The Church Ages - The 7th age, Laodicea, part 2
This is part 2 of the study on Laodicea. You can find part 1 at https://churchages.net/en/study/the-church-ages-laodicea-the-seventh-age-1906-part-1
The seventh church age is the church of the Laodiceans. This word can mean "people’s rights or justice". This aptly describes our modern trends. Everybody wants their rights. But there is no great stress on responsibilities.
Ours is the last church age, that began in 1906 with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Azusa Street in Los Angeles, California. By 1917 the Pentecostal movement was splitting up and denominating. The truth was not revealed for long before human leadership corrupted the church.
The main responsibility of our age is to find the hidden meaning behind the content of the written symbols in the Bible.
DANIEL 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
At the end time, God expects Christians to understand the Bible.
The seed that will be harvested in the seventh church age has to be identical to the seed that was planted in the first church age. That is the law of nature for plants.
God has never yet had a church age that could believe what the first church age believed in the New Testament. That is the purpose for which we get saved today.
God wants to give us an eagle eye to love and appreciate His plan of redemption, just as it was revealed to the first church age, and then lost in the Dark Ages. Now the full truth has to be restored in our age.
We have to choose between a personal revelation of the truth of what is written in Scripture, or the group-think ideas propagated by each of the 45,000 different types of churches or denominations. This is a real swamp of conflicting ideas that you should avoid, as each church believes some of the Bible and ignores, misunderstands, or contradicts the rest of Scripture.
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Oh, my, talk about the lid off of the kettle: demons going around, powers of the devil under the name of Christianity, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men, theological seminary doctrines, leaving the Bible alone.
The first World War unleashed the spirit of dictatorship in Russia and Europe.
The second World War saw these dictators like Hitler unleashing a flood of demonology on natural Israel, as seen in the Holocaust that killed six million Jews.
When the physical killing stopped, then these demons entered the ecumenical movement of the churches. They spiritually kill the end-time children by stopping them from returning to the Bible beliefs of the apostolic fathers who wrote the New Testament. Unbelief in Scripture is spiritual death.
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And, brother, the lid's come off of hell (That's right.) and streams of demon power is pouring from everywhere. It's conquered the nations. It's conquered politics till it's rotten to the core. It's conquered the churches until they know nothing but denomination.
In the first World War fought from 1914-1918, women in Europe worked in factories and cut their long hair for safety sake. Why did they not wear hair nets and keep their long hair?
After the second World War men began to grow their hair long and wore hair-nets for safety in the factories. So the Devil fooled both the men and the women, by the pressures of their situations, into disobeying Scripture.
I CORINTHIANS 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
A woman’s long or uncut hair is a symbol of her subjection to her father, and then later to her husband when she marries.
I CORINTHIANS 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.The head that a women dishonours if she cuts her hair, is her husband.
EPHESIANS 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife,
:23 even as Christ is the head of the church:
:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.The church is the Bride of Christ. So a woman cutting her hair rejects the headship of her husband, and thus symbolizes the church rejecting the headship of Christ, Who is the Word of God. The church no longer desires to live strictly by Scripture. The head controls the body. But the modern church does not want to be controlled by the Bible.
During the years between the first World War and the second World War there was an abrupt decline in religious belief, especially amongst the educated. For example, William Temple, bishop of Manchester and later Archbishop of Canterbury, chose progressive politics as a substitute for any kind of evangelism.
In the 1920s there was also a further moral degeneration that had began in the horrors of the first World War. The psychologist Freud got sex as a topic of discussion into printed literature. This was a dangerous topic as the churches never revealed that sex was the original sin, which is why Eve was punished in childbirth. God only permits sex during marriage. Thus people were unaware of the serious nature of sexual sin.
I CORINTHIANS 6:18 Flee fornication.
Fornication is sex while unmarried.
MARK 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
If you were legally married and then divorce, you cannot re-marry. If you do, you are committing adultery. Too many churches today freely re-marry divorced people who have living ex-spouses.The last church age would be undermined by sexual permissiveness, which would flourish during the dangers of the second World War. Then immorality exploded in the 1960s with the invention of the contraceptive Pill, and the decade of hippy permissiveness inspired by the drug induced beat-music of rock-n-roll. Many of the famous singers exercised no restraint on their indulgent lifestyles, and died by the age of 27 years.
Beat music, free love, drugs, and eastern mysticism was spearheaded by the Beatles band from England, who came to fame in 1963. In addition, 1963 was also the year that most women suddenly began to wear miniskirts, which stress nakedness. In 1963, most women also began to imitate men by wearing pants. Satan was desperately fighting back to destroy the youth spiritually by getting them away from Scripture.
Why? Because the third Exodus of individuals coming out of the swamp of the church's Bible-ignorance hit a peak moment when brother Branham revealed the six Seals to unfold the hidden mysteries of Scripture.
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And I am wondering that how that we in America call ourself a Christian nation, and in the Presence of God; and each year we, our women, take off more. And you ought to be putting on more. And more of Christ you put on, the more conscious you will be of your own conditions. Sometime I see the way people act on the street, I wonder if it's just exactly mentally right. Seems like they don't realize that when they do that, what they are doing, they're making themselves a bait for the devil, and to send souls to hell. That's right
I TIMOTHY 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel,
DEUTERONOMY 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Modern church-goers do not believe that clothes are important. They simply ignore these Scriptures.
However, the Bible warns of an ungodly trinity that is sweeping mankind along to Armageddon.
REVELATION 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
The dragon is Satan. The beast is the Roman Catholic church who is the mother of organized religion with its unscriptural traditions. The false prophet is the prophet of the false Catholic religion, who is the Pope.
This evil trinity are releasing a flood tide of demonology into the church.
REVELATION 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
There are about 1,200,000 Roman Catholic converts in the world today. They are the biggest church.
This trinity of devils are performing a world-wide miracle, which is the uniting of the Non-Catholic or Protestant churches into the ecumenical movement. About 600,000 of the 800,000 Protestants on earth today are in this movement (in 2018). This organized and united Protestant religion is in the image of the organized Roman Catholic beast. The final church miracle will be the ecumenical Protestant image of the beast uniting with the beast, the Roman church.
As Satan's trinity pushes the church world towards our doom at Armageddon, Jesus has a brief moment to issue a warning.
He does not say we must get saved. He does not say we must live holy. He does not say that we must have the Holy Ghost baptism. These are the issues that the churches stress at the end time. They are all valuable issues.
But Jesus prefers to warn us against the flood tide of demonology. When a tsunami wave comes in, people are advised to run away from it. They should not try to oppose the tsunami in their own strength. With a spiritual tsunami of demonology sweeping through the churches, our best advice is to get away fast.
Then as a final warning before disaster hits, Jesus says, "Watch out for how you dress". In God's eyes a modest dress code is very important. Dress must not reveal our body parts.
REVELATION 16:15Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
Why is it important to keep our clothes and avoid any exposure of body parts?
The only naked man that Jesus met was 'Legion', who was demon possessed.
So it takes demons to inspire us to wear revealing clothing. The more we expose our bodies, the more we indicate our degree of demon possession.
LUKE 8:26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.LUKE 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
The moment he was back in his right mind, without anybody telling him to do so, he dressed himself. So normal people in the Bible covered their bodies.
The danger of our last age is not the revealing dress. The danger is the demons in us who are inspiring this revealing dress.
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Who's strong enough, who's wise enough? Who's powerful enough to tame this legion stripping the clothes off of our women in the name of preachers, Methodist, Baptist, and even Pentecostal? Painting their faces like Jezebel, and bobbing their hair, and wearing pants just like men, our preachers, not enough get up about them to tell them about it: devil-possessed... It was the legion that tore his clothes off of him. Who is this roaring devil?
All those demons released from the pit during the era of the two world wars are now in the churches, stripping the clothes off the women. Look for the half dressed women in the church and you will see where the demons ended up.
These were released as dictatorial demons by the natural dictators like Hitler. Dictators defy correction by other people. Try to get church women to dress modestly like ladies, and they are immediately defiant. Dictatorial demons make dominating women.
I PETER 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands;
But church-goers dress how they like. That is their right, they claim. notice the difference between 'rights' and 'responsibilities'.
REVELATION 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
So the modern day church heads for the Tribulation, fooled by the flood tide of demonology. Being saved means we will not go to hell. Being saved does not however mean we will escape the Tribulation. Salvation from hell cannot be achieved by works, just by repentance. But we need the knowledge of Biblical truth to be saved from the Tribulation.
PHILIPPIANS 2:12 .... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
While the churches embrace error, we have to keep seeking truth right up to the end.
MATTHEW 10:22 ... but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Only the Bible can guide us down the path that leads to the resurrection of the dead, and then the changing of the bodies of the living Bride.
ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
We have to study to show ourselves approved so that we can recognize the resurrection and have our mortal bodies changed to immortality.
II TIMOTHY 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
PHILIPPIANS 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
This is the resurrection of the Bride at the end of the church ages. Paul did not take the resurrection for granted, even though he was saved and Spirit filled.
The main purpose of brother Branham's ministry was to reveal the mysteries of the Bible that we need to know in order to be saved from the Tribulation.
The churches have done a good job in getting people saved from hell. But then they lead the converts away from Scripture into man-made church traditions. Listening to a man, rather than to Jesus the Word, means that they will not be married to Jesus. His Bride must be in full subjection to His Word, the Bible.
In 1963, William Branham revealed the mysteries of the six Seals in Revelation Chapter 6. This was a key year as far as revealing truth was concerned.
These revealed the rise of the Roman Catholic antichrist church from the first church age to its world-wide power at the end of the last church age as Catholic beliefs infiltrate the Protestant churches. They also revealed God’s plan to protect the Jews during the church ages, and then His return to the Jews during the great Tribulation.
Light eliminates darkness. Pope John 23 died in 1963, and John Kennedy, the only Catholic president of America, was assassinated in 1963. The revealed Word has far more power than what we realize.
The first World War unleashed the spirits of dictatorship.
The senseless slaughter of the first World War from 1914-1918 was needed to create the desperate convulsions of a great struggle and the sense of a ruined world. Then the radical and ruthless spirit of dictatorship could get its grip of terror on the saddened and bewildered people of Europe.
Then a massive pandemic of Spanish Flu raced through the world to kill another 65 million people, if not more, during 1918-1919. This really left the people reeling and scared.
God was very angry with the Pentecostal movement for splitting up into various man-made denominations by 1917. The word "denomination" is not in the Bible.
- The First Exodus was Moses bringing the Jews out of Egypt. The Egyptians killed the Jewish babies.
- The Second Exodus was Jesus bringing the church out of the Jews. Herod killed the Jewish babies.
- The Third Exodus is to bring the individuals of the Bride out of the church. We are the children that must be restored to the beliefs of the apostolic fathers who wrote the New Testament.
After Napoleon’s defeat in 1815 Europe became prosperous, and her pampered youth enthusiastically wanted war in 1914. They were ruthlessly sacrificed, in their millions, due to senseless tactics like charging pointlessly into machine guns. The growing desperation and savagery of the war allowed each national state to extend its control over the economy, and exercise despotic power over its own citizens. The state was growing in dictatorial power.
The horrific brutality developed by the state, that was needed to win the war, allowed each national state to develop greater destructive powers and abilities to oppress. The spirit of dictatorship was effectively unleashed in the first World War (1914-1918). The state had assumed dictatorial powers over its people, and now the stage was set for a dictator to take control of the state.
In 1906 Pentecost began as a Spirit-led movement to restore the supernatural power of God back into the church.
Sadly, by 1917 Pentecost denominated, as men sought to control the movement of the Spirit. The spirit of dictatorship by human leaders thus entered the Pentecostal church. This was just the image of the Roman Catholic church-beast, where the Pope rules the Roman Catholic church as a human dictator. God was angry, and in 1917 He proceeded to raise up the weapon of ungodly communist Russia, which He will use for the final punishment of America. Remember that God had once used pagan Babylon in the Old Testament to conquer and capture the disobedient Jews.
In 1917, Lenin was sent to Russia by Germany to start a communist revolution and take Russia out of the war. This was a paradox as communist Russia would rise up and then crush Germany in the next war.
President Wilson of America and the Allies imposed a peace treaty on Germany that was a formula for economic disaster and future war. In this uncertain and hesitant atmosphere cruel dictators emerged as gangster statesmen.
First to seize power, and thus very famous, was Lenin in Russia. Lenin hated religion, and feared only the influence of saintly Christians. His total intolerance and grim lack of humanity made him ruthlessly dominate his communist organization. Obsessed by force, and demanding absolute powers, he murdered tens of thousands with his organized violence and unrestricted licence for terror. He brought into existence a vast machine for slaughter and cruelty, established by his fame as the pre-eminent revolutionary leader at the end of the first World War.
In 1924, Lenin died and Stalin took over, and soon became supreme dictator of Russia by killing millions.
In 1922, Mussolini rose to dictatorial power in Italy, boosted by his reputation as a womanizer with 169 mistresses. The Pope stopped a priest from running an effective opposition political party to Mussolini. This enabled Mussolini to win the election.
Man’s three weaknesses: fame, women, and money.
Lenin had the fame, Mussolini the women. Money was the key idea in the Great Depression of 1929, when bankruptcy soared and Hitler came to power in Germany.
In 1929, Mussolini declared the Vatican City an independent state. It is the world’s smallest state and is described by the prophet Daniel as the "little horn". The Roman Catholic church is symbolized as a woman, a prostitute, in Revelation Chapter 17. Official recognition of this church prostitute, who is to dominate the world, is the exact opposite of what the Bible stands for. The natural bankruptcy of the nations reflected the spiritual bankruptcy of Mussolini's actions.
REVELATION 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.From the clues we see that this seems to have something to do with Rome, the City of Seven Hills.
Under their Republic, around 500 BC, the Romans built a wall (shown in blue) around the seven hills that they had their villages built on. The wall turned the villages into a city. Known as the city of seven hills. On the other side of the river was an area known as the Vatican. In 324 AD Constantine built a church on the Vatican territory and buildings were slowly added there over the centuries.
But a hill is not a mountain. So there is a deeper mystery involved here.
And the city of Rome does not rule over the world leaders. By 2018 there have been 48 prime ministers of Italy since the dictator Mussolini died in 1945. A new prime minister in about every year and a half is not the stability that can rule the world.
What does a "mountain" mean in prophecy?
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had a dream of a metal image of four Gentile kingdoms: Babylon, Medes and Persians, Greeks, and Romans.
The prophet Daniel saw a stone hit the feet of a Gentile image.
The image crumbled and the stone grew to become a mountain.
DANIEL 2:36 and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
The nations of the earth are going to be smashed up at the third coming of the Lord when He comes for the battle of Armageddon.
DANIEL 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
A mountain refers to a kingdom.
The 1000 years of peace, when Jesus rules the earth after the battle of Armageddon, is often called the Millennium. This is the Kingdom that God will set up.
Matthew 13 has a succession of seven parables referred to as the "kingdom of Heaven". This refers to God's plan with his church during the last 2000 years.
Thus Matthew chapter 13 is a description of the seven church ages. So each church age is a kingdom or mountain where God and Satan fought for the minds of men.
In 852 AD Pope Leo 4 built the first wall around the buildings on the Vatican.
With a wall around it, the Vatican became the Vatican City. In 1870 the Pope was confined to the Vatican City.
A wall no longer surrounds the city of Rome. Rome is not the enemy of truth -- it is the walled Vatican city.
REVELATION 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
The Roman Catholic church is the only enemy of God which has been on all seven mountains, which are the seven kingdom of heaven parables that represent her presence in all seven church ages.
Then, in 1929, the dictator Mussolini recognized the Vatican city as the world's smallest independent state.
This made the Vatican city the "little" horn of Daniel's prophesies.
DANIEL 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Ten Barbarian tribes that helped break up the Roman empire, also helped to establish the Pope as the leader in Europe. Three of these barbarian tribes were non-Trinitarian. The Trinitarian Pope was rescued between 533 - 554 AD, when the emperor of Constantinople destroyed the three non-Trinitarian barbarian tribes that threatened the Roman Catholics in Italy and North Africa. These three tribes were the Vandals in North Africa, and the Heruli and Ostrogoths in Italy. Therefore, as Europe went into the Dark Ages for hundreds of years, there was no opposition to the Trinity doctrine. As a result, when the Reformation started, people just took Trinity for granted. That is all that they had been taught for hundreds of years.
Then, the prophecy in the next chapter of Daniel changes to the Greeks, as Alexander the Great's empire split into four parts. Alexander is described as a great horn that waxed, or got very great, with his conquests.
DANIEL 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
Alexander the Great's kingdom, after about 20 years of intense fighting, split into four kingdoms. Greece (shown in green), Asia (yellow), Egypt (purple), and Thrace which was a kingdom with two parts (shown in red).
"The four winds of heaven" mean there is a spiritual aspect involved. This was not just a natural war. The spiritual factor is the Pontiff or high priest of the evil, but impressive, Babylonian mysteries who had relocated from Babylon to the city of Pergamos. Pergamos, as part of the split-up Greek empire, thus became the seat of Satan.
REVELATION 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write;
:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat isDANIEL 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
Nimrod was the father of unbelief after the Flood of Noah. He built the tower of Babel at Babylon. Thus pagan Babylon has always been the ancient enemy of God.
Daniel tracks the path of the Babylonian mysteries from the Greek Pergamos (the brass belly and thighs of the Gentile image) to the pagan Roman Empire (the iron legs of the Gentile image). Then the iron changes its form and breaks up into bits as the Roman empire broke up, and the Pope took over the title of Pontiff of the Babylonian mysteries.
In this prophecy the little horn (the mysteries of pagan Babylon) comes out of one of the four Greek kingdoms. Lysimachus, a general of Alexander the Great, ruled the kingdom of Thrace (shown in red). Pergamos was part of this kingdom. That is where the Babylonian Pontiff lived.
When the kingdom of Lysimachus later collapsed, there developed the prosperous and rich kingdom of Pergamon between 281-133 BC, which had the city of Pergamos (or Pergamum) as its capital.
That was the city where the Pontiff of the Babylonian trinity mysteries fled to when Cyrus the Persian conquered Babylon. Priest-king Attalus III gave the kingdom of Pergamon to Rome when he died in 133 BC. Those Babylonian mysteries were thus handed over to Rome, and in 63 BC Julius Caesar bribed his way to become the famous Pontiff of the Babylonian mysteries. All the Roman emperors then took the title of Pontiff.
In 378 AD, Theodosius became Roman emperor, and he refused to accept the title of Pontiff. By 400 AD the Pope was calling himself Pontiff. Thus the trinity mysteries of Babylon entered the Roman church to make her Mystery Babylon, with the mysterious unscriptural Trinity doctrine that nobody can explain.
Various unscriptural statements have been thought up to explain the Trinity.
The following words or phrases are not found in the Bible:
- One God in three Persons -- this is Greek philosophy
- First Person of the Godhead
- Second Person of the Godhead
- Third Person of the Godhead
- Father and Son are of one substance
- God the Son
- God the Holy Ghost
Very surprisingly, "God the Son" and "God the Holy Ghost" are never mentioned in Scripture.
Then God loses His name. Three People cannot have one name.
Ask a Christian, "What is the name of God?" Notice the hesitation and mental gymnastics as they try to squirm out of the question. There is no single one name for the Trinity God of the churches.
The Trinitarians repeat the formula, "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost", but they cannot tell us what that name is. Three titles are not a name.
The Trinity was a confusing concept when it was introduced by force at the Nicene Council in 325 AD, and enforced on the church by the emperor Constantine. It remains confusing to this day as nobody understands it.
But when the seventh angel or messenger comes then the mystery of God should be finished.
REVELATION 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
So brother Branham, as the seventh angel, had to reveal that Jesus on the outside was a Man, but in Him was the fulness of God's Spirit.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
So God Who dwelt as a Spirit above the Jews became a Man to dwell with us. Jesus then died and sent His Holy Spirit back to earth to dwell in us. God is holy by nature. Spirit is the substance of God. So God is the Holy Spirit.
MATTHEW 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost placed the Seed of eternal life in the womb of Mary. Whoever places a seed in a woman's womb is the father of that child. So the Holy Ghost is the Father of Jesus. Thus the Holy Ghost is God the Father.
God became a Man, and took on the human name of Jesus Christ.
In denial of the truth about Jesus being Almighty God, the Catholic church thus took over the pagan trinity mysteries of Babylon. The pagan trinity was polished up by Greek philosophy during their stay in Pergamos. They introduced the three-in-one and one-in-three idea that is completely unscriptural, but would later effectively deceive the church world. Greek philosophy introduced the unscriptural idea of Father and Son being of one substance. Converting the pagan Babylonian trinity into a church Trinity is the major doctrine that unites the different churches in the ecumenical movement. Thus Trinity is also the major doctrine that unites Catholic and Protestant churches. The daughter Protestant churches have learned their basic error from the mother Catholic church.
DANIEL 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
The Vatican city state eventually emerged as the head of the entire Roman Catholic church, and became great towards the east which is the breeding ground for demonology.
GENESIS 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Cain went east, and his lying and murderous demons went with him.
REVELATION 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
The Roman Catholic church, as the mother harlot, produced daughter Protestant churches that came out of the mother when they broke away in the Reformation. At first the Protestant churches were clean, but as time went on they also began to develop unscriptural doctrines, just like Roman Catholicism had done.
By accepting man-made doctrines and traditions, the Protestant churches eventually became harlots -- just like their mother.
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When Luther came out of Catholicism, the people stayed free for awhile. But when he died, the people simply organized around what they thought he believed, and set up their own creeds and ideas, and repudiated anyone who said opposite to what they said. They went right back to Catholicism, with a slightly different form. And right today many Lutherans are ready to go all the way back.
The Pope rules the church as a dictator.
The Protestants copied that model by making the pastor the head of the church. The spirits of dictatorship, that were unleashed at the start of the Laodicean church age, have found their places in the church systems.
The south may refer to the church world as the Queen of the south, the Queen of Sheba, is well spoken of in Scripture.
MATTHEW 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
A woman represents a church. The true church is called the Bride of Christ.
Thus the doctrines of Catholicism such as Trinity, and baptizing in the name of three titles instead of in the name of Jesus Christ, as well as Christmas and Easter eggs and Easter rabbits, and sprinkling babies as if that is baptism, have also spread into the non-Catholic church world. (Rabbits were unclean meat for the Jews).
The pleasant land in Daniel 8:9 is Israel. The Vatican has great wealth in gold and precious stones, and will seek to make a covenant with the Jews because of all the Stock Exchange wealth that they possess.
These verses that refer to the "little horn" describe the rise of the Pope to world power as head of the tiny Vatican city state, which controls the world's biggest and richest church, the Roman Catholic church. From there his political power also stretches into many countries, because there are many Catholics spread out all over the earth.
The Vatican is the smallest city state, but from there the Pope has great influence over church rulers and political rulers. The funeral of Pope John Paul II was the biggest gathering of rulers from the different countries that we have seen in modern times. The Roman Catholic church is the only church that can trace its history right back to the first church age. So the Roman church has the reputation of being a great survivor. That is why the barbarian tribes that broke up the Roman Empire admired the Popes.
The Catholic church has thus been the enemy of truth during each of these seven "kingdoms" or church ages, as it sought to set itself up as the mother church who desired to rule the world.
Pope Leo 12 in 1825 had a medal printed of the Roman Catholic church as a woman sitting in authority above the whole world which she uses as her seat.
She holds out a cup of doctrine to the world, just as Revelation Chapter 17 describes.
REVELATION 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Purgatory, penance, indulgences, infant baptism, idols, rosary, making the sign of the cross, priests not being allowed to marry -- all these are unscriptural ideas.
Roman Catholicism is represented by the bits of iron in the feet of Daniel’s Gentile image. The clay is the Bride. The feet of the image represent the seven church ages, that end in the Tribulation of the ten toes, which are the ten dictators who give their military power and strength to the final beast-Pope.
REVELATION 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.They receive power as kings. That means they rule, but are not crowned. So they are dictators.
Lenin with his intense revolutionary zeal became so famous that he was deified by the communists. He and Stalin, with his concentrated savagery, unleashed a brutal dictatorial spirit that built up Russia into a very powerful northern country. Now the world has Russia, this great Bear, or the king of the North, that God will unleash on the West one day as punishment for turning the Pentecostal movement into man-made denominations.
In addition, the American churches mostly rejected the revelation of Bible truth brought by William Branham. Those who realized that he was the end-time prophet were mainly fooled into elevating the man, by using his quotes and their interpretations of his quotes to replace Scripture. The voice of the seventh angel has now been promoted to deity as the "Voice of God".
This is completely wrong. The Scriptures are above the quotes of any man.
1965 THE LAODICEAN CHURCH AGE
... a true prophet will always lead one to the Word and bind the people to Jesus Christ and he won't tell the people to fear him or what he says, but to fear what the Word says.
Notice how these people like Judas are out for money.
Message pastors have got very rich. The Message is big business.
This copies the Roman Catholic mother church, which is the world's richest organization. Protestant church leaders also want their hands on some of the loot.
There is no Scripture that says a pastor is the shepherd of the sheep.
Despite it being unscriptural, pastors claim to be the shepherd of the sheep which they claim, unscripturally, is their flock.
They thus believe that it is their duty to shear the sheep. Judging from their houses, cars, and bank balances they are expert at shearing.
The Roman Catholics have a succession of Popes, chosen by men, to build up their spiritual empire over the years.
Protestant pastors have also turned the Gospel into empire building, but as a family business, because leadership involves the succession from the pastor to his son (or sons) as the next generation of pastors.
So, effectively, God has got no say in who the leaders of the church are.
That is also not surprising, since Jesus stands outside the church anyway. What goes on inside the church thus has very little to do with Him.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:By emphasizing different quotes, brother Branham's followers have developed numerous different Message-beliefs that conflict with each other. These different doctrines have splintered the movement into competitive groups. This reminds one of the two legs of Daniel’s Gentile image that split up into ten toes. Message believers have thus been led away from Scripture, just like the denominations. When asked to prove their doctrines, they refer to certain quotes, but have to ignore other quotes which contradict their viewpoint. Their critical error is that they do not check their beliefs with the Scriptures.
Yet brother Branham came to bring us back to Scripture.
65-0725M THE ANOINTED ONES AT THE END TIME
So we'll know, to prove this, back and forth, by the Word; not by some man's idea, some theory.
I don't care who he is; any other man, myself or anybody else, "If he speaks not according to the law and the prophets, there is no Light in him." See? That's what the Bible said. "Let every man's word be a lie, and Mine be true," regardless who it is.
The communists did the same thing. They regarded Lenin as being the "prophet" of the communistic revolution. But after Lenin’s death, his main follower was Stalin. Under Stalin’s leadership the communists began to move away from Lenin’s teachings. If you argued with Stalin, you were shot or had to flee into exile. Only Stalin’s obedient and brutal yes-men survived. But the further they moved away from what Lenin taught, the more they compensated for this by glorifying, idolizing, and deifying Lenin. Many Message groups have caught this spirit.
They move away from Scripture to follow their interpretation of some quotes, and then they compensate by glorifying brother Branham.
Mussolini, as a womanizer, established the mother harlot of the Roman Catholic Vatican church on an independent basis as a City State. He also gave the Vatican huge financial benefits. Mussolini was used to living with and paying prostitutes.
This enabled the Vatican to become a massively successful world money power, as well as a world-wide church power. The Vatican thus also became deeply implicated in world politics. This is the church system that Satan's antichrist will take over as the final Pope in the Tribulation. So the stage is set.
DANIEL 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
It seems that the final antichrist Pope will not be elected, as usual, by the council of cardinals. But he will have the support of ten military dictators. Somehow, irresistibly he will talk his way into usurping this supreme position in the church world.
Then there are the Jews.
They have done remarkably well in this last church age.
They were scattered two thousand years ago but were prophesied to return to Israel and Jerusalem. Jews dominate the world Stock Exchange and are intensely hated, especially by the militant Muslim nations.
So how could God get them back to Israel? God needed Hitler to organize a preview of the great Tribulation, with all its horrors. Hitler organized an "amateur Tribulation", which we called the Holocaust, where six million Jews were murdered in World War 2 by Nazi Germany. Only by that awful event could God briefly get the nations to feel sorry for Israel. Feeling guilty, the nations voted in favour of giving about 15% of Palestine back to the Jews. The rest went to the Palestinian Arabs. The Jewish portion grew to about 28% at the end of the 1967 war.
The financial disaster of the 1929 Great Depression made money the key issue. Hitler rose to power in a bankrupt Germany. Germany was desperate to blame someone for the fact that they lost the first World War, and Hitler stoked up their fury against a convenient scapegoat, the Jews. Some Jews, like Trotsky, had played a leading and brutal role in the vicious Russian communistic revolution. Fear of communism enabled a fantasy of Jewish plots to spread further hatred against the Jews in Germany. The Jewish control of the Stock Markets incited further anti-Jewish sentiments.
The Depression, that started in 1939, demoralized the democracies, and produced a lack of will to deal with the aggression of the dictators, who illegitimately seized power by violence.
In the Dark Ages and the counter Reformation that ended around 1648, the Roman Catholic church had killed tens of millions of opponents in demonically inspired killing sprees. Then the mass murders mercifully stopped as people began to believe that Christians should not kill each other. All these awful demons of destruction were then bound up in a satanic pit by circumstances, as John Wesley and the missionaries convinced people to repent and live holy lives. Hitler’s role as a dictator was to unleash these destructive demons from the pit of hell, where they had been confined by the churches that believed in righteous living. The traumatized chaos after the horrors of World War 1 allowed these demonic forces to escape. They would never have been allowed to exercise their evil in normal, peaceful times. These demons had to be unleashed by natural dictators onto natural Israel, the Jews, during World War 2.
On an industrial scale, Hitler collected and murdered six million Jews from all over Europe during World War 2. Then in 1945, the killing had to stop as the Allied nations were horrified by what Hitler had done.
These evil spirits now had to enter the ecumenical church movement that was trying to unite all the churches together. This movement was born in the German prisoner-of-war camps where different denominations were confined together. It became an official movement in 1948. Each church would be ruled and governed by a human leader, as that was the image of the Pope, who ruled the Roman Catholic church as a dictator.
In 1933, God and Satan were getting set for the conflict.
In 1933, Hitler became chancellor of Germany.
In 1933, Roosevelt was elected president of America. He ran for four terms using democratic elections as a mask for a preliminary dictatorship.
The 1920s and 1930s were the age of emerging dictators. Roosevelt put oil sanctions on Japan, which forced them to attack America at Pearl Harbour. Thus America entered the second World War. Roosevelt then ordered the development of the atomic bomb. The secrets of the atomic bomb were sent to Russia from America in unchecked diplomatic bags during the war. Thus both America and Russia could threaten each other with nuclear destruction when the Second World War was over. A nuclear Armageddon now hangs over the world.
54-0509 THE INVASION OF THE UNITED STATES
But let me tell you, when Mr. Roosevelt (The man's dead. Let him rest; I trust he is.) come in, and run in three or four terms, and taken over, just a preliminary dictatorship.
60-1204M THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
"President Roosevelt will be the rascal of all of them." And that's right. He was.
60-1208 THE THYATIREAN CHURCH AGE
And now, and as I started the Sunday school I fell into a trance. We was having it over here at the old Masonic home, Charlie Kurn's place, little group of us. And I seen this President Roosevelt leading the world to a World War.
Roosevelt won the election in 1940 to stay out of the war, but soon schemed to get America into the war in 1941. This enabled the huge military-industrial complex to form in America to build weapons for the Western Allies and Russia. Arms sales became a massive business during and after the war. The military-industrial complex favoured the Korean War and Vietnam War, as that was a real boost for their sales. Lucrative Middle East arms sales saw 13 Arab-Israeli conflicts and wars, as well as numerous Muslim-Muslim wars. From 1945-2001 there were 194 major conflicts world-wide. Since Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe in 1991, more than two and a half million people have died in violent conflicts. There are plenty of weapons around to fuel inter-racial and inter-tribal hatreds.
In 1933, Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany and joined forces with Mussolini of Italy, so that he could begin the second World War which produced a death count of about 60 million people. Six million of these were from his attempts to exterminate the Jews. Famine, plague, and starvation spread the death toll.
Roosevelt, Hitler, and Mussolini all died in April 1945.
ZECHARIAH 11:7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.
:8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.The Jews were the flock of slaughter in the Holocaust, that only stopped with the death of Hitler.
But God was also moving.
In 1933, a Light appeared over brother Branham when he was baptizing in the Ohio River in the name of Jesus Christ.
64-0427 A TRIAL
And that Voice came down and said, "As John the Baptist was sent forth, to forerun the first coming of Christ, so will your Message forerun the second Coming of Christ."
This was a crucial commission.
The commission did not emphasize the importance of brother Branham as a man or as a prophet. If you read it carefully, the emphasis is on the Message that he preached. His Message was the revelation of the mysteries that are hidden in the symbols and patterns of written Scripture. These revelations are supposed to take us back to the beliefs of the first church age.
The main purpose of brother Branham's ministry was to reveal the mysteries of the Bible.
63-0318 THE FIRST SEAL
Takes the Book of Seals and breaks them and shows the seventh angel, for this alone, the mysteries of God, is the ministry of the seventh angel.
He was a great prophet, but God did not emphasize the man -- He emphasized the truth that he preached.
The basic principle is that the seed that is harvested at the end is identical to the seed that was planted at the beginning. This is part of the great mystery of God, because the church that has grown through the seven church ages is His Body.
Most important -- This commission did not elevate brother Branham in any way. He was not granted importance as a man. The importance lay in the Bible mysteries that he revealed.
REVELATION 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Notice again that the emphasis is not on the seventh angel who is brother Branham. The emphasis is on his voice.
Brother Branham began taping his messages between 1947 and 1965. Then he left the scene. These dates represent the "days of the seventh angel" when he was in action with his spectacular ministry.
From 1966 onwards are the "days of the voice of the seventh angel", as we have to learn the Bible mysteries from the audio and printed sermons.
Once again the emphasis is not on the man, but rather on his taped messages.
While he was preaching in the "days of the seventh angel" from 1947-1965, many of his followers did not really understand what was going on. Most of the Bride who are alive today were not saved by 1965, and very many were not even born by that date.
So if we relied on the "days of the seventh angel", then you had to have your act together by 1965. Most of us fail that test.
But there have been more than 50 years since 1965 in which people have listened to his tapes and books. Slowly we have grown to better understand the mysteries of Scripture. Slowly we have learned to be restored back to the beliefs of the early church of the apostles.
These 50+ years have been the "days of the voice of the seventh angel". He left the scene, but his voice stayed behind to teach us the mysteries of Scripture.
"the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets".
This part of the verse does not apply to brother Branham. If it refers to him, then it implies that he did not fully reveal the mysteries. But he knew what he was talking about, and he revealed the written Bible mysteries as well as demonstrating an awesome supernatural power.
So the "should" refers to the people in the Bride. We should understand the mystery of God, Who is the Word. We should know that Jesus Christ is God. We should know that Jesus is the Head of the church, not some human leader. We should know that the church is the Body of God, and at the end the church has to be the same as what it was at the beginning.
ACTS 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.The first church searched the Scriptures to see if what Paul preached agreed with what was written in the Word. Paul knew what he was talking about, but he was soon to leave the scene. What was important was that the people of Berea had to understand for themselves, from Scripture, what Paul was teaching.
Notice, they checked their great messenger against the Scriptures!
REVELATION 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
EPHESIAN CHURCH AGE
He found them to be liars. How'd they know that? They wasn't quoting with the Word.
No apostle today can say anything different to what the original apostles said. Everything must be checked against the written Scriptures.
So the focus of the Message of William Branham was not to emphasize the importance of the man. The focus was rather that individuals should be able to prove for themselves from Scripture, what brother Branham was speaking about.
63-1110 HE THAT IS IN YOU
Believe all the Message. Believe That.
If it isn't written in the Bible, then don't you believe it.
But if It is in the Bible, then the Holy Spirit that's living in us is duty bound to perform that if we believe It. Is that right?
I know it's hard. See, nothing comes easy.
When you can follow your beliefs through Scripture and prove them by only linking Bible verses together, then you have understood his Message.
Let us see what two disciples of John the Baptist did when they heard John speaking.
JOHN 1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.The disciples who heard the voice of John knew that he was not pointing to himself -- he was pointing to Jesus. The quotes of John pointed towards Jesus. And then the disciples did not have to keep repeating John’s quotes, as they were able to follow the Word by themselves.
From brother Branham’s quotes we learn how to read the symbols and patterns of Scripture. Then we can read the Bible verses for ourselves to learn what day we are in today.
At school you first learn how to read, then you read to learn for yourself.
In Revelation chapter 4, the apostle John gives us a view into Heaven. God sits on a throne surrounded by four beasts that act as 'bodyguards' to His church which is His Body.
REVELATION 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
The lion represents the early truth of the apostles who wrote the New Testament.
The ox represents the labour and slaughter of Christians during the Dark Ages by the Roman Catholic church.
The man represents the wisdom of the Reformers like Martin Luther, who preached salvation by faith, and John Wesley who preached holiness.
Pentecost was to spread the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit, which is represented by the wings of a flying eagle.
Brother Branham was sent to communicate the information or revelation that explained the hidden mysteries, to give us a deeper insight into the written Word. This is represented by the incredible eyesight of the eagle.
So brother Branham's ministry launched an information revolution that started in 1947 with his tape recorded sermons to make the Bible mysteries understandable.
Suddenly, for the first time since the days of the apostles, Christians could begin to grasp the history of the church and the deeper mysteries of Scripture.
In the natural world, three scientists in 1947 invented the first transistor.
This invention revolutionalized electronics. Electronics has revolutionised the spread of information using the internet.
We need this internet to spread our understanding of Scripture.
In 1947, America broke the sound barrier to show their new-found dominance of the skies with their aeroplanes. This was symbolized by their national bird, the bald headed eagle. America began to rule the skies. Brother Branham began to reveal the written mysteries of Scripture.
In 1958, brother Branham preached the Serpent’s Seed, which exposed the original sin in the Garden of Eden. Now the first few chapters of the Book of Genesis could be joined together, understood, and integrated in with the rest of the Bible, instead of just being regarded as an ancient myth.
In 1958, a scientist joined transistors together on the same silicon chip. This made electronics very small and very powerful, in what is called an integrated circuit.
Those Christians who used brother Branham's quotes to reveal Scripture would be small in number, but would have a powerful insight into the mysteries of the Bible.
This Light from the revelation of original sin was too strong for darkness, and Pope Pius 12 died in 1958.
In 1960 Khrushchev, the head of Russia, took off his shoe and banged it on the podium at the United Nations. This was very strange behavior by a head of state. But it drew the world’s attention to his shoe and his foot. Hitting the podium with a shoe speaks of violence. This is significant because God has raised up Russia to deliver the final judgement on America.
What does taking off a shoe and his foot represent spiritually?
In Daniel’s Gentile image the feet of clay and iron represented the seven church ages. Taking off a shoe reveals the foot. This is the revelation of the seven church ages.
So, also in 1960, brother Branham preached a series of sermons on the seven church ages, to explain what had happened during the 2000 years of church history.
Then in 1963, brother Branham revealed the mysteries of the six Seals in Revelation chapter 6.
These Seals acted as shoelaces. When they were undone, they enabled the shoe to be removed from the foot. Thus the Seals revealed the inner spirits that were operating in the church ages. The Seals revealed the antichrist spirit as he rode through the seven church ages, and also attempted to eliminate the Jews.
This revelation of the six Seals lifted the veil of mystery off the written Bible, so that we could understand the hidden mysteries of Scripture.
When the laces were sealed up, Pentecost looked at the laced up shoe, and could only see the tongue of the shoe that was under the laces that they could not undo. So Pentecost emphasized tongues, and had very little knowledge of church history. Hence they stayed with the Roman Catholic Trinity, Eve eating an apple, Christmas, and baptism in the name of three titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Yet they had no idea what that name is.
John the Baptist knew that he was the messenger to introduce the first coming of Jesus. He could point out Jesus as a Man amongst men.
MARK 1:7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
But John knew that he could not undo the laces of the shoes of Jesus. That would reveal His feet, which represent the seven church ages. That revelation would only come in the days of the voice of the seventh angel. The seventh angel would reveal the hidden growth of the antichrist spirit as it rises to world-domination in the church system during the 2000 years of church history.
Footwashing thus represents the church during the seven church ages being washed with the water of the revealed Word for each age.
Daniel saw the clay as miry clay -- Wet clay.
DANIEL 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay
The Bride washed by the water of salvation released at Calvary, when a Roman spear pierced the side of Jesus.
JOHN 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
The Gentile image was made of four metals which have no life in them. These were four Gentile Kingdoms, from Babylon, to Media and Persia, to the Greeks, and then the Romans. Meanwhile the red bloodline of salvation ran through the Jewish nation, that was not part of the Gentile image.
Then at the cross, salvation crossed over to move away from the Jews, into the feet of clay and iron, which represent the seven church ages. Only the clay in the feet can support life. Seeds can grow in clay. Clay can be moulded, when it is wet, by the Potter’s hands. Clay can absorb water. (Spiritually, the Bride absorbed the water of the Word). Metals cannot absorb water. The iron of the Roman Catholic church rejects the revealed Word.
The Bride absorbs the Word for her day.
DANIEL 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
The bits of iron represent the Roman Catholic church, that is the only denominational church that began in the first church age, and as the ancient enemy of truth has spread error through every church age.
Roman Catholicism and the Bride have fought an intense battle down through the seven church ages. The Bride by believing the written Word. The denominational church by following human leaders, and believing unscriptural doctrines that are not written in the Bible.
EPHESIANS 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,The Bride clay is only wet and miry when washed by obeying Scripture, which is pure spiritual water.
JOHN 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)Water also speaks of the Holy Spirit that guides us into all truth. We have to serve God in Spirit and in Truth.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
The Life of the Holy Spirit guiding the Bride through the verses of Truth in the Bible is the only Way to serve God in the seven church ages.
JOHN 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
Miry clay has another meaning, as it is sticky and messy.
PSALM 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
This reminds us that we are sinful people, just sinners saved by grace, and much in need of being washed clean by the Spirit and the truth of Scripture. Every wrong doctrine that we believe smears the darkness of unbelief in our souls. Darkness indicates the absence of light when we believe things that we cannot prove from Scripture.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
The purpose of the Holy Ghost baptism is to "guide you into all truth".
If you have the Holy Spirit, and have listened to brother Branham’s revelations, then you will be able to read the Bible with understanding, instead of endlessly saying, "I do not know" when asked basic questions -- like why Jesus wrote on the ground with His finger.
"For he shall not speak of himself". This is critical. Today the preachers and church-goers love to draw attention to themselves, and tell how clever they are or how important they are, or how good they are, or how gifted they are, or what a great work they have done. Yet nobody that is alive today is mentioned in the Bible, and thus nobody today can be important.
The seventh angel is the only person spoken of in the Bible at the end time. The rest of us were not important enough for God to mention. As soon as someone elevates themselves, then they have missed the reason that God sent them. The Bible tells us to be zealous to repent at the end. It does not tell us to boost ourselves.
To the last church age, God says:
REVELATION 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
The point we are all missing is that only Jesus is important. He alone walked in the midst of the seven church ages candlesticks. No man was with Him. Brother Branham and Paul were just stars in His right hand.
Where were you and I and everyone else?
So microscopically small and unimportant that John neither saw us, nor noticed us in the vision.
JOHN 16:14 He shall glorify me:
The Holy Ghost will give Jesus all the glory. Whatever we believe must get its authority from Scripture.
Our focus must be entirely on Jesus. Elevating a man is Nicolaitanism, which God hates.
REVELATION 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
No human being can compete in importance with Jesus.
JOHN 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
ISAIAH 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another,
Glorifying any man is just totally wrong.
The revelation of the six Seals in 1963 was such a powerful burst of Light that it destroyed the deepest darkness. Pope John 23 as the top religious leader in the world died in 1963 and the only Roman Catholic president of America, John Kennedy, as the top political leader in the world was shot dead in 1963. These were the two top officials in the realm of darkness.
Rather like the beast and false prophet being destroyed in the lake of fire.
The next year, in 1964, Khrushchev was removed from power in Russia. Thus symbolizing Russia, the king of the North, being defeated at Armageddon.
The seven Trumpets in Revelation Chapter 8 and 9 refer to the feast of the Trumpets that is to call the Jews back to Israel in the great Tribulation. Those two Chapters are not fulfilled by the church.
But the period around the time of the first world war and the second world war gives us a preview of the fifth Trumpet so that we can get a rough idea what the Tribulation will be like.
The pit of hell opened to unleash the spirits of dictatorship.
Not all the demons came out. They are reserved for the Tribulation. Just some of them emerged so as to give us an idea what the Tribulation will be like.
These natural dictators like Hitler then unleashed the satanic hordes of hellish demonology that erupted out of the pit to destroy natural Israel in the Holocaust. This was during the second world war. But that was actually not their only purpose. Their other purpose was their crossing over, after the natural killing in the war stopped, to enter into the church which is spiritual Israel.
Now their purpose is the spiritual killing of Christians by getting them to not believe portions of the Bible. This flood of demonology would domineer the churches in the same way that the Nicene Council in 325 AD forced the churches to accept Trinity and the headship of the bishop of Rome. Under this demonic flood, the churches stopped basing their beliefs on Scripture as the evil spirits forced them to conform to accepting man-made unscriptural doctrines and dictatorship of human leaders based on the role-model of the Pope.
Please notice the demonic pictures in children’s comics to see where artists are getting their inspiration from, as the pit opens up in a preview. Imagine the future horror when the pit actually opens up in reality in the Tribulation.
The Roman Catholic church with is unscriptural teachings is stopping the spiritual children at the end time from returning to the Bible beliefs of the apostolic church fathers of the New Testament.
Notice today how many Roman Catholic priests and leaders are being exposed for the natural abuse of children. This reflects their spiritual sin.
REVELATION 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
The key to heaven is to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Peter used this key to open the Door to Heaven. Jesus Christ is the Door.
Jesus said to Peter:
MATTHEW 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Peter bound the baptism of John the Baptist so that it was no longer valid.
Then Peter loosed repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ as the key to opening the Door to Heaven.
ACTS 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
So the key to Heaven is to glorify and exalt Jesus and make sure that you obey the Scriptures that the first apostles wrote, especially regarding the water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.
Satan has the key to the pit of hell which is a bottomless pit. Once you forsake Scripture as the foundation of your faith then you enter a bottomless pit of new ideas that endlessly get dredged up by the human mind. The ideas keep changing.
When you dance with the Devil you can expect him to keep changing the tune.
REVELATION 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
The sun is the light. This symbolizes the Word.
Church-goers no longer prove what they believe just using the Bible.
The air or atmosphere is also darkened. The atmosphere refers to the mood or feeling between people in a discussion. Disagree with a church-goer and refer to Scriptures that contradict their opinions and you encounter an undercurrent of indifference and lack of interest in what you say. They either get angry or they lose interest. They then shun or avoid you with a plastic smile that never touches their eyes. They have no interest in a deeper understanding of Scripture. All they want is their church opinions where their Bible-ignorance is never exposed.
Demonology is alive and well in terms of how human thinking is being corrupted away from Scripture. The Devil has to keep you away from the Bible because he knows that only the Bible can keep you away from the Devil.
REVELATION 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Locusts are destructive. They come in a swarm and overwhelm an area. It is very difficult to oppose a demonic flood of unscriptural ideas. Demons get let loose to destroy Bible faith with their "clever" opinions and speculations. Then very few people have the courage to stand up against the majority. Group-think wins in the churches, not the written Scripture.
64-0719M THE FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS
The hour that we're living, the ecclesiasticals, of spirits uniting together now and bringing them all to this big one slaughter, to blot out. It's already in writing here, in this nation now, that these churches has to be closed unless you're with the organization. It's a union, it's a boycott, just like the mark of the beast.
And now you see what the beast is, don't you? It's a power. And a power, ecclesiastical power, Jesus said, "It'd be so close like the real thing, it'd deceive the very Elected if it was possible." But He promised to have something here for us in that day, that we wouldn't be deceived, and that's the Word, and Christ to make It manifest to us. They're supernaturals, devils, unseen to the eye, but you can see what they're doing. See?
REVELATION 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
Locusts that do not eat green vegetation are not natural locusts.
John is describing demonology in terms of the destructive power of locusts. There is no way that we can describe demons because they are spirits so John has to compare them to something that we do know. He was horrified at the spiritual destruction that these demons achieved. The amount of Bible-faith that they destroyed in the people. Their destructive power reminded him of locusts. They just destroy everything that is not protected. The seal of God is the Holy Ghost baptism which is the only protection that we have against demonology.
EPHESIANS 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
The evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism is our ability to understand the truth of the written Word.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
The Holy Spirit enables us to understand Scripture.
Jesus always withstood the Devil by saying, "It is written....".
The Devil is determined to make us believe something plausible that is not written in Scripture.
But the demons who are represented by locusts have a king. A king wears a crown. In the western world the only crowned religious leader was the Pope. He wore a triple crown.
When Pope Paul 6 was crowned in 1963 with the triple crown, he decided to take it off and not wear it again. So the Popes wore a crown from Pope Nicholas 1 in about 860 AD to Pope Paul 6 in 1963. An interval of 1103 years. This represents the longest line of crowned leaders on planet earth.
REVELATION 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
The Pope, as a dictator, no longer has a crown, but still has a king's power of supreme authority over the Roman Catholic church.
An angel is a messenger. The Pope is the messenger from the pit -- the messenger from darkness.
Our only safety is to take brother Branham’s revelations back to Scripture. If we twist up his quotes to become something that is unscriptural, then those demonic spirits have enticed us and we are also in the Pope’s camp.
62-0318 THE SPOKEN WORD IS THE ORIGINAL SEED 2
Now, all these things I've said, if they don't jive with the Bible, or dovetail with God's Word, they're wrong, they're wrong,
Abaddon means ruin and destruction. Satan’s main thrust today is to ruin the Message of brother Branham by interpreting it in a way that is unscriptural. Then the Message is ruined' and the Message people head for destruction in the Tribulation.
Abaddon is the angel-king of the infernal regions -- the minister of death and the author of havoc on the earth. The numerous different types of Message-beliefs bears testimony to the havoc that Satan (also known as Abaddon) has wrought amongst the Message-followers.
The denominations are also firm in their opposition to the mysteries that brother Branham did reveal. They are also split up into thousands of different beliefs.
Satan and his demons are causing havoc in the church world. Bible ignorance is growing amongst church-goers.
64-0719M THE FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS
They're supernaturals, devils, unseen to the eye, but you can see what they're doing.
Notice, while that group is a riding, making themselves ready to stomp out everything that won't agree with them,
1965 was the year brother Branham left the scene. His preaching ministry from 1947-1965 was perhaps the most prosperous time ever for the American economy. The 1950s were the days of plenty. God blessed America, but that did not mean that the Americans wanted to turn to God’s revealed truth.
But then, according to some historians, America tried to 'commit suicide' between 1965-1980. This was the price that America paid for rejecting brother Branham’s revelations of the written Bible.
This whole sad saga started in 1965 when president Johnson foolishly decided to escalate the Vietnam war, which turned out to be a disaster. President Nixon skillfully got America out of the war, but then the American Press and Mass Media destroyed him over the Watergate scandal. The Democratically controlled Congress abandoned South Vietnam, which became a humiliating defeat for America. The American military was powerful and never lost a battle in Vietnam, but like Daniel’s Gentile image, it also had feet of clay as it was defeated by the American Press and American politicians. For the people in Vietnam and Cambodia (now Kampuchea), the American departure in 1975 was a catastrophe. More than a million would subsequently be killed before things stabilized around 1980.
Meanwhile fierce student riots broke out in American universities, and race riots broke out in American cities, which incited violence and destruction.
Around the time that the Arabs lost the 1973 war against Israel, they increased the oil price to four times more than what it was. Countries headed for bankruptcy. Malnutrition killed tens of millions in Africa and Asia. This was the most destructive economic event since the second World War.
President Carter used a human rights campaign to undermine the Shah of Iran. As a result Iran got taken over by a far worse and violently anti-American terrorist regime, that took power in 1979 by executing many thousands of opponents. They took American hostages in Iran, and Carter's attempt to free them ended in a disaster as the rescue helicopters flew into two fierce dust storms. American prestige plummeted.
In 1965, Pope Paul VI and Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lifted mutual excommunications that had led to a split between the Catholics and the Greek Orthodox churches in 1054. This was a big ecumenical step towards uniting the different churches together. The ecumenical unity movement would be a major policy for many churches.
In the parable the wheat and the tares grow together. Then the tares must first be gathered together in the ecumenical movement of unity, where love unites and doctrine divides. Thus churches are basically free to believe what they like, just as long as they reasonably unite and co-operate together by blurring their differences. This movement began in 1948, as Satan set out to oppose the end time prophet who began his teaching ministry in 1947.
MATTHEW 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
After 1965 the church world would continue to be caught up into two major streams.
One was an ecumenical move that sought to loosely unite about 600 million of the 800 million Protestant Christians. The emphasis was on unity and getting on with each other and ignoring doctrinal differences.
The other stream was an endless splitting up and fragmentation into new denominations and non-denominational churches, until by 2018 there were more than 45,000 different types of churches.
Neither of those streams have any hope of preparing the people for the coming of the Lord.
Brother Branham as a person had gained a deep insight into Scripture, and most certainly knew what he was talking about when he left in 1965.
But that was not the issue. Brother Branham had not come just to get himself ready for the Lord's Coming. He had come to reveal the Bible mysteries so that the Bride could get herself ready for the Coming of the Lord.
REVELATION 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
The real issue is that the Bride has to be restored to the first church age doctrines, and get back to believing what the early church believed in the New Testament. Until that happens, brother Branham’s ministry has not achieved its goal.
MATTHEW 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
So our problem is how do we get gathered into God’s barn? How do we learn to understand the Bible so that we can find the Scriptural path to the second Coming?
Brother Branham saw a vision of the end time.
60-1113 CONDEMNATION BY REPRESENTATION
Then when these women help elect the wrong person, then I seen a great woman rise up in the United States, well-dressed and beautiful, but cruel in heart. She will either guide or lead this nation to ruination. (I've got in parenthesis "perhaps Catholic church.")
Also, science will progress, especially in the mechanical world. Automobiles will continue to get like egg shape. Finally they will build one that won't need a steering wheel. (They've got it now.) It will be controlled by some other power.
Then I seen the United States as one smoldering, burnt-over place. It will be near the end. (Then I've got in parenthesis: "I predict that this will take place." Now, remember, That's what the Lord showed, but "I predict this will take place before 1977.") Upon this prediction, I base, because of the onrushing onslaught that's coming now, how fast that it was moving, how long it'll take till this nation meets its place.
The Catholic church has attracted about 1.2 billion people as converts. A woman represents a church, as the true church is the Bride of Christ. Thus the Catholic church can be described as very attractive woman, because she has attracted so many people.
Thus it would be correct to describe Roman Catholicism as a beautiful woman.
This quote would play havoc in 2016, when Message preachers interpreted it to mean that Hillary Clinton would win the American presidential election. Brother Branham never made that statement. Message preachers interpreted his quote that way. But Hillary always wore a pants outfit, and brother Branham would not have described that as "well dressed". In addition, nobody would describe Hillary as beautiful.
This indicates a fatal mistake made by Message believers. They change the quote in some way, and get totally the wrong answer. They are so desperate to twist a quote into some very dramatic event. But they got it totally wrong because Trump won.
So we learn a very important lesson. These Message preachers who predicted that Hillary would win, have absolutely no clue as to what God is thinking or planning to do in these end times. They insist on leading because of their power over the people which they love to exercise. Plus the pay is also good. So who cares if they do not preach the truth? They are not concerned.
Why did they mess up? Because they put all their faith into their interpretation of a quote, instead of putting their faith into the written Bible.
So why are so many Message churches going wrong? Because they build on quotes that have no Bible verses to back them up.
61-1119 PERFECT STRENGTH BY PERFECT WEAKNESS
Oh, my, talk about the lid off of the kettle: demons going around, powers of the devil under the name of Christianity, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men, theological seminary doctrines, leaving the Bible alone.
A seminary is any group of people coming up with their own opinion.
Having no Scripture to backup a dramatic prediction was reckless and foolish. When we have no Scripture for our opinions then the Devil inspires us.
61-1217 CHRISTIANITY VS IDOLATRY
And you'd better be versed and know what you're doing, or you could take an evil spirit so easy and not know. If it's contrary to this Word, don't believe it. Stay with that Word.
Some of the Message preachers who insisted that Hillary would win in 2016, had also back in 1977 stressed the quote of America being destroyed by 1977. This quote was just wrong. So after forty years of emphasizing quotes, they are still getting it wrong. And their assemblies are so brain-washed and dumbed-down by their sloppy diet of interpreted quotes, that they do not seem to notice.
But 1977 was a strong warning issued by God. Do not just believe a quote because brother Branham said it. Some quotes are wrong. Take the ideas from his quotes and then check those ideas with the Bible. Only then will you know that you have found the truth.
64-0823 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 1
But those who can accept the Word in Its fullness, not me preaching It, because It's the Bible says so. Those who accept that is free, because they--the Word's already been judged.
Only believe the quotes if you can run them through the Scripture.
So another major mistake of Message preachers is their claim that "you cannot correct the prophet". This 1977 quote had no Bible verses to back it up. This reveals a very important point. If you have a quote that does not reflect in the written Word, then leave that quote alone.
Much as we love and admire brother Branham we must also remember that he is human and can make a mistake. So we must check his quotes with Scripture, and only believe what the Scripture says.
His visions and his insight into Scripture was amazing. And brother Branham has taught me far, far more about the Bible than any other person.
But just as John the Baptist made a serious mistake when he thought that Jesus was not the Messiah, so brother Branham also made mistakes at times.
The mistake he made in 1963, concerning the great supernatural cloud over Flagstaff on 28 February 1963, had huge negative repercussions.
He knew nothing of the cloud at the time, as he only learned about it a few months later. Knowing that seven angels had come to him invisibly on 8 March at Sunset Peak, he guessed that they formed the cloud as they left him. Thus he was convinced that he stood underneath the 1963 cloud on Sunset Peak in southern Arizona as the seven angels left him. There, sadly, he just got his facts and figures totally wrong. The cloud was seen 8 days before the angels arrived to meet him at Sunset Peak. The cloud was seen 200 miles north of Sunset Peak over the city of Flagstaff.
In addition, there were two clouds.
This photograph was taken from Winslow.
A smaller smoke cloud from an exploded rocket moved west to east about 20 miles to the west behind the huge supernatural cloud that was briefly visible for 28 minutes after sunset over Flagstaff as it moved towards Winslow. Neither cloud went anywhere near Sunset Peak.
Brother Branham got to Sunset Peak to hunt javelina pigs on 6 March 1963 according to his daughter Becky in her book "Return to Sunset".
The hunting season had not yet opened on 28 February 1963. The javelina pig hunting season ran from 1 March to 1o March 1963. So brother Branham could not have been hunting on 28 February.
The cloud was the sign in the heaven of the Son of Man. It appeared before brother Branham got there, and was 200 miles to the north of where he was. He knew nothing about it at the time. So God was putting no emphasis on brother Branham as a man.
It was a sign to attract attention.
The angels came eight days later to tell him to go to Jeffersonville and reveal the six Seals in Revelation Chapter 6.
So God was drawing attention to the remarkable series of sermons that he would preach as he revealed the six Seals. These revealed the inner workings of the antichrist spirit during the seven church ages.
Those revelations enabled brother Branham to open up the mysteries of the written Bible, and restore us back to the beliefs of the early church.
Brother Branham as a man could not get us ready to meet Jesus. But the messages he taught and preached show us how to unfold the way through the verses of the Bible to establish the truth.
But numerous wrong doctrines would breed out of the cloud photograph.
From this we learn the essential step of checking all the facts and figures before we decide to believe a quote.
These mistakes should emphasize to us that brother Branham is not God. Since he made some mistakes he also cannot be called the Voice of God. God does not make mistakes. Brother Branham’s quotes are not infallible.
62-1007 THE KEY TO THE DOOR
That, they claim in here that some brethren up there that said that I sent them up there, and they're preaching that men should leave their wives and hunt for their spiritual mate, and that I am perfectly infallible. That there's nothing... And, oh, some of the awfullest things you ever heard.
When people did say he was infallible, he regarded that as the awfullest thing he had heard. It was just as horrible as the idea of leaving one's wife and marrying another.
But brother Branham was sent to turn us back to the Bible beliefs of the early church.
Let us have a quick view of some of the wrong beliefs that have come out of the cloud photograph:
(The Cloud with a capital C is the supernatural Cloud so that you do not confuse it with the smoke cloud of the exploded rocket).
The Cloud of 28 February 1963, that was photographed in northern Arizona at sunset over the city of Flagstaff, was declared to be "the coming of the Lord" on Sunset Peak -- which is actually 200 miles south of Flagstaff.
The Cloud, formed by the wings of seven angels, was never anywhere near Sunset Peak on 28 February 1963. It was 200 miles north, at Flagstaff city.
The seven angels came invisibly to Sunset Peak at 8 o’clock in the morning of 8 March 1963 to meet brother Branham. They then left invisibly, forming no cloud.
The seven angels forming the Cloud and the same seven angels meeting brother Branham were two separate events, separated by 200 miles, and eight days apart. Yet many Message believers say that they are one and the same event.
They publish a picture of the Cloud and say it was "Christ on Sunset Peak". Absolutely untrue.
The invisible coming of the angels to brother Branham at Sunset Peak could not be the coming of the Lord either, because in 1965, the last year of his life, brother Branham was still waiting for the coming of the Lord.
65-0725E WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION ON THE MOUNTAIN
We send greetings up in the mountains, Prescott, Arizona, to Brother Leo Mercier and his group that's up there waiting for the Coming of the Lord. We send greetings to those in Tucson, that's gathered tonight, waiting for the Coming of the Lord. Down into Houston, Texas, to those who are waiting for the Coming of the Lord. Up in Chicago, to those who are waiting for the Coming of the Lord. Up on the East Coast, New York and Connecticut, and the great groups up there, that's waiting for the Coming of the Lord. We don't have room here to seat them, so we just have to send them the Word through the medium of the telephone. We send greetings to Brother Junior Jackson tonight, and his group down in Clarksville. Brother Ruddell, up on sixty-two, and his group, waiting for the Coming of the Lord. And we're gathered here tonight at the home church, the tabernacle, waiting for the Coming of the Lord.
But then other Message believers claim that when he opened the seventh Seal in March 24 1963, that would bring the Lord back to earth. But he never opened the seventh Seal. It remained a complete mystery.
63-1110 SOULS THAT ARE IN PRISON NOW
The Seventh Seal brings Him back to earth.
But the seventh Seal never opened.
Remember, He hid the Seventh Seal from us. He wouldn't do it.
64-0719M THE FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS
The Seventh Seal hasn't opened yet, you know. That's His Coming.
Others took a different approach to further confuse the coming of the Lord in a dense fog of speculation.
They claimed that the "coming" of the Lord was to be a "secret presence" (or parousia) at Sunset Peak in the Sonoran desert, near the city of Tucson.
The Greek word parousia can mean "presence", or "coming". The King James Bible scholars chose to translate parousia as "coming". They were in the age of the third beast around the throne, the man -- Symbolizing human wisdom. They had more wisdom for translating than what we have. We have more eagle insight than what they had.
So we are foolish if we change their translation. Then we have no Absolute Bible.
63-1124 THREE KINDS OF BELIEVERS
The antichrist don't deny the Word. Certainly not. He says he believes It, but just not all of It the way It's wrote here.
Change a word in the Bible and you move into the camp of the antichrist.
Then others claim that the coming of the Lord is also supposed to be when the Lord comes to each individual separately. That is basically the Holy Ghost baptism.
Yeet that happened many times in the first church age, and was never referred to as the coming of the Lord.
The angel said that Jesus would return in the same resurrected Body that He ascended to heaven in
ACTS 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
But the Lord will not come before the dead have been raised, and the living have been changed into their new bodies.
So there is no coming of the Lord until you are changed into a new body.
I CORINTHIANS 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I THESSALONIANS 4:16 ... and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
By now you will have noticed an element of confusion in all their statements about the coming of the Lord. Then it gets worse as the Cloud suddenly becomes the Angel of Revelation 10 coming down.
So the Cloud, that briefly appeared for 28 minutes where it remained at a remarkable height of 42 kilometers, suddenly became the Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 coming down.
But, remember, if it goes plumb into the shadows of death, "I am the resurrection and Life; I'll raise him up again." And when the great Director comes down and bears that stick down, then, "time shall be no more." When that Angel, of Revelation the 10th chapter, puts one foot on land and one on the sea, and a rainbow over His head, He swore, "time shall be no more." When that time comes, you'll rise up from among the dead. While the rest of them lay there, you'll go in.
But this is 1964, a year after the Cloud, and brother Branham is still waiting for the Angel to come down to raise the dead in the resurrection.
Others just say that the Angel came down (they do not know where or when), and they also do not know what the angel has done in the 55 odd years since then.
The original Cloud of 1963, that the Tucson Observatory photographed, has caused all these fantasies and unscriptural speculations that their church-goers mistake for doctrine. Then the Cloud was described by brother Branham, four months before he died, as the sign of the Son of man in the heaven. There is no water vapour above 20 kilometers that can cause a cloud.
65-0718M TRYING TO DO GOD A SERVICE WITHOUT IT BEING THE WILL OF GOD
And then in that great observatory, so that the world will be without, they're still wondering what happened. In Tucson, them big observatories took the picture of it up there; still wondering what happened. What is it? They still put in the paper, "Does anybody know anything about what, how it could have happen?" There is no fog up there, there's no air, there's no moisture; thirty miles high in the air. Oh, my! "There shall be signs in the heaven above. And when these things take place, earthquakes in divers places, then shall appear the sign in the heaven, of the Son of man." "That day," in Luke, "the Son of man will reveal Himself again; being revealed, Hisself." And the world will look like Sodom and Gomorrah. Oh, my!
MATTHEW 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:
All these different opinions merely create a swamp that dumbs down the thinking skills of those who refuse to be Scriptural.
The final irony is that there were two clouds. One supernatural formed by angels’ wings, and another smoke cloud formed by an exploding rocket at a height of 42 kilometers. The Message Cloud-believers fail to mention or explain that fact.
Why is there this fog of unbelief and error concerning the Cloud?
In their rush to develop some dramatic doctrine around the Cloud, so that they can aqpepar to be clever, Message people have drifted far away from Scripture. The Light of God’s Word is not taken as a guide, thus the Cloud-doctrines become a journey into darkness.
Just disagree with a Cloud-believer and watch their attitude change, especially if you know some facts about the Cloud that contradict their belief. A Message pastor is forced to resign if he questions the current "Cloud-theory".
As you saw above, the Cloud doctrines are just smoke-and-mirrors. No Scriptural verses that run through the Bible. Just the treacherous quicksands of shifting human opinion. Proving a Cloud theory is like folding fog. You just have no Scriptures to work with in order to link them all up in a theme.
This study covers the Laodicean church age up for the period 1906-1965, and covered the years of brother Branham’s life and ministry.
So this study can be entitled: "In the days of the seventh angel" -- because he was alive and preaching.
Then he left the scene having recorded most of his sermons. From 1966 onwards, we now had the responsibility of taking his quotes back to Scripture, so that we could learn how to read and understand the Bible for ourselves.
All we really have of brother Branham today is the sound of his voice on the tapes.
So from 1966 onwards, we can call the study on the next part of the Laodicean age, "In the days of the VOICE of the seventh angel".