No one can be lawfully married, divorce, and then marry another

ROMANS 7:2   For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.    

 

The marriage vow is “until death us do part”.  Only death can dissolve the marriage bond.

MARK 10: 11  And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

:12     And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

These two verses make it clear that once legally married, neither a man nor a woman can divorce and re-marry.

 

In the beginning it was Adam and his bride, called "woman".

They were clothed with a holy veil, and knew not that they were naked. As a holy vessel, God gave the woman a veil of virginity. That was her responsibility, so that no man could touch her womb.

The woman was supposed to bring forth the virgin born child, Jesus. He would grow up, and speak His saints from the dust of the earth. That perfect Child was to be conceived of the Holy Ghost behind the veil of her virginity, completely free from any sexual desire.

Adam and the woman had eternal life, but eternal life could not be transferred to their children through the sex act. Sex would produce a mixture of good and bad people. The bad would end up in hell, so it would be better if they were never born.

Children would grow up and produce more children. Humans have free will, so there would be no end to this process. Eventually the world would be over populated.

Adultery, living in sin, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV Aids, prostitution, sex slaves, and rape would all make their unwanted entry once the sex act was introduced.

So death entered the scene when human reproduction was caused by sex. This is the biggest defect with the sex act.

'Free will' meant that Adam and the woman had to have sex organs so that they could choose the wrong path if they wanted to. Most swear words are associated with sex. This was not a good choice that Adam and Eve made.

The serpent was an animal, the top animal. Animals live by polygamy, where one male can have many females. Animals multiply by sex, for it was an instinct that God could switch off when there were enough creatures on the earth, because animals have no free will. They just live by instinct which God can control.

So the serpent, the top animal, (it was later cursed and turned into a snake) knew about sex, and committed adultery with the woman. This broke her veil of virginity, which involved blood being shed. Sin started with an animal shedding blood. Thus God would always require the shed blood of an animal to atone for sin. Armageddon will be a final bloodbath for 200 miles for those who rejected the Blood of the Lamb.

After the fall, God made conditions for sex, which was now His permissive will,  that punished the woman. She had listened to an animal, so God made her live according to the animal law of polygamy. One man could have many wives. This reduced the status of a woman. He also punished her by means of a difficult childbirth. A perpetual reminder that she had made a wrong choice.

Polygamy meant that a man could just marry any woman he wanted to. He did not first have to divorce his wife. He was allowed many wives. But a woman had to be a virgin when she got married. This was God’s requirement -- unless she was a widow -- because Eve was not a virgin when she went back to Adam. A non-virgin getting married reminded God of the original sin. This law did not apply to a man as he could already be married to one or more wives before he took a new wife.

Getting involved with new and younger wives could make a man lose interest in his older wives, so he would divorce them. Like today, middle aged men divorce their wives and marry a younger woman. Polygamy was tough on a woman and, in addition, if a man discarded his wife by divorcing her then he could take a new wife if he wanted to. This was obviously unfair on the woman, so Moses allowed the divorced woman to re-marry. This whole divorce issue was a very unhappy situation. There was no real cure for it, because it stemmed from hard hearts. They were living by the law of animals, so it was difficult to make hard and fast rules for a woman once she was divorced. But it was a very messy and off-putting lifestyle. Hard heartedness had crept into the divorce scenario, and polygamy was not God’s original will, So He was going to scrap it anyway. So making the rules easier for the divorced woman was just going to be a temporary rule. The whole Law was just a temporary rule that would be scrapped later on because the Law was based on contaminated human nature after sin had entered.  The Law was like trying to paint on a ruined canvas, which consisted of the hardened hearts of flawed men and women.

Jesus changed this whole unhappy scenario.

Get back to the beginning. One man, one wife, and the woman must be a virgin just like the woman originally was. Marriage was for keeps in God’s original plan as He created no second woman.

This original plan would only apply to born again people whose hard hearts had been changed to soft hearts of flesh. The marriage of a man to one virgin wife is about the only link we have today with the original garden of Eden.

If people are not born again they will rush in to marry the wrong person, and later regret their decision. Then they harden their hearts, as we humans are not good at handling adverse circumstances. Then they divorce.

MARK 10: 11  And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

:12     And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

But these Scriptures make it clear that they cannot remarry. Either of them.

Jesus brought marriage back to the original Eden, before sin entered. There was no such thing as divorce in that Garden. Adam and the woman loved each other with a genuine love. Even when the woman fell into adultery, Adam loved her enough to take her back. He actually chose to join her in sin, so that God would not destroy her and make him a new bride. Eden teaches us of a true love between a man and a woman with no concept of divorce.

After the Fall, polygamy, divorce, and re-marriage were allowed under the Law. If you want to live that way, which involves breaking your marriage vows, then you are not under grace but under the Law. Then you have to save yourself by keeping the entire Law. This is impossible for us humans, so you will be lost.

Jesus came to free us from the curse of the Law. No more hardness of hearts. No more divorce. No more breaking of marriage vows. Then there would be no re-marriage either. One man married to one woman while they were alive. That is our Christian model for marriage.

Paul said that if a Christian and a non-Christian spouse are happy to live together then they must do so. This is when a married person accepts the Lord, and his or her spouse does not.

Paul also said if a Christian couple cannot live together (which means that one or both are losing their born again experience) then they must separate, but seek to be reconciled. If they decide to divorce, it just means that their hearts are hardening. Divorce always comes from a hard heart. Divorce is pointless as neither are allowed to re-marry.

However, in the case of a Christian married to a non-Christian, who refuses to live with the Christian any more, let the non-Christian depart. The Christian is under no bondage to hang onto the person who wants to leave.

But this cannot cancel the marriage vow which is until death parts them. It just means the Christian is free to let the non-Christian depart. But the Christian cannot re-marry.

I CORINTHIANS 7:15   But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

1962   QUESTIONS  AND  ANSWERS

 Now, I Corinthians, 7th chapter, 15th verse. Now, the question they asked: Brother Branham, does this mean a sister or a brother is free to remarry?

No. See, you don't get his question there and what he's saying. They're not free. See, that would make a contradiction in the Scripture, and the Scriptures doesn't contradict themselves at all.

1962  QUESTIONS  AND  ANSWERS

You can't make It contradict Itself. So just read the verses before and after, and you'll catch then what he's talking about. Now, this means here, not... See?

Does this mean a sister or a brother is free to remarry?

No, sir. See, he explained that first. See:

... unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband:... (See?)

There's no such things as any believer ever being reconciled to remarriage again, with a living companion.

1962   QUESTIONS  AND  ANSWERS

Is a brother or sister in the Lord, can marry or remarry and be free, if they leave their companion to remarry again?

No.

Now, let's take... begin at the 10th verse:

... unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord,... (See?)... Let not the wife depart from her husband: (See?)

But... if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. (That's the Commandments of the Lord. See?)

But to the rest speak I, not the Lord:... (See?)... if any brother hath a wife that believeth not,...

Now, watch his subject. See? And you read on down in before this, on through the chapter you find that they thought, "If we married a wife and she was... we... I got married and I become a believer, and my wife wasn't a believer, let me put her away." Oh, no. That isn't it. You can't do that. See, see?

... if any brother has a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. (That's, not because of marriage; that's because of unbelief. Not "remarry" again. See, stay with her.)

And if the woman which hath a husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. (That's right. See?)

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart...

Now, if the unbeliever says, "I'm not going to live with you any longer; you've become a Christian." To... A man tells his wife, "Because you've got saved, and going to get out of the world where we was once in, I'm going to leave you." Now, there ain't nothing you can do about it; let him depart. See?

1962  QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS

Or the woman say to her husband, "I'm not going to mix up with that bunch of holy-rollers. I'm not going to do this. I'll separate and leave you." 

Don't you leave the church, you let her leave. See?

A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such case, that is, if your companion is putting you away and wants to depart for it. You don't have to just hold onto them. If they're wanting to leave you and they're going to leave you for the cause of Christ, let them leave.

But you can't remarry.

"But God has called us unto peace." See?

Now, not that you can remarry again;

he's already stated that, but you don't have to live with an unbelieving husband or an unbelieving wife if they are not willing.

 

These mess-age preachers who say that “not under bondage” means “free to remarry” deny the Scriptures in Mark 10, and contradict brother Branham’s quotes. The choice we make is critical, because the Tribulation waits for those who have get it wrong.

Brother Branham allowed no exceptions to marriage and divorce.

The revelation he had on this topic was simply that God judges us on where we are when we come into the truth.

So persons who divorced and re-married in the denominations, and then come into the truth, must start in their present condition.

If they are wrongly married because they previously divorced and remarried, God will forgive them because they knew no better in the past. But they better not do it again in the future.

Divorced persons who come to know the truth cannot remarry. Their marriage vow still binds him or her to their former spouse.

 

And in First Corinthians, the--the 7th chapter, the 12th and 15th verse, in the New Testament prophet, Paul, who met the same thing in the church, and spoke this, "This is I, not the Lord." That right? Because of the divorce condition.

"It wasn't so from the beginning." But Moses was permitted it, and God recognized it righteousness. And Paul also had a right, when he found his church in that condition.

When Paul makes an “exception” it is when he is dealing with the existing condition of the new converts. If they come into the truth after being divorced and remarried, then they must stay that way.

Paul is not granting them permission to divorce and remarry in the future.

 

Now you believe This to be true, and believe It to come from God! And by the vindication of His Cloud and His Message that's brought me this far, should not God upon the mountain permit me to do the same thing, to suffer you to go on the way you are, and do it no more!

People who had come to accept brother Branham’s Message were granted the same dispensation. If you come into the truth, and are already divorced and remarried, then you can carry on in your present condition. But no-one who knows the truth can get divorced and remarried in the future.

"the way you are"  means that if you come to know the truth after you have been divorced, then you must stay that way. You cannot re-marry

 

 Go with your wives and live in peace, for the hour is late. The Coming of the Lord is at hand. We haven't got time to break these things up. Don't you dare try to do it again!

 I'm speaking only to my congregation. But if you are married... And God bore me witness of that, on the mountain, that I could say This, a supernatural revelation, because of the opening of the Seven Seals, and this is a question in God's Word. "Let them go on in as they are, and sin no more!"

When we come to the Truth, God will accept us as we are, even if we are divorced and remarried. But if we are divorced, then we must never re-marry after that.

 

This “exception” that Paul and brother Branham allowed was simply to accept the people in the condition that they were in, when they came to know the truth. This basically forgave them their past, because they had not known any better.

But it never gave anyone any permission to repeat the mistake in the future.

No person who is divorced, and who has come to know the truth, can re-marry. Because the marriage vow that was taken is binding until death. Nothing can annul a legitimate vow.

1965  04 29   THE  CHOOSING  OF  A  BRIDE

Now, if the spiritual or... The natural is a type of the spiritual. Then, the choosing of a bride, in the natural, is a type of choosing a Bride, the Bride, in the spiritual.

Now, it's a serious thing when we go to choose a wife, a man, for the vows here is until death do we part. That's how we should keep it. And you take that vow before God, that only death will separate you.

1957  HEBREWS  CHAPTER  SIX  2

I could run out and be gone all the time, just gadding about over the country, and let her half starve, or anything, let the children go without something to eat; we're still married. If she even divorces me, I'm still married, long as there's life in my body. I took that vow, "Till death we separate." That's right. We're still married. But, yet, I make a poor excuse of a husband. She'd make a poor excuse as a wife. So if we love one another, we stick together and pull the load, together.

1965  02 20   WEDDING  CEREMONY

Almighty God, the great Creator of all things, the Author of everlasting Life, and the Giver of all good gifts, when Thou didst see fit to give man a present, You gave him a wife. It is written, "He that has found a wife, has found a good thing." And as we stand this afternoon, after many thousands of years, our mind is brought back to the time that the first ceremony was ever performed, it was by You, Father, in the garden of Eden, when You married our father and mother, Adam and Eve, and to this day man has taken to him a wife.

Father, we pray that You will bless this young man and this young woman, who has found love in their hearts, one to the other. And in the reckless age that we are now living, so many divorces, break-ups in homes, may it not be with this couple. May they remember this vow as long as they live! May there be no powers to ever separate them! I pray Thee, Father, as You did bless Isaac and Rebekah, and made them ever happy in their lives, and they were fruitful, [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] we pray that You will likewise do to this young man and this young lady, who have agreed upon this, talked it over with each other in secret, and now has come to the church and this company, to offer their troth, one to the other, and has so did and declared it in this public place.

1965  02 21  MARRIAGE  AND  DIVORCE

This is an awful strong thing, I didn't know how to bring it out. What will I do, when I got men and women sitting in my congregation, some of them has been married twice or three times? Good man and good women, all mixed up! What done it? False teaching, exactly, not waiting on the Lord.

"What God has joined together, let no man put asunder." Not what man joined together; what "God" joined together! When you've got a direct revelation from God, that's your wife, and the same thing, that's yours, the rest of your life. See? But what man joins together, anybody can put apart. But what God joins together, no man better dare to touch it. "Whatsoever God joins together," He said, "let no man put asunder." Not what some half-drunk magistrate or something else put together, or some backslidden preacher with a bunch of creeds in a book, that would let them do anything in the world, and the Word of God laying right there. See? I'm talking about what God joined together.

If a couple are legally married, then their vow is binding until death do them part. They cannot divorce and re-marry someone else. If one sins badly, then they can separate but they are still married in God’s eyes.

1965  04 29  THE  CHOOSING  OF  A  BRIDE

Now, if the spiritual or... The natural is a type of the spiritual. Then, the choosing of a bride, in the natural, is a type of choosing a Bride, the Bride, in the spiritual.

Now, it's a serious thing when we go to choose a wife, a man, for the vows here is until death do we part. That's how we should keep it. And you take that vow before God, that only death will separate you.

 

In 1965 Brother Branham would only marry a couple if neither had been married before.

1965  04 29  THE  CHOOSING  OF  A  BRIDE

Doc said, "Well, my brother is a preacher, and he may marry you." He said, "He never charges people for things like that."

He said, "Will you ask him if he'll marry me?"

Well, that night my brother asked me. I said, "If he's never been married before, either one of them, and their everything is all right." He said, "Well, yeah, I'll ask him." And I said, "If it is, tell him, come on down."

1964 08  30  QUESTIONS  AND  ANSWERS  3

 The question was asked the other day, "Was a annulment--annulment--an annulment the same as a divorce?" See? When you ask me those questions, friend, you don't know what that does to me. I've got many friends setting here that's married two or three times. Did you realize I'm talking to my own son, Billy Paul? Would I spare Billy Paul? No, indeedy. Billy Paul got married to some little girl, and come up, and said, "Daddy, I'm going to get married."

I was washing my car; I said, "Butt your head against the wall," just kept on washing my car like that.

He said, "I'm going to get married."

I said, "Oh, go on," just kept on like that. He goes around and tells his mother, and his mother laughed at him. You know what he done? Run off with some little kid still in common school and got married. We annulled the wedding, the father of this girl and myself. We annulled the wedding, but he was married just the same. He's my boy setting here listening at me now. That's exactly.

He come to me with the girl that he lives with now, my daughter-in-law. My little grandson... He said, "Daddy will you marry me?"

I said, "By no means." That's my own son. You think that don't cut me to the core when I packed him in my arms and done everything I could do, and I've been both father and mother to him? You think that don't kill me to say that? But it's the truth. Certainly. My boy setting here listening at... My daughter-in-law and my little grandson setting right here now... But I tell him it's wrong (See?), because I've got to. I'm duty bound to that Word.

1962   QUESTIONS  AND  ANSWERS

But now just to say, "I... Brother Branham, I got married and my wife's an unbeliever, and here's a sister over here I can marry.

I'm going to leave this one and marry that one."

Oh, no. No, indeedy.

Your vow is until death you separate, and there's nothing else in the world will permit you to marry in the Bible until your companion is dead. That's right.

The only grounds... There's no remarrying nowhere at all, except a dead companion. That's all. See?

 

However, there is one situation that makes the marriage vow invalid.

When Adam’s bride was brought to him, she was a virgin. God requires this condition for every woman who gets married.

If she is not a virgin, and her husband is unaware of the fact, and she has never confessed that to him before they were married, then she has taken a false vow and he is no longer bound by this unlawful vow.

MATTHEW 5:32   But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

1959   QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS

40-187    A woman come not long ago, and she said, "Oh, I've confessed all that." She was nervous, and had a breakdown, and said, "I confessed all that to God."

I said, "You have to confess it to your husband. It wasn't God that you committed adultery against; it was your husband." That's right.

And if a man marries a woman and she has lived unclean before she marries him, and then she comes to him, if they've been married ever so long, and then she comes to him and says, "Honey, I want to tell you something. I did run out with another man; I never told you," Jesus said he has a right to put her away and marry another, because they're not married in the beginning, 'cause she falsely told a lie against him.

DEUTERONOMY 22:13

13     ¶  If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,

14    And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:

15    Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:

(The blood on the sheet from her broken virginity.)

16    And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;

17    And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.

18    And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;

19    And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.

20    But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:

21    Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

22    If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.

23    If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;

24    Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.

The man who first sleeps with a woman takes away her virginity that she has protected all her life, and thus humbles her. This gives that man a psychological hold over the woman. If it is her husband, then it helps the woman to accept her husband as her new head, since she has also to adjust to the fact that she has moved away from her father who had always previously been her head.

If it is another man who does this to her then this act may lead to her looking up to this other man, and thus, when she marries, she may not look up to her husband as her head. Even if she does not look up to the first man who slept with her, the fact that her husband never took away her virginity means that it is very easy for her not to look up to him in this regard. This can make it more difficult for her to obey her husband, especially if she does not have a submissive spirit.

Then it is far more difficult for her husband to be responsible for her, and if he then finds out about her past, he can divorce her and marry a virgin who is more likely to be submissive, as no other man has come between her and her husband.

However, if the guilty woman is sensible and does look up to her husband as her head and is prepared to be submissive towards him, then he may well decide to forgive her and stay with her.

QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS

  Now, we've got one more and then that's all. Let's see.

Brother Bill, what is the difference between fornications and adultery, Matthew 19:9?

Jesus said in Matthew 19:9, "Whosoever putteth away his wife and marries another, except it be for the cause of fornications, commits adultery." The difference between fornications and adultery, the word could be applied either way. But to make it clear what he was talking of there, that--a woman that's unmarried cannot commit adultery, because she has no husband to commit adultery against. It's uncleanliness for her. She has to confess that to her husband before they are married if she's did that. If not and her husband finds it out later, he has a right to put her away, because she took a false vow. For the Bible said, "Be it well..." or ritual says. "Be it well known to you (I have it in mine) if any couples are joined otherwise than God's Word does allow, their marriage is not lawful. I will require and will charge you both as you'll surely answer in the day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, if either of you know any impediment why you should not be lawful joined together, do you now confess it." There you are. See?

So fornication is what a girl, when she lives unclean, that's fornication, 'cause she has no husband. But when she's married, and then when she lives like that, she commits adultery against her husband.

 

If a man takes a marriage vow until death does them part, and then divorces and re-marries, he effectively has two wives. This puts him under the Law. But the Law cannot save him, so if he wants to make heaven he has to live sinless, and no man can do that. His second marriage is simply adultery against his first wife. Thus he is in deep trouble with God. Only one unique Man was able to keep the Law perfectly, and that was Jesus. So, according to the Law, He can marry as many people as He wishes. He is also the only Person Who does not need a Saviour. Because His marriage relationship with us is spiritual by being born again into the spiritual realm, and not physical, His Bride can consist of born again men and women.

The original sin came in through sex. It is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

'Carnal knowledge' is the legal definition of sex.

Sex is evil outside of marriage, and is suddenly good when people are married. There is no other act like that. Because we are all born through sex, we are all sinners and need salvation.

God permits sex after marriage, but it is not His perfect will, but is rather His permissive will. This body we are born in is flawed. The mark of the beast on our bodies is the scar of our belly button. Adam and the woman had no need for a belly button as they were created flawless, and thus needed no umbilical cord. Your umbilical cord connected you to your mother. She was connected to her mother, all the way back to Eve who was the mother of all living. This long line of umbilical cords represents the pipeline of God’s permissive will that we are all born into.

Jesus was born outside of sex. From a virgin.

Someday in the future, at His second Coming, He will call His saints from the dust of the earth at the resurrection. The living saints will have their bodies changed. We will all be there in new bodies that did not come through sex.

Finally, sex will be done away with completely.

Sex is simply the way sinful life multipliesThat is also why so much sin involves sex.

If a man is married to one wife, God regards the marriage bed as undefiled. But woe to us if we step outside these limits. Then the act is all wrong. Sex only produces a temporary life. No man born of sex ever lived 1 000 years.

 

If you got re-married in the past, before you knew the truth because you thought it was permissible, God can forgive that if you repent of your error. But if you re-marry in the future, or advise someone else to re-marry, you will be in trouble. God will only forgive past ignorance on this topic of re-marriage.

If people divorce and re-marry, they try to justify their error by encouraging others to do the same, as they think that it is right when enough people do it.Watch out for preachers who have a marriage and divorce issue in their own lives. They just want to justify themselves, and therefore they allow divorce and re-marriage. Watch out for preachers who want to enlarge their congregations. They will happily re-marry divorced people.