Matthew Chapter 25. Part 1
MATTHEW 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Ten is a significant number that indicates the end time.
Around 1800 the French began to introduce the modern metric system, which is based on tens.
For example: 1 centimetre = 10 millimetres.
This is the most convenient system to work with, but it only made its appearance towards the end of human history.
Nebuchadnezzar saw the history of the Gentiles as a statue of a man. The feet of clay (the non-Catholic churches) and iron (Roman Catholicism) represented the seven church ages.
But the feet ended in ten toes, five on the right foot and five on the left foot. This has more than one meaning.
The clay represents the saved Christians. The clay in the ten toes represents the ten virgins in the parable.
The ten toes obviously represent the end of time.
The five wise and five foolish virgins thus symbolize the saved Christians at the end time. Virgins are clean women, symbolizing saved, and holy people in the churches.
The bits of iron in the ten toes symbolize the ten dictators who give their military power to the final antichrist Pope to enable him to rule the world.
Industrial-scale mass murder is how Hitler and Stalin forced people to obey them.
These final ten dictators, dominated by the last Pope, will enforce mass murder on a worldwide scale. This will be called social engineering when they treat people like objects that are to be used or disposed of.
REVELATION 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
This vision represents the Roman Catholic Vatican City that is built next to the original seven hills that Rome was built upon.
The Capitoline Hill was the official headquarters of the pagan Roman Empire. When that was destroyed by the barbarians then that pagan spirit resurrected up in the Roman Catholic church with its headquarters in the Lateran Basilica (big church) and Palace on the Caelian Hill.
REVELATION 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
Have power “as kings”. Not crowned kings, but have a king’s power. Thus they are dictators.
REVELATION 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
"Power" means their military power.
"One mind". They will be totally dominated by the final antichrist Pope.
The five wise virgins will have the right interpretation of Scripture and obtain their eternal bodies at the Coming of the Lord. The five foolish virgins will be left behind and gain their eternal bodies after the Millennium or 1000 years of peace.
The two legs of iron of the Gentile image symbolized the western and eastern Roman empire. So, the ten toes also represent the final five western dictators and the final five eastern dictators who submit to the Pope's rule. In turbulent times, people are more willing to accept rule by a dictatorship.
It takes about six months for the Americans to move their army to another part of the world.
So it will be far more efficient for the antichrist Pope to use the armies of the ten dictators that are already in different parts of the world.
This indicates that, in the end, there will be much uncertainty and turbulence both in politics and in beliefs.
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic saw dictatorships like China, Vietnam, and Cambodia bring the virus far more successfully under control than the democracies of Europe and America. When things get very bad in the future, people will accept a dictator if he can provide work. That is how the Germans turned to Hitler after the Great Depression of 1929 when the world went bankrupt. That was when Mussolini recognized the Vatican City as an independent country, thus establishing Vatican City as the little horn (the world’s smallest country) of Daniel’s two prophecies.
Modern church doctrines display a lack of thought, much misinformation, and a focus on wishful thinking, such as: Trinity. Christmas. Good Friday. Seven-year Tribulation. The Jews making a covenant with the Palestinians will start the Tribulation. The Lord came in 1963. The mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 has come down. William Branham is the infallible and Absolute Voice of God.
Amidst all these and other subtle errors, the true Bride has to search for Bible-truth on the interNET.
The seven parables in Matthew Chapter 13 speak of the seven church ages. The seventh parable speaks of a net that sweeps through the sea of restless nations. God spreading His truth through the interNET to gather up isolated individuals. Those few who can still think for themselves. The few who do not want to be dominated by the opinions of a pastor.
Using interNET programs like ZOOM interNET conferencing, scattered individuals, living far apart, are now able to meet up and fellowship together.
MATTHEW 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
:49 So shall it be at the end of the world:
"A net". The interNET.
"The sea". The worldwide, restless nations.
The Bible-believing and wise virgin Bride will be caught up to the Wedding Supper.
The Bible-criticizing and foolish or fooled virgin church will go into the Tribulation.
We need light to illuminate the pages of the Bible so that we can read with understanding.
The Bride regards the King James Bible as the Absolute Truth. No corrections are needed for its text.
59-0628 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Now, the word "virgin" means "sanctified (Does anybody know that?), holy, pure, sanctified."
58-1012 THE SUDDEN SECRET GOING AWAY OF THE CHURCH
"Virgin" means "purity." They were all good people, every one of them virgin, sanctified vessels of God. But those who had oil in their lamps went in. And the others was left out. They were all virgins, every one, people that you couldn't put your finger on for anything wrong. They everyone believed in the coming of the Lord. They were ready to go meet Him, but some of them let their oil go out.
Don't let that be your case. Keep oil in your lamp. Oil is the Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Never let it drain from you. When you feel your love dying away, your sincerity to Christ, and to the cause, quickly go to Him Who has the Fountain of Oil and buy for yourself a filling of the Holy Spirit.
Buying means that you pay a price.
The obvious price you have to pay is the church's rejecting and condemning you.
59-0628 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
The vessels... The tabernacle of the Old Testament, the altar sanctified the vessels, and they were set aside for service. When they were filled, they were in service.
… Now remember, oil in the Bible is a symbol of what? Can anybody say? [Congregation replies, "Holy Ghost"--Ed.] Holy Ghost. Then you could be clean, and pure, and sanctified without having the Holy Ghost. Cleansing is what you are clean.
Now watch. I'm going to take like this bottle. And it's laying out here in the chicken yard, and it's all full of filth. I pick it up; that's justification: "I'm going to use this sinner." And the next thing I do if I'm going to use it, I'll have to cleanse it. And then, if I cleanse it, what do I do to it? Sanctify it. The word "sanctify" means "clean," same thing as holy. Yeah, "holy" is a Hebrew word, "sanctify" is a Greek word. The word "sanctify" means "clean and set aside for service."
But then, "blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled," then they're put in service.
It takes one portion or one measure of the Holy Spirit to come into your heart when you repent and get saved.
It takes a second portion of the Holy Spirit to clean up your heart and make you live holy.
Then what is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
This is the most difficult task of the Holy Spirit. He has to upgrade our thinking so that we can read and understand the mysteries of Scripture.
This only happened twice in church history.
The first church age of the lion-beast saw the apostles establish the church with the true Word of God.
Finally, after 1903 when the Wright brothers in America learned how to fly in an aircraft, the last church age of the flying eagle-beast saw the end-time prophet in America start in 1947 to restore the end-time believers back to the beliefs of the first church. He left the scene in 1965 but his recorded sermons continue to teach us how we can better understand the written Bible. This period, as we learn Bible truth, is called the former rain or teaching rain.
This is indicated by the four beasts around the throne of God in Revelation Chapter 4.
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.
Only the eagle, with its piercing eyesight, has the insight into Scripture to restore the Bride back to the beginning, the first church of the Lion-age that had the true Word of God thanks to the apostles.
The Ox-beast lost the truth in the Dark Ages. The Man-beast represented the human wisdom of Reformers like Luther and Wesley who could restore salvation by faith alone and then restored holiness. But they had no insight into the deeper mysteries of Scripture. The deeper mysteries of the Bible will always require Divine revelation as human wisdom cannot interpret these symbols and Bible patterns properly.
You first have to have the correct Bible pattern that acts as a framework onto which you can fit all the Bible details.
Noah first had to lay the keel of the Ark and attach all the ribs to give the ship the length, height, and width that was needed. Only an inspired prophet could do that. Then Noah's sons could nail the planks onto the ribs. They were just fitting the details onto the main framework. Brother Branham outlined the main patterns and symbols in the Bible. We just have to fit the individual verses into that framework that he established.
DANIEL 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Only at the end will the deep mysteries of Scripture be revealed.
We thus live in a very important time that God specifically spoke to Daniel about.
Understanding the end-time mysteries is far more important than we realize.
The revealing of these mysteries is very special to God. That is why He promised the eagle-manifestation of His Spirit at the end.
We must learn to love God's thinking.
So, after getting saved and sanctified, it will take a lot more of the Holy Spirit to unscramble our thinking and get us to unlearn our misconceptions and relearn the truth that the early church once had.
II THESSALONIANS 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Getting saved gets us into Heaven, but not as members of the Bride.
Living holy saves us from the condemnation of our conscience, but does not make us Bride members.
What Jesus is looking for is those who are in awe of His thinking, those who love the truth of the Bible.
Those who love His master plan and purpose for humanity.
There are three aspects of the church of the Laodiceans that require the extra special intervention of the Holy Spirit.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
- "Buy gold tried in the fire". The Holy Spirit must give us courage to face rejection, scorn, and persecution. Courage to stand up against the flood of popular unscriptural beliefs. Courage to disagree with the church and its pastor. There is a purification process that we have to face because of our desire to be Scriptural. Courage to endure the fire of afflictions that burns out the impurities and purifies our faith. Courage and character are built on the anvil of defeat and difficulty. Courage to face a hammering for the sake of the Truth.
- "White raiment". The righteousness of God. Realizing that the seventh age is not about our earthly success or failure but rather about our restoration back to the beliefs of the first church age. We have to remove all the unbelief and wrong doctrines that we had picked up earlier in our church experiences. We must be keen to be corrected and not attempt to justify our errors. Our pride must be punctured. That will take a lot of zealous repenting on our part. We are actually small cogs in the much Bigger Plan of God that covers seven church ages. We must agree with God's Big River of Life that flows through His Word, not with the small puddle of our church's biased opinions. There are 45000 different types of church puddles. We have no say over our future because the final seed that ripens for the harvest has to be identical to the seed of God's Word that was planted by the apostles of the first church age. So we must search desperately for what the early church believed and not change nor ignore the Scripture in any way.
- "Anointing our eyes" so that we can see deeper into God's spiritual truths and understand the difficult Bible verses that we need as guides to show how to prepare for the Second Coming. This is a real trial and test of our love of the truth because the churches reject and condemn these deeper insights. Thus, we will be opposed at every step and we must be Scriptural in every step that we make. We have to keep asking questions and searching for answers. If we make a mistake it is because we were not smart enough to ask the right questions. Every failure of ours that is understood, teaches us something new. Engineers learn much from analyzing disasters because that teaches them why something went wrong. We learn from our mistakes.
REVELATION 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
In order to get us to see deeper truth, God must rebuke us for our errors and wrong beliefs and then chasten or hammer us to strengthen us for the trials that lie ahead. It will not be an easy road.
The amount of the Holy Spirit that we need to be saved and live holy is nowhere near enough to uncover the mysteries of the Bible.
We need a big dose of eyesalve so that we can see the revealed truth.
It will take another big dose of the Holy Spirit to rebuke us for all our wrong ideas that stop us from understanding the truth.
It will take yet another dose of the Holy Spirit to chasten us because we are so easily influenced by worldly and churchy habits because we long to belong to a church. And we are so scared of rejection that we are afraid to argue with the church pastors. We just lack courage. We fear being exiled or cast out of the church. Even though a pastor has no Scriptural authority to be the head of the church.
We need one portion of the Holy Spirit to get saved and another portion to be able to live holy.
That makes two portions.
That qualifies us to be amongst the foolish virgins. We can then happily serve God in the churches and simply ignore the more difficult Bible verses that baffle people.
Then we need another three portions of the Holy Spirit if we are to properly understand the Bible.
One portion of the Spirit to have the courage to disagree with the pastor.
Then another portion to open our eyes to the revealed Word.
Then another portion of the Holy Spirit to enable us to be wise enough to question our own beliefs and be humble enough to acknowledge our many errors.
That makes five portions in all if we want to be in the Bride.
Clever people question other people’s beliefs.
Only a wise person questions his or her own beliefs.
This starts the process of learn, unlearn, and relearn.
That is the attitude we need today for our fast-changing jobs.
It is also the only attitude that will enable you to understand the Bible until the Bible becomes an open Book that you can read and 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.
"Purified" by being hammered by God so that He knocks all the nonsense out of us.
"Made white" is when we become part of God's final Plan that is much bigger than ourselves.
We cannot be the wise virgins unless we understand the mysteries of Scripture and where we fit in.
"Tried". Our thinking has to be purged from unscriptural ideas. We will be tried in the furnace of error and rejection. There are 45000 different types of churches and denominations that all look good and are all designed to fool us.
So, the churches have plenty of wrong doctrines with which they can confuse and mislead the Bride unless the Bride remains strictly Scriptural.
But God has left the understanding of Scripture right to the end. Only those who are wise and endlessly question and check their own beliefs will understand.
The rest will be complacently asleep in their cozy and self-centred church-groups.
MATTHEW 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
At the end of the first Gentile age of Babylon, God’s finger wrote on the wall.
DANIEL 5:27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
At the end of the Gentile church ages, God weighs up the church of the Laodiceans and finds it wanting. He says nothing good about us.
Everything must be weighed against what the Bible says.
The foolish or fooled virgins have not been taught the mysteries of Scripture by their pastors.
Why? Because the pastors are too ignorant to know the mysteries and reject Bible teachers because the pastor wants to be the know-it-all head of the church. A man as the head of the church is unscriptural.
EPHESIANS 5:23 ... even as Christ is the head of the church:
Thus, they cannot analyze the end-time events in terms of Scripture. Their knowledge of the Bible is seriously lacking. They understand little of what is written about the Bible mysteries such as the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation.
Message pastors who confidently predicted that Donald Trump would lose the American presidential election to Hillary Clinton merely disclosed how far they are from God's thinking.
Being quote-obsessed and out-of-tune with Scripture is what will finally condemn them to the Tribulation.
60-1204 THE PATMOS VISION
Now, if you'll notice, there were five foolish and five wise virgins; all of them was virgins, made out of the same material. But, by election, God chose His Bride by election before the foundation of the world, put their names on the Lamb's Book of Life slain before the foundation of the world; before the world ever began, God in His mind, being infinite.
… So now the only proof of it is, is bring it back to the Bible;
The Bride and the foolish virgins are all honest and decent people.
But only the Bride is interested in advanced intelligence gathering which is essential in our age of fake news. How to puzzle out all the difficult verses that are in the Bible. How to get all the Bible verses to fit together. How to prove that what brother Branham taught can be revealed just from Scripture verses. How to use the Bible as our Absolute. Trusting every word, comma, and full stop that is in the Bible. Doubting nothing.
The Bride, despite their personal faults, will have perfect faith that the King James Bible is the perfect Word of God. In other words, they regard the Bible as the perfect source of their faith, just as they regard Jesus as their perfect Saviour.
Jesus is the Word of God. If you are critical of the Bible in any way, then you are criticizing Jesus. That is wrong.
The Bride has to filter out all the popular distractions that are not written in Scripture. Then they can have a longer focus on each key point. Not fiddling around with a puddle of quotes, but rather following a doctrine through a long chain of Bible verses as the Bible alone is the River of Life.
If brother Branham makes a mistake, the Bride corrects the issue and moves on with what he got right. They do not waste time trying to defend errors. The Greeks were brilliant in their defense of error. That is why the Greek language opened the door to the Trinity doctrine, which crippled the church at the AD 325 Council of Nicaea.
The unscriptural word Trinity began the church's tragic descent into the abominable filth and Scriptural desolation of the Dark Ages. Defending an error is simply a denial of truth.
The problem with the foolish virgins is that their false self-confidence never questions itself. Propaganda replaces facts.
The Book of Revelation is called the Apocalypse, which means “unveiling”.
The more we learn about the Bible verses, the more we are able to join the verses up and reveal or unveil a clearer picture of the Lord Jesus Christ as He walks through the pages of the Bible.
If your name is written in a book, you will be very interested in that book.
The Lamb’s Book of Life is the Bible. If you are very interested in the Bible then that is evidence that your name is somehow written in there.
One day God will show you where your name was hidden in the Bible.
MATTHEW 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
There are two problems with the foolish virgins.
They only had enough oil in their lamps to get saved and live holy. In their complacent churches, they never felt a need to understand the Bible. They relied on quotes and human opinions. They developed a self-sanctified smugness that their church was right and that they were all ready to meet God.
They had no deeper desire for more of the Holy Spirit in order to understand the Bible.
ROMANS 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
God will anoint people to serve Him in certain instances even if they are not genuine believers.
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?
:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
MATTHEW 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Christ means anointed. The anointing is genuine and can produce miracles but the seed germinating in their souls is false as it is not the Word of God. Thus, they believe things that are not written in the Bible.
They lack the spiritual Light which would enable them to understand the more difficult parts of the Bible.
MATTHEW 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
How can these false Christs deceive us?
By telling you that the supernatural Cloud of 28 February 1963 was the Coming of the Lord at Sunset Peak in Arizona.
MATTHEW 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth:
Jesus does not come to a desert. Sunset Peak is in the great Sonoran desert.
The supernatural Cloud formed by angel's wings was never at Sunset Peak. It was briefly photographed for 28 minutes just after sunset slightly north of Flagstaff, which is not in the desert.
This just shows how easily pastors get quotes muddled up.
Brother Branham never said that the Cloud was the Coming of the Lord.
The foolish virgins are fooled because they spread unscriptural fake news.
Look at the following picture that message-people have believed for years.
The Cloud was photographed just north of Flagstaff which is about 200 miles north of Sunset Peak. Thus the Cloud was never seen over Sunset Peak. The angels visited brother Branham at Sunset Peak eight days after the Cloud was photographed.
In the parable of the ten virgins, the foolish virgins made a big miscalculation. They went as they were.
They had been fooled by their pastors into thinking that they were ready for the Coming of the Lord just because they belonged to their specific church.
They ignored their Bible-illiteracy.
They knew nothing about the extra portions of the Holy Spirit that they would need to understand the Bible.
Oil burns to produce light.
There must be enough oil to burn and provide a sufficiently intense light that enables even the deep mysteries to be read and understood.
They needed a lot of oil that must burn if they were to illuminate and understand the Bible verses until it became an open Book to them.
So, content in their present state, they never prepared for the future.
They were totally unaware of the extreme difficulty of puzzling out the problem areas in the Bible because they just ignored these difficulties. They had no clue as to just how much the Holy Spirit would have to inspire us before we can understand the Bible.
Thus, they drifted along with a minimum amount of the Holy Spirit. Just enough to keep them saved and living holy.
No extra supplies of the Holy Spirit in case of an emergency. Not enough love of Scripture to desire a deeper insight.
Like typical modern-day students, they relied on the minimum effort that would hopefully see them through.
They will realize when it is too late, that they had made a serious blunder in their preparations.
MATTHEW 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
The wise were never content with the knowledge that they had.
They were endlessly searching for a deeper insight into the Bible.
This deeper understanding can only come from the Holy Spirit. Thus, they were always searching for more of God.
A deeper personal experience with the Lord that would deepen their understanding of Scripture.
Being saved and living holy was not enough. Their lamps burned with salvation and holiness. But like any sensible planners, they kept drawing more and more of God’s Spirit into their lives, into their human vessels. They built up a reserve for future emergencies.
They take the following Scripture seriously.
PHILIPPIANS 2:12 ... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
In today’s church world they think that you do not need to know more of the Bible because nobody is really interested.
What fascinates them is the quotes of man.
But the Bride looks to God, not to the opinions of the church-goers. Thus, the Bride knows that in the future, in the end, we will need a good understanding of Scripture and that requires a lot more of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, the Bride stores up as much extra oil as they can.
In the end, we need to ignite a lot of extra oil to create a much brighter flame with which to illuminate the hidden mysteries of Scripture. Forward-planning is essential for future success.
The deep in man calls to the Deep in God.
A closer walk with God and a longing to know more about His thinking. The Bride loves the plan of God and is awed by the patterns and symbols whereby God starts to make His impossible-to-comprehend, high-level thinking partially available to us at the end-time.
ISAIAH 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
We need to learn from God as much of the Bible truths as we can, while we yet have time.
We can only do this by following brother Branham’s revelations through the Bible.
62-0531 THE CONFLICT BETWEEN GOD AND SATAN
Jesus sent the Holy Ghost, which is Himself. He said, "A little while and the world seeth Me no more, yet ye shall see Me, for I will be in you; be with you, even in you, to the end of the world."
Now, now, now watch. Jesus knew it, so He sent the Holy Ghost to confirm the Word. Whew! Did you get it? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] See? "To confirm," to those who have taken their refuge behind the Word, "that He is in the Word." See?
Let them out there. They'll laugh at the system. They say, "They're crazy."
But Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, which is Himself, to get it to those that's behind the Word, like Abraham's group, to confirm the Word before them, to show that He's still the Word. See that you've taken the right place! All right.
But we have two professing it. One said, "Well, we're the Church." The other one said, "We're the Church." All right.
[Both the Bride and the foolish virgins claim to be the true church. So also does the Roman Catholic Church. So, it does not help to listen to the self-praising claims that people make about their church]
… But, Satan is more than a match for us. We know that. We know that Satan is way more than a match for any human being. Don't you never try to do it with your wisdom, outsmart him. You just can't do it.
Jesus knew this, so He sent to the Church, That, so Satan would not outsmart them, a place to be fortified. He sent them the Holy Ghost.
And the Church does not claim to be smart. They just claim to believe.
The biggest disaster in the message churches is the pastors who are convinced that because they have spliced together quotes into unscriptural doctrines, that they are very smart.
Their biggest yearning is to have themselves classified as “Clever”.
But nobody was ever saved because they were clever.
MATTHEW 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Now comes the test of the end-time. Patience. Jesus has tarried.
All the churches, wise and foolish, are fast asleep at the end. They are also all called blind.
Yet, every church thinks that they are just fine and ready.
Nobody is concerned anymore. All are smugly self-sufficient and think that they need no help or correction.
No churches are deeply concerned that they could be wrong.
This next Scripture does not seem to concern the church world.
LUKE 18:8 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
With 45000 different kinds of churches and denominations, there is much error going around.
Many message-churches made up doctrines that are now looking stupid.
For instance: “The Lord came as a supernatural Cloud in 1963”.
That was almost 60-years ago and nothing has happened.
This belief ignores many quotes that brother Branham made on the topic of the Lord’s Coming.
Five months before he died and he was still waiting for the Coming of the Lord.
65-0725 WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION ON THE MOUNTAIN
We send greetings up in the mountains, Prescott, Arizona, to Brother Leo Mercier and his group that's up there waiting for the Coming of the Lord. We send greetings to those in Tucson, that's gathered tonight, waiting for the Coming of the Lord. Down into Houston, Texas, to those who are waiting for the Coming of the Lord. Up in Chicago, to those who are waiting for the Coming of the Lord. Up on the East Coast, New York and Connecticut, and the great groups up there, that's waiting for the Coming of the Lord. We don't have room here to seat them, so we just have to send them the Word through the--the medium of the telephone. We send greetings to Brother Junior Jackson tonight, and his group down in Clarksville. Brother Ruddell, up on sixty-two, and his group, waiting for the Coming of the Lord. And we're gathered here tonight at the home church, the tabernacle, waiting for the Coming of the Lord.
One and a half years after the Cloud was photographed, he was still waiting for the seventh Seal to open.
1964-07-19 THE FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS
The Seventh Seal hasn't opened yet, you know. That's His Coming.
During his lifetime he never said that the Lord had come.
Another classic error was:
“The mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 came down while brother Branham was alive”.
But the Angel, if He did come down, has done nothing noticeable for almost sixty years.
This Angel has to perform the resurrection when He does come down.
" When that Angel, of Revelation the 10th chapter, puts one foot on land and one on the sea, and a rainbow over His head, He swore, "time shall be no more." When that time comes, you will rise up from among the dead. While the rest of them lay there, you will go in.
Brother Branham made this statement almost a year after the Cloud was photographed.
Thus, the Cloud obviously was not the Angel.
The resurrection of the New Testament saints has not happened yet. Thus, the Angel never came down in brother Branham’s lifetime.
Another sad mistake that is believed by message churches:
"The seven Thunders have uttered".
Brother Branham never made that statement.
Another error is to promote brother Branham up to the Godhead as infallible, the Absolute, and the Voice of God.
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.
61-0611 REVELATION CHAPTER FIVE.1
And I got all kinds of letters that's come in the last few days, and calls from different places, so, saying that I was Christ. Brethren, that is a horrible, disgraceful, ungodly lie of the Devil!
MATTHEW 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
A wake-up call of note is coming.
“At midnight”. This is a moment in time, it is not a long time interval of many years during which something happens.
At a specific moment in time, there will be a very drastic event, some huge disaster. Something very different from what everybody is expecting to happen.
A “cry” speaks of distress and anguish.
“Go ye out”. Whatever church they will be in, it will be inadequate. They will have to go out.
The next big event that we face is the resurrection of the dead saints from the seven church ages.
The resurrection of the Old Testament saints was accompanied by an earthquake.
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.
The voice of the Archangel (which is Jesus in the form of an Angel) raises the dead and wakes up the church. But only those who know enough of the Bible will be able to follow the clues.
The 2020 coronavirus gave the churches a shock as it closed them down.
The "cry" in Matthew 25:6 indicates an even bigger shock that is to come to the church world.
The people in the churches finally realize that their church leaders have dismally failed them.
They wake up to the fact that the well-paid church leaders have been asleep at the wheel.
61-0806 THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL
But you remember in Daniel 12 He said, "The wise shall understand in this last days"? It's been given to him.
The Spirit of wisdom comes into the church to make known to the church by the revelation of the Holy Ghost--bringing the church in and revealing what day that we're living in. Just the same as Gabriel come to Daniel, the Holy Spirit comes to the church in the last days to reveal these great, deep, secret things. Do you understand now?
“Understanding of Scripture” during the end-time events has been promised to the wise virgins.
When the resurrected dead saints are walking around, they will be strictly Scriptural in what they say.
The church-goers will not understand them.
That will help to make the church-goers realize that something is seriously wrong.
65-1128 GOD'S ONLY PROVIDED PLACE OF WORSHIP
No leaven among you, just the Word only, seated in heavenly places, in the door where He put His Name: Christ Jesus.
The true Bride wants to see everything established in Scripture.
Only the true Bride who proved their beliefs from Scripture will understand the resurrected saints.
62-0422 THE RESTORATION OF THE BRIDE TREE
If that Angel said something contrary to this Word, it wouldn't be the Angel of the Lord.
No angel is allowed to say anything that is not in the Bible.
This includes brother Branham who is the seventh angel.
64-0719 THE FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS
And we who are in, Lord, may we take inventory now, that we have seen and heard the Voice of God speaking through His Word,
What we read from Scripture is the only time that we are sure that God is speaking to us.
64-0719M THE FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS
Here now, the Church, that knows nothing but the Bible. Regardless of ecclesiastical system, denomination, they know nothing about it. It's all foreign to them. They know Him, and Him alone.
Take brother Branham’s quotes back to the Bible and prove them from the Bible.
63-0630 THE THIRD EXODUS
for they can hear plainly the God's Voice, calling, through His Word
... Listen to the Bible, the Voice of God calling to you in this day.
MATTHEW 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
They had enough oil in their lamps to get saved and sanctified. But the flame in their lamps could not shine enough light onto the mysteries of the Bible.
Thus, they had ignored the revelation of the deeper mysteries.
To understand the mysteries they would have to listen to the teachings of William Branham.
But each church thought that they needed no help and thus they ignored brother Branham.
Consequently, the churches have no hope when it comes to the solving of the more difficult Bible mysteries.
People in the churches are now quite content with the fact that they cannot prove the deeper mysteries from Scripture.
They have effectively been dumbed down by their pastors.
Foolish people are not vigilant. They do not check with Scripture.
The Bride says, "We must know".
The foolish virgins say, "Must we know?"
As the turbulent end-time events start to gain momentum, the foolish virgins will realize that they are way out of their depth.
As far as their understanding of the Bible mysteries went, they had no light at all.
But saved and holy people are still baffled by the difficult portions of the Bible.
They thought that being saved and living holy was all that was needed.
You need a special extra supply of oil in your vessel, in your love of Bible truth, if you want to ignite a flame that is bright enough to illuminate the mysteries of the Word of God.
II THESSALONIANS 2:10 … because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
For the foolish virgins, they loved church more than the Bible and thus will not be saved from the Tribulation.
Staying with their church meant that they had to reject brother Branham's interpretation of Scripture.
That was their fatal mistake.
Lacking love of truth, their lamps of personal revelation could not shine a light on the Bible mysteries that would enable them to read it and understand it.
In terms of understanding the Bible mysteries, their church lights had gone out.
Once they believe in a Trinity and a seven-year Tribulation they cannot understand the seven church ages nor the prophecies of the end-time.
They have no idea what the Bible mysteries meant. Up till the end, they had been good church members who had never needed to understand the mysteries of Scripture. Their church pastors had just taught them human opinions and man-made traditions.
Church pastors shut the door of the church to the deeper truth which kept Jesus, the Word, outside. Thus church members know so little of the Bible.
Bible-illiteracy is a spreading pandemic in the churches.
Some future shock will make them realize that they will have to go out of their churches.
They will be stunned into realizing that Jesus was actually outside their favourite church door.
Out on their own, their only guide would be the written King James Version of the Bible.
They would have to understand the Bible mysteries in order to recognize Jesus and also to understand the speech of the resurrected saints. But they had learned to criticize the King James Bible as well as those who were strictly Scriptural and thus rejected by the churches.
Now they have to turn to these “rejects” in order to find the truth.
It is incredible to imagine how staggeringly big and tragic some future event will have to be in order to make such a complete change in the foolish virgins’ thinking. Their attitude changes from total rejection of the truth to begging for help.
It must be a cataclysmic and mind-blowing future event, whatever happens.
It is going to be a confusing and turbulent time. The resurrection will be accompanied by a massive earthquake.
They suddenly realize that they are Bible-illiterate or blind in terms of understanding the written Bible verses. Being saved and sanctified meant nothing in terms of understanding the deeper meanings of the Bible verses.
Thus, they now desperately needed more oil to burn so that they could shine a sufficiently bright light onto the Bible verses in order to be able to read and understand the Scriptures for themselves.
They beg for help and enlightenment from the Bride.
MATTHEW 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
“Buy” means pay a price. The price of being rejected and unwanted. The price of being persecuted and scorned.
The beams of a lighthouse do not stay long in one place.
As God illuminates Scripture, we have to move on if we want to stay in the Light.
God was with Luther in Germany but then moved on to England in the days of John Wesley. Then on to America to pick up brother Branham.
Look how the truth has moved around during the seven church ages.
This next map traces the countries where the 7 messengers lived.
Then the final move will be back from America to pick up the two prophets in Israel during the Tribulation.
God was with brother Branham in America between 1947 and 1965.
But God keeps moving on. So, where is God today?
When we die to ourselves, we have to become strictly Scriptural as our own opinions and traditions are meaningless. Only then can we find our place or position in God’s Word and in God’s perfect plan.
Each individual has to know their position in God’s spiritual Body which is His church from the last 2000 years. Our approach is to make sure that we line up with the early first church age.
We have to be aware that seven mysterious Thunders will utter after the New Testament resurrection.
We are going to have to focus all our attention on puzzling them out so that we can learn from them.
Somehow, we will have to see how they reflect in the Scripture.
The Bride will be fully occupied trying to learn from those hidden clues.
The Bride has to grasp the revelation of how to get their bodies changed to an immortal body. Only once they are in their changed bodies will they be able to receive rapturing faith from the seven Thunders. We cannot be raptured in these bodies.
The Bride has to learn how to identify Jesus from the revealed Word. Thus, they alone will recognize the way He thinks.
The Bride must be restored back to the beliefs of the early church. When the first church age saints are resurrected, only the Bride will be able to agree with their beliefs.
Brother Branham has to restore the end-time children to the apostolic fathers.
MATTHEW 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
64-0726 RECOGNIZING YOUR DAY AND ITS MESSAGE
Now, the seventh angel's Message is to open the mystery of the Seals, calling the eleventh-hour Gentile workers to receive the same pay that the first hour workers got.
It seems unfair that the eleventh-hour workers who came in at the end got the same pay as the first-hour workers who had worked much longer than them.
But the payment was actually the revealed mysteries of God.
God is not interested in how long we have worked. That is human effort and we are not saved by our works.
God is interested in the quality of our thinking and understanding.
Can we understand the way God thinks when His ideas are revealed to us in the Bible?
And, in God's thinking, the mysteries will only be revealed at the end.
Do we love the way He thinks?
Do we want to keep learning from the revealed Scripture? Keep following His ideas through the Bible?
63-0318 THE FIRST SEAL
Takes the Book of Seals and breaks them and shows the seventh angel, for this alone, the mysteries of God, is the ministry of the seventh angel.
Brother Branham had an amazing ministry. But what really counts was his understanding of the end-time mysteries.
The revelations of the Seven Seals gives us the key to unlocking the rest of the Bible.
Your speech betrays you.
What you have learned in the churches will affect how you understand the mysteries of Scripture.
When the first church age saints are resurrected, they will immediately know from what you say whether you have been restored back to their beliefs or not.
Peter had tried to deny that he was a Galilean. It was a fearful time when Jesus got arrested.
MATTHEW 26:73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
But Peter was recognized by his speech.
What you say about the various Scriptures immediately reveals which camp you are in, Bride or foolish virgins.
The end will be very turbulent. It will also be a fearful time as the churches try to stamp out the true Word of God. What we say will reveal whether we know the truth or not.
The “voice of the seventh angel” is not the “Voice of God”.
Calling brother Branham the Voice of God is a serious error.
The Scripture calls him “the voice of the seventh angel”.
We must never describe anybody above what the Bible says of them.
COLOSSIANS 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Worshipping an angel (brother Branham was the seventh angel) is an easy error to fall into.
Even John the Revelator made this mistake, twice.
So, be warned not to do it.
REVELATION 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God:
Three Chapters later and he did the same thing.
REVELATION 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
:9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
Worshipping the angel who taught us the mysteries is totally wrong. You only worship God.
Thus brother Branham is not God. So please do not elevate him into being the Voice of God.
The New Testament never promised us the Voice of God. We were promised the voice of the seventh angel,
The 1769 Version of the King James Bible is the Voice of God that reveals the thoughts of Jesus to us.
64-0719 THE FEAST OF THE TRUMPET
When finished, at Laodicean Age, according to Revelations 10, the mystery of all the Bible would be knowed to the Bride. Is that right? Revelations 10.
… we have seen and heard the, Voice of God speaking through His Word
63-0630 THE THIRD EXODUS
for they can hear plainly the God's Voice, calling, through His Word
... Listen to the Bible, the Voice of God calling to you in this day.64-0614E 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."
You are not asked to believe brother Branham.
You are asked to believe the Scriptures that he explains.
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.
If you believe something because brother Branham said so, you have made a mistake in your attitude to the truth. You must only believe what he said when you are able to prove that what he was talking about was written in the Bible.
65-0725 THE ANOINTED ONES AT THE END TIME
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Now that's the question. Here is where I wanted to get to, in Revelations 10. We'll get to it in a few minutes, and another Scripture verse. He said, "In the days of the Message of the seventh angel, the mystery of God ought to be finished." Here is the question, is, if you follow in that line in this hour, will it be finished?
"Will I find the Faith?"
Will Malachi 4 be fulfilled in this time,
"Restore the Faith of the children, back to the Faith of the fathers, the original, the Word"? See?
In the end, the foolish virgins will not be able to find the Christ that their church spoke of.
61-0424 THE GREATEST NEWS FLASH IN HISTORY
Now, the message is, He goes before us: before us. He's not in a tomb behind us; He's before us, making a way. We are to follow, not to look back to the tomb, but to look forward to where's He's leading, for He is our Leader. We're to follow Him, not look back to the tombs.
Mary, that morning well represented the bewildered church. She well represented it, because she was in the same channel it sits in today. What did she say when she heard Him speak? "Mary, what... Woman, why weepest thou?"
She said, "They have took away my Lord, and I don't know what they've done with Him." That's about the way the church stands today. "They took away my Lord, and I don't know where to find Him. I have tried all their communions. I've tried all their water baptisms. I've tried Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, Catholics, and all, and I can't find Him. If the Scripture says He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, He's somewhere. If He's not dead than He's a living. He can't be living and dead at the same time." So Mary well represented the church; "They have took away my Lord, and I don't know where they--what they've done with Him."
When the resurrection happens, you must be able to find your Jesus in the Bible.
That is when the churches will have their big problem.
They have grown too used to believing things that are not in the Bible.
At the time of the resurrection, people will be so fixed in their church errors that they will be unable to change their thinking.
They will not listen even when the dead are raised and speak to them.
Abraham is speaking to the rich man in hell.
LUKE 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Such is the power of modern church propaganda to bind the church-goers to the errors of their pastors.
If you do not believe what is written in the Bible then you will not understand what the resurrected dead say.
Nor will you believe them.
Then you will miss the Coming of the Lord.