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119 Look tonight; just look what happened even last night, this senator of Kentucky said about having a Republican in the--in the seat up there now representing the State of Kentucky and said, "He's a Protestant and makes no bones of it," him a Catholic. They're getting just as bold as they can be. And remember, there's other things that goes with that. Unwise virgin's time, we see that. Things that's never happened, that none of the men, the teachers down through the age could say these things like we can now, 'cause we're here.
220 Now, the unwise virgin and the hybrid Pentecostals (That's the same thing: hybrid with the things of the world.)... Now, remember, I'm Pentecostal, but not Pentecostal by denomination. I resent that. I'm Pentecostal by experience. We must have the... The Methodists are Pentecostal; the Baptists are Pentecostal; the Catholic are Pentecostal if they've got the Pentecostal experience. You cannot organize Pentecost, because it is an experience, and it's God, and God cannot be organized.
321 Now, now, Jesus has told us these things would come, now--told us about what would take place, the unwise virgin would rise up and the things that she would do, and how that the people would call out in their days and want oil, but they'd be too late. See? Now, watch them three, them three churches. There is the prostitute; she didn't come for nothing. Now, she's self-centered in herself. There was the unwise virgin, which is the Protestant church. And there was the Bride. See? Now, there's the three stages of the church in the last days. Now, watch, we're going to bring them right straight out and from Genesis and bring them out here and place them in Revelations in the rapture, the Lord willing.
422 All these things look real. Pentecost looks real. Think they... "Why I belong to a Pentecostal organization." That don't mean no more than if you lived in a hog pen. Wouldn't make a bit of difference. Wouldn't! It's just a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. Yeah, no matter where you belong, if you're not born of the Spirit of God and receive the Holy Ghost... And the reason... If you don't believe all the Word of God, you haven't received the Holy Ghost yet. That's right. That's exactly right. The Holy Spirit... When you hear the truth, and the Holy Spirit don't lead you to it, then there's another spirit in there keeping you away from it. So the spirit you got in you ain't the Holy Spirit. Oh, yeah.
61 Corinthians 2:11 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. 12Now 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. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But 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. 15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
7Now, Jesus said the same thing in John 3:3 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. Notice he said, unless ou are born again you can not see the kingdom of Heaven, so it is important for us to understand what he means by you can not see it.
8Now, concerning this point Brother Branham said, in his sermon Mary's belief 61-0121 P:30 "Except a man be born again he cannot even see the kingdom of God." Now, "see" means "to understand." There's a lot of people that say they're born again and can't understand the message of God, can't see the Angel of the Lord. Their eyes are blinded, brother. Except a man be born of the Holy Ghost, the same Holy Ghost that wrote the Word will confirm the Word, and the same confirmation of the Holy Ghost in you... You see what I mean? It will bear record of Itself. Then our spirit bears record with His Spirit, because His Spirit bears record of His Word.
9And from IT SHALL BE EVEN AS IT WAS TOLD ME 50-0818 23 Anyhow, "to see" doesn't mean "to look at." The word "see" means "to understand." Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and Spirit, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." In other words, he can't understand the Kingdom of God until he's born again. See?
11Now, as much as I travel overseas, it is very apparent to me that most of the 2 million people who claim to believe the Message in this world have not yet been born again. So why do I say that? Because Brother Branham said that when you are born again you will see this Message in the light of scripture and you will understand it. And when men baptize in the name of William Branham and when men can believe that Jesus was His own Father, and that the body of Jesus went back to the gases, it tells me that not only are they not born again, but they have a devil that is leading them.
12Now, forgive me if that offends you but that is the truth and I will stand by those words at the white throne judgment. Now, we just read several places where brother Branham said the same thing. He said from our reading today, If you don't believe all the Word of God, you haven't received the Holy Ghost yet. And he also said, When you hear the truth, and the Holy Spirit don't lead you to it, then there's another spirit in there keeping you away from it. So the spirit you got in you ain't the Holy Spirit. Oh, yeah.
14So we have some pretty tough things to bring out here because if they turn down the Holy Ghost to lead them, God will indeed give them another spirit to lead and influence them as we heard brother Branham say earlier in this series.
16John 1: 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power (exusia, the authority and ability to make a right decision. And what is that right decision? To become what they were ordained to become.) to them gave he exusia to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
17So we see that those who were of such a nature that they were able to receive Him when He was manifested in the person of His Son, these are the ones who He has given power, Authority and an ability to make a right decision concerning who they are, sons of God. Now, this tells us in verse 13 that it is not something you can do by your own will, nor can you do it via your own power. But it says that this birth can only be done by what God Himself has done.
18So we see two forms of birth, one that is produced by an act of the flesh and that which is not produced by an act of the flesh, but by the Will of God. Then the one produced by an act of the flesh must gravitate towards the flesh. But the other birth, the one that is born of the will of God, it must gravitate towards the will of God. Then this is the only birth that will gravitate to the will of God instead of the will of man, because every seed must bring forth after its kind.
20In 1 Peter 1: 23 Peter tells us “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” So we see what it means to be born of corruptible seed, because corruptible seed must produce a corruptible life.
21Now, let’s look at the natural birth to see just how the soul and spirit join together with the body to make a tri-partite being. From his sermon The Comforter 61-1001E P:24 brother Branham said, When a little baby is conceived in the mother's womb, it's just flesh and blood, jumping, quivering. But as soon as it's born, you don't see it, but there's a spirit and soul hanging near that mother to come into that baby just as soon as it's born. Just as soon as that baby is born, God has created a soul and created a spirit to be in that baby just as soon as it's born into this world. That little baby becomes matured, and it begins to learn; then it becomes a living soul when it knows what's right and wrong. Then it's got, just like Adam and Eve, set before a tree of right and wrong. It makes its choice. And then it becomes intelligent. It's growing all the time in God's great economy. And finally it comes down to the end of the road, for this physical body. And just as this body is deteriorating and going away, there is one being prepared to receive it. Just as soon as it leaves here, this soul that's in us now and this spirit leaves this body and goes to another, a young one, a good one, a better one, a one that won't get old, or one that won't pass away. …
22Now, this makes the human being a very complex character, because he is born with a body that has a spirit allowed by God. Then when he is born again, the spirit of God comes into that body, changing the life of that body from mortal to immortal. When his soul and spirit leave that body it goes to another Body which is already waiting for us.
23That is what Paul also taught us in 1 Corinthians 15:35But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37And 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: 38But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
25EXPLAINING HEALING AND JAIRUS 54-0216 E-37 What you are here is a reflection of what you are somewhere else. "Those who He called, He justifies." Is that right? "Those who He justified, He has glorified" Romans 8:29. Already in the Presence of the Father, we have a glorified body. Whew! Wasn't that deep? All right We'll find out whether it right or not "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting" Is that right? That's right So right now, and what we are there, is a reflection. Here, what we are here, is a reflection of what we arc somewhere else. So if your deeds are evil, you know where it comes from. You know where your other body's a waiting.
26Then my question is this… If my earthly body is only reflecting where my heavenly body is, then where is my earthly body… is it in church, fellowshipping around the Word of God? Is it in fellowship around God’s Word? Is it studying God’s word to show myself approved a workman that needs not be ashamed? Or is it feeding on the things of the world? Ask yourself where does my joy come from? That will tell you where your soul is reflecting….
27Webster’s dictionary tells us that an Attitude is the position or posture assumed by the body in connection with an action, feeling or mood. A manner of acting, feeling, or thinking, that show's ones disposition, opinion or mental set.
28So we can see here that the attitude is a condition of growth. It is the outward reflection of our mind set. And if your attitude is a reflection of what is going on in your heart, then the heart and mind must come into the right disposition first and then the body will only reflect what is on the inside. Once your mind has come to the place of live, die, sink or drown, then your body will follow. So many people walk around with such rotten attitudes that you have to wonder what they have been feeding their souls. The attitude is only a reflection of the inside. Now when we think of the conditions we think of mechanics, but when we think of attitude, we see something different. It is the breach between mechanics and dynamics. You can have all the mechanics right and like brother Branham said, put a live egg under a dead hen and it won't work. You can have all the mechanics right, al the conditions right, but without this link between the mechanics and dynamics you will only be a legalist. The mechanics is the conditions, the dynamics is the Living Word of God in operation, and the little link between them is your attitude.
29God spoke in Genesis 1:11 the law of reproduction when he said, “every seed shall bring forth after its kind.” That means that every seed will reproduce the nature of the original life the seed came forth from.
30And the nature or character of a seed is what distinguishes one form of life from another. The characteristics describe the nature, and our character defines what Life is governing us. Therefore you either have the beast nature ruling in the flesh or you have God's very own nature ruling and living out Itself in you. And there is only one thing we will take with you when you die, and that is your character. It doesn't matter how popular you are, or how much wealth you have accumulated, that will all stay here. When you die you are stripped naked of everything you own, or possess with one exception, and that is your character. That is who you are. That is the essence of your being. And your life here is just a reflection of where you are going. Now, the thing that we are looking at here is the Nature of God in the believer. In other words, it is the God-life reflecting itself out in the believer. But we have a problem. We have this flesh to deal with. And to have the actions and speech of god cannot come until we have a mind like God's own mind. And unless we think God's thoughts we could never do or speak words that are pleasing to God.
31II Cor 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
32ROMANS 12:1 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.
33Now, what I am bringing to you this morning is very important because if you are not born again you will not go in the rapture. So you had better know that you are born again. And how do you know that you are born? You will understand the Word of God for the day that you are living. From his sermon, Super sign 62-0624 P:78 Brother Branham said, Now, let me tell you. Anything outside of being born again will never reach the rapture. Unless there is a germ of life inside you, you'll perish. You cannot rise up again.
34And again from his sermon, Questions and answers COD 64-0823E P:106 317 he said, Will all born again believers go in the rapture? No, just the remnant, just the remnant, not all born again believers. The Bible said, "And the rest of the dead lived not for a thousand years," and then they was raised up and separated, the sheep from the goats. Not all born again will go in the... according to the Scripture. 1040-Q-318 318. What is the evidence that a person is really filled with the Holy Ghost? John 14:26: He will... "When the Holy Ghost is come (See?), He will show you things to come." See? He'll be a... He'll perfect it; man made won't do it; and He is the Word. When He the Holy Ghost is come, He will identify Himself in you with the Scripture. And that is the true sign that the Holy Spirit is in you, because It is the Word.
35From Hearing Recognizing, and Acting upon the Word of God 60-0221 30 First, faith cometh by hearing, hearing of the Word of God. Then the believer hears It, recognizes It, and acts on It. The carnal man will hear It, the sound of It, but never... "Hear" means to "understand It". Look at, is looking at something; but to see it, is to "understand it". "Except a man be born again, he cannot see or understand the Kingdom of God."
36I am concerned for the generation of children that have come up in Message churches and have never been taught anything but the message, and yet what Message they have been taught in most cases has been wrong because they have been taught a Oneness concept of the Godhead instead of the truth as taught by William Branham. But their parents say, well to believe the prophet makes you born again. Listen, the Devil believes and he trembles. Your children may what they have been taught, but the real question is, have they been taught the truth? Or have been indoctrinated into a church creed or just a movement? Now, if this is the case, that does not mean anything to God.
37As brother Branham said in our reading this morning, That don't mean no more than if you lived in a hog pen. Wouldn't make a bit of difference. Wouldn't! It's just a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. Yeah, no matter where you belong, if you're not born of the Spirit of God and receive the Holy Ghost.
39Christ is the mystery 63-0728 P:120 Look, Christ in you makes Him the center of Life of the revelation. See? Christ's Life in you makes Him the center of the revelation. Christ in the Bible, makes the Bible a complete revelation of Christ. Christ in you makes you the complete revelation of the whole thing. See, what God's trying to do? What is the new birth then? You say, "Well, Brother Branham, what is the new birth?" It is the revelation of Jesus Christ personally to you. Amen. See? Not you joined a church, you shook a hand; you done something different; you said a creed; you promised to live by a code of rules; but Christ, the Bible... He is the Word that was revealed to you. And no matter what anybody says, what takes place, it's Christ. Pastor, priest, whatever it might be... It's Christ in you. That is the revelation that the Church was built upon.
40Second coming 55-0220A P:28 Now, you can have a intellectual faith by hearing the Word, and perceiving it in your mind, and accepting it upon those basis, which is intellectual faith. But the faith that Jesus was speaking of in Saint John 5:24, "He that heareth My Word and believeth on Him that sent Me, has Everlasting Life," that doesn't come from intellectual faith; that comes from born again experience. As a man thinketh in his heart, he's born again. And from there comes forth the thought, his soul, not from his mind, but from his soul, something that tells him that it's wrong. And contrary it's wrong. Amen. I hope you get it. You know it anyhow.
42And there is a big difference between knowing something as a creed and then having it revealed to you down in your soul. Too many people have seen their children come up in this message and either just be good church members, or they leave church altogether. The latter is because they haven’t been born again, and I wonder sometimes if the parents had any experience with God either.
43Brother Branham makes it clear in his sermon, Christ is the mystery 63-0728 P:130 where he said, Paul knew Him by revelation. That's how we know Him today, is the only way you could know Him. Not say, "I'm Methodist." That means nothing. "I'm Baptist." That means nothing. "I'm Catholic." That means nothing. But by the revelation that God has revealed the Word to you. He is the Word, and the Word, how you know It's revealed, It lives Itself and expresses Itself through you.
44Now, if you have received the son of God Seed-Life in you, then it must express itself out from you. It has to. God never called us to a Message denomination, He called us to become what we were meant to become, sons of God conformed to the Image of His first-born son.
45Years ago a young man came to me and said, “I always believed that I’m God’s elect”, and I said you can believe what you want to but unless you are born again what good will it do you. There are seeds planted that never came to fruit, they fell among the thorns.
47From Christ is the mystery 63-0728 P:121 brother Branham said, It's Christ being revealed, and He is the Word. And when the Word is revealed, It expresses Itself. See? That's God's purpose for Jesus Christ, was to express Himself, to take His own laws and live by His laws, and fulfill His law by death. Christ, God died in flesh in order to condemn sin in the flesh that He might bring to Himself a glorious Bride, redeemed back, that will believe only in the Word of God and not swap It, like Eve did, for intellectual conceptions of men. You see it?
48And that is the problem that I see even among those who claim to have the doctrine right. If they have it by revelation and not just an intellectual conception, then it has a life to it, and it must live itself out in their lives, or it isn’t revealed to them. Faith is a revelation and if it is truly revealed it must build up an energy and that energy must manifest itself in an action. That is what Life is all about. A dead horse doesn’t kick back when it is kicked, and dead people spiritually do not manifest the energy of God concerning the revelation of Christ. They are just preoccupied with the cares of this life just like the rest of the world, and except for the church they attend or the ministry they ascribe to, they are no different than the rest of the world.
49Christ is the mystery 63-0728 P:124 The new birth is Christ, is a revelation. God has revealed to you this great mystery, and that's the new birth. Now, what are you going to do when you get all that group together, where the revelation is perfectly in harmony, and God expressing it through His Word by the same actions, the same things that He did, making the Word manifest? Oh, if the Church only knew its position. It will one day. Then, the rapture will go when it knows what it is.
50So the new birth is a real event. Many people look at it as though it just sort of happens and they’re not sure when it happened but they presume they have it because they attended the right church. That’s hogwash, and the person that thinks that has not been born again. Many say, well we have brother Branham, we believe he is a prophet of God. That sort of thinking is carnal. You won’t make the rapture based on Br. Branham’s Life. You’ll make the rapture based on being a Born again Son or daughter of God, period. And to be born again is a life altering experience. And if you Life has not been altered to serve the Living God, then I wonder if you have been truly born again.
51Oh, you might talk the talk and walk the walk, but are you alive to Christ and what He is doing now? There is a world wide revival taking place among the bride right now, and yet most Americans who claim to believe the Message are not even aware of what God is doing, and not only is He doing it, but He is confirming it with signs and wonders.
52From his sermon, Is your life worthy 63-0630E P:80 Brother Branham said, I was telling someone this afternoon in a little meeting; I said, "Every son that's born of God has to be tried first, chastened." And I remember when I had mine. On my greatest hour... When a man's born again, there's a little spot like the size of his fingernail that God injects into his system, and it falls into his heart and there anchors. Then Satan makes him prove it. And if that ain't there, you're gone.
53Jesus said in Matthew 13: 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. And William Branham taught us that to “see” means to understand.
54Now, notice how brother Branham tells us that the Holy Spirit comes and anoints our mental Faith and then it becomes a spiritual revelation that builds upon Word upon Word upon Word. that brother Branham says when these streams of Grace pour in upon our mental faith. Then he says “when them streams of grace has poured into that mental faith that you've got, then upon this, a spiritual revelation.”
55Now, Peter, the one who Jesus praised for receiving the Revelation of the Godhead, that there is One God and He had a Son, and Jesus was that Son of God. In 1 Peter 1:13 he tells us Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; Notice he says at the end time there will be a certain Grace that will be brought to you at the time of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. And in 1 Corinthians chapter 1 we read, 1 Corinthians 1; 3 - 10 Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank My God always on your behalf, for the [Grace] of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing you are to be enriched [this Grace brings on a maturity like fertilizer] by Him, in all utterance [Logos] and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Jesus Christ was confirmed in you: [This is the same as in 2 Thessalonians 1: 10 when God comes to be glorified in His saints. When the very mind of God comes into His elect seed.] And the reason for this is so that you will not come behind in no gift [Charisma which is a spiritual endowment]; waiting for the Apokalupsis [ Revealing or unveiling] of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
56Romans 4: 7 - 8 “Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” So we find then, the identifiable characteristic of the new birth is that the people will be caught up into the Revelation of Jesus Christ as spoken in 1 Peter 1: 13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
57And as this Revelation breaks, we'll understand the Grace that comes with it, bringing us into the same mindset so that we might all cry out in One accord, " Grace, Grace, unto It!" which we find in the following scripture...
591 Corinthians 1: 10 God is faithful, by Whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."
60So you see, if we have the mind of the Father and to have His mind we must have His spirit, and we know that by One spirit we are all baptized into one body, the body of Christ. So it's already a done deal. So as we see from 1 Peter 1: 13 and 1 Corinthians 1: 4-10, God has given us the spirit of Grace in this hour to have the mind of Christ. And He said, "let the mind that was in Christ be in you", so it is possible for you to have God's own thoughts within your very mind, and that is what brother Branham was talking about, in that last quotation we read from The Spoken word is the Original Seed. Notice how He begins quoting from John 5:19 where Jesus said, "the son can of Himself do nothing, but whatsoever He seeth the Father do, that the Son doeth likewise."
61That is what Ephesians 1: is all about, that we were in His mind before the world began and at that time we were predestinated unto the adoption of Children by receiving the very mind of the Father.