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1This evening I would like to pick up at paragraph 132 of The Spoken Word is the original Seed132 Now, let's go back to the Old Testament for some types, then I'm going to start here in a few minutes on something and let you go. Let's go back to the Old Testament for some types to prove these things. Now, I've took several hours here, laying this on. Now, we're going to change the subject, change the program. Now, first I've got something, just when I get to, I got a few pages here and then I got to. Oh, my, my, my, surely not that. I'll just have to hurry real quick. Now, I'll read it (See?), just read as fast as I can, 'cause I know we haven't got but just a very short time now. See? Now, the... Are you tired? Oh, well, then it's me. All right. Go ahead; that's all right.
2133 Now, that's why we got all the things that we've got. Now, all these things I've said, if they don't jive with the Bible, or dovetail with God's Word, they're wrong. They're wrong. Now, all this picture, I'm just going to hurry over some of this, not explain it, but just hurry over it so we can get to it; and I promise you, just as quick as I possibly can, I got a place here where I got so in the Spirit. I got the church up to show it and prove it in the Word here exactly what's happened all along, and then when I did, I thought, "Lord, I got the people standing here now; I'll have them standing there; what can I tell them? I can't predict the future. I can't tell them what to do. What will I do? I'll leave them setting on a limb." And I raised up my hand and I said, "God, I think I'm doing this for Your will. I've never did this, never did before." 'Cause the seed hadn't been sowed yet. I said, "Now, I've got... I believe it's time for me to say it; but now, what am I going to say now?"
3134 And just as plain as you hear my voice, something said, "Pick up your pen." I'll read it to you in a minute. And when I got through, there it was, just the answer. I didn't even know what I was writing, just started writing; and when I got through, I laid the pen down; I looked; I thought, "O God have mercy; there it is right there. That's what I'm looking for." Now, there's some things I had to bypass. We'll get to it in a little bit, the Lord willing. See?
4135All the Old Testament was types that point to Christ and His church. You believe Adam and Eve pointed to Christ and His church? You believe Jehovah and His Wife pointed to Christ and His church? Well, if them are types and this is the antitype, it has to be like the type, 'cause the type takes from the, the antitype takes from the type. Christ is the Head, the true Stone of God (Do you believe that?), the true Word. The Bride is the Body. You want some Scriptures on these, so you can look them up? (I was going to read the Scriptures, but I won't.) I Peter 2:1-6; Ephesians 5:22; (See?) I Peter 2:1-6; Ephesians 5:23. Read that chapter, both of them in there. See?
5136The Old Testament: Christ, looky here. Let's just take this for instance. (Maybe if my wife didn't take my dollar. Here it is. Paid for some sandwiches awhile ago. Excuse me, friends, I oughtn't have said that, but I got a good wife.) Now, on the back of this dollar... (If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have the dollar, I guess; God's mercy give it to us and her helping me.) Now, on the back of this, looks like, if that be our money, the American seal on the left hand side of the dollar ought to be the great seal in this country. Is that right? But why is it the pyramid is called the great seal? Even your money has to testify of it. Yes, every time you send a post card or a mail, you have to test--it testifies: the year of our Lord, nineteen and sixty-two. Everything testifies of Christ. See?
6137 Did you notice that the great seal, it's the pyramid? Anybody ever know that the pyramid never had the capstone put on it? How many knows that? Sure. I been there in Egypt, Cairo: seen it. Never had the capstone, why? It was rejected, the cornerstone. That was the cornerstone that held this building, is a keystone. How many knows what a keystone is? When the arch is built, then the keystone holds it together. The cornerstone's what holds up the building, is that right? And the cornerstone in the pyramid was the capstone, was the keystone that held the rest of it together. Now, this keystone was rejected. Did you notice, up there, it's standing up above, up above the pyramid. Now, what did that represent when Enoch built it?
7138 Here's what taken place: it's just like the Gospel church coming. See, now down in the wide part of the pyramid, represents the early days of reformation: just to call yourself a Christian and deny the Catholic church, meant you'd get killed for it. Then along come... They preached justification by faith. Then along come... Now, watch the three come back again. Along come John Wesley preaching sanctification. The church become in the minority more (See?), come down this a-way.
8139 And then after John Wesley's days of sanctification, come the Pentecostal church, and God took a remnant out of that: each one accepting the Word. See? Now, when it come down to the Pentecostals, it cut it down a lot closer because it was the restoration of the gifts, bringing it right on up, make... What is it? Way down here it's a way away from the looks of the head. Down here it's a little closer to the head. Up here it's a little closer, but that's got to be absolutely to fit with the rest of it. It's got to be honed. In that pyramid, you can take a razor blade, and you can't run between them rocks where the mortar was; it's so fitly put together. They said Solomon's temple was the same. See?
9140 God is taking the elect out of that Pentecostal church (that hybrid), pulling it out, and finishing up the Word. And it's got to be so close until the Word Itself will blend with this Word. There comes the Headstone, crying, "Grace, grace, amazing grace." The Headstone, here you are like this (See?), on there. See, how it way wide down here? And it keeps getting closer, closer, closer (the ministry), after while here come, Here's Luther: justification, justified. Here come Wesley: sanctified bunch. Here come Pentecostal: restoration of the gifts. Now, God's taking from there, honing out a bunch to make a ministry just exactly like that Word there, because it's got to fit with the Word. There's the Bride; take Her up.
10Now, I’d like to stop here because the question came to me today from Br. Jan in Norway. It was a very good question that he had concerning how we can balance our lives between setting goals for ourselves, and the letter from Br. Branham to a brother Fantler which has been posted on the internet called “the High Calling”. I do not know whether this letter is an authentic letter from Br. Branham or not, but it seems to be speak what we would believe Br. Branham to say, so let me just read his question and then the letter called “The High calling” to you before we answer our brothers question.
12In your sermons The Garden of your mind, you preach about our thoughts that create our lives and circumstances, which I truly believe. You also encourage us to set high goals in life, because the Bible does not know mediocrity. We can be the best.
17“If God has called you to be like JESUS in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put on you such demands of obedience, that He will not allow you to follow other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other good people do things which he will not let you do. Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it; and if you attempt it, You will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent. Others can brag on themselves, on their success, on their writings, but the Holy spirit will not allow you to do any such thing and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works .
18Other will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or having legacy left to them or in having luxuries, but God may supply you daily, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, and that is a helpless dependence on Him, that He may have privilege of providing your needs day by day out the unseen treasury. The LORD may let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hid away in obscurity, because He wants to produce some choice, the fragrant fruit for His coming and glory, which can only be produced in the shade.
19God will let others be great, but keep you small. He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make you still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done, and this will make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes.
20The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you with a jealous love and will rebuke you for little words and feelings or wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own, and He will not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.
21God will take you at Your word; and if you absolutely sell yourself to be his slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and let other people say and do many things that you cannot do or say. Settle it forever, that You are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He shall have the privilege of tying of your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that others are not to deal with. Now when you are so possessed with the living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy spirit over your life, you will have found vestibule of heaven.
23As I mentioned, I do not know the nature and have not checked out fully the authenticity of this letter, or of how this letter came to be on the internet, or whether it is genuinely written by brother Branham because I have seen the same letter used on other website. But the words are good, and the intent is right. There are a few words in this letter that I never heard brother Branham say on tape but that doesn’t mean he did not write them. So until proven otherwise, I will use it as an answer to our brothers question not trying to prove it from brother Branham or not.
24Again his question was, “In your sermons The Garden of your mind, you preach about our thoughts that create our lives and circumstances, which I truly believe. You also encourage us to set high goals in life, because the Bible does not know mediocrity. We can be the best. On the other hand we have "The high calling" How can I unite these two?”
25Now, let me read my reply to brother Jan. Remember, his question is how can we set high goals and aspiration for ourselves to be the best in whatever we set our hand to do, and yet how do we do this in light of “the High Calling”.
26The answer I gave him is “that greatness and achievement is not measured by the worlds standards but by our complete surrender to our Savior. If our goal is to be greatest, then we must become servant of all. Our highest goal is the be the consummate servant, the blind servant who only heard what His master wanted him to hear and the blind servant who only saw what his master wanted him to see. Jesus fulfilled this kind of servant, when he said “the son can do nothing but what he sees his father do.” John 5:19 and 5:30.
31"He that humbles himself shall be exalted." "The way up is down". All these Scriptures and quotes from Br. Branham you have heard your whole life, are true and they are what guides the high calling.
32In Colossians 3:1-5; we read, 1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Now, the key is verse 2 because Jesus told us in Luke 12:34 and Matthew 6:21 “where your treasure s there your heart will be also.”
33So we read in verse 2“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” You see, in order for you to set your affection on things above, those things above you must make them your treasure. For “where your treasure s there your heart will be also.”
37Now, Who is God? Is He not the Word? So you are hid with Christ the anointed Son in God’s Word. In other words, the very life that was in Him leading and guiding Him is now in you leading and guiding you, and you no longer live for yourself, but you live for him.
39When Christ who is our Life shall phaneroo, or shall manifest Himself in His true identity or character “then shall ye also appear” then shall you also manifest yourself in your true identity or character “with him in glory”, with him in the same opinion, with him in the same values, with Him in the same judgments.
42Now, we are coming to the stature of the son of God where Jesus Christ was so submissive to the Will of His Father, God, that Isaiah called him the blind servant who was deaf to anything but the Voice of God, and blind to all but what God willed for him to see. And that made him the perfect servant.
43The NIV translated the verse we read for our text this way. “Who is blind like my servant, and deaf like the Messenger I send? Who is blind like the one that is committed to me, blind like the servant of the Lord? You have seen many things but have paid no attention, your ears are open, but you hear nothing. You Pleased the Lord for the sake or righteousness, to make His law great and glorious.”
44That is why William Branham could speak of the son of God in the same way in his sermon, Total Deliverance 59-0712 pp. 55-56 55In this sermon, he said, “Jesus was completely, totally man. He could cry like a man, He could eat like a man; He could become like a man. He was completely, totally man in His physical being. And in His Spirit, He was completely, totally God, so He made His flesh submissive to the Spirit that was IN Him. You see, He was tempted in all manners like we are. He was man, not an Angel. He was a man. He had desires and temptations just like we do. The Bible said He did. He was a man, not an Angel above temptation. Hebrews 1 said that He was... Hebrews 1:4 said He was made lower than the Angels. He was man, completely man, that God took a complete man to bring total deliverance; and He filled Him with His Spirit; the Holy Ghost was in Him without measure. And He was tempted like we were. And He was completely God. He proved it when He raised the dead, when He stopped nature, the roaring seas and the mighty winds. When He spoke to the trees, and so forth, they obeyed Him. He was God inside. And He could've been man, for He was Man, but He totally and completely delivered Himself as a Man into the hands of God for the service of God. And He is our example. 56 We are men and women. We're also Christians. If He's our example, let us completely deliver ourselves into the hands of the Holy Ghost, that we might be subjects of the Kingdom of God. He was totally man; He was totally God, but He surrendered His natural parts and His physical parts, and His Own thinking, and His Own doing, and His Own cares, and "I do only that which pleases the Father." There you are. Totally delivered from human beings... The priests come to Him, the great men, and said, "Rabbi So-and-so," and tried to bribe Him into their affiliations and denominations, but He was totally delivered because He trusted in God. Did not the Psalmist say, "Thou will deliver Him, for He has completely trusted in Me"? See?
45Jesus was so committed to his Father, that he did nothing, but what God showed him to do., he spoke nothing but what God commanded him to speak, he taught no doctrine but what doctrine God gave him to teach and he did not do his own will, but the will of Him that sent him.
46John 5: 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
52John 7:16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
54Hebrews chapter 10:5Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
55Now, this was taken from the book of Psalms 40: 6Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. 7Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 8I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. 9I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.10I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. 11Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
56Now, let’s get back to Hebrews 10:8Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised; 24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
57The problem we have in the Message as I see it is that the people have lost focus on what God is doing right now. Brother Branham said “they miss God by always looking back and always looking forward but failing to recognize what God is doing now.” And if it didn’t come to their little group then it didn’t come at all according to their perception, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not happening right now.
58You see, what I believe to be taking place in this hour is that God is coming more and more into His church, and sons of God are becoming more and more in the image of their elder brother Jesus, the first born son in a vast family of Brothers. And that means the sons are coming more and more into the image of the Source of Life which is their Father. Now, if Jesus, our eldest brother in this vast family of brethren came forth in the exact image o f His Father, which is Hebrews 1:3, then if we are to be conformed to the image of the eldest son in this vast family of brethren, then we are to come into the very image of our Father also.
59You see, that is exactly what the Apostle John said in 1 John 1:1 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;)3That 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.
60So the Life, which is God-Life that He’s talking about, came forth from the Father into His Son to become expressed in a visible being. Thus the invisible God could become visible through the body of His Son.
61John 5:26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And what is life without an expression of that Life? And if God expressed His very own Life through the body of His first born son, then what about the other sons?
62Then what about us? We are also sons born by the same Spirit into the same family, and given the same name as our Father. The same name given to the first born is given to the other sons as well, for the whole family of God is named Jesus.
65I love the way the Weymouth Translation reads Romans 8;29 For those whom He has known beforehand He has also pre-destined to bear the likeness of His Son, that He might be the Eldest in a vast family of brothers;
68Identification 63-0123 P:21 But when He seen that His creation had fallen, now His own loving character molded Himself into the Person of Christ. God's own character of love projected Himself in the man, Christ. As Paul, speaking here, "Thinking it not robbery, but making himself equal, equal to God," rather. See, His own character molded that kind of a Person. Oh, no one could ever do that but God.
69Christ is identified the same 64-0415 P:26 He was the manifestation of God. He was God in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. He was expressing what the Father was in Himself. He said, "I do always that which pleases the Father. And I and the Father are One. The Father dwells in Me. When you see Me, you've seen the Father." In other words, He expressed God, the Spirit so much in Him, that He and the Father, it wasn't robbery for Him to be the same Person.
70Investments 63-0126 P:84 Jesus Christ was the expressed Image of God. He was what God through His power projected: a body which was called Son because He was a man, and He come from God. And He was so committed to God, till He didn't think it robbery that Him and God being the same Person. And they were, because God was the Word, and He was the Word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And there's where God could take His Word without any interruption. He was constantly doing that what the Father wanted done. And there the Word could work through Him there, till...?... Him and Father was One. That's what...And then He took that perfect Life and all of our sins, and placed it upon that perfect Life and He died that we renegades could die to ourselves and be born of above, and His Word could work through us the works of God.
71SHALOM 64-011 7 Jesus. "No Man has seen God at any time, but the only begotten of the Father has declared Him." See? In other words, God was identified. The Person of God was identified in the Body, the Lord Jesus Christ, so He was the expressed image of God. Or, God expressing Himself through an image, see, through an image, Man. God expressed Himself to us, and He was God. Not a third person or second person; He was the Person, God. He was God Himself, identifying Himself, so we could feel Him.
72AS I WAS WITH MOSES 51-0503 E-15 When Jesus of Nazareth... I believe that the Father was in Him, that all the great things that was the Father's was given unto His Son, all the great blessings and gifts; for He was just expressed image of the Father. And in Him dwelled all the richness of God dwelling in Him here, looking up. And I... He said, "I and My Father are One. My Father dwelleth in Me." Just as Jehovah... Just what Jehovah was, Jesus was. He was the expressed image of Him. He was God shaped out here, and all the powers of God formed into, and put in a human body. He said, "It's not Me that doeth the works; it's My Father that dwelleth in Me; He doeth the works."
73And God not only was identified in the body of His first born son, but in this hour he was identified in another son William Branham, and God was so expressed through his body that many thought he was God manifested in Flesh. And he was. He was so one with God that he thought it not robbery to be the same person as God.
75BELIEVE FROM THE HEART 57-0623 E-46 Jesus was a witness of God. He become so full of God, till him and God was One. God dwelt in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, the very expression. A man's work declares his character. Christ was God's work. And Christ declared God's character, His feeling for the sick, His longing for saving of souls, till even He gave His own life. God's work... God's character was declared in Christ.
76Therefore, we see that He was the very expression of God. This first light that God brought forth was the Logos which was a part of God coming forth into an expression which God called His Son, and then through this expression, or expressed Word, or Manifested Word, God brought forth all of creation. ROMANS 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. Amen.
77SIRS WE WOULD SEE JESUS 57-1211 021 Now, Jesus was born for one purpose, that was for God to manifest Himself through that body. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. He was a body that was made physical, that men and women could see what He thought, and His expressions to the people in His gratefulness. And His attitude towards all mankind, He expressed it through Christ. Christ seemed to be a dual personality. He would speak sometimes and they'd scratch their heads; and they didn't understand Him. He'd speak one thing one time, look like, and something else another time. What it was, was Jesus speaking, and then Christ speaking. Jesus was the man. Christ was the God that was in Him. "Not Me that doeth the works: My Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the work." See? God will not share His glory with no one.
78HARVEST 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. That... 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
79In JOHN 17:11 ¶ And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. And how is it that we might be One even as which means in the same manner as 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: Therefore 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: