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233 A Easter morning, not only did He raise, but His beneficiaries raised with Him. They were in Christ at His crucifixion; they were in Him at His resurrection. We are His beneficiaries, quickened after being dead in darkness, in a darkened world of unbelief, where churches, and denominations, and so forth had drawn us out; and there's something in us calling, "Oh, we want God; we're hungering and thirsting for God." We join the Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and what-more, and still there was something wrong. We just couldn't find it yet. And all of a sudden, while we was groping in darkness, the great resurrection came to us in the manifestation of the promised Word of God, like He was the manifestation of the promise Word of God. "I will not leave His soul in hell, neither will I suffer my holy One to see corruption." He manifested it, every Word of God that was promised to Him; He proved it when He raised on the Easter morning.
334 Now, them who were once groping in darkness and wondering around: if they should wash feet on this day, or if they should keep a certain day, or do a certain set of rules, all those things passed away. (in other words the intellectual mental gymnastics all dies right there,) For there was a glorious resurrection that defied every manmade thing that man had ever done, every manmade reason. There had never been to that time a man that could lay his life down and pick it up again. He defied that scientific proof they had by raising again.
4What brother Branham is telling us here is that when you are born of God, you come to the place where you only want God and what God wants for you, and you no longer have any desire for the things of man.
5Then brother Branham continues, 35 When they say that Jesus Christ isn't the same yesterday, today, and forever; that His power isn't the same; that His Gospel isn't the same, when the Bible says It's the same; God defied every denomination, every creed, and He moved forth in His Holy Spirit as He promised, and proved it to us that He is alive. We are the benefactors of His resurrection, quickened after being dead in the world in sin and trespasses; He has quickened us together with Him, raised with Him, now setting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. His Spirit brings His same Life again on the earth. If the Spirit of God that raised up Christ, the body, the anointed body, if the Spirit of God anointed that body in such a way that when that Seed fell into the earth, He just wouldn't let Him rest there. No, He quickened Him and raised Him up; that same Spirit by the same works, by the same power, by the same signs, be in you, It'll also raise you up.
6What he is telling us here is three fold. First he says it is by that same Spirit. For Paul said first of all in " Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both (Jesus and us) have access by one Spirit unto the Father. So it is through Him shedding His own Spirit Life on Calvary that through this same Spirit Life we have access unto the Father.
7And then Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
9Notice, the same Spirit brings with it the same works by the same power and the same signs that were in Him are in you. How? By the same Spirit. So what he is telling us here is that the same Spirit brings the same works, and brings the same power, and brings the same signs and by that same Spirit will also raise you up as it raised him up. So we are dealing with the same Life, God-Life.
10Now, let's continue at paragraph 36 I'd like to read a little Scripture here for you. I'd like for you to turn to another Scripture I got wrote down here. It might help you a little. It's found in the Book of Leviticus the 23rd chapter, the 9th to the 11th verse. Listen close, in the law, Levitical law, God speaking to Moses. Listen. All these things are types now, and we'll stop here for a few moments to get into this type. 9"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When you come into the land which I give unto you, (unto the place, the position that I have given unto you. Now, you speak to the children of Israel, that when you get to this certain place that I've promised you I'd take you, when you get there in this land... (when you have come to the place of my promise for the age in which you life) Now, speaking natural here, typing the spiritual) and shall reap the harvest thereof, (you have received what I told you) thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest unto the priest: 11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it."
1137 If there would be any holy ritual, it should come forth on the sabbath day, which was the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday. But did you notice in this memorial, to wave it on the first day of the week. The sheaf, which was the first of your seed that you planted, when it comes up and ripens, you cut down this sheaf and take it to the priest, and let him take it and wave it before the Lord for your acceptation, that you are accepted. You have come with your sheaf, and he's to wave it before the Lord on, not on the sabbath, the seventh day, but on the first day, which we call Sunday, S-u-n-d-a-y. 'Course, that's a Roman word, which they called it the Sunday for the sun gods. But how it is changed. It's not s-u-n anymore; it's a S-o-n-d-a-y, the Sonday that that Corn of wheat, God's first One up from the dead, is to be waved over the congregation that we are His seed; and that's the first of the Seed of those that slept, waved upon the first day of the week. On Sunday, He raised up, waved good-bye, and ascended up on high in the presence of the people.
1238 Notice, It was the first Corn of God's wheat that had been raised from the dead: God's first Corn of wheat, by God's Quickening power. God had quickened His life, raised Him up from the dead, and He was the First-fruits of those that slept, the First-fruit. He was that Sheaf; that's why they had to wave that sheaf, for it was the first One that come to maturity. And it was waved as a memorial of thanksgiving to God, believing that the rest of them would come. And it was a sign. And today, because He was the first Son of God to come to full maturity to be in God, He was plucked up from the earth and is waved over the people (Oh, what a glorious lesson.) by the Quickening power.
13Have you ever thought what first fruit means? We might also call it the first born, since the first fruit is the first seed that has come to maturity. Because that is exactly what Brother Branham taught.
14Brother Branham continues in paragraph 39 "The first One... Although He'd been typed in many times, as we'll see later that He was typed, but this is really the First-fruit of them that slept. He was waved over the promised seed that had promise of Life; He was waved at the day of Pentecost, when there came a sound from heaven like a waving, mighty, rushing wind, and was waved over the people, the Pentecostal people that was up at Pentecost waiting for the blessing to come; and to be waved again, we realize, in the last day, according to Luke 17:30, in the Sonday again, in the days that the S-o-n of man will be revealed or waved again over the people.
16Notice he said "waved again." The Same Son of Man Spirit that was in the Son of God has come back in this hour and has waved Himself over the people in the form of the same Word that was back in the beginning in the Son of Man ..
17Questions and answers COD 64-0823E P:52 291. Some say Brother Branham is the Son of man. I thought the Pillar of Fire was the Son of man. Am I mistaken? Well, that's a good question, very good. But I am not the Son of man, but a son of man. There's quite a difference. Jesus Christ was the Son of man, the Son of God, the Son of man, the Son of David.
18Notice brother Branham lets us know right straight that he is not The Son of Man, but a son of man revealing The Son of Man which is "Christ the Word". The Same Christ, the same Anointing that was in the first born Son, the same Anointing that was in The Logos that came out of God, the same Anointed Word.
19And as we continue in this sermon Rising of the Sun (Son), brother Branham says, 40 Now, Who is this Son of man? "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." And of all the teaching that we have and confirmation of the Word of God, by Word of God, by signs, by wonders, we see today (that in the Book of Luke here, that as we just quoted from Luke the 17th chapter and 30th verse, and Malachi 4, and the different Scriptures that we are acquainted with,) that that Word again is waved over the people, that the dead traditions of man is dead and the Son of God is alive again with the baptism of the Holy Spirit right among us and is giving us Life.
211 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath(echoes) the Son hath (echoes) life; and he that hath (echoes) not the Son of God hath (echoes) not life.
241 John 1:1-4 "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (For the life was manifested, (became visible in all its attributes and characteristics) and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, (that's John 5:26) and was manifested unto us;) 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
25Notice we read also in John 1: 14 we read, "and the Word (remember, Jesus told us in John 6:63 "My Words are spirit and they are Life." And so this Word which is the very essence of God Life) was made flesh (became from invisible to visible) and dwelt among us."
26Therefore if you will notice we are dealing with God-Life. And then if it was God-Life which was imparted into His Only Begotten Son, then It would have to be the same God-Life which is also imparted to all of God's Sons.
27Now as we examine this God-Life, let's go back to the very beginning of the Book of Beginnings. We begin by watching the Spirit of God hover over the earth and we first hear Him speak in Genesis 1:3-9. The first time He speaks, we see light coming forth, , that takes place in verse 3.
281 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
30From brother Branham in his sermon Attitude And Who Is God? 50-0815 018 There He puts the first Bible. Oh, back in the days of-- ancient days, they looked at those things. Today, He's got His Bible wrote here. But He wrote It in the heavens, that man would look up and realize that Jehovah the Creator lived above. And then I can see Him, He looked at that...I can see Him speak to this world hanging there as an icicle, whatever it was, way away. And He moved it over here. I can see this little Light go out. Now, we got two now. The Father, and out of the Father came the Light, the Son.
34In fact Jesus Himself tells us that he is the Light of the world, but whoever follows him shall have the Light of Life. Then he tells us in Matthew 5 we are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
We also know that light is an essential element needed to sustain Life. And in getting back to Genesis 1, The next time we hear God speak it has to do with water. Water also is a needed element to sustain Life. After He speaks of light and water, He then speaks of Life itself and He establishes the law of Life or the law of reproduction in verse 11.
35We now see all the elements needed to bring forth and sustain life. Light, Water and a carrier of Life, called a seed. And God planted every seed in the earth at this time by speaking His Word as we again see in 2 Peter 3:5-7 where Peter tells us God did all this by His Word.
362 Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
37Blasphemous Names 62-1104M 33-3 The Church is the mystical Body of Christ, born of the breath of God. Did you get it? The Church of God is born of the breath of God. God breathed breath into the nostrils, spiritually, of Adam, and he became a living soul. Did you know the Pentecostals, or the true Pentecostal Church is born of the breath of God? Let me read you something just a minute, just on that. Let me see just a minute. St. John, I believe, is where I'm going to, and we'll find out whether the Church of God is or not. St. John... Let's see, I believe that's about 16, 19, 20. All right, Here, I believe we'll have it right here. All right. Let me read you and see whether the Church is born of the breath of God or not, like Adam was in the beginning. Watch. "And the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut and the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed... them his hands and his side. Were... Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord, And Jesus- -And then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me,... so send I you. Watch. The Father that sent Him went in Him. And Jesus, when He sends a disciple, He goes in him. Same one sent...?... And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said... Receive ye the Holy Ghost:..." (Church born of the breath of God.)
34-1 When this statue is molded itself up there in a condition, God's breath breathes upon them, "Receive the Holy Ghost." Then you are a son of God. You can join anything you want to, but you're born into the Church of the living God, born by the breath of God. God breathed upon them and said, "Receive ye [Brother Branham makes a breathing sound--Ed.] the Holy Ghost." Oh, my, there you are. Not "Come and join, put your name on there," and with your soup suppers and all that goes with it. You join a lodge. You can join a Methodist lodge, Baptist lodge, Presbyterian lodge, Catholic lodge, or a Pentecostal lodge, anything you want to join, but you're joining a lodge. But when you become a child of God, you're born by the breath of God. Amen. Better leave it alone right there now. All right.
3834-2 God's Life is also then in you. Jesus said (just a minute)--Jesus said, "I am the Vine; ye are the branch." Now look. What was their fuss with Jesus? Their fuss with Jesus, because He was a Man making Himself God. He was God. God was in Christ. See? And He told them; He said, "Don't look at Me. It's not Me; it's My Father, and He dwells in Me." See? Now, they was looking at that little body that was born of Mary. See? That wasn't God; that was the Son of God, but God was in that body. It was God. He said, "If I do not the works of My Father then condemn Me. But which one of you can condemn Me of sin (unbelief of the Word)? Which word has God spoke that hasn't been fulfilled in Me? (Sin is unbelief.) Which one of you accuse Me of sin? (Sin is unbelief.) Show Me. If I do not the works of My Father, then don't believe Me. But if I do the works of My... though you can't believe Me, believe the works that I do for they testify." Otherwise, "The Father's in Me, testifying of Himself," 'cause God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. You get it? Well now, the same life that's in the vine is also in the branch. How are you going to join in that? You can't.
3941 As Christ was the first One to raise from all the prophets and so forth (although typed in many places, He was the Firstfruits of those that slept), in the Bride coming of Christ, coming out of the church, there'll have to be a Sheaf waved again in the last days. Oh, my. Waving of the sheaf, what was the sheaf? The first one that come to mature, the first one that proved it was a wheat that proved it was a sheaf. Hallelujah. I'm sure you see what I'm talking about. It was waved over the people, and the first time there will come forth for the Bride age, for a resurrection out of dark denominationalism, will be a Message that the full maturity of the Word has turned back again in Its full power and being waved over the people by the same signs and wonders that He did back there.
4042 "Because I live, ye live also," speaking to His Wife. "Because I live, ye live also." What a resurrection that that was. And what a resurrection this is: to be quickened from the dead, to be made alive in Christ Jesus by God's Quickening Power. He was waved to them; the Word, which He was, was waved back to them on the day of Pentecost, the Word made manifest. Now... And as I say, He's to be waved again in the last day.
41 43 Now, for instance, you say, "Well now, wait a minute, Brother Branham. I know a church that..." Well, I do too. See? But now, for instance, what if we were going to go back to Tucson this afternoon, now, and each one of us was going to go in a big Cadillac, brand new; and all of the seats were made out of doeskin (softest of the leather, soft and easy to set in); and the floorboards was plush; the steering wheel were nickel-plated and had diamond studs all over it; and the engine was mechanically tested to be exactly the right engine; and the wheels all had bearings and greased up; and the tires were all puncture-proof and blow-out free, that all had been tested scientifically. They had been pushed off the assembly line, both of them, and both of them filled up with gasoline. That's the running power, the gasoline, because in it is the octane. But now, when you're going to start them, although both of them look just alike, but there's one of them don't have any spark, any firing power. "Well," you say, "the power is in the gasoline, Brother Branham." But I don't care how much power is in the gasoline, unless there's a spark there to manifest that power, unless there's a power there to confirm that that's gasoline, it just might as well be water.
4244 Until... No matter how much theologians claim, how well you got your church set, how much education you got, how much like the Bible, until that wave Sheaf, until the Holy Spirit comes upon that person to quicken that Word (The gasoline represents the Word; It's the Truth.); but without the Spirit it won't move. We've put too much stress on the mechanics and nothing on the dynamics. It needs the dynamic power of God, the resurrection power of Jesus Christ upon the church to manifest and to bring to pass that this is gasoline. It might be in a gasoline can; it could still be water. See? But the only proof of it is put the Life on it, and it'll prove whether it's gasoline or not.
4345 And when you try to put the Holy Spirit in a denomination, you're as much as trying... You can get a splutter; you'll ruin your engine by getting it full of carbon. But oh, I'm so glad that there is a ten thousand octane power, the Word of God and the Holy Ghost to light It up and to resurrect the power of God into a man's life, or a woman's life, or into a church, that shoved that Cadillac down the road yonder under dynamic power of the Holy Ghost, which came back and was waved over the people at the day of Pentecost, making Him the same yesterday, today, and forever.
4446 There was the first Sheaf come up from all the prophets which was the Son of God, the King of all prophets. There has been churches, churches, brides, brides, churches, brides, brides, but there's got to come One. Hallelujah. There has to come a real Bride. There must come One that's not only got the mechanics, but the Dynamics of It, makes that church live, move in the power of His resurrection. Until we come to that place, until we find that place, what good does it do to polish the hubs? What good does it do to give her a face-lift or a simonize job, when there's no Dynamics in it? No matter how much the mechanics prove to be right, there's got to be a Dynamics to make it work. That's what He proved. Hallelujah. That's what Easter proved. He wasn't only the Word, but He was God Himself, the Dynamics in the Word, that made the body of Jesus Christ, cold, stiff, and dead in the grave, shake into Life and rise again, and roll away the stone.
4547 "I am He that was dead," so dead till the sun said He was dead; the moon said He was dead; the stars said He was dead; all nature said He was dead. And now, the whole world has to recognize that He's alive again. He was not only the Mechanics (God's Word), He was the Dynamics to prove It. And if He, being the Groom, the Bride has to come forth, 'cause It's part of Him. And It can only be the manifestation of the fulfilling of all of revelations and the others that spoke of the Bride. And It can only manifest... And if it does something different from the Groom, it isn't the Bride, because She's flesh of His flesh, bone of His bone, Life of His Life, power of His power. She is Him. As man and woman are one, and woman taken from his side, She has taken His Spirit (the feminish Spirit from Him), the flesh from His side, made both mechanics and Dynamics, the Wife, the Spirit of Him and the flesh of Him and put it together and made mechanics and Dynamics.
4648 Until the church or the people... All these Easter bunnies, and ceremonies, and big churches, and finery will fail and pass away, until that church becomes both Dynamics and Mechanics, and the Spirit of God that moved Him to do the things that He did, if He hit on sixteen cylinders, so will the Bride. Amen. For He said in John 14:12, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also, I'll give him a charge of My Dynamics in his mechanics, that the world will not be able to withstand it, and I'll raise him up again at the last day."That's the Easter message: the Dynamics and the mechanics together. The mechanics without the Dynamics, no good; neither is the Dynamics without the mechanics. You can scream and shout and jump up and down all you want to, and deny this Word; it won't do any good. You're just cranking around the pistons got spark there to fire, but no gasoline to fire it by. It'll only work as they come together. Amen. So one will set still and the other one'll go up; that's the only thing there is to it. Yet they both might look like, both claim to be churches, both claim to be brides, but one has mechanics and Dynamics. It brings it to pass. But what He said is the Truth. It just won't move, no matter how good the mechanics is, until the Dynamics come. When the Dynamics come, that Fire is made to connect with that octane in the gasoline. And when that explodes it, it causes a combustion, and that combustion moves every motion, every move, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That's the resurrection; that's the real power of God: mechanics with the Dynamics.
47Brother Branham said something very similar in his sermon God's provided place of worship 65-0425 P:47 "And that's what's the matter with the church today. We're full of theology, without any dynamics in it. That's right. See? In other words, you've got to have the spark to the gasoline, or the gasoline is not even as good as water, as long as it hasn't got the spark to fire it. So that's the way. No matter how well we're taught, how well we'll believe, and how much of the Bible that we say is true, and we believe it all true; it's got to be the dynamics has got to be there, the spark, to set that Word afire and make it start rolling. It's got to have that. If you don't, the church sets still, the car sets still, you'll set still. But no matter how much you say, "I sympathize. I believe every Word of That." You've got to have something to spark that off to make that one hundred octane go to firing, and the big Church of God go to moving on. It's got to take the dynamics with the mechanics. Nothing wrong with the mechanics, but lacking dynamics. And I think that's what's the matter with the church today; we're lacking that dynamical power to press this Word and make It live for this day. "
48Now, back to Rising of the Son pp. 49 Notice. It's the Spirit that quickens; It's the spark that fires. It's not the gas that fires; it's the spark that fires the gas. See? "You can do nothing without Me, but with Me you can do all things. As (He is the Word; It's the Father living) Father sent Me, so send I you. As the Father has fired Me and pushed Me into everything, I do only that which is pleasing to God. Now, as He sent Me, so send I you with this same mechanics. And it takes the same Dynamics to operate it. And these signs shall follow them that claim to have the mechanics. The Dynamics will take its place."
4950 Paul said, "The Gospel came to us not in word only (through gasoline only), but through spark also to make It move." There you are. It came to us in that manner. It's the same Spirit that raised Him up that quickened the true believer to Eternal Life. Now, remember, potentially now, watch (as we are getting out of our time). Notice, the same Spirit... Now, Romans 8:1... Now, let's just read that again in Romans 8:1, and we'll see what that says. All right. And not Romans--I mean 8:11, I'm sorry: in Romans 8:11 now... But if... (There's the problem; there's this catch.) But if the Spirit of him... (God, the Holy Spirit)... that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,... Now, there you are: if the Bridegroom's Spirit dwells in the Bride.
50Now, this takes us full circle to what brother Branham began with where he was looking at Leviticus 23:9-12 Where Christ was a type of the wave sheaf offering, and I would like to take the last few minutes of this study to examine closer his words where he said, The sheaf, which was the first of your seed that you planted, when it comes up and ripens, you cut down this sheaf and take it to the priest, and let him take it and wave it before the Lord for your acceptation, that you are accepted.
51That is why it is waved over the people. The first Son to come to full maturity, His Life, His Spirit was pulled from His Body, and waved over the people that we also might receive inheritance as fully mature sons and daughters of God.
53Notice these most beautiful words here in paragraph 38 Notice, It was the first Corn of God's wheat that had been raised from the dead: God's first Corn of wheat, by God's Quickening power. God had quickened His life, raised Him up from the dead, and He was the First-fruits of those that slept, the First-fruit. He was that Sheaf; that's why they had to wave that sheaf, for it was the first One that come to maturity. And it was waved as a memorial of thanksgiving to God, believing that the rest of them would come. And it was a sign. And today, because He was the first Son of God to come to full maturity to be in God, He was plucked up from the earth and is waved over the people (Oh, what a glorious lesson.) by the Quickening power.
54Look, God didn't separate that Spirit from His Son while he was young and not fully mature. But God waited until that Spirit had matured in that spoken Word Body, and then when that Spirit was fully Mature, then God took from His body to bring that same mature Spirit back upon other sons. That is the purpose of the wave sheaf, waving it over the people showing that God accepted that Spirit, that life, God has already accepted that and it was waved as an offering to God. He said, "When I be lifted up I will draw all men, to me", "When I am lifted up as a wave sheaf offering unto the Lord, I will draw all my brothers and sisters to me". And God sent back that same Spirit and is proving it by the very same works that He did being done in you, and the very same signs that he performed being performed in you, showing it's the same Spirit, the very same Life.
55And if God accepted that Life in him, and brought him up to the mountain and before witnesses adopted His Son, and placed him, and said I have placed my Word in Him, "Hear ye Him", then he must do the same in the Omega because the Alpha must become Omega. And he has shown us the same in this hour to be the same and he changes not, he took another son of man, not "The Son of Man", but "a son of man" who came to reveal "The Son of Man", And the same God that took up His first born up to the mountain and placed his Word in Him, has in this hour taken another son up to the mountain in this Omega season and placed the Sword of His Word in his hand. Adoption time, the placing of sons. And so that son also was taken from us that we as the rest of the sons might step into our son-ship and realize that "if the Same Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in us, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken our mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in us. "for it was the first One that come to maturity. And it was waved as a memorial of thanksgiving to God, believing that the rest of them would come. And it was a sign. And today, because He was the first Son of God to come to full maturity to be in God, He was plucked up from the earth and is waved over the people (Oh, what a glorious lesson.) by the Quickening power.