What was the Forbidden Fruit?
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Sex introduced sin in Eden. Salvation comes from a virgin-born Saviour who never was part of human multiplication.
- Eve was meant to bring forth the virgin born Son
- Spiritual multiplication is through a virgin born Son
- Only in Genesis Chapter 2 did Adam get a physical body
- Free will needed sex organs so that they could choose
- Sex within a legal marriage of a man and a woman only
- Humans need hardship and failure for their development
- Bro Branham is not infallible and did make mistakes
- The 1963 cloud was the sign of the Son of man in heaven
- Multiply in Genesis 1 but Greatly multiply in Genesis 3
- The seed of the serpent is the male sperm cell
- The belly button is the mark of the beast on our bodies
Eve was meant to bring forth the virgin born Son
What was the Forbidden Fruit?
To understand this, we need to know, "What was God’s plan for Eden"?
First, God created a spirit-man Adam out of nothing in Genesis Chapter 1.
“Create” means to make out of nothing.
A spirit is not made out of something.
You can “make” a table out of a tree, but you cannot make a spirit out of anything. So God alone can create a spirit out of nothing.
Adam also had certain feminine attributes in his spirit.
In the flesh, it is not good to combine masculine and feminine attributes.
But when Adam was a spirit-man, his bride was an invisible spiritual attribute within him, in the same way, that the believers who make up the Bride of Christ were always in the mind of Christ. As such, they were always, somehow, a part of His Spirit.
God is a Spirit, so to be in the image of God, Adam also had to be a spirit.
Assume that the big red shape represents God's Spirit. The black dot represents the attributes of all the humans who would receive eternal life.
The small red shape represents Adam's spirit with the attributes of his potential bride in him.
GENESIS 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
Humanity was in God at the beginning. All the people who would accept salvation were all in the mind of God.
But mankind had to be made in the same image as God.
God has incredible strength of character.
That means that somehow man had to be able to suffer, overcome difficulties, and learn to be obedient to God. Character cannot be given; it is developed by toil, struggle, and sacrifice driven by a love of truth.
So, God was planning on setting up the conditions on earth whereby the human spirit could develop its potential.
REVELATION 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
God is mainly supernatural, but there were also human characteristics in Him way back in eternity.
God's saints were all in God’s mind or Spirit, waiting for God to speak them into existence as separate human spirits.
GENESIS 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
So Adam was mainly a male spirit but in his spirit were also feminine characteristics.
GENESIS 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Adam and his bride were one spirit as they had one name.
Created means to be made out of nothing. So they were a spirit creation. A spirit cannot be made out of something. Their combined name was Adam. One spirit.
The body is not created because that is made out of dust.
Spiritual multiplication is through a virgin born Son
There were no physical bodies for Adam and his bride in Genesis Chapter 1. Adam was just a spirit-being.
GENESIS 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:
Physical multiplication happens through a woman.
A spirit multiplies spiritually through a Man
They were still a spirit creation. To "multiply" meant spiritual multiplication.
They did not know what that meant.
They would have to wait for God to fulfill that. Like we have to wait for the coming of the Lord.
We cannot bring it to pass.
Daniel saw it as a stone cut out without hands. The coming of the Lord needs no human help.
“Be fruitful” was the clue.
GENESIS 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind,
whose seed is in itself,
upon the earth: and it was so.
“Fruitful” means that the seed is inside the fruit.
What do these symbols mean?
LUKE 1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is
the fruit of thy womb.
The virgin-born Son was the Baby or Fruit of Mary’s womb.
The mother is the fruit tree.
LUKE 8:11 Now the parable is this:
The seed is the word of God.
To be fruitful, Mary must have a fruit with a seed inside it.
She must produce a Baby who has the full Word of God within Him.
Emmanuel, God with us.
MATTHEW 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Those were the requirements for spiritual multiplication.
The virgin-born Jesus would grow up, and there would be no sin for which He had to die.
Then Jesus could speak all His saints out of the dust of the earth, as He will do on the day of the resurrection.
There would have been just the right number of people to populate the earth.
Only in Genesis Chapter 2 did Adam get a physical body
God is supernatural but also has human attributes that he wanted to express in human bodies.
God had to make a special Body, the Man Jesus, in Whom He could express His supernatural attributes.
But God was also going to make human bodies in which He could express His humanity.
God wants each one of us to be completely obedient to Him so that He can express some of His humanity in each one of us.
In Genesis Chapter 2, God put the human spirit of Adam in a masculine body of flesh.
GENESIS 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Now that Adam was in a body of flesh, things could go wrong.
So immediately, God had to warn him about a potential danger, the tree of knowledge.
GENESIS 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
“The tree of life ALSO in the midst of the garden”. So, something else was also in the middle of the garden.
The two trees are closely intertwined. They looked so much like each other that God had to give Adam discernment for him to differentiate them.
God only put the woman into her own body after this. Thus she lacked that discernment.
She should have just listened to her husband, but she thought she knew better.
That set the basis for the struggle between the Spirit of God and the spirit of Satan.
The Spirit of Christ (the Tree of eternal Life) and Satan's spirit that dazzles and fools mankind with human knowledge. This spiritual warfare takes place in the human mind as God and Satan fight to control human thinking because man is allowed free-will.
Our Husband is Jesus, the Word of God. We should just quote Scripture.
But the church thinks it knows better and goes outside the Bible to develop its doctrines.
God requires our thinking to be in submission to His Word.
Satan provides a mixture of good and evil thoughts to enslave us. The church becomes Satan’s main weapon as they teach salvation by the blood of Jesus, which is good but then indoctrinates the people with a Trinity God with no name. You cannot find one name for three People.
They talk of the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost but have no clue what that name is.
So, mixing up truth and error becomes the most subtle form of deception.
Churches, believing right and wrong doctrines, guide saved Christians into great Tribulation where they must be killed. These are the foolish virgins. Clean women. Saved, but fooled.
Returning to Adam.
Now that Adam was in a body of flesh, he could be tempted. So God warned him of two trees that were intertwined at the centre of the garden. What did this symbolize? There is no literal tree that can give you eternal life. There is no literal fruit that can make you clever. No literal fruit can make you know the difference between right and wrong.
The tree of life was “also” in the midst of the garden with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
GENESIS 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
The only source of eternal life is Christ. So He is the tree of Life.
Adam had sinned. God did not want an eternal sinner.
JEREMIAH 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,
A tree is a symbol of the spirit of a righteous man whose trust is in God. That spirit never moves away from the River of Life, which is the Bible.
If Jesus is the Tree of Life, then Satan is the deceptive spirit of good and evil.
Judas was an apostle (church leader, thus good) and a money-grabber (evil). The combination of good and evil was toxic and very deceptive.
The communist doctrine is evil but is unlikely to fool a genuine Christian. But a church pastor who preaches a mixture of truth and error can deceive millions.
The love of money in the church world is the big downfall of the church world.
Jesus threw the money changers out of the Temple on Palm Sunday and the next Monday, and the chief priests persuaded the people who had welcomed Him on Palm Sunday to demand His death three days later on Thursday.
On a Thursday, Jesus died so that He could be three nights in the tomb before rising on Sunday morning.
Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night.
Such is the attachment of church leaders to their money-making. They will kill the Truth to protect their income.
Back to Adam again.
Then God removed the feminine part of Adam’s spirit and put that in a separate feminine body.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Nothing with blood in it can live forever.
I CORINTHIANS 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
So there was no blood in the veins of Adam and his wife. The Holy Spirit flowed through their veins, keeping them alive.
GENESIS 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
There was no mention of blood.
Without blood, there can be no sex as the male organ requires blood to produce an erection.
Thus they were totally unaware that they were naked.
GENESIS 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
There was no sexual desire between them.
In Genesis Chapter 1, Adam and his wife were a single spirit-being.
Sex is impossible by a spirit. It can only happen in a body of flesh.
In Chapter 1, God told the male-female spirit-being called Adam to multiply and replenish the earth. That means spiritual multiplication. That is something that they also did not understand.
As a result, all they could do was wait until God brought His plan into action.
If they did anything, it would be wrong as God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. And we cannot figure out what God is thinking.
So when God put them in two separate physical bodies in Genesis Chapter 2, He had already warned Adam about the tree of knowledge.
“Carnal knowledge” is the definition of sex.
GENESIS 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived,
Besides, God gave the physical woman a physical veil of virginity, to act as a barrier so that that they would realize that sex was not God’s perfect will.
Eternal life cannot be passed on to the children through the sex act.
Once Adam was in the flesh in Genesis Chapter 2, God warned Adam of the tree of knowledge.
When Adam was a spirit in Genesis Chapter 1, there was no possibility of sex and thus no warning.
All the natural trees were good in Chapter 1.
There was no “bad” or forbidden natural tree or fruit brought forth on the third day. Everything was good.
GENESIS 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind,
and the tree yielding fruit,
whose seed was in itself, after his kind:
and God saw that it was good.
So the tree of knowledge was not a natural tree. It was the spirit of Satan.
His knowledge is dangerous, deadly, and deceptive.
Free will needed sex organs so that they could choose
Why were they given sex organs?
There had to be some alternative to God's original plan. God did not want to force them to obey His plan.
So, God provided the means for physical multiplication as an alternative to His spiritual multiplication plan.
Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.
Virtue can only emerge as the product of an intense battle against a strong enemy.
Patience emerges from the tribulations which are beyond our personal control.
Character cannot be given to a person. Character is hammered out on the anvil of defeat and difficulty.
If there is no battle, there is no victory.
Faith only develops when we face situations that we cannot solve.
So, we need an enemy to develop us.
Self-will in a human mind produces curiosity.
We always want to know more.
But our human ignorance means we need guidelines and limits for our beliefs and behavior.
These guidelines appear in God’s Word that we have to learn to trust.
Self-will is the most important part of the human mind. Without it we become robots.
God can force us to do something because we have to do it. But it is much better when we have a mindset that wants to do it of our own free-will.
But there can be no free-will unless there is a temptation in the form of an alternative option which we can choose if we want to.
If I want you to be honest, of your own free-will, then I must leave some money lying around where you have an opportunity to steal it. If you never have a chance to steal anything, I will never know if you are honest or not.
At the end of the war, Hitler and his staff were in an underground bunker. He banned them from smoking. So they did not smoke though they had cigarettes. Hitler thought they had all stopped smoking, and he was happy with his law. When he died, the first thing they did was to get out cigarettes and start smoking again.
So it was just an illusion that they had stopped smoking.
God does not want a man to have an illusion of obeying Him because they must obey Him. God wants man to obey Him from the depth of the heart because that is what the person wants to do.
God is not interested in pretense. He searches what is in the depth of the heart of a person.
We have to learn to love God’s truth and never complain about what God is doing. That is a hard lesson to learn.
You will only really know what you actually want to do if you can reject the temptation of something that looks better and more appealing.
So, by providing sex organs, God was giving mankind a very tempting way of disobeying God, if they wanted to.
There are probably more sexual sins committed on planet earth than any other kind of sin.
That is the wrong path that most people want to follow.
That way, people remove themselves from the plan of God if they really do not want to follow God.
Let us assume that God wanted Adam and Eve to produce children by sex.
Those children would not have eternal life. Parents cannot give their children eternal life.
Adam lived over 900 years and had sons and daughters. So how many children would be born? A lot.
The children would never die in God’s perfect will.
How long would it take before the world was overpopulated? Not too long.
This was not a system that could be sustained forever. This was not the way to eternity.
If God limited family size, He took away their free will to have as many children as they wanted.
But free-will is what God wanted man to have.
Sexually transmitted diseases have caused havoc amongst people. Some of them, like AIDS cannot really be cured for many people.
Rape, adultery, fornication, prostitution, seduction, sexual perversion, and child abuse are part of a range of sins that have emerged thanks to sex and free-will.
So it is simply not a good system.
God must have had a much better idea at the beginning.
When He put Adam and the woman into physical bodies, God wanted them to be like Joseph and Mary. There was nothing that Joseph and Mary could do other than to wait on God. God would have to move first.
After Adam and his bride had been in Eden for some time, the Holy Spirit would overshadow her, and she would produce the virgin-born Son, Who would be created in her womb, having nothing to do with her physical body.
She would just be an incubator for the developing Child.
HEBREWS 10:6 …but a body hast thou prepared me:
SONG OF SOLOMON 4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
A garden is the symbol of the woman.
A fence is put around a garden for protection. Women need to be protected. The fountain of eternal life can only come forth from a womb that is still sealed or veiled by her virginity.
GENESIS 2:9 …the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The garden represents the woman.
"The midst of the garden" would be the midst of her body. That is where her womb is.
She could bring forth eternal life utilizing the virgin birth.
Or she could bring forth a natural life with both good and evil characteristics, which must die.
When sin entered, God allowed sex within the marriage of a man and a woman to be considered good.
This was God's permissive will.
Thus, sex became good and evil.
Very few actions today can be defined as good and evil. But sex is one such action.
Sex within a legal marriage of a man and a woman only
When Eve wrecked God's perfect Will of a virgin birth, then God introduced His permissive will of multiplication through sex. This idea was potentially very dangerous.
So, definite rules for God's permissive will had to be set.
Sex before marriage or outside of marriage is evil. Sex within marriage is good.
But God has strict rules about marriage in the New Testament.
The marriage vow can only be made between one man and one woman, and, if legal, lasts until death.
There is no such thing as divorce and re-marriage with a living ex-spouse.
A divorce does not break the marriage vow.
MARK 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
MARK 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
God gives every woman a veil of virginity. God requires her to be a virgin when she gets married.
If not, she has to confess this to her husband before they get married. If she does not confess, then her marriage vow is invalid.
The man is the head of the wife. The wife must be in submission to her husband.
EPHESIANS 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife,
even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
EPHESIANS 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
A woman fights to protect her virginity, and she surrenders this to her husband when he marries her.
That act humbles her. Giving up something that she has fought to protect. This helps her to look up to her husband.
If she has previously slept with another man, then that man humbled her.
Thus, she may never respect her husband enough to be in submission to him.
The husband needs to know this in advance of the wedding.
Marrying a non-virgin means there is a good chance that she will never regard him as her head.
If he decides to marry her, then his marriage vow is binding, even if she does not respect him as her head.
So, this is an issue that he has to think carefully about and pray for guidance.
DEUTERONOMY 22:23 If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;
:24 Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city;
and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife:
so thou shalt put away evil from among you.
The first man to sleep with a woman takes away her virginity, which humbles her. This should be her husband after they are married.
In Eden, God and Satan were contending for the womb of the woman.
As Michael the Archangel, God had fought with Lucifer in Heaven and cursed Lucifer by turning him into the Devil.
GENESIS 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.
In Eden, God would curse the serpent from being the top beast or mammal, which was above the apes, and could talk and reason and turn him into a snake (a reptile or crawling thing) with a forked tongue, the traditional description of a liar.
Today the snake still has poison in its mouth. The lies that the serpent told Eve were toxic.
Nowhere in Scripture did Satan ever make an animal talk. The serpent, as the highest mammal, could talk.
Eve was supposed to give birth to Jesus as the virgin-born Son. The fullness of God would be in Him.
ISAIAH 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Immanuel means God with us.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
He would grow to manhood, and there would be no sins to die for.
Jesus would then speak his saints from the dust of the earth, just like He will do on the resurrection day. Then there would just be just enough people to populate the earth. There would be no extras to burn in hell.
That was the original plan.
Humans need hardship and failure for their development
But character, virtue, and patience would be difficult to develop for these newly created people. Pride and selfishness would be difficult to overcome.
In the long run, it would be better if we are born sinners and had to experience the grace and love of God to forgive our sins. The scars in His hands will endlessly remind us of the price He paid for our sins.
Needing a Saviour cancels out our pride. Knowing that we were wrecked by sin and headed for hell will remove any interest we may have in sin. We had to be born in sin and see the suffering and grief caused by sin in order to know its horror so that we long for a sin-free world.
We needed to be born into a world run by human beings in order to see how hopeless humans are in terms of running the world. That forces us to look away to Jesus as the only Man fit to run the world.
Repentance and accepting Jesus as our personal Saviour is our only escape from sin. Having been forgiven of sin ourselves should make us less critical of other people, and thus, we become nicer and more sympathetic people.
Hardship and suffering build up our faith until our total trust is in Jesus, not in ourselves or any other man.
Look at Eve’s punishment.
GENESIS 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;
God never said to her, “Because you have done this….”.
God gave no reason for her punishment. She had been totally deceived until she had no idea that she had done anything wrong.
Today the church people still cannot tell you what Eve did wrong. They say she ate a fruit.
MATTHEW 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man;
Whatever we eat cannot defile us as it just passes through the digestive tract.
But God punished her for being pregnant. She had a conception.
So, the church today, just like Eve, does not know what original sin was.
Adam and Eve both sinned, yet they were punished differently.
God punished Eve in childbirth. This was a punishment that Adam could not suffer.
So, something is wrong if they both ate apples.
The serpent was the most subtle beast, the highest mammal. Above the apes and very close to man.
Eve committed adultery with the serpent.
Adam should have stoned her as an adulteress.
But he loved her too much and chose to join her in sin and die with her.
Only after Eve sinned was Adam, her husband, made her head and ruler.
GENESIS 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children;
and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Likewise, Jesus loved us too much to want to kill us, and He chose to become sin on our behalf and thus die for our sins. That way, we could join Him in eternal Life.
II CORINTHIANS 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Because we were sinners, Christ is now made our Head and our Ruler.
Our desire should be unto Him and the Bible. The 1769 version of the King James Bible.
We must regard the Bible as our perfect Absolute. All our desire for truth must come out of the Bible. We must never believe that there are faults, nor contradictions, nor wrong translations, nor unnecessary verses of Scripture.
PROVERBS 30:5 Every word of God is pure:
Whatever you say about the Bible, you are saying about Jesus because He is the Word of God.
Eve thought God’s command to multiply and replenish the earth meant she had to have sex. There was no other way that she could see for this command to be fulfilled.
Thus we humans are fooled in our limited thinking because we cannot see God’s Big Picture, and we are stupidly unaware of our vast ignorance.
We just do not know what we do not know. And there is so much that we are ignorant of.
So, we should only believe what is written in the Bible.
The woman's womb was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Good if used by God for the virgin birth. Evil if used by the serpent for sex.
Eve never realized that Satan could use her womb, the tree or spirit of knowledge, to bring forth sinful life.
Or that her womb could be used by God, the Tree of Life, to bring forth the virgin-born Son.
After sin entered and God allowed His permissive will, the woman's womb was still the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Sex is only good within the confines of a legal marriage between a man and a woman. Any alternative sex act is evil.
A woman is the symbol of a church.
The church has used the Bible to bring forth salvation through Jesus Christ, which is good.
But they have misused the same Bible by twisting up Scripture and human quotes to bring forth the Trinity, God the Son, Christmas, Lent, the Coming of the Lord as a Cloud in 1963, the coming down of the Angel in Revelation Chapter 10 while William Branham was on earth, and the elevation of William Branham to be the infallible Voice of God, as well as being the Son of Man.
Thus, the church produces both good and bad ideas.
Bro Branham is not infallible and did make mistakes
54-0514 THE SEAL OF GOD
In A.D. 96, coming of Titus, coming down from the part, Jerusalem was compassed about with armies.
No. The correct date is AD 70.
61-0806 THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL
... the power of God was with the Jews exactly 1954 years. God dealt with the Jews 1954 years according to the chronology of the Jews and according to Galatians 3:16 and 17. I got many more Scriptures, but just give that. Then after they rejected Christ, He turned to the Gentiles to take a people for His Name. You want a Scripture on that, the place? Acts 15:14.
Now, counting the time, we find that we have exactly (Listen.) seventeen years left, and we will have the same span of time given to us as God dealing with us in the power of the Holy Spirit since A.D. 33 until 1977, the same span of time of 1954 years.
Notice the serious miscalculation.
Jesus was rejected in AD 33. (In the same sermon, he also mentions AD 30 for the death of Jesus. Obviously wrong)
33 + 1954 = 1987 NOT 1977.
A mistake of 10 years that nobody noticed because nobody checked. Very careless that nobody checked.
So obviously, nothing happened in 1977, and that prediction of his was wrong.
60-1113 CONDEMNATION BY REPRESENTATION
Then I seen the United States as one smoldering, burnt-over place. It will be near the end. (Then I've got in parenthesis: "I predict that this will take place." Now, remember, ... That's what the Lord showed, but "I predict this will take place before 1977.")
The prediction was wrong. America was not destroyed by 1977.
So William Branham is not infallible. He does make mistakes.
God never makes mistakes.
So brother Branham is neither God nor the Voice of God.
Brother Branham was the voice of the seventh angel, according to Revelation 10:7.
REVELATION 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel,
The 1963 cloud was the sign of the Son of man in heaven
The supernatural 1963 Cloud photographed by the Tucson Observatory at the impossible height of 42 kilometers was simply the sign of the Son of man in the heaven.
Message pastors say this Cloud was the Coming of the Lord or the Coming down of the mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10. They refuse to see it as a sign. They want to claim it as an event.
1965-0718 TRYING TO DO GOD A SERVICE WITHOUT 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."
MATTHEW 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:
The Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 never came down while brother Branham was on earth because the Angel has to perform the resurrection. The resurrection has not taken place.
" 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.
Today, errors are so clever that they will fool anybody who does not strictly believe just by joining Bible verses together.
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.
MATTHEW 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth:
Seven angels came to brother Branham on 8 March 1963 near Sunset Peak, which is in the great Sonoran desert. Consequently, those seven angels cannot be the coming of Christ as Christ will not come in a desert. Thus, message-believers are easily fooled into being part of the foolish virgins.
Multiply in Genesis 1 but Greatly multiply in Genesis 3
Back to the Garden of Eden.
GENESIS 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field;
upon thy belly shalt thou go,
and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
God told the serpent what his sin was. God cursed him and turned him from the top mammal down to a reptile.
His curse was to be on his belly.
So he sinned by lying on his belly on top of Eve to introduce her to the sex act.
The woman originally had her blood vessels full of the Holy Spirit. So eternal life was in her.
When Eve began to believe the serpent's clever story, God’s Spirit left her. Then God had to fill her veins with blood to keep her alive.
The serpent then broke her veil of virginity, which shed blood.
The serpent, before it was cursed and turned into a snake, made Eve pregnant.
That was the Fall of mankind into sin.
We still say that a woman falls pregnant.
Eve no longer had a virgin womb that God could use for the virgin birth.
This was a sin that could not be rectified. Virginity, once lost, can never be regained.
So original sin was an animal, a mammal, shedding blood.
Accordingly, God accepted the shed blood of an animal to atone for sin.
Eve was doomed to die because the wages of sin is death.
GENESIS 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children;
Eve had a conception. She was pregnant.
Adam was her husband, so God could not punish her for being pregnant by Adam.
In Chapter 1, God said to multiply.
That meant producing the virgin-born Jesus Who would speak out of the dust just the right number of virtuous saints on earth. That was God’s perfect will. That is what Jesus will do on the day of the resurrection.
Now God says “greatly multiply” by sex. Produce a whole lot more.
Both the righteous and all the unrighteous will be produced by a combination of sex and free will.
But now, pregnancy and childbirth will be difficult to show that sex is God’s permissive will.
God will only allow sex between a man and the woman that he has married. Satan of course, will persuade people to break this rule completely.
That is why divorce and re-marriage, gay rights, and same-sex marriage are sweeping the world.
Tribulation fodder and they do not know that they are headed there.
II CORINTHIANS 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
:3 But I fear, lest by any means,
as the serpent beguiled Eve
through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Paul wants the church as a chaste virgin for Christ.
That is not what Eve was when the serpent was finished with her.
The serpent beguiled or fooled Eve. This shame still reflects in the dislike women have for being called by some animal names like cow or bitch.
Adam was never fooled. So call a man a bull, and he takes it as a compliment. Sailors call themselves sea-dogs.
The animal did not fool the man so he has no complex if he is compared to certain animals.
I TIMOTHY 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Adam knew his bride had sinned by learning about sex from the serpent.
But he loved her so much that he took a gamble and sinned with her, believing that God would somehow make a plan of redemption for them.
Adam sinned knowingly to stay with his bride. He fell because of his love for her.
We still say that we “fall in love”.
Jesus saw us in sin and then became sin by taking on our sins.
That was the only way that He could stay with His Bride and save her from sin. Such was His love for us.
God never called them to repentance in Eden because Eve had committed a sin that could not be put right.
God needed a virgin womb for His Son. Eve was no longer a virgin, so God could not rectify the issue.
As a result, God would have to wait 4000 years for Mary’s faith to fulfill His Word.
The seed of the serpent is the male sperm cell
GENESIS 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The seed of the serpent is the male sperm cell. It looks like a snake.
All of humanity would be born that way. We are thus born as sinners. The one exception would be the virgin-born Jesus.
57-0915 HEBREWS CHAPTER SEVEN.1
And God took the woman out of Adam's side. Is that right? And then woman went and brought man through sex.
It wasn't no apple! How did she realize she was naked? We've been through that. It was actually a sexual affair.
63-0317 THE BREACH BETWEEN THE SEVEN CHURCH AGES AND THE SEVEN SEALS
But the law required a Kinsman Redeemer, and every man on earth was born of a sex.
Now, don't you see, there's where it come from. That's where sin started. So you see where it's at now?
There comes your seed of the serpent in. See?
To be saved from death that came in with the sex act, we needed a Kinsman Redeemer Who was not born through sex.
GENESIS 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;
“Multiply thy conception”? Sounds strange. She had been told to multiply.
But she had done it the wrong way.
She was supposed to have had one conception by the Holy Ghost. That Child would grow up and speak everyone into existence from the dust of the earth.
But now she stood before God, having had a conception from the serpent. She was pregnant.
So God said that he would multiply this form of conception. This is how all humanity, both good and bad, would be born.
But she would suffer in childbirth to remind her that it was wrong.
GENESIS 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
:2 And she again bare his brother Abel.
It seems like one act of conception, and two children are born as twins.
But what about the conception in the Garden of Eden?
Eve covered up for Cain by claiming that he came from God. That is true. All life comes from God. But why did she not say that Cain came from Adam?
Because Adam was not responsible for her firstborn, her first conception.
PROVERBS 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
What you eat goes to the belly. Sex produces pregnancy, which swells the belly. So eating is a symbol of sex.
Cain was a giant human-serpent hybrid. Thus, never a son of God.
Cain was never listed as the firstborn son of Adam in the Book of Chronicles.
But Cain was the first liar and murderer. Those are Satan's attributes who indwelt the serpent when he was still above the ape, just below humans.
JOHN 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
The belly button is the mark of the beast on our bodies
We can conclude that the tree of knowledge remains symbolic of humans being born of sex.
That dooms us to die within a day.
GENESIS 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
But a day with God is as a thousand years.
II PETER 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Methuselah made 969 years. Nobody, born of a woman, made 1000 years.
The belly button is the scar left from the umbilical cord that connected us to our mothers. And our mothers to their mothers. Forming a chain of God's permissive will that goes all the way back to Eve, the mother of all living.
Adam was never called the father of all living.
GENESIS 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
The belly button is a scar that tells us that we are doomed to die despite all our wisdom.
The navel or belly button tells us that a baby is born with no seed of eternal life in the baby.
A navel orange has a “navel” or “belly button” that tells us that it is seedless. There is no future life in it.
Born with the belly button scar on our bodies, we are doomed to die.
Then our graves make a scar in the earth.
Our natural lives are scarred.
We need to be born again so that we can receive a glorified body at the Coming of the Lord.
There will be no blood and no belly button associated with that body.
In their new bodies, the Bride will live and reign with Christ for 1000 years in the Millennium.
Why 1000 years?
God took 6 days or 6000 years to put life on the earth.
The 7th day was a 1000 year period where the son of God (Adam) and his bride would live and rule on earth.
Then Christ would be born and grow up.
He would then speak all His saints from the dust of the earth. Just the right number to fill the earth.
But during that 7th day of 1000 years, Satan got in and wrecked the plan.
Satan has ruled the earth for 6 days or 6000 years and turned the Paradise of Eden into a very dysfunctional civilization.
So Jesus, as the Son of God, and His Bride (the true church) will come back to defeat the antichrist Pope at Armageddon to end Satan's 6000-year rule and then set up the New Kingdom for 1000 years.
When the Bride and Old Testament saints have lived through the 1000 years in their new bodies, then they will know that they are free from the curse that God placed on original sin.
If you can live through the first thousand years, then you can live for eternity.
A virgin-born Saviour is our only hope.
Jesus alone is free from the curse of original sin.
That makes Jesus Christ the Tree of Life.
In Him, we become born again of the Spirit, not the flesh.
But He will give us a new body of flesh that never dies.
This eternal body that never gets sick, nor sore, nor dies will actually be our crown of reward.
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.
ROMANS 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
The two world wars and the 2020 coronavirus are some of the birth pains as the earth is struggling to give birth to the glorious Millennium Kingdom of 1000 years when Jesus will rule.
Armageddon will be the last great birth pain.