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1 Shall we pray. Heavenly Father, again we want to thank You and praise You for the reality of the Scripture fulfilled in our day, concerning your descent as Head to the Bride, the Church, in the form of the Holy Spirit and the Pillar of Fire, the Lord Himself descending from Heaven with a message.
We thank you for that message, Lord, and we know that the man that You used to be the voice of Yourself at this time, oh God. We have the words and we have the One Himself here to lead us into the Millennium, here to be the Head of the Church, the Head of each one of us individually and all together. The Head of the bride, to bring about a resurrection and then Lord, a great gathering to the Marriage Supper.
We know that’s in progress now, there’s no doubt about it, and we’re certain, Lord that one who told us the Truth, vindicated to you, that if we’re not Bride, there’s a Bride out there somewhere and by the grace of God we don’t want to stand in its way, but rather, be friends and rejoice for that day, and then later on meet with You and them in the great time of the after-millennium.
Lord, help us to be serious and sober today, and learn what it is to walk in that Light as the prophet walked in It. We’ll be careful to give You the praise, in Jesus’ name, Amen. You may be seated.
2I believe this is number 16 of the Anointed Ones at the End Time. In the last study of this message produced the illustration of Saint Martin, who was involved in a satanic visitation, where Satan tried to deceive Martin into worshipping him, but when Satan was given the Word of God, he disappeared and left Martin alone.
Also Bro. Branham spoke of a young man of the time of Saint Martin, who was also deceived by Satan into thinking he was a great leader. But when he refused to appear before Saint Martin to be tested, then his rank and the authority that he thought he had by deception vanished from him, and his folly was manifested before all the people.
3These illustrations that Bro. Branham used about Saint Martin were to show the ability and authority of a prophet to dispel doubts and eliminate error and deception when it comes to the Word of Almighty God and of course, the ways of God.
The true elect will always reach for the revealed Word, as eagles gather around the kill, so do the elect gather to the body-Word of the season. So with this in mind we can start reading right away on page 49, paragraph 212, where he mentions the eagles. The eagles will go to the Word that is in season, even as they went to Martin. And of course, Bro. Branham is running in parallel with Martin, although Bro. Martin was not a prophet of the order of Bro. Branham.
4Remember always when Bro. Branham speaks of himself, you must remember, Moses, Paul, Branham, right? Moses, Paul, Branham. You don’t go and say well, Bro. Branham, Elijah—Elisha, no—I beg your pardon, Isaiah. You don’t go and say Bro. Branham, Jeremiah.
It is true that there is a relationship because God was in the prophets, but when it comes down to ordinary prophets, brother, the Word of the Lord said in Numbers that, He said “I will appear in visions and in various ways in dreams,” but He said, “when it comes to Moses, it will not be so. I will speak to him face-to-face, even apparently. He will see Me in some type of a form and we will talk mouth-to-mouth, face-to-face.” Now that is Moses and Paul, and William Branham.
People say, “well I don’t think it’s William Branham.”
5Well you think what you want. As long as I’m preaching up here that’s the way it is. And I know you are not unhappy with it. Okay. So, he’s talking then, now, identifying himself in that respect.
212 He also said, “Where the Carcase is (or the Word), there, in season, the eagles will be gathered.”
Now always watch Word in season, Word in season. And that’s true. The Bible speaks of that. Born in due season. The Word. So this Word’s in season.
Now, that’s... If you want to put that down, that’s Matthew 24:28, just a little bit (after) Matthew 24:24, four verses below it (See?) if you want to get it. “Where the Carcase is (the Manna is, the Word is), there the eagles will be gathered.”
6In other words, if God has something to show His people, then certainly the people will come to it, see?
214 “Where the Carcase is there the eagles will be gathered. Where the Carcase, where the—the—the killing is, there the eagles will be gathered.
Now the word killing in my understanding here would be fulfilled Word. See, the fulfilled Word brought into view.
Where the fresh Meat is, the Word of the season, there the eagles will gather.”
Now even your health authorities will tell you that it’s very strange that people in the economy of God are adapted, perhaps not so much genetically as physiologically to the area in which they are, so that you should always eat the vegetables and the fruits, and the things that are in your area. They’re good for you. So when you have wintertime, of course, you have vegetables that you put in the root cellar and things like that.
7And then always remember when the people kept their hands off the Eskimos they didn’t have any heart trouble or cancer or anything else. They could eat whale blubber and eat meat raw, cooked any old way they wanted. They got along fine. They never had rotten teeth either. Now a few could have been bald-headed, because that’s nothing but a little genetic thing you know, hereditary. When it came to health, you know, they had good health, commensurate, but white man goes in there and upsets the season, so to speak. Upsets things and poor fellows began to get sick and you know, there’s a problem.
And the Bible also mentions, you know, God put a bound on the people. He arranged their borders. When people began to move out of that, you have your mixing of your races, your colors and all those things, you got a bad problem.
So what I’m trying to show you here is that everything in nature points to seasons and the people in the seasons. Like the Light moved west, the Light starts in the east and begins moving. What happens? The revivals of God move west and west and west until now they’re at the western shore, then they got to move east again. What’s that? That’ll be when Christ appears in Israel, back to Israel. So everything has a season.
8Don’t let the Word be strange to you. Make It a part of your vocabulary. Make It a part of your rethinking, your repentance. Make it a really, a great Word, as Bro. Branham did in this message. So where the fresh meat is, that is, where the Word of God is being demonstrated for that season, the eagles will gather there.
But after it’s (rotted) then the vultures will swarm...
Now, there’s something we might just want to take a look at here. He says first of all, he says, but after it’s rotted, after it’s (gone) rotten—in other words the life leaves it and the life moves on. Now Bro. Branham invariably used the understanding of the plant as well as the animal, because he had to. Remember the Bible speaks of children of God as lambs, It speaks of the children of God as wheat. So you got to take and use both of them.
9So, he’s using the thought here now in the animal. When the meat is rotten, you know the lamb was killed, take eat, this is My body. The lamb of God, remember the type in Egypt, you’ve got to eat it with the bitter herbs and go down the road. Okay, take eat, this is My body.
But also, Christ was a plant growing up out of tender ground. So we’re looked at today as, we could say in the sense of the animal or in the sense of the plant. Now that’d be the same with the church, you see? We can see God kept up till the end time, when He come into manifestation, and then we see Him coming up like a plant, coming into full maturity. So let’s look at the plant a second.
10Now Bro. Branham said you plant the wheat and pretty soon got a little sprout coming up, that’s life. Then it shoots up higher into the stalk. And you’ll notice right away it begins to get yellow at the bottom. Now the life is no longer there, the life is passing up. Now it’s a conduit to come up. Then later on it goes up to the place where you got, something begins to form at the top and you got the tassel in there, and you got the, you know, the stamens, and you got the chaff begins to form. And you—what you see—every step you’ll see that it’s getting brown. It gets brittle. It’s not supple anymore, you know? The life is going, until finally the life is at the very top.
11So, we’re looking at the picture here, after it’s rotted. That means after the life has moved on, there’s—death sets in there. And whether you liken it to a piece of meat that stinks and you can see the maggots and things, or whether you liken it to a piece of the plant that’s dry now, you’ve got to recognize that as far as the truth is concerned, it is rotten. In other words, it is lifeless and it is already in a process of decay, it’s gone down. And the life will not go back to it anymore, it’s over. So that’s what you are looking at.
And when he says here, the vultures, they go for what is rotten. The life is gone out of it and they begin to swarm toward it. So, now, the life of the Word was released by God using a prophet in this end time message. So all that follows it is too late. That’s something that I know that people will be very unhappy with, but Bro. Branham brings out stuff like this, mature like this. They don’t like that. Their idea is it’s never too late. Are you kidding?
12You see, you believe Hebrews 6, or are you just sitting here surreptitious? Now we got to nail things down and I’m taking my time, whether we get one page done or two pages, makes no difference. Listen, I can take one message and preach three hundred sermons and die! And you got everything you need. Because the Lord will bring it to you. You could take one of Bro. Branham’s sermons—it doesn’t matter.
It’s like I always said, the Bible is like a pie, it’s got a center. Now you cut a pie right to the center and you put wedges in. You don’t go … like this, back and forth. And I don’t care what subject you take, you’ll invariably go straight to Christ and whether you want to or not, you’ll cover every other subject. You can’t help it, because we’re dealing with Spirit, but Person. So I could take one message, take my time.
Now, people do not like to think it is too late. Now the Bible warns you that there are a people who get worried and think it is too late when it is not, and always there are those who will say it is never too late and it is. You just can’t change it.
13Now, let’s take a look at Hebrews 6 again and realize what it is saying here. There is going to come a time at a particular time called perfection, and that’s where the church is moving to absolute finality. And the finality is what? Righteous still, filthy still. Holy still, unholy still. You’re moving to a finality. You’re moving to a time, and you farmers sitting here, some farmers here know it’s the truth. There is nothing you can do to your crop or for your crop at a certain stage. It’s over. It’s gone. It’s gone. You say, “well, it doesn’t mean it’s gone! I can still get twenty bushels per acre.”
That’s true, but it’s gone where you could have got twenty and a half, or twenty-one or twenty-two. Gone. It’s set. It’s finished. This is as far as it’s going to go. From then on it just got to dry out, until the shuckers, that’s the threshing rig, hits it, splits all the chaff off. Yup. Now that’s what it says, perfection is finished.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, (absolutely saw) and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, (Either by anointed or complete indwelling.)
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, (absolutely right in there)
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;
14There’ll come a time, as Bro. Branham said in Jubilee, you’ll say, “I love my old master. I don’t want to be free.” You go to the jamb, the door jamb, and take a little tiny awl, like women get their ear pierced for ear rings, and then you know something? Once that’s been jammed there, that needle in there, you can never leave your master. Your ears are closed, it’s entirely all over.
You say, “I’d like to do this. I would like to do that. I think this. I think that. Now’s time for change.”
Hogwash. It’s over. It’s over. Now I know people here this morning, you’re tenderhearted and I’m very hard-hearted. I’m very mean according to some preachers, because you see, Lee Vayle doesn’t believe in love and he shows it. The same man has a lot of women, that shows he’s got a lot of love. He’s a liar from the pit of hell and he’s going there. I’ve got no use for the man, I’m not bitter, just tell you flat; he’s a liar. He doesn’t know my heart nor one thing about me.
15I neither seduce people with Word or sex or anything else, and that’s a fact. I’ll challenge any person living on that one. Not here to fool with anybody. I got love for this Word, respect for this Word, brother/sister, and that’s my life, as much as I know. And I’m telling you right today, it is only too possible there could a drying-out period of ten, twenty years left for all we know and not one more person came in or will come in.
You say, “what about the persons then that have—you know, will come in?”
I got hope for those who don’t have too much religious background, or their religious background wasn’t worth a plug nickel in the first place. I have hardly any hope for Pentecostals, because that’s where the life went the last time. And they thought when they got recognized they really had the world by the tail, on the downhill pull, spiritually speaking. And that’s where they blew it, because the minute you’re accepted, that’s the minute you know you ain’t got it, because we are to be judged the off-scouring of the earth. And if you’re ain’t being scoured-off by the world and shot off to one corner, and scoured-out by God, you ain’t got nothing. You just haven’t. I’m sorry for you. But it shows you’re still up out there milling around.
That doesn’t meant people can’t respect you and love you and things like that, but I’m telling you, pin it down to this: they can not come after a certain time. So there’s a cutting off period, and that’s the thing you watch for.
16Now watch. After the cutting-off period people will try to come. Now how many people today are Lutherans? Millions and millions maybe for all I know. At least hundreds of thousands. Could be well over a million, must be over a million. How many were in Luther’s day? Count them on your hands. What about Wesley’s day? Millions of Methodists, how many in Wesley’s day? Count them on your hands just about.
How many Pentecostals? They got millions, too. What about back in 1906, and 1920’s to 30’s? Just miserable bunch of little people hanging around storefronts, what have you. I know, I was one of them, way back in the 30s. Life’s gone on, see?
Now that’s—when you watch when people start flocking for anything, the life is gone, it’s dead, they’re vultures eating carrion. If you don’t believe that, let’s go to Pentecost. Father O’Conner, a Roman Catholic, speaking in tongues, healing the sick, no doubt raising the dead, casting out devils. Fine man as far as men are concerned, but believes the Roman Catholic church is infallible, prays to the virgin Mary, honors the pope.
17Now come on, Pentecostals. That’s exactly where Pentecost is. Don’t try to kid me, Pentecost itself is torn up because of it and there’s nothing they can do because they stuck their necks out and said, “well we got the evidence.”
Everybody’s got the evidence now. They were the cream of the crop, see? The life went out of them. Now Bro. Branham categorically said when you see the dominations taking this message, you know it is all over, that means the life has gone out, too. Then anybody—how’s anybody going to take this message when the life is moving on. Where’s the life going to move next? Into the resurrection.
You still got a message at this point, but they’re already fooling around with this message. You can hear right on the air people saying things that only Bro. Branham said. It’s already gone into perversion.
18So, we want to realize what he’s saying here, that this message is the one message that has life. In fact, he said nothing outside of this message will come to life. What is he saying by that? This is the original that came up protected by God from the time of the Apostles and the Apostle Paul. That life that came through right at this hour is now manifested that it is the end season, the harvest time, it’s all over. And he says nothing but this is going to come to life, it’s a continuous Bride.
It’s the same, it’s the right message. It’s what Paul preached. It’s what Paul said, “Hey, there has got to come the spirit of God into the church that’s going to bring about a resurrection, but before it does, it’s going to bring about a revelation. God Himself doing it.” Ephesians 1:17. That’s fulfilled today. This day is this Scripture fulfilled. Bro. Branham didn’t preach it, I’ll preach it for him. Just go and take his subject and just go ahead and preach it, no problem. This day is this Scripture fulfilled, Ephesians 1:17. He did take Luke 17:20-30, this day is this Scripture fulfilled. He did take 1 Thessalonians 4:16, this day is this Scripture fulfilled. Malachi 4:5 and 6, it is fulfilled, and with it the judgments are coming on earth. All right.
…then the vultures will swarm to it. (They’ll swarm to it, sure they will.) See? See what I mean?
19Look, if this world went on, do you know something? People would realize who Bro. Branham was. And you know by that time, it’s all over. Something else would have to come, but nothing else is going to come. It won’t happen, see? Now, see what I mean:
When a kill’s made, here comes the eagles, but after it lays there and (rots), then here comes the vultures. (They always come too late because the life is gone, you see?) The eagle won’t have (anything) to do with it.
With the, what, with what? Vulture food. Well, we can’t go back to Pentecost. We couldn’t go back to Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian.
See? Jesus said, “Where the Carcase is, where the Manna fell, the night the Manna falls fresh,
20Now remember it’s at night, always, that God has to break light. He always has to do it. So it’s the Manna falls in the dark time, in this dark age of Laodicea, wretched, miserable, naked and blind, God sends a prophet.
there the eagles will gather for It.” That’s the Manna for the day.
This is evening time message. Now I want to tell you something. Let’s be very careful because he mentions Manna. Now what happened to Manna? Now get your thinking caps on, what happened to Manna. He saw…
“Well, Bro. Vayle, I’ll tell you one thing, it wouldn’t keep.”
That’s exactly right, it wouldn’t keep. And then we find that those that gathered too much, they didn’t have anything over, and those that gathered very little, they had plenty. Like Bro. Branham said, “if you get this far in the message and make it, and that far and not make it”—which means in understanding only. If you’re that far in, you’re all the better in, of course.
21All right, what else about it? What’s the big thing about it? “Oh this Manna we loath. Same old thing. Same old thing.”
Eighty to ninety percent of William Branham’s preaching was the prophet in God, hardly twenty percent doctrine. Hardly twenty percent conduct. Hardly twenty percent anything. The constant reiteration, as I’m doing now. Prophet in God, God in prophet. How God does things. What’s going on in this hour.
It got dull, it got insipid. See? The cares of this world. You know, you got to watch it, brother/sister. You’re not superhuman in the sense that you are out of your body in a new body. You are superhuman in the sense you are born again. And you’re eagles that are going to be in the resurrection and get out of here maybe before the, not even have to take part in the resurrection, you’re all young enough for that. We’re pretty—that could happen anytime now, within the next year, anything. Just things could work very fast.
22But there’s a big warning here. They said, “this Manna, I don’t think we like. Let’s go back where it’s spicier. Oh, the leeks and the onions and the garlic and the hot peppers and the chili con carnies and the curries. Let’s go back to Egypt, where they got the tongues and the interpretation and the prophecy and the emotions and the dancings, and all those things. You just have a great time in a spiritual bust! This is too dead.”
Oh I’ve been criticized for being dead.
“Where’s the hand-slapping and where’s everything in your church, Lee Vayle?”
I want you people so attentive that you’re jumping and dancing and jiving inside. I don’t care about your outsides—hogwash. I know preachers and I know people. Oh they look so good and commit adultery and everything else and pull deals. Fap! Don’t sell anything to me outside of Word, brother/sister, that’s going to transform our bodies, because it’s transformed our minds.
23I don’t mind clapping and shouting, that’s great. I don’t care, you do it if you want to. But I prefer you to sit and listen, providing I’ve got something to say. When I haven’t got something to say then you yell, out-shout me and praise the Lord. I could see that in some churches. I’d out-shout the preacher too for all he’s got to say at times. See?
Where the eagles are gathered, the fresh kill, the fresh Manna.
That’s the Manna for the day. See? (All right)
215 Notice. But after it gets rotten, maggots get in it, then here comes the vultures. They can’t smell it till it gets rotten. (They go by their senses, see?) No wonder Jesus stood up there and said, “Jerusalem, you that stoned every prophet... Notice that personal pronoun. See? “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how oft would I (Who was He?)—how oft would I have gathered you as a hen would her brood, you that stoned every prophet I ever sent to you...”
24Now that, of course, is God in the prophets, bringing the people to God. Now, notice here how some people have gone, as I said a minute ago, they’ve gone back to Pentecost. Then again there are those who never did leave Pentecost, never did leave the Methodists.
You know, I’m not fussing just at Pentecost. I know people that didn’t leave their Methodist church. No. Bro. Branham hadn’t died, the church age book just written, and Methodist background would say, “Hey, that Lee Vayle didn’t say what Bro. Branham said.”
I said exactly what he said. They didn’t know what he said. They’re still Methodist. Now I’m going to tell you something, I think they still are. I think they still are. There’s those got critical because I didn’t make it Pentecostal, and they’re still Pentecostal. They’re still Baptist. You got to leave that stuff.
25How would you like to sit down and eat a chicken full of salmonella? Oh go ahead and die. You want to die with cramps in great tribulation? You’ll get it. That’s your business, eat it. I don’t want it. I want mine tried with fire, with fire, with fire, with fire, and then more fire, because that’s the Pillar of Fire. Then I’ll start eating the food, what God sets on the table. It’s just they haven’t come out. Now, 216:
216 That great church Jerusalem, the Jerusalem which (is) not here on earth, but we are of the Jerusalem of above where the Word come from, from predestination (See?); not old Jerusalem that perishes, the New Jerusalem that can’t perish; not the old Jerusalem built by man, (the denominational organizations) but the New Jerusalem’s built by God (See?); the Word up there now being made manifest. (What Word being manifest now? The New Jerusleam above us.) “In My Father’s house are many mansions;
Streets of gold, all those things are going on now. So there’s a promise being fulfilled in Heaven right now. Well, there’s a Word being fulfilled on earth. Now Bro. Branham talks of the old and New Jerusalem. That’s where we are going to take our time this morning. I can’t get off the ground this morning, forget it.
26We go to the book of Galatians, chapter 4, to read what Bro. Branham—what this old and New Jerusalem, and we start reading at verse 19:
19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
Now Paul said, “look,” he said, “I want Christ to be formed in you, I want to see that you are really born again people. I want to see that.” And he said, “I want to come and visit you, and actually I want to be able to talk to you different from you than this letter here, because I’m wondering what’s going on with you fellows anyway.”
27Now watch 21:
21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? (Now watch)
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. (That’s Sarah and Hagar.)
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, (That’s Hagar) the other by a freewoman. (Sarah)
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh;
Absolutely pure and simple sexual intercourse by human desire. She could have a baby, and he could be the one that started the baby, getting the baby, no problem at all. Sarah was not that way, she was completely barren, no way could she have a child. So she had to have a Word of God to make it possible so she could have a child. And the Word of God came, so therefore Isaac is born of promise, not of sex, although that was involved, see?
28Now that shows you too, that the Word of God being real, predestination stands above every name in the world. People say “I don’t know how in the world it was that child was born. I can not see predestination.”
Than you can’t see this either.
God knew all about Hagar going to have a baby. God knows all about everything. How can you doubt God in this line if you really believe a prophet? Or is this just some little glib thing the prophet said, God knew every flea and how many times it bat its eyeballs—or every gnat, how many it would take to make a pound of tallow, how many yards?
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. (No liberty, not born again, nothing.)
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
29Or which is our mother, is what it should be said. Because it’s not the mother of all because down here it says she’s a mother over here, too. So how can New Jerusalem be the mother of all if there’s a woman over here that’s mother of some others? Our mother. Paul’s speaking of the bride.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Now he is telling you right here there’s a whole lot more people born to physical Jerusalem then there are to Spiritual. There’ll be millions more in the world church than in the true Church. There’ll be not many Bride, but there’ll be a whole lot of the others.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
30Now we know that we are. They were not, but they were in the records. They were foreknown, foreordained, it was spoken of them. It was spoken of them, and they are here. But we were in the mind of God and a part of God, just like New Jerusalem is the entire building of God. This down here is the building of man. This down here is what man does with what man has, even though God gave it. The other is what God does with what God has and He gives it. It’s an entirely spiritual concept, it’s a hundred percent different.
People look around, they say, “Well, I look at you people here in this church and you really ain’t got nothing along side of these people out here.”
Well go along and talk all you want. I got no problem there. They’re going to say it anyway. Nobody ever said we had anything in ourselves. I bet Isaac could throw just a big a squall as Ishmael could. I bet he could run just about as fast in trouble as Ishmael could. Kids are kids. When he grew up in Christ it was a different story, of course. You just can’t look at the flesh, only to a certain degree. And I don’t mean that we run hog-wild or anything, I mean people just say, “well you don’t have the fine perception we have, because we got this and we got that.”
31Well you prove it. Where’s yours coming from? See, you got to always watch that. You can—the Potter takes it one lump of clay. You know, you can actually have identical twins and one be a devil and one be a saint. Tells you, one born again, one never make it. In other words, they can look identical, alike, He takes one lump. Everything lies in election.
30 Nevertheless what saith the Scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
Now what’s he trying to say here? You had better cleave to the Word of God as your one authority, because Paul said, “I stand in doubt.” What’s he standing in doubt of? What he taught them. Didn’t he say the Galatian Church, if anybody takes a word or adds a word, they’re the devil? He said, “I can’t even come back and change this.”
Do you know that’s true? Remember Isaac loved Esau, and he said, “I’m going to bless him.”
32Poor old mother Rebecca, she’s a little bit messed up in her thinking so she said, “Well, I’m going to make sure that Jacob gets it, Esau, he ain’t worth it anyway. I know his dad loves him, but he just hasn’t got it.”
She recognized it. Nice girl, but she did it wrong. She said, “Now put this calf’s skin on here and, you know, pretend you are the other guy.”
Man, he must have been hairy! Or maybe… Anyway, they took a part of the calf’s skin, anyway, and so he said, “well,” he said, “now this must be my son.” He said, “it’s the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob.” He said, “but anyway,” he said, “maybe Esau’s voice has changed.” He said, “Maybe they’re getting to sound alike.” So he blessed him.
And when it was over he said, “I can not take the blessing back.”
33You understand what I’m saying? What kind of a deal is this? It’s a kind of a deal if God ever spoke through a person, it could be a doorknob, right, it could be anything, it couldn’t change. And Paul said, “Look, it can’t change. You’re fooling with what I have taught you, see?” And he said “you are companions of Christ if you keep in mind what I’ve taught you.”
See, it’s the mind is everything. Here’s your trouble right here. Get it renewed. Throw out your Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal thing and say, “what is the prophet saying? He can’t be saying what I already know.”
Now you want to watch that statement, because you could know it and know it wrong. Oh yeah. So therefore, when I use the sense of true knowledge, he’s saying something you and I don’t know from the standpoint of a true knowledge. We know about it, we know it’s there, we know something’s out here, but you really know it.
34Now these are your two Jerusalem’s right here. Now we don’t belong to the one that has a thing to do with man, we have the one that has to do with God alone, that’s starts way beyond the time, as the joke said, you’re even a gleam in your father’s eye, or your grandfather, or your great-grandfather, or your great-great-great-great-great-great-great, because you are going to go back six thousand years to Adam, and then from Adam you go right back to God.
See? And God did a special thing when he took that spirit-man and put him in a physical body and then breathed in him to bring him to manifestation and movement, what God had in His mind in a thought-pattern, starting with a little cell of God. That’s the Bride. You have to be of God and from God and to God, or you’re not in it. And there’s just one test; is Word test. That’s what people don’t want.
35Now I know there’s other things there, too. I realize that. But the devil can imitate and take you to the cleaners on every single point but the Word. Do you understand what I’m saying? Because that’s what Bro. Branham fought over in this message, to get people to understand that. You can go out here and see, he said, “Christian Science will prove more love and snow us, put us under the table with it, but they’re off the Word. Mary Baker Eddy said, “There is no more efficacy in the blood of Jesus Christ then in the blood of a rooster.” Take that.
That great Church Jerusalem, and it’s being built—fabricated, right now.
217 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how oft would I (from the beginning of time, not a third person, somebody else, but)—I (God himself) would’ve hovered you, (hovered over you, shadowed you) as a hen did her brood, but you would not.
36Now in this last hour of hovering, what’s going on? Immortality. The Son of Righteousness has risen with immortality. As I said on more than one occasion, I do not have a promise to die, though I might like to die and I might well die. Now you younger people do not have a promise to die. You got a promise to live. The Word concerning you is no longer it is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment. That is not your portion any longer. It is appointed unto you, some of you, to live and not die, and you’re just as good as sitting in the White Throne now.
You have a thought, you have a bit of a problem. Now you can take your pick which way you want to go. Now, so how is that? You believe the Word of God, God will back up his Word, if that Word is in you then God backs up His Word in you. Not in somebody else.
37Look it, God’s got to always back up His Word in people. Look, he said before there was a fish with a fin, there had to be water to put the fish in. Now, it wasn’t the water, it was the fish. So God made everything propitious. So therefore New Jerusalem you’re going to walk on is not it, it’s you. And he wants something good for you to walk on, like he wants the fish to have a good swim. And he wants you to have a good City. He wants you to have good food. Everything is for you. And everything that man mucked up God restores right back so man can have it the way God wanted it. See? Let’s understand that.
Now he said Jerusalem, I’ve always tried to get you lined up and ironed out, just like I tried to protect you and help you from danger as a hen would help her chickens, but you wouldn’t do it. Now your hour is come. It was too late! He couldn’t turn the clock back. Now there were a few dribbling in but the die was cast, Jerusalem had to go and it went. Los Angles has to go and it’s going to.
38The Russians have a bomb for America. Why do you think Bro. Branham mentioned it’s going to hit Jeffersonville? Because of the DuPont plant? Now I believe that was his excuse. Because Bro. Branham was there. Why do you think it’s going to hit Houston? Because NASA’s there. The Pillar of Fire was pictured there. America’s got its bombs, it’s going to be hit. The Vatican’s going to be hit the same time. They’re worried about these short ranged missiles. Don’t worry about them. I think it’s a good thing to pull them out of Europe. Who gives a rip? And they got bombs down here in Cuba, you know. Ortez and those guys down there, they’re are just a bunch of Reds. America’s hour is come.
He said, “I don’t pray for America.” Why should he pray for America? Moses didn’t have a prayer meeting for Pharaoh, why should he have a prayer meeting for America? God said otherwise. People blaspheming the Holy Ghost. How are you going to get him out of it? They’re gone! John says there is a sin, I do not say you pray for it.
“Oh God, I’ve got a great tender heart, I’m going to pray for this blasphemer.” Go ahead! Your great tender heart, you show you’ve got a stupider skull! You’re trying to tell God what you want, what He’s supposed to do, listen to your prayer? When did God listen to your prayer? God listens to His own Word. I’m going to tell you, if you ever get to the place where God listens to your prayer, you’re in terribly dangerous ground. You better make sure it’s God’s Word. You bet. Because Brother Branham said you don’t go to God to change His mind, you go to God to have your mind changed. And prayer is giving back to God what His Word says under the circumstance and the conditions. It’s good to get God to line us up before we get all this praying going. I’m for prayer, but it’s mostly to line our souls up before God, as I said on different occasions.
39Now he said here:
But now your hour is come.” (It’s all over) See? Where the Carcase is the eagles will gather. But after the carcase is rotten then the buzzards gather. (Okay.)
What gathered to Pentecost today? Lutherans, Methodists, Catholics, they all did—Baptists. Sure. We got a church over here in De Graff, we got a Pentecostal Baptist church. He had a Full Gospel Baptist, but they made them take that down, now it’s a Faith Baptist or something, but did he have more faith in Baptist or Pentecostal? Doesn’t matter to me what he’s got—I think he’s a very nice brother, I wouldn’t fault him. It’s just everybody’s coming to Pentecost.
40Listen, you know what that means brother/sister? It means that their forefathers that called Pentecostals of the devil, have blasphemed the Holy Ghost. And their churches are dead, dead, dead. You talk about making love to a corpse, like Brother Branham saw the Nazarene church; Baptism, same deal. They’re all out there, having blasphemed.
You don’t tell tongues to the devil and those things and think you get away with that. They’re dead out there, as far as I can see. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong, but I believe they’re dead. Nothing outside of this message has got a life.
218 Notice. Moses, he never give the children of God (carrion)... Moses was an eagle, and He never give the children of God Noah’s leftovers; he had the fresh Word of God. (Then he said:) “The Lord God met me in the wilderness, and confirmed His Word, and sent me down here to call you out.”
Now you know Brother Branham tells Moses’ testimony here. Moses said, “I met God down there, and you know what? He told me this.”
41All right. You go back today to the great divine healers, of which we see today tragic conditions. Well you see Tommy Osborn going around like a hippie with long hair and looking absolutely ridiculous, and Oral Roberts’ hostages God for eight and a half million dollars, and other man in a sex deal that cost him everything he had because he got millions salted away and the girl got paid two hundred and sixty five thousand dollars. And this goes on and on until the—listen; you talk about what Ezekiel saw when he opened up the filth in the temple; this is worse. Wretched, miserable, rotten age. You see all this going on.
Now listen. Allen dying an alcoholic—and I’m sorry for these people. I wish it hadn’t been that way, but it is that way. Everyone will tell you a great story of how God—they met God and they’ve got the Word for you. Everyone.
Allen will tell you about his fasting in the closet; Osborn will tell you that he heard from God; W. B. Grant Jr. tell you how Brother Branham came in a vision; even women are called, or at least they believe they are. They’ll tell you great things—oh yes, God called me! They all got something to tell you, but they are wrong. “Oh he sent me down here!”
Then there come impersonators around, impersonating it. (These are impersonators after Brother Branham, after Moses and different ones.) See? But (Moses) had the Word of the hour, (why did he have it?) ‘cause God said to Abraham, (four hundred years ago) the one who had the promise (That’s Abraham. And God said to Abraham), “Your seed shall sojourn in a strange land four hundred years, but I’ll visit them and take them out with a mighty hand.”
42Now you notice that this man Moses recognized himself in the Scripture, by the visitation of Almighty God. I want to ask you a question: did John the Baptist? Sure he did. Well, William Branham? Certainly, providing he was that man. Certainly. He wouldn’t have to be there by name, he’d be there, period. Where do you find Moses’ name there? You don’t find Moses’ name there. You find the Word of God that says, I’m going to, with a high hand and a strong hand, take them out. And so the hand of God was Moses at that time. He was the manifested one. Sure he was.
These people that are of God are vindicated by God but these others vindicate themselves by a self-interpretation. That’s all. Just like—and they go a long way—like Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Jannes and Jambres and Baalim.
219 Moses said, “Now, the Lord God will speak to me, and show me, and (when he) has told me what to do, I’ll tell you.” (Now that’s always the way it is, never changes.) Said, “I AM sent me.” I AM, not I was, or will be, I AM, present tense, the Word now.
43Now why does he say that? He says it because he wants the people to know what God is doing now He did before in a figure, but this is the new hour and message for what is going on now. Now look, you know as well as I do that every church wants a revival, and they’re never going to get it. There never was and never will be any revived church. The Lutherans can not come back, the Methodists can not come back, the Baptists can not come back, it will never come back.
Pentecost came right on and showed the whole bunch they had little or nothing. Now Pentecost can not come back either. They’ll try all they want, they’ll have all of this but it still won’t work, because God is doing this. He’s taking a people out for His name.
44Now he said here He is the I AM, not the I was. What he is trying to show us here is Hebrews 13:8, that is the present God for the present hour, doing that which is in this hour that is supposed to be done. Now he said, “I AM is the Word.” He said, “not some Word that will come, but the Word that is now. I AM. I AM is the Word, in other words, the Logos.
“I AM...” I AM is the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God.” Is that right? “I AM...”
“God sent me as His prophet to vindicate this to be true: (That’s Moses.) ‘I AM the answer to this Word.’ (In other words I AM is fullfilling His own Word.) ‘I AM the the answer to this Word.’ Told me to come down here and do this.”
In other words, what is going on now is for this hour. Now look, everybody that knows anything about the Scripture knows this hour is to come. There’s no doubt about it. But they don’t know what will come in it, and how it’s going to come, to the fact of the detail. They know basically that something is there. The same One today Who had come up though all seven ages, is here in complete manifestation showing that He is the God of this hour. Pentecost is already historical, whether the Pentecostal people want to believe it or not, it is true. One day we’re going to be also, if the Lord tarries, which I don’t believe He will.
45All right now, verse—chapter—paragraph 220.
220 And when he did it, Pharaoh said,(That is when Moses came down and said, “Look, I AM told me to bring the people out.) “Well, we got plenty of boys in our group can do that too”: impersonators. Jesus said, “Now, that’s going to repeat again in the last days (see?), claiming the same thing...” Watch who (came) down first. Watch who stayed with the Word. See? That’s it. That’s how it’s known.
All right, history proves at all times and there’s no doubt that as soon as God brings a revival, as soon as God gives a new age and a new message, something begins to happen. Always those in the old organization come right behind and say, “We got the same thing too,” and they try to destroy it.
46Now I’m no fan of women preachers, but I do know that Woodward-Etter was a famous Pentecostal woman preacher. She was terribly crippled with one of her legs, it was all drawn-up under her. And she began preaching, “by His stripes I am healed, by His stripes I am healed. I have been healed, I have been healed.”
The people would sneer and say, “well if that is the case, Mrs. Etter, how come that leg?”
She said, “that, sir, is the devil’s lie. I am healed.”
One day the limb—like that, straight out! Well, she got anointed to preach. That’s not Bible. But anyway, she began stumping around America. She got out as far as Utah, Salt Lake City, and evidently she got a revival going amongst the Mormons, and she preached the presence of the Lord, you know, the baptism of the Holy Ghost, that style, and those things, and God to heal. And a lot of people began getting, you know, a message across of some description to them. And they began pulling away from the Mormon Church by speaking in tongues and doing a lot of things.
47And the Mormons were very shrewd. They came right behind and they said, “now hold it, hold it, you people! Hey! What you’re doing is in the Bible. We’ve got no problem. So stick around!”
It died just like that. The Mormons still believe in speaking in tongues and prophecy. They’ve had it in their church, as I know a good friend of mine, he’s dead now. And he said, “we’ve had it. The elders sit right there and it’s like a wind sweeps through it, it’s just…suddenly stand and prophesy.”
“Well that’s Pentecostal.” No, that’s Mormon Church. It was the Mormon Church that prophesied and the book of prophecy, it was over when William Branham, prophet of God, came on the scene, not Pentecostal. Not Baptist.
“Well I don’t know! I can take that as true prophecy.”
Caiaphas prophesied a hundred percent right with the Word. Don’t try to tell God anything, brother/sister. Listen to the Word by a vindicated prophet. I’m not a vindicated teacher, I’m just telling you what he said, see?
48All right. They said, “we got boys that can do that too.” Impersonators. You see, watch how they come behind, claiming the same thing. Watch who stayed with the Word. How do you know who stayed with the Word? The first man vindicated by God stays with the Word, because he’s got to. He’s got no choice. He’s like Abraham, he can only say what God told him what to say. See?
Just like the prophets. “Hey, prophesy something nice.”
He said, “I will if God tells me too!”
“Well don’t you dare prophesy bad!”
“I will if God tells me too.”
You say, “well man, we’re going to skewer you!”
Well he said, “where abouts?”
He didn’t even say that. He had a sort of hopelessness about him. “Looks like I’m going to get it this time.”
You know, Elijah was that way—Elisha. You know, he got it—you know, they were being so rough on poor little Elisha. You know, the people were so rotten to him, so mean, so he got very nervous, and he couldn’t hear from the Lord.
He had somebody play a harp and make some nice music, like a guitar or something, to get quiet. He said, “I still can’t hear so I’m going to take off and run.”
49You know, prophets have problems. They know they’re going to get it, either front or back or in the side. I don’t care where you go, they’re going to get it. They know that. So what can they do about it? There’s something—just can’t happen. God’s bigger than man, see?
Now how many times did Brother Branham say this in all his message, what he said right here. “We got somebody that can do that, come right behind?” Just time after time.
221 So you see... We notice Moses never give them what was Noah’s time. “We’ll build an ark now, ‘cause that’s the Word.
Now what is he doing with this? He’s illustrating again. Look, the Bible continuously proves that God has a Word for the season, and it’s not some other season back in. Just understand that. So, every age has a message.
You know, Noah built an ark one day.” No, vultures
He said now, no, that’s no good. The Bride will not take that. Vultures are eating that thought, that Noah’s message would go in Moses’ day. Won’t do.
…No, no. This was a promised Word.
50Now again, you notice that Brother Branham, this constant referring to Noah’s Ark, was not preached in Noah’s [Moses’] day, and Jesus didn’t preach Moses, is something like the theologian would call a very foolish thing, but Brother Branham is trying to get his point across desperately, because people simply have a great job—or, a hard job to understand that.
Why would God Almighty bring a prophet on the scene with the new message, when anybody knows you don’t need a message, you need Christ. Get them sinners saved! Get them sinners saved! Never mind this preaching, bless God, this idea of a message! Get them sinners saved! Watch them change their lives. No more booze, no more cigarettes, no more whoring around, no more marauding no more drugs, no more this!
Aha! You missed the point entirely. You bet. That’s exactly what you and I want, brother/sister, let’s face it. We are so desperate to get our change, we’d settle for that. Forget it! You’ll go to hell with that in your mind.
51I hate myself the same as you hate yourself, let’s face it. In the flesh there dwelleth no good thing. There’s nothing that God will commend in you and me. You want to read it? Let me read over here in Romans, the 4th chapter:
1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
“Well I fed the poor.” Hallelujah, that’s nice of you. “Well I lift up the sick and the fallen.” Hallelujah, that’s nice of you. No problem. So you should. I want to tell you something. You can be a sinner just like the thief hanging at Calvary, without a hope in the world, not having done one good thing in his entire life, just been a blasphemer and a rotten type of person, and you can get converted just like that.
So when you put the whole thing together you understand this: I don’t care how much evil we’ve done, or how much good we have done, it all boils down to one thing, you need Jesus Christ as your Savior. But just watch this, brother/sister. Why don’t they come to him? Because they won’t come to the light.
52You can talk all you want, and I can talk all I want, and we’ll end up in this one understanding here: the prophet is a hundred percent right, if you go to the Scripture the way Scripture is written, and when you see it historically brought out here in the Word of Almighty God. Bro. Branham had to keep telling us people time after time after time. “There is no leftovers.”
You burn it with fire. It is full of wiggle tails. You don’t put a new patch on an old garment. You take this message absolutely brand new or you haven’t got it. That’s why it is so good to see people come in from Catholicism or no background at all. Like people say, “well hey-”
Like this kid that came with Roger, Brian. “Well,” he said, “I don’t know what people are fussing about.” He said, “I don’t have a bit of trouble.”
I said, “sure! Because you were nothing from nowhere!”
He had it made! He was a complete nut, let’s face it. That’s wonderful. Loved him, complete nuts. But oh brother, these guys that are so inured with what they think they know or feel they know and then come along, “well I don’t believe this.” They’re just as-
Look it, I’ve seen the people come to me, the preachers that say they believe this message and made a great name around the world. They fuss and they argue what Brother Branham said. Forget it! Not time to fuss and argue, the prophet is right.
53Let’s look at this picture.
Notice. (222) For his message he had from God, he had the genuine predestinated Word of God for that hour.
What’s the predestinated Word? The Word that must be made visible and brought into manifestation.
Neither did Jesus serve them Moses’ leftovers.
Okay. There is no Pentecostal rehash, brother/sister, of oneness and trinity. Brother Branham said they’re all wrong. He said you oneness are wrong, you trinity are wrong. And he stood right between the two and told them the truth, on Godhead and water baptism. Now, he said:
Moses had the Word for that hour, but Moses was a prophet. Here’s God Himself. See?
54Today, here’s God and here’s Jesus, both the form, One the Pillar of Fire in this hour, One in flesh back there. There He was. Now what is for this hour, brother/sister? Let’s go to the Word of God and find out. Now I’m going to quote you the theologians. If you don’t believe me, be the big shots, because they’re the big shots. Verse 17 of Ephesians 1:
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
They tell you categorically in every single theological treatise or treatment of this chapter that verse 17 is different from 13 and 14, which is the baptism with the Holy Ghost. They tell you this is something different. We don’t know what it is but it’s going to come. Now when is it going to come? It tells you; just before the resurrection, just before the rapture. What is He going to do? He’s going to give you a new revelation of Himself, then the old one is not good enough.
“Well Brother Vayle, here’s what He is going to do, He’s going to take my old revelation and doctor it. Ha! He’s going to blow it plumb out of the ballpark! Won’t work. Contamination won’t work. Won’t work. You can’t take a lamb with blemish, neither can you crucify the Son of God afresh in the Spirit with blemish. It’s got to be a brand-new revelation—not that some of the revelation won’t be correct.
55No, there’s one God, but not in three persons. There’s one God, but not Jesus only. There’s one God, the great Predestinator, but not as people taught it. You see, the cardinal doctrines, you know are there, but they’re wrong. And when they’re wrong—and remember, He is the body of the Word, and He had to be blameless—then you can’t find, brother/sister, one thought that’s in Him has blame or wrong in it, or we haven’t got the Lamb, you’re shot, there’s no blood. So this is a brand-new old revelation.
In other words, the new message, absolutely. The Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a message to do this. He will come down and reveal Himself, and the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened, and you will know what is the earnest expectation of His calling, what He’s on the scene for, and the revelation’s all about. And you’ll be into the riches of the glory of His inheritance of the saints. And at that time you will know resurrection power and the rapture. Now that’s a brand new message for this hour, brother/sister, that could not come at any other time. No leftovers. It’s dead. The life has moved on. Let’s read a little further:
But just look at the vultures there in that organization, (they were) glutting over it. (Over what? The dead manna, the dead, the rotted food.) “We know. We got Moses; we don’t have to have you.”
56Now, let’s look at the Lutherans and the Wesleyans. Lutherans said, “we don’t have to have you. Forget it.” Methodists said to Pentecost, “we don’t have to have you.” Now, what if further light comes on the scene? As George R. Upton said when I was only twenty years of age, twenty-one at the maximum, and he said, “Our fathers…”
Yeah, I think he’s still living in Canada by the way, an old, old, old man. What shape is he in, spiritual? Because he said, “we left organization when new light came, and our fathers did. We had better beware lest new light come and we don’t receive it.” George R. Upton, one of the biggest shots of Assemblies of God in Canada, and he uttered what is true for all Pentecostals. They knew back there.
What if William Branham then really did bring light, where are they today? Where’s Caiaphas today, or other day? “Well we got Moses, we don’t need Jesus.” What if people said today, “we got Paul, Hallelujah! Who needs anybody else?”
57Then all you guys that believe Paul, tell me this: what is this Spirit spoken of here in verse 17 that you smart guys don’t know a thing about? Explain Luke 17:20-30—they don’t understand that either. Give me a few more clues! Tell me what it is where the Book gets sealed and then gets opened. Tell me those things, I want to know them, I’m supposed to know them. Is this the last day or is it not? Prove it to me! Give me something to stand on. Because if you can’t tell me here, but you say this is the hour and I’m supposed to know, then I don’t believe he told me back here. You see, the whole thing becomes a lie, brother/sister.
As Brother Branham so correctly said, he could be a doctor of divinity and nobody could dispute this, the greatest lie in the world is ninety-nine percent truth, one word off. See?
“Oh if you don’t know, we knew Moses. We know Paul.” Do you know Paul? Then tell me this. “Well I know John.” Do you know John? Tell me what it means. Can’t do it. But it’s got to be for this hour.
He said, “If you’d have knowed Moses, you’d know Me, because Moses spoke of Me.”
58If you knew Paul, you could tell me what Ephesians 1:17 means. You’d have to. Even the devils knew that. They said, “Paul we know and Jesus we know, but who are you birds?” The seven sons of Sceva, you know, tried to cast out devils. [Acts 19:13]
They said, “we adjure by Christ which Paul preaches.”
The devils said, “hey we know Paul and we know Jesus, who are you birds?” and beat the tar out of them! They fled screaming!
He said, “If you’d have knowed Moses, you’d know Me, because Moses spoke of Me.” Oh, my. See? Where the Carcase is the eagles will gather: eagles. (Not anything else) The fresh kill of the Word, the Word that’s raised up and fattened, (has been minifested what’s he talking about? The Paschal Lamb. Christ amongst us again by the Holy Spirit.) and (given) out… food for the children, not of the old carcase that’s laid there for hundreds of years; there’ll it’ll be. Same now. Luther had a message of repentance, but you bunch of Lutheran buzzards...
59You know, that’s the truth. I got Luther’s books right in the library here, want to read them? Fantastic. Show me a Lutheran who believes it. Show me who believes what Wesley preached. He didn’t preach too much, he was more salvation than anything else, like …?…
Baptists had a message, but you Baptist buzzards. See? The Pentecost had a message (coming home now),(right to the end of the trail.) Pentecostal buzzards. But “Where the Carcase is there the eagles will gather.”
We’re going to close now because time goes very fast between now and the baptismal service. So we’ll start here, taking our time, we got some very nice material coming up on this, what’s further here. We’re going to go into the Book of Revelation before too long and see just what’s going on, brother/sister. It’s later than we think.
60If William Branham was right, then he was vindicated to be right. We are in the midst of a dying people. That’s right. As the prophet said, atomic bomb fodder. It’s not a pleasant thought, I don’t relish it, not at all. The only thing I have any faith in at all in this hour is this Word, that I believe it right. I don’t have faith in anything else, because that alone to me is the faith of God that is required for my salvation. I have nothing else.
You know, there was a time we sang: nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling, Rock of Ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee. I don’t think that’s a very accurate estimation anymore. Nothing in our hands we bring, simply to the cross we cling—in our hearts and our minds, in our soul. There is a word of faith that had been demonstrated to be the true revealed Word of God by God Himself through His ordained channels, that make us to know we are a part of that Life that John said we’ve handled. And I want you to see it and fellowship on the same basis of the same reality and that’s here today, brother/sister.
61If the revelation of Paul—now listen carefully—if the revelation of the Apostle Paul was greater that any of the other eleven apostles who literally slept and ate with him and had fellowship in the flesh, then I want to tell you this: our fellowship and our handling of this Word today is greater than John’s. You might want to doubt that, you may have reason to doubt, but I’m putting it in a special light, a very special light, brother/sister, because John only saw in revelation what we’re into. It was all a prophet coming with him in visions, but this is today. We’re way down the road, brother/sister. What John and Paul rejoiced to see, we are seeing it. And we’re going to get out of here pretty soon.
Don’t let the Manna that comes here become insipid to you, or boring. Don’t look for some emotion—that’s fine if you want it, it’s good. But it’s not going to take the place of reality, because I don’t know one place in Scripture where God jumped up and down and screamed until He got it Light, or jumped up and down and screamed and got so happy, He simply had to make a wail. God being God, all planned out. Carefully, meticulously. He said, “let it be, let it be, let it be.” And the prophet stood in the last great sermon of doctrine, The Rapture, and he said, “thus it has been spoken, thus it will be,” three times.
Brother/sister, listen. Abraham looked pretty bad, and Sarah, before they could conceive, but I want to tell you, they were just as good as parents twenty-five years before the day they were. They were just as much parents. I want us to see ourselves today delivered, as never we did before. Let’s rise and be dismissed.
Gracious Heavenly Father, as we go now at this time, taking our time, studying, carefully looking at Your Word, Lord. We just pray, oh God, that by grace this morning it’s been nailed down in our hearts so hard, with big long nails, Lord. Clinched over, hammered down. That it will never leave, oh God. But Lord we know that as the chemicals that go into our body called food, become flesh, let this Word, oh God, that we know is flesh and Spirit become absolute Spirit in our flesh, so that we are the temples of the Living Word manifested. Oh God, whatever way you want it, we’re willing and happy for that. Lord, just let us be the temples. Not one of us missing, Lord, but all of us sharing.
Heal the sick amongst us we pray, oh God. Be with us now, Lord, as we go, have a little lunch and come together again, Lord, whatever it is, for the water baptism which we’re so happy to see. May Your name be glorified and may this, Lord, not just be a new day of an eternal number of days for the two candidates Lord, to be baptized, but may it be for each one of us a deeper depth and a higher height as we progress and go on with You. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.
‘Take the name of Jesus with you.’