Predestination and Free Will
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Free-will and predestination at first sight seem to contradict each other, but are actually intricately entangled.First published on the 18th of September 2018 — Last updated on the 30th of September 2019
Both predestination and free-will are Scriptural so both have to happen together.
They form a deep and powerful union between God's mind and your mind that is not easy to understand.
REVELATION 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
ROMANS 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Predestination is how God sees things because the time line of your life is open before Him so that He can see the future. Predestination also means that God has a plan that He is going to bring to pass. God is in control of the Big Picture.
Free-will is how we see things because we cannot see the future.
Free will means that I am an individual who can decide what I want to do or not do. Free-will means that I am in control of my life.
Free-will and predestination at first sight seem to contradict each other but are actually intricately entangled and will never make sense unless we observe 3 fundamental limits.
- Do not allow free-will to become a licence to do your own thing.
- Do not allow predestination to turn people into robots or puppets.
- Do not make predestination and free-will contradict each other, even if you think that they do contradict. They both, somehow, work together.
Scientists have discovered that light behaves both like a wave that ripples out in all directions as happens if we drop a stone into a pool, and as a particle that moves in one direction only. But somehow, both of these "opposing" attributes belong to the same light. They work together in some way.
God wants to guide us down a predestinated path but He also wants us to be able to choose.
The two ideas combine, feeding off each other, when you of your own free-will allow God to guide you down His pre-chosen predestinated path.
You must love Him and trust Him so much that you want Him to reveal the Bible mysteries which will show you what you have to believe and do to fulfill His plan that He decided on before time ever began.
You must also be aware that you do not know enough to choose the right path and your own wisdom is not enough for you to understand the Bible mysteries.
For example. You are free to choose to become a rocket scientist. But you are not free to build a rocket anyway you like. You do not initially know enough and have to be taught. You have to build the rocket strictly according to the known laws of science if you want to break away from earth’s gravity pull
And if we choose to want to go to Heaven and escape the downward pull of worldliness and Bible-ignorance then we have to follow the predestinated path that leads to the cross. Good works cannot save us. Knowledge of other religions cannot save us. We have to repent and ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins. This is a once-off experience as we accept Him as our personal Saviour because He is the only predestinated Door to Heaven.
This is a personal relationship between the person and God. No other person is involved.
People can guide you to Jesus, but nobody can save you, except Jesus.
But Heaven has different groups.
Basically this means Christians are dedicated to Jesus and what the Bible says or they are dedicated to their church with its human traditions that are partly Scriptural and partly unscriptural.
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.Christians can choose where they want to belong, either with the foolish virgins or with the wise virgins.
Then they are told what to do and believe.
They either have to conform to the Bible doctrines or to their church doctrines.
A woman symbolizes a church. A virgin is a clean woman. So we are dealing with saved Christians.
II CORINTHIANS 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Saved Christians take the whole King James Version of the Bible very seriously as God's Absolute Truth if they want to be the wise virgins who are in the Bride.
Saved church-goers just pick and choose certain Scriptures that interest them and ignore or reject the rest. They choose any one or more of the 100-odd English versions of the Bible. They are happy with whatever translations they have. The Bible to them is a guide not an Absolute. Thus they qualify as the foolish virgins.
But, both will make Heaven although they travel on two different paths and have different rewards.
The foolish virgins choose the low road. The wise virgins choose the high road.
As mountaineers know, a low road is easy to travel but a high road involves strenuous effort and climbing.
We choose a path which predestinates us to an easy-to-belong-to-and-popular church fellowship or a tough and isolated search for truth amongst the high peaks.
The foolish virgins gave up their free-will in repentance and followed Jesus to the cross as the only predestinated Saviour.
Then they became church-goers as that gave them their free-will to choose one or more of the 45000 different denominational or non-denominational churches that are open for business.
Each has their own different traditions and church-beliefs.
Each one has their own agenda and picks certain verses out of the Bible and dismisses other verses as contradictions, mistakes, myths, irrelevant issues, or not important.
Faced with a difficult-to-understand portion of Scripture they duck and dodge by saying, "Must I know"?
As if understanding a portion of the Bible is not important.
Scientists have only found a use for 5% of our DNA. They foolishly regard the other 95% as junk DNA.
Scientists look into space and try to explain things by saying that 95 % of the universe is Dark Energy and Dark Matter. Dark means we have no idea what it is. So they claim that we can only see and try to understand 5% of the universe. Much the same high level of ignorance as our DNA problem.
Foolish virgin church-goers make the same mistake. Ignorance about much of the Bible does not concern them as they think that their safety lies in regular church attendance.
They think that because they are saved and have a personal relationship with Jesus that they can play hop-skip-and–jump over all the many Bible verses that their churches cannot explain to them. They also routinely show no interest in these portions of the Bible that they do not understand as they will never want to admit that someone outside their chosen church can teach them something.
They are scared to admit that their churches have even one wrong doctrine in case that admitted error acts like a zip to open up many other wrong doctrines.
They are quite content to only understand a small percentage of the Bible.
So they are in love with their church and their church leader. They also claim to love Jesus. But faith should be based on Jesus and the Bible alone. No human or group of humans should be our focus. Humans are always flawed, even if we do not know their flaws. We all have feet of clay mixed with iron. Good and bad.
But Jesus is the Word. By ignoring many portions of Scripture the foolish virgin church-goers are ignoring many aspects of Jesus.
If there are many aspects of my wife that I do not know, and which do not really interest me, then I do not have close relationship with her. So the foolish virgins, the church-goers, have no deep relationship with the Bible, which is the thoughts of Jesus. They think they are close to Him, yet they do not know what He is thinking. So their relationship is not as close as they think it is.
What is the predestinated path of the saved foolish virgins?
They go through the Door of the cross to get saved. Then they choose the easier church-going low road that leads to the Tribulation and being cruelly murdered during the Tribulation. But they must be saved before the Tribulation starts, while Jesus is still on the mercy seat. Then they go to the region of Heaven reserved for the easily-fooled church-goers. This is part of the region of the "dead in Christ", for those Christians who never took the Bible seriously. There they stay for 1000 years.
After that they will be part of the general resurrection of the dead. Then they have the indignity of being judged on Judgement Day. But they will be spared as they were saved.
PHILIPPIANS 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Paul is not speaking of the general resurrection of the dead after the 1000 years of peace, as that will happen to everyone.
Paul, like all Bride members, desperately wants to be part of the resurrection of the church age saints that happens just before the Coming of the Lord.
I THESSALONIANS 4:16 ... and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:The New Jerusalem is a mighty pyramid that will house Jesus and His Bride. The foolish virgins will live outside the city.
Second class citizens for all eternity. But at least they will be in Heaven.
Their big mistake was choosing to hang onto their free-will to live and dress and believe as they wished to, after getting saved. They insisted on their own rights. They insisted on their church rights.
Laodicea, the last church age, means "people's rights".
Their mistake was thinking that free-will meant that they were free to do their own thing.
By not staying strictly with Scripture they had no predestinated path to guide them to the secret coming of the Lord. The Coming of the Lord is the greatest mystery in the universe. We cannot just sit back and think it will happen to us.
The Bible must reveal a hidden way in which we can prepare for this great event.
MATTHEW 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
A frightening report on our present state.
All Christians, Bride and church-goers are asleep.
That means we do not know what is going on. Turbulent world events sweep past us and we cannot predict what will happen next.
MATTHEW 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.Midnight. A time of darkness.
Midnight is one moment in time. It is not all the years of the days of the voice of the seventh angel.
A cry. Sudden and sharp. But it had a most dramatic effect. It woke up everyone, Bride and church-goers.
MATTHEW 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
This has never happened before. Instead of rejecting the Truth, which the church-goers have always done, they now come to the Bride to ask her for help.
All the denominations will pester the Bride to explain to them what is going on.
So that cry is going to be an earth-shaking event.
It will instantly change church-goers from being truth-rejectors to passionate truth-seekers.
But the Bride cannot help them. Why not.
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". There is a price to pay. Jesus stands outside the church. If you want truth you have to join the third exodus that comes out of the church.
"Yourselves". It is a personal revelation. Not a group-think church consensus.
You have to see it for yourself in Scripture. Being a parrot and repeating some quotes will not be good enough.
Then the foolish virgins will suddenly have to learn about all those mysterious verses in the Bible that they had dismissed as irrelevant. That is going to take a lot of time and they are going to have to seek God for enough of the Holy Spirit to open their eyes and guide them into all truth.
In the meanwhile the seven Thunders will utter their mysterious voices. What they say is not written in the Bible so it will be a full time task for the Bride to track down these mysterious events that are somehow hidden in the Bible without being written.
In the short time available, the Bride will not be able to get the revelation of the seven unwritten Thunders and teach the written mysteries of Scripture to the foolish virgins.
MATTHEW 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
The dividing line between wise and foolish Christians is the boundary line between the written and the unwritten Scriptures.
Those who could untangle the hidden Thunder mysteries made it. They looked for the Thunders to be hidden in the Bible without being written.
But to do that they had to be able to understand what was written in the Bible.
So the Bride focused on revealing the mysteries of Scripture.
The church-goers focused on quotes and their interpretation of quotes that could not be followed through the Bible verses.
They interpreted the unwritten seven Thunders in terms of things that are written in the Bible. So they failed at the boundary line.
They were never able to cross over into the understanding of the unwritten mysteries of Scripture which will only be revealed after the resurrection of the dead.
MATTHEW 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
They were seeking the Spirit in the church world and came back influenced by the Trinity belief.
Trinity is not written in the Bible but it is false.
Church-goers are finally doomed to go into the Tribulation because they believed false doctrines that are not written in the Bible. Trinity is not hidden in the Bible. It is an impurity that was injected into Christianity by the Roman Catholic church.
The Bride escaped the Tribulation because they were finally able to understand the great unwritten mystery of the Thunders. This is the ultimate test of our ability to understand what is hidden in the Bible.
MATTHEW 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
"I know you not". The foolish virgins thought they had a close personal relationship with Jesus despite not being too interested in Bible mysteries. God revealed the written mysteries to William Branham but the foolish virgins loved their churches more than the revealed truth. So they rejected the revealed Word, which is Jesus. Thus He stood outside the church, rejected. There was obviously no close relationship between Jesus and the foolish virgins inside the church.
Message believers joined the foolish virgins by elevating brother Branham to the Godhead as the Voice of God. Then they replaced the written Word with his quotes. Then they began to interpret the unwritten Thunders by means of what is written in the Bible.
So there is no close relationship between them and Jesus.
MATTHEW 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
"Watch". Watch world events and see who can interpret them from Scripture.
Search the Bible to understand the mysteries that are written. Then only will we be in a position to understand the mysteries that are written.
Now is our chance to be learning Bible truths that are written.
Bible truths is what the foolish virgins want to hear when they wake up. They will realize that their churches have fooled them and they will want to know, "It is written .....".
They took the easy lower path and avoided the difficult portions of Scripture that had a hidden meaning.
They only wanted to know a little. There were so many mysteries that they did not know and were not interested in.
In terms of Bible knowledge, they were content to be mediocre.
DEUTERONOMY 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
God reveals more mysteries as time rolls on. But church-goers, complacently sitting in their churches, are not listening to anyone outside their church.
MARK 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
He preached but only a few stayed behind to get a revelation of these mysteries that He was preaching about.
The majority heard, did not understand, and did not worry about what they had heard. Being ignorant of the Word did not concern them as they walked away.
The people could choose to go or choose to stay behind to get the explanation. But the explanation, if you chose to listen, told you about the only path that you had to follow.
You can choose a path, but then you have no option but to follow the path and you cannot decide where the predestinated path leads to.
You are free to make a choice of which path you follow, but you have no say over the consequences of your choice.
There is no easy path to truth.
Struggle is the law of growth.
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.
There is absolutely no way that we are going to puzzle out God’s thoughts in our own wisdom.
So those who are relying on their church traditions will not find the way to being caught up to meet the Lord in the air. It is beyond any human wisdom.
God needs to open our eyes to the wisdom that is hidden in His Word.
Free-will means you are free to respond to God, but you have to come according to His predestinated Scriptural way.
So how do we become the wise virgins?
Our problem is, how can we hold these two opposites of free-will and predestination together? It is not easy.
We get a clue from Jesus. He was both Man and God.
As God He was perfect and never changed His predestinated plan in any way.
As a Man Jesus surrendered His free-will and was willing to die so that God’s Will could be done.
Humanity and God cannot live in harmony on earth unless we are prepared to die to ourselves.
But we must want to die of our own free-will.
MATTHEW 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
To be caught up to meet the Lord in the air is like using a spiritual rocket that can only be built in one certain predestinated way. If we change the Bible path in any way, we are not going to go up.
You are free to choose to be part of the Bride but then you are not free to follow your own ideas.
Predestination of the Bride or wise virgins is God’s River of Life that runs through the events of our turbulent world. This Plan has been described in the Bible if only we knew how to find it in there.
REVELATION 3:18 … and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Free-will is the little puddle of my own decisions. I can swim in any direction that I like in this puddle. But I cannot see the future.
If I want to be predestinated to be in the Bride then I must die to myself and allow Jesus to throw my little puddle of self-will into the River of God’s Will. Then my free-will shall cease to exist as I am swept along by His hidden predestinated Bible Plan.
People may sit in a church but do not belong to the church, they belong to the Word. They certainly do not conform to the church as they only obey and believe what is written in the King James Version of the Bible.
Jesus manages to hold two opposites together.
He is the perfect Almighty God Who created us and judges us strictly by His perfect Word, the Bible. That basically means we have no hope as none of us can meet His standards.
Then He is also presented as our Saviour and Advocate. In that role He does everything possible to save us by paying for our sins so that we can be forgiven of our sins. In that role He comes down to our level and deals with us messy humans. In this role He had to die to pay for our sins.
So Jesus appears in two lights.
He is the perfect God and the Absolute Word Who knows no sin.
He is also the Sacrifice Who lived in a corrupt world to carry our sins far away and dump them on the Devil down in hell.
So what is free-will?
Free-will is essential to stop us becoming robots. You can force a child to behave because they have to, by means of some punishment. But far better is the child who wants to behave.
Free-will means I can choose to act.
But after that I am not really free because my action produces a reaction.
Then I am forced to act in certain other ways to cope with the reaction. And all the things that I have to do to cope are also producing reactions. So eventually I have little free choice in what I have to do. I am mainly reacting to events, and my circumstances rather than being free to act as I wish.
Necessity also limits my free choice. I have to do certain things to survive and cope whether I like it or not.
The cares of this world can stifle my freedom to choose when I am caught up in certain situations and am forced to react in a certain way.
Emergencies and attacks of the enemy force me to react in certain ways, even if I do not want to.
So when we sit back and examine our lives, we actually do not have that much free-will in many aspects of our lives.
You are free to choose a job but then you have to put in an eight hour day.
Life is always a delicate balance between what I want and then what I have to do.
So what does free-will mean in a spiritual sense?
We must of our own free-will realize that we cannot save ourselves and sincerely repent of our sins and ask Jesus to save us.
That salvation experience means that we will go to Heaven when we die.
That experience is freely open to anyone who wants to make the choice.
If God sees that a person is genuine in their repentance, then God gives them the faith to believe.
Salvation is actually a tricky stage as it hinges on our unseen genuineness and sincerity.
If people just repeat a sinner’s prayer in order to go to heaven or in order to escape hell, then it is not going to work out very well long term. Repentance must be caused by a genuine sorrow for sins committed rather than a focus on self-gain.
True repentance is just a desire to die to self and hand over to God, whatever the circumstances.
We have to be sick of our sinful selves and we must also fall in love with God.
We must love God and not ourselves. That is the starting point.
Free-will means looking at things from my point of view.
I can choose to repent or refuse to repent.
Then I must love God of my own free-will. He does not force my love.
Getting saved is just a case of placing the puddle of my free-will in God’s hands.
When we repent and accept Jesus as Saviour we become part of the foolish virgins.
Being saved means we will go to heaven, but also to the Tribulation as being saved is not enough to make the Bride.
Many are called to be saved by God but only a few are chosen to be part of His Bride because God sees that most of us want to live our own lives, rather than do what He requires of us.
MATTHEW 20:16 … for many be called, but few chosen.
A fire fighter will save any woman from a burning building that wants to get saved but none of those women can claim that he must marry them. Any woman who wanted him to marry her would have to meet his expectations.
Predestination is God’s way of looking at things because He sees the past and the future.
Once we accept Jesus we become aware of predestination because we realize that God always knew this was going to happen.
But we did not know it was going to happen, so we had to accept Him as Saviour of our own free-will.
Two strands intertwine. Predestination and free-will are entangled.
In this messy world I repent because my free-will makes me want to do so.
My wanting to repent makes Him give me the faith to do so. He grants the genuine desires of the heart. But God was always in control of events.
However, I could have refused to repent if I had wanted to. But He knew in advance that I would not.
So God is playing a very delicate tune.
Creating the events around me that will lead to my repentance but at the same time standing back to give me complete freedom to accept or reject.
He does not want me as a computerized robot. He does not want me as an animal that just responds to instinct.
"Saved" means we will start to straighten out our lives and try to live holy.
Even though we are saved, we are still heading into the Tribulation.
Many atheists and non-Christian religious people also live clean and decent lives. Morality is not something that only Christians have.
Morality and a clean life are expected of every person.
So the first step in predestination is to know that saved people go to heaven. But there is still a Tribulation that has to be avoided.
Concerning the great Tribulation is where the churches make a big mistake.
They think that when you are saved that you are automatically predestinated to miss the Tribulation.
MATTHEW 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
This is not salvation from hell. That happened when you repented.
For those Christians who endure persecution for being Scriptural, they will be saved from the Tribulation.
The churches do not really understand the parable of the wise virgins and foolish virgins.
A woman represents the church. Virgins are clean women. So we are dealing with saved Christians. But the saved foolish virgins did not make it to the wedding of the Lamb.
The door slams, and they end up in the Tribulation.
They are predestinated to be saved, but not to be the Lamb’s Bride.
So there is another predestinated path too for the wise virgins, that ends at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.
On that path we get saved and we have our eyes opened to the Bible mysteries so that we are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
The churches are unaware of this aspect of predestination.
The only real act of free-will that we can do is to sacrifice our free-will and hand it over to Jesus.
That is the only thing that anyone can give to Jesus that He did not already own.
The money and time we give to His work is just giving back to Him a little of what He has given us.
If I give Him my life, I am just giving back to Him what He gave me at birth anyway.
But my free-will. That is unique to me.
That is all that I actually own. My only real gift to Him.
The wise men gave Him gifts which showed Who they thought He was.
Gold meant that Jesus was God in the flesh,
Frankincense makes the scorched burning meat an acceptable sacrifice by releasing a sweet smell.
So Jesus came to perform an acceptable sacrifice.
Myrrh was used to embalm the dead. Jesus came to die for our sins.
How much of your self-will you offer up to Him reveals how much you trust your life to Him.
If you only trust Jesus a little, then you will always keep you self-will so that you can control your life.
If you trust Him completely, then you will offer up all of your self-will to Him.
Many church-goers have repented and are at the level of living good Christian lives, which is about as far as most Christians ever go in their church experience.
All the years they spend in church remain at a reasonably constant level where they learn more details about what they already know.
They only feel safe with certain portions of the Bible.
The rest remain unread or never researched. Those portions are usually the path that illuminates the way to being caught up to meet the Lord.
It is not necessarily how much we know but it is the burning desire to know more.
The Bride refuses to believe that anything in the Bible is unimportant.
The Russians used a wooden pencil in space because pens and ballpoints use air pressure and earth’s gravity pull in order to work. The Russians wanted a cheap solution that is physically weak.
The Americans wanted a strong solution so they invented a very expensive metal pen that had a compressed gas to push out the ink in space. They got mocked for being stupid because a pencil was much cheaper. When Armstrong, the first man on the moon, shuffled out of the lunar landing rocket in his clumsy space suit, his boot snapped off a hollow lever that was essential to fire the rocket that would take them off the moon. They were stranded. The lever was hollow to save weight. So he put the metal pen into the place of the lever which saved their lives. A pencil would have broken because it took a lot of force to move that lever.
Rocket scientists are careful not to overlook details. Any little detail could cost you your life. Check everything. Nobody knows what unexpected problems are going to arise.
The seven unknown and unwritten Thunders are going to be a completely unexpected surprise.
The cry at midnight will be another unexpected surprise at some future moment of time. Midnight is a moment in time, it is nor a time interval.
The details that you overlooked in easy times will cost you in difficult times.
Who are you to say that a Bible detail is unimportant?
The Bride of Jesus is very careful not to overlook details in the Bible.
A bride will focus very carefully on all the details in her wedding dress as she makes herself ready.
The Bride never says that any Scripture is unimportant. She always wants to know more about the Bible.
Leaders and churches are always trying to get control over people’s lives so that the leaders can guide them. They tell the people to ignore the Scriptures that the
leaders do not understand. That way the leaders stay in control.
Jesus wants me to surrender my free-will to Him, not to the church. But I must make this surrender of my own free-will, not because I am forced. But because I want to. But churches enforce their beliefs to make all the people believe the same thing and thus dissenters get hammered.
This is the end of the normal church experience. People get saved and live holy and then feel that they are safe once they have conformed to their church beliefs.
Speak to church-goers. They are completely satisfied if they think that they have a good personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. Their search has ended.
They complacently feel that because they are saved and living a good life, that they are automatically ready for the Rapture, whenever that comes.
Ask them a deeper question in the Bible that requires a bit of thinking and they duck and dodge.
They regard the difficult Bible issues as being an unnecessary or even irrelevant detail.
They are happy to dismiss the first few Chapters of Genesis as a myth or folk tale.
They are happy to admit that certain Scriptures contradict each other and that there are mistakes in the Bible.
They are happy to reject the King James Version of the Bible in favour of having two or more other versions from the more than 100 versions of the English Bible.
They replace Scripture with scientific theories of the Big Bang and Evolution.
They either deny the prophecy of an end time prophet or they accept him and then replace Scripture with his quotes which are called the Voice of God.
They use unscriptural terms like Trinity, Christmas, 25 December, and denomination.
If they accept the prophet then they twist his quotes :
"The seven unwritten Thunders are explained in terms of seven written things in Scripture". (Notice the mismatch of terms).
They can see no difference between what is written and what is not written. This is a form of blindness. They cannot see that there is a boundary line between what is written and what is not written.
Another big error with Message preachers is to mistake the revelation of an event for being the event itself.
Brother Branham came to give us the revelation of the seven Seals.
This is obvious from the cover of his seven Seals book.
Message preachers promptly claimed that he actually opened the seven Seals.
But the Seals are opened in Revelation Chapter 6. In Revelation Chapter 4 the Bride is caught up to Heaven after the seven church ages. John goes up as a representative of the Bride.
In Chapter 5 the bride rejoices around the throne as she comes from all nations.
Then in Chapter 6, when you are standing around the throne, after the rapture, you will see Jesus open the seven Seals in all their detail
Brother Branham revealed in broad outline what we will see in great detail after the rapture.
Believing that the revelation of the opening of the seven Seals is the actual opening of the Seals, just classifies us as foolish virgins.
AMOS 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Before something happens, it has to be revealed.
Consider what Message people believe about the huge supernatural Cloud of 1963.
"The Cloud, briefly seen in the evening for 28 minutes after sunset, was photographed north of the city of Flagstaff in Arizona on 28 February 1963. It was formed by seven angels when they left brother Branham.
However the angels came to him in the morning of 8 March 1963 at Sunset Peak which is 200 miles south of Flagstaff. He himself knew nothing about the Cloud until a few months later".
Can you spot any contradictions? Message followers are unable to tell the difference between two separate dates that were 8 days apart and two separate places that are 200 miles apart. This is an obvious form of blindness.
William Branham said the cloud was the sign of the Son of Man in the Heaven.
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And then in that great observatory, so that the world will be without, they're still wondering what happened. In Tucson, them big observatories took the picture of it up there; still wondering what happened. What is it? They still put in the paper, "Does anybody know anything about what, how it could have happen?" There is no fog up there, there's no air, there's no moisture; thirty miles high in the air. Oh, my!
"There shall be signs in the heaven above. And when these things take place, earthquakes in divers places, then shall appear the sign in the heaven, of the Son of man."
MATTHEW 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:
His followers claim it was the coming down of the mighty Angel of Revelation 10, even though the cloud stayed at a height of 42 kilometers without coming down. If the cloud was the Angel coming down, there was nobody in Flagstaff spiritual enough to come down to.
Brother Branham was in Tucson, more than 200 miles south of the cloud.
Notice this fallacy.
They twist quotes to eventually contradict what he said.
When he got his facts wrong about being under the Cloud, the followers simply ignore the facts. That is not the way to build spiritual rocket to take us up.
There were two clouds over Flagstaff. That fact is usually ignored by Message believers.
To only see one cloud when there were two clouds is a form of blindness.
A rocket exploded to produce the smaller smoke cloud because the prophet Joel had predicted pillars of smoke.
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"And it shall come, as spoken by the prophet Joel, Joel 2:38. 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I'll pour out My Spirit upon all flesh.'"
Listen at that prophet standing there. Look at him, fearless, standing there upon that bunch, and condemning them, indicting them. Said, "This is the Scripture! This is that that was spoke of by the prophet! 'I'll pour out My Spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy. On My handmaids and maidservant I'll pour out of My Spirit; and I'll show signs in the heavens above, and on earth; fire, and pillars of smoke, and vapor.'" Proving It by the Word, that It was the Word.
JOEL 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
So the two clouds that were at an incredible 42 kilometers up in the air, fulfilled two Scriptures.
John the Baptist made a serious mistake by doubting Jesus was the Messiah. Two of John the Baptist’s devoted disciples repeated this wrong quote to Jesus. Jesus did not condemn John. Humans, even prophets, make mistakes. But the two disciples of John are never mentioned again. Carrying a wrong quote around did them no favours, even though they could claim, "The prophet said…"
It was more important to line up with Scripture.
So much for following a man.
Church-goers say that we must get baptized in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost because Jesus said so.
But what is this name? No Trinitarian knows because three People cannot have one name.
So the churches accuse Peter of making a mistake when he said we must repent and get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Thus church-goers either accuse the apostles of being wrong or else they build up the unwritten seven Thunder doctrines on Scriptures that are written. The apostles stressed that we must preach the Word that is written. We are not responsible for what is not written.
Either way church-goers are not being restored back to the apostolic church of the New Testament.
So despite being saved and living good and holy lives, the church world is in a mess in terms of what they believe.
If we look at Scripture we can find no parables and no end time prophecies that refer to the end-time church that say anything good about the church. But there is plenty of criticism and condemnation of the end-time church in the Bible.
So where are we missing it?
The mistake was because we believed that when you were saved and thus part of God’s predestination foreknowledge to make heaven, then you were also automatically part of His Bride and predestinated to be raptured. But that is not true.
Churches failed to realize that in God’s predestination plan there are two groups, the foolish virgins and the wise virgins.
Getting saved only made us part of the foolish virgins. That is good enough to make heaven which is great.
But something else is needed to make the wise virgins. That is oil. The Holy Spirit.
Now comes the key issue. What is the Holy Spirit supposed to do for us?
Having oil was not enough, as they also lit the oil in their lamps to make light.
The oil is critical but is only of value to you if it produces light in the dark.
Even light is not of great value unless you use the light to look at something and reveal what it is, so that you can say, "I see".
Shining a torch at nothing is not a great help, even if it is a good torch.
We need to shine the light on the Word of God.
We need light so that we can read the Word of God with understanding and see a deeper insight into Scripture.
That is why, of the four living creatures around the throne of God which describe God’s protection of His church during the last 2000 years, the last age is the flying eagle with its tremendous penetrating eyesight.
REVELATION 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.Jesus said the last church must be zealous to repent which means that we believe and do much that is wrong.
REVELATION 3:18 … and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.He said we must anoint our eyes with eye salve so that we can see.
See the mysteries of Scripture that are hidden in the Bible symbols and patterns, and understand them.
The sleeping virgins see many mysteries in Scripture and say, "Must I know these mysteries?".
The Bride or wise virgins look at the Scriptural mysteries and say, "I must know these mysteries".
Christians are all faced by a vital question.
How do we define the evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism?
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
The Holy Spirit has to reveal the mysteries of Scripture to us.
He will guide us into all truth.
He will glorify Jesus, not the end time prophet.
These two characteristics involve the change over from foolish virgin to wise virgin or Bride.
"He will shew you things to come".
One thing is certain. The Message preachers who claimed that Hillary would win the 2016 American presidential election were not inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit will show us how the revelations that brother Branham preached are actually hidden away in the Bible. They can then be proven just from the Bible, without having to use the quotes.
REVELATION 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.This angel or messenger is typical of brother Branham’s ministry as the seventh angel.
A powerful message that condemns the Roman Catholic denominational church system that the Protestants have copied.
REVELATION 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
"Another voice": This is not repeating the quotes of the seventh angel.
This is an inner voice from the Holy Spirit that is guiding us through Scripture. What we read in the Bible agrees with what the end time messenger says.
This is a personal conviction based on Scripture.
You don’t believe it because brother Branham said so, you believe it because the Bible says so.
LUKE 18:8 … Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
ROMANS 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith comes from Scripture.
Jesus is not going to find much faith.
Thus very few church-goers can prove what they believe from the written Word.
Jesus resisted the Devil by always saying, "It is written ...".
Paul wanted us to preach from the written Bible.
II TIMOTHY 4:2 Preach the word;
Today, having got us to live good Christian lives, God is now looking for people who He can explain His Bible mysteries to.
God has got deep plans, clever plans, and He is longing to find people who can think like Him.
People who love His plans and His thinking.
People who want God to reveal to them what the mysteries of the Bible are.
God's clever plans must be revealed to us in order to prepare us for His secret coming.
The first step of our Christian experience involved getting saved which happened in one salvation event.
The next step involved living holy which is an ongoing experience of self-improvement.
This process will never end.
Unfortunately the church world regards salvation and holy living as sufficient preparation for the rapture.
As long as saved Christians sit every Sunday in the church of their choice, they feel that they are ready for the rapture. They think that God hovers over their church like a helicopter and ticks off their Sunday church-going.
The only problem is that it does not differentiate between all the different 45000 church beliefs.
It leaves the impression that you can believe what you like as long as your life is a good example.
Having got saved, churches believe you are predestinated to go in the rapture irrespective of which denominational belief you have.
But here self-will erupts again as I am free to choose whichever church doctrine suits me.
I only got into God’s predestinated channel of salvation by sacrificing my self-will and asking Jesus to save me. Then we fool ourselves that after that we can follow our self-will again, as all we have to do to please God is to conform to a church that we like.
All those who are predestinated to go to heaven because they repented and asked Jesus to save them, have now ended up in 45000 different kinds of denominational and non-denominational churches.
It is not very convincing. We believe that there is only one Saviour, Jesus Christ. But once we are saved we bluff ourselves that we can suddenly freely choose which of the 45000 different options we would like to believe.
If I am dead to self, then I have no more free-will or self-will.
So once a person is filled with the Spirit they must also only have one path to follow.
Jesus said I am the Way.
God has a predestinated path that unfolds the mysteries of Scripture by going from verse to verse in the Bible until each mystery has been revealed in Scripture.
ISAIAH 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Each doctrine is hidden in Scripture using many connected verses that run through the Bible in order to reveal that truth.
We have to offer up of our own free-will, all the opinions and ideas that we may have of Scripture. Each revelation of a mystery that we learn from brother Branham’s quotes, or from anywhere else, must be followed through the Bible until we can prove it just by using the Bible.
Those who can follow their beliefs through the Bible are on the predestinated path that leads to the catching up of the church.
We are only predestinated to escape the Tribulation if we return to the New Testament beliefs of the apostolic church.
God has compared the church to a seed that is planted.
MARK 4:26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
:27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
:28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.A plant starts with a seed. It grows through different stages. But at the harvest time it produces a seed that is identical to the seed that was planted.
The development and growth of a seed is predestination.
You are free to plant any seed you like. But once the seed is planted you have no say as to how it grows and what it will turn into.
We are free to accept the Lord and give Him complete control of our lives. But once we have done that we have no say over the predestinated Bible path that He guides us down.
Once it is planted a seed can only go through certain different stages as a plant and at the end it has no option. The plant has to produce a seed that is identical to the seed that was planted.
So the only path that is predestined to produce the Bride and that has got nothing to do with my free-will is when I end up believing just like the early church. That way the Bible tells me what I must believe.
Planting means a seed falls into the ground.
Millions of Christians in the early church were killed by the Roman Empire. They were the Seed that had to be planted in early graves. Then the church was buried in the dirt of the Dark Ages. The Reformation that started with Martin Luther was the blades or leaves that sprouted up. John Wesley and the missionary age blew the pollen of life around the field (the world) to other plants. Pentecost was a husk that looked good with the supernatural power but lacked the Bible truths of the early church. Then the husk splits as different Pentecostal denominations formed. Finally a new seed emerges that is identical to the seed that was planted.
So the only way that we can be in God’s predestinated path today is to ripen as a seed that has the same Bible beliefs that the early apostolic church had.
Jesus gave the bread to the disciples who then gave it to the people.
We have to get the Bread of life from the disciples who wrote the New Testament. The disciples became the apostles and Paul took the place of Judas.
By having to be just like the first church, I have no free-will in the matter.
Predestination will produce an end time church that is just like the first church and is thus not subject to the personal opinions of any modern day person.
God’s predestinated plan is like a River of Life that runs through the events of this world.
The puddle of my self-will or free-will was put into His hands when I got saved.
That is when He taught me how to live a holy life.
Then the Holy Spirit baptism is when I sacrifice my free-will on how to think about the Bible.
I allow Him to throw the puddle of my self-will into His River of Life which is God’s Will.
Then I get swept along with whatever path opens up through the Bible as the Spirit joins up the Bible verses to show us where we are in the plan of God.
We all had a reality test recently.
In the run up to the 2016 American Presidential election, Donald Trump, who behaved badly, wanted to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Every poll said he would lose the 2016 election because of his lifestyle and lack of political experience. His bad lifestyle was a distraction that fooled most people. Even the Devil did not take him seriously.
Hillary with her gay rights, pro abortion, and fear of upsetting the Muslims if she recognized Jerusalem as the capital was a sure winner.
But fulfilling a prophecy of the scattered Jews returning to Israel was far more important in God’s eyes than a man’s personal faults. So Trump won. Jerusalem is once again the recognized capital of Israel, just as it was 2000 years ago. The nice good-living guys like Obama never had the courage to stand against the Muslims, or gay rights, or abortion.
Abortion is just the modern form of child sacrifice that the pagans did to their god Molech. If a child was a nuisance or unwanted they could throw the child into the fire of Molech to get rid of their problem, and feel religious about it.
If we can just open our eyes we will see in Scripture what God’s predestined Plan is. If we can understand what He is wanting to do, then we can follow His Plan as it emerges even if He uses very unlikely people.
After all, Moses was a murderer and he helped the Jews.
Message preachers were obsessed with their possible interpretation of a quote of brother Branham where a cruel and beautiful woman would rule America. So they predicted that Hillary would win. Hillary beautiful?
That was an acid test as to how useless their interpretation of the quotes is. But Message believers still have not learned to take the quotes and run them through the Bible.
The predestination plan that leads to the catching up of the church will always follow a path through the Bible verses.
But God wants eye salve on our eyes so that we can see for ourselves.
We are not parrots to just repeat quotes.
We must glorify Jesus by being able to read and understand the Bible.
Our faith must be built on the foundation of the written Word.
If we can recognize these Bible clues from today’s events when they happen, and match them with Scripture, then we have an assurance as to where we are on that predestined path of prophecy.
That is the only indication that we have that we are predestined to be in the Bride.
Can we understand the Bible? Live by the Bible? And pick up clues about the events of today from the Bible?