Thunderings-Lightnings-Voices, Part 2

INTRODUCTION

IN PART ONE OF THIS MESSAGE WE GAVE PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE IDENTIFYING OF VOICE, VOICES, TRUMPET, TRUMPETS, THUNDER AND THUNDERS FOR THESE WORDS HOLD THE KEY AS TO WHO IS DOING THE SPEAKING. WE ALSO PLACED SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE FACT THAT THEIR VOICES, AS FOUND IN REVELATION 10:3, DEFINITELY POINTS TO THE VOICES OF MORE THAN ONE, AND THE FACT THAT IT IS THUNDERS, UTTERING THEIR VOICES, LETS US KNOW THAT THE VOICES ARE SPEAKING ON THE BEHALF OF GOD. THE SCRIPTURES WELL ESTABLISH THE FAT THAT WHEN GOD SPEAKS SPECIFICALLY, BYSTANDERS USUALLY ALWAYS HEAR IT AS THUNDER, THEREFORE WHATEVER IS BEING SPOKEN BY THE VOICES (PLURAL) OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS, DEFINITELY IS THE WORD OF THE LORD COMING FORTH, BUT PLEASE DO NOT MISS THE KEY HERE: GOD IS ONE AND THIS VERSE TELLS US THAT SEVEN THUNDERS UTTERED THEIR VOICES. THIS IS HOW WE KNOW THAT THE SEVEN THUNDERS (WHEN THEY DO SOUND) WILL BE SEVEN VOICES SOUNDING FORTH THE WORD OF THE LORD, SPECIFICALLY TO THE GRACE AGE BRIDE OF CHRIST, AND CERTAINLY CANNOT BE (AS CERTAIN ONES ARE CLAIMING) ONE VOICE GIVING FORTH SEVEN MESSAGES. THESE THINGS ARE WRITTEN IN SUCH A WAY AS TO HIDE THE REVELATION OF THEM FROM THE EYES OF CARNAL MINDED INDIVIDUALS, BUT THE BRIDE OF CHRIST IS NOT TO BE KEPT IN THE DARK ON THESE VITAL ISSUES WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE SPECIFICALLY TO BE UNDERSTOOD BY HER IN THESE LAST DAYS. YES I AM WELL AWARE OF THE FACT THAT MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN TROUBLED BY CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE GONE ABOUT PREACHING THEIR VERSION OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS, BUT IF YOU WILL TAKE THE TIME TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE PUBLISHING IN THIS ARTICLE, YOU SHOULD NOT BE TROUBLED BY THEM IN THE FUTURE. I TAKE NO DELIGHT IN PICKING AT INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE, BUT THERE IS A TRUTH TO BE TAUGHT IN THIS HOUR OF TIME JUST BEFORE GRACE RUNS OUT FOR THE GENTILES, AND THAT TRUTH ITSELF WILL CAUSE THE BRIDE OF JESUS CHRIST TO RECOGNIZE FALSE TEACHING WHEN THEY HEAR IT. FOR THIS REASON I HOPE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU WHO RECEIVE THIS ISSUE WILL BE SURE THAT YOU OBTAIN AND READ PART ONE, WHICH WAS OUR MAY ISSUS, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO.

 

HAS THE ANGEL CRIED?

 

Our text for this message is verses 1-6 of Revelation, chapter 10, but the main interest centers around verse 3. In this verse we find a mighty angel has cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth. Then, after the cry, seven thunders uttered their voices. Therefore, what we need to find out is, Who is this mighty angel? Has He cried already? What significance does this event hold as far as time is concerned, and what are the thunders which John heard after the mighty angel cried? It was not just because he heard a noise that caused him to write what he did. He called the noise thunders, but the interesting thing about it is, those thunders were voices, and John understood what they said, but he was forbidden to write what he heard them say. Brothers and Sisters, that is exactly why I say that it is vain for anyone to search Brother Branham’s messages trying to find the message of the seven thunders: John did not record what he heard them say, when he was carried by a vision into the hour of time where it will actually take place. Just try to realize that John was seeing and hearing things that are still out ahead of us yet. I assure you this one thing; Those thunders will not sound their voices while Jesus is still on the mercy seat, and furthermore, when Jesus comes off of the mercy seat, with the little scroll open in His hand (Rev. 10:2) it will be time for two spiritual Jews to move on the scene in Israel, the two witnesses of Rev. 11:3-12. As we said in Vol. 11 No. 4, which is part 1 of this message; while the bride of Christ is hearing the thunders of Rev. 10:3, the Jews in the land of Israel will be hearing the word of the Lord from the mouth of these two witnesses. The last week of Daniel’s 70 weeks concerning Israel will be in effect at that time. There is absolutely no scriptural reason for anyone to believe that Jesus would leave the mercy seat, cause the thunders to sound their voices to the bride, call an end to Gentile time, and then let years pass before He turned His attention back to the Jews. That is just plain foolish to think like that when the scriptures make it so clear. Now I am sure that some of you will say, Bro. Jackson, It doesn’t seem that clear to me. It will when the Holy Ghost gives you a revelation. How do we get a revelation? Just seek truth and keep an open mind; God will do the rest.

 

THE SEVENTH SEAL

 

Let us turn to Revelation 8:1, now. This is what leads into our text scriptures. “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” Now, Who is opening the seals? Jesus, the Lamb of God, chapter 5:5-6:1. Where is He when He is opening them? He is still on the mercy seat, and He will remain there until the last Gentile souls whose name is in the Book of Life has responded to the gospel. Where does that place the opening of the 7th seal? Right at the end of the Gentile grace age. Jesus has been on the mercy seat interceding for all the souls whose names were recorded in the Book of Life for almost two thousand years, but when that last soul responds to the gospel, His intercessory work will be over. That is when He will leave the mercy seat with the little book (SCROLL) open in His hand. It will be time to claim all those that He has interceded for. That brings us to our text scriptures, chapter 10:1-6. This is not to be looked upon as the rapture of the bride, where Jesus comes from heaven with a shout, calls the dead saints from their graves, and the living ones with them to meet Him in the air, as we read in 1 Thes. 4:13-17. No, what we see in chapter 10, is the Lord Jesus coming in angelic form to announce the end of grace for Gentiles, and at the same time He causes the seven thunders (SEVEN HOLY GHOST-FILLED MEN WHO HAVE HEARD FROM GOD) to begin sounding their voices with THUS SAITH THE LORD for the bride. What ever those thunders utter, will be something that will get the living element of the bride of Christ ready for that meeting in the air. While those men are speaking to the bride, fulfilling the last phase of her perfecting process, those 7 trumpet angels found in chapter 8, verse 2, just after the opening of the 7th seal, will be working with the two witnesses who are prophesying to the Jews in Israel. Do not allow yourself to think that the seven angels will be pouring out their plagues in one place, and the two witnesses will be somewhere else, smiting the earth with plagues: If you will examine chapter 8, and chapter 11, you will see that the plagues of the seven trumpet angels, and the plagues called for by the two witnesses are the same. These two witnesses will have the same anointing upon them as was on Moses and Elijah of old. They will be doing the same things that were done by those old prophets long ago. In other words the judgments of God will be striking Israel, and they will be called for by those two prophets, but only after Jesus is off the mercy seat, and the great peace covenant has been confirmed to fulfill Daniel 9:27. Some scoffers will say, Why do you jump back and forth in the scriptures like that? It is very simple to explain; there are a lot of things taking place right about the same time, and they could not all be written in one verse, therefore we must depend upon the Holy Ghost to reveal to us just where to place these events. In other words the events of chapter 7:1-8, chapter 8:1-13, chapter 10:1-6, and Daniel 9:27, will all be taking place in an intermingled period of time therefore you cannot say exactly which verses should have been recorded ahead of other verses, but we can study these scriptures and know in our own minds what will be taking place, and certainly, we can place certain specific events in their place. Take the opening of the 7th seal for instance. We know that takes place before the mighty angel of Rev. 10:1-2, can be seen standing with one foot upon the sea, and the other foot on the earth withe the little book open in His hand. Then we know that chapter 10:6-6, must come before chapter 7:1-8, for these 144,000 servants of God are sealed by the ministry of the two witnesses who will not begin their ministry until the peace covenant of Dan. 9:27, has been signed, and Jesus has ended His intercessory work.

 

SILENCE IN HEAVEN

 

Now we learned from chapter 8, verse 1, that when the 7th seal was broken, there was silence in heaven for about the space of half an hour. I will not try to tell you what all will take place down here on earth during that space of time; I do not know, but I do believe I know what causes the silence in heaven among all the heavenly beings there. Just try to imagine: Jesus has been sitting on the mercy seat for two thousand years, and none of those angels know exactly how long he will sit there; then they see Him break that last seal and begin to rise from His seated position. Don’t you think that will cause some kind of reaction when it takes place? I do. I believe it will cause a hushed silence as they watch Him change positions after being seated there for two thousand years. Then as that half hour of silence hits in heaven, I believe the Holy Ghost will be doing something down here on earth among the bride that will correspond to what is taking place in heaven. At any rate the events recorded in verses 2-13 of chapter 8, are the judgments of God upon Israel as those two prophets prophesy for 3 ½ years before they are killed by the Antichrist and his henchmen. During that 3 ½ years, chapter 7:1-8, will be fulfilled. These two witnesses will not be preaching sermons in the same sense that we are familiar with; their ministry will be prophesying. We cannot say for sure what they will be telling those Jews in that hour, but we do know that they will reveal Jesus Christ to be the true Messiah of the Jews, and we know also that during their ministry they will instruct those spiritual Jews as to where to flee to when the persecution by the beast begins in the middle of the week. You will not find those instructions written in any book: They will be prophesying to the people, and in the course of their prophesying, they will make the wilderness location known. If the church world today actually knew where God would hide those Jews during that dark tribulation hour, the Catholics would be there building churches, and Oral Roberts would no doubt be there building hospitals, dormitories, schools and cafeterias, getting everything ready for them. Let me tell you: This is something that God is going to do without the help of Oral Roberts and Billy Graham and men such as that. There is not one thing written, telling us what those two witnesses will be prophesying to Israel. Neither is there anything written that lets us know what those thunders will say, but God did let John write something that lets us know there will be such men on earth to fulfill God’s will in the appointed time. Only God knows what they will say, and He will tell them when the hour arrives for them to know. I feel sorry for these poor misguided souls who think God has already done all the speaking that He will ever do, even that He is not able to speak to men now as in days of old. How ridiculous! It is no wonder so many people refer to God as though He was an ancient God who is no long in control of His creation. I am here to tell you that God is still running His plan for the ages; He has not turned it over to the great intellects who think they know more about it than the very Creator Himself.

 

TWO WITNESSES

 

Saints: Listen to me. Through the mouth of those two witnesses of Rev. 11:3, God is going to speak specifically to Israel, by prophesy. He will speak to them prophetically concerning their nation and the coming events of that hour, and where they should go, and what they should do. Therefore if He does that for Israel: Why would He not do a similar thing for His grace age bride? I believe those thunders will speak specifically of the fact that Jesus is off the mercy seat and there is no more grace for Gentiles, and at the same time be giving the bride her traveling instructions. No they will not be telling her to go to Arizona, Jeffersonville, nor anything like that. Neither will they be instructing her on how to lift herself off the ground to defy the law of gravity, but rather, they will be God’s voice to her for the purpose of perfecting her revelation. She will hear things that the world around her will pay no attention to whatsoever. Now some of you may say, Bro. Jackson: We thought you were going to tell us something great. You will hear something great when the hour arrives for you to hear it, if you will keep your head on straight, and take this opportunity now to settle the question of what those thunders are. If we do not know what those thunders are to be, then we will not know what to listen for. Brother, to me this is where complete perfection is accomplished. I did not say that perfection would not already be taking place before then; I only said, This will be God’s way to complete the perfection process.

 

NO NEW CONVERTS

 

God sent a messenger to this age to call the bride out from denominational traditions and start her perfection process, but she will not reach her peak of perfection until after she has heard those seven thunders. No, every person will not have to hear all seven of those men; the true church is universal, and the universal body of Christ must hear those thunders, but the reason there will be seven is because it is highly impractical to believe that any one man could ever contact the universal body in such a short period of time. Whether he could or could not is not for us to say: God said there would be seven, and that is how it is going to be. When Jesus comes off of the mercy seat, Gentile time will last only long enough for the voice of those thunders to be carried around the world, and even then, there will be no new converts; it will be strictly for the bride. We only call it Gentile time because the rapture of the bride is still to be accomplished. You can be sure of one thing though, whatever those thunders do utter will not diminish one single thing from the message of the 7th church age prophet, or messenger. They will lift up the message and show it in its gospel truth. Then the dynamic climax will no doubt be when they reveal the fact that Jesus is off the mercy seat and ready to call the dead from their graves. Theirs will be a supernatural revelation of the plan of God for His universal church. What could have a greater impact on the true church than for certain brethren, strategically placed upon the face of the great planet earth, to begin to see the true light on this message, and really begin to see Bro. Branham in his true Biblical setting? It would cause people to really start praying and asking God to help them get rid of their carnal ways, knowing that time is very short. The bride will be watching conditions in Israel that will make her aware that the Lord could come at any time. To me this would be a beautiful way to go to sleep at night, realizing that you could wake up in glory. Hallelujah! Maybe some of you might get up early and start for work on your assembly line and never get there. Praise the Lord! Bro. Allen, here, might start to the Ford plant and never arrive there. He will go to glory instead. Why am I saying these things? Simply to impress upon you the fact that the bride is universal. When the rapture takes place, some will be in the bed asleep, others will be going to work, and still others will be coming home from work. Hallelujah! Regardless of what the dial on our clocks show, We will all go up together from around the whole scope of this old world.

 

WHY SEVEN THUNDERS?

 

Let us just look for a minute at why I believe there is to be seven men used by God to wind up this old Gentile age. When we look back at the apostolic beginning of the gospel that we hold so dear to our hearts: What do we see? Sitting in the upper room with a number of other believers was 12 men, chosen by Jesus to be His apostles. They had the verbal word of Jesus in their minds, the things He had taught them for 3 ½ years, but look what happened when the Holy Ghost fell on them; It made those words spiritually digestible to their very souls. Everywhere they went, they preached the same revelation of what Jesus had taught them. Now, Why did He choose 12? Every time God did anything outstanding, He never failed to recognize all twelve tribes of Israel. When they crossed Jordan He chose 12 men to pick up stones and erect a memorial. When old Elijah when up against the prophets of Baal, after he had allowed them to have their time and failed to receive an answer from their god, Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, and built an altar unto the Lord to offer his sacrifice upon. There had to be something there that recognized every tribe of Israel, even though at the time, the nation was divided. When Jesus came on the scene: He did not choose just two apostles to represent the two Southern tribes that were in the land at that time; He chose 12 for the same reason that Elijah chose 12 stones. All Israel was to be represented in what was going to take place. God always recognized all twelve tribes in every outstanding occurrence that affected Israel. It is a matter of recognition to all of Israel, and not just a part of her. Now I believe it is this same principal that is causing God to speak to the bride of Christ by the mouth of 7 outstanding men here at the end time. The grace age church has come through 7 church ages, each age having its own messenger. That messenger spoke, in his particular age, the truth that applied to his age. Now we are coming right down to the end of the age of grace, and God is getting ready to close it out. What will He do? He will make certain that the grace age bride is dressed to be ushered into the great banquet hall of heaven. What is she to be dressed in? A pure revelation of the word of God. That is why God will anoint 7 outstanding men right at the time of the end; He will speak through them, to put the finishing touches on the bride’s revelation just before she leaves. This will not in any way annul the 5 fold ministry that God has set in the church for the perfecting of the saints: What they will say will harmonize completely with what the true five fold ministry is saying. Each man will be a thunder in himself. In other words, a voice of communication whereby God can speak to His people things that are not written in the Bible, nor anywhere else, and they will all be speaking the same things. I will illustrate it like this; Just suppose that a person wanted to broadcast a certain specific message to people who were scattered over a vast area. If he could place a speaker in 7 different locations, so strategically that it would enable him to reach all those whom he wanted to speak to; then his ONE VOICE could be heard by all. In other words, every one who heard the message would be hearing the same thing. There would be no room for confusion. Therefore just try to get a mental picture of such a situation, and it will help you to understand what we have in Revelation10:3. The mighty angel cried with a loud voice, and that angel is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ in angelic form. John had to see it like that in order to write it, but we know it holds a symbolic meaning. By all the other scriptures we have to look at, we know it could not be Jesus Christ on earth in literal form before the last week of Daniel’s prophecy would be fulfilled, yet the cry He gives forth as when a lion roareth, furnishes us with the identity of this mighty angel. Catch this now, this one angel cries with a loud voice, then 7 others were heard. John was about to write what they said, but a voice from heaven said, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. You will notice also, that it was not the angelic voice of Jesus Christ that said this to John; it was a voice from heaven. That reverts back to the Father. All authority lays in Jehovah Elohim. You say, But I thought Jesus had all authority now. Jesus Christ walking among men was God in the flesh of a man, and naturally, being God, all authority rested in Him, but you are probably thinking of Matthew 28:18, where Jesus said, ALL POWER is given unto me in heaven and in earth. That is true; all power was given unto Him and HE still has it, but we must look at this 10th chapter of Revelation which holds the climax of Gentile time, and realize that what takes place here is the announcement of something that Jesus told His disciples was known only to the Father. In verses 5 & 6, that mighty angel is heard, calling an end to time. He lifted up His hand to heaven, and swore by Him that liveth for ever and ever, (JEHOVAH ELOHIM) who created all things, that there should be time no longer. As we have already pointed out: this simply means that God is calling an end to Gentile time, and will return to the Jews with the gospel. There will be delay no longer. Gentile grace will be cut off by the authority of Him who created all things, He that liveth for ever and ever, Jehovah Elohim.

 

MYSTERY OF GOD

 

As we go to verse 7, we find Jesus saying, “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, (Bro. Branham, the 7th church age messenger) when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to his servants the prophets.” Naturally that is speaking of the mystery spoken of by the apostle Paul, that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs with the Jews, in Christ. Let us turn to Ephesians 3:4-6, and read what Paul had to say about this mystery, for it has been the source of much controversy among the followers of Bro. Branham’s ministry. Paul says, “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it IS NOW REVEALED UNTO HIS HOLY APOSTLES AND PROPHETS by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel.” In Colossians 1:27, he said, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this MYSTERY AMONG THE GENTILES: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Yes, in the days of the voice of the 7th angel, this gospel mystery that God has revealed to his servants, the apostles and prophets was finished. It was no longer a mystery. What may strike you to be strange though, is the fact that only the seventh church age angel was mentioned, or recognized. Here is why; God knew that he was the only one of the seven that would be on earth, and say something, at a time when the book of Revelation was going to start being revealed to the Gentile bride. This angel announced him as a VOICE, (singular) not voices. Let me try to say this as humbly as I know how. I was there when Bro. Branham preached on the church ages, I was there when he preached on the Seals, and I was there every time he preached one of these outstanding messages, and knowing that I will draw much criticism by saying this, I still must say emphatically, You are not going to find the message of the seven thunders in any of the over 900 taped messages of Bro. Branham. Those thunders are yet to sound their voices. Bro. Branham was A VOICE, and there is no way you can apply VOICES, sensibly, to what he had to say to this age. I must keep stressing the difference, for that is why we are printing this message in the first place: so that those who have an ear to hear will have their ears tuned to listen for the thunders that are yet to sound, instead of searching through hundreds of books and tapes looking for them. Even though he preached all those messages, he was still just ONE VOICE. We will say also, within the message proclaimed to this age by that ONE VOICE, is every doctrine, and precept that makes up the complete formula of this message of grace, and it is being sounded around the world, so it is no longer a mystery. That which in other dispensations of time was a mystery known only to God, is now being proclaimed around this world to all lost mankind, giving every lost soul a chance to repent and be a partaker of this marvelous grace of God, but the message of those seven thunders will be a message specifically to the bride of Christ. She is the only one that will hear and take heed to what is said. It will not be 7 sermons. It will not be 7 seals, 7 church ages, 7 books, nor 7 statements. It will be utterances from 7 men that are yet to speak, and they will be receiving what they speak directly from God. It is not written in any book.

 

EAT THE LITTLE BOOK

 

Now we have a very important part of this chapter 10 which we have never said much about even though we have mentioned it from time to time. That is verses 8-11, where we will direct our attention for the next few minutes. In verse 8, John says, “And the voice which I heard from heaven (the voice of Elohim) spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.” This is the voice of Jehovah Elohim directing John to take the little scroll of redemption out of the hand of Jesus, who has by this time, broken the last seal on the scroll, and left the mercy seat. John says, “And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. (scroll) And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.” There are two things here that we need to catch. First notice that it was the same voice that John had heard in the beginning, the voice that he heard saying unto him, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter, over in chapter 4, and now this voice is directing him to go take the little book out of the angel’s hand. Then as he goes over to the angel and asks for the little book, the angel Himself says, Take it and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. Now we all know that there was no natural food benefit to be derived from eating the little scroll; Therefore we must give it spiritual application. I say that for the benefit of our natural thinking. Actually there was no literal book at all, but it had to be pictured like this. Remember, John was taken up in the Spirit and projected into future time so that what he was seeing and doing was actually things that pertain to our day. The eating of the little book, or we will say, the contents of it, is definitely going to have a profound spiritual effect on the bride of Christ in these last days. The eating will actually take place when that angelic form is on earth, after He (Jesus) has left the mercy seat in glory, and only the bride will eat thereof. Let us read verse 10, and see what John said about the effects of this eating. “And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.” That does not mean that he became nauseated and upchucked what he had eaten. When we translate that into natural terms it simply means that he got a sour stomach. Many times when we eat something different than what we are used to eating, regardless of how good to the taste buds it might have been, when it reaches the stomach we get a sour stomach and heart burn. That is what the reference here, pertains to. Now let us translate it back into spiritual terms for a proper application. We have all be eating from spiritual food, much of which has been handed down to us from our ancestors. We are speaking of the religious teaching that most of us older folks have been raised up on. Our spiritual digestive system has become accustomed to digesting that, so there is no upset, but when the diet changes suddenly it is a different story. When we begin to be fed the nutritional diet of revelated truth, even though it sounds wonderful, or maybe we should say, It is sweet to our spiritual taste buds, when it comes against our traditions and habits it causes upset. The effects can be very bitter as we try to digest what we have heard, but because it is so sweet to the taste buds, we keep on coming back for more, and eventually our system will harmonize with this new diet. This is just a little illustration to help you understand what is involved here before we go on to verse 11. We have said many times, This book of Revelation is a love letter to the bride of Christ, and the revelated understanding of it always includes a spiritual sour stomach as we begin to break away from our old ways.

 

WHO MUST PROPHESY AGAIN?

 

Verse 11, places our thinking in the same realm as all those people who think that Bro. Branham is coming back to preach again, but let us see if we cannot shed some light on this statement. We will read it first. This is still the angel speaking to John. “And he said unto me, THOU MUST PROPHESY AGAIN BEFORE MANY PEOPLES, AND NATIONS, AND TONGUES, AND KINGS.” How many of you actually believe that the apostle John who wrote this part of the Bible will literally return in bodily form to prophesy to anyone? Now some will say, Oh! Brother Jackson: John came back and fulfilled that before he was martyred. No he didn’t! The book of redemption was not open in the hand of Jesus then, and it is still not open, and John had to eat the little book first, before he was told that. When we look at verse 11, from a revelated standpoint, there is only one conclusion that we can come to. The anointing that was upon John which allowed him to prophesy things that the church age messenger did not even touch on in that first age, will rest upon a ministry in these last days that will cause them to do the very same thing that John did. They will prophesy things to the bride that Bro. Branham never did touch on, and neither could he have, for it was not time for God to speak in such a way. This will not annul the gift of prophesy among the body of Christ; It is just that the gift of prophecy in certain men’s lives is going to rise to a much higher plane when time comes for Rev. 10:3, to be fulfilled. God will be speaking through these men at a time when the people of God need something that cannot be found written in the Bible. They will need specific details to guide them and enable them to cope with world conditions in that hour. None of us are able to say exactly what the order of events will be, but if we do truly believe the word of God, we are assured of one thing: when the time is at hand, God will be on the scene with whatever is needed. In the meantime we have the Holy Ghost inside us to enable us to overcome daily trials, tests, and seemingly impossible circumstances. Remember, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation (or trial, or test) also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it,” (1st Cor. 10:13). God has so ordained that every believer will be able to overcome. I will say this also, the closing chapter of the history of the bride of Christ will be great, much greater than anything you can read from that first age in the book of Acts. The church world is full of people who realize this, and many of them are doing their best to be a part of that last great move among the Gentiles. I suppose it is alright to desire such a thing, but we still have to let God run His program. We cannot write our books on how it will be, and then expect God to fulfill our ideas of it. There have been many men in the world since the turn of the century that had a genuine gift of God in their lives, but I fear that far too many of them have allowed that gift to be exploited for one reason or the other until it has reached a point where there is very little genuine concern for the true purpose of God left among them today. Of course it is a disturbing situation, but this is a sure sign that we are at the end. The scriptures tell us it will be like that as time runs out for the Gentiles. Our ancestors were pagans, and we are living to see a generation of Gentiles fast turning back to paganism. By the time the bride has gone to the marriage supper, and the Spirit of God is dealing exclusively with the Jews, the poor old foolish Gentile virgins will really have something to contend with. Martyrdom will be their own escape.

WHAT DID JOHN SEE – HEAR?

 

We are going to direct our attention for the remainder of this article, on what John saw, and heard. The message was preached and titled, What Did John See, and What Did John Hear? But it is in connection with the revelation of what the seven thunders are; therefore we are just making one printed message and including the contents of this message within. I consider this to be a very important message; therefore I encourage you to pay close attention to what is said. For you who may not be as familiar with what we believe, as others may be; if you do not understand what you read just file it away. If you are a predestinated seed of God there will come a day when the Spirit of God will deal with your heart, and cause you to remember that you have certain things filed away in your memory bank. When you re-examine it, then you will understand.

 

WORLD CHURCHES – SPIRITUAL BABYLON

 

It is not my purpose to exalt human flesh, but there comes a time when certain things must be brought to light, layed on the line, and a stand taken on behalf of those things, because they are things that affect people’s lives, and attitudes. We believe, and do know for a fact, that God sent a prophet messenger to this Laodicean age. His primary purpose was to call a people out from their traditional bondage, and put them back into the revelated word of God. To this God ordained purpose he was found to be faithful, but many who heard him and witnessed the gift of God in his life have tried to make him more than God meant for him to be. It is for this reason that we, many times, are required to say certain things that tend to offend a certain element of people. I take no pleasure in it, but feel that I must be faithful to the calling of God upon my own life. That is, to hold a line on revelated truth in this age of idolatry and apostasy. Some have taken Bro. Branham’s teaching and used certain statements out of context to form a cult that I consider to be worse than Roman Catholicism itself. That is not why God sent us a prophet messenger to this age. His message was not to turn us back to ceremonies and creeds which were all a product of the world church, but back to the word of God as taught by the apostles of Jesus Christ. Every major religious denomination in the world of so called Christianity started out with a certain amount of truth as they began to come out of Catholicism on this side of the Dark Ages, but they have taken truth and added to it a long list of man made do’s and do not’s, which placed the followers of that truth under spiritual bondage. Now, did I say they do not have truth? Absolutely not, but they certainly are not the church of the Living God. Biblically, all of those denominations together, including Catholicism which stands at the head of the list, make up spiritual Babylon which we find referred to just as Babylon in the book of Revelation. Babylon speaks of captivity, and that is exactly the state of many hungry souls in the world, even after the message of Bro. Branham has been around the globe as it has. Nevertheless, God is gleaning the last of these hungry souls just before He changes the world order.

 

INFALLIBLE WORD

 

Bro. Branham stood as a prophet to this age with THUS SAITH THE LORD to all those who had an ear to hear what the Spirit of God was unctioning him to say, but he was suddenly taken from the scene in an automobile collision almost 14 years ago. Does that mean that God can no longer speak to His people? Absolutely not. Does that mean that we must have another church age messenger to take his place? Absolutely not. The main purpose in our publishing this message is to show you that God has already made provision for other men to speak THUS SAITH THE LORD, when the time is right for them to do so. It will not be this bunch of Pentecostal preachers that you see running everywhere today, claiming to have Thus saith the Lord, preaching their little 15 minute sermonettes, and taking an hour to an hour and a half to receive an offering, and neither will it be those who fight that sort of thing so hard that they themselves have been captured by a spirit that is even worse. No, God is not at the mercy of any of those extremists. His spokesmen in this last hour will be men who are genuinely hungering for revelated truth to feed their souls upon. No, they will not be infallible, Jesus Christ Himself is the only man who ever lived that was infallible, but many men through the ages have been anointed to speak the infallible word of God. There is a vast difference, you know. Well, Bro. Jackson, What about the prophets? I have said it before, and I will say it again and again; when they were anointed to speak for the Lord; that word was infallible, but anything outside of that, any other statements, came strictly from the man himself, and were subject to the man’s human nature, and his surroundings. Many who have failed to realize this are bringing great reproach upon Bro. Branham’s name, and his office in this age, as they go forth trying to persuade others that every word he spoke after such and such a date was THUS SAITH THE LORD. That is the same spirit that causes others to claim that the Pope of the Roman Catholic church is infallible. It is a Satanic spirit sent forth by Satan himself to lay a trap for all those who have a tendency to follow human flesh instead of the word of God. Such a spirit will blind peoples’ eyes to the truth, and lead them to a place where they just lay their Bible aside and depend completely upon statements made by the man they are following. (We will get to John in a minute, but first I want to get your thinking directed into a channel where you will be able to catch what is being said, and why it is being said.) Many people who are claiming to be following the message of Bro. Branham, are looking strictly to his sermon tapes, and books, trying to find the word of the Lord for 1979, and they condemn me, and say that I am against what he taught because I will not confine my own ministry to saying only what the prophet said, but I am here to tell you that I am serving a living God who is still speaking to His people, and we will prove it by the Bible itself if you will bear with me.

 

ONLY JOHN SAW SOME THINGS

 

I ask you first of all, as we begin to look into the Bible: What did the apostle John see, and what did he hear? Do you believe that this aged old apostle was a personal witness to the ministry of Jesus, and that he was the one who leaned on the bosom of Jesus at the last supper? Do you believe and accept the fact that he was the very last writer in the chronology of all written scripture? Yes, he fits perfectly into all of this, but let me be quick to say, He was definitely not the 1st church age messenger. What did he see and hear that made him stand out so vividly in the closing hours of that first age, then? He did not write the book of Revelation as a result of hallucinations as some have dared to say. He wrote it by the direction of Jesus Christ Himself, and it was written for the bride of Christ to read and understand in our day. He saw and heard some things that Paul and the other apostles of that age were never privileged to see and hear. Do you not agree that he did?

 

FIRST AGE MESSENGER

 

In a previous message we talked about Paul being the messenger to that first church age, and how he wrote the greater portion of the New Testament teachings on doctrine and conduct of Christians. (When we say he wrote a certain letter, let it be understood to mean that it, in most cases, was dictated by Paul, even though someone else did the actual writing.) Paul wrote 14 of the New Testament letters and epistles, and his life and ministry takes up the last 16 chapters of the book of Acts, which is a history of the early church. We read in the 9th chapter how God got his attention and turned him around when he was so zealously going in the wrong direction, but chapter 13 is where we begin to see him going forth in his ministry, and the rest of the book of Acts is taken up with the accounts of the various phases of his service to the Lord. As you read the New Testament from Acts 9, right on through, it becomes very clear that Paul stood out as the apostle, or messenger to that age. We read also, in Romans 11:13 where he said, “For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office.” To me, all this proves beyond a shadow of doubt, that he was the messenger to that first age. In his letters is found every doctrine and precept of New Testament Christianity. He gives more details on the Godhead, says more about sanctification and the believer’s fellowship and walk with God than all the other writers together. He also dealt with more human faults and errors than the other writers. You will find that he was compelled by circumstances to write to the various churches, either by a condition he had heard existed in that local assembly, or as a result of a question that was put to him. Nevertheless his response included rebuke, admonition, and exhortation that applied to the existing conditions. His life, from his call in Acts 9, until his martyrdom, consisted of about 30 years. The last letter he wrote was 2nd Timothy, in the year of 66 A.D., in which he said, My departure is at hand; I am now ready to be offered up. I have fought a good fight; I have kept the faith, and I have finished my course: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness with the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing. This epistle was written approximately 10 years after the great revival he had there at Ephesus, the revival which lit the fire that all the other churches we are going to read about was lit from. Then we go on in our examination of the scriptures to find that the book of Revelation was written in the year of 96 A.D. which was about 30 years after the last letter written by Paul, the church age messenger.

 

WHAT IS JOHN WRITING?

 

I wonder if you are beginning to catch my thought? If Paul was the messenger to that first age: What is this man called John writing here in the book of Revelation? What did he see, and what did he hear that caused him to write such a record when there was nothing else like it in all the rest of the scriptures? Bear with me a little while, and we will take a look at this man. It seems that he had been arrested and put on a little island just off the shore of the Asiatic coast line, which today is Turkey. The little island was still in sight of the main land, much like old Alcatraz was to the coast of California. He was put there in exile by the Romans because of the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ that he stood for. They evidently thought, if they could only get this old fanatic out of the way they could have a little peace in the area. It is believed by many Biblical historians that John pastored the church that Paul started in Ephesus, some years later, after Paul had passed off the scene. That certainly is within the realm of reasonable thinking, for the Isle of Patmos puts him within the vicinity of Ephesus. Nevertheless he was arrested because of his faith in God and the stand that he had taken for the gospel. At the time of his exile he was old in years of life, but he was still young at heart. Praise God for that. They put him through all kinds of torture, but there was still something inside of him that had fellowship and contact with God. Hallelujah! I do not believe this beloved old saint had a big pile of Paul’s books of sermons with him out there. No! What he had was a genuine revelation and love for God in his heart. He had that Spirit of truth in him, and that furnished him comfort and security in spite of all the centipedes, lizards, and snakes that may have been crawling all around him. Praise God! He was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and with his eyes, he saw something, and with his ears he heard something which he was told to write. He wrote it down as instructed to do, and the church of the Living God has been carrying that letter ever since. It was God’s love letter to the grace age bride which would still be alive in our day when the events recorded therein would be revealed and fulfilled. Scholars through the years have torn this letter open, examined its contents, become more confused than enlightened, and some of them have even gone so far as to say that it never should have been written. Why would they say such a thing about part of the Bible that they claim to be called to teach and stand for? Simply because it is a letter to the end time bride of Christ and was never supposed to be understood and taught before this age we are living in. Even now the church world in general will not receive the revelation of that which is recorded therein. They consider it to be foolishness, but the little bride who has the Spirit of Jesus Christ to help her read between the lines will cherish it, and take heed to the things that are written for her enlightenment, in these last days. It is just like a letter that a young man might write to his future bride if we could use a natural comparison. Such a letter usually contains intimate language that is meaningful only to the two people. Others could read certain things in such a letter and it would sound like foolishness to them. Why? Simply because they can speak of things which are known only to the two of them without going into full details such as others would need, to understand. That is what this letter is all about, and now we will take a little look at the human instrument the Lord Jesus used to write it.

 

REVELATION OF CHRIST’S DEITY

 

We learn from Acts 3:1, that John was with Peter on that great morning when they encountered the lame man as they went to the temple to pray. Peter was the one who said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” But John was with him. We know also that this man, called John, wrote the three little epistles, as well as the gospel of St. John. He was a personal witness of the calling of the other apostles who followed the Lord Jesus with him, for 3 ½ years. It was John who saw Jesus as the word being made flesh. He also saw Jesus Christ as the word that was with God in the beginning, by which all things were created. In other words, John is the one who stands out among others which may have received the great revelation of the incarnate God, in the person of Jesus Christ. He recorded the crucifixion, and many of the miracles that Jesus did, but there were a lot of the miracles that he did not even mention, as the other gospel writers did. To me, it seems that John was attracted by this great revelation of deity which he recorded so beautifully more than he was some of the other things he witnessed. There is not too much written about John, but from these few things we know about him: we are able to picture him as a very dedicated disciple of the Lord Jesus, and with an understanding of love that is unparalleled as far as we can see. Naturally he was present with the other apostles on that great day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost was poured out upon them, and when Peter stood in the streets calling on those who heard him preach, to repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. We believe he was a man that did much traveling, and was very informed as to what was going on in the world. It is very evident from what we read in the three little epistles of John, that by the year A.D. 90, he had witnessed many troubling situations in the Gentile church world. If you read closely you will find him talking about the spirit of error as well as the spirit of truth. He talks about the spirit of Antichrist; and says, Even now, there are many Antichrists in the world. He was compelled by circumstances to speak against the spirit of Antichrist, which truly was the white horse rider of the 1st seal. (Rev. 6:2) You may think he was off someplace in seclusion, and lifted up in the Spirit, when he wrote these little epistles, but that was not the situation at all; he wrote them, under inspiration of the Spirit of God, because of circumstances that surrounded him. It was inspiration that was pressed upon him. He was compelled to speak against what he could see spiritually taking place among the people. This necessitated the three little epistles just like the things that Paul was compelled to write about, gave us those letters that set standards for Christian living. Paul was the messenger to the age, but some of those other men had some vital instructions for Christians also.

 

TRUMPET VOICE

 

By the year A.D. 96, John was the only one of the apostles of Jesus Christ that was left alive. He was very aged, and probably felt like he had performed his last service for the lord when the Romans exiled him to the Isle of Patmos, but, all of a sudden he heard something behind him. Let us begin reading at Revelation 1:9, and see what he heard. He starts out by saying, “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, (He was not sitting there with his head in his hands grieving, No. He was in the Spirit worshiping God.) And heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” Now most people read right over that word trumpet, giving no importance to it whatsoever, but that trumpet-like voice got his attention. Do you remember reading in Exodus how Moses was up on Mt. Sinai, and all the rest of the people down below while God communed with Moses with that trumpet-like voice? There were thunderings, lightnings, and voices, and the people were scared half to death, but God was talking to Moses with a voice that sounded like a trumpet. It was not a great musical display. It was the voice of Jehovah Elohim. In all of chronology of the scriptures, we cannot find where anyone but Moses ever heard that trumpet until John heard it here in Revelation 1:10. Paul never heard that trumpet and he was the church age messenger, but this old saint, John, whose soul had thrived on the revelation that he had of who Jesus Christ was, while he was in the Spirit, there on that little island, heard the same voice that Moses heard. John was in exile because of the revelation that he had cherished all those years. If he had ever dared to compromise, it is very doubtful that he would have had any problem with the Romans, but he could not compromise; that revelation burned in his heart so strongly that he was willing to die in the midst of all the snakes and lizards on this little island if necessary. Then he hears this great voice as of a trumpet behind him, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, (we have that book here) and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia. He names the seven churches, beginning with Ephesus and we find that it is the seven churches that were established as a result of that great revival Paul had there in Asia Minor among those Gentiles. Paul preached at Ephesus for a solid three years, during which time the revival fires which burned at Ephesus lit the fire that started the other six churches mentioned here. (Brothers and sisters, this all ties together so beautifully.) By what we read in the 1st chapter of Revelation, we know that God had already caused a particular type to be set in motion over in the book of Acts, beginning with the 19th chapter when Paul went to Ephesus, that would be used as a yardstick of comparison throughout the age of grace. It is true, each of those 7 churches was a local assembly in its particular area, and they were not tied together by some denominational charter, as you would find in our day, where one preacher organized a group of churches. Each one of these 7 churches had their own local government, but each of them also were a type of certain conditions that would exist during the dispensation of grace, the period of time allotted to the Gentiles. Within the framework of these local assemblies there began to be certain perversions of the truth that Paul had taught, arise, that built into a certain spiritual condition which would compare to one of the 7 spans of time we call the church ages, and the message that John was told to write and send to these 7 churches was also a message to the particular church age that compared, by spiritual conditions within that age, to the spiritual conditions within that local church. Paul, the church age messenger and founder of many churches in that first age, had written many such letters of rebuke and exhortation, but these seven here were to have a special meaning and application that Paul’s letters did not have, because of the type that was set by them. You must keep in mind the fact that every one of these congregations were taught the exact same thing in their beginning, and through the process of perverted teaching as the years rolled by, they had strayed from the apostolic doctrine of Christ to the point where they were. You say, How could that happen, Bro. Jackson? Exactly the very same way that it is happening among the ranks of those who are supposedly following the teaching of Bro. Branham, the 7th church age messenger. You always have certain characters going from one assembly to another one, and so on, claiming to be teaching the apostolic truth of the scriptures, when actually they were never called by the Spirit of God to be a preacher in the first place. Such characters can never preach a true message, for they must depend upon THEIR UNDERSTANDING of what the true message of their particular hour is, not having the anointing of the Holy Ghost to direct them. Now please do not tell me that these preachers who run around with an arm load of Bro. Branham’s sermon books, and preach from certain quotes taken from those books, are directed by the Holy Ghost. Any person in their right mind ought to know if they were led by the Spirit of God they would all preach the same revelation and we would not have all of this confusion that keeps local assemblies from being able to fellowship together. Remember, Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” But in the verse right before that (John 10:12) He said, “But he that is an hireling, (That is what many of these so called preachers are, “HIRELINGS” for they have not a genuine love for the sheep.) And not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.” The true message of this age is to pull the true sheep back together and turn their attention back to the word of God, (THE BIBLE) before the age closes out.

 

SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS

 

As we come back to Revelation 1:11, where the voice from behind John, calls each church by name: we notice that John waited until the last one of the seven had been named, then he turned to see the voice that spake with him, the voice that, at first, sounded like a trumpet. The trumpet signifies that the authority of the voice which is doing the talking originated in Jehovah Elohim of the Old Testament, but listen to what John says about what he saw when he turned around. “And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” Let me say right here; John had walked with Jesus for 3 ½ years, but he had never heard Him speak like this before. He had heard Him speak to the storm, and he had heard him speak in many other situations with a voice of authority, but this time it was different. This man, Jesus Christ, (God incarnated in human flesh) who had walked among humanity with a dual purpose, speaking for God to the people, or on behalf of the people, stood behind John, there on the Isle of Patmos, and spake with a voice that sounded like a trumpet. He had been a prophet to the people, a sacrificial Lamb for the people, and after His resurrection, He had been our intercessor, our attorney, pleading for each of us before the throne of God, but in 96 A.D., John was privileged to view Him in a way that symbolized His full authority. The candlesticks were symbolic of the Spirit of Jesus Christ that was given to these 7 churches in the beginning, and there he stood, right in the midst of them, clothed with a garment of a high priest, but verse 14, goes beyond that of high priest, for John says, “His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; (That speaks of supreme judgeship.) And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; (speaking of our redemption) and His voice as the sound of many waters.” There is no contradiction here between the sound of the voice that John heard in verse 10, as a trumpet, and the voice as the sound of many waters in verse 15, for you must remember that each identity is symbolic of an investment of authority bestowed upon Jesus for His dealings with mankind. Just to check up a little on your memory: Why did His voice sound like the voice of many waters? It is because this voice as He speaks in this identity represents the people to God. He speaks as intercessor on behalf of multitudes of people from all nations, and tongues. We learn from Rev. 17:15, that waters, symbolically, are people, therefore this is the voice that speaks back to God on their behalf. It is the same voice that Ezekiel heard which we read of in the 43rd chapter of Ezekiel. He saw a great light coming from the Mount of Olives across the valley of Jehoshaphat, coming toward the millennial age temple in Jerusalem, and out of that light which he describes as the glory of God, came a voice which was as the sound of many waters, saying, “Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the souls of my feet, (This shows that He will dwell literally in this temple, and that could be only in the millennial age) where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile.” Now as high priest He speaks with the voice of many waters in His intercessory role; we all understand that. Likewise when He rules in the millennium He will still speak as the voice of many waters because He will be ruling on earth as a man. He will be invested with authority to rule all nations of people, and to represent them to the great Elohim, (JEHOVAH GOD – THE ETERNAL SPIRIT.) We have shown from the scriptures, in other messages, that the term, for ever, does not always apply to time without end, and that is the case with that terminology in Ezekiel 43:7.

 

THE FIRST AND THE LAST

 

Let us come back to what the apostle John saw and heard as he continued to watch the one who was speaking to him, Rev. 1:16. He says, “And He had in His right hand seven stars: (all symbolic of something) and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword.” We all know what the two-edged sword represents; it is the gospel in this age of grace. When He is seen on that white horse over in Revelation 19, with a sharp sword coming out of His mouth, it will no longer be the gospel. It will then be a sword of authority to execute wrath and judgment on wicked mankind as He comes back to earth for the millennial reign. Watch now, as we finish verse 16. “And His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw Him, I fell down at His feet as dead, and He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” In verse 17, where He said, I am the first and the last, He is speaking from the standpoint of man, in God’s plan of redemption. When we take this terminology to the epistles where the revelation of Jesus being the first and the last is laid out so clearly, it helps us to know what He was actually saying to John. Paul said, He was the firstborn from among the dead. He is the beginning of God’s new creation in the process of redemption. Regeneration had its beginning in Him, so He is definitely the first, the beginning point. Then as we look to the end of God’s process of redemption, we have no trouble seeing that He is definitely the first, the beginning point. Then as we look to the end of God’s process of redemption, we have no trouble seeing that He is also the last, for when this plan of redemption is completed, and Jesus has ruled until the last enemy (death) is conquered, and all things are put under His (Jesus’) feet, then He (Jesus) will deliver the kingdom to God, the Father (not another person, but a sovereign Spirit) that He (GOD) may be all in all, 1st Cor. 15:24-28. That is the spiritual kingdom of course, and that projects time into the eternal age where God (SPIRIT) will have His relationship with His creation restored back as it was before Adam’s transgression.

 

CYCLE TO REPEAT

 

Now, John is told to write the things which he had seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter in a book and send it unto these seven churches which are in Asia, in other words, past, present, and future. Then in chapters 2 and 3, we see Jesus in His office as high priest, speaking to John, and this is 30 years after the last epistle written by Paul, the church age messenger. What is John looking at? What is he seeing, and what is he hearing? He is receiving the last revelation that the church of the living God will receive until she comes to the end of the age of grace. Nineteen hundred years have passed since then, and we are approaching the end. We are living in the span of time when the little bride of Christ is permitted to open her love letter, (THE BOOK OF REVELATION) and understand its contents. She will see herself reflecting in it. Hallelujah! I’m in love with Jesus, and I love to talk about Him. I love to read about Him, and I love to fellowship with my brothers and sisters that He has redeemed with His own blood. Naturally you will always hear some say, I don’t believe in being a fanatic about religion. I don’t either, but God is a jealous God and He likes for His people to talk about Him, and to Him. Brothers and sisters, I pray that God will help us get a clear picture in our minds, and enable us to understand the true setting here. John was not the messenger to the age, but I tell you this: There was no one left alive that could criticize him. He was the last living witness among those who had walked with Jesus in His earthly ministry. Everyone else, alive in 96 A.D., would have to give a secondary report of the first advent of Christ, but John was an eye witness and his was a living testimony. As we said earlier, what he had wrote in the gospel, and in the three little epistles, was what he had seen and heard naturally, and in the case of the epistles, circumstances and conditions necessitated their writing, but what he is going to write now could not have been written prior to this. He is commissioned to write of spiritual, as well as natural conditions of the future that could only be seen and heard by a sovereign, supernatural act of God. There was nothing about John that merited such a privilege; he was a vessel chosen by God to fulfill God’s purpose in that hour. Likewise brothers and sisters, I say to you today, regardless of what is going on in this particular movement around the world, God is going to repeat this same cycle that we are seeing here. The church age messenger has already fulfilled his role in the plan of God and passed off the scene, but if he truly did fulfill Malachi 4:5-6, for our day, and we truly have been turned back to the faith of the apostolic fathers, back to their same revelation and so forth, then the very conditions of the hour, this hour of separation, lets us know that God will soon repeat this same cycle, and only the bride will understand. No, God will not build a Bible school, nor a seminary to teach His people, but through the same anointing that was upon John when he saw and heard these things, God will instruct His people and perfect their revelation.

 

SEVEN STARS – SEVEN CANDLESTICKS

 

In verse 20, Jesus explains the mystery of the seven golden candlesticks, and the seven stars. 20, “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” Let it be understood that angels in this particular verse is referring more to the human leader of each separate congregation, than it is to the spirit being behind that person. Naturally there is always a spirit being involved, but he works through an earthly outlet. Now, Where was Jesus standing while He was talking with John? In the midst of the seven candlesticks, and the candlesticks represent the seven churches that symbolically, also represent a certain age, or period of time that the grace age church would pass through. Now He had a message for each separate church, beginning with Ephesus and going right on through Laodicea. What He had to say was brought about by the spiritual condition of each assembly, and each one of those assemblies had a spiritual condition within its body that would represent the spiritual condition of the age of grace which it symbolized. Ephesus was the model church, and was the first one of the seven that was established by the ministry of Paul. In the epistle that Paul wrote to the Ephesians we find the great revelation of the deity of Christ, also we find him explaining the close fellowship of believers and their walk with God. He explains that we are all of one body, and he used the illustration of a man and his wife in the natural to show our place and position with the Lord Jesus. No greater comparison could have been used than this one which shows that one day we will be to the Lord Jesus Christ what a loving wife is to her husband in the natural, in obedience and subjection. Saints the point is this, the Lord Jesus was standing in the midst of these 7 candlesticks, still in His role as high priest, right on through the age of Laodicea, and all this time the church is still on earth, for the message itself lets us know that the grace age is still in force. But there is coming a time when He (the Lord Jesus) will take to himself all the overcomers from every age. You will notice that there is one thing in common through all seven letters, or I should say through all seven message to the churches. That is, to him that overcometh, thus and so. John had lived to see the condition of apostasy which had found its way into each one of these churches, and now he was being commissioned to write and send a message to each of them, giving them a chance to repent of their ways and overcome, or as Jesus said in Matthew 24:13, He that endureth unto the end, the same shall be saved. The message to these churches is two fold. First to the church itself, then to the age of grace that that particular church parallels. Remember now, John was not the church age messenger, but how many of you believe he heard and saw something that is meaningful to us in our day? What he heard and saw, and wrote, did not change one thing that Paul had taught by revelation when he was alive. No, God was just vindicating what Paul had actually warned the saints against, some 40 years before that. I can see why Paul had to be dead by this time though; it would have broken his heart to see the state of apostasy that these churches had fallen into, in such a few short years. One of them even had a woman preacher by the time A.D. 96 rolled around. Now who is to say they were not taught right? No one; they were all taught the same thing, according to the perfect revelation that was given to Paul. It just goes to show how quick the spirit of Antichrist can take hold of an assembly of people when their leadership changes. It seems like there are always a few people around, who are just looking for something different to tickle their ears. That is how Satan is able to plant his seeds of doubt and unbelief in the midst of an assembly of people who have formerly been taught right. False teaching will usually be so close to the truth at first, that it is hardly detectable, but there is a spirit behind it, and when that spirit is given any place at all, it multiplies until it takes over people’s minds. John had witnessed such a change in these assemblies, and he had spoke out to warn the people against what was happening, but evidently to no avail. For instance in 2 John, verse 7, we read these words, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an Antichrist. 9, Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. 10, If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed (God bless you) is partaker of his evil deeds.” In his first epistle, chapter 4, verse 1, we read, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: (Why?) Because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” John wrote these epistles in A.D. 90,but chapters 2 and 3 of the book of Revelation show us how far these churches had strayed from the truth by the time John was lifted up in the Spirit in A.D. 96, and given the last revelation that God would have written in the chronology of the scriptures.

 

OVERCOMING

 

Saints: John was still on the isle of Patmos when he received the words that he was to send to the seven churches. Are you listening to me? I said he was still on the island, and Jesus was standing in the midst of the seven candlesticks (the churches). He is still doing the work of a high priest, and that high priest intercession runs right on through the age of Laodicea which we are living in today. What were the last words said to each individual church? To him that overcometh thus and so, and, He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Through every age of this dispensation of grace that STILL SMALL VOICE of the Holy Ghost has continued to speak to individuals whose hearts cry out to God. It is only when we are willing to listen to the voice of God speaking to our inner man that we can be an overcomer, and Saints, I will say this, The time left in this age of Laodicea, for overcoming, is getting shorter and shorter. Those who know anything at all about church history can trace the route and conditions that the church has passed through, and it is plain to see that what God had John write to the individual churches pertaining to a spiritual condition within them, also turned out to be a condition that existed in the age of grace that was portrayed through those local churches. It was written in 96 A.D., but it took time itself to materialize it, therefore the church of that day had no way of knowing that a type was being set that would span the complete age of grace. It is only by looking back at the ages past that we are able to understand, recognize our day, and take heed to that which applies to us. Paul and John, and those saints of the first church age expected Jesus to return in their day, and it has been like that in every age since, yet through John’s vision, Jesus actually showed that the church would remain on earth through 7 specific ages, and that He would remain as high priest, speaking with the voice of many waters through every one of them. It is the words spoken to Laodicea that thrill my soul though. We are living in an age of materialism, and though our economy is inflationary the world over, I think you will have to agree with me on this; the church world in general is living the highest in a material sense, that it has ever lived. It is a costly, superficial standard of living, and every bit of it draws heavily upon the world’s energy supply, which is what keeps the man of the world in a state of emotional turmoil all the time. Naturally from the standpoint of what the world is able to see, they say, We are going to run out of energy. What they do not know though, is that, they are going to run out of time before they run out of energy. Time is getting shorter than any of the sources of energy that they worry so much about. Praise God! Jesus is coming soon, and the energy crisis will be over, but President Carter and all the rest of those world diplomats who give all their attention to politics and world affairs at the expense of their soul’s salvation will be 6 feet under the ground while Jesus is ruling this planet from his throne in Jerusalem. You say, Bro. Jackson, How do you know that? Simply because there is only one escape. They would have to get truly born again, and get dressed up in a revelation to escape it. If they do not do that they are doomed. They just do not realize how close they are to this word of God. That is why I get so thrilled when Mr. Begin comes over here with his little chest stuck out and says, We will not give up one inch of our heritage. Praise God! To me, Israel seems to be the only nation on this earth today that has any sense left, and even that doesn’t mean that they are going to do everything right all the way. No, there will come the day when they will sell out to the Antichrist, but for now they seem to be the only nation left that has their head on straight. At least they will not sell out to Carter.

 

Now, back to what I started to say about the beautiful words spoken to Laodicea. After His rebuke for lukewarmness, and His admonishment to them, He says, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my father in His throne.” Why did He tell Laodicea that? Why did He not tell some of the others that? It is because Laodicea is the age that is closest to the millennium, the time when the bride of Christ will sit with Him and rule the nations. This is the age where many of the overcomers will never taste of death, but rather, will be translated, carried alive to be with Jesus. Paul, the church age messenger, spoke of this translation, or rapture of the church, both to the Thessalonians as well as the Corinthians, but that is as far as his revelation goes on the matter. He saw the bride going, but John, in his old age, was allowed to see what would take place after that, and he was instructed to write it and send it to the churches. Brothers and sisters: that is how God preserved this letter through the ages. He let it be kept, and handed down from generation to generation until that generation arrived that would live to see its complete fulfillment. Hallelujah!

 

 

TWO FOLD TYPE

 

John set a type of the bride that would be raptured at the close of Laodicea when he was taken up in chapter 4 to view a heavenly scene, but he also set a type of the living ministry that would be walking right in the midst of the bride receiving revelation and transmitting it to her, right up to the time of her departure. In other words, if John saw things to write and give to the church to carry for 1900 years, there will also be a ministry right in the ranks of the bride of Christ that will hear the voice of Jesus as HE speaks to them specifically of things that pertain only tot he endtime. Brothers and sisters: believe me, it will be things that cannot be found written in a book someplace. You can search books until you are blue in the face, but you will not find what the VOICES of those SEVEN THUNDERS uttered, for John was projected beyond our time when he heard them speak, and he was not allowed to write what he heard. No. Just as John heard a voice at the end of the Laodicean letter calling him to, Come up hither, so also, will the living element of the bride of Christ hear a voice that will have the same effect on her at the end of the Laodicean age. Jesus will speak to her through the voices of those 7 thunders until her revelation is honed to perfection. During that time the trump of God that raises the dead will sound, and all the overcomers from every age will ascend together to meet the Lord in the air. The twofold type set by John is precious because it shows that there must be a true leadership of the Spirit of God right to the very time of the rapture. If John had refused to go beyond the teachings of the church age messenger, we would not have the book of Revelation in our possession today, and without the book of Revelation we would be just as much in the dark about the windup of this age of grace as the church was in the days of Martin Luther. But because John stood firm and loyal to his revelation of the word of God, he was in a place where God could speak to him and let him see things that Paul never saw. Now, as a type of the ministry, where was John when He received the last instructions to the church? He was still on earth but when the last words were spoken to Laodicea: he was taken up to set a type of the rapture at the end of Laodicea. After that, the word, church, is not mentioned anymore throughout the rest of the book of Revelation. In chapter 4, 5 and 6 he saw things pertaining to Jesus on the throne with the little scroll in His hand, and a rainbow about the throne.

 

FOR OUR AGE ONLY

 

Before we proceed, let us just look back a little. It was the apostle Paul that actually laid the foundation for this grace age church to be built upon as he went forth with the apostolic gospel in that first age. It was his teaching that established the churches which John wrote to. He is the one that labored among them until Christ was formed in them. But he was the messenger to an age that was more than 1900 years away from the coming of the Lord Jesus to rapture the church, and later, to rule on earth. That generation had no need to know the revelation that God would give to our generation. They did not need to know how to recognize the antichrist and his beast system that is to materialize in our day. They only needed to be warned against the Antichrist spirit that would creep in to pervert the gospel in their age. Paul and John both warned them time and again about that, but Satan slipped in anyway. As a result of that spirit slipping in, the church was led off its apostolic course and into what we call the Dark Ages. Through those Dark Ages God still had a few loyal souls through which the gospel light was preserved, and in every age, even in the Dark Ages, there was always one individual that stood out over the others. That individual has been called the church age messenger of his particular age, but it was because of his loyalty to God in what he had revealed to him, and not because he had a ministry that paralleled Paul’s. Martin Luther has been called the church age messenger of the age that began to emerge from that darkest hour, and it was his revelation that the just shall live by faith, among other things that he found to be contrary to Catholic dogma, that began to spark the reformation. In the years between 1520 and 1900, God used many different individuals to restore nuggets together into one basket, as we know today that they must be. Instead, the world began to be filled with hundreds of different denominations, each one holding on to a little portion of the restored truth of God’s word. It was not until this Twentieth Century that God spoke to the heart of a man to gather up all these restored truths and present them to His church in one basket. That man was none other than Bro. William Marrion Branham, the messenger to this Laodicean age. We have said many times, it was not Bro. Branham that restored truth that the just shall live by faith: Luther did that. Neither did Bro. Branham restore the truth of predestination, eternal security, nor any of those basic doctrines found in the Bible, but he is the one that God used to collect all these truths together and present them tot he church for the purpose of turning us back to the faith of the apostolic fathers, back to the written word of God (the Bible.) Bro. Branham never preached a message that he did not take the text for that message out of the Bible that his ministry in this age was to turn us back to. The only reason some of these people are saying that we do not need the Bible anymore; all we need is the prophet’s message, is because they themselves have no revelation as to what the prophet’s message was. They have become blind leaders of the blind, and the spirit that they have given themselves over to is worse than the spirit of Roman Catholicism. They resent my saying so, but it is true anyhow. It is true, Bro. Branham had a gift of God in his life that was only outshined by that of the Lord Jesus himself, but that still did not make him God; he was our brother in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ that he stood so staunchly for. He was subject to human faults and failures just like all the rest of us, but my saying that, does not take anything away from his true God ordained ministry to this age. He still had, Thus Saith the Lord to those who had ears to hear what the Spirit would say to the church in these last days. Now, Did I say that he had the final Thus Saith the Lord to this age? Absolutely not! This end time bride will hear much that Bro. Branham never did speak. He was the only one of the seven church age messengers that was referred to in the book of Revelation, but that still did not make him God. Are you hearing me, saints? Let’s keep our revelation in the scriptures. In Revelation 10:7, we read, “But in the days of the voice (SINGULAR) of the seventh angel, (That was Bro. Branham) when he shall begin to sound, (That is, when his teaching, or revelation begins to go forth) the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” That is the grace age mystery which Paul wrote about to the Ephesians, and the Colossians, Paul said, When you read what I have wrote, you will understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, the mystery which was not made known in other ages, how that the Gentiles are to be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel. Yes the voice of that seventh angel sounded, and the mystery of Christ is truly made known, but the mystery age itself, (the time when the Spirit of God is dealing with Gentiles) stretches on past the sounding of the literal voice of the seventh angel. There are some who use this verse, trying to prove that Jesus is off the mercy seat already, but that idea does not harmonize with the scriptures. Bro. Branham has been gone for almost 14 years and we still do not see any signs of the two witnesses that will go to the Jews when God closes the age of grace to the Gentiles, and besides that, we can still see the Spirit of God convicting Gentiles.

 

WHO IS ON THE FATHER’S THRONE?

 

Alright now, let us go to chapters 4, 5 and 6, of Revelation where John describes things he saw pertaining to Jesus on the throne. He saw Jesus on the throne with a little scroll in His hand, and around about the throne was a rainbow which is the sign of Jehovah Elohim. You see that same rainbow upon His head in Revelation 10:1 when He is seen in angelic form with one foot upon the sea and the other one upon the earth, closing grace to the Gentiles. It took a better revelation than that to recognize Jesus, to know who He was when He was on earth, for He did not walk around with a rainbow over His head. It took a revelation to know who He was then, and that revelation came through observation of what He preached and the works He did. But John is taken up into the heaven in this vision and sees Jesus sitting on the throne, speaking with a voice that sounded like a trumpet, and a rainbow over His head. In other words, He is seated in the position of the Father, as the Ancient of days judge, and the executor of all authority with power to bind and loose. That is exactly according to what Paul said about Him in Hebrews 1:3, where he was talking about Jesus, the Son of God, being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, how that when He had by Himself purged our sins He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. The right hand always speaks of authority, therefore He was not seated beside another person known as the Father; He was seated in the position of the Father, with all the authority of the Father. Why? Because this was the flesh chosen and manifested by the eternal God to exemplify Himself, and to make physical contact with man and his surroundings. This was the eternal God in the flesh of a man, the man known as Jesus of Nazareth. John had walked with Him on earth for 3 ½ years; now he sees Him seated on this great throne speaking with the trumpet voice of Elohim, that voice of authority. When that door was opened in heaven it was this voice that spoke to John, saying, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. Immediately John began to see this great heavenly scene with Jesus on the throne, the twenty-four elders seated round about, the four beasts full of eyes, and the sea of glass which was before the throne, and from out of the throne came thunderings, lightnings, and voices, and he saw seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, but before long all attention became focused on the little scroll that was in the hand of Jesus, which was sealed with seven seals. A strong angel asked, who is worthy to open the book, (SCROLL) and to loose the seals thereof? John waited for some response, but there was not a man found in heaven, nor on earth, nor under the earth that was worthy, and he began to weep. Then after much weeping one of the elders spoke to John saying, Weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. Now we all know who the Lion of the tribe of Judah is; it is Jesus, and John was standing right there looking straight at Jesus seated on the throne. Notice verse 6, “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne.” Brothers and sisters: There is no such creature; that would be a freak of nature. God never created anything imperfect to exist forever; this is all symbolic. Even though the elder told him that the Lion of the tribe of Judah had prevailed, and was worthy to open the seals, symbolically this showed that He did not merit this privilege as a lion, but rather, as a sacrificial lamb. It was the merits of what He did as a sacrificial lamb that made Him worthy to open the little scroll of redemption that was to remain sealed with seven seals through seven particular ages of grace. It is not until the end of the Laodicean age that the last seal can actually be broken to reveal the complete contents of the little scroll. You say, But John saw them opened 1900 years ago. It was 1900 years ago that John was carried by a spiritual vision so that he could stand in this age of Laodicea and look back down through time. It is true he could see that spirit of Antichrist rising and going forth in the day he lived, but it had not yet become the red horse rider, neither the black horse rider, not the pale horse rider, and neither were there any souls under the altar in John’s day. This all came over a process of time, and could only be seen by standing in the age of Laodicea and looking back. Even then we did not have the revelation until time in heaven had progressed to the point where God had a Laodicean prophet messenger on earth to speak through. It was time for the seals on the scroll of redemption to begin to be broken, and Jesus was the only one who was worthy to loose those seals, but He had a mouthpiece on earth that He spoke through to make the contents known to the church. That brings the progression of time into the 1960’s. A war had been fought where six million Jews had died mercilessly at the hands of Adolph Hitler and his henchmen. Thousands more had been held in detention camps on the Isle of Cyprus, and there was a cry of Zionism, Go home. England had been there in the Middle East, the nation that used to boast of the fact that the sun never set on the English flag because of her great era of colonization, but the cry had gone out for England to release her hold on Israel and go home. In process of time that release came, and we find ourselves living in that generation which is to see the fulfillment of all things pertaining to this age. That marked time to the point where the 5th seal could be revealed. That is the one where souls were seen under the altar, or we could say, at the foot of the altar, or before the altar crying with a loud voice, How long O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Who knew before that, who those souls under the altar were? There was no way for any of the other six church ages to have that revelation for those Jews had not been killed. The fulfillment of that 5th seal came about after Hitler’s great slaughter of Jews in W.W.2. Now we can look back through time and actually see what it took to fulfill the first five seals. We also have the revelation of what will take place to fulfill the sixth seal; those events are prophetically recorded in the Bible, but Hitler’s slaughter of those poor Jews is not written there; so we had to wait until after that took place to know what, or who those souls under the altar were. I am sure we all agree that the sixth seal will have its fulfillment at the end of that last week of Daniel at the coming of the Lord Jesus, for we can read the remaining chapters of the book of Revelation and find it all written there. John was standing over here in Laodicea, (by a vision) seeing those things as if they were in existence in 96 A.D. In other words, in order for him to see those souls under the altar he had to be projected into time this side of World War II, for they were not under the altar before that war. Notice the response to those souls who were crying, How long O Lord. First, white robes were given to every one of them, and then it was said to them that they should rest yet for a little season until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Brothers and sisters, I do not see how that little season could be more than a human generation, and we know that the next such slaughter will be when the Antichrist makes his great purge in that last week of Daniel. That is when the next bunch of Jews will be killed for the word of God, and the testimony which they hold. Can you see that? If you can, then you must realize that we are very close to the end.

 

IS YOUR MOTIVE RIGHT?

 

Brothers and sisters, I wonder if you are catching what I am trying to get across to you. Can you see that John was a type of the living ministry that will be walking in the ranks of the bride of Christ as this age closes out? Can you see that God showed him things that none of the other apostles of Christ ever saw, including Paul, the church age messenger? We are living in the hour when such a ministry is already on the scene being prepared for their last day role. Such a ministry will not be using quotes, quotes, quotes, and telling people that there is no more revelation beyond what the prophet messenger brought to this age. No, they will be doing exactly what John was doing; they will be in the Spirit, receiving things from God for the bride of Christ that the church age messenger never did see. Furthermore, just as John was alive when he was taken up to heaven, so will there be men alive to fulfill the type that was set there. They will walk with God and speak for God until such time as God has determined to rapture the bride and leave this old world in the hands of the Antichrist for awhile. Now in order for them to speak for God, they must hear from God. I am not talking now about some sermon that has been quickened to them as they studied the Bible; I am referring to things that are NOT written in the Bible. John heard the voice of a trumpet that Moses heard, the voice of Elohim. Did that make him another church age messenger? Absolutely not. John did not teach doctrine in the book of Revelation; the doctrine of Christ had already been established. What you see him doing is writing letters of rebuke and exhortation to those churches that had strayed from that doctrine. To Ephesus he wrote, you have left your first love; repent or your candlestick will be removed out of his place. I know you have tried them which say they are apostles, and you have found them to be liars, and that you have laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. They were still busy but their motive was not the same. They were living in the days when apostles were still going forth, and they knew enough about the word of God to put those false apostles to the test, but their own motives had changed; they no longer did it out of genuine love for God, and a love and concern for other souls. That is why they had to be rebuked, but the rebuke had nothing to do with their doctrine that had been established by Paul, the church age messenger. Neither did his exhortation to them. He had THUS SAITH THE LORD, and he did not find it written in Paul’s sermon books. That is why I say, When the time comes around to the point where Revelation 10:3, is to have its fulfillment, God will have some men in the ranks of the bride of Christ who will receive and speak forth, THUS SAITH THE LORD, just like John did. They will be the same to the endtime bride that John was to that first age. Paul was the messenger to the age, but John received the last message for the church in that day. Bro. Branham was the messenger to our age, but these 7 thunders of Rev. 10:3, will have the last message for the bride before she leaves, and those thunders will be men who are hearing the voice of God just like John did. Where do you get that idea from, Bro. Jackson? I get it right from the very book that the prophet of Mal. 4, turned me back to. Where do you get those strange things you teach? Who ever told you that we do not all have to see certain things the same way? You do not have any scripture for that. Who ever told you to lay your Bible aside and take up the Spoken Word books in its place? Who told you that God would never speak to His people any more after the 7th angel messenger passed off the scene? Who told you that Bro. Branham was infallible, and that you should believe every word he spoke was Thus saith the Lord? I know who told you those things. It could not have been anyone but the devil himself. You have been deceived! You have been captured by the spirit of idolatry! You have brought reproach upon the name of a little man that loved God with all his heart, a little man that cherished every word that is written in this Bible which some of you do not believe you need any more. You harp about Malachi 4, and you are so proud of the fact that you knew that prophet, but the only thing that some of you have been turned back to is paganism; you are in worse shape now than you were while you were still out there in denominationalism. At least, those people out there still have a chance, for Jesus is still on the mercy seat, and they have not set one of their brethren in the seat of God. Every one of them know better than that.

 

HIS POSITION IS IMPORTANT

 

Sixteen years have passed since God gave Bro. Branham the revelation of the first six seals, and Bro. Branham has been dead for most of those years, but God is not dead; and if you will bear with me for a few minutes, I believe you will see that. He is still able to speak to, and through earthly men. How many of you know what verses 2-12, of Revelation chapter 11, is about? It is about TWO WITNESSES who will PROPHESY for 3 ½ years, and then be killed by the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit. Right? Alright, Who are they PROPHESYING to? No one but the nation of ISRAEL. When will they prophesy? After the angel of Rev. 10, has closed time for the Gentiles. When will that be? Naturally we cannot set dates, but the time is just up ahead of us a little. They cannot go to Israel as long as Jesus is still on the mercy seat interceding for grace age believers, for in Romans 11:25, we find that Paul said, Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. They cannot receive the prophecy of their two witnesses as long as they are blinded, but once that last Gentile who is predestined to believe the gospel hears his call, Jesus will break that last seal and leave the mercy seat. That is when He is seen in chapter 10, with the little scroll open in His hand. That is when He stands with one foot upon the sea and the other foot on the earth, and cries with a loud voice as when a lion roareth. I want to say this again: His position here is important. As long as He is seen with one foot upon the sea and the other one on the earth, that shows what He has to say still has a universal application. In other words to the bride which is made up of people from every nation under heaven. Now while He is standing like that, seven thunders (it has to be seven men.) Utter their voices. Like we have said already, the fact that it is called thunders, shows that it is God speaking, and the fact that there is more than one voice, shows that it has to be men speaking the word of God to this universal bride, for God is ONE and could never be VOICES, and we know that angels do not preach nor prophesy to the universal body of Christ. Saints! Please hear me one more time; These men will not be quoting something that has already been written; they will be prophesying, giving the bride of Christ instructions, and revealing things to her that are straight from the throne of God. You say, Where do you get the authority to say such a thing, Bro. Jackson? I get it from Revelation 11:3. That verse tells us that those two witnesses are going to PROPHESY for a thousand two hundred and threescore days. They will not preach sermons, as such; they will PROPHESY. How do you suppose the woman (Israel) in Revelation 12:6 will know where to flee to when the Antichrist begins his bloody purge? She will have to be told by the two witnesses, for there is nothing written anywhere, to tell her where the place is that God has prepared for her to be fed for the last 3 ½ years of the week of Daniel, the time of the great tribulation. Why are we so sure of that? Read verse 14, “And to the woman (ISRAEL) were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly (where?) Into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, (one year) and times, (two more years) and a half time (half a year) from the face of the serpent,” (the Antichrist and his beast system). Some of you may say, What does that prove? All we need to do is go to Exodus 19:3-4 to establish that eagles wings is referring to the message of those two prophets. We know that the children of Israel did not literally fly on the backs of great eagles when they came out of Egypt, and into Canaan land, but through the leadership of Moses and Joshua, God brought them out of Egypt and into Canaan. Let us read those two verses. “And Moses went up into God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I BARE YOU ON EAGLES WINGS, and brought you unto myself.” That is enough for you to catch scriptural terminology. Through the prophecy of those two witnesses that spiritual element of the nation of Israel will be told where to go when the covenant is broken in the middle of the week, and the wrath of the Antichrist is turned loose on her.

 

TWO FOR ISRAEL – SEVEN FOR THE NATIONS

 

Now I will just ask you a very simple question. If God will have two prophets in Israel getting her ready to take her flight into the wilderness, and revealing Jesus Christ to her; what would be so strange about God having seven men on earth prophesying to the bride, getting her ready to take her flight? You see, God’s promise to Abraham was not just to the Jews. In Genesis 12:3, God made him a promise that, in him, all the families of the earth would be blessed. Isaiah spoke about how God would perfect praise from the Gentiles, and in Psalms 2:8, we read, “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” What do you suppose all such references as these were pertaining to? Of course, they pertained to us Gentiles, but even though the prophets spoke many times pertaining to the age of grace, they did not understand that the Gentiles would be joint heirs with Christ, and that they also (the Gentiles) would be called the children of Abraham. This of course includes only those who have the faith of Abraham. Abraham has a natural seed, but most important to us is the fact that he has a faith seed, for that is where we enter into the picture. As we said before; this is the mystery that was revealed to the apostle Paul, how that this grace age would make the Gentiles partakers of the promise of God through the preaching of the gospel. Now we who are living here at the close of this age, understand by revelation that this age will close when Jesus comes in angelic form and announces the end of grace. Bro. Jackson; will the living saints hear the literal voice of Jesus when He makes this announcement? That is revealed by the thunders. You will have to make your heart in tune with God to even know it. The world at large will not hear the message of the thunders. Only those who are spiritual will hear and benefit from the message of the thunders. Furthermore, only those who are spiritual will accept the fact that the seven thunders are seven men, chosen by God, to receive revelation of God’s last message to the bride of Christ. The bride will recognize those voices of authority, and she will receive the message of the two witnesses who will be speaking to them. Right now we know what those two witnesses will be doing for a period of 3 ½ years, (PROPHESYING TO ISRAEL) but we do not know what they will say. What they say is not even written in the scriptures, but we do know some of what will be accomplished by what they say. We know there will be one hundred and forty four thousand Jewish men sealed by the Holy Ghost as a result of their prophesying to the nation of Israel. We know also, that a certain element of Jews, referred to in chapter 12, as the woman, will be warned of the wrath of the Antichrist, and will be instructed where to go, and when to go, to avoid being killed by that beast. We know from chapter 8 and chapter 11, that they will be smiting Israel with plagues in the same manner that Moses dealt with Pharoah in the land of Egypt. That will be God’s wrath upon that nation for selling out to the Antichrist in signing the peace covenant which Daniel spoke of in Dan. 9:27. In other words, brothers and sisters, we could go on and on speaking of what those two prophets will be doing, and some of the results of their ministry to that nation, but we cannot tell you what they will say, for they will be PROPHESYING by the Spirit of God, and not preaching sermons from texts taken from the scriptures.

 

DO NOT BE FOUND NAKED

 

Saints: any way you look at it, those Jews will be hearing things from the lips of those two prophets, that the generation in that first age never had opportunity, nor need to hear in their day. Believers in that first age had no need to know how to protect themselves from the wrath of the Antichrist in that hour of great tribulation which is just ahead for this generation. By the same token, bride saints in past ages had no need to know when Jesus would leave the mercy seat, nor when the translation would take place. Neither did they need to know what the 7 thunders are, but those who are to be alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord must know, for it will take that along with what they have to say, to complete our preparation to meet the bridegroom. Do not tell me it makes no difference; only foolish people would think God does things in vain. The wise know for sure that everything God does is necessary to fulfill His predetermined plan for the ages. To the angel of Laodicea He spoke words that He did not speak to the others. We know the application was two fold, first to a particular church in 96 A.D., and then to this Laodicean age as a whole. Listen to some of what He said, “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, (That is faith; not faith in the natural things round about us, but faith in the word of God, faith to believe that if God said something, that is exactly how it is going to be.) That thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Look at 3:17, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Brothers and sisters, when we look at these verses with a spiritual eye we know that we are to be clothed with the revelated word of God and we can only put on that garment one way; that is by exercising genuine faith in that word. God’s word is food for our soul, and when we have it in its proper balance we are truly rich. You who are acquainted with the ministry of Bro. Branham will have to admit that he was constantly rebuking this age for its materialistic yardstick. The denominational churches are given to measure everything by numbers in church and Sunday school attendance, how much money comes into their treasury, and by the size of their very modern buildings, as if God cares about any of that. I assure you: a certain amount of these material things are necessary, but to have all that the world has to offer, and still be without faith in the revelated word of God is to be wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. Just look around you, and then tell me: Does this scripture have an application for our day? You know it does but thank God, the little bride of Christ has come out from all that foolish nonsense, and she has her eyes anointed and her ears open. She is hearing what the Spirit of God has to say to her in these last days. Let me ask you this now: What brought her out of bondage and into a place where she can hear the word of God? It was the voice of the 7th angel messenger. But. Bro. Jackson, there are thousands of genuine Christians that never had an opportunity to hear Bro. Branham; What brought them out? God took His messenger off the scene, but He did not take away the message that little man brought to this age. Remember this; His message is his voice; therefore that voice is still ringing around this earth. It is being sounded through the lips of men who are able to hear from God themselves, and do not have to say, Bro. Branham said thus and so with every breath they take. Yes; that message is still just as effective as it was in the days when it first began to go forth. God sent the man according to the words of Malachi; not to argue with theologians, but to cry against sin, and to bring forth a teaching which God vindicated to be Thus saith the Lord. It was not for the purpose of converting the whole religious world, but it sounded a voice, (please notice that I am saying A VOICE, not VOICES) to this age, to be heard by all who have an ear to hear what the Spirit saith to the church, and the church is universal, not just in Jeffersonville, Indiana and Tucson, Arizona. Praise God! That thrills my soul! I am glad that God is not so small and helpless that He has to be confined to a certain little geographical area, like some of these sweet-talking, so called brethren, claim He is. Furthermore let me say this: We do not baptize in the name of Jesus Christ and believe that God is one instead of three persons just because Bro. Branham said so. We do it because it has become a revelation to us that the Bible teaches it like that. Sure Bro. Branham taught it like that, but if that is the only reason you do it, you have missed God completely. You have not even heard the voice of the seventh angel.

 

THE HOLY GHOST REVEALS

 

Brothers and sisters in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ; let me warn you to beware of these fellows who seem to be such experts on what Bro. Branham said. If they cannot preach to you from the Bible they do not have the Spirit of God, and have no business trying to teach the bride of Christ anything. One person said to me recently, We are aware that there are certain things in the book of Revelation which the prophet never did explain, but the very fact that he did not touch on these things causes us to esteem them as unimportant to us, for we believe it takes the prophet to bring them out and he is no longer with us. Saints! Do not let the devil blind you with such talk as that! I am here to tell you that the book of Revelation is a letter to the bride of Christ, and before she leaves this earth she will understand everything that is written in it, regardless of whether the messenger to the age taught on it or not. If people would just stop long enough to realize that he taught on every doctrine that you can find written in the letters of Paul, they would surely realize that his purpose was to put us back in the word of God from which we had strayed. Once we are back in the Bible, and filled with the Spirit of God, we have that Spirit of revelation in us, and He can open our eyes just like He did the apostle John. He can show us things that pertain to our day, things that those who have passed on by the way of the grave had no need to know. I will never forget how I felt when that little man looked straight at me and said, It’s good for you Methodists too. He was preaching on the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and when he said that I felt like an icicle on a hot stove, but brother, it put a hunger in my heart and I began to seek God for the experience, and would not stop until I received it. When I received the Holy Ghost experience it began to open up something new to my soul; I began to understand things that had been such a mystery to me prior to that. It is that Spirit that lets me know we are not confined to what God has revealed to men who have served Him in their day, and already passed on to their reward. We serve a living God who is well able to feed us with fresh bread in our day. His plan for the ages has never depended on any one man since the days when Jesus Christ walked upon earth among men, so do not sell your soul for a carnal interpretation of what the prophet messenger came for. There is no scriptural authority for anyone to believe that Bro. Branham was to perfect the bride of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13, tells us that the five fold ministry is for the perfecting of the saints, and if you will read those verses you will discover that every one of the 5 offices is spoke of in plural terminology. No, it will not be a one man show. God will wind it up with SEVEN THUNDERS speaking to the Gentiles, and two prophets speaking to Israel, and everyone of them will be prophesying straight from the throne of God. They will not need to quote from any books. Now some will say, I don’t believe that. To that, I will say, It is not for you; it is for believers. When Jesus leaves the mercy seat, His instructions will be to those who are in unity, those who are still striving against revealed truth will be caught by the wrath of God when it is poured out upon unbelievers. It will not do you one bit of good to stand and scream: I knew the prophet, I hunted with him; I fished with him; he prophesied to me many times. In that day, if God even speaks to you at all, He will say: Why then did you not take heed to the prophets message? Depart from me; I never knew you. Brothers and sisters, I do not enjoy talking like this, but God’s word is true even if it makes every one of us a liar. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away, saith the Lord. We must stand by the word of God, even when it hurts our old flesh to do so. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. NOW IF ANY MAN HAVE NOT THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, HE IS NONE OF HIS. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But, IF THE SPIRIT OF HIM THAT RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELL IN YOU, HE THAT RAISED UP CHRIST FROM THE DEAD SHALL ALSO QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODIES BY HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLETH IN YOU.” (Romans 8:6-11)

 

CLOSING WORDS

 

Saints: In closing I just want to say this, If I read this blessed old book right, the only hope for any of us, no matter how much we know, is to have the Spirit of God in us and be subject to Him. Any effort without Him is vain, and can only lead to more confusion in this late hour of time. We certainly do not need more confusion; we need to get ourselves settled on the word of God. As for what we have said about the seven thunders; I am fully persuaded that God will vindicate anything He inspires a man to speak, but He is not obligated to do it today just because some scoffers say these things cannot possibly be right. You will just have to stick around and see what God will do. For you who appreciate this message; let me say to you, There are many more things that could be said to establish scripturally what we have taught, but I believe there is enough here to put every sincere believer aware of the fact that God is yet going to speak to this generation by the mouths of some prophets. If there is something you do not understand, please feel free to write me. It is too costly to your soul if you reject something from God just because you do not understand it. May God be with you as you make every effort to follow Him in truth. Amen.

Thunderings-Lightnings-Voices, Part 1

INTRODUCTION

DEAR READERS: PLEASE DO NOT MISTAKE THIS MESSAGE AS JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE FUSSING ABOUT. IT IS NOT THAT AT ALL. IF YOU WILL BEAR WITH ME, I INTEND, BY THE HELP OF GOD, TO SHOW YOU THAT IT IS SCRIPTURALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE SEVEN THUNDERS OF REVELATION 10:3, TO HAVE UTTERED THEIR VOICES SIXTEEN YEARS AGO, OR ANY TIME SINCE FOR THAT MATTER. YOU READ THIS ARTICLE WITH AN OPEN MIND, AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO BE TROUBLED WITH THUNDERS ANYMORE. TAKE HEED NOW AND YOU WILL BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO HEAR THEM WHEN THEY DO SOUND T-H-E-I-R V-O-I-C-E-S. A WORD TO THE WISE SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT.

 

Saints, we are going into a message that will require us to be more than just casual (Sunday school) readers if we are to understand what it is all about. We must have the Holy Ghost in our lives, and a hunger in our hearts to know what this time tested old book is talking about.

 

We are all just mortal creatures, standing in need of redemption that can only be a reality through the mercy and grace of God. I cannot save you; neither can you save me, but there is salvation available for us. The formula for that salvation is recorded within the pages of God’s holy, inspired Word (the Bible). As Gentiles we never had opportunity to know Jesus Christ after the flesh like the Jewish nation did, but we have been introduced to Him by the Spirit, through the revelation of His precious word. He is either alive in us, or we only know Him as some historical person through what our mind can grasp. If you fall into the latter category this message may not be very interesting to you, but if you know Jesus Christ by revelation of His Spirit and He is stirring your heart with anticipation of His soon coming, you will want to know what to look for in the days just ahead of us. If we know Him like that, He can talk to us out of His word and it will be just as precious to us as His audible words were to his disciples who walked with Him.

 

We are on a subject that is causing much confusion among the ranks of those who have been awakened by the message of Bro. William Marrion Branham, God’s messenger to this church age. The subject I am referring to is the SEVEN THUNDERS, spoken of in the book of Revelation, chapter 10, verses 3-4. We have men in our day, running all over the world, preaching their version of the SEVEN THUNDERS, and every one of them have put the cart in front of the horse; they are saying that the thunders have sounded already, and I am here to tell you that they absolutely have NOT sounded yet. I realize that I stand to take a lot of criticism and ridicule for printing this message, but I feel that I owe it to all those who have been affected by the confusion brought about as a result of these Thunders preachers, to print something that can help them find the truth that lies within the scriptures they are using, regardless of the criticism and persecution.

 

 

FULFILL YOUR CALLING

 

One man asked me the question, “Bro. Jackson: How do you take all this criticism?” He went on to say, “I know you are talked about, a lot, in this area.” I told him that I am kind of like a horse out in a cocklebur patch; after awhile, he gets so many cockleburs in his tail, and he gets so used to that thing beating against him that he just thinks of it as a part of his everyday life. In other words, you just have to do what you feel that God has called you to do, and then, if there be criticism, leave that in His hands. You can take criticism a lot better if you are fully persuaded that you are doing what God has called you to do. That is why I pray that no one will ever follow my flesh; if you are following me: let it be because of the truth of God’s word that I stand for, and not just because you might like me as a person. I enjoy good fellowship as much as anyone else, but if that fellowship is not centered around revelated truth: it will eventually cause a stench in the nostrils of God. Fleshly attachments are affected by personalities and over-sensitive feelings, but that which is drawn together by the Spirit of God will hold together through every storm. Brothers and sisters, I hope you understand what I am saying to you; for it is well past the time when we should shake ourselves, lay aside our personal feelings, and seek to know what the word of God really holds for us as this age of grace comes to a close. If God has truly put something inside of my soul that I am to express to you, then I pray that He will open your understanding to receive it by revelation, for when truth is received by revelation: it becomes a part of the one who receives it, so much so that all the devils in hell could never shake it loose from you. The storms may come, but, Praise God! What you have locked up inside your souls cannot be blown away. Raymond Jackson could die tomorrow, but whatever truth he has stood for will live on throughout the eternal ages. Hallelujah! This Gentile church world is polluted with preachers who will preach anything they need to, to gain a following of people for one selfish reason or the other, but I am not here to convert you to my ideas, trying to get you to be my disciples. If what I teach does not make you a disciple of Jesus Christ, then forget it, for that is the only worthwhile motive that any preacher could have in what he is doing.

 

Our text for this message will be the first 6 verses of the 10th chapter of Revelation, but we will use many other scriptures, for we want to build the whole thing around scripture. I am fully aware of what the prophet to this age said, on this subject, and I am very familiar with the statements that are being used to build certain ideas, but those who are using those statements have nothing more, for they cannot make their revelation dovetail with the Bible. Brothers and sisters, listen to me; if what you are hearing will not harmonize with the scriptures on every point, it is not a revelation from God. You will not find God going contrary to His word just to make someone’s idea work out.

 

SPIRITUAL VISION

 

Let us turn to Revelation 10:1, now, and begin reading our text. May God unction every word and make this a living reality to your hearts. We call this particular portion of the Bible, the Book of Revelation, but in reality: it is a letter to the bride of Christ. It was written by the apostle John, on the Isle of Patmos, and the Lord Jesus Christ instructed him to send it to the seven churches of Asia, or to seven churches which were in Asia. By the time John wrote this letter and sent it to these churches, they had all been in existence more than 40 years. In each church of the seven, there existed a condition that typed a future condition of a certain church age. There were seven churches, and each one of them represented a condition that would exist in one of the seven church ages through the grace period while God dealt with Gentiles that would be partakers of the kingdom of God. In order for us to understand what John wrote we have to realize that he was projected (BY THE SPIRIT) into a future period of time when he was taken up, in the 4th chapter. He was actually (BY A SPIRITUAL VISION) projected into our present age of time. He saw the things he wrote about, happening right in the time he was living in, (IN THE VISION) but keep in mind the fact that he was looking past his present age by more than 1900 years. To him it was as though he was living in this Twentieth Century, seeing the things which we are seeing in our daily news. He saw these events taking place. He wrote about them, sent the letter to the seven churches, and the world has had to wait more than 1900 years for the events we are going to talk about, to take place. Now let us read our text, Rev. 10:1-6.

 

CLOUD CLOTHED ANGEL

 

“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: (That angel is none other than Jesus the Christ, in angelic form. We identify Him by the sound of His voice) and a rainbow was upon His head, (That is the same rainbow that was round about the throne, described by John in the 4th chapter where he is telling about being caught up in the Spirit and seeing a throne set in heaven. He saw one sitting on the throne that was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and he saw a rainbow round about the throne that was in sight like unto an emerald. That was Jesus the Christ setting on that throne, and the rainbow appearance around the throne is that crown of glory that the great Spirit, Elohim, has crowned Him with. He is invested with authority that has always been in Jehovah.) And His face was as it were the sun, and His feet as pillars of fire.” Do you remember the description given by Peter, James and John when they were privileged to view Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration with Moses and Elijah? What John is seeing here in the 4th chapter in this heavenly scene is what those disciples were allowed to have a preview of when Jesus took them with Him that day. In Matthew 17:2, we find, “And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light.” What I want you to see is that Matt. 17:2, Rev. 4:2-3, and Rev. 10:1, are all describing the appearance of Jesus the Christ. Remember though, in Chapter 10:1, He is only seen in angelic form; this is not to be looked upon as His next literal returning to the earth. Watch verse 2 now, and we will see what this might angel is to do. “And He had in His hand a little book open.” This has been translated, BOOK, when in actuality it should be SCROLL, so as we talk about it, think of it as a scroll that has been unrolled. This scroll that is now open in His hand is the same scroll that John saw in the hand of Him that sat on the throne in heaven, only when he saw it then it was rolled up and sealed with seven seals, and John was weeping because he thought there would be no one found that would be worthy to loose the seals and reveal the contents of what was written within. When John saw Jesus holding that scroll the first time, (Rev. 5:1) He was sitting on the mercy seat, still interceding for all who would be heirs of salvation. As long as there was one seal unbroken, still keeping the contents of that scroll from being revealed, Jesus could not leave that mercy seat. He must remain on the mercy seat until the last soul that will ever accept God’s grace has been interceded for; then that last seal can be broken, and when it is broken, Jesus can leave the mercy seat, and the picture in Rev. 10:1-6 can be fulfilled in its completeness.

 

IDENTIFYING VOICE

 

Alright, John sees this mighty angel with the little scroll open in His hand, set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth. To me, this signifies that He is the supreme one, He is conqueror, He is the victorious one on land as well as on the sea. He has the authority to take possession of something. Watch this cry now, as we read verse 3, “And He cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth.” We all know that according to the Old Testament the Messiah to the Jewish nation was to come out of the tribe of Judah, which is the LION TRIBE; therefore the cry of this mighty angel being like as when a lion roareth lets us know who this mighty angel is. It can be no other than Jesus Christ, who is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the coming King and the prince of the world in the millennium. He cried with a loud voice that identified Him, “And when He had cried, SEVEN THUNDERS uttered their voices.” That is the part we want to dwell on. AFTER He was seen with the little scroll open in His hand, and AFTER He was off of the mercy seat, and AFTER He had cried with aloud voice, THEN, SEVEN THUNDERS UTTERED T-H-E-I-R VOICES. John heard voices uttering something, and he was about to write it down, also, but he was told to seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered and write them not. John heard voices which he described as thunders, but those voices uttered something that John could have written if he had been allowed to. Keep that in mind as we proceed. We are going back into the Old Testament for the purpose of establishing VOICES, THUNDERS, TRUMPETS and the various things and circumstances that serve as keys to unlock the scriptures we are considering in this message. I believe a proper understanding of these things is vital to this end-time bride people. Brothers and sisters, you will see what I am getting at in just a moment. If what John heard was unimportant, God could have just wiped it from his mind so that when he wrote his record of this event it would have just ended with the words, “And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth,” but he did not stop there, and there definitely was a reason why he did not stop there. Remember, John being allowed to see the things he saw, set a type of the end-time bride who would also see these things, only she would see them as they actually transpire in her age. The voices spoke something that ONLY the end-time bride of Christ is to know and understand; therefore if God had allowed John to write those things, they would have been part of the written record that the whole apostate church world has had to play with for 1900 years. This is to show you why John was allowed to say, Seven thunders uttered their voices, after the angel which had the open scroll in His hand had cried with a loud voice.

 

THEIR VOICES

 

Saints: I only have an eighth grade education, but I do know that when the word T-H-E-I-R, is used, it has significance. It speaks of identity, of placing, personal, possessive, and so forth. Is that not right? I am explicitly pointing out to you that the word, THEIR, is not a figurative word. The actual key to this whole subject lies within two words in verse 3. T-H-E-I-R, is one, and V-O-I-C-E-S is the other. When you see, their voices, in its proper setting, you have a formula to work from. Voice and voices as used here are not figurative words either; they point to something that is actually being spoken in an audible voice. As I searched the scriptures that related to this message, I found only two places where the word, voice, was used in a figurative way. One place is in Hebrews 3:15, 4:7, where Paul is admonishing the people not to harden their hearts against the voice of the Holy Spirit. You can read the verses and you will see that the word, voice, as used there, is figurative, pointing to the still small voice of the Holy Ghost which is not an audible voice. Then you can turn to Revelation 3:20, where Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: If any man hear my VOICE, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me,” and you will know that voice, in that verse, is the voice of the Holy Ghost also. Jesus never intended to speak to every candidate for truth, in salvation, by an audible voice; rather, He intends to speak to them through the office work of the Holy Ghost. He accomplishes that through conviction, and revelation of His word. In other words, if you have never heard the voice of the Holy Ghost, you will never be able to understand anything about the voice, or voices that we are going to talk about in this message. If you cannot hear His voice, you will never be able to hear the voices of Rev. 10:3. You will understand that statement better as we progress in the message.

 

BIBLE LANGUAGE

 

Let us go now, to the book of Exodus, where we will begin to establish what we are going to say about these voices. May God help me to make this as simple, plain and truth-revealing as is possible to do so. It is necessary for us to learn Bible language in order to catch a revelation from scriptures that are hidden from the eyes of the great men of the world. We know that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, but when he led the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, they did not have the written word as we have today; all they had was what their forefathers had passed on to them orally, concerning man’s origin and this whole creation of God. It was not until God called Moses to come up to the top of Mt. Sinai where He communed with him and gave him the written law, that they had anything written that could be called the word of God. Elohim (GOD) has separated this people to Himself, to make them the carriers of a revelation of truth, and their very existence was supposed to make them a light to the heathen (GENTILE NATIONS) round about them. It is no wonder this Gentile world wants to condemn Israel for her stand on the human rights controversy. Brothers and sisters, this is an Antichrist, anti God, Satanic age we are living in, and the world in general, is heading for destruction, but before it is all over, God is going to show these foolish (equal rights) Gentiles, who really has the straight line on equal rights, civil rights, and all these other things that people are fussing about. Israel is in the headlines most of the time now, but she will be even more in the spotlight as this Gentile age closes out.

 

TRUMPET-LIKE VOICE

 

Alright now, let us look at the scriptures. God has called Moses to come up upon this mountain, and He has set a boundary line at the foot of the mountain where the rest of the people are not to cross over while Moses is up there communing with God. Watch what takes place as God begins to speak. We are in Exodus 19:16, “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were THUNDERS and LIGHTNINGS, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the V-O-I-C-E of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.” Listen, saints, There was not one drop of rain falling on the top of Mt. Sinai that day. That was not a rain storm the people were witnessing; it was a manifestation of God’s presence. That thunder was not a natural thunder; it was Jehovah expressing Himself just like in John 12:28-29. Jesus had said, Father, glorify thy name. “Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. 29, The people therefore, that stood by and heard it, said that it THUNDERED: Others said, An angel spake to Him,” but Jesus called it a voice in verse 30, and we know it was the voice of God. Therefore, it was not necessary for Moses to put on a rain coat; all he needed to do was listen to the voice of God while the people down at the foot of the mountain heard the thunder claps, saw the lightning flashing, and trembled with great fear. Let us read on a little more. Verse 17, “And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the nether part (meaning, at the opposite end) of the mount. 18, And Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, (meaning that it gave the appearance of being completely engulfed by smoke from a fire) because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.” Please try to catch the picture here. There was no forest fire on Mount Sinai. There was not one scorched twig of any kind. If there had been a literal fire of such a description; no man could have survived. He would have been suffocated. You say, But, Bro. Jackson, God protected the Hebrew children that was thrown into a furnace of fire, could He not have protected Moses likewise? Yes, He could have if He had purposed to burn up everything else on that old mountain, but that is not the picture we have before us here, and we will prove it by other similar scriptures. This was God’s way of getting the attention of the people. It was a display of His power and presence. 19, “And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a VOICE.” Moses said something to God, and God answered him back, by an audible voice. We confirm that by going over to Numbers 12:4-8, where God has to straighten out Aaron and Miriam for speaking against His servant, Moses. Let us read it. “And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam; and they both came forth. And He said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: Wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” God talked to Moses and the others were jealous, but God dealt with them accordingly. In this we see that God definitely did speak to Moses in an audible voice, but to all the rest of the people it sounded like thunder. Only Moses understood what was said. Remember this for a little later in the message. It will help you see something.

 

LITERAL OR FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE

 

Now, from here, on through the rest of the Bible please be aware of the fact that when we read of thunders, and trumpets in connection with voices, it can be one of three things, but never figurative, unless it is written in a figurative setting. It will either be the voice of God, the voice of an angel, or the voice of a man, or men. This is what clears up that great mystery of the seven thunders in Revelation 10:3; if we will look at it properly. The trouble comes from all these (arm full of Spoken Word books) preachers who run everywhere screaming that the seven thunders is the revelation of the seven seals. Go ahead and believe that if you want to, but if you will listen to this Bible talk to your soul, you will find out that when God uses a word, or when the word of the Lord is written in a singular term, VOICE, It doesn’t matter how many times that voice has preached messages, all those messages do not make VOICES, plural. Those message are all channeled through the one VOICE, singular. For an example I will refer you to Isaiah 40:3, where the prophet Isaiah is prophesying of a VOICE that is to cry in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Naturally he was speaking of John, the Baptist, or baptizer, who was to forerun the first advent of Jesus Christ. Pay attention to what I am saying now; this will help you to see something. John’s message, or ministry was for the purpose of fulfilling the first part of Malachi 4:5-6, which has a two part fulfillment. His message was to turn the heart of the fathers to the children, before the coming of the GREAT day of the Lord, which was His first advent. He was the VOICE of one crying in the wilderness; ONE VOICE. We all know that John preached for several days down by the Jordan river, and he had many things to say to various divisions of people, but he was just ONE VOICE. You cannot apply VOICES in the plural sense to the ministry of John. Can you? Of course you cannot, and neither can you apply it to Bro. Branham like that either. He was a VOICE, singular, and there is no way that a right thinking person can apply VOICES, plural, to him, or to the message he delivered to this age. To believe he taught anything that was to fulfill 10:3, you would be forced to make him, VOICES, instead of a VOICE, for Rev. 10:3 says that SEVEN THUNDERS uttered T-H-E-I-R V-O-I-C-E-S. In other words, what I want you to see is that there is more than one voice involved in the fulfilling of this verse of scripture.

 

JOHN UNDERSTOOD THE THUNDERS

 

In the book of Revelation alone, the word, VOICE, is found 42 times, and VOICES is found 8 times, and there is no mystery involved in the use of those words anywhere except in verses 3 and 4 of chapter 10. There is a mystery here because John was not allowed to write what he heard. What am I getting at? Simply this, knowing that John had been projected into the future by means of a spiritual vision, he was allowed to stand in the age of fulfillment of this scripture we are considering, and actually see and hear what was taking place. Now, he makes it very clear that the thunders did not utter their voices until after the mighty angel had cried. Right? When that angel cried, He had the little scroll open in His hand, which lets us know that the seventh seal had been broken prior to that. The angel is identified by the rainbow upon His head, and by the cry, like a lion roaring, to be the same one that had previously been seated upon a throne, interceding for the souls of men. Here, John sees Him standing with one foot upon the sea, and the other on the earth, the book of redemption open in His hand, and verses 5 and 6 have Him proclaiming that time shall be no longer. Now that does not mean this is the end of all time; it simply means that the grace age is completed, and it is time for the gospel to return to the Jews. In other words, John is viewing events that are just ahead of us. We know that Jesus did not leave the mercy seat in 1963, for we have witnessed the Holy Ghost convicting and wooing many souls into the kingdom of God since then. Somewhere just up ahead of us, Jesus is going to descend to earth (not in bodily form, but in angelic form) to fulfill these scriptures in chapter 10, and when He does, I believe there will be 7 godly men strategically placed in this old world, who will hear the voice of the spirit of God, and sound THEIR VOICES to be heard by the little bride of Christ who is making her final preparations to meet the bridegroom in the air. Those seven thunders will be the voices of 7 men; not one man, and what they utter will be just for the living element of the bride of Christ. That is why John was not allowed to write it ahead of time as he did all the other things he heard and saw.

 

FAITH OF THE FATHERS

 

Please do not think there will be seven men selected from the seven major denominations of the world religion. No. They will be seven men who are full of the Holy Ghost, and who hear alike, believe alike, and speak the same thing. They may live thousands of miles apart, but they will all hear and speak the same. To me this is God’s way of vindicating His word in the midst of a sick, atheistic, carnal and idolatrous generation of Gentiles, and placing stability and confidence in the hearts of the living element of His bride as she prepared to take her flight. God knows we have had every kind of voice imaginable, raise up here at this end time, but time itself has proved that most of them were self inspired, and certainly not unctioned by the Holy Ghost. Many of them used to ask me, What do you think about 1977? I always said, It wouldn’t surprise me if God left every one of us here until after 1977 has come and gone, for I do not believe God will allow us to have that kind of a yardstick to measure time by. Many of those men who placed so much importance upon the year of 1977, because of something Bro. Branham said, have traveled around this world telling how God sent a prophet to turn us back to the faith of the fathers, and their very approach to these things prove that they, themselves, have not been turned back to the faith of the fathers. The faith of the fathers is recorded in the pages of this precious old Bible. We do not have to carry around a big arm load of books to prove what the faith of the fathers was. Yes! I have read in many of those books what the messenger to this age had to say about certain Biblical doctrines and ordinances, and teachings of the New Testament which this Gentile world had departed from. God’s purpose in it all was to get His true people back into the book of all books (the Bible) where the faith of the fathers is clearly taught. Some poor miserable Gentiles have said, All we need now is a Seal Book, for it has every doctrine, and every revelation that the bride of Christ needs. Let me say this to you, You read that seal book one more time, and if it doesn’t point you back to the book where all these things come from, you are worse off than a Roman Catholic. Bro. Branham preached, condemning Catholicism for what they did to the gospel. By the same authority, I must sound a word of condemnation for what you are doing to that man’s message, and for the reproach that you are bringing upon his name. It is no wonder the denominations are looking down their noses at anyone who is connected with the teaching of Bro. Branham; the very way some of you speak of him automatically brands you as idolaters, and any denominational person who is not completely blind, can see through that. They say His teaching was of the devil, all because a bunch of unstable, weak minded Gentiles who do not even have the Holy Ghost, lift him up to be more than God meant for him to be. If they had the Holy Ghost they would know better than that. Jesus said the Holy Ghost would teach us all things, that He would take things of His and reveal them unto us.

 

HOLY GHOST AUTHORSHIP

 

The Holy Ghost wrote this book, and it was the Holy Ghost that caused Bro. Branham to preach what he did, from this book, (the Bible) and I am fully persuaded that if he were still with us today, preaching, he would still take his text from the Bible like he always did before. Furthermore, he would no doubt be preaching things now that he did not even see before, and he would be preaching against this movement, that is following him so close in a carnal, verbal (without revelation) way. Oh! They spend hour upon hour searching through those books and tapes, looking for some hidden “nugget” (as they call them), that they can build another revelation from, when they ought to be searching the pages of this old Bible and let the Holy Ghost reveal to them what they need for this present hour. I heard him too, and I am thankful to God that I did, but what I am most thankful for is that he put me back in the book where I could read about the faith of the fathers, and allow the Holy Ghost to make it real in my own personal life. Hallelujah! Money cannot buy that.

 

SPEAKING SPECIFICALLY

 

Alright now, we see thunderings, lightnings and voices throughout the Bible. Naturally these are not the things that are preached to gain new converts to the gospel of Christ, but we who are on our gospel journey may gain much understanding of the plan and purpose of God by acquainting ourselves with the usage of these terms through the scriptures. Down through time, when Elohim (God) who is Spirit, and invisible to the human eye, chose to speak to a prophet about some coming event, those who were nearby heard His voice only as the sound of thunder. If you can see from the example we are using that God is able to speak specifically to certain ones, and have all the rest hear it only as thunder, it will help you to understand that these seven thunders of Revelation 10:3, are seven voices speaking on behalf of God, and only those who have spiritual ears will hear the specific instructions that will complete their word garment. All the rest of the world will just look upon it as they have the thunderings in the past when God was speaking. John was the voice of God, or voice for God, that stood between the Old, and the New Testament, between law and grace. Jesus said, The law and the prophets were until John, since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. That means you must make an effort. You cannot just drift into the kingdom of God; there is a whole mess of junk that we have to work our way through. It is almost like squeezing through a little hold in the wall where there is just enough room to barely get yourself through, and no room to drag anything along with you. The road into the kingdom of God is not a broad way; it is a straight and narrow way of ridicule and self denial, because of truth. John began to clear the right of way for that road of holiness as he stood there on the banks of the Jordan preaching repentance. He was a voice; the voice of one crying in the wilderness. When they asked him if he was the Messiah, he said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

JOHN WAS A VOICE

 

The people were hearing the VOICE of a man, but it was the word of the Lord that was coming forth, so you cannot say the word, VOICE, is used in a figurative sense; it was a literal voice, the voice of a man who had a revelation in his soul. He was born of woman, grew up in the wilderness, was filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb, and by that Spirit in him, he knew exactly what day to go down by the river and start a conversation with someone that would launch his ministry as the forerunner of Christ. Yes, he was a man, but the words he spoke did not originate with him; they originated in glory, and John served as an earthly receiver and transmitter of those words to the people. Then one day when he was baptizing some of those who had repented, Jesus stepped forth to be baptized. But John looked Him in the face and said, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? Jesus spake back to him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. At that, John baptized Him, and when He came up out of the water, the Spirit of Elohim (God) was seen descending like a dove and lighting upon Him: and a VOICE was heard from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, or whom I am pleased to dwell in.” There, we have another voice, the voice of Jehovah Elohim (Lord God) who is a Spirit and cannot be seen with the natural eye, but He spoke with an audible VOICE. Certainly, we do not have any trouble recognizing that this was not a symbolic usage of the word, VOICE, for it was the literal voice of God expressing His approval on what has been done. That makes the uses of the word we are considering, the VOICE of a man, John, and the VOICE of God. We have already read in St. John 12:28-29 where God spoke to Jesus from heaven with a literal VOICE, and the people which stood by said that it THUNDERED. They did not understand what was said for the words of the voice were spoken specifically to Jesus; they were not spoken to the others who stood by. Saints, I hope you are following my line of thought in these examples we are using, for I believe it will help you to understand our text scriptures in Revelation 10:1-6, if you can catch the pattern from these. The word of God is so beautifully laid out from the beginning to the end with keys that the Holy Ghost uses to unlock the mystery of it from God’s true children.

 

SAUL HEARD A VOICE

 

Let us continue now by looking at the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, who later had his name changed to Paul. This man was a Jew, raised up in the atheistic city of Tarsus, in south Turkey. Prior to his conversion he was one of the leading Pharisees on the Sanhedrin council in Jerusalem, a council that had supreme authority over all religious, civil, and criminal affairs at that time. He identifies himself as a Pharisee, and as being from the tribe of Benjamin, and blameless in every matter concerning the law of Moses. He felt that he had perfect knowledge of the written law of God, but as touching the church, he said, I persecuted it daily. This is why he was on the road the Damascus with letters of authority to arrest Christians, send them to Jerusalem, put them on trial and execute them. He was zealously doing what he considered to be a service to God, because those Christians seemed like nothing but a bunch of revolutionists to him, and he figured the best way to solve the problem was to get rid of the Christians. God had other plans though; He let old Saul get well on his way to Damascus, then suddenly, Saul’s attention was captured by a great light from heaven, and a VOICE, that said, “Saul, Saul, Why persecutest thou me?” (Acts 22:6-7.) Then in the 9th verse he says, “And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of Him that spake to me.” In another place he says they heard the voice. This lets me know, they heard something, but they did not understand what was said. Why? God was speaking specifically to Saul; it had nothing to do with those who were with him. Saul was the one who was foreordained to be a light unto the Gentiles, and it was time for him to start his Holy Ghost schooling in preparation for that mission. When God was finished with him, he was a changed man. He was caught up in a spiritual vision and shown things that were not written in the scriptures. That is how God prepared him to teach some things about the catching away of the saints, and the resurrection of the dead, that had not been previously taught. He was also shown some things that he did not feel the liberty to tell about. We know that from what he wrote to the Corinthian church in his 2nd letter, chapter 12, verses 1-6. In verse 2, he said, “I knew a man in Christ about 14 years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth) such an one caught up to the third heaven.” He did not know if he was still in his body, or whether he was lifted out of it, but he did know that he was caught up to the third heaven and shown some things that he could not talk about. Notice verse 4, as he continues to relate this experience. 4, “How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful (or convenient) for a man to utter.” In other words, he heard some things that did not pertain to the gospel message he was commissioned to deliver to the Gentiles. I hope you catch my point. That is exactly what happened with the apostle John in 96 A.D. when he was exiled to the Isle of Patmos because of the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ which he stood for. The fact that God shows a man something, and then lets that man mention that he saw, or heard it, certainly does not mean that what he saw or heard was ever recorded anywhere for others to find later. There are certain things that God does just for the benefit of the individual He is dealing with. In the case of John, he was commanded to write what he saw, in a book, and sent it to the seven churches which were in Asia, but he did not write everything he heard, for he heard some things that were not to be made known in his day. You can be sure of this one thing, when God desires to make a certain thing known, to a certain age, He will always have a vessel prepared that He can lift up in the Spirit and reveal it to. You say, Bro. Jackson, How do you know that? By the scriptural examples that we are considering, and by what God did through the messenger to this age, in our generation.

 

JOHN HEARD A VOICE

 

Let us go back to the first chapter of Revelation and read a few verses. We want to catch the setting here, and pay particular attention to the word, VOICE, in verse 10. In 96 A.D. when this was written, some 60 years have passed since the church was born in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. By this time, Christianity has been preached practically all over the old world. Even Thomas, (who is called doubting Thomas) one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, was martyred in Madras, India, in 53 A.D., so it is reasonable to assume that by 96 A.D. the gospel had been preached in the far regions of the old Roman Empire. At that time John was the only one of the twelve apostles of Jesus that was still alive, and he had been banished from society because he stood out like a sore thumb with his revelation and testimony of the things of God. They wanted to get him out of the way, and just let him die out there all alone. But he wasn’t alone! Jesus was with him! Hallelujah! He had the Holy Ghost down in his soul, and he loved Jesus with all his heart. Let us read it, verse 9. “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the Isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, (Brothers and sisters, that does not mean it was Sunday; he was projected into the future age of the millennium, for watch what he says next.) And heard behind me a great VOICE, (That is not a figurative word. He literally heard a voice.) As of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.” Where did that voice come from? That was a manifestation of the Elohim that was on Mt. Sinai with Moses. Notice the identity; the voice spoke like a trumpet. Only God Himself speaks like a trumpet in the scriptures. This opens up a beautiful picture of the oneness of the Godhead, for we know by other verses such as verses 1, and 17-18, that it is Jesus Christ doing the talking. (“I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”) Now He said, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last. (In the Hebrew it is not from A to Z, as it is in our alphabet; it is from A to O, Omega.) He is speaking as the incarnate God who was before all things, and who will always be. Up to verse 12, John had his back toward the voice that was speaking, but in verse 12, he says, And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks. The seven golden candlesticks is figurative language, but the voice has definitely been identified as that of Elohim (God). John was told to write what he saw and send it to the seven churches of Asia, and the 7 candlesticks symbolize the light of the seven churches. Verse 13, “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, (this speaks of the physical side of Jesus) clothed with a garment down to the foot, and gird about the paps with a golden girdle.” The description of how He was dressed lets us know this is the apparel of high priest. That is the office work that Jesus has been functioning in for over 1900 years now, ever since He ascended into heaven while His disciples stood watching. Notice verse 14, “His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow.” This shows that HE has been invested with authority, as a judge, and the white hair always speaks of ancient origin. White or grey hair speaks of age, doesn’t it? This lets us know that when Jesus was taken up, and seated on the right hand of the Father, He was crowned with the authority of Elohim, the sovereign Spirit who had no beginning and no end. He is the ancient of ancients. If His hair had any color mixed in it, there would be youth suggested, but the white like wool, as white as snow, suggests age. Here John sees the Son of man with His white hair and priestly garment, the garment of high priests, “And His eyes were as a flame of fire.”

 

POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY

 

Brothers and sisters, every detail of John’s description of the one who was speaking to him is figurative, speaking of certain positions of authority that has been invested in Him (Jesus) by Elohim, (Jehovah God of the Old Testament). When He truly comes back to earth to sit in the temple as the Jewish Messiah in the millennium, you will not see Him with white hair. You will see Him as the immortal man, perfect, in the prime of vigorous youth. He will be our elder brother one day, but do not try to picture Him in your mind according to John’s description here. You must catch the significance of the symbolism used here. I realize when you start talking like this, it leaves some people completely out on a limb, but that just goes to show that a person must have an ear to hear what the Holy Ghost is speaking. John was hearing the voice behind him, the voice as of a trumpet, but the minute he turns to see the one who is doing the talking, he starts describing Him. In verse 15, he said, “And His feet were like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace.” Brass speaks of judgment. He stood in judgment for us, having taken our sins upon Himself. You will notice that His voice has changed as you read the last part of verse 15, “And His voice as the sound of many waters.” Even though His voice has changed its identity, there is no contradiction for this is figurative language expressing another office work of Jesus, the Christ. The voice as a trumpet identified the voice as being that of the incarnate, eternal God, speaking to mankind. Then the voice as the sound of many waters identifies Him in His mediatory office work, speaking to God on behalf of mankind. You can verify that by reading Rev. 17:15, where you will see that waters, speaks of people. A true revelation of the Godhead enables us to see both sides of the picture. In 1st Timothy 3:16, the apostle Paul said, “And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” We see from that verse that God, the Elohim, the Jehovah Rafi of the Old Testament was manifested in the flesh of Jesus Christ. Then in 2nd Corinthians 5:19, we get a further explanation of why. “To wit, that God (SPIRIT) was in Christ, (THE MAN) reconciling the world unto (WHO?) Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.” If you can see that, you will have no trouble understanding why He speaks with the authority of Elohim in one place, then turns right around and speaks, to Elohim, as a representative of mankind crying out to God for mercy. That is what an intercessor, or lawyer does; he speaks to the judge on behalf of those he is representing. As a prophet, on earth, Jesus spoke to the people in the behalf of God, but as high priest and intercessor, He speaks to God on behalf of the people. When He speaks on behalf of the people, His voice is as the sound of many waters.

 

VOICE AS MANY WATERS

 

When Ezekiel saw the glory of God coming into the millennial temple from the Mount of Olives, (Ezek. 43) he heard a voice as the noise of many waters, and the voice said, “Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile.” Now whose voice is this that Ezekiel is hearing as the sound of many waters? Who is it that will have a throne in the midst of the children of Israel for ever? No one but the Lord Jesus Christ. Keep in mind that it is the word, VOICE, that we are dealing with in these scriptures. We have already said that Revelation 3:20, is the only figurative use of the word in the whole book of Revelation. It is used figuratively, there, as the voice of the Holy Ghost, which is not an audible voice.

 

We will move to Revelation 4:1, where John heard the sound of a VOICE that sounded like a trumpet talking to him again. He has just finished hearing what he is to write, and send to the seven churches of Asia, and at the conclusion of the Laodicean letter he hears this trumpet-like voice say to him, “Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” This sets a type of the rapture; just as John was taken up at the end of the Laodicean letter writing, so also will the bride of Christ be taken up, when God has the last one of His elect from this Laodicean age called in. What took John up? Verse 1, “After this (after finishing the Laodicean letter) I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven;” Alright then, John saw a door open in heaven, didn’t he? It was when he saw the door opened up, that he heard a trumpet-like voice saying, Come up hither. Now this was not a voice as many waters speaking here; this is the trumpet-like voice of Elohim, that voice of supreme authority. I believe that just as John saw a door opened up, and heard a voice speaking to him, the true bride of Christ will have a door opened up to her also, a door of revelation out of which God will speak to her. It was the voice that spoke, that took John up, and I firmly believe that we should make a spiritual application of this type that was set here. John was faithful to do what he had been instructed to do, and after he had finished the last letter (LAODICEAN) a door was opened and a voice said, “Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” The next thing John knew, he was in the Spirit: viewing a heavenly scene, a throne set, and one sitting on it. There is not space to mention all the things that he saw, but did you know, what he was seeing was events and conditions pertaining to the time of the end, the closing of this age. He was projected into the future where he could watch the events of this very age as they actually took place. I am persuaded that we are on the threshold of seeing some things also. This little Gentile bride that has been faithful to wash herself in the waters of God’s word will soon see a door opened up also. It will be a door of revelation, a door of enlightenment, out of which God will be speaking to those who have ears to hear. That is when you will hear the thunders which so many are claiming have sounded already, and not before. Those thunders will be God’s way of speaking to the little bride, just before He takes her up, and furthermore let me say again, and again, Those thunders are seven voices, not a voice (singular) with seven message. I believe those voices will be seven Holy Ghost filled men who will speak on behalf of God, to the bride of Christ, as this age of grace closes out, and Jesus comes off of the mercy seat.

 

IS OUR GOD IDLE?

 

Surely those who believe that the thunders sounded in the year of 1963, must believe in an idle God. What has God been doing for the past 16 years if Jesus left the mercy seat in 1963? What about all these souls that you believe have been saved since then, even some of them being your own family members? How do you make that add up with your revelation? Then my next question is, How do you make this all add up with the infallible word of God? You say, Oh! Bro. Jackson, I did not say that Jesus left the mercy seat in 1963. Then do not say that the thunders sounded then either, for Rev. 10:3, makes it very clear that the thunders utter THEIR VOICES after the mighty angel has cried with a loud voice. Then let me remind you that verse 2, shows the angel with a little scroll open in His hand. That is the scroll of redemption and it will not be opened as long as Jesus is still interceding for lost Gentile souls, on the mercy seat. The voice that cried with authority as when a LION roareth, identifies the mighty angel as being that of Jesus Christ, in angelic form. In verse 6, we find Him swaring that there shall be time no longer. In other words, no more grace for Gentiles. Why? It is time for the gospel to go back to the Jews from where it came. We have said many times before that this book, or letter, which we call the book of Revelation, is not written in its order of fulfillment. We even published an article showing the order of fulfillment, so that you might be able to better understand some of the things, or events that seem to be so out of place when you read straight through it. That is why I say, If you will read it right, (according to its order of fulfillment) when you read verse 1, of chapter 8, you see that the seventh seal is opened, and there is about one-half hour of silence in heaven. I believe that the silence is brought about by the change of order that is taking place. No one but God knows when that seventh seal is to be broken, but when it is, Jesus will not remain on the mercy seat any longer. Therefore, just try to visualize the scene in heaven where all the heavenly beings have been used to seeing Jesus on the mercy seat interceding, and suddenly he opens that last seal on the little scroll, and begins to rise from the mercy seat. Why wouldn’t that create a hushed silence in heaven, as all those angels view this scene? Right there is where you have to place chapter 10, verses 1-6 in fulfillment, verses 7-11 go with it in John’s vision, but verse 7, applies to the seventh church age messenger who sounded while Jesus was still on the mercy seat. Verses 1-6 cover the next events that take place after the seventh seal is opened and Jesus leaves the mercy seat. Now He does not come to earth in fleshly form; He will not come like that until He comes at the end of the week of Daniel, to set up His earthly kingdom for the millennium, but He does come in angelic form, with the little scroll opened in His hand. The cloud, the rainbow, and the voice like a lion leave no doubt that this mighty angel is Jesus. Therefore, what the VOICES of the seven thunders utter, will be something for the little brides’s last minute preparation, after Jesus is off the mercy seat, and before she is taken up. When these thunders begin to sound, grace will be over for the Gentiles, for the mighty angel that cries with a loud voice, and swares that time shall be no more, turns immediately to the Jews. That is where we go back and pick up verses 2-18, of chapter 8, for those trumpet angels that begin to sound in those verses, are the angels that accompany the two witnesses of chapter 11:1-6. If you will study it closely you will discover that the events of chapter 8:2-13, are the same events as chapter 11:1-6. The angels of chapter 8, are ministering the things that the two witnesses are calling for, as they prophesy to Israel for three and one-half years, beginning when Jesus leaves the mercy seat with the little scroll opened in His hand. That three and one-half years that they prophesy in Israel will be the time when the events of chapter 7, verses 1-8, will be fulfilled. Those angels seen holding back the four winds of the earth, are actually holding back the winds of world conflict that will eventually lead to Armageddon. They are holding back the winds of the great tribulation, which will climax with the battle of Armageddon, until after the 144,000 servants of God have been sealed with the Holy Ghost under the ministry of those two witnesses. Then in the middle of the week of Daniel, after the 144,000 servants of God have been sealed, and another element of the Jews, (referred to in Rev. 12:6, as the woman) have received the Holy Ghost, and been warned about the Antichrist, and instructed as to how to escape his wrath, the two witnesses will be killed and the great tribulation will begin to take its toll on mankind. This takes you back to chapter 11, verses 7-14. I just put this in here to help get the order of events straight in your minds. That will help clear up our text scripture in Rev. 10:1-6.

 

GRACE STILL IN EFFECT

 

No one can prove to me that the angel of chapter 10:1, has cried already. Therefore I say the seventh seal is yet unbroken, and there is still grace for us Gentiles. Then (I must keep saying this) if the seventh seal is yet unbroken, we know the thunders have not yet sounded THEIR VOICES. Oh Christian friends, whoever you are, and wherever you are in this old world, Do you really think that chapter 10, is all fulfilled, and still time is continuing on without God sending His two witnesses to the nation of Israel? God does not allow time to stand still for 16 years, with no Gentiles being saved, and no one revealing Christ to the nation of Israel. It is true the application of part of chapter 10, had its beginning in 1963, when God gave Bro. Branham the revelation of the seals, but do not forget, only 6 of those seals were revealed completely, and even then, the 6th seal does not have its fulfillment until after the 7th seal has already been fulfilled, for the 6th seal pertains to the tribulation period of time. What we see in chapter 10, is a revelation fo what God will do for us Gentiles in these last days, and the application of this chapter will be here until after the gospel has already gone back to the Jews. When the Gentile bride is hearing the 7 THUNDERS (VOICES OF 7 MEN) Israel will be hearing her two witnesses as they move on the scene. Remember, the same angel that cries with a loud voice in chapter 10, and swares by Him that liveth for ever and ever that there should be time no longer, is the one you read of in Daniel, chapter 12, which also sware by Him that liveth for ever. Daniel had been fasting and praying and seeking God on behalf of his people, Israel, when he began to have dreams and visions that troubled him greatly. He saw four great beasts come up out of the sea, and the fourth was the most terrible of all the other. God sent an angel to explain the vision to Daniel, and he learned that the four beasts represented four great world kingdoms that would rule the earth. We know from history, that these kingdoms were Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and the fourth and most terrible one, Rome. This one was exceedingly strong, with great iron teeth, and it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet. It had ten horns, and from the midst of the ten came a little horn that plucked up three of the ten, by the roots. This little horn had eyes like a man, and a mouth speaking great things. Daniel watched him through a span of time and saw him make war with the saints and prevail against them, until the Ancient of days came, (that is when Jesus comes back to earth to set up His millennial kingdom) and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High: and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. You can read all this in Daniel 7:1-27. Then as you go on over to chapter 9, you will find that the angel, Gabriel, came to Daniel, and explained to him that there had been 70 weeks of years, determined by God, upon the people of Daniel, (Israel) to finish their transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Daniel also learns that there is to be a time of trouble come upon his people, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time his people would be delivered, even everyone whose name was found written in the book. 12:2, “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Verse 4, But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased, 5, Then I, Daniel, looked and, behold, there stood two others (angels) the one on one side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. 6, And one said to the man clothed in LINEN, who was upon (or above) the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” This is the one of the angels standing on the bank of the river, asking of the angel that is above the water, the angel which is clothed in linen, How long will it be before all this is over with? This linen garment has significance, but notice the words of this next verse. There is only two places where you will find this angel holding up his hands and swaring by Him that liveth for ever. Here in Daniel 12:7 is one, and the other is in Revelation 10:6. Let us read this verse 7, then I want to show you something.

 

ANGEL CLOTHED IN LINEN

 

“And I heard the man CLOTHED IN LINEN, which was upon the waters of the river, when he lifted up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, (ONE YEAR) times, (TWO MORE YEARS) and a half; (SIX MONTHS) and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished,” meaning the visions of Daniel will all be fulfilled. The Antichrist, which will be the pope of the Roman Catholic church in the hour of time that this prophecy covers, is the little horn that rises up to such a place of power, as Daniel saw in the vision, but his reign will be brought to an end when the Lord Jesus Christ comes from heaven with His mighty army, Rev. 19:11-21.

 

Now I want to show you something about this mighty angel that swares by Him that liveth for ever. In Revelation 10:5-6, He is seen standing upon the sea and upon the land, lifting up His hand to heaven, and swaring by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven and earth, and all things therein, that there should be time no longer. Verse 1, shows us that He is clothed with a cloud, and crowned with a rainbow. You will remember that when Jesus ascended from the earth He was received by a cloud that took Him from the sight of His disciples, then, in 1st Thessalonians 4:17, we find that He is going to meet His little bride in the clouds when it is time for her to take her journey. In Matthew 24:30: He is described as coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, and in Matt. 26:64, Jesus said, (speaking of Himself) “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Daniel saw one like the Son of man that came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days. Now I call these scriptures to your attention to point out the fact that Jesus, the Christ, has been concealed in the clouds in this bride age, or Gentile age, and He comes, clothed with a cloud, to announce the closing of time for Gentiles, in Revelation 10:1, 5-6, but I want you to notice that when He is seen in Daniel 12:7, announcing 3 ½ years of great tribulation on the nation of Israel, He is not clothed with a cloud any longer. He is seen there, in linen, the same as His wife is clothed with, in Revelation 19:8. That shows us that this same Jesus who has taken Him a bride from among the Gentiles, and is arrayed in fine linen, is now revealed to the Jews. How is He revealed? By the two witnesses that prophesy to them for 3 ½ years before this great tribulation falls upon them. No, He will not be concealed by a cloud cover when it is time for those Jews to know who He is; that is just for this Gentile age, where those who believe on Him must do so through the testimony of those who have seen Him face to face. The Jews were privileged to see Him face to face, walk and talk with Him, but Gentiles have had to walk with Him by faith while He has been concealed in the clouds of heaven.

HOW MUCH LONGER?

 

Let us go back to Daniel 12:7 now for just a minute and try to clear up some misunderstanding in the minds of those who do not yet see clearly what is being set forth there. Notice now, this angel which is above the waters of the river, (clothed in linen) is answering a question asked by one of the other angels, concerning the things that Daniel has seen in the visions. Daniel’s visions covered a great span of time, and many events, but we will concentrate for now on the things that pertain to this end time. Verse 1, of chapter 12, speaks of a time of trouble; verse 2, speaks of they that turn many souls to righteousness, and verse 4 speaks of how many people will run to and fro, and how knowledge shall increase. In that verse 4, Daniel is also instructed to shut up these words, and seal the book for its contents are not to be understood until the time of the end. Hearing all these things that had been explained to Daniel concerning his visions and the fulfillment of them, one of the other angels that stood by, asked the question, How long will it be before all these things have come to pass? Remember now, his question includes the time of peace when many souls are turned to righteousness, as well as the time of trouble. (Many souls will be turned to righteousness by the preaching and prophesying of the two witnesses of Rev. 11.) Therefore when the answer came (from the angel above the waters) it was to cover all the events that had been mentioned, but notice, it did not say how long it would be in relation to the whole scope of time, (according to the words of Jesus, no one but God Himself knows the exact time when this age will close out) it only told how much longer it would be to the end, AFTER HE (THE ANTICHRIST) has accomplished the scattering of the power of the holy people. Who is the holy people He is referring to? Jews, of course. When will this scattering take place? In the middle of the week of Daniel, when the Antichrist breaks his peace covenant, causes the Jews sacrifice and evening oblation to cease, kills the two witnesses, and sits himself up in their temple showing himself as God, (Dan. 9:27, Rev. 11:7, 2nd Thes. 2:4). That is when the WOMAN (the spiritual element of the Jews, apart from the 144,000 servants) will flee into the wilderness, into the place that God has prepared for her, a place where she will be protected and cared for throughout the whole period of 3 ½ years of great tribulation, (Rev. 12:6, Rev. 12:14) and that is when the 144,000 servants that have been sealed with the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Rev. 7:3-8) will scatter and go back to the nations that they have returned from, to preach the everlasting gospel, (Rev. 14:6) warning their fellow brethren, (according to the flesh) and the foolish Gentile virgins, not to worship the beast, nor have anything to do with the image of the beast, lest they perish in the soon to come, wrath of God that is to be poured out upon those who do so, Rev. 14:7-11. (We do not have the space to explain fully, all that we are mentioning here, but we do have other articles that explain all of these things in their particular setting. You may have them upon request if there is something mentioned here that you do not understand.)

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD, TO ISRAEL

 

Alright now, in answer to the angel’s question, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? This chief angel raised His hands and sware by Him that liveth for ever, (This angel called to Abraham when he was about to sacrifice his son, Isaac, and swore by Himself to Abraham concerning a promise to bless him, and the apostle Paul picked it up in his letter to the Hebrews, chapter 6, verse 1, and showed that it was actually, God, swaring by Himself to Abraham), that there will still be, a time, times, and a half time (3 ½ years) left, after he (the Antichrist) has accomplished his scattering of the holy people (Jews). Daniel had heard but did not understand the answer, so he says to the angel, (verse 8) “O my Lord, What shall be the end of these things?” (Just hold your place there in Daniel 12, and let me come back to that after I show you something else, before it leaves my mind). I will go quickly, back to Rev. 10:1-3, and then come back to Daniel 12:7, to show you something that is portrayed in these two chapters. In Rev. 10, where the mighty angel is standing with His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot upon the earth, it presents a universal picture. It shows that what He is announcing there is to have a universal application. Why? Because the Gentile bride from this age of grace, has come in from every nation under heaven. She includes people from all races and creeds, people who have laid their traditions aside for a true revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and have then followed Him in repentance, and baptism in His name. It is to the living element of this bride people (which is still universal) that the seven thunders will sound THEIR VOICES, and their sounding will take place AFTER the might angel has cried with a loud voice, and declared that time for the Gentiles has run out. Now when we come back to Daniel 12:7, we find this same angel (identified to be the same angel, by the fact that He swares by Him that liveth for ever) upon the waters of THE RIVER, a certain geographical spot, not upon the land and upon the sea, as in Rev. 10. This pinpoints the fact of who He is turning to when He closes time for the Gentiles. He is talking to Daniel, concerning his people, and Daniel’s people are Jews, so we see here, that He has left His universal position, where He was clothed with a cloud, and is now being revealed to Daniel’s people, clothed in linen. Remember, Daniel’s visions climaxed with the end of this age when Jesus would come to set up His millennial reign from the throne of David, in Jerusalem.

 

1260 DAYS – 1290 DAYS – 1335 DAYS

 

Now we will come back to what the angel said to Daniel when he asked, “What shall be the end of these things?” This angel said, “Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (Notice verse 10, now.) Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried: (talking about those of Daniel’s people who will find their place in God’s plan of redemption) but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; (that political minded, materialistic element of Jews who sell out to the Antichrist, cannot possibly understand the message of the two witnesses, for they will be speaking spiritual things, neither will the wicked element of Gentiles understand the message of the seven thunders, for those SEVEN MEN will be speaking spiritual language that only the bride of Christ will understand.) but the wise shall understand. Verse 11, And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, (that is in the middle of the Seventieth week of Daniel’s prophetic scope) there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” Some people read this verse 11, and think there is a contradiction in the scriptures because it gives an extra 30 days more than the time allotted to the Antichrist. This definitely has to be a period of time when the wrath of God is being poured out upon wicked mankind at the conclusion of the 1260 days of great tribulation. I will back that up by taking you to the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:29-30, and then let you turn to Revelation 19:11-21, and read what happens when He comes back to earth with power and great glory. We are reading in Matthew 24, to show you when He is coming back, now notice the words of verse 29. “IMMEDIATELY A-F-T-E-R the TRIBULATION of those days (That is the thousand two hundred and threescore days, 1260 days, 3 ½ years by the prophetic calendar, that the woman in Rev. 12:6, is fleeing from the wrath of the beast.) shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:” Be sure you catch the wording of this verse or you will not be able to account for the extra days that Daniel mentioned. We know from the many other scriptures that the Antichrist has a full 1260 days of prophetic time allotted to him from the time he breaks the covenant with Israel in the middle of the week, until the wrath of God begins to be poured out upon him. This is the period of time referred to as the great tribulation, a time of trouble upon a nation of people, according to Daniel 12:1. Now this verse here in Matt. 24:29, speaking of the time when Jesus comes back to earth, lets us know that it will be IMMEDIATELY AFTER the tribulation of those days. When He comes back it will be a time when the wrath of God will be poured out upon wicked mankind, and naturally there will be a period of time involved. When you read verse 12 of Daniel, chapter 12, you will discover that there is still another 45 days added on to the 1290 days, making a total of 1335 days altogether, from the middle of the week until those who are left alive, find themselves over in the millennium, with Christ on the throne of David. There is still no cause for alarm though, because it will be necessary to cleanse and rededicate the temple and altar and everything that has been defiled by the Antichrist and his beast system. Daniel says, verse 12, “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” This is still the angel speaking to Daniel, and he says, “But go thou (Daniel) thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of these days.” Naturally that will be in the millennium, after all that Daniel has seen in His visions, has come to pass.

 

BRIDE – YOU MUST KNOW

 

Brothers and sisters: Listen to me; I am not going into all these details just to take up space in this message. No, I believe the time has come that the true bride of Christ MUST know what is going on, and in order for her to know, she must get these thunders in their proper place. You just cannot have the angel of Rev. 10, crying, time is finished for the Gentiles, 16 years before the trumpet angels of chapter 8, start working with the two witnesses who will mark the starting of the week of time yet left to the Jews. I believe most of you know what I mean. When it is time for God to start marking time for the Jews again, Jesus will open that 7th seal, Rev. 8:1, that brings about the one half hour of silence in heaven. The next thing to be fulfilled is chapter 10:1-6, closing time for the Gentiles, and when that takes place: those trumpet angels of chapter 8:2-13, are ready to start sounding, marking time for Israel. In other words, when Rev. 10:6, is fulfilled, that same angel who announces the closing of Gentile time, there, then turns to the Jews to fulfill Daniel 12. He is no longer in His universal position, with one foot on the sea, and the other on the land. He is seen here, in one geographical spot, announcing time for Israel, one nation. I hope this is making sense to you; it will get rid of a lot of cobwebs if you can see it clearly. The main things as we study these prophetic scriptures, is to watch the keys that unlock them.

 

HEAVENLY THRONE

 

Let us go back to Rev. Chapter 4, now, and pick up where we left off. In verse 3, John gives a description of the one he saw sitting upon the throne. Then in verse 4, he says, “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting.” You will see later that these elders play a part in what John sees and hears. They were clothed in white raiment; and had crowns of gold upon their heads. What a magnificent sight for this little mortal man to be viewing. That throne he was viewing, was not just some ordinary looking chair; it would have been more like, we will say, a huge, square platform with a great throne chair in the center of it. The point of it is this though, the platform, and all this, made up the whole throne of God, and round about this huge platform was twenty four seats, and in each seat he saw someone sitting, clothed in white raiment, with crowns of gold upon their heads. He saw a sea of glass before the throne, that looked like crystal, and in the midst of the throne and round about the throne, he saw four beasts full of eyes before and behind. These beasts represent the embodiment of the power of God that guards the throne and the access to what is in the midst of that throne. Keep in mind; this is a great display of the glory and majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ, who once lived and walked on earth among men, but has now been taken up, and is seated in the center of all that. He is crowned with a rainbow, sitting there dressed as a high priest, with the authority to speak to Elohim. This is perfectly in line with Matthew 28:18, where Jesus spake to His disciples saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” In other words, He has all the authority of Elohim bestowed upon Him, and John is allowed to view all this in a vision. Then while John stood looking at all this majestic splendor, he began to be aware of certain manifestations. Rev. 4:6, “And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices.” Where was this taking place? It was coming right out of the midst of the throne. This lets us know that whatever he heard, it had its origin within that throne. With that in mind, as we study the rest of the book of Revelation, let us be aware that whenever, and wherever a voice, and voices utter, the authority for it, comes from the midst of the throne of God, which is the throne of the Lord Jesus Christ. No man can speak a truth, unless it has its origin from the midst of the throne of God. We are dealing with things that you will not find written in the pages of your Bible, things that do not come out of Bible schools and seminaries. Do not tell me that God is confined to what is written in the pages of the Bible; He is an ever present, living God, who is able to speak to His people at any time. He is limited only by certain principles which He, Himself established, as far as time factors, and means. The thunderings and lightnings here, lets us know that God is going to speak. Whatever is spoken will originate from the throne of God.

 

WHO IS WORTHY

 

Now as we go to the 5th chapter we find John viewing something that is taking place there in the heavens. He says, “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book (SCROLL) written within and on the back side, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel (watch for the word, VOICE,) proclaiming with a loud voice.” A strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice is heard now, and his authority comes from within the throne which issues all the thunderings, lightnings and voices, and everything that is going to take place. It will all have its origin there. Now John might have heard a hundred voices right there, but this lets us know that when the thunders sound, the message they carry will originate right there and will be channeled to the respective vessels that God has chosen to do His speaking. Notice now this strong angel proclaims with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book, (or scroll) and to loose the seals thereof?” Brothers and sisters, the scene changes here; John immediately begins looking for someone who is worthy to loose those seals. How would you have felt in his place? What would have been your reaction? There he was, viewing this heavenly scene, and hearing these things, just a little old mortal man whose body was probably left lying down there on the rocks when he was lifted up in the spirit to see and hear these things. Try to imagine the setting. When John hears this strong angel proclaiming, “Who is worthy,” he looks, and in every direction, he sees a beautiful angel that surely ought to be worthy to open the seals, but not one of them make a move, so John begins to weep. He says, “And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look therein.” Notice who does the talking next; not an angel, but one of the elders said to John, “Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the SEVEN seals thereof.” We certainly know who the Lion of the tribe of Judah is. It is Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah. Right? The elder told John that He, (Jesus Christ) HATH, (past tense) prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals. When did he do that? He did it 2000 years ago when He, as a sacrificial Lamb, offered His life upon the altar of God for the sins of all lost mankind. Where is He now when He is seen in this vision? He is seated in the midst of the great throne with the little scroll in His hand. That has been His position for the past 2000 years as He interceded for the contents of that little scroll. In that little scroll is all the names of those who will ever accept God’s plan of redemption, and Jesus is interceding for them with the scroll still sealed up. When the seventh seal is broken His intercessory work will be over; He will leave that mercy seat, and there will be no more grace for us Gentiles. Alright now, think about this; the Lion of the tribe of Judah HATH prevailed, and when He prevailed, He did not do it as a Lion, He accomplished it as a lamb, so it is on the merits of what He did as a sacrificial Lamb that makes Him worthy so watch verse 6. “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elder, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”

 

JESUS IS THE LAMB

 

Saints: Listen to me! Here is where we must be spiritual. This is symbolic language. There is no literal Lion, and neither is there a literal Lamb, and especially not a lamb with 7 horns and 7 eyes. That would be a freak. Remember, this is pictured like this to John to represent what Jesus was, and did in respects to the things he is witnessing, but as we read these verses, keep your eyes on Jesus, the one seated in the midst of the throne; He never moved from His position one bit. But as John watched this panoramic scene, his eyes still on Jesus, he sees this animal like creature come and take the little scroll out of the hand of Jesus, the one sitting on the throne. Do you see why this has to be looked at as a symbolic picture? It was Jesus on the throne holding the scroll, in His intercessory role and it was Jesus in His role as a sin offering (a Lamb) that prevailed, and therefore was worthy to open the scroll, but in actuality the scroll remained in the hand of the one seated on the throne, and it will continue to remain there until the end of this Gentile age. Verse 7, “And he (the Lamb) came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof? (Listen now, this definitely identifies the one who is taking the book out of the hand of the one who is sitting on the throne) for thou wast slain, and has redeemed us to God by the blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” This was being sung as a song to the Lamb when he came and took the little scroll to open the seals, but Saints: We all know that Jesus did not look like a Lamb when He was hanging there on that old cross with His blood spilling from His pierced side. He was a man then, and He will always be a man, but these various descriptions of Him, call attention to the various phases of man’s redemption, and how the very God-man Himself was, and is, everything we need. Like I have said before: we sing that little chorus, He is all I need, and that is the absolute truth; we do not need any other God nor prop to lean on but Him, but I wonder if we really do have the reality of that down in our spirit to the extent that we apply it in every situation?

 

Remember now brothers and sisters, it was Jesus that broke the seals in the year 1963, Bro. Branham was just the earthly vessel that the revelation of these seals was transmitted through. God never leaves Himself without a vessel to work through in His dealings with mankind. That is why I say that there is no doubt in my mind that there are two Jewish men somewhere right today, that God will anoint with the spirit, or anointing of Moses and Elijah to fulfill Rev. 11:1-8, when the hour arrives. By the same token: I believe there are seven Holy Ghost filled men somewhere in the world today that God is preparing to fulfill Rev. 10:3, when it is time for the bride of Christ to hear the message of the seven thunders. Now some may say, Bro. Jackson, I just do not believe it like that. I say, That is your privilege, but we are furnishing enough scriptural foundation, to build this thought on solid ground, therefore if you are just being stubborn, or you just do not have a proper attitude about it; it is very doubtful that you could hear any kind of thunder from God. We are going into great detail, pointing out the singular, and the plural uses of certain words which we believe furnish us with keys to unlock these mysteries. We further believe that those who have ears to hear, will hear, and be ready when Jesus returns for His redeemed bride.

 

THE LAMB IS WORTHY

 

Now it was the four beasts and the twenty four elders that sang the song to the Lamb of His worthiness to open the scroll, but I want you to notice this verse 11,here in the 5th chapter. “And I beheld, (This is John speaking) and I heard the VOICE (SINGULAR) of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud VOICE, (SINGULAR) Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” Let me test you a little right here. Did you catch from what was said, why the word VOICE was used in the singular when it actually applied to so many? It was because they were all saying the same thing, in unison. It sounded like one great voice. That is enough to make anyone tremble. Who were they giving glory to? Jesus, of course. But they were giving glory to Him based on the merits of what He accomplished on earth as the perfect sacrificial Lamb, without spot or blemish. Oh, Saints! It is such a beautiful picture when God draws back the curtain and allows us to see by revelation just how he, the very God who created all things incarnated a human body, and through the office work of the one Son of God (not another person, but another office work of the one God) worked to perfection every phase of our redemption. He took upon Himself the sins of all lost mankind, suffered on the cross, went into the lowest parts of hell itself to conquer death, hell, and the grave, and then ascended back to glory to sit as the Highest of all. HALLELUJAH! What a redemption! How can we help but praise Him? He truly is worthy of all praise.

 

BREAKING OF THE SEALS

 

Let us drop down to chapter 6 now, and this brings us to the time when the Lamb is going to start breaking the seals. Now, Who is going to break the seals? Jesus Christ, while He is still high priest. Verse 1, “And I saw when the Lamb (which is Jesus Christ) opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” The voice of this beast sounded like thunder. Now many of you here in Faith Assembly sat right in the tabernacle and heard the messenger, the prophet to this age, when he preached the seals. You heard him say with your own ears, and others can read it in the sermon books, When the first seal was opened, John, in heaven, heard it thunder, but there was only one thunder sounded. What was the significance of that? It signifies that God was speaking, and not at random, but specifically. You read it, or listen to the tape and you will see, that is exactly what the prophet messenger experienced. Now I did not hear it thunder, and neither did any of you, but that is how God dealt with Bro. Branham. God spoke specifically to him. How? By revelation, revealing to him thins that were written, but no man understood up until then. The thunder identifies it as being God speaking, but please notice that there were no more thunders sounded in connection with the opening of the other seals that were revealed at that time. It wasn’t necessary; the one thunder was enough to identify the one speaking, and He gave Bro. Branham the revelation of the first six seals to make known to the church. Then as he was closing that series of teaching, he said, When the seals started to open there was one thunder but when the 7th seal was opened and we see Him (the Lord Jesus Christ in angelic form) standing on earth, there was 7 distinct thunders, one right after the other. In other words, it was different than the one thunder that was heard when the seals began to be opened. Brothers and sisters: Regardless of what some of these preachers are saying, and teaching, about the 7 thunders being the revelation of the seven seals; don’t you believe that for one moment. It absolutely is not. They did not hear it right. They did not even read their Bible right, or they would know better. That is why I have purposed to take as much time as is necessary to thoroughly deal with this subject, and get the word VOICE, and also VOICES, properly identified and placed in a scriptural setting. I am not concerned very much with what some of these carnal minded, so called preachers, may say about this message, for they could never interpret it anyway except carnally, no matter what we say. This lets me know, the real revelation of these things belongs only to the bride of Christ. Praise God! I’m so glad Jesus talks to His people. It is these carnal teachers who cannot hear from God themselves, that is throwing many people off the true course. Now in verse 6, John heard A VOICE saying something. Then in verse 7, when the fourth seal is opened the word VOICE, occurs again. Verse 7, “And when He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.” You will notice this is one of the four beasts doing the talking, but it is very clear that it is not figurative. It is a literal voice, and it is speaking specifically to John. In the spirit John is actually standing and seeing these things take place, and hearing the VOICE that speaks to him. The horses are symbolic, but the VOICE that John hears is a literal voice. As we said earlier, the word VOICE, always points to God speaking, angels speaking, or the voice of a man or beast. I did not mention beast the last time, but the emphasis is on the fact that the voices are literal, and not figurative, and the beast is symbolic. Animals do not talk.

 

SEAL OF GOD

 

Let us go to chapter 7, now. This chapter, or I should say, the first 8 verses of this chapter fulfill God’s plan for the nation of Israel right at the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel. At least that is when this angel we read of here begins to show himself. Verse 1, “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud VOICE to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads.” Brothers and sisters, we all know that if we were standing out in the open looking into the Eastern sky and suddenly we would see an angel coming over the horizon of the earth; he would definitely look like he was climbing. Would you not say so? That is why John saw him as though he was ascending. Actually what he is seeing is that angel of God which has watched over the gospel of Jesus Christ from the time it left Jerusalem there in the first century when the apostles began to go forth taking it to the Gentiles, until this present hour. That angel has been with the gospel as it spread all through Europe, stayed with it right through the Dark Ages, and stayed with it right on into the new world. The gospel came to America and Canada, and since the reformation it has been around the world through various missionaries, but that angel has been set to guard over the true revelation that is contained therein, and now John sees him after the truth has been restored back to the gospel and it is now ready to take back to Israel. It could not go back to those Jews until it has restored back to its original form just like it left there over 1900 years ago. When John sees him: he is taking the gospel home through the witness of those two prophets. He could not take it back to those Jews until it was restored to its true apostolic form. Now John hears him crying with a loud voice, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till WE have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. John said this angel had the seal of the living God. What is the seal of the living God? It is none other than the baptism of the Holy Ghost. He is going back to the Jewish nation that they may receive the genuine baptism of the Holy Ghost, and come to know exactly who Jesus Christ is, that He is their long awaited Messiah. When you connect that to the 14th chapter of Rev., you see the results, for there you find 144,000 Jews with the Lamb’s Father’s name written in their foreheads. We know that name is Jesus, for Jesus, the Lamb, said that He came in His Father’s name. He manifested the Father’s name to those whom the Father had given to Him out of the world, and He kept them in the Father’s name.

 

Now we talk about the gospel being restored to its original form and some folks still do not know what we mean. For them I want to say this, That angel would never allow the gospel to return to the Jews until it was completely free from every trace of trinity teaching. It must be a one God message, and baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost recognized as the seal of God before that angel will allow it to go home. But, when the time is right, for chapter 7 to be fulfilled that angel will be heard calling for the other four angels to hold back the winds of world conflict until WE, (plural) have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. That angel is going to work with two prophets until they have seen 144,000 Jewish men receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost. As we have said already, while those two witnesses are busy preaching and prophesying for the purpose of calling out the 144,000 there will be others who will hear, believe, and receive the Holy Ghost, but they will spend the last 3 ½ years of the 70th week of Daniel hiding from the beast; while the 144,000 men will be going to their brethren in dispersion, preaching the everlasting gospel, Rev. 14:6. That verse says the angel had the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on earth of every kindred and tongue and people, but you know, and I know, that angels do not preach, so who will do the preaching? The 144,000.

 

A GREAT MULTITUDE

 

Now let us look at verse 9, of this chapter 7. John says, “After this (the sealing of the 144,000, and the great tribulation) I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands: And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” What we have here is a great multitude crying out, but voice is used in the singular again, and the reason is the same; It is the voice of unity. They are all crying the same thing at the same time. All the angels, the twenty four elders, and the four beasts are standing around the throne and they fall on their faces and worship God, but notice who it is that talks to John. That is why I said, Keep your mind on those elders. Verse 13, “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they.” The elder is asking John who these are, and where they came from, but John didn’t know, so he just turns the question right back to him by saying, “Sir, thou knowest.” That is the same as saying, I do not know but you do, so you tell me. This is the only place you will find the word Sir, but it certainly proves that the voice speaking to John is not the voice of God in this case; neither is it the voice of an angel. You will notice here that John did not fall down and try to worship this one, but rather, called him, Sir, and said, You tell me. Brothers and sisters: I have said it before; These elders definitely have to be the patriarchs and the apostles who were redeemed from among mankind. That is how God sets up His theocratic government. The word elder is used to designate someone set in a position of authority to represent others to a higher position. John spoke to him, (the elder) just like you would the President of the United States, calling him Sir, recognizing his authority. You will not find any place in the Bible where a prophet or any man ever referred to an angel, as Sir. This is a word that is related to fellow man. Saints I realize that some will say this is contradictory to say that John is seeing the twelve patriarchs and the twelve apostles, when He, Himself, is one of the twelve apostles, but do not let that cause you any problem. Remember, John is lifted up in the Spirit and carried to a future age. He also saw his name written in one of the twelve foundation stones of the new city, (Rev. 21:14) while he was looking into the future. He was looking all the way into the millennium where the 12 patriarchs are representing their tribes to the one seated on the throne, and the twelve apostles who took what God had done through those 12 tribes, and the words of Jesus, and represented it to mankind in that first age, there before the throne representing all who believed their witness. As far as John seeing himself as one of those elders: that is no strange thing. Just suppose God would see fit to let some of us look 2000 years into the future; we would see ourselves doing something. Is that right?

 

Saints there is a lot more I want to put in this message while we are dealing with the subject of the seven thunders, and I cannot get it in the space we have this month, so please bear with us until the July issue where we will go into chapter 8, and show you something of what those two witnesses will be doing when that 70th week of Daniel starts for the Jews. We also want to deal with what John heard, a little more yet, for I believe there is a key to the great mass of confusion that is locked up in the midst of those who try to follow the prophet’s message. Men are struggling, trying to find the message of the seven thunders in something that Bro. Branham preached, when they ought to be devoting their time to trying to understand what the seven thunders are. If we know what the thunders are, we will have a better chance of hearing them when they finally do sound THEIR VOICES. In the meantime: may we all keep a proper attitude and let God work His perfecting process in our lives as He sees fit to do so.