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1This morning we will proceed further into our study of Christ is the Mystery if God Revealed, this will be number 80 in our series, and we will entitle this sermon, "Sons of God echo God's Word and Christ's Life"
2187 But God's great mystery, what the eternal God had as a mystery, has now been unfolded in Jesus Christ, then was given out down to His Church. What was once in God's mind is now in the Body of Christ, Jesus making love to the Church, His Bride, whispering secrets to Her. You know how you tell your wife things, you know, the little girl you're going to marry. You love her so much, you just tell her the secrets, and get her up next to you, and love you and everything. You know how it is? That's what God--Christ is doing to the Church. See? He's letting Her know the secrets--just the secrets. Not these flirters; I mean His Wife. See? All right. Now, look. No.
3 188 By having the revelation of His secret made known to them by His grace, how the grace of God... People, I know it. I hope you don't think this sounds personal to a bunch of people, or this, that, but the secret that God is sharing with the whole Church, if they would just receive it. See? It doesn't mean just me or just you; it means the Church, that He's trying to get into it. And you say, "Well, why don't they receive it?" They can't receive it. He said these things. And how could they? Because Isaiah said they can't see it, See?
4 Now, what brother Branham is referencing here is Isaiah 6:9 So let's read it for ourselves. "And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
7Now, notice here, the disciples couldn't understand why Jesus when speaking to others who were not his disciples, he seemed to speak to them using stories. And so they said, Why do you speak unto them in parables? Now, this Scripture in Matthew 13 does not tell you who the "them" is, but we do have a clue because the language the disciples used was speaking of "them" as opposed to "us". Thus this group is not of the disciples of Jesus. However, we find better description in Mark 4:10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
8In other words these were those who were not in the Inner circle of Jesus. Now, let me be quite frank here. Just because you might have your own circle doesn't mean diddlie squat unless you are a vindicated prophet, and even Jesus had a Judas in his inner circle. So don't go too far with this.
9But in getting back to why Jesus spoke to them in parables which are stories, he continues in Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
11And then in verse 12 he tells them something else that is most important in understanding why one group can understand while the other group can not understand. He says, " For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
12Now, notice that Jesus says the reason why one group is given is because they "hath" and therefore they have more abundantly, while the other group does not "hath" and therefore those things they think they "hath" are taken from them as well.
13Now, the King James version really messed up the translation of this verse, because it sounds like when you are reading this that certain ones are given because they have? And I have to admit it sounds backwards to me. Should it not have read, the ones who have, have because it was given to them? But still that is not what this verse says at all. But if you think because you are good at the Kings English you can read your Bible, forget it. There must be revelation or else anyone could read it and thus get it.
14But we know that unless you are born again you can not understand the things of God. That is what Jesus told Nicodemus in John chapter 3, he said, "unless you are born again you can not see or understand the kingdom of God". And the Apostle Paul said in...
151Corinthians 2:9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for The Spirit (Not a spirit, not your spirit, but The Spirit, God's Spirit) searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but The Spirit of God Knows. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but The Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (so you see the main purpose for receiving The Spirit of God is for us to be able to know the things God freely gives us to know.
17So the Holy Ghost when he does the teaching it will be comparing Spiritual things with Spiritual. 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, (it's imossible for him to know them) because they are spiritually discerned.
1815 But he that is Spiritual (He that is Spirit filled) judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
19Therefore those men who translated the Bible were not very spirit filled, for they completely messed up the translation of Matthew 13 and verse 12 when they translated the Greek Word "echo" as the English word "hath".
21But knowing the Greek word was actually the word echo which is spelled the same as it is in the English, and means precisely the same thing, let's read this verse over again with a corrected understanding.
2212 " For whosoever is made of such a nature as to echo, to him shall be given more, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever is not made in such a way as to be able to echo, from him shall be taken away even that which he thinks he is echoing.
23Now, I hope you are getting what I am talking about here. This scripture speaks of the reason they have more abundance, it is because they are able to echo what is said, and when you echo something you have it not one time, but you have it over and over and over again just like an echo does. Now, I hope you understand why brother Vayle could say, "they got it but don't got it." Because even that which they think they were echoing they really were not echoing. They thought they had it but they didn't. They thought they were saying it right but they weren't.
24Therefore, unless you are born again, you will never understand this Message, and therefore how in the world are you going to be able to reflect it, or echo it in your life, if you don't even have a clue what it is that you are supposed to be echoing.
25Now, forgive me for this, I told myself I am going to try to be nice from now on, but I can't help it. the Scripture is Scripture, and when people can't even understand what it is they are reading how in the world are they going to be able to reflect or echo it?
26Now, back to Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
2815 For this people's heart is waxed gross, (now, the word translated waxed gross was translated from a Greek word which means to stupefy, or to become callus. In other words, their hearts have become hardened, and with a hardened heart brothers and sisters you will never make it. We had better be becoming soft and supply in our hearts or you are never going to finish this race.) And brother Branham said what calluses our hearts are the things of the world.
30You say, "it's only a game, good grief". If it's only a game then why has our Department of defense spent millions and millions developing these games. I'll tell you why, so they can train young men to kill and not even blink a tear when doing it. And they are callusing the hearts of young men, and destroying them so they can not hear that sweet tender still voice of the Holy Spirit any more.
31Now, let's continue reading from Matthew 13. "and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
32I hope you can see the condition is in the heart, it is becoming so callus that "when they see, they do not perceive what it is that they are seeing", and "when they hear, they are not hearing what they should be hearing", so "they can not understand what it is they are seeing and hearing", and thus becoming callus, they can not change the heart.
3316 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
35Now, let's move forward with paragraph 189 of "Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed", where brother Branham says, The prophet Paul said, "In the last days the people would be heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, and despisers of those that are good. (Heady, high-minded. See?), having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away; for this is the kind that goes from house to house and leads silly women laden away with divers lust (with shorts and bobbed hair, and everything else)--led away with divers lust," and say, "It's all right. Ah, they're crazy out there. Don't pay no..." See? Never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth. And these men resisted it as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses: Able to produce a church and produce a group of people just as... But their folly will be made manifest when Jesus takes His Bride and sets Her up here and says, "This is Her," and away He goes with Her. That's right. Their folly will be made known. So listen, brothers and sisters, everyone will get their just does, and don't ever forget that. So let's not fuss with them any longer. No sir, I don't want to because listen to what God's prophet just said, But their folly will be made manifest when Jesus takes His Bride. So your days coming and so is theirs. You don't need to explain nothing to them. If they really wanted to know they would have asked.
37And from his sermon, New ministry 59-1115 P:74 brother Branham said, "Just remember, you are a sheep; He is the dove. And the dove leads the lamb. And the lamb and the dove has the same nature. The dove is the most gentlest of all the birds of the heavens; a lamb is the most gentlest of all the beasts of the earth. So see, their spirits would coincide with one another. Now, the dove could not come on a wolf (See?); it wouldn't stay there. The wolf is a killer. The lamb is gentle. So you see, it's the lamb and the dove, and one leading the other. And do you see where the Dove led the Lamb to? All the way to Calvary for crucifixion, and He opened not His mouth. When they spit on Him, He never spit back. When they smacked Him, He never smacked back; He just went right on, knowing that He was for the glory of God, He was doing the will of God".
39190 "Look it. Having the revelation of this secret made known to them by His grace. Look, when this great revelation, revealed mystery is made known to you, then you denounce all the things of the world. Now, I'm going to come back once again. I was not going to say it; I'm pointing to it; the tape's sake. And those that are going across... This tape goes across the world. See? You women that claim you've got the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and not the audacity to let your hair grow out, when the Bible condemns it and said a man's got a right to put away his wife in divorce if she bobs her hair, honored before God to do so. The Bible says if she cuts her hair, she dishonors her head. And it's a common, you know, what any old common thing it is for a woman to even pray with bobbed hair. See? Wearing shorts and these slacks and things. The Bible said any woman that'll... ("Oh..." you say...), that put on a garment that pertains to a man, it's an abomination to God: filthy, dirty, like an old stinking bathroom somewhere. See? Oh, my, the filth in God's nostrils. And then you try to pray or offer up prayers in such a thing as that, God refuses it, turns it away. That's right."
42Now, this is quite a statement that the apostle John has given to us. And since we believe that the word of God is God breathed, then these words were not the words of John, but rather the Words of God given to us through God’s servant John.
43Now, we find also in 2 John 9 the following words, "Whosoever transgresses, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, echoes not God. He that remains in the doctrine of Christ, he echoes both the Father and the Son.
45First of all he speaks of those who would transgress and not abide in the doctrine. Now, the word transgress used in this verse of Scripture was translated from the Greek word para-baino which is made from two words coming together. The word para speaks of location, proximity, or vicinity. And the word Baino means to walk or keep pace. Placed together it speaks of not keeping pace with, or going beyond the limits.
46Therefore we can read this verse as Whosoever does not keep pace with, or goes beyond the limits of the doctrine of Christ, hath
not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
47So we see the comparison John is speaking of here has to do with those who would abide in which means to remain in, verses those who will not keep pace with and thus will not abide in or remain in, and thus go beyond the limits of the doctrine of Christ. And then he tells us that those who will not keep pace with or remain in the doctrine of Christ do not echo God, while those who remain in the doctrine of Christ, echoes both the Father and the Son.
49In examining this word “hath” we find the word was translated from the Greek word “echo” and is used over 600 times throughout the Scriptures. The Greek word “echo” has various application of usage, including “to have” or “to hold”, and both of these usages show a possession or relationship, and so we can see that the root meaning of this word speaks of relationship, whether directly or remotely, and thus the main strength of usage concerning this word has to do with continuity of relationship.
50Now the word continuity means 1. The state or quality of being continuous. 2. An uninterrupted succession or flow; a coherent whole. 3. a. A detailed script or scenario consulted to avoid discrepancies from shot to shot in a film.
51And as you can see all these descriptive meanings show the attributes of what an “echo” really is. The purpose of an “echo” then, is to bring about continuity, an uninterrupted succession, or flow, so to speak, to avoid discrepancies from shot to shot or from voice to voice, if we are to be more scripturally accurate.
52Thus you can see that an echo will keep the continuity of thought and speech, because an echo not only will say the same thing, but will bring forth the same inflections, and dynamics of the original speech time and time again as it proceeds forth in its course of life. Thus the Spoken Word is the Original Seed, and as a seed is subject to the commands of God concerning all seeds, because that is "the law of life" as seen in Genesis 1:11 that “every seed must bring forth after its kind” or nature.
53Thus in each seed that comes forth from the original seed, there must be an ability to echo or repeat what that seed is. And if the Original Spoken Word is a Seed, then that Spoken Word Seed must bring forth after its kind. Thus an ability to echo will guarantee the continuity that each time that Word is repeated it will not only say the same thing, but the same thought as the original will be behind it, because the expression or dynamics of that word will be the same from generation to generation as it repeats itself over and over again, and the repetition being reflected from echo to echo, will carry along with it the same expression and dynamics, and will sound exactly as the original seed sounded.
54Years ago I heard brother Vayle preach a message called "20th Century Omega Reflection", and in it he spoke of when Moses came down from the mountain and his face were all aglow from the Presence of the Lord. And the people made him put a veil over his face because they were afraid when seeing his face was glowing from the Shekinah Glory of God. And Br. Vayle went on to speak of how the Prophet is in direct line with the Light or Pillar of Fire and as he reflects, so too we will reflect that same light if we will just stand still long enough in that same light.
55Come let us reason together 55-1004 P:90 And now, you believe that I'm just like this microphone. See? This microphone can't speak 'less something speaks through it. See? It's just a piece of metal. It's got to have a sound here to hit it first, before it will echo (See?), 'fore it'll carry out. Now, that's the way I am. I'm just like the microphone. See? Now, there has to be some real intelligence behind here, Something that knows you, and knows all about you, knows what you're here for, to speak through these lips to say that. Isn't that right? Now, the audience believes that, don't you audience? See? 'Cause we don't know each other, but He can tell me. Then you believe Him.
56Notice brother Branham likened himself to the echo of a microphone, which can not say anything, but echoes only what is first said through it. Now, brother Vayle's sermon on the Omega reflection is a very good thought and it has inspired my studies for the past 29 years.
57God's only provided place of worship 65-1128M P:111 Look, Enoch was the living Word of God of his age; he was a prophet. A prophet is God's reflector. How many knows that? The reflector doesn't reflect itself; the reflector isn't the reflection. There has to be something strike the reflector to make it reflect. So a prophet is a chosen vessel of God that cannot reflect nothing at all, but he's in direct line with that reflection, God, to reflect the image of Christ the Word (See?); nothing else can do it. You are a reflector; that's the reason the prophet had to eat the book. That's the reason he had to eat the scroll. He had to reflect that Word for that age. You got it?
59Paul a prisoner of Christ 63-0717 P:8 The physical has to die, but if you are reflecting by your mortal life, the light of heaven, then you're reflecting the eternal Light, God. Then when you die you can no more than go to that light, because that's what you've reflected. If you are of the dark world, you reflect that, and you can do, go no other way but to darkness. See? So we are in a reflection. So we see that as sure as the Holy Spirit reflects light and Life, so does death reflect darkness and here they both are.
60It wasn't so from the beginning 62-0630B P:13 And it was not Jesus, the body, the Son of God; it was the God of glory in the Son of God, showing the glory of God (You see?), through Himself: the God of glory manifesting the glory of God. And in Him... God dwelt in Him, and He reflected God. Now, that's the way each of we ministers do. We reflect God, as God is in us. And then that's the only way that God can move, and people can see God, is through we, His servants. That's how... People won't read a Bible, but they'll read you. See? And so you reflect Christ. Your walks, your talks, your actions all reflect Christ.
61From Brother Branham's Church Age Book Chapter 4 - The Smyrnaean Church Age P:140 "In every age we have exactly the same pattern. That is why the light comes through some God-given messenger in a certain area, and then from that messenger there spreads the light through the ministry of others who have been faithfully taught. But of course all those who go out don't always learn how necessary it is to speak only what the messenger has spoken. (Remember, Paul warned the people to say only what he said, I Corinthians 14:37, "If any man think himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the Commandments of the Lord. What? came the Word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?") They add here, or take away there, and soon the message is no longer pure, and the revival dies down. How careful we must be to hear One voice, for the Spirit has but one voice which is the voice of God. Paul warned them to say what he said, even as Peter did likewise. He warned them that even he (Paul) could not change one word of what he had given by revelation. Oh, how important it is to hear the voice of God by way of His messengers, and then say what has been given them to say to the churches."
62Questions and answers COD 54-0103M P:32 What you are somewhere else is what you reflect here. What you are, what your celestial body is up yonder, what your celestial body is somewhere else is what you're reflecting back here. In the spirit land, what you are, is what you are here. If you're still vulgar minded and so forth in the spirit land, you're vulgar minded here. If you still got malice, envy, and strife, you're in the spirit land with that, it reflects back here. But if your whole innermost being has become cleansed and purged, it shows that you've got a body out yonder waiting, that's been cleansed and purged, and it's reacting back in the flesh. Don't you see? See, there it is. "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting." See?
66Whosoever does not keep pace with, or goes beyond the limits of the doctrine of Christ, echoes not God. And why is that? Because if you do not keep pace with then you are either speeding up or slowing down, and an echo can not speed up nor can it slow down, it must say it just like it was said. That is why Brother Branham said, "say it like the tapes say it". Because he was saying it on those tapes just like God said it.
68Now, let’s examine this in light with 1 John 5:12 He that hath (he that echoes) the Son hath (echoes) life; and he that hath not (that means he that can not echo) the Son of God hath not life (or can not echo life).
69Then if you can not echo the son you can not echo son's life either, and God gave His life to the son. For you see when Jesus came he said, “It is written in the volume of the Book, I have come to do thy will o God”, and Jesus also said, in St. John 5:19 and 30, “The son can of himself do nothing, but whatsoever the Son seeth the Father do, that the son doeth likewise.” And he also said, “My doctrine is not mine but the Father s that sent me.” And he said, "the things I teach, the father commanded me what to say, and that is what I teach.”
70And so we see that the Son of God reflected or echoed the Father in every detail, and thus he that can echo the son will echo Life for God is Life. And he that will remain in the Doctrine of Christ will echo both the Father and the Son. For if Jesus echoed the Father and we echo Jesus then we also will echo the father. For an echo is not a one time event, but happens over and over again. Thus Jesus the first fruit was the first repeat of the Father to us, and as we catch the vision, and are conformed to the image of the firstborn Son, that’s Romans 8, then we also will do nothing unless the father show us first, and what we teach are the commandments from the Father, given to us through the first echo of His Son, and thus as we echo them to others, they are repeated again and again and again, showing the word is Living and abiding in us.
71Just like your heart pumping shows you are alive, so to your echoing the Word of God again and again shows you have been made alive in Christ. And notice as in the natural the heart pumping the blood (which the life is in the blood), and thus the pumping of the heart is the evidence that you are alive in the natural, so too in the spiritual, whereas the heart represents our understanding, then thus as the understanding echoes the Word of God again and again, it is an evident token that you have been made alive in Christ, and the life that was in the Father and given to His Son hath quickened you and you are alive showing that he and His Life is the same yesterday, today and forever..
72That is why Paul could say in Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. In other words, Paul is saying, Since I was crucified with Christ, I am living by His Faith, His Revelation, and thus as a result the Life by which He lived, I too am living. And thus we see the Life which was in the Father passed along to His Son and then on to Sons.
73And so we see that whosoever is of such a nature as to be able to echo the Son of God will also echo the Father who is Life. But I want you to understand that no where does God echo as we see in John 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; This word hath is not echo but didomai. It means the father has given Life. Not echoing life, because the father is the first, and the first is never an echo. An echo is a repeat of the first over and over again.
75Matthew 13:12 For whosoever echoes to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: (more abundance? Why? Because the very nature of an echo is to have more and more and more of the same) but whosoever echoes not, from him shall be taken away even that he is able to repeat).
76Now, the phrase "Hath Life" is used 23 times in the new testament, but in my examining each usage of this phrase “hath Life”, I found that the word "hath" was not always translated from the Greek Word "echo". And to my amazement, the only times it was not taken from the word echo is when it referred to something God did. And why is that? Because God does not echo. His Spoken Word is the Original, it is not an echo. But each time that Word reflects from one to the next, it is echoing. Therefore, the source of Life does not echo, but we echo what He said.
77Notice in 1 John 3:15 Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer echoes eternal life abiding in him. So we see that no murderer can echo eternal life, and thus no one who hates his brother echoes eternal life in doing so.
78But as we examine 1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. But here we do not see the word echo used. The Word hath there is an interpolation and is not in the original Greek. Simply put, Not God hath given, but God gave to us eternal Life.
80Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. Now, the Greek word that the word hath was translated from was not echo but didomi which means to give, thus then God gave to the Gentiles, but no where here does it say that God echoes, because God can not echo. Who would he echo? He is the Word.
81John 15:13 Greater love echoes no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Now, it doesn't say greater love no man has than this, because Jesus did this first, therefore it says, greater loves echoes no man than this, because for us to do the same would be echoing the Love of Christ.
84Jubilee year 54-1003E P:51 Listen, friend, tonight, if you're here without Christ, and you don't know Him, really sure in your heart, positive of it, without a shadow of doubt that Christ is in your heart, all right. But if you say, "Well, Brother Branham, I got broke up and cried once when I was at the altar." Don't take that. You say, "Well, I'll tell you, Brother Branham, I had a good time, one time. I danced in the Spirit, all over the place." Don't take that. See? You say, "Well, I prayed for a man, one time, he got well." Don't take that. The thing for you to take, is to know that when Christ is in your heart, when the great trials and troubles come on, He's still sweet to you. You walk just the same. If everything's going wrong, and everybody's against you, and everything's going this way, you're still sweet and lovely. It's all right. Moving right on, and you, your spirit, bearing record with His Spirit, that you're sons and daughters of God. If that doesn't echo in your soul tonight, friend, let's not be marked out of the Kingdom of God. Let's get in the Kingdom of God. And when a man is once marked in the Kingdom of God, he's sealed till the end of his journey. "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you're sealed until the day of your redemption."
85John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, echoes everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
86Demonology 2 Religious 53-0609 P:55 Now, then the Urim Thummim today is this Bible. If somebody has give a prophecy or a dream, and it don't compare or echo with God's Bible, it's false; don't believe it.