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1Last Sunday we began a new series on faith and the last two sermons dealt with the thought, "What is Faith" and last week we showed that Brother Branham said, "Faith is a Revelation, something that is revealed to you."
2He said this in his sermon called The Rapture, Dec. 4th, 1965 paragraph 40 "You cannot have a revelation without it being faith. Faith is a revelation, because it's something that's revealed to you. Faith is a revelation. Faith is something that has been revealed to you like it was to Abraham, that could call anything contrary to what had been revealed to him as though it wasn't so. Now, That's what faith is, is the revelation of God. The church is built upon a revelation, the whole entire body."
61 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from The faith, (and how do they depart from The Faith? He continues to tell us how as he says) giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (giving heed to, that means they open their minds to a delusion which comes by seductive spirits and doctrines of devils) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; (lies in hypocrisy, these doctrines of devils know better but do not teach what they know to be truth) having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
7Now, brother Branham was very clear that there is only One Faith as the Apostle Paul also taught us, and these people will depart from that One and only True Fait, so we want to see what that Faith is so we can see what they depart from?
10And from our sermon last week we found that brother Branham in his Rapture message said, And we just read where the apostle Paul said in Ephesians 4:5 that there is only one Faith, and since Faith "is the revelation of God." as brother Branham said, which is the revelation of Jesus Christ, then there is only one Revelation and we know by scripture that this One Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
12And when John was caught up into the Lords day in vision on the isle of Patmos we read in the book of Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
13And the Apostle Peter taught us that at the end time the revelation of Jesus Christ would return to earth. 1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14Therefore, if there are a people that are ordained to fall away from "The Faith" Then they will fall away from the Revelation of Jesus Christ. And this will come via a deception concerning the One True Revelation of Jesus Christ. Also it will come via doctrines of devils. So the doctrine which is teaching, will be error concerning the Revelation of Jesus Christ and this will produce error in the people.
15In other words, as it was in the days of Elijah, the false ministry of that day were successful in getting the people of Israel to worship God in a wrong way and thus to worship God outside of Truth is to actually worship other God's. That is why they worshipped Baal, which actually means "Lord". So when they speak of worshipping "the Lord", if their worship is based on wrong understanding, they are in fact worshipping a "wrong Lord", and the sad part is they don't even know they are doing it, because they are ordained to do what they are going to do. But will they open their heart to listen? Never. For Jesus said, the reason they will not receive the Truth is that they have no place for the Truth in them.
16John 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 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 are not serpent seed) 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 (you cannot understand) 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.
17Now in the second church age Irenaeus came along and pointed out to the people that the wrong connection of the scriptures will give a wrong presentation of the Only True God and therefore will present a perverted Lord.
18And in John 4: 22 Jesus said, "the gentiles worship what they know not," and He said, "But we know what we worship," and that is the Key, you must know Him who you are worshipping or you will be lost in your unbelief. He further stated "They that worship God must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth." And so apart from Truth your worship is in vain. You must worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Worship apart from a True Revelation is satanic, and God will not reveal anything without it coming via His Prophet. So, any revelation that comes outside of the vindicated channel of God is a part of the great deception.
19From his sermon Jesus Christ the same 55-0806 P:15 brother Branham said, "Now, sometimes today it's been said amongst many believers, they say about certain things, "Oh, that's against my faith. Our faith don't teach that." There's only really one faith; the Bible said so. 'One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God', and 'there's one faith' and that is the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ."
20He also said in his sermon Anointed ones at end time 65-0725M P:186 Now, notice. That was Jesus speaking. Here come Paul right behind Him and said, "Now, in the last days there will come religious people (See?), having a form of godliness, and lead silly women, led away with all kinds of worldly lust (Then they wonder, say, "Why do you pick on them women?" Oh, for goodness... They just don't even see it.)--lead silly women, laden with divers lust (away from things like--that's of the...?... See?)... And as Jannes and Jambres (Matthew 24:24, false christs, false anointed, doing signs and wonders to deceive the elected)--now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so will these reprobates..." Reprobate mind concerning The faith, not a faith, The Faith. One faith, One Lord, One...?... You can't have one faith without believing in one Lord. You can't have two baptisms, not one for the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost. There's one baptism, Jesus Christ. That's right.
21And again from his sermon Palmerworm locust caterpillar 59-0823 P:47 Now, not... The people say, "Well, that's against my faith." "There's only one faith, one Lord, one faith, and one baptism". You might have a faith, but we want The faith. Earnestly "contend," that's "argue for it, standing, stand up for."... "earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints". When were they called saints? When they were sanctified. The Holy Spirit sanctified them; they were called saints. Now, Jude says, a brother, foster brother of Jesus, "I want you to earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints." Don't never let that faith drop. And the faith of the saints was not in creeds, not in denominations, not in church buildings, not in associations, but it was in the Presence of the living God. They had faith to heal the sick, cast out devils, do miracles. All the great promises that Jesus made, that first church held onto that. It was the lifeline.
22And from Door to the heart 59-1128 P:33 he said, "Oh, there's just a lot of those doors. Let's find the door of faith over here on the side. "Now, I have faith. But don't you go fooling with my faith." There's only one faith, and that's the faith of God. That's right. The door's all closed up, because that you don't want to fool around that door, or let Jesus around there; because as soon as He stands in that door, He will scream out, "I'm the same yesterday, today, and forever." And your creeds will bar that door. But He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. You'll come to a church and watch the signs and wonders of God be performed; you won't pay attention to that, because the creeds has locked that door of faith in you and made you think that that is a faith. And there is only one faith, that's the faith of God. And the only One can bring the faith of God is Jesus Christ, His Son, that comes into your heart. He's knocked at you heart through signs, wonders, and miracles. But you keep that all penned up. "I don't want nothing to do with that."Oh, if He could only stand, and you'd open up that door, it wouldn't be two minutes till you believed every Word the Bible wrote, and say "Amen" to every bit of It; if you'd just open up the door and let Jesus come in, give you the faith that He has to give you. You've took the faith that some creed has give you. You locked the doors upon Christ's faith. When you take Christ's faith, then you can recognize Him.
23Again from his sermon Earnestly contending 55-0815 P:9 he said, "Now, it was to contend for "THE" faith, "THE," not "a." "THE" ONE faith. There is only really "one faith, one Lord, one God, one baptism," "ONE faith". Now, so we have to go back to find out what this faith is.
24Seeing there is ordained to be a falling away from The Faith in this last hour, we need to be sure that what we have is the Faith of Jesus Christ and not some deviation from His Faith which would make it a delusion rather than the genuine Faith of the son of God which is the revelation of Jesus Christ.
25Deviation from that faith means you are under a delusion and not a true revelation. And in this late hour we need to know if our Faith is the True Genuine Faith, the same Faith that Jesus Christ lived by that Paul spoke of in Galatians 2:20 Where he said, "I am crucified with Christ: ( that's also Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.) "nevertheless I live; yet it is not I that i living, but Christ who liveth in me: and the life which I now live in this flesh I live by 'the faith of the Son of God', His Faith, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
26Therefore we need to know whether your faith is the same revelation from God that Jesus lived by or just a delusion brought about by your being deceived by every wind of doctrine of men which would be nothing less than a deception.
27Therefore, this morning we will examine whether the Faith you hold onto is the True Revelation of Jesus Christ, the same Faith that Jesus held onto, or whether your faith which is what revelation you hold onto is nothing more than just a delusion, because if it a delusion it will not based on a right division of the Word but on a wrong division and thus a wrong understanding of God's Word, because God promised to send both. I hope you are aware of that?
28In 2 Thessalonians 2:10 we hear the Apostle Paul warn us "And with all deceivableness 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 the lie:
3012 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.(that's un-right-wise-ness). In other they had a wrong understanding. 13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Where unto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
31From brother Branham's sermon, The First Seal 63-0318 P:44 he said, "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness... (deceiving people by unrighteousness)... in them that perish;... (not this Bride, in them that's looking for such a thing)... because they received not the love of the truth... (And Christ is the Truth, and Christ is the Word, but they'd rather have a creed.),... that they might be saved. And for this cause God has sent them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:... (It should be translated there, as I looked in the Lexicon, "the lie," not "a lie"; "the lie," same one he told Eve.) That they... might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
32Now, we know the word "righteousness" comes from the old English words "Right-wise-ness". YOu can find that in your Scofield Bible if you have one. Then, un-"righteousness" is un-right-wise-ness which is having an incorrect understanding. And notice the Bible tells us that the people will take pleasure in an having an incorrect understanding.
33From his sermon, God of this evil age 65-0801M P:33 brother Branham said, Making a strong delusion, as the Bible said it would (II Thessalonians), how this man of sin would come into existence and set in the temple of God, showing himself he was God and caused the people to go into strong delusion to believe a lie; and believing it will be damned by it. That's the same thing he did to Eve, give her... Never told her the Word wasn't right, but give her a strong delusion that she believed a lie. The spirit of delusion is of the devil, devils now working in the children of disobedient. Disobedient to what? What's the children of this day disobedient to? Like Eve was at the beginning: the true Word of God.
34Therefore, you either are walking in the true light with God, or the false light that opposes Him. You are either rightly wise or you are un-rightly-wise. In other words, your Faith or Revelation is either correct or your faith is not a genuine faith of Christ but actually it is a delusion, which is nothing more than a deception, because you think you are right when you are not.
35In this same letter to the Thessalonians the Apostle Paul wrote earlier in 2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,...
36So the Apostle Paul tells us there is coming a time when the Lord Jesus, the same one who met Him on his road to Damascus, will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels. We have the picture on the wall over there. And notice the next thing he says about that Great One, and how He will Reveal Himself.
378 In flaming fire (He's speaking of the same Pillar of Fire that met him on the road to Damascus returning back at the end time) taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
38Now, this tells us that when God appears in this hour there will be a separation that takes place. Those who know not God shall be separated from the presence of the Lord at that time, and from the Glory of His power.
39Now, this word glory is translated from the Greek word doxa, so these are separated from God's Presence first of all, then because they no longer walk in the light as He is in the light, they will be separated from God's opinions, God's values, and God's judgments which is His revealed word, for He is the Word.
40Let's read it again. 2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed (or manifested, because the word apokolupsis means to reveal by manifesting) from heaven with his mighty angels,... So when this revelation comes via God's manifesting Himself, as brother Branham preached so many sermons, like, " "The Mighty God unveiled", "Presence of God unrecognized," "Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed", "The Unveiling of God", "Who is This Melchisedec?" etc.
41So we read, 8 In flaming fire (the Pillar of fire) taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
42It's interesting that this word power was not translated from the Greek word dunamis, which speaks of miracle working power, but rather a word that is hardly ever used to represent power. The word is "ishmus", and is a form of the Greek word "echo". It speaks of the strength of the echo. So when these people are separated from the glory of his power, he is telling us they are separated from the doxa of His ishmus. In other words, they are separated from the power that comes from echoing God's opinions, God's values, and God's judgments and the strength of the echo of God's values, opinions, etc.
43Notice that Paul mentions a separation from The Presence of The Lord first, and when he says The Lord, and this word "The" speaks of "One" as in "One Lord", and then once they separate themselves from "The Presence of this One Lord" then they become separated from His Glory, His Doxa, His opinions, Values, and judgments. Why, Because He is the Word that they have separated themselves from.
452 Thessalonians 2:10 "And with all deceivableness 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 the lie:
49Notice at this time, when God comes and makes Himself known by revealing or manifesting Himself, He will endoxazo His people. This word endoxazo is made of the prefix "En" meaning "in", and "doxa" which is the values, opinions and judgments of God, and the suffix ZO or ZOE means the life. So the Greek Word, en-doxa-zo means when he comes to magnify His opinions and values in the Life of the believers. And to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
50So we see Paul's testimony will be believed in the day when God comes to reveal Himself and at the same time, express His doxa in the believers. And isn't that exactly what brother Branham said when he was caught up beyond the curtain of time? He said "I only preached what Paul preached" and the people said, "we're counting on that brother Branham".
5111 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fullfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: 12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, we know by what the Apostle Paul is telling us here, that a certain people will receive the "Glory or Doxa of God in this Hour, and this is to bring us into harmony and conformity to the very image of the first born son of God. In other words, it speaks of the very mindset that was in Christ coming into the believers at that time while others will be banished from God's presence and absent from the Mind of Christ.
55Any child who follows the ministry of William Branham should be able to quote from Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock (of revelation) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
56Now, as I said, just about anyone who follows William Branham’s Message has heard him say this enough times that they should be able to quote it and even talk intelligently about revelation; what it is, and how necessary revelation is to the believer. But why do so many who claim to believe His Message refuse to believe what Peter said that brought such praise from Jesus?
57In verse 13 Jesus had asked the disciples the question, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
58Then Jesus called Peter blessed and said those notable words, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. and upon this rock (the rock of revelation), I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
59Peter called Jesus the Son of God, but the majority of the ministers who claim to follow William Branham do not have that same revelation that Peter had, because they refuse to call Jesus the son of God. Rather they say He is God who made Himself into a son.
60Therefore, we are looking at the difference between Revelation and Ddecption, because both are very powerful influences in the world today, and not only in the World but also amongst those who claim to believe the End-time Message of Malachi Four. And let’s face it, I'm not interested in what's happening in the world as much as I am interested in what is happening around this Message.
61The world is a lost cause. Brother Branham called them cannon fodder many times. Therefore our focus should not be on what is cannon fodder but why are Sons and daughters of God sitting under false shepherds who have no more understanding of God than Oneness Pentecostals.
62Now to understand the difference between Revelation and deception, we must know what the two words mean. Because as brother Branham said about the difference between the Appearing and Coming, he said "they are two different words and they mean two different things". And Revelation and Deception are two different words and they means two different things as well. .
63Now the word Revelation means The act of revealing or disclosing. b. Something revealed, something not previously known or realized but is made know or realized. In Scripture it is a manifestation of divine will or truth. So we see that Revelation is something that God had hidden but then uncovers or discloses so as to reveal or make that truth known to men.
64Now, let’s contrast that to deception or Delusion, which is a fallacy, a false belief or false opinion. And delusion comes from delude which means to mislead or deceive, the act of deceiving, and deceive means to take a truth and hide it.
67Now, I've taught the Message Doctrine to more than 3,500 ministers face to face around the world in over 56 countries, and I cannot say that all that I've taught have learned and understood the doctrine. In fact I would be very surprised if 10 percent really understood what I taught. I think it may be closer to 1 percent, but I am hoping for at least 10%.
68Now, that has nothing to do with my ability to teach for after all unless the lord buildeth the house they that build build in vain. And unless the teacher which is the Holy Ghost comes into a persons heart, they can hear but not understand and they can see but not perceive.
70So you see, even when God Himself is doing the teaching not everyone who is taught learns what is being taught. And we know the Holy Spirit is the real teacher anyway, but God uses men to do his teaching, but it takes the Holy Spirit to anoint that teaching to make it a divine revelation.
71From his sermon, Blasphemous names 62-1104M P:56 brother Branham said,. "Number one, coming to you, your mental faith, right here, comes the Holy Spirit, coming down into your mental faith making it a spiritual faith. Then the spiritual faith only recognizes the Word. Now, and number two--three: Then you'll have spiritual, you'll be--have the Holy Spirit, and will seal all these things into you, as that Holy Spirit covers this. From your faith up to the Holy Spirit seals you in with Christ; then you become one. Amen. You become one. See, you and Christ live together. "At that day you'll know that I'm in the Father, the Father in Me, I in you, and you in Me." See? Then that's a sealed unit of the Lord God. Now, and then they are vindicated and placed. When that time takes place, they become vindicated sons and daughters of God.
72So notice that brother Branham is telling us here that when the Holy spirit comes into your mental faith, He anoints your mental faith and it becomes a spiritual dynamic Revelation, and then it is sealed in there, and no one could ever take it from you, and he said it makes us one with Christ. And notice he said when we come to that place we are ready for the placing as sons and daughters of God. In other words, we must be in that condition where our mental faith has been anointed with the Spirit of God and it has dropped down into our soul sealing us in and making us One with the mind of Christ, and we must come to that condition in order to be placed in the adoption of sons.
73Again from Blasphemous names 62-1104M P:53 The biggest part of our faith is mental faith. By hearing the Word it brings us to a mental recognition of God. But if this coming from above, oh, brother, if it ever strikes this, there is a godly, spiritual faith. Then what does that faith do? That faith recognizes only the Word. No matter what anything else says, it only recognizes the Word, because "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (And the Word's still God.) And the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us." And when the word Itself is pouring into our faith, our mental faith becomes a spiritual revelation. "And upon this foundation I'll build My Church," (See?), not upon a mental conception of church joining, a mental conception of that, but upon the revelation. When them streams of grace has poured into that mental faith that you've got, then upon this, a spiritual revelation, "I'll build My Church and the gates of hell can't prevail against it." See? That shows they would be against it, but it'll never prevail. Oh, what a glorious thing.
74Now, notice how brother Branham tells us that the Holy Spirit comes and anoints our mental Faith and then it becomes a spiritual revelation that builds upon Word upon Word upon Word. Then brother Branham says, When them streams of grace has poured into that mental faith that you've got, then upon this, a spiritual revelation.
75Now, Peter, the one who Jesus praised for receiving the Revelation of Jesus Christ, that there is One God and He had a Son, and that Jesus was that Son of God. In 1 Peter 1:13 he tells us Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
77In 1 Corinthians 1:3 we read "Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;"
78Now, notice what this Grace is to do. 5 "That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance", (this word utterance was translated from the Greek word Logos, which we know as Word, but also it means doctrine or teaching) and in all knowledge; so we see that this Grace is to enrich us like fertilizer enriches the seed that's been planted in the soil, and it is to enrich the doctrine and knowledge in order to produce a fully manifested crop of sons and daughters.
79Then he tells us why. 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed (it means stabilized, but also means vindicated) in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; (the word gift is taken from the Greek word charisma and it means endowment as in mental acuity or ability to understand..
80So God sends a special anointing of Grace in order to anoint our minds to the Revelation of Jesus Christ so that we come behind in no understanding) waiting for the coming (the Apakolupsis which is the unveiling) of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8 Who shall also confirm you (which means he will vindicate you and stabilize you) unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.
81So you see this grace that brother Branham was talking about is the same Grace that Peter and Paul spoke of that would come at the time of the apokalupsis or Unveiling of the Mighty God. And it is to produce in us an anointing upon the doctrine and knowledge of Jesus Christ the Son of God that we might understand our own role as sons giving us the same mind that was in Christ and readying us for the adoption as obedient sons.
82So we see the important of Faith which is Revelation to the believer. Revelation is what seals us in. Revelation is what anoints our mental faith with an ability to take on Word upon Word upon Word, bringing it to a super-natural dynamic revelation that seals us into Christ the Word, and readies us for our adoption.
831 John 2:20 But ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (Notice that this anointing gives us revelation that we might know what we are supposed to know, which is the revelation of Him.) 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth "the Father and the Son". (Remember the word "and" is a conjunction that joins tow things and in this case he is speaking of one who is Father and another who is son.) 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not (echoes not) the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
851 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 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.
86And that is the problem, that men have received their learning from men but not from God.
Brother Branham taught us in his sermon Voice of the Sign 64-0321E E-33 The elected listens to the voice. But the unelected ignores and says, "Nonsense. Go on. We'll take the same old school." That's the way they did in the days of Luther.
87And from his sermon God Who Is Rich In Mercy 65-0119 191 If a man comes out with an odd peculiar ministry, that's found in the Bible to be the Truth, and that man stays right in that same old denominational doctrine, forget it. Nothing to it. God don't do a thing like that. That thing, that's rotten manna that's got termites in it, or wiggletails, or whatever you want to call it, from forty, fifty years ago, still trying to eat that old manna that fell way back years ago. And the children of Israel on their journey, new manna fell every night. That's right, you couldn't keep it over. We don't live over some other age gone by. We're eating new Manna, fresh Manna out of heaven, in our journey as we go on.
88Then why do men keep preaching the same old denominational Oneness doctrine and claim to believe the sign. They see the prophet, so they see the sign, but why do they keep preaching the same old watered down doctrine that they held back in Pentecost?
89He said in his sermon, The Token 64-0308 77 He displayed His sign as Messiah, and so forth. And they, many of them, said, "Yes, I could go for that." Well, now, if that was a sign, there's got to be a voice of that sign. What was the voice behind it? When He begin to teach His doctrine and call them a bunch of snakes in the grass, He wasn't popular from then on (See?) when the voice came with the sign. The sign went first.
90The doctrine is vitally important because it is the fertilizer upon the seed bringing it into manifestation of the life that lays within it. And Jesus said they did not want his doctrine, they wanted the doctrine of man instead and by teaching for doctrine the commandments of men they made the Word of God of none effect to themselves.
91And Paul said, 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 knoweth. 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.
92If you hear but do not learn it's because you heard but you did not understand what you heard. Or else what you think you heard you really did not hear at all, and what you think you saw, you did not see it at all, nor did you perceive or understand right, lest God would have to heal them as Jesus quoted. So by hearing and not hearing and seeing and not seeing it shows they had preconceived ideas already in their minds of what they were hearing and seeing, thus their minds were blinded, because their preconceived notions were wrong. That is why they heard and did not hear, and saw but did not see, nor did they understand.
93Of the thousands of ministers I've met personally overseas, there isn't one of them who couldn't quote Malachi 4, Luke 17:30 and Revelations 10:1-7. And they all know by heart what William Branham spoke concerning Peter by Revelation receiving the keys of revelation. And yet if you ask them to speak those notable words Peter said that merited praise from Jesus, I have my doubts many could quote the words Peter said because in their minds they do not understand what he said that merited praise. Because Peter said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of God", because if they believed what Peter said, they would teach what he said.
94If the Word of God is shown to people and nothing happens to them, and they don't walk in it, then what happens to them? God gives them a delusion instead of a revelation. Why? Because they didn't love the truth. You've got to Love it, and not fuss with it.
Paul told us in 2 Thessalonians 2:10 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: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
97I'll tell you why. Because they also hold to another fallacy or false teaching that says a true five-fold minister cannot make a mistake. Since when? Even brother Branham said he could make a mistake,
99From his sermon, Identified Christ of all ages 64-0617 P:67 which was preached after the seals, brother Branham said, "Now, all I could say, I'm a man; my words can just fail just like any other man, all of us. I've proved to you tonight that every prophet, everything else, they made their mistakes. But God makes no mistakes. His Word is the Truth. How many believes that He is the Word? God bless you. That's where my faith is built, on nothing less than Jesus' Blood, and right... Jesus is the Word."
100And he also said in this same sermon, Identified Christ of all ages 64-0617 P:27 "Watch Joseph, just portrayed the life of Christ almost perfect, but he made a mistake to show that it wasn't Him. Man make mistakes. See, he told Pharaoh; he said... He told his father, which was a prophet, Jacob, he said, "You tell Pharaoh that we are herdsmen, because a shepherd is an abomination to an Egyptian." But the father, the Spirit wouldn't let him do it; he said, "Your servants, the shepherds..." So you see Joseph there making a mistake. David, the great man, made a mistake, a man after God's Own heart, yet took Bathsheba, thinking he could hide that from the very God that he had served all of his life, but God exposed him by Nathan the prophet. See?"
101If revelation is to anoint our mental faith and create in us a supernatural understanding and bring us into a readied state for adoption, then deception will do the opposite, it'll cause one "to fall away from the Faith", "The Revelation of Jesus Christ".
103Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man (let's get more specific: if any apostle, prophet, pastor or teacher or evangelist) preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
104Now, what did Paul teach? Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
107Anointed ones at end time 65-0725M P:186 "now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so will these reprobates..." Reprobate mind concerning The faith, not a faith, The Faith. One faith, one Lord, one...?... You can't have one faith without believing in one Lord.
109Paul said in Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
110Jesus said in Matthew 23: 13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
111And again we hear Paul say the same thing in, Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth down in unrighteousness;
113Notice how they do it. He said, They hold down the Truth in un-right-wise-ness, which means they hold down the Truth by giving the people an incorrect understanding to replace the truth. By teaching error instead of the Truth they hold it back from the people. In order to withhold the Truth, they cause the people to stay away from the Truth. To do this they must lie about the truth, and so they suppress the knowledge of the Truth from the people, and cause the people to become afraid to check Truth for themselves.
114In order to believe The lie they do not come right out and deny the Scriptures, and they will not say they disagree with Br. Branham, but then when you quote from the Scriptures and William Branham they say you are making it up, and twisting it. They say they believe him, and yet they deny what he taught.
115So what they do, is tell the people the Scripture does not mean what is says. The Scriptures says that Jesus was not His own Father, so they just won’t share those Scriptures with the people. The scripture says that God forsook Jesus in Gethsemane, and God entered into His Son in the river Jordan, so they just won’t read those Scriptures to the people. The scriptures tells us that Jesus was the Son of God and that he was born therefore “he had a beginning”, so they just won’t read those Scriptures to the people, and pretty soon they won’t read too much of the Bible, so they end up quoting other men or enter into a lot of music and very little Bible.
116And how can you worship God outside of Truth. You can’t. Jesus said we must worship God in Spirit and truth. So they try to change the truth. And Paul told us how they do it. He said in Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
117And so instead of Preaching about the Son of God and how he came and laid down his own Life, they preach about the Bride, the Bride, and the Bride. The creature instead of the creator. And so they will not believe the record that God gave of His Son and so they in essence they are calling God a liar. That is what the Apostle John said in 1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath (echoes) the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And what was this record that God gave of His Son?
118John told us in John 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw The Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And again he said in verse 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
119So the error of the wicked is to take the word of God and twist it in such a way as to distort it, so it does not say what it actually says. It means to lie about the Truth in order to cause the people to stay away from it. That’s how they suppress the truth.
120And brother Branham laid out for us the three things they do to distort the Word of God, and he said we should never do these three things with the Word of God because to do them is to change the meaning of What God's Word means.
121Christ revealed in His own Word 65-0822M P:53 Now, in order to study the Scripture... Paul told Timothy, "Study It, rightly dividing the Word of God which is Truth." Then there's three musts in the Scripture. In using God's Word there is three things that you must not do. Now, let's study those for the next ten minutes: Three things that you must not do... And all out in the land wherever you are across the nation, be sure to put these down in your mind if you haven't got a pencil. You must not do these things. We tell you all the time how you must do; now, I'm going to tell you what you must not do. Now, you must not misinterpret the Word. You say, "Well, I believe It means this." It means just what it says. It needs no interpreter. And you must not misplace the Word. And you must not dislocate the Word. And if we would do either of these, it throws the whole Bible in a confusion and in a chaos.
1221. you must not misinterpret the Word "To interpret explain, or understand incorrectly".
2. you must not misplace the Word. "To put in a wrong place, or place improperlyor unwisely".
3. you must not dislocate the Word "put out of proper relative position".
1231. Now, to misinterpret the word means: to interpret the word wrongly. Like teaching Two Lords as a truth when it is a fallacy. Or teaching two souls when there is no Scripture for it.
2. To misplace the word means: you place it where it is not meant to be placed, such as making John 14:12 for only one person, instead of the body of Christ.
3. To dislocate the word, means: to put out of place or proper relative position, to put out of order, like placing the adoption and being conformed to the Image of the first born to somewhere after the resurrection or possibly in the Millennium,
127Brother Branham said in his sermon Christ Revealed in His Own Word “In the Laodicean age the people were what? Naked (Are they?), blind. What good does light do to a blind man? If the blind leads the blind, don't they all fall in the ditch? Naked, blind, and don't know it. Even their mental faculties are gone, their spiritual faculties of mental--spiritual understanding. See? Heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, and despisers of those that are good, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof, The power of revelation, they don't even believe in it. See?”) They don't believe in such things as prophets, and so... They don't believe in it.
128And from his sermon, Way of a true prophet 62-0513M P:118 The Bible said if they wouldn't believe the Word, He'd give them strong delusions to believe a lie and would be damned by it. That's exactly what these organizations and people of this nation's doing today: believing a lie to be damned by it.
129And from his sermon, God's wrapped gift 60-1225 P:53 God said He'd give them over to strong delusions to believe a lie and be damned by it. God said He would do it. You refuse right, you have to take wrong. There's no other way. You refuse to go right, you have to go left, go some other way beside right; so you can't go right and wrong at the same time. When they refused the Holy Ghost, they refused Christ, they refused God's program, they refused the messenger, they refused everything; so therefore, they're left in their sin. There's nothing left then but judgment.