Throughout the Seven Church Ages, Christ was a Mediator for the ignorance of the Church Age saints while the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals. But also because the one and only faith in the hearts of the early saints, went to the grave and was lost when they were martyred by the Roman church. Understandably, for most of the past 2,000 years, the focus of ministry was upon Justification, because the Church had only PART-Word so long as the Bible was sealed; the rest was guesswork (I Corinthians 13:10). They were preaching and believing error, which is why Christ was a Mediator until the last saint predestinated to the Laodicean Church Age was baptized into this last part of the Body that made-up the Church Age saints.
The saints identified with Christ by recognizing and living that PART of God's Word prophesied for their day. Christ received their faith, and placing their error in the sea of God's forgetfulness, baptized them into that part of the Body He was building by the Word revealed for their day.
The seven cities of Revelation 2 and 3 typed or represented seven successive Church Ages or dispensations foreshadowed by the Feast of Pentecost in Leviticus 23. The seventh or Laodicean Age closed with the revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963. Since those Seven Seals have been revealed we now have the perfect interpretation of God's Word - "that which is perfect", Christ, the fullness of the Word. As His ministry of Mediation is done away the emphasis is no longer upon Justification for errors, but revealing how the saints were redeemed in each Age and who they were, so that if we can see which Scriptures are already fulfilled, we will not waste our time in vain worship, impersonating the Baptist, Methodist, Anglican or Pentecostal parts of the Body which are already complete.
We must recognize OUR day and ITS Message, because that's the ONLY part of His Word God is fulfilling NOW. We must search God's Word, as Jesus admonished, and see the PRESENT Truth living through us.
We're going to look at a subject I call, "Redemption Revealed".
Nehemiah 9:6, "You, alone are LORD (Jehovah, the "existing One", not two or three); You made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and You preserve them all; and the host of heaven worship You."
Back in eternity before there was a moon, star, atom or molecule, before Christ the Logos had come out of God, He was Elohim, the Holy Spirit, alone with His thoughts.
There was no trinity when God laid the foundation of the earth. And there is no trinity today.
Elohim is the plural form of the Hebrew word for "god", the One Supreme Deity. He is a (one) Spirit Being singular (John 4:24), He always existed and is alone the sum of all Deity. But as the word "god" means "an object of worship", the same Hebrew word Elohim is applied to the FALSE heathen gods (plural).
"Without argument, godliness is a great mystery: God (not a second or third Person) was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (I Timothy 3:16). And we're to pattern our lives after the example of Jesus Christ in Whom the fullness of the nature and character of God dwelt bodily.
Revelation 10:7 says that, "in the days of the Voice of the angel, or messenger to the Seventh Church Age, the mystery of God should be finished." Christ is the mystery of God revealed. And the last Sign He promised to us Gentiles before the end of our dispensation was that when the world came into a Sodom condition, He'd reveal Himself as "Son of Man" again, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart "as it was in the days of Lot" (Luke 17:28; Hebrews 4:12; Genesis 18). In these last days, God's again veiled Himself behind the flesh of a man, this time, a sinner saved by grace, and revealed Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever.
As God is the source of all things, His thoughts are the substance of what will come to pass, the evidence or foreknowledge of what He has purposed. For everything in the seen and unseen worlds is a manifestation of His thoughts.
His thoughts are real, eternal and infinite. And they will come to pass in their designated and decreed season and time. So if we do have faith, or Spiritual revelation of His Word, we have the mind of Christ in us, which is reality in Spirit Form. It must come to pass, because if our lives are in agreement and that understanding is living through us, we are that Word expressed. Written epistles read and known of all men.
Being omniscient, (or knowing all things), His thoughts will never change, and He will never have a new idea. God is not now learning or even taking counsel with Himself. All His thoughts always were. They are His Attributes in Spirit Form (John 6:63), though not yet expressed.
A thought expressed is a word. And the Bible is the written record of those thoughts, showing us how He would unfold Himself from the Attributes in the Spirit realm of thoughts, to material substance in the physical realm.
Nehemiah 9:6 records God's order of creation. Please bear in mind that there is a natural and a Spiritual manifestation. The natural types the Spiritual. First God created the heavenly host - angels, Seraphim and Cherubim. They worshipped Him, and He was God. Before He created beings, He was only "potentially" God because any "god" is an object of worship, and there was nothing to worship Him.
Surely you can see that before the Creator created, he was alone with His thoughts.
God also created a heavenly host in the Natural realm, called the sun, moon and stars. These are for signs and to indicate appointed seasons of meeting, such as the feasts of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles, the Seven Church Ages and the world to come.
God was writing His first Bible. There are many books which prove from our Bible that God's first Bible was the stars. (Two such are "The Witness of the Stars", E.W. Bullinger, and "The Gospel in the Stars", J.A. Seiss). Those Magi who followed the star for two and a half years until they came to Jesus, and today's astrologers who "read the stars", have a reliable source. But Since the Flood, the poles have shifted from 90 degrees to the current 23.5 degrees, and God's first Bible is somewhat out of focus from the earth. And the Bible forbids us to "read the stars" today.
What did I say? I said that Word is a thought when it's expressed. So these heavenly bodies are symbols, writing or expressing God's unchanging thoughts. They are the rhema or "letter" expressing the "logos", which is the faith or meaning of the letter.
Let's quote some Scriptures. Psalm 119:89, "Forever, O LORD, Your Word is settled in heaven." And It can never change (Malachi 3:6).
Psalm 19:1-6, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies show his craftsmanship. Day after day they tell us about Him, and night after night they reveal knowledge. Without a sound their Message has gone throughout the earth, and their Words to the end of the world. In them lives the sun, which travels as a bridegroom coming out of his tent, and rejoices as an athlete looking forward to a race. (See also Romans 10:18; Colossians 1:23).
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit to the ends of it: and nothing can hide from its heat."
We read in Colossians 1:15-19, "Jesus is the image of the unseen God, the firstborn of every creature in the new creation (which is God manifesting Himself in the glorified flesh of His Family - the New Testament saints). Out of the Logos or Word He created every thing in heaven and on earth, in the visible or natural realm, and the thrones, dominions, principalities and powers of the invisible or spiritual realm. All things were created by and for Him:"
(What are they? His thoughts expressed. Manifested Word. Jesus did not preexist. He was born of a virgin just 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ did not create all things. They were made from the Logos or Word. Eventually the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. There was no Jesus when God stretched forth the heavens.
God asked Job, "Who ALONE stretched forth the heavens, and treads upon the waves? Who made the constellations, Acturus the Bear, Orion and Pliedes, and the constellations of the southern Zodiac" (Job 9:8-9)? There was no Father, and no Son, just the Holy Spirit ALONE.
"Thus saith the LORD, your Redeemer, and He that formed you from the womb, I am the LORD Who makes all things; that stretches forth the heavens ALONE; Who spreads abroad the earth BY MYSELF" (Isaiah 44:24; 45:5-8). No trinity here. And No Jesus. Just the Word. For in the beginning was the Word or Logos. And the Word was with God in the form of His eternal thoughts, which are the Attributes of what He is, and the Logos was God.
"And He has pre-eminence over all things, and by Him all things consist." (This word "consist" means arranged together, composed and exhibited forever, like the planets and stars of God's first Bible are established in their places forever. One star out of its place would upset the whole picture, which is what happened at the Flood).
"And Christ is the Head of His body, the Church: as He is its beginning, the firstborn from among the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For God wanted the fullness of Himself - the Logos or sum of all deity - to dwell in Him permanently."
Therefore the heavens are the writing or expression of His Word. Not the star dust, but the logos or meaning those symbols convey, "the hope of the gospel which you've heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven" (Colossians 1:23).
Before God could express His thoughts in writing, His thoughts had to be complete. Let's look at the Spiritual side and speak of what we call angels and spiritual powers. The angels had to be created before the physical heavens were manifest because the heavens were God's first Bible that is God's thoughts: all the thoughts He will ever have, expressed in symbols that can be understood.
These stars are the Logos expressed in light and matter arranged symbolically, as our modern Bible is the Logos expressed in paper and ink, and Jesus Christ was the Logos expressed in virgin-born flesh. In the Bible, stars represent people. They portray God's foreknowledge of people and events.
The stars and planets all originated in one immense ball of fire we call the sun. They broke off and flew through space until each found its allotted position. Some "fell" as meteors or comets and some became "black holes", and are "lost" or dead.
I'm not an astronomer so I can't speak on the technology of all of this but the stars represent the spiritual side of God's creative thoughts which is His foreknowledge of how spirits or angels would choose in life's journey to determine their destiny.
Now these angels that God created and which worshipped Him are not what Catholic theologians would have us believe. They were only in His creative thinking. They are His foreknowledge of every one of us and our final destiny. Romans 8:28-31 gives us some idea:
"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"
Do you get the picture? Before He wrote your case in the stars God knew what you would do with His Word when It was presented to you. That's how He can predestinate, by foreknowledge. He's not making arbitrary decisions on your behalf, he put you and I and everyone that was or ever will be on the same basis as He put Adam and Eve: free moral agency to choose His will or to refuse it.
Lucifer was one of the angels, and very soon he'll be incarnate in the man of sin. He too had free moral agency. There in the Garden of Eden, he made the wrong choice. Now he's known as Satan and the Devil. And Lucifer was the sum of wisdom and beauty, which goes to show that God's not known by theology and denominational learning. He's known by faith or Spiritual revelation of the Word alone.
Lucifer is represented as a star and called "son of the morning". He impersonates Christ Who is "the bright and morning star" and is the represented by the sun, the origin of the physical universe as Jesus the S-O-N is the Logos, God's thoughts, or the attributes of Himself manifested in flesh, and the origin of the angels. Jesus is the Pillar of Fire that was the Angel of the Covenant, Michael, who stands for the children of Israel, and the angel of Revelation 10:1, the fullness of the Word Paul calls "that which is perfect".
Hebrews 1:1-8 gives us a picture of this, "Throughout time God has spoken unto the fathers of the Hebrew people through the prophets (in dreams, visions and even face to face), but in these last days He has spoken to us through His Son, Whom He has appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the ages and everything that is."
(This isn't saying that Jesus Christ created all things because He created nothing. Paul's teaching us that all things were created out of the Logos, "and the Logos was made flesh and dwelt among us." Jesus became "the beginning of the creation of God" when He was born of a virgin less than 2,000 years ago - Revelation 3:14).
"Being the Light of God's glory, and the very image of His nature and character, and upholding all things by the Word. When He had by offering Himself purged our sins, He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. He thus became superior in rank to the angels, as by inheritance He's been placed or adopted and is recognized by the Title of "Son".
For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are My Son, this day have I ESTABLISHED or publicly recognized You as worthy to be My Heir?"
(This adoption or recognition means that the Father has recognized His son as worthy, and responsible. And that whatever His son says or does He has the Father's consent and support. Every born-again or placed son of God has this assurance. The saints of God are now coming to maturity by the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God after the end of the Gentile days of grace, when what they say God will honor and bring to pass because they are under pre-eminence to His Word).
"When He brought the first begotten into the world again, He said, "Let all the angels of God worship him".
(The revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963 brought Christ from the unseen Spiritual world of God's thoughts back into the habitable or created world in WORD Form, through the mouth of the prophet of Revelation 10:7 to indwell His end-time Bride. Now that's not skim milk, so think on it! This was His "parousia" coming symbolized in Revelation 10:1-7. He is here now.
When Revelation 4 and 5 were fulfilled and Christ claimed the Book of Redemption and proceeded to reveal whom He had redeemed and how He redeemed them, "All the angels of God worshiped Him", saying "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory and blessing". That was Revelation 5:11-12. It was fulfilled in 1963. Listen! It's His inheritance, and our inheritance we're speaking of. It's past tense, and you didn't know it. The hour is later than you think)
"And of the angels God said, 'They don't have administrative power like the Son. They're only messengers like the wind, who minister as a flame of fire'." (Like Me, they're an unseen force, and their manifestation may be observed but like wind or fire their power is not permanent. They are the invisible part of man, souls made in the likeness of God, manifest in flesh to make their decision. They're spirits given at birth and go to their destiny at death.
In contrast to Jesus who has been adopted, or placed or recognized as a Son, the firstborn among many Sons (Hebrews 2:10), the angels are changeable and perishable servants. Jesus taught us that a son abides and is heir to the estate, but the servant may be dismissed at any time (John 8:35). Therefore we must "give diligence to make our calling and election sure: for if we do these things, we shall never fall: and an entrance (or new birth, which is our placing or adoption) shall be ministered to us abundantly into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:10-11).
Paul taught "That the heir, until he is recognized as a worthy son and adopted or placed as such, is little different from a servant, though he be lord of all. He must serve his guardians and managers until he becomes mature at the time predetermined by his father" (Galatians 4:1-3). If he did not meet his father's qualifications, he was not placed and could lose his inheritance. This explains the "fallen angels" of Adam's race.
Like the elect angels, they were born Sons of God. If we are sons of Adam we are automatically Sons of God. But only the elect are recognized, adopted or placed as Sons (which is their new birth). Another group, known as the "saved", will be granted in to eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment. The vast majority, foreknown as "fallen angels", will be lost.
Lay aside all those things that hinder you, even your necessary meat, to take hold of eternal Life in a new birth, changing from a servant to a Son, sealed to the day of your redemption - Ephesians 4:30).
"But to the Son He said, "Your dominion, O God, will last for ever and ever: a judgment rod of absolute righteousness is the sceptre of Your kingdom."
Hebrews 1:13-14, "To which of the angels said He at any time, 'Sit beside Me with all of My authority as My adopted firstborn until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet?" (Matthew 28:18; I Corinthians 15:20-28). None! The angels are messengers, sent forth to do God's service for those who shall be heirs of salvation?"
As we've already noted, God had already conceived man in His great thinking before He manifested any material. He knew precisely what each of would do with His Word, and predestinated us accordingly. That's how the Book of Life and the section called the Lamb's Book of Life were written from the foundation of the world. The Book of Life is the genealogy of Adam's race. My name's there. The Lamb's Book of Life is Christ's Offspring, Abraham's Spiritual seed, the Elect of God. By grace my name's there (Revelation 13:8; 17:8).
When God said, "Let us make (Hebrew: "Asah", fashion from existing material) man in our image, to have dominion over all the natural realm upon the earth and in the skies and under the seas." (But He didn't do this until Genesis 2:7, thousands of years later). The "us" was the Logos - God and His elect. Including me!
"So God created (Hebrew: "bara" out of nothing) man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female created he them." (God was speaking or expressing His thoughts for all the men and women foreknown in Adam's race). And God blessed them, and commanded, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it: you are masters of the fish, and birds, and all of the animals". Yet for many thousands of years there was no man to till the earth until the Lord God formed (Hebrew: "yatsar", squeezed into shape) man's body from the dust of the ground, breathed into it the breath of life, and his soul or angel took its abode in a body with a mortal spirit" (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:5, 7).
There is no such thing as the pre-existence of souls. And Jesus of Nazareth didn't preexist. But God being omniscient, we were all in His foreknowledge from the foundation of the world. And that's where "the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world" - in God's omniscient thinking (Revelation 13:8). That's how we were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world.
Ephesians 1:4-6, "Before the foundation of the world, God chose us in Christ that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to God, according to the good pleasure of His will, To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved."
God's foreknowledge, not our pre-existence. Romans 8:28-30 states how God sees us already glorified in His mind which is the Logos that was manifested in the theophany called Melchisedek and in the flesh of Jesus Christ. When the Logos was crucified in the flesh of Jesus, the elect were accounted in Him on Calvary for we are a part of the Word or Logos of God. We died in Christ on Calvary. We didn't leave His body until the flesh was dead. We met sin's price in Christ on Calvary and departed in the Form of His soul which is the Holy Spirit, because God and the soul that's joined together with God is one Spirit (I Corinthians 6:17). Hence, we're without sin and can never come to the judgment, but have passed from death unto Life. Read John 5:24; II Corinthians 5; Colossians 3:3).
There is a part of God's elect that never did begin. It's their angel, the appearance of their glorified form foreknown before the foundation of the world. I'll call it their theophany body because it was in the Logos, and therefore came out of His theophany just as the stars and planets came out of the sun. You can't suddenly become eternal. Either you were always eternal or you'll never be eternal.
Speaking of God's foreknowledge, Brother Branham said, "What you are somewhere else is what you reflect here. What.. your celestial body is somewhere else is what you're reflecting back here. In the spirit land, what you are, is what you are here. If you're still vulgar minded and so forth in the spirit land, you're vulgar minded here. If you still got malice, envy, and strife, you're in the spirit land with that, it reflects back here. But if your whole innermost being has become cleansed and purged, it shows that you've got a body out yonder waiting, that's been cleansed and purged, and it's reacting back in the flesh. Don't you see? See, there it is. "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting" (COD, 71:78).
That's the sinless spotless Bride of Jesus Christ. But the foolish virgin and other classes of the "saved" go through the tribulation to be purged, then stand before the White Throne Judgment. "Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after" (I Timothy 5:24). God's elect were judged in Christ on Calvary, justified in His resurrection and now seated in heavenly places in Him.
God told Abraham, "In blessing I will bless you, and will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies" (Genesis 22:17).
Naturally we come from the sand, but we look up to the stars where our names are already written if we're sons of God. If we're God's elect, we're already seated in heavenly places in the natural. And "if we are Christ's then we are Abraham's seed by the baptism of the Holy Ghost" (Galatians 3:29). If we're the children of man, or lost sons of God, our natural star and destiny has already fallen from the heavens.
Christ is the bright and morning star. All those stars represent Abraham's seed - reflecting the light of the S-U-N as we reflect the Light of the S-O-N. In Revelation chapter one we see "one like the Son of Man". Brother Branham said this is the elect Church drawn out of all seven Church Ages, the Logos reproduced in the many-membered Body of Christ. It reflects "the brightness of His glory and the express image of His Person", as Jesus declared God (Hebrews 1:3). In the hands (or under the power or control) of this Logos dressed as a Judge (the saints will judge the world), are seven stars that signify the seven angels or messengers - Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Luther, Wesley and Branham, who brought Spiritual Food in due season to the saints of the Seven Church Ages. Seven portions of Spirit or revealed Word which gave the new birth in each of the respective Church Ages.
Here's another star symbol. Revelation 12:1-4, "There appeared a great sign in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars."
(This woman is the Orthodox Hebrew Church that was crowned by the ministry of the twelve apostles, and has crossed over the Law into the S-O-N Light of the New Testament).
"And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another sign in heaven; behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads."
(The red dragon is Satan in Rome. It's Imperial Rome, because the seven crowns are on its heads. Rome persecuted Israel from the time of Jesus' infancy when Herod sought to defeat this rival King by slaying all boys two years and under, as prophesied by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18). Finally Rome was compliant in His crucifixion, and then persecuted the infant Church).
"And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to deliver, to devour her child as soon as it was born".
Adam's race is made up of Shem, Ham and Japheth's people. (Cain's race is the Dragon's seed). As the dragon is a symbol, so his tail symbolizes the tale Satan told that deceived the third part of man - Shem's race, the Israelites. They rejected God's prophet, John, so of course they could not accept Messiah, Whom John introduced.
The third part of the stars of heaven are Abraham's natural seed. He came to His Own and they received Him not, so He turned to the Gentiles to take out a people for His Name - a Wife. Messiah is marrying a Gentile Bride like Joseph and Boaz, His types, which is why we're called Christians - Mrs. Lord Jesus Christ - we take His Name. (John 1:11; Acts 15:14; Isaiah 11:10; Malachi 1:11).
Stars represent souls or people. The Bible calls them angels. The prophet John describes Satan as "a STAR having already fallen from heaven", and a few verses later as "the ANGEL of the bottomless pit" (Revelation 9:1, 11).
Isaiah 14:12-14, "How you have fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, who weakened the nations (by causing them to partake the wine of Roman Catholic Spiritual fornication - Revelation 18:3)!
For you said to yourself, 'I will ascend into heaven, I will rule the stars or angels of God:' (We know from Ezekiel 28 how Lucifer wanted to build a bigger kingdom than Michael, who became Jesus Christ. He's achieved this with the Roman Catholic church and her apostate (once) Protestant harlot daughter churches which today number almost two billion fallen angels in contrast with Christ's "little flock"). 'I'll preside upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (Satan will rule from a new temple upon Mount Zion, in the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week. The prophet Daniel confirms this - Daniel 11:45).
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High'." Paul saw the same vision in II Thessalonians 2:3-4.
Satan's desire from the beginning was to have the sons of God worship (or serve) him. And he's used the women to accomplish his purpose. Satan has been working on woman for six thousand years, to lead men away from God. A woman is not original creation but a by-product of man. Man was created in the image of God to serve God. Woman was made in the image of man to serve man. She's made so she can deceive and be deceived. That's why she's forbidden to preach or even lead song service.
The natural woman is a type of the church or Spiritual woman. Take a look at the way the women dress and act if you want to gauge the spirituality or lack of Spirituality of a certain congregation. If they're all painted-up with cut hair and dressed in clothes that pertain to a man, you know God is NOT in that place. It's just the world with His Name on the outside. Inside it's a cage of hateful demons and a prison of every foul spirit.
Christ has the Headship of His Word Bride, and Satan has headship of his great organizational whore, the mother of many illegitimate denominational daughters, who like her, are harlots to the Word.
Jesus foretold the conditions of Eden would repeat today. Adam and Eve were naked, but so long as they were veiled behind God's Word or Spirit, they knew it not. Look at the dress or is it undress of women today! If eating apples caused Eve to realize her nakedness, it's time to pass the apples again. Women type the church of today hiding behind a lust veil. It's "naked of the blood" - apostate - "and knows it not", as foretold by Jesus (Revelation 3:17-20).
Here's an illustration of God's foreknowledge revealed to Jesus. When the seventy returned from their campaign, they rejoiced over the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit like the charismatics do today, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject unto US through Your Name". And Jesus replied, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven".
God revealed this FUTURE event to Jesus in a vision. Satan is not yet cast out!
Jesus continued, "You've witnessed the authority I've given you to walk among serpents and scorpions, and to crush them: and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing shall harm you. Nevertheless, your joy should not be in the Gifts of the Spirit. The Spirit falls on ALL flesh, both sinners and saints. They can all cast out demons in My Name (as Judas did). So rejoice not because "fallen angels" or demons obey you; but rejoice, because your names are written in the Book of Life and you are not fallen angels . . . at least not just yet" (Luke 10:17-20).
There's a lesson for the Charismatics and Pentecostals (so-called) who claim unless you speak with other tongues, you're not born- again, and who exercise the genuine Gifts of the Spirit WITHOUT the Spirit! Whew!!
Satan is cast out at the close of the Gentile dispensation, at the time of Israel's Seventh Trumpet which calls for the resurrection of the Church Age saints, the manifestation of the Sons of God by the living saints, and anoints two prophets to reveal the Trumpet mysteries to the 144,000 elect Israelites.
Let's read where he's cast out with the fallen angels. Revelation 12:7-13, "There was war in heaven (during the Gentile dispensation): Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his "fallen" angels (talk about accusing the brethren). The dragon was overcome (by the prayers and the faith of the saints). And because the end-time Bride (elect angels) have "that which is perfect", Christ the fullness of the Word, there is no Scripture they can use to accuse us like they did when the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals, and Christ was a Mediator for the ignorance of the Church Age saints.
Praise the Lord, once we come to maturity in the fullness of the Word, the days when Satan and his fallen angels could lead us off here or there "with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness whereby they lay in wait to deceive" have finished.
Oh, Brother! We've almost arrived at that place Paul called "the unity of the faith". Jesus prayed in John 17, "that we may be one (or in agreement by our faith or understanding) as He and the Father were in the unity of the faith". Amen! (Ephesians 4).
Once we come to that point, the last saint has been baptized into the Body, and Satan and his angels will have no place, no further business, nothing to do in heaven. No excuse to stick around!
And the great dragon called the Devil and Satan, who incarnate the ancient serpent, and deceived the whole world, was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now is come salvation, and the strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night".
(This is the close of the Gentile dispensation, it's Revelation 11:15-19, God is about to return to Israel. See the next verses).
"The Church Age saints overcame him by the blood of the Lamb (PART Word and a Mediator - from Calvary to the close of grace -) and the Fifth Seal Israelites (who were blinded to the Gospel were martyred from Calvary to the close of the Gentile dispensation) because they stood upon the Word of their testimony, the Law and ordinances of Moses; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell in them! Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and sea! for the devil has come down to you in a rage, knowing that he has little time. (That's right, when the Seventh Seal was opened in 1963, "Time was no more" which meant that the last saint predestinated to the PART-Word members of the Body of Christ was redeemed through Christ's mediation for their denominational error. And there will be no further delay for mediation, as the end-time Bride were fully redeemed on the Cross at Calvary. Thirty five years have passed since then. It's later than most people think or dare imagine. When the Seventh Trumpet sounds the end of the Gentile dispensation, Satan will know he has "but a short time" - just seven years of Daniel's seventieth week to Israel. In reality, little over three and a half years or until Israel's two prophets are martyred and Israel is born-again in one day. Do you see it?)
When the dragon found himself cast down to earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child." And John goes on to describe the great tribulation, which is what our politicians and the media call the New World Order (NWO). They're rushing into it.
It's getting late, and I realize I've strayed somewhat from our subject, but these things are important and we'll just thank God that we're in His hands. He's in charge. He must have a purpose. I'll tie-up the ship with a few more Scriptures, and by the grace of God, we'll continue this topic some other time.
When Satan is cast down to earth, he'll kick the demons out of the Pope and incarnate the man, whoever he might be at the time. From there on the Bible no longer refers to him as the "false prophet", but as "the beast". For as Satan incarnate the beast in the garden of Eden and deceived Eve, he will incarnate the Pope after the end of the Gentile dispensation and deceive all whose names are not in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Paul explains in II Thessalonians 2:1-4. "Regarding the "parousia" Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (which was His return in WORD Form by the revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963), and our gathering together unto Him, (the fullness of the Word, not "her" the church - "come OUT of her, My people". It was the "Shout" of the Message of the prophet of Revelation 10:7, calling both wise and foolish virgin OUT of mystery Babylon and her Protestant image. It's I Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 25:6 and Revelation 18:4).
Don't allow your minds to be easily troubled or alarmed by some pretended revelation of the Spirit or by rumor as if from us, that the day of the Lord has already arrived. (In other words, the end of the Gentile dispensation).
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come until the apostasy and falling away of so-called Christians. (We have arrived. The apostasy overtook the church in 1963, when the Pentecostals or Laodiceans put Christ outside the church, at their rejection of God's prophet and the revelation of the Seven Seals. Those Seals are "that which is perfect", they are Jesus Christ in WORD Form (I Corinthians 13:10).
Didn't Jesus foretell how the church would claim to be rich and in need of nothing? Oh, material riches they certainly do have, but Spiritually, they're "lukewarm" to God's Word. They're like Cain, "This is the best I can do God. If you're not satisfied, too bad". They're offering their own carnal works without revelation. Trying to do God a service without it being His will, and their worship's in vain. They are "wretched, and miserable, bankrupt of the faith, blind to His Word, naked of the Blood, and know it not." What's more, they care less! "Lukewarm!" (Revelation 3:16-17).
In Romans 11:32, Paul foretold how the Gentile denominations will end in apostasy at the close of our dispensation as the Israelite denominations ended in apostasy at the close of the Old Covenant. And as they crucified the Son of Man, the Gentiles would crucify unto themselves the Son of God afresh. And they have, since 1963.
Paul is teaching here is II Thessalonians that Christ's "parousia" to the end-time Church and the separation or calling-out of the wise and foolish virgin occurs in the holy convocation or fiftieth day of the Pentecostal Feast of Leviticus 23 (that typed the whole of the Gentile dispensation for you students of God's Word), AFTER the close of the Seventh Church Age, but BEFORE the end of the day of grace.
As I said, Christ's parousia commenced with the opening of the Seven Seals in 1963. He is NOT a Mediator for PART Word because we now have "that which is perfect" - the fullness of the Word by the revelation of the Seals. But "the day of the Lord" is yet FUTURE.
We KNOW it's in the NEAR future, because of the present apostasy, and because "that man of sin the son of perdition" HAS been revealed. Of course he's been revealed. I told you who he is. The revelation of the Seven Seals "finished the mystery of God" as Jesus promised they would (Revelation 10:7).
How close are we, Brother Anthony? Closer than you think we are. Paul said TWO things MUST happen before the Seventh Trump heralds the close of the Gentile dispensation and the start of the day of the Lord. One, apostasy in the church. Two, the revelation of who "that man of sin" is.
BOTH of these conditions have been met. If you do NOT know these things, you are NOT born-again. This ain't no time to be "playing church". We're at the end. We each have to be sincere with God.
Paul said this man of sin will "oppose and exalt himself above all gods, or that is worshipped; seating himself in the temple of God proclaiming his own divinity (like Rome's emperors), and forgiving sins. Remember? He claims infallibility when he sits in Peter's chair and that "What Peter binds on earth is bound in heaven, and what he looses on earth is loosed in heaven". There's that "man of sin", revealed as Paul foretold he would be.
Aren't you glad Jesus has shown you these things? Oh, my!
That's enough of Paul's prophecy. You can read Daniel 11:36-37,45, Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, if you'd like to confirm these things.
Today Grace is full and free. We're moving into the most evil time in the history of the world but we have the fullness of the Word, so we have more abundant grace than at any time. But let us redeem the time and make our calling and election sure.
When the day of the Lord arrives, "ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship that man of sin, whose names are NOT written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8). There will not be a single Christian on earth after the translation of the end-time Bride. The only people on earth whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life will be two Hebrew prophets and 144,000 Israelites. And once they are born again, they will all be martyred by the false Church.
God Bless you. Please study this. Take it back to your Bible and obey what It says do. And when you have the revelation yourself, be sure to pass It on. E-mail a copy of this sermon to someone you believe will be able to receive the revelation and invite them to subscribe to our Newsletter. There's NO cost. It is FREE. Don't argue or debate the faith with any who can not or will not see It. Those who are "His sheep" will receive His Word . . . automatically.
Redemption Revealed Part 2
Hebrews 12:3-8, "Consider Jesus Who patiently endured such hostile contradiction of sinners against His innocent life lest you become wearied and despondent and faint in your minds. You have not yet resisted sin to the point of pouring out your own blood.
Have you forgotten the Divine exhortation and encouragement which appealed to you as sons? 'My son, don't think lightly or scorn to submit to the correction and discipline of God, nor be discouraged when you're reproved by Him (Proverbs 3:11): for the Lord corrects and disciplines every one He loves; He chastens, even scourges, every son whom He recognizes, (adopts or places) as a son.
You must endure chastening for discipline, God is dealing with you as with sons; for what son is there whose father does not so train and correct?
But if you're exempt from chastisement, and without the discipline in which all of God's children partake, then you are bastards, and can not qualify to be born-again (or placed) as sons."
Ephesians 4:15, "Let our lives lovingly express the truth in all things. So let us grow up into Him in all things, Who is the Head of the Body, the Church, even Christ."
In this service, we'll discuss election and predestination by the foreknowledge of God in the redemption of Abraham's faith seed. As our introductory texts explain, wisdom or character aren't natural endowments but virtues we earn on earth by the exercise of our own free moral agency, basing all of our choices upon the Absolute of God's unchanging Word.
Many of God's children, and I speak from personal experience, seem to major in the mistakes they make. That's alright, our Father's a God of Grace. Our Brother Jesus has experienced greater temptation and more pitfalls than we are likely to encounter, and He made a way of escape for us. But we are expected to learn.
We've been placed on an incentive scheme. If we do well, we please our Father and receive a pat on the back. When we fail, He will chasten us with a view to our correction. He's not a jokey God of frolic. He's a sober God fulfilling a Divine purpose. That is, to raise a Family of "little gods" in His image and likeness. For us to be recognized in His Family we must be under preeminence to His Word, which is to have His mind in us.
God is waiting for us to grow-up into the likeness of His first born Son in the creation of Himself. The saints who've gone before us are waiting upon us to grow-up and mature. The whole creation is groaning in the pain of mortality as they wait for you and I to grow into the stature of mature sons able to be trusted with God's Word, and see Him do what we say.
In this service I will be reading a number of quotations from the expositions of the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7, the late William Branham. (Transcripts of his sermons are on-line at www.biblebelievers.org.au/ and printed books are available free of charge in all major languages from Voice of God Publications, PO Box 950 Jeffersonville, Indiana USA 47131; or from Only Believe Mission, PO Box 67 Strathpine, Queensland Australia 4500).
"When a little baby is conceived in the mother's womb, it's just flesh and blood, jumping, quivering. But as soon as it's born, you don't see it, but there's a (mortal) spirit and soul hanging near that mother to come into that baby just as soon as it's born. Just as soon as that baby is born, God has created a soul and created a spirit to be in that baby just as soon as it's born into this world. That little baby becomes matured, and it begins to learn; then it becomes a living soul and it knows what's right and wrong. (This is the age of accountability). Then it's got, just like Adam and Eve, set before a tree of right and wrong (the Tree of Life or Christ, and the Tree of carnal knowledge or Lucifer). It makes its choice. And then it becomes intelligent (having made the right choice). It's growing all the time in God's great economy.
Finally it comes down to the end of the road, for this physical body. And just as this body is deteriorating and going away, there is one being prepared to receive it. Just as soon as it leaves here, this soul that's in us now and this spirit leaves this body and goes to another, a young one, a good one, a better one, a one that won't get old, or one that won't pass away" (The Comforter, 8:52-53).
Your mortal spirit breaks up when you die, but your soul goes on to its destination as determined by the choices it made during its journey here on earth (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Before the foundation of the world, God knew the choices it would make. And according to His foreknowledge, each one of us is predestinated to eternal Life or to damnation.
I Peter 1:2-4, says that we elect of God were "chosen according to His foreknowledge of our sanctification by the Spirit, to obey His Word and be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ, signifying our sealing into His Body (Hebrews 9), with grace and increasing tranquility under all circumstances."
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. By His boundless mercy we've been born-again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance beyond the reach of change and decay, undefiled and unfading, (that's a resurrection to glorified flesh), reserved in heaven for you."
It's this foreknowledge of our glorified appearance God sees. Paul spoke of this in Romans 8:28-30. Moses explained it briefly in Genesis 1:27. God doesn't see His elect defiled in sin, mired with the world, sickness or old age. He sees us under the Blood, or in Christ. He's not in time. He sees our glorified form. In His mind, we are finished and glorified Sons and daughters now.
God's thoughts are what He is. "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). We are what we think. His mind is Spirit; it is the attributes of Himself. So when he looks at His finished family, He sees our angels or theophany bodies, the appearance of our glorified form. They're like the negative of a film which has yet to be developed.
When a mother gives birth, that spirit which God foresaw becomes a manifested soul, coated with flesh, and immersed in the developing solution of His Word in this world, to put on His image which is a Christ-like character under all circumstances.
This demonstrates the importance of recognizing OUR day and ITS Message, because our lives are acting-out the understanding in our soul. The Lutherans are trying to live Martin Luther's Message and it won't work today. Methodists are trying to act-out what John Wesley taught, the Baptists are impersonating John Spurgeon, and the Pentecostals are impersonating William Branham. They are all souls imprisoned by their own mind set into a day gone by. And they'll perish in the upcoming tribulation because of this sin. We must walk in the Light Jesus is fulfilling NOW, not impersonate the glare of a day gone by.
Look at Judah. They were carried away captive into Babylon because they tried to impersonate the nations of the world. And the church lives just the same as the world. Dresses like the world, worships like the world, thinks and acts like it, yet claims its called out of the world. Their life proves they are not God's Church as Judah proved he was not separated from the nations.
In our earthly walk, we're influenced either by the Force of Light or the forces of darkness. On one side God is incarnating Himself into His Church by a trinity of justification, sanctification, and the baptism with of the Holy Ghost. On the other side, Satan is incarnating himself into his church, by a trinity of the spirit of anti-Christ, the false prophet and the beast.
There are seven dimensions:
Just below the realm of mortal life are the souls of the unjust in Hades, under the altar of sacrifice as it were. Here the ghosts of dead men who never repented are awaiting judgment. They only know folly and what they did. The Lord Jesus preached to the souls who were imprisoned here (I Peter 3:9). Next is Tartarus or Gehenna, the realm of demon power and the domain of Satan which will one day become the lake of Fire.
Going up, above kitchenware, furniture, electrical merchandise and the dimensions we mortals can contact with our ten senses: length, breadth and time, we have the Holy Spirit. Next are Angels, or the souls of the Just saints under the Altar of incense awaiting the first resurrection. Above them is God Himself. (All this can be typed to the Holy of Holies, the Holy Place, the outer court of the Temple, and the place of removal without the city. God is of course in the Most Holy Place within the veil, which is our Lord Jesus Christ Who was prefigured by the Ark of the Covenant. The Entombment, 65:77-86; Demonology, 71:191-198).
Brother Branham said, "You can't be here a spiritual being (soul), sinner or saint, without having an influence from the underworld or from the above world. If you're influenced from here, you're from above. Your celestial body is waiting up here. But if you're wicked, and hypocritical, and indifferent, your celestial body is down here, regardless of how much you think it's up there; because the fruit that you bear before people proves where you're from. So you are here what you are somewhere else. Your life that you live here is just reflecting what your inheritance is when you leave here. Do you understand?" (COD, 111:37).
"'Those whom He justified, He also glorified.' And do you realize that our glorified, immortal body is waiting in the Presence of Jesus Christ right now, waiting for us to come?"
"As soon as that natural body is being formed in the mother, there is a spiritual body (a soul) waiting to receive it as soon as that baby's born. . . And just as sure as this spiritual body is being born (again), there is a natural body (or theophany) waiting to receive it as soon as it goes out of this world" (COD, 112:41,43).
Your soul is the theophany of your being . . . if you're born-again (The Entombment, 65:77). A theophany is a visible manifestation of God. When Brother Branham was asked to explain about each person's angel who abides with them from birth, he said, "It isn't promised that sinners have Angels; it's only the redeemed have Angels. Did you know that? The Angels of the Lord encamp about those that fear Him (Psalm 34:7).
Now, Angels are messengers. I want you to notice It's so perfect, and it'll prove predestination to you. See?
The angel of the Lord is a messenger from the Lord, and the Lord Himself is that Person, not the (human) person of the angel, (but) the angel from the Lord. Let me show you. Earthly speaking here's an angel from the Lord (says Brother Branham, pointing to a saint in the congregation, and pointing to another). Earthly speaking here's an angel from the Lord. Earthly speaking here's the angel from the Lord. (He points to another saint in Church). How do we know then that they are angels from the Lord? When they bring the Word of the Lord . . .
Then there is a supernatural Angel comes down from the Lord, a Messenger like Gabriel, and Michael . . ." (COD, 1155:51-53, 64-65).
"Just think, your glorified body's right here at the Tabernacle now, the Presence of the Holy Spirit which IS your glorified condition. You're glorified in Christ right now. "Those who He justified, He glorified." And your own glorified body is standing near you right now IN Christ Jesus to give to you a strength like a charge going into a battery. The Holy Spirit's in you. It's to charge your body to give you new strength, to heal you from the sickness that you've got, to make you well" (COD 102:264).
When we're born into this world, our mortal spirit, although it's from God, is not of God. It's a spirit of nature, a spirit of the world. And the god of this world is Satan.
We're a byproduct of the original creation, Adam. The first Adam was of the earth, earthy. That's why we must be reborn from Above. Our mortal life came by the sexual conception of our parents, and it can't live forever. Our soul was born asleep as if dead. It was certainly dead in sin and trespasses as we grew up, and had to be awakened or quickened to Life. So we must be born-again.
Remember the story of the ten virgins in the end-time? Matthew 25:5 says, "While the Bridegroom (Christ) tarried in mediation for the last saint predestinated to the Laodicean Age to be redeemed, those souls who would be the wise and foolish virgin in the end time slumbered and slept". In other words their souls were dead in sin and trespasses, and only the "Shout" of the prophet of Matthew 25:6, Malachi 4:5-6, Revelation 10:7; 18:4 and I Thessalonians 4:16 could quicken them to Life we call the new birth in THIS day."
The only thing that can give the new birth in any age is the Word, Message or portion of Spirit predestinated to that Age. There was a different portion of God's Word predestinated to each age. God's Word is His Spirit is a form we can receive by faith. And unless our lives are reflecting the Light He is manifesting NOW, we are not and can't come under the blood, which is the new birth (I John 1:7).
When we're born-again, the nature of the world that has ruled over our soul, dies, and we become a new creation. Our desires, (that old life that began when God breathed into your nostrils at your birth), that life of carnal nature, died. It had a beginning and it had an end. It died and the old nature was done away forever. And God came in with the new nature. Then love, joy, peace, long- suffering, gentleness, peace, patience, and meekness, and kindness entered, and took the place of malice, temper, hatred, emulation, and strife when you passed from death unto Life.
The Spiritual birth is like the natural birth, we're born Spirit babes in Christ and grow to maturity as we become more experienced and seasoned in the faith. Ephesians 4:11-15 says, God placed five different ministries in the Church to bring the saints to maturity for the working of the ministry - not the pulpit ministry, but for edifying the body of Christ, and to shine the Light so others may see and be born-again. We have to grow to maturity.
Now the five-fold ministry will be in the Body until we all mature into the unity of the faith, growing into the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a finished, mature man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may GROW UP into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.
Born-again Christians grow-up into the statute of Christ as they live, developing as a baby takes form and begins to grow, from the moment our soul is quickened until it manifests the glorified form of the angel God foresaw. Day by day, year by year, as they feed their souls upon the PRESENT Truth and exercise themselves in the faith, they grow to the full stature of Christ. We're chastened by our heavenly Father as Jesus was trained by Joseph and Mary, and He also had to grow from a Spirit babe to maturity.
We learned from the first two chapters of Hebrews that if we are born-again, God is our Father, and Jesus is our Brother. The only difference between Jesus and any of the New Testament saints is that He is the firstborn Son in the new creation. That He was born of a virgin, lived without sin, that He was the Word before He was flesh, and in Jesus dwelt the fullness of the nature and character of God whereas we manifest but a portion.
The Logos appeared to men in the theophany of a Pillar of Fire, or Cloud. Abraham saw It as Melchisedec, paid tithes and was served communion. Other saw It as the Archangel Michael. Moses saw It in the burning bush and as the Angel of the Covenant. Finally It was manifest in the mortal flesh of Jesus to be our Kinsman Redeemer.
Jesus was the Word manifested in theophany before He was flesh. In the form of theophany He knew all things. In the form of virgin- born flesh before His resurrection, He did not know all things. We have not yet entered into our Word-form or theophany body. We're still developing the negative of our soul into the image God sees in His mind.
Like Adam, we came from the Attribute to flesh, so that our souls could be tested by Satan and vindicated as God's Attribute. Paul explained this in our opening Scripture. But when we have overcome and been recognized as Sons, . . . "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting." We go to our theophany or Angel body, the image of our glorified form. In that Word body we can look back and see life's journey. We don't understand it now, we haven't yet become the Word. We've just become the flesh-man.
If you're following what I'm teaching, you'll see that we'll never be the Word unless we were a thought at the beginning. This proves the predestination of God. You can't be the Word unless you were a thought. You had to be in His thinking first, and foreknown as an overcomer. That's how your name was written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the World. That Book is Christ, the Logos. It's the record of His Offspring, Abraham's promised Seed.
You bypassed your theophany and came directly from the Attribute down here in flesh to be tempted by sin. When Adam was formed from the dust of the ground, his wife and all of his posterity was in him then as we were in Christ (Psalm 139:13-16). And through God's law of reproduction we were all born in due time, after the desire of our parents, not as individual creations of God - which is our second birth, and we were placed on the same basis as Adam and Eve - free moral agency.
God foreknew who would overcome the temptations of sin. And all He foreknew He's predestinated, called, justified, and glorified. Of the overcomers Paul said, "If this tabernacle of mortal flesh be dissolved, we have one already waiting". Jesus said, "All the Father has given Me will come to Me, and I'll raise him up at the last day" in a glorified body.
But you had to be in His thinking first, foreknown as becoming the image of God's Word for your day by laying aside your free will to fulfill that Word.
When we receive the Spirit of God, the Immortal Life inside of us brings this body under subjection to the Word (Romans 8:11). "He that's born of God does not commit sin" (I John 3:9). He can not disbelieve God's revealed Word.
Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus; who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit". Obedience to the revealed Word of God, faith, brings your body subject. You won't say, "If I could only stop drinking." Just get into Christ, and those desires will be gone. Because your body is now subject to the Spirit, it's no more subject to the things of the world. They are dead; your sins are buried in baptism. You're a new creation in Christ. And your body's becoming subject to the Spirit, to live the right kind of life.
The Spirit is nothing but His foreknowledge of you coming to pass in you. This seed Word (or thought) in His mind of your glorified form, is now being made manifest, because your soul has been made alive or quickened. And when the Bible said, "Don't do this," that body quickly obeys; there's no question. It's your earnest of the resurrection. The guarantee your body will be raised again. It's already started. It was once subject to sin, doubt and corruption. Now it has the earnest, it's turned heavenly. This is the earnest that you're in the rapture.
When you can see the Word for YOUR day coming to pass in YOUR Life you know you're a Son of God and a part of the first resurrection. And your life's an epistle of the PRESENT Truth, read and known by all men.
Our corruptible body is now subject to the Spirit in our soul, and our life is being brought into conformity with the image of His Word as we feed upon It by faith. For since the veil of blindness has been removed from our understanding it becomes apparent that our lives are reflecting the Life of Christ as we grow into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord (II Corinthians 3:18). And as our character and behavior more closely reflect His, Who died for us, our soul is growing into that image of our glorified body in His mind.
Death in the flesh took the Church Age saints to their angel or Word form Body. But I do not believe that the saints born into the Body of Christ since the revelation of the Seven Seals can die in the flesh. The saints from Pentecost through the Seven Church Ages were born of part-Word through Christ's mediation for their errors or ignorance. They enter the Presence through a door called death or the grave. Christ's end-time Bride are born of the fullness of the Word and have no need of a Mediator. We are predestinated for the new wave offering of the Holy Spirit in the finished product of the Wheat harvest - bread, baked with leaven. Paul calls this new wave offering "the manifestation of the Sons of God". The Holy Spirit is waved in the Bride after the Gentile dispensation while the sleeping saints are being resurrected, or "harvested" in their glorified bodies.
Jesus is our type. His wave offering was not a public show because the dispensation of Law was over, and His ministry fulfilled with Israel's apostasy. He appeared only to those who believed in Him. Similarly our wave offering will not be a public display of the Supernatural. As the Holy Spirit was waved in Jesus after His resurrection, signifying acceptance of the Old Testament saints, and calling their resurrection (I Corinthians 15:20), His waving in us will awaken the New Testament saints. Leviticus calls us two loaves baked with leaven because we'll still be in sin-born bodies of corruption.
When Christ's end-time Bride manifest the Sons of God it will not be a public show of the power of the Spirit as God demonstrated in the ministry of His prophet, William Branham. The Gentile days of grace will be over. Nothing would be achieved if Jesus physically returned and explained all things with signs and wonders following because by this time there will never be another Gentile redeemed. Besides, the world will be experiencing a time of such catastrophe that the wise and foolish virgin will be a hunted and persecuted little group.
The purpose of the manifestation of the Sons of God is to build up faith in the Bride for translating grace. When we speak the Word, God will fulfill It because we will be mature and in the unity of the faith, as Jesus prayed in John 17, "One or in agreement with Himself and the Father". We'll be under preeminence to the Word, just like Jesus, speaking only what has inspired to us, and doing only what is shown (by vision or dream) - John 5:19.
And when the day of Pentecost has fully come, we'll break into the other dimension where the resurrected saints are. Seeing them will give us that extra boost in faith to change in the atoms from this corruptible body to glorified flesh body prepared for us from the foundation of the world.
Brother Branham told this little tale to illustrate life's journey for those predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son. "Here we're formed to the Word image to be a partaker of the Word, feed on the Word, by being predestinated since the beginning. You see, that little spark of Life you had in you from the beginning when you started your journey... Many of you can remember it. You joined this church and joined that church, and try this and that; nothing satisfied. That's right. But one day you just recognized It. Right.
... I believe I've told the little story here about the man setting a hen and had a eagle egg under it. And when that eagle hatched out, he was the funniest looking bird that them chickens ever seen. But he walked around; he was the--he was the ugly one among them, because he just couldn't understand how that hen will cluck and scratch on that manure pile and eat, and he couldn't get the idea. She'd say, "Come on over and feast, honey." Why, he--he was a eagle; he just didn't eat like that. It wasn't his food.
So she'd catch grasshoppers and whatmore, you know, and call the little chickens. And all them little chickens would go along, cluck along, and eat. But the little eagle just couldn't do it. It didn't--didn't look right to him.
So one day his mammy came hunting him. And he'd hear that hen cluck. He'd tried his best to cluck, but he couldn't do it. He tried to cheep like a chicken, but he couldn't do it. See, he was an eagle. To start with he was an eagle. He was just hatched under a hen. That's like some church members. That's about the way it is; about one out of a setting is right.
But one day his mammy flew over and she screamed. He recognized it. "That sounded right." Why? He was an eagle to begin with. That's the way it is with the Gospel of the Word, the power of Jesus Christ; when a man has been predestinated to Eternal Life, he hears that true ring, scream of God, nothing can keep him from it. The church might say, "Days of miracles is past, cluck, cluck, cluck. Stand here and eat this, and stand here and eat that."
That barnyard stuff won't do for him any more. He's gone. "All things are possible." He gets off the ground. That's what's the matter with so many Christians today; they can't get their feet off the ground. The old mammy said, "Son, jump; you're an eagle. Come up here where I am."
He said, "Mom, I never jumped in my life."
She said, "Well, you jump; you're eagle to begin with; your not a chicken."
So he made his first jump and flopped his wings; didn't do too good, but he got off the ground. That's the way we do; we accept God by faith by the written Word. There's something in there (See?), that Eternal Life, you were predestinated to it.
His grandpa and grandma were eagles; he was a eagle all the way back. Eagle don't mix with other things. He's not a hybrid at all; he's a eagle.
Then after you recognize the very Word of God was Eagle Food, then you left the other thing. You've then been formed into the living image of the living God. You heard from your theophany. "If this earthly body be dissolved, we have one waiting."
You say, "Is that right, Brother Branham?" All right, let's take a couple of eagles and look at them for a few minutes.
There was a name--man named Moses. Everyone knows that a prophet's called the eagle in the Bible. There was a prophet named Moses. And one day God called Him--and wouldn't let him go over the land--and he--he died on a rock.
The Angels took him away and buried him. There was another man, a eagle, didn't even have to die. He just walked across Jordan, and God sent a chariot down and: "This robe of flesh he dropped and rise and caught the everlasting prize." Eight hundred years later, eight hundred years later on Mount Transfiguration here stood those two men. Moses' body had been rotten for hundreds of years, but here he was in such a form till even Peter, James, and John recognized him. Amen. "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved..." If you're an attribute of God expressed here on earth, you've got a body waiting after you leave this world. There they was standing on Mount Transfiguration in their theophany, for they were prophets to whom the Word came to.
Also let us notice another prophet one time by the name of Samuel. He was a great man. He'd taught Israel, told them they shouldn't have a king. He said, "Have I ever said one thing to you in the Name of the Lord but what come to pass?"
They said, "No, everything you've always said in the Name of the Lord come to pass."
He was a prophet. And he died.
About three or four years later, the king got in trouble; that was before the Blood of Jesus Christ was ever shed. He was in paradise. And a witch of Endor called for somebody to come, console Saul. And when the witch saw him standing up, she said, "I see God raising up out of the earth." And after the man had been dead, buried, and rotted in the grave, here he was standing there in that cave with his prophet's robes on, and was still a prophet. Amen.
For he said, "Why did you call me out of my rest, seeing you've become a enemy to God?" Watch him prophesy. "Tomorrow night by this time you'll be with me." He was still a prophet, though he was gone from this body.
See, he had become here and was part of that Word, and he entered from the flesh life back into the body that had been prepared for him before the foundation of the world. He entered into the theophany which was the Word. You get it? That's where all believers go when we turn from here.
Then in that form the veil then is lifted. You see you are the Word also when you enter into there... Praise God for the opening of these Seals is my prayer, to know these things." (Who is this Melchisedec, 13:65-94).
So let us lay aside everything that mite distract us from the Word and will of God, and rejoice when we are chastised, knowing it's a sign of His love. For it's later than we think.
I pray there has been something here to bless and help you grow in the faith of Jesus Christ. When you have the revelation, kindly forward this sermon to someone who loves the Lord.
Redemption Revealed Part 3
God bless you brethren. We're going to study a little further into the mystery of election, predestination and the sovereignty of God Who is not unjust and does not make arbitrary choices between men but has placed each one of us on earth on the basis of free moral agency to make the choices that will determine our own destiny. By Him omniscience, He knows all things, and being eternal, He is not in time so His foreknowledge reveals our end before our beginning.
Luke 10:17-22, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, 'Even the demons are subject to us through Your Name'.
(Oh boy! I, me and myself can "do" something. That would sure trap the Pentecostals! And their charismatic impersonators!)
Jesus said to them, 'I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you'.
(All authority is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Because of this, go and teach all nations, and you'll have the same authority - so long as you obey My commandments. When the living Word has preeminence of My end-time Bride, Satan will be cast Satan out of heaven. It's already been revealed to Me in a vision).
'Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits of the lost or fallen angels are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven' (or in the Book of Life).'
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, 'I thank You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You've hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things are delivered to Me of My Father: and no man knows Who the Son is, but the Father; and Who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him'."
The seventy apostles were good carnal believers. They rejoiced in what they could see or do naturally, but they were not Spiritual men, being without revelation or is a clear understanding which is faith in things not yet seen, or in the One they were forerunning. They had an intellectual conception without faith.
When Jesus said, "Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you have no Life in you" and He explained how the manna that gave natural life to the Israelites in their journey to the Promised Land of rest was a type of Himself, giving eternal Life to pilgrims traveling to the eternal Land of the Millennium. The seventy scratched their heads saying, "This is a hard saying, who can understand It?" And turned their backs on the One Who had given them authority over demons, to heal the sick and speak with other tongues (John 6:53-60).
So let us take heed that we seek Spiritual understanding of God's Word rather than take It all literally like the seventy. Now let's go back to Christ's foreknowledge of Satan's casting-out of heaven and prove that it is yet future.
John 12:28-32, "Father, glorify Your Name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, 'I have both glorified It, and will glorify It again. "The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, 'An angel spoke to him'.
Jesus answered and said, 'This Voice came not because of Me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the Prince of this world be cast out. And if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Me'."
It was the Sunday prior to His crucifixion. He had just completed His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and still Satan was not cast out. Even today he is not cast out of heaven. But he soon will be.
According to Revelation 12:4, Satan was very active in heaven at the time of Christ's crucifixion, casting out the third part of the stars of heaven. "The Dragon's tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven (deceived Israel), and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, to devour her child as soon as it was born."
Throughout the Seven Church Ages, Satan's been in heaven, fighting Christ for dominion over the last souls in Adam's race. Revelation 12:7-9, "There was war in heaven: Michael and His angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. And they prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world (not just the third part): was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
The revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963 brought "that which is perfect" - Christ, the fullness of the Word - back to earth in the Office of Son of Man. He is no longer in the Office of Son of God and Mediator, because part-Word has been done away (I Corinthians 13:10). When the last soul predestinated to His end-time Bride is baptized into the Body, the Gentile dispensation will end. Only then will Satan will be cast out of heaven and down to the earth.
Isaiah 34:1-4, "Come near, you nations, to hear; and listen, you people: let the earth and everything in it hear my Words. For the LORD is enraged against all nations, and His fury is against all their armies: He will utterly destroy them, (that word in Hebrew is "cherem", meaning they are dedicated to utter annihilation for His glory), He has determined them to the slaughter.
Their slain shall be left unburied, and the stink of rotting flesh shall fill the land, and mountains shall disappear beneath their blood. All the host of heaven (popes, cardinals, bishops, priests and religious people) shall rot away (or dissolve) like a fester, and heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll once the prophecy has been read: and all their host shall fall down (from their high estate), as the leaf from the vine, and as a withered fig (which grew during winter and is unripe and does not come to maturity but falls off in spring) from the fig tree."
This is the casting-out of Satan at the opening of the Sixth Seal and close of the Gentile dispensation (Revelation 6:13-14). It is the time of Revelation 13:8, "And ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world".
When the Gentile dispensation is fulfilled and Satan cast out, the Church is complete and ready to manifest the Sons of God. Grace is finished. The vast majority of the world worships Satan today, and I mean so-called Christians. Today's denominations are apostate as were Israel's denominations at the time of Jesus' first Coming: They worship Jesus in vain, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men. For instance, trinities, water baptism in three Titles, Apostle's Creeds (so-called), catechisms, Christmas, Easter, women preachers, permit women to cut their hair and to wear clothes that pertains to a man, espouse equality of the sexes, multiculturalism and miscegenation.
It may surprise you to learn that 99.99% of church-goers already have the mark of the beast and don't know it. It's the same today as it was in the garden of Eden. It is receiving Satan's deception instead of faith or understanding of the revealed Word of God. Eve received Satan's carnal reasoning against the revealed Word. It's the mark of the beast. It's what all our denominational churches preach. That's why God's been calling the wise and foolish virgin out of them since the end of Christ's mediation for part-Word.
Let me give you an illustration. A man from the Creation Science Foundation tried to push the mark of the beast - carnal reasoning against God's revealed Word - down my throat only this-morning. He told me that God manifested the universe in six days of 24-hours. The proof he claims, is that Israel was instructed to work for six 24-hour days, and rest upon the seventh day of 24-hours.
To start with, the Bible tells us that "God created the heavens and earth in the beginning". How ever many trillions of years ago that may be, we don't know. It goes on to explain how God prepared earth for man's use. The first use of the word "yown" destroys the argument of this unscientific Creation Scientist. In Genesis 1:5, "God called the light Day (or "Yowm"), and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day (yowm)." He tried to establish his point by saying the Hebrew word for day, "yowm", means a fixed period of 24-hours. But as Hebrews divided their night into twelve hours and their day into a further twelve hours, we find here that word "yowm" used to describe a day of 12-hours and a day of 24-hours by his own reckoning.
Besides, he said, Jesus lay the grave three days. We know Jesus was not in the grave for three 24-hour periods or anything close to 72-hours. We established this in recent Newsletters. (See "When was Jesus Crucified?" and "When was Jesus Resurrected?"). The man's arguments are contrary to Bible teaching, and error.
God is not known by the literal reading of His Word, or by carnal reasoning against It. Fortunately I'd studied this when I prepared "In the Beginning". Here's a quotation from that teaching:
"Now I think we need to quote a few more Scriptures where this word "day" or "yowm', is used, so we can dismiss forever the folly of men who claim God created a finished earth from scratch, to the garden of Eden in six solar days of twenty-four hours.
There is the day "yowm" of the Lord. Isaiah 4:1, "And in THAT DAY seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, 'We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by Thy Name, to take away our reproach'." Revelation 1:10, "I was in the Spirit in the Lord's DAY, and heard behind me a great Voice, as of a trumpet".
Now "the Lord's Day" or "yowm" is yet future, after the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet to Israel, marking the end of the Gentile dispensation. It is the conclusion of man's day, and not 24-hours. John was caught up in the Spirit in the Lord's day for TWO YEARS whilst he was on the Isle of Patmos, and saw things which will come to pass in that time. So a "yowm" does not necessarily mean twenty-four hours any more than our English word day always means 24-hours. And John did not see these visions only on Sunday, as the Brethren denominations teach.
In other instances the word "day" means time itself. Genesis 4:3, "And in PROCESS OF TIME ,"yowm" it came to pass..." Numbers 20:15, "And we have dwelt in Egypt a LONG TIME, "yowm" ... "A long time indeed! For here a "yowm", the word that appears in Genesis as the creative period, and is called there, "day", was 430 years.
Finally let us repeat Genesis 2:4, "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in THE DAY "yowm" that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens". In Genesis 1, the story was given in "yowms" or DAYS, or time periods (plural) - each with "an evening and a morning". But in the Genesis 2, as one day (singular).
Without the Holy Spirit to guide us into the truth of His Word, we would be confused as to whether His creation was six days or one day. And we'd have a contradiction in the Bible.
We are taught in the Scripture, "one day upon our earth is as a thousand years with God." Although each day was distinguished by "an evening and a morning", they were six distinct periods of one thousand years wherein God expressed His creative thoughts that would transform earth from an uninhabited lifeless wilderness to the manifestation of those thoughts in an Eden on the Seventh Day of 1,000 years - not 24-hours."
That illustrates how most church-goers are deceived and worshiping God in vain. The scientist is no doubt saved at this point in time but we know his name is not on the Lamb's Book of Life, because he refused the Word of God in correction. Jesus said, "Those who are My sheep will receive My Word in correction". Paul said, if they refuse correction after the first and second admonition, you know the election is off. They are not His sheep.
When Jesus died on Calvary He could not fully redeem all of His elect. Did you know that? The only ones He could fully redeem were His end-time Bride and the 144,000 elect Israelites. You see, from the foundation of the world, the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals. So long as It was sealed, the saints had only part Word, the part revealed to the angel or major apostle to their Age. God sent seven messengers or angels, one to each of the Seven Church Ages, each inspired by a measure of the Holy Spirit to deliver a portion of the Word to the saints predestinated to form their part of the Body or Church Age.
The Church or Body of Christ is made-up of different parts of the Word that has been predestinated to be manifested or fulfilled by individual Christians "in sundry times and divers manners" as Paul might say. So a different portion of the Word was predestinated to be fulfilled by the apostolic saints, the saints from each of the Seven Church Ages, and to the saints of this holy convocation.
Only by walking with Christ in all the Light He is manifesting for our day can we be born-again (I John 1:7). A life lived by the revelation of the messenger to one's Age gave the new birth to the saints in that Age. During the Church Ages, Christ mediated for the ignorance of the saints, receiving their revelation of the portion of Word predestinated to their day and placing their error in the sea of God's forgetfulness.
Without Christ's intercession for ignorance there was no way those predestinated to make up the part-Word or Church Age saints could have been baptized into the Body. They had part-Word, the rest was anti-Word, or guesswork. Faith was mixed with error. That's what the man from the Creation Science Foundation is presenting to God, and he's without a Mediator, and he knows it not.
I hope you're catching the picture. And can see that the measure of faith that baptized Mum and Dad or our Grandparents into Christ will not give anyone the new birth today. God's added another line and another precept. Our vision is far closer to the glory.
When the last person foreknown in the Church Age or part-Word Body was baptized into Christ in 1963, the Laodicean (or Pentecostal) dispensation ended. All Seven Church Ages were over. Christ was no longer a Mediator, He came forward and claimed the Book, tore open the Seven Seals, then returned to earth through the mouth of the angel to the seventh or Laodicean Church Age in WORD form. The revelation of the Seven Seals brought Jesus back to earth as the fullness of the Word, thus fulfilling Revelation 4, 5, 10:1-7, and I Corinthians 13:10. Now He's trying enter through your eyes and ears into your heart, as you listen or read this sermon, and prove all things by His Bible.
That which is perfect has come, Christ, the fullness of the Word. He is no longer in the Office of Son of God and Mediator, He's now Son of Man and Judge as foretold in the Gospels (John 5). We don't need a Mediator since we now have the fullness of the Word. So will the 144,000 elect Israelites. God foreknew we would be born-again after the revelation of the Seven Seals by the fullness of His Word and Spirit, not requiring a Mediator for ignorance of His Word. That's why we were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary.
Form the foregoing we see that the Gentile dispensation contains within itself nine dispensations, each fulfilling a different part of God's Word. Plainly, many (once) Protestant denominations are impersonating the revelation of God for an Age gone by, a part of the Body that was made-up perhaps centuries ago. And that like the Law Israel still impersonates, their Messages will not bring the new birth in this day. OK? Let us go on to perfection.
John 14:1-3, "Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
These "mansions" Jesus went ahead to "prepare" were the theophany bodies of the glorified appearance of the Church Age, or part-Word saints. That's where they go, pending the first resurrection, when life on earth is over. They then return here to pick up glorified bodies. The Greek word "prepare" comes from the oriental custom of sending servants ahead of kings on their journeys persons to level the roads and make them passable.
John the Baptist was such a servant. Isaiah 40:3-4, "The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain".
Jesus has gone ahead of His Bride, and He prepared a place for the Church Age saints by interceding for their ignorance of the faith and their errors whilst the Book was sealed. He secured their blessings and made everything ready, figuratively speaking. (See "Israelite Marriage")
II Corinthians 5:1-4, "For we know that if our earthly house of this flesh were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this corruptible body we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our Word body which is from heaven: and being thus clothed we shall not be found naked when we leave this flesh. For in this mortal flesh we groan, being oppressed: not that we wish to die and have no body to clothe us, but that we would be further clothed in our theophany or angel, that our mortality might be swallowed up by Life in the guarantee of a glorified Body at the first resurrection."
Paul is saying that if the soul's flesh body should die, the saint of God has another body already prepared - just like it, only with no gray hairs, or scars, or imperfections. "As we have borne the image of the earthly, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly" (I Corinthians 15:49). It's like changing coats, we just slip out of this old garment into the new one that perfectly fits us. It'll never grow old or rot, it can't tear, fade, wrinkle or lose shape, and can never go out of style. It's the image God saw in Genesis 1:27, by His foreknowledge of all of Adam's race.
We were discussing the end of the Gentile dispensation and Satan's casting-out from heaven. Revelation 17:8, "The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were never in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
There they are, Satan's angels never on the Book of Life. That is, serpent's seed. Satan is cast out and ascends from the bottomless pit. That's his realm, Tartarus. He's the angel of the bottomless pit. He comes to earth and incarnates himself in the Pope. He'll rule this coming New World Order, which is the Tribulation and the reconstitution of the Roman Empire.
"The beast that was and is not, and yet is", is the Roman emperor who became pope, or false prophet. One pope dies and another takes his place. Now he incarnates or clothes himself in the pope as he incarnate the serpent in Eden, and he's called the beast.
Like the bottomless pit, Rome's doctrine is without foundation. And ALL whose names are not written in the Book of Life shall worship him. Cain's people have always been greater in number than Adam's race, and most of Adam's race have had their names removed from the Book.
Satan always wanted the worship Michael would inherit. Worship is not so much singing hymns and praying, or even attending Church as service to a deity. It's living the Life, laying aside the desires of the five senses of our flesh and mortal spirit to express His desires. OBEDIENCE is better than sacrifice. That's why God receives faith and not works. Works without faith is death.
Your angel is united with or separated from God according to your obedience to or rejection of faith. It is God's foreknowledge and the "negative" image of your destiny. Predestination looks back to foreknowledge, and foreknowledge looks onward to destiny.
Being infinite, God knew the end from the beginning, and knowing what each of us would do, He could foretell what would take place, for He knew what would be. Before Esau or Jacob were born He could say, "Esau have I hated, and Jacob have I loved". He foreknew what each would become. He wasn't willing that Esau should be carnal. God knew Esau would take that way by his own choice. And that's how He knows us today. He knows your heart. You might be able to fool your neighbor, your wife or your pastor; but you'll never be able to fool God, because He knows your heart.
Angels are servants. We're sons of God. An angel can only deliver the Message. We're the actors on the scene with free moral agency to receive and become written epistles of It, or reject It. Angels are servants. They're the negative of what we will become. Paul called them "ministering spirits sent from God to His Sons who'll be heirs of salvation" (Hebrews 1:6-14). They inspire our soul to the obedience of faith. And when we catch the revelation and are quickened to or united with It, we've heard from our theophany and are born-again. I Corinthians 6:17 says, "God and the soul that's joined together with God is one Spirit".
Only the redeemed have angels or theophany bodies. Fallen angels or lost souls are unclothed. So Luke 10:18 was God's foreknowledge revealed to Jesus, and the angels that fell were those of Adam's race God foreknew would be deceived because of the wrong desire in their hearts, and "fall", ultimately being removed from the Book of Life. Jesus calls these souls, angels of the devil. Matthew 25:41, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels". Revelation 12:9, "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him".
This is Genesis 1:27 coming to pass. Those spirits - God's foreknowledge of Adam's race - had to be manifested in flesh, and make the decisions He foreknew they would make and then be removed from the Book of Life, or "fall". These are the spirits that are not clothed, and become demons that enter into people so that they may be clothed. Jude 6 called them "Angels which kept not their first estate" behind the Word in the Book of Life.
Brother Branham said, sin didn't begin on earth. Sin began in the foreknowledge of God in heaven when He foresaw Satan build a huge denomination that will finally worship him on Israel's Mount Zion. God foresaw Satan's deceived followers fall, and before there was a world, He placed our names on the Lamb's Book of Life and that's the reason "If this earthly tabernacle should be dissolved, we have another one already waiting".
So far we've only spoken about Adam's race. But because God's law of reproduction requires that everything bring forth after its own kind (Genesis 1:11), the serpent seed through Eve, Cain's lineage, do have a soul. But not being in Adam's race, they were never on the Book of Life which is the genealogy of Adam. And as Jesus was the second Adam, not the second Cain, they're without a Redeemer. Just wanderers, like Cain, who was a wanderer and vagabond, having no inheritance in earth. Jude 11-13 describes Cain and those like Balaam and Korah who have been removed from the Book of Life as vagabond or wandering stars with no inheritance in heaven. (See "The Original Sin 1/3"; "The Original Sin 2/3"; "The Original Sin 3/3"; "But the Woman being deceived, was in the Transgression").
Genesis 6:4 speaks of the fallen sons of God who were on the book of Life, and the serpent seed who were never on that Book. "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown".
These giants were the original offspring of Cain, whose father was the serpent. It was miscegenation between the "sons of God" or the descendants of Adam and "the daughters of men" or serpent seed lineage of Cain that grieved God so much that He allowed the world to be destroyed by the Flood. But we learn from Genesis 6:4, the serpent's seed was also in the ark. And Jesus said this sin would repeat in OUR day (Matthew 25:37-41).
The apostate once Christian Western world is intermarrying as fast as they can with serpent's seed, naturally and spiritually, thus committing genocide both of body and soul because their offspring are lost are can never be redeemed.
Spiritual serpent's seed is the mark of the beast. Wisdom against the revealed Word of God like the Creation Scientist tried to feed my soul. Praise God, the elect cannot be deceived on the revealed Word of God. When the churches unite together against the Word of God, they are receiving the hiss of the serpent (Amos 3:3).
Multiculturalism is in fact multi-racialism, which is accursed of God. Primarily, because when Adam's race breed with the natural serpent seed, their offspring are serpent seed, and future generations can never breed themselves back to Adam's race, or Book of Life, and will continue this pollution which is worse than dysgenics.
So these fallen "sons of God" are blotted out of the book of Life and become "fallen" or lost angels, while these "daughters of men" were never on the Book of Life and devoted to destruction for the glory of God's righteousness and holiness, or in Hebrew, "cherem".
That's enough for one service. God bless you all. Be sure to probe all that I've said with God's unchanging Word, and when you have the revelation that it is the faith, please pass it on to others by your testimony, e-mail or however you can, because this hour is late and the time short.
Redemption Revealed Part 4
We've seen that God, being omniscient, knew all things before the foundation of the world and therefore He could predestinate. And we see predestination looks back to foreknowledge, and foreknowledge looks onward to destiny.
In our gathering together today, we'll consider the Book of Life and the Lamb's Book of Life. The Book of Life is the genealogy of the first Adam. Adam was the beginning of human life, God's first son. Jesus died to redeem this man, and when He did, all of Adam's race were potentially redeemed, because all of Adam's seed were in Adam at the beginning, so was Eve (I John 2:1). But as God is no respecter of persons, Adam's children were all placed on the same basis of free moral agency like Adam, to choose obedience and the Tree of Life, or disobedience and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, resulting in death.
Therefore names can be removed from this Book. Indeed the majority of Adam's race will be removed from this Book which was written in the foreknowledge of God before there was a world. Once a name has been removed from this Book it cannot be returned. It's transferred to the books of the sinners, who will be separated to Jesus' left, and cast into the Lake of Fire.
As the Book of Life is Adam, the Lamb's Book of Life is a section in that Book representing Jesus Christ and His Offspring otherwise known as the elect of God. Adam and those of his race accounted in Christ of Calvary are the elect of God. They can never come to the judgment again, because they were justified in Him when He raised from the dead. No names can ever be removed from this book. These are a part of the Logos or Word -- and eternal Life.
We who are the end-time Bride, that will not see death in the flesh like the Church age saints, need to recognize our position in the Body and grasp the reality that we are the Word, and that if we abide in It, the "third pull" will operate - and whatever we ask for will come to pass, for we are only asking for what we are. We are only asking for God's will, the Word or the mind of Christ, to come to pass for His glory.
From the foregoing we see that some of Adam's race were foreknown as written epistles of the Word for their day, and placed in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world. Others did not reach the mark of God's high calling for one reason or another and were not born-again, but remained under the blood poured out on the sacrifice altar, or on the Book of Life, and will be granted in to eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment. Whilst a third and far more numerous group will have their names removed from the records of Life, and be lost.
Cain and his race are unrelated to Adam, and their names have never and will never be written on the Books. Jesus said those whose names were not written in the Book of Life will worship the beast (Revelation 13:8; 17:8). "I am come in My Father's Name, and you receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive" (John 5:43). Pharaoh is among this serpent's seed group whose names were never on the Book of Life (Romans 9:17-22; Job 21:30; Proverbs 16:4).
The serpent seed were necessary in the plan of God to test His attributes in His children. God being a Savior, it was necessary that He predestinate a man who would require salvation in order to give Himself reason and purpose of being.
God's law of reproduction states that the Word can only reproduce what was spoken. Genesis 1:11, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so".
The serpent was Word, and will be with us throughout eternity in his present form. But the hybrid of his original man-like form now comprising the majority of the human (but not Adamic) race, has no relationship to Adam, and not being in the Book of Life is without a Redeemer. It is an hybrid, and was never Word, never being one of God's creative thoughts. Like the mule, it cannot be redeemed and is "cherem", or devoted to destruction.
Revelation 22:18-19, "For I testify unto every man that hears the Words of the prophecy of this Book, If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this Book: And if any man shall take away from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this Book".
This speaks specifically of the revelation of the Seven Seals that was revealed through the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6. His Message was Christ, the fullness of the Word Paul calls "that which is perfect". The revelation of the Seven Seals brought Christ back to earth in WORD form. If we add to the Message of William Branham, the prophet, which is the "sayings" or "words" of the prophecy of the Book of Revelation (Revelation 22:10), we make the Logos what It isn't. And because the elect cannot be deceived on the revealed Word of God, these non-elect will go into the tribulation. If we take from the Logos, we diminish Christ which is blasphemy, and to have our names removed from the Book of Life.
Romans 12:1-3, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith".
There's a wise note of caution from Paul. We are to bring our mind or spirit under submission to our Word-quickened soul and our body will come under subjection that our lives become written epistles read and known of all men. Transformed by the renewing of our mind, into the image God foresaw in His mind.
If you've been following these teachings, you will know that these things first came to pass in God's great thinking by foreknowledge before the foundation of the world. Sin originated in heaven when God foresaw Lucifer, the son of the morning, exalt his beauty and wisdom above Michael.
He thought God dwelt in senses: beauty, the lust of the eye and of the flesh; and in wisdom or the pride of life, rather than a clear revelation of His Word. The battle began on earth and in us when Satan chose to pervert God's creation for his own glory. And the battleground is the human mind, because decisions are made in the mind and the battle's been raging ever since (Greatest Battle Ever Fought, 13:1, 5).
So the Book of Life was written in God's thinking before the foundation of the world. No names can be added to It, because His foreknowledge is omniscient and changes not. But by foreknowledge He knew some, most names, would be removed.
"It is not the person (or soul) that comes predestinated eternally from God, IT IS THE WORD, OR SEED. (And by foreknowledge, God knew which soul would receive and become written epistles of the Word for their day). That's it. Way back there, too far back for the human mind to grasp, the Eternal God with eternal thoughts, thought and decreed, "JACOB HAVE I LOVED, BUT ESAU HAVE I HATED, (Romans 9:13) AND NEITHER WAS BORN, AND NEITHER HAD DONE GOOD OR EVIL."
See, it was the THOUGHT, and then that thought became expressed, and God bought back Jacob, because Jacob alone was SEED. Jacob, alone had the seed (or revealed Word); that is why he had respect to the birthright and covenant of God. If you are true seed, you will hear that Word; the Spirit will baptize you into the body of Christ, filling you and empowering you, and you will receive the Word for your day and age. See how clear the true evidence becomes when the Word is revealed to you? Again, note, Jesus was the Royal Seed. He lived in a human body. When the Spirit called to Him (the Word-Manifested Thought), He went to Jordan and was there baptized in water. Upon obeying the Word, the Holy Spirit came upon Him and the voice said, "This is My beloved Son, hear ye Him." The voice did not say, "This has become My Son," Jesus WAS the Son. The Holy Ghost positioned Him as that Son before them all. Then having been filled thus (and the same pattern holds at Pentecost and ever after), He went in demonstrated power, receiving the full revelation of God and from God, for that day (Church Ages, 154:3).
The true evidence of being baptized with the Holy Ghost is for the believer to receive the Word (or seed) for the age in which he lives. And to identify so closely with that part of the Word that he and that Word become One. Amen! An epistle written by his own life, read and known of all men. That's the Token on display.
"From BEFORE the foundation of the earth the purpose of God was to share His Eternal Life with man. Ephesians 1:4-11, "According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved. In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; Wherein He has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him: In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who works all things after the counsel of His own will."
Revelation 13:8, "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (Satan) whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
But that Life could not, and would not, be shared in any other way than through the way of "God manifest in the flesh." This was a part of His eternal and predestinated purpose. This plan was to be to the praise of the glory of His grace. It was the plan of Redemption. It was the plan of Salvation. Now listen closely. "God being a Savior, it was necessary that He predestinate a man who would require salvation in order to give Himself reason and purpose of being." That is one hundred percent correct and multitudes of Scripture bear it out as does the very pointed verse of Romans 11:36, "For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are ALL THINGS: to Whom be GLORY for ever. Amen." Man could not directly come and partake of that Tree of Life in the midst of the garden. That Eternal Life of the Tree had to become flesh first" (Church Ages, 102:2).
God's hidden mystery and purpose was to gather glory to Himself by displaying and proving His attributes in His family. Hence we have the adoption or placing of those who prove themselves worthy to be called Sons. Galatians 4:6-7, "And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ". By having preeminence in us He reflects His glory through us in perfection which is why He chastens us.
Manifested sons are "junior gods". Jesus said, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, Ye are gods'? If he called them gods, unto whom the Word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:34-35). If the Word's coming to you? Then you're a son of God. Then by God's Law of reproduction (Genesis 1:11), you've got to be a little "god". Sure, you're a flash of Fire off the Logos.
"God made his angels ministering spirits, and His ministers a flame of Fire" (Hebrews 1:7, 14). What is the Holy Spirit in you? It's your angel, the reality of His foreknowledge of your glorified form already seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, inspiring or ministering to your soul? Of course it is.
Hebrews 2:1-18, "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the truths we have heard, lest we should let them escape. For if the Word spoken by angels (the Old Testament prophets) was always vindicated, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty; How shall we escape, if we are indifferent to this great salvation; first announced by the Lord Jesus Himself, and confirmed to us by the angels (or witnesses) who heard Him speak? (See Luke 1:2; Acts 1:21-22; 2:22).
Besides these evidences, God also bore witness with signs and wonders and with various miracles, imparting the gifts of the Holy Ghost to believers, according to his own will?
And the future world of which we speak won't be controlled by angels. But one angel, the prophet David (Psalm 8:4-8), said in a certain place, "What is man, that You are mindful of him? or the son of man, that You visit Him? You've made us marginally lower than God and the angels, You crowned us with glory and honour, and set us over the works of Your hands: You have put all things in subjection under our feet". (Multiply and fill the earth, subdue it and have dominion over it - Genesis 1:28).
In that He put all in subjection under man, He left nothing that is not put under us. But for the present we see all things aren't yet put under us. (Because Christ's brethren have to overcome like their Forerunner, and death will reign till the restoration of all things. When God's elect 144,000 Israelites make an end of sins in Daniel's Seventieth Week, and death is cast into the Lake of Fire at the White Throne Judgment, all things will be under our feet. And we'll be under God - I Corinthians 15:23-28; Acts 3:19-23).
But we now see Jesus, the first adopted or placed Son, Who was humiliated by His own people and made a little lower than the angels (or junior gods - "elohim") to suffer a sinner's death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it was fitting to the Divine nature that God, Who made everything for His Own glory, in bringing many sons unto glory, should make the Forerunner of their salvation mature in the human experience (to fit Him for His office as High Priest) through sufferings.
For both Christ Who makes men holy, and they who are born-again, now have the same Father: which is why He is not ashamed to call us brothers, saying, "I will talk to My brothers about God My Father, and together we will worship Him" (Psalm 22:22).
And again, "I will put my trust in Him" (Psalm 18:2). And again, "Behold Me, and the children which God has given Me (Isaiah 8:18).
And since God's children are human beings made of flesh and blood, He likewise partook of the same nature, that as a mortal man, and by His death and resurrection, He might break the power of Satan who had the power of death; And deliver and set free all who through fear of death were throughout life subject to bondage. For as we all know, Christ did not take the immortal nature of angels (theophany): but came in the flesh form of the seed of Abraham.
And it was essential for Jesus to be like His brethren in every respect, in order that He could be a High Priest sympathetic to us and yet faithful to God in dealing with the sins of His people.
For since He Himself has suffered, being tempted in His humanity, he is wonderfully able to help us" (Hebrews 2:1-18).
The Holy Spirit in you is your angel, a Messenger from the Lord with a Message for your soul, which is the feminine of God. Your angel is your ministering Spirit, your lick from the Logos or Pillar of Fire (as manifest visibly over each of the elect in the upper room on the day of Pentecost). It is your Part of the Word, your representation of predestination, your Husband-part -- Christ in you. When you are born-again you have been re-united to God through Christ. You've heard from your theophany.
In the end-time, manifested sons or "junior gods" will put sin out of their minds by coming under preeminence to God and His Word. Giving to Him preeminence by the transformation and surrendering of the "battleground" between our ears, we'll have faith for rapturing grace to speak the Word. And what we say, God will do in the manifestation of the Sons of God.
When the Voice of the Archangel and Captain of our salvation is in control of us so that we speak only what we hear from the Son, and do only what He's revealed to us by inspiration, dream or vision, then we're mature and in condition for the manifestation of the Sons of God. When the Trump of God shall sound, Satan will be cast down to earth, Los Angeles will sink beneath the Pacific, and there'll never be another Gentile saved. We look forward to that time and to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the Sky.
Redemption Revealed Part 5
We'll commence by turning to the Scripture in John 17 where Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane immediately before His arrest. In His prayer He rejoices that an election has recognized the Word. These disciples are the vindication of His Message thus far. He prays for them and for all future elect who will believe on Him through their Word. Jesus doesn't pray for the world, not even for the "saved". Only for God's elect.
John 17:5-6, 24, "And now, Father, reveal My glory as I stand in Your Presence, the glory we shared before the world existed. I've manifested Your Attributes to those You gave Me out of the world: they were (foreknown as) Yours from eternity, and You gave them Me (by their faith in Your Message); and they've kept Your Word".
Jesus goes on to describe how those who were His sheep identified with His Message, becoming one with Him in the faith as He and the Father were one in faith. And how it was really a reunion of God's Attributes foreknown from the foundation of the world, recognizing their place in the Word, and being redeemed.
"Father, I desire that these whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am; so that they may behold My glory. You gave Me the glory because You loved Me before the foundation of the world".
They are the glory of Christ as a Christian wife is the glory of her husband. They'd certainly be with Jesus where He was going, as would you, and me and all of God's elect. Jesus was about to be arrested, found faultless, unjustly convicted and condemned to death on Calvary's cruel cross. As Jesus was the Logos manifest in virgin-born flesh, in Whom dwelt the fullness of God's Attributes, portion of which would dwell in you and I and all of His elect, when Jesus was betrayed by Judas and arrested, you and I and all God's elect who would be the portion of God's Word manifested for our day were accounted arrested in Jesus. We were unjustly condemned in Jesus, crucified, died and resurrected in Jesus. Even now we're accounted as seated in heavenly places in Him.
He said, "My sheep receive My word. They hear My Voice". Therefore Paul commanded us, "Avoid unanswerable questions, and genealogies, and arguments about the Law (like sabbath-keeping, etc,) which are unprofitable. A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself" (Titus 3:9-11).
If they can't receive the faith or understanding after two admonitions, you know the election's off because Jesus stated emphatically, "My sheep receive My Word. A stranger they will NOT follow".
Brother Branham said, "If someone can't receive the revelation of the true Oneness of the Godhead, Scriptural water baptism and the original sin (or serpent's seed), just walk away from them. You know the election is off". In other words, they can NEVER be born-again. Saved, quite likely! But not born-again.
Job 38:4-7, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me if you have so much understanding. How were its dimensions determined, and Who did the surveying? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and ALL the sons of God shouted for joy?"
We're not creatures of time. Jesus is one of the sons who rejoiced with us "before the foundation of the world". "All the Father has given Me will come to Me". The others can't. Yes, we all shouted for Joy in the foreknowledge of God, when we caught the revelation of our place in the Word. That was our new birth.
Job is speaking of the angels or ministering spirits, God's first creations. What was it? God's foreknowledge of Adam and His race. They worshipped Him, and that made Him God. The elect angels who would not fall worshiped Him in Spirit and in truth. The others would be deceived. The word "god" means "an object of worship". Before He made the angels, He was just the eternal or Holy Spirit. And He was alone.
Here in God's omniscient mind the Lamb's Book of Life was written. God predestinated a portion of Word to each Age. And this mystery has been unfolding since the Fall in the garden of Eden. In each Age, the saints understood and became written epistles of the mystery for their day. Their faith proved them as God's Attributes that were always a part of the Logos and the redemption. Eternal Life is without beginning of time or end of days. You always were eternal or you never will be. Praise God! We were always a part of Him or we will never be in union with Him. That should give you confidence that you're without condemnation, and in the rapture.
We hear our name called from the Book when we recognize our part of the Word. The only way one could ever be born-again or baptized into the Body was to recognize their day and its Message. We can't be born-again in this day by recognizing Luther's Message. That part of the Body was fulfilled by Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian and Congregational saints. Martin Luther was the "angel" to this Sardis Church Age that was made-up by 1750 when the Philadelphian Age commenced. John Wesley was the angel or Messenger to this Age and his Message is impersonated today by the Baptists, Methodists, Nazarene, Brethren and Pilgrim Holiness denominations.
God added another line, another precept, a closer walk by further revelation of the Word when He added sanctification or Scriptural holiness of Wesley's Message to Luther's Message of Justification by grace through faith. Luther's Message of Justification gave the new birth to the saints of his Age but It was insufficient to give Life to the saints of the Philadelphian Age.
The Philadelphian Age ended in 1906 when the Pentecostal revival or Laodicean Age began. The angel or Messenger to Laodicea was the prophet William Branham. The saints of that Age recognized their day and its Message that restored belief in the Supernatural gifts (Hebrews 13:8). Laodicea was the Seventh and last Church Age. It closed in 1963, when Christ fulfilled Revelation 4, 5, and 10:1-6, by claiming the Book of Life, tearing open the Seven Seals, and revealing their mystery through the prophet of Revelation 10:7 the late William Branham.
The revelation of the Seven Seals through Brother Branham in 1963 brought Christ back to earth in WORD Form. (I'm off my subject but this was His "parousia" Coming. I suggest if you do a little word study in your Bible lexicon and concordance, you will discover the Greek word used in the Gospels and Epistles to describe Christ's Coming is "parousia", and that means we are NOT to look for Jesus the Man. Jesus said in Matthew 24 we are not to believe anyone who says that the glorified Man has returned, for today's Coming is universal, like lightning, and no man can appear universally. This Coming is not a Man but the fullness of the Word).
So we must recognize OUR day and ITS Message if we're to be a part of the Body of Christ. We can only be written epistles of the Word for OUR day. All Seven Church Ages are over. The denominations are impersonating the successive progressive stages in the reformation of the Roman Catholic system of worship today, as Jews (so-called) have been impersonating the dispensation of Moses' Law.
Paul said, "If an angel from heaven preach any other gospel other than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed". What's he speaking about? Revelation.
Angels are ministering spirits. Here Paul calls this angel a man. If the man is inspired by a right Spirit, his Message will be with God's Word from Genesis to Revelation, proving the Spirit that's ministering to him is of God. What's that Spirit but a revelation? What's the Holy Spirit in you? It's your angel, It's your part of the Logos coming into you, bring your body subject to God's Word for THIS day. Saying "Amen!" to every Word of God's Bible.
If you use a Scofield Bible, and I don't, he has some good notes on angels. You'll find they are seldom Supernatural beings, they don't have wings and are never feminine. The Greek Word "aggelos" (or angelos) means a messenger. Anyone with a message is an angel.
Paul said "Satan himself is transformed into an angel of Light" (II Corinthians 11:14). That's a minister of the Gospel. And I'm persuaded that many ministers of the Gospel are presenting a false light or supposed revelation, and thereby "accursed" as Paul said.
That's why we're taught to "receive the Word with all readiness of mind, then search the Scripture, whether those things are so" (Acts 17:11; Romans 3:4; I Thessalonians 5:21). You'd better prove all I preach or write, and obey what God's Word says do. You make certain you're children of God's Word, because my words will fail.
The seven angels of Revelation 2-3 who unfolded the revelation for the saints in each of the Seven Church Ages were men. Their names were Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Martin Luther, John Wesley, and William Branham. The angel to whom Jesus revealed the mystery of the Book of Revelation was the angel to the Seventh Church Age, William Branham. We know this to be so because the Book was sealed from the foundation of the world until Jesus Christ opened and revealed its contents after the close of the Laodicean Church Age.
If we trace this angel of Revelation 1:1 right through the Book of Revelation we'll see he was the prophet-messenger to the Seventh Church Age who refused to be worshipped (Revelation 22:6-9). The epistles of Peter and Jude speak of the angels who kept not their first estate in the Word and will face the judgment. These too are men - the non-elect, who must face the judgment. When we spoke on Hebrews one and two, we found that those "angels" were David and the Old Testament prophets.
I've spoken about the cherubim, seraphim and Supernatural angels in previous Messages. I think we spoke about them in the series on Ezekiel. I understand most of these things are symbols and believe such as the horses and chariots of Fire around Elisha and Gehazi were also symbols manifesting God's Presence and His omnipotence as a consolation to His elect.
Those who don't hear the Master's Voice are NOT His sheep. They're following a ministering spirit God fore knew would become a fallen angel. What is an angel? It's a ministering spirit. It's message is either a revelation from God or it's the seed of discrepancy. This brings us to hybreeding or serpent's seed.
In the natural, the serpent's seed is Cain and his descendants who spring from a union of the Devil-incarnate serpent that was a man-like creature before God changed every bone in his body, and Eve. God's Word is Spirit and Life. The serpent was a manifested Word of God. Eve was a continuation of the manifested Word as she was taken out of Adam. But her bastard son, Cain, was the hybrid of a human being, Eve, and an animal called the serpent. Not a Word.
A word is a thought when it's expressed. Cain was NOT Word, never in God's creative thinking. Therefore he was not Spirit and he was not Life. Cain and his offspring can not be redeemed. Now I want you to think on that, because it means that most of earth's human population is non-redeemable. Yes, the serpent's seed is human, because it has a soul (Genesis 1:11). But it is not God's creation and therefore cannot be redeemed. The word "redeem" means to "buy back" or "recover what was lost". The serpent's seed was never in God's creation. Neither were the "Apostle's Creed" so-called, the catechism, Trinities, or water baptism in three Titles.
The natural types the Spiritual. Spiritual serpent's seed are what Paul calls the "children of disobedience". Their natural pedigree is perfect. So was Judas Iscariot's. It runs right back through Noah to Adam and to God. But as the serpent beguiled and seduced Eve, their minds have been deceived by man-made reasoning added to God's Word. They've listened to a fallen angel and become a false prophet of his message.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 that it is impossible for the elect to be deceived on the revealed Word of God. I went to church schools and to Sunday school, but for thirty-three years I was deceived on the Word of God because I'd never heard the truth. Once the faith was revealed to me, I quickly rejected denominational part-Word. Those who truly are "His sheep" can't fail to recognize the call of the Chief Shepherd. Once born-again, they can't commit sin, or disbelieve the revealed Word (I John 1:9; 5:18).
The spoken Word of God is the original Seed (Luke 8:11) so when we hybrid It by adding some carnal reasoning here or doubting It's power and authority there, It's no longer God's Word which is Spirit and Life, it's become DEATH. Jesus said, "You've made the commandment of God of none effect by denominational traditions" (Matthew 15:6; Revelation 22:18-19).
God's Word is THUS SAITH THE LORD. The hiss of the serpent is "so close to the faith it would deceive the very elected if that were possible". But the elect can't receive spiritual serpent seed.
Let's take two examples of spiritual serpent seed or hybreeding of God's unchanging Word. If some one tells you must be baptized under water in "the Name of the Father, and in the Name of the Son and in the Name of the Holy Ghost", that's the hiss of the serpent and you know the man with that message is a false teacher.
Nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever baptized in the name of "Father, Son, Holy Ghost". It's in no history of the early Church. It's a dogma that began with the Catholic church when pagan Rome became Papal Rome. That's when they changed God into a trinity, changed from baptizing to sprinkling and pouring, and changed from the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ to three of His many Titles. Speaking of Luther's Church Age that came out of the Dark Ages of Romanism, Jesus said under the inspiration He gave John on the Isle of Patmos, "You have a Name that you live, but you're dead". "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" is a dying name. We're to do all things giving thanks in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Fortune tellers work and evil spirits travel in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Witches call it the three high names. They kneel before statues in Catholic churches, and cast spells on their neighbors and so forth. The Catholic church burnt them to death, cut out their tongues and burnt out their eyes with red hot pokers. So did the early Anglican church.
Spiritualism works through Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and Roman Catholicism is the highest form of spiritualism. Brother Branham once stood in a meeting where witches were working. He said they threw a table into the air, and it floated around while a guitar played. He said, "That's wrong; it's of the devil". They wanted to put him out. When he said, "You're wrong," the spirit professing to be God, spoke back saying, "This man is an unbeliever."
(I've experienced the same reproach in Charismatic and Pentecostal meetings (so-called). One group even cursed me in tongues).
He said, "I'm an unbeliever of this stuff, because it's not of my Lord. This is witchcraft, It's of the devil. Now I'll try that powerful name that I've been baptized in." He said, "In the name of high heavens tell me the truth"; but It wouldn't even answer him. He said, "In the name of the holy church tell me the truth"; He wouldn't answer. He said, "In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost tell me the truth"; and He wouldn't answer. But when he said, "In the Name of Jesus Christ tell me the truth", the table dropped to the ground.
The Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is LORD JESUS CHRIST, and until you're baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ you are not baptized in the Name (singular) of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost as Jesus commanded. Check your Bible. Compare Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38-39 and Ephesians 4:5.
Father, Son and Holy Ghost are three Offices or dispensation claims of One God Who is One Person according to the First and the Great Commandments (Exodus 20:2-3; Deuteronomy 6:4). There was no Trinity in the days of Moses. There was no Trinity in the days of our Lord Who said, "We Jews know WHAT we worship, for salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22). There was no Trinity in the days of Paul who declared, "After the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets" (Acts 24:14). And there's no Trinity today.
Every pagan nation tribe and tongue has worshiped the same Trinity of gods on this side of the Flood since the Tower of Babel. When Israel adopted Trinitarianism God sent the Assyrians who destroyed the kingdom. When Judah adopted Trinitarianism, Nebuchadnezzar took them captive. Soon He'll send Russia upon the rest of us.
If you study Church history you will discover the Trinity doctrine was introduced into Christendom at the First Nicea Council where the Roman Catholic church was organized. Those Christian ministers who traveled to Nicea departed before the Council sat when they could not persuade Arius and his Unitarians and Athanasius and his Trinitarians to repent and go back to the Word. There were few if any Christian ministers at that Council.
We should read this history as Scripture commands us to "prove all things, hold fast that which is good". Unless we check out these things for ourselves, we're resting our eternal security on the words of some minister like me, or some denominational fairy tale.
God winked at much of this ignorance, and Jesus was a Mediator for the elect so long as the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals. Since Jesus claimed the Book and tore open those Seals, revealing their mystery through His prophet, William Branham, in 1963, Christ is no longer a Mediator. Part-Word and a Mediator was done away when that which is perfect -- the fullness of the Word, returned through the revelation of the Seven Seals (I Corinthians 13:10). Now He's a Judge.
What is Satan's kingdom? Anything contrary to the Word. Eve missed just one Word. One Word contrary to God is the kingdom of Satan. Brethren, we've got to make our election and calling sure, and the only way we can do that is by matching our understanding and our lives with God's unchanging Word. The elect can't be deceived and will always receive correction by God's Word. Those who refuse correction by the Word are not His children. Paul said "If you're without chastisement, whereof all of the elect are partakers, then you're bastards, and not sons of God" (Hebrews 12:8). Spiritually, you're serpent's seed. Your spiritual father is Satan, and not God the Word.
In Deuteronomy 23:2-3 we see, "One born of incest or adultery (ie. a forbidden marriage) shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD (or the election); nor any of his descendants forever. An Ammonite or Moabite shall never enter the congregation of the LORD". The Ben-ammi and Moab were Lot's children by incest with his two daughters. (Although his wife, Ruth, was a Moabitess, the family of Boaz, including his wife, was considered Israelite because according to the Law of the Torah (contrary to the Talmud), the children followed the father not the mother).
Taking this law to Nebuchadnezzar's dream recorded in Daniel two, we find ourselves in the days of the feet of iron mixed with clay, which is Papal Rome. That streak of iron ran down the legs of the Eastern and Western divisions of the Empire to every nation under heaven. But as iron will not mix with clay, Catholicism has not been universally accepted anywhere.
They intermarry to try to break the power of the other religions as the Bible foretold. If you marry a Catholic, you must promise to raise you children in the Catholic religion. Then the sins (or unbelief) of the parents will be visited upon the children (Exodus 20:4-6). They'll be spiritual serpent seed, not in the election.
Isn't Rome called "the great whore"? And her Protestant daughters, "harlots"? Won't the children of the harlot churches be spiritual bastards whose father is not God the Word, but the Devil's creeds and traditions, false baptisms and trinities? Sure! Then they'll not enter the congregation of the Lord (Deuteronomy 23:2-3).
As God raised up Nebuchadnezzar to destroy Israel when they failed to walk with Him, He is now raising up Russia to avenge the saints of the blood shed by the Catholic church. And Protestant churches are returning back into union with Rome to kill all who refuse her false Trinitarian doctrine during the Tribulation (Revelation 13:11-18). It's the mark of the beast, and they'll force it.
The NWO that Communists (Zionists), and the financial oligarchy are trying to stitch together through miscegenation to destroy the white and colored peoples, and their killing of nominal Christians by UN agencies through treaties, wars, famine, AIDS, Legionnaires, Polio and other diseases will not come to pass. The elites among them really are determined to drastically depopulate the world and return it to serfdom. Yes, they believe they are the master race, or chosen people. And yes they were the ones who set-up Nazism and Communism. But Rome will rule this world.
The false church is calling for revival but God promised apostasy. Read II Thessalonians 2, II Timothy 3 and 4 or Revelation 3:14-22. Whenever God has a revival, He separates His people from the mob. For strait is the gate and narrow the way that leads to Life. That sure demonstrates Rome and her (once) Protestant daughters are the broad way that leads to destruction and the Lake of Fire. They're uniting together against the Word. Read Revelation 2:21-24, 19:20 and 20:10 if you would like to discover their destiny. Then read Matthew 25:1-13, I Thessalonians 4:16-5:14 and II Thessalonians 2:1, Revelation 10:1-7 and 18:4, to learn what God has been doing with His true Church.
God visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and Christ magnified the Law. He said, "Moses taught 'You shall not murder', but I say whomsoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgment. You've heard them say of old times, 'You shall not commit adultery', but I say whosoever looks upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery already". If the Protestant churches go along with Roman doctrine and say nothing about it, they're acting just like the mother church and the sins of the mother will be visited upon her Protestant daughters.
The Seed of the righteous has just about run out. Try the Word test. Try speaking with people about these things. Try talking to ministers about going back to the Bible, about the true Oneness of the godhead - not this UPC "Jesus Only" nonsense or the three-in-one god idea of the pagans. Try talking to people about Scriptural water baptism, of miracles and a prophet in our day. They'll tell you that their church doesn't believe in such, so they're bastard children to God. Spiritual serpent's seed.
The seed of the serpent - natural and spiritual - is accumulating faster and faster ready for its annihilation in this atomic age. But just before that, God has set before us an open door. A way of escape. A great Light on His Word.
Come out of Babylon, and be filled with the Spirit!
Redemption Revealed Part 6
I Peter 3:17-20, "It is better to suffer unjustly for doing right, if that should be God's will, than to suffer justly for doing evil. For Christ also once suffered for the sins of all we guilty sinners, although He Himself was innocent of any sin at any time, that he might restore us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened in His soul: (or united with His theophany or angel) in which form He went and preached unto the souls in prison; Which sometime were disobedient (and repented not), when God's patience waited during the building of the ark in which few, that is, eight souls were saved by water".
The souls of the non-elect, having heard and rejected the Message of the hour, in any Age, are removed from the Book of Life. Jesus said, "He who believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18). These departed souls heard and consciously rejected Noah's Message of deliverance. They are now LOST.
We should treat the Words of God and His messengers with reverence because those Words are God in a form we can by faith receive. The only way God can fill us with His Spirit is as we receive His Word by faith (or a clear understanding), and obey what It says do.
That's why we are to "receive the word with all readiness of mind, then search the Scriptures to confirm the preaching" (Acts 17:11). Jesus said, "He who receives a vindicated prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he who receives a righteous man because of righteousness' sake shall receive a righteous man's reward" (Matthew 10:41).
Let's look at Adam's race. Jesus was the second Adam, He was not the second Cain. Cain and his race have no kinsman redeemer. Not being in the first Adam, they are not on the Book of Life. Within Adam's race there are the elect of God, the un-believers who are LOST, plus different groups who are "saved". Now the "saved" are those whose names remain on the Book of Life. But as they are not the elect of God, they can not be born-again.
God foreknew many of the "saved" would never encounter the Word for their day, but live moral lives according to all nature and their society revealed to them. Such are those who are good and kind to the Bride (or elect of God) -- Buddhists, Baptists, stick-worshipers and so-on (Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 1:17-20). The Fifth Seal Jews are in this category, not having encountered the Word for their day. And seeing that the nation of Israel has been blinded so God may turn to the Gentile to call-out a Bride for His Son, all they have is the testimony of Moses' Law under the Old Covenant. Yet those of them who, from the time God turned from Israel at Calvary to the close of the Gentile Dispensation, lay down their lives for their testimony, are "saved" and will be granted in to eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment (Revelation 6:9-11).
A third group among the "saved" are they who refuse to worship the Beast or its image or serve them during the tribulation, and are martyred by the church. This group will include nominal Christians who realize that the Gentile denominations have become anti-Christ as the Jewish denominations became anti-Christ (Revelation 13:8- 18). Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini was very close to the truth when he said America is "the great Satan" (Revelation 13:11-18).
The fourth group of non-elect "saved" are the foolish virgin. They are those who are both justified and sanctified but not born-again because either they never encountered the Word of God's Bible for their day, or if they did, they failed to "prove all things" and receive the true measure of faith that would baptize them into the part of the Body God was fulfilling in their day.
In this day in which we live, all of the foolish virgin have heard the "Shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16, which is the Message of God's prophet RESTORING the apostolic faith, FINISHING the mystery of God and calling His people - both wise and foolish virgin - out of Rome and her (once) Protestant daughter churches into the UNITY of the faith for the MANIFESTATION of the Sons of God, and the great TRANSLATION (Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 10:7; 18:4; Matthew 25:1-13; Ephesians 4:13; Romans 8:19; I Corinthians 13:10).
Today's foolish virgin are sitting under the ministry of the end-time Message, but lack the Oil of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps because their pastor has the "letter" without the "Spirit", and not being in the faith himself, lacks the revelation of the Message to share with his flock. I believe many pastors fit this description, being themselves foolish virgin. Alternatively, the foolish virgin lack the Oil or new birth because they are lackadaisical or dilatory in confirming all things - quite content to rely upon the second-hand religion of what their pastor has said. Now the pastor may be 100% correct and what I am preaching tonight might be 100% correct, but unless you take what we say back to God's Word, how will you know you're not relying upon the words of a man? My words will fail, so will the words of your pastor. Do yourself a favor, and honor God, by proving what we say with His Bible.
Had many of the "saved" people been more diligent in making their calling sure, they would be foreknown as receiving the new birth, and among God's elect. Ministers are just God's messengers, or His angels of Light. Their Message is Spirit in a form you can receive by faith, but It must be received by faith. "A pardon is not a pardon unless It is received as a pardon". This Message is our ticket out of here. It's God's way of escape for His elect. It's so precious It is Life if we can apprehend It by understanding and let It live through us.
Anyone who rejects the Message for their day after two admonitions proves they have no "representation of predestination". And in His mind, God does not see their glorified Form or theophany "seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:26-30; Ephesians 2:6). They're not on the Lamb's Book of Life, not an attribute of God, and their salvation is in dispute until Judgment Day. But so long as their name remains on the Book of Life, they are "saved", and will be granted in to eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment.
Everyone in Adam's race has an angel, but the moment they reject their last opportunity for grace, their name comes off the Book of Life, and becomes a "fallen angel". This happened to Israel when they crucified their Messiah (Revelation 12:4).
Those lost souls are imprisoned and their angel becomes a demon.
When a man dies unconverted, he can't enter his rest in the Presence of God (in the sixth dimension), and he can't return to earth as all the decisions that determine his destiny have already been made. His time is up, so he's in a nightmare condition, like someone awake in his subconscious mind but whose body is asleep so he's physically unable to escape or avoid the horrors of his night mare. Now the dreamer may have the presence of mind to wake up and come out of it by returning to consciousness, but the dead sinner remains in that state until the judgment. His soul is trapped or imprisoned in the fifth dimension.
Jesus described this state in his story of the beggar and the rich man (Luke 16:17-31). Poor Lazarus went to Paradise where he was in company with Abraham and the Old Testament saints awaiting Messiah to die and redeem them. The rich man in the prison house of lost souls, begged Abraham to send poor Lazarus with a little water to moisten his tongue. But the rich man was separated from his angel, unclothed as Paul would say. And without a covering, there was an impassable gulf between them.
Now the natural types the Spiritual, and the soul of man is the feminine of God. The New Testament Church was accounted in Jesus on Calvary and that is why we are without sin and cannot come into condemnation. We have already paid for our sins in Christ. We died in Him and were taken out of His body after He died in the Form of the Holy Spirit (II Corinthians 5), just as Eve was taken from the side of her Adam when God put him to sleep. And as Eve was made up from Adam's rib and the feminine nature of his mortal spirit, the New Testament Church is made up of the Holy Ghost. By the grace of God, It's coming into you now by faith or an understanding of this sermon, bringing you more fully into the image of God, the Word.
We learn from Scripture that a woman serves God as she obeys her husband (Genesis 3:16; Ephesians 5:22; I Peter 3:6). And that as the Head of Christ is God, the Head of the Church is Christ. The elect of God when they're regenerated or born-again is the Church. So the Head or Husband of the elect soul is the Word. And we're to obey every One (I Corinthians 11:3; Matthew 4:4). The Word is the Logos that came out of God and manifest bodily as the virgin-born Jesus Christ to pay the price of our sins on Calvary's Cross.
But the elect were foreknown in Christ when He was crucified in the foreknowledge of God before the foundation of the world. We were in His thinking then. He fore knew the decisions we would make by our own free choice, and saw us redeemed and already glorified in His thinking. That's the image of God He intends us to fulfill and we're going through that process now by faith, laying aside the world and all its transitory charms for the gold of God: character tried in the fiery furnace of afflictions.
Now if we were in God's mind way back then, we are a part of the Logos. Oh, get this! NOT our soul, because there is no such thing as pre-existence of souls. That's Mormon theology and nonsense. It is our angel, the glorified appearance of our fully redeemed and eternal being that God foresaw. Our theophany.
A "theophany" is a visible manifestation of God. What is the true and living Church if It's not God manifest? We're the Body of Christ aren't we? And Christ is God isn't He? As a man and woman joined together in holy wedlock are one flesh, the Church is Word of His Word and Spirit of His Spirit. Our new birth is a Spiritual marriage union between our soul and Christ the anointed Word.
When the New Testament Church was inaugurated in the upper room on the day of Pentecost, the Logos manifest as a Pillar of Fire: not in the form of a dove as when God anointed the temple of Jesus' mortal body, but It was divided and anointed each and every one of the saints. This was the symbol of God taking residence in His new Temple (I Corinthians 6:19).
When we are born-again our soul is redeemed. In other words, it is re-united with our lick of the Pillar of Fire or Logos, our Part of the Word or theophany of God which is our angel, our theophany, the image of our glorified condition that God sees now.
We're not creatures of time. When we're born-again, God does not see us in a pair of greasy overalls, sweating in the plant, or out on the farm! He sees us already glorified. So when we REALLY make contact with God and our soul is married to the Word by the cement of the Spirit through recognizing OUR day and ITS Message, we are one with our theophany. We have made contact with God's grace and foreknowledge of our glorious destiny. Oh, that's the glory Christ shared with us before the foundation of the world.
When we can see this, we know that we're the purchased possession of God. We are a part of eternity and can no more be lost that God can be lost. "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. (That's what the souls in prison are suffering: torment). He that fears is not made perfect (or mature) in love" (I John 4:18). "Let us go on to perfection".
Makes you laugh at the crass young god-forsaking fools who drive around with "no fear" written on their cars. But Christians need have no fear of their destiny. All the Father has by foreknowledge given to Christ will come to Him. There will not be one lost.
So if we are born-again, our soul is married to the anointed Word or Logos of God. Our husband-part is our theophany. Our theophany is a part of the Logos and is our covering or protection. It's our Head that seals us back into the Logos to the day of our physical redemption, or glorification, because what God has joined together can not be separated. We are One.
The non-elect soul can not unite with its angel until the final decision is made at the White Throne Judgment. You'll recall our teaching on "The Ordeal of Jealousy". If a spirit of jealousy caused a man to be suspicious of his wife's fidelity, he could bring her before the Israelitish priest, who, if she did not confess, would submit her to a test, prior to making a final judgment. The outcome determined her guilt or innocence. Were she guilty she would be stoned to death. Were she innocent, she would be reunited with her husband and they would bring forth life.
The antitype of the ordeal of jealousy (Numbers 5) was the Plagues God poured out upon the non-elect Church in six Church Ages -- so far (Revelation 16). Many people believe these plagues are yet future, but have been fulfilled already. Brother Branham called them a "temporary judgment". (He said the Fifth Plague was the Influenza Epidemic that was killing so many in the trenches during WWI, they almost had to stop fighting. And by 1920, over 20 million souls had perished by influenza).
The Sixth Plague is Judaeo-Communism.
The Seventh Plague upon the false church will be a stoning with great hail out of heaven, and after her final judgment, cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 16:21; 19:20; 20:10). Now let's return to our discussion on the soul of the non-elect. Like the unfaithful wife in the Old Testament, they experienced the trial of jealousy in the Plagues. They miss the "rapture" and glorious Millennium, and at the general resurrection, will raise in the bodies in which they sinned for, the White Throne Judgment. Those who are found to be righteous are re-united with their angel and thereby granted into eternal Life. This unfolds a further dimension of the Words of Paul where he says, "The unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband" (I Corinthians 7:14).
The lost, on the other hand, can not be redeemed. "For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. (All were foreknown, but there is no pre-existence of souls. God's foreknowledge is our husband part, or angel - His thoughts are spirit - and its destiny is dependent upon the decisions we will make). Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. (We, our soul, is to be under submission to our ministering spirit or angel so we conform to the image of God which is His Character, the Word). For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head (or under authority) because of the angels.
(Some angels are elect, some are "saved", while others will fall - and we determine their destiny. But that angel is our ministering Spirit, our husband, spiritually speaking. It is to bring us into submission by love). Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord" (I Corinthians 11:9-11; Ezekiel 18:4). It's both soul and angel, or it's neither. It's negative and positive, husband and wife. The natural types the Spiritual.
The token of the Old Covenant was circumcision. But as you can't circumcise a woman, she came under the blood through Marriage, or if she were single, by obedience to her father. You'll remember that the Old Covenant was a natural type of the New. As Israel was separated from fleshly uncleanliness of the heathen, the evidence of being in the New Covenant, or born again, isn't circumcision in the flesh, but Spiritual circumcision in heart and ears. Marriage of our soul with our theophany, the Word, means separation from all unbelief, and It fulfills God's foreknowledge of our glorified condition. It's the fulfillment of His Word for us.
Our angel or theophany is Spirit. It's our Word form Body that covers or clothes us. It's the full armour of God (Ephesians 6:13-17) finally made manifest. The true Church is the blood of Christ by the baptism of the Holy Ghost because the Life is in the blood (Galatians 3:27-29).
God's foreknowledge may be likened to a snapshot of the finished product. It's in his thinking, so It is spirit. In due season and at the instant the spirit of mortal life enters the new-born body, the soul that will take that spirit is created. It begins life's journey and as it grows up and passes the age of accountability it starts to make the decisions that will determine its destiny. Put another way, this soul is the negative exposed to the world and placed in the developing solution of God's Word. And according to the decisions it makes, it will be united with its angel which has the appearance of its form glorified in perfection, or it will be lost, and its fallen angel will be without form, or take on some hideous appearance.
The life you live here is only reflecting what your celestial body is in another dimension.
Oh, this is such a big subject, and I'm trying to be brief. Demons are without form, but they can take form. Totem poles and idols prove this. They have such a gruesome appearance because they are carved in the likeness of the demons that inspired the craftsman.
When the lost die, their "angel" becomes a demon. That's why the world can't become "a better place" so long as there are sinners on earth. In his little big Book, Jude likens the natural and the spiritual serpent's seed when he speaks of Cain the serpent, and Koreh the false teacher, saying their destiny is destruction. "These are spots in your feasts of charity, (or worship services), when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, (unregenerated make-believers without the true Holy Spirit), carried about of winds (doctrines); trees whose fruit withers (you can tell a tree by its fruit), without fruit, twice dead, (natural and spiritual serpent seed) plucked up by the roots".
("Trees" symbolize spiritual principles. John the Baptist "laid the ax to the root of all trees" - Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Essenes and Herodians. So did Brother Branham by Revelation 18:4, indicting Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian Church of England, Adventist, Pentecostal and all denominations). "Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, (stars are people, angels, souls. Cain was called a wanderer or vagabond because he had no inheritance in the earth, not being a son of Adam. And spiritual serpent's seed have no inheritance in heaven, not being in the Word), to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever" (Jude 12-13).
Like a wayward husband, the fallen spirit or angel becomes a demon upon the death of the lost. And not having any body in which to clothe himself or manifest, he becomes a free agent of mischief or evil, a parasite on others. "God's Word is Spirit, and It is Life" but these fallen angels are a perverted life and are helpless until they can find someone who will allow them to live in their bodies.
They enter people and manifest in the spiritual realm as insanity, pride, lust, emulations, strife, envy, etc., People invite them into their soul through unbelief in God's Word. Expressed another way, people invite demons into their soul by rejecting God's Word, which is their angel, their part of the Pillar of Fire, their protection and covering, which is eternal Life. Jesus cast seven of them out of Mary Magdelane (Luke 8:2).
I hope I'm making myself understood. In the spiritual realm they enter the soul and manifest by tormenting that soul, reacting through the body in the physical world to the distress of everyone - from family and friends to police - who come in contact with its anger, dishonesty, deceit, laziness, covetousness, argumentative nature, epilepsy, etc., as the case may be. Like idolatry or false worship, it's really spiritual fornication with the foreign nature of a spirit or demon husband-part. That's why idolatry or false worship by those calling themselves Christians (or indeed anyone), is spiritual fornication, because it is an illegal union with a fallen angel that is not your Head.
In the physical realm, they enter people, even genuine Christians, because their body is not yet redeemed. Only their soul. They no longer have a body of their own so they have no certain form. But they are a life and they must have a body in order to express that life. In the physical realm this fallen angel or perverted life enters your body as a disease, gaining entry as in the spiritual realm, through something that is undefended, like a bruise, cut or fracture. This foreign life then begins to manifest as a parasite in your body, feeding from your blood and deforming your cells as tumors or scales, or living from the mucus of your eye and growing cataracts. Once the demon establishes himself in your body, he begins to grow, multiplying cells and building a body just as like foetus grows in a woman who is to become mother. Cell, upon cell, upon cell, but without form.
But that demon has to submit to the Authority of God's Word. When it's enforced by faith in the believer he will recognize It. It's not how loud you shout at him or how excited you become. In Acts 19 we read of certain make-believers impersonating Paul's ministry. But the demons weren't fooled, and made the possessed man overpower and strip them naked.
Some churches in which I minister overseas are frequently visited by demon-possessed people seeking deliverance from evil spirits. And I don't understand why, but the ministers shout at the spirits and become rather melodramatic. That doesn't work. What works is a consecrated life and the Authority of God's Word (Matthew 17:21).
Because medical science has generally abandoned faith, they don't realize that in order to heal a patient with a cancer or growth, they must first cast out or exorcise the life in the growth. Then its body (or deformed cells) will die and the human body will pass or discard the dead cells, replacing them with new healthy flesh.
But no, they apply radiation, chemistry and the scalpel to destroy the body or cut out the sick part. If they are lucky, the demon leaves because it can no longer live in those dead cells, or he's taken out with the incised cells.
The patient now has a permanent deformity through the removal of a breast, muscle or limb. All because most doctors don't have faith nowadays. They operate upon what they can see or feel, ignoring the supernatural realm. Faith would have cast out those demons of TB, cancer, or whatever they were, then applied some naturopathic treatment of herbs, etc., and correct diet to aid the patient's physical recovery.
Whatever the situation, God has the answer in His Word. If only we endure until we can find and apply It by faith in our lives. The atonement brought deliverance and forgiveness of sins or Spiritual healing, but also physical healing.
God bless you all. We'll continue this subject next time as we continue studying Redemption Revealed.
Redemption Revealed Part 7
Sin is one thing and one thing only, unbelief in the revealed Word of God. There is no forgiveness for rejecting the grace of God. We read in Titus 3:10-11, "A man who is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that heretics are subverted, in sin and self-condemned". (Also see Matthew 18:10-20).
Sin brought death, and sin is the substance of death. Sin is unbelief in the revealed Word of God (or faith). If God's Word is Spirit and eternal Life, Its rejection must produce death. First comes the sin. The wages of sin follow after.
Sin brought sickness. Without sin there could've been no sickness. Without sin Lucifer wouldn't have become the Devil. And without sin there would be no fallen angels, and no demons. Sickness is of the Devil.
The Bible calls these things "spirits".
Mark 9:14-29, "And when he came to His disciples, He saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. When the people saw Him they were awestruck, and running to Him saluted Him. And He asked the scribes, "What's this argument about?"
And one of the crowd answered and said, Master, "I have brought You my son, who has a dumb spirit; And whenever it takes control, it tears him, making him foam at the mouth, grind his teeth, and fall in a stupor: and I begged Your disciples to cast him out; and they could not".
Jesus answered, and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him to Me".
So they brought the boy to Him: when the spirit saw Jesus, it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground, rolling about and foaming at the mouth.
And he asked his father, "How long has he been this way?" And the father replied, "Since he was a little boy. It has thrown him both into the fire, and into water, intending to kill him: but if You can do any thing, please show compassion and help us".
Jesus said to him, "It's not if I can, but if YOU can believe, all things are possible to he who believes".
And the father cried out with tears, saying, "Lord, I believe; add to my faith".
When Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you, come out of him, and never go into him again".
Then the spirit screamed terribly and convulsed the boy again, and left him: and he lay as still as a corpse, so the crowd murmured,
"He is dead".
But Jesus took him by the hand, and helped him to his feet, and he arose. Afterwards, when Jesus was alone in the house with His disciples, they asked Him, "Why couldn't we cast it out"?
And he replied, "This kind can't driven out by anything but prayer and fasting"."
What Jesus was saying is that the disciples were not sufficiently consecrated for this task. Notice, when commanded by the authority of faith in God's Word, (Jesus told the father, "all things are possible if YOU have faith"), the demon had to obey. The boy could have no faith in his condition, so the Lord Jesus had to get the father into a condition of faith in behalf of the lad.
Let's not think we are going to fool spirits. They know if you're a make-believer. That's why Jesus told His disciples they couldn't cast out this type of demon because they weren't fully sanctified. Not as detached from worldly things as they should have been, and as Satan is the god of this world, were in no position to exercise the authority of the Word over his demons.
Can you see that? Notice that this was a spirit that manifested in deafness and dumbness. Jesus called it an "unclean" spirit.
Mark 1:23-27, "And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and the spirit cried out, Saying, "Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know Who you are, the Holy One of God".
Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Hold your peace, and come out of him". And the unclean spirit threw him into convulsions, and screaming with a loud voice, came out of him'. And they were all amazed, and began discussing what had happened, saying, "What's this? What new doctrine is this? With authority He gives orders and even unclean spirits obey Him"!"
Jesus called them "unclean" spirits. Anything that is ceremonially unclean could not come into the Presence of God. (Clearly physical healing in response to faith is also forgiveness). The account of legion in Mark 5:1-8 follows the same pattern. Jesus squarely told the spirit it was unclean, and could not exercise authority over it unless He Himself was clean or "sanctified".
Each of the three examples demonstrates, that once the evil spirit had departed, the patient was perfectly sound. This establishes quite clearly that modern medical science is many times not about curing the ailment so much as suppressing the symptoms. But what are symptoms of blood pressure, fever, aches, dizziness, etc., but nature's way of warning that something is out of balance.
The doctor can't "see" the spirits. He can only feel a growth or lump, take your pulse or temperature, inspect a wound, test your reflexes - your physical or mental faculties. But he doesn't know why the limbs or organs of a healthy-looking individual ceased to function - as if the nerves were dead.
Spirits can't be seen. Before the doctor can cure, he must find the cause. And disease is often spirit. Disease germs are a manifestation of life, and all life is spirit.
A sperm is life. We start from a germ. According to the dictionary a "germ" is "the portion of an organism capable of becoming a new organism. The rudiment of an animal or plant". So it can reproduce or multiply cells in which to live. As spirits don't have bodies they set up house in an injured body, perverting its cells to form a tumor, cancer or some other growth.
We began life as a germ that fertilized our mother's ovum and took human form according to God's law of reproduction (Genesis 1:11). Our form was foreknown of God as revealed in Genesis 1:27-28.
Disease, cancer, tumors, rashes and growths have no form because God didn't create any such bodies, and they manifest the life of a spirit that has no form. It's disembodied, as its material form is in the grave and its soul imprisoned awaiting the judgment. It may be imitated by a craftsman inspired by that spirit to fashion an idol or totem in its likeness. That inspiration does not come from God.
Where did the life of that disease or growth come from? It's not your life, it's a parasite living in and on your life. His job is to take your life. Death is his master.
Tumor, cataract and other diseases began as a germ just like you did. Before there can be a body, there has to be a life from which to form more cells. The demons don't have a body of their own and nothing can have life without a spirit. That cancer or growth is a body perverted from the cells of your body, but with its own life.
The demon attaches his life to a damaged cell and begins to multiply cells. Deformed, perverted cells. He's building a body just like babies begin in the womb of a mother. Cell on top of cell, but they develop no particular form - just multiply cells at random.
God never "spoke" them any form, and they can't even hybrid an independent body, but remain parasitic, living in and feeding from your body.
All sickness comes from Satan. But God may permit him to put sickness upon you as chastisement. King Hezekiah had septicaemia (blood poisoning) from a boil, and God said, "Prepare to die". Now where did that sickness come from?
God may permit Satan to put sickness upon a man for testing like He did to Job. God declared Job to be a clean man, undefiled by the world because of his faith. Upright, godfearing, perfect, hating evil. And Satan said, "Job's only like this because You've given him special protection and abundant blessings". In other words, it's not Job's faith, but the special privileges he enjoys. "Take away his material blessings, and he'll curse you to your face".
So God said, "OK Satan, the bet's on! Do whatever you choose to the things that are Job's. But don't harm his person". Satan took the lives of his children, destroyed his cattle and possessions as well as his social standing. Poor Job's sitting by the fire all covered with boils, scratching between them with a piece of broken crockery, rejected by his wife who tells him to curse God and die.
Now where did the life in those boils come from?
Some spirits (demons) enter your body as physical disease, feeding on your healthy tissue. Others enter your soul and torment your spirit, perhaps endangering the body through epileptic fits.
God is the only Healer. Not medicines, doctors, drugs or therapy. These can only aid the healing process. Or hinder it.
Modern medicine excises the physical cells. The Lord excises the foreign life from those cells. This is why a patient becomes sick after Divine healing: the spirit or life from the growth is gone. The growth is dead, but it is still inside or attached to the body and the blood stream must purge away the toxins from that rotting flesh. It's like the municipal sewer only its your body that must be cleansed.
The doctor on the other hand, by his God-given skill will have cut out the growth, and with good luck, the life will still in it, and not in you. Do you see what the doctor's trying to do? You can't remove spirits with a scalpel. If only he was a man of faith and instructed in the faith, and could get the patient to have faith, the demon would be cast out, and nature would heal the body.
Let's type this with the natural. Suppose you were run over by a vehicle and killed. Your life would depart - the mortal spirit would break up and your soul would go to its destination, but your body would still be on the roadside. It will be moved away by some authority, or by the slow process of decay. Either way, decay will set in. Now the removal of your dead body from the roadside types what must happen to that dead tumor or growth in your body, once the Word of God and prayer has cast the life out of it. It begins to decay and putrefy, polluting or poisoning your blood which is the only sanctifying stream there is. That's why the patient often develops a fever after Divine healing.
After the Lord has healed a person, their body has to pass the bad cells. That sickness or fever in the next two or three days is the best sign that they have their healing. So rejoice and accept that God has answered your prayer. And while I think of it, a healing is the same as forgiveness of sin. Your slate's clean, so you are under obligation to God to seek the revelation of the true oneness of the godhead, repent and be baptized in water in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of past sins. Just as certain as your faith healed you, your unbelief expressed in disobedience to God's Word will bring it back (Matthew 12:45).
When medical science removes the diseased part of a body, it kills not only the disease but also a part of the patient.
God's worst enemies in Divine healing are "sight" and "time. In other words, the natural experience of our ten senses. We must go beyond our physical senses that contact this world to the mind of Christ, or faith, that reaches within the veil and touches God.
Luke 15:8-10, "What woman having ten pieces of silver and losing one, doesn't light a candle, sweep the house, and seek diligently till she finds it? And when it's found, call her friends and her neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me; for I've found the piece which I had lost'.
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents".
She was becoming desperate. What if her husband returned to find one of her tokens was missing. The tokens represented her virtue. Like this woman, the Church has to restore the missing token lost in the world whilst our Husband was away interceding in behalf of the Church Age saints who had only part-Word. The church sure lost a lot of its virtue in the past 2,000 years. It's possible to have all nine fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance without that tenth token, the Life of Christ. Unless that token is present and on display, there is no reason to believe you are born-again.
God sent the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6, the late William Branham to "restore the heart of the children to the faith of their apostolic fathers" so we'll be ready to meet our Husband in the air. We had better be restoring.
All nine Gifts of the Spirit are in the Church, the Body. They're NOT in each individual (I Corinthians 12:8-10). The inexperienced believer is often looking for physical manifestation, he can "do", like speak in tongues, or see, like miraculous "healing". But the manifestation of the Spirit is to benefit the whole Body. God's no showman. Our comfort is to come from our faith, not psychology and senses. We draw our strength and security from understanding His Word. This is Spiritual communion wherein God is speaking with His elected. Our comfort comes through understanding the things which are to come to pass in our day so we are not anxious for tomorrow.
Symptoms of sickness are lying vanities. You don't have to accept them. Jesus is the high priest of our profession - if we hold it fast (Hebrews 3:1). That is, He intercedes for faith. And like the demons, He knows when you're able to hold the sword of the Word to the throat of the enemy.
Either the symptoms are right, or the promise of God's Word is true. Which do you want to accept?
When people ask a minister or Christian to pray for the healing of their child or some sick person and nothing happens, they say, "I know God wouldn't heal them". But of course He couldn't. God can only honor faith. Their faith energizes His creative Word. Without faith His Word is just the dead letter of language. They must first appropriate faith.
It's the same with the new birth. All that Word you've learnt off by heart will be of none effect without faith. Once you're born-again, all you'll ever need for life's journey is in you. Like the baby in a natural birth, you're complete. You just need to grow.
You've got to have confidence in God to turn it loose and let it go to work, because It is there. Healing's in there: discernment, prophecy, wisdom, love, joy, faith, temperance, patience, eternal Life and a glorified body.
One time a mother noticed her little boy was always trying to chew the pedals off his little dinky. He had a sulfur deficiency. His little body was craving to satisfy that lack. So there had to be a source of sulfur somewhere. And if you're soul or body is calling out for healing, or love, gentleness, goodness, joy, forgiveness, peace or patience, then must be a source somewhere to answer that call.
Jesus is the high priest of our profession: our expectations. He's not the high priest for our doubts. We have to be determined that our prayers are not wants but needs, and under expectation that as we're abiding in the Word, God will honor His Word.
Simeon was a man under expectation. He had a Word of prophecy that he would not die without seeing the Lord's Messiah (Luke 2:25-35).
When a demon recognizes he has to obey you, it's your expectation of God's Word manifested in your life that he honors. Not shouting or melodrama. In Matthew 17:14-20 we have another account of Jesus healing the possessed boy. Jesus told His disciples it was because of their unbelief that they couldn't cast out a demon whose father is the sum of wisdom and sophistry.
Don't think you're going to bluff the Devil. He is the father of deception. The sons of Sceva once tried to bluff an evil spirit by impersonating Christianity, and they fled naked and wounded (Acts 19:13-20). And if we deceive we're subject to the father of it. Our faith has to be the real thing, and living through us.
When Christ cursed the fig tree in Matthew 21, the life went out immediately -- from the roots. And so will life depart from cancers by the authority of His Word. Cancer and disease is an attack from the fourth dimension. The two spirits are there fighting for your soul. And they'll occupy your body, and drive your mind insane.
If we have faith and don't doubt, Jesus will speak through you and through me. We must have mustard seed faith. And that doesn't mean tiny faith. It means pure faith. A mustard seed although small is most notable in that it will not hybreed. It matters not how much faith or understanding we possess. What does matter is its purity.
During the Church Ages when the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals, Christ was a Mediator, interceding for the ignorance or errors of the saints. All they had was part Word so their faith was impure. We now have the fullness of the Word, therefore Christ is no longer a Mediator (I Corinthians 13:10).
Not that any of us has all of the faith, but what faith we possess is the unadulterated mind of God. We are the generation who will not see death. We're the people who will manifest the Sons of God. What we speak at that time, God will do.
Redemption Revealed Part 8
I Corinthians 15:35-58, "Some one will say, 'How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?'
'You fool, whatever you sow is not quickened, unless it dies: And what you sow is not the body that shall be, but bare grain, maybe wheat, or of some other grain: God gives it the body He designed, and to each seed after his own kind.
All flesh isn't the same: but there's one kind for humans, another for beasts, another for fish, and another of birds.
There are celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. The sun's glorious in one way, and the moon's glorious in another way, and the stars in their own distinctive way: for one star differs from another star in glory.
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. The body that's sown is corruptible; but the body that's resurrected is imperishable. It's sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it's sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There's a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
And so it's written, 'The first man Adam became a living soul; the last Adam was made a Life-giving spirit'.
But it's not the spiritual life that came first, but the physical and then the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust: the second man's the Lord from heaven.
We who are made of dust are like Adam: and those who are born of heaven will have a body like Christ's. As we have borne the image of the earthy man, we shall also bear the image of the Man of heaven.
But I tell you this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. The mystery is that we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be transformed to an imperishable body, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall be raised free and immune from decay, and we shall be transformed.
For this corruptible part of us must put on incorruption, and this mortal spirit that is capable of dying must put on immortality. So when this corruptible flesh is glorified, and what was capable of dying has put on immortality, then the Scripture that says, 'Death is swallowed up in victory', shall be fulfilled (Isaiah 25:8).
O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory -- through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, being aware that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
That's what we're looking forward to, a body like Jesus glorious body. God's foreknowledge is the image of the positive or finished product, not yet realized (Hebrews 11:1). It's a substance more real than the material things we contact in the three physical dimensions.
God's word is His will or His plan revealed to all men in nature -- stars, climate, seasons, plant and animal life (Romans 1-2); and through the foolishness of preaching (I Corinthians 1:21). It's the stuff which, when encountered by man, produces Life or DEATH.
God's Word is His will or His plan. A positive. It is Himself. It is Spirit in a form we can receive by faith. It is masculine. God is a man. We know that because when the Word was made flesh It was Jesus of Nazareth.
As our father's sperm is the germ of natural life from which our physical body develops once the ovum is quickened or fertilized, so God's Spirit in Word form, when received by faith, quickens our soul. A negative.
The soul is the feminine of God. As Eve was taken from the side of the first Adam after God put Him to sleep in Eden, so the true Church was taken from the side of Christ when God put Him to sleep on Calvary (II Corinthians 5). That's why the Church is called the Bride of Christ. She is the feminine of God (Ephesians 5:22-33).
As our physical body develops on the vitamins and home up-bringing to reflect the image of the plans of our natural parents, our soul develops on the Spiritual vitamins of God's Word and His discipline, by grace, into His image, which is our theophany, our part of the Logos or Light of the World.
If we fail to conform to His Word-plan, or reject It, our celestial body is not Light, and we may well be the children of darkness (Ephesians 5:1-14; Hebrews 12:3-15; I John 1:5-10).
When our soul (the negative) is quickened, we begin to grow into the positive of our theophany which is our part of the Word, Christ. It is the Word becoming manifest -- His Spiritual image of character and nature -- in the image of glorified natural form.
The baptism with the Holy Ghost is the new birth or Spiritual marriage union between our soul and God's Word. Heaven and earth have embraced each other to produce another brother to Jesus and another child to God.
Our soul is imprisoned in our body which is the material world. Either we take dominion over our flesh and mortal spirit by our Husband the Word, or the world has dominion over us through the ten senses.
During life's journey, the soul is influenced by the Spirit of God or the spirit of Satan through the fourth dimension. The spirit world contacts our soul, and it makes the choices that determine its destiny.
The soul is released from the first three dimensions of this physical world upon the death of the body. If it's not redeemed or reunited with the Logos, it is separated from its angel, and waits in a torment of uncertainty for the final determination at the white throne judgment (I John 4:18).
If on the other hand, it became one with God's Word for its day and Age, it is united with its angel in the sixth dimension.
Death in the flesh marks the end of choice. As death in the body releases the soul, it likewise releases the releases the celestial body from God's foreknowledge into reality or manifestation. Once a person is dead, his choices are made and God's foreknowledge has been fulfilled (Hebrews 9:27). Now the elect and fallen angels come into being.
In the sixth dimension their elect angel or theophany clothes the soul of the saint, for they are one with their soul (Psalms 34:7; I Corinthians 6:17). In the fourth dimension, the celestial body or fallen angel of the lost manifests as a demon, in company with the angels of the non-elect whilst their souls are in prison until the resurrection of their bodies.
The baptism with the Holy Ghost or new birth imparts "Zoe", God's Own Life into the soul of His elect, who begin growing into their Word-image, which is God's foreknowledge of their glorified form, which is their theophany -- not yet manifested. It is not building the theophany (which is their part of the Logos), but changing the soul into the invisible character or image of the Word, which is your theophany or angel. It is God's Word-image of your glorified form.
A theophany is a visible manifestation of God.
When Christians pray, we pray to the Holy Spirit in us. The Angel of God is encamped around about them that fear him, and delivers them (Psalm 34:7). That angel is our ministering Spirit, our part of the Pillar of Fire. It is Christ in us, the hope of glory Who will never leave us nor forsake us. That's your theophany not yet made manifest.
Here's what Brother Branham said in Influence (#21:6, 12:79-85) "These five senses that we live in, that's just a little world of our own. See? ... We were only given these so we could contact our earthly home. But there are senses beyond that, in another dimension.
And God is always present. If we could only remember that. "The Angels of the Lord are encamped about those who fear Him." In this building tonight stands Jesus Christ. In this building tonight is hosts of Angels, thousands of them gathered around. (If there are thousands of Christians in the congregation, there must be thousands of angels). You don't see them, but you can feel the influence of them, telling you that they're here. (Certainly, they are ministering Spirits). If that isn't so, then the Scripture isn't so. And if the Scripture isn't right, then God isn't right. The Bible said, that the Angels of God are encamped; they don't leave; they stay near those that fear Him.
Jesus said, "Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, I'll be in their midst." Then that makes Him in a world that we cannot see, that our five senses doesn't contact. Jesus Christ is here, present. If we could be conscious of that...
And, remember, not only here, but when you're walking down the street, wherever you are, you who profess to be believers and fear the Lord, remember, the Angels of God are moving with you wherever you are. They watch everything you do, every thought that goes through your mind, and they know all about you. Therefore, we must be conscious of that.
If we're not conscious of it, then you act any way. So people, mostly today too many people, are not conscious of the Presence of the Lord Jesus; that's the reason they -- we have these things that we have going on now, that's not right.
If we could only do like David said, "I put the Lord always before me." Oh, I like that. "The Lord's always before me. Where He goes, I'll follow. And I'm conscious that everywhere I'm going," other words, David said, "that the Lord is going before me."
"I will not leave thee nor forsake Thee," said Jesus. "Lo, I'm with you always, even to the end of the world." He cannot leave us. He promised not to.
That's the very objective of these meetings, and that's the objective, my brethren, of holding my ministry out from the denominations, is to try to let the people see that Jesus Christ is still alive, that He's here, to every believer, to every person in the denomination that will believe Him..."
Our celestial body is God's foreknowledge of the LIFE of our soul. It is the record or product of our decisions during life. If we're elect, It's His Word. Otherwise, it may by anti-Word.
Brother Branham said, "Your life speaks so loud, I can't hear your testimony". Also, "they're going to find out someday that they're not seeing a hundred and fifty million years of light space either; they're going right around in a circle. That's exactly.
You're going to find out one of these days that when you go to heaven, you don't fly off somewhere else; you're still right here too, just in another dimension faster then this.
Right through this room's coming color. Every color shirt, dress, whatever you've got on is eternal, laying right on records, going around and around the world. Every time you bat your eyes, it's right on record. Watch, television will prove that.
When you're born, God sets a record on. ... Put a record on, it doesn't make much noise for a little while, you know; that's the little baby till it comes to accountability. Then the noise starts. He starts saying things and doing things he has to answer for. And then when that life ends, that record or tape is took off and laid in the great big library of God... Now, how you going to get around it at the judgment bar? It's played right back in front of you: Every move you made, every thought that went through your mind. (Christ is Revealed in His Own Word 14:63-64).
That record is the angel or celestial body of the non-elect. Not the elected, because we are free from all sin and don't come to the judgment. Together with Jesus, we're the judge and Jury.
"What you are somewhere else is what you reflect here. What you are, what your ... celestial body is somewhere else is what you're reflecting back here. In the spirit land, what you are, is what you are here. If you're still vulgar minded and so forth in the spirit land, you're vulgar minded here. If you still got malice, envy, and strife, you're in the spirit land with that, it reflects back here. But if your whole innermost being has become cleansed and purged, it shows that you've got a body out yonder waiting, that's been cleansed and purged, and it's reacting back in the flesh. Don't you see? See, there it is. "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting" (COD 71:78).
God's foreknowledge or vision of your destiny is but foreknowledge until the record is played out and your earthly body is dead. Then you've made your last choice, and His foreknowledge comes to pass. So it would be a good exercise for us to check our lives in the mirror of God's Word, and if the Token (the Life of Christ) is not on display in our life, make amends whilst we can. The Token on display in us is the evidence of our new birth and our ticket out of these three dimensions.
Brother Branham explained how he was standing on the platform one night before the congregation where the Lord had revealed many things about a man who had returned to his seat. After another man had come forward, God revealed something further to tell the first man. Brother Branham couldn't see him in the congregation, and God revealed by vision through the fourth dimension that he was seated behind a curtain at the back of the stage" (Christ is Revealed in His Own Word, 15:65-66).
We are children of Light or DARKNESS. The theophanies of the elect are angels of Light because they are part of the Logos, and our souls have passed from death to Life (John 5:24; II Corinthians 5:1). That's why our names were placed on the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world. The Lamb's Book of Life is Jesus Christ and His sheep or Spiritual offspring who cannot be deceived on the Word and will not follow a stranger because we're a part of the Word and eternal Life, and can never come to the judgment. Amen! That feels good!
The non-elect of Adam's race were only on the Book of Life, which is the record of his descendants. Most names will come off that book and go to perdition. The Serpent's Seed like Cain and his kin who comprise the majority of the world's population were never on the records of Life and are not redeemable.
Quoting Brother Branham, "You're going to find out one of these days that when you go to heaven, you don't fly off somewhere else; you're still right here too, just in another dimension faster then this. Right through this room's coming color. Every color shirt, dress, whatever you got on is eternal, laying right on records, going around and around the world. Every time you bat your eyes, it's right on record. Watch, television will prove that....
If Einstein had only had the spiritual application, as he had the physical application, as he studied the laws of light and so forth, he could've told us something. When I heard his message on that great center somewhere into the skies, that ever contacted with that center, you could create earths, do anything -- the power would be unlimited. See? He had seen that.
(We who are in Christ have contacted the Spiritual Center that was types by the natural discovered by the great Einstein).
You see these little pockets going through the air they call "saucers," so forth. ... "Hear how these people come up missing?" you say. Don't hear from them; they're standing there, and they're not there. That's the way the rapture's going to be. One of them would drop right down, and this terrestrial body will take on a celestial body. And they'll be hide, hair, or bones left. It'll be transformed in a moment of time, dropping right out of space and taking home that... We see all this going on now, and the Pentagon wondering about these lights, and mystic lights, and everything they're seeing in the sky. You saw they had one here in the paper at Jeffersonville this week and so forth, a mystic light saw. Oh, they don't know what that is. But listen, little children, it's going to pick you up one of these days" (Christ is Revealed in His Own Word, 15:63b&c, 67b-68).
The "record" is God's foreknowledge and your "angel". Your angel is your destiny. That's why Brother Branham said, "Hell is being created right here on earth" (Souls that are in Prison Now 50:370).
Until the Fall, Satan was co-equal with God -- all but a creator or Logos, and Eve was co-equal with Adam -- all but the original Word. After the Fall, Satan was rejected and Eve lost her co-equality. She was no longer on ABSOLUTE free moral agency any longer but subject to man and under the authority of her husband.
Man is now made to rule over the woman by God's Word. Note, he is to rule by God's Word, not treat her like a doormat. God's Word is Love and Love is corrective. She broke the original Word covenant. By not being the original spoken Word of God like Adam her husband woman is made so she can deceive and be deceived.
If you read your Bible carefully, you'll notice that God didn't form Eve until about a hundred years after He'd finished creation. I don't know if I've said this before, but one day Adam came to God and said, "I look over this wonderful creation I've named, and all of Your other creatures have a mate. Yet I'm alone, and I feel lonely. Will You please make a me a mate?"
And God said, "Adam, you don't know what you're asking for. Please don't ask me to make you a mate. You have no idea how much it will cost you".
"Oh, God, I'd love to have a mate. How much will it cost me?"
"Well, Adam, please don't ask me to make you a mate. It'll cost you half a liver, half of your kidneys, half of your heart, one of your lungs, and ..."
Then Adam interjected, "What can I get for a rib". And we know the rest of the story.
God being just could not cause man to fall, and as man was made in the image of God, he couldn't fall. But woman is made in the image of man. She is not original creation but a by-product of Adam who is original creation. So after the Fall, God made another covenant for the woman and she was no longer a ruler with him.
Now let's get back to the spiritual realm. Lucifer was in his celestial body first, but his theophany was made after God in His foreknowledge separated the angels. He is not a part of the Logos or Word.
Like God, Satan is not omnipresent. But unlike God, Satan is not omniscient. So Satan must have a geographic headquarters from which to issue his orders and direct his demons. It is a place called the fourth dimension, and a place in our three dimensions called Vatican City State.
Like God, Satan had a celestial body before he took a flesh body. Unlike God, Satan does not have his own material body, but uses the body of another. Even brute animals.
In the garden of Eden Satan incarnate the body of the Serpent, who was a man-like creature -- great big handsome giant of a chap until God changed every bone in his body. In that form he deceived and seduced Eve to build his kingdom of death and smother-out what was to become Michael's kingdom by miscegenation which would produce a hybrid life that was not a creation of God and not being from the womb of His mind, was not Spirit, and neither was it Life.
Next, he incarnate Judas Iscariot, who is called by Jesus in John 17:12 "the son of Perdition". Very soon, Satan will be cast out from heaven and will incarnate the Pope of Rome who is thereafter called by Jesus "the beast"(Revelation 17:1-13). Paul also calls the last Pope "the Son of Perdition" (II Thessalonians 2:3). And because Satan takes up his body after the close of the Gentile dispensation when redemption is over, he is the son of Perdition.
"Perdition" in the Greek is the equivalent of "Cherem" in Hebrew. And it refers to something or someone that is devoted or dedicated to destruction for the glory of God Whose holiness can't abide the affront of its uncleanliness or any unholiness associated with it.
We look for an eternal City that's not made with hands and that will be the dwelling place of God. It is the elect of all Ages, including the Bride of Jesus Christ, in glorious bodies like His own glorious body.