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2This morning we will continue with our thoughts on the attributes and characteristics of God Seed, for according to Genesis 1:11 "every seed will bring forth after its kind," and therefore if we are children of God then we are the seed of God. And if we are the seed of God then we will be conformed to the image of the original Seed, which is the eldest brother in a vast family of brothers.
3Let me remind you what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:29 For whom he (God) did foreknow, he (God) also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his (God's) Son, that he (The Son of God) might be the firstborn among many brethren. (In other words he is not the only son, but the eldest in a vast family of brothers.) 30 Moreover whom he (God) did predestinate, them he (God) also called: and whom he (God) called, them he (God) also justified: and whom he (God) justified, them he (God) also glorified.
4Now, notice all of what Paul tells us God does here. Do you see anywhere that he said you did anything? Do you see where Paul said we have anything to do with what God has done? I mean it is all about Him. It is not how good you are, it is not how well you have controlled your tongue so no one could secretly record your words and play them back for all the world to see.
5You want to go through the white throne judgment? Look at what Mr. Trump is going through and Hillary for all its worth. everything they have said in secret throughout their past is being broadcast for all the world to se just what kind of sick people they are? But just wait until the White throne judgment comes and not only your speech and your actions will be broadcast for all the world to see, but the very secrets of your heart, because you will be standing before the white throne judgment and the only thing that will protect you from your own self is the blood of Jesus Christ.
8What we are seeing today in this presidential race is just a sampling of what the White throne judgment will be like. We can look at that picture on the wall and know the White Whig on the head of Christ represents The Judge of all the earth is here. He has come down as a Judge for one purpose, and that is a Judge judges.
9Did not brother Branham say in his sermon, Perfect faith 63-0825E P:82 I'm your brother, standing as your brother, an intercessor, trying my best to hold you before God. And I'm standing here right before the white throne now, and is taking that pointing my finger at that bloody Sacrifice there, and speaking through His Name that it's done. It has to happen, and it has to happen. You know it's happened. I know it's happened, so do you know it's happened, and it's so. That's right.
12Another time in Scripture we see those same words said by Jesus, when he describes for us the condition at the midnight hour, "behold", he says, Look and see "behold" the Bride Groom, go ye out to meet Him."
13James tells us to quit our grudges with one another, for behold the Judge is standing at the door, And so we must ask ourselves, what door is he speaking of here, and we find in Revelations 3:20 Jesus Christ is standing as Judge before the door to this age.
So you cannot have judgment without a Judge, and the evidence of Judgment is that there must be the presence of a Judge who can bring sentence to the ones judged. And just before brother Branham explain that we are now standing before the white throne, he says, ...
1480 Let's just stand still a minute. Let's just worship Him in our heart. Think of it: God, He's here. He's here. Who? Who identified Himself as being the Word? "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us, the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Word is sharper than a two-edged sword, even a Discerner of the thoughts and the intents (what you've come here for, what your purpose of being here, who you are)"; identified Jesus Christ to be Messiah, and today It identifies Him of being the same Messiah, yesterday, today, and forever.
The sign of Messiah is the sign of the Word, and the Word is to judge when? In the last days. right?
15Jesus said in John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but I came to save the world. 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
16Now, when is the Word to come and Judge? In the last days? So when is He standing before the door as Judge? In the last days, right? And listen, the Bible tells us that judgment begins in the house of God, right?
18When people came before God's prophet and he could look into their soul by a vision of God, they did not look at the vessel they stood before, because they knew they had come into the presence of God. And if the Judge began the judgment of His Church back in those days, that same Judge is here, only now he is judging those who did not obey the Gospel of God.
20So what we are seeing today is the judgment because it began in the house of God to the church, but now it has began to those who obey not the Gospel of God, and so the leaders are being judged by all, and for all to see what things they had thought were secret are now being suddenly revealed to all. This out to tell you that America has been judged and found guilty. And the sentence for her guilt is her destruction by fire which is next to come.
21Yes, brothers and sisters we are looking at the judging of America, first when God's prophet was here and the sign of Messiah judged the secrets of the heart. That is where the judgment began in the house of the Lord. But then it moves on to the people itself, and the people will be judged by the leaders they have chosen to represent them.
22Now, just before brother Branham said we are standing now before the white throne judgment he said, 80 Let's just stand still a minute. Let's just worship Him in our heart. Think of it: God, He's here. He's here. Who? Who identified Himself as being the Word? "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us, the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Word is sharper than a two-edged sword, even a Discerner of the thoughts and the intents (what you've come here for, what your purpose of being here, who you are)"; identified Jesus Christ to be Messiah, and today It identifies Him of being the same Messiah, yesterday, today, and forever. 81 The great Physician, Who is here, Who said, "These signs shall follow them that believe. If they lay their hands on the sick, they shall recover. And if you say to this mountain, 'Be moved,' and don't doubt in your heart, but can believe that He can create squirrels," who has no way at all, or nothing there to believe; it's my own faith that goes and does that, my faith in what He challenged me to ask. He challenged me to ask it. And I received His challenge; in obedience to His Word I asked it, and it appeared! God in heaven knows that's true. Can't He also heal the sick? If He can lift me with a faith up this a-way, even for the people, even if they can't climb to that bracket... See? If they can't do it, He can use my faith. He can lift me to that place, and I'm climbing for you. I'm believing for you. I'm speaking for you.
Oh, that ought to run chills up and down your spine, to knowThat in the day when God has come to judge the hearts of man through Jesus Christ, that he has come in mercy to those who will receive His Mercy, but the same God who has come in mercy for His elect, has come to bring judgment to those who have turned down the truth.
23Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. We are living in that day, my brothers and sisters, and to have seen the sign of Messiah, the sign of the Presence of the Word that has come to judge the hearts of the people. It ought let you know that God has now left the court room, the house of God, and has turned His judgment on this nation, and is now judging its leaders. And nothing that is hidden shall remain hidden before Him.
29Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. And I have met such people, and they are even in this Message, and I can say, I and my wife and family and tghis church has been bitten by the flatterer's lips too many times. we should take his admonishment to heart, when he says, meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. For we are living in the end time, when judgment has already began in the house of God.
31We have all been guilty of that, and all I can say is God forgive me where I've come up short. But the only thing that will keep yours and my secret sins of our entire life from being exposed before all mankind at the white throne is the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
32Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, (can we all say this together) For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
33Therefore, this morning I would like to look at another attribute of the Elect of God, those who are God-Seed. And that attribute is that "they come to the Light (Revealed Word)" and do not walk in darkness.
34Now, we are not going through these attributes to be cute or smart and to show what we know, but rather we are looking at these Scriptural proofs for the reason that we might compare our own lives to what we are reading from God's Word, in order that we might see them manifesting in our own lives. As brother Branham often said, find your place in the Bible. So when we read of these attributes, if you see them in your own life, claim them and underline them in your Bible and never let them go from the testimony of your lips for they are the testimony of who you are and whose blood line you come from.
35Therefore let's look at John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. Now, the word wrought 2was translated from the Greek word ergazomai, and this can be broken down into three words, ergo which is the same word Jesus used when speaking of the works that I do you shall do also, It simply means labour. The middle portion Zo comes from the Greek word Zoe which means life. And the final portion mai means to consider it, to reckon, or to take into account, or to pass to ones account like money being transferred into your account. Therefore what John is saying is he that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God, that they are reckoned, and taken into account that they have been transferred to us by God. In other words, that they have their source in God.
37In Isaiah 50:4-10 we read, "The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He (God) wakeneth me morning by morning, He (God) wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. 5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. 6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. 7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. 8 He (God) is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. 9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up. 10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.
38That is Romans 8:33 that we read earlier, Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
39And the reason we can be so confident is because we are told in 1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, (then we are walking in the light of His glorius presence, and therefore) we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
40So as we saw Wednesday night we are born of an incorruptible seed, and therefore we cannot perish, because an incorruptible seed means it cannot corrupt. And Peter said, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."
Therefore we are made in such a way as to be able to know and to understand the word of God. We come to the light and light separates away darkness which is ignorance.
41Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 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. 12 For whosoever hath, (whosoever echoes) to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: (why? because he is echoing, and an echo by nature is more of the same over and over again. Therefore,) he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, (echoes not) from him shall be taken away even that he thinks he hath.( echoes) 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: 15 For this people's heart (understanding) is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing,(understanding) 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. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear
42So we see an attribute of the elect Seed of God is that they have an ability to hear and to understand, to see and to perceive what it is they are seeing. Now, that is not as mental capability or human trait, but is a result of the Holy Ghost in them by the new birth.
43John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power (exusia, the ability to make a right decision) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
45Because we hear Jesus say, John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
46And we hear the Apostle Paul tell us in 1 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 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 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, because they are spiritually discerned.15 But he that is spiritual (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.
49Church Age Book Chapter 5 - The Pergamean Church Age P:25 Now comes this very good question I know that you are all anxious to ask. Why isn't the manifestation an evidence of being baptized with the Holy Ghost, because you surely could not manifest the Holy Ghost unless you truly were Spirit-filled? Now I wish I could say that is right, because I don't like to hurt people or walk on their doctrine; but I wouldn't be a true servant of God if I didn't tell you the whole counsel of God. That is right, is it not? Just let us take a little look at Balaam. He was religious, he worshipped God. He understood the proper method of sacrificing and approaching unto God, but he was not a True Seed prophet for he took the wages of unrighteousness, and worst of all he led the people of God into sins of fornication and idolatry. Yet who would dare to deny that the Spirit of God manifested through him in one of the most beautiful portions of absolutely accurate prophecy the world has ever seen? But he never had the Holy Ghost. Now then, what do you think of Caiaphas, the high priest? The Bible says that he prophesied the kind of death the Lord should die. We all know there is no record of him being a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led man like dear old Simeon or that sweet saint called Anna. Yet he had a genuine manifestation of the Holy Ghost. We can't deny that. So where is manifestation as an evidence? It isn't there. If you are truly filled with the Spirit of God you will have the evidence of the WORD in your life.
50Church Age Book Chapter 4 - The Smyrnaean Church Age P:138 Now we have been constantly saying that the true evidence of being baptized with the Holy Ghost is for the believer to receive the Word for the age in which he lives. Let me show you most clearly.
51Church Age Book Chapter 5 - The Pergamean Church Age P:20 Remember now, John the Baptist was both the prophet and the messenger of his day. He was filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother's womb. When he was baptizing in Jordan the Word of God (Jesus) came to him. The Word always comes to the truly Spirit-filled. That is the evidence of being filled with the Holy Ghost. That is what Jesus said would be that evidence. He said, "And I will pray the Father and He will send you another Comforter that He may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth, Whom the world cannot receive." Now we know what Truth is. "Thy Word is Truth." John 17:17b. Again in John 8:43, "Why do ye not understand My speech? even because ye cannot hear My Word." Did you notice that Jesus said that the world could not receive the Holy Ghost? Well, in this verse I just read, neither could they receive the Word. Why? Because the Spirit and the Word are one, and if you have the Holy Spirit as the prophets, the Word would come to you. You would receive it. In John 14:26, "But the Comforter, Which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall TEACH you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." Here again we find the Word coming because of the Spirit of God. Again in John 16:13 "Howbeit when He the Spirit of Truth (Word) is come, He will guide you into all truth, (Thy Word is truth), and He shall not speak of Himself: but whatsoever He shall hear (Word of God), that shall He speak (Word): and He will show you things to come." (Spirit bringing the Word of Prophecy). I want you to note very carefully that Jesus did not say that the evidence of being baptized with the Holy Ghost was speaking in tongues, interpreting, prophesying, or shouting and dancing. He said the evidence would be that you would be in the TRUTH; you would be in the Word of God for your age. Evidence has to do with receiving that Word.
52Church Age Book Chapter 5 - The Pergamean Church Age P:34 The evidence of receiving the Holy Ghost today is just the same as it was back in the day of our Lord. It is receiving the Word of truth for the day in which you live. Jesus never did stress the importance of the Works as He did the Word. He knew that if the people got the WORD the works would follow. That is Bible.
53Token the 63-1128E P:59 And if the Life of Jesus Christ lives in the person, they become identified with Him. It's Christ in you, not a church member, not a system, but a resurrected power. It's the Holy Ghost is a Token upon you, that your life says "amen" to every Scripture. The promise is written in there. And you're not yourself no more. You are Christ's. You don't think your thoughts. You don't think your thoughts. You say, "I think." You have no thought coming. The Life that was in Christ is in you. The mind that was in Christ is in you. The works that was in Christ is in you, and Christ Himself is in you. You are dead; your life is hid in God through Christ, sealed in there by the Holy Ghost. You're not your own.
54Investments 63-1116B P:28 And that Word in you produces the Life of Christ. If I could take the life out of a peach tree and put it in a pear, it wouldn't bear peaches no more; it would have pears on it because the life in the tree would produce what it is. The life that's in you shows what you are. Your life testifies so loud in you, until your testimony's not heard. They know what you are by the life you live and the things that you do. If the Life of Christ is in you then, therefore, the works and Life of Christ you live; because that's His Life living through you. You're just in a vessel to carry on the work of God.
55What shall I do with Jesus 63-1124M P:95 As I said, if the life of Beethoven was in you, you'd live like Beethoven. If the life of Hitler was in you, you'd live like Hitler. And when the Life of Christ is in you, you'll live like Christ. And the works of Christ you do. And that'll be... If Christ lived today He'd do exactly what the Word said He'd do today. And if the Word said that, "He is the same yesterday, today, and forever," why can't this blind ecclesiastical world see the time that they're living. See?
56Why so hard to live Christian life 57-0303A P:34 It's not... Paul said, "It's not me that liveth, but Christ that liveth in me. The life that I now live, I live not of myself, but Christ that liveth in me." He becomes dead to all the things of the world, that Christ, the main spring in his life, was ticking off his life just exactly, exactly the way God had laid it down here in the Bible. You get what I mean? That's the reason we're fussing with one another today. That's the reason there's quarreling and stewing among us.
57How can I overcome 63-0825M P:27 And then, now you take a Christian that's supposed to be a Christian, let the Life of God go from him and the experience the joy of serving Christ, and living in the church where such is going on, he rottens twice as quick (See? Right.), living right under it. So if we are trying to follow the Message of the hour, or at least this part of the Message, we should live constantly in the Life of Christ. See? 'Cause if it don't, you lay around, and know that these things that you're supposed to do and don't do it, the Bible said, "He that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it's sin." And he becomes doty, rotten when you're separated from the Life of God. So strive with all that's in you to stay in the Life of Christ, that you'd be fruit-bearing.
58Conferences 60-0228 P:37 We could scream, and shout, and do whatever we want to; it'll never influence man until they see the life of Christ being projected in you, someone who's tender, and merciful, and forgiving, and ready to turn the other side of the cheek, or give the second coat, or go the second mile: Christianity in action, not just taught from the pulpit, but acted among the members, among the pastors. That's when you see Christ living in the church, decisions made. Jesus was brought Himself to a decision. And before going to Calvary, the Father brought His own Son into conference in Gethsemane, while Angels taking their positions, to see what the decision would be. Oh, it might not have been this way, but let's think maybe it was. I can hear Him say, "Son, do You desire to go on to Calvary? There's a band waiting for You; there's persecution; there's death and murder laying in the way. There's exposure of Your own body; they'll strip the clothes off of You; they'll beat You into pulp. They'll pull a crown of thorns over your head, and You'll die screaming for mercy. Should You go on?" 38 Look at the decision. And sometimes when we setting in our seats and the Holy Spirit say, "You must do this, or you must do that..." You got someone you won't speak to you; you won't speak to them. You won't make it right. And you're just ashamed to go up and say, if you are in the wrong or what, if you're not in the wrong, to go up and say, "Brother, let's forget it and talk it over."Jesus, when He looked up into the face of the Father, He said, "It's not My will; it's Yours to be done." What a decision. That decision anchored and swept the world, and still comes tonight to every penitent soul. "Not My will, but Thine be done." That's the decision of...
59Life 58-0512 P:8 Now, the Christian church should have real character then. And if the Life of Christ is in the church of Christ, then it's got to have the character of Christ. It'll produce the Life of Christ. It's just a no more than just what we call in the south, common sense. If the Life of the Spirit of Christ is in the church, it has to produce that Life, because the life that's in you, makes your character. And what kind of characters ought we to be, who have solemnly promised that we would serve the Lord Jesus as long as we live, and we have been baptized to His death, burial, and resurrection, and have put our names upon the church rolls, take out place in Sunday school, and then go out, and live something different. Oh, it's more... It's more of an indebtiment to the cause of Christ, than all the bootleg joints we have in America. God grant the day, that when men will live just what they are. And you can always tell them by their nature, their make-up.
60Conferences 61-0410 P:78 Christians are borned again of the Spirit of God. The Holy Ghost comes into them, and they're filled with the Spirit. The life of Christ lives through them. They go into all the world and preach the gospel. How far? All the world. Just for this generation? All the world. "These signs shall follow them that believe." How far? "All the world, every creature that believes." "In My name they shall cast out devils, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, or drink deadly things it wouldn't harm them. If they lay their hands on the sick, they shall recover."That's what the orders was. ...(and then brother Branham added), How dare us to try to move one iota from that! How dare we, as men, to add one thing or take one thing away from it? How can we do it? That's the way the church is to be run: by the power of the Holy Spirit.
61Another scripture that shows this attribute of God seed is found in Mark 4:11 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:
62And again in Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
6364-0311 God is Identified by His Characteristics. John 14:12, "He that believeth" Jesus said "on Me, the works that I do shall he do also." Now look, "He that believeth on Me," a true believer, "the works that I do shall he do also." Notice. In other words, like this, "He that believeth on Me, shall be identified by My characteristic, the works." Now, that's what He did. He said, "If I don't do the Father's works, then don't believe Me." And the Father spoke to the prophets, and that was their characteristic, identification. So was it with Jesus. And promised it to him that believeth, "My characteristics shall do in him just as it did in Me. And if I do not the works of My Father, then don't believe Me. But if I do the works, and you can't believe Me, then believe the works, because it's spoken of, it must be."
61-0117 The Messiah E-62 He likes to, because he knows that they are thoroughbred. They got his flesh, they got his blood, they got his spirit. Amen. How proud he looks over his eaglets, walking around. Amen. The little eaglets look at him and say, "How great thou art, how great thou art." Look at myself, oh, my. "Going to take a flight one of these days, ain't we, papa?" See? Oh, how he likes to look at them. They look like him. They act like him. They are his flesh, his blood, his spirit. Amen. That's the way God's church is, His Eaglets, His Messiahettes. They look like Him; they act like Him; they preach like Him; they do the works that He did. "The things that I do shall he also. More than this shall he do, 'cause I go to the Father." Amen. "These signs shall follow My eaglets." Amen "They'll do just as I do. If My Spirit's in them, then they'll do the works that I do. If they don't do the works I do, it's because that My Spirit's not in them."