Zechariah 11, part 3 - Betray by uplifting men
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Blasphemy in the church organizations as error runs rampant. The elevation of man to take the place of God.
- "What is Truth?" asks the pagan Roman killer of the Word of God
- Satan thinks outside of Scripture, which is blasphemy.
- The name of blasphemy and the names of blasphemy
- Blaspheme God. Teach for doctrine the commandments of men
- The only tabernacle of God is the human heart, not the Vatican
- Blaspheme saints by calling them intercessors
- Being in subjection to Peter as a Pope and his Successor Popes
- “Nicolaitans”. Elevating the pastor above the laity or congregation
- Respect the rich and despise the poor
- Blaspheming the Holy Ghost
- Antichrist. Declaring that a man is God
Zechariah Chapter 11 Part 3
"What is Truth?" asks the pagan Roman killer of the Word of God
That pagan Roman spirit has undermined and infiltrated the church world as almost all Christians reject the King James Version of the Bible as flawed. Even message-believers are now finding fault with certain verses in the King James Bible.
Christians are convinced that it is impossible to have a perfect and Absolute Bible.
But people need a source of absolute truth to build their faith on.
So what is truth? The churches ask, like Pontius Pilate did when he killed Jesus.
Then he washed his hands.
Now the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has got church-goers frantically washing their hands to avoid the coronavirus.
Then, just like Pilate did, they condemn the King James Bible which is the Word of God as flawed.
In 1870 the Catholics turned to the Pope as being infallible.
Now, message-people regard brother Branham as being infallible.
First, the mother church comes up with an idea, then a daughter church later catches the same spirit.
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 Protestants are the daughters who came out of the mother Roman Catholic church.
But Protestants are not original. As daughters, they keep copying the mother's errors.
As a result, message-people also want a man that they can call the Absolute and infallible truth. They want brother Branham to take the place of Christ as the Son of man.
64-0830 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.3
To make me the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, would be an antichrist
63-0319 THE SECOND SEAL
But when this awful deceiving spirit (Oh, man.) incarnated spirit, this doctrine spirit became incarnated to take the place of Christ into a man, it must be worshipped then--turned to be a worship like Christ.
62-1007 THE KEY TO THE DOOR
That's what gets things scrupled up, you see. That, they claim in here that some brethren up there that said that I sent them up there, and they're preaching that men should leave their wives and hunt for their spiritual mate, and that I am perfectly infallible. That there's nothing... And, oh, some of the awfullest things you ever heard.
Everyone will end up turning back either to the unscriptural ideas of the Roman Catholic church or to the beliefs of the first church age that are written in the New Testament.
Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, had a dream of a Gentile image representing four Gentile Kingdoms.
Nebuchadnezzar enforced the worship of the image of a holy man (probably Daniel). But he was puffed up until God struck him down and he became repentant.
The kings of Persia helped to get the Temple rebuilt and its treasure restored. Then the wall around Jerusalem was rebuilt.
Then things changed. Respect for God eroded and ignorance increased.
The Greeks showed utter contempt for the God of the Jews by sacrificing a pig on the altar in the Temple in 170 BC.
Rome reached the depth of ignorance and unbelief when Pilate asked disdainfully, “What is truth?”
He washed his hands and ordered the whipping and death of an innocent Man.
The Greeks and Romans were the worst for blaspheming God.
The Greeks cloaked their kingdom in the darkness of human inventions and imaginations with their brilliant but deadly philosophy.
The Greeks tried to produce a show of human perfection, but their showmanship was undermined by their cruelty and treachery.
Rome absorbed the pagan Greek philosophy and added a vicious blood-lust and a love of perversion, turning into a self-intoxicated beast dedicated to stamping out the truth.
In Babylon, you had to bow down to an idol or image of a holy man.
In Persia, being in the East, they were used to bowing down to worship the king. This was done in the East but rejected in the West.
Remember, Cain had gone East taking his lying and murderous demons with him.
GENESIS 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
The Greek, Alexander the Great, was the first western man to be widely worshiped as a god in the East and then he demanded the same worship from the Greek western world.
This was a bad spirit. Elevating a western man in order to worship him.
According to this Eastern spirit which Alexander had introduced into the West, the Emperors in Rome were later deified.
The Roman emperors Caligula and Nero ensured that a cruel death awaited those who did not recognize the Roman Caesars (or emperors) as gods.
Then this awful pagan spirit entered the Roman Catholic church and from there it spread amongst the Protestant churches who love to elevate their leaders.
The prophet Daniel then saw another vision.
The vicious inner spirits of the Gentile kingdoms were revealed.
We find significance in two of the horned beasts that had an unnatural number of horns.
The Greek goat and the Roman perverted monster or beast.
ZECHARIAH 11:13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
The price was good because it identified a horned beast that killed by pushing and goring or plunging its horns into a human being.
The dangerous horns of the Greek and Roman spirits.
The Greeks with their philosophy that enabled men to brilliantly defend error as well as elevating a man to be a god.
The Romans with their perversion whereby they desolated truth.
EXODUS 21:32 If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
This identified the Greek spirit of uplifting a man to the godhead as one beast.
There were no horns until the Greek goat went east and uplifted Alexander to the godhead.
Then the Romans adopted Caesar worship as their perversion of truth in an unnatural 10-horned beast.
The Roman beast had 10 horns that represented those barbarian tribes that conquered the Roman empire and then deliberately, or unintentionally, built up the power of the Pope in Europe. Eventually, the Pope gained power over the barbarian tribes.
These spirits entered the Roman Catholic church, the little horn (shown in red) was also represented as the bits of iron in the feet of Daniel's Gentile image.
Picture the 10-horned beast pushing and goring the Head of Jesus, where His thinking and Word are.
This would be represented by the crown of thorns that gored His scalp.
The supernatural God the Father, Who fully dwelled in Jesus bodily, hid His face and refused to speak when Jesus took on our sins in Gethsemane. This left Jesus alone as a Man to pay the price for us. He had no inner communion with His Father. That is why the communion service reminds us of His lonely death. The greatest agony that He endured was to lose that inner communion with His Father.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
ISAIAH 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
The crown of thorns was knocked into His scalp.
This represented the Devil trying to knock his blasphemous ideas into the mind of Jesus. Satan failed because Jesus simply remained Scriptural and changed no Scriptures to suit His circumstances.
Jesus thinks with Scripture.
Satan thinks outside of Scripture, which is blasphemy.
The 10 horns on the Roman beast represent, in the spiritual realm, ten blasphemous beliefs that the Devil has successfully knocked into the minds of the Roman Catholics.
Many of these blasphemous ideas have also infiltrated the Protestant churches as they draw closer to the Catholics.
The final eleventh blasphemy will be the antichrist Pope declaring himself to be God on earth.
That will be the ultimate triumph of the little horn of Daniel’s prophecy.
DANIEL 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn,
The Roman Catholic church, as the little horn, rose to power in Europe amongst many of the tribes that had destroyed the Roman empire.
Let us consider 10 blasphemous ideas that have entered the Roman church.
These ideas started in the Roman Catholic church and then many subtly crept into the Protestant churches.
Blasphemous ideas have taken sincere people away from the Bible and are fooling them with unscriptural beliefs.
Man-made doctrines are preparing the church so that the final antichrist Pope can take it over.
The name of blasphemy and the names of blasphemy
Claiming that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is a name is very wrong.
Church names like Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, Etc. are very wrong
REVELATION 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
AN EXPOSITION OF THE SEVEN CHURCH AGES CHAPTER 6
This chapter shows the power of the Roman Catholic Church and what she will do through organization. Remember this is the false vine. Let it name the Name of the Lord, it does so only in a lie. Its headship is not of the Lord but of Satan. It finally ends up completely identified with the beast. The whore riding on the scarlet beast distinctly shows her power is the god of force (Satan) and not our God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
“The name of blasphemy”.
REVELATION 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:
The Roman Catholic denominational spirit finally overcomes the Protestant churches by getting them to replace the name of Jesus Christ with the unknown name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
60-1210 THE PHILADELPHIAN CHURCH AGE
Peter by spiritual revelation knowed there was no such a thing as name of "Father, Son, Holy Ghost." Well, nobody else thought that till the Catholic age. And every person that's baptized in the name of "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost" is actually baptized in the Catholic faith, (that's right) not in Christian baptism. Never was for that remnant.
60-1208 THE THYATIREAN CHURCH AGE
… and blasphemed his name. Took "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost" instead of the "Lord Jesus Christ."
The Roman Catholic church got rid of the name of Jesus Christ in water baptism.
Thus, they cut Acts 2:38 out of the Bible as a mistake.
ACTS 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Refusing to obey Acts 2:38 is a compound mistake.
First, they claim that Peter got it wrong. They say this verse is wrong.
The second mistake is that they then lose the name of God because they cannot find one name for three Persons.
So, they just repeat the three titles of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost but have no idea what the name of these three titles is.
The Triune God is nameless.
“Names of blasphemy”.
REVELATION 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
62-1104 BLASPHEMOUS NAMES
But she is "full of blasphemous names," Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, all calling themselves, "churches of God."
62-1111E WHY I'M AGAINST ORGANIZED RELIGION
What is those blasphemous names? Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Pentecostals, so forth. Blasphemous names, because it's organizations, whoredom to God, just like she [Roman Catholic church] was.
In Genesis, the woman had no name until after she sinned. Only then she was called Eve.
Until then she was known as woman, “taken from man”.
The early church were Christians, followers of Christ.
Then the awful denominational era began. Roman Catholic. Lutheran. Calvinist. Methodist. Baptist. Pentecostal. Message believer.
The churches "make up" names that the early church never used to describe themselves.
That is why God does not want "makeup" on women's faces, as they represent the church.
Calling ourselves by church-names is blasphemy.
No church died for us. No church can save us.
Blaspheme God. Teach for doctrine the commandments of men
“Blasphemy against God”.
REVELATION 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
60-1208 THE THYATIREAN CHURCH AGE
And he opened his mouth and blasphemed God, and "teaching for doctrine the commandments of men; heady, high-minded,”
If we make up man-made doctrines then we blaspheme God.
MATTHEW 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
God never asked us to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Trinity. Good Friday. Christmas. God the Son. All these are man-made and unscriptural words or terms.
A big mistake today is claiming that there are mistakes and contradictions in the King James Version of the Bible. Then you have no true Bible and that is blasphemy.
Because Jesus is the Word of God.
If we say that there are mistakes and faults in this Bible, then we are saying that there are mistakes and faults in Jesus.
The only tabernacle of God is the human heart, not the Vatican
Blaspheme the “Tabernacle of God”
It is not the Vatican, it is the human heart.
REVELATION 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
63-0321 THE FOURTH SEAL
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God,... to blaspheme his name,... (give him a title)... his tabernacle... (which is the Holy Spirit's dwelling place, to make it a place in Rome, a Vatican city; you can just go on down)…
62-1104 BLASPHEMOUS NAMES
This [Branham] tabernacle, we'll say,”That's where she comes to church”.
This [Branham] tabernacle is not a Holy Ghost tabernacle. There is no such a thing.
Individuals that come into this church is Holy Ghost tabernacles.
They are tabernacles that contain the Holy Ghost,
God dwells in the hearts of born-again men and women.
EPHESIANS 5:18 … but be filled with the Spirit;
II CORINTHIANS 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
EPHESIANS 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;
It is blasphemy to claim that the Vatican buildings are the tabernacle of God, just because the Pope lives there.
That implies that the Pope has taken the place of God on earth.
In heaven, the throne of God looks like this.
REVELATION 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
These four living creatures are surrounded by 24 elders.
REVELATION 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting,
The apostles from the New Testament and 12 patriarchs from the Old Testament.
On earth, this is represented by Jesus dwelling in the human heart with its four chambers.
The four Gospels represent the heart of God’s love for us, that He was prepared to die for us.
JOHN 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
The human heart is surrounded by 24 ribs.
That is the true throne of God on earth.
Thus, the human heart is the natural dwelling place or tabernacle on earth that is suitable to be God’s throne.
Blaspheme saints by calling them intercessors
“Blaspheme the Saints who have died and gone to Heaven”
57-0908 HEBREWS CHAPTER SIX.2
But now if you're carnal, you just wait on back, say, "Ah, well, that's all right, I belong to church." See? And then when you blaspheme, is when you don't have the Faith that was once delivered to the saints. Then you make fun of That, and call It, "An evil spirit." Say, "That's a bunch of holy-rollers." Then, you separate yourself between grace and judgment, then you're finished forever.
We have to go back to believing what the early church believed.
63-0321 THE FOURTH SEAL
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God,... to blaspheme his name,... (give him a title)... his tabernacle... (which is the Holy Spirit's dwelling place, to make it a place in Rome, a Vatican city; you can just go on down)... and them that dwell in heaven. (blasphemed them by saying they were intercessors)
The Pope teaches people to pray to the dead saints in Heaven so that they can act as intercessors for you.
54-0513 THE MARK OF THE BEAST
Now, then they organized the Catholic church, and it started a persecution, that they would... You had to make everyone, everywhere, the church and state united together, and brought in from pagan Rome to papal Rome. In other words, from a pagan superstition they adopted Christianity in their own form. See? They couldn't understand why that man would stand and pray to nothing.
They were pagan, so they just took down Venus and put up Mary; they took down Jupiter, put up Peter, some kind of a statue to worship. Now, and they worshipped before that
Pagans wanted images or statues to show them what their gods looked like.
So, the Roman Catholics took over the pagan images and gave them Christian names.
Jupiter’s statue became Peter. The statue of Venus became Mary.
54-0513 THE MARK OF THE BEAST
Now, then they organized the Catholic church, and it started a persecution, that they would... You had to make everyone, everywhere, the church and state united together, and brought in from pagan Rome to papal Rome. In other words, from a pagan superstition they adopted Christianity in their own form. See? They couldn't understand why that man would stand and pray to nothing. They were pagan, so they just took down Venus and put up Mary; they took down Jupiter, put up Peter, some kind of a statue to worship. Now, and they worshipped before that. And they made a universal prayer, said it in Latin so it would never fail, and so forth. They always say the same.
63-1110 SOULS THAT ARE IN PRISON NOW
She is a goddess. How the devil is at work! Why, the Catholic people make them, women, gods, pray to them; that's right, goddess Mary, and so forth. I see where in the Ecumenical Council they said that it would come to pass that they would pray a little bit more to Jesus if it would help the Protestants to come in. See? See? Oh, that sugar-coated! "Inchangeable," they said. See? It's still the same old devil. The Bible said, "And he caused all to receive a mark upon their forehead, that didn't have their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life."
In 1950 Pope Pius 12 stated that Mary ascended bodily to Heaven at the end of her life. He gave no real clarity on whether she died or not.
Thus, Catholics claim that they are allowed to pray to her as she is “full of grace” and can bestow some of that grace on people who pray to her.
This is unscriptural and a serious error.
Praying to departed saints is blasphemy. It was never done by the early church.
Being in subjection to Peter as a Pope and his Successor Popes
“Blaspheme Peter as 666”.
This is a serious blasphemy that won over the barbarian tribes in the Dark Ages.
In AD 754 Pope Stephen 2 wrote in the fraudulent “Donation of Constantine” that Peter was VICARIVS FILII DEI. The Pope claimed that Peter stands in the place of the Son of God because he alone has the keys to open Heaven’s door for you when you die.
You will not enter Heaven unless Peter approves of you and he requires you to be in submission to his Successor the Pope.
In Latin, letters can represent numbers. (V and U are the same in Latin)
I = 1 V = 5 L = 50 C = 100 D = 500
So, V I C A R I V S F I L I I D E I
5 1 100 1 5 1 50 1 1 500 1
The individual numbers add up to 666.
This title was only applied to Peter. But Peter is not to blame as he never claimed this title.
REVELATION 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
A score is 20.
The man is Peter.
The Pope claims his authority from Peter being the only man who has the keys to open or close the door to heaven, by binding or loosing people from their sins.
This is simply blasphemy.
MATTHEW 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus,
MATTHEW 18:18 Verily I say unto you [all 12 disciples], Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
All the disciples could bind and loose people from sin.
ACTS 2:38 Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins”
Repentance is the key that gets rid of sin and thus opens the door to Heaven for you when you die. Thus you are loosed from your past sins.
Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ became the new baptism that bound the old baptism of John that had no name.
A baptism without a name was no longer valid.
Baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is not valid either because they do not know what that name is.
Baptism has to be done in a name.
The Jews went into the Red Sea in the name of Moses and lived.
The Egyptians went into the Red Sea in the title of Pharaoh and died.
“Nicolaitans”. Elevating the pastor above the laity or congregation
Elevated preachers who say they are of God but preach Satan’s unscriptural lies.
REVELATION 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich ) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
At the beginning most of the new church were Jews.
Soon ambitious men aimed at being elevated to be the head of the church.
Certain Jews claimed pre-eminence because they were Jewish.
These preachers elevated themselves as an Aaronic priesthood between man and God.
REVELATION 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
The spirit of a modern-day man being the head of the church infiltrated into the church way back in the days of the first church age soon after the apostle John died around the year AD 100, when a bishop claimed to be the head of a church. Soon a bishop was the head of a city. Endless ambition resulted until the Pope rose up as the Universal Bishop over everyone. Coming out of the Dark Ages the Protestants made the same mistake. Then a pastor (mentioned once in the New Testament and condemned six times prophetically in the Old Testament) somehow usurped the unscriptural position of head of the church. Only Christ occupies that position.
I PETER 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
All saved Christians are priests. No priest is above another priest. Thus, no saved human is above another saved human. The only person that was above a priest was the High Priest, who is Jesus.
There is no priesthood of a five-fold ministry above the people in the New Testament.
Preachers are simply elders and, as such, are equal to everyone else. We are all brothers.
Nobody in the New Testament had the title “Pastor” attached to his name.
Modern-day preachers love titles as it gives them pre-eminence. But God hates that.
MATTHEW 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
The religious leaders quoted the prophet Moses but rejected Jesus.
Modern-day message pastors keep saying, “The prophet said …” but reject the Word of God as they cannot prove many of their doctrines just from the Bible.
MATTHEW 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Pastors love being elevated and looked up to with everyone scrambling around to obey them and believe whatever they say.
They need chairs in front of the church so that they can be seen.
MATTHEW 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Pastors insist that they must be addressed as, “Pastor Tom”, “Pastor Dick”, or “Pastor Harry” so that their importance is recognized.
MATTHEW 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi
Jesus warned. Do not be called by a title. All men are just brothers. Titles of the five-fold ministry should not be used in front of a name when you are speaking to somebody.
William Branham wanted to be addressed as brother Branham, not as Prophet Branham.
A RESUME OF THE AGES - CHURCH AGE BOOK CPT.10
The third age revealed by the Spirit of prophecy that the worldly church would adopt Nicolaitanism as a doctrine. The separation of the clergy from the laity grew from the Biblical truth of the elders (shepherds of local flocks) ruling the flock by the Word, to the 'deeds of Nicolaitanes' wherein the clergy set themselves in ranks one over the other, which unscriptural formula then evolved into a priesthood that placed the clergy between man and God, giving the clergy certain rights all the while denying the laity their God-given rights.
This was usurpation. In this age it became a doctrine. It was established in the church as the assured word of God, which indeed it was not.
But the clergy called it the Word of God and therefore the doctrine was antichrist.
Preachers setting themselves above the congregation.
61-1119 PERFECT STRENGTH BY PERFECT WEAKNESS
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.
Nowhere in the New Testament was a pastor made the head of a church.
Nowhere in the Bible is a shepherd called the pastor.
Saint Paul left elders in charge of the church at Ephesus.
Ephesus was the foundation age for all seven church ages.
ACTS 20:17 And from Miletus he [Paul] sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
ACTS 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
The task of a shepherd is to feed the sheep.
Paul did not give this responsibility to one man, a pastor. He gave the responsibility to the combined group of elders.
ACTS 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
But once the apostles died, then ambitious men would seize the leadership of the church as one-man dictators.
The apostle John described one such man, Diotrephes.
III JOHN 1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
Like modern-day pastors, he wanted the pre-eminence of one-man church rulership.
III JOHN 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
Today, it is pastors who claim the authority to dominate the pulpit and decide who preaches. They also claim the authority to ban anyone from the pulpit or from the church if they disagree with the pastor.
Diotrephes banned anyone who welcomed John. But John wrote 5 Books of the Bible. Thus Diotrephes was banning anyone who just spoke from Scripture.
I PETER 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
Peter did not emphasize his rank as an apostle. He just referred to himself as an elder. Exactly the same as the other elders.
Peter agreed that the shepherd’s task of feeding the sheep, or local congregation, should be done by the local elders.
The word “pastors” is mentioned once in the New Testament and condemned six times in the Old Testament. This gives him no Bible authority to be the head of the church.
I CORINTHIANS 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
When Paul set up a structure for the church, he never even mentioned pastors.
So, a pastor-is-the-head-of-the-church is an unscriptural framework, based on the Roman Catholic idea that the Pope is the head of the church.
Respect the rich and despise the poor
“Giving respect to the rich, especially rich men who oppress the church, is blasphemy”.
“Being disobedient to our Husband, the Word of God, is blasphemy”.
“When we do not bow down to bear the yoke of the conditions for our day, then we blaspheme”.
The rich rule the church and make unscriptural rules and beliefs so that people do not want to be yoked or tied to being Scriptural.
JAMES 2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
JAMES 2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
JAMES 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
The Roman Catholic church grew rich during the Dark Ages. This trend easily infiltrated the Protestant churches to produce the prosperity gospel.
Supposing that gain is godliness, poor people are thus looked down on.
The extreme wealth of the Vatican makes the Roman Catholic church the obvious head church of Christianity. During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, the only person to call for a combined word-wide prayer was the Pope.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;
Wealth gives a church and a preacher significance in the eyes of the people.
Blasphemy is to value the rich and despise the poor.
The church, as a young woman, must look after her home and obey her husband.
Spiritually, the church home is the Bible that we must obey and be obedient to. The Bible is our Husband because Jesus is the Word.
The true Bride will thus always be Scriptural.
To be unscriptural is blasphemy because the Bible contains the thoughts of Jesus. We dare not contradict Him.
TITUS 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
TITUS 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
The church must love Christ as her own Husband and obey Him, always staying within the boundaries of the Word. Never believing something that is not written in Scripture.
I TIMOTHY 6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
Just as we obey our natural masters, so we must obey our spiritual master.
Whatever the Bible tells us to do, we must obey.
Each age will be under the yoke of different circumstances but whatever our lot, we must honour and obey the Word of God which is our true Master. As servants, we must only obey our Master, the Bible.
Being obedient to Scripture stops the Word and the name of God being blasphemed.
By changing the Word of God and introducing pagan and man-made beliefs, the Word is contradicted and thus blasphemed by the churches.
First, the Catholics did this, then this bad habit was passed on to the Protestants.
Trinity, Christmas, one-man-is-the-head-of-the-church, Sunday is the Sabbath, Good Friday, Easter eggs, and bunnies. All this moves the church far away from Scripture.
Message people have also moved far away from Scripture and claim that on 28 February 1963 Jesus came as a Cloud to Sunset Peak in the great Sonoran desert of Arizona. Totally wrong. Jesus does not come to a desert.
The Cloud never came below 42 kilometers for the 28 minutes that it was visible, just after Sunset. Thus, the angels that formed the cloud never came down, nor did they go up. The cloud was photographed 200 miles north of Sunset Peak, just north of the city of Flagstaff. It was photographed 8 days before 7 angels visited brother Branham near Sunset Peak on 8 March 1963.
So Sunset Peak is the wrong place and the wrong time for the supernatural cloud.
What message people deny or overlook, because it does not fit their theories, is that there were two clouds, a supernatural cloud formed by angel wings and a smoke cloud from a rocket explosion. This can be seen from a photograph taken from the city of Winslow which was in the path of the clouds as they moved from West to East. Being that high, they were invisible in daylight and were only briefly seen for 28 minutes just after sunset. Noctilucent (seen at night) clouds behave like that.
James MacDonald, the scientist who photographed the cloud from Tucson, declared it to be something that he could not explain because there were two clouds and only one rocket explosion.
Vapour of water makes a rain cloud. Vapour of smoke makes a smoke cloud. A high altitude smoke cloud is needed to fulfill this prophecy.
ACTS 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Then angel wings forming a supernatural cloud as the sign of the Son of man in heaven.
MATTHEW 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:
65-0718 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."
Message people criticize the churches for being unscriptural but their doctrine of the Lord coming down or the mighty Angel of Revelation 10 coming down as the supernatural cloud, are also unscriptural.
“Resurrection is past” is a dangerous deception.
I TIMOTHY 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
II TIMOTHY 2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
Hymenaeus was a blasphemer and a preacher who said that the resurrection was in the past. It had already happened.
As the time of the resurrection approaches, an obvious but serious error will be to claim that it has happened.
Many message-believers have already been fooled into thinking that we are in the Millennium. If that is true, then the resurrection has happened. Then they are just as guilty as Hymenaeus.
The mighty Angel comes down to perform the resurrection.
Brother Branham placed the mighty Angel, or Archangel, from Revelation Chapter 10 in the future. The voice of the Archangel will be to raise the dead.
When that Angel, of Revelation the 10th chapter, puts one foot on land and one on the sea, and a rainbow over His head, He swore, "time shall be no more." When that time comes, you will rise up from among the dead. While the rest of them lay there, you will go in.
If you thus claim that the mighty Angel has already come down, then you are saying that the resurrection is past. This is very wrong.
61-0424 THE GREATEST NEWS FLASH IN HISTORY
And the church said, "They've taken away my Lord." What did they do with Him? Yet today, many because of the lackness and slowness and leanness of the church, believes that the Jewish story back there that was told, that they come stole Him out of the grave at nighttime, still think it's so. I believe it was about seventy percent of the Protestants didn't even believe in the physical resurrection or the literal coming. A statistics showed it. They simply deny it. Many of them, thousands of them deny the virgin birth.
Church-goers have turned the resurrection into something spiritual. They do not believe that the dead saints from the even church ages will physically rise out of their graves. This is a dangerous doctrine because when the dead do rise, these church-goers will deny and oppose the resurrection.
61-0424 THE GREATEST NEWS FLASH IN HISTORY
"They've took away my Lord." Why? They have to. If you can't believe in the physical resurrection, then you cannot preach a Christ that's the same yesterday, today, and forever. You can't take His Word, then what about it? We make ourselves unbelievers and infidels. No wonder the little church cries, "Where is my Lord? Where is the God of history? Where is Jesus that was, that said He would be with us, always He'd go before us, and He'd be in us to the end of the world, the works that He did?" And when the church sees that come to pass, they're so busy with making organizations. And that didn't come out of their organization, they class it the devil, and throw it away just exactly the way they did then. So it's still a bewildered.
... "They have taken Him away." Who took Him away? The organization took Him away. Now, deny that once, and I will prove to you that that's exactly by the history. The thing that took Him away, it formed the Catholic church, was an organization. And the Protestants turn right back around and do the same thing the Catholic church did, make an organization out of it. And when you do that you take away God.
65-1127 I HAVE HEARD BUT NOW I SEE
Dear God, in this solemn moment, it's going to be a time like this when there really will be a clap of thunder someday, and the Son of God shall descend from the heavens with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God, the dead in Christ shall rise.
One month before he died and brother Branham was still waiting for the voice of the Archangel to raise the dead.
Claiming that we are in the Millennium means those message-believers also cannot explain what happened to the 3½ year Tribulation and the 3½ year Wedding Supper of the Lamb.
Blaspheming the Holy Ghost
LUKE 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
The Jews were blinded by God so He gives them white robes.
But the Gentiles blind themselves with pride, lust for women, and the love of position, power, and money.
If a person gets condemned for believing what is written in the Bible and is therefore called a devil, then that accuser who condemns is actually blaspheming the Holy Ghost.
The main purpose of the Holy Ghost is 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:
But if we reject the truth that is revealed in the written Word, then we fall away from God’s plan of anointing our eyes so that we can see and understand the Bible.
After that, we are simply blind to any deeper revelation of Scripture.
Too much of the Bible simply remains a closed Book to us.
Revelation is an ongoing process whereby more and more of the written Bible becomes understood.
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 we keep believing more Scripture as it is revealed to us, then even more Scripture will be opened to us.
But if we reject what is revealed in the Bible because it disagrees with our church doctrines, then a spiritual cataract grows over our right spiritual eye which then becomes blind to the deeper truth.
After a while, we even start to lose some of the basic Bible beliefs of our left spiritual eye because they do not agree with our accumulating errors.
Some message-believers have convinced themselves that they are living in the Millennium. It is difficult to get more fooled than that.
63-0318 THE FIRST SEAL
Takes the Book of Seals and breaks them and shows the seventh angel, for this alone, the mysteries of God, is the ministry of the seventh angel.
The main purpose of brother Branham’s ministry was to teach us how to understand the deeper meanings behind the written Scriptures.
And one speck of unbelief against the Word of God, and you'll stay out of the Kingdom of Heaven. It took Eve out. It caused all this trouble, once just to pervert the Word just a little bit. You've got to stay straight with It, what It says.
61-0112 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
"How can I blaspheme the Holy Ghost by following the declaration of the Scriptures?"
58-0125 THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
So, look, the Scripture is the background. Jesus said, "If you speak a word against the Holy Spirit, it shall never be forgiven you." All sin shall be forgiven except that sin. And that's unbelief. Oh, what a horrible thing that unbelief is. And the most unbelievers are religious people. The most unbelievers, I quote again, is religious people. It's been in every age. And this age is no exception. It's religious people who are unbelievers.
54-1212 HE SWORE BY HIMSELF
How many in here knows what the unpardonable sin is now? Sure. To reject Gospel Truth.
Is that right? If... "He that sins willfully after he has received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin." When the Gospel is laid out to you, plainly," says the Scripture, and you see It; and for the sake that you want to be different or agree with this group, that you willfully turn away, you have blasphemed the Holy Ghost, and can never be forgiven in this world or the world to come." That's right.
Desperate to belong to their church group, people condemn truth when it is presented to them.
The big mistake of church-goers is to believe that their church has the full truth.
54-1003 JUBILEE YEAR
Brother, sister, don't play around with God too long, for the time might come when the jubilee time passes your door. Then you're took to the post of the devil, then you're bored through the ear and you can't hear the glorious Gospel no more. "What do you mean?" You won't have any use for It.
You know what the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is? It's to reject It. That's right.
When they blasphemed the Holy Ghost, when they rejected Jesus Christ, they called Him Beelzebub. And the very works that He was doing, they said, "You do it by Beelzebub." Jesus told them then, that, what they had done. They believed not Him.
And if a man refuses to believe Truth when Truth is presented to him, and he refuses to believe It, then that finishes it. That's certain.
HEBREWS 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
63-0707M THE INDICTMENT
Now, the same, they do the same today. They deny and crucify the same God, today, by not knowing Him. The same, by denying Him. And doing, by denying, the things that they're doing today, they don't crucify Christ again, exactly, but they blaspheme the Holy Ghost.
All these blasphemous thoughts are now rampant in the heads or minds of the church people. This makes it impossible for them to accept the revealed truths of Scripture.
Thus, they make the fatal mistake of condemning the revealed truth.
Then they cross a line.
Soon they will be the target for the last antichrist Pope.
He will bring all these blasphemous thoughts to their climax.
Antichrist. Declaring that a man is God
JOHN 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
By elevating the Pope up to stand in the place of Christ, the Catholic church becomes the perfect organization for the final antichrist prince to take over.
Then, when he takes control of the earth it will be an easy step to upgrade him from being in the place of Christ to actually being Christ himself.
When the antichrist Pope declares Himself to be God, that will be the final blasphemy.
This will be the end of the trail that started when Alexander the Great declared himself to be a god.
Truth only comes when you prove what you believe from Scripture verses, by joining them up together to explain your revelation.
If you do not love linking Bible verses together (which is hard work) then you simply do not love truth.
Then you are doomed to be fooled by some clever man-made theories.
Remember, the Greeks were very clever. Thus their thinking can be very deceptive. The Trinity doctrine depends on the precision of the Greek language.
II THESSALONIANS 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
61-0806 THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first,... (He's trying to get it out of their head that He's coming right then, so there's got to be a falling away from the church first, see, come over in this Laodicean age.)
In the last church age, Christians must fall away from the King James Version of the Bible.
Nebuchadnezzar built an image of a holy man when he was king of Babylon. He forced everyone to bow down to worship this image.
The one man who was not there was Daniel.
But Nebuchadnezzar called Daniel Belteshazzar which was the name of his god.
DANIEL 4:8 But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god,
So, the image of a holy man was actually the image of the prophet Daniel. Daniel could not be expected to bow down to an image of himself.
So, the Catholic church now calls the Pope infallible and since 1302 claimed that there is no salvation outside the Catholic church. You have to be in submission to the Pope.
Since the 1200s, as VICARIVS CHRISTI, the Vicar of Christ, the Pope stands in the place of Christ.
The 2012 edition of the Annuario Pontifico gives "Vicar of Jesus Christ" as the second official title of the Pope (the first being "Bishop of Rome")
At the first Vatican Council in 1870 the Pope stated that he is infallible.
Papal supremacy means that there is no authority higher than the Roman Pope.
He has absolute authority and power and answers to nobody.
No person can correct him.
Message pastors claim that it is a sin to try to correct any quotes of William Branham.
Even when he said 1954 + 33 = 1977.
An obvious arithmetic mistake which led to the wrong prediction of America being destroyed in 1977.
Many message-pastors preached the coming of the Lord in 1977 and shunned those who disagreed.
Now, of course, they deny ever having done so.
61-0806 THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL
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. God deals with us the same as He did with the Jews. See? How about that?
No. If 1954 years are added to 33, the answer is not 1977.
The correct answer would be 1987.
This just shows how brainwashed religious people can get when they take their eyes off Jesus as the only perfect and infallible Person.
The church world is now in the grip of a spirit that demands that a human leader is exalted.
This is necessary for the church to give rise to the final antichrist Pope.
The Pope will get elevated higher and higher above the people who have to bow to his authority.
DANIEL 11:14 ... also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision;
The spiritual robbers are the preachers who take people away from Scripture by exalting their own authority.
Robbing the people of their right to know the revealed truth for our day.
This is the day of man when church leaders are exalted.
A huge problem today is that people are falling away from the need to get saved.
Church-goers no longer feel that they need to genuinely and sincerely repent of their sins. People are losing the desire to ask Jesus into their hearts so that He can fully control their lives. Our modern age does not want to become totally submitted to the will of God as they no longer believe that the King James Bible is the infallible Word of God. But each one of us has to make these decisions. The decision is between each person and the Lord Jesus. It has nothing to do with any church.
If you genuinely receive forgiveness of your sins from Jesus, then no man could ever take the place of Jesus in your heart. Because no man could ever forgive your sins.