Zechariah Chapter 11, Part 4

ZECHARIAH CHAPTER 11    Part 4

 

56-0902 THE  HANDWRITING  ON  THE  WALL

I want you to notice that the beginning of the Gentiles, when God dealt with them, they got haughty in their heart and forced every man to worship the image of a holy man.

And the Gentile age was issued in with that; it will go out in the same way.

In Babylon, the first Gentile kingdom, Nebuchadnezzar forced people to worship an image of the prophet Daniel.

In the end-time in the last age of the Gentiles message pastors will try to enforce a similar worship of the prophet William Branham by claiming that he is "more than a man".

Message-believers have developed an unfortunate obsession with trying to prove that brother Branham is infallible.

He himself denies this claim, saying it was one of the most awful things he had heard.

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.

We absolutely believe the Bible, and That alone.

Notice how brother Branham puts his faith in the Absolute of the Bible only.

Self-intoxicated message-believers are trying hard to get people to bow down to the authority of the prophet William Branham by describing him as the Son of man, infallible, the Absolute, and also the Voice of God. A man cannot get much higher than that. But it is completely wrong to elevate a man to stand in the place of God.

61-0611  REVELATION  CHAPTER  FIVE.1

And, because of that, it forces me to say I am leaving the ministry, is because that there is something arose up amongst the people that's caused me to do it, that is, that I have been taken from my bracket of a "minister" or "brother" and being called Jesus Christ, and so call... and that would brand me as an antichrist. And I'll meet God as a quitter before I would meet Him as an antichrist to take away from Him.

When people claim that a man stands in the place of Christ, then they are just one step away from calling him, Christ.

The same spirit of elevating and glorifying a man is rampant in the Catholic church as they idolize the Pope who since the 1200s has been called the Vicar of Christ, which means "in the place of Christ".

Since 1870 the Pope has been called infallible.

II THESSALONIANS 2:3   Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

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.)... and that man of sin be revealed,... (The man of sin, unbelief in the Holy Ghost--unbelief.)... be revealed, the son of perdition; (Like Judas was, treasurer of the church.)
Who opposes and exalts himself above all that's called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God setteth in the temple of God,... (Brother, is there a person on earth outside of the Vatican that does that? Where's it at?)

The last church age has the original truth revealed by the end-time prophet but will also fall away from the apostolic Scriptures of the New Testament by glorifying the messenger and promoting him to the Godhead.

54-0513 THE  MARK  OF  THE  BEAST

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first... (the Laodicean Church Age now)... and that man... (m-a-n, singular)... man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (in the stead--instead of the Son of God), son of perdition.
Who oppose himself and exalts himself above all that's called God, so that he is worshipped as God; that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (Accepting confessions.)

Brother Branham exposed the Pope as the man of unscriptural sin.

Anything not written in the Bible is sin and unbelief.

Pope, Cardinal, Archbishop, denomination, catechism, Lent, rosary, holy water, monks, nuns, Trinity, and Christmas are just some of the unscriptural errors in the Roman Catholic system.

The Catholic church fell away from the New Testament faith during the Dark Ages.

God began to restore the New Testament faith during the Reformation that started in 1520 and the 1906 Pentecostal revival. Then William Branham revealed the mysteries of Scripture before leaving the scene in 1965.

The falling away from the truth by “the church of the Laodiceans” (who make up their own beliefs, because it is not God’s church) was partly due to the churches rejecting his ministry.

"Falling away" also refers to the message-believers. Initially, they used brother Branham's quotes to understand the Bible doctrines like the Godhead, Serpent Seed and the seven church ages. Then they could preach these doctrines without referring to quotes, just by following the ideas through the Bible.

But this phase did not last too long. Keen to be seen as "clever" they began to interpret quotes without proving their ideas just using Bible verses.

A supernatural cloud photographed in Arizona in 1963 became the coming of the Lord or the coming down of the mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10. Was it one coming or both comings? Ironically, the cloud stayed at a height of 42 kilometers for the 28 minutes that it was visible.

Then a quote that America was predicted to be destroyed by 1977 did not materialize. But the message-pastors ignored this failure by immediately getting involved with their speculations about the seven Thunders. The Thunders are not written in the Bible, nor is the seventh Seal. But numerous different interpretations of the cloud, the Thunders, the unwritten 7th Seal, and the unknown new name of Jesus emerged without Scriptural proof. Because they are not written in the Bible, they cannot be proven from Scripture. Different pastors have different opinions on these topics and thus the message-believers splintered into many different camps. All arguing about quotes and their interpretation of quotes.

Message believers began by interpreting the Scriptures using brother Branham's quotes. That was correct.

Then they fell away because studying the Bible was hard work.  So they made up doctrines by just interpreting the quotes to mean whatever speculation they wanted to believe.

No longer did the quotes have to be traced through the Bible verses. They just made a quote mean what they wanted it to mean.

That is why the message has fragmented because they believe things that cannot be proven from Scripture.

Ask a message-person for Scripture to justify his belief and he just gives you a bunch of quotes.

Jesus said to the devil, "It is written ..."

Message-people say, "I've got a quote".

That is another spirit. The Holy Spirit will always reveal the Bible.

JOHN 16:13    Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:

The truth that the Holy Spirit reveals is the Bible.

Interpreting Scripture by using the quotes was informative.

Changing to an attitude of ignoring Scripture so that they can focus on quotes, has led message-believers to become increasingly Bible illiterate. Too many message-people started down the right path, then left it because of their pastors' obsession with being called "clever" as he manipulates and splices quotes together. Just like Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together.

Corrupting the message with personal opinions is a bad policy.

REVELATION 3:14   And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;

:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

The modern church is actually just vomit in God’s mouth. Their lukewarm mixture of being partly Scriptural and partly unscriptural makes God sick

REVELATION 3:17    Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art … blind,

All churches, including message-churches, love the money involved in our modern age but are nevertheless classified as blind. Becoming richer has not made the end-time church better nor made it more interested in the Bible.

The King James Version of the Bible is no longer the Absolute. It has been thrown out the door and replaced by each pastor’s interpretation of certain selected quotes.

Glorifying a man is just preparing the church world for the final antichrist Pope who will call himself God.

Any doctrine that you believe that you cannot prove from Scripture or that contradicts Scripture must come from demonology.

So when the last Pope dominates the entire world by seizing control of the world’s economy with the Jew's Stock Exchange money and by using the military power of ten dictators to eliminate any opposition, then people will be forced to believe that he is God himself.

Alexander the Great’s spirit will have revived in a greater man than himself. Alexander was the first western man to demand to be worshiped as a god in the West.

The ancient Greek wisdom denied the existence of a single all-powerful God. So Greek philosophy opened the door to a Trinity. The churches have fallen for this.

Then came the next error.

In Alexander's day, they were fooled into elevating him as a visible man to the godhead. This spirit later entered the Roman Catholic church.

The Pope rose in the West as the Vicar of Christ, in the place of Christ.

The final antichrist Pope will demand to be worshiped as God.

DANIEL 11:36   And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods,

We are living in an age when people want to glorify a church leader. That is the spirit of our age.

Blasphemy is one of the sins of the end time.

When a man is covetous or greedy and too involved in loving himself, then in pride he lifts himself up against God and blasphemes against God. Man thinks that by trying to pull God’s Word down by changing or ignoring Scripture, that he is clever enough to elevate himself up.

II TIMOTHY 3:1   This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

:2   For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers…

54-1003   JUBILEE  YEAR

For, a man that comes to Truth, and fails to walk in Truth, then he has, according to the Scripture, he's blasphemed or rejected the Holy Spirit of God, and a past the day of redemption.

Starting with the truth and then moving away from Scripture is blasphemy

64-0215 INFLUENCES

Oh, what is it? It's irreverence to the Bible. They've turned down their chance. They've blasphemed and made fun of. That's right.

Trying to prove a doctrine without establishing it in Scripture, is being irreverent towards Scripture. Then the Bible is not regarded as being important. A deadly mistake.

62-1111 WHY  I'M  AGAINST  ORGANIZED  RELIGION

Notice, the Bible said, "She is a cage, and has caught hateful, unclean birds." Not eagles, now, no, no, no, no. Vultures, "unclean, hateful birds," that's what she's caged up around her. She is a cage full of them, a whole cage full. With what? "Blasphemous names," contrary to the Scripture.

Second Timothy 3 said, the Holy Spirit speaking, "In the last days they will depart from the Faith and give heed to seducing spirits."

It also said, the Holy Spirit spoke that "In the last days they'd be heady, high-minded,

hateful ('Bless God, you belong to us, or you don't have your name in our book, you're lost'). Hateful! Unclean!"                

People depart from the faith by being contrary to Scripture.

A hateful product of today's churchianity is to insist that a person must belong to a certain church.

 

The religious leaders got the Romans to crucify Jesus and the price was 30 pieces of silver. This established the Roman empire as a horned beast of Daniel's prophecy that could do much damage. A beast that killed Jesus, Who is the Word of God.

The Roman Catholic church at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 established the Trinity doctrine, the first time that an unscriptural word was used. Then they added “God the Son” and “Father and Son are of the same essence”. There is no word “essence” in the Bible. Then came the unscriptural “Three-in-One” or “One-in-Three” and the very unscriptural “Second Person of the Godhead”. Then the contradiction of placing Jesus in the Godhead instead of placing the Godhead in Jesus.

COLOSSIANS 2:9   For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

The spirit of the deadly horned beast of pagan Rome was merging into the Roman Catholic church.

The pagan Romans killed Jesus as a Man.

The Roman Catholics set out to kill the true Word of God by substituting man-made words and beliefs.

At the Council of Nicaea, they crucified the Word of God by introducing unscriptural words like a nameless "Triune" God and fixing the date of Easter as Good Friday.

Since then the church has forgotten that Jesus died on a Thursday.

He had to spend three nights in the tomb. Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night.

MATTHEW 12:40   For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

The Passover lamb was chosen on the 10th day and killed on the 14th  day.

EXODUS 12:3   Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb,

EXODUS 12:6   And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

Jesus was publicly chosen and welcomed on Palm Sunday. That was the 10th day.

The 14th day, when He died, would be Thursday.

On Sunday, the two men on the road to Emmaus said,

LUKE 24:21  … to  day is the third day since these things were done.

"These things", the trial and death of Jesus, were done on a Thursday in order for Sunday to be the third day since they happened. Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

But the Roman Catholic church said he died on Friday.

Friday is named after a woman goddess Freya, which means “The Lady”.

Rome, with their worship of Mary, who they call Our Lady, wanted Friday to be the key day.

The Catholics wanted the pagan woman-worship-spirit, praying to Mary, to be part of the church doctrine.

The Catholics then made Easter Monday important as the third day since or after Friday.

Today people still speak of Easter Monday although nothing of great significance happened on the Monday after the resurrection on Sunday.

But Sunday is named from the Sun, the King of Heaven.

Monday comes from Moon day, the Queen of Heaven. So with Friday and Monday, the Roman Catholics cleverly brought in the only two days of the week that are named after women goddesses. The spirit of woman worship.

Churches use the Scripture where Joseph came to claim the body of Jesus from the cross.

MARK 15:42   And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,

If the next day was a Saturday sabbath, then Jesus must have died on a Friday, they claim.

But they ignore what John’s Gospel says.

JOHN 19:31   The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,)

There were 7 special sabbaths or high days when no work could be done.

LEVITICUS 23:5   In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover.

:6     And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

:7     In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

:8    But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

So the first day and the seventh day of unleavened bread were no-work sabbaths.

The 14th day was the death of the lamb. The 15th day was a sabbath of doing no work. That was Friday.

That was the feast of the Passover when they ate the roasted lamb.

Then the normal Sabbath followed on Saturday the 16th.

The Feast of the Passover on the 15th day (the Friday of that week) was also the first day of the 7 days of unleavened bread. No work was done on the first and the seventh days.

This symbolizes the seven church ages where only the first and seventh ages had the full truth that was uncorrupted by human opinions as people tried to interpret the Bible according to their own inadequate efforts.

So the first and seventh days of unleavened bread were annual Sabbaths or High Days.

The first age had the apostles who got the truth directly from God.

The last age had William Branham who received visions and angels so that he was able to restore us back to the beliefs of the first apostles who wrote the New Testament. The first and last church ages are the only two groups who based their beliefs only on the written Scriptures.

The 15th day, being the first of the 7 days of unleavened bread, was called the Feast of unleavened bread. (It was also the feast of Passover).

 

And all the Protestant church leaders who failed to check the Scriptures got sucked into the Catholic belief that Jesus died on a Friday.

Judas, an apostle, betrayed Jesus.

The people who betray the Word of God are the church leaders.

After World War 2, from 1947 - 1965,  brother Branham began to reveal the hidden mysteries of the Bible.

62-1223  THE  REPROACH  FOR  THE  CAUSE  OF  THE  WORD

Jesus said, "You hypocrites." Said, "You build the tombs of the prophets, and you're the one that put them in there. They come with the Word of God, and you didn't believe them. You're guilty of every one of them."

At Phoenix, God willing, I hit a word the other day. I'm going to indict this generation for killing Jesus Christ, crucifying Him afresh. I'm going to bring an indictment before that ministerial association, God willing. They are guilty of the Blood of Jesus Christ, for crucifying Him afresh. Yes, sir. Indict the whole!

Peter indicted them, on the Day of Pentecost. He said, "You with wicked hands have crucified the Prince of Life, Who God raised up. We are witnesses." He brought an indictment.

I'm going to take the Word of God, indict every denomination there is, and every man on the face of the earth, that's guilty of the Blood of Jesus Christ. God help me to be His attorney at that day. Amen. Yes.

 

Preaching the wrong doctrine, after the truth has been revealed, actually means that preachers are crucifying the Word of God by forcing wrong beliefs into the Bible.

 

Brother Branham showed us how to follow a revelation through the various verses of the Bible, starting in Genesis and ending in Revelation.

The main churches and denominations simply rejected or ignored his teachings. Now they continue to hammer their own man-made ideas into the Bible where there are no Bible verses to confirm their unscriptural ideas.

They have no name for the Triune God.

The Scripture does not speak of a seven-year Tribulation.

Nowhere did the Bible ask us to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

In the New Testament, a pastor was never put in charge of a church.

Women never taught in the early church.

But these ideas are relentlessly hammered into the Bible where they simply do not fit.

Thus, people view the Bible as a mixture of truth and error and hardly any Christian today regards the 1769 version of the King James Bible as the Absolute.

Christians have been taught that there are mistakes, contradictions, and irrelevant verses in the Bible.

 

Consider a series of quotes from the sermon “Indictment”.

63-0707   THE  INDICTMENT

And my indictment is against the churches of today. Now I'm not bringing the sinner into this. I'm just speaking this to the church. And it's to be in the tapes now, and I'll try to get through as quick as I can. I indict this generation for the second crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

…  Now, we know that spiritually they're doing the same thing today, for they are doing it, too, for the same purpose, and in the same way that they did in the crucifixion of the Lord, physically. They are doing it because of jealousy, because of spiritual blindness. That, they don't want to see. They won't listen to It.

[Pastors seize control of a church for the money. Then they ban Bible teachers who can explain the Bible better than they can because they are jealous of anyone understanding the Bible better than they can]

…  And now, upon this basis, I challenge this generation of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ; for a crucifying, and guilty; with dirty, wicked, selfish, denominational hands has crucifying the Prince of Life that wanted to present Itself to the people.

[After the visitation by seven angels on 8 March 1963 near Sunset Peak, brother Branham revealed six of the seven Seals in Revelation Chapter 6. This led to a much deeper insight into Bible truths.

The message-believers were soon captured by ambitious men who wanted to be pastors so that they could be the head of the church and be pre-eminent. They learned a few basic doctrines like the 7 church ages, the Godhead, and Serpent’s Seed. People were keen to listen and these self-proclaimed pastors were elevated to the role of revealers of the mysteries. To maintain their pre-eminence they had to do two things. Get rid of any Bible teachers who had a better insight and then invent new mysteries to catch and hold the people’s attention]

…  Until the hour that organization religion is condemned and proved to be sacrificing Christ's Word, from then on comes the Word, and the Word only.

[Replacing Christ’s words with quotes. Churches becoming more and more Bible-illiterate]

… And the day that the denomination crucified the Word of God and accepted a creed in the stead of the Word, that's the day the Word come into full effect. That's just been recently.

[Since 6 of the 7 Seals have been revealed, there is no excuse for any church pastor not to know the truth]

… How I could bring an indictment right there! And man who know That to be the Truth, this Word to be the Truth, and will compromise on It, to show a face before some organization, uh-huh, I have a right to indict them, right, upon God's Word.

…  I indict them, as guilty, and the Blood of Jesus Christ upon their hands, for crucifying afresh the Lord Jesus, the second time. They are crucifying Christ, to the public, taking from them the thing that they're supposed to be giving to them. And they substituted something else in Its place; a church creed, for popularity.

[Substituting selected quotes to replace the written Word as the foundation of faith]

…   And upon this grounds, upon the grounds of crucifying Christ, upon the grounds of taking the Word and taking It away from the people;

[The people focus on sewing quotes together like Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves. All in vain. They cannot prove their ideas from Scripture. Nowhere were we promised the “Voice of God” at the end time. That is a false claim. We were promised the “voice of the 7th angel” to reveal the mysteries of Scripture and then the “voice of the Archangel” in Revelation Chapter 10 to raise the dead]

…  People say: … Our high priests, if anything is coming, come through our priests.

… When, the congregation only looking for one sign, that is, if he [the new person] believes what they believe

[People will only listen to their pastor. If you disagree with the pastor then his assembly will not listen to you. They never consider that they could possibly be wrong]

… God wanted each individual to be: a son, and daughter. He took one Man and did it. And because that He didn't join with their organizational ranks, they condemned Him and crucified Him.

…  but now they won't have the Word rule over them.

[God wants individuals who can prove what they believe by just using Bible verses. Pastors want everybody to be bound up in their church, only listening to their interpretation of certain quotes that suit their agenda]

…  God can take a little group of people that He can work through, somewhere, and reflect Hisself, who will humble themselves to the Word.

[Small groups that can stay with Scripture when proving what they believe]

… I don't care what you believe; it's what the Bible says.

[Every doctrine must be established from Scripture only]

… "But we don't have to live by That [the Bible]."

You do do it, or you're under the judgment of this Bible. For, "Whosoever shall take one Word out of It, or add one to It, the same will be taken out of, part, of the Book of Life," let him be minister, clergyman, or whoever he is. You've got to come under the rulership of this Word, for It is God. The Bible says It's God.

"We won't have It rule over us." They take their creeds, and denominations, and their little petty things that they believe in, and has been adopted by councils of man, and take it instead of God's Word.

What did they do? They took a Barabbas, a murderer, instead of the Son of God, at the day of the first crucifixion.

And today they are taking some man's word, which is a lie and the way of death, and refusing to take the way of Life, God's Word. I condemn this generation, indict it, in the Word of the Lord, that they're wrong. They're guilty of crucifixion, or trying to crucify the Spirit.

…   They take the denomination and their creeds instead of the Word, and that crucifies His Word and makes His Word of no effect to the people.

[Message pastors rely on quotes, not on Scripture. Their people search the quotes and increasingly know less and less about the Bible.

Message-people, like the Arabs, spend too much time believing their own propaganda.

“I’ve got a quote” has replaced, “It is written”]

…  Loving doctrine of man-made denominations and dogmas better than they do the a-vindicated Word of God;

[Thus, they miss the true understanding of Bible verses]

…   They are crucifying the effects of the Gospel upon the people, by their creeds. That's the crucifixion. That where the public set in these big morgues, called churches, denominations, and draw a line of creed, and that had... The Word of God can't have an effect upon them, because they condemn the very things that Christ said would take place. It just don't come according to their creed.

…   When you show It to them, what do they do? Make fun of It, and say, "Our church don't teach It that way." Then you're guilty, you're guilty of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,

…    And today the church does the same thing. It denies the Word. They don't want It. It's contradictory to what they've been taught to believe by their creeds.

…  And the Word is the Messiah. You believe that? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Well, the reflection of the Word then is what? A reflecting a Messiah, which is the Holy Ghost among us. He is reflecting Himself, tries to, wherever He can find a lamp that He can look through, that ain't smoked up with creeds and things, He can give Light through.

Remember, "they rose and trimmed their lamps," and washed out the chimneys, but it's too late.

…  Doing exactly the things He said He would do, Scripturally.

[Jesus always stayed with the Scriptures]

…   Although He was properly identified, they didn't want Him.

They hated Him. Why was it? He call their pastors a bunch of "snakes."

He said, "You bunch of whited walls. You're nothing but a graveyard.

[Message pastors should take note of this]

The outside of you is polished with robes and turned around-collars, and the inside is dead men's bones." See? He didn't pull no punches.

…  He was the Word; and they rejected the Word.

That's one point I want you not to miss, see, I want you not to miss. He was the Word, and, when they rejected Him, they rejected the Word. And when they did reject Him, they finally crucified Him. And that's what they've done today: reject the Word of God, and accepted their creeds; and has crucified, publicly, before their congregation, the working of the Holy Spirit. And they're guilty, and I indict them in the Name of Jesus Christ.

[Rejecting what is written in Scripture is how people crucify the Scripture. The people rejected Jesus and then crucified Him. Always the same two steps: reject and crucify. Today they do that with what is written in the King James Version of the Bible.

Speak to message-people and they are quick to tell you about the mistakes in the King James Version of the Bible]

…   Yeah, with their creeds they crucify Him afresh.

… . Their creeds and traditions has gotten them away from the Word of God.

[Anything unscriptural crucifies The Word]

This new Calvary is the church, so-called, most holy places, great pulpits, Catholicism altar, Catholic altar, called their pulpit. The Methodist, the Baptist, the Presbyterian, the Lutheran, the Pentecostals, the most holy places, there He receives His hardest pierces. A new Calvary! Where is it found at? In the holy places, the church.

Where is He crucified at? From the pastors. You hypocrites

[This is blunt. He calls pastors hypocrites.

Pastors preach their interpretation of carefully selected quotes and reject what is written in the Bible].

… Where did He get His spears at, in His side? Where did He get His pierces? On Calvary. Where does He get it today? In the pulpit.

His hardest spear points has been right from the pulpits, where they've criticized and said, "Don't go out to hear that stuff. That's of the devil."

[The pulpits have become the source of deadly error]

… They're guilty of crucifying the Prince of Life, teaching man's doctrines for His Word.

Crowned, with scoffers again, thorns. Pierced from the pulpit, with creeds.

[The pulpits are the sharp horns that gore the body of the Lord]

…       Somebody said to me, the other day, some woman asked me, said, "Well, where do you think you'd find?"   I said, "If the Lord asked me to pick a dozen out, over the world, I'd be scared to death."

[Brother Branham was unsure about finding 12 people ready for the Coming of the Lord]

you've turned down the Spirit of God, till the Bible said you'd "be given over to a strong delusion, to believe a lie and be damned by it." You actually believe that you're right, and the Bible says that you would believe it and be damned by the same lie that you believe to be the Truth.

[Because people prefer error to truth, so God is preparing very elaborate deceptions to fool them. Because they want to believe those errors.

If you want to replace Scripture with quotes, God will raise up men who will give you very clever and plausible interpretations of the quotes]

… I'm talking about you Pentecostals. That's right. You once knew the Truth, but you thought you couldn't take It. You couldn't support your pastor. Your pastor couldn't have that big job with so many hundred dollars a week, and a big fine church to preach in, and ride and carry on the way they do. If he condemned that, the organization would throw him out; so he has to keep it, he has to say it. Therefore, he sold his birthrights, for a mess of pottage of the world, of Esau's slop. And what's he going to get for it? Both fall into the ditch of condemnation, and be condemned. I indict them, as prostitutes of the Gospel.

[Pastors preach for money. Martin Luther called it, “Prattling for pennies”.

That is why pastors claim that the tithes belong to the pastor. This is totally unscriptural]

… this Laodicean Church Age was the only one that they cast Him out of the church. And He was out, the outside, knocking, trying to get back in. They cast Him out because they haven't got no use for Him. They crucify Him afresh.

[They cast out the Word as they only have use for the quotes.

Message churches making the same mistakes that the other churches made. Not building their beliefs on Scripture only]

…   I pray for them ministers today who is crucifying the Word again, by taking their creeds and denominations and dogmas, and substituting it for the Word of Life.

Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.

That is the price you paid if a beast gored a person to death with its horns.

The Jews paid 30 pieces of silver so that the Roman beast could kill Jesus.

This establishes Rome as the beast. First as a pagan empire, then as the Roman Catholic church.

EXODUS 21:28   If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.

You must not eat the flesh of a horned man-killer.

Wrong doctrine preached in a church will destroy people's souls.

MATTHEW 10:28   And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

The horned pagan Roman beast was destroyed by the barbarians but came back to life as the Roman Catholic church. So do not try to benefit from any Catholic traditions nor any of their unscriptural beliefs.

The ox-beast that gored Jesus on the cross was the pagan Roman empire.

Then the spirit of pagan Rome entered the Roman Catholic Church (the beast from the sea in Revelation Chapter 13) after the barbarians destroyed the pagan Roman empire.

Then, after the Reformation, this spirit entered the Protestant churches ( with the main Protestant churches being in America, the beast from the land in Revelation Chapter 13, that forms a Protestant confederation of churches as an image to the Roman Catholic beast).

The non-Catholic churches have believed the Roman Catholic doctrines of Trinity, Easter eggs and bunnies, Good Friday, church steeples, Christmas, having a man as the head of the church, Sunday sabbath, Eve ate an apple, Lent,  and so forth.

The spirit of dictatorship was unleashed after World War One and those natural dictators like Hitler unleashed the murderous spirits onto the Jews to kill 6 million of them in World War Two. In 1948 those killing spirits entered the World Council of Churches in order to crucify Christ, as the Word of God, afresh in the churches.

They have succeeded well. Hardly any Christians believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the perfect Absolute.

What you say about this Bible is what you say about Jesus, because He is the Word of God.

Thus, pastors from the pulpit have taught the people to criticize and ignore the Bible and therefore they are criticizing Jesus. They now build their beliefs on quotes instead of Scriptures.

Those dictatorship spirits make the pastors the supreme head of each church, just like the Pope is the supreme head of the Catholic church.

The horned-beast, or pagan Roman spirit that resurrected back to life as the Roman church and then spread to the Protestant churches, must be stoned and its flesh not eaten.

Look what happens in the Tribulation.

REVELATION 16:21   And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Consequently, the horned-beast will be heavily stoned.

Look at the fate of the Vatican, which has played a big part in building up this murderous beast-spirit.

In the Tribulation, the Vatican is destroyed by the final antichrist Pope.

He uses the Vatican to gain world power then he destroys the Vatican.

That is how Satan works. He uses you and then destroys you.

REVELATION 18:8   Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

Utterly burned with fire. Nothing left over to eat.

REVELATION 18:9   And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

:10     Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

Standing afar off. Sounds like a nuclear bomb explosion. Nobody can go close because of the deadly radiation.

A woman is a symbol of the church. Thus, this horned-beast- spirit in the churches has gored the Word of God by endlessly rejecting, criticizing, and contradicting the Bible. Thus, the church is gored by having unscriptural ideas knocked into the body of believers.

“but the owner of the ox shall be quit”.

The Devil is the source behind this beast spirit that is merging church deception, politics, and Big Money demonology together in order to rule the world in the Tribulation.

But after Armageddon he still avoids his final punishment in the Lake of Fire as he is chained up in a bottomless pit until the 1000 years of peace in the new Kingdom is over.

REVELATION 20:2   And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

:3     And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Then he is released to lead the final revolt of Gog and Magog against Jesus.

REVELATION 20:7   And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

:8   And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

At that time, he will have failed in every attack that he made on Jesus and His people. Then it is time to throw him into the Lake of Fire.

Satan can get his final punishment postponed, but he cannot ultimately escape his just punishment.

 

ZECHARIAH 11:14   Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

Israel in the north went into captivity in 721 BC under Assyria. These northern tribes were scattered and never returned.

Judea in the south was captured by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 606 BC but freed by Cyrus the Persian to begin rebuilding the Temple in 536 BC.

These Jews who returned were scattered by the pagan Roman Empire in AD 70 and AD 135.

As a result, Israel and Judea were never re-united after 721 BC.

The Jews went out with the massacre of Jerusalem under the Roman general Titus in AD 70 when 1100000 million were killed. When another revolt by Bar Kochba was crushed by the Romans in AD 135, another 560000 Jews had been killed. The Jews faded off God’s stage with these horrific massacres.

The Jews came back into contention with a much bigger massacre under Hitler and Eichmann in the Second World War. Six million dead.

At the end of the war in 1945 it seemed that Israel was doomed. They had no homeland and were in no ways a real nation as they were scattered worldwide and had just lost a third of their people.

But then stunningly, in the face of all odds, they would win back a piece of their Homeland after a brutal war against five Arab armies that attacked them in 1948.

God was turning back to Israel.

In 1967 they won a stunning victory against three Arab states in 6 days.

Moses said work 6 days and rest on the 7th.

Moses Dayan (called Moshe Dayan) won the 6-day war and rested on the 7th day.

“Name perfect” after more than 3500 years.

God was returning to Israel as the churches of the last church age were rejecting Jesus as the revealed Word of God and pushing Him outside the church door.

ZECHARIAH 11:15   And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.

God will not return to the Jews until He has finished with the Gentile church.

God only turned to the Gentiles when the Jews rejected Him at Calvary.

So the Gentile church must reject the Bible as the Absolute truth before God can turn back to the Jews.

The Gentile churches have either rejected brother Branham’s ministry or corrupted it by giving his quotes preference over Scripture.

AMOS 3:7   Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Denominational churches want nothing to do with brother Branham’s teachings.

Message churches insist that quotes are more important than written Scripture.

Both groups are completely off the true path.

So, if the Gentiles prefer error, then God will give them plausible errors.

The Gentile churches of saved Christians have chosen to degenerate and move away from Scripture.

Now God will set up a church system that will ensure that they degenerate even further from the Bible so that God can properly reject them and throw them into the Tribulation as the foolish virgins.

How does God achieve the downfall of the churches?

AMOS 3:6   … shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Church-goers do not regard the Bible as their Absolute so God will unleash error on them from their own pulpits.

God’s main weapon is the pastors who foolishly call themselves shepherds and then demand to be the head of each church.

Only Jesus can be the true Shepherd.

JOHN 10:14   I am the good shepherd,

The early church was run by a group of elders.

The group of elders combined to feed the flock which was the function of a shepherd.

Never was a pastor put in charge of a church.

When pastors usurped the position of the shepherd of the sheep, they were very foolish.

A shepherd is a man and thus is superior to the sheep which are only animals.

Thus, the pastor, as a shepherd, becomes superior to the congregation and is elevated or uplifted above them. This is Nicolaitan. Conquering the laity or congregation.

Falsely claiming to be the head of the church, the pastor as a fake-shepherd can only mislead the people.

In an age where dictatorship spirits are running rampant, the one-man-head-of-the-church cannot help but be influenced by these dictatorial spirits. Add to this each pastor's ignorance of so many of the Bible mysteries and you have the recipe for a spiritual disaster.

The pastor’s main function at the end is to corrupt the church with their own opinions, unscriptural church traditions, and false doctrines, based on human quotes and the love of money.

The church is taught that the King James Bible is not the Absolute.

Why do they want to be a one-man leader? For the pre-eminence and the fact that they collect the tithe money.

Thus, they qualify as foolish shepherds. Very foolish shepherds.

Especially when the people begin to idolize and hero-worship their pastors. Dumbed down by lack of Scriptural teaching, the church-goers can no longer tell the difference between truth and error.

PSALM 23:1  The Lord is my Shepherd.

Only Jesus can be the Shepherd as He alone is the Head of a church.

EPHESIANS 5:23   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:

A group of local elders who all have equal authority is the Scriptural way for a church to operate.

But a vain-glorious pastor, motivated by his love of money and pre-eminence, intrudes into the place of Jesus as one-man-head of the church, despite his many faults and ignorance of much of the Bible.

This makes him a foolish shepherd as he duplicates the Pope who calls himself “Vicarius Christi”, in place of Christ.

Copying the Pope leads to the mark of the beast. A very foolish move.

By elevating himself above the laity or congregation, the pastor becomes part of the Nicolaitan spirit that conquers the laity. God hates that.

In the Holy Place of the Old Testament Tabernacle was a seven-branched candlestick, representing the seven church ages. In addition, there was a table with 12 loaves of shewbread representing the 144000 from the 12 tribes of Israel in the Tribulation.

These are the two groups that God deals with.

Jesus wants to be the Head and Ruler of both groups.

This is indicated in the human body where the head is connected to the body by means of the backbone.

7 vertebrae form the neck, representing the 7 church ages.

The next 12 vertebrae form the ribs, representing the 144000 from the 12 tribes of Israel.

But the key factor is that there is only one Head, Jesus.

A one-man-head of a church is a Catholic spirit and a pastor who thinks he is a one-man-head is foolish and only able to fool the church.

Consequently, he makes them part of the saved-but-fooled foolish virgins who enter the Tribulation.

ZECHARIAH 11:15   And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.

Each foolish one-man-shepherd is what is preparing each church to become the foolish virgins.

ZECHARIAH 11:16   For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.

God will finally raise up the antichrist Pope who will take over the churches, the political powers, and the world economic system.

He will be ruthlessly cruel but will only be interested in self-enrichment.

What then enables him to take over the church systems as a callous dictator?

The answer is that at the end-time the church pastors will adopt a similar attitude in the way that they rule their churches in a dictatorial manner with little regard for written Scripture.

This will prepare the people, who are getting used to being unscriptural, for the final takeover by the last Pope.

The 2020 coronavirus forced the people to accept dictatorial commands of a lockdown that threatened their livelihood. The leaders were democratically elected but quickly became dictators in the face of this pandemic.

A severe worldwide disaster would thus open the door to a cruel dictator if that is what it takes to provide people with jobs.

So a major disaster is to be expected. Probably a massive earthquake.

The next map shows a major earthquake faultline that runs up the west coast of America.

The green area is particularly problematic because it is between the sea and the faultline.

If we enlarge this portion of the map:

We see that the city of Los Angeles is in a potentially dangerous area.

A major earthquake here could sink the city into the sea.

64-1227 WHO  DO  YOU  SAY  THIS  IS
Look at the earthquakes over here in California. I predict, before the coming of the Lord Jesus, that God will sink that place. I believe that Hollywood and Los Angeles, and them filthy places over there, that God Almighty will sink them. They'll go beneath the bottom of the sea. And it's so much sin, you see, it's the barrier.

65-0429   THE  CHOOSING  OF  A  BRIDE
That is solemn warning. We don't know what time, and you don't know what time, that this city [Los Angeles] one day is going to be laying out here in the bottom of this ocean.
"Oh, Capernaum," said Jesus, "thou who exalted into heaven, will be brought down into hell. For, if the mighty works had been done in Sodom and Gomorrah, it'd have been standing to this day." And Sodom, Gomorrah lays in the bottom of the Dead Sea. And Capernaum is in the bottom of the sea.
Thou city, who claims to be the city of the Angels [Los Angeles], who has exalted yourself into heaven, and sent all the dirty, filthy things of fashions and things, till even the foreign countries come here to pick up our filth and send it away, to your fine churches and steeples, and so forth, the way you do. Remember, one day you'll be laying in the bottom of the sea, your great honeycomb under you right now. The wrath of God is belching right beneath you. How much longer He will hold this sandbar hanging out over that? When, that ocean out yonder, a mile deep, will slide in there, plumb back to the Salton Sea. It'll be worse than the last day of Pompeii. Repent, Los Angeles.

The Salton Sea is shown on the map below, to the right of Los Angeles.

A massive earthquake here would wreck California's economy and that would cripple America's economy.

The only organization with the wealth to take over America would be the Roman Catholic church, the beautiful but cruel woman that brother Branham saw in his sixth vision.

61-0312 JEHOVAH  JIREH

And I seen a great woman rise up, beautiful to look at, but a cruel wicked heart. And that will be a church. And she's on her road now.

LAODICEAN  CHURCH  AGE - CHURCH  AGE  BOOK CPT.9
Then in the sixth vision there arose up in America a most beautiful, but cruel woman. She held the people in her complete power. I believed that this was the rise of the Roman Catholic Church, though I knew it could possibly be a vision of some woman rising in great power in America due to a popular vote by women.

If America's economy is crippled, the whole world will suffer.

The ideal situation to produce the final antichrist dictator.

 

In preparation for the final dictator, we see each church ruled by a pastor who is mainly concerned for his own power and authority, not for the welfare of the church. He wants to rule as a one-man shepherd.

Let us review the last Scripture (verse 16) in terms of how modern-day pastors behave and conduct themselves so as to prepare the way for this final antichrist Pope.

ZECHARIAH 11:16   For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.

“which shall not visit those that be cut off”. Disagree with a modern pastor and you are dead in the water.

You will be banned from the pulpit (that he owns) and are cut out of the church that has to obey him.

Not only will he not visit you but he will tell his congregation to shun you.

Their children will not be able to play with your children anymore. The young ones are thus disregarded too.

You are totally in lockdown as far as his church is concerned. Disagree with the pastor and you basically cease to exist, other than as a person to be continually attacked and condemned.

(No wonder an angry God put everybody into lockdown. Now everyone knows what it feels like to be totally isolated. Extreme mental cruelty. And Christians are nice guys?)

The correct approach of using quotes to prove Scripture so that the revelation can be proven just by using Scriptures, has been broken.

The quotes now replace Scripture. The quotes of man now become the voice of God. But we were not promised the voice of God in the end time.

Pastors who think that they are the head of the church, and thus the superior shepherd, will cast out and cut off anyone who disagrees with them. Once he has cut dissenters off from the church, he condemns them and forbids people to learn from them or visit and associate with them.

At the end-time we are the little children who have to be restored to the apostolic fathers.

The apostles never put a pastor as the head of a church. They entrusted the leadership to a group of elders.

So, a one-man-head of the church cannot restore the end-time children to the example of the early apostolic fathers, because the apostles never set that example. As a result, the new believers are led astray by the church because it has the wrong structure. Each pastor has his own personal opinions and errors which fragment the body of believers into many different churches. This broken body cannot be healed as long as pastors, who disagree with each other, remain as the-head-who-must-be-obeyed of each church.

Standing still means not knowing in which direction to move.

The biggest single problem in today's turbulent world is people's inability to find direction.

So people hopefully join a church where they are lulled to sleep by being told that they are safe as long as they attend meetings and obey whatever the pastor says.

All Christians are represented by the ten virgins of Matthew Chapter 25.

MATTHEW 25:5    While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Sleeping people are not moving towards a goal.

Quotes cannot feed people with a goal to aim at. From the quotes, some pastors claim that Jesus has come, there is no future rapture, and we are in the millennium.

The pastors claim that the mighty Angel of Revelation 10 has come down. So, there is nothing to aim at. We just exist and stand still. Brainwashed and Bible-illiterate. Dumbed down by the pastors.

But the Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 comes down to perform the resurrection of the dead from the seven church ages.

64-0119 SHALOM

And when the great Director comes down and bears that stick down, then, "time shall be no more." When that Angel, of Revelation the 10th chapter, puts one foot on land and one on the sea, and a rainbow over His head, He swore, "time shall be no more." When that time comes, you will rise up from among the dead. While the rest of them lay there, you will go in.

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.

Revelation Chapter 10 deals with this mighty Angel or Archangel coming down to raise the dead.

REVELATION 10:1   And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

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

62-1230  IS  THIS  THE  SIGN  OF  THE  END  SIR
He come down from Heaven, because the mystery is all finished.

The Angel does not come down to open the Book. He will only come down after the Book is opened and the mysteries are revealed.

 

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

This is what Jesus did at the resurrection of Lazarus.

JOHN 11:43   And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

So, after this cry that raised the dead, seven Thunders uttered their voices.

Why do they utter?  To give the Bride rapturing faith.

But the Bride cannot be raptured in these bodies of flesh that we have now, our bodies need to be changed.

Once we are in new bodies, then only can we be raptured.

63-0318 THE  FIRST  SEAL
And then there's coming forth seven mysterious thunders that's not even written at all. That's right. And I believe that through those seven thunders will be revealed in the last days in order to get the Bride together for rapturing faith; because what we got right now, we--we wouldn't be able to do it.

62-1230  IS  THIS  THE  SIGN  OF  THE  END  SIR
And when the mystery is finished, the Angel said, "Time shall be no more," and Seven Thunders throwed their voices out.
What if it is something to let us know how to enter into the Rapturing Faith? Is it? Will we run, leap over walls?

Thus, we need to be learning the mysteries of Scripture so that we can understand what is written in the Bible.

"And he had in his hand a little book open:"

We will not be ready for the Coming of the Lord until the Bible becomes an open Book to us that we can understand.

One month before he died and brother Branham was still looking for the "shout" (which is the message) to happen.65-1965 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.

The shout was not brother Branham understanding the mysteries and revealing them to us.

The shout is when the Bride are able to understand the mysteries for themselves.

Most of the Bride were not even born when brother Branham died.

When the seven Thunders utter they will be very mysterious.

But what they utter will somehow be hidden in the Bible.

We must know the Bible well enough to recognize them when they do utter.

64-0614  THE  UNVEILING  OF  GOD
 And he said, "Well, then, them seven thunders, you see," said, "wouldn't them seven thunders blasting out, won't that be a Revelation be give to some man?"
 I said, "No, sir, it would be adding something to It or taking Something from It."

The seven Thunders is not a revelation that some man will preach.

The seven Thunders will be very unexpected events of some kind, they will not be a sermon that we listen to. They will reveal secrets that are at present hidden from us in the Bible because they are not actually written in Scripture.

Anything that is written in the Bible cannot be the seven Thunders.

 

So denominational and message pastors must keep their people away from taking brother Branham's revelations back to Scripture. That way much of the Bible will remain a closed Book to them.

Then they will not be able to respond when the Archangel comes down with the open Book.

If the Book is open, the Archangel will expect them to understand all that is written in the Book.

Only if we understand what is written in the Book, should we be able to recognize what is very cleverly hidden in the Book.

So pastors easily fool the people into thinking that these future events have already happened.

Then the people will ignore the future events when they do happen, and worse still, they will oppose them.

Then they will be Tribulation fodder.

 

Pastors have fooled the people into believing that many of the future events have been spiritualized, but one thing remains physical. Tithes.

Each pastor claims that he is entitled to a fat income because the shepherd must shear the sheep.

The pastor makes sure that he gets the first chance to take his piece of the money-pie. And he assumes the authority to decide how big his piece of the pie is.

Then he uses the rest of the tithes money to support his yes-men who are then obliged to agree with him. Especially when he cuts off any money to anybody who disagrees with him. So, he uses other people’s money to buy support for himself. A very clever scheme.

Anyone else who puts their claws onto the money will be ripped apart.

Jesus chased the money-makers out of the Temple on the Monday after Palm Sunday. The priests had Him killed on Thursday.

Never mess with a religious leader’s money. It can get very nasty.

ZECHARIAH 11:17   Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

The “arm” is a symbol of support.

This is how God wants to look after His flock.

ISAIAH 40:11   He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

God wants people to be held by the arm of faith as they believe that God will provide for them.

MATTHEW 6:33   But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Thus, we are not sure where the provision will come from. God provides what He thinks is necessary.

But this financial uncertainty is not acceptable to modern-day pastors.

Church leaders get too focused on material support and they want to make sure that the money keeps coming in.

That is why they build up church organizations.

But their reliance on God then stops as they are dependent on the material resources of their chosen churches.

JEREMIAH 17:5   Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

Pastors choose a church for their own material benefits. Preachers become hired employees.

They depend on the church for their income. Preaching for pay.

As a result, their “heart departeth from the Lord”.

No longer does Bible truth come first in their lives.

They preach whatever makes them popular and acceptable.

They make up mysteries based on manipulated and misinterpreted quotes so that people can regard them as “clever”. Their lean souls thirst after a reputation for cleverness. Truth is not important.

AN EXPOSITION OF THE SEVEN CHURCH AGES. CHAPTER 6

… and love for material things will take the place of the true love of God.

The big churches with money thus attract the preachers.

An American preacher has just signed a $100 million contract with a megachurch to preach there for six years.

Preaching has become Big Business.

63-0707   THE  INDICTMENT

I'm talking about you Pentecostals. That's right. You once knew the Truth, but you thought you couldn't take It. You couldn't support your pastor. Your pastor couldn't have that big job with so many hundred dollars a week, and a big fine church to preach in, and ride and carry on the way they do. If he condemned that, the organization would throw him out; so he has to keep it, he has to say it. Therefore, he sold his birthrights, for a mess of pottage of the world, of Esau's slop. And what's he going to get for it? Both fall into the ditch of condemnation, and be condemned. I indict them, as prostitutes of the Gospel.

Speaking of the king of Assyria:

II CHRONICLES 32:8   With him [Assyrian king] is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us

Material resources can always build up a religious organization. But that has nothing to do with God.

Serving for money and having a secure income completely dries up the ability of the pastor to depend on God. He now serves the church system that his income depends on.

“the sword [of God’s Word] shall be upon his arm … his arm shall be clean dried up”.

The person's arm is his dependence on God. That dries up completely as the church guarantees his income.

A church-paid pastor has no reliance on God’s provision. As long as he preaches popular doctrines, the people will attend and pay tithes. Thus, his bank balance is regularly over-filled.

God will keep this process going as He called Laodicea rich. The pastor prospers from the material benefits and his dependence on God completely shrivels up.

Modern-day churches are run on a business model and have no need for God at all. Paid preachers dish up to wealthy congregations exactly what they want to hear. This is usually a bunch of unscriptural mysteries that make the congregation feel clever until they meet someone who demands Scriptural proof. Then the easiest way out is just to condemn and shun that person.

Relying on a pastor was never the pattern of the early church.

The pastor relying on the church for his income does not teach him faith either.

PSALM 118:8   It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Every human preacher is a flawed vessel.

JOB 15:15   Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints;

There is not a single person that God can trust because we all make mistakes.

ZECHARIAH 11:17   Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

“the sword shall be … upon his right eye” … “and his right eye shall be utterly darkened”.

In Scripture, the right hand is a symbol of your power.

On average, two-thirds of people are right-handed.

So, for most people, the left hand is weaker than the right hand.

The Bible has basic doctrines like repentance and holiness. Then it has deeper doctrines.

Seeing the basic doctrines can be symbolized by the left eye as they are easy to see if people want to see them.

Thus, salvation is easy to see and millions of the sleeping virgins can be saved before the Tribulation starts.

But to escape the Tribulation requires a much deeper and more powerful insight into the mysteries of Scripture.

Brother Branham came to reveal these mysteries from the Bible, so that we can prove them just by using the Bible.

Your ability to see the deeper mysteries of the Bible is symbolized by your right eye.

To understand the deeper mysteries requires the power of the Holy Spirit.

So, when you accept an unscriptural doctrine then your right eye darkens because that mistake means there are other wrong doctrines that you will start believing. As the errors increase, your right eye gets even darker and that will cause you to go into the Tribulation.

So modern-day pastors are darkening the right eye of the people so that they cannot get revelation from Scripture.

In Matthew, outside the tomb, Mary held Jesus by the feet.

In John, Jesus told Mary not to touch Him.  Explain.

In Matthew, there is no mention of the ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Why?

Only Matthew refers to the 30 pieces of silver for the betrayal of Jesus. Why?

John’s Gospel has no parables. Why?

Matthew and Mark see one angel at the tomb. Luke and John see two angels. Why?

Why does Elisha curse 42 children in the name of the Lord, so that they are killed?

Jesus said that only He can ascend to Heaven. But what about Enoch and Elijah?  Skeptics love to raise this issue.

In John, Jesus walks on the water and gets into the boat. Immediately they are at the other side. But they were in the middle of the sea. Why does John describe it this way?

Why does Luke not even mention this miracle?

So there plenty of gems in Scripture that we should be able to puzzle out if our right eye has not been darkened.

 

But the foolish shepherds of the modern-day churches are dumbing the people down so that they cannot answer these questions. They are actually even scared to ask questions like this because they know that they don’t have the answers.

That is why the church of the Laodiceans is described as blind. Their right eye has darkened.

They lean on their pastors for understanding but their own pastors do not understand the mysteries themselves.

But the right arm of God’s support is drying up. The foolish virgins are contentedly asleep so they don’t need inspiration from God. The pastors have secured the tithes of the churches so they are also not dependent on God.

So the church scene is set for the final dictator to take over, the antichrist Pope.

The final antichrist Pope will have nothing to do with the true church or flock.

People idolize and depend on their pastors.

So. it will be easy to transfer this hero-worship as they glorify the final Pope when he provides jobs and food for everyone.

Jeremiah used king Coniah (or Jeconiah) as an example of a broken idol when God cut off his descendants from the throne of David.

JEREMIAH 22:28   Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol?

How can the church world be prepared so that it will be fooled into accepting this false idol, this final Pope?

ZECHARIAH 11:17   Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

The final antichrist Pope will have an utterly darkened right eye. He will know nothing about deeper spiritual truth and will seek to kill all the sleeping virgins who at least knew enough to be saved before the Tribulation started.

He will build a one-world church that is totally different from the Bible.

But church-going people who are so used to not being Scriptural will not really notice that fact.

His right arm is totally dried up because he will not rely on God's support at all.

He will have the Stock exchange money of the Jews to build a world-wide economy and the military power of ten dictators to ruthlessly destroy any opposition.

He will establish a one-world church and a one-world government by his own efforts without relying on God in any way.

 

At present pastors are needed to brainwash their people to just believe what the church says so that they will be able to accept this religious dictator when he comes on the scene.

The church's involvement in politics and business distracts them from the fact that they are no longer very Scriptural.

The true church has small groups as the early church met in houses.

ROMANS 16:5   Likewise greet the church that is in their house.

Each local church had a group of elders who were in charge. Not one man.

The 2020 coronavirus lockdown has enabled many separated people to meet for a church meeting via the interactive ZOOM conferencing program as people sit isolated in their houses.

But the church of the Laodiceans is rich, so the idea of small groups is not effective for money-making nor for achieving fame.

As a preview of the antichrist Pope and his way of operating, think of a man who leaves the true little flock of God that wants Scripture in order to be the idolized head of some bigger church. As the pastor he can fool people into believing that he is the one-man shepherd of the flock.

The large and wealthy church world has turned preaching into a commercial activity.

Whoever starts a church immediately claims to be the pastor so that he or she can secure all the tithes.

No Scripture says this, but the churches have been fooled into believing that the tithes all belong to the pastor. Hence any preacher will automatically insist on being the pastor.

An ambitious self-proclaimed pastor who leaves a little flock run by local elders, does so in order to improve his own circumstances.

A preacher who is part of a big assembly but wants to be head of his own church will leave his present church or flock to assume the role of the pastor in another group if it is big enough. This gives him both importance and financial security. He is quick to assert to the new assembly that because he is the pastor, all the tithes belong to him.

He will have a quote to prove this but he has no Scripture to prove the statement.

If the church that he plans to take over is part of a bigger organization then a suitable contract has to be signed.

Preaching has become Big Business. The antichrist rider on the black horse has the balances in his hand and is weighing out the cost of wheat and barley which make bread. The Bread of Life, the Word of God, has to be sold for a suitable price.

REVELATION 6:5  And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

:6     And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

The Gospel has been commercialized. It is Big Business. Pastors have the fancy cars and houses (sorry, more than one house in many cases).

But despite this there will be small groups of true believers who value the oil of the Holy Spirit to guide them into all the truth of Scripture. Their wine is the stimulation of revelation as the Bible verses unfold.

JOHN 16:13   Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself;

The Holy Spirit does not stress a person. The focus is on Christ, the Word.

Look at any TV evangelist. In a half-hour slot there will always be a pull for money and at least a few minutes will be spent advertising their DVDs and books. Some have a fixed price. Others are “free” provided you send in a donation. If you do not pay, they will not send you the truth that they claim to offer.

A pastor is happy to take over a church as a one-man-shepherd in the place of Christ, but the church must have enough money to support him in the style that he expects.

The new pastor also wants to keep in with the doctrines that certain other pastors and churches believe so that he can maintain his popularity and reputation with them.

Money and popularity or fame are the key issues that decide what a pastor believes and where he preaches.

Consequently, churches are increasingly run by one-man-leaders who have sold out their beliefs.

The church is being prepared to sell out their beliefs to the final antichrist Pope when he takes over the world economy. Preach what he says and you have a job. Preaching has become a meal-ticket.

The true flock will be small and despised. Not much money there. And run by a group of elders. Not much pre-eminence there. So, the ambitious pastor who wants to replace Christ as the Head of some church has to leave that small group of the true flock.

LUKE 18:8   Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

There are millions of saved Christians on earth. Yet Jesus does not expect to find Bible faith when He returns.

So, our churches are doing something seriously wrong.

The whole system of having a pastor in charge is unscriptural.

And as his church absorbs his personal opinions and unscriptural errors, they drift further and further from the Bible truth.

The spirit of the pastor easily infects the church.

Church members also infect themselves with their own spirits as they adopt unscriptural beliefs and church traditions.

1965-0206  DOORS  IN  DOOR

Now, the Lord cannot sit down a Book of rules and say a Word, and then come around and deny It. And if you say you got the Holy Ghost, and the Bible says a certain thing to do, and you say, "Oh, I don't believe That." You just remember, that spirit in you is not the Holy Spirit, 'cause He can't deny Himself. That's right. He can't deny Himself. He wrote the Word, and He watches over It, to perform It. See? So it's not the Holy Spirit.

It's a spirit, all right. It might be a spirit of the church. It might be the spirit of the pastor. It might be the spirit of the world. It might be. I don't know what it is, but, whatever it is, it might be a denominational spirit,

LUKE 17:10   So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Even if preachers and pastors at times do what God wants them to do, which is correct, then there must be far more things that they do and say which are incorrect in order to qualify as unprofitable. That means they all do more harm than good.

The end-time church of the Laodiceans is described as blind.

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; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind,

The pastors are wrapped up with the financial benefits of their position but do not know how unscriptural they are on many doctrines.

Thus, they see certain Bible doctrines but are blind to the deeper truths because they reject the Bible teachers who only believe what is written in the Bible.

Their right eye of the pastors is darkened.

As time goes by they adopt newer unscriptural ideas and forsake certain Bible truths that they once believed.

61-0423  ABRAHAM  AND  HIS  SEED  AFTER  HIM

For the antichrist is a part Gospel preacher. We know that. And his works are part Gospel.

LUKE 8:18  Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

Believe the truth when it is revealed to you. Then you will receive more truth.

Reject the truth when it is revealed to you and your right eye darkens so that you get further involved with the error until you end up forgetting some of the truth that you once knew.

Churches fall further away from the truth and worse still, condemn those who stay Scriptural.

There was a falling away from the truth in the Dark Ages when truth died as the Pope ruled the church in Europe and banned the Bible.

This dark age was due to the Light of Scripture being banned. They could not see clearly because of a lack of light.

At the end there will be another rejection of Bible truth.

This dark age is due to having too many opinions and quotes flashing onto the stage like flickering lights until the people are dazzled and cannot see clearly.

Try finding Christians who believe that the Bible is the Absolute. They are scarce.

Quotes have replaced Scripture.

II THESSALONIANS 2:3   Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

With the King James Bible being disregarded, the scene is set for the final antichrist Pope to appear.

A collapse of the world economy will enable him, like Hitler did, to seize dictatorial power to create a new world economy. The paid pastors will be dependent on him for their income and follow him.

II THESSALONIANS 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

A human weakness has always been to promote a man up to take the place of God.

The Roman Catholics call the Pope “Vicarius Christi” or “Vicar of Christ”, in place of Christ.

Message-believers promote William Branham from being the “voice of the 7th angel” to being the “Voice of God”.

Then they claim that brother Branham is infallible.

That is exactly what the Roman Catholics claimed about the Pope in 1870.

Message-believers use brother Branham’s quotes to replace the Bible. But Christ is the Bible as He is the Word of God.

People think they have to belong to a certain church to get saved.

65-0220  GOD'S  CHOSEN  PLACE  OF  WORSHIP

They think you have to belong to that certain church or you cannot go to Heaven. That's wrong. To believe that, is antichrist. I'll say this: if you believe such a spirit, you're lost.

That's a good sign you are lost, because it's taking away from what God did. God never put His Name in any church. He put It in His Son, Christ Jesus, when He and His Son became One. That's the genuine place of worship. No other foundations was laid, no other rock.

61-0806  THE  SEVENTIETH  WEEK  OF  DANIEL

They'll have a man that'll take the place of God, set in the temple of God and oppose himself above all the people like that, and it... See what is it? "Nicko," "overcoming the laity." See? All that's called God--he'll set in this temple of God, like God. Paul said, there'd be a falling away first in the last days. And here we are right here now, and see that falling away, and see the church getting further and further away from it and going right back again, and we're at the end time. All right.

The churches have fallen away from the truth ever since the days of brother Branham’s ministry that ended in 1965.

Now the message-believers are promoting brother Branham to the Godhead as the Son of man and by calling him sermons the Absolute as if he is the Voice of God.

The claims that William Branham takes the place of God because his quotes replace Scripture, merely proves that we are in the last days where the message-believers now also fall away from the truth.

Soon there will be nobody left that believes that the revealed King James Version of the Bible is the Absolute.

MATTHEW 24:22   And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved:

Saved from the Tribulation.

Message -believers claim that the Cloud of 1963 was the Coming of the Lord on Sunset Peak in Arizona, near Tucson.

But Sunset Peak is in the great Sonoran desert.

And Jesus does not come in the desert.

MATTHEW 24:26   Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth:

Thus, the message-followers are deceived by the pastors that they idolize.

This reminds us of certain Catholic mythology that is called Christianity.

The airy nonchalance with which they make up the details as they go along.

It is just shamelessly invented.

We marvel at the richness of human gullibility.

Plunging into the fathomless abyss of self-delusion and fantasy.

Gullible church-goers, relying on their pastors, are keen to learn new unscriptural ideas.

This is the ideal mindset that is needed to be fooled by the final antichrist Pope.

AN EXPOSITION OF THE SEVEN CHUCH AGES. CHAPTER 6

The deeds and doctrines of the Nicolaitanes, the doctrine of Balaam, and the teaching of the false prophetess, Jezebel, do not constitute three spirits or make three spiritual principles.

These three are but the various manifestations of the same spirit as it goes from depth to depth. What it all is, is the antichrist spirit of organization in its three various stages.

Once the clergy separated themselves

and organized themselves

they oppressed the people by leading them into, and binding them to organization also.

This organization was based upon the creeds and dogma which they taught the people instead of the pure Word of God.

 

Organized religion begins when the pastors separate themselves from the people, organize an elevated place or position above the people, and then oppress the people.

This involves the spirits of the evil Nicolaitans, treacherous Balaam, and ruthless Jezebel. That is a bad bunch.

Bible teachers, who only teach the quotes of brother Branham that can be proven from Scripture, are banned by the pastors.

A strict Bible study would contradict too many of the pastor’s pet doctrines.

63-0724  GOD  DOESN'T  CALL  MAN  TO  JUDGMENT  WITHOUT  FIRST  WARNING  HIM

The teacher is a special man. He sits back under the anointing of the Spirit and is able to take the Words and put them together by the Holy Spirit, that, the pastor or evangelist either one could not compare with him.

Pastors are not Bible teachers. But they want pre-eminence and control over their people. A Bible teacher would be perceived as a threat to them.

Pastors, like chief priests and Pharisees, do not want to lose their place as head of the church.

JOHN 11:47   Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council…

:48   If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

They were more worried about losing their place as religious leaders, than the nation of Israel being lost.

Anything or anyone that stands in place of Christ must be antichrist.

63-0319  THE  SECOND  SEAL

But when this awful deceiving spirit (Oh, man.) incarnate spirit, this doctrine spirit became incarnated to take the place of Christ into a man

62-1230   IS  THIS  THE  SIGN   OF  THE  END  SIR

And, then, God will not share His glory with nobody. He is God. And when a servant becomes a place that he tries to take the place of God, then God takes his life and moves him away somewhere, or something. We must remember that.

Protestants keep following the Roman Catholic spirit.

The message-followers never learn from history.

As a result, they are doomed to repeat history by trying to turn brother Branham into an idol who is hero-worshiped. Just like the Catholics did with the Pope.