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1Ephesian Church Age 60-1205 113 Now, as I said to begin, 'fore we start off on this again, every revival produces a pair of twins. One is a spiritual man; the other one is a natural man of the earth, "I joined the church; I'm just as good as anybody." And that's what this revival produced. That's what, every revival. That's what Luther's produced; that's what Irenaeus' produced; that's what Saint Martin's produced; that's what Columba's produced; that's what Wesley's produced; and that's what Pentecost produced. Just exactly.
Therefore, so far in our study of Twins we have found that every revival produces Twins, one who is spiritual and another who is carnal believers, but both are believers.
2Hearing Receiving and Acting 60-0607 E-16 So we find out, that in every revival that's ever been borned in the world, it produces twins. That's right. Every revival has twins. They have a bunch in there that's carnal believers and a bunch of spiritual believers. Every revival produces that: an Esau and Jacob. And as they go along, first thing you know, the carnal begins to think, "Well, these guys are getting off of the deep end. I better separate myself from them." They go back to the intellectual part. They want a pastor that'll speak to them of pleasant things. They don't want that Spirit-filled pastor, that'll obey the Holy Spirit from the platform, just preach the Word just like It is. As John said, "Lay the axe to the root of the tree and let the chips fall where it will." Most of the churches today will vote that out of their pulpit. That's right. It'll come a separation, always does that. It did it in the Methodist age; it did it in the Baptist age; it did it in the Pentecostal age; it'll do it in every age.
4Galatians 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bears not; break forth and cry, thou that travails not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
5Brother Branham said in Revelation Chapter One p5 60-1204M And these last four days, especially, studying for this, upon the historical part of the Book of Revelations, I have run into things that I never thought was really ever happened. And it's even brought to me a feeling that, after this Seven Church Ages, I have been through that, I would like to have another such series of bringing up the true church and the false church together and just through the history and Scripture; as one time I endeavored on a sermon to take the true vine and the false vine found in the Bible.
7Both are Given birth in the same revival, same church, etc
Both are Religious
Both Eat from the same Table of the Lord
Both Believe in God, even One God, therefore are a Believer
Both Quote from the Word of God
Both Sincerely offer Sacrifice to God
Both Worship God in sincerity
Both Offer praise to God
Both Do works to please God
Both Receive a mark in their forehead and in their right hand
Both bear fruit, and by their fruit you shall know them
8Branham also said in 366-2 The Resume of the Ages - CAB CHPTR 10 From our studies we have already learned that much of the Revelation is totally misunderstood because we have not formerly known that the `church' spoken of and spoken to in this book does not refer to the pure `ekklesia' the `elect', the `body of Christ', the `bride', but it speaks to the entire body of people who are called Christians, whether they be true or merely nominal. As all Israel is NOT Israel, so all Christians are NOT Christians. Thus we learned that the church is made up of two vines, the true and the false. The two vines are motivated by two kinds of spirits; one has the Holy Spirit while the other is endued with the spirit of antichrist. Both claim to know and be known of God. Both purport to speak for God. Both believe certain very basic truths and differ on others. But since both bear the name of the Lord, being called Christ-ians, and by such name-bearing obviously claim a relationship to Him (God calls it marriage), God now holds them both responsible to Him and therefore speaks to each.
952 Anointed Ones at the end Time 65-0725M These trees--the true vine and false vine... You've heard me preach on that since--from years ago, how they growed up together. Brought them in individuals and showed that from Cain and Abel, the two vines that met at an altar, both of them religious, both of them anointed, both of them desiring life and worshipping the same God, and one was rejected and the other received. And the only way that the one that was received could've done anything different from his brother, it was revealed to him, for the Bible said, "By faith (Hebrews 11th chapter)--by faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than that of Cain, which God testified that he was righteous." Jesus said (the spiritual revelation of Who He was), "Who does man say I, the Son of man am?" He said, Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." "Blessed art thou, Simon son of Jonas; flesh and blood never revealed this to you; My Father which is in heaven has revealed it. Upon this rock I'll build My church." What? The true revelation of the Word. There's the True Vine again. "Abel, by faith..."
10E-30 True Vine and The False Vine 55-0607 Notice those two spirits, leaving from there. Watch how it's dominated the world. Here they come out of Genesis. Watch any thing you want to; watch the world order; watch everything. As it comes through Genesis, it comes up through a process, and now, it's done gone up here, and blooming out in the seed to produce the same thing it was in Genesis. Here's the false vine; here's the true vine. And they're both growing side by side. Did you realize, that Judas Iscariot was treasurer of the church, out of the same tribe of the Lord Jesus? He was a big man, brothers with the rest of them, set in the same pew, sang the same songs, worshipped the same God, preached the same Gospel, and was Judas? Do you realize that same spirit moves right up through the church? But where Judas showed his colors was at Pentecost, just before Pentecost, before they really got borned again. People don't believe tonight, many of the people don't believe there is such as a thing as an experience of being born again. They say, "It's all in you mind." No, it's in you heart, brother. That's right.
11Above as we did last week, we showed you a chart of the attributes where the two vines shared in common some of the same attributes. That is because they share the same revival, same mother so to speak. But our next chart shows the identifiable characteristics that identify the father source of life, in other words, these identify whose seed you are.
14Elect Seed come to walk in the light and will not walk in darkness Isa 60:3, Ps 56:13/89:15 Jn 3: 21, 12:46/ 1Jn 1:7
Other seed won't come to the Light, keep others from it. Mt 23:13, Rm 1:18 Jn 3: 19-20, 12:35, 48 Isa 50:11 1Jn 1:5-6
15Elect Seed only can understand the Word John 8: 31, 42 / 47, Isa 50:4-10 Mt 13:11/16 Mk 4:11 Lk 8:10 1Cor 2:12
Other seed Can't understand the Word of God John 8: 38-39, 43-45 Mt 13:11-15 Mk 4:11 12 Lk 8:10 1Cor 2:14
16Elect Seed are gathered to the Revealed Word of God Eph 1:10, Mk13:27, Lk 3:17 2Thess 2:1, Heb 10:25, Matt3:11-12, 13:28-30
Other Seed are gathered by organization through a false word 2 Corinthians 11: 4-13 Mt 13:24-30, 36-43, Gal 2:4, Acts 13:45, 15:5
17The Elect Seed receive the Mark of God, which is the Seal of God in forehead and hands Jn6:27 2Tim2:19, Ez9:4,Eph4:30 Rev15:2,Rev9:4, 2Tim4:8
Other seed receive Mark of the Beast, in their forehead and in their hands. Gen 4:15, Rev13:7, 14:9-11, 16:2, 19:20
18The Elect Seed receive Eternal Life 1Jn5:11-13,20,Jn6:54,1Jn2:25,68,1Jn3:1-2, Col3:4,Jn5:26,Hb7:16,1Pt1:23,Jn10:28,17:3,Ac13:48,Rm6:23
Other seed do not receive eternal Life, they are earthy and sensual Isa 40:7-8, James 1:11 Jude1:12 1Pet1:23-25, Isa1:28-31 Isa24:1-6, 40:7-8, 29:14
19The Elect Seed do nothing but what the Father shows them first Ps37:9, Ps145:15,Isa40:31, Acts1:4 Jn5:19-20,30 7:16-18,6:38 Mt7:21, 11:27, 12:50,16:17
Have zeal but without knowledge Phil3:6, Lk13:24, 1Cor9:25, Prov25:8, Lk13:24 Matt7:22-23, Gal5:7-9, Rom10:2, Jn2:16-17
20The Elect seed are born of Incorruptible Seed, Revealed- vindicated Word of God. Mt18:14, Lk13;3-5 1Pet1:23, 3:4, Jn3:3-8,15-6 1Cor15:53-54, Lk21:18
Other seed are born of a corruptible seed, The word for another age Ps1:6, Ps9:3, 37:20, 68:2, Acts13:41 1Pet1:23, 1Cor9:25, Gal1:6-9, 2Cor11:2-6
21Elect Seed hold only to a vindicated Word Heb3:6, 4:14 Heb10:23-25, Jer 29:11, 1Sam12:16, Lk21:36, 1Thes 5;21, 2Tim1:13
Other seed hold to own ideas Ps1:5 10:4 103:6-7, Is55:7-11, Ez18:29, Gen6:5 Prov14:12, 16:25 Jer 8:5, Heb10:26, Mt15:19
22The Elect Seed is Obedient to the Word of God Acts5:32, 2Cor10:5-6, Heb5:8, 1Pet1:2 1 Pet 1:14, 2Cor 2:8 Deut 11:26-27, Jer7:23
The other seed is Disobedient to the Word of God. 2Thess 1:8-9, 1Pet4:17, Deut11:28Eph 2:2, 5:6, Col 3:6 1JN 3:12, 2Thess 3:14
24Elect Seed love God's Presence and Abide in it, and point others to it
Jn8:12, 2Tim4:8, Isa63:9 1Thess2:19,1Cor8:3,Rm8:28
Other seed won't live in God's Presence Ps101:4, Job1:12, 2:7 Gen 4:16, 2 Thess1:8-9 Jn1:10-11, Jn12:47-50
25The elect Seed will understand the Godhood and relationship of the Father and Son. John6:45, 2Jn1:3 Ps9:10, Acts22:14, Jer24:7 31:34, Heb8:11, Isa54:13
Other seed are not able to understand the Godhood of God because they wish to be equal with God Jer9:6, Jn8:19, Matt7:23, Jn8:16-19, Jn5:31-37
26Elect Seed will know the two spirits and will not be deceived Matt24:24, 1Jn4:1-6, Heb5:141Jn3:7 Mt16:3, Lk12:56, Mal3:16-18, Ez44:23-24
Other seed are never able to discern the two spirits, therefore are deceived / persecute the True Seed Gal4:29, 2Tim3:7-8,13, 2Pet2:1-3,2Jn1:7,2ths2:3
27Elect Seed will understand that Alpha has become Omega. Rev1:8,11, 21:6, 22:13 Heb12:1-2, Phil1:6
Other seed look forward or backward and fail to see the Word for their day. Jn8:18-19, 1 Cor 2:8, Jn 9:28-29, Acts 6:10-12
28Elect Seed of God will recognize other God Seed. 1Cor8:3 Rom 8:29-30, Gal 4:6, Heb12:7 Acts17:28-29 Jn14:7, Jn20:17, Jn10:27 Jn1:12, 1Jn3:1-2, Rom 8:14
God will never recognize this seed even when doing good works. Mt8:12,Lk13:25 Mt7:23, MK12:24, Jn4:22, Jn15:21, 2Thes1:8
3057 Anointed One at the end Time 65-0725M The true vine and the false vine both had the same anointing. The water fell on both of them. No wonder He warned us it would deceive the very elected if it was possible. Notice. They looked the same; they're anointed the same. But notice, "By their fruit..." How do you know that isn't an orange? Because it's bearing a grapefruit. That vine's all right; it's living in the tree; but it's bearing a grapefruit. It isn't like the first one. And if a church says they believe Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever, and deny His power, deny His works, deny His Word... The church that believes in Jesus Christ will do the works of Jesus Christ; it'll have the Life of Jesus Christ. And if it isn't... No matter if the life is pouring into it, if it isn't predestinated from the roots, it'll bear grapefruit every time or something different. But if it's the predestinated Life in the Roots, it'll bear Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever, if it's the Word coming up through the Root, which He is the Root, the beginning of time.
33Notice we are commanded not to partake with them, and in fact we should turn away from them. Then he adds, 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women (remember, always in the Bible the woman always represents churches) laden with sins, (and sin is unbelieve) led away with divers lusts, (and these sort of churches will be )7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
34Notice Paul's description of such churches. He calls them captive, and the word captive means, a : taken and held as or as if a prisoner of war b (1) : kept within bounds : in other words they are confined. 2: held under control of another but having the appearance of independence; 3: being such involuntarily because of a situation that makes free choice or departure difficult.
35And that is why the big churches get bigger while the True church of the living God get's smaller and smaller. because Jesus warned us that the tares would be bound and being bound they are afraid to leave. But where liberty is preached the people can come and go as they choose. And so they are not afraid to leave, even if it they are wrong in doing so.
Again brother Branham said in 85-2 Ephesian Church Age Book CPT 3 Did you get it now? There are those twins again. There are those two trees again, growing side by side in the same earth, partaking of the same nourishment, drinking in the same rain, and benefiting by the same sun. But they come from DIFFERENT seeds. One tree is FOR the Word of God, exactly as God gave it, and loves and obeys it. The other tree is from the seed that is anti the Word of God and changes it where it wants to. It substitutes its own creeds and dogmas for the living true Word exactly as did Cain, who ended up killing Abel. But fear not little flock. Stay with the Word. Keep that Word between you and the devil. Eve did not do that and she failed. And when the church lets down on the Word she goes into the depths of the darkness of Satan.
36Now, tonight before we get into our chart and study each attribute to see the differences between the two vines, I would like to focus on just one more attribute that brother Branham mentions which we do not see in our chart but is worthy of our examination.
37359-1 Laodicean Church Age - CAB CHPTR 9 Now we can see why there were two vines, one true and one false. Now we can see why Abraham had two sons, one after the flesh (who persecuted Isaac who was the one after promise). Now we can see how that out of the same parents two boys came forth as twins, one knowing and loving the things of God, and the other knowing much of the same truth, but not of the same Spirit, and hence persecuted the child that was elect. God did not reprobate for the sake of reprobation. He reprobated for the sake of the elect. ELECT CANNOT persecute elect. ELECT CANNOT harm elect. It is the reprobates that persecute and destroy the elect. Oh, those reprobates are religious. They are smart. They are of the Cain line, the serpent seed. They build their Babels, they build their cities, they build their empires, and all the while calling on God. They hate the true seed, and they will do all they can, (even in the Name of the Lord) to destroy God's elect ones. But they are needed. "What is the chaff to the wheat?" No chaff, no wheat. But at the end, what happens to the chaff? It is burned with fire unquenchable. And the wheat? Where is it? It is gathered in His garner. It is where He is.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
38So who is this "they" that Jesus is referring to here? It is the religious, the false vine, Those who would think they are dong God a service without it being His Will. And since they are of the flesh, they like to use fleshly means persecute the true vine. And they will do so thinking they are doing this for the sake of Jesus name's. so they will be so-called followers of Jesus. Christians, they will call themselves.
39Spoken word original seed 62-0318E P:11 I believe it is 68,000,000 on the martyrology that the Roman Catholic church has put to death since Saint Augustine of Hippo. Sixty-eight million Protestants has been killed and recorded on the record of the martyrology by the Catholic church because of disagreeing with her doctrine. No wonder the Bible said, "In her was found the blood of every martyr." Now, didn't Jesus say there would come a time they would kill you, thinking they were doing God a service; and they are sincere about that. They're not hypocrites. They believe that; they're taught that. And when that Word is planted there, it has got to bring a crop. Sure it has. Remember, we're staying with the Seed. That's our text, our Seed. The spoken Word of God is a Seed. See? It's got to come back to this Word, and that Word will produce what It says.
40Again we see this warning from Jesus in Luke 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. 18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
42Harvest time 64-1212 P:122 You know, Jesus said, "It'll come to pass that they'll even kill you, thinking they're doing God a service." Wait till this new book of mine comes out. They shot at some people the other night, for saying that it was wrong to unite the Roman Catholic church with the Protestant. Three shots went through a building of a friend of mine, just barely missed them. Wait till this book gets in circulation. Don't think they are sinning; they think they're doing the right thing. They think they're--they're doing that for a cause for God, not knowing it. The Jews killed Jesus, thinking they were doing the right thing, because their church doctrine said He was wrong. Oh, said for them He... They crucified the very Bread that they were supposed to live by.
43The Muslems, killing Muslems that disagree with their doctrine, and it will come down to that even among those who claim to believe this Message. Don't fool yourselves if you think everyone who claims to believe This Message is saved, they're not. Jesus said, "By their fruits you shall know them."
45In Luke 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. 52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
46I like the Message Translation which says, 52 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars! You took the key of knowledge, but instead of unlocking doors, you locked them. You won’t go in yourself, and won’t let anyone else in either.”
4753 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: 54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
48Church Age Book Chapter 9 - The Laodicean Church Age P:52 Now He has cried out to this last age, "You have the Word. You have more Bibles than ever, but you are not doing anything about the Word except dividing and hacking it into pieces, taking what you want and leaving out what you don't want. You are not interested in LIVING it, but debating it. I would sooner you were cold or hot. If you were cold and rejected it, I could stand that. If you would get white hot to know its truth and live it, I would praise you for that. But when you simply take My Word and don't honor it, I in return must refuse to honor you. I will spue you out for you nauseate Me."
49Matthew 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
50But brothers, you don't have to hang around and let them do this to you. Jesus also told us in Matthew 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
51That is why I think the believers in countries that persecute them for their beliefs should leave those countries, or cities, and move somewhere else. I know it is not easy to take up roots and move elsewhere, but I did it. I left Minnesota when the only church there in this Message was one that was led by a nicolaitian who preached against me and my family. I left and went to Indiana, and within a short time God opened a door for me to pastor here in Cincinnati.
52Brother Don Hoffman has several families that moved from Iran and now attend his church. That is what Jesus said to do. Don't sit around and look for the persecution to come. If the Jews had done what Jesus told the church to do, There would not have been so many murdered in Germany and Poland by Hitler and his cronies.
But concerning Twins it is said that the bride will not persecute Bride. She minds her own business and if others don't like what she stands for, that is their business, not hers. She believes and will not let peer pressure change her mind.
53Church Age Book Chapter 7 - The Sardisean Church Age P:55 I want to read another translation (Wuest) of this verse, "Be remembering, therefore, in what way you have received (the truth as a permanent deposit) and what way you heard (it) and be safeguarding (it), and have a change of mind at once." It is very evident from this verse that God had given them truth as a permanent deposit. It was received and is irrevocably theirs. It now remains to be seen what they will do with it, whether they will regard it or not. And that is true. They had been given the basic truth of the whole Gospel, "The just shall live by faith", "Salvation is of the Lord." They had heard the truth of the Bible which cast down the doctrines of Rome and set at naught all papal authority. They knew the truth that the church does not save. They understood the Lord's supper. They had light on water baptism. They put out the images. Truth? Why there never was an age with any more men with so much light to shed. They had enough illumination to completely overhaul the old system or start out fresh and let God lead them, line upon line and precept upon precept. They received the truth. They wanted it and heard it. But the question was, how did they hear it? Did they hear it to build upon or was it with the same attitude that many Greeks had, something to discuss and theorize over? Evidently the rich Word of truth was being heard in an academic manner, rather than for practical outworking, for God was demanding a change of mind concerning it. If this is the Word of God which indeed it is, then it must be obeyed. Failure to obey would bring judgment.
55And he even taught us to consider our persecution as a blessing which will bring heavenly rewards. Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
56In closing I would like to read tow more quotes from the Church Age Book Chapter 9 - The Laodicean Church Age P:71 "I have need of nothing." Now when anybody says, "I have need of nothing," he could very well be saying, "I have everything", or he could be saying, "I don't want any more as I am full now". You can express this any way you want, and it all adds up to the fact that the church is complacent. She is satisfied with what she has. She either figures she has it all or has enough. And that is exactly what we find today. What denomination is not claiming that IT has the revelation and the power and the truth? Listen to the Baptists, and they have it all. Listen to the Methodists, and they have it all. Listen to the Church of Christ and everyone is wrong but them. Hear what the Pentecostals say and they have the fullness of the fullness. Now they know I am telling the truth about them, for not one of their manuals say any different. They wrote it all out just so nice and put their names to it and finished it all up. God just doesn't have any more. And there are those who just don't want any more. They do not believe in healing and would not want it, although it is in the Word. There are those who would not take the Holy Spirit if God opened the heavens and showed them a sign.
57Church Age Book Chapter 9 - The Laodicean Church Age P:78 "You are blind and naked." Now this is really desperate. How can anyone be blind and naked and not know it? Yet it says that they are blind and naked and can't perceive it. The answer is, they are spiritually blind, and spiritually naked. Do you remember when Elisha and Gehazi were surrounded by the army of the Syrians? You recall that Elisha smote them blind by the power of God. Yet their eyes were wide open and they could see where they were going. The blindness was peculiar in that they could see certain things, but other certain things such as Elisha and the servant and the camp of Israel they could not see. What this army could see did not avail for them. What they did not see brought on their captivity. Now what does this mean to us? It means exactly what it meant back there in the earthly ministry of Jesus. He tried to teach them truth, but they would not listen. John 9:40-41. "And some of the Pharisees which were with Him heard these words, and said unto Him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth." The attitude of this age is exactly what it was then. People have it all. They know it all. They cannot be taught. If a point of truth from the Word comes up and a man tries to explain his view to one with an opposing view, the listener is not at all listening that he might learn, but is listening only to refute what is being said. Now I want to ask a fair question. Can Scripture fight Scripture? Does the Bible contradict the Bible? Can there be two doctrines of truth in the Word that say the opposite or oppose the other? NO. IT CANNOT BE SO. Yet how many of God's people have their eyes open to that truth? Not even one percent, as far as I know, have learned that ALL Scripture is given by God and ALL is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, etc. If all Scripture is thusly given, then every verse will dovetail if given a chance. But how many believe in predestination unto election and reprobation unto destruction? Those who don't, will they listen? No, they will not. Yet both are in the Word, and nothing will change it. But to learn about it and reconcile the truth of those doctrines with other truths that seem to oppose, they will not take the time. But they stop their ears, and gnash with their teeth, and they lose out. At the end of this age a prophet will come, but they will be blind to all that he is doing and saying. They are so sure they are right, and in their blindness they will lose it all.