Marriage and Divorce Part 2

Marriage and Divorce   Part 2

God’s original plan was to climax His Creation by bringing forth humans with eternal life on planet earth.

This was impossible through the sex act as eternal life can only come from one Person, Jesus Christ.

Eve was supposed to bring forth the virgin born child Jesus. He would have grown up in a sinless world where He would not have to die. He would then speak all His saints from the dust of the earth and thus fill the earth with the correct number of people, all filled with eternal life.

But God also wanted people to have free will and not just live by instincts as animals do.

The price paid for free will is that it requires at least two different options for mankind to choose from. If you cannot freely choose between options then you have no free will and are living in a dictatorship that only offers you a single option. One choice that Adam and his bride had was to leave things in God’s hands until He produced the virgin birth, which Adam and his bride knew nothing about. That is called living by faith. Leaving things to God and His big plan rather than trying to serve Him with our own very limited ideas. The second choice was to follow the pattern of the animals since they reproduced through sex which seemed to be the only way to bring forth physical life, according to our very limited human thinking. Thus Adam and Eve had sex organs so that they could go the wrong way if they chose to. Sadly, they took this alternative path of following the serpent’s advice as the serpent, who was also an animal, knew all about the animals’ way of producing life through sex. Consequently Eve no longer had a virgin womb for Jesus to be born from.

With His perfect will for eternal life in humans no longer possible, God had to allow His permissive will to produce humans with natural life through sex.

GENESIS 3:16
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception ( singular. Eve was only supposed to have one conception by the Holy Ghost to give birth to Jesus );

Now God was going to permit multiplication through sex so Eve would have to have many conceptions to produce many children who would then intermarry.

Today that is not a wise idea because children in a family easily share the same deficiencies in their genes from their parents. If brother and sister intermarry today, these deficiencies may intensify in their children. But Adam and Eve were made by God and had no gene deficiencies. It would take many generations before gene deficiencies crept into the human race. Before the Flood of Noah people lived for many hundreds of years so obviously gene deficiencies were not an issue. After the Flood the human life span shortened dramatically and gene deficiencies would emerge as an issue because humans are no longer as strong as they were.

Notice an important point. Many conceptions through sex was part of Eve's punishment. Thus she was never intended to bring life forth by sex.

 

in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

To reinforce God's displeasure with this method of producing human life, God promised to make childbirth difficult. To this day that remains the case, with the mothers in intense labour that usually requires midwives who need a lot of knowledge and skill. Their profession is not an easy one.

 

Multiplication by sex would still produce those who would grow up to believe in God and get saved and in that sense it was fine but it would be a disaster for those who would reject God and go lost.

Initially, in the Old Testament, because Adam and Eve followed the example of animal reproduction through sex, God allowed humans to live according to this pattern of the animals since mammals generally practice polygamy with one male and many females in a group. Animals live by instinct and female animals spend most of their time with their sex desire switched off. Thus it can be controlled by God so that not too many animals are produced. But in humans, free will cannot allow the sex drive to be switched off. So free will combined with sex would merely lead to over population and its attendant poverty and misery for so many people. Not to mention all the sexual diseases that would breed out of this act as free will takes sex outside the bounds of marriage. Then the awkward and difficult act of childbirth, which troubles many a midwife,  and is a continual reminder that sex was not God’s original will. The final consequence of this wrong choice is that it merely assures each person who receives natural life at birth, that they will sooner or later die. One celled creatures do not multiply by sex and they do not die. They have to be eaten by other organisms. But every creature that multiplies by sex does die. So sex contributes to the death of a living creature. It can only produce short term life.

 

If a man in the Old Testament lived under the Jewish Law he was allowed to have many wives. But then he had to live sinless under the Law. No man succeeded in doing that. Under grace it is one man and one wife but grace is a better covenant as grace provides a Saviour, Jesus Christ.

If a man takes a marriage vow until death does them part and then divorces and re-marries, he effectively has two wives. This puts him under the Law. But the Law cannot save him, so if he wants to make heaven he has to live sinless, and no man can do that. His second marriage is simply adultery against his first wife. Thus he is in deep trouble with God. Only one unique Man was able to keep the Law perfectly and that was Jesus. So, according to the Law, He can marry as many people as He wishes. He is also the only Person Who does not need a Saviour. Because His marriage relationship with us is spiritual by being born again into the spiritual realm and not physical, His Bride can consist of born again men and women.

But in the New Testament God’s main plan was always to get humans back to His first plan that He set out in Eden, marriage between one man and one woman without any mention of divorce.

God now permits sex within marriage but not before marriage or outside of marriage.

Once a marriage vow is legally made, it cannot be broken for any reason until death does them part. Eve sinned but Adam never divorced her. Husband and wife can separate but should not divorce as there is no such thing as divorce and re-marriage.

Eve wrecked God’s plan by not remaining a virgin until the Holy Spirit came to overshadow her. So God expects a woman to be a virgin when she walks down the aisle to get married. This is symbolized by her white dress.

God gives a woman a veil of virginity because her purity is a sacred trust between her and God. God does not want a repetition of the original sin.

If she is not a virgin, and has not confessed this before hand to the man, then her vow is false and not valid. When he discovers this he can divorce her as there was no legal vow between them. If he marries again, it must be to a virgin. But this is actually not a re-marriage as the first marriage vow was false and thus not binding. If, on the other hand he decides to forgive her and remain with her then there is no more secret sin to invalidate the marriage vow and the vow they made then becomes binding on them both.

 

First let us establish that polygamy is not valid today.

 

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Hagar, one time, she had a little, thirsty baby. It was dying. She wondered how her mistress, Mrs. Abraham, Sarah, how that they could treat her like that. She'd been a true, little worker for them. And legally (when polygamy was legal), she had married him, just as legally as it could be.

 

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  E-47    Speaking to someone the other day about polygamy. I said the nation in a whole would be better off if it practiced polygamy. It would. We're the highest rated nation in the world with divorces, marrying and intermarrying, marrying and intermarrying. Because we try to make the men of the world outside coincide with Christian doctrine, and you can't put the nature of a lamb in a pig. Polygamy would be better off for him. You may not believe it but God would look at polygamy and excuse it a lot quicker than what He would...

Now, remember, don't you say that I believe in polygamy; I don't. I...?...what God said... Moses said that... The Pharisee said to Jesus, said, "Why did Moses suffer a writing of divorcement?"

Said, "He did it because the hardness of your heart." Right. But it wasn't so from the beginning, never will be. God did it because of the hardness of their heart.

 

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  209    The divorce courts of America produce more divorces by our women than all the rest of the nations. The morals in our country is lower, and divorces, than it is in France or Italy, where prostitution's on the streets so... But they're prostitutes; ours is married women trying to live with several men, and several married men trying to live with other women.

In the nations where they have polygamy, it's a thousand times better. And yet, polygamy's wrong; we know.

 

In the Old Testament, under the Law, a man could have more than one wife. But not today. Calvary took us back to God’s original plan, one man and one wife.

 

 

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  47    One, by--by Hagar, which was his wife's maid; a lovely, pretty, Egyptian maid that Abraham had picked up down in Egypt for her, to be her... his wife's maid. And Sarah, thinking that God would not be able to keep all of His promise true, she told Abraham to take Hagar, her maid, and to marry her, (which, polygamy was legal in those days) and to bring the child; and that's the way God had it planned, that she was to have the child only through Hagar. But we find out that that wasn't so.

 

THE.SEED.IS.NOT.HEIR.WITH.THE.SHUCK_  JEFF.IN  V-6 N-4  THURSDAY_  65-0218

  70    Notice Sarah, the tassel that had the pollen, that Jewish nation raised from her. From, come out of Sarah, brought Isaac; through Isaac, brought Jacob; Jacob brought the patriarchs; and through the patriarchs, brought forth a nation.

71    Mary, the virgin's faith, produced the true, spiritual Seed Word made flesh. See?

The three women, three women that this Seed was carried through. One of them was actually an adultery, under polygamy; the second was a freewoman; and the third one had no sex affair at all, but by faith she believed the Word of God. Hagar, Sarah, both Sarah and Hagar, was sex; but Mary was virgin, by the power of the promised Word of God. That's right.

 

Even when God permitted polygamy under the law, it was still wrong. God overlooked the problem in the Old Testament but not in the New Testament. Jesus is the Light and He came to expose the limitations in the Law, not to cover up the sin of adultery. Adultery was actually the original sin. There is no place for it today. It is simply a very bad sin for a man to have more than one wife.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

  202      Now you see then, "after" the beginning, it was something else was introduced. Now this is going to shock you. Are you tired? [Congregation says, "No."--Ed.] Just sit still just a little longer.

203    Then when the double covenant was made by man and woman, through sex, another covenant altogether (not the original covenant, but another covenant), now what's introduced? Polygamy, in all. Then, after the beginning, polygamy was introduced both in man and in beasts; after the beginning, the fall. God now, secondarily, sets a new nature again, by sex. God created the first without sex. Do you believe that? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Now it's another covenant with nature, He sets it in another order, by sex. Second covenant: one male, many females; one buck deer, a whole harem of does. Is that right? One bull, a whole herd of cattle, cows; one rooster, a yardful of hens. Is that right? One David, after His Own heart, with five hundred wives; with a hundred children born to him, in one year, of different women, a man after God's Own heart. One Solomon, with a thousand wives. But notice now, it wasn't so at the beginning, but now it's "after" the beginning. The woman has done this, then she just becomes what she is now. See?

 

God’s original plan involved no sex. Eve was to conceive Christ through the virgin birth. He would grow up and then call all His people up out of the dust of the earth. The serpent persuaded Eve to bring forth life through sex. Sex was the way for animals to multiply. One male animal, many females i.e. polygamy.

Since Eve accepted the animal version of multiplication, God applied the animal version of polygamy to humans too. But this only happened after the fall. It was not God’s original plan as He had only made one wife for Adam. Christ came to redeem us back to the beginning, one man and one wife as it was with Adam and Eve. If God wanted polygamy He would have made many wives for Adam. Polygamy was a temporary system that God allowed in the Old Testament because Eve had chosen the animal way of bringing forth life through sex.

 

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

  230      Now you notice in First Corinthians 7:10, notice, Paul commands the wife that is, that divorces her husband, to remain single or be reconciled, not to remarry. She must remain single, or to be reconciled back to her husband. She cannot remarry. She must remain single, but, notice, he never said about the man. See, you can't make the Word lie. "From the beginning," the sex law by polygamy. Now, the Word of God runs true with nature of God, runs in to continuity.

231    See how there is one school went east, and the other one went west, on it? You got to come back to the Truth, to find out what it is.

“She cannot remarry. She must remain single, but, notice, he never said about the man.”

A divorced woman cannot remarry.

A legally married man also cannot divorce and re-marry otherwise he breaks his first vow.

But God cannot make a blanket rule for the man that he can never re-marry because there is only one case when he is allowed to re-marry and that is if he discovers after the wedding that his wife is not a virgin.

In that case her vow was false and not binding on him.  He can then either stay with her which then makes the marriage vow binding on them both or he can divorce her and if he marries again, it must be to a virgin.

232    It's always been that way, that's the regular covenant with God from the beginning. First, before the beginning, from the beginning there was just one and one. After the sin came in, then there was one man and a bunch of women; run that way in nature, every animal, and human beings and natural flesh is animal. We are mammal, we know that, all of us, see, and it's all God's nature in continuity.

 

Adam and Eve. One man and one wife before the fall. Polygamy was allowed after the fall.

Jesus did not restore us to the flawed polygamy system as that was operating in His day anyway.

He restored us to the original plan of God as it was in Eden, one man and one wife.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

236    Now, there is a true woman, a true woman, virgin, that marries her husband, and lives, and she is a blessed thing to the man. If God could have give His son any better thing than a wife, He would have give that to him.

237    But she is designed to be a sex act, and no other animal is designed like that. No other creature on the earth is designed like that. That's the reason you see polygamy, because of that. That's what brought it in.

 

The downfall of the sex act in human beings is our free will. It enables people to open the door to many sins. So much of mankind's sinfulness is related to different aspects of sex.

 

The original sin came in through sex. It is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Carnal knowledge is the legal definition of sex.

Sex is evil outside of marriage and is suddenly good when people are married. There is no other act like that. Because we are all born through sex, we are all sinners and need salvation.

God permits sex after marriage but it is not His perfect will but is rather His permissive will. This body we are born in is flawed. The mark of the beast on our bodies is the scar of our belly button. Adam and Eve had no need for a belly button as they were created flawless and thus needed no umbilical cord. Your umbilical cord connected you to your mother. She was connected to her mother, all the way back to Eve who was the mother of all living. This long line of umbilical cords represents the pipeline of God’s permissive will that we are all born into.

Jesus was born outside of sex.

Someday in the future, at His second Coming, He will call His saints from the dust of the earth at the resurrection. The living saints will have their bodies changed. We will all be there in new bodies that did not come through sex.

Thus, finally, sex will be done away with completely.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

  238      Now look, in the final analysis, look, there is one Jesus Christ (is that right?), one Man, God, Immanuel. Do you believe that? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] But the members of His Wife are many, see, thousands times thousands of thousands (is that right?), His Wife, the Bride, the Church. You understand now? ["Amen."]

239    That's why He said to Adam, before sex was ever induced or introduced, "Multiply, to replenish the earth," when he was yet in the beginning, when he was yet both male and female in himself. There, shows then that the Bride has got to come from the Word, by spiritual multiplication, multiplications, see, replenishing the earth.

 

God’s original plan involved spiritual multiplication, not the physical multiplication of sex. Eve was to conceive Christ through the virgin birth. He would grow up and then call all His people up out of the dust of the earth.

GENESIS 1:27
 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God is a Spirit, so the image of God must also be a spirit.

JOHN 4:24
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Creation means to make something out of nothing. God created the spirit of Adam and his bride out of nothing in Chapter one of Genesis. They were both united as one spirit. A masculine spirit with feminine attributes in it.

GENESIS 5:2
Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

He told them, as a single spirit, to be fruitful and multiply. This is spiritual multiplication.

GENESIS 1:28
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

A fruit tree has a fruit whose seed is in itself.

GENESIS 1:11
 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

 

The fruit tree is the mother. The fruit of her womb is the baby.

LUKE 1:42
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

This was Elisabeth speaking to Mary.

The seed is the Word of God.

LUKE 8:11
 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

So  Eve ( the fruit tree ) must bring forth a Baby (Fruit) who has the Word ( Seed ) inside the Baby ( Fruit ). This is only possible if the Baby is Jesus, God incarnate.

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.

This is impossible for man to do. Sex cannot produce a Baby with Eternal Life and the full Word of God in the baby.

All they had to do was wait for God to perform the virgin birth. There were no bad trees in Genesis Chapter 1.  All was good while Adam and his bride were one spirit. God declared all the fruit trees to be good in Chapter one. There was no natural fruit tree that had to be avoided.

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.

In Genesis Chapter 2, God formed from the dust a male body for this human spirit of Adam. This was not a creation from nothing.

GENESIS 2:7
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The spirit of man which had feminine attributes in it, was not a good idea when that spirit of man was put into a human body.

So it is the body of flesh that introduced limits to the human spirit in Genesis Chapter 2.

Now that Adam was in a body of flesh God had to warn him about a big danger.

GENESIS 2:16
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

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.

A tree symbolises a spirit.

JEREMIAH 17:8
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,

Jesus is the Tree of Life because He alone gives eternal Life. Satan is the tree of knowledge.

God then put the feminine attributes into a separate body which He called woman.

The only way that they could spiritually multiply was for them to wait until the Holy Spirit overshadowed Eve and brought forth the virgin born Jesus. He would grow up. There would be no sins to die for. He would then call His saints from the dust of the earth as He will do at His second Coming.

All this time there was one man and one wife. God’s original plan.

 

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

  240      Now in the sex act, see, the schools got those two things mixed up. Therefore you can't do it, you've got to bring it back to the Truth of it, "in the beginning."

241    And at the end there will be one Lord Jesus, and His Bride many, singular. You get it? There was one David on one throne, one king (after God's Own heart) with five hundred wives. Jesus sitting on His Throne, hallelujah, in the Millennium, with a Wife; like it was at the beginning, created out of the earth, by the hand of Almighty God, in the resurrection, of many members. There you are.

242    Women, struggle to be that, come into Christ, then you'll not be in that filthy mess out there. But as long as you're just a church member trying to live moral and good, yourself, you'll never make it. Neither can a man make it outside of Christ. As Paul went on to say, "But they're in Christ, there is neither male nor female." They're all one.

 

In the flesh we are separate men and women due to our physical multiplication. That really makes us much the same as the naturally multiplying animals. The only way to escape death, which is the final consequence of sex,  is by spiritual multiplication which only occurs when a person is born again of the Spirit of God. Then God injects a quantity of His Spirit, probably about a thumbnail size portion of His Spirit,  into that person’s heart and that person, male or female, is now part of God’s Bride.

Polygamy was legal in the Old Testament. Polygamy was allowed by the Law. So if a man believes in polygamy he must also obey the Law of circumcision, the Law of the Saturday Sabbath, the washing of hands and feet, the killing the Passover lamb, etc.  But even if he does all that, plus all the other requirements of the Law, the Law does not provide a Saviour. So if you lived under the Law you had to live a good enough life to make it to heaven. If you slipped up, you needed to kill an animal at the temple in Jerusalem. That animal blood covered your sins but did not take away your desire to sin. So the  Law never took away the desire to sin. Under the New Testament we have a Saviour’s Blood to wash away sin. The Holy Spirit, the Life in His Blood, comes into our hearts to take away the desire to sin.

There is no more Jewish temple as it was destroyed in AD 70. Thus there is no more covering of sin by the blood of animals. So the Law can no longer forgive sin as it is an old covenant that was done away with at Calvary. Polygamy was only permitted by the law, the old covenant. Thus polygamy is also done away with. If you want the polygamy of the Law, you must also live a sinless life as the Law provides no Saviour.  The new covenant, established at Calvary, is to take us back to the beginning. One man and one wife.

Jesus kept the Law and was sinless. So polygamy applies to Him ONLY. He can have as many members of His Bride ( the true Church ) as He likes as He kept the Law and lived a sinless life and can thus claim the right to many members of His Bride.

No one else lives or lived a sinless life. So no one else can claim more than one wife, unless his first wife has died.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

275    But, you see, woman, you are--you are a jewel if you want to be a jewel, but the desire has to be by you. And you see why the Marriage and Divorce was, that Jesus pointed back yonder, it was because your kind was the cause of all sin. That's the reason polygamy and divorce, and things, was introduced. At the beginning it never was so, and it won't be so in the world over yonder.

 

Polygamy only came in because Eve introduced sin through the sex act. Adam should have stoned the sinful Eve and then waited for God to make him another bride. But Adam, like Jesus, loved his bride so much that he could not kill her.  So Adam joined her in her sin  in order to stay with Eve and thereby trust that God would find some solution for this sinful mess. God covered their sin with the blood of an innocent lamb. So an animal, the subtle and clever serpent, introduced sin. Then God used an innocent animal, a lamb, to atone for sin. Jesus loved His sinful Bride ( all the genuine believers in the 2 000 years of church history ) so much that He chose to become sin and die in our place and go to hell for us where He was able to defeat Satan. So the Blood of the innocent and sinless Lamb destroys our sin and the Life that was in His blood, the Holy Spirit, comes into our hearts to remove all desire to sin. This is a far superior plan.

God used this flawed method of bringing forth mortal life through sex because He was dealing with a sinful Adam and Eve who had both fallen. So sex is simply the way sinful life multiplies. That is also why so much sin involves sex.

If a man is married to one wife, God regards the marriage bed as undefiled. But heaven help us if we step outside these limits. Then the act is all wrong. Sex only produces a temporary life. No man born of sex ever lived 1 000 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.

 

God's Day is 1 000 years.  No man ever lived 1 000 years. Methusaleh made 969.

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.

In the Millenium the Bride will live for 1 000 years as proof that their new bodies did not come through sex and thus they have eternal life, not a temporary life. That new body will be the final proof of our deliverance from sin.

 

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135    "Woman was made for man, and not man for woman." That's the reason, under the old laws, that polygamy was legal. Look at David setting down there with five hundred wives, and the Bible said, "He was a man after God's own heart." With five hundred wives, and Solomon with a thousand, but not one of them women could have another husband.

 

136      You get my tape on Marriage And Divorce. That, up on top the mountain at Tucson, here not long ago, I was up there praying about it. They dismissed the schools, to watch that Pillar of Fire circle the mountain and go in a funnel, back and forth, up and down. People around here knows it, there and saw It; and it when He told me the Truth of this marriage and divorce, questioned. If there's one side going this way, and one going that way, there's got to be a Truth somewhere. After those Seven Seals, He showed what was the Truth of it.

 

137      Notice, now, she could not have but one husband, because, "Woman was made for man, and not man for woman." That whole five hundred women was just David's wife, and it was a type. When Christ sets on the Throne in the Millennium, His Bride will be not one person, but it'll be tens of thousands, the Bride, all in One. And David had many wives, as individuals, but only all of them together was his wife. Like the whole Body of believers is the Bride of Christ, 'cause It's She, the woman. He was the Man. Now, we were made for Christ. Christ wasn't made for us.

139      When a man chooses a certain girl out of a family, he must not rely upon beauty, for beauty is deceiving. And beauty, modern worldly beauty, is of the Devil.

"Oh," I hear someone say out there, "be careful here, preacher!"

… In the beginning, we find that Satan was so beautiful till he deceived Angels. And he was the most beautiful Angel of all of them. Showed, it lays in the Devil. Proverbs said, Solomon said, "Beauty is vain." That's right. Sin is beautiful. Certainly, it is. It's attractive.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

204      David, the king which represented Christ! Hold that in your mind. David represented Christ. Do you believe that? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Christ is setting, going to sit on his throne. And this David, a man after God's Own heart, had five hundred wives. See what I mean? David with his five hundred wives, Solomon with his thousand. And Solomon is the son of David, in the natural; which represents Jesus Christ, the Son of David, in the spiritual. But that's natural, sex life. This is going to be spiritual, created. Why? Created. See, that's the way it was at the beginning, but not now in this life we live in now.

205    Notice, don't fail this now, take it all down in your hearts. But not one of those women could even have one more husband. He is the original creation, not her. Not one of those women could have one more husband, but that one husband could have a thousand wives. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. That's the Bible.

 

Under polygamy there was no need to divorce a wife before marrying another wife.

A man just took as many wives as he wanted. This represents how Jesus can just take as many members of His Bride as He wishes.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

213      Now we find out, death was caused. Death is cause of sin of the woman, come through the woman and not the man. By her way of living her life, and by her, all death comes. Her way of giving life is death. How many knows that? Job 14, if you want to put down the Scripture.

214    I got, if you question this, I got Scriptures wrote down for every bit of this.

215    If you want to read Job 14 there, It says, "Man that is born of woman is of a few days, and full of trouble." Is that right? "He cometh up like the flower, he is cut down, and wastes away," and so forth. See? Every man that's born of a woman, is born in death as soon as he comes.

216    But when he is born into the creation of God, he cannot die; he is from that other Tree that was in the garden of Eden, Christ. Eternal Life come by the Tree.

217    "Oh," you say, "she was a tree?" Sure. "Well, they said, 'Thou shall not take of this tree.' God said, in Genesis back there, 'Thou shall not take of this tree.'"

218    Why, the woman is the tree. She is the fruit tree. You're the fruit of your mother. The fruit of the womb is you. That's right. And then the fruit of the Tree of Life, that was in the garden of Eden, is Christ. Through the woman come death; through the Man, in the original creation, come Life. To be born of a woman is death; to be born of Christ is Life. Get the idea? That's where. Now you see where the goddesses went to, don't you?

219    First Adam and Eve typed the second Adam and Eve, see, the multiplication. Now the multiplication of Adam and Eve was through sex, to replenish the earth, but it wasn't so at the beginning. God just made a male and a female, like He did His other creatures, see, legal, just like the Church.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

221    There is no minister that can marry a widow. Did you know that? You want to read that? All right, you get in the Leviticals, Leviticus 21:7 and Ezekiel 44:22, and It'll show you that the priesthood was not to marry a woman that's been touched by man. This type is of the virgin Bride of Jesus Christ, because they handled the Fire of God, the priests did, Aaron's sons. We haven't got time to read It all, and get out by noon, we got twenty minutes yet. And them is Aaron's sons that handled the--the--the Fire of God, so they could not marry a woman that had been touched by another man. The unchanging God said so. They could not marry another woman, and a woman been touched by a man, showing in type here, if you want to see it, that the Church of the living God is purely, unadulterated, the Word of God, and not a denomination that's been handled by man.

 

A woman must be a virgin if her marriage vow is to be valid.

Her tokens of virginity. The first night that a man sleeps with his wife, her veil of virginity

( hymen ) will be torn and thus bleed. The bloodstain on the sheet was her token of virginity.

The serpent has sex with Eve. Thus the serpent tore her hymen, shedding blood. Original sin was sex. The serpent, an animal, was guilty of shedding Eve’s blood. Sex would introduce a life that had to die. So God accepted killing or shedding the blood of an animal as an atonement for sin.

Sinful Eve was not a virgin when she went back to her husband.

God thus requires a woman to be a virgin when she gets married. If she is not, she must confess this sin to her future husband first. If she does not, she is guilty of taking a false wedding vow as she has had sex before marriage, which is called fornication.

When her husband discovers she is not a virgin he is not actually married to her as she has taken a false vow ( which is not binding ) and that is the only reason for which he can divorce her and remarry a virgin.

If, after being married, she commits adultery with another man, her husband can divorce her but not remarry as she has broken her vow but it was a proper vow that is binding until death parts them.

 

DEUTERONOMY 22:13

13     ¶  If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,

14    And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:

15    Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:

16    And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;

17    And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.

18    And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;

19    And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.

20    But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:

21    Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

22    If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.

23    If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;

24    Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.

The man who first sleeps with a woman takes away her virginity that she has protected all her life and thus humbles her. This gives that man a psychological hold over the woman. If it is her husband, then it helps the woman to accept her husband as her new head since she has also to adjust to the fact that she has moved away from her father who had always previously been her head.

If it is another man who does this to her then this act may lead to her looking up to this other man and thus, when she marries, she may not look up to her husband as her head. Even if she does not look up to the first man who slept with her, the fact that her husband never took away her virginity means that she does not look up to him in this regard. This can make it more difficult for her to obey her husband, especially if she does not have a submissive spirit.

Then it is far more difficult for her husband to be responsible for her and if he then finds out about her past, he can divorce her and marry a virgin who is more likely to be submissive as no other man has come between her and her husband. However, if the guilty woman is sensible and does look up to her husband as her head and is prepared to be submissive towards him, then he may well decide to forgive her and stay with her.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

 

225    Matthew 5:32. I want you to notice here, to support this same idea of "one" and "many." Matthew, thirty-... I think it's Matthew 5:32, 31 to begin with.

It has been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

226    That's Jesus speaking, the One said, "from the beginning." Now watch.

But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving... the cause of fornications, causes her to commit adultery; see, whosoever shall put away his wife, saving... the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery: (why? she'll marry again) and whosoever marrieth her that is divorced committed adultery.

 

Fornication is sex before marriage and that makes the marriage vow invalid, leaving the man free to remarry a virgin. That false vow is the only reason for divorce and remarriage.

This does not apply to adultery. Once legally married, no sin can break that legal vow.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

227      See, she has got a living husband, so no man can marry her. Care what she does and who she is, she's got a living husband, there is no grounds for her at all. But, it's not, for him. "Causes her," not him. Get it? You have to make the Word run in continuity. See, nothing saying he couldn't, but she can't. See, "causes her," not him. That's exactly what the Bible says, "causes her." It is not stated against him to remarry, but "her." Why? Christ in the type.

228    Notice, it is stated that he cannot remarry, only a virgin. He can remarry. He can, he can remarry again if it's a virgin, but he can't marry somebody else's wife. No indeedy. And if he does marry a divorced woman, he is living in adultery, I don't care who he is. The Bible said, "Whosoever marrieth her that is put away, liveth in adultery." There you are, not no divorcees.

229    See that original back there, "from the beginning," now? Remarrying, now notice, he can, but she can't. Like David, like Solomon, like the continuity of the whole Bible, now, same as David and the rest of them.

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

230      Now you notice in First Corinthians 7:10, notice, Paul commands the wife that is, that divorces her husband, to remain single or be reconciled, not to remarry. She must remain single, or to be reconciled back to her husband. She cannot remarry. She must remain single, but, notice, he never said about the man. See, you can't make the Word lie. "From the beginning," the sex law by polygamy. Now, the Word of God runs true with nature of God, runs in to continuity.

231    See how there is one school went east, and the other one went west, on it? You got to come back to the Truth, to find out what it is.

232    It's always been that way, that's the regular covenant with God from the beginning. First, before the beginning, from the beginning there was just one and one. After the sin came in, then there was one man and a bunch of women; run that way in nature, every animal, and human beings and natural flesh is animal. We are mammal, we know that, all of us, see, and it's all God's nature in continuity.

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

243      But to get this Marriage And Divorce straightened out, so that you would know which was right and which was wrong, now He plainly shows here in these types. There is one Christ; and many members of that Wife. Notice, He can put us away for spiritual fornications and false doctrine, any time He wants to; but how dare you try to put Him away, and make it? The man can put away his wife and marry another one; but not the woman put away her husband and marry another one. See all the shadows and types there perfectly balanced up? See the original creation; not the by-product nowhere. Not the church; the Bride through the Word. Not the woman; the man, each time. That's why it never says anything against the man doing it; it's always the woman. That's exactly.

244    But she can be the Bride of Christ, by being... And remember, she being a part of a man, the Bible said she can on-... "Nevertheless I suffer not a woman to teach, or to usurp any authority, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, and then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the by-product was deceived. Notwithstanding she shall be saved if she continues in holiness and sobriety, and in childbearing, and all such," because then she becomes a part of this man.

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

258      And so is it with the church that refuses to become pregnated in the age that we now live in, to bring forth children of this age. We are not Lutherans, we're not Wesleys, neither are we Pentecostals! We've got to be the children of this age, through the pregnancy of the Word of God, to bring forth a Child of this age, the Seed Child. Amen. I hope you understand. Couldn't be pregnated, no, so what did He do? Put her away, in divorcement. That's right. But she daresn't put Him away. He put her away.

259    He went right on revealing His Word to the Body, and vindicating Him, same, by Himself. His children begin to kind of look more like Him, because It's fully maturing, or, they become children of the Word, not children of the church. Children of the Word! And the Bride will be a lovely little Lady of the Word, unadulterated, not touched by any man's organization, any man-made theory. She'll be purely unadulterated, Bride of the Word! Amen and amen! I hope you get that, out on the air. She will be the pregnated daughter of God.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

274      Notice, now, the woman has got her place, and she is a jewel. Solomon, this man that had ten thousand wives... or had a thousand wives, rather, he said that, "A man that's found a wife, has found a good thing." He said, "A good woman is a jewel in his crown," that's an honor. "But an unrighteous one is water in his blood," that's his life. He said, "There might be one righteous man found in a thousand," Solomon said this, "but," said, "you wouldn't find one righteous woman in a thousand." Solomon said that, see. Now notice that, that how it is.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

284      This is an awful strong thing, I didn't know how to bring it out. What will I do, when I got men and women sitting in my congregation, some of them has been married twice or three times? Good man and good women, all mixed up! What done it? False teaching, exactly, not waiting on the Lord.

285    "What God has joined together, let no man put asunder." Not what man joined together; what "God" joined together! When you've got a direct revelation from God, that's your wife, and the same thing, that's yours, the rest of your life. See? But what man joins together, anybody can put apart. But what God joins together, no man better dare to touch it. "Whatsoever God joins together," He said, "let no man put asunder." Not what some half-drunk magistrate or something else put together, or some backslidden preacher with a bunch of creeds in a book, that would let them do anything in the world, and the Word of God laying right there. See? I'm talking about what God joined together.

If a couple are legally married then their vow is binding until death do them part. They cannot divorce and re-marry someone else. If one sins badly then they can separate but they are still married in God’s eyes.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

307      Friends, and then I'm closing, you can go from this. That's when This was being revealed to me, what I'm going to tell you right now, so don't miss It.

308    Now I'm speaking to our followers only, who is following me and this Message only, not the outside. Bear me record of this before God. Just to this group only!

309    Now we are found in this mess because of misinterpreted theology. Is that right? That's why you women married the second time, and you men, because misinterpreted theology. Now I want to show you something that He told me.

310    And if God, our Creator, was questioned the question when He was here on earth, Jesus Christ; and when His delivering prophet came forth, Moses, down in Egypt, to bring the children out of--of Egypt, to put them in the promised land; and Jesus said here that Moses seen the people in this condition, and he granted them a writing of divorcement, because the situation was what it was. Moses found such, as, "Let him suffer..." God permitted Moses, that prophet sent to the people, to grant this writing of divorcement to them.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

311      And in First Corinthians, the--the 7th chapter, the 12th and 15th verse, in the New Testament prophet, Paul, who met the same thing in the church, and spoke this, "This is I, not the Lord." That right? Because of the divorce condition.

312    "It wasn't so from the beginning." But Moses was permitted it, and God recognized it righteousness. And Paul also had a right, when he found his church in that condition.

313    Now you believe This to be true, and believe It to come from God! And by the vindication of His Cloud and His Message that's brought me this far, should not God upon the mountain permit me to do the same thing, to suffer you to go on the way you are, and do it no more! Go with your wives and live in peace, for the hour is late. The Coming of the Lord is at hand. We haven't got time to break these things up. Don't you dare try to do it again! I'm speaking only to my congregation. But if you are married... And God bore me witness of that, on the mountain, that I could say This, a supernatural revelation, because of the opening of the Seven Seals, and this is a question in God's Word. "Let them go on in as they are, and sin no more!"

 

When we come to the Truth, God will accept us as we are. But then we must never re-marry after that.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

314      "It wasn't so from the beginning." That is right, it wasn't so, and it will not be at the end. But under modern conditions, as God's servant... I won't call myself His prophet; but I believe maybe, if I wouldn't be sent for that, I'm laying a ground for him when he does come. So under the modern conditions, I command you to go to your home, with your wife now. If you are happy with her, live with her, raise your children in the admonition of God. But God be merciful to you if you ever do that again! You teach your children to never do a thing like that, bring them up in the admonition of God. And now that you are as you are, let us go now, at the late evening hour that we're living in, and "press towards the mark of the high calling in Christ," where all things will be possible.

 

If you got re-married in the past because you thought it was permissible, God can forgive that if you repent of your error. But if you re-marry in the future or advise someone else to re-marry, you will be in trouble. God will only forgive past ignorance on this topic of re-marriage.

If people have divorced and re-married they try to justify their error by encouraging others to do the same, as if that makes it right when enough people do it.

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

318      So is it today, Lord God, at the end of the world, as we are here under the mercy of God, knowing that soon we are to answer in His Presence. And that You have did so much, Lord, I am sure, in the sight of these people, they'll hang onto This like It come from You. And to bear record here today, of many people sitting here that even saw that Sign up in the mountain, where the Angels of the Lord came in the whirlwind, where it came in the seven Angels, where the revealing of the Seven Mysteries was unfolded; and that same Angel, in the same direction, on the same mountain, the day that This was revealed!

319    God, I pray that the people will go home being thankful that God has granted this grace to them. I only spoke It, Lord, through permission. And I only say It through permission, Lord. And let the people be so grateful that they'll never try to do that sin again! And may they never try to do any sin, but love You with all their hearts. Lord, make these families happy, and may they grow and raise their children in the admonition of God.

CORINTHIANS.BOOK.OF.CORRECTION_  JEFF.IN  SUNDAY_  57-0414

E-49    Now, in the beginning they were one. God, when He made man, He made him a dual person, both male and female. He separated him in flesh and put him here on earth in flesh, and the female part was still in spirit. Look, friends. God was so careful. Oh, how this... Don't let it leave you. God never got a handful of dust and made a Eve. She'd been a different creation; and she's not a creation; she's a byproduct. And God goes over in the heart of Adam, this rib right out from under his heart, and takes a rib and makes the wife; and the very part of Adam's spirit was in the woman, and they two are one. Soul, body, spirit, they are one. They are perfect oneness, a real woman and a real husband, a real wife. They are one together. What is it a type of? Christ. From out of his bosom, not a byproduct, not a Methodist, or a Baptist, or a Pentecostal hatch up... No, sir. But out of His own heart, He took the sweetheart that's as pure and loyal as she can be. She's as loyal as a lily.

Look at--look back there, Solomon speaking, "Come, my love, let us walk in the pomegranates. Let us take our fill of love." And when the real believer opens his arms with a pure heart and holds up to Christ, that affection of that lover of Christ, goes into his bosom as His wife, just like the husband does to a real wife.

CORINTHIANS.BOOK.OF.CORRECTION_  JEFF.IN  SUNDAY_  57-0414

E-50    What type of person should we be? Are we playing the harlot with Christ? Are we depending on some little something and running after the world, and the things of the world, and worldly-minded and not that real love and devotion that we should have?

Could you imagine, my, could you imagine your wife, brother, coming and setting on your lap, with her little frickilly frills, and her little underskirts and things of lace and her little hair all done up and frickled up and everything like that, put her arms around and say, "Oh, John, I just love you. I love you." And you know right then that there's something wrong.

THE.CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_  LA.CA  V-2 N-28  THURSDAY_  65-0429E

170      The other is pregnated by the Word of God and will bring forth the Body, the finished Body of Jesus Christ, which is the Bride. The Body of Christ isn't finished yet. How many knows that? A man and woman is one. And Christ is one Body, the Word. The Bride will have to be the rest of that Body. And the two, together, makes the one Body again. Like Adam was at the beginning: man, his wife, are one. Now, She, the true Bride, so sold out to Him, that She use no mind of Her own. His mind, of course, is His will, and His will is His Word.

 

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.ON.GENESIS_  JEFF.IN  COD  WEDNESDAY_  53-0729

23-76    ...

And a woman that's dishonorable has a legal right to be put away in divorce. But he can't marry again now. But he--but he can put her away in divorcement. That's right. That's Scripture. Oh, brother, what we need is some question nights. That's right. That's I Corinthians the 14th chapter, if you want to read it. All right. Now, that--that... Now, this woman...

 

A man has a legal right to divorce a dishonourable woman who may have committed adultery or some other evil act, but their marriage vow is still binding, so he cannot re-marry.

 

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.ON.GENESIS_  JEFF.IN  COD  WEDNESDAY_  53-0729

24-78    God--God created man, male and female. You see what He done? He made the man. He made... Now, that's the first question (See?); "Created He them," and so forth, Genesis 1:26. Genesis 2:7, "He formed them out of the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils."

What is the difference, or--or where is this connection in the above Scripture? What connection does the first man have with the second man?

The first man is the second man made manifest in five senses. See? Right now you can't--you can't touch God with your hands like that; you can't see God with your eyes. He didn't give it to you to do that. You're..

 

THE.RESULTS.OF.DECISION_  CHICAGO.IL  SATURDAY_  55-1008

E-53    Oh, my. Yeah, he got them all mixed up out there, and begin to marry, intermarry. That's the way they did today, when you got to wandering around. If you'd stayed on the real firing line of God, you wouldn't have done these things. Marrying believers with unbelievers, and in and out, and so forth, and marrying them that had been married two or three times and had three or four wives, and so forth, and marry them again. That's that old doctrine of Balaam.

 

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  59-0628E

401-Q-91    Now, we've got one more and then that's all. Let's see.

91. Brother Bill, what is the difference between fornications and adultery, Matthew 19:9?

Jesus said in Matthew 19:9, "Whosoever putteth away his wife and marries another, except it be for the cause of fornications, commits adultery." The difference between fornications and adultery, the word could be applied either way. But to make it clear what he was talking of there, that--a woman that's unmarried cannot commit adultery, because she has no husband to commit adultery against. It's uncleanliness for her. She has to confess that to her husband before they are married if she's did that. If not and her husband finds it out later, he has a right to put her away, because she took a false vow. For the Bible said, "Be it well..." or ritual says. "Be it well known to you (I have it in mine) if any couples are joined otherwise than God's Word does allow, their marriage is not lawful. I will require and will charge you both as you'll surely answer in the day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, if either of you know any impediment why you should not be lawful joined together, do you now confess it." There you are. See?

So fornication is what a girl, when she lives unclean, that's fornication, 'cause she has no husband. But when she's married, and then when she lives like that, she commits adultery against her husband.

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  62-0527

699-36    ...

Is a brother or sister in the Lord, can marry or remarry and be free, if they leave their companion to remarry again?

No. Now, let's take... begin at the 10th verse:

... unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord,... (See?)... Let not the wife depart from her husband: (See?)

But... if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. (That's the Commandments of the Lord. See?)

But to the rest speak I, not the Lord:... (See?)... if any brother hath a wife that believeth not,...

Now, watch his subject. See? And you read on down in before this, on through the chapter you find that they thought, "If we married a wife and she was... we... I got married and I become a believer, and my wife wasn't a believer, let me put her away." Oh, no. That isn't it. You can't do that. See, see?

... if any brother has a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. (That's, not because of marriage; that's because of unbelief. Not "remarry" again. See, stay with her.)

And if the woman which hath a husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. (That's right. See?)

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart...

Now, if the unbeliever says, "I'm not going to live with you any longer; you've become a Christian." To... A man tells his wife, "Because you've got saved, and going to get out of the world where we was once in, I'm going to leave you." Now, there ain't nothing you can do about it; let him depart. See?

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  62-0527

700-40    Or the woman say to her husband, "I'm not going to mix up with that bunch of holy-rollers. I'm not going to do this. I'll separate and leave you." Don't you leave the church, you let her leave. See?

A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such case, that is, if your companion is putting you away and wants to depart for it. You don't have to just hold onto them. If they're wanting to leave you and they're going to leave you for the cause of Christ, let them leave. But you can't remarry. "But God has called us unto peace." See? Now, not that you can remarry again; he's already stated that, but you don't have to live with an unbelieving husband or an unbelieving wife if they are not willing.

 

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  62-0527

700-42    If they're willing, say, "Now, you go on to church. Now, if you want to go down there, that's your business. You want to go to your church, you go ahead. For me, I don't believe It. And I--I'll do anything for you; I'll not stand in your way, you go ahead," then you just remain there, knowing not that your sanctified life will sanctify that believer, cause them to believe. See? Either side, man or woman... See? You...

But now just to say, "I... Brother Branham, I got married and my wife's an unbeliever, and here's a sister over here I can marry. I'm going to leave this one and marry that one." Oh, no. No, indeedy. Your vow is until death you separate, and there's nothing else in the world will permit you to marry in the Bible until your companion is dead. That's right. The only grounds... There's no remarrying nowhere at all, except a dead companion. That's all. See?

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  62-0527

700-44    You can't make It contradict Itself. So just read the verses before and after, and you'll catch then what he's talking about. Now, this means here, not... See?

Does this mean a sister or a brother is free to remarry?

No, sir. See, he explained that first. See:

... unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband:... (See?)

There's no such things as any believer ever being reconciled to remarriage again, with a living companion.

 

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.2_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  64-0823E

1037-197    And of... And little lady, if you promised to marry that boy, you're obligated to do it. If you marry another after that obligation, you will--from now on anyhow--you'll be living in adultery. And notice, the same thing to a boy promising to marry a woman...

Don't you make your vow to anybody 'less you mean to stick with it. Remember, there's the Bible for it. Joseph promised to marry Mary. And God said that that was...

Read the Old Testament laws on that. See? The Old Testament law, if you promised to marry a woman, and you married another one, you was committing adultery; and it throwed you out of the camp. Yes, sir. You have to keep your vows when you promise a woman that. She's a sacred little vessel, and that's to bring child life into the world again. So when you promise her, you must marry her.

 

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  62-0527

698-Q-169    169. Now, I Corinthians, 7th chapter, 15th verse. Now, the question they asked: Brother Branham, does this mean a sister or a brother is free to remarry?

No. See, you don't get his question there and what he's saying. They're not free. See, that would make a contradiction in the Scripture, and the Scriptures doesn't contradict themselves at all.

 

HEBREWS.CHAPTER.SIX.2_  JEFF.IN  HEB  SUNDAY_  57-0908E

305      I could run out and be gone all the time, just gadding about over the country, and let her half starve, or anything, let the children go without something to eat; we're still married. If she even divorces me, I'm still married, long as there's life in my body. I took that vow, "Till death we separate." That's right. We're still married. But, yet, I make a poor excuse of a husband. She'd make a poor excuse as a wife. So if we love one another, we stick together and pull the load, together.

 

FELLOWSHIP_  MIDDLETOWN.OH  SATURDAY_  60-0611B

E-18    …

You cannot be married without an agreement. You cannot have a wife without some kind of an agreement. And that agreement is based upon your vow.

You cannot have fellowship with God without coming to God's agreement. And there's a basic thing for fellowship, and that's the Blood, the Blood only. It's been God's way from the beginning, and it will be till the end. The only place of fellowship is through the Blood.

 

THE.UNCERTAIN.SOUND_  JEFF.IN  V-26 N-19  SUNDAY_  55-0731

80    And the first thing you know, something takes a hold of her. She becomes attracted to another man. Why, he's a very attractive man. He's more attractive than her husband. And something happens into her, that she feels she falls in love with this man.

Now, listen. Way down deep in her soul, the Word of God begins to boil up, and says, "You are wrong. Your vow is that you'll stick to this man until death shall separate you, no matter what he looks like."

 

ONENESS_  JEFF.IN  V-10 N-2  SUNDAY_  62-0211

18    And it is the only grounds of fellowship that God has ever laid down for Himself and His church, is the oneness of Himself in the people. That's the only grounds of fellowship. And the only way that you can have those grounds is by a union to be united with Him forever. Just like when you unite with your husband, the woman to unite with her husband, it is a vow until death. Now, then when you unite with God, it's the same thing that the church united with Christ, it's until death we part. And then if you never sin or do anything wrong, you'll be eternally united with God. And only death can take you away from God, and not physical death, but the sin of death. Sin is death, and that takes you away from God. So to be united with Him in the Spirit of His power is Eternal Life; you're eternally united with God. Oh, I want to get to that after a bit. United eternally with the eternal God, perfectly in harmony with Him, perfectly united together, a church that all, both God and His church is one, united together.

 

THE.CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_  LA.CA  V-2 N-28  THURSDAY_  65-0429E

46      Now, if the spiritual or... The natural is a type of the spiritual. Then, the choosing of a bride, in the natural, is a type of choosing a Bride, the Bride, in the spiritual.

47    Now, it's a serious thing when we go to choose a wife, a man, for the vows here is until death do we part. That's how we should keep it. And you take that vow before God, that only death will separate you ….

THE.CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_  LA.CA  V-2 N-28  THURSDAY_  65-0429E

51      And if we would study what we're doing when we're going to get married, when we choose our wife, our husband, if we'd study it over! A man should pray earnestly, for he could ruin his entire life. Remember, the vow is "until death do we part," and he could ruin his life by making the wrong choice. But if he knows what, he making the wrong choice and is marrying a woman that isn't fit to be his wife, and he does it anyhow, then it's his fault. If the woman takes a husband and knows that he's not fit to be a husband to you, then that's your own fault, after you know what's right and wrong. So, you shouldn't do it until you thoroughly pray through.

 

WE.HAVE.SEEN.HIS.STAR.AND.HAVE.COME.TO.WORSHIP.HIM_  TUCSON.AZ  V-13 N-8  MONDAY_  63-1216

66    Now I'd like to pass this on, before we go further. "Espousing," in the East, was the same as marriage, is betrothal. As soon as they--as they were espoused, they were married. When that sacred vow between them was taken, read Deuteronomy 22:23, and you'll find out that when this woman and man agreed to be married (yet they did not take the vows for months later), if they even broke that vow, they were guilty of adultery. That's right. When they was espoused, they were just the same as marriage. The law had not given them rights to live together as husband and wife yet, but before God, when they promised one another, their words were sealed in God's Kingdom. And, to break that, was just committing adultery. And now Joseph was "espoused" to Mary. If minister brothers, if you'd study that right good, it'd clear you up on this marriage-and-divorce case that's so--so hard and different amongst the people today. Now notice Joseph, her husband, being a just man, see, now we find out that this could not be broken.

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.2_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  64-0823E

1036-Q-313    313. Brother Branham, what is the meaning of an annulment? Are people free to marry or is this just another word for divorce? I would like some information on this.

Sure they're married. As long as they take that vow, they're married. Just like a boy, if a boy promises a girl to marry her under good faith, he's obligated to that girl. He's just as good as married her. The only thing the law does, is give you a--a bill of rights to live together to keep from being common-law husband and wife. But when a man tells a woman, "I will marry you, Honey; I will take you for my wife. Will you take..." he's married.

Your vow is sacred; that's what marries you anyhow. There's not no preacher can marry you, no magistrate, or nothing else; it's your own vow to God and to this man. When you promise, you are married.

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.2_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  64-0823E

1036-195    Looky. You say, "Brother Branham, is that...? You say... You said you'd only answer that by the Bible." Did you want the Bible on it…

"Joseph, her husband, being a just man (her espoused husband, already called her husband)... Joseph, her husband, being a just man, was 'mindedly' to put her away privately on this wise; but before they came together, she was found with a child of the Holy Ghost. (See?) And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and saying, 'Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee, Mary, thy wife.'" Already married, he'd already promised her.

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.2_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  64-0823E

1037-197    And of... And little lady, if you promised to marry that boy, you're obligated to do it. If you marry another after that obligation, you will--from now on anyhow--you'll be living in adultery. And notice, the same thing to a boy promising to marry a woman...

Don't you make your vow to anybody 'less you mean to stick with it. Remember, there's the Bible for it. Joseph promised to marry Mary. And God said that that was...

Read the Old Testament laws on that. See? The Old Testament law, if you promised to marry a woman, and you married another one, you was committing adultery; and it throwed you out of the camp. Yes, sir. You have to keep your vows when you promise a woman that. She's a sacred little vessel, and that's to bring child life into the world again. So when you promise her, you must marry her.

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.3_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  64-0830M

1095-156    The question was asked the other day, "Was a annulment--annulment--an annulment the same as a divorce?" See? When you ask me those questions, friend, you don't know what that does to me. I've got many friends setting here that's married two or three times. Did you realize I'm talking to my own son, Billy Paul? Would I spare Billy Paul? No, indeedy. Billy Paul got married to some little girl, and come up, and said, "Daddy, I'm going to get married."

I was washing my car; I said, "Butt your head against the wall," just kept on washing my car like that.

He said, "I'm going to get married."

I said, "Oh, go on," just kept on like that. He goes around and tells his mother, and his mother laughed at him. You know what he done? Run off with some little kid still in common school and got married. We annulled the wedding, the father of this girl and myself. We annulled the wedding, but he was married just the same. He's my boy setting here listening at me now. That's exactly.

He come to me with the girl that he lives with now, my daughter-in-law. My little grandson... He said, "Daddy will you marry me?"

I said, "By no means." That's my own son. You think that don't cut me to the core when I packed him in my arms and done everything I could do, and I've been both father and mother to him? You think that don't kill me to say that? But it's the truth. Certainly. My boy setting here listening at... My daughter-in-law and my little grandson setting right here now... But I tell him it's wrong (See?), because I've got to. I'm duty bound to that Word.

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.3_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  64-0830M

1096-160    And I say, you got married by a magistrate? You should've been married by the church, by the minister. That's the decent thing to do for a Christian. But being that you have already made that promise, and vow, and been married twenty-one years ago, I think it's all right.

You say, "Well I..."

The question might be, "Should I come and be married again?" If you wish to. Don't have nothing in your mind that bothers your faith, 'cause if anything's there, you can't go no further than right there; you stop right there. When that question mark come, that's where you end, right there. But I, for me it would be all right.

The man that baptized me in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ finally run me out of the church, because I wouldn't agree with him on women preachers. That didn't make me be rebaptized again. See? Surely not. See? That's all right.

 

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.3_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  64-0830M

1097-165    And I'd be a hypocrite if I stood here because my own son setting here that was promised to a girl, and I said... If--if he never even had the ceremony said over him, no matter if he ever lived with the woman, or slept with her, the girl, or whatever it was, when he made that vow, he's married, Billy Paul or no Billy Paul. That's exactly the truth. He's married when he made that promise. If it's me, it's the same.

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.3_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  64-0830M

1095-Q-342    342. We--we were married twenty-one years ago by the justice of the peace. Was--was it wrong?

Yes, it was wrong for you to do that. Marriage belongs in the house of God. But being that you are married, here's when you're really married: you're married when you vow one to the other, when you promise one another that you're, that you'll take one another. The justice of peace could give you license; that's legal terms of living together as husband and wife without being common law husband and wife. But when you promise this girl and this--you promise that man that you'll live true to him, and you take him to be your husband, you're married then. You remember, I explained that last week, I believe it was. See? When you promise her... See?

Even in the old--in the old Bible, if a man was betrothed to a maid, and... You know the laws on that. Why, it was just the same as an adultery. Certainly was, when he promised, that was it.

WEDDING.CEREMONY_  JEFF.IN  SATURDAY_  65-0220X

E-4    Almighty God, the great Creator of all things, the Author of everlasting Life, and the Giver of all good gifts, when Thou didst see fit to give man a present, You gave him a wife. It is written, "He that has found a wife, has found a good thing." And as we stand this afternoon, after many thousands of years, our mind is brought back to the time that the first ceremony was ever performed, it was by You, Father, in the garden of Eden, when You married our father and mother, Adam and Eve, and to this day man has taken to him a wife.

Father, we pray that You will bless this young man and this young woman, who has found love in their hearts, one to the other. And in the reckless age that we are now living, so many divorces, break-ups in homes, may it not be with this couple. May they remember this vow as long as they live! May there be no powers to ever separate them! I pray Thee, Father, as You did bless Isaac and Rebekah, and made them ever happy in their lives, and they were fruitful, [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] we pray that You will likewise do to this young man and this young lady, who have agreed upon this, talked it over with each other in secret, and now has come to the church and this company, to offer their troth, one to the other, and has so did and declared it in this public place.

 

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.3_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  64-0830M

1100-181    But now on the case of marriage and divorce,….

and after they made their vows to live true to one another, only death would separate them, they put their arms around one another, kissed each other, turned around and walked out smiling. He said, "Just a moment." He said, "I'm kinda curious; I'm a stranger." Said, "You all getting married?"

Said, "Yes."

"Without a preacher?"

He said, "No." Said, "We been married forty years." He said, "We got married right here at this altar forty years ago, and every year we come back and renew our vows." That's a good idea. See?

But as far as married, when you promise her, she takes your word; you take her word; and God takes both your word.

 

THE.CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_  LA.CA  V-2 N-28  THURSDAY_  65-0429E

46      Now, if the spiritual or... The natural is a type of the spiritual. Then, the choosing of a bride, in the natural, is a type of choosing a Bride, the Bride, in the spiritual.

47    Now, it's a serious thing when we go to choose a wife, a man, for the vows here is until death do we part. That's how we should keep it. And you take that vow before God, that only death will separate you.

 

THE.CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_  LA.CA  V-2 N-28  THURSDAY_  65-0429E

46      Now, if the spiritual or... The natural is a type of the spiritual. Then, the choosing of a bride, in the natural, is a type of choosing a Bride, the Bride, in the spiritual.

47    Now, it's a serious thing when we go to choose a wife, a man, for the vows here is until death do we part. That's how we should keep it. And you take that vow before God, that only death will separate you.

 

THE.CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_  LA.CA  V-2 N-28  THURSDAY_  65-0429E

51      And if we would study what we're doing when we're going to get married, when we choose our wife, our husband, if we'd study it over! A man should pray earnestly, for he could ruin his entire life. Remember, the vow is "until death do we part," and he could ruin his life by making the wrong choice. But if he knows what, he making the wrong choice and is marrying a woman that isn't fit to be his wife, and he does it anyhow, then it's his fault. If the woman takes a husband and knows that he's not fit to be a husband to you, then that's your own fault, after you know what's right and wrong. So, you shouldn't do it until you thoroughly pray through.

INVESTMENTS_  SHREVEPORT.LA  SATURDAY_  62-1124B

... He said, "Go, get your husband and come here."

It surprised her. She said, "Well, I don't have any husband." See, she lived in a denomination, let them marry and everything else, and remarry, and... See? Said, "I have no husband."

THE.CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_  LA.CA  V-2 N-28  THURSDAY_  65-0429E

 

88    Doc said, "Well, my brother is a preacher, and--and he--he may marry you." He said, "He never charges people for things like that."

He said, "Will you ask him if he'll marry me?"

89      Well, that night my brother asked me. I said, "If he's never been married before, either one of them, and their everything is all right." He said, "Well, yeah, I'll ask him." And I said, "If it is, tell him, come on down."

 

THE.QUEEN.OF.SHEBA_  TIFTON.GA  SUNDAY_  60-0110

E-26    …

Did you notice they said, "Sir, we would seek a sign of thee." Now, listen at him. And if some critic might get a hold of it, they put a wicked and a--an evil, and an adulterous generation seeks after signs. If that prophesy was ever fulfilled, it's today. When did we ever have more evil and an adulterous generation? When the divorce courts are full of marriage and divorcing, marrying and giving in marriage, Jesus said it would be. A Reno, Nevada, leading people, they had four or five different times, just leave wives and marry another one, and leave a husband and marry another one. Just like... Worse than animals. When was there a more evil and an adulterous generation?

 

MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_  JEFF.IN  V-3 N-13  SUNDAY_  65-0221M

57      This Scripture, this question, confronted Jesus at the very beginning of His ministry. And it confronted Moses at the very beginning of his ministry. It's a foremost question in believers' hearts. The sinner doesn't care. But it's to believers, because the believer is trying to do all that he knows how to do to live right before God. Therefore it, any question comes up on religion, then the Marriage And Divorce case comes up, (why?) because it is the cause of the original sin. That's where sin started. And that's the reason it's brought up every time, because it is the very beginning of sin.

IS.YOUR.LIFE.WORTHY.OF.THE.GOSPEL_  JEFF.IN  V-5 N-5  SUNDAY_  63-0630E

141    Then, if you say, "Well, I'm a good member of the church." That don't have one thing to do with It.

I know the heathen. Down in Africa, amongst my dark brethren down there, I find the morals of them people higher than--than ninety percent of the American people. Why, in some of the tribes there, if a young girl …. And when she's married, she's tested for her virginity. If the little virgin veil is broke, then she has to tell who done it. And they kill them both, together. Wouldn't there be a lot of killing in America if that taken place? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] See? Then you call them heathens? Oh, my! They can come teach people, that call themselves church members, how to live clean. That's right.

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS_  JEFF.IN  COD  SUNDAY_  59-0628E

40-187    A woman come not long ago, and she said, "Oh, I've confessed all that." She was nervous, and had a breakdown, and said, "I confessed all that to God."

I said, "You have to confess it to your husband. It wasn't God that you committed adultery against; it was your husband." That's right.

And if a man marries a woman and she has lived unclean before she marries him, and then she comes to him, if they've been married ever so long, and then she comes to him and says, "Honey, I want to tell you something. I did run out with another man; I never told you," Jesus said he has a right to put her away and marry another, because they're not married in the beginning, 'cause she falsely told a--a lie against him.

THE.INVISIBLE.UNION.OF.THE.BRIDE.OF.CHRIST_  SHP.LA  V-2 N-15  THURSDAY_  65-1125

83      I want to name three things here that she must not get away from. Now, I'm speaking, keep the church in mind while I'm speaking this to the natural woman, as Paul is here, in 7th chapter of Romans.

84    She has a sacred trust of virtue committed to her by her Lord, a certain virtue. Nothing else holds it but a woman. Right. That's committed to her by God. She must not defile that virtue. [ unquote : her veil of virginity ]

85    If she even does something wrong, she must confess that to her husband before he takes her, and make it right. The same as the church that was married to the law, has to come also before Christ, before the second marriage. She has to confess that. If she doesn't, and she lives with her husband for ten years and then confess it, he has a right to put her away and marry another woman. That's the Scripture. Fornication is unclean living.

86    "Joseph, fear not, take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." He was minded to put her away privately, see, after he'd already engaged to her. When you're engaged to her, as far as God is concerned, you're married to her.

 So your engagement, in God's eyes, is a binding vow even though you cannot live together until you have been married legally in the eyes of the Law. The wedding ceremony is when man gives you permission to live together.