What is the spiritual significance of the moon and its eclipses?
The moon is a symbol of the true church. It has no light of its own. But when the Sun sinks below the horizon and it gets dark on Earth, then the Moon reflects 12 % of the sunlight that falls on it. This gives the world the light to walk in when it is dark.
The Sun is a symbol of Jesus Who is the Light of the world.
The Moon is a symbol of the church.
Two types of eclipses can happen:
- When the earth comes between the sun and the moon -- The world comes between Jesus and the church.
- When the moon comes between the sun and the earth -- The church comes between Jesus and the world.
Jesus left the 12 disciples (with Paul taking the place of Judas Iscariot) to establish the early church. This number merges interestingly with the Moon's ability to reflect 12% of the sunlight.
These men were then known as the apostles and they set up the New Testament as the foundation of the early church.
The church is supposed to have no beliefs of their own, but to only believe what is written in the Scriptures. That way the church reflects the Light of the Word to give spiritual illumination to a world that is lost in the darkness of sin.
The darkness of night is simply the shadow of the Earth. The Earth blocks the sunlight. The Earth’s shadow is simply the absence of light.
The Earth is a symbol of worldliness. Money, women, fame etc. When the Moon (the church) looks to the world for its inspiration then it reflects no Sunshine. The Moon suffers an eclipse. The church no longer reflects the Word of God. Entertainment, Beat music, worldly dress, and behavior darken out any Scriptural reflection.
But far worse is the amount of Scriptural doctrine that no longer reflects from the church.
The parable of the ten virgins in Matthew Chapter 25 says that they are all asleep. Both the wise and the foolish.
Fast asleep. This is God’s opinion of modern day Christians.
When do people sleep? At night time.
So where is the church-moon? Right inside the dark shadow of worldliness. The church is eclipsed by the world as it no longer reflects the standards and beliefs of the early church.
There are 45000 different denominations. All different. That alone proves that there is a morass of error in today’s churches.
MATTHEW 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
A woman symbolizes a church. The true church is the Bride of Christ.
A virgin is a clean woman. This represents saved Christians who have been cleansed from sin.
MATTHEW 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.Christians keep claiming that they are the wise ones. They have the oil of the Holy Spirit baptism.
But that overlooks the main issue. Everyone, Spirit-filled or not, is asleep, and nobody will admit it. Asleep means they have no clue what is going on.
Notice how the churches combined to condemn Donald Trump when he ran for President in 2016. They were fast asleep, blind to the fact that God wanted to use him to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Even though he fulfilled a 2600 year old prophecy, the churches still oppose and condemn him. So far have the churches become removed from Scripture.
The modern day pastor-is-the-head-of-the-church is not the model that the early church used.
The word pastor is only mentioned once in the New Testament and is condemned six times in the Old Testament. Never was this ministry put in charge of the early churches of the New Testament.
- Never did the Bible say that a pastor is the shepherd of the flock.
- Never did the Bible say that the tithes belong to the pastor.
- Never did the Bible say that the pastor is the head of the church.
But today, by occupying the unscriptural position of the head of the church, the pastor and his deceived church are in the darkness of the eclipse of God’s Word.
The end comes a midnight. That is a time of darkness, not light.
MATTHEW 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.This verse makes it clear that God is not impressed with our modern church standards or beliefs.
When all the churches get a wake-up call, they will frantically scramble to improve themselves.
At midnight: Some moment in time. Not eighteen years of preaching by brother Branham. Not more than 50 years of trying to learn the Bible from his messages. Those are each an interval in time.
"In the days of the voice of the seventh angel": A long time interval of listening to his voice on tapes, MP3, or books.
Midnight: A short, sharp moment of time. So there is coming a future event that is really dramatic. Something so staggering that it will wake up the whole church world, both Bride and denominations.
It will be something scary. Because even the lax Christians who have lived in worldly pleasure will suddenly trim their lamps which means that they will discipline themselves to live by stricter Bible standards and take Bible doctrines far more seriously. We learn fast when disaster strikes. They will suddenly want to learn the Scriptures but they will not have enough time.
The main purpose of oil is to burn and produce light. But you use that light to illuminate something.
How do you know if you have the Holy Ghost? The Holy Ghost comes to guide us into all truth.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
The light from your burning oil must allow you to read the Bible with understanding.
If you have to keep saying, "I do not know", "It is not important",
"Must we know?", "That is just a detail of no real significance", then your lamp is not producing much light which indicates a lack of oil.
If you say there are mistakes in the Bible or that the Bible contradicts itself, then You are saying that Jesus is mistaken and does not know what He is talking about. Then you obviously do not have His Spirit in you.
Never change words that are in the King James Version of the Bible. If you disagree with a word or verse in the King James Bible it simply means that you have a bad theory, so get rid of the theory.
No Bible verse illuminates this denominational structure or system whereby the pastor is the head of the church. It is a product of darkness, copied from the Roman Catholic church who developed a-man-in-charge-of-a-church as an efficient system to bring all the people under submission to human leadership. Thus an effective way to produce numbers of people as well as money coming in.
Is Jesus impressed with numbers and money?
He got angry and chased the money changers out of the Temple.
In John Chapter 6 He told His followers some blunt truths.
John 6:66 obviously signifies the mark of the beast which is 666.
JOHN 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
So what is the mark of the beast? When we stop following and believing the Word of God. Because Jesus is the Word of God.
JOHN 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Jesus was not concerned with numbers. When most of His followers left because the true Word was too harsh for them, He did not compromise His doctrines. He just questioned the 12 disciples as to whether they also wanted to go. He never softened the truth in order to gain members.
The answer is, "NO". God is not interested in how much money a church has made nor how many members they have got.
The Roman Catholic church is the wealthiest church and has by far the biggest membership.
Are they thus the church that is closest to God and the Bible? You must decide.
The Laodicean end-time church describes itself:
REVELATION 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Physically rich but spiritually poor. They know so little of the Bible.
They are unaware of their real condition.
They huddle in a church on Sundays, lulled to sleep by unscriptural doctrines that they have been brainwashed to unthinkingly accept. They have "need of nothing". They really think that they have no need of correction.
So many church preachers said that Trump would lose the 2016 Presidential election. He won.
"So what?", say the congregations as they just carry on believing the same preachers who are obviously out of tune with God’s thinking. When an error is manifested and then ignored, that is the true sign of indoctrination.
These preachers and their congregations are simply blind. They cannot even see that their pastors were wrong. In the dark shadow of the world there is nothing for them to see. Just the darkness of their unscriptural unbelief. Their pathetic devotion is to the church leaders who keep them in darkness. And they pay these leaders to do that. Not the brightest move.
"Naked, and knowest not": Just look at the modern standards of women’s dress. Mini skirts. See-through dresses. Slits in dresses. Sleeveless dresses. Low-cut dresses. High heels to emphasize their legs. Any excuse to display their body parts. The one part they do cover is their faces with make up. Just like the awful Jezebel. The American Indians called it warpaint when they were on the war path. Ear rings acting as stirrups for the demons who ride on their heads and advise them. And they don’t know it.
Anything except modesty.
I TIMOTHY 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
Jesus only met one naked man and he was demon possessed. When the demons were cast out, he was found to be dressed and in his right mind.
Those demons that encouraged nakedness, entered into a herd of pigs. The pigs were so unimpressed with them that the pigs preferred to drown themselves.
The only person that ever stripped their clothes in the Bible was a maniac. That's right. Put on your clothes and act like a lady. Your husband ought to be whipped for letting you do it in the beginning.
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Oh, my, talk about the lid off of the kettle: demons going around, powers of the devil under the name of Christianity, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men, theological seminary doctrines, leaving the Bible alone. Hallelujah. Who's able to... Who's strong enough, who's wise enough? Who's powerful enough to tame this legion stripping the clothes off of our women in the name of preachers, Methodist, Baptist, and even Pentecostal? Painting their faces like Jezebel, and bobbing [or cutting] their hair, and wearing pants just like men, our preachers, not enough get up about them to tell them about it: devil-possessed... It was the legion that tore his clothes off of him. Who is this roaring devil?
Then there is the eclipse of the Sun, when the sun darkens during the day.
It can only last for up to 7 minutes or so.
The moon gets in between the Earth and the Sun.
The moon’s shadow then hits a part of the earth that is about 50 to 67 miles wide and travels at 1700 miles per hour, faster than most supersonic jets. Mach 2, twice the speed of sound, is only just over 1500 miles per hour.
The Sun is blotted out for the part of the Earth that is under the Moon’s shadow.
What does this mean spiritually? The church has replaced Christ in the eyes of the people on Earth.
People follow human leaders, not the Word of God.
I CORINTHIANS 14:38 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
Paul and the apostles wrote the New Testament. That is our only foundation for truth.
MATTHEW 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
The church has exalted itself and its leaders until they make up their own beliefs and doctrines, which cannot be traced through the Bible as when we allow one Bible verse to be interpreted by other Bible verses.
When people accept the opinions of church leaders then they are looking at darkness.
Human wisdom is a dark shadow that darkens the earth.
Denomination, Pope, Cardinal, Archbishop, Lent, 25th December, Christmas, Steeple, Trinity, God the Son, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, In the Message, Voice of God, Drums -- These are just some of the unscriptural ideas that modern day Christians are desperately, basically superstitiously, hanging onto because they are not found in the New Testament.
Faith is inside the Bible. Superstition is outside the Bible.
Whatever you believe that cannot be proven from the written Word is actually unbelief and thus darkness. This is what takes the saved foolish virgins to their death in the Tribulation.
JOB 10:22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
The light that people hear from the pulpit is actually darkness if it is not proven from Scripture.
The only object that can blot out the Sun when it is daytime is the Moon.
The only enemy who can destroy faith in the Bible is the church.
The opinions and commandments of the church are a shadow of death that moves over the world.
When the Devil wanted to move against Jesus, he could only succeed by finding a betrayer, Judas, who was in the early church.
Virtually no one today proves what they believe just from Scripture. Church doctrines begin with quotes from human leaders. Message pastors debate quotes. For example, "The mighty Angel of Revelation 10 came down while brother Branham was on earth". Try proving that just from the Bible.
Look what brother Branham said in 1964, a year after the great cloud was photographed.
The seventh messenger had to finish the mysteries. This only happened in December 1965 when he left the earth.
Then "after that", after December 1965, he saw the mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 coming down.
So the prophet says that the mighty Angel can only come down once the seventh angel has finished revealing the mysteries. The Angel did not come down to reveal the mysteries.
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But in the seventh hour, the seventh messenger, that all these mysteries should be finished. See? The seventh earthly messenger, see, this angel that He speaks of then was on earth. An angel means "messenger." And then, after that, he saw another Angel coming down, not the earthly angel that had been given the Message here, but the (another) mighty Angel came from Heaven with a rainbow over Him, and set His foot on the land and sea, and swore by Him that lives forever and ever, "Time shall be no more."
…… 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.
The mighty Angel is the Archangel Who comes down to perform the resurrection.
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:
The shout is the restoration back to the early church of the New Testament that brother Branham had to reveal.
The voice of the archangel is the resurrection of the dead saints from the seven church ages.
The trump of God summons the changed Bride up to meet the Lord in the air.
What is significant is that "trump" is mentioned in the same verse as the "dead in Christ shall rise first".
This makes President Trump a sign of the times.
He has fulfilled prophecy from 2600 years ago by declaring Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. That means God is turning back to the Jews and thus turning away from the church.
I JOHN 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
We have to prove that what brother Branham taught was Scriptural. Only his Scriptural teachings are light. Only his Scriptural teachings are his true Message. Ignore any mistakes he made, After all, he was human. The only way that we can do that is to follow his ideas through the Bible until we can prove the points just by using the Bible.
Light only comes from Scripture. So prove what you believe from Scripture. That is what the Message is all about.
LUKE 11:35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
Now we must be doubly sure to be Scripturaly exact.
All the churches in Laodicea are condemned for pushing Jesus out of the church. He is the Light.
In a full eclipse of the Sun the church is giving out no Light. Then the church is unable to tell the world what God is doing today. That is why the pastors condemn President Trump.
The pastors are in darkness and cannot see who God used to restore Jerusalem as the Jewish capital.
The leaders were blinded by Trump’s many faults. Jerusalem, the city of David. But David was an adulterer and a murderer. So Jerusalem is restored by a man accused of adultery. It matches.
David was worse because he murdered the husband.
So who are we to cast stones?
Which of the pastors who are so critical of President Trump are without sin? Which of them can cast the first stone?
And Jesus made this classic statement in defence of a woman guilty of adultery. So who are we to question who God chooses to use? We need to have our eyes open and search the Scriptures so that we can see what God is doing.
AMOS 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
The day of the Lord is the Tribulation. Why darkness? Because none of the churches prove what they believe from he Scriptures.
Laodicea, the last church age, is the lukewarm church that is vomit in the mouth of God. That is what He says about all the churches of today. There are no exceptions.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
REVELATION 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
In God’s mouth is His Word. In the pastors’ mouths are quotes.
And so many different interpretations are built on those quotes. The Message has become a swamp of different opinions which have separated like the toes of Daniel’s image into mutually hostile groups that want nothing to do with each other.
All different yet each group claiming that they are right. But God says they are all vomit. This is scary. God is speaking to every church. No exceptions are mentioned.
REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Jesus says He stands outside every church door as He mentions no exceptions.
The pastors say that Jesus is in their churches.
So you must decide who knows the true state of affairs -- Jesus or the pastors.
Jesus is not appealing to the churches anymore. Just to individuals.
So huddling in a church on a Sunday morning is no longer the safety zone that you thought it was.
If Jesus, the Light, is outside the church then there can only be darkness in the church.
So we are spiritually inside a complete eclipse of the Sun because the Moon (church) has elevated itself up between the people of the world and God (Who is symbolized by the Sun).
Thus the church pushes out darkness. We live in the dark shadow of the elevated church. The final apostasy of the last church age. Blinded by money, politics, and the religious deception of man-made doctrines.
Thus the three horses, white, red, and black of the rise of Catholicism have merged and trapped all the non-Catholic churches into church systems based on Catholic methods and beliefs in what their leaders say. Our church systems have become the image to the beast as they adopt Roman practices.
REVELATION 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
A frightening Scripture.
The Roman Catholic church claims that they are the mother church, that all the reformers began to come out of. But they still copied certain beliefs and organizational techniques that had enabled Rome to survive over the centuries.
So all the non-Catholic daughter churches are also called harlots.
So that is what God thinks of our modern day churches.
None of this is complimentary.
Look at a typical moon photograph:
The dark patches are flat areas. The light patches are more mountainous.
This darker colour symbolizes the saved foolish virgins who just accepted salvation and a few basics. Then they focused on the benefits of the Gospel to their self-will and followed their leaders rather than Scripture.
They have escaped hell which is essential but have no idea on what is required to escape from the Tribulation. They just do not take the Bible seriously enough. "Must we know?" is their motto.
Thus they prefer to ignore any difficult passages.
They ignore any Scriptures that contradict their point of view.
MATTHEW 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
MATTHEW 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
If you have not taken the quotes back to Scripture and learned how to prove your doctrines from Scripture, then God will blind you to more and more Scripture. Eventually you will get so entangled in the interpretation of quotes that you will even lose sight of the Scriptures that you once knew.
MATTHEW 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
The foolish virgins put human leaders above Jesus. They put quotes above Scripture.
Thus they will never be able to prove all that they believe from Scripture. There will always be lots of Scripture that they will never be able to understand. Even though they claim, wrongly, that they know all the mysteries. They are simply lost in a fog of speculation and wishful thinking.
For this they have to be purged in the Tribulation.
The lighter part of the Moon that reflects the sunlight better is mountainous.
Jesus favoured mountains.
JOHN 6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
Those who were impressed with the supernatural were actually small fish spiritually.They were missing the main point why Jesus had come. But Jesus was not impressed with crowds.
JOHN 6:3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
Jesus separated Himself from the crowd by going up a mountain. They were too lazy to follow such a strenuous path. But the disciples had the sense to stay with Jesus and endure the hardship for the sake of the truth. The Gospel is not for sissies, nor for the idle rich.
Mountains give a person a lot of uphill. They are difficult to climb. There is no easy path to the summit. But the view from the top is worth it.
The insights that we gain from the Scripture fascinate the Bride who then want to know more. The sermon on the mount. Mount transfiguration. Mount Calvary.
The mountains of the moon are a lighter rock that is more reflective of the Sun’s light. That symbolizes the wise virgins. They are not interested in human opinions. They want Scriptural accuracy. They just want to believe what is written in Scripture.
ACTS 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
ACTS 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
The Christians at Berea checked everything that Paul the great messenger said. That is Bride material.
There was no dismal doctrine that you were not allowed to check or correct a prophet.
Paul corrected Peter. Two heathen soldiers corrected Gideon. The angel had to twice correct the apostle John for bowing down to him. The Bereans were noble because they checked what Paul said. Thus they learned a lot of the Scriptures in the process. When Paul moved on, they had learned how to interpret the Scripture and thus they could stand on their own feet.
The Moon has a strange feature. It takes about one month to orbit around the Earth. But it takes exactly the same time to turn once on its axis to make a Moon-day.
Thus a day on the Moon is exactly one month long.
The strange result of this is that we always see the same side of the Moon. We never see the other side, known as the "dark side".
So the dark side of the Moon never reflects sunlight onto the Earth.
This is symbolic of the Catholic church. Throughout all seven church ages the Roman Catholic church has been involved in introducing pagan beliefs and festivals into the church. Then they got involved in political power which gave them the ability to torture and kill anyone who disagreed with them. The death toll rose into tens of millions.
The hundreds of years during which they ruled Europe is still called the Dark Ages.
Then they turned religion into big business. The love of money is the root of all evil.
The Pope became infallible and man-made doctrines and traditions governed the setting up of a man-made church denomination.
Message people regard brother Branham as infallible. You cannot correct the prophet, they wrongly claim. Notice how they have copied the Catholic church that they once tried to escape from.
The non-Catholic daughter church taking after the same nature as the Catholic mother church.
EZEKIEL 16:44 Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.
The history of Rome showed that Rome conquered her conquerors.
All denominational and non-denominational church organizations follow certain Catholic ideas.
They all have certain beliefs that are unscriptural.
A strange fact about the Moon -- Certain Moon rocks brought back from the Moon have been found to be older than any rocks on Earth. They are even older than the supposed age of the Sun.
Then to make it worse, the Moon dust that was collected turns out to be much older than the Moon rocks.
So scientists are now totally puzzled. The Moon was created before the Earth and the Sun.
Normally rock breaks down to form sand and dust.
But the Moon had dust long before any rocks appeared on the dust.
The scientists have no clue. Everything they told us about the Moon forming from the Sun or the Earth is completely wrong.
What does this mean spiritually?
God’s first creation in the natural solar system was the Moon. Long after that He created the Sun and the Earth.
The Moon symbolizes the Bride of Christ.
God’s first thoughts were about His Bride. His Bride was in the mind of God right at the very beginning.
That is why the wise and foolish virgins can get eternal life because they were in God’s mind way back before the beginning.
MATTHEW 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
MATTHEW 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
The oldest part of the Moon is the dust or ground.
When Jesus saved a sinner woman (the church), He wrote with His finger in the ground.
Man is made from the dust of the Earth. Then God cursed the dust or the ground of the Earth when Adam sinned.
So Jesus, in saving the woman who symbolized the church, showed that salvation must start with the dust or ground. The curse must be removed from the ground that produces thorns. Just as much as humans (made from dust) must also be saved from the curse of sin.
They took Him outside the city with its stone streets and pavements so that when He died His Blood could drip onto the ground that was cursed. They plaited thorns as a crown which they pushed into His skin on His blood stained Head. So the thorns and the ground touched the Blood of Jesus. Everything, including ourselves, that touches the Blood of Jesus is saved and removed from the curse of sin. The last Adam, Jesus, fixing up what the first Adam messed up in the Garden of Eden.
It all began in the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed so hard that He sweated Blood. So His Blood touched human sweat. Sweat was the curse put on Adam. In the new Earth there will be no sweat, no thorns, and completely different atoms that make up the ground. Atoms that are eternal. All the curse of sin will then finally be removed.
So the saved churches are in two groups. The foolish saved who have to be straightened out in the Tribulation. And the wise saved who will go up to meet the Lord in the air.
The Moon has a very close to circular orbit around the Earth. The Moon is so big and so far away that nobody knows how all its energy was lost in order for it to start orbiting around the earth. Lacking a natural explanation, the obvious answer is that God put it in position.
So the Moon was not captured by the Earth.
Thus the church was never intended to be captured by the world with its traditions and fashions and beat music entertainment. The church has no excuse if that happens.
When Apollo 12 crashed the lunar lander into the surface of the moon, the sensors they left on the Moon showed that the Moon reverberated like a hollow bell for over an hour.
The same effect occurred with Apollo 13’s third stage which crashed harder and caused the Moon to ring for over three hours. So what’s going on with the Moon? We do not know. It behaves as if it is hollow.
Thus the Moon is not what it appears; that it is not just another satellite orbiting a planet, Earth, but an entity which has thrown the minds of some of the greatest thinkers and scientific brains into a quandary and bewilderment unprecedented in the history of astronomy.
So God is working with His Bride in a very mysterious way. Very different to how church people think.
As world events get more complex and more confused, the Bride will have to carefully search the Scriptures for clues as to what is going on.
The most mysterious events will be just after the resurrection when the seven Thunders utter their mysterious voices. Then we are really going to have to search the Scriptures for clues that are hidden, rather than written, in the Bible.
"Trump" is written twice in the Scripture, and Message pastors missed what he was doing.
The churches are complacently relaxed, but very Bible-illiterate.
Who thought that Jesus, the Word, would be outside the church at the end of the church ages?
Using President Trump to fulfill Jewish prophecy has completely rattled so many people.
Let us close the study concerning the total eclipse of the moon with a rather frightening parable that indicates God’s rejection, in terms of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, of the saved Christians of today.
Jesus makes a statement that you do not invite your friends to a feast or supper. Invite those who people do not expect you to invite. Invite the rejects, those who are down and out.
LUKE 14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper,
call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:This is a stern warning to us.
He mentions a supper. This is an obvious reference to the marriage supper of the Lamb when the true church is caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
REVELATION 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Do not invite rich neighbours. But the church of the Laodiceans is rich and increased with goods. So it does not seem that the saved Christians from the last church age who are still alive are going to be invited. Why not?
Jesus now relates a parable of a supper, obviously referring to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
LUKE 14:16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
God invites the saved Christians to follow the New Testament pattern of the early church as they prepare for the Coming of the Lord. But there is much in the Bible that we do not understand.
The oil that the wise virgins needed is supplied by the Holy Ghost baptism.
What is the evidence of the Holy Ghost?
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
The Holy Ghost baptism will enable us to understand the mysteries of the Bible.
LUKE 14:17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
William Branham was visited by seven angels who gave him the key to understanding the mysteries of Scripture by revealing what the seven Seals in Revelation Chapter 10 were all about.
His message was recorded on tapes as he preached from 1947 to 1965. He did his best to teach people how God wants to be served at this end time. The basic idea is that the last church age must return to the Scriptural beliefs of the first church age as laid down by the apostles in the New Testament. The seed that is sown is identical to the seed that is harvested. God wanted us to understand the mysteries of the Bible. He wanted the last church age to appreciate and love His thinking, rather than dismiss so much of the Bible as "unnecessary, don’t worry about it". God wanted us to serve Him purely from Scriptural verses without any man-made church opinions or commandments. He wanted the last church to be run by elders just like the first church was.
LUKE 14:18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse.
The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
This basically says that the people want to do their own thing, and not do what God wants them to do. The Message people want to serve God their way.
Being Laodicea, they are rich and can afford to buy ground. But they forget that God cursed the ground in Eden. So the church prefers the cursed example of man-made religious organization that started in Babylon and moved on to infiltrate the Roman Catholic church.
But every church that listened to brother Branham began to reject going back to the early apostolic church. It does not suit us. We prefer our way.
We have a church that is run by a pastor. He is the head of the church and he tells us what to believe. Life is comfortable. We do not have to think for ourselves. We can focus all week on making money and then on Sunday we can listen to a sermon that tells us what to believe. Truth is thus a mixture of quotes, opinions, and some Scriptures. Having one man in charge has seen the church grow in numbers. So each Message person believes that his or her church has the truth and thus can just ignore the other 45000 different types of churches.
Message people say that the pastor is the shepherd although no Scripture says that.
Message people never ask the question why "pastors" is only mentioned once in the New Testament and why it is condemned six times in the Old Testament. They say, "All churches have a pastor in charge. That is just the way it is. Who cares about how the early church was run? We have moved on from them. We know far more than what they knew".
They quickly say,
"Sorry. I do not want to be in a church that only believes Bible verses. I cannot live that way".
"If that is God's way, count me out".
"My safety and security lies in attending that pastor’s church every Sunday. God ticks off my regular church membership and thus 'my pastor will lead me through', even though there is no Scripture that says this. So I am preparing to meet God my way".
"A New Testament church run by elders? Never. Not interested. I am not going that route. Why be like the early church? We know more than them. We are cleverer than them. We are an improvement on them. A pastor-dominated church is far more efficient".
These saved Christians reject the Holy Ghost baptism that came to reveal the Bible to them. That is why there is so much of the Bible that they do not understand.
LUKE 14:19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
Again, the wealth of Laodicea can afford oxen. But the ox age was the second Seal where the Roman Catholic church rejected the Scripture and introduced pagan ideas like Trinity that took the world into the Dark Ages during the third and fourth church ages.
So this represents modern church-goers who reject the written Word of God.
Many Message people say that they have these brilliant leaders who have puzzled out what the seven Thunders are. They have also understood the mystery of the seventh Seal. They know the new name of the Lord Jesus. Despite the fact that none of these things are written in the Bible.
But they are so clever that they do not feel that that is a problem. This is the classic problem of being educated above their intelligence. Brother Branham kept telling us to be Scriptural.
They claim to know that the mighty Angel of Revelation 10 has come down in the past in the days of William Branham, so that would be some time before 1965. Not quite sure where He came down as the Cloud stayed 43 kilometers high above Flagstaff in Northern Arizona as it drifted for 28 minutes just after sunset from west to east. They are also not quite sure what the Angel had done in the 50 odd years since He came down. Thus time must be over, they assume. Not quite sure how because our clocks still seem to tick away. Maybe, they say, that means the time for mercy is over. Despite many people getting saved since 1965? Especially those who were born after 1965. So they claim that mercy is over except for the Bride (whatever that means. If there is Blood on the mercy seat then anyone can get saved. Once the Lord gets off the mercy seat, there is no Blood there, and then no Gentile can get saved).
Please notice the sad lack of scripture for all these speculations. Notice how the Message is reduced to an unappealing swamp of stagnant and not very bright human opinions. The first church age never believed all this nonsense. So in no way do these Message people approach God like the first church age did. Thus these Message people turn down God’s invitation to understand the written Word so that they can approach God Scripturally.
So their concept of truth is now based on quotes and the ability to distort and modify a quote. This is little more than mental gymnastics. Unlike the people of Berea who searched the Scriptures daily. So Message people prefer to approach God through their interpretations of quotes. They do not like the path of letting Scripture interpret Scripture, because that would force them to stay away from what is not written in the Bible. They claim that it is far more exciting to think of themselves as being so superior and so clever that they can interpret the places where the Bible is silent and nothing is written. The unwritten portions of the Bible become their main focus. The written verses? They remain largely ignorant of what is written in the Bible because you gain attention by repeating quotes, not Scriptures. Popularity and acceptance in the Bible-illiterate Message group is important to them.
These saved Christians reject the Holy Ghost baptism that came to reveal the written Bible to them because the focused on the parts of Scripture that are not written.
LUKE 14:20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
A woman is a symbol of the church.
Notice the focus on self-will which has replaced interest in God’s will. Christ now plans to marry His Bride as the culmination of 2000 years of church history. But this person is more obsessed with his church that he is married to. Church-goers prefer the church to the Bible. They listen to the pastor before listening to Jesus. Belonging to a church and obeying its traditions is far more important than being Scriptural.
Take Christmas for example. Church-goers refuse to abandon this unscriptural festival.
Did the Bible tell us somewhere to celebrate the birth of the Lord? No.
Did any decent person celebrate a birth day in the Bible? No.
Who did celebrate a birthday in the Bible? Pharoah and Herod. What did these two men have in common? They both murdered a man on their birthdays.
Do we know when Jesus was born? No.
Is the date 25 December in the Bible? No.
Is the word Christmas in the Bible? No. It comes from the Roman Catholic church who called it Christ’s mass. If you are not a Catholic you should not be involved with a mass. If you are involved with a mass, as in Christmas, then you are a Catholic. Only a Catholic celebrates a mass.
Who invented the day 25 December? The pagan emperor Aurelian, who was also high priest of the sun god. In 274 AD he declared 25 December to be the birthday of the sun god. Aurelian was also a vicious killer of Christians. (A murderer like Pharaoh and Herod). Around 350 AD the bishop of Rome was persuaded to adopt this festival into the Catholic church as the birthday of the Son of God. A Catholic celebration is called a mass. So it became Christ’s mass. Then Christmas. People who were honest realized that it had nothing to do with Christ. So they crossed out Christ with a big X. Hence the name Xmas.
Is a Christmas tree mentioned in the Bible? Yes, by Jeremiah.
What did Jeremiah say? Decorating an upright tree with gold and silver is a pagan tradition. Do not learn pagan traditions.
JEREMIAH 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
So we copy a pagan custom in December and call it the main Christian festival of the year.
Thus we do not serve God His way. We do it our way. But human wisdom is darkness.
He also mentions "the signs of heaven". That is the "Your stars foretell" horoscope which appears in our newspapers and magazines. Not a good idea. Yet horoscopes are probably the most widespread literature on planet Earth today.
Did the wise men go into the stable? No. They went into a house.
Was Jesus a Baby? No. He was a young child. Joseph was not present.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
They were wise men. They worshiped the Spirit of God manifest in the flesh. God has no father.
MATTHEW 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Did presents and the Star go to the stable at the birth of Jesus. No. They went about two years later to a house.
MATTHEW 2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
The wise men had followed the star for two years.
MATTHEW 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
Why did the wise men give gifts to Jesus? To show Him Who they thought He was.
Gold meant God, He was God in the flesh.
Frankincense was a gum that gave a sweet aroma in fire. The stench of burning sacrifices, if frankincense was added, became a sweet aroma and thus the sacrifice became an acceptable sacrifice. So Jesus had come on earth to perform an acceptable sacrifice that the Spirit of God could not do. The Spirit of God could not die.
But only a perfect, sinless Man could perform this acceptable service for God.
Myrrh. A bitter herb used to embalm the dead. Jesus came to die for our sins.
JAMES 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead,
The Spirit of God lived inside the Body of Christ. Jesus died when the Spirit left His Body. But nothing happened to the Spirit of God as God cannot die.
So by coming on earth in a Body of flesh, the Man Jesus was able to die for human sins.
Denominational and Message Christians insist that they must celebrate unscriptural Christmas. It is not a Bible festival. Thus they follow their church way, and refuse God’s Scriptural way.
GALATIANS 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
GALATIANS 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
25th day. 12th month of December. Christmas time. Every year.
GALATIANS 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
If you celebrate Christmas you do not follow Paul’s Gospel. He actually despairs of you. You have effectively wasted his efforts to guide you.
So end-time Christians want church traditions. They do not want to get back to New Testament Christianity.
The early church never celebrated Christmas. Christmas only entered the church in the third church age.
These saved Christians reject the Holy Ghost baptism that came to reveal the written Bible to them because the focused on the man-made traditions that their churches teach.
By rejecting the understanding of the written Word, they reject the Holy Ghost baptism.
Without the eagle insight to the written mysteries of the Bible, they do not know how to prepare for the second Coming. Their blindness shows when God uses President Trump to restore Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and they denounce and oppose Trump.
God will continue to move in mysterious waves and only those who know the Bible well will be able to follow His moves.
LUKE 14:21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
Time has moved on. The messenger is now known by his voice on the tapes and from his books. There is no difference between the Message and the messenger. God only took the messenger when his message had been safely recorded by his voice on the tapes.
The wealthy and successful denominations and Message people refuse to be Scriptural and be restored back to the beliefs of the early church.
The tapes and books are available to the disadvantaged who do not have the social benefits of belonging to a church.
The rejects that the church does not want.
The discarded individuals who dared to disagree with the pastor.
The people who are not in the churches.
That is obvious seeing that Christ is not in the church. So if you want Christ you have to find Him outside the churches. Small groups.
62-0601 TAKING SIDES WITH JESUS
Now, do you know, when those early men went out, sometimes there were only about six or eight of them, together? And they shook the country. Well, you know, when Aquila and Priscilla, that great revival that Apollos was having over there, there was only about six or eight men and women in that bunch. That whole church, meant six or eight.
MATTHEW 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Two or three can gather together to form a church.
I CORINTHIANS 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
The early church had small groups that met in houses. This was the best way to combat nicolaitanism which is the elevation of a holy man above the church.
The rejects that are not wanted in the church are small groups.
There were not enough to fill up all the spaces at the Wedding Supper.
In the days of the voice of the seventh angel.
The internet picks up the message that we must be Scriptural in everything that we believe. The "good" Message churches are deep into their quotes and "clever" ideas that cannot be established from Scripture. They believe all of brother Branham's mistakes because they were intimidated into believing that he is infallible and cannot be corrected. Only the Pope is infallible. If you say that brother Branham is infallible, you have turned him into a second Pope.
He will not be impressed.
62-1007 THE KEY TO THE DOOR
-that I am perfectly infallible. That there's nothing... And, oh, some of the awfullest things you ever heard.
JOHN 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
The quotes of brother Branham can never replace or be greater than the written Scripture.
No one has the courage to oppose the pastors who dominate each Message church.
So God makes one last call using the internet highway.
Can He find anyone who wants to live and believe like the early church of the apostles did.
The seventh or last kingdom parable in Matthew Chapter 13 has a net that is dragged through the sea.
(The sea is the restless multitudes of peoples and nations).
This net symbolizes an information network. In some places on the net there are websites devoted to the truth of what the early church believed. It brings everything to the sea shore.
That is a the end of the age where the mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 stands on land and sea (at the sea shore) in order to produce the resurrection.
MATTHEW 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
:48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
:49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,Isolated individuals and small groups can now learn from and communicate with websites. The internet can connect up and gather together individuals as they communicate over the net.
LUKE 14:22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.Now God goes looking for ruffians.
People with police records. Trouble makers.
People who are tough enough so that they do not want to conform to a dominating or nicolaitans leader.
The "bad" guys, who once they see the truth, are prepared to stand up against the pastors and declare that we must go back to New Testament beliefs.
Matthew has a similar parable.
MATTHEW 22:10 those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
Most people in the highways are ruffians but even there we find some good guys who believe in being Scriptural. But the rest must be rough and tough in order to stand up to the dominating pastors who scare the people into submission.
The good guys who got saved and then turned down God’s invitation to return to the New Testament have angered God.
These are the standard Message groups who prefer quotes and opinions to Scripture. Those who cannot stand up to dominating leaders. Those who know far too little about the Bible.
Now right at the end God says He is also prepared to take in bad people.
Today we see the churches up in arms against President Trump. They say that he is a "bad" guy.
God’s response is basically, "Does that mean I cannot use him". Was not Moses a murderer?
The good-guy presidents in America did not have the courage to stand up against the Arab multitudes. They were too scared of Allah.
So God chose a "bad" guy who had plenty of courage and President Trump stood up against the Arabs and against the rest of the world. Jerusalem became the capital of Israel when the American embassy moved there. Prophecy was fulfilled.
The churches screamed in protest.
128 nations in the United Nations voted against this move in 2018. Including all of Europe. Including England that once led the world spiritually in the days of John Wesley and the missionary age.
Then a crippling heat wave and awful fires hit Europe. Brexit looked less and less like a good move.
Opposing God's plan for the descendants of Isaac by bowing down before the Arabs, who are the the descendants of Ishmael, is not a wise move.
LUKE 14:24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
God’s reply to all the saved churches at the end : " None of you will be caught up to meet Me in the air.
You have opposed my Will. You are all far too blind to see what I am doing.
You do not like what I am doing. So, you are no longer wanted.
Not only are you not Scriptural but now you oppose and reject those who want to be Scriptural".
ISAIAH 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
The saved churches of today, denomination and Message, are so lost in their unscriptural beliefs that they could never recognize that God was using President Trump.
Jerusalem. City of David. Jesus is Son of David. Yet David was an adulterer who murdered a woman’s husband.
So God chooses who He will. Our task is to be Scriptural enough to spot who God is working through. In their rejection and endless criticism of President Trump both the denominations and the Message pastors have just manifested how blind they are. The blind lead the blind into a ditch. The Tribulation.
LUKE 14:25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
LUKE 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
People say, "My father is a pastor thus I must listen to him. I cannot disagree with my family".
The harsh facts are that in the confused state of the end-time church God is only looking for individuals. Very little chance of a family making it. So if you are not prepared to oppose your family where they are unscriptural, then you will never make it.
God said of marriage, that a man must leave father and mother and cleave to his wife.
Now Jesus wants us to cleave to Him as our Husband with a bond that is far stronger than any natural family bond.
If you compromise the Scripture in any way to keep your family happy, you are doomed to the Tribulation.
LUKE 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
It is a tough journey when you have to carry a cross.
We are living in the Moon's shadow of darkness that causes a total eclipse of the sunlight.
You will be rejected by the church and by family.
Are you prepared to stand alone against the world? Just like President Trump had to do when he made Jerusalem the capital of Israel. He had the courage. Do you have a similar courage?
If not, then God will raise up bad people, far worse than you, to take your place.
We have to put Scripture first. We have to be like the early church.
If you are trusting in a church that has a pastor as its head, you are in for a shock one of these days.