1Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

2This morning we will continue on with Br. Branham's sermon Christ is the Mystery of God revealed and we will read from paragraph 210 through 213.

3210 Jesus wasn't a great theologian. He was a common peasant, a carpenter's Son (so-called). See? He walked around, but God... He said, "Some of you show Me what the Bible says that I will do that I haven't manifest." So the Church can do the same thing today. What Christ did, so does the Church do now. "That day you'll know that I am in the Father and the Father's in Me, I in you and you in Me." See? There you go. Marching on to Zion. To where? the Kingdom. "At that day, you will know that I'm in you."

4211 And watch here. Here's the beautiful... I don't want you to miss this. Now, everybody, and you people on tape, out in the jungles and wherever you hear it, now listen. "And as the Father has sent Me, so send I you," Jesus said. See? Now, watch, the Father that sent Him went in Him to vindicate Himself right, for He was the Word. And the same Jesus that sends you, goes with you and in you to vindicate the same God. "As the Father has sent Me (and I live by the Father), so I'll send you, and you live by Me." What is He? He's the Word. You live by the Word. Oh, how I would like to take a text on that and preach about a couple of hours on it (See?), on that, how that--on that.

5212 Notice, notice. And the "Father that sent Me" went with Him. The Father that sends, the Jesus that sends us goes in... "A little while and the world won't see Me no more, yet ye shall see Me, for I (personal pronoun, 'I' the Person, Jesus) will be with you, even in you to the end of the world. The works that I do shall you do also." Now, go back and see what He done; then see what you do, and then compare yourself.

6Now, brother Branham is not talking about Gifts here. And I want to make sure you understand that when we speak of John 14:12 we are not speaking of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. we are speaking of the Holy spirit Himself living in you as He did in Jesus Christ.

7We have proven to you over and over that when brother Branham refers to our doing the works of Christ he is talking about what ever spirit lives in you, you will do what that spirit does. And we read last week that you are not even to be considered a believer unless you are filled with the spirit of Christ.

8You must be born again to be a real true believer, for he quoted the Scripture that said, "Know man can call Jesus the Christ except by the Holy Ghost."

9Who is this 59-1004M P:48 No man can call Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Spirit. You say, "I believe It because the Word said so." That's true. But the Word says that no man can say Jesus is Christ, until you have received the Holy Ghost. No man can call Jesus the Christ, only by the Holy Ghost.

10So when brother Branham speaks in Christ is the Mystery of God revealed paragraph 212 he is not saying you will have the gifts of the Holy Ghost, He is telling you that you will have the giver himself living Himself out from you.

11212 Notice, notice. And the "Father that sent Me" went with Him. The Father that sends, the Jesus that sends us goes in... "A little while and the world won't see Me no more, yet ye shall see Me, for I (personal pronoun, 'I' the Person, Jesus) will be with you, even in you to the end of the world. The works that I do shall you do also." Now, go back and see what He done; then see what you do, and then compare yourself.

12Where I think Pentecost failed 55-1111 P:70 You don't have to talk so much about it, God does His Own talking. God testifies of His gifts. But all those gifts are wonderful; they're dandy; and we love them all. God grant that everyone of us would have every gift, but I'd rather have the Giver than all the gifts. Paul said, "though I could have the gifts, without the Giver..." Now, if we had have went to seeking the Giver instead of the gifts, I believe the Church would've been farther up the road, don't you think so? If we'd stayed close to God, and loved Him, and just kept living for Him, and not trying to push things over; just live for God, and live a pure, holy life, and live, and pray everyday, keep yourself refreshed in His Presence. God will take care of the rest of it.

13Bu that is the problem I see in the churches today. People pushing this idea or that idea instead of coming to the place where God lives their life for them, and they are at a total peace with self and with God.

142 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

15Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

16Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

17And what we find today is people pressing, pressing, pressing themselves to be the only ones who have it. Well, I have something to tell you. If you really truly have it then people will see Jesus Christ living your life for you. And you will have peace and rest in your soul. And if you are striving to find some special thing that will set you apart from everyone else, you are on the wrong path.

18Works that I do bear witness of me 51-0413 P:38 So friends, find Divine love and favor with God. Then God, if He finds favor with you, will give gifts into you. But first, find the Giver. Seek the Giver, then the gifts will come as God sees fit to give it to you. Do you believe that? So now, when you go around like this, and different people seeking all night for gifts and things like that, go back till you find love, till you shake hands with your brother across the street then. Then you talking about getting the gifts then. That's right. When you get the love of God in your heart, then you talk about the gifts.

19So according to brother Branham it's not about the gifts but the giver. And Paul said where there are gifts they shall fail, so don't tell me you got a gift from God and it can't fail.

20People hear brother Branham speak of the gift he has and it couldn't fail, but that was not the gift that could not fail but the giver of that Gift that could not fail.

21Kinsman Redeemer 60-1002 P:24 Yesterday morning we were lying in bed a little late, and the children didn't have to go to school, and we got to speaking about different things, and how, "What was hatred?" I said, "Hatred had a beginning so it has to have an end. Love had no beginning, so it has no end. Hatred is forever. Love is eternal. Hatred begins and hatred will end. Love never did begin and it never will end (See?); it's eternal.

22Abraham Restored 61-0211 P:54 What did Jesus say to Peter? "Blessed art thou, Simon, son of Jonas. You never learned this in the seminary. Flesh and blood never revealed this to you, but My Father which is in heaven has revealed this to you, and upon this rock I'll build my church; and the gates of hell can't prevail against it." That's the reason He give him the keys. He had the revelation. It's revealed, truth. Oh, them little things that they fight over and separate themselves, it shows it's not of God or they wouldn't separate themselves like that. Why don't you come together and be brothers, sisters; let the power of God work among you. It'll work it all out. God's the Tutor of the church, the Holy Spirit. Correctly. You don't have to use all your life just trying to learn something like that. The best thing you know you're saved and start walking with God. What He wants you to know, He will reveal it to you.

23And when people get carried away with Gifts or what they think is a special revelation they have that no one else has, you just have to sit back and recognize they do not understand the Giver, God Himself. They have no clue that whatever revelation you get from God must first come from His prophets. For the Lord will do nothing unless he first reveal it through His servants the prophets.

24Look, God did not send a teacher with His Word. I know some think that but he sent the word through His Prophets. Plural. So God sends a prophet with his word and anyone who professes to be a teacher or anyone who professes to have some special gift or some special revelation better understand what vindication is all about or they will find themselves on the ash heap wondering how they got so messed up in their thinking.

25Satan is the author of these little special revelations. That's what he tried to offer eve in the garden. If you believe this special revelation you will know as God knows. You will have it all, you will reach nirvana. Hogwash. God uses prophets to bring revelation, he does not bring teachers or apostles or evangelists or pastors. That is not their role in the church.

26And the problem is that even those who heard brother Vayle for years preach about 80% of the time on vindication got to idolizing brother Vayle's gift, and totally got sidetracked by that. And those are not my words those are his words.

27Lee Vayle Questions and Answers, Pastors series number 4 1988 Quite known in religious circles, spiritual or unspiritual but call it religious. That there are people who are picky and trouble makers. they're the kind who can't stand still, until they pray, and believe and fight through problems in the church until the church settles down and the pastor there either comes up to where he should be, or God simply moves that man away. They are picky people, they never grow up. They never amount to a hill of beans. But there are other people, who positively do have problems in the church. And some of the problems in the church are the very things I am speaking of. I would not sit in any congregation for fifteen minutes where the congregation believed, nor would I be in the pulpit where they believed that you have to hear me to make the rapture. Now, let's get that flat just in case there's a little case of idolatry here. Now, you know my testimony where brother Branham said, and you know my stand, it's very, very strong. I have absolute faith in the ministry that God gave me, what the prophet said, and I stand here and I am not afraid of anybody. But that does not mean for one minute that you have to hear me to make the rapture. Absolutely that is a fallacy, you are ridiculous, you are foolish. The command is this, to hear what the prophet had to say no matter who says it, and as long as it is not perverted. And if you can't sit under somebody that can deliver the Word of God in an un-perverted manner, then simply hear the tapes and read the books. That's all. And just simply commit yourself to some good brother in the church that's a kind hearted sympathetic Godly brother to open the services, and hope that God might send you somebody. So let's clear the air right here. You Don't have to hear me to make any rapture. I fought that for years.

28And again he said in his series on the Spoken Word

29Lee Vayle Spoken Word no 12 Justification and sanctification: Now I’ll go home tonight and hate myself for really lowering the boom on you. But I’m not finished yet, and I’ll hate myself again, no doubt some several more times. If I cry when I think of those poor little kids that Bill Lou was even causing their parents to destroy, by teaching them, “You got to believe me and follow me, or you ain’t going to make it.”

30Let me tell you something for once and for all, and it’s on tape. Anybody that says, “You got to follow me,” I’m going to say you’re a liar, a liar, a liar, and the truth is not in you, and you will go to the lake of fire. Because you’re already on fire with the stupidity of sickness, sick sins called lie. Oh he hates that thought, “You ain’t got a think coming,” and he thinks it’s coming from me! I don’t have a think coming! I’m trying to follow the Word.

31Lee Vayle Who Is This Melchisedec #19 Body Subject to Spirit P:36 You think you’ve got to listen to me to make the Rapture? If you think you’ve got to hear me you’re nuttier than a fruit cake. Now it might not hurt you but you ain’t going to make it by listening to me--the Word of God does it, brother/sister, because you know why? This will come to pass, not what I say. I’m only trying to help you.

32And he said that not only about himself but about anyone who thinks that they need to hear some special little thing from one of the brothers who sat around brother Branham in his days as though they have some little clue that uyou need to discover to make it.

33Lee Vayle Who Is This Melchisedec #37 QA 4 P:31 Now, then, do you believe the tapes have everything in them to put you in the Rapture or do you need Billy Paul and Joseph and Lee Vayle and a bunch of other people? You don’t need any of us. You don’t need any ‘buddies’... Bro. Branham’s bosom buddies... or cohorts or pals. “...?... Bro. Branham told me so and so.” Now, I can tell you things he told me but you didn’t need them... you didn’t need them. If you’re a real born-again person, you won’t be all messed up in your thinking, running here and there with a bunch of loose ends. You’ll have all your marbles. The Bible says, “He’s not given a spirit of fear but of love... power, and a sane mind.” No... you’re not a bunch of Yahoos out there. Paul gave them exactly what God told him. So did William Branham. It’s on tapes. Bro. Branham talked about the washer woman who didn’t even have a pastor; just had three tapes and she made it. So, let’s put it where it belongs.

... I deny categorically that anybody has to hear me, because I don't even stand to hear myself to hear the rapture. That's the biggest bunch of hogwash and nonsense in the world.

34So it gets down to vindication, and God did not vindicate a teacher or preacher in this hour, He vindicated His Word through His prophet. period.

35Vindication is perhaps one of the most important things we can do as a Believer in God and His Word. It seems today, among the Christian world that we are living again in the days of Judges where every man did what he thought was right in his own eyes. And why is this the predominant attitude amongst the nations today?, Because the people have turned down a Vindicated Prophet of God.

36It doesn't matter whether you claim to be a follower of God's prophet or not. The proof of your belief is in understanding Vindication. So then what is Vindication. Why is it so important to us?

37E-32 Sign of His Coming 62-0407 But to the believer, it's a vindication of the truth of God's Word that speaks of the coming sign. Amen. It vindicates God's Word to be the truth. That's to the believer. Amen. The unbeliever, he's worried, dismayed, discouraged. "Oh, such a outfit," he will say. "You don't mean you belong to a thing like that." See? He's just discouraged with it. And--but to the believer, it's, oh, it's honey in the rock. It's a vindication.

38Brother Branham used the term Vindication to explain: "God has a One man Message and He deals with One man only". But men do not like this, for they seem to want to have their own say as to how God is going to do things.

39Who do you say This is? 64-1227 128 That one-man message, they didn't want it. No, they didn't want It. And God never did deal but with one person at a time. It's always a one-man message. When did ever He deal with the people, outside of just one person? It's an individual. It ain't a group.

40Vindication is the real issue concerning our faith. Not so much that it was God who backed up William Branham's Message, for all Pentecostal people believe that God works out of heaven and does fantastic things. They will even allow for God to come down to do certain things, but the understanding that this Vindication comes in the form of God's Personal Presence with His prophet, and that this Presence was referred to by Brother Branham himself as the Appearing of Christ has become the central doctrinal debate within the "Message clergy" because it comes into direct conflict with their understanding of the Second coming of Christ as they have always perceived it, and this is due to the fact that they do not understand Godhead correctly.

41A close study of this principle of vindication will help us to understand better that when it comes to the program of God, we have absolutely no say as to what will happen. All God requires from you and me is to get ourselves out of the way and allow God to work through his chosen channel, which according to Amos 3:7 is always a prophet.

42Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done [it]? 7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. 8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

43Again we find in the book of Deuteronomy God's Law concerning how he will deal with His People. And since He is the same and changes not, then we cannot say that prophets are relegated to the Old Testament only, for there are references to prophets in the New Testament as well.

44Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it] of him. 20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

45Now, God set forth an order that has very strict consequences for those who will not adhere to it. He said, I will require it from you. You will pay for your unbelief. Notice the question came forth from God's own mouth. He said, how will you know what is right and what is not right? And then He tells us, the one that is not right will not be vindicated. I will not bring his words to pass, because they are not my words.

46And we know God is very protective of His own Words. Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.

47Proof of his Resurrection 136 There He stood, and made Hisself known. He said, "If you can't believe Me, believe the works that I do. They testify the Father sent Me."… "The works that I do are a vindication that the Father sent Me. If that isn't sufficient, believe them then instead of Me.

48E-15 Jesus Christ the Same 55-0603 But Jesus come by not preaching so forceful as John, but there were signs and wonders accompanying Him. He said, "If you can't believe Me believe the works that I do. If you can't believe Me believe the a vindication that the Father has given of Me, for the works that I do, the same testify that the Father has sent Me." What a statement. Think of it. "The works that I do testify that the Father has sent Me." Man can make any kind of a statement, but if God don't back that statement up, you've got a right to say it's wrong. But when God comes around and confirms that statement to be the truth then it's sin to disbelieve it. For what is sin? Sin is one thing: "unbelief." That's right. You couldn't say how much of that is night. It's all night. And in the daytime you couldn't say just this much is day. It's all day. Jesus said, "He that believeth not is condemned already." Faith in God and unbelief that's the two things. One is sin and the other one is salvation.

49John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

50John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. 31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

51This let's us know that there will be a showdown. God speaks of this in Deuteronomy chapter 13.

52Deuteronomy13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn [you] away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

53Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him]; 4 God also bearing [them] witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

5441 A Guide62-1014E It was a vindication there, that there was a living God inside of Him. What He testified, "It's not Me that doeth the works; it's My Father that dwelleth in Me. Verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing in Himself, but what He sees the Father doing, that doeth the Son likewise. The Father worketh, and I worketh hitherto." In other words, God showed Him what to do, and He went and just acted it out; He didn't do anything until God told Him to do it. Amen. That's the real frank facts of it. If we'd just move and wait till the Spirit moved us to do it... That's it. And then be so completely lost in Christ that He don't have to shove you around like He does me, but the first little nod of His head, you're ready and nothing's going to stop you, because you know that it's the will of God.

55From the 20th century Prophet Book we read, " There are always two men or two groups who demonstrate power, but one has a wrong source of power. The spirit of Antichrist is here as well as the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Antichrist in Satan's prophets is so close to the real and true Spirit of God that only the VERY ELECT will escape the deception. Matthew 24:22-24 "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." These true elect ones take the Word. When these true Elect Ones see the prophet and his acts of power, and see that he is right with the Word and never deviates, they know that he is of God and receive him. All that prophet says and does leads them closer to Him Who is coming soon. They look for no other vindication. This is the vindication".

56Notice the requirement at the hands of an angry God, destruction. Destroyed from amongst the people. This is exactly what we see in 2 Thessalonians 1: 8-9 speaks of those who are cut off from the presence of the Lord, and they will be left for the burning.

5759 Token The 64-0208 He sent a prophet to them, Moses, with a message identifying God's Word. And to identify Moses, He sent a Pillar of Fire that hung over him. Amen. Then to give him the perfect assurance, He required a token. Amen. There's a messenger, the message, and the vindication, and the token, the perfect assurance that they had nothing to worry about. No matter how many plagues strike, what everybody else says they are sealed away.

5820th century Prophet William Branham also says that an angel appears to him. He even describes him. Your reaction is up to you. You can believe or disbelieve. But no man has a right to repudiate another, especially if the claimant is on strict Bible grounds--angelic appearances are positively Biblical. A self-witness is absolutely Scriptural. God backs up the revelation. As it was with Paul who came with the complete revelation to the Gentiles, God bearing him witness both with divers signs, and miracles and wonders and gifts of the Holy Ghost, so God has borne witness to William Branham for there has not been one time when the vision failed. Nor has there been one time when he has said "Thus saith the Lord," that the word in his mouth ever failed. Though one might be censured for the following, yet it ought to be said. There are very few scriptural evidences in the Bible to vindicate the revelation ministry of Paul. That God actually gave him the complete revelation he lays claim to has but little phenomenal proof from God. YET NO ONE DOUBTS, AND NO ONE SHOULD DOUBT THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE MAN HIMSELF AND THE REVELATION. And today, this man, William Branham has had literally thousands of manifested vindications from God, and with his life containing all the other factors that make up the prophetic office, HE OUGHT TO BE RECEIVED FOR WHAT HE IS,--HE MUST BE RECEIVED FOR WHAT HE IS... "Thus saith the Lord" in his mouth by the Holy Ghost is absolutely no different from the "Thus saith the Lord" in the mouth of Paul, for it is the same Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit that spoke in the pillar of fire to Moses is the same Spirit that fell at Pentecost as a cloud of fire, and is the same light exactly that appeared to Paul and blinded him and spoke to him, and that Light or Fire is now with us again and the voice is the SAME VOICE for the SAME SIGNS ARE GIVEN as before, and the prophetic utterance never fails. It is thus the rankest unbelief for men to come to this Prophet and hear him reveal without one mistake ever the various ailments and problems that beset the supplicant who comes for prayer, and then turn from that sign and say that he is a prophet only in discerning, but not a prophet in the Word. Oh, faithless one, can you not see that the sign is to attract your attention that you might believe the Word? It is the WORD that counts, and the sign is to lead you to it. But man runs true to form as ever he did. When Jesus came He attracted them by the miracles of healing, the water turned to wine, the loaves and fishes multiplied. But when He began to teach a word that differed from theirs--when He laid out for them the true doctrines--they turned far from Him. And so it was, that, when Rev. Branham first appeared on the scene, thousands were healed with never a miss. Nothing stood before him. Then he came teaching the Word. God had sent him with a message. But the message differed radically from that of the organized churches' message. For this he was repudiated. But God remains true. He that believes His prophets shall prosper.

59E-16 Expectations 50-0405 Gifts and callings are without repentance. There is spirits that's in the Church. That's true, such as gifts of prophecy, healing, and so forth. But they're in the entire body. They may fall upon one person tonight, a prophecy, and It might not never fall on that person again; It might be somewhere else in the body. And those spirits are supposed to be judged. "Let one speak and two or three judge," said Paul. Now, those are the spirits of the gifts that's in the Church. But the only person that has a right to say, THUS SAITH THE LORD, is an a vindicated prophet. You never seen anybody judging Isaiah, or Jeremiah, or those people. They were prophets, foreordained and born in the world to be prophets. And they foresaw the thing by a vision, and then said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD," for the Lord had already said it. So what the Church needs today, is a good old fashion teaching of the Gospel. That's right. To know where they... I don't mean just educated teaching; I mean spiritual teaching. Some people speaks about God, and--and knows nothing of Him. You don't... See, you must get down and deal with the actual spirit itself, you see, to know what you're speaking of.

60E-61 Expectations 50-0405 Now, Moses could only perform these miracles, but the people had to believe him. That was the vindication that he was sent of God. You understand? It a vindicated his word to be true. If any man says anything and God testifies not that, then the man is wrong. But if the man says something, and God testifies behind that, then that man is right. See? Not only once, but over and over and over; it has to be the... a--a time. Now, Moses did that and proved to the people.

61Rest assured of one thing, as William Branham said, 189 Lord Just Once More 63-0628A The denominations will not take the a-vindication of the Word.

62Let us pray