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1Let us remain standing as we open our Bibles to the Book of Jeremiah for our text and we will read from Jeremiah 3: 15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
3Dear Gracious and Loving Father, we are so thankful that you have promised that you would give us pastors according to Your own heart, Men who love you and who Love Your Word above self, and who are willing Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, they shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away. Thank you for your promise o God, and may we see the fulfillment with our own eyes, for we ask this in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen…. You may be seated.
4This morning I would like to show how our text ties in with the thoughts of Br. Branham in Paragraph 192 of The Spoken Word is the Original Seed brother Branham where he said, 192 Because so much has been called God's Truth, many will misunderstand this true messenger. (I've got wrote here p-r-o-p-h-e-c-y, prophecy.) Because so much has been called God's Truth by fakers, many true ministers will misunderstand that messenger.
5Now, for a better understanding of what brother Branham is speaking of here concerning what he calls Fakers, which the word means imposters, so let’s turn to the Word of God to see what God says about these imposters.
6Jeremiah 23:1Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. 2Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. 3And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. 4And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
7So we see the fruits of the ministry whether it be a true Pastor or a faker. The fakers destroy the sheep and cause them to be dismayed, and full of fear. But the True Pastor that God sends will not only feed them, but they will fear no more sitting under that ministry, and they will no more be dismayed, and they shall never be lacking for they shall be fruitful and increase.
92 Corinthians 3:1Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? 2Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 3Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 4And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
10Jeremiah 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. 11They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourns unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man lays it to heart. Because no man considers the heart of the matter.
11Jeremiah 10: 19Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it. 20My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains. 21 For the pastors are become brutish, (That means they have become Rough; and uncivilized) and have not sought the LORD therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. (Now, if they knew the word of God they would know that the Scripture plainly tells us, Seek Ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.) But no, these ones he is talking about here are those who seek first their own kingdom, and because their focus is wrong, they become brutish, which means they get rough with the people and become almost uncivilized in their behavior with the people, which are not their people, but God’s people.
13Now, the problem that I see today in this Message today is that there are many elders but not so many true five-fold ministers. There are many Fakers but very few True ministers of the Word. The Apostle Paul taught us in Ephesians 4 beginning with verse, 8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And then in verse 11 he tells us what those gifts are. 11 And he gave some, and the word some means Being an unspecified number or quantity: but then he says, Apostles; and some, Prophets; and some, Evangelists; and some, Pastors and Teachers; So we see that in each case we see that the gifts given to the church are plural, as in more than one, and of some unspecified number or quantity. So the gifts are not just one Teacher, one Apostle, one Evangelist, one Prophet and one Pastor. Each has an “S” after it making it plural. But where are they? And if there be any, what is the fruit of their ministry? Because the Apostle Paul goes on to tell us that these gifts that are given to the church are for the following reason or to bring the following results or fruits in the people they minister to.
14He said, 12“For the perfecting of the saints, (that means for the maturing of the saints, the finishing off or bringing to completion of the saints. And this is to produce in the people maturity that will lend itself for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (In other words, the church should be coming to maturity and to the place that each member is working together for the good of the body of Christ, and all striving for the glory of their Father. Building up one another in Faith and in Love for God’s Word and for each other. Notice he continues,) 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, And this unity of THE Faith, and Knowledge of the Son of God will bring the body unto a perfect man, (a completed body, an equipped body, one that is fully finished off) unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (Notice the fruits of the true five fold, it is to bring us to a True oneness of The Faith, and remember there is only one Lord and One Faith, and since Faith is a revelation, then that revelation is of that One Lord. And you can not receive this without a correct and proper knowledge of the Son of God. And so we see this measure is not just a measure, but it is to produce in us THE Measure of THE Stature of THE Fullness of Christ. And that is so that…)
1514That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16Now, The Amplified Version says it this way. “11 And His gifts were varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us, some to be apostles which are special messengers (or as brother Branham said they are setters in order, they set the church in order), some prophets who are inspired preachers and expounders, some evangelists which are preachers of the Gospel, traveling witnesses of the fire of God, and some pastors who ate shepherds of His flock and some teachers. 12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints who are His consecrated people, that they should do the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body which is his church, 13 That it might develop until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the full and accurate knowledge of the Son of God, that we might arrive at really mature manhood, the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ's own perfection, the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him. 14 So then, we may no longer be children, tossed like ships to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, the prey of the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, gamblers engaged in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.
17E-7 BALM.IN.GILEAD CLEVELAND.TN 59-0707 Now, there's five offices that God put in the Church; there's nine spiritual gifts that accompany that offices and all the members of the Body. The first is apostles, which is missionaries. The word "apostle" means "one that's sent." The word "missionary" means "one that's sent," the same word. Apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, evangelists, these offices God sets in the Church. They're all in operation, or should be. We cannot bypass one and say there's teachers without saying evangelists. We cannot say there's evangelists without saying there is apostles. We cannot say there's apostles without admitting there's prophets. All of them are for the perfecting of the Body of Christ. The Lord gives me visions. Those things begin when I was a little baby. I do not believe that man can be called of man and be a successful minister. I believe gifts and callings are without repentance, that God by His foreknowledge foreordained His ministers into the Gospel, and the gifts into the Church.
18Darkest hour Jesus comes 55-1114 P:17 Now, gifts and callings are placed in the Church by God, God alone. No seminary never made a preacher. God had to call His preacher. Don't you believe that? Why, sure. He might learn... Oh, he might get a--a Bachelor of Art, or he might be a Doctor of Divinity, but that don't make him any more of a preacher than when God spoke to his heart. That's right. That's true. And so I believe that. But God sets in the Church, first apostles, and then prophets, and so forth. God places in the Church... Now, those Divine gifts in the Church are for the Church and the perfecting of the Church, to call the Church to one big Body. And any true minister will never draw lines: "Just because you don't believe with me, you're not in it." We will all recognize one another as brothers because Jesus died for all of us. And God loves us all.
19Invisible union of the bride 65-1125 P:110 Whatever you are, you're servants of God. Whatever God wants you to do, where your place is... God placed in the church some apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors. He placed that by virtue of His own predestination. And you were that to begin with.
20Show me one man of God today, who has the fruits of an Evangelist? Whose ministry is on fire and who travels the road and who is producing fruits for God? People who are on fire for God, people with hearts burning for the Word of God. Show me the man whose ministry is producing a mature and Word ready Bride for Christ? I do not know if you could show me even one Evangelist today who hits the doctrine right while convicting the slothful and sinner to repentance. Show me one, and yet the Book of Ephesians chapter 4 tells us that God set in the Church Evangelists, which is plural.
21Show me one teacher today outside of Brother Vayle who laid in the Word of God day and night, endeavoring to bring the Word of God to the depth that will produce change in the people’s lives, producing a people who are holy, blameless and without fear in God’s presence. Show me one teacher today still preaching who is correcting the errors in doctrine that has stopped the forward progress of the mighty army of God? Our brother Vayle hasn’t taught but 4 times in 11 years now. So where are these teachers today? And show me the fruit of their ministries?
22Show me Apostles who travel the world and go only where God sends them and who teach the Doctrine to the people and ministry in a way that corrects the errors and sets the churches in order as brother Branham said a true Apostle will do. Where are they? Show me the fruit of their ministry if you can.
24Where are the pastors that feed the people before they feed their selves. Where are the pastors who lead the people into a mature relationship with The Father and fuller understanding of the Son of God? I know there are some because I have met them, but show me if you can, and show me the fruit of their ministries?
25But where the problem is today, is not with the true Five Fold ministry because God foreordained those five ministries to bring His church to perfection, to maturity, to a place where they will enter into The Unity of THE Faith and together they will build up the body and not tear it down.
26But where men have gotten away from their position in the family and have tried to take on a role that is not theirs is where they cause a mess, and division and divisiveness enters in among the people and causes problems in the family.
27Brother Vayle said in his sermon, Godhead #8 P:5 “And we saw the life going out of the Word in the first Church Age where problems crept in. And the problems crept in not through a five-fold ministry but through the elders. And the elders and deacons are-they're good people, not saying for one minute they're a problem, but problems arise in that particular area where they desire an office.”
28And Peter, what did he say to the Elders? 1 Peter 5: 1The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 5Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
29Early spiritual experiences 52-0713A P:11 Now, gifts and callings, now, let's get back to what they are. God sets them aside. God places them in the church as He will. God gives severally as He will (Is that right?), not as I will, but as He will. Now, if God wanted me to be a lay member of the church, I'd be better off a lay member, than I would to be a preacher. See? Because I will only bring reproach somewhere along the line, and it'll be something that'll bring reproach. If He called me to be deacon, it's better for me to be deacon, than it would be to be a minister. But if He called me to be a minister, I'd be better off a minister, than I would be a lay member. It's wherever God has called us, and set us in the Church for His servants. Then we fit better.
30And it was the elders that Peter was addressing when he said Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, and the word constraint means “The threat or use of force to prevent, restrict, or dictate the action or thought of others.” but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
31And it saddens me to see churches in this Message whose people live in fear and whose people are stifled and prevented from becoming the sons and daughters of God that they were ordained to be. But notice it is the elders that produce the ship wrecks, and that is exactly what brother Branham said would happen if a deacon decides for himself that he is going to take an office he was not ordained to take. “Now, if God wanted me to be a lay member of the church, I'd be better off a lay member, than I would to be a preacher. See? Because I will only bring reproach somewhere along the line, and it'll be something that'll bring reproach. If He called me to be deacon, it's better for me to be deacon, than it would be to be a minister.”
32And we see this has become a universal problem in this Message because the first Mistake is to become what you are not ordained to become. So they take on the role that God has not called them to take on and it brings a reproach to the Message as brother Branham said it would. We see this also in Jeremiah 10: 21 as I will read it from the Amplified version verse 21 For the shepherds of the people have become like brutes, irrational and stupid, and have not sought the Lord or inquired of Him or required Him by necessity and by right of His word. Therefore they have not dealt prudently and have not prospered, and all their flocks are scattered.
33And that is the difference between one that God has placed in the church and one who took the role for himself for other motives than what God ordained. John 10:1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. Now, this is significant because Jesus taught us that the Door is the Word of God. So we see that the True Shepherd will go straight to the Word of God every time, while the hirelings will bye-pass the Word every time, and say you must do what I tell you to do, because I am the pastor.
343To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leads them out. Notice we see here that the True pastor will lead the sheep. As peter said, he is to lead by example. He is to be shepherd of God’s sheep. He is not a herdsman who has to drive the cattle to the food and make them wear a yoke to control them. These are sheep, they are not dumb driven cattle who are harnessed to a yoke to force them to do what the herdsman wants them to do. These are Lambs with a lamb’s nature. And lamb nature is to follow the leading of the shepherd who leads by example.
35From his sermon, Looking unto Jesus 64-0122 P:61 Are we going to set in this day, dull, and see our great High Priest make Himself known among us, and then set like dumb driven cattle? No, sir. Let us be up and doing, with a heart for any strife. Be not like dumb driven cattle. Be a hero.
36And again from his sermon, Serpent's seed 58-0928E P:41 Now, don't the Bible say all things work together for good to them that love God? So what are you scared about? Let us be up and doing with a heart for any strife. Be not like dumb driven cattle, had to be begged and persuaded. Be a hero. I like that. Stand up.
37And from br. Branham’s sermon, Have faith in God 58-0105 P:51 "Be not like dumb driven cattle," have to be herded into their own food, and have a neck yoke put on them to hold them long enough, till they could eat the food. But may they rise in the faith and in the power of the resurrection and be healed and saved just now, as I cast away the doubting spirit, that holds this building tonight. In the Name of Jesus Christ, may it go, for the glory of God. And let the people raise their hands now, and rejoice in the Lord, be saved, and filled with the Holy Ghost, and healed for God's glory.
38Then Jesus continues in John 10:4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, He doesn’t force them to do what he himself will not do. He does it and they do it as they watch what he does. As Brother Branham said, Don’t preach me a sermon, live me a sermon.
39“and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. So you see they might get into the sheep pen through the window but not through the door, and when they do they will have to beet the sheep to do what they want because the sheep know not their voice. But the Voice of the true Shepherd they will follow.
406. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
42Ezekiel 34:1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. 4The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 5And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
436My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, (in other words, this is not the conditions of one church, but throughout the entire world, he said upon all the face of the earth.) and none did search or seek after them.
447Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; 8As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; 9Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; 10Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
4511For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. 12As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. 13And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, (again we see that this is a universal problem as he says countries which is plural or many) and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. 15I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. 16I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. 17And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats. 18Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? 19And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet. 20Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. 21Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad; 22Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle. 23And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them,
46In closing I would like to speak to you of our recent travel to the UK, Poland and Norway where we did follow-up concerning the Work of the Lord which we have been doing over seas in Europe for the past couple years. Let me say that the fellowship around God’s Word was wonderful, and I am so thankful for the growth and certainty that in their relationship with the Father that was so apparent to our eyes and ears.
47The first place we traveled where we saw this maturity and the great joy in the Holy Ghost and a real genuine Love for the saints was in the UK when we traveled to England Scotland and Wales to do some follow-up work with the brethren there. It was wonderful to see the growth and the mature determination to fight the good fight, yet with Love for the brethren.
48But it did not dawn on me what was happening until we went to Poland and we saw the same maturity, the same joy, and the same Love for the brethren. Then I began to see that there is a real fruit that is showing in this ministry, that is producing mature adults ready for adoption. You know, I have known for years you get what you sow for and you get what you preach for. And in Poland it began to dawn on me just what was happening. I have been crossing the world for the past 11 years teaching on the relationship that Jesus had with his father, and for the past 4 years I have been teaching the spirit of adoption, and what we are now seeing is a people being made ready for the adoption.
49So it was in Poland where I began to really see just what our Father is doing. To see the growth of the people so quickly there because they have only been away from that hard legalisistic - nicolaitian spirit for only a short time, and I had thought last September that it might take years for "the little bent blades of God Life “Son of God seed” to stand erect again. But when we got there, we saw the same thing that was taking place in England taking place in Poland as well. And to see the power of "laying in the presence of the Son to ripen" and to see how quickly that ripening "into mature Sons and daughters of God" has taken place, to me it is so amazing, yes, Amazing Grace…that within 8 short months of leaving a church where the pastor ruled the sheep with a rod of iron, to where they have now for 8 months been feeding on our series from "The Spoken Word is the Original Seed" to see how happy these brethren now are, and to see how sure they have become of their relationship with their Father, and eldest brother Jesus. To see for my own eyes how free they are to worship, and how discerning they have become, ale to rightly divide between the “church spirit” verses the “Holy Spirit” which brother Branham said would be so close it would deceive all but the elect of God. To know they are certain of their election.
50But the miracle did not stop there. When we travelled to Norway, we saw the same fruits of Love for the brethren, and joy in the Holy Ghost and such freedom to worship in the brothers, there as well. It was so wonderful to see that I could hardly contain the tears in my eyes, and heart.
51To see these brethren become so strong, so happy and so free, and also to see their knowledge of the Son of God grow so deeply, and to see them experience such a wonderful relationship with their Father and Eldest brother. A relationship that has resulted in such sureness, and such certainty they now have, and to see those same fruits in all three countries was such a wonderful experience for me, that it gives me renewed energy to keep pressing toward the mark of the high calling in Jesus Christ. It was so good and encouraging to my soul that I can not help but to shed tears for joy each time I think of it.
52As The Apostle Paul said, "You are the fruits of my ministry" and to see how the same Word will bring the same results no matter what country the light shines into, and no matter how long “the Son of God seed” has been held back or held down, yet in the presence of Divine Light to see it come to maturity and getting ready for the Adoption of Sons, it is so wonderful to see first hand what this Word has done for them all, that My heart wants to burst with Family pride when I see their progress, especially when the devil had done so much to hold them back from coming into their maturity and thus their adoptable state of being.
54And may God bless you all and as we are moving on and upward to a higher calling in Christ Jesus as"we walk in the light, as He is in the light, bringing us into fellowship with one another, and knowing as we are in His light that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all our sin."
55In closing let me read from Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.