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1Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
2Colossians 3:1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, (appear is to phaneroo which is to manifest in his true character) then shall ye also appear (phaneroo then shall ye also manifest in your true character) with him in glory. And just remember, this glory is the Greek word “doxa” which is his opinions, values and judgments. Thus when he comes to manifest in his true character which he did in this hour, we shall also manifest in our true character (which is the character that He Ordained to be manifest through us before the foundations of the world to express his opinions, values and judgments. So that is our true character and
3This Morning I would like to read just one thought from paragraph 174 of The Spoken Word is the Original Seed where brother Branham said, … 174Now, others will go by and say, "Well, you know what, I believe I'll try it a while." You'll choke. That's right. See? But when you really empty out, say, "Lord Jesus, no more of me, but You from this on," (See?) then it's going to bring forth a hundredfold. You believe that? I believe it too.
4Now, this morning I would like to look at this one hundredfold that brother Branham tells us will come if we die to self and allow Christ to take over our life. That’s what we read last night from Galatians 2:20 where Paul said,
6Now, one hundred fold is not one hundred percent. One hundred fold means one hundred times more than what is now. One hundred percent will only double, but one hundred fold means one hundreds times more. And we find Jesus speak of this in the parable of the Sower.
7 4) Matthew 13, verses 3 – 9 3: And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;4: And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:5: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:6: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7: And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.8: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty-fold, some thirty-fold.9: Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
8Matthew 13:18 - 2318: Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.19: When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.20: But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;21: Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.22: He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.23: But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9Now, there are some things about this parable that we should understand before we look at this one-hundredfold. And first is that he says “some fell by the wayside”. Now, the term “fall by the wayside” is an idiom which means “To fail to continue; to give up. To be set aside or discarded because of other considerations”. These are they who because they do not place a correct importance to the Word, they lay it aside for other things, or let other things get in the way and thus, bye and bye they loose that which they thought they had. In actuality it is because they just do not understand the Word and it’s significance for this day, and thus when the wicked one comes along, they get caught off guard and are snatched away from the Truth.
11Others are said to have fallen on Stony Ground. The term Stony Ground, is a phrase that means “if a request, or a warning, or advice comes to them and they ignore just it”, that is what is called falling on stony ground, people ignore it. There is a hardness to that place where the Word seed was sown, and it just sits there and the sun bakes down upon it, causing it to dry up and wither away because it is not planted in good soil. And the Bible says that they hear the word and receive it with joy for a while, or for a season, and how many so called believers have you seen who seem to embrace the Message when they first hear it, but do nothing about it, and because they do not plant it into their hearts and water it by the washing of water by the Word, it just dries up and they wither away from it altogether. The Bible says it is because they have no roots. In other words, they never planted firmly the Word which they heard. These are shallow Christians, they endure for a while, which means they seem to put up with boundaries the Word sets for a season but when trials and testing comes because of the Word, bye and bye or time after time they become offended. Now, this word offended means to become stumbled, or to cause to sin. And we know that sin is disbelief. They stop believing. They did believe for a while, but they have stopped believing.
12The New International Version translated this parable in these words. NIV 18"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the Message and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word (The Message of the hour) and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." So we see in this parable that Jesus tells us it is very important not only to hear it because all types of believers heard it, but there is only one type that understood what they heard, and that is the one that actually produces a crop from what they heard. Now, remember we are speaking from the Spoken Word is the original Seed, and Christ Jesus our Elder brother was that original Seed, therefore he is the first fruit.
13And Paul says in Romans 11: 16 For if the first-fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. So those without root can not be holy, for those with roots back to Ephesians one before the foundations of the world being in Him are the only ones with rots back to the original seed.
14Now, the third group we saw that fell away are those who are called Thorny Ground, are those who hear the Word but the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches chokes the Word, and thus that person bears no fruit. Those are the ones that Brother Branham worried about, because those are the ones who are Good Christians people but they get so tied up in making money and getting ahead that they do not give the proper emphasis to their spiritual needs, and spend all their time doting about their material needs, and so the Message does not take a hold up-on them as it ought to do.
15Now the fourth group we see where the Word was sown is called “Good Ground” and Jesus described this group as “he that heareth the word, understand it, beareth fruit many fold”. Notice this is the only group that actually understood what they heard, and thus they are the only ones who actually bore much fruit from what they heard. You see there are a lot of people who might have heard it but because they do not understand it, then what they did hear did nothing for them. O, they might get together and even talk about it, but what are they talking about? If it’s theology, they are still missing the mark. And the Scripture defines “to miss the mark is sin”, and sin is unbelief. So although they get together to talk the Word, my question is what is their focus. You can hear it and if your focus is wrong on what you hear you are still ignorant of what you heard.
17Mark 4: 3 - 93: Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:4: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured It up.5: And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:6: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.7: And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.8: And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.9: And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
18Mark 4: 14 - 2014: The sower soweth the word.15: And these are they by the way side, where the Word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the Word that was sown in their hearts.(This is an aborted life because satan does this to the life of the word in this person)
1916: And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the Word, immediately receive it with gladness;17: And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the Word's sake, immediately they are offended.
20This is the miscarriage, because it is not the power of another exorcized over them as in abortion, where the child has no control over it, but these are they who hear and receive with joy but then when the Word is preached that calls forth for them to bear the cross of the Word, they get offended, they stumble at that Word. They have no root IN themselves, and as the egg that can not hold onto the uterine wall becomes flushed away, they become a miscarriage. There is a weakness in them, and they can’t hold onto the lifeline, and because they have no root, no true tie down to the uterine wall, they never do come to maturity, and in that weak condition they die.
21Mark 4:18: And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,19: And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it (The Word) becometh unfruitful.
22These are they which still birth. (This is the Laodicean bunch who love the cares of this world more than they love God's Word which calls for a total separation from unbelief and the things of this world.) And as the umbilical wraps itself around the unborn child and strangles it, so too do the cares of this life wraps itself around the child of God that has not yet come full maturity and chokes the life of the Word right out from them. This is the bunch that brother Branham was the most worried about. This is what he tried so diligently to shake the church because he saw that she was being affected by the choke hold of the world. That is why he cried out with a loud Voice in the vision as he stood watching the bride go by, and he cried out, “Stay in line”.
2320: And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some an hundred. (This is the Elect seed Gene of God who are ordained to receive the change in the body) These are the Bride who bring forth Life in the Image of the Father.
24Now, where there is a birth, something has to die. There is movement and change that takes place in the body. Your body doesn't do what it used to do. There's a transforming power that has taken over. It's bringing forth a manifestation in your flesh that at first is not so noticeable, but as the development comes forth more and more, it becomes apparent to everyone just what is happening.
26He never said it would be painless. The pain is until when? I have actually heard women say that a good reason for havingan abortion was that they did not want stretch marks. Others abort because the transformation is more than they can bear. But let's see what Paul said about that.
27II Corinthians 4: 8 10. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
28Others don't want to be inconvenienced. Others think it will cramp there lifestyle. In the natural we find women aborting their little babies because they don’t want the inconvenience of that Life coming forth, and in the so called Christian we find the same mindset. They don’t want the inconvenience that comes with the transforming power of another life within them taking a hold upon their life, and so they abort their Christian walk. They want a religion of convenience. One which won't cramp their lifestyle. One which won't cause too much pain. One which will let them live any old way they choose. But you know abortions not only kill the Life that is being brought forth, it also places a mark upon the one allowing it to happen.
29Luke 8: 5 - 85: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.6: And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, (this is attrition, it is a falling away from the Truth, a wearing down and finally dying off. They had oil in their lamp at one time, but that oil was not kept up and they had no oil to light their lamp to see the bride groom when he stood there outside their camp.) And it withered away, the Bible says Because it lacked moisture.7: And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.8: And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
30Again in Luke 8: 11 - 15we see this parable spoken of as follows: “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.12: Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.13: They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.14: And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.15: But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
31So we see a this third group are those who for a season come into the light of the hour, they hear it, and are happy with what they hear, but they allow other things to take priority in their lives, and we are told the cares of this life and seeking after wealth creeps in and chokes off the life of the Word, and it becomes just a theology, just a churchianity, and they are left with a church spirit and not the Holy Spirit.
34Number one is The Father who is the giver of Life, (and the word Father means one who begets life.) That’s John 5:26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
38Matthew 19: 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
43John 5: 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
45Revelation 22: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
47Ephesians 4:17This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Notice he is dealing with the mind here, and he says, 18Having the understanding darkened, That means they loose what light they had on the Word, thus they become alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: So in cutting off the light upon the Word they actually cut off the life of the Word, and begin their downfall, or their withering away process. of decay and death.
55Now, there are three stages of our growth in Christ, (it begins with Faith, and then moves into Hope, and finally into Love which is an outward expression of Faith. And John said, and the greatest of these is love… And in I Peter, He speaks of three stages that the Bride of Christ will come through at the time of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. And those three stages are Praise, Honor and Glory which is three stages of our Growth process into Sons. And then we have as the Scripture says here, "water, blood and spirit." Three stages of Life.
56Now in order for Life to come forth, in the natural, the woman must receive the seed first. Then the process begins, then the life comes forth. Conception, Transformation, and Identification. Again three stages of life.
591. The seed that is sewn is not the same as what comes up. I COR 15:35 - 39 ¶ But some [man] will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39
602. There has got to be an order or law that governs reproduction in all life. Otherwise, conception would bring total chaos. GEN 1: 11 - 12. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, [and] the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed [is] in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
623. The seed must bring forth after it's kind. If there is Life in the seed, then what life is in that seed is the same life that will manifest itself. JOHN 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God., 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. I JOHN 1: 1 - 3. 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, and we have seen [it], and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, 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.
63Now the Three stages of Life is most important because if you just have the first two stages, conception and transformation, you could still end up with a still born. And if you have just come up through justification and then onto sanctification, but do not come all the way into the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you are still lost.
64JOHN 14: 16 - 17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. But this is not complete yet. There must be a further fulfillment in order to bring forth the Life into manifestation. JOHN 17: 20 - 22. ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
66And how is it that we might be One “even as.” which means in the same manner that Jesus and His Father were One? Jesus said, JOHN 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Jesus tells us we become One with God through the same Word that He became One With God. JOHN 17:20 ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
67Therefore it is very apparent that we are one by receiving the same Word which bring us into the same Glory or same mind as the Father. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
68HARVEST TIME 641212 87 034 Jesus said, "That they might be one, Father, as You and I are one." Not for some man to be over something, it never will work; one denomination wants to take over the other, and one man over the other. But that you might be one with God, like Christ and God was one; that's what the prayer is. He was the Word, and Jesus prayed that we might be the Word, reflecting Him. That's His prayer to be answered. See how Satan scruples it up in the carnal mind? But that wasn't Jesus' prayer, at all, that we might all congregate together and all have a certain creed and so forth. Every time they do it, they go further and further from God. He wants us to be one with God, and God is the Word. Each individual in his heart must be that one with God.
71I JOHN 3: 1 – 3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone that has this hope in him, purifies himself even as He is pure.
73It takes the Lord Himself to bring the new birth. JUSTIFICATION made a way for Sanctification which mad a way for the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, which made a way for the Baptizer himself to become identified among us.
76JOHN 3: 1 – 7 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
80I PET 1:3 Let the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be eulogized, who impelled by his abundant mercy caused us to be born again so that we have a hope which is made alive. This living hope having been made actual through the intermediate instrumentality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ out from among those whoa re dead, resulting in an inheritance, imperishable and undefiled, and that does not fade away…
83I PETER 1: 22 -23 Having purified your souls by means of your obedience to the Truth, resulting in not an assumed but a genuine affection for the brethren, an affection and fondness that springs from your hearts by reason of the pleasure you take in them, from the heart love one another with an intense reciprocal love that springs forth from your hearts because of your estimation of the preciousness of the brethren, and which is divinely self sacrificial in its essence, having been begotten again not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the Word of God which lives and abides.”
84It takes the Lord Himself to bring the new birth. JUSTIFICATION made a way for SANCTIFICATION which MADE A WAY FOR THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST, which made a way for the BAPTIZER HIMSELF to become identified among us.
86Now let's examine what takes place after CONCEPTION. The next stage is transformation. This is the part that woman really hate. They don't mind the conception part. But they do not like the transformation part because it calls for sacrifice on her part. Our Mt. Carmel showdown is when the rapture takes place. That will be our complete identification. That will tell whether you really conceived or not. or whether you went through a term birth but really had nothing there. This woman I was telling you about felt movement, she felt life. But when life is ended it goes back to gases. and the doctor found no life there so you figure out what she had.
87I JOHN 3: 3 And everyone that has this hope in him, purifies himself even as He is pure. Now, what hope is this? Well, just like the woman, at first she is not aware that she has conceived: She feels lousy, she looks in the mirror, looks lousy, feels sick. I thought when I was born again, I would become sinless. I see more now thatI hate about myself than ever before. A time of inner turmoil takes place. Look at
88Now, the thing of it is, is that in order to receive the physical change in her body, the woman must first accept in her mind that she is going to enter into a conception mode in her mind. And thus she creates an atmosphere in which to receive the seed. II COR 3:17 - 18. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty. 18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.
89And we see in ROM 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. The transformation begins by the renewing of the mind.
90ROMANS 8: 5-6 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.
91She conceives, then she goes through a transitional period where she feels lousy. But there is something happening inside of her. I remember one time brother Vayle came to Minneapolis Minnesota and I brought a friend. He went home that night and as he prayed about what He heard , he got sick. So he thought that it was God warning him to stay away. My goodness, can you imagine a woman who marries a man and she conceives and when she starts to feel sick she says, I need to get away from this man, he's making me sick. Don't you know that when you come to the Lord and Conceive of His Life, It causes you to have heart ache and inner turmoil and all sorts of nausea about yourself.
93She who is aware of the birth prepares herself. A woman who smokes and drinks when she finds out she is expecting, she stops her smoking, her drinking, she prepares herself. She brings her whole body to nurture that. The very camel that Rebecca watered is the very thing that packed her home. In the 3rd or 4th seal Brother Branham said, "the very seed she is watering will take her on out of here." If the woman has any motherhood in her, her whole life becomes dedicated to bringing forth that life that is in her. I JN 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
94When the conception occurs, the first thing that forms is the head and the spinal cord. Then later on, the body and the limbs. Then as cell is added upon cell, the fingers and toes begin to appear. The characteristics of the father are beginning to come forth in finer detail as the life within you grows. It comes more into the image of The Father as IT comes closer to the birth. AS THE NEGATIVE COMES CLOSER TO THE POSITIVE , THE MORE LIKE THE POSITIVE IT BECOMES. (the shadow). I JOHN 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
95When people see her coming they don't know what is happening to her, until she becomes to a place that it shows in her flesh. When the woman doesn't understand what she is going through, she doesn't feel comfortable with anybody else, and she doesn't feel comfortable with herself either.
97I won't deny that you may feel lousy, but just remember, Life is coming forth. You may feel like you are the lousiest Christian that ever walked the earth, but just remember, Life is coming forth. Stick with it. Don't abort.
100I COR 13: 12 -13 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.