1Last Sunday we examined the first definition concerning Twins, and that is the definition of the word Twins.

2Twins is defined as Two children given birth from the same mother. And Br. Branham said, "every revival produces twins, one who is spiritual and one who is carnal."

3Last week we pointed out in the Bible in that Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, Balaam and Moses, Judas and Jesus, Simon the Sorcerer and Simon Peter, etc. were twins.

4This evening we will continue with our examination of three more words and their definitions. we'll look at Foreknowledge, Predestination and Election. Unless you understand these three Bible doctrines, you won't understand the Bible doctrine of Twins.

5In order to place foreknowledge. election and predestination in their proper place, we must first know the definitions of each. Therefore, since most people think fore-knowledge is the preeminent principle behind election, we'll start with this point first.


Foreknowledge: What is it? The word foreknowledge is made up of two words. "Fore" being a prefix meaning "beforehand," and "knowledge" meaning "to know", hence "to know beforehand". We find this in Scripture in the following verses.


I Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.


The Greek word here is prognosis {prog'-no-sis} 1) foreknowledge 2) forethought, pre-arrangement. This last definition of foreknowledge is the best because in order to knw before hand the end you must prearrange the end.


Now, the word foreknowledge is very confusing to a lot of people.

6So let's open our Bibles to Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

7Notice how Foreknowledge works together with election and predestination. Before the foundations of the world God knew who would and who wouldn't because he elected you and predestined in you the attributes to hear, recognize and act upon His Word.

8Listen as brother Branham reads these verses and explains them to us.

9Questions and Answers 59-1223 496-123 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. 70 Oh, my. Wouldn't you like to set in on some of that? Well, we are. Sure. Same Holy Spirit. He said now, as you're setting together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings, ... All right. Now: Blessed be the God of our, ... Father of Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings, all spirit, in heavenly places... (Let's see if I'm reading that--quoting that right.) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (Assembled together now in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.) According as he... (Now, listen. Are you all ready?)... According as he has chosen us in him before... (I preached to you.)... before the foundation of the world,... Before there was a world you were in God's thoughts to give you the Holy Ghost, because He knew that you'd be wanting It; and He chose you Himself because you desired... He chose you in Christ before you or Jesus, any of you, was on the earth. And He sent Jesus to die to prepare the way to send the Holy Ghost, to bring you to Himself. Oh, that's just... I know I may... This is the church, so I'm at home now. See? Oh, that is so rich to me. To think it's not what I wanted; it wasn't my desires; it wasn't my will; it wasn't my choosing; I had not one thing to do with it. But before the world ever started, God saw us and put our name on the Lamb's Book of Life before there even was a world. Talk about God. Whew.

10Therefore, the foreknowledge he's talking about is what God saw in his own mind before he even created the worlds for us to live on.


This is where people make their mistake in understanding the foreknowledge of God. They think God time travels and traveled into the future see who would make it, and who would not by seeing the end, then God returns to the beginning, and then and only then He can know who will finish because He has seen the end from the beginning.

11Now, What kind of a God do you think He is. If that is all the respect people have for God is to think he is a time traveler, and therefore he knows the end from the beginning because he sees the end, then he ain't God!!!

12That would just make him no different than Satan. Satan was a time traveler. The Bible says so, and so does William Branham. He took Jesus and showed him all the kingdoms the world that would ever be. So he knew every kingdom and when it would be.

13Things that are to be 65-1205 P:38 This world, every government... We don't want to believe that, but the Bible plainly states it, that every government, every kingdom of the earth is owned by the devil and ruled by the devil. Jesus was taken by Satan up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world that was, would be, whatmore; and Satan claimed them his, and Jesus never argued with him, because he is the god of this world. See? And he said, "I'll give them to you if you'll fall down and worship me." See, he was trying to give them over to Jesus without sacrifice. See?

14Questions and answers COD 59-0628E P:44 How many people here understand that the devil controls every nation under heaven? The devil controls the United States. The devil is government of the United States. The devil is the government of Germany. He's the government of every nation under heaven. The devil controls every nation. The Bible says he does. Read Matthew the 4th chapter, when Satan took Jesus up to the top of the mountain, and showed Him the kingdoms of the world, and claimed them to be his, and said, "I'll give them to you if you'll worship me." Jesus never said, "You lied, Satan." He knowed they belonged to him. But over in the Book of Revelation, said, "Rejoice, you heavens and you earth, for the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. And He shall reign on earth." Jesus knowed that in the millennium that all the governments and kingdoms will be broke down, and He'll be God and Ruler over all of them. He knowed He fell heir to all of it; so therefore, He told Satan, "Get thee behind Me, Satan," for He knew what He had to do.

15Therefore, Foreknowledge is not being able to go out into the future and know who would and who wouldn't, and then predestine it according to what you saw? God isn't dependent on what you do, He's dependent on His Election and His Predestinating.

16Paul said, 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

17"That we should be", in other words, he chose, He elected us that we should be, "holy", that we should be "without blame". So after He chose us to be that way, he had to make a way for us to turn out the way he chose us to be. It's not about us, what we do, what choices we make. It's all about Him, and the choices he already made for us, and to make sure we make those choices He predestinated our journey to those conclusions. He placed in the gene seed a roadmap, a pathway for us to obtain these things that he chose for us.

18That is why brother Branham said, To think it's not what I wanted; it wasn't my desires; it wasn't my will; it wasn't my choosing; I had not one thing to do with it. But before the world ever started, God saw us and put our name on the Lamb's Book of Life before there even was a world. Talk about God. Whew.

19And Paul tells us this path in verse 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,...

20Notice, he says, "Having" (past tense) "predestinated us" (past tense) unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,...

21It's not about your will, it's all about His Will. It's not about doing what you think is right, it's about doing what he says is right. Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the way thereof is the way of death.

22Things that are to be 65-1205 P:60 The foreknowledge of God could predestinate, make everything work to His honor. When that predestinated seed that you was to be, and God called you, and that little eagle of a seed in there heard the Word of God, it will build on top, one word on top the other one, on top the other one, on top the other one; it'll not mix with any creeds.

23Notice he said that predestinated seed is made to add word upon word upon word. Before the foundations of the world God made you to be that way, and God predestined that seed to have every attribute in it to see you to that end.

24Lean not unto thy own understanding 65-0120 P:9 So you see, if you were in the foreknowledge of God, then you are becoming a part of God. And the only way you can be a son of God or a daughter of God, you had to be a part of God, and God isn't complete without you. Has to be. That's right, 'cause there is One, only one resource of Eternal Life, and that is God, and Him alone has Eternal Life. See? Now, and you were a part of Him, insomuch that you're an attribute, or in His thinking in the beginning. And that, because He thought of you in the beginning, it gives that little tug towards Him. That's what has to be quickened. Some of them will never be quickened; they just don't have it; that's all. Just like if you would put a grain of corn in the ground, didn't have... Ever how pretty it was, if it didn't have the germ of life in it, it can never be quickened. But the germ of life has to be there first.

25So it doesn't matter how religious you might be, or what kind of life you can manage to live, if that germ of God was not in you to begin with, you will never make it to the end. That my brothers and sisters is the foreknowledge of God.

26So basically understand this. The foreknowledge of God is that you were in God's thoughts before anything took place. Before hand. You were in the knowing of God, the knowledge of God, before hand because you were an attribute of His thoughts. And "as a man thinketh so is he."

27God's Foreknowledge is God's Knowledge before hand. Before he created or did anything, it is what was in His mind back then and only that which can come to life. Now, brother Branham did not like to use the word predestination before people who were untrained in the Word of God, because they often were confused by it, so he stuck mostly with Foreknowledge. But it seems to me this word "Foreknowledge" can be even more confusing to people because they think God somehow travels into the future to see the end and therefore could predestinate the end. But that makes him powerless over his entire plan, and his purpose and plan are in His Election which we will get into shortly.

28Questions and answers COD 59-1223 P:67 103. Now, the first thing, I want to say this, that "predestination" is a bad word for a minister to use before an untrained congregation. See? It is. I don't use it. Sometimes here at the church... But out in the audiences, out in the big... Where everything's piled in from everything, I watch that word. I always use the word foreknowledge, because predestination is only the foreknowledge of God. God being infinite, by foreknowledge He knew everything, or He isn't infinite. See, see? He knew what would happen. So by foreknowledge He could predestinate.

29Notice he says, predestination is only a bad word to an untrained people. But that does not make it a bad word, because God placed it in the Bible to be understood. But as The Apostle Paul said, "if they wish to stay ignorant then let them stay ignorant."

30Harvest time 64-1212 P:47 Now, you see, God scattered His Word out, 'cause He could, He's infinite, and He's omnipresent, omniscient, therefore He knows all things. He can't be present everywhere. By being omniscient, knowing all things, then He can be present everywhere. Because that's the way He predestinates us by foreknowledge, not because He desired that this person should be saved and this one lost. But He knew who would be lost and who would be saved. See? Therefore, by His foreknowledge He can predestinate. And He makes everything work to His glory. That's what His attributes are doing, displaying to His glory. One vessel of honor and one of dishonor, but it's God that maketh it. "Not him that willeth or him that runneth, but God that showeth mercy." See?


Now the next word we will look at is the word Election.

311 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

32This word Elect Peter used here comes from the Greek word eklektos and it means selected ones; by implication it means, favorites, chosen ones, elect.

33And the word Election in the English language means: To Select out, to choose, to appoint, hence to make a choice, and to choose involves a process of previewing or showing forth, then an assessment is made, an opinion given, or judgment expressed and the selection is made based upon an assessment, opinion or judgment. That's the DOXA.


Therefore when we see this word used in Scripture it has to do with God choosing us, and not us choosing Him. Then according to the definition of the word "elect" we find The elected ones are those whom God has Chosen, the elected one are those that God has selected out, the elected ones are the ones that God has made his favorites.

34John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

35Romans 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

36John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

37Notice it says "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become..."

38Now, this ability to receive him is not of them Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

39So you see it does not have anything to do with your natural birth, nor your will or any human abilities, but it has to do with that gene seed that God places in you in through His foreknowledge and election that predestined you to be able to receive Him, and believe Him. In order that you might be able to make the right decision to become what you were ordained to become.
When John said, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, he was not saying you were given power to go from one specie to another, from hog to son of God. The word power that John used here is not dunamis which is miracle working power, but it is exousia which means the authority or ability to make a right decision.

40That is why this same John could say in I John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

41God who is rich in mercy 65-0119 P:18 ...Now, we are a part of God. You always was. You don't remember it, because you were only an attribute in God. You were only in His thinking. Your very name, if it ever was on the Book of Life, it was put there before the foundation of the world. He knew what you were. I'm only saying this, not to mix up doctrine, but to straighten it out, that we might get away from this fear and scare: you don't know who you are. You are not going to be, but now you are the sons of God. See, you always were the sons of God. See? For when God had you in His thinking at the beginning, you have to be, some part of you, your Life that's in you now, had to be with God before there... Well, when you, before you even become material here on earth, before there was anything, but God, you were one of His attributes. He knowed what your name would be. He knowed the color of hair you'd have. He knowed all about you.

42Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.


In John chapters six and eight we see a depiction of the Two Vines. Ones predestinated to Glory and others ordained to condemnation.

43John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day... ...... 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.


John 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. (notice Jesus tells us here an attribute of the serpent seed, they have no place in them for the Word)

4438 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. In other words the Law of Life, Genesis 1:11 "every seed after its kind"

4539 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. YOU would have his nature.

46Remember last weeks sermon on Amos 3, the nature of the lion, and nature of the bird, and the nature of God, and the nature of God's prophets? And I think with this logic it would not be rash to say that what Jesus is telling them is if they truly were legitimate children of righteous Abraham, then they would have the same nature Abraham had and they would believe what God told them as Abraham did. But he says, because you don't believe the Word, you have not the nature of Abraham, but another nature, the serpent.

47He says, 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. This is not the nature of Abraham. Then Jesus tells them whose nature this is.

4841 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; (we're 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.

49Notice again he says, if God were your father you would be believers, and you would receive me because he sent me.

50In fact that is the evidence that you are of God, is that you believe those whom God sends.

51John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

52And if God sends anyone he promised to go with them.

531 John Chapter 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

541 John 5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath 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. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath (echos) the Son hath (echos) life; and he that hath (echos) not the Son of God hath (echos) not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

55Notice the confidence we have is that when we ask he answers. But if you regard iniquity in your heart the Lord will not here your prayers.

56Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

57Behold a greater than Solomon is here 62-0721 P:86 He that will confess his sin..."But if I regard iniquity in my heart, then God will not hear my prayer," said David. What is iniquity? Iniquity is something that you know that you're doing that you ought not to do and still won't repent of it. If I regard iniquity in my heart, knowing that I should do it, and don't do it, then God promised, the Bible promises that God will not hear your prayer, if you know you should do it and won't do it. That right, brethren? That right, brother ministers? It's true, if you regard iniquity...

58And if John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.


John 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

59Notice the nature of those who have the same nature as Jesus, they hear his word. But notice the nature of those who do not have the same nature, they cannot hear His word, they can not understand it.

60That's 1 Corinthians 2: 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.

61Notice in John 8:44 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. 48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.

62Now, this argument still goes on today. But it all comes down to one thing, "if you are of God you will hear and recognize God's Word no matter what channel God chooses to send it through. It matters not whether it is a Vindicated prophet, or a vindicated five fold minister. God's Word is God's Word no matter who says it. And God doesn't vindicate the man, he vindicates His Word in the vessel whether prophet or five fold or Christian or believer, who ever it is. But if God sends someone, he promised to go with them and verify that He's sent them, and if you turn that down you turn down God. And it shows what seed you have in you. For Jesus said, 47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

63And we read in 1 John 4: 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

64Oh, John, you are boasting. You don't have a right to say we should listen to you? You're not a vindicated prophet? No, many be he wasn't a vindicated prophet, but he was an a vindicated apostle, and God's Presence with him showed God backed him up.

65Psalms 65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou chooses, and causes to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. Not bless is the man whom the laity chooses, or the church chooses, But blessed is the man that God chooses and causes to approach unto thee.

66Now, in closing we will look at one more definition, predestination which comes from the root word predestine or predestinate.

67Predestinate..(greek) Proorizo = predetermine, determine before ordain, predestinate, to limit in advance.


Romans 8:29 For those whom He has known beforehand He has also pre-destined to bear the likeness of His Son, that He might be the Eldest in a vast family of brothers; 8:30 and those whom He has pre-destined He also has called; and those whom He has called He has also declared free from guilt; and those whom He has declared free from guilt He has also crowned with glory.


Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

68The word predestinate is a compound word and is made up of two words, Pre is a prefix meaning before hand, and the word Destinate meaning destiny. To Pre-determine beforehand. Pre-destiny.

69Again we see that to pre-determine means to mark out and determine beforehand. Therefore, chance is negated altogether. Design becomes supreme. Choosing beforehand is essential and indispensable. The word determine not only implies influence but the power necessary to control or enforce the outcome desired.


We can see by all these words that a Design, and thus a Designer is evident. Nothing is left to chance, which would be chaos theory. Nothing is left to coincidence, nothing is left to your own will, nothing is left to the strength of the pre-destined, nothing is left up to the abilities of the predestined ones, but all is determined by a great design that is planned out and backed by a power to ensure it through it's final outcome. Hence all is under a continual enforcement and control of the One doing the predestinating. Therefore, a plan is involved, and the destiny is set in stone.


Therefore in John 14:12 "whoever believes in me, the works that I do, Shall they do also, and greater than this will they do. Those are promises of God and his Word can not fall to the ground and not produce what he intended it to produce.

70God said in Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth 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 goeth 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.


Then knowing we have a God Who is Sovereign, One Who changes not, and Who chooses right (Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?) One Whose Word is Eternal and immutable, One whose first choice is His best choice, then it is This One Who has Chosen. It is this One Who has planned out and determined our destiny. And it is this one who predestined us to the adoption of sons, it is this one who predestined us to be conformed to the image of the first born son. It is this one who predestined us to the manifestation of the sons of God.

71Therefore if God made these promises to us, then he had to make a way for them to come to pass. And we find our answer in John 14:12, The things I do shall you do also...

72Let's look at those promises. 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

73Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

74Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the eldest born in a vast family of brethren.

75Now, how can you fulfill those promises? There has got to be a way for you to be conformed, and manifested as a son as He was. There must be a path into these promises?

76And Paul tells us in Romans 13:14 "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fullfil the lusts thereof."

77And in Galatians 3:27 he tells us how to put on Christ. "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

78I believe that John 14:12 is our instruction booklet into Romans 8:29-30, Ephesians 1:5 and 11, Romans 8:19.

79Think about it. There can be no conforming to the image without knowing what the image was? There can be no adoption without being conformed to the Image, There can be no manifestation of the sons of God without knowing what that manifestation of the son of God was? And it is all given to us in the instruction manual of John 14:12.

80He said, "The things that I do, you shall also do also" (His speech, His actions, the way he thought, the life he lived, the works that he did) he said, you shall do also, the same speaking, the same acting, the same walking, the same talking, the same mind that was in Christ is in you.

81Thus John 14:12 is the mechanics to the adoption, the mechanics to being conformed to the Image of the first born son. The mechanics to being manifested as a son of God.

82And without John 14:12 to show us the mechanics, these three promises of (manifestation, conformation and adoption) could never be fulfilled in the believer. You could know theologically about them, but until you step into what it means to be in the Image, or to manifest as a Son of God, you have not put on Christ. And you can not put on Christ until you have been baptized with the very same spirit and nature and life that lived itself in Him. Therefore, John 14:12 shows the path for only those who have been born again as brother Branham said you are not a believer until you are born again and filled with His Spirit. Then the conforming Paul speaks of in Romans 8 is seen in John 14:12, and the manifestation of the sons of God that Paul speaks of in Romans 8 is seen in John 14:12 and therefore without John 14:12 we would not be fit for adoption. Therefore John 14:12 is our instruction manual for taking the mechanics into dynamics. I believe that is why brother Branham spoke so much about it.

83Let us pray.