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1 Shall we pray. Heavenly Father, again we want to thank You for Your kindness in permitting us to come together Lord, especially having put it into our hearts Lord, that we should gather together and so much more so as we see that day approach.
May it be Lord, that nothing would hinder us from this great privilege, nothing whatsoever Lord, because we know that many things will devolve upon us, especially the cares of this life, and things Lord, that come to us that will be difficult. But we know Lord, that there's a way if there is a will, oh God, to really come into be in Your presence Lord, knowing that Your Presence is a much more intensified by the people gathering together. So help us Lord to realize the importance of it, and not only that just coming together but know why we come together, to be corrected by Your Word.
And there's not one of us that’s not corrected, and not one therefore that is not helped, showing therefore that if we are corrected then the greater the improvement until one day we’ll be just like this Word says, truly Word manifested in that great Kingdom of God.
Help us to study Your Word tonight Lord, with faith understanding and enjoying the Holy Ghost. Receive our portion in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen. You may be seated.
Now this is number 13, The Anointed Ones At The End Time, and one of the mysteries under the Seventh Seal, but now revealed by the Seven Thunders is the mystery of iniquity, in which these anointed false ones play a great part.
They are the false prophets that Jesus called wolves in sheep clothing, whose deceit is covered by the camouflage of genuine spiritual gifts of the Holy Ghost, which make them to appear true servants of God.
2We can just look at that in Mathew the 7th chapter. You are all familiar with It, of course. Speaking of those false prophets. Verse 15.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Now that’s what we are looking at. That’s God’s diagnosis. They, people, the false prophets and those that are with them in the denominations and even independents, they believe that they are genuine sheep.
And they do not arrogate to themselves one minute, or for one minute would they describe themselves as ravening wolves who are there to destroy the sheep. This is God’s assessment. It’s the same assessment of the Laodecian Church Age, they say, “We’re rich, increased in goods and don’t lack a thing.”
He said, “You’re liars, you’re wretched, miserable and naked.”
You can take your pick whether you want to believe God or you want to believe men. Jesus said:
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
He’s talking about prophets. What does a prophet bring forth? Word. This is what He’s talking about. You tell that to the average church member, tell that to a prophet, tell that to a Christian, he looks at you blank and calls you a liar.
3What’s a prophet all about? Word, right? Word. Then you stay with the Word. That’s what it is all about. Chickens lay what? Eggs. You want to eat a hen’s egg, you get a hen, right?
“On no, I’m going to get a dog.”
Okay. Dog’s eggs? Hmm. Interesting, isn’t it. See how stupid people can suddenly get with the Word of God? Just nice people, oh, intelligent, clever. They got degrees and everything else, but suddenly with the Word of God, there is no sense whatever.
4Bro. Branham said that “the theologian is out.” The simple person, like a child, you could take a little kid, like the little kids here, and teach them under my voice or your voice, and tell them this, they will believe it. You got to be a little child, that is, to be instructed.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit (can’t bring forth a wrong Word), neither can a corrupt tree bring forth (the right Word).
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth (the good Word) is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Now that, we’ll relate that to the vine and the branches in John 15.
20 Wherefore by their fruits (you) shall know them.
5Well how are you going to know if you don’t know the Word yourself? Somebody’s got to bring It to you. That’s like Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch. The poor old eunuch was zipping down the desert there with the fastest team of horse or camels, whatever he had, his chariot, and he was reading from Isaiah, and he says, “Say,” (he said,) “this is very puzzling.”
And Phillip drew near, said, “What are you reading? ”
“I’m reading over here in Isaiah, (he said,) but I can’t understand It.”
Well he said, “Maybe I can help you.”
“Well, (he said,) I wish you would.” He said, “Well what’s this man talking about, himself or somebody else? Isaiah 53.”
Phillip opened his mouth and told him. There was a good tree bringing forth good fruit.
Now what if he had got a hold of one of the Pharisees? Rotten tree bringing forth rotten fruit. They had said, “Oh that’s the national spirit of Israel.” Or some story which is equally inane.
My brother/sister, hindsight is a tremendous thing, but you need twenty-twenty today at this minute, not down the road, and not back of the road.
21 Not everyone that saith… (he’s talking. Prophets come in the Name of the Lord. They’re vindicating themselves.) … Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven but he that doing the will of my Father which is in heaven. Still talking about prophets.
22 Many (prophets) will say to me in that day, (that’s the White Throne…) Lord, Lord, (did) we not (prophesy) in thy name? (We’re vindicated.)…in thy name, cast out devils? (We’re vindicated.)…in thy name done…wonderful works? (We’re vindicated. We’re prophets. We brought the Word.)
23 (He said,) …I will profess unto them, I never knew you…(They’re not a part of the Word at all.) depart from me, (you) that (change the Word of God, from Its revealed meaning.)
That’s iniquity. You got iniquity all straight? Well, iniquity is robbing the widows, and it’s committing illicit sins you know, sexual, physical and all those things, lying, cheating. No, no, no. That’s the evidence of it.
7You can see a great display of iniquity in the papers these days. Every magazine’s got all about it. Jimmy and Tammy and Oral and Jerry, just to name a few. Especially Swaggart, who by this lady out there in Tucson says he’s the closest to Bro. Branham.
Ho, ho, ho, and a ho. She sure cut her throat. I can understand why Sister Mede said every time Bill saw that woman, he ran. She made him nervous. She’d make anybody nervous. I got news for you, on Judgment Day God will not be nervous.
Apocalypses now, White Throne now. The White Throne is the day after tomorrow. Did you hear what I said? The day after tomorrow is the White Throne.
I hope something is catching you as it catches me. I’m not at all worried. It wouldn’t be any use in being worried anyway.
8Let’s read in 2 Cor 11:1-4.
1 Would to God (you) could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached,
Now, William Branham is saying this, same as Paul. If, and what is that Jesus? He is here in the form of a Pillar of Fire, period.
People don’t understand the Presence. They don’t want to understand the Presence. You can’t tell them anything. There's no way you’ll tell them anything.
4 …which we have not preached…
William Branham did not preach a physical form of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “The body was taken up and placed on the mercy seat behind the throne since the seals were ripped off. He ripped the seals off, put the book back in the Father’s hand and climbed on the throne.” Perfect Melchisedec.
4 ...or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, (or you got a spirit different from the spirit of William Branham) or another gospel, (from Bro. Branham’s) which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (In other words, you’d be stuck with him.)
9Okay, let’s read a little further, we go to the 13th and 15 verses. Now, but Paul sets forth here the seducers of the mind of the Bride.
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
And their works are sheep works on the outside, but on the inside is a wrong revelation. The revelation is from Satan. And who has captivated your heart then is the savior of your soul. If you’ve captivated, your heart’s been captivated by Satan he is the savior of your soul whether you want to admit it or not.
That’s pretty rough speaking but I don’t--I’m not known for my polite talk anyway. It’s direct and to the point. Christ has captivated your heart and you are born again. And you can tell if you are simply by the Word for the hour.
102 Timothy the 3rd chapter, 1 to 17.
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (That’s the hour of Mt 24:24, the false prophets.)
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Did you ever seen the time America had so many traitors? All of a sudden a whole raft of them, whole families. Now the Marines have sold out, the great glorious Marines. Well, an Indian I guess spilled the beans, he’s getting back on the white man, more power to him I suppose. That’s the way he feels. If you want, you can kill him but you’re not going to cure him.
11There’s some black boys in there too. I guess they are mad at us too. And they got the right to be angry. The prophet said so. What we did to the Indians is making the blacks rise up.
4 Traitors.. (Okay. You think maybe Jimmy Swaggart squealed on Jimmy Bakker? A traitor? A traitor to the cause. The Charismatics. ) …heady, highminded... (They should put high handed as well as highminded. Lovers of pleasure... Highminded means they won’t take the mind of Christ) ...lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Certainly. Oh they love the Lord, they preach Christ. Beg for money and got Cadillac’s, Mercedes Benz, Benzes, Rolls Royce’s, condominiums, palatial homes. Six thousand bucks down on a thirty six thousand dollar boat. Never cared for boats myself, that’s their business. Oh my! Instant rich! God’s like a dose of baking powder, money rises in a hurry. From such turn away.
5 (They’ve got) a form of godliness, (they deny) the (authority)...
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, (And who is doing the most talking about Tammy and Jimmy and those? The women. Good old women. Yeah. And you wonder why the world is a mess.) …laden with sins led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth:... (The good tree.)
12They resisted Luther, the branch that was in Luther. God put forth a branch in Luther, put forth a branch in Wesley, put forth a branch today.
8 …resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all… as theirs also was. (Jannes and Jambres was. See, they died in the plague.)
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, (love), patience,
11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and seducers shall (not, they’ll) wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
Notice the vindicated prophet, apostle Paul and now William Branham. Perilous days we are living in.
15 And 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.
13This fellow had it from the mother’s knee, had the right truth. A lot of people had something from the mother’s knee. Didn’t do them any good, had the wrong thing. Momma didn’t have it either. If Momma had it, it’d be all right, but Momma didn’t have it. Poppa didn’t have it.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction...
Sure, sure it is, if you know what It is saying. If you don’t know, what good is It going to do you?
16 …for instruction in righteousness:
Righteousness? Remember Cain and Able. One had the right revelation, one had the wrong. They both studied to do right. They both had legitimate sacrifices. One was entirely outside of its true purpose. So therefore he was, his work was what? Evil. And his brother was righteous. And because of that one evil deed he murdered his brother. You‘re going to find that.
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
14Okay, these are the front runners that we talk about, these false anointed ones. These are false ones who are definitely anointed by the true spirit of God. They are the front runners for the great deception of 2 Th 2: 7-12. Now they’re the front runners of this and it’s going on now. Remember, everything is going on now.
That’s why the second coming is literally going on now, and all those great words like apocalypses, we’ve already had it, the phanero, we’ve had it. And the Parousia, we’ve had it. And the Epiphania, we’ve had It, and we’re still going to have It, because It started and It’s going to keep moving on and on and on.
Are you following what I’m saying? Keep your minds in due order because we are talking about something real here.
15All right, verse 7. [2 Th 2:7-14]
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who (that) now (hindereth) will…(hinderingly) be taken out of the way.
Was working way back there. That mystery of iniquity started right back there in 2 Corinthians 11, with those false ones coming in, and they had their own definitive crew: prophet, apostle, teacher, evangelist, pastor. They’re already there.
They were fussing over doctrine, and some said this is over and that’s over, hadn’t even come. Wasn’t going to come for two thousand years, such as the resurrection. You know one of the first fights they had in the day of Paul was over the resurrection? There's trouble right now today about it. I don’t understand people. I’m not supposed to understand them as long as I understand the word.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his (Parousia.)
16That’s going to be when He destroys them right down upon earth here in His physical form. The Parousia has already started, because when that Spirit that becomes incarnate to us, It’s in our midst, becomes incarnate to us, we’ll crown Him King of kings, and come back with him and face down the antichrist and we’ll have a hand in the great slaughter. We’ll have a part of it. The day after tomorrow is the White Throne judgment.
9 …whose coming (whose presence, parousia) is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
17So therefore the key of the whole thing is love of the truth. What is the truth? “Thy Word is truth.” What is truth? Proper revelation. What is the proper revelation? A scripturally, detailed, vindicated revelation. And I say detailed because it’s in the Word. Indicated, vindicated.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe (the) lie: (Not a lie but the lie.)
12 That they all might be (the judged and condemned) who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (Just like Cain, wrong revelation. Therefore their worship was null and void.)
18Now this sounds like the very strong Scripture. Now look it, something’s got to be strong to eliminate, because all but the very elect, and they’ll be very few, will be deceived. So when Bro. Branham said, “The two spirits were just razor-blade different,” or a hair different, he meant what he said, for the purpose of deception.
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit (even) belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, (Not somebody elses) to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And Paul said these people were never in any danger as long as they kept in mind what he told them, and not somebody else. And he said, “You’ve got a lot of teachers, but you’ve got one Father in the gospel, if you got the true gospel.”
19All right, now never forget. It is at the time of the revealing of the Son of Man that these false ones appear and are made known, thus fulfilling Mt 24:24, when they say, “Lo here, lo there, for many false christ’s shall appear”.
And hear this and ponder it well. It is at the time of the Shout, when the Lord descends and uses the voice of the prophet wherein God speaks through William Branham, that the devil also brings his message and talks through these prophets, as in 2 Chr 18:19-22.
19 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.
20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?
21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the LORD said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.
22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee.
Judgment and the curse. Okay, there you have it. The blessing and the cursing. The false prophet coming against the real prophet of God.
20So okay. We talk about this just for a second by going back to paragraph 135 on page 32.
135 And when Pharaoh saw this, he (said), (That is the rod cast down, turned into a serpent, picked up, turned into a rod again.) "Why, what a cheap magician trick." Said, "There's nothing to it; it's mental telepathy or something," you know. "We got guys in our organization can do the same thing. (Now that’s the devil talking, blashpheming the Holy Ghost.) Come here, Bishop So-and-so; and you, come out here. We got (those who) can do the same thing." That was Satan talking through Pharaoh. That was God talking through Moses.
21Okay, you got a Garden of Eden situation here. We’ll see this later on as we go down the Scriptures.
136 But watch (these) fellows come out. Jannes and Jambres walked out before Moses, and publicly before the people, and performed every miracle that Moses could do. They will deceive the very elected if it's possible. Is that right? Performed the same thing that Moses did. You get it?
Now, in Moses’ day they did some of the miracles but today in the Spirit we wonder if they will do every single miracle. We don’t know. We can see perhaps down the road something might happen. You get it?
Now, remember, it's THUS SAITH THE SCRIPTURE, that it'll repeat again in the last days. What was the difference between Moses and Jambres?
Well the difference was God and the Word, and the other fellow had the devil and the false word. God was using the one which was Moses, and the other ones were using God. That’s the way it is today. You know, that’s a pretty terrible thing that’s going on.
Moses said, "Let blood come in the water."
And these false prophets said, "Sure, we put blood in the water too." And it happened.
137 So Moses said, "Let there come fleas." (Where) was he getting it? Straight from God. See?
And what did he (Pharoah) do? He said, "Why sure, we can bring fleas too." They did it. Any miracle that Moses could do, they could do also. Remember, keep that in mind, we're coming to it after while. They can do anything the rest of them can do, but they can't stay with the Word. They can't stay with the Word.
22Now the question is, what word? Because they’re reading the same Bible. Well, Bro. Branham said, “Jesus read the same Bible the Pharisees read.” Who was right? And exactly how much vindication did he bring to these men? He brought absolutely the vindication the Word required, but the men couldn’t take It, because there was no place in their hearts for It. Here’s where you get predestination, and here is where people simply fight. They don’t want to accept it. We’ll get to that later on if we get time. I don’t know how much time it will take for these things.
Now, they can’t stay for the Word. What then is the evidence of the baptism with the Holy Ghost? Just what Bro. Branham said, “It is to believe the Word for the hour.” Then listen, what is the evidence of Life? The same thing. For life takes on food, that which agrees with that body, and gives off waste. And that’s what you’re supposed to be doing if you are alive in Christ. You’re taking on the true Word and annulling the false word in your life.
23Now, he says they do the same thing that Moses could do. All right, will creative power then come to them also? Will the anointed ones have creative power? I don’t know. My own thinking would be that it couldn’t happen, but I don’t know. See, Moses had creative power, William Branham had creative power.
138 Now, notice. They did it. But Moses the true sent prophet from God, commissioned by God, he never fussed with them, said, "Here, you can't do that. You can't..." He just let them alone, just let them (alone.) They're organizational prophets, but go ahead. Moses just went… on, listened to God. (That should be a lesson to us.) Whatever God said, "Now, you do this," Moses went and (did) it. He (did) a new thing. When they did, each one of them had a sensation or something; here they (came.) They did it too, just exactly like Moses did.
24Now our peril, or the peril of the people, today is greater than back in that day.
139 Now, notice. These fellows appeared... Oh, you people, don't you miss this. These impostors, impersonators, (Now in other words, they’re imposters and they do it through impersonating.) appeared after the true one had (gone) first. (That’s in Hebrews 6, that Bro. Branham saw in the vision. Okay.) See? They (came) to impersonate.
Okay, they are fakes, in plain English, but they do it very well. Naturally, because they got genuine gifts.
See, they have to. (Just like a genuine prophet would have to, so these have to. In other words, there is a compulsion.) The devil cannot create anything; he just is a perverter of the original. (Okay) And what is sin? It's righteousness perverted. (And you see that right back there in Cain and Abel. See, Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. And the Bible said he wrongly divided.) What is adultery? The right act perverted... Look at Hananiah, a perversion of the original Word... (That’s because the Word, the prophet and the Word are the same.)
Up here he said the true prophet went forth first. So always check everything by Bro. Branham’s ministry. Did he do it first, or was it there at all? Now if it wasn’t there at all, then they’ve interjected something super phony, but usually they just take what he did and then they pervert it, see? Okay.
...Look at Hananiah, a perversion of the original Word...
In other words, he was a perverted prophet. We’ll see that in a minute about original Word there, using the prophet as Word. There's--down the road a bit.
Look at Balaam, a perversion of the original Word.
Now you notice in here he does not say he was the perverter of it, because the prophet and his message is one, and the message was a perversion, so the man is a perversion.
In other words, could there ever be such a thing as a prophet who was anything but serpent seed if he’s a false prophet? Because your perversion comes in through the serpent bringing forth Cain. And notice, Cain had a bogus revelation. He couldn’t get a true revelation, but he tried to do out the word, work out the word.
26Okay. Now, this also proves only the ordained of God can handle the Word of God. Once this was proven by Moses to Korah, but they turned it down.
Look at Zedekiah, the perversion of the original Word. And the Bible said that these guys would come out after (Elijah) ...to pervert the original Word, (And they do. They’re perversions and they pervert. In other words, they’re deceived and they deceive.) ...to pervert the original Word, vindicated and (proven) to be the Truth.
27Now this happens in the ministry, happens to the ministry of Elijah in Mt 24:24. Paragraph 140:
140 "Do the work of an evangelist (in that corner);
He points to the corner of the tabernacle, where in there was put in one of the cement blocks, or poured cement, I don’t know which it was, I imagine cement block, in a tin can, a portion of the Scripture and some pennies. Now he made the challenge, dig it up and look at it. This was done. There was nothing left but rust, and a couple of rusty coins. It was all eaten up of course by the moisture leaking through the tin. It should have been a bottle but it wasn’t. And it should have been a bottle with a cork, or sealing wax or something, it wouldn’t be a bottle with a tin top, because that would go through it the same moisture done. So I let you know that.
...in that corner yonder.
28Now, it says--here’s where he’s quoting that was put in the corner of his church, Branham Tabernacle, which would be synonymous with him as a man, and his message, or his ministry, and his message.
...make full proof of your ministry,
What was the ministry? John 14 and 12, greater works than these shall you do. Make full proof of it. Fully vindicate yourself before the people. Stand there to be fully vindicated before you start teaching.
... for the time will come when they'll not endure sound doctrine,... (So something has to be done so people will know what the sound doctrine is.) ...but after their own lust shall heap for themselves teachers, having itching ears." They'd go ahead and do anything you want to; and it's all right,
Now Bro. Branham’s vindicating himself at this point right here as the true one for this hour, and others will come behind him. But his teaching is based upon a vindication. Now these others will come and say all right...
"We got the same signs and wonders." "And shall be turned from the Truth and be brought into fables" or dogmas.
29Now, we go by the prophet and they go by their prophets. Keep reading, 141:
141 Oh, the awareness of the Holy Spirit, the awe that strikes a man's soul when he stops to think how real and plain it's right before us.
Now, what is it that strikes the soul, and the awe? The ministry of the man and the Word that the man brings. And we stand in awe of it. We also stand in awe of the fact that Jannes and Jambres could come here and rise up against this ministry, see? Now he said:
Dig up that cornerstone out (there) and read a piece of paper...
In other words, what he said over thirty years ago is come to pass, dig it up and you’ll find the witness. It wasn’t there, however.
…on (a) piece of paper that's put in there thirty-three years ago.
That was in 1932, they buried that in the corner.
30So, okay. That’s the awareness he’s speaking of, to do this for this hour, so that when something came against it, it would be declared to be false on the grounds that Bro. Branham was the original. Now Bro. Branham and the ministry and the message is of course 1 Th 4:16, the Lord descending with a Shout.
Now, this is not actually on the subject, but it’s an explanation of what has already happened here, that Bro. Branham put that in there, looking forward to the time when this thing would happen, of which he would be the spearhead, and then all of this would devolve upon it.
31Now watch it.
141 Watch down here on the river when the Angel of the Lord came down in a form of a Pillar of Fire, hundreds of the churches--or peoples of the church standing around on the bank, what He said; see if it's come to pass.
Now that’s: “As John the Baptist foreran the first coming, so your ministry, your Message, will forerun the second coming.”
See what happened.
Now remember, what’s forerunning the second coming at the time of the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ are these false anointed ones that can only appear on the scene after the true anointed One has come on the scene. He said--that’s what he said. See if it’s come to pass.
See what's happened. It's so hard. I know it looks hard, brethren out there, but it's the Bible. Jesus said Himself it would deceive the very elected if it was possible.
Now why can not the charismatic see this? Because they’re deceived. And he’s talking about them.
No way around it, (That’s there's no way around Mt 24:24) they'll never be able to see it. (Why? Because they are not elected) If it was possible, the very elected would be deceived by it.
So that tells you, never push revelation, just tell the people if they can’t get it they’re never going to get it.
32Now watch God’s divine order in 142.
142 Notice, these fellows appeared after God's true anointed was sent, by His true prophet Moses. And when Moses would do anything, they would impersonate it.
Now Bro. Branham emphasized that very, very strong. Now William Branham was therefore a prophet like unto Moses, but he was not the Lord Jesus Christ, though everything about him and his ministry was identical, except the flesh. Now that’s the way it is. You got the same ministry, same spirit, the same everything. And God used the man just as he used the flesh of Jesus Christ, but there was the greater ministry of John 14:12.
143 Now, brother, sister, I--this is my own church. I got a right to preach what I want to as long as it's out of God's Word. And I ain't condemning you people, but let's just search that for the time and the hour that we're now living.
33So this message of instruction to his church, and in my understanding would certainly be revealing to the people the dangers, but at the same time would be exposing anybody in the church that didn’t go along with this understanding that he was preaching.
Then he drops his voice, in a very peculiar voice that’s so different from the rest of the tape. He says:
Greetings to Brother Ruddell, to Junior Jackson, and them out here, our brother churches, I forgot them awhile ago. I think they're hooked in this morning too because of no--no room in the church.
Now instantly after this message there were brethren who said, “Well you see, he has fingered Jackson and Ruddle.”
34Well, Bro. Branham didn’t say that, and I know that Don Ruddle did go to Bro. Branham because of that, and he told Don to put it out of his mind or he would go insane. But where is Don Ruddle today, and I don’t speak disrespective? Last I know his church split, he’s run off with a woman. Where’s Junior Jackson? I’d say worse shape than that.
Now Ruddle made a big mistake by listening to Bobby Lambert. And I say this with all respect, I’m not panning against anybody, dead, living or anybody else, it’s just the truth. The boy was insane, but he fancied himself a prophet. And when Don said that Bob was a greater prophet than William Branham, because he never was in an organization, and I’m quoting verbatim for what was said at the funeral sermon of Bob Lambert, unless I’ve been wickedly misinformed by someone who was positively there. Yet Don did take that stand.
I don’t know what Don Ruddle was seeing. I know when I preached down in Macon, Georgia, Gainesville, for Mike Canada, and I didn’t know why they begged me back, found later on because I pulled the crowd and they could have someone to talk to, which crowd came.
35After Don got through preaching, and I was the only one that caught it, I sat there in a cold sweat of death and I said if he is right, I’m a hundred percent wrong. Was the same thing that happened in Candelaria when he preached down in Venezuela. Nobody caught it. I got witness in George Smith. But I caught it, it was a hundred percent off what I preached. And everybody sitting there screaming “amen”. Where is he? Made Bro. Branham God, ran off with women, everything else. Where--God knows that he’s doing these pervert--man can repent 50,000 times.
How many times you get up and--how many times you leave this Message, my brother, my sister? Elect? Elect get fooled today, fooled tomorrow, the next, it doesn’t matter? Come on. I’m not being rough on anybody, I’m just giving you some points here. I don’t, I’m not to be fooled with, and I’m not fooling with you. We’re in this thing or we’re not in this thing.
36Now let’s keep moving, because we’ve got some things I want to cover here.
144 Just think of it now, just for a minute. They did the same miracles that Moses did. Moses brought fleas; they impersonated it and brought fleas.
Now Bro. Branham throws a bombshell here. He’s talking about his ministry. Now listen:
See God said, "The day you eat thereof, that day you die."
145 Satan come around and said, "Surely, you'll not die; you'd just be wiser. You'll have a better organization,
37Now what’s he telling you here? He’s telling you here that this message of his takes you right back to the Garden of Eden, seed, where you make a choice to go into immortality or you listen to the devil’s lie. Now this is the message of immortality. He has risen with healing in His wings. That’s part of this, the conditions of the Rapture, the Lord descending with the Shout.
We’ll get to this. We won’t get tonight I don’t think, but I’m going to show you some things as we go on. This Message turned out to be far more important than I believed it would be when I began studying it with you.
I thought for a while I was just running in to something that was, you know, we wouldn’t get some real deep insights, heavy, heavy, heavy theology, if you want to put it there. We’re getting it.
38Now what you want to notice here then is this bombshell interpretation. Malachi 4, 5 and 6 brings death as Moses did, and spiritual death. Brings the both, just as Satan did in the garden. The church today turns down the Garden of Eden message, and the Tree of Life of the Seven Seals and the Seven Thunders.
They turn it down flat. Why? Because Bro. Branham had to witness to himself. This is not enough witness, and that’s not enough, and everything else is not enough. Nothing is enough, because you can’t tell them anyway. And if you crack their skulls with a 4x4 and a chisel, and poured it in, it still wouldn’t work, because, you see, your organ--the brain is an organ. And an organ will reject foreign substance, and the Word of God is foreign to a false prophet.
39But to a true child of God, the Word of God is healing. This is a healing revival. That’s why he said take this message for your healing. It will cause enemies too.
You know, I don’t feel bad anymore because I made enemies. I used to feel pretty bad, I don’t feel bad anymore. I can take them all on, yeah, I could care less.
You say “Well Bro. Vayle, you said something you shouldn’t have said.”
“Oh yeah,” I said “That’s fine by me, you’ve done far worse than I as far as I’m concerned.”
I’m not trying to defend myself, I’m just saying sure, I can make some misquotes too. But I know these birds out there.
How do they try to make them apostles or anything else. Look at Coleman, he took his leadership. What are they doing today? They’re falling on the floor. Bring Dave Wallace in this building, he’ll tell you that he was there when they began falling on the floor and everything else. And Bro. Branham categorically said, “Lee, that is a wrong spirit.”
40All right, let’s lower the boom on these things. You start falling around here, we’ll carry you out. You better pray that thing off you.
The prophet said, “It was the wrong spirit.” He said, “I could tell you where it came from but I won’t.”
So I didn’t bug him. In my mind I knew there was one answer. Could have been Lorne Fox, that’s where they say it started. But I don’t know, maybe Bro. Branham knew I knew, maybe he didn’t. Maybe he knew I didn’t know, and that at this rate I still don’t know. But I know what I need to know, it’s a wrong spirit.
So where’s it all going to? “We’ll have a better organization. Why, we’ll take what Bro. Branham has, and do something with it, and we’ll work it so we’re better off.” So the guy’s got himself several wives. And that’s spreading.
“Oh well, we’ll take the bit on polygamy.”
41Where did Bro. Branham say to practice polygamy? There's no scripture for it. Bro. Branham said, “It was wrong to do it.” Daniel’s Seventieth Week, he said, “We know that polygamy is a thousand times better than Hollywood marriage and divorce but it’s wrong.” Now you can’t say that he’s talking about the Hollywood marriage and divorce being wrong, he already said it was wrong. So what’s wrong? Polygamy’s wrong.
But it is a thousand times better than a man running around with the, divorcing his wife, and marrying another and divorcing her. Sure, it’s a thousand times better, because then he gets responsible to her and the children. He’s more like a man. But it’s still wrong.
You’ll have a better organization, a better... (You know, you know.) Everything would be better for you, have more light."
42Oh that’s what they say. “We’ve got more light than William Branham, we’re going to tell you now what he says.” That’s why I like to take it word by word here and we just trace it right through for saying what he said or not. I told you about this thing about our prophet up here, we’ll get to it, don’t worry.
See? Just a perversion... (See? People are saying right now there is more new light. You know, people like to say that.) And remember, THUS SAITH THE LORD, according to II Timothy 3:18, that in the last days that this Jannes and Jambres would be on the earth. (Now if they’re on the earth, what else is on the earth? Rev 10:1, Rev 10:1-7 is on the earth.) Now, I want you to notice there's two of them (See?): Imperson(ations.)
Now Bro. Branham always talked of Billy and Oral, but he said, “They were down in Sodom and Gomorrah.” Well, I think Sodom is also called Egypt in Scripture. And I think also then we find, we’re going to type Exodus, coming out of Egypt, you’ve got to put it as Babylon.
43So, let’s just take a look at page 37, paragraph 156, just at the end of it.
156 Shall deceive many... Prophets plural, christ, anointed, plural. Many different ones. One's a Methodist anointed, Baptists, and the Pentecostal, and so forth.
So, could he talk about Billy? I don’t know. He mentioned Baptist. Just let you think there. Was, maybe he meant somebody else, I don’t know.
44146 Now, we're going to get back to Sodom after while, (And there's three there.)… find…three Angels that came down and see the impersonation and so forth. See which is right and wrong. See, see?
No remember, Jannes and Jambres had no part with Israel. They weren’t in the election. And you’re going to see people rise up that maybe didn’t have a thing to do with Pentecost even, I don’t know. But anyway, let’s keep moving.
147 Notice! They did the same miracles. But notice, they impersonated after the true Word had been anointed by the true one that God had sent: (they) followed secondarily.
All right, we’re looking at that word there.
Notice. They did the same miracles. But notice, they impersonated after the true Word had been anointed by the true one that God had sent:
Now that sounds a little peculiar. It sounds like he could be saying the true Word had been anointed by the true one that God sent, as though the true Word of God that the prophet brought was anointed by the prophet. Now that doesn’t sound too good.
So let’s go to page 36, and paragraph 154, and we read:
154 Notice! Moses, the true, manifested Word,...
45Okay, go back then to page, to paragraph 147:
147 ....But notice, they impersonated after the true Word (Moses) had been anointed by the true one that God had sent: (Now, let me get that right.) But notice, they impersonated after the true word had been anointed by the true one that God had sent.
Well, I’m going just to rephrase that in there. But notice, because, I just, twist, twisted that around a bit on you here from that paragraph over there. I want you to notice in here what I’m driving at, that in this paragraph, Bro. Branham mentions that Moses was that true one. Let’s see now, also there is another portion of Scripture that he mentions in the, as a true...but anyway:
But notice, they (impersonated) the impersonations came after the true Word had been anointed by the true one.
So I’m looking at the thought here, after the true Word, we are looking at that, had been sent. And you can put that down as Moses himself at that time was literally anointed by the true one, which is Almighty God, because otherwise your thought does not run too well here.
46And I think that can be borne out as we see this down the road here from paragraph 154 on page 36 as I read it here.
154 Notice. Moses, the true (word), manifested Word, never said nothing, just let it go.
Well if he is the manifested Word, then he would be the true Word, and the false apostle would be the false word, both of them being manifested. Now the point is: where did they get the anointing? Both got their anointings from Almighty God, but one was truly vindicated by his anointing, where the other one wasn’t, the other ones were not anointed because they came afterward.
47So they did the same miracles after the first one. So they impersonated it. When did they impersonate? They impersonated after God Almighty had anointed the true prophet of that hour, they came on secondarily. Now that’s what you are really looking at in this phraseology.
147 I wonder if we could think for a minute, (because some of his sayings are really a little bit turned around here, at least to me they are.) Taking the people by the hand not long ago, about twenty years ago, and a sign showed. Boy, there was more signs all over things (everywhere) than... And everybody, one's got it in his right hand; one's got it in his left hand; the other one smells it. See? All kinds of signs. And I wonder... God won't let me tell you at this time what was really the truth, but one day you're going to find out.
Now when we are going to find out would mean it would be the White Throne judgment or when Bro. Branham comes back in the resurrection, it doesn’t matter. But we know one thing, that that gift there was a peculiar gift which was to lead the people astray. They grabbed anything they could get for sensations, and it worked to their good, as far as their own program was concerned, but it will work to their detriment down the road.
48Now he said:
That wasn't right at the beginning. (What was he talking about? The gift in his hand was not right at the beginning.) I'll tell you one day if the Lord permits.
Now the closest I can come to this, I’ve told you before, is what I asked, what I talked to him about, when we talked about that gift in his hand, and my understanding was this: the minute I saw him with the gift in his hand, he even showed me how the--I could kind of in my mind even see the thing, how it was kind of swollen-up purplish with white dots and things in his hand, would swell up. But, that hand never told him where the cancer was, it only told him there was a cancer.
So, my thought was always this: this gift was not a genuine gift from God to be used as his other gifts were, because if the Voice had to tell him where the cancer was, why did his hand have to swell in the first place? That’s the same as you taking, which in health, in health rules you can do it. You can take vitamin A and D to make calcium work. That’s okay in the health rules, but there's nothing in the Scripture that says that God works that way.
49In other words, why would he have to have a Voice tell him something when there be no need for the thing in the first place? The Voice could have said it’s a cancer of the liver. Why did the hand have to swell? But everybody grabbed it.
So, if there's something in there I don’t understand, perhaps he would have told us. There's nothing on any tape I know. But anyway, he said, “That was not right to begin with, and it was to deceive the people.” It was something to catch them in a trap. See?
50Of course, let’s understand this at the same time. Moses had a sign in his hand, you know. So Bro. Branham could have had that too. But he said there’s something wrong about it, which I admit to my understanding there would be.
148 Notice, they did the same miracles, but they didn't, notice, they didn't do it till after the original Word went forth first.
Now that would be the original prophet with his vindicated signs, and then those other things would follow.
That's the way Satan (did) in the garden of Eden; that's (the) way h’s done all the time. Who prophesied first? Moses. (Who spoke first? God. Who spoke first? Moses.) Who come on the scene first, Moses or Balaam? Moses. Who come on the scene first, Jeremiah or Hananiah? You see what I mean?
So therefore we see, God, prophet, then false prophets, right? God, prophet, false prophets. It’s always that way.
51Okay: God spoke first, then Satan twisted the same word, then he denied it. Okay, who was before 1946 and Bro. Branham? Nobody. What came after? A whole lot of people right afterward.
149 Notice. They copied. Carnal impersonators,
Now, the question is how could they be carnal impersonators? Because somebody was there ahead of them. Now you see, that’s one thing right there where Bro. Branham never came to set a trend, but everybody thinks he did come to set a trend. He did not come to set a trend or to set in order ministries, or to propagate ministries. He was death against it. He never came to advertise gifts and get people interested in gifts, he was death against it, set against it.
He kept hammering on the Word. That’s why he liked Tommy Osborne above anybody else, because Tommy went to the Word.
When I talked to Tommy about it, “Lee,” he said, “I don’t know a thing about gifts.” He just laughed. He said, “I don’t want to know about it.” He said, “All I know is the Word of God works and I’m standing on that.”
But you see, you can go hay-wire on that. Because he didn’t take which you are supposed to stand on, which is life for this hour. He stood upon the gifts, which have played their day, they’ve gone out. We’ll get to that when we talk about revivals, the Bride’s revival. The true church revival.
149 Carnal impersonators, sincere, thinking they were doing God a service as David did(last week, (when he spoke on doing God a service, apart from being God’s will,) but carnal impersonations. I'm just waiting a minute. I want you to think between these places. If I don't say it, surely the Holy Spirit will reveal it to--especially to the Elected.
Well, what is he trying to tell us here? That he is the one who is doing God the service and nobody else is. That he is the true vindicated prophet with the true Word and nobody else is. And he has the actual ultimate Voice in this hour, and nobody else had, and that’s what he’s saying. If you can’t catch that, my goodness, you are not catching the strength of this man’s message.
53150 Pharaoh's denomination says, "We have men that can do that same thing." And they did it. See? Why did Pharaoh do this? Why did God permit it? Why would God send a true, anointed prophet down there to perform a sign before Pharaoh, and then let a denominational copy come around and copy it before the people? Why would He let an impersonator rise up to do it and do the same thing exactly the genuine Spirit of God (did) See, the Scripture must be fulfilled.
54What fulfilled? False anointed ones. Isn’t that what it says in the 9th chapter of Romans? Let’s read it.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
How can God be unrighteous, when He gives the true meaning of His Word? There’s no way.
15 For he (said) to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture (said to) Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Now there you are. Why did he harden him? So his power could be known throughout the world, and his mercy at the same time. So, mercy to the elect, and the hardening to the unelect and the all but the elect go down.
55Watch, Paragraph 151. This is the gist of William Branham’s message right here, election, predestination.
151 Notice! He did this so that He would harden the heart of Pharaoh and the Egyptians to prove that Moses wasn't the only one that had the Word; they could do everything just the same as Moses could do. And why did God let this thing happen in (these) last days? So the same thing as the lying spirit said to Zedekiah. "How we going to get Ahab out there to make these things come to pass?"
How are we going to get the church into one great big ecumenical move, in one great big world-wide Christian religious church, so the devil can take the whole thing over and the judgment of God come, and in the meantime get His saints out of here. Send a prophet that everybody can copy. And the majority will copy, and the majority will believe, and their hearts will be hardened. And they will begin to sneer because they take their vindication from their own signs and wonders.
56In other words, the hardened heart is the heart confirmed by signs in his own confession. In other words, these people’s hearts are hardened because they make their own confession on their own signs instead of the confession on the signs of the prophet of God. And that is exactly what pharaoh did. And that’s what the pope’s going to be doing.
How is He going to get these people trusting in their churches (in the last day, in Laodicia) to get out (of) here to let this thing come to pass that He predicted that--in this Laodicean church age? "Because (they’re saying we’re) rich (increased) and have need of nothing. 'I (sit) as a queen'... (Everything is just great.)
57Now, how can the prophet come and that verse not stick? Because they rise up with everything that makes them rich. They got it. The ability to perform signs is the crowning achievement or attainment of the churches and confirms to them that they are rich, that she has arrived. How far-reaching are the Charismatics? Falwell, who thought they ate too many beans or something the night before, got a stomach ache, spoke in tongues, is now taking over and now playing footsy with the Charismatics for a one hundred and twenty nine million dollar outfit. Well, every man’s got his price. Good old Jerry.
152 "Knowest thou not that you're miserable, wretched, blind...? And I counsel to come buy of Me," He said, "oil and gold." Why did He do it? Why'd He let this impersonation rise up in this last days when these things are coming to pass by the true Word of God, and let impersonators come up and do the same thing and deny the true Word of God? He did it, for Moses--and Pharaoh (He) did it against Moses and those--Jannes and Jambres did it against Moses... And the Bible said that it'll repeat again in the last days. Here we are. Now, if that (isn’t) Scripture fulfilled, where is it at?
Okay. But remember, the true prophet condemns her instead of her own big testimony. So once more God’ll put the princes on the dung hill this time, take the poor man off and put him on the throne. Okay, the true prophet condemns her. And this is where Bro. Branham is responsible, by the power of Almighty God and the Word of God, to bring the strong delusion at this last hour.
58Now, with all these men copying William Branham, it’s all these men copying him, William Branham is now placed, is just as one of them. No more, no less, except he’s less, because he dared to take a gift and make himself somebody. You see, everybody does that like poor old Dowie did, and everybody goes down. So William Branham, “He paid his price, he got smeared across the road.”
Don’t pay attention to him. No problem. Just rest on us, we got it. See? We’re doing the same thing, so no problem. He’s completely fooled.
See, that’s Mr. Du Plessis and the Full Gospel Businessmen and the whole bunch.
59153 Did Moses fuss at them and say, "Here, here, you can't do that. I'm the only one's been ordained to do that. Here, you stop that right now." He just let them go, let them go on. Remember, the Bible said, "As their folly was made manifest, so will these in the last day be made manifest," when the Bride is raptured and taken into the sky.
Now, this folly can be revealed but it can not be stopped, and no show-down is possible, not at all. Furthermore Bro. Branham actually encouraged them by being nice to them.
154 Notice! Moses, the true, manifested Word, (now there it is right there.) never said nothing, just let it go. (What is the prophet? He is the revealed Word or God, he is the manifested Word. See? Just let it go.) But He did that so He could harden the heart of Pharaoh, deceive Pharaoh. He did that very same thing so He could deceive Ahab. (that’s God did.) And that one little guy standing there by himself, little Micaiah, telling them THUS SAITH THE LORD... Here stood another one anointed, "Thus saith the Lord." And contrary one to another.
Today, a question of doctrine, it’s a question of doctrine and revelation. So how can they believe anything else when they based their faith on their own vindication? And Bro. Branham was too simple and too humble for them.
61All right, now:
155 We stand today with THUS SAITH THE LORD (That’s Dueteronomy 18.) that the water baptism in the last days is to be in the Name of Jesus Christ, and another man stands and performs miracles and (is) a trinitarian. (Now remember the showdown in Chicago) Show me the word "trinity" in the Bible. Show me where there's three gods. Show me where there's such things as that. It's not in the Word of God. There's no such a thing as anybody ever baptized in the name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost, using those titles. All these things, "Oh, it's all right, sisters, that's all right, just go have your (hair) short. That's all right, you don't have to do this, that, or the other. Oh, that's (all) nonsense, (he’s just) some old fogy." But the Bible said, and He promised in the last days He would send the spirit of Elijah, and would call the people, the children of God, back to the original faith like it was in the beginning of the Word. (All right.) That Word was confirmed the Son of man in the last days, the same as it was at Sodom--yesterday, today, and forever.
62Now, if I read this correctly, vindication is blown away at this point. Where vindication was once the answer it is no longer, so it is even less so today. It was in Bro. Branham’s day, they defied him then, it’s worse now. How then can these come in? These people can never come in.
What is our stand then today? What do we stand on today? The Word he revealed is now the one compeller of the elect. It is a new Message, all you got to do is compare it with the teaching of the others and you’ll know if you’re part of It.
Now let me get this statement again.
He promised in the last days He would send the spirit of Elijah, and would call the people, the children of God, back to the original faith like it was in the beginning of the Word.
63Now what’s in the beginning of the Word. [John 1:]
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (That is back here in John 1:1)
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
64Now, that’s the beginning of the Word. This is pre-Pentecostal. We go to Luke, chapter 24, 17-21.
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our (own) rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day (and so on).
Now that is the ministry that Bro. Branham is talking about when the Word became flesh. Now what’s he saying here? It’s got to repeat. That’s why the return ministry is already returned to this earth and the prophet.
65So that Word was confirmed the Son of Man in the last days. So the ministry of Jesus Christ is the Son of Man ministry. This is now Lk 17:20-30. That’s what you are looking at. That is Mal 4:5 and 6, and it was at Sodom that Heb13:8 got its type that Bro. Branham spoke of. God came down literally to His prophet, and predicted the Son coming in human flesh after Sodom burns. People just can’t understand it. They still think I’m preaching something different from what Bro. Branham preached. Well the White Throne is just a day off, no problem.
155 He promised to do it. It's God's promise; it's THUS SAITH THE LORD.
Now the question is, if he promised to do it, did he do it? Oh the prophet’s done gone, he must have done it. So therefore Rev 22:10 is fulfilled. The seals are off, the book is open, you can’t close it. The just are just, the holy’s holy, the filthy is filthy. Judgment. White Throne is twenty-four hours away. And maybe ten minutes. Now you do what you want about it.
I’m going to get you people understanding this. If you are the only church in the whole world understands, you will understand it. I’m very pleased the way the men are speaking, it gets better and better. Put you bunch against any bunch in America, any church or any preacher, at any time of the day.
67Now you begin to see why we have a board that’s literally all elders. When it comes to the trustees doing their job, they will do their job, by themselves, after full consultation. The deacons will do their job, and I’m for them, after full consultation. Right down the road. I’m not just proud of you, I'm inordinately proud of the people, what God can do. And that’s just not--I believe, I believe that we’ve got a whole church of men that can do this.
This is like one of the signs like barely anything I’ve seen in my whole life, because we got men, not women, in the church. Preponderance that follow this Message are men. And they’ll continue it, by the grace of Almighty God. Not that we want to see women kept out, that’s not it. But remember, Jesus had twelve men as apostles, there wasn’t one woman. And in spite of women’s lib, we are not going to reduce God to a female. Now if He’d wanted to be either one, He could have been it I suppose. You can’t fool with God.
It’s God’s promise, it’s thus saith the Lord. Now, I’m not just speaking by a--this is not just spoken by a prophet, but this is revealed by a vindicated prophet.
156 Notice! They did the same thing, just as Moses (Now notice how Bro. Branham’s hitting this and hitting this. Just like Moses:) until God got enough of it. Now, remember, it's THUS SAITH THE LORD; it'll come to pass in this day. (And they’re going to do it until God get’s enough of it.) Now, search over the world; take every cult, take every clan, take every man, take every church... I charge you in Christ's Name to do this, you preachers. I charge you to read the newspapers... (We sure are. I bet the--Bro. Branham, you scored your point, we’re reading the papers.) read the newspapers (and) take consideration anywhere you want to go, and see if it isn't on the earth right now.
Oh well, look it. What if it did it in the green tree, what would it do in the dry?
Then Matthew 24:24 is exactly right. False anointed ones will rise in the last days and (there) will be false prophets, (who) shall deceive many. Watch it in the types now as it comes now. See? Shall deceive many... Prophets plural, christ, anointes, plural, many different ones: one's a Methodist, anointed Baptists, and the Pentecostal, and so forth. See? But there's one genuine Christ Spirit,
And the organizations, no matter what they are, haven’t got it any more than the Pentecostals, or the chaff have got it. Nobody’s got it. So therefore, anybody could rise up at anytime and qualify. False to the Word, period. And if they don’t use signs and wonders, then they use their great crowds and say, “Look who’s all saved, look at the great thing going on here. Look at the amount of money we got. Look at what we are doing.”
69What a terrible mess it’s in, see? How can these people recognize error when they are part of the error. How can they recognize blessing when they are part of the cursing?
See? But there is one genuine Christ spirit, and that’s the Word made flesh as He promised to do it.
The prophet then is the Word made flesh, or God coming in human flesh. Now, not second coming now. No. That’s Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of the church, the Head, which is the flesh body.
157 Now, we'll move on just a little further to some more Scriptures.
Until God got enough of it, then it was over. Their folly was made manifest.
70158 Notice. Remember, the shuck looks exactly like the wheat grain. See? Now, you couldn't say (that) back there in the Lutheran age the stalk was the wheat, (in other words the branch went forth in Luther) yet it's got the Life in it. Stalk is all right. The Life in the stalk was all right; but remember, the Life advanced on, advanced from Elisha to Elijah. (I think he got that backwards, doesn’t matter) The Life keeps advancing on. But remember, it's in another stage. It can't remain in that stage. We can't eat the carrion of some other age. We can't eat Pentecostal carrion, Methodist's, or Baptist's. See, it's become carrion. We have fresh Food, the Word of this hour, so forth.
And that’s a very hard saying because people just don’t believe that for one minute. Yet the Bible says so. The Word doesn’t pass away till it’s fulfilled. When it’s fulfilled it passes away.
71159 Remember, the shuck is exactly like the grain of wheat (in looks.) It didn't look like it in the blade. (Now that was Luther) It didn't look like it in the tassel, (that was Wesley) but it sure did in the shuck.(that’s Pentecost) Didn't look like Jesus Christ the same yesterday, (today and forever) in Luther. (No, because it didn’t have the ministry,) Didn't look like it in Wesley, (didn’t have the ministry,) but it sure does in Pentecost. (because the false anointed ones have picked it plumb up.) To deceive the very Elected if it was possible. See? (The greater culprit is the Pentecostal age.)
72160 There's your ages. But remember, that Pentecostal church in the last days was the Laodicean, and (the church) was turned out, the Kernel, the Wheat Itself. When He tried... Remember, when He tried to manifest (Himself) in the church, He was taken out. It was still a church, claimed to be, anointed. But here's the Word, Christ Himself; that's the anointed Word which shall come for the rest of His Body, the Bride.
Now watch that one. But here’s the Word, Christ Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ in the form of the Pillar of Fire. That’s the anointed Word, that’s the same One, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, the same One manifesting Himself in the form of the Pillar of Fire, doing His works, taking His picture and so on.
73which shall come for the rest of His Body, the Bride. The anointed of the same water that watered the wheat, as we talked about, also waters the tares--anointed ones. Only the elected or predestinated will be able to detect the difference between them. Now, Ephesians 5:1 tells you so, (It’s not 5:1, it’s 1:5, you’ll see that in paragaph 166.) and about how it was. They are anointed ones.
Okay, at the time that the Lord Jesus Christ in the form of the Holy Spirit and the Pillar of Fire descends to earth with a Shout, in order to raise the dead, to bring the whole body of Christ together, bring the rest in, which is now, with the others, because this group doesn’t die.
That spirit that’s amongst us, and that one that’s anointed the prophet right there, that same one anoints the false ones but doesn’t go in them as in the prophet, bringing the signs and wonders about. And only the very elect, can tell the difference.
74Now let’s go to Ephesians the 1st chapter and the 5th verse, and see what Bro. Branham is saying here, so we know what he’s got in mind and that has to do with the manifested sons of God. Okay, beginning at the 3rd verse.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Now this is what Paul (was) looking forward to. And this takes place in verse 17, when the spirit of wisdom and revelation comes into the church. So therefore he said it still was a church, claiming to be anointed. But here’s the Word, Christ Himself, that’s the anointed Word which shall come for the rest of the body, the Bride. Now He’s already come here to get the Bride made up. Now the Christ Himself, that’s on the mercy seat up there, or the throne, that same One is going to come back and pick up the Bride, meet her in the air, when that Spirit that’s in the midst of us becomes incarnate to us as we’re taken up there to meet the Lord at the Wedding Supper.
75Now, at this particular time we’re noticing what Bro. Branham is saying to the Bride, that she has the only truth and the only way that is going to get her in the resurrection and the rapture. And you’ll notice that Bro. Branham told us the angel told him that he was given a gift of healing to take to the world, and they took it, but the Bride went beyond it. It was a Message that the Bride took. Okay, he said going to be...
It was back here. He said now, when he tried, remember he tried to manifest himself in the church. He tried to manifest himself, he was taken out. Didn’t want him. It was still a church, claimed to be anointed. But here is the Word, Christ himself. Here’s that One that tried, that manifested Himself, tried to get back in his church, but they wouldn’t take him.
76Now that’s the anointed Word which shall come for the rest of His body, the Bride. Down the road we’re going to meet him in the air, when He incarnates Himself.
161 Everybody say, "Glory to God. We got freedom down here, hallelujah! Oh, hallelujah, we speak in tongues and jump... We got freedom of the women. (Or for the women.) You people try to put them under all these kinds of things." See? Go ahead. There (isn’t anything) you can do. Say, "Well, we speak in tongues. We shout; we dance in the Spirit; we preach the Word." Absolutely. Not a thing to say against it. So did (those) men back here in the Bible. Jesus said it'd deceive the very elected if it was possible, the very elected.
77Now here he is taking it, an opportunity to talk to the Pentecostals.
162 Now, notice! The shuck from the original grain, grain, that went in the ground, it was not (any) organization. It was one grain in itself. But when it (came) up it was not a grain; it was an organization (See?), leaves and corn. Then it went into another stage, which was a tassel. Still it wasn't like the beginning. It was an organization. It went into the shuck, many leaves, Pentecost, almost shaped out now. Look at it; it's taking shape all the time, almost exactly like the same. Looks exactly like a grain of wheat when you see that little hull there. (Now that’s the Pentecostals, the false ones.) But finally it's manifested and no organization. (That’s coming out of the husk, that’s the life there.) There's no more carriers. Organization is just a carrier. No more carriers, the stalk must die; the shuck must die, everything else must die. But the wheat lives on. That's the body of the resurrection comes right down and picks them up.
78Now what you are looking at here is not what you think what you are hearing, because what you are hearing sounds like he’s saying that’s the body of the resurrection, comes right down and picks them up. What he is saying here is not punctuated properly. What he is saying, the body of the resurrection is everything that went into the ground that had the spirit of Christ and started to come back to where Christ Himself would be manifested.
The spirit coming up… Luther, Wesley, Pentecost. Now, what happens? “At the end-time, right at this period to make up the body of the resurrection, This comes down, picks these people up, and puts them with those that went on before.” That’s what he’s telling you here.
He’s not saying something comes down and picks you up. That’s not what he’s talking about. You’ve got to stay with the, what he’s talking of here. He’s talking about no organization, he’s talking about the life that went into the ground, the same life that Jesus died and laid down, the same life came back here. He’s not talking of Pentecost now.
But when he talks of the church dying and going into the ground, he links the two together. And he said, “Now the same thing that went down has got to come up.” Which was Christ, the one that died. The church also went in. Now we’re trying to come right back to Christ. See, you’ve got to come right back to Christ.
79So therefore he says, “Now, all of this is moving to the place.” And he said, “That’s the body of the resurrection.” And you will find this in another sermon and I’m not sure which one it is. He explains this very thoroughly. My mind doesn’t go to it, because I got a very poor mind, I’d have to run across a sermon and then give it to you verbatim from that sermon. And he tells you how it’s actually made up, and he’s telling you how it is made up now.
It came up through…now it doesn’t go back to ages one, two, three, four. He goes to ages five, six, and seven, because that’s, he’ll come later when he begins to talking about revival, that there was no revival after the church fell into the ground until now. It didn’t have it. Now they started revival, reformation under Luther, and under Wesley, but what we’re looking for is this here. That’s the body of the resurrection, what he’s talking about here. These are the ones who are going to be resurrected. See?
80Now, comes down and picks them--what comes down? It was still a church getting the anointing. But here’s the Word, Christ himself, that’s the anointed Word which shall come for the rest of the body, the Bride. So when it’s all made up, this One appears to pick it all up. So what was all left undone and disoriented, under the Seventh Seal is picked up, comes together.
I hope you are catching what I’m saying. I can’t say this as perfectly as I should, but there it is. Now watch, I’ll prove it to you.
162 They which are last to be first, and they which are first to be last (See?). Picks them right up in the resurrection. (brings them all together.) Are you following this?
So therefore the last ones down are the first ones up. They come in their own group. Then six, seven, five, four, three, two, one. Then they reverse, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. And seven is caught away, little tiny groups, they don’t go all at one time, they caught up a little bit at a time.
So here is what you are looking at. This ministry is necessary to catch us all together into the gathering of the total Bride. This does it. Because some aren’t going to die. I imagine that’s what it is all about there. That’s the body of the resurrection what he’s talking about.
Then, this coming down here picks it all up, puts it all together. Then the last are first. Seven church age all comes together. Six ,five, four, three, two, one. Then that way.
163 Notice, the grain is... The shuck looks exactly like the grain. And a man raising… wheat… or something another, would look and say, "Praise God, I got a crop of wheat," when he (hasn’t) got one speck of wheat. See? It's looks just exactly like the wheat, but it's a shuck.
Now he can say that when he sees the little sprouts. He said “I got wheat.”
Potential. But when you see the, the actual chaff, you could say, “Hey, this is it.”
But you know something? Nobody ever taught what Bro. Branham taught what he’s typed here. He said Luther looked for it and Wesley did. Well maybe they did, in their own understanding, but I don’t know anything they ever said. Of course, I’m not a student or read everything they said ever brought this up. Now they looked for it perhaps, and didn’t know it.
They were look--I’ll tell you what they’re all up there, they were all looking for Christ, but they were looking for Him in His own way, I mean in their own way. And when He came in His own way like he did the first time in flesh, now appearing in the Spirit; they couldn’t take it then, they can’t take it now.
83So that’s what I guess we are looking at.
164 Now, friends, go back with me. (Now watch:) Where (does) the first revival come after--the days when the grain of wheat had to fall into the ground, the Body, the Bride of Christ? (Now you’re going to have to go into history here.) Christ (set in order) His Bride (Is that right?) His church. He never organized it; He just set apostles, prophets, and so forth in the church to keep it clean. But at Nicaea, Rome, 306 years later they organized it and made a organization out of it. Is that right? And it died. Everything that didn't agree with that church was put to death. And it laid still for hundreds of years in the dirt, but after while, up she (came) in Luther. (There was the first branch, revival, right there.) The first little sprigs of corn come up. The second, it budded out from there. They went on, had Zwingli and so forth, and the other organizations and so forth. Then after while come the Anglican along, and then what happened? Here come Wesley along with a new revival, the tassel.
84Now there’s revival right there. The first revival to come after the church died was back in Luther’s day, the next, Wesley, then in Pentecost. Some kind of a revival, and watch:
That looks a little more like the wheat. Then what happened to that? It organized, and dried up, and died. (that’s right, it does die.) The Life went… into (the) shuck. And the shuck come forth almost perfectly like the wheat. But finally its folly was made manifest in the last eight or ten years, especially in the last three years. Now, what (did) it do? Pulled away from the wheat.
165 Now, why hasn't there been an organization start up in these last twenty years of this great revival?
85Now there you are. Bro. Branham tells you right there, there’s a revival started. That’s Acts 3:19 and on, right in there, when the refreshing shall come from the Presence of God there would be a revival. And remember he said there is no true healing revival unless there's a great message going to follow it, a new message. Okay:
It's anointed prophets, anointed teachers, so forth, but why (aren’t) there? There's nothing beyond the grain. See? It's back without an organization. Oh, my, a blind man could see that. It cannot organize; it's so firmly against it. It's a grain of wheat itself. The Son of man will be made manifest. (He already has been made manifest.) The grain of Wheat will come back to itself again, the Son of man in the last days. (There He is. He said so.) "And there will come false impersonations of it in the last days that'll almost deceive the elected if possible." Look at their organizational shucks pulling away now. It only lets the Wheat be known to the elected, which are part of it.
86Okay. We know we’re all elect, for we can place the Word and the prophet in ourselves and the non-elect. And you can put this all together. When you can put Mt 24:24 together, you know you stand in the definition of the prophet. Ripened wheat, right today.
166 Notice! How beautiful this is brought (out) here now. Only... Notice, the anointed ones... be able... the true elected, predestinated, Ephesians 1:5, will be... Ordained, elected, they are the only ones that it will not be deceived. Notice. The anointed prophets will be false. (But) there among them will be true anointed. How you going to tell it?
87In other words, you are going to be truly anointed servants of God, just the same, after the prophet.
By the Word. Like we have in shadow. Do (we) see it? Say, "Amen." [Congregation replies, "Amen."--Ed.] See?
167 Notice. The anointed ones, only the Word will separate them, not the signs. (And that’s today.)
I’m not going to go any further. So there you are. You finish off realizing this, that vindication today is passé. We can say we’ve got a vindicated prophet and that’s all you can say. There's nothing going on.
Everything contrary is going on, because they got the same thing in a false way. What you use today is the Word of Almighty God that the prophet gave, and this is the gospel of the Kingdom, this is the Message of the hour, and outside of this Message there is no light, so therefore anybody claiming to be born again outside the Word of this hour can not be born again, anymore than you can claim to be born again after Pentecost, Christ having died and risen.
Once he manifested he was living, that was the Word of the hour, and this is the hour of the proof of His resurrection, the sign of His resurrection amongst us.
There is only one Word, I’ve preached this for years. You get saved outside of this Message, you have just barely been saved, that’s all. You’ll never receive the Holy Ghost. You have got to come to this Word. If you have got anything of God in you, you will come to this Word. There's your criteria, nothing outside of this Word comes to life.
88So there's your picture of which you are seeing? Everything out there is based upon this which was vindicated in this hour, but it is based upon it only in signs and signs are bringing the whole world together, while the Word is separating us unto God.
That’s the Spirit of Truth. That’s the whole thing, that’s 2 Thessalonians.
Okay, the Lord bless you, let’s rise at this time.
Heavenly Father, we are grateful for the time we have allocated. You’ve given us the hour, this hour Lord, to study the Word together. Sometimes we wish we had less time, most of the time we wish we had more time.
But Father, we thank you for the privilege that we have studied together and see what the prophet said. Now Lord we know that we’ve said this truth tonight, as it is in Christ Jesus. We believe that with all our hearts. And therefore Lord, we know the Life is in this Word and the Word is in us and the Life is in us. We thank you for It.
Illuminate us oh God we pray, in the way You want us to be illuminated, which is from the mind right down to the heart, into a soul Lord, that comes forth in our spirits, and shows forth in a manifested life, which is commensurate with the life that’s within us Lord.
Father, we know that if the blood of bulls and goats could do great things, how much more can the Life released in this Blood do for us now? We know Lord, what could take place under legitimate gifts of the Spirit, which are passed away now, and false prophets have them. We know Lord, what, how wonderful it can be in this message. Surely Lord, it can bring forth immortality and all the peripheral with it.
So Father we just look to you today, and ask you to help us, Father, to be just lifted up above all the things of this life, the cares of this world, everything, my God, which could divert our attention, anything whatsoever Lord, that detracts. May we by the spirit of God, zero in as it were, on this as never before Lord.
Father You zeroed in on us, help us to zero in on You. Father, we know that the prophet stood there, but if You hadn’t done what You did, what good would the prophet had been? Just a vessel sitting there, ordained but useless, put away in a trunk. Lord, you never put a candle under a bushel, or hide it under a bed. You lit that prophet Lord, and set him in out midst.
Now, Father light your Word in us, and set us not to be anybody Lord, not to amount to anything as far as the world is concerned Lord, but to be in Your image, oh God. And we walking in the light as You’re in the light, Father, living that life and whatsoever is incumbent upon it. Walking in the light Lord, having fellowship, the Blood of Jesus Christ cleansing us. That’s what we want Father. We dedicate and commend ourselves to you tonight in this respect.
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be all power and honor and glory, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. The Lord bless you.
‘Take the name of Jesus with you.’