Difficult Bible Questions that the Churches Never Ask. Part 2
Now we come to various questions from the four Gospels.
Let us first get an overview of the four Gospels so that we can understand that they are written from four different viewpoints.
Jesus has to fulfill ministries that seem to be completely contradictory.
He is the King Who is the Servant.
He is Man Who is God.
Thus four different men wrote about Him. Each Gospel writer was chosen to describe a different ministry.
The most powerful rocket ever built was the Saturn V that took men to the moon.
You will notice that it had 5 rocket motors. One rocket in the centre that was surrounded by four rockets.
This rocket, the most powerful ever developed by humans, was a copy of the real power that is in Heaven.
In Heaven, Jesus sits on the Throne surrounded by four beasts or spiritual powers.
REVELATION 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
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.
Eyes speak of intelligence. When a man starts taking drugs, he develops a dull look in his eyes.
“Full of eyes” means that they are highly intelligent and know an enormous amount.
“Before and behind”. They know the future and they know the past.
These are the four beasts or spiritual powers that will guide the future church.
They will also guide the four Gospel writers to manifest their different viewpoints so that they could prophesy of certain events that would happen in the future during the church ages and the Tribulation.
REVELATION 4:7 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.
From the seven church ages, we know that the Lion represented the true apostolic teachings of the early church.
The ox represented the beast of slaughter as tens of millions of Christians were killed in the Dark Ages.
The man represented the reformers who restored salvation by faith and holiness and outreach.
The eagle rose high on Pentecostal power and then exercised its amazing eyesight in terms of the incredible insight of the end-time prophet William Branham into the mysteries of Scripture.
The four beasts also symbolize the four Gospels that tell us of Christ.
Matthew uses the Lion to tell us of Jesus the King.
Mark uses the Ox to describe Jesus as the great Servant and Burden Bearer.
Luke describes Jesus as the Ideal Man.
John describes Jesus as the flying Eagle which represents the Spirit of God. Thus, John presents Jesus as being God.
Consequently, the only throne that Jesus wants to dwell in, outside of Heaven, is a faithful human heart where the four chambers can represent the four beasts.
Just as a final proof that Jesus wants to dwell in a person’s heart.
REVELATION 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting,
12 Patriarchs from the Old Testament and 12 Apostles from the New Testament.
24 elders sat around the throne.
There are 24 ribs that surround your heart which is the throne of Jesus.
Let us consider some difficult questions concerning the four Gospels.
- Why does Luke not even mention the miracle of Jesus walking on the water?
Luke is the third Gospel, linked to the third beast, the Man.
As far as possible Luke tries to portray Jesus as the Ideal Man.
In Luke, Jesus is born, very poor, in a smelly stable. Only simple, sweaty shepherds run to His birth.
A swaddling cloth is a sweat-soaked rag that is wrapped around the yoke that is put on oxen necks so that they can pull a heavy load. Oxen work hard and sweat but are then killed for the valuable meat that they have to sacrifice. This signifies the future life of Jesus.
Most of the world is poor and has to work hard to scrape a living. Jesus, as the ideal Man, knows what it is like to live their kind of life and thus understands them.
When wise men came two years later to worship a young Child in a house they brought royal gifts.
But it is Matthew who is describing Christ as the King.
So Matthew mentions the wise men and the gifts that are a suitable introduction to a King.
But Kings are not born in stinking stables and wrapped in coarse, sweaty rags.
Thus, Matthew leaves out the stable scene of His birth as that does not fit the image of a King.
Equally, Luke leaves out the wise men and their gifts as that does not fit in with the idea of the perfect Man Who understands the poor.
So, Jesus is that incredible combination of a King Who is given expensive presents and yet He is also able to experience the poverty of the poor and the down-trodden. He had to borrow a donkey to ride into Jerusalem in triumph. He even had to borrow a tomb, temporarily. It seems that all that He owned were His clothes.
Matthew introduces Jesus in a house, as a young Child, not as a Baby.
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: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Luke records that there were no presents or gifts at His birth in the stable. Shepherds out in the fields at night do not have gifts with them. They were so keen to see the Baby that the angels spoke of, that they went with haste, running. There was no time to go home and look for a suitable present.
In addition, Luke who has to present Christ as the ideal Man, just leaves out the scene where Jesus walks on water because a man is not supposed to walk on water. If He walks on water than He must be more than a man.
Jesus was more than a Man. But Luke is trying to show His human side. His care and compassion for sinners.
Each Gospel writer leaves out events which do not suit His point of view.
Each Gospel writer includes the events that support his point of view.
- Matthew and Mark see one angel at the tomb. Luke and John see two angels. Why?
The resurrection of Jesus at the end of His ministry will be repeated by the resurrection of the New Testament church at the end of the seventh church age. The resurrected church will be caught up to Heaven and the Gospel will go over to the 12 Tribes of Israel to call out the 144000 Jews.
So the two key numbers are 7 and 12.
After feeding the 5000 and the 4000 with bread, Jesus expected the disciples to understand the significance of the number of baskets of rejected scraps that they picked up. The Jews rejected these scraps of bread which symbolized the doctrine of the Gospel that they would reject at Calvary.
MATTHEW 16:9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
12 baskets of rejected scraps were collected.
MATTHEW 16:10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
7 baskets of rejected scraps were collected.
MATTHEW 16:11 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?
The bread representing Scripture or the Gospel was fine. In the bread was the leaven or yeast of the religious leaders that corrupts them and then swells them up in their self-importance as they rise up and are elevated over the laity or congregation. Nicolaitans. God hates this spirit.
The disciples collected up the Gospel statements of Jesus that the Jews rejected and wrote it down as the New Testament.
As the fathers of the early church, they passed their teachings onto the 7 church ages.
The Laodicean church, in turn, will reject the revealed mysteries of the Bible at the end time. The church-rejected mysteries will then be passed on to the 12 tribes of Israel in the Tribulation in order to call out the 144000 Jews.
We can see this pattern in the Old Testament Tabernacle.
The light came from the seven-branched candlestick which represents the seven church ages.
The 12 loaves of shewbread had to be eaten in the Holy Place. This represents the 12 tribes of Israel being back in their Promised Land so that the 144000 can be called out.
The head is connected to the body by means of the backbone.
Here the same pattern repeats.
7 bones form the neck vertebrae and the next 12 vertebrae hold the ribs.
Christ is the Head of the church from the 7 church ages as well as being the Head of the 12 tribes of Israel.
As such, Jesus is the Capstone that holds the New and the Old Testaments together.
EPHESIANS 5:23 ... even as Christ is the head of the church:
EPHESIANS 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Apostles are the New Testament. Prophets are the Old Testament.
Jesus alone can join the New and the Old Testaments together.
When will the church ages finish?
At harvest time.
What is the harvest?
When the final seed that ripens is identical to the first seed that was planted by the apostles.
Then, in the harvest, this seed is pulled off the plant.
This symbolizes that the dead Bride will be pulled out of their graves in the resurrection, and then the whole Bride will be pulled off the earth when they are caught up to heaven.
Thus, the resurrection of the New Testament saints ends the church ages and starts the Jews in the Tribulation.
So, two groups, the church and the 144000 Jews, are dealt with by God at the time of the resurrection.
God sends one angel or messenger to the Gentiles in the last church age in order to prepare them for the end-time events.
This Gentile angel or messenger, William Branham, was represented by the single angel at the tomb.
The fact that there was only one angel means that there is no successor to brother Branham.
His main ministry was to teach us how to understand the Bible by revealing the Bible mysteries to us.
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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.
MATTHEW 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
Brother Branham will reveal how we can understand all the Bible mysteries that are needed to prepare us for the catching up of the church.
Thus, there is nothing left for another so-called 8th angel (unscriptural term) to do.
An 8th angel would mean that there are two angels to the Gentiles at the end.
But both Matthew and Mark insist there is only one angel.
After the church is caught up to Heaven then the Gospel is taken to the 144000 Jews by the two prophets Moses and Elijah.
These will be the two angels that Luke and John recorded.
So, if you are a Jew you will see two angels.
If you are a Gentile you will see one angel.
The bad church of Revelation Chapter 17 makes the Gentile Christians drunk on the wrong doctrine.
REVELATION 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
When people are drunk, they can end up seeing double.
So, if any Gentile sees two messengers to the church because they claim to have a follow-up ministry to brother Branham, then they are drunk.
- In Matthew, there is no mention of the ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Why?
Matthew sees one angel at the empty tomb just before the ascension.
The Gentiles have one messenger, William Branham, to prepare them for the catching up to Heaven.
But the Gentile church has two parts: the wise virgins and the foolish or fooled virgins.
Virgins are clean women, symbolizing saved people in the churches.
Only the wise have enough oil of the Holy Spirit to light their lamps, after trimming all the sinful carbon off the wicks. Thus, they have enough light to read and understand the Scriptures.
Being able to understand the Bible mysteries is the evidence of the Holy Spirit today.
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;
Some massive disaster, probably an over-size earthquake, will hit the world in the future.
Everyone will realize that their church has failed and that they have to leave their church if they want to be ready for the Coming of the Lord.
MATTHEW 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
At that stage, the seven Thunders will utter their mysterious voices to reveal how the living Bride can receive their new eternal bodies. Only then will they get rapturing faith because nobody can get caught up to Heaven in this present body.
Only the wise virgins who can understand the deeper mysteries of Scripture will be able to follow the clues of the seven Thunders and their hidden mysteries.
The foolish virgins will have no such hope.
They have been fooled by so many unscriptural doctrines that they cannot strictly follow Scripture.
Thus the foolish virgins will not be caught up to Heaven.
Matthew ends with no ascension to Heaven to illustrate that the foolish virgins will not ascend to Heaven.
Because they believed unscriptural things.
The first unscriptural word to be accepted by the church was “Trinity”.
That opened the floodgates of error.
Churches now argue that if the Trinity is true and it is an unscriptural word then we can believe all sorts of other unscriptural things. A deadly doctrine.
So Matthew ends on baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
This is the main pillar that the Trinity rests on.
And Trinitarians are too blind to see that they do not know what the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is.
Thanks to Trinity and all the other unscriptural beliefs that entered the churches, there will be no ascension for the foolish saved virgins. Just a cruel death in the Tribulation.
Matthew is giving us a blunt warning.
Prove what you believe from Scripture only. Or else you will be in deep trouble.
But the two prophets in Israel will preach that the Lord God Almighty is Jesus.
Revelation Chapter 15 is describing events in the Tribulation.
Here we listen to what the Jewish prophet Moses will preach.
REVELATION 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
:4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy:
The Lamb is Lord God Almighty. He alone is holy.
No room for a Trinity there.
That will be a rude wakeup call for the foolish virgins in the Tribulation. Just before they die.
- Only Matthew refers to the 30 pieces of silver for the betrayal of Jesus. Why?
Matthew refers to Jesus as the Lion, the King.
A King needs a kingdom.
Matthew says the “kingdom of Heaven” 31 times. No other Gospel uses this expression.
A kingdom is run on taxes.
Matthew was a tax collector.
MATTHEW 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
A tax collector by training follows all the income that a person makes.
So, when Judas was involved in making money, Matthew naturally followed the financial transaction.
Not surprisingly, it is also Matthew who recorded that Jesus paid a tribute coin.
MATTHEW 17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
Matthew also recorded that we must pay tithes and taxes.
MATTHEW 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
This last Scripture is repeated by Mark, the Ox or Servant.
All servants earn salaries and must pay tithes and taxes.
Luke, revealing Jesus as a perfect Man, repeats this Scripture as well.
Thus, all men must pay tithes and taxes.
But John makes no mention of this statement.
John shows Jesus as the flying Eagle, God Himself. God does not pay tithes. Tithes are paid to Him.
- John’s Gospel has no parables. Why?
A parable is a physical example that illustrates a spiritual truth.
The sower sows the seed. Only the seed in the good ground grows properly if it is watered.
So, our souls are only "good" if they receive and believe in God’s Word.
The seed is the Word of God.
The Spirit is like water that waters the seed.
The soul is a watered garden in which the seed can grow.
LUKE 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
JEREMIAH 31:12 … and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.
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,
The water of the Spirit germinates the seed Word in your soul by giving you a revelation of what the Word of God is actually saying.
The natural parable makes it easier for you to understand the spiritual truth.
But John is dealing with Christ as the Spirit of God.
So, the Spirit of God just gives the spiritual truth straight.
JOHN 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
A straight statement that Jesus is God in the flesh.
JOHN 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
To "see" is to understand.
We cannot understand spiritual things unless the Spirit of God dwells within us and teaches us.
JOHN 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
This last verse subtly tells us that we can only take on the mark of the beast if we walk away from the revealed Word of God.
Thus, the Gospel of John only records 7 miracles but numerous sermons on a variety of topics.
Jesus, as the Spirit of God, is very concerned that we are able to understand the revealed mysteries of Scripture.
John is the only Gospel that tells us what the evidence of the Holy Spirit is.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
The Holy Spirit comes down to guide us into an understanding of the revealed Word of God.
John’s Gospel tells us how to look at things from God’s point of view.
The disciples battled a strong wind when Jesus came walking towards them on the water.
Look what John said:
JOHN 6: 18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.
John mentions the wind. But he does not say that the wind was blowing against them.
Whatever difficulties we encounter here on earth, from the point of view of God’s Spirit, things are on track because all things work for our good in God’s great plan.
ROMANS 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
From God’s point of view, a flying eagle does not concern himself with how to cross a raging river.
From the Spirit’s viewpoint, nothing ever goes wrong down on earth because everything is unfolding in terms of God’s great Plan. God is always totally in charge.
However, Mark writing from the point of view of an Ox or Servant, describes the scene from a servant’s point of view.
Mark was aware of the struggles of the disciples because the wind was blowing against them. That is how the situation appeared to the men down on earth.
MARK 6:48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them:
If you are a servant in a boat then you are very concerned about how to cross a raging river.
- Why did Jesus tell Mary not to touch Him in John?
The events at the time of the resurrection were confusing for the disciples.
This is to remind us that the resurrection of the dead saints from the seven church ages will also be a confusing time.
The world has to go through birth pains, like the First and Second World Wars before the Kingdom of 1000 years of peace can be established. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic was another birth pain that caused much confusion as it seriously disrupted people’s lives.
A woman represents a church.
JOHN 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early
:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping:
:12 And seeth two angels …
:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
Mary Magdalene is always mentioned by both her names.
We do not know the surname of the mother of Jesus.
So, the weeping Mary, the mother of Jesus, represents the 144000 Jews who weep and mourn when they are restored to Jesus as Messiah. Because they see the nail prints in His hands.
REVELATION 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
Thus, Mary the mother of Jesus represents the Jewish nation.
The Jews will meet Moses and Elijah, their two angels or messengers, in Israel during the Tribulation.
He rose up from the grave. His poor little old disciples scattered about like sheep without a shepherd... Standing by the tomb, stood His dear mother, weeping. Daylight was breaking; doves was flying around, cooing. He said, "Mary." She recognized Him.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, represents the Jewish nation who killed Jesus which enabled Him to ascend to Heaven as the Saviour because His shed blood had paid the price.
But the Jews will reject the Gospel for the duration of the seven church ages.
They will only return to the Truth in the Tribulation which starts after the Gentile Bride has been caught up to Heaven.
So, during the seven church ages, the Jews have nothing to do with the New Testament Word.
That is why Jesus told Mary, representing the future Jewish church of the Tribulation, not to touch Him at that time.
From the resurrection of Jesus to the resurrection of the New Testament saints, the Jews will not touch the New Testament Word.
Jesus is the Word of God.
The Jews will only touch the True Word in the Tribulation, not until then.
- In John, Jesus walks on the water and gets into the boat. Immediately they are on the other side. But they were in the middle of the sea. Why does John describe it this way?
This is certainly one of the most difficult Scriptures to make sense of.
They were in the middle of the Sea of Galilee.
They had left Bethsaida where Jesus fed the 5000 in the region of the green triangle, on the next map.
They planned to go towards Genessaret, but it was already dark when they set sail. Consequently, they aimed for Capernaum, hoping to get some sleep there, but had been blown off course.
This symbolizes life at the time of the Coming of the Lord.
Circumstances will be confusing and we will be blown away from our personal goals by the rough winds of strife that whip up the sea of restless nations.
They were in the middle of the sea, roughly at the point marked by the X.
Then Jesus came walking on the water.
JOHN 6:21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.
From Bethsaida to Gennesaret is seven miles.
Jesus was supposed to have a ministry of 7 years.
But He served the Jews for 3½ years and then got cut off in the middle of the week (or 7 years) at Calvary.
Since then, as far as the Jews are concerned, He has disappeared.
Two thousand years later the Word of God will suddenly reappear to the Jews in the Tribulation thanks to Moses and Elijah.
So, the second half of the journey will be done by Moses and Elijah. They will then introduce the 144000 Jews to their Messiah at the end of the Tribulation (represented by Gennesaret). Then the Jews will be together with Jesus.
So, the two halves of the Sea of Galilee, from the Jewish point of view, represents the last or 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy. The Jews represent the two half-weeks as they miss the 7 church ages.
The true Gentile church, in turn, misses the Tribulation, represented by the second half of the journey.
That is symbolized by John not mentioning the second half of the journey.
So, the early apostles in the boat also symbolize the true believers at the end time who return to the beliefs of the early apostolic church. When the last church willingly accepts the mysteries of the written Scripture that William Branham revealed, then they will be ready to receive the Coming of the Lord.
Then they step out of time.
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.
The Archangel of Revelation Chapter 10 performs the resurrection of the New Testament saints from the seven church ages.
Then He says that time is over for all those saints who are in their glorified immortal bodies.
The seven Thunders utter to show the living believers how to obtain their immortal bodies. You can only get rapturing faith in your new body as this old body cannot be raptured.
Then the True believers, in their new bodies, all step out of time as they are taken up to Heaven for the Wedding Supper.
They miss the Tribulation.
From an earthly perspective, they disappeared at the start of the Tribulation and then re-appeared at the end of the Tribulation.
As far as the true church is concerned, those 3½ years of Tribulation never happened, as it has no effect on them.
Then they come back to earth for Armageddon and their real goal, the setting up of the Kingdom of Heaven for 1000 years of peace. This is often called the Millennium.
God described this process in advance in Genesis.
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 time light from our confused denominational world of partial Bible truth and much error is brother Branham’s revelations of the deep Bible mysteries.
His ministry can be called the evening time message of restoration that takes us back to the apostles at the morning of the church ages.
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.
Then comes the night of the Tribulation.
Genesis does not refer to the night as the true believers will not be in the Tribulation.
They will be in Heaven for the Wedding Supper.
Then comes the morning when the Millennium starts.
That will be the dawn of the day of truth that started with the evening time message.