Communion, part 1
The Communion or Lord’s Supper that the Catholics call the Eucharist is highly controversial.
This doctrine ripped the Catholic and Protestant churches apart in the 1500s.
Communion, called the Eucharist, was a major reason for the Roman Catholic church to impose a Bishop as a one-man leader on each church, about 200 years after the Day of Pentecost. Originally the bishop was just a title for an elder. A group of elders ran each local assembly. Elders were called bishops.
PHILIPPIANS 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
There were many bishops in the city of Philippi.
The subtle and secretive change occurred when the church claimed that only an appointed Bishop could administer the sacrament of the Host, the round wafer, which replaced the broken bread. This gave the Catholic church the power to appoint the leader of each church.
A picture of a typical wafer or Host or Eucharist, as the Catholics call it.
Notice the initials IHS.
These came from the Egyptian trinity of Isis, Horus, and Seb.
Pagan influences entered the church to make the church acceptable to the pagans.
The bread and wine ceased to be a thanksgiving memorial using symbols of salvation and became the means of salvation.
The communion service was then called a Mass. The Catholic church insisted that you got saved by getting sprinkled with water as a baby (which they called baptism) and regularly attending Mass.
By AD 300, you got saved, not by personally repenting and accepting Jesus as your Saviour, but by taking and eating the Eucharist or round wafer, which is also called the “Host”
By the end of the third century (AD 300), Dionysius of Alexandria gives us an account in which we can see that the forgiveness of sins does not depend on personal repentance and confession of sins to God. To receive pardon, a man on his deathbed has to partake of the Eucharist. Otherwise, he is doomed. The emphasis on the clergy's mediatory role slowly replaced Christians' personal responsibility to inquire of Christ for their own salvation. By the mid-fourth century (AD 350), the access to salvation through personal repentance and prayer was replaced by the Church-officiated act of Eucharist. That meant that only a Bishop or priest could offer you the wafer or host that you had to eat to get saved.
The Bishop stood as a priest between God and the people.
The Catholic Church was re-creating the Aaronic priesthood that stood between the Jews and God. These priests endlessly offered sacrifices for sin. The Mass or Eucharist became an endless or perpetual sacrifice offered up by the Catholic priests for the people's salvation.
In the late second and early third century AD 170 to AD 230, the Eucharist's meaning started to shift from a thanksgiving meal to a “meal of salvation”.
Instead of being an outward sign of redemption, the wafer or Eucharist was interpreted as the means that was placed in the Church to provide the Christians with salvation. This also placed an unnatural emphasis on the orthodox church officials who became indispensable instruments in the function of the Eucharist to save people. These Bishops became a succession from the apostles.
The Bishops now stood in the place of God to administer salvation by giving the Host, the round wafer. The Bishop becomes the priest who stands between God and man. The Host becomes the “perpetual sacrifice”. The baptism and Eucharist ceased to be the signs and symbols of salvation but they became the means of salvation.
The consequence of the Eucharist's role, which is claimed to save us, is that the worship and life of the Church became strongly centered on the clergy. They became the main dispensers of salvation.
Thus, by trying to achieve greater control and power to correct heretics and assure Christian unity, the Church became the very source of heresy it tried to defend itself from.
Dojcin Zivadinovic, Andrews University, Research Paper on Historical Theology. 2008
The Bishop was elevated above the church.
That is Nicolaitanism, which God hates.
The elevation of a holy man to be the head of the church began as a "clever and efficient idea" soon after the apostles died.
REVELATION 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
The idea caught on and became central to the antichrist's spirit gaining control of the church.
By the third church age, this idea of an elevated Bishop being in charge of the church was a foundational doctrine of the denominational system. It later sneaked into the Protestant churches as a pastor-in-charge-of-the-church.
The deeds had become a doctrine. What we do influences what we believe.
REVELATION 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
This conquering of the laity or congregation was revealed in the First Seal. By 1315 the Pope had even acquired a triple crown.
REVELATION 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
The antichrist spirit on the white horse of religious deception. A bow without an arrow is a bluffer. He has no Scripture to back him up. According to Scripture, only Jesus is the Head of the church.
EPHESIANS 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Christ alone can save the church, which is the Body of believers.
To further establish his one-man-domination-of-the-church, the Bishop then claimed the authority to appoint priests in the churches that were under him. No priest could perform the Mass and give out the Eucharist (wafer) to the people unless the Bishop permitted him.
Around AD 170, only the clergy (the Bishop and the priests that he had appointed) were allowed to pray at the Communion called the Mass or Eucharist. To increase this elevation of human leadership, only the clergy could drink the wine.
Around AD 170, the Roman church had started to build up an artificial church structure. The emphasis was on the church and the church leader, not the Bible. Each city had to have a Bishop in charge of the city.
The Catholics claimed that the Bishop or priest's prayer actually changed the bread and wine into the literal Body and Blood of Jesus. Thus, actually eating the bread was the only way to be saved. For convenience and efficiency, they changed the bread into small, round wafers. That made it quicker to distribute in a bigger congregation.
(Does God want bigger congregations?)
The Catholic church believed and enforced these ideas for 1200 years until Martin Luther rebelled in 1520, calling the bread and wine symbols and not the actual body and blood of the Lord.
Protestants continued with some of the Catholic errors.
They continued with the Catholic idea of doing the communion in the morning, the Lord’s Breakfast, rather than at night, the Lord’s Supper.
Most Protestants, like most Catholics, ignored the foot-washing.
Protestants also produced several variations or new errors.
A big error was to use ordinary bread that is baked with yeast (leaven).
Then, for efficiency, this bread is cut into little cubes instead of being broken.
The Protestants restored the idea of the congregation drinking the wine, but they then put the wine into small little cups. One cup for each person. There was no shared cup.
Their excuse was that they were not legalists.
They did not need to copy the Lord’s example too strictly.
So, how far can they push the limits?
Can they use toast and orange juice? Or Coca Cola and pizza? Or cooldrink and a hamburger?
People soon agree that these examples are not acceptable.
But these examples still are legalistic because they involve one solid and one liquid.
They still involve only two elements.
The original communion only had two elements, bread and wine.
If we are going to copy some aspects of what the Lord did, why not copy all aspects of what He did?
Please remember, obedience is not legalism.
Legalism is doing something because you have to do it.
Obedience is doing something because you want to do it.
If we drive slowly and observe the speed limits because we have to, in order to avoid a traffic fine, that is legalism. Here the emphasis is on my personal benefits. I do not have to pay a fine.
If we drive slowly and observe the traffic laws to keep our roads safe for all road users, that is simply a sensible and responsible attitude of obedience to the law. Here the emphasis is on the safety of other people. I will not endanger their lives nor damage their vehicles.
If we desire to follow the Lord’s example, then we should copy everything that He did.
No person has the authority to change certain things that Jesus wanted the church to do.
Whatever changes you make, you do so without any Bible authority. Thus, you mislead people.
The Law says (in the 10 commandments) that I must not kill, I must not lie, I must not steal.
A born-again Christian has no desire to kill, steal, or lie. That does not make the Christian a legalist.
That just makes a Christian a trustworthy and dutiful member of society. He or she regards the welfare of all the other people as a worthwhile priority. In turn, they regard that Christian as a faithful person that they can rely on and depend on.
Obeying the law because we want to is essential for the smooth functioning of society.
Break the rules, and you are unfair to somebody else who follows them.
Obeying the law because you have to merely indicates the lack of a born-again experience.
JOHN 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
The proof of our love for God is when we obey Him.
People come up with fake excuses to justify not following Christ’s example.
What if you are on a desert island and only have crackers and grape juice?
Answer. You are not on a desert island. So follow the Bible example.
What if you are at a polar circle where days & nights are 6 months long?
Answer. You are not in the polar circle.
If you are in a situation where you cannot do communion properly, then do not do it.
The thief on the cross repented but could not get baptized. So, he was not required to be baptized.
The symbols of communion are based on remembrance.
Remembering Christ's sacrifice for our sins.
I CORINTHIANS 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
We are to remember His death that was to pay for our sins.
If bread and wine are the correct symbols that God wants us to use, then that thought must run through the Bible.
Truth is confirmed if an idea is found in Scripture, starting in Genesis (the Seed Chapter).
The bread and wine that Jesus used for the communion are mentioned in Genesis.
Melchizedek (Hebrew spelling) blessed Abraham after Abraham had won the battle when he rescued Lot and killed the pagan kings of Canaan.
GENESIS 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Who was Melchizedek?
He was God, Who picked up a handful of dust and briefly made a body of flesh for Himself, into which He stepped. Then God acted out the role of a High Priest by serving the elements of communion to Abraham. When God left Abraham, He just let that body return to the dust. That way, He had no father nor mother. He was never born as a baby. He never died as there was no rotting corpse left behind.
HEBREWS 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
One-tenth is a tithe. Tithes are paid to God. This again proves that Melchizadek was God in an adult human body that He made for the occasion.
The communion of Melchizadek thus reminded Abraham of the battle that had been won.
Communion should remind us of the battle against sin that Jesus won at Calvary.
Then communion re-appears in the life of Joseph when he was in prison in Egypt.
GENESIS 40:1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.
GENESIS 40:2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
GENESIS 40:3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
They both dreamed dreams and Joseph interpreted them. To the butler he said:
GENESIS 40:13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.
The wine represented life to the butler. The bread represented death to the baker. Thus in communion, the bread is broken, symbolizing death.
Joseph said to the baker:
GENESIS 40:19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.
The bread represented death. Jesus was dead (the broken bread) for three days in the tomb. Then He arose to Life after three days (the wine).
Communion is linked to the exodus that started with the Passover meal.
The first exodus was the Jews going out of Egypt. The Passover was the symbol of this.
Communion must remind us to “go out” of our previous unscriptural errors as we enter a lonely wilderness of rejection by the church world. Then, only, can we enter the Promised Land of the revealed Word for our day.
EXODUS 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
Jesus, as the Lamb of God, was hailed as the King of Israel on Palm Sunday and taken to the Temple when He rode in on a donkey and its colt.
So Palm Sunday had to be the 10th day of the first month of the Jewish calendar.
The Temple was the house of God the Father.
JEREMIAH 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.
The Jewish religious leaders used the Temple as a money-making den of corruption.
Jesus drove them out. That was His Father’s house.
JOHN 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
Then God changed His dwelling place to live physically inside the Body of Jesus Christ.
That way, God could develop the human side of His nature as Jesus grew from a Baby to a Man. A Kinsman to us because we also grow from childhood to adulthood.
Melchizedek was God living in an adult human body. That was like Adam, who was made from the dust as an adult without blood. As a result, Melchizadek was not our Kinsman.
I CORINTHIANS 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
The Holy Ghost flowed through the blood vessels of Adam, giving him eternal life. When Adam sinned, the Holy Spirit left him, and God filled his blood vessels with blood, which gave him a temporary life. This fleshly life would not last for one of God’s days, which is 1000 years.
II PETER 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
As the Father, God had dwelled ABOVE the Jews.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
As Emmanuel, God dwelled WITH the Jews, in Jesus, as a Kinsman because He had blood, and He had been born as a Baby.
LEVITICUS 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood:
The key ingredients to make Jesus a Kinsman Redeemer were flesh and blood.
Symbolized by the bread and the wine at the communion.
Eternal Life was in the blood inside His sinless flesh. When He died, the Life left His blood and came back up in His sinless body at the resurrection. There was no need for blood in His resurrected body because He had paid the price for our sins.
The blood that was outside His body was placed on the mercy seat to cleanse our sins.
Thus, in Heaven, His clothes are dipped in His blood.
REVELATION 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:
God is a Spirit, and as a Spirit, He can be in more than one place at a time.
JOHN 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Jesus said that He was in Heaven while He was on earth.
The Spirit of God in Him was in more than one place at a time.
JEREMIAH 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.
(Scientists have recently discovered that electrons can be in more than one place at a time. This is, of course, very baffling to our “normal” way of human thinking.)
2000 years ago, the Spirit of God was in the Temple, and God was also in Jesus.
The Holy Spirit was in the Dove as well as in John the Baptist at the water baptism.
The Holy Spirit never entered Jesus, the Spirit rested on Him.
JOHN 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
God projected His Holy Spirit as an outward anointing on Jesus.
The Jews preferred the Temple worship because humans were in charge, and they could corrupt the Temple to suit their own greedy and selfish agendas.
When Jesus died, God’s Spirit left His Body and left the Holy of Holies because the Temple veil was also torn. But the Spirit of God only resurrected in the perfect, bloodless Body of Jesus, not in the Temple. Thus, the Temple was doomed, and it was destroyed 38 years later in AD 70 by the Romans under General Titus.
This was a new or second exodus. God leaving the Temple in AD 33 when Jesus died on Calvary.
The second exodus involved the Christian church moving out of the Jews.
The communion was the symbol of this.
The Holy Spirit now had to split up, and a portion of God’s Spirit had to come INTO each born-again believer as the Holy Ghost baptism.
The Holy Spirit in the New Testament believers would enable them to perform the exodus out of Judaism. The doctrine of the apostles would guide them.
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost refer to God's ministry when He was manifest above the Jews, then with the Jews as Emmanuel, and then in His church as the Holy Ghost.
EXODUS 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
If Palm Sunday, when Jesus was chosen, was the 10th day, then He had to die on the 14th day, which would be a Thursday.
Jesus said that He would be in the tomb for three nights.
MATTHEW 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jesus had to die on Thursday.
The three nights were Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night.
Sunday is the first day of the week. Saturday is the seventh day.
Early on Sunday morning, Jesus had arisen from the tomb.
JOHN 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
The Catholic Church claimed, wrongly, that the crucifixion was Friday. The Protestants accepted this fake news.
The antichrist beast system will change Bible times and change Bible laws.
DANIEL 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws:
The Catholics keep repeating their changed times. The Sabbath, which they changed from Saturday to Sunday, and the day of the crucifixion which they changed from Thursday to Friday. The unknown day of Christ's birth which they pretended was 25 December, copied from the pagan sun god's birthday. They had to change the length of a Bible year from 360 to 365.24 days. That was essential to get the calendar to agree with Nature's cycles. But makes them go wrong when they interpret prophecy with a year of 365.24 days.
Their propaganda was incessant until the Protestants were worn out and stopped protesting. Having given up the struggle, the Protestants just accept what their mother Catholic Church claims about all these changed times.
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 Catholics are the mother church. The Protestants came out of her as daughter churches. All the churches now subscribe to man-made doctrines instead of what is written in the King James Bible. Any unscriptural belief is an abomination in the eyes of God. Especially in this day when the mysteries have been revealed.
"And think to change times and laws:"
“Think”. Human thinking sets out to change what is written in Scripture.
This refers both to the pagan Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church, which resurrected up from the ruins of the pagan Roman Empire.
Let us see how often the pagan Romans and the Roman Catholic Church changed the Bible times.
A Bible year was 360 days long.
REVELATION 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
42 months x 30 = 1260 days
So, each Bible month must be 30 days.
We need this knowledge of a Bible-year if we are to understand certain Bible prophecies.
If one month is 30 days, then 12 months equals 360 days. That is the prophetic Bible year.
Julius Caesar, the pagan Roman dictator, changed the calendar in 45 BC for a year to become 365.25 days.
Roman Catholic Pope Gregory 13 fine-tuned the calendar in 1582 to make it 365.2422 days.
This Gentile Roman year works well for everyday events, but not for Bible prophecy.
The original Bible calendar had been 360 days. This got changed in the Flood of Noah when the earth was knocked a little away from the Sun and froze in the intense cold of space to produce the north and south pole ice caps.
God left it to the Romans to change the times of a year’s length.
In the Tribulation, the earth will be knocked closer to the Sun, and the scorching Sun’s heat will melt the icecaps, raising the level of the sea by about 70 metres. About one-tenth of the earth’s land, including much of the coastal cities, will go underwater. Massive refugee crowds will flood inland.
REVELATION 16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
When the chaos of the Tribulation is over, the earth will be straight on its axis and back to a year or 360 days again for the Millennium or 1000 years of peace.
The year of 365.24 days will be gone forever. So will the Roman Catholic Vatican as a nuclear bomb will destroy it in the Tribulation.
REVELATION 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Totally burned up by an intense flame.
REVELATION 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Why do they stand far away? Why not get in and put out the fire? Because it is a nuclear explosion with its awfully dangerous radiation. You cannot go close without dying.
The Jewish Sabbath of rest was the seventh day, Saturday. The Roman Catholic Church changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and most of the Protestants followed this example.
The true Sabbath is the Holy Ghost baptism when we rest from our sins and never go back to our sinful works again. God rested from His creative works and never went back to them again.
Working. Resting from work for a day and then going back to work again the next day, is not what God did.
HEBREWS 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
We were never asked to celebrate the birth of Jesus. 25 December is the birthday of the Roman sun god. That was established in AD 274 by the pagan Roman emperor Aurelian, who was a sun-worshiper. The pagan Roman sun god's birthday was copied as the Son of God's birthday by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Rome, Julius I, just before he died in AD 352. The Roman Catholics used the unscriptural term “Christ’s Mass” to describe this unscriptural day. Today Protestants call it Christmas. They claim that it is the main “Christian” festival of the year. The Bible never asked us to celebrate nor remember Christ's birth. But the Pope wants us to celebrate Christ's birth. So who do you listen to, the Pope or the Bible?
Egyptians first produced a year of 365.25 days. The Egyptians also started their day at midnight, as that is opposite to midday, the brightest part of the day.
The pagan Romans copied the Gentile Egyptian day, which starts at midnight, and the Egyptian year of 365.25 days. The Roman Catholic Church copied these times from the pagan Romans.
Thus, the Gentile day starts in intense darkness at midnight (spiritual ignorance of paganism) and ends in intense darkness at midnight (paganism flourishes, and the Gentiles perish in the Great Tribulation, the time of Darkness).
This symbolizes the blindness of Gentile thinking.
The Bible gives us a very different insight into a day.
GENESIS 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
The "evening" represents the revelation of truth at the end of the seventh church age. William Branham from America had to reveal the deep mysteries of Scripture so that the end-time Bride could understand the Bible for themselves.
The revelation of the truth will produce the resurrection of all the saints from the seven church ages. For the first time, the full Bride will be on Earth.
ZECHARIAH 14:7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
" The evening and the morning were the first day".
There is no mention of night, which represents the Great Tribulation. That means that the Bride will not be on earth during the Tribulation. The Bride is caught up to Heaven before the Tribulation starts.
The next mention of the Bride is at Armageddon, where the world is cleansed, and it is the "dawn or morning" of a new day, the Millennium, or 1000 years of peace. Christ and his Bride will rule the earth in the true Light of Scripture.
The evening and the morning are the two times when truth shines on the earth from the whole Bride.
We return to the Passover in Egypt.
Every wooden door frame has two uprights or side posts and a horizontal upper door post.
The shed blood of the Passover lamb was splashed onto the horizontal and vertical wooden door posts.
EXODUS 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
Christ is the Door to heaven. The blood from His nailed feet was on the upright post of the wooden cross. The blood from His nailed hands was on the wooden horizontal bar of the cross.
Only when we accept the sacrifice of Christ as our sacrificial Passover Lamb, will God pass over our sins.
EXODUS 12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
Unleavened bread speaks of the purity of Christ’s holy life. He had no leaven or corruption.
But He had to pay a bitter price for our sins.
The emphasis was on blood and flesh, symbolized in the communion as wine and bread.
EXODUS 12:9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
There was no escape. There was no water to lessen the fiery torment of paying for our sins. He had to suffer the torments of hell on our behalf as He accepted responsibility for our sins. He had to carry our sins over the fires of hell to dump them on the Devil.
REVELATION 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;
Hellfire tried to burn Him. But it can only burn sin. So hell was defeated by His holiness and strict adherence to all the written Word.
EXODUS 12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
All our sins had to be paid for. Nothing was left unsettled.
EXODUS 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.
The Jews had to be ready to move out of Egypt in the first exodus.
The Christian church had to be ready to move out of Judaism in the second exodus.
Today, the Word-believing Bride has to be ready to move out of the church systems in the third exodus.
REVELATION 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
This sounds like the ministry of William Branham as the seventh church age messenger. His supernatural ministry was awesome.
His revelation of Bible mysteries shed much light to open our eyes so that we could read and understand the Bible for ourselves.
REVELATION 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
He pointed to the Roman Catholic Vatican City and their figurehead, the Pope, as Mystery Babylon, the antichrist spirit of pagan Rome that resurrected as the Catholic Church on the ruins of the pagan Roman Empire.
REVELATION 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
"Come out of her". Another exodus due to another voice, not the voice of the angel.
Only the Holy Spirit can guide us into all truth (John 16:13).
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;
The Holy Spirit does not focus on what Spirit-filled people say about themselves. Only what is written in Scripture.
Then "another voice", the inner voice of the conviction of the Holy Spirit, warns us to get out of the pastor-dominated church systems. Nowhere did the apostles set up a pastor as the head of a church. That started with the Roman Catholics who put a priest or Bishop in charge of a church to bring all the people under one man's control.
EXODUS 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
God will move in judgement against all our churches during the "night" of the Great Tribulation.
EXODUS 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
Only the blood of the lamb would save the Jews who were in lockdown as they were confined to their homes.
The COVID-19 coronavirus plague put the whole world in lockdown during 2020.
That was a real sign of the times.
Lockdown was the last event in Egypt (the world) before the exodus happened.
Lockdown symbolizes final time of the Bride, those who can read and understand the 1769 King James Version of the Bible, before they are set free at the Coming of the Lord.
65-1204 THE RAPTURE
The first thing comes, when He starts descending from the Heaven, there's a shout. What is it? Is a Message, to get the people together. A Message comes forth, first. Now, lamp-trimming time, "Rise and trim your lamps."
The “Message” is the shout that gets the individuals to trim their lamps and prepare themselves.
Each individual has to trim his or her own lamp and not rely on other people.
Message pastors claim that the "shout" was brother Branham preaching and revealing the mysteries, which ended in 1965.
But look at what he said in the last month of his life in 1965.
He revealed that the shout is still a future event. So, the shout was not him getting the deeper revelations wherewith he would teach the Bride.
The shout is when each Bride individual gets a personal revelation that enables each individual to understand the truth of the revealed mysteries for themselves.
65-1127 I HAVE HEARD BUT NOW I SEE
Dear God, in this solemn moment, it's going to be a time like this when there really will be a clap of thunder someday, and the Son of God shall descend from the heavens with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God, the dead in Christ shall rise.
So in 2020, the "shout" still lies in the future.
The end-time message was not brother Branham getting the truth. The end-time message will only be complete when you and I can understand the truth for ourselves.
The exodus out of Egypt was only a success when the last, and probably the most insignificant, Jew had passed through the Red Sea.
EXODUS 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
The Passover was a memorial.
A remembrance of past events. The death of the lamb. The blood and the flesh.
The communion must remind us of Christ’s sacrifice and death.
His flesh and blood.
His holy flesh that carried away and disposed of our filthy sins down in hell. The Holy Ghost, the Life that was in His blood. His blood cleansed us from sin, the Life that was in His blood then comes into us to take away the desire to sin.
There is nothing that we can do. We must get rid of everything that we think that we can do for Him, and just follow Him through the pages of Scripture.
An exodus out of self-will into God’s Will, God’s Big Picture for our day.