Matthew 21 - A Sunday welcome - a Thursday death
The people hailed Jesus on Palm Sunday. He cast out the religious money-makers twice so the leaders plotted to kill Him.
- Only a mother donkey and her child can carry the Word
- Passover Lamb chosen on the 10th and killed on the 14th
- The fig tree representing Israel is cursed
- The Chief priests resented losing Temple money
- Breaking the Law is worse than not having the Law
- Killing the Son was a disaster for the Jews
- Jesus is the only Head in the Kingdom of God
- Your opinion of the Bible is your opinion about Jesus
Only a mother donkey and her child can carry the Word
MATTHEW 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Bethpage means “house of the early figs”.
The figs were the sweet fruits. But fig leaves were the pathetic apron of excuses that started with Adam and Eve as they tried to cover up their sins. Jesus wanted the fruit, not the leaves.
GENESIS 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
The fig tree represented Israel. The Jews were expected to hail Him as Messiah the King Who was arriving to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament.
MATTHEW 21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
Jesus was the truth, the Word, and He would be carried by a donkey and her child. This symbolized the first church that was established by the apostles and the end time children in the last church age who would be turned back to the beliefs of the first church.
The mother church is not the Roman Catholic church.
The mother church is the New Testament church.
John the Baptist turned the Jewish fathers to their children, the younger generation of Jesus and the disciples. These disciples matured and became the apostolic fathers of the early church. At the end, William Branham had to turn the children, the last generation of the church, back to the beliefs of the apostolic fathers.
Both the mother donkey and her colt were originally tied up with wrong beliefs and human traditions. Only the disciples could loose them. This symbolized the doctrine of the apostles which loosed the people from their sin and unbelief.
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.
:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
The people repented and accepted Jesus as Saviour and then followed the teachings of the apostolic fathers during the first church age. Then a human Bishop declared himself to be the head of each church. They invented the Trinity doctrine and caused the truth to be lost. But in the end, during the 7th church age, the children who were “afar off” both in time and space would turn back again to the apostolic fathers. Thus, only the first church age and the seventh church age will have the full truth. They alone will carry the Word of God by being able to understand the Scriptures.
The mother (the donkey) and her child (the colt) would only be loosed by the original apostles’ doctrine (the New Testament) with strict orders to bring them to Jesus (the Word), not to some man.
At His First Coming they saw Jesus as a Man.
At His Second Coming we see Jesus as the revealed Bible.
“Loose them, and bring them unto me”. People must be loosed from their church traditions and brought to the Word. We must only follow the truth that we find in the various Bible verses.
MALACHI 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, [Jewish fathers turned to the younger generation of Jesus and the disciples by John the Baptist] and the heart of the children to their fathers [end-time children turn back to the apostolic fathers by William Branham], lest I come and smite the earth with a curse [the lingering radiation of the atomic or nuclear bombs].
Three atomic bombs exploded in 1945 as a warning. One at the Alamagordo test site in New Mexico and the other two over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1947 brother Branham began recording his sermons in order to reveal the mysteries of Scripture. He left the scene in 1965. Since 1966 we have been in the “days of the voice of the seventh angel” where we are supposed to use his quotes in order to understand the Bible for ourselves.
REVELATION 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
“Should” be finished implies doubt. Brother Branham knew what he was talking about so it is obviously the message-people who are losing the plot.
Unfortunately, message-people promoted him to the Voice of God (which was never promised in the New Testament) and used his quotes to replace Scripture. Thus, message churches are becoming increasingly Bible-illiterate.
MATTHEW 21:3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
This is an encouraging prophecy. Nobody will stop the disciples from loosing the donkey and the colt.
That means that there will be a restoration of the last age back to the first, despite all the attempts of modern church pastors to stop people wanting to prove their beliefs just from Scripture.
MATTHEW 21:4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
What Jesus always aimed to do was to fulfill Scripture.
That should be our goal. Always wanting to be Scriptural. That is the only safe path to walk on.
In the New Testament, a Pastor was never in charge of a church. That is a Nicolaitan system of elevating a man above the laity or congregation. The Catholics put a Priest, then a Bishop, in charge of a church. Finally, a Pope was put in charge of all the churches. Protestants insist on making an image of the Catholic beast by duplicating this one-man-is-the-head-of-the-church system. No wonder that Jesus, the true Head of the church, has to stand outside the church in the end. No church can have two heads.
MATTHEW 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
Now comes the real Head, the King.
“Meek” means completely obedient to the Word of God. Whatever God wants, we must have no other desire than to obey. Whatever the early church did, we must do the same. The child donkey (the colt) always follows the mother because that is where the child gets his milk from. We keep learning from the apostles who wrote the New Testament.
MATTHEW 21:6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
A true disciple simply obeys Jesus Who is the Word of God. A true Christian simply obeys what is written in Scripture.
MATTHEW 21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
There were two donkeys, parent and child. Two of them to carry the Word. The First and the Last church ages. The only two church ages that can understand the Bible.
The disciples were the church leaders but they put their clothes under Jesus. Proving that they were in complete subjection to Him.
MATTHEW 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
A tree symbolizes the spirit of a person.
PSALM 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly
PSALM 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
Trees were stripped of their branches, symbolizing human opinions and ideas being stripped away from a person’s mind when they come into the Presence of Jesus. Clothes symbolize righteousness. People took off their outer coats, their outer show of righteousness and threw them to the ground. Our righteousness is as filthy rags compared to the righteousness of Jesus.
MATTHEW 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
In a sudden wave of revelation, they hailed their King. As the Son of David, He should have been crowned as King of the Jews.
Passover Lamb chosen on the 10th and killed on the 14th
Daniel had promised the Jews 70 "weeks of years".
DANIEL 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city,
A day can represent a year in prophecy.
Seventy weeks is 70 x 7 = 490 Bible years.
When Jesus began His ministry there were 7 years left. So far, by AD 33, He had used 3½ years. If the Jews accepted Him as King, then in 3½ years time (in AD 37) He would set up His glorious 1000 years of peace whereby the Jews would rule the world.
But the Jewish religious leaders would totally corrupt the minds of the ordinary Jewish people who were so enthusiastically welcoming Jesus. This great day of welcome would thereby be turned into the choosing of the Passover Lamb on the 10th day of the month.
If the Lamb was chosen on the 10th day then He would have to be killed on the 14th day.
EXODUS 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
EXODUS 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
The Jewish leaders would turn this day of triumph into a day of disaster. Instead of accepting their King, they would turn Him into a Sacrifice. Then their temple worship would have the inner veil ripped up. The Romans would destroy the Temple and the city 38 years later, killing over 1 million Jews, and scatter the Jews throughout the Roman empire.
Today has the same problem. Listening to church leaders who do not obey Scripture is a disaster for the people, with the 3.5 years of great Tribulation looming.
MATTHEW 21:10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
His welcome was momentous. Everyone was aware that He had arrived.
MATTHEW 21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
The people knew that He was a Prophet.
This was Palm Sunday. He was publicly acclaimed as King of the Jews.
MATTHEW 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
The timeline of events is as follows.
Then Jesus did a dramatic action. He threatened the financial income of the religious leaders.
Church leaders serve God for the money, just like the Jewish religious leaders did 2000 years ago. Christianity has become Big Business, symbolized by the black horse rider in Revelation Chapter 6.
REVELATION 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
Bread is made from wheat and barley. Jesus is the Bread of Life. So, the wheat and barley represent the Word of God. Church leaders selling the Word of God. Look at modern TV evangelists and pastors as they interrupt a half-hour program to advertise DVDs and books for sale and ask for donations. They say that they have to keep asking for money to maintain their TV stations. So preaching is just done on business principles. The show must go on with all the necessary Hollywood gimmicks to try to keep people’s attention.
REVELATION 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
A penny was a day’s wage in the previous parable of Chapter 20 of Matthew.
A day’s wage just to buy bread. In the Dark Ages, the Roman Catholic church kept Europe poor, dark, and dirty while the church wallowed in luxury by selling the Word of God and indulgences to forgive sin. You have to pay if you want to get into heaven. The Prosperity gospel and TV evangelism today appeals to those who have a love of money, which is the root of evil. The poor will not make it because they cannot afford to pay for all the books and DVDs.
TV channels are dedicated to Trinity, a seven-year Tribulation, Christmas, Good Friday, and a pastor is the head of a church. They keep talking about “the Antichrist” although this expression never appears in Scripture. They cannot get away from these basic errors
But the oil of the Holy Spirit and the wine which represents the stimulation of revelation will somehow endure in order to teach people how to understand the Word of God.
The only time that Jesus got angry was when He whipped the money-makers out of the Temple.
History repeats as the church leaders preach doctrines that all the tithes belong to the pastor. Wealth is the basis for service.
MATTHEW 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
People had to pay rather than pray.
If they did not pray, nobody noticed. But if they did not pay, they were in trouble.
MATTHEW 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
As soon as the money-makers were chased out, suddenly the poor and helpless were able to find healing.
MATTHEW 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
Using the Temple to stop making money and instead putting the focus on Jesus and the healing of the sick made the religious leaders very unhappy.
Praising Jesus and healing the sick was simply interfering with their usual money-making which the Jewish religious leaders regarded as the essential feature of Temple worship.
MATTHEW 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
The poor people recognized the fulfillment of Scripture. The King of the Jews had arrived. But this was a threat to the Jewish leaders.
The religious leaders had completely lost any zeal to serve God. They were in it for the money.
It was the poor and sick and disadvantaged who praised Jesus because of His great healing gifts.
The Jewish elders who regarded themselves as the fathers of the nation had lost the plot.
It was the younger generation, the disciples who were their children, who had caught onto His ministry and followed Him.
If the Jewish fathers wanted the truth they would have to turn to their children, Jesus and the disciples. That had been the essence of John the Baptist’s ministry.
MATTHEW 21:17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.
That was Sunday night.
The fig tree representing Israel is cursed
Jesus knew that the Temple chief priests were after Him and hated Him with a deadly hatred. Why? He had interfered with their source of income. Threaten a church leader's income today and see what happens to you.
But the next day, a Monday, it would get even worse as Jesus threw the money-changers out for the second day in a row. That was really declaring war on the chief priests.
So, Jesus left Jerusalem and went to the town of Bethany which means “House of Welcome”. Jesus was no longer welcome in the Temple. Just like today, if you try to be strictly Scriptural then you are no longer welcome in the church. Imagine if you dare mention that a Pastor was never put in charge of a New Testament church. Or worse still, if you have the cheek to claim that the New Testament never says that all the tithes belong to the pastor.
MATTHEW 21:18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
Being hungry the next morning, which was Monday, He saw a leafy fig tree that had only leaves. No fruit that could be eaten.
This was symbolic of Eden. Adam and Eve sewed up aprons of fig leaves to cover up their sins. The pathetic attempts of mankind to create a religious facade to hide their sins.
The fig tree with only leaves represented the Jewish nation desperately trying to cover up their sins and unbelief and lust for money when they had no fruits of godliness. Just hatred for the truth because it threatened their money-making.
MATTHEW 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
This was Monday.
It was the next day, Tuesday, when the disciples saw the fig tree withered up.
And He overturned the money-changers on Sunday and Monday. Two days in a row.
Let us follow the events in the Gospel of Mark.
MARK 11:7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
:8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
This was Palm Sunday.
MARK 11:11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
The next day was Monday.
MARK 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
The fig tree was condemned on Monday.
That signified the end of the Jewish nation which happened in AD 70 when Roman general Titus destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the Temple.
Then, according to Mark, on the same Monday Jesus came again to the Temple.
MARK 11:15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
Monday was the second time in two days that He chased out the money-changers.
That was too much for the chief priests. They wanted to kill Him.
MARK 11:18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
The religious leaders were hypocrites. The people loved Jesus and admired His doctrines sufficiently enough to defend Him. So, they had what was left of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to turn the people against Jesus.
Church leaders do the same today as they turn the people against the King James Bible by convincing them that it is a flawed translation with myths, contradictions, and bad translations. Church people today believe that the King James Bible is not the Absolute truth.
Jesus is the Word of God. Whatever you say about the King James Version of the Bible is what you think about Jesus.
MARK 11:19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.
This was Monday evening which is when the Jewish Tuesday started at 18H00 (6 o’clock at night).
The next morning was Tuesday. That is when they saw the dried-up fig tree.
MARK 11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
The fig tree represented Israel. Israel was rejecting Jesus, the Word of God. Reject the truth and you are cursed. So, Jesus cursed the tree which withered up. The Jewish Temple was cast out of God’s Plan at Calvary and totally destroyed in AD 70. It never produced the fruit of God’s sacrifices again. Christ’s sacrifice of Himself totally replaced the Jewish Temple worship that had been corrupted by a money-making priesthood that rejected the living Word of God for their day.
MATTHEW 21:20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
This was Tuesday morning.
When something is cursed of God, it can quickly disappear.
The Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in 2020 was leading the race to be the Democratic Presidential candidate. Biden was way behind. Then Sanders very foolishly appealed to the anti-Jewish groups. He said that he would send the American embassy back to Tel Aviv, away from Jerusalem. But God had got Trump elected as President in 2016 simply because he was the only man with the courage to defy the Muslims by moving the embassy to Jerusalem and thereby recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. So Sanders rejected the Plan of God and his campaign was cursed and rapidly collapsed. Suddenly Biden’s campaign revived and won.
Saddam Hussein was dictator of Iraq. He tried to rebuild Babylon which the Bible said would not be rebuilt. Suddenly he found himself coming face-to-face with a devastating American army TWICE. Saddam got hanged just like Judas who betrayed the Word. Babylon remains unbuilt. The "Hidden Hand" of Scripture continues to control and limit human behaviour.
You disobey God's Word at your peril.
MATTHEW 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
God withered up the fig tree that represented the nation of Israel. God thus reserves the right to interfere with Nature. When God comes down for the 144000 Jews in the Tribulation He will grant Moses and Elijah the power to interrupt Nature. If the final Pope sends a vast navy through the Mediterranean Sea to attack Israel, we can picture one of the prophets speaking to a mountain. The effect will be immediate. The mountain will rise up from its place and plunge into the sea in the middle of all the ships. The effect will be catastrophic. Very few will survive. But the 144000 will thereby be protected.
MATTHEW 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Such is the power of prayer. Anything is possible. We just have to be able to summon up the faith to believe.
The Chief priests resented losing Temple money
The Chief priests were not honest enough to acknowledge the truth of Jesus.
MATTHEW 21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
Inside the Temple the chief priests were still troubled by His interference with their money-making on both Sunday and Monday when Jesus chased the money makers out of the Temple in a rare display of anger. The money-changers were scared to sit down for business with Jesus around. The chief priests saw their income shrinking. They had to do something.
It seems that the only time that Jesus got angry was when He came face-to-face with the religious money-making leaders. Serving God for profit will condemn many church leaders.
They wanted to know where Jesus got His authority from to do such a “wrong” thing as chasing out the money-makers and teaching and healing in the Temple.
MATTHEW 21:24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
Jesus answered a question with a question.
MATTHEW 21:25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?
Who gave John the Baptist the authority to introduce a water baptism?
If they said, “God” then Jesus wanted to know why they did not believe what John had said about Jesus.
If they said the water baptism was man-made then the people would rise up against them in protest by they regarded John as a prophet
MATTHEW 21:26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.
They refused to answer Him honestly so He likewise ignored their question.
MATTHEW 21:27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
Breaking the Law is worse than not having the Law
The Jews had the Law and broke it which was worse than the Gentiles disobeying and then repenting.
Jesus closed with two parables.
MATTHEW 21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
A certain son refused to go and work but afterward went.
MATTHEW 21:29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
The second son agreed to work but never went to the vineyard.
MATTHEW 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
So which son was better? Obviously, the one who first refused and then repented and did work.
MATTHEW 21:31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
In the end, God will use the bad people who finally decide to repent and walk in God’s ways.
MATTHEW 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
The bad people recognized John as a prophet and got baptized for repentance.
But the religious Jewish leaders who claimed to be serving God never accepted John the Baptist. Thus they rejected God’s plan for their day and never believed John’s God-given ministry.
The enemy is always the leaders who are in charge of the people. Equally today, church leaders oppose Scripture when it contradicts their man-made opinions. Church leaders are tied to the traditions and beliefs of their churches and reject the Scriptures that contradict their church systems.
Killing the Son was a disaster for the Jews
By killing the Son, the Jews lose the Kingdom and 1 million will die in AD 70.
MATTHEW 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
God established the Jews as a strong nation. Prophets were sent as servants to gather the people into God’s Kingdom.
MATTHEW 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
But the Jews rejected the prophets and even killed one and viciously stoned another one to death.
MATTHEW 21:35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
More prophets were sent. More prophets died.
MATTHEW 21:36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
Again, more prophets were sent. They suffered the same fate.
MATTHEW 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
Then God came down as the Son of God, Emmanuel, God with us. God came down in a human form that would enable them to accept God as a Man or kill Him if they preferred to do that.
MATTHEW 21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
If they accepted Messiah they would lose all the lovely corrupt money that they were making from the Temple sacrifices.
MATTHEW 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
They had to choose. God or money. The Jewish religious leaders chose money.
So the Son of God would be taken outside the City walls and killed.
MATTHEW 21:39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
What will God then do to these Jews?
MATTHEW 21:40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
MATTHEW 21:41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
The Jews agreed that people who behaved like that should be destroyed. The Kingdom of God should then go to other people who desired the fruits of Scripture and the Holy Spirit.
The only other people, who were not Jews, would be Gentiles.
Jesus is the only Head in the Kingdom of God
To be in the Kingdom demands total obedience to one Head only, Jesus the Word.
No man can ever compete with Jesus by trying to be the head of a church.
A RESUME OF THE AGES - CHURCH AGE BOOK CPT.10
The third age revealed by the Spirit of prophecy that the worldly church would adopt Nicolaitanism as a doctrine. The separation of the clergy from the laity grew from the Biblical truth of the elders (shepherds of local flocks) ruling the flock by the Word, to the 'deeds of Nicolaitanes' wherein the clergy set themselves in ranks one over the other, which unscriptural formula then evolved into a priesthood that placed the clergy between man and God, giving the clergy certain rights all the while denying the laity their God-given rights. This was usurpation. In this age it became a doctrine. It was established in the church as the assured word of God, which indeed it was not. But the clergy called it the Word of God and therefore the doctrine was antichrist.
MATTHEW 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
The main stone in the Temple of God is the Capstone, Jesus Christ. The only position that He can fit into the building is to be on top. Then every other person has to be in submission to Him.
That is what the Jewish leaders rejected. They did not want to be in submission to Jesus. Thus they could not be part of the Pyramid. If you want to be in the Pyramid you have to be completely under the control of the Absolute truth, which is the King James Version of the Bible.
No man in the pyramid can be equal to the Capstone.
Paul and the apostles would establish the foundation of the church as the New Testament in the first church age.
William Branham should bring the seventh church age back to the beliefs of the apostolic fathers.
REVELATION 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished,
60-0804 AS THE EAGLE STIRRETH UP HER NEST
We know the Bible is right; that's not my voice; that's God's voice, speaking
65-0801 THE GOD OF THIS EVIL AGE
… so that the peoples that has believed the Message that the Lord Jesus has given me for this hour, might know what's taking place, and placing it in the Scripture.
But message-believers would wrongly change the voice of the 7th angel to be the Voice of God.
The quotes would replace the Scripture instead of explaining the Scripture.
That does not fit in with the way that the first church age believed.
Thus it stops the Good Lord from returning.
Only when the 7th or last age is the same as the first age will the Capstone come down to complete the Pyramid at the Second Coming of Jesus. The Pyramid of resurrected and changed saints will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
MATTHEW 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
The Gentiles from any nation would be brought into the Kingdom if they were prepared to accept the Bible as the Absolute Word of God. No man can replace any Scripture. The Gentiles have to accept Paul as the master-builder and agree with everything that he taught.
I CORINTHIANS 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
MATTHEW 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
When we fall on this stone in our humble confession of sin and unworthiness, the Bible amplifies our guilt and worthlessness. We realize that without God’s help we can do nothing useful for Him. The sun alone has light. The moon’s only task is to reflect the sunlight to the earth when the earth is in darkness. We are totally useless. Our opinions are worthless. We do not understand the complexities of our age. So all we can do is reflect the Word of God. When people ask questions then we must search the Scriptures for suitable answers. The Bible is God’s Voice that speaks to people. We must just repeat what the Bible says.
63-1201 AN ABSOLUTE
God's Word is that absolute.
63-1226 CHURCH ORDER
... and my absolute is the Word, the Bible.
64-0823 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.1
But those who can accept the Word in Its fullness, not me preaching It, because It's the Bible says so. Those who accept that is free, because they--the Word's already been judged.
Brother Branham is not the Son of man because he can never take the place of Christ.
61-0611 REVELATION CHAPTER FIVE.1
And, because of that, it forces me to say I am leaving the ministry, is because that there is something arose up amongst the people that's caused me to do it, that is, that I have been taken from my bracket of a "minister" or "brother" and being called Jesus Christ, and so call... and that would brand me as an antichrist. And I'll meet God as a quitter before I would meet Him as an antichrist to take away from Him.
But when the Lord returns as a Rock cut out without hands which Daniel saw striking the feet of the Gentile image, this whole modern civilization will be destroyed. Crushed in the 3.5 years of great Tribulation that ends in the bloodbath of Armageddon.
The Pyramid represents the resurrected and changed bodies of the saints from the seven church ages.
The top of the Pyramid, the seventh church age, is crushed down and trampled by the Gentile church systems that are represented by the feet of the image.
Salvation was of the Jews but at Calvary it "crossed-over" to the Gentiles. The Jewish chief priests, as typical religious leaders, were the mouths that the spirit of Satan spoke through. As the head of the serpent biting the Achilles heel of the Gentile image seen by Nebuchadnezzar, the horde of demons in the Temple attacked from behind in a cowardly ambush as the chief priests broke the Law in many ways to kill Jesus. They bruised His heel and He could not walk for three days as His Body lay in the tomb. But Jesus crushed the demonic head of Satan's lies that effectively spread death. Since then, the Devil has never found an answer to the incredible power of the resurrection that brings life from the dead.
However they died, all the redeemed saints will resurrect in immortal bodies that Satan cannot touch.
MATTHEW 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
The Jewish religious leaders knew Jesus was aiming at them.
The pastors of today should realize that Jesus is aiming at them. No man can ever be the head of a church. Jesus alone 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:
MATTHEW 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
It was Tuesday. The church leaders had their work cut out. They had to destroy Jesus on the 14th day as the Passover Lamb. That was Thursday.
In two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, they had to turn the Jewish crowds from people who loved and would protect Jesus into people who hated Him and condemned Him.
Such is the awful power of church leaders when they become the unscriptural voices of the serpent.
Today the King James Bible is condemned as having mistakes, contradictions, myths, and mistranslations. Even message-people now criticize the King James Bible and replace its written statements with quotes.
Your opinion of the Bible is your opinion about Jesus
Whatever you say about the Bible is what you are saying about Jesus.
The Bible is Jesus in Word form.
If you do not accept the King James Bible (KJB) as the infallible and Absolute truth, then you have been fooled by the church leaders who have deliberately undermined the KJB for over 200 years.
Their whole aim is to get you to believe that you cannot understand portions of the Bible that apply to the Gentile church.
Then you are part of the foolish or fooled virgins.
DANIEL 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
At the time of the end, the mysteries of the Bible will be made known.
Then the wise virgins shall understand.
DANIEL 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
All we need is a wake-up call to realize that God has promised us an understanding of His Scriptures.
It is the wicked who cannot understand the revealed Scriptures.
Jesus is Perfect and so is the King James Version of the Bible.
It is worth the effort to see how all the Scriptures fit perfectly together without any changes having to be made.