The Capstone has not yet come
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Many incorrectly claim that the Cloud of 1963 was the return of the Capstone, as if that was the Second Coming of Jesus.
- The great Pyramid is the Gospel written in Granite
- There are two capstones
- We each need a personal Capstone of the Holy Spirit
- The coming Capstone hits the Gentile image in the feet
- The Capstone of the whole church is yet to come
- The Zodiac stars are the Gospel written in the Galaxy
- The Lord as the Capstone of the church has not yet come
- Christ must put a personal Capstone on each one of us
The great Pyramid is the Gospel written in Granite
The Great Pyramid of Gizeh, in Cairo, Egypt, shown in the above photo, has fascinated people for millennia as one of the oldest, biggest, and most structurally advanced buildings ever made. It is a unique pyramid as it is the only pyramid in Egypt that has chambers above ground level. One of these chambers, called the king’s chamber (shown below in red), has an empty coffin. This is an obvious symbol of the resurrection from the dead. A dramatic symbol of Christ’s First Coming.
Then the great pyramid also has NO capstone on its top. Its top is a big flat area. It is as if the pyramid is patiently waiting for its capstone. A pyramid without a capstone just looks incomplete. The pyramid mainly represents the history of the saints from the seven church ages. The missing capstone is a beautiful symbol of the Second Coming of Christ to the waiting church, once the saints of the seven church ages have been resurrected. Thus the pyramid symbolizes the 2000 years of the church ages as all Christians live or have lived between the First and Second Comings of Christ.
The pyramid represents the Gospel written in granite.
Consider a quote from November 1965, which is one of the last sermons that brother Branham preached. This was one month before he died.
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Sometime the Capstone will return,
the head of all of it, and receive the Bride unto Himself; which the woman is took from the man, a part of the man.
So in November 1965, one month before he died, brother Branham was still looking for the Coming of the Capstone, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
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The Lutherans, under justification, the feet, raised it like that; Wesley, under sanctification. The Pentecostals under the arms, the works and deeds and so forth, had to be Calvinists... or had to be Arminian, had to be legalists. But now we come to the head, the capstone.
"Grace! Grace!" the capstone cried.
The headstone crying what? "Grace! Grace!" Passed from death and creed, into a living Word of the living God.
This future Coming of the Capstone is associated with grace. So how can mercy be over in 1963?
ZECHARIAH 4:7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
:9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
The foundation and the finish were done by the same person.
The same must apply to the seven church ages.
The first age laid the apostolic foundation, where the true Word-seed was planted. The last age must have the same beliefs as the first age.
When we agree with the New Testament apostles, then they will have produced not just the foundation of the church but also its finish.
The Harvested seed will look just like the seed that they originally planted.
The seed is only harvested when the end-time seed is identical to the original seed that was sown.
There will not be many believers at the end time. It will be a small group. Rejected and ignored by the churches.
ZECHARIAH 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
Each of the 7 church ages had a messenger who tried to guide his age to the Scriptures, as best he could in his day.
But the end-time small group of believers will understand the seven church ages by being the same as the first group. They will have spiritual eyes to see what each age achieved.
The main insight of the seventh church age will be their realization that they have to be restored back to being exactly the same as the first church age of the apostolic fathers.
This is the great mystery of God.
MATTHEW 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
There are two capstones
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And, watch, as it went forward it grew stronger and stronger. And so has the real, little minority of the Church growed from justification, sanctification, baptism of the Holy Ghost,
and now to the coming Capstone, shaping itself up.
No more organizations after this. There won't be no more. See, can't be, see, we're on the West.
At the end of 1963, Brother Branham was still speaking of the Capstone that was to come.
But confusion arises because there are two capstones.
A Capstone on the church and a Capstone on each individual.
- Christ comes as the great Capstone to end the seventh church age at His Second Coming.
The seven church ages form a great pyramid that has Christ’s Second Coming as its Capstone.
- Then each individual has a personal capstone when the Holy Spirit comes down to seal that
person into the Kingdom of God by the Holy Ghost baptism.
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
And hath raised us up together,
and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Paul said that there were future ages to come.
The seven churches refer to seven local churches at that time, each of which has a characteristic of one of the future ages that the church had to move through. For example, the sixth church of Philadelphia (meaning brotherly love) has an open door, which is a lovely symbol of the great missionary age. That age followed the teachings of John Wesley, which were focused on holiness and outreach, to open the Door of salvation to the heathen in far off countries.
Whenever and where ever they were alive, each believer became a part of God’s great spiritual church.
Being born-again made that person part of a vast “pyramid” that would transcend space and time as each individual became a living stone in God’s New Testament church which is a “spiritual house” that grew up over 2000 years.
I PETER 2:4-5
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
: 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
An interesting footnote from history: David Livingstone was the most famous missionary and explorer who took the Gospel to central Africa to turn the people into "living stones" for God’s kingdom.
We each need a personal Capstone of the Holy Spirit
How does each individual become a living stone?
We need a foundation of faith.
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you,
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove;
and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Then we must add seven essential attributes to this faith.
I PETER 1:5
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity
These qualities, which make up the stature of a perfect man, have to be sealed into the individual by the Holy Ghost baptism.
II CORINTHIANS 1:22
Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed,
ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
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Add grace, add this, add this, there's seven adds, the last one is Christ. Add this to your charity, add grace to your grace, add something else, and something else,
till it gets up to Christ is the Headstone,
"And I am the Door."
We must add seven virtues onto the foundation of our faith.
The seventh virtue that we add is charity or love.e
This love of Christ is what seals our personal pyramid.
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Add grace, add this, add this,
there's seven adds,
the last one is Christ.
Seven things have to be added to our foundation faith.
1962 12 30 IS THIS THE SIGN OF THE END SIR
Time shall be no more. He announces that time is over. What happens? What happens? Could that be so now, brethren? Seriously think.
If it is, then the pyramid is capped by the seven thunders.
(Unquote: the pyramid of the seven church ages that is capped by the mysterious Second Coming. The seven completely unknown thunders hold the mystery of His Coming )
You remember the pyramid message? It's the capstone. What did it do?
The Holy Spirit capped off the individual
and sealed it when we added to our faith, righteousness, and godliness, and faith, and so forth.
We kept adding to it till we got seven things,
seventh one was Love
which is God
(unquote: the seventh attribute is love that was added to the foundation of faith
That's how He makes the individual.
He caps him and seals him with the Holy Spirit.
the capstone that seals an individual’s life with God)
Then if that be so, He's got seven church ages that He's had seven mysteries that's been sounded away and they fought for to bring back, and now the Headstone comes to cap off the church.
the Second Coming at the end of the seventh church age to Cap off the seven church ages)
Does the thunders mean that, my brethren? Sirs, is that where we are at?
And remember this morning's lesson?
These virtues has to be in there before the capstone will even come on it.
Oh, you might shout, you might sing, you might speak with tongues, and dance--that has nothing at all to do with it, until these things Scripturally proven is sealed into you...
The Holy Spirit seals you in as an individual.
Then you're a son and daughter.
Unquote: This is the Holy Spirit, the capstone that seals an individual’s life with God.
You are sealed in as an individual. Not as a member of some church.
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Now, see, the faith, these five streams... I had a piece of chalk here, but I guess he never brought it out. But the five streams you see coming down through here tempers this together. It's been the Holy Spirit that made the Ephesus church. It was the Holy Spirit that birthed the Smyrnaean church. It was the Holy Spirit that give the Pergamos church, and the Thyatira church in the Dark Ages. It's the Holy Spirit that's built that Bride, that Elect that's pulled out of all the organization systems down through the ages like that. And there's a elected, a predestinated Bride of Jesus Christ that the Holy Spirit has called out, the Elect. And it's been the Holy Ghost in this age, that age, that age, that, that, that, that, that on up to the top: the Holy Spirit.
(Unquote: the great pyramid of seven church ages that needs its Capstone to be complete)
And now, as in the individuals, these virtues and things are (knowledge and temperance)
--is added to our faith, then when the Capstone comes, the Holy Spirit cements it together;
There's the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That's why it's so short today.
(Unquote: each person has an individual capstone experience with God as the Holy Spirit seals the virtues into that person. Each individual gets right with God first. Then at the end of the seventh age, when all the individuals have been capped with the Holy Spirit baptism, God will Cap the entire church history with His Second Coming).
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First: foundationally, is faith. Second:
add to your faith, virtue;
to your virtue, knowledge; from knowledge, temperance; from temperance, patience; to patience, godliness; and from godliness, brotherly love, brotherly kindness;
and then love being the capstone: seven of those things.
(Unquote: Faith is the foundation.
Seven virtues are added
and then the seventh, when it is added, is love which is the capstone for the believer)
Seven church ages (See?), and seven stars of the church ages, and all of it is tempered together by the Holy Spirit.
Now, that's what it takes to become a servant of Christ. Christ builds His Church in seven church ages, His Bride, a Person, Woman, Church. Seven church ages constitute and make the Bride: some out of this age, and some out of that age, and some out of that age, and all together, and shaping it like a pyramid.
(Unquote: the seven church ages form a great pyramid that needs a Capstone which is the Second Coming)
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And the …. pyramid being those foundations, up into the king's chamber. And just before you hit the seventh wall, there's a little introduction plank there, where a messenger comes out to bring you to the king. (The messenger John the Baptist that introduced to the King), but the Headstone was rejected. And they don't know, the Stone of Scone, or whatever it is, they don't know where it's at, because it's a rejected stone. But that's the stone that caps the whole thing, that makes it the pyramid through the complete seven church ages.
(Unquote: the great pyramid of the seven church ages )
Add grace, add this, add this,
there's seven adds,
the last one is Christ. Add this to your charity, add grace to your grace, add something else, and something else, till it gets up to Christ is the Headstone, "And I am the door."
There are seven adds.
Seven virtues are added to faith. The last virtue is love. Thus there is a total of eight virtues. These are the virtues which add up to the stature of a perfect man. Then Christ, as the Holy Spirit, is the capstone of that believer’s life. The capping of your personal pyramid of virtues makes you a living stone in the great pyramid that has built up over seven church ages )
62-1014THE STATURE OF A PERFECT MAN
Did you ever hear this? Now, let me tell you this, and keep real--put this on your listening ear. See? A chain is the strongest at its weakest link. That's right? It's no stronger than its weakest link. No matter how strong these are built up, this is built up, if it's got a weak link, there's where she breaks. And it's no stronger than that weakest link.
Now, if you possess... You say you got this, this, this; you don't have this, there's where she breaks. If you've got this, and haven't got that, she'll break right there. You got this and haven't got that, it'll break. This and haven't got this, it'll break. This and haven't got this, it'll break. See? And you ain't--can't have this without having this. So when you're surrendering your complete being, then the Holy Spirit just pours through you in these virtues.
Then you're a living tabernacle.
Then people look out and say,
"That's a man full of virtue, knowledge, believes the Word, temperance, patient, godliness, got brotherly kindness, full of the love of the Holy Ghost, walking around."
What is it? A statue that unbelievers can look at and say, "There is a Christian.
There is a man or woman who knows what they're talking about. You've never seen a kinder, sweeter, godlier person."
You're sealed. A seal shows on both sides. Whether you're going or coming, they see the seal just the same. There you are. See?
When a man or woman possess this, then the Capstone comes down and seals them into the Kingdom of God which is the Holy Ghost.
(Unquote: the capstone of the Holy Spirit that seals you into the kingdom of God. This makes you a living stone in God’s great pyramid that He has been building up for 2000 years during the seven church ages)
Then the Word, coming from here, manifests Itself through each one of these beings (See?), and makes its complete being a tabernacle of the living God, a walking, living example of Christianity.
The coming Capstone hits the Gentile image in the feet
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Now, because that they're in shape... See where I've got this shaped here like the pyramid?
The arising of the saints makes the march into glory. You understand it now?
Christ the Headstone, the rejected Stone, the all-seeing Eye,
coming exactly like the Bible said... And Daniel said he watched this Gentile age until the Stone come out of the mountain that wasn't cut with hands. They had never put a capstone on that pyramid. It wasn't cut by man's hands. It's God's hands that cut the Stone. You see it? And what did It do?
It hit the image right smack in the feet, and broke it to pieces, ground it into powder.
What happened at that time, the coming of that Stone? Up went the church into glory at the rapture, 'cause it ended the Gentile dispensation.
God ended it up, the coming of that Stone.
When the Capstone comes, the Gentile times are over. The antichrist Pope who is the man of sin will start his short and murderous reign for three and a half years.
The Capstone that comes to catch up the Bride into the air will also destroy this world-system of today.
The Babylonian mysteries moved through the pagan Gentile spirits of Persia, Greece, and Rome to enter the Roman Catholic Church. In the last church age, today's church, the Babylonian mysteries have taken over the Protestant churches too.
The Stone that Daniel saw was the Second Coming of the Lord. It came to smash the Gentile image that has trampled on the bride of Christ ever since the emperor Nero began the first savage persecution against the Christians around the year AD 64. The Stone also came to Cap the great pyramid of believers that God has built up over the last 2000 years. With the Capstone in place, on top of the resurrected church (which is why Jesus does not have to touch the ground but will be in the air when we meet Him) then Jesus will take His church up to Heaven.
But the living church needs to be changed into their immortal bodies before that can happen.
In June 1963, he spoke of the future capping of the pyramid (the Second Coming of Jesus) when He will come in the future. This is three months after the cloud was photographed just north of Flagstaff. The cloud was 200 miles north of Sunset Peak and was seen 8 days before brother Branham was met by 7 angels at Sunset Peak.
Please note that there is no mountain or peak below the cloud.
The Capstone of the whole church is yet to come
The cloud was not the Capstone because 3 months after the cloud was seen, brother Branham was still looking for the Capstone in the future.
Just let this Fire come to this Fire, and, after while, you'll find out, it'll move that. It's come up through Luther, Wesley, Pentecost. And find out,
the pyramid will be capped, one of these days.
You know, it never was capped, the pyramid on the back of your dollar. "The great seal," it says. And we in America, here is the American seal on this side. But why did it say, "The great seal," the one that Enoch made? Not pyramid doctrines now, 'cause I don't believe in that kind of stuff. But they never did cap the pyramid. Why? The--
the Capstone was rejected. But It will come again,
someday. Praise the Lord!
in that pyramid, I been there. It's honed so close till even you can't run a razor blade. There's no mortar between it. It just perfectly sets together like the same stone.
And when that Church gets honed into the perfect image of Jesus Christ, He will come, resurrect all the saints when He comes, and take them with Him. The Church of the living God will be caught up.
The Coming of the Capstone will produce the resurrection and then the catching away of the Bride.
For those who say that the Capstone has come, why are they still here?
They obviously missed the Coming of the Lord. And why has the resurrection not happened?
If people say that the resurrection has happened, then their words are a cancer.
II TIMOTHY 2:16
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
:18 Who concerning the truth have erred,
saying that the resurrection is past already;
and overthrow the faith of some.
Cancer (called “canker” in the Bible) is a cell that grows without restraint, without limits, and ends up killing the person. To say that the Lord has come is to believe what is not written in the Bible. Being unscriptural is pure spiritual cancer.
Saying that the resurrection is past is deadly cancer.
Relying on wealth is another cancer. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple computers, built the company up to be the world’s biggest business. Making all that money did not necessarily mean he was right with God. He sadly died of cancer.
Your gold and silver is cankered;
and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.
Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten;
and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
These creatures symbolize the enemies of God’s people.
The cankerworm is a mysterious creature. No-one is really sure what it is.
This symbolizes the mystery of corrupting God’s Word which comes in many forms and catches people unawares. In the last age of the Laodiceans (where the Laodiceans make up their own way of worship like putting a pastor in charge of a church), God says we are blind. We do not stay with Scripture and thus, like Eve, we get deceived by clever doctrines that cannot be proven from the Bible.
In the New Testament, a pastor was never put in charge of a church.
Mystery Babylon has sent her cankerworms amongst us. So watch out if anyone tells you that the resurrection is past. Watch out for any doctrine that you cannot prove from Scripture.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
But a true Bride will be restored. Free from the cankerworm. Free from any unscriptural beliefs Free from claims that the resurrection is past.
Why is it important to know about cancer (called canker in Bible days)? Because it is one of the signs of our times.
Cancer has become a great killer of mankind.
It's built right up like this to a point. And the stone on the capstone never was found.
They never did put a cap on top of the pyramid. I don't know whether you know it or not. The big pyramid of Egypt, it never had a top stone on it. Why? The Capstone was rejected; Christ, the Headstone (See?), was rejected.
But as we grow from the Lutheran age, Baptist age, Methodist age, Pentecostal age, we're right up to the Capping Stone now (See?), waiting and longing for that Capping Stone to set down; the building's complete. Have not you read in the Scripture, "the stone was rejected." 'Course, we realize that was talking to the Solomon's temple. "But the rejected Stone has become the Chief of the corner." But I'm saying this only to make a picture to you.
(Unquote: the great pyramid of Egypt is a symbol of God’s great spiritual pyramid that He has built up over 2000 years during the seven church ages).
The Zodiac stars are the Gospel written in the Galaxy
Now, and in the Bible, we're living in the last days,
the top of the pyramid, the crossed fishes of the cancer age in the zodiac,
in the time of the coming of the Leo the lion, in the capping Stone, and in the days of the manifestation of the sons of God in the Bible. See? See where we're at? We're right at the end time.
A small correction needs to be made. The crossed-fishes refer to Pisces, not Cancer the Crab.
The crab lives on land and in water. The mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 comes down to stand on land and sea when He finishes the 7 church ages by raising the dead. So, the resurrection ends our age. The crab walks sideways. We have to walk sideways today to get through the Door of salvation that is almost closed. But a crab has two powerful pincers that can hold firmly onto the spirit and the truth. They are the only guide that we have today.
What does he mean by Zodiac, cancer age, crossed fish, Leo?
We see the sun moving across the sky. At night we see a band of stars that form the background to the sun’s path. The Babylonians broke up these stars into 12 groups and somehow imagined them to represent living things. The name zodiac means ”a circle of living things”. But for all their clever thinking, Libra the Scales did not fit into this category.
Unfortunately, they used these star groups to tell people their fortunes.
This is completely false. Please never believe that. Fortune telling is not of God.
Aires the Ram is a Spring sign in the northern hemisphere, but an autumn sign in the southern hemisphere. So they cannot both be right. The southern hemisphere is 6 months out of tune with the north. The northern summer signs like Leo are the southern winter signs.
Twins born within minutes of each other can have very different lives.
Chinese fortune tellers are very different from western fortune tellers.
Go to different fortune tellers and you will get different predictions from them. The earth wobbles on its axis (known as the precession of the equinoxes) so that every 2000 years the sun moves into a new Zodiac sign. In Babylon, nearly 4000 years ago, their clever minds came up with the idea of the horoscope and fortune-telling based on the Zodiac stars. Aires the Ram was their Spring sign. But by the time of Christ the earth had wobbled so that Pisces the Fish was the Spring sign. Around AD 2000, a few years ago, the earth moved into Aquarius, the Water Carrier, as the Spring sign. So all the Zodiac signs are now two signs out of place. Thus they cannot be valid fortune-telling anymore.
Ironically, the Water Carrier, Aquarius, is pictured as pouring the water out. There must be a reason for this. Rejecting the water of the Word and believing unscriptural things like Trinity, Christmas, Good Friday, a man is the head of the church, etc.
The real purpose of the Zodiac stars was to describe the history ( His story ) of Jesus. Starting from His First Coming, born of a virgin (Virgo), to His Second Coming as Leo, the Lion of Judah. This is the same theme as the Great Pyramid, which deals with His First and Second Comings. Near the Pyramid is the Sphinx which is a colossal carving of a lion with a woman’s head, because the head has no beard. This is the clue to where the Zodiac starts and stops: it starts with the woman (Virgo) and ends with the lion (Leo).
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.
:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
:6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it:
and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
Thus the sun represents Christ the Bridegroom who first came to redeem His Bride and then guides her through seven church ages before He returns as the King, the Lion of Judah, to claim His Bride.
Born of a virgin (Virgo), He was weighed up in the scales of justice (Libra the Scales) against the murderer Barabbas, by the Jews. They had to weigh up between the Man of Eternal Life and the man of death. They chose death.
He died on the cross to face the awful sting of death which is symbolized by the Scorpion. Scorpio.
The sting of death is sin. Christ paid for our sins by His blood.
The early church then started and became the target of the Bowman (Sagittarius), who is the horse rider in the First Seal on the white horse of religious deception. The rider has a bow, but no arrow. He is a bluffer. Christians moved gradually away from the written Bible as Ephesus means "relaxed". In this complacent and careless atmosphere, they lowered their standards and allowed the Goats (Capricorn) to come in and lead the sheep. In the second church age, Bishops were unscripturally promoted to being the one-man-leader of the church in each city. Human leadership was taking over and eventually, as with Augustine, bishop of Hippo, this became the normal way of describing a church leader. The goats had taken over the church.
However, this was not true of the early church.
Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
Originally, one city had many bishops. We see this in the city of Philippi. There was no difference between an elder and a bishop in the New Testament.
But the Goats (Capricorn) had to usurp human leadership in their ambitious desire to rule. As the church grew, so impressive unscriptural titles developed: Archbishop, Cardinal, Pope.
They claimed that each congregation had to have a human leader.
This made worldwide control easier. All you had to do was to control the leader and the whole congregation automatically fell under your control.
So, in the second age of Smyrna (bitterness and death) the Roman emperors cruelly persecuted the Christians. This helped to keep the church focused on Scripture as their worldly hopes were destroyed. Butchers use a goat to lead sheep to the slaughterhouse. It is called a Judas goat. It escapes via a narrow opening just at the entrance to the slaughterhouse. The sheep follow blindly to their death. Three million Christians died in ten horrific persecutions between AD 64 and AD 312.
One vicious Christian-killer was emperor Aurelian who in 274 AD declared 25 December to be the birthday of the sun god. Christians still celebrate the birthday of the sun god every year.
The Bible never asked us to remember the birth of Jesus.
Pope Julius I around AD 350 declared the 25 December to be the birthday of the Son of God as he was copying the birthday of the sun god. Playing copycat is a sin. Especially when we copy pagan festivals and call that Christianity)
GALATIANS 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
(emulations means copying).
:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
In the third church age of Aquarius the Water Carrier, they tipped out the Water of the Word
( this sign is represented as a man pouring out a stream of water from a container ) and at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325, the church adopted man-made pagan creeds like Trinity and Good Friday. In addition, they lusted after political power under the Roman emperor Constantine. Thus the church leaders poured out the Waters of the Word as they abandoned the Bible to compromise with paganism. In their lust to rule and rake in the wealth of the people, they slid down the slippery paths of politics.
By about AD 350, the Bishop of Rome, Julius I, accepted 25 December as the birthday of the Son of God. This became known as Christ's mass. Today it is called Christmas. (Welcome to paganized Christianity). The third age is called Pergamos. It means "thoroughly married". Pergamos was also the capital city of that area. Christianity married paganism (white horse of religious deception) and politics (red horse of blood-thirstiness). Now that the Roman Catholic church had political power it could use the army to crush rebellion and destroy any opposition. The killing of those who opposed the Roman Catholic church started. This number would eventually grow to tens of millions over the next 1200 years before this senseless killing stopped.
The Fish (Pisces) was an early symbol of Christianity when it was underground and out of sight, serving God in the catacombs while above ground Roman soldiers and spies hunted them down to throw them to the lions in the Colosseum. The "crossed Fish" swimming in opposite directions in the Zodiac sign represents the Dark Age of the fourth church age. At first, the Truth was all but wiped out as the dominant Roman church moved in the wrong direction under the leadership of the Pope. Then slowly things began to change and people, under the teachings of men like John Hus, had a desire to know Christ as Saviour rather than rely on church traditions. So the tide began to turn with the Renaissance. People began to think as individuals for themselves. The suppressed church began to swim in the opposite direction. Opposition to the Roman Catholic church began to grow.
This was the Dark Age of Thyatira (dominating woman) when the Roman Catholic church dominated Europe. The awful killing of those who opposed the Catholic church continued.
Then came the Ram (Aires) of Martin Luther’s Reformation which butted heads with the Roman Catholic church. This really hurt the Roman Catholic church. Luther was very brave and hard-headed. The fifth age was Sardis, the "escaped ones". They escaped Roman Catholicism to find salvation in Christ. Eventually, by the end of the Thirty Year War in 1648 when Germany was devastated, the killing of religious dissenters by the Roman Catholic church armies stopped. Europe, South America, the Moors in Spain, as well as the Jews, finally escaped from this endless religiously motivated bloodshed.
This was followed by the brotherly love (Philadelphia) and holiness of the great golden sixth age of missionary open-door outreach which is represented by a strong Bull (Taurus). Brotherly love, holiness, and outreach is the strength of Christianity.
Then, around AD 1906 came the Twins (Gemini) in the seventh church age: Pentecost began the age and the end-time prophet reached his peak in the 1960s. These two movements were very close in terms of supernatural power but only the prophet could demonstrate both the supernatural and the unfolding of the hidden mysteries of Scripture.
So now we are in the Cancer age of the Crab.
Cancer is a dread disease that dominates our age.
It is represented by a crab that lives on land and in water which is where the Angel of Revelation 10 will come down to stand on land and sea and raise the dead from the 7 church ages and declare that there is time no longer. The crab walks sideways. This is because the Door is closing and there is only a narrow gap left for us to get through. So we need to walk sideways (differently from the world). But it has two strong pincers for holding onto both the Spirit and the Word of God. In an age where quotes have replaced Scripture, make sure that you are hanging onto Scripture and do not let go. Crabs have a powerful grip with their claws. They also have a tough shell. They can handle the insults, rejection, and endless opposition.
Revelation 10. The Angel stands on land and sea. The seashore is where water baptism can take place. So baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ has become a major issue at the end time.
Then, the final sign is Leo: the Lion of Judah Who comes to claim His Bride. We are waiting for that Capstone.
53-0729 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON GENESIS
Now, watch this now. Beautiful... Now, He made the sun. Then the first thing you know, a big clinker fell off of it, weighed about, just about like this earth, went "Spue..." Then this Logos here now, the Son of God, is watching it. He lets it fall for a hundred million years and He stops it. Then another one flies off, and He let's it flew off--fall for millions of years, then He stops it. Now, we're standing, watching it come into existence.
Now, He's got something in His mind. And what's He doing? He's writing His first Bible. The first Bible that man ever looked to was the stars, the zodiac. And it's a perfect... just... It dovetailed with this Bible here.
It starts off, the first of the zodiac is the virgin. Is that right? The last of the zodiac is what? Leo, the lion.
That's the first coming of Jesus; He came through a virgin; the second, He comes as the Lion of the tribe of Juda. See? He write it on up,
the cancer age
(Unquote: Cancer the Crab, the age just before Leo the Lion. So it is our present age ),
and everything down through. Now, He put that all in the sky and placed it out, all these meteors, pieces of earth, or sun, hanging off here.
How many ever studied the history of the pyramids? I guess maybe one lady here raised her hand. All right.
God wrote three Bibles. One of them was the Zodiac in the skies. That's the first Bible. Man was to look up to realize that God is from above. Follow the Zodiac; did you ever study it? It even gives every age, even the cancer age. It gives the beginning, the birth of Christ. What is the first figure in the Zodiac? The virgin. What's the last figure? Leo the lion. The first coming and the second coming of Christ, all of it is written in there.
Then the next Bible was written, was in stone, called pyramid. God wrote in the pyramids. If you study them, watch the ancient histories and wars, how they were built before the antediluvian destruction.
And even in the Zodiac. I'm not going back to teach Zodiac, but I'm just showing you the heavens declare It. In the Zodiac we find out, in the constellations of the stars, that He declared the whole Bible in the constellation of the Zodiac. We find out there that He starts off, the very first figure in the Zodiac is the Virgin, and the last figure in the Zodiac is Leo the Lion; showing that Jesus would come first to the earth by a Virgin, He'll come the second time as the Lion of the tribe of Juda. See? He goes through the crossed fishes just before that.
Cancer Age, what we're living in now.
"And all the heavens declare Him," the Bible said.
65-1128 GOD'S ONLY PROVIDED PLACE OF WORSHIP
But the first Bible was ever wrote, was wrote in the sky,...Did you notice it? It starts off with the virgin, the first figure in the, zodiac. The last figure is Leo the lion. He come first by the virgin,
He comes next as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Just before that, a cancer age,
a cross fish, all the rest the ages. If we had time to go through it; which we have, at the tabernacle.
(He kept thinking that the crossed-fishes were the sign Cancer. No harm done. Just change that to Pisces).
The Lord as the Capstone of the church has not yet come
So, since the resurrection has not happened, Christ the Capstone has not yet come.
63 04 21 VICTORY DAY
We've all got a victory. We've fought through many victories. And a great victory is coming just soon, right around the corner. Our complete V-day will be soon, when the
Son of God shall break the skies, and scream with the Voice of the Archangel,
and He shall come again. And
the graves shall open,
and the dead shall walk out.
Two months after the supernaturally high 1963 cloud that was 42 kilometers high and a month after the Seventh Seal, brother Branham was still looking for the dead to rise.
The Capstone cannot come until after the resurrection.
1965-0410 THE EASTER SEAL
I tell you, my heart thrilled. Like... When you see something like that, Brother Shores, you to feel your work is not in vain then. You see, you tried. And I hope that God repeats it again, not because we're going down there, but
because we're looking for the Coming of the Lord.
In 1965 brother Branham was still looking for the Coming of the Lord.
65-1125 THE INVISIBLE UNION OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST
Now we are going to use this like a Sunday school lesson. And it's not directed to anything, any certain persons, or anything; just to the Church, the Body of Christ that we're trying to lead to deeper thoughts and higher objectives,
believing that the Coming of the Lord Jesus is at hand.
We believe that. Much more, it's twenty years closer than it was the first time I come to Shreveport. Oh, so much has happened since that time!
Now we're looking forward for the Coming of the Lord,
in our generation.
I'm not looking for revival in our generation. I'm looking for the Coming of the Lord,
in our generation.
November 1965. One of the last sermons that he preached, a month before he died, and brother Branham was still looking for the Capstone to come, the Second Coming of Jesus.
1965-1127 I HAVE HEARD BUT NOW I SEE
Now, I don't care how much the people act in these denominations, say they're "looking for Christ," their actions prove they're not. That's right. Your actions speaks louder than your words.
All they're thinking about is making denominational members, but there are some people, one here and there, that's looking for the Coming of the Lord.
They're watching for... though.
Only those will He reveal Himself to, only those will understand.
Almost his last sermon in 1965. He warns us that only those who are looking for the Coming of the Lord will understand.
62-1230 IS THIS THE SIGN OF THE END SIR
Time shall be no more.
He announces that time is over.
What happens? What happens? Could that be so now, brethren? Seriously think.
If it is, then the pyramid is capped by the seven thunders.
When the pyramid of the seven church ages is capped then time is no more.
Since we are all still in time it is obvious that time is not yet over, and thus the pyramid has not yet been capped.
The Capstone is yet to come. Thus the seven Thunders have not yet uttered.
Nowhere does brother Branham say that “the seven Thunders have uttered”.
If you believe that, you have made up that doctrine.
The Seven Seals book is called “The Revelation of the Seven Seals” on the front cover.
The revelation must be given before the actual opening of the Seals. The opening of the 7 Seals happens in Revelation Chapter 6 after the church is caught up to heaven in Revelation Chapter 4.
God always reveals something before He does it.
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
63.03 24 THE SEVENTH SEAL
Now, I'd better stop right here. See? I just feel checked not to say no more about it. See? So just remember, the
Seventh Seal, the reason it was not opened
(See?), the reason It did not reveal it,
no one should know about it. …
You notice. Notice now, for the end-of-time message, this Seal. After all, He's revealed all the six Seals, but it don't say nothing about the Seventh. And the end time Seal, when it starts, will be absolutely a total secret according to the Bible. Before knowing that... And remember, Revelations 10:1, 7 (1-7, chapter 10:1-7) at the end of the seventh angel's message, all the mysteries of God would be known. We're at the end time, the opening of the Seventh Seal.
63 11 10 SOULS THAT ARE IN PRISON NOW
The Seventh Seal brings Him back to earth.
So, the 7th Seal is the Coming of the Lord.
64 07 19 THE FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS
The Seventh Seal hasn't opened yet, you know. That's His Coming.
He never revealed the mystery of the seventh Seal.
The Seventh Seal has not opened yet. It is still a total mystery. The seven Thunders have not yet uttered. So the Lord obviously has not come yet.
The great cloud was photographed on 28 February 1963. Brother Branham preached on the Seventh Seal on the 24th of March 1963.
Both these events, the great cloud that was 42 kilometers high and the preaching on the Seventh Seal, are claimed to be the Coming of the Lord and yet they are about a month apart. Obviously, something is wrong as Jesus does not come twice for His Second Coming.
Christ must put a personal Capstone on each one of us
63-0116 THE EVENING MESSENGER
The same thing, Paul, he said, "All... Demas has forsaken me. All men forsaken me for the Word." I don't believe Demas went to night clubs and things. But Demas wanted to go, Demas was a rich man. And
he wanted to go with the popular group, and so he went off there where all the rest of them did.
And then Paul said, "All men has forsaken me."
Why? His ministry, he was coming to the capstone of it, coming down to the end.
Rich people like to go with the popular group. This is partly how gold cankers us. Wealth makes us focus on the things of this world because wealth is used to procure what this world offers.
Wealth gains us popularity.
Notice, there is another capstone—the end of a man’s ministry.
Then there is the capstone that seals our individual lives in God, giving us access to the power of the resurrection.
62-1231 THE CONTEST
Open this year, Lord, that hidden Manna, that Rock beneath the rock, that we might see the program of God.
Cap off the pyramids of our life, Lord; put the Capstone, Christ Jesus, upon each and every one of us.
May His great magnificent, holy blessings be upon us all. May the fire of the Holy Ghost come upon us. May the power of the resurrection be manifested. God, how we thank You tonight. We are Yours. We give ourselves fully to You, Lord.