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1This evening I would like to return to our study of the Book of Romans and we will pick up in the second chapter and verse 5 - 11 for our text. Romans 2:-5-6 But after or according to thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation, wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
Let us pray...
Now in our text from verses 5 through 11 we find Paul speaking of a people who will be judged for the treasure which they store up. Those who he says have a hardness of heart, he also says that they have an impenitent heart, and these will store up wrath against the day of judgment and they will thus receive the revelation or shall we say, the manifestation of the righteous judgment of God in the day when the judgments of God will be in the earth, which I believe we are now living in that hour when the judgments of God are in the earth.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 64-0823M 986-287 The Bible said He'll judge the world by Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is the Word. So to me, it's the Word of God that He'll judge the world by. That's right. And I believe His judgments are in the earth now, and I believe... Let us seek with all of our heart to escape the wrath of the damnation of the wrath of God that's going to be poured out upon this unbelieving world; and there's no way at all for to it--escape it.
So here we have it from a vindicated Prophet, He said, I believe His judgments are in the earth now. Now, the attitude of some would say, "well, you see, he never said, thus saith the Lord, he just said I believe it is this, so you see to just believe it doesn't make it so." But this is THUS SAITH THE LORD. But if you need one, I'll give you one...
From the Message, WHO DO YOU SAY THIS IS? 64-1227 157 Brother Branham said, I took a rock and threw it up in the air, and said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, The hour is here; judgments will start into the earth. Earthquakes and everything will be taking place. And all the west coast will be shook and so forth." Look how perfect, day by day, everything just exactly the way He said. How can we turn back, brethren? Let us keep our faith towards Him. They say, "Who is this?" We know Who It is. It's Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever, the Pillar of Fire. When Moses time, look what it did: typed the Pillar of Fire today. It's always... Why did they not believe Jesus to be the Word? They had the wrong interpretation and understanding. Just as Eve did, so do they now.
2 TIMOTHY 4:3 The Weymouth Translation says, "For a time is coming when they will no longer tolerate wholesome instruction, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will turn away from listening to the truth and will turn aside to fables. And the Amplified version says, “For the time is coming when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and wholesome instruction, but having ears itching for something pleasing and gratifying, they will gather to themselves, one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors that they hold.”
Therefore as Paul said, they store up for themselves based upon their own treasure. "But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of. And in verse 8 he calls them contentious. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation, wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; In other words, they are in-persuadable. And why can't they be persuaded? Because they do not trust God, nor do they trust God's Word, nor the ones whom God has sent.
Now, I would like to point out that brother Branham said that when the trumpet is declared it causes first of all a Spiritual warfare, and then it leads to a Political one. Therefore, as we read earlier, Brother Branham told us that the reason why the judgments are here is because the people have refused to believe Who it is that is Here. He said, the reason for that is wrong interpretation or understanding has caused this. But I hope that you can see that by rejecting the Presence of Jesus Christ Among us in the form of the Pillar of Fire, they have gone to politics as brother Branham has stated. And that causes war.
Now, in getting back to our text from Romans 2:5-11, if you will notice, Paul is speaking of a people who are impenitent which means they are non repentant. Now, can anyone tell me what the word repentance means? And if these people are un-repented, then that means they are without a change of the mind.
There is a difference between obedience and works? The word Obey, or Obedience comes from a Greek word, Peitho which means "to be persuaded, or to win over, and also means "to listen to, to obey". and this obedience is not by cowering to authority, but rather it is a result of persuasion which has to do with having "trust" The obedience of the persuaded comes from the trust it has in the one doing the persuading.
13You see, Faith is from the heart, and therefore invisible to men, obedience is a conduct and may be observed. Therefore, when a man obeys God he gives the only possible evidence that in his heart he believes God. Of course it is persuasion of the truth that results in faith, (we believe because we are persuaded the thing is true) and therefore a thing does not become true just because it is believed. In other words, just because you believe it is so, doesn't make it so. But we believe, because we have been persuaded that the thing is true and therefore we believe. But peitho Obedience, in the NT suggests an actual and outward result of the inward persuasion and consequent faith.
That is why Paul could say, I have not been disobedient to the heavenly vision. He was fully persuaded, and therefore he obeyed. And that is what vindication is all about. Therefore, obedience has to do with a Word being presented, and you following that Word. And therefore our stewardship to that Word is the actual expression of our belief in that Word.
Luke 12:34-48 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the Goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
16Now, I want you to notice that Jesus speaks of this Steward as a Good Steward. And He defines what makes this steward good is that He is doing what he is called to do in the season that he is supposed to do it. In other words, he knows the job that has to be done, and he is diligent in doing it. He does not work slow to take advantage of the employer who might be paying by the hour. But he works in a timely manner, making sure the one paying his get’s his money’s worth. He asks the question, Who then is that faithful and wise steward? And then He gives us the answer, when He says, He is the one who as ruler over the Lords, household, gives that household their meat in due season. And He is especially blessed if he is doing this when the Lord returns.
17Now, this thought here could have many applications. We can see that it speaks of the Ministry that is feeding God's people the Word for the hour. But we can also see a principle in stewardship here that applies to every one of us. And that is that we are diligent and not dilatory concerning our responsibilities.
That reminds me of a story I heard brother Branham tell. From his sermon, Redemption in completeness 54-0330 P:33 he said, “Reminds me of a story. A fellow had a great big, fine farm. He built great big, fine barns, just as dignified and classic as it could be, but he was too lazy to farm. All right. There was another farmer lived close to him; he didn't have very much of a barn, but he really was a farmer, and he'd put plenty of good food in that barn that year. And two little calves was born, one in one barn and one in the other. When springtime come, they turned the little calves out of the stall. That little calf from over here had been fed real good, my, when that wind begin to hit him, oh, my, he kicked up his heels and away he went just as hard as he could go, a snorting, and a jumping, and a bucking, and a going on. And then the other farmer turned his out, over there. He had--he had nothing to eat but weeds: too lazy to farm, too lazy to feed him. Puts in mind of some of these pastors (Right, right.), too lazy, and too trifle. And just dignified barns is all you got. Put some Food in there for the calf. Right. Right. The baptism of the Holy Ghost, preached with power, it'll scorch them. That's right. But that's what they need, is some good old fashion scorching; what the church needs, what the members need.”
19And so we read what Jesus said, ? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Not talking, but doing. That’s what he said so that I what he means. Talk is cheap. Some of the people who talk it the most are some of those who refuse to live it. Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. Find Him doing what? Doing what His stewardship calls for him to do in due season. Now, this word due season here simply means in the time fixed, or the appointed time. In other words, with every responsibility we have there is also a time allotted for that responsibility. Therefore, part of being a good steward is being aware of time, and redeeming that time. and being on time with our duties and responsibilities.
This same word is used in LUKE 19:41-44 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Look what happened to these people because they were not aware of the time. Remember, brother Branham associates our spiritual condition with knowing two things. The season and the message. And it is no different on your Job. That is what I so admire Br. Steve for. He works the work of three men on his job. I’ve watched him for years because I’ve admired his attitude. Young kids get hired to work along side of him, and within a day or less they walk off the job, because they can’t take it. But Steve says, “Whatsoever I do I’m doing as unto the Lord”, and that is Bible. God gives him the energy that these young dead-beats haven’t got. Why? Because he honors God on the job, and God honors him by giving him the strength and energy to do the task.
I don’t know what is wrong with this younger generation. Well, I do know what is wrong, they do not believe the bible. They say they do but they believe only what is convenient at the time. Paul said “whatsoever you do in word or in deed do all as unto the Lord”. And again he said, Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
LETTING OFF THE PRESSURE 62-0518 111 The sleeping virgins been sleeping all along. What's the matter with these pastors today? Don't know the hour you're living? Jesus said, "If you'd have known Me you'd have known My day." Said, "You can discern the face of the skies; but the signs of the times you don't discern." Wake up, people! Don't you know that the Bible said that... to this Pentecostal church the way that it's going now, "In the time that you think not..." Do you know the Pentecostal church is the Laodicea Church Age, the last one of them? It would be lukewarm, God would spew it from His mouth?
UNVEILING OF GOD 64-0614M 120 If they'd have only known the Word, they'd have known Who Jesus was. If a man only knew the Word of God, he'd know the hour we're living and what's going on. They just refuse to listen to that Word. Their traditions...
Now, then, if I am going to be found feeding the people is due season, then I have to know two things. Number One, I need to know the season, and number two, I need to know what to feed them that is correct for the season.
And this does not just apply to me as a Pastor, but it applies to everyone that is a good steward. Brother Branham said, VOICE OF THE SIGN 64-0313 pp. 3 In anything we do we want to know the hour, the age we're living. God even uses time as part of his strategy.
I PETER 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Notice that He speaks of the last time. The Wuest translation says, "For a salvation that is ready to be revealed in a last season which is epochal and strategic in it's significance."
39And we find in ECCLESIASTES 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: And so we see one of the central attributes of good stewardship also is to know the season, and our responsibilities for that season. And being timely is not a bad thing. It is a good thing.
Now this brings us to our next thought here on stewardship. If God has a plan, and that plan is strategic in nature and part of that strategy is in the timing of that plan, then we see His great Appearing in this hour, and the Rapture of the church is also part of that great plan and strategy of God. There is a shout first, which is a Message going forth.
45Then the next thing to happen is the voice which is the resurrection, and finally the Trump which is the going home or the catching away. But have you also noticed that within the shout, which is His Message, and we know that Message is to declare His presence. But what if He is here and you don't know it? Then what good can it do for you? So God has to show Himself in a way to get your attention. Therefore we see a series of events which constitutes the Shout, or Message. 1st there must be a shining forth, an Epiphanaea to get the attention of the people. God uses His power or Dunamis to do this to show without a doubt that it could only be God, the One True God. In other words, He vindicates His Message of His Presence. Then when the people have been attracted to His presence, there has to be an unveiling, That is an apokolupsis, and of course this must not be in deception, but is must be a revealing of Who He is in His True identity, which is to phaneroo Himself to us. Then when we behold Him in plain view, the Mighty God unveiled before us, we begin to understand and in understanding, we receive a knowledge which is not just mental, but is actually based upon experience, therefore it is an experiential knowledge. This knowledge or Ginosko, then gives us an assurance or PARRHESIA.
And this PARRHESIA causes us to lay in the presence to ripen. And thus to be ready to receive the very assessment, opinion and judgment of God which is the Glory or Doxa that is to be placed in the saints. Now, notice, Paul said it would come in a certain day. A specific time was allocated in God's great plan for this to happen. And in fact when God descends with this Shout, it is a Keleuma or military command, and any military command or maneuver is based strictly on timing. Timing is a crucial part of every campaign.
Jesus speaks of this thought process that goes into any military campaign. He said, LUKE 14:31 What king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. Notice here that He speaks of not only the planning in numbers and materials and men, but also He must do this with a time element involved. He said, “Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. In other words, time is a crucial factor in any campaign, because if the opposing King is too close, he will figure that he has traveled too far and might as well just continue right on. So the timing element is very much a part of the strategic plan.
In verse 28 He said, For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish [it], all that behold [it] begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Here we find Him speaking of not only the costs involved, but the element of time...to finish the business deal of building the tower.
When a man contracts out to another for a service to be rendered, there must be a time element as part of that service. When I built my house, I performed as the general contractor. I had a lot of experience in doing this because of my role in purchasing. In fact the three key elements involved in purchasing are Cost, quality and delivery which is timely. What good will it do you as a company if you buy very good quality components at a great price if you can't get them on time. One resister out of three thousand components in a radio will cause that radio to not be shipped. delays in timing causes havoc in any business arrangement.
52Then not only do I need to have my materials and labor on time, but I also must make sure that my parts vendor will be paid on time. And this is all part of sewing and reaping. If I want my materials on a timely basis, and even expect them, then I must also expect to pay my parts supplier on time, or he will not deliver to me on time when I need it again. I know of many companies that went elsewhere to do their business because the customer would not pay their bills on a timely basis. I have had to deal with corporate dictates where some executive level decision was made to push out payments to 60 days, 90 days and even 120 days. This never worked in our favor because we could not get materials in when we needed them. It will always backfire when people do not live up tot he golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That is your sewing and reaping, and that is stewardship.
In other areas of our every day living, we can see that timeliness is very important. If you don't pay you light bill on time, you may get your lights turned off. If you don't pay your mortgage on time you develop a poor credit history and once you have done that it becomes very difficult to just conduct standard business transactions. You limit yourself, and confine yourself and actually what you are doing is placing yourself in a financial bondage. In 2 Peter 2:19 he said, "for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage." Now this word here overcome means to be conquered by and made inferior to. And believe me, when your credit record is lousy, the banks and creditors will do everything in their power to make you feel inferior, and to control you. Then you become their servant, instead of them serving you.
54Jezebel religion 61-0319 P:3 You mustn't owe anyone; you must be square and straight. And if you owe somebody, go face them and tell them that you owe them, but just give you a little time, and you'll pay it. See? Always, that's a better... That's a good mark of Christianity: being honest, upright.
KNOWETH IT NOT 65-0815 36-6 Clean your lives up; pay your debts; owe no man. Jesus said, "Now... Now, I don't mean things like your house rent and stuff. You got to do it. Get all your things off your hands. Get everything right. Make ready. Get ready. Remember in the Name of the Lord, something's fixing to happen.
57CHRIST REVEALED 13 I remember a time when I was sick once when I was a boy. I came out of the hospital owing about two thousand dollars. And there used to be a drugstore here, Mr. Swaniger; I owed him about three or four hundred dollars in medicine bill. He didn't even know me, And the man... I went to him. I didn't know him, and he'd just send it up there anyhow, never refused to send it; and I said, "I owe you." And I said... I believe, not Swaniger, it was Mr. Mason down on Court Avenue and Spring. And I said, "I owe you. And I'm just still awfully weak, but I'm trying to go to work. Now, if I can't pay you...” I'd just become a Christian; I said, "First thing, Mr. Mason, as my duty to God, I owe Him my tithes. I want to pay Him my tithings first." And I said, "Then my next duty is pay my debts.” I said, "My father's sickly, and There's ten of us children in the family." But I said, "I'll... If I can't pay you no more than twenty-five cents on that bill each payday... If I can't pay you even the twenty-five cents, I'll come by and tell you about it. I'll tell you, 'I can't do it this time.'" And I, by the help of God, I paid every bit off. See? But that's what I mean. See?
I don’t understand the mental thinking of the younger generation. They think, I will wait until the last minute and save a penny of interest. That’s nonsense. The day the bill comes in the pay it and be done with it. You not only destroy your credit score by late paying, but your testimony as a Christian. Someone works for you pay him, and be done with it.
59Christ revealed in His own Word 65-0822M P:8 I said something about paying your debts. And you know, no matter what you say, it's misunderstood by many, not 'cause they don't want to misunderstand it, but you just simply misunderstand it. And now, someone said, "Should we buy a car?" or, "What should I..." Now, that isn't what Jesus spoke of, or the Bible there, that said, "Owe no man nothing." That's lingering debts that you could pay. Pay them. You don't... That's owing no man nothing. It doesn't mean... My, we owe our rent, our telephone bill, and what more. We owe those things, and we pay them. But an old lingering debt that you could be paying on, pay it off. See? Now, don't go with anything hanging on you like that.
60Let me tell you something, the whole world is suffering today economically and financially because they did not want to go God’s way. God word says in 1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. So God’s Word says if you don’t provide, not if your government don’t provide, but if you don’t provide then you are worse than an infidel. You must provide for your own household, that’s you men, and if you don’t then you are not to call yourself a Christian, because God says you are worse than an infidel. But the Socialist says, no way, let the government provide for us, and we will be taken care of. Cradle to the grave, that’s the European way, and what has it gotten Europe? They are under water and going down so fast that I doubt the Euro will last another year. Take heed to the Voice of God and you are blessed, but pay no attention to the Voice of God and you are cursed. That attitude that says let the government provide for me comes from hell. It is contrary to Scripture, and it’ll get you judged one day when He comes to reward every man what he has done in his flesh.
61Brother Branham said in his sermon, GETTING IN THE SPIRIT 69 You say, "Well, I always wondered if healing..." Here's what I find people... healing. When God come here and prove Himself to be right here among you... You know what it is? You're reaching out, you're trying to apply faith with a orchid. Faith was applied by weeds, hyssop. Hyssop is just common weeds. You try to work up a faith. You can't work up a faith. Faith is so common; it's the same faith you go get a drink of water with. Same faith you drive your automobile with. See, it's just common. You... Well hyssop, you can find it growing on the ground, out of the cracks of the buildings, anywhere. And when they applied the blood with hyssop, was applying faith. You apply the blood with just common thing, like weed faith. But you're trying to look all around and say, "If I could just find an orchid to apply what I believe in Jesus. If I could just ever reach out and get a hold of an orchid.” You don't need an orchid. Take the weeds that's right by you. Take the faith that you go home with. Take the faith that brought you here. Apply that same thing tonight and watch what will take place. Oh, brother. There will never be a doubt in your mind. If it's really, the blood's applied by that kind of a faith, I don't care. You say, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and forever.” I'm throwing all the old logs of ecclesiasticalism and everything, out of my system, right here now. And Lord God, by just ordinary faith that I believe You to be my Saviour, You are my Healer." Amen. Amen. Believe that like that and just feel peace like a river. The great gushes from that fountain that never runs dry, that fountain will just pour down, when you get all of the old logs out. Just keep digging till you hit something in there that makes you... If you've done something wrong, say, "I owe so-and-so some money." Well, go pay it. You say, "Well, I can't pay him." Go tell him about it then. That's right. Don't beat around the bush about it. Go tell him. See? And then tell him, say, "I'll make it right, brother. You just give me a little time. I'm fixing to straighten up right." Get all the trash and old buckets and cisterns... Get all that stuff out of the way. Old dead horses and ecclesiastical things that's laying in your way, throw the thing out. God ain't going to come in on like that. It'll pollute the water. And the water ain't going to be polluted, so you just get your own pollution out, of unbelief, and God will pour the water in. It's already there. Only thing you have to do is just move the cause, the cure is already performed. God's already healed you. You just have to get your unbelief out of the way. That's the vision. I say that in the Name of the Lord, the same as Elisha said it that day, THUS SAITH THE LORD, get your unbelief out of the way. Watch what will take place. Get your systems out of the way, watch what a revival will strike Chicago. Watch what a revival will strike the world, if we get our systems out of the way. Get our own ideas out of the way and let... The Spirit's already--the Rock's already smitten. The only thing we have to do is just get the things out of the way and let it flow. You want to see people healed? You want to get healed yourself? Just get all of the doubt out of the way. And then see what takes place. It will flow like a river.
62Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Let us pray, ...