"I am in the Message" has no real meaning
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An unscriptural label to bluff themselves that they are an elite group. Believers were called Christians in the Bible.
Today end-time Christians believe they are safe when they claim that they are, "In the Message".
But before too long, if you know anything about Message churches (as they call themselves), you become aware of a lot of different beliefs and doctrines that are all described as Message-beliefs.
Heated disagreements occur between different Message pastors.
So what does "In the Message" actually mean?
Please remember that "In the Message" is an unscriptural statement and thus has no specific meaning. Nowhere does the Bible require us to be in the Message, just as we are not required by the Bible to be a Methodist, or a Pentecostal etc.
Christians eagerly take on these various unscriptural labels whereby they move out of Scripture, as they try to create for themselves a delusion of a safety net by being part of a crowd in an organized man-made church system. The modern term is group-think. So that, despite being ill-informed as to what is written in the Bible, they can attempt to justify their complacent refusal to become better informed by ignoring and shunning anyone who disagrees with them.
"Ill-informed? Not me", says everyone. Today each Christian believes that they and their church are right.
But since there are many varieties and versions of the Message, someone must be ill-informed.
You are only in the Message if you can prove what you believe from Scripture alone, without having to use any quotes.
You use the quotes to understand the Scripture.
But the proof of understanding the Scripture is that you can prove what you believe just by referring to Bible verses.
"Who is your pastor?" is not a question that was ever asked in the New Testament. The word "pastors" is only mentioned once in the New Testament and is thus not a position of great importance. Prophetically, Jeremiah condemned pastors six times even though there were no pastors in the Old Testament.
So end-time Christians easily slip into these unscriptural habits as they build up man-made systems and beliefs.
So what did brother Branham mean when he used this unusual expression of "In the Message"?
"In the Message" is a vague statement as it has no source of authority. Whose Message?
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Any minister here, that believes in the Message of the Lord, that believes that the Bible has taught these things,
God sent brother Branham to preach the "Message of the Lord". And that Message has to be taught from the Bible.
So the first key point.
It is not brother Branham’s Message. It is God’s Message. And you have to prove it from the Scriptures.
The quotes of brother Branham are not the Message. The quotes have to reveal a revelation of the Scripture. The quotes give us inspiration whereby we are able to connect Scriptures together, and then we prove these ideas by following them throughout the Bible.
The proof that a doctrine is correct is not because it is based on some quotes, even though those quotes may be correct. The proof lies in the fact that the doctrine can be established from Scripture. Can you run the idea through the entire Bible?
That the age that you're living in, the Message of this age, It's got to be brought out of the Scriptures
This is the secret of the Message. It is not using some quotes to replace Scripture.
It is quotes or ideas that can be proven from the Scripture. The proof of the Message is that it can be established from Scripture.
A quote is not true because brother Branham said so. A quote becomes true when you can prove it from Scripture.
64-0823M QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.1
But those who can accept the Word in Its fullness, not me preaching It, because It's the Bible says so. Those who accept that is free, because they--the Word's already been judged.
You must not believe a quote just because brother Branham said so. Even if his quote is correct, you are duty bound to track it down in Scripture so that you have proven it for yourself.
We are not supposed to be parrots that repeat quotes without understanding them. We are eagles who rip our way through the Word of God, which is our true meat, so that we can understand what we read.
II CORINTHIANS 13:1 In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
The first witness is the quote. The second witness is the Bible.
Only when the quote reflects in the Bible is it true.
The third witness would be evidence from history, geography, or science.
For example, science says that white light is made up of seven dominant colours. Brother Branham said that the church went through seven church ages recorded in Revelation Chapters 2–3 as it held up the Light of God’s Word.
So we see an agreement between his quote, the Bible, and the real world of science.
Some Message believers claim there are eight ages. They say the Laodicean age has ended, and that we are now in the Bride age. But that will make eight ages. But there are not eight dominant colours in white light. So science contradicts this viewpoint. There are also not eight churches in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3. So the Bible contradicts this viewpoint. Thus it is wrong.
Also, brother Branham never taught eight church ages. That idea comes from people trying to interpret his quotes and give them a meaning that he never gave.
65-0725M THE ANOINTED ONES AT THE END TIME
So we'll know, to prove this, back and forth, by the Word; not by some man's idea, some theory.
I don't care who he is; any other man, myself or anybody else, "If he speaks not according to the law and the prophets, there is no Light in him." See? That's what the Bible said. "Let every man's word be a lie, and Mine be true," regardless who it is.
Here brother Branham makes it clear that we must prove his quotes by running his ideas through the Bible. He never said that we must just accept his quotes.
His quotes are basically true, but we will only know that when we prove his quotes from Scripture. It is very easy to misinterpret some quotes and draw a wrong conclusion. That only becomes clear when you find yourself unable to run the wrong idea through the Bible. Or the wrong interpretation muddles up your geography.
Consider the following example.
61-0806 THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL
This was at Nicaea, Rome, when they had the Nicene Council. And what did they do? They organized the church, then it begin to persecute the Christians. Then in the next church age, it almost, Christianity in the way of the baptism of the Holy Ghost was all wiped out.
Some Message preachers claimed from this quote that the city of Nicaea is in Rome. But Nicaea is in Asia Minor, a little north east of Pergamos, and close to Constantinople (now called Istanbul).
They interpreted the quote wrongly because they had no idea what he was talking about, and just repeated his words like a mindless parrot.
What did brother Branham mean with this?
PERGAMEAN CHURCH AGE - CHURCH AGE BOOK CPT.5
Once the Nicene Council had swung the power of political Rome to the church,
Here brother Branham explains the link between Nicaea and Rome. The Nicaean Council of 325 AD, which was held by Constantine the Roman emperor in the city of Nicaea which is near Constantinople, so that he could control the church events and dictate to the church bishops. He then used his military power to enforce his will, which was to make the Roman bishop the strong man of the West. The political power of Rome was then used to back up the Roman Catholic church. The Bishop of Rome thus ruled the western church as Constantine’s loyal deputy. Politics and religion were united. In the city of Rome, the bishop of Rome was in charge of Christian religion and had access to political support. Constantine ruled as emperor in Constantinople, in the eastern empire, and gave his full military backing to the bishop of Rome.
REVELATION 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
The beast is the Babylonian power of religious conformity that is produced by force.
The beast is thus the powerful spirit behind the rising Roman Catholic church that enforces conformity to organized denominational religion, and silences dissent. It makes humans hero worship, glorify, and follow a human leader.
REVELATION 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
The official seat of the Pope is the Archbasilica (or big church) of St John Lateran on the Caelian hill (shown as one of the violet rectangles on the above map), one of the original seven hills of Rome. This was given to the bishop of Rome in 313 AD by the emperor Constantine.
So in 313 AD the bishop of Rome was given his seat of authority. No other church leader had such a grand palace and massive church building (called a basilica). This gave the bishop of Rome huge prestige. In addition, Constantine rewarded his faithful loyalty with huge grants of money. In 325 AD Constantine gave the bishop of Rome full authority over the church, as well as having the backing of the political power of the Roman empire -- as long as the Roman bishop stayed loyal to Constantine and did as he was told. As a poem said, "He who pays my fees, his song I sing".
The Vatican was built much later, but the Lateran church still remains the official seat of the Pope. In 1870 the Pope claimed that he was infallible when he spoke from this official seat of saint Peter, which is called "speaking ex cathedra".
Many of brother Branham’s followers now claim that he is also infallible, and cannot make a mistake. Just like the Pope. Typical of how Protestants lose sight of Jesus, and end up imitating the Roman Catholic church.
The Nicaean Council was one of the most significant events in the rise to power of the Roman Catholic church, where the Pope would claim both religious and political power, as well as the vast wealth that comes from mixing politics, pagan traditions (like the birthday of the sun god on 25 December), and Christian beliefs. Never did the Bible ever ask us to celebrate the birth of Jesus. But around 350 AD the Bishop of Rome made the birthday of the Son of God a special Catholic mass, called Christ’s mass. Now known as Christmas. So we follow the Pope, not the Bible when celebrating Christmas.
That basically is the background knowledge that we need to have before we can understand what brother Branham meant in his quote, "Nicaea, Rome".
63-0630 THE THIRD EXODUS
I know the Message is right, for its in the Word.
The Message was not supposed to be brother Branham’s opinions. It is supposed to be found in the Bible verses which is the only way to prove its truthfulness.
63-1110E HE THAT IS IN YOU
Believe all the Message. Believe That. If it isn't written in the Bible, then don't you believe it.
If brother Branham makes a quote that is not written in the Bible, then you must not believe that quote.
But people are lazy. They just believe any quote that suits them, because they are too lazy to check it with Scripture. That takes hard work. You have to actually read the Bible to know what the Bible says.
63-1128E THE TOKEN
We're not to come together to talk about the Message. We are come together to get in the Message. And the Message is Christ, He is the Word.
Now comes a deep meaning.
To be in the Message actually means to be in Christ -- to be in the Word.
65-0429E THE CHOOSING OF A BRIDE
While, the true Bride attracts the attention of God, by keeping His Word.
If you want to be ready for the Wedding Supper, make sure you are Scriptural in all that you believe.
61-1217 CHRISTIANITY VERSUS IDOLATRY
… you could take an evil spirit so easy and not know. If it's contrary to this Word, don't believe it. Stay with that Word.
An evil spirit easily enters us when we start believing an unscriptural doctrine.
II CORINTHIANS 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
You are only in the Message when you are in Christ. Born again of the Holy Spirit. Because the Holy Spirit alone can guide us into all truth.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
The evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism is to be able to understand the Scripture when you read it.
Thus to be in Christ is to be in the Word.
54-0514 THE SEAL OF GOD
But it's got to dovetail completely from Genesis to Revelations, make the picture clear. That's right.
And the Holy Ghost is the One Who develops this picture for you, if you'll just let Him do it. He will lead you into all Light. The Bible said so. Jesus said He would do it.
55-0117 HOW THE ANGEL CAME TO ME AND HIS COMMISSION
To me, everything that operates must come out of this Bible or it's not right. Has to come from Here. It can be proved in the Bible, not just one place, but it has to come all the way through the Bible. I have to believe it. It has to dovetail and tie together with every Scripture or I don't believe it. And then, because Paul said, "If an angel from Heaven come, preaching any other gospel, let him be accursed." So I believe the Bible.
62-0318 THE SPOKEN WORD IS THE ORIGINAL SEED 2
Now, all these things I've said, if they don't jive with the Bible, or dovetail with God's Word, they're wrong, they're wrong
Everything he says must be checked with Scripture.
63-0323 THE SIXTH SEAL
We're too close for anything, any foolishness, or any presuming, or halfway believe. I've got to see it first. And then when I see it, it's got to be in the Word too. And so far, by the grace of God, they perfectly... I've took it from all the way through; you know that; it's just blended right together.
It's got to be, THUS SAITH THE LORD, 'cause it's not only as to say it from me knowing it myself, but the Word of the Lord is THUS SAITH THE LORD. And here is the Word taking what He has give to me and blending it together and showing you, so you know yourself it's THUS SAITH THE LORD. See?
The Message quotes have to blend into the Bible, and reflect in the Bible verses. Otherwise you have misunderstood things.
Pastors falsely claim that the prophet cannot be judged. He is infallible. He cannot make a mistake.
62-1007 THE KEY TO THE DOOR
….that I am perfectly infallible. That there's nothing... And, oh, some of the awfullest things you ever heard.
To say that brother Branham is infallible, that he can never be wrong, is an awful mistake.
The day you say he is infallible, that is the day you have turned him into a second Pope. Not a good idea.
He must be judged by the Word. Did he say what was in Scripture? Only then are his quotes true.
65-0718M TRYING TO DO GOD A SERVICE WITHOUT BEING THE WILL OF GOD
I don't care what your pastor says, don't care what I say, or anybody else says. If it's contrary to God's vindicated Word, the hour, the time, the Message, and so forth, forget it. Stay away from it.
The Message is the vindicated Word for the hour. The fulfillment of Bible prophecy in our day. Brother Branham admits that he can also say something wrong because he is human. But then we must not believe his error.
GALATIANS 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
Teaching is to open up and explain the Scriptures.
I TIMOTHY 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
Labour implies the hard work to prove what you believe from Scripture. The Bible alone is the basis for doctrine.
The responsibility for teaching the Scripture is in the hands of certain elders who labour to prove the quotes from the Bible.
Not all elders are involved in teaching the word and doctrine. Teaching is a special ministry. Trying to link the quotes into Scripture is a very time-consuming ministry.
But all elders are to help with the ruling of the church.
All elders occupy equal positions. No ministry is above any other person.
Ruling the church is not a one-man show by a pastor.
I don't care what your pastor said. If it's contrary to God's Word, let his word be a lie, and keep God's Word
65-0418M IT IS THE RISING OF THE SUN
Well, you say, "Well, now, let me tell you something. My pastor..."
I don't care what your pastor said; it's what the Word says!
If you want to be a chicken, go on with him. But if the pastor speaks different from this Word, then he is not a feeder of the eagles; uh-huh, he's a feeder of the hens, see, not of the eagles. See? The Eagle eats on eagle's Food.
Literal chicken feed usually comes in the form of tiny grains. Nothing to really chew on. Just swallow.
"Chicken feed" is an idiom that means "almost nothing, very little". For example, "I was paid chicken feed, almost nothing".
Following a pastor instead of the Word makes you a second-hand Christian whose Bible knowledge is very little.
"Chicken" also means too scared to disagree with your pastor.
COLOSSIANS 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another.
The Message is not supposed to end up with some man dominating the congregation. That is Nicolaitanism -- elevating a holy man above the congregation.
That is an efficient way to grow a church, if numbers impress you, but God hates Nicolaitanism.
REVELATION 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Truth is best understood by a to-and-fro exchange of ideas between equals as we try to line up the quotes with Scripture.
To be in Christ is to be in the Word. We are all equal in our submission to the Word.
We teach each other, and learn from each other, as we follow the ideas through the Scriptures. We correct and are corrected by lining up with Scripture.
64-1221 WHY IT HAD TO BE SHEPHERDS
There's only one thing that rules over all, and that's God's Word. If you are thinking contrary to the Word, forget your thinking. Think on the Word.
So to be in the Message is to be in Christ, which means to be in the Scripture or the Word of God.
So you are in the Message when you prove what you believe by finding verses in the Bible.
Ultimately we will all be judged by the Bible, the Word of Christ.
JOHN 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
We will not be judged by the quotes of William Branham. So we have to be sure that we can prove the quotes of William Branham from the Scriptures.
65-0217 A MAN RUNNING FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD
But, look, if God has called you, and you are sure that God is in the Message, there is nothing going to turn you back. It didn't turn Jonah. No, sir.
Amos of old, cried out, said, "The lion has roared, who can but fear? And God has spake, who can but prophesy?" Who can but prophesy, when you see God speaks and said a certain thing will happen, and there it is?
Is ‘God in the Message’? God only speaks through His Bible. The King James Version.
If you take the quotes and run them through the Bible, and then explain your beliefs from the Bible, only then are you in the Word -- which means you are in Christ, and thus in God’s Message for our day.
65-0725M THE ANOINTED ONES AT THE END TIME
"For in the Message of the seventh angel, the mysteries of God would be known," all these trinitarian things, and false baptisms, and everything was to be made manifest. God help us to see what's Truth! And not think it's somebody trying to say something to...
If you can understand the mysteries of Scripture then you have grasped the Message of the seventh angel.
Do you know why Jesus wrote twice in the ground with His finger when they wanted to kill a woman? If not, then you have not really understood the Message, because you have not learned enough from brother Branham in terms of how to reveal the mysteries of Scripture.
Also, if you believe quotes that are interpreted in such a way that you cannot prove those ideas from Scripture, then you are indulging in wishful thinking, and you are actually part of a mess age. This is like people who think they know what the new name of Jesus is.
REVELATION 19:12 … and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
No man knows the new name.
Let us start from the beginning.
We will prove the doctrine of brother Branham from Scripture without using his quotes. That is what it means to be in the Message. It means you can understand the Bible.
How do we know that brother Branham is the end-time Gentile prophet? Because he said so? No. Because the Bible said so.
MALACHI 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
The day of the Lord is the great Tribulation.
ISAIAH 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
So God promised us a prophet before the Tribulation occurs.
But John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah. Was he that man? Possibly. But what is not very convincing is that John came 2000 years before the Tribulation. That is rather too early to act as a warning of the impending Tribulation.
Let us look at what the Bible says about John the Baptist.
LUKE 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
LUKE 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
The Jewish fathers or elders kept the Law, but added in their own traditions and ministries like Pharisees and Saducees. They added synagogues (which they developed in Babylon). The priests in the Temple were corrupted by money making.
ROMANS 9:4 Who are Israelites; ……..
:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came
Jesus was born as a Jew, and thus the Jews were the fathers of His generation, including all young men He chose as disciples.
Thus the fathers’ generation, who were in control, taught the people to become disobedient to God. John would severely rebuke the religious leaders and then point out Jesus, the young Man of about thirty. He would choose young men as disciples. This team would have the true wisdom of God. The older Jews would have to learn from this younger generation.
John turned the older generation who were disobedient and on the wrong path, to the just way of Jesus and His disciples. God only turns the bad to the good.
But that is not all that Malachi said. John the Baptist only did half of what Malachi said. He only turned the disobedient fathers to the wise children.
MALACHI 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
So half of Malachi’s prophecy was unfulfilled. Never did John say to Jesus and the disciples that they should turn to the Jewish elders and learn from them. John could not turn the just to the corrupt. John was also in no position to try to tell Jesus what to do. John realized just how superior Jesus was to him. That is why he was even reluctant to baptize Jesus.
So is it possible that one verse of Malachi can be fulfilled by two events that are 2000 years apart?
Look at the example of Jesus in the synagogue.
LUKE 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
LUKE 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down.
:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
But Jesus had cut the last verse in half.
His first Coming was the ministry that would preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Then He stopped.
But Isaiah had two parts to this last verse.
ISAIAH 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
ISAIAH 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
So Jesus left out the day of vengeance of our God. Why?
JEREMIAH 46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.
This day of vengeance is the Tribulation. Russia, king of the North, and all her hosts shall gather by the Euphrates river, which is the border of the Promised Land of Israel. (The small speck of red below the Euphrates river is Israel). They will invade Israel and be slaughtered.
EZEKIEL 39:2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
83% (five sixths) of the invading host will die.
EZEKIEL 39:4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
Those who rejected the shed Blood of Jesus as the Sacrifice for sin will ultimately have their own blood shed as the final sacrifice to enrich the soil of Israel.
So when Jesus read from Isaiah, He left that portion out. It would only happen 2000 years later.
So, yes. A single verse can describe two events separated by 2000 years.
Let us go back to Malachi.
MALACHI 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
What does it mean to turn the heart of the children to their fathers?
What is the curse? The curse of today is the deadly radiation that lingers on for a long time when a nuclear bomb explodes. So atomic and nuclear bombs will explode as part of the horror of the Tribulation.
II PETER 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
The atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima exploded about 700m above the ground to maximize the spread of the destructive fireball that descended down to melt and vapourize everything below it. The heavens, or atmosphere, were just converted into an intense blast of fire, many times hotter than the sun.
Those who survived the shockwave, intense heat, and destructive blast began to develop radiation sickness after a week and died. These awful symptoms and death continued for about eight weeks. This was the real curse. Believing that they had survived the awful bomb, they were doomed by the invisible radiation.
So, sadly, an awful fate awaits humanity when the Tribulation starts.
But God always sends mercy before judgement. He promised to send an Elijah to warn us.
The disciples were the children compared to the Jewish elders. But then they matured and grew to be the apostles who established the first of the Gentile church ages.
They wrote the New Testament, and by doing that they became the fathers of the Gentile church. No-one is allowed to disagree with anything they wrote.
GALATIANS 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Paul knew that the seventh angel would finally come, but not even that prophet, as the seventh angel, can disagree with the New Testament. Paul uses the word "accursed", which is probably the strongest warning we will ever get that we cannot reject or contradict or change or ignore any Scripture. The end-time Elijah is to turn us back to what Paul wrote -- not to disagree with Paul in any way.
Let us look at the history of the church.
The first church age was a seed of the true Word of God that the apostolic fathers established. Then things began to go wrong. Human leadership saw one man becoming the head of each church, instead of a group of elders. Then a city produced a "bishop", whom they made the head over all the local churches. Then, at the Nicaean council in 325 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine buried the seed Word by establishing the Bishop of Rome as the head of all the churches. He enforced this with his military might, as well as large gifts of money to the Roman bishop. The Roman bishop, loyal to Constantine, also gained the backing of political power. The churches were forced to accept the Trinity doctrine, and the Light of the world went out as the seed Word rotted in the Dark Ages.
The day of Christ cannot come until there was first a falling away from the true Word of God. This reached its peak in the Dark Ages. Very little truth was left.
II THESSALONIANS 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
II THESSALONIANS 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Martin Luther in Germany started a Reformation which saw green "salvation by grace through faith" shoots sprouting up. Luther identified the Pope as the main enemy of the church. The Pope had established himself in the Vatican and was building the biggest church in the world, St Peter’s church. To do this he needed money. So the Pope claimed that he could forgive sin (as if he were God), and he began selling indulgences whereby a person could buy forgiveness of sin. This sparked off the Reformation as Luther protested.
Then the pollen of eternal life blew over the world as John Wesley in England began preaching holiness and outreach, which grew into the great missionary age. The Word plant developed a husk as Pentecost in 1906 began to restore the supernatural power. All that remained then was for the mysteries of Scripture to be revealed that the final seed Word could ripen. The ripe seed Word, that the church believed at the end, would be identical to the seed Word that was planted. Then the harvest would come to pull the seed Word Bride off the dead and dried-up church plant, as they get caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
The seed that ripens for the harvest is identical to the original seed that was planted.
So the children at the end time need a prophet, like John the Baptist, to turn the heart of the children (end-time believers) back to the heart of the apostolic fathers who wrote the New Testament.
This double ministry also appears in the way that Jesus speaks of John the Baptist.
After the death of John, Jesus makes this statement:
MATTHEW 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
(Elias is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elijah.)
Elijah is still going to come in the future. This cannot be John the Baptist, as he had already come in the past, and had also died by this time. John never restored anything. He brought a brand new water baptism. He then introduced the Jews to their Messiah. That was a brand new experience that had never happened before.
John was actually the beginning of the Gospel, not the restoration of the Gospel after it was lost in the Dark Ages.
MARK 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Jesus, having just spoken of a future Elijah who would restore all things, now refers back to John the Baptist in the past.
MATTHEW 17:12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
He warns us that the people never really knew what John’s ministry was about. They were impressed with John as a preacher, but then focused on following John -- which was a big mistake. Because of that they missed what the ministry of John was all about. The real purpose of John’s ministry was to point the people to Jesus, and get the people to follow Jesus -- not John.
MATTHEW 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
Andrew was the only disciple of John that Jesus Christ chose to became one of His 12 disciples.
Being a disciple of John did not automatically make a person a disciple of Jesus. Meanwhile the rest of the disciples that Jesus chose had never been followers of John the Baptist.
This is a great warning to the followers of William Branham. Only one disciple of John became one of the 12 disciples of Jesus. And when Jesus chooses His final church, almost all of them will never have been followers of William Branham.
Brother Branham came to reveal Scripture to us, not to make us followers of himself.
So what went wrong? The glorification of a man.
John had a hugely impressive ministry. He stood head and shoulders above the religious leaders of his day. But his bright light so dazzled his followers that they could not see beyond him. A bright light can be blinding.
JOHN 5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
JOHN 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
Jesus now wants to save us from the big mistake that the followers of John made, who were so dazzled by John’s light.
JOHN 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
John was such a bright light that his disciples thought it was enough just to follow John. So they rejoiced in what John had said and done, which was incredibly powerful.
In the process they were blinded to the fact that they were supposed to look through John and see Jesus, and then follow Jesus.
JOHN 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
JOHN 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
They were supposed to look through John in order to see Jesus.
We are supposed to look through the quotes of William Branham, and line them up with the Bible in order to see the true revelation of the Scriptures.
JOHN 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
John was not the Light. His bit of light was to point to the real Light, Jesus.
William Branham’s quotes are not the Light. His quotes are to bear witness of the true Light, which is the Word of God.
John was the signpost. Jesus was the Way.
Their mistake was to stay glorifying the signpost, and not follow the way or path.
JOHN 1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
JOHN 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
John’s main ministry was two-fold. To baptize or wash the sacrificial Lamb Jesus, and then to point his followers towards Jesus, as a man walking amongst men, so that they could follow Jesus, and not John.
JOHN 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
The proof of hearing the messenger speak was their ability to follow Jesus.
What does this mean for our age?
The end time messenger has to reveal the mysteries of Scripture so that we can see Jesus and His plan for the church as Jesus walks through the pages of the Word.
We need the quotes of the messenger to give us the revelations or ideas so that we know what to look for in the Scriptures. Then we hunt for these clues in the Bible until we can connect all the verses together that explain the mystery that the end time prophet revealed. The proof that we have heard the Message, that he preached, is when we can follow his ideas through the Scriptures and then believe it because the Scripture says so, not because the prophet said so. That way we start with the prophet’s quotes pointing us to the ideas that are hidden in the Bible, and then we follow the ideas through the Bible. In the process we are following the Word, Jesus, not the quotes.
62-0627 WE WOULD SEE JESUS
… and always search out what I say. If it isn't exactly with the Scripture, don't believe it
The prophet’s ministry is to point us to the Word of God (Jesus is the Word) and then get us to follow the Word.
You are only "in the Message" if you believe something because the Bible says so, not because the prophet said so.
A brief warning:
The following few lines come from around page 3 of the Serpent’s Seed message. They contain four mistakes. So if you believe these mistakes to be truth just because brother Branham said so, then you are very mistaken.
58-0928E THE SERPENT'S SEED
…they went on for several years (three hundred and twenty-five years) finally came to Nicaea, France, where they had the great Nicene Council. And in there they formed these dogmas that the Catholic church has now, and also that's handed down to the Protestants.
And as I said it in the teaching this morning, each one of those church ages on up to that Thessalonica church age, the fifteen hundred years of dark ages,….
And it's exactly three hundred and twenty-five years to the Laodicean council.
The corrections are:
1. Nicaea has got nothing to do with France. Look at the first map in this study. This is just a human mistake from memory recall -- thinking of "Nice" (pronounced like niece) in France . We all slip up at times when we try to recall facts and figures.
2. There was no Thessalonica church age. It was the Thyatira church age.
3. The dark ages ended around 1500 AD. They did not last 1500 years. If they lasted 1500 years then Jesus and the first church age would have been in the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages lasted for about 900 to 1000 years.
4. The Laodicean Council was 363 – 364 AD, not 325 AD. The Catholics changed the Saturday Sabbath to become a so-called Sunday Sabbath, which most Protestants also believe, and they removed the Book of Revelation from Scripture. Most Protestants also ignore the Book of Revelation by claiming that they cannot understand it. Showing how the Catholics still influence the Protestants.
325 AD refers to the Nicaean Council where emperor Constantine gave wealth, religious power, and political power to the elevated bishop of Rome and enforced pagan religious customs like Trinity on the church with his military might that he used to crush dissent.These four examples should remind you to check what you believe. Having a quote does not always mean you have the truth, because brother Branham does make mistakes at times.
Remember brother Branham came to restore us back to the New Testament church. So whatever you believe, you must make sure that the early church also believed the same things.
You cannot develop new mysteries that they knew nothing about.
Now we come to an unfortunate group of people. The disciples of John the Baptist who remained with John, and never followed Jesus.
People are human, even great prophets. John began to doubt that Jesus was Messiah.
MATTHEW 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
John said that he did not think Jesus was the Messiah. A bad mistake, but humans make mistakes.
MATTHEW 11:3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
John’s disciples had no more sense than to repeat John’s mistake. Imagine the cheek. They were asking Jesus if He was the Messiah because they had doubts about him.
They were so faithful to John that they even believed and preached his wrong quotes.
They did not dare to correct the prophet!
They had developed a doctrine that the prophet of God must be quoted, but never corrected. Just like it is today. Different people, but the same deceptive spirits.
MATTHEW 11:4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Jesus merely referred them to the Scriptures. Messiah would heal the sick and raise the dead. Jesus had done that, so why were they doubting Him?
Notice: Jesus answered John’s question by referring to the Scriptures. So that is what John’s disciples should have done. They should have searched the Scriptures, instead of believing a wrong quote of the prophet and then making up a doctrine from that mistaken quote.
MATTHEW 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
John had lost sight of the Word. His followers had lost sight of the Word. They now emphasized the quotes of John that contradicted the Word. The followers of William Branham so emphasize his quotes, and their own interpretations of his quotes, to such an extent that they are offended by people who refer to Scripture.
"You are not allowed to read Scripture verses by yourself". Exactly what the Catholic church said in the Dark Ages when they banned the Bible.
Many Message believers condemn people who build up their beliefs from Scripture.
MATTHEW 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
"And as they departed". These two disciples of John departed from the Word, Jesus, and are never mentioned again. They preferred the prophet to Jesus -- The Word of God. Not the wisest choice.
MATTHEW 11:9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
Jesus did not condemn John for his mistake. He complimented John for what he did right.
But the prophet’s followers faded out of the Bible, because they then added to their error of doubting Jesus by departing from the Word, which is Jesus. We never again read of these two disciples of John.
Message followers do the same thing. They cling to quotes, even if that means contradicting Scripture.
For instance they will tell you what the seven Thunders are, even though the Thunders are not written in the Bible. Instead of believing what is written in the Bible, they build their faith on what is not written. Denominations also believe things that are not written in the Word, like Trinity, 25 December, and Christmas trees.
Believing something unscriptural makes a Message group just another man-made church system with its own set of rules. Just like any other denomination.
As these two disciples of John left, Jesus began to speak. Those two men never even had the sense to stay and listen to Him. Such is the attitude of the prophet’s disciples, that they are so addicted to going back to more quotes from the prophet, even though their last quote was a big mistake, that they ignore and will not stop and listen to Scripture.
Now let us look at the early Christians in Berea.
ACTS 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
ACTS 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Paul was the great messenger to the first church age. He also wrote about half of the New Testament. But when he spoke, these early disciples checked what he said with the Scriptures to make sure that Paul was being Scriptural. Checking what a great man of God says is essential if we are to find truth. The Bible is the final Judge. What the messenger says, has to agree with Scripture.
Let us look at church history.
EPHESIANS 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Paul speaks of the church as a spiritual body that is raised up by revelation into heavenly realms or dimensions.
EPHESIANS 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Speaking of the church, Paul mentions that there are ages to come in the history of the church. So we get a glimpse of the idea of church ages. As a clue, we see that this statement is made in verse 7. Could there be seven church ages?
REVELATION 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
John saw Jesus in the middle of seven candlesticks. Candlesticks are used to give light. The church is supposed to give out the light of Scripture to the world.
But there is a mystery attached to these candlesticks that represent the seven churches.
REVELATION 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
If they just referred to seven local churches in seven specific cities, that would be no great mystery.
Seven churches are referred to in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3.
The fourth church of Thyatira (which can mean dominating woman) says:
REVELATION 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel,
No woman called Jezebel was ever recorded in history as playing any important role in the city of Thyatira. So this has to have a deeper meaning.
Speaking to the church of Philadelphia. Jesus says:
REVELATION 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
There is no record of any great temptation or time of trial that happened to the whole world, but missed the city of Philadelphia. Philadelphia actually suffered greatly through the ages from earthquakes, as it was built in the area of an earthquake fault line. In the Dark Ages the city was repeatedly captured by the Turks, and then recaptured from the Turks, until the Turks finally took over in 1390 and stayed as the conquerors. They city of Philadelphia experienced its share of horrors. So once again, this verse must have a deeper meaning. Deeper than just a single city.
To the second church of Smyrna Jesus says:
REVELATION 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days:
There is no recorded history of a ten year persecution that was launched specifically against Smyrna, and not against any neighbouring cities. When Roman emperors launched persecutions against Christians, the persecutions would cover wide areas.
In Scripture a day can mean a year.
Laban forced Jacob to marry Leah. Then told Jacob that he had to work another seven years for the younger daughter Rachel.
GENESIS 29:27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
Leah symbolized the Jews who were God’s people. Rachel symbolized the Gentile church. Jacob (Christ) had to work another seven years (seven church ages) to gain Rachel (the church) as his bride.
Thus we have two options.
1. Either believe that this prophesy referred to seven local churches. Then this prophecy has no real mystery as it just tells us the common faults and some good points that are found in these churches.
2. Or the churches can be laid out in a specific order, not just in space along a Roman road, but also in time. Each church had the nucleus of the characteristics of a certain church age that would be lived out at a certain time in church history.
Thus a great mystery begins to unfold. Boats would call in at the port of Ephesus and unload mail. The road that connected the seven cities was also a postal route for carrying messages to the different cities. The big miracle is that God could use this natural road that carried news and messages to the different cities as a symbol of a spiritual road that would carry seven messages that outlined the future behavior of the church in seven different time periods (or church ages). The remarkable miracle or mystery is that each church age would unfold in the same order in time as what the seven cities came into view, one after the other, as one travelled along the road in space.
God’s ability to control time is one of His major miracles. No human can do that.
So this road becomes a look into the future.
The first church age was established by Paul. He called the elders of the city of Ephesus to Miletus (just below Ephesus).
ACTS 20:17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
ACTS 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Paul established the elders as the overseers of the church. But he knew that grievous leaders would follow. Soon one-man dictators would rule the church by proclaiming, unscripturally, that a pastor is the head of the church.
ACTS 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Peter said the same thing.
I PETER 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
No one man must dominate the congregation as if he is a lord that others must obey.
This became the basis for establishing the early church.
REVELATION 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches:
An angel is a messenger.
REVELATION 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
The seven Spirits are seven bright lights. Each light revealed the Word for a different church age.
The Spirits before the throne were the link between God and the seven church ages.
REVELATION 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Each church age had a Spirit that came from the throne of God to guide that age.
REVELATION 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Each age had a spirit that could see what Satan was doing and could guide the age to oppose Satan.
Each Spirit came as a supernatural angel.
PSALM 104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
A supernatural angel would come down in each age to instruct a certain man to be the messenger of that age. Inspired by an angel, that man would guide the church down the necessary path that the church at that time had to follow to combat the evil for that age.
REVELATION 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars;
Each Spirit came as a supernatural angel. Each messenger-man for that church age was guided by a specific angel, and thus became the star to that age.
Stars are used for navigation, to give people direction.
Paul was the first star to the first church age.
ACTS 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
An angel would come down and speak to him.
Paul’s insight into Scripture was thus so profound that Christians regarded him as if he were an angel himself.
He was not a literal angel. But they regarded him "as an angel" because he brought the Word to the first church age. Such was the close understanding between the Spirit of the angel and the human man Paul who was the star for that age. Paul became the human mouthpiece of the supernatural angel, and thus it was easy to call Paul the angel for the first church age.
GALATIANS 4:14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
The next famous angel or messenger or star to his age was Martin Luther, who was in the fifth church age of Sardis (meaning escaped ones). He sparked off the Reformation by preaching that the just will live by faith, not by works. Thus the Protestants began to escape from the Roman Catholic church system.
John Wesley was the famous messenger in the sixth age.
The seventh church age of the Laodiceans (which means peoples’ rights) also requires a star and angel messenger. This last church age started with the Pentecostal revival at Azusa Street in Los Angeles in 1906.
In 1947 William Branham in America became famous amongst the Pentecostals when an angel appeared to him. He interacted with this seventh angel on many different occasions. Thus he became the human mouthpiece or voice of this seventh angel. Supernatural visions enabled him to reveal the hidden mysteries of the Bible. As such brother Branham became the star of the seventh age, as he became the first person who could guide us through the mysteries of the Book of Revelation, as well as the other mysteries of the written Word.
REVELATION 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Notice that the emphasis is not on the man, William Branham, but on his "voice". His ministry in the supernatural was incredibly powerful, and people marveled at that. But that was not his main ministry.
63-0318 THE FIRST SEAL
Takes the Book and... of Seals and breaks them and shows the seventh angel, for this alone, the mysteries of God, is the ministry of the seventh angel.
He came to reveal the hidden mysteries of Scripture, so that we could be returned back to the teachings of Paul and the apostles.
"The voice of the seventh angel" has a deeper meaning. In 1945 Hiroshima was atom-bombed, with the resulting terrible eight weeks of radiation deaths as a curse.
Then in 1947 the angel came to brother Branham, and his ministry really developed and ignited a big revival in Pentecostal circles.
During the war the Americans invented the top-secret tape recorder in order to receive messages from their spies at any time of the day or night. In 1947 the Americans made the tape recorder available to the public. In 1947 brother Branham became the first preacher to tape his sermons. The important part of his ministry -- his voice -- was thus recorded. The powerful supernatural in his ministry attracted attention, but was of secondary importance.
For 18 years, until his death in 1965, the voice of the seventh angel was recorded on tape as he preached over 1200 sermons on all manner of Bible topics.
But what is very important to remember is that brother Branham left the scene more than 50 years ago. During all this time, all we have had of him, is his voice.
So this puts a deeper meaning to this verse of Revelation 10:7.
The emphasis is thus not on the man William Branham. The emphasis is not on his incredible ministry. The emphasis is not on the amazing life that he lived. The emphasis is on "the days of his voice". The past more than 50 years when all we have had of him is his voice.
So what have you and I done to understand the mysteries of Scripture during all these years? We have the books, tapes, MP3 players, computers, mobile phones, etc.
It is during these years that we should be taking the emphasis off the man, and establishing what he taught in the Bible. We should be proving what we believe from Scripture.
That is what it means to be "In the Message" -- if you insist on that expression. But remember it is an unscriptural statement.
Like the believers in Berea, we should daily search through the Scriptures to see if his quotes are reflected in the Bible. Only then do we know what we are talking about.
"The mystery of God should be finished": This will only happen when the end-time Bride sees eye-to-eye with the first church age believers from the days of the apostles.
The seed that is harvested is identical to the seed that was planted.
The first church age only believed what was written in the Bible. They only believed the original apostles. We must be the same.
When brother Branham went beyond the curtain of time and saw his converts, they said that he would have to be judged.
60-0716 FROM THAT TIME
And I said, "Well, will Saint Paul be questioned too?"
Said, "Certainly, with his congregation."
I said, "Then if Saint Paul passes it, I will too." I said, "I've preached it just exactly the way he did, not moved one word."
And then those millions screamed out, "We know that, and are resting assured."
Brother Branham’s converts were resting on the fact that he only preached what Paul preached. What he preached was in the Word.