1For our text this morning let's turn in our Bibles to Acts 11:26 and read..."And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."

21 Corinthians 2:2 "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."

3Let's pray...

4In our review this morning and perhaps for the next few services, we will learn much about what it really means to be a Christian. And one thing for certain, just because people may call themselves Christians, doesn't have any direct relationship with whether they are a Christian or not.

5QA Image of the beast 54-0515 P:32 Belonging to ... church don't make you a Christian. There's only one way to be a Christian. The word "Christian" means "Christ-like." And you can't do it; you can't work it in yourself; there's no way at all you can do it. You have to forget yourself, die out to yourself, and let Christ come in and live the Life of Christ in you.

6Jesus Christ the same 56-0426 P:34 Let's go back and see what He was. And I want to ask you now, what He was then, He's got to be the same today. What His ministry was then, if the Holy Spirit brings His ministry today, as it did then, then it's got to be the same type of ministry. And if a man professes to be a Christian has got to live that same Christ-like life... If the Spirit of Christ is in you it'll certainly do the same works that Christ did.

7True sign that's overlooked 61-1112 P:64 I say, "Are you a Christian?" To be a Christian you must be Christ-like, tabernacling deity in you, with the Holy Ghost like fell on the day of Pentecost.

8This morning we will begin to Review from our series of sermons we preached out of Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed, from no 120 through no 149. I have listed them below. This 29 sermons will take us at least three to four sermons to properly review, and you can see the subject matter of what it means to be a Christian in their titles below.

Christ is the Mystery no 120 Christian Life No 1
Christ is the Mystery no 121 Christian Life No 2 Manifested Life
Christ is the Mystery no 122 Christian Life No 3 His Character Not Ours
Christ is the Mystery no 123 Christian Life No 4 Doctrine The Voice Of The Sign
Christ is the Mystery no 124 Christian Life No 5 Attributes Of The Early Church
Christ is the Mystery no 125 Christian Life No 6 Revelation Your Ultimate Reality
Christ is the Mystery no 126 Christian Life No 7 The Attitude Of Christ
Christ is the Mystery no 127 Christian Life No 8 Written Epistles
Christ is the Mystery no 128 Christian Life No 9 The Christ That Sends Us Goes In Us
Christ is the Mystery no 129 Christian Life No 10 A Prisoner Of Christ
Christ is the Mystery no 130 Christian Life No 11 Same Spirit Same Actions
Christ is the Mystery no 131 Christian Life No 12 Life Of The Word
Christ is the Mystery no 132 Christian Life No 13 Life Of The Word Expressed
Christ is the Mystery no 133 Christian Life No 14 Understanding Vindication
Christ is the Mystery no 134 Christian Life No 15 Christian Discernment
Christ is the Mystery no 135 Christian Life No 16 The Role Of A Shepherd No 1
Christ is the Mystery no 137 Christian Life No 18 All Things In Subjection To Him
Christ is the Mystery no 138 Christian Life No 19 Understanding Shepherds No 3
Christ is the Mystery no 139 Christian Life No 20 No Sin Among Us
Christ is the Mystery no 141 Christian Life No 21 Repentance And Conversion
Christ is the Mystery no 142 Christian Life No 22 A Pregnated Child Of God
Christ is the Mystery no 143 Christian Life No 23 Prisoners To The Word Not Wilfully Disobedient
Christ is the Mystery no 144 Christian Life No 24 Believing Every Word
Christ is the Mystery no 145 Christian Life No 25 Confirming The Commission
Christ is the Mystery no 146 Christian Life No 26 Satan's Plan Is To Divide And Conquer
Christ is the Mystery no 147 Christian Life No 27 The Word Alone Has Life
Christ is the Mystery no 148 Christian Life No 28 Harmony Between Christ And His Bride
Christ is the Mystery no 149 Christian Life No 29 No Substitute

9Now, before we get into our review of these sermons this morning, I want to read another Scripture for a preview of what it means to come up short as a Christian. We find a conversation in the Book of Acts between the Apostle Paul and King Agrippa, and you'll find in this conversation something the king says that is very eye opening.

10Acts 26: 27-29 Paul says to the King... "King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that Thou believest." Then Agrippa said unto Paul, "almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." And Paul said, "I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds."

11"almost thou persuadest me, almost persuaded."

12And I wonder if that's not the same testimony of the majority of people who call themselves Christians today, "almost persuaded." And we all know that if you are "almost persuaded", then you are "not yet persuaded", and therefore not a Christian.

13Paul said, "I would that all who hear my voice would be as I am except without these bonds. What a declaration. What a desire fills the souls of those who love God.

14Brother Branham taught us that you need more than just water Baptism to enter God's Only Provided Place of Worship. You must be baptized by the Spirit of God! He said, "Where did God put His Name? He placed His name In Jesus. And How do you get in His Name? How do you get in there? By being baptized in there! How? By water? By Spirit! "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." That's Holy Ghost baptism. "The water baptism just put you in fellowship with the people, that you recognized that you have accepted Christ. "That's the Truth. But it's Spirit baptism." I can call the Name of Jesus over you and baptize you, that doesn't make it so. But when once that Holy Spirit really... genuine Word comes into you (the Word, Jesus), then, brother, the Message is no secret to you then; you know It, brother, It's all lit up before you."

15So we see by his statement here that Brother Branham is telling us that the difference between being baptized in water verses being baptized with the Spirit of God is that when you are baptized in water that just opens up a fellowship among the believers, but when you are Baptized by the Spirit of God which is the Genuine Word of God, coming into you and taking over your life. The Spirit of God by His Word quickens you to the age which you live and the Message s no longer a secret, but it becomes all lit up before your very eyes.

16We know according to 1 Peter 1: 23 that we are born again by the Word of God which is an incorruptible Seed. The new birth then is not just some religious experience, but it is the Word of God coming into your life and quickening you to The Message for the day which you live. Not just to a message, but the Message of this hour happens to be God Himself has come down and is in the midst of His People and He's here, getting His People ready for a Rapture. And if you are not quickened to that, you are still living in your sins.

17Now there are many who've heard the midnight cry to get ready. Both the Wise and foolish virgins heard the midnight Cry that went forth, "Behold the bridegroom." But I want you to see that One was prepared and the other was not. So let's turn to Matthew 25 and read.

18Matthew 25: 1-13 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

19Now to this point the Scripture does not point out a distinction between any of these 10 virgins. They are all virgins which means they have not been with men, and have not been impregnated by man's ideas and creeds.

20We know also according to Mark 4:14 and 1 Peter 1:23 that a seed is used as a type for Word which is also called a seed because it contains life . God has a Word which is His Seed and the Devil has his word which is also a seed. And since these women are called virgins, they are a type of the church who have not been tainted by mans creeds and dogmas.

21So then, these ten virgins which are virgins in deed, have not been corrupted by man's seed or man's doctrine. And also I want you to notice that all ten have lamps. Now in Psalm 119:105 we read, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path," So we see that the ten virgins are Bible believing Virgins. Now remember, a woman in the Bible always types a church. So we see that these ten virgins represent the church of God in it's purity with no man made creeds among them. They believe this Bible alone. Now, let's read on... 2 And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish.

22Notice in verse 2 we see a distinction made between these ten virgins. Some are called wise by Jesus and the others are called foolish. But they are all virgins. Clean living, not touched by men.


Now this word "wise" that Jesus uses here comes from a Greek word "Phronimos" which means "to be prudent or sensible in a practical sense."

23We see Him use the same word in Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,( in other words, puts them into practice) I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded ( it's foundation ) was upon a rock.( and we know that this rock is Revelation, and Paul told us that no other foundation can be laid than what is already laid and that is Christ.)

24And so we read on, "And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,( does not put them into practice) shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: ( You'll notice here that he has no foundation) And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

25In this parable we see that the Wise are those who not only hear but put into action what they hear. This is considered the prudent or sensible thing to do. And of course we see the foolish are those who also hear, but they do not do, and because they do not put into action what they hear, they are not considered wise or prudent, but foolish, because they could have taken action and saved their home, but they did not, and therefore their homes were destroyed.

26How many believers today are watching their own children going down the wrong road and are headed for destruction only because they did not apply the Token. Brother Branham said it won't do you any good unless you apply it, it must be applied!, and that means it has got to be put into use or it won't do you any good.

27Now the only difference between the Wise and Foolish is that One had their foundation built on The Revelation of Jesus Christ, while the other didn't. The same winds of doctrine blew down upon them both, they were both subjected to the same rain and wind and flooding which Isaiah 59: 19 warns us that "when the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him".

28But the thing I want you to notice is that the same trials will come upon both the wise and foolish alike, but the wise won't falter during this testing time because they have a foundation built upon Revelation. The Catholic church and the government can take your material possessions, they can take your home and your cars and your books and your belongings, but no one can ever take this Revelation of Jesus Christ from you. It's sealed into you by the Holy Ghost Himself.

29Luke 22: 34 Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with spending too much time and energy on indulging yourself with pleasure, drunkenness, and the anxieties of life which is (worry and apprehension about what may happen), and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap or snare. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand in the Presence of the Son of Man."

30And then in Luke 14: 33 Jesus Said, "Whosoever be of you who is not willing to forsake all that he has, he has cannot be my disciple." Now, those are pretty strong words from our Lord, but 99% commitment just won't cut it with Him. It's either all or nothing. Either you're in or your out. He said, "He that is not with me is against me." "And because they are neither cold nor hot I will spew thee out of My mouth."

31Now, the rich young ruler did all the commandments of God yet when it came time to surrender all that he had in a final gesture of total commitment to Christ, he could not depart from his material possessions. He almost made it. Almost, but one word off is Satan's kingdom. The Bible even tells us that Jesus loved him much, but later Jesus tells us the story of how this rich young ruler had died and was burning up in hell, and asked Abraham to send the beggar Lazarus with a drop of water to quench his thirst. And looking up from hell he pleaded with Abraham to send some one to warn his brothers, But Abraham said, "Though one be raised from the dead they won't believe Him!" And I tell you this morning, that One has Raised from the dead and is standing in your very midst today and yet you believe him not!

32And so it was King Agrippa who said to Paul, "You almost persuaded me to be a Christian." How many almost Christians will there be in that day. How many almost Christians do we have hanging around the Message. How many almost Christians will go through the Tribulation because they were almost Christians. They were almost there, but they didn't quite make the roster. How many here this morning and those who are not here this morning who fit into this category of Almost Christians. Almost won't count when the Rapture takes place and the Fully committed and fully Revelated Christian are taken out of this pest house. "Thou almost persuaded me", they'll say. "Thou almost persuaded me." And what good will Agrippa's words be when he lifts up his eyes from hell and his words echo over and over in his ears , "Paul, Thou almost persuadest me to be a Christian."

33And yet we must ask ourselves, "What is an Almost Christian?" And if I were to tell you the answer many of you would fall to your knees in shear horror because even we who claim to believe this Message with all of our minds would seem to come up so short if we were to know what an almost Christian is. Jesus defined an almost Christians when he asked the Rich young ruler if he obeyed the Ten Commandments and he replied that he believed and practiced them all. An Almost Christian Believes in One God and has nothing in his life, no idols, or toys that he worships, nothing but that One True God. Secondly the Almost Christian Honors God by honoring His Sabbath. He doesn't work on the Sabbath. He honors God's day. The Almost Christian will not worship any graven image nor does he speak God's name in a vain and useless fashion, He honors his father and mother, and he does not lie, nor does he steal, nor does he kill, nor does he commit adultery, nor does he bear false witness against his neighbor, nor does he covet what his neighbor has. And the rich young ruler obeyed all these things, and yet missed it. Why? Because he was an almost Christian. So what about the adulterer? What about the thief? What about the Gossip who bears false witness? According to the Gospel, they would not even be classified as an almost Christian. Then what further judgment awaits such as that?

34And yet do we hang around with people like that? Did you know Irenaeus tells us the story of how John the Apostle would not even go into the bath house where a man named Marcus was because he said, Lest the Lord destroy the building that he is in while we are in there." Did not the Scripture tells us 2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

35Psalm 1:1 NIV Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.

36Amplified Bible Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly following their advice, their plans and purposes, nor stands submissive and inactive in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down to relax and rest where the scornful and the mockers gather. 2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

37Paul tells us more about this Almost Christian, he says 2 Timothy 3:5 They Have a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof: from such turn away."

38John Wesley said, "The Almost Christian does nothing which the Gospel forbids. He takes not the name of God in vain; he blesses and curses not; he swares not at all, but his communication is, yea, yea; nay, nay. He profanes not the day of the Lord, nor suffers it to be profaned, even by the stranger that is within his gates. He not only avoids all adultery and fornication and uncleanness, but every word, or look, that either directly or indirectly tends toward it, Even all idle words are watched and he abstains from backbiting, tale-bearing, evil speaking, and from all foolish talking and jesting and from all conversation that is not "good to the edifying" and that consequently grieves the Holy Spirit of God whereby ye are sealed until the day of redemption."

39"The almost Christian abstains from strong drink, from revellings and gluttony. He avoids as much as in him lies, all strife and contention, continually endeavoring to live peaceably with all men. If he suffers wrong, he avengeth not himself, neither returns evil for evil. He is no railer, no brawler, no scoffer, either at the faults or infirmities of his neighbor. He will not willingly wrong, hurt, or grieve any man: but in all things acts and speaks by the Golden rule, " Whatsoever thou wouldest not he should do unto thee, that thou doest to another." And in doing good, he does not confine himself to cheap and easy offers of kindness, but actually labours and suffers for the profit of many, that by all means he may help some. In Spite of toil and pain, "whatsoever his hand findeth to do, he doeth it with all his might." Whether it be for his friends or his enemies, for the evil or for the good. He is not slothful in this or any business, as he "hath opportunity" he doeth all manner of good, to all men." He reproves the ignorant, comforts the afflicted, labours to awaken those who sleep, and he constantly frequents the house of God, as well as stirs up those who are saved through faith. And when he approaches the table of the Lord it is not with lightheartedness, nor is it with a careless behaviour, but with an air, gesture and deportment which speaks nothing else but "God be merciful to me a sinner."

40"And to this add family devotions, and prayer and a setting apart time to worship God as a family. Now with all these things we have spoken which are the attributes of an Almost Christian we have but one more and that is sincerity. By Sincerity I mean a real, inward principle of religion from whence these outward actions flow. And indeed, if we have not this we have not even a heathen honesty. For even the most wretched heathen will abstain from doing evil in order to avoid punishment. If then a man does all these things to avoid punishment or to avoid loss of friends, or his reputation or even his gain, and if you do ever so much good and show ever so much Grace to others, and yet we could not say this man is never so much as an almost Christian if his motive if his motives are thus. Sincerity therefore, is necessarily implied in being almost a Christian; a real design to serve God, a hearty desire to do His Will. A desire to please God in all things; in all his conversation; in al his actions; in all he does; or leaves undone. This design if any man be almost a Christian, runs through the tenor of his life. This is the moving principle, both in his doing, his abstaining from evil, and his using the ordinances of God."

41"Yet you might ask, How could it be possible that any man living could go this far and nevertheless be considered by Jesus Christ, as Only Almost a Christian? What more than this can be implied in being a Christian altogether? And I answer, yes, it is possible to go this far and remain almost a Christian."

42You ask the question, "What more than all this is implied in being altogether a Christian? "And the answer is, First, The Love of God. For thus Saith His Word, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength." Such a love as this engrosses the whole heart, and takes up all the affection, and fills the entire capacity of the soul, and employs the utmost extent of all it's faculties. He that thus Loves the Lord His God, his spirit continually rejoices in the God of His Salvation. His heart is ever crying out, " Whom have I in heaven but Thee?" and "There is none upon the earth that I desire beside Thee!" And indeed what can the altogether Christian desire beside God? Nothing of this world or the things of this world, for we are crucified to the world, and the world is crucified to me.

43The Second thing implied in being altogether a Christian, is the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy ghost. True Christian Love which knows no boundaries. For Jesus told us, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor even as thyself." And if any ask who is your neighbor? We reply, Every man in the world; every child of His Who is the Father of the spirits of all flesh. And this even implies our enemies, for Jesus Said, we must Love those who despitefully use us.

44And thirdly we can not leave out Faith which is Revelation. For without it no man can know the Lord, and thus without Revelation we would be only an almost Christian, no better than the kind old priest or the liberal bleeding hearts. For Revelation is what separates the sheep from the goats and the wise Virgins from the foolish. Revelation is the key that was given Peter, and that which can only come from God through His Prophets. And Once it has been revealed to us we become sole possessors of it. The transfer of title takes place and we possess what has been revealed and it belongs to us and our children forever.

45That day on Calvary 60-0925 P:54 Now, notice, the greater works was to have the power in the church, not only to heal the sick by prayer, cast out devils by prayer, but to impart Eternal Life to believers. The Holy Ghost was coming and given into the hands of the church to impart life. Oh, that's what Calvary meant. It took stooped, degraded men and women and lifted them into a place to be sons and daughters of God to heal the sick and to impart Eternal Life. By giving the Holy Ghost to obedient believers, men who were once unbelievers be made believers and impart spiritual Eternal Life.

46Now in getting back to our study of the Wise and foolish, we find in Matthew 10: 16 Jesus warning us that of the importance He places on being wise in a prudent and sensible form of the word. He says, Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. He wants us to be wise. Not wise in our own way, or as Paul says, " Be not wise in your own conceit." In other words, we are not talking about wisdom for wisdom's sake, but being wise in a practical sense. In a way that will do you some good.

47Again in Matthew 24:41-51 we see Jesus use this word "wise" in another parable in which He is trying to get us to see the importance of applying what we know to our benefit in a spiritual sense of the word.

4842 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the Goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

49Now its very apparent in this parable that Jesus is letting us know through illustration that He expects us to be busy applying what we know rather than being lax, uncaring, unsuspecting and like fools, not ready when He does come. He says, those that are not ready when I come will be placed outside with the hypocrites where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth which we know is tribulation. We find that right after Jesus tells us this parable, He then tells the parable of the five wise Virgins and the Five who are foolish.

50And so we pick up this parable of the wise and foolish virgins at verse 3... They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

51Now what good does a lamp do without any oil to light up the darkness with. A lamp without Oil in it is useless.

52In Exodus 29:7 we see that Oil is a type of The Spirit or anointing of God. Then shalt thou take the anointing oil and pour it upon his head, and anoint him . Again we see the oil is used for anointing in Leviticus 8:10,12 And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the Tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them. And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both laver and his foot, to sanctify them. And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.

53Since we know that Oil represents the Anointing of God's Spirit in Scripture, we can then see that the Lamp representing the Word of God, is without any anointing of God's Spirit upon it in the lamps of the foolish virgin.

54So let's get back to the condition of the church here in Matthew 25 and let's pick up again at verse 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

55In other words, the Word was anointed to them which makes all the difference in the world, because to those whom the Word is anointed, it is a living Word, whereas to the others it is not a living Word, but a set of rules and regulations in which they must follow.

56In Isaiah 28: 9-13 NIV we see what happens to them who hear this Message but understand it not. Who is He trying to teach? To whom is He explaining His Message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there. Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, to whom He said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest" ; and "This is the place of repose"- but they would not listen. So then, the Word of the Lord to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; as little here, and a little there- so then they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured."

57And so we see the foolish virgin whom did not have the anointed Word of God when they realized how late it was they went to those who did understand the Midnight shout and they began to seek this anointing but it was too late. And so when they realized they did not have it they went into a works program and tried everything they could to work themselves up into a condition of anointing but it was to no avail. So let's read on and see what happens to them.

58Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom; come out to meet him.

59Now I know your King James version says, Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go out to meet Him, but this is a mistranslation. The original says, "Behold the Bridegroom, come out to meet Him). You see, the Message is always come out, not go out, for the one declaring the message is not inside with you, but is on the outside saying come out from among them as we see in Rev 3: 20 James 5: 9, 2 Cor 6: 17 Rev 18:4 etc.

60Now lets continue Jesus parable of the virgins with verse 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

61Now I want you to notice, they all heard the midnight cry, right? So it had to be pretty loud, right? And this word cry here means to speak very loud or with a loud voice, which is called a shout right? So we can say that all the virgins both wise and foolish heard this Midnight Shout? And what was the Shout? "Behold," which means "Look and See, The Bridegroom is standing here knocking!" "Behold I stand at the door and knock," "Behold the Judge standeth at the door." In other words, they all heard the message of His Presence. That He is here. That is the Message of the Shout.


And brother Branham said, "my ministry is to declare Him that he is here." That's the Message to the virgins, both wise and foolish.

628 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. Notice, Give us of your understanding, because we do not understand what this Shout is all about?


9 But the wise answered, saying, [Not so]; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

63Now, I want you to notice something here. While the others who were considered foolish went out looking to try and find some anointing in order to understand this Midnight Shout, the others went into the Marriage in the Presence of the Bridegroom as it says, "They went in with Him."

6411 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

65Afterwards, the other realized who it was that was knocking and who it was that was Present, but it was too late then, they missed Him because they had not been ready. The Word had not been anointed to them and they missed the Revelation of Jesus Christ. They were left behind for the tribulation period.


12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. This word know here is a Greek word "eido" which means to fully know by means of experience, therefore what Jesus is using it, is, "I never really had a experiential relationship with you" and therefore, as Doctor Hoyer from Wheaton College in Illinois who was once considered the greatest U.S. student of the Greek said, this should be translated as "I used to know you as my wife, but I do not know you as my wife any longer. "

66In other words, we never consummated our relationship together and therefore I really never knew you in a conjugal sense of the word. The Life was never passed from me to you, and hence I have not known you.

67Finally we here Jesus speak forth words of warning concerning this parable and what it means in verse 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. And of course this word watch means to ever be keeping a vigilant eye, or spiritual alertness for the Parousia of the Son of Man.

68And if this Midnight Cry or Shout is still a secret to you then it has not been revealed to you, and as long as it has not been revealed to you then it does not yet belong to you. For we read in Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law".

69Notice, Brother Branham said, "when you have been truly baptized by the Holy Spirit, then the Message is no longer a mystery to you, it is no longer a secret to you, you know it!" "It's all lit up before you" I don't think you'll need to have someone take you aside and tell you the need to be in church, you'll just automatically be there when those doors open, because it's real to you, and because you Love Him so much that you can't get enough of Him.

70And because it is real, you'll hunger and thirst for as much of Him as you can get. You won't need someone to hold your hand and baby you through, because you're ready to Live, or Die, Sink or swim, or whatever is necessary for His Word's sake. You see, that is what the New Birth is all about. It's not just coming to a fellowship. It's about being born again as a new individual, a new Creation in Christ Jesus. Old things have passed away and all things have become new. You don't live for your job, you don't live for your vacation, you don't live for your new car like the rest of the world does. You live for Christ to express Himself through you. You have no taste buds for the things of the world and there's only one thing that can satisfy, and that is to know Him in an intimate way.

71Oh, brothers and sisters, to only know Him in the power of His resurrection, that He's alive today, and how do I know He's alive? Because he's alive in me. And He is the same as He was yesterday, so is He today and forever. Jesus Christ, the Lover of our souls. And to just enter into fellowship will never do. We must come into the Door and Christ is that door, and He is the Word for the Hour. Come into Him. Empty yourself of all that you long to be and become what He wants you to be.

72The what is a Christian Life all about, It's about Him. Christ is the mystery 63-0728 P:120 Look, Christ in you makes Him the center of Life of the revelation. See? Christ's Life in you makes Him the center of the revelation. Christ in the Bible, makes the Bible a complete revelation of Christ. Christ in you makes you the complete revelation of the whole thing. See, what God's trying to do? What is the new birth then? You say, "Well, Brother Branham, what is the new birth?" It is the revelation of Jesus Christ personally to you. Amen..


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