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1Last week we examined paragraph 128 of The Rising of the Sun (Son) where brother Branham said, "God bless you. I've kept you here a long time. If them people is still on that telephone, they sure--at fifty cents a minute, they'd really paid this morning, but I just couldn't stop at that hour; I just had to go on. Now, the Lord willing, I'll be back tonight to talk with you again. And if I can't, and then you all know... I suppose we're not on no--or no--we're on telephone no more? Not on telephone no more. You all know where I'm going, don't you? Africa. I've called for a long time, for years I've tried to get back. Now, a vision, the Spirit of the Lord has prepared the way. They said when those poor natives heard it, that I didn't come the last time when, there, they laid on the ground day and night and moaned and cried, saying, "Lord, what have we done?"thousands of them. Those people don't even believe they got a soul. See? And they cried, and they moaned, and they cried, "Don't you send no word ahead. Please don't." See? If that visa would happen to go through there and get amongst of them ministers, they'd stop me right there. I have to go in as a hunter.
3The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 1: 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
66 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Therefore we should consider this very carefully. And therefore we should "take the Word just as He said it," In other words, as Peter taught us that "The scripture is of no private interpretation."
8Therefore, God's Word says what He means and His Word means what He said. And that is what broke the union between God and man, that is what broke the oneness and fellowship God had with his son Adam, and it broke up Life!
9To break the continuity of Scripture or give it another meaning than what was written is to give anoth¬er nature to it and therefore another Spirit altogether. Then it is no longer the same Spirit, but another Spirit. Then it is no longer the same message but another Message, another Gospel.
10And notice Paul said, 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ... Removed from Who? He said they had removed themselves from Christ, And they were removed to where? He said to another Gospel. 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
11Yes, sir, he said they left Christ for another Gospel. Another Gospel. Now, the Greek word Paul used here that was translated as "another" is the word "heteros". Now, the word "heteros", means "different" but not altogether different but rather of a " different nature", "another nature".
14Therefore if it is a Gospel of "another nature", then it must be of a "different Spirit", right? And Paul goes on to say, it is not another as if a completely different one in substance, but only in nature.
15Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; (this word another is not translated from the same Greek word "heteros", meaning different in nature, but rather from a Greek word "allos" which means "different altogether"). But notice Paul said it is not "Allos," it is not an altogether different Gospel, and then he explains why when he says, "but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ."
17The word "pervert" here was taken from the Greek word "meta strepho" which means literally "to change the mind." In other words, these men crept in and got the people to "change their mind" concerning the nature and characteristics of the Word Paul had presented.
18Paul said the people in his day had come to the place where they were worshipping another Jesus and using the same Gospel but presenting it in a perverted manner and thus the people heard a Gospel of a different nature and were receiving a Spirit of a different nature as well. This was all the beginnings of the Great deception.
In the next church Age, Irenaeus came along and nailed down the fact that the people had gone back into idolatry and pagan worship, all the while trying to prove their doctrine using the scriptures, along side of old wives tails.
19Iraneaus who was the messenger to the second church age put it so well when he spoke of a master sculpture who took gems and fashioned them into the likeness of a king. He fitted the gems so well together that there was no disputing the fact that they formed the image of a King. But then he said others came around and took the statue and broke it to pieces and took the same gems and refashioned them into the likeness of a dog or fox. And yet purely done. But the ignorant come around and look only to the gems and say in turn, yes this is the image of the king.
20"In as much as certain men have set the truth aside, and bring in lying words and vain genealogies, which, as the apostle says, "minister questions rather than godly edifying which is in faith," and by means of their craftily-constructed plausibility's draw away the minds of the inexperienced and take them captive, [I have felt constrained, my dear friend, to compose the following treatise in order to expose and counteract their machinations.] These men falsify the oracles of God, and prove themselves evil interpreters of the good word of revelation. They also overthrow the faith of many, by drawing them away, under a pretense of superior knowledge, from Him who rounded and adorned the universe; as if, in truth, they had something more excellent and sublime to reveal, than that God who created the heaven and the earth, and all things that are therein. Therefore, by means of specious and plausible words, they cunningly allure the simple-minded to inquire into their system; but they nevertheless clumsily destroy them, while they initiate them into their blasphemous and impious opinions respecting the Creation; and these simple ones are unable, even in such a matter, to distinguish falsehood from truth."
21"Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous, as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. "A clever imitation in glass casts contempt, as it were, on that precious jewel the emerald (which is most highly esteemed by some), unless it come under the eye of one able to test and expose the counterfeit. Or, again, what inexperienced person can with ease detect the presence of brass when it has been mixed up with silver?" Lest, therefore, through my neglect, some should be carried off, even as sheep are by wolves, while they perceive not the true character of these men, because they outwardly are covered with sheep's clothing (against whom the Lord has warned us to be on our guard), and because their language resembles ours, while their sentiments are very different, --I have deemed it my duty (after reading some of the Commentaries, as they call them, of the disciples of Valentinus, and after making myself acquainted with their tenets through personal intercourse with some of them) to unfold to thee, my friend, these portentous and profound mysteries, which do not fall within the range of every intellect, because all have not sufficiently purged their brains. I do this, in order that thou, obtaining an acquaintance with these things, mayest in turn explain them to all those with whom thou art connected, and exhort them to avoid such an abyss of madness and of blasphemy against Christ. I intend, then, to the best of my ability, with brevity and clearness to set forth the opinions of those who are now promulgating heresy. I refer especially to the disciples of Ptolemaeus, whose school may be described as a bud from that of Valentinus. I shall also endeavour, according to my moderate ability, to furnish the means of overthrowing them, by showing how absurd and inconsistent with the truth are their statements. Not that I am practiced either in composition or eloquence; but my feeling of affection prompts me to make known to thee and all thy companions those doctrines which have been kept in concealment until now, but which are at last, through the goodness of God, brought to light. "For there is nothing hidden which shall not be revealed, nor secret that shall not be made known."
22Notice the Apostle Paul called it "a perverted Gospel". Not a different one altogether, for they still use the same words, "Christ, Holy Spirit, Word, Church, Token, Presence, etc. but when you listen to what they have to say it isaltogether of a different nature.
23Let's turn to 2 Corinthians 11:1-4 and read what the Apostle Paul had to say in warning the Corinthians church. 1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, (that word another was translated from the Greek word "allos", meaning a different Jesus altogether) whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, (but notice this word another is translated from the Greek word "heteros", meaning of a "different nature") which ye have not received, or another gospel, (a Gospel of a different nature) which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. He says why do you put up with it. And then the Apostle Paul says, ... 5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
24The Expanded Bible puts it this way, 4 You •are very patient to willingly put up with; or gladly tolerate anyone who comes to you and preaches a different Jesus from the one we preached. You are very willing to accept a spirit that is different from the Spirit you received, or a gospel that is different from the one you •accepted or received from us.
25I like the way the version called The Message 4-6 lays out the thought Paul is saying here. "It seems that if someone shows up preaching quite another Jesus than we preached—different spirit, different message—you put up with him quite nicely. But if you put up with these big-shot “apostles,” why can’t you put up with simple me? I’m as good as they are. It’s true that I don’t have their voice, haven’t mastered that smooth eloquence that impresses you so much. But when I do open my mouth, I at least know what I’m talking about. We haven’t kept anything back. We let you in on everything.
26Here we see Paul telling us that a Message of a different nature will bring with it a different Spirit, and that present to you a totally different Jesus altogether than what he preached. They could be presenting a Gospel using the same quotes and scriptures and yet because they have a wrong understanding they will be presenting a totally different Jesus while claiming to believe the same Jesus Paul believed.
281 Corinthians 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 (God's Spirit) searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth 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 (there's your key right there, we receive the Spirit of God that we might know, for the purpose of knowing and understanding) the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; 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, (that means it is impossible for him to know the things of God, Why?) because they are spiritually discerned. (it takes the Spirit of God to know the things of God). 15 But he that is spiritual 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.
29From Chapter VIII. --How the Valentinians pervert the Scriptures to support their own pious opinions. 1. Such, then, is their system, which neither the prophets announced, nor the Lord taught, nor the apostles delivered, but of which they boast that beyond all others they have a perfect knowledge. They gather their views from other sources than the Scriptures; and, to use a common proverb, they strive to weave ropes of sand, while they endeavor to adapt with an air of probability to their own peculiar assertions the parables of the Lord, the sayings of the prophets, and the words of the apostles, in order that their scheme may not seem altogether without support. In doing so, however, they disregard the order and the connection of the Scriptures, and so far as in them lies, dismember and destroy the truth. By transferring passages, and dressing them up anew, and making one thing out of another, they succeed in deluding many through their wicked art in adapting the oracles of the Lord to their opinions. Their manner of acting is just as if one, when a beautiful image of a king has been constructed by some skillful artist out of precious jewels, should then take this likeness of the man all to pieces, should rearrange the gems, and so fit them together as to make them into the form of a dog or of a fox, and even that but poorly executed; and should then maintain and declare that this was the beautiful image of the king which the skillful artist constructed, pointing to the jewels which had been admirably fitted together by the first artist to form the image of the king, but have been with bad effect transferred by the latter one to the shape of a dog, and by thus exhibiting the jewels, should deceive the ignorant who had no conception what a king's form was like, and persuade them that that miserable likeness of the fox was, in fact, the beautiful image of the king. In like manner do these persons patch together old wives' fables, and then endeavor, by violently drawing away from their proper connection, words, expressions, and parables whenever found, to adapt the oracles of God to their baseless fictions. We have already stated how far they proceed in this way with respect to the interior of the Fullness.
30Now having read Irenaeus' description of their practice and their teaching techniques, we should be able first of all to see how it is that they are able to draw away people's minds from the Truth into error. Because the ignorant, as Irenaeus calls them, do not know the Truth, they therefore open themselves to error. Which reminds me of one sister years ago who said, "Since I don't understand, I can not be held responsible," but she was rebuffed by my good friend who told her, " on the contrary my sister, you are responsible, therefore you had better understand."
31How many foolish people will try and twist brother Branham's words. The Oneness believe he is a Trinitarian, while the Trinitarian believe he is oneness. Others try to make him say things he never said, and some claim he taught that you do not need to understand, you only need to believe. He explicitly taught that only the Elect will understand. For how can you believe without knowing what you believe?
32Now, I hope you understand how important it is to know the Truth, for "the Truth shall set you free." Not only should you know the Truth, but also you should love it, for if you do not love it, it is right there that you are placing yourself in a position to be deceived.
332 Thessalonians 2: 10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
34And so we see here because they have not a love for the Truth, God Himself will send them the strong delusion that will cause them to leave the Truth. Now if you think for one minute that you are more than able to resist what God sends, you had better not fool yourself. God is ever watchful of your attitudes. Remember, He knows the very inner-most thoughts that you have. And you've got to love it with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your soul, or you will open yourself up for deception.
35I Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from The Faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
These are hypocritical lies, because they know better but refuse to teach the truth. The scriptures does not tell us, "some shall depart from faith", but from "The Faith," and we know that faith is a Revelation. and there is only one Revelation that the Scriptures speak about, and that is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
36Now, in closing I will read two more paragraph brother Branham mentions about his Africa trip before I turn the service over to our brother Modesto from Africa.
129 I'm going up to the queen that brought seventeen trainloads down and come down to the meeting. I get to go up and hunt on her territory. And I go in; my passport and everything calls for a hunter, not a religious service. Then there's going to be one brother meet me, say, "Why don't you have a little meeting for us?" The stadiums are already rented; they don't even know it. See? Oh, glory. Pray that the will of God will not be hindered, that my soul that's cried for Africa since I've left, may I be able to return again and then bring you a message of a great meeting.
37130 I probably won't see you no more from today until I return back. We're going in just a few days now, the 10th of May. Will you pray for me? Remember, you don't know what troubles are till you hit there: witch doctors on every side and devils; and don't think they don't know what to do. See? And you better know what you're talking about, when you stand before them. "But I know in Whom I have believed, and I'm persuaded He's able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day." Now, there's some handkerchiefs laying here. Dear God, as this message this morning of the resurrection and me standing here, Lord, and proving by the Word that that Quickening Power is in the believing child; therefore, upon believing in faith that that Quickening Power has changed my life, and these people believes, Lord, and It changed their lives; and we pray one for another. I'm laying my hands upon these handkerchiefs that may God, Who quickened Jesus Christ and brought Him from the dead, and that Spirit that raised Him up from the dead, be dwelling in our bodies. The Spirit that was upon the body of Elisha that after being dead and nothing but bones, it had Quickening Power in them. The hands of the apostles had Quickening Power in them. The minds of the apostles, the sight of the apostles, the tongues of the believers, all had Quickening Power. Now, may that Quickening Power, as I lay this Word upon them and my hands to represent a possessor by grace of that Quickening Power, may It quicken every one of these sick bodies and they be made whole again, God. Through Jesus Christ's Name. May it not only for these handkerchiefs, but for those people out there in the audience, everyone that suffers, those little children, elderly people, whatever they are, may that Quickening Power quicken them right now in Jesus' Name. Amen.