Matthew 07 - Judge doctrines not people
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Few find the way to truth. Error is rampant and false prophets abound. Only the wise will understand the Bible mysteries
- Humans are too biased to judge other humans
- Silence is a good answer against mockery and insults
- The road to truth is hard and few will find it
- God promised the revelation of Scripture at the end
- Broadway is the home of entertainment in America
- Truth and error must not mix
- Corrupt churches deviate from Scripture
- We must be restored back to the first church age
- The rock is the revelation of Jesus Christ
- Human opinions are just building on sand
- Only the wise virgins will understand the written Bible
Humans are too biased to judge other humans
MATTHEW 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
We humans cannot be completely unbiased in the way we judge matters. Thus, we should never judge people. We easily conceal evidence that counts against us. We seldom ever admit our real motives or intentions.
We are wired up to be selfish and greedy and thus interpret matters in a way that suits our desire for self-gain. We insist on our rights and enthusiastically evade our responsibilities.
The nature of [the Christian] concept of the flesh is that we are bent toward being self-preserving and self-exalting.
During 2000 years of church history, only the Laodiceans get a chance to say something;
REVELATION 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;
The human mind is like an onion. The more layers we peel off it, the more there is to cry about.
MATTHEW 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
God will judge us by the way we judge others.
True judgement must start with a completely unbiased frame of mind so that all the evidence, for and against, can be impartially considered. The judge must consider the person to be innocent until the case has run its course. The judge must not set out to prove the accused is guilty. The judge must never be protective towards family or friends nor hope to benefit in any way from the verdict. We instinctively defend our church and thus we can never be corrected. Deep down, we refuse to consider that we can be wrong.
We ignore or explain away Bible verses that contradict us. Church-goers happily admit that there are mistakes in the Bible. Thus they have no absolute standard for truth.
Because our judgements of others are biased, God’s judgement of us will be biased. Then we will have no hope.
So, it is safer not to judge others.
MATTHEW 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
A mote is a small speck. We easily see minor mistakes in those we dislike or disagree with.
Humans have an unfortunate tendency not to notice and quickly forget and justify their own errors. Yet we have a ruthless ability to magnify the slightest mistakes in others as well as having a long memory for other people’s faults.
MATTHEW 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
It is easy to try to diagnose and correct a small fault in others but extremely difficult to admit a fault in self, even when that shortcoming is serious like pride, arrogance, selfishness, racialism, temper, and secret lust.
MATTHEW 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
We should spend more time in self-analysis and diagnosing our own well-concealed faults.
Rooting out our own faults should be our major concern.
We must learn to debate and disagree over a person’s beliefs and opinions, but not to judge the person.
We can judge a person’s doctrines by comparing them with Scripture. Then they are either right or wrong.
But we cannot judge the person who holds those opinions.
Only God knows what purpose that person is serving. Only God knows the final fate of that person.
Be careful if you debate doctrine with a person that you feel no love for. We were told to love our enemies.
The next diagram has a potter shaping a vessel of clay to be a vessel of honour. To harden the clay vessels so that they can be used, a big vessel of dishonour must be made to hold the red hot coals which the soft clay vessels regard as their enemies. But these “enemies” are essential to make the clay vessels suitable for service. Disagree with their unscriptural doctrines but do not condemn the people who hold those wrong doctrines. Never dislike the person just because you dislike their doctrines.
The Lord told us to love our enemies, because they actually make us strong and reliable servants of God. You often learn best from those you disagree with.
If you only listen to those you agree with you will not learn anything new.
So, do not judge the people who disagree with you and persecute you. They have their role to play in making you a more effective instrument of truth and only God can judge their final fate.
The isiZulu people have a lovely philosophy. If you take a nice tasting medicine then the germs keep hanging around as they wait eagerly for the next mouthful. But if the medicine tastes foul, then the germs leave. So, the foul-tasting medicine was your best friend.
Silence is a good answer against mockery and insults
MATTHEW 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
The truth is precious. Try to convince somebody but if they just mock the truth or become very insulting towards you, then you do not have to continue to try to convince them. Some people are just historical enemies of truth and want to stay that way. They have no respect for the truth and express contempt for those who hold the truth.
One of the reasons that many people reject the truth is because they are scared of all the hard work that it takes to learn and understand the truth.
Many people refuse to study mathematics because they know it is a difficult subject that will require a lot of hard work. Not because there is anything wrong with Mathematics.
Equally, most Christians reject being strictly Scriptural in their beliefs because they realize that they do not know enough about the Bible to be able to prove their beliefs just from Scripture. The amount of hard work required just to read the Bible, much less start understanding its mysteries, scares people away from learning the truth.
The road to truth is hard and few will find it
MATTHEW 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
A “narrow way” immediately tells us that the vast majority of the churches have it wrong.
Very few will find the narrow way. It takes a lot of seeking, a lot of searching, a huge amount of dedicated effort.
MATTHEW 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Truth is not found in the popular 10 second sound bytes of today's mass media.
It takes a lot of study. A lot of prayers.
There is no quick way to gain a deep insight into Scripture.
We can only find the truth if we follow God's way.
There are four beasts around the throne of God that are used to guide the church.
REVELATION 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
The lion represents the first age of the apostles that established the New Testament church.
The calf was the young ox or beast of slaughter that grew up in the 1200 long, weary years of the Dark Ages when tens of millions were killed by the Roman Catholics. The Dark Ages started in AD 325 when the Council of Nicaea destroyed truth by inventing a Trinity God Who has no name. The Light was going out.
The man was the spirit of scholarship on the Reformers in the Reformation and the scholars who translated the King James Bible.
The eagle is our last age which reveals the hidden mysteries of the Bible to give us a glorious insight into the deeper meanings as we seek to understand the Bible verses.
God promised the revelation of Scripture at the end
DANIEL 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
:10 ... and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
The parable of the wise and foolish (or fooled) virgins represents saved Christians in the churches.
MATTHEW 25:2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
The oil could burn to produce enough light to read and understand the Bible mysteries.
We can only claim to be wise virgins if we are able to interpret and understand the written Scriptures.
The evidence of the Holy Spirit baptism is our ability to explain the truth of the Bible symbols and types.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
William Branham came in the last church age to reveal the basic patterns of Scripture. Now we can seek to understand the different Bible verses by linking them to these basic patterns. For example, you can understand the 10 commandments in a deeper spiritual sense much better by linking the first three to the Godhead and the last 7 to the 7 church ages. (This will be done in Matthew Chapter 19).
MATTHEW 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
We must knock on the door of Scripture, not on the door of the modern church doctrines and opinions, in order to understand hidden Bible mysteries. We must seek and search through the Bible to find different verses that will help to explain the difficult verse that we wanted to understand.
We must ask for other Bible verses to explain the meaning of a particular Bible verse.
As the Bible opens up more and more, we will gain a deeper and clearer insight into the Bible's details.
Each to his own kind. Let the Bible bring forth Bible answers to Bible questions.
MATTHEW 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Jesus is the Bread of Life.
JOHN 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:
We get eternal life from Jesus as the Head of the Bible church.
God does not ask us to become Catholics and accept Peter as the head of the church. Peter means “a stone”.
MATTHEW 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
Fish swim out of sight underwater. In times of persecution, God allowed strong underground churches to thrive as is happening in China, Iran, and other countries today. The fish symbolizes the survival of the hidden, persecuted church. The serpent speaks of spiritual death due to unscriptural lies being spoken that contradict God’s Word. God does not allow a genuinely persecuted church to die spiritually even if people are physically killed. The truth will somehow carry on. At times the persecutors became believers to replace the Christians that they had killed. The fish, the underground persecuted church, finally triumphs over the serpent who is the merchant of death, with poison in his mouth.
MATTHEW 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
God knows how to look after His church and thus, despite formidable obstacles, His people have survived the 2000 years of the 7 church ages.
MATTHEW 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
It is essential to treat people the way we want to be treated.
Broadway is the home of entertainment in America
MATTHEW 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
A strait is a narrow channel of water. Washed in the water of the Word. The need to be strictly Scriptural and not invent words like Trinity, God the Son, Christmas, 25 December, Lent, and Good Friday that are outside the limits of Scripture.
Entertainment has become a big part of church programs, especially musical entertainment.
Drum-beat music, so popular in discos and nightclubs, has now taken over church music. Yet drums are never mentioned in the Bible. God is not impressed with them.
MATTHEW 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Very few will find the narrow way of interpreting a Scripture by means of other Scriptures.
That way you uncover the truth while you remain within the limits of the Bible.
Abortion, gay rights, and same-sex marriage are not concepts that are Scriptural. Yet they are sweeping through the churches, as is political involvement. Very few people will be able to go against the flow of modern popular ideas with their so-called political correctness.
Human rights will replace Scripture in today's churches.
Few will be able to prove what they believe just from the King James Version of the Bible.
MATTHEW 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
The sign on the church door says Christianity. The business inside is deception.
There are now 45000 different kinds of churches and denominations. There are over 100 different versions of the English Bible. It is thus almost impossible for anyone to find truth today. It is a real spiritual swamp. The churches are not even aware that they serve a Triune God Who has no name.
They bluff themselves that when they say, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” that they have actually said a name.
Talk about being dumbed down.
Truth and error must not mix
MATTHEW 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
When a church has unscriptural beliefs and knows nothing about the end-time prophet William Branham, then you will not gather much truth from them. They know the basics of salvation and good works. That is good to get people saved from hell. But we also have to be saved from the Tribulation by being caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
To confuse the people, the churches have over ten different ways of getting baptized and their members are becoming increasingly Bible-illiterate when it comes to interpreting the Bible symbols of Genesis, Daniel, and Revelation.
Ask them who the little horn is and why it grew amongst the ten horns of the Roman beast but grew out from one of the four horns of the Greek goat?
Ask them why 6 of the churches in Revelation all have their usual names yet the city of Pergamum is changed to a Greek ending of Pergamos? Then you will see how little they actually understand the Bible.
So where is the church that we can gather truth from?
Who can explain why Matthew never mentions the Ascension of Jesus and Luke never mentions Him walking on water.
After His resurrection, Matthew says Mary held Him by His feet but John has Jesus telling Mary not to touch Him. Explain this difference.
MATTHEW 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
A good group of believers will bring forth an understanding of Scripture.
In Matthew Chapter 19 a man asked Jesus for the greatest commandment. Jesus repeated commandments number 6, 7, 8, 9, and 5.
Why this different order? Why did he leave out commandment 10? Why did He ignore the first 4 commandments?
So, do you really understand the Bible?
John the Baptist said he was not Elijah. Jesus said that John the Baptist was Elijah. Explain.
Elias is the Greek for Elijah.
JOHN 1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not.
MATTHEW 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
:12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
:13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
Another interesting question. Elias shall come in the future and restore. But Elias has already come and gone. Explain.
John the Baptist did not restore. He brought a new baptism and introduced Messiah for the first time.
John the Baptist was the beginning of the Gospel, not the restoration back to the apostolic fathers of the first church age.
MARK 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
MARK 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
If we cannot answer basic Bible questions then there has to be a corruption of knowledge in our churches.
2300 days. 1290 days. 1335 days. Why these different times? The only obvious time is the 1260 days for the 3½ years of the Tribulation. So, what do the other time intervals mean?
From the time of the commandment to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem was 49 years and then 434 years. The Temple had already been built long before this commandment was given. So, what did the 49 years refer to? Nehemiah only needed 52 days to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.
In the end-time, we must know these mysteries if we have been guided into all truth. Otherwise, our church leaders have just guided us onto a dead end that only goes so far and then runs out of Scripture. That way we will view the rapture from a distance as we will not be part of it.
There were 50 men who followed Elijah when he was taken up to Heaven. But they stood afar off. Thus, they missed what his ministry was actually about. Message-churches have the same problem if they cannot prove their beliefs from Scripture.
II KINGS 2:7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off:
Corrupt churches deviate from Scripture
A corrupt church it will always deviate from Scripture somewhere in its beliefs.
A good church will always be ready to check its beliefs in order to make sure that it is Scriptural.
A clever person questions other people. A wise person questions himself or herself.
MATTHEW 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
A corrupt church cannot bring forth an understanding of the deeper Bible mysteries. They eat of the knowledge of good and evil. So, they have good basics like salvation, good works, and holiness. But they have no clue what the deeper mysteries are that reveal how wrong our modern-day church systems are with their unscriptural pastor-dominated churches.
No New Testament church ever had a pastor in charge.
No New Testament church ever celebrated Christmas. The Bible never asked us to do that.
So a corrupt church system will bring forth error.
MATTHEW 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
In our age, we will pay for the error of our beliefs by being thrown into the fire of the 3.5 years of great Tribulation.
We were promised the voice of the seventh angel. That has now been changed to the Voice of God. That is a corruption of Scripture. The Bible is the Voice of God.
63-0630 THE THIRD EXODUS
Listen to the Bible, the Voice of God calling to you in this day.
Brother Branham never claimed to be infallible as he knew that he made mistakes at times.
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.
Calling brother Branham infallible is one of the awfullest things that he compares with adultery.
MATTHEW 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Brother Branham’s quotes came to reveal the Bible, not to replace the Bible.
William Branham was a signpost to show us the way, but only Jesus is the Way. If you put the emphasis on the prophet instead of Jesus then you have corrupted the truth.
John the Baptist summed it up well.
JOHN 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
The 7 church messengers were 7 stars in the right hand of Jesus. When the sun rises, the stars fade.
When the stars are your main light, you are still in darkness.
It is not yet time for the rising of the sun.
REVELATION 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand,
However great you think brother Branham is, he is only a star in the Lord’s hand. Thus Jesus is infinitely greater than brother Branham or any other church-age messenger.
Brother Branham never knew the mysteries of many of the Tribulation events.
Moses and Elijah will know those mysteries as well as all the mysteries that brother Branham revealed. Thus, they will end up knowing more than brother Branham knew. They will have an incredible supernatural power to disrupt Nature and produce a worldwide drought and endless plagues and disasters. Brother Branham never had that type of power. When he spoke to nature, it was to calm things down and make things better.
Moses and Elijah will come face-to-face with the final man of sin, the last Pope. He will be the evilest man on earth, fully controlled by the Devil. Brother Branham never met that level of evil in a single person. So Moses and Elijah are going to have incredibly powerful ministries and by knowing the secrets of great Tribulation they will know far more than we Gentiles know.
MATTHEW 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many message-followers and church-goers focus on following their pastors and church traditions. They are unable to understand many of the prophetic mysteries in the Bible. They focus on their obedience to their church and ignore their ignorance of so much of the Bible. They also twist up many quotes into things that the first church age never believed.
The first church never tried to interpret the unwritten mysteries of Scripture.
They never tried to interpret the 7 Thunders, the 7th Seal, and the new name of Jesus.
We must be restored back to the first church age
It is God’s will that we are restored back to the first church age of the apostles.
Our only safety is to believe the written Word of God.
God never asked us to invent clever interpretations of what is not written in the Bible.
MATTHEW 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Having a spectacular supernatural ministry does not mean that the doctrines that are preached are correct.
If error is preached, Jesus rejects these impressive-looking ministries.
Jannes and Jambres also turned sticks into snakes to imitate Moses.
The rain of God's Spirit falls on both the just and the unjust.
MATTHEW 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
At the end time, when the resurrection of the dead happens, the message-churches and the denominational churches will know too little of the Bible mysteries. They will then point to some impressive works that they have done. That means that they have missed what God was trying to do, which was revealing the mysteries of His Word.
But we are in the eagle-age that is supposed to see the truth and understand the written Scriptures. Having replaced what is written in Scripture with their quotes, they will be totally incapable of understanding the deeper mysteries of what is written.
God told Adam to “multiply” in Genesis Chapter 1. In Chapter 3 He said to Eve that He would “greatly multiply” her conception. Why the change?
When Jesus returns He will find the quote-driven message churches unable to understand many of the written mysteries. Thus, they will be totally incapable of understanding the unwritten Thunders when they utter as well as the unwritten new name. The seven Thunders can only give the Bride rapturing faith by showing the Bride how to get their bodies changed. You cannot get raptured in this body. Thus you cannot get rapturing faith in this body.
For those who think the 7 Thunders have uttered, they will either ignore or oppose the 7 Thunders when they do utter. That will be a disaster for them as the Thunders will be a staggering event that we could not in any way foresee or prepare for. Only our understanding of the written Bible mysteries will enable us to recognize the pattern of events that are produced by the unknown 7 Thunders.
MATTHEW 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
When our bodies change, that will be final. Those who cannot understand the written Bible mysteries will never understand the hidden unwritten mysteries that cause the changing of the body. The changing of the body will be an inner change. That is not likely to be a public show when it happens. And it will happen in an instant. You are either ready and you go, or you stay behind. Iniquity is knowing that it was wrong to replace Scripture with quotes and interpretations of quotes.
For those who stay behind, there will be just an incredible denial of reality as great Tribulation crashes into them. Denial is usually followed by anger, directed at their church pastors who took their money and then deceived them by banning the Bible teachers who could have taught them the truth. But they sought safety in their church numbers. They were scared to stand alone as the church provides social security. Sadly, they will die alone in the cruel tidal waves of evil that sweep with devastating suddenness over the world in great Tribulation.
Their main iniquity. They placed a man in the place of Jesus Christ as their head.
The Catholics call their Pope “Vicarius Christi”. In place of Christ.
The message groups were finally fooled by a Catholic doctrine.
By putting a man at the head of their church they followed the doctrines of their mother church, Roman Catholicism. That was iniquity because they knew that they should have followed the example of the apostolic church of the New Testament who regarded Christ, the Word, as the only Head of the church.
The rock is the revelation of Jesus Christ
I CORINTHIANS 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
The rock is the revelation of Jesus Christ that we get from the Bible.
MATTHEW 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
The rock that Christ builds His church on is the revelation of Who Jesus is. He is Lord God Almighty. No man can compete with Him. Jesus is the Head of the Church.
Jesus is the Word of God and the King James Bible is our only Absolute and infallible Truth.
Put Jesus first in your life and you will never have to regret that.
Regard the King James Bible as your only Absolute and you will never have to regret that either.
MATTHEW 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
We are having the former or teaching rain now. Message people and denominations condemn and reject those who want to be strictly Scriptural. The harvest is when the seeds are pulled off the plant. The latter rain will see the dead saints from the 7 church ages pulled out of their graves. Then will come the staggering 7 Thunders that will turn our comfortable church lives upside down in order to be able to change our bodies. Message groups with their quote-doctrines will bitterly oppose and resent these 7 Thunders because they will stagger everyone by being so different from what we expect.
John wrote 6 of the 7 written Seals. Then there were the other seven unwritten Seals called the 7 Thunders. The unwritten 7th Seal connects the unwritten 7 Seals (the 7 Thunders) to the written 7 Seals.
But the 7th Seal is just silence. So nothing was written.
64-0719 THE FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS
The Seventh Seal hasn't opened yet, you know. That's His Coming.
In other words, the revelation of the 6 written Seals will open up the mysteries of the written Bible. These revelations will enable us to understand the 7 unwritten Thunders when they utter. When the 7 Thunders reveal to us how to receive a new immortal body, then only can we receive rapturing faith to meet the Lord at His Coming, which is the 7th Seal.
63-0318 THE FIRST SEAL
But think, now he wrote this, but when he started to write those other seven thunders, he said, "Don't write it." He'd been commissioned to write everything he seen. But when these seven thunders over in Revelations 10 uttered, he said, "Don't write them at all." They're mysteries. We don't know what they are yet; but my opinion they'll be revealed right away. And when it do, it'll give faith for that rapturing grace for that Church to move out. We just move through everything that we know of; through all the dispensations we've watched everything. We've seen the mysteries of God. We've seen the appearing of the--of the great gathering together of the Bride in the last days, but yet there's something in there that we just can't lighten ourself with. There's something another. But I imagine when them mysteries begins to come forth... God said, "Hold it back now. Wait a minute. I'll reveal it in that day. Don't write it at all, John, 'cause they'll stagger over it. Just let it go. (See?) But I'll reveal it in that day when it has need to done."
However much is known, there is still something missing that only the 7 Thunders will be able to reveal. That is the changing of the body.
But the true Bride that only believes Scripture will follow the truth of the Thunders to get their bodies changed and will then complete the harvest rain by being pulled off the earth to meet the Lord in the air.
Rain and wind speaks of a hard time. It will be a very challenging time with much rejection, criticism, and condemnation. Despite hardships and losses, there will be a sweet testimony of deliverance on every tongue of the Bride members.
Believing the Bible is a River of Life as there is always more evidence to confirm the truth.
Human opinions are just building on sand
Building on sand. Human opinions that are not proven from Scripture.
MATTHEW 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Sand consists of small particles that got chipped off the rock. This represents humans who separate themselves from the King James Version of the Bible. They become wrapped up in their own ideas and the traditions of their church.
Any person wrapped up in self-gain and self-righteousness becomes a small package. A little grain of sand. Listening to these people is a spiritual disaster.
MATTHEW 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
The former or teaching rain was brother Branham teaching us to interpret each Scripture by means of other Scriptures so that we could run the pattern of each doctrine through the Bible. Real truth starts in Genesis and links up to other Bible verses until the Scriptural path ends in Revelation. Error gets destroyed by this method as there are no Scriptures running through the Bible that support error. Try proving that brother Branham is the Voice of God when “Voice of God” is not even mentioned in the New Testament. Thus, the idea that brother Branham is the Voice of God cannot be run through the Bible. As such, that doctrine collapses like an unscriptural house of cards.
Thus, the grains of sand who rely on their small puddles of misinterpreted quotes and human opinions spread much Bible-illiteracy amongst their church-goers.
People will finally discover that though brother Branham is revered by many, he is actually understood by few.
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.
When the 7 Thunders utter, church-goers will be completely dumbfounded as they have not even learned how to interpret written Scriptures by means of other Scriptures. What hope will they have of puzzling out the unwritten Scriptures? Especially when they have little more than a month or 40 days between the resurrection of the dead saints and the ascension of the Bride to Heaven.
If this pattern from the First Coming of Jesus is followed by a similar pattern at the Second Coming of Jesus then we can expect the end-time events to look very similar.
Between the resurrection of the New Testament saints and their ascension to Heaven at the rapture leaves a time period of about 40 days.
That time period of 40 days will be the see the 7 Thunders finish off the seven church ages and prepare the two prophets for their ministry to Israel in the 3.5 years of great Tribulation.
The former rain and the latter rain will fall together for about a month.
JOEL 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
We will have to be wide-awake in this narrow time slot so that we do not miss the significance of these totally unexpected events.
We will be staggered by those events. We will be astonished.
MATTHEW 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
The sayings of Jesus ended when He got to the latter rain which ends with the catching up of the Bride to heaven to meet the Lord in the air. His sayings revealed the way to salvation from hell as well as the salvation of His Bride from the terrors of great Tribulation.
Salvation ends with the redemption of the body. Once the Bride are in new immortal bodies then we will have no further need of a Saviour. That is the only time when the new name of Jesus will be revealed.
Until then, Jesus alone knows that new name. That revelation will astonish everyone. The name of Jesus will never be used again. The foolish or fooled virgins who hang onto the name of Jesus will be swept into great Tribulation where there is no mercy as the Blood will no longer be on the mercy seat. Jesus gets off the mercy seat to collect His Bride at His Second Coming.
ROMANS 8:23 … waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
REVELATION 19:12 … and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
The name of God was Jehovah (or JHVH) in the Old Testament. Once the new name of Jesus was mentioned in Matthew Chapter 1 then a whole New Testament was written and the name Jehovah was never mentioned again. The language changed from Hebrew to Greek and “Jehovah” was never used again. Why?
The Jehovah of the Old Testament became the Jesus of the New Testament.
Like a woman getting married. She then uses the new name of her husband and ceases to use the old name of her father. Her husband becomes her head, her father is no longer her head. There is a big change.
“Astonished at His doctrine”. The seven Thunders will completely stagger us with what they reveal.
Only the wise virgins will understand the written Bible
MATTHEW 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Teach with authority means the ability to explain the Scriptures.
Only the written Bible has God’s authority.
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."
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.
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.
The bloodline of Jesus has 13 more names in Luke than it has in Matthew. Why?
Why could David enter the Holy Place and eat the shewbread that only priests could eat?
Why did Jesus refuse to say a word to Herod when Pilate sent him to Herod for trial?
Why is one angel recorded at the empty tomb in Matthew and Mark, and two angels in Luke and John?
Why did Jesus want the disciples to understand how many baskets of rejected scraps were collected after feeding the thousands from a schoolboy’s lunch?
MATTHEW 16:9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
:10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
12 baskets and 7 baskets of rejected scraps were taken up. Why this number of baskets? Why the interest in the rejected scraps of bread?
Jesus is the Bread of Life. So, bread represents the Word of God.
The Jews ate what they wanted and rejected the rest by throwing it away.
This symbolized the Jews accepting the miracles and healing that Jesus brought but eventually, at Calvary, they rejected the Word of God.
So, the rejected Gospel was written down by the disciples as the New Testament.
This Gospel that the Jews rejected would first go to the Gentiles during seven church ages, then it would go back to the 12 tribes of Israel in the 3.5 years of great Tribulation.
The things that Jesus said and did always had a deeper meaning.
In Matthew 28:19 Jesus told them to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. If the church stops there and never realizes that the Father was God above the Jews, the Son was God with the Jews, and the Holy Ghost is God in the church, then they have been fooled by the Trinity.
Then they have no name for God.
They cannot see that Jesus is the name of Almighty God.
They got saved and lived holy but it stopped there. They will never be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. So Matthew never mentions the ascension of Jesus.
Luke, as the third Gospel, represents Christ as the ideal Man. The third beast around the throne was a man.
REVELATION 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
But a man cannot walk on water. So Luke just left out the portion where Jesus walked on water.
Right at the end, God will reveal the sealed-up mysteries of Scripture.
DANIEL 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
:10 … and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
The wise virgins will be able to understand the mysteries of Scripture.
They can teach from the authority of the written Scriptures.