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132 Now, Adam's bride could not wait, but she went forward first. That's the way today, the bride today. She wants to manufacture something. "Glory to God," she's got to work it up on the platform. She's got to have everything. See? What is she doing? Manufacturing something. Look where it's going. You can see there's nothing to it; it's ah phony. Exactly right. If it wasn't, this world would be aflame with the power of God; the church would be on fire; oh, what... Dead would be raised and all kinds of things would be taking place. But what did she get sowed up with before Christ could get to her, before He got to her to plant His Own seed? What did she have? Weed seeds, the world, denominational seeds. That's the reason why she's reaping her harvest right now. I hope you don't, make you upset, but I hope it gets right down to a place where I'll trust that God has given it to you. See?
3Why, even among us in this message most have a manufactured Religion. A form of Godliness but they deny the Power therefore. And what is the Power thereof? It is the Gospel, the Good news, the Message teaching.
4And what exactly is manufactured religion? It’s something that they just made up, like children just playing church, it’s not a reality to them, it’s a duty, it’s uncertain, it’s a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof.
5No real responsibility, people want someone to do their religion for them. They want someone who they feel can get in touch with God for them, because they are either too lazy or too insecure to do come in contact with God for themselves. They want works, morality, but they do not want truth. In 2 Timothy 4: 1 Paul Said, I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2Preach the word; not a bunch of stories, but the Word, be instant in season, (take a stand in season), out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
6Now, a fable is a story with a moral, so they will turn down the doctrine and heap to themselves teachers who will teach morality instead because that is what they want to hear. The people will not endure the doctrine, but will turn to stories with morals in them. Morality preaching is what they want. Like focus on the family instead of focusing on the promise for the Hour.
8Titus 1: 14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables (morality preaching), and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. And notice that morality preaching leads you away from the truth. Now, I’m all for morals, but you can preach them til the cows come home and that won’t help the people to live the Life of Christ. Christ is the doctrine, and the people must understand their relationship with the Father and the eldest brother so they can know how to conduct themselves in this evil and wicked world that we live in.
11So we then turn to 2 Timothy 3:1to better understand how the people will try to manufacture their religion, rather than open their hearts to the Doctrine of Christ which is the Only Doctrine that promises us that we will have God. As we read in verse 1 Paul says, This know also, in other words, Paul says, “I want you to mark this down, I want you to fully understand what it is I’m about to tell you”, concerning the last days, for perilous times shall come. These will be terrible times, times of great stress and times of great trouble, and this stress and trouble will be hard to deal with and hard to bear.
132For men shall be lovers of their own selves and [utterly] self-centered. And not only that but they also will be covetous (lovers of money, and not only lovers of money, but they will be aroused by inordinate greed and desire for more wealth than they could possibly spend in a thousand years. And in the process of acquiring their wealth, they will become) boasters and proud, And not only proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters will they become, but they will be abusive blasphemous scoffers. Yes, abusive scoffers and harmful to those who do good. Callous and inhuman, relentless admitting of no truce or appeasement. And not only this, but the children will become disobedient to parents, Rich with material possessions yet unthankful, and unholy as they will be marked by their lack of holiness, 3Without natural affection, no love for one another at all, unforgiving. They will be lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. Truce-breakers they will be, and slanderers, false accusers, troublemakers, people with no restraint, incontinent, without self-control in their conduct and morals, yet fiercely brutal and uncontrolled they will be, and they will despise and actually hate those that are good. 4Traitors, they will be, to God and to their countries, selling out their God and their country like Esau did for a meal ticket. They will be rash in their judgments, conceited within themselves. Heady and highminded they will be, thinking they know when in fact they have not a clue. Inflated with self-conceit and lovers of pleasures more than or rather than lovers of God;
14And now we are getting to where I want to get this morning, in : 5 Paul says, 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: what he is saying here is that although they hold a form of piety claim to be Christian, they in their lives deny and reject and are strangers to the very power of The Christian Life for their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession. And finally Paul says what we are to do about these people, from such turn away. In other words, we are to have nothing to do with them.
15Now, to this point we think Paul is speaking of the condition of man in general, and from what we have read so far it seems in this day to be pointing to the political spectrum, but that is not who Paul is speaking about, for in : 6 he begins to tell us just who these people are.
166For of this sort or among them are those which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Now, he’s talking about those preachers who come into the houses of God and lead away the women which represents the church. Always in Scripture the woman represents the church. That is what Brother Branham taught. Good women represent the bride of Christ and bad evil women represent the fallen condition of the church.
17And notice what he says about these men, these preachers who come into the houses of God, and captivate silly and weak-natured and spiritually dwarfed church people, people loaded down with the burden of their unbelief, people who are easily swayed and led away by various evil desires and seductive impulses.
18And he says that these people are 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. they are forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth.
198Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, That means they were not only hostile to Moses but they resisted him, and the pan of God for the people he was leading… And it says so do these also resist the truth: so these men also are hostile to and oppose the Truth. men of corrupt minds, depraved and distorted minds, reprobate counterfeit concerning The Faith, which is The revelation of Jesus Christ.
21Now, here is where Paul is wanting us to come to in : 10. 10But thou hast fully known my doctrine, (that’s number one, the doctrine for Christ is the doctrine, and the life is in the doctrine. Then he adds, and my manner of life (because without that Life manifested what good is the doctrine doing for you), and then he adds, and my purpose, (and what is our purpose in Life, is it to live is Christ to die is gain like Paul’s purpose was?) and then he adds My faith, (my revelation, what God has revealed to me), and then my longsuffering, and my charity (my consistent and generous giving), my patience, (and not only my patience, but my) 11Persecutions, and afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
22So Paul wants us to recognize that he was not called to an idle life of fun and games and social religion, but a walk in Christ that included suffering, rejection, persecution, and afflictions, which came not only in one or two times, but continually as he traveled all across Asia Minor.
24This is where so many fall short in these times. They’re not willing to suffer that they might reign. Oh, we all want to be like Brother Branham was but why are we not willing to pay the price he paid. And when James and John wanted to sit at Jesus right and left hand when He reached His kingdom, he said are you willing to suffer what I must suffer?
26We find Peter also all throughout his epistles, writing on the necessity of our having the mindset to suffer. In 1 Peter 2:19 he says, For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22Who did no sin, neither was guile (no deceit, no trickery) found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
27Again we see in 1 Peter 3: 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; and in verse 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
28And we see also in 1 Peter 4: 1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: (So there is a mental state that we must enter into in order to suffer as Christ so suffered. And notice what this does for you…) for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; Again in verse 13 Peter said, But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. And verse 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. And verse 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
29And in chapter 5: and verse 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. So our suffering is a tool god uses to bring us to maturity.
30And don’t think you are alone, for Christ suffered for us that he might be an example for us, and also we have many examples in scripture of the prophets who suffered because of their stand for the truth as well. James 5: 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
31Not only Peter taught a lot on a life of suffering, but so did the apostle Paul. And let me just say this, a life without suffering is a life with no character, because our character is molded in the furnace of suffering. Paul said in Hebrews 2: 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. So our coming to glory which is the mindset of God, His opinions, His values, and His judgments comes via our suffering and His opinions, values and judgments are seasoned and matured through our suffering for them. Then Paul tells us in Hebrews 5: 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; So even our ability to be an obedient son must come through this avenue of suffering.
32And in speaking of Moses Paul said in Hebrews 11: 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; And while we are at it, let’s not forget the brethren in Iran who are suffering for their stand for this Message as Paul admonished us in Hebrews 13: 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
33In his letter to the Philippians Paul said Philippians 1: 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; And in Philippians 3: 10 Paul said, That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
34We find also in his letters to the Corinthians, Paul spoke often about our suffering for Christ’s sake. 1 Corinthians 4: 12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: And this is the biggest problem we have is that when we are hit we want to hit back, whether with words or with any way we can get back at them. And this is wrong. I tried to help a brother who attacked brother Vayle last year and I tried to show him that the Church Age book was written by brother Branham and instead of thanking me for saving him great disgrace he decided instead to try to crucify me with words. But Paul said when we are reviled we are not to revile back, and when we are persecuted we are not to persecute in return. Just turn the cheek, and let it go. It’s not that important. When they revile just remember it is a predestinated tried.
35Notice Paul’s admonition to us in 1 Corinthians 6: 7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? We should rather suffer ourselves to be defrauded? Yes, didn’t Jesus say on the cross, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do?” Can we not do the same? Are we in such a different class than Jesus where we have a right when he did not? And furthermore, what do you gain when you argue and fuss over such trivial little things. And don’t you know when you do so you grieve away the Holy Ghost from your life?
36Notice what the apostle Paul says about this in Ephesians 4:29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, (that means that which is up lifting) that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. And so how do we grieve the Holy Spirit? He tells us how not to grieve the Holy Ghost in the next few verses. 31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
37The amplified Bible puts it this way, 29Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil words nor unwholesome or worthless talk ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace God's favor to those who hear it. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God do not offend or vex or sadden Him, by Whom you were sealed and secured for the day of redemption. 31And Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath, passion, rage, and bad temper and resentment, anger, animosity and quarreling and slander be banished from you, with all malice, ill will, of any kind. 32And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted, forgiving one another readily and freely, as God in Christ forgave you.
38And so just remember, no man is an island unto himself, so don’t forget what Paul says to the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 12: 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it. That’s the way a real family is, when one is down and out they all come together to lend a hand. You know it used to be that way in the community as well. When a person was ill, neighbors would bring over supper or come and do the wash and cut the grass or whatever they could do to lend a helping hand. But you can hardly get people to do that even for the house of the living God anymore much less for one another.
39We live in such a sick society where everyone has a cell phone to stay in touch but are so busy talking to the phone that they walk right by their neighbor and don’t even recognize them. I think the name is indicative of what they are. They are not phones to make us better persons, they are self phones, used to stay in touch with only our chosen few.
40How about putting that thing away for a few days and talk to each person you walk past and strike up a conversation with them. I hate them, and they are poison to our bodies anyway. There’s a 25% increase in brain tumors because of cell phone use, and yet we continue to use them? Is that suicidal or what? Anyway, not to get off the subject, but what did we do ten years ago without them? We got more accomplished because we had less distraction, and we were able to stay more focused on what needed to be done.
41Notice what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1: 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And verse 7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
42And in 2 Corinthians 11 Paul tells us some of his sufferings for Christ, and for the brethren that he took the Word of God to. 2 Corinthians 11: 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
43To the Romans Paul’s message of suffering was no different. In Romans 8: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
45Acts 3: 18 But those things which God before had shown by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. So before he even came to earth it was written by God and spoken of by the prophets that he must suffer and then enter into His glory. We find also in Acts 5: 41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. So peter James and John were so happy to be able to suffer the reproach of the Word, it was like someone gave them great treasure. And did not Jesus tells us that when we are reviled for His word sake we should not revile back, for Matthew 5:10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
46And Paul taught us that when this happens to hold up our shield of faith, and let all that they throw you r way bounce off your shield of faith and fall to your feet for great is your reward. So just think of those words as gold being thrown at you, then don’t throw it back, just let it fall off your shield of faith and fall to your feet and pile up for the other side. And each time they do just say, chi-ching like a cash register. They throw nasty words your way, just say, chi-ching, chi-ching, chi-ching. And think of it as your treasure being stored up in heaven.
47Even Before Paul was told what He would be doing in his role for the family, God told Agabus to tell Paul what things he must suffer for Christ’s sake. Acts 9: 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
48Brother Branham said in his sermon, JUBILEE YEAR" Jeffersonville, Indiana 1954 I said, " every son that cometh to God must be chastened of God." Every one, we just have to be tried; God's whip laid on us, seem like being innocent. God is doing that to prove that we are sons. "Those who cannot stand chastisement is illegitimate children," or not true sons of God. But that man or woman who can stand and take their whipping, and everything going wrong, still look up and say, "Lord, I love You," thats the one. That's, "He that endures to the end the same shall be saved" Now, I love that, don't you?
49Even Jesus taught us concerning His suffering as we see in Luke 9: 22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. So Jesus knew he was to be rejected and we suffer when we are rejected…Again we see in Luke 17: 25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And again in Luke 24: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And again in Luke 24: 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ (the word behoved was translated from the Greek word dei, which means it was necessary) so it was necessary for Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
50In the Book of Mark 8: 31 we see another witness to Christ’s words about his suffering was necessary. And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And again in Mark 9: 12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
51So in getting back to what Paul was saying in 2 Timothy 3: let’s pick up at verse 13But evil men Vicious men, men of such low character as those who would take advantage of others to their dismay, and seducers Men who use such cunning words as to persuade people to do things they would not normally do, These men shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived themselves. In other words, they deceive because they themselves have been deceived. There is a way which seems right unto men, but we know that way is the way of death. 14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; In other words, that is why God works in a certain pattern where the light comes to a vindicated prophet and then goes out by men who have been faithfully taught. Not faithfully fished with or hunted with, but whom have been faithfully taught. And Paul says, we have this assurance knowing of whom we have been taught.
5215And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, (That’ made fully mature) thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
53In closing let me read what brother Branham said in QA on the seals 63-0324M P:6 6 Now, take my advice as your brother: Don't put your own interpretation to anything. You just go on and live a good Christian life, 'cause you'll only wind yourself away from the real thing when you do it. See? You'll only wind your way again away from the thing. And all of you are conscious and know that there's something mysterious happening, and it is happening, and I know what it is. Now, I'm not saying that. It's the grace of God that lets me know that what it is. It's something that's tremendous, and it's gone right now, and there's not a way in the world for you to see it, and it's a, But so help me, with this Bible in my hand, I know what it is.
547 It's been told to you before, so just don't try to put any interpretation but just believe me as your brother (See?); we're living in a great hour. We're living in a time where the... Well, we're... Well, you just be real humble, be a Christian, and try to live for God, and live honest with your fellowman, and love those who don't love you. Don't try to make any... You see, you do, you only make it a mysterious something and mess the real program of God up. See? Yesterday afternoon something happened in my room that I, I'll never be able to leave it. You see? And so, And about two weeks ago something happened that'll never be able to, as long as I live on this earth, I'll never be able to get away from it. See?
558 And so, but if the church here not supposed to know these things, so don't put no interpretation to anything. See? You just go ahead and just remember what you're told; live a Christian life. Go to your church, be a real light wherever you are, and just burn for Christ, and tell the people that how you love Him. And just let your testimony be with love all the time with the people (See?), 'cause if you don't you twist yourself out into something there, and then you're off the beaten track. See, every-time you try to do it, you've done that. See? So just don't try to make no interpretation. And especially tonight, when that Seal becomes up in front of you. See? Just don't try to interpret it. You just go ahead and just be humble and go right on with the same plain message. Now you say, "Brother Branham, is that... we, being the Church of the Living God, shouldn't we..."Well, as I was trying... Look here, I want to say, "Why can't I? I ought to have..."No, no. Don't... You remember, I'm saying this for your good. See, I'm saying it so that you'll understand. If you believe me now, listen to what I tell you. See, see?
569 Now here, now here's a post, and that's, we'll call that a listening post (See?), and in it, got radio. See? And there's warnings and things can be done, like a sword in your hand. See? It can pick from the evil or pick from only as it gets its message. See? Now. But now, for instance, to the ordinary man, there's been so much cults and clans rise up over little outpourings of the Spirit until people gets all worked up in a bunch of stuff, go out and start another little move, and, you know, and things. See, you don't want to do that now. See? Now, just remember, just stay the way you are. And you say, "Well, the Lord showed..." No, now just be careful. See?
57So in closing let me say this. We need to make the Revelation of Christ so simple that people just can’t miss it. Don’t try to be so deep to show you’re some great teacher, just keep the Message simple the way Br. Branham, Paul, John and Jesus delivered to us. Stay away from speculation, for that will take you off the path just as sure as it has so many already. Men who ran after Seven thunders, and two souls, and 8th Messengers until now they believe they are an angel and some believe they are in their glorified bodies, and they also believe we are in the millennium, and the second coming is past. So many completely insane doctrines floating around all because they tried to make the Message mysterious when it is so simple, if they could just understand the relationship that God had with His Son, in the same way He did through William Branham and the same way He wishes to do with you and I as obedient sons. That’s it, so just live a good life for Christ, don’t argue and fuss at home, or with your neighbors, be a shining light, and just live for Christ and for others, for eternal Life is living for others. Let us pray…