Communion, part 2
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Break bread, without yeast. Do not cut the bread into squares, nor use a round wafer like the Egyptian sun god discs.
- The communion grew out of the Passover supper for the firstborn
- An error does not stay small. It grows.
- Matthew 13. The corrupt Catholic Trinity of the Dark Ages
- The nameless Trinity God
- Internet links up separated individuals using the ZOOM program
- Communion is serious and is only for overcomers
- The Life in His blood produces the resurrection and ascension
- Jesus is the Word. Thus the King James Bible must be perfect
- Catholic “host”
- Wine or grape juice at the communion?
- The breaking of bread has a deeper spiritual meaning.
Communion Part 2
The communion grew out of the Passover supper for the firstborn
The Passover applied specifically to the firstborn. Only they would die if something was wrong.
The firstborn had to take the Passover preparations very carefully. They carefully followed the instructions given by Moses. Their safety lay in their total obedience.
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.
The Exodus involved the life or death of the firstborn who had to do it exactly right.
What was the attitude of the firstborn?
Casual indifference to the details or an intense desire to get everything, all the details, perfectly right in case they die.
Which attitude do we have?
The firstborn will keep checking the details. The firstborn will insist on being Scriptural. That is how we know we are firstborn spiritually.
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.
The firstborn could not save themselves. They had to rely totally on the lamb’s blood on the vertical doorposts and the horizontal lintel.
HEBREWS 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
The church of the firstborn wants everything to be in perfect obedience to God’s Word.
No loose threads. No unexplained Scriptures that are ignored or contradicted.
Let us consider the bread and what it means.
LEVITICUS 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover.
:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
Jesus is the Bread of Life
JOHN 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
JOHN 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
:42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
His Manna, the direct Gospel of salvation from God, is more important than the bread that sustained the Jews in the wilderness.
JOHN 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
:48 I am that bread of life.
:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
God sent down physical manna from Heaven which gave the Jews free food for 40 years in the wilderness, but that did not make the Jews believe. They all died. God made them wander in the wilderness until they died.
Jesus warns us that all the physical benefits that God may give us concerning wealth, health, career opportunities, and safety are only temporary and do not give us eternal life.
We must not take God’s physical blessings for granted. They do not necessarily mean that we are right with God.
We have to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus. Not dominated by a desire for personal gain but rather dominated by a desire to serve Him and follow Him, whatever the cost.
MARK 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
The leaven of the Pharisees symbolizes religious corruption.
The Pharisees were the religious leaders who usurped their position as there was no mention of them in the Old Testament. Today the pastors have usurped the leadership of the church even though “pastors” is only mentioned once in the New Testament, as one of five ministries. This gives them no Bible authority to be the head of the church.
When God set up the church, he never mentioned pastors.
I CORINTHIANS 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
So, the spiritual corruption in the church starts with the "one-man-is-the-head-of-the-church" doctrine.
The leaven of Herod is the corruption of politics that entered the church around AD 312 when the Roman Emperor Constantine gave the beautiful Lateran palace and much wealth to the bishop of Rome.
From then on, the church became subservient to political influences and then rose in political power until the Roman Catholic Church dominated Europe. This did Europe no good as historians call this period the Dark Ages.
1 CORINTHIANS 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Our main weaknesses are in our human spirit. Malice. Wanting to settle the score with someone. The desire for revenge. Hoping to see a rival brought down. Jealousy when somebody outperforms me. Racial or tribal dislikes. A lack of sincerity as we pursue personal gain with a greediness that knows no limits.
Pretense. Claiming to be something that we know we are not. A disregard for Bible truth. Hanging onto some error if that is to our advantage.
MATTHEW 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
:7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.
:8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
Once again Jesus stresses that just as the Devil entered Judas, a church leader, and apostle, so the main corruption comes from the religious leaders. Today we call them pastors, bishops, archbishops, apostles, cardinals, Popes.
Bread has a deeper meaning. It represents spiritual food for the soul. Thus bread can reveal hidden truths in the Scripture.
MATTHEW 16:9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
:10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
:12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Leaven represents rottenness and corruption. The rejection of Bible truth.
Wrong doctrine is the biggest source of error in the churches. This makes church leaders unable to understand the spiritual meaning behind Bible events. To cover their ignorance, they refer to these Bible verses as details that can be ignored. This is dishonesty as they cannot admit that they are just too ignorant to understand the difficult verses.
But every word in the Bible is significant.
PROVERBS 30:5 Every word of God is pure:
II TIMOTHY 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
There is no detail that we can ignore. Everything has a meaning that can teach us something. God did not pad up the Bible with irrelevant sentences. But pastors deceptively hide their ignorance by dismissing the verses that they cannot understand as if these sentences have no value.
Only 5% of our DNA seems to serve a useful function. So, initially, scientists dismissed the remaining 95% as “junk DNA”. Such was their ignorance of what they did not understand. Slowly they began to understand that the “junk DNA” was essential for keeping the cells alive. Life is far more complex than they realized.
So, if you feel that because you are saved, all the Scriptures that you cannot explain are just “irrelevant” (i.e. junk) then you are in serious danger. You will die in the Tribulation as part of the foolish or fooled virgins. The wise virgins who believed that every Scripture was true and important and had some deeper meaning that must be searched for will be kept alive in the Wedding Supper in Heaven.
Jesus was talking about the rejected bread and fish that the Jews threw away. Bread and meat symbolize doctrine. Jesus was showing that the 5000 and 4000 Jews would reject the doctrines of the Gospel. This was symbolized by them throwing away the uneaten bread and fish that they did not want, nor need. Thus, they showed that some of the food that Jesus had given them was irrelevant because they had eaten enough and had no desire for any more. So, they felt that Jesus had made a mistake. Giving them bread that they did not need. He made the disciples gather up these rejected scraps. 12 baskets signified that at the end of the 7 church ages these rejected scraps that would form the Gospel would go back to the Jews in the Tribulation to pull out the 144000.
The 7 baskets of rejected scraps symbolized that the bread that the Jews were rejecting would be collected up by the disciples as the New Testament. These rejected-by-the-Jews scraps would be the doctrines that the church would be founded on as it went through the seven church ages. Each age would have its own unique problems and circumstances that the Bible would have to guide them through.
An error does not stay small. It grows.
GALATIANS 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
The Bible never asked us to celebrate the birth of the Lord.
In about the year AD 350 the Bishop of Rome Julius I ("Bishop of Rome" is an unscriptural title as the early church was ruled by elders, not one man) bowed to pressure and introduced the celebration of Christ’s birth. He copied the idea from the birthday of the pagan sun god that had been declared by the pagan Roman Emperor Aurelian, in AD 274, to be 25 December. Three days previously Aurelian had beheaded the Bishop of Rome.
Roman Catholics celebrate a Mass. So, this became Christ’s Mass or Christmas.
Protestants do not celebrate a Mass. But if they celebrate Christmas they are celebrating a Catholic mass. They will be in trouble with God at the end. Protestants are supposed to have separated from Catholic traditions.
There are 3 problems so far.
Protestants celebrate Christ’s birth when the Bible never asked us to do that.
Christmas is an unscriptural word that is based on an unscriptural “mass” or celebration, invented by the Pope.
25 December is an unscriptural date.
No Bible event was ever based on a fixed day of the year. The Bible months were based on the moon. Passover was fixed on the 14th day of the new moon (The first day of the month was when there was no moon). There never was a fixed day of the year that could meet these conditions.
So Paul objected to any attempt to link a Christian event to an annual day of a certain month.
GALATIANS 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Beggarly elements that bring us into bondage to pagan superstitions.
GALATIANS 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
A certain day of a certain month, each year was a Roman tradition, not a Bible tradition.
17 December, every year, was the time of the corrupt Saturnalia celebration. A time of drunkenness, wild revelry, and indulgence. Everyone had to say the meaningless greeting, “Yo Saturnalia”.
25 December, every year, was the time of the pagan sun god’s birthday.
Today, thanks to the Roman Catholic Church, the Protestants celebrate
25 December, every year, as Christmas time. Everyone has to say the unscriptural, “Merry Christmas”.
GALATIANS 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Paul looks at modern church-goers and sighs in regret. Modern church-goers are just wasting his time with our pagan antics.
Jeremiah Chapter 10 tells us not to learn the way of the heathen who chop down a tree and decorate it with gold and silver. Church-goers ignore Jeremiah and slavishly copy the heathen, unscriptural Christmas tree. They pin the name of Christ on a heathen custom and then call it Bible-truth. As if God is interested in pagan traditions. As if God wants His name associated with pagan corruption.
JEREMIAH 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen,
:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not
The foolish virgins (clean women) represent saved Christians who end up in the time of Great Tribulation because they were fooled into pagan ways. They forget that God called Abraham out of paganism to worship the one true God.
The wise men went into a house, not a stable. They saw Jesus as a Child, not a Baby. Mary was present but not Joseph. They had traveled for two years.
So, the wise men did not take their gifts to the birth of Christ.
MATTHEW 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:
This threatens the finances of the huge Big Business “Christmas Presents” money-makers.
Jesus threw the corrupt money-makers out of the Temple on Palm Sunday and the following Monday. To interfere with the religious leaders' money-making two days in a row was too much. They killed Him on Thursday.
Never interfere with a pastor’s income nor try to oppose the Big Business money-making racket that is basically pagan with a very thin veneer of Christian words. Historians have referred to the Roman Catholic Church as baptized paganism. Protestants now believe in the unscriptural errors of the mother-Roman church.
To keep everyone happy, the pastors have to deny the truth and claim that the wise men went to the birth of Jesus.
Church leaders become toothless dogs that cannot bark.
ISAIAH 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
Consequently, the one wrong thought that “We must celebrate the birth of Jesus” has multiplied into many errors.
This is what leaven does. It just spreads and multiplies doctrinal corruption.
Leaven is a bad symbol.
Today we call it yeast. Yeast breaks down, or rots, to produce carbon dioxide (CO2) which is the dead gas that we breathe out.
There is a titanic struggle between leaven (spiritual corruption of the Bible) and the Holy Ghost, Who is Life and will only be Scriptural.
ROMANS 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
ROMANS 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
The Holy Spirit is Eternal Life and He will always bring us back to what is written in the Bible.
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 evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism is your ability to read and understand the written Word of God.
Any person with the Holy Ghost will not build a doctrine on his own opinions.
All doctrines must be followed through the relevant Bible verses and patterns.
Matthew 13. The corrupt Catholic Trinity of the Dark Ages
Matthew Chapter 13 has seven Kingdom-of-Heaven parables that describe the seven church ages.
The fourth church age is that of Thyatira which means a dominating woman.
This age mentions Jezebel who was the most corrupt woman in Jewish history. The time of Jezebel and Ahab were the Dark Ages of the time that the Jews dwelled in the Promised Land.
A woman symbolizes a church.
The fourth church age is in the middle of the seven church ages.
So, this must be the Middle Ages, also called by some historians the Dark Ages.
These Dark Ages were the most corrupt time in church history.
A dominating woman symbolizes the Roman Catholic Church who dominated Europe in the Dark Ages.
REVELATION 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
The corruption of the preachers who were forced to conform to the Catholic church doctrines.
What was her major error? The Trinity belief.
This is the fourth parable from Matthew Chapter 13.
MATTHEW 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
Leaven is unscriptural corruption. Meal represents the Word of God.
Three measures represent breaking God up into three Persons. The Trinity.
"Trinity" is not a Scriptural word. Nor is "the Triune God".
Once you believe in Trinity you then have to allow all sorts of other unscriptural words to be the truth. Such as Christmas, Good Friday, Pope, Cardinal, Archbishop, Easter eggs, Mass, District Overseer, Deputy Pastor, etc.
So, church-goers believe in more and more unscriptural ideas. The leaven spreads.
Greek philosophy, which is very clever but also unscriptural, introduced the ideas of three-in-one (three Persons in one Godhead) and the idea of “essence” (whatever that means) as in “Father and Son are of the same essence”. These ideas are unscriptural but sound nice (vanilla essence tastes nice, so “essence” is used because it sounds nice and can mean whatever you want it to mean).
That is the secret of philosophy. Clever sounding words. But establishing what the words mean is like chasing shadows in the mist.
The philosophers came up with “God the Son”. Only one person was ever called this, Nimrod, who was known as El Bar in ancient times. “El” means “God” and “Bar” means “the Son”.
By calling Jesus “God the Son” Trinitarians associate him with the ancient enemy of God who rebelled against God and began the Babylonian mysteries.
Then Greek philosophers produced "Eternal Sonship" which is also unscriptural.
Trinity is a leaven that spreads. To justify the idea, more and more unscriptural expressions have to be used.
“God the Holy Ghost”
“First Person of the Godhead”. “Second Person of the Godhead”. “Third Person of the Godhead”.
“Jesus is in the Godhead” BUT Paul warns us not to be fooled by philosophy and he puts the fulness of the Godhead into Christ.
COLOSSIANS 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy…
:9 For in him [Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Trinitarians cannot explain why “God the Father” is never mentioned in the Old Testament.
“God the Son” and “God the Holy Ghost” are never mentioned in either the Old Testament or New Testament. They are never found anywhere in the Scripture.
The nameless Trinity God
Then we come to the elephant in the room. The huge problem that everyone ignores and may not mention. The Trinity God has got no name. You cannot find one name for three People.
Also, a problem. There is no name for the Holy Ghost in Scripture.
In desperation, Trinitarians try to claim that His name is “Lord”. But “Lord” is a Title, not a name.
Thus, they fool themselves and others who are silly enough to believe such misuse of language.
Then it gets worse. Asked for the name of God, they reply:
“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. But they cannot tell us what that name is.
So, church-goers are fooled into serving a nameless God.
AMOS 6:10 Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
Worse still. No church-goer today dares to ask what the name of Almighty God is.
The Babylonian Mysteries have removed His name and replaced them with titles.
Then, no church-goer is allowed to get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ according to Acts 2:38.
So, the Mystery Babylon church forbids church-goers from obeying Peter who was given the keys to unlock the door to Heaven.
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 up the baptism of John the Baptist which no longer applied as John’s baptism mentioned no name.
Only in water baptism can the Bride take on the name of her Husband Jesus Christ.
A submissive bride must take on the name of her husband.
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.
But churches condemn this baptism in the name of Jesus Christ because of their addiction to the Trinity.
The Jews followed Moses (a name) through the waters of the Red Sea. They lived.
The Egyptians followed Pharaoh (a title) through the waters of the Red Sea and died.
Baptism based on the titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is taking the foolish or fooled virgins (clean women, saved Christians) to their deaths in the Tribulation.
Thus, the leaven of Trinity has undermined the ability of the modern church to find the Truth of Scripture. Trinity was invented by the mother Roman Catholic Church when it became the official doctrine at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. Today, it is dutifully followed by the daughter Protestant churches.
Internet links up separated individuals using the ZOOM program
The bread and wine are both to be partaken of by all the Bible believers as both are involved with the idea of communion with God. We speak to Him and God speaks back through His Scriptures.
1 CORINTHIANS 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
Christians do not belong to a specific church, they belong to the spiritual Body of Christ.
1 CORINTHIANS 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
:14 For the body is not one member, but many.
A body has many different members but the same life that is in the blood runs through all the body members, uniting them.
Scripture believers, as individuals, are in many different churches (there are 45000 different kinds of denominations and non-denominational churches). But as the Holy Spirit guides each of those individuals deeper into the truth of Scripture, the different individuals form a spiritual link as part of a spiritual body.
Today, by God’s grace, we see this manifest when different individuals who are far apart can link up by ZOOM to have a combined Bible study. The rejected few are thus able to join together in long-distance fellowship. That is one of the blessings of the COVID-19 virus. It closed down the churches for almost a year (encouraging some individuals to start looking outside their regimented churches) and developed the ZOOM technology that the scattered individuals needed to unite with other believers. Praise God.
The Third Exodus. Zooming out of the denominating message-churches with their one-man pastor-dominated human leadership.
Communion is serious and is only for overcomers
Abraham was offered bread and wine after the battle with the kings.
GENESIS 14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale.
:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
When Abraham overcame his battle, then the bread and wine were brought to him.
1 Corinthians 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
The Lord’s body are those who build their faith on Scripture, not on their interpretation of certain selected quotes.
If you cannot discern between a doctrine that runs through many verses of the Bible and a doctrine that claims to interpret some carefully selected quotes, then should you participate in the communion?
If we do communion wrong, we are in serious trouble.
Communion is only for those who believe Scriptural truth and follow Jesus as 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.
Only Christ is the Saviour of the body of believers, the spiritual church that is made up of believers over a time span of 2000 years.
Thus, He alone can be the Head of the church. The most talented preachers of today can only influence a small time of the total 2000 years. They had no influence over the ages that have already passed. The Head of the church has to control the entire church.
1 CORINTHIANS 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
Communion is not for those who have a casual interest.
Communion is for overcomers.
Those who have established their faith in the Word of God. Those who have put aside the lusts of this world.
The Lord Jesus taught Paul about what happened on the night of the first communion.
1 CORINTHIANS 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
: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.
The communion was done at night. It is often called the Lord’s Supper. It certainly was not the Lord’s Breakfast.
: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.
Whenever communion is celebrated, it is done to remember the Lord’s death.
Here Jesus tells us to remember His death. That was serious.
He never asked us to remember His birth.
:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
More emphasis is placed here on one of the two focal points of Christianity. Jesus dying for our sins. His Body breaking as the great Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Life was wrenched out of Him. Symbolized by the breaking bread.
He was torn into two pieces. His mutilated Body stayed in the grave like the goat that was killed for sin. His great Holy Ghost, just like the scapegoat, then carried our sins far away down to hell.
Being the Spirit of a dead Man, the Holy Ghost could enter hell and dump our sins on the Devil.
We must keep remembering this until He comes. Only just before He comes, if we are able to believe the revealed Bible mysteries, will the seven Thunders be able to show us how we can change into a new body. Then we will have no further need of a Saviour.
The Life in His blood produces the resurrection and ascension
The first focus of Christianity is the death of Jesus.
The second focal point of Christianity is His Resurrection. The Life in His Blood. The great Holy Spirit rose up from hell after defeating the Devil and re-entered the Body of Jesus to raise Him from the grave. A most significant sign. The only religious Leader Who ever rose from the dead.
That is what we must remember. The only suitable Sacrifice with perfect Eternal Life in His sin-cleansing Blood Who died, and was ripped in half as the Holy Ghost left Him and within three days the Holy Ghost Life returned from hell to raise Him from the dead.
So, the final stage of the Third Exodus when the Bride comes out of the churches will start with the resurrection of the New Testament saints.
There were 40 days from His resurrection to His ascension.
The third focus of Christianity is the Ascension of Jesus (His rapture when He was taken up to Heaven).
There will probably be a similar time period between the resurrection of the dead saints from the seven church ages and the catching up of the church to Heaven.
Then seven Thunders will give us rapturing faith as they show us how to receive a changed body. We cannot get raptured in our present bodies.
The harvest is when the seed is pulled off the plant. The harvest rain will see the dead saints of the seven church ages pulled out of their graves in the resurrection. Then they and the living, changed Bride will be pulled off the earth to meet the Lord in the air.
In their new bodies, none of the Bride will have blood in their veins.
I CORINTHIANS 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
With our bodies free from blood, the Holy Ghost will flow through our veins.
Jesus’ body was broken, not cut into pieces
The symbol, the bread, should accordingly also be broken, not cut
EXODUS 23:18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.
EXODUS 34:25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
No leaven, no unscriptural doctrines are permitted to the true Bride.
No part of the blood of Jesus must be mixed with error or corruption. Jesus is perfect.
This is what plagues the church-world. They can accept a genuine salvation experience and learn certain basics like holiness, outreach, and charitable good works. But then they are taught all the errors of the church, as they try to understand the deeper mysteries of Scripture. These errors will prevent them from being ready for the changing of the body just before the Lord comes.
Jesus is the Word. Thus the King James Bible must be perfect
Jesus is the Word of God. The Bible tells us His thoughts. How He thinks. You cannot separate a man from his thoughts. So, the Scripture reveals to us the thoughts of Jesus. Consequently, you can never claim that there is a mistake in the 1769 edition of the King James Bible. If you find a mistake in the Bible, then you are finding a fault in Jesus. But there is no leaven in the Bread of Life.
Criticizing the Bible which reveals the thoughts of Jesus, means that you are saying that Jesus is flawed, which is leaven.
However, it is your thinking that is wrong. Your thoughts thus contain leaven, corruption.
The night is the symbol of the Great Tribulation.
The morning is the start of the Millennium, the 7th day, which is 1000 years of peace.
The blood of the sacrifice speaks of saved Christians. But their true knowledge of the Saviour’s sacrifice must not be mixed with the leaven of their errors when it comes to the deeper mysteries.
Being saved will save a person from hell but not from great Tribulation.
None of the saved Christians, who believe their church errors, will be allowed to go through to the morning, the Millennium. Thus, all the saved Christians who never bothered to learn the revealed mysteries of the Bible at the end-time will perish in the time of Great Tribulation.
Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
Jesus is the Word of God. You have to believe that both Jesus and the Word of God are perfect, without blemish. A blemish in the sacrificial lamb meant that it could not atone for the person’s sins. If you find any fault in the Bible, then that “flawed” Bible cannot save you from great Tribulation.
Jesus was born at Bethlehem which means the House of God’s Bread
Jesus lay in a manger which looks like and was symbolic of a bread bin. It requires heat to turn the dough into bread. The heat of persecution began to be applied when He was 2 years old by Herod. Wheat flour must be heated to turn it into bread. The Word, the Bread of Life, flourished under persecution as He fulfilled all the prophecies. Egypt and North Africa were the breadbasket of Rome where they imported their wheat from. Jesus grew up in Egypt between the ages of 2 and 12. Egypt is where the wheat grew that made the bread that went to Rome.
The climax of His persecution was His trial and crucifixion. Roman soldiers spat on Him. Bread has to be covered in spit before it can be swallowed.
Unleavened bread speaks of holiness, sound doctrine, and a complete lack of hidden human agendas that corrupt our thinking.
DANIEL 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
Error attracts people and error spreads as a torrent of humanity, a host, embrace the wrong ideas and sweep all before them unless God raises up a small standard against them. An error depends on a majority, a large host, that flows like a flood to overwhelm the opposition.
The Pope claims that Peter is the Prince of the Apostles and that the Popes are the successors of Peter.
One of their titles is Vicarius Petri, in place of Peter. The Popes claim to form a long line of successors from Peter.
REVELATION 17:8 ... when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
If they claim Peter as the first Pope then there always was a Pope.
Is not. The Pope dies. And yet is. A new Pope is elected.
The succession of Popes is the longest line of rulers in the world.
Just like the Pontiff of the Babylonian Mysteries formed a long line of successors from Nimrod. By AD 450, when the Pope Leo I insisted that he was the Pontiff, the Babylonian Mysteries were then infiltrated into the Roman Catholic Church, which became Mystery Babylon.
The influence and authority of the Roman Catholic Church spread worldwide to make her by far the biggest church. Thus, she grew to be Mystery Babylon the Great.
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 Protestants were the daughter churches that came out of the mother church during the Reformation. But the Protestants kept many Catholic traditions and then developed their own man-made unscriptural beliefs. Thus, the daughters fooled around with men’s ideas and became harlots too.
Around AD 754 Pope Stephen produced a forged document called the Donation of Constantine. This document claimed that Peter was Vicarivs Filii Dei, in place of the Son of God. A man taking the place of Jesus on earth.
The Roman Catholic church claims that Peter is the Prince of the apostles.
That makes Peter the Prince of the Roman Catholic host or multitude. That is a lie, but the Catholics wanted to believe it.
So the Pope, as the successor of Peter, is also the Prince since he is the supreme Dictator over the Catholic church.
The Roman Catholic Church has 1.4 billion converts. In the Philippines, a host of 5 or 6 million attended a Mass with the Pope. The Vatican is the “little horn”, the world’s smallest independent country, but it has the biggest host of church-goers.
The pagan Roman spirit got wounded to death by the barbarians who destroyed the pagan Roman Empire by AD 476. Then this pagan spirit resurrected back to life as the Roman Catholic Church on the ruins of the pagan Roman Empire. The pagan Roman Emperor was worshiped as a god, Caesar worship, because he held the title of Pontiff (or Pontifex Maximus) which made him the High Priest of the Babylonian mysteries. As such he was the successor of Nimrod, the original rebel against God.
All the religious and political power that the pagan Roman Emperor lost was picked up by the Pontiff or Pope. The Pope uses the wafer or host to grant people salvation. You have to keep eating the wafer to stay saved. The wafer or host, when prayed over by a priest, becomes the literal flesh of Christ that was crucified.
Thus, they re-enact the crucifixion of Christ every day as a daily sacrifice.
People have to eat the wafer, the supposed literal body of Christ, every day. Eating that host every day, which only a priest can transform into the literal body of Christ, brings all the host of Catholic converts into subjection to the Pope, since he rules as a Dictator over the priests.
The pagan Roman General Titus was the son of the Emperor Vespasian and as such was a Prince. Titus destroyed the Sanctuary or Temple in Jerusalem in AD 70.
By destroying the Temple, Titus ended the daily sacrifices where the Jews had to kill animals every day.
DANIEL 8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.
“Host” has a double meaning.
The Pope opposes the truth of Calvary with a wafer (called a host) as well as by having control of a host of church-goers, the world’s biggest church.
The daily sacrifice at the Temple meant that the Jews had to kill animals every day to atone for sin.
Jesus died for our sins and that one Sacrifice of Jesus replaced the daily sacrifice.
Daily, we have to repent of our sins, as we remember the one Sacrifice of Jesus that paid for our sins. We can do nothing to achieve our salvation other than to repent and believe by faith that He died for our sins. We can only remember Calvary. We cannot re-enact the cross. We can only believe by faith.
Transgression entered the church when people believed that they had to do something to earn or achieve their salvation. They claimed that they had to eat the host, every day at the Roman Catholic celebration of the Mass.
Claiming that the bread or wafer turned into the literal flesh of Jesus, made the Roman Catholic Mass a re-enactment of Calvary. Jesus got crucified again, on a daily basis whenever Mass was performed.
Achieving salvation by having to do something cast the truth down to the ground. We cannot get saved by doing any works. Mass creates a daily sacrifice of Jesus which is totally wrong. He only died once.
Around the year AD 170 the Roman Catholic priests began the practice of giving the people a wafer which they ate. Eating the wafer that only a priest could give them became the act of salvation. This practice prospered as Roman Catholicism spread worldwide to become the world’s biggest church.
Wine or grape juice at the communion?
1 CORINTHIANS 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
The communion is not the Lord’s Supper as if we are enjoying a meal. It is an event of remembrance and is not designed to satisfy the natural feeling of hunger. One loaf broken into twelve pieces is just a token piece of bread, a symbol that is designed to fix our thoughts on His suffering at Calvary. Such a small piece per person stops anyone being greedy and wanting to take their share before another.
One cup of wine shared amongst the 12 disciples would only give each person a small sip.
This was a wise precaution to symbolize the power of his Blood but not allow any person to drink too much and get drunk. Thus, it was proper wine, not grape juice.
There is a warning here. There is power in the gifts of the Holy Spirit that is symbolized by the wine. But spiritual power can easily go to a person’s head and make them drunk with power so that they use their spiritual gifts to elevate themselves. Gentiles succumb easily to the temptation of self-glorification when they are successful.
Genuine wine is enhanced with age. Grape juice stays the same until it deteriorates.
Wine represents the stimulation of revelation.
Getting excited about the deeper mysteries that God has revealed. This is an ongoing process that will never stop.
MATTHEW 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The truth was lost in the Dark Ages and God is particularly concerned with the last three church ages, starting around 1520 in Germany with Martin Luther’s Reformation. In the fifth church age, he revealed that we must be saved by faith alone. Justification.
Around 1750, John Wesley in England restored holiness (sanctification) and outreach that led to the great missionary age.
In 1904 there was a Pentecostal revival in Wales.
This moved on to the 1906 Pentecostal revival in Azusa Street in Los Angeles, America. This restored the supernatural gifts but not the revelation of the deeper Bible mysteries.
From 1947 – 1965 William Branham revealed the deeper mysteries in Scripture which would enable us to understand the Bible mysteries by following their patterns and symbols through the Scriptures.
Finally, the seven Thunders in Revelation Chapter 10, that happen after the resurrection of the New Testament saints from the 7 church ages, will enable the living Bride to change and receive their immortal bodies.
... the Book of the Revelation at the seventh angel's message, the mysteries, all the mysteries of it, should already be revealed by that time (Now that's Revelations 10:1-7.), that it should be revealed according to that time when He did.
Then the seven thunders utter their strange voices,
At each stage, more of the Bible is revealed. The stimulation of revelation grows stronger. The spiritual wine is increasing in quality as we start understanding more and more Scriptures that were previously hidden from us.
The wine is designed to get stronger as time goes by. Grape juice cannot do that.
So, wine better represents the power of the Holy Spirit’s revelations that got increasingly stronger during the last three church ages.
The candlestick represents the seven church ages.
The first four church ages of Revelation Chapter 2 represent the flame of truth in the first central candlestick that dimmed out due to elevated human leaders in the second church age. Then Trinity, politics, and pagan customs entered the church in the third church age at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. The Dark Ages then saw the flame of truth almost die out as the Roman Catholic Church moved as far away as possible from the original church.
Luther in church age 5, Wesley in church age 6, and Pentecost and William Branham in church age 7 restored the flame of Bible truth in each age as truth got stronger and stronger.
But the 7th age Bride has to be fully restored themselves to the Scriptural truths of the first age apostles who established the first church. We do not stop in the 7th age that ends in great tribulation. We have to move on back to the first church age beliefs so that we can change after their resurrection.
The spiritual wine that we have has to grow stronger as we learn an ever-deeper understanding of the basic patterns of Scripture that brother Branham revealed.
1 CORINTHIANS 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
Communion is not a meal to satisfy hunger and thirst. Many in the true church are poor. So, each person getting a small piece of bread and one sip of wine, it helps to keep everyone humble. The rich cannot show off by having more than the poor. Everyone is treated the same.
God is not a respecter of persons.
II CHRONICLES 19:7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
Nor taking of gifts. Give a preacher something and he will preach what you want him to say.
Look at Daniel's attitude.
DANIEL 5:17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.
Daniel sought no material advantages for explaining the mystery of God.
Paul gives no praise to those who put their personal needs above the needs of other more disadvantaged people.
God is not impressed with wealth. The rich will struggle to get into Heaven.
MATTHEW 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
LUKE 6:24But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
ROMANS 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
The breaking of bread has a deeper spiritual meaning.
When Jesus unfolds the mysteries of Scripture to us then He enables us to understand the deeper meanings that are hidden away in the Bible.
Spiritually, He breaks a verse off for us and opens our eyes as to what it actually means. Then we can eat that portion, digest it, and it becomes part of us. Part of our thinking. Thus our thinking becomes more and more based on Scripture because each verse that we understand helps us to unlock another verse. Each error that we believe blocks our ability to understand further.
LUKE 24:30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him;
So the breaking of bread symbolizes having our eyes opened to a deeper truth. Recognizing Jesus as He walks through the pages of the Bible. In other words, being able to recognize the Word that is revealed in our day.