The Appearing of Christ is NOT the mighty Angel of Revelation 10

What does the Appearing of Christ mean?

We need to prepare for Jesus Christ’s second Coming by being able to see Him illuminated in His Word, before we see Him appear as the Word.

Appearing has three different meanings in the Bible.

First,

the sign of the Son of Man appeared 43 kilometers high in the sky as the large cloud on 28 February 1963 at sunset in north Arizona. It was photographed above the city of Flagstaff which is in a semi desert region. This cloud cannot be the mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 as it never came down but stayed at that height. Brother Branham was 200 miles south in Tucson, so there was no one under the Cloud for it to come down to.

Secondly,

the Bible also calls the second Coming of Jesus the appearing of Jesus when there is a judgement of reward and saint Paul and each Bride member receive a crown.
II TIMOTHY 4:1

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
II TIMOTHY 4:8
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Thirdly,

God appeared to Abraham  and spoke with a human voice, discerning Sarah’s thoughts just before the promised son Isaac came.

In 1946 an angel came to William Branham which launched him on a spectacular supernatural ministry that revived the Pentecostal movement. One of the outstanding features of this ministry was God’s  incredible ability to use brother Branham’s voice while God, who was invisibly near brother Branham,  discerned the thoughts of people from 1946 – 1965. A photograph taken in Houston on January 1950 showed God appearing as a Pillar of Fire above the head of William Branham. This indicated that the fulness of God was near him, not in him.

1964-0618  THE PRESENCE OF GOD UNRECOGNIZED
 I stood in South Africa, where I had some two hundred thousand people at the Durban race track, and when they seen one time that happen like that, after explaining it to them, just in a little mild form; and they seen one thing take place, of that revealed, and twenty-five thousand people was instantly healed at once. They taken seven van loads, trucks as long as from here, six- and eighteen-wheelers like that, and piled them full of old crutches and things. Heathens, that didn’t even know which was right and left hand.
And the next day, Mr. Sidney Smith, the mayor of Durban, called me and said, “Go to your window, out towards the Indian Ocean, you’ll see something you never seen.” There was the police escort coming down with seven of those big van loads, with hundreds of people walking behind it, the day before was in the stretchers and cots and the carriers that they had, singing, “Only believe, all things are possible.” A week before, there, they were in war with one another, native war. And there they was walking, arm in arm, hand in hand.
Why? They recognized the God of Heaven had appeared before them in the form of His Word.              

This meeting at the Durban racetrack took place in 1951. So God appeared in the midst of His people in 1951.  Ever since 1946 when the angel came to brother Branham, God had been appearing in the midst of His people.

God did not start appearing to the people as the cloud of 28 February 1963 that was above Flagstaff in Arizona. That cloud was too high, at 43 kilometers, to be in the midst of the people. No human voice spoke on that occasion. William Branham was not even present as he was still in Tucson, preparing to go to Houston where he preached on 4 March 1963.

 

There are three points that have badly misled so many Message believers:

They think the cloud of 1963 was the mighty Angel of Revelation 10. This is wrong.

They think Jesus Christ appeared in the desert region of Sunset Peak as a cloud. This is wrong because He will not appear in a desert. The Cloud was 200 kilometers north of Sunset Peak and it appeared 6 days before brother Branham got there.
MATTHEW 24:26
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.  

Thirdly, Message believers think that brother Branham’s quotes are the absolute.  They think that truth is established by splicing some quotes together. This is wrong.
1963-1201M  An Absolute
That’s the way it is in Christian life. There is a stopping place, and there is a going place. God’s Word is that absolute.

You can only prove a doctrine if you take what brother Branham said and can then join many Scriptures together to prove that point. Then you believe it because the Bible says so, not because brother Branham says so.

 

Let us first prove that the Cloud is not the mighty Angel of Revelation 10.

 

The great cloud that appeared on  28 February 1963 has generated much controversy in the Message circles. This is not surprising as brother Branham was not there, never saw the cloud, and months later when the cloud photograph was shown to him, he got the date wrong and thus drew a wrong conclusion. This mistake was emphasized  by Billy Paul Branham when the “Revelation of the Seven Seals”  book was published in 1967 and then reprinted in 1993. He claimed the seven angels left brother Branham and formed the cloud. But the angels left him at Sunset Peak in the morning of 8 March and the cloud was seen in the evening of 28 February at Flagstaff about 350 km north of Sunset Peak. We Christians can serve God with rash enthusiasm as we set out to to do God a service. But our service at times is not in His will.

Calling the “voice of the seventh angel” the “Voice of God” is unwise sensationalism which confuses us further. God does not make mistakes. Brother Branham is human and thus does make mistakes at times.

On February 28 1963, seven angels supernaturally formed this big cloud as a sign in the heaven. It was too high to be formed of water vapour as 99 % of the water vapour is below a height of 20 km. Brother Branham was not present below the cloud as the hunting season would only open the next day on 1 March 1963. If he had been hunting on 28 February he would have been breaking the law. He still preached in Houston on 4 March before leaving to go hunting. In addition, on 28 February a powerful Thor rocket had been exploded four hours previously, off the coast of California, fired from Point Mugu, a secret experimental missile launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force base. Its smoke and debris also formed another cloud at the same altitude of 43 kilometers. Message believers ignore the fact that there was a second cloud on that day.

About a week later the seven angels appeared to brother Branham, while hunting near Sunset Peak,  just before the hunting season closed on 10 March. They came to him invisibly and commissioned him to reveal the Seven Seals. They then departed invisibly and they did not form the cloud when they left him. No cloud was formed or photographed on the day that the seven angels came to him. Brother Branham knew nothing about the cloud until it appeared on the back cover of Life magazine on 17 May 1963, almost three months later.

Then a factual mistake was made. He assumed that the seven angels formed the cloud when they left him. This was a typical human error of faulty recall of past events. This mistake was repeated by the publishers of the first Seven Seals book in 1967. There Billy Paul Branham wrote in the introduction that the seven angels came to brother Branham on 28 February 1963 — in which case he was hunting illegally.

Billy Paul also claimed that the cloud photograph, shown in the Seven Seals book, was what brother Branham was referring to during the book. Incorrect. When brother Branham preached the Seven Seals he knew nothing about the cloud photograph, and did not refer to it at all. A reprint of the Seven Seals book in 1993 claimed that the seven angels formed the cloud when they left brother Branham. Incorrect. The 7 angels only formed the cloud eight days before they met brother Branham.  An earlier prophecy of an explosion and the seven angels coming to him was fulfilled, NOT on 28 February 1963 but about a week later. This prophecy never involved a cloud.

No one was checking the facts.   Thus the cloud, right from the start became a focus of factual error, and this encouraged intense speculation.  The biggest weakness amongst Message believers is their ability to run off with a quote and never check the facts or the Scriptures. Believing that brother Branham’s quotes are infallible, they turn him into a second Pope. Maybe in our lukewarm Laodicean age we are simply too lazy to search for truth.

So the speculations started.

Many presented the great cloud as the second coming of Jesus. In 1969 a denominational church painted “JESUS IS COMING” in huge white letters on the side of a mine dump in South Africa. This was changed and re-painted as  “JESUS HAS COME” by people who called themselves Message believers. They then compounded this error by no longer  taking Communion because Jesus said we must do it until He comes, and according to them He had already come. People were encouraged to give up their jobs, as these preachers claimed that the rapture would happen in February 1970.  Religious extremism is easily ignited by a wrong spark, but like all fires it is not easily put out. So after the 1970 fiasco, the coming of the Lord was then proclaimed to be in 1977 in line with certain quotes, such as

The Laodicean Church Age

The Laodicean Age began around the turn of the Twentieth Century, perhaps 1906. How long will it last? As a servant of God who has had multitudes of visions, of which NONE has ever failed, let me predict (I did not say prophesy, but predict) that this age will end around 1977.

1977 was obviously not a good prediction. Human predictions seldom are. In their emotional attachment to quotes, the Message believers saw no need to check the many 1977 quotes against Scripture.

But human imagination can always find wiggle room. The cloud, if it was not the second coming of the Lord, then had to be the coming of the mighty Angel in Revelation chapter 10, because brother Branham, according to their interpretation of a certain quote,  had to be on earth when this Angel  came down. There was no Scripture to state that fact. But a quote is seen as superior to Scripture in most Message circles.

 

So let us look at this great event in Revelation chapter 10 to see what the Bible says.

REVELATION 10:1

And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

:2     And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Somehow Message believers became convinced that Rev 10:1–6 was fulfilled by the great cloud that was photographed in 1963 at a height of about 27 miles up in the sky over Flagstaff in Arizona.

Let us compare the cloud with the coming down of the mighty Angel in the first two verses.

But there is little, if any, similarity between the cloud and the mighty Angel of Revelation chapter 10.

The first picture below is a rough artist’s impression of the mighty Angel that John saw in Revelation chapter 10. The first photograph shows the great cloud of 1963. The second photograph shows that there were actually two clouds. Message believers never seem to mention this second cloud which is seen just above and to the right of the triangular roof in the middle of the second photograph.

 

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Cloud 1         Drawing1

 

The cloud has no feet, certainly not any feet that look like pillars of fire. There are not two pillars of fire.

The head is parallel to the ground as if the person is laying flat in a horizontal position. The person represented by the head of the cloud is certainly not standing upright.

There is no sea in the photograph. The Californian coast is probably about 200 miles away. A person who is 27 miles high cannot have his feet 200 miles apart.

There is no open book in the cloud photo. There is no book at all. There is also no hand to hold a book.

No face is really visible in the original photograph of the main cloud, certainly not a face like the sun. The cloud appeared on the back cover of Life magazine on 17 May 1963. No face was obvious in this original photograph — see the fourth colour picture below. When a photostat  was made of the back cover of Life magazine, shadows appeared  inside the cloud which made it look like the  face of Christ. Many compared this face in the photostat to Hoffman’s painted head of Christ. It is unlikely that the apostle John saw a photostat in his vision. But the mighty Angel’s  face was like the sun, so using shadows to indicate the face does not match this vision.

(The third picture below is a copy of the second picture that was manipulated on the computer — flipped, inverted, rotated, and converted to grayscale. You can compare this manipulated picture to the first picture of the cloud. Or compare it to the original Life magazine article’s colour picture below it.) Notice in the original colour picture where the earth is. Many people manipulate (rotate) the original to make the face look upright.

Cloud face                Christ_by_Heinrich_Hofmann                Christ_by_Heinrich_Hofmann_Flip-Invert-Grayscale-Rotate

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Please do not accept manipulated  pictures. Like the following two pictures:

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These can lead to deception. Many people in Africa got deceived by such manipulated pictures of the cloud.

 

The face in the cloud is looking down onto the Earth. There seems to be a judge’s wig on the head.

A rainbow over His head?  This is not obvious from the original cloud photograph that was taken over Flagstaff, Arizona by Doctor James McDonald, a scientist at the observatory.

“Clothed with a cloud”. The cloud only represents the head. There is no body and thus no clothes other than a Judge’s wig and a girdle across His chest.

“A mighty angel come down”. The cloud never came down. It moved across the sky from west to east remaining all the time at a height of about 27 miles (43 kilometers) above the ground. About 85 photographs were taken and they were all high up in the sky.

Seven angels came invisibly to brother Branham on Sunset Mountain. His mistake was to guess that when they left him they formed the cloud as they flew away. He knew the cloud was supernatural. His mistake was the date. He was not present under the cloud. That is a significant fact that we must consider.  The Message believers have inertia. They keep holding to this error of the angels leaving and forming a cloud. It never happened that way, but they cling to the quotes that say it did.

In Laodicea we are told to be zealous to repent of our errors. We must not superstitiously hang on to them. We are not saved by desperately believing brother Branham’s mistakes. We only have to believe him when he says things that are Scriptural.

The 7 angels never came down on the day of the cloud. They remained high in the sky.  However, if they formed the cloud when they left him, that would also mean that the cloud was photographed when the seven angels were going away, which is in the opposite direction to the mighty Angel. After all, John saw the mighty Angel coming down, not going away.

Thus the cloud does not fulfill the description of the mighty Angel in Revelation 10.

 

James McDonald, the scientist who took the cloud photograph, could not explain what happened, because at that great height there is no water vapour  to form a huge cloud, that was about 150 kilometres (93 miles) in circumference.  The very size of the cloud attracted people’s attention and they took  85 different photographs of it which they sent to Dr McDonald.

The United States Airforce originally told him that no rockets had exploded that day.  So he was stumped.

The fact that there were two clouds was completely baffling to Doctor McDonald. Later the Airforce admitted to exploding a souped up Thor rocket at a height of about 27 miles over  the Californian coast, about 4 hours before he took the photo. That explained the smoke and debris that formed  the second cloud, in the previous photograph, that lagged about 20 miles behind or to the north west of the main cloud. There was no natural explanation for the main cloud, as there had only been one explosion. The main cloud thus had to have a supernatural origin, made from angels’ wings. The man-made explosion occurred, and as its cloud of smoke and debris drifted towards the East, then the 7 angels formed a bigger supernatural cloud that moved in the same direction.  The supernatural cloud kept moving, but at no time was either cloud seen below its  27 mile (43 kilometer) height. The cloud never came anywhere near to Sunset Peak, it just steadily flew east over Flagstaff towards New Mexico.

JOEL 2:30

And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

The second cloud which is much fainter in the photograph formed two distinct arms that go up into the sky. These are literal pillars of smoke that were caused by the fiery explosion of the souped-up Thor rocket. Being souped-up it made a bigger explosion than normal so there was a bigger cloud of smoke.

63-0707M  The Indictment

 … “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.

The fire from the explosion caused the two large pillars of smoke  that rose up into the air to form the second  cloud that is seen in the photograph and thus fulfilled this part of Joel’s prophecy.  So God was showing wonders in the heavens to us.

65-0801E  Events Made Clear By Prophecy

 Friends, this is the fulfillment of Malachi 4, Saint Luke 17, Saint John 15, oh, so many, Revelations 10, so many prophecies that can be pinned exactly to this day. And also in the Book of Mark and in Matthew, where He said these great signs and wonders would appear in the sky, and people call them saucers, flying saucers, can vanish with the power and quickness of a thought, intelligence that can move in. He can write, He can speak, He can do whatever He wants to. The great Pillar of Fire, “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And sights coming upon the earth, pyramids of smoke rising into the air, way above where there cannot be no humidity nor nothing, thirty miles high. Predicted a year and a half before it happened, that it would be that way. Then turn the picture and see Who it is looking down.

The second cloud was a man-made wonder made from smoke due to the explosion at that great height.

The main cloud was not made from water vapour or smoke as it was supernatural. So what is the purpose of  this supernatural cloud ?  It was together with the pillars of (man-made) smoke that Joel spoke of, so the main cloud was also intended to be a sign in the heaven. Can we find Scripture for a supernatural sign in the heaven?.

MATTHEW 24:30

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:

65-0718M  Trying To Do God A Service Without It Being The Will Of God

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.”

It Is The Rising Of The Sun

But the Quickening Power of God made the world testify to It, it’s the Truth. The Angel of the Lord, what I told you was around, that Pillar of Fire, Quickening Power, let the world testify that It’s the Truth. And in that, they didn’t know what It was, and we who just look this way… and it’s our Lord up there. You see? (referring to the cloud)

He is the One Who opened those seals; He is those seals. For the whole Word of God is Christ, and Christ is the seals that was open. What is the opening of those Seals then? Revealing Christ. And the very seven angels which represented the Seven churches was all completed, and we couldn’t even see It. They took the picture, not us. And there He is standing there, supreme Judge, showing that He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. What identification.

So God made a supernatural sign in the sky at sunset in Arizona, which is west America. He is the supreme Judge Who judges us by His Word. Then eight days later He would send 7 angels to brother Branham on Sunset Peak  where they commissioned him to reveal the seven Seals which would reveal the deeper mysteries of the Bible. These revelations would enable the Bride in later years to get ready for the coming of the mighty Angel of Revelation 10 who would come down to raise the dead in the great resurrection. Only the Bride would believe and obey the deeper Word that God is going to judge us by. A sign in the heavens, warning us to be strictly Scriptural in our beliefs because we are to be strictly judged by the Word.

The cloud fulfilled the first meaning of the word “appear”, it was the appearing of the sign of the Son of man in the heaven. He is the Judge Who judges us by the Word.

JOHN 12:48

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Those who base their beliefs on quotes are in for a big surprise and a big disappointment.

62-0318  The Spoken Word Is The Original Seed, Part 2

 … Now, all these things I’ve said, if they don’t jive with the Bible, or dovetail with God’s Word, they’re wrong, they’re wrong,

Quoting brother Branham is not enough proof. You also have to line up his quotes with Scripture.

61-1119  Perfect Strength By Perfect Weakness

 And said, “Well, here, there’s a bunch of ministers that I’m here to represent out of this big city.” Said, “If you’ll tell them that the Angel of the Lord that gives you these visions told you to baptize in Jesus’ Name, then they’re willing to accept It.”

“Well,” I said, “their experience is weaker than dishwater.” I said, “I don’t care what any angel would say, if it ain’t according to the Word, I don’t believe it.” I said, “If that angel told me something different from that, I wouldn’t believe the angel.”

The seventh angel would not believe what the Angel of the Lord said unless it was Scriptural.

So if you believe something just because the seventh angel says so, your faith is like dishwater.

 

 

So let us consider the results of starting off with the belief that the great cloud is the mighty Angel of Revelation 10.

The great cloud that was always 27 miles up in the sky somehow  became the mighty Angel who stands on land and sea.  If so, how is it explained that there are no feet, and no sea?

No problem. It is just spiritualised. As in: He “placed one foot on land (which symbolizes  America) and one foot on the sea (which symbolizes Rome)”. This is regarded as a very deep and clever answer by many Message believers.

Brother Branham never explained the cloud this way, so we are dealing with an interpretation, not a quote.

I am not sure what this explains as this interpretation of “land and sea” is incorrect and can only lead people away from Scripture. Remember that in Laodicea Jesus stands outside the door of the church. He is the Word. As can be seen from the above interpretation, the Word is not preached in the church. The Word has been replaced by opinions. As you move from church to church, so you will find different opinions as pastors interpret the quotes differently. So where is truth?

This mindset of preaching from quotes produces three problems :

First, the preachers make statements that brother Branham never actually said.  The preachers state their opinion of what they think he meant.

Secondarily, it is contrary to Scripture. The sea represents the restless masses of the nations.

REVELATION 17:15

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

Rome is represented by a scarlet woman of Revelation 17.

“Land” represented America in 1620 when the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock. But disease, mainly smallpox, which had been brought to central America in the 1500s  by the Spanish, had wiped out millions of red Indians leaving very few Indians to occupy the vast territory of the United States. Some historians estimate that the number could not have been more than about 10 million people.  So “land” in Scripture meant the lightly populated region of the USA in 1620,  in comparison to crowded Europe which was called “sea”.  Europe, with a smaller land surface than America, had an estimated  80 million people in 1620. Today, in 2016, America is crowded with more than 320 million people which is much more than the 200 million people who today occupy Western Europe.

“Land” refers to America as it was in the days of the Pilgrim Fathers, not as it is today. America  today has increased its population more than thirty times and has also changed its behavior from a lamb to a dragon. It is certainly no lamb anymore.

MATTHEW 15:9

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

If you believe what man says, your worship of God is simply a waste of time.

Thirdly, when people build up doctrines on quotes, they rely on human cleverness. But we are not saved by cleverness. We are saved by being Scriptural. The problem with cleverness is that other preachers are also clever. So a variety of alternative beliefs arise, all of which are plausible, but obviously they are not all correct. Emphasizing different quotes generates differences that cannot be resolved, and thus the “Message churches” have splintered into numerous factions. Daniel’s  Gentile image split into two legs and then split further into ten toes. We Gentiles think we are clever but we just end up going down the path of error that Daniel predicted. The Stone that hit the image was the Word. The Stone (the Word) was outside the image, like Jesus (the Word) is outside the Laodicean church.

 

Why do Message believers believe that the cloud is the mighty Angel of Revelation 10?

This belief is based mainly on the misinterpretation of one quote :

63-0317E  The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals

And when the Seals are broke and the mystery is revealed, down comes the Angel, the Messenger, Christ, setting His foot upon the land and upon the sea with a rainbow over His head. Now remember, this seventh angel is on earth at the time of this coming.

Message believers are thus convinced that brother Branham has to be on earth when the Angel  of Revelation 10 comes down “clothed with a cloud”. From this quote, that seems to be a plausible conclusion. The only cloud that was associated with brother Branham was the cloud of 1963. So they have to believe that the cloud was the Angel. There is no other incident that can be the coming of the Angel when brother Branham was still on earth.

But look carefully.  “And when the Seals are broke and the mystery is revealed, down comes the Angel”.

The Angel will only come down after the Seals are broke, not before the Seals broke.

The cloud was photographed on February 28  1963. Brother Branham only revealed the seven Seals about three weeks later between 17 March and 24 March 1963.

When the cloud appeared on 28 February,  brother Branham knew very little about the seven Seals and at that time did not even have a commission to reveal the seven Seals.

Brother Branham went to Sunset Peak on 6 March 1963 to go hunting. The hunting season only opened on 1 March. Brother Branham preached in Houston on 4 March, and only went hunting after that. The seven angels came to him on 8 March just before the hunting season closed on 10 March, and it was then that they gave him the commission to reveal the seven Seals.

So the cloud could not be the Angel coming down as the mysteries of the seven Seals had not been revealed by 28 February. Brother Branham was not even at Sunset Mountain at that time.

Now look at this quote carefully.

He saidthis seventh angel is on earth at the time of this coming”.  

What does brother Branham mean by “this coming”? That is singular. One coming.

But he has actually just spoken of two “comings”.

Let us read the previous paragraph as well.

63-0317E The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals

 it is a Book, a mysterious Book. It’s a Book of Redemption. (We’ll get into that in a little while.) And now, we know that this Book of Redemption will not be thoroughly understood: it’s probed at through six church ages, but at the end, when the seventh angel begins to sound his mystery, he winds up all of the loose ends that these fellows probed at, and the mysteries comes down from God as the Word of God and reveals the entire revelation of God. Then the Godhead and everything else is settled. All the mysteries: serpent’s seed and whatevermore is to be revealed. (The mysteries come down)

Now, you see, I’m just not making that up. That’s what… It’s THUS SAITH THE LORD. I’ll read it to you out of the Book: the sounding of the seventh angel’s message, the mystery of God should be finished that’s been declared by His holy prophets. That’s the prophets who has wrote the Word. At the sounding of the seventh church age, the last church age, all the loose ends that through these church ages have been probed at, will be wound up together. And when the Seals are broke and the mystery is revealed, down comes the Angel, the Messenger, Christ, setting His foot upon the land and upon the sea with a rainbow over His head. (The Angel comes down)

Now remember, this seventh angel is on earth at the time of this coming.

Which coming? The coming down of the mysteries, or the coming down of the Angel?

Let brother Branham answer the question by turning to the next page.

63-0317E  The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals

And here He [ the mighty Angel ] returns back in the 10th chapter after the coming time, that all the mysteries is to be finished, and the Seals are to be broke, and proclaiming that its time is no more.

So the mighty Angel comes down after the mysteries are revealed.

Brother Branham finished revealing the mysteries by the end of 1965. Only after that date could the mighty Angel come down.

63-0317E  The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals

Just as John was giving his message, the same time that Messiah come in the days… John knew he would see Him, because he was going to introduce Him. And we realize that in the Scriptures over in Malachi 4, there’s to be a one like John, an Elijah, to whom the Word of God can come to, and he is to reveal by the Holy Spirit all the mysteries of God and restore the faith of the children back to the faith of the apostolic fathers: restore back all these mysteries that’s been probed at through these denominational years. Now, that’s what the Word said. I’m just responsible for what it said.

So brother Branham has to reveal the mysteries. So he had to be on earth for the coming of the mysteries.

“this seventh angel is on earth at the time of this coming”  

“This coming” is singular. Brother Branham is only on earth for one of the two comings.

He has to be present to receive the mysteries as they come down. Therefore, since he is only present for one of the two comings, he will not be present when the mighty Angel comes down.

Revelation Chapter 10 deals with two angels.

Revelation 10: 1 – 6  deals with the mighty supernatural  Angel which is Jesus. But He only comes down when the Book is open and the mystery of God has been revealed by the seventh angel who is a human messenger. So the seventh angel, mentioned in Revelation 10: 7, who is brother Branham, has to be on earth when the mysteries come down from God as his commission is to reveal the mystery of God by taking us back to the Book of Acts.

63-0317E  The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals

Now, we see that this seven-sealed Book now, is the mystery of redemption. It’s a Book of Redemption from God. Now, all the mysteries at this time should be finished at the sounding of this messenger. Now, here’s the angel on earth (Revelation 10: 7), and another Angel, mighty Messenger come down (Revelation 10: 1 – 6). See, this angel was a earthly angel, messenger. But here comes One down from heaven: a rainbow, covenant. See? Only Christ, it could be; just exactly like it was in Revelations 1st chapter, standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks with a rainbow to look upon as jasper and sardius stone.

Do both these angels have to be on earth at the same time?

63-0317E  The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals

And here He returns back in the 10th chapter after the coming time, that all the mysteries is to be finished, and the Seals are to be broke, and proclaiming that its time is no more. And he said, “When the seventh angel has begin to sound, then the mysteries should be finished and time for the Angel to appear. We’re close, somewhere.

The cloud was on 28 February. This quote was preached about three weeks later on 17 March. He speaks of the coming of the Angel  in the future, something that is close. He insists that the mighty Angel can only come after the mysteries first come and brother Branham has finished explaining them.

Having the Angel come down in February before the mysteries of the Seals are revealed in March is completely back to front.

63-0318  The First Seal

Takes the Book and… of Seals and breaks them and shows the seventh angel, for this alone, the mysteries of God, is the ministry of the seventh angel. Now, we just come through the church ages with even history and prove that. See? It is the angel’s message of the seventh church.

All right, reveals all the mysteries that’s been in the past, all the things in the past: Revelations 10:1-7. That is to be.  (This chapter is all future tense. Why?)

The seventh angel has to be on earth to receive the coming of the mysteries because this is his main ministry. By revealing the mysteries, his Message prepares the way for the coming of the great Angel.

About three weeks after the cloud, brother Branham puts Revelation 10:1–7 as still to be fulfilled in the future.  What does this tell us?

Brother Branham’s spectacular ministry in the past was just attracting attention for what was to be the climax of his career.

Thus Revelation 10:7 mainly involves his future revealing of the seven Seals and the deeper insights that will be unlocked  after that so that we can start to understand the Scripture.

He leaves the scene in 1965 but after that, his Message will continue in the days of his voice. In the days that his recorded messages and printed sermons are available. In the future years, after he has gone home, we have to grasp the significance of his preaching. We should then be able to base our beliefs on Scripture. We need these insights from his teachings to get back to the beliefs of the apostles and to prepare for the coming of the mighty Angel.

William Branham, the man, is not the key issue. It is the message that he preached that is important.

That is why Christ who is the Word, in the form of a supernatural cloud, was photographed when brother Branham was not even there.

The revealed Word is the important issue, not the man who revealed the Word.

JOHN 3:30

He must increase, but I must decrease.

The famous words of John the Baptist. He introduced the First Coming of Jesus and set the benchmark for the prophet whose Message would introduce the Second Coming of Jesus.

John pointed out Jesus as a man who walked around amongst men.

Brother Branham pointed out Jesus as He walks around through the pages of the Bible.

But there is a big difference. It is not William Branham who foreruns the Second Coming, but his Message that will do so.

61-0316  The Church Choosing Law For Grace

 …The seventeenth person I baptized, all at once I heard something say, “Look up.” And I looked, and here come that Pillar of Fire circling down out of the heaven. Stood right over where I was at and said, “As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of Christ, your message will forerun the second coming of Christ.”

Please notice the mistake that was introduced by the publisher in the 1993 edition of “The Revelation of the Seven Seals”.

The photograph of the Pillar of Fire over brother Branham’s head has the angel making the statement

“As John the Baptist foreran the first coming of Christ, you will forerun His Second Coming”.

Brother Branham never made that claim. It is incorrect.

He left the scene almost 60 years ago, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel we can hear his recorded sermons and get our beliefs straightened out.  Thus his Message is the important issue. Not himself.

As a mortal man his days are limited but his Message will live on in the future days, long after he is gone. The publisher unfortunately wants to emphasize the man. That is not a good idea.

Consider another mistake made by the publishers.

The Bible says “In the days of the voice of the seventh angel”.

That is how the booklets used to be printed. Suddenly today the booklets and tapes have become “The Voice of God”. This is not correct.

The expression “the Voice of God” never appears in the New Testament.

 

So we were never promised the Voice of God in our age. Again, the publishers follow their own opinion, which is not based on Scripture, in their attempt to elevate the man William Branham.

Sensationalism breeds extremism, error and exaggeration. We need calm heads and cautious advice.

Let us continue to prove that the cloud is not the Angel of Revelation 10.

After the cloud was photographed, brother Branham continued to place the coming of the mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 as a future event.

63-0318  The First Seal

What about the hour has come that when His Bride must be taken away? What, that the hour has come that time shall be no more? The Angel is ready to set one foot on land and the other on the sea with a rainbow over Him, with feet, and say, “Time’s run out.”

Almost three weeks after the cloud and the Angel is still getting ready to stand on land and sea. Thus the cloud could not be the coming of the Angel.

The mighty Angel has two feet. The cloud has no feet. Thus once again the cloud does not fulfill Revelation 10.

That earlier interpretation that some Message believers propagated claiming that the Angel had come to stand on Rome and America (whatever that means) now looks foolish. The Angel had not yet come down although the cloud had been seen for 28 minutes and then disappeared.

63-0318  The First Seal

... I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud:… a rainbow… upon his head, and his face was… the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

Now, we saw the same thing, which was Christ. And we know Christ is always the Messenger to the Church. All right. He’s called a Pillar of Fire, the Angel of the covenant and so forth.

And he had in his hand a little book opened:… (Now, the Seals had done been broke here. We’re breaking them now; but this, the thing’s opened.)… and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left… on the earth,

Brother Branham was busy revealing the Seals. But the opened Book means that the mighty Angel only comes down when the mysteries of the seven Seals are all revealed.

63-0317E  The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals

But then in the last age, all these mysteries are to be solved and handed out, and the Seals are to be opened by the Lamb and revealed to the Church, and then time is no more.

The mighty Angel can only come down and say that “time is no more” after the Seals are revealed. Not before the Seals are revealed.

62-1230E  Is This The Sign Of The End Sir

The other angels was messengers, men of the earth. But this Angel… These, that said, “To the angel of the church of Laodicea,” “To the angel of the church of Ephesus,” messengers of the earth; see, men, messengers, prophets, and so forth, to the church.

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.

The mighty Angel of Revelation 10 will only come down when the church, the true believers, have finally understood the mystery of God. The mighty Angel raises the dead who are then part of eternity, as time is over for them. They no more dwell in time.

64-0119  Shalom

But, remember, if it goes plumb into the shadows of death, “I am the Resurrection and Life; I’ll raise him up again.” 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’ll rise up from among the dead. While the rest of them lay there, you’ll go in.

When this mighty Angel speaks it is the voice of the archangel who comes down to raise the dead that are buried either on land or in the sea.

He stands on land and sea as He has complete authority over both and can call up His saints from their graves.

This is the King, the triumphant roar of the Lion of Judah, who demonstrates His ultimate power by defeating our greatest enemy, Death. The resurrection is the great triumph of Jesus over Satan.

REVELATION 10:1

And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

2     And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

3    And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Both expressions “cried with a loud voice” and “when he had cried” can be associated with death and resurrection.

JOHN 11:43

And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

Lazarus rose from the dead.

MATTHEW 27:50

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

:51     And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

:52     And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

The loud cry of this mighty Angel is the voice of the archangel that produces the resurrection of the dead believers from 2,000 years of church history.

I THESSALONIANS 4:16

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

63-0421  Victory Day

We’ve all got a victory. We’ve fought through many victories. And a great victory is coming just soon, right around the corner. Our complete V-day will be soon, when the Son of God shall break the skies, and scream with the Voice of the Archangel, and He shall come again. And the graves shall open, and the dead shall walk out.

April 1963, two months after the cloud, and brother Branham says that the Archangel shall come again, sometime in the future, for the resurrection. So the cloud was not the Archangel.

 

REVELATION 10:3

And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

The seven thunders only utter after the dead have been raised.

I THESSALONIANS 4: 16

… and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

I CORINTHIANS 15: 52

…and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.

The seven thunders must utter after the resurrection to guide us through the supernatural process of having our bodies changed so that we can walk on air when the Lord calls us up at His Second Coming.

62-1230E  Is This The Sign Of The End Sir

I don’t know. I don’t know, sirs. I’m only honest, with you, as my brothers. I don’t know. Is it–is it time? Is the minis-… 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.”

The seven thunders will give us rapturing faith which will change our bodies. People who believe that the seven thunders have uttered have preached rapturing faith for decades, but they are still in their same bodies, or they have died. So their theories  have only succeeded in dividing the end time Message believers, but they have not worked in terms of producing the rapture. If you have faith for healing, you will be healed. So if you have rapturing faith you will be raptured. No-one has been raptured. Thus no-one has received rapturing faith. Why? The seven thunders can only utter after the mighty Angel comes down and raises the dead.

63-0318  The First Seal

And at the end of the Pentecostal age we are supposed to receive, according to the Word, as God help me tonight to show you through here, that we are to see–receive a messenger that will take all those loose ends out there and reveal the whole secret of God for the rapturing of the Church.

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.

All the mysteries are revealed first. Then the seven thunders utter. So the seven thunders will enable the Bride to take on their new bodies. It will not just be some clever doctrine. You new body will not have a belly button which is the mark of the beast on our bodies. We have a number of thunders doctrines that are doing the rounds, and that help to split up the Message churches even further.  But none of them have produced a new body for any believer, and all of them refer to doctrines that are written in the Bible. The thunders were never written into the Bible.

Now comes a big complication. The thunders also utter to the Jews, and enable Elijah to stop the rain while he and Moses interrupt nature during the great Tribulation.

63-0321  The Fourth Seal

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. Glory.

When the Lord did not come in 1977, then the preachers were swept energetically into a tide of speculations on the seven Thunders to cover up that the predicted coming of the Lord in 1977 had been a disaster. But all their theories are wrong. Whatever their different theories are, they are all linked to Scriptures that are written in the Bible. Thus these cannot be thunders. The thunders are not written in the Bible.

The thunders will give the Bride rapturing faith, and they will give the Jews power to interrupt nature. Thus they utter at the time that the Bride goes up, which will be a real demonstration of power over nature, because that is when the Gospel returns to the Jews with an impressive display of power to disrupt nature.

In addition, the coming down of this mighty Angel is a rather complex issue as well, because He comes for the Jews, and for the church. God can always manage to do two or more things at one time. He is the Master at multi-tasking.

63-0317E  The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals

 … Let’s turn to Revelations 10 just a moment, so you’ll get a understanding before we get into it. Now, this is at the end time, for listen.

… I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow… upon his head,…

If you notice that’s Christ (See?), ’cause He in the Old Testament was called the Angel of the Covenant, and He’s directly coming to the Jews now, for the Church is finished. See? All right.

… and his face… as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

You remember that Angel in Revelations 1? Same thing. Angel is a messenger, and He’s a Messenger to Israel. See?

The Church has been raptured. See? Now, or fixing to be raptured. He comes for His Church.

When the church has been raptured, the mighty Angel deals with Israel. But just before the rapture, the mighty Angel deals with the church.

How can the mighty Angel  come down  for both Jews and Church? He must come down at the changing over time when the Gospel leaves the Gentiles and goes back to the Jews.

The main event that occurs at that time is the resurrection of the dead believers from the church ages.

You can have all the theories in the world, but the event which triggers the end time events will be the resurrection of the dead. This will be a happening, not some theory.

REVELATION 10: 1

And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

2     And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

3    And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

The seven thunders are a total mystery. But here they are placed after the resurrection. Thus they will apply both to the church and to the Jews.

63-0324E  The Seventh Seal

Now, why? Let us prove it. Why? It is the secret that no one knows about. John was forbidding to write about it, even, even write a symbol about it. Why? This is why there was no active in–activity in heaven; it might give away the secret. Do you see it now? If it’s so great it must be included, because it has got to happen, but when the seven thunders

Now, notice, when the seven angels come forth to sound their trumpets, there was one thunder. When Israel was gathered, there was a trumpet. When time shall be no more, the last trumpet… One thunder, but here is seven straight thunders right in a row: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, that perfect number. Seven thunders in a row, uttered not… making just–just one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, straight. Then heavens couldn’t write that. Heavens can’t know about it, nothing else, because there’s nothing to go on. It’s a relaxing time. It was so great till it’s kept secret from the Angels. Now, why?

If Satan should get a hold of it, he might do great damage. There’s one thing he don’t know. Now, he can interpret anything he wants to, and impersonate any kind of a gift (I hope you’re learning.), but he can’t know this. It’s not even written in the Word. It’s a total secret. The angels, everything shut up. If they made one move it might give something away, so they just shut up, quit harping; everything stopped.

The seven thunders is TOP SECRET. Yet message preachers broadcast their thunders opinions. Humans have a strong desire to be considered clever.  If they knew the truth about the thunders they would be silent, because that is how God wants it. Since they have so much to say, they are obviously wrong.

63-0324E  The Seventh Seal

“When will it be, Brother Branham?” I cannot tell you. I do not know. But one of these days, if we never meet again on this earth, we’re going to meet yonder at the–at the judgment seat of Christ. And you’ll find out that in that room, the revelation coming from God (just like all the rest of them has), that them… One of the mystery of that Seal, the reason it wasn’t revealed, it was seven thunders that uttered their voices, and there it is perfectly, because nothing knows anything about it; wasn’t even written. So we’re at the end time; we are here.

Brother Branham did not know when the thunders would utter nor what they would utter.

That is to be a total secret until after the resurrection.

63-0317E  The Breach Between The Seven Church Ages And The Seven Seals

But then in the last age, all these mysteries are to be solved and handed out, and the Seals are to be opened by the Lamb and revealed to the Church, and then time is no more.

After the Seals have been revealed to the Church, then the mighty Angel will come down and say that time is no more.

 

We have considered the cloud as the appearing of the sign of the Son of man in the heavens.

Now let us look at the second meaning of “appearing”.

 

In the Bible the Second Coming of the Lord is also called His appearing.

Message believers claim that the cloud was the appearing of Christ, or the beginning of the appearing of Christ. Their claims are rather fuzzy when you try to puzzle out what they are actually saying.

If the cloud is the appearing of Christ then they have to insist that a difference must be drawn between the coming and the appearing of Christ. Brother Branham emphasized this difference in 1962 but before 1962 and after 1962 he used the appearing of the Lord to mean the same thing as the coming of the Lord.

Let us first see where the coming and the appearing are the same thing.

Then we will consider the Melchisedec ministry of Christ to explain a difference between the words.

64-0531  The Oddball

Depends on what you’re wound on. See? So, may the Lord Jesus Christ, the Shepherd of the flock, ever keep your hearts so wound into Him, that, when the great Shepherd does appear, we’ll appear with Him.

1964, long after the cloud was photographed, and brother Branham is still waiting for Christ to appear.

So obviously the cloud was not the appearing of Christ.

COLOSSIANS 3:4

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory

No one appeared with Christ on the day that the cloud was photographed. Brother Branham was not even there. Nor were the rest of us. Most of today’s believers were probably not even born in 1963.

65-0718M  Trying To Do God A Service Without It Being The Will Of God

 … Show us the paths that You have ordained that we should walk. And give us of Thy grace and love, that we might follow those paths and instructions with all of our hearts, that we might be found, that day, in Christ, blameless, for we believe, Lord, that His appearing is soon.

(1965 and he is still waiting for Christ to appear)

TITUS 2:13

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

60-1211M  The Ten Virgins And The Hundred And Forty Four Thousand Jews

 It’ll be a secret coming, no one will know when it’s going to happen. We’re commanded to be ready and watching. We don’t know what hour. But, whatever it is, we’ll not prevent any of these back in here; for, just as soon as Jesus appears, the whole watch rises. Dead or alive, doesn’t matter!

When Jesus appears, the resurrection occurs.

There was no resurrection in 1963. If it was so, then brother Branham missed it because he died later in 1965.

60-1209  The Sardisean Church Age

O Father, when we look at Calvary, that takes all the greatness away from us, we–we know nothing else then but Christ and Him crucified. Then when we see that He raised up on the third day according to the Scriptures, for our justification, returned back forty days later in the form of the Holy Spirit, to abide with us until His visible appearing in the skies at the end time. And we see that end time approaching real swiftly now. And we’re the most happy people, Lord, because that–that You have given us this great privilege.

If the cloud, high up in the skies, was the visible appearing of Christ then the Holy Spirit no longer abides with us.

The Holy Spirit was to abide in the church until the appearing of Christ in the skies. The visible appearing of Christ in the skies signals the end of the church ages as the Bride joins Him in the air

1965  Church Ages Book   Philadelphian Church Age   The Salutation

But let me say this. Our Lord is not defeated. Men claim to open the door to God and shut that door, but they are liars. All that the Father has given Him will come to Him, and he that cometh to Him in no wise will be cast out; He will lose NONE of them. John 6:37-39. And when that last elected member to the body of Christ comes in, then will our Lord appear.

The appearing and the coming are the same thing. The second coming will only happen when the last Bride member is in.

1965   Church Ages Book   Sardisean Church Age   Judgement

“I will come on thee as a thief.”

Ancient Sardis was constantly harassed by bandits that swooped down from the hills and pillaged the people. Thus they knew only too well what the Spirit was saying in that the coming of the Lord is as a thief. Vigilance and preparation alone will suffice to be ready for His coming. Now we know that this is a message for the false vine, for the coming of the Lord will be as it was in the days of Noah. The eight saved were well aware of the impending flood, and being aware were prepared and saved. But the world of the ungodly was swept away. Though they daily were in contact with the righteous and heard the truth, they turned it aside until it was too late. Those completely carnal people in that ancient period type out today the nominal Christians whose lives are full of earthly things, and take pleasure in them to such an extent that they have no desire for the Spiritual, and are not at all aware of, nor readied for His appearing. (This is 1965, long after the cloud was photographed).

He speaks of the coming and the appearing of the Lord as one and the same thing.

The Smyrnaean Church Age

When the church allowed herself to move away from the original, like Adam and Eve, death set in.

There is no strength in her. She has become a monstrosity. The minute the church moved toward form and ceremony, and toward priesthood by organizing the ministers into a group that decided leadership apart from the Holy Spirit and His Word, that very moment death entered and she started to get sick, and as she got sick she changed to a powerless group of people whose only weapon was argument. She could produce nothing in the Spirit, for her hopes were built on program and not on faith in His Word. They sowed program so they reaped program. They sowed perversion so they reaped perverted children.

The modern priesthood are the pastors who run the church according to their own opinions.

Their weapon is argument as they weave a cobweb of quotes (with huge gaps because there is no Scripture to prove their ideas) around some fuzzy idea like “He began to appear in the cloud and is now appearing more and more to His Bride”.

Brother Branham does not make that statement. The doctrine is not established from Scripture.

People are now content to believe what is not in the Bible, just like the denominations.

The early church never believed such a thing. So believing that does not take you back to the early church.

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.

The Church Age book was published in 1965 and he says that the Lord has not yet appeared.

Pastors are not even mentioned in the Book of Acts, so they certainly did not dominate the early church.

The word “pastors” is only mentioned once in the New Testament.  Pastors are not called shepherds in the Bible. To put them in charge of a church is unscriptural, as it is a denominational tradition.

But with their emphasis on elevating quotes as more important than Scripture, Message preachers are causing a blackout of Bible Truth. Thus Jesus, Who is the Word, stands outside every Laodicean church. The Bible does not say there are any exceptions. Most Message believers are convinced today that it is their regular attendance at a Message church that will save them. Hence their complacency as they rattle off some quotes which appear to justify them. But ask them to prove their beliefs from Scripture and they cannot, because the Word is no longer in the church. They then compound their error by condemning those who disagree with them by quoting the Bible. Message believers no longer focus on believing what the early church believed.

The early church believed Christ would come on a cloud, not as a cloud.

Scripture uses the word “appearing” to also mean “coming”.

MALACHI 3:1

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

MALACHI 3:2

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

I TIMOTHY 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

:14     That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Believers must only fight the good fight of faith until the Lord appears. Then they will be in an immortal body, immune to Satan.

If the cloud was the appearing of the Lord, then the fight of faith is over and we no longer have to fight. This is obviously incorrect. We need faith more than ever.  We must fight until we receive a new body.

I PETER 1:7

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

II TIMOTHY 4:1

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

:2     Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

:3     For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4     And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (interpretations of quotes  instead of proving the quotes from Scripture)

When the Lord appears, it is judgement. He will judge our beliefs by the Bible, not by quotes.

II TIMOTHY 4:8

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

56-0304  Making A Way

When you’re sick and tired of this whole life, and you love the appearing of the Lord Jesus better than you love your food at the table, or your wife, or your children, then there’s a crown laid up for you, not a crown, a gold crown they put upon your head, but a body free from pain of… crowned in the glory of God, crowned in the immortality of Jesus Christ. That’s what’s laid up for you, that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give you it that day. That’s the day we look forward to. God has made a way of escape for every one of us, certainly He has.

Our crown of righteousness is our future immortal body. That is the real prize that we wait for.

We will only get it after the resurrection of the dead when our bodies are changed. When the Lord appears, you will get your new body and ascend to meet Him.

I THESSALONIANS 4:16

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Suprisingly, many Message believers are convinced that this all happened with the cloud.

But there was no voice of the archangel as the dead never rose. There was no trumpet heard to tell the Bride to rise up to heaven. Those who make these claims are still on earth almost 60 years later.

I CORINTHIANS 15:52

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

We are changed just after the resurrection, not before the resurrection.

There is no gradual appearing. There is no gradual change. It all happens in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye.

Numerous other Scriptures use “coming” and “appearing” as the same thing.

HEBREWS 9:27

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

:28     So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

I PETER 5:4

And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

I JOHN 2:28

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

I JOHN 3:2

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

None of us are like the cloud. So the cloud was not His appearing.

65-0829  Satan’s Eden

 O God, to think that one of these hours, one will be going to visit the other, and be caught up. “Two in a bed; will take one, and leave one. Two in the field; I’ll take one, and leave one.”

May not one who sit here tonight and heard the Message, may not one of them be lost, from the least child to the oldest person. May their holy desire be only for God and His Word. We know not what hour He may appear,

This is 1965, almost three years after the cloud, and brother Branham is still waiting for Jesus to appear. He does not say that He did appear as a cloud. He does not say that He is secretly appearing in some ongoing transformation that will take about 60 or so years.

65-0718E  Spiritual Food In Due Season

Now, if He appeared to us in a physical body, looked just exactly like Hofmann’s Head of Christ at Thirty-three, and blood running out of His hand, and so forth, nail scars all over Him, I wouldn’t accept it. No, no. No, no. When He comes, Hisself, “Every eye shall see Him, every tongue shall confess Him; and as the lightning cometh from the East unto the West, so shall it be.” See? We don’t believe these cults and clans. We believe God is the Word.

There is no  appearing in a desert in some physical form that we can see that looks like Hoffman’s head of Christ.

When He comes it will be public. You will not need anyone to tell you.

63-0324E  The Seventh Seal

We are living at the last hour. By the grace of Almighty God, by His help, to His people that they might look forward to the soon appearing of Christ… “How long, Brother Branham?” Maybe twenty years, maybe in fifty years, maybe in a hundred years; I don’t know. And maybe in the morning, maybe yet tonight; I don’t know. And anybody that says they do know, they’re wrong. See? They won’t know. God only knows.

This is after the cloud. He is still looking forward to the appearing of Christ.

63-0804E  Jesus On The Scene

May the loving Holy Spirit take them, lead them to water baptism, and to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, then sealing them into the Kingdom of God until the Coming and the appearing of the visible body of the Lord Jesus to catch away His Bride. They are Yours, Father. May the great God of the Shekinah Glory be with them now and forevermore. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

63-0825M  How Can I Overcome

And now, at the Coming of the Lord Jesus, those who are really loving His Coming, that’s living for it; when He appears in the sky, the Church that’s dead in Christ shall rise, and those will be changed in a moment

Notice how he uses “appearing”  and “coming” interchangeably. They mean the same thing here.

Jesus will never just come in a desert area. His Coming will be universal.

Another variation of this theme is to say He appeared or began to appear to us as the great cloud. That implies that He is invisibly with us in some deeper dimension (some secret chambers), and since then His Presence is appearing more and more in our midst. The Bible says don’t believe this.

63-0319  The Second Seal

…And now, just before the coming of Christ, the Bible said there would be false christs arise and would claim to be Christ, and would say, “Lo,” the people say, “He’s in the desert.” Don’t believe it. “Lo, He’s in the secret chamber.” Don’t believe it. “For as the sun shineth from the east unto the west, so shall the coming of the Son of man be.” See? Yes, He will appear, and it’ll be a universal thing.

This is preached after the cloud was photographed over the desert.

He says Christ will appear in the future and it will be universal.

Not in a secret dimension, not in a desert like Sunset mountain where brother Branham was hunting. Notice how he uses both words “coming” and “appearing”. They both have the same meaning here.

This is after the cloud was seen. He is not claiming that the cloud was the appearing of Christ.

He is saying that Christ will appear, universally.

Message believers only stress the quotes of 1962 that draw a difference between the appearing and the coming. They cannot fit in with all the other years when he kept saying on numerous occasions that the coming and the appearing are the same thing.

 

Now let us look at a third meaning of “appears”.     This is linked to Melchizedek.

Here a difference is drawn between “appearing” and “coming”. Why?  Jesus must, during the church ages,   re-enact the basic pattern set by Melchisedec or Melchizedek in His dealings with Abraham.

So “appearing” also refers to the Melchisedec ministry of Jesus,

The first appearing of Melchizedek was as High Priest to accept Abraham’s tithes.
GENESIS 14:18
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

:19   And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

20:   And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

The second appearing of Melchizedek was associated with the discernment of thoughts as spoken by a human voice.
GENESIS 18:1
And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

GENESIS 18: 9
And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

10:   And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.

11:   Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

12:  Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

13:   And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?

As Melchizedec, God discerned the thoughts of Sarah’s heart.

Who is Melchisedec?  God created a body for Himself, indwelt it and came down twice from Heaven to speak to Abraham.

HEBREWS 7: 1
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

:2   To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

:3   Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Having no father or mother means God created a Body for Himself and indwelt it. The physical Body then disappeared when God returned to heaven.

 

 

This ministry of Melchisedek set the pattern for the church ages.

Weaving through church history, there has to be a Melchisedec ministry whereby God would appear in two different ways during the church ages. He would appear as the High Priest in Heaven to ensure that our sins are forgiven. He alone can forgive sin.

Then in the last church age, before the Second Coming of Christ, He would appear  before the people and again use a human voice (NOT the seventh angel himself, but the voice of the seventh angel) to discern the thoughts of the people.

Brother Branham’s ministry was announced by a supernatural light that appeared above him in 1933 while he was baptizing in the river Ohio.

The discernment ministry was introduced to brother Branham by an angel in 1946. It lasted until 1965.

In 1947 he became the first preacher to record his sermons.

In 1950 God appeared above his head as a light and was photographed in Houston.

In 1963 seven angels commissioned him to reveal the secrets of Scripture.

Then, in the “days of the voice” of the seventh angel, long after the seventh angel himself had left the scene,  the teachings that had been recorded should enable the Bride to get the revelation of the true Word. She then has no excuse not to be ready for the Second Coming.

Let us focus on his discernment ministry.

HEBREWS 6:17

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, [ His counsel cannot change ] confirmed it by an oath:

:18     That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

:19     Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

:20     Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

God, as Melchisedec , did two things that He will not change. We can anchor our faith on these two appearances of Melchisedec.

The first appearance of God as Melchisedec was a priestly ministry :

HEBREWS 7:1

For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

:2     To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

:3     Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

HEBREWS 8:1

Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

So Jesus has to fulfill the two ministries of Melchisedec.

First He has to appear in Heaven as the Lamb that has been slain so that His Blood on the judgement seat turns it into a mercy seat. When God sees the Blood He will pass over our sins. There He functions as the High Priest also.

HEBREWS 9:24

For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

The second part of the Melchisedec ministry :

Then Jesus, just before the promised Son comes, appears down on earth amongst the people and uses the human “voice of the seventh angel” to discern their thoughts.

63-0623M  Standing In The Gap

And now, after the great time come of the healing of the sick, the casting out of devils, and the raising up of the dead; which we’re all witnesses, and so is many doctors and great man of the earth. And the appearing of the Lord Jesus among us, that in the sign there as you see, I guess on the wall, wherever it is, of the Angel of the Lord. (This was the January 1950  “halo” photograph from Houston where Christ appeared ) And how the scientists has copyrighted it, and it’s–it’s a known fact, the world over.

64-0404  Jehovah Jireh, Part 3

 Abraham, watch his path as he comes up, he typed exactly with the church. All that Abraham did, has… We’ve watched the church. If we had the week or two here, to be here, I could show you, step by step. The church has made the same path. The last sign was God, the promised Word speaking to him, in human flesh. The last promise before the Gentile world was destroyed, which was Sodom and Gomorrah. Now think, Abraham, before, had… God had appeared to him in many symbols, and lights, and forms, and signs, but never had God come to him as a human being and spoke in an audible voice, like a human being, out of a human being. And, remember, the promise is just now ready to be fulfilled, the Sodom is going to be burned, the last message is on.

God using an audible human voice.

But the seventh angel is not the Son of man. William Branham is not Jesus Christ.

65-0725M  The Anointed Ones At The End Time

Now, I want you to know this is sure, and you that listen to this tape. You might have thought today that I was trying to say that about myself, being that I was packing this Message. I have no more to do with it than nothing, no more than just a voice. And, my voice, even against my better judgment; I wanted to be a trapper. But it’s the will of my Father that I declare to do, and determined to do.

I wasn’t the One that appeared down on the river; I was only standing there when He appeared. I’m not the One that performs these things and foretells these things that happens as perfect they are; I’m only one that’s near when He does it. I was only a voice that He used, to say It. It wasn’t what I knew; it’s what I just surrendered myself to, that He spoke through. It isn’t me, it wasn’t the seventh angel, oh, no; it was the manifestation of the Son of man. It wasn’t the angel, his message; it was the mystery that God unfolded. It’s not a man; it’s God. The angel was not the Son of man; he was the messenger from the Son of man.

So the Holy Spirit in January 1950 in Houston was photographed as it appeared over brother Branham’s head to show that God was near him.  The fullness of God was not in him, otherwise he would be God.

This is the Houston “halo” photograph.

 

halo-photo

The Light is God appearing in our midst. God discerned people’s thoughts and used brother Branham’s human voice to speak to the people. Brother Branham himself usually did not know what God had said through him.

Many Message believers missed this point and deified William Branham. That is a serious mistake. He can never be more than the seventh star in the right hand of Jesus which John saw in Revelation Chapter 1.

64-0412  A Court Trial

Our Heavenly Father, the–the strain of this moment! We are wondering, Lord, just how many really believes. The seed has been sown. The Word has been read. Christ, the Holy Ghost, has appeared before us and showed that Life that was in this Light, and He was the Light of the world, He’s the Light now. He’s the great Eternal Light, and He has appeared before us, this afternoon, and done just what He said He would do in this generation. The Word has been thoroughly spoken. The Word has been thoroughly identified. And the people, now, if they just thoroughly believe It with all their heart.

63-0604  Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday Today And Forever

And Sarah, in the tent behind Him, the Bible designates, “She was behind Him, in the tent. She laughed to herself.”

What was it a sign of? What did Jesus say? “As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man.” That, that…

Somebody said to me, “Brother Branham, you don’t believe that was God, do you?” The Bible said it was God, and that’s all I know. He said it was God.

What was it a sign of? That, God, in the last days, before the world is destroyed, He will appear in the called-out group, God identifying Himself in human flesh among His people. Here He is, the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

64-0415  Christ Is Identified The Same in All Generations

 I want to ask you a question. Want you to look at me. Remember, as firmly as the Scripture says this, Abraham never saw one more sign until the son came into existence. That’s the last sign Abraham saw. There’s always a sign. Let me tell you, Church, here is your last one. The appearing of the Son will be pretty soon. (This is long after the cloud) “In the hour when you think not, It’ll be caught away.” People go right on preaching, thinking they’re getting saved, and everything. He’ll be… Just like it was in coming of John, all, they go right on, done past the time. It’s later than we think.

Despite God appearing in the meetings with the discernment of thoughts, brother Branham is still looking for the appearing of Christ.

So although God appeared in the meetings to perform the discernment of thoughts, which had been happening since 1946, brother Branham still knew that the second coming of the Lord is also the appearing of the Lord.

62-0728  God Has A Provided Way

… But it passed by you, and you didn’t know it. Even the disciples said, “Why does the scribes say Elias must first come?”

Said, “Elias has already come and you didn’t know it.” Goes over your head and you don’t know it. Don’t miss it. The Holy Spirit, Christ is here.

Now, remember these two words before I leave you: the appearing of Christ and the coming of Christ is two different things. Christ is now appearing in the fullness of His power. His coming will be afterwards: His appearing before His coming. God be merciful.

1962   This is before the cloud.  And God was appearing in the fullness of His power.

1962 was the only year that brother Branham emphasized the difference between the appearing and the coming of Christ.

Before 1962 and after 1962 he used the words “appearing” and “coming” interchangeably.

62-0729  Perseverant

…Now, most gracious Father, these people have set still this afternoon. These that are in here, they’ve listened because they have a reason. They’ve come to find Your mercy. You’ve appeared before us in a great phenomena, and showing that You’re still Jesus and that You’re here.

This is 1962.  Before the cloud appeared. Jesus is appearing in their midst.

But the supernatural Light was appearing in their midst way back in 1950.

50-0713  Obey The Voice Of The Angel

But the last time it appeared just before going out… I always worked. I become the pastor of the little Baptist church at Jeffersonville, which still stands today. I never would take up an offering. I never took an offering, in my life. And I didn’t believe… And I was able to work, and why couldn’t I work. And I was the Indiana state game warden.

And one day I just come from patrol, and I walked into the… my place, and I was praying that night about one o’clock, between one and three. And I noticed in my room, a Light begin to spread across the floor. And I wondered where It come from. I looked up, and that same Light that appears in the meeting, It…

  1. And the same Light appears. God kept appearing in his ministry.

He often referred to the 1950 Houston “halo” photograph, which was copyrighted,  and the mystic light that appeared over his head in 1933 when he baptized the seventeenth person in the Ohio river as the appearing of Christ.

63-0319  The Second Seal

 When He appeared down there on the river thirty-three years ago

This is going to be one of the highlights of my time. Something is going to happen during this meeting that’s going to be greater than anybody’s seen yet. [ This is after the cloud ]  And it was just about eight or nine, ten nights after that when the Angel of the Lord appeared before around thirty thousand people, and come down, and the picture was taken; there it is right now, which is copyrighted in Washington, DC as the only supernatural Being that was ever photographed in the world.

The fact that what he preached was Scriptural. That is what was so great.

By using Brother Branham’s voice as He discerned the thoughts in peoples’ minds, God fulfilled the second part of Melchisedec’s ministry. This ministry began in 1946 when the Angel appeared to brother Branham and started him on his spectacular supernatural ministry.

The Lord only did this when brother Branham was present. God appeared in the presence of brother Branham to perform the supernatural in terms of healing and discernment.

Message believers claim that the “appearing of Christ” is a mysterious change of their bodies that began with the Cloud appearing in 1963

(Many  Message groups claimed Christ came in 1963 as the cloud, in that desert region of Sunset Peak. They got that wrong. The cloud was hundreds of kilometers away at Flagstaff. They also went on to claim that He would come in 1970, in 1973½, and in 1977. The date kept shifting. Some even guessed the year 2000. Those who stressed the coming of the Lord in 1977 (although they deny it now) then went on to muddy the water by claiming that the Lord appeared as the cloud in 1963 (they fuzzed the topic by changing His coming to His appearing).  They claim He is now in some deeper hidden dimension (secret chamber) and keeps appearing more and more as if their bodies are in a process of gradual change. This obviously did not work for those who died in the meanwhile.

If the Lord is appearing more and more, then the supernatural signs should be increasing. Sadly, the supernatural sign seem to be getting less rather than more. A Nigerian prophet was boosted as having a greater ministry than brother Branham but the unfortunate collapse of a residence that had no approved building plans and no proper foundation killed over a 100 of his followers. So you can follow him at your own risk. He predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election. Trump seems to have done that.

Because of all these various doctrines about the great cloud that would confuse and fool the people, Jesus specifically warned us that He would neither appear in a desert area nor be a mysterious Presence (or Parousia) in some hidden dimension (secret chamber).

Incidently, brother Branham never used the word “Parousia”.

MATTHEW 24:24

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

:25     Behold, I have told you before.

:26     Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

:27     For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

The cloud went the other way, from west to east.

What is the most subtle way for the elect, you and me, to be deceived?  By believing that the Lord came in some way in a desert. The seven angels came down in a desert region near Sunset Peak to speak to brother Branham. So do not believe that it was either the second coming of the Lord, or the coming of Jesus in Revelation 10 as the mighty Angel of the covenant, which is represented by the rainbow over His head.

 

 

The cloud appeared as a sign to the rest of us, that we will be judged by the Word.  That is why brother Branham was not there and knew nothing about .

But God would use him to reveal the Word. We must thus learn the Scripture from his teachings because we will finally be judged by the Bible.

What we do about taking his teachings back to Scripture is what God is going to require of us.

The Bible said we should get it right and thus be able to understand the mysteries in Scripture that we need to know in order to be ready for the Second Coming.

Let us consider how to establish truth.

If you just parrot a quote, what do you do with two contradictory quotes?

61-0101  Revelation Chapter 4, Part 2

 Now, what is a man? He’s a triune being; body, soul, and spirit.

65-1126  Works Is Faith Expressed

And you are: body, spirit, and soul.

What is the correct order? Body, soul and spirit or body, spirit and soul?

Brother Branham says both, so you are then forced to go to Scripture to determine which quote is the true order that lines up with the various Bible verses on this topic. Can you prove from other Scriptures that the second quote is correct? The typical uninterested Message believer’s answer is “Why bother” or “It makes no difference”. This kind of answer merely justifies our ignorance of Scripture. We do not know how to establish the right answer from Scripture.  No wonder we are described as lukewarm.

But this type of answer will not satisfy the Supreme Judge. The seventh angel was to reveal the mystery of God’s Word. Why are we then so ignorant of Scripture?

 

Consider brother Branham’s sermon on “the Serpent’s Seed” which was a brilliant, and revolutionary exposure of original sin. The church world desperately hides away from this doctrine.  This sermon is a very accurate analysis of the Fall in Eden. Yet, right near the beginning, brother Branham makes four obvious factual mistakes on one page.

Look at the following paragraphs and you will realise that there are four statements that need to be corrected. This should make you aware that not every quote is the truth. We need to check what he says.

58-0928E  The Serpent’s Seed

 The first denominational church… We looked it up this afternoon in the “Nicene Fathers,” history of the Nicene church. After the death of the apostles, there what come the Nicene fathers, and they went on for several years (three hundred and twenty-five years) finally came to Nicaea, France, where they had the great Nicene Council. And in there they formed these dogmas that the Catholic church has now, and also that’s handed down to the Protestants.

[ He says Nicaea was in France but in another place he says Rome.]

61-0806  The Seventieth Week Of Daniel

This was at Nicaea, Rome, when they had the Nicene Council.

 Nicaea was in Asia Minor, just south of Constantinople and just north of Pergamum or Pergamos. It is now İznik in Turkey. Nicaea was neither in France nor in the city of Rome. It was however part of the Roman Empire at that time.]

 And as I said it in the teaching this morning, each one of those church ages on up to that  Thessalonica church age, [there was no such church age, it was the Thyatira church age]

the fifteen hundred years of dark ages, [No. There were roughly 900 years of Dark Ages lasting from about 600 AD to 1500 AD. The fourth church age, Thyatira, was the middle age of the seven church ages. The Dark Ages are also called the Middle Ages.]

there was not one time but what He said, “You still have My name.” And on this other side, they wasn’t in Christ any more that come out in a denominational name: Catholic, Luther, Wesley, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, on down. But just before the closing of the age He said, “I’ve set before you an open door.” See? And that’s the age that we believe we are in right now, the open door age, between the last going out of the Laodicean church.

And it’s exactly three hundred and twenty-five years to the Laodicean council.

(In 325 AD it was the Nicaean council. They established the Trinity doctrine and accepted the political involvement of the church.  The Church-State hybrid was born.

The Council of Laodicea was a regional synod of approximately thirty clerics from Asia Minor that assembled about 363–364 AD in Laodicea. They agreed to leave the Book of Revelation out of the Bible and officially changed the Sabbath day from Saturday to Sunday)

Here we found four mistakes in about one page. So you cannot just quote brother Branham. You need to check the facts and know what you are talking about. Praising and uplifting William Branham is not the key to heaven. We must take his quotes back to Scripture and then prove them from the Scripture. In the end we believe a doctrine, not because William Branham said so, but because we were able to establish what he said in the Bible.

 

REVELATION 10: 7

“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel…”

Not “in the days of the seventh angel”. William Branham, the man, is not the important issue. He left the scene in 1965.

But “in the days of the voice of the seventh angel” which has lasted for many decades on audio recordings and in print. Slowly the rest of us were meant to get straightened out in these days when his audible teachings are still available, long after he had gone home. His teachings were intended to take us back to Scripture so that we could prove our beliefs from the Bible. God has given us plenty of time to line up with the Bible and thereby go back to the original teachings of the apostolic fathers who wrote the Bible.

“…the mystery of God should be finished”.

Not “would be” which is definite, but “should be” which implies doubt.

We have enough information from brother Branham’s preaching to get our doctrine and beliefs lined up with Scripture. But the word “should” implies that we are very likely to mess up by developing doctrines based on quotes and interpretations of quotes,  rather than Scripture. In addition we jeopardize our chances by copying the denominational tradition of human leadership of the church.

 

When a man is the head of the church, Christ is no longer the Head of that church.

EPHESIANS 5:23

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:

The word “pastor” is mentioned once in the New Testament.

Making a pastor the head of the church thus has no Scriptural foundation and is certainly not the pattern of the early church that we should be going back to.

61-0208  Sirs, We Would See Jesus

Your pastors and so forth, has got weaker than dishwater. It’s… The church is a meal ticket instead of the pulpit. Right.

Consequently, thanks to human leadership with its focus on financial gain, and human opinions which are presented as doctrine, the Message believers have split up into numerous different groups. All these disagreeing groups obviously cannot all be correct.  Thus many who call themselves Message believers will miss the mark. The great Tribulation is designed to shake them out of their indifferent and complacent mind-sets.

The extent to which you prove your beliefs from Scripture is the indication of how successfully the mystery of God has been revealed to you. This alone indicates how successful brother Branham’s ministry has been in your life.

You should be able to prove your beliefs from the Bible. Can you?

On February 28, 1963  seven angels supernaturally formed the cloud as a sign in the heaven that God was going to do something special.

Brother Branham was not present below the cloud and this indicates that the Judge is looking down on us, not him, as if to say “Are your beliefs based on Scripture?”

About a week later the angels would enable brother Branham to reveal the mysteries in Scripture. Then we have to take his revelations back to Scripture. Only once we can prove our beliefs from the Bible will we be able to face the Judge. We must be able to defend ourselves with Scripture. Then only will we have justified brother Branham’s ministry.

REVELATION 3:14

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans

: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.

God is not impressed with our churches because He, the Word, is outside. Inside are people who are hanging onto the quotes and interpretations of quotes. Why? Laziness. It takes a lot of effort to read the Bible and then track down the different Scriptures that are needed to prove a doctrine. Plus, you won’t be popular with the quote preachers.

MATTHEW 18:19

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

:20     For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Strangely enough, small groups meeting in a house seem to be well spoken of. There is more individual involvement. More chance of interaction and personal growth. Not just sitting, absorbing and forgetting.

ROMANS 16:3

Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:

:5     Likewise greet the church that is in their house

COLOSSIANS 4:15

Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

Paul emphasizes a church that meets in a house at Laodicea. We are in the Laodicean age and we must return to the standards of the New Testament church. There is no better spiritual guide than Paul.

Quotes can produce fuzzy doctrines. Interpreting quotes leaves enough wiggle room for mental gymnastics to allow mutation into a new belief, depending on which quotes are emphasized and which quotes are ignored.

Preaching from quotes rapidly becomes an interpretation of those quotes. For instance brother Branham never says “The Seven Thunders have uttered”. Only his followers say that.

63-0317M  God Hiding Himself In Simplicity, Then Revealing Himself In The Same

 So many times confusion, people will raise up and say, “Well, so-and-so said it meant so-and-so.” Let’s just leave it just the way it is.

See, that’s the way we want the Bible. Just the way the Bible says it, that’s the way we want it, just like that. Don’t put own–no interpretation to it.