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1Last Sunday we ended our message from paragraph32 of Brother Branham’s sermon the Spoken Word is the original Seed, where he said, “See, you've got to have somewhere that faith can take its resting place. And to me, I don't know how you feel about it, but to me the Bible is the infallible Word of God. And I believe that God has watched over His Word that there's not one punctuation out of place.”
2Now, I would like to stop here for a moment to reflect upon these words we just read. You see, I do not believe in just rushing through our studies of Br. Branham’s sermons, because this Message is our Absolute. And I do not care what Donnie Reagan or any other minister says, this Message is our Absolute., because it is the Word of God from “this Bible” made manifested in this day.
3You see, brother Branham said the entire New Testament speaks of this hour. Therefore, this Message and this Bible are the same, and there is no difference, because the Message is this Bible revealed to us in 20th century Americaneze. And for anyone to fuss with that it shows the word of God has not been revealed to them.
4Wednesday night we examined what Paul said in Galatians chapter 1 and we saw where Paul said, Galatians 1:6I marvel that you are so soon removed (and that means they changed sides. They removed themselves) from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel (that’s a heteros Gospel, one with a different nature, because notice he then says): 7Which is not another; (notice Paul says they are turned to another gospel, but then he says it is not another Gospel )but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
5So you see it is the perverting of the Gospel that Paul was concerned about. And the word “pervert” that we see Paul use hear was translated from the Greek word “metastrepho” which means to transmute, or “to change from one nature to another”. That is why the word “pervert” was chosen as the English equivalent in the translation. Because the word “pervert” means not only to change from one nature to another, but from good to worse. In other words, the change is not for the better but for the worse. The word pervert means: To interpret incorrectly; misconstrue or distort.
6Now, the Word Paul brought was vindicated, and so was the message that William Branham brought to us. And in fact that is the same as the Message that Jesus brought because Jesus himself said, “if you don’t believe me, at least believe for the works sake”. He said, I didn’t heal the man, but God shows me what to do and then I only do what I see my father doing in a vision, and then I do what he does. My father works and I work hitherto. He said the words, I teach my father commanded me what to say. He said, “the son can do nothing but what the father shows him to do”. He said, “my doctrine Is not mine but the father’s that sent me”. He said, I don’t even do my own will, but “my meat is to do the will of Him that sent me”.
10We also see the Apostle Paul tell us the same thing in Galatians chapter one as we read last week. William Branham pointed to vindication as well. So it matters not how religious the person can be. It maters not how righteous and holy they seem to be. What matters is whether God backs up what that person says or not. Because any word that is not his own he is not obligated to back up. And unless you understand what it means to be vindicated, you might find yourself following a lot of phonies in this hour.
11From God's only provided place of worship 65-1128M P:40 Brother Branham said, “Cain was just as religious as Abel was. They both built altars. They both loved God. They both made sacrifices. They both worshipped. They both paid tithe. They both done everything just alike. But Abel, by faith, which is the revelation, the Word of God revealed, made plain, showed out, and vindicated... Glory! Cain made an offering, but God didn't vindicate it. God required worship, and Cain made the offering; but God didn't vindicate it. But by the true channel...You say, "Well, my church is It. My..."Wait just a minute. God interprets His Own Word by Its terms that Its spoke in. See? Cain said, "I am religious. I am a lover of my Maker. I offer to Thee this fine altar. I offer to You this sacrifice. I built all these things up, Lord, because I love You." Abel said the same thing. Now, it's the one that's vindicated, the one that's proven. And God come down and received Abel's sacrifice, because by revelation he had struck the true channel of God that was accepted.
12O, I love that. Now, look, God is not obligated to anything but His own Word. You are obligated to your word, and I am obligated to my word, but I am not obligated to your word. No way shape or form. I won’t do it. My kids make a mistake and make an obligation to someone or something, and then expect me to pay for their mistake? No way.
13Look, God even backs up the man and gives him authority over his house and in a way that helps to get them off the hook for making bad decisions. In Numbers 30: 1 And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded. 2If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. 3If a woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father's house in her youth; 4And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand. 5But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the LORD shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her. 6And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul; 7And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it: then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. 8But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the LORD shall forgive her. 9But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against her. 10And if she vowed in her husband's house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath; 11And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. 12But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive her. 13Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void. 14But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day; then he establisheth all her vows, or all her bonds, which are upon her: he confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard them. 15But if he shall any ways make them void after that he hath heard them; then he shall bear her iniquity. 16These are the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the father and his daughter, being yet in her youth in her father's house.
14So you see the importance of headship in the home. That is why I tell my daughters, “as much sometimes as you might wish to get a place of your own, it is not scriptural to do so”. You must have a head, and your head is your father until you choose another head.
15Now, it doesn’t say that for sons. When a son comes of age he’s on his own, and he is responsible for all his actions and vows. The Father is not responsible for his son. And When Billy Paul decided to move out from home, and he chose the way of sin, then God put him on his back in the hospital, and he was so sick he thought he was going to die for sure. So he tried to get a hold of his father, who was with the family on vacation out west. He tried desperately to get a hold o his father, but his father couldn’t be found anywhere.
16So finally one morning as he lay there in that hospital bed, he opened his eyes, and behold his father was standing over his bed just looking down at him. He said, “O, daddy, I am so glad you are here. I know that if you just lay your hands on me I will be healed. Will you pray for me daddy?” And to his chagrin brother Branham said to him, “the way of the transgressor is hard son, you did the sinning, you do the praying”.
17And this isn’t something unusual with brother Branham. In his sermon, Church and its condition 56-0805 P:106 he said, The Holy Spirit speaking again now. Repentance, just cry right out to God; just pray your own prayer. You're the one's done the sinning; now you're the one do the praying. Tell God you're sorry what you done. Don't pay any attention to who's around you. Just say, "God, forgive me; I didn't mean to be like that.
18So we must understand that God is only obligated to back up his own Word, and if that be so, then surely there is something about vindication that we must need to understand. Therefore I believe that understanding vindication is perhaps one of the most important things we can do as a Believer in God and His Word.
19It seems today that even in this Message we are living in a time where every man does what he thinks is right in his own eyes. And if you know me, you know that I like to ask questions. And so I ask myself, “why is it that everyone seems to do what they think is right, and yet many times they know it isn’t right?” You see, God is not going to ask you on judgment day if you did what you thought is right, because He has already told us that we have no thought coming. He said,
21He said in, Isaiah Chapter 55: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
22So it doesn’t matter who you are, if He didn’t say it, then your opinion means nothing to God. So then what is Vindication. Why is it so important to us? From br. Branham’s sermon, SIGN OF HIS COMING 62-0407 32 he said, But to the believer, it's a vindication of the truth of God's Word that speaks of the coming sign. Amen. It vindicates God's Word to be the truth. That's to the believer. Amen. The unbeliever, he's worried, dismayed, discouraged. "Oh, such a outfit," he will say. "You don't mean you belong to a thing like that." See? He's just discouraged with it. But to the believer, it's, oh, it's honey in the rock. It's a vindication.”
23Now, what does brother Branham mean when he uses the term vindication? Brother Branham used the term Vindication to explain: "God has a One man Message and He deals with One man only". But men do not like this, for they seem to want to have their own say as to how God is going to do things.
24 From WHO DO YOU SAY THIS IS? 64-1227 128 he said, That one-man message, they didn't want it. No, they didn't want It. And God never did deal but with one person at a time. It's always a one-man message. When did ever He deal with the people, outside of just one person? It's an individual. It ain't a group.
25 Vindication is the real issue concerning our faith. Not so much that it was God backing up William Branham's Message, but more importantly that God Himself was on the scene and he is the author of that Message. It’s not William Branham’s Word, it’s God’s Word.
26A close study of this principle of vindication will help us to understand better that when it comes to the program of God, we have absolutely no say as to what will happen. All God requires from you and me is to get ourselves out of the way and allow God to work through his chosen channel, which according to Amos 3:7 is always a prophet.
27AMOS 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done [it]? 7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. 8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
28 Again we find in the book of Deuteronomy God's Law concerning how he will deal with His People. And since He is the same and changes not, then we cannot say that prophets are relegated to the Old Testament only, for there are references to prophets in the New Testament as well.
29 DEUTERONOMY 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
30 Now, God set forth an order that has very strict consequences for those who will not adhere to it. He said, I will require it from you. You will pay for your unbelief. Notice the question came forth from God's own mouth. He said, how will you know what is right and what is not right? And then He tells us, the one that is not right will not be vindicated. I will not bring his words to pass, because they are not my words. They are not “thus Saith the Lord.”
31And we know God is very protective of His own Words. ISAIAH 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
32 And again we see in JOHN 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. 24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, how long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Now, do you really think they wanted to know? Do you really think they would have believed him if he told them he was the Son of God? All you have to do is read on to know that they didn’t believe him, they just wanted him to say it so they could hold it against him. They only came to his meetings to find fault. And so is it today. People don’t change, the same spirits of unbelief just go from one body to the next, to the next and on and on.
3325 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shown you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, make thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemed; because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father [is] in me, and I in him. 39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
34 Brother Branham said in his sermon, Jesus Christ the Same 55-0603 15 But Jesus come by not preaching so forceful as John, but there were signs and wonders accompanying Him. He said, "If you can't believe Me believe the works that I do. If you can't believe Me believe the a vindication that the Father has given of Me, for the works that I do, the same testify that the Father has sent Me." What a statement. Think of it. "The works that I do testify that the Father has sent Me." Man can make any kind of a statement, but if God don't back that statement up, you've got a right to say it's wrong. But when God comes around and confirms that statement to be the truth then it's sin to disbelieve it. For what is sin? Sin is one thing: "unbelief." That's right. You couldn't say how much of that is night. It's all night. And in the daytime you couldn't say just this much is day. It's all day. Jesus said, "He that believeth not is condemned already." Faith in God and unbelief that's the two things. One is sin and the other one is salvation.
35 JOHN 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. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
36 What Hearest Thou Elijah 59-0412E 32 Listen, brother, you might have a lot of noise, but I wonder how much spirit's behind it, is what I'm a wondering. It isn't noise that makes spirit. I've seen people that could jump, and run, and shout, and play bands, and run up and down the platform, and didn't have enough real true faith to stop a toothache. That's right. It's that still small voice of God that operates the power of God, that makes things real and brings Life to the church. That's what I'm speaking of. It ain't noise that counts; it's the vindication, the Spirit of God that makes the difference. It's been here each night performing signs, and wonders, and miracles among the people. It's true. I don't see how Pentecostal people, who claim to have kissed the cup of the golden blessings of Jesus Christ, can set still hardly when the Holy Ghost is a moving in such things. But it's because it ain't got a noise behind it. The noise went first, then the still small voice come.
37 Having Conferences 60-0608 78 And while we have our heads bowed, is there a sinners--any sinners here, would like to walk up here just a minute. Maybe this might not help you, but I want to be sure of this. I've told you the honest truth, so help me. God knows that. I want to be sure that there's not a sinner on the ground. Let me say this, THUS SAITH THE HOLY SPIRIT: "Except a man be born again, he cannot enter into the Kingdom." And if you're here tonight, and THUS SAITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD that's within me, I tell the truth; I lie not. The very thing that vindicates it is a returning of that prophetic Spirit that discerns the thoughts, tells you what you've done, what you will do, what'll happen to you, every predicament, every time perfectly for year after year. That's the vindication that I have told you the truth…
38Be not Afraid 60-0609 71 You believe on the Lord Jesus? Have faith in God. It's all over, brother. Just believe it now. We are strangers to one another. Now, that ought to settle it for the whole group of you. Does that confirm that I'm preaching the truth? How would God let me tell something wrong, and stand up with my very message. These things are only to indicate a Divine a vindication that my theology is right. That's exactly right. The Word of the Lord came to the prophets. You believe that with all your heart? I don't know you; Jesus knows you. You're a very fine person, and you're not here for yourself. You're here for someone else. It's your daughter. You believe God can tell me what her trouble is? It's in her spine. That's true. If that's right, raise up your hand. Now, you believe with all your heart?
39BLIND BARTIMAEUS 60-0713 24 And in Praying for the sick, tonight as we pray for the sick, the Lord may come to us and give the visions. And if He does, remember the vision does not heal people. The vision is only a vindication that the Word is right. How many knows what the word "prophet" means? Sure you do. A "prophet" means "a one that foretells or forth tells." And it is a Divine sign from God that this person that's speaking has the right interpretation of the Divine Word, because the Word of the Lord came unto the prophets. And the prophet foretold and done those signs, which is a vindication that he had the interpretation of the divine Word.
40 JOHN 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. 31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
42DEUTERONOMY 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
43So you see there is no “Thus Saith the Lord” here. It’s just dreams and visions, but no “Thus Saith the Lord.” So who needs it. I’m sorry, but dreams and visions may be a nice thing, and may even come from the Lord, but they are not an absolute. You know, even brother Branham had to check all his visions by the Absolute. By the Word, so that tells you that satan can give you dreams and visions just the same as God can. And further more who can interpret dreams and visions without God doing it through a prophet He has thoroughly vindicated.
44 HEBREWS 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
45 From his sermon,. SIGN OF HIS COMING 62-0407 brother Branham said, 36 A vindication of God's Word being true, God bears record of His Word by His signs. God's Word is a Seed, and that Seed has to bring forth of Its kind (Genesis 1:11), every seed of its kind. And Jesus said that the Word of God was a Seed that a “Sower” sowed. So then, every promise in the Bible has to produce its kind. Amen. 37 Now, the signs are a vindication of the true Word. God in all ages has said that. Now, some of you might want to take down some of these Scriptures. If you do, put Hebrews 2:4 there. You see that God has vindicated His messengers. "God in sundry times and divers manners," Hebrews starts out, "spoke unto the fathers by the prophets, in this last days through His Son, Christ Jesus." See? And seeing that, them had the Gospel preached to them way back long ago, and had signs and wonders to vindicate that; then how much more should we hold on after God with divers signs and wonders and gifts of the Holy Ghost? Oh, divers of signs, the signs that Jesus Christ showed that He was here on earth, Who He was, and what He was, and the purpose He was here from.
46 HEBREWS 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
47GUIDE A 62-1014E 41 It was a vindication there, that there was a living God inside of Him. What He testified, "It's not Me that doeth the works; it's My Father that dwelleth in Me. Verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing in Himself, but what He sees the Father doing, that doeth the Son likewise. The Father worketh, and I worketh hitherto." In other words, God showed Him what to do, and He went and just acted it out; He didn't do anything until God told Him to do it. Amen. That's the real frank facts of it. If we'd just move and wait till the Spirit moved us to do it... That's it. And then be so completely lost in Christ that He don't have to shove you around like He does me, but the first little nod of His head, you're ready and nothing's going to stop you, because you know that it's the will of God
48 Why Cry Speak 63-0714M 23-5 Now, Moses' great eye, his eagle eye looked beyond the glamour of Egypt. The real Christian believer today, no matter what the church says, what anybody else says, when that Light strikes it, they see the very vindication of God, that Pillar of Fire hanging there, and the signs and wonders that promised, the Scripture being laid in it, it comes to Life. No matter how little it is and how many in the minority; God's group has always been the minority. See?
49 Desperation 63-0901E 23 The Token, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, is among us. We should reverence that. We can't humble ourselves enough. Taking off your shoes or getting on your knees wouldn't expel it, it wouldn't satisfy; it wouldn't suffice us, but a life that brings forth the fruit of the Spirit... Now, what is the fruit of the Spirit? See? Love, joy, peace... Remember this morning? Preparation, sent the messenger with the message. Next thing He done after He sent the messenger with the message, He sent the Pillar of Fire for a vindication. Next thing was after that, was consolation. See? You knew that it was right; you was at peace. We have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. See?
50Now, we are told in the New testament that God will once again send forth another prophet and those who do not hear him will be cut off. God does not play games with us. He says what He means and He means what He says.
51 ACTS 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23 And it shall come to pass, [that] every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
52Notice the requirement at the hands of an angry God, destruction. Destroyed from amongst the people. This is exactly what we see in 2 Thessalonians 1: 8-9. This speaks of those who are cut off from the presence of the Lord, and they will be left for the burning.
53 EVENTS MADE CLEAR BY PROPHECY 65-0801E 101 How he knowed where he was standing. He knowed exactly. He'd heard from God, and it was exactly with the Word, so he didn't care what people said. He preached It and prophesied It anyhow. And watch, when a man stands for what is Truth, then God's obligated to vindicate that man the truth.