Matthew Chapter 1, Part 1. Five men form a foundation for Jew and Gentile. Four women describe the church.
Matthew Chapter 1
There are four beasts around the throne of God in Revelation Chapter 4.
A lion. A calf or young ox. A man. A flying eagle.
REVELATION 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
REVELATION 4:6 ... 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 four beasts represent the four Gospels.
They also represent the first four Seals in Revelation Chapter 6.
Matthew presents Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The lion is called the king of the beasts.
So, Matthew presents Jesus as the great King.
But He is a King who wants to be worshiped in Bible Truth. Not by man-made religious traditions.
The first Seal in Revelation 6:1-2 deals with the rise of the antichrist rider on a white horse of religious deception during the first two church ages of Roman persecution of the church that ended in AD 312.
Satan's main objective is to get us to worship God in an unscriptural way. As long as we are different to the Bible in some way, then Satan is happy. AD 312 was when the new emperor Constantine stopped the last mad persecution of the previous emperor Diocletian.
From AD 33 to about AD 100 was also the time when the apostles established the true Word of God as the New Testament. By AD 100 the apostle John had been inspired to choose the 27 Books that formed the New Testament.
The lion, as the first beast around the throne, represents Jesus both as the King and as the Truth of God’s Word.
Matthew will follow the line of the kingly tribe of Judah with an emphasis on spiritual Truth as well as certain individuals who failed to follow God's Word.
MATTHEW 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
"The son of" means in the general family term as a descendant.
Jesus is the King of kings. And He wants to be worshiped in Truth.
David was the greatest king of the Jews. Thus, he is mentioned first.
Abraham who was born well over a thousand years before David, met the first great King, Melchizadek, Who was God.
God created a Body for Himself by breathing into a handful of dust and then met Abraham.
Then God left that Body after speaking to Abraham. The Body turned back to the dust and was no more.
Thus, Melchizadek had no father or mother. His life did not start nor finish. God put on a body of flesh which He later discarded. In the same way that a person puts on clothes and later takes them off.
Melchizadek is the Hebrew spelling. Melchisedec is the Greek spelling. The New Testament was written in Greek.
HEBREWS 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
HEBREWS 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Matthew gives a long line of 42 generations of men through whom the royal bloodline runs. This takes them from Abraham to Jesus.
But 13 generations are left out because Luke's Gospel has 13 extra names between David and Joseph.
Critics say this is a mistake in the Bible.
Wrong. It is a warning.
13 is the number of rebellion. So, cutting people out of the Book of Life is God's way of dealing with rebellion.
Revelation Chapter 13 sees 2 vicious beasts (powers) that arise in rebellion against God which are the Roman Catholic church and America. These two powers will cause the world to take on the mark of the beast, 666, which is to stop following Jesus Who is the Word of God, the King James Bible. Today very few Christians believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the perfect Truth.
John 6:66 has the numbers 666 which tells us what the mark of the beast is.
JOHN 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
The mark of the beast is when disciples turn away from following Jesus. Jesus is the Word of God. The only guaranteed Word of God today is the King James Bible.
The mark of the beast, today, starts when you start finding faults in the King James Bible.
Thus whatever you say about the King James Bible, that is what you are saying about Jesus.
As soon as you decide that there is a mistake in the King James Bible, which tells us the thoughts of God, then you are criticizing Jesus. Because the Word of God expresses the thoughts of God. And Jesus is the Word of God.
The first battle between the kings in the Promised Land began with a rebellion.
GENESIS 14:4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
Rebellion is linked to the number 13.
Thus the missing 13 generations in Matthew Chapter 1 are linked to people who decided to rebel against God. One man, sadly, began well but then did not accept God's plan for the end of his life.
So Matthew Chapter 1 makes it clear that God does not tolerate rebellion against His Word.
Most people ignore the first part of Matthew Chapter 1 as they simply see it as a long list of names that hold no interest for them.
But everything in the Bible has value.
Scientists can only find a use for about 5% of our DNA. Some even called the rest of the DNA “junk”.
But further research revealed that the other 95% was needed to keep the DNA alive and to enable it to duplicate itself.
In the same sense, in the military, there are probably 10 people needed to handle all the logistics, maintenance, production, planning, and health care that keeps one fighting soldier on the front lines. The public thinks this one fighter is what makes the military force. We very seldom hear about the critical role of the ten people who keep him supplied.
The "boring" jobs of looking after the military fighters, called logistics, are what win the battles.
If there are chunks of the Bible that people mistakenly call boring or irrelevant, then they simply do not have the mind of Christ because Jesus wrote all those parts of the Bible.
I CORINTHIANS 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
So, let us look at this list that includes 42 generations of men and four women.
Every Chapter in the Bible is important if only we had enough of the "eagle insight" to understand what is written Bible verses are trying to teach us.
This list of 42 generations tells us how God dealt with the Jews in the Old Testament.
42 is significant.
42 months is also the length of the Tribulation when Jesus turns back to the Jews, after the church ages.
We see a faint clue.
The 42 generations bring us through the history of the Jews from Abraham to Jesus.
Then the Jews are cut off for the duration of the seven church ages when God turns to the Gentiles.
When the seventh church age is cut off, God will turn and redeem the 144000 Jews during the 42 months of the Great Tribulation.
Amongst 42 generations of men, why are four women mentioned?
They are famous as they are written into the bloodline of Jesus.
Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba.
A woman symbolizes a church.
These four women thus represent four different stages of the church during its 2000 years of history.
God guided the church, represented by these four women, through the first four Seals which deal with the church ages (Revelation6:1-7).
The first 7 verses in Revelation Chapter 6 represent the 7 church ages.
Then comes the Tribulation when Death takes his ride (Revelation 6:8). In this new system (8 is a new system) of the Tribulation horror and mass violence, God turns back to the Jews in the Tribulation.
Each of the first four Seals has two verses, as each Seal develops the antichrist spirit over two church ages.
REVELATION 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
The Lion Spirit of God, representing the true Word of God that was brought to the first church age by the apostles.
REVELATION 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
White. Religious. A bow but no mention of an arrow. A bluffer. Religious deception. The rise of the Roman Catholic church that elevated a man and his ideas to be in charge of a church. Eventually, the Pope wore a triple crown.
This horse and rider represent the rise of the antichrist spirit out of the sea of restless nations and tribes in Europe.
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.
This was the same antichrist spirit that possessed the murderous Pharaoh and his army.
That same evil spirit, when Pharaoh drowned, went into the restless sea of nations that Daniel traced to Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. Then onto the "little horn" which is the Vatican City. It is the smallest state on earth. One square kilometer in size, and only 150 citizens with a Vatican passport. About 650 Vatican people have dual passports as they mainly live overseas.
REVELATION 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
REVELATION 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
The Roman emperor Constantine gave religious authority to the Pope as he enforced the Trinity doctrine on the church.
Catholic religion united with political power and would dominate Europe as the Pope conquered the barbarian tribes with his made-up doctrines. These same tribes who had conquered the Roman empire.
The Catholic church became a killing machine in the Dark Ages.
God's Spirit operated as an Ox, the beast of suffering and slaughter. Tens of millions of Christians were hunted down and killed. The Bible was banned.
"Another horse" but not "another" rider. The same mysterious antichrist rider (the Devil) now on two horses, religious deception and politics.
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.
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.
"Wheat and barley and Oil". Seeds to make bread. The Bible is our spiritual bread. Oil to anoint the truth. Martin Luther restored salvation by faith alone. The King James Version of the Bible was translated and perfected between 1604 and 1769. The scholars had produced an Absolute Scripture.
Wine. The stimulation of Revelation. John Wesley's holiness revelation and the great missionary age that followed.
God's Spirit now anointed man's scholarship to translate the Bible correctly and to reveal the truth of salvation, holiness, and outreach to the heathen nations.
But the Catholic church was charging people for their religion. Making money out of the Word of God. Indulgences were sold which they claimed forgave you of your sin. People had to pay to get out of purgatory.
Protestants followed this money-making racket by binding people to their denominational church systems. But some Bible truth had been revealed although the unscriptural Trinity meant that the triune God still had no name. You cannot find one name for three Persons.
But the demonology of Big-Money was entering the church world.
The same mystery rider on his trinity of horses. A horse represents a power.
REVELATION 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
The fourth beast was an eagle with its piercing insight.
From 1947 - 1965 William Branham in America revealed the mysteries of the written Bible.
(What the 7 Thunders said, the 7th Seal, and the new name of Jesus were not revealed as they are not written).
We should now be able to answer the difficult verses that the churches stumble over. This excludes topics like the 7 Trumpets and the 7 Vials as they refer to the Tribulation and will only be known at the time of the two prophets, Moses and Elijah.
The Bride is not involved with the Tribulation.
Religious deception took the first two church ages to get established in the Roman church.
The white horse continued its ride during the awfully long third and fourth church ages that lasted for 1200 years as Rome gained political power in Europe. Those two ages took up 60% of the time of the church ages. That is why the second beast in heaven is a calf. A young ox. It needed to start young as it had such a long time of death and destruction that it had to survive until Luther broke that power in 1520 with the Reformation.
Then another two ages were needed for the church to lose its spiritual calling and become blinded by wealth and material gain. Meanwhile, politics and religious deception kept riding on in the church world.
The antichrist spirits of white religious deception, red political power, and black big-money demonology continued their ride even though they were exposed by the eagle (William Branham the end time prophet) in verse 7 which represents the 7th church age.
"I heard the voice of the fourth beast".
Brother Branham recorded his sermons on books and tapes.
He left the scene in 1965 and since 1966 we have been living in the "days of the voice of the seventh angel".
Thanks to his sermons we should now be able to see what the Bible is talking about.
If we can see what the written Scripture means, then we are eagles.
In verse 8, the Tribulation, the antichrist spirits unite into the pale corpse-colored horse to produce Satan, who as Death takes his last ride.
So we are living in the days just before the Tribulation when the antichrist spirits, dominated by the Laodicean love of money and material welfare, are busy uniting with politics and religious error to form a single very sick horse.
What can we learn from the four women who are mentioned, who symbolize the church in different ages?
One acted like a prostitute. The second was a prostitute. The third was righteous, but not a Jew. The fourth bathed naked publically and committed adultery. Yet all were ancestors of Messiah's line.
When people claim that they are saved by good works, they are missing the mark.
MATTHEW 1:3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar;
MATTHEW 1:5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth;
MATTHEW 1:6 ... and David the king begat Solomon of her [Bathsheba] that had been the wife of Urias;
Thamar. Church ages 1 and 2.
Rachab. Church ages 3 and 4. These were the Dark Ages where the great Harlot, the Roman Catholic church, dominated Europe as the dominating woman, Jezebel.
"Pornocracy". The historians' label for the Roman Catholic church that was ruled by prostitutes who controlled corrupt Popes between AD 904 and AD 963.
The walls of Jericho had to fall for Rahab the harlot to get saved. The man-made denominational walls of Roman Catholicism had to fall so that people in bondage to Rome could come out of her and get saved.
It was suitable for Rahab to also be a harlot to represent this awful time of church decadence and decay.
She had a scarlet cord that represented the blood of Jesus as if it is a scarlet safety rope that pulls repentant sinners out of the bottomless pit.
But we learn a key lesson. However bad a person is, the blood of Jesus can still wash them clean. Christ came to save sinners, not the righteous.
REVELATION 1:6 Unto him [Jesus Christ] that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rahab hid two spies, symbolizing the revealed New and the Old Testaments of the King James Version of the Bible, that everybody else wanted to get rid of. Revealed by the books and tapes that brother Branham preached.
Rahab did exactly what these spies told her to do, and as a result she was saved. And then she became part of the bloodline of Jesus.
Obeying the written Bible is our only key to future success.
Ruth. Church ages 5 and 6.
Ruth had a great reputation as she stayed in the field of Boaz, gathering wheat.
The 5th church age had a great reputation for restoring salvation by faith and translating and perfecting the incredible King James Version of the Bible between 1604 and 1769.
The 6th church age was highly esteemed as John Wesley restored holiness, which is a great virtue. Ruth was known for her virtue. Then the missionaries went into a world-wide evangelical field to convert and gather the heathen.
Repentance and accepting Jesus as personal Saviour changed sinners into saints.
Ruth had a great reputation, but she was not Jewish. She was a Moabite who changed her beliefs to become a Jew.
Bathsheba. Church age 7.
The age of the "church of the Laodiceans", not the church of God. A dark and cleverly dangerous age.
Laodicea means people's rights. Like the right to bath naked in public. (Bath-sheba). Then she commits adultery with King David.
Just like today, men and women living together. Same-sex marriages. Adultery. Divorce and re-marry. Who cares?
Everybody claims to have a right to do whatever they want to do.
Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba readily fit into the characteristics of their respective church ages.
Bathsheba is not mentioned by name. The modern church is obsessed with the nameless Trinity. You cannot find one name for three Persons. Thus the church, which takes on the name of her Triune husband, cannot have a name either. Churches thus make up their own human names for themselves. They have a right (they think) to name themselves.
Bathsheba is the fourth woman, symbolizing the church in the fourth Seal.
REVELATION 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
The fourth beast is the eagle with its brilliant vision.
Verse 7 represents the seventh church age of the eagle prophet who warned us to be Scriptural before he was rejected by the church of the Laodiceans.
Bathsheba, a symbol of the church, put her focus on beauty and nakedness, typical of today's church. Church women wear revealing clothes that focus on various slits to display their flesh. See-through, sleeveless, short skirts, and exposed cleavage.
Women should be in submission but today they wear pants to show their authority.
1965-0801 EVENTS MADE CLEAR BY PROPHECY
We look at these boys just so much like girls, wearing clothes like them, and see the girls trying to act like boys, and see the women and man in this perverted age, see sex appeal has become an idol of worship. The Gospel has been pushed out to one side, and nakedness in the Laodicea church. O God, what a hour! Come, Lord Jesus, make Yourself known to us. For we ask it in Jesus' Name.
A basic problem of the "church of the Laodiceans" is that they do whatever the people want to do. After all, it is the age of people's rights. Gay rights. Abortion rights. Worshipping God with drumbeat music even though drums are never mentioned in the Bible.
… back in the jungles of Africa, on safari hunters, they had to take high-powered radios to hear Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, and them guys with that rock-and-roll and twist. And the natives, trying to see them act along, jerking their head and acting like that, the natives stood and looked at them …
See, it’s a spirit. And the spirit is not only in America, it has spread itself out over the world, to bring them to the battle of Armageddon.
The airy nonchalance with which the Laodicean church-goers of today just make up the details of their church religion as they go along, simply indicates their plunge into the fathomless abyss of self-delusion and fantasy. Their brilliant defense of unscriptural error is just shamelessly invented and fools multitudes.
There is no deep down fear and reverence for the written Word of God.
David was a bad military leader at that time. This illustrates the bad leadership of the last church age. The army was at war but their leader David was sitting at home. An idle mind is the Devil's workshop.
He sees a naked woman Bathsheba. In Revelation 3:17 the church of the Laodiceans is accused of being "naked". David and Bathsheba do what they want to do. Who cares about what the Scripture says. Then arrangements are made to kill an innocent man. Today 50 million innocent children are killed every year by means of abortions. People are "blind" to the enormity of their crimes. How much sexual abuse is being revealed amongst church preachers today?
The first child dies leaving David and Bathsheba "wretched and miserable".
This is symbolic of the Pentecostal revival of 1906 in Azusa Street, Los Angeles that began to die out around 1917 when they decided to organize the movement into different man-made denominations. Believing in a Trinity made most of them reject being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Unable to accept the unfolding revelation of truth, the churches at that time saw when Communism started in Russia under Lenin and then Stalin. Unknown to the Pentecostals, ("and knoweth not") Russia was being raised up to destroy America with nuclear explosions during the Tribulation.
The next son of Bathsheba was Solomon, the true king. This symbolized the end time when the children must be restored to the original apostolic fathers, to get them ready for the Coming of the Lord. William Branham revealed the mysteries of Scripture to prepare the end-time children to understand the Bible. The organized churches remained blind to these revealed truths.
Solomon was a great king but women and money were his downfalls.
A warning to the church of the wealthy but ignorant Laodiceans that fool themselves that money is God's blessing.
REVELATION 3:17 ... I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not...
Bathsheba's husband was Uriah, a righteous man.
She represented the church. Uriah represented the Law. But Bathsheba could not bring forth life while she was married to the Law. So the life she conceived while still married to Uriah had to die.
Then Uriah had to be killed in the fiercest part of the battle. In the real battle against sin, the Law has to die. Good works cannot save us. Grace alone can save as long as we exercise faith in Christ's works alone.
The death of Uriah freed Bathsheba from her marriage to him. Free from the Law, she brought forth Solomon who was the son of David.
The Bride has to be free from the unbelief and church traditions and the man-made laws of the church of the Laodiceans, before she can bring forth the Second Coming of the Son of David, Who is Jesus Christ.
Then there was Tamar who had to go to her father Judah to get a new life.
Being married to Judah's son meant that Tamar was Judah's daughter.
The early church, represented by Tamar, got eternal life from God the Father directly from Heaven as the Holy Spirit fell upon them from Heaven on the day of Pentecost.
The early church received the New Testament which was the inspired truth that came directly from God.
They did not listen to the ideas of man.
They even checked that what Paul preached was Scriptural.
ACTS 17:11 These [people of Berea] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Born again of God's Spirit they only believed God's Word.
The Holy Spirit is none other than God the Father.
The man who places the seed of life in a woman's womb is the father of that child.
MATTHEW 1:21 ... for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Thus the Holy Spirit is the Father of Jesus.
God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and His nature is Holy. Thus "Holy Spirit" is the most precise description of God.
Judah had a trinity of three useless sons who brought forth no new life either through wickedness, rebellion against God's law of raising up children through a brother of the dead husband, or forgetful carelessness and not getting married.
Tamar, as the symbol of the early church, got no new life from this trinity.
But she had a deep vision.
Two of Judah's sons were dead and the third was not interested in getting married. Judah's kingly line would die out and there would be no Messiah.
To prevent that Tamar had to act bad, seducing Judah as if she were a prostitute, in order to get the seed of life from Judah himself.
By being prepared to wreck her own reputation and risk being killed, Tamar set out to save the line of Messiah.
She put the spiritual need of continuing the about-to-be-cut-off Messiah's line as far more important than her own welfare.
The early church, filled with eternal life from God Himself, was considered to be evil by the pagan Roman empire.
Everything that went wrong in the empire was blamed on the Christians. The pagan Romans regarded the Christians as being an abomination that deserved the cruelest of deaths.
There were at least 10 persecutions organized against them and one historian claimed that about 3 million Christians were killed by the pagan Roman empire between the years AD 64 and AD 312. Nero began killing Christians in AD 64 after the great fire of Rome.
But the blood of the martyrs fertilized the truth of God's Word which kept spreading.
Tamar demanded 3 symbols from Judah, her father.
A signet ring, his bracelets, and a staff. A staff is a stick that supports a person.
The early church demanded three things from God the Father.
His human name so that the early church could be His Bride. They demanded the right to be totally submissive to His will even though He led millions of them to their deaths.
They demanded the total support of His Word and His Spirit to supply their needs and support them when they fully obeyed His Word.
The signet ring was a symbol of a wedding ring where the bride takes on the name of her husband.
The Trinity has no wedding ring for the church as the Trinity has no name for the Triune God. Just the three titles. They say, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" but they do not know what that name is.
The Jews were baptized unto Moses when they followed him, risking death, into the Red Sea.
Moses is a name that gave the Jews life and destroyed their strong enemies, the chariots of Egypt.
I CORINTHIANS 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
Baptism in the name of Jesus gave the early church eternal Life as it was a step towards receiving the Holy Spirit, Who is eternal Life.
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.
The Egyptians followed into the Red Sea in the name of Pharaoh, which is a title.
Baptism in three titles is not a name. It is not the way to get to Jesus, because He has a name.
So the early church of the first two church ages had no Trinity.
This doctrine was forced on the church at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325.
The titles Father, Son, and Holy Spirit used in baptism led the church into death and the Dark Ages.
Millions were killed to enforce the Trinity doctrine on the churches.
Today, the Trinitarians may be saved from hell by their repentance, but they march towards their death in the Tribulation because they baptize in three titles.
Trinitarians admit that the Trinity is a mystery that cannot be understood.
That is simply because they reject the teachings of the end-time prophet William Branham.
The Bible says that this mystery of God will be finished one day when the seventh angel (or messenger) reveals it.
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.
The mystery of Who God is can only be understood when the Trinity is dismissed and people realize that Jesus Christ is Lord God Almighty.
REVELATION 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, ...
:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
As long as you believe in a Trinity the mystery of God cannot be finished.
Tamar wanted Judah's bracelets which symbolize handcuffs worn on the wrists by a prisoner. She wanted to be a prisoner of her father Judah. She knew that the Messiah would only come through Judah's line.
The early church wanted to be a prisoner of God the Father, not a prisoner of some church or church leader who preaches his or her human opinions.
EPHESIANS 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Being a prisoner of Jesus makes you a prisoner of God the Father because the Father dwells fully in Jesus.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
We can only help the Gentiles when they become prisoners of the revealed King James Version of the Bible.
William Branham came to reveal the mysteries of the Bible, not to replace what is written with his quotes.
Thus the early church had a clear revelation that the human name of God the Father was Jesus Christ.
Tamar also wanted her father's staff.
The Bible is the staff that sustains and supports us.
MATTHEW 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Seeking our physical welfare is secondary. We should leave that to God.
Our primary concern should be helping God's kingdom of the revealed Word to spread.
DEUTERONOMY 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
If blessings overtake us then it means that they were behind us and we never saw them nor focused on them.
The early church left it to God for whatever He saw fit to add to them.
They served God's kingdom and left it to God for whatever blessings He allowed to overtake them.
The early church, like Tamar, took the spiritual needs of their days as far more important than their own physical needs.
If they had to die for being accused of bad crimes, just because they were Christians, then they marched to their deaths.
They left it to God to supply their physical needs while they focused on serving Him and obeying His written Word.
ACTS 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
These Christians from the early church were thus way ahead of the church of the Laodiceans who endlessly brag about their wealth.
The early church only had one desire and that was to serve their Father in heaven. Not to build up their empire on earth.
MATTHEW 1:2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
Why does Matthew start with Abraham?
Because Abraham (known then as Abram), who was living at Haran, was the first “Hebrew” (which means he “crossed over” the mile-wide Euphrates river with all his cattle and sheep to leave the region of Haran so that he could settle in the Promised Land). That was a real achievement that made the people of Canaan (the Promised Land) take notice of him.
We as Christians are expected to cross-over from a life of sin to a life of righteousness when we accept Jesus as our Saviour. People should notice the change in our behaviour.
From Abraham came the Jewish nation.
God called Abraham, so the Jews became God’s chosen nation.
Jesus was crucified as King of the Jews. The main importance of the Jews was that Jesus would be born as their future King.
Look at this statue of Moses. It has a rectangular base with four corners that it is built on.
The first four patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph) form a rectangular foundation stone (shown in red) on which God would build up a Jewish body using His prophets.
Jesus would come to earth over 2000 years later and be the Head of that Jewish body.
But the Jews rejected Him. So, the Jewish body never received its Head.
That is why John the Baptist was beheaded. His corpse represented the Jewish people with the Head separated from the body.
When the Jews killed Jesus, this is what their more than 2000-year-old body of believers looked like.
A statue without a head looks all wrong.
When Jesus rose from the dead, the napkin or cloth that was around His head was found to be separate from the clothes that were wrapped around His body.
This represented His separation from the Jews in death. Jesus is the Head of the Jews. But they killed Him.
JOHN 20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
JOHN 20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
This showed that the living Christ will one day reunite the Jewish body with Him. Because His living Body was united with His head.
Jesus did this by resurrecting the Old Testament Jewish saints just after His resurrection. And one day soon He will finally unite with the 144000 Jews in the Tribulation.
MATTHEW 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
After the Jews rejected Him at Calvary, Jesus turned to the Gentiles in the Book of Acts to build up a church body during the seven church ages that would last about 2000 years.
But the church also needed a foundation stone with four corners to stand on.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The four Gospels.
John (Eagle) Luke (Man)
Matthew (Lion) Mark (Young Ox)
Then Jesus built up His church body during the next 2000 years. The present-day true believers form the neck of this body. Soon Jesus will return to be the Head.
Then the resurrected Bride will be the true Body of Jesus, only if they are totally under the control of their Head, Jesus.
And Jesus reveals His thoughts and instructions to us through His perfect Word, the King James Version of the Bible.
Any Christian who says that there is any mistake in this Bible cannot be part of the Bride.
The Bride is in submission to her Husband, the Word.
At the Second Coming, the Gentile church will receive her Head and be complete.
Let us look at the foundation stone (represented by the red rectangle) that was prepared for the body of Jewish believers.
Joseph (Perfection) Jacob (Grace)
Abraham (Faith) Isaac (Love)
Abraham had great faith as he was prepared to kill Isaac, knowing that God would raise him from the dead.
GENESIS 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
Abraham intended to kill Isaac. Yet he knew that Isaac would return with him. Such was his faith that God would resurrect Isaac from the dead.
Faith in the resurrection made Abraham the father of faith.
Our most feared enemy is death. But the resurrection will free us from death. Thus the resurrection is the final victor.
Because God had made a covenant with Abraham and his seed. So, Abraham knew that if his seed (son) died, God would raise Isaac up again.
GENESIS 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
Isaac was the seed or son of Abraham.
But the spiritual Seed of Abraham was Christ.
That is why Matthew calls Christ the Son of Abraham.
Jesus alone can produce the resurrection from the dead.
Isaac and Rebekah (Hebrew name) form a beautiful love story. Rebekah loving a man she had never seen but had heard about from a trusted servant.
God sends a messenger, the American William Branham, to the last church age as the seventh angel so that he can reveal the mysteries of Scripture.
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.
We can thus hear about Jesus as the Word of God and fall in love with the King James Bible as our Absolute Truth.
We are so in love with this Bible that we regard it as Perfect and refuse to find any fault in the King James Bible.
Rebecca (Greek name) watered the camel that carried her to Isaac. We follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit Who alone can give us a revelation of what brother Branham revealed from the Bible. Only by believing the Scripture can we be guided to the Second Coming of Jesus.
Whatever you say about the King James Bible is what you say about Jesus. Because He is the Word.
Criticize the King James Bible in any way and you are criticizing Jesus. Then you are not in love with Him.
Jacob was a deceptive cheat until he wrestled with God and then limped. He walked differently.
We must wrestle with God until He gives us a revelation of the difficult verses in the Bible. Only by understanding the written Scriptures can we see where we are in today's world and thus get ready for the Coming of the Lord.
That was God’s grace that changed Jacob.
Jacob, symbolizing Christ, worked 7 years (symbolizing seven Jewish ages) for Leah the older Jewish sister. Then seven years (symbolizing 7 church ages) for the younger Gentile church, represented by Rachel. That was God’s grace to us Gentile heathens.
Joseph was a perfect type of Christ. Loved by his father and hated by his brothers. Thrown into jail with a butler (who serves wine) who lived and a baker who makes bread, and was killed.
Jesus had the Lord’s supper (called communion) with wine and the bread that He broke to symbolize His broken body in death.
Then Joseph saved Egypt. Jesus saved His believers.
Everyone had to bow when Joseph passed by. Every knee shall bow when Jesus returns.
We look again at a change in the fourth corner of the foundation stone when Joseph was replaced by his younger son Ephraim.
Reuben, as firstborn of Leah, had the birthright, a double portion.
But he lost the birthright by being immoral.
I CORINTHIANS 7:1 It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
If a man and a woman are not married then they have no right to touch each other.
Joseph was the firstborn of Rachel and he then got the birthright which gave him two portions of the Promised Land for his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
But Jacob crossed his arms and the birthright went to the younger son, Ephraim.
God dealt first with the Jews but then salvation crossed over to the Gentiles at Calvary.
The cross-over of salvation from the Jews into the feet of the Gentile image as shown in the Book of Daniel.
So, Ephraim replaced Joseph.
Ephraim (birthright) Jacob (Grace)
Abraham (Faith) Isaac (Love)
But Ephraim would later mess up badly with idols.
HOSEA 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.
So, the tribe of Ephraim was cast out of God’s Book of Life.
But Joseph was the perfect type of Christ.
Therefore, perfection must somehow come into this fourth corner of the foundation stone.
But the only perfect Person Who was to come was Jesus, the King of the Jews.
So, Ephraim’s place gets taken by Judah because that is the tribe that will produce the kings.
The Jewish kings made many mistakes but eventually, they would produce the perfect King. Jesus.
And unlike Ephraim or the other kings, Jesus will not make any mistakes. Jesus is Perfection.
Judah (kings) Jacob (Grace)
Abraham (Faith) Isaac (Love)
The foundation stone of the Old Testament was laid down.
On this foundation stone, God could start building up the Old Testament statue or Jewish body of believers, using His Jewish prophets to guide the Israelites.
They prophesied of the Messiah Who is the future King. He is the Head of the Old Testament Jewish believers.
So Matthew focuses on the line of the Jewish kings because this lineage, with all its human faults, would finally produce the perfect King of the Jews.