John chapter 01 - God comes down to earth
JOHN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Right from the beginning God had a plan with His true church. They form His Bride. A bride is closer to her husband than anyone else. So God’s church is His true Body as He desires to live within the hearts of His people and bring them into submission to the Word of God.
So the invisible Spirit of God is looking for a Body to dwell in, so that He can manifest His characteristics and bring His Word to fulfilment through this Body of believers.
To get a better understanding of the beginning, let us catch a glimpse of God at the end in the Book of Revelation. There are four beasts around the throne of God in Heaven. A lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle.
REVELATION 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
Eyes speak of intelligence. These spiritual beasts or powers know the future (full of eyes before) and they know the past (full of eyes behind). Because God lives outside of time He can see both the future and the past. We are limited to our small portion of the pipeline of time that we are born into and which we are moving through, until we die.
These four spiritual powers or beasts will control and guide the church through their different circumstances as the 2000 years of church history roll by.
The lion represents the true beliefs of the apostolic fathers as they wrote the New Testament and guided the early church that had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that Jesus lived in the hearts of men and women. At first they believed and lived by the Bible before human leaders later arose to guide the church down the paths of human opinions.
A calf is a young ox. This represents the 1200 years of the political control of the church that started at the Nicene council in 325 AD and continued to the end of the Dark Ages in 1520 AD. Forcing an unscriptural Trinity into the Bible at Nicaea meant that human leaders were fiddling with the Light of the world, which then naturally began to go out. Unscriptural archbishops, cardinals, and popes dominated the scene. Unscriptural recipes like “One God in three Persons”, “the second Person of the Godhead”, “Co-equal Persons”, “of one essence”, or “of one substance” clouded the thinking of people as they drifted further from what was actually written in the Bible. The Bible is Life. Getting away from the Bible means losing life. That is symbolized by the symbol of an ox.
Eventually the church bragged about understanding concepts that are not actually written in the Bible.
More than half of the total age of the church was spent in this spiritual wasteland. Tens of millions died who refused to bow down to the political and religious giant of the Dark Ages, the Roman Catholic church. There was plenty of time for the young calf to grow up into an ox. But an ox is a beast of burden and sacrifice. At the end of its life it is slaughtered for its valuable meat. God’s Spirit of an Ox inspired the true church to endure this suffering and martyrdom.
The man beast. Reformers like Martin Luther in Germany in 1520 brought back the concept of salvation through faith alone, not works. Around 1750 John Wesley in England restored the Bible truth of holiness and outreach which led to the great missionary age that began around 1790.
The flying eagle has two great characteristics. It can fly to a great height and it has incredible eyesight that can pick out details that others miss.
In 1906 the Pentecostal revival in Azuza Street in America began to restore the Holy Ghost Baptism with the power of the supernatural. The great wings of the Eagle soared high up into the dimensions of God’s Spirit.
Then in 1947 William Branham began to tape sermons which would enable listeners to catch a revelation of the deep mysteries in Scripture: what is serpent seed? who is the beast? What was original sin? Why did Jesus write twice in the ground when people requested permission to stone a sinful woman? ... and so on. The early church once knew these mysteries but they had been lost in the Dark Ages. The errors that had been so ingrained during the 1200 years of the Dark Ages made it impossible for the reformers and Pentecostals to puzzle out many of these truths.
So at the end, God wants the final church to return to the beliefs of the first church.
The four beasts thus present an outline of the 2000 years of church history.
There are also four Gospels that stand around the Book of Acts of the Holy Spirit in the first church.
The Book of Acts is God’s original church in action. That is what He wants the church to be like.
Each Gospel presents Jesus as one of these four great creatures or powers.
The fourth Gospel is John.
He presents Christ as the flying Eagle, the Spirit of God that soars into the higher dimensions of the Spirit and sees with incredibly sharp insight.
“In the beginning God…” is the sublime start to the Book of Genesis.
JOHN 4: 24 God is a Spirit.
A Spirit is invisible and has no shape. So the invisible God has to clothe Himself in a Body that is visible. Here in the New Testament God is revealed as being clothed in His Word. God lives in His Word as if it is a spiritual Body in which the invisible Spirit of God becomes visible to spirit beings like angels in Heaven.
Length, breadth, and height are the three dimensions of space.
Time is the fourth dimension that we do not understand as it seems to flow in one direction only from past to future. We sometimes speak of the pipeline of time. Thus we can imagine time as being the walls of an invisible pipe that surrounds our three dimensional space made up of length, breadth, and height.
The fifth dimension is the spiritual region of good and evil. Our human spirits are in tune with this dimension as we continually have to make decisions between right and wrong.
This is also the dimension where lost souls go to when they die as it is inhabited by Satan and his demons.
The sixth dimension is Heaven or the Heaven of Heavens where the angels dwell.
We are insulated from this sixth dimension of Heaven by the fifth dimension that surrounds us. So the purpose of the Bible is to explain how God came down to earth to make a way of escape so that we can bypass the regions of the lost (fifth dimension) and go straight to Heaven (sixth dimension) when we die.
JOHN 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
Jesus is the way that we bypass or escape hell.
God Himself is beyond all this as if He inhabits the seventh unimaginable dimension of dimensions.
In the beginning, whenever that was, God spoke and created a Spirit-Body for Himself. He then created the Heavens and had to limit Himself to live in there so that angels could see Him when He created them. This Word-Body that He dwelt in revealed God to the Heavenly realm. (You are an invisible spirit. Your body encloses your spirit. Thus your body lives with you and at the same time is you. But your mind which is spirit is in control and is greater than your body.)
ROMANS 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
EPHESIANS 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
“Spirit” and “mind” are used interchangeably. So they are the same thing. We do not know what “spirit” is but we know we have a spirit in our bodies that keeps us alive. The spirit is like the father, the body is like the son. The spirit or mind tells the body what to do.
JOHN 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
So God wants to come down to our level so that we can see Him.
His first step was to limit Himself to a Spirit-Body called the Word. God would always live in His Word.
God has to severely limit Himself in order to live in Heaven. The infinity of God is simply awe inspiring. However big we can think, God is still bigger.
PSALM 113:6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
The thoughts of the invisible God would be referred to as the Father. These thoughts were to be expressed through His Word, which would be referred to as the Son.
Our thoughts often run much deeper than the words we use to express them.
JOHN 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
God chose to speak His creation into existence. He used His Word-body to utter the words of creation.
His Spirit-Body lips spoke all the words that were needed to create the universe.
Somehow there was enormous power in those words because they became energy and matter. Creation is beyond our ability to understand. The most powerful law in Science is the law of conservation of energy. It states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed. No scientist has ever created energy. Scientists cannot create something from nothing. But God proved that He was above and beyond the laws of Science because He created energy supernaturally from nothing. No one else has ever managed to do that. Only God can create. He not only creates the energy and matter of the universe but He also created the incredibly fine-tuned laws of physics which control the universe.
Scientists cannot create energy. They also have no clue where the laws of science came from. John’s Gospel shows that Jesus simply comes from a much higher dimension as He effortlessly does things that are far beyond any human or natural ability.
Scientists desperately claim that a Big Bang explosion (whatever it was and however it exploded are complete mysteries that have never been repeated. Good science must be repeatable.) This explosion was supposed to create all the energy in the universe. This contradicts the most powerful law of Physics which is the first law of thermodynamics. It claims that energy cannot be created. So the Big Bang theory starts by contradicting the most powerful first law of Physics. Not a good start.
Forget the false creation claims of scientists. Are your problems far beyond the ability of humans to solve? Then Jesus is the Person that you need to speak to. He made this unimaginably huge universe. Any huge problems that you and I have are very tiny in comparison to His unimaginably great creative skills. We just have to learn how to hand our problems over to Him. This process is called faith.
Thus John introduces Jesus as the God Who created us and Who can also over-ride the laws of Nature and society and thereby change the situations that are threatening to overwhelm us. When the massive walls of Jericho supernaturally collapsed, one section remained standing. Rahab the harlot lived there. She had lived a bad life but then chose to believe in the God of the Jews. Such is the power of faith that in the turmoil and chaos of that massive destruction of the great city, her part of the wall stood undamaged. God is an Eagle says John, with a tremendous eye for detail that preserved an individual and her family in the midst of turbulent chaos and destruction of Jericho. This God is worth knowing.
PSALM 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
God’s Word responded to Rahab’s faith and was the safest protection for her.
JOHN 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
But the invisible spirit within our bodies is more than mind, and more than thoughts. It is also life. We have no idea what life is as it comes from a much higher dimension.
The Life that God lives in His Word-Body is the only good example that will illuminate the minds of men and women so that they can live their lives as a mutually benefiting community or family, that is in complete obedience to the Word of God.
ACTS 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.The first church was incredibly sharing and caring. Could we but be restored to their example?
Individuals controlled by God live their lives in a manner that aims at the welfare of humanity. God’s love for everyone, the individual and the group, is expressed through the lives of each individual that He illuminates.
The ultimate example was Jesus. He represented God coming down from a higher dimension from a Spirit Body to a human Body. In Jesus, the invisible God was literally coming down to our human level.
COLOSSIANS 2:8 … Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.All of the Spirit of God lived in Jesus. The Man Jesus, Who was on the outside of God, was going to live a life that would show us what God was like if God was also a human being.
JOHN 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Jesus was just too good. Humans could not keep up with Him. “Love your enemies”. “Turn the other cheek”. “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.
No way! “I want it all and I want it now”, says a popular song. The singer died of Aids. Getting everything did not help him.
Obsessed with the inner darkness of hating enemies, responding to wrong-doing with a lust for revenge, and being insatiably greedy and selfish, the humans of His day could not live with so dazzlingly bright a light. His Presence exposed human shortcomings and sins. Sinful man only had one desire and that was to somehow turn off this disturbingly bright Light as darkness could not remain in the presence of light. So the Jewish leaders endlessly sought to accuse Him because He so revealed their faults. His harshest criticisms were reserved for the religious leaders. (Imagine what He would say to our self-satisfied pastors who claim all the income, if He came back today?)
Messiah was coming as promised but the religious Jews of that day would reject Him. Light and darkness cannot live together. It has to be one or other, not both at the same time. When given a chance they chose Barabbas, a murderer, rather than Jesus the life-giver Who raised the dead.
JOHN 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
God had one man who could stand in the light of Jesus. A prophet who grew up in the wilderness away from the corrupting influences of the religious Jews. Away from ruthless and greedy religious people who were obsessed with self-gain and their own self-righteousness. (How much do our church systems corrupt the people?).
JOHN 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
John came to tell the people about Jesus. John had never seen Jesus before. But only John could identify the Messiah who was a Man walking among men. People, if they wanted to find the Messiah, had to look in the direction that John was pointing. People could not choose their own Messiah for themselves. They were horrified when Messiah came from outside all their religious groupings. They were doubly horrified when Messiah condemned their favourite religious leaders.
But they were warned in advance because John also condemned the religious leaders. He called them vipers. These are poisonous snakes.
So a prophet will not point the people to their religious groups and leaders. He will point them away from their religious viewpoints.
For His first Coming, John pointed out Jesus as He walked among men.
Before His second Coming, William Branham pointed out Jesus as He walks through the pages of the Bible and thus helps us to understand the written mysteries of Scripture.
JOHN 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
John was a bright light of truth as long as he quoted Scripture and knew his place in the divine plan as the forerunner of the first Coming of Jesus. He dazzled the people in his short and powerful ministry. But people are so easily influenced to hero-worship a great prophet, as when Nebuchadnezzar named Daniel with his god’s name Belteshazzar.
Thus John’s Gospel specifically mentioned that the prophet who foreruns the coming of Jesus, is not the Light.
Only Jesus is the Light. Jesus is the Word. No prophet of today can in any way replace the Word. No prophet’s quotes can ever be above the Word. (Message pastors please take note).
JOHN 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Jesus, the Word of God, is the only true light. The Word of God offers guidance to individuals both for their personal lives (their little puddle of self-will which is the small picture) as well as for the church age that they are living in (God’s-Will which is the Big Picture that flows as the River of Life through the 2000 years of church history as well as through the pages of the Bible).
Accept Jesus as your Saviour. That means you are a vessel that He has picked up. Live Holy. That means He is cleaning you up. Do outreach and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost. That means He fills you up. Then you become available for God to use. You can now be guided by God to move you out of the small puddle of your own self-will and needs.
Then God can begin to use you if you allow Him to over-ride your self-will and place you into the fast flowing current of His perfect Will, His Big Picture. One role model is Simon of Cyrene who was forced against his own self-will to carry the cross of Jesus and was thus briefly in God’s Will. We usually find God’s Will to be very confusing as it is so very different to our self-will, which instinctively seeks our own selfish gain, comfort, and security.
ISAIAH 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
God’s Will makes the comfortable uncomfortable. It trains us to expect the unexpected. We need to unlearn and relearn. When we lose control of our planned lives, we find His purpose for our lives. The way up is down. Human failure plants the seeds of spiritual success. God’s ways are very different to our own ways. We are used as vessels to serve others not ourselves.
JOHN 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
The invisible Spirit of God came down to the level of His physical creation when He lived inside the Body of Jesus. But He came humbly. Born of an obscure virgin in a smelly stable. She has a bad reputation because she was pregnant before she got married. Thus Jesus was regarded by many as being illegitimate. Nazareth was a minor town that was known for bad behavior.
JOHN 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?
Joseph was an obscure and unknown carpenter.
So Jesus came into the world with no natural advantages. Thus the world ignored Him because they would expect the Creator to be a super star with a fanfare of angels.
JOHN 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
He came to the Jews, the descendants of Abraham, who lived in the land of Israel that God had promised to Abraham. He came and fulfilled the prophecies of Messiah. But He came in a humble and lowly manner, walking in dusty sandals and riding on a donkey. Talk about a Nobody.
Roman emperors rode on powerful horses alongside their tough, iron-clad soldiers. Now they looked impressive.
JOHN 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
God was known as Jehovah (and various other names which expressed His various attributes) in the Old Testament when He lived in Heaven, above the Jews.
Now God came down to earth inside the Man Jesus to live with the Jews. God with us. Emmanuel.
So God took on a human name, Jesus Christ.
For the first time God had Blood in the veins of the human Body that He lived in which could be shed for the forgiveness of our sins. Thus only the human Name of Jesus could save us. So God never called Himself Jehovah again. The name Jehovah that dominated the Old Testament never appears in the New Testament.
God had become a Man. A Kinsman redeemer. The Name Jesus was the only Name that offered salvation and cleansing from sin by His Blood.
God’s relationship towards man was one of grace, which means an undeserved favour that cannot be bought or earned. It can only be freely offered and gratefully accepted, by faith.
Man’s relationship towards God can then only be one of faith, believing that God will do whatever needs to be done in order to save us. We cannot save ourselves in any way. We simply believe by faith that Jesus can save us.
Those people who can repent of their sins and accept the free offer of Jesus’s great Sacrifice to atone for their sins, gain power with God. His Blood washes our sins away and the Life that was in His Blood, the great Holy Spirit, then comes to indwell us as we become born again of the Spirit. His Life in us makes us new creatures.
Our new minds, not our bodies, are then made in the image of God, Who is a Spirit and not a fleshly Person.
JOHN 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Natural blood in the male sex organ causes an erection that leads to the sex act. The veil of virginity of the woman is torn in the process. The life in the male sperm cell is clothed in a body of flesh inside the womb of a woman. This human life or foetus grows behind a torn veil. Thus it produces a life of death. No man ever born of woman has lived a thousand years.
GENESIS 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
All the fruit trees were declared to be good on the third day that God put life on the earth.
GENESIS 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.There was no natural fruit that was forbidden.
So what was "the forbidden fruit"?
“Carnal knowledge” is the legal definition of the sex act.
Sex is the only human activity that is good and evil. It is evil outside of marriage, even the day before a wedding. Then it immediately becomes good as soon as the wedding has taken place.
Born from behind the torn veil of a woman, we gain a life that has to die. The evidence of this is the scar on our stomach, the belly button. The mark of the beast on our bodies. This means we will end up in a grave which is a scar on the surface of the earth.
The mark of the beast on our minds, which makes us turn away from Jesus and the Bible, will send our souls to the lake of fire.
II PETER 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
No man ever made 1000 years. Methuselah was the oldest, he made 969 years.
Thus every human, born of sex, is doomed to die.
But then John introduces Jesus as the supernatural God Who alone can overcome all the barriers of sin and death.
JOHN 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Eternal life must come a totally different way. The Body of Jesus was conceived behind the intact veil of the virgin Mary. There was no sex involved.
MATTHEW 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Whoever places the seed of life into a woman’s womb is the father of that child. So the Holy Ghost is the Father of Jesus.
Thus the Holy Ghost is God the Father.
COLOSSIANS 2: 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Everything that is God, lived inside the Body of the Man Jesus.
So Jesus, the first sinless man since the fall of Adam, had no sin and thus did not have to die.
JOHN 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
God’s Word, that had created everything, had now created a human Body for God to dwell in.
God became one of us. He was the only perfect Man. We could not see the invisible God Who lived in Jesus, but from His actions and words we could see what kind of a Spirit lived within Him.
He urged people to repent. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He performed miracles. Only God could behave like that.
Then He told people what was in their thoughts. That was the sign of Messiah.
II CHRONICLES 6:30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)
JOHN 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John the Baptist was an amazing prophet. Like a spiritual axe-man he cut down the religious leaders' opinions of themselves and smashed-up the religious denominations of that day who thought that their “churches” and religious leaders were telling them the truth. He pointed only to Jesus. Not to any religious leader or assembly. (Imagine what he would say if he addressed modern day church leaders. Do I hear the word “vipers”? O ye with poison under your tongues?)
As the great prophet of that day he could have bragged about the importance of himself and his ministry, compared to other people. But he set a tremendous example. Instead of focusing on how he towered over other people (which he did) he rather compared himself to Jesus and realized that he was incomparably inferior. His whole purpose was just to prepare the way for Jesus. He must point out Jesus and reveal Him to the people, then John the Baptist must get out of the way so that the people could follow Jesus.
(Message pastors who keep elevating brother Branham please take note).
The prophet John was the signpost. Jesus was the destination. If you only get as far as the signpost you will never reach the destination.
A prophet only fulfils a part of the Scripture. Jesus is all of the Scripture.
John the Baptist came on the scene in the year 30 AD for about six months and was very important. But the apostle John had already written that Jesus came on the scene right at the beginning, as far back as we humans can imagine. So Jesus outperforms John the Baptist completely. A few Bible verses point to John the Baptist. But the whole Bible points to Jesus, if we just knew how to interpret the verses.
Jesus is just so much greater than any amazing prophet. (Message believers please take note).
JOHN 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
Jesus was introduced and revealed by John the Baptist as a Man walking among men. Then the Apostle John records that we did not have to receive John the Baptist, the great forerunner. We received the Jesus Who he revealed. John fades out as the fulness of Jesus takes over the stage.
Jesus provides what John can only talk about, Redemption.
John can tell us to repent. But Jesus makes repentance work. Jesus died, shed His Blood on our behalf to wash away our sins. Then the Spirit of Christ comes to dwell within us. With the mind of Christ in us we have a new insight into the world and its challenges. With Christ’s Spirit inside us He fights our battles.
John could talk about all this. But only Jesus could suffer and bring it to pass. Thus the grace of God towards us is manifest in the suffering of Jesus for us. Then there is a double dose of grace because only Jesus can give us the faith to respond to His Gospel plan.
So the Jesus Who died for us and Who then moves into our hearts to give us a brand new life is infinitely superior to the prophet John who could only introduce us to Jesus and tell us about Him. Jesus alone could make salvation and the new birth happen. So He is number One. Neither John nor any other prophet can even begin to compare with Him.
JOHN 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Moses was the great prophet of the Law. A towering figure who we regard with the highest respect. Yet he was also the first man to break all ten commandments when he threw down the tables of stone and smashed them. That symbolizes man. Human frailty and self-will on the one side and yet dazzling achievements like the opening of the Red Sea when he was in God’s perfect Will.
The Apostle John comes to a dramatic dividing line. He speaks of the greatest prophet of the Old Testament who wrote the first five majestic Books of the Old Testament that introduce us to God. The man who got the Law that was supposed to guide us to God. But human weakness could not keep the Law. Ambitious Jewish religious leaders, power crazy and greedy for gain, subjected the people to their own interpretations of the prophet Moses.
MATTHEW 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
The religious leaders got their authority (symbolized by a seat) by saying, “The prophet Moses said …”, “The prophet said…”, “The prophet said….”
Does this sound familiar?
Then the religious leaders used the quotes of the prophet Moses to oppose and reject Jesus, the Word.
Message churches today are based on quotes while the rejected written Word stands outside the church door.
So the apostle John draws a line. The prophet Moses brought the Law but the grace and truth of the Word (which is Jesus) are far more important than any prophet. Prophets, like Moses, have their limits and their mistakes but there are no limits to God’s grace nor to the Truth of the Bible.
The Law could only serve to condemn as its standards were too high for humans to keep. So Jesus enters with the Gospel of Grace which is far superior to the Law. The Law condemns, but Grace saves. The Law could not remove the desire to sin. Grace provides a born again experience that changes the heart and removes the desire to sin.
Once again Jesus triumphs as He stands far above the greatest Old Testament prophet Moses. Yet Moses, armed with a shepherd’s staff, destroyed the greatest army of his day. Now that was something.
Yet eventually a bigger enemy, Death, claimed Moses.
But Jesus, armed only with a cross and a crown of thorns in His human weakness, destroyed the greatest collection of demons and devils that were ever assembled in one place. Satan could only hide in terror as he was totally outmatched. Jesus then rose on Sunday morning having conquered Sin, Death, Hell, and the Grave. That victory eclipsed Moses’ greatest success. Jesus conquered the Death that had conquered Moses. Moses and the Red Sea is now part of history. Jesus on the cross is not just part of history but it is also something that still changes our lives today if we have the grace to accept by faith what He did for us. Because His grace offers us our salvation for free. Now that is real truth.
JOHN 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
The problem that we humans have with God is that we cannot see Him. Humans cannot see a Spirit and God is a Spirit.
JOHN 4: 24 God is a Spirit.
So God the Father, the eternal Spirit, lived inside the Body of the Man Jesus, the Son of God. The only begotten Son means that God only made one Man in which the fulness of the Godhead could dwell. There will never be another Man like Jesus Christ.
JOHN 1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
John the Baptist hit Israel like a spiritual tornado. He condemned the religious organizations and their leaders. (Church leaders take note). He warned of the Messiah to come. The Jews became alarmed. He had a blunt forcefulness that overawed his listeners. He spoke with authority. He sought no popularity. So representatives were sent to ask him who he was.
JOHN 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
Christ means “anointed one”. John the Baptist had the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb. Thus he confessed that he was an anointed one. He could not deny that.
But immediately explained that he was not THE Christ, the anointed one.
He knew that he must never try to pretend any form of equality with Jesus.
In John’s eyes, Jesus was always Number One.
JOHN 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
Now comes a tricky question which reveals how well John knew what his ministry was.
"Art thou Elias?" (Greek for Elijah). He said, "No".
But Jesus said he was Elias.
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.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.How can we explain that he was not Elias and yet was Elias?
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.Elijah has to do two things. He must turn fathers to the children and children to the fathers.
John the Baptist only did the first half.
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 disobedient fathers of the Jewish race, stuck in the traditions of the Law, had to be turned by John the Baptist to their children, the younger generation of Jesus and His disciples who had the truth of the New Testament.
That is why Jesus said that John was Elias (Greek for Elijah).
But there was a second part to this ministry. The disciples would become the fathers of the early church. There would later be a falling away from truth in the Dark Ages from about 325 AD to 1520 AD. Then Martin Luther in Germany would restore Salvation by faith alone. Around 1750 AD John Wesley in England would restore holiness and outreach which led to the great missionary age. Then in 1906 the Pentecostal revival restored the baptism of the Holy Ghost. So all that remained now was for an end time Elijah to restore the truths of the Bible that the early church knew but which the reformers had been unable to find out. We are the children at the end time that need to be restored back to the apostolic fathers who wrote the New Testament.
William Branham was the end time Elias (or Elijah) who would do that.
So that is why John said that he was not the Elias promised in Malachi, simply because that prophecy referred to two different ministries about 2000 years apart. No one prophet could have done both of those ministries.
Then another prophet like Moses is also involved.
The Jews also asked, “Art thou that prophet?”.
DEUTERONOMY 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
Moses was prophesying of Jesus. This prophecy said that the Jews must listen to Jesus as He was going to change Law into grace. Moses was the dominant prophet of the Law. He was the undisputed leader of the Jews. Then Jesus would arise as the undisputed Leader of grace. He would pay the price for our sins making Himself the only Door to Heaven.
As Moses led the first exodus of the Jews out of Egypt, so Jesus would lead the second exodus of the church out of Judaism.
The incredibly powerful impact of John the Baptist’s ministry made the Jews sense that this was a time of great change. So they anxiously questioned John to find out who he was and what was going on.
John had smashed into their religiously corrupt but comfortable “church” systems. But they were worried because John did not come from one of their established denominations like the Pharisees or Saducees or Herodians or Priests or wilderness Essenes or Zealots. In their minds, it was impossible for God to move outside of an established denomination. God would surely use one of their recognized religious leaders to introduce any Messiah.
(In today's world there are 45 000 different denominations. Which one will prepare us for the catching up of the church when Jesus returns?)
JOHN 1:22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
These men who were asking were just puppets of a system. They were not seeking truth for themselves. They obeyed other people’s orders and had to report back to headquarters. (Headquarters is where only a quarter of each head works). So they insisted that John should clarify his credentials. Where was he trained? What Bible school had he qualified in? Which denomination was he co-operating with? They wanted his CV with all his relevant qualifications.
He surely had to be in one of their religious organizations.
JOHN 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
John’s answer was a stunning shock.
"I went into the wilderness at a young age. There I learned to communicate with God. He told me to have nothing to do with your religious leaders or Bible schools or your religious denominations. God told me to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah. I must be a rugged voice that survived in a harsh wilderness. There is no deception in a wilderness. Things are tough but straight forward. My voice must be a piercing trumpet that will disturb the people and condemn the devious religious leaders who, with their plastic smiles and hatred of criticism, have led the people down crooked paths for their ill-gotten material gain. Smashing the corrupt leadership is the only way to straighten out the people so that they can accept the straight way of the coming Messiah Who is the Lord God. God wants people to repent of their sins, live a decent life, and believe the written Word of God. Salvation is in the hands of the coming Messiah, not in the different religious groupings or denominations".
Just as the common people cheered Jesus when He rode in on a donkey on Palm Sunday, so they were led astray by their religious leaders and ended up condemning Jesus on the following Friday in Pilate’s judgement hall. The religious leaders are always the biggest threat to the truth at the time of the coming of the Lord.
So who must you watch out for today? Pastors. Bishops. Apostles. Any other self-appointed church leader.
JOHN 1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
The servants of the Pharisees were worried. The Pharisees ruled the (unscriptural) synagogues that only came into fashion after the Babylonian captivity. There had been no Temple as it had been destroyed. So the Pharisees operated outside the Temple worship. Then, to maintain their power over the people and their income, the Pharisees erected synagogues in Israel after they returned from the Babylonian kingdom. Then they made new rules like putting a Pharisee in charge of a synagogue. This was very unscriptural but it turned out to be an efficient way of controlling the people and building up the Pharisee denomination. “Denomination” is also unscriptural but it is a deadly efficient way of subjecting and binding people into a wrong system.
Today’s churches follow that example by elevating a pastor to be in charge of a church. Yet the word “pastor” is only mentioned once in the New Testament, and frighteningly, is condemned six times in the Old Testament. So there is no New Testament authority for a pastor to rule a church. The pastor is regarded as the head of the church. But nobody can have two heads. Thus in Laodicea, the last church age, the true Head, Jesus Christ, stands outside the door of the church.
JOHN 1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
Now they wanted to know why he was introducing a baptism. This was new.
JOHN 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
John said that his water baptism would finally reveal the Messiah Who was at present unknown to the Jews. The Jews were baptized by John as a symbol of their repentance for their sins. But Messiah would have no sin.
So His baptism would simply be the act of washing the sacrificial Lamb Who would be slain so that His Blood could atone for the sins of the world. The spirit of a dead man is called a ghost. Having died on the cross the Spirit of Jesus would descend into the fiery torments of hell as the Holy Ghost to defeat Satan and take from him the keys of death and hell.
II CHRONICLES 4:6 He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.
Jesus was walking amongst the people but they needed a prophet to point Him out to them.
At his second coming we would need a prophet to reveal the mysteries that the early church once believed and which had got lost in the Dark Ages. Once these lost mysteries were revealed we would be able to see Jesus walking around amongst the pages of the Bible. We would be able to understand why He twice wrote with His finger on the ground when they wanted to stone a sinful woman.
After His resurrection in Matthew, Mary held Him by His feet. In John's Gospel Jesus tells her not to touch Him. We need to be able to understand what these different statements mean.
Two angels were in the empty tomb but only one angel is mentioned by Matthew and Mark. They are trying to tell us something. We need to know why there are these differences if we claim that the mystery of God (the Word) has been revealed. These Gospel writers are not four authors giving their opinions. There is one Holy Ghost inspiring these four men. So each difference is trying to tell us something.
Instead, we give the usual ignorance-cloaking answer of the churches, “It is not important. It does not affect my salvation”. What we are actually saying is that we do not know and we also do not care. Such a shoddy attitude. Actually, you are saved if you have repented and surrendered your heart to Jesus. After that, nothing can affect your salvation. Unless you take on the mark of the beast.
But your lack of interest in what Jesus did, shows that you have no deep relationship with Him. Just like the five foolish virgins. Clean women. Saved churches, but not really interested. No oil to light a lamp which would enable them to see or illuminate the Word of God. So they rejoice in their ignorance, thinking that they know Jesus when they do not know the Bible. But Jesus is the Word of God. So if we do not know the Bible then we must not really claim to know Jesus. But in today’s world ignorance of the Scripture is regarded as a virtue.
JOHN 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
John, the great prophet and forerunner of Jesus, again stresses his inferiority towards Jesus. This sets the example for any prophet. They are great men compared to us but very insignificant when compared to Jesus.
Now comes a tremendous Eagle-insight. Shoe laces?
Daniel’s image showed Babylon as a head of gold with the Persian empire as the chest and arms. The Greek empire was the stomach and thighs. Then came the iron legs of the Roman empire. But everything changed direction in the feet.
During the time of these Gentile kingdoms, salvation ran through the Jews not the Gentiles. Salvation is represented by the vertical green line behind the Gentile image. Then at the cross there would be a “crossing over” as the green salvation line changes to become horizontal line through the feet. Thus the feet represent the 2000 years of church ages. Pagan Rome was solid iron. Roman Catholics are the bits of iron in the feet. The Bride is the clay in the feet. Out of the whole image, plant life can only grow in clay soil.
The Catholic church and the Bride would endlessly oppose each other and not mix. The early church would have the truth but the Roman Catholic church would start to undermine Scripture by introducing an unscriptural word Trinity into the Bible at the Nicene Council in 325 AD. The name of God would be lost as God would be presented as three People. The Father is Jehovah, the Son is Jesus but the Holy Ghost does not have a name in Scripture. Two names for three People. Not very good. When we ask for one name for God, they cannot find one name for three People. So the name of God gets replaced by three titles.
The name of God, according to Christians, is the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. But what is that name? Christians have no idea. So they have lost the name of God. Very careless.
Let us make man in our own image. Two people on earth is the image of three People in Heaven?
Eve is a woman. How can she be the image of the masculine Godhead?
Trinity is not such a bright idea.
The Egyptian trinity had the same problem. They could not find one name for their triune god. So they gave each of the three persons a name. (Horus is often called Osiris and Isis is his wife. Seb is the son.)
Isis is a bad name today thanks to the terrorist group ISIS. So we must watch out for spiritual terrorists who take us away from what is written in Scripture.
Then the church would get more and more unscriptural with archbishops, cardinals, and popes. Eventually, most of the truth of the Bible that was known by the early church died out in the Dark Ages. In 1520 Martin Luther in Germany restored salvation by faith alone. Around 1750 John Wesley restored holiness and outreach which led to the great missionary age that started around 1790. Then in 1906 was a Pentecostal revival that restored the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
After that we needed an end time prophet to restore the rest of the written mysteries that the early church once knew. But the written mysteries of the church ages are sealed up by seven Seals in Revelation Chapter 6. These have to be revealed which is the equivalent of undoing the shoelaces. Once the shoelaces are undone, the foot of the Gentile image is revealed.
We will then understand the 2000 years of church history.
We will then understand what the early church believed.
We will then be able to be restored back to the beliefs of the early church.
John the Baptist was killed before the first church started on the Day of Pentecost, and he thus did not know the beliefs of the early church. Thus he could not reveal these mysteries of the early church. So John the Baptist said that he could introduce Messiah but he was certainly not worthy to try to undo the shoelaces which represented the revealing of the mysteries of the seven Seals. The seven Seals would only be written years later by the apostle John. As a prophet, John the Baptist could forsee that these mysteries would one day be unraveled by brother Branham, the end time Elijah, during the last church age. But John the Baptist knew he was not the prophet to attempt that ministry.
John the Baptist had a remarkable spiritual insight to know exactly what the limits of his powerful ministry were. He was an amazing man. Each prophet has strict limits on his ministry. (Message pastors please note).
JOHN 1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
Bethabara means “House of the ford” or “place of the crossing”.
Why is this remote town which we battle to track down where it actually was, mentioned at all?
God, the great Eagle-eyed Spirit, has a Big Picture in His mind as well as a keen insight into the tiny details that most Christians dismiss as unnecessary. Saying, "Unnecessary or irrelevant", is just another way of avoiding having to say “I have no clue and I am also not in the least interested”. This is not the way that a bride-to-be will address a statement made by her dearly beloved. In other words, tell Jesus that you are not interested in something that He wrote in the Bible and you can be pretty sure that your name will be crossed off the list of people that He wants in His Bride.
We have just seen the “crossing over” of salvation from the Jews into the feet of the Gentile image which represent the 2000 years of church history.
Bethabara is the “place of the crossing” of the river Jordan. So John the Baptist baptized here because He knew that the Law of the Old Testament would "cross over" into the Grace of the New Testament when Messiah arrived.
Three significant crossings of the river Jordan had occurred in this region. Each crossing represented a future "crossing over" into a deeper realm.
Joshua and the Jews crossed into the promised land.
Elijah and Elisha crossed from west to east as they moved out of Israel.
Elisha crossed back into Israel from the east bank to the west bank.
What do these crossings mean? Let us catch the Big Picture.
The Law of Moses would fail to make the Jews better people. So to symbolize this, God would not let him enter the promised land. Joshua then represents the Holy Spirit baptism. Jordan represents death, dying to oneself. So Joshua did more than cross over into the promised land. He represented the real “crossing over” which happens when Christians die to themselves and allow the Holy Spirit to fill their lives and guide them into the perfect Scriptural Word of God. This is the “crossing over” from self-will (our small picture) into God’s Will (the Big Picture).
The first church age, while they were guided by the apostles, achieved this. Then nicolaitanism, the human leadership that God hates, took the church away from Scripture until most of the truth that the early church had, was lost in the Dark Ages.
The last part of God’s Big Picture is a promise that two groups of people would be restored to the original Bible truth. The Tabernacle had a seven branched candlestick (representing the seven church ages) and a table with 12 loaves of shewbread that had to be eaten in the Holy Place (representing the 12 tribes of Israel that need to be in the Promised Land).
So Elijah crossed over the river Jordan in order to be caught up to Heaven in a chariot. A lovely illustration of the end time church children that Elijah restores to the written Bible teachings of the apostolic church fathers of the New Testament. These children (the last age Bride that brother Branham restores to the Bible) are then caught up to Heaven to meet the Lord in the air. The Bride "crosses over" from mortality to immortality, from earth to Heaven.
But another prophet, the Elijah to the Jews, also has to learn about the written mysteries from brother Branham’s teachings. After the catching up of the church, he then "crosses back over" Jordan in order to take the early church Gospel back to the 144000 Jews in the Tribulation.
All this "crossing over" depends entirely on one Person only, Jesus Christ. He alone can bring it all to pass.
So the apostle John now brings Jesus clearly into focus.
JOHN 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Notice, the Word (Jesus) comes to the prophet who was standing in the water. Water is symbolic of the Word of God. A true prophet is always found to be in the Scriptures.
Jesus begins His ministry which will end when He takes on the world’s sins at Calvary and then as the sin-bearer, He carries our sins down to hell and dumps them on the Devil who is the father of sin, the originator of sin.
EPHESIANS 5:26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Then the Blood of the Lord which was shed to pay the price for sin will cleanse us because about 33 prophecies concerning His death on the cross were fulfilled on the day when He was crucified. Thus His death perfectly fulfilled all the prophecies concerning Messiah. He died according to every Scripture that spoke of His death. Fulfilling all the verses of the Bible that referred to Calvary means that all these fulfilled verses are like water that simply wash our sins away if we place our faith in His sacrificial death.
JOHN 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John the Baptist again confirms Jesus as the Messiah. John points Him out so that everyone will know Who the Messiah is. John came first so that he could point out Jesus. But then he admits that Jesus is the real deal. He is the One that the Bible prophesied would destroy the hold of sin over the people.
John could point out Jesus but only Jesus could actually conquer sin and death.
Jesus was God in the flesh. So He had always been the Spirit Body that God dwelt in since the beginning.
JOHN 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
John had never met Jesus. But John knew that because he was a prophet he could be sure that the Word would always come to a prophet.
When Elizabeth, John’s mother, was six months expecting him, Mary, who had just conceived Jesus, came to Elizabeth and stayed for three months. So Jesus the Word came to John the prophet when the prophet was in the waters of the womb. Just before John was born, three months later, Mary left. At birth, the water breaks and the Word only stayed with the prophet when he was in the water.
About thirty years later, when John was baptizing in the river Jordan, then this pattern was re-enacted. Once again it was Jesus (the Word) Who came to the prophet John when he was in the waters of Jordan. The Word of God always comes to a prophet.
JOHN 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
The apostle John introduces Jesus as the great Eagle, Who is God. Thus John's Gospel does not mention the physical baptism of the Man Jesus but goes straight to the supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit coming down like a Dove upon Jesus. This was the anointing of the Man so that He could begin His ministry.
ACTS 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power:
The Holy Spirit did not go into Him.
It abode upon Him. This was an anointing and not a Holy Ghost baptism.
John the Baptist received the Holy Ghost when he was in his mother’s womb.
LUKE 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
John kept emphasizing that Jesus was far superior to Him. So if Jesus, when he came into the water to be baptized, did not have the Holy Ghost in Him then John was superior to Him in that regard.
JOHN 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
The physical Body of Jesus was not born before John. John was six months older than Jesus. But Jesus received the fullness of the Holy Spirit at conception. The Holy Spirit of God has always existed from way back before the beginning. We humans cannot understand this concept of eternity.
JOHN 3:34 for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
If the fullness of the Godhead came down into Him on the banks of Jordan, then Jesus would have changed.
But Jesus does not change.
HEBREWS 13: 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
So if Jesus ever at any time had the fulness of the Godhead in Him, then He always had the fullness of the Godhead in Him.
JOHN 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Spirit descended on Him and remained on Him. It did not go into Him. Thus it was an anointing which always remained on Him, making Him the publicly “Anointed One”, the Christ. ('Christos' in Greek means 'anointed One').
John the Baptist went by faith. He trusted that if he fulfilled what Isaiah had prophesied about a voice in the wilderness, then Jesus would come to him, because he did not know Who Jesus was.
The apostle John again stresses that the Holy Spirit did not go into Jesus but remained upon Him. This is important as most people believe that the Holy Spirit came into Jesus at Jordan and thus He changed from being a Man to being a God-Man. This is a serious error, because Jesus never changes.
Jesus was just receiving a public anointing. Why?
David was anointed king of the Jews by the prophet Samuel. But he could not take over as king until his enemy Saul was dead.
Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit as King of the Jews on the banks of Jordan. This was the “crossing over” from a sinful world to a sinless world because His Body was the first handful of dust that was perfect.
A Dove, the symbol of peace, only rests on a Lamb, the symbol of innocence.
But Jesus, the Son of David, cannot take over His kingdom until His enemy the ‘Beast spirit of antichrist religion and politics and money power’ is killed at Armageddon. Then Jesus rules at first for 1000 years with a rod of iron. That is because He wants a sinless kingdom. But there are heathen who never heard the Gospel who will survive Armageddon. They will live in the Millennium kingdom but have to behave themselves.
The Millennium will be the first Heaven, the first taste of Heaven on earth with Jesus as the King.
The Devil is chained up by circumstances where he cannot operate because Jesus is ruling on earth.
But with Jesus are the resurrected saints from the 2000 years of church history. They are also in perfect, sinless glorified bodies.
After the Millennium there is the final revolt of Gog and Magog. Then the sea explodes and rips the surface off the world. Then there will be a new earth, which will be sinless.
Jesus will then be the eternal King.
Jesus also had to be anointed as the High Priest of the Jews.
EXODUS 29:4 And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water.
EXODUS 29:5 And thou shalt take the garments, and put upon Aaron the coat,……..
7 Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.The first High Priest was Aaron. He had to be washed by the prophet Moses and then anointed with oil. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is the High Priest of the new covenant, God’s perfect plan. He had to be washed by the prophet John the Baptist and then He was anointed by the Holy Spirit.
Thus Christians, when they accept Jesus as their High Priest, King, and Sacrifice are actually obeying the Law of the Old Testament. Jesus actually magnifies the Law to a much higher level than what the Jews could achieve.
JOHN 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
John the Baptist now gives the final stamp of approval to Jesus. This is the climax of his ministry. He has finally introduced the Messiah. He has done what God wanted him to do. John the Baptist has pointed out the real Messiah.
Adam was the first perfect son of God until he fell into sin. John now establishes the true record. For the first time since Adam a perfect Son of God has appeared on the scene.
JOHN 1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
Now we come to a key point of John the Baptist’s ministry.
John, thanks to his powerful ministry, had made disciples who followed him because he was such a great man. He was really impressive. His disciples clung to him and followed him, believing everything that he said.
John now had to show them what the correct path was for them to follow.
Once John had pointed out Jesus, the disciples were supposed to stop following the prophet John the Baptist and start following Jesus the Word.
JOHN 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
But John, instead of pointing out his own Scriptural and incredible ministry, now began to point out Jesus to his disciples. Brother Branham’s quotes must point us to what is written in the Bible.
Then the two disciples, once they got the revelation from the prophet’s quotes, then they moved towards Jesus, the Word of God, as they established what the quotes of the prophet John had explained about the Word.
JOHN 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
This is the crux of John the Baptist’s ministry. If his disciples had really understood what he was talking about, then they would follow Jesus rather than John the Baptist.
William Branham came to reveal the written mysteries in the Bible that the church had believed in the first church age and then lost in the Dark Ages. His powerful ministry attracted many disciples. As he revealed the written Word, his disciples were faced with two choices.
First, they could keep following and glorifying brother Branham. This was the wrong choice as they built up their unscriptural beliefs on interpreting his quotes that were promoted up to being the “Voice of God” instead of being the “voice of the seventh angel”.
Or, secondly, the true Bride realized that they had to be restored back to the written Bible beliefs of the early church. As such, they build up their beliefs by following the written verses through the Bible. Thus they follow the revelation of Jesus, which they got from the quotes, as He walks through the pages of the Bible.
John the Baptist had many disciples but only two of his disciples, at that time, ended up following Jesus.
This shows how easy it is to be blinded by a powerful ministry of a great prophet that ends up with the disciples following the prophet of God instead of following the God of the prophet.
Very few disciples of John the Baptist and very few disciples of William Branham realized this.
There is an interesting parallel with communism. The further the Communists got away from the actual teachings of Lenin, the more they glorified and deified Lenin. This is a kind of compensation mechanism. They distorted Lenin’s teachings but compensated for that by worshipping Lenin.
Brother Branham was to restore us to the written Word. The further his followers get away from proving their beliefs by the written Word, the more they elevate and worship brother Branham and his quotes.
JOHN 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
This is a deep question.
The disciples were thinking of the physical place where Jesus lived then.
But John’s Gospel introduces Jesus as God, the great Eagle Who sees the Big Picture, the 2 000 years of church history lying ahead. He sees the entire church of 2 000 years as His Body. Jesus naturally is the Head of the church.
There is no Scripture that says a pastor is the head of the church.
EPHESIANS 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
So where will Jesus be dwelling for 2 000 years in order to save the church, the body of believers?
Jesus dwells in His revealed Word.
Even in these early days He had no fixed dwelling place because He would have to move around to different places to fulfil the prophecies that were written of Him. Jesus was an Evangelist and Apostle, which required moving around. He performed all the ministries. His Scriptural place was to come to the Jews as their Messiah. That confined His ministry to the Promised Land of Israel.
Rejected by the Jews at Calvary, where would He then dwell?
In the hearts of born again men and women who formed the early church.
The apostles became the spiritual fathers of the church in His absence. Then there was a falling away from truth in the Dark Ages when the church turned to human leadership. Then would come a Reformation in 1520 as Martin Luther in Germany taught basic salvation by faith. Around 1750 John Wesley in England restored holiness and outreach that led to the great missionary age. In 1906 the Pentecostal baptism of the Holy Ghost was restored. All that was then left was to restore the written mysteries in the Bible by correctly interpreting the Bible symbols so that we could understand and believe just like the early church.
This would only happen to two groups. William Branham would reveal the mysteries of the Bible that should enable us Christians to believe and act just like the early church. Then Moses and Elijah would reveal these same mysteries to the Jews in Israel during the Tribulation as they call out the 144000.
This is the Big Picture that Jesus always has in mind when He speaks.
Jesus also wants to know the motives of a disciple.
Do we follow Him for the benefits? They called Him Master showing that they regarded him as the supreme Boss.
These disciples of the prophet John the Baptist never tried to promote John up to the level of Jesus.
(Message pastors please take note).
They had left the greatest prophet of their age because they felt that Jesus was the true Master, the Absolute Truth, not John the Baptist.
Now they wanted to know where Jesus lived.
Today Jesus lives between the pages of the Bible. The Bible verses are the only true revelation that we will ever have as to Who Jesus is and where He can be found in our age.
Jesus is not living today in the memory of past events. He lives in the revelation of Scripture that is happening today to those who love truth and have a desire to learn.
"The God that you took from this Holy Book", determines your destiny.
You will only find Christ in the verses of the Bible. Seek Him there.
Following Jesus was not easy. It would change their lifestyle. He did not live where they lived. If we follow Jesus then He will change us.
JOHN 1:39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
“Come and see” is what is said when each of the four beasts around the throne of God speaks as the first four Seals are revealed.
REVELATION 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
“Come” means we have to move on from where we are. Following Jesus means you keep moving.
If a flying eagle stops, then he drops.
Revelations never stop if you catch the truth. They keep unfolding to a deeper level as the Bible verses become understood.
“and see”. Following Jesus means we will gain a deeper insight into the written Word. We will be able to link Scriptures together to prove our beliefs. We will detect patterns that run through the Bible in the same way that deep currents are found in a flowing river. The Bible is the River of Life.
Jesus took them to where He stayed. Today Jesus stays in His Bible. If you want to know the mysteries of what is written in the Bible then you must take the quotes of brother Branham back to Scripture. If his quotes reflect in the Bible verses, then you know you have understood him properly.
JOHN 1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. He moved on from the prophet John’s quotes which pointed him to the Word, Jesus. Then he listened to and obeyed the Word that was Jesus. This is the key idea. The prophet’s quotes revealed the Word to Him so that He could follow the Word (Who is Jesus). Then he obeyed the Word, which is Jesus.
The prophet revealed the Word to him and then he followed the Word, not the prophet.
JOHN 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
Andrew had been a disciple of the prophet John the Baptist but he did not lead his brother to the prophet John the Baptist.
Andrew led him to Jesus, the Word of God.
It is not our calling to lead people to the quotes of William Branham.
Those quotes revealed the Word of God to us and now we need to lead people to the revealed Word, the written Bible.
Andrew, who had personally known John the Baptist, showed that he had understood the prophet John’s teachings by bringing his brother Peter to Jesus. But Peter would eclipse Andrew in terms of his Gospel achievements. Not personally knowing the prophet John the Baptist was no disadvantage to Peter.
Peter was not a close disciple of John the Baptist the way Andrew was. Peter was not even listening when John the Baptist pointed out Jesus. Nevertheless, Peter became a far more effective disciple of Jesus than Andrew became, although Andrew was a far more committed disciple of John the Baptist. Being close to the forerunner prophet of the first Coming did not make Andrew pre-eminent amongst the disciples of Jesus. One actually hears very little of Andrew. Peter had a far more dramatic ministry and also wrote two of the Books of the New Testament. Being devoted to the prophet John was no advantage.
So having known brother Branham personally is no real advantage as far as getting people to understand the written mysteries of the Bible is concerned. To obey and understand the Word of God does not mean that you had to know the prophet personally.
Andrew was probably the only disciple of John the Baptist who became an apostle of Jesus.
Being a disciple of William Branham thus implies that it is not very likely that you will be a leader of the true church of Jesus, the Word.
We move from the quotes to getting an understanding of the Word. We do not stay with the quotes. Worse still, we do not interpret quotes so as to make them contradict Scripture.
Looking at the mess that the mess-age believers have become thanks to the various pastors’ doctrines based on quotes, it seems that very few who focus on brother Branham will succeed in being able to reveal the mysteries of the written Word. There is such a modern-day emphasis on quotes that many, if not most, message believers are in danger of being Bible-illiterate.
Jeremiah prophesied of this shambles.
JEREMIAH 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.Message pastors are happy to get rid of opposition to their viewpoints.
The motto of a typical pastor is, “Everyone is entitled to my opinion”.
If we get a revelation (a picture) from the quotes of brother Branham then we must be able to follow that picture or doctrine through the written pages of the Bible. We can only follow Jesus through the verses of the Bible. That is where He dwells today. In the revealed mysteries of the written Word.
If we do not understand what is written in the Bible then we cannot really claim to be following Jesus.
ISAIAH 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
JOHN 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
A stone is a small, rugged, individual object. It speaks of a personal revelation of Scripture. Something you see for yourself. You are not repeating another person’s opinion. You are not conforming to the herd. If you follow the herd, you eat dust. Just like the serpent in Genesis.
63-0728 CHRIST IS THE MYSTERY OF GOD REVEALED
Not say, "My church..." Now, "my church" has nothing to do with it.
It's an individual, one person! All hell is against this Teaching. All hell is against this Truth, but it is the Truth.
Jesus never said, "Now, Peter, you and John, and all the rest the people, you've got the revelation, now the whole church is saved." No.
It was to him, personally. "I say unto thee, thee," not to them, "to thee, thou art Peter; upon this rock I'll build My Church." And the word Peter, means "a stone." Stone means "the confessed one," or, "the separated one."
Upon a certain stone, upon a certain thing; see, a called-out, the Church called out; upon this stone, upon this "revelation." "Flesh and blood never revealed it to you. But upon this revelation, called-out group, I'll build My Church in them. And all the gates of hell will never be able to withstand it."
"Not one hair of your head shall perish. You are Mine! I'll raise you up in the last day, give unto him Eternal Life, and raise him up at the last days." There it is, the revelation. Not them; but "him," an individual!
Not a group; an individual! All hell is against it.
Jesus wanted disciples who could think for themselves and follow their beliefs through the Scripture, as they regard the Scripture as their absolute. Each stone is separate. Each believer must think for themselves from the Bible and not just embrace church ideas or human traditions or human leadership.
Churches would prefer conformity to some human leader’s opinion.
….. churches get the pastor's spirit instead of God's Spirit. That's right. We don't need one another's spirit; there's no need of that. We need God's Spirit. You go into a church and watch the way the pastor acts. Watch the congregation act the same way.
This is what wrecks the church. Human conformity.
Peter was always prepared to think for himself. He was not bound by group conformity. He could receive his revelation or understanding from God. He did not depend on opinions of other men.
Peter was part of the group but was separate from them in that he was never scared to think for himself.
Nicolaitanism is the elevation of a holy man by a group. No criticism is allowed in the group. No awkward questions about the Bible. People are not allowed to think for themselves but are confined to a holy huddle of people who are programmed to think the same way. They can only parrot the group consensus as all dissent is excluded from the group. No more personal revelation occurs where you see a doctrine for yourself just by using written Bible verses. The only acceptable conduct is blind subjection to the dictates of the church leader.
Jesus knew that this awful pastor-domination of churches would drive the written Word out of the church in the Laodicean age. So he commended Peter for his tough individuality. Peter was no devious pastor with a plastic smile that evaporates when faced by Scriptures that contradict his viewpoints.
JOHN 1:43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
When Jesus chose a disciple he wanted that man to follow Him (the Word). No one else.
JOHN 1:44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Bethsaida means “house of fishing”. A pattern emerges. Jesus wants the apostles to be “fishers of men” so he goes to a city whose name means the ‘house of fishing’. The city of Bethsaida is on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee which is a fresh water lake that is teeming with fish.
This symbolized the New Testament where the whole world would eventually be fished by the Gospel, thanks to the amazing missionary age. The waters of the great lake are a symbol of the restless and turbulent masses of mankind as they rely on greed and selfishness to fill their empty minds.
REVELATION 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
A fisherman will pull a fish out of the water until the fish “crosses over” into the world above the water where it dies. This symbolizes sinners who accept the Lord Jesus as Saviour and then are pulled up to a higher spiritual level where they die to themselves and allow God to control their lives.
John the Baptist operated just north of the Dead Sea that is too salty for fish. This symbolized the Jewish Law which could not save the Jewish people as they listened to their religious leaders who fooled them into killing their Messiah. Religious pastors today fool their people into forsaking the Scripture for quotes. The people then join the ranks of the foolish virgins who are destined for the Tribulation instead of the Wedding Supper.
Today message pastors fool their people into relying on quotes and rejecting the written Word of God. They actively destroy the reputations of people who stay with Scripture. That is why Jesus stands outside the last age Laodicean church.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.No church will make it. Only individuals. Church conformity does not impress God.
JOHN 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
Philip was a Scriptural man. He knew the Old Testament Bible and was able to track down the prophecies that foretold of the Messiah. Philip was a great believer in leading people to Jesus, not to some man or some group. Thus Jesus wanted him as an apostle so that he could establish the future Christians by leading them to the Bible truths. That is how truth is established. We must follow the relevant Scriptures through the Bible. That is how Philip knew that Jesus was Messiah because He had fulfilled certain prophecies in the Law of Moses (the first five Books called the Torah) as well as other prophecies from the Old Testament prophets.
Philip knew the Old Testament. He could track down the Scriptures that spoke of the Messiah. He believed Jesus because he had found that the Old Testament spoke of Jesus.
“the son of Joseph” puts the emphasis on adoption. Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus.
LUKE 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.The Holy Ghost was the Father of Jesus. The Holy Ghost created a Body for Himself inside the womb of Mary. Mary was just the incubator. The Holy Spirit who indwelt Jesus was God the Father. The physical Man who grew from this conception was the Son.
HEBREWS 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
HEBREWS 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
The seed of human life is the male sperm cell. This gets a body from the female egg cell.
God created a human sperm cell and egg cell in the womb of Mary. Then God hid His Holy Spirit inside this Seed.
ISAIAH 45: 15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
God was hidden away in a single cell. The biggest Person in the universe, hidden in the smallest Foetus. No wonder the Devil was fooled. God's endless ability to do the impossible.
54-1212 HE SWORE BY HIMSELF
When God condescend and overshadowed virgin Mary, He was a Life. And a Life overshadowed and created a blood Cell around Itself.
Anybody knows now that the blood cell comes from what? The male. Is that right? The life lays in the blood cell, and the blood cell is coming from the male, not the female. There's where the life is, is in the male sperm.
Notice. Then God Himself come into the womb of virgin Mary and wrapped Hisself in a created blood Cell.
God is not interested in human efforts even though they are sincere and involve sacrifice and offering. Mary had nothing to do with the conception or development of the foetus in her womb. She had just had the faith to be in submission to God’s Will which is His Word.
LUKE 1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.
The parable of the ten virgins divides the Christians into two groups. Those with the oil of the Holy Spirit that can light their lamps and illuminate (or understand) the written Word of God and the foolish virgin who cannot understand so many issues in the Bible because they have no oil to ignite and thus produce no light and thus cannot read the Bible with any real understanding. They are easy to recognize. When asked a question in the Bible, like “Why did David, who was not a priest, eat the shewbread and not get punished? Yet a good king Uzziah was punished with leprosy when he took the priest's censer to burn incense.” Modern day Christians reply by spreading darkness. “It is not important”, “It is irrelevant”, “It does not affect my salvation”. The problem is both their ignorance as well as their lack of interest. Their own pastors cannot explain it to them and they have thus long since given up thinking for themselves. They refuse to learn from someone outside their group because that would imply that their church does not have all the truth of the mysteries. In Laodicea they “have need of nothing”. They have no need of correction because they "know it all". They have no need of someone outside their church to teach them. They are secure in the darkness of their ignorance. Please do not disturb. This is a symptom of being fast asleep.
So human efforts cannot build up the wise virgin. But God will prepare a body for Himself which is the true church that is built on Scripture.
John 5: 39 Search the scriptures;
Joseph adopted the Child that was forming in Mary. Thus Jesus legally became the adopted Son of Joseph. But Joseph was a descendant of king David. So by accepting God’s Will as it happened, very contrary to human opinion because of the virgin birth, Joseph enabled Jesus to fulfil His claim to be the King of the Jews. This was the main important role that Joseph had to play in God’s Big Picture. As a man he had to provide for Mary and the child Jesus. But after Jesus went to the Temple at the age of 12 we hear no more of Joseph. He had put a key piece of the jigsaw into its place although he probably did not, at that time, understand the significance of his adoption of the Child.
Coniah or Jeconiah or Jeconias in Greek (also called Jehoiachin) was a descendant of David but was so bad that God said no descendants of his would ever be king of the Jews. This wiped out David’s kingly line through his son Solomon. Thus Joseph could never be king as he was descended from Coniah.
JEREMIAH 22:28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?
:30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.
But David’s eldest son Nathan has a line that went down to Mary. This is why Mary spent three months with Elizabeth to return obviously three months pregnant when she married Joseph. This proved that Jesus was not the Son of Joseph. By adopting Jesus, Joseph then legally had a Son from Nathan’s line that was free of the curse on Coniah. Thus only Jesus can ever be King of the Jews as the natural kingly line ended with Coniah.
We learn an important lesson. Only by fulfilling Scripture do we serve God in His perfect Will. Usually, like Joseph, we do not realize the real significance of being Scriptural. But every time we fulfil a Scripture we help to move God’s perfect plan a little bit further forward. Believing or doing something that is unscriptural is just a spanner in the works. It is a disaster that ripples outwards.
JOHN 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
Nazareth was a wicked city. Much crime and moral corruption existed there. Rather like modern day Las Vegas the city that depends on gambling. One would not expect anything good to come out of such a place. But here we learn another lesson. We must not pre-judge a person because of their background. Out of this bad city was coming the most perfect Man.
JOHN 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
Jesus reads the thoughts of Nathanael’s mind. This is the sign of Messiah to the Jews.
In effect Jesus was saying, “I have never seen you before but I know all about you. You have no guile. You are not a schemer in any way”.
Jesus showed that He could reach across time to see a person’s past and He could also see into the invisible dimensions of the spirit-world to see a person’s thoughts and motives.
JOHN 1:48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
Nathanael is suitably shocked. How can someone that I have never met know me well? How could this be possible? What kind of Man was Jesus?
John’s Gospel introduces Jesus as God, the All-seeing Eagle.
Nathanael is an individual who represents all the people who will make up God’s church over the next 2000 years. So he learns, as all of us have to, that Jesus has a vision that far exceeds our human limits. Jesus created time and Jesus created the spirit world of the fifth dimension. So He has to be far beyond them in a much higher dimension. He can look forward and backwards in time. We humans can only see the brief present. Nathanael suddenly realizes that he is in an Awesome Presence.
But then comes another shock, another huge surprise when Jesus reveals that He can reach across space to see Nathanael when he is far away and out of sight to His human eye.
Jesus is thus master of space and time (our four-dimensional natural world) as well as our inner spiritual fifth dimension where thoughts take place and motives dominate in our minds. This realm of the spirit is home to a mixture of the knowledge of both good and evil. We humans endlessly have to make decisions between right and wrong.
JOHN 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
Only God knows the thoughts in people’s hearts and minds.
I KINGS 8:39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)
A Man who can reveal the thoughts of the hearts must be Messiah. God the Father is the Holy Spirit. If all of God dwells in a Man then that Man is the Son of God.
Nathanael had just discovered something tremendous. All of God dwelled in Jesus Christ.
So where did Jesus dwell?
Jesus wanted to open his eyes to the Big Picture. God, by grace, gives a measure or portion of His Spirit to each born again Christian. These separate small portions of the Holy Spirit that would dwell in the hearts of every born again Christian over the 2000 years of human history would add up to the fulness of the Holy Spirit.
Where Jesus lived physically amongst the Jews as Messiah at that time was not the real issue because it was His intention to die when the Jews rejected Him.
That is why the wise men gave Him myrrh as a gift when He was two years old in a house. Myrrh is a spice that is used to embalm the dead as its perfume masks some of the stench of a decaying corpse. The wise men knew Jesus had come to earth with the intention of dying for our sins.
The Gold meant that they recognized that He was God in the flesh.
The frankincense was a gum or resin that gave a lovely perfume when burnt in fire. The scorched meat of a burnt sacrifice was not pleasant. The perfume of frankincense made it an acceptable sacrifice.
So the wise men’s gifts revealed Who they thought Jesus was.
He was God in the flesh coming down to perform an acceptable Sacrifice. He was going to die to save men from their sins. The wise men had seen the Bigger Picture. That is why they were wise.
Then, just as God poured all His Spirit into the Man Jesus, so Jesus was going to pour all of His Spirit into the millions of hearts of the worldwide church over the next 2 000 years.
II CHRONICLES 6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!
Nathanael is awestruck. The sixth dimension of the Spirit, Heaven, where only good will dwell (no evil) is so vast that Solomon calls it a heaven of heavens. It is way beyond humans to even grasp such an idea. Yet all of this vastness cannot contain God.
Yet this Man Jesus does contain the fullness of God!
Words simply cannot describe Him. Any words of praise offered to Him are correct but hopelessly insufficient. Jesus is simply beyond human imagination or powers of description.
So where does He dwell?
His real dwelling is in the hearts of the future Christian church, the believers that obey the written Word of God that is revealed to their specific church ages. He is the Head and all the world-wide believers combined over the seven church ages will be the mystical Body of Christ.
JOHN 1:50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
Seeing Nathanael far away showed the power that Jesus has over space. He can see everywhere both in space and in time. He also lives beyond the fifth dimension of the human spirit as that is a mixture of good and evil.
JOHN 1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Angels, plural. Two of them.
This is John’s Gospel that presents Jesus as God, the great Eagle that flies up into the heavenly dimensions with His all-seeing and incredible eye sight.
Just when we think we understand the first Chapter, Jesus throws a curve ball to remind us how little we know. This last verse really makes us scratch our heads.
The Son of man is His human ministry as a Kinsman Redeemer to save mankind. So now He looks beyond His physical Body, which He sees as a sacrifice, towards His mystical church body of all the future believers wherever they are in time, over the next 2 000 years, or wherever they are in space as the Gospel spreads over the earth.
REVELATION 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
God’s Bible is full of mysteries that humans, in their limited wisdom, are unable to understand.
Yet, in each church age the true Christians need to know certain Bible mysteries in order combat the Devil.
ISAIAH 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.The first church age knew most of the written mysteries, but there were also some unknown mysteries that were never written in the Bible. There is always something that we cannot know and the Devil thus also cannot know. Not revealing all of God’s plan, leaves God room to outmanoeuvre the Devil.
The Bible never reveals the time of the Coming of Jesus to catch up His church to Heaven.
The seventh Seal in Revelation 8:1 is just silence.
What the seven Thunders utter in Revelation Chapter 10 are not written.
The new Name of Jesus in Revelation 19 is not permitted to be known by any man.
The first church never knew these mysteries.
But they had an angel, a messenger called Paul, who ascended up to the third Heaven.
II CORINTHIANS 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.In the sixth dimension of Heaven, occupied by angels and saved souls, things are so far advanced beyond our limited human understanding, that Paul, the great messenger or angel of the first church age, could not tell us everything he heard.
But Paul never-the-less did learn much of the deeper mysteries which enabled him to write almost half of the New Testament Books.
Each church age would have a messenger or angel that would receive guidance from Heaven that would enable the true church, which is the physical Body of Jesus because He dwells in their hearts, to survive the hazards of the different onslaughts of the Devil.
The seventh angel or messenger would be caught up on 8 March 1963 at Sunset Peak near the city of Tucson in Arizona, America, into a constellation of seven angels and then be commissioned so that he could go back to Jeffersonville in Indiana and reveal the mysteries of the seven Seals in Revelation Chapter 6.
Each of these seven angels had been the angel who came to a specific church age messenger to guide them through their specific church age. Only the first and last messengers were actually caught up into a heavenly realm.
The other five messengers were not aware of the presence of each angel that was guiding them in their ministry. These seven great men would be granted heavenly insights into the errors of their age and the revelation of certain Bible mysteries to guide that age. These revelations unfolded God’s plan for the survival of His church down on earth.
Jesus gives Nathanael an insight into the Big Picture. The seven church ages are the kingdom of Heaven. What happens on earth is a reflection of the titanic struggle between God and Satan.
Jesus, the written Word, is the mediator between heaven and earth. The messengers first gain heavenly inspiration to bring the revelation of the Word for their age down to the level of the true believers for that age. Each angel or messenger had to seek out where Jesus was dwelling, in the written Word for that age.
So that is where Jesus dwells. In the revelation of the written Word for that age.
If we can understand the written Word that the first church age understood then we have found our Bridegroom.