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2By the Grace of God we had very successful meetings in both places that we went, first to Geneva Switzerland where we spoke to the church of Pastor Bernard Labourier two services and the we traveled across France to Nantes France, pronounced "naunt" for those reading. This is on the West coast of France, and took us about 12 hours of driving to get there and we spoke held 2 ministers meetings, where we mostly answered questions, and then we held three additional evening services where we spoke to the church of Pastor Charlie Mbemba from Congo Republic who has actually been in France since 2000.
3Let's remain standing and open our Bibles to Hebrews 4:12 and we will read for our text this morning. 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
6The Scripture we just read deals with the sign of God called the sign of Messiah, or sometimes brother Branham called it the Messiahic sign or messianic sign. It really does not matter what the term, but the term he used the most used is "the sign of Messiah."
7In his sermon It is I be not afraid 62-0726 P:93 brother Branham speaks of this sign of Messiah as not for just anybody. And he makes this clear as he says, "Now, when he showed His Messiahic sign, that was for some.
8And we know that the sign of Messiah is not for everyone, it is for not even every prophet. But the sign of Messiah is to vindicate the actual Presence of the Word of God, (God Himself) is on the scene in the ministry that the sign of Messiah is being demonstrated through.
9Therefore, this morning I would as we continue in our study of Desperation we will read quite a few paragraphs which demonstrate the sign of Messiah before we actually begin to dive into the study of the sign of Messiah itself.
10Therefore let's begin reading from paragraph 106 of William Branham's sermon Desperation "Now, as soon as I start that, I see visions appearing (Amen.), great visions of the Lord, speaking great things. Amen. If I start that, we'd be here all night. Going to believe it? You believe? Amen. I believe it with all my heart. The little lady setting out there from Brother Palmer, she's a stranger to me. She is from Georgia, and she's suffering from a female trouble. If she believe that God will make her well, He will do it. I never seen the woman in my life, but that's what's the matter with her.That little woman, I don't know whether she ever heard the message before or not, but while I was preaching here, I saw her. You just believe it and see if that's right. Amen. If you'll only believe. That's right.
11107 A lady setting right back here with back trouble, suffering real bad, her name's Mrs. Wisdom. If you'll believe with all your heart, Jesus Christ will make you well. I never seen the woman in my life, but she's setting there suffering. She's wearing a yellow dress. Is that right? All right. Are we strangers to one another? Yes. All right, sir. You can go home, be well. Jesus Christ makes you well. Amen. Another woman that's just caught that: back trouble, setting over here. She's got back trouble. She's got a boy, and he's got head trouble. That's right. Mrs. Parker is her name. If you believe with all your heart, and Jesus Christ will heal you both. Amen. We're strangers to one another. That's exactly right. Amen. Believe with all your heart.
12108 Here's an elderly man setting back there from Michigan. He's having trouble in his ears. Oh, he thinks voices, spiritual trouble. Is that right? You're believing that--that... You don't know whether it's God or what it is talking to you. You hear noises in your ears. I'm a total stranger to you. If that's right, raise up your hands, and that's what's taking place. It'll never bother you no more; Jesus Christ heals you. Do you believe the Great Physician? I'd speak to you--but Norway--and you don't--you understand Norwegian language. All right, tell him to go home believing, sister, if you know how to speak it. Tell him his head trouble will leave him. Now, you know I don't know him. He's come here from Norway to be prayed for. Go back a well man. Oh, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. What is it? It's that Pillar of Fire, the Holy Ghost. It's that Token that Jesus Christ lives. And when people long ago saw Him do those things, He perceived their thought, because He is the Word, and the Word is sharper than a two-edged sword and a Discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Amen! I seen water flashing and this young lad coming. He heard, read a book over there and wrote in Norwegian. He got to understanding. Somebody spoke to him. He's having trouble, but if he will believe with all of his heart, the Lord Jesus is going to make him well. Come a long ways, a poor kid at that, trying to press in. And we will lay hands on him in a minute.
13109 Do you believe? Amen! How wonderful! Oh, my. The Great Physician now is here. Sister... Where is that Sister Ungren at and that other sister at the piano? I want you to come right quickly if you will and give us a song, "That Great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus."I want the people that's on this aisle here that wants to be prayed for, kinda come down on this side here, just one aisle at a time. Brother Neville, you do that if you will. Where's Brother Capps or one of those song leaders. How about Brother Ungren, or Brother Capps, or somebody come here, will sing... Lead this song for us if you will. Is Brother... Where is one of those brothers at? All right, sir; that's good. All right. Everybody in prayer.
14110 Remember, desperation. See what desperation will do? Desperation will drive you across the sea. Desperation will drive you from another state. Desperation will drive you anywhere. Some precious old father and his daughter with desperation tried to get in, come in, everything else, and set down anyhow. A few moments ago the Holy Spirit delivered the thing here in the meeting, just 'fore I got in here. Oh. The sweetest carol ever sung, Jesus, blessed Jesus. ... great Physician now is near, The sympathizing Jesus; (Lord Jesus, grant here the prayer of Your servant, Lord. I pray that You'll...?...) O hear the voice of Jesus. Sweetest note in seraph song, Sweetest name on mortal tongue; Oh, sweetest carol ever sung, (Let those who are desperate now, that really knows you're going to be healed... Just think, as far as I know, one hundred percent were from last Sunday night, got well this week.) The sympathizing...
15111 Watch, He comes. See? He's already healed you. He brings His Word; He confirms It; He shows His presence. Nobody can do those things outside of God; you know that. It's the sign of the Messiah, and you know I'm no Messiah. So it's Him. Now, here He's proved everything to you. Now, it ought to throw you into desperation. It ought to electrify this place and touch till it'd be like a match to a barrel of powder. Certainly. And it ought to explode the faith; and love and desperation drive them people right into the Kingdom of God to believe with all their heart. Do you believe now, every one of you? All right now, Billy, you ought to get the...
16In understanding John 14:12 some have confused Hebrews 4:12 (which is the Sign of Messiah) with John 14:12 (which is the works or labor of Christ), and they assign John 14:12 which is works to Hebrews 4:12 which is a sign, the sign of Messiah.
17Although the sign of Messiah may be a part of the works, as Jesus himself did them, yet John 14:12 speaks of "the nature of the Spirit expressing Itself in the vessel in its actions and deeds", while Hebrews 4:12 speaks specifically of the "Word" God Himself being a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart which brother Branham specifically calls "the sign of Messiah".
18Now the sign of Messiah is not the works of Jesus that every Christian who is filled with the same Spirit will do. This is specific to only certain people which are prophets of God. And not every prophet has this sign of Messiah.
20So what is the Sign of Messiah, or the Messianic Sign? Brother Branham uses the terms "Sign of Messiah", "Messianic sign" or "Messiac sign". All in all he mentions these terms directly seventy-four times.
21In all the various sermons where he mentions these terms, he is very clear on what it is, and most all of them he brings us to John 4, which speaks of "the woman at the well" or he brings us to when "Jesus saw Nathaniel under the fig tree praying."
However some ministers confuse the "The sign of Messianic" with John 14:12, But what did a vindicated prophet of God say the sign of Messiah was? He said it was knowing the very thought and intents of the heart which is Hebrews 4:12.
From his sermon, Show us the Father 61-0521 P:90 brother Branham said, How many knows that He perceived their thoughts and knowed all about them? That's right. Now, that was the sign of Messiah."
So we should say what is on the tapes and only what is on the tapes.
22Notice he specifically tells us that "knowing the thoughts and intents of the heart" is the Sign of Messiah which is Hebrews 4:12 and not John 14:12 as some would teach.
Then from his sermon, Convinced then Concerned 62-0118 P:98 brother Branham said, "How did they know that that was Messiah? How did the woman at the well know that was Messiah? When He told her that she had five husbands. How did Nathanael say, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God"? Because He said, "I saw you when you were under the tree." See? That's how they know it. That's what is the sign of the Messiah. That is true. Just ask anybody. Look through the Bible. That is what it is: the sign of Messiah."
So it is very evident that the sign of Messiah is demonstrated by Jesus Christ Himself to Nathaniel, and to the woman at the well.
23Again God's vindicated prophet tells us the Sign of Messiah is the discerning of the thoughts and intents of the heart. He called it one time the "Messiac Sign", ten times he called it the "Messianic sign" but sixty-three times he called it the "Sign of Messiah".
24If you check all of these Seventy-Four quotes, you will find he mentions "the woman at the well", "Nathaniel under the tree praying". or even "Elohim talking to Abraham concerning what Sarah was thinking back in the tent". And in all seventy-four quotes brother Branham focus is on the "discerning of the thoughts and intents of the heart". He does not talk about the works of John 14:12 for whosoever believes.
So The sign of Messiah is very specific to Christ the Word, revealing His presence among men.
25Again we see in brother Branham's sermon, The Unchangeable God 62-0120 P:55 "Now, Jesus when He grew up, He proved He was that Messiah that they'd prayed for. He showed them His sign of Messiah. He proved that He was Messiah by the signs that He done. Look at the woman at the well when He told her, her sins, that she had five husbands. "Why," she said, "Sir, we know when Messiah cometh, He will tell us all things." But she didn't know Who He was. He said, "I'm He." Look at Nathanael, when he came back with Philip, and he walked up in the Presence of Jesus. And Jesus told him who he was, where he come from, what he'd been doing. Oh, my. It proved... He said, "Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God. Thou art the King of Israel." My, sure. Because what? He's proven."
These are not examples of John 14:12, these are examples of Hebrews 4:12 which says, "The word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." That is a sign, it is not a work. "The works that I do" are actual works, the Greek word is "ergon", and it simply means "labor", but Hebrews 4:12 is The Discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart which is the Word Itself, which is a sign of God on the scene.
26Now, the sign of Messiah is not the same as 1 Corinthians 12 which speaks of the gift of discerning of spirits. Any Christian may have the gift to discern between a Godly Spirit and an evil spirit. And this is not Malachi 3:16 discerning between the righteous and wicked. Any Christian filled with the Spirit of God should be able to discern between who is righteous and wicked. But only God Himself the "Anointer", the "Christ", the "Messiah" is able to discern the heart, or the thoughts and the intentions of the heart.
Does God change His mind 65-0427 P:62 Now, she wasn't like them priests, they said, "He's got a devil. He's a fortuneteller or something." She turned, and she said, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Now, we haven't had one for four hundred years. The church hasn't been used to such as this. But I perceive that You are a prophet. Now, I know that we're looking for the Messiah. And when the Messiah comes, that's the thing that He'll do. "Now, the Bible said He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. If that was the anointed sign of Messiah back there to the Samaritan and to the Jew... Now, it never was done before Gentiles. Nowhere in the Bible did Jesus ever do it before Gentiles. They had four thousand years of looking for a Messiah; we've had two thousand years with their training also, to look for a Messiah. Now, if that was His identification just before their day was finished, it's got to be our identification; because He promised the Son of man would reveal Himself again in the day that the world become like Sodom again. And anybody knows we're there.
Notice that brother Branham is identifying the sign of messiah with the ministry of the Son of Man.
27Notice again in his sermon, When their eyes were opened 64-0212 P:65 Now, this lady here is a stranger to me. Now I'm going to talk to her. Here comes back St. John 4, where Jesus talked to a woman and told her what her trouble was. And she believed that was the sign of the Messiah. If that was the sign of Messiah then, it's still the sign of Messiah, 'cause He's the same yesterday, today, and forever
And from his sermon, Sir we would see Jesus 63-1112 P:79 brother Branham said, "Watch that little woman. You know, she could teach ninety percent of the clergy today the Gospel. See? Why, why did those priests stand there and call Him Beelzebub, when their very Bible said that's what He would do? Is that right? And here stands a prostitute, a woman of ill fame, and as soon as He said that to that woman, she never said, "Why, you're Beelzebub." She said, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet." Uh-huh. Now, watch her quotation. "We perceive. I perceive that You are a prophet. We know that when the Messiah cometh, which is called the Christ; we're looking for Him to come, and when He comes, He's going to tell us these things. This is what He's going to do." That was the sign of Messiah yesterday. That's the sign of Messiah today, the same. See?
So brother Branham is identifying the sign of Messiah by showing us the woman at the well who seemed to have a better understanding of the Scriptures than 99.9% of the priests in her day. And most of them in our day as well.
28It is I be not afraid 62-0726 P:46 Matthew said, "Yes, I remember. (He's the one that wrote it, you know.) Oh, yes. I remember it. My heart failed. I thought, 'My, my. Uh-huh. There's our Master one time wrong,' (See?), because He told her she had a husband, go get her husband, and she said, 'I have no husband.' And then He turns around and said, 'You've told the truth.' Then we all were puzzled. Here He says, 'Go, get your husband,' she said, 'I have no husband,' He said, 'That's right.' "Look. "Go get your husband." "I have no husband." "You're right." Now. "Oh, we were all astonished, and our hearts beat, and we raised up over the bushes behind Him to see what He was going to say next. Oh, He was wrong. She said, 'I have no husband,' and yet we believed Him to be the Messiah. How could that great Messiahic sign be wrong? And we knowed He was Messiah, because He did the sign of Messiah. Therefore we... (Messiah is God, the anointed. And the anointed is the Word. And the Word was manifested. See?) We knowed that He was Messiah. And here He was. Every time it hit but this time. But now it had missed, for He said to the young woman, 'Go, get your husband,' she said, 'I have none.' He said, 'Thou hast said the truth. You said well, for you've had five, and the one you're now living with is not yours.' Oh." "And we noticed what that woman said. She turned with startled eyes, and she said, 'Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.'" Now, that... Really, in the King James is mistranslated. It's all right. It's okay like that. But if you'll take your margin reading on that, and run it back in the original Greek (and many of the scholars here read it), it said, "Thou art That prophet." See? That's the margin reading. "Thou art That prophet. I perceive that Thou art That prophet." "Now, we know that when Messiah cometh, is called the Christ (That prophet, Messiah, Christ, all the same Person), when He comes He will tell us all these things." "And Jesus said, 'I'm He that speaks with you.'" "And that woman run into the city and begin to tell all the men, 'Come see a Man that told me the things that I've done (Now, watch.), told me the things that I have done. Isn't that the very Messiah?' And you know, we all went into the city to find out what happened. And all the men in that city believed the woman's testimony. Oh, it was a great time."
Again from his sermon, We would see Jesus 62-0704 P:55 brother Branham said, "Notice. Now, I got to nail this down, 'cause I got to quit. Look the difference between that woman in that shape that she was in to those high-cultured ministers. That woman said, "Sir, I perceive that You are a Prophet." The priests and the educated said, "You are Beelzebub, a devil, fortuneteller." This woman said, "Sir, I perceive that You are a Prophet. We know when Messiah cometh, He'll tell us these things." If that was the sign of Messiah yesterday, and He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, it's got to be the same. She said, "We know Messiah, which is called the Christ, the anointed One; when He comes, He'll tell us these things. But Who are You?" He said, "I'm He that speaks with you." That was enough. She saw it.
And from his sermon, Perseverance 62-0218 P:145 brother Branham said, "Well, if that was the sign of the Messiah to the Jews, to the Samaritans, wouldn't it be the sign of Messiah to the Gentiles? Wouldn't the Messiah then, if He's raised from the dead and living in His Church, manifest Himself through, wouldn't He do the same works when He promised He would do it? Now, me standing here talking to you, I don't know you, never seen you in my life. See? But if the Lord God will tell me something that you're here for, you know whether it's true or not. See, telling me something you have done, something you ought not have done. And if He can tell you what you have done in the past, surely He'd know what the future was. Is that right, if He could tell you that? Sure. And if He'll tell me what you're here for, would you believe Him to be the Son of God? You believe it? How many in the audience will believe that?.
Now, some mistake this to mean that the sign of the Messiah is the Works of John 14:12 because they hear brother Branham refer to Him as being the same Yesterday, today and forever, which is Hebrews 13:8, but because he uses the words "same works that he did then he will do the same now" and because he uses the words, "same works" they immediately associate that with John 14:12.
29The sign of Messiah is just one of many signs Jesus did, but this one sign was not promised to just any believer, but only to the Son of Man who would come to restore the Word. It is a sign, The sign of Messiah, and it is Hebrews 4:12.
John 14:12 concerns those who are born again, filled with the spirit and thus have the very same nature that was in Christ in them. And if the very same nature is in them that was in Christ then it will produce the very same actions and life that Christ did, in the believer. It is about fulfilling Genesis 1:11 every seed after its kind.
31111 Watch, He comes. See? He's already healed you. He brings His Word; He confirms It; He shows His presence. Nobody can do those things outside of God; you know that. It's the sign of the Messiah, and you know I'm no Messiah. So it's Him. Now, here He's proved everything to you. Now, it ought to throw you into desperation. It ought to electrify this place and touch till it'd be like a match to a barrel of powder. Certainly. And it ought to explode the faith; and love and desperation drive them people right into the Kingdom of God to believe with all their heart. Do you believe now, every one of you? All right now, Billy, you ought to get the...
32Now listen. Notice the words brother Branham says here. Why should it electrify the church? Because the Sign of Messiah is the proof of God's Presence, because only God can do that sign. And in Genesis 18 it is the last sign God gave to Abraham before he and Sara received their body change back to youth again, and that had to happen before they could receive the promised son.
And that ought to tell us it is our last sign as well before we get our body change, and before we go to meet the promised son in the air. In the four Gospels we see the people seeking a sign from Jesus that he was Messiah, and they all missed it but the woman at the well and the Apostles. Let's just examine a few of these Scriptural references.
36Mark 8:11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. (The Greek says, "This genea", in other words, your gene seed will be given no sign, because the sign of Messiah is for believers, and not for you.) 13 And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.
38And finally in the book of John 10:37 we hear Jesus say, "If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. (Notice Jesus identified the sign of Messiah with God being with Him. God's presence with man, and yet look at the response of the men in his day.) 39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
39And when they kept coming to Jesus and asking for another sign, Jesus said, John 14:8 "Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: (not the miracles, but the words I speak only the Father can speak what is in the hearts of men and it shows that the Father is in me doing these things) but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
41In the following Quotes and Scripture references we see the declaration of the Doctrine of Christ's glorious Appearing in this end-time as stated by God's Prophet Messenger William Branham and as set forth and declared by Paul in his Epistles.
42The End Time Evangelism 6-3-62 "Now, we have already seen and are witnessing the Appearing of the Lord. Now, remember, Appearing and Coming are two different words, to Appear and then to Come. Now is the Appearing, He's already Appeared in these last days. Right here with us in the last few years. Now, it's a sign of His Coming. He's Appearing His church, in the form of the Holy Spirit, showing that it's Him, 'cause people cannot do these things that you see the Holy Spirit doing, so that's the Appearing of the lord. Now remember, it spoke both places, "Appearing" and "Coming"."
44For almost two thousand years men have looked upon this scripture and have presumed that this glorious Appearing and His Second coming were one and the same event. But in this last hour God promised to "restore" and reveal all the mysteries, and to reveal the thoughts of men's hearts. This sign of Messiah we are looking at today is the what Brother Branham rightly divided as the Appearing as distinguished from the Second Coming and showed it had to take place before the promised son could come. In doing so he established it as doctrinal truth and allowed us to see that The Appearing of the Lord as identified with the sign of Messiah and it must come before the actual 2nd Coming of the Lord.
45We Would See Jesus 62-0627 E-106 O God of heaven, forgive our unbelief. We know that's the only sin there is, the sin of unbelief. And may the Holy Spirit come so upon each person just now that they'll no more disbelieve because of the Presence of Christ tonight, showing Himself alive after two thousand years, the Word Himself standing here among us, in us, making His Word manifest.
46Voice Of The Sign 64-0313 E-68 And now, look up. And in the Presence of the Messiah, the Christ, the resurrected One still alive after two thousand years, how can we be so numb in the spirit? That ought to set this nation on fire.
47QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 60-1127E E-46 The sign of the resurrection. Hallelujah. We have it. Amen. It's here now. Jesus Christ has raised from the dead, and is alive after two thousand years, showing Himself among us.
48Now in Titus 2:13 who is it that Paul tells us will Appear? Let's read it together again. Titus 2:13 "Looking for that blessed hope, and glorious Appearing of the great God and Savior Jesus Christ;"
50From That Time pp. 225 7-13-62 "How many knows there's a difference between the Appearing of Christ and the Coming of Christ? It's two different words. Now's the Appearing; the Coming will soon be. He's Appearing in the midst of us, doing the works that He once did, in His church.
52In Closing, let me read from paragraph 111 of brother Branham's sermon, Desperation again, and I want you to see how The sign of Messiah is the identifiable characteristic letting us know God is present, His Appearing, which is His Epiphanaea which means His revealing.
53The Greek word Epiphanaea is used in the Scripture as the Words: Appearing, Brightness and Shining Forth. It means to "come into view", or "to become visible" and "to show". It infers a coming before the public and in the case of law it has to do with a presenting oneself formally before a court as defendant, plaintiff or as counsel. When it is used in reference to Shining Forth it liter¬ally refers to an emanation of light in order to distinguish oneself to become clearly apparent as to one's nature. When it is used as Brightness it implies an illumination that causes the object to stand out in comparison to all others.
56"he hath exageomai him." That means "to declare or to tell." So it was by words, that this unveiling took place. And that Word declaration or unveiling of the mighty God was through the sign of Messiah. Again it wasn't the miracles, or the healings, but the Word manifested in discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart, which is the sign of Messiah, or the Sign of messiah's Presence.
58111 Watch, He comes. See? He's already healed you. He brings His Word; He confirms It; He shows His presence. Nobody can do those things outside of God; you know that. It's the sign of the Messiah, and you know I'm no Messiah. So it's Him. Now, here He's proved everything to you. Now, it ought to throw you into desperation. It ought to electrify this place and touch till it'd be like a match to a barrel of powder. Certainly. And it ought to explode the faith; and love and desperation drive them people right into the Kingdom of God to believe with all their heart. Do you believe now, every one of you? All right now, Billy, you ought to get the...