Matthew 19. Present events reflect the future
7 of the 10 commandments reveal the 7 church ages. Pagan Rome died but resurrected again as the Roman Catholic church
- The sea represents the restless nations and people
- Pagan Rome died but rose again as the Roman Catholic church
- The New Testament never promised us the Voice of God
- Blaspheme the Holy Ghost and the Word leaves you
- After a legal marriage, you cannot divorce and re-marry
- The 144000 will be the protectors of the Bride
- The little children represent the end-time Bride
- The last 7 of the 10 Commandments reveal the 7 church ages
- To follow Jesus, go outside the church as that is where He is
- No preacher in the 7th church age is infallible
- Only the Bible is the Voice of God
The sea represents the restless nations and people
The sea in different parts of the world is interlinked by vast and complex currents. What happens in one part of the world affects those currents which carry these effects to different parts of the world to change things there.
Similarly, the spiritual consequences of our actions can produce results in future times as well as different places.
Thus, God sees people as a restless sea where we are connected by our actions and other people’s reactions to what we did and how we affected them.
The Jews came back from their captivity in Babylon and rebuilt the Temple in Judaea.
God intended Judaea to be an island of truth in the midst of a sea of Gentile nations.
We, humans, work in 3-dimensional space and cannot see the effects of our actions and beliefs on the future as we can see space but we cannot see time. God, however, works in space and time as He maps out the future and gives us clues if we are spiritual enough to discern what He is pointing to.
We cannot be truly spiritual unless we confine ourselves to being strictly Scriptural.
Only then can we trace the deep spiritual currents of the Word that move through the restless masses of people and nations.
REVELATION 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
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.
God sees the peoples and nations as a restless sea that are swept around by the fashionable currents of the opinions and ambitions of their leaders.
EXODUS 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Pharaoh and his chariot men were inspired by antichrist spirits. They hated the Jews and tried to kill the Jewish children.
The song of Moses identified the real enemy as being the antichrist spirits, not Pharaoh and his army.
Pharaoh and his army were willing to be used by those wrong spirits. Then Pharaoh finally decided to slaughter all the Jews as he chased after them. The Egyptian army made the fatal mistake of following a one-man-leader called Pharaoh who was opposing the truth that Moses taught.
These antichrist spirits were represented by a rider on a horse of religious deception.
The Egyptian magicians Jannes and Jambres could perform some of the supernatural but they resisted the truth of Moses. Demonstrating supernatural power did not make them right with God.
Resisting the truth and destroying those who believe the truth is the aim of antichrist spirits.
Pharaoh and his men drowned in the Red Sea. But they were not the horse and his rider. Pharaoh and his men rode on chariots that were each pulled by two horses. They did not ride on the horses.
So, this last verse tells us that these antichrist spirits, represented by the horse and his rider, led Pharaoh to his doom and then disappeared. As Pharaoh drowned in the natural sea, the antichrist spirits vanished into the restless sea of the Gentile nations that Daniel tracked with his metallic Gentile image until he got to the legs of iron that represented the pagan Roman Empire.
A spiritual horse and his rider went into the sea of nations and mutated to form a far more deadly seven-headed beast or power that John saw in Revelation Chapter 13. This horrible mutation arose out of the sea of people as the pagan Roman empire that would conquer Israel in 63 BC. Judaea was in danger. If they opposed Rome, they would be crushed. If they submitted to Rome then they could carry on with their Jewish Temple worship as long as they accepted the Roman emperor, called Caesar, as their king. But then they would have to reject their Messiah Who is the real King of the Jews.
When the Jews rejected Jesus and chose to use the Romans to kill the Messiah, then they set off a spiritual earthquake. The sea of Roman Gentiles would backlash on them about 38 years later in a vicious tidal wave that would destroy the city and the Temple.
The Jews demanded that Jesus be killed because they claimed that the Roman Caesar or Emperor was their king.
JOHN 19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
That was a bad mistake. Rome killed their King, Jesus. They called the Roman emperor their king to gain favour with him. But the Roman Emperor, called Caesar, would end up destroying them, their city, and their Temple. So much for making the devil your king.
Time is unseen which is why we cannot predict the future. We can just know that something will happen. We do not know when. But every spiritual action will have a spiritual reaction, someday.
Pagan Rome died but rose again as the Roman Catholic church
REVELATION 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
REVELATION 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
The seven heads point to the seven hills of Rome that the city of pagan Rome was originally built on.
The pagan Roman Empire with its headquarters on the Capitoline Hill, rose up to power over all the conquered nations. The Roman army made up from soldiers from all over the empire would march into Israel and in a mad rage, they destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. Over 1 million Jews were killed in AD 70. That was a vicious counter-current that the Jewish leaders had never foreseen when they killed their Messiah.
But then another spiritual current was flowing.
Salvation crossed-over into the feet of the Gentile image which then represented the 7 church ages.
The Roman Empire was destroyed by the barbarians, but on its ruins the pagan Roman spirit that hated the Jews was resurrected up as the Roman Catholic church. Daniel saw the Roman Catholic church as the bits of iron in the feet of the image because the Catholic church is the only pagan Roman organization that survived the downfall of the pagan Roman Empire.
The pagan antichrist spirits were thus able to enter the church and seek to destroy it from within by establishing the rising power of the Pope as the head of the churches.
REVELATION 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
A woman is a church. The Catholic church controls these vicious mutating antichrist spirits with all their variations that influence the increasing number of Protestant churches.
This is the same beast that represented the pagan Roman Empire. But now the beast is scarlet. Scarlet is the colour worn by cardinals who rule the Roman Catholic church. This awful antichrist influence is now under the control of the Catholic church.
The Pope has finally picked up the vast political and religious power that the Roman emperor once held.
REVELATION 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
The Capitoline Hill was the headquarters of the pagan Roman Empire. This pagan Roman power was destroyed by the barbarians in AD 470. This was a wound that killed the power of the pagan Roman Empire. Then the Catholic Church with its headquarters in the Lateran Palace on the Caelian Hill rose to power.
Vatican City, the church, now rides in control of the original seven hills. The Lateran Palace on the Caelian Hill is the official headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
The deadly wound recovered as Satan, having attacked the church from outside using the pagan Roman Empire, now attacked the church from within by using the Roman Catholic church's claim to be the head church and mother church of all the other churches.
Satan always wants to be in charge. He wants to be like God. He is always trying to put some man in the place of God.
In 1870 the Pope claimed to be infallible and that error entered the church. Claiming that some man is infallible is a Catholic spirit.
The New Testament never promised us the Voice of God
63-0630 THE THIRD EXODUS
Listen to the Bible, the Voice of God calling to you in this day.
Today message people claim that brother Branham is infallible and the Voice of God.
Thus they use his quotes to replace or stand in the place of God's Word, the King James Bible.
62-1007 THE KEY TO THE DOOR
That's what gets things scrupled up, you see. That, they claim in here that some brethren up there that said that I sent them up there, and they're preaching that men should leave their wives and hunt for their spiritual mate, and that I am perfectly infallible. That there's nothing... And, oh, some of the awfullest things you ever heard.
A time of great danger and darkness will be wrapped around the church world.
THE EHESIAN CHURCH AGE
I said that the True Church would always try to be like it was in the Book of Acts. That is exactly right. But we have discovered that the Word also teaches an invasion of the error until there is a complete blackout of truth in the last day when the Lord is about to appear.
II THESSALONIANS 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
This started in AD 325 when the Roman Emperor Constantine exerted authority over the church and forced them to accept the Trinity doctrine.
The Bible ceased to be the Voice of God.
Man-made quotes and opinions took over people's minds.
This unscriptural Trinity belief opened the floodgates to more unscriptural beliefs. We were never asked to celebrate Christ’s birth and the 25th December was the birthday of the Roman sun god. But Christians regard Christmas (an unscriptural word) as their most important festival. That indicates how little importance Christians attach to being Scriptural.
In the previous Chapter of Matthew, Jesus had just been talking about people being forgiving.
We all need to be more forgiving because very few will have the truth at the end and it will be embarrassing for us to condemn people for their wrong beliefs when we also have wrong beliefs.
MATTHEW 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The end-time will see much error running rampant through the churches.
Most Christians are complacently asleep in their unscriptural church traditions. They do not want to be disturbed. Their main focus is to defend their comfortable church by condemning anyone who wants to be strictly Scriptural.
Unwilling to accept correction, church-goers slide into the increasing darkness of Bible-illiteracy. They no longer know how to prove their beliefs just by joining Bible verses together.
Blaspheme the Holy Ghost and the Word leaves you
Herod had killed John the Baptist. That was basically blaspheming the Holy Ghost because John was Spirit-filled.
Blaspheme the Holy Ghost and the Word will leave you. So, Jesus is now on His last journey. He must leave the two territories that Herod ruled, Galilee and Perea.
If you blaspheme the Holy Ghost you lose the ability to understand Scripture. Jesus thus left Galilee for the last time as Herod ruled Galilee. Then Jesus went to Perea, which Herod also ruled. Once Jesus left Perea, which is called the region beyond Jordan, then the Word would have finally departed from Herod and his territories.
Herod would be exiled about 9 years later by the Roman emperor Caligula. The dismal fate of one who rejected and opposed God’s Plan. He and his wife died alone and unnoticed in some remote spot.
MATTHEW 19:1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
“Departed from Galilee” implies the Word of God departed from Herod who was the ruler of Galilee.
The lower green area on the map is called Perea. Here it is called the coasts of Judaea that are beyond Jordan from Jerusalem’s point of view.
"Coasts". This makes Judaea sound like an island that is surrounded by a sea of Nations. The restless multitudes of nations and peoples are represented by waters. A major disruption is like a spiritual earthquake in the spiritual sea that will cause a huge backlash of events like a tidal wave. The Jews thought that they in AD 33 could use the Romans under governor Pontius Pilate to kill Jesus. Killing an innocent Man was iniquity.
Then came their major sin as they yelled out in the Judgement Hall of Pontius Pilate that they would accept the blame for this unfair death sentence.
MATTHEW 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
That fatal error of theirs set up a massive disruption of the spiritual currents. The Jews thus had to pay for this enormous injustice towards an innocent Man. They did not realize that the dreaded army legions made up of men from the huge Roman Empire would engulf Judaea and Jerusalem like a tidal wave in AD 70, under the Roman general Titus.
Then, because of their great transgression, the Jews were scattered throughout the world as they were banished from Israel.
MATTHEW 19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
Before the end of His life came, Jesus held a great healing campaign.
This also reflected in the last church age at the time when the churches determined to destroy the revelation of the mysteries of the King James Bible as the Absolute truth.
The modern churches would try hard to stop the last church age of the little children at the end time from turning back to the Bible beliefs of the apostolic fathers from the first church age.
The final Gentile prophet, William Branham, who revealed these mysteries was famous for his great supernatural healing campaigns.
But the churches rejected his appeals for them to become more Scriptural.
57-0908 HEBREWS CHAPTER FIVE AND SIX.1
Show me by the Bible what's greater, in the Bible, than a local elder to a local church? That's right, yes, sir, the sovereignty of the local church, each church in itself.
The early churches of the first church age were run by elders but the end-time churches are run by a one-man-is-the-boss leader. As a result, Jesus stands outside all the churches at the end time.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
If the Word of truth is outside the church then error must rule in the church.
Jesus, as the Head of the church, stands outside the church so nobody inside the church can claim to be the head of the church.
After a legal marriage, you cannot divorce and re-marry
One of the greatest errors in the end-time church is the desire of people to divorce and re-marry. That means they cannot keep their own word as they took a solemn vow that marriage was until death parted them. If they cannot keep their own word, they certainly have no great desire to keep God’s Word.
MATTHEW 19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
The religious leaders tried to trap Jesus by asking Him about the big problem of divorce and remarriage.
This would be a huge issue at the end-time.
As God tries to get His Bride to focus on the Great Wedding Supper that will happen in Heaven after the rapture, so Satan inspires men and women to seek for excuses to divorce and re-marry.
Divorce is not a suitable preparation for the future Wedding Supper.
MATTHEW 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
God made men and women to be different. They were to be united in marriage.
At the end-time, the churches would condone gay rights and same-sex marriages. LGBT rights would blur the difference between men and women. Woman would cut their hair short and wear long pants to look like men. The world tries hard to make no difference between male and female. Unisex is the modern theme as if there are no physical gender differences.
The closest family bonds that we know as we grow up are towards our fathers and mothers. But in marriage, a man must leave father and mother. If he has to move away from the closest family bond that he knows, then the marriage bond to his wife must be even closer and more binding than the bond he has to his parents.
“Cleave to his wife”. United in a way that never wants to be separated.
“One flesh”. Their interests and intentions are the same. A partnership that will endure everything life throws at them, both success and failure, as they support and comfort each other.
The love between a man and his wife should be deeper than the love between parents and children.
MATTHEW 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
It takes a man and a woman to produce a child that is the same as them. God allowed marriage so that the children who would form the future Jewish nation and Gentile church would be born. To break up a marriage would be self-defeating and against the very purpose of marriage.
God condemns anyone who splits up a legal marriage. Woe to him.
Equally, God condemns anyone who marries a divorced person who had been previously legally married.
Jesus used 7 church ages to produce a Bride.
The seven church ages that spread over 2000 years of church history had only one purpose and that was to produce a Bride for Jesus Christ of many born-again members.
The marriage supper of the Lamb is the main focus of church history. The unity of Christ and the church is most important as the people develop the mind of Christ so that they can understand the mysteries of Scripture. Jesus wants our thinking to totally agree with what He thought when He wrote the Bible verses. He wants us to regard God’s Word, the King James Bible, as our Absolute.
I CORINTHIANS 2:16 … But we have the mind of Christ.
The church will only work if Christ 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.
The church during the seven church ages forms the Body of believers. Only Christ can save this Body of believers.
But today human leaders have been elevated to be the head of each church. This blurs the difference between Christ and the human leader. Then a man’s quotes are elevated to be equal or more important than Scripture which are the words of Jesus. Then the church is no longer in complete subjection to her Head and Husband, Jesus.
There has to be a clear difference between Christ the Head and any man who is a member of His Body.
MATTHEW 19:7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
The Jewish religious leaders then claimed that Moses had allowed people to get a divorce.
MATTHEW 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
Jesus replied that divorce is simply a sign of a man’s hard heart and lack of love. The man must not be surprised when God treats him the same way on Judgement Day.
On that day we will get treated the way we treated others.
The secret of marriage depends on how it was “in the beginning”.
Adam and Eve. One man and one wife. No divorce.
When Eve sinned, Adam loved her so much that he sinned in order to stay with her. He trusted that God would find a way back for them. God did that when He slew animals to make blood-soaked skins to cover them as they left Eden “under the blood”.
When we sinned, God loved us so much that He became a Man and then took our sin on Himself so that He could forgive us and we then had a way to stay with Him.
Total love. Great sacrifice. Readiness to forgive. These were the basis for marriage.
We must get back to the ideals of marriage that were demonstrated at the beginning in Eden.
One man and one wife only.
MATTHEW 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Fornication is sex before marriage. A woman must be a virgin when she gets married, which is why God gives a woman a veil of virginity. If she does not confess this to her future husband before she gets married, then she has taken a false vow. That means that her marriage vow is not valid and thus her husband is free to leave her as he is not bound by a false vow.
Unconfessed sin. The only grounds that make a marriage vow invalid.
But if he is lawfully married to a virgin then he can never break that vow by divorcing her and marrying another.
Any person, male or female, who has been lawfully married and then gets divorced cannot get married to another person. If they do, that person is simply living in adultery.
If a woman is not a virgin and confesses that to her husband-to-be before they are married and he forgives her, then their marriage vow is valid and cannot be broken.
MATTHEW 19:10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
So many people are divorced and remarried, due to the slack standards of the churches, that they are living in adultery while they think that they are serving God. It would have been better for them never to have married.
In discussing marriage, Jesus is actually referring to His marriage to His Bride, the true church.
There must be no unconfessed sin on our part. That is why Repentance is the basis of our relationship with Jesus.
Then follows baptism in the name of Jesus Christ as this is the only way that we as individuals can take on the name of our Husband, Jesus.
ACTS 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Once you are married to Jesus you cannot be married to your church as well. That is adultery.
Never listen to what a church says or what the one-man-head-of-the-church says if it is different to what the Bible says.
You have to have the desire to be Scriptural and the courage to disagree.
We cannot be the Bride of Christ unless we regard the King James Bible as our Absolute and infallible Guide. Then no other man from our age can be infallible. A church body cannot have two heads. Only Christ is the true Head of the church.
MATTHEW 19:11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
A eunuch is a man who never gets married. Thus, he can spend more of his life serving God as he does not have to spend time keeping his wife happy. He will gain a greater reward in Heaven as he was able to do more for God.
MATTHEW 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
Some men have no desire to marry and are thus effectively born as eunuchs as they prefer the single life to the married life, of their own free will. All the men who divorced and remarried would have been far better off if they had never married in the first place. Many men marry and then have a very unhappy marriage. They too would have been better off if they had stayed single. Many men are destroyed by being married to an unfaithful or greedy wife. A domineering wife can condemn a man to a wretched existence. Marriage has to be carefully considered because it can so easily go wrong. All too often, a man marries and then his wife leaves him. Often, it is better not to marry.
Some men were chosen to look after and protect the members of a king’s harem (his collection of wives) and they were castrated to make them eunuchs. They then are forced to have no relationship with any woman.
The 144000 will be the protectors of the Bride
There is a special group, the 144000 Jews. They are spiritual eunuchs in that they must protect and look after the members of the Bride of Christ, especially when they come down for the battle of Armageddon.
REVELATION 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.
These spiritual eunuchs have no relationship with any woman, any church. They are not involved with the end-time churches that reject or distort the revelation of the mysteries of the Bible. These are Jews who will only believe the Scriptures.
The 144000 Jews will be taught by Moses and Elijah during the Tribulation time.
Having referred to this group of 144000 who will be guided by Moses and Elijah when the Tribulation starts, Jesus now refers to the little children who are the Bride at the end-time. The last day Bride and Moses and Elijah are linked by the 7 Thunders that utter after the resurrection of the saints from the 7 church ages. These two prophets pick up the baton of truth that the living Bride will pass on as they get caught up to Heaven.
62-1230 IS THIS THE SIGN OF THE END SIR
Is that really them Seven Thunders, fixing to utter out something, that the little group that is gathered together will receive a Rapturing Faith, to go in the Rapture when He comes? "For we'll be changed," as quick as those Angels come, "in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye; and shall be caught up together with those that had sleep, to meet the Lord in the air."
We cannot be raptured in this present body. The 7 Thunders can only give us rapturing faith if they show us how to receive the great supernatural power that will change our bodies. Then only, can they give us rapturing faith.
The seven Thunders also unleash the great supernatural forces that can interrupt Nature and bestow this power on Moses and Elijah.
63-0321 THE FOURTH SEAL
Wait till them seven thunders utter their voices to that group who really can take the Word of God and hand it there. It'll slice and cut. And they can close the heavens; they can shut this or do that, whatever they want to. Glory.
He will be slayed by the Word that proceeds from His mouth; it's sharper than a two-edged sword. They could call for a hundred billion tons of flies if they wanted to. Amen. Whatever they say's going to happen, because it's the Word of God coming from the mouth of God. Amen.
God always... It's His Word, but He always uses man to work it. God could call for them flies down in Egypt, but He said, "Moses, that's your job. I'll just tell you what to do, and you go do it."
Elijah called for a three and a half year drought in the days of king Ahab. He will be able to do that again.
The little children represent the end-time Bride
MATTHEW 19:13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
The little children were considered to be a nuisance. The disciples did not want them to pester Jesus.
MATTHEW 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
But the disciples missed the deeper picture. The little children, who are a nuisance to the churches at the end time, are those end-time believers who want to be strictly Scriptural. They want to follow Jesus as the Word of God. They do not want to follow quotes and interpretations of quotes and thus end up following a man.
They want to follow the quotes of a man through the New Testament verses that were written by the apostolic fathers so that they end up proving what they believe just from the Bible. That way they follow Jesus, not the prophet who explained the Bible.
“Suffer little children”. The apostles are the fathers of the early church who gave us the New Testament.
We are the little children, right at the end, who have to be turned back to the beliefs of the apostolic fathers.
The word “suffer” also indicates that it is going to be a big struggle to get back to the original beliefs of the apostles. Why? Because the apostles focused on turning people to Christ and today people are turned to their church beliefs and become followers of their church pastors, not followers of Jesus and the King James Bible.
Remove modern-day Christians from their chosen church and they become helpless and scared to stand alone. Christians today find safety in the “herd-instinct” and rely on the group-opinion of their church. They have become so used to the one-man church leader telling them what to do and what to believe that they are terrified of having to think for themselves if they have to stand alone against their church. And yet, no Bible prophecy nor any parable that deals with the end-time church says anything good about any of our churches. Sadly, the Bible mentions no exceptions from the condemnation and criticism that is aimed at today’s churches. So the message-churches are also included in God's disapproval. All churches need a wake-up call to shake the people out of their man-made church-beliefs.
All the wise virgins were fast asleep. They represent saved and Spirit-filled people in the churches.
MATTHEW 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Midnight. A time of intense darkness caused by a lack of Scriptural proof for what people believe.
A wake-up call. "Go ye out. Get out of whatever church you are in".
“Suffer”. The journey back to the original faith will be painful and difficult.
MATTHEW 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me
“To come unto me”. We must prove what we believe by following the quotes through the Bible. We have to come back to Jesus as the Word of God. We must prove what we believe from Scripture.
But Jesus blessed the little children and then left.
So, individuals trying to understand the Bible mysteries and thus become Scriptural will be successful. It will be a tough experience but Jesus will bless your efforts, despite the rejection and difficulties in your path.
MATTHEW 19:15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
This is a preview of the end-time. The little children will struggle to get into the presence of the revealed mysteries of the Bible because church leaders inspire their followers to follow-the-leader and just believe his man-made opinions.
The disciples represented the church leaders and they were stopping the little children from trying to get to Jesus.
The disciples formed a personal opinion that Jesus did not want to be bothered by the little children. They were completely wrong.
This illustrates the sad fact that the end-time church, supposed to be the place of safety, had actually become a trap of deception that stops us from returning to Jesus as the revealed Word of God.
When the Bible disagrees with the churches, the Christians of today have no desire to follow Jesus as He is revealed in the Scriptures. Their safety lies in the church system. Despite there being 45000 different kinds of churches and denominations.
But some individuals, like those little children, will get a touch from Jesus which will change their beliefs by making them Scriptural and then will change their bodies at the end to make them immortal. Then Jesus will depart as He catches these individuals up to the Wedding Supper in Heaven.
This is often called the rapture.
So, who will be part of the rapture as the Bride members are caught up to heaven?
The relationship of Jesus with mankind is revealed in the 7 church ages that have lasted for the last 2000 years. This is the story of a strong Man Who has been seeking for a Bride.
The last 7 of the 10 Commandments reveal the 7 church ages
A rich man came to ask Jesus an important question.
MATTHEW 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
A vital question. What can I do? What good work or labour of mine will get me into Heaven?
Remember the two sisters Mary and Martha.
Martha did all the hard work to feed the people but Jesus never complimented her. A woman symbolizes a church. The good works done by a church are to be expected. We must do that. But that is not the key to eternal life. Martha types the foolish virgins. Saved church-goers who try to impress people with their good works.
But Mary sat at the feet of Jesus to learn from Him. The wise virgins search the Scriptures to understand the revealed mysteries of the Bible at the end time. God regards these end-time revelations of Scripture as being very important. The church world ignores them. Martha, the foolish virgin, criticized Mary for not doing enough good works.
Jesus however, only complimented Mary. What Mary learned from Him, the Word of God, was more important than the good public works that Martha did.
DANIEL 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Learning the truth which will enable us to understand the mysteries of Scripture at the end time is far more important than doing good works. But we are obviously expected to do good works. It is just that understanding the Bible is far more important.
So, Jesus is going to shift the focus away from the doing of good works to the understanding of truth. The emphasis moves from the deeds of the hands to the understanding of the mind.
But the rich man had one thing right. He called Jesus, “Good Master”.
Only God is good.
MATTHEW 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good?
there is none good but one, that is, God:
but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Thus, the rich man was recognizing that Jesus was God in the flesh. He understood the Godhead.
He wanted to know what to do to get into Heaven but only the 5th commandment is positive, telling him what to do. He must honour his father and his mother. All the rest of the commandments tell him what not to do.
The 10 commandments are often broken up by the church into the first 4 being related to us loving God and the last 6 related to us loving man. But 9 out of 10 commandments are negative. Telling us to NOT do this or that.
Only the 5th commandment is positive as something that we must do. Honour your father and your mother. So this commandment must have a very special spiritual meaning.
- One God… have no other gods
- Do not worship images
- Do not take God’s name in vain
- Remember the Sabbath day…do not do any work
5. Honour your father and mother
6. Do not murder
7. Do not commit adultery
8. Do not steal
9. Do not lie or bear false witness
10. Do not covet
These last 5 are the areas where people go wrong when dealing with each other.
This is a useful analysis but the answer of Jesus does not fit in very well with this analysis.
So, Jesus obviously looks at the ten commandments with a much deeper spiritual insight.
The ministry of Jesus on earth (as God with us) was to lay the foundation for the ministry of Jesus (as God in His church) during the seven church ages.
His First Coming was to die for His church so that He could build up the church over the 7 church ages and then receive all His Christians up to Heaven at His Second Coming.
But during the church ages, church-goers would be fooled into making serious mistakes in their beliefs which would disqualify them from being invited to the Wedding Supper at the end. So Jesus mentions the commandments where the churches made big mistakes.
The rich man asked Him what he should do and Jesus then listed commandments 6, 7, 8, 9 which all tell him what not to do. So Jesus is taking the emphasis off works as the way to Heaven. Something deeper is involved.
Then Jesus mysteriously leaves out commandment 10.
Then Jesus unexpectedly goes back and finally mentions commandment 5. That is something the man can do.
But the first 4 commandments are also left out. Why?
To make sense out of the answer of Jesus, we need to realize that Jesus is actually talking to the end-time church by means of the advice that He is giving to the rich man.
There are two key points in life. Our relationship with God and our attitude towards mankind.
We must love God and then find our place in His Body, the church that formed during the 7 church ages.
MATTHEW 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
:38 This is the first and great commandment.
:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Our relationship with God depends on understanding the Godhead. Realizing that Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are the three manifestations of God as He deals with humanity.
The first 3 commandments refer to the Godhead. That is why Jesus could leave them out as the man recognized Him as God.
- One God, Jesus. As the Father, He was ABOVE the Jews in the Old Testament.
2. No images. God comes down to earth as a Man, called the Son of God to dwell WITH the Jews. I TIMOTHY 3:16 God was manifest in the flesh.
The rich man recognized Jesus as God living with mankind. That was as far as any person could see in his day.
- Do not take His name in vain. The Human name of God is Jesus. The 3 titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not a name. The Old Testament name of Jehovah is never mentioned again once the name of Jesus is announced. The Holy Spirit is the manifestation of God IN His church throughout all 7 church ages.
Do not take God['s name in vain. Do not replace His name with three Titles. You must know the name of Almighty God.
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost mean God above, God with, and God in mankind. That is the only way that God could prepare His church for His Second Coming.
Then the next 7 commandments would refer to the 7 church ages
God indwelt His people to guide the church into all truth. Jesus died for this church at His First Coming and He will collect this church at His Second Coming.
- Sabbath day was the rest of the Holy Ghost baptism on the day of Pentecost. The inner rest from sin and unbelief.
- Remember the church age of Ephesus. The apostles are our spiritual fathers who had the truth. The early church that they established was our mother church. Honour the New Testament of the apostles and the example of the first church age. Don’t put Bishops in charge of the churches.
- Do not murder the Truth as they did at the AD 325 Nicaean Council when they introduced the unscriptural Trinity. Then the churches became more unscriptural and more pagan as Christmas entered on 25 December around the year AD 350. The Bible never asked us to celebrate the Lord's birth.
- Thyatira, a dominating woman. A woman is a church. Do not commit adultery with the Roman Catholic Church that rose up to dominate Europe in the Dark Ages or Middle Ages. The 4th age is the middle of the 7 ages.
- Do not steal. Luther brought in salvation by faith alone and left the Catholics but took with him the Catholic beliefs of Trinity, Christmas, Good Friday, the church being involved in politics, and having a man as the head of each church. These unscriptural beliefs undermined the Protestants and led them to invent even more unscriptural beliefs.
- Get saved and live holy. But their stress on holiness became distorted as they claimed that you had to live holy and do good works in order to be saved. Faith in Christ was not enough, it was faith and good works. This was a false witness.
- Coveting material things made this age rich. But Jesus as the Word gets rejected from the church. Thus, Bible teachers are also rejected by the pastors who now dominate the churches with quotes. The elevated pastors covet the teaching ministry to establish their control over the laity. Being the head of the church means that the pastor covets and collects all the tithes. He pays his yes-men and refuses any church money to be paid to his critics. Thus, he uses his power over the money to maintain his power over the money. Unable to understand the deeper Bible mysteries, pastors focus on their own interpretations of quotes and the church becomes more Bible-illiterate. More spiritually blind.
MATTHEW 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
This list in verse 18 refers to the most serious mistakes that the church-goers made during the church ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. This is when Bible truth was at a low ebb in the churches.
Church Age 3 was able to murder truth with an unscriptural Trinity at Nicaea in AD 325.
Church Age 4 was to be intimidated by ruthless Roman Catholic harlot until they committed adultery with her by being dominated by her pagan and political beliefs.
Church Age 5 saw the Protestants leave Rome but take many Roman Catholic ideas with them.
Church Age 6 (the second-t0-last age) saw salvation by faith alone being replaced by salvation plus good works.
This brings us to the point where the rich man was asking which good work he could do to make Heaven. But if salvation by faith and good works corresponds to the second-to-last commandment about a false witness, then the Lord is giving the man his answer. No good works are good enough to make Heaven.
Of the two sisters, Mary and Martha, Martha did the hard work but Jesus gave her no credit for this.
Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and learned the truth. That is the response that Jesus valued. Learning the truth.
Returning to the rich man. He asked for what he could do and has been told what he should not do.
Church ages 3, 4, 5, and 6 also teach us what the church should not do today. Now we learn what the church must do.
MATTHEW 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
So, in verse 19 Jesus finally gives him something that he can do. Honour his father and mother.
What does this mean for the church?
This commandment represents the 2nd church age. This was the fork in the road in church history.
Either they would go back to the beliefs of the first church age or else they would invent new beliefs.
We must honour the apostolic fathers who wrote the New Testament by going back to what they believed. Do not change anything that they wrote. They never put a pastor in charge of a church. They put a group of elders in charge of each local church.
Honour the mother church which is the New Testament church that was established by the apostles at the beginning of the first church age. We must get back to the beliefs of this first church.
The big mistake of the second church age was to appoint Bishops to be in charge of the churches.
After the Reformation, this spirit continued when a pastor became the head of each church.
Having a Bishop or a pastor as head of the church was unscriptural and deviated away from what the first church age did.
MATTHEW 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Everything about the seven church ages is summed up in an attitude, rather than a specific work.
Love your neighbour. That would extend to loving your enemy.
This is an essential foundation for the seventh church age where the angry rejection of the Word by the church will happen until the Word stands outside the quote-filled Bible-illiterate church. Ambition and error will fill the churches so that the rejected Christians must learn to love everyone even though they are not wanted.
MATTHEW 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
The rich man felt that he had kept all these commandments. Yet he knew that something was missing. That is the problem of relying on good works. We can never do enough good works. We will always be unsure about whether we have been good enough.
MATTHEW 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Now finally, Jesus gives the rich man a work that he can do.
He loved money more than he loved truth. He wanted money more than he wanted the truth.
Get rid of his wealth.
Get rid of everything that keeps you away from finding the truth of the revealed Bible mysteries.
This is the stinging rebuke that Jesus gives to the seventh or last church age. The antidote to covetness (which is the last commandment).
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;
As soon as people are rich, they assume that they are right with God.
Finally, and almost unnoticed, Jesus addresses the last commandment of coveting that refers to the apostate and wealthy seventh church age. Obsessed with money they lost the desire to understand the deeper Bible mysteries. They no longer can prove what they believe just from Scripture.
How interested is Jesus in the wealth of the Laodicean churches? He says: The church is wealthy but has rejected the Word of God that has to stand outside the church.
To follow Jesus, go outside the church as that is where He is
MATTHEW 19:21 … and come and follow me.
Following Jesus through the pages of the Bible requires us to be strictly Scriptural.
When money is more important than being Scriptural then the only wise advice is to get rid of the money that stops you from being Scriptural.
MATTHEW 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
He was more interested in physical gain than in understanding the revealed Word of his day.
The biggest mistake in Laodicea is to suppose that people are right with God because they are rich.
I TIMOTHY 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
“Follow Me” means to be Scriptural. That is what counts, not whether you are rich or poor.
MATTHEW 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The 7th church age is rich but apostate. The last church age is when the rapture happens and the church is caught up to Heaven to meet the Lord in the air. But very few will make it from our age.
MATTHEW 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Why few? The church was more concerned with money and obeying a one-man-is-boss human leader. People are not concerned with revealing what they know just from the Scriptures.
MATTHEW 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
To get a thread through the eye of a needle takes a lot of concentration. People no longer concentrate hard on being Scriptural. They lazily and complacently just follow what the pastor says or some idea that they read in some book or see on You Tube.
MATTHEW 19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
Can anyone in our churches get saved? Saved from hell? Yes. You just need faith and repentance.
Saved from the Tribulation by going up in the rapture? Very unlikely.
Because you have to know what the Bible verses mean in order to find the narrow way. And Jesus the Word, stands outside every church. He gave us a warning when all the churches were closed down by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The medical staff beat the virus, not the churches. What does that tell us about how useless the churches are in the face of a sudden and unexpected disaster?
MATTHEW 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
No man can save another. Only God can save.
No preacher in the 7th church age is infallible
Human systems like the churches could not stop the virus and will also not save anyone from the oncoming Tribulation.
Man-made church doctrines and traditions, like calling Brother Branham infallible as the Voice of God will not help any saved Christians to escape from the Tribulation.
62-1007 THE KEY TO THE DOOR
… and they're preaching that men should leave their wives and hunt for their spiritual mate,
and that I am perfectly infallible. That there's nothing... And, oh, some of the awfullest things you ever heard.
But God will raise up people that are outside the churches to gain an understanding of the revealed Bible mysteries. God will drag ruffians in from the highways and hedges and give them a desire to be strictly Scriptural.
64-0614 THE ODDBALL
That's what the Angel told me, "Get the people to believe you."
And if I tell the Word of God, it ain't "believe me," it's "believe the Word."
Only the Bible is the Voice of God
63-0630 THE THIRD EXODUS
... for they can hear plainly the God's Voice, calling, through His Word
... Listen to the Bible, the Voice of God calling to you in this day.
The Bible is the Voice of God, William Branham is the voice of the seventh angel.
Do not deify brother Branham by calling him the Voice of God. He is not Jesus Christ, he is only one of the seven stars in the right hand of Jesus Christ.
MATTHEW 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
Peter now reflected on the fact that in following Jesus they had given up everything and were rejected by the Jewish religious leaders.
MATTHEW 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
This is important.
Their reward is due in the next life. Their reward was not wealth and luxury in this life.
With the exception of the apostle John, they would all be executed for their faith. But John was twice imprisoned on the prison island of Patmos. For the apostles, this life was one of trials and sufferings. They travelled a lot and did not have too much in the way of family life. This life of hardship ensured that not all the apostles were married and none of the married apostle’s children took over from them. There was no nepotism amongst the apostles.
They did not set up a "father and son" money-making business and call it a church.
MATTHEW 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
However, everyone who has suffered any loss of any sort on this side will gain tremendously on the other side.
The emphasis here is not on what the person has done for God.
The emphasis is rather on what they have lost or forsaken for God.
Sacrifice is more important than good deeds.
God is more impressed with our being rejected as we lose friends and family and possessions because of the truth.
MATTHEW 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
The seventh church age has to return to the beliefs of the first church age that forsook much for Christ.
The church went badly wrong in the 3rd church age of Pergamos when they began to accumulate wealth and church buildings. The first evidence that can be found of a church building comes from around the year AD 220 in the 2nd church age.
We have no evidence that the first church age had church buildings. They never used the term Good Friday as Jesus died on a Thursday. They never celebrated Christmas as that was only invented by the Pope around AD 350. The early church never had a pastor as the head of the church. So we have to get rid of all that baggage if we are to get back to the first church age.
If the last are first and the first are last, then there is no difference between the first and the last church ages because they are interchangeable. We, in the last church age, have to believe exactly what the first church believed before Jesus can come.
So, the secret of getting into Heaven hinges on what we believe.
Can we understand the Bible verses? Do we believe what the early church believed?
Our works must be good, but good works do not open the door to Heaven.