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11 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
2So far in our mini series on the End Time Chronology of Events, we've looked at the events that took place from 1906 through 1946, then the events that took place from 1946 through 1963, then the events that have taken place from 1963 until present. we looked at the process of the Rapture which begins with the Shout, which is the Message, and then the Voice of the Resurrection. We've looked at the Judgments that are taking place in the world and we examined the very first Judgment that God always does and that is abandonment. when man turns from God you can expect God to turn from man. Then we examined the curses of Deuteronomy 28, and showed how there are 21 blessings but 86 curses of double unto her double. Last Wednesday night we focused on the Economic judgments which we are watching unfold across the world, almost daily in the news. we are watching the Falling apart of the world cosmos, the world systems. Man's systems. Immediately after this third phase of the Rapture which is the last trump or catching away, we see the plagues take place on the earth. The world has been getting some small glimpses of these for the past 40 years but increasingly we are seeing more and more of these strange diseases coming up all over the globe but we will not see these in full until we see the full impact of the economic plague doing it's damage. These plagues are set to come right after the last trump which is the third part of the rapture process, the trump or catching away.
4Now, the resurrection in itself is its own event, it's called "the Voice", but that doesn't end the period of time because under "the Trump" it gathers together the living saints with those which have just been resurrected.
5Now as we already pointed out when we spoke on the Resurrection, there is an order to the Resurrection. But when the last resurrected saint comes up, there is a period of time before we begin to see these resurrected saints. Then something happens. A trump and we are then gathering together the living with the resurrected ones. So we must look at what takes place during this time.
7From his sermon, Jehovah Jireh 37-72 62-0705 pp. 6 And then, remember, if we go before He comes, we will be up and in His Presence, or raised before the others are changed. "The trumpet of the Lord shall sound, the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which alive and remain shall be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, and be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air." Look at the order of the resurrection. See, God knows that we long to see our loved ones. And if we got there to meet Him first, we'd be looking around to see if mother or dad and the rest of them was there. But see how, the Holy Spirit in His wisdom? We meet one another first, and then when we get there and sing "Amazing Grace," that's--that's when there's going to be a time of worship. You think I act funny now, watch me up there. It's going to be a wonderful time for me and all of us that when we get there. ....
8And it seems that in 1956 the same year America rejected the Gospel brother Branham spoke about the tent a whole lot. In fact I have twelve quotes concerning it, but I will not quote them all this morning, it will take too much time.
9In his sermon, Jehovah Jireh 56-0224 P:50 pp. 50 When we get our big tent up out here somewhere, we'll take plenty of time and go through them in-between the lines. Watch the resurrection thing how it moves in there, just beautifully. Just get in love with Him and He will reveal it to you
10Now, he doesn't say here how long he would like to have this tent set up, he only says, "we'll take plenty of time and go through them in-between the lines. Watch the resurrection thing how it moves in there. So how long plenty of time is only one can guess.
11But then in many sermons in 1956 he mentions his wanting to put up a big tent and hold extended length meetings, and he is very specific about it being about six week. Now I want you to notice, he was not sure how many people the tent would hold because his estimates are different throughout the quotes, an so is the location. he only says, I would like to have it here or over here etc. So those two things are open as far as I can see. But what seems to be nailed down is that they would be for an extended time, perhaps 6 weeks which is 42 days give or take a day or so which places the time as equivalent to the time the first half of the first resurrection took place which was somewhere between 40 and 50 days.
13Testimony 63-1128M P:12 I'd like to get a place sometime, the Lord willing, when a tent comes on the scene. And I believe that's soon now, soon I'm going worldwide. I got a worldwide meetings coming now. And I'd like to get a place where I could set down for about six weeks, and just take those things and go through them (You see?), back and forth, through the Scripture. And it's astounding to see the hour that we're living in. It frightens me. It frightens me, not because... In my heart, the joy bells are ringing, knowing that the coming of the Lord is so close at hand. But what frightens me, is to know that so many is unprepared for the hour that we are facing. That's the bad part.
15Now, remember, he said "watch the resurrection in there", so if Alpha is to repeat in Omega then we are looking for a time when the resurrected saints and the living saints will come together. And a trumpet always designates a gathering together.
16Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, (That's the saint which have gone on) and which are on earth; (the ones that are) even in him:
18Questions and answers COD 64-0830M P:142 365. Brother Branham, would you please explain Mark 13:27? ... "And then shall he send his angels, and... gather together his elect from the four winds, and the utmost parts of the earth to the uttermost parts of heaven". That's talking of the resurrection, the translation, going up. He'll send forth His angels to gather. Did you ever think what the angels are? Huh? Messengers. Uh-huh. He'll gather them together, congregate them together (See?), bringing them, bind them together from the utmost parts of the earth to the utmost parts of heaven, the Word that was been made manifest on earth. See? Get it? The Word's been spoken; here It's manifested. See?
19Brother Branham said in his sermon, The Rapture 65-1204 P:74 Now, I want you to notice a great thing taken place here now. Don't miss this. See? Now, notice, the Word says here in II Thessalonians that there's three things... Notice, from the 13th to the 16th verse there's three things that has to happen before the Lord Himself appears. (Quickly now so we can close. See?) The first thing happened, notice: a shout, a voice, a trumpet. Let's read it now and see if that's right. See? For the Lord himself... (16th verse)... shall descend from heaven with a shout, and with a voice of the archangel, and... the trump of God:...
22Now, in paragraph The Rapture 65-1204 P:89 Brother Branham is more specific with us on what the trump is. He says, "The next is what? was a trumpet. A shout, a voice, a trumpet. Now, the third thing is a trumpet, which always at the Feast of Trumpets is calling the people to the feast; and that'll be the Bride's supper, the Lamb's supper with the Bride in the sky. See, the first things comes forth is His Message calling the Bride together. The next thing is a resurrection of the sleeping Bride, the one that's died back in the other ages. They're caught together, and the trumpet, the feast in the heavens, in the sky. Why, that's the thing that takes place, friends. We're right there ready now. The only thing, the church coming out has got to lay before the sun to ripen. The great combine will come by after while. The wheat will be burned, the stalks, but the grain will be gathered into it's garner. See?
23Then in The Rapture 65-1204 pp. 93 he says, "Therefore, the Message calls the Bride together. See? The shout and the trumpet, the same morning with a loud voice He screamed out with that shout, and voice and woke Lazarus. With a loud voice He cried, "Lazarus, come forth." See? And the voice wakes up the sleeping Bride, the sleeping dead. And the trumpet, with the sound of the trumpet, and when it does, it calls... Always a trumpet called Israel to the Feast of the Trumpets (See?), which was the Pentecostal feast, the great feast in the sky and the Feast of the Trumpets... And now, a trumpet denounced a calling together, calling to the feast. And now that is the Lamb's supper in the sky (Now, watch.,) the assembling together in the Bride, the Feast of the Trumpets, the Wedding Supper. We have seen it in types. Now, watch just a moment before we close."
24Notice the gathering begins first with we which are alive, the shout gathers us, and then once we are gathered to Christ, then God continues His gathering from beyond the curtain of time, then those that have slept are gathered together with the living, then the trumpet which calls us into an action. It calls us to a feast, the wedding supper.
26Feast of the trumpets 64-0719M P:59 This calling of the Feast of the Trumpets, the approaching of something... Notice Revelations 8 and 7, if you want to write it down. We notice the first trumpet there scattered hail, blood, fire upon the earth. Just exactly with Exodus, when God was calling His people out of the exodus. Now, the reason that these Seven Trumpets does not apply to this church and this age is because it's to Israel only. It's the calling of, the gathering of the people. And now, there's only one significance in here, that I want you to get to in a few minutes, is where you'll see why this doesn't apply to this age that we're living in, the Seven Trumpets.
29From his sermon, QA on the seals 63-0324M P:173 A man running up here the other day from North Carolina, just before we left, he said, "Glory to God. Can you tell me where some great somebody was?" And I said, "No." "Oh, yes, sir," said, "this guy's got the..." Said, "This guy is the president of the Auto Mission." I said, "The what?" He said, "Auto Mission." I said, "I don't understand." And he said, "Oh," said, "this guy's the president." I said, "What'd you say his name was?" He said, "Branham, I believe, something like that, Brown or Branham." I said, "Well, my name is Branham." He said, "Are you the president of the Auto Mission?" I said, "No, sir." He said, "Well, where's the millennium at?" I said, "I don't know." He said, "Why, you're... You mean it's going on right here and you don't know it?" And I said, "No, sir, I don't." And he said, "Well, glory to God," said, "I got some friends that come, told me," and said, "I quit work;" still had his work clothes on. Said, "Brother, I want the millennium." And I said, "Well, I believe you're just a little bit confused, aren't you, brother? About that time a car drove up, a taxi cab. She said, "Hold it, hold it, hold it." A little woman come up there, she said, "Now, you're going to pray for my husband." I said, "Yes, ma'am, what about it?" She said, "Well, I understand you have to wait a month on an interview (See?), to get prayed for." And I said, "What?" And she said, "Yes, sir," said, "but I'm desperate. You got to pray for my husband." I said, "Sure, where is he at? Bring him on." This guy standing, looking on, said, "Do you pray for the sick too?" I said, "Yes, sir." Said, "What did... You say your name was, Branham?" I said,... "And you don't know nothing about the millennium?" I said, "Well, I... No, I don't." I said, "I don't understand it just right in the Bible." He said, "No, it's right now. People's come from everywhere." I said, "Where's it at?" He said, "Jeffersonville, Indiana, right under the bridge." "Sir, you've got me bested." And I said, "I don't know nothing about it." I said, "Let's go in and set down. Maybe we can talk this thing over." We did. See? Don't You see, friends, don't you never desire a ministry. You be happy you're just where you are..
30Now, for those who do teach that the millennium is on, brother Branham said that is a Catholic teaching. From his sermon, The Thyatirean Church Age 60-1208 P:8 And that's when the post-millennium people come into existence, right there, 'cause they thought the church was in the millennium right there (See?), 'cause they was rich, had need of nothing, state and church all together. "Millennium is on," is still a Catholic teaching till this day. See? Now, the Millennium on, well, we know that that's wrong. The millennium: the second coming of Christ brings the millennium. That's right. The earth is groaning, crying for that day of sweet release, When our Lord shall come back to earth again.
32The shout is this side of the millennium, and so is the resurrection which we've already shown you is a series of events and then the trump, when the dead in Christ gather together with us to receive what we have received in this hour. You see, they without us can not be made perfect.
33I've had people write me and curse me out because I don't believe that we are in the Millennium. I've had to deal with this question all over the world in ministers meetings, because people just won't read their Bibles.
35He that is in you 63-1110E P:93 In the millennium, the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock and shall lay down with the bullock. They'll not hurt or destroy in the millennium. The Devil will be gone. It's the Devil that makes wild beasts tear, and rip and eat, and things like that, the way they do. It's Satan that does that.
37Questions and answers COD 64-0830M P:83 340. And Satan is bound for a little season, a thousand years, 'cause his subjects is all in hell, and his... The church that's on earth is redeemed and right in the Presence of Christ, so he has nothing he can work on. So it's not a chain, as I said, a log chain; it's a chain of circumstance; he has nothing he can do. He's helpless and hopeless, just waiting for the resurrection of the subjects; then they're separated as the sheep from the goats.
38Junction of time 56-0115 P:79 We know that we're in the great day of the last rain, when Satan will be bound and cast in the pit, chained with a chain of circumstance that he cannot come out and deceive the nations no more, and a thousand years millennium reign will take place on the earth, while we're glorifying our Lord Jesus and adoring Him, crowning Him the King of kings, the Lord of lords.
39Questions and answers COD 64-0830M P:83 340. Does the millennium have to do with the one thousand years? Could it not be a generation? No. A generation allotted in the Bible is forty years. But the Bible said, "And they lived and reign with Christ one thousand years." It will be one thousand years upon the earth, 'cause one thousand years upon the earth is only counted a time, for parable like to God, as one day. One thousand years upon on the earth is only one day with God, as God counting time. How many understands that now? So it's that Sabbath day when the church will no more labor against sin. And Satan is bound for a little season, a thousand years, 'cause his subjects is all in hell, and his... The church that's on earth is redeemed and right in the Presence of Christ, so he has nothing he can work on. So it's not a chain, as I said, a log chain; it's a chain of circumstance; he has nothing he can do. He's helpless and hopeless, just waiting for the resurrection of the subjects; then they're separated as the sheep from the goats.
40Questions and answers COD 64-0823M P:125 Now, there you are, to the question awhile ago. See? At the judgment seat... Jesus, the church, the Bride, was raptured, went up into glory, and was up there and was married, returned back to the earth, and lived a thousand years. At the end of the thousand years Satan was loosed out of his prison, that is bound by an Angel with a chain, not a log chain, but a chain of circumstance; all of his subjects was in hell. All that was resurrected on the earth was redeemed and Jesus with them. He couldn't work on nothing; but at the end of the thousand years, the second resurrection... "Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection over which the second death has no power." Now notice, in this second resurrection, when they come up, then Satan's loosed out of his prison for a little season; then the judgment is set. Now, watch. Jesus with the Bride, as King and Queen, set at the throne, white throne judgment; and the books were opened, the books of the sinners. And another Book was opened, which was the Book of Life; and every man was judged thus by the Bride. "Know ye not know ye not that the saints shall judge the earth?" See, see? All right.
41Questions and answers COD 64-0823E P:112 322. Brother Branham, I would like to know about the millennium. Is it after the marriage supper, or is it on earth, all about it. I don't understand about it. Well, brother or sister, it's hard for me to understand it, myself. But only thing I can say is this: that the marriage supper comes before the millennium.
42From his sermon, The Token, brother Branham said, "The Token, we have talked to the Token all the way along, but now is the manifestation of the Token. See? 11 Now, we have sometimes allowed It... The Lutherans allowed It to accepting the Word, accepting Christ as personal Saviour. The Methodists said, "When you get happy enough to shout, that's It." The Pentecostals says, "Speak in tongues, and you got It." And we find out that all of it was wrong. See? The Token is the Token. It's you and Christ as persons together. See? It's the Holy Spirit, His Life in you working His own Life through you. And it's for the rich, the poor, or for whosoever will receive It.
4314 Then the Life that was in Christ is the Holy Ghost, not the third person, but the same Person in the form of the Holy Spirit, coming upon you as a Token that your life and your fare is paid. You have been accepted. Until that Token comes, you're not permitted on the highway.
44Desperation 63-0901E P:17 17 And the devil can impersonate any of those things. But he cannot be the Holy Ghost. See? He can impersonate these gifts, but he can't be the Holy Ghost. And the Holy Ghost is the Token that the Blood's been applied, because It follows the Blood all the way from the Book of Redemption. See it? That was the purpose of Him coming. That's what He followed in every age. Every age He's followed that to see that It's brought forth. And they could not be made perfect without us. And now, the entire Holy Spirit visits the church making God in human flesh as He did before Sodom, the burning there, which was a type. Then Abraham, He appeared to him. And all the things that He hasn't done down through the ages, in the church ages, He is now doing. Back to the Word, because the messages, and the messages, and the messages has to wind up in the entire Word. And in the last days, the Seven Seals being open, was to pick up every straggle that's been left off in it and make the whole thing in one great big body of the Bride, that them who lived back there was not perfect until this church be perfected, the Bride group in the last days, to bring them in and all together be taken up. See?
4518 The Token, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, is among us. We should reverence that. We can't humble ourselves enough. Taking off your shoes or getting on your knees wouldn't expel it, it wouldn't satisfy; it wouldn't suffice us, but a life that brings forth the fruit of the Spirit...Now, what is the fruit of the Spirit? See? Love, joy, peace... Remember this morning? Preparation, sent the messenger with the message. Next thing He done after He sent the messenger with the message, He sent the Pillar of Fire for a vindication. Next thing was after that, was consolation. See? You knew that it was right; you was at peace. We have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. See?
46Melchisedec the great prince 55-0109M P:69 When we rally there with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, those who were heirs of the promise, looking forward to us not to fail, for without us they cannot be made perfect... And how they're depending on us this morning. Let's not fail. Keep your anchor in Christ.
47What Holy Ghost was given for 59-1217 P:20 Now, the church has got to a place, from Luther, Wesley... And the revival's on with the Pentecost. And now into this age that we're coming now by the same Holy Spirit, just more of It... Now, when them Lutherans back there got saved, they got a portion of the Holy Spirit. When the Methodists got sanctified, that was a work of the Holy Spirit. See? It was a part of the Holy Spirit. "They without us are not made perfect," says the Scriptures. See? Now, God... As the Light has begin to shine in the last days, He's expecting us, a great thing from us, because where there's much given, there's much required. So He's going to require much more of us than He did of the Lutherans or the Methodists, because we walk in a greater Light, with a greater power, with a greater witness than they had. Now, we have a greater witness of the resurrection. We have things more firmer, more sure than they had.
49Uniting time and sign 63-0818 P:80 All right. We find that now the time comes when the Trumpet sounds, and those sleeping saints back there that could not be made perfect without us... There's many of those, Hebrew 11, and when they come together, they unite with the living ones. The Church uniting with the Word, then the Church and the Word uniting together, being come one. The dead saints with the living saints uniting together to be one, and all going together to unite with Christ yonder for the wedding supper of the Lamb.
50In Matthew 27:50 we see the scene of the first half of the first resurrection, Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
51Faith of Abraham 55-1118 P:47 On that morning when He rose from the dead, the Bible, according to Matthew 27, said, that the bodies of the saints that slept in the dust arose and came out after His resurrection. He had promised it through Abraham. I can see Abraham and Sarah, coming a down along the street, then beautiful forever, walking around... The Bible said they appeared to many. Here's Caiaphas standing there talking to some of them, say, "Who is that young couple there? Look like I ought to know them."
52Then after the resurrection and Trump when we go to meet Jesus the Son of God, then we crown him King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Then we go to a Wedding Supper for 3-1/2 years with him in Glory while the tribulation rages on down here on earth for those who remain.
53First seal the 63-0318 P:135 Notice, and when this Holy Spirit that we have, becomes incarnate to us, the One that's in our midst now in the form of the Holy Ghost, becomes incarnate to us in the Person of Jesus Christ, we'll crown Him King of king...?... That's right. See?
54Wuest Translation II Thessalonians 2: 5-7 Do you not remember that while I was still with you I kept on telling you these things? And now you know with a positive assurance that which namely, the departure of the church, the saints being assembled to the Lord, is preventing his being disclosed as to his true identity, in his strategic, appointed time, for the mystery of the aforementioned lawlessness is now operating. Only He, the Holy Spirit, who is holding the lawlessness down, will do so, until He goes out from the midst of humanity. And then shall the lawless one be disclosed in his true identity..etc.
55So we see here that this Scripture speaks first of the Saints assembling to the Lord and then it speaks of their departure from the earth. Then, as if in the same breath, Paul also tells us this will happen when the Holy Spirit departs from the midst of humanity. Now, the Holy spirit could not depart from the midst of humanity if He were not here to begin with. And if we are to be gathered together to Him first, then when he goes up we go up, for nowhere in scripture does it speak contrary to this. Nowhere in Scripture does it speak of the Lord leaving at a different time from the earth than the saints leave. He said, "Lo I will be with you always, even unto the end."