sharper yet. Is all the world ruled by him?
Luke 4: 5 And, the devil taking him up into a high mountain, and showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time; 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 if thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
Do you still wonder why politics is so corrupt? The devil chooses who is in charge in the world. The Bible says so. That is why you won’t find a Christian in politics. They may try to sway people, but they will never be elected into office. You will find many who call themselves Christians but a real Christian stays away. They won’t want him around. Look to the Bible. Look at Abraham and Lot. Abraham stayed to his own while Lot went down into Sodom and got himself elected into a government position, the mayor of Sodom, for it says he sat at the gates judging the people. Who do you associate yourself with, Abraham the father of faith, or Lot. Are you of the World?
Who is your father? There are two gods, two fathers, two seeds. Are we of God, or of the wicked one? Do we see the gospel or is it hid to us? Are we of God or of the World?
When we cannot see the gospel, when we do not understand the revealed word of God for the hour, it is because the devil is blinding our minds to it. In Luther’s day the devil blinded people’s minds to Luther’s message and they rejected both him and his message. That message came from God so when they rejected Luther, they rejected God. In Noah’s day they rejected Noah’s message because the god of this world blinded their minds to it. And every one of them is dead, eternally separated from God.
And how did the devil blind their minds to Noah’s message? What trick did he use? He used logic, reasoning, science, philosophy and religion. Those are the tricks he has always used and will always use. It did not make sense that it would rain since at that time no rain fell. It did not rain before the flood. Science tells you right now that what I just told you is impossible but if you look into the scripture you will see that the original year had 360 days and today we have 365 ¼ days, and the 23 degree axis tilt did not exist then either. So the whole planet was in a different orbit than it is today. Whatever caused the flood knocked the whole planet out of alignment. The little earthquake that caused the Indonesian tsunami a few years back actually changed the length of the day, as did the big one in Haiti and the monster in Japan.
When Noah, in an age with all the science we have today and maybe a wee bit more, came preaching that God would destroy the earth with a flood caused by rain from the sky, it was easy for the devil to use reasoning, logic and science to blind the minds of the whole world to the truth. It had never rained, thus it could not rain. Simple logic tells you that. But they did not take everything into consideration. God said it would happen and it happened. Today we are told that the earth is reserved unto fire where the very elements will melt with a fervent heat. Do you believe it?
When Jesus came, how did the devil blind the minds of the people to who Jesus really was?
Mark 6: And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2 And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judah, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 4 But Jesus said unto them, a prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, an din his own house. 5 and he could there do no might work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
The devil used reasoning and logic. They knew Jesus as a man and could not see that he was God. Even though he had amazing wisdom and worked signs and wonders, carnal reasoning told them that he was just a carpenter. Why would God choose him when he has a hundreds of priests and rabbis to use? It is the same today.
Why would God use a little corner church when he can use a big organization? A little church on the corner can only reach a handful of people but a big organized church can reach out to hundreds, thousand and even millions. Why would God choose an uneducated hillbilly when he has thousand of educated, theologians with Phd’s to their names and huge organizations backing them? Surely a logical God would use the big church. If a church has lots of members and lots of money, that must mean that they are right in their teaching and God is blessing them, right?
Who did God choose to forerun the first coming of Jesus Christ? He chose a man who was orphaned into the wilderness at the age of 12 and grew up on a diet of locusts and honey. Who crucified Jesus? The big organizations with lots of members and lots of money did it. What denomination was Jesus a member of? The denominations kicked him out and killed him. And yet today if you don’t have a university degree and a letter and membership card from a big organization nobody will hear you. That is the world in a nutshell.
St. John 15: 18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If hey have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep your also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
The world is of the devil for he is their god. Satan is the god of this world. He rules their politics, he rules their religion, he rules their fashion, he rules their entertainment. Logic, reasoning and blindness are the devil’s handiwork and he always plays to the lust of the flesh and the pride of the eye. The Bible warns that in our age, it would be the darkest, blindest age of all.
Isaiah 60: 2 For behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Not just a darkness but a gross darkness on the people. The devil has been more successful at blinding the hearts and minds of people in this age than in any other age before. In this age alone do we have the entire Bible revealed and in this age we have the most darkness as well. So much so that this is the only age in which we are told we are completely blind as a church. This is the age where we are warned that the devil would be so convincing that he would fool the very elect if it were possible.
Revelation 3: 14 And unto the angel of the church of Laodiceans write; These things sith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thour art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. 17Because thou sayest I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
This is Jesus talking here. He is not addressing the world, he is addressing the church. This letter is directed at the Bride of Christ. This is the condition of the spirit filled church today. This is the condition of the “message people”. The world is in far worse condition. The church today is blind! The church today is naked. We think we got it all and we got nothing. He is counseling us. Get treasures in heaven. Get white raiment. Get eyesalve.
The church today is blind and the god of the world has blinded them.
Look at your life. How are you living? Are you living the message or have the things of the world crept in to your life? Are you a walking Bible to every person you meet? Do we really see, understand, believe and obey this message? Are we living this message every day in our lives or is it a story of 50 years ago? Is God in our lives in the same way he was in the book of Acts? Are the signs, wonders and miracles following us? Have we met him personally? Do we have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ?
Or is the gospel hid to us? Is the Bible an open book to us, or is it a book of riddles that must be “interpreted” by our denomination, our theologian, our preacher, our pope etc. There are very many who will never see it no matter how long it is preached. Jesus said that there would only be a few that would see it, the rest would be blinded to it.
But the god of this world is subtle. He does not come with a pitch fork and a horse tail. When he comes to deceive the elect, he comes preaching the message of the hour. I have seen it where a man came and preached perfectly on the word for two straight hours, got the crowd excited, subtly slipped in his own personal heresy, and then went back to preaching perfectly for another hour. And the crowd all said Amen and missed it. They were not paying attention and accepted a false doctrine with no basis in the Word of God.
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
The word “Christ” means anointed. So a False Christ is a False anointed one. They truly are anointed but are not doing the works of God. Balaam was such a one. He was an anointed prophet. He prophesied with “thus saith the Lord”. When he went to curse Israel, he had to bless them because he was a prophet under an anointing and could only say the words God put in his mouth. But when he was not prophesying he brought in his damnable heresy that almost ended the nation of Israel. The high priest in Jesus day prophesied under an anointing because of his position. Jesus said that the high preist was a child of his father the devil and yet he still prophesied under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
I encourage everyone to listen to Brother Branham’s sermon “False anointed at the endtime”; that is your homework. Give it a good listen, it will help you understand that paradox. Also check out the sermons “Satan’s Eden” and “the God of this Evil Age”.
The false annointed come so close as to deceive the elect. So they must be message preachers! A catholic priest with a turned around collar is never going to deceive you, but someone who can quote the message like a machine gun is another story. And they will use the same doctrine of Balaam to blind the hearts and minds of the people. Look who God likens them to.
Jude 1: 11 Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried aobut of winds: trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reseved the blackness of darkness forever. 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
Cain, Balaam, Core; these were all false anointed of their day. These were all claiming to be believers. They were not the heathen. Balaam a prophet, lost because of his greed for money and power and popularity. Cain had the biggest most beautiful church and was murderously jealous of Abel’s little alter because God was with Abel and that condemned Cain. Core, what a scoundrel he was. God opened the very earth to devour him. He was after money and power and blasphemed God’s chosen, anointed prophet and the message of the hour to his day.
They all did the same thing. They all had a big ecclesiastical move to gather people to them, to earn power, and popularity and money. They all pretended to be believers yet did not believe.
Numbers 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: 3And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the lord?
Core was after power and accused Moses of doing the very thing that he himself was guilty of. He gathered all the popular men of his day together of a big ecclesiastical convention and rose up against the prophet that God sent. Core took 250 souls with him to his death.
Balaam told the Moabites to get their girls to fellowship with the Israelite boys saying that we are all “Christians” as we would say today. That led Israel off into idolatry. That cost Israel 24,000 lives. And it would have been far worse if a man, a boy actually, named Phinehas, had not stepped in. He came from good stock, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron. He stepped in when he saw the evil that was afoot. He could not take it anymore, it vexed his soul and he acted and God was pleased with him.
We need more Phinehases today!
We need someone to step in and act to correct the wrong. We need men with spines to stand upon the Word of God and call black, black and white, white and to condemn sin from pillar to post! We need men who are willing to be cast out from everyone, to live as hermits if necessary, but to stand strong upon the truth and both live and preach the revealed word of God for the hour. We have too many wishy washy pretenders looking for money, power and glory in the pulpits today.
The devil blinded the eyes of the people to the message of their hour and he did it with religion, with popularity, with money, with reason, with logic, with a private interpretation of the word of God that does not line up with the word of God. He came in Moses day with the prophet’s own message to the believers and peeled off 250 preachers with him. They all burned incense. And the numbers were low because God put a quick stop to it. If God would have let Core go he would have drawn half of Israel along to hell with him.
What about today? How many are being drawn off with the doctrine of Balaam? How many blinded by the gainsaying of Core? How many false prophets and false anointed looking to get rich off the people do we have today? How many having itching ears do we have behind the pulpits? Tell the people what they want to hear, please their flesh and they will fill the seats, and empty your wallet.
The Bible says “there must come a falling away first”. They are falling like rain.
Just ask yourself, if there are so few being raptured, then why are there so many in churches? The god of this world has blinded their minds and they can no longer see the truth! They will believe any lie they are fed.
2 Thessalonians 2: 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10and with all deceivable ness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.
If we do not love the truth, we will get to the point where we cannot believe it, or even see it anymore, and we will believe the devil’s lies as gospel. Once the devil has blinded our minds to the truth, we are under a strong delusion and will believe a total fabrication, a total lie. That is why we have over 1,100 “churches” all preaching out of the same book and all preaching different. We have every form of insanity being preached and the people are gobbling it up. There are “churches” preaching that there is no devil, they baptize in titles instead of the name of Jesus Christ, they don’t believe in the rapture, they don’t believe in the gifts, they put up Xmas tress, they have women preachers, they marry homosexuals and divorced people, and the list goes on and on.
The word of God is sure. There is no room for argument. But our flesh does not like it and if we fail to crucify our flesh then we will turn from the Word of God and accept the dogmas and creeds of men and believe the lies to be the truth.
2 Timothy 4: 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Fables instead of the Word of God. The whole protestant world is wrapped up in the World Counsel of Churches, the image of the beast, and has denied the Word of God. They have pushed out Jesus Christ in favour of man made dogma. Twice dead plucked up by the roots. They cannot endure the preaching of the Word of God because it condemns their worldly, ungodly lives. So instead of repenting and accepting the Word of God they reject the Word of God and heap to themselves preachers who will not scold them, preachers who will not correct them, preachers who will not strike against their ungodliness from the pulpit. They will find preachers who will not cry out for the abominations in the city. And by turning away from the word they will receive a strong delusion so that they will believe the lies that come from the liars they put in the pulpits.
The liars will tell them that they are saved when they are hopelessly lost and the people will rejoice to hear it. They will compromise on the Word of God and the people will say amen to it. They will turn the services into Hollywood extravaganzas award winning performances and the song services into rock concerts and the people will clap their hands and rejoice.
And in the message churches we are seeing the same thing happen, but it must happen for the word said it would happen.
2 Thessalonians 2: 3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. 4 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, showing himself to be God.
Now that is the antichrist, who we now know is the pope. Through the prophet’s ministry we can now see in the word of God exactly what the Mark of the Beast is. But that is for another sermon. But the scripture says that there must be a falling away first. In order to fall away we have to have something to fall away from. If we are following a lie to begin with then we have nothing to fall away from. So it is not a falling away from religion but a falling away from the vindicated message of the hour. And from the scriptures we can also see that the falling away will be so close as to deceive the elect of God if it were possible.
It is true that some will fall away to denomonationalism and become beast worshippers. That is surely happening. But there is also a falling away to the doctrine of Balaam and the gainsaying of Core while still giving homage to the Revealed Word of God. And that is the most dangerous of all. The god of this world is managing to blind the minds of the foolish virgins just enough to keep them from receiving the Holy Spirit. And he does it through the same means as he has always used. He will us logic, reasoning, religion, popularity, politics, money, power etc. He will use an ecclesiastical move like Core to round up all the believers on his side. He will promote cross fellowship and gather the sheep, or steal sheep, from other churches and play on their lusts to get them away from the word. And they will fleece them for every dime in their pockets while he is at it.
The god of this world has an agenda. He wants you dead, both physically and spiritually. He will tempt you, con you, lie to you, confuse you, torment you, condemn you, praise you, bless you, persecute you and do anything and everything to get you off of the Word of God.
First he will butter you up and tell you how wonderful you are, how holy, how spiritual. He will play straight to your pride. Then he will bring the Word to you and try to interpret it to you. He will make it look so beautiful. He will make it look so glamorous. He will make it look so reasonable and logical. He will appeal to your every carnal sense and to your every fleshly lust. He will bring his lie in such a way that it will sound perfect to your flesh. The devil’s lie will meet every fleshly desire you have. Then he will try to get you to compromise on the Word, to admit there is some merit in what he is saying. Then he will attack you and demoralize you. He is a killer. He is a destroyer. He is a liar and a murderer, and the father of it all.
The only escape is the Word. The Bible promises us that if we resist the devil and he shall flee from us. He is a bluffer. He was defeated at Calvary 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ defeated him, took his authority away, paid the price for our every sin, cleansed our iniquities and healed all of our diseases.
Satan has no power over you except the that you give him.
Resist him. Reject him. Take God’s Word no matter how hard it is for it will cleanse you and give you eternal life. Don’t look at physical evidence, look at the promised Word of God. Abraham did not look at his old age or his withered wife. He looked at God’s promise and believed and received a son at the age of 100 with his 90 year old wife. Noah did not look at science but trusted God’s promise of rain and spent 120 years building and ark and preaching that it would rain when science told him it could not.
Isaiah told us that we would be in a state of gross darkness, but in the evening there would be light. Walk in that light while it is still shining for one day very soon there will be absolutely no light left for the gentiles. A day is fast approaching when it will simply be too late. Are you in Christ Jesus this morning? Have you been closing your eyes to the truth? Have you been led away with religion, politics, reason, logic, glamour, popularity, money? Are you feeding your flesh or your soul? Are you eating the fresh manna?
The devil is defeated. He is exposed. The light that shines from Jesus Christ casts out all darkness. Don’t let the devil blind your minds any longer. Don’t let the gospel be hid to you. Cry out to God for revelation! God is calling the bride to repentance! Repent and live the message. Do what the word tells you to do. If it says repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, then do it, do it today for tomorrow may be too late. Whatever the word says, do it.
Don’t trust in numbers. Don’t trust in man. Don’t trust in organization. Trust only in Jesus Christ. Do not let the god of this world blind your eyes to the truth. Satan is the god of this world and the whole world worships and adores him and does not even know it; they are blind. The world is blind! The denominations are blind! Satan is the god of this world.
Revelation 13: 8 And ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
The Lord God Jehovah gave us a law. We find that law written throughout the pages of the Old Testament. That law condemned us all to die because none of us were able to follow it. And we should also remember that the Bible says in James that if we break one word of the law we are guilty of the whole law. The penalty for breaking the law is death. God, however, did not want us all to die, he wanted us to live. To accomplish his goal, the Lord God came veiled in the flesh in the man of Jesus Christ and fulfilled the entire law and took all of our sins upon himself and gave his life in place of ours.
It was you and I that were condemned to die on that cross, for you and I committed the sins that put Jesus there. But Jesus Christ, the great Kinsmen Redeemer, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the bright morning star, the rose of Sharron, the lily of the valley, the prince of peace, took your sins and my sins and all of our iniquities and bled and died there for you and I so that we might live with him forever.
This is a very well known doctrine to church going folks. If the Lord will, I would like to look a little deeper into it, to see exactly what the law was, why it was given and exactly what the Bible is telling us when it says that Jesus “fulfilled” the law. We also like to say that we are no longer under the law. We will by the grace of God look a little deeper into that statement and root out in the scriptures exactly what this means. Some will be very surprised indeed by what we will find.
Galatians 3: 19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
So the Bible says that the law is there to deal with transgressions, and the law exists because of those transgressions. This is an interesting and important point. Most would naturally think that the transgressions must come as a result of the law, but we find it written here in the opposite order. The law was added because of transgressions. First the transgressions existed, then the law was added because of them. The law is God’s answer to transgressions.
And the Word says that the law will continue UNTIL the seed should come to whom the promise was made. Who was that promised seed of Abraham, the promised seed of the woman back in the Garden of Eden? God said unto the serpent in Genesis chapter three that “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and the woman’s seed, and you shall bruise his heal, but he shall bruise your head”. The seed of the woman, the promised seed, was none other than Jesus Christ.
Now notice that the law actually existed before Moses. Moses did not write the law, he merely penned it as God spoke it to him. And in fact the famous Ten Commandments were even penned by the Lord God himself as he wrote them in stone with his own finger as the prophet Moses stood by and watched. The law actually started way back in Eden. I used to think that it started with Moses myself but the word explicitly says otherwise.
The first law was “eat not of the fruit for the day you eat thereof you will die”. That was the law in Eden. That was the only law they had at that time. Don’t eat and if you eat you die. It was short, it was simple and it was the law.
Notice now the two components of a law. Every law must have these two components or it is not a law. The first essential component is the thing that you are not supposed to do, and the second is the consequences for doing it. “Do not eat”: was the thing you aren’t supposed to do. And, “IF you eat you die”: was the unconditional Consequences. And every law has these two components.
Without both components it is not a law. Without a commandment it has no direction, and every law must be enforceable. Therefore if there is no consequence for breaking the law then the law is no longer enforceable and of no effect. Adam and Eve did not know much of the law back then but what they did know they were more than able to transgress.
The Bible said the Law was “added” because of transgressions. It was “added”, not just given in one shot but added, which in the Greek is prostithemi which is a verb meaning to increase or to proceed further in giving. So the law was given, but not at once, not in one place or at one specific time but rather it was given and increased over the passage of time, and proceeded further in its giving because of transgressions. The law unfolded with time. The law was a progressive revelation.
So is that it, or is there a deeper reason? Nothing happens without reason and there is no coincidence in life. Is there something more here, another layer? Why would God give the law out in a piecemeal fashion, a little here and a little there, and not in one big lump right at the beginning?
What is the underlying purpose of the law? We know it was given because of transgressions, but how was the law supposed to deal with those transgressions? What was the law doing with those transgressions and with the people it was given to? What is the relationship between us, the law, and the transgressions, and God the law giver and judge? The Bible gives us those answers.
Galatians 3:24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
The law was our Schoolmaster. It is our teacher. The Bible says that it was brought in and added because of transgressions AND its purpose was to bring us unto Jesus Christ by teaching us as a schoolmaster. Then after the law brings us to Christ we might be justified by faith. That is a mouthful.
It doesn’t say that we can be justified by the law. The law does not and cannot justify anyone for every word of the law that we transgress condemns us to death. Rather, the law brings us to a place where we can be justified. And it brings us there by teaching us something. So if the law brings us to a place where we can be justified by faith through teaching us, then we need to know exactly what the law is supposed to be teaching us?
Romans 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
This ties in nicely with our central theme and opens the door a little more for us. It goes back a couple of scriptures and weaves itself in. So putting it together so far we see that the law was added because of transgressions and without the law there are transgressions, but we do not know of them and are left guiltless of the law. Why is there no guilt of transgressions without the law? The law alone determines what is, and what is not a transgression. So if there is no law, there is no crime. The act still exists, and the act can be against the perfect will of God, but there can be no crime assigned.
Look at the internet today. It is very new so there are almost no laws in place to govern what goes on with it. And when people are using it wrongly or for some evil purpose, nobody can hold them accountable in this world for their actions because there is no law on the books to charge them with. There is no commandment, and there are no consequences. So until someone writes a law, the police and the courts have no justification in arresting the people. They have nothing to charge them with. There might be horrible acts going on but there is no crime.
But once the law is in place you cannot do those same things anymore. You could do them before but the law is written but once the law is written, then the act becomes a crime. This is a very important and interesting point to note. The law is not retroactive. God created time for a purpose and uses time and has given us definite timelines within the plan of salvation.
So if you commit an offense yesterday and they bring in a law against it today you are free. But if you commit that same thing tomorrow, you go to jail, even if you have been doing it for years before without fault.
Here is an earthly example. The road from your house to work is not very busy and the speed limit is 50 mph. You drive it every day at 50 mph for 15 years. Then as the city develops the area and the road gets busier and someone decides that 50 mph is too fast and one Tuesday morning the speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. It does not matter that you have been driving at 50 for all those years. If you drive at 31 mph today you will get a ticket for speeding. You will not be ticketed for driving 50 mph on Monday, but Tuesday driving that very same road, in that very same car, at that very same speed will earn you a fine. On Monday it is an act with impunity, but on Tuesday that very same act becomes a crime with a punishment.
Here is a spiritual example from the scriptures. Abraham married his sister Sarah. She was his half sister and he took her for his wife. God blessed the union such that he gave them a miracle baby and made that baby the promised seed through whom God would bless the entire planet and every living soul on it. Keeping that fact in mind let us look at what the law of Moses clearly says about the act of a man marrying his sister.
Leviticus 18:9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of they father OR the daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.
It is needful to note the word “or” in this passage. The word or is in there for a reason. Some will say “but Sarah was his Half sister”. The law doesn’t say the daughter of thy father AND mother, it says the daughter of thy father OR mother. So according to the law of Moses, Abraham committed sin punishable by death. Abraham clearly violated the laws of Moses. How could God bless a union that was in clear violation of his law that he gave us through his prophet?
Abraham married his sister, an act which is condemned by God’s law. That we have established. Did Abraham sin? Absolutely not! Why? The law clearly shows that what Abraham did with Sarah in marrying her was a direct contravention of the law of God as written by his prophet Moses. So if Abraham transgressed the direct commandment of God, then how is there no sin?
The law concerning that transgression had not yet been added. Without law there is no guilt of transgression. And it wasn’t just Abraham that married his sister. Abel. Seth. Enos. The first few men had no choice, they either had to marry a sister or not marry at all for there were no other women on the planet. But it was not sin because there was no law concerning it yet and where there is no law there is no guilt of transgression. But don’t you do it today. If you do it today you will be found guilty and condemned with the world.
Now does that mean that if we don’t know the law we are saved? No don’t go getting that idea. Even in the laws of man, the ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse. The Bible covers that too:
Romans 2: 12For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.
They did not know any better so they are judged outside of the law. They however still do not have Christ because it is the law that is the schoolmaster that leads us to Christ. So without the law they are not judged in the law, yet they still do not, and cannot, have Christ. So since the law leads us to Christ we cannot find salvation outside of the law, and since the law cannot justify us we cannot find salvation IN the law either. The law leads us to Jesus Christ, who is the salvation, the resurrection and the life. Jesus said:
Luke 12: 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
See, the law teaches us to come to Christ, but if we do not come, the punishment is most severe. Ignorance is no excuse. The one who did not know of the law was still beaten with stripes. But the one who knew it was doubly guilty, first for transgressing the law and then also for disregarding the law which he knew. The Bible goes on to say in Hebrews that if we sin willfully after we come to the knowledge of the truth there is no more sacrifice for sin but a certain fearful looking for judgment.
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Jesus tells us here that we must do the will of the Father if we are to have any hope of entering the kingdom of Heaven. Then in order to be saved we need to know exactly what is the will of the Father? How can we know what the will of the Father is?
We need someone to teach us what the Will of the Father is or we could never know it. Without a teacher we are lost. God provided a teacher and not just any old teacher but a schoolmaster. The law is our schoolmaster. The law tells us what sin is, and what is not sin. It is the law that teaches us what the perfect will of God is. The law was added because of transgressions against God’s perfect will. It was added to teach us what those transgressions are and to show us what our reward is if we do them. Without the law how would we know? How would you know what God required of you unless He told you? You could try guessing. Lots of churches do that and look where it got them. We have over a thousand “Christian” churches today all preaching different, all preaching a different “perfect will of God”. God can only have ONE perfect will.
So the Law is our schoolmaster. Unfortunately that leaves us with a peculiar little paradox. We are told conclusively that we need the law, and that it is the law that teaches us the perfect will of God and leads us to Christ that we might be justified. But the Bible also says:
Galatians 5:18But if ye be led of the spirit, ye are not under the law.
How can we resolve this apparent contradiction? Like I said many times in the past, every line has to run true or it isn’t Bible. The Bible is incapable of contradicting itself, so if we find a contradiction then we must be off the scriptures somewhere.
If our doctrine gets stuck somewhere in scripture then that is a sign that our doctrine is wrong and we have to start over. Always remember that. If we have to explain away a single line of scripture, then our Urim Thummim, the Holy Bible, the Word of God, is telling us that we are wrong. Every doctrine of God lines up perfectly with every single word in the Bible. There are no mistakes.
But are we stuck with a contradiction or do we just need a couple of scriptures to bridge the gap in our understanding? There isn’t any gap in the Word, it’s complete and perfect. The gap is in our understanding of the Word, or rather our lack of understanding of the Word of God.
So let’s find the bridge that ties the two thoughts perfectly together.
The law is our schoolmaster, which the Bible says in Galatians, has two purposes. It first brings us to Christ. Second, in bringing us to Christ it brings us to a place where we can be justified by faith.
Lets start with the first thought. The law is our schoolmaster which brings us to Christ. So the law teaches us something, and what we learn from the law somehow brings us to Christ. Is that right? What does the law teach us?
We’ve already seen that it teaches us what is and what is not sin by showing us and defining what transgressions are. It clearly demonstrates to us what the perfect will of God is and thus shows us when we are not in the perfect will of God.
If we know what the crimes are, then we know what God wants us to avoid doing. And if we know what God wants us to NOT do, then by default does it not also tell us what God wants us to do? And if we know what God wants us to do, and we know what God wants us to not do, doesn’t that mean that we know the will of God? It makes sense doesn’t it? This brings us back to what Jesus said about who gets into the kingdom, those who do the will of my Father. And now by the teaching of the schoolmaster, we can know what the will is.
How can you do the will if you don’t know what the will is? We’ve come full circle. So the schoolmaster teaches us the Will of God. Is that all it teaches? Is that all we need, to know what the transgressions are? Will that in and of itself bring us to Christ and to justification by faith? The Bible says no. The Bible says it is not enough to know the law. It is not enough to know the will of the father. Jesus didn’t say those who know the will of the Father get into heaven, but only those who DO the will of the Father. Remember it also says in James chapter two “you believe in one God, you have done well, the devil also believes and trembles”. (Most churches today don’t even believe in one God, they believe in three Gods. They are not even as spiritual as the devil.)
James 1: 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Knowing right from wrong is not enough, we must be doers of the word and not hearers only. And James pointed out that it is the law that teaches us as well.
St. John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
Jesus said if you didn’t know better then there was no sin, but since you do know better, and you claim to know better, your sin remains. They knew the will of the Father, they had the schoolmaster of the law, but they did not obey and they did not receive its teaching. They had been under its teaching their whole lives. But still it wasn’t enough. Was it just because they did not obey the law?
Lets take an example:
Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him , Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross and follow me.
So here we have someone who knows the law, and who keeps the law and has kept it his whole life, yet that wasn’t enough because he could see that he did not possess eternal life. He still was not justified. Knowing and keeping the law did not justify him. The law cannot justify us.
The law is our schoolmaster, and it teaches us what the transgressions are. And in teaching us it is supposed to bring us to Christ but the law itself cannot justify us. We can have the whole law and yet be unjustified as the rich ruler was. He had the law and the Bible says he even kept it from his youth, but he did not have eternal life. He was not justified. He was lost.
But it is not the law that justifies us. It was never intended to justify us but to bring us to the One that would justify us. That man is Jesus Christ. And he justified us through the law by fulfilling the law. Remember earlier we said the law has two components. One told us what not to do. And the other told us of the penalty for transgression. The first part was accomplished to John the Baptist time. That is what Jesus said. The law and the prophets were unto John. So the Old Testament is the schoolmaster that shows us what not to do and what to do. Where does Jesus come in?
Jesus Christ fulfilled the entire law. The law was added until John then Jesus, the great capstone, fulfilled the law. He fulfilled the law first by taking the commandment part of the law and changing it from an external law to an internal law. In the old testament it was a physical do or do not. But Jesus tells us that it is not enough to maintain a physical outer law. We must have the law internally.
Matthew 5: 21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. BUT I SAY unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgment.
Just stop there for a moment. If we are angry at a brother without cause we are guilty of murder? Is that what Jesus is saying. He said in old days you had to actually take the life but today it is sufficient to hate without cause. The External law is transformed to an Internal law today. God said in our day he would write his word upon our hearts and minds. So if it is written on our hearts and minds then it can also be also transgressed in our hearts and minds. This is an essential concept. I hope you are catching that.
Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 BUT I SAY unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Jesus said that the person has “Committed it in his heart”. The law is written on our hearts so it is also transgressed in our hearts. So then what chance do we have? At least at one time it was a matter of subjugating the urges you felt and just not going out and doing them. Now to simply willfully entertain those things in our thoughts makes us guilty of sin. Is there any hope for any of us? Certainly not in the law, it condemns us to death. It condemns us internally.
1 John 3: 20 for if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God. 22 And whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
The law is now an internal law and will condemn us internally if we even desire to commit a transgression of the law.
But Jesus fulfilled the whole law. He fulfilled the first part. He fulfilled the law by completing the second part as well. He took the entire penalty for all transgressions upon himself. He took All the transgressions both external and internal. He paid the price in his flesh for every sin committed, past, present and future.
That is our only hope, our only salvation, our only reason to live, our only way to live. He alone is the truth the life and the way. He is all in all. Oh what miserable creatures we were without him. And when we receive Him we are set free from the law of sin. Here we get to a very crucial point. This is a point that will surprise most who read this. It is perfectly scriptural but little known. It is absolutely the Bible, absolutely the truth but hidden from most. Remember the paradox we just reviewed.
Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the spirit, ye are not under the law.
Galatians 3: 25 But AFTER that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
So the schoolmaster, the law, teaches us and bring us to Christ and then WHEN we receive Christ in faith, He justifies us through that faith because he fulfilled the law. At THIS POINT we are set free from the law. It is the very moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior that we are set free from the law. We were not set free 2000 years ago. He fulfilled his part back then, but we are not personally set free from the Law until the moment we accept Jesus Christ.
We are set free from the Law the moment we receive Christ, not before.
So what of those who have not received Christ? So what of those not led by the spirit? The term If always goes with then. If, then. IF, IF ye are led of the spirit THEN, ye are not under the law. We have to slow down here a little. This is going to be a chunk of meat for some I think.
So then are those who are not led by the spirit, those who refuse the spirit, those who refuse Christ still under the law? Absolutely!
Those who refuse Christ are still under the law!
They will have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an answer for every word in the law. We are either under the law or under grace, there is no third position. We are either in or out. We are either saved or lost. With law comes the judgment and if there were no law then there could not be judgment. And the Bible says he who offends the law in one word is guilty of all. Is that Bible? We mentioned it earlier.
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
He is “guilty of all”. If we do not receive Jesus Christ as our saviour, if we are not justified by faith in Him, we will be held accountable for every letter of the law and we will be found Guilty of ALL.
Galatians 3:10 for as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in ALL things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
All the things, not some of them, not most of them, not all but one thing, A-L-L, ALL of them. If we are not in Christ Jesus then we are still under the entire written law. The New Testament is of absolutely none effect to us without the blood of Jesus Christ.
So then what do we do? Receive Christ! Sound good but how? Men and brethren what shall we do?
Acts 2: 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do? 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.
See, at this point Jesus had already died for our sins some 50 days ago and risen and ascended on high, but those men who witnessed the pouring out of the Holy Spirit were pricked in their hearts. They were internally condemned by the internal law of the Spirit of God. They were guilty of the law and condemned by it and they knew it. They realized they needed to be justified.
Peter said to them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Do you see it? By receiving Jesus Christ we are set free from the law. Without law is no sin. We still committed the acts, but we are set free from the guilt of it. When we repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, it is at that moment that we are set free from the law. It is at that moment in time that we are justified. Until that very second we were completely under the law and guilty of the whole law and condemned to death and hell.
And we must follow exactly for there is a way that seems right unto man the end thereof is death. The Bible gives us a very detailed description of how to receive Jesus Christ. First we must repent, get the inward law and acknowledge our transgressions and make right those things we had made wrong. Then we must be baptized in full immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ. No other baptism, no baptism in titles, but specifically in the name of Jesus Christ. Thre is exactly one baptism. That is why in Acts chapter 19 a group of repentant believing Christians needed to be rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ; their original baptism was in error.
Another place where people get lost here is they forget the repent part. Miss that and you go in a dry sinner and come out a wet one. Repent. Make the wrong into a right. Live according to His commandments. Die unto yourselves. Baptism is a burial. And today I think we bury to many live people.
St. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him. If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
What does it mean to “keep” his words? Does it just mean to know them? Does it maybe mean to not change them in any way? The Greek word used here is tereo which means to guard, obey and observe. The Greek word for prison has the same root. So how do we keep His words? It is more than to just know them or to maintain them. To keep the word of God is to imprison them in our hearts and minds. Don’t let them go. Guard them with our lives.
We guard them, we observe them, we obey them, we live them. But what of the law, we are free from the law. So how can we be free from law and yet still have commandments to obey? Are they not the same, commandments and law?
We saw how the law has two facets, a do or do not do, and a punishment for transgression. And we have seen that it is no more an external law but an internal law of the desires of the heart. But here we have commandments. Here we have a way of life laid out in print. And there is not a punishment for not transgressing his commandments.
If we do not keep his commandments then we are still under the law and the law contains the punishment. Do you see it? Jesus said if we keep his commandments, his words, then He will make his abode with us and justify us and free us from the law. So when we keep his words we are free from the law. Then, conversely, when we reject his words, any of his words, we are guilty under the law.
So then we need to receive Him. Have we received him? How do we know we have received him? How do we know we are justified?
Jesus said by their fruits ye shall know them. So what are the fruits? What was the sign of the spirit, the sign that the 120 were told by Jesus to watch for at Pentecost? The sign was Power. How does that power manifest? What is the fruit of that vine?
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions heresies 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they with do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith 23 meekness, temperance: against which there is not law.
See, the law is brought in because of transgressions, because of the work of the flesh, and the law condemns those works and assigns a punishment to them. But the fruit of the spirit aren’t transgressions so there is no law concerning them. So when we receive the spirit of God then we are free from works of the flesh and thus the law concerning those works, being justified by faith in Jesus Christ.
A little note here that I hope doesn’t concern anyone reading here. The word witchcraft doesn’t mean black magic here, it is from the Greek word pharmakeia which means drug user. It means a Drug user of any kind. We are not talking medicines we are talking recreational or addicted drug user. We are talking about cigarette smokers. It refers to marijuana smokers. It is pointing out heroin, MMDA, Cocaine, etc etc users. They are different words but all the same meaning. Paul says if you smoke you will NOT inherit the kingdom of God because you are still under the law as a transgressor of the law and will be judged by the law.
So get free from the works of the flesh today. Jesus Christ bled and died to set you free from those things. Accept him and his sacrifice today. Throw those things out of your life and be saved in Christ. Throw them in the garbage and go to your knees in prayer for strength to overcome, for faith to be delivered and he will give it to you because he promised it. God cannot lie. God cannot fail.
Why can we not live in the works of the flesh and be saved? Because the sprit and the flesh are contrary to each other and the works of the flesh are the very transgressions that the law was added for. We cannot serve God and mammon.
Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and you members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.
It says here to whom (personal pronoun) we yield ourselves to obey Him (personal pronoun) we serve. If we obey the spirit of God, THEN we are justified by faith and free from the law. But if we yield to sin and the spirit of the world, to the flesh, then we are not justified and still under the law and will be judged accordingly.
And it is not just a matter of doing the acts anymore. We saw earlier that it is a matter of WANTING to do them, of consciously desiring them. Now we are all tempted, that is for sure, and tempted in our weakness and in our flesh. The difference is in what we DECIDE to do about it. A battle rages in the mind of every Christian, the greatest battle ever fought. And the thoughts in our minds during this battle are not sin, they are temptations TO sin. They arise out of our flesh, and out of our weakness.
So what is the difference? When does our fleshly lusts, which we all have and will have until the rapture changes our bodies, when does it become sin? When is it a transgression? When is it the fruit of the flesh? The thoughts are the seed and a seed must germinate and grow to bear fruit. So then when does the seed of sin that the devil is trying to plant become the fruit of the flesh and sin?
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13Let no man way when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be temped with evil, neither tempted he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
So the temptation is not sin but a blessing! That is hard to believe and I think most will reread that line because they will think they read it wrong the first time. The temptations are a blessing. The Bible says so. We are blessed when we endure temptation.
The fight in our minds, the evil thoughts that come up, the war we have with the devil on a daily basis, is a blessing to us IF we are overcomers. For when we are tried we receive a crown of life. But when do these trials become a sin, a transgression? When we let them conceive, when we make the decision that we want consciously to do them. It is not just having the desire in our flesh, that is the battle, but when we decide that yes I want to do that. That is when we become wilfull sinners. When we decide that even though we know the Word says not to do it, even though our schoolmaster says it is a transgression, we decide that we want to do it anyway. Then we let the thoughts enter our hearts.
It is at this point that sin conceives in us and bears the fruit in time. Remember Jesus said if a man looks at a woman to lust after her. A healthy man cannot look at a beautiful naked woman without being affected. But that isn’t sin. It is when he decides that he wants to keep looking and lusting, when the spirit says turn away and he thinks in his mind, NO, I like it and I am going to do it, that is when the sin conceives in his heart.
The devil will tell you that “oh you got tempted by this or that and you sinned and are lost”. That is a lie! The temptations are there to prove us, to try us, so that we may receive a crown. We just read that when we are tempted it is a BLESSING to us. The temptations are a blessing to us. It is when we yield to the temptation that we are doing wrong. And pay close attention here. This is a very important point. The devil will only tell you that you are wrong when you are right. And he will only tell you that you are right when you are wrong.
Did you get that? The devil will only tell you that you are lost when you are saved. If you are saved he will never point out your fault to you, he’ll point it out to everyone else, but never to you because he knows once you see your fault that you will repent and be free from it being justified by Jesus Christ. Do you see it?
He will try to get you to compromise on the word. He will try to get you to believe his interpretation where he explains away scripture. He will play with your pride by praising you to try to get you to be proud and steal God’s glory. And he will use your pride by insulting and attacking you to try to get you to step out from the word and defend yourself. And the big one here, he will try and convince you that you sinned a sin beyond salvation, that you are serpent’s seed, that you have gone too far. He will only tell you that when it is a lie because he is a liar. And he will only tell you that when it is not true because-
SATAN IS ONLY AT WAR WITH THE SAINTS!
Did you get that? The devil is only at war with the saints. His battle is with the predestinated children of God. He will never say those things to the lost. He is trying to convince you of his lie by telling you that you are lost. But the Bible says that “all those who cry out in the name of the Lord shall be saved”. The Bible says that “he will never leave us or forsake us”. Is that Bible? Then what the devil says must be a lie.
He will also tell you that you are saved when you are not. He will tell you that what I have said up here today is bunk and not worth the effort to listen to. He is looking to destroy you. If he can’t destroy you completely he at least wants to make you a foolish virgin. He will tell you that you are fine when you are not. And he will tell you that you are lost and unsavable when you are already saved and justified by Jesus Christ.
That devil is cagey and sly but the Bible shows us his colours. Remember the spirit of God shows you your wrongs AND the way to repentance. The law, the schoolmaster is there to lead us the Christ. Is that what we read? The law shows us what transgressions are, and leads us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Amen? So when your mind and thoughts show you that you are wrong and going into judgment with no hope, then that is not God doing it. God shows you your wrongs and leads you to repentance and takes the guilt away.
God doesn’t tell you that you are hopelessly lost, he tells you that he has saved you and that he wants you to repent and come back to him. The one telling you that you are lost and beyond hope is the devil. And he is a liar. He always was a liar and always will be a liar. Don’t believe a word of it. There certainly will be a time when it will be too late to repent, but don’t think the devil will remind you of that. He wants to convince you to give up, to believe that you are too bad, too evil, too weak, too sinful to be saved. DON”T BELIEVE IT!
The law is our schoolmaster which shows us what transgressions are that we may come repenting to Christ and receive Jesus and be justified by Christ in faith. The law, the Bible, shows us that we are wrong so that we might have cause to repent and come to Christ. The Law shows us our faults so that we might make them right. The law shows us our weakness so that we may seek the strength of Jesus Christ. The law shows us our unrighteousness so that we may seek to be covered in the robes of His righteousness. The law shows us our sin so that we may wash it in the blood of the lamb. The law shows us judgment that we may find grace.
Fight the fight. Put on the whole armour of God. Give NO place to the devil. Make not provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof. Don’t allow your fleshly lusts to conceive sin. Get into Christ. Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and receive the Holy Spirit. It is for you. It is God’s promise to you. Get out from under the law and under the all sufficient umbrella of grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The door is still open, He is still on the mercy seat, the fountain is open deep and wide to wash away all your sin, all your iniquity and make you a new creation in Christ Jesus the Lord. Get everything under the blood Jesus Christ. Let the schoolmaster show you what is wrong that you might make it right. Examine the rule of the schoolmaster that you might be led to Christ and justified by faith in him.
There is no other salvation, nor any other name given where we can find salvation. Jesus Christ alone, in him dwells the fullness of the godhead bodily.
The Bible goes on to say that in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God and the word was made flesh and dwelt amongst men. Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh. The Bible is Jesus Christ, the word of God, in print. Paul says to change a word, even if you were an angel from heaven, you get you cursed. We must accept the whole word of God, the entire Bible, exactly as it is written with no interpretations or changes. Our doctrine must hold true from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. His word will never change.
Look into the perfect law of liberty today and let it lead you to the one salvation, the one true God and eternal life, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the healer of all of our diseases. He forgives all of your transgressions. Accept him as your Lord and savior. Repent and be baptized in his name and come out from under the bondage of the law today.