Revelation 6, part 1 - 7 Church Ages
Revelation Chapter 1 introduces seven churches whose characteristics match the conditions that existed during seven distinct periods or ages of the 2000 years of church history.
The true church was established by the apostles who left each local church in the hands of a group of elders. Then one man, a Bishop, hijacked the leadership of the church. From AD 325 at the Nicaean Council, the Trinity idea was forced on the church. More unscriptural ideas followed until the truth almost died out in the Dark Ages. Martin Luther in Germany restored salvation by faith alone. The King James Bible was translated. John Wesley restored holiness and the missionary age started. Pentecost was revived in America and then William Branham revealed the deep mysteries of Scripture, taking the last church age back to the early church.
But of all the seven churches, only one church had the true Word of God, which was worthy of being copied by the other ages. That was Ephesus.
Revelation Chapter 2 introduces the church age “of Ephesus” that was set up by the apostles.
This was to serve as the model “of what a church age should be”.
REVELATION 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write;
The main angel (which means a messenger) to this first age was Saint Paul. He wrote about half of the New Testament, which is the Absolute Truth. Nothing must be changed.
This was the church age of the New Testament.
So beware. The first thing Satan tries to do is find faults in the King James Bible which is the only infallible translation.
The next step of the deception is to replace the King James Version with brother Branham's quotes. "I have a quote" replaces "It is written..."
The latest trick is message-people who claim there are mistakes in the Bible but that the message (brother Branham's sermons) is infallible. This is a neat reversal of the true facts. You can find mistakes in the message but not in the Bible.
Or worse still, the message-people interpret his quotes which leads to statements that brother Branham never said, such as:
"The Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 came down while the seventh angel was on earth". Thus, Revelation 10 has happened.
Look what brother Branham said in 1964. He was placing the mighty Angel in the future, at the time of the resurrection.
And when the great Director comes down and bears that stick down, then, "time shall be no more."
When that Angel, of Revelation the 10th chapter, puts one foot on land and one on the sea, and a rainbow over His head, He swore, "time shall be no more."
When that time comes, you will rise up from among the dead. While the rest of them lay there, you will go in.
"The seven Thunders have uttered".
Brother Branham never made such a statement.
The Thunders will utter to the Bride to give her rapturing faith but will also utter to Elijah and Moses in the future to give Elijah the power to stop all rain for three and a half years
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Now, we had him coming last night with his great sword to kill. We find out that he gets killed with the Sword too, the sword of the Word. God's Word, sharp, two-edged sword slays him, puts him right down. Wait till them seven thunders utter their voices to that group who really can take the Word of God and hand it there. It'll slice and cut. And they can close the heavens; they can shut this or do that, whatever they want to.
The seven Thunders will unleash incredible power when they do utter. They will show you how to get a new immortal body.
"Mercy is over".
1965 LAODICEAN CHURCH AGE - CHURCH AGE BOOK CPT.9
And I would beseech you while God's mercy is still available to you, that you give your whole life, unreservedly to Jesus Christ, Who as the faithful Shepherd will save you and care for you and present you faultless in glory with exceeding great joy.
Or even worse, the counter-productive attempts of message-people to prove that brother Branham's mistakes are actually the truth in order to "prove" that he is infallible. This merely puts sensible people off. They cannot be convinced that the way to find the truth is to have to believe in some errors.
A big mistake was brother Branham thinking that he stood below the supernatural Cloud at Sunset Peak on 8 March 1963 when he was hunting at 8 o'clock in the morning. He thought that the Cloud was formed by 7 angels leaving him. He did not know that the Cloud was only photographed for 28 minutes after sunset on 28 February 1963 just north of Flagstaff which is 200 miles north of Sunset Peak. Wrong day, wrong place.
Fact check. The hunting season only opened on 1 March. The Cloud was never over Sunset Peak. The 7 angels formed no cloud when they visited him on 8 March at Sunset Peak.
So message-preachers wrap the truth in a fog of fake news. They major on the Cloud-issue where brother Branham got his facts wrong. They should be ashamed of themselves. But somebody has to fool the foolish virgins. Church-goers want to be fooled and even pay well for that privilege.
GALATIANS 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
The curse today is the future lingering radiation from the nuclear missiles in the Great Tribulation. Believe something unscriptural and you will be in the Tribulation. We need to be very careful about what we believe.
It was essential that the church stayed strictly Scriptural once the apostles left the scene.
The apostle John collected the 27 Books of the New Testament together and warned us again not to change anything from what had been written. Do not add nor take away. The New Testament was thus declared to be infallible.
Message-preachers, ignoring this command from John, promptly added in that brother Branham was the Voice of God (which was never promised in the New Testament) because Scripture placed him as the voice of the seventh angel and the voice of the fourth eagle-beast around the throne.
Christians have to be believers of the New Testament, which was based on the Old Testament.
Nobody in the church can ever change what the early apostles wrote down.
EPHESIANS 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Our foundation beliefs must point to Jesus, not to William Branham. He was a star in the right hand of Jesus. A star guides wise men to the revelation of Christ in His Word but when the Sun rises, then the star fades off the scene.
The star cannot replace the Sun.
Brother Branham came to reveal the written Scripture, not to replace It.
REVELATION 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
These plagues will happen in the Tribulation. The original serpent added the word "not", "You will not surely die". Eve did die and the serpent was turned into an adder which is a deadly poisonous snake. Adding to the Bible is a disaster.
:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
To add or remove from God’s Word was always wrong.
DEUTERONOMY 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
The Jews had to obey the Scriptures just the way that they were written. The church must have the same attitude.
DEUTERONOMY 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
The patterns of history tend to repeat. We must learn from the past to inform the future.
What happened in each church in each of the next five cities would repeat as events in each of the corresponding five church ages. (Laodicea has been left out because it is a sad exception, an apostate church age where too much goes wrong. It will be discussed separately).
The next five church ages after Ephesus would each have specific problem areas in which truth was either being lost in Revelation Chapter 2 or else truth was only partially restored in the specific circumstances of the Reformation church ages as described in Revelation Chapter 3.
REVELATION 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write;
“In Smyrna” means in the time when a human Bishop was promoting himself and claiming falsely to be the head of the local church. Then he grew more ambitious and claimed to be head of all the churches in a city. So a man was now the Bishop of Rome from about AD 150.
REVELATION 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write;
“In Pergamos” means in the time when the Nicaean Council of AD 325 established the pagan Trinity and God lost His name because you cannot find one name for three People. The truth began to die out. Now that it was accepted that a man was the head of the church, this human Bishop could impose his errors on the church. Different Bishops had different ideas.
REVELATION 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write;
“In Thyatira”. Church 4. Four is the middle of 7. This is in the Middle Ages or Dark Ages. Thyatira means a dominating woman. The Roman Catholic church dominated Europe. Bible truth almost died out.
The first four candlesticks in the Jewish Tabernacle represent the truth getting established in church age one, by the apostles, and then the truth was increasingly replaced by the church leader's opinions and pagan traditions. The truth was mainly getting lost by church age 4.
EVIL means to move away from the beliefs of the apostles in the New Testament.
Then the restoration of the Truth began in Revelation Chapter 3.
REVELATION 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write;
The 5th church age in Germany saw Martin Luther restore salvation by faith alone.
Then in England, the King James Version of the Bible was translated.
REVELATION 3:7 And unto the angel of the church in Philadelphia write;
The 6th church age in England saw John Wesley restore holiness and then the missionary age was launched by William Carey who left England and laboured in India.
The 7th church age in America saw the Azusa Street Pentecostal revival in Los Angeles followed by the teaching rain from 1947 – 1965 when William Branham revealed the mysteries of Scripture. This was the way that God's Plan was meant to go.
God had promised this to Daniel.
DANIEL 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:
In other words, at the end time, God would reveal the meanings of the Scriptural symbols that baffled and continue to baffle the human mind.
Reverse the letter in EVIL and you get LIVE. LIVE means going back to the beliefs of the apostles.
MATTHEW 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
The first and the last church ages should be interchangeable.
They should be so similar that they can be mistaken for each other, because the children at the end of church history should be restored back to the apostolic fathers who founded the church of the New Testament.
MATTHEW 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
At the end time, God is most concerned with restoring us back to the first church age.
That has to be our main focus and direction as the first church of the apostles is our mother church.
However, this is not what happened.
In the last church age, the church-goers demanded the right to serve God in whichever way they wanted to.
That is the majority will of the modern churches as a flood tide of "people's rights" engulfs the "church of the Laodiceans".
God must listen to what the people want. God must be happy that people serve Him in whatever way they choose for themselves. They will make up suitable beliefs that please themselves.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
It has become the "church of the Laodiceans". The church of the people. The church of people's rights (Laodicea). The church of human rights and of gay rights. The rights of abortion. The rights of women. The rights of transgenders. The rights of atheists. The rights of the pastors to collect all the tithes. The rights of a man to be the head of the church. The rights of the head of the church to get rid of any opposition to his viewpoint.
But the Bible had warned of this.
MATTHEW 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The end-time revelations of Scripture will only enable a few individuals to become strictly Scriptural and return to the beliefs of the first church age.
All the churches will be dominated by human preachers and will move off in different unscriptural directions in terms of the variety of their opinions and traditions.
EZEKIEL 16:44 Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.
The driving force in all the churches, denominational churches, and message-churches, is to return to the Roman Catholic mother church.
It is the spirit of the age that is driven by the white horse rider who keeps coming up with newer and better versions of religious deception.
So all churches will become more Bible-illiterate and believe things that are not in the Bible.
What better deception than to claim to follow brother Branham but to interpret his quotes in such a way as to guide people away from the King James Bible.
THE EPHESIAN CHURCH AGE
I said that the True Church would always try to be like it was in the Book of Acts. That is exactly right. But we have discovered that the Word also teaches an invasion of error until there is a complete blackout of truth in the last day when the Lord is about to appear.
MATTHEW 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Why are many called but only a few get chosen?
The next picture shows the majority view of the church age of the Laodiceans. The foolish virgins are unable to read and understand the mysteries of Scripture.
Virgins are clean women that symbolize saved Christians.
But they are unable to prove their beliefs just from Scripture.
So in the last church age, Bible truth in the churches starts to get less rather than increasing.
There is a vicious war fought by dictatorial religious spirits, to protect the church leader's income and power over the people. To do this they have to fight against the Lamb, the Word of God. They have to deviate from Scripture. They cannot prove many of their beliefs from Scripture.
From Scripture, they cannot prove that one man is the head of the church.
From Scripture, they cannot prove that all the tithes belong to this one-man-church-head.
REVELATION 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Many are called and few are chosen because only a few stayed faithful to their Bible calling.
If Jesus, as the Word of God calls you, then you will always stay faithful to the written Word.
If a church calls you, then you will stay faithful to that church but you will end up believing unscriptural things because your absolute is not the King James Bible.
You will end up believing that there are mistakes and contradictions in the Bible. But you will not dare disagree with your church or church leader. That is the vicious battle that is being fought to control the minds of men and women.
Modern church propaganda is that the Bible is not the Absolute and that brother Branham is infallible.
The Bride will not be impressed with what any man says. They just want to see what the Scripture says.
They just want to believe what the early church believed.
The Bible promised us the voice of the seventh angel at the end-time. Those are brother Branham’s recorded sermons.
The New Testament did not promise us the Voice of God at the end time. That is fake news to deceive the foolish virgins who do not check with written Scripture. The prophets of the Old Testament could call themselves the Voice of God because they had to preach and write down God’s Word.
But once the apostle John wrote the final Book of the Bible, then the Bible was and always will be the Voice of God.
Your voice expresses your thoughts. The Bible is the Voice that tells us what the thoughts of God are.
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We know the Bible is right; that's not my voice; that's God's voice, speaking
We were promised the voice of the Archangel to raise the dead saints from the 7 church ages. But that is still to happen. So that is what we should be looking forward to and preparing ourselves for.
Will we believe exactly the same as what the first church age believe when they resurrect?
The seed is only harvested when it is pulled off the plant.
The harvest rain will finish when the Bride is pulled off the earth as they are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
The seed that is harvested at the end must be the same as the seed that was planted at the beginning by the apostles.
REVELATION 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
The voice of the 7th angel should finish the mystery of God, Who is the Word.
"Should" implies doubt. The churches grew careless. They no longer established the quotes in Scripture. They interpreted quotes to mean unscriptural things until they could no longer explain what they believed just from the Bible.
Thus the message-churches grew away from the Bible.
JOHN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Thus the voice of the seventh angel (his quotes) has to be tracked through the Bible in order to reveal the mystery of how to understand the Bible. Linking the relevant Bible verses together allows the Bible to explain itself.
MATTHEW 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
Elias is Greek for Elijah. He will bring no new doctrines. He will restore the doctrines of the early apostles that were lost in the Dark Ages.
MALACHI 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
:6 And he shall turn … the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
There is a bad day coming. The Tribulation. The lingering curse of radiation when nuclear bombs and missiles explode and make the soil radioactive so that nothing can live there.
The heart of the end-time children must turn back to the written Word of the apostles.
The heart means that the desires of the Bride are to be Scriptural.
They want no clever man-made opinions that sound plausible. They want to believe only what the apostles believed.
The apostles never got involved with trying to understand the mysteries that were not written in Scripture, the 7 Thunders, the 7th Seal which symbolizes the Coming of the Lord that is the greatest mystery in the Universe, and the new name of Jesus that no man knows.
REVELATION 19:12 … and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
The Christians in Berea checked to make sure that what Paul preached was Scriptural.
ACTS 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
The early church checked what Paul said to make sure it was Scriptural.
Today, message-preachers say it is a sin to check brother Branham’s quotes with Scripture and correct him.
They claim that as the Voice of God, he is infallible.
Being scared to check if something is Scriptural means that a subtle but dangerous spirit of error has entered.
LUKE 18:8 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Very few will understand the Scripture mysteries at the end. Faith comes from the Scriptures.
Parroting a quote that you cannot place in Scripture does not make you an eagle.
Most important. The Seven Seals are only opened when the Bride is in Heaven.
Revelation Chapter 4 has John caught up to Heaven.
REVELATION 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
John, as an individual, symbolizes the Bride being caught up to Heaven. This is often called the Rapture.
“After this”. After what? After the seven church ages that are described in Chapters 2 and 3.
The Rapture that catches the Bride up to Heaven is what ends the seventh church age.
There is only One on the throne, so there is no Trinity.
REVELATION 4:6 … and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Eyes speak of intelligence. “Eyes before” means they know the future. “Eyes behind” means they know the past. They are too intelligent to be fooled. Their intelligence holds them to the throne in Heaven.
Staying with Scripture, the Word of God, is the only real intelligence that we can display. Being Scriptural is the only way that we can stop being fooled.
REVELATION 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
He sees One Person, Jesus, on the throne and four beasts around the throne, who are to protect the church during the 7 church ages.
The Lion represents the first two church ages where they believed the true Word, Jesus. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
The calf grew up to become a strong Ox during the 1200 years of the Dark Ages when truth died out after Trinity was introduced at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 in the third church age. The ox is a beast of slaughter. Tens of millions of Christians were killed by the Roman Catholic church in the fourth church age where Bible truth almost died out.
The Man-beast represented the human wisdom of the reformers. Martin Luther in Germany in the fifth church age restored salvation by faith alone. The King James Bible was translated as the Absolute Word of God in England. Then, also in England, John Wesley in the 6th church age restored holiness and William Carey went to India to start the great missionary age.
The Eagle-beast has a tremendous eye for detail plus a brilliant view of the whole panorama of the 7 church ages. That gave us great insight into the Bible mysteries through the ministry of William Branham. But his revelations always had a definite direction. They had to restore believers in the 7th church age back to the first church age of the apostles.
So, Chapter 5 sees the Bride that has been redeemed out of all nations and peoples, standing around Heaven’s throne where the Lamb takes the Book that nobody can open. Nobody can understand the Bible in full detail. Only the Lamb can reveal those mysteries.
REVELATION 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
From all nations and people. The redeemed Bride comes from all of the 7 church ages.
Here, in the next verse, is where Trinitarians make a big mistake. It looks like two Persons but it is not.
REVELATION 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
The Lamb stood in the midst of the throne. Two People cannot sit in the midst of the same throne. The Lamb is the same One that John saw on the throne. So it is Jesus on the throne.
This is Personification. Illustrating the two main characteristics of Jesus as Creator and Saviour. The Creator holds the Title Deeds of creation as a Book but only the Lamb can save the creation from the Fall and thus open the Book.
ISAIAH 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee
REVELATION 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
The Lamb comes to take the Book in order to reveal how He saved the creation.
If the Lamb came to take the Book, and He was already in the midst of the throne, then where did He come from?
He could not travel through space so He had to travel through time, all the way back to the beginning to check that His redemption plan was perfect and that there had been no souls that He had overlooked. Jesus checks everything. He leaves nothing to chance.
The scene for Revelation Chapter 6 is set in Heaven.
The Bride has been caught up to Heaven and is around the throne. On earth, the Tribulation is happening.
So, the three Chapters of Revelation Chapters 4, 5, and 6 happen in Heaven and not on earth.
Finally, in Heaven, the Lamb decides to open the Seals.
Message-preachers messed up this scenario by mistaking the revelation of the Seven Seals that happened in March 1963 with the actual opening of the Seals in Heaven after the Rapture. They justify their argument by using quotes and saying that the Seven Seals had opened by 24 March 1963 when brother Branham preached the 7th Seal.
But preachers of quotes are not Bible teachers so they have successfully spread confusion.
Before the Seals open, they must be revealed.
AMOS 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
If brother Branham opened the Seals, then who revealed them?
Who told us what they were about? Nobody. No church has made any sense from these Seals.
Brother Branham saw visions of the opening of the 6 Seals from beyond the curtain of time. Then he came back to tell us what we will see when the 6 Seals actually open in the future.
Do not be fooled by preachers who are out of their Scriptural depth.
The revelation of the opening of the Seals is not the actual opening of the Seals.
REVELATION 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
The opening of the Seven Seals starts with a single Thunder.
The Seals have not yet opened because we have no idea what this single Thunder is.
18 days after the supernatural cloud that was formed by 7 angels and 10 days after the blast when the 7 angels met him, brother Branham speaks of this single Thunder in the future.
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God, help our unbelief. Take it away from us, Lord. We want to receive rapturing grace. We want to be able when that mysterious thunder thunders out yonder, and the Church is taken up, we want to be ready to receive it, Lord
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Dear God, in this solemn moment, it's going to be a time like this when there really will be a clap of thunder someday, and the Son of God shall descend from the heavens with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God, the dead in Christ shall rise.
This is one month before he died and brother Branham is still looking forward to the single Thunder being in the future. In addition, the “shout” is still in the future. So the “shout” was not when he revealed the truth from Scripture, but it refers to when the individuals in the Bride are able to prove what they believe just from the relevant Bible verses.
The first beast was a Lion. The true Word of God as written down by the apostles.
The first seven verses of Chapter 6 represent the seven church ages.
The first Seal covers two verses and thus refers to the first two church ages.
REVELATION 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
This is the crown of victory worn by a military conqueror – stephanos (in the Greek).
The final Pope will conquer the world using 10 military dictators to declare him king of the church and of the world by virtue of his military conquest.
(Revelation 19 is a crown of royalty - diadema. This crown is worn by Jesus Who was born as King of the world).
The bow has no mention of an arrow. That makes him a bluffer as he can threaten but not hurt you.
White is religious. Religious deception.
The rider is the antichrist spirit that takes people away from being Scriptural.
When the brutal pagan Roman Empire was destroyed by the barbarians in AD 476 then this awful spirit of pagan Rome resurrected up as the Roman Catholic church on the ruins of the pagan Roman Empire.
Around AD 860 Pope Nicholas I wore a single crown to be equal with other kings.
By 1315 this had become a triple crown first worn by Pope Clement V.
Clement V died in 1315. No Pope was elected in 1316.
During 1316 a list of the Pope’s jewels was made and a tiara or triple crown was recorded.
Clement V became Pope in 1305. Sometime in his papacy, he was crowned with the tiara or triple crown.
The crown symbolized the religious power and the growing political power of the Pope.
The Popes wore the triple crown until 1963 when brother Branham preached on the Seven Seals. The light that he shed on the topic scared the Pope from wearing the triple crown.
"He went forth conquering".
This symbol of the First Seal was revealed as the succession of the Popes who continued the line of the Babylonian Pontiffs who controlled the Babylonian mysteries as the successors of Nimrod, the first rebel against God. Their main function was to bring paganism and unscriptural error into the churches so as to undermine the Protestant churches.
The white horse rides on through all the church ages right to the end of the 7th church age where it will blend in with the red and black horses to make the pale horse of the Tribulation. That means religious deception will always be a part of all the church ages.
Jesus rated religious deception as the biggest problem in church history.
The disciples never dared to ask when Jesus was Coming. They just asked for a sign of His Coming.
Do not ever listen to anyone who claims to know when Jesus is Coming or who claims that Jesus has come. If we return to the early church then we will never ask that question.
When asked about a sign of His Coming He replied:
MATTHEW 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Deception in the church would grow to its peak as a sign of the times.
Today we have 45000 different types of churches, denominations, and message-churches. All different but each one claiming to be right. The church-world is a real spiritual swamp.
The Catholic church would be corrupted first by the pagan spirit of the Roman Empire.
The Protestant churches would then be corrupted by the Catholic church with its unscriptural beliefs in Trinity, Good Friday, Christmas, One man in charge of a church, and water baptism in titles as they lose the name of God.
William Branham would restore the Bride back to being Scriptural by making them able to understand the mysteries of Scripture if they took his quotes back to Scripture.
But the Devil was alert to this great threat and aimed his deadliest forces at the message-churches in order to corrupt them and get them away from Scripture. Soon message-people were being convinced that there were mistakes in the King James Bible.
The white horse rider would inspire message-preachers to promote William Branham to the Godhead by calling him the Son of man, the Absolute, the Infallible, the Voice of God. They replaced the Scriptures with his quotes. Christmas and Good Friday were celebrated, despite being unscriptural.
Message-pastors, just like the Catholic and Protestant churches, insisted on being elevated above the church as the one-man head of the church. Then they taught their subtle errors. They claimed that the Seven Seals had been opened, mercy was over, the Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 had come down, and that they knew the new name of Jesus (and invented a number of new names in the process). Despite having no quote that said so, they insisted that the 7 Thunders have uttered (different message-groups believing different versions of the 7 Thunders). The message-churches thus splintered into numerous different factions. Animosities are intense and dissenters are made to feel sufficiently unwelcome until they decide to leave the church. Some were kicked out. Differences were intense. A disagreement over the cloud of 1963 (this cloud means different things to different message-groups) would force the resignation of a message-pastor.
The white horse rider is alive and well today and will keep on riding through all the churches until the end as he spews out new mutations of his corrupt beliefs.
Eventually, the non-Catholic churches will fall under the influence and leadership of the final Pope who is the head of the Roman Catholic Beast. The non-Catholic churches combine to form the Image of the Beast that will merge under the headship of the final Pope to form a one-world church.
An obvious reason as to why the Seven Seals are revealed but not yet opened is because we do not know what other errors the white horse rider will introduce in the future.
But where this white horse rider has been very successful is his efforts to get message-people away from the Scripture.
There is an alarming rise of Bible-illiteracy amongst message-people who are quick to point out verses in the King James Bible that they regard as wrong. Either because it does not suit their worldly standards of dress, or it opposes some pet theory, or they simply cannot puzzle out what the verse means. Whatever the reason, they certainly do not regard the King James Bible as the Absolute. But they do regard brother Branham as the Absolute. They have been neatly fooled.
REVELATION 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
This is the calf-beast that grew up to be a strong ox during the long Dark Ages that occupied about 60% of the church ages.
Christians had to be strong in those brutal days.
They laboured hard during those seemingly endless centuries and were horrifically tortured and killed in almost countless numbers by the Roman Catholic church. The ox works hard and then is slaughtered for its valuable meat. Those Christians were exceptionally strong to endure all that.
REVELATION 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
Red is symbolic of all the blood that was shed when the Catholic church rose to political power in Europe. The sword represented the political authority that enabled it to kill dissenters, especially the Protestants. About 15 million native Americans were killed in Mexico and South America by the Spanish in order to establish Roman Catholicism there.
The Pope is an extremely influential politician. The largest gathering of world leaders in history was in 2005 at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. What the Pope lacks today are military weapons and armies. When the final antichrist Pope takes over he will get his military power from 10 military dictators. With that military power, he will rule a one-world-government.
Politics is the love of power over other people.
Politics makes sure that one man has all the power as head of the country.
That inspired bishops to gain power as head of the church before the Reformation of Martin Luther.
Since the Reformation, this is the spirit that each one-man-is-the-head-of-the-church has picked up.
But it is wrong. The early church was ruled by a group of elders, not one man.
ACTS 20:17 And from Miletus he [Paul] sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
ACTS 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
God's blood was the most important blood that was shed.
So God wants to rule each church through a group of elders.
REVELATION 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
Black speaks of spiritual darkness and demonology. One of the worst aspects of the church throughout history has been the love of money. The heavenly vision fades in the ruthless grabbing of material benefits.
One man claws his way to the top of the church because of all the financial benefits. Ambition runs rampant as he secures all the tithes money for himself. Then he pays his yes-men so that they will help him secure his power over the people.
He spends the wealth and power to maintain his wealth and power.
Money is the life-blood of an organization and religious organization is the mark of the beast.
Big money is the final downfall of the church because the spiritual vision of being Scriptural is lost and competitive Churchianity makes each church try to outshine the others. The church vision becomes money and numbers. This imitates the Roman Catholic church which has the most money and most numbers of church members.
So the churches are influenced by the material successes of their mother church. The daughters behave like the mother in terms of their goals as money and the number of members becomes their criterion of success.
REVELATION 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Wheat and barley make bread which symbolizes Bible truth.
A penny was a day's wage in the one parable.
MATTHEW 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
The price charged was excessive. A day's labour could only buy bread.
The church was selling the Word of God and making much money.
Verses 5 and 6 represent the Reformation during the 5th and 6th church ages. In those days the Roman Catholic church made a fortune out of selling indulgences whereby you gained forgiveness of your sins. These sales enabled the Popes to build the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's church in the Vatican.
Religion was becoming Big Business.
But God blessed human intelligence. The oil is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. Wine is the symbol of the stimulation of revelation that inspired the Reformation.
Martin Luther restored salvation by faith alone in Germany.
God blessed human scholarship as 47 men translated the King James Version of the Bible in England.
John Wesley in England restored holiness and outreach which led to the great missionary age, based on the King James Bible.
REVELATION 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
The “voice of the seventh angel”. The only important ministry in the backslidden and apostate seventh church age of the Laodiceans is the eagle-age messenger William Branham with his incredible insights. He combined a view of a sweeping panorama of 2000 years of church history together with an incredible eye for tiny details.
The revelation of the mysteries of God ends with the secret uttering of the mysterious seven Thunders that gives the Bride their rapturing faith.
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But, this One didn't come from the earth. He come down from Heaven, because the mystery is all finished. And when the mystery is finished, the Angel said, "Time shall be no more," and Seven Thunders throwed their voices out.
What if it is something to let us know how to enter into the Rapturing Faith? Is it? Will we run, leap over walls? And is there something fixing to happen, and these old, marred, vile bodies are going to be changed? Can I live to see it, O Lord? Is it so close that I'll see it? Is this the generation? Sirs, my brethren, what time is it? Where are we at?
… Is the mystery all finished? Has the sounding all over? Is that really them Seven Thunders, fixing to utter out something, that the little group that is gathered together will receive a Rapturing Faith, to go in the Rapture when He comes? "For we'll be changed," as quick as those Angels come, "in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye; and shall be caught up together with those that had sleep, to meet the Lord in the air."
II SAMUEL 22:30For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
Leap over walls. What does that mean? In your new body, you’ll run through the troop of death that can no longer touch you. You will be able to jump over the wall of time that separates the natural from the supernatural. This is what happens at the Rapture. That is when the 7 Thunders utter. They will show you how to change your body. How to step out of time so that there is “time no longer” for all those who are in their new bodies.
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Oh, not many in number, but what a powerful group that's got Eternal Life! Said, "They shall run through a troop and leap over a wall." Yes, the "troop" of death will have no holders to it, She'll run right through it. Leap over the "wall" between natural and Supernatural, and go into the arms of God, into that great Eternity. Lord God, we thank You for this. We know the time is approaching at hand.
The 7 Thunders will show the Bide how to achieve an incredible supernatural power that will change their bodies and catch them up to meet the Lord in the air.
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And then there's coming forth seven mysterious thunders that's not even written at all. That's right. And I believe that through those seven thunders will be revealed in the last days in order to get the Bride together for rapturing faith; because what we got right now, we wouldn't be able to do it. There's something we've got to step farther; we can't have enough faith for Divine healing hardly. We've got to have enough faith to be changed in a moment and be swept up out of this earth, and we'll find that after a while, the Lord willing, find where it's written.
Then the Tribulation starts after the church is caught up.
REVELATION 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
This Seal has not yet opened because we have no idea who the rider named Death is.
We know that it will be the final antichrist Pope. But who he will be, we have no idea.
There are about 8 billion people on earth. One quarter is 2 billion. Two billion people have not been killed as yet. So, once again we do not know who they are.
This second verse of the fourth Seal (Revelation 6:8) refers to the Tribulation.
The Holy Spirit is Life. When the Holy Spirit catches the Bride up to meet the Lord in the air, then Life will leave the earth. Only after Life has left can Death enter.
Verse 8 must refer to events after the Bride has left.
7 is a number meaning completion, like 7 days in a week. Then 8 will start a new system, the Great Tribulation.
Verse 7 refers to the 7th church age that completes the church ages.
Verse 8 is a new system, the Great Tribulation, and the turning of the Gospel to the Jews.
The saved Christians who were fooled by their church leaders into not understanding the truth of the revealed mysteries of the Bible will then be doomed to perish in the Tribulation.
The pale horse is caused by uniting and mixing up the three horse-colours of white, red, and black.
The 7th church age is when this uniting takes place.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
The white of religious deception runs rampant in the last church age which is why it is called the “church of the Laodiceans”.
Not the city of Laodicea but the people of Laodicea, which means “peoples’ rights”.
The church-goers of Laodicea have demanded the right to criticize the King James Version of the Bible and translate the Bible in a way that suits themselves. Thus, there are over 100 different versions of the English Bible, each translated with a different agenda. Then the church-goers have demanded the right to serve God in the way that they want to serve God.
There are now more than 100 different types of message-churches with all their different variations.
Drums are never mentioned in Scripture but today drum-beat music is the basis of praise and worship. Church-goers like the world’s disco-style of musical entertainment, worldly dress, and make-up and offer this to God. They like abortions, gay rights, and same-sex marriages and offer that to God. Unfortunately, the church-goers in each type of church have a different way of wanting to serve God as they obey certain Scriptures, misinterpret or change other Scriptures, and then ignore or contradict other parts of the Bible. As a result of different human opinions and traditions, there are 45000 different types of denominational and non-denominational churches, including the message churches. The church world has become an impossible spiritual swamp in which it is basically impossible for a newly saved person to find the truth of Scripture. They look for the right church amongst 100 different Bible versions and 45000 different types of churches. In addition, the entire church-world of the Laodiceans is condemned as lukewarm and blind.
This includes every message-church as well because no exceptions are mentioned.
REVELATION 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, ... and blind,
So, there is no correct church that has got it right. Searching amongst the churches is hopeless if you want Bible truth.
Churches that used to be a place of refuge where you could find truth have now become a trap for spreading error and spiritual viruses that keep mutating and changing.
Even message-churches have split into so many different variations or mutations of a spiritual virus. Why? Because message-preachers build their beliefs on their own interpretations of certain selected quotes. The so-called Message has become a victim of Geography. People have to look at brother Branham's quotes through the distorted lens of their preacher's misinterpretations and opinions.
Message-people believe different things if they live in different places that are dominated by different church heads, who each have different opinions concerning the quotes that have replaced Scripture.
Many elevate brother Branham to the Godhead by calling him the Voice of God who is infallible. This is a Catholic spirit as the Pope was declared to be infallible in 1870. So, the Protestants are returning to the mother harlot as prophesied in Revelation Chapter 17.
REVELATION 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Brother Branham was visited by 7 angels at 8 o’clock in the morning at Sunset Peak near Tucson on 8 March 1963 while he was hunting. He made a big mistake by thinking that the 7 angels formed a supernatural cloud on that day and that he stood below the cloud.
The 7 angels formed no cloud on the day that they met him at Sunset Peak.
The angels had formed a cloud just after sunset on 28 February 1963 about 200 miles further north near the city of Flagstaff, the day before the hunting season opened. If he was hunting, he was there illegally.
But he was not there because the supernatural cloud and the visit by 7 angels were two totally different events, 8 days and 200 miles apart. The times were not the same. The angels came in the morning and the cloud formed in the evening. So, brother Branham had never seen the cloud.
The message-preachers who defend his quotes that claim that he was under this cloud, as it came down or went up (he makes both these different statements), have created huge confusion. This has given his critics much ammunition to condemn brother Branham as a false prophet.
The supernatural cloud requires you to make a clear choice as he had made an unfortunate mistake.
Do you defend his mistake as truth in order to make him infallible?
Then you will also find some fault in the King James Bible as that no longer needs to be infallible.
There is only room for one infallible: the Bible or William Branham.
Or, admit that he made a mistake. Correct the mistake and move on.
Then message-preachers will then condemn you for two serious "sins".
"You have corrected the prophet and have claimed that he is not infallible". This is the scathing condemnation of the message-preachers if you are silly enough to be scared of them.
We all face this choice, whether we like it or not.
Who is your ultimate leader? The Bible or the Message-pastors?
And just consider how much the Message-pastors disagree with each other.