Prophesied future events, part 1
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God wants us to think for ourselves, not just parrot some quotes. Can we prove from the Bible what we believe?
The Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden was the Spirit of Christ. He was the centre of attraction.
GENESIS 2:9 … the tree of life also in the midst of the garden,
Then Eve fell, and Jesus moved to the eastern border to be the Door whereby sinners could return to Paradise. Once again Jesus is the focus of attention as the Door is the only way that we can get back in.
GENESIS 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
We must keep the way of the Bible. We must never change the way that the Bible is written.
JOHN 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
So He was at the centre and then at the border of the Garden of Eden.
Isaiah spoke of an altar and pillar that is on the border of Egypt and at its centre. It speaks of a Saviour.
ISAIAH 19:19 In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD.
:20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.
The great pyramid of Giza is at the centre of the arc that you can draw through the edge of the Nile delta as it meets the sea. It is at the border of the desert on the left of the Nile river. Giza is a suburb of Cairo, the capital of Egypt.
It was also at the border of the Nile delta which was called Lower Egypt and the rest of Egypt which was called Upper Egypt.
Notice, an altar is a place of worship. It is on the border and in the centre. Just like the Tree of Life (the Spirit of Christ) in Eden.
Can the great Pyramid tell us something about Jesus?
The Great Pyramid in Egypt has no capstone. (Slightly exaggerated in this drawing)
A pyramid waiting for its Capstone is greatly symbolic of waiting for the Coming of Jesus.
This has two applications for us human beings.
The secret Second Coming of Jesus to catch up His Gentile Bride into the air so that they miss the Tribulation. (This catching up is often called the Rapture).
Then after the Tribulation comes the glorious public return of Jesus. This final Third Coming of Jesus is with His Old and New Testament saints to rule both Jew and Gentile during the 1000 years of peace, known as the Millennium.
The Third Coming of Jesus with all His Heaven-born saints agrees with Enoch’s prophecy.
JUDE 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
The interior of the great pyramid is the only pyramid with passages and chambers. This is trying to tell us something.
The King’s chamber (shown in red) has an empty coffin.
This is very symbolic of the First Coming of Jesus where He resurrected from the dead to leave an empty grave.
Jesus is the only religious Leader Whoever managed to defeat Death.
His empty tomb is the great symbol of His triumph over Death, Hell, and the Grave.
So the Great Pyramid, built far back in the mists of time, can be seen as a prophecy about the First Coming of Jesus at the start of the church ages. Then His future Second Coming at the finish of the 7 church ages to collect His Bride as well as His future Third Coming for Armageddon with His Bride and Old Testament saints to finish the Tribulation.
Thus the Great Pyramid was prophetically built by Enoch before Noah’s Flood.
It indicates that the Comings of Jesus are the main events in world history.
MALACHI 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not;
If God never changes, then His Second Coming at the end of the church ages will bear resemblances to His First Coming.
Most of humanity are very involved in their daily lives and hope to go to heaven one day.
We plod along complacently and assume that all will go well for us in the future.
Work, money, family, food, house, cars, gadgets, travels, entertainment, TV, fame, Instagram, Facebook and so forth occupy most of our waking hours.
This daily grind makes Heaven a rather fuzzy concept for most people.
A sort of “Good Time” at the end of our lives.
But we read or hear bits of the Book of Revelation and realize that there are scary events in the future.
A vague but troubling idea that something bad can happen.
A period called the Tribulation with savage beasts, scary trumpets, fierce judgements, earthquakes, and hail.
But we are sure that God will probably have a way of escape for us.
After all, God is a God of love. He only loves people so we assume that we do not have to think of judgements.
Most humans have no real concept of the judgements of God.
We assume that once we are saved and have given our hearts to Jesus Christ, then we will automatically be saved from the Tribulation that is coming.
“Just get saved” is the motto of today’s church-goers. “Then go to church regularly and you will be safe”.
Sadly there are 45000 different kinds of denominations and churches.
All different and all claiming to be right. (That is not very logical but we ignore that issue). So just choose whichever church suits you. Then you have got it made. So we think.
“And all the other different churches?” We just ignore that problem because we do not know how to resolve it.
“If I huddle regularly in MY church and never argue with the pastor then I will go in the Rapture”. My obedience to my church's beliefs will get me into Heaven. I hope.
That way I will neatly miss the Tribulation and all its horrors and end up safely in Heaven.
It also means that I can ignore most of the difficult questions in the Bible. Why worry. Be lazy.
Everything will be OK. Problems will somehow disappear, and we can carry on.
Thus the Rapture is a rather fuzzy way of escape.
Being saved from hell is enough to make the rapture. We think.
If we believe that, then we may as well believe in the legendary unicorns, a creature with a single horn. They were strong animals, mentioned 6 times in the Bible but they no longer physically exist.
Remember, the Bible is an incredibly thick Book from which we get our advice. Why must so much be written if all I have to do is to be saved?
There are so-called “unicorns” on the Stock Market. Companies worth a lot of money (at least $ 1 billion) which looks very impressive, but they are usually heavily in debt and their investment bubble can burst at any time.
We must be careful that our church beliefs do not burst when weighed up in the balances of Scripture. At the end of the Babylonian empire, the prophet Daniel told king Belshazzar that his kingdom had been weighed in the balances and found wanting. That night Belshazzar was killed as the Medes and Persians took over.
Paul says not to owe anyone, except to love one another.
ROMANS 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
You probably believe in Christmas (unscriptural word) on 25 December (unscriptural date).
Christmas is the Roman Catholic Christ’s mass which is a church bubble that bursts when we check it with Scripture. Nowhere were we asked to celebrate the Lord’s birth.
The wise men never saw a Baby in a stable, they saw a young Child in a house.
MATTHEW 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:
How much more do the churches get wrong?
Paul spoke against annual celebrations on a fixed date as being a form of beggarly bondage.
GALATIANS 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
This type of Christian, in Paul’s opinion, is a waste of time.
Paul had no time for our obsession with birthdays.
“Ye observe days (25th day), and months (December), and times (Christmas time), and years (every year).
The 25th December date was copied or hijacked from the pagan Roman birthday of the sun god, Sol Invictus. “The Unconquerable Sun”. It seems that this pagan sun god has conquered today’s church-goers.
The pagan Roman emperor Aurelian in AD 274 established 25 December as the sun god’s birthday. Around AD 350 the bishop of Rome, Julius I, adopted this date for the birthday of Jesus, the Son of God. Then the Protestant daughter churches followed the Roman Catholic mother’s beliefs and also adopted Christmas day. The church thus builds its faith in paganism.
The reality, which involves checking with Scripture, kills these inflated bubbles of unscriptural traditions.
The more you prepare for heaven, and the less you spend time/money/energy on yourself, the less the tribulation will be a problem for you
Let us take a quick overview of future events, without mentioning the valid Scriptures.
This will be followed by an overview of Scriptures, to establish certain steps that will happen in the future.
The following diagram is the main overview that concerns the Bride.
The ministry of Jesus lasted 3½ years.
He died on the cross and His Soul was down into Hell for almost 3 days.
His resurrection was on the third day so that His Body did not see corruption.
He then spent 40 days on earth meeting with individuals and groups of people.
He then ascended with a cloud to Heaven.
Look up the website churchages.net
There you will find in-depth proof that the ministry of Jesus was 3½ years.
Let us consider the cross at Calvary.
1 CORINTHIANS 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
That means the Devil made a big mistake when he got Jesus crucified.
A ghost is the spirit of a dead person.
Only sinful ghosts of dead people can go to Hell.
God’s Holy Spirit was thus technically not able to go to Hell because God had never died and God is sinless.
Thus Jesus had to take our sins on Himself and when Satan engineered His death, this released the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of the dead Jesus. The Holy Ghost, carrying our sins, could enter Hell and dump our sins on the Devil.
Killing Jesus was the biggest miscalculation that Satan ever made.
1 Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
Down in the sides of the Pit of hell was the awful Prison. There the ghosts or spirits of dead sinners are kept as they await Judgment Day.
This was the Third Pull in the ministry of Jesus, preaching to the totally lost.
They had rejected the preaching of Noah over a time of 120 years.
Now the Holy Ghost was there at the Prison gate to confirm that what Noah had preached was true and that they were doomed.
The blood of a sacrifice can only atone for a living person who still has blood in his body.
A dead person’s spirit, having left its body, has no claim on the blood of a sacrifice and is thus doomed.
We have to get saved while we are still alive.
EPHESIANS 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Jesus descended down into Hell to defeat Satan.
Then He ascended up to Heaven to take the Old Testament saints up to Heaven.
The way up is first to go down.
First Jesus went down, then He went up.
We learn a lesson here. Humility precedes success.
ROMANS 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
The water baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
Underwater you cannot breathe. So it is symbolic of death.
Coming out of the water is symbolic of Jesus being able to rise from the dead.
Jesus is the only religious leader Who managed to do this when He rose from the dead.
God the Father is a Spirit and thus cannot die. The Spirit of God the Father cannot be buried.
Thus baptism in the name of the Father has no meaning as He never died, was never buried, and never rose again.
The Holy Spirit has no name in Scripture. So getting baptized in the name of the nameless Holy Spirit has no meaning. Especially since the Holy Spirit never died, nor was buried, nor resurrected.
A loud voice is associated with the resurrection.
: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.
Then Jesus had a 40-day ministry after His resurrection.
This is a key area for us to consider today.
The next event that we are waiting for is the resurrection of the New Testament saints.
The Old Testament saints resurrected and appeared unto many.
The same is very likely to happen when the New Testament saints are resurrected.
Yet this resurrection is going to be a difficult fact for people to accept.
In the parable of the rich man and the beggar Lazarus, the rich man begged for a dead person to rise and go to warn his brothers.
LUKE 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
: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.
The reply was chilling.
If people cannot believe what is written in the Bible, then they will not believe the resurrected dead either.
The resurrected dead will only speak from Scripture.
Only those people who are strictly Scriptural will be able to understand them.
The foolish virgins, who were fooled by their churches into believing unscriptural doctrines, will reject the Scriptural beliefs of the resurrected dead saints.
The foolish virgins stopped thinking for themselves a long time ago because they just believe their pastors. That is the path of least resistance.
Thus they are thrown into the Tribulation in order to lose their faith in the pastor-is-the-head-of-the-church style of church leadership.
They will have to start learning how to search the Scriptures for themselves instead of being in bondage to their church beliefs.
If history repeats, then we will have about 40 days in which to recognize the resurrected New Testament saints and also to prepare for the changing of our bodies.
Luke speaks of Jesus after His resurrection.
ACTS 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Paul adds more details of this 40 day period.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
Cephas is Peter.
:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
Paul mentions Jesus appearing to three individual apostles, and twice to the group of apostles.
Thus when the dead in Christ arise they will be very likely to appear to individuals and small groups who have been restored back to the doctrines of the apostles.
Once Jesus appeared to a big group of 500, but yet there were only 120 gathered in the upper room. Less than a quarter of the original 500. So not everybody who hears the truth ends up following the truth.
Then Jesus completed His earthly ministry by ascending up to Heaven with a cloud.
ACTS 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
A natural fluffy cloud is symbolic of a cloud of witnesses.
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; …
Thus the cloud, as Jesus ascended to Heaven, represented the Old Testament saints who ascended with Him. He led them out of the Old Testament Paradise and took them to Heaven. This was their reward for having believed in their future Messiah.
The return of Jesus will be in His same physically resurrected Body that still retains the scars of the nails.
Two men, who were angels, symbolize the two messengers to the church ages who had the full truth.
These two were the messengers to the first and the last church ages. This requires the last church age to be restored back to the first church age.
These two men also represent the two prophets, Moses and Elijah, who take the truth to the 144000 Jews in the Tribulation.
At the end, there are two groups, the true church, and the 144000 Jews. To be the true church, the last church age has to be restored back to the beliefs of the first church age. When the Gentile church goes up, then the Gospel goes to the second group who are the 144000 Jews who meet the Messiah in the Tribulation.
Concerning the church, Jesus called Himself the First and the Last.
REVELATION 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:
The first angel or messenger to the New Testament church was the prophet Paul who wrote about half of the New Testament. He was the messenger to the first church age.
The last messenger to the church was the prophet William Branham in America, who between 1947 and 1965, revealed the hidden mysteries of the Scripture. This understanding of Scripture will restore the Bride back to the first apostolic church age of Saint Paul.
But the sermons of brother Branham have to be understood by Bride members who were not even born when he died in 1965. Brother Branham restored the teachings that we have to know. But each individual Bride member has to understand the full truth for themselves by proving their beliefs just from Scripture. We have to be able to think for ourselves and be able to place what he taught in the Scripture.
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… so that the peoples that has believed the Message that the Lord Jesus has given me for this hour, might know what's taking place, and placing it in the Scripture.
65-0429 THE CHOOSING OF A BRIDE
While, the true Bride attracts the attention of God, by keeping His Word.
Thus the complete restoration will only happen when the last member of the Bride in the last church age is able to prove the truth from the Scriptures. The first church age proved the truth for themselves from the Scriptures.
Can you prove what you believe just by linking various Bible verses together?
Can you run your revelations all the way from Genesis to Revelation?
Or do you just parrot some quotes that you interpret in a way that does not run through the Bible? Do you just repeat what other people say?
Jesus asked His disciples two questions.
Who do other people say I am?
They quickly parroted some popular answers that were wrong.
This is typical of what people believe. As long as I am hidden in the crowd. As long as I’m saying what others say. Then I am safe because I do not have to think for myself.
This is called “group-speak”. Repeating the common opinion that people agree with. All the disciples had something to say. They always knew what other people thought.
The problem was that each one did not actually know what he personally thought.
Then Jesus asked them what they personally believed.
They all kept quiet.
Typical humans, they wanted to know what others would say before they answered.
This group-speak is a very powerful form of mind control.
At this stage, only Peter dared to answer. Only Peter had enough courage to think for himself. As a result, Peter got immediate promotion an was given the keys to Heaven.
MATTHEW 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
We always seem to know what other people say. That makes us second-hand Christians.
MATTHEW 16:14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
All the different names that they mentioned just proved that nobody knew what they were talking about.
Everybody just toed their party line. And each party had a different opinion. It was a complete spiritual swamp.
MATTHEW 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
God’s only interest. First, what do you as an individual believe from the depths of your own heart?
Secondly, have you got the courage to stand up and disagree with all the other people?
MATTHEW 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
One man spoke from his own heart. Happy to disagree with everyone else.
MATTHEW 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Peter was responding to an inner revelation that God had given him.
MATTHEW 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Peter recognized Who Jesus was. So Jesus recognized who Peter was.
The rock was a symbol of a personal revelation that Peter had of the Godhead.
God is a Spirit and the fullness of the Godhead dwelled bodily in the Man Jesus.
Thus the Man Jesus was the Son of God.
The visible Man that God dwelled in.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
You are everything that is in you.
Thus Jesus is God because all of God dwells in His Body.
MATTHEW 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Peter, on the Day of Pentecost, was able to open the door to Heaven.
ACTS 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
We only get into Heaven when our sins are forgiven.
The door to heaven that he closed was the baptism of John the Baptist.
That was no longer valid as John had been baptizing before Jesus has died, was buried, and resurrected. Baptism is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
Paul, speaking to 12 disciples of John the Baptist in Ephesus, told them that they had to be re-baptized as their baptism was no longer valid.
Peter had closed off John's baptism when he introduced baptism in the name of Jesus.
ACTS 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
So Jesus wants to know what you, personally, believe.
Not what your group or what other people believe.
You must not believe something just because brother Branham says so.
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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.
You must only believe what the Bible says.
So take brother Branham's revelations and place them in the Bible.
It is not enough to say that brother Branham revealed the truths of Scripture.
He certainly did, and he could prove his revelations from Scripture.
But in order to complete the restoration of truth, you and I must also be able to open the Bible and prove all these mysteries by running brother Branham’s revelations through the various Bible verses by ourselves.
Jesus, the Word, has been rejected by the end-time church in favour of human quotes.
Jesus knocks on the door of the church, not to speak to the whole church, but to speak to an individual.
REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
At the end, God is dealing with individuals, not with any group.
LUKE 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
God will just claim individuals who believe the truth.
He was the only one caught up to Heaven before the Flood. His wife and children stayed behind.